The 5 Most Anticipated February Releases

Another month, another five great books you should keep an eye out for. Again, we chose a mix of fantasy greats with new books coming out as well as a few new authors you should definitely check out. From Steven Erikson to Adrian Tchaikovsky to Deborah Harkness, you don’t want to miss out on these new fantasy novels.

Despite the obvious choices of Erikson and Tchaikovsky, it was difficult to come up with a well-rounded and interesting list, especially after Scott Lynch’s third Gentleman Bastard novel, The Republic of Thieves, was delayed and rescheduled for November this year. You should be able to find something you enjoy, and we look forward to reviewing the novels soon! Do check out the list of other anticipated February releases since we’re excited about several of the books that didn’t make the list, as well!

And now, what you’ve all been waiting for…the top 5 anticipated novels of February!


1. The Crippled God by Steven Erikson
Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen series racks up accolades across the fantasy fandom. It has been called the best fantasy series of recent times and, with over 9 novels and 4 novellas, its complex and engaging story can be quite the undertaking. It’s said you either love it or hate it. Either way, there’s no doubt it belongs on this list!
2. The Sea Watch by Adrian Tchaikovsky
The Sea Watch is the sixth volume in Adrian Tchaikovsky’s epic Shadows of the Apt series. It is set in a world populated by Kinden, humanoids with insect-like characteristics. There are two types of Kinden: The Apt, who do not have magical abilities but can use mechanical devices, and the Inapt, who have varying magical abilities but cannot use those devices.
3. Redwood and Wildfire by Andrea Hairston
Hairston’s second speculative novel, Redwood and Wildfire, takes place during the turn of the 20th century. It follows the journey of an African American woman and a Seminole Irish man who are gifted performers and hoodoo conjurers in an America where moving pictures and “dreaming in public” have some kind of magic. Described as full of lush prose, we cannot wait to read this novel.
4. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Not just another vampire story, A Discovery of Witches is a novel full of history, magic, suspense, and a compelling romance between a witch and a vampire. At the center is a mystery concerning a bewitched alchemical manuscript, a treasure that sets the fantastical underworld upon the library where it is found. This is a debut you should definitely read!
5. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages by Tom Holt
Surreal characters, absurd plot lines and a mundane setting all set the stage for this funny fantasy by Holt. Along the lines of Douglas Adams and  Terry Pratchett, we can’t wait to see if the book lives up to expectations. If you’re looking for something a little different, check out Holt’s newest novel.


Check out the Anticipation section for more releases we look forward to, or take a look at our upcoming releases page for a list of all fantasy novels coming out during the next months. And please drop by to leave comments with your thoughts if you read any of these novels! We love feedback!

About Stephan van Velzen

Stephan van Velzen
A 31 year-old Communications student, Stephan loves publicity and design, particularly web design. When he’s not designing websites, he can be found in a comfy chair reading a fantasy book. In The Ranting Dragon, he has found a way to combine these passions and discover a new love for writing to boot. Stephan lives in a small town in The Netherlands with his wife Rebecca, an editor for The Ranting Dragon, and their two cats.

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  1. Love the cover on ‘The Sea Watch’ – must get into Tchaikovsky!

  2. Hmmm, these all sound great! And some are new to me. Thanks for letting us know. 🙂

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