For so many reasons, we're looking forward to 2021. And for readers, the winter promises some excellent twists and turns in fiction. There are new novels from Stephen King and Kristin Hannah, a 20-year follow-up to Sister Souljah's The Coldest Winter Ever, the fifty-second installment of J.D. Robb's In Death series, and more from Sarah J. Maas, C.J. Box, and Melinda Leigh.
According to Amazon Charts data on preorders of print, audio, and Kindle eBook editions, these are the 10 works of fiction that customers are most anticipating, in order of release date.
Blood Heir by Ilona Andrews
A brand new novel from the best-selling author Ilona Andrews set in the Kate Daniels World. Eight years ago, Julie Lennart left Atlanta to find out who she was. Now she’s back with a new face, a new magic, and a new name—Aurelia Ryder—drawn by the urgent need to protect the family she left behind. An ancient power is stalking her adopted mother, Kate Daniels, an enemy unlike any other, and a string of horrifying murders is its opening gambit. Blood Heir publishes January 8, 2021.
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
The editors have been buzzing about this book for awhile now, and it's easy to see why: Kristin Hannah's historical novels, including The Nightingale and The Great Alone, have regularly topped our Best of the Month and Year lists, and The Four Winds just may be destined for the same fate. Erin Kodicek already wrote about the novel, sharing: "Set during the Dust Bowl era, Hannah's new novel evokes the anguish, but also the courage, of families who had to flee the Great Plains—and the only lives they’ve ever known, and loved—for (supposedly) greener pastures out West. Her descriptions of the dust storms themselves are so palpable my Swiffer has never gotten so much mileage. And, like many of her novels, The Four Winds features unlikely heroes whose valor is shown in quiet but potent ways."
Reckless Road by Christine Feehan
Gedeon “Player” Lazaroff is one of Torpedo Ink motorcycle club’s roughest members but he's also one of the most laid-back. When his gifts get the better of him, he retreats to the dark. As one of his episodes begins to take shape, a woman appears and a night of romance ensues. When he wakes, he's convinced it's all been a dream. But it was real, and Zyah is pissed that he doesn't remember. He better make it up to her...will he? Reckless Road publishes February 9, 2021, but in the meantime you can brush up on the five Torpedo Ink novels that precede Christine Feehan's latest installment.
Faithless in Death by J.D. Robb
This is the fifty-second book in J.D. Robb's bestselling In Death series. And, yes, you read that right: fifty two. In Faithless in Death, police detective Eve Dallas is on the hunt to track down the murderer of Ariel Byrd, a promising young sculptor. It looks like the murder happened during a moment of romance, but why is the FBI involved, and why is the woman who reported the crime lying? You can find out on February 9, 2021.
A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
Sarah J. Maas first wowed readers of young adult fantasy with her Throne of Glass and Court of Thorns and Roses sagas, and this year she's returning to the story of Feyre's fiery sister, Nesta, in A Court of Silver Flames. If you're reading Sarah J. Maas, chances are you've been waiting for the fifth installment in the series since A Court of Frost and Starlight. Available February 16, 2021.
Later by Stephen King
There is nothing ordinary about Jamie Conklin: he can see what others cannot. Despite his mother's best efforts to keep his talents a secret, Conklin is called on by the NYPD to help track down a killer. Turns out, there's a lot more than meets the eye. Haunting and powerful, Later, the publisher says, is Stephen King at his finest. If you can't wait until March 2, 2021 for Later, we recommend returning to King's classic, It.
Life After Death by Sister Souljah
Winter Santiaga is back. It's been 20 years since readers fell in love with Winter, the sexy, street-smart, daughter of a drug dealer, and now she's about to get out of jail and reclaim her place in Brooklyn. The Coldest Winter Ever sold more than a million copies and Life After Death, publishing March 2, 2021 promises even more adventure, passion, and temptation.
Dark Sky by C.J. Box
Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is tasked with taking a rich tech CEO on a hunting trip, but the trip quickly turns to something more frightening than either ever imagined. A man-hunter, driven by revenge, is hot on their heels and Joe only has his instincts to rely on. The twenty-first book in the Joe Pickett series, Dark Sky publishes on March 2, 2021.
Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs
In the return of the best-selling Alpha and Omega series, mated werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham must discover what could make an entire community disappear—before it's too late. Urban fantasy fans who love action, romance, the paranormal, and yes, werewolves, can jump on the Patricia Briggs train, with the sixth installment of the series that publishes March 16, 2021.
Drown Her Sorrows by Melinda Leigh
When Sheriff Bree Taggart discovers the body of a young woman floating near the bank of the Scarlet River, a note in her abandoned car suggests suicide. But everything else tells a different story. This is the third book in the series, and Bree Taggart is as tough, flawed, and vulnerable as ever. Drown Her Sorrows publishes March 16, 2021.
New books from Stephen King, Kristin Hannah, Sarah J. Maas, Sister Souljah, and more.