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Here Beside The Rising Tide

Fathomfolk  (Drowned City, volume 1)

By Eliza Chan  

1 Mar, 2024

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2024’s Fathomfolk is the first entry in Eliza Chan’s Drowned City secondary-fantasy-world series.

Mixed-race Mira is all siren in the eyes of the humans who run the semi-submerged city Tiankawi; she’s also permanently second-class thanks to her Fathomfolk blood. A career spent proving herself to the humans earns historical recognition: Mira is promoted to captain of the border guard, the first Folk to be deemed worthy of such a rank.

The rank comes with unpleasant baggage, not least of which is the fact that her job will consist almost entirely of keeping her fellow Folk in line.


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Cunning and Free

Sun of Blood and Ruin

By Mariely Lares  

23 Feb, 2024

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Mariely Lares’ 2023 Sun of Blood and Ruin is an alternate historical fantasy.

Decades after Hernán Cortés invaded, Mexico is still divided. In the regions under Spanish rule, the largely indigenous population is subject to inflexible Spanish law and custom. Outside those regions, rebellion is rife.

Lady Leonora de las Casas Tlazohtzin’s position is an uncomfortable one. Her late father was Viceroy of New Spain. Her late mother, to whom the Viceroy was not wed, was indigenous. How to reconcile her two lineages?

By becoming the closest thing to a superhero New Spain has.

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Suitcase of Memories

Loving Safoa

By Liza Wemakor  

16 Feb, 2024

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Liza Wemakor’s 2024 Loving Safoa is a stand-alone social-activist vampire novella.

Observers might expect the impediments to Cynthia and Safoa’s romance to be the age-gap (Safoa is somewhat older) and cultural differences between modern America (Cynthia) and Ghana (Safoa). There’s also the minor detail that Cynthia is alive while Safoa is a vampire.

But it turns out that the problem is Safoa’s tattoo.


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Very Good Road

Brooms

By Jasmine Walls & Teo DuVall  

2 Feb, 2024

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Jasmine Walls and Teo DuVall’s1 2023 Brooms is a historical fantasy graphic novel.

Magic in 1930s Mississippi is closely regulated, particularly the magic used by persons of colour. Government agents2 scour the state, looking for children with magical knacks. Children unlucky enough to be caught are sent off to academies and residential schools to learn proper, Latin-based, magic. Recalcitrant students who cling to unauthorized magical schools are punished. Some are stripped of their magic entirely.

Luella has had her magic sealed. She is determined to save her cousins Emma and Mattie from the same fate. Emma and Mattie’s parents are just as determined to save their kids. There is, of course, a catch, which boils down to money.


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Broken Ego, Broken Heart

Funeral Songs for Dying Girls

By Cherie Dimaline  

19 Jan, 2024

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Cherie Dimaline’s 2023 Funeral Songs for Dying Girls is a stand-alone modern fantasy.

Sixteen-year-old Winifred Win” Blight lives with her taciturn father in the Winterson Cemetery1, where her father operates the crematorium. While living in a house2 on cemetery grounds has its drawbacks — fellow students (the jerks) call Win Wednesday Addams3” — Win has lived there her whole life and it’s all she knows. News that declining business may force the crematorium to shut down is unwelcome news, as the Blight home is a free perk of graveyard employment.

Win has one card to play: the cemetery ghost.


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This Lovely Creature

The Betel Nut Tree Mystery  (Crown Colony, volume 2)

By Ovidia Yu  

12 Jan, 2024

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The Betel Nut Tree Mystery is the second volume in Ovidia Yu’s Crown Colony cozy1 mystery series.

Su Lin has settled in at the Detective Shack as an employee of Singapore’s Detective and Intelligence Unit. The detectives have been directed to take a close interest in the impending Glossop-Covington wedding. It would look bad for Singapore if anything were to disrupt the marriage of a wealthy British man to a wealthy American widow.

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Will Be

Her Little Reapers  (The Night Eaters, volume 2)

By Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda  

5 Jan, 2024

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2023’s Her Little Reapers is the second graphic novel in Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s The Night Eaters horror series.

Four months ago, a home-renovation project revealed to twins Milly and Billy Ting that their mother is a demon, their father is a demon, and thus … the Ting twins are also demons.

Dealing with their new-found status would ordinarily demand intensive training. Too bad for the Tings that their terrifying mother Ipo belongs to the sink or swim school of parenting. Laid-back dad Keon disagrees but is unwilling to cross Ipo. The Wonder Tings are on their own.


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Room Without A Roof

Off-Time Jive

By A. Z. Louise  

29 Dec, 2023

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A.Z. Louise’s 2023 Off-Time Jive is a stand-alone fantasy mystery novella.

Old Magic is dangerous. New Magic is safer but is fueled by happiness and is the domain of African Americans (Negros in the vernacular of the 1920s when the novel is set). This is a problem for New Magic practitioner Bessie Knox, formerly of the Bronx Academy of Magic. Thanks to a recent magical calamity, Knox’s supply of joy is meagre.

Knox’s problems will only get worse.


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