Daubed in gold and dipped in honey, Nghi Vo delivers a smooth and clever reimagination of an American classic tangling race, sexuality, magic, and class. I deeply enjoyed her sumptuously decadent writing, all the way until the party glamour dies and the gold drips its last luxury.
Tasha Suri creates a memorable breakout moment with her trailblazing The Jasmine Throne — first in a new epic, nuanced, and wonderfully complex story. A blistering, gutsy, and kinetic book, it's one of the finest fantasies I've read in 2021.
Like antiheroes, morally gray characters, and vibes reminiscent of "Killing Eve" all jam-packed in a dark Jamaican-inspired fantasy book exploring the duality of heroes/villains? Ciannon Smart's evocative debut is for you.
Malice proves itself a darkly addictive, fast-paced reimagining of Sleeping Beauty that shreds the classic's beauty and innocence to forge a new life from its poisoned remains.
She Who Became the Sun offers a dazzling and exciting re-imagination of Chinese-Mongolian history, yet it stays true to its dark, blood-soaked roots. Parker-Chan deftly blurs the boundary between sweeping fantasy epic, historical fantasy, and literary fiction as she pushes the limits of said genres.