5 2015 Fantasy Books To Look Forward To

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Once upon a time two best friends created a character together and told her adventures in comic book form. When one of the pair dies in a tragic accident, so ends the storytelling — until years later May, the surviving member of the duo, begins to see their beloved protagonist Princess X everywhere, and discovers a webcomic continuing her stories. Who is its author? — and thus, the mystery begins.

Cold Iron by Stina Leicht

Flintlock fantasy with pirates, swords, cannons, and just a little magic? A really nerdy royal protagonist that finds himself exiled to the military? A setting (18th century) set sometime in between the medieval and Victorian eras, which the genre seems to have forgotten, well — happened? While I have what could be described euphemistically as limited patience for epic fantasy, Leicht’s first foray into it looks like a hell of a lot of fun.

The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente

Boy cooties in my beloved Fairyland…? Seriously though, if you haven’t been reading Catherynne Valente’s award-winning Fairyland series, you need to get on that. In this fourth novel, Hawthorn is stolen from Fairyland and left as a changeling with a human family in Chicago. When he comes of age (in Fairyland-speak, 12) he goes back home only to find that it is, as per its wont, in disarray — this time with an endless summer and a brewing changeling revolution.

The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard

The clans of the magical underworld vie for control of shell-shocked Paris, which has only begun to recover from the aftereffects of being the stage for a war in heaven. This appears to be a genre-bender of epic and urban fantasy, in which an alchemist, a god, and a magic-wielder fight for the survival of one doomed House.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

The Dragon in this tale is not a literal dragon, but rather a powerful wizard that protects the village where protagonist Agnieszka lives. His price for this protection is a decade’s worth of servitude from a villager girl of his selection — will that be Agnieszka or her beautiful best friend Kasia? A new fairy tale with female protagonists and classic tropes like a dangerous and mysterious Wood, this book has my name all over it.

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6 Responses to 5 2015 Fantasy Books To Look Forward To

  1. Paul Weimer says:

    Yep, these are books that fit my focus next year!

  2. Nathan says:

    I would say I am most looking forward to Bodard from that list. It should be Valente but I am way behind on that series.

  3. Is September going to show up in the new Fairyland at all you think?

    • cecilykane says:

      I dunno! I still haven’t read the third actually, was going to try to stave off until the week before the fourth book was released. I hope so though, it’d be pretty discomfiting if September was off-stage for an entire book.

  4. Redhead says:

    I am VERY interested in that Stina Leicht! I loved her Fey and Fallen novels so much that i’m excited for anything with her name on it!

    • cecilykane says:

      I’m thrilled when women authors who’ve written in Not My Subgenre cross over to one I find readable! Applies to both Priest and Leicht actually. So good to know that her other books are good (if not my thing).

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