Completely unhinged, chaotic, and exciting - Iron Widow is the perfect combination of angry feminist reimagination of Chinese history and mecha sci-fi. Iron Widow is an entirely new experience, with many exhilarating moments and a compelling, morally-challenged (anti?)heroine to spearhead its story.
The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo
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.
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri (The Burning Kingdoms #1)
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.
Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart (Witches Steeped in Gold #1)
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 by Heather Walter (Malice #1)
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.