12 new August science fiction and fantasy releases to help wind down summer

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Cazadora August book release

Cazadora by Romina Garber. Image courtesy Wednesday Books

As we head into the dog days of summer, it’s hard not to get a little depressed – the heat’s pretty oppressive, the humidity’s rising, stuff is either on fire or flooding in various parts of the country, depending on what’s happening with the weather. And Fall’s looming on the horizon, with fears of a COVID-19 resurgence among those who aren’t vaccinated rising. So, don’t feel bad if you maybe need the promise of some escapism now more than usual.

Thankfully, that’s pretty much what science fiction and fantasy books are for, and depending on what kind of world you want to run away into this August, our list has more than got you covered.

From highly-anticipated sequels like Lora Beth Johnson’s Devil in the Device and Romina Garber’s Cazadora to exciting debuts like Georgia Bowers’ Mark of the Wicked and Willa Reece’s Wildwood Whispers, there are all kinds of stories coming this August. There’s even the first book (A Terrible Fall of Angels) in a brand new series from Anita Blake Vampire Hunter author Laurell K. Hamilton. Whatever you’re in the mood for – from YA fantasy to hardcore futurism – this list is going to have something for you on it.

What August science fiction and fantasy releases are worth your time this month?

Here are 12 of our picks for the best science fiction and fantasy releases hitting shelves this month. What’s going on your August must-read list?

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