The Locus Bestsellers for September include top titles: Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (Tordotcom), Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin (Bantam), The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (Tor), and Dragonlance Destines: Dragons of Deceit by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman (Del Rey).
|1)||Nona the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tordotcom)||1||–|
|2)||The Golden Enclaves, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)||1||–|
|3)||Fairy Tale, Stephen King (Scribner)||1||–|
|4)||Babel, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager)||2||1|
|5)||All the Seas of the World, Guy Gavriel Kay (Berkley)||5||4|
|*)||Be the Serpent, Seanan McGuire (DAW)||2||9|
|7)||Soul Taken, Patricia Briggs (Ace)||2||5|
|8)||A Prayer for the Crown-Shy, Becky Chambers (Tordotcom)||3||2|
|9)||A Psalm for the Wild-Built, Becky Chambers (Tordotcom)||10||3|
|10)||Thistlefoot, GennaRose Nethercott (Anchor)||1||–|
|1)||Fire & Blood, George R.R. Martin (Bantam)||5||8|
|2)||The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin (Ace)||20||6|
|3)||Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace)||68||1|
|4)||The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien (Del Rey)||5||–|
|5)||A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin (Clarion)||8||–|
|6)||The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)||19||5|
|7)||Rhythm of War, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)||37||4|
|8)||To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, Christopher Paolini (Tor)||4||3|
|9)||Children of Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace)||2||2|
|*)||Dune Messiah, Frank Herbert (Ace)||7||9|
|*)||Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)||20||–|
|*)||To End in Fire, David Weber & Eric Flint (Baen)||22||–|
|1)||The House in the Cerulean Sea, TJ Klune (Tor)||20||2|
|2)||A Court of Silver Flames, Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury US)||1||–|
|3)||A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury US)||6||–|
|4)||A Court of Mist and Fury, Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury US)||4||1|
|5)||A Deadly Education, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)||10||–|
|6)||A Court of Frost and Starlight, Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury US)||3||7|
|7)||The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu (Tor)||49||–|
|8)||A Master of Djinn, P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom)||2||7|
|*)||Parable of the Sower, Octavia E. Butler (Grand Central)||22||5|
|10)||Children of Time, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Orbit US)||5||–|
|*)||A Court of Wings and Ruin, Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury US)||3||6|
|*)||House of Earth and Blood, Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury US)||13||4|
|*)||Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury US)||7||–|
|MEDIA & GAMING Related|
|1)||Dragonlance Destinies: Dragons of Deceit, Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman (Del Rey)||2||1|
|*)||Phasers on Stun!, Ryan Britt (Plume)||3||5|
|3)||Star Trek: Picard: Second Self, Una McCormack (Pocket)||1||–|
|4)||Aliens vs. Predators: Rift War, Weston Ochse & Yvonne Navarro (Titan)||1||–|
|*)||Critical Role: Vox Machina: Kith & Kin, Marieke Nijkamp (Del Rey)||2||–|
|*)||Star Wars Legends: Darth Plagueis, James Luceno (Del Rey)||0||–|
Two new releases jumped to the top of the hardcover list with Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir, the third book in the Locked Tomb series, taking first place, followed by the final book in Naomi Novik’s Scholomance series, The Golden Enclaves. There were no new runners-up. We had 41 nominated titles, down from 50 last month.
On the paperback list, George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones prequel Fire & Blood squeaked past Ursula K. Le Guin’s classic The Left Hand of Darkness to take the top spot. Purgatory’s Shore (Ace), the first book in Taylor Anderson’s new historical dimensional travel series Artillerymen, is our new runner-up. Fifty-two titles were nominated, up from last month’s 50.
Long-time favorite, The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune returned to the top of the trade paperback list followed by Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Silver Flames in second. The rest of Maas’s A Court of Thorn and Roses series also appeared on our list in third, fourth, sixth and tenth place. There were no new runners-up. There were 63 nominated titles, up from last month’s 59.
On the media-related & gaming-related list, last month’s winner, Dragonlance Destinies: Dragons of Deceit by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman, shared first place with Ryan Britt’s Phasers on Stun! There were no new runners-up. We had 18 nominated titles, up from 17 last month.
Compiled with data from: Bakka-Phoenix (Canada), Book Moon (MA), Borderlands (CA), McNally Robinson (two in Canada), Mysterious Galaxy (CA), Toadstool (NH), White Dwarf (Canada).
Data period: September 2022.
Note: book titles and covers on this page link to IndieBound, a network of independent booksellers, such as those that contribute to this list.
See this listing and more like it in the December 2022 issue of Locus.
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