Read the best sci-fi and fantasy of September
September was filled with great sci-fi and fantasy releases, from what might be our new favorite Stephen King novel, to series starters, and sequels we can’t stop talking about. All of our picks for the best of the month are available now, so take a peek below and find your next obsession.
For more books to get lost in, check out our complete list of science fiction and fantasy picks, or browse the rest of the Best Books of the Month.
Fairy Tale’s protagonist Charlie Reade joins the ranks of King’s best characters—like Gordie Lachance from The Body (which inspired the movie Stand By Me), or Roland Deschain from The Dark Tower. From the beginning, Charlie warns that the story he’s about to tell is unbelievable, and it is. But, as is his way, King somehow makes us want to believe in this tale of a curmudgeonly neighbor with dangerous secrets, the siren song of glittering gold, a parallel world ruled by an unspeakable monster, a child-eating giant who keeps watch over a castle, and a dog who has lived more than one lifetime. Fairy Tale is the perfect blend of fantasy, coming-of-age, friendship, and magic—it’s good versus evil, a boy and his dog on a perilous quest, it’s Stephen King doing what he does best: giving us a story that sets our imagination on fire. —Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor
Sarah Addison Allen returns to magical realism in Other Birds with prose so beautiful it has a magic of its own. When Zoey Hennessey inherits her mother’s home at The Dellawisp condos on Mallow Island, she’s introduced to an enthralling cast of characters who are each vividly realized with stories of their own. And sure, some of them happen to be ghosts. The mystery of Zoey’s new home comes to the forefront when one of her neighbors dies, and she has to discover what the building and its residents may be hiding. This story will draw you in and not let go until you’ve reached the last page—and you may find you’ve let go of some of your own ghosts by the time you do. —Marcus Mann, Amazon Editor
A.G. Riddle is one of those writers I associate with Michael Crichton, Clive Cussler, and Andy McDermott. They all write adventure novels that take you out of your living room and deliver you someplace quite different—places like Atlantis, Isla Nublar, the wreck of the Titanic—or, in the case of Riddle’s Lost in Time, the earth 200 million years ago when dinosaurs were the dominant form of life. In this near-future science fiction thriller, Sam Anderson has been sent back in time because he confessed to a crime he did not commit. What results is a story set in two dimensions, where Sam is trying to survive, and his 19-year-old daughter is trying to exonerate him. There are twists and turns. There are dinosaurs and adventure. You will keep flipping the pages to find out what happens next. And at some point, you will be transported far from your living room. —Chris Schluep, Amazon Editor Tamsyn Muir’s The Locked Tomb series continues to be as delightful as it is unpredictable, and, frankly, unhinged, in its latest installment. Following in the footsteps of her first sequel, Harrow the Ninth, Muir once again throws out much of the narrative she had previously established in favor of setting up a new story that readers will have to discover how it connects. Rest assured, there’s still galaxy-spanning weirdness, necromancers, romance, and a sense that you’re reading something not quite like anything else on the shelf. Nona isn’t a great jumping on point for new readers, but it is a great reminder that one of the most interesting stories in sci-fi/fantasy is being told right now and there’s still time to catch up before the quartet reaches its conclusion with the planned 2023 finale, Alecto the Ninth. —Marcus Mann, Amazon Editor
Above a seemingly bottomless chasm, a group of survivors clings to life on a frozen rock face that’s as inhospitable as it is hopeless. Whatever lives the humans had before they were stranded in this deadly society are but distant memories. All that matters now is surviving day by day and trying to avoid being chosen as the next sacrifice to the Glacians—horrible flying creatures with an appetite for humans. Stacey McEwan creates a vivid fantasy nightmare with an unforgettable setting and a refreshingly new cast of monsters. Add in a bit of romance, a mysterious past, some harrowing action, and there’s no doubt this trilogy will have wings. —Marcus Mann, Amazon Editor