Happy New Year! Time to add some new books to your 2021 reading list, and we’ve got you covered with space adventures (including a little something from the world of Star Wars), fantasy battles, ghosts, unicorns, dragons, magical con artists, narcoleptic detectives, and so much more.
This revised Wild Cards anthology digs into the “Deuces,” people whose superpowers are “minor” but still have an impact in the world of the Wild Cards. Co-edited by Melinda M. Snodgrass, it features new illustrations and new stories by Carrie Vaughn, Mary Anne Mohanraj, and Caroline Spector. (January 5)
The author’s final novel in the Omte Origins arc returns to the world of her Trylle Trilogy, following Ulla Tulin as she embarks on a dangerous quest to unravel her family history.
In this comedic spin-off of the author’s Chronicles of St. Mary’s, the Time Police are forced to task an inexperienced trio of undercover agents — nicknamed “Team Weird” — to battle the increasing problem of time-travel tourists altering history.
On an out-of-the-way planet known for harbouring elite criminals and secretive corporations, an ex-marine agrees to do a job for a local bar owner — only to uncover a secret that’ll put her and her team in the fight of their lives. (January 5)
This short-story collection blends genres, settings, and time periods to explore diverse characters; it includes “A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i,” a Nebula-winning novelette about tropical vampires and their human prey. (January 1)
The South Carolina author explores her own Gullah Geechee heritage with this 1963-set tale of a young Black girl who faces racism in the real world while using her gifts to battle sinister magic in the supernatural realm. (January 5)
A Siege of Rage and Ruin by Django Wexler
The Wells of Sorcery Trilogy concludes as ghost-ship captain Isoka heads to free her sister, Tori — only to find Tori heading up a rebellion against the empire in their home city. Will their magical family reunion turn the tide in the fight? (January 5)
Inspired by the Picard TV series, this adventure finds Captain William Riker, his family, and his crew on the USS Titan caught up in a chaotic crisis at the Romulan-Federation border. (January 5)
Lucasfilm’s new transmedia venture Star Wars: The High Republic kicks off with the release of this first novel digging into the long history of the Jedi. Today’s other High Republic release, Justina Ireland’s A Test of Courage, is a novel aimed at younger readers. (January 5)
Adding something truly new to the canon of Star Wars media has to strike a delicate, daunting balance. Anything so vastly removed from what we know about the franchise — particularly the Skywalker saga — has to balance feeling worthy of being called new, while paradoxically still delivering that vague,...Read more
The latest Wayward Children novel is a standalone tale about a girl who discovers a portal to the “Hooflands,” a world populated by centaurs, unicorns, kelpies, and other magical horse creatures. (January 12)
When a comet threatens to end all life on Earth, a team of scientist, scholars, and artists gather in South America. Can they a) figure out a way to prevent the collision (while also keeping global mass hysteria at bay), or should they b) accept that the end is inevitable? (January 12)
In this debut fantasy novel, an inexperienced ruler intent on keeping her magic powers a secret turns to a neighbouring kingdom for help in defeating the invaders who threaten her land. (January 12)
With war on the horizon and magical enemies gathering power, the Riven Kingdom must call upon its mightiest heroes — who unfortunately are a bunch of misfits, drunks, and ne’er-do-wells — for protection. (January 12)
This sequel to Out of the Dark finds the war between humans and aliens still ongoing — but Earth’s population of vampires has suddenly stepped up to help fight for their planet. Read an excerpt below. (January 12)
Ten years after the release of alien-invasion thriller Out of the Dark, authors David Weber and Chris Kennedy are back to continue the story with Into the Light. Humankind is still battling aliens, but there’s suddenly a new power player: Earth’s long-hidden population of vampires. Turns out they’re also quite...Read more
In her latest adventure, NASA scientist and Space Force pilot Captain Calli Chase reunites with her long-lost twin sister and learns a shocking secret about their past — and it’s tied to an even bigger secret that could impact the future of all life on Earth. (January 12)
Set in “a far-future society where biotechnology has revolutionised gender,” a young person named Fift must decide whether to stay within their strict social boundaries or be the spear point in the rebellion against it. (January 12)
In this debut novel, a woman and her estranged childhood best friend reunite to face the consequences of a shared magical secret that looms in their past. (January 12)
This middle grade fantasy debut is described as “Artemis Fowl meets Men in Black [in] the first in a trilogy filled with #blackgirlmagic.” (January 19)
In a world where magical ships sail seas of grass, a sailor is devastated to learn of her grandmother’s presumed death — and is then pulled into the mystery surrounding not just her beloved relative’s disappearance, but the truth about what’s really beneath the grassy waves. (January 19)
In this epic fantasy, a warrior priestess (with the ability to “turn an enemy’s bones to dust with a scream,” which is cool as hell) is banished for refusing to follow a murderous command from her goddess — only to see her village destroyed in her absence. As she struggles with her faith, she soon finds herself caught in a war between old and new gods. (January 19)
This standalone horror novella from the author of Bird Box follows a teenage couple on their first date — a day of canoeing that leads them to discover something very strange lurking just below the surface. (January 19)
In this first volume in a definitive Library of America series celebrating the late sci-fi legend, you’ll find two novels (including her acclaimed masterpiece, Kindred), eight short stories, and five essays, plus a new introduction and additional biographical and explanatory notes. (January 19)
The Rook & Rose fantasy trilogy — written by author duo Marie Brennan (A Natural History of Dragons) and Alyc Helms — begins as a con artist arrives in a new city aiming to fake her way into wealth, but instead finds her fate is tied into some very dangerous magic. (January 27)
The latest from the Nebula and Hugo-winning author follows a young girl whose powers rise after she’s adopted by the Angel of Death. Read an excerpt here. (January 19)
In climate change-ravaged South Asia, a hacker and a revolutionary with wildly different backgrounds team up to challenge a system that keeps the wealthy safe in a luxurious biodome, but condemns the poor to the wasteland that’s consumed the rest of the planet. (January 19)
The sequel to Spine of the Dragon finds two nations that have been at war for centuries still reluctant to address the growing threat in their midst: an ancient power that’s awakened and primed for world domination. (January 19)
The Graceling Realm series continues as Bitterblue, the new Queen of Monsea, sets out to build an alliance with nearby Winterkeep — but the journey turns tragic, leaving both nations to face an uncertain future. (January 27)
An outcast who travels the world fighting monsters faces a new danger that even the Ancients who raised him cannot explain.
The author returns to the world of Scion to follow Paige Mahoney, a dreamwalker caught between political factions who’s determined to use her position as a way to advance her own dreams of rebellion. (January 27)
A young woman who watched as her first love fell for her older sister — and then saw her younger sister anointed the “Chosen One” who can save humanity from a monstrous curse — must step out of the shadows when her help is suddenly needed. (January 26)
The Cursebreaker fantasy series concludes as Rhen and Grey fight for control of Emberfall, and Lia Mara struggles with her own leadership role in Syhl Shallow. But both kingdoms will have to look past themselves and each other when an old enemy threatens them both. (January 26)
When two people suffering from memory loss meet in a support group, they realise the things they can’t remember about themselves are what link them together — as does the fact that they both happen to have superpowers. (January 26)
Editor’s Note: Release dates within this article are based in the U.S., but will be updated with local Australian dates as soon as we know more.