When I initially sat down to write this, I didn’t think I had many releases for 2017. I finished up a lot of series in 2015/2016, and I don’t get hyped up about untried new authors just because the hype machine often has very little to do with actual quality/my taste is my own and not every book works for me. So I tend to stick with the authors and series I know when doling out my excitement at the beginning of the year. Several of these are self-published, and many of these books are missing dates and cover art as of right now.
Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer – January 31
In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.
Romancing the Werewolf by Gail Carriger- Early 2017
LBGT reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
Last True Hero by Bec McMaster – Early 2017, maybe January
Features Adam McClain, a man (or is he?) looking for redemption, and Mia Grey, who desperately needs to find her sister.
A Crown of Stars by Roshani Chokshi – March 28, 2017
Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.
Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.
Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.
The Dastardly Miss Lizzie by Viola Carr – April 18
Dr. Eliza Jekyll must turn to her dark side, Miss Lizzie Hyde, to stop a madman targeting London’s most important scientists and sorcerers terrorizing the city with dark magic in this third Electric Empire novel—a dazzlingly original steampunk fantasy set in the gritty world of alternate Victorian London, with echoes of H G. Wells classic, The Time Machine
Being two people in one body isn’t easy. Metropolitan Police crime scene physician Eliza Jekyll is trying to maintain a semblance of control, even as her rebellious second self, Lizzie, grows increasingly wild—threatening the respectable Eliza’s reputation and her marriage to Remy Lafayette, the Royal Society investigator and occasional lycanthrope. With England on the brink of war, Remy’s away in sorcery-riddled Paris on a secretive mission that grows ever more sinister. Has he been an enemy agent all along? Or is coping with Eliza’s secret divided self finally driving her mad?
Eliza needs her mind clear and sharp if she’s to catch an evil genius who is killing eminent scientists. The chase uncovers a murky world of forbidden books, secret laboratories, and a cabal of fanatical inventors whose work could change the world—or destroy it—and who may hold answers to Eliza’s past.
As sorcery-wielding terrorists attack London, Eliza discovers her own enemies are closing in, driving her to desperate measures—enlisting the aid of the wily, resourceful, mercurial Lizzie—to thwart the killer. But Lizzie’s got her own life now, and true to her nature, will resort to the devious and diabolical to keep it. Even if it means throwing Eliza to the wolves, and letting the world burn. . . .
Except for wily, resourceful, mercurial Lizzie. But Lizzie’s got her own life now. And she’ll do anything to keep it. Even if it means attempting the unspeakable and finding her own body. Even if it means throwing Eliza to the wolves, and letting the world burn. . . .
Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan – April 25
After nearly five decades (and, indeed, the same number of volumes), one might think they were well-acquainted with the Lady Isabella Trent–dragon naturalist, scandalous explorer, and perhaps as infamous for her company and feats of daring as she is famous for her discoveries and additions to the scientific field.
And yet–after her initial adventure in the mountains of Vystrana, and her exploits in the depths of war-torn Eriga, to the high seas aboard The Basilisk, and then to the inhospitable deserts of Akhia–the Lady Trent has captivated hearts along with fierce minds. This concluding volume will finally reveal the truths behind her most notorious adventure–scaling the tallest peak in the world, buried behind the territory of Scirland’s enemies–and what she discovered there, within the Sanctuary of Wings.
A Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh- May 2
The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.
Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.
The Mech Who Loved Me by Bec McMaster – 2017
The Sons of Gilead are rising, threatening the very heart of the Empire: the Queen herself. Only a secret handful of people dare to stop them, though they may be risking life and limb–and even their hearts–in the process.
Freed from the grips of a madman, Miss Ava McLaren has had a difficult time fitting back into the life of a gently bred young lady. Stricken by the craving virus, she found solace in the laboratories of the Nighthawks trying to create a synthetic solution for blood, until one day a strange missive arrives, asking for her help in thwarting a plot against the Queen.
Thrown into the Company of Rogues, Ava finds herself intimidated by the dangerous men and women who form the core of the group, particularly the brutish mech, Kincaid. The man’s a devilishly handsome rake who barely notices that she’s even female. Indeed, he considers her blue blood status a personal insult and makes it clear he’ll never trust her.
Until an assassination attempt proves that Ava’s experiments just might have caught the attention of the Sons of Gilead. Kincaid’s the only one who can protect her from the dangerous anarchists–and together they are forced to discover just why Ava is suddenly the most sought-after bluestocking in London…
Soulbound by Bec McMaster – 2017
Last we saw of him, Sebastian finally gained his precious freedom, but it cost him in ways he never expected. I’ve been playing with Sebastian and Cleo’s long-awaited HEA all through the first two books, and whilst poor Sebastian has found himself in his darkest times, there’s always a light.
The Dragon With a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis – 2017
Aventurine is the fiercest, bravest dragon there is. And she’s ready to prove it to her family by leaving the safety of their mountain cave and capturing the most dangerous prey of all: a human. But when the human she finds tricks her into drinking enchanted hot chocolate, Aventurine is transformed into a puny human girl with tiny blunt teeth, no fire, and not one single claw.
But she’s still the fiercest creature in the mountains — and now she’s found her true passion: chocolate! All she has to do is get herself an apprenticeship (whatever that is) in a chocolate house (which sounds delicious), and she’ll be conquering new territory in no time…won’t she?
Dark Lord’s Daughter by Patricia C. Wrede – 2017
Mallory Loehr and Caroline Abbey at Random House have bought a new middle-grade series from Patricia Wrede. The first volume, The Dark Lord’s Daughter, follows a girl who discovers she has inherited a dysfunctional, depressed magical kingdom. Publication is slated for 2017.
Shadow Twin by Rachel Neumeier – 2017
The Blacksmith’s book, Iron Seas #5 by Meljean Brooke – 2017
Jackaby #4 by William Ritter – 2017
Gatlon School for Vigilantes by Marissa Meyer – 2017