10 SFF Books to Add to Your TBR (September 2020 Edition)

Check out these recently published science fiction and fantasy books, reviewed by book bloggers we love!


1. Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

Release Date: August 11, 2020

Category: Young Adult

Tags: Fantasy | OwnVoices | Cultural | Hindu Mythology

Review from: Devouring Books

“When I first heard about Star Daughter I knew I had to read it. I love books based on religious myths and other cultures and I was excited to learn a bit about Hindu myths and gods. This book was so richly magical and so incredibly unique. I had no idea what a half star girl would be like, but the idea sounded fascinating and it was so much more magical than I could have dreamed…Read the Rest of the Review

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2. Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko (Raybearer #1)

Release Date: August 18, 2020

Category: Young Adult

Tags: Fantasy | LGBTQ | OwnVoices | West African

Review from: The Bookwyrm’s Den

“Listen, I know you’re not “supposed” to judge a book by its cover, but this cover stole my attention right away. As someone who has a lot of books with dark covers, this one stands out in all the right ways. And there’s a fierce-looking black girl letting her afro free to do its thing, and when you combine that with the colors on the cover (which perfectly compliment the setting as far as dress and culture), this book really earns its name…” Read the Rest of the Review

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3. Seven Devils by Elizabeth May & Laura Lam (Seven Devils #1)

Release Date: August 6, 2020

Category: Adult

Tags: Science Fiction | Space Opera | LGBTQ

Review from: A Dance with Books

 Seven Devils is that one Sci-Fi book that I really looked forward to this year yet when I got an e-arc it took me forever to pick this up. I was so scared I wasn’t going to love this. And I wanted too so much. I hadn’t read anything by either author before and I have such high hopes for them as far as authors I’m going to like. So those are high expectations to fill already. But I am pleased to say that I really enjoyed this book…Read the Rest of the Review

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4. The Mother Code by Carole Stivers

Release Date: May 5, 2020

Category: Adult

Tags: Science Fiction | Artificial Intelligence

Review from: Armed with a Book

“As a computing scientist, I love reading about Artificial Intelligence in fiction, whether it is the science behind it, the coding, or the ethical aspects and perceptions of humans. The Mother Code was a fantastic read that made me shed many tears. Going back and forth in time for Part 1 and then unifying the narrative of all the characters in Part 2, The Mother Code is the story about the dire situation in which intelligent robots were created to not only give successful birth to humans but also to keep them safe. It speaks to the struggles of creating such intelligent machines, while at the same time, exposing how much we really trust them. I loved how much thought went into this book and the care with which this delicate future was approached. If COVID-19 was as deadly as the virus in this book, this might be our near future…Read the Rest of the Review

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5. Ashes of the Sun by Django Wexler (Burningblade & Silvereye #1)

Release Date: July 21, 2020

Category: Adult

Tags: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy

Review from: Books, Bones & Buffy

“A race to find a powerful magical artifact, heists, deals, doublecrossing characters and much much more, I had a blast with Ashes of the Sun. This is my first time reading Django Wexler, and I’m so happy to finally have one of his books under my belt. I adored Wexler’s worldbuilding and characters and I was pleasantly surprised at how laugh-out-loud funny this story was! I did struggle a bit with the pacing and the length, but not enough for it to hinder my overall enjoyment. Fans of epic fantasy who love solid worldbuilding, humor and engaging characters will love this…Read the Rest of the Review

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6. Fable by Adrienne Young (Fable #1)

Release Date: September 1, 2020

Category: Young Adult

Tags: Fantasy

Review from: Dini Panda Reads

This was such a pleasure to read, not only in terms of the story and the characters, but the writing. Young’s writing was lyrical and descriptive without falling into the purple zone. Although I felt the pacing was ‘off’ at times, the writing is what kept me hooked. Young’s words flew off the page which ended up making this a very fast read (which then made me sad because I didn’t want it to end). One element that usually confuses me while reading books set on sea is the sailing lingo, but Young’s writing made it so easy to picture everything that unfolded and I was fully immersed in the story!Read the Rest of the Review

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7. The Last Prince by E.G. Radcliff (The Coming of Áed #2)

Release Date: August 6, 2020

Category: Young Adult

Tags: Fantasy | LGBTQ | Celtic

Review from: Bookends and Bagends

“Firstly, I have to point out that there are two routes into The Last Prince, either you’ve read The Hidden King, and it’s a sequel, or you haven’t, and it would technically feel like the first book of a series.

While there isn’t a right or wrong option, I’d probably suggest starting with The Hidden King. The reasons being that firstly you’ll save yourself no small amount of heartache in regards what happens to certain characters and secondly you’ll be better positioned to witness just how much more assured Radcliff is as an author…” Read the Rest of the Review

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8. Hold Back the Tide by Melinda Salisbury

Release Date: March 5, 2020

Category: Young Adult

Tags: Fantasy | Vampires | Scotland

Review from: Lily and the Fae

Hold Back The Tide is intensely brilliant, absolutely extraordinary, compelling and captivating and it’s an absolute crime that it launched amidst the beginning of lockdown.

Melinda Salisbury has been lauded for her court fantasies The Sin Eaters Daughter and Sorrow books but this book takes a slightly different route with its historic Highland setting  that starts out as a historical drama then takes a chilling supernatural turn…” Read the Rest of the Review

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9. The Faerie Hounds of York by Arden Powell

Release Date: August 20, 2020

Category: Adult

Tags: Fantasy

Review from: Sometimes Leelynn Reads

“Stories on fae have been pretty popular lately, although I say that they were more popular in the Young Adult age range. It was so refreshing to see an adult fantasy novel that deals with fae that weren’t as well known to me, or those that I don’t really get to see much of in literature. In addition, I liked that we got to follow two male characters during this story, as we usually are following the tale of a young woman. Nothing wrong with stories on women – as I definitely adore female MCs no matter what genre or age range – but getting to be in the mind of a man dealing with the aftermath of a faerie curse was exciting…Read the Rest of the Review

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10. Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia (Paola Santiaga #1)

Release Date: August 4, 2020

Category: Middle Grade

Tags: Fantasy

Review from: Star is All Booked Up

“First of all, I was SO. EXCITED. to get this ARC because I’m a huge fan of mythology related stories and learning about different mythologies is the best! I’ve read a few other RRP books so I went into this thinking it would have that same fun nature as the other RRP books did but oh my goodness I was so surprised…Read the Rest of the Review

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