There are some sequels and next installments in fantasy series I enjoy that I’m really looking forward to reading in the early months of 2016 and will hopefully be reviewing once I’ve got my hands on them so I just wanted to lay three of them out! There will probably be more posts like this because 2016 is looking like a great year for fantasy!
1.) Daughter of Blood – Helen Lowe
The third book in the Wall Of Night series is due out January 28th (TOMORROW) and I almost cannot contain my excitement. This series is one of my all-time favourites with fantastic world-building and multi-faceted characters. I have a synopsis of the series as a whole in my Top Ten so head over there for a more general view but this installment follows Malian and Kalan as they turn for home, racing the rising tide of Swarm influence in a desperate bid to save a people that despise what they are.
2.) A Gathering of Shadows – V. E. Schwab
The second book from Victoria Schwab about her fascinating world of four Londons. The first book, A Darker Shade of Magic introduced Kell and Lila and a world divided in four including a city where magic is revered and celebrated, a despairing city that has forgotten the magic it once held, a vicious city where magic is murdered for and a forgotten city that proves an example of the potential danger magic can bring. This book will be published Feb 23rd and explores the aftermath of the events of the first book as the dangerous Black London wakes from its enforced slumber and the effects are felt across all it’s sister cities.
3.) The Rose and the Dagger – Renee Ahdieh
Another sequel, this time to the 1001 Arabian nights retelling, The Wrath and the Dawn. The first book was vibrant and fast-paced and definitely left me wanting more! Following the guidelines of the classic tale, Ahdieh tells the story of a cursed Caliph who must kill each wife he marries on their wedding night, until he weds Shahrzad and all hell breaks lose. There were some cliches in the first book but the passion and adrenaline carries the reader through those and I’m excited for the last book in this duology. I’m also very excited that it IS a duology and breaks the endless cycle of triologies that has dominated fantasy. ALSO also, look at the beautiful cover! This book is due May 3rd and I can’t wait.