Happy February readers,
February has some more science fiction & fantasy in store. It’s also Black History Month and many of these books (Reaper of Souls, The Gilded Ones, Symbiosis, Soulstar) would be great choices to pick up this month.
Book descriptions have been sumarized from publishers.
Reaper of Souls by Rena Barron
HarperTeen, February 16th
With dark magic, high stakes, and serpentine twists, Rena Barron’s second YA fantasy novel brims with promise. After years of yearning for magic, Arrah must confront this gift and its terrible price. She’s the last surviving witchdoctor left to pick up the pieces of a family that betrayed her, a kingdom in shambles, and buried secrets of who she is. Arrash must return to the tribal lands to search for help from her parents’ people. The Demon King’s shadow is closer than Arrah thinks, even as she struggles to unravel her connection to him.
A Dark And Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth
Margaret K. McElderry Books, Feburary 23rd
In the magical underworld of Toronto a queer cast of characters stop at nothing to prevent a serial killer. A fae outcast, a tempestuous Fury, a dutiful fae prince, and the prince’s brooding guardian gang up against a murderer. If they fail, they risk the destruction of the faerie and human worlds. A war brews between the Mortal and Immortal Realms.
The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
Delacorte Press, February 9th
Girls are outcasts by blood and warriors by choice. Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear of the blood ceremony that determines her as a member of the village. She prays for red blood so she can belong. But her blood runs gold, the color of impurity. A mysterious woman puts a choice before her: stay in the village and her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls. The alaki-near-immortals have rare gifts and are the only ones to stop the empire’s greatest threat. Deka leaves her life and follows her future.
The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec
Ace, February 9th
When a banished witch falls for a legendary trickster, Loki, she risks the wrath of the gods. Angrboda’s tale begins with a burning, a punishment from Odin for refusing to provide him with knowledge of the future. Fleeing into the forest, she’s found by a man that reveals himself to be Loki. Her love transforms into a deep and abiding love for him. A union that produces unusual children, Angrboda that stays hidden from Odin’s all seeing eye. With help from a fierce huntress, she must decide if she’ll accept the fate she’s forgotten or rise to change her future.
Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell
Tor Books, February 2nd
For fans of Ancillary Justice and Red, White & Royal Blue is a debut of dorky space gays. Prince Kiem, a minor royal and the Empereror’s least favorite grandchild, is called upon. He is set to marry the representative of the Empire’s newest and most rebellious vassal planet, Count Jainan. A conspiracy unfolds around them and the future of the empire is at stake. They must navigate court intrigue, the machinations of war, and the shadows of Jainan’s past. A legendary love story amid the stars.
Fireheart Tiger by Aliette De Bodard
Tordotcom, February 9th
A romantic fantasy from Aliette De Bodard, Fireheart Tiger will draw fans of The Goblin Emperor and Howl’s Moving Castle. Set in a pre-colonial Vietnamese-eque world with a thoughtful princess and a fire elemental. Princess Thanh was sent away as a hostage to a powerful country as a child. Now back in her mother’s imperial court, she’s haunted not only by memories of her first romance but by worrying magical echoes of a fire that devastated Ephteria’s royal palace. In her new role as a diplomat, Thanh meets her former lover, Eldris of Ephteria. The fire that burned down one palace tempts Thanh with dangerous decisions. Can Thanh find the freedom to shape her country’s fate as well as her own?
The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey
Tor Books, February 16th
A near-future domestic suspense novel and a chilling read combined with the eerie family drama of Shirley Jackson and the pacing of Ruth Ware. Evenlyn Caldwell’s husband is having an affair with Evelyn Caldwell, a genetically cloned replica. After a morning that begins with a confrontation and ends with Nathan’s body bleeding out on the kitchen floor, the Caldwell wives must think fast. The Echo Wife is a non stop thrill of lies, betrayal, and identity for fans of Killing Eve.
Voidbreaker by David Dalglish
Orbit Books, February 9th
When magical reatures storm Londheim and claim it for themselves, Devi must decide who the monsters are in this final installment of the epic fantasy trilogy. Devin will need to bring his skills in order to find a solution but the greatest threat may be closer than he expects. His sister is the most powerful priestess the world has seen and she’s fighting for the monsters. The fate of both human and magical beings rest in their hands.
Symbiosis by Nicky Drayden
Harper Voyager, February 23rd
A blend of science fiction and dark humor combine in this dazzling story that continues what started in Escaping Exodus. A society lives in the belly of a beast, an entire civilization’s survival depends upon a pair of uneasy allies who must come together for an epic battle. Nearly a thousand years removed from Earth, humanity clings to existance inside giant, space faring creatures known as the Zenzee. Abused by humans for generations, these animals nearly went extinct. When a cataclysmic event on another Zenzee forces Doka and his people to accept refugees, culture clash erupts and reveals secrets from the past. He’s fallen for the one woman he’s forbidden to love, his wife Seske. Stumbling upon a discovery that can transform their world, they must prepare to fight a battle.
Soulstar by C.L. Polk
Tordotcom, February 16th
In the conclusion to C.L. Polk’s Kingston Cycle comes assassinations, deadly storms, and long-lost love. For years, Robin Thorpe kept her head down, staying among her people in the Riverside neighborhood and hiding the magic that would have her imprisoned by the state. When Grace Hensley comes knocking on their door, Robin’s days of hiding are at an end. As freed witches flood the streets of Kingston, scrambling to reintegrate with a kingdom that destroyed their lives, Robin begins to plot a course that will ensure a freer and more just Aeland. But she must face her feelings for her childhood love. Can they find happiness among the rising tides of revolution? Can Kingston survive the blizzards threatening the monarchy in the throes of democracy?
Stormbreak by Natalie C. Parker
Razorbill, February 9th
In the conclusion to the Seafire trilogy, Caledonia Styx will risk everything including her heart, her crew, and her life in order to defeat Lir and take back the Bullet Seas for good. Aric Athair is dead but the fight for the Bullet Seas is far from over. Caledonia’s nemesis Lir, responsible for destroying her family, has seized control of the warlord’s army. Caledonia and her crew flee to Cloudbreak to prepare for war. Rogue ships show up to join their fight but Lir is always one step ahead of them. With the fight growing desperate, Caledonia is forced to make an unlikely alliance with a new enemy. Caledonia will whatever it takes to win the war.