13 new science fiction and fantasy books to look forward to in 2018
By Hodderscape Team
Posted on December 8, 2017 in Books with tags
Join us as we gaze into our crystal ball, and look at all the new books we’re publishing in 2018.
We’ve got sequels that’ll have you salivating, debuts to die for, and old favourites who you’re about to fall in love with all over again. 2018 is going to be a corker.
Let us know which books you’re looking forward to most in the comments!
Iron Gold by Pierce Brown – 16th January
In a brand new tale of revolution and betrayal among the stars, Pierce Brown catapults the adventure that began in Red Rising to phenomenal new heights.
Darrow was born a slave. He became a weapon. He ended centuries of Gold rule, broke the chains of an empire, and now he’s the hero of a brave new republic. But at terrible cost.
At the edge of the solar system, the grandson of the emperor he murdered dreams of revenge.
In his hidden fortress in the oceans of Venus, the Ash Lord lies in wait, plotting to crush the newborn democracy.
And, at home, a young Red girl who’s lost everything to the Rising questions whether freedom was just another Gold lie.
In a fearsome new world where Obsidian pirates roam the Belt, famine and genocide ravage Mars, and crime lords terrorise Luna, it’s time for Darrow and a cast of new characters from across the solar system to face down the chaos that revolution has unleashed.
Read this book if you loved: Ancillary Justice, Ender’s Game, Leviathan Wakes, The Way of Kings, Revenger.
Claudia by Anthony Trevelyan – 19th April
How good are people? Let me tell you, Dee: people are as good as the pair of eyes they believe is on them…
When Claudia Talwar is called to meet a mysterious visitor in the reception of her Manchester office block, she can’t believe her eyes. It’s Samson Glaze, former hippy turned internationally famous entrepreneur, and the fifteen-years-absent father figure of her youth.
It doesn’t take much for Samson to convince her to help find his son, Reggie Glaze, who’s got into a bit of trouble: namely, he’s joined a group called Tarantula who wear black armbands and seem obsessed with ‘the next world’.
Before she knows it, Claudia finds herself swept into a dark adventure of solar power, a hammer wielding assassin, and the end of our world…
Read this book if you loved: The Power, Cloud Atlas, Angelmaker
Smoke in the Sun by Renée Ahdieh – 3rd May
The highly anticipated sequel to Flame in the Mist – an addictive, sumptuous finale that will leave readers breathless.
After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice – to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor’s ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead.
With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and very the safety of the empire.
Read this book if you loved: The Wrath and the Dawn, Rebel of the Sands, An Ember in the Ashes
The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross – 3rd May
A richly magical retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, from the point of view of the Beast.
I am neither monster nor man – yet I am both.
I am the Beast.
I know why I was cursed; I know the legacy of evil I carry in my tainted blood. So how could she ever love me?
My Isabeau. She opened my eyes, my mind and my heart when I was struggling just to be human.
And now I might lose her forever.
Read this book if you loved: Uprooted, The Book of Lost Things, Cinder, Wicked
Legendary by Stephanie Garber – 31st May
The spellbinding sequel to Sunday Times bestselling Caraval, told from the point of view of Scarlett’s sister.
Read this book if you loved: The Night Circus, Shadow and Bone, Daughter of Smoke and Bone
The Outsider by Stephen King – 5th June
Following the phenomenal success of his Bill Hodges series, Mr Mercedes, Finders Keepers and End of Watch, Stephen King has written an unputdownable crime thriller with a unique twist.
When an eleven-year-old boy is found murdered, forensic evidence and reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town’s popular Little League coach. But the jailed suspect, arrested in a public spectacle, has an alibi, and further research convinces Detective Ralph Anderson that the coach was indeed out of town. So how can he have been in two places at the same time?
Read this book if you loved: Mr Mercedes, Insomnia, Bag of Bones
The Memory of Fire by Callie Bates – 7th June
Magic. Romance. Revolution. The sequel to the bold and gorgeous The Waking Land.
Jahan Korakides is the hero who saved the life of the crown prince in battle, helped win the revolution in Eren and earned the heart of Elanna, the legendary Wildegarde reborn.
But Jahan Korakides is also broken; haunted by memories of the woman who experimented on him and his brothers as children.
So when the empire threatens war in retribution for Elanna’s illegal sorcery, Jahan leaves Eren to negotiate with the emperor on Queen Sophy’s behalf. But the world he left has changed – riots rock the city of Ida, his brother is missing and the crown prince refuses to speak to him.
Jahan’s only hope of success seems to lie with the rebels in Ida. Yet, if he joins them, he will merely spur on the war he’s desperate to avoid, and risk revealing himself as a sorcerer.
And then the witch hunters arrive at court, bringing Elanna in chains.
Read this book if you loved: An Ember in the Ashes, Poison Study, Green Rider, Furies of Calderon.
Nightblood by Elly Blake – 7th June
In the stunning climax to the Frostblood Saga, the fate of the kingdoms rests on the shoulders of one young woman. Frost and fire have joined forces. Now, they must wage a war against darkness…
Ruby and Arcus face a more dangerous enemy than they could ever have imagined. Once Eurus opens the Gate of Light, darkness will be unleashed upon the world for all eternity.
The Frostbloods and Firebloods have formed a tentative alliance, and are now preparing for war – but Ruby is the only one who can prevent the catastrophe which is coming.
With the blood of night running in her veins, the line between good and evil becomes blurred. Ruby must be strong enough to face the darkness within – or else everyone she loves will be swallowed up by the night…
Read this book if you loved: Red Queen, Throne of Glass, Graceling
Songwoman by Ilka Tampke – 28th June
A thrilling historical novel and the sequel to the critically acclaimed Skin.
Since the slaughter of her people, Ailia has been living, alone, in the forest. It is a time of deep healing and communing with the earth and its spirits – the Mothers. But now, Ailia has regained enough strength to return to the tribes, and rejoin the war.
She goes to Llanmelin, a major tribal centre in southeast Wales, where the British war king, Caradog has been leading a bitter guerrilla campaign against the encroaching Roman army. Ailia and Caradog begin a passionate relationship – but as the Roman general Scapula becomes ever more determined to claim the rich roils of Wales, pressure mounts for a final battle that will determine the future of Britain.
As the battle approaches, Ailia must use her powers to protect, forever, what is most sacred amongst her people. The future of Britain will depend upon her success.
Read this book if you loved: Clan of the Cave Bear, The Song of Achilles, Outlander
Suicide Club by Rachel Heng – 10th July
In near future New York, life expectancy averages three hundred years and immortality is almost within our grasp. It’s hell.
Read this book if you loved: Station Eleven, Never Let Me Go, Oryx and Crake
Early Riser by Jasper Fforde – 2nd August
Jasper Fforde’s first standalone novel – full of the imagination, wit and intelligence that has made Fforde a Number One bestseller.
Imagine a world where all humans must hibernate through a brutally cold winter, their bodies dangerously close to death as they enter an ultra-low metabolic state of utterly dreamless sleep. All humans, that is, apart from the Sleep Marshalls, a group of officers who diligently watch over the vulnerable sleeping citizens.
John Fugue is a junior Sleep Marshall who hears of a conspiracy – a viral dream is somehow spreading amongst those in the hibernational state, causing paranoia, hallucination and a psychotic episode that can end in murder. When the Marshall, John Fugue, enters the Sleepstate himself and wakes two months later, all those who knew about the dream have disappeared…
Read this book if you loved: The Eyre Affair, Just One Damned Thing After Another, The Invisible Library, Rivers of London
Mirage by Somaiya Daud – 28th August
A YA fantasy trilogy, in which a poor girl from an isolated moon must become the body double to the cruel imperial princess, and learn that life in the royal palace is far more dangerous and complicated than she ever imagined.
Read this book if you loved: Red Queen, The Selection, Queen of the Tearling
Empire of Grass by Tad Williams – 6th September
Following on from The Witchwood Crown, Empire of Grass: Book Two of The Last King of Osten Ard continues the story of one of the best loved fantasy epics of all time, Memory, Sorrow and Thorn.
Read this book if you loved: The Dragonbone Chair, Game of Thrones, The Way of Kings, The Lord of the Rings.