(Descriptions from Goodreads)
Rootless by Chris Howard, review at Into the Hall of Books
17-year-old Banyan is a tree builder. Using scrap metal and salvaged junk, he creates forests for rich patrons who seek a reprieve from the desolate landscape. Although Banyan's never seen a real tree—they were destroyed more than a century ago—his father used to tell him stories about the Old World. But that was before his father was taken . . .
Everything changes when Banyan meets a woman with a strange tattoo—a clue to the whereabouts of the last living trees on earth, and he sets off across a wasteland from which few return. Those who make it past the pirates and poachers can't escape the locusts—the locusts that now feed on human flesh.
But Banyan isn't the only one looking for the trees, and he's running out of time. Unsure of whom to trust, he's forced to make an uneasy alliance with Alpha, an alluring, dangerous pirate with an agenda of her own. As they race towards a promised land that might only be a myth, Banyan makes shocking discoveries about his family, his past, and how far people will go to bring back the trees.
Wonders of the Invisible World by Patricia A. McKillip, review at Fantasy Cafe
Stylistically rooted in fairy tale and mythology, imperceptible landscapes are explored in these opulent stories from a beloved fantasy icon. There are princesses dancing with dead suitors, a knight in love with an official of exotic lineage, and fortune’s fool stealing into the present instead of the future. In one mesmerizing tale, a time-traveling angel is forbidden to intervene in Cotton Mather’s religious ravings, while another narrative finds a wizard seduced in his youth by the Faerie Queen and returning the treasure that is rightfully hers. Bewitching, bittersweet, and deeply intoxicating, this collection draws elements from the fables of history and re-creates them in startlingly magical ways.
I have listed these titles in earlier SSS posts: check out my SSS Books Page for links to more reviews
Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis, review at Fantasy Faction
Blood’s Pride by Evie Manieri, review at A Fantastical Librarian
The Dead of Winter by Lee Collins, review at A Fantastical Librarian
Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson, review at Bastard Books
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making by Catherynne M Valente, review at Janicu’s Book Blog
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff, review at The Midnight Garden