I know, I know – I should really finish the books I own already before looking at new releases. But if you love books too, chances are you can’t stick to your own advice. So zip it.
There’s always space for new books! And here are 10 I’m really quite excited for in 2021!
We Lie With Death – Devin Madson
We Ride the Storm was in my top 3 reads of 2020, so of course I’m extremely excited to read its sequel, out early 2021. Devin Madson has created an Asian Inspired world full of action, political intrigue and engrossing characters. I’m mega excited to see where things go next.
The Witch’s Heart – Genevieve Gornichec
Genevieve Gornichec’s take on one of my favourite Norse Mythology stories (Loki’s Children) looks like it could be a real hit. Instead of the focus being on the trickster god, the story follows the giantess Angrboda – the children’s mother.
A debut I’m really intrigued by and one I’m especially looking forward to seeing due to the author’s unique take on the mythology.
Project Hail Mary – Andy Weir
This book has been labelled ‘part scientific mystery, part dazzling interstellar journey‘ and there aren’t loads of details, which makes it all the more enticing. A lone astronaut is stranded millions of miles from home, waking up unable to remember his mission, with two corpses for company.
I haven’t started Andy Weir’s other sci-fi novels (although I enjoyed The Martian movie) though out of the lot, the premise of this one appeals the most. I’m really interested to see what the book is about and what the author does with the story.
The Insurgent King – Justin Lee Anderson (cover art unreleased)
SPFBO 2020 Finalist Justin Lee Anderson hit readers with a stunning Edinburgh inspired epic fantasy late last year. With mystery elements, a strong cast of characters and immersive plot, this was a book that came out of nowhere and had reviewers spamming that 5 star rating.
Book two of the Eidyn trilogy, The Insurgent King is planned for a summer 2021 release. I’ll be reading it as soon as it’s available.
The Witness for the Dead – Katherine Addison
So, I haven’t read The Goblin Emperor yet, but this isn’t a direct sequel as such. Ok, it is a sequel, but it apparently works as a standalone. By the time of its release I’ll have read The Goblin Emperor (which I’m convinced I’ll love) and it’s good to know there’ll be another book shortly after completion.
The Bone Shard Emperor – Andrea Stewart (cover art unreleased)
The Bone Shard Daughter was a really solid debut full of characters I really cared about and a fun magic system based on bone shard magic to create constructs from parts. The first half was kinda slow, but the second flew by and hurtled to the finish line. I’m expecting The Bone Shard Emperor to grab the baton and carry on at the same pace The Bone Shard Daughter left off at, in a world I already care a lot about the characters.
Alien: Into Charybdis – Alex White
Ahhh, I loved Alex White’s first book, The Cold Forge and this follow up promises to be equally brilliant. Alex treated the Alien franchise with respect, whilst putting their own spin and creative intelligence into the storytelling. Can’t wait to see where they take this next.
Hall of Smoke – Hannah Long
This book was another one to feature for Norsevember, featuring a warrior priestess on a path of redemption and vengeance. A debut novel from Hannah Long, it features fallible gods, demons and plenty of action. This promises to be a fast paced read full of mythology and axe blades!
The Shadow of the Gods – John Gwynne (cover art unreleased)
A brand new series from the author of the acclaimed Faithful and the Fallen series (which is sat on my shelf). I’m currently a bit daunted to read 4 thick books + 3 more that follow on, though I will start the series in 2021. I’m determined for once to be there from the start for a new exciting series though so I’ll be reading The Shadow of the Gods as soon as it’s released.
The Blacktongue Thief – Christopher Buehlman
I was first drawn to this book by its cover. Then I saw Fantasy Book Review gave it a 10/10 advanced review rating. And the premise looks like this will be a really great read – the first sentence was all I needed: “Set in a world of goblin wars, stag-sized battle ravens, and assassins who kill with deadly tattoos…”
What are you looking forward to reading in 2021?