Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, we’re talking about anticipated releases! Books you can’t wait to read, but will only come out in the first half of 2019. I have to admit that I’m a little bit less up-to-date with new releases lately, because I’ve been focusing more on secondhand books, backlist ones, and translated works from foreign authors. Anyway, here are the books I’m excited to read.
The Girl King by Mimi Yu – January 8th, 2019
This is a YA fantasy about two sisters, one destined to become the first female ruler of the Empire, the other destined to live in her shadow. Until their father declares their male cousin as the heir instead. Lu is determined to take back her birthright, while Min has to deal with the powers that awaken inside her. Who’s going to take the throne? I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS! I love everything about that synopsis, and I need to read it soon.
King of Scars (Nikolai #1) by Leigh Bardugo – January 29th, 2019
Who’s surprised this is on my list? Absolutely no one. It’s been a long time since I’ve read the Grisha trilogy in which Nikolai first appears, so maybe I’ll re-read that next year before picking this one up. Anyway, he was one of my favorite characters, so I’m happy he gets his own books now.
Courting Darkness (Courting Darkness #1) by Robin Lafevers – February 5th, 2019
I can’t tell you how excited I am to return to the women trained at the Convent of Saint Mortain. I read the His Fair Assassin series when I first got back into reading a few years ago, and absolutely loved it. Medieval times + nuns + assassins + court intrigue = happy readers. Now we’re returning with Sybella, and I’m so excited! This is another one in which I’ll probably have to re-read the first three books because it’s been so long.
The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie – February 14th, 2019
I have absolutely no idea what this is about. All I know is that this is what the Goodreads synopsis says,
Listen. A god is speaking.
My voice echoes through the stone of your master’s castle.
This castle where he finds his uncle on his father’s throne.
You want to help him. You cannot.
You are the only one who can hear me.
You will change the world.
The Shadow Glass (The Bone Witch #3) by Rin Chupeco – March 1st, 2019
I reread the first book in the series in 2018 so I could go into the second one with a fresh mind. Now, I can’t wait to read the third one! This series is so good. If you enjoy YA fantasy, especially ones with a slower pace that are character-driven, you’ll probably love this one.
A Place for Wolves by Kosoko Jackson – April 2nd, 2019
I don’t know much about this book other than it being an LGBTQ+ historical fiction novel. That’s really all I need to know to add this to my list. I guess I’ll find out more in April (or a few months later, because I never have my shit together like that).
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He – April 2nd, 2019
Descendant of the Crane is a Chinese-inspired fantasy about a princess who’s always shirked her responsibilities, until her father is murdered and she has to rule the kingdom. I also believe she does some illegal things to find out who killed her father!
Holy Sister (Book of the Ancestor #3) by Mark Lawrence – April 4th, 2019
This might be my most anticipated release of the year. I adore this series, and I’ve been dying to read the third book. If you don’t know, this series follows Nona who starts training at the Convent of Sweet Mercy. She wants to become a Red Sister (Sister of combat), but even as an 8-year-old she has managed to make some powerful enemies. The cast of characters consists of like 98% women, and it’s glorious.
The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala – April 23rd, 2019
This story follows Esha, who moonlights as the rebels’ assassin called Viper. All she wants is revenge for what was taken from her during the royal coup. Her latest assignment? Taking down general Hotha. You all know I’m present when there’s a fantasy novel about revenge, assassins, and rebels.
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal – May 14th, 2019
‘Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king.’ Remember what I just said about assassins and fantasy? I’m excited!
I can’t wait to read these 10 books. Someone hold me accountable and make sure I actually read these in 2019! I’m hoping to, because they all sound epic. What are your most anticipated reads for the first half of 2019?