February’s a fairly quiet month for new releases, which is something I’m personally grateful for because it’s affording me time to get ahead of my ARC pile for the first time in months! Even still, there’s a few books coming out I’ve got my eye on for the future, and a trilogy finale I’m very excited about!
Covers for all these books link to Goodreads!
WINTER’S ORBIT by Everina Maxwell
Release Date: February 2nd, 2021
This is one of those times where I’m kicking myself slightly for my scaling back of ARC requests, because a year ago I probably would have taken a gamble on requesting this debut title. From all the reviews I’ve read, this book would have been worth it. A space opera with a queer arranged marriage and plenty of space politics, I’m going to have to keep this one on a list to tackle at some point in the future.
THE GILDED ONES by Namina Forma
Release Date: February 9th, 2021
This one’s been floating at the back of my radar due to a pushed release date, but now the ARC reviews are coming in and they seem to be pretty good! A West-African inspired YA fantasy, it follows Deka, a 16-year-old who learns she has golden blood, which is seen as “impure” by her culture. To escape a fate worse than death, Deka agrees to join a special army unit of golden-blooded girls that is trained to fight a threat to the empire. As Deka trains, she’ll learn secrets not just about the capital, but about herself as well.
OUT PAST THE STARS by K.B. Wagers
Release Date: February 23rd, 2021
The final book in the final Hail Bristol Trilogy! I first fell in love with this character in THE INDRANAN WAR Trilogy, which featured Hail as a woman who had spent 20 years living a life of crime until she’s dragged back home because a series of assassinations have left her next in line to the throne of a massive empire. The newest trilogy, THE FARIAN WAR, has been surprising in that it has dealt a lot with PTSD and depression, things that very realistically might affect a person who has been through everything Hail has been through. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of fights and explosions, and this final book has Hail taking on a race of aliens who have declared themselves gods. What could possibly go wrong?