Some readers wait until a series is completed before they start it.
These readers are wise. Very. Wise.
I’m not one of these readers.
Case in point – a series that I LOVE, that is still not complete and doesn’t have a firm publication date for the next book. This series is The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss. If you’ve read these, you know exactly how I feel. If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you’ll also know, as I’ve written about the Kingkiller books before. The first two in the trilogy are out. They were released in 2007 and 2011 respectively. Pat is still working on book three. Three years ago, in 2014, he released a novella set in the Kingkiller world, but not directly related to the plot of the trilogy. This novella, The Slow Regard of Silent Things was beautiful. Lyrical and symbolic, and poetic (I know, I’m getting repetitive here…but it was just so, so, so, lovely.). Pat wants this third book to be perfect (as do all of his fans, me included). He’s working on it. And doing a ton of other stuff, like raising two kids. Being patient is hard. But we’re all doing it. Some days, I wish I’d waited to read these books. Most days, I just lament how difficult waiting for the next book in a series is.
And yes, I’m aware that the header image advertising this post is completely misleading. It’s also hopeful…that maybe, just maybe, Pat is going to shock and surprise us all and announce that book 3 is coming on a specific date, maybe even in 2017. I apologize to anyone who is upset that this post isn’t about a release date for Doors of Stone.
In 2017, there are a few books coming out that will continue or complete series that I’ve been reading. I’m very much looking forward to these.
A Night in with Grace Kelly (Libby Lomax #3) by Lucy Holliday
This series is completely adorable. I stumbled across it at the library and picked up the first book because it looked fun. And boy, oh boy, was it! Libby Lomax is a Bridget Jones-type character who manages to get into all sorts of ridiculous situations, while trying to make a living while searching for something she actually likes to do, and trying to find a prince charming kind of man. Oh, and she gets a magical couch that brings Audrey Hepburn to life in her flat to give her advice. In the second book, Audrey is replaced with XXX and in this third and final book, Grace Kelly arrives to help Libby sort through her life and get it back on track. These books are laugh out lout funny, and I’m stoked to read the finale. It becomes available January 24, 2017.
The Thorn of Emberlain (Gentleman Bastard #4) by Scott Lynch
This book is scheduled for April 2017 and I can’t wait. This is one of very few series that my husband and I both enjoy. We’ve been eagerly awaiting the next instalment. These books, the Gentleman Bastard series, follow a man named Locke Lamora and his gang of thieves. They are wise-asses. They are jerks. But they are also really sweet and guys that you totally root for. These books are hilarious, full of schemes and innuendo, and lots of action.
Update: June 22, 2017 – This post has been getting a lot of views, and I’ve realized that I haven’t updated the date here. According to Chapters-Indigo: The Thorn of Emberlain has been pushed back to October 9, 2018! I’m so sad! I was very much looking forward to reading it this year. I don’t know how accurate that info is, as I can’t find it on Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or Scott Lynch’s website. Alas, we must keep waiting.
Update: October 2, 2018 – I’ve been trying to figure out when this book is coming out. Scott tweeted a long thread in February 2018 about why the book is taking so long –> that he’s taking the time to get the representation of a gay character right, that he does not want this character’s sexuality to be a footnote but to rather be an honest and realistic representation that is integral to who the character is. Chapters-Indigo says I can preorder the book for November 12, 2019. Book Depository says September 19, 2019. I can’t find any information on the publisher’s website (Orion Publishing Group). I’m still eager to read this book, but I appreciate that Scott is taking the time to do it right and ensure accurate representation of diverse groups of people. All readers deserve to see themselves represented. Maybe we really will get it next year!
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas
This. Book. THIS. BOOK. The anticipation. I want to reread A Court of Mist and Fury (book 2) nearly every week. I’m holding off…for at least another month. A Court of Wings and Ruin comes out May 2, 2017 and I will be in line at the bookstore to pick it up. Waiting for a preorder to arrive via post will mean waiting too long. The world Sarah J. Maas has created here is incredibly interesting and sexy. Rhysand and Feyre and the other characters are delicious….I might not be able to wait for my reread of the earlier books….
Update: May 19, 2017 – The book is out and I got my preorder in the mail shortly after it was released. You can read my review of ACOWAR here.
Untitled (Throne of Glass#6) by Sarah J. Maas
This girl has been pumping out at least one or two books a year. And these books are not small! They are beasts. I joined the Throne of Glass train a little late, but I managed to catch up (aka, read them all!) in 2016. Along with the five already published books, there is a collection of novellas that take place before the first novel. It’s an epic tale. And it’s starting to get pretty complicated. I enjoyed but didn’t love book 5 and found it veering off into a strange direction. I’m eager to see how Sarah finishes this story and ties everything together. The final, as yet untitled, book comes out on September 5, 2017.
Update: June 22, 2017 – The title has been released! Tower of Dawn is all about Chaol and the cover was revealed earlier this week. This book won’t finish the story, as we originally expected, but will be kind of a side-by-side story to book 5, Empire of Storms. The story of Throne of Glass will come to an end in book 7, an as yet untitled book scheduled to release on May 1, 2018.