Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: April 2019
All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in April 2019.
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Until next time, good reading!
April 2019 includes new books by: Andrew Caldecott, James S A Corey, Greg Egan, Mark Lawrence, Ian McDonald, Christopher Moore, Hannu Rajaniemi, Alastair Reynolds, Adrian Tchaikovsky… and many others.
Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist 02)
After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice – to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor’s ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead… The sequel to Flame in the Mist (PBK, $16.99).
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
Stitch by perfect stitch, Andrew Garvie makes exquisite dolls, in the finest antique style. Like him, they are diminutive, but graceful, unique and with surprising depths. Perhaps, that’s why he answers the enigmatic personal ad in his collector’s magazine. Letter by letter, Bramber Winters reveals more of her strange, sheltered life in an institution on Bodmin Moor, and the terrible events that put her there as a child. Andrew knows what it is to be trapped; and as they knit closer together, he weaves a curious plan to rescue her. On his journey through the old towns of England he reads the fairy-tales of Ewa Chaplin – potent, eldritch stories which, like her lifelike dolls, pluck at the edges of reality and thread their way into his mind. When Andrew and Bramber meet, at last, they will have a choice – to remain alone with their painful pasts or break free and, unlike their dolls, come to life…
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
Redemption (Xeelee series)
Michael Poole finds himself in a very strange landscape… This is the centre of the Galaxy. And in a history without war with the humans, the Xeelee have had time to build an immense structure here. The Xeelee Belt has a radius ten thousand times Earth’s orbital distance. It is a light year in circumference. If it was set in the solar system, it would be out in the Oort Cloud, among the comets – but circling the sun. If it was at rest, it would have a surface area equivalent to about thirty billion Earths. But it is not at rest: it rotates at near lightspeed. And because of relativistic effects, distances are compressed for inhabitants of the Belt, and time drastically slowed. The purpose of the Belt is to preserve a community of Xeelee into the very far future, when they will be able to tap dark energy, a universe-spanning antigravity field, for their own purposes. But with time the Belt has attracted populations of lesser species, here for the immense surface area, the unending energy flows. Poole, Miriam and their party, having followed the Ghosts, must explore the artefact and survive encounters with its strange inhabitants – before Poole, at last, finds the Xeelee… who led the destruction of Earth…
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99
Fire Season (Eric Carter 04)
Los Angeles is burning. During one of the hottest summers the city has ever seen, someone is murdering mages – with fires that burn when they shouldn’t…that don’t stop when they should. Necromancer Eric Carter is being framed for the killings and hunted by his own people. To Carter, everything points to the god Quetzalcoatl coming after him; after he defied the mad wind god in the Aztec land of the dead. But too many things aren’t adding up, and Carter knows there’s more going on. If he doesn’t figure out what it is and put a stop to it, fast… Quetzalcoatl won’t just kill him, he’ll burn the whole damn city down, with him.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $21.95
In a small religious community rocked by a spree of shocking murders, Detectives Salvi Brentt and Mitch Grenville find themselves surrounded by suspects. The Children of Christ have a tight grip on their people, and the Solme Complex neurally edit violent criminals – Subjugates – into placid servants, called Serenes. In a town where purity and sin, temptation and repression live side by side, everyone has a motive. But as the bodies mount up, the frustrated detectives begin to crack under the pressure: their demons are coming to light, and who knows where that blurred line, between man and monster, truly lies.
SF thriller | PBK | $21.99
The Parable of the Sower
Butler, Octavia E
When global climate change and economic crises lead to social chaos – in the early 2020s – California becomes full of dangers, from pervasive water shortage to masses of vagabonds, who will do anything to live to see another day. Fifteen-year-old Lauren Olamina lives inside a gated community with her preacher father, family, and neighbours, sheltered from the surrounding anarchy. In a society where any vulnerability is a risk, she suffers from hyperempathy, a debilitating sensitivity to others’ emotions. Precocious and clear eyed, Lauren must make her voice heard, in order to protect her loved ones from the imminent disasters her small community stubbornly ignores. But what begins as a fight for survival, soon leads to something much more: the birth of a new faith… and a startling vision of human destiny. Now, with a new foreword by N K Jemisin.
Dystopia (reissue) | TP | $33.95
Wyntertide (Rotherweird 02)
Someone is playing a very long game. Disturbing omens multiply: a funeral delivers a cryptic warning; an ancient portrait speaks; the Herald disappears – and democracy threatens the uneasy covenant between town and countryside. Geryon Wynter’s intricate plot, centuries in the making, is on the move. Everything points to one objective: the resurrection of Rotherweird’s dark, Elizabethan past – and to one date: the Winter Equinox. Wynter is coming… ‘Intricate and crisp, witty and solemn. Line by line, silent and adroit, it opens a series of trap doors, in the reader’s imagination.’ – Hilary Mantel. The sequel to Rotherweird (PBK, $22.99). Recommended.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Stormcaster (Shattered Realms 03)
Chima, Cinda Williams
Vagabond seafarer Evan Strangward can move wind, waves, and weather, but his magical abilities can’t protect him forever from the brutal Empress Celestine. As Celestine’s relentless bloodsworn armies grow, Evan travels to the Fells to warn the queendom that an invasion is imminent. If he can’t convince the Gray Wolf queen to take a stand, he knows that the Seven Realms will fall; and his last sanctuary will be destroyed. Among the dead will be the one person, Evan can’t stand to lose. Meanwhile, the queen’s formidable daughter, Princess Alyssa ana’Raisa, is already a prisoner aboard the empress’ ship, sailing east. Lyss may be the last remaining hope of bringing down the empress, from within her own tightly-controlled stronghold.
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99
The Red Scrolls of Magic (Eldest Curses 01)
Clare, Cassandra & Chu, Wesley
Now, Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage. As if it wasn’t bad enough that their romantic getaway has been side tracked, demons are now dogging their every step, and it is becoming harder to tell friend from foe. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec will have to trust each other, more than ever – even if it means revealing the secrets, they’ve both been keeping. The first in a new series, following the Mortal Instruments series.
YA fantasy | TP | $35.00
Winds of Marque (Blackwood & Virtue 01)
Coles, Bennett R
In a dense star cluster, the solar winds blow fiercely. The star sailing ship HMSS Daring is running at full sheet with a letter of marque, allowing them to capture enemy vessels involved in illegal trading. Sailing under a false flag to protect the ship and its mission, Daring’s crew must gather intelligence that will lead them to the pirates’ base. Posing as traders, Daring’s dashing second-in-command Liam Blackwood and brilliant quartermaster Amelia Virtue infiltrate shady civilian merchant networks, believing one will lead them to their quarry. But their mission is threatened from within their own ranks when Daring’s enigmatic captain makes a series of questionable choices, and rumblings of discontent start bubbling up from below decks, putting the crew on edge and destroying morale. On top of it all, Liam and Amelia must grapple with their growing feelings for each other… The first in a new series.
SF adventure | TP | $33.95
Tiamat’s Wrath (Expanse 08)
Corey, James S A
In the dead systems, where gates lead to stranger things than alien planets, Elvi Okoye begins a desperate search to discover the nature of a genocide that happened before the first human beings existed, and to find weapons to fight a war against forces at the edge of the imaginable. But the price of that knowledge may be higher than she can pay. At the heart of the empire, Teresa Duarte prepares to take on the burden of her father’s godlike ambition. The sociopathic scientist Paolo Cortázar and the Mephistophelian prisoner James Holden are only two of the dangers in a palace thick with intrigue, but Teresa has a mind of her own and secrets, even her father – the emperor – doesn’t guess. And throughout the wide human empire, the scattered crew of the Rocinante fights a brave rear-guard action, against Duarte’s authoritarian regime. Memory of the old order falls away, and a future under Laconia’s eternal rule – and with it, a battle that humanity can only lose – seems more and more certain. Because against the terrors that lie between worlds, courage and ambition will not be enough… This great sf series continues. Recommended!
Science fiction | TP | $32.99
Soulkeeper (Keepers 01)
Devin Eveson is a Soulkeeper, traveling through remote villages as a priest and healer. But when a mysterious black water washes over the world, the veil is torn, flooding the land with ancient magic and forgotten races. And not all the creatures that have reawakened remember humanity, fondly. As the land grows increasingly dangerous and chaotic, Soulkeepers are turning up dead. Devin must set aside his words of peace and accept his new role: slayer of monsters and protector of the human race. The first in a new series.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful
Dayton, Arwen Elys
A novel in six interconnected parts about what it means to be human – and where those boundaries lie. Explore the possible consequences of advanced medical breakthroughs – set in our world, spanning the near to distant future – and how they may shape and reshape humanity. From organ donation to plastic surgery to full, bodily reconstruction, these stories take you by your (for now, organic) hand and lead you into a future, where the line between person and machine becomes increasingly blurred. Just try to disconnect.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
The Beauty of the Wolf
In the age of the Faerie Queene, Elizabeth I, Lord Francis Rodermere starts to lay waste to a forest. Furious, the sorceress who dwells there scrawls a curse into the bark of the first oak he fells. Ten years later, Lord Rodermere’s son, Beau is born – and all who encounter him are struck by his great beauty. Meanwhile, many miles away, in a London alchemist’s cellar lives Randa – a beast deemed too monstrous, to see the light of day. And, so, begins a timeless tale of love, tragedy and revenge… A retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
Fairy-tales retold | TP | $32.99
Dickson, Gordon R
The time storm had devastated the Earth, and all but a small fraction of humankind has vanished. In the rubble of the world, three survivors had formed an unlikely trio: Marc Despard, determined to find a way to stop the time storm; a leopard, dazed by the storm and following after Despard, like a kitten; and a young woman with an unbreakable bond to the leopard. Now, Marc searches relentlessly for a clue to the nature of the storm, not guessing that the time storm threatens not just the Earth but the entire universe – and that his two companions were the only hope of reversing the distortions in the fabric of the cosmos that were about to bring an end to all of space and time…
Post-apocalypse (reissue) | TP | $33.95
The War Within (Great God’s War 02)
It has been twenty years since Prince Bifalt of Belleger discovered the Last Repository and the sorcerous knowledge hidden there. At the behest of the repository’s magisters, and in return for the restoration of sorcery to both kingdoms, the realms of Belleger and Amika ceased generations of war. Their alliance was sealed with the marriage of Bifalt to Estie, the crown princess of Amika. But the peace – and their marriage – has been uneasy. Now, the terrible war that King Bifalt and Queen Estie feared is coming. An ancient enemy has discovered the location of the Last Repository, and a mighty horde of dark forces is massing to attack the library and take the magical knowledge it guards. That horde will slaughter every man, woman, and child in its path, destroying both Belleger and Amika, along the way. With their alliance undermined by lingering hostility and conspiracies threatening, it will take all of the monarchs’ strength and will – to inspire their people into defiance… The sequel to The Seventh Decimate (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
Amnesty (Amberlough Dossier 03)
Donnelly, Lara Elena
The revolution has come and gone, with Amberlough City striving to rebuild itself from the ashes. The Ospies have been ousted and the very face of the nation has been changed in the process. Now, a rising politician is determined to bring Amberlough’s traitors to justice, including double agent Cyril DePaul. Everyone believes Cyril deserves to suffer for his crimes – except an old lover and an estranged sister. Soon, they become entangled in a web of high-stakes politics, underground crime, and personal deceit. Only the most extreme actions can save them from the iron reach of the law. The conclusion of the glam spy trilogy, following Amberlough (PBK, $23.99) and Armistice (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy espionage | TP | $29.99
The Perfect Assassin (Chronicles of Ghadid 01)
Doore, K A
The assassins of Ghadid serve a higher power, dispensing justice in the shadows. Or, so, Amastan has been taught. Until, unexpectedly, Amastan finds the body of a very important drum chief. Until, impossibly, fellow assassins are being killed off. Until, inevitably, Amastan is ordered to solve these murders. Even worse, the jaan of the murdered start roaming the dusty streets of Ghadid: restless spirits – seeking any body, to possess. Time is running short, and Amastan must find this perfect assassin, or become their next target. This debut novel is the first in a series.
Fantasy | TP | $26.99
The Book of Magic, Parts One & Two (anthology)
Dozois, Gardner (editor)
For every Frodo, there is a Gandalf… and a Saruman. For every Dorothy, a Glinda… and a Wicked Witch of the West. What would Harry Potter be, without Albus Dumbledore… and Severus Snape? Figures of wisdom and power, possessing arcane, often forbidden knowledge, wizards and sorcerers are shaped – or misshaped – by the potent magic they seek to wield. Yet, though their abilities may be godlike, these men and women remain human… some might say, all too human. Such is their curse. And their glory. In these pages, seventeen of today’s top fantasy writers – including K J Parker, Megan Lindholm, John Crowley, Tim Powers, Liz Williams, Elizabeth Bear, George R R Martin, Kate Elliott, Scott Lynch, and more – cast wondrous spells that thrillingly evoke the mysterious, awesome – and, at times, downright terrifying – worlds, where magic reigns supreme: worlds as far away as forever… and as near as next door.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99 each
Though Hell Should Bar the Way (RCN 12)
Roy Olfetrie planned to be an officer in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy, but when his father was unmasked as a white-collar criminal, he had to take whatever he was offered. What is offered turns out to be a chance to accompany Captain Daniel Leary and Lady Adele Mundy – as they go off to start a war that will put Roy at the sharp end. Duty snatches Roy from the harem of a pirate chief to a world of monsters, from interstellar reaches in a half-wrecked starship to assassination attempts at posh houses. Roy has the choice of making friends or dying friendless; of meeting betrayal and responding to it; of breaking his faith or keeping it at the risk of his life. Pirates, politics, and spies – and waiting for Roy if he survives all the rest, a powerful warship. The action doesn’t slow – nor can Roy, for if he does the only question is which of the many threats will be the one to catch and kill him. But Captain Leary, himself, has given Roy a chance; and Roy is determined make the most of it… though, hell should bar the way.
Military SF | PBK | $21.95
Morhelion (Long Game 02)
Orry Kent may not have stopped the war between the Ascendancy and the alien Kadiran, but, at least, she saved the Grand Fleet from immediate annihilation. Now, she just wants to get on with her own life. The conflict feels a long way away – until a con turns sour, and she finds herself drawn into the very heart of the war. When a dying agent of the emperor’s shadowy Seventh Secretariat tells Orry there’s a traitor at the highest levels of the Ascendancy, she has little choice but to take on the mission. Which is why she finds herself stranded among the floating bubble habitats of Morhelion, where pollution-spewing smokers ply their trade in the beautiful but toxic atmosphere. The hunt is on… The sequel to Shattermoon (PBK, $19.99). This series has had some great customer feedback.
Space opera | TP | $32.99
Duncan, Emily A
When Nadya prays to the gods, they listen, and magic flows through her veins. For nearly a century the Kalyazi have been locked in a deadly holy war with Tranavian heretics, and her power is the only thing that is a match for the enemy’s blood magic. But when the Tranavian High Prince, and his army invade the monastery she is hiding in; instead of saving her people, Nadya is forced to flee the only home she’s ever known, leaving it in flames behind her, and vengeance in her heart… The plan? Assassinate the king and stop the war. In order to save her people, Nadya must now decide whether to trust the High Prince – her country’s enemy – or the beautiful boy with powers that may ignite something – far worse than the war they’re trying to end.
YA fantasy | HC | $24.99
The Deepest Blue (Tales of Renthia 01)
Durst, Sarah Beth
Life is precious and precarious on the islands of Belene. Besieged by a capricious ocean full of malicious spirits, the people of the islands seek joy where they can. Mayara, one of the island’s fearless oyster divers, has found happiness in love. But on the day of her wedding to the artist Kelo, a spirit-driven storm hits the island with deadly force. To save her loved ones, Mayara reveals a dangerous secret: she has the power to control the spirits. When the storm ends, she is taken into custody by the queen’s soldiers and imprisoned with other women, like her. They vary in age and social status, but to many they are heroes who will aid the country or witches that will sacrifice themselves trying. No matter who they are, the women are sent to a terrifying place – an island filled with bloodthirsty nature spirits, and left without food, water, shelter, or any tools except their own instincts and magic. Whoever survives the Island of Testing will be declared heirs to the queen. But no matter, if she wins or loses, Mayara knows that the life she dreamed of is gone. The natural magic of the classic The Island of the Blue Dolphins meets the danger and courage of The Hunger Games in this intricate stand-alone fantasy novel, set in the author’s world of Renthia.
Fantasy | HC | $32.99
A world ruled by a totalitarian government, where history has been erased and individual identity is replaced by the machinations of the state. An old soldier in exile embarks on a desperate journey to find his dying son. A young woman trapped in an abusive marriage with a government official finds hope in an illicit love. A female scientist uncovers a mysterious technology that reveals that her world is more fragile than she believed.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
Perihelion Summer (novella)
Taraxippus is coming: a black hole, one tenth the mass of the sun, is about to enter the solar system. Matt and his friends are taking no chances. They board a mobile aquaculture rig, the Mandjet, self-sustaining in food, power and fresh water, and decide to sit out the encounter, off shore. As Taraxippus draws nearer, new observations throw the original predictions for its trajectory into doubt, and by the time it leaves the solar system, the conditions of life across the globe will be changed… forever. A 192pp Tor.com novella.
Science fiction | PBK | $21.99
Toxic Game (Ghostwalkers 15)
On a rescue mission in the heart of the Indonesian jungle, Dr Draden Freeman and his GhostWalker team need to extract the wounded as quickly as possible – or risk spreading a deadly virus, unleashed by a terrorist cell. When Draden himself gets infected, he forces his team to leave him behind. He won’t risk exposing anyone else. He intends to find the ones responsible and go out, in a blaze of glory… Shylah Cosmos’ mission is to track the virus and remain unseen. Her enhanced senses tell her that the gorgeous man eradicating the terrorists, one by one, is a GhostWalker – and his lethal precision takes her breath away. When he’s hit by a lucky shot, she can’t stop herself from stepping in, not knowing that – by saving his life – she’s exposed herself to the virus. There’s no telling how much time Draden and Shylah have left. Racing to find a cure, they quickly realise that they’ve found their perfect partner… just in time to lose everything. But even as the virus threatens to consume their bodies, they’ve never felt more alive.
Paranormal romance | TP | $29.99
1637: the Polish Maelstrom (Ring of Fire 26)
The Ottoman Empire has captured Vienna and is, now, laying siege to the Austrian government-in-exile established in the city of Linz. Both the United States of Europe and the Kingdom of Bohemia have come to Austria’s assistance, but everyone knows this is going to be a long and brutal struggle. In order to relieve the pressure on the Austrians, General Mike Stearns proposes to open a second front in the Levant. The USE’s emperor Gustavus Adolphus gives his approval to the plan, and Mike sets it in motion, with the very capable assistance of his wife Rebecca Abrabanel, now the USE’s Secretary of State. Meanwhile, Poland is coming to a boil. Gretchen Richter, the newly-elected chancellor of Saxony, has seized control of Lower Silesia. Her small army is now approached to form an alliance, with the Polish revolutionaries who have seized power in the Ruthenian province of Galicia – which, in the universe the time-displaced Americans of Grantville came from, would have constituted the western Ukraine. Now, the Bohemians send an army, led by Morris Roth, into Poland, ostensibly to aid the revolutionaries but also with the goal of expanding King Albrecht Wallenstein’s growing empire in eastern Europe. And – the icing on the cake – Mike Stearns sends the Hangman Regiment of his Third Division, under the command of Jeff Higgins, to reinforce Jeff’s wife Gretchen, in Silesia. The maelstrom in Poland grows… and grows… and grows… Will it drag all its displaced Americans, and their allies down, with it?
Alternate history | HC | $49.95
The Quite Nice and Fairly Accurate Good Omens Script Book
Neil Gaiman’s glorious reinvention of the iconic bestseller Good Omens is adapted from the internationally-beloved novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, and is soon to be a massive new TV series. The series is written and show-run by Neil, himself; and stars David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jon Hamm, and Miranda Richardson, to name but a few. In 1990, dream literary collaborators Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman published ‘the funniest book they could write’ about the end of the world. Now, Neil Gaiman reinvents their ground-breaking classic for 2019 with his original shooting scripts from the show; and gives readers a unique insight into his adaptation and vision for translating this iconic novel to the screen, in an introductory essay. This all-new take on a tale about representatives of good and evil – who join forces to prevent the coming apocalypse (which is scheduled to happen on a Saturday, just after tea) – will be a joy for fans and new readers, alike. Contains much that is new and revelatory, and even several scenes that are not actually in the final television series.
Good Omens | TP | $32.99
The Quite Nice and Fairly Accurate Good Omens TV Companion
Gaiman, Neil & Whyman, Matt
Based on the cult, classic novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Good Omens is one of the most hotly-anticipated TV shows of 2019. Reinvented for television with scripts by Neil, himself; features a stellar cast, including David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jon Hamm, Jack Whitehall, and Miranda Richardson, to name but a few. Keep calm, because The Nice and Accurate Good Omens TV Companion is your ultimate guide to the upcoming apocalypse, which is scheduled to happen on a Saturday, just after tea. The series sees an angel (Sheen) and a demon (Tennant) team up, in order to try and sabotage the end of the world… Featuring incredible photographs, stunning location shots, costume boards, set designs, fascinating character profiles, and in-depth interviews with the stars and crew, this behind-the-scenes look into the making of Good Omens is an absolute must for fans, old and new – and will shatter coffee tables around the world.
Good Omens | HC | $55.00
On a remote and unforgiving island, lies a village unlike any other. In Neverness, a girl might be snatched by a water bull and dragged to his dark lair; and Jack Frost can take his chilling revenge on a jealous sister. A babe is born, with a wing for an arm; and children ask their fortunes of an oracle ox. The beliefs and rituals of the islanders conjure their own dark spirits, flying with the red kites at night or stalking lustful boys through the gorse maze. While the villagers live out their own tales, magic always lurks, blighting and blessing lives in equal measure. A collection of stories exploring the remote, rocky island of Neverness, and its singular inhabitants.
Folklore/short fiction collection | PBK | $19.99
The Pandora Room (Ben Walker 02)
In one ancient variation on the myth of Pandora’s Box, there were two jars, one for Pandora and one for her sister, Anesidora. One contained all the blessings of the gods, the other all the world’s curses. Now, in a subterranean city in Northern Iraq, archaeologist Sophie Durand has discovered a secret chamber covered in writing that confirms that version of the tale – a chamber which contains a single jar. ‘Weird shit’-expert, Ben Walker joins Sophie’s team just as the mystery deepens and grows ugly. Those who believe the myth want to know which jar has been found in the Pandora Room, the one containing blessings, or the one full of curses. Governments rush to lay claim, but jihadi forces aren’t waiting for the dust to settle. Whatever the jar contains, they want it, no matter who they have to kill… or what will emerge, when they open it. For Sophie, Walker, and the others, the Pandora Room may soon become their tomb. A sequel to Ararat (TP, $31.95).
Supernatural thriller | HC | $52.95
The Scribbly Man (Children of D’Hara 01)
After centuries of bitter feuds and bloodshed, First Wizard Richard and Mother Confessor Kahlan have engineered a fair, peaceful kingdom. But they receive a threat that will destroy everything, they have fought for.
Fantasy novella | HC | $18.99
Hearts of Ice (Sunsurge Quartet 03)
The Rondian Empress Lyra has lost her husband, her army is defeated, and the deadly Masked Cabal have seized the Holy City. Her allies have abandoned her, and her empire is spiralling into chaos – and her only weapon is a forbidden magic, she dares not use. She can’t survive alone – but who can she still trust? The Eastern conqueror Sultan Rashid is victorious on the battlefield, but now he faces an enemy more deadly than Rondian knights: the winter. Unless he captures a major city to shelter his huge armies, his plans to overthrow the West face ruin in the snow. But standing between his men and safety is the remnants of a defeated army led by a general who knows all about fighting for survival. There are no easy options left. Lyra and her fellow dwymancers must master their deadly magic, whatever the cost. Even those, who believe themselves to be fighting for good, must grasp the reins of power with cold-hearted determination, and use even the most terrible weapon, if they are to stop the world from falling apart… for ever. The third in the quartet follows Empress of the Fall and Prince of the Spear (PBK, $19.99 each).
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
No Country For Old Gnomes (Tales of Pell 02)
Hearne, Kevin & Dawson, Delilah S
War is coming, and it’s gonna be Pell. On one side, stand the gnomes: smol, cheerful, possessing tidy cardigans, and no taste for cruelty. On the other side, sit the halflings, proudly astride their war alpacas, carrying bags of grenades, and hungry for a fight. And pretty much anything else. It takes only one halfling bomb and Offi Numminen’s world is turned upside down – or downside up, really… since he lives in a hole in the ground. His goth cardigans and aggressive melancholy set him apart from the other gnomes, as does his decision to fight back against their halfling oppressors. Suddenly, Offi is the leader of a band of lovable misfits and outcasts – from a gryphon who would literally kill for omelettes, to a young dwarf herbalist who is better with bees than with his cudgel, to an assertive and cheerful teen witch with a beard as long as her book of curses – all on a journey to the Toot Towers, to confront the dastardly villain intent on tearing Pell asunder. These adventurers never fit in anywhere else, but as they become friends, fight mermaids, and get really angry at this one raccoon… they learn that there’s nothing more heroic, than being yourself. The sequel to hugely-popular Kill the Farm Boy (TP, $31.95). Great fun!
Fantasy/parody | HC | $49.95
The Light Brigade
The Light Brigade: it’s what soldiers fighting the war against Mars, call the ones, who come back… different. Grunts in the corporate corps get busted down into light to travel to, and from, interplanetary battlefronts. Everyone is changed by what the corps must do, in order to break them down into light. Those who survive learn to stick to the mission brief – no matter what actually happens during combat. Dietz, a fresh recruit in the infantry, begins to experience combat drops that don’t sync up, with the platoon’s. And Dietz’s bad drops tell a story of the war that’s not at all what the corporate brass want the soldiers to think is going on… Hurley’s latest has had critical raves.
Military SF | PBK | $21.99
Kaufman, Amie & Kristoff, Jay
The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad, nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, exes Kady and Ezra – who are barely even talking to each other – are forced to fight their way onto the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit. The first in the Illuminae Files series, now in paperback.
YA science fiction | PBK | $19.99
Nest of the Monarch (Dark Talents 03)
November, 1936. Kim Tavistock is in Berlin on her first Continental mission for SIS, the British intelligence service. Her cover: a sham marriage to a handsome, ambitious British consul. Kim makes the diplomatic party circuit with him, hobnobbing with Nazi officials, hoping for a spill that will unlock a secret operation called Monarch. Berlin is a glittering city celebrating Germany’s resurgence, but Nazi brutality darkens the lives of many. When Kim befriends Hannah Linz, a member of the Jewish resistance, she sets in motion events that will bring her into the centre of a vast conspiracy. Forging an alliance with Hannah and her partisans, Kim discovers the alarming purpose of Monarch: the creation of a company of enforcers with augmented Talents and strange appetites. Called the Progeny, they have begun to compel citizen obedience with physical and spiritual terror. Soon, Kim is swept up in a race to stop the coming deployment of the Progeny into Europe. Aligned against her are forces she could never have foreseen, including the very intelligence service she loves; a Russian woman, the queen of all Talents, who fled the Bolsheviks in 1917; and the ruthless SS officer whose dominance and rare charisma may lead to Kim’s downfall. To stop Monarch, and the subversion of Europe, she must do more than use her Talent, wits, and courage. She must step into the abyss of unbounded power, even to the point of annihilation. Does the human race have limits? Kim does not want to know the answer. But it is coming.
Paranormal suspense | HC | $39.99
Death Doesn’t Bargain (Dead Cross 02)
The Deadmen are back… But so are the demons, who have broken free of their eternal prison and are bent on mankind’s destruction. The worst of the lot is Vine, determined to claim their lives for taking hers. She will see the world burn… and has the perfect lure to destroy them all. One of their own. Kalder Dupree has never known a day of mercy. Born to the cruellest of mer-races, he sacrificed himself for his crew and is in Vine’s hands. He expects no mercy, or rescue. Yet, Cameron Jack is determined to set Kalder free. As a Hellchaser, it’s her calling, and she cannot allow even a not-so-innocent to be tortured for an act of kindness that spared her damnation. To defeat evil, it sometimes takes an even worse evil, and Cameron is willing to do whatever she must to make this right. If Vine thought she had her hands full before, she hasn’t seen anything nearly as powerful, as Cameron’s resolve.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99
Midnight (Skulduggery Pleasant 11)
For years, Valkyrie Cain has struggled to keep her loved ones safe from harm, plunging into battle – time and time again – by Skulduggery Pleasant’s side, and always emerging triumphant. But, now, the very thing that Valkyrie fights for is in danger, as a ruthless killer snatches her little sister in order to lure Valkyrie into a final confrontation. With Skulduggery racing to catch up, and young sorcerer Omen scrambling along behind, Valkyrie only has twelve hours to find Alice… before it’s too late. The clock is ticking…
YA fantasy | PBK | $14.99
When Apollo Kagwa was just a child, his father disappeared, leaving him with recurring nightmares and a box labelled ‘Improbabilia’. Now, a successful book dealer, Kagwa has a family of his own after meeting and falling in love with Emma, a librarian. However, as the pair settle into their new lives as parents, exhaustion and anxiety start to take their toll. Emma’s behaviour becomes increasingly erratic, until one day she commits an unthinkable act, setting Apollo on a wild and fantastical quest, through a suddenly otherworldly New York, in search of a wife and child he no longer recognises. Joint Winner 2018 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Holy Sister (Book of the Ancestor 03)
The ice is advancing, the Corridor narrowing, and the empire is under siege from the Scithrowl in the east and the Durns in the west. Everywhere, the emperor’s armies are in retreat. Nona faces the final challenges that must be overcome, if she is to become a full sister in the order of her choice. But it seems unlikely that Nona and her friends will have time to earn a nun’s habit before war is on their doorstep. Even a warrior, like Nona, cannot hope to turn the tide of war. The shiphearts offer strength that she might use to protect those she loves, but it’s a power that corrupts. A final battle is coming – in which she will be torn between friends, unable to save them all. A battle in which her own demons will try to unmake her. A battle in which hearts will be broken, lovers lost, thrones burned. The much-anticipated conclusion of the trilogy, following Red Sister and Grey Sister (PBK, $19.99 each).
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
Cala, a stone farmhouse on the edge of a village in the Outer Hebrides, is home to four women – witches the locals say – who scratch out a living on its land. But after ten years of relative harmony, fractures are beginning to appear among them. Eighteen-year-old Euna is tired of Cala’s rigid hierarchy and arbitrary rules – the women must wear plain dress, attend strict rituals, and consume only what they grow or gather with their hands. Sick of scavenged seaweed and thin soup, Euna decides to go in search of a different way of living.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
Ravencry (Raven’s Mark 02)
For Ryhalt Galharrow, working for Crowfoot as a Blackwing captain is about as bad as it gets – especially when his orders are garbled, or incoherent, or impossible to carry out. The Deep Kings are hurling fire from the sky, a ghost in the light known only as the Bright Lady had begun to manifest in visions across the city, and the cult that worship her grasp for power while the city burns around them. Galharrow may not be able to do much about the cult – or about strange orders from the Nameless – but when Crowfoot’s arcane vault is breached and an object of terrible power is stolen, he’s propelled into a race against time to recover it. Only to do that, he needs answers, and finding them means travelling into nightmare: to the very heart of the Misery. The sequel to the award-winning Blackwing (PBK, $19.99), which has had raves from our customers!
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Moon Rising (Luna 03)
The families of the five Dragons who control the rich resources of the moon are locked in an endless and vicious struggle for supremacy and, now, the peace that reigned while the moon was colonised is breaking down. Which of the scions of the dragons will gain supremacy? Or will the moon, with its harsh vacuum, it’s freezing dark and blazing, irradiated light be the final winner? The conclusion to the epic trilogy of corporate greed and family betrayal, in the lethal setting of the moon; following New Moon and Wolf Moon (PBK, $22.99 each). Fantastic sf, recommended!
Science fiction | TP | $32.99
Machines Like Me
An alternative 1980s London, where Britain has lost the Falklands war, Margaret Thatcher battles Tony Benn for power, and Alan Turing achieves a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. In a world not quite like this one, two lovers will be tested beyond their understanding. Charlie, drifting through life and dodging full-time employment, is in love with Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrible secret. When Charlie comes into money, he buys Adam, one of the first batch of synthetic humans. With Miranda’s assistance, he co-designs Adam’s personality. This near-perfect human is beautiful, strong and clever – a love triangle soon forms…
Artificial intelligence | TP | $32.99
The Revenant Express (Newbury & Hobbes 05)
Sir Maurice Newbury is bereft, as his trusty assistant Veronica Hobbes lies dying – with a wounded heart. Newbury and Veronica’s sister Amelia must take a sleeper train across Europe, to St Petersburg, to claim a clockwork heart that Newbury has commissioned from Faberge; to save Veronica from a life trapped in limbo. No sooner do they take off, than sinister goings on start to plague the train; and it is discovered that an old villain, thought dead, is also on board and seeking revenge. Can Newbury and Amelia defeat him and get the clockwork organ back to the Fixer, in time to save Veronica? And can they do so, without Newbury going so far into the dark side of occult magic that he can never return? Meanwhile, Sir Charles Bainbridge is the only one of their team left in London, to struggle with a case involving a series of horrific crimes. Someone is kidnapping prominent men and infecting them with the Revenant plague, leaving them chained in various locations around the city. But why? It’s a rousing chase to save both London and Veronica. Will these brave detectives be up to the task?
Steampunk | PBK | $19.99
Jokertown Shuffle (Rox Triad 02/Wild Cards 09)
Martin, George R R (editor)
Bloat, the boy-governor of the Rox, wanted to make Ellis Island a safe haven for Jokers, and made a choice to recruit the Jumpers, superpowered teen outcasts who could steal a man’s body in the blink of an eye. But under the leadership of Dr Tachyon’s psychotic grandson, the Jumpers grow more vicious and uncontrollable every day, becoming the greatest threat the Wild Cards have ever faced… Featuring stories by Walton Simons, Chris Claremont, Lewis Shiner, William F Wu, Victor Milan, Stephen Leigh, Melinda M Snodgrass, and John Jos Miller, along with previously unpublished stories from Carrie Vaughn and Cherie Priest. Soon to be a TV series, produced by Melinda Snodgrass.
Fantasy anthology (reissue) | TP | $37.95
A Memory Called Empire (Texicalaan 01)
Ambassador Mahit Dzmare travels to the Teixcalaanli Empire’s interstellar capital, eager to take up her new post. Yet when she arrives, she discovers her predecessor was murdered. But no one will admit his death wasn’t accidental – and she might be next. Now, Mahit must navigate the capital’s enticing yet deadly halls of power, to discover dangerous truths. And while she hunts for the killer, Mahit must somehow prevent the rapacious Empire from annexing her home: a small, fiercely independent mining station… The first in a series, perfect for fans of John Scalzi, Becky Chambers, and Frank Herbert’s Dune.
Science fiction | TP | $32.99
Jirel of Joiry
Moore, C L
With her red hair flowing, her yellow eyes glinting like embers, and her face streaked with blood, Jirel is strong, fearless, and driven by honour. The fierce, proud, and relentless commander of warriors, standing tall above her enemies and simmering with rage, Jirel bids farewell to the world of treacherous men and walks through a forbidden door into Hell itself in pursuit of freedom, justice, and revenge. These are the classic tales of blood and honour that catapulted C L Moore into the legendary ranks of such acclaimed writers as Robert E Howard and Edgar Rice Burroughs, in the golden age of sword and sorcery. First published in the magazine Weird Tales, in the 1930s, Moore’s fantastic medieval adventures are heightened by a savage, romantic vision that helped define the genre; earning her recognition as a Grand Master for lifetime achievement, by the World Fantasy Convention.
Golden Age Masterworks | PBK | $22.99
San Francisco, 1947. It’s not every afternoon that an enigmatic, comely blonde named Stilton (like the cheese) walks into the scruffy gin joint, where Sammy ‘Two Toes’ Tiffin tends bar. It’s love, at first sight – but before Sammy can make his move, an Air Force general named Remy arrives, with some urgent business. Meanwhile, a suspicious flying object has been spotted up the Pacific coast in Washington State, near Mount Rainer; followed by a mysterious plane crash in a distant patch of desert in New Mexico that goes by the name Roswell. But the real weirdness is happening on the streets of the City by the Bay… Great fun, recommended!
Urban fantasy | TP | $29.99
We are Mayhem (Black Star Renegades 02)
In response to losing the crown jewel of its fleet, the evil Praxis empire has vengefully reinforced its tyranny across the galaxy – but its rule won’t be had so easily. Led by hotshot pilot Kira Sen, a growing rebel force stands in the way of Praxis’ might. Not only do they possess the will to fight for galactic freedom, they also possess the ultimate ace in the hole: the mythical Rokura, the most powerful weapon ever known… A sequel to Black Star Renegades (PBK, $24.99).
Space opera | HC | $39.99
The Witch’s Kind
Barrie Anne Blythe and her Aunt Charlotte have always known that the other residents of their small coastal community find them peculiar – two women living alone, on the outskirts of town. It is the price of concealing their strange and dangerous family secret. But two events threaten to upend their lives, for ever. The first is the arrival of a mysterious abandoned baby – with a hint of power like their own. The second is the sudden reappearance of Barrie Anne’s long-lost husband – who is not quite the man, she thought she married. Together, Barrie Anne and Charlotte must decide how far they are willing to go to protect themselves – and the child they think of, as their own – from suspicious neighbours, the government and, even, their own family…
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
From Unseen Fire (Aven Cycle 01)
The Dictator is dead; long live the Republic. But whose Republic will it be? Senators, generals, and elemental mages vie for the power to shape the future of the city of Aven. Latona of the Vitelliae, a mage of Spirit and Fire, has suppressed her phenomenal talents for fear they would draw unwanted attention from unscrupulous men. Now that the Dictator is gone, she may have an opportunity to seize a greater destiny, as a protector of the people – if only she can find the courage to try. Latona’s path intersects with that of Sempronius Tarren, an ambitious senator harbouring a dangerous secret. Sacred law dictates that no mage may hold high office, but Sempronius, a Shadow mage who has kept his abilities a lifelong secret, intends to do just that… The first in a series.
Alternate history/fantasy | PBK | $21.95
Twins Virginia and Tommy Matthews have been on their own – since they were orphaned at the age of five. Twelve years later, the world begins to collapse around them, as a deadly contagion steadily wipes out entire populations, and a devastating world war rages on. When Tommy is drafted for the war, the twins are faced with a choice: accept their fate of almost certain death, or dodge the draft. Virginia and Tommy flee into the dark night. Armed with only a pistol and their fierce will to survive, the twins set forth in search of a new beginning. Tommy and Virginia must navigate the dangers and wonders of this changed world. But how far will they get, before the demons of their past catch up with them?
Post-apocalyptic | TP | $31.95
Only Human (Themis Files 03)
We always thought the biggest threat, to humanity, would come from the outside. We were wrong. Brilliant scientist Rose Franklin has devoted her adult life to solving the mystery she accidentally stumbled upon, as a child: a huge metal hand buried beneath the ground outside Deadwood, South Dakota. The discovery set in motion a cataclysmic chain of events with geopolitical ramifications. Rose and the Earth Defence Corps raced to master the enigmatic technology, as giant robots suddenly descended on Earth’s most populous cities, killing one hundred million people in the process. The mysterious invaders retreat, disappearing from the shattered planet… but they’ve taken the scientist and her crew with them.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
Fergus Ferguson has been called a lot of names: thief, con artist, repo man. He prefers the term finder. His latest job should be simple. Find the spacecraft Venetia’s Sword and steal it back from Arum Gilger, ex-nobleman turned power-hungry trade boss. He’ll slip in, decode the ship’s compromised AI security, and get out of town – Sword, in hand. Fergus locates both Gilger and the ship in the farthest corner of human-inhabited space, a backwater deep-space colony called Cernee. But Fergus’ arrival at the colony is anything but simple. A cable car explosion launches Cernee into civil war, and Fergus must ally with Gilger’s enemies – to navigate a field of space mines, and a small army of hostile mercenaries. What was supposed to be a routine job evolves into negotiating a power struggle between factions. Even worse, Fergus has become increasingly – and inconveniently – invested in the lives of the locals. It doesn’t help that a dangerous alien species, Fergus thought mythical, prove unsettlingly real, and their ominous triangle ships keep following him around. Foolhardy. Eccentric. Reckless. Whatever he’s called, Fergus will need all the help he can get, to take back the Sword and, maybe, save Cernee from destruction in the process. This debut novel is the first in a series.
SF caper | HC | $49.95
Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City
Parker, K J
A siege is approaching, and the city has little time to prepare. The people have no food and no weapons, and the enemy has sworn to slaughter them, all. To save the city will take a miracle, but what it has is Orhan. A colonel of engineers, Orhan has far more experience with bridge-building than battles, is a cheat and a liar, and has a serious problem with authority. He is, in other words, perfect for the job. This is the story of Orhan, son of Siyyah Doctus Felix Praeclarissimus, and his history of the Great Siege, written down so that the deeds and sufferings of great men may never be forgotten.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Witchsign (Ashen Torment 01)
It has been seventy-five years, since the dragons’ rule of fire and magic was ended. Out of the ashes, the Solmindre Empire was born. Since then, the tyrannical Synod has worked hard to banish all manifestations of the arcane from existence. However, children are still born, bearing the taint of the arcane – known, to all, as witchsign. Vigilants are sent out across the continent of Vinterkveld to find and capture all those bearing the mark… The first volume of a new trilogy from Patrick.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
In Edwardian Suffolk, a manor house stands alone in a lost corner of the Fens. Maud is a lonely child, growing up without a mother, ruled by her repressive father. When he finds a painted medieval devil in a graveyard, unhallowed forces are awakened. Maud’s battle has begun. She must survive a world haunted by witchcraft, the age-old legends of her beloved fen – and the even more nightmarish demons of her father’s past.
Horror | TP | $32.99
From Divergent Suns (Darkest Skies 03)
In a remote city, a renowned performance artist commits suicide on video; from a long-abandoned space station comes impossible footage of a dead body; and in an isolated outpost, a secretive cult believes they are communing with the ancient alien Masters. Inspector Keon is trying to investigate, but once again his life has been flipped upside down. His wife, Alysha, is alive. His long search is over. Or, so he thinks. But his investigation is leading to a grand conspiracy by a powerful cabal and the forces of distant Earth, reaching into every level of Magentan society. As he tries to learn the truth, the AI construct of his wife he created searches for her own place in this world; and Magenta faces an existential threat. On the run, and with nowhere to turn, Keon must decide who to trust: The wife he loves… or the AI who loves him.
SF thriller | TP | $32.99
The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (Knickerbocker Classics)
Poe, Edgar Allan
The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe features works from the famous gothic American writer. His works span from 1827 to his death in 1849. His often macabre and dark works included ‘The Raven’, ‘The Black Cat’, ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’, and ‘Annabelle Lee’. For Poe fans worldwide, this stunning gift edition has a full cloth binding, foil blocking on the spine, ribbon marker, and is packaged neatly in an elegant slipcase. The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe contains every known Poe tale ever written, this deluxe edition boasts the entire Poe catalogue.
Gothic horror | HC | $45.00
Never-Contented Things: a novel of Faerie
Prince and his fairy courtiers are staggeringly beautiful, unrelentingly cruel, and exhausted by the tedium of the centuries – until they meet foster-siblings Josh and Ksenia. Drawn in by their vivid emotions and passion for life, Prince will stop at nothing to possess them. Josh and Ksenia learn that the fairies’ otherworldly gifts come at a terrible price – and they must risk everything, in order to reclaim their freedom.
YA fantasy | HC | $26.99
The Princess and the Fangirl (Geekerella Fairy Tale 02)
Movie star Jessica Stone can’t bear to pretend to love Starfield, at yet another con – except her contract obligates her to do just that. She never dreamed she’d be playing Princess Amara for life; yet, for better or worse, beloved Princess Amara has Jessica Stone’s face. But, so, does someone else… Imogen Lovelace is just another Starfield fan, hitting up ExcelsiCon – except she happens to look an awful lot like Jessica Stone. So, when Jess spots her doppelgänger, a brilliant idea pops into her head: Swap places! Jess can escape the spotlight for a few days, while Imogen can ditch her cruddy job and dodgy hotel room, to see life beyond her dull hometown. Jess doesn’t anticipate, actually, liking Imogen’s life; or the gorgeous non-famous girl, who might be the person she needs – to forget about her ex. And Imogen loves being Jess, until she’s trapped in a paparazzi snafu; and realises fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. With the press poised to reveal their secrets, and an announcement about the sequel looming – both Jess and Imogen will have to stand up, for the truth: That there is no such thing as a fake geek girl. That what you love matters. That fandom can, and should, let you be who you really are. The first in the series, Geekerella (PBK, $19.99), is also available, in paperback, now.
YA fairy-tales retold/fandoms | PBK | $19.99
Fleet of Knives (Embers of War 02)
Powell, Gareth L
The former warship Trouble Dog and her crew follow a distress call from the human starship Lucy’s Ghost, whose crew have sought refuge aboard an abandoned generation ship, launched ten thousand years before by an alien race. However, the enormous vessel contains deadly secrets of its own. The Marble Armada calls for recovered war criminal Ona Sudak to accompany its ships, as it spreads itself across the Human Generality, enforcing the peace with overwhelming and implacable force. Then Sudak’s vessel intercepts messages from the House of Reclamation; and decides the Trouble Dog has a capacity for violence, which cannot be allowed to endure. As the Trouble Dog and her crew fight to save the crew of the Lucy’s Ghost, the ship finds herself caught between chaotic alien monsters on one side, and on the other, destruction at the hands of the Marble Armada. A follow-up to Embers of War (PBK, $19.99).
Military SF | PBK | $19.99
Grave Destiny (Alex Craft 06)
Alex is still trying to come to terms with her changing powers and her growing ties to Faerie, when a case she’d rather avoid falls right into her lap. A fae prince desperately needs Alex to investigate a politically-sensitive murder. She reluctantly agrees to the case, taking FIB agent Falin Andrews along, as her backup. But, as Alex begins to delve into the mystery, she realises that the intricate web of alliances and intrigue in the Faerie courts is strained to its limits. War is about to break out, one that threatens to spill over into the mortal realm. This murder is tied right to the centre of centuries-old arcane unrest; and, if Alex isn’t careful, she may follow the twisting path ahead of her, right into her grave end. The first in this excellent series is Grave Witch (PBK, $21.95).
Urban fantasy | PBK | $21.95
In 1938, death is no longer feared but exploited. Since the discovery of the afterlife, the British Empire has extended its reach into Summerland, a metropolis for the recently deceased. Yet, Britain isn’t the only contender for power, in this life and the next. The Soviets have spies in Summerland, and the technology to build their own god. When SIS agent Rachel White gets a lead on one of the Soviet moles, blowing the whistle puts her hard-earned career at risk… Rajaniemi is fantastic, and we recommend Summerland!
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
The Secret Runners of New York
When Skye Rogers and her twin brother Red move to Manhattan, rumours of a coming global apocalypse are building. But this does not stop the young elite of New York from partying, without a care. And then, suddenly, Skye is invited to join an exclusive gang known as the Secret Runners of New York. But this is no ordinary clique – they have access to an underground portal that can transport them into the future. And what Skye discovers, in the future, is horrifying…
YA dystopia | PBK | $16.99
The Master of Dreams (Dreamscape Trilogy 01)
Eddie Raven isn’t quite sure what’s happening to him – and he’s in a race to find out, before it kills him. His adventures begin with a shooting, in a very strange shop in Manhattan – but soon he finds himself the owner of a very familiar bar in Casablanca. By the time he adjusts to that reality, he’s suddenly become one of several undersized people, helping a young woman search for a wizard. And, after confronting the wizard, he somehow finds himself in Camelot. But as he rushes to solve the mystery of his many appearances, a larger threat looms. Because someone, or something, is stalking him – through time and space – with deadly intent…
Fantasy | HC | $49.95
Fix the past. Save the present. Stop the future. 2080: at a remote site on the edge of the Arctic Circle, a group of scientists, engineers and physicians gather to gamble humanity’s future on one last-ditch experiment. Their goal: to make a tiny alteration to the past, averting a global catastrophe while at the same time leaving recorded history intact. To make the experiment work, they just need one last recruit: an ageing schoolteacher, whose late mother was the foremost expert on the mathematics of paradox. 2028: a young woman goes into surgery for routine brain surgery. In the days following her operation, she begins to hear another voice in her head… an unwanted presence which seems to have a will, and a purpose, all of its own – one that will disrupt her life, entirely. The only choice left to her is a simple one. Does she resist… or become a collaborator? A 176pp Tor.com novella.
Science fiction | PBK | $21.99
Riddle, A G
The ice is coming. It was the last thing we expected, but the world is freezing. A new ice age has dawned. Humanity has been forced to confront its own extinction. Billions have fled the glaciers, crowding out the world’s last habitable zones. They can run from the ice, but they can’t escape human nature: a cataclysmic war is coming. In orbit, a group of scientists are running the Winter Experiments, a last-ditch attempt to understand why the planet is cooling. None of the climate models they build make sense. But then they discover an anomaly, an unexplained variation in solar radiation…
Science fiction | TP | $32.99
The Fates Divide (Carve the Mark 02)
The lives of Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are ruled by their fates, spoken by the oracles at their births. The fates, once determined, are inescapable. Akos is in love with Cyra, in spite of his fate: He will die in service to Cyra’s family. And when Cyra’s father, Lazmet Noavek – a soulless tyrant, thought to be dead – reclaims the Shotet throne, Akos believes his end is closer than ever. As Lazmet ignites a barbaric war, Cyra and Akos are desperate to stop him, at any cost. For Cyra, that could mean taking the life of the man, who may – or may not – be her father. For Akos, it could mean giving his own. In a stunning twist, the two will discover how fate defines their lives – in ways most unexpected. The sequel to Carve the Mark (PBK, $19.99).
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Empire of Silence (Sun Eater 01)
It was not his war. On the wrong planet, at the right time, for the best reasons, Hadrian Marlowe started down a path that could only end in fire. The galaxy remembers him as a hero: the man who burned every last alien Cielcin from the sky. They remember him as a monster: the devil who destroyed a sun, casually annihilating four billion human lives – even the Emperor himself – against Imperial orders. But Hadrian was not a hero. He was not a monster. He was not even a soldier. Fleeing his father and a future as a torturer, Hadrian finds himself stranded on a strange, backwater world. Forced to fight as a gladiator and navigate the intrigues of a foreign planetary court, he will find himself fighting a war he did not start, for an Empire he does not love, against an enemy he will never understand. This has had raves from customers.
Space fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Destroying Angel (Carlucci trilogy 01)
Russo, Richard Paul
In the crumbling San Francisco of tomorrow, a former narcotics-squad cop is reluctantly drawn into the investigation of a serial killer’s return. Louis Tanner recognises the ugly work of the Chain Killer, a maniac who dispatches his victims two at a time, welding the corpses together in a grotesque embrace and dumping them into a body of water. Tanner’s troubled conscience from a previous case compels him to reunite with his former colleague, Frank Carlucci. Together, they enter the city’s notorious red-light district, chasing a vicious drug dealer who forces them even deeper into the underworld – where police are powerless; and the foulest criminals live in contempt of the law.
Cyberpunk (reissue) | TP | $24.95
Ghosts of Gotham
Irresistibly drawn to mysteries, if only to debunk them, reporter Lionel Page exposes supernatural frauds, swindlers, and charlatans. His latest case is an obsession – at least, for an ancient and wealthy heiress: verify the authenticity of a lost Edgar Allan Poe manuscript circulating through New York City’s literary underworld. But the shrewd Regina Dunkle offers more than money. It’s a pact. Fulfil her request, and Lionel’s own notorious buried past – one he’s been running from, since he was a child – will remain hidden. As Lionel’s quest begins, so do the warnings. And where rare books go, murder follows. It’s only when Lionel meets enigmatic stranger Madison Hannah – his personal usher, into the city’s secret history – that he realises he’s being guided by a force more powerful than logic… and that he isn’t just following a story. He is the story. Now, that the true purpose of his mission is revealing itself, in the most terrifying ways, it may finally be time for Lionel to believe in the unbelievable.
Paranormal mystery | PBK | $22.99
A Witch in Time (Halflife Chronicles 05)
Simmons, Wm Mark
Years back, a blood transfusion with a member of the undead left Christopher Cséjthe a half-vampire. Since that time, he’s gone mano y monster with zombies, werewolves, master vampires, and creatures from the Cthulhu Lagoon – not to mention an immortal Nazi, an ancient Babylonian demon, a six-thousand-year-old necromancer, voodoo queen Marie Laveau, the mad monk Rasputin, and a couple of the Great Old Ones. As founder of After Dark Investigations, he’s seen his fair share of the seedy side of the supernatural world. He’s saved New Orleans from total destruction, in the past. And lost his family to another temporal realm. To add insult to injury, someone cut the gas line of his SUV and then ran over him with a semi-truck, while he tried to get a tow. But this is the third time, Chris has died. It’s old hat, at this point, for him. Now, awakened in a world he doesn’t quite recognise, he’ll have to use his wits to, once again, keep the supernatural world at bay. INTERPOL is interested in some of his associations with Vlad Drakul’s grandson – better known as Dracula – and a trio of witches from Greek myth want him dead – and for good, this time. Bad enough. But what’s worse is that the IRS is looking into his tax returns; and not at all liking what they find. Now, that’s really terrifying.
Urban fantasy | HC | $49.95
In the North Sea, far from what remains of the coastline, a wind farm stretches for thousands of acres. The Boy, who is no longer really a boy, and the Old Man, whose age is unguessable, are charged with its maintenance. Land is only a memory. So, too, is the Boy’s father, who worked on the turbines before him, and disappeared. The boy has been sent by the Company to take his place; but the question of where he went, and why, is one for which the Old Man will give no answer. As the Old Man dredges the sea for lost things, the Boy sifts for the truth of his missing father…
Dystopia | TP | $29.99
Children of the Lens (Lensman 06)
Smith, E E ‘Doc’
It was beginning to look as though no one could prevent the annihilation of the civilised Universe. For a weird intelligence was directing the destruction of all civilisation from the icy depths of outer space. Kim Kinnison of the Galactic Patrol was one of the few men, who knew how near the end was. And in the last desperate stratagem to save the Universe from total destruction, he knew he had to use his children… as bait for the evil powers of the hell-planet Ploor…
Golden Age Masterworks | PBK | $22.99
The Luminous Dead
When Gyre Price lied her way into this expedition, she thought she’d be mapping mineral deposits, and that her biggest problems would be cave collapses and gear malfunctions. She also thought that the fat paycheque – enough to get her off planet, and on the trail of her mother – meant she’d get a skilled surface team…monitoring her suit and environment, keeping her safe. Keeping her sane. Instead, she got Em. Em sees nothing wrong with controlling Gyre’s body with drugs, or withholding critical information to ‘ensure the smooth operation’ of her expedition. Em knows all about Gyre’s falsified credentials, and has no qualms using them, as a leash – and a lash. And Em has secrets, too… As Gyre descends, little inconsistencies – missing supplies, unexpected changes in the route, and, worst of all, shifts in Em’s motivations – drive her out of her depths. Lost and disoriented, Gyre finds her sense of control giving way, to paranoia and anger. On her own in this mysterious, deadly place – surrounded by darkness, and the unknown – Gyre must overcome more than just the dangerous terrain, and the Tunneler which calls underground its home, if she wants to make it out alive – she must confront the ghosts in her own head. But how come she can’t shake the feeling she’s being followed?
Horror-ish SF | TP | $29.99
Darksoul (Godblind 02)
The Wolves lie dead beside Rilpor’s soldiers, slaughtered at the hands of the Mireces and their fanatical army. The veil that once kept the Red Gods at bay has been left in tatters, as the Dark Lady’s plans for the world come to fruition. Where the gods walk, blood is spilled on the earth. All that stands between the Mireces army and complete control of the Kingdom of Rilpor are the walls of its capital, Rilporin, and those besieged, inside. But hope might yet bloom in the unlikeliest of places: in the heart of a former slave, in the mind of a soldier with the eyes of a fox, and in the hands of a general destined to be king. The sequel to Godblind (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
When itinerant cave-diver James Tighe receives an invitation – to billionaire Nathan Joyce’s private island – he thinks it must be a mistake. But Tighe’s unique skill set makes him a prime candidate for Joyce’s high-risk venture to mine a near-earth asteroid – with the goal of kick-starting an entire off-world economy. The potential rewards and personal risks are staggering, but the competition is fierce, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Isolated and pushed beyond their breaking points, Tighe and his fellow twenty-first century adventurers must rely on each other, to survive…
Science fiction | HC | $49.99
Smoke and Key
She has no idea who, or where, she is. Or why she’s dead. The only clue to her identity hangs around her neck: a single, rusted key. This is how she and the others receive their names – from whatever belongings they had, when they fell out of their graves. None of them remembers who they used to be. Under is a place of dirt and nightmares, and Key is determined to discover the secrets of her past, in order to escape it. She needs help, but who can she trust? Ribbon seems content in Under, uninterested in finding answers. There’s Smoke, the boy with sharp words and a fierceness that rivals even the living. And Journal, the boy who stays apart from everyone else, and loses himself in books and science. Key’s instincts tell her that there is something remarkable about each of them, even if she can’t remember why. Then the murders start, bodies that are burned to a crisp. After being burned, the dead stay dead. Key is running out of time, to discover who she was – and what secret someone is willing to kill, to keep hidden – before she becomes the next victim.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer 02)
In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves; as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep. Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice – save the woman he loves, or everyone else? – while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? As humans and godspawn reel, in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, and a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, the Muse of Nightmares must take possession her power – and of her fate, and everyone else’s. The sequel to Strange the Dreamer (PBK, $16.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $16.99
Cage of Souls
The sun is bloated, diseased… dying, perhaps. Beneath its baneful light, Shadrapar, last of all cities, harbours fewer than 100,000 human souls. Built on the ruins of countless civilisations, Shadrapar is a museum, a midden, an asylum, a prison on a world that is ever more alien to humanity. Bearing witness to the desperate struggle for existence between life old and new is Stefan Advani: rebel, outlaw, prisoner, survivor. This is his testament, an account of the journey that took him into the blazing desolation of the western deserts… He will meet with monsters, madman, mutants. The question is, which one of them will inherit this Earth?
Science fiction | TP | $32.99
New Year’s Day, 1921. Seven mutilated bodies are discovered in an ancient stone circle on a remote Scottish island. The victims are ‘the Children’ – members of a nature cult ruled by the charismatic, sadistic patriarch, the adder. The sole survivor of the massacre, Dinah, claims that Eve is the murderer, apparently drowned while attempting her escape. Yet, as Eve’s story of the years leading up the massacre intertwines with Dinah’s account of the aftermath, a darker, stranger truth begins to emerge. The Isle is all Eve knows. Hidden from the world, the Children worship the Great Snake – who dwells in the ocean – dance in the stones at dawn, and offer their blood in sacrifice. The adder’s word is law. When Eve is forced into the world beyond the Isle, her faith and love are tested by unexpected friendships that make her question everything. As she begins to see through the adder’s macabre fictions, the world Eve knows collapses. Does she lose her humanity, with her belief? Does it drive her to kill?
Gothic horror | PBK | $22.99
The Savior (Black Dagger Brotherhood 17)
Ward, J R
In the venerable history of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, only one male has ever been expelled – but Murhder’s insanity gave the Brothers no choice. Haunted by visions of a female he could not save; he, nonetheless, returns to Caldwell – on a mission to right the wrong that ruined him. However, he is not prepared for what he must face, in his quest for redemption. Dr Sarah Watkins, researcher at a biomedical firm, is struggling with the loss of her fiancé. When the FBI starts asking about his death, she questions what really happened and soon learns the terrible truth: her firm is conducting inhumane experiments in secret and the man she thought she knew and loved was involved in the torture. As Murhder and Sarah’s destinies become irrevocably entwined, desire ignites between them. But can they forge a future that spans the divide, separating the two species? And as a new foe emerges, in the war against the vampires, will Murhder return to his Brothers… or resume his lonely existence, forevermore?
Paranormal romance | TP | $29.99
Oblivion (Starfire 08)
White, Steve & Gannon, Charles E
The war with the profoundly-alien Arduans has ended, and the Arduans have come to call humanity their allies. Most of them – the Arduan warrior caste refuses to accept defeat. Now, known as the Kaituni, they are waging a war of extermination against all members of the pan-Sentient Union, human and Arduan, alike. What’s more, the Kaituni have an unexpected weapon in their arsenal: the alien Arachnids… once, thought driven to extinction. The Kaituni drive the Arachnid fleet ahead of them, inflicting untold damage. The war has been marked by retreat, on the side of the pan-Sentient Union. It seems the best they can do is minimise their losses. But, now, the Arachnids and the Kaituni are at the doorstep to the Heart Worlds, Sol, and Earth: Alpha Centauri. The odds look bleak. But Admiral Ian Trevayne and Commodore Ossian Wethermere have faced down long odds, in the past. It’s time to take a stand, for Earth, for humanity… and for the pan-Sentient Union!
Military SF | PBK | $21.95
The Forbidden City (Dragon’s Legacy 02)
Wolf, Deborah A
Jian begins a brutal and bloody climb up the ranks of the Daechen, as the Emperor’s long plans near fruition. Sulema is likewise initiated into the ways of Atualon and the power of Atulfah, and finds that her father’s bright city is built on a foundation of dark and terrible secrets. Hafsa Azeina begins a trek down paths stranger, and more dangerous, than even she could have imagined. And the Zeeranim must face not only their traditional, external enemies… but treachery and betrayal, from within. A follow-up to The Dragon’s Legacy (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
The Book of Joan
Fleeing the unending violence and the planet’s now-radioactive surface, humans have regrouped to a mysterious platform – known as CIEL – hovering over their erstwhile home. Out of the ranks of the endless wars, rises Jean de Men, a charismatic and bloodthirsty cult leader – who turns CIEL into a quasi-corporate police state. A group of rebels unite to dismantle his iron rule – galvanised by the heroic song of Joan, a child-warrior… who possesses a mysterious force that lives within her.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
Knight (Chronicle of the Sibyl’s War 02)
Nicole Hammond was just trying to survive on the streets of Philadelphia, then she and her partner, Bungie, were abducted by a race of mysterious moth-like aliens and taken to a strange ship, called the Fyrantha. Now, she is a Sibyl, a special human that has the ability to communicate with the aliens and their ship, and no one is happy. Competing factions control different parts of the Fyrantha, with the humans and other sentient aliens caught in the middle. But Nicole is done being bullied… and, now, she has a plan to take control of the ship. She just has to outsmart war profiteers and slavers to do it… A sequel to Pawn (PBK, $21.95).
Space opera | HC | $49.95