A list inspired by Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C Dao
Sometimes, bad is good. Or, more accurately, interesting. Reluctant heroes, chosen one orphans, and brave princesses are all well and good—but sometimes a reader wants something darker, meatier in their characterizations.
Enter the Anti-Hero. Typically, an Anti-Hero is a story's central character, but who does not display traditional heroic attributes (like courage, selflessness, or righteous idealism)—in fact, often the Anti-Hero usually acts in their own self-interest and flies in the face of the ethical codes we are given ...
The Gate will fall.
You will know this time by the rise of two human
Queens—one of blood, and one of light.
Two Queens will rise.
They will carry the power of the Seven.
They will carry your fate in their hands.
—Furyborn by Claire Legrand
A very long time ago, angels walked among humans, sowing disaster and chaos. They were defeated and imprisoned by the Seven Saints, the Gate to their prison the last line of defense between ...
When you dance with the Rite of Dreaming, you dance with the gods.
—Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
Mehr is a woman of two worlds: the Abhan and the Amrithi. The daughter of a well-connected Abhan nobleman and a powerful Amrithi woman, Mehr’s very existence is remarkable. In the glorious Empire, the Abhan are the ruling class of leaders, governors, and nobility, while the Amrithi are descendents of the daiva, the old elemental desert gods, and their blood ...
You may have heard of George R.R. Martin. You know, he’s that guy who wrote that obscure A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series, adapted into that hidden gem premium cable television show A Game of Thrones. Yeah, that guy.
What you may not know about GRRM (as the internet affectionately deems Martin), though, is that he’s written a bunch of other books (and I’m not just talking about those other ones set in Westeros). In addition to ...
Umbertouched by Livia Blackburne
On Sale: November 2018
Zivah and Dineas have done the impossible: they’ve successfully infiltrated the Amparan Empire’s center of power, gathered powerful intelligence about the cause of the Rosemarked plague and its weaponization, and have escaped with their lives. Under the cover of darkness and subterfuge, the pair flees from central Ampara and makes their way to Zivah’s mountain village, where both of their people—Zivah’s Dara village and Dineas’s Shidadi warrior tribe—await.
Getting home is just ...
Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean
Release date: November 2018
“Our bodies are not ornaments, they are instruments.”
In the world of Honoku, there are humans and there are yokai. Crafted with magical abilities and bearing fanciful, wild physical features such as scaled or transparent flesh, the yokai are powerful and feared by humankind. And so, to combat their fear, humans have outlawed the yokai and enslaved them with magics of their own, thanks to the power of ...
Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
Release date: October 2018
Some people were matches, a bit of light and no heat. And some were furnaces, all heat but little light. And then, once in a blue moon, there was a bonfire, something so hot and bright you couldn't stand too near without burning.
Marcella Morgan is tired of being taken for granted.
She loved her husband—truly loved him. Ever since they first met at college, Marcella and Marcus were ...
Holy cosplay-clad fandom, Batman! It’s time for New York Comic Con! Running from October 4 through 6, nearly 200,000 devoted fans will make their way to the Javits Convention Center in whole-hearted celebration of all things pop-geekery. With booths representing the biggest franchises and powerhouses in the industry (Marvel, DC) to the energy and hustle of indie creator tables in Artist’s Alley, NYCC has something for everyone.
This, of course, includes science fiction and fantasy books.
While San Diego ...