Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: January 2016
All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in January 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!
January 2016 includes new books by: Kelley Armstrong, Eric Flint, Alison Goodman, Simon R Green, Jim C Hines, Seanan McGuire, Lilith Saintcrow, Brandon Sanderson, Lisa Shearin… and many others.
The Kingdom and the Cave
Mickle, the palace cat, knows the kingdom is in danger. He can feel it in his whiskers and he has found a mysterious note in the royal library… (Yes, of course, he can read, and speak – if he chooses to!) Mickle can’t trust the King and Queen with his mission, so he and Prince Michael, with the help of their animal friends (and quite a bit of magic!), set out on a perilous quest to find the sinister Under People, discover their secret power and save the Kingdom of Astalon. In her first novel, written when she was only a teenager, Joan Aiken showcases the imagination, wit and storytelling zest that would lead to classics like Arabel’s Raven and The Wolves of Willoughby Chase.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
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 ever-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.
Fantasy | HC | $47.95
City of the Lost
Where would you go, if you suddenly had to disappear? In her new standalone thriller, Armstrong delivers us to Rockton, a secret town – where the hunted go to hide. And where a hunter has now come to play.
Thriller | TP | $29.99
City of Light (Outcast 01)
The first in a new, futuristic, fantasy series. When the bombs that stopped the species war tore holes in the veil between this world and the next, they allowed entry to the Others – demons, wraiths, and death spirits who turned the shadows into their hunting grounds. Now, a hundred years later, humans and shifters alike live in artificially-lit cities, designed to keep the darkness at bay… As a déchet – a breed of humanoid super-soldiers, almost eradicated by the war – Tiger has spent her life in hiding. But when she risks her life to save a little girl on the outskirts of Central City, she discovers that the child is one of many abducted in broad daylight by a wraithlike being – an impossibility with dangerous implications for everyone on earth. Because if the light is no longer enough to protect them, nowhere is safe…
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Starbound (Lightship Chronicles 02)
The Lightship Impulse is gone, sacrificed while defeating First Empire ships the fragile new galactic alliance hoped it would never see again. For Peter Cochrane, serving as third officer on the Starbound and tasked with investigating a mysterious space station in a newly rediscovered system, the wounds of battle may have healed, but the battle is far from over. Follows Impulse (PBK, $19.99).
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99
‘Set in the late nineteenth century – in a city a lot like what we now call Seattle Underground – when airships plied the trade routes, would-be gold miners were heading to the gold fields of Alaska, and steam-powered mechanicals stalked the waterfront, Karen – a young woman on her own – is making the best of her orphaned state, by working in Madame Damnable’s high-quality bordello. Through Karen’s eyes, we get to know the other girls in the house – a resourceful group – and the poor and the powerful of the town. Trouble erupts one night, when a badly-injured girl arrives at their door, begging sanctuary, followed by the man who holds her indenture, and who has a machine that can take over anyone’s mind and control their actions. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, the next night brings a body dumped in their rubbish heap – a streetwalker who has been brutally murdered. Hard on the heels of that horrifying discovery comes a lawman, who has been chasing this killer for months. Marshal Bass Reeves is closing in on his man, and he’s not about to reject any help he can get, even if it comes from girl who works in the Hotel Mon Chéri.’ – publisher’s blurb.
Steampunk | PBK | $31.95
City of Blades (Divine Cities 02)
Bennett, Robert Jackson
General Turyin Mulaghesh is called out of retirement and sent to this hellish place, to find a Saypuri secret agent who’s gone AWOL in the middle of a mission. But the ghosts of past wars have followed her there, and soon she begins to wonder what happened to the souls in the afterlife, when the gods were defeated by her people, the Polis. Do the dead sleep soundly in the land of death? Or do they have plans of their own?
Fantasy | HC | $32.99
The Last Dream Keeper (Echo Park Coven 02)
In the second Witches of Echo Park novel, one coven must keep the world in balance and stand against a rising darkness. Lyse MacAllister did not step into an easy role, when she took over as master of the Echo Park coven of witches after her great-aunt Eleanora’s death. As she begins to forge the bonds that will help her lead her sisters, she struggles to come to terms with her growing powers. A group of fanatics intent on bringing about the end of times has invaded the witches’ Council, but the Council is turning a blind eye to the danger growing in its midst.
Urban fantasy | TP | 29.95
Emergence (Dave vs. the Monsters trilogy 01)
‘Monsters,’ said Vince Martinelli. ‘There are monsters on the rig, Dave.’ Dave Hooper has a hangover from hell, a horrible ex-wife, and the fangs of the IRS deep in his side. The last thing he needs is an explosion at work. A real explosion. On his offshore oil rig. But this is no accident, and despite the news reports, Dave knows that terrorists aren’t to blame. He knows because he killed one of the ‘things’ responsible. When he wakes up in a hospital bed guarded by Navy SEALs, he realises this is more than just a bad acid trip. The next two in the trilogy, Resistance and Ascendance, are also in paperback.
Science fiction thriller | PBK | $22.95 each
The Darkest Part of the Forest
Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold – where humans and fae exist, side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once. At the centre of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointy as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him, as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking. Until one day, he does… As the world turns upside down and a hero is needed to save them all, Hazel tries to remember her years spent pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
Carbide Tipped Pens: Seventeen Tales of Hard Science Fiction
Bova, Ben & Choi, Eric (editors)
Includes short stories by Ben Bova, Gregory Benford, Robert Reed, Aliette de Bodard, Jack McDevitt, Howard Hendrix, Daniel H Wilson, and many others!
SF anthology | TP | $35.95
Brozek, Jennifer & Schmidt, Bryan Thomas (editors)
Original, military-themed, high-fantasy anthology, featuring hard-hitting stories from: Larry Correia; Sarah A Hoyt; Gray Rinehart; David Farland; Glen Cook; Seanan McGuire; John Helfers; Annie Bellet; Joseph Zieja; Wendy N Wagner; David Farland; Cat Rambo; Robin Wayne Bailey; Nancy Fulda; John R Fultz; Dave Gross; James L Sutter; and Elizabeth Moon.
Fantasy anthology | PBK | $19.95
Barrayar (Vorkosigan Saga)
Bujold, Lois McMaster
Sick of combat and betrayal, Cordelia Vorkosigan is ready to settle down, to a quiet life. But, when the Emperor dies, her husband Aral becomes guardian of the infant heir to the imperial throne of Barrayar, and the target of high-tech assassins in a dynastic civil war. But neither Aral nor Cordelia can guess the part that their cell-damaged unborn will play, in Barrayar’s bloody legacy. Winner of the Hugo Award. A reissue, ahead of the February release of Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (HC, $49.95). So recommended (as long as you’ve also read Shards of Honor).
Science fiction | TP | $29.95
Ancestral Machines (Humanity’s Fire)
The Warcage is a feat of unprecedented stellar engineering: two hundred worlds harnessed to an artificial sun. Built to travel through space as a monument to peace between alien species, its voracious rulers have turned it into a nightmarish wasteland, capturing new planets for slaves and resources, then discarding the old. Now, when a verdant agri-world is pulled out of its orbit and a deal goes bad, it is up to the captain of a smuggling ship to journey into the Warcage and rescue his crew. A standalone, science fiction adventure set in the Humanity’s Fire universe.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99
Davis, Hank (editor)
Ever since H G Wells wrote The War of the Worlds, science fiction writers have speculated on what the first contact might be like. From attacking invaders to wise and benevolent visitors, who are ready to solve all our problems for us, from horror stories to hilarious satire, with all the stops in between, including plenty of tales in which the aliens are the ones who wish they’d stayed at home, and never come across Earth and its inhabitants. With stories by such science fiction masters as Poul Anderson, David Drake, William Tenn, Sarah A Hoyt, Tony Daniel, and more, this is a collection filled with chills, thrills, and laughter, all reporting on what happens, when First Contact turns into Worst Contact.
Science fiction anthology | TP | $28.95
The Dark Army (Spook’s)
The second terrifying tale in the Spook’s spin-off series, from bestselling author Joseph Delaney. Thomas Ward was working as the new County Spook, fighting the Dark with his own apprentice. But a new enemy stirred in the north, and Tom’s calling required him to leave his home and lead an uprising against a legion of beasts: creatures of the dark intent on locking the whole earth in a never-ending winter…
YA fantasy | PBK | $17.99
Truthwitch (Witchlands 01)
In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands. Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home. Safi must avoid capture at all costs, as she’s a rare Truthwitch – able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden, even from herself. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
YA fantasy | TP | $29.99
Graveyard (Mutant Files 03)
Dietz, William C
2069, Los Angeles. Decades after a bioterrorist attack decimated the population and left many of the survivors horribly mutated, the norms have forced mutants into dangerous areas known as red zones. And the tensions between the two groups are threatening to boil over… LAPD detective Cassandra Lee is known for her single mindedness and, right now, she’s got only one goal – track down the Bonebreaker, the man who murdered her father. But her quest for justice is derailed, when LA comes under attack. The first in the series is Deadeye ($19.95).
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95
Dark Victory (a novel of the Alien Resistance)
A decade ago, the alien Creepers came to Earth, dropping asteroids to drown our coastal cities, detonating nuclear weapons overhead to destroy our communications, power and computer systems, and to set up their network of killer stealth satellites to kill anything on our planet that used modern technology. In a matter of days, Earth was driven back to a nineteenth century existence. Then the war really began, as the Creepers descended and set up domed bases that were impervious to everything save a nuclear bomb. For ten years then, the battered and surviving members of humanity have fought against the Creepers and their mechanised exoskeletons, until something unexpected has happened: a chance for victory…
Military SF | TP | $29.95
Castaway Planet (Boundary 04)
Flint, Eric & Spoor, Ryk E
Lost in the dark, half a year into their journey to the colony world of Tantalus, Sakura Kimei, her family, and her best friend, the alien ‘Bemmie’ nicknamed Whips, are torn from the safety of their colony ship. In a crippled lifeboat, they had one chance to find a habitable world. But even then, they would find that their apparent salvation was a world of a thousand secrets. Boundary is the first in this rollicking series ($19.95).
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95
A Parcel of Rogues (Ring of Fire 1635)
Flint, Eric & Dennis, Andrew
The 20th volume in this alternative history series follows close on the heels of the events in The Baltic War ($19.95), picking up with the protagonists in London, including sharpshooter Julie Sims. This time, the 20th-century transplants are determined to prevent the rise of Oliver Cromwell and even have the support of King Charles.
Alternate history | HC | $47.95
Gaiman’s third collection of short fiction – following Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things ($22.99 each) – includes a new American Gods story, ‘Black Dog’, written exclusively for this volume.
Collection | PBK | $19.99
Drew (Changers 01)
Glock-Cooper, Allison & Cooper, T
New town. New school. New body… Some teenagers worry about who they’ll wake up next to. Others worry about who they’ll wake up as… Ethan Miller is about to start high school, in a brand-new town. He’s finally sporting a haircut he doesn’t hate, has grown two inches since middle school, and can’t wait to try out for the soccer team. At last, everything is looking up in life. Until the next morning. When Ethan awakens as a girl. Welcome to the world of Changers.
YA science fiction | PBK | $16.99
Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club (Lady Helen 01)
London, April 1812. Lady Helen Wrexhall is set to make her debut at the court of Queen Charlotte and officially step into polite Regency society and the marriage mart. Little does Helen know, that step will take her from the opulent drawing rooms of Mayfair and the bright lights of Vauxhall Gardens, into a shadowy world of missing housemaids and demonic conspiracies. Standing between those two worlds is Lord Carlston, a man of ruined reputation and brusque manners. He believes Helen has a destiny, beyond the ballroom; a sacred and secret duty. Helen is not so sure, especially when she discovers that nothing around her is quite as it seems, including the enigmatic Lord Carlston. Very much recommended for fans of Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist Histories, or Georgette Heyer, etc.
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99
Tales From the Nightside
Green, Simon R
A collection of ten stories from the Nightside.
Urban fantasy collection | TP | $31.95
Staked (Iron Druid Chronicles)
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, pain-in-the-neck Theophilus – have become a huge problem, requiring a solution. It’s time to make a stand… The UK paperback is due in early February ($19.99).
Urban fantasy | HC | $49.95
First and Last Sorcerer (Noble Dead Saga)
Hendee, Barb & J C
Waylaid in their quest for the orb of the Air, Magiere, Leesil, Chap and Wayfarer have all been wrongly imprisoned. But it is Magiere who suffers the most, as a cloaked interrogator employs telepathic torture. At the Suman port city they seek help, but assistance proves no easy task. The Domin is embroiled in a secret hunt for a spectral undead – with the power to invade anyone living and take the body as its host. Even if Wynn can manage to free her friends from prison, battling this entirely new kind of undead hidden inside host bodies may be a challenge none can survive.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95
Unbound (Magic Ex Libris 03)
Hines, Jim C
“I picked up the book meaning to read a few pages. My first thought was, ‘This is a cool concept.’ The second thing I thought was, ‘This is really, really clever.’ The third thing I thought was, ‘I should have gone to sleep, three hours ago’.” – Patrick Rothfuss (for series). The first two in this fantastic series are Libriomancer and Codex Born ($19.95 each).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95
Blood of Innocents (Sorcery Ascendant Sequence 02)
Anasoma, jewel of the Mahruse Empire, has fallen. As orphaned, monk-raised Caldan and his companions flee the city, leaving behind their hopes for a new beginning, horrors from the time of the Shattering begin to close in. With Miranda’s mind broken, by forbidden sorcery, Caldan does the unthinkable to save her: he breaks the most sacrosanct laws of the Protectors. But when the emperor’s warlocks arrive to capture him, Caldan realises that his burgeoning powers may be more of a curse than a blessing, and the enemies assailing the empire may be rivalled by more sinister forces within. And, soon, the blood of innocents may be on Caldan’s own hands. Follows the Aurealis Award-winning Crucible of Souls (TP, $24.99).
Fantasy | TP | $24.99
Nat and Rose are young orphans, living in a crowded foster home run by an eccentric religious fanatic. When a travelling conman comes knocking, they see their chance to escape and join him on the road, proclaiming they can channel the dead – for a price, of course. Decades later, in a different time and place, Cora is too clever for her office job, too scared of her abysmal lover to cope with her unplanned pregnancy, and she too is looking for a way out. So, when her mute Aunt Ruth pays her an unexpected visit, apparently on a mysterious mission, she decides to join her. Together, the two women set out on foot, on a strange and unforgettable odyssey across the state of New York. Where is Ruth taking them? Where has she been? And who – or what – has she hidden in the woods at the end of the road?
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson 09)
In a small village in New York, Charley Davidson is living as Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is, or where she came from. So, when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she’s more than a little taken aback. Stranger still, are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man – whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around. But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her – even from her new and trusted friends – the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop, until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn’t help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she’s lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way. The first in this award-winning series is First Grave On the Right (PBK, $19.99).
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99
Warlords and Wastrels (Duellists Trilogy 03)
Peace is for cowards… Vocho and Kacha may be known for the finest swordplay in the city of Reyes, but they’ve found themselves backed into a corner too often for their liking. Finally reinstated into the Duellists guild, for services rendered to the prelate, who has found himself back in charge, Vocho and Kacha are tasked with bring a prisoner to justice. But this prisoner is none other than Kacha’s old flame Egimont. The prelate wants him alive, and on their side. However the more they discover of Egimont and his dark dealings with the magician, the more Kacha’s loyalties are divided. Soon she must choose a side – the prelate or the king, her brother or her ex-lover. The fate of Reyes is balanced on a knife edge… Swords and Scoundrels is the first in the series ($19.95).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
The girl who said no to death. Bibi Blair is a fierce, funny, dauntless young woman – whose doctor says she has one year to live. She replies, ‘We’ll see’. When Bibi is miraculously cured of an inoperable brain tumour, it’s only the beginning of a strange and terrifying journey. For Bibi believes that, in exchange for being saved herself, she in turn must save the mysterious Ashley Bell. But first, she has to find her. Bibi’s obsession with finding Ashley sends her on the run from threats both mystical and worldly, including a rich and charismatic cult leader with terrifying ambitions.
Paranormal thriller | TP | $29.99
A string of inexplicable deaths have occurred, in this picturesque coastal town; sinister, shadowy figures stalk the streets in the dead of night and four people are drawn together by terrifying circumstance: A young woman determined to find the truth behind her sister’s suicide; an undercover federal agent; a child on the run from her parents; and a wheelchair-bound veteran. As darkness descends, these four must confront the chilling nightmare of Moonlight Cove.
Horror | PBK | $19.99
Mothership (Ever-Expanding Universe Trilogy 01)
Leicht, Martin & Neal, Isla
‘Elvie Nara was doing just fine, in the year 2074. She had a great best friend, a dad she adored, and a bright future working on the Ares Project on Mars. But then she had to get involved with sweet, gorgeous, dumb-as-a-brick Cole, and now, she’s pregnant. Getting shipped off to the Hanover School for Expecting Teen Mothers was not how Elvie imagined spending her junior year, but she can go with the flow. That is, until a team of hot commandos hijacks the ship and one of them turns out to be Cole. She hasn’t seen him, since she told him she’s pregnant, and now he’s bursting into her new home – to tell her that her teachers are aliens and want to use her unborn baby to repopulate their species? Nice try, buddy. You could have just called. So, fine, finding a way off this ship is priority number one, but first Elvie has to figure out how Cole ended up as a commando, work together with her arch-nemesis, and figure out if she even wants to be a mother… assuming they get back to Earth in one piece.’ – publisher’s blurb.
Humorous SF | PBK | $19.95
Meet Tommi Grayson: she’s all bark… and all bite. ‘It was like my wolf had been there all along, waiting for me to tap its hand and step into the ring…’ Tommi Grayson’s never exactly been a normal girl. Bright blue hair, a mysterious past and barely controlled rage issues have a way of making a woman stand out. Yet she’s never come close to guessing who she really is… When her mother dies, a shattered Tommi decides to track down her estranged father. Leaving Scotland for a remote corner of New Zealand, she discovers the truth of her heritage – and it’s a whole lot more than merely human. Barely escaping with her life, now Tommi must return to her friends, pretending everything is normal, while all too aware of the dangers lurking outside – and within.
Urban fantasy | TP | $29.99
The Galaxy Game
The myriad manifestations of humanity have settled on a number of worlds, still recovering from the devastation that rendered one of the major planets inhospitable. Enter Rafi, a young man burdened with potent psychic abilities, and his best friend, Ntenman, who feels oddly responsible for Rafi’s wellbeing. As circumstances take the pair from one world to another, always one step ahead of trouble or disaster, they remain united through their love of the popular game known as Wallrunning, where Ntenman excels and Rafi struggles. As Rafi hones his powers, he learns that his ability to draw people together as a nexus may hold the key to restoring an easier, quicker way to travel between worlds, which could revolutionise galactic society. Set in the same universe as the wonderful Best of All Possible Worlds (PBK, $19.99).
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
Reflections (Indexing 02)
The struggle against not-so-charming storybook narratives isn’t the only complicating factor in Henrietta Henry Marchen’s life. As part of the ATI Management Bureau team, protecting the world from fairy tales gone awry, she’s juggling her unwanted new status as a Snow White, dealing with a potentially dangerous Pied Piper, and wrangling a most troublesome wicked stepsister along with a budding relationship with Jeff, her team-mate. But when a twisted, vicious Cinderella breaks out of prison and wreaks havoc, things go from disenchanted to deadly. And once Henry realises someone is trying to use her to destroy the world, her story becomes far from over and this one might not have a happily ever after. Indexing is in stock (TP, $29.99).
Urban fantasy | TP | $29.95
Morris, Keith Lee
Groundhog Day meets The Time Traveller’s Wife in this ghost story, unlike any you’ve read before… The Addisons – Julia and Tonio, ten-year-old Dewey, and Uncle Robbie – are driving home after collecting Robbie from yet another trip to rehab. When a terrifying blizzard strikes outside the town of Good Night, Idaho, they seek refuge at the Travelers Rest, a formerly opulent but now crumbling hotel. With nowhere else to go, they decide to stay the night. But once inside, the family becomes separated and the hotel begins to work its eerie magic. As Julia and Tonio drift through the maze of the hotel’s spectral interiors, Dewey ventures outside. Meanwhile, a desperate Robbie quickly succumbs to his old vices. As they desperately try to reach each other, they relive the same day, over and over again. The mother, Julia, holds the key to their release – but can she save her family from the fate of becoming Souvenirs – those citizens trapped, forever, in Good Night – or, worse, from disappearing entirely? Recommended.
Horror/ghost story | TP | $29.99
Awake in the Dream World: the Art of Audrey Niffenegger
A magnificent. large-format book, collecting all Audrey Niffenegger’s paintings and drawings.
Art | HC | $59.99
Across the Wall: Tales of the Old Kingdom and Beyond
The collected short stories of Garth Nix, including a novella which follows on from the enthralling Old Kingdom fantasy adventures of Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen. ‘Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case’ opens this superb collection of short stories from Garth Nix, that range from classic fantasy to a gritty urban version of Hansel and Gretel, and an unusual take on the role of nature in matters of the heart… Nicholas Sayre will do anything to get across the wall, back to the Old Kingdom. Thoughts of Lirael and Sam haunt his dreams. But here in Ancelstierre the charter is dormant, and before Nick can re-join his friends he must face one of the rarest and most dangerous of the Free Magic creatures: a creature that seems to draw power from Nicholas himself.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Falcone Strike (Angel in the Whirlwind 02)
Nuttall, Christopher G
Now a celebrated war hero, Captain Kat Falcone is back at the helm of HMS Lightning and up against near-impossible odds. Armed with a ragtag fleet of outdated starships, a few loyal officers, and a skeleton crew of refugees, Kat knows the Royal Navy expects her to fail. But failure almost certainly means death or worse, as the Theocracy does not treat prisoners kindly. Pitted against the enemy defences of her old nemesis Admiral Junayd, there is no room for error. And with a spy hidden aboard her ship, Kat will need more than her wits to survive. Can Kat enter the lion’s den, strike a blow for the Commonwealth, and escape with her life? Follows the excellent The Oncoming Storm (TP, $29.95).
Science fiction | TP | $29.95
Midnight Taxi Tango (Bone Street Rumba 02)
Older, Daniel José
Carlos Delacruz straddles the line between the living and the not-so alive. As an agent for the Council of the Dead, he eliminates New York’s ghostlier problems. This time, it’s a string of gruesome paranormal accidents in Brooklyn’s Von King Park that has already taken the lives of several locals and is bound to take more…
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.95
The Death House
Toby’s life was perfectly normal… until it was unravelled by something as simple as a blood test. Taken from his family, Toby now lives in the Death House; an out-of-time existence far from the modern world, where he, and the others who live there, are studied by Matron and her team of nurses. They’re looking for any sign of sickness. Any sign of their wards changing. Any sign that it’s time to take them to the sanatorium. No one returns from the sanatorium. Withdrawn from his house-mates and living in his memories of the past, Toby spends his days fighting his fear. But then a new arrival in the house shatters the fragile peace, and everything changes. Because everybody dies. It’s how you choose to live that counts.
Dark fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Earthquake Weather (Fantasy Masterworks)
Set in an imaginative alternate version of modern Los Angeles, Earthquake Weather begins with the murder of the Fisher King of the West, Scott Crane. His body is taken to the magically protected home of the Sullivans, and their 13-year-old adopted son, Koot – a boy destined to be the next Fisher King. But, for now, he must aid in reuniting Scott Crane’s body and spirit, and restoring him to life. The third book in the acclaimed Fault Lines sequence, following: Last Call and Expiration Date.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Non Fiction
Terry Pratchett has earned a place in the hearts of readers, the world over, with his bestselling Discworld series – but, in recent years, he has become equally well-known and respected, as an outspoken campaigner for causes: including Alzheimer’s research and animal rights. A Slip of the Keyboard brings together, for the first time, the finest examples of Pratchett’s non fiction writing, both serious and surreal: from musings on mushrooms to what it means to be a writer (and why banana daiquiris are so important); from memories of Granny Pratchett to speculation about Gandalf’s love life, and passionate defences of the causes dear to him. With all the humour and humanity that have made his novels so enduringly popular, this collection brings Pratchett out from behind the scenes of the Discworld to speak for himself – man and boy, bibliophile and computer geek, champion of hats, orang-utans and Dignity in Dying. Includes a foreword by Neil Gaiman.
Pratchett | PBK | $24.99
Fields of Wrath (Renshai)
Reichert, Mickey Zucker
With the Great War over, the Renshai have won back the Fields of Wrath. However, Tae Kahn Subikahn’s father becomes ever more certain that a far larger and fiercer wave of enemy soldiers is headed toward them. One Kjempemagiska and an army of their man-sized servants nearly defeated the entirety of the continent. This time, Tae is certain, the ranks will include hundreds of these strong, magical, Island-dwelling giants. The only hope for the peoples of the continent is to regather their war-weary troops and find a way to convince the few magical beings of their own world to assist them.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95
Roadside Magic (Gallow & Ragged 02)
The second novel in her Gallow & Ragged series (following Trailer Park Fae, $29.95), where the faery world inhabits diners, dive bars and trailer parks. Robin Ragged has revenge to wreak and redemption to steal. As for Jeremy Gallow, the poison in his wound is slowly killing him, while old friends turn traitor and long-lost enemies return to haunt him. In the dive bars and trailer parks, the sidhe are hunting. War looms, and on a rooftop in the heart of the city, the most dangerous sidhe of all is given new life. He has only one thought, this new hunter: Where is the Ragged?
Urban fantasy | TP | $29.95
The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn 06)
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. 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. Along the way, he discovers hints that point to the true goals of his uncle Edwarn and the shadowy organisation known as The Set.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
The Mime Order (Bone Season 02)
Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but now her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London. As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
The Brimstone Deception (SPI Files 03)
The agents of Supernatural Protection and Investigations (SPI) know that fighting evil is a fulltime job, especially when a new designer drug, with mind-blowing side effects, hits the streets… It’s called Brimstone. And after the first few hits, you’ll see every supernatural beast sharing the sidewalk, train, or office with you. After that, you’ll start seeing the really scary stuff…
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.95
Snyder, Maria V
Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana’s life has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia is safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear. Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he’s quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he’s been keeping secrets from Valeksecrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in terrible danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander’s mysterious plans, they realise it’s far more sinister than they could have ever imagined.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Stone, Eric James
‘Out of sight, out of mind. In the near future, a fluke of quantum mechanics renders Nat Morgan utterly forgettable. No one can remember he exists – for more than a minute after he’s gone. It’s a useful ability in his career as a CIA agent, even if he has to keep reminding his boss that he exists. Nat’s attempt to steal a quantum chip prototype is thwarted, when a former FSB agent, Yelena Semyonova, attempts to steal the same technology, for the Russian mob. Along with a brilliant Iranian physicist, who wants to defect, Nat and Yelena must work together to stop a ruthless billionaire from finishing a quantum supercomputer that will literally control the fate of the world.’ – publisher’s blurb.
Science fiction | TP | $29.95
Two Great Novels
Tiptree Jr, James
Alice Hastings Bradley Sheldon – better known to the world as science fiction writer James Tiptree, Jr – produced just two novels, in a glittering but tragically short career. Gollancz is delighted to present them together in this omnibus edition: Up the Walls of the World – A secret US navy research project is founded to investigate the existence of paranormal powers, bringing together a variety of men and women who have shown indications of telepathic ability. As a result of the experiment they make mental contact with the Tyrenni, strange alien beings resembling winged squids who dwell in the upper atmosphere of their tempestuous world. Brightness Falls From the Air – Sixteen humans have come together on Damien, a distant world where once, dreams were stolen and atrocities took place. They have gathered to view the last rising of a manmade nova, the testament to a war none can forget. Soon, some will find justice… and others, judgement. Soon. Now, sixteen humans have gathered – to await the light of the Murdered Star. The omnibus is a perfect introduction to a major talent.
Science fiction | PBK | $24.99
Your Resting Place (Walkin’ Trilogy 03)
Is there a future for those already dead? Rumours of the Drowned Woman are rife. She hunts down wanted men but never collects on the bounty. Some say she can’t be killed, not in the usual ways. The Drowned Woman is looking for one man in particular: he killed her husband and stole her daughter. Her family has been wronged. There will be a reckoning.
Dystopia | TP | $32.99
No Going Back (Jon & Lobo 05)
Van Name, Mark L
Haunted by memories of children he could not save, Jon Moore becomes so increasingly self-destructive that even his best friend, the hyper-intelligent Predator-Class Assault Vehicle, Lobo, is worried. So, when Jon receives both a job offer, and a message from a woman from his distant past, he and Lobo leap at the welcome diversions. That the job is illegal is the least of their problems. They’re happy to retrieve stolen artefacts from Jon’s quarantined home world, and their fee is high, even for a job so highly illegal. The forces protecting their targets are formidable, and the assault team that’s chasing them is even more dangerous, but Jon and Lobo are used to that. This time, though, the knowledge that they and the others seek spells doom for Jon…
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95
‘Skinner was what servs called each other. It was because they were fake, their skins a disguise. Every year when the deep cold of winter sets in, unbeknownst to humanity, dangerous visitors arrive from another world. Disguised as humans, the Nafikh move among us in secret, hungry for tastes of this existence. Their fickle, often-violent needs must be accommodated at all times, and the price of keeping them satisfied is paid, most heavily, by servs… Lucy is a serv who arrived as a baby and, by chance, was adopted by humans. She’s an outcast among outcasts, struggling to find a place where she truly belongs. For years, she has been walking a tightrope, balancing between the horrors of her serv existence and the ordinary life she desperately longs to maintain; her human family unaware of her darkest secrets. But when the body of a serv child turns up and Lucy is implicated in the gruesome death, the worlds she’s tried so hard to keep separate collide. Hounded by the police, turned upon by the servs, who once held her dear, she must protect her family and the life she’s made for herself.’ – publisher’s blurb.
Science fiction | HC | $46.95
Tales of Honor: On Basilisk Station
Weber, David, et al
Based on the novels by David Weber, this original comic book series introduces spaceship captain Honor Harrington on the eve of her execution. From prison, Honor relays her epic adventures, starting with a command outpost to a hellish backwater star system that turns out to be the source of an uprising that will bring war to her home planet. Collects volumes 1–5 of the comics.
Graphic novel | HC | $39.99
Pawn’s Gambit: and Other Stratagems
The pieces included in Pawn’s Gambit range from the adventure science fiction, Timothy Zahn is famous for, to post-apocalyptic tales and humorous fantasy. In ‘The Price of Survival’, an alien ship arrives in our solar system without hostile intentions, but with a desperate need that could destroy humanity. ‘The Giftie Gie Us’ is set in a post-apocalyptic United States, in which two lonely survivors find love among the ruins. And in the title story, a human and his alien opponent face off, over a game that will decide which one of them will return home and which will not. This collection also includes the Hugo Award-winning novella: Cascade Point, and eight stories previously unpublished, in book form.
Collection | TP | $29.95