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Africa Risen: A New Era of Speculative Fiction

These stories are entrancing and provide a welcome introduction to speculative writers from the African continent and the African diaspora.

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Silver Under Nightfall

Readers who love sinking their teeth into an absorbing story of vampire politics along with the perils of romancing the undead will find much to savor in this adult debut from YA novelist Chupeco (An Unreliable Magic). The epic saga will hold appeal for both horror and fantasy readers.

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Book of Night

Listeners who enjoy real-world fantasy such as Leigh Bardugo’s The House of Night will delight in Black’s latest.

The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer

This is no mere, dark reflection of the world. This audiobook offers the listener stories with the timely and timeless message that appears repeatedly in great science fiction: the world may seem dark now, but everyone can strive to make the future better.
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Cold as Hell

Recommend for listeners who enjoy Western tropes and supernatural horror. Perfect for fans of Jim Butcher, Jonathan Maberry, and Mike Resnick.

Baltimore; or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire

Hellboy fans will love this story, which also provides a great introduction to the tragic hero Lord Baltimore, whose only purpose in life is to battle what lurks in the dark.
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Juniper & Thorn

Suggest to fans of horror and dark fantasy.
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The Lost Witch

Those who like Irish folklore may enjoy.
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Uncanny Times

Fans of Supernatural, Sherlock Holmes, and smart canine companions will find Gilman’s (The Cold Eye) new series to be an entertaining read.
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Neom

Old and new fans alike will adore this fascinating new addition to Tidhar’s future Earth universe, and science fiction buffs would do well to put Tidhar on their radar of must-read authors.

Ocean’s Echo

This stand-alone set in the same universe as Winter’s Orbit is an exciting, fast-paced sci-fi adventure with great worldbuilding and complex characters. Fans of Jessie Mihalik and J. S. Dewes will enjoy.
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HellSans

A smart and unique dystopian thriller that is especially fun for fans of graphic design and fonts. Give this one to readers who like their heroes morally ambiguous.
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Kaikeyi

Patel’s reimagining takes listeners on a fantastical journey and introduces them to gods.
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Child Zero

Despite the slight letdown of the exciting beginning evolving into a procedural style story, the latest from Holm (Red Right Hand) will be popular with fans of the Bourne adventures.
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When Women Were Dragons

Listeners will be exhilarated as they see Alex growing from a naïve girl into a woman who abandons the prejudices of her parents and embraces female empowerment.
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External Forces

Fay has written a thoroughly enjoyable magical thriller set in 1950s Britain. Readers can dip their toes into this installment without having read the first in the series, while “Marrowbone” fans will appreciate Paul’s new adventures.
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A Fractured Infinity

Multiverse stories are popular right now, and Tavares’s first novel will appeal to fans of the concept, along with readers who enjoy science fiction that digs into characters’ relationships in a setting that spans worlds. Recommended.
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The Atlas Paradox

Recommend Blake’s gripping series to fans of Naomi Novik, Erin Morgenstern, and Katherine Arden.
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Wormhole

Brown (Murder Most Vile) and Brooke (Harmony) offer a compelling genre blend of hard science fiction and murder mystery that will appeal to fans of Jeff VanderMeer and Peter F. Hamilton.
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The Stars Undying

In Robin’s debut, fans of immersive space opera will find all the wide interstellar and on-planet action they desire, along with intimate emotional journeys for the characters.
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Night of Demons and Saints

Fans of the first “Sisters Grimm” book will enjoy returning to Everwhere and the poetic prose van Praag weaves. This series will appeal to anyone who enjoys finding magic in everyday life and wants to get lost in beautiful language.
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Tread of Angels

Fans of “Weird West” tales and angel–demon conflicts will find Celeste’s world fascinating in Roanhorse’s stand-alone novella.

A Restless Truth

Highly recommended for lovers of urban fantasy that’s mixed with wit, danger, and romance.
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The Serpent in Heaven

The fourth “Gunnie Rose” novel (after The Russian Cage) moves the setting from the rural west to an urban city, but contains just as much intrigue and action as the previous books.
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The Two Doctors Górski

Either the magic-academy plot or the splitting-the-self plot, both classics in their own right, would have made an excellent story. Together, they coexist uneasily and are a bit unfulfilled side by side, much like the Doctors Górski themselves. Readers will wish that both stories had come to more satisfying conclusions.
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Ordinary Monsters

Listeners looking for a sweeping fantasy series with a lot of moving parts and different timelines might enjoy this novel.
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Time Shelter

Jeff Harding’s narration is best listened to sped-up for full effect, but this audiobook is a must-have for science fiction and humanities collections.
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The Blood Trials

Davenport’s debut weaves together elements of classic military/academy sci-fi from the likes of Elizabeth Moon and David Weber and infuses it with fantasy, romance, and biting social commentary, providing plenty of cross-genre appeal and proving itself a worthwhile addition to libraries expanding their science fiction audio collections.
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A Mirror Mended

Fans of fairy tale retellings who are familiar with the premises established in the first book will most enjoy this quick, fun listen. An essential purchase for collections where the previous installment circulates well.

Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries

While the pacing starts off slow, Fawcett grabs readers’ attention by drawing them into the folklore as well as the surrounding world. She does a fantastic job building complex characters, and the academic-prose style of Emily’s journal entries works well for the story. A great read for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Erin Morgenstern.

Even Though I Knew the End

Readers who fell into recent Jazz Age urban fantasies such as Desideria Mesa’s Bindle Punk Bruja and fans of time-travel or fantasy romances with tragic endings, like Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife, will love Polk’s latest.

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Empire of Exiles

An excellent new fantasy series by Evans (The Devil You Know), perfect for fans of Katherine Addison or those who enjoy slow-burning and complex court intrigue.
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The Last Hero

The finale to Lewis’s “First Sister” trilogy sticks the landing to complete a dynamic, action-filled story.
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What Song the Sirens Sang

The latest in Green’s “Gideon Sable” series (after A Matter of Death and Life) features a crew of criminals with hearts of gold and one of the snarkiest antiheroes to ever front an urban fantasy series, turning the murder and mayhem up to 11 while telling a story where disaster is always just on the other side of the door. Readers will be fondly reminded of the TV series Leverage, where the good guys are bad guys.
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Pulling the Wings Off Angels

Readers with fond memories of C. S. Lewis’s classic The Screwtape Letters as well as fans of Parker’s “Prosper’s Demon” series will find much to consider.
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Saturnalia

A masterfully told tale of unchecked ambition, greed, and healing set in a rich and inventive near-future. Give this one to fans of The Ninth House, by Leigh Bardugo, and The City of Lost Fortunes, by Bryan Camp.
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The Genesis of Misery

An interesting start to this expected trilogy and a definite must-add for science fiction collections.

The Immortality Thief

Hunt’s debut is fun, fast-paced, cutting-edge, and full of epic twists, with a highly accessible writing style. Fans of Andy Weir and Martha Wells will love it.
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The Registration

Lawson delivers a compelling dystopian near-future tale with plenty of meaty subject matter and slightly inconsistent pacing. For readers who enjoy their sci-fi with a side of moral quandary.

Into the Riverlands

Vo’s (The Chosen and the Beautiful; Siren Queen) latest is highly recommended for readers of the previous books in the series and anyone who likes high fantasy inspired by Imperial China or wuxia movies and stories.

Self-Portrait with Nothing

Pokwatka’s debut is a unique and well-plotted story with many twists and turns. Recommended for science fiction fans, but it will also appeal to a wider audience.
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Deploying Dragons

Full of thrilling invention and discovery and show-stealing dragons, this one is for every reader who’s ever dreamed of riding or at least training their very own winged beast.

The Spare Man

Kowal’s comedy-of-manners SF mystery is a rollicking case of knowing when to throw decorum out the window in order to get results. Highly recommended for fans of the author’s Regency fantasy series “The Glamourist Histories,” as well as anyone who loves a good mystery in an out-of-this-world setting.

Station Eternity

Lafferty (Hugo-nominated for Six Wakes) creates a clever and suspenseful sci-fi mystery, with intriguing characters and attentive worldbuilding.
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The Mountain in the Sea

Drawing on decades of experience in overseas service (including time with the United States Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam), Nayler infuses his debut novel with fantastic elements grounded in real contemporary topics and tackles moral issues related to artificial and animal intelligence without sacrificing plot or pacing. This is a classic sci-fi thriller that’s easy to read and will have broad appeal for fans of speculative fiction.
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One Dark Window

A finely detailed magical system enriches Gillig’s debut; fantasy readers will enjoy.

Thistlefoot

Replete with beautiful metaphors and lyrical prose, poet and folklorist Nethercott’s (The Lumberjack’s Dove) debut novel deploys her poetic storytelling powers to spotlight the struggle against oppression. This modern-day fairy tale will ignite greater understanding of an individual’s ability to incite change with the stories they tell.
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Ledge

McEwan, a popular figure on BookTok, has written an ambitious fantasy debut. The plot and worldbuilding are thoroughly fleshed out and make this novel a great start to the “Glacian Trilogy.”
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The Stardust Thief

Abdullah has written a deeply appealing novel infused with enchantment. The audio edition does not uniformly match her achievement, but for readers who prefer to listen to stories, this is one not to miss.

The Witch and the Tsar

 Gilmore’s immersive prose steeps readers in this wonderfully epic folktale fantasy full of magic and myth.

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The River of Silver: Tales from the Daevabad Trilogy

This story compilation is a must-have in library collections that own Chakraborty’s Hugo-nominated trilogy, as it showcases her amazing characters and lush world one more time.
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Dead Man’s Hand

This debut from Butcher (son of “Dresden Files” novelist Jim Butcher) hits all the right notes for an entertaining urban fantasy series. Readers will want to see what happens next.

Be the Serpent

The latest reveals from the ever-expanding history of McGuire’s world still hold surprises, while previous plot threads are closed off to prepare for the latest cliff-hanger. This action-filled urban fantasy series shows no signs of slowing down.
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Intergalactic Exterminators, Inc.

Bishop’s sci-fi debut is recommended for readers who think Larry Correia’s “Monster Hunter International” series should go intergalactic, those who enjoy stories featuring the people who get the dirty jobs done, and especially anyone who wishes that Martha Wells’s Murderbot would become a superhero.
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Lark Ascending

The not-too-distant dystopia of House’s (Southernmost) latest becomes a vehicle for the author to tell a compelling story about a refugee crisis. Because House takes the story out of a contemporary context, readers can more easily empathize with the novel’s refugees rather than focusing on real-world quandaries.
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Notorious Sorcerer

Evans’s debut is a high fantasy full of excellent worldbuilding, with an enjoyable magic system and strong characters.
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The Unbalancing: A Birdverse Novel

Lemberg’s first full-length novel in their lauded “Birdverse” (following the novella The Four Profound Weaves) showcases elegant and lyrical prose to create an immersive romantic fantasy.
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Keeper of Enchanted Rooms

Reminiscent of Mary Stewart’s period romances, but with a touch of magic and murder. Holmberg’s fantasy is enjoyable but doesn’t stand out, and the magical system is only cursorily laid out in this series launch.

Leech

The fascinating world and original narrator that Ennes creates in their debut produce a sublime gothic sci-fi tale that grows into a story greater than the sum of its parts.

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Will Do Magic for Small Change

This new edition is recommended for public libraries and readers who have an interest in African history and science fiction and who missed the book when it came out as an indie.

The Golden Enclaves

Novik’s third “Scholomance” book is a strong and satisfying finish to an exciting fantasy series.

The Witches of Moonshyne Manor

Marais’s (If You Want to Make God Laugh) latest is a quirky Golden Girls with wands that explores women’s empowerment, friendship, and loyalty and addresses racial equality, identity, and gender fluidity. A timely, fun modern-day fable about women who refuse to conform.
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High Times in the Low Parliament

Readers who like their political fantasies and power trips to go down with a spoonful of sugar will eat this up.

Nona the Ninth

Muir’s third entry in “The Locked Tomb” series (after Harrow the Ninth) is as immersive and original as its predecessors.

The Bruising of Qilwa

The delicately interwoven complexity of the story, along with the loving portrait of Firuz and their found family, makes Jamnia’s fantasy puzzler a delight to read. Highly recommended, especially for fans of Katherine Addison’s The Witness for the Dead.
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Dance with the Devil

Rocha has crafted a solid ending for the arcs of Nina, Maya, and Dani, but still leaves room to continue with some of the secondary characters.

Poster Girl

Roth’s (Chosen Ones) latest is highly recommended for readers of dystopian fiction, lovers of Philip K. Dick’s thought-police science fiction, and anyone who wants to see how far “If you see something, say something” can be led astray.
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Fault Tolerance

An unusual combination of National Treasure and Star Trek in which a space crew races across a universe filled with an array of different beings.
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The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy

In Bannen’s (Soulswift) adult debut, the roller coaster of Mercy and Hart’s journey is full of sizzle and emotional turmoil, as well as plenty of sci-fi adventure and humor. Readers will be captivated by the land of Tanria and will want to stay connected with these characters long after the book ends.
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The Art of Prophecy

Chu’s (The Fall of Io) wry prose and characters are a delightful counterpoint to the physical and emotional demands undertaken by Jian and his allies, while the subplots build a vast panoramic view of this incredible world in the first of a new series.

Silver Queendom

This epic fantasy about a crew of misfits with just a touch of magic and heartbreaking backstories is a rollicking good time of a read. Readers who fell for Christopher Buehlman’s The Blacktongue Thief are going to be head over heels for Koboldt’s latest.
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Aftermath

This will be popular with fans of Burton’s acting and readers who like their dystopian novels to end on a slightly hopeful note.

The Oleander Sword

Suri’s second volume of the “Burning Kingdoms” trilogy (after The Jasmine Throne) continues an epic tale of love: for family, for power, for country.

The Book Eaters

A fascinating debut with shades of gothic fantasy and contemporary thriller, wrapped in a narrative full of vivid and detailed characters and worldbuilding, and an unusual premise.

Bindle Punk Bruja

Mesa’s debut mixes a bit of Mexican folktale, a chunk of magical realism, and tons of period detail into a page-turning urban fantasy that takes the glitter of Boardwalk Empire and combines it with a story of found family, mob violence, and romance.
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Face

With its slower pace and the many concepts it introduces and leaves unresolved, West’s debut novel will appeal to readers who appreciate philosophical fiction and fans of Scott Westerfeld’s “Uglies” and “Impostors” series.
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Babel; or, The Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution

Kuang is a refreshing and essential voice in fiction, and her latest will have wide appeal.

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches

Mandanna’s (Kiki Kallira Conquers a Curse) first adult novel is a positively adorable romantic fantasy and a must-buy for all public libraries.
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The Monsters We Defy

This engaging fantasy heist tale, inspired by historical events and people, will please readers who enjoyed C. L. Polk’s “Kingston Cycle” and fans of Penelope (a past winner of the BCALA Self-Publishing EBook Award who also has a title on Time’s list of the “100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time.”

A Strange and Stubborn Endurance

An emotionally gripping, delightful queer fantasy filled with political intrigue, family dynamics, and tender moments that will grab readers’ hearts and minds.
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Eclipse the Moon

A space opera setting, an antagonistic friends-to-lovers romance, and fast-paced action bring some new plot points and nicely set up the last of Mihalik’s trilogy.

A Taste of Gold and Iron

Rowland’s (A Choir of Lies) latest continues to showcase their captivating prose, immersive details, and complicated characters.
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Silk Fire

The driven characters, intriguing premise of a matriarchal society where old magic and new technology coexist, and the plot of long-game political schemes are unfortunately weighed down at times by large info dumps and exposition. The main character is heavily self-critical, and the clarity of motivations can be hard to hold.
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Three Miles Down

A pleasure to read with Jerry’s gee-whiz awe, combined with intelligent humor. The nods and winks toward genre standouts from the ’70s add to the verisimilitude and fun for SF fans.

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy

Chambers’s second “Monk and Robot” novella (following A Psalm for the Wild-Built) continues the quiet, contemplative journey through philosophy, nature, and personal experience.

Hot Moon

For astronaut wonks and fans of realistic science fiction, Smale’s latest will delight and enthrall.
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The Women Could Fly

Combining the misogynist oppression of The Handmaid’s Tale with the sharp insight and SFnal (science fictional) tone of Octavia Butler, Giddings’s latest is a chilling but all too plausible tale.

SFF in Audio | 13 Titles To Try

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The Extractionist

Unger (Nucleation), a game designer and VR programmer by day, delivers an edge-of-your-seat technothriller with a refreshingly relatable protagonist. While some might find this too jargon-heavy for comfort, cyberpunk fans will love Unger’s scientific knowledge and creativity.

Widowland

Highly recommended.
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Daughter of the Moon Goddess

Tan’s debut is a bit too long, but is a good fit for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Sabaa Tahir, along with those who like romantic and mythic fantasy retellings.
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Clean Air

A quick listen offering a unique twist on apocalyptic climate fiction.
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The Atlas Six

While steadfast fantasy lovers will be eager for the next installation in this series, others may wish that worldbuilding and action better matched the hype.
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The Liar’s Knot

Recommended for those who enjoy dark fantasy and worldbuilding. Fans of Six of Crows and The Lies of Locke Lamora would also enjoy.
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The Unfamiliar Garden

Although the plot was less than compelling and the characters flawed and unlikable, the story’s premise was distinctive and will be of interest to fans of science fiction.

Tell Me an Ending

A fine-tuned science fiction character study that explores such philosophical questions as how our memories, good and bad, affect who we are and how we relate to others.
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Age of Ash

This first in a trilogy from Abraham (The Spider’s War; coauthor of “The Expanse” series) is a must-buy for audio collections where grimdark and epic fantasy are popular, and is a solid choice for other collections because of its cross-genre appeal for mystery and sci-fi fans.
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Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century

Thrilling, sexy, scary, and daring, this is a gem of a short story collection.
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