I Can't Wait for... Most Anticipated 2021 Releases (Part 2)

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about and have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released, but not necessarily. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was originally hosted at Breaking the Spine. 

For 2 weeks I've shifted gears a bit from highlighting individual titles to showcase my most anticipated releases of next year, starting with those hitting shelves January through April last week, and now continuing through the end of 2021.



  • Girl One by Sara Flannery Murphy has been called Orphan Black meets Margaret Atwood, a twisty supernatural thriller about female power and the bonds of sisterhood, and it sounds fantastic. [June 1st]
  • The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri begins the powerful Burning Kingdoms trilogy, in which two women—a long-imprisoned princess and a maidservant in possession of forbidden magic—come together to rewrite the fate of an empire. [June 8th]
  • The Tangleroot Palace by Marjorie Liu is a collection of dark, lush, and spellbinding short fiction, full of unexpected detours, dangerous magic, and even more dangerous women. [June 15th]
  • Play of Shadows by Sebastien de Castell offers up more swordplay, magic, intrigue and friendships stronger than iron in the first book in a new swashbuckling fantasy series. [June 29th]


  • The Empire’s Ruin by Brian Staveley is he first book in a new epic fantasy trilogy based in the world of the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, in which the Annurian Empire is disintegrating, the ranks of the Kettral have been decimated from within, and the kenta gates can no longer be used. [July 6th]
  • A Desert Torn Asunder by Bradley P. Beaulieu is the final book in The Song of the Shattered Sands series in which the plans of the desert gods are coming to fruition. [July 13th]
  • Coming Soon by Rachel Kramer Bussel is an anthology that explores how what makes us come, what makes us ache, what makes us yearn, doesn’t always stay the same throughout our lives. [July 13th]
  • Mother of All by Jenna Glass is the third and final book in this riveting feminist fantasy, in which an evil new magic threatens to undo all the progress women have made. [July 20th]


  • Winterlight by Kristen Britain doesn't have a cover or a blurb yet, but it's the latest in her Green Rider saga, and that makes it one of my most anticipated novels of the year! [September 7th]
  • The Veiled Throne by Ken Liu takes us back to the sweeping saga of the award-winning Dandelion Dynasty, where the invasion of Dara is complete, the Wall of Storms breached, and the world opened to new possibilities for both gods and peoples of both empires. [November 2nd]
  • The God is Not Willing by Steven Erikson is the first book of The Toblakai Trilogy, a series about Karsa Orlong, his legacy, and how the Malazan world isn’t about to let him rest. [November 9th]
  • The Jhistal by Ian C. Esslemont is either the first in an all-new prequel trilogy or the next in the Path to Ascendancy series but, either way, it's another prologue to the Malazan Book of the Fallen.[November 17th]

Release Dates TBD

  • Cassiel's Servant by Jacqueline Carey retells the events of Kushiel's Dart from the warrior-priest’s point of view, starting with his own childhood and training and following his epic quest to avert the conquest of Terre D’Ange. [2021]
  • Losing Gravity by Kameron Hurley is pitched as pitched as Killing Eve meets Die Hard, in space and, really, what more do we need to know? [2021]


  1. I'm excited for quite a few of these, but especially The Blacktongue Thief:-)

  2. Another exciting list. Of these, Black Tongue Thief and The Empire's Ruin are priorities.


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