Holy crap, could it be that we are in the middle of a fantasy renaissance?
First, Del Rey announced that Robin Hobb would be returning to the story of her two most popular characters, FitzChivalry Farseer and the Fool, with a brand new trilogy. Twenty years after they made their debut in Assassin's Apprentice, Fitz and the Fool will be returning to the page this August in Fool's Assassin.
We already have a cover for that one, as well as an official synopis:
FitzChivalry—royal bastard and former king’s assassin—has left his life of intrigue behind. As far as the rest of the world knows, FitzChivalry Farseer is dead and buried. Masquerading as Tom Badgerlock, Fitz is now married to his childhood sweetheart, Molly, and leading the quiet life of a country squire.
Though Fitz is haunted by the disappearance of the Fool, who did so much to shape Fitz into the man he has become, such private hurts are put aside in the business of daily life, at least until the appearance of menacing, pale-skinned strangers casts a sinister shadow over Fitz’s past . . . and his future.
Now, to protect his new life, the former assassin must once again take up his old one. . . .
Not to be outdone, Daw has just announced that Tad Williams will be making his triumphant return to epic fantasy, with a new chapter in the lives of King Simon and Queen Miriamele. Coming more than 25 years after the release of The Dragonbone Chair, The Last King of Osten Ard is set to be a sequel trilogy to Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, beginning with The Witchwood Crown, continuing with Empire of Grass, and concluding with The Navigator’s Children.
No official cover or synopsis yet, but we do have a teaser:
In this new trilogy, Williams journeys back to the magical land of Osten Ard and continues the story of beloved characters King Simon and Queen Miriamele, married now for thirty years, and introduces newcomer Prince Morgan, their heir apparent. Also expanded is the story of the twin babies born to Prince Josua and Lady Vorzheva—a birth heralded by prophecy, which has been the subject of feverish fan speculation since the release of To Green Angel Tower in 1993.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to juggle my reading stacks and find time to delve into the other return to the fantasy novels of my youth and catch up with The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant before Hobb and Williams land on my self!