2014 Fantasy Books
What's coming in 2014?
There are a number of excellent fantasy authors with books scheduled to come out in 2014. This list starts off with those already out or on hard publisher schedules. Books are listed in the scheduled order.
At the end there are some books with no dates set that regardless may be out in 2014 and have a high fan expectation.
This list will of course lack new authors' books, because they are an unknown quantity. So don't limit yourself to this list! Feel free to suggest more books in the comment section below.
Skin Game (Dresden Files #15)
May 27th 2014
Jim Butcher is "the king of urban fantasy" and Harry Dresden is back from the dead.
Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day...
Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful.
He doesn’t know the half of it...
A short review can be read in Best 2014 Fantasy So Far.
Jim Butcher reads Skin Game
Prince of Fools (Red Queen #1)
June 5th 2014
With the Broken Empire trilogy complete, Mark Williams is ready to introduce a new protagonist, Prince Jalan Kendeth. The new series will also take place in the world of the Broken Empire trilogy.
The Red Queen is old but the kings of the Broken Empire dread her like no other.
The Red Queen’s grandson, Prince Jalan Kendeth—drinker, gambler, seducer of women—is one who can see The Silent Sister. Tenth in line for the throne and content with his role as a minor royal, he pretends that the hideous crone is not there. But war is coming. Witnesses claim an undead army is on the march, and the Red Queen has called on her family to defend the realm. Jal thinks it’s all a rumor—nothing that will affect him—but he is wrong.
Tower Lord (Raven's Shadow #2)
July 1st 2014
Initially self published, Blood Song was one of the best books of 2012. Anthony Ryan is back in 2014 with part two, Tower Lord.
Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus’s vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more.
Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus’s grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm. But those gifted with the blood-song are never destined to live a quiet life. Many died in King Janus’s wars, but many survived, and Vaelin is a target, not just for those seeking revenge but for those who know what he can do.
My short review is here.
Fool's Assassin (Fitz and the Fool #1)
August 12th 2014
Twenty years after the first part of Fitz' story, Robin Hobb is back with yet another trilogy.
Though Fitz is haunted by the disappearance of the Fool, who did so much to shape Fitz into the man he has become, such private hurts are put aside in the business of daily life, at least until the appearance of menacing, pale-skinned strangers casts a sinister shadow over Fitz’s past... and his future.
Now, to protect his new life, the former assassin must once again take up his old one...
The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3)
August 26th 2014
Known for his Night Angel trilogy, Brent Weeks current fantasy series is Lightbringer, following the adventures of the Guile family. The Broken Eye is the third novel in what promises to be a longer series: The fourth novel is tentatively known as The Blood Mirror and scheduled for 2016 or so.
As the old gods awaken and satrapies splinter, the Chromeria races to find its lost Prism, the only man who may be able to stop catastrophe. But Gavin Guile is enslaved on a pirate galley. Worse, Gavin no longer has the one thing that defined him -- the ability to draft.
Without the protection of his father, Kip Guile will have to face a master of shadows alone as his grandfather moves to choose a new Prism and put himself in power.
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More scheduled titles
There are of course countless less known titles scheduled for 2014. Here are a few of them that have solid release dates:
- Jan 30th: The Fell Sword (Traitor Son #2) – Miles Cameron (review)
- May 6th: Crimson Campaign (Powder Mage #2) – Brian McClellan
- May 6th: Sworn in Steel (Tales of the Kin #2) – Douglas Hulick (review)
- July 3rd: The Shadow Throne (Shadow Campaigns #2) – Django Wexler
I'll update the list as more dates are set.
The following are unlikely to be out in 2014, but greatly anticipated.
- Doors of Stone (Kingkiller #3) – Patrick Rothfuss
- The Thorn of Emberlain (Gentleman Bastard #4) – Scott Lynch
- Winds of Winter (Song of Ice and Fire #6) – George R.R. Martin
If any of these make a surprise appearance, they'll have a ticket to the best of 2014 list for sure.
- Martin's publisher has stated that WoW will "certainly not" be published this year, which while unfortunate is not at all surprising. Hopefully next year...
- Scott Lynch has given an update on the progress. A bit behind schedule, but looking like early next year.
End of 2014 Update: None of the three were published in 2014, as was to be expected. However, The Thorn of Emberlain has been scheduled for 2015, so there's that!