This month’s favorite reads include a clash between religion and science, an alternate history New Orleans, Murderbot on the prowl, beautiful magic and footsteps on Mars. Check them all out — you won’t be disappointed.
5. Temper, by Nicky Drayden
Temper reveals a brilliant world filled with magic, both good and evil, that paints a vivid portrait of a deeply flawed society. Drayden’s use of class structure examines the struggles of the real world and the implications of poverty on a child’s future. Complete with an epic clash between religion and science, and a fast-paced narrative, Temper is a must read. Read review here.
4. Rogue Protocol: The Murderbot Diaries, by Martha Wells
Rogue Protocol continues the brilliance of the Murderbot series, adding a third entry that’s equal parts intrigue, horror and interpersonal dilemmas. At the center is this masterfully crafted character that continues to test the definitions of humanity. Every part of this series has been infinitely readable and Rogue Protocol continues in this tradition. Read review here.
3. The Black God’s Drums, by P. Djèlí Clark
The Black God’s Drums is a masterwork of world-building and alternate history, giving us a vivid portrayal of a New Orleans that stands free amidst warring nations. The story is filled with the magic of gods and goddesses, and industrial-age contraptions that lend an air of wonder to the city. I loved every minute of this book and hope we’ll get to see more of Creeper and Captain Ann-Marie. Read review here.
2. The Black Tides of Heaven, by J.Y. Yang
The Black Tides of Heaven is a beautiful piece of magic that enthralls with effortless prose, brilliantly rendered characters, and a story you won’t be able to put down. It’s a silkpunk world filled with strange creatures, inventive technology and cutting-edge gender norms. Take the time to dive into this wonderful world – you won’t be disappointed. Read review here.
And my favorite book of the month is…
1. The Fated Sky: A Lady Astronaut Novel, by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Fated Sky is a rare thing — a sequel that is just as wonderful as its predecessor. Dr. Elma York is a relatable, multi-faceted, brilliant character who fills the book with life. The cast of supporting characters remains just as compelling, and Kowal treats their trials and tribulations with care, showing the individual experiences of traveling millions of miles from home. I love this series and it’s my deep hope that we’ve not seen the last of it. Read review here.