There’s quite a few magical and intriguing reads coming out in 2018, and January is kicking it off for us by giving us a taste of the many exciting books that are coming out!
From a novel adaption of Marvel and Hulu’s Runaways, to witches, Spartacus, post-apocalyptic worlds and spies, you’re sure to find a new read in our list!
Read on to discover what fantasy and sci-fi books are coming out this month and tell us in the comments which ones you’re excited for!
Black Star Renegades by Michael Moreci | Goodreads
Cade Sura holds the future of the galaxy in his hands: the ultimate weapon that will bring total peace. The evil Praxis kingdom is on the cusp of having every star system under its control, and if that happens, there’ll be no contesting their cruel reign. Especially if its fanatical overlord, Ga Halle, manages to capture Cade and snag the all-powerful weapon for herself.
Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft | Goodreads
The Tower of Babel is the greatest marvel in the world. It is a world of geniuses and tyrants, of airships and steam engines, of unusual animals and mysterious machines. Soon after arriving at the Tower, Thomas Senlin, gets separated from his wife in the overwhelming swarm of tourists, residents, and miscreants. Determined to find her, he’ll have to navigate madhouses, ballrooms, and burlesque theaters. He must survive betrayal, assassins, and the long guns of a flying fortress.
Dark State by Charles Stross | Goodreads
In the sequel to Empire Games, the collision of two nuclear superpowers across timelines, one in the midst of a technological revolution and the other a hyper-police state, is imminent. In Commissioner Miriam Burgeson’s timeline, her top-level agents run a high risk extraction of a major political player. Meanwhile, a sleeper cell activated in Rita’s, the Commissioner’s adopted daughter and newly-minted spy, timeline threatens to unravel everything.
Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk | Goodreads
The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to create an empire. Attia was destined to rule as queen and swordmaiden of Thrace, but now she’s a slave to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome. Enslaved as a child, Xanthus is the preeminent gladiator of his generation. The pair form a tentative bond that will spark a rebellion that threatens to bring the Roman Republic to its end―and gives rise to the legend of Spartacus…
The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson | Goodreads
Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As memories of her old life haunt her, she has been forced to forge ahead in the snow-covered Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap to survive. Shadows of the world before have found her tiny community—most prominently in the enigmatic figure of Jax, who sets in motion a chain of events that will force Lynn to fulfill a destiny she never imagined.
Runaways by Christopher Golden | Goodreads
Based on the popular Hulu television series and comic books, fans and first-time readers will enjoy this new take on the story. The novel also includes the first issue of the revived Runaways comic series written by Rainbow Rowell and with art by Kris Anka.
The Raptor and the Wren by Chuck Wendig | Goodreads
The fifth book in the Miriam Black series sees Miriam continuing her journey to find answers on how to change her fate and begin to make right some of what she’s done wrong. Armed with new knowledge that suggests a great sacrifice must be made to change her fate, Miriam continues her quest and learns that she must undo the tragedies of her past to move forward.
The Sky Is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith | Goodreads
In the burned-out, futuristic city of Empire Island, three young people navigate a crumbling metropolis constantly under threat from a pair of dragons that circle the skies. As they wander toward the scalded heart of the city, they face fire, conspiracy, mayhem, unholy drugs, dragon-worshippers, and the monsters lurking inside themselves.
The King of Bones and Ashes by J.D. Horn | Goodreads
Magic is seeping out of the world, leaving the witches who’ve relied on it for countless centuries increasingly hopeless. But for young Alice Marin, she’s using magic’s waning days to solve the mystery of numerous disappearances in the occult circles of New Orleans. Alice disappeared once, too—caged in an asylum by blood relatives. Recently freed, she fears her family may be more involved with the growing crisis than she ever dared imagine.
Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra | Goodreads
Kyra is the youngest Markswoman in the Order of Kali, a highly trained sisterhood of elite warriors armed with telepathic blades. After the death of her mentor, Kyra is forced to run and finds herself at the Order of Khur, an order composed of all men. With the help of Rustan, a young, disillusioned Marksman, Kyra must obtain proof of who killed her mentor.
Time Shards by Dana Fredsti and David Fitzgerald | Goodreads
It’s called “the Event.” An unimaginable cataclysm in the 23rd century shatters 600 years of the Earth’s timeline into jumbled fragments of the past, present and future, all existing alongside one another. Amber Richardson is stranded on a tiny fragment of 21st century Britain surrounded by a Pleistocene wilderness. She crosses paths with Cam, a young warrior of a tribe from Roman Brittania—only to be imprisoned by Cromwellian soldiers. One of their captives is a man who Amber calls “Merlin, and who claims to be the 23rd century scientist responsible for the Event.
The Queen of All Crows by Rod Duncan | Goodreads
The year is 2012. The nations of the world are bound together in an alliance of collective security, overseen by the International Patent Office. When airships start disappearing, the Patent Office is desperate to discover what has happened and send spies to investigate. One of those spies is Elizabeth Barnabus. She must overcome her dislike of the controlling Patent Office, disguise herself as a man, and take to the sea in search of the floating nation of pirates who threaten the world order.