Only a few weeks ago we shared our Half-Year Mark List of Favorite Books (so far) of 2012. Now summer is almost gone and as September (aka the Month of DOOM during which ALL THE BOOKS are published) approaches, we are getting super excited about what the second half of 2012 has in store.

Without further ado, here are our Top 10 Most Highly Anticipated SFF Reads for Fall/Winter 2012!

Read the last Book Smugglers on their list of pre-'Hunger Games' inspired novels.

The Twelve by Justin Cronin

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When we say that we’ve been dying for The Twelve, we aren’t exaggerating. The Passage was hands-down Thea’s favorite book of 2010, so the second novel in this apocalyptic series—featuring a very different kind of vampire—has been a long time coming.

Shadowfell Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier

Juliet Marillier is one of our favorite authors of all time (seriously, she makes this list twice!), so when we learned she was penning a brand new series set in an entirely new world, we were ecstatic. A historical fantasy novel set in an alternate version of ancient Scotland, Shadowfell promises to appeal to both YA and adult audiences.



siren depths The Siren Depths by Martha Wells

We are delighted that Martha Wells’ third entry in The Books of the Raksura series comes out this year. After loving The Cloud Roads and The Serpent Sea for their impressive worldbuilding and great characters, we simply cannot wait for this latest installment. 


girl fairyland The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente

We’ve tried to keep this strictly to adult audience titles, but in our opinion no Highly Anticipated SFF list would be complete without mentioning this sequel to the fabulous The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. Yes, technically, both Fairyland books are written for children. But our motto is a good story is a good story is a good story. And there was NO better story than Fairyland in 2011. Needless to say, we are excited for this sequel.


only super Only Superhuman by Christopher L. Bennett

We have a soft spot for superhero stories, so were naturally predisposed to want Only Superhuman. Then, we found out that the book promises to be a “hard-SF adventure set in a complex and fascinating future.” Bring it on. 




flameseven Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier

We weren’t kidding when we said that the talented Juliet Marillier made our list twice. This time, with the latest entry in her ongoing Sevenwaters series, one of Thea’s favorite fantasy series ever. Bonus: this volume has a reappearance of Mac Dara and, hopefully, Clodagh and Cathal.




corpose rat king The Corpse-Rat King by Lee Battersby

The Corpse-Rat King is a debut fantasy novel that sounds very promising. The dead need a king and they mistake a battlefield looter for their own. What’s a guy to do?  



white forest The White Forest by Adam McOmber

Positioned as a mix between The Night Circus and The Little Stranger, The White Forest sounds potentially awesome. What better way to kick off the fall than with a dark, gothic fantasy novel?




sparky The Spark by Susan Jane Bigelow

Chalk this one up as another entry in an ongoing favorite sci-fi series featuring superhumans (we said we had a thing for “supers,” didn’t we?). The Spark is the third entry in the solid, entertaining and thought-provoking Extrahuman Union books.




breed2 Breed by Chase Novak

Blurbed by Stephen King (who hails the book as the best horror novel since Peter Straub’s Ghost Story), with a deliciously creepy cover and Rosemary’s Baby feel, Breed has Perfect Halloween Read written all over it.

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