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Most Anticipated Reads of 2020

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

Every city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She’s got five.

But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs beneath the earth, threatening to destroy the city and her five protectors unless they can come together and stop it once and for all.

N.K. Jemisin is a fantasy master. Her Broken Earth trilogy is critically acclaimed – each of the books has won the Hugo award for Best Novel, which I don’t actually believe has been done before. I’m really looking forward to something new from her – a bit of an urban fantasy which I haven’t seen before from Jemisin. And that premise sounds goooooooood.

Malorie by Josh Malerman

Say what you want about the film Bird Box, the book was brilliant. Easily the most terrifying book I have ever read (Stephen King, who?) and a cracking central character in Malorie.
As of right now, there isn’t much information on the plot of the story, save that Malorie takes “centre stage” in this novel (I mean, she did in the first one, but anyway). Regardless, I’m excited. And I’m more than ready for the next chapter in this horror-post-apocalyptic tale, where you must remain blindfolded to survive. Just don’t reboot the Bird Box Challenge, we’ve had quite enough of idiots walking out into traffic with sleep masks on, thank you.
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Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee

Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of training to become the queen’s next royal spy, her plans are derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo.

And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life.

I feel like I have been waiting forever for Lori M Lee to bring us something new! I adored Gates of Thread and Stone, but that came out in 2014 and its sequel in 2015 – a five year gap is just cruelty! A fantasy spy novel is right up my alley, and I already know Lee can deliver. Just can’t wait until I get this one in my hands!

Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender

An ambitious young woman with the power to control minds seeks vengeance against the royals who murdered her family, in a Caribbean-inspired fantasy world embattled by colonial oppression.

I adore Caribbean-inspired fantasy; and this one feels like it’s ready and primed to rock my world. Magic, murder, manipulation and morally-grey characters? Sign me up, please!

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will revisit the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games.

It’s the prequel none of us asked for but, let’s face it, the one we’re all going to read. Did the Hunger Games series need to be revisited? Probably not. Will Suzanne Collins deliver? I bet she will. The Hunger Games will always be a firm favourite of mine – to this day I’m still blown away with Collins’ story-telling ability. I think this prequel, with younger versions of characters we have already met, could easily be a great addition to the world. I think it’ll be a ‘fun’ survivalist read – just maybe we shouldn’t all take it too seriously.

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas launches her brand-new CRESCENT CITY series with House of Earth and Blood: the story of half-Fae and half-human Bryce Quinlan as she seeks revenge in a contemporary fantasy world of magic, danger, and searing romance.

I have stalked Sarah J Maas’s Pinterest page for basically 85 years at this point and there has been some stunning book inspo pinned all over for absolute yonks now. Whatever this “Crescent City” board was, it intrigued & confused me for years until finally, many years later, the first book in the series will definitely, actually, 100% certainly and officially be releasing next March. Probably. And it’s an adult series. I’m so ready.

The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho

A bandit walks into a coffeehouse, and it all goes downhill from there. Guet Imm, a young votary of the Order of the Pure Moon, joins up with an eclectic group of thieves (whether they like it or not) in order to protect a sacred object, and finds herself in a far more complicated situation than she could have ever imagined.

I may not have read any Zen Cho yet (I know, shoot me), but I’m pleased as punch to be starting with this one. A wuxia fantasy – one I’m excited to read as I’ve only every watched wuxia, never read – slated to be brilliantly written with fab characters and touching themes of identity and self-love. And damn, I really want to know the meaning behind that cool-but-also-weird-and-overly-long-title. Summer 2020 cannot come soon enough!



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