That feeling when you keep searching for confirmation of a publishing date, and it just keeps on moving. Honestly, I have a lot of sympathy for authors under contract who can’t get the next book finished for whatever reason. Still, we readers are left scouring the internet for clues. The fact that publishers list books for pre-order well before they’re finished means there’s no guarantee that dates are going to be accurate.

These six books are all in series I’m reading where I feel like I’m waiting longer than normal to get my paws on them. Most are just cases of my impatience though!

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The Ashfire King by Chelsea Abdullah

The Stardust Thief was one of my favourite reads of 2022. I love fantasy inspired by One Thousand and One Nights stories, and this one has jinn and a magic lamp! But it’s not really an Aladdin retelling. The sequel has now been pushed back to April 2025.

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The Dark Mirror by Samantha Shannon

I’d almost given up checking on new books in The Bone Season series, but when I was writing this post I had a quick look and lo-and-behold, the fifth book is due February 2025.

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A Witch’s Guide to Magical Innkeeping by Sangu Mandanna

OK, I haven’t been waiting that long for this one, but I was very much looking forward to adding it to my summer reading pile only to find it’s now being published in March 2025.

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Oathbound by Tracy Deonn

Legendborn was one of those books that took me by surprise. I don’t read much YA fantasy any more, but Tracy’s debut blew me away. I think it was meant to be a trilogy but now I’m seeing that it’s a four book series. Oathbound doesn’t have a firm date yet, just “early 2025”.

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The Hidden Rune of Iron by Suzanne McLeod

I loved the Spellcrackers series—a London based urban fantasy with witches, fae and vampires. This title has reached the point that I assume it’s not gonna happen. It’s so long since I read these books I’ve forgotten where it ended, so I’m not really left hanging, but I do feel bad for Suzanne that she didn’t get to complete the series. I included it as the Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut) in my 2014 end of year survey!

Sequel to The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty

HarperVoyager have a mysterious book two pencilled in for September 2025.