August is a blissfully quiet month for releases, which will hopefully allow me to get a bit of a jump on September because let me tell you, once we hit fall, the deluge of hotly anticipated sci-fi/fantasy releases begins! But even though my picks for August are few, they are still ones I am EXTREMELY looking forward to, as they’re both sequels in series I’m thoroughly enjoying!
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WE CRY FOR BLOOD by Devin Madson
Release Date: August 5th, 2021
This is book three of a planned four book series that has already seen empires rise and fall. Book 2, WE LIE WITH DEATH, felt a little bit like getting all the chess pieces into place on the board, but ended with some truly epic reveals about the nature of the true threat facing the continent. THE REBORN EMPIRE has managed to constantly zig where I thought it would zag, and the characters constantly keep me coming back to the pages. Plus, I really like that there are POVs on both sides of the language barrier. It means that both cultures are shown looking at the other and having zero clue what they’re saying and assuming the other is “inferior” or “backwards” because they don’t share values. Neither side comes off looking great in those instances, and prevents one culture from appearing as the “main” culture in the book.
THE EXILED FLEET by J.S. Dewes
Release Date: August 17th, 2021
I called THE LAST WATCH a space disaster movie put to page, a comment I made with all the love in my heart for that genre. It was full of bombastic, “only works in the movies” stunts, adrenaline-filled moments as things go terribly wrong, and fist-pumping final lines that got me thoroughly ready for the sequel. And now the sequel is almost here! Given that the first book released in April 2021, this release is what dreams are made of in terms of turnaround time. I’ll be starting to read it in the next few days!
And those are my picks for August! I know there’s plenty more coming out this month, but these are the only two that flagged my immediate interest. And if this list is a bit short….September will more than make up for it.