January 2024 science fiction & fantasy bestsellers

Jan2024 bestsellers, SF&F

 

bestsellers, January 2024

System Collapse (Murderbot Diaries 07)
Martha Wells
Everyone’s favourite lethal SecUnit is back in the next instalment in Martha Wells’ bestselling and award-winning Murderbot Diaries series.
Am I making it worse? I think I’m making it worse.
Following the events in Network Effect (HC/TP, $42.99/$32.99), the Barish-Estranza corporation has sent rescue ships to a newly-colonised planet in peril, as well as additional SecUnits. But if there’s an ethical corporation, out there, Murderbot has yet to find it, and if Barish-Estranza can’t have the planet, they’re sure as hell not leaving without something. If that something just happens to be an entire colony of humans, well, a free workforce is a decent runner-up prize.
But there’s something wrong with Murderbot; it isn’t running within normal operational parameters. ART’s crew and the humans from Preservation are doing everything they can to protect the colonists, but with Barish-Estranza’s SecUnit-heavy persuasion teams, they’re going to have to hope Murderbot figures out what’s wrong with itself, and fast!
Yeah, this plan is… not going to work.
Murderbot, Murderbot: how do we love thee?
If you haven’t read this great little multiple award-winning military space opera series (soon to be an AppleTV+ series!) — then start, at once, with All Systems Red (HC/TP, $29.99/$26.99).
Science fiction novella | HC/TP | $49.95/$34.99

Valdemar (Founding of Valdemar 03)
Mercedes Lackey
The refugees from the Empire have established a thriving city called Haven with the help of the Tayledras and their allies. But the Tayledras have begun a slow withdrawal to the dangerous lands known as the Pelagirs, leaving the humans of Haven to find their own way.
But even with Haven settled, the lands around Haven are not without danger. Most of the danger comes in the form of magicians: magicians taking advantage of the abundant magical energy in the lands the Tayledras have cleansed; magicians who have no compunction about allying themselves with dark powers and enslaving magical beasts and the Elementals, themselves.
Kordas, his family, and his people will need all the help they can get. But when a prayer to every god he has ever heard of brings Kordas a very specific and unexpected form of help — the new kingdom of Valdemar is set on a path, like nothing else the world has ever seen.
A satisfying conclusion to the story of Valdemar’s founding; the first book is Beyond (PBK, $19.99). This newest trilogy is perfect for longtime fans of Valdemar, or readers diving into the world for the first time. It will delight and enchant readers with the origin story of this beloved fantasy realm.
Valdemar | HC | $64.95

bestsellers, January 2024

Legends and Lattes (Legends & Lattes 01)
Travis Baldree
‘The most fun I’ve ever had in a coffee shop’ — Ben Aaronovitch, bestselling author of Rivers of London.
High fantasy, low stakes — with a double shot of coffee.
After decades of adventuring, Viv the orc barbarian is finally hanging up her sword for good. Now she sets her sights on a new dream — for she plans to open the first coffee shop in the city of Thune. Even though, no one there knows what coffee actually is.
If Viv wants to put the past behind her, she can’t go it alone. And help might arrive from unexpected quarters. Yet, old rivals and new stand in the way of success. And Thune’s shady underbelly could make it all too easy for Viv to take up the blade, once more.
But the true reward of the uncharted path is the travellers you meet along the way. Whether bound by ancient magic, delicious pastries, or a freshly-brewed cup, they may become something deeper than Viv ever could have imagined.
Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree is a cosy, heart-warming, slice-of-life fantasy about found families and fresh starts — perfect for fans of T J Klune, Katherine Addison, and T Kingfisher.
‘This is a warm hug of a book, a place to retreat from the world for a little while, drink a coffee, and come out a little better’ — T Kingfisher, award-winning author of Nettle and Bone.
Word of mouth via social media has been great — and regulars here seem just as charmed! Now in paperback. The prequel is Bookshops and Bonedust (TP, $34.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

bestsellers, January 2024

A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot 01)
Becky Chambers
In A Psalm for the Wild-Built, Hugo Award-winner Becky Chambers’ delightful new Monk and Robot series gives us hope for the future.
It’s been centuries, since the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and laid down their tools; centuries since they wandered, en masse, into the wilderness, never to be seen again; centuries since they faded into myth and urban legend.
One day, the life of a tea monk is upended by the arrival of a robot, there to honour the old promise of checking in. The robot cannot go back until the question of ‘what do people need?’ is answered.
But the answer to that question depends on who you ask, and how. They’re going to need to ask it a lot.
Becky Chambers’ new series asks: in a world where people have what they want, does having more matter?
The phenomenon that is Becky Chambers continues to delight. Recommended!
Science fiction novella | HC/TP | $42.99/$32.99

bestsellers, January 2024

Be Sure (Wayward Children 01—3 omnibus)
Seanan McGuire
An omnibus edition, collecting books 1—3: Every Heart a Doorway, Down Among the Sticks and Bones, and Beneath the Sugar Sky.
Where it all began — the first three books in Seanan McGuire’s multi-Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Wayward Children series.
Join the students of Eleanor West, and jump through doors into worlds both dangerous and extraordinary.
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.
But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.
Meet Nancy, cast out of her world by the Lord of the Dead; Jack and Jill, each adopted by a monster of the Moors; Sumi and her impossible daughter, Rini.
Three worlds, three adventures, three sets of lives destined to intersect.
Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children: No Solicitations/No Visitors/No Quests.
But quests are what these children do best…
Winner: 2022 Hugo Award for Best Series.
Portal fantasy | TP | $34.99

bestsellers, January 2024

The Fractured Dark (Devoured Worlds 02)
Megan E O’Keefe
Dying planets, dangerous conspiracies, and secret romance abound, in the second book of the Devoured Worlds trilogy by award-winning author Megan E O’Keefe.
Naira and Tarquin have escaped vicious counter-revolutionaries, misprinted monsters, and the pull of a dying planet. Now, bound together to find the truth behind the blight that has been killing habitable planets, they need to hunt out the Mercator family secrets.
But, when the head of Mercator disappears, taking the universe’s remaining supply of starship fuel with him, chaos breaks loose between the ruling families. Naira’s revolution must be put aside for the sake of humanity’s immediate survival.
The first in the series is The Blighted Stars (PBK, $24.99). Our space opera fans have been loving this new O’Keefe series… recommended!
Space opera | PBK | $24.99

bestsellers, January 2024

All Systems Red (Murderbot Diaries 01)
Martha Wells
‘As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure.’
Need we even print the blurb, again? Just read the damned book, FFS. And it won just about every award, in the field — so it’s not just us, okay?!
Science fiction novella | HC/TP | $29.99/$26.99

bestsellers, January 2024

Bookshops and Bonedust (Legends & Lattes 02)
Travis Baldree
‘Glorious’ — Ben Aaronovitch, author of the Rivers of London series.
Set in the world of Legends and Lattes, Travis Baldree’s Bookshops and Bonedust is a cosy fantasy about the power of good bookshops, great friends, and the unexpected choices along the way.
First loves. Second-hand books. Epic adventures.
Viv’s career with the renowned mercenary company Rackam’s Ravens isn’t going as planned. Wounded during the hunt for a powerful necromancer, she’s packed off, against her will, to recuperate in the sleepy beach town of Murk — so far from the action that she worries she’ll never be able to return to it. What’s a thwarted soldier of fortune to do?
Spending her hours at a struggling bookshop in the company of its foul-mouthed proprietor is the last thing Viv would have predicted. Even though it may be exactly what she needs.
Still, adventure isn’t far away. A suspicious traveller in grey, a gnome with a chip on her shoulder, a summer fling and an improbable number of skeletons prove Murk to be more eventful than Viv could have ever expected.
Sometimes, right things happen at the wrong time. Sometimes, what we need isn’t what we seek. And sometimes, we find ourselves in the stories we experience together…
‘A perfectly-executed prequel… the stakes are higher, and the scones are hotter still!’ — Nicholas Eames.
Start with Legends and Lattes (PBK, $22.99).
(NB: there are days, when Ron can be quite foul-mouthed, also — see bookshop proprietor text above.)
Fantasy | TP | $34.99

bestsellers, January 2024

The Serpent and the Wings of the Night (Crowns of Nyaxia 01)
Carissa Broadbent
For humans and vampires, the rules of survival are the same: never trust, never yield, and always — always — guard your heart.
The adopted human daughter of the Nightborn vampire king, Oraya carved her place in a world designed to kill her. Her only chance to become something more than prey is entering the Kejari: a legendary tournament held by the goddess of death herself.
But winning won’t be easy amongst the most vicious warriors from all three vampire houses. To survive, Oraya is forced to make an alliance with a mysterious rival.
Everything about Raihn is dangerous. He is a ruthless vampire, an efficient killer, an enemy to her father’s crown… and her greatest competition. Yet, what terrifies Oraya most of all is that she finds herself oddly drawn to him.
But there’s no room for compassion in the Kejari. War brews, shattering everything that Oraya thought she knew about her home. And Raihn may understand her more than anyone — but their blossoming attraction could be her downfall, in a kingdom where nothing is more deadly than love.
The Hunger Games meets vampires, in this heart-wrenching, epic fantasy romance of dark magic, and bloodthirsty intrigue from bestselling author Carissa Broadbent. An instant New York Times and USA Today bestseller.
‘Fans of dark romantasy won’t want to miss this.’ — Publishers Weekly, starred review.
Fantasy | TP | $34.99

bestsellers, January 2024

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Monk & Robot 02)
Becky Chambers
After touring the rural areas of Panga, Sibling Dex (a Tea Monk of some renown) and Mosscap (a robot sent on a quest to determine what humanity really needs) turn their attention to the villages and cities of the little moon they call home.
They hope to find the answers they seek, while making new friends, learning new concepts, and experiencing the entropic nature of the universe.
Becky Chambers’ new series continues to ask: in a world where people have what they want, does having more even matter?
A Tor.com novella from the publishing sensation, Chambers. The previous novella is A Psalm for the Wild-Built (HC/TP, $42.99/$32.99) — and if you haven’t read her bestselling, Hugo Award-winning space-opera series, starting with The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (PBK, $22.99) — you really should!
Science fiction novella | HC/TP | $36.99/$26.99

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