The Most Anticipated Fantasy & Science Fiction Books

Posted by Hayley on August 20, 2018
Goodreads SFF Week 2018

Here there be dragons, superheroes, aliens, and warlords. In the coming months, readers will get to return to Westeros and the All Souls universe, explore an India-inspired world of mythology and magic, experience the haunting tale of a monster coming into her own, and so much more.

To discover the best fantasy and science fiction novels hitting bookshelves through the rest of the year, we focused on what Goodreads members are anticipating and reactions from early reviewers. We measured anticipation by how many times a book has been added to Want to Read shelves, and then we only included books that have earned at least a four-star rating. (If you're curious how you can read prepublished books and be among the first to rate them, take a look at our book giveaways.)

Check out the fantastical reads below, and add what catches your eye to your Want to Read shelf!


Epic Fantasy

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Soldiers don't get paid to ask questions. In this installment in the beloved Chronicles of the Black Company series, Croaker struggles to trust his new ally, the peculiar sorcerer Mischievous Rain, as the Company attempts to break a rebel army.

Publication date: September 11


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Immune to magic, Lady Everleigh escapes a massacre at the court of Bellona and goes into hiding with a gladiator troupe. As her desire for vengeance grows, she trains herself to take on the cruel usurper who assassinated the royal family.

Publication date: October 2



To save the world, Baru Cormorant must tear it apart. She becomes the very thing she once sought to destroy, all in a quest for revenge against the Empire of Masks in this sequel to The Traitor Baru Cormorant.

Publication date: October 30


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Mehr can manipulate the dreams of the gods. An outcast descended from desert spirits, she defies an emperor and challenges a cabal of ruthless mystics in this captivating debut inspired by India's Mughal Empire.

Publication date: November 13


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Brace yourself; The Winds of Winter is…still not here. Instead, the author of A Song of Ice and Fire delivers the first volume of his two-part history of the Targaryens, charting their volatile rise to power in Westeros.

Publication date: November 20


Science Fiction

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Formed around an alien biodome, Rosewater is a town on the edge. Its residents are hopeful and hungry to unlock the mysterious structure's rumored powers in this scientific thriller set in Nigeria.

Publication date: September 18


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In the final installment in the Murderbot Diaries, the rogue robot fights its own programming to help the only human who ever showed it respect, traveling the width of the galaxy to stop a nefarious corporation and save innocent colonists.

Publication date: October 2


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As humanity's interstellar empire nears collapse, Emperox Grayland II sets desperate measures into motion while the rest of the universe prepares for war in this pulse-pounding sequel to The Collapsing Empire.

Publication date: October 16


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The crew of the Rocinante is scattered across the galaxy. Fighting to hold off an authoritarian regime and a sociopathic scientist, they launch a daring, last-ditch plan in this eighth installment in The Expanse series.

Publication date: December 4


Graphic Novels & Comics

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This summer Liu became the first woman to win the Best Writer Eisner Award. She and artist Takeda continue their acclaimed Monstress comic about a young woman struggling to control her inner beast in an alternate 20th-century Asia.

Publication date: September 11


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Heading into a year-long hiatus, Vaughan and Staples leave their fans with an explosive spacefaring adventure that follows Alana, Marko, and Hazel as they encounter fake news, old enemies, and genuine terror.

Publication date: October 2


Urban Fantasy

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After a devastating betrayal, October "Toby" Daye worries her fragile self-made family will fall apart. She juggles a kidnapping, an annoying ex-boyfriend, and meddling faeries in this latest installment in the October Daye series.

Publication date: September 4


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What does it take to become a vampire? Harkness returns to the world of her All Souls trilogy to tell the story of a young immortal during the Revolutionary War and the human he will come to love hundreds of years later.

Publication date: September 18


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In this sequel to Vicious, the line between life and death blurs as ambitious Sydney Clarke does everything she can to try and save Victor Vale, the superhuman man who stood up to Eli Ever and paid the ultimate price.

Publication date: September 25


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Peter Grant, detective and apprentice wizard, is used to solving magical crimes, but he wonders if he's met his match when he encounters Martin Chorley, the so-called Faceless Man wanted for numerous crimes against humanity.



Publication date: November 13




Check out the complete coverage of Sci-Fi & Fantasy Week:
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The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy of the Year (So Far)
Hidden Gems for Lifelong Fans of Sci-Fi & Fantasy

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message 1: by Tanya (new)

Tanya Surely the most anticipated fantasy book is Winds of Winter. Whenever that's happening.


Katie (Lost in Pages) Super excited for Vengeful and the newest volume of Saga!


message 3: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Tanya wrote: "Surely the most anticipated fantasy book is Winds of Winter. Whenever that's happening."

Honestly at this point I don't think he has any intention of ever finishing the series. I hope I am proven wrong.


message 4: by Theresa (new)

Theresa W. Roya Sands and the Bridge Between the Worlds should be on this list! Though this is the author's first novel, I have been following this amazing man's writings for over a decade. He has a near-genius ability to imagine possible futures and timelines, but always with empowered scenarios for hope and unexpected outcomes.Roya Sands and the Bridge Between Worlds


message 5: by Anissa (new)

Anissa Can't wait for the next Murderbot installment Exit Strategy & also the next in The Expanse series Tiamat's Wrath.


message 6: by Holly (new)

Holly Tanya wrote: "Surely the most anticipated fantasy book is Winds of Winter. Whenever that's happening."

My guess: 2019

No doubt to coincide with the climax of the HBO series. Also, I suspect, considering the "quality" of the writing on the show......Grrrrm probably wants to wait until it's too late for D&D to steal his storyline. Once they're done getting it all wrong we'll get the real story from him.

Hopefully.....


message 7: by Bimugdha (new)

Bimugdha Kimberly wrote: "Tanya wrote: "Surely the most anticipated fantasy book is Winds of Winter. Whenever that's happening."

Honestly at this point I don't think he has any intention of ever finishing the series. I hop..."


true that.


message 8: by Angela (new)

Angela Ilona Andrews Magic Triumphs?? I'm certainly waiting for it!!


message 9: by Ryanb (new)

Ryanb Honestly at this point I don't think he has any intention of ever finishing the series..."

I feel the same about Doors of Stone.

Movie deals are signed with pre-production underway, but the final part of the series is 3-years late.


message 10: by Adger (new)

Adger Williams Patrick Rothfus's 3rd Kingkiller book would be mighty welcome.


message 11: by Parker (new)

Parker Tanya wrote: "Surely the most anticipated fantasy book is Winds of Winter. Whenever that's happening."

If it ever does. I wonder if he's got a massive case of Writer's Constipation?


message 12: by John (new)

John John Scalzi please. ASAP.


message 13: by Claudette (new)

Claudette Gabbs Port of Shadows. I've been waiting for the next 2 books in the Black Company series forever. Still no news on A Pitiless Rain.


message 14: by Nikki (last edited Aug 20, 2018 11:27AM) (new)

Nikki I can think of so many fantasy authors who I anticipate eagerly - none of them are on that list. Steven Erikson, Janny Wurts, Brandon Sanderson, Brent Weeks, Deborah A Wolf, Mark Lawrence - to name just a few. I've given up on George Martin - fed up of waiting for Winds of Winter whilst he writes prequels and faffs about with his TV series. If or when it finally comes out, I intend to wait and buy it second hand as I will not put one more penny in his pocket when he shows complete contempt for the readers who made it all possible.


message 15: by Paul (new)

Paul Vance Doors of stone, enough said


message 16: by Tom (new)

Tom Surely no one could anticipate Winds of Winter will ever by available now that GRRM has functionally abandoned this project. Thankfully he gave the rights to other writers to finish the series on his behalf. Anticipate, if you will, the screenplay for the TV series.


message 17: by Denise (new)

Denise Nash Please come out with a sequel to the aeronauts windlass.


message 18: by Anne (new)

Anne Angela wrote: "Ilona Andrews Magic Triumphs?? I'm certainly waiting for it!!"

So am I


message 19: by Cendaquenta (new)

Cendaquenta Huh, I didn't know the Black Company series was still going. I should get back into that.


message 20: by Janneke (new)

Janneke For me,at this moment, it is Ilona Andrews' Magic Triumphs


message 21: by Samir (last edited Aug 20, 2018 12:31PM) (new)

Samir how is dresden files not in urban fantasy?


message 22: by Teresa (new)

Teresa Matamoros Adger wrote: "Patrick Rothfus's 3rd Kingkiller book would be mighty welcome."

Ryanb wrote: "Honestly at this point I don't think he has any intention of ever finishing the series..."

I feel the same about Doors of Stone.

Movie deals are signed with pre-production underway, but the final..."


I just finished the first 2 of KingKiller and also looking forward to the 3rd installment


message 23: by Growing (new)

Growing Young Ⓥ Tanya wrote: "Surely the most anticipated fantasy book is Winds of Winter. Whenever that's happening."

Totally agree. One has the thought that he feels the history of the Targaryans needs to be known before the WoW can be fully appreciated.

But whenever WoW gets released i'm looking forward very much to re-reading all the other books again before hand - including these Targaryan books.


message 24: by Randal (new)

Randal WoW, of course. But also the second installment in the Baru Cormorant world. One of those rare, totally original fantasy universes.


message 25: by Beverly (new)

Beverly Nelms Kimberly wrote: "Tanya wrote: "Surely the most anticipated fantasy book is Winds of Winter. Whenever that's happening."

Honestly at this point I don't think he has any intention of ever finishing the series. I hop..."


Katie (Lost in Pages) wrote: "Super excited for Vengeful and the newest volume of Saga!"

How much do you think he was paid to wait until the tv series is over to publish?


message 26: by Paul (new)

Paul Skelding Yes we're all waiting for WoW but there are plenty of other authors to discover! Stop complaining and go read something new while you wait.

It's obvious the list has books with a release date which means my favorite - Joe Abercrombie won't be on this list because he's writing a trilogy.

I'm waiting on Scalzi and Corey's books.


message 27: by Cindyrose (new)

Cindyrose Why is "Time's Convert" listed under urban fantasy? I have read it and I don't think it belongs there...fantasy yes, URBAN fantasy no.


message 28: by T (new)

T Linger The finale to Ilona Andrews, SM Stirling and David Weber are all finishing their series.


message 29: by Elisabeth (new)

Elisabeth I hope Patrick Rothfos does not pull a George RR Martin. I have long given up on George RR Martin.


message 30: by Kristine (new)

Kristine Adger wrote: "Patrick Rothfus's 3rd Kingkiller book would be mighty welcome."

It sure would.


message 31: by Faith (new)

Faith Townsend Kimberly wrote: "Tanya wrote: "Surely the most anticipated fantasy book is Winds of Winter. Whenever that's happening."

Honestly at this point I don't think he has any intention of ever finishing the series. I hop..."


I agree!


message 32: by John (new)

John Skyward by Brandon Sanderson. If for no other reasons than 1. He's awesome and 2. It's a new location in the Cosmere.


message 33: by Lenette (new)

Lenette Not to be a jerk but for Monstress vol 3 it's Sana Takeda, with an 'n', not Sara :)


message 34: by MJ (new)

MJ I have given up on George RR Martin. He can stuff his other filler books.


message 35: by DeeDee (last edited Aug 20, 2018 07:51PM) (new)

DeeDee Livesay Excited about Fire and blood, but i'd sell my soul for Winds of winter. I would really love to see the 3rd installment of the Kingkiller chronicles as well.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Angela wrote: "Ilona Andrews Magic Triumphs?? I'm certainly waiting for it!!"

I thought of that one too - the last book in an epic series.


message 37: by Carly (new)

Carly Read How is Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas not on this list?


message 38: by Derek (new)

Derek Birdsell Holly wrote: "Tanya wrote: "Surely the most anticipated fantasy book is Winds of Winter. Whenever that's happening."

My guess: 2019

No doubt to coincide with the climax of the HBO series. Also, I suspect, cons..."


He is waiting for HBO to tell him how the series will end.


message 39: by Shelly (new)

Shelly Lisano Adger wrote: "Patrick Rothfus's 3rd Kingkiller book would be mighty welcome."
AMEN!!!!


message 40: by Shelly (new)

Shelly Lisano Teresa wrote: "Adger wrote: "Patrick Rothfus's 3rd Kingkiller book would be mighty welcome."

Ryanb wrote: "Honestly at this point I don't think he has any intention of ever finishing the series..."

I feel the s..."


You may be in for a Looooooooonnnnnngggggggg Wait Teresa. Rothfus doesn't seem to be in any hurry and I fear his story may never see an ending. It's a shame because he is an amazing story teller however he and Martin seem to have lost the vision of their stories and the fact that they will lose readers/respect if they fail to finish their series. Maybe they never knew where they were going in the first place and are hoping they die so readers will forgive them for not finishing the books? It is frustrating when an author leaves off in the middle of the story and the final book isn't in the publishers office with some idea of the next publishing date.
While we knew the HP series would be multiple books long, each book finished THAT story even though the Whole story needed all of them. You weren't left hanging in the middle!


message 41: by Philipp (new)

Philipp Tom wrote: "Surely no one could anticipate Winds of Winter will ever by available now that GRRM has functionally abandoned this project. Thankfully he gave the rights to other writers to finish the series on h..."

Thankfully? Benioff and Weiss have ruined this series.


message 42: by John (new)

John Simley Tanya wrote: "Surely the most anticipated fantasy book is Winds of Winter. Whenever that's happening."
Agreed, when shall our watch end?


message 43: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Stoolfire I can't wait for Vengeful and Saga, volume 9!!


message 44: by Lorraine (last edited Aug 21, 2018 02:01PM) (new)

Lorraine Ellis On the "Song of Ice and Fire" forum that has over a hundred thousand members, they held a "Favorite Character" thread for a few months. The top ten results were in this order: Arya, Tyrion, Jon, Jaime, Davos, Sansa, the Hound, Stannis, Delorous Edd and Ned Stark.
So of course, George RR Martin writes a new book about Dany's family.


message 45: by Circe (new)

Circe Faith Hunters last book in the Jane Yellowrock series was EXCELLENT!!


message 46: by Circe (new)

Circe Next Desden File book by Jim Butcher would be good, but I don't think that will ever happen....😥


message 47: by Sleet (new)

Sleet I'm looking forwards to Vengeful coming out. September 25th couldn't come sooner.


message 48: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels, #10) by Ilona Andrews last book in the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews, due the end of this month.


message 49: by Amna (new)

Amna Kadić Doors of stone!!!!!


message 50: by Taylor (new)

Taylor Rickett John wrote: "Skyward by Brandon Sanderson. If for no other reasons than 1. He's awesome and 2. It's a new location in the Cosmere."

But I don't believe it is Cosmere, right? He says its in a shared uni with some other stories, but not an actual Cosmere book sadly. :[


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