The best recent science fiction and fantasy – review roundup

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The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie; The Rosewater Insurrection by Tade Thompson; The Migration by Helen Marshall; The Autist by Stephen Palmer and Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh

Ann Leckie’s first four novels were award-winning space operas, which brought something refreshingly different to the genre with her examination of gender, politics and power – not to mention narrative technique. Her debut fantasy novel, The Raven Tower (Orbit, £16.99), is similarly groundbreaking. It may seem familiar, with its dispossessed lords, vengeful gods and soldier heroes, but Leckie’s central character is a transgender warrior, and the complex narrative is told partly in the second person. The warrior is Eolo, a loyal servant of Mawat, heir to the throne of Iraden. On returning from battle, the pair discover that Mawat’s father has vanished and his uncle has usurped the throne. It falls on Eolo to investigate the ...