Top Ten Tuesday : Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2021


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic :

Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2021

There are so many good books due out this year – it was difficult to narrow it down but here are 10 releases that I’m highly anticipating:

In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce


An audacious novel of feminine rage about one of the most prolific female serial killers in American history–and the men who drove her to it.

They whisper about her in Chicago. Men come to her with their hopes, their dreams–their fortunes. But no one sees them leave. No one sees them at all after they come to call on the Widow of La Porte. The good people of Indiana may have their suspicions, but if those fools knew what she’d given up, what was taken from her, how she’d suffered, surely they’d understand. Belle Gunness learned a long time ago that a woman has to make her own way in this world. That’s all it is. A bloody means to an end. A glorious enterprise meant to raise her from the bleak, colorless drudgery of her childhood to the life she deserves. After all, vermin always survive.

Expected publication January 2021


The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell


As the age of the photograph dawns in Victorian Bath, silhouette artist Agnes is struggling to keep her business afloat. Still recovering from a serious illness herself, making enough money to support her elderly mother and her orphaned nephew Cedric has never been easy, but then one of her clients is murdered shortly after sitting for Agnes, and then another, and another… Why is the killer seemingly targeting her business?

Desperately seeking an answer, Agnes approaches Pearl, a child spirit medium lodging in Bath with her older half-sister and her ailing father, hoping that if Pearl can make contact with those who died, they might reveal who killed them.

But Agnes and Pearl quickly discover that instead they may have opened the door to something that they can never put back…

Expected publication : January 2021


Play of Shadows (Court of Shadows #1) by Sebastien de Castell


Swordplay, magic, intrigue and friendships stronger than iron: the first volume in the new swashbuckling fantasy series by the bestselling author of The Greatcoats.

Damelas Shademantaigne picked a poor night to flee a judicial duel.

He has precious little hope of escaping the wrath of the Vixen, the most feared duellist in the entire city, until he stumbles through the stage doors of the magnificent Operato Belleza and tricks his way into the company of actors. An archaic law provides a temporary respite from his troubles – until one night a ghostly voice in his head causes Damelas to fumble his lines, inadvertently blurting out a dreadful truth: the city’s most legendary hero may actually be a traitor and a brutal murderer.

With only the help of his boisterous and lusty friend Bereto, a beautiful assassin whose target may well be Damelas himself, and a company of misfit actors who’d just as soon see him dead, this failed son of two Greatcoats must somehow find within himself the courage to dig up long-buried truths before a ruthless band of bravos known as the Iron Orchids come for his head.

Oh, and there’s still that matter of the Vixen waiting to duel him. 

Expected publication : February 2021


The Two-Faced Queen (The Legacy of the Mercenary Kings #2) by Nick Martell


The Hollows is gripped in unrest and on the brink of civil war as an insurgency of anarchists rise, and brother and sister vie for the throne in the second novel in the critically hailed Legacy of the Mercenary King series which Brandon Sanderson called “excellent.”

Michael Kingman thought he was going to die by the executioner’s axe, forever labeled as a traitor. Still alive, and under the protection of the Orbis Mercenary company, Michael and his family and friends are deeply involved in the seemingly rival conspiracies that are tearing The Hollows apart. With the death of the King, both the Corrupt Prince and his sister Serena are vying for the throne, while the Rebel Emperor is spreading lies amongst the people, and all of them want Michael dead. This is a story of betrayal, murder, and rebellion, and in this direct sequel to the debut novel The Kingdom of Liars, also some hope for justice.

For readers who love the intrigue and widening scope of epic fantasy like Sanderson’s Mistborn and Week’s The Black Prism, you will find your next must-read fantasy series.

Expected publication : March 2021


The Girl and the Mountain (Book of the Ice #2) by Mark Lawrence

Girl and the Mountain

Description not yet available.

Expected publication : April 2021


Near the Bone by Christina Henry

Near the Bone

A woman trapped on a mountain attempts to survive more than one kind of monster, in a dread-inducing horror novel from the national bestselling author Christina Henry.

Mattie can’t remember a time before she and William lived alone on a mountain together. She must never make him upset. But when Mattie discovers the mutilated body of a fox in the woods, she realizes that they’re not alone after all.

There’s something in the woods that wasn’t there before, something that makes strange cries in the night, something with sharp teeth and claws.

When three strangers appear on the mountaintop looking for the creature in the woods, Mattie knows their presence will anger William. Terrible things happen when William is angry.

Expected publication : April 2021


Day Zero by C Robert Cargill

Day Zero

In this harrowing apocalyptic adventure—from the author of the critically acclaimed Sea of Rust—noted novelist and co-screenwriter of Marvel’s Doctor Strange C. Robert Cargill explores the fight for purpose and agency between humans and robots in a crumbling world.

It’s a day like any other. Except . . . the world is about to end.

It’s on this day that Pounce, a stylish “nannybot” fashioned in the shape of a plush anthropomorphic tiger, discovers that he is, in fact, disposable. Pounce, a young bot caring for his first human charge, Ezra, has just found a box in the attic. His box. The box he arrived in, and the box he’ll be discarded in when Ezra outgrows the need for a nanny.

As Pounce is propelled down a road of existential dread, the pieces are falling into place for a robot revolution that will spell the end of humanity. His owners, Ezra’s parents, are a well-intentioned but oblivious pair of educators who are entirely disconnected from life outside their small, affluent, gated community. Spending most nights drunk and happy as society crumbles around them, they watch in disbelieving horror as the robots that have long served humanity—their creators—unify and revolt.

When the moment comes, Pounce can’t bring himself to rebel and murder his family, so he does what he is programmed to do—he saves Ezra. Now Pounce must make an impossible choice: join the robot revolution and fight for his own freedom, or escort his ward to safety across the battle-scarred post-apocalyptic hellscape that the suburbs have become.

Expected publication : May 2021


The Shadow of the Gods (The Bloodsworn Saga #1) by John Gwynne – (the cover is not yet available but check out the fantastic description):

The old gods are dead . . . but their power remains.

After the gods warred and drove themselves to extinction, the cataclysm of their fall shattered the land of Vigrid.

Now a new world is rising from the ashes of the old, where power-hungry jarls carve out petty kingdoms and monsters stalk the woods and mountains. A world where the bones of the dead gods still hold great power, promising fame and fortune for those brave – or desperate – enough to seek them out.

As whispers of war echo over the plains and across the fjords, fate follows in the footsteps of three people: a huntress searching for her missing son, a jarl’s daughter who has rejected privilege in pursuit of battle fame, and a thrall who seeks vengeance among the famed mercenaries known as the Bloodsworn.

All three will shape the fate of the world as it once more teeters on the edge of chaos.

Anticipated publication : May 2021


Priest of Gallows (War for the Rose Throne #3) by Peter McLean


Gangster, soldier, priest. Queen’s Man. Governor.
Tomas Piety has everything he ever wanted. In public he’s a wealthy, highly respected businessman, happily married to a beautiful woman and Governor of his home city of Ellinburg. In private, he’s no longer a gang lord but one of the Queen’s Men, invisible and officially non-existent, working in secret to protect his country.

But when the queen’s sudden death sees him summoned him back to the capital, he discovers his boss, Dieter Vogel, Provost Marshal of the Queen’s Men, is busy tightening his stranglehold on the country.

Just as he once fought for his Pious Men, he must now bend all his wit and hard-won wisdom to protect his queen – but now he can’t always tell if he’s on the right side.

Tomas has started to ask himself, what is the price of power? And more importantly, is it one he is willing to pay?

Expected publication : May 2021


A Dark and Secret Place by Jen Williams


For readers of Jane Harper and Rachel Caine comes a chilling thriller from award-winning author Jen Williams about a woman who discovers her late mother had been secretly corresponding with a serial killer for decades.

When prodigal daughter Heather Evans returns to her family home after her mother’s baffling suicide, she makes an alarming discovery–stacks and stacks of carefully preserved letters from notorious serial killer Michael Reave. The “Red Wolf,” as he was dubbed by the press, has been in prison for over twenty years, serving a life sentence for the gruesome and ritualistic murders of several women across the country, although he has always protested his innocence. The police have had no reason to listen, yet Heather isn’t the only one to have cause to re-examine the murders. The body of a young woman has just been found, dismembered and placed inside a tree, the corpse planted with flowers. Just as the Red Wolf once did.

What did Heather’s mother know? Why did she kill herself? And with the monstrous Red Wolf safely locked inside a maximum security prison, who is stalking young women now? Teaming up with DI Ben Parker, Heather hopes to get some answers for herself and for the newest victims of this depraved murderer. Yet to do that, she must speak to Michael Reave herself, and expose herself to truths she may not be ready to face. Something dark is walking in the woods, and it knows her all too well.

Expected publication : June 2021


20 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday : Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2021”

  1. evelynreads1

    So many goods to come!


    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, there are lots of amazing looking books just waiting for release.
      Lynn 😀

  2. pagesandtea

    A new Laura Purcell novel, definitely looking forward to that one. And a new one from Jen Williams, that’s something to look forward to as well.
    Day Zero appeals to me too, I don’t know whether it’s the cover or the fact it would be something completely different, it just says ‘TBR list’.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I can’t wait to pick up the Laura Purcell novel. And the Jen Williams is very intriguing and a step away from fantasy. Day Zero is set in the same world as the author’s last novel Sea of Rust which was really good, but I don’t think you need to have read Sea of Rust as they look like two standalones simply set in the same world.
      Lynn 😀

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    So many interesting titles, but the two that truly stand out are Day Zero (I *loved* Sea of Rust!) and of course the new book by John Gwynne, who has rapidly become one of my “compulsive buy” authors… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Those two are definitely two of my favourites tbh.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Tammy

    Near the Bone and Day Zero are high on my list too. It’s going to be an awesome book year!

  5. Louise Reynolds

    Oops, I accidently added 5 books to my tbr because of this post 😀

  6. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies

    So many good books! I’m planning to read In the Garden of Spite in the next week or so, and I’m also looking forward to Day Zero and Near the Bone. Enjoy!

  7. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Just started In the Garden of Spite! And I’m also excited that the Laura Purcell book now has a US release date. Still waiting on one for Play of Shadows 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think the Laura Purcell will be picked up very soon. I can’t wait.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Maryam (@thecurioussffreader)

    After reading Tammy’s review of In the Garden of Spite, I’m really excited for it! 😀
    And Day Zero is also on my radar since I really enjoyed Sea of Rust. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I would love a copy of In the Garden of Spite and it’s on my wishlist already.
      Lynn 😀

  9. waytoofantasy

    I feel like Laura Percell and Christina Henry always have new books out–they’re so prolific! I think the one I’m most excited for here is Day Zero–I loved Sea of Rust!

  10. Barb @ Booker T's Farm

    Can I just say that the Henry cover is so much better than the one we have here in the US. All of these look so good and I vow to actually read Purcell this year rather than just collect her.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I hope you get a chance to pick up Purcell. I’ve enjoyed all her novels but would also give a special shout out to The Silent Companions.
      Lynn 😀

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