Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: February 2019
All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in February 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!
February 2019 includes new books by: Anne Bishop, Miles Cameron, Larry Correia, Tessa Gratton, Marlon James, L E Modesitt Jr, Nnedi Okorafor, Samantha Shannon, Alex White… and many others.
The Goblin Emperor
The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three older sons in line for the throne are killed in an ‘accident’, he has no choice but to take his place on the Untheileneise Throne. If you’re one of the few, to whom Ron hasn’t recommended this, you should try it! A new, rejacketed edition.
Fantasy (reissue) | TP | $24.99
The Hod King (Books of Babel 03)
On the orders of the mysterious Sphinx, Thomas Senlin and his crew are dragged ever further into the Tower’s conspiracies. Meanwhile, the hods climb the Black Trail in darkness, and whisper of their king. The third in the series, following Senlin Ascends and Arm of the Sphinx (PBK, $22.99 each).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
King of Scars (Nikolai duology 01)
Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war – and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army. Yet, with every day, a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka – where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried – and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.
YA fantasy | TP | $22.99
A Veil of Spears (Song of Shattered Sands 03)
The Night of Endless Swords nearly saw the destruction of Sharakhai, and since then the Kings have come down hard on the rebellious Moonless Host. Hundreds have been murdered or given to the Confessor King for questioning. Hundreds more have fled. Including eda, who has discovered that Onur, the King of Sloth, has returned to the desert to raise an army and challenge the remaining kings. The Moonless Host – who have taken to calling themselves the Thirteen Tribe – will be trapped between Onur’s growing influence and the considerable might of the kings who, with Sharakhai firmly back under their rule, are turning their attention to the desert, once more. eda knows that the asirim are the key. If she can lift their curse and free them from their bondage, then they can save Thirteenth Tribe from the squabbling kings… and, perhaps, the kings themselves are no longer as unified as they once were. As they vie against each other for control of the city, could eda make an ally of one of them? And which one, when any of them could betray her, as easily as they would their fellow kings. Whatever the solution, the end is coming: as eda focuses on freeing the asirim and weaken the kings’ hold on Sharakhai, the kings’ forces, the scheming queen of Qaimir, Hamzakiir the ruthless blood mage, and the thirteenth tribe all prepare for a grand clash that may decide the fate of all who sail the desert.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Lake Silence (World of the Others 01)
Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Others – vampires, shape-shifters, and even deadlier paranormal beings. And this is a fact that humans should never, ever forget… After her divorce, Vicki DeVine took over a rustic resort near Lake Silence, in a human town that is not human controlled. Towns, such as Vicki’s, don’t have any distance from the Others, the dominant predators who rule most of the land, and all of the water, throughout the world. And when a place has no boundaries, you never really know what is out there… watching you. Vicki was hoping to find a new career and a new life. But when her lodger, Aggie Crowe – one of the shape-shifting Others – discovers a murdered man, Vicki finds trouble, instead. The detectives want to pin the death on her, despite the evidence that nothing human could have killed the victim. As Vicki and her friends search for answers, ancient forces are roused by the disturbance in their domain. They have rules that must not be broken – and all the destructive powers of nature, at their command. Set in the world of The Others series.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $12.99
The Spirit of Science Fiction
Two young poets, Jan and Remo, find themselves adrift in Mexico City. Obsessed with poetry, and, above all, with science fiction, they are eager to forge a life in the literary world – or sacrifice themselves to it. But as close as these friends are, the city tugs them in opposite directions. Jan withdraws from the world, shutting himself in their shared rooftop apartment where he feverishly composes fan letters to the stars of science fiction; and dreams of cosmonauts and Nazis. Meanwhile, Remo runs, head first, into the future – spending his days and nights with a circle of wild young writers, seeking pleasure in the city’s labyrinthine streets, rundown cafes, and murky bathhouses.
Meta-science fiction | PBK | $19.99
The Ice Lands
Set against Iceland’s volcanic hinterlands, four thirty-somethings from Reykjavik – the reckless hedonist Egill; the recovering alcoholic Hrafin; and their partners Anna, a tenacious journalist and Vigdis, a psychiatrist facing her own inner demons – embark on an ambitious camping trip, their jeep packed with supplies. Victims of the financial crisis, the purpose of the trip is to heal both professional and personal wounds, but the desolate landscape forces the group to reflect on the shattered lives they’ve left behind in the city. As their jeep hurtles through the barren land, an impenetrable fog descends, causing them to suddenly crash into a rural farmhouse. Seeking refuge from the storm, the group discover that the isolated dwelling is inhabited by a mysterious elderly couple who inexplicably barricade themselves inside every night. As past tensions within the group rise to the surface, the merciless weather blocks every attempt at escape, forcing them to ask difficult questions: who has been butchering animals near the house? What happened to the abandoned village nearby where bones lie strewn across the ground? And most importantly, will they ever return home?
Horror | PBK | $18.99
The Wolf in the Whale
Brodsky, Jordanna Max
A young Inuit shaman’s epic quest for survival in the frozen lands of North America, in 1000 AD. Born with the soul of a hunter and the language of the gods, Omat is destined to become a shaman like her grandfather. To protect her people, she invokes the spirits of the sky, the sea and the air. But the gods have stopped listening, the seals won’t come, and Omat’s family is starving. Desperate to save them, Omat journeys through the icy wastes, fighting for survival with every step. When she meets a Viking warrior and his strange new gods, together they set in motion a conflict that could shatter her world… or save it.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Dark Age (Iron Gold 02/Red Rising 05)
For a decade, Darrow led a revolution against the corrupt colour-coded Society. Now, outlawed by the very Republic he founded, he wages a rogue war on Mercury in hopes that he can still salvage the dream of Eo. But as he leaves death and destruction in his wake, is he still the hero who broke the chains? Or will another legend rise to take his place? The sequel to Iron Gold (PBK, $16.99).
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99
The Twisted Tree
Martha can tell things about a person just by touching their clothes, as if their emotions and memories have been absorbed into the material. It started the day she fell from the tree at her grandma’s cabin and became blind in one eye. Determined to understand her strange ability, Martha sets off to visit her grandmother, Mormor – only to discover Mormor is dead, a peculiar boy is in her cabin, and a terrifying creature is on the loose. Then the spinning wheel starts creaking, books move around, and terror creeps in… This Nordic, fairy-tale thriller is a debut novel.
YA ghost story | PBK | $16.99
Dark Forge (Masters & Mages 02)
On the magic-drenched battlefield, information is the lifeblood of victory. Aranthur is about to discover that carrying messages, scouting the enemy, keeping his nerve, and passing on orders is more dangerous, and more essential, than an inexperienced soldier could imagine… especially, when everything starts to go wrong. Battle has been joined – on the field, in the magical sphere, and in the ever-shifting political arena… The sequel to Cold Iron (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
Kingdom of Copper (Daevabad trilogy 02)
Chakraborty, S A
Nahri’s life changed forever, when she accidentally summoned Dara, a formidable, mysterious djinn, during one of her schemes. Thrust into the dazzling royal court of Daevabad, she needed all of her grifter instincts to survive. Now, as Nahri embraces her heritage and her power, she must forge a new path. Exiled for daring to defy his father, Ali is adrift on the unforgiving sands of his ancestral land, hunted by assassins and forced to rely on frightening new abilities that threaten to reveal a terrible family secret. The sequel to The City of Brass (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
Ink, Iron, and Glass (Ink, Iron, and Glass duology 01)
As a prodigy in the science of scriptology, Elsa can write new worlds into creation. She lives in one such world called Veldana. When her mother is abducted, Elsa follows her trail into the real world, where she must recruit the help of a secret society of fellow ‘mad’ geniuses who are similarly gifted in powers of mechanics and alchemy. Here, she meets Leo, a mechanist with a smart mouth and a tragic past. With Leo’s help, she unveils a political conspiracy with her own family at the centre. Her mother’s most valuable and secret creation, a scriptology book with the power to edit the real world, is also missing, and Elsa must find it and her mother before her enemies do. The first in a duology.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
Mist, Metal, and Ash (Ink, Iron, and Glass duology 02)
Now, Elsa’s in a race to find a special worldbook that can alter the Earth itself… or destroy it. To retrieve this ultimate weapon, Elsa will have to become a double agent, leaving her friends behind. She’ll also have to face her greatest weakness: the handsome, brilliant boy who betrayed her. The conclusion of the duology, following Ink, Iron, and Glass (PBK, $16.99).
YA fantasy | HC | $26.99
Clarke, Arthur C
The time: 200 years after man’s first landing on the Moon. There are permanent populations established on the Moon, Venus, and Mars. Outer space inhabitants have formed a new political entity, the Federation, and between the Federation and Earth a growing rivalry has developed.
Golden Age Masterworks | PBK | $22.99
House of Assassins (Saga of the Forgotten Warrior 02)
Ashok Vidal was once a member of the highest caste in all of Lok whose life was devoted to upholding the Law, delivering swift justice with his ancestor blade Angruvadal. Now, one of the casteless, he began a campaign of rebellion, war and destruction. Thera had been a member of the Warrior Order, spending her life training for combat; until she was struck by lightning, gaining the power to see the future. She fought alongside Ashok and his company of men – known as the Sons of the Black Sword – until a shape-shifting wizard, with designs on her powers of precognition, spirited her away… holding her prisoner, in the House of Assassins. Ashok and his men march to the rescue… The sequel to the terrific Son of the Black Sword (PBK, $21.95).
Fantasy | HC | $49.95
Our Child of the Stars
Molly and Gene Myers were happy, until tragedy blighted their hopes of children. During the years of darkness and despair, they each put their marriage in jeopardy; but, now, they are starting to rebuild their fragile bond. This is the year of Woodstock and the moon landings; war is raging in Vietnam and the superpowers are threatening each other with annihilation. Then the Meteor crashes into Amber Grove, devastating the small New England town – and changing their lives for ever. Molly, a nurse, caught up in the thick of the disaster, is given care of a desperately-ill patient rescued from the wreckage: a sick boy with a remarkable appearance, an orphan who needs a mother. And soon the whole world will be looking for him. Cory’s arrival has changed everything. And the Myers will do anything, to keep him safe.
Science fiction | TP | $32.99
Three Eves (Marked series) (omnibus)
The story of Evangeline Hollis, a heavenly bounty hunter, who’s cursed by God, hunted by demons, and desired by none other than Cain and Abel. This omnibus edition collects: Eve of Darkness, Eve of Destruction, and Eve of Chaos.
Urban fantasy | TP | $39.95
Bloodwitch (Witchlands 03)
The Raider King’s plans to claim the Witchlands are under way. Now, his forces sow terror in the mountains, slaughtering innocents. After finding the slain, Aeduan and Iseult race for safety. And despite differing goals, they’ve grown to trust one another in the fight to survive. Yet, the Bloodwitch keeps a secret that could change everything… When Merik sacrifices himself to save his friends, he is captured by the Fury. However, Merik isn’t one to give up easily, and he’ll do whatever it takes to save those he loves. And, in Marstok, Safi the Truthwitch agrees to help the empress uncover a rebellion. But those implicated are killed and Safi becomes desperate for freedom. War has come once more to the Witchlands. Perhaps, if Safi and Iseult were united, their powers could bring peace. But chaos is not easily tamed.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
Shattermoon (Long Game 01)
Orry’s father is the best conman in the quadrant, running elaborate heists with Orry and her brother Ethan to target the ruling families of the Ascendancy. This time should be no different: straight in and out with a fortune in spice paragon in hand… until Orry goes off script, and everything falls apart. Less than an hour later, the Count of Delf’s only grandson is dead and she’s on the run, accused of a murder she didn’t commit.
Space opera | PBK | $19.99
Tides of the Titans (Titan’s Forest 03)
Courtier, explorer, thief: Leaper is a man of many skills, but none of his talents satisfy the yearning in his heart for the Queen of Airakland, the ruler of a thunder-clashed kingdom. Their affair is cut too short, however, when she is murdered. The suspects behind her death include the most powerful in the realm: a political rival, a jealous king, or, perhaps, the god of thunder who oversees them all. Distraught, Leaper vows revenge, but his mission will lead him away from his forest home, across the vast floodplains, and to the edges of time and myth. Follows Crossroads of Canopy and Echoes of Understorey (TP, $24.99 each).
Fantasy | TP | $24.99
Who will you rely on, in the zombie apocalypse? Bodies on the TV, explosions, barriers, and people fleeing. No access to social media. And a dad… who’ll suddenly bite your head off – literally. These teens have to learn a new resilience… Members of a band wield weapons, instead of instruments. A pair of siblings find there’s only so much you can joke about, when the menace is this strong. And a couple find depth among the chaos. From a new voice in Australian, young-adult sf.
YA zombie apocalypse | PBK | $19.99
Krondor: the Betrayal (Riftwar Legacy 01)
Feist, Raymond E
It’s nine years on from the aftermath of Sethanon and peace has settled over the land. But news of deadly forces stirring on the horizon, brought by the moredhel Gorath, threatens danger, once more, for the Kingdom of the Isles. Nighthawks are murdering again. Politics becomes a dangerous, cut-throat game. And at the root of it all lies a mysterious group of magicians known only as The Six. Surrounded on all sides by gangs, criminal masterminds and traitors to the crown, it’s only a matter of time – before the Kingdom of the Isles is brought down to its knees…
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $17.99
Krondor: the Assassins (Riftwar Legacy 02)
Feist, Raymond E
Fresh back from the front, another foe defeated, Prince Arutha arrives to find all is not well, in Krondor. A series of apparently random murders has brought an eerie quiet to the city. Where normally the streets are bustling with merchants and tricksters, good life and night life, now there seems to be a self-imposed curfew at sundown. Mutilated bodies have been turning up in the sewers, the Mockers’ demesne. The Thieves’ Guild has been decimated – men, women, children, it matters not. The head of the Mockers is missing, presumed dead. Those few who survived the terrible attacks are lying low. Very low. The Crawler, it seems, is back in town. And he’s being helped by others, more ruthless than he. Can it be the Nighthawks again? The Prince enlists his loyal Squire James to find out. If anyone can unravel what’s happening in the bowels of Krondor, he can. He knows the sewers, like the back of his hand. After all, as Jimmy the Hand, he grew up there. Meanwhile, the retinue of the Duke of Olasko has arrived suddenly at the palace, a week ahead of schedule; but with no apologies and many demands. They say they are here to hunt. But to hunt what? Pug’s son William, on his first posting as a knight-lieutenant, must escort them into the wilds. It should have been a straightforward mission…
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $17.99
Krondor: Tear of the Gods (Riftwar Legacy 03)
Feist, Raymond E
A raid upon the high seas signals an attack of unprecedented magnitude, by the forces of darkness. For the holiest of holies, the Tear of the Gods has been lost to the Temple of Ishap. After a raid planned by Bear, one of the most brutal pirates to sail the Bitter Sea, goes dramatically wrong, the colossal gems sink below the waves. So begins a story of the Tear of the Gods, the most powerful artefact known to the Temples of Midkemia. For it allows the temples to speak with their gods. Without it, they are lost for a decade, until another gem is formed, in the distant mountains. Squire James, William, and Jazhara – new court magician – must seek out the location of this gem; with Brother Solon, a warrior priest of Ishap, and Kendaric, the sole member of the Wreckers’ Guild with the power to raise the ship. They are opposed by the minions of Sidi, servant of the Dark God, who seeks to possess the Tear, for his own ends… or to destroy it, denying it to the forces of light.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $17.99
Vengeance Road (Torpedo Ink 02)
Breezy Simmons was born into a ruthless motorcycle club – and now that she’s out, she’s never going to be that girl again. But when her past catches up with her, Breezy must go to Sea Haven to seek out the man who almost destroyed her. The man who chose his club over her and left her feeling used and alone. As vice president of Torpedo Ink, Steele is ride or die – for the brothers he lived through hell with. He never thought he’d find something as pure as his feelings for Breezy, or that keeping her safe would mean driving her away with cruel words that turned her love for him to ash. Now, Steele won’t let her walk away, twice. He’ll do whatever it takes to make Breezy his woman, again – especially when he learns the real reason, she came to him for help; and that the stakes are higher than he ever could have imagined…
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99
Frelih, Jasmin B
It is twenty-five years into the future, and a glitch in the global communications network is ripping a previously united world apart at the seams. The millennials find themselves hardest hit – among them childhood friends: Evan, an addict and theatre director; Kras, a family patriarch and ex-war minister; and Zoja, an anarchist poet. As they prepare to celebrate their fiftieth birthdays, the three find themselves hurtling through a disconnected world filled with the debris of past histories, as they desperately try and recapture the magic of their former lives, and to hold on to some sort of sense of belonging. A debut novel, by a new voice from Slovenia.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99
The Graveyard Book (10th anniversary edition)
When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Bod has an eccentric childhood – learning about life from the dead. But there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him – after all, he is the last remaining member of the family. This anniversary edition includes a new introduction by Margaret Atwood.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
The Problem of Susan and Other Stories (graphic novel)
Gaiman, Neil; Hampton, Scott; Chadwick, Paul; Russell, P Craig; Kindzierski, Lovern
Two stories and two poems – all wondrous and imaginative about the tales we tell and experience. Where the incarnations of the months of the year sit around a campfire sharing stories, where an older college professor recounts a Narnian childhood, where the apocalypse unfolds, and where the importance of generational storytelling is seen through the Goldilocks fairy-tale. These four comics’ adaptations have something for everyone; and are a must for Gaiman fans!
Fantasy | HC | $29.99
The Queens of Innis Lear
The erratic decisions of a prophecy-obsessed king have drained Innis Lear of its wild magic, leaving behind a trail of barren crops and despondent subjects. Enemy nations circle the once-bountiful isle, sensing its growing vulnerability, hungry to control the ideal port for all trade routes. The king’s three daughters – battle-hungry Gaela, master manipulator Reagan, and restrained, star-blessed Elia – know the realm’s only chance of resurrection is to crown a new sovereign, proving a strong hand can resurrect magic and defend itself. But their father will not choose an heir until the longest night of the year… when prophecies align, and a poison ritual can be enacted. Refusing to leave their future in the hands of blind faith, the daughters of Innis Lear prepare for war – but regardless of who wins the crown, the shores of Innis will weep the blood of a house divided. ‘Amazing. Just Amazing.’ – Robin McKinley. This has had some great customer feedback.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
The Gutter Prayer (Black Iron Legacy 01)
In the ancient city of Guerdon, three thieves – an orphan, a ghoul and a cursed man – are accused of a crime they didn’t commit. Their quest for revenge exposes a perilous conspiracy, the seeds of which were sown long before they were born. A centuries-old magical war is on the verge of reigniting and in the tunnels deep below the city, a malevolent power stirs. Only by standing together can the three friends prevent a conflict that would bring total devastation to their city – and the world beyond. The first in a series. ‘A ground-breaking and extraordinary novel… Hanrahan has an astonishing imagination.’ – Peter McLean.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones
Hicks, Micah Dean
Jane is haunted. Since she was a child, she has carried a ghost girl that feeds on the secrets and fears of everyone around her, whispering to Jane what they are thinking and feeling, even when she doesn’t want to know. Henry, Jane’s brother, is ridden by a genius ghost that forces him to build strange and dangerous machines. Their mother is possessed by a lonely spirit that burns anyone she touches. In Swine Hill, a place of defeat and depletion, there are more dead than living. When new arrivals begin scoring precious jobs at the last factory in town, both the living and the dead are furious. This insult on the end of a long economic decline sparks a conflagration. Buffeted by rage on all sides, Jane must find a way to save her haunted family and escape the town before it kills them.
Dark fantasy | HC | $45.95
Terminal Uprising (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse 02)
Hines, Jim C
After uncovering the truth behind humans’ devolution into feral monsters, Lt Marion ‘Mops’ Adamopoulos and her team of sanitation engineers remain at large aboard the EMCS Pufferfish, which they appropriated after the rest of the crew was incapacitated during a bioterrorist attack. Mops is determined to clean up the mess at the heart of the Krakau Alliance, but when her latest source of information turns out to be a lawyer belonging to the xenocidal Prodryans, she’s taken aback. It seems there’s a secret Krakau lab conducting illegal experiments that could change the balance of power in the galaxy. To investigate, Mops and her team will have to return to the most dangerous planet of all: Earth… Hines is great fun!
Urban fantasy | HC | $49.95
Terminal Alliance (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse 01)
Hines, Jim C
The Krakau came to Earth to invite humanity into a growing alliance of sentient species. However, they happened to arrive after a mutated plague wiped out half the planet, turned the rest into shambling, near-unstoppable animals, and basically destroyed human civilisation. You know – your standard apocalypse. The Krakau’s first impulse was to turn around and go home. (After all, it’s hard to have diplomatic relations with mindless savages, who eat your diplomats.) Their second impulse was to try to fix us. Now, a century later, human beings might not be what they once were… but, at least, they’re no longer trying to eat everyone. Mostly. Marion ‘Mops’ Adamopoulos is surprisingly bright (for a human). As a Lieutenant on the Earth Mercenary Corps Ship Pufferfish, she’s in charge of the Shipboard Hygiene and Sanitation team. When a bioweapon attack wipes out the Krakau command crew – the rest of the humans revert to their feral state – only Mops and her team are left with their minds intact. Escaping the attacking aliens – not to mention her shambling crewmates – is only the beginning. Sure, Mops and her team of space janitors and plumbers can clean the ship, as well as anyone; but flying the damn thing is another matter. As they struggle to keep the Pufferfish functioning, and find a cure for their crew, they stumble onto a conspiracy that could threaten the entire alliance… a conspiracy born from the truth of what happened on Earth, all those years ago.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $21.95
Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Dark Star trilogy 01)
Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter – and he always works alone. But when he is engaged to find a child who disappeared, three years ago, he must break his own rules, joining a group of eight very different mercenaries working together to find the boy. Following the lost boy’s scent from one ancient city to another, into dense forests and across deep rivers, Tracker starts to wonder: Who is this boy? Why has he been missing for so long? Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him? And most important of all, who is telling the truth and who is lying? Drawn from vivid African history and mythology, this mesmerising, unique meditation on the nature of truth and power is the first in a trilogy. While this is James’ first foray into fantasy, he has previously won the Man Booker Prize (in 2015) for his novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
Summoned to Thirteenth Grave (Charley Davidson 13)
Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plane, for eternity – which is exactly the amount of time it takes to make a person stark, raving mad. But someone’s looking out for her, and she’s allowed to return, after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently, it is. Bummer. She’s missed her daughter. She’s missed Reyes. She’s missed Cookie and Garrett and Uncle Bob. But, now that she’s back on earth, it’s time to put to rest burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine for a broken heart?
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99
Kavanagh begins his life patrolling the Wall. If he’s lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he only has two years of this, 729 more nights. The best thing that can happen is that he survives and gets off the Wall and never has to spend another day of his life anywhere near it. He longs for this to be over; longs to be somewhere else. He will soon find out what Defenders do, and who the Others are. Along with the rest of his squad, he will endure cold and fear day after day, night after night. But somewhere, in the dark cave of his mind, he thinks: wouldn’t it be interesting if something did happen, if they came, if you had to fight for your life?
Dystopia | TP | $29.99
In the Region of the Summer Stars (Eirlandia 01)
Lawhead, Stephen R
Ravaged by barbarian Scálda forces, the last hope for Eirlandia lies with the island’s warring tribes. Wrongly cast out of his tribe, Conor, the first-born son of the Celtic king, embarks on a dangerous mission to prove his innocence. What he discovers will change Eirlandia forever. For the Scálda have captured the mystical Fae, to use as an ultimate weapon. And Conor’s own people have joined in the invasion. The first in a new series.
Celtic fantasy | PBK | $21.95
In the Land of the Everliving (Eirlandia 02)
Lawhead, Stephen R
Conor and his sword companions must leave the safety of the faéry kingdom, for the barbarian Scálda threaten to overrun Eirlandia. As he fights for his people’s survival, Conor discovers that several of the clan leaders have betrayed their nation by aiding the Scálda. The corruption is such that Conor and his men choose to become outcasts, clan-less and open to attack – by friend and foe, alike. They form their own warband… and the beginning of a legend, as Conor unites the common people of Eirlandia to drive the poison from their land. The sequel to In the Region of the Summer Stars (PBK, $21.95).
Celtic fantasy | HC | $49.95
On his fourteenth birthday, right before his eyes, Chen’s parents are incinerated by a blast of ball lightning. Striving to make sense of this bizarre tragedy, he dedicates his life to a single goal: to unlock the secrets of this enigmatic natural phenomenon. Chen’s obsession gives purpose to his lonely life, but it can’t insulate him from the real world’s interest in his discoveries. He will be pitted against scientists, soldiers and governments with motives of their own: a physicist who has no place for moral judgement in his pursuit of knowledge… A new novel from the award-winning author of the Three-Body Problem trilogy.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
The Voyages of Doctor Doolittle (Collins Classics)
After rescuing an injured squirrel, Tommy Stubbins is directed to the offices of Doctor John Doolittle and is amazed to discover a house full of exotic creatures. Under the tutelage of Polynesia the parrot, Tommy becomes the Doctor’s assistant – learning how to understand animals, and accompanying the Doctor on an adventurous voyage. The motley band of naturalists sets sail for Spidermonkey Island, traversing rough seas and mountainous lands, and encountering warring tribes of Popsipetels and Bagjagderags, as well as a host of sparrows, porpoises, unusual insects, and rare sea snails along the way. The Voyages of Doctor Doolittle was published in 1922, as the sequel to Lofting’s much-loved classic The Story of Doctor Doolittle. Full of warmth and charm, it has been lauded as a successor to Lewis Carroll in its vibrant depiction of animals; and will delight younger and mature audiences, alike.
Children’s fantasy | PBK | $5.99
The Ruin of Kings (A Chorus of Dragons 01)
What if you weren’t the hero? Kihrin grew up on tales of long-lost princes and grand quests – despite being raised in a brothel, making money as a musician and street thief. One day he overreaches by targeting an absent noble’s mansion, hunting for jewels. There he witnesses a prince performing a terrifying dark-magic ritual. Kihrin flees but he’s marked by a demon and his life will never be the same again. That night also leads to him being claimed as a lost son of that prince’s royal house. But far from living the dream, Kihrin finds himself practically a prisoner, at the mercy of his new family’s power plays and ambitions. He must also discover why his murderous father finds Kihrin more valuable alive than dead. Soon, Kihrin attempts to escape his relative’s dangerous schemes, but finds himself in far deeper waters. He becomes tangled in a plot to kill the Emperor, rob the Imperial Vaults, claim a god-slaying sword, and free bound demons to wreak havoc across the land. Kihrin also discovers the old tales lied about many things: dragons, demons, gods, prophecies, true love – and the hero always winning. But, maybe, Kihrin isn’t fated to save the empire. He’s destined to destroy it. The first in a series.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
Gates of Stone (Lord of the Islands 01)
Just before her sixteenth birthday, Princess Katerina is refused her rightful place as heir to the Empire of the Ice-Bear – solely because of her sex. Determined to regain her inheritance, she murders the foreign lord she’s been ordered to marry and embarks on a perilous voyage to the lush, tropical islands of the Laut Besar in search of the vast wealth and power she needs to claim the Empire for herself. On a small island kingdom, Prince Arjun’s idyllic life is shattered when a malignant sorcerer invades, slaughters his people and steals the sacred sword of Jun’s ancestors. With his royal father dead and his palace in ruins, Jun reluctantly tracks the sorcerer and the magical blade far across the pirate-infested waters of the Laut Besar. Long ago the powerful relics, known as the Seven Keys, were used to safely lock away the terrifying evils of the Seven Hells. With Jun’s ancient sword in his grasp, the sorcerer Mangku has claimed the first Key, and begun his mission to unleash catastrophe upon the land. As the destinies of these three entwine in the lawless islands of the Laut Besar, the fate of humanity hangs in the balance. For if the sorcerer cannot be stopped, the world itself will be unmade… The first in a series.
Fantasy | TP | $24.99
Endgames (Imager Portfolio 12)
Modesitt Jr, L E
Solidar is in chaos. Charyn, the young and untested ruler of Solidar, has survived assassination, and he struggles to gain control of a realm in the grip of social upheaval, war, and rioting. Solidar cannot be allowed to slide into social and political turmoil that will leave the High Holders with their ancient power and privilege, and the common people with nothing. But the stakes are even higher than he realises.
Fantasy | HC | $39.99
The Love Delusion
Frida McKenzie just wants to live a nice, normal life with her boyfriend Dan. Trouble is, as the descendent of Eros, and the Delphic Oracle, respectively, this happy couple are anything but normal. So, when an anti-love cult begins to sweep the city, it’s down to Frida and Dan to discover the deadly intentions of the Love Delusion’s handsome and charismatic leader, R A Stone. But, at least, they have each other, right? Wrong. Because as Frida gets deeper into this ancient grudge match, the cost of her destiny becomes clear, and the role of a hero doesn’t come with a happily ever after… The follow-up to The Gods of Love (PBK, $19.99), which customers have loved!
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Dreams of the Dark Sky (Legacy of the Heavens 02)
Myers, Tina Lecount
The war between men and immortals that raged across the frozen Northland of Davvieana has ended. While Irjan, the once-legendary immortal hunter, has saved his son’s life, he cannot save Marnej from the men who will make him a killer, nor can he save the immortal girl, he’d promised to protect, from the secret of her birth. The sequel to the Song of All (TP, $29.95).
Fantasy | TP | $29.95
Vardaesia (Medoran Chronicles 05)
In the wake of loss and devastation, Alex must cast aside her grief – to seek aid from those who banished the Meyarins, long ago. But the proud Tia Aurans care little for the woes of mortals and demand that Alex-and her friends-undergo the Gates of Testing, to prove their world is worth saving. With an ancient prophecy looming, Alex must confront the secrets of her past if she is to survive long enough to see the future. For if she returns to Medora without the Tia Aurans by her side, all hope for her world will be lost. This conclusion of the Medoran Chronicles follows Akarnae, Raelia, Draekora, and Graevale (PBK, $19.99 each).
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Binti: the Complete Trilogy (omnibus)
Collected for the first time, in an omnibus edition, here is the Hugo- and Nebula-award-winning Binti trilogy: the story of one extraordinary girl’s journey from her home to distant Oomza University. This edition contains: Binti, Home, The Night Masquerade; and includes a brand-new Binti story! Recommended!
Science fiction | HC | $49.95
From Distant Stars (Darkest Skies 02)
As Keon digs into the mysteries, he begins to realise that the death was connected to a mysterious object, potentially alien, discovered buried in ice – under the north pole. Someone has worked out what is hidden there, and what its discovery will mean for mankind. Someone who is willing to kill. And another player has entered the game. Someone who seems to know more about Keon than is possible. Someone who might be using Liss’ information against him. Or who might be Alysha, back from the dead. The sequel to From Darkest Skies (PBK, $19.99).
SF thriller | PBK | $22.99
Forever entwined, Sea and Serene live isolated in the Australian alpine wilderness, together with Wren – the young man who helps care for them. Each have found peace in this wild, fierce landscape, and they live in harmony, largely self-sufficient. One day, Wren discovers a woman on the road nearby, badly injured and unconscious. He brings her back to the cottage, and he and the twins nurse her back to health. But the arrival of this outsider shatters the dynamic within, with unforeseen consequences.
Gothic thriller | TP | $32.99
The Empire of Ashes (Draconis Memoria 03)
Only small-time criminal Claydon Torcreek and master spy Lizanne Lethridge – along with their ragtag band of allies – stand between the white drake’s fury and the world’s end. To save the future, they must delve into the past – and unravel a timeless mystery that might just turn the tide… The conclusion of the great trilogy which began with The Waking Fire and The Legion of Flame (PBK, $19.99 each).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Reckoning of Fallen Gods (Coven 02)
Salvatore, R A
The winds of change are blowing upon Fireach Speur. Aoelyn risked her life to save the trader Talmadge and it cost her everything that is dear to her, but Talmadge survived and can’t forget the amazing woman who killed a god. Little do they realise… war is coming to the mountain. Far to the west, a fallen empire stirs. One that sees a solar eclipse as a call to war. Their empire once dominated the known world and they want it back. The sequel to Child of a Mad God (PBK, $22.95).
Epic fantasy | HC | $39.99
Lady Smoke (Ash Princess 02)
The Kaiser murdered Theodosia’s mother, the Fire Queen, when Theo was only six. He took her country and kept her prisoner, crowning her Ash Princess – a pet to toy with and humiliate for ten long years. That era has ended. The Kaiser thought his prisoner weak and defenceless. He didn’t realise that a sharp mind is the deadliest weapon. Theo no longer wears a crown of ashes. She has taken back her rightful title, and a hostage – Prinz Soren. But her people remain enslaved under the Kaiser’s rule, and now she is thousands of miles away from them and her throne. To get them back, she will need an army. Only, securing an army means she must trust her aunt, the dreaded pirate Dragonsbane. And according to Dragonsbane, an army can only be produced if Theo takes a husband. Something an Astrean Queen has never done. Theo knows that freedom comes at a price, but she is determined to find a way to save her country without losing herself. The sequel to Ash Princess (PBK, $16.99).
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
The Priory of the Orange Tree
A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens. The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction – but assassins are getting closer to her door. Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic. Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel. Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep. Trailblazing, epic high fantasy about a world on the brink of war with dragons – and the women who must lead the fight to save it; from the author of the Bone Season series.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
Grey Lensman (Lensman 04)
Smith, E E ‘Doc’
Somewhere among the galaxies is the stronghold of Boskone – a network of brilliant space criminals, whose hunger for conquest threatens the continued existence of all known civilisation. But where is this stronghold? Boskonian bases are scattered across the universe – hidden by gigantic thought-screens that defy penetration. The best minds in the Galactic Patrol have tried. And failed. Now, it is up to Lensman Kim Kinnison, using his fantastic powers, to infiltrate the Boskonian strongholds, find the location of the enemy’s Grand Base – and smash it forever. But Kinnison doesn’t know that the power of Boskone reaches further than anyone dreamed – into the Galactic Patrol, itself…
Golden Age Masterworks | PBK | $22.99
A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy (Salvagers 02)
The crew of the legendary Capricious are rich enough to retire in comfort for the rest of their days, but none of it matters – if the galaxy is still in danger. Nilah and Boots, the ship’s newest crew members, hear the word of a mysterious cult that may have links back to an ancient and all-powerful magic. To find it, hot-headed Nilah will have to go undercover and find the source of their power, without revealing her true identity. Meanwhile, Boots is forced to confront the one person she’d hoped never to see again: her old, turncoat, treasure-hunting partner. The sequel to A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe (PBK, $22.99); which is one of Ron’s newest faves. Recommended!
Space opera | PBK | $22.99
Winters, Ben H
Welcome to Golden State, where the worst crime you can commit is to lie. Laz Ratesic is a veteran of the State’s special police. Those in power rely on Laz to discover the full and final truth. But when a man falls from a roof in suspicious circumstances, it sets in motion a terrifying series of events which will shatter Laz’s world for ever. Because when those in control of the truth decide to twist it, only those with the power to ask questions can fight back. Golden State is an ambitious and frighteningly timely novel, set in a world where everything is recorded, and no one can be trusted – by the author of the fantastic Underground Airlines (PBK, $22.99). For anyone who loved The Handmaid’s Tale, The Power, or Station Eleven.
Dystopia | TP | $32.99
A Bond Undone (Legends of the Condor Heroes 02)
In the Jin capital of Zhongdu, Guo Jing learns the truth of his father’s death and finds he is now betrothed, against his will, to two women. Neither of them is his sweetheart Lotus Huang. Torn between following his heart and fulfilling his filial duty, he journeys through the country of his parents with Lotus, encountering mysterious martial heroes and becoming drawn into the struggle for the supreme martial text, the Nine Yin Manual. But his past is catching up with him. The widow of an evil man he accidentally killed as a child has tracked him down, intent on revenge. Meanwhile, his true parentage at last revealed, Yang Kang, the young prince Guo Jing must face, in the Garden of the Eight Drunken Immortals, is forced to choose his destiny. Will he continue to enjoy the life of wealth and privilege afforded to him by the invader of his homeland, or give up all he has known to avenge his parents? The sequel to A Hero Born (PBK, $22.99).
Chinese mythic fantasy | TP | $32.99