Our Most Anticipated Reads of 2017

1. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence (April 4th, 2017)

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I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin.

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist.

But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse.

Stolen from the shadow of the noose, Nona is sought by powerful enemies, and for good reason. Despite the security and isolation of the convent her secret and violent past will find her out. Beneath a dying sun that shines upon a crumbling empire, Nona Grey must come to terms with her demons and learn to become a deadly assassin if she is to survive…

2. Deadhouse Landing by Ian C. Esslemont (August 2017)

The sequel to Dancer’s Lament, the first in a Malazan prequel trilogy and my favorite read of 2016. This title does not yet have a blurb.

3. The Legion of Flame by Anthony Ryan (July 6th, 2017)

Empires clash and a fell power stakes its claim in the second in a new series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Raven’s Shadow Trilogy.

For centuries, the vast Ironship Trading Syndicate relied on drake blood—and the extraordinary powers it confers to those known as the Blood-blessed—to fuel and protect its empire. But now, a fearsome power has arisen—a drake so mighty that the world will tremble before it.

Rogue Blood-blessed Claydon Torcreek, Syndicate agent Lizanne Lethridge, and ironship captain Corrick Hilemore embark upon perilous quests to chase down clues that offer faint hopes of salvation. As the world burns around them, and the fires of revolution are ignited, these few are the last hope for the empire, and all of civilization.

4. Evil is a Matter of Perspective: An Anthology of Antagonists by Adrian Collins (March 31st, 2017)

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Step into the shoes of your favourite fantasy antagonists. Nineteen brilliant fantasy authors gather to show you why evil is a matter of perspective.

Authors:

R. Scott Bakker (The Second Apocalypse)

Adrian Tchaikovsky (Shadows of the Apt, The Tiger and the Wolf)

Michael R. Fletcher (Manifest Delusions)

Shawn Speakman (The Annwn Cycles)

Teresa Frohock (Los Nefilim)

Kaaron Warren (The Gate Theory, Mistification)

Courtney Schafer (The Shattered Sigil)

Marc Turner (Chronicles of the Exile)

Jeff Salyards (Bloodsounder’s Arc)

Mazarkis Williams (The Tower & Knife)

Deborah A. Wolf (The Dragon’s Legacy)

Brian Staveley (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne)

Alex Marshall (Crimson Empire)

Bradley P. Beaulieu (The Song of the Shattered Sands, The Lays of Anuskaya)

Matthew Ward (Shadow of the Raven, Coldharbour)

Mark Alder (Banners of Blood)

Janny Wurts (The Wars of Light and Shadow, The Empire Trilogy)

E.V. Morrigan (Glyph War world)

Peter Orullian (The Vault of Heaven)

Artists:

Tommy Arnold (cover)
Jason Deem (interior art)
Shawn King (design)

5. Dead Man’s Steel by Luke Scull (January 3rd, 2017)

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As the “gripping”* epic from the author of Sword of the North continues, the Grim Company must battle a dangerous new enemy that is determined to destroy all of humanity…

In the City of Towers, former rebel Sasha and her comrade Davarus Cole struggle to keep the peace between the warring mages who vie for dominion. But when the White Lady sends Davarus south to the Shattered Realms to seek allies among the fallen kingdoms, he finds that his hardest battle may be one fought within. The godly essence now residing within him offers power that could be used against the Fade—but with every death that feeds It, Cole risks losing a part of himself.

An association with a Fade officer grants the Halfmage Eremul a position of privilege among Dorminia’s new masters. He witnesses firsthand the fate that awaits humanity. But with his magic pitiful in the face of the Fade’s advanced technology, the Halfmage must rely on his wits alone to save whom he can…

And in the frozen north, the legendary warrior Brodar Kayne fights a desperate battle for his people. He is running out of time: an ancient evil sealed beneath the mountains is about to break free, an evil that is older than humanity, older than the Fade, older even than the gods—and it will not stop until the entire world is drowned in blood…

6. The Last Sacrifice by James A. Moore (January 3rd, 2017)

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Since time began, the Grakhul – immortal servants of the gods – have taken human sacrifices to keep the world in balance and the gods appeased. When they choose the family of warrior Brogan McTyre, everything changes.

Brogan begins the toughest battle of his life to free his family from their terrible fate. But when you challenge the gods, you challenge the very fabric of society. Declared an outcast, Brogan and his kin are hunted like criminals – but nothing will stand in his way.

7. The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith-Spark (June 29th, 2017)

Perfect for fans of Mark Lawrence and R Scott Bakker, The Court of Broken Knives is the explosive debut by one of grimdark fantasy’s most exciting new voices.

They’ve finally looked at the graveyard of our Empire with open eyes. They’re fools and madmen and like the art of war. And their children go hungry while we piss gold and jewels into the dust.

In the richest empire the world has ever known, the city of Sorlost has always stood, eternal and unconquered. But in a city of dreams governed by an imposturous Emperor, decadence has become the true ruler, and has blinded its inhabitants to their vulnerability. The empire is on the verge of invasion – and only one man can see it.

Haunted by dreams of the empire’s demise, Orhan Emmereth has decided to act. On his orders, a company of soldiers cross the desert to reach the city. Once they enter the Palace, they have one mission: kill the Emperor, then all those who remain. Only from ashes can a new empire be built.

The company is a group of good, ordinary soldiers, for whom this is a mission like any other. But the strange boy Marith who walks among them is no ordinary soldier. Marching on Sorlost, Marith thinks he is running away from the past which haunts him. But in the Golden City, his destiny awaits him – beautiful, bloody, and more terrible than anyone could have foreseen.

 

 

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