Saint Death's Daughter by C.S.E.Cooney

Staff Pick

This coming-of-age tale follows the trials and troubles of Miscellaneous Stones, the powerful young scion of a family of necromancers with an allergy to violence. Cooney's writing is nothing less than poetry--a veritable feast of language set in a uniquely imagined world where the majority of people are gender fluid and magic is commonplace. The language is as funny as that of The Locked Tomb or Discworld, as well as reminiscent of the most depressed Jane Austen characters, only with more skeletons and macabre decor. Call it beautiful, absurd, vibrant, decadent, and the best--and weirdest--fantasy novel I've read this year.


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ISBN: 9781786188526
Availability: Backordered
Published: Solaris - February 14th, 2023

The Spear Cuts through Water by Simon Jimenez

Staff Pick

Jimenez's second novel uses the framework of a theatrical production to create a unique, experimental story inspired by his cultural experiences as a Filipino American. In poetic and elegiac prose, he follows two young men on their harrowing journey to overthrow an empire's reign of terror, along the way questioning the work it takes to destroy unjust systems of government and what they leave in their wake, as well as asserting the beauty and power of fantasies drawn from folktales and mythologies outside the European mold.

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ISBN: 9780593156612
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Del Rey - May 30th, 2023

When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill

Staff Pick

This strident, moving, alternate-history novel begins in a 1955 US where hundreds of thousands of women spontaneously turn into dragons and fly away, causing no small amount of chaos and concern in the communities they leave behind. Barnhill's story follows the life of a young girl raised in the aftermath of this "Mass Dragoning," and deftly weaves a fascinating consideration of questions including how we confront patriarchal power structures, how censorship impacts solidarity, and how we can find solidarity in the face of gender-based violences. This heartfelt page turner reaffirms Barnhill as one of today's premiere feminist fantasists.

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ISBN: 9780593466575
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Published: Anchor - May 16th, 2023