The Serpent & the Wings of Night by Carissa BroadbentTo prove herself, Oraya, the adopted human daughter of the Nightborn vampire king, enters the legendary Kejari tournament and forges an alliance with her rival, vampire warrior Raihn, in this opening installment of the Crowns of Nyaxia series. For fans of: Jennifer L. Armentrout's Blood and Ash series; Rebecca Yarros' The Empyrean series; the Underworld film franchise.
Grievar's Blood by Alexander DarwinIn this sequel to The Combat Codes, Cego continues his education at the Lyceum, while his former classmate, Solara Halberd, sets out on a quest to the distant Isles to settle family business. Read-alikes: Will Wight's Unsouled series, Anthony Ryan's Raven's Shadow series.
A River of Golden Bones by A.K. MulfordTwins Briar and Calla are the heir and spare, respectively. But when a sorceress' spell sends Briar into eternal slumber, Calla must step out of the shadows and embark on a quest to save her sister. This "rip-roaring romantasy series launch" takes Sleeping Beauty and adds werewolves. You might also like: Alix E. Harrow's Fractured Fables series or Heather Walter's Malice duology.
Like Thunder by Nnedi OkoraforIn 2074 Niger, rainmaker Dikéogu Obidimkpa records what's left of his memories as he tries to find his friend, shadowspeaker Ejii Ugabe. Darker in tone than its predecessor, The Shadow Speaker, this conclusion to Nnedi Okorafor's Desert Magician duology adds depth and detail to the story's compelling characters and intriguing post-apocalyptic world.
After World by Debbie UrbanskiWorking for the Digital Human Archive Project (DHAP), AI [storyworker] ad39-393a-7fbc documents the brief life of Human 2272696176, also known as "Sen Anon," who recorded her observations on a rewilding world in the aftermath of the apocalypse. This stylistically complex debut offers a "difficult but deeply moving story of grief and love" (Kirkus Reviews). You might also like: Olga Ravn's The Employees; Mark Wheaton's Emily Eternal.
The Atlas Six by Olivie BlakeSix magically gifted young people compete for five spots within the secretive Alexandrian Society, which guards the world's knowledge.
This dramatic and atmospheric novel kicks off the Atlas trilogy, which continues with The Atlas Paradox and concludes with The Atlas Complex. For fans of: Naomi Novik's Scholomance series; Leigh Bardugo's Alex Stern novels; Lev Grossman's Magicians trilogy.
Infinity Gate by M.R. CareyWelcome to the Pandominion, an interdimensional alliance encompassing a million versions of Earth -- every one of which is now threatened by the AI-led Ansurrection. This action-packed opening volume of the Pandominion series offers "an epic multiverse tale that moves like a thriller" (Kirkus Reviews). For fans of: Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter's The Long Earth series; Robert Charles Wilson's Spin novels.
The Mask of Mirrors by M.A. CarrickIn the city of Nadežra, con artist Ren poses as noblewoman "Renata Viraudax" in order to infiltrate once-powerful House Traementis and soon discovers that nobody in her new social circle is what they appear to be in this series opener by M.A. Carrick, the pseudonym for writing duo Marie Brennan (Driftwood) and Alyc Helms (The Dragons of Heaven). Read-alikes: Melissa Scott and Lisa A. Barnett's Astreiant novels; Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastards series.
The Last Watch by J.S. DewesAt the edge of the universe is The Divide, where Adequin Rake, commander of the Argus, and her misfit crew of Sentinels, including exiled royal Cavalon Mercer, defend against threats from beyond. The Last Watch kicks off the Divide series, which continues with The Exiled Fleet. For fans of: John Scalzi's Interdependency novels; Cat Rambo's Disco Space Opera series.
Beneath the Rising by Premee MohamedThe lifelong friendship between Nick Prasad and Joanna "Johnny" Chambers will be tested when tech genius Johnny invents a clean energy reactor that unleashes eldritch horrors upon an unsuspecting world. A Locus Award finalist, Beneath the Rising is the 1st book of a trilogy that continues with A Broken Darkness and concludes with The Void Ascendant.
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