Need a new fantasy series to get you hooked? Have you waited long enough for the new George R.R. Martin novel? Try these new series of fantasy and adventure!
The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley is the first book in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series. When the emperor of Annur is assassinated by an unknown enemy, his daughter and two sons work to reveal the assassin and survive the new world.
Speaking of George R.R. Martin, fans of the Song of Ice and Fire series will enjoy Scottish author Anthony Ryan’s debut novel, Blood Song. The first in the Raven’s Song trilogy, Blood Song is about Vaeliln Al Sorna who has trained his whole life to be a warrior in the Brothers of the Sixth Order.
Australian fantasy author Jay Kristoff’sThe Lotus War series is not as new as the others on this list, but is just as imaginative. Check out Stormdancer and Kinslayer for novels of Japanese-influenced steampunk fantasy.
Game of Thrones started back up on TV — are you watching it? If you are a fan, we have many materials to help get your Thrones fix.
We have the Song of Ice and Fire series, the book series the TV show is based on. If you are behind in the TV show or want a refresher on what happened last season, we also have HBO’s Game of Thrones available for checkout.
The Olympics are over, Spring Training is in full swing and March Madness is coming up. It’s always a good time for sports books.
An older book to try if you are a fan of running or history is The Perfect Mileby Neal Bascomb. Until May of 1954, no one had run a sub-4-minute mile. There were three milers in the world, Roger Bannister of Great Britain, John Landy of Australia, and Wes Santee of the United States, who were trying to be the first. While this book tells primarily of the attempts of these men to race a mile with a record time, what stayed with me was realizing how difficult life still was in England as a result of WWII, even though the war had been over for a decade. The title of the book comes from a later race between Bannister and Landy, after each had broken four minutes earlier that summer. They met for the first time that year at the Empire Games in August of 1954. (This race can be seen on YouTube.)
From a classic race to a classic sports writer: John Feinstein has a new book out, Where Nobody Knows Your Name. In this book Feinstein highlights Triple A baseball. Players, managers and unpires are evaluated while working in this transition league. Are they looking to break into the majors? Are they rehabbing to get back to the majors? Have they been cut from the major leagues and are on their way out of sports?
Staying with baseball is another title worth a look. One of this year’s Michigan Notable Books is The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych. That hair, the grooming of the mound, the talking to the ball… Doug Wilson brings back the excitement that Fidrych brought to baseball in his brief career. From the epilogue of the book: “He was the most charismatic player we had during my time with the Tigers,” said Ernie Harwell, whose time with the Tigers spanned almost fifty years.
A final new sport book to consider is The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown. The 1936 Olympics most commonly bring to mind Jesse Owens, but rowing was another competition where the Germans were supposed to defeat all comers. The “boys” in the title came not from New England and the schools with a strong rowing tradition, but from the Pacific Northwest — the University of Washington. These farmers, fishermen and lumber workers had to first take on the best in the US and then the best in the world to pursue a gold medal. Reviewers have compared this book to those of Laura Hillenbrand.
Even though the weather is cold, travel with these books to someplace warm and enjoy the pursuit of excellence.
It is the story of 6th-grader Cole, who just wants to have fun with his friends (and his crush, Jenna) on Halloween. But when a haunted house turns out to be a portal to something much more sinister, Cole finds himself in a magical world called The Outskirts, surrounded by some pretty bad dudes. This awesome new book doesn’t come out until March 11, but you can place your hold on the print or audio version now!
Submit a review of the book on our Guys Read page, and we’ll put your name in a drawing for a baseball t-shirt with the book logo on it. Are you ready to answer the call of the Five Kingdoms?
In this five-book series, Benjamin and his two friends set out to prevent their school from being torn down and replaced by a theme park. Since the school is located on a prime piece of land, a company is planning to build the park, and is very determined to see the project completed. In each book, the suspense increases as Benjamin and his friends locate clues. They must work together to figure out what each clue means while desperately trying to solve the mystery before the construction company can build the park; all of this creates a suspenseful and thrilling adventure.
This is a series that appeals to middle readers who enjoy mystery, suspense, adventure and real-life issues in their books. These titles will appeal to reluctant readers. Fans of the author will relish more great titles to read.
Did you know that each month KDL compiles a list of teen fiction that will be released in future months? This list includes many popular authors, and it is a great way to keep an eye out for exciting new fiction. Holds may be placed on all of the titles, so watch the list so you can place a hold for your favorite author right away.
Are you anticipating the release of the next book in your favorite series? Note that you are able to place a hold for the third book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series (Dreams of Gods & Monsters will be released on April 8) as well as the sixth book in The Mortal Instruments series (City of Heavenly Fire will be released on May 27).
Place your holds today, and watch for a new Future Fiction list in the beginning of March.
At KDL, we believe that teens who don’t like to read just haven’t found the right book yet. Fortunately, we can help with that. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has released its yearly Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list, and here is a link to their Top Ten titles. KDL has them all, so check one out today.