Release Radar - March

Release Radar – March 2022

Welcome to the Asylum’s latest creation: Release Radar, a new monthly feature where we highlight our most anticipated reads of the month. In doing so, we hope this feature becomes your go-to guide to all the shiny new releases and that you’ll discover new authors to love and new reads you can lose yourself in.

Our March edition highlights debaucherous pleasure moons, a young woman whose heart burns with revenge, mysterious cartographers with dark family secrets, and…well, read on to know more!

Release Radar

Stars and Bones by Gareth L. Powell

1Titan Books

I’ve been paying close attention to Gareth’s work, even though I haven’t managed to read any of it yet cause I’m stupid. His books always seem to align with me: character-driven adventures through space with plenty of imagination. This book is no exception.

Stars and Bones by Gareth L. Powell

Seventy-five years from today, the human race has been cast from a dying Earth to wander the stars in a vast fleet of arks—each shaped by its inhabitants into a diverse and fascinating new environment, with its own rules and eccentricities.

When her sister disappears while responding to a mysterious alien distress call, Eryn insists on being part of the crew sent to look for her. What she discovers on Candidate-623 is both terrifying and deadly. When the threat follows her back to the fleet and people start dying, she is tasked with seeking out a legendary recluse who may just hold the key to humanity’s survival.

The Circus Infinite by Khan Wong

8Angry Robot

I managed to get an arc of this book and it’s quite different from what I expected. Nevertheless, I’m loving the on-page queer rep (the mc is explicitly asexual panromantic) and the vibrant pleasure moon it’s set in. Also, bug-descendant aliens with prescient powers!

The Circus Infinite by Khan Wong

Hunted by those who want to study his gravity powers, Jes makes his way to the best place for a mixed-species fugitive to blend in: the pleasure moon. Here, everyone just wants to be lost in the party. It doesn’t take long for him to catch the attention of the crime boss who owns the resort-casino where he lands a circus job. When the boss gets wind of the bounty on Jes’ head, he makes an offer: do anything and everything asked of him, or face vivisection.

With no other options, Jes fulfills the requests: espionage, torture, demolition. But when the boss sets the circus up to take the fall for his about-to-get-busted narcotics operation, Jes and his friends decide to bring the mobster down together. And if Jes can also avoid going back to being the prize subject of a scientist who can’t wait to dissect him? Even better.

Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye


Revenge. Sweet, bloody revenge. A young woman fights for her identity and her freedom in what seems like an amazing military fantasy.

Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye

This is what they deserve. They wanted me to be a monster.
I will be the worst monster they ever created.

Fifteen-year-old Sloane can incinerate an enemy at will—she is a Scion, a descendant of the ancient Orisha gods.

Under the Lucis’ brutal rule, her identity means her death if her powers are discovered. But when she is forcibly conscripted into the Lucis army on her fifteenth birthday, Sloane sees a new opportunity: to overcome the bloody challenges of Lucis training, and destroy them from within.

Sloane rises through the ranks and gains strength but, in doing so, risks something greater: losing herself entirely, and becoming the very monster that she abhors.

The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd

15William Morrow

The unusual mc in this story, a cartographer, was enough to intrigue me. Seeming to blend mystery, action, in the style of exploration stories like Uncharted, it sounds like a really interesting story.

The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd

What is the purpose of a map?

Nell Young’s whole life and greatest passion is cartography. Her father, Dr. Daniel Young, is a legend in the field, and Nell’s personal hero. But she hasn’t seen or spoken to him ever since he cruelly fired her and destroyed her reputation after an argument over an old, cheap gas station highway map.

But when Dr. Young is found dead in his office at the New York Public Library, with the very same seemingly worthless map hidden in his desk, Nell can’t resist investigating. To her surprise, she soon discovers that the map is incredibly valuable, and also exceedingly rare. In fact, she may now have the only copy left in existence… because a mysterious collector has been hunting down and destroying every last one—along with anyone who gets in the way.

But why?

To answer that question, Nell embarks on a dangerous journey to reveal a dark family secret, and discover the true power that lies in maps…

Sweep of Stars by Maurice Broaddus

29Tor Books

Tor Books announced Sweep of Stars last year under a then-unknown name. When I saw it was a space opera exploring the struggles of a West African-inspired empire, penned by Maurice Broaddus, I wept.

Sweep of Stars by Maurice Broaddus

The Muungano empire strived and struggled to form a utopia when they split away from old earth. Freeing themselves from the endless wars and oppression of their home planet in order to shape their own futures and create a far-reaching coalition of city-states that stretched from Earth and Mars to Titan.

With the wisdom of their ancestors, the leadership of their elders, the power and vision of their scientists and warriors they charted a course to a better future. But the old powers could not allow them to thrive and have now set in motion new plots to destroy all that they’ve built.

In the fire to come they will face down their greatest struggle yet.

Amachi Adisa and other young leaders will contend with each other for the power to galvanize their people and chart the next course for the empire.

Fela Buhari and her elite unit will take the fight to regions not seen by human eyes, but no training will be enough to bring them all home.

Stacia Chikeke, captain of the starship Cypher, will face down enemies across the stars, and within her own vessel, as she searches for the answers that could save them all.

The only way is forward.

The City of Dusk by Tara Sim


I love unusual magic systems, worldbuilding built around gods and factionary elements. Dying realms, neglectful gods, and a group of magic-users that are ready to defy the world. Yup, sounds entirely up my alley.

The City of Dusk by Tara Sim

Set in a gorgeous world of bone and shadow magic, of vengeful gods and defiant chosen ones, The City of Dusk is the first in a dark epic fantasy trilogy that follows the four heirs of four noble houses—each gifted with a divine power—as they form a tenuous alliance to keep their kingdom from descending into a realm-shattering war.

The Four Realms—Life, Death, Light, and Darkness—all converge on the city of dusk. For each realm there is a god, and for each god there is an heir.

But the gods have withdrawn their favor from the once vibrant and thriving city. And without it, all the realms are dying.

Unwilling to stand by and watch the destruction, the four heirs—Risha, a necromancer struggling to keep the peace; Angelica, an elementalist with her eyes set on the throne; Taesia, a shadow-wielding rogue with rebellion in her heart; and Nik, a soldier who struggles to see the light— will sacrifice everything to save the city.

But their defiance will cost them dearly.

The Bone Orchard by Sara A. Mueller

22Tor Books

I’m very interested to see how Mueller explores the concepts of freedom, sex work, and agency in this strange-sounding book about a witch who must choose the next emperor. And I swear I’ll read anything with necromancer mcs.

The Bone Orchard by Sara A. Mueller

Charm is a witch, and she is alone. The last of a line of conquered necromantic workers, now confined within the yard of regrown bone trees at Orchard House, and the secrets of their marrow.

Charm is a prisoner, and a survivor. Charm tends the trees and their clattering fruit for the sake of her children, painstakingly grown and regrown with its fruit: Shame, Justice, Desire, Pride, and Pain.

Charm is a whore, and a madam. The wealthy and powerful of Borenguard come to her house to buy time with the girls who aren’t real.

Except on Tuesdays, which is when the Emperor himself lays claim to his mistress, Charm herself.

But now–Charm is also the only person who can keep an empire together, as the Emperor summons her to his deathbed, and charges her with choosing which of his awful, faithless sons will carry on the empire—by discovering which one is responsible for his own murder.

If she does this last thing, she will finally have what has been denied her since the fall of Inshil — her freedom. But if she does, she will also be betraying the ghosts past and present that live on within her heart.

Charm must choose. Her dead Emperor’s will or the whispers of her own ghosts. Justice for the empire or her own revenge. 

Tell Me an Ending by Jo Harkin


This sounds very contemporary, which isn’t usually my cup of tea, but I found the psychological sci-fi aspect of it intriguing and I’m curious to see how technology and memory overlap.

Tell Me an Ending by Jo Harkin

What if you once had a painful memory removed? And what if you were offered the chance to get it back?

Tell Me an Ending follows four characters grappling with the question of what to remember—and what they hoped to forget forever.

Finn, an Irish architect living in the Arizona desert, begins to suspect his charming wife of having an affair.

Mei, a troubled grad school drop-out in Kuala Lumpur, wonders why she remembers a city she’s never visited.

William, a former police inspector in England, struggles with PTSD, the breakdown of his marriage, and his own secret family history.

Oscar, a handsome young man with almost no memories at all, travels the world in a constant state of fear.

Into these characters lives comes Noor, an emotionally closed-off psychologist at the memory removal clinic in London, who begins to suspect her glamorous boss Louise of serious wrongdoing.

A Forgery of Roses by Jessica S. Olson

29Inkyard Press

Jessica’s debut novel, Sing Me Forgotten caught my attention with its unique premise, so I was already paying attention to this author. Most times a single detail in a book’s description is enough to reel me in if that detail is fleshed out differently from other stories I’ve read. In A Forgery of Roses, that detail was the main character’s body-altering art magic, a powerful enough tool to, apparently, resurrect the dead. I thought this one was a really interesting concept melding art, life, and death (á la Dorian Gray but with a soft twist) so I’m excited to see where the mystery leads.

A Forgery of Roses by Jessica S. Olson

Myra Whitlock has a gift. One many would kill for.

She’s an artist whose portraits alter people’s real-life bodies, a talent she must hide from those who would kidnap, blackmail, and worse in order to control it. Guarding that secret is the only way to keep her younger sister safe now that their parents are gone.

But one frigid night, the governor’s wife discovers the truth and threatens to expose Myra if she does not complete a special portrait that would resurrect the governor’s dead son. Desperate, Myra ventures to his legendary stone mansion.

Once she arrives, however, it becomes clear the boy’s death was no accident. Someone dangerous lurks within these glittering halls. Someone harboring a disturbing obsession with portrait magic.

Myra cannot do the painting until she knows what really happened, so she turns to the governor’s older son, a captivating redheaded poet. Together, they delve into the family’s most shadowed affairs, racing to uncover the truth before the secret Myra spent her life concealing makes her the killer’s next victim.

The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories: A Collection of Chinese Science Fiction and Fantasy in Translation by (editors) Yu Chen & Regina Kanyu Wang

8 (e-book)Tordotcom

Having recently devoured Sinopticon (an anthology of Chinese speculative fiction published by Rebellion this year), The Way Spring Arrives was a lightning-fast addition to my growing tbr. I’m eager to expand my knowledge of Chinese spec fic and delve further into its culture.

The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories: A Collection of Chinese Science Fiction and Fantasy in Translation by (editors) Yu Chen & Regina Kanyu Wang

In The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories, you can dine at a restaurant at the end of the universe, cultivate to immortality in the high mountains, watch roses perform Shakespeare, or arrive at the island of the gods on the backs of giant fish to ensure that the world can bloom.

Written, edited, and translated by a female and nonbinary team, these stories have never before been published in English and represent both the richly complicated past and the vivid future of Chinese science fiction and fantasy.

Time travel to a winter’s day on the West Lake, explore the very boundaries of death itself, and meet old gods and new heroes in this stunning new collection.

The Carnival of Ash by Tom Beckerlegge


I have two great loves: technology and letters. The Carnival of Ash has nothing to do with the latter, but it’s its focus on the second that pulled me in. A poet-led city, brimming with libraries, printing presses, words. A city where wordsmiths thrive. With a setting so fascinating, I’m gearing up for a ride.

Cadenza is the City of Words, a city run by poets, its skyline dominated by the steepled towers of its libraries, its heart beating to the stamp and thrum of the printing presses in the Printing Quarter.

Carlo Mazzoni, a young wordsmith arrives at the city gates intent on making his name as the bells ring out with the news of the death of the city’s poet-leader. Instead, he finds himself embroiled with the intrigues of a city in turmoil, the looming prospect of war with their rival Venice ever-present. A war that threatens not only to destroy Cadenza but remove it from history altogether…

The Quarter Storm by Veronica Henry


A vodouisant must test her power in a hunt to find a killer and defend her practice. I’m so excited about this book, especially as it’s set in New Orleans. Vodou is a terribly represented heritage in the English-speaking media, so I am very excited to see Veronica Henry exposing readers to a story all about it.

The Quarter Storm by Veronica Henry

A practitioner of Vodou must test the boundaries of her powers to solve a ritual murder in New Orleans and protect everything she holds sacred.

Haitian-American Vodou priestess Mambo Reina Dumond runs a healing practice from her New Orleans home. Gifted with water magic since she was a child, Reina is devoted to the benevolent traditions of her ancestors.

After a ritual slaying in the French Quarter, police arrest a fellow vodouisant. Detective Roman Frost, Reina’s ex-boyfriend—a fierce nonbeliever—is eager to tie the crime, and half a dozen others, to the Vodou practitioners of New Orleans. Reina resolves to find the real killer and defend the Vodou practice and customs, but the motives behind the murder are deeper and darker than she imagines.

As Reina delves into the city’s shadows, she untangles more than just the truth behind a devious crime. It’s a conspiracy. As a killer wields dangerous magic to thwart Reina’s investigation, she must tap into the strength of her own power and faith to solve a mystery that threatens to destroy her entire way of life.

Mage of Fools by Eugen Bacon

15Meerkat Press

I will eagerly read anything by Eugen Bacon. I love the way she writes and the stories she lets us explore. Mage of Fools sounds like a clever analogy to our current climate crisis and horrifying state of literary censorship, wrapped up in a rebellious story of magic.

Mage of Fools by Eugen Bacon

In the dystopian world of Mafinga, Jasmin must contend with a dictator’s sorcerer to cleanse the socialist state of its deadly pollution.

Mafinga’s malevolent king dislikes books and, together with his sorcerer Atari, has collapsed the environment to almost uninhabitable. The sun has killed all the able men, including Jasmin’s husband Godi.

But Jasmin has Godi’s secret story machine that tells of a better world, far different from the wastelands of Mafinga. Jasmin’s crime for possessing the machine and its forbidden literature filled with subversive text is punishable by death.

Fate grants a cruel reprieve in the service of a childless queen who claims Jasmin’s children as her own. Jasmin is powerless—until she discovers secrets behind the king and his sorcerer.

Dark Fangs Rising by C. Thomas Lafollette

22Broken World Publishing

I’m generally not into urban fantasy, by some factory defect. But I like the apparent commentary on housing issues and this one sounds like a hoot for lovers of the genre, with a seemingly immortal mc and a curious friendship blooming.

Dark Fangs Rising by C. Thomas Lafollette

An immortal vampire hunter has survived for almost two thousand years…

…yet he never suspected a rain-filled gutter in Portland, Oregon would be his grave.

When every advance ends in ambush, even allying himself with werewolves might not save the hunter from the trap the vampires have laid.

Former Roman legionnaire Luke Irontree stalks the dark, rainy streets of Portland to eliminate the vampires preying on his quiet city before they get out of hand. But when the streets run red with blood and the city’s most vulnerable people start disappearing, he might be too late to stop the undead scourge—or even survive.

Suddenly hunted in his own town, Luke narrowly escapes when a werewolf and a human woman save him from the threshold of death, forging unexpected friendships in the process. Can he protect his city and stay alive while training his allies, dodging hungry vamps, and recovering from grievous wounds? Will Luke uncover the sinister plan behind the disappearance of Portland’s homeless population before the vampires can add him to their list of victims and end his undying life permanently?

Dust of a Moth’s Wing by R. Ramey Guerrero


This synopsis intrigued me by portraying fire magic as a saving grace, instead of its more usual role of destructor and doom. I like the sneak peeks of the worldbuilding so I’m curious about the rest!

Dust of a Moth's Wing by R. Ramey Guerrero

The age of Fire begins in six days.

For fifteen hundred years, Slate and the other rebels have trained students to return Fire’s energy to the city of Wen. All have failed. Only one is left, and Nokhum’s past is less than ideal. If he cannot convince the Council of Elders to allow Fire magic to return, chaos will claim the city. The rebels are determined to avoid that end— even if it means sacrificing his student to chaos’s demons to make the Council believe Fire’s energy is necessary.

Magically talented people are disappearing.

Nokhum is convinced that his life-mate is still alive— no matter what everyone else says. Human slavers who salivate for magical beings have taken her. Realizing the Council of Elders will not help him, he seeks forbidden magics to find her. His plans are derailed when Slate sends him out of the city for training. Will his time in the Whisperwood be his undoing?

A Touch Of Light by Thiago Abdalla


I was convinced by the very first paragraph of that synopsis, look at that line! I’ve always been fascinated by fantasy that pulls directly from religion and religious myths, and I love a good tribal/clan system. Every detail about this book sounds right up my alley.

A Touch Of Light by Thiago Abdalla

The dead shall not be mourned or remembered, for death is the enemy, and will only drive the Seraph away.
The Domain is the bastion of life. The Seraph blesses her faithful with endless years, and death is kept away in hope for Her return. But The Domain nations are not the only ones in Avarin. They have managed only a tenuous peace with the clans to the south, who believe life must be returned to the Earth to keep it whole.

Yet the world of Avarin is changing.

In the clanlands, parts of the Earth seem to be withering away, while in the Domain, a deadly frenzy spreads among the people. It brings darkness to the minds of men and bloodlust to their hearts.

This sickness threatens more than just the peace in the realm,
it imperils its very heart.

Now the people of Avarin must fight to save it,
before death comes for them all.

Dive into this sweeping epic fantasy saga where religion and politics are one, magic brings terror into the hearts of men, and a looming blight threatens to tear everything down.

The Life Giver by Jase Puddicombe

29The Parliament House

I picked up some mythological inspirations in that synopsis and it got me curious. I love the worldbuilding we get in just a few paragraphs, seems like a very distinct world primed for exploration.

The Life Giver by Jase Puddicombe

The Dreamers are untouchable. They are protected by the Sun God who speaks to them through their dreams: The Life-Giver. They live away from society and are only seen by their Scribes.

But now someone—or something—has begun attacking them.

The Council tried to place the blame on the Life-Giver, but Dreamer Annelie and her Scribe Lyam know better. They learn that danger is buried deep in the heart of the Council itself, threatening their peaceful way of life for good.

Forced to team up with Enoch, a mysterious man who talks in riddles, the trio must race against time to save their underground city from corruption—before their world crumbles around them.

Daughter of the Wolves by K.S. Villoso


I’m working to read The Bitch Queen series and I love how Villoso presents that world and her kickass characters. I’m itching to explore all of it, and Daughter of Wolves sounds like a fantastic addition to it.

Daughter of the Wolves by K.S. Villoso

Clan, family, duty—the tenets of the Oren-yaro are clear: you are swords first, servants first. Yet no one expects much from the youngest daughter, not even when your family is sworn to the wolves who rule the land. At an age when most of her sisters have wed and borne children, Anira remain nursemaid to a decrepit father and an ailing mother, forgotten by a world moving too fast for her liking. When her elder brother deserts Warlord Yeshin’s army, she is forced to step up to save her family from disgrace.

Plunged into a world of bloodshed, Anira becomes the unlikely last link to a tyrant’s plans as she is tasked with bringing home the first dragon their kingdom has seen in decades. The arrival of a mercenary band, hell-bent on the same goal, creates a rivalry between her and their stubborn, unyielding leader. With her family’s freedom on the line, Anira must risk vengeful ancients, debased rituals, and even her own sanity to seize the prize.

When death comes calling, who will pay the price for her allegiance?

Fairy Godmurder by Sarah J. Sover

10Falstaff Books

This book puts a fun twist on the classic fairytale godmother trope, reimagining traditional elements into what sounds like a wild ride.

Fairy Godmurder by Sarah J. Sover

Gwendolyn Evenshine thought being a fairy godmother would be cut and dried—take on a charge, solve a royal problem, and return to the Academy for her next assignment. But she got too close.

When the beloved Princess Francesca is brutally murdered on her watch, Gwen refuses to resume her fairy godmother duties. Instead, she laces her docs and hits the streets of Boston in search of the bastard who took Frankie from her, a serial killer who operates in lunar cycles. But Gwen’s magic is on the fritz, and bodies are piling up.

Gwen enlists the talents of Chessa Moon, an upbeat pixie crime blogger who will do anything for a scoop. Together, they open new leads as they race against the hunter’s moon. As the killer hits closer and closer to home, Gwen is forced to confront her past and nail the killer, or she’ll lose more than just her shot at vengeance—she’ll lose the only person in her life worth a damn.

A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin

29Feiwel and Friends

It was the cover that snatched my attention, but the tea-making competition filled with backstabbing and politics sealed the deal.

A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin

For Ning, the only thing worse than losing her mother is knowing that it’s her own fault. She was the one who unknowingly brewed the poison tea that killed her—the poison tea that now threatens to also take her sister, Shu.

When Ning hears of a competition to find the kingdom’s greatest shennong-shi—masters of the ancient and magical art of tea-making—she travels to the imperial city to compete. The winner will receive a favor from the princess, which may be Ning’s only chance to save her sister’s life.

But between the backstabbing competitors, bloody court politics, and a mysterious (and handsome) boy with a shocking secret, Ning might actually be the one in more danger.

Voice of the Banished by Shelly Campbell

31Mythos & Ink

Book one, Under the Lesser Moon, reimagined the classic “last dragon and hunter” fantasy trope into a bright new world where firstborn children are ostracized, an interesting element explored by the world’s creation myth. It also had a fantastic cover. So I’m glad to see the author’s gearing up the second book in the duology, which means I can read both in one seating.

Note: This book is a sequel. Spoilers for book 1 ahead.

Voice of the Banished by Shelly Campbell

Betrayed, broken, and banished, Akrist is left to wander the wilderness in search of his lost love, Yara. But he’s not alone. Against all odds, he has bonded with Nardiri, one of the world’s last dragons.

In this stunning sequel to Under the Lesser Moon, author Shelly Campbell brings us the heart-wrenching conclusion to Akrist’s journey. In a cruel, unforgiving world, Akrist must navigate what it means to be marked as both a Speaker—a leader chosen by Nasheira herself—and an outcast. Haunted by the sacrifices of first-born sons, he fears the world cannot be changed, even with a dragon’s help. If he does nothing, the cycle of sacrifice will begin again when the moons touch. 

Travels in the Dark by Jordan Loyal Short


I loved The Skald’s Black Verse, the first in this Nordic/Roman-inspired sci-fi fantasy series. It had everything grimdark and apocalyptic and the ending still lingers vividly in my mind. Once I get my backlog into shape, I am jumping back headfirst into this series.

Note: This is the third book in a series. Spoilers ahead.

Travels in the Dark by Jordan Loyal Short

Lyssa is going to the Dead Place and everyone she killed will be waiting.

As the Hidden One’s twisted plan to resurrect the Deep Gods unfolds, the only way to stop him is a secret buried in the land of death.

But Lyssa has not given up. If the Deep Gods can return, so can she.

Can Lyssa find a way back? Can she delve into hell’s darkest corners and emerge with the lore to stop the Deep Gods’ rise? Or will she become a lost soul, like so many of those she loved in life?

Ancient horrors will wake. Skalds will sing. And a blind seer will see the shadows gather.

Lyssa Pedersten has tasted poison, and hell had best beware.

Arkhangelsk by Elizabeth Bonesteel


I got strong vibes of lost colony science-fiction with hints of noir from this one. Secrets, murder, and mysterious spaceships. Top it off with a story about survival amidst an unforgiving landscape and you got a very intriguing cocktail.

Arkhangelsk by Elizabeth Bonesteel

Head peace officer Anya Savelova believed her people, living on a hostile planet in the ice-bound city of Novayarkha, were the last of humanity.

Until the day she learned they weren’t.

When a starship from an Earth thought long dead appears in orbit over her world, Anya imagines an explosion of possible futures, offering her people the freedom to transcend the limiting environment of the planet they’d thought was their last refuge. In the starship’s crew, Anya finds creativity, diversity, innovation-all things the colony has had to inhibit to survive.

Seeing her world through the eyes of the starship crew makes Anya look closer at her city’s inconsistencies, oddities she’s always been told to ignore. But the harder she pushes at the pieces that don’t fit, the more her government perceives the strangers as a threat. There are secrets in Novayarkha, hiding in plain sight, that the strangers can’t possibly understand-and Anya’s drive to uncover them risks shredding the fragile web holding together everything she’s ever known and loved.

The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake

1Tor Books

I dunno man, I like murder and backstabbing. We’ve established I got problems. I was obsessed with The Secret History in my teen years and I’ve since been awaiting another dark academia to fill that void.

The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake

The Alexandrian Society is a secret society of magical academicians, the best in the world. Their members are caretakers of lost knowledge from the greatest civilizations of antiquity. And those who earn a place among their number will secure a life of wealth, power, and prestige beyond their wildest dreams. Each decade, the world’s six most uniquely talented magicians are selected for initiation – and here are the chosen few…

– Libby Rhodes and Nicolás Ferrer de Varona: inseparable enemies, cosmologists who can control matter with their minds.
– Reina Mori: a naturalist who can speak the language of life itself.
– Parisa Kamali: a mind reader whose powers of seduction are unmatched.
– Tristan Caine: the son of a crime kingpin who can see the secrets of the universe.
– Callum Nova: an insanely rich pretty boy who could bring about the end of the world. He need only ask.

When the candidates are recruited by the mysterious Atlas Blakely, they are told they must spend one year together to qualify for initiation. During this time, they will be permitted access to the Society’s archives and judged on their contributions to arcane areas of knowledge. Five, they are told, will be initiated. One will be eliminated. If they can prove themselves to be the best, they will survive. Most of them. 

The Return of the Whalefleet by Benedict Patrick


I probably don’t surprise anyone by invading Arina’s list once again to bring to your attention the new book of one of my favorite self-published authors, Benedict Patrick. This month he not only re-releases The Flight of the Darkstar Dragon, but he also release the sequel, The Return of the Whalefleet. As I beta read both, I’m very much biased when I say they are excellent Fantasy novels with a bit of sci-fi flavor. But you don’t have to take my word, just look at the stunning cover and see it for yourself!

Note: This is the second book in a series. Spoilers ahead.

The Return of the Whalefleet by Benedict Patrick

Is the price for survival worth paying?

Through quick thinking, calm resolve, and just sheer guts, First Officer Choi Minjung has helped her crew survive their first months lost within the improbable Darkstar Dimension, avoiding disasters in the form of parasitic magical items, amorphous oozes that pursue their ship over the waves, and hungry horizon-spanning dragons.

However, Min’s crew are not the only beings stranded in the Darkstar Dimension.

When the peaceful Whalefleet – a race of dimensional travellers who sail across the night sky on the backs of massive, luminous creatures – are attacked, Min and her crew race to their aid, but in doing so draw the attention of a faceless, ancient foe that may hold the secrets to this land.

Min faces a choice: stand down and keep her people safe while the innocent Whalefleet suffers, or confront an impossible foe, risking all she has sworn to protect.

The Return of the Whalefleet is the second novel in the Darkstar series, an action-packed fantasy adventure set in a wonderfully strange and dangerous world.
Grab your copy today, to set sail on an impossible adventure!

And that’s all the books on our Release Radar for March. Hopefully, you found something to your interest, but if you still want more, we highly recommend checking out the upcoming self-published releases on Rob J. Hayes’ website. Beware of your toppling TBRs and see you next month!

If born in a fantasy world, Arina would have been a roguelike technomancer and the coolest mage-assassin. As it is, her love of tech led her to dev, and her passion for the art of storytelling to book reviewing. An avid advocate of the uncommon, she champions indie and inclusive SFF on Queen's Book Asylum, alongside her totally awesome co-bloggers. When not keeping an eye on the resident pet demon, Arina spends countless hours on MTGA, and on social media hoarding recipes.

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