Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re all adding more books to each other’s to-read lists, because we’re talking about our most anticipated releases of the second half of 2019. Let’s talk about the books on my to-read list, shall we?
Wilder Girls by Rory Power – July 9
Wilder Girls is set at the Raxter School for Girls, which has been put under quarantine after the Tox hit and the teachers died one by one. As I’m preparing this list, I realize that there’s a lot of death mentioned in my most anticipated releases. I wonder what that says about me…
The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow #1) by Margaret Owen – July 30
I added this book to my to-read list because of Cait (Paper Fury) who described this book as “An undertaker girl is trying to haul away the prince’s body except he faked his death. And is still alive.”
Shatter the Sky (Shatter the Sky #1) by Rebecca Kim Wells – July 30
I believe this book was summarized as ‘girl steals dragon to save her abducted girlfriend’ and that synopsis alone is enough to mark this as one of my most anticipated releases.
Gideon The Ninth (The Ninth House #1) by Tamsyn Muir – September 10
I’m not entirely sure what this story is about, but I do know it has queer necromancers which sounds absolutely epic. Some early reviewers have been mentioning this as a possible favorite of the year so I’m excited!
The Harp of Kings (Warrior Bards #1) by Juliet Marillier – September 3
Listen, it’s a given that any new Juliet Marillier book will end up on my most anticipated books list. I absolutely love her work! Then I discovered that the series is called ‘warrior bards’ which sounds like everything I ever want in a fantasy novel. It’s about a brother and sister who train to become part of an elite warrior band and are sent on a mission to retrieve a precious harp. If this harp isn’t found before the coronation of the new king and is played at the ceremony, the king won’t be accepted and the people will revolt.
The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday by Saad Z. Hossain – August 13
This sounds like such an interesting read! A djinn king wakes up after millennia of imprisoned slumber and wants to conquer the city state of Kathmandu. He discovers that the citizens don’t want for anything, or don’t want to revolt at all. There’s only one old soldier/mass murderer, one who is pursuing a 40-year-old vendetta, who wants to help the djinn king.
The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht – September 24
I know literally nothing about this book (novella?) other than it being a dark fantasy published by Tor. That’s enough to want to pick it up though.
We Are the Dead by Mike Shackle – August 8
Gollancz describes this book as “a debut epic fantasy full of crunching revolutionary action, twisted magic, and hard choices in dark times.” Doesn’t that sound fantastic? The tagline is “The war is over. The enemy won. Now it’s time to fight back.” Mistborn is one of the series I love most, and it also has a ‘the Dark Lord won’ storyline. I’m hoping to love this one just as much!
The Never Tilting World (The Never Tilting World #1) by Rin Chupeco – October 15
I adore Rin Chupeco’s Bone Witch series, and will add any and all of her books to my to-read list. It’s set on a planet split in two because of a defied ancient prophecy: one part is cloaked in perpetual night, the other scorched by an unrelenting sun. It’s described as a duology “bursting with star-crossed romance, immortal heroines, and elemental magic”.
Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) by Leigh Bardugo – October 1£
This is about a girl called Alex who survived a multiple homicide and is able to attend one of the world’s most elite universities if she monitors the secret societies there. Listen, it’s written by Leigh Bardugo, and it sounds like it will have similar vibes to The Secret History, which is one of my all-time favorite books.