February sped by as quickly as January, in a delightful blur of excellent new releases. Don’t worry – March is looking juicy too. If There’s Always Room For One More, these are the ones I am considering for my shelf…
March is another strong line-up, with lots of big name authors and well-regarded series releasing new titles (my pick of which is What Abigail Did That Summer because hell yes Abigail and the foxes). Still, I’m a contrary soul: my most anticipated releases are by authors who don’t (yet) the mainstream attention enjoyed by Ben Aaronovitch, although if bookstores were open you can bet a few of these would be getting displayed front and centre by genre-savvy booksellers . Let’s start with a look at the ones I’ve been lucky enough to lay my hands on already…
Winning a Hugo for A Memory Called Empire puts a bit of pressure on Arkady Martine’s sequel A Desolation Called Peace. Martine has upped the ante: as an alien invasion threatens, diplomats Mahit Dzmare and Three Seagrass are deployed to make contact. This is my next read, and I’m so excited I might explode. Out on March 4th from Tor.
Titan Books have Aliya Whiteley’s latest on March 16th. I’ve been intrigued by Whiteley’s past work and beguiled by her dreamy prose. Skyward Inn takes us into a future where Earth won an interstellar war, but a visitor raises unnerving memories of the past. To be honest, this one had me at the evocative strapline – This is a place where we can be alone, together – and its vibrant, abstract artwork. Watch out for a review in a couple of weeks.
Speaking of ‘you had me at the artwork’, CL Clark’s debut The Unbroken could have been about almost anything a cover as hot as this. However, it’s also a queer North African-inspired fantasy of empire and resistance. The relentless binging are all my boxes being ticked at once. The Unbroken hits the shelves on March 25th courtesy of Orbit.
Sticking with debuts, March also sees the release of The Councillor – EJ Beaton’s “Machiavellian fantasy” (March 2nd from DAW, with a Kindle edition in the UK) – and Nicole Glover’s The Conductors – a fantasy murder mystery set in an alternate post-Civil-War USA (March 4th from Del Rey in the UK, or Mariner Books in the US). These both made my list of ‘most exciting debuts of 2021‘. All the Murmuring Bones by AG Slatter only narrowly missed out on a nod on that list – a Gothic fantasy of a family whose fortunes rely on sacrificing a child of each generation to the merfolk – but it’s certainly one I’m looking forward to. Out from Titan Books on March 9th (US) / 29th (UK).
The launch of the Solaris Satellites – the publisher’s new special edition novella series – took me by surprise last month, so I didn’t manage to shout about Premee Mohamed’s new novella These Lifeless Things before it hit the shelves. The second Satellite will be The Difficult Loves of Maria Makiling by Wayne Santos – out on March 26th.
Another release that passed me by was The Story of Silence by Alex Myers, which came out last summer. With the paperback due out from Harper Voyager on March 18th, I will finally be giving it the attention it merits. I’m intrigued by the proposition of a French medieval romance retold through a modern gender lens (and you know I’m a sucker for stories in which AFAB knights defy social expectations).
I loved Oliver Langmead’s lyrical fantasy Metronome, so I await the release of his new book with interest. Birds of Paradise has an exhausted, undying Adam searching the world for fragments of the Garden of Eden before humanity get their destructive hands on it. While the blurb doesn’t immediately call to me – angst-ridden immortals, eh – I trust Langmead to have done something beautiful with it (and perhaps unsettling, given that eye-catching cover art). Expected from Titan Books on March 16th.
Last up for this month is a short story collection I just can’t pass by. I love Isabel Yap’s work, which has a tendency to rip my heart up then hand it back to me in the best way. I’m not sure whether Never Have I Ever includes any new stories or simply brings together tales previously published elsewhere, but either way: this is an essential collection by a talented author that I can’t wait to add to my shelf. Out from Small Beer Press on March 11th.
Finally, a shout-out to The Black Coast by Mike Brooks – one of my favourite February reads – which gets its US paperback release on March 16th from Solaris.
What releases are you looking forward to in March?
All release dates and publishers are for the UK unless otherwise mentioned.