I always find it quite hard to keep up with upcoming releases I have my eye on, so this list is for me as much as it is for you! This is just a selection of some of the most interesting fantasy 2017/2018 releases. I’ve tried not too include too many ‘pitched’ idea (i.e. books without a proper synopsis) but some of these sounded too interesting to pass by!
Reign the Earth by A.C Gaughen
Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.
But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.
This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will hold readers spellbound.
I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK, look how BEAUTIFUL IT IS! Written by A.C. Gaughen who also wrote Scarlet, a book following the story of the only female member of Robin Hood’s team of vigilantes, which I’ve only heard good things about!
This one is released on the 30th January 2018!
Before she Ignites by Jodi Meadows
Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.
But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.
Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.
No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse.
This one releases on September 12th 2017! ARCs have been going out recently, so I’m looking forward to hearing what people think!
Black Rose by Bree Barton
Bree Barton’s BLACK ROSE trilogy, pitched as Graceling meets Pride and Prejudice, about a girl who, on the eve of her marriage to a prince, discovers she has dark, forbidden magic, magic that her powerful family’s sole purpose was to destroy.
Releases sometime in 2018 (but we don’t yet have a date!) I’ve been keeping an eye on this one for a while, and I can’t wait until we have some more info!
Wicked like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic
All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.
But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?
This one is released on August 15th 2017, so not that long away at all! I’ve been hearing great things about this book for a while, so I’ll be looking out for the reviews when it’s released!
These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch
Inspired by the Spanish Inquisition and the golden age of piracy, it follows three characters: a woman seeking justice, a tortured pirate looking for redemption, and an ambitious prince out for power.
Sara Raasch, the author of the acclaimed Snow like Ashes series, is back with These Rebel Waves! PIRATES GUYS! I need more Pirate books in my life!
This one is currently slated for a summer 2018 release!
The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano
A banished princess.
A deadly curse.
A kingdom at war.
Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.
Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.
But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.
With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?
This is one I’m really excited about- when a synopsis starts with short sentences, I am down for that.
This one is being released October 24th 2017!
Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge
They say Château Beaumont is cursed. But servant-girl Lucie can’t believe such foolishness about handsome Jean-Loup Henri Christian LeNoir, Chevalier de Beaumont, master of the estate. The chevalier’s cruelty is soon revealed, however, and Lucie vows to see him suffer. A wisewoman grants her wish, with a spell that transforms Jean-Loup into monstrous-looking Beast, reflecting the monster he is inside.
But Beast is nothing like the chevalier. Jean-Loup would never patiently tend his roses; Jean-Loup would never attempt poetry; Jean-Loup would never express remorse for the wrong done to Lucie. Gradually, Lucie realizes that Beast is an entirely different creature from the handsome chevalier, with a heart more human than Jean-Loup’s ever was.
Lucie dares to hope that noble Beast has permanently replaced the cruel Jean-Loup — until an innocent beauty arrives at Beast’s château with the power to break the spell.
Lisa Jensen’s multilayered novel will make you question all you think you know about beauty, beastliness, and happily ever after.
I think this one might not be a YA, but I’m not too sure yet. Either way it’s still a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and I am HERE for that!
This one releases March 6th 2018.
Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman
Everyone in Vallen knows that ice wolves and scorch dragons are sworn enemies who live deeply separate lives.
So when twelve-year-old orphan Anders takes one elemental form and his twin sister, Rayna, takes another, he has to question whether they are even related. Still, whether or not they’re family, Anders knows that Rayna is his best and only true friend. She’s nothing like the brutal, cruel dragons who claimed her as one of their own and stole her away.
To learn what he needs to rescue her, Anders will have to enlist at the foreboding Ulfar Academy, a school for young wolves that values loyalty to the pack above all else. But for Anders, loyalty is more complicated than blind obedience, and friendship is the most powerful shape-shifting force of all.
New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman delivers heart-pounding adventure and breathtaking magical inventions in this unforgettable story about finding one’s place in a sharply divided world.
Amie Kaufman is a phenomenal author, and I can’t wait to see what this book has in store for us all!
Releases March 27th 2018!
Between the Blade and the Heart
Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.
Malin not only wrestles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought—she’s also thrust into the path of a gorgeous blue eyed guy named Asher who needs her help slaying the rogue immortal who destroyed his family. The balance of the world is at stake. And, as Asher competes with Malin’s ex for her love and loyalty, so is her heart.
I’m not completely convinced on this cover BUT it definitely sounds intriguing.
This releases on January 2nd 2018!
The Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
Pitched as the never-before-told origin story of the sea witch from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” told in the vein of Wicked – from the villainess’s point of view.
This sounds pretty amazing- I’m a big fan of wicked and the little mermaid, so I am totally ready for this one! I am slightly concerned that it won’t be on track for it’s May 2018 release, seeing as we don’t have a synopsis or a cover at all yet, but I will live in hope!
Are there any 2017/18 releases you are dying to get your hands on?
I’ll be posting a upcoming sci-fi books list very soon, so keep an eye out for that!