Check out my top picks for April's new book releases!
April will be one of my shorter book hype blog posts. Don’t get me wrong; this list is small but mighty. Read on for details!
The GRACE OF KINGS by ken liu
I swear, I think this has been on every single SFF fantasy book list for blogs/sites I follow. TGOK is the first book in The Dandelion Dynasty, and readers will probably recognize the plot: two men become allies to overthrow a leader, then find themselves as enemies on opposite sides. Don’t mistake familiarity for lack of originality, however: a well-tread plot can cover new ground with immersive worldbuilding and unique social structures.
THe Dead Lands BY BENJAMIN PERCY
Prior to the Harper Lee manuscript announcement, this may have been my favorite for new book of the year (for others as well – it’s another popular 2015 publication pick, especially for genre fans!). Described as a “post-apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark saga,” this promises to be a road narrative in the veins of The Stand and The Passage. Bonus points the genderbent duo of Lewis Meriwether and Mina Clark.
god help the child by toni morrison
And yet another book that was on almost every upcoming publications list! I’m a bad book nerd and have only read Beloved, so my goal is to read Morrison’s latest by the end of June. With characters like “Bride,” “Booker,” and “Sweetness,” I’m intrigued,
an ember in the ashes by sabaa tahir
Another SFF pick to round out the month, and it has some interesting parallels to TGOK. Set in a world inspired by the Roman Empire, a young slave chooses to spy for the resistance to help bring down a brutal empire. She finds help from an unlikely source – a soldier who shows her that under tyranny, freedom is a myth.
What are you excited to read this month? Any of these picks making it into your TBR pile?