There are so many good books getting released in the second half of 2018. Some are long-awaited follow ups, the beginning of an exciting new series and there is even a stand alone or two in the mix.
The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French
Orcs on hogs people!!! Orcs on hogs, yes!!! So many yeses (insert excited fist pumping and flailing in my chair) . I even preordered it back in April, which is pretty rare for me to do. The hype for this in the Twitterverse has been huge. My favourite authors are shouting about it and so are my favourite bloggers. I must have it!!!!
Jackal is proud to be a Grey Bastard, member of a sworn brotherhood of half-orcs. Unloved and unwanted in civilized society, the Bastards eke out a hard life in the desolate no-man’s-land called the Lots, protecting frail and noble human civilization from invading bands of vicious full-blooded orcs.
But as Jackal is soon to learn, his pride may be misplaced. Because a dark secret lies at the heart of the Bastards’ existence – one that reveals a horrifying truth behind humanity’s tenuous peace with the orcs, and exposes a grave danger on the horizon.
On the heels of the ultimate betrayal, Jackal must scramble to stop a devastating invasion – even as he wonders where his true loyalties lie.
Release Date: 21 June 2018
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Uprooted was my first Novik book and it ticked all of the boxes. Her writing is great, the magic and world was wonderful and I loved the strong female friendship throughout the book.
Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father is not a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has left his family on the edge of poverty – until Miryem intercedes. Hardening her heart, she sets out to retrieve what is owed, and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. But when an ill-advised boast brings her to the attention of the cold creatures who haunt the wood, nothing will be the same again. For words have power, and the fate of a kingdom will be forever altered by the challenge she is issued.
Release date 10 July 2018
King of Assassins by R.J. Barker
Book 3 in the Wounded Kingdom series, I’m not letting the fact I haven’t read book 2 hold me back. This book will be great I have no doubt. If you haven’t read book 1 or 2, I suggest avoiding the synopsis.
Many years of peace have passed in Maniyadoc, years of relative calm for the assassin Girton Club-Foot. Even the Forgetting Plague, which ravaged the rest of the kingdoms, seemed to pass them by. But now Rufra ap Vthyr eyes the vacant High-King’s throne and will take his court to the capital, a rat’s nest of intrigue and murder, where every enemy he has ever made will gather and the endgame of twenty years of politics and murder will be played out in his bid to become the King of all Kings.
Friends become enemies, enemies become friends and the god of death, Xus the Unseen, stands closer than ever – casting his shadow over everything most dear to Girton.
Release date: 9 August 2018
Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames
Kings of the Wyld was my top read for 2017, it had me crying within the first 20 pages and laughing my ass of throughout. It was a solid, fun, easy to read, debut fantasy. So I’m really looking forward to getting into book two.
Tam Hashford is tired of working at her local pub, slinging drinks for world-famous mercenaries and listening to the bards sing of adventure and glory in the world beyond her sleepy hometown.
When the biggest mercenary band of all rolls into town, led by the infamous Bloody Rose, Tam jumps at the chance to sign on as their bard. It’s adventure she wants-and adventure she gets as the crew embark on a quest that will end in one of two ways: glory or death.
Release Date: 28 August 2018
Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews
Aaahhhh Ilona Andrews, they have some of the most solid, fantastic, urban fantasy/paranormal romance series out there. Magic Triumphs brings us to the end of this story arc so again, you might not want to read the synopsis. I 100% recommend this series to any urban fantasy lover out there. The world is phenomenal and the fluctuations of magic, make for some really interesting story lines.
Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She’s made friends and enemies. She’s found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be.
Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones. And when a mysterious box is delivered to Kate’s doorstep, a threat of war from the ancient enemy who nearly destroyed her family, she knows their time is up.
Kate Daniels sees no other choice but to combine forces with the unlikeliest of allies. She knows betrayal is inevitable. She knows she may not survive the coming battle. But she has to try.
Release date: 28 August 2018
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Courtney Summers is an auto buy author for me. If you haven’t read All the Rage, please do. She delves into rape, victim blaming, victim shaming and the way society seems to shut its eyes towards violence against women. She writes in a jarring style that takes you into the head of the abused. She doesn’t shy away from the hard themes and I’m sure Sadie will give me all the feels and make me think, just like her other books have done.
Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.
But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.
When West McCray-a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America-overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.
Release date: 4 September 2018
What book are you looking forward to being released in the latter part of the year?
Please note: These are the Australian release dates according to the Booktopia website.