With only one month left to go of this year, I hope you’ve all managed to read at least one fabulous spec fiction novel this past year. This month saw 15 books linked to AWW which is great. I’ve picked books this month that have not been featured before.

First up is Song woman (Skin #2) by Ilka Tampke and reviewed by Jennifer who says “Those of us who studied history know how this will end in fact, but in this fiction, I was free to dream. Ailia has difficult choices to make. With a touch of fantasy, Ms Tampke brings Iron-Age Britain to life. I was swept up in the story and have added ‘Skin’ to my reading list.”

Eleni reviewed The Shattered Court (The Four Arts #1) by M. J. Scott, she says “Fabulous start to this fantasy series where court intrigue, politics, magic and desire collide. I enjoyed the story of a royal witch has no control over her destiny. I enjoyed it more the more I read, devouring the last half quickly.” 

Sky on Fire by Jesse Greyson was reviewed by Veronica who says “Greyson delivers a beautifully painted and harsh apocalyptic battlefield that sees a slew of physical and emotional action as solar flares mutate DNA and factions form and fall apart in their efforts to survive. We see a possible future Gold Coast swamped by the geological devastation. Then we have a cast of excellent characters struggling with not only their biology, but with manipulation from power hungry groups and a narcissistic parent. The story skips along with Dante and Kamiko earning our empathy as they gather allies, battle foes, learn and grow. Greyson’s style is crisp, easy, and compelling. She confidently takes us on a deep dive into the creation and dissolution of relationships and communities. Perfect for this apocalyptic young adult fantasy. And perfectly set in Australia. An excellent read.”

Ashleigh @the book muse reviewed Thrive by Mary Borsellino and said” It is not a happy book – but that’s okay, because not every book needs to be full of smiles and rainbows and sunshine. It is a book that is unsettling and hints at a world where the arts are undervalued – where nobody has tried to fight for them. In this sense, it mirrors the way things are going in the arts world at the moment – lack of funding, or an unwillingness to fund has meant closures and loss of income and could mean we lose a generation of artists and performers, and writers. If this happens, we will be poorer for it, and books like Thrive show what can happen when this goes too far and the government is allowed to dictate the types of stories we are allowed to engage with. An intriguing story for readers aged fifteen and older.”

Thanks for checking in and linking your books, if you want to check out all the books reviewed in November click here

Until next time, happy reading.