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The Splinter in the Sky

Ashing-Giwa’s debut will appeal to fans of A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine and those who enjoy a decisive protagonist who throws herself into the action.

The Sun and the Void

Written with passion by an debut novelist born and raised in Venezuela; all of the hallmarks of an epic fantasy are here, but the story gets off to a slow start.

Immortal Longings

Best-selling YA novelist Gong’s (Last Violent Call) adult epic-fantasy debut combines a plot of corrupt politics and rotting empires with the adrenaline rush of combat and intrigue and a romance that is literally for the ages, based on the tempestuous relationship in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Lovers of Sarah J. Maas’s epic romantasy novels and the kickass fighting queens in Jennifer Estep’s “Gargoyle Queen” series won’t be able to turn these pages fast enough.

Where Peace Is Lost

Terrific action sequences do not detract from the emotional arc that Kel follows as a war survivor. Valdes (Fault Tolerance) delivers with her epic worldbuilding and characterizations in this sharp and poignant novel.

Gryphon in Light

This book begins a new trilogy within the Valdemar world. Readers who discovered or rediscovered Valdemar in Lackey’s recent Beyond will find enough links to the events of that origin story to see this later Valdemar as a new but still beloved place, as will regular readers of the series.

The Saint of Bright Doors

Dreamlike and inventive, this unusual novel is a complicated read that ably pairs the mundane with the mystical.


Recommended for readers of politically focused fantasy and those who enjoy seeing a good man fight the good fight, even if not with sharp-edged weapons.

Thief Liar Lady

Soria’s novel will grab readers right from the first page with her strong women characters and unexpected twists on a classic tale, as it alternates between the present and past, slowly revealing the real story and the depth of the characters. Fans of Marissa Meyer, Holly Black, and Rebecca Ross will enjoy this read.

Cassiel’s Servant

While many parts of the story are familiar, Joscelin’s point of view will revitalize fans of the series and draw new readers to this lush epic fantasy. Libraries should prepare for requests for the original series.


The first novel to be translated to English from South Korean author Djuna (whose identity remains a mystery), this quick-moving puzzle of an SF story is intriguing and fascinating as it imagines a future where humanity is intertwined with AI.

The Weaver and the Witch Queen

Gornichec showcases her knowledge of Icelandic folklore and history, while her storytelling reveals the complex and engrossing lives and emotions of her characters.

The Court War

This novel is a whole lot of fun. Fenra and her gang are both smart and smart-alecky, keeping themselves and readers going on a rising tide of witty banter and out-of-the-frying-pan-into-the-fire action. Highly recommended for those who like a little swash in their buckle and enjoy watching smart people save the day.

The Book of Witches: An Anthology

Strahan (The Book of Dragons) has compiled a delightful collection of original stories about an iconic fantasy archetype.

Wildwood Magic

Full of women wielding the magic of the land, often through skills like beekeeping, sewing, or singing, Reece’s latest is an enchanting tale full of magical moments that also confronts the harm that hate and fear can inflict.

A Second Chance for Yesterday

The first novel by siblings Rachel Hope Cleves (Unspeakable) and Aram Sinnreich (The Essential Guide to Intellectual Property) draws on their work as a historian and a futurist. Combining accessible prose, exciting action, and deeply philosophical issues, this book would be a win for any library catering to science-fiction readers.

In the Lives of Puppets

A remarkable, uplifting story, as fans of Klune’s other outstanding works might expect. Purchase multiple copies and be prepared for many holds.

The Stars Undying

An epic space opera perfect for listeners craving interstellar flare and political conflict interwoven with themes of immortality, personhood, and artificial intelligence.


A lush and romantic story made all the more compelling by Wees’s evocative prose and Johnson’s graceful narration. Recommended for fans of Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus or Constance Sayers’s The Ladies of the Secret Circus.

The Fairy Bargains of Prospect Hill

This fable, rich in history, magic, and feminism, is a treat for fans of H.G. Parry’s The Magician’s Daughter. Recommended for general purchase.

The Last Catastrophe: Stories

Fans of speculative fiction, The Twilight Zone, and Black Mirror should enjoy. Although listeners can relish this chilling and timely collection one story at a time, some may find that they can’t put this one down.

Quantum Radio

Riddle’s intricate story and Porter’s masterful performance are a match made in heaven in this unputdownable thriller where science and history collide.

Dark One: Forgotten

A fresh and fun listen perfect for fans of Courtney Summers’s Sadie. Podcast lovers, true-crime devotees, and Sanderson’s and Wells’s many fans will be enthralled.


Fans of the first book will enjoy this second adventurous fantasy novel with some romance.

Devil’s Gun

Rambo’s follow-up to You Sexy Thing is another action-filled space opera with delightful characters and tasty dialogue.

The Jasad Heir

An Egyptian-inspired fantasy with a sprawling narrative that will immerse patient readers in its complex world.

Eventide, Water City

Recommended for those who love sci-fi thrillers and near-future postapocalyptic wild rides.

Cosmic Detective

An outstandingly inventive and thrilling cosmic noir.

The Judas Blossom

Aryan’s latest (after The Warrior) is perfect for those who enjoy dynamic historical fiction with a touch of magic, like the work of Guy Gavriel Kay.

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The Curse of Saints

Debut author Dramis’s new series has lots of potential, introducing an exciting world precariously balancing good versus evil magic in kingdoms ruled by ordinary humans.

Flight & Anchor: A Firebreak Story

A terrific entry point into this compelling, corrupt, dystopian world, with a story about the forging of unbreakable bonds set against harrowing adventure, heartrending choices, and traumatic consequences.

A Thousand Recipes for Revenge

Cato’s (The Clockwork Crown) latest is an intriguing story filled with gods, magic, and enough culinary references to please any fan of epicurean magic.


This hard sci-fi thriller is full of cinematic and wild suspense and would be great for fans of Andy Weir, although the tone is far more austere.


A delightfully twisted mash-up of fairy tales, filled with amusing dialogue and unusual character variations. Fans of Alix E. Harrow’s “Fractured Fables” series or Kevin Hearne and Delilah S. Dawson’s “The Tales of Pell” series will enjoy this story from Linwood (who wrote Bad Gods under the name Gaie Sebold).


Macdonald (H Is for Hawk) and Blaché’s fiction debut is a low-key sci-fi mystery that blends the genres into a fusion of something new. With a hard-to-pin-down genre, the novel will appeal to a wide variety of readers.

The Book of Gems

Recommended for fans of moody aesthetic academia or fantasy mystery and anyone who enjoyed The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Older.

Ebony Gate

The contemporary setting and unusual magical system create an intriguing beginning to this series from Vee and Bebelle, who also write the “Seattle Slayers” series together. Put this book in the hands of fans of Fonda Lee’s “Green Bone Saga.”

Ethera Grave

The final book of “The Graven” trilogy, after Azura Ghost, digs deep into the multiverse, along with themes of genocide, utopian idealism, and autonomy.

The Road to Roswell

Recommended for readers of humorous SF, especially those who loved the author’s previous lighthearted books, such as Bellwether and To Say Nothing of the Dog.

The Legend of Charlie Fish

Rountree’s colorful palette brings together Western and fantasy elements to create a magical tale about the deep bonds forged by circumstance.

Capture the Sun

Following Eclipse the Moon, the “Starlight’s Shadow” trilogy ends as it began: with strong female protagonists, an engaging science-fiction setting, and a sexy romance.

Out of the Dawn

For fans of the previous book in this duology or those interested in postapocalyptic stories of women regaining their power. This could work as a stand-alone, as Cast effectively recaps key events from the previous novel.

Queen Wallis

Recommended for readers of alternate history, especially those who loved the previous book in the series.

Dark Water Daughter

This new series crosses genres and ages and is one that Long’s fans will love and new readers will embrace.

Thick as Thieves

The follow-up to Among Thieves is an enjoyable heist fantasy in a rough landscape of magic and morally gray characters.


Highly recommended for anyone who loves to see fables fractured into new and different shapes, similar to Alix E. Harrow’s A Spindle Splintered.

Medusa’s Sisters

A must-read for Greek mythology fans seeking new depth in their tales and those who enjoyed Madeline Miller’s Circe or Pat Barker’s The Silence of the Girls.


An inessential audio purchase, except where interest in Dimaline’s works is high. Listeners would be better served by Alix E. Harrow’s The Once and Future Witches or India Holton’s The League of Gentlewomen Witches.

The Last Tale of the Flower Bride

Despite some flaws, listeners will be caught up in Chokshi’s haunting, sensual world. An excellent fit for fans of Diane Setterfield’s Once Upon a River or Kate Morton’s The Clockmaker’s Daughter.

Emergent Properties

Highly recommended for fans of “The Murderbot Diary” series by Martha Wells and SF mysteries in general, particularly John Scalzi’s Lock In.


The Endless Vessel

Exploring the necessity of human connection with incredible depth, Soule serves up a delightful cocktail of dystopian and science fiction, with elements of historical fiction as a cherry on top. Recommended for, but not limited to, fans of Dan Brown’s “Robert Langdon” series and David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas.

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Vol. 39: The Best New SF & Fantasy of the Year

This collection of winners will satisfy readers of SF, epic and urban fantasy, and the squishy places in between, where speculative fiction is mashed into brave new worlds and mixed-up old ones.

SubOrbital 7

This is a tight military procedural for fans looking for something like Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan transported to space, with rockets flying, ruthless Russians scheming, and unvarnished trust in the American way.

Darkly She Goes

In this fantasy tale, Mallié (Arsène Lupine, Gentleman Thief) and Hubert (Beauty) create an ethereal, shadow-strewn world where cruel pasts corrupt the present.

A Sleight of Shadows

Howard offers another riveting foray into this magical world. Recommend to fans of Naomi Novik’s “Scholomance” series.

Relentless Melt

Bushnell (The Weirdness) seamlessly blends mystery, urban fantasy, and an exploration of gender identity into the kind of fun and fantastical ride that his readers have come to expect. Recommend to fans of TJ Klune and Kevin Wilson.

The Infinite Miles

Fergesen’s debut will appeal to fans of Doctor Who who enjoy a little nostalgia paired with a reminder to not dwell too much on the past.

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The Will of the Many

This is powerful storytelling at its finest, and the mind-blowing ending opens the series to so much more potential. Perfect for fans of Patrick Rothfuss and Anthony Ryan.

In an Orchard Grown from Ash

The duology’s conclusion (following In a Garden Burning Gold) is a raw, emotional journey of a family created and broken by the consequences of their actions.

The Carnivale of Curiosities

This novel will appeal to those who deeply loved V.E. Schwab’s The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue or Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, but may be a tough sell for others.

On Earth as It Is on Television

Jane’s energetic and contemporary debut will appeal to fans of family-focused sci-fi like Mike Chen’s Light Years from Home.

The Combat Codes

With surprising depth and touching relationships, this debut packs a punch and sets up a fascinating foundation for the rest of the series. Great for fans of Will Wight.

The Sword Defiant

This novel has the potential to become a fan-favorite among those who appreciate vast and eloquent epic fantasy. Readers will enjoy the unique twists, absorbing intrigue, and endearing characters.

City of Last Chances

This stand-alone epic fantasy from Tchaikovsky (Children of Memory) is highly recommended for lovers of big sprawling sagas who don’t want to wait years for a climactic conclusion.

A Shadow Crown

While still full of action and intrigue, Blair’s fantastic second book in the gripping “Halfling Saga” gives space for more introspection as Keera searches for answers about her family and her magical abilities and realizes that she’ll need to rely on others to achieve freedom for herself and all of the Halflings.

Titanium Noir

Harkaway (Gnomon) combines a satisfying mystery with a thought-provoking science-fictional setting and just the right touch of heartbreak to make for a compelling read. Recommended for those who enjoy reading SF/mystery blends such as The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal, Station Eternity by Mur Lafferty, and especially Drunk on All Your Strange New Words by Eddie Robson.

Savage Crowns

The captivating finale (following Savage Bounty) to a series filled with action and themes of politics and classism features an epic world and showcases hidden power structures, family secrets, and women who believe in a better life for all.

Translation State

Readers who enjoyed Arkady Martine’s “Teixcalaan” series will see fascinating similarities in this portrait of a rapacious empire as it begins to fall, while any SF reader who loves political skullduggery told through fascinating and empathetic characters will be captivated by Leckie’s latest foray into the Imperial Radch in all its complexity and corruption. Highly recommended.

Murky World

Corben’s (Shadows on the Grave) surreal imagination and highly detailed, stunningly textured illustration have earned him a place among the most highly acclaimed and influential creators of graphic novels and commercial art of the past five decades. This volume collects material originally serialized across various monthly publications in the years before his death in 2020.

Eden II

An ambitious, skillfully crafted satire of art, philosophy, and modern ennui.


Author Jensen (Bylines in Blood) balances an exploration of truth and systemic power with propulsive action and suspense, while illustrator Lonergan’s (Planet Paradise) page design and visual storytelling result in an uncanny sense of scale, movement, and pacing.

The Book That Wouldn’t Burn

There is a lot to enjoy here, with a fantastic setting, a feisty heroine, and hints of a deeper mystery that calls to mind the depths of Frank Herbert’s Dune and its intertwined cultural and religious issues.


Lam’s (Goldilocks) newest trilogy is a powerful nod to pursuing one’s own path, wrapped in an intriguing magical system and dragon scales.

Perilous Times

Highly recommended for lovers of Arthurian reinterpretations and climate-disaster thrillers.

The Ghosts of Trappist

Wagers raises the stakes with exciting action, terrific characters, and an expansive view on life in the universe.

Hell Bent

Fortgang’s and Axtell’s performances will have listeners eagerly awaiting the next book in Bardugo’s wholly engaging, well-narrated series.

Karma of the Sun

This beautifully realized audio is an absolute must for fans of postapocalyptic fiction. Recommend to listeners who enjoy science fiction that’s based in fantasy rather than hard science.

Ink Blood Sister Scribe

Törzs does a fantastic job creating a gripping and suspenseful story that keeps readers on their toes and wanting more. Fans of The Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern will love this magic- and suspense-filled novel.


Vern, Custodian of the Universe

Waiters’s impressive debut is a fast-paced science-fiction odyssey that explores morality, ethics, and personal responsibility with humor and loads of charm.

Life Beyond Us: An Original Anthology of SF Stories and Science Essays

The thought-provoking and mind-bending writing of this collection often offers as many questions as answers, which is part of its appeal. Insatiably curious SF readers will want to check this out.

Shubeik Lubeik

A must-read modern folktale set in an alternate world where wishes come true, but not always as expected.

On the Nature of Magic

Fans of the first volume or patient readers who can accept a level of fogginess in their narrative may enjoy this one.

Hybrid Heart

Give this to fans of manga and anime for an insightful, speculative glimpse into Japanese pop culture.

The Lost War

Originally self-published by Anderson (Carpet Diem) and now being released by a big publisher, this exciting novel manifests as fierce and fresh epic fantasy with DnD undertones. Perfect for fans of Anthony Ryan.

The Thorns Remain

This gripping, folkloric tale of the Scottish fae will keep readers thoroughly engrossed and transport them to this fairy tale realm. Fans of Rebecca Ross, Heather Fawcett, and Sarah J. Maas will enjoy the latest from Harwood (The Shadow in the Glass).

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Multiverses: An Anthology of Alternate Realities

The collection’s wide range of international authors means it has something to offer everyone. Recommended for libraries with strong SFF collections and readers who enjoy short fiction.


Fans of intricate worldbuilding, urban fantasy, and apocalyptic stories will be hooked. An excellent addition to any audio fantasy collection.

The First Men in the Moon

This charming listen is perfect for libraries looking to add classic sci-fi to their collections.

Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries

This is The Love Story of Missy Carmichael with fairies and snow. A sure win for believers in the value of story.

The World We Make

Listeners of the series’ prior audiobook will already be clamoring for this one. Purchase multiple copies, and rest assured that patrons will be delighted.

A Fractured Infinity

A fast-paced, character-driven queer sci-fi romance that shows how far someone will go to be with the one they love.


This book will appeal to science fiction readers who appreciate meticulous worldbuilding and learning about societies that are governed by a set of axioms. This impressive audio is a must-add for any science fiction collection.

Even Though I Knew the End

An essential buy for modern-fantasy collections. Share with fans of Emily Tesh’s Silver in the Wood or Ellen Klages’s Passing Strange.

All the Horses of Iceland

With a run time of slightly over two hours, there is little risk and great reward for trying out this audio gem.

No Gods for Drowning

Piper’s world has a deep backstory to wade through, but the thriller elements, plus the drama of multiple encroaching disasters, keep the novel sailing to a thought-provoking and satisfying conclusion.

The Union

Although the narrative occasionally feels forced, the story is uplifted by the emotionally affective narration, which brings out the nuances in Vernon’s engaging characters.

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