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Most Anticipated Fantasy Books of 2015

Happy New Year!

Continuing with yesterday’s post (Best Books of 2014), here are the books we’re looking forward to the most in 2015. Descriptions, release dates, and covers have been added where possible.

Shane’s (SJardine):

The Aeronaut’s Windlass (Cinderspires #1) by Jim Butcher:

The Cinder Spires is set in a world “of black spires that tower for miles over a mist-shrouded surface” and follows a war between two of the Spires: Spire Albion and Spire Aurora.

It’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen meets Sherlock meets Hornblower. There are goggles and airships and steam power and bizarre crystal technology and talking cats, who are horrid little bullies. – From Goodreads

I’m not 100 percent positive that this book will be published in 2015, but I really hope it is. Jim Butcher is one of my favorite authors, and if anyone can pull off a great Steampunk novel, he can.

Fool’s Quest (Fits and the Fool #2) by Robin Hobb:

This will be the continuation of Hobb’s the Fitz and the Fool trilogy, and I find myself checking daily to see if any more information has been released about it. I can’t wait to find out what happens after the events of Fool’s Assassin. Fitzchivalry Farseer never seems to catch a break.

Tentative publication date: August 11th 2015 by Del Rey

Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels #8) by Ilona Andrews:

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Mercenary Kate Daniels and her Mate, former Beast Lord Curran Lennart, have broken with Pack, but Curran misses challenges of leading, so he grabs when Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild. As a veteran merc, Kate can take over Guild’s unfinished jobs, not knowing they are connected. An old enemy has arisen.Goodreads

The Kate Daniels series is another Urban Fantasy series I’ve discovered in the last few months that I burned through in just a couple days. The name Magic Shifts sounds like it will describe this next book perfect, everything is starting to change for Kate and Curran.

Expected publication: August 4th 2015 by Ace

The Iron Ghost (Copper Promise #2) by Jen Williams:

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Beware the dawning of a new mage…

Wydrin of Crosshaven, Sir Sebastian and Lord Aaron Frith are experienced in the perils of stirring up the old gods. They are also familiar with defeating them, and the heroes of Baneswatch are now enjoying the perks of suddenly being very much in demand for their services.

When a job comes up in the distant city of Skaldshollow, it looks like easy coin – retrieve a stolen item, admire the views, get paid. But in a place twisted and haunted by ancient magic, with the most infamous mage of them all, Joah Demonsworn, making a reappearance, our heroes soon find themselves threatened by enemies on all sides, old and new. And in the frozen mountains, the stones are walking… – Goodreads

I don’t think this series has a publisher in the US yet, so I’m probably going to have to convince one of my friends across the pond to send me a copy. I enjoyed the first one enough that I’m willing to pay international shipping just to get my copy of it.

Expected publication: February 26th 2015 by Headline

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The Copper Promise by Jen Williams : Review

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There are some far-fetched rumours about the caverns beneath the Citadel…

Some say the mages left their most dangerous secrets hidden there; others, that great riches are hidden there; even that gods have been imprisoned in its darkest depths.

For Lord Frith, the caverns hold the key to his vengeance. Against all the odds, he has survived torture and lived to see his home and his family taken from him … and now someone is  going to pay. For Wydrin of Crosshaven and her faithful companion, Sir Sebastian Caverson, a quest to the Citadel looks like just another job. There’s the promise of gold and  adventure. Who knows, they might even have a decent tale or two once they’re done.

But sometimes there is truth in rumour.

Soon this reckless trio will be the last line of defence against a hungry, restless terror that wants to tear the world apart. And they’re not even getting paid.

Originally released as a series of four novellas, the paperback release of the Copper Promise by Jen Williams brings them together to form what I hope is only the first book in an already amazing series. I don’t usually go in for books that are released as a series of short stories or novellas, I find that they tend to be a little too muddled or disjointed for my liking. I really loved the cover art for the Copper Promise though, and a friend of mine was kind enough to send me a copy from England since it has yet to be published in the US. I was fairly surprised at how well written and cohesive I found the story to be, I really could not tell it was originally released in four separate pieces. I found the story to be an enjoyable throwback to the old school sword and sorcery stories I grew up reading.

The Copper Promise tells the story of Frith, a disfigured and crippled noble on a quest for revenge against those who wronged him and his family. When the holy warrior turned mercenary Sebastian and his companion Wydrin are hired by Frith to explore and loot the fabled Citadel they soon discover that more than just gold and jewels are contained within its cold stone walls. Soon Frith, Sebastian and Wydrin find themselves to be all that stands between the destruction of their world by an angry and forgotten horror.

I really can’t describe how much I enjoyed this book, there wasn’t really anything about it I didn’t enjoy. The characters really made this story for me, they were all fleshed out with their own complicated pasts and unique traits and qualities. Wydrin the Copper Cat of Crosshaven, with her witty and crass humor stood out above all the others, she was the type of character you wish you could take out for a night of drinks. I honestly don’t think there was a single cardboard cutout characters in the entire book, which is really saying something considering how long the story is.

I think anyone who is a fan of the great old-school fantasy stories like the Lord of the Rings will really enjoy the Copper Promise. Unfortunately it is only available at this time from Headline publishing, and so it hasn’t been released outside of the UK. I really hope to see this book published in other territories, I truly think it deserves to be read by a much wider audience. Until then though I would suggest anyone who is interested in reading it look to the Book Depository to order it.

I would rate this book up there as one of the best books I have read this year, and I’m tempted to order a second copy myself just so I have one to loan out or give away as a gift.


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