Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: February 2016

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in February 2016.

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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!

February 2016 includes new books by: Jacey Bedford, Anne Bishop, Lois McMaster Bujold, Kevin Hearne, Jim C Hines, Justine Larbalestier, Patricia A McKillip, Tim Powers, Brandon Sanderson… and many others.

Funeral Games (Far Stars 03)
Allan, Jay
The Far Stars stands on the edge of a precipice. The forces of Governor Vos have surged forth, conquering worlds and imposing the emperor’s brutal rule over millions. Only one thing stands in the way of total victory: Marshal Augustin Lucerne and his newly-created Confederation. Vos has a simple plan: assassinate the marshal, and manipulate his generals to fight over his legacy, destroying each other in the process. The Far Stars are facing the final battle. The Imperials seem unstoppable. But if Blackhawk somehow survives – and can come to grips with the horror deep within him – he just might be able to save the Far Stars from the iron hand of empire. The third and final book in the swashbuckling space saga, begun with Shadow of Empire (TP, $27.99) and Enemy in the Dark (TP, $24.99).
Science fiction | TP | $27.99

All the Birds in the Sky
Anders, Charlie Jane
Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn’t expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during middle school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one’s peers and families. But now they’re both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who’s working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world’s magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world’s every-growing ailments. Little do they realise that something ‐ bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth – is determined to bring them together – to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages. This has been getting fantastic reviews.
Science fiction | HC | $47.95

Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels 08)
Andrews, Ilona
After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate – former Beast, Lord Curran Lennart – are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters. So, when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity – too bad, the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95

Driven
Armstrong, Kelley
Set in the Otherworld universe: Elena Michaels and her werewolf pack team up with a family of Mutts to attempt to track a group of werewolf killers. A 200-page, limited-edition novella.
Urban fantasy | HC | $52.95

vN (First Machine Dynasty 01)
Ashby, Madeline
Amy Peterson is a self-replicating humanoid robot known as a VonNeumann. For the past five years, she has been grown slowly as part of a mixed organic/synthetic family. She knows very little about her android mother’s past, so when her grandmother arrives and attacks her mother, Amy wastes no time: she eats her alive. Now she’s on the run, carrying her malfunctioning granny as a partition on her memory drive. She’s growing quickly, and learning too. Like the fact that in her, and her alone, the failsafe that stops all robots from harming humans has stopped working. Which means that everyone wants a piece of her, some to use her as a weapon, others to destroy her.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Glass Sword (Red Queen 02)
Aveyard, Victoria
If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different. Mare’s blood is red – the colour of common folk – but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court wants to control. Pursued by the vengeful Silver king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join the rebellion. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter, under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her, forever?
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99

Winterwood (Rowankind 01)
Bedford, Jacey
It’s 1800. Ross Tremayne, widowed, cross-dressing privateer captain, and unregistered witch, likes her life on the high seas, accompanied by a boatload of swashbuckling pirates, and the possessive ghost of her late husband, Will. When she pays a bitter, deathbed visit to her long-estranged mother, she inherits a half-brother she didn’t know about and a task she doesn’t want: open the magical, winterwood box and right an ancient wrong – if she can… ‘Swashbuckling adventure collides with mystical mayhem on land and at sea in this rousing historical fantasy series launch set in a magic-infused England in 1800… Conflict both nautical and emotional keeps things exciting’ – Publisher’s Weekly.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95

Vision In Silver (Others 03)
Bishop, Anne
The Others freed the blood prophets to protect them from exploitation, but their actions had dire consequences. Now, the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shapeshifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn’s help, regardless of the risks she faces by aiding him. Written in Red and Murder of Crows (PBK, $19.95 each) begin this fantastic series.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.95

Zero-G (Outer Earth 02)
Boffard, Rob
Outer Earth is a giant space station, orbiting the dead remains of our planet. It is humanity’s last refuge. Riley Hale may be the newest member of the station’s law enforcement team, but she feels less in control than ever. When a doctor – bent on revenge – blackmails her, Riley has no choice but to give in to his demands and break a dangerous prisoner out of jail. But this is not just any prisoner – it’s someone capable of bringing the entire space station to its knees. With time running out, Riley must break her own beliefs – and every law she’s sworn to protect – if she has any hope of saving Outer Earth from destruction. The sequel to Tracer (PBK, $19.99).
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Voyage of the Basilisk (Natural History of Dragons 03)
Brennan, Marie
Devoted readers of Lady Trent’s earlier memoirs, A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents ($31.95 each) may believe themselves already acquainted with the particulars of her historic voyage aboard the Royal Survey Ship Basilisk, but the true story of that illuminating, harrowing, and scandalous journey has never been revealed – until now. Six years after her perilous exploits in Eriga, Isabella embarks on her most ambitious expedition yet: a two-year trip around the world to study all manner of dragons in every place they might be found. From feathered serpents sunning themselves in the ruins of a fallen civilisation to the mighty sea serpents of the tropics, these creatures are a source of both endless fascination and frequent peril. Accompanying her is not only her young son, Jake, but a chivalrous foreign archaeologist whose interests converge with Isabella’s in ways both professional and personal. Science is, of course, the primary objective of the voyage, but Isabella’s life is rarely so simple.
Fantasy | TP | $31.95

The Skull Throne (Demon Cycle 04)
Brett, Peter V
The Skull Throne of Krasia stands empty. Built from the skulls of fallen generals and demon princes, it is a seat of honour and ancient, powerful magic, keeping the demon corelings at bay. From atop the throne, Ahmann Jardir was meant to conquer the known world, forging its isolated peoples into a unified army to rise up and end the demon war once and for all. But Arlen Bales, the Warded Man, stood against this course, challenging Jardir to a duel he could not, in honour, refuse. Rather than risk defeat, Arlen cast them both from a precipice, leaving the world without a saviour and opening a struggle for succession that threatens to tear the Free Cities of Thesa apart. In the south, Inevera, Jardir’s first wife, must find a way to keep their sons from killing each other and plunging their people into civil war as they strive for glory enough to make a claim on the throne. In the north, Leesha Paper and Rojer Inn struggle to forge an alliance between the duchies of Angiers and Miln against the Krasians, before it is too late. Caught in the crossfire is the duchy of Lakton – rich and unprotected, ripe for conquest. All the while, the corelings have been growing stronger, and without Arlen and Jardir there may be none strong enough to stop them. Only Renna Bales may know more about the fate of the missing men, but she, too, has disappeared…
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega 04)
Briggs, Patricia
For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not travelling because of Charles’ role, as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal. Or, at least, their visit starts out that way… Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The fae have started a cold war with humanity that’s about to heat up, and Charles and Anna are in the crossfire.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.95

Morning Star (Red Rising Trilogy 03)
Brown, Pierce
The Earth is dying, and Darrow and his people are the only hope humanity has left. Until the day Darrow learns that it is all a lie. That Mars has been habitable – and inhabited – for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down at Darrow and his fellows, as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death, without a second thought. Until the day Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold, and infiltrates their society. The final instalment of the trilogy, following Red Rising and Golden Son (both PBK, $19.99 each). For fans of Orson Scott Card and The Hunger Games.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (Vorkosigan Saga)
Bujold, Lois McMaster
Future tense… Three years after her famous husband’s death, Cordelia Vorkosigan, widowed Vicereine of Sergyar, stands ready to spin her life in a new direction. Oliver Jole, Admiral, Sergyar Fleet, finds himself caught up in her web of plans, in ways he’d never imagined, bringing him to an unexpected crossroads in his career. Meanwhile, Miles Vorkosigan, one of Emperor Gregor’s key investigators, this time dispatches himself on a mission of inquiry, into a mystery he never anticipated – his own mother. Plans, wills, and expectations collide, in this sparkling science-fiction social comedy, as the impact of galactic technology on the range of the possible changes all the old rules, and Miles learns that not only is the future not what he expects, neither is the past. A signed, limited edition is also available (HC, $54.95). Recommended!
Science fiction | HC | $49.95

Dreaming Death (Palace of Dreams 01)
Cheney, J Kathleen
Shironne Anjir’s status as a Sensitive is both a gift and a curse. Her augmented senses allow her to discover and feel things others can’t, but her talents come with a price: a constant assault of emotions and sensations has left her blind. A member of the royal family’s guard, Mikael Lee also possesses an overwhelming power – he dreams of the deaths of others. When a killer brings a reign of terror to the city, using deadly blood magic on his victims, only Shironne can interpret Mikael’s dark dreams of the murders. What they find together will lead them into a nightmare.
Fantasy | TP | $31.95

River of Ink
Cooper, Paul M M
All Asanka knows is poetry. From his humble village beginnings in the great island kingdom of Lanka, he has risen to the prestigious position of court poet and now delights in his life of ease: composing romantic verses for love-struck courtiers, enjoying the confidence of his king and covertly teaching Sarasi, a beautiful and beguiling palace maid, the secrets of his art. But when Kalinga Magha, a ruthless prince with a formidable army, arrives upon Lanka’s shores, Asanka’s world is changed beyond imagining. Violent, hubristic and unpredictable, Magha usurps the throne, laying waste to all who stand in his way. Under his terrifying rule, nothing in the city is left untouched and, like many of his fellow citizens, Asanka retreats into the shadows, hoping to pass unnoticed by the tyrant. But it seems his new master is a lover of poetry… To Asanka’s horror, Magha tasks him with the translation of an epic Sanskrit poem, a tale of Gods and nobles, love and revenge, which the king believes will have a civilising effect on his subjects, soothing their discontent and snuffing out the fires of rebellion he suspects are igniting across the island. Asanka has always believed that poetry makes nothing happen, but as each new chapter he writes is disseminated through the land, and lines on the page become cries in the street, his belief and his loyalties are challenged. And, as Magha circles ever closer to the things Asanka treasures most, the poet will discover that true power lies not at the point of a sword, but in the tip of a pen.
Historical fantasy | TP | $29.99

The Doll Collection
Datlow, Ellen (editor)
Ellen Datlow has assembled a list of beautiful and terrifying stories from authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Seanan McGuire, Carrie Vaughn, Pat Cadigan, Tim Lebbon, Richard Kadrey, Genevieve Valentine, and Jeffrey Ford.
Horror anthology | TP | $33.95

License to Quill
Della Quercia, Jacopo
A page-turning James Bond-esque spy thriller, starring William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe, during history’s real life Gunpowder Plot. The story follows the fascinating golden age of English espionage, the tumultuous cold war gripping post-Reformation Europe, the cloak-and-dagger politics of Shakespeare’s England, and lastly, the mysterious origins of the Bard’s most haunting play: Macbeth. You won’t want to miss this fast-paced historical retelling!
Alternate history | TP | $29.99

Truthwitch (Witchlands 01)
Dennard, Susan
‘Iseult and Safiya are as different as two young women can be: one is noble born, the other is from a despised people; one has the ability to see the threads of emotions in people, while the other can see truth. Yet their friendship and shared learning create a familial bond between them, making them Threadsisters. On the eve of the renegotiation of the Twenty-Year Truce, which has kept peace across the ravaged lands, a single announcement is all it takes to upend their lives, sending them careening across the world, pursued by royalty and evil and spurred by something more powerful than themselves… Dennard’s rich descriptions, insightful characterisations, and breathtaking action sequences will keep readers on their toes.’ – Publisher’s Weekly.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99

Games Wizards Play
Duane, Diane
Nita, Kit and all the other young wizards are planning and practicing for a planet-wide wizardry competition – but spells can go awry, unexpected dangers await, and the wizards must discover what secrets lie within themselves. The tenth in the much-loved series that begins with So You Want to be a Wizard ($19.95).
YA fantasy | HC | $35.95

The Custodian of Marvels (Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire 03)
Duncan, Rod
Rod Duncan returns with the climactic volume of the Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire, the alternate history series that began with the Philip K Dick Award-nominated The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter (PBK, $19.95).
Steampunk | PBK | $19.95

Bitter Bite (Elemental Assassin 17)
Estep, Jennifer
It’s not easy being queen bee of an underworld abuzz with crooks and killers. Wielding my potent Ice and Stone elemental magic will only get me so far my real secret is my tight-knit, makeshift family, a motley crew of cops and criminals, dwarves and playboys. My foster brother Finnegan Lane is my right-hand man, but when his suddenly not-dead relative comes back into the picture, I’m the one on the outside looking in. It’s funny how life works: one minute your best friend is rock steady, and the next he’s doe eyed and buying into this whole loving-relative routine, to the point of ignoring you. I’d like to be happy for Finn, I really would. But all of my instincts are telling me that beneath the syrupy sweet demeanour and old-fashioned charm, this sudden interloper is planning something. The whole shtick leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. This person might have avoided the grave once, but I’ll put anyone – who hurts Finn – in the ground, for good.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.95

Spider Game (Ghostwalker)
Feehan, Christine
The Cajun dive in the middle of the godforsaken swamps wasn’t exactly Trap Dawkins idea of fun. But the GhostWalker wasn’t there for a good time. He was looking for ‘her’. Cayenne. It’s where she found her victims. Poor suckers. Then again, who wouldn’t want to leave a place like this with a woman like her? It’s not Cayenne’s fault. Locked up, experimented on and never knowing kindness, she was bred this way with a heart of pure venom. Trap understands her. He survived his own dark past and he shares her desire for getting even. But now Trap’s greatest danger is Cayenne herself. Because what’s inside her is hard to control, especially when it’s aroused by a lover as reckless as Trap.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99

The Drowning Eyes
Foster, Emily
When the Dragon Ships began to tear through the trade lanes and ravage coastal towns, the hopes of the archipelago turned to the Windspeakers on Tash. The solemn weather-shapers with their eyes of stone can steal the breeze from raiders’ sails and save the islands from their wrath. But the Windspeakers’ magic has been stolen, and only their young apprentice Shina can bring their power back and save her people. Tazir has seen more than her share of storms and pirates in her many years as captain, and she’s not much interested in getting involved in the affairs of Windspeakers and Dragon Ships. Shina’s caught her eye, but that might not be enough to convince the grizzled sailor to risk her ship, her crew, and her neck.
Fantasy | TP | $27.95

The Geomancer (Vampire Empire)
Griffith, Clay & Griffith, Susan
The apocalyptic event in Edinburgh weakened Adele’s geomantic abilities. If the Witchfinder can use geomancy against humanity, she may not have the power to stop him. If she can’t, there is nowhere beyond his reach and no one he cannot kill. From a Britain struggling to rebuild to the vampire capital of Paris, from the heart of the Equatorian Empire, to a vampire monastery in far-away Tibet, old friends and past enemies return. Unexpected allies and terrible new villains arise. Adele and Gareth fight, side by side, as always, but they can never be the same, if they hope to survive.
Steampunk | TP | $29.99

Eleanor
Gurley, Jason
Eleanor and Esmerelda are identical twins with a secret language all their own, inseparable until a terrible accident claims Esme’s life. 1962, Anchor Bend, Oregon. The sea calls to Eleanor. Like the turn of the waves, it beckons her from the heart of the town she’s always known, from her husband Hob and their young daughter, Agnes, to the unfathomable depths of the ocean.
Paranormal suspense | TP | $27.99

Staked (Iron Druid Chronicles 08)
Hearne, Kevin
When a druid has lived for two thousand years, like Atticus, he’s bound to run afoul of a few vampires. Make that, legions of them. Even his former friend and legal counsel turned out to be a bloodsucking backstabber. Now, the toothy troublemakers – led by power-mad Theophilus – have become a huge problem requiring a solution. It’s time to make a stand. As Atticus globe trots, to stop his nemesis Theophilus, the journey leads to Rome. What better place to end an immortal than the Eternal City? But poetic justice won’t come without a price: In order to defeat Theophilus, Atticus may have to lose an old friend. Hounded ($19.95) is the first in this great series.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The Dragons of Heaven (Missy Masters 01)
Helms, Alyc
Street magician Missy Masters inherited more than the usual genetic cocktail from her estranged grandfather. She also got his preternatural control of shadow and his legacy as the vigilante hero, Mr Mystic. Problem is, being a pulp hero takes more than a good fedora and a knack for witty banter, and Missy lacks the one thing Mr Mystic had: experience. Determined to live up to her birthright, Missy journeys to China to seek the aid of Lung Huang, the ancient master who once guided her grandfather. Lung Huang isn’t quite as ancient, as Missy expected, and a romantic interlude embroils her in the politics of Lung Huang and his siblings, the nine dragon-guardians of creation. When Lung Di – Lung Huang’s brother and mortal enemy – raises a magical barrier that cuts off China from the rest of the world, it falls to the new Mr Mystic to prove herself, by taking down the barrier. As Missy prepares to confront Lung Di, she faces a tough decision: remain loyal to Lung Huang and see China destroyed, or side with the bad guy and save the world.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free (Arcana Familia 02)
Henderson, Randy
Finn Gramaraye is settling back into the real world, after his twenty-five-year long imprisonment in the otherworld of the Fey. He’s fallen in love again with Dawn, the girl next door who waited for him. He’s proved his innocence of the original crime of Dark Necromancy, and he’s finding a place in the family business operating a mortuary for the Arcane, managing the magical energies left behind when an Arcane being dies to prevent it from harming the mundane world. But Finn wants more. Or different. Or something… Follows Finn Fancy Necromancy (PBK, $14.99).
Urban fantasy | HC | $47.95

The Eterna Files
Hieber, Leanna Renee
London, 1882: Queen Victoria appoints Harold Spire of the Metropolitan Police to Special Branch Division Omega to secretly investigate paranormal and supernatural events and persons. Spire, a sceptic driven to protect the helpless and see justice done, is the perfect man to lead the department, which employs scholars and scientists, assassins and con men, and a travelling circus. Spire’s chief researcher is Rose Everhart, who believes fervently that there is more to the world than can be seen by mortal eyes. Their first mission: find the Eterna Compound, which grants immortality. (The first in a series.)
Steampunk | PBK | $19.95

Graft
Hill, Matt
Manchester, 2025. Local mechanic Sol steals old vehicles, to meet the demand for spares. But when Sol’s partner impulsively jacks a luxury model, Sol finds himself caught up in a nightmarish, trans-dimensional, human-trafficking conspiracy. Hidden in the stolen car is a voiceless, three-armed woman called Y. She’s had her memory removed, and undertaken a harrowing journey, into a world she only vaguely recognises. And someone waiting in the UK expects her delivery, at all costs. Now, Sol and Y are on the run, from both Y’s traffickers and the organisation’s faithful products. With the help of a dangerous triggerman and Sol’s ex, they must uncover the true, terrifying extent of the trafficking operation, or it’s all over.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95

Revisionary (Magic Ex Libris 04)
Hines, Jim C
When Isaac Vainio helped to reveal magic to the world, he dreamed of a utopian future, a new millennium of magical prosperity. One year later, things aren’t going quite as he’d hoped. An organization, known as Vanguard – made up of magical creatures and ex-Porters – wants open war with the mundane world. Isaac’s own government is incarcerating ‘potential supernatural enemies’, in prisons and internment camps. And Isaac finds himself targeted by all sides. It’s a war that will soon envelop the world, and the key to victory may lie with Isaac himself, as he struggles to incorporate everything he’s learned into a new, more powerful form of libriomancy. Surrounded by betrayal and political intrigue, Isaac and a ragtag group of allies must evade pursuit both magical and mundane, expose a conspiracy by some of the most powerful people in the world, and find a path to a better future. But what will that future cost Isaac and the ones he loves? The first three in this fantastic series are Libriomancer, Codex Born, and Unbound ($19.95 each).
Urban fantasy | HC | $47.95

Speak My Language, and Other Stories: an Anthology of Gay Fiction
Højer, Torsten (editor)
The premise for stories included in this anthology was very simple – other than the stipulation that a major component of the story be in some way concerned with gay life, there were no restrictions. The aim was to bring together fictional reflections of gay life from the minds of authors approaching ‘gay’ from very different angles. As a result, genres in this collection range from action to sci-fi, from thriller to fantasy.
Anthology | PBK | $24.99

Zero World
Hough, Jason M
Technologically-enhanced assassin Peter Caswell has been dispatched on a top-secret assignment unlike anything he’s ever faced. A spaceship that vanished years ago has been found, along with the bodies of its murdered crew – save one. Peter’s mission is to find the missing crew member, who fled through what appears to be a tear in the very fabric of space, emerging into an even more confounding reality: a world that appears to be Earth’s twin. ‘A thrill ride that doesn’t let up until the very last page.’ – Wesley Chu.
Science fiction | PBK | $16.99

Starborn (Worldmaker trilogy 01)
Hounsom, Lucy
Kyndra’s fate holds betrayal and salvation, but the journey starts in her small village. On the day she comes of age, she accidentally disrupts an ancient ceremony, ending centuries of tradition. So when an unnatural storm targets her superstitious community, Kyndra is blamed. She fears for her life, until two strangers save her, by wielding powers not seen for an age – powers fuelled by the sun and the moon. Together, they flee to the hidden citadel of Naris. And here, Kyndra experiences disturbing visions of the past, showing war and one man’s terrifying response.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Blood In Her Veins: Nineteen Stories From the World of Jane Yellowrock
Hunter, Faith
In this must-have collection of stories, experience nineteen thrilling adventures from the world of vampire-hunter Jane Yellowrock, including many fan favourites and two all-new novellas.
Collection | TP | $31.95

Fardwor, Russia! A Fantastical Tale of Life Under Putin
Kashin, Oleg & Evans, Will (translator)
The forces of science, human error, and power run amok all collide, in a wildly inventive, funny, and razor-sharp political satire from one of the Russia’s most fearless journalists. When a scientist experimenting on humans in a sanatorium, near Moscow, gives a growth serum to a dwarf oil mogul, the newly heightened businessman runs off with the experimenter’s wife, and a series of mysterious deaths and crimes commences. Fantastical and wonderfully strange, this political parable has an uncanny resonance with today’s Russia, under Putin.
Satire | PBK | $24.99

The Last Herald-Mage Trilogy Omnibus
Lackey, Mercedes
Valdemar – the once-peaceful kingdom protected by the magic of its Herald-Mages – is now besieged on all fronts. The king lies near death, the neighbouring land of Karse wages a relentless war against Valdemar, and the forces led by a master of dark forbidden magic are massing – to strike the final devastating blow against the kingdom. An omnibus collecting Magic’s Pawn, Magic’s Promise, and Magic’s Price.
Fantasy | TP | $35.95

My Sister Rosa
Larbalestier, Justine
What if the most terrifying person you’d ever met was your ten-year-old sister? Che Taylor has four items on his list: One, he wants to spar, not just train in the boxing gym. Two, he wants a girlfriend. Three, he wants to go home. Four, he wants to keep Rosa under control. Che’s little sister Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and so good at deception that Che’s convinced she must be a psychopath. She hasn’t hurt anyone yet, but he’s certain it’s just a matter of time. And when their parents move them to New York City, Che longs to return to Sydney, and his three best friends. But his first duty is to his sister Rosa, who is playing increasingly complex and disturbing games. Can he protect Rosa from the world – and the world from Rosa?
YA thriller | PBK | $19.99

Daughter of Blood (Wall of Night 03)
Lowe, Helen
A failing wall, a broken shield… and an enemy that will exploit every weakness… Malian and Kalan are coming home, but already it may be too late. The Wall of Night, dangerously weakened by civil war among the Derai families that garrison it, is on the verge of failing. Everywhere their ancient enemy, the Darksworn, is on the move as the threads of an old pattern begin to tighten about Kalan, and Malian searches for answers in the fabled Shield of Heaven, which every account agrees was broken beyond repair. Following Heir of Night and The Gathering of the Lost (both PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Blue Warrior (Troy Pearce 02)
Maden, Mike
Rare earth minerals have been found in the remote Saharan desert – and a rush of powerful nations converge to mine them. But the territory belongs to the Tuaregs – fierce warriors who are battling the Malian government for their independence. With a vested interest in the rare elements, the Chinese offer to help the Malian government fight the rebels. Brilliant as the plan is in concept, the execution backfires and the fighting renews in intensity, as al Qaeda joins the fray. In the dead centre of the chaos are Troy Pearce’s closest friend, and a mysterious woman from his past. Deploying his team and the newest drones to rescue his friends and save the rebellion, Troy discovers that he may need more than technology to survive the battle and root out the real puppet masters behind the Tuareg genocide… Drone, $19.95, is the first in the series.
Science fiction thriller | PBK | $16.99

Strife’s Bane (Shattered Kingdoms 03)
Manieri, Evie
Shadari rebels have thrown off their Norlander conquerors, but secret cabals and mysterious forces undermine their new king. Treachery is on the horizon…
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

The Alchemy of Chaos (Maradaine Constabulary 02)
Maresca, Marshall Ryan
Veranix Calbert is The Thorn… the street vigilante turned legend and a danger to Willem Fenmere, the drug kingpin of Dentonhill. Veranix is determined to stop Fenmere and the effitte drug trade, especially when he discovers that Fenmere is planning on using the Red Rabbits gang in his neighbourhood. But Veranix is also a magic student at the University of Maradaine, and it’s exam week. With his academic career riding on his performance, there’s no time to go after Fenmere or the Red Rabbits. But… Veranix may be the only one who can stop them… Follows A Murder of Mages (PBK, $19.95).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95

Kingfisher
McKillip, Patricia A
A young man comes of age amid family secrets and revelations, and transformative magic. Hidden away from the world by his mother, the powerful sorceress Heloise Oliver, Pierce has grown up working in her restaurant in Desolation Point. One day, unexpectedly, strangers pass through town on the way to the legendary capital city. Look for us, they tell Pierce, if you come to Severluna. You might find a place for yourself in King Arden’s court. Lured by a future far away from the bleak northern coast, Pierce makes his choice… Things are changing in that kingdom. Old magic is on the rise. The immensely powerful artefact of an ancient god has come to light, and the king is gathering his knights to quest for this profound mystery, which may restore the kingdom to its former glory or destroy it.
Fantasy | HC | $49.95

Drake
McLean, Peter
Hitman Don Drake owes a gambling debt to a demon. Forced to carry out one more assassination to clear his debt, Don unwittingly kills an innocent child and brings the Furies of Greek myth down upon himself. Rescued by an almost-fallen angel called Trixie, Don and his magical accomplice The Burned Man, an imprisoned arch-demon, are forced to deal with Lucifer himself while battling a powerful evil magician. Now, Don must foil Lucifer’s plan to complete Trixie’s fall and save her soul, while preventing the Burned Man from breaking free from captivity and wreaking havoc on the entire world.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.95

Clariel (Old Kingdom 04)
Nix, Garth
Clariel is the daughter of one of the most notable families in the Old Kingdom, with blood relations to the Abhorsen and, most important, to the King. She dreams of living a simple life but discovers this is hard to achieve when a dangerous Free Magic creature is loose in the city, her parents want to marry her off to a killer, and there is a plot brewing against the old and withdrawn King Orrikan. When Clariel is drawn into the efforts to find and capture the creature, she finds hidden sorcery within herself, yet it is magic that carries great dangers. Can she rise above the temptation of power, escape the unwanted marriage, and save the King?
YA fantasy | PBK | $14.99

Steal the Sky
O’Keefe, Megan
Detan Honding, a wanted conman of noble birth and ignoble tongue, has found himself in the oasis city of Aransa. He and his trusted companion Tibs may have pulled off one too many cons against the city’s elite and need to make a quick escape. They set their sights on their biggest heist yet – the gorgeous airship of the exiled commodore Thratia. But in the middle of his scheme, a face changer – known as a doppel – starts murdering key members of Aransa’s government. The sudden paranoia makes Detan’s plans of stealing Thratia’s ship that much harder. And with this sudden power vacuum, Thratia can solidify her power and wreak havoc against the Empire. But the doppel isn’t working for Thratia and has her own intentions. Did Detan accidentally walk into a revolution and a crusade?
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95

The Rook (Checquy Files 01)
O’Malley, Daniel
‘The body you are wearing used to be mine.’ So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park, surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her. She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organisation called the Checquy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially-deadly, supernatural ability of her own. This is indeed a hugely entertaining novel – recommended for everyone! Winner of the 2012 Aurealis Award. With luck, we should have the long-awaited sequel, Stiletto, in the middle of the year.
Paranormal thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Girl on the Liar’s Throne (Erebus Sequence 03)
Patrick, Den
Anea is the Silent Queen and she is struggling to bring change to the ancient society of Landfall. Vested interests and dark magics, alike, are determined to hold onto power and in a society where the loyalties of many are fluid and the true nature of the players is hidden the game of politics can be a lethal one even for those close to the throne. Follows The Boy with the Porcelain Blade and The Boy Who Wept Blood (both PBK, $19.99) in Patrick’s series.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Medusa’s Web
Powers, Tim
A phantasmagorical, thrilling, mind-bending tale of speculative fiction, in which one man must uncover occult secrets of 1920s Hollywood, to save his family. In the wake of their Aunt Amity’s suicide, Scott and Madeline Madden are summoned to Caveat, the eerie, decaying mansion in the Hollywood hills in which they were raised. While Scott desperately wants to go back to their shabby south of Sunset lives, he cannot pry his sister away from this old house that is a conduit for the supernatural. Decorated by bits salvaged from old hotels and movie sets, Caveat hides a dark family secret that stretches back to the golden days of Rudolph Valentino and the silent film stars. A collection of hypnotic, abstract images inked on paper allows the Maddens to briefly fragment and flatten time – to transport themselves into the past and future, in visions that are both puzzling and terrifying. As Madeline falls more completely under Caveat’s spell, Scott must fight to protect her. But will he unravel the mystery of the Madden family’s past, and finally free them, or be pulled deeper into their deadly web?
Supernatural thriller | PBK | $19.99

Grave Visions (Alex Craft 04)
Price, Kalayna
She’s not human – and her newly-discovered heritage is causing havoc for her – both in the human realm and in Faerie. But her status as an unaffiliated fae also makes her an ideal candidate to investigate a new street drug that has surfaced in several of the spaces between the human and fae worlds. This glamour-infused drug causes hallucinations that turn real – at least for a while and often with deadly consequences. Searching for the source of this drug – and its purpose – lands Alex front and centre in the conflict brewing in Faerie and she must find answers before she’s dragged so deep she loses her freedom.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.95

The Thing Itself
Roberts, Adam
Two men while away the days, in an Antarctic research station. Tensions between them build, as they argue over a love letter one of them has received. One is practical and open. The other surly, superior and obsessed with reading one book – by the philosopher Kant. As a storm brews, and they lose contact with the outside world, they debate Kant, reality and the emptiness of the universe. Then they learn that they are not alone.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99

Lovecraft Country
Ruff, Matt
Chicago, 1954. When his father Montrose goes missing, 22-year-old Army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his Uncle George – publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide – and his childhood friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Mr Braithwhite, heir to the estate that owned one of Atticus’ ancestors, they encounter both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours. At the manor, Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal named the Order of the Ancient Dawn, led by Samuel Braithwhite and his son Caleb, which has gathered to orchestrate a ritual that shockingly centres on Atticus. And his one hope of salvation may be the seed of his and the whole Turner clan’s destruction.
Fantasy | HC | $49.95

The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn 06)
Sanderson, Brandon
The Bands of Mourning are the mythical metalminds owned by the Lord Ruler, said to grant anyone who wears them the powers that the Lord Ruler had at his command. Hardly anyone thinks they really exist. But now a kandra researcher has returned to Elendel with images that seem to depict the Bands, as well as writings in a language that no one can read. Waxillium Ladrian is recruited to travel south to the city of New Seran to investigate and, along the way, he discovers hints that point to the true goals of his uncle Edwarn and the shadowy organization, known as The Set.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Calamity (Reckoners 03)
Sanderson, Brandon
When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David’s fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned Prof, his closest ally, into a dangerous enemy. David knew Prof’s secret, and kept it even when Prof struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Once the Reckoners’ leader, Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny. He’s disappeared into those murky shadows of menace Epics are infamous for the world over, and everyone knows there’s no turning back… But everyone is wrong. Redemption is possible for Epics – Megan proved it. They’re not lost. Not completely. And David is just about crazy enough to face down the most powerful High Epic of all to get his friend back. Or die trying.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Artefact (Lazarus War 01)
Sawyer, Jamie
Captain Conrad Harris has died, hundreds of times – running suicide missions in simulant bodies. Known as Lazarus, he is a man addicted to death. So, when a secret research station deep in alien territory suddenly goes dark, there is no other man who could possibly lead a rescue mission. But Harris hasn’t been trained for what he’s about to find.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Harmony Black
Schaefer, Craig
Harmony Black is much more than your average FBI special agent. In addition to being a practicing witch, she’s also an operative for Vigilant Lock, an off-the-books program created to battle occult threats by any means necessary. Despite her dedication to fighting the monsters threatening society, Harmony has become deeply conflicted about her job. Her last investigation resulted in a pile of dead bodies, and she suspects the wrong people are being punished for it.
Supernatural thriller | TP | $29.95

Limit
Schatzing, Frank
2025. Entrepreneur Julian Orley opens the first-ever hotel on the moon. But Orley Enterprises deals in far more than space tourism: it operates the world’s only space elevator, connecting the earth with the moon and enabling the transportation of Helium-3, the fuel of the future. Now, Julian has invited twenty-one of the world’s richest and most powerful individuals to sample his lunar accommodation, in the hope of securing the finances for manufacturing a second lift. Meanwhile, on Earth, cyber-detective Owen Jericho is sent to Shanghai to find a young female hacker, Yoyo, who has been on the run since uncovering information that has placed her in grave danger. As Jericho closes in on the girl, he finds increasingly concerning links to Julian Orley that suggest the lunar expedition is in immediate danger.
Science fiction thriller | PBK | $19.99

Vicious
Schwab, V E
Victor and Eli, due to a research project gone wrong, become ExtraOrdinaries with supernatural powers. Ten years later Victor escapes from prison, determined to get his revenge on the man who put him there, while Eli has spent the years hunting down and killing other EOs. Driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the arch-nemeses have set a course for revenge. Recommended!
Urban fantasy | PBK | $16.99

A Gathering of Shadows (A Darker Shade of Magic 02)
Schwab, V E
Four months have passed, since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London. In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks, like she always meant to do… And, so, to keep magic’s balance, another London must fall. This follows Schwab’s most excellent A Darker Shade of Magic (PBK, $16.99).
Fantasy | HC | $47.95

The Core of the Sun
Sinisalo, Joanna
‘Finnish author Sinisalo creates a dystopian, near-future Finland, where women are subjugated to the demands of men by a chilling system of law and eugenics, all in the name of promoting a placid, healthy, and successful society… the novel maintains an impressive grasp on plot and suspense, easily luring the reader into taking its characters, politics, and striking story to heart.’ – Kirkus Reviews.
Dystopia | TP | $31.95

By Tooth and Claw (Guardians of the Three/Exiled)
Stirling, S M, et al
S M Stirling, Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint, and Jody Lynn Nye return, with four novellas. The catlike Mrem, our heroes, battle the deep reptilian intelligence of humanoid dinosaurs, in a Bronze-Age world. Sequel to Exiled: Clan of the Claw (PBK, $19.95).
Pulp fiction | PBK | $19.95

The Tiger and the Wolf
Tchaikovsky, Adrian
A young girl is estranged from her tribe, as her mother was from a despised rival clan. This is despite the fact that her father is chieftain. And her greatest secret is that she’s gained powers from both factions. A child of two worlds, she must escape to survive. But even as her actions trigger war, a greater threat appears on the horizon – and this will signal a battle to the death for all the tribes.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Cursed (Soulseer Chronicles 02)
Tingey, Sue
Able to see ghosts in both the human and daemon worlds, Lucky de Salle is a commodity… and a liability. When her best friend Kayla mysteriously disappears, she and her daemon guard stumble onto a secret that makes her even more of a danger to her enemies. Now, hunted by Henri le Dent, the daemon who tried to see her dead, and Amaliel Cheriour, the sinister executioner of the daemon court, Lucky has to rely on her wits, her inner strength, her friends and the emerging talents that make her more than she thinks she is. The sequel to Marked ($19.95).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

When the Heavens Fall (Chronicles of the Exile 01)
Turner, Marc
A power-hungry necromancer has stolen The Book of Lost Souls, and intends to use it to resurrect an ancient race and challenge Shroud for dominion of the underworld. Shroud counters by sending his most formidable servants to seize the artefact, at all costs. However, the god is not the only one interested in the Book, and a host of other forces converge, drawn by the powerful magic that has been unleashed. The sequel, Dragon Hunters, is available in hardcover ($54.95).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.95

Maresi (Red Abbey Chronicles 01)
Turtschaninoff, Maria & Prime, Annie (translator)
Maresi came to the Red Abbey when she was thirteen, in the Hunger Winter. Before then, she had only heard rumours of its existence in secret folk tales. In a world where girls aren’t allowed to learn or do as they please, an island inhabited solely by women sounded like a fantasy. But now Maresi is here, and she knows it is real. She is safe. Then, one day, Jai – tangled fair hair, clothes stiff with dirt, scars on her back – arrives on a ship. She has fled to the island to escape terrible danger and unimaginable cruelty. And the men who hurt her will stop at nothing to find her. Now, the women and girls of the Red Abbey must use all their powers and ancient knowledge to combat the forces that wish to destroy them.
YA fantasy | HC | $19.99

Envy of Angels
Wallace, Matt
‘Lena and Darren are chefs who have been blackballed in the high-end restaurant community, so when they get a call from Byron Luck, the executive chef of catering company Sin du Jour, requesting their services, they jump at the chance. They soon find out, however, that Sin du Jour is no ordinary catering company, and their clients are downright devilish. They have been hired to help cater an event for some very dangerous entities, and the main course is fittingly over the top. Quite a bit is packed into this short read, including warring demon clans, angels, zombie clowns, and even some sneaky commentary on consumer culture, topped with a healthy helping of satire. The fast pace and quirky characters make for a zippy read, and there, as a clever twist at the end, that will leave readers grinning and hoping for more stories featuring the Sin du Jour gang.’ – Publisher’s Weekly. The next in the series is Lustlocked (TP, $27.95).
Urban fantasy | TP | $27.95

The Complete Double Dead
Wendig, Chuck
A Vampire in Zombieland. You wouldn’t like Coburn. People don’t, as a rule; he’s not a nice man. And that’s okay, because he doesn’t like people much, either. People are ‘food’. You see, Coburn’s a vampire – and has been, for close on a century. Five years ago, Coburn went to sleep… wasn’t exactly planned and he’s just woken up to find most everybody, in the world, dead. And not cool, interesting dead like him; oh, no. Coburn looks basically human, and these guys… really don’t. He likes blood, and they like flesh. He’s smart; them, not so much. But they outnumber him, by about a million to one, and their clotted blood cannot sustain him. Now he’s starving, and on the run, and more pissed off, than a bee-stung rattlesnake. The vampire has to find blood, soon; and, like it or not, he’s gonna have to keep an eye on the frail flesh-bags he finds it in. Time for the wolf to turn shepherd. No, Coburn doesn’t like people. But he’s gonna have to learn to.
Supernatural thriller | TP | $33.95

Broken Hero (Arthur Wallace 04)
Wood, Jonathan
Arthur Wallace and the MI37 team confront their complex personal relationships as well as robots originally created to aid the Nazi invasion of Russia, leading to a trip for the team to the Himalayas, which takes them to a Nepalese death cult, then back to London for the final assault – amidst assorted relationship break ups, hangovers and pregnancy scares…
Urban fantasy | TP | $29.95

Elleander Morning (Fantasy Masterworks)
Yulsman, Jerry
A seductive, compelling alternate history, in the tradition of The Man in the High Castle. When the mysterious, beautiful Elleander Morning travels through time, to Vienna in 1913, her aim is not to visit the birthplace of Schubert and Strauss. Instead, she has come to assassinate a struggling young artist. His name: Adolf Hitler. But 60 years on, long after Elleander has changed the path of the world, a mysterious book – the history of a terrible, global war that never was – threatens to unravel reality. As the horrific past – a past that never happened – begins to reassert itself, billions of lives lie in the balance…
Alternate history | PBK | $22.99