2018 promises to be a wonderful year of books. Here are a select few of the novels I am most excited to read this year.
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
‘The Girl in the Tower’ is the second novel in Arden’s enchanting Winternight Trilogy, which was inspired by Russian folklore. Having been totally enveloped and invested in the first novel and having reread it multiple times over the course of 2017, I am thrilled that the release of this sequel is finally just a few days away. I cannot wait for more of Vasya’s story. She is a strong-willed, compassionate, brave and liberated heroine, one of my very favourites. Arden’s prose is beautiful and captivating, and I am sure that ‘The Girl in the Tower’ will be just as engaging and well-crafted as its predecessor.
Circe by Madeline Miller
I was delighted to hear about Madeline Miller’s new novel. ‘The Song of the Achilles’ remains an absolute favourite – lyrical and inspired, Patroclus’ story has stayed with me over the years since I first read it. I could not be more excited for ‘Circe.’ As a Classics student, I am always interested and intrigued by novels that are inspired by ancient mythology and legendary characters. ‘Circe’ is a particularly fascinating character and I am sure that Madeline Miller will do her justice. I cannot wait to see how she develops and enriches Circe’s characterisation.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
I read a sampler for this novel back in the summer at YALC and was hooked by the first few chapters. I am always on the look out for promising new fantasy series and ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ seems to absolutely fit the bill. In the short sampler I read, I immediately became attached to the characters, invested in and enchanted by their world, and eager for more. Since then, I have seen many positive reviews and comments on Goodreads and Twitter which have made me even more excited to read the rest of the book. I have read that a film is already in development, too. Roll on March and the start of a wonderful new book series!
Sightwitch by Susan Dennard
‘Sightwitch’, which publishes next month, is a prequel to Susan Dennard’s thrilling Witchlands series. I loved Truthwitch, with its focus on friendship, its awesome heroines and its enveloping setting. I am excited to read this novel on three main counts: firstly, to discover more about the world of the Witchlands; secondly, because it follows Ryber, who is one of my favourite secondary characters from the series; thirdly, because its written through diary entries, sketches and song snippets, which is always intriguing and exciting.
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
This novel does not come out until July, but I am am already counting down the days! Since Novik’s Uprooted’ ensnared me a couple of years ago, I had been hoping that she would write another fairy-tale-inspired novel and my wishes have been answered! ‘Spinning Silver’ is a retelling of ‘Rumpelstiltskin’, a folktale I feel has much scope for development. The synopsis on Goodreads sounds wonderful. July really cannot come soon enough!
There’s so much to look forward to this year! In the meantime, if you are looking for a gripping read which has already been published, try ‘The Cruel Prince’ by Holly Black. Full of twists and turns, of betrayals, treachery and confrontation, it is truly impossible to put down. Both the characters and the plot are unpredictable. There are many fascinating world-building elements, too, such as a pool in which you seen not your own reflection but that of someone who has peered into it sometime before you or will peer into it a some point after you. Highly recommended!
Please comment with any books you are enjoying or anticipating this year!