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Adams, Gillian Bronte: Of Fire and Ash
(Enclave Escape 978-1621842033, $24.99, 496pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, December 7, 2021)
Young-adult fantasy novel, first in the Fireborn Epic series. An exiled princess longs to ride one of the magical steeds warriors use.
Bellecourt, Brendan P.: Absynthe
(DAW 978-0-7564-1678-2, $18, 414pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, December 7, 2021)
Standalone decopunk SF novel set in an alternate Roaring Twenties Chicago where a shell-shocked soldier must develop his latent telepathy to save himself from old enemies.
Carrick, M.A.: The Liar’s Knot
(Orbit US 978-0-316-53971-5, $18.99, 672pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, December 7, 2021)
Fantasy novel, the second in the Rook & Rose trilogy. A con artist, a vigilante, and a crime lord fight to free their city from a dark and ancient magic.
de Jager, Mark: Firesky
(Rebellion/Solaris US 978-1-781089088, $14.99, 544pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, December 7, 2021)
Fantasy novel, second in the Chronicles of Stratus series. Stratus starts to remember he’s a dragon trapped in a man’s body — and he wants revenge.
Ernshaw, Shea: A History of Wild Places
(Simon & Schuster/Atria 978-1-982164-80-5, $27, 368pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, December 7, 2021)
Members of a peaceful commune uncover dark secrets when they investigate the disappearances of two outsiders: PI Travis Wren, who has a knack for finding people, and his target Maggie St. James, author of macabre children’s books.
Fadugba, Femi: The Upper World
(HarperTeen 978-0-06-307859-8, $18.99, 368pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, December 7, 2021)
Young-adult science fiction novel. Black teen caught up in gang violence in South London can slip into a space outside time and glimpse the future, and uses the power to save himself and the girl he loves. Soon to be a Netflix movie.
Flint, Eric, ed.: 1637: The Coast of Chaos
(Baen 978-1-9821-2577-6, $25, 352pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, December 7, 2021)
SF anthology in Flint’s Ring of Fire series. Includes a short novel, plus seven additional stories.
French, John L., Ackley-McPhail, Danielle, eds.: Devilish & Divine
(eSpec/NeoParadoxa 978-1-949691-47-4, $14.95, 208pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, December 1, 2021)
Anthology of stories about angels and demons. Authors include James Chambers, John L. French, Robert E. Waters, Jenifer Purcell Rosenberg, Christopher J. Burke, Michelle D. Sonnier, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Russ Colchamiro, Michael A. Black, Patrick Thomas, Hildy Silverman, and, John G. Hartness.
Goedjen, Tara: No Beauties or Monsters
(Penguin Random House/Delacorte 978-1-5247-1480-2, $17.99, 368pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, December 7, 2021)
Young-adult gothic horror/mystery novel. Rylie’s returns to her home town and starts seeing things she can’t explain.
Jacka, Benedict: Risen
(Ace 978-0-440-00062-4, $8.99, 326pp, formats: paperback, ebook, audio, December 7, 2021)
Urban fantasy novel, 12th and final in the Alex Verus series. Anne, Alex’s lover, is being controlled by a deadly creature, and is preparing to create an army of mages.
Lackey, Mercedes, ed.: Boundaries
(DAW 978-0-7564-1474-0, $18, 368pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, December 7, 2021)
Original shared-world anthology of 19 stories, the 15th volume in the Tales of Valdemar series set in Lackey’s world. Lackey provides one story; other authors include Dylan Birtolo, Ron Collins,. Brenda Cooper, Fiona Patton, Elisabeth Waters.
Merbeth, Kristyn: Discordia
(Orbit US 978-0-316-45405-6, $17.99, 464pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, December 7, 2021)
SF novel, the third in the Nova Vita Protocol space opera trilogy about a family of space smugglers caught in the middle of a war.
Nelson, H.J.: The Last She
(Wattpad Books 978-1-989365-71-7, $17.99, 352pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, December 7, 2021)
Young-adult post-apocalyptic SF novel, the first in a series. Ara, the only female to survive a plague, tries to follow her father’s plan to end the plague, until a crew of men catch her. Originally published on Wattpad 2016-17.
Williamson, Michael Z.: That Was Now, This Is Then
(Baen 978-1-9821-2576-9, $25, 544pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, December 1, 2021)
Military SF novel, second in the Temporal Displacement series begun in A Long Time Until Now. A U.S. convoy in Afghanistan finds itself thrown back to Earth’s Paleolithic age, along with many other displaced groups from other times.

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