10 must-read new SFF book releases to cozy up with this November

Master of One by Jaida Jones and Dani Bennett. Image courtesy HarperCollins
Master of One by Jaida Jones and Dani Bennett. Image courtesy HarperCollins /
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Ruinsong – Julia Ember

A dark, queer fantasy that’s also sort of a The Phantom of the Opera retelling? Sign us up right now.

Julia Ember’s Ruinsong is set in a world where all magic is sung. In it, a young mage named Cadence has been forced to take part in the Performing, an annual event in which the vicious Queen Elena forces magic users like Cadence to torture the kingdom’s nobles.

Young Remi, attending the Performing in her ailing mother’s stead, is shocked to discover her childhood friend singing (literally) torturous songs for the queen. And though Cadence insists things would go worse for everyone if she refused Elena’s demands, she begins to change her mind as the queen repeatedly pushed her past her limits and Remi tells her more about the rebellion that’s busy rising against her.

The official synopsis describes the story as follows.

"In a world where magic is sung, a powerful mage named Cadence has been forced to torture her country’s disgraced nobility at her ruthless queen’s bidding. But when she is reunited with her childhood friend, a noblewoman with ties to the underground rebellion, she must finally make a choice: Take a stand to free their country from oppression, or follow in the queen’s footsteps and become a monster herself."

Ruinsong is available on November 24.

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What book or books are you adding to your must-read pile this month? Let us know in the comments!