Science Fiction/Fantasy

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

Greek Accidents

Greek Accidents is a scintillating, suspense-filled and soul-searching sci-fi novella that features Two students, One rock and limitless powers. Two students touch a rock, which, unknown to them, as the ability to bestow and unlock unlimited power. The boy Brock has a chance to be relevant to his parents for the first time. The girl discovers the ability to walk after being in a wheelchair her whole life. Using these abilities cost them nothing, they discover except a trail of death in their wake. Discover what happens when you take two kids from a broken home and give them limitless powers. The question is what will they do and are their others out there.

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle Book 1)

My name is Kvothe.

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

You may have heard of me.

So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature—the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man’s search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

Scar, Jet, and Skully: The Original Three

We all love Superheroes, but we need some new ones to read and fall in love with. The Scar, Jet, and Skully series brings a whole entire new universe of Heroes to the comic world. A six part series that is jam packed with action, emotion, thrill, and awesomeness all in one. From the beginnings of Jet to the end of his epic legacy of a Hero. Read and experience how much one action can take a story.

Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) (A Song of Ice and Fire Book 1)

The thrilling history of the Targaryens comes to life in this masterly work by the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the inspiration for HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire & Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.

What really happened during the Dance of the Dragons? Why was it so deadly to visit Valyria after the Doom? What were Maegor the Cruel’s worst crimes? What was it like in Westeros when dragons ruled the skies? These are but a few of the questions answered in this essential chronicle, as related by a learned maester of the Citadel and featuring more than eighty all-new black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. Readers have glimpsed small parts of this narrative in such volumes as The World of Ice & Fire, but now, for the first time, the full tapestry of Targaryen history is revealed.

With all the scope and grandeur of Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Fire & Blood is the the first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens, giving readers a whole new appreciation for the dynamic, often bloody, and always fascinating history of Westeros.

Fury

Indebted to the Fae council, Hunter investigates crimes committed by Fae beings against humanity, as required by a treaty between the human and Fae worlds. Hunter is secretly building out a large retirement fund by operating an illicit business on the side.

When Hunter returns from a botched theft overseas, he finds out his business partner, George, has taken on a job from an untrustworthy leprechaun. His team must work together to find a monstrous unicorn, covered in a black moving liquid and surrounded by flames, who has destroyed the site of a new energy project and killed several humans, leaving empty holes in their chests.

Along the way, Hunter will have to take on the protection of two young men, Brad and Andy, who have no idea the Fae world exists. They’ll follow Hunter rather than risk being alone, meeting many friends, and many enemies they thought only existed in fairy tales.

Iron Gold: Book 4 of the Red Rising Saga (Red Rising Series)

They call him father, liberator, warlord, Slave King, Reaper. But he feels a boy as he falls toward the war-torn planet, his armor red, his army vast, his heart heavy. It is the tenth year of war and the thirty-third of his life.

A decade ago Darrow was the hero of the revolution he believed would break the chains of the Society. But the Rising has shattered everything: Instead of peace and freedom, it has brought endless war. Now he must risk all he has fought for on one last desperate mission. Darrow still believes he can save everyone, but can he save himself?

And throughout the worlds, other destinies entwine with Darrow’s to change his fate forever:

A young Red girl flees tragedy in her refugee camp, and achieves for herself a new life she could never have imagined.

An ex-soldier broken by grief is forced to steal the most valuable thing in the galaxy—or pay with his life.

And Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile to the Sovereign, wanders the stars with his mentor, Cassius, haunted by the loss of the world that Darrow transformed, and dreaming of what will rise from its ashes.

Red Rising was the story of the end of one universe. Iron Gold is the story of the creation of a new one. Witness the beginning of a stunning new saga of tragedy and triumph from masterly New York Times bestselling author Pierce Brown.

Blackfish City: A Novel

After the climate wars, a floating city is constructed in the Arctic Circle, a remarkable feat of mechanical and social engineering, complete with geothermal heating and sustainable energy. The city’s denizens have become accustomed to a roughshod new way of living, however, the city is starting to fray along the edges—crime and corruption have set in, the contradictions of incredible wealth alongside direst poverty are spawning unrest, and a new disease called “the breaks” is ravaging the population.

When a strange new visitor arrives—a woman riding an orca, with a polar bear at her side—the city is entranced. The “orcamancer,” as she’s known, very subtly brings together four people—each living on the periphery—to stage unprecedented acts of resistance. By banding together to save their city before it crumbles under the weight of its own decay, they will learn shocking truths about themselves.

Blackfish City is a remarkably urgent—and ultimately very hopeful—novel about political corruption, organized crime, technology run amok, the consequences of climate change, gender identity, and the unifying power of human connection.

Revengeful Sword

Realms, Angels, heroes and monsters. Discover the Story hidden within our universe. Four children in the midst of a post apocalyptic London lift the vail of time and space, join them and see the creation of darkness and the birth of light. The fall of chaos and the rise of the Arc.

Code of Rainbow: Soaring Flame and the Dragon-transcending Magimal

Soarame has a pair of special eyes. He can see magic elements in this world, which are supposed to be invisible. This enviable gift of his could reveal the truth of the world, but it also put him in danger.

Many animals in this world possess magic power, so they are called “magimals” – dragons as an example. Soarame fortunately got a baby magimal as his best friend, but they got into troubles together – troubles that were a lot bigger than dragons.

Could they survive?

Necromancy… And Other Mystical Things

Chip was just an ordinary fella. In fact, there wasn’t anything special about him at all, or so he thought. It’s funny how life can change seemingly over lunch, and for Chip, when the smell of death began to emanate from his body, his life changed completely. After some convincing by his roommate, Mort, Chip reluctantly accepted that maybe, just maybe, he happened to be a necromancer – one who can raise and control the dead – which was a handy skill to have after his girlfriend was kidnapped by Mephisto, a former general of Hell’s army. The fact that the two events occurred on the same day must have been more than a coincidence.

Chip teams up with his roommate, who also happens to be a voodoo witch doctor, and a djinn who runs a local shop to stop the demon and save Chip’s girl… who turns out to be the personification of Mother Earth. Suffice it to say, it was a complicated day.

Fire Dance: A Novel

Palace intrigue, dark magic, and terrifying secrets drive the beautifully written standalone novel Fire Dance, set in the world of Last Song Before Night.

Espionage, diplomacy, conspiracy, passion, and power are the sensuously choreographed steps of the soaring new high fantasy novel by Ilana C. Myer, one woman’s epic mission to stop a magical conflagration.

Lin, newly initiated in the art of otherwordly enchantments, is sent to aid her homeland’s allies against vicious attacks from the Fire Dancers: mysterious practitioners of strange and deadly magic. Forced to step into a dangerous waltz of tradition, treachery, and palace secrets, Lin must also race the ticking clock of her own rapidly dwindling life to learn the truth of the Fire Dancers’ war, and how she might prevent death on a scale too terrifying to contemplate.

Myer’s novel is a symphony of secret towers, desert winds, burning sands, blood and dust. Her prose soars, and fluid movements of the politically charged plot carry the reader toward a shocking crescendo.

The Book of M: A Novel

Set in a dangerous near future world, The Book of M tells the captivating story of a group of ordinary people caught in an extraordinary catastrophe who risk everything to save the ones they love. It is a sweeping debut that illuminates the power that memories have not only on the heart, but on the world itself.

One afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a man’s shadow disappears—an occurrence science cannot explain. He is only the first. The phenomenon spreads like a plague, and while those afflicted gain a strange new power, it comes at a horrible price: the loss of all their memories.

Ory and his wife Max have escaped the Forgetting so far by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods. Their new life feels almost normal, until one day Max’s shadow disappears too.

Knowing that the more she forgets, the more dangerous she will become to Ory, Max runs away. But Ory refuses to give up the time they have left together. Desperate to find Max before her memory disappears completely, he follows her trail across a perilous, unrecognizable world, braving the threat of roaming bandits, the call to a new war being waged on the ruins of the capital, and the rise of a sinister cult that worships the shadowless.

As they journey, each searches for answers: for Ory, about love, about survival, about hope; and for Max, about a new force growing in the south that may hold the cure.

Like The Passage and Station Eleven, this haunting, thought-provoking, and beautiful novel explores fundamental questions of memory, connection, and what it means to be human in a world turned upside down.

The Robots of Gotham

A thrilling adventure in a world one step away from total subjugation by machines

After long years of war, the United States has sued for peace, yielding to a brutal coalition of nations ruled by fascist machines. One quarter of the country is under foreign occupation. Manhattan has been annexed by a weird robot monarchy, and in Tennessee, a permanent peace is being delicately negotiated between the battered remnants of the U.S. government and an envoy of implacable machines.
Canadian businessman Barry Simcoe arrives in occupied Chicago days before his hotel is attacked by a rogue war machine. In the aftermath, he meets a dedicated Russian medic with the occupying army, and 19 Black Winter, a badly damaged robot. Together they stumble on a machine conspiracy to unleash a horrific plague—and learn that the fabled American resistance is not as extinct as everyone believes. Simcoe races against time to prevent the extermination of all life on the continent . . . and uncover a secret that America’s machine conquerors are desperate to keep hidden.

Gunpowder Moon

“Interesting quirks and divided loyalties flesh out this first novel in which sf and mystery intersect in a well-crafted plot…Pedreira’s science thriller powerfully highlights the human politics and economics from the seemingly desolate expanse of the moon. It will attract readers who enjoyed Andy Weir’s lunar crime caper Artemis.” — Library Journal, starred review

A realistic and chilling vision of life on the Moon, where dust kills as easily as the vacuum of space…but murder is even quicker—a fast-paced, cinematic science fiction thriller, this debut novel combines the inventiveness of The Martian, the intrigue of The Expanse, and the thrills of Red Rising.

The Moon smells like gunpowder. Every lunar walker since Apollo 11 has noticed it: a burnt-metal scent that reminds them of war. Caden Dechert, the chief of the U.S. mining operation on the edge of the Sea of Serenity, thinks the smell is just a trick of the mind—a reminder of his harrowing days as a Marine in the war-torn Middle East back on Earth.

It’s 2072, and lunar helium-3 mining is powering the fusion reactors that are bringing Earth back from environmental disaster. But competing for the richest prize in the history of the world has destroyed the oldest rule in space: Safety for All. When a bomb kills one of Dechert’s diggers on Mare Serenitatis, the haunted veteran goes on the hunt to expose the culprit before more blood is spilled.

But as Dechert races to solve the first murder in the history of the Moon, he gets caught in the crosshairs of two global powers spoiling for a fight. Reluctant to be the match that lights this powder-keg, Dechert knows his life and those of his crew are meaningless to the politicians. Even worse, he knows the killer is still out there, hunting.

In his desperate attempts to save his crew and prevent the catastrophe he sees coming, the former Marine uncovers a dangerous conspiracy that, with one spark, can ignite a full lunar war, wipe out his team . . . and perhaps plunge the Earth back into darkness.

The Poppy War: A Novel

A brilliantly imaginative talent makes her exciting debut with this epic historical military fantasy, inspired by the bloody history of China’s twentieth century and filled with treachery and magic, in the tradition of Ken Liu’s Grace of Kings and N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy.

When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard—the most elite military school in Nikan—was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . . .

Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late.

Devolution of a Species. Planet Earth is Fighting Back.

For thousands of years mankind had lived in harmony with nature. But that harmony is now lost as we continue to pollute and rape the planet for our own greed and material possession. We decimate areas of the natural world to feed and home an ever exploding population, and hunt animals in the name of sport, and for cruelty itself.

Now, something is happening to our species. Planet Earth is fighting back, and it’s taking away our advantage. Humankind’s intelligence. The World Health Organization must find out what is happening as acts of unprecedented violence sweep across the globe. But when Joceline Mercier, the head scientist, stumbles upon the answers, everything we thought we knew about our past and future changes.

With time almost up has she discovered the answers too late?

Is there anything that can be done to halt the devolution of a species?

The Gone World

Shannon Moss is part of a clandestine division within the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In western Pennsylvania, 1997, she is assigned to solve the murder of a Navy SEAL’s family—and to locate his vanished teenage daughter. Though she can’t share the information with conventional law enforcement, Moss discovers that the missing SEAL was an astronaut aboard the spaceship U.S.S. Libra—a ship assumed lost to the currents of Deep Time. Moss knows first-hand the mental trauma of time-travel and believes the SEAL’s experience with the future has triggered this violence.

Determined to find the missing girl and driven by a troubling connection from her own past, Moss travels ahead in time to explore possible versions of the future, seeking evidence to crack the present-day case. To her horror, the future reveals that it’s not only the fate of a family that hinges on her work, for what she witnesses rising over time’s horizon and hurtling toward the present is the Terminus: the terrifying and cataclysmic end of humanity itself.

Luminous and unsettling, The Gone World bristles with world-shattering ideas yet remains at its heart an intensely human story.

Indana

Main Characters:

Lena Ivanova- young woman from Bulgaria, student in Chicago University
Kyle Gray- Soul Taker/Collector
Gordon- Kyle’s friend/colleague
Maria- Lena’s best friend
Sophie- Lena’s roommate, later becomes closest friend
Tricia- Schoolmate
Jacky- Kyle’s sister

Lena Ivanova is a young Bulgarian woman studying on a student visa at Chicago University. Lena feels alone in the United States, but it’s a familiar feeling: even in Bulgaria, she was an outsider, plagued with unexplainable premonitions and visions that she kept to herself, fearing that she’d be considered weird or crazy. Lena’s most persistent vision was that of a handsome but troubled young man; he haunted her dreams and even her waking thoughts, and she seemed to always be looking for him.
Lena is befriended by Maria, a volunteer with the college’s foreign students program. Maria aids Lena to find an apartment where she meets and becomes fast friends with her new roommate, Sophie, a school librarian who is odd but spirited and fun.
On a cold winter day, Maria slips onto the tracks of an L train and is knocked unconscious. Lena is unable to reach Maria and is panicked that no one is able to assist, when suddenly two young men appear – one of them the mystery man from Lena’s dreams. This phantom man is now flesh; she learns he is named Kyle, and his friend is Gordon. Instead of helping the unconscious Maria, the men instead attempt to prevent Lena from helping her, but still she is able to save her friend. Meeting with Kyle again at the hospital, he is there when Maria dies, and claims that he has taken her soul.
Lena faces a dilemma: while she still feels in her heart Kyle is good, witnessing him taking Maria’s soul has shaken her faith in her visions, and she blames him for her friend’s death. Despite this, she still feels attracted to him, and almost despite herself, she feels compelled to follow him. They become closer, until finally their attachment leads to physical contact, but Lena is horrified to discover that when she kisses or touches him, Kyle becomes terribly sick. Their love grows stronger, even when they are denied physical contact, and Lena finds herself drawn deeply into his mysterious world.
Lena learns that Kyle is not in fact evil, but an agent of death – he does not cause death, but merely eases the passing of those who are leaving this world as a Soul Taker and Collector. Kyle’s friend, Gordon, is also a Soul Taker, but of a very different sort: he takes souls whether they are ready or not, fated to leave this earth or destined to live longer. Lena fears Gordon, and, sensing that there is something different about Lena, he wishes to take her soul as well. Once close as brothers, Kyle and Gordon now are mortal enemies, with Kyle trying to protect Lena’s life while Gordon attempts to take it.
The two young lovers hide from Gordon, and Lena doesn’t eat or sleep, forgetting everything but her fear of Gordon, and her love of Kyle. An encounter with Kyle’s family, especially his hostile vile sister Jacky, leads to the discovery that Lena is in fact just as extraordinary: while Kyle and Gordon are soul takers, she is a giver of souls, the other side of the same coin. The reason Kyle and Lena are unable to touch becomes clear: physical contact would result in him taking her soul, a soul that she would give to him without hesitation as a soul giver.
During this, Gordon continues to hunt them down, killing Lena’s friends and acquaintances as he works to find the two lovers. Knowing they cannot run forever, Kyle thinks of a solution: if Lena wants to learn about herself, the soul takers and the soul givers, she needs to pass between the worlds of the Living and the Dead. Kyle insists that Lena undergo proper training to hone her skills before she undergoes the dangerous journey, but Gordon finds the two and abruptly Lena’s time is up: she must make the leap into the world called Aphra, limbo between the world of Living and the world of the Dead, finding herself alone at an ocean beach with torn clothes, not remembering what happened and even who she is.