Top 5 Most Anticipated September Releases

September 2011 looks like another great month for fantasy fans with many exciting new releases to look forward to. Not only does September mark the release of the latest installments in multiple much-loved series, there are also some promising debuts to add to your to-read list!

Here are our top 5 most anticipated September releases as compiled by Stephan and Michelle:

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1. Spellbound by Blake Charlton
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Taking first place as our most anticipated September release is Spellbound by Blake Charlton. We are expecting big things from this novel, the sequel to Charlton’s excellent 2010 debut Spellwright. Set ten years after the events of the first book, the story sounds fascinating and we can’t wait to return to this intricate world where demons and demigods roam and the written word holds immeasurable power. Not to be missed!
Published by Tor on September 13.
2. Book of Cthulhu edited by Ross E. Lockhart
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All fantasy and horror fans owe a little to H.P Lovecraft. References to his work abound throughout both literature and popular culture, and he paved the way for many who came after him. Featuring stories from many of our favourite authors, this Lovecraftian tribute promises to reimagine and build upon the Cthulhu mythos. For those like myself who can’t wait to return to the edge of madness, this book is a must read. Let sleeping gods lie? Not likely.
Published by Night Shade Books on September 1.
3. Roil by Trent Jamieson
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Roil is the newest novel by up-and-coming Australian talent Trent Jamieson, author of the urban fantasy Death Works series. The first installment in an apocalyptic dark fantasy duology known as The Nightbound Land, Roil promises an intriguing mix of fantasy and sci-fi elements. The world may well be ending, and the last humans and their bizarre machines must fight a desperate battle against a growing, all-consuming cloud of darkness. If this sounds as good to you as it does to us, there’s even a free chapter or six to whet your appetite over at the Angry Robot website.
Published by Angry Robot Books on August 30.
4. The Measure of the Magic by Terry Brooks
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The Measure of the Magic is the second and final book in the Legends of Shannara duology by celebrated fantasy author Terry Brooks. This series acts as a prehistory to the acclaimed Shannara books, which have been a genre staple for over three decades. This installment picks up where the first book, Bearers of the Black Staff, left off and promises an epic conclusion to Brooks’ latest series that will once again captivate fans. And if that’s not encouragement enough, there’s an excerpt available from Terry Brooks’ website.
Published by Del Rey on August 30.
5. Cold Fire by Kate Elliott
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The second installment in The Spiritwalker Trilogy by Kate Elliott, Cold Fire is an epic fantasy with elements of steampunk, romance, and alternative history. Following immediately after the events of its predecessor, Cold Magic, this novel returns us to a world in the midst of an industrial revolution where science and magic are locked in a deadly conflict—a world where one girl must fight to save everything she holds dear.
Published by Orbit on September 26.

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But why stop at five when there are so many great books that deserve a mention? We’re also looking forward to:

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Absolute Midnight by Clive Barker
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The third book in the Abarat series will return us to the stange archipeligo where every island is a different hour of the day. Prepare for a trip to Gorgossium, the sinister island of Midnight.
Published by HarperCollins on September 27.
Briarpatch by Tim Pratt
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“‘Either the crawlspace of the universe, or a series of ambitious building projects abandoned by god, or a tangle of alternative universes, depending on who you ask.”
Published by ChiZine Publications on September 15.
Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
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The much anticipated conclusion to Westerfeld’s celebrated young-adult steampunk series, the Leviathan trilogy. Full steam ahead! Ahem..sorry.
Published by Simon Pulse on September 20.
Hellbent by Cherie Priest
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The second installment in the Cheshire Red Reports is a fast-paced urban fantasy complete with murder, relic theft and an ass-kicking drag queen.
Published by Spectra on September 6.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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In an extraordinary nocturnal circus, two lovers are trapped in a fierce battle for magical supremecy. Only one may be left standing and the stakes are higher than either could imagine. Nevertheless, the show must go on.
Published by Doubleday on September 13.
The Pattern Scars by Caitlin Sweet
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A dark fantasy where “being able to predict the future has nothing to do with being able to prevent it.” Sounds intriguing.
Published by ChiZine Publications on September 15.
Prospero Regained by L. Jagi Lamplighter
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In the final installment of the Prospero’s Daughter urban fantasy series, Miranda must save her estranged sorcerer father from the depths of hell. Did I mention she also appears to be riding a giant swan?
Published by Tor on September 13.

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

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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5 comments

  1. I’m really looking forward to Cold Fire as well.  I’ve been following Kate Elliot’s tweets – she’s posting a sentence from the book every day until its release! (#ColdFire) For example:

    “Cat,” said Rory in an aggrieved and alarmed tone, “many small fingers are touching me.”

    I can’t wait for this book! lol

  2. If I’m not mistaken the audio version of The Night Circus is read by Jim Dale; the same man who brought the Harry Potter universe to life on audio.

  3. I’m part of the way through Roil right now, and it’s delightfully creepy and engrossing. Haven’t started on the Book of Cthulhu, but it’s pretty near the top of my To Read list, so I can’t imagine it’ll be too long before I get around to it.

  4. Sigh…does anyone ever get a little daunted by all these series to read? Just a little? I haven’t even gotten to Lovecraft yet. 😉

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