Get Ready For An Epic Year In Fantasy

2019 looks like it’s going to be an epic year in fantasy, and here are some reasons why.

2019 in gold letters

Two new diverse epic fantasies being billed as A Game of Thrones read-alikes are set to publish this year: Black Leopard, Red Wolf (February 5) by Marlon James, advertised as an African GoT, and Upon a Burning Throne (April 16) by Ashok K. Bantor, advertised as an Indian GoT. Marlon James won the Man Booker Prize and I’m pumped about his first fantasy, which features animal shapeshifters.

The Winter of the Witch (January 9) completes The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden, one of my all-time favorite historical fantasy series. If you’re a completest, now’s your time to read this amazing series! It begins with The Bear and the Nightingale.

If you loved the Ancillary series as much as I did, you’ll want to read Ann Leckie’s first fantasy novel, The Raven Tower (February 26). This is her first novel.

The second Sorcerer Royal novel—The True Queen by Zen Cho—publishes March 12th. It’s been 4 years since Sorcerer to the Crown came out, but I’m sure #2 will be well worth the wait.

And another second installment—The Kingdom of Copper (January 8) by S.A. Chakraborty—continues the popular Daevabad trilogy.

Lots of first books in exciting new young adult fantasy series by established fantasy authors will be published: King of Scars (January 29) by Leigh Bardugo, The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi (January 15), The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson (March 12).

2019 Fantasy Adaptations

Good Omens will air on Amazon at some point this year, starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen. The book and audiobook by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman are available at the library, ready to read/listen to in anticipation.

The Witcher, based on a book series by Andrzej Sapkowski which begins with Blood of Elves, will probably be released this year on Netflix. I’ve heard lots of excitement from fans.

How about the third Kingkiller Chronicle, Doors of Stone by Patrick Rothfuss, you ask? Or The Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin? Haha. I doubt we’ll see either in 2019, but who knows. Maybe a little publishing (and writing) magic will happen.

What 2019 fantasies are you excited about?
--excerpted from Margaret Kingsbury

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