12 new sci-fi and fantasy books to look forward to in 2019
Posted on December 20, 2018 in Books, Fantasy, News, Science Fiction, Young Adult with tags
It’s the time of year again when we gaze into our crystal ball, and look at all the new books we’re publishing in 2019.
We’ve got something for everyone, from some stunning debuts, sequels that we’ve been dying to read, plus some old time favourites who you’re about to fall in love with all over again. 2019 is going to be cracking!
Let us know which books you’re looking forward to reading most in the comments!
The Orphanage of Gods by Helena Coggan – 21st February
The Observer called Helena Coggan’s debut novel The Catalyst ‘a phenomenal achievement’, and her new standalone The Orphanage of Gods, publishing February 2019, more than lives up. It’s an imaginative, thrilling and action-packed fantasy novel from a bright young voice, perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard. Join half-God Hero as she’s forced to decide: how far is she willing to go to do what needs to be done?
Twenty years ago, the humans came for their gods.
In the bloody revolution, gods were all but wiped out. Ever since, the children they left behind have been imprisoned in an orphanage, watched day and night by the ruthless Guard. Any who show signs of divine power vanish from their beds in the night, all knowledge of their existence denied.
No one has ever escaped the orphanage.
Read this book if you liked: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Emily Eternal by M.G. Wheaton – 23rd April
Meet Emily – she can solve advanced mathematical problems, unlock the mind’s deepest secrets and even fix your truck’s air con, but unfortunately, she can’t restart the Sun.
She’s an artificial consciousness, designed in a lab to help humans process trauma, which is particularly helpful when the sun begins to die 5 billion years before scientists agreed it was supposed to.
So, her beloved human race is screwed, and so is Emily. That is, until she finds a potential answer buried deep in the human genome. But before her solution can be tested, her lab is brutally attacked, and Emily is forced to go on the run with two human companions – college student Jason and small-town Sheriff, Mayra.
As the sun’s death draws near, Emily and her friends must race against time to save humanity. But before long it becomes clear that it’s not only the species at stake, but also that which makes us most human.
Read this book if you liked: A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers and I Still Dream by James Smythe
Nocturna by Maya Motayne – 2nd May
Fates collide and darkness is unleashed in this lush, own-voices Latin-inspired fantasy…
Magic is everywhere, and in everything.
To Finnian Voy, magic is two things: a knife to hold under the throat of anyone who crosses her, and a disguise she shrugs on as easily as others pull on cloaks. As a talented faceshifter, it’s been years since Finn has seen her own face, and that’s exactly how she likes it. But when she gets caught by a powerful mobster, she’s forced into an impossible mission: steal a legendary treasure from Castallan’s royal palace or be stripped of her magic forever.
To Prince Alfehr magic is an escape, but one that comes with a price. First in line for the throne after the disappearance of his older brother, Alfie is desperate to find him and bring him home, even if it means dabbling in forbidden magic.
And when Finn and Alfie’s fates collide, they realise magic can be other things too, and the type they accidentally release into the world is something neither expects, or understands.
Read this book if you liked: A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Empire of Grass by Tad Williams – 7th May
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.
Set in Williams’ New York Times bestselling fantasy world, the second book of The Last King of Osten Ard returns to the trials of King Simon and Queen Miriamele as threats to their kingdom loom . . .
The kingdoms of Osten Ard have been at peace for decades, but now, the threat of a new war grows to nightmarish proportions.
Simon and Miriamele, royal husband and wife, face danger from every side. Their allies in Hernystir have made a pact with the dreadful Queen of the Norns to allow her armies to cross into mortal lands. The ancient, powerful nation of Nabban is on the verge of bloody civil war, and the fierce nomads of the Thrithings grasslands have begun to mobilize, united by superstitious fervor and their age-old hatred of the city-dwellers. But as the countries and peoples of the High Ward bicker among themselves, battle, bloodshed, and dark magics threaten to pull civilizations to pieces. And over it all looms the mystery of the Witchwood Crown, the deadly puzzle that Simon, Miriamele, and their allies must solve if they wish to survive.
But as the kingdoms of Osten Ard are torn apart by fear and greed, a few individuals will fight for their own lives and destinies – not yet aware that the survival of everything depends on them.
Read this book if you loved: The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams, Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, and The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien.
Finale by Stephanie Garber – 9th May
Sunday Times and #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Garber takes us once again to the magical world of Caraval, where Scarlett and Tella Dragna must fight for their happy endings after a tragedy sends Tella on a treacherous path for revenge. . .
Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun – with lives, empires, and hearts all at stake. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win, and those who will lose everything. Welcome, welcome to the Caraval’s Finale. All games must come to an end…
Read this book if you liked: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.
A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay – 14th May
In a decadent, often violent world in which mercenaries destroy city-states for the highest bidder and women’s lives remain desperately limited, the lives of extraordinary figures play out…
Guidanio Cerra is the son of a tailor whose intelligence had won him entry to a renowned school. He goes into service at the dangerous court of a count known as The Beast…
Adria Ripoli, born to power, has rejected the choices offered to her, opting for a life of danger – and freedom – in the service of her mercenary uncle. But freedom always comes at a price – in this case a night-time encounter from which she is unlikely to escape alive.
And Danio, living in a chamber overlooking the waterways of a maritime city, looks back in time to relate his part of this sweeping tale that contains unforgettable characters in an extraordinary era, including a healer who has also defied life’s expectations of her, and the two larger-than-life war leaders, lifelong adversaries, whose encounters put the world’s survival in the balance…
A standalone prequel to Guy’s previous Children of Earth and Sky, A Brightness Long Ago offers compelling drama and moving reflections on the nature of memory, the choices we make in life, and the role played by the turning of Fortune’s wheel.
Read this book if you liked: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson and Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb.
Dark Age by Pierce Brown – 9th July
The explosive fifth novel in the Red Rising universe and the thrilling sequel to Iron Gold.
For a decade Darrow led a revolution against the corrupt colour-coded Society. Now, outlawed by the very Republic he founded, he wages a rogue war on Mercury in the hope that he can still salvage the dream of Eo. But as he leaves death and destruction in his wake, is he still the hero who broke the chains? Or will another legend rise to take his place?
Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile, has returned to the Core. Determined to bring peace back to mankind at the edge of his sword, he must overcome or unite the treacherous Gold families of the Core and face down Darrow over the skies of war-torn Mercury.
But theirs are not the only fates hanging in the balance.
On Luna, Mustang, Sovereign of the Republic, campaigns to unite the Republic behind her husband. Beset by political and criminal enemies, can she outwit her opponents in time to save him?
Once a Red refugee, young Lyria now stands accused of treason, and her only hope is a desperate escape with unlikely new allies.
Abducted by a new threat to the Republic, Pax and Electra must trust in a thief for their salvation – and Ephraim must look to them for his chance at redemption.
As alliances shift, break, and re-form – and power is seized, lost, and reclaimed – every player is at risk in a game of conquest that could turn the Rising into a new Dark Age.
Read this book if you loved: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, and Revenger by Alastair Reynolds
The Soul of Power by Callie Bates – 13th June
Magic. Romance. Music. The riveting conclusion to The Waking Land trilogy.
Sophy Dunbarron has always felt like an imposter. Separated from her birth mother, raised by parents mourning the loss of their true daughter and unacknowledged by her absent father, Sophy only desires one thing: a place and a family to call her own.
But fate has other ideas in mind. Caught up in Elanna Valtai’s revolution, Sophy has been crowned queen – a role she has been groomed her whole life to fill.
But wearing a crown is quite different to keeping a crown. With an influx of magic-bearing refugees pouring in across the border, resources already thinned by war are stretched to the breaking point. Half the nobility in her court want her deposed, and the other half question her every decision. And every third person seems to be spontaneously manifesting magical powers.
When Elanna is captured and taken to Paladis, Sophy’s last ally vanishes, and she is left to navigate a political maze that becomes more complex and thorny by the day. And worse, Sophy is hiding a huge secret, which, if discovered, could destroy her tenuous hold on the crown.
Read this book if you liked: Graceling by Kristin Cashore, Green Rider by Kristen Britain, and Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher.
Court of Lions (Mirage Book 2) by Somaiya Daud – 27th August
Two identical girls, one a princess, the other a rebel. Who will rule the empire?
Amani must make a devastating choice between revolution and family in this sequel to the instant Sunday Times bestseller Mirage.
After being swept up into the brutal Vathek court, Amani, the ordinary girl forced to serve as the half-Vathek princess’s body double, has been forced into complete isolation. The cruel but complex princess, Maram, with whom Amani had cultivated a tenuous friendship, discovered Amani’s connection to the rebellion and has forced her into silence, and if Amani crosses Maram once more, her identity – and her betrayal – will be revealed to everyone in the court.
Amani is desperate to continue helping the rebellion, to fight for her people’s freedom. But she must make a devastating decision: will she step aside, and watch her people suffer, or continue to aid them, and put herself and her family in mortal danger? And whatever she chooses, can she bear to remain separated forever from Maram’s fiancé, Idris?
Read this book if you loved: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, The Selection by Kiera Cass, and Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.
The Life Intersella by Zack Jordan – 5th September
She’s the last human left in the universe.
She has a bounty on her head and a hundred enemies on her heel.
Things aren’t looking good for the universe.
Sarya Vald is the galaxy’s worst nightmare: a Human.
Fortunately, she’s the last one. Adopted and raised by the alien Senya, a terrifying sentient spider-like species known as a Widow, Sarya has lived on a space station her entire life. But the space station’s central intelligence, ELLIE, a grumpy 1,500 year-old AI, outs Sarya as a restricted species and threatens to throw her out the nearest airlock.
Forced to flee as the station’s inhabitants begin to riot, Sarya commandeers a ship, a talkative space-suit, a cheerful pet (that happens to be a floating blob), and heads for the edge of civilization.
Years later, ships have returned from the less-traveled tradeways of the universe, missing cargo and crew members but bearing tales of a band of smugglers and pirates, headed by a captain who looks a lot like the galaxy’s worst nightmare… a real-live Human.
Read this book if you loved: Firefly and A Long Way To A Small And Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.
Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova – 5th September
An epic tale of love and revenge set in a world inspired by Inquisition-era Spain pits the magical Moria against a terrifying royal authority bent on their destruction.
When the royal family of Selvina sets out to destroy magic through a grand and terrible inquisition, magic warrior-thief Renata – trained in the art of stealing memories – seeks to kill the prince, leader of the King’s Justice, only to learn through powerful memories that he may be the greatest illusion of them all… and that the fate of all magic now lies in her hands.
With the ferocity of series like Ember in the Ashes and Throne of Glass and loosely based on 15th century Spain, INCENDIARY explores the double-edged sword of memory and the triumph of hope in the midst of fear and oppression.
Read this book if you loved: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.
The Institute by Stephen King – 10th September
There’s Only One Way Out…
Deep in the woods of Maine, there is a dark state facility where kids, abducted from across the United States, are incarcerated. In the Institute they are subjected to a series of tests and procedures meant to combine their exceptional gifts – telepathy, telekinesis – for concentrated effect. Luke Ellis is the latest recruit. He’s just a regular 12-year-old, except he’s not just smart, he’s super-smart. And he has another gift which the Institute wants to use…
Far away in a small town in South Carolina, former cop Tim Jamieson has taken a job working for the local Sheriff. He’s basically just walking the beat. But he’s about to take on the biggest case of his career.
Back in the Institute’s downtrodden playground and corridors where posters advertise ‘just another day in paradise’, Luke, his friend Kalisha and the other kids are in no doubt that they are prisoners, not guests. And there is no hope of escape.
But great events can turn on small hinges and Luke is about to team up with a new, even younger recruit, Avery Dixon, whose ability to read minds is off the scale. While the Institute may want to harness their powers for covert ends, the combined intelligence of Luke and Avery is beyond anything that even those who run the experiments – even the infamous Mrs Sigsby – suspect.
Thrilling, suspenseful, heartbreaking, The Institute is a stunning novel of childhood betrayed and hope regained.
Read this book if you loved: other Stephen King novels!