Swords and Spaceships

Magical Islands and Medicine as Magic

Happy Friday, shipmates! This is my last update as acting caption here at Swords and Spaceships before Alex returns, so let’s make it a good one! We’ve got magicians, magical islands, and Afrofuturism in our new release section, plus some books exploring the intersection of magic and medicine in fantasy. Let’s dive right on into them!

Bookish Goods

White mug with black handle and an illustration of mountains that says "My fantasy books are calling and I must go."

Fantasy Books Mug from Fiction Bath Co

We all know it’s true: you can’t resist the siren song of those fantasy books. $18

New Releases

The Magician's Daughter Book Cover

The Magician’s Daughter by H.G. Perry (February 21, 2023)

A girl raised in seclusion on a magical island hidden off the coast of Ireland longs to venture into the outside world where magic is all but extinct. When her guardian falls to return home one day, she finally gets her chance. But the truth about what caused magic’s decline — and her guardian’s escape to their magical island — is far more complicated than she ever could’ve imagined.

The Nexus Book Cover

The Nexus by Vered Ehsani (February 24, 2023)

When Zawadi village in the heart of Kenya is threatened by outside forces, interested in a medical discovery called the Kuvu that could change humanity forever, she must give up the life she planned for herself in order to save herself and her people. Now, it’s a race against time to find the Kuvu before it’s destroyed — or before it destroys everything and everyone around it.

For a more comprehensive list, check out our New Books newsletter!

Riot Recommendations

The premise of The Nexus has me thinking about other books where magic and medicine are intertwined. Here are two other great examples.

the cover of The Bruising of Qilwa

The Bruising of Qilwa by Naseem Jamnia

A strange disease spreading throughout the refugee quarter of the Free Democratic City-State of Qilwa threatens not only the people that Firuz-e Jafari loves, but also the dangerous secret they’re hiding about the true source of their healing powers. Magic and healing are intimately intertwined in this gorgeous novella.

the cover of Witchmark: a blue-toned city street with trees and a cobblestone road, with a silhoutte of a man wearing a bowler on a bicycle. a woman and another man are reflected on the street in the shadow of the bike.

Witchmark by C.L. Polk

A man running from his past reinvents himself as a doctor at a rundown hospital after going to war to escape his family. But when a poisoned patient reveals him to be a witch with healing abilities, Miles will have to risk the safety he’s created for himself in order to solve this murder.

A tan and black down with a white chest lies belly up with her paws in the air on a bed.

See you, space pirates, and be sure to thank your co-pilots. Mine is starting the weekend early.

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