Become a young assassin in Red Sister or explore the futuristic San Francisco filled with AI’s and weapon drones patrolling the skies in Void Star. These are a few of the tales you can experience in our collection of Fantasy & Science Fiction books which have been released this month! We’ve found you eight different worlds and stories which will either transport you into a world completely different to our own or one not-so unlike it…
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Red Sister by Mark Lawrence | Out Now | Goodreads
At the Convent of Sweet Mercy, young girls are raised to be killers. They hone their novices’ skills to deadly effect and takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist. When eight-year-old bloodstained Nona Grey is brought to the halls of Sweet Mercy, the mistresses don’t truly understand what they have purchased. Falsely accused of murder and guilty of worse, she is sought by powerful enemies. Nona must come to terms with her demons and learn to become a deadly assassin if she is to survive…
American War by Omar El Akkad | Out Now | Goodreads
Born in Louisiana, Sarat Chestnut is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. When her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience, she begins to grow up shaped by her particular time and place. Not everyone at the camp is who they claim to be and eventually Sarat is befriended by a mysterious functionary and turned into a deadly instrument of war. The decisions she makes will have tremendous consequences, not just for Sarat, but her family and country.
Brimstone by Cherie Priest | Out Now | Goodreads
In the trenches of Europe during the Great War, Tomas Cordero operated a devastating weapon: a flame projector dousing the enemy in liquid fire. Having life the battlefield a shattered man, he comes home to find his wife has passed and soon finds himself dreaming of fire. Then there’s Alice Dartle, a talented clairvoyant living in present-day Florida. She also dreams of fire and knows her nightmares are connected to the war veteran and believes she can bring peace to him and his wife’s spirit.
Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis | Out Now | Goodreads
Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be to the water, her flesh preventing a wave-like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she can, she must produce an heir, except the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine. Vincent is third in line to inherit the throne and when Khosa arrives without an heir, he knows his father will ensure she fulfils her duty, at whatever cost. He soon becomes torn between protecting the throne and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence.
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray | Out Now | Goodreads
Noemi Vidal is a seventeen-year-old soldier sworn to protect her planet and willing to risk anything, including her life. Abandoned in space for years, Abel has advanced programming that’s begun to evolve and he only wants to protect his creator and to be free. The two are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together and their efforts would end the fighting for good, but not without sacrifice. The stakes are higher than they realised and they are forced to question everything.
The Ship by Antonia Honeywell | April 25 | Goodreads
Lalla has grown up sheltered from the chaos amid the ruins of civilization. But things are getting more dangerous outside with people killing over husks of bread and police detaining anyone without an ID card. On her sixteenth birthday, her father decides it’s time to use their escape route—a ship he built only big enough to save five hundred people. But the utopia her father has created isn’t as it seems with plenty of food, but nothing grows; plenty of clothes, but no way to mend them; and no-one can tell her where they are going.
Void Star by Zachary Mason | Out Now | Goodreads
Not far in the future, the seas have risen but it’s still good to be rich in San Francisco, where weapon drones patrol the skies to keep out the poor. Irina isn’t rich, but an artificial memory gives her perfect recall and lets her act as a medium between employers and AIs. Kern, one of the many refugees, lives like a monk and trains in martial arts; Whereas Thales is from a different world entirely and flees to L.A. after an attack leaves him crippled and his father dead. The three are soon pushed together by subtle forces that stay just out of sight.
Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer | Out Now | Goodreads
Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora have always been close despite being polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter whereas Aurora is beautiful and sheltered. Everything changes with a single drop of Aurora’s blood and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken. With the faerie queen and her army ready to march, Isabelle must find a prince who can awaken her sister with a kiss and create an alliance. But Aurora wakes in a strange enchanted world where a mysterious hunter may be the secret to her escape . . . or the reason for her to stay.