Which 2021 sequels am I highly anticipating? Before 2020 ended, I heavily gushed about the 21 upcoming releases that I was most excited about. However, this list focused on debut novels and first installments. Hence, it’s high time for me to lovingly talk about the sequels that live in my brain rent-free.
Looking forward to sequels is a different kind of excitement, in my opinion. Unlike debut novels and new series, I’m already invested in the characters, the plot, and whatnot. Moreover, I already have firsthand knowledge of what the book is about, and this heavily influences my expectations for its follow-up.
There’s also a fair amount of trepidation. Personally, nothing breaks my heart quite like a highly anticipated sequel that falls victim to the Second Book Syndrome. But for 2021, I’m choosing to be cautiously hopeful. With much excitement and reasonable expectations, here are the 2021 sequels that I am greatly looking forward to!
The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa
[ 09 February 2021 from Inkyard Press ]
FROM WHICH SERIES: The Iron Fey
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The legends are many, but the truth will now be known as never before. With Queen Meghan and her prince consort by his side, Puck finally tells his own story and faces a threat to the lands of Faery and the human world unlike any before.
WHY I’M EXCITED: I had the biggest crush on Puck during my high school years, and I cannot express how excited I am that he’s finally getting his own story! Gimme, gimme, gimme!
Ravage the Dark by Tara Sim
[ 09 March 2021 from Little Brown Books ]
FROM WHICH SERIES: Scavenge the Stars
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Through glittering galas, dazzling trickery, and thrilling heists, Cayo and Amaya will learn that the corruption in Moray goes far deeper than they know, and in the end the only people they can trust are each other.
WHY I’M EXCITED: The ending of Scavenge the Stars had me tossing and turning in my sleep. I need to know what happens next!
Flamefall by Rosaria Munda
[ 23 March 2021 from G.P. Putnam ]
FROM WHICH SERIES: The Aurelian Cycle
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: With famine tearing Callipolis apart and the Pythians determined to take back what they lost, it will be up to Annie, Lee, and Griff to decide who—and what—to fight for.
WHY I’M EXCITED: I reread Fireborne last year and fell in love with the characters all over again. I need the follow-up to this Game of Thrones meets Plato’s Republic masterpiece.
The Dragon of Jin-Sayeng by K.S. Villoso
[ 04 May 2021 from Orbit Books ]
FROM WHICH SERIES: The Chronicles of the Bitch Queen
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Bearing the brunt of the past and uncertain about her future, Talyien will need to decide between fleeing her shadows or embracing them before the whole world becomes an inferno.
WHY I’M EXCITED: This series has been living in my brain rent-free. Especially after the emotional turmoil caused by Book 2. The Dragon of Jin-Sayeng is a high-stakes conclusion I cannot afford to miss.
A War of Swallowed Stars by Sangu Mandanna
[ 01 June 2021 from Sky Pony Press ]
FROM WHICH SERIES: The Celestial Trilogy
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: War is destroying the galaxy. Esmae has vanished without a trace. A terrifying, ravenous beast is devouring the stars one by one. Titania is offered a gift that may well be a curse. Alexi, the exiled prince, is asked to pay a heavy price for his mistakes. And far, far away, on a dark, mysterious planet, a sleeping god stirs awake.
WHY I’M EXCITED: Just when I thought that this series could not get any more intense, A House of Rage and Sorrow happily proved me wrong. I just know that the conclusion of this trilogy won’t hold back, and I’m totally here for it.
A Psalm of Storms and Silence by Roseanne A. Brown
[ 01 June 2021 from Balzer + Bray ]
FROM WHICH SERIES: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: As the fabric holding Sonande together begins to tear, Malik and Karina once again find themselves torn between their duties and their desires. And when the fate of everything hangs on a single, horrifying choice, they each must decide what they value most.
WHY I’M EXCITED: I devoured the clever magic system and beautiful prose in A Song of Wraiths and Ruin. And I’m hungry for more.
Rising Like A Storm by Tanaz Bhathena
[ DD MONTH 2021 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux ]
FROM WHICH SERIES: The Wrath of Ambar
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: With alliances shifting and the thirst for vengeance growing, the fate of Ambar seems ever more uncertain. It will take every ounce of strength, love, and sacrifice for Gul and Cavas to reach their final goal―and build a more just world than they’ve ever known.
WHY I’M EXCITED: Magic, romance, and defeating tyranny? The five magic words. My expectations for this sequel are high!
The Chariot at Dusk by Swati Teerdhala
[ 29 June 2021 from Katherine Tegen Books ]
FROM WHICH SERIES: The Tiger At Midnight Trilogy
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Now that the race is on to find the missing artifacts, Esha must put aside her rage and work with Kunal again—but can she find the strength to forgive him, or will the Viper have her revenge at any cost?
WHY I’M EXCITED: This thrilling cat-and-mouse chase is coming to an end, and I’m highly anticipating its conclusion.
When Night Breaks by Janella Angeles
[ 24 August 2021 from Wednesday Books ]
FROM WHICH SERIES: Kingdom of Cards
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The competition has come to a disastrous end, and Daron Demarco’s fall from grace is now front page news. But little matters to him beyond Kallia, the contestant he fell for who is now lost to this world and in the hands of a dangerous magician.
WHY I’M EXCITED: First and foremost, just look at that stunning cover! I’m drooling.
Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee
[ 21 September 2021 from Orbit Books ]
FROM WHICH SERIES: The Green Bone Saga
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The Kauls have been battered by war and tragedy. They are plagued by resentments and old wounds as their adversaries are on the ascent and their country is riven by dangerous factions and foreign interference. As a new generation arises, the clan’s growing empire is in danger of coming apart.
WHY I’M EXCITED: Duh.
Girls of Fate and Fury by Natasha Ngan
[ 02 November 2021 from Hodder & Stoughton ]
FROM WHICH SERIES: Girls of Paper and Fire
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The last Lei saw of the girl she loved, Wren was fighting an army of soldiers in a furious battle to the death. With the two girls torn apart and each in terrorizing peril, will they find each other again or have their destinies diverged forever?
WHY I’M EXCITED: A highly anticipated conclusion to a very popular series! I’m keen to discover where our favorite gay girls end up.
These Violent Delights #2 by Chloe Gong
[ 16 November 2021 from Hodder & Stoughton ]
FROM WHICH SERIES: These Violent Delights
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The highly awaited follow-up and conclusion to Chloe Gong’s riveting reimagining of Romeo and Juliet. But with lots of stabby knives and yearning.
WHY I’M EXCITED: No title, no cover, and no synopsis yet for this sequel. But I could not care less. I am extremely eager for more of Chloe Gong’s storytelling!
Raybearer #2 by Jordan Ifueko
[ TBA 2021 from Amulet Books ]
FROM WHICH SERIES: Raybearer
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: I don’t know, and I don’t care. (But for real, there are no details yet.)
WHY I’M EXCITED: Tarisai!!!!!!!!!!!
Wicked As You Wish #2 by Rin Chupeco
[ TBA 2021 from Sourcebooks Fire ]
FROM WHICH SERIES: A Hundred Names for Magic
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Does it matter? It’s from Rin Chupeco.
WHY I’M EXCITED: No details yet about this sequel, but I refuse to live in a year where Rin Chupeco isn’t releasing a new book. I refuse.
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🌻 Which 2021 sequels are you most anticipating? Did any of my picks make it to your list, too?
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