October looks great for new releases in the speculative fiction genre. I am going to highlight a few that I am looking forward to. They will be listed by release date.
Hawk is the new book in the Vlad Taltos series that Brust has been writing. I have not read his other books but the synopsis of this book sounds interesting. Basically a hunted renegade comes home to deal with the man that is trying to kill him.
2. The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus Series #5) by Rick Riordan – October 7th from Disney-Hyperion
The last installment of the Heroes of Olympus books gets released October 7th. Followers of Percy Jackson and his friends will certainly be excited about what the future holds for them. The biggest question is will Rick Riordan move away from Percy Jackson after this book or will her create another series? This will be the 10th book overall and 5th in the Heroes of Olympus series.
I added this book to the list even though it is Sci-Fi because Leckie won the Hugo last year for best novel(and every other reward). Her second installment will need to be extra special as I can see it not reaching the heights of the first. I still need to read the first myself though. Sentient ships and the ability to go into the minds of soldiers sounds pretty awesome.
I really haven’t heard of Garth Nix until I read the blurb about Clariel. It seems like an interesting series about a girl with a powerful family, an innate ability, a killing creature, and an unwanted future. All of these things are rather cliche in the fantasy genre but I guess Nix makes up for this with amazing setting and characterization.
The Free is a mercenary based tale about a group of mercenaries about to retire from selling their loyalty but get roped into doing one more job, a seemingly easy job, that turns into something much more than they are ready for.
Heart of Stone is the second book from Debra Mullins about the story of lost Atlanteans. With many romance themes in Heart of Stone it is about a Seer that can look into the hearts of others and feel what they feel.
7. Dangerous Women 2 edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner R. Dozois – October 28th from TOR
Dangerous Women 2 is a new short story anthology from Martin and Dozois. Including an Outlander story from Diane Galbadon, a short from Lev Grossman, Sharon Kay Penman, S. M. Stirling, Sam Sykes, Caroline Spector, and Nancy Kress.
This one I have pre-ordered a signed copy of. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a novella in The Kingkiller series focusing on Auri. Readers are dying for the third book in The Kingkiller series but they will have to live with this new novella until then. The biggest release of the month for me.
9. The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, Elio Garcia, and Linda Antonsson – October 28th from Bantam
This is the second biggest release of the month for me. At this point they could release anything from A Song of Ice & Fire and it would be an instant bestseller. To have a history of Westeros is awesome. All of the fan fictions and speculation about how things happened before our current generation of Westeros heroes and villains can be put to rest as we will have a definitive history. The maps and family trees will be a great thing to glance out once in awhile. It is the ultimate coffee table book for Game of Throne fans. A little pricey but if I can scrape together some piggy bank money I will grab this.