As you might be able to tell from some of my other ReadFeed recommendations, I love fantasy
and science fiction
. I love how authors can use the new and unfamiliar to illuminate things about the way life is now. Here are some more fantasy novels I've read recently that I would happily recommend!
Omens by Kelley Armstrong
Olivia Taylor-Jones has always had a pretty easy life – wealth, intelligence, a handsome and ambitious fiancée. But, after she finds out that she’s adopted and that her birth parents are notorious murderers, she finds herself in the small town of Cainsville and becomes embroiled in weirdness that brings up things she’d forgotten from her childhood. This series is a good mix of mystery and fantasy, and gets better with each book.
The Regional Office has protected the world from evil under the cover of a travel agency. Using psychics and superhuman female assassins, they’ve successfully fought the forces of darkness for decades. Now, however, the Regional Office is under attack. This book is full of action and fantasy, but my favorite aspect is the hints that this story fits into a larger history. It’s “Minority Report” meets “Die Hard” but really, it’s entirely itself.
Maia is the forgotten, abandoned, half-goblin fourth son of the Emperor. When the Emperor and his favored sons are killed in a mysterious crash, Maia is suddenly thrust into a spotlight he never expected and was never trained for. He has to learn how to keep his new power – and his life – while navigating an unfamiliar court and traditions and trying to maintain true to himself and the cherished memory of his late mother.
A radio post in Puerto Rico picks up the most beautiful, unearthly (pun intended) music coming from another planet. While governments debate what to do next, the Jesuits quietly send a mission to the stars. What they find there leads to questions of how moral systems can be applied cross-culturally, across species, and across the stars. There are definitely parts of this book that could disturb readers, but it's also a beautiful story about well-meaning people trying to do the best they can for their people and for all people - not necessarily humans, but people.
Connie Goodwin is a graduate student at Harvard about to start work on her dissertation when her mother announces that Connie needs to spend the summer fixing up her grandmother’s long-abandoned house for sale. During this summer, Connie starts researching Deliverance Dane, a woman who was involved with the Salem Witch Trials. Her investigation leads her to a promising new love interest and an increasingly bizarre amount of interference from her thesis advisor. I’m wary of describing the fantastical elements of this novel, but it definitely belongs on this list!