WHAT’S ON THIS MONTHS RELEASE SCHEDULE?
A new year is upon us. Take a gander at some of the most noteworthy major book releases for the first month of 2016.
This month there are almost thirty new titles vying for the attention of genre fans. These include several first instalments of new book series as well as a few sequels to ongoing series. As many of the bigger, established names of fantasy and science fiction won’t be releasing new books till much later in the year, it gives mid-tier and up and coming writers an opportunity grab the limelight. So who will succeed in getting their books onto your reading lists this January?
Based on UK publication dates.
(The Burned Man, Book 1)
Hitman Don Drake owes a gambling debt to a demon. Forced to carry out one more assassination to clear his debt, Don unwittingly kills an innocent child and brings the Furies of Greek myth down upon himself.
Rescued by an almost-fallen angel called Trixie, Don and his magical accomplice The Burned Man, an imprisoned archdemon, are forced to deal with Lucifer himself whilst battling a powerful evil magician.
Now Don must foil Lucifer’s plan to complete Trixie’s fall and save her soul whilst preventing the Burned Man from breaking free from captivity and wreaking havoc on the entire world.
Published by Angry Robot, this Urban Fantasy title is available in paperback and ebook editions from tomorrow.
BEST OF THE REST
Click on the cover images to read a synopsis of each book, courtesy of Goodreads.
There are eight fantasy titles to look out for this month; one or two of them by début authors.
Released tomorrow comes, Steal The Sky by Megan E. O’Keefe. It is the first book of a new series called The Scorched Continent. Available in paperback and ebook editions, the book is published by Angry Robot. Due on the Tuesday 12th is The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster, published by Tor in paperback and ebook editions. On Thursday 14th self published author Kelly St. Clare releases Fantasy Of Fire, the third book of The Tainted Accords series. Tuesday 19th sees the arrival of The Rogue Retrieval, the début novel of author Dan Koboldt. Published by Harper Voyager it will be available in ebook format.
Also released on Tuesday 19th is The Pagan Night, the latest novel from Tim Akers. The book which marks the start of a new series from the author is published by Titan Books, available in paperback and ebook editions. Scheduled for Tuesday 26th is All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders. As with the aforementioned title it is also published by Titan Books and will be available in paperback and ebook editions. The same day also sees the publication of City Of Blades, the sequel to City Of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett. The book will be available in paperback and ebook editions from Broadway Books. Finally, Sunday 31st is the expected publication date of Eidolon by indie author Grace Draven. It is the second book of her Wraith Kings series.
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There’s slim pickings on the science fiction front for adult readers this month. Only two significant releases to choose from.
On Tuesday 19th comes Patchwerk the latest release from David Tallerman. The book is published by Tor; available in paperback and ebook editions. Scheduled for publication on Thursday 21st is Occupy Me by American author Tricia Sullivan. It will be available in paperback and ebook editions from Gollancz.
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The urban fantasy market is a very saturated one with lots of mediocre material being published. You have to read an awful lot of average books to find the genuinely good ones. If like me you don’t have the time and/or patience for that, here are the six releases with the most potential to be better than average.
Released tomorrow comes, City Of Light, the first book of the new, Outcast series by Keri Arthur. Available in paperback and ebook editions, the book is published by Piatkus. Arriving on the same day is Midnight Taxi Tango, the sequel to Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel José Older. The book is published by Roc in paperback and ebook editions. Also due tomorrow is Dirt On Ninth Grave, the latest instalment of the long running Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones. It will be available in paperback and ebook editions from Piatkus. Tuesday 26th sees the publication of Roadside Magic by Lilith Saintcrow. The book is the sequel to last year’s Trailer Park Fae, published by Orbit in paperback and ebook editions.
Also scheduled for publication on Tuesday 26th is The Brimstone Deception, book three of the SPI Files series by Lisa Shearin. The book is published by Ace, available in paperback and ebook editions. Due on the same day is Staked by Kevin Hearne. It is the eighth instalment of the Iron Druid Chronicles published in ebook format by Orbit. (For some reason the paperback edition appears to be scheduled for a March release here in the UK.)
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Fans of the genre can look forward to seeing two new instalments of long running series by two of the more popular authors of the genre.
Due on Tuesday 19th is Feverborn, book eight of the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. The book is published by Delacorte Press in Hardcover and ebook editions. Arriving the following week on Tuesday 26th comes Spider Game, the twelfth book of the ongoing GhostWalkers series by Christine Feehan. The book is published by Piatkus in paperback and ebook editions.
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As usual there is a plethora of up coming titles for the young adult audience this month. The following books look like the pick of the bunch.
Tuesday 5th January:
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (Disney-Hyperion; hardcover and ebook)
The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine (Margaret K. McElderry; hardcover and ebook)
Thief Of Lies by Brenda Drake (Entangled Teen; hardcover and ebook)
Thursday 14th January:
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (Tor UK; hardcover and ebook)
Tuesday 19th January:
Sword And Verse by Kathy MacMillan (Harper Teen; hardcover and ebook)
Bringing to your attention the most significant and anticipated fantasy & science fiction book releases on this month’s publication schedule.