Locus Bestsellers, April 2023
The Locus Bestsellers for December include top titles: Hell Bent, Leigh Bardugo (Flatiron), Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (Tor), Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree (Tor), and Star Wars: Stories of Jedi and Sith, Jennifer Heddle, ed. (Disney Lucasfilm Press).
|1)||Hell Bent, Leigh Bardugo (Flatiron)||1||–|
|2)||Babel, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager)||6||1|
|3)||How to Sell a Haunted House, Grady Hendrix (Berkley)||1||–|
|4)||A Prayer for the Crown-Shy, Becky Chambers (Tordotcom)||6||7|
|*)||The World We Make, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US)||3||3|
|6)||The Golden Enclaves, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)||5||6|
|7)||Fairy Tale, Stephen King (Scribner)||5||8|
|8)||The Fall of Númenor, J.R.R. Tolkien (Morrow)||2||5|
|9)||Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries, Heather Fawcett (Del Rey)||1||–|
|10)||The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin)||12||–|
|*)||Mistborn: Secret History, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)||1||–|
|1)||Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)||26||1|
|2)||Hyperion, Dan Simmons (Bantam Spectra)||7||–|
|3)||Dune, Frank Herbert (Ace)||71||2|
|4)||Stardust, Neil Gaiman (Morrow)||2||–|
|5)||The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin (Ace)||22||3|
|6)||To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, Christopher Paolini (Tor)||4||9|
|7)||Rhythm of War, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)||7||–|
|*)||The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)||41||4|
|9)||Dune Messiah, Frank Herbert (Ace)||22||8|
|*)||Fire & Blood, George R.R. Martin (Bantam)||9||6|
|1)||Legends & Lattes, Travis Baldree (Tor)||3||1|
|2)||The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu (Tor)||50||–|
|3)||A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury US)||9||4|
|4)||The Priory of the Orange Tree, Samantha Shannon (Bloomsbury US)||14||5|
|5)||A Court of Mist and Fury, Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury US)||6||–|
|6)||A Deadly Education, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)||14||10|
|7)||Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir (Ballantine)||4||9|
|8)||The Stardust Thief, Chelsea Abdullah (Orbit US)||1||–|
|9)||Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir (Ballantine)||22||3|
|10)||Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tordotcom||21||6|
|MEDIA & GAMING-RELATED|
|1)||Star Wars: Stories of Jedi and Sith, Jennifer Heddle, ed. (Disney Lucasfilm Press)||1||1|
|2)||Warhammer 40,000: Broken City, Anonymous, ed. (Warhammer Crime) https://bookshop.org/book/9780593498491||1||–|
|3)||Star Wars: The Princess and the Scoundrel, Beth Revis (Random House Worlds)||2||–|
In its first month of publication, Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo jumped to the top to the hardcover list with a decisive victory over our second-place finisher, and last month’s winner, R.F. Kuang’s Babel. Africa Risen edited by Sheree Renée Thomas, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, & Zelda Knight (Tordotcom), and Seanan McGuire’s Lost in the Moment and Found (Tordotcom) tied as our new runner-up. We had 43 nominated titles, up from 42 last month.
For the second month, Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson topped the paperback list, with Dan Simmon’s Hyperion, after a month away, in second. There were no new runners up. Sixty-one titles were nominated, up from last month’s 56.
On the trade paperback list, Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree held off all comers for a third month, remaining in first place with a substantial lead over Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem. Neal Stephenson’s Termination Shock (Morrow) was our new runner-up. There were 62 nominated titles, down from last month’s 63.
Star Wars: Stories of Jedi and Sith edited by Jennifer Heddle barely edged out Warhammer 40,000: Broken City for the top spot on the Media-Related & Gaming-Related Books list. There were no new runners-up. We had 17 nominated titles, down from 24 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: January 2023.
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 March 2023 issue of Locus.
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