Leviathan Falls, the final book in The Expanse series, is just one of many great sci-fi and fantasy books to be released before the end of 2021!
Last week we put together a list of amazing sci-fi and fantasy books that you might have missed from 2020 because that year was a giant dumpster fire and there was lots of great stories that have gone under the radar.
But hey, you’re up to date. You read like a demon. You need the latest books, lest your shelves implode in a flaming ball of discontent!
We hear you, which is why this week we’re lining up another list: this time it’s the sci-fi and fantasy releases coming out this fall. It’s been a very condensed year of big book releases, in large part due to the fact that many novels originally slated for 2020 ended up being delayed due to the coronavirus. We saw the end of The Chronicles of the Queen of Bitches by KS Villoso, the Sapphic trifecta, the start of a new series by John Gwynne, A desolation called peace by Arkady Martine (the continuation of his much appreciated A memory called Empire), and many others.
But while it has been a good year for science fiction and fantasy books, this fall is shaping up to be incredible. There are so many great versions to come that it will be a challenge to read them all.
Without further ado, let’s dig in! We’ll go through these puppies in order of release so you can properly prioritize your reading for epic maximum time.
1. The wisdom of crowds by Joe Abercrombie (9/14)
You probably should have known this one was coming, right? Grimdark fantasy master Joe Abercrombie never fails to make his way through lists like this because his books are so awesome. Abercrombie’s latest release marks the end of their new trilogy set in the First law world, The age of madness. These books see the Union moving forward in an industrial revolution… but in typical Abercrombie fashion, it’s a dark and gritty affair with characters whose moral significance is rarely kept intact.
Age of madness takes place roughly 30 years after the end of the Abercrombie original First law trilogy, and follows several descendants of the original crew like Savine dan Glokta and Prince Orso, as well as a bunch of memorable new characters. Add to that the fact that everyone’s favorite selfish wizard Bayaz is always around to pull the strings and you have a recipe for one of those extremely bittersweet tales that are the hallmark of Joe Abercrombie.
Since we don’t want to spoil anything for you in case you haven’t started Age of madness however, here is the description of the first volume of this new trilogy, A little hate:
The chimneys of industry are rising on Adua and the world is teeming with new opportunities. But the old scores run deeper than ever.
In the bloody confines of Angland, Leo dan Brock struggles to achieve fame on the battlefield and defeat the marauding armies of Stour Nightfall. He hopes for help from the crown. But King Jezal’s son, the foolish Prince Orso, is a man who specializes in disappointments.
Savine dan Glokta – socialite, investor and daughter of the Union’s most feared man – plans to make her way to the top of society’s slag heap by whatever means necessary. But the slums are overflowing with a rage that all the money in the world cannot control.
The age of the machine dawns, but the age of magic refuses to die. With the help of hilltop madman Isern-i-Phail, Rikke struggles to control the blessing, or curse, of the Long Eye. To foresee the future is one thing, but with the guiding hand of the First Mages still pulling the strings, changing it will be another …
The wisdom of crowds hits shelves on September 14.