Jul 242017
 

Cover of The Five Daughters of the Moon by Leena Likitalo.Publishers Weekly: Likitalo’s lush debut, the first in a duology inspired by the Russian revolution and the story of the Romanov sisters, combines court intrigue, unnerving magic, and brewing revolution in a world powered by the souls of animals….A fantasy landscape both familiar and otherworldly comes to life in this absorbing, imaginative tale.

Jul 212017
 

Publishers Weekly: The beautiful fifth Raksura fantasy begins immediately after the events of The Edge of Worlds, tracing the various journeys of Moon, Jade, and the rest of the now-scattered Raksuran archaeological expedition as they seek to regroup, recover a lost weapon, and attempt to prevent worldwide genocide by their erstwhile allies. Having done the heavy lifting of characterization in earlier books in the series, Wells is able to focus here on exploring how the Raksura fit into the wider world, dealing with the prejudices that result from their previous isolation, their shape-shifting ability and other magic, and their biological connection to the predatory Fell. The Fell themselves give rise to some of the more intriguing social explorations, as more is revealed about the half-Fell/half-Raksurans who were raised among the predators. Wells’s worldbuilding strengths are on display, and she knows just what to explain and what to imply, making this volume accessible to newcomers as well as longtime readers.

Jul 192017
 

Cover of Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer.Publishers Weekly: Tanzer mixes Oscar Wilde’s The Portrait of Dorian Gray with queer romance and demonology in this subtle, beautiful Victorian-era fantasy novel….The perfectly depicted relationship between the sisters takes center stage in a complex (though never overplayed) web of art, swordplay, romance, and, much to the sisters’ surprise, actual demons. Gorgeously portrayed three-dimensional characters and sensual prose propel this smoothly entertaining story to an emotionally affecting end.

 

Jul 052017
 

Cover of The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden.B&N SFF Review: Her style is utterly unique. There’s a freshness in the tone and pace that ensures The Prey of Gods isn’t just going to be one of the best science fiction (or is it fantasy?) novels of the year, but also, hopefully, a launching point to many more raucous, evocative works from its author.

What Drayden has accomplished is important and impressive, particularly for a debut. She has populated a sci-fi universe with fully fleshed personalities spanning disparate walks of life, some more underrepresented than others, and has made each of them into characters complete and compelling-irreverently funny, beautifully and empathetically drawn. There are depths to The Prey of Gods that make it both an endlessly enjoyable read and the start of something truly promising-not another sci-fi trilogy, but a career to follow.

Jul 032017
 

Cover of Feral Youth by Shaun David Hutchinson.Kirkus: Ten teenagers have been blindfolded by their camp counselors, taken into the woods, and left to find their way back to the main camp, in three days. Camp Zeppelin Bend isn’t a fun summer camp. It’s a mandatory camp created for teens whose lives have led them there as a last stop before jail or juvie. As a coping strategy, each teen takes a turn to tell a story, and no one knows what is true and what isn’t.

The main character who carries the narration of this book, Gio, prompts the storytelling challenge. In alternating chapters, written by different authors, each teen shares the disturbing experiences that led them to Zeppelin Bend. Wealthy, white Georgia shares a ghost story connected to being bullied. Jenna, also rich and white, reveals the deteriorating mental state that led her to pyromania. Tino, who’s Mexican, like Gio, boasts of the actions he took to avenge his father’s death in a haunting tale set in a small California college town.

As the collection progresses, each story grows more fantastical, with many that allude to mythology and fairy tales. From the first sentence (“I’m not a liar”), collection editor Hutchinson grabs readers with a raw, spot-on monologue that invites readers into heavy issues teens are struggling to navigate, many with distant or absent parents. Due to the mature, often raw content, this is a book that would also be valuable for adult readers who have the courage to face the darker things teens don’t tell them. A compelling, uncomfortable narrative that lets readers know that the tragedy the world can bring to teens transcends socio-economics, gender, and race.

 

Jun 302017
 

German rights to Shaun David Hutchinson’s THE FIVE STAGES OF ANDREW BRAWLEY, to Arena, by Anna Diekmann at Thomas Schlück Agency in association with Katie Shea Boutillier and Michael Curry.

French pocket paperback rights to Ekaterina Sedia’s THE ALCHEMY OF STONE, to PocketSF (Univers Poche) via Le Belial, by David Camus at Anna Jarota Agency in association with Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.

French pocket paperback rights to Ada Palmer’s TOO LIKE THE LIGHTNING and SEVEN SURRENDERS, to J’ai Lu via Le Belial, by David Camus at Anna Jarota Agency in association with Katie Shea Boutillier and Michael Curry.

Spanish rights to the Nebula and Hugo Award winner for Best Novella, Nnedi Okorafor’s BINTI, to Crononauta, in a two-book deal, by Maru de Montserrat at International Editors’ in association with Katie Shea Boutillier and Michael Curry.

Jun 302017
 

a pair of black ear budsAudio rights to Nebula-nominated Martha Wells’ ROGUE PROTOCOL and an untitled second book, the third and fourth installments in The Murderbot Diaries, to Brian Sweany at Recorded Books, by Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.

Jun 292017
 

Cover for Yoon Ha Lee's Ninefox Gambit.Congratulations to Yoon Ha Lee on winning the 2017 Locus Award for First Novel with Ninefox Gambit

To win an impossible war Captain Kel Cheris must awaken an ancient weapon and a despised traitor general.

Captain Kel Cheris of the hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics. Kel Command gives her the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a star fortress that has recently been captured by heretics. Cheris’s career isn’t the only thing at stake. If the fortress falls, the hexarchate itself might be next.

Cheris’s best hope is to ally with the undead tactician Shuos Jedao. The good news is that Jedao has never lost a battle, and he may be the only one who can figure out how to successfully besiege the fortress.

The bad news is that Jedao went mad in his first life and massacred two armies, one of them his own. As the siege wears on, Cheris must decide how far she can trust Jedao–because she might be his next victim.

Jun 282017
 

Publishers Weekly: [Khaw] blends 1959 cultural cadences with the visceral language of Lovecraftian horror and disturbingly lyrical descriptions of music that won’t let go until it destroys the player…Khaw continues to demonstrate her mastery of seductive short-form horror, juxtaposing the disgusting and relentlessly terrifying with moments of exquisite beauty in ways that make it impossible to look away.