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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The Godstone book cover
The Godstone by Violette Malan. Image courtesy Penguin Random House /

Summer 2021 release: The Godstone- Violette Malan

Described as perfect for fans of Game of Thrones and The Witcher, The Godstone follows the story of a magical healer, who finds herself pulled deeper into a web of secrets and hazardous magic that could bring about the end of the world as she knows it.

Fenra Lowens has been using her powers of healing as a working Practitioner ever since she left the City to live in the rural, removed countryside. But when she accompanies a patient back to execute the will of a distant cousin, she discovers that a fellow Practioner has made a Godstone, an artifact so powerful and dangerous that it can’t be allowed to exist in the world. (Think the Philosopher’s Stone from Harry Potter).

Will Fenra be able to find the possibly sentient artifact? And if she does – can she trust anyone to help her deal with it? Or is every Practitioner seeking its power?

The official synopsis has more detail about the story.

"Fenra Lowens has been a working Practitioner, using the magic of healing ever since she graduated from the White Court and left the City to live in the Outer Modes. When one of her patients, Arlyn Albainil, is summoned to the City to execute the final testament of a distant cousin, she agrees to help him. Arlyn suspects the White Court wants to access his cousin’s Practitioner’s vault. Arlyn can’t ignore the summons: he knows the vault holds an artifact so dangerous he can’t allow it to be freed. Fenra quickly figures out that there is no cousin, that Arlyn himself is the missing Practitioner, the legendary Xandra Albainil, rumored to have made a Godstone with which he once almost destroyed the world. Sealing away the Godstone left Arlyn powerless and ill, and he needs Fenra to help him deal with the possibly sentient artifact before someone else finds and uses it. Along the way they encounter Elvanyn Karamisk, an old friend whom Arlyn once betrayed. Convinced that Arlyn has not changed, and intends to use Fenra to recover the Godstone and with it all his power, Elvanyn joins them to keep Fenra safe and help her destroy the artifact."

The Godstone is available on August 3.