Most Anticipated Books of 2022 | Book Talk
Normally I am so far out of the loop with book publication dates. A year ago I rarely knew when a new book was announced unless it was one of my favorite authors and I received an email notification. However, since joining the book community over on Twitter I’m finally able to keep up with new releases, much to my TBR’s chagrin.
So what books am I looking forward to in 2022?
The Legacy of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson
Whenever Molly Southbourne bled, a murderer was born. Deadly copies, drawn to destroy their creator, bound by a legacy of death. With the original Molly Southbourne gone, her remnants drew together, seeking safety and a chance for peace. The last Molly and her sisters built a home together, and thought they could escape the murder that marked their past.
But secrets squirm in Molly Southbourne's blood—secrets born in a Soviet lab and carried back across the Iron Curtain to infiltrate the West. What remains of the Cold War spy machine wants those secrets back, and to get them they're willing to unearth the dead and destroy the fragile peace surrounding the last copies of Molly Southbourne.
The Legacy of Molly Southbourne brings the story to a bloody end.
Expected Release Date: May 17, 2022
The Murders of Molly Southbourne was one of Tor's book giveaways. I decided to give it a try even though it didn't seem to be the usual read for me. The macabre story telling captivated me. Molly was both strange and interesting. The way she grew up, the lessons she had to learn from a young age, all came together to create a unique reading experience. I can't wait to see how it ends.
Check out my book reviews for The Molly Southbourne series!
Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire
In Where the Drowned Girls Go, the next addition to Seanan McGuire's beloved Wayward Children series, students at an anti-magical school rebel against the oppressive faculty
"Welcome to the Whitethorn Institute. The first step is always admitting you need help, and you’ve already taken that step by requesting a transfer into our company."
There is another school for children who fall through doors and fall back out again.
It isn't as friendly as Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children.
And it isn't as safe.
When Eleanor West decided to open her school, her sanctuary, her "Home for Wayward Children," she knew from the beginning that there would be children she couldn’t save; when Cora decides she needs a different direction, a different fate, a different prophecy, Miss West reluctantly agrees to transfer her to the other school, where things are run very differently by Whitethorn, the Headmaster.
She will soon discover that not all doors are welcoming...
Expected Publication Date: January 4, 2022
Each story in The Wayward Children series is as unique as the children and worlds they visit. Imagination knows no bounds as you journey from one world to the next, discovering their rules, or lack thereof, and the consequences of passing through the doorways. Learning there are more schools for the wayward children means a new exciting direction for the series.
Check out my book reviews for The Wayward Children!
Dragons of Deceit by Margaret Weis and Tracy Weis
Destina Rosethorn—as her name implies—believes herself to be a favored child of destiny. But when her father dies in the War of the Lance, she watches her carefully constructed world come crashing down. Not only does she lose her beloved father but the legacy he has left her: the family lands and castle. To save her father, she hatches a bold plan—to go back in time and prevent his death.
First, she has to secure the Device of Time Journeying, last known to be in the possession of the spirited kender Tasslehoff Burrfoot. But to change time, she needs another magical artifact—the most powerful and dangerous artifact ever created. Destina’s quest takes her from the dwarven kingdom of Thorbardin to the town of Solace and beyond, setting in motion a chain of disastrous events that threaten to divert the course of the River of Time, alter the past, and forever change the future.
Expected Publication Date: August 9, 2022
Dragonlance is near and dear to my heart. It was the first fantasy series to sweep me up into the world of dragons and magic. Krynn is like my second home, I spent every second I could reading the Dragonlance books in high school. When I learned after all these years we would be able to return to the world of Krynn, I was overjoyed.
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Dragonlance Lost Chronicles
An Elegy for Hope by Sarah Chorn
The saga of the Bloodlands continues as sleeping gods wake...
Expected Publication Date: March 29, 2022
While I might not know much about An Elegy for Hope, I do know I need to read it. I discovered Sarah Chorn last year and as soon as I finished Of Honey and Wildfires, I bought every book she had published. I've read them all and cannot boast enough about how her lyrical writing style brings the stories to life.
Check out my book reviews for Sarah Chorn!
The Songs of Sefate
Trouble with the Cursed by Kim Harrison
Rachel Morgan, witch-born demon, has one unspoken rule: take chances, but pay for them yourself. With it, she has turned enemies into allies, found her place with her demon kin, and stepped up as the subrosa of Cincinnati—responsible for keeping the paranormal community at peace and in line.
Life is . . . good? Even better, her best friend, Ivy Tamwood, is returning home. Nothing’s simple, though, and Ivy’s not coming alone. The vampires’ ruling council insists she escort one of the long undead, hell-bent on proving that Rachel killed Cincy’s master vampire to take over the city. Which, of course, Rachel totally did not do. She only transformed her a little.
With Rachel’s friends distracted by their own lives and problems, she reaches out to a new ally for help—the demon Hodin. But this trickster has his own agenda. In the end, the only way for Rachel to save herself and the city may be to forge a new understanding with her estranged demon teacher, Al. There’s just one problem: Al would sell his own soul to be rid of her. . . .
Expected Publication Date: June 14, 2022
If you've been following my blog then you know Kim Harrison's series The Hollows is right up there with Dragonlance in my favorites. Now that Rachel and team are back in action, I just have to read each new installment. Not to mention Kim Harrison has left one character arc on a cliffhanger and I need to know how its going to resolve.
Check out my book reviews for The Hollows!
Nona the Ninth by Tamsin Muir
Her city is under siege.
The zombies are coming back.
And all Nona wants is a birthday party.
In many ways, Nona is like other people. She lives with her family, has a job at her local school, and loves walks on the beach and meeting new dogs. But Nona's not like other people. Six months ago she woke up in a stranger's body, and she's afraid she might have to give it back.
The whole city is falling to pieces. A monstrous blue sphere hangs on the horizon, ready to tear the planet apart. Blood of Eden forces have surrounded the last Cohort facility and wait for the Emperor Undying to come calling. Their leaders want Nona to be the weapon that will save them from the Nine Houses. Nona would prefer to live an ordinary life with the people she loves, with Pyrrha and Camilla and Palamedes, but she also knows that nothing lasts forever.
And each night, Nona dreams of a woman with a skull-painted face...
Expected Publication Date: September 13, 2022
I never knew a story about necromancers in space would be so intense. Reading Gideon the Ninth brought necromancy to a whole new level with Tamsyn Muir's dark writing style. Then Harrow the Ninth came along and confused the hell out of me and I enjoyed every minute of it. I can't wait to see what is in store for readers with this latest installment.
Check out my book reviews for The Locked Tomb!
What books are you looking forward to this year? Are any on this list?