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2021 Most Anticipated (mostly) SFF Books Pt.1 – Hyped

So many books due out in 2020 has been delayed (for obvious reasons) into 2021. I have yet to go through my post for last year but I feel there will be a few I haven’t read due to delays. I’ll try not to repeat myself in here.

I’m already excited for 2021. I think we all are. There are several sequels coming out, but I’ll try not to include too many of them and keep it fresh. I’ve added a table at the end listing all the sequels I’m looking forward too though.

I find adult fantasy doesn’t get announced the same way as YA fantasy, which annoys me. YA fantasy gets hyped up and put on GoodReads months in advanced while adult fantasy doesn’t. I struggle a bit finding adult fantasy so this list is predominately YA but that’s ok 🙂

As always I do my anticipated books in 2 parts; Hyped and underhyped. This is part 1 – Hyped so it’s likely you will have already heard of these books 🙂

So let’s get this over and done with…

Hyped Books

A Court of Silver Flame (A Court Of Thorns and Roses #4) by Sarah J Maas

Published: 16th February 2021

Yes technically a sequel but also a new start to a new trilogy. This time we follow Nesta and Cassian.

I’m hyped for this for obvious reasons, Cassian! Love Cassian 🙂 But also Sarah J Maas’ writing. I love her writing style and the ability to write friendship.

Synopsis:

Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.

The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre’s Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta’s orbit. But her temper isn’t the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.

Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.

Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other’s arms.

Empire of The Vampire (#1) by Jay Kristoff

Published: 16th September 2021

This just sounds epic! Knowing Jay Kristoff’s writing, I know it will be great 🙂

Synopsis:

Twenty-seven years have passed since the last sunrise, and for almost three decades, the creatures of the night have walked the day without fear. Once, humanity fought bravely against the coldblood legions, but now, we exist only in a few scattered settlements—tiny sparks of light in a growing sea of darkness.

Gabriel de León is the last of the Silversaints, a holy order dedicated to defending realm and church, now utterly destroyed. Imprisoned for the murder of the vampiric king, Gabriel is charged with telling the story of his life.

His tale spans years, from his youth in the monastery of San Michon, to the forbidden love that spelled his undoing, and the betrayal that saw his order annihilated. Most importantly, Gabriel will tell the story of the Grail—the legendary cup prophesied to bring an end to the eternal night, whose location is known to a single person: A smart-mouthed teenage urchin named Dior.

Their journey with a band of unlikely allies would see Dior and Gabriel forge an unbreakable bond, and set the broken paragon on a road to redemption.

But now, the Grail is shattered. And with the cup of the Redeemer destroyed and the last Silversaint awaiting execution, what can bring an end to this undying empire?

Realm Breaker (#1) by Victoria Aveyard

Published: 4th May 2021

I love the Red Queen, Aveyard’s first book, but I didn’t like the ending of it. So I’m hoping her next series will be better 🙂

Synopsis:

Who is left when the heroes fall?

Corayne lives at the end of the world. Year after year, she watches her pirate mother sail away to adventures she’ll never share with Corayne. So when a mysterious immortal and deadly assassin appear on Corayne’s doorstep telling her she is the last member of a dying bloodline, and the only one who can save the world, Corayne seizes the chance to have her own adventure.

But the world is in graver danger than they ever imagined; Corayne and her rag-tag group of allies are alone in a world that is slowly coming apart at the seams with little but their fading hope to guide them.

Now is not the age of heroes, but courage can bloom even in the darkest corners. And it just might be enough to save everything

Witches Steeped in Gold (#1) by Ciannon Smart

Published: 20th April 2021

This sounds dark and twisty filled with witchy attitude and I’m here for it!

Synopsis:

Divided by their castes. United by their vengeance.

Iraya has spent her life in a cell, but every day brings her closer to freedom—and vengeance.

Jazmyne is the queen’s daughter, but unlike her sister before her, she has no intention of dying to strengthen her mother’s power.

Sworn enemies, these two witches enter a precarious alliance to take down a mutual threat. But revenge is a bloody pursuit, and nothing is certain—except the lengths they will go to win this game.

Deadly, fierce, magnetically addictive: this Jamaican-inspired fantasy debut is a thrilling journey where dangerous magic reigns supreme and betrayal lurks beneath every word

A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee

Published: 3rd August 2021

I loved Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo and since this book is similar with a dark and twisty atmosphere I’ve put it on my list.

Synopsis:

For fans of Wilder Girls and Ninth House comes a dark, twisty, atmospheric thriller about a boarding school haunted by its history of witchcraft and two girls dangerously close to digging up the past.

Felicity Morrow is back at Dalloway School.

Perched in the Catskill mountains, the centuries-old, ivy-covered campus was home until the tragic death of her girlfriend. Now, after a year away, she’s returned to graduate. She even has her old room in Godwin House, the exclusive dormitory rumored to be haunted by the spirits of five Dalloway students—girls some say were witches. The Dalloway Five all died mysteriously, one after another, right on Godwin grounds.

Witchcraft is woven into Dalloway’s history. The school doesn’t talk about it, but the students do. In secret rooms and shadowy corners, girls convene. And before her girlfriend died, Felicity was drawn to the dark. She’s determined to leave that behind her now; all Felicity wants is to focus on her senior thesis and graduate. But it’s hard when Dalloway’s occult history is everywhere. And when the new girl won’t let her forget.

It’s Ellis Haley’s first year at Dalloway, and she’s already amassed a loyal following. A prodigy novelist at seventeen, Ellis is a so-called “method writer.” She’s eccentric and brilliant, and Felicity can’t shake the pull she feels to her. So when Ellis asks Felicity for help researching the Dalloway Five for her second book, Felicity can’t say no. Given her history with the arcane, Felicity is the perfect resource.

And when history begins to repeat itself, Felicity will have to face the darkness in Dalloway–and in herself. 

The Gilded Ones (#1) by Namima Forna

Published: 9th February 2021

This was one of my 2020 list but it has been delayed into 2021. I’m still super interested in this book. It sounds amazing!

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.

But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.

Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki–near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire’s greatest threat.

Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she’s ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be–not even Deka herself.

The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He

Published: 4th May 2021

Firstly, that cover! So gorgeous! Secondly, the science aspect of this book is super intriguing.

Synopsis:

One of the most twisty, surprising, engaging page-turner YAs you’ll read this year—We Were Liars with sci-fi scope, Lost with a satisfying resolution.

Cee awoke on an abandoned island three years ago. With no idea of how she was marooned, she only has a rickety house, an old android, and a single memory: she has a sister, and Cee needs to find her.

STEM prodigy Kasey wants escape from the science and home she once trusted. The eco-city—Earth’s last unpolluted place—is meant to be sanctuary for those commited to planetary protection, but it’s populated by people willing to do anything for refuge, even lie. Now, she’ll have to decide if she’s ready to use science to help humanity, even though it failed the people who mattered most. 

The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary

Published: 29th April 2021

I already loved The Flatshare and The Switch. I have no doubt I’ll love this book too. I love particularly how the author manages to write a whole lovable community around the main characters. The side characters are so heart-warming and makes the book worth reading.

This is the only non-SFF book on my list but I genuinely excited about it so I added it to my list 🙂

Synopsis:

Addie and her sister are about to embark on an epic road trip to a friend’s wedding in the north of Scotland. The playlist is all planned and the snacks are packed.

But, not long after setting off, a car slams into the back of theirs. The driver is none other than Addie’s ex, Dylan, who she’s avoided since their traumatic break-up two years earlier.

Dylan and his best mate are heading to the wedding too, and they’ve totalled their car, so Addie has no choice but to offer them a ride. The car is soon jam-packed full of luggage and secrets, and with three hundred miles ahead of them, Dylan and Addie can’t avoid confronting the very messy history of their relationship…

Will they make it to the wedding on time? And, more importantly… is this really the end of the road for Addie and Dylan?

A Psalm for the Wild-Built (The Monk & The Robot #1) by Becky Chambers

Published: 13th June 2021

I have yet to pick up a single book by Becky Chambers but I always want to. Hopefully 2021 will be the year.

I love the fact that this book is meant to be a positive future and nothing unhappy. After 2020 this is what we need!

Synopsis:

Hugo Award-winner Becky Chambers’s delightful new series gives us hope for the future.

It’s been centuries since the robots of Earth gained self-awareness and laid down their tools.
Centuries since they wandered, en masse, into the wilderness, never to be seen again.
Centuries since they faded into myth and urban legend.

One day, the life of a tea monk is upended by the arrival of a robot, there to honor the old promise of checking in. The robot cannot go back until the question of “what do people need?” is answered.

But the answer to that question depends on who you ask, and how.
They’re going to need to ask it a lot.

Becky Chambers’ new series asks: in a world where people have what they want, does having more matter?

Sequels I’m Exited for:

TitleSeriesAuthorRelease Date
UntitledCrescent City #2Sarah J Maas2nd November 2021
Girls of Fate and FuryGirls of Paper and Fire #3Natasha Ngan2nd July 2021
Heartstopper Volume 4 (non-SFF)Heartstopper #4Alice Oseman13th May 2021
OcultaA Forgery of Magic#2Maya Motayne6th April 2021
Bridge of SoulsCassidy Blake #3Victoria Schwab2nd March 2021
All the Tides of FateAll the Stars and Teeth #2Adalyn Grace2nd February 2021
NowhereSkyward #3Brandon Sanderson2021
UntitledThe Gilded Wolves #3Roshani Chokshi2021
UntitledThe Sixth World #3Rebecca Roanhorse2021?
UntitledSix of Crows #3Leigh Bardugo2021?
The GraduateThe Scholomance #3Naomi Novik6th July 2021
UntitledSeven Devils #2Laura Lam & Elisabeth May2021

This is my list for 2021 part 1.

What’s on your list?

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