The Fall of Numenor, by J.R.R.Tolkien

Staff Pick

Tolkien's The Fall of Numenor might be the spiritual successor to the appendices in The Return of the King that I marveled over as a teenager, absorbing the epic's deeper history through shards of stories, annals of kings, and the chronology of a hinted past. Edited by Brian Sibley, this volume assembles various pieces from the later works of Middle Earth history into a masterful account of the Second Age, and beautifully pairs Tolkien's prose with extensive maps and illustrations by Alan Lee, the long-time official Tolkien artist. This is an excellent companion to the televised Rings of Power--and the perfect gift for all Tolkien nerds.




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ISBN: 9780063280687
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Published: William Morrow - November 15th, 2022

The Poppy War, by R F. Kuang

Staff Pick

Kuang’s literary debut is a stunning work that at once cemented the author as essential in the fantasy world. Drawing on the second Sino-Japanese War for the novel's background and updating the trope of the young urchin/hero, Kuang  opens the story as Fang Runin is plucked from a life both wretched and obscure to attend a top military academy where she trains in martial arts--as well as mystical ones--to become an elite soldier. When a revolution upends the precarious peacetime, Fang and her cohort are thrust into a bloody and violent war. Kuang does not shy away from the cruel reality of war's devastating effects for those both on and off the battlefield, and this novel is tense, fast-paced, and full of difficult questions about sacrifice and meaning for which there are no easy answers. 

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ISBN: 9780062662583
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Published: Harper Voyager - April 23rd, 2019

A Master of Djinn, by P. Djèlí Clark

Staff Pick

The first novel in P. Djèlí Clark’s “Dead Djinn” universe, A Master of Djinn is an utter delight. An incredible feat of world-building with a wonderfully diverse cast of (mostly female) characters, it's set in an alternate universe of 1920s Cairo, where a tear in the veil between realities has unleashed djinn into our world. Clark interrogates imperialism, gender, and class, all while offering up an action-packed detective story which, in all earnestness, is the definition of a rollicking good time. This is for anyone who loves steampunk and mysticism and fierce protagonists uncowed by either godlike power or casual sexism.  

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ISBN: 9781250267665
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Published: Tordotcom - July 19th, 2022