A Great New Fantasy Book Every Month!
To help you stay ahead of the best new releases of 2016 in the top fantasy book series we’ve put together a complete calendar featuring one amazing book per month for the whole year!
Check back with us — we’ll keep the list updated in case any of the current dates slip to ensure you never have to go a month without an excellent fantasy book to read! Also, visit HQ’s full Release Date Tracker for our complete list of upcoming fantasy books and their planned release dates.
Divine Cities #2
Robert Jackson Bennett
January 26, 2016
City of Blades is the hotly anticipated sequel to the first Divine Cities book (City of Stairs) by fabulous new fantasy author Robert Jackson Bennett. We particularly loved the first entry because it was not only exciting and innovative fantasy, but also a very well-crafted mystery novel. As an additional bonus, from the early blurbs it looks like we’ll get to see a lot more of our favorite character, the hilariously crass General Mulaghesh.
From the Publisher: A generation ago, the city of Voortyashtan was the stronghold of the god of war and death, the birthplace of fearsome supernatural sentinels who killed and subjugated millions. Now, the city’s god is dead. The city itself lies in ruins. And to its new military occupiers, the once-powerful capital is a wasteland of sectarian violence and bloody uprisings. So it makes perfect sense that General Turyin Mulaghesh— foul-mouthed hero of the battle of Bulikov, rumored war criminal, ally of an embattled Prime Minister—has been exiled there to count down the days until she can draw her pension and be forgotten.
At least, it makes the perfect cover story. The truth is that the general has been pressed into service one last time, dispatched to investigate a discovery with the potential to change the world–or destroy it. The trouble is that this old soldier isn’t sure she’s still got what it takes to be the hero.
The Bands of Mourning
January 26, 2016
How Brandon Sanderson puts out so many great books so quickly is beyond us, but we’re glad he does because with the open mysteries left at the end of Shadows of Self (Mistborn #5) we can’t wait to find out what happens next!
From the Publisher: The Bands of Mourning are the mythical metalminds owned by the Lord Ruler, said to grant anyone who wears them the powers that the Lord Ruler had at his command. Hardly anyone thinks they really exist. A kandra researcher has returned to Elendel with images that seem to depict the Bands, as well as writings in a language that no one can read. Waxillium Ladrian is recruited to travel south to the city of New Seran to investigate. Along the way he discovers hints that point to the true goals of his uncle Edwarn and the shadowy organization known as The Set.
Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #3
March 15, 2015
Unhewn Throne is the unfolding story of an Emperor’s master succession plan in which he separates his three children to each be trained in different skills needed to one day rule the Empire: the daughter to master politics, the youngest son to master war, and the heir-apparent to master the powers of the mind. A seemingly perfect plan…..
The first two books in this series have set the stage for The Last Mortal Bond to be an absolutely epic finale.
From the Publisher: The ancient csestriim are back to finish their purge of humanity; armies march against the capital; leaches, solitary beings who draw power from the natural world to fuel their extraordinary abilities, maneuver on all sides to affect the outcome of the war; and capricious gods walk the earth in human guise with agendas of their own.
But the three imperial siblings at the heart of it all–Valyn, Adare, and Kaden–come to understand that even if they survive the holocaust unleashed on their world, there may be no reconciling their conflicting visions of the future.
The First Law World (Standalone)
April 26, 2016
This book of short stories set in the world of The First Law promises to give fans of the original trilogy details they have been begging for for YEARS, including prequel/origin stories for two of our favorite fantasy characters of all time: The Bloody Nine and Sand dan Glokta!
Considering how great Mr. Abercrombie’s other standalone works have been (especially The Heroes), we can’t wait!
From the Publisher: Sharp Ends combines previously published, award-winning tales with exclusive new short stories. Violence explodes, treachery abounds, and the words are as deadly as the weapons in this rogue’s gallery of side-shows, back-stories, and sharp endings from the world of The First Law.
A Blade of Black Steel
The Crimson Empire Trilogy #2
May 24, 2016
The Crimson Empire feels (in the best ways) like Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Series mixed with Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empire Trilogy while also containing several distinct differences that make it both unique and highly entertaining.
Speaking specifically, using a fifty-something female primary POV character (General Zosia) breaks the mold on almost every fantasy cliché, and Zosia’s unstoppable drive for revenge combined with her masterfully creative use of profanity make her one of our favorite fantasy characters of all time, even with only two published works.
From the Publisher: After five hundred years, the Sunken Kingdom has returned, and brought with it a monstrous secret that threatens to destroy every country on the Star.
The Wheel of Osheim
Red Queen’s War #3
June 7, 2016
Prince Jalan Kendeth is unquestionably the most reluctant hero in all of Fantasy, and simultaneously one of our all-time favorites. We have never seen a protagonist who takes such great pride in the advanced strategies he uses to flee from dangerous situations, including zombies, monsters, and angry fathers.
If you are new to this series, check out our video preview!
Age of Myth
First Empire #1
Michael J. Sullivan
June 28, 2015
Planned as a 5-book series, First Empire is set the same world as Riyria Revelations, but takes place thousands of years in the past. While Riyria is not required pre-reading (though we recommend you do because they are all fantastic), fans of the series will learn the real events by which legendary hero Novron saved mankind and founded the First Empire.
From the Publisher: Since time immemorial, humans have worshiped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart: invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between men and those they thought were gods changes forever. Now, only a few stand between humankind and annihilation: Raithe, reluctant to embrace his destiny as the God Killer. Suri, a young seer burdened by signs of impending doom. And Persephone, who must overcome personal tragedy to lead her people.
The Age of Myth is over; the time of rebellion has begun.
The Obelisk Gate
The Broken Earth #2
August 16, 2016
We’ve read plenty of fantasy series in which the world was ending, but we’ve never read one where the ending of the world was not necessarily a bad thing….until now.
If that concept just blew your mind (and it should), this series is for you, beginning with Book #1, The Fifth Season.
From the Publisher: THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS… FOR THE LAST TIME.
The season of endings grows darker, as civilization fades into the long cold night.
Essun — once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger — has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request. But if Essun does what he asks, it would seal the fate of the Stillness forever.
Far away, her daughter Nassun is growing in power – and her choices will break the world.
The Thorn of Emberlain
Gentleman Bastard #4
September 22, 2016 DELAYED
Sadness abounds, as another planned publication date has slipped. BUT REJOYCE: what a great opportunity to re-read the book that started it all, The Lies of Locke Lamora.
If you’re not familiar with the series, here’s a video with everything you need to know in exactly two minutes:
Though it may be hard to classify professional con-artists as “heroes”, we do love protagonists with a weakness and Locke Lamora has two: sword fighting and Sabetha. While each of the previous three books were amazing, The Thorn of Emberlain promises to deliver even more. In addition to finally learning details of Locke’s past, from looking at the cover art: Jean Tannen + War + Full Suit of Plate Armor = somebody is going down, hard.
From the Publisher: A new chapter for Locke and Jean and finally the war that has been brewing in the Kingdom of the Marrows flares up and threatens to capture all in its flames.
And all the while Locke must try to deal with the disturbing rumors about his past revealed in The Republic of Thieves. Fighting a war when you don’t know the truth of right and wrong is one thing. Fighting a war when you don’t know the truth of yourself is quite another. Particularly when you’ve never been that good with a sword anyway…
The Burning Isle
This grimdark, revenge fantasy debut by Will Panzo is being compared to works by Joe Aercrombie and Mark Lawrence — high praise indeed in our eyes.
From the Publisher: “A man has only three reasons for being anywhere: to right a wrong, to earn a coin, or because he is lost.”
Cassius is not lost…
The mage Cassius has just arrived on the island of Scipio. Five miles of slum on the edge of fifty miles of jungle, Scipio is a lawless haven for criminals, pirates, and exiles. The city is split in two, each half ruled by a corrupt feudal lord. Both of them answer to a mysterious general who lives deep in the jungle with his army, but they still constantly battle for power. If a man knows how to turn their discord to his advantage, he might also turn a profit…
But trained on the Isle of Twelve, Cassius is no ordinary spellcaster, and his goal is not simply money. This a treacherous island where the native gods are restless, and anything can happen…
The Blood Mirror
November 15, 2016
Brent Weeks’ first series, The Night Angel trilogy, is one of the best coming-of-age fantasy series of all time, and we think Lightbringer is even better! What we especially love (aside from lots of fantastic action) is the character complexity, particularly with of one of our heroes, Kip. No matter what Kip accomplishes in life, his self-esteem remains that of a bullied youth from a small town, and yet Kip will not back down from anyone.
The comments Kip makes to dangerous figures of power and authority will leave you both stunned in amazement and laughing with joy.
The Winds of Winter
A Song of Ice and Fire #6
George R.R. Martin
Another deadline has come and gone, and with George R.R. Martin’s most recent update, Winds will not be here anytime soon, but based on his progress reports we’re projecting a publication date at the end of this year.
All wishful thinking? We hope not, but if you really can’t wait there is a Arianne chapter posted here.
Want more ideas? Take a look at our 2015 Reading Calendar!