Atomic Anna by Rachel BarenbaumWhat it is: a time-hopping multigenerational family saga by the author of A Bend in the Stars.
Starring: Russian nuclear scientist Anna Berkova; her rebellious artist daughter, Molly, creator of the Atomic Anna comics; and Molly's daughter, Raisa, a math prodigy who must follow the clues in her mother's work to prevent a tragedy.
Read it for: complex mother-daughter relationships, an intricate tri-fold narrative, and well-researched Cold War history.
Spear by Nicola GriffithWhat it is: a "sparkling" (Booklist) gender-bent retelling of the Arthurian legend of Perceval by the author of Hild.
Starring: wilderness-born Peretur, who disguises herself as a man, sets out to join the court of King Artos at Caer Leon, and embarks on a quest for the Holy Grail.
You might also like: Alex Myers' The Story of Silence, Lucy Hollands' Sistersong, or the anthology Sword Stone Table: Old Legends, New Voices.
The Ice Ghost
by Kathleen O'Neal Gear
What it is: When her best friend Quiller is captured by Trogon, the greatest Neandertal holy man, who needs her to lead him to a godlike Jemen leader's burial cave, Lynx embarks on a perilous quest to find her and stop Trogon.
Reviewers say: "The wild premise, speculative approach, and tense adventure will keep readers hooked. Fans will eagerly await answers in the series conclusion" (Publishers Weekly).
All the Seas of the World
by Guy Gavriel Kay
What it is: Set in the near-Renaissance world of A Brightness Long Ago, two assassins hired by the most dangerous men alive begin a mission that, if successful, will alter the destinies of empires and the lives of all people.
For fans of: Terry Brooks & Carol Berg.
Reviewers say: "Kay constructs a rich world that easily draws readers in. Historical fantasy fans will be wowed" (Publishers Weekly).
Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments by T.L. HuchuA very particular set of skills: Given her ability to communicate with the dead, erstwhile "ghostalker" Ropa Moyo is the perfect person to find the cause of a magical illness with links to the prestigious Edinburgh Ordinary School for Boys.
Series alert: Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments is the 2nd book in the Edinburgh Nights series, which begins with The Library of the Dead.
For fans of: Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series.
Wild and Wicked Things by Francesca MayWhat happens: When Annie Mason returns to Crow Island to settle her late father's estate, she falls under the spell of the enigmatic Emmaline Delacroix.
Why you might like it: Set in the 1920s, this sapphic, magic-infused reimagining of The Great Gatsby offers Gothic atmosphere and occult intrigue.
You might also like: Alice Hoffman's Practical Magic books; Nghi Vo's The Chosen and The Beautiful.
The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe, Yohanca Delgado, Eve L. Ewing, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Danny Lore, and Sheree Renée Thomas.What it is: a highly anticipated anthology inspired by Janelle Monáe's Grammy-nominated album (and accompanying short film) Dirty Computer.
Why you might like it: An all-star line-up of co-authors -- including Alaya Dawn Johnson, Eve L. Ewing, and Sheree Renee Thomas -- joins Monáe in this "celebration of queer and Afrofuturist science fiction" (Publishers Weekly).
Until the Last of Me by Sylvain NeuvelWhat it's about: Mia and Lola are Kibsu, aliens that work in mother-daughter pairs to push humankind towards the goal of space exploration while avoiding the Trackers that threaten to undo their efforts.
Why you might like it: Opening in 1968, this 2nd book in the Take Them to the Stars novels, after A History of What Comes Next offers a suspenseful shadow history of the Space Race.
For fans of: Mary Robinette Kowal's Lady Astronaut novels.
Fevered Star by Rebecca RoanhorseThe setting: the continent of Meridian, reeling in the aftermath of celestial events that shattered the Holy City of Tova.
The characters: Serapio, the blind avatar of the reborn Crow God; Xiala, the sea captain who loves him; Naranpa the Sun Priest, who must relearn everything she once knew; and Okoa, who, once again, has a crucial role to play in the events that unfold.
Series alert: Picking up where Black Sun left off, Fevered Star is the 2nd book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, which draws inspiration from the many pre-contact Indigenous cultures of the Americas.
Walk the Vanished Earth
by Erin Swan
What it is: Told over seven generations, this sweeping family epic explores ancestry, legacy, motherhood, the trauma we inherit and the power of connection in the face of our planet's imminent collapse.
For fans of: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.
About the author: Erin Swan is a writer of fiction and nonfiction whose work has been published in such literary journals as Portland Review, The South Carolina Review, and Inkwell Journal.
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