29 of the Biggest Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books of 2019

Posted by Hayley on January 2, 2019
Don't let the real world get you down this year. Escape to other planets, other timelines, and other realms with the most exciting new releases of 2019.

To reveal the most anticipated fantasy and science fiction books, we focused on what Goodreads members can't wait to read. How do we measure that anticipation? By taking a look at how many times a book has been added to Want to Read shelves.

Of course, we'd be remiss to not address the dragon-size elephant in the room: The release date for George R.R. Martin's The Winds of Winter is still unknown—same goes for Patrick Rothfuss' Doors of Stone and Scott Lynch's The Thorn of Emberlain. (Is there anyone more patient than a fantasy fan?) We'll also be keeping an eye out for more details on recently announced books, including Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere follow-up, Sarah J. Maas' first fantasy for adults, and the next epic from Hugo winner N.K. Jemisin.

What sequels, standalone stories, and series will make their way onto your Want to Read shelf? Tell us in the comments!


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Fantasy
Release: February 5

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Release: March 5

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Science fiction
Release: March 26

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Urban fantasy
Release: April 2

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Fantasy
Release: May 1

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Urban fantasy
Release: July 30

Embark on a standalone adventure

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Science fiction
Release: January 29

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Science fiction
Release: February 12

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Fantasy
Release: February 12

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Release: February 12

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Fantasy
Release: February 14

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Release: February 26

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Release: March 12

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Fantasy
Release: May 7

Fantasy
Release: May 14

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Release: June 4

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Fantasy
Release: November 5


Return to the worlds you love

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Book #13
Release: January 15

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Book #2
Release: January 15

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Book #3
Release: January 22

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Book #3
Release: February 19

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Book #2
Release: April 23

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Book #7
Release: March 5

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Book #8
Release: March 26

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Book #3
Release: April 9

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Book #4
Release: July 9

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Book #5
Release: July 30

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Book #3
Release: September 3

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Book #2
Release: September 10



Which fantasy or science fiction books are you excited to read this year? Share them with us in the comments!

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message 1: by Max (new)

Max Missing Tad Williams Empire of Grass and Terry Brooks The Stiehl Assassin here!! :-D Very excited for those.


message 2: by Alicia (new)

Alicia Croft A lot of male authors here, where are the rest of the women's books?


message 3: by Christie (last edited Jan 02, 2019 06:39PM) (new)

Christie Sorenson Brent Week's The Burning White tops my list and is on more "Want To Read" lists than most (all?) of the books on this page!


message 4: by Matt (new)

Matt Alicia wrote: "A lot of male authors here, where are the rest of the women's books?"

Half the list is women. What more do you want?


message 5: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Miller What? No Storm Cursed?


message 6: by Megan (new)

Megan No Katherine Arden’s 3rd book, The Winter of the Witch?


message 7: by Max (new)

Max Megan wrote: "No Katherine Arden’s 3rd book, The Winter of the Witch?"

I agree, very excited for that as well! Few more days!


message 8: by Newski (new)

Newski Christie wrote: "Brent Week's The Burning White tops my list and is on more "Want To Read" lists than most (all?) of the books on this page!"

I clicked this link specifically to find Burning White.


message 9: by Lauren (new)

Lauren What about “Kingdom of Copper”? The sequel to “City of Brass”.


message 10: by Janice (new)

Janice Gross How about Ian McDonald’s Luna: Moon Rising?


message 11: by Marion (new)

Marion “Kingdom of Copper” by S.A. Chakraborty should be on here!! I got a ARC of it and it was PHENOMENAL. The hype is real. Those of you waiting for it are going to be BLOWN AWAY. The wait was totally worth it. Also everyone should read “City of Brass” if you haven’t already.


message 12: by Maggie (new)

Maggie How about David Mitchell’s new novel, “I Have The Room Above Her”?


message 13: by Michael (new)

Michael Fleming So, what's up with drawing books out to 4 to 6 books in a series. when a lot of the subject matter is repeated over and over in the next book . All them or about 250 pages, 150 of which are just recalling what was previous written. Amazon is doing this a lot with e books. Sorry, but I'm not buying any more if its in this rip-off format. Please, just give me a really well written 600 to 800 pages if you can't then write less and stop the crap.


message 14: by Giancarlo (new)

Giancarlo Pavan New series from joe Abercrombie dropping this year I thought?


message 15: by Maggie (new)

Maggie Michael wrote: "So, what's up with drawing books out to 4 to 6 books in a series. when a lot of the subject matter is repeated over and over in the next book . All them or about 250 pages, 150 of which are just re..."
I agree. The proliferation of these serial books imply that people have the attention span of a gnat.


message 16: by Farmer (new)

Farmer Glanville Alicia wrote: "A lot of male authors here, where are the rest of the women's books?"

More than a third of the authors are female, not quite half. Do we have to use a slide rule for everything?


message 17: by Farmer (new)

Farmer Glanville Maggie wrote: "Michael wrote: "So, what's up with drawing books out to 4 to 6 books in a series. when a lot of the subject matter is repeated over and over in the next book . All them or about 250 pages, 150 of w..."

I disagree, look at Mark Lawrence trilogies, for instance, no repetition there, not even a wasted punctuation mark,


message 18: by Farmer (new)

Farmer Glanville Max wrote: "Megan wrote: "No Katherine Arden’s 3rd book, The Winter of the Witch?"

I agree, very excited for that as well! Few more days!"


Well said


message 19: by Habiba (new)

Habiba Balogun Patricia Briggs
Helen Lowe (Wall of Night)
Ilona Andrews
Beaulieu
Sylvia Day (Black)
Laurell K Hamilton
Anthony Ryan
Kel Kade


message 20: by Habiba (new)

Habiba Balogun Thanks for alerting me to this. I have just read the reviews.
I can't wait!!!
Marion wrote: "“Kingdom of Copper” by S.A. Chakraborty should be on here!! I got a ARC of it and it was PHENOMENAL. The hype is real. Those of you waiting for it are going to be BLOWN AWAY. The wait was totally w..."


message 21: by Jenni (last edited Jan 03, 2019 04:04PM) (new)

Jenni Hmmm there's only one book on this list which I've marked Want To Read.
Adding
Dragon Prince by Michelle M Pillow,
Blood Apprentice by Elizabeth Hunter, and Dragon Unleashed by Grace Draven.


message 22: by Maggie (new)

Maggie Farmer wrote: "Maggie wrote: "Michael wrote: "So, what's up with drawing books out to 4 to 6 books in a series. when a lot of the subject matter is repeated over and over in the next book . All them or about 250 ..."
Just to clarify, I don’t consider a trilogy or a quartet a ‘serial’. I’m directing my comment towards books that read like a novella or a longish short story and are comprised of 6, 7, 8 books. Yes, of course, there are exceptions, but I still think that Michael’s comment is relevant.


message 23: by Marion (new)

Marion Habiba wrote: "Thanks for alerting me to this. I have just read the reviews.
I can't wait!!!
Marion wrote: "“Kingdom of Copper” by S.A. Chakraborty should be on here!! I got a ARC of it and it was PHENOMENAL. T..."


You are very welcome!! Enjoy! They’re amazing!! ✨✨✨


message 24: by Lisa (new)

Lisa K Alicia wrote: "A lot of male authors here, where are the rest of the women's books?"

...and over at Tor the list for 100 sf to read is getting some flak for being too many female authors ; )


message 25: by Katrina (new)

Katrina Staplehurst Jodi Taylor's next book in the St Mary's series and her first one in the new Time Police series.


message 26: by Alex (new)

Alex Megan wrote: "No Katherine Arden’s 3rd book, The Winter of the Witch?"

Michelle wrote: "What? No Storm Cursed?"

I wonder about that as well.


message 27: by Viridian5 (new)

Viridian5 I'm looking forward to Alliance Rising: The Hinder Stars I by C. J. Cherryh and Jane S. Fancher. Any return to the Alliance-Union Universe is appreciated.


message 28: by Farmer (new)

Farmer Glanville Viridian5 wrote: "I'm looking forward to Alliance Rising: The Hinder Stars I by C. J. Cherryh and Jane S. Fancher. Any return to the Alliance-Union Universe is appreciated."

Good point, I’ve preordered it, but it should definitely be on the list


message 29: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Frankel The next JD Robb's "In Death" book, and the next Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson book also.


message 30: by Holly (new)

Holly I never consider the author in my reading choices. I base it on whether or not the book is suitable for my interests and my tastes. Who or what the author is doesn't enter into my enjoyment of the work.


message 31: by Anissa (last edited Jan 04, 2019 04:41PM) (new)

Anissa I've only read an excerpt for A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine & if that is an indication of what she's got in store for the remainder of the book, it may well be my favourite read of 2019. Also looking forward to The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders, The Testaments by Margaret Atwood & Tiamat's Wrath by James S.A. Corey.

While not on the list I also can't wait for Agency by William Gibson and Moon Rising by Ian McDonald. I'll have to think about Neal Stephenson's Fall as it sounds like something I'd like but I'm not quite sure.


message 32: by Michael (new)

Michael Fleming Maggie wrote: "Farmer wrote: "Maggie wrote: "Michael wrote: "So, what's up with drawing books out to 4 to 6 books in a series. when a lot of the subject matter is repeated over and over in the next book . All the..."
Thanks that is exactly what I'm talking about, they market the first
book very cheap, and then get more expensive for the other 5 to ten books. Like I wrote, they could have said the same thing in 1 book! It's a bad trend to increase revenue. I'm not talking about the mainstream trilogy novel. It has manifested it self (from my observation) since the onset of the digital media. I refuse to buy any like this anymore. Thanks


message 33: by Bill (new)

Bill Grech I read a book a while back which I was quite intrigued by, but don't ever see it mentioned anywhere. Its title is "The Leader of the World - The Last Messenger" By E. Mann.
Would love to get someone else opinion on it. I found it very controversial.


message 34: by CinG (new)

CinG Max wrote: "Missing Tad Williams Empire of Grass and Terry Brooks The Stiehl Assassin here!! :-D Very excited for those."

I totally agree with this comment! Two of the most beloved fantasy authors out there.


message 35: by Robert (new)

Robert Kling Maggie wrote: "How about David Mitchell’s new novel, “I Have The Room Above Her”?"
Excuse me? I haven't heard of a title (and on Google nothing turns up), only the interview where he hints at a late 2019 release, something about "music, 1960's and part of the greater universe"? What have you got? :)


message 36: by Julie (new)

Julie Katrina wrote: "Jodi Taylor's next book in the St Mary's series and her first one in the new Time Police series."

Totally agree, thanks for the heads up on the Time Police series!


message 37: by Jim (new)

Jim The Light of All that Falls does not come out until December 10, 2019 (according to author's website).


message 38: by Maggie (new)

Maggie Robert wrote: "Maggie wrote: "How about David Mitchell’s new novel, “I Have The Room Above Her”?"
Excuse me? I haven't heard of a title (and on Google nothing turns up), only the interview where he hints at a lat..."


I googled David Mitchell new book and this popped up:
Newest/David Mitchell/Books
I Have The Room Above Her
2019
Expected on: February 7, 2019
Author: David Mitchell
Genre: Literary fiction
Feedback
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message 39: by Robert (new)

Robert Kling Maggie wrote: "I googled David Mitchell new book and this popped up:
Newest/David Mitchell/Books
I Have The Room Above Her
2019
Expected on: February 7, 2019
Author: David Mitchell
Genre: Literary fiction"

Hmm this is strange.. it seems that sometimes this pops up, and sometimes it doesn't. And Google doesn't link to any source. The date is most likely wrong since Mitchell has spoken recently about a "late 2019 release", unless it is something else he is involved with. What is interesting is that he has revealed that the upcoming book has something to do with music, and that "I have the room above her" is the title of a jazz-album that came out in 2004... :)


message 40: by Maggie (new)

Maggie The Paul Motian recording, right? Although the title is a song from Showboat (1936). I too, was intrigued by that fact that the ‘new novel title’ referenced music as well. Perhaps the google pop up is a teaser for us diehard fans ;) ... I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will be released sooner rather than later.


message 41: by Dika (new)

Dika Where's Adrian Tchaikovsky "Children Of Ruin"?

It's a second book of "Children of Time",and It will be released on May 14 later.


message 42: by Robert (last edited Jan 15, 2019 11:29AM) (new)

Robert Kling Dika wrote: "Where's Adrian Tchaikovsky "Children Of Ruin"?

It's a second book of "Children of Time",and It will be released on May 14 later."


I think it will be revealed on May 14 that it was already released: it was the second half of 'Children of Time'; that would explain the why there was waaay too many pages in it (the proper title would be 'Children of Time: Ruined')


message 43: by Pat (new)

Pat Turner Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, Accepting the Lance.


message 44: by Virgiliu (new)

Virgiliu How about

Kellanved's Reach by Ian C. Esslemont
Path to Ascendancy Series


message 45: by Dave (new)

Dave Bahn Travis Bagwell : awaken online part 4 is one im looking forward to


message 46: by Anna (new)

Anna My most anticipated fantasy books of this year are "Firstborn" and "War" by Michelle West. An incredibly underrated author!


message 47: by Thush (new)

Thush So many cool new books and series to add to my shelves but Michael J. Sullivan is my all time favourite author so I cannot WAIT for Age of Legend!


message 48: by Laura (new)

Laura J. Looking forward to Grace Draven's "Dragon Unleashed".


message 49: by F.J. (new)

F.J. Commelin I'm certainly looking forward to reading the newest Margaret Atwood. I loved the Handmaid's tale : the first book i read of this writer long ago.


message 50: by Maggie (new)

Maggie I love Atwood’s work. I too, am looking forward to her new novel!


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