February 22, 2017

A Fantasy Update

There are a few updates on some fantasy books which I’ll mention in this post.


Assassin’s Fate
, the finale of Robin Hobb’s latest Fitz-related trilogy, is due out in May. I’ve been trying to find out whether or not this is the final Fitz-related book, period. I’ve heard of Robin and her works going about as far back as when I discovered Tolkien, but have not read any – yet.


This spring also marks the beginning of the end of the Shannara series. The final Shannara series [which will be 4 books] is called “The Fall of Shannara.” The first of those four is titled The Black Elfstone.


I have also discovered another fantasy author, who seems quite promising. The author’s name is Michael J. Sullivan. I’ll be keeping a close eye on him and follow his publications. I say this because; George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss are the final authors that I’ll follow as their books come out. If an author is writing a fantasy series, I’ll wait until the series is completed before buying any of them. Still no word yet on either The Winds of Winter or The Doors of Stone. Nothing against other authors or publishing houses, but I'd rather wait until a series is written and published in full before getting involved, and having supremely long wait times during the publication of the series.


Another author that I’ve discovered that I’m waiting until his series is completed before purchasing, is Scott Lynch.  


Steven Erikson is also at work on Walk in Shadow, the third book in his Malazan prequel trilogy. It’s publication date is currently unknown, but I have noticed that books 1 and 2 of the trilogy are about 4 years apart. Forge of Darkness arrived in 2012, and Fall of Light was 2016.


This year also sees the publication of Stormlight book 3, called Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson. This one is due out in the fall.


Finally, Philip Pullman will also be publishing the first of 3 volumes in an “equel” trilogy to His Dark Materials. The name of that trilogy is “The Book of Dust.” He dubbed the term himself, as it’s neither a prequel, sequel, or even an “interquel.” [an interquel is what Stephen King’s The Wind Through the Keyhole is].Again, I’ll wait until the trilogy is completed before purchasing it. I may go for: all individual titles in hardback, a hardback boxed set, or an omnibus edition [hopefully one will be offered by Everyman’s Library to match my edition of His Dark Materials].

Looks like 2017 is beginning to shape up to be a great year for fantasy! And that's not counting the Tolkien or Tolkien related books, either....

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