Fantasy and Science Fiction
“Forty-two.” “Excuse me?” I queried. “Old joke,” the cardinal admitted.
“The number of angels that can actually dance on a pinhead.”
Salavation, Peter F. Hamilton
Kill the Queen: A Crown of Shards Novel by Jennifer EstepAfter one of her cousins massacres the rest of the royal family, Evie, 17th in line for the throne of Bellona, takes refuge at a gladiatorial school...where she'll begin her quest for revenge.
Best known for her Elemental Assassin novels, urban fantasy writer Jennifer Estep ventures into epic fantasy in this 1st book in the Crown of Shards series.
Salvation by Peter F. HamiltonThe Assessment Team, dispatched to investigate an alien shipwreck (and its highly sensitive cargo) on a distant planet.
Best known for his sprawling Commonwealth Universe, author Peter F. Hamilton builds a space-faring civilization from scratch in this opening installment of the Salvation Sequence.
For fans of: the Decameron-inspired structure of Dan Simmons' Hyperion, the child soldiers of Ender's Game, and the adventure novels of Clive Cussler.
Time's Convert by Deborah HarknessEighteenth-century surgeon Marcus MacNeil joined the Continental Army, met vampire Matthew de Clermont, and took the plunge into immortality.
Now Marcus is engaged to mortal Phoebe Taylor, who has agreed to undergo the dangerous transition to vampire prior to their marriage.
Fans of Deborah Harkness' All Souls Trilogy (beginning with A Discovery of Witches) will enjoy catching up with Matthew, Diana, and their precocious twins.
Zero Sum Game by S.L. HuangMercenary Cas Russell's mathematical abilities are practically superpowers. Her kryptonite? Telepaths, who possess the power to throw off her calculations by warping her perceptions of reality.
You might also like: Alan Dean Foster's Tipping Point Trilogy or Psi-Tech by Jacey Bedford.
The Stars Now Unclaimed by Drew WilliamsAn agent of the Justified sect recruits gifted teens from worlds destroyed by the Pulse, attempting to stay ahead of rival sect Pax.
This 1st book in the Universe After series combines the "strong characterizations of Firefly, the space battles of The Expanse, and a tip of the motion scanner to Aliens" (Booklist).
Waypoint Kangaroo by Curtis C. ChenMore Maxwell Smart than James Bond, spy Kangaroo -- named for his extra-dimensional pouch that allows him to retrieve objects from other universes -- has bungled yet another mission, prompting his superiors to send him on a mandatory "vacation" to Mars aboard a luxury cruise ship.
You might also like: With its snarky protagonist and futuristic tradecraft, this debut novel (and its sequel, Kangaroo Too) may appeal to fans of Charles Stross' Laundry Files.
Time Salvager by Wesley ChuOn the eve of his planned retirement, James Griffin-Mars, a "chronman" who salvages materials from history for use in the resource-poor 26th century, breaks a Time Law by rescuing 21st century scientist Elise Kim from certain death. Now they're both on the run.
This opening installment of the Time Salvager series continues with Time Siege.
Winter Tide by Ruthanna EmrysCthulhu Mythos meets Cold War espionage.
Aphra and Caleb Marsh, the last of Innsmouth's amphibious Deep Ones, who are recruited as spies by the very government that sent their people to internment camps.
For fans of: Lovecraftian fiction that cleverly critiques its source material, such as Matt Ruff's Lovecraft Country or Victor LaValle's The Ballad of Black Tom.
At the Table of Wolves by Kay KenyonAt the end of the Great War came the "bloom" and, with it, paranormal abilities in the form of "Talents." Now it's 1936 and England is on the verge of war with Germany. Kim Tavistock's Talent, the "spill," causes others to confide their secrets to her, making her an ideal spy.
For another WWII-era historical fantasy featuring espionage and super-powered individuals, try Ian Tregillis' Milkweed Triptych, which begins with Bitter Seeds.
Spymaster: Book One of the Dragon Corsairs by Margaret Weis and Robert KrammesWhile Freyan spymaster Sir Henry Wallace grapples with a succession crisis and an empty treasury, his agent Pip must locate a pretender to the throne. Meanwhile, swashbuckling privateer Captain Kate Fitzmaurice is just trying to get filthy rich.
Set in the world of the author's Dragon Brigade trilogy, Spymaster kicks off the Dragon Corsairs series, which continues with Privateer.
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