Bestsellers, Science Fiction & Fantasy: April 2018

#1

Void Black Shadow (Voidwitch 02)
Corey J White
Corey J White’s space opera Voidwitch Series continues: Mars Xi returns in Void Black Shadow, sequel to the fabulous Killing Gravity. Mars Xi is a living weapon, a genetically-manipulated psychic supersoldier with a body count in the thousands, and all she wanted was to be left alone. People who get involved with her get hurt, whether by MEPHISTO, by her psychic backlash, or by her acid tongue. It’s not smart to get involved with Mars, but that doesn’t stop some people from trying. The last time MEPHISTO came for Mars they took one of her friends with them. That was a mistake. A force hasn’t been invented that can stop a voidwitch on a rampage, and Mars won’t rest until she’s settled her debts. Latest from the local-ish author – real Firefly vibe – everyone loves!
Space opera | PBK | $18.99

#2

King of Ashes (Firemane Saga 01)
Raymond E Feist
The beginning of an entirely new fantasy series from the long-time bestselling Feist. New – as in NOT Midkemia. And keep an eye out for a Brisbane visit by Feist in July – hopefully, he’ll be popping in for a chat and to sign some books…
Fantasy | HC | $39.99

#3

Scourged (Iron Druid Chronicles 09)
Kevin Hearne
The conclusion of the Iron Druid Chronicles – ‘American Gods meets Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden’ – SFF World. Unchained from fate, the Norse gods Loki and Hel are ready to unleash Ragnarok, aka the Apocalypse, upon the earth. With a whole host of dark allies on their side, there’s a globe-spanning battle on the cards – one which Druid Atticus O’Sullivan will be hard-pressed to survive, much less win. Atticus must recruit the aid of an Indian witch and a trickster god in hopes that they’ll give him just enough leverage, to both save Gaia and see another sunrise. After all – if the world ends, who’s going to make sure the hound Oberon gets his well-deserved snack?
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99

#4

An Argumentation of Historians (Chronicles of St Mary’s 09)
Jodi Taylor
They say you shouldn’t push your luck. Max gives her own luck a massive shove, every day – and it’s only a matter of time until luck pushes back… January 1536 – the day of Henry VIII’s infamous jousting accident. Historians from St Mary’s are there in force, recording and documenting. And, arguing – obviously. A chance meeting between Max and the Time Police leads to a plan of action: there will never be a better opportunity to bring down Clive Ronan, once and for all. From Tudor England to the burning city of Persepolis – and from a medieval siege to a very nasty case of 19th century incarceration – Max is determined that, this time, he will not escape…
Time travel | TP | $27.95

#5

Doctor Who: Christmas Invasion (Doctor Who) (Target collection)
Jenny T Colgan
The Tenth Doctor’s first adventure, novelised by bestselling author Jenny T Colgan – in a fabulous retro ‘Target’ novelisation edition – oh, that cover artwork and typography! Time travel back to the seventies – you know you want to…
Doctor Who | PBK | $19.99

#6

Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time (Doctor Who) (Target collection)
Paul Cornell
The Twelfth Doctor’s dramatic final adventure, novelised by award-winning author and Doctor Who screenwriter Paul Cornell – also in the Target retro edition run…
Doctor Who | PBK | $19.99

#7

Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor 02)
Mark Lawrence
The second novel in the new series from the best-selling author of Prince of Thorns. In Mystic Class, Nona Grey begins to learn the secrets of the universe. But so often, even the deepest truths just make our choices harder. Before she leaves the Convent of Sweet Mercy, Nona must choose her path and take the red of a Martial Sister, the grey of a Sister of Discretion, the blue of a Mystic Sister or the simple black of a Bride of the Ancestor and a life of prayer and service. All that stands between her and these choices are the pride of a thwarted assassin, the ambition of a would-be empress wielding the Inquisition like a blade, and the vengeance of the empire’s richest lord. And in all this only one thing is certain. There will be blood.
Grimdark fantasy | TP | $29.99

#8

Autonomous
Annalee Newitz
Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can’t otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane. Hot on her trail, an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his robotic partner, Paladin. As they race to stop information about the sinister origins of Jack’s drug from getting out, they begin to form an uncommonly close bond that neither of them fully understand. And underlying it all is one fundamental question: Is freedom possible in a culture where everything, even people, can be owned? Fantastic! Recommended.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

#9

The Tethered Mage (Swords & Fire 01)
Melissa Caruso
In the Raverran Empire, magic is scarce, and those born with power are strictly controlled – taken as children and conscripted into the Falcon Army. Zaira has lived her life on the streets to avoid this fate, hiding her mage-mark and thieving to survive. But hers is a rare and dangerous magic, one that could threaten the entire empire. Lady Amalia Cornaro was never meant to be a Falconer. Heiress and scholar, she was born into a treacherous world of political machinations. But fate has bound the heir and the mage. And as war looms on the horizon, a single spark could turn their city into a pyre. ‘Set in a rich world of political intrigue and dangerous magic, The Tethered Mage is a spellbinding debut from a major new talent’ – publisher’s blurb – AND WE AGREE! Sort of a Renaissance Venice vibe about the city/state – it’s lush. Charming new series – recommended! The sequel, The Defiant Heir (PBK, $19.99) is now also available.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

#10

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor 01)
Mark Lawrence
‘I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin.’ At the Convent of Sweet Mercy, young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist. But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased, when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder – guilty of worse. First in the new series now out in paperback – the second is out in trade paperback – see #7 above!
Grimdark fantasy | PBK | $19.99