I would be remiss if I didn’t start this off by yelling that Sistersong is finally being published in April. I reviewed this historical epic fantasy for Grimdark Magazine at the start of the year and I haven’t stopped telling anyone who would listen that they need to read it. Find my review here, and order a copy from Bookshop here (affiliate link).
I love me a good fairy tale. And if it is dark and twisty, and features a sapphic romance, that is totally up my street. So I’ve been desperate to get my hands on Malice by Heather Walter since I saw the announcement. Told from the perspective of the villain, and featuring a cursed Princess Aurora, and the two working together to maybe lift the curse before it’s too late… Catnip! This will be out from Del Rey on the 13th of April, and you can pre-order a copy from Bookshop here (affiliate link).
The Light of the Midnight Stars by Rena Rossner is one of those books that I’ve been looking forward to forever. It’s a historical fantasy about witchcraft and Jewish folklore set in Hungary. I adored the author’s first book, The Sisters of the Winter Wood, one of the first books I reviewed on here (see here). This is from the blurb: “Deep in the Hungarian woods, the sacred magic of King Solomon lives on in his descendants. Gathering under the midnight stars, they pray, sing and perform small miracles – and none are more gifted than the great Rabbi Isaac and his three daughters. Each one is blessed with a unique talent – whether it be coaxing plants to grow, or predicting the future by reading the path of the stars.” It sounds wonderful and atmospheric and I can’t wait. Out from Orbit on the 15th of April, order a copy from Bookshop here (affiliate link).
Last year, I really enjoyed Finna by Nino Cipri. A fun romp through the multiverse based in an IKEA-equivalent. And now, Defekt, the follow up novella is being published on the 20th of April by Tor.com. Set in the same world/furniture store as the first one, this will feature a new protagonist. From the blurb: “To test his commitment to the job, Derek is assigned to a special inventory shift, hunting through the store to find defective products. Toy chests with pincers and eye stalks, ambulatory sleeper sofas, killer mutant toilets, that kind of thing. Helping him is the inventory team — four strangers who look and sound almost exactly like him. Are five Dereks better than one?”. Pre-order a copy via Bookshop here (affiliate link).
Translated from the original Polish, The Widow Queen by Elżbieta Cherezińska sounds like just the kind of historical inspired fantasy I’ve been loving recently. This is the blurb: “To her father, the great duke of Poland, Swietoslawa and her two sisters represent three chances for an alliance. Three marriages on which to build his empire. But Swietoslawa refuses to be simply a pawn in her father’s schemes; she seeks a throne of her own, with no husband by her side. The gods may grant her wish, but crowns sit heavy, and power is a sword that cuts both ways.” Forgotten historical figure, a woman who took power? Yes please. This will be out from Tor on the 6th of April and you can get a copy from Bookshop here (affiliate link).