Last week I highlighted short fiction, particularly the new speculative imprint of the Splickety Publishing Group, Havok. Today I thought it would be interesting to explore novel length fiction released in 2014, whether self-published or traditionally published.
I’ll be honest—my reading budget is very small. I get some books from my (excellent) church library, but those are rarely the most recent releases. Consequently for new books, I rely on (1) books I receive from publishers as part of a blog tour; (2) ebook promotions that price novels from $0 to $1.99; (3) books I receive as a judge of various contests.
In reality I have more books than I can read, and yet there are some I wish I had, some I wish I could afford, either monetarily or time-wise.
* Sigmund Brouwer’s Blades of Valor (January), the conclusion of the Merlin’s Immortals series
* Patrick Carr’s The Staff & The Sword series, ending with The King’s Lot (January)
* James Rubart’s Well Spring series, concluding with Spirit Bridge (May)
* Robert Treskillard’s The Merlin Spiral series, ending with Merlin’s Nightmare (May)
* Andrew Peterson’s The Warden And The Wolf King (July 24), concluding the Wingfeather Saga,
* Jill Williamson’s The Safe Lands series, ending with Rebels (August 26)
* Stephen Lawhead’s Bright Empires series, finishing with The Fatal Tree (November 4)
How many of you have been eagerly waiting for one or more of those books? Which ones?
There will also be some authors who are starting a new series or who are new to speculative fiction and have released or will be releasing their first title:
* Donita Paul, One Realm Beyond (February), first in the Realm Walkers series and Two Renegade Realms (December 23), second in the Realm Walkers series
* Chuck Black, Cloak of the Light, first in the Wars of the Realm series
* C. E. Laureano, Oath of the Brotherhood, first in the Song of Seare trilogy (April)
* Wayne Thomas Batson, Dreamtreaders (May) and Search for the Shadow Key (December 9)
* Ashlee Willis, The Word Changers (May)
* C. J. Darlington, Jupiter Winds (May)
* Angie Brashear, Of The Persecuted, Legends of the Woodlands, Volume 1 (May)
* Nadine Brandis, A Time To Die (October)
* Jessica Thomas, This Quiet Tyranny (January)
* Krista McGee, Luminary, Anamoly Book 2 (January)
* John Otte, Failstate: Nemesis (October)
* Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Golden Daughter (November 10)
My guess is, many of the books listed in these three categories will be among those nominated for the Clive Staples Award next year, so why not get a jump on reading them?
What other Christian speculative novels do you know about that have been or will be released in 2014?