N. K. Jemisin,
With this fantasy duology, Jemisin confirms once more what a fantastic writer she is, this time tackling cities in an epic and fun story.
Sara A. Mueller, The Bone Orchard
Sara A. Mueller, The Bone Orchard, Tor, 2022.
The Bone Orchard is a fantasy novel with an impressive world building, a magical system that will intrigue and impress, and is overall a sweeping story about a revolution and a woman's quest for her autonomy, in body and mind.
Arkady Martine, Rose House
Arkady Martine, Rose House, Subterranean Press, 2023.
Arkady Martine offers us in this excellent scifi novella a locked-room mystery with a potentially homicidal AI and a focus on architecture, all wrapped beneath a stunning cover.
Juliet McKenna, The Cleaving
Juliet McKenna, The Cleaving, Angry Robot, 2023.
Amidst the few Arthurian retellings being published at the moment, The Cleaving by Juliet McKenna stands out because of its point of view, but also because of its ambitious span.
Rhiannon A. Grist, The Queen of the High Fields, Luna Press, 2022.
The Queen of the High Fields is a contemporary fantasy novella that'll take you deep into Welsh myths.
Okwiri Oduor, Things They Lost
Okwiri Oduor, Things They Lost, Oneworld Publications, 2022.
Things They Lost is a mesmerising magical realism tale about mothers and daughters, with a fascinating and rich world, and a very endearing main character.
Ray Nayler, The Mountain in the Sea
Ray Nayler, The Mountain in the Sea, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2022.
The Mountain in the Sea is a fascinating short scifi novel that'll particularly enchant those of you who like first encounters and semiotics.
Adrian Tchaikovsky, Children of Memory
Adrian Tchaikovsky, Children of Memory, Tor, 2022.
Children of Memory is the third instalment in the scifi series by Adrian Tchaikovsky which started with the Clarke Award winner, Children of Time. Like its predecessors, it offers a thoughtful and inventive take on progress, humanity and communication.
The review is spoiler free and is followed by a Q&A with the author about his series. The Q&A includes spoilers for all three volumes in the series, but a large red banner will warn you that you enter spoiler territory.
Darcie Little Badger, Elatsoe
Darcie Little Badger, Elatsoe, Levine Querido, 2020.
Elatsoe is a YA fantasy novel I enjoyed tremendously thanks to great characters, a wonderful worldbuilding and magic system, and meaty themes.
Eloghosa Osunde, Vagabonds!
Eloghosa Osunde, Vagabonds!, Fourth Estate, 2022.
Vagabonds! is a remarkable magical realism story - or rather multiple stories of life in Lagos, and particularly stories of LGBTQIA+ persons and women.
Adrian Tchaikovsky, City of Last Chances
Adrian Tchaikovsky, City of Last Chances, Head of Zeus, 2022.
City of Last Chances is the love child of Night Watch by Terry Pratchett and Hav by Jan Morris while being entirely its own thing with a polyphonic narrative. I loved it, ok? Go buy it. Don't even read the review. Just go get it.
Eugen Bacon, Broken Paradise
Eugen Bacon, Broken Paradise, Luna Press, 2023.
Broken Paradise is, like many Eugen Bacon's stories, difficult to categorise. And this intriguing fantasy novella is also as usual with Bacon's stories, beautifully written.
Glenda Larke, The Tangled Lands
Glenda Larke, The Tangled Lands, Wizard's Tower Press, 2023.
The Tangled Lands is a very entertaining portal fantasy novel in two secondary worlds with endearing characters, lively prose and mysteries at its heart.
Andrew Knighton, Ashes of the Ancestors
Andrew Knighton, Ashes of the Ancestors, Luna Press Publishing, 2023.
Ashes of the Ancestors is a novella that begins as a deceptive cosy fantasy with a great world building and turns into a very topical story that makes it a must-read.
Samit Basu, The City Inside
Samit Basu, The City Inside, tordotcom, 2022.
The City Inside is a near-future dystopia set in Delhi, very much inspired by Indian politics and with a thoughtful take on action when faced by fascism.
Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Mexican Gothic
Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Mexican Gothic, Jo Fletcher Books, 2020.
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a modern masterpiece of supernal gothic, full of tension and deliciously creepy.
Simon Jimenez, The Spear Cuts Through Water
Simon Jimenez, The Spear Cuts Through Water, Random House, 2022.
Let's be honest: I enjoyed The Spear Cuts Through Water less than I enjoyed Jimenez previous novel, The Vanished Birds. Nonetheless, it's a remarkable and ambitious fantasy novel, erring on the literary side, in which I found much to admire.
Stark Holborn, Ten Low
Stark Holborn, Ten Low, Titan, 2022.
Ten Low borrows from the western genre but this very entertaining scifi novel also has a twist of its own that sets it apart.
E. J. Swift, The Coral Bones
E. J. Swift, The Coral Bones, Unsung Stories, 2022.
In this scifi novel, three strands mingle to tell the story of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, in the past, in the present, and in the future.
Lavanya Lakshminarayan, The Ten Percent Thief, Rebellion Publishing, 2023
The Ten Percent Thief is a fascinating polyphonic scifi novel presenting a sharp social and political satire through slices of life.
All reviews are spoiler free unless explicitly stated otherwise.
I only review stories I have liked even if my opinion may be nuanced. It doesn't apply for the "Novels published before 1978" series of blog posts.
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