Thursday, April 21, 2016

Most Anticipated Upcoming Reads 2016

I'm always adding books to my ever growing TBR and wishlist for new reads. Below are some fantasy / sci fi books that I'm really excited about that will be published later this year:

DEATH'S END by Cixin Liu

Publication date: 
October 2016

About the book:
Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge. With human science advancing and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations can co-exist peacefully as equals without the terrible threat of mutually assured annihilation. But peace has also made humanity complacent. Cheng Xin, an aerospace engineer from the 21st century, awakens from hiber-nation in this new age. She brings knowledge of a long-forgotten program dating from the start of the Trisolar Crisis, and her presence may upset the delicate balance between two worlds. Will humanity reach for the stars or die in its cradle?

Why I want to read it:
I loved the two preceding novels in The Three Body Prolem and The Dark Forest. This complex and thought provoking sci-fi is fast becoming one of my favorite series (if any genre). 

23302838GOLDENHAND by Garth Nix

Publication date: 
October 2016

About the book:
Lirael is no longer a shy Second Assistant Librarian. She is the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, with Dead creatures to battle and Free Magic entities to bind. She’s also a Remembrancer, wielder of the Dark Mirror. Lirael lost one of her hands in the binding of Orannis, but now she has a new hand, one of gilded steel and Charter Magic.

When Lirael finds Nicholas Sayre lying unconscious after being attacked by a hideous Free Magic creature, she uses her powers to save him. But Nicholas is deeply tainted with Free Magic. Fearing it will escape the Charter mark that seals it within his flesh and bones, Lirael seeks help for Nick at her childhood home, the Clayr’s Glacier.

But even as Lirael and Nick return to the Clayr, a young woman named Ferin from the distant North braves the elements and many enemies in a desperate attempt to deliver a message to Lirael from her long-dead mother, Arielle. Ferin brings a dire warning about the Witch with No Face. But who is the Witch, and what is she planning?

Why I want to read it:
The 5th book in the Old Kingdom series is finally upon us! Sabriel (book 1) is one of my most read fantasy books and I just love the concept and the world building in this series. 

LIFE DEBT: AFTERMATH (Star Wars) by Chuck Wendig

Publication date:
July 2016

About the book:
The Emperor is dead, and the remnants of his former Empire are in retreat. As the New Republic fights to restore a lasting peace to the galaxy, some dare to imagine new beginnings and new destinies. For Han Solo, that means settling his last outstanding debt, by helping Chewbacca liberate the Wookiee’s homeworld of Kashyyyk.
 
Meanwhile, Norra Wexley and her band of Imperial hunters pursue Grand Admiral Rae Sloane and the Empire’s remaining leadership across the galaxy. Even as more and more officers are brought to justice, Sloane continues to elude the New Republic, and Norra fears Sloane may be searching for a means to save the crumbling Empire from oblivion. But the hunt for Sloane is cut short when Norra receives an urgent request from Princess Leia Organa. The attempt to liberate Kashyyyk has carried Han Solo, Chewbacca, and a band of smugglers into an ambush—resulting in Chewie’s capture and Han’s disappearance.
 
Breaking away from their official mission and racing toward Kashyyyk, Norra and her crew prepare for any challenge that stands between them and their missing comrades. But they can’t anticipate the true depth of the danger that awaits them—or the ruthlessness of the enemy drawing them into his crosshairs.

Why I want to read it:
Aftermath introduced some great characters into the Star Wars new canon universe and I can't wait to read of them again. Sloane, who also features in A New Dawn is a character of note. Aftermath read true to the original trilogy feel and I hope Life Debt is able to once again replicate the experience. 

SPIDERLIGHT by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Publication date:
August 2016

About the book:
The Church of Armes of the Light has battled the forces of Darkness for as long as anyone can remember. The great prophecy has foretold that a band of misfits, led by a high priestess will defeat the Dark Lord Darvezian, armed with their wits, the blessing of the Light and an artifact stolen from the merciless Spider Queen. Their journey will be long, hard and fraught with danger. Allies will become enemies; enemies will become allies. And the Dark Lord will be waiting, always waiting… Spiderlight is an exhilarating fantasy quest from Adrian Tchaikovsky, the author of Guns at Dawn and the Shadows of the Apt series.

Why I want to read it:
While Spiderlight is a standalone fantasy novel, it looks to have a similar feel to the Shadows of the Apt fantasy series which is hands down my favorite epic fantasy series (yes, better than Fire and Ice). 


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