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Sisters Samira and Rima aren’t exactly living the dream. Instead, they live with their unreliable mother in a rundown trailer in Michigan. Dad’s dead, money’s tight, and Mom disappears for days at a time. So when Sam’s grandfather wills her the family valuables—a cache of Lebanese antiquities—she’s desperate enough to try pawning them before Mom can. But she shouldn’t. Because one is cursed, forbidden, the burial coin of a forgotten god. Disturbing it condemns them to the Phoenician underworld, where nothing is what it seems and no one is who they say. And down here, the night never ends.
Happy Tuesday, shipmates! It’s Alex, here with you on the the first Tuesday of October, and here’s a haul of new releases for you to check out–some of which, appropriately enough, involve witches. I had an adventure this weekend: I went to Mile Hi Con, Denver’s local SFF literary convention, and the first in-person con I’ve been to in a year and a half! Wow, it was weird to see people in person again, but good. (And thank you for the leadership of Mile Hi Con for requiring everyone to wear their masks at all time so it felt safe to attend!) It was great to talk to other local readers and writers. I hope there’s a safe opportunity for you to do something similar, too, in the near future. Stay safe out there, space pirates, and I’ll see you on Friday!
A thing I’m happy about: This month is Book Riot’s ten year anniversary! And there’s some special merch for it that’s only available this month, which includes a hoodie I’m seriously eyeing. Ten years! TEN YEARS! Here’s hoping for ten more.
Note: The new release lists I have access to weren’t as diverse as I would have liked this week.
A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow
Zinnia’s twenty-first birthday is rapidly approaching, and it’s going to be her last. While no one understands the nature of the medical condition a strange industrial accident left her with, no one in her situation has ever lived to see their twenty-second birthday. When her best friend decides to throw her a Sleeping Beauty-themed party, Zinnia pricks her finger and finds herself falling through worlds, where she meets another sleeping beauty who also needs to escape her unlucky fate.
When Night Breaks by Janella Angeles
The magic competition of Where Dreams Descend has come to a bad end, with the loser’s failure front page news. All he cares about, however, is the contestant he started to fall in love with, who is missing and no doubt captive in the hands of a dangerous magician. He must find here where she’s fallen through a mirror and into a strange world of memories and shadows.
Trinity by Dave Bara
The rebellion of the Rim Confederation against the 5 Suns Alliance was a glorious failure from its inception, one in which Captain Jared Clement destroyed his career and reputation by being on the losing side. Ten years later, he’s given the chance to battle humanity’s first truly faster-than-light ship to a newly discovered star system that might hold alien life.
The Spacetime War by Les Johnson
A future where humanity has made it to the stars and spread out across many systems, the peace is shattered by the appearance of new ships, ones just slightly more advanced than that of humans, enough to devastate the peaceful society. Humanity is pushed back to Earth, and two starship captains stand between us and total annihilation against this enemy that refuses to even speak its name.
Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper
Emmy has stayed away from her literally magical hometown of Thistle Grove for years so she can avoid her family–and also Gareth Blackmoore, who may have broken her heart once. But even she can’t resist the pull of tradition when it’s time for the spellcasting tournament her family is in charge of, and she finds herself back at her old haunts, reconnecting with family and friends–and getting pulled in on a revenge plot against Gareth, since he’s played with far more hearts than just hers.
In the Company of Witches by Auralee Wallace
The sleepy town of Evenfall has thrived for over 400 years in the quiet care of a family of witches. But when one of the argumentative locals dies while staying at the B&B the witches run, one of them is pinned as the prime suspect. And it’s up to Brynn, the youngest, to do some old fashioned investigating and a bit of magic to solve the mystery and clear her aunt’s name.
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