Fall in love with a new series while you (im)patiently wait for your favorite series to be updated

It’s up in the air whether or not George R.R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, and Scott Lynch will publish the eagerly anticipated additions to their respective series this year, but there are plenty of fantastic new-to-you series  to get sucked into in the mean time.

Each of the series we are highlighting has a book being released some time this year and we’ve even helpfully provided book one, so you’ll know right where to start.

Click on the first image for a description of book one in the series. Click on the series title to place a hold on the first book.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

With book three, The Song Rising, being released next month, you are not too far behind in this projected seven-book series that’s a little bit X-Men, a little bit steampunk, and a little bit futuristic dystopian. Get started with The Bone Season.

The Witchlands by Susan Dennard

Magic, fabulous female friendship, swoon, witty banter, adventure: what more could you want in a fantasy series? Find all this and more with Truthwitch and its recently released sequel, Windwitch.

The Queen’s Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Fans of this excellent series have waited seven long years for the next installment, but you, lucky reader, can binge-read all four books before Thick as Thieves is released in May. Start the adventure with Gen, the cleverest, sassiest (and perhaps whiniest) thief in The Thief.

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

You really can’t go wrong with time-travelling, dimension-jumping librarian spies, now can you? Oh, and dragons. Did we mention dragons? This series has those too. Meet Irene and Kai in The Invisible Library and join the wait for The Lost Plot with the rest of us.

Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Schwab’s fascinating tale of magic and political intrigue in parallel Londons will be wrapped this month (today, in fact) with the release of A Conjuring of Light. Follow Kell and Lilah from the beginning of their story with A Darker Shade of Magic.

Lady Helen by Alison Goodman

Up next, another trip to Regency London, this time with 100% more demon-hunting. This impeccably researched historical fantasy series begins with The Dark Days Club and continues with The Dark Days Pact, which was released last month. You don’t have to wait to get your hands on both amazing books!

Greatcoats by Sebastien de Castell

Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, True Love, miracles . . . oh, wait, that’s The Princess Bride. Well, barring one or two descriptors, that is a fairly accurate account of this witty, swashbuckling series. Meet Falcio val Mond and his fellow Greatcoats Kest and Brasti in The Traitor’s Blade and stick around for the epic conclusion in Tyrant’s Throne when it’s released in June.

RUSA’s 2017 Reading List

The Reference and User Services Association, or RUSA, puts out an annual list to spotlight the year’s best adult genre fiction in eight categories: Adrenaline, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Romance, and Woman’s Fiction.

Below are the winning and honor titles that are available in the LPL system. For the complete list, visit the RUSA website.

Click on an image for a description of the title: