Long-awaited endings, new beginnings, old stalwarts and new upstarts - 2015 has a lot going for it. Below, I give you a taste of what we can look forward to.
The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard)Rick Riordan
Last year saw the phenomenon of the Percy Jackson series finally come to a close - for better or worse. Luckily, Riordan seems to have been having a rare merciful moment and decided he would not leave fans of his sleek, smart, old-gods-new-tricks world out in the cold for too long.
I, personally, never made it past the first two books of the first Percy Jackson series (though not for want of trying). While the protagonist's name looks like something that came out of a fanfiction.net MadLib, I am, however, very much looking forward to seeing my favourite pantheon getting the Riordan treatment. Particularly if he's as willing to capitalise on the dark and spooky bits of Norse mythology as he has the change to be.
Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy
Another titan of the YA scene, as if a trilogy of sort-of-prequels-but-not-really wasn't enough, Cassandra Clare is spoiling her beloved fandom absolutely rotten by teaming up with Sarah Rees-Brennan, Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman to produce a series of monthly novellas following the adventures of Shadowhunter Simon Lewis on his path to becoming one of the protagonists of the bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
Fascinating as both a collaborative endeavour, and a test of unconventional publishing method, this looks to be one of the more esoteric items of interest on the readerly radar this year. Here's to hoping it satisfies the fans enough to make up for the movie, eh?
End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days)Susan Ee
Angelfall was one of my surprise loves of the previous year, and while I have yet to make substantive process with its sequel, World After, the knowledge that I can kill it off and not have to wait fifteen lifetimes for the third book to appear is definitely a comforting one.
One of the stronger candidates in its rather generic field, I'm hoping this series will prove something of a sleeper hit, and maybe some well-timed discounts around the time of End of Days' publication will get it more of the attention it - and it's marvellous protagonist - deserves.
The Winds of Winter (A Song of Ice and Fire)George R. R. Martin
Optimistic? Me? Noooooo.
Unlike several of its generic brethren (looking at you, Kingkiller Chronicles), some recent news has emerged to suggest that Martin's elusive epic may indeed be making its penultimate appearance this year after all. With the voice of HBO joining in the plaintive choirs begging for its publication, there has been some talk of releasing the novel after the conclusion of the fourth series of Game Of Thrones (returning to air on the 12th of April, and likely wrapping up towards the end of this or perhaps a way into next year).
Nothing is certain, of course. Except that everyone will die.
What about you, Chewers? Are you looking forward particularly to any of the books on this list, or is there some unmentioned glory lurking in your readerly crosshairs?
Leave a comment, and let me know!