Now I know that 2021 is still over a month away, but it is never too early to think about the new releases that are coming our way. 2021 is going to be a fantastic year when it comes to new releases because as well as some new exciting debuts, some old series will be returning. I can’t wait to get my hands on all these books, so bring on 2021.
I will be using the UK release dates, as I am in the UK so these dates will be when I can get my hands on the book.
Without further ado, here are some of my most anticipated releases of 2021.
The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon
Paige Mahoney has eluded death again. Snatched from the jaws of captivity and consigned to a safe house in the Scion Citadel of Paris, she finds herself caught between those factions that seek Scion’s downfall and those who would kill to protect the Rephaim’s puppet empire.
The mysterious Domino Programme has plans for Paige, but she has ambitions of her own in this new citadel. With Arcturus Mesarthim – her former enemy – at her side, she embarks on an adventure that will lead her from the catacombs of Paris to the glittering hallways of Versailles. Her risks promise high reward: the Parisian underworld could yield the means to escalate her rebellion to outright war.
As Scion widens its bounds and the free world trembles in its shadow, Paige must fight her own memories after her ordeal at the hands of Scion. Meanwhile, she strives to understand her bond with Arcturus, which grows stronger by the day. But there are those who know the revolution began with them – and could end with them.
I have been waiting for The Mask Falling to be released and it is finally here. Luckily for me, I only read The Bone Season earlier this year, but some have had to wait almost four years for it. After the way that The Song Rising ended, I can’t wait to dive into Paige’s story again and see what is going to happen next.
Release Date: 26th January 2021
A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.
The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre’s Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta’s orbit. But her temper isn’t the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.
Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.
Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other’s arms.
A Court of Silver Flames is a spin-off series from Sarah J. Mass’s popular series A Court of Thorns and Roses. It will feature all the same characters but will be focused on Nessa and Cassian rather than Feyre and Rhysand. I am curious to see what A Court of Silver Flames is going to be like, especially with different POVs than what we are used to. But as it is Sarah J. Maas, I’m sure that I will love it.
Release Date: 16th February 2021
A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth
The “ironborn” half-fae outcast of her royal fae family.
A tempestuous Fury, exiled to earth from the Immortal Realm and hellbent on revenge.
A dutiful fae prince, determined to earn his place on the throne.
The prince’s brooding guardian, burdened with a terrible secret.
For centuries, the Eight Courts of Folk have lived among us, concealed by magic and bound by law to do no harm to humans. This arrangement has long kept peace in the Courts—until a series of gruesome and ritualistic murders rocks the city of Toronto and threatens to expose faeries to the human world.
Four queer teens, each who hold a key piece of the truth behind these murders, must form a tenuous alliance in their effort to track down the mysterious killer behind these crimes. If they fail, they risk the destruction of the faerie and human worlds alike. If that’s not bad enough, there’s a war brewing between the Mortal and Immortal Realms, and one of these teens is destined to tip the scales. The only question is: which way?
Wish them luck. They’re going to need it.
A Dark and Hollow Star sounds like a book that I am going to adore. I love everything that is to do with Fae, and A Dark and Hollow Star definitely includes them. I also like that all the main characters are queer in some form, which is something that I always want to see more of.
Release Date: 25th February 2021
Wings of Ebony by J. Elle
“Make a way out of no way” is just the way of life for Rue. But when her mother is shot dead on her doorstep, life for her and her younger sister changes forever. Rue’s taken from her neighborhood by the father she never knew, forced to leave her little sister behind, and whisked away to Ghizon—a hidden island of magic wielders.
Rue is the only half-god, half-human there, where leaders protect their magical powers at all costs and thrive on human suffering. Miserable and desperate to see her sister on the anniversary of their mother’s death, Rue breaks Ghizon’s sacred Do Not Leave Law and returns to Houston, only to discover that Black kids are being forced into crime and violence. And her sister, Tasha, is in danger of falling sway to the very forces that claimed their mother’s life.
Worse still, evidence mounts that the evil plaguing East Row is the same one that lurks in Ghizon—an evil that will stop at nothing until it has stolen everything from her and everyone she loves. Rue must embrace her true identity and wield the full magnitude of her ancestors’ power to save her neighborhood before the gods burn it to the ground.
I have only just heard about Wings of Ebony, but I can’t wait to be able to read it. It sounds like a really powerful fantasy, that addresses current events as well as having mystical elements. Plus the cover is incredible, and I am always a cover buye
Release Date: 18th March 2021
Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart
Divided by their castes. United by their vengeance.
Iraya has spent her life in a cell, but every day brings her closer to freedom—and vengeance.
Jazmyne is the queen’s daughter, but unlike her sister before her, she has no intention of dying to strengthen her mother’s power.
Sworn enemies, these two witches enter a precarious alliance to take down a mutual threat. But revenge is a bloody pursuit, and nothing is certain—except the lengths they will go to win this game.
Deadly, fierce, magnetically addictive: this Jamaican-inspired fantasy debut is a thrilling journey where dangerous magic reigns supreme and betrayal lurks beneath every word.
I have heard a lot of buzz around Witches Steeped in Gold, so I can’t wait to get my hands on it. It sounds like something that I am absolutely going to love.
Expected Release Date: 20th April 2021
A Psalm of Storms and Silence by Roseanne A. Brown
Months have passed since the violent coup that upended Princess Karina’s life. She is now a fugitive racing across the desert to sanctuary in the Arkwasian Jungle, where she hopes to find allies to help her reclaim her kingdom from her adopted brother’s clutches.
Meanwhile, Malik’s illusion magic is flourishing under Farid’s tutelage, but the bonds keeping the Faceless King trapped in his mind are weakening. His quest to best the spirit once and for all leads him deep into the dark history of his own ancestors, with an unlikely ally by his side—Princess Hanane, Karina’s resurrected sister, who hides more secrets than even she realizes.
As the fabric holding Sonande together begins to tear, Malik and Karina once again find themselves on opposite sides of an ever-worsening conflict, even as their connection flares to a breaking point. And when the fate of the world hangs on a single, horrifying choice, they each must decide what they value most—a power that could transform the world, or a love that could transform their lives.
I read A Song of Wraiths and Ruin earlier this year, and you can read my review for it already. I can’t wait to see where the story is going to go after the dramatic ending. I also can’t wait to see what is going to happen with the romance, as it is one of my favourite tropes, enemies to lovers.
Expected Release Date: 1st June 2021
Monstrous Design by Kat Dunn
1794, London: Camille and Al are desperately hunting Olympe’s kidnapper. From the glamorous excesses of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens to the city’s seedy underbelly, they are caught in a dangerous game of lies and deceit. And a terrible new enemy lies in wait with designs more monstrous than they could ever imagine… Can Camille play on to the end or will she be forced to show her hand?
In Paris, the Duc is playing his own dangerous games. With Ada in his thrall, old loyalties are thrown into question. The Battalion are torn apart as never before, and everything – Ada’s love for Camille, her allegiance to the battalion itself – is under threat.
I read Dangerous Remedy earlier this year (you can already check out my review for it on my blog) and Monsterous Design is the sequel. In my review, I mention that I’m wasn’t sure if I was going to pick the sequel. After much thought, I have decided to pick up the sequel because I can’t leave a story unfinished.
Expected Release Date: 10th June 2021
There you have it, some of my anticipated releases for 2021. I’m sure the further we get into the year the more books that I am going to want. But these are just some of my early favourites.
What 2021 releases are you most exited for? Let me know in the comments below!