Swords and Spaceships

Interplanetary Adventure Epics, Destiny-Breaking Romance, and Other New Releases

Happy Tuesday, shipmates! Here we are at the last Tuesday in November, and here’s Alex coming at you with the last round of new releases. The end of November is apparently home to a lot of sequels–and to the final book in one of our modern space opera epics! To all those in the US, I hope you had a lovely holiday weekend–and to those not, I hope you had a lovely week regardless. Stay safe out there, space pirates, and I’ll see you on Friday.

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New Releases

Cover of Leviathan Falls by James SA Corey

Leviathan Falls by James S. A. Corey

The ninth and final book of The Expanse has arrived at last. Thirteen hundred solar systems have been freed by the fall of the Laconian Empire, but the ancient enemy that destroyed the gate builders has returned, ready to start a new war. With the annihilation of all of humanity on the table, James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante struggle to find a new future for themselves and find a way to unite humanity in a galactic civilization that will be free of wars.

A Swift and Savage Tide by Chloe Neill

Captain Kit Brightling is invaluable to Queen Charlotte of the Saxon Isles because she is Aligned to the magic of the sea. And her magic and determination are about to be put to the test; Gerard Rousseau, the former Gallic emperor, has escaped the island he was imprisoned on and is gearing up for a new war of conquest against the continent–using whatever dark magic he can find to his advantage. Kit’s quest to serve queen and country will take her and her crew across the seas and into a clash with an old enemy who has thrown his lot in with Gerard.

Cover of Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee

Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee

Everyone in the world wants to get their hands on jade and the supernatural power it provides. As this struggle for power between such disparate groups as governments, mafiosos, and athletes grows more deadly, the Kaul family will never be the same. As more and more enemies descend on their country, the clan must figure out how to stop fighting amongst itself and discern enemy from ally if they want to protect their nation and their way of life.

Hælend’s Ballad by Ian V. Conrey

A young orphan who died by drowning has come back to life in a strange land; everyone he meets will die because of him. But rumors are already spreading that the entire world is dying. And a set of strangers–a young man who signs on to a failing militia, an abused teenage girl who craves what she despises, a childless mother who has been convicted of murder–will find their fates intertwined with his.

Cover of Girls and Fate and Fury by Natasha Ngan

Girls of Fate and Fury by Natasha Ngan

The last Lei saw of Wren, the girl she loves, was her facing down an entire army in a battle to the death. And now Lei is being taken back to the Hidden Palace and its sadistic king, the very last place on earth she wants to go. Lei and Wren must find a way to escape their perilous fates and find each other again… even if they have to break destiny to do it.

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News and Views

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On Book Riot

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Don’t forget to check out our new podcast Adaptation Nation, all about TV and film adaptations of your favorite books!

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