So I’m already pretty heavily booked (ha!) up for the beginning the year, with interesting new releases from Pierce Brown, Jo Walton and Myke Cole in the immediate pipeline. And there are probably a dozen books in the next three months that have piqued my interest.
But in addition to new releases, there are several series that I have not finished, or, in some cases, read at all. Some have new titles coming out this year, some I’ve simply put off because I’ve been reading plenty otherwise. And there are several of my favorites from recent years (Words of Radiance, I’m looking at you) that I want to finally review.
I want to remedy that. So my resolution is to fill in the gaps and get caught up on the series that I have overlooked or set aside.
Here are the series and titles I resolve to get caught up on and review in 2015:
I’ve read The Lies of Locke Lamora already, so I want to get a review published. I still need to read the rest of Lynch’s series though. And the possible publication of The Thorn of Emberlain makes these a priority.
- The Lies of Locke Lamora (read)
- Red Seas Under Red Skies
- The Republic of Thieves
- The Thorn of Emberlain (forthcoming)
The “Broken Empire” and “Red Queen’s War” trilogies
by Mark Lawrence
I’m currently working on Lawrence’s Prince of Fools the first in the follow-up series, “The Red Queen’s War”, but I also want to read his original series. Ideally this will be done in time to read The Liar’s Key.
The Broken Empire Trilogy
The Red Queen’s War Trilogy
The “Powder Mage” trilogy by Brian McClellan
Again, The Autumn Republic is coming in February so I want to get caught up to give it a timely and fair review. I’m plugging away at Promise of Blood, and will hopefully be able to finish The Crimson Campaign as well. Of course there are also a ton of short stories as well…
“The Expanse” series by James S.A. Corey
And here begins the massive amount of Daniel Abraham. I delved into this space opera last year with Leviathan Wakes and loved it. With Nemesis Games coming, a new TV series set to premiere plus three books and a ton of novellas in between, I’m glad I have till summer to get caught up.
“The Long Price Quartet” by Daniel Abraham
My introduction to Abraham was this Asian-influenced fantasy series. It revolves around a culture whose economic and military might is based on the magic of imprisoned spirits. I read the first two shortly before starting this blog and I’d like to finish the series.
“Dagger and Coin Quintet” by Daniel Abraham
I know little about Abraham’s ongoing fantasy series, apart from it’s general high regard. The story takes place in a land formerly ruled by dragons, where war has broken out among the human survivors. The final title in this quintet comes out in August.
- The Dragon’s Path
- The King’s Blood
- The Tyrant’s Law
- The Widow’s House
- The Spider’s War (forthcoming)
“Old Man’s War” series by John Scalzi
- Old Man’s War (read)
- The Ghost Brigades
- The Last Colony
- Zoe’s Tale
- The Human Division
- The End of All Things (forthcoming)
“The First Law” series by Joe Abercrombie
Grimdark is the flavor du jour of fantasy novels nowadays, and Abercrombie is known as “Lord Grimdark.” So I really should familiarize myself with his world of morally ambiguous antiheroes and ultraviolent action.
- The Blade Itself
- Before They Were Hanged
- Last Argument of Kings
- Best Served Cold
- The Heroes
- Red Country
“The Demon Cycle” by Peter V. Brett
Another major grimdark series, Peter V. Brett’s Demon Cycle is set in a post-apocalyptic world where civilization has been destroyed by roving demons which attack from the earth’s core. The series follows a variety of characters from youth through maturity as they battle these demons.
“The Shadow Campaigns” by Django Wexler
Another popular flintlock fantasy series, “The Shadow Campaigns” follows a group of demoralized soldiers in a remote outpost as they fall under the spell of a charismatic and powerful general who leads with supernatural assistance.
“The Craft Sequence” by Max Gladstone
Gladstone has gotten rave reviews for this new urban fantasy series. The series invokes dead gods and exotic religions in a world different from ours but filled with similar diverse cultures .
The “Farseer”, “Liveship Traders” and “Tawny Man” trilogies by Robin Hobb
I read Hobb’s latest “Fitz and the Fool” novel, Fool’s Assassin, without having read most of the previous series. While I enjoyed the book and felt it provided adequate backstory to where I never felt out of place, I still want to see just how the pair arrived at Fool’s Assassin, even if it’s going to take 8 books to get there.
The Farseer Trilogy
The Liveship Traders Trilogy
The Tawny Man Trilogy
Fitz and the Fool Trilogy
“The Eternal Sky” trilogy — Elizabeth Bear
I’m getting tired of the same Western European fantasy settings, hence my love of City of Stairs. Not that there’s anything wrong with traditional fantasy, but sometimes you want something different. And Bear’s trilogy has been touted as just that, influenced by Genghis Khan and the Mongols.
“Aeon’s Gate” and “Bring Down Heaven” trilogies
by Sam Sykes
I enjoyed the Sykes‘ debut novel, Tome of the Undergates, but not enough to continue with this trilogy. especially considering their terrible covers. I LOVED his latest, The City Stained Red, however, and that has me wanting to go back and explore this previous trilogy.
Aeon’s Gate Trilogy
Bring Down Heaven Trilogy
“Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne” — Brian Staveley
So that’s over 50 books right there (not counting the assorted novellas and novelettes that accompany them). I read over 75 books last year and probably have 20 planned already from my previous lists. And I want to reread Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicle. I’m sure I’ll get distracted along the way, and there are book group considerations, but I hope to get through most, if not all, of this series backlog. Then next year I’ll worry about “The Dresden Files” and “Malazan Book of the Fallen”…
Wish me luck, and keep checking back to see how my progress is going — I’ll update this page so you can follow along.