Now that 2017 is upon us it’s time to take a look at my most anticipated novels of the year. The majority of these are continuations of existing series, though a couple are the beginnings of new works by authors whose works I have enjoyed before.
I’ve made an effort to organise the novels “roughly” by release date, but as these things tend to be fluid, and information about fourth quarter releases is still sparse the actual order of release may vary.
Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig
Scheduled to be published February 21st 2017 by Del Rey
What started off on shaky ground with the release of 2015’s Aftermath, this series quickly became one of the most anticipated Star Wars novels for many, as it looks to finally lay the groundwork for the political and social climate of the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy. While it could be argued that it is too little, too late, as much of that work was done by last years Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Grey, this novel is nonetheless one I can’t wait to get my hands on.
The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch
Scheduled to be published April (?) 2017 by Gollancz
After a long and troubled road to release (this novel was originally slated for Q3 2015) the Gentleman Bastards series looks to finally be continuing this April. Fans of the series will look forward to quick-wit, fast paced action, and a good amount of humour and fun, as they have come to expect ever since the release of The Lies of Locke Lamora way back in 2006.
Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan
Scheduled to be published May 2nd 2017 by Disney-Hyperion
This is a personal favourite of mine, and Rick Riordan novels are a staple of bed-times in my house. Looking to continue the story that started in last years The Hidden Oracle, this book should delight fans new and old with it’s clever re-imagining of Greek and Roman mythology and it’s Love-To-Hate-Him protagonist Apollo, the now disgraced sent to live life in the body of an acne ridden teen named Lester.
Nothing Left to Lose by Dan Wells
Scheduled to be published June 6th 2017 by Tor
Last year when I set out to read I am not a Serial Killer, I had no idea this story would become I feel so attached to. This book looks to conclude the second trilogy starring John Cleaver, a teenage sociopath with a heart of gold, and a personal mission to wipe out “The Withered” an ancient race of powerful beings bent on manipulating mankind to their needs.
Age of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan
Scheduled to be published June 20th 2017 by Del Rey
Confession time: I’m not up to date on this series, but I intend to be by June. Michael J. Sullivan is working to fill in the ancient history of the world of Elan, which readers first fell in love with in the (then) self-published novel The Crown Conspiracy. Pure fantasy escapist fun, the Riyria novels have a special place in my heart, and this series filling in the history of them is one I cannot wait to devour.
Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
Scheduled to be published August 22nd 2017 by Del Rey
One only need read my reviews of Pierce Brown’s freshman trilogy to know how excited I am for this follow-up series, set in the same universe as the Red Rising novels. I’ve done very little research into this novel, as I want it to be totally fresh when I pick it up in August, but I expect nothing less than heart-pounding action, vicious betrayals, and gut-wrenching emotion in this novel: because that’s exactly what Pierce excels at.
Elite: Premonition by Drew Wagar
Expected to Publish Mid 2017 by Frontier Developments Publishing
I’m usually leery of Videogame Tie-in fiction, but I was unexpectedly impressed with Wagar’s first Elite novel, 2014’s Elite: Reclamation. Frontier is keeping incredibly tight-lipped about this project, but promises that the events of this novel will both reflect player’s choices over the past 2 years playing Elite: Dangerous and give revelations about the future of the game’s narrative.
Untitled Throne of Glass Novel by Sarah J. Maas
Expected to Publish September 5th 2017 by Bloomsbury
I went into 2016 with Empire of Storms high on my list of Most Anticipated novels, and was sadly disappointed. Nonetheless I am eager to see how Sarah J. Maas wraps up her 6 book story. Hopefully she sticks the landing, though I have my doubts. Parts of her last novel shone, but were dragged down by information I felt to be largely useless. Only time will tell if this final novel can reattain the heights of some of the earlier books in the series.
Oathbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
Expected to Publish November 2017 by Tor
Just give this book to me now please!
Since 2014’s Words of Radiance came out and expanded the world of The Stormlight Archive, this novel has always been #1 on my most anticipated books. With release within sight at last, words fail me in describing my excitement.
Persepolis Rising by James S.A. Corey
Expected to Publish December 2017 by Orbit
This book may not come out in 2017. No official word has been given, but I’m hopeful.
What started in Leviathan Wakes will continue with the beginnings of a third (and likely final) trilogy of novels set in The Expanse. Though the last 3 novels felt a little off to me, my sincere hope is that this novel takes a step back from the focus on space Politicking and returns the series to it’s roots, and maybe we can find out more about that ancient alien plotline that’s been teased ever since Book 1.
There’s my list of Most Anticipated Novels for 2017. I had to make some tough choices to narrow it down to just 10. What novels are you looking forward to this year? Hit me up on Twitter with your most anticipated novels using #RCBooks2017.
Thanks for taking the time to read this article, and keep an eye out for new weekly book reviews starting January 10th with Relic, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.