This Week’s New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: A Buddy Cop Fantasy, Detectives in Space, and Hiding Out on the Galaxy’s Edge

Sapphire Flames (Hidden Legacy #4), by Ilona Andrews
Though part of the Hidden Legacy series, the latest fast-paced paranormal romance from Andrews begins a new trilogy starring Catrina Baylor, newly established Prime mage and Head of House Baylor. Though previously reluctant to use her power too compel others, she’s left with little choice when her friend’s mother and sister are murdered. Complicating matters further is her fellow Prime and childhood crush, Alessandro Sagredo, working behind the scenes to manipulate events in a manner that may set him at odds with Catrina and the House.

The House of Sundering Flames (Dominion of the Fallen #3), by Aliette de Bodard
Award-winning author Aliette de Bodard’s Dominion of the Fallen series—a dark saga of ruined cities, fallen angels, and awakening dragons—is a favorite of this blog (the second book, The House of Binding Thorns, even made our list of the best new sci-fi and fantasy of 2017), so we were understandably sad to hear that the third volume of the series, released in the U.K. earlier this year, hadn’t been picked up by its U.S. publisher. Well, good news American readers: you can now procure a copy without going the import route, if only digitally—de Bodard has made the ebook available via her relationship with the JABberwocky Literary Agency, which also released the ebook for her recent short novel In the Vanisher’s Palace. If you’ve loved the previous entries in this series, consider it a must read. If you haven’t, know that it delivers an intoxicating blend of gothic mystery, apocalyptic fantasy, and Vietnamese myth—meaty, singular, and satisfyin.

The Fifth Ward: Good Company, by Dale Lucas
Lucas has crafted a richly realized and unique fantasy cityscape over the course of his series set in the gritty and sprawling city of Yenara, overseen by unlikely Watchwardens Rem and Torval—a human and dwarf paired up to keep some semblance of order in the bustling metropolis. The latest volume of this fantasy twice on the buddy cop procedural sees the two on the move, tasked to escort a prisoner through a dangerous and nearly impenetrable forest to the neighboring city from which he escaped. Naturally, matters quickly become complicated—the thief has friends along the way, and the soldiers traveling with the wardens aren’t nearly as honorable as they’re meant to seem.

Spaceside, by Michael Mammay 
Last year, Michael Mammay’s Planetside delivered a near-perfect blend of detective story and military sci-fi. The sequel finds Colonel Carl Butler returning from his assignment in that book with a split reputation—part hero, part outcast. He’s once again forced into retirement, but this time he at least gets a cushy corporate job that capitalizes on his military reputation. When he’s asked by his bosses to investigate a devastating hack of a competitor’s computer systems—a hack no one will take responsibility for—Butler finds himself caught in a dangerous web that has him doubting his own mind even as he suspects he’s onto something much bigger than simple corporate espionage.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge—Black Spire (B&N Exclusive Edition), by Delilah S. Dawson
Star Wars Expanded Universe veteran Delilah S. Dawson (Phasma) returns to the galaxy far, far away for a novel with a most unusual m.o.: as the title suggests, Black Spire not only tells a story within the wider universe of the franchise—featuring Vi Moradi, one of General Leia Organa’s top spies against the villainous First Order—it also crafts the narrative that millions of vacationers will become a part of should they be lucky enough to visit Disney’s new Galaxy’s Edge theme parks. Vi finds herself on the run, hiding out on the remote forest planet of Batuu, home to the Black Spire outpost, where people go when they don’t want to be found. Desperate to shore up the strength of the Resistance, she begins to recruit an unlikely team of allies in the hopes of turning the planet against the First Order—no easy feat when most everyone there would rather hide out until the war blows over. The B&N edition includes an exclusive pull-out poster.

What new SFF books are on your list this week?

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