One of the best parts about returning to book reviewing in a more serious manner since I’ve began blogging regularly again is being able to refresh my relationship with NetGalley. I love the accessibility that NetGalley provides to book reviewers and content creators, while also helping out the vast number of authors who are doing their awesome writing gigs. If there’s anything that may be construed as dangerous with this lovely little website it’s the temptation. The temptation, man! It’s too much at times.
Today, I thought it would be fun to share with you a stack of NetGalley available (upon request and approval) books that shall be hitting the market later in 2020 and at the beginning of 2021. These adult fantasy novels are ones that I plan on pre-ordering, if I’m in a financially capable place to do so, and are also the ones that I wish I could read, review, and (possibly) promote the most on my blogspace. The temptations with these lovelies are just so damn strong that I fall weak before them, but in glorious ways.
A few of them won’t come as a surprise to some of my regulars, as y’all are probably familiar with my quirky tastes, as well as my passion for diverse fantasy narratives. The others are ones I hadn’t heard of until I went scavenging through the NetGalley shelves, and they sounded so fucking awesome that I wanted to bring attention to them, at least until I can get my eager little kitty paws on ‘em.
Clicking the titles shall take you to their respective GoodReads pages. I highly recommend that you check it out and add them to your to-be-read lists if you are interested.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab: Probably one of the most-anticipated books of the whole damn year, it follows a young woman named Addie Larue who forged a bargain to live forever out of desperation. However, the cost of this immortality of sorts is that everyone she meets forgets about her. Then 300 years later, she meets a man in a bookstore that actually remembers her name.
This book is authored by someone who inspires me to keep on writing every single day, and I really enjoy Schwab’s artistic style as well. Coupled with the vastly intriguing premise, I can see why it’s such a sought-after title. Releases October 6th (ooh, in time for my day of birth).
Burning Roses by S.L. Huang: This #OwnVoices Asian fantasy novel is one of the books that I had heard absolutely nothing about, which blows my mind because the author sounds like the most fabulous human ever (her website). It’s about Rose (a.k.a Red Riding Hood) and an archer named Hou Yi. The duo join forces to stop deadly sunbirds from ravaging the countryside. The quest takes the ladies into a reckoning of sacrifices made and mistakes mourned, of choices and family and the quest for immortality.
At first I thought it was a Red Riding Hood re-telling, but after reading the snippet, I realised that it’s very much not. Rather it’s a Sapphic fantasy story that seems like it will have a decent amount of witty humour, action, and floofy lady lovin’ (fuck yeah). Plus, the cover is very pretty! Releases September 29th.
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Okay, so this #OwnVoices Latinx Gothic fantasy beauty takes place in 1950s Mexico, in an isolated mansion following socialites, with enigmatic visions filled with blood and doom-and-gloom, some shady and mysterious yet devilishly handsome individuals, and tons of dark, malevolent secrets hiding in the shadows. Um, can you say, yes please!!!
Bruh, this is one of the books I’m basically starving for. The premise for it sounds absolutely spectacular. The cover is sensuous and alluring while being wickedly sinister. Silvia Moreno-Garcia also has such a spectacular writing style that can be terse yet lyrical and I can only imagine how brilliantly it shall complement the gloriousness that is Gothic fiction… Bruh, I’m so ready. If I don’t get approved for the ARC, I am pre-ordering the mother-Khebber out of Mexican Gothic. Releases June 30th.
Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty: Speaking of #OwnVoices books that I’m fucking obsessed with, Empire of Gold is another most-anticipated book for the whole damned year, at least what’s left of it. It’s the third and final instalment in the epically badass Islamic fantasy series, The Daevabad Trilogy. I’ve written multiple reviews for its predecessors (The City of Brass review #1 and review #2; The Kingdom of Copper review), and I’m fucking dying from anticipation to know how it’s all going to end. Not to be morbid or anything, but as a person with a heart condition and possibly a brain condition, if it kills me from the excite, I hope I die happy. Releases June 30th.
The Unfinished Land by Greg Bear: This nautical type fantasy book is about a young apprentice named Reynard who is tired of the humdrum drudgery of working for his fisherman uncle in the English village of Southwold. His rare days off are filled with weird encounters with press gangs hoping to fight the Spanish Armada as well as with strangers who seem to know Reynard, one of whom casts a white shadow. When the village’s ships are commandeered, a fierce battle ensues. Afterwards, Reynard finds himself as the sole survivor. Eventually, after plot things happen, he is rescued by a galleon and becomes propelled towards an unknown, northern island known as Thule where Reynard finally learns of his dangerous destiny.
I thought this was a cool twist to the Chosen One trope and I kind of gravitate like a hungry dire wolf to anything that deals with the ocean, real-world locations with a fantasy flavouring, and long journeys involving pretty boats. I love boat-focused narratives. Plus, Greg Bear has written some really great science-fiction stories and I’d love to try out his fantasy work. Releases February 2021.
The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho: This #OwnVoices Asian wuxia fantasy novella is about a young votary of the Order of the Pure Moon named Guet Imm. She joins up with the order in order (ha ha, great word usage) to protect a sacred object and finds herself smack dab in the middle of a much more complicated situation than she ever could have imagined.
Zen Cho is such a brilliant fucking author, and she’s so damn underrated it makes me mad with puffy cheeks. Puffy cheeks, I tell you! Just one of her 50-page novellas has more world-building and character depth than most 1,000-page epics that I have read. More people need to scream about her, and screaming is exactly what I shall do when one of two things happens: a) I get the ARC and/or b) when my pre-ordered copy hits my Kindle app. My goal is to scream about her some more in the near future when I pick up her full-size novels (one of which is re-read) later in the year. Meanwhile, you can check ‘em out here. Releases June 23rd.
The Angel of Crows by Katherine Addison: A fantasy novel that has alternate 1880s London. Angels inhabit every public building. Vampires and werewolves walk the streets with humans under a well-regulated truce. The world seems to have found a marvellous utopia of balance, except for a few minor quirks. Angels can Fall and that Fall is like a nuclear bomb in both the physical and metaphysical worlds. Humans remain humans with all their kindness and greed and murderous intent, like Jack the Ripper and his gory shenanigans. Except this London has an Angel, the Angel of Crows.
OMFG, Katherine Addison is publishing another book!!!!! I AM ÜBER EXCITE!!!! The Goblin Emperor is probably one of the best stand-alone fantasy books I’ve read; it’s absolutely supreme in so many respects. To finally see another novel from this incredible author… I’m so fucking stoked. I doubt I’ll get the ARC for it, but you can bet your arse I’m going to bother Madame Gabs until she pre-orders it for me. Also, why aren’t more people talking about this? This is kind of a big deal! Releases June 23rd.
Those are pretty much all of my current NetGalley fantasy obsessions, as well as my obsessions overall for the genre for the remainder of 2020. Do any of these sounds like your cup of chai? What are some of your most-anticipated fantasy book treats for the year?