Leviathan Falls by James S.A. CoreyThey're back! Once again, Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante face daunting odds as they attempt to save humanity.
What a long, strange trip it's been: Leviathan Falls is the 9th and final installment of the Expanse series, which began in 2011 with Leviathan Wakes and has since become a popular television series.
Reviewers say: a "fitting conclusion to one of the best space opera series in many years" (Booklist).
The God of Lost Words by A.J. HackwithStarring: Arcanist Claire, escaped fictional character Hero, fallen angel Ramiel, and muse-turned-librarian Brevity, who must once again join forces to defend the Unwritten Wing, this time from the demon Malphas.
Series alert: This novel concludes the Hell's Library trilogy, following The Library of the Unwritten and The Archive of the Forgotten.
For fans of: Genevieve Cogman's Invisible Library series.
The Undertakers by Nicole GloverStarring: Henrietta "Hetty" Rhodes and her husband, Benjy, who use magic to investigate crimes against Black people in 1870s Philadelphia.
Why you might like it: This sequel to The Conductors offers well-drawn protagonists, their lovingly depicted Seventh Ward community, and a magic system based on the constellations.
For fans of: the alternate history of P. Djèli Clark's The Black God's Drums; the unique magic of Alaya Dawn Johnson's Trouble the Saints.
Jade Legacy by Fonda LeeWhat it is: the conclusion of the Green Bone Saga, which picks up where Jade War left off and spans a period of 20 years.
Featuring: the No Peak Kaul and the Mountain Ayt families, rival crime syndicates whose long-running conflict over control of the jade that is the source of their power at last comes to a head.
Why you might like it: Magic and martial arts enhance this gritty crime drama, which revolves around gang warfare in a setting reminiscent of contemporary Hong Kong.
A Swift and Savage Tide by Chloe NeillIntroducing: Captain Kit Brightling, an officer of the Saxon Navy, whose magic is Aligned with the sea; and Rian Grant, Viscount Queenscliffe, the intelligence operative with whom she must work to thwart a plot by Gallic Emperor-in-exile Gerard Rousseau.
Why you might like it: This fantasy series opener offers a magic-infused alternate version of the Napoleonic Wars.
For fans of: Naomi Novik's Temeraire series.
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon JamesWhat it is: a lush and, at times, surreal Afrofantasy novel by the author of A Brief History of Seven Killings.
Reviewers say: The New York Times' Michiko Kakutani describes the novel's African-inspired setting as "a place mapped by Gabriel García Márquez and Hieronymus Bosch with an assist from Salvador Dalí."
You might also like: Charles Saunders' Imaro, Kai Ashante Wilson's The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps.
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 series opener (and its sequel, A Desolation Called Peace) 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.
Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O'KeefeThe premise: After her ship is destroyed in battle, Sgt. Sanda Greeve wakes up two centuries later on an uncrewed enemy vessel, The Light of Berossus.
Read it for: exciting space battles, intergalactic political intrigue, and a multi-stranded narrative that shifts between past and present.
Series alert: This Philip K. Dick Award nominee kicks off the Protectorate series, which continues with Chaos Vector and concludes with Catalyst Gate.
A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians by H.G. ParryWhat it is: a richly detailed alternate history of the French and Haitian Revolutions for fans of Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.
Starring: necromancer Robespierre, who foments revolution in France; and weather mage Toussaint L’Ouverture, who leads the enslaved people of Haiti as they liberate themselves from bondage.
Series alert: This "impeccably researched and epically written" (Booklist) novel marks the opening installment of the Shadow Histories series, which continues with A Radical Act of Free Magic.
Deal With the Devil by Kit RochaAtlanta, 2086: Mercenary librarian Nina's quest for information puts her on a collision course with Captain Garrett Knox, leader of the rogue supersoldier group the Silver Devils.
Crossover alert: Deal with the Devil and its sequel, The Devil You Know, are set in the same post-apocalyptic world as author-duo Kit Rocha's BDSM-themed Beyond erotic romance series.
For fans of: the action-oriented storylines and strong heroine of Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels fantasies.
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