National Fantasy Month

Hi everyone, wow this week as been full of bad news. Every day there seems to be more bad news since the pandemic as made a dramatic U-turn, hopefully this time we don’t get conflicting rules like last time, as nobody knew where they stood or what they should or should not do.

This month is National Fantasy Month so I thought that I would do new releases of fantasy books.

October Releases:

The Once and Future Witches Alix E. Harrow

Release Date: 15 Oct. 2020

In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.

But when the three Eastwood sisters join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement.

His Dark Materials: Serpentine Philip Pullman

Release Date: 15 Oct. 2020

The world-changing events of The Amber Spyglass are behind them, and Lyra and Pan find themselves utterly changed as well. In Serpentine, they journey to the far North once more, hoping to ask the Consul of Witches a most urgent question.

Kitty’s Mix-Tape (Kitty Norville #15) Carrie Vaughn

Release Date: 16 Oct 2020

Kitty Norville still can’t stay away from trouble—of the supernatural kind. Everyone’s favorite werewolf DJ is here to mix it up just one last time. Here you will find, or will be lucky to newly discover, the irrepressible Kitty Norville with friends and enemies alike: Rick the vampire; Jessi Hardin, paranormal detective; Kitty’s werewolf husband Ben; Cormac, the bounty hunter; and the ever-villainous Dux Bellorum.

Among the Beasts & Briars Ashley Poston

Release Date: 20 Oct 2020

Cerys is safe in the Kingdom of Aloriya. Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew dark, cursed, and forbidden. Cerys knows this all too well: When she was young, she barely escaped as the woods killed her friends and her mother.

Phoenix Extravagant Yoon Ha Lee

Release Date: 20 Oct 2020

Gyen Jebi is not a fighter or a subversive. They just want to paint. One day they are jobless and desperate; the next, Jebi finds themself recruited by the Ministry of Armor to paint the mystical sigils that animate the occupying government’s automaton soldiers.

God Storm (Shadow #2) Coco Ma

Release Date: 20 Oct 2020

Everything has a price.

In the kingdom of Axaria, a darkness has fallen. After defeating the evil mother who summoned an immortal demon to kill her, newly coronated Queen Asterin Faelenhart should have every reason to celebrate. Her kingdom is safe, forbidden magic eradicated, and her friends are alive. Except Asterin’s triumph has come at a devastating cost–forced to choose between a lifelong friend and true love, she’s lost both. But the shadows in Axaria have begun to stir once again, and no one is more starved for vengeance than Asterin …

Kingdom of the Wicked Kerri Maniscalco

Release Date: 27 Oct. 2020

Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria miss’s dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin . . . desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that has been long forbidden.

The Tower of Fools Andrzej Sapkow

Release Date: 27 Oct. 2020

Reinmar of Bielawa, sometimes known as Reynevan, is a doctor, a magician and, according to some, a charlatan. Discovered in bed with the wife of a high-born knight, he must flee his normal life. But his journeys will lead him into a part of Europe which will be overtaken by chaos. Religious tension between Hussite and Catholic countries is threatening to turn into war.

Dead Lies Dreaming (Laundry Files #10) Charles Stross

Release Date: 27 Oct. 2020

As Wendy hunts down Imp–the cyberpunk head of a band calling themselves “The Lost Boys”– she is dragged into the schemes of louche billionaire Rupert de Montfort Bigge. Rupert has discovered that the sole surviving copy of the long-lost concordance to the one true Necronomicon is up for underground auction in London. He hires Imp’s sister, Eve, to procure it by any means necessary, and in the process, he encounters Wendy Deere.

The Last Druid: Book Four of the Fall of Shannara Terry Brooks

Release Date: 29 Oct. 2020

As the Four Lands reels under the Skaar invasion – spearheaded by a warlike people determined to make this land their own -our heroes must decide what they will risk saving the integrity of their home. Even as one group remains to defend the Four Lands, another is undertaking a perilous journey across the sea to the Skaar homeland, carrying with them a new piece of technology that could change the face of the world for ever. And yet a third is trapped in a deadly realm from which there may be no escape.

Northern Wrath (Hanged God #1) Thilde Kold Holdt

Release Date: 29 Oct. 2020

A dead man, walking between the worlds, foresees the end of the gods. A survivor searching for a weapon releases a demon from fiery Muspelheim. A village is slaughtered by Christians, and revenge must be taken. The bonds between the gods and Midgard are weakening. It is up to Hilda, Ragnar, their tribesmen Einer and Finn, the chief’s wife Siv and Tyra, her adopted daughter, to fight to save the old ways from dying out, and to save their gods in the process.

Seven of Infinities Aliette de Bodard

Release Date: 31 Oct. 2020

Vân is a scholar from a poor background, eking out a living in the orbitals of the Scattered Pearls Belt as a tutor to a rich family, while hiding the illegal artificial mem-implant she manufactured as a student. Sunless Woods is a mindship and not just any mindship, but a notorious thief and a master of disguise.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Stay safe and I will see you all back here next week…

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