The True Queen by Zen ChoWhat it is: the long-awaited sequel to Sorcerer to the Crown.
Starring: amnesiac sisters Muna and Sakti, who must travel from colonial Malaysia to Regency England (by way of Fairyland) to consult with Sorcerer Royal Prunella about the curse that afflicts them.
For fans of: Mary Robinette Kowal's Glamourist Histories, Caroline Stevermer's A College of Magics books, and Georgette Heyer novels.
|Tiamat's wrath by James S. A CoreyWhile Elvi Okoye weighs the consequences of uncovering the truth about weapons tied to an ancient genocide, Teresa Duarte navigates secrets and dangerous intrigues to fulfill her father's godlike ambition.
The Light Brigade by Kameron HurleyIntroducing: Dietz, a stateless "ghoul"-turned-soldier fighting a for-profit war in which troops are deployed to far-off battlefields in the form of particles of light.
For fans of: Joe Haldeman's classic military SF novel The Forever War.
Want a taste? "I didn't think about what would happen after I signed up. Or who I would need to become. I thought the world was simple: good guys and bad guys, citizens and ghouls, corporate patriots and socialist slaves."
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady MartineWhat it's about: Newly appointed ambassador Mahit Dzmare investigates the suspicious death of her predecessor while navigating political intrigue within the expansionist Teixcalaanli Empire.
Why you might like it: This debut by a Byzantine historian boasts an intricately layered, slowly unfolding plot as well as detailed depictions of alien cultures.
For fans of: Ann Leckie's Imperial Radch trilogy, Seth Dickinson's Masquerade series, or Katherine Addison's The Goblin Emperor.
Brief Cases: More Stories from the Dresden Files by Jim ButcherStarring: Chicago wizard-for-hire Harry Dresden and his associates.
Includes: the Lovecraftian "Cold Case," baseball-themed "Curses" (featuring the Chicago Cubs), and "Zoo Day," a novella from the POV of minor characters Maggie and Mouse.
Should you start here? This collection is best for Dresden Files fans who are all caught up on the main series, which begins with Storm Front.
Port of shadows
by Glen Cook
When he finds his fate tied to a new Taken, Croaker, in whom The Lady has taken a particular interest, must use all of his cunning to insure that The Lady and her “loyal” Taken do not destroy the company once and for all.
Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin; illustrated by Doug WheatleyWhat it is: Book 1 of a two-volume history of the Targaryens, which recounts how the dragonlord dynasty came to Westeros.
Who it's for: Samwell Tarly, as well as ASOIAF completists interested in the fiery reign of Aegon the Conqueror.
Don't miss: 75 black-and-white illustrations depicting important events in the history of the Seven Kingdoms.
The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss; illustrated by Nate TaylorWhat it is: a companion novella to the Kingkiller Chronicle that focuses on supporting character Auri, who dwells in the labyrinth-like Underthing.
Should you start here? Although Auri's adventures underground don't intersect with series protagonist Kvothe's storyline, newcomers will want to start with The Name of the Wind.
Reviewers say: The Slow Regard of Silent Things is "a charming, lyrical meditation on the meaning of home" (NPR).
Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection by Brandon SandersonWhat it is: a collection of eight stories and one graphic novel excerpt set in the Cosmere -- the universe that contains author Brandon Sanderson's Elantris, Mistborn novels, and the Stormlight Archive series.
Why you might like it: Arcanum Unbounded displays the author's intricate yet expansive world-building and inventive systems of magic.
Reviewers say: "required reading for Sanderson fans" (Publishers Weekly).
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