Better late than never, an abbreviated look at some exciting June releases. I haven’t had a chance to dive as deep as I usually do, so consider this the highly subjective edited highlights package. If There’s Always Room For One More, you know what to do…
The Nature of Witches – Rachel Griffin
I’m loving the new wave of environmental fantasy: this YA fantasy adds witches as weather workers whose power is seasonal. A rare year-round Everwitch can save the world from the destructive storms – but her power comes at an unbearable cost. Out from Sourcebooks Fire on June 1st.
Ten Low – Stark Holborn
A medic hiding from memories of the war pulls a genetically-enhanced girl from a (space)shipwreck. They must bury their enmity and survive a wild trip across a lawless moon – but they can’t outrun their past. Stark Holborn always delivers intriguing world-building and punchy action – this time, in SPACE. Out from Titan Books on June 1st.
The Chosen and the Beautiful – Nghi Vo
If I’m honest, I’m conflicted about this one: I couldn’t be less interested in a retelling of The Great Gatsby… but make it a queer fantasy written by Nghi Vo, an author I trust to write interesting things (yes, I loved The Empress of Salt and Fortune that much), and I am irresistibly drawn. Out from Tor.com on June 1st.
The Jasmine Throne – Tasha Suri
Another author I will storm the bookshops for starts a new series on June 8th (ebook) / June 10th (paperback) from Orbit. Familiar themes of family, faith and rebellion as murder lesbians take on an empire.
Star Eater – Kerstin Hall
Cannibal space nuns. That’s it, that’s the pitch, and yes there’s more BUT WHO NEEDS MORE? You do? Bah, get off my blood-spattered space lawn. Out from Tor.com on June 22nd.
The Witness for the Dead – Katherine Addison
A long-awaited return to the world of The Goblin Emperor. Thara Celehar, Witness for the Dead, pursues his duties far from the court he once served. Expect an introspective slice of life as a quiet, spiritual man uses his power to investigate the circumstances of deaths. Out from Tor on June 22 in US; UK edition to follow from Solaris in July.
…a shout-out also for Black Water Sister by Zen Cho, which gets a UK release from MacMillan on June 10th.
What books coming out this month are you excited for?