New Books Network

R. Scott Boyer, “Bobby Ether and the Jade Academy” (Koehler Books, 2019)
When sixteen-year-old Bobby Ether is abducted and brought to the secluded Jade Academy in Tibet, monks teach him and other special students how to tap into their Anima—the universal energy that connects all living things. But the headmistress of the academy is secretly exploiting the students, looking for genetic triggers... Read More
R. F. Kuang, “The Poppy War” (Harper Voyager, 2019)
Rin, an orphan raised by a family that treats her badly, is no Harry Potter, despite the superficial similarities. No kindly wizards await her; there are no summons from a cute feathered familiar. She studies day and night to be able to attend the military academy at the city of... Read More
Madeline Miller, “Circe” (Little, Brown and Company, 2018)
Circe is an immortal naiad, the daughter of the Sun God, Helios. Ignored or belittled by her divine kin because of her human-sounding voice, dull-colored hair, and quiet manner, she turns to her little brother for company, and then eventually, meets a human man who seems to offer her adoration.... Read More
Matthew Binder, “The Absolved” (Black Spot Books, 2018)
Henri is a middle-aged doctor, one of the few employed people left in the U.S, though the reader suspects his job might be in danger. The hospital administrator, Serena, keeps reducing staff. A large sector of the population, the Absolved are freed from doing any work and receive a guaranteed... Read More
Yang-Sze Choo, “The Night Tiger” (Flatiron Books, 2019)
The Night Tiger (Flatiron Books, 2019) is much more than just a fantasy novel—it’s also a mystery, a historical novel, and a love story. Yang-Sze Choo accomplishes all this in one deft package. Set in Malaysia in the 1930s, in the state of Perak, The Night Tiger closely follows three... Read More
Marshall Ryan Maresca, “The Way of the Shield” (DAW, 2018)
Dayne has the highest respect for the order he’s joined, the Tarians. The Tarian warriors adhere to a chivalrous code of honor, though they live in a time period vaguely suggestive of post-Renaissance Europe during the Age of Discovery. When Dayne, a Candidate, returns to the order’s home in the... Read More
Lauren C. Teffeau, “Implanted” (Angry Robot, 2018)
Emery, Em for short, is a smart and dedicated college graduate. She anticipates a future in which she, and eventually, her parents, can escape the lower strata of the domed city of New Worth. She hopes her upcoming career as a data curator, someone who pores over the copious electronic... Read More