So. Many. Exciting. Books. October/November is bursting at the seams with titles that I am itching to get my hands on. If I could, I would clear my calendar and hole up with these books until Christmas. Without further ado, here is a list to spur you on to your local indie bookstore.
Into the Riverlands by Nghi Vo. The third book in the Singing Hills cycle, which follows the wandering cleric Chih, whose mission is to record tales. This book finds Chih, and their talking hoopoe companion Almost Brilliant, getting caught up in the lore and danger of the riverlands, which are haunted by near-immortal warriors. If this novella is anything like the first two, The Empress of Salt and Fortune and When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain, it promises to be gorgeously written, packed with imagery, and thoughtfully original. (And while you should read all three of these gems, do note that each is standalone and they can be read in any order.) Published by Tor.com.
The Atlas Paradox by Olivie Blake. The sequel to The Atlas Six, which I read a few months ago. I am looking forward to seeing where Blake takes this story. At the end of the first book, it seemed like the narrative was opening up to expand its horizons considerably in terms of side characters taking more of the limelight, settings outside of the school, and intriguing subplots about to bloom. The stakes were already high but I think they are about to get even higher. Published by Macmillan.
A Restless Truth by Freya Marske. This is it—the one I am THE MOST excited for. This is book two in Freya Marske’s The Last Binding trilogy, a Victorian England queer historical fantasy romance series. I fell in love with book one, A Marvellous Light, and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t counting down the days until I can get my hands on this one. While I am a little sad that its focus is not on Edwin and Robin, the lovable protagonists from book one, I can’t wait to dive back into this world’s magic, and I trust Marske to deliver something fantastic. The promo for this sequel described it as “Lesbian Knives Out on a Boat.” Um, yes please. Published by Tor.com.
Ocean’s Echo by Everina Maxwell. Another slow burn romance for you, but set in space! This book is a standalone story set in the same universe as Maxwell’s debut space opera novel Winter’s Orbit, and it promises the same exquisite worldbuilding and chaotic/competent relationship dynamic. Throw in some neuromodification, dangerous secrets, political machinations, and two people thrown together whose best chance is to trust each other…welp, you’ve got me. Published by Tor.com.
Scattered Showers by Rainbow Rowell. Do you want some cozy, funny, heart-of-gold vibes for your November? These nine love stories will almost certainly deliver. Some have been published previously and are being collected for the first time; others are brand new. We’ve been promised appearances by beloved characters from Rowell’s novels, including Reagan from Fangirl, unidentified “protagonists” from Attachments (Lincoln? Beth? Jennifer?), and Simon and Baz from the Carry On books. I can’t wait for Rowell’s signature skill in dialogue and character voice. Published by Wednesday Books.
Even Though I Knew the End by C. L. Polk. First off, take a moment to admire this gorgeous cover. I loved C. L. Polk’s The Midnight Bargain and her Kingston Cycle trilogy (Witchmark, Soulstar, and Stormsong). And this book is luring me with its descriptors such as “supernatural noir,” “magical detective,” “1930s period piece,” “sapphic romance,” and “gritty mystery in the White City.” I really don’t see how this can go wrong, and I can’t wait to read it. Published by Tor.com.
Tread of Angels by Rebecca Roanhorse. Having read Roanhorse’s The Sixth World books (Trail of Lightning and Storm of Locusts) and book one of her Between Earth and Sky series (Black Sun), I can confidently say that she is an author who kills at worldbuilding. This new book promises a dark new fantasy world, complete with demons, angels, ancestry and class struggles, sisterly love, and stakes no less than the immortal soul. It sounds like a wild ride. Published by Simon & Schuster.
Did I miss anything? What new releases are you excited for? Do pipe up in the comments. And in the meantime, make yourself a cup of tea and coffee. It’s chilly out there, and we’ve got a lot of reading to do.