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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2022

Pandemics, witchcraft, terrifying A.I.: speculative fiction that stood out in 2022.

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By Amal El-Mohtar

This illustration, done in shades of blue-gray, shows a Saturn-like ringed planet leaning on a bookshelf. Next to it is an otherworldly figure in a large gown and hat, a book floating at its side.

Completing a novel is a difficult feat in the best of times, and we haven’t had any of those in a while. Because publishing moves slowly, this year brought us several novels that were drafted or revised during the upheavals of 2020, only to be released into a very different world. I want to recognize and celebrate the many, many hands laboring to make books in the face of so many challenges: not only authors but editors, agents, artists, designers, typesetters, copy editors and publicists. Of all the books I read this year, the following stood out as the most accomplished, astonishing or a heady mix of both. They’re arranged in the order I read them.

THE VIOLENCE, by Delilah S. Dawson, takes place in a post-Covid Florida, in 2025, on the cusp of a very different pandemic. Chelsea Martin lives a seemingly idyllic life in a gated community with her wealthy husband, two daughters and small fashionable dog. But Chelsea’s husband is physically and emotionally abusive, and he has systematically cut her off from any friends or support systems apart from her cruel and self-absorbed mother. As a new disease called the Violence spreads — causing brief, individual episodes of amnesiac rage during which the infected beat the nearest living thing to death — Chelsea sees an opportunity to free herself and her daughters. The book is a dazzling piece of knife work.

Instantly immersive and deeply affecting, IN THE SERPENT’S WAKE, by Rachel Hartman, concludes an epic fantasy duology that began with “Tess of the Road.” Publicly, Tess is on a quest: to sail through the Archipelagos to the South Pole and find the Polar Serpent, for science and for her friend Pathka, who has an ailment only the Serpent can ease. Privately, Tess is on a mission for the queen of Goredd: to spy on the neighboring nation of Ninys’s activities in the Archipelagos and report any aggression against its Indigenous peoples. Complex, compassionate and challenging as all Hartman’s novels are, this one is more expansive and multivocal than her previous work.

Sarah Tolmie’s ALL THE HORSES OF ICELAND is a slim and beautiful chronicle in the tradition of Naomi Mitchison and Ursula K. Le Guin. In it, a medieval Christian scholar named Jor relates the adventures of a stoic Icelander, Eyvind of Eyri, who travels to Mongolia to make his fortune and returns with a nameless white mare from whom all of Iceland’s horses will descend. The result is a sorcerous journey through hospitality and enchantment.

Jo Harkin’s TELL ME AN ENDING is one of the most sophisticated works of science fiction that I’ve read recently. A British company called Nepenthe offers therapeutic memory removal to two kinds of clients: self-informed and self-confidential. “The self-informeds know that they’ve had a memory removed; the self-confidentials don’t.” But a court order forces the company to offer the latter the option of memory restoration — revealing that they’ve had memories deleted in the first place and, for some, throwing their lives and relationships into turmoil. Sharply written with wry, slanted asides, “Tell Me an Ending” follows five characters in alternating chapters and explores the threads binding them to one another.

THE IMPOSSIBLE US, by Sarah Lotz, is an utterly delightful epistolary romance between Nick, a grumpy failed novelist turned freelance editor, and Bee, a cheerful workaholic with commitment issues, who refashions her clients’ wedding dresses into new clothing. When Nick types up an angry message demanding payment from a client and accidentally sends it to Bee, the two begin a cheeky, charming correspondence that will change both their lives — in multiple universes.

In Juno Dawson’s HER MAJESTY’S ROYAL COVEN , Niamh, Helena, Leonie and Elle are modern-day British witches who were inducted into the titular coven when they were schoolchildren. In the 25 years since, their tightly knit group has loosened. Helena has become the high priestess of H.M.R.C.; Niamh has drifted away from it; Leonie has left decisively to start her own coven, Diaspora; and Elle has buried herself in mundane domesticity, hiding her witchy nature from her husband and children. But when a terrible prophecy rattles the witching community, the friends draw together again — only to find just how different they’ve become. Warm, funny and heartbreaking.

Robert Jackson Bennett’s LOCKLANDS concludes his “Founders” trilogy, an epic fantasy that blends Renaissance Italy aesthetics with the ingenuity of the industrial and computing revolutions, and that asks hard questions about late capitalism and its attendant technologies. Over the course of three books, Sancia Grado has gone from a petty thief with the ability to “hear” magical objects, to the leader of the last bastion of free people battling against a terrifying artificial intelligence. Called Tevanne, it turns people into unwilling hosts for its consciousness and fodder for its projects; Sancia and her wife, Berenice, wage guerrilla warfare against it, having developed their own magical and technological enhancements. Berenice thinks winning requires ever more clever technology; Sancia isn’t so sure. A worthy conclusion to a spectacular series.

R.F. Kuang’s BABEL is a tremendous achievement, imagining an alternate history for the British Empire in which languages are an exploitable magic resource, provided the children who speak them with native fluency are groomed and assimilated into the empire’s violent systems. In the 1840s, Oxford’s Royal Institute of Translation attracts or uproots students from foreign countries and teaches them to work translation magic on its behalf. Focused on one cohort of four brilliant students and viciously footnoted by a shrewd narratorial voice, “Babel” is an unflinching study of the cost of loving what’s destroying you.

Aimee Pokwatka’s SELF-PORTRAIT WITH NOTHING is tantalizing and elusive lacework, delicately balanced between the branches of fantasy, mystery and realism like a spider’s web. Pepper Rafferty is a forensic anthropologist who often treats the facts of her own life as a puzzle in need of solving; in particular, she wonders what kind of person she would be if she’d been raised by her birth mother, Ula Frost, a reclusive painter of strange portraits rumored to have sensational effects on the lives of their subjects. Ula goes missing, and Pepper is declared her heir — but Pepper isn’t certain Ula’s dead, and decides to become the kind of person who sets out to find her.

Teeming with music, magic, family and art, Alex Jennings’s THE BALLAD OF PERILOUS GRAVES is a feast for the senses, dazzling and inventive, with prose I wanted to eat off the page. In the marvelous city of Nola, graffiti can walk and swamp rats can talk — but the city’s magical existence depends on nine foundational songs that live inside Doctor Professor’s piano. When those songs escape, Doctor Professor recruits Perilous Graves; his little sister, Brendy; and their best friend, Peaches, to retrieve them.

THE SCRATCH DAUGHTERS , by H.A. Clarke, is a sequel to “The Scapegracers,” but it feels more like that book’s second half: fully as bold and bloody, visceral and fierce. In the first book, Sideways Pike, a solitary weirdo witch, found a coven but lost her magic; in the second, she fights to get it back. Along the way, she learns more about her friends and enemies, their shared histories and herself. Chaotically queer and helplessly loving, it’s a series I wish a long and celebrated life.

Amal El-Mohtar is a Hugo Award-winning writer and co-author, with Max Gladstone, of “This Is How You Lose the Time War.”

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The best new science fiction books of August 2023

From speculative novellas by Josh Malerman to a first venture into science fiction from H is for Hawk author Helen Macdonald, August brims with sci-fi potential, says culture editor Alison Flood

By Alison Flood

1 August 2023

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There is plenty on offer for all science fiction fans in August

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August is another great month for science fiction fans, whatever your taste. You can take a journey to the multiverse courtesy of the award-winning Lauren Beukes or enjoy a sci-fi take on the haunting myth of Eurydice and Orpheus from Temi Oh. If first contact is your thing, there’s a novel from Karen Lord, or if you prefer speculative horror, there’s plenty available. And welcome to a debut sci-fi novel from H is for Hawk memoirist Helen Macdonald, which Neil Gaiman is calling “fabulous”. Time to make space on our bookshelves for new riches.

Bridge by Lauren Beukes

I have loved all of Lauren Beukes’s books, from The Shining Girls , her terrifying sci-fi thriller adapted by Apple TV+ and starring Elisabeth Moss, to her Arthur C. Clarke award-winning Zoo City . Bridge , which I read on holiday and can highly recommend, is another blend of sci-fi and thriller, with added multiverse fun. When Bridge’s mother dies, Bridge goes to sort out her house and finds the “dreamworm”, something she vaguely remembers from her childhood, when it took her to other realities. She has since persuaded herself, with the help of her therapist, that none of this really happened… but what if it did? And what if her mum is waiting for her in another universe?

Prophet by Helen Macdonald and Sin Blaché

Helen Macdonald’s memoir H is for Hawk was wonderful, so I am excited to read their first venture into science fiction, on which they have collaborated with author and musician Sin Blaché. Described as “fabulous” by Neil Gaiman, it sees an American diner appear overnight in a British field, in which treasured mementoes of the past appear – pets, toys, fairground rides. When deaths start to follow, ex-MI6 agent Sunil Rao investigates.

Pink Slime by Fernanda Trías (translated by Heather Cleary)

This story of a port city in the grip of an ecological crisis has won all sorts of awards already: the Uruguayan National Literature Prize for Fiction, the Bartolomé-Hidalgo Fiction Prize and the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Literature Prize. Narrated by someone who stays behind in the city while the wealthy escape inland to safety, the river fills with toxic algae and a deadly wind blows through the streets, it sounds bleak and brilliant.

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Whalefall by Daniel Kraus

After reading Erika Nesvold’s top 10 space movies , chosen for this magazine last month, I have had a yearning to read and watch The Martian again. So, when I found out that Daniel Kraus’s new book is described as The Martian meets 127 Hours , I put it straight to the top of my “urgently needs to be read” pile (full disclaimer: this pile is toweringly large). It’s the story of scuba diver Jay, who is trying to find the remains of his late father when he’s swallowed by a sperm whale – and has just an hour to escape before his air runs out. It sounds more thriller than sci-fi, but my reviewer Neil McRobert tells me it’s heavy on the science of how Jay might escape, and I can’t wait. I just hope no innocent sperm whales were harmed in the making of this story.

The Blue, Beautiful World by Karen Lord

I love a first-contact story, and this one, which adds a pop megastar to the mix, sounds really intriguing. It’s set in a future in which Earth has been transformed by rising temperatures and seas, and in which other civilisations are preparing to make contact with humanity. Those on Earth preparing for this moment include an inventor, a celebrity icon and the charismatic popstar Owen, who, apparently, has unique abilities that could unite the planet.

The best new science fiction books of July 2023

From George R. R. Martin’s new Wild Cards anthology to Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah's dystopian take on America, there is a wealth of exciting science fiction out this month. Culture editor Alison Flood shares the novels she is most anticipating

More Perfect by Temi Oh

Already out in the UK, I’m including this reimagining of the Greek myth of Eurydice and Orpheus, set in a near-future London, because it’s released in August in the US. That and our inimitable sci-fi columnist Sally Adee really rates it. “It weaves an intriguing tapestry of references, from the classical story of Eurydice to the neuroscience of consciousness, set against a drumbeat of dread,” she wrote, in our holiday reading round-up in June.

Lessons in Birdwatching by Honey Watson

Apech is a planet plagued by a time-distorting illness. When a brutal murder sparks a civil war, five students sent there for a temporary research project find themselves caught in the middle. The body count looks like it’ll be high in this dark comedy.

Spin a Black Yarn by Josh Malerman

Dip into this collection of five novellas from the author of Bird Box , a mix of speculative fiction and horror. I’m particularly looking forward to The Jupiter Drop , in which a tourist takes the ultimate trip to outer space, and also to Egorov , in which a triplet is murdered and his surviving brothers carry out a fake haunting on the unsuspecting killer, playing their dead brother’s ghost and hoping to drive his murderer mad.

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Bride of the Tornado by James Kennedy

Pitched as a blend of Stephen King’s The Mist and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks , this speculative horror novel sees a plague of sentient tornadoes coming to destroy a small town – with only a teenage boy able to stand in their way. But the adults are hiding a secret about where the tornadoes come from, and who the boy really is.

Wild Spaces by S.L.Coney

More speculative, eldritch horror can be found in a coming-of-age tale about an 11-year-old boy growing up in South Carolina. When his estranged grandfather arrives, secrets begin to emerge, and the boy starts to feel something within him changing into something monstrous.

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The hope of the new year is the same hope of any science fiction or fantasy novel — please, mighty powers above, get us through this catastrophe in one piece. With the start of “New Normal Year 3,” many of us are looking for an unwritten road map.

Luckily, few heroes conquer evil alone, so it’s totally okay to look to others for inspiration. And yes, I’m talking about books.

2022 promises us pandemic delivery drivers protecting monsters, magical thieves trying to make good while bartending, and powerful women bargaining with ancient magical beings on their own terms. Whether you’re returning to the fantastical worlds you love through highly anticipated sequels (and endings) or discovering something brand new with a fresh take, here are 26 fantasy and science fiction books to watch for in 2022, so far.

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Star Wars: The Fallen Star (The High Republic) by Claudia Gray

Jan. 4, 2022

The Fallen Star , part of Lucasfilm’s High Republic initiative, arrives as a follow-up to 2021’s Star Wars: Light of the Jedi and The Rising Storm . The book is the beginning of the end for Phase 1 of the new batch of storytelling, wrapping up the saga of Jedi and the evil Nihil before the series jumps backward in time . In this title, the High Republic continues to defend against the Nihil marauders and their leader, Marchion Ro. In the threequel, Ro’s planning a bold attack, making use of a terrifying weapon that can wrestle the Force from Jedi.

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The Silver Bullets of Annie Oakley by Mercedes Lackey

Jan. 11, 2022

The 16th novel in the magical alternate history Elemental Masters series follows Annie Oakley, sharpshooter and performer, as she tours through Germany with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. When Bill hires a local sharpshooter as a part of the act, Annie learns that she isn’t just a crack shot — she’s a magician. She, her husband Frank, and the German sharpshooter Giselle, team up together to hunt the monsters that follow the show, threatening performers and locals alike. “ Annie’s got her gun, and it’s filled with silver bullets. ”

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Akata Woman (The Nsibidi Scripts) by Nnedi Okorafor

Jan. 18, 2022

Return to Okorafor’s award-winning fantasy world in this follow-up to Akata Witch and Akata Warrior. Sunny Nwazue continues to strike a balance in her life, whether that’s between America and Nigeria or her life as a Leopard Person and a good daughter. Now, armed with all she’s learned so far, Sunny must go on a dangerous mission to find a hidden object — one that will change her forever.

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How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu

In 2030, a grieving archeologist discovers the remains of a girl killed by an ancient virus. As the permafrost lessens, the Arctic Plague is unleashed, forcing humanity to reshape everything about their lives. How High We Go in the Dark spans centuries and planets to tell the story of human resiliency through the eyes of a cynical theme park worker who falls in love, a heartbroken scientist who teaches a pig to talk, and a widowed painter who seeks a new home in space with her granddaughter.

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Goliath by Tochi Onyebuchi

Jan. 25, 2022

Goliath is set in 2050 Earth, where the privileged have fled to colonies, cannibalizing the remaining neighborhoods brick-by-brick to build reminders of their old homes in space. Those left behind have to navigate collapsing infrastructure, barely surviving. Featuring a space dweller looking to settle in New Haven, a group of laborers attempting to save Earth’s cities, and a marshall trying to solve a kidnapping, Tochi Onyebuchi weaves together multiple disparate narratives within this very real fictional world.

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Moon Witch, Spider King (The Dark Star Trilogy #2) by Marlon James

Feb. 15, 2022

Described as an “ African Game of Thrones ,” Marlon James’ first Dark Star book, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, told the story of Sogolon the Moon Witch and Tracker as they battled to find a missing boy across a mythical landscape. Now, the highly anticipated sequel presents Sogolon’s version of events — how she triumphed and failed in her search for the boy, how she challenged Aesi, the powerful chancellor to the king, leading to a century-long feud. More than just a retelling with a new lens, Moon Witch, Spider King is an indomitable woman fighting to tell her own story.

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Age of Ash by Daniel Abraham

From the co-author of The Expanse comes a brand new epic fantasy trilogy set in the ancient, bloody city of Kithamar. When Alys, a thief from the slums of Longhill, sets out to find her brother’s killer, she uncovers an intrigue as deep as the roots of Kithamar itself — one that just may change everything.

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Bitter by Akwaeke Emezi

The companion novel to Akwaeke Emezi’s young adult novel Pet introduces us to Bitter, a young painter attending the haven-like Eucalyptus school. Outside the school walls, the city of Lucille is filled with protests against deep-set injustices. Tempted to stay out of the fray, Bitter finds herself pulled in multiple directions by friends who want more for their world, a new romance, and her art.

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Gallant by VE Schwab

March 1, 2022

When Olivia Prior receives a mysterious invite to her late parents’ manor, Gallant, she finds the first place in her life that feels like home. Unfortunately, it is a home that is trying to drive her out — her cousin is hostile and there are ghouls in the halls. After stumbling through a seam in a shadow that leads her to a place where the ghouls are fully-formed and a dark presence reigns, Olivia must decide if she will protect her world from the Master of the House or join him.

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Memory’s Legion by James S. A. Corey

March 15, 2022

For the first time, The Expanse ’s numerous novellas — each of which tells a focused story set in the world of the towering space opera — will be collected into a single volume. Memory’s Legion will include: “Drive,” “The Butcher of Anderson Station,” The Churn,” “Gods of Risk,” “The Vital Abyss,” “Strange Dogs,” “Auberon,” and a new release, “Memory’s Legion.”

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The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Interdependency trilogy comes a brand new standalone novel. Jamie Gray is a delivery driver in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic when a chance delivery connects him to an old acquaintance with a wild job — protecting monster dinosaurs called Kaiju in an alternate dimension. But Jamie and his new team at the Kaiju Preservation Society aren’t the only ones who can enter the Kaiju’s territory, and careless opposing forces may cause millions back on Jamie’s Earth to die.

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Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

April 5, 2022

The author of Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel is back with another human-centered science fiction novel — this time telling the story of a plague, interwoven through the lives of several characters, set across time and space. 18-year-old Edwin St. Andrew is an exile, traveling the Atlantic on a steamship. Olive Llewllyn is traveling through Earth on a book tour, though she is from the second moon colony, to promote her best-selling pandemic novel. And a detective in Night City, Gaspery-Jacques Roberts, is investigating the North American wilderness, where he finds mysteries that might upend their entire way of life.

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Fevered Star (Between Earth and Sky #2) by Rebecca Roanhorse

April 19, 2022

In the sequel to 2020’s epic fantasy Black Sun , Roanhorse takes readers back to the shattered city of Tova where strange alliances form under the threat of gathering enemies. Sea captain Xiala finds herself allied with the Prince of Knives while the now living avatars Serapio and Naranpa struggle for free will within their new identities. A new order is rising and all must learn to navigate a world with living legends.

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The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe is already a multi-hyphenate. In 2018, the Grammy Award nominated artist released her excellent album Dirty Computer , which was accompanied by a science fiction visual album, which she called an “emotion picture.” The Memory Librarian is a collection of short speculative fiction, from Black women and Black non-binary writers.

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Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher

April 26, 2022

If you would rather watch a princess kill a prince than marry one, T. Kingfisher’s latest is for you. In order to save her sister from the abusive prince she’s been married off to, Marra must complete three seemingly impossible tasks. But of course, building a dog of bones and sewing a cloak of nettles is only the beginning. With a cast of strange companions she meets along the way — a reluctant fairy godmother, a grave witch, and her familiar, a disgraced knight — Marra must find the courage to overthrow the crown and save her sister.

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Book of Night by Holly Black

May 3, 2022

Having enthralled young adult readers for decades, Holly Black makes the much anticipated leap to adult dark fantasy with Book of Night. Follow Charlie Hall’s straight path through the crooked magical underbelly of the Berkshires while she tries to make up for past mistakes. Formerly a magical thief and lock-pick, Charlie is a dive bartender hoping to keep herself and her sister Posey out of trouble. But Charlie’s boyfriend is keeping secrets and when Charlie’s past catches up with her, she’s thrown back into the chaotic and dangerous world she tried to leave behind.

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Eyes of the Void by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Jump back into Tchaikovsky’s space opera with Eyes of the Void , the follow up to last year’s Shards of Earth . The planet-killing Architects have returned — threatening life across the galaxy, and throwing human colonies into disarray. Only the Intermediaries, who can communicate with the Architects — and who helped avoid catastrophe 80 years ago — stand between humanity and complete annihilation. Idris, an Intermediary who attempted to start a new life, may hold the key to saving humanity. But it will come at the cost of plunging into unspace: the terrifying, chilling frontier that has broken other minds.

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Siren Queen by Nghi Vo

May 10, 2022

Luli Wei is desperate to be a star, but not so desperate she’ll play a maid. Trying to make it in pre-Code Hollywood, Luli knows how cutthroat the industry is to people who look like her. So when she discovers that Hollywood is run on a system of ancient magic and blood bargains, she’ll do whatever it takes for the steep price of fame. Written by Nghi Vo, author of The Empress of Salt and Fortune , Siren Queen is a fantastical exploration of an outsider finding success on her own terms .

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The City Inside by Samit Basu

June 7, 2022

Joey and Rudra are two very different people. She is the Reality Controller for South Asia’s fastest rising celebrity who also happens to be her ex. He is a wealthy recluse estranged from his family, seeking refuge in video games and his immigrant neighbors’ lives. As each continues to make the best decision they can in a world of lesser evils, they quickly become enmeshed in multiple conspiracies. Resistance, for these two contrasting heroes, will look vastly different to each. The City Inside is a near-future epic set in Delhi that offers hope in the face of mounting anxieties about the government, the environment, and our world at large.

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Speaking Bones (The Dandelion Dynasty #4) by Ken Liu

June 21, 2022

The final installment in the epic silkpunk fantasy series by Ken Liu has arrived. Beginning immediately after the events of The Veiled Throne, readers land back in the middle of two wars, following familiar characters as they enter their final act.

Princess Théra wrestles with her ancestral dream as she runs across the continent from Lyucu pursuers, asking herself how to “ conquer the unconquerable .” In the city of Dara, Empress Jia, Prince Phyro, and Pékyu Tanvanaki must navigate changing visions of the future while struggling against the genocidal Lyucu. On both sides of the Wall of Storms, mortals’ hearts will determine the fate of two empires on the brink.

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A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Monk and Robot #2) by Becky Chambers

July 12, 2022

Readers return to Panga with Sibling Dex and Mosscap as they explore the villages and cities of the moon they call home in the follow up to Becky Chambers’ solarpunk novella A Psalm for the Wild-Built . The monk and the robot continue their quest for answers, learning more about one another’s cultures, while making new friends and experiencing the entropic nature of the universe. This meditative series continues Chambers’ reputation for writing contemplative but hopeful books.

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Hooked by AC Wise

The sequel to AC Wise’s adult, feminist retelling of Peter Pan, Hooked follows Captain James Hook, the immortal pirate, 22 years after his escape from Neverland. James discovers that Peter Pan’s monster has found him again, this time in London, but a chance encounter with Wendy Darling gives James the help he needs to vanquish Pan’s monster — even if he must return to playing the villain for a final time.

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The Oleander Sword by Tasha Suri

Aug. 16, 2022

Tasha Suri brings readers a new entry in the Burning Kingdoms trilogy with The Oleander Sword. Malini is the rightful empress of Parijatdvipa, but even with a prophecy and an army by her side, deposing her brother will not be easy. Priya, thrice born priestess, Elder of Ahiranya, wants to see Parijatdvipa rid of its poisonous rule and the plague eating away at all living things across the country. Both Malini and Priya chose divergent paths, and although their intertwined souls will bring them back together to save their kingdom, the cost will be great.

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Babel, or The Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution by R.F. Kuang

Aug. 23, 2022

In the mid-1800s, Babel is the world’s center for translation and magic, including silver working, where lost translations are given meaning via enchanted silver bars. Hosting this center has made the British empire unparalleled in their quest for continued colonization. When Robin Smith, a Chinese orphan raised in Britain, joins Babel as a translator, he wrestles with serving the organization and betraying his motherland. He is caught between Babel and the Hermes Society, an organization aiming to stop imperial expansion. Soon, Robin will have to decide which side he will take.

Nona the Ninth (The Locked Tomb #3) by Tamsyn Muir

September 13, 2022

Muir is back with another installment of her sharp-witted, queer, gothic, space-set necromancer series. There’s nothing else like it — and nothing quite as acidic and propulsive. In Nona the Ninth , Nona just wants to live a normal life — but the last Cohort facility is hemmed in by Blood of Eden forces, and Nona might have to be the weapon that saves them from the Nine Houses.

The Golden Enclaves (The Scholomance #3) by Naomi Novik

Sept. 27, 2022

The conclusion to Novik’s Scholomance trilogy takes El out of the deadly magic school’s halls, and into the wider world. But the celebration is short lived — though she, and her friends, saved most of the school’s students during their mad dash to escape the maw-mouths, she must return to save the one who remains locked in. Novik’s version of magical education is deadly, thrilling, and violent — and this final book will bring it all to a close.

Correction: This story previously stated the new Star Wars: The High Republic book was The Rising Storm . The list has been updated with the correct info.

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