Science fiction and fantasy books to look forward to in 2017
By Hodderscape Team
Watch out science fiction and fantasy fans, these books are coming for you.
This year we’ve got debut novels and returning favourites, beginnings of new series and endings (*sob*), books that will take you to outer space and books that will take you to magical realms. Each one of them is out of this world.
The Heart of What Was Lost by Tad Williams
Three decades after the publication of The Dragonbone Chair, a new door to Osten Ard has opened. Memory, Sorrow & Thorn is on the greatest fantasy epics of all time, revered by the likes of George R. R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss, and The Heart of What Was Lost is the perfect introduction to the series.
The world was nearly destroyed, but now knows hope again. At the end of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Ineluki the Storm King, an undead spirit of horrifying, demonic power, came within moments of stopping Time itself and obliterating humankind.
He was defeated by a coalition of mortal men and women joined by his own deathless descendants, the Sithi. In the wake of the Storm King’s fall, Ineluki’s loyal minions, the Norns, retreat north to Nakkiga, an ancient citadel which holds a priceless artefact known as The Heart of What Was Lost.
They are pursued by the army of Duke Isgrimnur who is determined to wipe out the Norns for all time.
The two armies will soon clash in a battle so strange and deadly, so wracked with dark enchantment, that it threatens to destroy not just one side but quite possibly all.
Publication date: 3rd January
The first instalment in an addictive young adult fantasy trilogy, perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass.
Ruby is a Fireblood. In a land ruled by frost, her very existence is a crime. She’s spent her whole life in hiding.
Until the day Frostblood soldiers raid her village and kill her mother. The day she swears to avenge her people.
She must travel deep into the heart of the enemy, to the court of the Frost King, with only the mysterious warrior Arcus – a Frostblood rebel – by her side. But with alliances between flame and ice strictly forbidden, is Arcus friend or foe?
Ruby will only have one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who took everything from her. But she has no idea just how hot her fire will burn…
Publication date: 12th January
Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems. A mesmerising, magical and stunningly imaginative debut novel for anyone who loved The Night Circus and Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show.
Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father.
When the sisters’ long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show’s mastermind organiser, Legend.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak. And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever.
Publication date: 31st January
Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar
A dazzling, ambitious literary debut spanning duplicitous love, family secrets, political intrigue, and a cloud of spacedust over Venus.
A proud nation witnesses Jakub Procházka’s ascent as he launches skyward from a state-owned potato field to become the first ever spaceman of Bohemia.
He thinks he has escaped terrestrial problems – from his father’s legacy as a brutal communist informer to his wife, Lenka, whom he loves yet no longer understands – but he is wrong. Alone above the earth, his only solace comes in the form of a (possibly hallucinatory) arachnid with a penchant for existential philosophy and Nutella.
Museums across the world will carry Jakub’s likeness; schoolchildren will repeat his name for centuries to come. He came to space to tread the heavens, to grasp infinity.
Publication date: 9th March
The Erstwhile (Book 2 in the Vorrh Trilogy) by Brian Catling
Lose yourself again in the heady, mythical expanse of the Vorrh.
The Vorrh is a vast unmapped and very mysterious jungle in Africa. No-one comes out of it in one piece.
Survivors report strange, mind-bending phenomena and horrific monsters. It is rumoured that the Garden of Eden still exists somewhere in the middle of it.
In The Erstwhile it transpires that some angels have escaped Eden and the Vorrh and are living in hiding in London, some in disguise as lunatics in Bedlam, one as a mutilated dog. It’s also revealed that William Blake, a character in these novels, is interacting with these angels.
Good and evil angels and humans, including William Blake, are heading towards a final, Miltonic apocalyptic battle for the soul of humanity.
The Erstwhile is the second book in the Vorrh trilogy.
Publication date: 9th March
The Struggle by Jennifer Armentrout
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Covenant and Lux series comes the third novel in the pulse-pounding, electric Titan series.
Publication date: 20th March
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
A magical new world and a whole host of stunning characters arrive in this brand new, unputdownable novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Laini Taylor.
Since he was five years old Lazlo Strange has been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries – including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?
Publication date: 28th March
Adrenaline-junky Simon Newman sneaks onto private land to explore a dangerous cave in Wales with a strange man he’s met online. But Simon gets more than he bargained for when the expedition goes horribly wrong. Simon emerges, the only survivor, after a rainstorm trap the two in the cave. Simon thinks he’s had a lucky escape.
But his video of his near-death experience has just gone viral.
Suddenly Simon finds himself more famous than he could ever have imagined. Now he’s faced with an impossible task: he’s got to defy death once again, and film the entire thing. The whole world will be watching. There’s only on place on earth for him to pit himself against the elements: Mt Everest, the tallest mountain in the world.
But Everest is also one of the deadliest spots on the planet. Two hundred and eighty people have died trying to reach its peak.
And Simon’s luck is about to run out.
Publication date: 4th May
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh, comes a tale of murder, betrayal and one girl’s courage. This year we’re also publishing The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger for the first time in the UK.
Mariko has always known that being a woman means she’s not in control of her own fate. But Mariko is the daughter of a prominent samurai and a cunning alchemist in her own right, and she refuses to be ignored. When she is ambushed by a group of bandits known as the Black Clan enroute to a political marriage to Minamoto Raiden – the emperor’s son – Mariko realises she has two choices: she can wait to be rescued… or she can take matters into her own hands, hunt down the clan and find the person who wants her dead.
Disguising herself as a peasant boy, Mariko infiltrates the Black Clan’s hideout and befriends their leader, the rebel ronin Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, Okami. Ranmaru and Okami warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. But as Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets that will force her to question everything she’s ever known.
Publication date: 4th May
Kaz, Dora and Jana – three people from three different time periods, brought together by forces they don’t understand, given powers they can barely comprehend.
Their powers have brought them together.
And nothing – not war, not betrayal, and not even death – has been able to tear them apart.
And now, after everything they’ve been through, they’re about to find the bonds of their friendship tested in ways they could never have imagined.
Publication date: 18th May
The Waking Land by Callie Bates
Magic. Adventure. Intrigue. Romance. Revolution. The first in a new fantasy YA trilogy perfect for fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses and Six of Crows.
It’s been twelve years, since King Antoine took Elanna hostage. Fourteen years since her father’s rebellion failed. Fourteen years spent being raised by the man who condemned her people to misery. A man she’s come to love as a father.
Now 20, Elanna is about to be taken prisoner once again… but this time by her father’s mysterious righthand man.
Her father wants to reignite his rebellion, this time using Elanna as figurehead. He will tell his followers she is the legendary Wildegarde reborn, a sorceress who could make the very earth tremble.
But what no one knows is that magic really does flow through Elanna’s veins. Now she must decide which side she’s on, and whether she’ll use her powers for mercy… or revenge.
Publication date: 29th June
The Witchwood Crown continues the story of Simon, servant boy made king and his queen, Miriamele, 30 years after the events of the concluding part of Memory, Sorrow and Thorn. In To Green Angel Tower the might of the Storm King was conquered by The League of the Scroll. Now new troubles have come to the kingdom of Osten Ard, a world where humans, Norns and the Sithi can only live in peace for a little time before war raises its head…
Publication date: 29th June
Lucky Ghost by Matthew Blakstad
The extraordinary new cyber thriller from the author of Sockpuppet.
Early one morning, blogger Alex Kubelick walks up to a total stranger and slaps him across the face. Hard.
They’ve both just earned Emoticoin, in a new, all-consuming game that trades real-life emotions for digital currency. Emoticoin is changing the face of the economy – but someone or something is controlling it for their own, dangerous ends.
As Alex picks apart the tangled threads that hold the virtual game together she finds herself on the run from very real enemies. It seems only one person has the answers she seeks. Someone who hides behind the name ‘Lucky Ghost.’
But Lucky Ghost will only talk to a young hacker called Thimblerig – the online troll who’s been harassing Alex for months.
Will Lucky Ghost lead Alex and Thimblerig to the answers they seek – or to their deaths?
Publication date: 27th July
The Dark Net is a cracked-mirror version of the digital nightmare we already live in, a timely and wildly imaginative techno-thriller from the author of Red Moon.
Twelve-year-old Hannah has been fitted with a high-tech prosthetic that restores her sight, but can’t understand why she can now see shadows surrounding certain people.
Lela, an emotionally shut-off, technophobic journalist stumbles onto a story nobody wants her to uncover. A story someone will kill to keep hidden.
A former evangelist, Mike, suffers demons – figurative and literal – and keeps an arsenal of weapons stored in the basement of the homeless shelter he runs.
And Derek, is a hacker who believes himself a soldier, part of a cyber army dedicated to changing the world for the better.
With the virus spreading throughout the net and an ancient evil threatening to break lose on the real world, it falls to these strangers to stop the rising darkness.
Publication date: 3rd August
City of Circles by Jess Richards
A magical love story between two circus performers, for fans of Angela Carter and Erin Morgenstern by Costa-shortlisted author Jess Richards.
Danu is a tightrope walker who is mourning her parents, after a disease has ravaged the circus where she grew up. Her mother has entrusted her with a locket that hides a secret.
Over the years, Danu pushes away her grief and develops elaborate and successful high-wire acts with Morrie, a charismatic hunchback who wants to marry her. When the circus returns to Danu’s birthplace, Matryoshka, Danu is enchanted by the temples, spice mists, and pleasure seekers within the intoxicating outer circle district.
Here, she finally gains the courage to open her mother’s locket, and discovers the name of a stranger who lives behind the locked gate of the Inner Circle. Fated to remain in Matryoshka, Danu attempts to resolve this mystery . . .
Will she and Morrie ever be reunited, or will something far more unexpected be waiting for her in the mysterious heart of the city?
Publication date: 10th August
The Book of Luce by L.R. Fredericks
A mind-bending mystery spanning continents and centuries for all fans of Neal Stephenson and David Mitchell.
The story begins at a secret gig by the most famous unknown band in the world, and follows its unnamed narrator across decades and continents from psychedelic London to the wild deserts of Nevada, from the back streets of Haight-Ashbury to the snowy wastes of the Himalayas, from a secluded English country house to New York, Parisand Japan, pursued by unknown forces. Are they demons or the police? Agents of mysterious powers or figments of a powerful imagination? Who is pawn and who is player? Murderer or victim? Betrayer or saviour?
And now, forty years later, who sits alone in a room with only memories and strange echoes of the past – prisoner, inmate or guest? Nothing is certain, except that the quest for the truth about Luce will leave no one in its path untouched.
Publication date: 10th August
Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
Pierce Brown expands the size and scope of his #1 New York Times bestselling Red Rising series with a brand-new adventure of revolution and betrayal among the stars.
Publication date: 24th August
Fireblood (Frostblood Saga Book 2) by Elly Blake
The fiery, page-turning second novel in the epic Frostblood trilogy, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass and Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen.
In a world where frost and fire are mortal enemies, which power will win?
Ruby and Arcus have defeated their enemy, and now Arcus must rule as the rightful Frostblood King. But things won’t be easy: as a powerful Fireblood, Ruby cannot win the trust of Arcus’s courtiers. And the evil Minax are an ever-growing threat – if they rise again, everyone will be in danger, whether Frostblood or Fire.
And then Ruby meets a charismatic stranger, Kai, who is tasked with finding her and taking her to the Fireblood kingdom. With this journey comes the possibility of finding and defeating the Minax once and for all… but it means leaving Arcus behind.
Torn between love and duty, Ruby must learn to unleash the powerful fire within her.
Publication date: 7th September
The third novel in the extraordinary Hollow Gods series, which Tor.com calls ‘brilliant’.
Seven years have passed since the shattering of Mirror Town, and Krish has taken has rightful place as heir to the kingdom of Ashanesland, with his friends and allies ruling by his side. He’s turned his back on his divine birthright and set out to bring unity to the warring tribes and nations as no more than a man.
The mysterious land once known as the Eternal Empire has opened its borders at last, and invited Krish to take his place as part of its ruling Triumvirate. But there are plots within plots in the country that once worshipped his sister, the sun, and now hates all gods.
Because the sun goddess been made flesh once again and is determined to end the ancient conflict with her brother’s final defeat. And there are strange and new gods stirring in the lands – while some search for a weapon that could destroy them all.
Publication date: 2nd November
One of the most exciting authors of science fiction working today, Nnedi Okorafor has won every major genre fiction prize for her writing, including the prestigious World Fantasy Award for Who Fears Death and a Hugo for her mind-bending novella ‘Binti.’Remote Control is a novel of magic and monsters, of power and of privilege, from one of the most extraordinary voices in modern fiction.
Publication date: 30th November
Clockwork City (Delphic Division Book 2) by Paul Crilley
The fog-choked sequel to Poison City, the debut novel Claire North raved ‘Rarely has policing the apocalypse been so awesome!’
Cop. Drunkard. Low-grade magic user. My name is Gideon Tau, but most people just call me London.
Three years ago, someone killed my daughter. I sacrificed everything to learn his name – and then allowed that knowledge to be erased from my mind.
It was for a good cause: I was saving the world, after all.
But now I have to start over from scratch, with only my boss and my dog to help me find my daughter’s killer. The reanimated corpse of my boss, and my alcoholic, foul-mouthed demonic sidekick dog, that is.
Our journey will take us from Durban, South Africa to London, England.
And once we’re there… well, if things seemed dark before, they’re about to get a lot darker.
Publication date: 14th December