Science Fiction/Fantasy

Here is a curated list of Sci-Fi & Fantasy books published recently.

House of Sky and Breath (Crescent City)

Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar are trying to get back to normal―they may have saved Crescent City, but with so much upheaval in their lives lately, they mostly want a chance to relax. Slow down. Figure out what the future holds.

The Asteri have kept their word so far, leaving Bryce and Hunt alone. But with the rebels chipping away at the Asteri’s power, the threat the rulers pose is growing. As Bryce, Hunt, and their friends get pulled into the rebels’ plans, the choice becomes clear: stay silent while others are oppressed, or fight for what’s right. And they’ve never been very good at staying silent.

In this sexy, action-packed sequel to the #1 bestseller House of Earth and Blood, Sarah J. Maas weaves a captivating story of a world about to explode―and the people who will do anything to save it.

A Kingdom of Ruin (Deliciously Dark Fairytales Book 3)

Too late.

In an effort to save all that I love, I have to finish the job Nyfain started… and ruin myself.

I’ve made a trade with the most cunning creature alive.

Me for them.

The dungeons will be my new home. Dolion’s destruction will be my new goal.

I just have to get out of here and back to my golden dragon. Preferably alive.

Death

Death.

The day Death comes to Lazarus Gaumond’s town and kills everyone in one fell swoop, the last thing he expects to see is a woman left alive and standing. But Lazarus has her own extraordinary gift: she cannot be killed—not by humans, not by the elements, not by Death himself.

She is the one soul Death doesn’t recognize. The one soul he cannot pry free from her flesh. Nor can he ignore the unsettling desire he has for her. Take her. He wants to, desperately. And the longer she tries to stop him from his killing spree, the stronger the desire becomes.

When Lazarus crosses paths with the three other horsemen, an unthinkable situation leads to a terrible deal: seduce Death, save the world. A hopeless task, made all the worse by the bad blood between her and Thanatos. But Death’s attraction to her is undeniable, and try though she might, Lazarus cannot stay away from that ancient, beautiful being and his dark embrace.

The end is here. Humankind is set to perish, and not even the horsemen can stop Death from fulfilling his final task.

Only Lazarus can.

Leviathan Falls (The Expanse, 9)

Hugo Award Winner for Best Series

The Laconian Empire has fallen, setting the thirteen hundred solar systems free from the rule of Winston Duarte. But the ancient enemy that killed the gate builders is awake, and the war against our universe has begun again.

In the dead system of Adro, Elvi Okoye leads a desperate scientific mission to understand what the gate builders were and what destroyed them, even if it means compromising herself and the half-alien children who bear the weight of her investigation. Through the wide-flung systems of humanity, Colonel Aliana Tanaka hunts for Duarte’s missing daughter. . . and the shattered emperor himself. And on the Rocinante, James Holden and his crew struggle to build a future for humanity out of the shards and ruins of all that has come before.

As nearly unimaginable forces prepare to annihilate all human life, Holden and a group of unlikely allies discover a last, desperate chance to unite all of humanity, with the promise of a vast galactic civilization free from wars, factions, lies, and secrets if they win.

But the price of victory may be worse than the cost of defeat.

Fallout (Expeditionary Force Book 13)

The problem with lying about having a super weapon, is that the bad guys might believe they have nothing to lose by doing something stupid that both sides will regret. Or, they might just call your bluff. Either way, the Merry Band of Pirates need a plan to deal with the Fallout.

Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons (Dungeon & Dragons Book) (Dungeons & Dragons)

Meet Fizban the Fabulous: doddering archmage, unlikely war hero, divine avatar of a dragon-god—and your guide to the mysteries of dragonkind.

What is the difference between a red dragon and a gold dragon? What is dragonsight? How does a dragon’s magic impact the world around them? This comprehensive guide provides Dungeon Masters with a rich hoard of tools and information for designing dragon-themed encounters, adventures, and campaigns. Dragonslayers and dragon scholars alike will also appreciate its insight into harnessing the power of dragon magic and options for players to create unique, memorable draconic characters.

• Introduces gem dragons to fifth edition!
• Provides Dungeon Masters with tools to craft adventures inspired by dragons, including dragon lair maps and detailed information about 20 different types of dragons
• Adds player character options, including dragon-themed subclasses for monks and rangers, unique draconic ancestries for dragonborn, additional spell options, and a feat
• Presents a complete dragon bestiary and introduces a variety of dragons and dragon-related creatures—including aspects of the dragon gods, dragon minions, and more
• Reveals the story of the First World and the role the dragon gods Bahamut and Tiamat played in its creation and destruction

Reaper

Sacred Valley has been saved…at least, what’s left of it.

With his home finally secure, Lindon delves deep into the ancient labyrinth, seeking long-lost Soulsmithing knowledge and the secret to destroying the Dreadgods. Monarchs plot against him and against each other, unaware of the threats gathering in realms beyond.

Far above Lindon and the Monarchs and the Dreadgods, another war is waged. Suriel and the Abidan clash against the Mad King and his forces in a battle for the fate of many worlds.

And if it is lost, Cradle will be destroyed.

Dune Messiah

Dune Messiah continues the story of Paul Atreides, better known—and feared—as the man christened Muad’Dib. As Emperor of the known universe, he possesses more power than a single man was ever meant to wield. Worshipped as a religious icon by the fanatical Fremen, Paul faces the enmity of the political houses he displaced when he assumed the throne—and a conspiracy conducted within his own sphere of influence.

And even as House Atreides begins to crumble around him from the machinations of his enemies, the true threat to Paul comes to his lover, Chani, and the unborn heir to his family’s dynasty…

The Absence of Sparrows

In the small town of Griever’s Mill, eleven-year-old Ben Cameron is expecting to finish off his summer of relaxing and bird-watching without a hitch. But everything goes wrong when dark clouds roll in.

Old Man Crandall is the first to change — human one minute and a glass statue the next. Soon it’s happening across the world. Dark clouds fill the sky and, at random, people are turned into frozen versions of themselves. There’s nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no one knows how to stop it.

With his mom on the verge of a breakdown, and his brother intent on following the dubious plans put forth by a nameless voice on the radio, Ben must hold out hope that his town’s missing sparrows will return with everyone’s souls before the glass plague takes them away forever.

The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

Moiraine Damodred arrives in Emond’s Field on a quest to find the one prophesized to stand against The Dark One, a malicious entity sowing the seeds of chaos and destruction. When a vicious band of half-men, half beasts invade the village seeking their master’s enemy, Moiraine persuades Rand al’Thor and his friends to leave their home and enter a larger unimaginable world filled with dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light.

Return From Rysa

In many ways, Conner seems like an ordinary boy growing up in the 1960s. But since the age of four, he and his brother have been abducted by aliens multiple times. Conner’s gift of seeing beings from the spirit world sometimes gives him access to protection and comfort, but at other times, his ability adds to the horror of being hunted by extraterrestrials.
As he matures, Conner must learn which alien races he can trust, what they want with our planet, and how their agendas tie in with Biblical prophecy. While dealing with frequent moves and trouble at home, Conner will try to survive unrelenting attention from an alien race who has decided his genome may hold the key to saving their people.
This story creates a thrilling fictional narrative out of copious research on alien abduction conducted by the authors, including numerous firsthand accounts never made available to a general audience.

“Too intense for kids, this fascinating story blends spirituality and alien encounters in a way I have never seen before.” –Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fablehaven and Five Kingdoms

Gods of Athenia: Book of Souls

Darkness has fallen across the galaxy of Athenia. A prophet has turned from his purpose, and the god-suns who tried to stop him succumbed to corruption and in-fighting. Now Vargon, an unchained demon made by a fallen god, rules with an iron fist and an army of elite warriors.
One hope remains. A desperate plan to save the galaxy from ruin.
At the prestigious Luthin Military Academy, four young soldiers find themselves drawn to each other. Lucas, a genius inventor. Jex, the best shot on the planet. Salara, an ace pilot. And Lorix, born with the impossible ability to create and control pulse energy—and the potential to achieve unlimited power.
More than chance has brought them together. The fate of Athenia is in their hands, and Vargon will stop at nothing to destroy them.

The young

It’s a father and son journey who goes on a quest to save their kin from a religious cult who seeks to harness the gods of the night which are the moon gods and seek to overthrow the sun’s gods of the day and plummet the world in eternal darkness and sorrow

Extraordinary by Teddy konickson

Charles is your ordinary nerd with no social circle or friends. In the middle of getting bullied by the
rowdy group in front of his crush, and being invisible, Charles found himself taking his last breaths. But
who would’ve thought that the looming danger on Hartsville will prevent his death and make him
mightier than ever…

With new superpowers, he is no ordinary boy and neither are his problems and responsibilities. He has to
prevent the apocalypse that is about to turn the earthly realms into ruins. However, he also knew that he
had a lot to lose in the process. Will Charles be able to let go of his love life, and desires to save the
world? Or would he fail to prevent the apocalypse just because he is too occupied by his miseries? Join
Charles journey as he transforms from an ordinary kid to the extraordinary man.

The Midnight Library: A Novel

When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are about to change.

The books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently. With the help of an old friend, she can now undo every one of her regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life. But things aren’t always what she imagined they’d be, and soon her choices place the library and herself in extreme danger.

Before time runs out, she must answer the ultimate question: what is the best way to live?

Undying Sway

On her path to find her long lost family, Kara meets Alex.
Their encounter is full of mysteries. At the same time, it brings light to the secrets of Kara’s family. She has no idea there is so much to learn about Alex.
A life-changing email gets Kara elated.
It is the news she has been waiting for all her life. Her DNA finally has a match. And they want to meet her soon.
Kara would love it more than anything, but she holds her breath. Suddenly years of
silence and patient and hopeful waiting are over.
Unable to hide her thrill, Kara doesn’t know how to act.

The thought that someone out there is her relative makes her cry with joy. However, she
is leery about strangers. Kara is torn between her mind and her heart. Hopeful and mystified, will she make the next step? This captivating novel with the touch of fantasy keeps you guessing until the last page.

Phantom Bullets

The book is a story of a girl struggling with mental health issues along with addiction and abuse. It is told by a body of paintings with a few journal entries to guide the story along. It was created by someone who has issues with mental health (schizoaffective disorder) the story is fiction but has a lot of truth in it

The Clockmaker’s Wish

In this captivating fantasy mystery filled with plot twists, four lives are intertwined by the strings of fate. To fulfill her friend Everett’s last dying request, Cybil, a reserved and resourceful seamstress, must go on an adventure to a city far from home. Everett and Cybil were once great friends but they had a terrible falling out, and Cybil has long-harbored conflicting emotions for Everett, who hurt her more than any other in her life. Unbeknownst to her, he has documented everything, and through his frequent journal entries the reader comes to learn the depths of their story, about their friendship, and his relationship with a woman called Beatrice that seems to have caused his suicide. On Cybil’s journey, her traveling companion and carriage driver is the shadowy Kindle, a man who is not who he says he is. What painful memories and conflicts await her on this adventure? And who or what is giving her the foreboding feeling as she sets out? Danger awaits if she doesn’t tread carefully… The book has dark themes of suicide, depression, addiction, marital issues, and heartbreak, but it also has overcoming addiction, forgiveness, and love. An original, genuinely thought-provoking story.

Teddy’s Game

Teddy’s Game is the new book by SM Russell!

This is a story about the freedom to choose, and how choices can be used, misused, and abused.

He, that is Arbogast, looked around and saw the world had changed, and not at all for the better!

The fire had mostly gone out of politics, of internet discourse, of people!

A world without racism, without fear of scientific overreach, without the vicious and rapid struggle that had marked out life in the world. What had happened?

The boards happened. Teddy happened.
Arbogast wanted revenge, more than anything, or did he?

He lived in a world where the very choices we make are suspect.

Teddy’s world. Teddy’s game.

Will he play the game to the end?

The Chrysillium Tree

There is a language beyond words, in the forests and sacred places, if we can remember how to listen…

Separated from her family and her homeland, Mæve Faolái struggles to navigate her new life in the Palace of Light. With the cruelty of her abductors, and the lecherous advances of a Crown Prince lurking around every corner, she longs for freedom and to find her parents.

But once Mæve learns the vile truth involving the Azantium exploitation of the Lumani’s sacred chrysillium trees, she shares these secrets with a Lumani man in the woods. When things take an unexpected turn, Mæve finds herself caught between a forbidden love and a burgeoning rebellion as she awakens a part of herself long forgotten.

An enchanting blend of adventure and lore, sacred trees and found family, The Chrysillium Tree is an adult fantasy story about the struggle for freedom amidst tyranny and remembering forgotten magic.

The Ascenders Return To Grace Book 1

Guardian Angel Rachel has her wings full with her new army.

This is a book of possibilities.
They look just like the rest of us, except they are fully integrated male/females. As needed, they shift to express whichever gender they need at the time. They are called … Homo integratis.
Led by Mike, and sometimes, his other half (literally) Merle, the staff at the Matrix assist orphaned children they rescue from a notorious kidnapping gang to shake off the trauma of their previous lives and embody the lives they were really born to live- Most of them also Homo integratis too.
Wait until you see what crazy antics these kids get up to!
These people can do so much more than switch identities instantly. They have evolved past the limitations of regular people. They have learned to truly embrace their truth so now they can do anything the human mind can perceive… teleporting themselves to distant lands, reading minds, healing themselves, becoming butterflies… and that’s just the start!
Ever wondered what it would be like to live without limitations?
Ever wondered what it would be like to be a butterfly?
Read The Ascenders Return to Grace Book 1 and you will find out!
You will have lots of fun while learning some cool things you can do yourself too!

The Last Splendiferous Day

Alice, a reincarnation of Lewis Carroll’s character, finds herself transported through time and space to the city of Oxford in the year 1967. She has been summoned to save the world from the evil plans of film director Wendell Whateley (a gentleman with certain Lovecraftian antecedents). Accompanied by fellow dreamer Jack, she visits surreal distortions of several iconic Oxford sites, has a revelatory meeting with a musician called Syd, and after many setbacks succeeds in arranging the Rock Festival in which the power of love and music defeat the forces of evil.