The next three months are bringing a ton of incredible books! I can’t wait to get my hands on all of these.
June 5th – Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova
I really enjoyed Labyrinth Lost, so I’ve been looking forward to this sequel! Bruja Born has a different protagonist, Lula Mortiz. After the events of the last book, something’s different about Lula’s powers. She takes solace in her boyfriend, Maks, but then he’s killed in a bus crash. Lula becomes determined to defy the laws of nature and bring him back from the dead. Here’s hoping I enjoy it as much as Labyrinth Lost!
June 12th – Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee
Alas, Revenant Gun will be the final novel in Yoon Ha Lee’s the Machineries of Empire trilogy. But on the bright side, at least I get one more book! And the synopsis is so wonderful. Hexarch Nirai Kujen somehow manages to recreate Shuos Jedao, the never-defeated and widely-feared general. Only, Jedao is seventeen and has no idea why people are expecting him to lead armies or what is going on. I was lucky enough to get an ARC and can confirm that this final installment delivers.
June 19th – Witchmark by C.L. Polk
I’ve enjoyed much of what Tor.com has released, and this debut novel’s caught my eye. The setting’s sort of like a magical Edwardian England, with the country recovering from a great war. Miles Singer is trying to escape his past, going so far as to fake his own death in order to reinvent himself. Of course, one thing and another happens, and he finds himself needing to rely on the family he hates as he investigates a murder. Oh, and Witchmark is queer! The romance is between Miles and another male character.
June 26th – Trail of Lightening by Rebecca Roanhorse
I’ve been excited about this one ever since it was announced! I loved Rebecca Roanhorse’s short story “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience,” and I look forward to reading more of her work. Trail of Lightening is a post-apocalyptic fantasy novel where gods and monsters walk the earth. And of course, our heroine, Maggie Hoskie, is a monster hunter living in Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation).
July 3rd – City of Lies by Sam Hawke
I can’t remember how this debut fantasy novel came to my attention, but I’m glad it did. I’ve read a number of fantasy books about assassins, and City of Lies offers a new type of story: a protagonist who guards against assassins. Also, it got a glowing recommendation from Robin Hobb, who mentioned that both the male protagonist and his sister have compelling story arcs. That sounds like just the sort of book I want to read. Sign me up!
July 10th – European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewomen by Theodora Goss
I found Theodora Goss’s novel The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter to be quite charming, and I plan to read this sequel. Admittedly, I might not get to it right away — I’m thinking about taking a Gothic literature course in the fall, and it’d be nice to learn about the fiction Goss is drawing from.
July 10th – Deep Roots by Ruthanna Emrys
I put off reading Winter Tide forever because it was Lovecraftian and I hadn’t read Lovecraft. Well, turns out I didn’t need to! I loved Winter Tide anyway, and now I’m ready to head into this sequel! My anticipation is that Deep Roots will follow its predecessor in being a lovely, character focused story. On a personal note, Emrys has said in interviews that the heroine is asexual, and I’d like that to more explicitly enter the text.
July 10th – Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
I had mixed feelings about Novik’s popular Uprooted, but I am planning to read her new stand alone fantasy, Spinning Silver. I read the short story that it was based on in The Starlit Wood and quite enjoyed it. In the author’s note, Novik talked about how she was trying to dismantle the antisemitism of the “Rumpelstiltskin” fairy tale. I’ve also heard Novik say that just like Uprooted drew on her Polish heritage, Spinning Silver draws on her Jewish heritage.
July 10th – Latchkey by Nicole Kornher-Stace
Archivist Wasp is a seriously underrated book. Why haven’t more people read it? It’s amazing! When I heard Kornher-Stace was writing a sequel, I got so excited! But… I’m also nervous. See, one of the things I loved so much about Archivist Wasp is that it didn’t have romance. At all. None. Will Latchkey change that? I sincerely hope not. It’s so hard to find books where the heroine doesn’t fall in love.
July 17th – Apocalypse Nyx by Kameron Hurley
Kameron Hurley’s Nyx is one of my all time favorite characters. She’s just such a compelling antiheroine. I don’t know what it is about her, but she’s so powerful. I can’t help but love her. So of course, when I heard Hurley was releasing a short story collection centering around Nyx, I was first in line for an ARC! I was lucky enough to receive a copy, so you’ll be seeing a review closer to the release. Until then, discover Nyx in the sci-fi novel, God’s War.
July 31st – The Descent of Monsters by JY Yang
I don’t know who the protagonist of The Descent of Monsters will be or what the synopsis is. All I really know is that it’s a Tensorate novella, and that’s enough for me. Both Tensorate novellas have been incredibly, but The Red Threads of Fortune is one of my all time favorite novellas. There’s a reason it made top three in my favorite books of 2017. That’s some pretty big shoes for The Descent of Monsters to live up to, but I’ve got my fingers crossed.
August 1st – Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller
I had quite a lot of fun last year reading Linsey Miller’s Mask of Shadows, and I’m planning to pick up this sequel. In Ruin of Stars, Sal will have to head North to revisit their lost homeland. I think that promises a whole lot of character growth as well as some resolution to the semi-cliff-hanger ending of the first book. Plus, this series is wonderfully queer, something I’m always looking for in my fiction.
August 21st – The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark
I’ve never read Clark’s fiction before, but I have wandered onto his blog. From what I’ve read over there, I would be interested in reading his work, and The Black God’s Drums looks like as good a place to start as any. The Black God’s Drums is a novella debut from Tor.com, which a plus, as I’ve liked a lot of what their team has put out. It’s also steampunk, which can be a bit hit or miss for me, but I’m still excited. Also, it’s got a heroine who can speak to African gods, which sounds super cool.
August 28th – Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews
Is this the last book? I really hope it’s not the last book, but I suppose the Kate Daniels series has to end sometime. Magic Triumphs will be the tenth installment into this urban fantasy series. I’d consider doing a reread of the whole series (they can be a comfort read for me), but I unfortunately don’t have the time. #bookbloggerproblems. Anyway, I really am looking forward to Magic Triumphs, and I’m getting all emotional about the potential of the series being over.
August 28th – Seafire by Natalie C. Parker
This book was brought to my attention as “YA fantasy inspired by Mad Max: Fury Road.” I got all excited, went to the Goodreads page, and discovered that there was more: Seafire was queer as well. How can a book possibly be more up my alley? I haven’t always had great luck with young adult fantasy, but I’m really hoping that this story about queer female pirates will blow me away!
Are you planning on reading any of these books? Are there any you haven’t heard of? What about books I didn’t list here that you think I should know about? Tell me in the comments!