Most Expected Fantasy Novels of 2015
What's the best fantasy 2015 will bring?
While we cannot yet tell for sure all that 2015 fantasy has to offer, we can look at publishers' schedules and pick out the highlights. This is the list of most anticipated fantasy novels that have been scheduled for 2015. If the schedule changes, don't hesitate to leave a comment below.
At the bottom of the page you will find a short list of books that will probably not see the light of day this year, but we all hope would. Those that have a cult-like following of dedicated fans.
Debut authors' books will mostly be missing from this list, because we don't know which will be hits and which misses. So you may miss some of the best fantasy of the year if you follow this list too closely and don't try others. Another list of best books will be linked here after the fact.
If you don't feel like waiting, check out if you need to catch up with 2014 fantasy.
The Provindence of Fire (Unhewn Throne #2)
January 13th 2015
The first part of Brian Staveley's fantasy epic was a 2014 debut that was well received by many. Perhaps even the top fantasy debut of the year. The second part is to be the first major novel in 2015. If you were a fan of The Emperor's Blades, I'm sure you're excited:
Having learned the identity of her father's assassin, Adare flees the Dawn Palace in search of allies to challenge the coup against her family. Few trust her, but when she is believed to be touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire, the people rally to help her retake the capital city. As armies prepare to clash, the threat of invasion from barbarian hordes compels the rival forces to unite against their common enemy. Unknown to Adare, her brother Valyn, renegade member of the empire's most elite fighting force, has allied with the invading nomads. The terrible choices each of them has made may make war between them inevitable.
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The Autumn Republic (Powder Mage #3)
February 10th 2015
The third and final part of the Powder Mage trilogy will see an early 2015 release. A unique blend of magic and gunpowder makes Brian McClellan's series an interesting read. He has also filled out his characters' back stories with some excellent short stories, of which Return to Honor is another 2015 fantasy goodie.
Field Marshal Tamas returns to his beloved country to find that for the first time in history, the capital city of Adro lies in the hands of a foreign invader. His son is missing, his allies are indistinguishable from his foes, and reinforcements are several weeks away.
With the Kez still bearing down upon them and without clear leadership, the Adran army has turned against itself. Inspector Adamat is drawn into the very heart of this new mutiny with promises of finding his kidnapped son.
And Taniel Two-shot, hunted by men he once thought his friends, must safeguard the only chance Adro has of getting through this war without being destroyed...
The Liar's Key (Red Queen #2)
June 2nd 2015
Mark Lawrence's second series is nothing like the dark and gritty Broken Empire series, even though it is set in the same world. The protagonist is still an antihero of sorts, but a fairly useless and comical one, rather than the hard, evilish Jorg. The second part break's from the naming pattern – I half expected it to be called King of Fools even after reading the first.
Winter has locked Prince Jalan Kendeth far from the luxury of his southern palace. The North may be home to Viking Snorri ver Snagason but he is just as eager to leave. However, even men who hold a key that can open any door must wait for the thaw.
As the ice unlocks its jaws the Dead King moves to claim what was so nearly his. But there are other players in this game and other hands reaching for Loki’s key...
Queen of Fire (Raven's Shadow #3)
July 7th 2015
The second volume of Raven's Shadow expanded the number of PoV characters with several and ended with a cliff-hanger of sorts. While I felt it was a weaker novel than Blood Song, I'm eagerly expecting for the story to continue.
After fighting back from the brink of death, Queen Lyrna is determined to repel the invading Volarian army and regain the independence of the Unified Realm. Except, to accomplish her goals, she must do more than rally her loyal supporters. She must align herself with forces she once found repugnant—those who possess the strange and varied gifts of the Dark—and take the war to her enemy’s doorstep.
Victory rests on the shoulders of Vaelin Al Sorna, now named Battle Lord of the Realm. However, his path is riddled with difficulties. For the Volarian enemy has a new weapon on their side, one that Vaelin must destroy if the Realm is to prevail—a mysterious Ally with the ability to grant unnaturally long life to her servants.
The Price of Valor (Shadow Campaigns #2)
July 9th 2015
The Price of Valor will be the third volume of the five-part Shadow Campaigns series. It promises more war for Vordan as the Sworn Church dislikes the new Queen. I'm eagerly anticipating Janus' new stratagems as well as Winter's tactical exploits. Ryan's prose is a pleasure to read and I found The Shadow Throne one of the best books of 2014.
In the wake of the King’s death, war has come to Vordan.
The Deputies-General has precarious control of the city, but it is led by a zealot who sees traitors in every shadow. Executions have become a grim public spectacle. The new queen, Raesinia Orboan, finds herself nearly powerless as the government tightens its grip and assassins threaten her life. But she did not help free the country from one sort of tyranny to see it fall into another. Placing her trust with the steadfast soldier Marcus D’Ivoire, she sets out to turn the tide of history.
As the hidden hand of the Sworn Church brings all the powers of the continent to war against Vordan, the enigmatic and brilliant general Janus bet Vhalnich offers a path to victory. Winter Ihernglass, newly promoted to command a regiment, has reunited with her lover and her friends, only to face the prospect of leading them into bloody battle.
More scheduled titles
This list is still unfinished, since scheduling for late year is inexact and details are missing from some publishers. Here's a list of some other highly expected titles that seem like we'll see them in 2015:
- September 29th: The Aeronaut's Windlass (Cinder Spires #1) – Jim Butcher
- October 15th: The Dread Wyrm (Traitor Son #3) – Miles Cameron (AKA Christian Cameron)
- ???: The Thorn of Emberlain (Gentleman Bastard #4) – Scott Lynch
Expect this list to be updated in due time, as details emerge and information becomes more solid.
Note: The Thorn of Emberlain remains unscheduled, but Scott Lynch says it's going to be published mid-late 2015. Whether it should be on this list or the one below is debatable.
Update: Lynch is saying by the end of the year, and the cover is out. So I'm optimistic the schedule will hold.
Unlikely for 2015
The following are fantasy books we can't wait to see... but will probably have to wait for a while longer. Neither of these have solid dates and while a 2015 release isn't totally out of the question at this point, it would be a (pleasant) surprise.
- Doors of Stone (Kingkiller #3) – Patrick Rothfuss
- The Winds of Winter (Song of Ice and Fire #6) – George R.R. Martin
If I am wrong and either of these make it out this year, they'll be on the short list for best of 2015 for sure!