I really enjoyed Molly Tanzer’s Creatures of Will and Temper, so I was quite excited about the sequel Creatures of Want and Ruin. I’m happy to say that it didn’t disappoint.
Have you ever wanted to read a fantasy set in a land inspired by the Mughal Empire, with magic that is performed through dance? Then do I have a book for you! I requested an ARC for Tasha Suri’s Empire of Sand based on the cover alone. The dagger against the red background was so striking, and the title put me in mind of City of Brass, so I thought I was in for some Arab-influenced fantasy. When I started reading and realized the main character’s magic was clearly inspired by Bharatanatyam dance, I saw that I was in for something else altogether!
So when I saw The Phoenix Empress on NetGalley I thought it sounded like my cup of tea, so I requested it. When my request approved, I started reading, only to quickly feel lost. I was pretty sure I was missing something. So I looked and sure enough, it was the second book in a trilogy. WHOOPS! I hurriedly purchased the first book, The Tiger’s Daughter, and well anyway, now K Arsenault Rivera owes me two weeks of my life because her books consumed me.
The Lady Astronaut of Mars Duology is a recent pair of books that serve as prequels to Mary Robinette Kowal’s award-winning short story, Lady Astronaut of Mars. It’s sure to appeal to fans of Hidden Figures, although it’s main character is a Jewish woman rather than a black woman, it still tells the story of human calculators helping humanity reach the stars. The first book, The Calculating Stars, starts off with a bang… literally. A meteorite crashes into the Earth, wiping out much of the Eastern seaboard and creating a long-term ecological disaster. The science suggests that it could be an extinction event, and humanity needs to find another home, pronto. So…