If you’re like us, then books have offered you a necessary coping mechanism during this endless downward spiral of a year. Our Dark Horse Initiative is one of many ways we combat that spiral. Every year, we search for promising debuts among the Sci-Fi and Fantasy pantheons and compile them into our Dark Horse list.
One teeny-tiny glimmer of bookish hope for this hellscape of a year emerged as we collected our most anticipated 2020 debuts: we had too many. And if you’ve followed along, you know that we split our 2020 Dark Horse list into two halves to bring you more reviews of SFF debut novels. We’re chugging right along with our January-June list (some of the books were pushed to July or early August); after a few more reads we’ll wrap that half of the year up. Now, it’s time to share our Dark Horse picks for July through December of 2020.
As always, we’ll aim to review these titles during the next six months to help you parse out which debuts are worth your time. The Quill To Live is your guide to every world but this one, and thank goodness, because this world needs a break right about now.
Also, if you need a guaranteed win, check out our top books of the first half of 2020 for some top-notch reads.
- The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
- Nophek Gloss by Essa Hansen
- The First Sister by Linden Lewis
- Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger
- The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson
- Axiom’s End by Lindsay Ellis
- Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar
- Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots
- Architects of Memory by Karen Osborne
- The Phlebotomist by Chris Panatier