Another year has come and gone and alas, my backlog of books has only gotten longer. It seems like for every book I read, another one gets slapped onto the end of my TBR list. Nevertheless, here are five books I can’t wait to cross off that list this coming year.
- Kings of the Wyld – Nicholas Eames
This book has been sitting on my shelf for far too long. Everything I’ve ever heard about Kings of the Wyld has made it sound like a joy to read. It follows a group of retired mercenaries getting the band back together–so to speak–in order to save a member’s daughter. Doesn’t that sound like a blast? Besides, with John Gwynne calling it a “fantastic read, a rollicking, page-turning, edge-of-your-seat road-trip of a book,” how could I not read it, right?
- Gideon The Ninth – Tamsyn Muir
Yet another book that has been staring at me from my shelf forever. This series has always hovered around the outskirts of my interest. It was in the “I’ll get to it eventually” pile for many many moons, but the September 2022 release of the third entry Nona the Ninth, and its glowing reviews cemented it as a series I’ll be reading sooner rather than later. These funky skeleton ladies have completely taken over my Tumblr feed and I can’t wait to see what they’re all about.
- Gardens of the Moon – Steven Erikson
I have a thing for gigantic fantasy series. I’ve conquered The Wheel of Time, The Cosmere, Realm of the Elderlings, and this year I will finally conquer Malazan: Book of the Fallen. I mean, probably. My Malazan journey may very well roll over into 2024 and I’ve made my peace with that. This series is massive, sprawling across thousands of years, and including more characters than I could possibly count. I cannot wait to dive in.
- The Soldier Son Trilogy – Robin Hobb
I have read and reread Robin Hobb’s magnum opus, the 16-book epic Realm of the Elderlings more times than I would care to admit. Hobb is easily one of, if not my absolute favorite author and her characters hold an incredibly special place in my heart. While I’ve read every book (and novella and short story) within the ROTE universe, I’ve never touched the Soldier Son trilogy nor any of her work as Megan Lindholm. What better way to ease my Hobb withdrawals?
- Secret Projects #1-4 – Brandon Sanderson
This is the big one. Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive books started my love affair with the fantasy genre, and I absolutely adore the cosmere. I still can’t quite believe that we’re getting four extra Brando Sando books this year and I can’t wait to jump into them. Until then, I’m eagerly awaiting my copy of Tress of the Emerald Sea!