If you’re after a new fantasy or science fiction read, look no further! September sees the release of a range of novels including new Star Wars and Stephen King novels, another young adult instalment in Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, as well as a post-apocalyptic world where humans no longer exist and the world consists of only robots.
Read on to discover our picks and tell us in the comments below if you will be checking one of these books out!
Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson | Goodreads
One of the most cunning and merciless officers of the First Order, Captain Phasma commands the favor of her superiors, the respect of her peers, and the terror of her enemies. But for all her renown, Phasma remains as virtually unknown as the impassive expression on her gleaming chrome helmet. Now, an adversary is bent on unearthing her mysterious origins—and exposing a secret she guards as zealously and ruthlessly as she serves her masters.
Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff | Goodreads
Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it, and after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself. When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.
The Uploaded by Ferrett Steinmetz | Goodreads
In the near future, the elderly have moved online and now live within the computer network. But that doesn’t stop them interfering in the lives of the living, whose sole real purpose now is to maintain the vast servers which support digital Heaven. For one orphan that just isn’t enough – he wants more for himself and his sister than a life slaving away for the dead. It turns out that he’s not the only one who wants to reset the world…
The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo | Goodreads
This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art. Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.
Paradox Bound by Peter Clines | Goodreads
Eli’s willing to admit it: he’s more than a little obsessed with the mysterious woman he met years ago who’s driving a hundred-year-old car, clad in Revolutionary-War era clothes, and wielding an oddly modified flintlock rifle. When the traveller reappears in his life, Eli is determined that this time he’s not going to let her go without getting some answers. But his determination soon leads him into a strange, dangerous world and a chase not just across the country but through a hundred years of history.
An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard | Goodreads
In New York City, magic controls everything. But the power of magic is fading. No one knows what is happening, except for Sydney—a new, rare magician with incredible power that has been unmatched in decades, and she may be the only person who is able to stop the darkness that is weakening the magic. But Sydney doesn’t want to help the system, she wants to destroy it.
Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill | Goodreads
It’s been thirty years since the apocalypse and fifteen years since the murder of the last human being at the hands of robots. Most of the world is controlled by an OWI—One World Intelligence—the shared consciousness of millions of robots, but not all robots are willing to cede their individuality. These intrepid resisters are outcasts and have formed into an unruly civilisation of rogue AIs. Brittle, a scavenger robot, is haunted by the terrible crimes she perpetrated on humanity. As she roams the Sea of Rust, a large swath of territory that was once the Midwest, Brittle slowly comes to terms with her raw and vivid memories—and her guilt.
Stranger of Tempest by Tom Lloyd | Goodreads
Lynx is a mercenary with a sense of honour; a dying breed in the Shattered Kingdom. Failed by the nation he served and weary of the skirmishes that plague the continent’s principalities, he walks the land in search of purpose.Bodyguard work keeps his belly full and his mage-gun loaded, but he’s not forced to rely on others or kill without cause. Little could compel Lynx to join a mercenary company, but he won’t turn his back on a kidnapped girl. The job seems simple enough, so long as there are no surprises or hidden agendas along the way, it should work out fine.
An Excess Male by Maggie Shen King | Goodreads
Under the One Child Policy, everyone plotted to have a son. Now 40 million of them can’t find wives. Wei-guo finally saves up the dowry required to enter matchmaking talks at the lowest rung as a third husband, but a single family—one harbouring an illegal spouse—shows interest, yet with May-ling and her two husbands, Wei-guo feels seen, heard, and connected to like never before. But everyone and everything are listening, and men, excess or not, are dispensable to the State. Wei-guo must reach a new understanding of patriotism and test the limits of his love and his resolve in order to save himself and this family he has come to hold dear.
Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King | Goodreads
In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place. The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain?
Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett | Goodreads
Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the Emperor’s royal explorers and she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance. Everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer ever known, arrives in her village and demands to hire Kamzin. She must retrieve a rare talisman for the emperor but to do so, she must climb the tallest and deadliest mountain, face avalanches, ice chasms, ghosts, and even worse at every turn.
Nyxia by Scott Reintgen | Goodreads
Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe. But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.