Moff Elena’s Want List

By on August 21, 2012

It had been a while since I peeked into the crystal ball of books coming out in the near future, which must be further evidence that I have attained adulthood, since as a kid I tracked future releases on a monthly basis. I was surprised to find that I have a book on my “Titles I’m Excited About” list coming out pretty much every month between now and next April. Curious to see what I’ll be reading next?



Stray Souls by Kate Griffin (9/18/12) – this is Griffin’s first book in the Matthew Swift universe that does not feature Matthew and the blue electric angels as the protgonist. From my interview with her I also know this is her first time writing a female protag. Very excited to see what this book turns out to be, since I love that world and am curious how someone besides Matthew perceives and interacts with that world.

Homework: Read Matthew Swift #4, The Minority Council

Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel (9/25/12) – sequel to Dearly Departed, which I am dearly enjoying…

Homework: …but need to finish!


Red Country by Joe Abercrombie (10/23/12) – Abercrombie.  Standalone. Fantasy Western. Female lead. Don’t think I need to say anything else.

Homework: Get an Amazon Prime subscription so I can get the UK version without paying more in shipping than the book costs.


Still Life with Shape-Shifter by Sharon Shinn (11/6/12) – Sequel to last fall’s The Shape of Desire. I liked that book but wasn’t crazy about it, so I’m not as excited for this one as a particular title, as I am excited for it as a new Sharon Shinn book. If nothing else I can look forward to writing I can sink into like my favorite couch and not want to change anything about….

Homework: Re-read the pertinent parts of SoD so I am up to speed on limitations, abilities, and the events of that book that caught the public eye.


Dreamspinner by Lynn Kurland (12/31/12) – The next Nine Kingdoms book. I haven’t seen the premise on this one but I always enjoy these books so I don’t think I need the premise.

Homework: Re-read the last book to remind myself of characters and where everyone was left at that book’s end.



Imager’s Battalion by L. E. Modesitt (1/22/13) – I just finished reading the second book in this trilogy, and am excited for the third book which will, I think, be the most interesting of the three as it looks to be the part of the story where institutions and rules that we know from the original Imager trilogy come into being. 

Homework: By that point I will probably need to brush back through Scholar and Princeps, but…that’s for Future Elena to deal with.


Written in Red by Anne Bishop (3/5/13) – A new series for Bishop.  She is one of those authors I enjoy, but who is not a top-tier, and I’m not sure on the premise here. We know how I feel about urban fantasy in these parts. But I’ll give it a try just to see what she does with it.

Homework: Keep an eye out for any pre-publication publicityebook  novellas and grab it if one appears. Otherwise, new series = no homework!


The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe (4/2/13) – Abe is one of my favorite writers, and this is the start of a new era in the drakon series. I am excited to see where the society has gone in between the late Georgian era to the crossfade of Victorian/Edwardian era. I also enjoy the first novels in a new series, because half the fun is being introduced to all the characters. The premise and cover feel almost more YA romance than real romance, which I hope is not the case. Time will tell, I suppose.

Homework: Possibly brush up on the end of The Time Weaver for any clues about the couple who go forward a hundred plus years in time, but I don’t feel that’s necessary. Really my only homework here is to pack in a good supply of Dr. Pepper and Kleenex so I can read it straight through.

The Grail of the Summer Stars by Freda Warrington (4/13/13) – If you want to talk about books that lure me in just from the covers, it is Freda Warrington’s recent novels. This one looks like it will be set in the same world as Elfland and Midsummer’s Night, both of which I have, both of which I wanted to read based on the visual treatment of their covers.

Homework: Read the previous two so I can hit this one when it comes out instead of two years later….

About Elena Nola

Elena Nola runs things here at BookSpotCentral. She is also the imperial movie critic and the colder half of the Ladies of Ice and Fire. On Twitter @MoffElena