Welcome back to day three of my 2018 in Review Books to Look Forward To series. Today we are going to be talking books being published under the adult fiction banner. Whether that is fantasy, historical fiction, and even, yes, contemporary, you best believe I have something for everyone.
Interested to see which fiction books I’m looking forward to being published in 2018? Keep on reading for my thoughts and opinions.
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Armed in Her Fashion by Kate Heartfield
Publisher:ChiZine Publications (May 17, 2018)
Print Length: 300 pages
In 1328, Bruges is under siege by the Chatelaine of Hell and her army of chimeras — humans mixed with animals or armour, forged in the deep fires of the Hellbeast. At night, revenants crawl over the walls and bring plague and grief to this city of widows.
Margriet de Vos learns she’s a widow herself when her good-for-nothing husband comes home dead from the war. He didn’t come back for her. The revenant who was her husband pulls a secret treasure of coins and weapons from under his floorboards and goes back through the mouth of the beast called Hell.
Margriet killed her first soldier when she was 11. She’s buried six of her seven children. She’ll do anything for her daughter, even if it means raiding Hell itself to get her inheritance back.
Margriet’s daughter is haunted by a dead husband of her own, and blessed, or cursed, with an enchanted distaff that allows her to control the revenants and see the future. Together with a transgender man-at-arms who has unfinished business with the Chatelaine, a traumatized widow with a giant waterpowered forgehammer at her disposal, and a wealthy alderman’s wife who escapes Bruges with her children, Margriet and Beatrix forge a raiding party like Hell has never seen.
And it can’t be a most anticipated list without mentioning at least one historical fiction novel. Armed in her Fashion sounds like an emotional rollercoster in a time period that I am not familiar with. This is one of two novels Heartfield’s is publishing with ChiZine so I’m very excited to find out whether or not I have a new favourite historical fiction writer.
Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller
Publisher:Ecco (April 17, 2018)
Print Length: 336 pages
After the climate wars, a floating city is constructed in the Arctic Circle, a remarkable feat of mechanical and social engineering, complete with geothermal heating and sustainable energy. The city’s denizens have become accustomed to a roughshod new way of living, however, the city is starting to fray along the edges—crime and corruption have set in, the contradictions of incredible wealth alongside direst poverty are spawning unrest, and a new disease called “the breaks” is ravaging the population.
When a strange new visitor arrives—a woman riding an orca, with a polar bear at her side—the city is entranced. The “orcamancer,” as she’s known, very subtly brings together four people—each living on the periphery—to stage unprecedented acts of resistance. By banding together to save their city before it crumbles under the weight of its own decay, they will learn shocking truths about themselves.
Who wouldn’t be intrigued about a book with, one, that cover, and two, a synopsis that mentions a woman riding an orca with a polar bear for a friend. Besides those two points I am also anticipating this novel because I want to read how Miller approaches climate change. Is he pro or con climate change, and how will he want the message to come across?
The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
Publisher:Riverhead Books (February 6, 2018)
Print Length: 224 pages
When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog, a huge Great Dane traumatized by the inexplicable disappearance of its master, and by the threat of eviction: dogs are prohibited in her apartment building.
While others worry that grief has made her a victim of magical thinking, the woman refuses to be separated from the dog except for brief periods of time. Isolated from the rest of the world, increasingly obsessed with the dog’s care, determined to read its mind and fathom its heart, she comes dangerously close to unraveling. But while troubles abound, rich and surprising rewards lie in store for both of them.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Sara,” you’ll say “are you okay? This book doesn’t fit in with the genres you usually read!” You’d be absolutely right, but when I read the synopsis I couldn’t help buy fall in love with the premise of the novel, and I mean, who doesn’t like dogs, right?
I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhorn
Publisher:Doubleday Books (March 27, 2017)
Print Length: 352 pages
Russia, July 17, 1918 Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing squad. None survive. At least that is what the executioners have always claimed.
Germany, February 17, 1920 A young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to Anastasia Romanov is pulled shivering and senseless from a canal. Refusing to explain her presence in the freezing water or even acknowledge her rescuers, she is taken to the hospital where an examination reveals that her body is riddled with countless, horrific scars. When she finally does speak, this frightened, mysterious young woman claims to be the Russian Grand Duchess.
As rumors begin to circulate through European society that the youngest Romanov daughter has survived the massacre at Ekaterinburg, old enemies and new threats are awakened. The question of who this woman is and what actually happened to Anastasia creates a saga that spans fifty years and three continents. This thrilling page-turner is every bit as moving and momentous as it is harrowing and twisted.
As someone who grew up in the 90’s you best believe I have watched the 1997 movie Anastasia more times than I can count. One of the reasons I still love that movie in my adulthood is because it tries to offer an alternative to one of the more senseless tragedies that happened in the 20th century. While the movie reveals Anastasia is alive and well, history has a different take, as is the case with Anna Anderson. Was she really an impostor, or is Lawhorn onto something? I know I’ll be reading to find out.
Macbeth by Jo Nesbo
Publisher:Hogarth (April 5, 2018)
Print Length: 512 pages
Set in a dark, rainy northern town, Nesbo’s Macbeth pits the ambitions of a corrupt policeman against loyal colleagues, a drug-depraved underworld and the pull of childhood friendships.
Get ready to helter-skelter through the darkest tunnels of human experience.
When I first learned about the Hogarth Shakespeare project I immediately knew that 2018 was going to be a long and painful wait for the Macbeth installment. Well, after three years of waiting Jo Nesbo’s retelling of one of my favourite Shakespeare plays is about to be released. While the above synopsis gives very little as to how Nesbo is tackling ‘The Scottish Play’ I can guarantee that once I’ve read it there will be a review.
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And those are my picks for the fiction books I’m most looking forward to being published in 2018. What new releases are you anticipating in 2018? Leave it in the comments below!