2022 is here and already off to a roaring start. With the new year comes plenty of new books, including many of the sequels we’ve been craving! Here are seven of the returning series we believe should be on your radar.

January 18

Akata Woman by Nnedi Okorafor
Sunny Nwazue struggles to balance everything in her life, from America and Nigeria to the ordinary world and the magical one. Everything she’s learned is put to the test as she seeks a dangerous artifact that spells disaster if found in the wrong hands.

I thought Nnedi Okorafor’s Nsibidi Scripts series would only be a duology, and I was delighted to hear about Akata Woman. Time Magazine named the first novel one of “100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time” and “100 Best YA Books of All Time” for a good reason. Okorafor’s writing is vibrant, something I’m sure will continue in this latest installation.

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February 1

Amari and the Great Game by B.B. Alston
After saving the entire supernatural world, Amari Peters thought life as a Junior Agent for the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs would be easy. But the new Head Minister is strict and anti-magician. Her brother’s curse worsens, and a dangerous magician sparks a challenge that will determine the future of humans, magicians, and the magical world.

I loved Amari and the Night Brothers, and I recommend it often at my day job as a children’s librarian. It was such a fun read, and B.B. Alston created a fascinating new world full of adventure and magic. I’m glad Amari and the Great Game is coming soon!

February 15

The cover of Marlon James' Moon Witch, Spider King; book sequels 2022

Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James
In Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Sogolon proves a worthy adversary to Tracker as they travel the world in search of a mysterious missing boy. Now, she tells her side of what happened to the boy and the century-long feud leading her there.

Moon Witch, Spider King, the second book in Marlon JamesDark Star Trilogy, is almost here! Black Leopard, Red Wolf was one of the biggest debut fantasies of 2019; it was incredibly dark and gritty and complex and epic in every sense of the word. As a retelling of the first book’s events, this sequel will leave readers questioning which characters they can genuinely trust.

House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas
Bryce and Hunt may have saved Crescent City, but now they want a chance to relax, catch their breath and see what the future holds. The Asteri have mostly left them alone, but that may change when rebels pull them into their plans. Will they stay silent and safe or fight for what’s right?

Sarah J. Maas is back with another door-stopper of a book. While she’s still working on the ongoing A Court of Thorns and Roses series, House of Sky and Breath is the second book in the Crescent City series. This series has everything: Norse gods, vampires, demons, fast food, faeries, shape-shifters, humans, you name it. Maas fans won’t have too much longer to wait!

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The Thousand Eyes by A.K. Larkwood
Csorwe and Shuthmili thought defying the wizard Senthennai and stealing his gauntlets would end their troubles. But the gauntlets are taking a terrible toll on Shuthmili, so the two must travel to a distant world and learn to harness their power. 

I’m so excited for the sequel to 2020’s The Unspoken NameA.K. Larkwood’s debut was one of my favorite reads of 2020, and I’ve been craving a return to this world ever since. The Thousand Eyes is one of my most anticipated books of this year.

April 5

The cover of Charlie Jane Anders' Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak; book sequels

Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak by Charlie Jane Anders
Tina Mains might be the clone of a decorated alien military commander, but she isn’t the unique space hero everyone expected. Meanwhile, Elza is on a deadly spy mission, and Rachel, the first artist in space, can’t make art after encountering an alien artifact.

The Indomitable’s crew is back for another adventure! In Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak, Charlie Jane Anders expands the narrative to include Elza and Rachel’s points of view. I’m looking forward to another action-packed, geeky and queer space opera.

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September 13

Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Her city is under siege.

The zombies are coming back.

And all Nona wants is a birthday party.

In many ways, Nona is like other people. She lives with her family, has a job at her local school, and loves walks on the beach and meeting new dogs. But Nona’s not like other people. Six months ago she woke up in a stranger’s body, and she’s afraid she might have to give it back.

The whole city is falling to pieces. A monstrous blue sphere hangs on the horizon, ready to tear the planet apart. Blood of Eden forces have surrounded the last Cohort facility and wait for the Emperor Undying to come calling. Their leaders want Nona to be the weapon that will save them from the Nine Houses. Nona would prefer to live an ordinary life with the people she loves, with Pyrrha and Camilla and Palamedes, but she also knows that nothing lasts forever.

And each night, Nona dreams of a woman with a skull-painted face…

This excerpt is Tordotcom’s official synopsis for the third book in the Locked Tomb series, Nona the Ninth, and it’s a doozy. Even those who’ve read Gideon and Harrow have no idea what’s going on. Besides, Nona wasn’t even supposed to exist as a sequel; the Locked Tomb was initially a trilogy ending in the upcoming Alecto the Ninth (pushed to 2023). No matter what, anything Tamsyn Muir touches promises to be an incredible, wild ride.

These are only some of the many sequels we’re anxiously awaiting in 2022! Which are you most excited about?

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