Starling House with its intricately plotted story line weaving past injustices with present ones with revenge and retribution with a through line of family secrets is an engrossing and moving read.
Thornhedge by T. Kingfisher is a darkly delicious retelling of Sleeping Beauty. What if the hedge of thorns was to keep the princess in?
THE WITCH KING is rich, detailed world building with complex magic systems, lots of political intrigue, and diverse people. I was hooked from the opening chapter!
In Spring’s Arcana by Lilith Saintcrow, Nat Drozdova’s mother is dying. She’ll do anything to save her. Even making a deal with Baba Yaga.
Even Though I Knew the End by CL Polk is a historical mystery with an intense noir vibe with all of the family feels and a queer love story.
A Restless Truth by Freya Marske gives you magical mayhem and mystery with a steamy sapphic shipboard romance.
Set in an AU 18th century England with no men but plenty of political acrimony and fairies, High Times in the Low Parliament is witty slacker satire at its best.
Sunyi Dean’s debut, The Book Eaters, is a dark, contemporary fantasy that takes a brutally hard look at women’s place in society, motherhood, the patriarchy, and love.
A STRANGE AND STUBBORN ENDURANCE by Foz Meadows is a gorgeously written mash-up of fantasy, political intrigue, mystery, and queer romance.