Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: August 2019

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in August 2019.

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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 2019 includes new books by: Robert Jackson Bennett, Becky Chambers, Alison Goodman, Rebecca Kuang, Michael Mammay, Claire O’Dell, Anthony Ryan, David Wellington, Kim Wilkins… and many others.

SF&F new releases, August 2019

Wastelands: the New Apocalypse (anthology)
Adams, John Joseph
The unsurpassed collection of thrilling and mind-bending post-apocalyptic short fiction is breaking new ground. For the first time, volume three will feature all-new stories by some of the most acclaimed authors today, including bestsellers Veronica Roth (Divergent), Richard Kadrey (Devil Said Bang), Scott Sigler (Alive), Seanan McGuire (The Winter Long), as well as cutting-edge reprints!
Post-apocalyptic anthology | PBK | $19.99

Beneath the Twisted Trees (Song of the Shattered Sands 04)
Beaulieu, Bradley
eda was an elite warrior in service to the kings of Sharakhai. She has been an assassin in dark places. A weapon poised to strike from the shadows. A voice from the darkness, striving to free her people. No longer. Now, she’s going to lead. The age of the Kings is coming to an end…
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

Foundryside
Bennett, Robert Jackson
The city of Tevanne runs on scrivings, industrialised magical inscriptions that make inanimate objects sentient; they power everything, from walls to wheels to weapons… but the four merchant Houses control them. Everyone else is a servant or slave, or they eke a precarious living in the hellhole called the Commons. There’s not much in the way of work, for an escaped slave like Sancia Grado; but she has an unnatural talent that makes her one of the best thieves in the city… This first book in a new series has had raves.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Cruel Stars
Birmingham, John
They thought the Sturm were dead. They were wrong. Centuries after their defeat, the enemy has returned with an overwhelming attack on the fringes of human space. On the brink of annihilation, humankind’s only hope is a few brave souls who survived the initial onslaught. These five flawed, reluctant heroes must band together to prevail against a relentless enemy and near-impossible odds. For if they fail, the future itself is doomed. The first in a new trilogy, by local author Birmingham.
SF adventure | TP | $32.99

Death Goddess Dance (Mythos War 03)
Black, Levi
Now, Charlie must stop the Man in Black from achieving his ultimate goal: freeing his dread father, Azathoth, from endless confinement to feast upon humanity – for all eternity. But before she can confront her inhuman mentor for the final time, Charlie must make her way to the heart of a hellish, otherworldly prison – and call upon the darkest powers at her command. Third in the series, following Red Right Hand (PBK, $22.99) and Black Goat Blues (HC, $39.99).
Cthulhuiana | HC | $39.99

The Painted Man (Demon Cycle 01) (illustrated slipcased edition)
Brett, Peter V
As darkness falls, the demons rise… For hundreds of years these creatures have terrorised the night, slowly culling the human population. It was not always this way. Men and women did not always cower behind protective magical wards and hope to see the dawn. Once, they battled the demons on equal terms, but those days, and skills, are gone. Arlen Bales lives with his parents on their isolated farmstead, until a demon attack shatters their world. He learns a savage lesson that day: that people, as well as magic, can let you down. Rejecting the fear that kills as efficiently as the creatures, Arlen risks another path – in order to offer humanity a last, fleeting chance of survival. A stunning, special edition of Peter V Brett’s thrilling debut The Painted Man, the modern fantasy classic that began the Demon Cycle, featuring over 30 illustrations by acclaimed fantasy artist Dominik Broniek.
Fantasy (special edition) | HC | $59.99

Rule of Capture
Brown, Christopher
Defeated in a war with China and ravaged by climate change, America is on the brink of civil war. Seizing power after a controversial election, the ruling regime has begun cracking down on dissidents fighting the nation’s slide toward dictatorship. For Donny Kimoe, a lawyer who defends enemies of the state, chaos is good for business. His newest client, young filmmaker Xelina Rocafuerte, witnessed the murder of an opposition leader and is now accused of terrorism. To save her from the only sentence worse than death, Donny has to extract justice from a system that has abandoned the rule of law… Set in the world of Tropic of Kansas (TP, $29.99).
Dystopia | TP | $27.99

Vallista (Vlad Taltos 15)
Brust, Steven
Vlad Taltos is an Easterner – an underprivileged human in an Empire of tall, powerful, long-lived Dragaerans. He made a career for himself in House Jhereg, the Dragaeran clan in charge of the Empire’s organized crime. But the day came when the Jhereg wanted Vlad dead, and he’s been on the run ever since. He has plenty of friends among the Dragaeran highborn, including an undead wizard and a god or two. But as long as the Jhereg have a price on his head, Vlad’s life is… messy. Meanwhile, for years, Vlad’s path has been repeatedly crossed by Devera, a small Dragaeran girl of indeterminate powers who turns up at the oddest moments in his life. Now, Devera has appeared again – to lead Vlad into a mysterious, seemingly empty manor overlooking the Great Sea. Inside this structure are corridors that double back on themselves, rooms that look out over other worlds, and – just maybe – answers to some of Vlad’s long-asked questions about his world and his place in it. If only Devera can be persuaded to stop disappearing in the middle of his conversations with her…
Fantasy | TP | $26.99

Lies of Descent (Fallen Gods’ War 01)
Bucher, Troy Carrol
The Fallen Gods’ War drove the remnants of a victorious army across the ocean in search of a new homeland. A thousand years later, the lifeless continent of Draegora is largely forgotten, a symbol for the regiments that remain. Demons to some. Protectors to others. The power of their god-touched blades has forged a nation, though many resent their absolute control. Riam and Nola are unknowing descendants of the old world. When it’s discovered they carry enough Draegoran blood to serve in the regiments, they are dragged away from their families to begin training. If they survive, they will be expected to enforce the laws of the covenant, to fight the Esharii tribesmen who raid along the border, and to be judge, jury, and executioners for those accused of crimes. For Riam, who welcomes his escape from an abusive father, the power to protect those who cannot defend themselves is alluring. For Nola, who wishes to return home, it is a betrayal by all she holds dear. Neither is given a choice… and neither may ever get the chance to serve. The first in a series by a debut author.
Fantasy | HC | $52.95

Witchy Kingdom (Witchy 03)
Butler, D J
An encounter with her father’s goddess has not turned out to be the end for Sarah Elytharias Penn. Now, with the Imperial fist tightened around her city of Cahokia and the beastkind of the Heron King ravaging across the river, she must find a way to access the power of the Serpent Throne itself – a feat, she has learned, that her father never accomplished. To complicate her efforts, Cahokia’s Metropolitan, a beloved and charismatic priest who despises the goddess as a demon, returns from a long pilgrimage and attempts to finalise the Wisdom-eradicating reform that dogged Sarah’s father when he was king. Meanwhile, Sarah’s brother Nathaniel and her brilliant but erratic servant Jacob Hop find their steps dogged by the Emperor’s Machiavel, Temple Franklin, as they hunt in New Amsterdam for the third Elytharias sibling. As Simon Sword’s destroying storm threatens from the south and west, and New Orleans is thrown into deadly turmoil when a vodoun priest and mameluke assassins contend for ultimate power and control of the Mississippi, the chance for a unified New World teeters on the brink. Sarah Penn understands she may face a hard fate in the final reckoning. But she also knows that only she can access the power of the Throne – if she can find the Wisdom inside to unlock it.
Fantasy | HC | $52.95

Master of Sorrows (Silent Gods 01)
Call, Justin Travis
Among the Academy’s warrior-thieves, Annev de Breth is an outlier. Unlike his classmates, who were stolen as infants from the capital city, Annev was born in the small village of Chaenbalu, was believed to be executed, and then unknowingly raised by his parents’ killers. Seventeen years later, Annev struggles with the burdens of a forbidden magic, a forgotten heritage, and a secret deformity… The first book in a series, now in paperback.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Gather the Fortunes (Crescent City 02)
Camp, Bryan
Renaissance Raines has found her place among the psychopomps – the guides who lead the souls of the recently departed through the Seven Gates of the Underworld – and done her best to avoid the notice of gods and mortals alike. But when a young boy, named Ramses St Cyr, manages to escape his foretold death, Renai finds herself at the centre of a deity-thick plot unfolding in New Orleans. Someone helped Ramses slip free of his destined end – someone willing to risk everything to steal a little slice of power for themselves. Is it one of the storm gods that’s descended on the city? The death god who’s locked the Gates of the Underworld? Or the manipulative sorcerer who also cheated Death? When she finds the schemer, there’s gonna be all kinds of hell to pay, because there are scarier things than death in the Crescent City. Renaissance Raines is one of them. The sequel to The City of Lost Fortunes (PBK, $19.99).
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Reticence (Custard Protocol 04)
Carriger, Gail
Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell loves that his sister and her best friend are building themselves a family of misfits aboard their airship, the Spotted Custard. Of course, he’d never admit that he belongs among them. He’s always been on the outside – dispassionate, aloof, and hatless. But accidental spies, a trip to Japan, and one smart and beautiful doctor may have him renegotiating his whole philosophy on life. Except hats. He’s done with hats. Thank you very much.
Gaslamp fantasy | HC | $52.95

To Be Taught, If Fortunate
Chambers, Becky
Imagine a future in which, instead of terraforming planets to sustain human life, explorers of the solar system instead transform themselves. Adriane is one such explorer. As an astronaut on an extrasolar research vessel, she and her fellow crewmates sleep between worlds, and wake up each time with different features. Her experience is one of fluid body and stable mind, and of a unique perspective on the passage of time… Brilliant writing, fantastic world building, and exceptional, diverse characters… what’s not to recommend?
Science fiction | HC | $27.99

Here and Now and Then
Chen, Mike
To save his daughter, he’ll go anywhere – and any-when… Kin Stewart is an everyday family man: working in IT, trying to keep the spark in his marriage, struggling to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. But his current life is a far cry from his previous career… as a time-travelling secret agent from 2142. Stranded in suburban San Francisco since the 1990s, after a botched mission, Kin has kept his past hidden from everyone around him, despite the increasing blackouts and memory loss affecting his time-traveller’s brain. Until one afternoon, his ‘rescue’ team arrives – eighteen years too late. Their mission: return Kin to 2142, where he’s only been gone weeks, not years, and where another family is waiting for him. A family he can’t remember. Torn between two lives, Kin is desperate for a way to stay connected to both. But when his best efforts threaten to destroy the agency and even history itself, his daughter’s very existence is at risk. It’ll take one final trip across time to save Miranda – even if it means breaking all the rules of time travel in the process. A uniquely emotional genre-bending debut, Here and Now and Then captures the perfect balance of heart, playfulness, and imagination, offering an intimate glimpse into the crevices of a father’s heart and its capacity to stretch across both space and time to protect the people who mean the most.
Time travel | TP | $31.95

Gumiho: Wicked Fox
Cho, Kat
No one in modern-day Seoul believes in the old fables anymore, which makes it the perfect place to for Gu Miyoung and her mother to hide, in plain sight. Miyoung is a Gumiho, a nine-tailed fox, who must eat the souls of men to survive. She feeds every full moon – eating the souls of men who have committed crimes, but have evaded justice. Her life is upended when she kills a dokkaebi, a murderous goblin, in the forest just to save the life of a stupid boy. But after Miyoung saves Jihoon’s life, the two develop a tenuous friendship that blooms into romance… forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.
YA urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Queen of Air and Darkness (Dark Artifices 03)
Clare, Cassandra
Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the disease that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Desdemona and the Deep (novella)
Cooney, C S E
The spoiled daughter of a rich mining family must retrieve the tithe of men, her father promised to the world below. On the surface, her world is rife with industrial pollution that ruins the health of poor factory workers, while the idle rich indulge themselves in unheard-of luxury. Below are goblins, mysterious kingdoms, and an entirely different hierarchy. A steep drop into an uncanny, richly-painted underworld, this 224pp Tor.com novella combines 1920s luxury with deeply felt questions of identity and justice that strike at the heart of who we are, human or otherwise.
Fantasy | PBK | $24.99

Guardian (Monster Hunter 08)
Correia, Larry & Hoyt, Sarah A
When Owen Pitt and the rest of the Monster Hunter International crew are called away to mount a month’s-long rescue mission in a monster-infested nightmare dimension, Julie Shackleford – Owen’s wife and descendant of MHI founder Bubba Shackleford – is left behind. Her task: hold down the fort and take care of her new baby son Ray. Julie’s devoted to the little guy, but the slow pace of office work and maternity leave are starting to get to her. But when a routine field call brings her face to face with an unspeakable evil, calling itself Brother Death, she’ll get more excitement than she ever hoped for. Julie is the Guardian of a powerful ancient artefact known as the Kamaresh Yar, and Brother Death wants it. In the wrong hands, it could destroy reality as we know it. Julie would die before giving it up. Then Ray goes missing, taken by Brother Death. The price for his safe return: the Kamaresh Yar. If Julie doesn’t hand over the artefact it means death – or worse – for baby Ray. With no other choice left to her, Julie agrees to Brother Death’s demands. But when you’re dealing with an ancient evil, the devil is in the details. To reclaim her son, Julie Shackleford will have to fight her way through necromantic death cults, child-stealing monsters, and worse. And she’ll have to do it all, before Brother Death can unleash the Kamaresh Yar. It’s one woman against an army of monsters. But Julie Shackleford is no ordinary woman – she’s one tough mother!
Urban fantasy | HC | $52.95

Target Rich Environment (collection)
Correia, Larry
Larry Correia now sets his sights on the short story form. Together, for the first time, fourteen action-packed tales of demons, monsters, vampires, and cosmic horrors too terrible to name – and the men and women who take them all down. Oh, and toss in an interdimensional insurance salesman, for good measure. Includes three stories never before in print!
Short fiction collection | PBK | $21.95

The Gossamer Mage
Czerneda, Julie E
Only in Tananen, do people worship a single deity: the Deathless Goddess. Only in this small, forbidden realm are there those haunted by words of no language known to woman or man. The words are Her Gift, and they summon magic. Mage scribes learn to write Her words as intentions: spells to make beasts or plants, designed to any purpose. If an intention is flawed, what the mage creates is a gossamer: a magical creature as wild and free as it is costly for the mage. For Her Gift comes at a steep price. Each successful intention ages a mage until they dare no more. But her magic demands to be used; the Deathless Goddess will take her fee, and mages will die…
Fantasy | HC | $42.99

Cry Pilot
Dane, Joel
A devastated Earth. Rogue bio-weapons. And a recruit with secrets. A tight-knit infantry squad is thrown into battle against a mysterious enemy that appears without warning and strikes without mercy. There’s only one way for a man with Maseo Kaytu’s secrets to join the military: by volunteering for a suicide mission as a ‘cry pilot’. He cheats the system to survive, but you can’t fake basic training. Assigned to a squad of misfits, Kaytu learns how to fight, how to obey, and how to trust. Yet, the more he bonds with his fellow recruits, the more he risks exposure of his criminal past…
Military SF | TP | $24.99

Echoes: the Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories
Datlow, Ellen (editor)
Everyone loves a good ghost story, especially Ellen Datlow – the most lauded editor in short works of supernatural suspense and dark fantasy. These twenty-nine stories span from the traditional to the eclectic, from the mainstream to the literary, from pure fantasy to the bizarrely supernatural. Whether you’re reading alone under the covers with a flashlight, or around a campfire with a circle of friends, there’s something here to please – and spook – everyone. Contributors include: Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Vincent J Masterson, A C Wise, M Rickert, Seanan McGuire, Lee Thomas, Alison Littlewood, M L Siemienowicz, Richard Kadrey, Indrapramit Das, Richard Bowes, Nick Mamatas, Terry Dowling, Aliette de Bodard, Carole Johnstone, Dale Bailey, Stephen Graham Jones, Bracken MacLeod, Garth Nix, Brian Evenson, Jeffrey Ford, Gemma Files, Paul Tremblay, Nathan Ballingrud, Pat Cadigan, John Langan.
Dark fantasy anthology | TP | $44.95

The House of Sundering Flames (Dominion of the Fallen 03)
de Bodard, Aliette
The great magical Houses of Paris – headed by Fallen angels and magicians – were, however temporarily, at peace with each other. Until House Harrier was levelled by a powerful explosion. Now that peace has become chaos, tearing apart old alliances and setting off a race in which each House hoards magic and resources to protect itself against another such blast. Thuan, the Dragon head of the divided House Hawthorn, is still consolidating his power, when war comes to his doorstep. Aurore – exiled from and almost beaten to death by House Harrier – sees her moment to seek power in order to protect her family, even if she must venture back to her destroyed former home to get it. And Emmanuelle finds herself alone in the middle of it all, driven to protect others, trying to piece together what has happened, and hoping – eventually – to make sense of it all. one of them know what destroyed House Harrier, though… and when they do uncover that fiery, destructive magic then divided Houses, old enemies and estranged friends will all have to make a decision: stand together, or burn alone…
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand
Delany, Samuel R
A stunning, many-layered speculation on the future of humanity, on interaction between cultures, on love and sex, on religion and politics, Stars in My Pockets like Grains of Sand is an enduring masterpiece by one of science fiction’s greatest writers; originally published in 1985.
Science fiction (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Medusa in the Graveyard (Medusa Cycle 02)
Devenport, Emily
Oichi Angelis, along with her fellow insurgents, head for the planet called Graveyard. Ancient, sentient, alien starships wait for them – three AI’s so powerful they remain aware even in self-imposed sleep. The race that made them are dead, but Oichi’s people were engineered with this ancient DNA. A delegation must journey to the heart of Graveyard and be judged by the Three. Before they’re done, they will discover that weapons are the least of what the ships have to offer. The sequel to Medusa Uploaded (TP, $24.99).
Science fiction | TP | $26.99

Hour of the Horde
Dickson, Gordon R
The ravenous aliens known as the Horde make their way across the Universe like locusts, stripping bare entire galaxies and leaving death and destruction in their wake. Now, they stand on the edge of the Milky Way. It seems all is lost, but the denizens of our galaxy are not content to give up without a fight. To that end, a galaxy-wide defence force has been assembled, with each star system contributing their greatest warrior to the battle. Enter Miles Vander, the best a tiny backwater like Earth has to offer. Vander may be the key to destroying the Horde. But, first, he’ll have to prove his worthiness to his alien compatriots. A classic of military sf from Hugo and Nebula Award-winning master of science fiction, Gordon R Dickson.
Military SF (reissue) | TP | $31.95

Our War
Dilouie, Craig
When the president of the United States is impeached, but refuses to leave office, the country erupts into civil war. Ten-year-old Hannah Miller, an orphan living in besieged Indianapolis, has joined a citizen’s militia. She had nowhere else to go. And after seeing the firsthand horrors of war, she’s determined to fight with the Free Women militia. Hannah’s older brother, Alex, is a soldier too. But he’s loyal to the other side. After being separated from Hannah, he finds a home in a group calling themselves the Liberty Tree militia. When a UNICEF worker and a reporter discover that both sides are using child soldiers, they set out to shine a light on something they thought could never happen in the United States. But it may be too late because even the gentlest children can find that they’re capable of horrific acts.
Dystopia | HC | $35.00

Last to See Me (Last Ghost 01)
Dressler, M
Over one hundred years ago, Emma Rose Finnis was born and died in the remote northern California town she now haunts. When she was alive, she was a lowly chambermaid and worse, a Finnis. Now, no one remembers her hardworking life and her grand dreams – because there are none left to remember. In a world where phantoms are considered ‘unclean’, the spirits of her town have already been removed. All except Emma Rose. But when a determined hunter arrives with instructions to extinguish her once and for all, Emma Rose refuses to be hounded from her haunt, the stately Lambry Mansion. She’s earned her place and she’ll keep it – even if it means waging a war on the living. After all, she’s got nothing left to lose. The same might not be said for those who still enjoy the luxury of a breath…
Ghost stories | TP | $29.99

The Last Balfour
Duggan, Cait
Magic and fire are kindred things… Iona Balfour’s life is turned upside down, when her beloved aunt Grizel is executed for the crime of witchcraft. Before she dies, Grizel appoints Iona as guardian of a precious family bloodstone and tells her she must flee their village and deliver the stone to the mysterious Guild of the Green Lion. Accompanied by a new friend, Cal, Iona soon realises that she’s awakened the powers of the bloodstone. But it promises to be a perilous journey. The wolf month is no time to be on the road. And there’s a witch hunter on Iona’s trail, who has a strange obsession with the stone. When a devastating betrayal throws her into the hands of her enemies, Iona soon finds herself in the fight of her life. Will she suffer the same fate as her aunt, or will she escape the witch hunter and fulfil her destiny? Discover an exciting new voice in Australian fiction! ‘An utterly riveting tale of magic, danger and witch hunts… grips you by the throat and won’t let go.’ – Kate Forsyth.
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Rise Against (Foundling 04)
Edwards, Hailey
Luce has come, literally, through hell, and now she’s trying to pick up the pieces. Earth is getting ready for the war to end all wars: it’s angels versus demons and Luce is the only one who seems worried about humanity, hapless pawns who are stuck in the middle of the battlefield. Between building an army and running for her life, she’s got a lot on her plate – and that’s not to mention her beloved Cole. As angels drop dead and violent forces begin to gather in the city, the final pieces of an ancient war fall into place, and it’s time for Luce and her loyal coterie to face an enemy like no other. In order to survive, they’ll need to team up with those they’ve considered enemies, and try to decide who, if anyone, they can trust. And Luce must decide how much she’s ready to risk, in the name of peace – and whether she’d be prepared to sacrifice her very soul… Edwards’ fantastic series begins with Bayou Born (PBK, $19.99).
Paranormal romance | PBK | $22.99

The Second Collected Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach
Erikson, Steven
An omnibus edition collecting the novellas of the Malazan Empire: The Crack’d Pot Trail, The Wurms of Blearmouth and The Fiends of Nightmaria… Now in paperback.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Dark Blade (Whispers of the Gods 01)
Feasey, Steve
Lann knows nothing of his mysterious past, but by his fifteenth birthday he will come face to face with destiny. For Lann must wield the Dreadblade, an ancient sword forged to defeat terrible monsters. Across the mountains a King has been murdered. His daughter, Astrid, is a warrior with no desire to bear the crown. Only she can uncover her father’s killer, before her brother is framed for the crime. Evil is stirring. Lann and Astrid are the kingdom’s last defence. Together, they must face the greatest darkness their world has ever known.
YA fantasy | PBK | $15.99

American Magic
Fehst, Zach
When an enigmatic message uploaded to the dark web turns out to contain an ancient secret giving regular people the power to do impossible things, like levitate cars or make themselves invisible, American government officials panic. They know the demo videos on YouTube and instructions for incantations could turn from fantastical amusement to dangerous weapon at the drop of the hat, and they scramble to keep the information out of the wrong hands. They tap Ben Zolstra, an ex-CIA field operative, whose history with the Agency is conflicted at best, to lead the team that’s racing to contain the dangerous knowledge – and track down the mysterious figure behind the leak who threatens that even more dangerous spells will be released, one by one, until the world as we know it no longer exists. Exploring the dark consequences of a question mankind has been asking for centuries: What if magic were real?
Urban fantasy | HC | $35.00

Widow’s Welcome (Tales of Fenest 01)
Fields, D K
Dead bodies aren’t unusual in the alleyways of Fenest, capital of the Union of Realms. Especially not in an election year, when the streets swell with crowds from near and far. Muggings, brawls gone bad, debts collected – Detective Cora Gorderheim has seen it all. Until she finds a Wayward man with his mouth sewn shut. His body has been arranged precisely by the killer and left conspicuously, waiting to be found. Cora fears this is not only a murder, but a message. As she digs into the dead man’s past, she finds herself drawn into the most dangerous event in the Union: the election… The first in a trilogy.
Fantasy crime | TP | $32.99

1636: the China Venture (Ring of Fire 27)
Flint, Eric & Cooper, Iver P
The newly-formed United States of Europe – created by an alliance between the time-displaced Americans from the town of Grantville and the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus – decides to send an embassy to the Chinese empire. One of the main purposes of the embassy is to establish trade, in order to gain access to critical resources. The mission is a gamble – some might say, a long shot. The Ming dynasty is on the verge of collapse and China’s rulers are suspicious of foreigners. The mission experiences one setback after another, but presses on. And they gain an important ally along the way: Zheng Zhilong, a former pirate now an admiral for the Ming navy and the head of an extremely wealthy Fujian province trading family. He knows through his Jesuit missionary connections that according to Grantville’s history books, the Ming dynasty is in danger, from famines, bandit armies, and barbarian invaders. And he is determined that, one way or another, he and his family will survive and even prosper. The embassy is joined as well by a young scholar, who helps them make inroads into China’s complex and often dangerous society. Can the up-timers and their friends persuade the imperial dynasty and its mandarins to establish trade and diplomatic relations with the USE? They have one great asset: their knowledge may be the key to saving China from decades of mass suffering and civil war.
Alternate history | HC | $52.95

Ahab’s Return: Or, the Last Voyage
Ford, Jeffrey
At the end of a long journey, Captain Ahab returns to the mainland – to confront the true author of the novel Moby Dick, his former shipmate, Ishmael. The greatly-exaggerated rumours of his untimely death have caused him grievous harm – after hearing about Ahab’s demise, his wife and child left Nantucket for New York; and, now, Ahab is on a desperate quest to find them. Ahab’s pursuit leads him to The Gorgon’s Mirror, the sensationalist tabloid newspaper that employed Ishmael as a copy editor, while he wrote the harrowing story of the ill-fated Pequod
Fantasy | TP | $27.99

Hangman’s Gate (War of the Archons 02)
Ford, R S
After uniting the bandit clans, the Iron Tusk has swept into Shengen and taken control of the empire. With an army behind him, he marches along the Skull Road, ready to lay waste to the lands in the west. The ragtag defenders of Dunrun are all that stand in his way. With their country besieged on all sides, troubling rumours of a priestess amassing power in the North, and unnatural alliances to the south, no help is coming. Alone, they must hold back the godlike powers of the Iron Tusk, or see life as they know it come to an end. The sequel to A Demon in Silver (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Aesop’s Fables
Gebler, Carlo & Weston, Gavin
The greatest collection of fables ever written, updated for our turbulent times. A witty, scatological illustrated version of the world’s greatest collection of fables, allegedly written by a slave in the 5th century BC. A book for our times: as Gebler notes, Aesop has two subjects – the exercise of power and the experience of the powerless who endure life and all that it inflicts on them. This retelling of the Fables makes them relevant and richly enjoyable. Large and fierce animals kill and butcher weaker creatures; gods play games with the hopes and fears of lesser species, including men and women; and occasionally the weak turn the tables on the strong, exposing their pretensions. This is a stunning new version of a book that was often bowdlerised and used to teach moral lessons to children. Gebler’s Aesop is darker and more realistic, and compulsively readable.
Fables | HC | $39.99

Hateful Things (Children of D’Hara 02) (novella)
Goodkind, Terry
The Children of D’Hara picks up immediately after the conclusion of the Sword of Truth series. This is the story of Richard and Kahlan and their children. The first instalment is The Scribbly Man (HC, $19.99).
Fantasy novella | HC | $18.99

Rule (Rule 01)
Goodlett, Ellen
The king is dying, his heir has just been murdered, and rebellion brews in the east. But the kingdom of Kolonya and the outer Reaches has one last option, before it descends into leaderless chaos. Or rather, three unexpected options… Zofi has spent her entire life trekking through the outer Reaches with her band of Travellers. She would do anything to protect the band, her family. But no one can ever find out how far she’s already gone. Akeylah was raised in the Eastern Reach, surrounded by whispers of rebellion and abused by her father. Desperate to escape, she makes a decision that threatens the whole kingdom. Ren grew up in Kolonya, serving as a lady’s maid and scheming her way out of the servants’ chambers. But one such plot could get her hung for treason, if anyone ever discovers what she’s done. When the king summons the girls, they arrive expecting arrest – or, even, execution. Instead, they learn the truth: they are his illegitimate daughters, and one must become his new heir. But someone in Kolonya knows their secrets, and that someone will stop at nothing, to keep the sisters from their destiny… to rule. Magic, mystery, and blackmail abound in the first book of this sensational and striking fantasy duology.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99

Rise (Rule 02)
Goodlett, Ellen
Sisters Akeylah, Ren, and Zofi are all a step closer to their dying father’s throne, a step closer to the crown that will allow one of them to rule over Kolonya. But the sisters’ pasts continue to haunt them. Each hides a secret marked with blood and betrayal, and now their blackmailer – calling themselves the ‘true heir’ – is holding nothing back. When King Andros discovers one sister’s traitorous past, events are set in motion that will shake the entire kingdom to its core. As Kolonya’s greatest threat stalks closer and closer, weaving a web of fear and deceit around Ren, Zofi, and Akeylah, even the people they love are under suspicion. If the sisters are going to survive, they’ll have to learn to trust each other above all else and work together, not only to save themselves, but to save everything they hold dear.
YA fantasy | HC | $24.99

Lady Helen and the Dark Days Deceit (Lady Helen 03)
Goodman, Alison
Bath, December 1812. After the shocking events in London and Brighton, Lady Helen and Lord Carlston are now the newly forged Grand Reclaimer, a dyad of formidable power. Yet they do not know how to control this new force between them. Following their only lead, they and their comrades go to Bath, looking for the key to their dyad and for their hidden nemesis: the Grand Deceiver. Helen and Carlston are also struggling to control their illicit feelings for each other, as Helen prepares to marry the devoted Duke of Selburn. The wedding is fast approaching and Helen must juggle her imminent life as a Duchess with the dangerous duties of a Grand Reclaimer. When an old enemy arrives in Bath bringing death and deceit, the final confrontation between Grand Reclaimer and Grand Deceiver is set into terrifying motion. Can Helen and Carlston finally unleash their dyad power, to save mankind from annihilation? Set against a background of glittering Regency society, this is the thrilling finale to the Lady Helen trilogy. Lady Helen first appears in Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club (PBK, $14.99). Recommended to Heyer lovers, especially!
Historical urban fantasy | PBK | $14.99

The Quanderhorn Xperimentations
Grant, Rob & Marshall, Andrew
England, 1952. A time of peace, regeneration and hope. A Golden Age. Unfortunately, it’s been 1952, for the past 65 years. Meet Professor Quanderhorn: a brilliant, maverick scientific genius with absolutely no moral compass. Assisted by a ragtag crew – his part-insect ‘son’ (reputedly ‘a major breakthrough in Artificial Stupidity’), a recovering amnesiac, a brilliant scientist with a half-clockwork brain, and a captured Martian hostage – he’ll save the world. Even if he has to destroy it in the process. With his Dangerous Giant Space Laser, Utterly Untested Matter Transfuser Booth and Fleets of Monkey-driven Lorries, he’s not afraid to push the boundaries of science to their very limit. And far, far beyond… A richer, deeper, more comprehensive exploration of the Quanderhorn phenomenon, as heard on Radio 4. With added secrets.
Humorous SF | PBK | $22.99

Green Valley
Greenberg, Louis
When Lucie Sterling’s niece is abducted, she knows it won’t be easy to find answers. Stanton is no ordinary city: invasive digital technology has been banned, by public vote. No surveillance state, no shadowy companies holding databases of information on private citizens, no phones tracking their every move. Only one place stays firmly anchored in the bad old ways, in a huge bunker across town: Green Valley, where the inhabitants have retreated into the comfort of full-time virtual reality – personae non gratae to the outside world. And it’s inside Green Valley, beyond the ideal virtual world it presents, that Lucie will have to go to find her missing niece.
SF thriller | PBK | $19.99

Leap (Breakthrough 02)
Grumley, Michael C
It was one of the greatest breakthroughs in human history. And it was just the beginning. Just one year ago, Alison Shaw and her team of marine biologists stunned the world with an incredible breakthrough. And, now, they’re about to do it again. But an ocean away, something strange is unfolding. Along a lonely coast in South America, an experimental Russian submarine, long thought to have been dismantled, has suddenly resurfaced. And the US Navy has taken notice, sending officers John Clay and Steve Caesare to investigate. The sub has been studying a group of unmarked soldiers, disappearing into the jungle each night beneath the cover of darkness. Something has been discovered… something big. And it’s about to fall into the wrong hands. Unless Alison Shaw and her team can find something that no one else can. The sequel to Breakthrough (PBK, $22.99).
SF thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Border Keeper
Hall, Kerstin
Vasethe, a man with a troubled past, comes to seek a favour from a woman who is not what she seems, and must enter the nine hundred and ninety-nine realms of Mkalis, the world of spirits, where gods and demons wage endless war. Wonders abound, both epic – the Byzantine bureaucracy of hundreds of demon realms, impossible oceans, hidden fortresses – and devastatingly personal – a spear flung straight, the profound terror and power of motherhood. What Vasethe discovers, in Mkalis, threatens to bring his own secrets into light, and throw both worlds into chaos.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Trinity
Hall, Louisa
J Robert Oppenheimer was a brilliant scientist, a champion of liberal causes, and a complex and often contradictory character. He loyally protected his Communist friends, only to later betray them under questioning. He repeatedly lied about love affairs. And he defended the use of the atomic bomb that he helped create, before ultimately lobbying against nuclear proliferation. Through narratives that cross time and space, a set of seven fictional characters bears witness to the life of Oppenheimer. As these men and women fall into the orbit of a brilliant but mercurial mind at work, all consider his complicated legacy while also uncovering deep and often unsettling truths about their own lives. In this stunning, elliptical novel, Louisa Hall has crafted a breathtaking and explosive story about public and private tragedy, about power and guilt, and about the secrets we keep from the world and from ourselves.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Great North Road
Hamilton, Peter F
St Libra is a paradise for earth’s mega-rich, until the killing begins. When attending a Newcastle murder scene, Detective Sidney Hurst finds a dead North family clone. Yet, none have been reported missing. And in 2122, twenty years ago, a North clone billionaire was horrifically murdered in the same manner on the tropical planet of St Libra. So, if the murderer is still at large, was Angela Tramelo wrongly convicted? She never wavered under interrogation, claiming she alone survived an alien attack. Investigating this potential alien threat now becomes the Human Defence Agency’s top priority. St Libran biofuel is the lifeblood of Earth’s economy and must be secured. A vast expedition is mounted via the Newcastle gateway, and experts are dispatched to the planet – with Angela Tramelo, grudgingly released from prison. But the expedition is cut off deep within St Libra’s rainforests, and the murders begin. Angela insists it’s the alien, but her new colleagues aren’t sure. Did she see an alien, or does she have other reasons for being on St Libra?
Science fiction (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

A Second Chance at Eden (collection)
Hamilton, Peter F
This is a brilliant collection of six short stories and a novella, set in the same universe as Peter F Hamilton’s Night’s Dawn trilogy. The author presents us with a compelling mix of human dilemmas, imagined technologies and extraordinary new cultures. Among others, this collection includes ‘Sonnie’s Edge’ – featuring contests to the death between constructed monsters. But one has a special advantage… We also visit an abandoned alien spacecraft in ‘Escape Route’. However, is it really as empty as it seems? And in the title novella, A Second Chance at Eden, a habitat creator is murdered. But nobody can identify the perpetrator – or the motive. This is a must-have collection from a writer at the top of his game.
Science fiction (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Manhattan in Reverse (collection)
Hamilton, Peter F
A short story collection from one of the world’s bestselling science-fiction writers. A collection of short stories from the master of space opera. Peter F Hamilton takes us on a journey from a murder mystery in an alternative Oxford in the 1800s, to a brand-new story featuring Paula Mayo, Deputy Director of the Intersolar Commonwealth’s Serious Crimes Directorate. Dealing with intricate themes and topical subjects, this top ten bestselling author is at the top of his game.
Science fiction (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

The Warehouse
Hart, Rob
In a world ravaged by bankruptcy and unemployment, Cloud is the only company left worth working for. But what will it cost you? Amidst the wreckage of America, Cloud reigns supreme. Cloud brands itself not just as an online storefront, but as a global saviour. Yet, beneath the sunny exterior, lurks something far more sinister. Paxton never thought he’d be working Security for the company that ruined his life, much less that he’d be moving into one of their sprawling live-work facilities. But compared to what’s left outside – perhaps, Cloud isn’t so bad…
SF thriller | TP | $32.99

Raging Storm (Legends of the Alfar 04)
Heitz, Markus
The Hidden Land lies broken. In the terrible battle to save the home of the dwarves, elves and humans, many sacrifices were made by great heroes, and at the last the alfar were defeated. Aiphaton, the son of the indelible and erstwhile Emperor of the Alfar, has sworn that his race will never again pose such a dire threat to the world; he is determined to seek out and destroy the last of his own people. But there may be a greater enemy to face: an enigmatic mage with powerful magic at her fingertips is threatening the entire country. Suddenly, the Hidden Land’s greatest enemy has become its only hope…
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Sea Witch (Sea Witch 01)
Henning, Sarah
Evie has been wracked with guilt, ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned. So, when a girl appears on shore with an uncanny resemblance to Anna, Evie befriends her – in an effort to make amends. And as the two girls catch the eyes – and hearts – of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at happy ever after. But is Evie’s new friend really who she says she is? The story of the Sea Witch – the villainess from Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale ‘The Little Mermaid’, told from the viewpoint of the Sea Witch – when she was a twelve-year-old girl…
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99

Sea Witch Rising (Sea Witch 02)
Henning, Sarah
Alia has made a deal with the Sea Witch to give up her life as a mermaid, in exchange for a human soul. Now, she has only twelve hours left on land to win the prince she loves, or perish. But Alia’s sister, Runa, knows that the prince isn’t capable of true love, so she makes her own bargain with the Sea Witch – and prepares to bring Alia back to the ocean, whether she likes it… or not. Below the waves, the Sea Witch has a plan to challenge the order of the sea. It’s going to take power – power she doesn’t, yet, have. As Runa and the Sea Witch’s fates intertwine, they find themselves caught in the middle of a deadly conflict between land and water. Will they be brave enough to sacrifice their own hearts’ desires for a chance to save their worlds…?
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99

Shrouded Loyalties
Hogan, Reese
Naval officer, Mila Blackwood is determined to keep her country’s most powerful secret – shrouding, the ability to traverse their planet in seconds through an alternate realm – out of enemy hands. But spies are everywhere: her submarine has been infiltrated by a Dhavnak agent, and her teenage brother has been seduced by an enemy soldier. When Blackwood’s submarine is attacked by a monster, she and fellow officer, Holland, are marked with special abilities, whose manifestations could end the war – but in whose favour? Forced to submit to military scientists in her paranoid and war-torn home, Blackwood soon learns that the only people she can trust might also be the enemy.
Military SF | PBK | $18.99

The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday
Hossain, Saad Z
When the djinn king Melek Ahmar wakes up after millennia of imprisoned slumber, he finds a world vastly different from what he remembers. Arrogant and bombastic, he comes down the mountain expecting an easy conquest: the wealthy, spectacular city state of Kathmandu, ruled by the all-knowing, all-seeing tyrant AI Karma. To his surprise, he finds that Kathmandu is a cut-price paradise, where citizens want for nothing; and even the dregs of society are distinctly unwilling to revolt. Everyone seems happy, except for the old Gurkha soldier Bhan Gurung. Knife saint, recidivist, and mass murderer, he is an exile from Kathmandu, pursuing a forty-year-old vendetta that leads to the very heart of Karma… A 176pp Tor.com novella.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

The Sword Saint (Empire of Salt 03)
Iggulden, C F
Cities have been broken before. Empires have fallen. But this is the end of an age. The city of Darien’s power has grown, but not without a price. Victory has drawn the gaze of a fierce enemy from the North. The Féal Empire is determined to claim Darien’s magic and use it to take the throne. With nowhere else to turn, the twelve families enlist the help of the Sword Saint. Alongside five outcasts – a gambler, a hunter, a young thief, a sorceress and a battle-scarred warrior – the sword saint must travel into the very heart of the invading army. Darien was once the Empire of Salt’s greatest stronghold – now it will be the final battleground. And the Sword Saint their last hope.
Alternate history | TP | $29.99

Sanctuary
James, V V
Sanctuary. It’s the perfect town… to hide a secret. To Detective Maggie Knight, the death of Sanctuary’s star quarterback seems to be a tragic accident. Only, everyone knows his ex-girlfriend is the daughter of a witch – and she was there when he died. Then the rumours start to fly. Bereaved mother Abigail will stop at nothing, until she has justice for her dead son. Her best friend Sarah will do everything in her power to protect her accused daughter. And the women share a secret that could shatter their lives – and their community. It falls to Maggie to prevent her investigation – and Sanctuary itself – from spiralling out of control.
Fantasy thriller | TP | $32.99

Daggerspell (Deverry Cycle 01)
Kerr, Katharine
A broken promise, a curse, and a magic beyond imagining… The powerful sorcerer Nevyn broke a promise long ago and a curse has trapped him ever since. He waits for the one who might break him free of his prison. A wait that may soon finally come to an end. Jill is the daughter of a Silver Dagger, a band of wandering swordsmen who fight for money, not honour. After her mother died when she was young, father and girl took to the road, living from town to town, never settling. Jill’s only friends are the mysterious spirits known as Wildfolk: gnomes, sylphs, sprites and undines. Their magical presence in her life marks her out as different; special. But young Jill has no idea what the destiny has in store for her. Reissued, with lovely new jacket art. Recommended (especially if you didn’t read these, back in the day)!
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Darkspell (Deverry Cycle 02)
Kerr, Katharine
Exiled from his brother’s court, Lord Rhodry has found a life for himself on the road with wandering mercenaries, the Silver Daggers. The going is hard, but Jill, a young master of sword and magic, is with him, and as they journey across Deverry’s long roads, feelings between warrior and lord deepen. But before love can truly blossom, Jill and Rhodry are drawn into a web of enchantment and mortal danger. The Great Stone of the West, a magical jewel that guides the conscience of kings, has been stolen. When Jill stumbles across the Stone, she draws the attention of the Dark Brotherhood – evil sorcerers who will hunt her with the darkest magics and messengers of death. Reissued, with lovely new jacket art. Recommended (especially if you didn’t read these, back in the day)!
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Dawnspell: the Bristling Wood (Deverry Cycle 03)
Kerr, Katharine
When Jill and Rhodry are forced apart by unexpected circumstance, Rhodry vows to find her, no matter what it takes. But before he can, he disappears. With his brother injured, Rhodry is next in line to rule. As Deverry’s peace hanging in the balance, the king lifts Rhodry’s exile and bids him return home before it is too late. And, so, it falls to Jill to save the land and the man she loves. Though her magic is strong, this challenge will test her utterly: for there are those who would see Rhodry gone forever and the fragile peace of the kingdom broken, at last. Reissued, with lovely new jacket art. Recommended (especially if you didn’t read these, back in the day)!
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Dragonspell: the Southern Sea (Deverry Cycle 04)
Kerr, Katharine
Aberwyn’s overlord is dead and the land stands on the brink of war and rebellion. Rhodry is now heir to the rulership, but he has been kidnapped by the agents of an evil magic. Desperate, his half-brother Salamander and his beloved Jill race to free him and bring him home. But they may be too late, for Rhodry has been caught in the crossfire of Nevyn’s great battle with the Old One. A pawn in the ancient war between Light and Dark, Rhodry’s memories – of home, of duty, of Jill – have been erased. Jill must now battle to save the man she loves, even if he no longer knows her. He will never be the same. Nor will she… Reissued, with lovely new jacket art. Recommended (especially if you didn’t read these, back in the day)!
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Arthurian Legends
Kerven, Rosalind
The definitive book of stories from Arthurian legend, splendidly recreated for 2019, featuring the Knights of the Round Table, Wizard Merlin and King Arthur and Queen Guinevere. With plots full of romance, adventure and enchantment, these stories are revived by the author to reflect their origins in oral history and appeal to a whole new generation of readers. Stories include ‘Elaine Who Loved Sir Lancelot’, ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’, ‘Tristan and Isolde’, and ‘The Enchantment of Merlin’, many of which have recently been adapted in modern cinema and remain a fascination within contemporary culture. The book also features detailed notes on each story and mentions specific places in Britain with Arthurian links, including properties such as Tintagel. Illustrated with images inspired by Arthurian legend by Arthur Rackham and others.
Myth & legend | HC | $19.99

English Fairy Tales and Legends
Kerven, Rosalind
Many people in England have little knowledge of genuine ‘English’ fairy tales. The stories that many of us grew up with are from overseas: for example, Snow White is German, Cinderella is French, and Aladdin is Arabian. But folk tales and legends are an intrinsic part of English national culture and the author has revived our best tales for a new generation of readers. This terrific collection of 12 classic tales is a great introduction to the different types of traditional story and their place in English oral and written heritage. They include tales of giants, dragons, fairies, beauty-and-the-beast, and Arthurian Romance. Each tale is linked with a specific place or county in England: ‘The Dragon Castle’ from Northumberland, ‘The Girl Snatched by Fairies’ from County Durham, ‘The Princess and the Fool’ from Kent, and ‘The Dark Moon’ from Lincolnshire. The book also includes notes on each story: the history and where it came from, its development and short summaries of many related or similar stories.
Fairy tales/folklore | HC | $19.99

Faeries, Elves and Goblins: the Old Stories and Fairy Tales
Kerven, Rosalind
Faeries, elves, goblins, leprechauns, brownies, spriggans and many other supernatural beings leap vividly off the page in this collection of 25 haunting stories and folklore from the rich narrative heritage of Britain and Ireland. Marvel over ancient spells to summon faeries to your house, tremble at the shapeshifting powers of dangerous faery queens, lose yourself amongst the illusions of Faeryland and learn how to protect family members from the terrors of faery abduction. Interspersed with facts on faery folklore, these tales cover faery morals, elvish misdemeanours, the spells cast by goblins and the sightings of the creatures, as well as their dealings with mortals. With charming illustrations from favourite illustrators throughout, including Arthur Rackham, this book reminds us of the enduring appeal of folklore and mystery for all generations.
Fairy tales/folklore | HC | $19.99

The Black Khan (Bloodprint 02)
Khan, Ausma Zehanat
The Bloodprint survived, secreted to Ashfall, seat of the Black Khan. But the Khan’s court is built upon shifting layers of intrigue and lethal conspiracy, with enemies whose motives are steeped in the shadows. Can the Khan guard the Bloodprint, when treachery lurks in the wings and the Talisman gather at his door? The Companions of Hira must reunite, break through Talisman lines, and infiltrate Ashfall to join their ally, the Black Khan. But can his word be trusted?
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The Dragon Republic (Poppy War 02)
Kuang, Rebecca
Rin is on the run… Haunted by the atrocity she committed to save her people, addicted to opium, and driven by the murderous commands of Phoenix, the vengeful god who has blessed Rin with her fearsome power. Rin’s only reason for living is to get revenge on the traitorous Empress who sold her homeland, Nikan, to her enemies. With no other options, Rin joins forces with the powerful Dragon Warlord, who has a plan to conquer Nikan, unseat the Empress, and create a new Republic. She throws herself into his war. After all, making war is all she knows how to do… The sequel to The Poppy War (PBK, $19.99), a powerful epic fantasy novel with its roots in the 20th-century history of China.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Terra Nova: the Wars of Liberation (anthology)
Kratman, Tom (editor)
Contained herein are tales of the history of Mankind’s future first colony, from the first failed attempt at colonization, to the rise in crime, to the rise in terrorism, to its descent into widespread civil war and rebellion…and, ultimately, liberation. As with most of human history, this history is messy, with good men and women turning bad, bad men and women inadvertently doing good, and blood flowing in the streets. Stories set in Tom Kratman’s Carrera series by: Kacey Ezell, Mike Massa, Rob Hampson, Chris Smith, Peter Grant, Chris Nutall, Justin Watson, Monalisa Foster, Alex Macris, Lawrence Railey, and Tom Kratman.
Military SF anthology | TP | $31.95

The Heart of the Circle
Landsman, Keren
Throughout human history there have always been sorcerers, once idolised and now exploited for their powers. In Israel, the Sons of Simeon, a group of religious extremists, persecute sorcerers while the government turns a blind eye. After a march for equal rights ends in brutal murder, empath, moodifier and reluctant waiter Reed becomes the next target. While his sorcerous and normie friends seek out his future killers, Reed complicates everything by falling hopelessly in love. As the battle for survival grows ever more personal, can Reed protect himself and his friends, as the Sons of Simeon close in around them?
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Hot and Badgered (Honey Badger Chronicles 01)
Laurenston, Shelly
It’s not every day that a beautiful naked woman falls out of the sky and lands, face first, on grizzly shifter Berg Dunn’s hotel balcony. Definitely they don’t usually hop up and demand his best gun. Berg gives the lady a grizzly-sized t-shirt and his cell phone, too, just on style points. And then she’s gone, taking his XXXL heart with her. By the time he figures out she’s a honey badger shifter, it’s too late. Honey badgers are survivors. Brutal, vicious, ill-tempered survivors. Or, maybe, Charlie Taylor-MacKilligan is just pissed that her useless father is trying to get them all killed again… and won’t even tell her how. Protecting her little sisters has always been her job, and she’s not about to let some pesky giant grizzly protection specialist with a network of every shifter in Manhattan get in her way. Wait. He’s trying to help? Why would he want to do that? He’s cute enough that she just might let him tag along – that is, if he can keep up… The first in a new series.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $18.99

Jade War (Green Book Saga 02)
Lee, Fonda
Beyond Kekon’s borders, war is brewing. Powerful foreign governments and mercenary criminal kingpins alike turn their eyes on the island nation. Jade, Kekon’s most prized resource, could make them rich – or give them the edge they’d need to topple their rivals. Faced with threats on all sides, the Kaul family is forced to form new and dangerous alliances, confront enemies in the darkest streets and the tallest office towers, and put honour aside in order to do whatever it takes to ensure their own survival – and that of all the Green Bones of Kekon. The sequel to Jade City (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Night and Silence (October Daye 12)
McGuire, Seanan
Things are not okay. In the aftermath of Amandine’s latest betrayal, October ‘Toby’ Daye’s fragile self-made family is on the verge of coming apart at the seams. Jazz can’t sleep, Sylvester doesn’t want to see her, and worst of all, Tybalt has withdrawn from her entirely – retreating into the Court of Cats, as he tries to recover from his abduction. Toby is floundering, unable to help the people she loves most heal. She needs a distraction. She needs a quest. What she doesn’t need is the abduction of her estranged human daughter, Gillian. What she doesn’t need is to be accused of kidnapping her own child by her ex-boyfriend and his new wife, who seems to be harbouring secrets of her own. There’s no question of whether she’ll take the case. The only question is whether she’s emotionally prepared to survive it. Signs of Faerie’s involvement are everywhere, and it’s going to take all Toby’s nerve and all her allies to get her through this web of old secrets, older hatreds, and new deceits. If she can’t find Gillian, before time runs out, her own child will pay the price. Two questions remain: Who, in Faerie, remembered Gillian existed? And what do they stand to gain? No matter how this ends, Toby’s life will never be the same.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $21.95

Spaceside (Planetside 02)
Mammay, Michael
Following his mission on Cappa, Colonel Carl Butler returns to a mixed reception. To some, he is a do-or-die war hero. To the other half of the galaxy, he’s a pariah. Forced into retirement, he has resettled on Talca Four where he’s now Deputy VP of Corporate Security, protecting a high-tech military company on the corporate battlefield – at least, that’s what the job description says. Really, he’s just there to impress clients and investors. It’s all relatively low risk – until he’s entrusted with new orders. A breach of a competitor’s computer network has Butler’s superiors feeling every bit as vulnerable. They need Butler to find who did it, how, and why no one’s taken credit for the ingenious attack… The sequel to Planetside (PBK, $19.99) which nottinghad customer raves.
Space opera | PBK | $19.99

Nottingham
Makaryk, Nathan
England, 1191. King Richard is half a world away, fighting for God and his own ambition. Back home, the country languishes, bankrupt and on the verge of anarchy. People with power are running unchecked. People without are growing angry. And in Nottingham, the largest and wealthiest shire in England, a dangerously-passive sheriff seems intent on doing nothing. As the leaves turn gold in the Sherwood Forest, the lives of six people become intertwined. And a strange story begins to spread.
Hoodian fantasy | TP | $32.99

Fray (Unraveled Kingdom 02)
Miller, Rowenna
Open revolt has been thwarted – for now – but unrest still simmers in the kingdom of Galitha. Sophie, despite having built a thriving business on her skill at both dressmaking and magic, has not escaped unscathed from her misadventures in the workers’ rebellion. Her dangerous foray into curse casting has rendered her powers unpredictable, and her increasingly visible romantic entanglement with the Crown Prince makes her a convenient target for threatened nobles and malcontent commoners, alike. The sequel to Torn (PBK, $22.99), which customers loved.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Mage-Fire War (Saga of Recluce 21)
Modesitt Jr, L E
Once again, prejudices against the use of chaos magic force Beltur and his companions to flee their refuge in Axalt. The rulers of nearby Montegren have offered them sanctuary and the opportunity to become the Councillors of the run-down and disintegrating town of Haven. Montegren lacks any mages – white or black – making this seem like the perfect opportunity to start again. However, Beltur and the others must reinstitute law and order, rebuilt parts of the town, deal with brigands – and thwart an invading army.
Fantasy | HC | $39.99

No Way (One Way 02)
Morden, S J
Frank Kitteridge is alone on Mars. But XO, the corporate architects of the first Mars base, made a costly mistake when they left him there: they left him alive. But there are dangers on Mars, even Frank isn’t prepared for, and a mystery he has to solve in order to survive. If there’s anything in Frank’s favour, it’s this: he’s always been prepared to go to the extremes to get the job done. The sequel to One Way (PBK, $19.99).
SF thriller | PBK | $22.99

Gods of Jade and Shadow
Moreno-Garcia, Silvia
The Jazz Age is in full swing, but it’s passing Casiopea Tun by. She’s too busy scrubbing floors in her wealthy grandfather’s house to do anything more than dream of a life far from her dusty, small town in southern Mexico. A life she could call her own. This dream is impossible, distant as the stars – until the day Casiopea opens a curious chest in her grandfather’s room and accidentally frees an ancient Mayan god of death. He offers her a deal: if Casiopea helps him recover his throne from his treacherous brother, he will grant her whatever she desires…
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

Blood of an Exile (Dragons of Terra 01)
Naslund, Brian
Bershad was supposed to die. He tried to assassinate a fellow noble, so was given a harsh sentence – a command to slay dragons so his death might serve the kingdom. But for some reason he’s never lost a fight, and is now the most successful dragon-slayer in history. Yet, as a doomed man, Bershad is still shunned by both his peers and his countrymen. But that could all change. The king who sentenced Bershad has just given him an out. Kill a foreign king and walk free forever. However, Bershad couldn’t care less about the fates of kingdoms, until he discovers he could save an innocent child in the process. And he might also save the life of every creature in Terra. The first book in a series.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

Astounding: John W Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A Heinlein, L Ron Hubbard,
and the Golden Age of Science Fiction

Nevala-Lee, Alec
Astounding is the landmark account of the extraordinary partnership between four controversial writers – John W Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A Heinlein, and L Ron Hubbard – who set off a revolution in science fiction and forever changed our world. Drawing on unexplored archives, thousands of unpublished letters, and dozens of interviews, Alec Nevala-Lee offers a riveting portrait of this circle of authors, their work, and their tumultuous private lives. With unprecedented scope, drama, and detail, Astounding describes how fan culture was born in the depths of the Great Depression; follows these four friends and rivals through World War II and the dawn of the atomic era; and honours such exceptional women as Doña Campbell and Leslyn Heinlein – whose pivotal roles in the history of the genre have so far gone largely unacknowledged. For the first time, Nevala-Lee reveals the startling extent of Campbell’s influence on the ideas that evolved into Scientology, which prompted Asimov to observe: ‘I knew Campbell and I knew Hubbard, and no movement can have two Messiahs.’ Astounding looks unsparingly at the tragic final act that estranged the others from Campbell, bringing the golden age of science fiction to a close, and illuminates how their complicated legacy continues to shape the imaginations of millions and our vision of the future itself.
SF reference | TP | $34.99

The Haunting of Drearcliff Grange School (Drearcliff Grange 02)
Newman, Kim
Amy Thomsett – the girl who flies on moth wings – takes part in the Great Game, a contest of skill against other institutes of learning. In a nightmare, and in the cellars of a house in Piccadilly, Amy glimpses a spectre who might have dogged her all her life, the Broken Doll. The cracked-face, glass-eyed creature might well be the most serious threat the Moth Club have ever faced.
Horror | PBK | $19.99

Inland
Obreht, Téa
Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of the men in her life – her husband who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her elder sons who have vanished after an explosive argument. Nora is biding her time with her youngest son, who is convinced that a mysterious beast is stalking the land around their home, and her husband’s seventeen-year-old cousin, who communes with spirits. Lurie is a former outlaw and a man haunted by ghosts. He sees lost souls who want something from him, and he finds reprieve from their longing in an unexpected relationship that inspires a momentous expedition across the West.
Magical realism | TP | $32.99

The Hound of Justice (Janet Watson Chronicles 02)
O’Dell, Claire
After an extremist faction called the Brotherhood of Redemption launches a failed assassination attempt on the president that causes mass destruction, Holmes, who is now operating in the shadows, takes on the task of investigating the Brotherhood. Holmes is making progress when she abruptly disappears. When Watson receives a mysterious message from Holmes’ cousin Micha – that indicates that Sara Holmes’ disappearance might be connected to the Brotherhood and to Adler Industries – Watson and Micha go on a high-stakes’ mission, to reunite with Holmes, once again… The second of the Janet Watson Chronicles, following the brilliant A Study in Honor (TP, $29.99). Recommended!
Sherlockian SF | TP | $29.99

The Memory Police
Ogawa, Yoko
Hat, ribbon, bird, rose. To the people on the island, a disappeared thing no longer has any meaning. It can be burned in the garden, thrown in the river, or handed over to the Memory Police. Soon enough, the island forgets it ever existed. When a young novelist discovers that her editor is in danger of being taken away by the Memory Police, she desperately wants to save him. For some reason, he doesn’t forget, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult for him to hide his memories. Who knows what will vanish next?
Dystopia | TP | $32.99

Song of Blood and Stone (Earthsinger Chronicles 01)
Penelope, L
All Jasminda ever wanted was to live quietly on her farm, away from the prying eyes of those in the nearby town. Branded an outcast by the colour of her skin and her gift of Earthsong, she’s been shunned all her life and has learned to steer clear from the townsfolk… until a group of Lagrimari soldiers wander into her valley with an Elsiran spy, believing they are still in Lagrimar…
Fantasy | TP | $26.99

Woman on the Edge of Time
Piercy, Marge
Connie Ramos has been unjustly incarcerated in a mental institution with no hope of release. The authorities view her as a danger to herself and to others. Her family has given up on her. But Connie has a secret – a way to escape the confines of her cell. She can see the future… Woman on the Edge of Time has been hailed as a classic of speculative science fiction. Disturbing and forward thinking, Marge Piercy’s remarkable novel will speak to a new generation of readers. A new reissue of the feminist classic.
Dystopia (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

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…
Urban fantasy | PBK | $21.95

First Cosmic Velocity
Powers, Zach
It’s 1964 in the USSR, and unbeknownst even to Premier Khrushchev himself, the Soviet space program is a sham. Well, half a sham. While the program has successfully launched five capsules into space, the Chief Designer and his team have never successfully brought one back to earth. To disguise this, they’ve used twins. But in a nation built on secrets and propaganda, the biggest lie of all is about to unravel. Because there are no more twins left. This is the story of Leonid, the last of the twins…
Science fiction | TP | $27.99

Death and Friends, a Discworld Journal
Pratchett, Terry & Emporium, Discworld
There’s nothing like a journal to get you thinking about life, the universe, and a Disc suspended by four elephants standing atop a giant turtle. Who better to help you than Death, Terry Pratchett’s most enduring anthropomorphic personification? He’s seen it all. With space aplenty to plan your daily routines, express your wildest dreams, or write your life story, you’ll be aided and abetted by Death’s wit, wisdom and observations along the way. Fill the pages how you like, there’s no wrong way to live a life. Or complete a journal. So, come along, brief mortal, and make the most of Death’s outside perspective.
Journal | HC | $35.00

The Solar War (Long Winter 02)
Riddle, A G
The Long Winter is over. We survived. But only just. On a ruined world, we rebuild, watching the sky, waiting for any sign of their return. With only nine million survivors from a population of billions, humanity’s survival is far from guaranteed but with the glaciers receding, there is now, at least, a chance. But out on the edges of the solar system, beyond Neptune’s orbit, three vast asteroids have broken free from the Kuiper Belt and started the long fall towards the Sun. In two years’ time, their trajectories will converge on Earth… The sequel to Winter World (TP, $32.99).
Science fiction | TP | $29.99

By the Pricking of Her Thumb
Roberts, Adam
Private Investigator Alma is caught up in another impossible murder. One of the world’s four richest people may be dead – but nobody is sure which one. Hired to discover the truth behind the increasingly bizarre behaviour of the ultra rich, Alma must juggle treating her terminally ill lover, with a case which may not have a victim. Inspired by the films of Kubrick, this standalone novel returns to the near-future of The Real-Town Murders (PBK, $19.99), and puts Alma on a path to a world she can barely understand.
SF thriller | PBK | $22.99

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (illustrated edition)
Rowling, J K & Kay, Jim (illustrator)
Harry and his friends, now in their second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, seek out a legendary chamber and the deadly secret that lies at its heart… Now in paperback.
Harry Potter | PBK | $29.99

The Wolf’s Call (Raven’s Blade 01)
Ryan, Anthony
Vaelin Al Sorna is a living legend, his name known across the Realm. It was his leadership that overthrew empires, his blade that won hard-fought battles – and his sacrifice that defeated an evil more terrifying than anything the world had ever seen. Yet he cast aside his earned glory for a quiet life in the Realm’s northern reaches. Now, whispers have come from across the sea of an army called the Steel Horde, led by a man who believes himself a god. Vaelin has no wish to fight another war, but when he learns that Sherin, the woman he lost long ago, has fallen into the Horde’s grasp, he resolves to confront this powerful new threat. To this end, Vaelin travels to the realms of the Merchant Kings, a land ruled by honour and intrigue. There, as the drums of war thunder across kingdoms riven by conflict, Vaelin learns a terrible truth: that there are some battles that even he cannot hope to win. Set in the world of Raven’s Shadow and the first in a new series, Wolf’s Call has already had fantastic customer feedback. Recommended!
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

New Horizons: the Gollancz Book of South Asian Science Fiction (anthology)
Saint, Tarun K
A breathtaking collection of new science fiction from the South Asian subcontinent, collected together for the very first time. The citizens of Karachi wake up and discover the sea missing from their shores; the last Parsi on Earth must escape to other worlds, when debt collectors come knocking; and a family visiting a Partition-themed park gets more entertainment than they bargained for. These stories and others showcase the epic scope of science fiction from the South Asian subcontinent. Offering a fresh perspective on our hyper-global, often alienating and always paranoid world, New Horizons brings together tales of masterful imagination where humanity and love may triumph, yet.
SF anthology | PBK | $22.99

We Are the Dead (Last War 01)
Shackle, Mike
Jia’s people learned the hard way that there are no second chances. The Egril, their ancient enemy, struck with magic so devastating that Jia’s armies were wiped out. Now, terror reigns in the streets, and friend turns on friend just to live another day. Somehow, Tinnstra – a deserter, a failure, nothing but a coward – survived. She wants no more than to hide from the chaos. But dragged into a desperate plot to retake Jia, surrounded by people willing to do anything to win the fight… The first in a series.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

The Evil Queen (The Forest of Good and Evil 01)
Showalter, Gena
Evil isn’t born, it’s made. One thought and action at a time. Take a good look at what you’ve made. Far, far away, in the realm of Enchantia, creatures of legend still exist, magic is the norm and fairy tales are real. Except, fairy tales aren’t based on myths and legends of the past – they are prophecies of the future. Raised in the mortal realm, Everly Morrow has no idea she’s a real-life fairy-tale princess – until she manifests an ability to commune with mirrors. Look. See… What will one peek hurt? Soon, a horrifying truth is revealed. She is fated to be Snow White’s greatest enemy, the Evil Queen. With powers beyond her imagination or control – and determined to change Fate, itself – Everly returns to the land of her birth. There, she meets Roth Charmaine, the supposed Prince Charming. Their attraction is undeniable, but their relationship is doomed. As bits and pieces of the prophecy unfold, Everly faces one betrayal after another, and giving in to her dark side proves more tempting every day. Can she resist, or will she become the queen – and villain – she was born to be? The battle between good and evil is on.
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The House of Sacrifice (Empires of Dust 03)
Spark, Anna Smith
Marith Altrersyr has won. He cut a path of blood and vengeance and needless violence around the world and now he rules. It is time for Marith to put down his sword, to send home his armies, to grow a beard and become fat. It is time to look to his own house, and to produce an heir. The King of Death must now learn to live. But some things cannot be learnt. The spoils of war turn to ash in the mouths of the Amrath Army and soon they are on the move again. But Marith, lord of lies, dragon-killer, father-killer, has begun to falter and his mind decays. How long can a warlord rotting from within continue to win? As the Army marches on to Sorlost, Thalia’s thoughts turn to home and to the future: a life grows inside her and it is a precious thing – but it grows weak. Why must the sins of the father curse the child? A glorious, ambitious and bloodily brilliant conclusion to the Empires of Dust trilogy; following The Court of Broken Knives and The Tower of Living and Dying (PBK, $19.99 each).
Grimdark fantasy | TP | $29.99

Lord of Secrets (Empty Gods 01)
Teintze, Breanna
Magic is poison. Secrets are power. Death is… complicated. Outlaw wizard Corcoran Gray has enough problems. He’s friendless, penniless and on the run from the tyrannical Mages’ Guild – and with the search for his imprisoned grandfather looking hopeless, his situation can’t get much worse. So, when a fugitive drops into his lap – literally – and gets them both arrested, it’s the last straw – until Gray realises that runaway slave Brix could be the key to his grandfather’s release. All he has to do is break out of prison, break into an ancient underground temple and avoid killing himself with his own magic in the process. In theory, it’s simple enough. But as secrets unfold and loyalties shift, Gray discovers something with the power to change the nature of life and death, itself. Now, Gray must find a way to protect the people he loves, but it could cost him everything, even his soul…
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

Dahlia Black
Thomas, Keith
Discovered by Dr Dahlia Black, the mysterious Pulse was sent by a highly intelligent intergalactic species that called themselves the Ascendants. It soon becomes clear this alien race isn’t just interested in communication – they are capable of rewriting human DNA, in an astonishing process they call the Elevation. Five years after the Pulse, acclaimed journalist Keith Thomas sets out to make sense of the event that altered the world. Thomas travels across the country to interview members of the task force who grappled to decode the Pulse and later disseminated its exact nature to worried citizens. He interviews the astronomers who initially doubted Black’s discovery of the Pulse – an error that critics say led to the world’s quick demise. Thomas also hears from witnesses of the Elevation and people whose loved ones vanished in the Finality, an event that, to this day, continues to puzzle Pulse researchers, even though theories abound about the Ascendants’ motivation.
Science fiction | HC | $39.99

Growing Things and Other Stories (collection)
Tremblay, Paul
From global catastrophe to the demons inside our heads, Tremblay illuminates our primal fears and darkest dreams in startlingly original fiction that leaves us unmoored. As he lowers the sky and yanks the ground from beneath our feet, we are compelled to contemplate the darkness inside our own hearts and minds.
Horror | PBK | $19.99

Through Darkest Europe
Turtledove, Harry
Senior investigator Khalid al-Zarzisi is a modern man, a product of the unsurpassed educational systems of North Africa and the Middle East. Liberal, tolerant, and above all rich, the countries and cultures of North Africa and the Middle East have dominated the globe for centuries, from the Far East to the young nations of the Sunset Lands. But one region has festered for decades: Europe, whose despots and monarchs can barely contain the simmering anger of their people. From Ireland to Scandinavia, Italy to Spain, European fundamentalists have carried out assassinations, hijackings, and bombings on their own soil and elsewhere. Extremist fundamentalist leaders have begun calling for a ‘crusade’, an obscure term from the mists of European history. Now, Khalid has been sent to Rome, ground zero of backwater discontent. He and his partner Dawud have been tasked with figuring out how to protect the tinpot Grand Duke, the impoverished Pope, and the overall status quo, before European instability starts overflowing into the First World. Then the bombs start to go off.
Alternate history | TP | $37.95

Bluebeard
Vonnegut, Kurt
In Rabo Karabekian’s fictional autobiography, Vonnegut creates an impeccably funny satirical piece, through the reflections of a seventy-one-year-old man. Originally published in 1987.
SF adjacent | PBK | $19.99

Deadeye Dick
Vonnegut, Kurt
Rudy Waltz hasn’t had it easy. After accidentally committing manslaughter at the age of twelve, the traumas life continued to throw at him seemed almost inconsequential. Now fifty-four, an expat living in Haiti, he’s reliving the harrowing moments of his life that have left him in his current disillusioned state. But perhaps his ancestors, among them a father who was an unwitting patron of Adolf Hitler, have predestined him for the mad life he’s lead. Originally published in 1981. ‘Vonnegut is George Orwell, Dr Caligari and Flash Gordon, compounded into one writer… a zany but moral mad scientist’ – Time.
SF adjacent | PBK | $19.99

Blood Truth (Black Dagger Legacy 04)
Ward, J R
As a trainee in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s program, Boone has triumphed as a soldier and now fights side by side with the Brothers. Following his sire’s unexpected death, he is taken off rotation against his protests – and he finds himself working with Butch O’Neal, former homicide cop, to catch a serial killer: Someone is targeting females of the species at a live action role play club. When the Brotherhood is called in to help, Boone insists on being a part of the effort – and the last thing he expects is to meet an enticing, mysterious female… who changes his life forever. Ever since her sister was murdered at the club, Helaine has been committed to finding the killer, no matter the danger she faces. When she crosses paths with Boone, she doesn’t know whether to trust him or not – and then she has no choice. As she herself becomes a target, and someone close to the Brotherhood is identified as the prime suspect, the two must work to together to solve the mystery… before it’s too late. Will a madman come between the lovers or will true love and goodness triumph over a very mortal evil?
Paranormal romance | TP | $29.99

The Last Astronaut
Wellington, David
Sally Jansen was NASA’s leading astronaut, until a mission to Mars ended in disaster. Haunted by her failure, Jansen now lives in semi-retirement, convinced her days in space are over. She’s wrong. A huge alien object has entered the solar system and is, now, poised above the Earth. It has made no attempt at communication. With no other living astronauts to turn to, NASA wants Jansen to lead an expedition to the object. For all the dangers of the mission, it’s the one shot at redemption she always hoped for. Yet, as the object reveals its terrifying secrets, what began as a journey to make First Contact turns into a desperate struggle for survival… and one thing becomes horribly clear: the future of humanity lies in Jansen’s hands.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

Impostors
Westerfeld, Scott
Frey was raised to take a bullet. She’s the body double for her twin sister Rafia – the precious heir of the first family of Shreve – and her existence is a closely-guarded secret. So, while Rafi was schooled in poise and diplomacy, Frey was drilled in weapons and combat. Her purpose: to protect her sister from their tyrannical father’s many enemies. When Frey is sent in Rafi’s place as collateral in a precarious business deal, she becomes the perfect impostor – as elegant and charming as her sister. But Col Palafox, the son of a rival leader, is getting close enough to spot the killer inside her. As layers of deceit peel away, can Frey become her own person, and risk everything in a rebellion? Scott Westerfeld returns with the first in a new sequence, set in the world of the Uglies series, now in paperback.
YA science fiction | PBK | $9.99

Her Majesty’s American
White, Steve
In an alternate future, where the British empire never crumbled, the space ships of Her Majesty’s Navy work to keep the spaceways safe. Commander Robert Rogers of the Royal Space Navy is a defence intelligence officer known for his unconventional ways. Rogers is American born and raised, a loyal citizen of the Viceroyalty of North America. He’s a descendant of the founder of the highly effective, pro-British Rogers’ Rangers during the Colonial unpleasantries of 1776, and he’s inherited his ancestor’s intelligence and drive in spades. But there are those among the stars, who are not so happy being subjects of the British Empire. In the Tau Ceti system, a cauldron of trouble brews as a terrorist faction of the rebellious Sons of Arnold attacks the empire from within, and warships of the theocratic Caliphate enter the system, prepared to do their worst to destroy the hated empire head on. Yet, standing against the coming anarchy and tyranny is one intrepid spy, prepared to risk all for queen and empire…
Military SF | PBK | $21.95

Queens of the Sea (Blood and Gold 03)
Wilkins, Kim
The unthinkable has happened. Warrior queen Bluebell has lost her kingdom to the Crow King, Hakon, and her demented Trimartyr sister, Willow. While Bluebell would like nothing more than to storm the city with her army and crush Willow underfoot, the enemy’s threat to burn its inhabitants alive prevents her. Worse, Willow seems to have the terrifying god Maava on her side. Bluebell’s niece Rowan has otherworldly power and can help her unite the warring tribes, but her third sister Rose is in hiding with her son, and her fourth sister Ivy, Queen of Sæcaster is fleeing abuse with her children. Ash, under-magician, is the only sister who might be able to help Bluebell solve the conundrum. Together they must cross the sea to the land of giants, and try to recover Ash’s power and save the kingdom and those they love. As the sisters’ journeys converge, and the terrifying power of Maava threatens all they hold dear, matters come to a head. To survive they must fight the last battle together, but even with the gods and giants on their side, can they overcome the might of Maava and the unending malice of their errant sister Willow?
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Worldshaper
Willett, Edward
For Shawna Keys, the world is almost perfect. She’s just opened a pottery studio in a beautiful city. She’s in love with a wonderful man. She has good friends. But one shattering moment of violence changes everything. Mysterious attackers kill her best friend. They’re about to kill Shawna. She can’t believe it’s happening – and, just like that, it isn’t. It hasn’t. No one else remembers the attack, or her friend. To everyone else, Shawna’s friend never existed… Everyone, that is, except the mysterious stranger who shows up in Shawna’s shop. He claims her world has been perfect, because she Shaped it to be perfect; that it is only one of uncounted Shaped worlds in a great Labyrinth; and that all those worlds are under threat from the Adversary – who has now invaded hers. She cannot save her world, he says, but she might be able to save others – if she will follow him from world to world, learning their secrets and carrying them to Ygrair, the mysterious Lady at the Labyrinth’s heart. Frightened and hounded, Shawna sets off on a desperate journey, uncertain whom she can trust, how to use her newfound power, and what awaits her in the myriad worlds beyond her own. The first in a new series.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $21.95

A Chain Across the Dawn (Universe After 02)
Williams, Drew
It’s been three years since Esa joined the ranks of the Justified after her rescue from the fanatical murderers the Pax. Together, Esa and her mentor Kamali travel from planet to planet, searching for children with supernatural abilities. It’s hard work, but Esa has never felt more assured of her place in the universe. On a visit to a planet, so remote that its inhabitants never learned that the Sect Wars ended over a hundred years ago, they learn that the Justified are not the only people searching for gifted children. There is a creature with unexpected powers – who will stop at nothing to get its hands on the children that Esa and Kamali are trying to rescue. With their latest recruit in tow – a young Wulf child, named Sho – Esa and Kamali will travel halfway across the galaxy in pursuit of answers. But the answers only lead to more questions, and the danger will only increase, as their terrifying nemesis turns his eyes on them. A sequel to The Stars Now Unclaimed (PBK, $19.99).
Science fiction | TP | $24.99

Tide of Battle (collection)
Williamson, Michael Z
Collected short fiction from multiple best seller Michael Z Williamson. With cutting satire on classic poetry and modern movies, a no-holds-barred lambast of several beloved firearms and their fan clubs, Williamson concludes with more of his Inappropriate Cocktail recipes, frequently both delicious and outrageously snarky, commemorating celebrities, events, and cultural memes.
Short fiction collection | PBK | $21.95

The Bird King
Wilson, G Willow
Fatima is a concubine in the royal court of Granada, the last emirate of Muslim Spain, and her dearest friend Hassan, is the palace mapmaker. Hassan has a secret – he can draw maps of places he’s never seen and bend the shape of reality. When representatives of the newly-formed Spanish monarchy arrive to negotiate the sultan’s surrender, Fatima befriends one of the women, not realising that she will see Hassan’s gift as sorcery and a threat to Christian Spanish rule. With their freedoms at stake, what will Fatima risk to save Hassan, and escape the palace walls?
Historical fantasy | HC | $29.99

The Rage of Dragons (Burning 01)
Winter, Evan
The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable war for almost two hundred years. The lucky ones are born gifted. One in every two thousand women has the power to call down dragons. One in every hundred men is able to magically transform himself into a bigger, stronger, faster killing machine. Everyone else is fodder, destined to fight and die in the endless war. Young and gift-less, Tau Tafari wants more than this, but his plans of escape are destroyed when those closest to him are brutally murdered. With too few Gifted left, the Omehi are facing genocide, but Tau cares only for revenge… The first in a series.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

The Black Hawks (Articles of Faith 01)
Wragg, David
Life as a knight is not what Vedren Chel imagined. Bound by oath to a dead-end job in the service of a lazy step-uncle, Chel no longer dreams of glory – he dreams of going home. When invaders throw the kingdom into turmoil, Chel finds opportunity in the chaos: if he escorts a stranded prince to safety, Chel will be released from his oath. All he has to do is drag the brat from one side of the country to the other, through war and wilderness, chased all the way by ruthless assassins… Perfect for fans of Joe Abercrombie and Scott Lynch.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Ascent to Godhood (Tensorate 04) (novella)
Yang, J Y
The Protector is dead. For fifty years, the Protector ruled, reshaping her country in her image and driving her enemies to the corners of the map. For half a century, the world turned around her as she built her armies, trained her Tensors, and grasped at the reins of fate itself. Now, she is dead. Her followers will quiver, her enemies rejoice. But in one tavern, deep in rebel territory, her greatest enemy drowns her sorrows. Lady Han raised a movement that sought the Protector’s head – yet, now, she can only mourn her loss. She remembers how it all began, when the Protector was young, not yet crowned, and a desperate dancing girl dared to fall in love with her. A 128pp Tor.com novella following: The Black Tides of Heaven, The Red Threads of Fortune (PBK, $24.99 each), and The Descent of Monsters (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $16.99

Pale Kings (Lost Gods 02)
Yongo, Micah
For centuries, the Five Lands have been at peace, but now a nameless enemy is tearing apart their borders. When a young assassin, Neythan, is summoned to Súnam, he expects to help uncover the enemy; but is, instead, confronted with secrets from his forgotten childhood, all somehow linked to the ancient scroll he has always carried. As the invasion continues, and the supernatural forces responsible are unveiled, Neythan must learn the truth about the power that lies in his blood… before it is too late.
Fantasy | PBK | $21.99