2014 Wishlist — Last Books

To end my “2014 Wishlist” posts, I’m going to list a few books that I couldn’t find in a catalogue, but that I know will be released in 2014. I’m really looking forward to all of these books for many different reasons. So here are the last books that are on my wishlist:

Half a King – Joe Abercrombie (July 2014)

Joe AbercrombieA classic coming-of-age tale, set in a brilliantly imagined alternative historical world reminiscent of the Dark Ages with Viking overtones, the book tells the story of Yarvi, youngest son of a warlike king. Born with a crippled hand, he can never live up to his father’s expectations of what a real man should be and his destiny is not the throne but the Ministry, not the sword and shield but the book and the soft word spoken.

Why is this book on the Wishlist?

I’m currently reading “The Blade Itself” and loving it. I love his writing style. I also heard a small part of “Half a King” at a reading at WFC in Brighton last month and now I want to know more! So yes, definitely looking forward to this book.

Prince of Fools – Mark Lawrence (June 3, 2014)

Prince of FoolsThe Red Queen is old but the kings of the Broken Empire dread her like no other. For all her reign, she has fought the long war, contested in secret, against the powers that stand behind nations, for higher stakes than land or gold. Her greatest weapon is The Silent Sister—unseen by most and unspoken of by all.

The Red Queen’s grandson, Prince Jalan Kendeth—drinker, gambler, seducer of women—is one who can see The Silent Sister. Tenth in line for the throne and content with his role as a minor royal, he pretends that the hideous crone is not there. But war is coming. Witnesses claim an undead army is on the march, and the Red Queen has called on her family to defend the realm. Jal thinks it’s all a rumor—nothing that will affect him—but he is wrong.

After escaping a death trap set by the Silent Sister, Jal finds his fate magically intertwined with a fierce Norse warrior. As the two undertake a journey across the Empire to undo the spell, encountering grave dangers, willing women, and an upstart prince named Jorg Ancrath along the way, Jalan gradually catches a glimmer of the truth: he and the Norseman are but pieces in a game, part of a series of moves in the long war—and the Red Queen controls the board.

Why is this book on the Wishlist?

I’m a big Mark Lawrence fan! His Broken Empire trilogy is a beautifully disturbing and though I still need to read the last part, it’s a trilogy that scores big on my all time favourites list. Now I’m curious what this new series will bring to his audience. June is still a long way off, but I’m counting down the days.

Breach Zone – Myke Cole (January 28, 2014)

Breach ZoneThe Great Reawakening did not come quietly. Across the country and in every nation, people began “coming up Latent,” developing terrifying powers—summoning storms, raising the dead, and setting everything they touch ablaze. Those who Manifest must choose: become a sheepdog who protects the flock or a wolf who devours it…

In the wake of a bloody battle at Forward Operating Base Frontier and a scandalous presidential impeachment, Lieutenant Colonel Jan Thorsson, call sign “Harlequin,” becomes a national hero and a pariah to the military that is the only family he’s ever known.

In the fight for Latent equality, Oscar Britton is positioned to lead a rebellion in exile, but a powerful rival beats him to the punch: Scylla, a walking weapon who will stop at nothing to end the human-sanctioned apartheid against her kind.

When Scylla’s inhuman forces invade New York City, the Supernatural Operations Corps are the only soldiers equipped to prevent a massacre. In order to redeem himself with the military, Harlequin will be forced to face off with this havoc-wreaking woman from his past, warped by her power into something evil…

Why is this book on the Wishlist?

I recently finished the first book in this series, Control Point, and I really enjoyed it. I’m not entirely sure military Fantasy is 100% my cup of tea, but nonetheless the book read smoothly and I was invested in the story. I’m going to read the second part of the series asap so that I can immediately read this one when it comes out!

Valor – John Gwynne (July 22, 2014)

ValorThe second in the epic series The Faithful and the Fallen from John Gwynne, an epic fantasy perfect for fans of George R. R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson and Joe Abercrombie.
War has erupted in the Banished Lands as the race for power intensifies.

Corban flees his homeland searching for peace, but he soon discovers that there is no haven in the west as the agents of Rhin and roaming bands of giants hound his every step.

Veradis leaves the battleground and rushes to his King’s side. But he has witnessed both combat and betrayal and his duty weighs heavily upon him.

Maquin seeks only revenge, but pirate slavers and the brutal world of pit-fighting stand in his way.

Nathair becomes embroiled in the wars of the west as Queen Rhin marches against King Owain. The need to find the cauldron of the giants drives him on.

Sides are chosen and oaths will be fulfilled or broken in a land where hell has broken loose.

Why is this book on the Wishlist?

Malice was such a strong debut that I honestly can’t wait to read more from John Gwynne! Though a classic Epic Fantasy tale, it still got a hold of me and played around in my head for quite some time. I’m looking forward to the rest of this awesome story.

The Thorn of Emberlain – Scott Lynch (November 2014)

Scott LynchBook IV of the Gentleman Bastard Sequence

A kingdom torn by civil war.

A breakaway republic, outnumbered on all fronts.

Two thieves caught between avarice and admiration.

Things change forever.

Why is this book on the Wishlist?

Doesn’t need much explanation right? I still have to read “The Republic of Thieves” but I’m planning to begin in it really soon. “The Lies of Locke Lamora” was absolutely fantastic and “Red Seas Under Red Skies” was defnitely on par with the first book. This is a series I’m invested in, so a new part coming out so soon after the last one? Yay!

Dreams of Gods and Monsters – Laini Taylor (April 8, 2014)

Dreams of Gods and MonstersBy way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz … something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?

Why is this book on the Wishlist?

Another series where I adored the first book, but haven’t gotten to the second one yet. I do have it on my shelf and it’s pretty high on the TBR list, so I’m going to try and read it before this one comes out. “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” was amazing, beautiful prose, amazing story, all round fantastic.

The Shotgun Arcana – R.S. Belcher (Fall 2014)

R.S. BelcherI couldn’t find any summary for this book yet!

Why is this book on the Wishlist?

The Six-Gun Tarot was a book that surprised me in 2013. It has a crazy, but fascinating story that I enjoyed very much. I was pleased when I heared there was going to be a sequel, so BAM, on the Wishlist!

 

 

Missed the other parts? Read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

Which books are you looking forward to in 2014? Feel free to link to your own “Most Anticipated” lists or telling me in the comments!

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