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Title: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: Ashes on July 24, 2013, 04:49:03 PM
2013 brought us some amazing books whether they're sequels or debuts, still more yet to come of course. So I thought I'd give us all a head start on seeing some of the books coming next year.

Some that might not arrive in 2014: The Skull Throne, The Doors of Stone.

A few that I'll be preordering:

The Crimson Campaign - Brian McClellan
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-T1wy7LUB4pE/UZYf58dsotI/AAAAAAAACIA/CjLdcgx3jbY/s1600/the.crimson.campaign.brian.mcclellan.jpg)

Sword of the North - Luke Scull
(http://www.risingshadow.net/library_link/images/books/39828.jpg)
 
Sworn in Steel - Douglas Hulick
(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1323247642l/13169859.jpg)

Half a King - Joe Abercrombie
"The first of three standalone but interconnected novels aimed at younger readers – will be published in summer 2014. A classic coming-of-age tale, set in a brilliantly imagined alternative historical world reminiscent of the Dark Ages with Viking overtones, the book tells the story of Yarvi, youngest son of a warlike king. Born with a crippled hand, he can never live up to his father’s expectations of what a real man should be and his destiny is not the throne but the Ministry, not the sword and shield but the book and the soft word spoken.
 
But when his father and brother are killed, Yarvi is propelled to kingship and must sit in the Black Chair, between gods and men, and half a man must find a way to rule as half a king. Thus begins a gripping switchback ride of a tale that will carry Yarvi far beyond his kingdom, from the heights of royalty to the depths of slavery, during the course of which he must find better ways to fight than with a sword, and learn the lessons that will make him a man."

Prince of Fools - Mark Lawrence
"This is the first book of a planned trilogy titled The Red Queen’s War.

These books are set in the Broken Empire and cover the same two decades that we dipped into during Jorg’s tale [see Broken Empire trilogy]. The trilogy is stand-alone, i.e, it's not required that you read the Broken Empire trilogy first.

The story follows the fortunes of Jalan Kendeth, an arrogant and cowardly womanizer, a bully and a cheat. Our ‘hero’ has lived his life in luxury and plans to continue doing so. Things start to go wrong when poor judgement entangles him in the adventures of an axe-wielding barbarian from the frozen north...

Prince of Fools shows us the world of the Broken Empire with a thicker vein of humor than Jorg’s tale, but it’s the same bloodstained place and from time to time we catch a glimpse of Jorg and his friends in the background."

So far just one debut that I'll have a good look at.
The Emperor's Blades - Brian Staveley
(http://media-cache-ak2.pinimg.com/192x/58/26/07/5826071b825320f6ac3a9d15ab9acff9.jpg)

Keep an eye out for any news about. Anne Lyle, Francis Knight, Stella Gemmell, Stephen Deas, Peter V brett (novella), Joe Abercrombie (shot stories), A certain anthology in memory of David Gemmell that I've seen mentioned here and there.
And there are a few authors that I need to start reading again so I can get hyped about their coming books. Brandon Sanderson, Brent Weeks and many more.

Go on, post some of yours!
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: Doctor_Chill on July 24, 2013, 05:49:42 PM
So 2014 will be the year of sequels and new beginnings? :P

You forgot one, which I *think* has a set date of March 1, 2014.

The Bastards and the Knives - Scott Lynch

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3GTubeuJcR8/T6fBjc9hmHI/AAAAAAAAFJU/afLNI9HpnLg/s320/Bastards+and+the+Knives.jpg)

Other than that, I'm not exactly sure what to expect next year, 'cept the ones you've already mentioned. I'm sure we'll see more excitement at the end of the year from newbies and more sequels, like you've shown us.
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: Idlewilder on July 24, 2013, 07:13:25 PM
You forgot one, which I *think* has a set date of March 1, 2014.

I doubt it - that looks like an Amazon set date to me. Until you hear it from Scott and/or the publishers, take that with a fistful of salt.
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: Phil Norris on July 24, 2013, 07:55:54 PM
Half A King by Joe Abercrombie

(Hopefully)Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

Murder by Sarah Pinborough

The Copper Promise by Jennifer Williams

Various anthologies where we will hopefully find the 4th Dunk 'n Egg novella, ant least 4 new First Law set short stories.

 
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: Ashes on July 24, 2013, 08:06:42 PM
Isn't Republic of Thieves out this year?
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: Doctor_Chill on July 24, 2013, 08:19:37 PM
Isn't Republic of Thieves out this year?

Yep, in October. And it is amazing.  :P

Still dubious, but the date probably has more weight than the SL book:

The Casual Angel - Hannu Rajeniemi
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: sennydreadful on July 24, 2013, 08:55:21 PM

The Copper Promise by Jennifer Williams


You are, you realise, my new best mate  ;) Can't wait to have a cover to show you!!
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: wybaugh on July 25, 2013, 08:06:17 PM
I really enjoyed Promise of Blood so cannot wait for the new book.  Along with Daniel Abraham series this has me very excited for the future.
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: DiscoGobbo on July 25, 2013, 09:59:38 PM
Brandon Sanderson's Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive #2) has a fake January 21st, 2014 release date on Amazon, though that's based on the publisher's estimate. Given Sanderson's current writing firmware and how much that series is being pushed to be Tor's new flagship, a Q1 release for it seems reasonable.
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: Doctor_Chill on July 25, 2013, 10:16:46 PM
Brandon Sanderson's Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive #2) has a fake January 21st, 2014 release date on Amazon, though that's based on the publisher's estimate. Given Sanderson's current writing firmware and how much that series is being pushed to be Tor's new flagship, a Q1 release for it seems reasonable.

I've read that that's the date his publisher is pushing, and that's what he's going for. Who knows, though?
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: Phil Norris on July 26, 2013, 01:43:49 PM
After a Twitter exchange with Adam Christopher I'm belatedly adding the following.

Hang Wire by Adam Christopher - ancient gods & serial killers in San Francisco.

Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: Noona on July 27, 2013, 04:29:56 PM
For me it's The Causal Angel by Hannu Rajaniemi and The Dark Defiles by Richard Morgan - neither have an official date I don't think, but are supposedly 2014.
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: Overlord on November 29, 2013, 04:16:17 PM
Kickstarting this because we are soon going to do our ever popular 'Most Anticipated of 2014' list.

So people, which books are you looking forward to most in 2014?
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: Phil the Drill on November 29, 2013, 04:27:24 PM
Still have a lot to catch up on, but anything by Joe Abercrombie gets an auto-buy from me, so Half a King is on my list. The Emperor's Blades looks pretty awesome, too. I need to shorten my to be read pile already!
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: Xelun on November 29, 2013, 04:46:20 PM
Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
The Emperor's Blades by Brian Stavely (great preview chapters up on Tor)
The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan
The Shadow Throne by Django Wexler
Steles of the Sky by Elizabeth Bear
Sworn in Steel by Douglas Hulick
The Widow's House by Daniel Abraham

Obligatory Winds of Winter and Doors of Stone if either of those is out this year (nopenopenope). Looks like the next Dresden Files book and the next Lightbringer book will be out in 2014, and I want those as well. There are a handful of Sci-Fi books I'm looking forward to, too. I'll probably read Half a King, but I've never been a huge Abercrombie fan (despite having read everything he's written).
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: Doctor_Chill on November 29, 2013, 05:55:11 PM
Definitely Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth by Andrez Bergen. Surprised he isn't more known.
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: Elfy on November 29, 2013, 11:36:49 PM
I have at least two. The 4th Fairyland book by Cat Valente because the last one ended on a cliff! Also Abracadaver by Laure Resnick, the 7th Esther Diamond book, the 6th The Misfortune Cookie also ended on a mini cliff.
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: ScarletBea on November 30, 2013, 07:55:49 PM
Are we getting The Skull Throne in 2014?
(Brett's 4th)

A. J. Dalton's Tithe of the Saviours.
I'm also adding Melanie Rawn's Glassthorns - Thornlost.
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: dispassionatemind on December 01, 2013, 06:10:36 PM
When does this post go on the main site?  I really like looking at a compiled list and re-structuring my reading to match...that is of course until I get sidetracked by shiny objects.
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: Nighteyes on December 01, 2013, 08:37:38 PM
Don`t forget the female authors this time!
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: Overlord on December 01, 2013, 09:29:18 PM
Don`t forget the female authors this time!

 ;)
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: Doctor_Chill on December 01, 2013, 10:42:01 PM
My list of SFF so far, in no particular order:

Half a King by Joe A.
Words of Radiance by Brandon S. (Going to read the first sometime soon, hopefully.)
Prince of Fools by Mark L. (Really excited for this, even if I've only read PoT.)
The Emperor's Blades by Brian S.
The Copper Promise by Jennifer W.
The Casual Angel by Hannu R.
The Pillars of Sand by Mark T. B.
The Book of the Crowman by Joseph D'Lacey.
The Lascar's Dagger by Glenda L.
Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth by Andrez B.
The Shadow Throne by Django W.
The Fool's Assassin by Robin H.
The Waking Engine by David E.
The Law of the Wolf by S.A. Hunt

Notable exclusions because I don't know:
The Bastards and the Knives by Scott L.
The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott L.
The Doors of Stone by Patrick R. (Read the prologue to NotW last night. Amazing!)
Be Careful What You Wish For by Jeffrey A. (Historical Fiction)
Jay Posey Duskwalker Book 2 (No set date)

And Marc, can we not have a book that *might* come out during 2014. Let's have a list of stuff already set in stone.
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: ScarletBea on December 02, 2013, 06:26:20 PM
Gawd, I forgot The Fell Sword, Miles Cameron!

Rothfuss's 3rd next year? Such wishful thinking :) he's having a new baby... probably 2017, or something...

I'd also add The book of Luce, L. R Fredericks, but I don't think she's exactly fantasy...
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: Gothos on December 02, 2013, 07:19:46 PM
My top 3 are:

1, Fall of Light (Kharkanas Trilogy) - Steven Erikson
2, Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive) - Brandon Sanderson
3, The Emperor's Blades (Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne) - Brian Staveley
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: The_Wanderer on December 03, 2013, 02:06:49 AM
Words of Radiance is up there for me and so is Firefight - both by Brandon Sanderson.
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: Idlewilder on December 03, 2013, 09:03:51 AM
What's with the lack of surnames, Chill?  ???

Anyway...few to add:

The Boy with the Porcelain Blade by Den Patrick (Gollancz)
The Incorruptibles by John Hornor Jacobs (Gollancz)
Academic Exercises by K.J. Parker (Subterranean Press/possibly Orbit)
Queen of the Dark Things by C. Robert Cargill (Gollancz/Orbit)
The Shattered Crown by Richard Ford (Headline)
Truth and Fear by Peter Higgins (Gollancz/Orbit)
Skin Game by Jim Butcher (Orbit)
Seal of the Worm by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Macmillan/Tor)
Drakenfeld 2 by Mark Charan Newton (Macmillan/Tor)
The Blue Blazes 2 by Chuck Wendig (Angry Robot)
Hopefully a new China Mieville
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: Richard Ford on December 03, 2013, 12:54:43 PM
The Shattered Crown by Richard Ford (Headline)

<Sighs in relief. Wipes fevered brow. Puts bottom lip away.>
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: Arry on December 03, 2013, 01:20:57 PM
What's with the lack of surnames, Chill?  ???
I was wondering the same thing. Chill, if you're not going to type the full name, you should probably choose the surname.

A few more I haven;t seen mentioned:

The Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb!
Tower Lord by Anthony Ryan,
the final Locke and Key book by Joe Hill,
The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman.
Mirror Sight by Kristen Britain
The Old Empire by Anna Krashina
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: Eclipse on December 03, 2013, 01:23:01 PM
I want to read  Marked (Mindspace Investigation #3) by Alex Hughes comes out in 2014
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: Doctor_Chill on December 04, 2013, 12:04:32 AM
What's with the lack of surnames, Chill?  ???
I was wondering the same thing. Chill, if you're not going to type the full name, you should probably choose the surname.

I don't know. I think my list had that as it is, so I was too lazy to look up some of the author's surnames. Most are big names, though. Should be known.
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: Squib on December 04, 2013, 02:01:55 PM
Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
Reign of Ash: Book 2 of the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga by Gail Z. Martin
Book 6 in the Awakened series by Jason Tesar

Are the ones I'm eagerly awaiting to read in 2014.

I've got to get moving on the Adrian Tchaikovsky series.
Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: pornokitsch on December 04, 2013, 03:01:14 PM
Just thinking fantasy:

The Hollow Gods by Rebecca Levene
The Boy with the Porcelain Blade by Den Patrick
Drakenfeld 2 by Mark Charan Newton
A City Stained Red by Sam Sykes

I'm sure I'm missing some. I think the new Polansky series starts next year? I haven't seen anything on it, but that's what he said in his interview.


Title: Re: Most anticipated books of 2014?
Post by: Ashes on December 12, 2013, 06:54:30 PM
Adding a few more:

Jeff Salyards - Veil of the Deserters. After the publisher (Nightshade Books) had a few problems I was unsure we would see this any time soon. Glad to see it's on it's way.

Den Patrick - The boy with the Porcelain Blade/Ears. I can't wait to read this.
An ornate yet dark fantasy, with echoes of Mervyn Peake, Robin Hobb and Jon Courtenay Grimwood. An original and beautifully imagined world, populated by unforgettable characters.

Lucien de Fontein has grown up different. One of the mysterious and misshapen Orfano who appear around the Kingdom of Landfall, he is a talented fighter yet constantly lonely, tormented by his deformity, and well aware that he is a mere pawn in a political game. Ruled by an insane King and the venomous Majordomo, it is a world where corruption and decay are deeply rooted - but to a degree Lucien never dreams possible when he first discovers the plight of the 'insane' women kept in the haunting Sanatoria.

Told in a continuous narrative interspersed with flashbacks we see Lucien grow up under the care of his tutors. We watch him forced through rigorous Testings, and fall in love, set against his yearning to discover where he comes from, and how his fate is tied to that of every one of the deformed Orfano in the Kingdom, and of the eerie Sanatoria itself.

Jon Sprunk - Blood and Iron. I couldn't get into his Shadows series, but this looks pretty nifty.
Set in a richly-imagined world, this action-heavy fantasy epic and series opener is like a sword-and-sorcery Spartacus.

It starts with a shipwreck following a magical storm at sea. Horace, a soldier from the west, had joined the Great Crusade against the heathens of Akeshia after the deaths of his wife and son from plague. When he washes ashore, he finds himself at the mercy of the very people he was sent to kill, who speak a language and have a culture and customs he doesn't even begin to understand.

Not long after, Horace is pressed into service as a house slave. But this doesn't last. The Akeshians discover that Horace was a latent sorcerer, and he is catapulted from the chains of a slave to the halls of power in the queen's court. Together with Jirom, an ex-mercenary and gladiator, and Alyra, a spy in the court, he will seek a path to free himself and the empire's caste of slaves from a system where every man and woman must pay the price of blood or iron. Before the end, Horace will have paid dearly in both.

Ramona Wheeler - Three Princes
Lord Scott Oken, a prince of Albion, and Professor-Prince Mikel Mabruke live in a world where the sun never set on the Egyptian Empire. In the year 1877 of Our Lord Julius Caesar, Pharaoh Djoser-George governs a sprawling realm that spans Europe, Africa, and much of Asia. When the European terrorist Otto von Bismarck touches off an international conspiracy, Scott and Mik are charged with exposing the plot against the Empire.

Their adventure takes them from the sands of Memphis to a lush New World, home of the Incan Tawantinsuyu, a rival empire across the glittering Atlantic Ocean. Encompassing Quetzal airships, operas, blood sacrifice and high diplomacy, Three Princes is a richly imagined, cinematic vision of a modern Egyptian Empire.

Mark Smylie - The Barrow . I've never heard of the comics.
Action, horror, politics, and sensuality combine in this stand-alone fantasy novel with series potential. Set in the world of the Eisner-nominated Artesia comic books.

To find the Sword, unearth the Barrow. To unearth the Barrow, follow the Map.

When a small crew of scoundrels, would-be heroes, deviants, and ruffians discover a map that they believe will lead them to a fabled sword buried in the barrow of a long-dead wizard, they think they've struck it rich. But their hopes are dashed when the map turns out to be cursed and then is destroyed in a magical ritual. The loss of the map leaves them dreaming of what might have been, until they rediscover the map in a most unusual and unexpected place.

Stjepan Black-Heart, suspected murderer and renegade royal cartographer; Erim, a young woman masquerading as a man; Gilgwyr, brothel owner extraordinaire; Leigh, an exiled magus under an ignominious cloud; Godewyn Red-Hand, mercenary and troublemaker; Arduin Orwain, scion of a noble family brought low by scandal; and Arduin's sister Annwyn, the beautiful cause of that scandal: together they form a cross-section of the Middle Kingdoms of the Known World, brought together by accident and dark design, on a quest that will either get them all in the history books, or get them all killed.

And a certain Fantasy Faction anthology thingy.