Hey everyone, and welcome to today’s roundup of the coming month’s hottest releases…from yours truly’s viewpoint. So, big spoiler alert: No, Kingdom of Ash is not on the list. Considering what I’ve read about her recently, I just can’t muster up hype for her series that I care much less about anyway.
I usually do these Most Anticipated posts once every three months, but October 2018 is just such a big month for new books, even discounting the Throne of Glass finale, that I can’t resist breaking my habit. Next month I’ll be starting uni and dealing with a deluge of hype releases at the same time. We’ll see how that works out. I may have to cut back significantly on the time I’ve spent on this blog over the past few months, maybe go back to one review per week like I did when I was first starting out.
Anyways, before we get there, these are five of the books that will be aiding my favoured extracurricular of procrastination:
5. The Consuming Fire (The Interdependency #2) by John Scalzi
The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded. When it goes, human civilization may go with it—unless desperate measures can be taken.
Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But nothing is ever that easy. Arrayed before her are those who believe the collapse of the Flow is a myth—or at the very least, an opportunity that can allow them to ascend to power.
While Grayland prepares for disaster, others are preparing for a civil war, a war that will take place in the halls of power, the markets of business and the altars of worship as much as it will take place between spaceships and battlefields. The Emperox and her allies are smart and resourceful, but then so are her enemies. Nothing about this power struggle will be simple or easy… and all of humanity will be caught in its widening gyre.
Release date: 16 October 2018
Why I’m Hyped: This is the first sequel I’ve put on a Most Anticipated post where I haven’t read the first book. Well, I haven’t read most of the first book The Collapsing Empire; I read the prologue in Waterstones and immediately put it on my TBR. But John Scalzi’s current space opera series is high on my list, and the release of Book Two seems like as good a time as any to get into the series. The Consuming Fire‘s presence on this list goes to show how much I trust Scalzi. After reading Head On and a few of his blog posts, I’m half convinced that it would be physically impossible for him to write something disappointing.
4. Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox #1) by Julie Kagawa
ONCE EVERY THOUSAND YEARS…
Every millennium, one age ends and another age dawns…and whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers holds the power to call the great Kami Dragon from the sea and ask for any one wish. The time is near…and the missing pieces of the scroll will be sought throughout the land of Iwagoto. The holder of the first piece is a humble, unknown peasant girl with a dangerous secret.
Demons have burned to the ground the temple Yumeko was raised in, killing everyone within, including the master who trained her to both use and hide her kitsune shapeshifting powers. Yumeko escapes with the temple’s greatest treasure — one part of the ancient scroll. Fate thrusts her into the path of a mysterious samurai, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan. Yumeko knows he seeks what she has…and is under orders to kill anything and anyone who stands between him and the scroll.
A wish will be granted and a new age will dawn.
Release date: 2 October 2018
Why I’m Hyped: A while back I read an excerpt of this book in Publishers Lunch’s Buzz Books 2018: Young Adult Fall/Winter edition. Wow was it brutal and bloody, just as you’d imagine for the memorable opening to an epic fantasy based on Japanese folklore. Even though she’s quite popular, I haven’t read anything by Julie Kagawa yet–and I figure I’ll change that soon.
3. The Devil’s Thief (The Last Magician #2) by Lisa Maxwell
Esta’s parents were murdered. Her life was stolen. And everything she knew about magic was a lie. She thought the Book of Mysteries held the key to freeing the Mageus from the Order’s grasp, but the danger within its pages was greater than she ever imagined.
Now the Book’s furious power lives inside Harte. If he can’t control it, it will rip apart the world to get its revenge, and it will use Esta to do it.
To bind the power, Esta and Harte must track down four elemental stones scattered across the continent. But the world outside the city is like nothing they expected. There are Mageus beyond the Brink not willing to live in the shadows—and the Order isn’t alone in its mission to crush them.
In St. Louis, the extravagant World’s Fair hides the first stone, but an old enemy is out for revenge and a new enemy is emerging. And back in New York, Viola and Jianyu must defeat a traitor in a city on the verge of chaos.
As past and future collide, time is running out to rewrite history—even for a time-traveling thief.
Release date: 9 October 2018
Why I’m Hyped: Hyped is an understatement. I’ve already ordered my copy from Book Depository, partially because I was tempted by the preorder goodies, especially one gorgeous bookmark that I can’t wait to get my hands on. But the main reason I’m giving Lisa Maxwell my money before The Devil’s Thief comes out is because The Last Magician was a hell of an awesome ride. Time travel, magical powers and Harte Darrigan, now that’s an alchemist’s combo. Plus that cover is lit. Literally.
2. This Cruel Design (This Mortal Coil #2) by Emily Suvada
The nightmare of the outbreak is finally over, but Cat’s fight has only just begun.
Exhausted, wounded, and reeling from revelations that have shaken her to her core, Cat is at a breaking point. Camped in the woods with Cole and Leoben, she’s working day and night, desperate to find a way to stop Lachlan’s plan to reprogram humanity. But she’s failing—Cat can’t even control her newly regrown panel, and try as she might to ignore them, she keeps seeing glitching visions from her past everywhere she turns.
When news arrives that the Hydra virus might not be as dead as they’d thought, the group is pushed into an uneasy alliance with Cartaxus to hunt down Lachlan and fix the vaccine. Their search takes them to Entropia, a city of genehackers hidden deep in the desert that could also hold the answers about Cat’s past that she’s been searching for.
But when confronted with lies and betrayals, Cat is forced to question everything she knows and everyone she trusts. And while Lachlan is always two steps ahead, the biggest threat to Cat may be the secrets buried in her own mind.
Release date: 30 October 2018
Why I’m Hyped: Fun fact–the villains of The Devil’s Thief and This Cruel Design are both called Lachlan. What is it about that name? Anyways, remember that time I was squealing about This Mortal Coil? Oh right, you might, because ‘that time’ = basically every day for the past year. Aside from Book One being pure nerdy perfection, my hype for this duology finale is compounded by a free short story slated to release in less than two weeks, as well as, you guessed it, more preorder goodies. As if that wasn’t enough good news for my wallet, This Cruel Design is also going to hit shelves directly in £7.99 paperback. Thanks Penguin!
Edit: So I just found out that this is actually going to be a trilogy. Hype??
1. Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor
In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.
Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice—save the woman he loves, or everyone else?—while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of.
As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?
Release date: 2 October 2018
Why I’m Hyped: Speaking of duology finales, we come to one of the most hyped such titles of 2018. Muse of Nightmares has the TGV of hype trains, and I’m 100% aboard because Lazlo and Sarai will never not deserve a happily ever after. In particular, I’m partial towards the synopsis that drops strong hints towards a redemption arc. If this is going to be a book where Lazlo Strange saves the world through the power of compassion, then eff yeah I’m in.
What are your most anticipated releases of October? If you have thoughts on any of the upcoming novels mentioned in this post, or ones not mentioned that you’d like to hype, please drop a comment below! I’d love to hear your thoughts.
As usual, thanks for reading ❤