Is it just me or is 2018 looking to be an AWESOME year of releases? I’ve already read several 2018 releases and loved them, and there are so many more yet to come!
The first two in this list have already been released but I’m including them anyway because they only just came out and they were still pre-orders!
Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce
Released: 6th February
Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble.
Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.
In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.
I don’t actually think I’ve read anything by Tamora Pierce before, but Tempests and Slaughter sounds very cool! My favourite kind of book involves magic and kingdoms. But honestly, I was first drawn in by the cover. I think it’s gorgeous. ♥
Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms #6)
Released: 6th FebruaryView Synopsis (spoilers for first books) » [
As two lethal elemental gods set out to destroy Mytica, sworn enemies must become allies in the final fight to save the kingdoms.
Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he’s willing to sacrifice.
Lucia knows there’s something special about her daughter and she’ll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.
Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica’s future. She promises Amara power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme.
Magnus and Cleo‘s love will be put to the ultimate test. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart?
I had to try so hard to not read the synopsis as I included it in my post because I haven’t yet read books 3, 4, or 5 (or obviously 6, which is above). I read books one and two but decided to hold off on the rest of the series until all the books were released. I just finished my re-read of books one and two and have started three for the first time. I’m LOVING binging this!
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (The Illuminae Files #3)
Released: 13th MarchView Synopsis (spoilers for first books) » [
Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?
Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.
With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.
Who hasn’t pre-ordered Obsidio??? 😀 Seriously though, if you’re into space/sci-fi, you need to read The Illuminae Files! At first I was intimidated by the size of the book and the funky format, but the size is only because of the very graphic format; it’s actually a very quick read. And the format is something you get used to very quickly.
Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
Released: 24th April
Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she’s not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.
When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who’s been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart’s sister, Cress.
Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become queen.
I was lucky to receive an eARC of Ash Princess and it was FABULOUS! It was everything I hoped it would be! I immediately pre-ordered a hardcover copy. I need that gorgeous book in my collection!
Furyborn by Claire Legrand (Empirium #1)
Released: 22nd May
When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.
A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.
As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.
This is another book I got an eARC for. It was a really interesting story; I loved the two different timelines. At first I was afraid it would be confusing but it actually worked really well. I love how it started out showing you an “evil” character, but then it backed up to explain how that character became “evil” in the first place. Love that.
Rage by Cora Carmack (Stormheart #2)
Released: 5th JuneView Synopsis (spoilers for first books) » [
Princess or adventurer.
Duty or freedom.
Her Kingdom or the Stormhunter she loves.
If Aurora knows anything, it’s that choices have consequences. To set things right, she joins a growing revolution on the streets of Pavan.
In disguise as the rebel Roar, she puts her knowledge of the palace to use to aid the rebellion. But the Rage season is at its peak and not a day passes without the skies raining down destruction. Yet these storms are different—they churn with darkness, and attack with a will that’s desperate and violent.
This feels like more than rage.
It feels like war.
A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir (Ember Quartet #3)
Released: 14th JuneView Synopsis (spoilers for first books) » [
Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.
The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.
Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.
And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion—even at the cost of his humanity.
DUDE! That’s the gorgeous-as-fuck UK cover! I ordered that beauty the second Sabaa Tahir revealed it on Instagram. They have new covers for the first and second books too but I’m not sure if they’ll be releasing those in hardcover or not… I hope so! It annoys me when they release some books in a series in hardcover and others in paperback, but it becomes impossible to buy the full set in hardcover. They did this with Red Queen. Book one has a hardcover special edition, book four is in hardcover, but books two and three are in paperback only. WTF?
Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas
Released: 7th August
When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has. . . .
Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.
Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing.
I’ve loved the DC Icons series so far, so naturally I ordered Catwoman!
Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
Released: 7th August
When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty’s resentment and anger.
At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.
I haven’t finished Mary Pearson’s other series yet (the Remnant Chronicles), but that’s on my to-do list for this year! I loved the first book. And Dance of Thieves sounds fantastic too. Kingdoms, politics—yes please!
Have you pre-ordered any 2018 releases? Tell me which one(s)!