A couple of nights ago when I was bored but also struggling with severe ADHD things, I decided to look up all of the books releasing in December 2021 as a way to keep my mind focused. I remembered that one of my most anticipated adult fantasy titles was hitting shelves in a little over a week and the curiosity for more releases took off from there. I ended up compiling a list of over seventeen titles, which was very surprising because I hadn’t realised so many treats were dropping this month. After looking more into each book, however, I was able to chip away at the list until I had ten most-anticipated novels total.
Most of the books here are adult releases ranging from fiction literature to thriller to epic fantasy, and more than a couple are sequels or additions to pre-existing serials that I have catching dust bunnies on my bookshelves. Since I tend to get frustrated with cliff-hangers, I collect a few tomes within a long series before starting ‘er up. With respect to The Dandelion Dynasty by Ken Liu, I shall be re-reading the first two novels so I can make the most out of this fresh third addition!
Anyhoo, check out all ten titles below. Insha’Allah, I shall be able to share reviews for them in the near future here on BiblioNyan.
A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw: A psychological thriller that follows three residents living in a secluded, serene commune called Pastoral as they investigate the disappearance of two outsiders.
Absynthe by Brendan P. Bellecourt: An adult science-fiction, alternate history novel that revolves around a shell-shocked soldier from The Great War, during the roaring 1920s as he uncovers latent telepathic abilities, which he must then use to save himself as well as the people around him.
Beasts of a Little Land by Juhea Kim: A Korean historical fiction story about a terrible time of war, love, and redemption that takes place amid the backdrop of the Korean independence movement. It follows a young girl that’s sold to a courtesan school and a penniless son of a hunter, who’s lives become dangerously intertwined during an era of revolution, glamour, and intrigue.
Orphans of the Storm by Celia Imrie: A historical fiction story that occurs on the scene of the infamous sinking of the Titanic. It follows two separate women, one a victim of domestic violence seeking a better life for her and her children, and the other a socialite that is excited to experience the most popular steamer in the world. When the ship sails with these individuals, their paths cross and plunges the characters into a sweeping tale of intrigue.
Silent Parade by Keigo Higashino: A Japanese mystery tale that is the fourth instalment in the author’s Detective Galileo series, it follows the beloved copper as they try to solve the mystery of several murders that are decades apart with very little to no concrete evidence to assist them.
The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa: A Japanese fiction lit title that kicks off with a high school student, Rintarō Natsuki, who is getting ready to close a second-hand bookstore he inherited from his bookish grandpops. One day he encounters a talking cat with a bizarre request: a demand for the teen to help him save lonely unread and unloved books, which sends the duo on a remarkable journey.
The Hawthorne School by Sylvie Perry: A suspense thriller that follows a single mother as she tries being the best parent she can. But her four-year-old son is just too much a handful for her to cope with. Learning about a school that specialises in teaching atypical kiddoes, she pays them a visit. It’s a beautiful dream for her and her troubles with her spawn, Henry. Yet, when Henry starts bringing home tales of strange ceremonies in the woods and odd rules, the mother’s instincts began to scream that something isn’t quite right and perfect after all.
The Last Wish: The Illustrated Edition by Andrzej Sapkowski: The fantasy novel that kicked off the beloved video game franchise and has also spawned a wonderful fantasy series on Netflix, is getting a beautifully illustrated release. The story itself revolves around Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher who’s known for being a cunning sorcerer, a merciless assassin, and big scary ass motherfucker in general that goes around killing monsters and other evil things for a spot o’ coin and occasional good faith.
The Liar’s Knot by M.A. Carrick: An epic dark fantasy book that’s a sequel to The Mask of Mirrors, which follows a lying, thieving daughter of no clan. Raised in the slums, she flees her world in order to save a sibling. The only way she can do that is by sneaking her way into a noble house, and then securing fortunes for her and the sibling. Yet, the city of dreams that she has slithered into is rich with nightmare magic, corruption, feuding aristocrats, and plenty of mysterious danger lingering in the shadows.
The Veiled Throne by Ken Liu: A Chinese-American epic fantasy that’s the third instalment in the author’s Dandelion Dynasty. The first book is The Grace of Kings and it revolves around two men that rebel against tyranny together, but as their motivations and ideas about how the world should be run begin to drift apart, so does their friendship, turning them into terrifying rivals.
Those are my top ten most-anticipated titles for December 2021. I shall be reading and reviewing The Mask of Mirrors, The Last Wish, and The Grace of Kings sometime this month and in January, so if you’re curious about those serials, keep an eye out for my reviews! Always, spoiler-free (unless otherwise indicated) and always with full content warnings!
Come chat with me in the comments in the meantime! What are some of your most-anticipated titles for December? They can be books, comics, manga, video games—anything at all! I’d love to hear from you. Until next time, keep reading and keep otakuing, my chums!