The 5 Most Anticipated January Releases

January will definitely be a great month for the fantasy genre. Not only will two great and popular authors release their newest novels, some less renowned writers have great books coming out as well, not to mention the anticipated release of the first trade paperback Wheel of Time comic adaption.

It was hard to pick only five favorites, but we have done just that. Take a look at the complete list of January anticipations as well, though. There are some amazing books in there that didn’t make our list, but will be well worth reading.

Here are the five novels to be released in January 2011 that we are most looking forward to:

1. The Sentinel Mage by Emily Gee
A great cover and intriguing story make this our most anticipated book of January. The Sentinel Mage promises to be a heroic fantasy, filled with action and engaging characters as well as a fresh take on the use of magic.
2. The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card
The Lost Gate will be the first novel in a new series by Orson Scott Card. This urban fantasy series, titled The Mither Mages, revolves around Danny, who lives in a house filled with mages and strange folk far away from the rest of the world.
3. God’s War by Kameron Hurley
The first of a trilogy, God’s War will bring something completely new to the fantasy genre. This will be an adventure novel that reminds the reader of Indiana Jones, about an ancient holy war where magicians and soldiers fight alongside each other in a desert setting.
4. The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie
Like Orson Scott Card, Joe Abercrombie is a great name on this month’s list. In the same world as his First Law trilogy and the standalone Best Served Cold, Abercrombie brings another standalone novel, about war and heroes or the lack thereof.
5. New Spring: The Graphic Novel
Before passing away, Robert Jordan again proved himself a masterful author with New Spring, a prequel to his acclaimed Wheel of Time series. From 2005 to 2010, it has been adapted to comic in eight volumes. These are now brought to us in one paperback 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.

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. I seriously can’t w8 for Lost Gate! It’s so interesting from summery to cover!

  2. Now that is a list of books to watch for in January. I have a few of them on my list. 🙂

    Hope you get and enjoy them all.

  3. I am jazzed about both GOD’S WAR and THE HEROES. Those will likely be my biggest reads of Jan 2011. Good choices.

  4. On a totally unrelated note, your formatting looks amazing.

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