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Comeuppance Served Cold

Readers who love heist and caper stories will be thrilled with Dolly and her quest to deliver much-deserved comeuppance to those who believed they are above the law. The gas-lamp setting gives just the right touch of magic and creeping dread to Deeds’s novel.

Sweep of Stars

The first of this Afrofuturist trilogy takes off with an epic array of characters and plotlines that will enmesh readers in the politics and power struggles set across the stars.

The Circus Infinite

A three-ring extravaganza, combining a coming-of-age with Jes’s desperate race to save his new family from a corrupt mastermind. Readers will get caught up in Wong’s debut novel and find themselves wanting to run away to the circus with Jes. Highly recommended.

Wild and Wicked Things

May’s debut fantasy novel, a tale of secrets, lies, and mistakenly raising the dead, will keep readers guessing and turning pages to the very end. Highly recommended for lovers of dark, witchy fantasy, especially those seeking read-alikes of Alix Harrow’s The Once and Future Witches or Katherine Howe’s The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane.
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Heroic Hearts

A resoundingly successful collection of stories focused on heart, humor, and the strength of courage.

The Discord of Gods

Lyons wraps up “A Chorus of Dragons” by binding all the sprawling plotlines together in an incredibly satisfying epic fantasy adventure.

Sword and Shadow

Ideal for readers looking for stories of complex political maneuvering in fully realized fantasy worlds, with earth-shattering events told through complicated, sympathetic characters. This origin story for a well-loved character from the world of Elantra will get new readers up to speed while telling a story that long-time followers have been waiting for. Highly recommended.

Until the Last of Me

Balancing scientific details with character arcs and exciting action, Neuvel’s follow-up to A History of What Comes Next is an exciting science fiction thriller that will in turn inform and surprise readers.
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Goliath

Onyebuchi’s novel is a full sensory experience of language and imagery, set in a near-future world where race, class, and gentrification still drive conflict, both on Earth and in the stars.
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51

Recommended for readers of philosophically and psychologically bent sf.

Noor

This beautifully depicted example of Africanfuturism, a subgenre coined by Okorafor herself, offers both timely and timeless social commentary.
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A Marvellous Light

A perfect addition to round out any fantasy collection.
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Outcasts of the Wildwood

Readers know and love the legend of Robin Hood, making this book (and Walk the Wild with Me, the first in Atwood’s series) a marvelous addition to the lore of the Greenwood. A real treat for readers looking for stories of wild places in the real world or who simply love Robin Hood in all his forms.

Nettle & Bone

Blending fairy-tale familiarity and common-sense characters, Kingfisher’s prose balances grim circumstances with humor and heart. Readers of Alix E. Harrow’s A Spindle Splintered and Melissa Albert’s “The Hazel Wood” series should pick this up immediately.

Seven Mercies

Lam and May’s follow-up to Seven Devils further explores the characters while keeping the action and emotional stakes high.

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Kundo Wakes Up

Readers searching for stories of artificial worlds and climate fiction will love Hossain’s latest.
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The Kaiju Preservation Society

Scalzi’s first stand-alone novel in several years is a wild ride filled with takes on pop culture, startups, governmental influence, and science.

The Deep Man

In Mersault’s debut novel, his Galactic Imperium becomes amazingly real, and the plot is twisty enough to keep the reader turning pages. Highly recommended for epic science fiction fans.
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Library of the Sapphire Wind

Lindskold (Changer) has written a very cute, clever fantasy that is part hero’s journey and part coming-of-age. Readers who enjoy cozy mysteries and fantasies will enjoy this tale of friendship.

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The Silver Bullets of Annie Oakley

Readers looking for fictionalized tales focusing on historical figures, historical-ish fiction featuring women with agency, and lovers of gaslamp fantasy will find that Annie’s silver bullets hit their mark.
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Sword & Planet

Space battles and sieges, aliens and feral gods, dragons and starships, warriors and underdogs, raiders and radiation: These tales expertly unite the standard tropes to create fun, action-packed, and fast-paced escapades. Fans of Ruocchio’s excellent epic series “The Sun Eater” will also appreciate the lengthier story that features Hadrian Marlowe. Every story is commendable for its unique intrigues, diverse settings, noteworthy characters, and the inventive use of swords in a sci-fi environment.
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Gunfight on Europa Station

The collection is great for those who want that sense of mystery, romance, and enterprise that is found in traditional Westerns; however, the work is made unique by cosmic settings and advanced technology. Fans of strong female characters, plucky innovators, and determined dreamers will enjoy these folkloric and sensational yarns.
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Sisters of the Forsaken Stars

Both the combined and individual storylines weave a solid braid of strength and vulnerability as Rather’s follow-up to Sisters of the Vast Black continues the path to a galaxy-wide revolution.
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Square3

Despite the rather abrupt ending, this is a fast-paced and entertaining novella that’s perfect for fans of cosmic horror.
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The Untold Story

Irene’s madcap adventures are played for the highest stakes in the epic conclusion to the long-running series plumbing myths, folklore, spies, and skullduggery.

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Discordia

Merbeth’s engrossing final book of the trilogy is filled with disaster, family moments, and high-stakes action.

Fevered Star

Roanhorse’s pre-Columbian-inspired Meridian is an amazingly complex world of magic, gods, and power plays. With exquisite details and characters on tremendous journeys, readers will be anticipating the next book as soon as they turn the last page.

Westside Lights

Highly recommended for readers who like their genres so bent that they flow into each other, where the fantasy is so dark it’s nearly horror and the mystery uncovers rot and magic in equal measure.

Azura Ghost

Nophek Gloss’s sequel brings back all of the incredible characters that revolve around a young man coming into his power. An exciting science fiction story that keeps readers guessing the true intentions of everyone.
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Crowbones

A compelling exploration of manipulative personalities, small town murders, and the lengths to which these fascinating and beloved characters will go in order to protect one of their own.

Mickey7

Ashton’s novel begins as farce and ends as something considerably deeper; as an Expendable, Mickey7 is able to ask what makes someone human or who has the right to destroy a place in order to occupy it. Highly recommended for readers of colonization SF.
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Servant Mage

The depth of the character creation and worldbuilding makes this story seem almost too big to be contained in a novella. Recommended for readers looking for stories that center on characters that get things done and know the worth of doing so.

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The Romanov Rescue

The story is often long-winded, with bursts of explosive action and political intrigue peppered in, and many characters lack development. However, this alternate history employs vibrant steampunk vibes and aptly captures the uncertainties of the tumultuous era, as well as the courageous desperation of the world-weary men and women involved. Fans of detailed and technical military fiction will enjoy this, as well as those who appreciate real historical figures as characters.

Light Years from Home

Chen’s strength in writing poignant character arcs, especially within family dynamics, shines here, as does his ability to craft intriguing blends of literary and speculative fiction with compelling, character-driven plots.
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Boundaries

Even occasional visitors to Valdemar or readers of Lackey’s recent foundation novel Beyond will enjoy the trip to this popular world.
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Battle of the Linguist Mages

The inventiveness and intensity of Moore’s storytelling perfectly blends Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash. Readers who enjoy gaming will find the novel accessible and appealing.

Cyber Mage

Highly recommended for readers of cli-fi and those looking for a story that explores the virtual world.
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Innate Magic

This great first fantasy outing from Fay will be well received by adults and young adults who like V. E. Schwab and Leigh Bardugo.
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Swashbucklers

A fun romp, ideal for fans of the cultural references and humor of Ghostbusters and Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One.

The Bone Shard Emperor

Stewart expands the rich world of the Empire, where magic and political machinations are the keys to power.

Daughter of the Moon Goddess

An exquisitely detailed fantasy with a strong, vulnerable protagonist. The intimate prose makes Tan’s wonderful debut an immersive experience; share with fans of Shelley Parker-Chan and Katherine Arden.
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Tales from the Cafe

These tearful stories hit hard but ultimately lead to a beautiful ending. Fans of Matt Haig’s Midnight Library will enjoy this quick read with touches of magical realism and soul-searching.

Isolate

Readers will be caught up in Modesitt’s world, which is just close enough to reality to make the lessons feel real, and just fantastic enough to provide distance and interest. The gas lamp setting will draw in plenty of steampunk readers, while anyone who likes to delve into the way worlds work will be riveted.
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Elder Race

Recommended for lovers of portal fantasy, lost colony science fiction, and stories on the border between the two genres.
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Trinity

Fans of Jack Campbell’s “Lost Fleet” series will enjoy Bara’s latest.
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Noor

Okorafor packs swift action and harsh emotions into this slim novella, showing her strengths once again as a speculative fiction writer.
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Brothers of the Wind

Recommended for fans of old-school epic fantasy and anyone who remembers Williams’s 1988 classic The Dragonbone Chair with fondness.

Sistersong

Holland crafts a tale tied to folklore, history, and song, bringing rich detail and imagination to characters and setting. Give it to readers who have enjoyed Arthurian retellings or Madeline Miller’s Circe.
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The Starless Crown

An interesting blend of science and magic, flying ships and prophetic gods, propel this fantasy into epic territories.
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Even Greater Mistakes

This fascinating, emotional collection is a welcome addition showcasing Anders’s range and prose.
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The Undertakers

Glover has written another fast-paced story of luck, fate, and betrayal. Readers will be engrossed by its celestial magic, hidden tunnels leading to unexpected places, and cliffhanger ending.

Where the Drowned Girls Go

The message of owning one’s truth instead of losing one’s individuality will resonate. Highly recommended.

Far From the Light of Heaven

A clever, haunting read from Arthur C. Clarke–winner Thompson.
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A Spindle Splintered

Sleeping Beauty crashes into the multiverse in Harrow’s queer, subversive, explicitly feminist retelling. This story of power, agency, and sisterhood is recommended.
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Call Me Stan: A Tragedy in Three Millennia

Wilson’s (An Idea about My Dead Uncle) latest is great for readers of historical fiction, especially ancient military fiction, or those who prefer character driven stories. Good for fans of Bernard Cornwell, Ken Follett, and Robert Harris.
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The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Volume Two

Recommended for fans of dark fiction and other literary-minded readers who enjoy a dash of the strange and unusual.
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The Orphan Witch

The novel’s intricate Western European–inspired worldbuilding and layered characters make it a fit for fans of Alice Hoffman and Deborah Harkness.
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Child of Light

Brooks’s (The Last Druid) latest series launches in an exciting new world filled with juxtapositions of magic and machine, Fae and human, and introduces the one young woman who may be able to bridge the gaps.
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True Dead

Hunter’s latest installment in the long-running series raises the stakes, ups the action, and expands the world and characters in exciting ways.

The God of Lost Words

Hackwith’s poignant, imaginative series sends readers on an amazing journey, with profound prose that will capture hearts and minds.
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A Song of Flight

A delightful fantasy full of folklore and strength that highlights the power of the individual, family, and comradeship.
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Seven Deaths of an Empire

Older teens and adults will enjoy the novel’s political intrigue and struggle to survive, which are reminiscent of George R. R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” or a slightly less fantastical version of Jim Butcher’s “Codex Alera” series.
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The Seventh Queen

A satisfying conclusion that showcases intriguing characters, epic worldbuilding, and all the political and personal scheming a reader could want.
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Among Thieves

Kuhn’s debut is full of magic and mystery, plus a group of delightful, morally challenged misfits who are looking for freedom, no matter the cost.

Jade Legacy

Blood, loyalty, and lives are gained and lost in the powerful finale of the “Green Bone Saga.” Lee’s series will stand as a pillar of epic fantasy and family drama.
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The Quicksilver Court

Caruso’s follow-up to The Obsidian Tower expands the detailed worldbuilding and imperial machinations of this magic-steeped empire, while Ryxander continues to grow as a diplomat and heroine.
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The Free Bastards

A satisfactory conclusion to French’s trilogy, full of all the blood, battles, and profanities readers expect from the Bastards.
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Crown of Cinders

The sequel to Wings of Fury centers Hera as the mastermind of the battle between the Titans and Olympians. King’s feminist retelling broadens myth with family, fury, and power.

The Last Graduate

Sardonic students, gruesome monsters, growing friendships, and a touch of romance create a highly readable story. Some questions remain to be answered in the trilogy’s last volume. The end of this installment ensures that book three can’t come fast enough.
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The Devil You Know

This series entry begins to peel back the layers of the characters that make up the Mercenary Librarians and the Silver Devils, while giving hints to deeper secrets and conspiracies of the corrupt TechCorps and its plans for control.

Empire in Black and Gold

Tchaikovsky’s “Shadows of the Apt” series brought this world to fascinating life in exquisite detail. The story may follow familiar fantasy tropes, but the characters make the story seem fresh and new. Highly recommended for fantasy and steampunk readers looking for a truly epic (and complete!) tale, fans of the author, and anyone looking for a great but different story about the rise and overthrow of fantastic empires. A good purchase for libraries that don’t own older editions of the series.
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Star Mother

This beautiful novel will be enjoyed by fantasy and romance readers alike, but might find its most suitable home on the SF/Fantasy shelf.
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The World Gives Way

A debut that will keep readers engaged, for its characters’ emotional depths and its inevitable ending.
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Inside Man

This book reads like a 21st-century version of C. S. Lewis’s Screwtape Letters, with a demon who’s disillusioned, disaffected, and just trying to keep his head down into Eternity. Parker (Prosper’s Demon) has written the ultimate mind game; recommended to readers who enjoy his particular brand of snarky, witty, fourth-wall-breaking storytelling.

No Gods, No Monsters

Turnbull’s sophomore work (after The Lesson) puts him at the top of the field of fantasy literary fiction. It reveals social faults with insightful commentary and intriguing characters.
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Under the Whispering Door

The latest by Lambda Literary Award winner Klune (Wolfsong) is a winning story (slow-paced and heartwarming) about grief, loss, and moving on. Readers will cry and be charmed by his wonderful characters.
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Mother of All

Glass’s final volume of the “Women’s War” trilogy is a satisfying, if lengthy, conclusion to the series.

The All-Consuming World

Khaw’s (Hammers on Bone) first full-length novel is a sensory deluge of language and action that will sweep readers away in a flood of joyful, violent abandon.

Sword Stone Table: Old Legends, New Voices

A highly creative and enchanting anthology. Will please Arthurian devotees and readers who are new to the legends.
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The Wolf and the Woodsman

This dark, YA-crossover, coming-of-age fairy tale really only has its Eastern European atmosphere going for it. The action focuses almost exclusively on Évike and Gáspár, who are very two-dimensional. Readers expecting something like the Grishaverse or Naomi Novik’s books will be disappointed.

The Chosen and the Beautiful

Vo’s first full-length novel weaves the plot of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby into a vivid tapestry of layered commentary on gender, race, and sexuality, set in a magical Jazz Age New York.

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The Gene of Life

A clunky thriller that relies entirely on plot and character tropes to move the action along. However, it also throws so much at the reader, at such a fast pace, that the reader cannot be faulted for occasional confusion. Others may find that the numerous conspiracy theories Takashima builds into the plot add excitement, but they also create the quagmire of a little too much for one title.

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Big Dark Hole: And Other Stories

In this collection, Ford (“The Well-Built City” trilogy) serves up a variety of staples from the sci-fi/horror buffet: monsters, ghosts, fairies, and even a creepy carnival. Exacting language and well-drawn characters give these stories enough depth to satisfy both sci-fi/fantasy fans and literary fiction readers. Seamlessly blending the surreal with the mundane, Ford gives readers an innocuous ride to places they never knew they wanted to go. Recommended for fans of Neil Gaiman and Ursula Le Guin.
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Black Sci-Fi Short Stories

The latest installment of Flame Tree Press’s “Gothic Fantasy” series has something for every speculative fiction taste. All of the short stories, old and new, are written by authors of color, and many have appeared in other compilations. The oldest story, by Martin Delany, was first published before the American Civil War; the most recent were published in 2019. The W. E. B. Du Bois short story “The Comet” appears on several college required reading lists.

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The Past Is Red

Valente’s prose presents a stark image of humanity surviving climate ruin, corporate greed, and rich escapists. Tetley’s voice is engrossing, creating a read that will make readers think about our possible future.
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Seasons Between Us: Tales of Identities and Memories

This collection is at turns haunting, yearning, and hopeful. An excellent volume of varied voices, both familiar and new.

Savage Bounty

Wallace presents another enthralling epic fantasy.
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The Exiled Fleet

Dewes’s follow up to The Last Watch keeps the action front and center, while presenting an expansive science fiction story that is both richly complex and accessible.
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Rabbits

Rabbits is a story for readers who don’t think the stakes in Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One were nearly high enough. And for those who think The Matrix didn’t have nearly enough conspiracy theories or coincidences. It’s recommended for readers who like their SF on the techno-thriller side, and their endings somewhat equivocal. And for anyone who believed that the TV series Lost was a bit too straightforward after all.
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Capture the Crown

Estep’s new series takes readers back to the world she built in “Crown of Shards,” filled once again with exciting machinations and a slow burn of romance.
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Blood Moon: A Wolves of Wolf Point Novel

An intriguing premise about menopausal women and (super)natural change, mixed with a touch of romance and mystery, make for a fun and grounded story. Definitely pair this book with its predecessor, Silver Moon, to understand the characters’ back stories.

A Psalm for the Wild-Built

Chambers (The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet) begins a delightful new series full of familiar themes: heart, hope, and purpose.

Immunity Index

This dystopian biothriller reads like a 21st-century version of Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain, crossed with George Orwell’s 1984. The clone sisters and their creator each provide alternating perspectives of a chaotic world and evince that individuals can make a difference. The story they tell is hopeful, heartbreaking, and compelling at every turn. Highly recommended for readers of dystopian science fiction or political technothrillers.

Son of the Storm

Highly recommended for fans of epic fantasy based on non-European mythologies, like The Black Sun, by Rebecca Roanhorse; readers who enjoy protagonists on troubled journeys, like in Jenn Lyons’s The House of Always; or anyone who likes to chew on stories with complex shenanigans.
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We Have Always Been Here

An exciting debut that delves into themes of corporate conscription, the definition of humanity, and the complexity of relationships. This science fiction thriller will keep readers guessing and wondering past the final page.

Hold Fast Through the Fire

The second “NeoG” novel (after A Pale Light in the Black) further expands the world of the futuristic coast guard and details the faithful, delightful crew of Zuma’s Ghost.
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