The Locus Bestsellers for July include top titles: A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers (Tordotcom), Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson (Tor), The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager US), and Star Wars Visions: Ronin by Emma Mieko Candon (Del Rey).
|1)||A Prayer for the Crown-Shy, Becky Chambers (Tordotcom)||1||–|
|2)||All the Seas of the World, Guy Gavriel Kay (Berkley)||3||1|
|*)||A Psalm for the Wild-Built, Becky Chambers (Tordotcom)||8||8|
|4)||Upgrade, Blake Crouch (Ballantine)||1||–|
|5)||House of Sky and Breath, Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury US)||6||3|
|*)||Nettle & Bone, T. Kingfisher (Tor)||4||9|
|7)||What Moves the Dead, T. Kingfisher (Tor Nightfire)||1||–|
|8)||The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, V.E. Schwab (Tor)||18||–|
|9)||The Daughter of Doctor Moreau, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)||1||–|
|10)||A Court of Silver Flames, Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury US)||11||–|
|1)||Rhythm of War, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)||2||8|
|2)||Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace)||66||1|
|3)||Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)||21||4|
|4)||Dune Messiah, Frank Herbert (Ace)||18||2|
|5)||The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW)||90||7|
|6)||The Ruin of Kings, Jenn Lyons (Tor)||4||–|
|7)||Midnight Riot, Ben Aaronovitch (Del Rey)||6||–|
|*)||A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin (Clarion)||7||–|
|9)||The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor)||12||–|
|10)||The Great Hunt, Robert Jordan (Tor)||6||–|
|1)||The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager US)||10||–|
|2)||A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury US)||5||4|
|3)||A Deadly Education, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)||9||–|
|4)||Parable of the Sower, Octavia E. Butler (Grand Central)||20||1|
|5)||Children of Time, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Orbit US)||4||2|
|*)||The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu (Tor)||48||–|
|7)||Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tordotcom)||16||–|
|8)||Artifact Space, Miles Cameron (Gollancz)||2||7|
|*)||The Priory of the Orange Tree, Samantha Shannon (Bloomsbury US)||12||–|
|10)||The House in the Cerulean Sea, TJ Klune (Tor)||18||–|
|*)||The Last Graduate, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)||1||–|
|MEDIA & GAMING Related|
|1)||Star Wars Visions: Ronin, Emma Mieko Candon (Del Rey)||4||–|
|2)||Star Wars: Brotherhood, Mike Chen (Del Rey)||3||1|
|*)||Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith, Adam Christopher (Del Rey)||2||1|
|4)||Star Wars Legends: Darth Plagueis, James Luceno (Del Rey)||9||–|
|*)||Star Wars: Padawan, Kiersten White (Disney Lucasfilm)||1||–|
A Prayer for the Crown-Shy, the second book in Becky Chambers’s Monk and Robot series, took the top spot on our hardcover list in a decisive victory over all comers. Last month’s winner, Guy Gavriel Kay’s All the Seas of the World, tied with A Psalm for the Wild-Built, the first book in the Monk and Robot series, for second place. Our new runner-up was Sweep of Stars (Tor), the start of a new Afrofuturist science fiction trilogy by Maurice Broaddus. We had 54 nominated titles, up from 49 last month.
Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson (book four of The Stormlight Archive) knocked Frank Herbert’s Dune into second place on the paperback list. There were no new runners-up. Fifty-eight titles were nominated, up from last month’s 56.
Becky Chambers had a good July. In addition to having books in first and second place on the hardcover list, her The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet came in first place on the trade paperback list. Sarah J. Maas finished second with A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first book in the eponymous series. Shelley Parker-Chan’s novel of Ming Dynasty-era China, She Who Became the Sun (Tor), was our new runner-up. There were 68 nominated titles, down from last month’s 69.
This month, Star Wars swept our media-related & gaming-related list, taking all five spots in an extremely competitive race. In the end, Star Wars Visions: Ronin by Emma Mieko Candon prevailed. Last month’s winner Mike Chen’s Star Wars: Brotherhood moved into second. There were no new runners-up. We had 15 nominated titles, down from 16 last month.
Compiled with data from: Bakka-Phoenix (Canada), Book Moon (MA), Borderlands (CA), McNally Robinson (two in Canada), Mysterious Galaxy (CA), Orca Books (WA), Toadstool (NH), White Dwarf (Canada).
Data period: July 2022.
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See this listing and more like it in the October 2022 issue of Locus.
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