Waiting On Wednesday - Most Anticipated Reads of 2013

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. Instead of highlighting a single "can't-wait-to-read" selection this week, I thought I'd take the opportunity to highlight my 10 Most Anticipated Reads of 2013:

A Memory of Light by Jordan and Sanderson
January 8th

With the hardcover release only weeks away, I'm anxious to see how Sanderson will lead us into the final chapters, but I'm even more anxious to read those final scenes, drafted by Jordan before his death. I've been invested in this series for the better part of a decade, and despite a few soft spots where I really doubted whether the saga had a final destination in mind, I've enjoyed every page.

Ice Forged by Gail Z. Martin
January 8th

I've been meaning to give Martin a read for several years now, and have the first two volumes of her Chronicles of the Necromancer saga sitting on my shelf. As much as I'd like to get caught up on that series first, there's always something attractive about diving into a new saga alongside other fans, new and old alike.

Elsewhens by Melanie Rawn
February 19th

After her long absence from the world of fantasy, Rawn returned to publishing with the first 2 books of what would be an unfinished urban fantasy saga. I'm quite excited to see her having returned to the world of fantasy, and even if I'm a book behind, I'm glad to see Tor continuing to support her.

Magicians End by Raymond E. Feist
May 14th

I've fallen way off the rails with Feist's work, with The Serpentwar Saga being my last dip into the world of Midkemia, but the final Riftwar novel has me excited . . . and not just for the ominous title. I've got 2 books to read before this, but I may just have time to catch up.

Quintessence by David Walton
March 19th

A new book from a new author, this is one of those accidental discoveries that immediately captured my attention. It sounds like an interesting read, with a good mix of ideas and entertainment, so here's hoping it's worth the wait.

The Marching Dead by Lee Battersby
March 26th

This is one of those books where I plan to sequester myself away from the world, to find a comfortable spot on the couch, and just chuckle my way through the second chapter of the undead adventures of Marius and Gerd. I'm not sure anything can top the freshness of The Corpse-Rat King, simply because it was such a pleasant surprise, but I'm sure it'll be worth the wait.

River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay
April 2nd

I kind of drifted away from my fellow Canadian for a few years, but coming across a chance mention of the Fionavar connection in his urban fantasy, Ysabel, I've been happily back on board. Under Heaven has been my bedside paperback pleasure read for a while now, and I'm anxious to follow the story through a few more generations.

Unfettered by Shawn Speakman
May (tentative)

With an all-star cast that includes the likes of Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Tad Williams, David Anthony Durham, Michael J. Sullivan, and more, this is a stunning collection being put together for a good cause. Judging by the table of contents, this is one collection I suspect I'll be reading from cover-to-cover.

The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan
August 1st

I'm on the fence as to whether I'll read this one right away, or whether I'll take the time to get caught up on the The Riyria Revelations first. Sullivan has promised the two series can be read in any order, and that exploring the history of Hadrian and Royce won't spoil anything, but I'll have to wait and see.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
September 24th

While The Shining has never been my favourite King novel (I blame that on having seen the movie long before reading the book), I'm curious to see how he'll catch up with Danny Torrance all these years later. I may be reading too much into a cover blurb, but I have a feeling there will be another tie to the Dark Tower saga here.

There are a few others that I'm hoping to see in 2013, like The Last Dark from Stephen R. Donaldson, Highprince of War from by Brandon Sanderson, and King Breaker from Rowena Cory Daniells, but right now they're just glimmers of hope on the horizon, with no firm release dates in sight.


  1. I need to sit down and do a "most anticipated of 2013" list. I have had such a hard time concentrating on books in 2012 (I have no idea why) but I always love the peruse the upcoming titles.

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  2. So many books on your list. It just makes me realize how much behind I am on catching up with some of these series. LOL
    I am intrigued what will Stephen King do in Doctor Sleep too. Knowing him, it will be something unexpected. :D
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  3. OOh nice! Haven't heard of these but they look like intriguing reads!

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  4. Wow, what an amazing list of books! I'm actually doing a list of 10 most anticipated 2013 books on Friday, so you can check them out then if you want :)

    Thanks for visiting my WoW & happy holidays!

  5. Look at all those books! Judging by my tumbling TBR, I could go with a list every week, as I continue to add books all the time! :)

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    Happy holidays! :)

  6. All of these seem incredible. I definitely am going to be checking them out. Thanks for sharing.

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    ~Danica Page
    Taking it One Page at a Time

  7. wow, thats a few, I only do one each week, hard enough to come up with one for me, lol, I have so many ARC of 2013 books, finding one I want and don't have (or didn't post already) is hard, lol

    Hope you enjoy them all when you get them.

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  8. I need to get caught up with Jordan.
    Hope you get to read them soon!
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  9. I generally read YA, so I haven't read any of these books, but I happened to JUST read The Shining for the first time last month, so now I'm really looking forward to Dr. Sleep. And I LOVE the Dark Tower Series!!

    Have fun with all your reading and happy holidays!

  10. LOVE the covers of these books! I've never read anything by these authors but I'm going to check them out. :) Thanks for dropping by my WoW post :)

    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

  11. wow, these all sound very interesting and exciting, Bob. Especially ICE FORGED, MAGICIAN'S END and QUINTESSENCE. If I'm correct the last one was sold for movie adaptation before the publication, but I'm not sure, I think I wrote about it at HOLLYWOOD SPY earlier this year.
    I wish my publishers would release books like these so I could work on them :)


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