Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho (2016 Alex Award nominee)
Shades of Milk & Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal
In Rapid City, airships buzz through the air as hopeful miners travel through on their way to Alaskan gold fields and steam-powered robots work the waterfront. And at Madame Damnable’s high quality bordello, a young prostitute named Karen Memery is just trying to make her way through this unforgiving world. Then one night, a pair of injured and abused young women end up on their doorstep, on the run from brutal gangster and brothel owner Peter Bantle. In the days that follow, Karen and the other girls at Madame Damnable’s become involved in horrific murder mystery, tracking down a serial killer slaughtering prostitutes around the city.
Jo Walton has become a recent favorite of mine and her books would be great to share with a reader open to complex, thoughtful fantasy and willing sink into a story with a more internal and less action-heavy plot.
Among Others by Jo Walton (2012 Alex Award nominee)
After her abusive and magically ambitious mother’s spells left Morwenna badly injured and her twin sister dead, Mori fled their home in Wales and ends up in boarding school in England. Lonely, hurt, and grieving, Mori finds comfort in science fiction and fantasy novels and slowly finds friends through a book group at the local library. But Mori can’t escape her mother forever and her return to Wales must bring an inevitable confrontation.
My Real Children by Jo Walton
The year is 2015 and Patricia Cowan stares out the window from her small room at a nursing home in England. Patricia’s memory is full of confusion and contradictions. She seems to be remembering two lives–two different paths she might have taken. Did she marry Mark, have four children, and eventually escape an unhappy marriage to find joy as an older woman? Or did she fall in love with Bee and raise three children with her while working as a successful travel writer with homes in Britain and Italy?
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (2015 Alex Award nominee)
The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan
In a world divided between landlockers and damplings, loneliness and fear can become a way of life. Haunted by a single horrific mistake, Callanish has exiled herself to a solitary life as a Gracekeeper, living alone on her island station and administers shoreside burials for those who die aboard the many ships criss-crossing the watery globe. On one such ship, North makes her life as a member of the traveling circus Excalibur, where she and her bear are frequent stars of the show. When the tides bring the two young women together, they discover an unexpected connection and new vision for the future.
— Kelly Dickinson, currently listening to Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho and reading Peas and Carrots by Tanita Davis
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