21 magical science fiction and fantasy books to read in summer 2021

The Godstone by Violette Malan. Image courtesy Penguin Random House
The Godstone by Violette Malan. Image courtesy Penguin Random House /
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Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian. Image courtesy Penguin Random House /

Summer 2021 release: Half Sick of Shadows – Laura Sebastian

Everyone knows the legend. Of Arthur, destined to be a king. Of the beautiful Guinevere, who will betray him with his most loyal knight, Lancelot. Of the bitter sorceress, Morgana, who will turn against them all. But Elaine alone carries the burden of knowing what is to come–for Elaine of Shalott is cursed to see the future.

But if you can see the future – does that mean you can change it? And if so, how far will Elaine go to change her fate? Or save the people she loves?

The Lady of Shalott reclaims her story in this bold feminist reimagining of the Arthurian myth from the New York Times bestselling author of Ash Princess.

The official synopsis has more details about the story.

"On the mystical isle of Avalon, Elaine runs free and learns of the ancient prophecies surrounding her and her friends–countless possibilities, almost all of them tragic. When their future comes to claim them, Elaine, Guinevere, Lancelot, and Morgana accompany Arthur to take his throne in stifling Camelot, where magic is outlawed, the rules of society chain them, and enemies are everywhere. Yet the most dangerous threats may come from within their own circle. As visions are fulfilled and an inevitable fate closes in, Elaine must decide how far she will go to change fate–and what she is willing to sacrifice along the way."

Half Sick of Shadows is available on July 20.