Best science fiction and fantasy of January

Adrian Liang on January 11, 2021

Best science fiction and fantasy of January

January is off to a great start with a Star Wars novel that launches the new High Republic timeline, Nnedi Okorafor’s latest novella, a new adventure from Ilona Andrews that takes place in Kate Daniels’ magic-infused Atlanta, a modern hunt that pits Greek gods against mortals—plus much more.

Find six of the Amazon Books editors' new favorites below, and then check out the whole hand-picked list of the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Month.

Star Wars: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule

Set several hundred years before the rise of the Empire, the new High Republic novels open up an exciting new timeline in the Star Wars canon. Light of the Jedi opens with the entire Hetzal system in the Outer Rim facing destruction from an enormous mass of projectiles that have appeared out of hyperspace. Billions of people face death, and Master Jedi Avar Kriss knows that only the Jedi can tackle this threat. But it could be too much for even them…. Lots of spaceship details will satisfy Star Wars gear heads, while the swiftly approaching disaster will keep readers on edge. A great start to a new arena in the Star Wars universe.

Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Bracken’s newest fantasy novel sets Greek gods on earth in mortal form during a hunt in which their powers can be conveyed to those who kill them. Trained as a hunter, Lore turned away from the hunt years ago, after everyone in her family was killed. But a wounded god and a childhood friend bring her back into the world of immortals, and Lore must figure out who her true allies are. Brimming with action, Lore is a high-stakes adventure with a dark side, perfect for those who grew up on Percy Jackson and now want something meatier.

Blood Heir by Ilona Andrews

Readers return to the world of Kate Daniels in Andrews’ newest full-length novel. Eight years after she left Atlanta, Kate's ward Julie Olsen has returned with a new name, face, and scent—and she can’t let the Pack know she’s back. Julie is the wildcard in a prophecy about Kate’s death, and she’s determined to stop the prophecy at all costs, even if it means taking on Moloch and his priests once more. As with Kate, Julie’s strong voice makes this a compelling story, and readers will be happy to follow her wherever she goes.

Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor

An alien artifact, a fox companion, and a young girl who has become the adopted daughter of death…. Yep, all those good things are in Okorafor’s new short novel. I love how Okorafor blends technology, mythology, and her characters’ culture into a seamless world without stopping to explain how things have come to be—and this wild mix, along with the inquisitive Sankofa, makes this quick story a memorable one.

Persephone Station by Stina Leicht

Secrets built on secrets are the foundation of Leicht’s sci-fi adventure. A mob boss, an ex-soldier, a rogue AI, and a key member of the indigenous population of the oft-overlooked planet Persephone Station all have their own motivations for taking out the Serrao-Orlov Corporation, but the corporation has a few secrets up its sleeve as well. A diverse cast of characters and a serpentine plot will keep the pages turning.

The Mask of Mirrors by M. A. Carrick

Mix the shenanigans of Game of Thrones with the swashbuckling thrills of Zorro and you have The Mask of Mirrors. Everyone seems to be concealing secrets and bad decisions in this novel, and one big secret revolves around the identity of the Rook, a black-garbed and masked avenger of the original residents of the city, who has somehow been doing this avenging gig for 200 years. While there are a lot of characters to keep track of, I enjoyed this joint novel from M. A. Carrick—the joint pen name of Marie Brennan and Alyc Helms—and fans of either of those authors will find a lot to love as well.

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