Over the past week, we’ve gotten quite a few covers for some books I’m excited about that are coming out in the last half of the year. I thought I’d share them all in one place so we can fangirl over pretty covers together!
Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake
Queen Katharine has waited her entire life to wear the crown. But now that she finally has it, the murmurs of dissent grow louder by the day. There’s also the alarming issue of whether her sisters are actually dead—or if they’re waiting in the wings to usurp the throne.
Mirabella and Arsinoe are alive, but they’re dealing with a nightmare of their own. Stuck on the mainland, where their powers have weakened, the girls are being visited by a specter they think may be the fabled Blue Queen, pointing her rotting, boney finger toward Fennbirn.
Jules, too, is in a strange place—still on the island but in disguise. And her only confidantes, a war-gifted girl named Emilia and her oracle friend Mathilde, are urging her to take on a role she can’t imagine filling: a legion-cursed queen who will lead a rebel army to Katharine’s doorstep. This is an uprising that the mysterious Blue Queen may have more to do with than anyone could have guessed—or expected.
Release Date: September 4, 2018
I’m really loving this series and I genuinely have no idea where the story is headed!
As She Ascends by Jodi Meadows
MIRA, THE HOPEBEARER
Mira Minkoba is on the run with her friends after a fiery escape from the Pit, where she’d been imprisoned for defending the dragons she loves. And she wants answers. Where have all the dragons been taken? Why are powerful noorestones being shipped to the mainland? And did the treaty she’s been defending her whole life truly sell out the Fallen Isles to their enemies?
MIRA, THE DRAGONHEARTED
As her connection to the dragons—and their power—grows stronger, so does Mira’s fear that she might lose control and hurt someone she loves. But the only way to find the truth is to go home again, to Damina, to face the people who betrayed her and the parents she’s not sure she can trust.
Home, where she must rise above her fears. Or be consumed.
Release Date: September 11, 2018
I wasn’t wowed by book 1, but dragons. So, I’m curious to see what happens in book 2.
For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig
First in a fantasy trilogy that blends the cultures of South Asia and colonial-era France and features a girl with powers to bind the souls of the dead.
In a land ruled by a terrible tyrant and torn apart by threats of war and rebellion, Jetta and her family are known for their beautiful, almost magical, puppet shows. The trick is to make the puppets appear to move without sticks or strings. But the truth is Jetta has a secret ability that allows her to see the recently deceased and bind them to her puppets using her own blood. When the family’s talents land them a coveted performance spot aboard a royal ship to Aquitan — a ship that is rumored to have a magical spring that cures all ailments — Jetta makes it her mission to uncover the cure for herself. Along the way, she meets a young smuggler with secrets of his own to protect, and Jetta finds herself face-to-face with difficult truths and impossible decisions that will change everything.
Release Date: September 25, 2018
I LOVED Heidi’s previous duology and I’m super excited to see what she does with this world!
Felicity Montague is through with pretending she prefers society parties to books about bone setting—or that she’s not smarter than most people she knows, or that she cares about anything more than her dream of becoming a doctor.
A year after an accidentally whirlwind tour of Europe, which she spent evading highwaymen and pirates with her brother Monty, Felicity has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of Callum Doyle, a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh; and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.
But then a small window of hope opens. Doctor Alexander Platt, an eccentric physician that Felicity idolizes, is looking for research assistants, and Felicity is sure that someone as forward thinking as her hero would be willing to take her on. However, Platt is in Germany, preparing to wed Felicity’s estranged childhood friend Johanna. Not only is Felicity reluctant to opening old wounds, she also has no money to make the trip.
Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid. In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that will lead her from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.
Release Date: October 2, 2018
I loved Gentleman’s Guide so much & it was one of my favorites last year, while I was pretty indifferent to Felicity, I’m hoping to fall in love with her here.
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.
Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice–save the woman he loves, or everyone else?–while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of.
As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?
Release Date: October 2. 2018
Strange the Dreamer was another of my 2017 faves (and Lazlo is THE GREATEST) so I can’t wait to see what happens in this follow up!
The Cursed Sea by Lauren Destefano
Wilhemina Heidle, the exiled princess of Northern Arrod, the girl thought dead by her family and friends, must return home. The only way to save Loom, the cursed prince of the Southern Isles, is to revisit the castle and discover the origins of her own curse.
But home is very different from how she left it—Wil’s unstable elder brother is now king, leading a war against the Southern Isles. And the rest of her family must reckon with the truth of what happened to lead to Wil’s exile. With time running out, Wil must navigate the dangerous secrets within her family if she’s going to find the truth and save the boy she loves.
When she’s finally able to reach Pahn, nothing goes as planned, and suddenly Wil and her allies are fighting for their lives, again and again, as the Southern King is out to punish his children for all they’ve done. Traveling across cursed seas and treacherous kingdoms, Wil, Loom—and his ruthless sister Espel—have to work to make peace with their own struggles if they hope to secure the future of their kingdoms.
But when their plans lead them right back to evil marveler Pahn, and to Baren—who is more dangerous than ever—can Wil and her friends outsmart their enemies, this time, for good?
Release Date: December 18, 2018
The Glass Spare was a pleseant surprise – I really liked the family elements and the scifi/fantasy blend. I hope we get more worldbuilding in this one and I’m excited to see where the characters end up!
Which of these upcoming releases has your favorite cover? Are these books on your TBR? Share below!