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The Merchant Emperor

Elizabeth Haydon (Tor)

Haydon’s long-awaited return to her Symphony of Ages epic fantasy series is a brilliant tapestry of familial sacrifice and adversity. Beloved protagonists Rhapsody and Ashe once again take on the eternal evils plaguing a land of music and dragons—and this time they have a newborn to protect. With taut plotting and unforgettable characters, this worthy series installment will easily enchant new readers.


Highfell Grimoires

Langley Hyde (Blind Eye)

A young man becomes a teacher at a most peculiar school in this gripping, beautifully written, and thoroughly enjoyable steampunk story. It's rife with class injustice, intrigue, and mislaid identities, blending the best parts of the modern thriller and the Victorian sensation novel.


Sparrow Hill Road

Seanan McGuire (DAW)

Rose Marshall is a ghost who's determined to hunt down her killer. She also has a job to do: helping the newly dead make the transition between states. McGuire (the InCryptid series) brings empathy, complexity, and a shivering excitement to this well-developed campfire tale, a powerful blend of ghost story, love story, and murder mystery.


The Montauk Monster

Hunter Shea (Kensington/Pinnacle)

The urban mythologies of the Montauk Monster and the government labs on Plum Island creates unite to cause staggering levels of mayhem when mutant animals with toxic blood descend on a Long Island town. This wholly enthralling hulk of a summer beach read is redolent of sunscreen and nostalgia, recalling mass market horror tales of yore by John Saul, Dean Koontz, and Peter Benchley.


My Real Children

Jo Walton (Tor)

Walton's stunning, intimate novel introduces a woman who remembers living two lives in diverging timelines. As Patricia relives her memories of being both Pat (a partnered, childless career woman) and Trish (a married mother and homemaker), Walton embarks on a deep and moving exploration of family, choices, and the lives of ordinary women in the 20th and 21st centuries.​


Bald New World

Peter Tieryas Liu (Perfect Edge)

Perhaps a century in the future, all humans suddenly go bald, forcing film cameraman Nicholas Guan to confront unexpected questions of identity in an industry and culture that prefers fakery to reality. Liu crafts a vivid future Beijing—"a city of vapors, a metropolis of neon calligrapy"—where a broad farce of spy girls and gadgets gradually becomes a serious commentary on the nature of self. Nick's philosophical journey of personal discovery forms the heart of a deceptively deep story.


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