Fantasy and Science Fiction
The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester FoxIn 1821, scandal drives the Montrose family from Boston to rural New Oldbury, Massachusetts, where they take up residence at Willow Hall. There, daughter Lydia discovers she's a witch.
You might also like Ami McKay's The Witches of New York, another richly detailed historical fantasy novel about female empowerment and witchcraft.
Priest of Bones by Peter McLeanTomas Piety -- criminal, warrior, priest -- who returns to his old stomping grounds to reclaim his territory from a rival gang.
This gritty (and violent!) novel kicks off the War for the Throne series, which offers a large cast of colorful characters, vivid world-building, and a suspenseful plot.
You might also like Fonda Lee's Jade City, another fantasy novel about a criminal syndicate engaged in brutal turf wars.
Red Moon by Kim Stanley RobinsonBy 2048, China has colonized the Moon.
When hapless American Fred Fredericks is falsely accused of murder, he must evade the authorities and escape to Earth with the help of politician's daughter Chan Qi and journalist Ta Shu.
For fans of the geopolitical lunar colony intrigue found in Robert Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and Adam Roberts’ Gradisil.
The Consuming Fire by John ScalziThe Interdependency--humanity's interstellar empire--is on the verge of collapse. The extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible is disappearing, leaving entire systems and human civilizations stranded.
Fans of John Scalzi's work will find this action-packed space opera closer in tone to his Old Man's War series than his more recent Lock In novels.
Empire of Sand by Tasha SuriMehr, the daughter of an imperial governor of the Ambhan Empire and an Amrithi woman. From her mother, whose people are said to be descended from supernatural beings, Mehr has inherited abilities that make her a threat to the powers that be.
You might also like: S.A. Chakraborty's The City of Brass; Rati Mehrotra's Asiana series.
Books You May Have Missed
Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuireRini, whose mother Sumi has died -- years before Rini was even born. To resolve this particular paradox, Rini and her classmates must journey to the world of Confection (think Candy Land, only creepier).
Beneath the Sugar Sky is the 3rd book in the Wayward Children series, after Every Heart a Doorway and Down Among the Sticks and Bones; book 4, In an Absent Dream, arrives in 2019.
The Outcasts of Time by Ian MortimerIn 1348, as the Black Death ravages England, brothers John and William are given a choice: succumb to the plague now, or receive an additional six days in which to seek salvation.
For fans of:Connie Willis' Doomsday Book or Michael Flynn's Eifelheim.
84K by Claire NorthIn the criminal justice system... cash fines have replaced prison sentences as offenders pay a literal debt to society. Assigning monetary value to these crimes falls to the members of the Criminal Audit Office.
Accountant Theo Miller is responsible for assessing penalties, but the murder of a woman from his past compels him to take a personal interest in the crime.
Spinning Silver by Naomi NovikA mash-up of "Rumpelstiltskin" and Russian fairy tales.
Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father's inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold.
You might also like: Katherine Arden's Winternight trilogy, beginning with The Bear and the Nightingale.
Red Clocks: A Novel by Leni ZumasIn a world... where a "personhood" amendment to the U.S. Constitution grants legal rights to embryos, everything from abortion to in vitro fertilization is illegal, five women from different backgrounds attempt to navigate this new world.
And no, fleeing to Canada is not an option.
For fans of reproductive dystopias such as Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale or Hillary Jordan's When She Woke.