I’m closing out my week of the books I’m most anticipating through the end of 2016 with a look at titles in the fantasy and young adult genres. There’s also a giveaway, courtesy of the ever-gracious Tamara Leigh! More on that momentarily.
If you’ve missed a post in this series, here’s a recap:
The Storm Siren Trilogy by Mary Weber (Thomas Nelson, Sept 6) – Mary Weber’s Storm Siren Trilogy now available in one e-collection!
As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth—meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.
Nym risked her life to save Faelen, her homeland, from a losing war, only to discover that the shapeshifter Draewulf has stolen everything she holds dear. But when the repulsive monster robs Nym of her storm-summoning abilities as well, the beautiful Elemental realizes her war is only just beginning.
Nym and Draewulf prepare to face off in a battle destined to destroy more lives than it saves.
With the loss of Tulla still fresh in mind, Rasha’s fate unknown, and Lord Myles taken over by the dark ability, Nym and the few Bron soldiers rush to warn Cashlin’s queen. Only to discover it may already be too late for the monarch and her eerie kingdom. As the Luminescents are sifting through Nym’s past memories and the queen is reading into her future, Nym is given a choice of how to defeat Draewulf, but the cost may be more than she can bear. And even then there are no guarantees. Goodreads | Amazon
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (illustrated) by J.K. Rowling & Jim Kay (Arthur A. Levine Books, Oct 4) – The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.
And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.
But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone — or something — starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects… Harry Potter himself? Goodreads | Amazon
Unblemished by Sara Ella (Thomas Nelson, Oct 11) – Eliyana has always recoiled from her own reflection in the mirror. But what if that were only one Reflection—one world? What if another world existed where her blemish could become her strength?
Eliyana is used to the shadows. With a hideous birthmark covering half her face, she just hopes to graduate high school unscathed. That is, until Joshua hops a fence and changes her perspective. No one, aside from her mother, has ever treated her as normal. Maybe even beautiful. Because of Joshua, Eliyana finally begins to believe she could be loved.
But one night her mother doesn’t come home, and that’s when everything gets weird.
Now Joshua is her new, and rather reluctant, legal Guardian. Add a hooded stalker and a Central Park battle to the mix and you’ve gone from weird to otherworldly.
Eliyana soon finds herself in a world much larger and more complicated than she’s ever known. A world enslaved by a powerful and vile man. And Eliyana holds the answer to defeating him. How can an ordinary girl, a blemished girl, become a savior when she can’t even save herself? Goodreads | Amazon
Accelerant by Ronie Kendig (Enclave, Oct 14) – He’ll destroy the world. But first he has to save it.
The Nine Kingdoms bleed. Leaderless, ravaged, the land awaits deliverance from Poired Dyrth’s devastating campaign. But what if one blight can only be cleansed by another?
The promised Fierian is known by many names. Judge. Destroyer. Scourge. And now one other: Haegan, Prince of Seultrie. Once a cripple, now a gifted Accelerant, Haegan can no longer run from the truth. But neither can he be reconciled to it. He knows only one thing for certain: as the only able-bodied heir to the Fire Throne, he must return to the Nine and fight for his people.
But there are insidious forces at work. When reality itself falls into question, Haegan struggles to know where to fight, whom to trust. Caught between duty to his country and duty to the world, Haegan must see clearly enough to choose the right path to save the world. Goodreads | Amazon
A Time to Rise by Nadine Brandes (Enclave, Oct 14) – What more can you sacrifice than your life?
Parvin Blackwater is dead.
At least that’s what the Council—and the world—thinks. But her sacrifice tore down part of the Wall long enough to stir up hope and rebellion in the people. Now she will rise again. Strong, free, and fearless.
Parvin and Solomon must uncover the mysterious clues that Jude left behind in order to destroy the projected Wall once and for all. Meanwhile, the Council schemes to new levels of technology in its attempts to keep the people contained. Can a one-handed Radical and a scarred ex-Enforcer really bring shalom to the world? Goodreads | Amazon
The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson (Thomas Nelson, Nov 8) – Evangeline is the ward and cousin of King Richard II, and yet she dreams of a life outside of Berkhamsted Castle, where she might be free to marry for love and not politics. But the young king betroths her to his closest advisor, Lord Shiveley, a man twice as old as Evangeline. Desperate to escape a life married to a man she finds revolting, Evangeline runs away from the king and joins a small band of servants on their way back to their home village.
To keep her identity a secret, Evangeline pretends to be mute. Evangeline soon regrets the charade as she gets to know Wesley, the handsome young leader of the servants, whom she later discovers is the son of a wealthy lord. But she cannot reveal her true identity for fear she will be forced to return to King Richard and her arranged marriage.
Wesley le Wyse is intrigued by the beautiful new servant girl. When he learns that she lost her voice from a beating by a cruel former master, he is outraged. But his anger is soon redirected when he learns she has been lying to him. Not only is she not mute, but she isn’t even a servant.
Weighed down by remorse for deceiving Wesley, Evangeline fears no one will ever love her. But her future is not the only thing at stake, as she finds herself embroiled in a tangled web that threatens England’s monarchy. Should she give herself up to save the only person who cares about her? If she does, who will save the king from a plot to steal his throne? Goodreads | Amazon
The Shattered Vigil by Patrick W. Carr (Bethany House, Nov 1) – Victory over the dark forces during the feast of Bas-solas should have guaranteed safety for the continent. Instead, Willet and the rest of the Vigil discover they’ve been outsmarted by those seeking to unleash the evil that inhabits the Darkwater. Jorgen, the member of the Vigil assigned to Frayel, has gone missing, and new attacks have struck at the six kingdoms’ ability to defend themselves.
Just when the Vigil thought they had quenched the menace from their enemy in Collum, a new threat emerges: assassins hunting the Vigil, men and women who cannot be seen until it’s too late. The orders of the church and the rulers of the kingdoms, fearing the loss of the Vigil’s members altogether, have decided to take them into protective custody to safeguard their gift. On Pellin’s orders, the Vigil scatters, leaving Willet to be taken prisoner by the church in Bunard.
In the midst of this, Willet learns of the murder of an obscure nobleman’s daughter by one of the unseen assassins. Now he must escape his imprisonment and brave the wrath of the church to find the killer in order to turn back this latest threat to the northern continent. Goodreads | Amazon
Storm by Bonnie S. Calhoun (Revell, Nov 1) – Now That Glade, Selah’s Protecting Force, Is Gone, the Hunt Is On to Capture Her
Selah has survived the forces of both man and nature to reunite her family. But her happiness is short-lived as they are forced into a barren world of volcanic ash that conceals the storm boiling beneath. The clock is ticking and Selah’s abilities are growing–along with the list of those out for her blood.
Selah feels unworthy of her status as a novarium and is tortured by the knowledge of lives lost to protect her. Her physical and mental abilities will tempt her to be reckless, but she must learn to wield such power responsibly. Time is running out as more lives are tragically cut short and the search for the Third Protocol takes Selah into lands that have fallen into legend. Can Selah follow the trail of ancient artifacts and finish the quest? Or have she and her companions pinned their hopes on nothing more than a fanciful story? Goodreads | Amazon
Lady Ever After by Tamara Leigh (mid-November)
From the USA Today best-selling author of the acclaimed Dreamspell comes another medieval time travel romance set during the 15th century conflict of the Wars of the Roses.
Lady Catherine Algernon, dreaming of her death at the hands of traitors, is stunned when a handsome stranger from the twenty-first century saves her life just as her nightmare is about to come true.
To celebrate her upcoming time-travel romance, Lady Ever After, Tamara Leigh is graciously giving away an ebook of her other time-travel novel, Dreamspell!
Sleep disorders specialist Kennedy Plain has been diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor. When her research subject dies after trying to convince her he has achieved dream-induced time travel and her study is shelved, she enlists herself as a subject to complete her research. But when she dreams herself into 14th-century England and falls into the hands of Fulke Wynland, a man history has condemned as a murderer, she must not only stay alive long enough to find a way to return to her own time, but prevent Fulke from murdering his young nephews. And yet, the more time she spends with the medieval warrior, the more difficult it is to believe he is capable of committing the heinous crime for which he has been reviled for 600 years.
Baron Fulke Wynland has been granted guardianship of his brother’s heirs despite suspicions that he seeks to steal their inheritance. When the king sends a mysterious woman to care for the boys, Fulke is surprised by the lady’s hostility toward him–and more surprised to learn she is to be his wife. But when his nephews are abducted, the two must overcome their mutual dislike to discover the boys’ fate. What Fulke never expects is to feel for this woman whose peculiar speech, behavior, and talk of dream travel could see her burned as a witch.
Oooohhhh! So intriguing! Sounds like a great book!
And I would time travel back to the 1800’s in England. I love their dresses and their homes.
i would love to go there too – as long as I could get back home to my modern conveniences haha!
I would travel back in time to the Antebellum South and live on a beautiful plantation in a Antebellum mansion. I have been to quite a few of those grand homes and that time period has always fascinated me.
Other than the absolute sweltering heat (can you imagine in those gowns?!?) I would love that too!
There’s so many of these books that I want to read!! They all sound so good!
i know – me too!!! It’s a little overwhelming haha
Oh! And I would time travel to Biblical times, mostly when Jesus was here on earth.
that would be fascinating, wouldn’t it?
Never read Tamara Leigh but just read the first two chapters of her new book on the website. Thanks for the introduction! Looking forward to her books.
Oh, yes – and I would travel to Jesus’s time to experience first hand His teachings.
that would be really special!
Some of these I’ve read and some I’m waiting for. Good list Carrie!
I have several times I would want to travel back to. Please don’t make me choose just one!
I would love to visit Regency England. And while I’m there, I would have to be nobility. I would have beautiful gowns and a ladies maid to do my hair. And I must attend lots of parties and balls. And have a handsome gentleman courting me. Can you tell I’ve given this some thought?
I would also like to spend time in the civil war era south. I have a little inner Scarlett O’Hara and a little inner Melanie Hamilton hidden in me.
And I would also like to experience the 1920s and 1950s, as well as other notable eras.
I think I better be sure my time machine has lots of whatever kind of fuel it uses!
LOL! Yes, I think you’d better just go ahead and buy your time machine. No rentals for you – you’ve got places to go! 😉
Maybe I need to write some of these stories stuck in my head
Yes! Excellent idea!!
I love, love, love, time travel romances. Thank goodness for Tamara Leigh, because there aren’t many Christian books in this genre. I know the answer to the time travel question well, because I have though of it often. I would love to travel back to any time after the turn of the century (1900’s) up until the 1930’s, but especially the 30’s. My grandmother was born in 1906, married young and proceeded to raise 15 children. I have so much admiration for those who not only lived through the Great Depression, but thrived and left a lasting legacy. It would be an amazing adventure to go back to that time and be a witness to those who persevered through such a devastating time in America.
That WOULD be amazing, Terrill! Yes!
Thanks for including The Silent Songbird on your list, Carrie!!! 😀 It always seems like it takes forever for a book to come out after I finish it. I hate waiting! LOL!
LOL!! At least you’ve read it already haha!!
Too many times I would love to go back to. 1800’s in America or England. I love reading about the time period. I would love to walk the earth when Jesup was here as well. Even the 1700’s in America, for the birth of a new country.
I would have a hard time choosing too!!
I would travel to the 1960s to undo or redonthings in my life. That and the early 1900s to 1950s which would bd interestinb in relation to intro of inventions and tge world wars post war times.
yes! great answer! 🙂
1960s and 1900s up to 1950. See reason above.
I would love to travel back to the early 2000’s when my Daddy was alive and healthy. I miss talking with him about the Lord.
Every time I visit here, my TBR grows longer. 🙂
There are two times I would like to travel to: First, to Biblical times where I could observe Jesus in his ministry; and Second, to the 1800s west, where I would be interested in having a romance with a cowboy/rancher living in simpler times (I know each time period has/had its difficulties, but I just think home life was simpler back then in many ways).
haha sorry 😉 Love your answers!
I can’t wait for the next Patrick Carr!
WWII would of been an interesting time to be alive.
I would travel to the Old West during the Victorian era. 🙂
ooo that would be fun!
Time travel is nice…in books! I will happily read all about it from my comfy chair and air conditioning or heated house, depending on the season.
If I could time travel, I would go back to the early 1900’s to meet my grandparents when they were young.
Aww that’s sweet 🙂
Like many others, I’d have a hard time choosing just one time period to visit! Early Biblical times when the Israelites were following Yahweh, when Jesus was on earth teaching, when Gutenberg developed the printing press and printed the Bible, during the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the forming of our country, the Regency period, the Great Awakenings, the turn of the 20th century, and so many more!!
oh wow, Cyndi – those would all be fabulous times to visit, wouldn’t they??
If I could time travel I would go back at sit at the Master’s feet and listen to Him teach. I have a few questions only He can answer. ?
oh i love that <3
They look great!
I don’t mind Time Travel Stories- but I don’t like this idea that a person who ‘talked funny’ in the Middle Ages could be burned as a witch. That’s just a silly, Hollywood myth.
I would love to travel back to back to 800 B.C. Greece and discover the truth behind Homer’s Iliad!
Ooo that’s intriguing!!