New Books: 20 April 2021

Bangs, Elly: Unity

(Tachyon Publications , $15.95, 304 pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, April 16, 2021)

Danae is not only herself. She is concealing a connection to a grieving collective inside of her body. But while she labors as a tech servant in the dangerous underwater enclave of Bloom City, her fractured self cannot mend. In a desperate escape, Danae and her lover Naoto hire the enigmatic ex-mercenary Alexei to ...Read More

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New Books: 13 April 2021

Anders, Charlie Jane: Victories Greater Than Death

(Tor Teen 978-1-250-31731-5, $15.99, 288pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, April 13, 2021)

A young-adult SF novel and the first in the Unstoppable trilogy, centering around a sleeper-agent alien teenager on Earth whose part in an intergalactic war is bigger than she thinks.

 “It’s properly, wickedly exciting – I devoured it! How Anders packs so much power and energy into her prose is astonishing. ...Read More

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New Books: 6 April 2021

Allington, Patrick: Rise & Shine

(Scribe US 978-1-950354-42-9, $16.00, 240pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, April 6, 2021)

Post-apocalyptic SF novel of survivors in the only two city-states left, literally fed only by the suffering they see in graphic footage of perpetual war.

[Rise & Shine] could easily be an episode of Charlie Brooker’s Netflix series Black MirrorRise & Shine does not shy away from the ...Read More

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Cover Reveal: Dare to Know by James Kennedy

Cover reveal! Dare to Know by James Kennedy from Quirk Books.

Dark Matter meets Annihilation in this mind-bending and emotional speculative thriller set in a world where the exact moment of your death can be predicted–for a price.

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Our narrator is the most talented salesperson at Dare to Know, an enigmatic company that has developed the technology to predict anyone’s death down to the second. Divorced, estranged ...Read More

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New Books: 30 March 2021

Brown, Eli: Oddity

(Candlewick Press/Walker US 978-1-5362-0851-1, $18.99, 368pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, Mar 30, 2021)

Middle-grade alternate-history fantasy novel set in a 19th century where the Louisiana Purchase never went through, leaving the US in conflict with France. The daughter of a murdered doctor protects a magical Oddity he left behind. Illustrated by Karin Rytter.


Langmead, Oliver K.: Birds of Paradise

(Titan Books US 978-1789094817, $15.95, 304pp, formats: trade ...Read More

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New & Notable Books, March 2021

M.A. Carrick, The Mask of Mirrors (Orbit 1/21) Marie Brennan & Alyc Helms join together under the Carrick pen name to bring us this first in the Rook & Rose trilogy. Con artist Ren comes to Nadezra, the City of Dreams, and gets swept up in its aristocratic glamor and nightmare magic for a captivating fantasy adventure.


Kristin Cashore, Winterkeep (Dial 1/21) Cashore returns to the world of her ...Read More

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New Books: 23 March 2021

Barlough, Jeffrey E.: Hooting Grange

(Gresham & Doyle 978-0-9787634-7-3, $14.95, 273pp, formats: trade paperback, Mar 23, 2021)

Alternate-world Victorian fantasy novel, the 11th in the Western Lights series. Sea captain Robert Surtees loses his ship and moves into the ramshackle old family house at Hooting Grange.


Carey, M.R.: The Fall of Koli

(Orbit US 978-0-316-45872-6, $16.99, 576pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, Mar 23, 2021)

Post-apocalyptic SF novel, concluding ...Read More

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Cover Reveal: The Paratwa Saga by Christopher Hinz

Angry Robot presents the re-release of Chris Hinz’s award-winning ’80s cult-classic science fiction masterpiece, The Paratwa Saga. Remastered and reimagined with never-before-seen additional material!

50% off pre-orders until March 31, 2021.

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Book 1: Liege-Killer: Two hundred years after a nuclear apocalypse forced humanity to flee earth, humans still remember the most feared warriors of that planet – the Paratwa. These are genetically modified killers who occupy ...Read More

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New Books: 16 March 2021

Adler, Dahlia, ed.: That Way Madness Lies

(Macmillan/Flatiron 978-1-250-75386-1, $18.99, 336pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, Mar 16, 2021)

Young-adult original anthology with 15 retellings of some of Shakespeare’s most noted works, including some fantastic elements. Authors include Melissa Bashardoust, Anna-Marie McLemore, Tochi Onyebuchi, Mark Oshiro.


Briggs, Patricia: Wild Sign

(Ace 978-0-440-00158-4, $28.00, 368pp, formats: hardcover, trade paper, ebook, audio, Mar 16, 2021)

Urban fantasy novel, sixth in the bestselling ...Read More

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Weekly Bestsellers: 15 March 2021

Three strong debuts this week, beginning with Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara and the Sun (Knopf), ranking #1 at LA Times and #3 at NY Times; Stephen King’s trade paperback original Later (Hard Case Crime), ranking #1 on two lists and #3 on two others; and Cassandra Clare’s Chain of Iron (McElderry), second in the Last Hours series, ranking #1 and #2 on two YA lists.
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New Books: 9 March 2021

Bishop, Anne: The Queen’s Weapons

(Ace 978-1-9848-0665-9, $28.00, 541pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, March 9, 2021)

Fantasy novel, book eleven in the Black Jewels series. Author has stated that this is the end of the series for now.


Brockmeier, Kevin: The Ghost Variations

(Penguin Random House/Pantheon 978-1-524748838, $27, 288pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, March 9, 2021)

Collection of 100 short ghost stories.


Deneen, Brendan: Morbius: The Living Vampire: ...Read More

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New Books: 2 March 2021

Beaton, E.J.: The Councillor

(DAW 978-0-7564-1699-7, $27.00, 448pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, March 1, 2021)

Machiavellian fantasy whcih follows a scholar’s quest to choose the next ruler of her nation amidst lies, conspiracy, and assassination. Debut novel.


Boehme, Jillian: The Stolen Kingdom

(Tor Teen 978-1-250-29882-9, $18.99, 336pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, March 2, 2021)

Young-adult epic fantasy. A vintner’s daughter’s magical blood reveals her to be secret royalty, involving ...Read More

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Weekly Bestsellers, 1 March 2021

Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Silver Flames debuts spectacularly on print lists this week, ranking #1 on three of the four, though it’s dropped precipitously on the Amazon charts.

Meanwhile, Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara and the Sun (Knopf), released tomorrow, is selling today on the Amazon charts, and editions of Colin Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad are selling at Amazon, in anticipation of the Amazon TV series debuting in May.

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Forthcoming Books Through December 2021

The Locus Selected Books by Author list has been updated on our Forthcoming Books page, with information from the March 2021 issue covering upcoming titles from genre houses slated through December 2021. Find out about your favorite authors’ upcoming books!

For the complete list of books by publisher, subscribe to our print magazine or purchase the March issue in print or digital editions, available March 1, 2021.

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New & Notable Books, February 2021

Rumaan Alam, Leave the World Behind (Ecco 10/20) This paranoid, apocalyptic SF novel is generating a lot of buzz and ending up on Best of Year lists. Who do we trust when the power goes out? Vacationing in a rented home, Amanda and Clay are about to find out when a couple, claiming to be the owners, knock on the door and say New York City is under blackout.

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New Books: 23 February 2021

Bacchilega, Cristina, Orme, Jennifer, eds.: Inviting Interruptions: Wonder Tales in the 21st Century

(Wayne State University Press 978-0-8143-4700-3, $92.99, 254pp, formats: hardcover, trade paperback, ebook, Feb 23, 2021)

Anthology of stories, comics, and visual texts intended to challenge the popular heteronormative/happy ending perception of fairy tales. Each entry includes editorial notes and further critical resources.


Galland, Nicole: Master of the Revels

(HarperCollins/Morrow 978-0-06-284487-3, $29.99, 552pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, ...Read More

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Weekly Bestsellers, 22 February 2021

Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Silver Flames (Bloomsbury), fifth in “A Court of Thorns and Roses,” ranks on all three Amazon lists this morning, and its anticipation has pulled a couple of the earlier books back onto the USA Today list. Meanwhile, a new Laurell K. Hamilton “Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter” novel, Rafael (Berkley), debuts strongly on two lists.
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New Books: 16 February 2021

Ahmad, Ehsan, Ahmad, Shakil: Unbound

(Uproar Books, $16.95, 325pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, Feb 16, 2021)

Space opera SF novel, the second and final book in the Wild Sun duology. Coauthored by two brothers.


Barron, Rena: Reaper of Souls

(HarperTeen 978-0-06-287098-8, $18.99, pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, Feb 16, 2021)

Young adult fantasy novel, the second in a trilogy inspired by West Africa.


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New Books: 9 February 2021

Note: the Locus Online editor has stepped down from producing New Books posts, and we are in the process of rebuilding the workflow. Thank you for your patience as we do this.

Deas, Stephen: The Moonsteel Crown

(Angry Robot US 978-0-857668769 $14.99, 384pp, trade paperback, February 9, 2021)

The Emperor of Aria is dead, and three junior members of a street gang are unwittingly caught up in the ensuing struggle ...Read More

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