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I Can’t Wait for… Most Anticipated Titles of 2020 (Part 2)

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about and have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released, but not necessarily. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was originally hosted at Breaking the Spine.

With the year-end approaching, I wanted to take the first 2 weeks of December to look at the titles I’m anticipating most in the new year…

Check out Part 1 here.


  • Every Sky a Grave by Jay Posey [July 7, 2020]
    • A thrilling space epic following a powerful woman who can destroy planets with a single word in an ambitious space opera about the power of words and identity
  • When Jackals Storm the Walls by Bradley Beaulieu [July 14, 2020]
    • The fifth book in desert-set epic fantasy full of rich world-building, action, magic, and one kickass woman
  • Ashes of the Sun by Django Wexler [July 21, 2020]
    • A revenge-seeking young man finds his lost sister, trained to be a warrior for the mysterious Twilight Order, putting them on opposite sides of a looming civil war
  • Play of Shadows by Sebastien de Castell [July 23, 2020]
    • A return to the world of The Greatcoats with the failed son of two Greatcoats, a feared duellist, a boisterous and lusty friend, a beautiful assassin, a company of misfit actors, and the Vixen


  • The First Sister by Linden Lewis [August 4, 2020]
    • An epic space opera full of social commentary and white-knuckled thrills that follow a comfort woman, a soldier, and a non-binary hero
  • Seven Devils by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May [August 4, 2020]
    • This first of a feminist space opera duology that follows seven resistance fighters who will free the galaxy from ruthless tyranny or die trying
  • The Vanished Queen by Lisbeth Campbell [August 18, 2020]
    • A literary fantasy debut featuring a country held in thrall to a vicious, despotic king and the one woman who plans to take him down
  • The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons [August 25, 2020]
    • With Relos Var’s plan to free the dark god revealed, Kihrin, Janel, and Thurvishar must convince the king of the Manol vané to perform an ancient ritual that will strip the vané of their immortality


We’ll just call this Fall, since most of these don’t have firm release dates yet.

  • The Four Profound Weaves by R.B. Lemberg [September 1, 2020]
    • Two transgender elders must learn to weave from Death in order to defeat an evil ruler―a tyrant who murders rebellious women and hoards their bones and souls
  • The Final Women Micah Delhauer [October 13, 2020]
    • On the 30th anniversary of a slasher villain’s first killing spree, the ‘final women’ are going to take him on for the last time in an Avengers style team-up of the all Friday the 13th heroines
  • Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire by Dan Hanks [Fall, 2020]
    • Ex-Spitfire pilot Captain Samantha Moxley and her archaeologist sister must race to retrieve two ancient keys to ensure a civilisation-destroying weapon doesn’t fall into the wrong hands
  • Cassiel’s Servant by Jacqueline Carey [Fall, 2020]
    • Retells the events of Kushiel’s Dart from Cassiel’s point of view, starting with his own childhood and training and following his epic quest
  • Silk and Steel edited by Janine A. Southard [Fall, 2020]
    • A kickstarter anthology of queer SFF stories, featuring warrior women… and the courtly ladies who love them, featuring Aliette de Bodard, K.A. Doore, Django Wexler, Ellen Kushner and more!
  • Between Earth and Sky by Rebecca Roanhorse [Fall, 2020]
    • Great matriarchal clans of a prosperous cliff-city vie for power against a backdrop of political intrigue, celestial prophecies, rising rebellion & dark magic
  • The Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson [November 17, 2020]
    • The title is only tentative, but the blurb and release date were announced yesterday, promising an arms race that will challenge the very core of the Radiant ideals, and potentially reveal the secrets of the tower that was once the heart of their strength

That’s hardly all of them, but it’s certainly the top of the pile . . . subject to change, of course. 🙂

7 thoughts on “I Can’t Wait for… Most Anticipated Titles of 2020 (Part 2)

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  1. Wow, there are some books here that don’t even have Goodreads links yet! I’ll have to bookmark this post so I can come back later and add them. Great list, I’m looking forward to lots of these titles.


  2. And just imagine, this list will grow even more once spring 2020 comes around and publishers drop news of more late year releases. I’m super excited for the new De Castell, I’m just hoping they will have a simultaneous US release or at least soon after, because so far I’m only seeing a listing for Jo Fletcher UK!


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