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Shadows in the Stone: A Book of Transformations

By Jack Dann - Published 2019


Historical Fantasy

Dann is a well-regarded editor of many science fiction and fantasy anthologies. In this historical fantasy based on Renaissance hermetic mysticism, he imagines ...Read Review

Devil Darling Spy

By Matt Killeen - Published 2020


Children/Young Adult

Killeen’s Orphan Monster series addresses contemporary issues of war, trauma, political resistance, racism, and sexism through the pulse-pounding espionage adventures of Sarah ...Read Review

The Henna Artist

By Alka Joshi - Published 2020


This debut novel is as warm and comforting as a cup of chai. The first-person narrator, Lakshmi, is a woman of mysterious origins ...Read Review

A Bond Undone (Legends of the Condor Heroes Book 2)

By Gigi Chang (trans.) - By Jin Yong - Published 2020



Films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon introduced Western audiences to the wuxia genre, in which martial arts meet mythic fantasy and romance in ...Read Review

The Book of Longings

By Sue Monk Kidd - Published 2020


Kidd has taken a concept which could have been seriously strained – imagining the life of the woman who married Jesus in 1st-century Judea – ...Read Review

Book of the Just (The Bohemian Trilogy)

By Dana Chamblee Carpenter - Published 2018


Historical FantasyThriller

In this conclusion to her absorbing gothic fantasy, The Bohemian Trilogy, Carpenter has sent her uncanny heroine, Mouse, fleeing across the globe with ...Read Review

The Secret Guests

By Benjamin Black - Published 2020



Booker prize-winning Irish author John Banville has written this novel under the pen name he uses for his popular “Quirke” crime novels, to ...Read Review


By Lisa Howorth - Published 2019


In the summer of 1959, Washington D.C. suffers an invasion of spiders, prompting adult paranoia and conspiracy theories about Russian attacks. For Howorth’...Read Review

The Queen’s Fortune: A Novel of Desiree, Napoleon, and the Dynasty That Outlasted the Empire

By Allison Pataki - Published 2020


Biographical Fiction

The world-shaking romance of Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine de Beauharnais is well known to readers of historical fiction, but Pataki takes a fresh ...Read Review

Inland: A Novel

By Téa Obreht - Published 2019



This stunning literary novel by the award-winning author of The Tiger’s Wife is set in Arizona, 1893, and slowly brings two fascinating characters ...Read Review