The holidays have come and gone, and the end of 2012 approaches–and so, we Book Smugglers have started looking ahead to what 2013 holds in store for us. Here are some of the speculative fiction books we are dying to get our hands on next year:

The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord: Lord’s first book Redemption in Indigo blew our minds away and upon learning she not only has a new book coming out but that it is summarized by the author as “Refugee aliens on frontier planet seek genetically compatible brides for the purpose of post-genocide repopulation; bureaucracy, culture clash and hilarity ensue,” we just knew we had to read it.

The Six-Gun Tarot by R.S. Belcher: A pretty cover (we admit are not beyond such superficialities) and a tagline that promises this to be “Buffy meets Deadwood in a dark, wildly imaginative historical fantasy” was enough to have us hankering hard for this title. 

We Leave Together by J. M. McDermott: No cover or release date (beyond a “is in the works for 2013” in the author’s website) for this one yet but this is the conclusion to Mcdermott’s stunning Dogsland trilogy and therefore we MUST HAVE IT.

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A Corner of White (The Colors of Madeleine #1) by Jaclyn Moriarty: A story about two worlds, the cracks between them and the science that binds them. We are huge fans of Jaclyn Moriarty’s Contemporary YA/epistolary novels in the Ashbury/Brookfield series and basically will now read everything she deems to write. That said, we are curious to see how this incursion into Fantasy will fare.  

Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone: Max Gladstone’s 2012 debut Three Parts Dead was so brilliant it basically ensured we’d be reading any of his next books. That Two Serpents Rise is set in the same world and sounds as cool as its predecessor is only the cherry on top.

Cold Steel by Kate Elliott: We absolutely adore veteran fantasy and SF author Kate Elliott’s work, especially her latest Spirit Walker books. Cold Steel is the highly anticipated third and final book in the trilogy, and we cannot wait to see how Cat Barahal’s story ends.Frost Burned

Light by Michael Grant: Yes, these books have somewhat juvenile-looking covers. Yes, they are Young Adult novels. But if you think for one second that this means these books lack depth, complexity, or heart, you’re dead wrong. The Gone books are among the most horrific, twisted series that we’ve ever read (heck, they’ve even been praised by Stephen King himself). Light is the final book in the series, and we are both thrilled and terrified to see how it all ends for Sam and the kids of Perdido Beach.

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson: Any new full-length book from Brandon Sanderson is cause for celebration. The Rithmatist marks Sanderson’s first foray into a new world where the American Isles are threatened by creatures called Wild Chalkings–and standing in their way is a boy named Joel who longs to be a Rithmatist. Color us excited.

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs: The new Mercy Thompson book! THE NEW MERCY THOMPSON BOOK! It has been all too long since River Marked (book 6), and we are very, very excited to see what is in store for coyote-shifter, VW-mechanic Mercy Thompson. Also, again, pretty cover. 

Starglass by Phoebe North: The debut science fiction novel from Phoebe North, Starglass seems to have it all–a run-down and broken society on a ship headed to a distant world, dark secrets, and rebellion. We are huge fans of Phoebe’s reviews, and cannot wait to read her first authorly foray into the realm of speculative fiction.

So there you have it! Our most highly anticipated SFF books of 2013. What titles are you looking forward to?

Thea James and Ana Grilo are The Book Smugglers, a website for speculative fiction and YA. You can find also find them at Twitter.