New Books: 7 February 2023
Balstrup, Sarah K.: The Way of Unity
(Burning Mirror Press 9780645474701, $17.99, 450pp, formats: trade paperback, February 6, 2023)
Fantasy novel. Velspar’s rulers move against the Intercessors, a psychic priesthood, but some people rebel at having to live in an alienated world without psychic soothing.
Blackwood, Lauren: Wildblood
(St. Martin’s/Wednesday Books 978-1-250-78713-2, $18.99, 336pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, February 7, 2023)
Young-adult dark fantasy novel about a teen Wildblood, kidnapped as a child and raised to be a tour guide in a Jamaican jungle full of monsters and magic.
Claire, Dana: Hunterland
(CamCat Books 978-0744307344, $19.99, 272pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, February 7, 2023)
Young-adult fantasy/paranormal novel about a family of monster hunters.
Compton, Johnny: The Spite House
(Tor/Nightfire 978-1-250-84141-4, $27.99, 272pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, February 7, 2023)
Southern Gothic/haunted house horror novel. A wealthy eccentric will pay a substantial sum for anyone who will stay in the Masson House, one of Texas’ most haunted buildings, and record their supernatural encounters.
Cooney, C.S.E.: The Twice-Drowned Saint
(Mythic Delirium Books 978-1-7326440-9-0, $15.95, 206pp, formats: trade paperback, hardcover, ebook, February 7, 2023)
Fantasy novel of the city of a secret saint who runs the only cinema in Gelethel, a city ruled by angels and surrounded by impassable walls of ice.
Divya, S.B.: Meru
(Amazon/47North 978-1-662505096, $16.99, 447pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, February 1, 2023)
SF space opera novel. Humanity, having destroyed the environments of both Earth and Mars centuries before, now lives on Earth under the guardianship of the post-human alloys. One human raised by alloys wants to prove humans are now fit to travel space again, but others seek to sabotage the experiment.
Enriquez, Mariana: Our Share of Night
(Penguin Random House/Hogarth US 978-0-451-49514-3, $28.99, 608pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, February 7, 2023)
Historical horror novel of the occult and Argentinian history. A grieving medium tries to protect similarly gifted young son from a cult striving for immortality. Translated by Megan McDowell.
Grist, ed.: Afterglow: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors
(New Press 978-1-62097-758-3, $16.99, 224pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, February 7, 2023)
Anthology of 12 climate fiction stories with a hopeful bent.
Henry, Veronica G.: The Foreign Exchange
(Amazon/47North , $16.99, 287pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, February 1, 2023)
Urban fantasy novel, sequel to The Quarter Storm. Haitian-American Vodou priestess Mambo Reina Dumond, a healer in New Orleans, works to solve a murder.
Jama-Everett, Ayize: Heroes of an Unknown World
(Small Beer Press 978-1618731975, $17.00, 352pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, February 7, 2023)
SF novel, fourth and final in the Liminal People series. A found family of Black superheroes has one last chance to save the world.
Jones, Stephen Graham: Don’t Fear the Reaper
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1-9821-8659-3, $27.99, 464pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, February 7, 2023)
Supernatural thriller/horror novel, second in the Indian Lake trilogy featuring slasher film buff Jade (now Jennifer) Daniels. Serial killer Dark Mill South escapes, bent on completing his revenge killings.
King, Addie J., Abbott, Alana Joli, eds.: Never Too Old to Save the World
(Outland Entertainment 9781954255470, $19.95 318pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, February 7, 2023)
Anthology about Chosen Ones called midlife: heroic soccer mom, cat lady, nosy grandmother, social worker… Authors include Maurice Broaddus, Sarah Hans, Jim C. Hines, Vaseem Khan, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Kimberly Pauley, Lucy A. Snyder, Ursula Vernon
Lobb, M.K.: Seven Faceless Saints
(Little, Brown 978-0-316-38688-3, $19.99, 400pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, February 7, 2023)
Young-adult gothic fantasy novel. In the city of Ombrazia, saints and their disciples rule with terrifying and unjust power, playing favorites while the unfavored struggle to survive.
Moore, Scotto: Wild Massive
(Tordotcom 978-1-250-76774-5, $29.99, 496pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, February 7, 2023)
SF novel. The Architects of the Multiverse made The Building to be a safe place to experiment with literal worldbuilding, but a plot threatens to destroy hundreds of floors.
Rollins, James: The Cradle of Ice
(Tor 978-1-250-76674-8, $29.99, 672pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, February 7, 2023)
Far-future fantasy novel, second in the Moon Fall series. A soldier, a thief, a lost prince, and a young girl form a fellowship to try to stop the coming apocalypse.
Rushdie, Salman: Victory City
(Penguin Random House/Random House 978-0-593-24339-8, $30.00, 352pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, February 7, 2023)
Historical fantasy novel inspired by Indian epics, about a girl who becomes a vessel for the goddess Parvati and breathes a fantastical city into existence, only to be consumed by it over the centuries.
Smith, Tom Rob: Cold People
(Simon & Schuster/Scribner 978-1-9821-9840-4, $28.99, 356pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, February 7, 2023)
Postapocalyptic SF novel about an Antarctic colony of survivors trying to reinvent civilization.
Taylor, Z.W.: The Bite
(Wattpad/W by Wattpad 978-1-990259-65-4, $17.99, 304pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, February 7, 2023)
Urban fantasy novel. A woman flees to Alaska to escape her abusive ex, where a wolf bites her and changes her life forever.
Utomi, Moses Ose: Daughters of Oduma
(Simon & Schuster/Atheneum 978-1-6659-1813-8, $19.99, 368pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, February 7, 2023)
Young-adult fantasy novel inspired by West African culture. An elite female fighter, retired at 16, has to re-enter the tournament to protect her family.