Science Fiction/Fantasy

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

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.

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 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.

White Tree Coven – Tale of the Inn

Seax Wiccan and demonologist Hadley Fernsby arrives back to her hometown, Wotton-Under-Edge in Gloucestershire, with her husband. After not being back since her mother was killed by a demon twenty years ago. Hadley is ready to inherit her mothers wealth and her long lost coven. Along the way they encounter new friendships as they soon realise the simple market town Hadley thought she knew has always kept deep dark secrets. Can love, friendship and magic be used to overcome what is lurking in the towns local inn.

Shards of the ruby

A king leaves his kingdom in search for glory and adventure in deep space! Along with his trusted servants and the first ship ever designed by his people he heads out into the stars and into a greater evil that none of them could ever imagine.

Ender’s Game (The Ender Quintet)

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut–young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers, Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If the world survives, that is.

Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards.

Skein of Fates

Nuetierra. An alien world where twin moons light the night and massive air-breathing jellyfish float through violet skies.

Nue Bayona. A gaslit, steam-powered city caught between the iron fist of a despot and the bloody fist of a terrorist.

Deanna is the daughter of Eduard Hernaan, former Alcalde of Nue Bayona. Six years ago, her stepmother Lourdessa led a brutal political coup against her father. She now rules as dictator while Deanna’s father languishes in prison. The common citizens chafe beneath Lourdessa’s yoke and yearn for their lost democracy.

Threatened by Deanna’s popularity, Lourdessa arranges for her assassination. The attempt fails and Deanna escapes. Cast adrift in a hostile wilderness and near death, she is rescued by a band of diminutive hunters, members of a mysterious race she knows only from history books—the Tiqui.

Recovering in their distant village, Deanna meets a remarkable woman—the Tiqui chieftess Yellow Bird, who possesses the shamanic gift of foresight. Her visions have revealed that a girl of the tall folk would one day come, whose fate is inextricably linked to that of the Tiqui.

When Deanna’s haven is destroyed in a night of horrific violence, she must make a choice: remain in exile, or embark on the road to revolution. Dangerous and uncertain, disaster or salvation waits at its end—for both Tiqui and tall folk alike.

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.

The Martian

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

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

Children of Time

Adrian Tchaikovksy’s award-winning novel Children of Time, is the epic story of humanity’s battle for survival on a terraformed planet.

Who will inherit this new Earth?

The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age — a world terraformed and prepared for human life.

But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has borne disastrous fruit. The planet is not waiting for them, pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind’s worst nightmare.

Now two civilizations are on a collision course, both testing the boundaries of what they will do to survive. As the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, who are the true heirs of this new Earth? Span

The Devil Pulls the Strings

The Devil Pulls the Strings is the pulse-pounding first tale in the Archivist series.

Set in modern-day Wentzville, MO, New York City, and 1813 Genoa, Italy, weaves bromance, Slavic mythology, secret societies, Paganini’s music and time travel.

Twenty two year old Boone Daniels has problems, debilitating panic attack, gut-wrenching guilt, a wendigo haunting him since age six, and now he almost killed his best friend in a joust. But when he fills in for his injured friend at a New York gig, he goes to meet the gig’s contact at his NYC brownstone. A body falls from the brownstone balcony and the place explodes with gun fire. Boone barely escapes but uncovers a sinister plot to perform a rare Paganini piece that summons the Devil to trap Baba Yaga and destroy modern-day New York City.

He then finds himself on a race through time, to capture the cursed melody. Along the way, a Romani immortal, steampunk vampires and Baba Yaga set the stage for war, and Boone shall have to risk death for redemption. All Boone wants is to keep a promise to a friend. The same friend, he almost killed last Sunday during a joust.

Can a small-town Missouri musician outplay the supernatural and save NYC’s soul?

If you like when tortured heroes, epic battles, time travel, twisted history and secret societies collide, then you’ll love J. W. Zarek’s spectacular page-turner.

Save Him

Winner – 2020 Author Circle Awards – Novel of Excellence—Science Fiction.

Military scientist Rydel Scott is proud of the hi-tech gear he invents for battlefield heroes. When a secret mission involving one of his inventions goes horribly wrong, Rydel obsessively tries to learn what caused the system failure and accidentally reveals the ability to time travel. Overworked and massively sleep-deprived, he believes he has received a message from God—save God’s son. And the man of science embarks on a world-changing quest to rescue Jesus. As he covers his tracks to journey back undetected, he neglects to factor in the consequences of a devastating butterfly effect. And he’s terrified to discover The Unit, a highly-trained team of elite soldiers, is hunting him down to stop him from making choices that could upend all of human history. Will they find Rydel before he alters the past? And, if they find him, will some in The Unit be persuaded to join Rydel on his mission to save Christ?

Beyond Sunlight

Melanie Brace is a talented young artist who had an interesting but fairly ordinary life, until she meets a handsome enigmatic stranger in a jazz club. Impressed by his great musical talent, charm and wit, she wants to date him. That same night they meet, he informs her that she has an inoperable cancer and is living on a borrowed time. When a medical test confirms his statement about her condition, Melanie demands answers. And the answer she gets is not what she had hoped to hear. The mysterious stranger is a vampire, a member of an ancient race of immortals living among humans since the prehistoric times. When a tragic event places Melanie one step closer to death, she awakens in a private hospital in full control of her body but with cold skin and without the heartbeat. Becoming a vampire was the easy part. The hard part will be to survive as one. What will you do when you will remain twenty-nine-years-old forever?

Blood of Elves (The Witcher Book 2)

For over a century, humans, dwarves, gnomes, and elves have lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over, and now the races are fighting once again. The only good elf, it seems, is a dead elf.
Geralt of Rivia, the cunning assassin known as the Witcher, has been waiting for the birth of a prophesied child. This child has the power to change the world — for good, or for evil.
As the threat of war hangs over the land and the child is hunted for her extraordinary powers, it will become Geralt’s responsibility to protect them all. And the Witcher never accepts defeat.
Witcher novelsBlood of ElvesThe Time of ContemptBaptism of FireThe Tower of SwallowsLady of the LakeSeason of Storms
Witcher collectionsThe Last WishSword of Destiny
The Malady and Other Stories: An Andrzej Sapkowski Sampler (e-only)
Translated from original Polish by Danusia Stok.