Magic and adventure await in the hottest fantasy book releases in September 2021 …
The Wisdom of Crowds by Joe Abercrombie
Release date: Sept. 18
Den of Geek says: It’s a month for sequels as much-lauded Abercrombie’s The Age of Madness series is coming to an end. High fantasy with a focus on politics and monarch might scratch that Game of Thrones itch.
Publisher’s summary: Some say that to change the world you must first burn it down. Now that belief will be tested in the crucible of revolution: the Breakers and Burners have seized the levers of power, the smoke of riots has replaced the smog of industry, and all must submit to the wisdom of crowds.
With nothing left to lose, Citizen Brock is determined to become a new hero for the new age, while Citizeness Savine must turn her talents from profit to survival before she can claw her way to redemption. Orso will find that when the world is turned upside down, no one is lower than a monarch. And in the bloody North, Rikke and her fragile Protectorate are running out of allies . . . while Black Calder gathers his forces and plots his vengeance.
The banks have fallen, the sun of the Union has been torn down, and in the darkness behind the scenes, the threads of the Weaver’s ruthless plan are slowly being drawn together . . .
The Escapement by Lavie Tidhar
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Release date: Sept. 21
Den of Geek says: This weird journey evokes The Dark Tower, but also offers charms of its own within Tidhar’s varied and surreal world-building.
Publisher’s summary: Into the reality called the Escapement rides the Stranger, a lone gunman on a quest to rescue his son from a parallel world. But it is too easy to get lost on a shifting landscape full of dangerous versions of his son’s most beloved things: cowboys gone lawless, giants made of stone, downtrodden clowns, ancient battles, symbol storms and more shadowy forces at play.
But the flower the Stranger seeks still lies beyond the Mountains of Darkness. Time is running out, as he journeys deeper and deeper into the secret heart of an unforeseen world.
A Song of Flight by Juliet Marillier
Publisher: Random House
Release date: Sept. 21
Den of Geek says: Some straightforward, Celtic-style fantasy filled with magic and music. Maybe pick up the rest of the series first, but if you find you like them there’s plenty of Marillier’s interconnected stories to go around.
Publisher’s summary: Bard and fighter Liobhan is always ready for a challenge. So when news arrives at Swan Island that the prince of Dalriada has gone missing after an assault by both masked men and the sinister Crow Folk, she’s eager to act.
While Liobhan and her fellow Swan Island warriors seek answers to the prince’s disappearance, the bard Brocc, Liobhan’s brother, finds himself in dire trouble. His attempts to communicate with the Crow Folk have led him down a perilous path. When Liobhan and her comrades are sent to the rescue, it becomes clear the two missions are connected–and a great mystery unfolds.
What brought the Crow Folk to Erin? And who seeks to use them in an unscrupulous bid for power? As Liobhan and Brocc investigate, it will take all their strength and will to continue pursuing the truth. With the safety of their loved ones in the balance, the risks they must take may cost them everything.