I think it’s time for another round of Books to Look Out For, where I babble on about books I think you should have on your radar. This week I’m focussing on non-YA fantasy novels (Big Fat Fantasy, if you’ve been following my SpecFic101 posts!)
1. The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3) by Brent Weeks – Published August 26th 2014 by Orbit
As the old gods awaken and satrapies splinter, the Chromeria races to find its lost Prism, the only man who may be able to stop catastrophe. But Gavin Guile is enslaved on a pirate galley. Worse, Gavin no longer has the one thing that defined him — the ability to draft.
Without the protection of his father, Kip Guile will have to face a master of shadows alone as his grandfather moves to choose a new Prism and put himself in power. With Teia and Karris, Kip will have to use all his wits to survive a secret war between noble houses, religious factions, rebels, and an ascendant order of hidden assassins, The Broken Eye.
2. The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) by N.K. Jemisin – Published 2015 by Orbit
The Fifth Season is set in a world which has suffered frequent, repeated Extinction Level Events for millions of years, and all life (and magic) in this world has adapted to it. Hundreds of years might pass between these events—easy, plentiful years in which great cities rise, and people have the leisure for art and science and rapid advancement—but then, again and again, the cities fall. The world is littered with the detritus of these times of plenty, and this cover hints at them: past ages of decadence, now decaying; stone that endures beneath flaking gilt.
3. Gleam (The Factory Trilogy #1) by Tom Fletcher – Published September 4th 2014 by Jo Fletcher Books
In this Gormenghastian world the Factory is the law – but that does not
The Gargantuan factory of Gleam has seen a millennia of decreasing population. Now the central district is fully inhabited and operational; the outskirts have been left for the wilderness to reclaim. This decaying, lawless zone is the Discard; the home of Wild Alan. He’s convinced that the Gleam authorities were behind the disaster that killed his parents and his ambition is to prove it. But he’ll uncover more secrets than he bargained for.
4. Unholy War (Moontide Quartet #3) by David Hair – Published October 2nd 2014 by Jo Fletcher Books.
The Third Crusade has just suffered an unprecedented military disaster. In such a war, nothing is holy.
Shaliyah now has a new name: Mother of Victories. In the wake of the devastating battle before her walls, everything has changed: the East is rising, bringing equal measures of hope and despair to the magical world of Urte. And while the armies of east and west clash in ever more-bloody conflict, emperors, Inquisitors, Souldrinkers and assassins all have their attention turned elsewhere as they hunt the Scytale of Corineus. The artefact is in the hands of the unlikely guardians, what they choose to do with it could change the world forever.
5. The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord – Published January 2015 by Jo Fletcher Books
For years, Rafi Delarua saw his family suffer under his father’s unethical use of psionic power. Now the government has Rafi under close watch but, hating their crude attempts to analyse his brain, he escapes to the planet Punartam, where his abilities are the norm, not the exception. Punartam is also the centre for his favourite sport, wallrunning – and thanks to his best friend, he has found a way to train with the elite.
But Rafi soon realises he’s playing quite a different game, for the galaxy is changing; unrest is spreading and the Zhinuvian cartels are plotting, making the stars a far more dangerous place to aim. There may yet be one solution – involving interstellar travel, galactic power and the love of a beautiful game.
So many awesome books! Doing these posts always gets me really excited for upcoming titles.