I don’t know about you all, but there are a lot of things releasing in March that I just want to read right now. And most of them are SFF! And…most are releasing in March.
Some of them I have in ARC form, and some I don’t, and it all means that it’s going to be a very tight month for getting things done!
Information about the books is pulled from the Goodreads’s blurbs.
The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett (3 March)
In the space of a single night, Ekata inherits the title of duke, her brother’s warrior bride, and ever-encroaching challengers from without—and within—her own ministry. Part Sleeping Beauty, part Anastasia, with a thrilling political mystery, The Winter Duke is a spellbinding story about choosing what’s right in the face of danger. This blurb is life! I read and loved We Rule the Night. (YA, fantasy, f/f)
Docile by KM Szpara (3 March)
There is no consent under capitalism. To be a Docile is to be kept, body and soul, for the uses of the owner of your contract. To be a Docile is to forget, to disappear, to hide inside your body from the horrors of your service. To be a Docile is to sell yourself to pay your parents’ debts and buy your children’s future. A really gay SF book about debt, consent, BDSM and privilege written by a trans man? Sign me the fuck up! ARC from NetGalley. (SF, m/m, Adult)
We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry (3 March)
Set in the coastal town of Danvers, Massachusetts (which in 1692 was Salem Village, site of the origins of the Salem Witch Trials), it follows the Danvers High field hockey team as they discover that the dark impulses of their Salem forebears may be the key to a winning season. I’ll be honest, I’d seen this earlier and wasn’t planning on reading it, until I saw a couple reviews saying how funny and 80s heavy it is. I’m intrigued and curious, although the Goodreads tags calling it historical fiction hurts my heart a little. ARC requested from NetGalley (Historical Fantasy, Adult, hopefully queer?).
Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs (10 March)
Now one of those prisoners has escaped. It can look like anyone, any creature it chooses. But if it bites you, it controls you. It lives for chaos and destruction. It can make you do anything–even kill the person you love the most. Now it is here, in the Tri-Cities. In my territory. It won’t, can’t, remain. Not if I have anything to say about it. The Mercy Thompson series is one of the few where the quality remains stunningly high despite how many books there are in the series…although it feels like the books are becoming more episodic and less tied into a central arc (at least, one I’m not seeing just yet). ARC received from NetGalley (Urban Fantasy, Adult)
The City We Became by NK Jemisin (24 March)
Every city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She’s got five. But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs beneath the earth, threatening to destroy the city and her five protectors unless they can come together and stop it once and for all. I read and loved “The City Born Great,” and I can’t wait to see where this one goes. I’m sure it’s going to be gritty and heart-wrending and super duper queer. (Adult, queer)
The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo (24 March)
A young royal from the far north is sent south for a political marriage. Alone and sometimes reviled, she has only her servants on her side. This evocative debut chronicles her rise to power through the eyes of her handmaiden, at once feminist high fantasy and a thrilling indictment of monarchy. It’s queer, Asian and fantasy and I just want it right damn now. ARC from NetGalley (f/f, Adult).
What March releases are you excited about?