Summer comes on the tail of BookExpo/BookCon and I’m convinced some of the best releases come in the upcoming months. June is certainly solid for me, with several books I’ve received ARCs for but also several that I’m eagerly awaiting publication!
Magic for Liars – Sarah Gailey – 4 June 2019
I read an excerpt of this one a while ago and for some reason, murder mystery in a magic school setting never occurred to me as a possibility. The prologue was thoroughly creepy (chattery sentient books observing a murder) and I’m interested in the rest.
Ivy Gamble has never wanted to be magic. She is perfectly happy with her life—she has an almost-sustainable career as a private investigator, and an empty apartment, and a slight drinking problem. It’s a great life and she doesn’t wish she was like her estranged sister, the magically gifted professor Tabitha.
But when Ivy is hired to investigate the gruesome murder of a faculty member at Tabitha’s private academy, the stalwart detective starts to lose herself in the case, the life she could have had, and the answer to the mystery that seems just out of her reach.
Empress of Forever – Max Gladstone – 18 June 2019
Just reading the summary makes this book seem absolutely wild. I’ve admittedly never read a Max Gladstone book, but I have several blogger friends who will rave about him and this seems like a good place to start.
A wildly successful innovator to rival Steve Jobs or Elon Musk, Vivian Liao is prone to radical thinking, quick decision-making, and reckless action. On the eve of her greatest achievement, she’s trying to outrun those who are trying to steal her success.
In the chilly darkness of a Boston server farm, Viv sets her ultimate plan into motion. A terrifying instant later, Vivian Liao is catapulted through space and time to a far future where she confronts a destiny stranger and more deadly than she could ever imagine.
The end of time is ruled by an ancient, powerful Empress who blesses or blasts entire planets with a single thought. Rebellion is literally impossible to consider–until Vivian arrives. Trapped between the Pride, a ravening horde of sentient machines, and a fanatical sect of warrior monks who call themselves the Mirrorfaith, Viv must rally a strange group of allies to confront the Empress and find a way back to the world and life she left behind.
Soul of the Sword – Julie Kagawa – 25 June 2019
This is the sequel to Shadow of the Fox (check out my review here) which I have raved about so much because that book was just so fun to read. The first book was a historical anime in book form and I just cannot wait to start reading the second. I’ve gotten it on NetGalley so I’m really hoping to get to it before June.
One thousand years ago, a wish was made to the Harbinger of Change and a sword of rage and lightning was forged. Kamigoroshi. The Godslayer. It had one task: to seal away the powerful demon Hakaimono.
Now he has broken free.
Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has one task: to take her piece of the ancient and powerful scroll to the Steel Feather temple in order to prevent the summoning of the Harbinger of Change, the great Kami Dragon who will grant one wish to whomever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. (more)
Hexarchate Stories – Yoon Ha Lee – 25 June 2019
For fans of the Ninefox Gambit series, this collection is a must read. I was lucky enough to read this book early from NetGalley and it does a fantastic job filling in the gaps and fleshing out the characters. Highly recommended to fans of the Ninefox Gambit series!
The essential short story collection set in the universe of Ninefox Gambit.
An ex-Kel art thief has to save the world from a galaxy-shattering prototype weapon…
A general outnumbered eight-to-one must outsmart his opponent…
A renegade returns from seclusion to bury an old comrade… (more)
Wicked Fox – Kat Cho – 25 June 2019
Admittedly, Wicked Fox isn’t my usual reading fare, but as usual, I’m a sucker of As/AsAm fantasy and the excerpt I read looked pretty good. Also, thanks to Yoon Ha Lee’s Ninefox books, I’ve found myself gravitating to anything with ninetailed foxes and guess what this book’s main character is. Finally, this cover is incredibly pretty.
Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.
But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process. (more)