Fantasy and Science Fiction
Within the Sanctuary of Wings: A Memoir by Lady Trent
by Marie Brennan
Historical Fantasy. Naturalist and dragon expert Lady Isabella Trent continues her globetrotting adventures in this 5th and final volume of the Memoirs of Lady Trent series, which features a strong-willed scientist heroine and takes place in an alternate version of Victorian England. Fans will welcome the return of the redoubtable Lady Trent and her dragon-obsessed colleagues, but newcomers should start with A Natural History of Dragons.
by Robin Hobb
Epic Fantasy. Believing his beloved daughter, Bee, to be dead, assassin FitzChivalry "Fitz" Farseer converts his rescue mission into a revenge quest -- accompanied (as always) by his enigmatic companion, the Fool. Assassin's Fate concludes the Fitz and the Fool trilogy, which begins with Fool's Assassin. Although this atmospheric series stands on its own, these flawed yet sympathetic characters and their richly detailed world, the Realm of the Elderlings, made their first appearance in The Farseer trilogy (starting with Assassin's Apprentice).
Borne: A Novel
by Jeff VanderMeer
Apocalyptic SF. Animal, mineral, or vegetable? When scavenger Rachel rescues Borne, the discarded creation of a defunct biotech company, she has no idea what she's discovered. That doesn't stop her from taking it home and raising it. To her surprise, the shapeshifting Borne is not only sentient, but intelligent. But Rachel's partner, Wick, is not enchanted with the new arrival. With its dark dystopian setting and non-human(oid) characters, author Jeff VanderMeer's latest novel has more in common with his Ambergris series than his more recent Southern Reach novels.
The Dragon's Legacy
by Deborah A. Wolf
Epic Fantasy. A dying world and its dwindling resources serve as the board on which a high-stakes game of war and political intrigue will play out; its pawns include warrior princess Sulema, daeborn Jain, and dreamshifter's apprentice Daru. Unfolding from multiple perspectives, this lush, sprawling saga is the 1st volume in a planned series that should appeal to fantasy readers who enjoyed the epic scale of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. Its world-building, with echoes of ancient Egypt, may please A Song of Ice and Fire fans who prefer Essos to Westeros.
The Book of Joan
by Lidia Yuknavitch
Science Fiction. When Earth becomes uninhabitable, wealthy survivors head to space and take up residence on suborbital complex CIEL, ruled by celebrity dictator Jean de Men. CIEL inhabitants, physically transformed by radiation, pass their allotted 50-year lifespans by tattooing stories on their skin. The one forbidden tale -- that of eco-warrior Joan of Dirt, who dared defy Jean de Men -- is central to this imaginative SF adaptation of the story of Joan of Arc.
The Dragon's Path
by Daniel Abraham
Epic Fantasy. Following the downfall of the Dragon Empire, the world's 13 races -- which range from humanoid to dragon-esque -- divide themselves into new kingdoms, most at odds with one another. When the nation of Antea attacks the city of Vanai, the invasion ignites a widespread war that links the destinies of three people: banker Cithrin; former war hero Marcus; and scholar-turned-soldier Geder. The Dragon's Path is the 1st book in The Dagger & The Coin series.
by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston
Military SF. Although Earth emerged victorious from its first engagement with the Formic fleet, the second wave of the invasion will be harder to repel. A group of humanity's best and brightest are working hard to develop the technology that will enable them to defend the planet against the aliens, but their efforts may be too little, too late. While this opening installment of the Second Formic War series stands on its own, it will especially appeal to fans of Ender's Game interested in the "Buggers."
King of Thorns
by Mark Lawrence
Epic Fantasy. He's avenged his family's death (in Prince of Thorns) . Now, to hold onto his newly acquired throne, 18-year-old King Jorg must defeat an invading army. Will the discovery of magical artifacts beneath the castle aid his cause or bring about the destruction of his kingdom? Dark, gritty, and violent, this 2nd book in the Broken Empire series should tempt fans of Joe Abercrombie's First Law novels.
Victory of Eagles
by Naomi Novik
Historical Fantasy. When Napoleon mounts a full-scale invasion of Britain, the nation's only hope is Captain Will Laurence and his dragon comrade-in-arms Temeraire. Alas, Laurence, convicted on charges of treason, now languishes on a prison ship, while Temeraire has been exiled to Welsh breeding grounds. Can they reunite before it's too late? Find out in this 5th installment of the Temeraire series, which begins with His Majesty's Dragon.
Live Free or Die
by John Ringo
Military SF. With the alien Horvath in control of Earth, humanity's only hope is webcomic artist Tyler Vernon. His plan? To exploit the extraterrestrials' insatiable appetite for the mysterious substance known variously as "Dragon's Tears," "Product 156," and "maple syrup." Establishing trade relations with the rest of the galaxy will enable humanity to reclaim its sovereignty. That's the plan, anyway. This fast-paced, action-packed novel is the 1st installment of the Troy Rising trilogy, which continues with Citadel and The Hot Gate.
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