37 New Epic Fantasy Books Coming Soon

Just as the prophecy foretold…

Between now and summer 2019, there are a staggering number of new and returning epic fantasy novels in the works. Thieves, mercenaries, royal bastards, princesses’ doubles, armored saints, and many more fill the pages of these tales (some illustrated!) of alliances forged, wars waged, magic lost and rediscovered.

For every end, there is a beginning…

For every epic fantasy trilogy or series wrapping up in the coming months, there are just as many new sagas unfolding. Some return to familiar fantasy lands—Middle-earth, the Forgotten Realms, Osten Ard, Earthsea, Westeros—for new adventures, while others draw upon real-world settings and mythologies, like Morocco or India’s Mughal Empire, to create dazzling new epics.

Adventure awaits…


Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett (The Founders Trilogy #1)
August 21, Crown

In a city that runs on industrialized magic, a secret war will be fought to overwrite ...

Announcing the 2018 Hugo Award Winners

Hugo Award 2018 finalists

The winners of the 2018 Hugo Awards have been announced! You can read the full list below.

The 2018 Hugo Awards were presented on the evening of Sunday August 19th, 2018 at a ceremony at the 76th World Science Fiction Convention in San Jose, California. 1813 valid nominating ballots (1795 electronic and 18 paper) were received and counted from the members of the 2017, 2018, and 2019 World Science Fiction Conventions. For the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards, 204 valid nominating ballots (192 electronic and 12 paper) were received.

Congrats to the finalists and winners!


2018 Hugo Awards Finalists

Best Novel

  • The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi (Tor)
  • New York 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
  • Provenance, by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
  • Raven Stratagem, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
  • Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
  • The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

Best Novella

  • All Systems Red...

Mirage Author Somaiya Daud on Her Moroccan-Inspired Fantasy World

Somaiya Daud’s debut epic fantasy novel Mirage follows Amani, an eighteen-year-old dreamer living in a world controlled by the all powerful Vathek empire. All Amani wants is freedom: freedom to explore, write poetry, and travel to far off places. These dreams are shattered when Amani is kidnapped from her small village and taken to the royal palace, where she must act as a body double for the beautiful, but hated, Princess Maram. Amani’s new life comes with luxury, glamour, and the Princess’s stunning fiance, Idris. But it also comes with the understanding that at any moment, Amani must be prepared to sacrifice her life for the Princess.

Daud stopped by the Macmillan Audio studio to talk everything Mirage: from how her own Moroccan roots inspired this story, to how her writing bridges the gaps between sci-fi, fantasy, and history. She also explained how the audiobook enhances the novel’s poetic ...

The Stars Now Unclaimed Audio Excerpt

Jane Kamali is an agent for the Justified. Her mission: to recruit children with miraculous gifts in the hope that they might prevent the Pulse from once again sending countless worlds back to the dark ages. Hot on her trail is the Pax—a collection of fascist zealots who believe they are the rightful rulers of the galaxy and who remain untouched by the Pulse.

Now Jane, a handful of comrades from her past, and a telekinetic girl called Esa must fight their way through a galaxy full of dangerous conflicts, remnants of ancient technology, and other hidden dangers…

We’re excited to share an audio excerpt from Drew Williams’ The Stars Now Unclaimed, as read by Brittany Pressley.

The Stars Now Unclaimed is available August 21st from Tor Books. You can find the audio edition with Macmillan Audio, or get the print and ebook editions at the links ...

Download a Free Ebook of Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon Before August 18, 2018!

Each month, the Tor.com eBook Club gives away a free sci-fi/fantasy ebook to club subscribers. We’re excited to announce that the first* pick for August 2018 is ACHERON by Sherrilyn Kenyon, creator of the Dark-Hunter universe!

*Yes! There will be two ebooks this month!

He was made human in order to escape death, but in death he was reborn a god…

Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron spent a lifetime of shame. However, his human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Then, brought back against his will, Acheron became the sole defender of mankind.

Only it was never that simple. For centuries, he has fought for our survival and hidden a past he’ll do anything to keep concealed. Until a lone woman who refuses to be intimidated by him threatens his very existence.

Now his survival, ...

Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Stygian Sherrilyn Kenyon

Ball Lightning Audio Excerpt

A new science fiction adventure from the author of the Three-Body Trilogy, Cixin Lu’s Ball Lightning is a fast-paced story of what happens when the beauty of scientific inquiry runs up against the drive to harness new discoveries with no consideration of their possible consequences.

We’re excited to share an excerpt from the audiobook below, translated by Joel Martinsen and read by Feodor Chin.

When Chen’s parents are incinerated before his eyes by a blast of ball lightning, he devotes his life to cracking the secret of this mysterious natural phenomenon. His search takes him to stormy mountaintops, an experimental military weapons lab, and an old Soviet science station.

The more he learns, the more he comes to realize that ball lightning is just the tip of an entirely new frontier. While Chen’s quest for answers gives purpose to his lonely life, it also pits him against soldiers and scientists ...

Announcing Three New Novels From Annalee Newitz

Tor Books has acquired two novels from Annalee Newitz, Lambda Award-winning author of Autonomous, in addition to another novel slated for Fall 2019.

The Future of Another Timeline, publishing in Fall 2019, is a mind-bending and thought-provoking speculative thriller about a group of time-traveling geologists who are trying to prevent a dark future from coming to pass.

Fall of 2021 will see the release of The Terraformers, a multi-generational tale of love and politics, set against the backdrop of an awe-inspiring feat of environmental science. This is a book about building good ecosystems, fighting natural disasters, and falling in love. It’s a big, sweeping future-historical novel driven by the idealistic visions and emotions of its characters as well as by ideas about environmentalism and urban social structures the author has researched and written about extensively in her career as a science journalist and author.

There will be ...

Wild Cards Authors Pit Their Characters Against Classic Superheroes

Wild Cards author interviews comic book superheroes

One thing that makes George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards series a unique superhero tale is that its superpowered heroes and villains all share the same origin story: when an alien virus fell from the skies on September 15, 1946, its effects spread like the shuffling of a deck of cards. Ninety percent of those who contracted it drew the black queen and died in a brutal fashion; 9% suffered the twisted transformations that marked them as jokers; and a mere 1% became the aces, afforded extraordinary powers.

It may not surprise you to learn that many of the authors of the Wild Cards grew up reading classic comic books. As part of a special Wild Cards event hosted by George R.R. Martin in August 2017, authors including Melinda Snodgrass, the late Victor Milán, Walton Simons, Carrie Vaughn, and more shared their favorite childhood superheroes—including some you may not ...

Wild Cards XXVI: Texas Hold'em George R.R. Martin

Reunite with Vampire Hunters, Elephantine Aliens, and Murderbots in Barnes & Noble Booksellers Picks for August 2018

For two decades, Jim Killen has served as the science fiction and fantasy book buyer for Barnes & Noble. Every month on Tor.com and the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, Jim shares his curated list of the month’s best science fiction & fantasy books.


The Snail on the Slope, by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
(August 1, Chicago Review Press—Paperback)

This sci-fi classic by the Strugatsky brothers was written in the 1960s, finally published in Russia in the late 1980s, and only now translated into English. The Administration is a vast, confusing bureaucratic institution charged with studying the Forest, a likewise vast, confusing place filled with strange creatures and operating under different laws of physics and biology. In the Administration, newly-arrived Peretz wants nothing more than to study the Forest directly and seeks an appointment with the director to make his case—but can never seem to get ...

All the Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in August

A little bit of horror, a little bit of near-future weirdness, a little bit of nonfiction, a little bit of Catwoman … this month’s in-between books are delightfully all over the place. A Short Film About Disappointment is entirely told in movie reviews. Severance has a cover the color of a pink slip. An Informal History of the Hugos does what it says on the tin. You’ve got stories from Ben Marcus and Abbey Mei Otis; a fabulist take on Moby-Dick from Jeffrey Ford; epic Nordic historical fiction; and Yellow Submarine. There’s truly something for everyone.

Keep track of all the new releases here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.



Bad Man—Dathan Auerbach (August 7, Doubleday)
Eric disappeared when he was three years old. Ben looked away for only a second at the grocery store, ...

Revealing Tessa Gratton’s Lady Hotspur, the Follow-Up to The Queens of Innis Lear

We’re excited to share the cover for Tessa Gratton’s forthcoming novel Lady Hotspur, the follow-up to The Queens of Innis Lear. An epic fantasy for fans of  BBC’s The Hollow Crown, but with a timely twist of ignored prophecies and luminous women determined to carve a place for themselves against the punishing landscape of history.

Lady Hotspur publishes April 2019 with Tor Books:

Hal was once a knight, carefree and joyous, sworn to protect her future queen Banna Mora. But after a rebellion led by her own mother, Caleda, Hal is now the prince of Lionis, heir to the throne. The pressure of her crown and bloody memories of war plague her, as well as a need to shape her own destiny, no matter the cost.

Lady Hotspur, known as the Wolf of Aremoria for her temper and warcraft, never expected to be more than a weapon. She certainly ...

All the New Science Fiction Books Coming Out in August

There’s no catchy saying about August—at least that we can think of, but we’re very too hot—but from the looks of this SF list, it’s time to take your imagination to a dark (maybe cool?) place. The world is ending, or at least being direly threatened, in all kinds of ways this month: carnivorous giants, the end of the species, scary alternate futures, superpowered soldiers, televised cage fights, and so much more. (You can also revisit the Cylon threat in the Battlestar Galactica oral history So Say We All.) It’s sort of a choose-your-own-adventure of conflict and high-stakes action. Enjoy!

Keep track of all the new releases here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.



Garrison Girl: An Attack on Titan Novel—Rachel Aaron (August 7, Quirk Books)
Young adult. When the last vestige of the human race ...

Listen to the Steal the Stars Prequel Episode “Deputy”!

Steal the Stars series finale binge listen to series

Steal the Stars, Tor Labs and Gideon Media’s sci-fi/noir alien heist love story, premiered a year ago. For the audio drama’s one-year anniversary, Macmillan Podcasts and Tor Labs have a special treat for fans of the series: a new prequel episode, “Deputy.” Recorded at the Brooklyn Podcast Festival in 2017, “Deputy” was previously available only as a special feature on the Steal the Stars e-bundle.

“Deputy” takes place before the events of Steal the Stars and stars Ashlie Atkinson, Nat Cassidy, Rebecca Comtois, and Abe Goldfarb, and introducing Lori Parquet. In tweeting about the event last year, Steal the Stars writer Mac Rogers provided the perfect synopsis:

She’s the Security Chief of Quill Marine, a subsidiary of Sierra Solutions. A decorated veteran, respected by her colleagues. Her name?

Brianna Ford.

It’s her last day, and she’s just about to hand her position over to ...

Tor Labs

All the New Fantasy Books Coming Out in August

We are getting epic this month. Or at least fantastical. From shapeshifters to demons to mind-controlling elves, magic and the supernatural are making it a rough summer for do-gooders, lords, sorceresses, and the like. Join up with a young, talented thief in Robert Jackson Bennett’s Foundryside; escape sweltering New Orleans for an airship ride in The Black God’s Drums; find out what it’s like to be a cruel princess’s body double in Mirage; or head back to the world of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunters in Stygian. Which fantastical country would you like to visit first?

Keep track of all the new releases here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.



King of Assassins (Wounded Kingdom #3)—RJ Barker (August 7, Orbit)
Many years of peace have passed in Maniyadoc, years of relative calm for the assassin Girton Club-Foot. Even ...

Sylvain Neuvel Wins the 2018 Seiun Award for Sleeping Giants

Sylvain Neuvel Seiun Award 2018 Sleeping Giants Best Translated Novel

The winners of the 2018 Seiun Awards were announced July 21 by Duracon, the 57th Japanese Science Fiction Convention. Among them was Sleeping Giants, the first novel in Sylvain Neuvel’s Themis Files series, translated by Chiori Sada (Tokyo Sogensha), and named Best Translated Novel.

The Seiun Awards were founded in 1970, and are voted on by the participants of the annual Japan Science Fiction Convention. (While Seiun literally means “nebula” in Japanese, the award is not affiliated with the Nebulas.) Previous award winners in the Translated Novel category include Peter Tieryas, Ann Leckie, Andy Weir, and more.

Author and linguist Neuvel tweeted his delight and gratitude at winning the award:

Announcing the 2018 World Fantasy Award Finalists

World Fantasy Awards 2018

The finalists for the 2018 World Fantasy Awards have been announced, including Lifetime Achievement recipients Charles de Lint and Elizabeth Wollheim. The winners of the 2018 World Fantasy Awards will be announced at the World Fantasy Convention, November 1-4, 2018 in Baltimore, MD. This year’s themes are “Port in a Storm,” including a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

The full list of finalists follows.

To be eligible, all nominated material must have been published in 2017 or have a 2017 cover date. Nominations came from two sources. Members of the current convention as well as the previous two were able to vote two nominations onto the final ballot. The remaining nominations came from the panel of judges. For this year’s awards, the judges were David Anthony Durham, Christopher Golden, Juliet E. McKenna, Charles Vess, and Kaaron Warren.



  • The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty ...

Revealing Charlie Jane Anders’ The City in the Middle of the Night

“If you control our sleep, then you can own our dreams… And from there, it’s easy to control our entire lives.”

We’re excited to share the cover and a preview excerpt from Charlie Jane Anders’ The City in The Middle of the Night, a haunting, futuristic tale of a young girl who just might save humanity—if she can stay alive.

The City in The Middle of the Night publishes February 2019 with Tor Books. From the catalog copy:

January is a dying planet—divided between a permanently frozen darkness on one side, and blazing endless sunshine on the other. Humanity clings to life, spread across two archaic cities built in the sliver of habitable dusk. And living inside the cities, one flush with anarchy and the other buckling under the stricture of the ruling body, is increasingly just as dangerous as the uninhabitable wastelands outside.

Sophie, a student and ...

LeVar Burton Reads “Welcome To Your Authentic Indian Experience(TM)” by Rebecca Roanhorse

In Rebecca Roanhorse’s award winning story “Welcome To Your Authentic Indian Experience(TM)”, a tour guide leads virtual reality “experiences” for tourists who want to know what it’s like to be Native American. Think Black Mirror meets Westworld.

Originally published in Apex Magazine in August 2017, Roanhorse’s story is now kicking off the third season of the short fiction podcast LeVar Burton Reads, in which host LeVar Burton invites you to take a break from your daily life, and dive into a great story. LeVar’s narration blends with gorgeous soundscapes to bring stories by Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury and more to life. We’re excited to share an exclusive clip from “Welcome To Your Authentic Indian Experience(TM)” below!



Check out the full episode July 24th and subscribe to the LeVar Burton Reads podcast here!

Anne Charnock is the Winner of the 2018 Arthur C. Clarke Award

Arthur C. Clarke Award winner 2018

The winner of the 32nd annual Arthur C. Clarke Award was announced today at a special ceremony held at Foyles’ flagship store in London. Anne Charnock was honored with the UK’s most prestigious award for science fiction literature for her novel Dreams Before the Start of Time, a near-future tale that explores the intended and unintended consequences of reproductive technology when infertility is a thing of the past.

“Humanity’s attitudes to reproduction have been core to science fiction at least as far back as Frankenstein,” Andrew M. Butler, chair of judges for the 2018 award, said in the official announcement. “Anne Charnock’s Dreams Before the Start of Time explores the theme with a delightfully rich but unshowy intergenerational novel that demands rereading.” Award director Tom Hunter added: “This is a much-deserved win for a writer whose time has definitely come. Charnock’s multi-generational vision of expanding human reproductive technologies ...

Come Join Tor Books and Tor.com at San Diego Comic-Con 2018!

San Diego Comic-Con begins on July 18th, and it is bigger and better than ever this year! Tor Books and Tor.com Publishing are proud to announce a long list of programming, so see below for panels, signings, giveaways, author meet & greets with Nerdist, and more!

Authors making appearances this year include Susan Dennard, Cory Doctorow (SDCC Special Guest), Sherrilyn Kenyon, V.E. Schwab, R.A. Salvatore (SDCC Special Guest), Seanan McGuire, Demetra Brodsky, Jason Denzel, Prentis Rollins, Mark Altman & Ed Gross, and Mark Oshiro.

Every purchase at the Tor Booth (#2701) will receive a free ARC while supplies last. Attendees can choose to Save the World (#SaveSDCC) with A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine or Destroy It (#DestroySDCC) with The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons.

They can also choose a sampler of The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders or ...