2019 is the year of the sequel, I am so excited to catch back up with some of my favourite characters in books this year. This list is my top 5 most anticipated book releases to be published in 2019 and I cannot wait to read all of these!
Don’t take these release dates at the set in stone days that you can get these books. As we know, things are often changing in publishing and these dates could well change too.
The Priory of the Orange Tree, Samantha Shannon
A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.
The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction – but assassins are getting closer to her door.
Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.
Across the dark sea, Tané has trained to be a dragonrider since she was a child, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.
Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.
If you’ve read my blog or been on my social media, you’ll know that I have already had the very lucky opportunity of reading this book in it’s ARC format. This diverse fantasy entangles your mind into the lives of these characters. This rich world is unlike anything I have read before and I cannot wait for you all to be able to read it. Dragons, magic, Queendoms and more… this book has it all!
Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orïsha #2), Tomi Adeyemi
After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji but also some nobles with magic ancestry.
Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as strong and magical as they are. When Amari’s mother forms an army of royals with newly awakened powers, Zélie fights to secure Amari’s right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy’s wrath.
But with civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must find a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.
This is the sequel to Children of Blood and Bone, a fierce and epic tale of a land robbed of magic and a girl determined to right the wrongs that have befallen her people. The first book in this series was non-stop action, characters with magical abilities and friendships to outlast anything else. I really enjoyed this read and I cannot wait to continue with the series!
The Near Witch, V.E. Schwab
The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.
If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.
There are no strangers in the town of Near.
These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.
But when an actual stranger, a boy who seems to fade like smoke, appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.
The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion.
As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.
This book is actually a reprint of Victoria Schwab’s debut novel, after recently seeing the reprint of The Dark Vault collection, it’s brilliant to see more of her books coming back into the limelight. I think her writing style is unlike any other, this book is credited as ‘a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won’t soon forget’. Now if that doesn’t sound enchanting then I don’t know what is!
Finale (Caravel #3), Stephanie Garber
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…
If you’ve read Caraval and Legendary, then you will know that this series is an entrancing as it is magical. An Alice in Wonderland-esk adventure that I can’t wait to see through to the end. I’ve really fallen for the characters in this series, in both books, and I want to see them truly have their happy ending.
The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2), R.F. Kuang
In the aftermath of the Third Poppy War, shaman and warrior Rin is on the run: haunted by the atrocity she committed to end the war, addicted to opium, and hiding from the murderous commands of her vengeful god, the fiery Phoenix. Her only reason for living is to get revenge on the traitorous Empress who sold out Nikan to their enemies.
With no other options, Rin joins forces with the powerful Dragon Warlord, who has a plan to conquer Nikan, unseat the Empress, and create a new Republic. Rin throws herself into his war. After all, making war is all she knows how to do.
But the Empress is a more powerful foe than she appears, and the Dragon Warlord’s motivations are not as democratic as they seem. The more Rin learns, the more she fears her love for Nikan will drive her away from every ally and lead her to rely more and more on the Phoenix’s deadly power. Because there is nothing she won’t sacrifice for her country and her vengeance…
Doesn’t this book sound amazing?! I read The Poppy War in the summer of 2018 and I loved it, what a glorious and clever story. It was unlike anything I had read before and this sequel sounds absolutely insane. The world building in this series is just exceptional, the depth and clear research put into the story makes it such a strong read.
What books are you most excited for this year?