New releases: January 2018 – fantasy

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Time for some fantasy! As usual, Goodreads has drawn up a top 5 of the new releases coming out this month. The covers look good, right? I’m guessing something dark, it somehow reminds me of the story of the Minotaur? Then something more a little younger, more female and more romantic. Next, there’s something about magicians defending their medieval-like town. The cover of the fourth book doesn’t really tell me much… And the fifth is a female-driven shapeshifter book, I’m guessing! Other new releases of January 2018 can be found by genre right here on Goodreads. But let’s see how I did with my guesses.

  1. Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft (The Books of Babel #1)
    Publication date: January 16th, 2018
    The Tower of Babel is the greatest marvel in the world. Immense as a mountain, the ancient Tower holds unnumbered ringdoms, warring and peaceful, stacked one on the other like the layers of a cake. It is a world of geniuses and tyrants, of airships and steam engines, of unusual animals and mysterious machines. Soon after arriving for his honeymoon at the Tower, the mild-mannered headmaster of a small village school, Thomas Senlin, gets separated from his wife, Marya, in the overwhelming swarm of tourists, residents, and miscreants. Senlin is determined to find Marya, but to do so he’ll have to navigate madhouses, ballrooms, and burlesque theatres. He must survive betrayal, assassination, and the long guns of a flying fortress. But if he hopes to find his wife, he will have to do more than just endure. This quiet man of letters must become a man of action.
  2. Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire (Wayward Children #3)
    Publication date: January 9th, 2018

    Beneath the Sugar Sky returns to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the “real” world. Sumi died years before her prophesied daughter Rini could be born. Rini was born anyway, and now she’s trying to bring her mother back from a world without magic.
  3. The Infernal Battalion by Django Wexler (The Shadow Campaigns #5)
    Publication date: January 9th, 2018
    The Beast, the ancient demon imprisoned beneath the fortress-city of Elysium for a thousand years, has been loosed on the world. It absorbs mind after mind, spreading like a plague through the north. The fell army it has raised threatens the heart of Vordan, and it is under the command of the Beast’s greatest prize: legendary general Janus bet Vhalnich. As Queen Raesinia Orboan and soldiers Marcus D’Ivoire and Winter Ihernglass grapple with the aftermath of a hard-fought military campaign, they soon discover a betrayal they never could have foreseen. The news arrives like a thunderbolt: Janus has declared himself the rightful Emperor of Vordan. Chaos grips the city as officers and regiments are forced to declare for queen or emperor. Raesinia must struggle to keep her country under control and risks becoming everything she fought against. Marcus must take the field against his old commander, a man who has seemed an unbeatable strategist. And as Winter recovers from her injuries and mourns her losses, she knows the demon she carries inside her might be the only thing standing between the Beast and the destruction of everything in its path…
  4. The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman (The Invisible Library #4)
    Publication date: January 9th, 2018
    After being commissioned to find a rare book, Librarian Irene and her assistant, Kai, head to Prohibition-era New York and are thrust into the middle of a political fight with dragons, mobsters, and Fae. In a 1920s-esque New York, Prohibition is in force; fedoras, flapper dresses, and Tommy guns are in fashion: and intrigue is afoot. Intrepid Librarians Irene and Kai find themselves caught in the middle of a dragon political contest. It seems a young Librarian has become tangled in this conflict, and if they can’t extricate him, there could be serious repercussions for the mysterious Library. And, as the balance of power across mighty factions hangs in the balance, this could even trigger war. Irene and Kai are locked in a race against time (and dragons) to procure a rare book. They’ll face gangsters, blackmail, and the Library’s own Internal Affairs department. And if it doesn’t end well, it could have dire consequences on Irene’s job. And, incidentally, on her life…
  5. Dragon Blood by Eileen Wilks (World of the Lupi #14)
    Publication date: January 2nd, 2018
    The battle against a vengeful goddess reaches a climactic point as Lily Yu must now face the ultimate challenge in a dangerous new realm—without her husband, Rule… When a mission to rescue five children stolen by an Old One falls apart under the assault of a demon prince, Lily wakes up in a strange reality—and is immediately taken captive by the dragon spawn who rule there. Jumping worlds has fractured her party, and Cynna is her only companion. Although the clock is ticking, time works differently, and Lily has miraculously gained a week. That means seven days to free herself, find Rule and the others, rescue the children, and make it home alive. All before the dragon spawn holding her hostage trade her to the Old One. It would almost be doable if this weren’t Lóng Jia—also known as Dragonhome: the birthplace of dragons.

My guesses weren’t close at all this time, but oh my god, why have I never heard of The Invisible Library series? I love the description of the fourth book, and a quick look at the blurbs of the other books in the series, have quickly landed these books on my to-be-read list! I love books and libraries, especially when they are infused with magic. It sounds a little bit like that movie trilogy The Librarian with Noah Wyle, which has also spawned a TV series.


Happy reading,

Loes M.

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