Another month, another Most Anticipated Book Releases post! This time features book releases for November 2018, and there’s a lot I’m excited for here. A lot of Asian culture-inspired fantasies, a lot of LGBT goodness, and even a memoir–I’m loving the diversity this month.
This time, the book I’m most excited for is…
Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri is a Mughal India-inspired fantasy, where Mehr is the illegitimate daughter of an Imperial governor and an exiled Amrithi mother. The Amrithi are nomads descended from desert spirits, hunted for the magic in their blood, and Mehr’s power has just come to the attention of the emperor’s most feared mystics. Now, she must use every ounce of will, cunning, and power she possesses to thwart their cruel agenda, and if she fails, even the gods themselves may awaken to seek vengeance. Release date: November 13th
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan is set to feature an LGBT romance amidst a Malaysian-inspired fantasy, and I couldn’t be more excited! As a member of the Paper caste, the most oppressed caste in Ikhara, Lei remembers vividly when the royal guards stole her mother to be a Paper Girl, one of eight consorts for the king. Now, they come for Lei because her unusual golden eyes have piqued the king’s interest. As the ninth girl selected, Lei is still expected to learn her role as a consort, but she falls into a forbidden romance instead, one that leads to an explosive plot against the king. Release date: November 6th
This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson is space spooky, or perhaps spooky space. Lindley Hamilton knew she would captain the space station Lusca one day, but not so soon, and certainly not due to a deadly virus that killed every first-generation crew member on board, including her mother, the commander. As Lindley and the second generation struggle to survive, one of their number mysteriously dies, showing symptoms from the same virus. It was supposed to be over, but as more people die, Lindley must face the possibility that either the virus has mutated or one of their own is the killer. Release date: November 13th
Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean features the fantastical land of Honoku, where a new empress is crowned every generation. To qualify, the empress must survive the palace’s seasonal rooms of Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall, marry the prince, and above all, not be a yokai. But Mari is, and she’s determined to be empress and keep her monstrous yokai nature hidden. But Taro, the prince who has no desire to inherit the throne, and Akira, a half-human, half-yokai outcast, are going to complicate Mari’s fate. Release date: November 6th
Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene follows Sylvie, a girl who knows she deserves more, especially after her guardians call her talent for creating illusions a curse. Sylvie sets off to find a better life in the Amber City, but soon discovers that the empress’ invitation to the palais is only part of a wicked wager among her courtiers. Assuming the name Mirage, Sylvie must maneuver through the court’s deadly games of intrigue to claim her spot. But even her cruel yet captivating sponsor, Sunder, refuses to answer her questions, and nothing is as it seems. What price will Mirage pay in order to find her rightful place in the world? Release date: November 27th
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson opens with the human race nearly extinct, trapped on their planet that is constantly attacked by alien starfighters. Spensa seeks only to be a pilot, and she gets her chance once she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship. All she has to do is repair the ship, clear flight school, and convince her strange new ship to help her. Because somehow, her ship appears to have a soul. Release date: November 6th
Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi is an ARC I have that I hope to read by the release date. As a Huntress of Artemis, Kahina must follow two rules: obey the goddess and never fall in love. No longer an Oracle of Delphi, Kahina throws herself into the Hunt as her prophetic powers linger, but after a mission goes awry, Kahina breaks the first rule to save the legendary huntress Atalanta. To win back Artemis’ favor, Kahina must complete a dangerous task for the kingdom of Arkadia, where the daughter of the king is Atalanta herself. Together, Kahina and Atalanta devise a game to ruin the king’s marriage plans for his daughter, but even as the game turns deadly and the men responsible for both girls’ dark pasts arrive, Kahina finds herself at risk of breaking the second rule. Release date: November 27th
Becoming by Michelle Obama is, of course, a memoir by former First Lady Michelle Obama herself (and maybe a ghostwriter, but we’ll see), and I’m just very interested in reading it. I love Michelle as both a leader and a groundbreaker, and I have nothing but respect for her and the way she inspires us all to be better. She’s an outstanding mother, wife, and feminist, and I look forward to this glimpse into her world, into the things that have made her who she is, her triumphs and her disappointments, and her will and drive to overcome in spite of it. Release date: November 13th
Any Second by Kevin Emerson starts with Elian, who after five years of being kidnapped is finally set free by his captor, but into a mall with a bomb strapped to his chest. In the same mall is Maya, whose crippling anxiety holds her captive in a different way. By chance or fate, Maya stops Eli from ending it all, and now nothing is the same. Linked by their dark pasts, Maya and Eli know that mere seconds can change everything, but what they don’t know is whether their meeting will change them for better or worse. Release date: November 20th
Fire & Blood by George R. R. Martin shouldn’t even be on this list, since I haven’t even read any of the Game of Thrones books. But I’ve started the show, and I love me some Targaryens, and I also love me some history, even fantasy history. So this will certainly be on my radar, and who knows? Maybe it’ll push me to finally read the books proper and go mad with waiting like everyone else. Release date: November 20th
Breach by W.L. Goodwater paints an alternate history, where the Berlin Wall was constructed by Soviet magicians, left to stand only for the sake of peace. After 10 years, CIA spies discover the unthinkable: the wall is failing. As refugees and soldiers collect along the border, various parties from East and West are converging on Berlin to either stop or take advantage of the crisis. One such operative is Karen, a magician with the American Office of Magical Research and Deployment, but even as she attempts to investigate the Wall’s breach and determine if it can be reversed, she discovers the truth about the Wall instead. Here, even magic has its own agenda. Release date: November 6th
That’s all for this month? Which books are you excited for? Read any ARCs? Do you have any recommended books I missed for this month? Let me know!