Here are 16 captivating sci-fi/fantasy books, including a novella and a short story collection, to add to your TBR pile.
City of Lies by Sam Hawke – Jovan is the quiet forgettable friend of the Chancellor’s heir. But secretly he is a master of poisons and is trained to protect the Chancellor’s family from harm.
Furyborn by Claire Legrand – Two young women, centuries apart, hold the power to save the world, or destroy it.
The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang – Inspired by 20th century Chinese history, this book follows Rin, a peasant girl with top scores that land her in an elite military school.
Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf – A “heartless” girl must bring the heart of the crown prince to the witch whom she is bound to.
Fairy Tales and Myths Retold
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – a fresh and imaginative retelling of Rumpelstiltskin.
Circe by Madeline Miller – story of the goddess Circe, daughter of the sun god Helios.
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse – Gods and heroes from Navajo lore walk the land in this postapocalyptic landscape.
All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother by Danielle Teller – Explores the complexities of good and evil in this story about the wicked stepmother.
Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – A scholar and looter team up on a death defying mission on an alien planet.
Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie – Mankind’s fate rests with those who become cybernetic weapons.
The Stars Now Unclaimed by Drew Williams – a fun, adventure filled space opera that is set in far future galaxy.
Rogue Protocol (Murderbot Diaries #3) by Martha Wells – Sci-Fi’s favorite crabby SecUnit is back again in his third book.
Short Stories & Novellas
A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman – reimagined folklore and mythology of East and South Asia.
Robots vs. Fairies edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolf – Who is more awesome – robots or fairies?
The Book of M by Peng Shepherd – when people’s shadows begin to disappear, so do their memories.
Vox by Christina Dalcher – It begins one day when the government decrees women are not allowed to say more than 100 words per day.
Looking for more great science fiction and fantasy reads? Try the i09 blog which usually features monthly lists of new titles such as this one from July. Or head on over to Macmillan’s fantasy/sci-fi imprint Tor Publishing to read the blog or sign up for their monthly newsletter (and get offers for free ebooks!).
Books recommended by Holly A., Collection Management Director