Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: August 2018

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in August 2018.

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Abbreviations used in this catalogue: PBK = ‘A’ or ‘B’ format (standard size) paperback;TP = ‘B+’ or ‘C’ format (oversize) trade paperback;HC = hardcover or cloth binding.

Until next time, good reading!

August 2018 includes new books by: Karen Chance, Jasper Fforde, Mary Robinette Kowal, Cixin Liu, Seanan McGuire, Philp Reeve, Brandon Sanderson, Angela Slatter, John Varley… and many others.

August 2018

Grace and Fury
Banghart, Tracy
In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other on an island prison where women must fight to survive. Serina has spent her whole life preparing to become a Grace – selected to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining example of the perfect woman. But her headstrong and rebellious younger sister has a dangerous secret, and one wrong move could cost both sisters everything. Can Serina fight? And will Nomi win?
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99

King of Assassins (Wounded Kingdom 03)
Barker, R J
Assassin Girton Club-Foot has lived in relative peace, for many years – but, now, his king, Rufra ap Vthyr, eyes the vacant High-King’s throne and will take his court to the capital. In a viper’s nest of intrigue, the endgame of twenty years of politics and murder will be played out in the bid to become the King of all Kings. Friends become enemies, enemies become friends, and the god of death stands closer than ever, casting his shadow over everyone, Girton holds dear. The conclusion of the trilogy, following Age of Assassins and Blood of Assassins (PBK, $19.99 each).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Straight Outta Tombstone (anthology)
Boop, David (Editor)
This is a new Old West and you’ll be lucky to get outta town, alive! Stories by Larry Correia, Jim Butcher, Kevin J Anderson, Alan Dean Foster, Sarah A Hoyt, Jody Lynn Nye, Michael A Stackpole, and many more.
Anthology | PBK | $19.95

Places in the Darkness
Brookmyre, Chris
There has never been a homicide on Ciudad de Cielo. It’s the ‘city in the sky’, where hundreds of scientists and engineers live and work in Earth’s orbit, building the colony ship that will one day take humanity to the stars. When the mutilated body of a common criminal is found, on CdC, the eyes of the world are watching… An sf thriller, from the master of tartan noir.
SF thriller | PBK | $19.99

Hawk (Vlad Taltos 14)
Brust, Steven
Years ago, Vlad Taltos came from the East, to make his way as a human, amidst the impossibly tall, fantastically long-lived natives of the Dragaeran Empire. He joined the Jhereg, the Dragaeran House (of which there are seventeen) that handles the Empire’s vices: gambling, rackets, organised crime. He became a professional assassin. He was good at it. But that was then, before Vlad and the Jhereg became mortal enemies. For years, Vlad has run from one end of the Empire to the other, avoiding the Jhereg assassins who pursue him. Now, finally, he’s back in the imperial capital – where his family and friends are. He means to stay there, this time. Whatever happens. And whatever it takes.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95

Smoke and Iron (Great Library 04)
Caine, Rachel
The opening moves of a deadly game have begun. Jess Brightwell has put himself in direct peril, with only his wits and skill to aid him in a game of cat and mouse with the Archivist Magister of the Great Library. With the world catching fire and words printed on paper the spark that lights rebellion, it falls to smugglers, thieves, and scholars to save a library, thousands of years in the making… if they can stay alive, long enough to outwit their enemies. The fourth in the series, following Ink and Bone, Paper and Fire, and Ash and Quill (PBK, $16.99 each).
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99

The Fall of Dragons (Traitor’s Son Cycle 05)
Cameron, Miles
The Red Knight’s final battle lies ahead… but there’s a whole war still to fight first. He began with a small company, fighting the dangerous semi-mythical creatures that threatened villages, nunneries and cities. But as his power – and his forces – grew, so the power of the enemy he stood against became ever clearer. Not the power of men… but that of gods, with thousands of mortal allies. Never has strategy been more important, and this war will end where it started: at Lissen Carak. But to get there means not one battle, but many – to take out the seven armies which stand against them; and force Ash, the huge black dragon, to finally take to the field, himself… Follows The Red Knight, The Fell Sword, The Dread Wyrm, and The Plague of Swords (new in paperback, this month) (PBK, $22.99 each). This series has had some great customer feedback!
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Successor’s Promise (Millennium’s Rule 03)
Canavan, Trudi
Five years have passed, since the Rebels confronted the Raen. Five years in which the boy Rielle rescued, Qall, has grown up among the Travellers, with no memory of the life that was stolen from him. Five years of chaos barely contained by Baluka and the Restorers. Worlds are at war, some overrun by deadly machines, some drained of magic by power-hungry sorcerers. As Qall comes of age, and Rielle and Tyen’s hard-won peace is threatened, their loyalties are tested – and Qall’s very existence is at stake. Because Dahli is still determined to restore Valhan to power, and he will stop at nothing to succeed. This excellent series begins with Thief’s Magic ($19.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The Cloven (Vorrh trilogy 03)
Catling, Brian
The colonial city of Essenwald gives up all its secrets, as the ancient forest seeks to reclaim what has been taken from it. Those who have been enslaved shall be no longer, and two heroes once thought dead shall re-emerge, stronger than ever. A man will be split in two, and a young woman will rise to the height of her powers. Meanwhile, the threat of war looms over London. Germany is gearing up to begin the Blitz; and only Nicolas the Erstwhile senses the danger to come. Will he be able to save the man, who saved him? The stunning conclusion to Brian Catling’s Vorrh trilogy, following The Vorrh and The Erstwhile (PBK, $22.99 each).
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers 03)
Chambers, Becky
Centuries after the last humans left Earth, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic – a place many are from, but few outsiders have seen. Humanity has finally been accepted into the galactic community, but while this has opened doors for many, those who have not yet left for alien cities fear that their carefully cultivated way of life is under threat. Tessa chose to stay home, when her brother Ashby left for the stars, but has to question that decision when her position in the Fleet is threatened. Kip, a reluctant young apprentice, itches for change but doesn’t know where to find it. Sawyer, a lost and lonely newcomer, is just looking for a place to belong. And when a disaster rocks this already fragile community, those Exodans, who still call the Fleet their home, can no longer avoid the inescapable question: What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination? The fantastic third entry into Chambers’ Wayfarers series, following A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and A Closed and Common Orbit (PBK, $19.99 each). Recommended!
Space opera | TP | $29.99

Shadow’s Bane (Dorina (Dory) Basarab 04)
Chance, Karen
Dorina Basarab is a dhampir – half-human, half-vampire. As one of the Vampire Senate’s newest members, Dory already has a lot on her plate. But then a relative of one of Dory’s fey friends goes missing. They fear he’s been sold to a slaver, who arranges fights – sometimes to the death – between different types of fey. As Dory investigates, she and her friends learn the slavers are into something much bigger than a fight club. With the Vampire Senate gearing up for war, with Faerie, it’ll take everything she has to defeat the slavers – and deal with the entirely too attractive master vampire, Louis-Cesare…
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.95

Dreams Before the Start of Time
Charnock, Anne
In a near-future London, Millie Dack places her hand on her belly to feel her baby kick, resolute in her decision to be a single parent. Across town, her closest friend – a hungover Toni Munroe – steps into the shower and places her hand on a medic console. The diagnosis is devastating. Millie and Toni experience the aftershocks of human progress, as their children and grandchildren embrace new ways of making babies. When infertility is a thing of the past, a man can create a child without a woman, a woman can create a child without a man, and artificial wombs eliminate the struggles of pregnancy… Winner of the 2018 Arthur C Clarke Award.
Science fiction | TP | $29.95

Denied (Sazi/Luna Lake 03)
Clamp, Cathy
Anica Petrovic used to be human, until she was kidnapped and turned into a shapeshifter. Now, she’s a bear. Political strife in Serbia led Anica, her father, and her brother to settle in the Pacific Northwest, in a shifter community – where all are welcome. The town is rocked by a series of brutal murders, which appear to have been committed by a bear. Anica and her family are all bears, but she knows they are all innocent. Not so innocent, is newcomer Tristan… also a bear – Anica’s sensitive nose tells her he’s hiding something, but she can’t believe he’s a killer. She’s wrong. Tristan has killed – though, he’s innocent of the murders in Luna Lake. He’s tracked an ancient evil to Anica’s home town, and he’ll do whatever is necessary, to find that evil and destroy it.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.95

Charmcaster (Spellslinger 03)
de Castell, Sebastien
Kellen, Reichis and Ferius are on their way to Gitabria – a city where amazing inventions are dreamed up and sold across the land of the Seven Sands. But when the three of them stumble across a tiny mechanical bird, magically brought to life, they quickly realise all is not as it appears. Meanwhile, two strange Argosi appear, carrying secrets from Ferius’ past; together with an unlikely Jan’Tep ally. And, as time ticks on, all the cards in Ferius’ deck point to the emerging tides of war… The third book in de Castell’s fantastic Western-inspired fantasy series, following Spellslinger and Shadowblack.
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99

Shadowblack (Spellslinger 02)
de Castell, Sebastien
Four months after fleeing his own people, Kellen has discovered he’s an even worse outlaw, than he was mage. It doesn’t help that his only allies are a swaggering card player, and a thieving squirrel cat. Then, he meets Seneira, a blindfolded girl who isn’t blind, and whose secrets get them caught up in a conspiracy of magic, blackmail, and murder. Now, Kellen must find the mage responsible – before the entire frontier falls victim to the mystical plague, known as the shadowblack.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99

Spellslinger (Spellslinger 01)
de Castell, Sebastien
How do you survive a mage’s duel without magic? Kellen’s about to risk everything: his family, his home, even his own life… When you’re a Jan’Tep initiate, approaching your 16th birthday, you’d better be ready to prove your worth as a mage. Either that, or have a miracle on the way. And Kellen isn’t counting on either. He knows he’ll need a few tricks up his sleeve, to avoid disgracing his family and becoming a Sha’Tep servant. So, when a sassy, straight-talking traveller arrives in town, Kellen is all ears. Ferius Parfax is jaded but worldly, an exile who lives by her wits, and the three decks of cards she carries. She can’t teach him to spark his bands and access the seven magics; but, with the hand that Kellen’s been dealt, he knows he needs all the help, he can get…
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99

One of Us
Dilouie, Craig
They call it the plague… A generation of children born with extreme genetic mutations. They call it a home… But it’s a place of neglect and forced labour. They call him a freak… But Dog is just a boy who wants to be treated as normal. They call them dangerous… They might be right. The story of a lost generation, and a boy who just wants to be one of us.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

The Point
Dixon, John
Scarlett Winter has always been an outsider, and not only because she’s a hard-core daredevil and born troublemaker – she has been hiding superhuman powers, she doesn’t yet understand. Now, she’s been recruited by a secret West Point unit for cadets with extraordinary abilities. At The Point, Scarlett discovers that she may be the most powerful cadet of all. With the power to control pure energy, she’s a human nuclear bomb – and she’s not sure she can control her powers, much longer… This has had some excellent customer feedback.
Supernatural thriller | HC | $46.95

The Land of Stone Flowers: A Fairy Guide to the Mythical Human Being (illustrated)
Dorosheva, Sveta
Classic fairy tales get a refreshing satirical twist in this collection of illustrated stories – in which gnomes, pixies, and other fairy folk share tall tales of the strange and unbelievable human world, and its inhabitants. Brimming with keen observations and wild assumptions on human anatomy, customs, languages, rituals, dwellings, and more; this collection is as absurd as it is astounding; examining contradictory and nonsensical human behaviours through the lens of the fantastic: from the bewitching paper wizards who live in humans’ wallets, to their invisible hats, known as ‘moods’, which cloud their view of the world.
Fairy tales | HC | $45.00

The Storm Keeper’s Island
Doyle, Catherine
Once in a generation, Arranmore Island chooses a new Storm Keeper to wield its power and keep its magic safe from enemies. The time has come for Fionn’s grandfather, a secretive and eccentric old man, to step down. Soon, a new Keeper will rise. But, deep underground, someone has been waiting for Fionn… ‘A magical new voice in fantasy. Wise, warm and wonderful…’ – Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl series.
YA fantasy | PBK | $14.99

The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fifth Annual Collection
Dozois, Gardner (editor)
The very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world. This venerable collection brings together award-winning authors, and masters of the field. With an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology – for all science fiction fans, and readers interested in breaking into the genre.
Science fiction anthology | TP/HC | $32.99/$59.99

Temper
Drayden, Nicky
Two brothers. Seven vices. One demonic possession. Can this relationship survive? Auben Mutze has more vices than he can deal with – six, to be exact – each branded down his arm, for all the world to see. They mark him as a lesser twin in society, as inferior; but there’s no way he’ll let that define him. Intelligent and outgoing, Auben’s spirited antics make him popular among the other students at his underprivileged high school. So what, if he’s envious of his twin Kasim, whose single vice brand is a ticket to a better life… one that, likely, won’t involve Auben. The twins’ strained relationship threatens to snap, when Auben starts hearing voices that speak to his dangerous side – encouraging him to perform evil deeds that go beyond innocent mischief. Lechery, deceit, and vanity run rampant. And then there are the inexplicable blood cravings… On the southern tip of an African continent that could have been, demons get up to no good – during the time of year, when temperatures dip and temptations rise. Auben needs to rid himself of these maddening voices, before they cause him to lose track of time. To lose his mind. And to lose his… Temper.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Stars Uncharted
Dunstall, S K
On this space jump, no one is who they seem… Captain Hammond Roystan is a simple cargo runner, who has stumbled across the find of a lifetime: the Hassim, a disabled exploration ship – and its valuable record of unexplored worlds. His junior engineer, Josune Arriola, said her last assignment was in the uncharted rim. But she is decked out in high-level bioware – that belies her humble back story. A renowned body-modification artist, Nika Rik Terri has run afoul of clients, who will not take no for an answer. She has to flee off-world, and she is dragging along a rookie modder, who seems all-too-experienced, in weapons and war… Together, this mismatched crew will end up on one ship, hurtling through the lawless reaches of deep space – with Roystan at the helm. Trailed by nefarious company men, they will race to find the most famous lost world, of all – and riches, beyond their wildest dreams… This new novel, from the author of the excellent Linesman trilogy, has been highly recommended by customers!
Space opera | TP | $31.95

Deep Roots (Innsmouth Legacy 02)
Emrys, Ruthanna
Aphra Marsh, descendant of the People of the Water, has survived Deep One internment camps; and made a grudging peace, with the government that destroyed her home and exterminated her people on land. Aphra’s journey, to rebuild her life and family on land, continues as she tracks down long-lost relatives. She must repopulate Innsmouth, or risk seeing it torn down by greedy developers; but – as she searches – she discovers that people have been going missing. She will have to unravel the mystery, or risk seeing her way of life slip away… A sequel to Winter Tide (PBK, $22.99).
Cthulhuiana | HC | 34.99

Halls of Law (Faraman Prophecy 01)
Escalada, V M
Seventeen-year-old Kerida Nast has always wanted a career in the military, just like the rest of her family. So, when her Talent is discovered, and she knows she’ll have to spend the rest of her life as a psychic for the Halls of Law, Ker isn’t happy about it. Anyone entering the Halls must give up all personal connection with the outside world, losing their family and friends permanently. But just as Kerida is beginning to reconcile herself to her new role, the Faraman Polity is invaded by strangers from Halia, who begin a systematic campaign of destruction against the Halls, killing every last Talent they can find…
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95

Gift of Griffins (Faraman Prophecy 02)
Escalada, V M
Kerida Nast and her companions have succeeded in finding Jerek Brightwing, the new Luqs of Farama, and uniting him with a part of his Battle Wings; but not all their problems have been solved. Farama is still in the hands of the Halian invaders and their Shekayrin, and it’s going to take magical, as well as military, strength to overcome them. Unexpected help comes from Bakura, the Princess Imperial of the Halians – whose Gifts have been suppressed. As the Voice of her brother the Sky Emperor, she has some political power over the Halian military; and she will use it to aid the Faramans… if Kerida can free her, from what she sees as a prison. But whether Kerida can help the princess, remains to be seen. If she succeeds, Bakura may prove their salvation. But should Kerida fail, all may be lost…
Fantasy | HC | 47.95

Early Riser
Fforde, Jasper
Imagine a world where all humans must hibernate through a brutally cold winter, their bodies dangerously close to death, as they enter an ultra-low metabolic state of utterly dreamless sleep. All humans, that is, apart from the Winter Consuls – a group of officers who diligently watch over the vulnerable sleeping citizens. Charlie Worthing is a novice, chosen by a highflying hero Winter Consul to accompany him to the Douzey, a remote sector in the middle of Wales, to investigate a dream which is somehow spreading amongst those in the hibernational state, causing paranoia, hallucination, and a psychotic episode that can end in murder. Worthing has been trained to deal with Tricksy Nightwalkers whose consciousness has been eroded by hibernation, leaving only one or two skills and an incredible hunger; he’s been trained to stay alive through the bleakest and loneliest of winters… Leanne loved this; and thinks Fforde’s first new thing in ages has all the charm of The Eyre Affair.
Fantasy adventure | TP | $29.99

Relic
Foster, Alan Dean
Ruslan is the last surviving human being in the entire universe. Saved by a species of friendly aliens, Ruslan is forced to live life as an artefact of history, paying a lonely homage to a once-proud race that spanned the stars. Now, with the weight of his near-extinct species pressing down on him, Ruslan embarks on an epic journey of adventure, heartbreak, and danger…
Science fiction | HC | $49.95

Mythos: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece
Fry, Stephen
The Greek myths are amongst the best stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. You’ll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia’s revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis. Spellbinding, informative and moving, Stephen Fry’s Mythos perfectly captures these stories for the modern age – in all their rich and deeply human relevance.
Mythology | PBK | $22.99

European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman (Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club 02)
Goss, Theodora
When Mary receives a telegram that Lucinda Van Helsing has been kidnapped, the Athena Club must travel to the Austro-Hungarian Empire to rescue yet another young woman, who has been subjected to horrific experimentation. Where is Lucinda, and what has Professor Van Helsing been doing to his daughter? Can Mary, Diana, Beatrice, and Justine reach her in time? Racing against the clock to save Lucinda from certain doom, the Athena Club embarks on a madcap journey across Europe… Follows the popular The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (PBK, $24.99).
Historical fantasy | TP | $27.99

Serpentine (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 26)
Hamilton, Laurell K
A remote Florida island is the perfect wedding destination, for the upcoming nuptials of Anita’s fellow US marshal and best friend, Edward. For Anita, the vacation is a welcome break, as it’s the first trip she gets to take, with wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel. But it’s not all fun and games, and bachelor parties… In this tropical paradise, Micah discovers a horrific new form of lycanthropy, one that has afflicted a single family for generations. Believed to be the result of an ancient Greek curse, it turns human bodies into a mass of snakes. When long-simmering resentment leads to a big blowout, within the wedding party, the last thing Anita needs is more drama. But it finds her anyway, when women start disappearing from the hotel, and worse – her own friends and lovers are considered the prime suspects. There’s a strange power afoot that Anita has never confronted before, a force that’s rendering those around her helpless in its thrall. Unable to face it, on her own, Anita is willing to accept help from even the deadliest places. Help that she will, most certainly, regret – if she survives, at all, that is…
Paranormal romance | TP | $29.99

Graveyard Shift
Haspil, Michael J
Alex Menkaure, former pharaoh and mummy, and his vampire partner, Marcus, born in ancient Rome, are vice cops in a special Miami police unit. They fight to keep the streets safe from criminal vampires, shape-shifters, bootleg blood dealers, and anti-vampire vigilantes. When poisoned, artificial blood drives vampires to murder, the city threatens to tear itself apart. Only an unlikely alliance with former opponents can give Alex and Marcus a fighting chance, against an ancient vampire conspiracy. If they succeed, they’ll be pariahs, hunted by everyone. If they fail, the result will be a race war – bloodier than any the world has ever seen.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Gnomon
Harkaway, Nick
In a near-future Britain, a distributed surveillance-democracy called The System knows everything you; and can even spy on your mind. But when state investigators then look into the head of a refusenik novelist, named Diana Hunter, what they find there is not her life story but that of four other people, spread across thousands of years, all vibrantly real and each utterly impossible – and, before they can unravel that puzzle, Diana Hunter, shockingly, dies as a result of the investigation, an unheard-of result, in a perfect system which protects everyone from harm… Recommended!
Dystopia | PBK | $22.99

City of Lies (Poison War 01)
Hawke, Sam
Only a handful of people in Silasta know Jovan’s real purpose in life. To most, he is just another son of the ruling class. The quiet, forgettable friend of the Chancellor’s charming, irresponsible heir. In reality, Jovan has been trained – for most of his life – to detect, concoct and withstand poisons, in order to protect the ruling family. His sister Kalina is too frail to share in their secret, family duty. While other women of the city hold positions of power and responsibility, her path is full of secrets and lies – some hidden, even from her own brother. Until now, peace has reigned in Silasta, for hundreds of years. But when the Chancellor succumbs to an unknown poison, and an army storms the gates, the so-called Bright City is completely unprepared. It falls to Jovan and Kalina, to protect the heir and save their homeland – but, first, they must make their way through a new world of unexpected treachery, a world where the ancient spirits are rising… and angry. A debut fantasy novel by a new Australian voice.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

The Mere Wife
Headley, Maria Dahvana
From the perspective of those who live in Herot Hall, the suburb is a paradise. Picket fences divide buildings – high and gabled – and the community is entirely self-sustaining. Each house has its own fireplace, each fireplace is fitted with a container of lighter fluid, and outside – in lawns and on playgrounds – wildflowers seed themselves in neat rows. But for those who live surreptitiously along Herot Hall’s periphery, the subdivision is a fortress guarded by an intense network of gates, surveillance cameras, and motion-activated lights. For Willa, the wife of Roger Herot (heir of Herot Hall), life moves at a charmingly slow pace. She flits between mommy groups, play dates, cocktail hour, and dinner parties – always, with her son, Dylan, in tow. Meanwhile, in a cave in the mountains, just beyond the limits of Herot Hall, lives Gren – short for Grendel; as well as his mother, Dana, a former soldier who gave birth, as if by chance. Dana didn’t want Gren, didn’t plan Gren, and doesn’t know how she got Gren; but when she returned from war, there he was. When Gren, unaware of the borders erected to keep him at bay, ventures into Herot Hall, and runs off with Dylan… Dana’s and Willa’s worlds collide. A modern retelling of the literary classic Beowulf.
Folklore | TP | $29.99

Bad Faith (Dragon Lords 03)
Hollins, Jon
Will and his comrades went to war to overthrow the reign of dragons, winning battle after battle, gold and, best of all, a reputation as conquering heroes. But, now, they’ve angered the gods, these great dragon slayers suddenly need to turn to the dragons, for help… We won’t tell, if you don’t. The third in the series follows Fool’s Gold and False Idols (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Smoke
Ings, Simon
Humanity has been split into three different species. Mutual incomprehension has fractured the globe. As humans race to reach the stars, another Great War looms. For you, that means returning to Yorkshire and the town of your birth, where factories churn out the parts for gigantic spaceships. But soon enough you will find yourself in the Smoke again, drawn back to the life you thought you’d left behind…
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

In a Time of Treason (Tales of Durand 02)
Keck, David
The fragile peace forged with their sacrifices cannot hold. Too many barons have plotted against the king, driving him to vengeful madness, sending the kingdom into chaos. Can Durand’s loyalties and the land of his birth survive the forces that threaten to tear them asunder during a time of treason? The sequel to In the Eye of Heaven (TP, $31.95).
Fantasy | TP | $31.95

Dragonsworn (Dark Hunter 28)
Kenyon, Sherrilyn
There is nothing in the universe the cursed dragon, Falcyn, hates more than humanity… and, in particular, Greek humans. In a war he wanted no part of, they systematically destroyed everything he’d ever cared for. Now, he lies in seclusion, away from the world and waits for the day – when evolution will finally rid him of the human vermin. Medea was born the granddaughter of the Greek god Apollo, and among the first of his people, he cursed to die. But she will not let anyone rule her life. Not even her notorious grandfather. And when Apollo sends a new plague, to destroy what remains of her people; she refuses to stand by, and watch him take everything she loves from her, again. This time, she knows of a secret weapon that can stop the ancient god and his army of demons. Once, and for all. However, said device is in the hands of a dragon – who wants nothing to do with politics, the gods, humanity, demons, or Greek Apollites. And, especially, not her. He is the immovable object.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99

The Bloodprint (Khorasan Archives 01)
Khan, Ausma Zehanat
A dark power known as the Talisman has risen in the land. Born of ignorance and persecution, it is led by a man known only as the One-Eyed Preacher. A resistance, formed of the Companions of Hira, believe they have discovered the key to destroying the One-Eyed Preacher and his fervid followers: The Bloodprint…
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut 01)
Kowal, Mary Robinette
A meteor decimates the US government and paves the way for a climate cataclysm that will eventually render the earth inhospitable to humanity. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated timeline in the earth’s efforts to colonise space, as well as an unprecedented opportunity for a much larger share of humanity to take part. With so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too – aside from some pesky barriers like thousands of years of history and a host of expectations about the proper place of the fairer sex.
Alternate history | PBK | $24.99

The Fated Sky (Lady Astronaut 02)
Kowal, Mary Robinette
1961, when mankind is well established on the moon, and looking forward to its next step: journeying to, and eventually colonising, Mars. Of course, the noted Lady Astronaut Elma York would like to go, but there’s a lot riding on whoever the International Aerospace Coalition decides to send on this historic – but, potentially, very dangerous – mission. Could Elma really leave behind her husband and the chance to start a family – to spend several years traveling to Mars? And with the civil rights movement taking hold, all over Earth; will the astronaut pool ever be allowed to catch up, and will these brave men and women, of all races, be treated equitably when they get there?
Alternate history | PBK | $22.99

Blade of Empire (Dragon Prophecy trilogy 02)
Lackey, Mercedes & Mallory, James
The Elven War-Prince finds himself leading a new army into battle – a force of centaurs, merfolk, gryphons, minotaurs, and talking bears who can perform magic. For centuries, they have been trying to reclaim their lands from Elven invaders. With Runacar at the helm, they just might manage it. The sequel to Crown of Vengeance (PBK, $19.95).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95

Avalanche (Secret World Chronicles 05)
Lackey, Mercedes; Martin, Cody; Lee, Dennis; Giguere, Veronica
Ultima Thule has been destroyed – but, somehow, the Thulians mounted an even bigger force to destroy Metis. The Metisians – who escaped the carnage and destruction of their secret city – now, must somehow find somewhere safe to go; without getting snapped up by various world governments. And, now, the Thulians have changed their tactics to ‘blitz guerrilla warfare’, sending wave after wave of their ships and troops, to attack vulnerable targets all over Earth – with no clue for ECHO, as to where these things are coming from. John Murdock and the Seraphym have become a force of nature, but they can’t be everywhere, at once; and, if they were regarded with suspicion before, now they are regarded by ECHO’s allies with fear, as well. You could say, ‘things can’t get worse’. You would be wrong. Red Djinni’s past is about to catch up with him. So, is Victoria Victrix’s. The heroes of ECHO and CCCP have to save the world. But, first, they have to save each other. And the avalanche has begun.
Military SF | HC | $46.95

The Rig
Levy, Roger
Humanity has spread across the depths of space, but is connected by AfterLife – a vote made by every member of humanity on the worth of a life. Bale, a disillusioned policeman on the planet Bleak, is brutally attacked, leading writer Raisa on to a story, spanning centuries of corruption. On Gehenna, the last religious planet, a hyper-intelligent boy, Alef, meets psychopath Pellon Hoq, and so begins a rivalry and friendship to last an epoch.
SF thriller | PBK | $19.99

Drop by Drop (Step by Step 01)
Llywelyn, Morgan
A global catastrophe occurs, as all plastic mysteriously liquefies. All the small components that make many technologies possible – navigation systems, communications, medical equipment – fail. In Sycamore River, citizens find their lives disrupted as everything they’ve depended on melts around them, sometimes with fatal results. All they can rely upon is themselves. And this is only the beginning. The first in a trilogy.
Post-apocalypse | HC | $26.99

Ball Lightning
Liu, Cixin
On his fourteenth birthday, right before his eyes, Chen’s parents are incinerated by a blast of ball lightning. Striving to make sense of this bizarre tragedy, he dedicates his life to a single goal: to unlock the secrets of this enigmatic natural phenomenon. Chen’s obsession gives purpose to his lonely life, but it can’t insulate him from the real world’s interest in his discoveries. He will be pitted against scientists, soldiers and governments with motives of their own: a physicist who has no place for moral judgement in his pursuit of knowledge… A new novel from the award-winning author of the Three-Body Problem trilogy.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99

Fugitive Six (Lorien Legacies Reborn 02)
Lore, Pittacus
The Human Garde Academy was created in the aftermath of an alien invasion of Earth. It was meant to provide a safe haven for teens, across the globe, who were suddenly developing incredible powers known as Legacies. Taylor Cook was one of the newest students and had no idea if she’d ever fit in. But when she was mysteriously abducted, her friends broke every rule in the book to save her. In the process, they uncovered a secret organisation that was not only behind Taylor’s kidnapping, but also the disappearance of numerous teens with abilities. An organisation that has dark roots in the Loric’s past, untold resources… and, potentially, even a mole at their own school.
YA fantasy | TP | $22.99

Friendly Fire (Fifth Ward 02)
Lucas, Dale
In the most dangerous district of the city, the Fifth Ward, Rem and Torval have been perfecting their good-cop, bad-cop routine, while protecting residents from drug-dealing orcs, mind-controlling elves, uncooperative mages, and humans being typical humans. But when a perplexing case of arson leads to a series of gruesome, unsolvable murders – the two partners must challenge their own assumptions and loyalties, if they are to preserve their partnership, wrest justice from the chaos, and keep their ward from tearing itself apart. A sequel to the fun First Watch (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Austral
McAuley, Paul
The great geoengineering projects have failed. The world is still warming, sea levels are still rising, and the Antarctic Peninsula is home to Earth’s newest nation, with life quickened by ecopoets spreading across valleys and fjords exposed by the retreat of the ice. Austral Morales Ferrado, a child of the last generation of ecopoets, is a husky: an edited person adapted to the unforgiving climate of the far south, feared and despised by most of its population. She’s been a convict, a corrections officer in a labour camp, and consort to a criminal… and, now, out of desperation, she has committed the kidnapping of the century. But before she can collect the ransom, and make a new life elsewhere, she must find a place of safety amongst the peninsula’s forests and icy plateaus, and evade a criminal gang that has its own plans – for the teenage girl, she’s taken hostage. This is fantastic – highly recommended.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

The Brightest Fell (October Daye 11)
McGuire, Seanan
Things are slow, and October ‘Toby’ Daye couldn’t be happier about that. The elf-shot cure has been approved; Arden Windermere is settling into her position, as Queen in the Mists; and Toby doesn’t have anything demanding her attention… except for wedding planning, and spending time with her family. Maybe, she should have realised that it was too good to last. When Toby’s mother, Amandine, appears on her doorstep, with a demand for help; refusing her seems like the right thing to do… until Amandine starts taking hostages, and everything changes. Now, Toby doesn’t have a choice about whether or not she does, as her mother asks. Not with Jazz and Tybalt’s lives hanging in the balance. But who could possibly help her find a pureblood, she’s never met – one who’s been missing, for over a hundred years? Enter Simon Torquill, elf-shot enemy, turned awakened, uneasy ally. Together, the two of them must try to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the Mists: what happened to Amandine’s oldest daughter, August, who disappeared in 1906? This is one missing person’s case Toby can’t afford to get wrong.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.95

Strife’s Bane (Shattered Kingdoms 03)
Manieri, Evie
Once known as the Mongrel, Lahlil only had one purpose: to reap blood and carnage, for those who paid the right price. And though the ravages of past wars haunted her every waking moment, when the Shadari called upon Lahlil to lead the rebellion against Norlanders – telepathic and bloodthirsty invaders, who conquered the Shadari’s lands and enslaved their people to the mines – she delivered. Then she ran. Now, Lahlil must return to Shadar – to save the person she loves the most, and rebuild. What she finds first is a kingdom that has devolved to political discord and an old enemy’s ships, sailing just beyond the horizon.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Knaves Over Queens (Wild Cards series)
Martin, George R (editor)
In the aftermath of World War II, the Earth’s population was devastated by a terrifying alien virus. Those who survived were changed, forever. Some, known as Jokers, were cursed with bizarre mental and physical deformities; others, granted superhuman abilities, are known as Aces. Now, the virus has reached Britain… Queen Margaret rules over a country, in which such legendary figures as Herne the Hunter, Spring-heeled Jack, and Babh, the goddess of war, roam at will. Her Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill – gifted with extraordinary longevity – together, with the Enigma ace – Alan Turing – set up a special organisation, named the Order of the Silver Helix. They will need all the wild cards they can find, if they are to deal with the terrifying mutations thrown up, by the virus.
Fantasy anthology | TP/HC | $29.99/$35.00

The Psychology of Time Travel
Mascarenhas, Kate
In 1967, four female scientists worked together, to build the world’s first time machine. But just as they are about to debut their creation, one of them suffers a breakdown, putting the whole project – and future of time travel – in jeopardy. To protect their invention, one member is exiled from the team – erasing her contributions from history. Fifty years later, time travel is a big business. Twenty-something Ruby Rebello knows her beloved grandmother, Granny Bee, was one of the pioneers; though, no one will tell her more. But when Bee receives a mysterious newspaper clipping from the future reporting the murder of an unidentified woman, Ruby becomes obsessed: could it be Bee? Who would want her dead? And, most importantly of all: can her murder be stopped?
Time travel | TP | $29.99

A Superior Spectre
Meyer, Angela
Jeff is dying. Haunted by memories, he runs away to remote Scotland with a piece of experimental tech that allows him to enter the mind of someone in the past. Instructed to only use it three times, Jeff – self-indulgent, isolated, and deteriorating – ignores this advice. In the late 1860s, Leonora lives a contented life in the Scottish Highlands, surrounded by nature, her hands and mind kept busy, until her father sends her to stay with her aunt, in Edinburgh. But Leonora’s ability to embrace her new life is shadowed by a dark presence that begins to lurk behind her eyes, and strange visions that bear no resemblance to anything she has ever seen, or known…
Literary fantasy | TP | $29.99

Lud-In-The-Mist
Mirrlees, Hope
Lud-in-the-Mist – a prosperous country town, situated where two rivers meet: the Dawl and the Dapple. The latter, which has its source in the land of Faerie, is a great trial to Lud, which had long rejected anything ‘other’, preferring to believe only in what is known, what is solid. Nathaniel Chanticleer is a somewhat dreamy, slightly melancholy man, not one for making waves, who is deliberately ignoring a vital part of his own past; a secret he refuses even to acknowledge. ‘… single most beautiful… and unjustifiably forgotten novel of the twentieth century…’ – Neil Gaiman.
Fantasy Masterworks | PBK | $19.99

Wild Hunger (Heirs of Chicagoland 01)
Neill, Chloe
As the only vampire child ever born, some believed Elisa Sullivan had all the luck. But the magic that helped bring her into the world left her with a dark secret. Shifter Connor Keene, the only son of North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, is the only one she trusts with it. When the assassination of an ambassador brings old feuds to the fore again, Elisa and Connor must choose, before Chicago disappears forever. The first in a new spinoff series by Neill.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99

A Study in Honor
O’Dell, Claire
Dr Janet Watson knows, first hand, the horrifying cost of a divided nation. While treating broken soldiers on the battlefields of the New Civil War, a sniper’s bullet shattered her arm, and ended her career. Honourably discharged, and struggling with the semi-functional mechanical arm that replaced the limb she lost; she returns to the nation’s capital, a bleak, edgy city in the throes of a fraught presidential election. Homeless and jobless, Watson is uncertain of the future – when she meets another black and queer woman, Sara Holmes, a mysterious, yet playfully challenging, covert agent who offers the doctor a place to stay. Watson’s readjustment to civilian life is complicated by the infuriating antics of her strange new roommate. But the tensions between them dissolve, when Watson discovers that soldiers from the New Civil War have begun dying, one by one – and that the deaths may be the tip of something far more dangerous, involving the pharmaceutical industry and, even, the looming election. Joining forces, Watson and Holmes embark on a thrilling investigation to solve the mystery – and secure justice, for these fallen soldiers. Set in a near-future Washington, DC, A Study in Honor is a clever, incisive, and fresh, feminist twist on a classic literary icon – Sherlock Holmes – in which espionage, advanced technology, and the power of deduction will unmask a murderer, targeting Civil War veterans.
Sherlockian SF | TP | $29.99

Deep Blue (Second Species 02)
O’Reilly, Jane
Jinnifer Blue opens her eyes, to find herself in a nightmare. Her plan to expose the horrific truth behind the government’s secret Second Species program has failed; and, now, she’s being turned into a weapon, by her worst enemy… her mother. At the other end of the galaxy, Caspian Dax – ferocious space pirate and Jinn’s sometime lover – is facing an even more terrifying fate. He’s being forced to fight in the arena, on Sittan… a pitiless, ruthless, alien landscape where blood is the only prize that matters. They will use him, destroy him, change him. Jinn has only one chance – to go to Sittan and find Dax, before his mind is completely destroyed. She must rely on her friends and one old enemy, leave her beloved ship the Mutant behind, and travel to a hostile planet. But hardest of all, she must keep faith that, when she finds Dax – there will be something left, of the man she knew. One thing’s for sure: the fight has only just begun. A sequel to the terrific Blue Shift (PBK, $19.99).
Space opera | TP | $29.99

Alternate Routes
Powers, Tim
Something weird is happening to the Los Angeles freeways – phantom cars, lanes from nowhere, and sometimes unmarked off ramps that give glimpses of a desolate desert highway – and Sebastian Vickery, disgraced ex-Secret Service agent, is a driver for a covert supernatural-evasion car service. But another government agency is using and, perhaps, causing the freeway anomalies. Their chief is determined to have Vickery killed because of something he learned years ago at a halted Presidential motorcade. Vickery learns what legendary hell it is that the desert highway leads to… A modern ghost story, as only Tim Powers can write it.
Urban fantasy | HC | $46.95

Only You Can Save Mankind (Johnny Maxwell 01)
Pratchett, Terry
Johnny Maxwell is just an ordinary boy – not smart, popular, or rich. But he does love video games. And as his parents argue themselves out of a marriage, Johnny plays at becoming humanity’s last hope, shooting invading aliens out of a pixelated sky. Then comes a message from the last, remaining alien spaceship: We Wish to Talk. And suddenly Johnny is thrust into the very real world of the video game; and comes face to face with an alien race that needs his help. Only Johnny can save them. And this isn’t a game, anymore… This is the first book in the Johnny Maxwell trilogy, reissued with gorgeous new cover art.
YA science fiction reissue | PBK | $16.99

Night Flights (Mortal Engines) (story collection)
Reeve, Philp
Return to the world of Mortal Engines, in this new book of three short stories about the rebellious young aviatrix, Anna Fang.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99

Mortal Engines (Mortal Engines 01)
Reeve, Philp
London is hunting… The great Traction City lumbers after a small town, eager to strip its prey of all assets, and move on. Resources on the Great Hunting Ground that once was Europe are so limited that mobile cities must consume one another to survive, a practice known as Municipal Darwinism. Tom, an apprentice in the Guild of Historians, saves his hero, Head Historian Thaddeus Valentine, from a murder attempt, by the mysterious Hester Shaw – only to find himself thrown from the city and stranded, with Hester, in the Out Country. As they struggle to follow the tracks of the city, the sinister plans of London’s leaders begin to unfold… A newly-reissued paperback edition, with a new cover.
YA fantasy reissue | PBK | $18.99

Predator’s Gold (Mortal Engines 02)
Reeve, Philp
The Jenny was drifting across the shoulder of a big volcano. Beyond it, there were no more mountains, just an endless blue-white plain stretching to the horizon. They were at the mercy of the wind, and it was carrying them, helplessly, into the Ice Wastes. After two years of carefree travelling, in the Jenny Haniver, Tom and Hester find themselves back in danger. Fleeing from the grim aviators of the Green Storm, they stumble onto the ice city of Anchorage, just in time. But Anchorage is not a safe refuge: Devastated by plague, and haunted by thieves – or, perhaps, ghosts – the city is barely lurching along. The savage Huntsmen of Arkangel are closing in, and the young margravine must make a last desperate bid, for survival. She sets a course for the Dead Continent – America… A newly-reissued paperback edition, with a new cover.
YA fantasy reissue | PBK | $18.99

Infernal Devices (Mortal Engines 03)
Reeve, Philp
Anchorage has become a static settlement, on the shores of the Dead Continent, and its inhabitants have been living peacefully for sixteen years. But, now, trouble is approaching – in a limpet sub, and fast. The Lost Boys are back, and they’ll do anything to get what they want. Tom and Hester’s daughter Wren is their eager dupe – bored, and desperate for adventure. When the theft of the mysterious Tin Book of Anchorage goes wrong, Wren is snatched away in the limpet… who knows where. Tom and Hester set off to rescue her, but this is the end of their quiet life, on Anchorage. The journey will stir up old needs, old secrets – and send them into perilous waters… A newly-reissued paperback edition, with a new cover.
YA fantasy reissue | PBK | $18.99

A Darkling Plain (Mortal Engines 0)
Reeve, Philp
It’s six months after the tumultuous events on Brighton, and Wren Natsworthy and her father Tom have taken to the skies, in their airship, the Jenny Haniver. Wren is enjoying life as an aviatrix; but Tom is troubled by matters of the heart – Hester’s disappearance, and the old wound caused by Pennyroyal’s bullet. Until a fluke encounter, with a familiar face, sets him thinking about the ruins of London and the possibility of going back… Meanwhile, the fragile truce between the Green Storm and the Traction Cities splinters and hostility breaks out, again. Events are set on a collision course – as things end where they began, with London… A newly-reissued paperback edition, with a new cover.
YA fantasy reissue | PBK | $18.99

D’Arc
Repino, Robert
A housecat turned war hero, named Mort(e), lives a quiet life with the love he thought he had lost, a dog named Sheba. But before long, the chaos that they escaped comes crashing in around them. An unstoppable monster terrorises a nearby settlement of beavers. A serial killer runs amok in the holy city of Hosanna. An apocalyptic cult threatens the fragile peace. And a mysterious race of amphibious creatures rises from the seas, intent on fulfilling the Colony’s destiny and ridding the world of all humans.
Fantasy | TP | $27.99

Pandemic (Extinction Files 01)
Riddle, A G
Day 1. Mandera County, Kenya. A young man arrives at a remote hospital. He’s burning with fever and barely conscious. He’s also bleeding from his eyes. Fearing an Ebola-like outbreak, the World Health Organisation scrambles a rapid response team headed by leading epidemiologist, Dr Peyton Shaw. But what she finds in Kenya is beyond her worst fears. The world is facing an outbreak, quite unlike anything previously documented…
Pandemic | PBK | $19.99

Black Lotus Kiss (Brimstone Files 02)
Ridler, Jason
Fate has a funny way of slapping Brimstone with the dark hand of magic. When a deadly attack on a veteran’s hall nearly kills his Korean War buddy, Cactus, the only clue left behind is a leaf from the Black Lotus, a war drug used in ancient Babylonia… that’s supposedly been extinct, since the pyramids were young. Brimstone must face the darkness within himself to see if he, too, will fall victim… to the Black Lotus Kiss. The sequel to Hex-Rated (TP, $24.99).
Urban fantasy | TP | $29.95

Trail of Lightning (Sixth World 01)
Roanhorse, Rebecca
While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly, the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters. Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally-gifted killer. When a small town needs help, finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last, best hope. Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel the rez: unravelling clues from ancient legends, trading favours with tricksters, and battling dark witchcraft…
Dystopia/urban fantasy | TP | $24.99

Snapshot (novella)
Sanderson, Brandon
Anthony Davis and his partner Chaz are the only real people, in a city of 20 million – sent there, by court order, to find out what happened in the real world 10 days ago; so, that hidden evidence can be brought to light and located in the real city, today. Within the re-created Snapshot of May 1st, Davis and Chaz are the ultimate authorities. Flashing their badges will get them past any obstruction; and overrule any civil right of the dupes around them. But the crimes the detectives are sent to investigate seem like drudgery – until they stumble upon the grisly results of a mass killing… that the precinct headquarters orders them not to investigate. That’s one order, they have to refuse. The hunt is on. And though the dupes, in the replica city, have no future once the Snapshot is turned off, that doesn’t mean that both Davis and Chaz will walk out of it, alive, tonight.
SF noir thriller | HC | $26.99

Game of the Gods
Schiffman, Jay
Despite his prowess as a military commander and judge, Max Cone longs for a life outside of the political spotlight. His wish turns to dust when the world descends into a cataclysmic global war. Every nation wants Cone on its side, but his only priority is rescuing his kidnapped wife and children. In order to find his family, free his friends, and save his people, Cone becomes a lethal killer willing to destroy anyone who stands in his way…
Science fiction | TP | $24.99

Infinite Stars (anthology)
Schmidt, Bryan Thomas (editor)
A who’s who of space opera and military science fiction contribute new stories, set in the universes of their most famous series. Contributions from David Weber, Alastair Reynolds, Elizabeth Moon, Jack Campbell, David Drake, and many more.
SF anthology | PBK | $19.99

Dreadful Practice (Dr Greta Helsing 02)
Shaw, Vivian
When Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead, is called to Paris to present at a medical conference, she expects nothing more exciting than professional discourse on zombie reconstructive surgery. Unfortunately, for Greta, Paris happens to be infested with a coven of vampires – and not the civilised kind. If she hopes to survive, Greta must navigate the maze of ancient catacombs beneath the streets, where there is more to find than simply dead men’s bones. The second in this great new urban fantasy series, following Strange Practice (PBK, $19.99).
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The Survival Game
Singer, Nicky
Mhairi has learnt the importance of living her own story, of speaking to no one. But then she meets a young boy with no voice at all; and finds herself risking everything to take him to safety. And, so, Mhairi and the silent boy travel the road north. But there are rumours that things in Scotland have changed, since she has been away…
YA dystopia | PBK | $16.99

Codex 1962
Sjon
Josef Loewe enters the world as a lump of clay – carried in a hatbox by his Jewish father Leo, a fugitive in WWII Germany. Taking refuge in a small-town guesthouse, Leo discovers a kindred spirit, in the young woman who nurses him back to health; and, together, they shape the clay into a baby. But en route to safety, in Iceland, he is robbed of the ring needed to bring the child to life. It is not until 1962 that Josef can be ‘born’, only to grow up with a rare disease. Fifty-three years on, it leads him into the hands of a power-hungry Icelandic geneticist, just when science and politics are threatening to lead us all down a dark, dangerous road.
Icelandic fantasy | TP | $32.99

Restoration (Verity Fassbinder 03)
Slatter, Angela
Walking between the worlds has always been dangerous – but, this time, V’s facing the loss of all she holds dear. Verity Fassbinder thought no boss could be worse than her perfectionist ex-boyfriend – until she grudgingly agreed to work for a psychotic fallen angel. And dealing with a career change, not entirely of her own choosing, is doing nothing to improve V’s already fractious temper. The angel is a jealous – and violent – employer, so she’s quit working for the Weyrd Council and sent her family away, for their own safety. Instead of indulging in domestic bliss, she’s got to play BFFs with the angel’s little spy, Joyce the kitsune assassin… and Joyce comes with her own murderous problems. The angel has tasked V with finding two lost treasures, which would be hard enough; even without a vengeful Dusana Nadasy on her heels. And Inspector McIntyre won’t stop calling: the bodies of Normal women, who disappeared decades before, are turning up… apparently, subjected to Weyrd magics. Angelic demands, or not, this isn’t something she can walk away from. And the angel is getting impatient, for results… The conclusion of the first Verity trilogy! Follows Vigil and Corpselight (PBK, $19.99 each). Much recommended, obviously. If you haven’t read these Brisbane-based urban fantasies, what are you even doing?
Urban fantasy | TP | $29.99

The Tower of Living and Dying (Empires of Dust 02)
Spark, Anna Smith
Crawling through a tunnel, deep under the ruins of her city, Landra Relast vows vengeance. Her family has been burned and her home destroyed. Now, Marith – once her betrothed – must die. But as Landra cuts through the wasteland left in the wake of Marith’s army, she finds that she is not the only one who wishes him ill… A sequel to The Court of Broken Knives (PBK, $19.99), which had some great customer feedback.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Darksoul (Godblind 02)
Stephens, Anna
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 | TP | $29.99

You May Now Kill the Bride (Return to Fear Street series)
Stine, R L
Two sisters, divided by time. Each with a terrible resentment she can barely contain. Two Fear family weddings, decades apart… Each bride will find that the ancient curse that haunts the Fears lives on. It feeds off the evil that courses through their blood. It takes its toll in unexpected ways and allows dark history to repeat itself.
YA horror | PBK | $16.99

Dark State (Empire Games 02)
Stross, Charles
In Commissioner Miriam Burgeson’s timeline, one of her top agents is working on the defection of a major political player. If they can pull this off, their version of America might just avert civil war. Meanwhile, the Commissioner’s adopted daughter and newly-minted spy, Rita, watches and waits in the rival timeline, until a sleeper cell is activated which threatens to unravel everything. The sequel to Empire Games (PBK, $19.99). Recommended!
Science fiction | PBK | $18.99

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes 01)
Tahir, Sabaa
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. When Laia’s grandparents are brutally murdered and her brother arrested for treason by the empire, the only people she has left to turn to are the rebels. But in exchange for their help in saving her brother, they demand that Laia spy on the ruthless Commandant of Blackcliff, the Empire’s greatest military academy. Should she fail, it’s more than her brother’s freedom at risk… Laia’s very life is at stake. There, she meets Elias, the academy’s finest soldier. But Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realise that their destinies are intertwined – and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself. The first in the series, now reissued with a new cover. Followed by A Torch Against the Night (PBK, $19.99) and A Reaper at the Gates (TP, $27.99).
Fantasy reissue | PBK | $19.99

A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes 02)
Tahir, Sabaa
Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts. In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself – a mission that might destroy her, instead. The second in the series, now reissued with a new cover. Follows An Ember in the Ashes (PBK, $19.99) and is followed by A Reaper at the Gates (TP, $27.99).
Fantasy reissue | PBK | $19.99

Dogs of War
Tchaikovsky, Adrian
My name is Rex. I am a good dog. Rex is also seven foot tall at the shoulder, bulletproof, bristling with heavy calibre weaponry, and his voice resonates with subsonics – especially designed to instil fear. With Dragon, Honey, and Bees, he’s part of a Multiform Assault Pack, operating in the lawless anarchy of Campeche, south-eastern Mexico. Rex is a genetically engineered Bioform, a deadly weapon in a dirty war. He has the intelligence to carry out his orders and feedback implants to reward him, when he does. All he wants to be is a Good Dog. And to do that, he must do exactly what Master says; and Master says he’s got to kill a lot of enemies. But who, exactly, are the enemies? What happens, when Master is tried as a war criminal? What rights does the Geneva Convention grant weapons? Do Rex and his fellow Bioforms even have a right to exist? And what happens, when Rex slips his leash?
Genetic engineering/Military SF | PBK | $19.99

The Expert System’s Brother (novella)
Tchaikovsky, Adrian
After an unfortunate accident, Handry is forced to wander a world he doesn’t understand, searching for meaning. He soon discovers that the life, he thought he knew, is far stranger than he could even possibly imagine. Can an unlikely saviour provide the answers, to the questions he barely comprehends? A 160pp Tor.com novella.
Science fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Implanted
Teffeau, Lauren
When college student, Emery Driscoll, is blackmailed into being a courier for a clandestine organisation, she’s cut off from the neural implant community which binds the domed city of New Worth together. Her new employers exploit her rare condition which allows her to carry encoded data in her blood, and train her to transport secrets throughout the troubled city. New Worth is on the brink of Emergence – freedom from the dome – but not everyone wants to leave. Then a data drop goes bad…
Cyberpunk | PBK | $19.99

Gate Crashers
Tomlinson, Patrick S
On humanity’s first extra-solar mission, the exploration vessel Magellan – or, as she prefers, ‘Maggie’ – discovers an alien artefact. Deciding that finding advanced alien life is too important to ignore, Captain Allison Ridgeway chooses to return to Earth, while ordering her crew to reverse engineer technology far beyond anything back home. Little does everyone involved know that the bumbling, of a few highly-evolved apes in space, hasn’t gone unnoticed; and the people of Earth have put themselves on a collision course with a far wider, and potentially hostile, galaxy.
Space opera | PBK | $22.99

The Tropic of Eternity (Amaranthine Spectrum 03)
Toner, Tom
It is the 147th century. The mighty era of Homo Sapiens is at an end. In the Westerly Provinces of the Old World, the hunt is on for the young queen Arabis, and the vile creature that holds her captive. In the brutal hominid Investiture, revolution has come. The warlord Cunctus, having seized the Vulgar worlds, invites every Prism to pick a side. In the Firmament, once the kingdom of the Immortal Amaranthine, all ships converge on the foundry of Gliese. The grandest battle in the history of mammalian kind has begun. Perception, ancient machine spirit, must take back its mortal remains in a contest, for the Firmament itself. Ghaldezuel, now the Grand Marshal of Cunctus’ new empire, must travel to the deepest lagoon in the Investiture, a place where monsters dwell. Captain Maril, lost amongst the Hedron Stars, finds himself caught between colossal powers the likes of which he’d never dreamt. But for Aaron the Long-Life, he who has waited so very, very long for his revenge, things are only getting started… ‘Marvellous… a space opera of surpassing gracefulness, depth, complexity, and… well, all-round weirdness.’ – Locus. Perfect for fans of Iain M Banks and Peter F Hamilton. The conclusion to the trilogy, following The Promise of the Child and The Weight of the World (PBK, $22.99 each).
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

Irontown Blues (Eight Worlds 04)
Varley, John
Christopher Bach was a policeman in one of the largest Lunar cities, when the AI Lunar Central Computer had a breakdown. Known as the Big Glitch, the problem turned out to be a larger war, than anyone expected. When order was restored, Chris’s life could never be the same. Now, he’s a private detective, assisted by his genetically-altered dog, Sherlock; and emulates the tough guys, in the noir books and movies that he loves. When Bach takes the case of a woman involuntarily infected with an engineered virus, he is on the hunt to track down the biohackers, in the infamous district of Irontown. But, if he wants to save humanity, he’ll have to confront his own demons.
Science fiction | TP | $31.95

The Cityborn
Willett, Edward
The metal City towers at the centre of the mountain-ringed Heartland, standing astride the deep chasm of the Canyon like a malevolent giant, ruled with an iron fist by the First Officer and his Provosts in the name of the semi-mythical Captain. Alania, ward of an Officer, lives on Twelfth. Raised among the privileged class, Alania feels as though she is some sort of pampered prisoner, never permitted to explore the many levels of the City. Danyl, raised by a scavenger, knows no home but the Middens. His day-to-day responsibility is to stay alive. Two very different worlds collide when Alania, fleeing from an unexpected ambush, plunges from the heights of the City down to the Middens, and into Danyl’s life. The secrets they unlock, as they flee the Canyon and crisscross the Heartland from the City’s farmlands to the mountains of the north and back again, will determine not only their fate, but the fate of the City…
Dystopia | PBK | $19.95

The Bitter Twins (Winnowing Flame trilogy 02)
Williams, Jen
Tormalin the Oathless, and the fell-witch Noon, have their work cut out rallying the first war-beasts to be born in Ebora, for three centuries. Hatched too soon and with no memory of their past incarnations, these onetime defenders of Sarn can barely stop bickering, let alone face an ancient enemy who grow stronger, each day. The next in the series, after The Ninth Rain (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Terra Incognita: Three Novellas
Willis, Connie
This collection contains three previously-published novellas: Uncharted Territory, Remake, and D.A.
Uncharted Territory: Findriddy and Carson are explorers, dispatched to a distant planet to survey its canyons, ridges, and scrub-covered hills. Teamed with a profit-hungry indigenous guide of indeterminate gender, and an enthusiastic newcomer whose specialty is mating customs, the group battles hostile terrain as they set out for unexplored regions. Along the way, they face dangers, discover treasures, and soon find themselves in an alien territory of another kind: exploring the paths and precipices of sex – and love.
Remake: In the Hollywood of the future, live-action movies are a thing of the past. Old films are computerised and ruthlessly dissected, actors digitally ripped from one film and thrust into another. Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe in A Star Is Born? No problem. Hate the ending? Change it, with the stroke of a key. Technology makes anything possible. But a starry-eyed young woman wants only one thing: to dance on the big screen. With a little magic and a lot of luck, she just may get her happy ending.
D.A.: Theodora Baumgarten is baffled and furious: Why was she selected to be part of a highly-competitive, interstellar cadet program? After all, she never even applied. But that hasn’t stopped the powers that be from whisking her onto a spaceship, bound for the prestigious Academy. With her protests ignored, Theodora takes matters into her own hands – aided, by her hacker best friend – to escape the Academy and return to Earth… only to uncover a conspiracy that runs deeper, than she could have imagined.
Recommended!
Science fiction collection | TP | $33.95

The Feed
Windo, Nick Clark
The Feed is accessible everywhere, by everyone, at any time. It instantaneously links us to all information and global events, as they break. Every interaction, every emotion, every image can be shared through it; it is the essential tool everyone relies on to know and understand the thoughts and feelings of partners, parents, friends, children, colleagues, bosses, employees… in fact, of anyone, and everyone else, in the world. Tom and Kate use the Feed, but Tom has resisted its addiction – which makes him suspect, to his family. After all, his father created it. But that opposition to constant connection serves Tom and Kate well – when the Feed collapses, after a horrific tragedy shatters the world, as they know it. The Feed’s collapse, taking modern society with it, leaves people scavenging to survive. Finding food is truly a matter of life and death. Minor ailments, previously treatable, now kill. And while the collapse has demolished the trappings of the modern world, it has also eroded trust. In a world, where survival of the fittest is a way of life, there is no one to depend upon, except yourself… and, maybe, even that is no longer true. Tom and Kate have managed to protect themselves and their family. But, then, their six-year-old daughter, Bea, goes missing. Who has taken her? How do you begin to look for someone, in a world without technology? And what happens, when you can no longer even be certain that the people you love are really who they claim to be? The Feed is as unique and vividly imagined as Station Eleven and The Girl with All the Gifts – exploring what it is to be human, in the digital age.
SF thriller | PBK | $19.99

Destiny’s Conflict (Wars of Light and Shadow 10)
Wurts, Janny
Lysaer’s unstable integrity lies under threat of total downfall, and as his determined protector, Daliana will face the most frightening decision of her young life. Arithon, Master of Shadow, is marked for death and still hunted, when his critical quest to recover his obscured past entangles him in a web of deep intrigue and ancient perils beyond his imagining. Elaira’s urgent pursuit of the Biedar Tribes’ secret embroils her in the terrible directive of the Fellowship Sorcerers; while Dakar – the Mad Prophet – confronts the hard reckoning for the colossal mistake of his misspent past, and Tarens is steered by a destiny, far from his crofter’s origins.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Descent of Monsters (Tensorate 03)
Yang, J Y
You are reading this because I am dead. Something terrible happened at the Rewar Teng Institute of Experimental Methods. When the Tensorate’s investigators arrived, they found a sea of blood and bones, as far as the eye could see. One of the institute’s experiments got loose, and its rage left no survivors. The investigators returned to the capital, with few clues and two prisoners: the terrorist leader Sanao Akeha, and a companion known only as Rider. Investigator Chuwan faces a puzzle. What really happened at the institute? What drew the Machinists there? What are her superiors trying to cover up? And why does she feel, as if her strange dreams are forcing her down a narrowing path, she cannot escape? The third Tor.com Tensorate novella, following The Black Tides of Heaven and The Red Threads of Fortune (PBK, $23.99 each).
Silkpunk | PBK | $19.99