(Descriptions from Goodreads)
The Heresy Within by Rob J. Hayes, review at Fantasy Book Critic
Thanquil Darkheart is an Arbiter of the Inquisition, a witch hunter tasked with hunting down and purging heretics. Thanquil Darkheart is also something else, expendable. When the God-Emperor of Sarth tells Thanquil there is a traitor operating among the highest echelon of the Inquisition he knows he has no choice but to sail to the city of Chade and follow the Emperor's single lead.
The Black Thorn is a murderer, a thug, a thief and worse but he's best known for the killing of six Arbiters. These days he travels with a crew of six of the most dangerous sell-swords in the wilds. After a job well done they find themselves on the run from the law once again but the boss has good news; a new job, the biggest any of them have ever pulled. First, however, they need to evade capture long enough to secure travel to the free city of Chade.
Jezzet Vel'urn is a Blademaster; a swords-woman of prodigious skill but she knows that for a woman like her in the wilds there are two ways out of most situations; fight or screw. Truth is, all too often for Jezzet's liking, it comes down to a combination of the two. Jezzet is chased half-way across the wilds by a vengeful warlord until she makes it to the free city of Chade. Instead of sanctuary, however, all she finds are guards waiting to turn her over for some quick gold.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, review at Fantasy Literature
On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, she dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Clearly history (and Kate Atkinson) have plans for her: In Ursula rests nothing less than the fate of civilization.
Wildly inventive, darkly comic, startlingly poignant — this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best, playing with time and history, telling a story that is breathtaking for both its audacity and its endless satisfactions.
Vegan Zombie Apocalypse by Wol-vriey, review at A Beauty In Ruins
In the post-apocalypse worlderness, zombies rule the earth. They're allergic to meat, and brains literally make them explode. Zombies now eat blood potatoes, parasitic tubers grown in the flesh of humancows corralled in maximum security farms.
The necros, barbaric human nomads travelling the worlderness in floating villages, worship the zombies. The necros both eat the zombies, and wear clothes made from them; they live in houses built of bricks of undead flesh. They also keep zombies as sex slaves.
Two fugitives meet in the ancient ruins of Texas. The first is Soil 15-f, a womancow who's escaped her farm a week before she's due to be killed and her blood potato crop harvested. The second fugitive is Able Kane, former head necros food technician, now sentenced to death for heresy. But Soil is no ordinary humancow. Unknown to herself, she's the vegan zombie agricultural revolution, and the zombies desperately want her back. And the necros equally desperately want Able Kane dead. He's fled with a forbidden discovery which will reshape the world for the worse if used. And Able is just hardheaded/misguided enough to use it. With android zombinators and the head necros assassin (Able's ex-girlfriend Morphia) after them, Soil and Able Kane have no choice but to climb the lemon tree to Haeven, residence of the zombie god Necro. And by anyone's reckoning, Soil and Able Kane are the two people in the worlderness who should never have been let into Haeven.
I have listed these titles in earlier SSS posts: check out my SSS Books Page for links to more reviews:
Blade Song by J.C. Daniels, review at One Good Book
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, review at Smash Attack Reads
Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines, review at Fantasy Book Critic
The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu, reviews at A Fantastical Librarian, Fantasy Literature & Over the Effing Rainbow
The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black by E.B. Hudspeth, review at On Starships and Dragonwings
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson, review at Fantasy Faction
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, review at On Starships and Dragonwings
The Taken by Vicki Pettersson, review at Gizmo’s Book Reviews
Written in Red by Anne Bishop, review at Vampire Book Club
Leigh Bardugo at Cuddlebuggery
Emma Newman at Over the Effing Rainbow
Guest Posts By Authors
We Have Always Fought: Challenging The ‘Women, Cattle and Slaves’ Narrative by Kameron Hurley at A Dribble of Ink
Special Needs In Strange Worlds at Bookworm Blues