“This is a tale I have heard,” - a tale told to you, both the reader and protagonist, by a god as they watch it unfold. The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie is unlike any novel I have ever read. This story is told in second person by a character who is somehow both directly involved and entirely above the events they are recounting. It is a tale of gods and politics and stories and words, and I honestly cannot remember the last time I have been so enraptured by a new world.
For the past several years, Caitlin Kiernan has been writing some of the best weird stories to be published. Now you can score a nice bundle of them in this conveniently priced collection, The Very Best of Caitlin R Kiernan. All the staples are here: water, squid gods, art history, cults and creeping terror. Any fan of Carmen Maria Machado or Jeff Vandermeer could stand to check these out.
In case "the first book in a trilogy set in fantasy Africa, by the Man Booker winning Marlon James" wasn't enough to hook you, this is also a novel that has shadowy roof walkers, lightning vampires, unreliable narrators, thoughtful exploration of gay sexuality, excellent cursing and one very smart buffalo. A mix of sword and sorcery and harrowing character drama, it's absolutely worth the investment of time and serious emotional anxiety it'll take to see it through.