Greetings to you, my fellow reader!
So, it took me a while to populate a list of those books I’m excited about this year, then when the list got weirdly long, I figured I’d rather divide it to categories. So here is the first part of my list of debut fantasy books coming out this year. I am not using a chronological or alphabetical order, just whatever pops into my head.
1. The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden (January 10)
That’s the book on my desk now, and so far I like it a lot that it’s probably next on my review list. I won’t write about it here then, but I must say that Ms. Arden has crafted a vivid Russian fairytale setting, which blends traditions, family and mysticism, into a very pretty piece of prose. This is one book you should be seeking out now.
This book deals the eternal question: what would you give to live the life you’ve always wanted? The novel is set in 19th century Bavaria, and features a talented young female protagonist, goblins, kings — a winning recipe already!
3. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, by Julie C. Dao
I’ve got neither a date nor a cover for this one, but the setting is really exciting! Ms. Dao is giving us her own take on the evil queen of Snow White, but from an Asian perspective! We have been promised a detailed venture into Chinese mythology and folklore, and Ms. Dao has already mentioned a lot of really interesting stuff on her blog. This one is definitely on my list.
4. Dr. Potter’s Medicine Show, by Eric Scott Fischl (February 7)
Another interesting setting. A man running a medicine show is selling his own “snake oil”. But it appears there’s an arcane/alchemical side to it, and things go awry. This one — it seems — is grittier than the others on this list, but from what I’ve read so far, it looks like a wild ride.
5. Caraval, by Stephanie Garber (January 31)
Don’t tell me you haven’t heard of this one, because I’ve heard a lot of good stuff. Two sisters get invited to a game show, the type only a few get to see in their lifetimes. Of course, the stakes are sky high, and the show is headed in the dark direction. Some have likened this book to Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern, which is an awesome tagline for me in itself.
That’s it for today, see ya next time!