PositiveBooklistUsing evocative language to express a lovingly told tale of lost memories, Collins wraps her story of a passionate, forbidden relationship in mystery and magic.
RaveBooklistThe interconnected story lines, excellent pacing, and heart-wrenching ending will have readers clamoring for the next book. Offer this to fans of other recent feminist speculative fiction like Naomi Alderman’s The Power (2017), Ausma Zehanat Khan’s The Bloodprint (2017), or Tasha Suri’s Empire of Sand (2018).
Kate Hope Day
PositiveBooklistDay’s complex debut explores the mind-bending idea that for every decision made, alternate choices lead to different lives ... Multiverse-theory fans will enjoy the speculation offered in this novel.
PositiveBooklistTold in alternating chapters that differ in style, tone, and even font, this novella packs the punch of a much larger novel when the exam becomes a life-and-death hostage situation. A timely and thought-provoking story for book-discussion groups and fans of speculative fiction.
PositiveBooklistMultiple voices—first one, then two, and, eventually, six—of unique characters are smoothly melded together ... These entwined stories and all they touch are ultimately about family and the power of love. Novik’s fans, and readers who enjoy well-spun fairy-tale re-creations, will be thoroughly enchanted.
PositiveBooklistThe desert setting, complex characters, and epic mythology will captivate readers of Suri’s debut fantasy.
PositiveBookpageRossner’s debut is the fantastical coming-of-age story of two sisters, combining historical events, religious strife, and Russian folklore. Alternating chapters of regular prose and ballad-like stanzas emphasize the difference between two loving daughters, products of an unusual, mystical union between two shape-shifters—a Jewish bear and a gentile swan ... First-love conflicts, fear, and prejudice may trigger transformations neither Liba nor Laya will be able to control.
Robert Jackson Bennett
PositiveBooklistThe diverse, multifaceted characters, meticulous world building, and complex interhouse conflicts will draw readers into this new, action-packed fantasy series.
Sarah Beth Durst
PositiveBooklistThe Queens of Renthia series (which began with The Queen of Blood, 2016) concludes with an earth-shattering conflict between three determined queens, two countries, and a multitude of bloodthirsty spirits. Little more than a year into her rule, Queen Daleina of Aratay has survived an assassination attempt and a devastating invasion and acquired a new coruler, Queen Naelin ... Questions from previous books will be answered, and the introduction of three neighboring Renthian queens offers an intriguing story element.
Raymond A. Villareal
PositiveBooklistVillareal’s fast-paced debut blends the supernatural and questions revolving around the right-to-work, offering a satirical indictment of how a system favoring haves over have-nots can be detrimental to all humanity ... Using an oral history format, as in Max Collins’ World War Z (2006), the story builds momentum to a surprise-ending revelation.
R. F. Kuang
PositiveBooklistSet in an alternate version of historical China, Kuang’s debut will appeal to fans of epic military fantasy.
Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland
PositiveBooklist...the authors spin a complex and engaging what-if tale that blends technology and history. Ready-made for fans of intricate speculative fiction.