10 New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books Released in Late 2023 | TheReviewGeek Recommends

The world of science fiction and fantasy literature never fails to expand and captivate readers with its imaginative worlds, exhilarating adventures, and thought-provoking concepts. In this article, we take a closer look at some highly-anticipated new releases that span the genres of sci-fi and fantasy. There’s something here for every fan seeking a thrilling escape into otherworldly realms. Here are 10 brand new sci-fi fantasy books in late 2023:


Bookshops & Bonedust by Travis Baldree

(Released November 7)

Bookshops & Bonedust by Travis Baldree is an enchanting fantasy novel that takes readers on a journey filled with adventure, romance, and the power of books. Viv, a battle-hungry orc, finds her path redirected after suffering an injury. Instead of continuing her mercenary career, she is sent to the peaceful beach town of Murk to recover. There, she unexpectedly finds solace and companionship in a struggling bookshop and its unconventional owner. As Viv immerses herself in the world of books, she discovers that her time in Murk holds transformative potential she could never have anticipated. However, the allure of adventure is not far off, as encounters with a mysterious traveller, a spirited gnome, a summer romance, and a surplus of skeletons bring unexpected excitement to Viv’s life.

Bookshops & Bonedust explores themes of self-discovery, the magic of literature, and the unanticipated paths that can lead to personal growth and fulfilment.


The Future by Naomi Alderman

(Released November 7)

In The Future by Naomi Alderman, a gripping tale unfolds where the world’s richest individuals steer society towards ruin, while preserving their own safety in opulent secret bunkers. This world is defined by private weather control, clandestine weaponry, and technological divination. Amidst this dystopian backdrop, a group of friends with diverse backgrounds embarks on a daring plan. Comprising the daughter of a cult leader, a non-binary hacker, an exiled Silicon Valley visionary, the concerned wife of a dangerous CEO, and an internet-famous survivalist, they strive to execute the ultimate heist or face the potential annihilation of civilization. Alderman’s novel prompts us to consider the consequences of unlimited power and the allure of an uncertain future.


System Collapse by Martha Wells

(Released November 14)

System Collapse by Martha Wells is a gripping science fiction novel that continues the thrilling narrative of Murderbot, everyone’s favourite lethal SecUnit. In the aftermath of the events in Network Effect, the Barish-Estranza corporation sends rescue ships and additional SecUnits to a newly colonized planet in peril. However, if they can’t have the planet, they are determined to take home an entire colony of humans as a slave workforce. As the conflict escalates, Murderbot realizes that something is wrong with it and that it is not running within its normal operational parameters. The book follows Murderbot’s struggle to discover what’s wrong with it while those around it fight to protect the colonists.

System Collapse is a breathtaking exploration of artificial intelligence, corporate corruption, and the struggle for autonomy.


Do Your Worst by Rosie Danan

(Released November 14)

In Rosie Danan’s Do Your Worst, sparks ignite when Riley Rhodes, an occult expert, and Clark Edgeware, a disgraced archaeologist, become enemies-with-benefits in a sizzling romance. Riley sees an opportunity to legitimize her family’s supernatural talents by breaking a curse on a renowned Scottish castle. Despite their initial clash, Clark can’t let Riley jeopardize his chance at redemption. As they continue to cross paths, their animosity morphs into an unexpected attraction. Riley hopes the curse will push Clark away, but fate keeps drawing them together. With danger lurking and desires intensifying, they must navigate their rocky relationship before more than the castle crumbles.

Danan’s novel delivers a steamy and captivating tale of love amidst supernatural challenges and personal reflection.


Nightbane by Alex Aster

(Released November 7)

In Nightbane by Alex Aster, Isla Crown, having won the love of two influential rulers and broken age-old curses, harbours powers whose true origins remain shrouded in secrecy. However, after experiencing a devastating betrayal, Isla seeks solace in the allure of Lightlark’s captivating attractions rather than fulfilling her responsibilities as the newly crowned leader of two realms. The consequences of her ascent to power are far from over, as her rivals refuse to accept defeat and doubts emerge about the legitimacy of her rule. As impending doom looms over Lightlark and long-held secrets start to unravel, Isla must grapple with her commitment to her people while contending with the treacherous machinations of her own heart.

Nightbane is a compelling story that delves into the complex choices and sacrifices one faces when wielding power and confronting personal desires.


Hunt on Dark Waters by Katee Robert

(Released November 7)

Hunt on Dark Waters is a steamy fantasy romance that immerses readers in a world of magic, pirates, and danger. After a witch named Evelyn falls through a portal to another realm, she finds herself forced to join a group of seafarers bound by a vow to protect portals to other worlds. Among them is Bowen, a pirate with no memories of his past, who is drawn to Evelyn despite her sticky fingers and taste for danger. As their attraction deepens, tensions rise within the group, and Evelyn finds herself torn between betraying her vows and risking everything for love.


The Olympian Affair by Jim Butcher

(Released November 7)

In The Olympian Affair by Jim Butcher, the fate of the Cinder Spires hangs in the balance as noble families, swordplay, and airships collide in a thrilling fantasy adventure. The Cinder Spires have long protected humanity from the dangers of the surface world, with aristocratic houses ruling over scientific advancements and powerful airship fleets. Now, a war looms on the horizon, and Spire Albion must stand against the overwhelming might of Spire Aurora’s Armada. In a bid to secure crucial alliances, Captain Francis Madison Grimm and the crew of the AMS Predator are dispatched to a trading summit at Spire Olympia. Their daring and theatrical skills may be the key to rallying support for Spire Albion, though time may be running out.


Defiant by Brandon Sanderson

(Released November 21)

In the gripping conclusion to Brandon Sanderson’s Skyward series, Defiant, Spensa finds herself forever changed after her encounter with the Delvers in the depths of space. She now possesses answers to the mysteries surrounding her unique Cytonic gifts. However, the battle for galactic dominance waged by the Superiority persists. Spensa’s team, Skyward Flight, has managed to hold off their enemies and gather allies, but the inevitable downfall of humanity and the entire galaxy looms. To secure victory, Spensa must utilize the knowledge she acquired in the Nowhere. Yet, the complexities of being Cytonic present unforeseen challenges. As she confronts the price she may have to pay for triumph, Spensa must decide the extent to which she is willing to go, even if it means sacrificing herself and her friends. In Defiant, the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, teetering between liberation and eternal ruin.


Vengeance of the Pirate Queen by Tricia Levenseller

(Released November 2)

Vengeance of the Pirate Queen by Tricia Levenseller is a captivating YA fantasy romance that merges black flag pirates with hi-jinx adventure. The standalone novel is set in the universe of Levenseller’s Daughter of the Pirate King and follows eighteen-year-old Sorinda, an assassin employed by the infamous pirate queen, Alosa. Unexpectedly, Alosa assigns Sorinda to lead a crew on a rescue mission instead of taking out a target. However, Sorinda finds herself working with an annoying sailing master, Kearan. Along the way, the Vengeance crew must navigate perilous waters and face deadly creatures. But their mission quickly descends into a battle for saving the world when the King of the Undersea, who controls the dead, is awakened. Sorinda must save herself from becoming an undead queen before fighting for everyone else.

With breathtaking world-building, romance, and adventure, Vengeance of the Pirate Queen is a thrilling standalone that will transport readers to a fantastical pirate world.


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Murtagh by Christopher Paolini

(Released November 7)

Murtagh by Christopher Paolini takes readers back to the captivating World of Eragon, one year after the events of the Inheritance Cycle. This stunning epic fantasy follows the Dragon Rider Murtagh and his dragon, Thorn, as they face the dangerous aftermath of an evil king’s downfall. Now hated and ostracized, Murtagh and Thorn must navigate the consequences of their previous actions. Dark whispers of an unsettling presence in AlagaĆ«sia sweep across the land, as Murtagh senses a wicked force lurking in the shadows. Their journey takes them through familiar and uncharted territories, where they must use all their skills and resources to outwit a mysterious witch, who reveals herself to be far more than meets the eye.

In this gripping novel, one of the beloved characters from the Inheritance Cycle, Murtagh, must grapple with his own identity and find his place in a world that has turned its back on him. Murtagh is a perfect entry point into the World of Eragon for first-time readers and a joyful return for fans of the series. Experience an enthralling adventure filled with dragons, magic, and a hero striving to define his path amidst adversity.


The world of science fiction and fantasy literature continues to captivate readers with its vast array of imaginative works. These newly released novels provide thrilling adventures, diverse worlds, and engaging narratives that will transport readers to realms beyond their imagination. Dive into captivating tales and let your imagination soar with these new sci-fi and fantasy books.


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