New releases: November 2017 – fantasy

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Iiiiit’s Wednesday! I’m pretty excited about this week’s list of new releases. The Fantasy genre seems to be releasing quite a few interesting books this month, don’t you agree? So far, they have all received 4 stars out of 5 on Goodreads. I’m particularly intrigued by the covers of books 1 and 5. Let’s go find out what’s waiting for us this month in fantasy! Other new releases of November 2017 can be found by genre right here on Goodreads.

  1. The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty (The Daevabad Trilogy #1)
    Publication date: November 14th, 2017
    Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles. But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass—a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound. In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences. After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for…
  2. Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang
    Publication date: November 14th, 2017
    Orphaned, raised by wolves, and the proud owner of a horned pig named Merlin, Weylyn Grey knew he wasn’t like other people. But when he single-handedly stopped that tornado on a stormy Christmas day in Oklahoma, he realized just how different he actually was. That tornado was the first of many strange events that seem to follow Weylyn from town to town, although he doesn’t like to take credit. As amazing as these powers may appear, they tend to manifest themselves at inopportune times and places. From freak storms to trees that appear to grow overnight, Weylyn’s unique abilities are a curiosity at best and at worst, a danger to himself and the woman he loves. But Mary doesn’t care. Since Weylyn saved her from an angry wolf on her eleventh birthday, she’s known that a relationship with him isn’t without its risks, but as anyone who’s met Weylyn will tell you, once he wanders into your life, you’ll wish he’d never leave. In this warm debut novel, Ruth Emmie Lang teaches us about adventure and love in a beautifully written story full of nature and wonder.
  3. Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant (Rolling in the Deep #1)
    Publication date: November 14th, 2017
    Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy. Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life’s work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost. Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves. But the secrets of the deep come with a price.
  4. Jade City by Fonda Lee (The Green Bone Saga #1)
    Publication date: November 7th, 2017
    Family is duty. Magic is power. Honour is everything. Magical jade—mined, traded, stolen, and killed for—is the lifeblood of the island of Kekon. For centuries, honourable Green Bone warriors like the Kaul family have used it to enhance their abilities and defend the island from foreign invasion. Now the war is over and a new generation of Kauls vies for control of Kekon’s bustling capital city. They care about nothing but protecting their own, cornering the jade market, and defending the districts under their protection. Ancient tradition has little place in this rapidly changing nation. When a powerful new drug emerges that lets anyone—even foreigners—wield jade, the simmering tension between the Kauls and the rival Ayt family erupts into open violence. The outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all Green Bones—from their grandest patriarch to the lowliest motorcycle runner on the streets—and of Kekon itself.
  5. The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell
    Publication date: November 2nd, 2017
    These days, you can find anything you need at the click of a button. That’s why I bought her heart online. Spirits in jam jars, mini-apocalypses, animal hearts and sideshows. A girl runs a coffin hotel on a remote island. A boy is worried his sister has two souls. A couple is rewriting the history of the world. And mermaids are on display at the local aquarium. The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night is a collection of twelve haunting stories; modern fairy tales brimming with magic, outsiders and lost souls.

That first book is definitely on my to-read list! But I’ll wait until the entire trilogy is out because if it’s as good as I think it will be, I won’t want to wait before diving into books 2 and 3 to continue the story. The second book will probably sit on my to-read shelf for a long time as it’s rather an undertaking as I understand from reviews. But it sounds interesting enough, it actually reminds me a little of “The Little Prince” in some way.  Book 3 sounds like “The Little Mermaid” in a mysterious, Bermuda triangle setting. Not something I’m a big fan of, though I would watch the movie! These under the sea, mysterious and dangerous stories usually play out really well on the big screen! The fourth book sounds like some kind of Dune rip-off set in a more modern milieu of gangs and drug violence. Not my cup of tea! And the final book is a collection of modern but creepy fairytales, twelve to be exact, about magic, outsiders and lost souls. That sounds perfect for when you want a little break from reading longer trilogies or just to read in between, during the Holiday season, for example.

Happy reading,

Loes M.

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