This week’s Heat Index is all about getting out of this world. Not only are there sorcerers in different dimensions, but strap in for haunted ruins, wars and romance as we explore these five new releases that are sure to bring out the mystical side of every book lover. Sometimes all we really want is to escape from our every day lives and jump into a pool of illusion, even just for a short time. If nothing else, these reads will allow you to expand the mind and explore the many realms they have to offer.

Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo (Henry Holt and Co., September 29)

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“Cracking page-turner with a multi ethnic band of misfits with differing sexual orientations who satisfyingly, believably jell into a family.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review 

Heat Index: With a deadly heist in the works, Kaz Brekker realizes he can’t do it all alone, so he enlists the help of six very different outcasts who all bring certain expertise to the table. Think Ocean’s 11 with a mystical edge; we loved this twisted story.

Temperature: 86°


The Way of Sorrows, Jon Steele (Blue Rider Press, August 4)

the way of sorrows jon steeleThermometers“Steele’s dexterity in weaving sharply drawn, memorable characters into a multi-layered storyline is breathtaking, as is the pyrotechnic display of supernatural action.” —Booklist

Heat Index: In the third installment of the Angelus Trilogy, the apocalypse creeps closer and the eternal angels have their work cut out for them against the evil forces. Will Jay keep Katherine and Max safe? Can they save the world by midnight? It’s all answered in this thrilling conclusion that is the best book of the series.

Temperature: 90°

The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit Books, August 4)

the fifth season n.k. jemisinThermometers“Jemisin might just be the best world builder out there right now…. [She] is a master at what she does.”―RT Book Reviews, Top Pick!

Heat Index: It’s the beginning of the end in Jemisin’s first Broken Earth novel and oppression runs rampant with no real hope for brighter days. Prepare to be immersed in an intricately designed story that had us dying to know how it would end after only reading the first page.

Temperature: 93°


The Golden Specific, S.E. Grove (Viking Books, July 14)

the golden specific s.e. groveThermometers“Brilliant in concept, breathtaking in scale and stellar in its worldbuilding; Wholly original and marvelous beyond compare.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Heat Index: After falling in love with the first book in S.E. Grove’s series, we just had to include the sequel which continues the engrossing story of magical mapping and a world where different continents exist in different eras. But a map may not be the answer this time around. We can promise this installment will not disappoint and we’re already clamoring for book three.

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The House of Shattered Wings, Aliette De Bodard (Roc Books, August 18)

aliette de bodard the house of shattered wingsThermometers“A Gothic masterpiece of supernatural intrigues, loves and betrayals in a ruined and decadent future Paris—wildly imaginative, this novel will haunt you long after you’ve put it down.” —Tim Powers, author of The Anubis Gates

Heat Index: A fallen angel, an alchemist and a spell master must join forces to save House Silverspires before it’s too late and the fight to rule future Paris ends in destruction. Take a moment and prepare yourself, because this novel from Bodard will leave you breathless. 

Temperature: 98°