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This week’s theme is ‘Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019’, so I’m going to be talking about the books published from January-June 2019 that I’m really excited for.
Last year I went pretty crazy and listed a whole bunch of books that had me interested, but this year I’ve decided to make a short list of the books that I’m genuinely interested in pre-ordering and reading as soon as I can get my hands on them. So, without further ado, here are my top ten!
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James: I have been waiting for this book for years. Throughout 2018 I got back into fantasy and I kept talking about how much I wanted to read more African and Asian-inspired fantasy. This African-inspired fantasy is the first in a trilogy, I believe, and it sounds so dark and cool and I am so excited for it.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon: This book is a beast. It’s huge. And it sounds amazing. I haven’t read anything by Samantha Shannon, but I love the sound of this fantasy novel.
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo: You all know that I fell head-over-heels in love with Six of Crows in 2018, so naturally I cannot wait for Bardugo’s new duology – especially as one of the characters from Six of Crows is set to make an appearance!
Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett: I’m always hearing praise for Tor novellas, and I have a few, yet I never pick them up, but I’ve already pre-ordered a copy of this one due out in March. I don’t know The Tempest very well compared to some of Shakespeare’s other plays, but I love the sound of this one set after the events of The Tempest which follows Miranda at her father’s Milanese castle. It involves dark magic and, I believe, an LGBT+ relationship and it’s set in Italy, so I’m here for it!
The Furies by Katie Lowe: This debut features a girl’s boarding school, a clique and hints of witchcraft. I don’t need to know anything else to want to read it.
Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers: I really enjoyed the His Fair Assassin series, so I was very excited to hear that LaFevers is returning to this world and that she’s returning to Sybella and Beast who were my favourites.
The Familiars by Stacey Halls: Historical fiction about witches is one of my weaknesses, and this novel takes place during the Pendle Witch Trials. The Pendle Witch Trials are particularly special to me, as strange as that may sound, because I went to uni in Lancaster and loved it, and this meant I got to learn a lot about this dark part of Lancashire’s history because the ‘witches’ were kept prisoner in Lancaster Castle.
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite: This black comedy set in Nigeria sounds right up my street. It’s not quite anticipated now because it was released on 3 January, but it’s still an early 2019 release and I didn’t want to leave it off my list!
The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs by Katherine Howe: More witches! I really enjoyed The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane and ever since I found out Howe was working on another book with these characters I’ve been so excited for it. The blurb makes me a bit nervous because it doesn’t sound all that different to the first book, but I’m hoping to enjoy it.
The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins: This is Collins’ debut novel and I’ve been keen to check it out ever since I heard it described as a Gothic novel with poc written back into it. I believe Collins wrote this novel because she loves Gothic novels, but she wanted to see a Gothic novel with a heroine who looked more like her at its centre. It sounds brilliant and that cover is gorgeous. I actually have a copy to review from NetGalley, so I may have already read this one by the time you see this list…