Most Anticipated Reads of 2018

As we head into the final weeks of the year, I wanted to hijack my usual "Waiting On" Wednesday event (originally hosted at Breaking the Spine, and now over at Wishful Endings as Can’t Wait Wednesday) to focus not just on one title, but look ahead to the next year. This is, by no means, meant to be an exhaustive list of all the big releases coming out next year. Instead, it's an exploration of those titles that I most desperately want to read.

JANUARY brings us City of Endless Night by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, the latest in the Agent Pendergast saga, one of my favorite literary characters of all time. It's a shame the TV series pitch didn't take off, because I would have loved to see Aloysius on the screen.

Next up is Shroud of Eternity by Terry Goodkind, the second epic fantasy adventure focused on Sister Nicci, a series that rekindled my love for the saga by moving away from prophecy and back into adventure.

Finally, the newcomer of the bunch i Choosing a Master by S. M. Perlow, an exciting new vampire novel that came my way as an ARC last month.

FEBRUARY looks to be a busy month, kicking off with Child of a Mad God, the launch of a new epic fantasy series by R.A. Salvatore. While he will always be known as the father of Drizzt, I have enjoyed his non-Forgotten Realms sagas as well.

One of the most exciting releases of the month is Art of War: Anthology for Charity edited by Petros Triantafyllou. I don't recall the last time I saw a cast of author that excited me this much, with Mark Lawrence, Brian Staveley, Sebastien De Castell, C.T. Phipps, Rob J. Hayes, and Nicholas Eames just a few.

The Armored Saint by Myke Cole is another ARC-in-hand that I'm excited about, the first book in his Sacred Throne epic fantasy trilogy.

Finally, in what has become an annual tradition, Greg Cox brings us The Librarians and the Pot of Gold, the third TV tie-in for one of my favorite genre shows and a follow-up to two fantastic books.

MARCH opens up with Blood of the Four by Christopher Golden & Tim Lebbon, an epic, standalone, dark fantasy novel from two of the most exciting names in the field.

A Veil of Spears comes next, the third book in Song of Shattered Sands by Bradley P. Beaulieu, which promises to be one of the year's top reads.

Closing out the month is a pleasant surprise that I'm sure I will be reading long before March (I got an ARC last week) with Elizabeth Bear taking us back into the world of Karen Memory with Stone Mad,

APRIL seems to be a slower month at the moment, but with a pair of exciting releases, starting with Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence. Even if I had my issues with the first book, this is still a must read, and I have high hopes.

The month also brings us The Forbidden City by Deborah Wolf, the second book the The Dragon's Legacy, and a sequel to a book I really, really need to get off my butt and finish before then.

MAY looks to be a kick-ass month, starting with Dragon Road by Joseph Brassey, the second book of The Drifting Lands. I still need to give the first book a read, but I love the Firefly meets Final Fantasy blurb.

One of my most anticipated books of the year lands in May as well, with Owl and the Tiger Thieves by Kristi Charish, the 4th book of her Indiana Jane adventures.

After what seems like an endless series of rescheduled release dates, Raymond E. Feist finally brings us the long-awaited first book in his post-Riftwar saga with King of Ashes. Even if the date should move again, I already have an ARC, so I'm not worried.

JUNE looks to be pretty busy as well, which means plenty of birthday present ideas (hint, hint), starting with The Empire of Ashes by Anthony Ryan, which I'm hoping can recapture the adventure of the first book.

Starless by Jacqueline Carey has me really excited, both because it's a new Carey novel, and because it sounds like a welcome return to the fantasy days of her Kushiel saga.

Outcasts of Order by L. E. Modesitt, Jr is the latest Recluce novel, and a direct sequel to last year's The Mongrel Mage.

Also out in June is The Skaar Invasion by Terry Brooks, the second book of his epic four-part conclusion to the Shannara series.

JULY doesn't have a lot of titles announced yet, but it does have Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames, the sequel to one of my favorite books of 2017. Seriously, if this is half as fun as the first book, it will be worth waiting for,

Redemption's Blade: After The War by Adrian Tchaikovsky is another book that I'm anxiously awaiting, a new dark fantasy that sounds fantastic.

AUGUST open up with Privateer by Margaret Weis & Robert Krammes, the second book of their swashbuckling adventures of the Dragon Corsairs, which sounds like a lot of fun.

I'm embarrassed to say I still have yet to read the first two books in the series, even though they're staring at me from the shelf, but The Dragon Lords: Bad Faith by Jon Hollins offers up more of his Guardians of the Galaxy meets the Hobbit series.

Finally, Ravencry releases in August as well, the second gritty installment of the Raven's Mark series from Ed McDonald. The first book was a genuine surprise, and I'm anxious to see where he takes the story next.

There aren't a lot of titles announced for the rest of the year, at least now yet, but SEPTEMBER does have Poor Relations by Jo Walton on the schedule, one of the few science fiction title to catch my eye, along with the long-awaited Initiates of the Blood by Cecilia Tan, in which ancient magic is accessed through modern BDSM.

NOVEMBER is home to the other science fiction title, with Willful Child: The Search for Spark by Steven Erikson, the third book of his parody/homage to the genre.

*please note, of course, that publication dates can (and often do) change frequently, so please let me know if you spot a title that's shifted down the calendar


  1. Some interesting books here. I bought a copy of the first Nicolas Eames book after seeing the synopsis for this one - plus it seems like so many people love it!

  2. Oooo... there are a number of books here that I, too, will be waiting for ! Poor Relations by Jo Walton is a given - she is one of the most talented and versatile writers out there. I am also looking forward to the next Modesitt novel, having read the first one in this reboot of the Recluce series and thoroughly enjoying it and ANYTHING by Adrian Tchaikovsky... Thank you so much for this informative post:))

  3. You're well organised for reads for next year on your wishlist! I've not seen many yet for my wishlist but I haven't started looking yet!


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