Happy Tuesday, shipmates! It’s Alex, and the second Tuesday of February is bringing you some new releases (so many to choose from!) and a couple recommendations by Afro-Canadian SFF authors. I don’t know how the days are flying by so quickly this year, but here we are, and we’ve got good books, and that’s the important part! Stay safe out there, space pirates, and I’ll see you on Friday!
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Wildblood by Lauren Blackwood
Victoria is a Wildblood, someone with magic that allows her to protect other from the natural and supernatural dangers of the Jamaican jungle. She was also kidnapped when she was six by the Exotic Lands Touring Company and manipulated into being a “tour guide” for them, and that’s all she’s known since: guiding tourists and commercial prospectors through danger. But when she gets a client who is kind in a way she’s never experienced, she has to decide was a promotion in the corrupt company that practically owns her is actually worth.
Daughters of Oduma by Moses Ose Utomi
At 16, Dirt has already aged out of Bowing, the Isle’s elite, all-female fighting sport that mixes combat and dance. She spends her days coaching and mentoring the younger girls of Mud Fam and dreading her next birthday, when she will have to fully leave to find the destiny the gods have intended for her. But when a rival Fam attacks and leaves Mud without their top fighter, Dirt is the only one who can possibly step in to that position. She’s old, out of shape, and terribly afraid — but Dirt has never let fear get in the way of protecting her Fam.
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More recommendations for February! This time, I wanted to spotlight to Afro-Canadian SFF writers.
Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye
Fifteen-year-old Sloane is a Scion, descended from the Orisha gods, and she can incinerate her enemies with the power of her will alone. But in a land under the vicious rule of the Lucis, she must hide that she is a Scion if she wishes to survive. Her birthday brings an unpleasant surprise, however: conscription. She decides then to take her opportunity to destroy Lucis from within.
Gutter Child by Jael Richardson
The privileged Mainland has exiled its unfortunate to the Gutter, a geographic place that is viciously policed, where any who wish to escape it must work off their debt to society. Elimina Dubois is part of a Mainland social experiment, one of one hundred babies taken from the Gutter and raised in the Mainland… until her adopted mother dies and she finds herself instantly back in the Gutter System and completely unused to its social rules.