Looking for something new to read this summer? We suggest you try one (or all!) of these 10 new books by female authors. Most of them should be on shelves this month, if not at this very moment.
Corruption and intrigue eat at the heart of the Martial Empire, leaving its servant, the feared Blood Shrike, unsure what course she must take to protect her loved ones. Laia prepares for a final confrontation with the Nightbringer, and Elias finds his loyalty tested when he is bound to an ancient power.
As the son of the great Herald Mags and Amily, it is natural that Peregrine would hope to follow in their footsteps. He has been gifted with the ability to speak with animals, yet has not been chosen by a Companion. When a series of disappearances strike a small town on the border of Valdemar, Mags and Perry set out to investigate.
The Great Library is in peril. As Archivist Magister and Jess Brightwell play a deadly game of cat and mouse, renegade scholars, thieves, and outcasts prepare to save centuries of knowledge from the flames of oblivion.
The lands have been liberated and restored through the magic of Elanna Valtai and the nobleman Jahan Korakides. With Elanna’s powers spent, it is up to Jahan to establish peace with the empire of Paladis: a land where magic is punishable by death. The empire’s inquisitors are hot on his trail, and Jahan must find a way to secure the future he and Elanna have imagined.
When Okami is captured, Mariko returns to Heian castle where she pretends to accept her fate as bride-to-be. Unbeknownst to her betrothed, Mariko intends to use her newfound status to infiltrate the royal court and learn its secrets.
The cities of the future are green, and the spaces between them left to nature. The Returners, people who prefer the toxic past to the challenges of the present, threaten all of that. Two sisters, one a city-dweller, the other, a rugged environmentalist, must take a stand against the Returner menace to ensure a better future for all.
Okay, so technically this isn’t a new title – but it is newly reissued, and a criminally under-appreciated epic fantasy series.
Defeat at the hands of its imperial enemy nearly crippled the Dominion, and now its warlords plot to unseat their chief. The Empire has its own problems: Their victory was won by sorcery, and now it is time to pay the price. Neither Dominion nor Empire can possibly know that their fates lie with a woman with a powerful magic all her own.
During her time at the Glittering Court, Tamsin has worked toward attracting the right kind of suitor, one capable of providing a comfortable living for herself and her family, but fate seems to have other plans. A sea voyage gone awry has brought her to a land where her genteel manners are worth little, and a ticket back to Court may be prove very hard to find.
Gifted with the power to control the emotions of others, Bea wants to be a superhero like her sister, Evie, and her crimefighting partner, Aveda. Unfortunately, they think she’s too impulsive to have on the team. Not everyone agrees with them, though: There’s a voice that only Bea can hear, and it thinks she should have it all.
The daughter of a soft-hearted moneylender discovers she has the talent of transforming silver into gold. A gift like that can become a curse, though, especially when word of it reaches the wrong ear.