Coming Soon — A Look at My Most Anticipated Books for 2015

I’m already starting to plot my yearly reading schedule, and realizing that I probably won’t be able to touch everything I want, especially since some will involve reading (or rereading) series to get caught up. But here is a by-no-means exhaustive look at the books that have me excited for 2015. Note there are none listed from January, if you want to see those, check out my January roundup. Also note that my two most-anticipated books, Patrick Rothfuss’s Doors of Stone and George R.R. Martin’s The Winds of Winter, are not listed because I’m under no illusions that either will come out this year.


Karen Memory — Elizabeth Bear

Bear tackles steampunk in her latest, an alternate Earth tale of a whore who becomes entangled in a murder mystery amidst airships and the Seattle underground.

half worldHalf the World — Joe Abercrombie

The second installment of Abercrombie’s grimdark-lite YA series “The Shattered Sea” follows Thorn, a girl trained to kill and seeking to avenge the death of her father. I enjoyed the first installment,  Half a Kingand am curious to see what comes next.

GaimanTrigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances — Neil Gaiman

Gaiman’s third collection of short fiction features a variety of stories and poetry, including a new story set in the American Gods universe, “Black Dog”, and a special 50th anniversary Dr. Who story.

autumn republicThe Autumn Republic— Brian McClellan

Brandon Sanderson’s protégé returns with the third entry in his flintlock fantasy “Powder Mage” series.


Skull ThroneThe Skull Throne — Peter V. Brett

Brett’s “Demon Cycle” continues with this follow-up to The Daylight War. I’m just starting to dive into this series and I’m excited to see where it goes, Brett seems to have a lot of praise behind him.

The MechanicalThe Mechanical — Ian Tregillis

This George R.R. Martin collaborator kicks off his new steampunk “Alchemy Wars” series with this tale of robotic “clackers” struggling for freedom.


The Rebirths of Tao — Wesley Chu

The delayed finale to Chu’s “Lives of Tao” brings the series to a thrilling conclusion as the warring Genjix and Prophus factions bring the world closer to Armageddon.

grace-of-kingsThe Grace of Kings — Ken Liu

I’m really looking forward to this one. Liu’s short story “The Paper Menagerie” is a beautiful rumination on ethnicity and magic, so I can’t wait to see what he does in this novel length fantasy, which kicks off his “Dandelion Dynasty” series.


Clockwork Crown — Beth Cato

Cato’s Clockwork Dagger was a delightful discovery in 2014. The follow-up wraps up the steampunk-infused healing exploits of Octavia and her protector/lover Alonzo.

Nemesis Game — James S. A. Corey

This space opera is coming to SyFy in 2015, so this, the fifth entry in “The Expanse” series should get plenty of attention. I loved the first book, now I just need to get caught up!

Liar's KeyThe Liar’s Key — Mark Lawrence

The follow-up to Lawrence’s acclaimed Prince of Fools continues the “Red Queen’s War” as Prince Jal and the Viking warrior Snorri attempt to keep an ancient artifact out of the hands of the dreaded Dead King.

philospher kingsThe Philosopher Kings — Jo Walton

Walton’s Just City comes out in January, and this sequel continues the philosophical journey of Apollo in Athene’s recreation of Plato’s Just City from The Republic.


9780765377180Time Salvager — Wesley Chu

After wrapping up his “Lives of Tao” series, Stuntman and Martial Artist Chu returns with this time-bending space opera about a time traveler who must rescue Earth’s treasures from the past.

dark forestThe Dark Forest — Liu Cixin

Cixin is a superstar in his native China, but has just reached these shores with The Three Body Problem. The sequel continues the struggle between the humans who welcome the planet’s destruction from alien invaders and those who would fight.

AURORA_KIM_STANLEY_ROBINSONAurora — Kim Stanley Robinson

After taking readers back to the Dawn of Man with his powerful Shaman, Robinson returns to space opera with this tale of a ship sent to colonize a distant planet.

The Mortal Tally — Sam Sykes

Lenk and his crew of adventurers continue to “Bring Down Heaven” in this sequel to the audacious The City Stained Red.

last first snowLast First Snow — Max Gladstone

Gladstone’s “Craft Sequence” has garnered acclaim for it’s multicultural, globetrotting twist on urban fantasy and this, the fourth entry should prove no different.

Half a War — Joe Abercrombie

And just like that, Lord Grimdark wraps up “The Shattered Sea”. Can’t complain about waiting with this series, at least!

price of valorThe Price of Valor — Django Wexler

After a diversion with his YA The Forbidden Library, Wexler returns with the third entry in his flintlock fantasy “Shadow Campaign” series.


Spider's WarThe Spider’s War — Daniel Abraham

Another busy author, in addition to his “Expanse” novel as James S. A. Corey, Abraham also has the conclusion to his “Dagger and Coin” Quintet coming out this summer.

Fool’s Quest — Robin Hobb

The second book in Hobb’s Fitz and the Fool trilogy finds the old friends hunting for the kidnappers of Fitz’s daughter, Bee.

mievilleThree Moments of an Explosion — China Miéville

One of the premier writers of the 21st Century returns with a collection of short stories.

End of All ThingsThe End of All Things — John Scalzi

The sixth entry in the popular “Old Man’s War” military fiction series has the Colonial Union and Earth at odds over the planet’s defense — a conflict that could spell the end of life on Earth. 


Shadows of Self — Brandon Sanderson

The first of two upcoming Mistborn titles from the prolific Sanderson starts a new trilogy featuring his characters Wax and Wayne in a steampunk western setting. The second title, Bands of Mourning, is out in January 2016.

No release date yet

City of Blades — Robert Jackson Bennett

City of Stairs was my favorite novel of 2015, and I wasn’t expecting a sequel. Bennett has finished the book and rumor has this follow-up being readied for an August release, but still nothing from the publisher.

Ann-Leckie-Credit-MissionPhotoDOTorg-150x225Ancillary Mercy — Ann Leckie

The acclaimed tale of Breq wraps up with this third volume of the “Imperial Radch” Trilogy. Word is the book is out in October, which would follow the pattern of the previous two, but no official date from the publisher yet. Hopefully it comes soon — this is arguably the book I’m most looking forward to in 2015.

The Thorn of Emberlain — Scott Lynch

Okay, the fourth “Gentlemen Bastards” novel might be vaporware, it has been hyped and vanished a couple times already. I’m not quite ready to put it in the Martin/Rothfuss file, however. Goodreads has it listed for August, but neither Amazon nor Random House have an entry yet for it. We’ll see as the year progresses.

Anything I missed? Any inside info on the ones without a date? Want to send me an ARC for review? Drop me a line or comment. Let me know what YOU are looking forward to reading this in 2015.

—Michael Senft

About Michael Senft

I am a freelance writer and critic from Phoenix Arizona. I spent 10 years covering music, the arts and pop culture for the “Arizona Republic” before life circumstances took me away from newspaper. But I never lost my joy at writing. Or reading.
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2 Responses to Coming Soon — A Look at My Most Anticipated Books for 2015

  1. Jeanne says:

    Now I’m looking forward to getting the Gaiman for my daughter and reading the Scalzi myself!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Oooh, new Mieville?! Hell’s yeah! I hadn’t heard about that one yet. Can’t wait.

    Liked by 1 person

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