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The Future of Fantasy: February New Releases

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 | Posted by John ONeill

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February is packed with a stellar line up of fantasy releases. If you’ve got a ski trip or high school reunion coming up, we recommend you cancel. If you seclude yourself in your room immediately, you may just have enough time to read a small fraction of the great books coming you way.

No way you can even keep up with them all without help, however. No worries — that’s what we’re here for. Sit back and relax, and we’ll fill you in on the top new releases in fantasy scheduled for February.

Starting with Black Gate‘s favorite son James Enge, who offers one of the month’s most anticipated releases, The Wide World’s End, the latest installment in the popular chronicles of Morlock, and the final novel in A Tournament of Shadows. In her January review, Sarah Avery wrote:

You have something wonderful to look forward to in February, and it’s sort of the opposite of Valentine’s Day. The third volume of James Enge’s A Tournament of Shadows trilogy, The Wide World’s End, is coming out, and it’s every bit as strange and glorious as Enge’s novels have all been so far…

Come on this journey through your old stomping grounds in Ontil and Narkunden, north beyond the werewolf city of Wuruyaaria, across a perilous wasteland that feels alien even to the unflappable peoples of Laent. Marvel at Morlock’s young sister Ambrosia as she forges an empire from a village inhabited by hundreds of princes, every one of them from toddlers to gaffers named Prince Uthar. You’ll find half-dragon saints, rickety flying machines, and a duel like no other you’ve ever read. This time, the road to tragedy travels through wonder.

The Wide World’s End will be released by Pyr Books in trade paperback on February 17, 2015.

Next up is Harry Connolly, another BG alum, with The Way Into Darkness, the third book in his epic series The Great Way, which began with The Way Into Chaos — which M Harold Page called “more hardboiled than The Dresden Files.” The Way Into Darkness will be published in trade paperback and digital versions by Radar Avenue Press on Feb 3, 2015.

Next on the list is Evie Manieri’s Fortune’s Blight, the second installment in The Shattered Kingdoms. We covered the first volume, Blood’s Pride, right here in March 2013. Fortune’s Blight, will be published in hardcover and digital formats by Tor Books on February 17, 2015.

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We told you about Ari Marmell’s newest Widdershins novel, Covenant’s End, in a New Treasures post last November. Now’s your chance to sample the latest book in this great series for yourself — it goes on sale from Pyr Books on Feb 3.

I’ve been followed Victoria Schwab’s career since her acclaimed superhero novel Vicious was published in 2013 (under the name V.E. Schwab.) In his feature review for us, Matthew David Surridge called it:

A well-paced and sharply-structured novel… it’s fascinating to see the gothic emerging from under the skin of the super-hero genre. And as a character study, it succeeds, integrating flashbacks while maintaining narrative momentum. It reads smoothly, swiftly, and well.

Her newest novel is a fantasy adventure of parallel Londons. A Darker Shade of Magic goes on sale February 24, 2015 in hardcover and digital formats from Tor Books.

Writers of the Future grand prize winner Randy Henderson presents his debut novel this month as well, the tale of a young boy framed for dark necromancy at the age of 15, and exiled to the Other Realm for twenty five years. Finn Fancy Necromancy will be published in hardcover and digital formats by Tor Books on February 10, 2015.

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Joe Abercrombie needs no introduction to Black Gate readers. His new series Shattered Sea began with Half a King in July 2014. The second volume, Half the World, will be published in hardcover and digital formats by Del Rey on February 17.

Michelle Muto’s novels include The Haunting Season and The Book of Lost Souls. She turns her talents to an urban fantasy novel about gargoyles with Of Shadow and Stone, published by Skyscape on February 24.

Elizabeth Bear has had an enviable career. Her Eternal Sky trilogy wrapped up with Tor last year, but she’s hardly resting. Her latest novel is set in the late 19th century, “When airships plied the trade routes, would-be gold miners were heading to the gold fields of Alaska, and steam-powered mechanicals stalked the waterfront.” Karen Memory goes on sale Feb 3 from Tor Books in hardcover and digital formats.

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Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction is Judd Trichter’s debut novel, the tale of a man in near-future LA who falls in love with an android — and who is forced on a tragic quest to reassemble her when when she is kidnapped and sold piecemeal on the black market. It goes on sale from Thomas Dunne Books in hardcover and digital formats on February 3, 2015.

A new graphic novel by Scott McCloud is always an event. But the massive tale The Sculptor — at nearly 500 pages, the longest narrative he’s attempted since his classic Zot! — looks like one of the most ambitious comic feats of the year. It’s on sale in trade paperback and digital formats from First Second on February 3.

Will Elliott’s Shadow is the second installment in The Pendulum Trilogy, and the sequel to his original and popular novel The Pilgrims. It’s on sale from Tor Books in hardcover and digital formats on Feb 24.

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April Moon has produced some highly talked-about anthologies in the past few months, including Stomping GroundsThe Dark Rites of Cthulhu and Amok! But I’m particularly looking forward to their new series of horror novellas, beginning with Rich Hawkins’ Black Star Black Sun. Read more at April Moon’s Facebook page.

The Very Best of Kate Elliott, a handsome collection of stories, will be published by Tachyon Publications on February 10, 2015. Check out our special preview from last November.

Finally, we have something of a guilty pleasure… Victoria Aveyard’s debut novel Red Queen, which Sam Hawksmoor has called “A wonderful mash up of Ancient Rome and Marie Antoinette with a dash of… Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, not to mention some of Marvel Comic’s box of tricks.” It will be published in trade paperback and digital formats by HarperTeen on February 10.

See all of our Future Treasures here.

4 Comments »

  1. If people will forgive a brief moment of self-promotion, I want to point out that Thief’s Covenant–the first book in the series of which Covenant’s End is the last–is a Kindle deal at Amazon for February.

    Just in case you’re intrigued by Covenant’s End but haven’t read the series yet.

    We now return you to your regularly scheduled Black Gate, already in progress.

    Comment by Mouseferatu - February 4, 2015 2:15 am

  2. Ari,

    Right you are – thanks for the tip! Thief’s Covenant is available at Amazon for just $3.99… a pretty big savings from the regular price.

    Does that price last for the entire month?

    Comment by John ONeill - February 4, 2015 11:43 am

  3. As someone who is most definitely not Ari, I can attest that all of the Covenant books are great fun and well worth your time.

    Comment by Joe H. - February 4, 2015 10:04 pm

  4. Quality confirmed by an independent panel of judges! Just another free service from Black Gate.

    Thanks Joe!

    Comment by John ONeill - February 4, 2015 11:21 pm


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