23 for 2023: My Most Anticipated Reads for 2023

This is the post where I look forward to the books that are supposed to be coming in the year ahead and start drooling over the ones I want to read the most.

It’s also an opportunity to look back at last year’s list and see how I did, as well as how they did. Some publishing plans don’t survive first contact with reality and the books don’t come out when intended. Or sometimes even yet. And that’s true for two of the books on last year’s list, Hiss Me Deadly and Warrior of the Wind. I do still want to read both of them, but their publication plans look a bit nebulous. Someday, I hope.

My own reading life is also more than a bit of life happening while making other plans. Out of the remaining 20 books I listed last year, my round tuit didn’t stretch to four of them, Aspects, Babel, The Discord of Gods and Fevered Star. I have audiobooks for both Babel and The Discord of Gods, but they are audiobooks I bought. Netgalley started letting me get review audiobooks and those have pushed audiobooks I purchase further down the queue. As far as Aspects and Fevered Star, those just ran into the “so many books, so little time” buzzsaw.

Back to this year, and the titles that are currently on the top of my “hit parade”. Some of the books don’t have final cover art as yet so I’m not judging any of these by their covers. As always with anticipated books lists, most of these are either in series I’m in the middle of, by authors whose work I’m already well-acquainted with, or a combination of the two. It’s difficult to look forward to something specific that one doesn’t yet know exists.

Howsomever, I am always looking forward to new-to-me authors and series in general – and the journey of discovery that awaits me therein.


Antimatter Blues (Mickey7 #2) by Edward Ashton
Blind Fear (Finn Thriller #3) by Brandon Webb and John David Mann
Contrarian (Grand Illusion #3) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Cassiel’s Servant (Kushiel’s Legacy #4) by Jacqueline Carey
City Under One Roof by Iris Yamashita
The Cleaving by Juliet McKenna
The Cliff’s Edge (Bess Crawford #13)  by Charles Todd
Dead Country (Craft Wars #1) by Max Gladstone
Don’t Open the Door (Regan Merritt #2) by Allison Brennan
The Ghosts of Trappist (NeoG #3) by K.B. Wagers
The Lady from Burma (Sparks & Bainbridge #5) by Allison Montclair
Never Too Old to Save the World edited by Alana Jolie Abbott and Addie J. King
Scarlet (Scarlet Revolution #1) by Genevieve Cogman
Spring’s Arcana (Dead God’s Heart #1)  by Lilith Saintcrow
Starter Villain by John Scalzi
Thornhedge by T. Kingfisher
Translation State (Imperial Radch) by Ann Leckie
Untethered Sky by Fonda Lee
Vampire Weekend  by Mike Chen
The Way Home (Last Unicorn #2)  by Peter S. Beagle
The Way of the Bear (Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito #26)  by Anne Hillerman
The White Lady by Jacqueline Winspear
Who Cries for the Lost (Sebastian St. Cyr #18) by C.S. Harris

Top 10(ish) of 2021: Most Anticipated Books for 2022

Welcome to my last and final post for 2021! It’s hard to believe that today is the last day of 2021, yet another year where I plan to stay up to make sure it’s over.

This is also my annual post looking forward at the books I’m anticipating the most in the New Year. Although this post is part of @KimberlyFayeReads Top 10 of 2021 I’ve never pretended to only be looking forward to 10 specific books in a coming year. I’m not even embarrassed at having the number inch up every year, although I’ll have to stop eventually as it’s starting to get unwieldy to say the least!

So this is my “22 for 2022” post, along with a bit of a look back at what I thought I was looking forward to this time last year vs. what I actually ended up reading. It turns out that out of last year’s list of 21 books, I didn’t quite get the “round tuit” for 5. There’s one I know I’ll get back to for certain, it just wasn’t quite the right book at the right time when I picked it up. Two of the others are possible but I’d have to be in the right mood and I clearly wasn’t. Some of 2020’s doldrums continue. And two I started and they just weren’t my jam and probably won’t rise back up the virtually towering TBR pile. So many books, so little time, c’est la reading vie and all that.

And now we turn to the year that begins, OMG, tomorrow. Or in the wee hours of tonight.

The books on this list are from series I’m in the middle of, authors I’m familiar with, or both. Because that is the way. I’m already invested and I want more of the same. Or in one case, I’m still dealing with the book hangover from the last book in the series so I’m clinging to that world by my reading fingernails. (I’m looking at you, Jade Setter of Janloon.) Not that I won’t read plenty of new-to-me series and authors as 2022 goes on its merry way. I’m just not anticipating those books nearly as much.

Drumroll please!

Aspects by John M. Ford
Babel : Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of The Oxford Translators’ Revolution by R. F. Kuang
Back to the Garden by Laurie R. King
Councilor (Grand Illusion #2) by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
The Discord of Gods (Chorus of Dragons #5) by Jenn Lyons
Fevered Star (Between Earth and Sky #2) by Rebecca Roanhorse
Fires of Edo (Shinobi Mystery #8) by Susan Spann
The Grief of Stones (Cemeteries of Amalo #2, Goblin Emperor #3) by Katherine Addison
Hiss Me Deadly (Cat in the Stacks #15) by Miranda James
The Jade Setter of Janloon (Green Bone Saga #0.5) by Fonda Lee
The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi
Last Exit by Max Gladstone
Lightning in a Mirror (Fogg Lake #3) by Jayne Ann Krentz
Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher
Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments (Edinburgh Nights #2) by T. L. Huchu
A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Monk & Robot #2) by Becky Chambers
The Sacred Bridge (Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito #25) by Anne Hillerman
A Sunlit Weapon (Maisie Dobbs #17) by Jacqueline Winspear
The Unkept Woman (Sparks & Bainbridge #4) by Allison Montclair
Warrior of the Wind (Nameless Republic #2) by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
When Blood Lies (Sebastian St. Cyr #17) by C.S. Harris
When She Dreams (Burning Cove #6) by Amanda Quick

21 for 2021: My Most Anticipated Books for 2021


Now that 2020 is FINALLY over, it seems like the right time to take a look forward at the year-to-be. As well as a bit of a squint back at the year just ended. Let’s face it, no one is going to want to look back all that hard at 2020 – except the historians who are going to be studying last year FOREVER. But a peek at the books I thought I was going to be reading this year still feels appropriate. Even if this year basically sucked at meeting anyone’s expectations of pretty much anything – including trying to guess what I’d be in the mood for reading.

The look back at last year is well, not good for my average of reading the things that I thought would wow me at the beginning of the year. Out of my 20 most anticipated books from this time last year, I read 14 and have yet to get to 6. Considering that this time last year I looked back to discover I’d only missed one out of 19 – and that only because it didn’t get published – those aren’t good odds leading into this year.

The 6 I missed this year, well, they all got published. One received horrible reviews so I decided that life was just too short to read bad books, even if the first book in the series had been utterly awesome. But the others ran into both the “so many books, so little time” conundrum, along with the special 2020 version of “I just can’t concentrate on anything” headache. Most of them are still books I intend to get to, as they are almost all parts of series that I really enjoyed.

Which leads us to this year that has just begun. I’ve decided to continue listing lots of books in anticipation. I read 250+ books a year so thinking that I’m hoping real hard for 20 or so in particular still seems semi-sensible, even though I did sorta/kinda cut down the best books list. From here, I don’t know which books will be made of win this coming year, but I should have some clue which were the best of the bunch I finished.

So, another drumroll for this list. The books I’m most anticipating in 2021 – even if I don’t have cover pictures for quite all of them. Yet.

Act Your Age, Eve Brown (Brown Sisters #3) by Talia Hibbert
Cast in Conflict (Chronicles of Elantra #16) by Michelle Sagara
Castle Shade (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #17) by Laurie R. King
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Chief Inspector Gamache #17 (currently untitled) by Louise Penny
The Dating Plan by Sara Desai
A Desolation Called Peace (Teixcalaan #2) by Arkady Martine
The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
Fugitive Telemetry (Murderbot Diaries #6) by Martha Wells
Hold Fast Through the Fire (NeoG #2) by K.B. Wagers
The House of Always (Chorus of Dragons #4) by Jenn Lyons
Jade Legacy (Green Bone Saga #3) by Fonda Lee
The Minders by John Marrs
Mother of All (Women’s War #3) by Jenna Glass
Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor
The Scavenger Door (Finder Chronicles #3) by Suzanne Palmer
Someone to Cherish (Westcott #8) by Mary Balogh
Stargazer (Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito #24) by Anne Hillerman
What the Devil Knows (Sebastian St. Cyr #16) by C.S. Harris
When the Goddess Wakes (Ring-Sworn Trilogy #3) by Howard Andrew Jones
The Witness for the Dead (Goblin Emperor #2) by Katherine Addison

20 for 2020: My Most Anticipated Books for 2020

In this final half-week of 2019 it feels like a good time to look forward to the year-to-be. With just a bit of a look back at the year that was.

Or at least the year that I thought would be this time last year.

I’m surprised to discover that out of the 19 books I said I really, really wanted to read this year, I read all but one. And the one I didn’t, Lady Hotspur, I didn’t because it didn’t happen in 2019. It is, however, definitely happening in January 2020, so it’s a repeat from last year because I still really, really, really want to read it!

Also, looking at the list for 2020, it’s clear that my reading is leaning more towards SF and Fantasy. Or, at least I have better data about forthcoming SF and Fantasy that I know I want to read. (Locus Magazine does a regular feature on Forthcoming Books and there’s an extensive list in the December 2019 issue)

A lot of the books listed are next-in-series, some in series that I’ve been following for years. Sometimes picking up the next book in a series falls victim to the “so many books, so little time” conundrum. But sometimes you just get hooked so hard that you can’t let go. Ever!

The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison
Back in Black (McGinnis Investigations #1) by Rhys Ford
A Blight of Blackwings (Seven Kennings #2) by Kevin Hearne
The Burning God (Poppy War #3) by R.F. Kuang
Cast in Wisdom (Chronicles of Elantra #15) by Michelle Sagara
The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
Crush the King (Crown of Shards #3) by Jennifer Estep
A Desolation Called Peace (Teixcalaan #2) by Arkady Martine
Deal with the Devil (Mercenary Librarians #1) by Kit Rocha
Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights edited by Patrick Weekes
Driving the Deep (Finder #2) by Suzanne Palmer
The Empire of Gold (Daevabad #3) by S.A. Chakraborty
Lady Hotspur by Tessa Gratton
The Last Emperox (Interdependency #3) by John Scalzi
The Memory of Souls (Chorus of Dragons #3) by Jenn Lyons
Network Effect (Murderbot #5) by Martha Wells
Queen of the Unwanted (Women’s War #2) by Jenna Glass
The Relentless Moon (Lady Astronaut #3) by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Secret Chapter (Invisible Library #6) by Genevieve Cogman
Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey

19 for 2019: My Most Anticipated Books for 2019

On this first “regular” blogging day of the year, I take the opportunity to look back at the books I was most looking forward to last year at this time, and see what happened. Whether the books came out or not, whether I read them or not, whether I liked them or not.

And then to look forwards, literally, at the books I’m most looking forward to in the coming year.

For my “best books” list in 2018, I finally stopped letting the number of bests match the year – it was getting both unwieldy and ridiculous. Howsomever, as I generally read 250+ books in a year, that I might be seriously anticipating 19 or 20 of them is considerably less ridiculous.

Or at least I hope so.

Looking back at last year’s list, one book was cancelled. Or maybe it wasn’t. Edelweiss said it was cancelled, so I stopped looking for it. But it actually came out in May – so I just bought it (The Glory of the Empress by Sean Danker)  That’ll teach me to believe what I read. One book, The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty, has been postponed until January of 2019. It has been moved to this year’s list, and I have an eARC, so I’m sure it really is happening this year. There was one book that just didn’t do it for me when I opened it for the first time. That was The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson. I’m looking for either a long plane ride to try again, or an audiobook. I do want to read it, but the mood just didn’t hit me.

And there was one title change. The voice of common sense, or at least a realization that the title would spark a fair amount of confusion and an endless search for dictionaries, resulting in the second book in John Scalzi’s marvelous Interdependency series changing its name from The Widening Gyre to The Consuming Fire. I contributed just a bit too much to the best seller status on that one, ending up buying the ebook, the audio and a signed print copy when the author was in Athens, GA for a talk and signing.

But here’s what I’m looking forward to reading this year – along with a whole slew of wonderful books that I haven’t met yet!

I read The Consuming Fire and all the other books on my list. As usual, some I loved, some I merely liked, some provided closure and some were visits with old friends.

Now it’s 2019, and here’s this year’s list, with cover pictures for almost everything.

The American Agent (Maisie Dobbs #15) by Jacqueline Winspear
Cast in Oblivion (Chronicles of Elantra #14) by Michelle Sagara
The Dragon Republic (Poppy War #2) by R.F. Kuang
Endgames (Imager Portfolio #12) by L.E. Modesitt, Jr
The Hound of Justice (Janet Watson Chronicles #2) by Claire O’Dell
The Kingdom of Copper (Daevabad #2) by S.A. Chakraborty
Lady Hotspur (Innis Lear #2) by Tessa Gratton
Mahimata (Asiana #2) by Rati Mehrotra
Protect the Prince (Crown of Shards #2) by Jennifer Estep
The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie
The Ruin of Kings (Chorus of Dragons #1) by Jenn Lyons
The Sentence is Death (Hawthorne #2) by Anthony Horowitz
Spaceside (Planetside #2) by Michael Mammay
The Tale Teller (Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito #5) by Anne Hillerman
Tightrope (Burning Cove #3) by Amanda Quick
Triple Jeopardy (Daniel Pitt #2) by Anne Perry
The True Queen (Sorcerer to the Crown #2) by Zen Cho
Warrior of the World (Chronicles of Dasnaria #3) by Jeffe Kennedy
Wild Country (World of the Others #2) by Anne Bishop

18 for 2018: My Most Anticipated Books for 2018

Due to many too many personal events, I’ve anticipated writing this “Anticipated Books” post for several days, but had a whole host of issues reaching the point where I could actually sit down to write it. But here we are, better a bit late than never.

This post is my annual opportunity to take a look back and a look forward, back to what I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this time last year, and…what actually happened. Some books don’t meet their anticipated publication schedules, and sometimes they do, but just don’t work for me after all – or at least don’t at the time. And both those things happened with last year’s list.

Looking back, there are two books on last year’s list that not only didn’t come out last year, but still don’t have scheduled publication dates. Admittedly, when I listed both Chronicles of Promise Paen #3 by WC Bauers and Sorcerer Royal by Zen Cho, I knew I was listing my hopes based on no data whatsoever, and so it proved.

There turned out to be a few books on the list that were supposed to come out in 2017, but are now scheduled for 2018; Frenchman and Rampart (now titled Frenchmen Street) by Suzanne Johnson, #13 in the Chronicles of Elantra by Michelle Sagara (Cast in Deception) and the 15th Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes story by Laurie R. King (Island of the Mad).

And, last but hopefully, eventually, not least, although the 6th book in the Craft Sequence by Max Gladstone did come out in 2017 under the title Ruin of Angels, when I picked it up it turned out to not be the right book for me, or at least not at the right time for me. I haven’t abandoned it, but I have set it aside for a bit.

I did read (and generally love) the other books I looked so forward to this time last year. Here’s hoping I fare as well (or even better) with this year’s list!

By Fire Above (Signal Airship #2) by Robyn Bennis
Cast in Deception (Chronicles of Elantra #13) by Michelle Sagara
Cave of Bones (Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito #22) by Anne Hillerman
City of Ink (Li Du #3) by Elsa Hart
Frenchmen Street (Sentinels of New Orleans #6) by Suzanne Johnson
Gift of Griffins (Faraman Prophecy #2) by V.M. Escalada
The Glory of the Empress (Evgardian #3) by Sean Danker
Head On (Lock In #2) by John Scalzi
Hurts to Love You (Forbidden Hearts #3) by Alisha Rai
Into the Fire (Vatta’s Peace #2) by Elizabeth Moon
Island of the Mad (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #15) by Laurie R. King
The Kingdom of Copper (Daevabad #2) by S.A. Chakraborty
Lake Silence (The Others #6) by Anne Bishop
The Lost Plot (Invisible Library #4) by Genevieve Cogman
The Monster Baru Cormorant (Baru Cormorant #2) by Seth Dickinson
The Privilege of Peace (Peacekeeper #3) by Tanya Huff
Someone to Care (Westcott #4) by Mary Balogh
The Widening Gyre (Interdependency #2) by John Scalzi

17 for 2017: My Most Anticipated Books of 2017

2017 in candle flames

And we’re back with another edition of “as the page turns”. It’s time to look forward to the fantastic new books that are scheduled to come out this year, and take a look back at the books that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this time last year. Mostly to see whether I actually did get my hands on them.

Out of last year’s 16 books. There were only three that I didn’t get around to, and two of those are because they didn’t get around to being published. A Peace Divided was on last year’s list as Peacekeeper #2, but it looks like more of a sure thing this year. Four Arts #2 was iffy last year and looks iffy this year as well.

One book, Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay, didn’t get read simply because I really, really need a round tuit for this one. I love his books, but I’m a couple behind, and I want to get caught up. Maybe this year?

There’s no review for Jane Steele from last year’s list because it turned out to be a disappointment, and I DNF’ed it. Hopefully the author’s return to Sherlock Holmes this year will work better for me. Lots of people loved Jane Steele, but it just turned out not to be for me.

As always, there are books in this list that I am relatively sure are going to be published this year. There are even a handful that I already have ARCs for. But there are also several that are more rumored, or occasionally simply wished for, than have covers, publication dates or even titles. Hopefully most will arrive in the months ahead.

I can hardly wait!

Assassin’s Price (Imager Portfolio #11) by LE Modesitt Jr.
The Burning Page (Invisible Library #3) by Genevieve Cogman
Cat Shining Bright (Joe Grey #20) by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #13 by Louise Penny
Chronicles of Elantra #13 by Michelle Sagara
Chronicles of Promise Paen #3 by WC Bauers
Cold Welcome (Vatta’s Peace #1) by Elizabeth Moon
The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
Echoes in Death (In Death #44) by JD Robb
Etched in Bone (The Others #5) by Jacqueline Carey
Frenchman and Rampart (Sentinels of New Orleans #6) by Suzanne Johnson
In This Grave Hour (Maisie Dobbs #13) by Jacqueline Winspear
Mary Russell #15 by Laurie R. King
A Peace Divided (Confederation #7, Peacekeeper #2) by Tanya Huff
Silver Silence (Psy-Changeling Trinity #1, Psy-Changeling #19) by Nalini Singh
Six Feet Over (Craft Sequence #6) by Max Gladstone
Sorcerer Royal #2 by Zen Cho

16 for 2016: My Most Anticipated Books of 2016

2016 neon numbers

Looking back at last year’s list, it is always good to discover that the stuff I wanted to read last year isn’t still on my TBR pile for this year, either because I didn’t get around to reading it, or because the author didn’t get around to finish it.

Diana Gabaldon’s Written in My Own Heart’s Blood stayed on the list for a couple of years due to a delay in publication. The next book in that series hasn’t been announced yet, so while I definitely want to read it when it happens, first I have to know it’s going to happen.

Also like last year, most of the books are the “next” book in ongoing series that I follow. If I like something a lot, I tend to keep going. On my other hand, there are more non-series books on here than usual. Generally that’s because I’m familiar with the authors, but in the case of Reader, I Married Him, I’m looking forward to that book as kind of a mirror reflection of Jane Steele, which itself is a funhouse mirror reflection of Jane Eyre. We’ll see.

And there are three books in the list that either have no titles or even tentative titles. Likewise, they have no cover pictures. No publication dates either. Which has no influence whatsoever on the amount of bated breath that I am waiting for them with!

The Alchemy Wars #3 by Ian Tregillis
The Blockade (First Salik War #3) by Jean Johnson
Brotherhood in Death (In Death #42) by J.D. Robb
Cat Shout for Joy (Joe Grey #19) by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #12 by Louise Penny
Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay
Confederation #7/Peacekeeper #2 by Tanya Huff
The Fate of the Tearling (Queen of the Tearling #3) by Erika Johansen
The Forbidden Heir (Four Arts #2) by M.J. Scott
Four Roads Cross (Craft Sequence #5) by Max Gladstone
Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
The Murder of Mary Russell (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #14) by Laurie R. King
Reader I Married Him by Tracy Chevalier et al.
The Shattered Tree (Bess Crawford #8) by Charles Todd
Treachery’s Tools (Imager Portfolio #10) by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
The White Mirror (Li Du #2) by Elsa Hart

15 for 15: My Most Anticipated Books for 2015


I took a look at last year’s list, and was surprised and pleased to discover that I read almost everything I was looking forward to, and even better, liked them! (I have the other two books, but just haven’t gotten a round tuit yet. This is what TBR piles are made of.)

It’s also hard not to miss the trend. The books I’m looking forward to are sequels to things I read last year or new pieces of ongoing series. It is difficult to anticipate something if you don’t know that it exists.

And even though these books aren’t being released until sometime in 2015, I already have arcs for a few of them, and have even read a couple. So far, the stuff I’m looking forward to is every bit as good as I’m hoping it will be.

Speaking of hopes, the dragon book is for Cass (Surprise, surprise!) She adored the first book in the series, liked the second one a lot, and has high hopes for the third one. Because, dragons.

So what books can’t you wait to see in 2015? 


Most anticipated in 2015:
Ancillary Mercy (Imperial Radch #3) by Ann Leckie
Dreaming Spies (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #13) by Laurie R. King
The End of All Things (Old Man’s War #6) by John Scalzi
Flask of the Drunken Master (Shinobi Mystery #3) by Susan Spann
The Invasion of the Tearling (Queen of the Tearling #2) by Erika Johansen
Last First Snow (Craft Sequence #4) by Max Gladstone
Madness in Solidar (Imager Portfolio #9) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Obsession in Death (In Death #40) by J.D. Robb
A Pattern of Lies (Bess Crawford #7) by Charles Todd
Pirate’s Alley (Sentinels of New Orleans #4) by Suzanne Johnson
Ryder: American Treasure (Ryder #2) by Nick Pengelley
Shards of Hope (Psy-Changeling #14) by Nalini Singh
The Talon of the Hawk (Twelve Kingdoms #3) by Jeffe Kennedy
The Terrans (First Salik War #1) by Jean Johnson
The Voyage of the Basilisk (Memoir by Lady Trent #3) by Marie Brennan

A Look Forward: My Most Anticipated Reads for 2014

2014 numbersWhat a difference a year makes!

It was surprisingly easy to pick the books for this list. I know exactly which books I’m dying for this year. Well, the first ten, anyway. I wasn’t planning on fourteen, but Cass jumped in and rounded out the list. (Thanks, Cass!)

Then I took a look back at last year’s list, and my eyes crossed a bit. There are two repeaters. I don’t mean series where the next book in the series is on the list, although that happens too, but two books that were delayed in publication. So I’ve waited a whole year longer than originally planned. (Not that I didn’t find plenty to read instead)

And a couple of things I thought I would read as soon as they came out, I didn’t. (Best laid plans, etc., etc.)

So here’s this year’s set of newly laid plans. Let’s see how it goes. Why do I hear a “bwahahaha”, coming from somewhere in the shadows?

skin game by jim butcherSkin Game by Jim Butcher is the 15th Harry Dresden book. I can’t believe the series has been going on that long. I fell in love with Harry because he started out as a hapless and frequently luckless wizard in my favorite former hometown, Chicago. But I still love his trademark snark, even as Harry has gone from being a two-bit wizard-for-hire to the Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness.

Damnation by Jean Johnson is the fourth book in her Theirs Not to Reason Why military science fiction series. I heard her read from Damnation at WorldCon in San Antonio, and I can’t believe I have to wait until August to finally get the next chapter in Ia’s story. There have been moments in this series that have sent chills down my spine. This entire series has been awesome.

guild by jean johnsonThe Guild, also by Jean Johnson, is the third book in her Guardians of Destiny fantasy romance series. Her military sf is kick ass, but I found her through her fantasy romance, and she’s utterly marvelous. The second book in this series, The Grove, was on my 2013 best list. She does fantasy romance where the fantasy worldbuilding is top notch and her heroines are always the absolute equals of her heroes. Her women have friends who talk to each other, and the plot of the fantasy is as important as the romantic happy ending. Her stories are always a treat!

Cast in Flame by Michelle Sagara is the tenth of the Chronicles of Elantra, and I can’t wait for Kaylin to get back to the city. She belongs there. Removing her from the city and the Courts for two books was interesting and told a lot about her friends among the Barrani, but took away from Kaylin as the center point. I want Kaylin back where she belongs!

silver mirrors by aa aguirreSilver Mirrors by A.A. Aguirre is the second book in their (A.A. Aguirre is the joint pseudonym of Ann and Andres Aguirre) Apparatus Infernum series. The first book, Bronze Gods, was one of my best of 2013. The world is just such an awesome mixture of steampunk and “magic goes away”, with an urban fantasy/detective duo that is something special.

Death Defying by Nina Croft has been the biggest tease for the end of December. It’s also the third book in her Blood Hunter series. I loved the first two books (Break Out and Deadly Pursuit) in that science fiction romance series so damn much that I gave Break Out an SFR Galaxy Award. I’ve been waiting since then. Death Defying almost made it into 2013, but not quite. What is so cool about the Blood Hunter series is that Croft figured out a plausible way for vampires and werewolves to make it into space. So along with a science that has granted immortality to a privileged few, there are vampires, who are also immortal. And it makes sense.

shield of winter by nalini singhShield of Winter by Nalini Singh is lucky 13 in her Psy-Changeling series. I still love this series, but it’s pretty obvious that the overall arc of the worldbuilding is drawing to a conclusion. The Silence Protocol will fall, the questions revolve around what is going to take its place; order or anarchy. I think I’ve become as or more fascinated with the big story than the individual romances. And I simply can’t express how grateful I am that the cover design has improved with Heart of Obsidian and Shield. The previous US covers were simply abominable.

Lock In by John Scalzi. Honestly, I wouldn’t care what the summary said on Goodreads. It’s by Scalzi, and I’m going to get the eARC from Edelweiss as soon as it pops up. But seriously, it sounds cool, but not one of his funny ones. This looks like one of his big idea books mixing virtual-reality, epidemiology and the misuse of power. Wow!

And now for those books that I hoped to see last year, but were delayed in publication…

written in my own hearts blood by diana gabaldonWritten in My Own Heart’s Blood is the eighth doorstop in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. The Outlander series has been described, and it sounds about right to me, as “historical fiction with a Moebius twist”. The past and the future intertwine in a way that has to be read to be believed. Her 18th century is like you are there, and in a way you are, because you are experiencing it through the eyes of a 20th century woman who found the love of her life in 18th century Scotland. Outlander is the standard by which all other time travel historical fiction and romances are judged. I can’t wait to lose three days in the next one.

One-Eyed Jack by Elizabeth Bear is the continuation of her completely splendiferous Promethean Age series. They are portal fantasies, where Faerie exists next door to our world in a way that means events can, and do, affect both us and them, usually to the detriment of one or the other. And whoever scored last has a nasty tendency to strike back. The original cover sucked, and it went back for a better one. At least, that’s what the author said at WorldCon. (The first cover really, really does suck, we’ll have to see about the second one when it gets here. I just want the damn story)

Two books I should be anticipating but aren’t exactly…

Wicked After Midnight by Delilah S. DawsonWicked After Midnight by Delilah S. Dawson and Rex Regis by L.E. Modesitt Jr. These two books have nothing to do with each other, except that they are both January books, and I would normally be chomping at the proverbial bit to get at them. However, I have ARCs. I’ve already read Rex Regis, and can’t recommend it, and the entire Imager Portfolio series, highly enough to anyone who loves epic fantasy.

I started Delilah S. Dawson’s Blud series after I met her at Dragon*Con in 2012. The series is steampunk with a slightly creepy twist to it, but they are darkly enchanting and I scoop up each book as soon as they are available. I know Wicked After Midnight is going to be a treat.

And now for a few words from the Alaskan delegate. Here’s Cass!

tropic of serpents by marie brennanThe Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan! Clearly. I invented a new rating system for Book #1 Then I preordered Serpents 6 months before it’s release. I’ve NEVER preordered something so far in advance. I have no idea what edition it is (hardcover? paperback?), what the cover art looks like…nada. Doesn’t matter. Don’t care. WANT BOOK NOW.

Symbiont by Mira Grant. Argh! I have to see what is happening with the Tapeworm Uprising! And then find some anti-parasitcs to ingest, thus purging my body of our future Tapeworm Overlords.


Wyrd-Sisters by Terry Pratchett new coverThe Discworld Collector’s Library. Holy shit these covers are gorgeous. (http://www.gollancz.co.uk/2013/10/announcing-the-discworld-collectors-library/). I’ve read the covers off several of my favorite Terry Pratchett books, and I upgrades. Particularly the Death, Cultures of Discworld, and Witches Collections. I am only interested in certain Unseen University and City Watch books.

Untitled by Connie Willis. Connie read the first chapter from an untitled (and as yet unfinished) book at WorldCon and I have no idea when it is coming or what it will be called by I am waiting. Credit card in hand. Just give me a sign Connie…..

And there you have it. A few of the books we are looking most forward to in 2014. Of course, there will be more. Lots, lots more.

Which books are you looking forward to the most in 2014?