Top Ten Tuesday: looking ahead to 2017

Top Ten Tuesday bannerTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, in which we all talk about a bookish topic and have fun making lists. This week, we’re looking forward to the first half of 2017…

I don’t tend to keep track of the Upcoming Releases lists – I’ve always followed my nose in the bookshop or heard on the grapevine about something exciting coming up. But since I gained access to pre-release books, I find I’ve already got quite a list of things I know I’ll be reading as 2017 gets going.

Already on my TBR

HOORAY for ARCs! I have once again made the error of requesting too many, and have been sent them all. I’m not complaining; I’m very excited about these titles – four intriguing debut novels and a mistress of the craft coming back to steal my heart. Again.

Caraval Stephanie Garber (January)

A young woman on the verge of an arranged marriage is whisked away to the immersive theatrical event of Caraval by her beloved sister Tella – but when her sister is kidnapped, Scarlett must master the magic and misdirection the stage or lose Tella forever.

Crossroads of Canopy – Thoraiya Dyer (January)

Intertwined kingdoms from the forest floor to the highest canopy, ruled by incarnated deities – it’s a fabulous fantasy setting for a story of a determined young woman whose ambition and empathy threaten to upset the established order. I wanted more fantasy next year – it starts here!

Gilded Cage – Vic James (January)

A dark alternate England ruled over by an aristocracy with magical gifts is the setting for another story of secrets and rebellion. For once, the US cover is so much nicer than the UK edition!

Resistance – Mikhaeyla Kopievsky (January)

A dystopian tale set in a post-apocalyptic future Paris – and there’s a companion volume of cocktails. Seriously, this author knows how to get my attention. A free-running Peacekeeper is assigned an impossible mission – but is she prepared to make the sacrifice it requires?

Miranda and Caliban – Jacqueline Carey (February)

Hot on the heels of Hag-seed comes another retelling of The Tempest, this time from an author whose sultry prose and derring do has long had a place in my heart. Jacqueline Carey brings us the back story to the play, and that cover promises all the feelings along the way.


Much-loved authors with a book on the way

HOORAY for more of a good thing from some of my favourite authors! I’m already marking out space for these beauties to join their siblings on my shelf…

House of Binding Thorns – Aliette de Bodard (April)

Another novel from the Dominion of the Fallen, the post-apocalyptic Paris ruled by fallen angels. This is set after House of Shattered Wings, but isn’t a direct sequel – it’s an invitation to delve into the horrors and secrets of House Hawthorn. Asmodeus awaits.

The Edge of the Abyss – Emily Skrutskie (April)

The sequel to The Abyss Surrounds Us picks up the action a few days later as Cas begins Santa Elena’s gruelling training. Mind games and heartbreak aren’t her only problems: Bao isn’t the only Reckoner at large into the Pacific. As the angry strays wreak havoc, can Cas bring herself to kill the creatures she trained? I am far more excited about this than I expected.

The Boy on the Bridge – M R Carey (May)

Sound the geek out klaxon: there’s a prequel to The Girl with All the Gifts on its way! I look forward to another heart-breaking thriller and hope that it will explore some of the implicit world-building – perhaps we’ll even get to visit Beacon?

Shattered Minds – Laura Lam (June)

Another not-exactly-a-sequel, this doesn’t follow on from False Hearts, but is once again set in the dysfunctional future states of fractured California. A Zeal addict holds the key to thwarting the inhuman practices of the drug company she once worked for – if her allies can decode the secrets locked in her broken memories.

Raven Stratagem – Yoon Ha Lee (June)

A Kel swarm scrambles to defend the hexarchate from a new Hafn incursion – and falls under the influence of reincarnated mass murderer Shuos Jedao. The sequel to Ninefox Gambit promises to deliver more conflicted loyalties and space warfare. I can’t wait.

…and a bonus pick: The Thorn of Emberlain – Scott Lynch

No, this doesn’t have a confirmed release for the first half of 2017, but I can hope, can’t I? I’d still put it odds-on to come out before The Winds of Winter… Locke and Jean find themselves at war as the political tensions in the Marrows finally boil over.


What books are you looking forward to next year?