Most Anticipated Releases : Second Half of 2020

Most Anticipated Releases Second Half of 2020 - Blogging with Dragons


Can you believe we’re almost at the second half of the interminable year of 2020? It feels like this year started forever ago, but here we are. Though we are getting to the end of this year, there are still plenty of great books releasing! As such, I decided to share some of my most anticipated reads for the second half of 2020, which is sort of in order of anticipation but also not really, because this list has spiraled out of control.


I’m going to need a bigger bookshelf.


11. The Once and Future Witches

Author: Alix E. Harrow

Release Date: October 13, 2020

Publisher: Orbit

Synopsis: In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.

But when the Eastwood sisters–James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna–join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote-and perhaps not even to live-the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive. There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.


I’ve not yet had the pleasure of reading any of Alix E. Harrow’s works, but I’ve heard some pretty good things. Women’s suffrage and witches, plus a title similar to the King Arthur tale? This blend of historical fiction and fantasy seems like an absolute delight of a place to start.


10. A Deadly Education

A Deadly Educ

Author: Naomi Novik

Release Date: September 29, 2020

Publisher: Del Rey Books

Synopsis: Lesson One of the Scholomance

Learning has never been this deadly

A Deadly Education is set at Scholomance, a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death (for real) — until one girl, El, begins to unlock its many secrets. There are no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships, save strategic ones. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won’t allow its students to leave until they graduate… or die! The rules are deceptively simple: Don’t walk the halls alone. And beware of the monsters who lurk everywhere. El is uniquely prepared for the school’s dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out millions. It would be easy enough for El to defeat the monsters that prowl the school. The problem? Her powerful dark magic might also kill all the other students


Though I wasn’t the biggest fan of the last Naomi Novik book I read, Uprooted, I really enjoyed her Temeraire books back in the day and would like to try her latest work. Not only does it sound a lot like a more deadly Hogwarts–but with a female dark magic practioner–but Tamora Pierce, one of my favorite authors from my childhood, gave it a good blurb.


9. The Fires of Vengeance

The Fires of VengeanceAuthor: Evan Winter

Release Date: November 10, 2020

Publisher: Orbit


In order to reclaim her throne and save her people, an ousted queen must join forces with a young warrior in the second book of this must-read epic fantasy series by breakout author Evan Winter.

Tau and his Queen, desperate to delay the impending attack on the capital by the indigenous people of Xidda, craft a dangerous plan. If Tau succeeds, the Queen will have the time she needs to assemble her forces and launch an all out assault on her own capital city, where her sister is being propped up as the ‘true’ Queen of the Omehi.

If the city can be taken, if Tsiora can reclaim her throne, and if she can reunite her people then the Omehi have a chance to survive the onslaught.


The follow up novel to The Rage of Dragons!  I had some mixed feelings about the first novel, especially its portrayal of women, but I enjoyed the interesting world-building and the diversity enough to want to try the second book in the series.


8. Blood & Honey


Author:  Shelby Mahurin

Release Date: September 1, 2020

Publisher: HarperTeen

Synopsis: After narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Dames Blanches, Lou, Reid, Coco, and Ansel are on the run from coven, kingdom, and church—fugitives with nowhere to hide.

To elude the scores of witches and throngs of chasseurs at their heels, Lou and Reid need allies. Strong ones. But protection comes at a price, and the group is forced to embark on separate quests to build their forces. As Lou and Reid try to close the widening rift between them, the dastardly Morgane baits them in a lethal game of cat and mouse that threatens to destroy something worth more than any coven.


The second witch book on the list! I definitely have to read the sequel to Serpent & Dovewhich I really enjoyed and sort of left off on a cliffhanger! I must know what Lou, Reid, Coco and the rest of the gang are up to now that they’re on the run from the coven and heading to the blood witches for help!


8. The Bone Shard Daughter

Author: Andrea Stewart

Release Date: September 8, 2020

Publisher: Orbit

Synopsis: The emperor’s reign has lasted for decades, his mastery of bone shard magic powering the animal-like constructs that maintain law and order. But now his rule is failing, and revolution is sweeping across the Empire’s many islands.

Lin is the emperor’s daughter and spends her days trapped in a palace of locked doors and dark secrets. When her father refuses to recognise her as heir to the throne, she vows to prove her worth by mastering the forbidden art of bone shard magic.

Yet such power carries a great cost, and when the revolution reaches the gates of the palace, Lin must decide how far she is willing to go to claim her birthright – and save her people


After reading Gideon the Ninth, I can’t help but want to read other books about bone magic or necromancy. And this one sounds really intrigues me. Plus, it’s getting pretty solid reviews.


7. Blazewrath Games

Blazewrath Games

Author: Amparo Ortiz

Release Date: October 6, 2020

Publisher: Page Street Kids

Synopsis: Experience the World Cup with dragons in this debut fantasy, set in an alternate contemporary world, in which riders and their steeds compete in an international sports tournament

Lana Torres has always preferred dragons to people. In a few weeks, sixteen countries will compete in the Blazewrath World Cup, a tournament where dragons and their riders fight for glory in a dangerous relay. Lana longs to represent her native Puerto Rico in their first ever World Cup appearance, and when Puerto Rico’s Runner—the only player without a dragon steed—is kicked off the team, she’s given the chance.

But when she discovers that a former Blazewrath superstar has teamed up with the Sire—a legendary dragon who’s cursed into human form—the safety of the Cup is jeopardized. The pair are burning down dragon sanctuaries around the world and refuse to stop unless the Cup gets cancelled. All Lana wanted was to represent her country. Now, to do that, she’ll have to navigate an international conspiracy that’s deadlier than her beloved sport.


Quidditch with dragons? count me in! I’m always down to read about dragon riders, especially when the story brings something new to the table, which this one definitely appears to! Plus, gotta love Own Voices.


6. The Burning God

The Burning God

Author: R.F. Kuang

Release Date: 

Pubilsher: Harper Voyager

Synopsis: The exciting end to The Poppy War trilogy, R. F. Kuang’s acclaimed, award-winning epic fantasy that combines the history of twentieth-century China with a gripping world of gods and monsters, to devastating, enthralling effect.

After saving her nation of Nikan from foreign invaders and battling the evil Empress Su Daji in a brutal civil war, Fang Runin was betrayed by allies and left for dead.

Despite her losses, Rin hasn’t given up on those for whom she has sacrificed so much—the people of the southern provinces and especially Tikany, the village that is her home. Returning to her roots, Rin meets difficult challenges—and unexpected opportunities. While her new allies in the Southern Coalition leadership are sly and untrustworthy, Rin quickly realizes that the real power in Nikan lies with the millions of common people who thirst for vengeance and revere her as a goddess of salvation.

Backed by the masses and her Southern Army, Rin will use every weapon to defeat the Dragon Republic, the colonizing Hesperians, and all who threaten the shamanic arts and their practitioners. As her power and influence grows, though, will she be strong enough to resist the Phoenix’s intoxicating voice urging her to burn the world and everything in it?


Full disclosure, I just started reading The Poppy War last night and I’m already loving it. So I’m jumping the gun and listing the final book in the trilogy here! That’s how confident I am that I’m going to need this book.


4. Shine

Author: Jessica Jung

Release Date: September 29

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Synopsis: Crazy Rich Asians meets Gossip Girl by way of Jenny Han in this knock-out debut about a Korean American teen who is thrust into the competitive, technicolor world of K-pop, from Jessica Jung, K-pop legend and former lead singer of one of the most influential K-pop girl groups of all time, Girls Generation.

What would you give for a chance to live your dreams?

For seventeen-year-old Korean American Rachel Kim, the answer is almost everything. Six years ago, she was recruited by DB Entertainment—one of Seoul’s largest K-pop labels, known for churning out some of the world’s most popular stars. The rules are simple: Train 24/7. Be perfect. Don’t date. Easy right?

Not so much. As the dark scandals of an industry bent on controlling and commodifying beautiful girls begin to bubble up, Rachel wonders if she’s strong enough to be a winner, or if she’ll end up crushed… Especially when she begins to develop feelings for K-pop star and DB golden boy Jason Lee. It’s not just that he’s charming, sexy, and ridiculously talented. He’s also the first person who really understands how badly she wants her star to rise.

Get ready as Jessica Jung, K-pop legend and former lead singer of Korea’s most famous girl group, Girls Generation, takes us inside the luxe, hyper-color world of K-pop, where the stakes are high, but for one girl, the cost of success—and love—might be even higher. It’s time for the world to see: this is what it takes to SHINE.


I am actually quite a big K-pop stan and the group that got me into K-pop was without a doubt SNSD/Girl’s Generation. My ultimate bias was Jessica Jung and I have followed her career closely ever since her untimely departure from the legendary group. I am so excited that she is releasing a novel, let alone on the anniversary of said removal from group. I also can’t wait until it becomes Netflix show, which it’s already optioned to be!


3.The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue

Author: V.E. Schwab

Release Date: October 6, 2020

Publisher: Tor Books

Synopsis:A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.


To my dismay, my request for an ARC copy of The Invisible LIfe of Addie La Rue was declined. Buttt, this just means my anticipation for this unique novel will be even higher by the time it releases–we’re talking sky high. Just read that synopsis! I’ve only read one other novel by V.E. Schwab, Vicious, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, so I’m really looking forward to this novel.


2. Daughter of The Serpentine

Daughter of the Serpentine

Author: E.E. Knight

Release Date: November 17, 2020

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Synopsis: As a young dragoneer moves through the ranks of the prestigious Serpentine Academy, her challenges grow greater and her time grows short to draw out a series of deadly threats, in this thrilling coming-of-age fantasy novel.

Sixteen-year-old Ileth is now an Apprentice Dragoneer, with all of the benefits and pitfalls that her elevation in rank entails. But her advancement becomes less certain after a she’s attacked by an unknown enemy, and Ileth begins to suspect that someone deadly may be hiding within the walls of the academy.

Outside of the walls there is a different challenge. The Rari Pirates are strangling the Vale Republic. What they lack in dragon firepower, they make up for in the brutality of their ever-expanding raids, making hostages or slaves of the Republic’s citizens. Surrounded by enemies, Ileth will need to learn what kind of dragoneer she wants to be. And as she makes decisions about her future, Ileth will have the chance to uncover the secrets of her past. Both will irrevocably change the course of her life.


I absolutely adored the first book in this series, Novice Dragoneer, and it made me cry a lot. I must know what happens next on Ileth’s journey to becoming a Dragonner. I’m fervently praying that my Netgalley ARC request for this book will get accepted, but if it doesn’t it, I’ll be pre-ordering it/buying it Say 1. Most likely getting a hard copy regardless, because the cover is beautiful and the first book was easily one of my favorite dragon-rider stories.


1.Rhythm of War

RAuthor: Brandon Sanderson

Release Date: November 17, 2020

Publisher: Tor Books

Synopsis: The eagerly awaited sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling Oathbringer, from an epic fantasy writer at the top of his game.

After forming a coalition of human resistance against the enemy invasion, Dalinar Kholin and his Knights Radiant have spent a year fighting a protracted, brutal war. Neither side has gained an advantage.

Now, as new technological discoveries begin to change the face of the war, the enemy prepares a bold and dangerous operation. The arms race that follows will challenge the very core of the Radiant ideals, and potentially reveal the secrets of the ancient tower that was once the heart of their strength.

At the same time that Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with his changing role within the Knights Radiant, his Windrunners face their own problem: As more and more deadly enemy Fused awaken to wage war, no more honorspren are willing to bond with humans to increase the number of Radiants. Adolin and Shallan must lead the coalition’s envoy to the honorspren stronghold of Lasting Integrity and either convince the spren to join the cause against the evil god Odium, or personally face the storm of failure.


If you’ve been following my blog at all, you know I am a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson. Brandon is the candle to which I compare all other authors of fantasy novels–so of course his latest book in The Stormlight Archive is my most anticipated release in the second half of 2020.

Am I at all up to date reading The Stormlight Archive novels? No!

Have I even read Oathbringer, the last release of the series that I happen to own? No!

Am I going to buy Rhythm of War as soon as it releases in the hopes that I will somehow catch up on both rereading and reading all of these roughly 1000 paged books in time? Heck yes.




Woo! We are in for a TON of great releases in the second half of the year of 2020. I hope you enjoyed reading which ones I anticipate the most!

Did I miss any releases that you are anticipating or do we have a lot of reads in common? Let me know in the comments below!

Most Anticipated Releases Second Half of 2020 - Blogging with Dragons

Posted August 21, 2020 in Book Reviews

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