Inky's Bookshelf

Anticipated Reads of Late 2018

Like most readers, I plan my year around new book releases. If there are surplus books coming out in August, for example, will plan nothing. I mean it. Nothing. I’d rather stay in, devouring all the newreleases than be sociable. I know I’m not the only one like this.

And I’ve got you covered.

Today, I’m talking about my four most anticipated reads of late 2018. These are books that I’ve been waiting anxiously for since God knows when. These are the books that I preordered as soon as they became available. And these are the books that I’ll be hiding away to read.

Let’s get into it…

J. R.R Tolkien’s The Fall of Gondolin
Release date: 30 August | Publisher: HarperCollins | 304 pages

Middle-Earth is a special place for me. It feels like I’m returning home whenever I open the pages of a Tolkien novel, or whenever I’m in dire need of a Middle-Earth movie marathon. That’s why this sequel is one of my most highly anticipated reads of this year.

The Fall of Gondolin is yet another story published posthumously, and is one of the original stories from the Lost Tales. From the extremely weighty blurb, I gather the novel is about the birth of Gondolin, a Elven city in Middle-Earth. As usual, I expect beautiful descriptions of Tolkien’s world, as well as complex characters and a riveting storyline.

George R.R Martin’s Fire and Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones
Release date: 20 November | Publisher: HarperVoyager | 704 pages

I am a proud Game of Thrones fan, and I get excited every time there is news about this series. I am ashamed to admit this, but I haven’t actually read any of the novels yet. I know – ridiculous. But that’s all about to change with Fire and Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones.

I feel like this will be a great start to the book series, introducing me to the world I only know from the screen. It’s said to be the ‘definitive history of the Targaryens’, chronicling the ‘conquest that united the Seven Kingdoms under Targaryen rule through the Dance of Dragons’. It’ll give me all the background information for the actual series!

Sarah J. Maas’ Kingdom of Ashes
Release date: 23 October | Publisher: Bloomsbury | 704 pages

I’ve been reading Maas’ Throne of Glass series since 2014, and I don’t intend to give up on it now. I am always amazed at how Maas manages to weave so many subplots into her novels. They don’t take away from the larger narrative but add to it.

Kingdom of Ashes follows on nicely from the last book, Tower of Dawn, which I won’t dwell on because spoilers. It’s the last novel in the series, so I expect much heart-break and much crying. I
have been with these characters for four years now, and I have grown to care for them. Nonetheless, I cannot wait to see where their journey ends – I’m most looking forward to seeing Elide, Manon and Lorcan again!
Cassandra Clare’s Queen of Air and Darkness
Release date: 4 December| Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK | 720 pages

Cassandra Clare is another author I’ve been following for years. I was completely besotted with her The Mortal Instruments when I left high school, and I’ve read every other book she’s put out. Honestly, I cannot envision myself not reading her novels – even when I’m fifty. Queen of Air and Darkness is the third and final installment of The Dark Artifices trilogy. This series is set in the Shadowhunter world, exploring the forbidden relationship between Parabatai. It’s an
enchanting story, one that will leave you wanting more and more. I’m super excited to find out what happens to the characters that I hold dearest to my heart!

…and that’s it!

These are my four most highly anticipated reads of 2018 (well, the second half of the year anyway). As soon as they are released, you’ll find me devouring them all in one sitting. And, I’m not even sorry.

Are you excited for any of these books? If not, which new release are you most anticipating?

Thanks for reading, Lauren X
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