Brace yourselves, lads, because the amount of July book releases that I’m super hyped for is staggering! I don’t think I’ve ever had a list this long yet, but I didn’t want to cut anything out.
From a D&D fantasy adventure graphic novel to a Rumpelstiltskin retelling, these books have captured my attention from the get-go. I’m especially thrilled to see a good mixture of newcomers as well as authors I know and trust on this list.
The top spot was hard to decide, but I’m beyond confident that it’s well-deserved.
Listen, I’ll admit it. The Thrawn obsession and Timothy Zahn appreciation bit me way late. So late that Lucasfilm had already sold Star Wars to Disney. I read the Thrawn trilogy, Outbound Flight, and the Thrawn duology (currently working on Vision of the Future), and I wept that Zahn was no longer allowed to continue pursuing his vision with who I consider the greatest villain in Star Wars history. And I love me many Star Wars villains, y’all. I decided Darth Maul was my husband when I was eight.
Then Disney said, “Actually, Mr. Zahn, you go right ahead,” and Zahn replied, “Cool. Here’s a novel. It’s done.” That novel was last year’s Thrawn, and it was so—damn—good. Now, we already have a sequel titled Thrawn: Alliances, and I am losing my mind over it. Thrawn and Vader on the cover? And they have opposing views but must work together on a mission for the Emperor?? And once upon a time, Anakin Skywalker and Commander Mitth’raw’nuruodo met and survived on a harsh world together??? This book is going to murder me. God, I love the dark side.
Release date: July 24