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Perfectly Giftable SFF – DAW Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for holiday gifts for book lovers? Look no further. These books offer escape, adventure, passion—and each one is an invitation into a world all its own.

Hot New Fantasy

Dragonfall by L.R. Lam

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For the reader who wants some romance with their dragons. You’ll be swept off your feet into the thrilling romantic journey between a shapeshifting dragon and a nonbinary thief. The bond between a human and a dragon creates a beautiful and sexy adventure in the new, must-read Dragon Scales trilogy.

Dragonfall will delight fans of well-designed worlds, heroes’ journeys and slow-burning romance. Here there be (sexy) dragons.” —BookPage

The Dragons of Deepwood Fen by Bradley P. Beaulieu

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For the reader who’s ready to take flight. A new adventure from an epic fantasy master, and the first book in the series the Book of the Holt, The Dragons of Deepwood Fen is a world filled with devious dragons, trickster gods, and strange alchemy. A kaleidoscopic epic fantasy that thrills and leaves you hungry for more. Come for the dragons, stay for the adventure.

“This book will appeal to fans of sprawling epic fantasy with multiple points of view à la Robert Jordan and Guy Gavriel Kay and also to readers who can’t get enough dragons.” —Booklist

Spirit of the Wood by Kristen Britain

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For the reader who dreams of a morning gallop before their first cup of coffee. An illustrated standalone adventure in the beloved world of the Green Riders, Spirit of the Wood is the long-awaited backstory of Laren Mapstone, ideal for longtime fans of the series and newcomers alike. Ride on, through the wood, and on your quest!

“The author takes the reader deep into the story and shows the reader, the pain, the evil and depravity of the antagonists, the stunning beauty of the forests, and the wit and comedy of the forest inhabitants. I highly recommend this book or any of the Green Rider series.” — Reader Review

The Narrow Road Between Desires by Patrick Rothfuss

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For the reader with a song in their heart. A beautiful illustrated novella in the world of the Kingkiller Chronicle: follow the story of Bast from dawn to midnight as he schemes and bargains, learning more about himself with a heady blend of danger and delight. Rothfuss’s masterful prose is on full display in this must-read book of 2023!

“[Rothfuss] clearly has a heart for stories . . . His prose is the sort that forces you to stop cold and just savor the words.” —Eric Pierce, Fanfare

Shadow Speaker and Like Thunder by Nnedi Okorafor

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For the reader who wants the perfect blend of science and magic. The near future of this Africanfuturist epic is a marvelous blend of world-changing technology and otherworldly magic. Two short novels of glittering ambition and profound humanity for fans of cerebral and adventurous science fantasy. Experience a speculative journey unlike any other, in the perfect bookend format! 

“An epic collision of new tech and elemental magic—suspensful, immersive, and chillingly relevantAnother stunning feat of imagination from Nnedi Okorafor.” —Leigh Bardugo, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Ninth House

Start a New Adventure from the Beginning: Book One

Give the gift of a new obsession with Book ONE of these longer series—or for someone really special, splurge on the full series!

October Daye by Seanan McGuire

In September and October 2023, two new books in the Hugo-nominated, New York Times-bestselling October Daye series were released—now is the perfect time to dive in to this beloved urban fantasy series. “How does one keep a long-running series feeling fresh? McGuire answers this question in her fun 17th October Daye urban fantasy . . . As entertaining as ever.” —Publishers Weekly

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Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh

With Defiance, Book #22 released in 2023, the Foreigner series sets the standard for sci-fi first contact sagas—a smart, probing, engaging sociopolitical narrative from an acknowledged master of the genre. “One of the best long-running SF series in existence…Cherryh remains one of the most talented writers in the field.” —Publishers Weekly

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The Finder Chronicles by Suzanne Palmer

Book #4, Ghostdrift, is coming up in Spring 2024. This series is a hopepunk sci-fi caper described as Macgyver meets Firefly, by Hugo Award-winner Suzanne Palmer. “A breakneck-paced and action-packed science-fiction adventure featuring an endearing con artist whose current mission to retrieve a stolen spaceship ignites a war…. A nonstop SF thrill ride until the very last page.” —Kirkus

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Sun Eater Series by Christopher Ruocchio

Empire of Silence is epic science fiction at its most genuinely epic.  Ruocchio has made something fascinating here, and I can’t wait to see what he does next.” —James S.A. Corey, New York Times-bestselling author of The Expanse novels

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