If you’re searching for your new favourite book and/or author, look no further. We invited our friends from QBD Books to tell us which titles they are most looking forward to in November.
By Matthew Ward
A shadow has fallen over the Tressian Republic. Ruling families – once protectors of justice and democracy – now plot against one another with sharp words and sharper knives. Blinded by ambition, they remain heedless of the threat posed by the invading armies of the Hadari Empire. Yet as Tressia falls, heroes rise.
This debut sounds pretty epic, and has some pretty buzzy hype around it, including the endorsement of Licanius series author James Islington. Also, there are dragons involved. Can’t wait to dive in!
– Sarah, QBD Books Support Office, QLD
By David Annandale
The Warhammer franchise tends towards the gothic, especially the Warhammer 40K sci-fi arm. Warhammer horror is something of a natural extension of this gothic style. And The House of Night and Chain looks like it blends the far-future 40K gothic with further extension into the horrific – a delicious potential combination begging to be read!
– Ross, QBD Books Woden, ACT
By Holly Black
After Cardan’s mind-shattering betrayal at the end of The Wicked King, The Queen of Nothing is easily my most anticipated read, this November. It’s time for the final battle of wits, as Cardan and Jude fight for control over faerie and wrestle with their feelings for each other. With Jude in exile and queen to a kingdom that believes her a murderer, it’s impossible to imagine what she can do to restore her rightful place. Holly Black is the queen of all things faerie, and her conclusion to The Folk of the Air is sure to be incredible.
– Lily, QBD Books Bondi, NSW
By Kiersten White
Princess Guinevere must marry King Arthur and keep him – and his kingdom – safe from the magic threatening Camelot. Trying to navigate a court where everyone is fighting for something, Guinevere knows only that King Arthur places too much trust in his knights. While her true identity is kept secret, Guinevere suspects what it will take to keep Camelot free. The first instalment in an exciting new trilogy by the author of And I Darken.
– Rosie, QBD Books Carousel, WA
By Brandon Sanderson
You might know Brandon Sanderson as a fantasy genius, but this author can write damn good science-fiction as well. Skyward, the first book in the series, began with little hints of what kind of world the characters were living in as well as something I personally had never read before – flying academy. The cadets now have been thrust into a violent war without knowing their opponent or the reason why. Skyward ended on a big cliffhanger so I cannot wait to read Starsight to gain a deeper insight into this universe. If you have not yet read Skyward, trust me, you’ll want to just so you can read Starsight!
– Ashley, QBD Books Mandurah, QBD
By Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus has remained one of my most favourite novels; enchanting, magical, and mysterious. Morgenstern returns after almost eight years away from the literary world with a new novel about Zachary, a college student in Vermont who stumbles upon a book that seems to contain a story of his childhood; a book that will lead him to a subterranean world and a place of magic. I have been hearing only fantastic things about The Starless Sea from bookstagrammers and on social media, so I am eagerly anticipating this book.
– Josh, QBD Books Carousel, WA
By Neal Shusterman
Reading Scythe was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Reading Thunderhead was even better than that. I am both dying of excitement and absolutely terrified for what the final instalment of the Arc of a Scythe trilogy will hold. In a world where natural death no longer occurs, the population is controlled by a governing body called Scythes, who decide who to cull and when. We follow two young apprentice Scythes, Citra and Rowan, pitted against each other as they encounter the grim realities of their world. I need this third book, but so help me I will be sobbing in a corner for days after reading it.
– Paige, QBD Books Hornsby, NSW
By Hideyuki Furuhashi
While the Vigilantes series may not be as widely known and celebrated as its original series, it’s definitely a worthwhile read for anyone who’s interested. This series takes place a few years before the original My Hero Academia and follows Koichi Himawari and his quest to be a hero, despite not having a license. While this series is not written directly by Horikoshi and instead is by Hideyuki Furuhashi, Horikoshi does have some input over the content and some of the stories delve into content that could not be properly explored in the main series. A must-read for fans of the main series.
– Rory, QBD Books Miranda, NSW
By Tom Taylor
What happens to the World’s Finest if the world ends? DCeased is DC’s new alternate reality zombie comic, written by Tom Taylor (also known for DC Comics’ Injustice series). Fighting time, each other and all of humanity, Earth’s greatest heroes must rally together for what may very well be their last chance to save the world from the most terrible plague humanity has ever seen. With time running out, who will live and who will die in this apocalyptic tale of heroism, sacrifice and annihilation? Collects issues #1-6 and special issue DCeased – A Good Day to Die.
– Daniel, QBD Books Liverpool, NSW
By Nina MacLaughlin
I’m a sucker for any short story collection and this one definitely caught my eye! A feminist retelling of Ovid’s Metamorphoses these stories have been twisted on their head to give a voice to the women that are often not heard in famous literature and myths. I loved Nina MacLaughlin’s writing style in Hammer Head so I’m looking forward to reading her version of these stories.
– Hope, QBD Books Maroochydore, QLD