Top Ten Tuesday: New Authors I Discovered in 2021

This year, I’ll be participating in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by thatartsyreadergirl.

As it says on the tin, this week’s theme is new to me authors discovered in 2021. I read a lot of great new authors last year, but here are some of my faves.

  1. Tasha Suri – Empire of Sand
    I finally got around to this book that had been on my TBR forever, and I loved it; Suri writes fantasy romance so well.
  2. Octavia Butler – Kindred
    Yes, I’m very late to the party on Butler, and I can’t believe I didn’t get around to reading her work sooner. Kindred was very raw, and very prescient years later.
  3. Zoraida Córdova – The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina
    One of those YA authors I’d just never gotten around to, but I took a chance on her adult debut and loved it. The prose in this book was incredible.
  4. Lucy Holland – Sistersong
    Holland has written a previous YA series under a different name – that I didn’t even know about or recognise when I picked up Sistersong. I loved it though; the prose is excellent and I’m always here for queer retellings.
  5. Carol Berg – Flesh and Spirit
    Berg is one of those authors I’ve been hearing about for years, and now I get why.
  6. Karen Lord – Redemption in Indigo
    I picked this book up on a whim for r/fantasy bingo and didn’t expect to love it so much. It’s like a warm hug, and I’m curious about the vibe of her other books.
  7. Jordanna Max Brodsky – The Wolf in the Whale
    I’d never really heard of Brodsky before I picked up this book, and I loved it. Her other books look very different, but I’ll definitely have to check out more of her work.
  8. Mike Brooks – The Black Coast
    Another author I’d never heard of before their most recent book. Funnily, I’m not that interested in the premise of any of his other works, but I’ve been loving this series and will check out whatever he writes next.
  9. A.G. Slatter – All the Murmuring Bones
    I’ve read some of Slatter’s short fiction before, but never her full length work – and now I am very keen to read what else she has written.
  10. Freya Marske – A Marvellous Light
    I hesitated about putting a very recent debut on this list, but it really was one of my favourites of the year, and it didn’t even feel like a debut. I can’t wait to see what Marske does next.

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