2023 Holiday Picks - SciFi / Fantasy


Science Fiction/Fantasy

The Ebony Gate by Julia Vee and Ken Bebelle. Emiko Soong was the Blade of Soong - an elite warrior pledged to defend her famous magical family.  Then she lost her temper, and innocent people lost their lives. She broke her sword and left her family’s service, and she barely speaks to them now.  She’s just an antiques dealer in San Francisco these days, far from the bad memories and family politics. When what should be a simple errand goes awry, she finds herself sucked back into the politics and intrigues of several magical families. If she fails in her quest to seal the gate to the underworld in Golden Gate Park, her soul will be forfeit.  There’s an intriguing non magical White guy who keeps showing up in her life. And weirdest of all, she seems to be making some friends.

The Ferryman by Justin Cronin. A mind-boggling, deftly-plotted sci fi novel about what it means to be present and human in uncertain times. In it we follow Proctor Bennett, a Ferryman on the utopic, near-future island of Prospera, whose job it is to shepherd people at the end of their current life cycle onto the boat headed to a nearby island Nursery to be reborn anew. One of the things I love about Justin Cronin's books–page-turners all–is that they are a TRIP, wondrous and full of surprises, with plot twists that venture into fascinating and imaginative territory. Warning: Once you crack this book open you won't want to put it down.

Fourth Wing: Empyrean #1 (Special Edition) by Rebecca Yarros. This Limited Edition of the runaway bestseller features a fresh cover, cool endpages, black edges, and 2 bonus chapters. It’s a fast-paced romantasy about a bookish young woman, Violet Sorrengail, who is ordered to attend Basgiath War College and compete to become a dragon writer by the  commanding general--also known as her tough-as-talons mother. Perfect for fans of Sarah J Maas. Also...DRAGONS! 

Iron Flame: Empyrean #2 by Rebecca Yarros. Everyone expected Violet Sorrengail to die during her first year at Basgiath War College--Violet included. But she survived and now the real training begins, and Violet's already wondering how she'll get through. It's not just that it's grueling and maliciously brutal, or even that it's designed to stretch the riders' capacity for pain beyond endurance. It's the new vice commandant, who's made it his personal mission to teach Violet exactly how powerless she is-unless she betrays the man she loves. Although Violet's body might be weaker than others, she still has her wits and a will of iron.