Top 5 Most Anticipated November Releases

It’s coming up to the end of the year, but that doesn’t mean the time for exciting new releases has passed! In fact, November has more than its fair share of long awaited sequels, promising new series and enticing debuts. Although we can’t possibly cover every new release, we once again share those that we have been most looking forward to.

So here are The Ranting Dragon’s top picks for November, as compiled by Stephan and Michelle!

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1. The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
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Our most anticipated release this month is without a doubt The Alloy of Law by fan-favorite Brandon Sanderson. We can assure you that many of our staff have been (almost) literally salivating over this impending release ever since it was first announced. The story takes place approximately 300 years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, in the city of Elendel, now with a steampunk twist. Civilization is rapidly progressing and countless advancements have been made in science and technology. However, the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy still play a role in society. The world may no longer be ending but that doesn’t mean it’s free of danger. Definitely not to be missed!
Published by Tor on November 8.
2. Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
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November promises to finally see the release of Inheritance, the long awaited fourth and final novel in the series of the same name by Christopher Paolini. Former farm boy come Dragon Rider Eragon and his dragon Saphira have come a long way since their journey began; however, their greatest challenge is yet to come. They must finally face the evil dictator Galbatorix and restore peace to Alagaesia. Will they succeed? And if so, at what cost? No doubt countless fans will be lining up in front of bookstores for this release, desperate to find out how this much loved series ends. Can you resist?
Published by Random House on November 8.
3. Endurance by Jay Lake
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Endurance is the second installment in The Green Universe series and follows on from where the first book, Green, left off. Titular heroine Green has won her freedom, yet her trials are far from over. While she may no longer be a slave, she must still answer to the many gods of her world. Having created a god from her power and memories, Green has a special connection with the gods; so when a godslaying cult comes to Stone Coast, the gods turn to Green to protect them. Dark, sensual and intoxicating with a LGBT twist. Definitely worth a look!
Published by Tor on November 8.
4. New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird by Paula Guran, ed.
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The works of H. P. Lovecraft have inspired countless authors for over 80 years with their unique and unsettling blend of psychological, eldritch and atmospheric horror. This anthology of weird fiction compiles some of the best modern Lovecraftian tales from a variety of renowned authors. This impressive collection should appeal to fans of the Cthulhu mythos, weird fiction, or anyone looking for a darkly evocative and bizarre fix of short fiction.
Published by Prime Books on November 22.
5. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
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Taherah Mafi’s much hyped debut, Shatter Me, is a post-apocalyptic young adult novel with a paranormal twist. It tells the tale of 17-year-old Juliet, whose touch is fatal to humans. Locked away in solitary confinement for a murder she never meant to commit, Juliet appears to be forgotten by the rest of society. However, this all changes at the first mention of war. The powers that isolate her may just make her the perfect weapon. But will Juliet accept being used as a tool by those who abandoned her? A dystopian tale that is part superhero story and part paranormal romance, Shatter Me promises to be a thrilling read and the film rights have already sold! Looks like this one’s going to be big.
Published by Harper Collins on November 15.

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If you’re anything like we are, five books are not nearly enough. Luckily, there are many more new releases that are definitely worth a look despite not making our Top Five. We also suggest you look out for:

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The Curse of Four by Caitlin Kittredge
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A novella-length foray into the world of Kittredge’s Black London series, this urban fantasy centers around the character of Jack Winter, a man running from a dark past of depraved sorcery. However escape is not that easy—someone is hunting down London’s black magicians, and they are determined that Jack will pay the price for his crimes.
Published by Subterranean on October 31.
A Fighting Chance by William C. Dietz
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A Fighting Chance concludes Dietz’s epic science fiction series Legion of the Damned. Earth has fallen and the men, women and cyborgs of the Confederacy must summon the courage to make one final stand against their alien aggressors.
Published by Ace on November 1.
The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman
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The Freedom Maze tells the tale of a young girl called Sophie who, while playing in a maze at her grandmothers house, is magically transported 100 years into the past, to the year 1860. However, once she reaches the house that will one day be her grandmother’s, she is mistaken for a slave by the inhabitants.
Published by Big Mouth House on November 15.
Killing Rites by M. L. N. Hanover
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In book 4 of the Black Sun’s Daughter series, Jaynè Heller has finally discovered the source of her uncanny powers: something else is living inside her body. She is possessed. Now she must work out what to do about it before it’s too late. 
Published by Pocket Books on November 29.
Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire
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The marvelous land of Oz is knotted with social unrest. The Emerald City is mounting an invasion of Munchkinland, Glinda is under house arrest, and the Cowardly Lion is on the run from the law. And look who’s knocking at the door. It’s none other than Dorothy. Yes, that Dorothy.
Published by William Morrow on November 1.
Saints Astray by Jacqueline Carey
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In this sequel to Santa Olivia, Carey reunites us with both her character Loup Garron and her take on superhero fiction and the werewolf mythos.
Published by Grand Central Publishing on November 22.
Scholar by L. E. Modesitt
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Modesitt’s latest novel is a prequel, set hundreds of years before the events of the first three books in the Imager Portfolio. It introduces Quearyt, a secret imager with a penchant for getting out of sticky situations.
Published by Tor on November 8.
Snow in Summer by Jane Yolen
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A Snow White tale filled with magic and intrigue set during the early twentieth century in Appalachia. Sounds enchanting.
Published by Philomel on November 10.
The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff
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In a realm made almost entirely of steel lives Daphne, the half demon, half fallen angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. When her brother is kidnapped, Daphne must travel to the terrifying realm of earth on a quest to save him.
Published by Razorbill on November 14.
When the Saints by Dave Duncan
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This stunning sequel to Speak to the Devil amps up the romance and intrigue, while letting readers spend more time with master fantasist Dave Duncan’s unique, complex, and ornery-but-delightful characters.
Published by Tor on November 8.
The Wild Ways by Tanya Huff
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Charlotte is a Wild Power who allies herself with a family of Selkies in a fight against offshore oil drilling. But the oil company has hired another of the Gale family’s Wild Powers, the fearsome Auntie Catherine, to steal the Selkies’ sealskins.
Published by DAW on November 1.

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Agree with this month’s choices? Disagree? Let us know what you’re anticipating on The Ranting Dragon forums. Whatever your reading, we wish you all a great month of fantasy!

About Michelle Goldsmith

Michelle Goldsmith
Michelle is an Australian university student, bookseller, voracious reader and fantasy geek. Although her major is in Behavioural Ecology she has a passion for literature of all kinds. When she isn’t reading or stalking wildlife she can be found lurking among the shelves at her workplace, telling bad jokes, unintentionally traumatising delivery men, small children and the elderly or drinking ridiculous amounts of coffee with various enablers. Some (aka. Stephan) speculate that Michelle never sleeps and possesses slight, and mostly useless magic powers that allow her to guess almost anything correctly. These rumors are yet to be scientifically confirmed. She also keeps a personal blog of book reviews (various genres), and other assorted ramblings (some of which are actually coherent).

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