The Killing Moon
N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
Jemisin (the Inheritance Trilogy) goes all out with this gripping combination of political intrigue, the supernatural, and a phenomenal new fantasy landscape. In a city-state reminiscent of ancient Egypt, priests commit ritual murder of the corrupt and harvest their dying dreams, which can fuel powerful magic. When an insane prince takes the throne, a young priest must decide whether his devotion is to the state or the dictates of the Goddess—and what to do when they conflict. This captivating tale is sure to appear on next year’s award shortlists.