Witch13 by Patrick Delaney
I read this months ago after obtaining an early copy from NetGalley. This is out now and is such a good horror. I’m still jumping at shadows, but then horror never was one of my favorite genres. It’s too good at scaring me.
Witch You Well by Colleen Cross
Witch You Well is a cozy mystery I’m excited to read this autumn. Cen lives away from her witchy family, but her Aunt calls after a dead body has been discovered at the family inn. From the summary, it sounds like as much as Cen tries, Cen gets pulled back to the family and into the mystery.
Ignatius and the Swords of Nostaw by D. A. Mucci
Ignatius is a young teenager, who runs away from a group of bullies. He ends up running through a portal and is transported to another world. Ignatius and the Swords of Nostaw is a debut book by D. A. Mucci. He was an ER physician who saw new horrors with the pandemic and used writing as a way to escape. I enjoyed the first so much, I have been dying for the next book. Thank goodness it won’t be long now, the next book Ignatius and the Battle at Kinas Affaraon will be out October 5.
Free the Darkness by Kel Kade
Free the Darkness is the first book of a self-published series by Kel Kade. She has also recently been published by Tor with her Shroud of Prophecy series. Personally, I prefer the Kings Dark Tidings series which is why Free the Darkness is on this list rather than Fate of the Fallen.
The Awakening by Nora Roberts
I love anything and everything by Nora Roberts. This latest trilogy of hers is no exception. I’ve read the first two books, and now anxiously await the final book of the trilogy to be released this November. The trilogy is a contemporary fantasy, following Bree who is the granddaughter of an evil God. She grew up with an overbearing mother, until one day, things happen and she ends up on a journey and ends up finding her own magick.
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
I read Dark Matter by Blake Crouch years ago. I was glued to the story and curious as to what was happening to the main character, Jason Dessen. He wakes up after getting knocked out in a place he’s never seen before, with people who know his name at least, but he doesn’t know them.
Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
Nicholas Eames is writing a third book in the Kings of the Wyld world. It’s a world of adventure, and bands aren’t exactly of the musical variety. Instead, bands are groups of adventurers who take on monsters of the wyld. There are music and rock references, even on the covers of the 2 books currently out. Kings of the Wyld follows a band who used to be the best. Except now they are old. But one of their daughters has a band of her own and is likely over her head. They start gathering the members of the band and convincing each to help save his daughter.
Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell
Traitor’s Blade made me a fan of Sebastien de Castell. The book follows a few of the old knights who used to protect the King. But then the King surrendered and made all the Knights stand down to allow a peaceful takeover. Before the King’s life was ended, he gave each Knight a quest. The book follows 3 of these Knights on their quests.
A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney
L.L. McKinney became one of my new favorite authors after I read her version of an Alice in Wonderland retelling, A Blade So Black. I think this is the best retelling I have ever read. Wonderland is a world of Queens and nightmares. The Black Queen specifically tried to cause much harm to Wonderland and the world of humans. Now, years after the great war, Hatter has been assigned to guard one of the gateways from the nightmares looking to attack the humans. He’s recruited Alice, a human who can see the nightmares. Things however start going royally wrong.
The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin
When I read The City We Became, I thought this was a very original story. The premise is the City of New York and its Burroughs are all represented by individual people. These people have a kind of special power when it comes to the Burroughs each represents, as they are essentially living pieces of the City.
Hunter by Mercedes Lackey
Hunter is the first book of the Hunter trilogy. I originally read Hunter as an ARC from NetGalley. I absolutely loved this story and grabbed the final two books of the trilogy later after they were released. Hunter follows a young teen named Joy who is a Hunter who works with a pack of wolf-like creatures from the Otherworld. These are nice creatures but there are others who mean to cause harm to humans. Joy leaves her mountain home to help her Uncle in the city. She soon learns the leaders are luring the Cits into a false sense of security.