Summer is nigh, and it’s no surprise that the sci-fi and fantasy books customers are most looking forward to reading this season are stories in a popular series or franchise. Only one book below—Max Brooks’ Devolution—breaks the mold as a standalone novel. But the author of World War Z is known for making trends instead of following them. Fingers crossed that 2021 will be full of Sasquatches!
Freefall by Craig Alanson
Alanson’s Expeditionary Force Mavericks series continues with book two, as the hard-hitting members of Col. Emily Perkins’ Mavericks team have a new mission. But like all their missions, it goes wrong, fast. And that’s when the fun begins.
Peace Talks by Jim Butcher
Not only is Peace Talks one of the most popular urban fantasy tales of the season, it’s one of the most anticipated summer fiction reads across all genres, based on customers’ preorders across print, audio, and Kindle eBook editions. In the 16th novel of the Dresden Files, the Supernatural nations are negotiating to end hostilities, but Chicago’s only professional wizard soon realizes that his beloved city might not survive the discussions. Don’t wait too long to read Peace Talks, because Harry Dresden’s next adventure, Battle Ground, arrives in late September.
Mount Rainier erupts, and a small high-tech community nestled deep in the mountains is cut off from civilization and their weekly delivery of groceries. And now winter is coming. But then Max Brooks gleefully lobs a troop of displaced and hungry Sasquatches into the mix, and things really get hairy (ahem). The big, foul-smelling predators are no surprise—the subtitle makes their existence in the story clear—but that doesn’t mean the tension isn’t page-twisting sharp. Readers of Andy Weir’s The Martian or Blake Crouch’s Wayward Pines series will want to clear their schedules so they can savor every chilling scene of Devolution. Just don’t take this book with you while camping in the woods.
American Demon by Kim Harrison
Another long-awaited addition to a popular series, American Demon brings readers back to the Hollows as witch Rachel Morgan has to deal with the unexpected repercussions (like zombies) of saving the world.
The Empire of Gold by S. A. Chakraborty
At the end of June, Chakraborty concludes one of the most fascinating fantasy epics of recent years with The Empire of Gold. After the fall of the djinn city Daevabad, the warrior Dara, the exiled prince Ali, and half-human Nahri each must figure out how to save those they hold dear.
Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
The surprising ending of Gideon the Ninth has kept readers on tenterhooks for almost a year, waiting to see what happens next to Harrow, acting head of the Ninth House and necromancer extraordinaire. Harrow has gained what she desired, but the cost was unexpected. And now her Emperor is training her for an unwinnable battle.
Star Wars: Light of the Jedi: The High Republic by Charles Soule
Charles Soule, known for both his comic book writing and his novel The Oracle Year, joins the roster of talented authors who bend their storytelling skills to one of the most enduring sci-fi franchises. The High Republic series launches readers into a new moment within the Star Wars universe, centuries before Anakin Skywalker was born. The description for the book is currently pretty sparse, but the book’s cover shows a handful of light saber-swinging Jedi Knights ready to do battle.
From urban fantasy to military adventures, and from sasquatches to djinn, these are the stories science fiction and fantasy readers are looking forward to diving into this summer.