Bookish News: More June/July/August 2018 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Releases to Get Excited About


Whew—try saying that title five times fast! 😉

In my last upcoming releases post, I wasn’t able to include all the books I wanted to because they didn’t all have covers or blurbs or Goodreads pages or even titles yet. I also knew I would end up finding more books I hadn’t known about yet because that’s always how these things go. So I’m back, and I’m just as excited to share with you all some more fantastic-sounding sci-fi/fantasy books!

The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards // June 12

The Last Sun by K.D. EdwardsBlurb:

In this debut novel and series starter, the last member of a murdered House searches for a missing nobleman, and uncovers clues about his own tortured past.

Rune Saint John, last child of the fallen Sun Court, is hired to search for Lady Judgment’s missing son, Addam, on New Atlantis, the island city where the Atlanteans moved after ordinary humans destroyed their original home.

With his companion and bodyguard, Brand, he questions Addam’s relatives and business contacts through the highest ranks of the nobles of New Atlantis. But as they investigate, they uncover more than a missing man: a legendary creature connected to the secret of the massacre of Rune’s Court. In looking for Addam, can Rune find the truth behind his family’s death and the torments of his past?

My Thoughts:

I’ve already read this one, and it has one of the most unique settings I’ve ever read about, great characters, and an interesting urban/high fantasy combo feel!

Goodreads | Amazon | Publisher


Witchmark by C.L. Polk // June 19

Witchmark by C.L. PolkBlurb:

C. L. Polk arrives on the scene with Witchmark, a stunning, addictive fantasy that combines intrigue, magic, betrayal, and romance.

In an original world reminiscent of Edwardian England in the shadow of a World War, cabals of noble families use their unique magical gifts to control the fates of nations, while one young man seeks only to live a life of his own.

Magic marked Miles Singer for suffering the day he was born, doomed either to be enslaved to his family’s interest or to be committed to a witches’ asylum. He went to war to escape his destiny and came home a different man, but he couldn’t leave his past behind. The war between Aeland and Laneer leaves men changed, strangers to their friends and family, but even after faking his own death and reinventing himself as a doctor at a cash-strapped veterans’ hospital, Miles can’t hide what he truly is.

When a fatally poisoned patient exposes Miles’ healing gift and his witchmark, he must put his anonymity and freedom at risk to investigate his patient’s murder. To find the truth he’ll need to rely on the family he despises, and on the kindness of the most gorgeous man he’s ever seen.

My Thoughts:

From what I’ve seen of reviews so far, this one sounds like a sweet book with a cute romance and a really lovable main character!

Goodreads | Amazon | Publisher


What Fate Portends by Clara Coulson // June 25

What Fate Portends by Clara CoulsonBlurb:

“Faeries liked to tease the weak, but they loved to annihilate the strong.”

Seven years ago, the exposure of the paranormal led to the tumultuous downfall of human society. Now, the legions of the fae rule the broken world, and humanity has nothing left but a handful of protected cities and a heaping helping of regret.

Enter Vincent Whelan. Half fae and former cop, he’s become the best-known stretch scavenger in Kinsale, North Carolina, braving the “stretches” outside his city to recover precious items lost in the collapse. He makes good money. Lives the good life. Has a good future in store. As long as he can ignore his traumatic memories of the past.

But when a new job with an odd twist blows onto his doorstep, Vince finds himself unwittingly drawn into a vast conspiracy lurking underneath Kinsale’s thin veneer of civilization. Old friends suddenly return to haunt him. New enemies appear at every turn. And Vince fears he isn’t prepared to confront either one.

But if he doesn’t put his detective hat back on and solve this case on a tight deadline, then what’s left of the city he calls home might just crumble to dust.

What Fate Portends is the first novel of The Frost Arcana, an action-packed urban fantasy series set in a post-apocalyptic world.

My Thoughts:

I’ve already read this one too, it’s my second series by this author, and she clearly knows her way around urban fantasy. This one is action-packed and has a cool combo of faeries and post-apoc!

Goodreads | Amazon | Author Website


Discarded by Michael J. Allen // June 26

Discarded by Michael J. AllenBlurb:

Magic has been franchised. Magical conveniences are sold everywhere like designer coffee. Everyday life is filled with technical and magical wonders. Only, the magic is murdering people.

Thoth Corp’s hot new spell is turning people into ravening monsters. Their only hope to quietly rectify the situation before the epidemic spreads is the spell architect they framed and sent to prison.

Eli’s response to his former partners wasn’t polite.

Homeless, forbidden government-regulated magic and barely surviving out of dumpsters, Eli struggles to rebuild his life. Fairytale rats thought long extinct with the rest of the fey rescue Eli from murderous vigilantes but at a cost. They force him to save fairy matrons stolen away by Thoth’s monsters, thrusting Eli between his old company and a shadow war waged against humanity.

To stop the war, cure Thoth’s victims and rescue the city, Eli need only find some way to make magic out of trash.

My Thoughts:

I saw this one mentioned by Tori @ InToriLex, and it sounds like a really interesting urban fantasy! Also, the series is called “Dumpstermancer.” Come on. How could I not want to read that? I’m loving the juxtaposition of magic and trash.

Goodreads | Amazon | Author Website


Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse // June 26

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca RoanhorseBlurb:

While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.

Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last—and best—hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much larger and more terrifying than anything she could imagine.

Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel to the rez to unravel clues from ancient legends, trade favors with tricksters, and battle dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.

As Maggie discovers the truth behind the disappearances, she will have to confront her past—if she wants to survive.

Welcome to the Sixth World.

My Thoughts:

This one sounds like a fun urban fantasy from the reviews I’ve seen so far, and I love the sound of the #ownvoices Native American rep!

Goodreads | Amazon | Publisher


Escaping Exile by Sara Dobie Bauer // Aug 13

Escaping Exile by Sara Dobie BauerBlurb:

Andrew is a vampire from New Orleans, exiled to a tropical island in the 1800s as punishment for his human bloodlust. During a storm, a ship crashes off shore. After rescuing a sailor from the cannibals native to the land, Andrew becomes fascinated with his brilliant, beautiful new companion, Edmund.

Edmund is a British naturalist who has sailed the world seeking new species. Intrigued by creatures that might kill him, immortal Andrew is this scientist’s dream—but so is making his way back home. Edmund will fight to survive, even while wrapped in the arms of a monster.

As light touches and laughter turn to something much more passionate, the cannibals creep ever closer to Edmund. Can the ancient vampire keep his human alive long enough to escape exile and explore their newfound love, or will Andrew’s bloodlust seal his own doom?

My Thoughts:

A M/M romance between a vampire and a shipwrecked sailor? Ummm, yes, please??!!?! I have not read nearly enough vampire books this year, and this one sounds great!

Goodreads | Amazon | Publisher


Elemental Thief by Rachel Morgan // Aug 14

Elemental Thief by Rachel MorganBlurb:

A young thief. Outlawed magic. A heist that’s about to change everything.

In a near-future city shielded from the destructive elemental magic that rages through the wastelands, seventeen-year-old Ridley steals from the wealthy and secretly gives to those in need—which is far less of a crime than the other thing she spends her free time doing: using magic.

When the stranger who follows her home after her latest heist ends up murdered in the alley behind her apartment, everything starts going wrong. Her best friend is accused of the crime, and the guy who set him up is someone Ridley would rather stay far away from.

Archer Davenport is heir to the city’s largest fortune. He represents everything Ridley hates—and that was before he landed her best friend in prison. He’s also the guy she just stole from.

Though Ridley would prefer to keep her distance, she’s about to find herself spending a whole lot more time with Archer. Because that ancient artifact she just stole? Turns out it could unlock secrets that will put many lives in danger. Now Ridley and Archer will have to put their differences aside in order to uncover their true enemy and keep that information from winding up in the wrong hands.

A brand new urban fantasy series with a dystopian flavor!

My Thoughts:

I’m a fan of Rachel Morgan’s completed Creepy Hollow series, so I’m excited to try a new series by her! And it sounds like this one will have an interesting relationship dynamic between the characters.

Goodreads | Amazon | Author Website


Captain by Artie Sievers // Aug 14

Captain by Artie SieversBlurb:

This Gregory Maguire-esque young adult epic fantasy novel takes all the characters you know and love from the classic tale of Peter Pan and reinvents them through a newer, darker, grittier lens.

Captain offers us a fresh view of one of the most feared characters in all of literature, the sinister Captain Hook, and asks us to decide for ourselves who the villain of this tale truly is.

This is a must-buy for fans of Once Upon a Time, Wicked, and retold fairy tales.

My Thoughts:

I couldn’t find a lot of info about this one, but from what I understand, it’s a retelling/prequel about Captain Hook! I love Captain Hook! And the little bit I read of the beginning of this on Inkshares already started pulling me in. *Update: The release for this one was pushed back to Sep 15.*

Amazon | Publisher


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  1. Dora

    Ah, thank you for these! It’s been a while since I read something good of the genre, so I might check out one or two of these tips. Especially ‘Captain’, that one caught my attention! I can’t even remember when I read an epic fantasy last time… It’s time to make up for this mistake! 😁

  2. ShootingStarsMag

    I love these type of posts. I’m always finding new books I want to read! I already have Witchmark on my list – it sounds great. I’m really curious about Escaping Exile now!!


    1. Kristen Burns

      Glad you like them because I love making them! Lol. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Witchmark so far, and I really like the sound of Escaping Exile!

  3. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    I’ve never heard of Clara Coulson but What Fate Portends sounds interesting. It only has a few reviews on GoodReads but even so, the ratings are crazy high! I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a book on GR with a 4.71 rating. Wow.

  4. Greg

    I think urban/ high fantasy match ups have a lot of potential, so I’d be curious about The LAst Sun for that reason. Trail of Lightning seems like it has a LOT of potential to be really good, I’m especially excited about that one! I’m hoping we’re going to see more Native American fantasy.

    I LOVE the sound of an 1800’s vampire tale!

    1. Kristen Burns

      I had never read anything that mashed it up quite like that. I loved how it worked together. Trail of Lightning does sound great! And it would neat to get more Native American mythology in UF!

      I love the sound of every vampire tale 😛 This does sound like a good one.

  5. Aimee (Aimee, Always)

    Witchmark and Elemental Thief look super interesting and fun! But I’m most curious about Captain–I’ve read an adult Captain Hook retelling before (Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen) and it was just okay, but it got me excited about the character!

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  7. Olivia Roach

    I am so impressed that you make these posts because they must be so difficult to collect all the upcoming books and then find the ones that are interesting to include as well. But I love them because posts like these keep me up to speed. The Last Sun sounds great, especially as I love world building! And I also really like the sound of Trail of Lightning, especially as there is own voices Native American rep and a strong main character. 🙂

    1. Kristen Burns

      I’ve started keeping a list that I add to any time I find an upcoming book I might be interested in, then I whittle it down when it’s time to actually make the post 😉 The Last Sun is amazing! And Trail of Lightning does sound great!

  8. Dani

    You have some awesome urban fantasy! I want all of them! Especially Trail of Lightening. Thanks for the great post! ♥️

  9. verushka

    Oooh Kristen, these are awesome finds! Witchmark
    and When Fate Portends are two in particular that i am liking rhe sounds of!

  10. Wren

    Captain looks really interesting! Personally I’m super excited for Ruin of Stars, the sequel to Mask of Shadows. It is released in late August and I want it now!