Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: January 2019
All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in January 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!
January 2019 includes new books by: Katherine Arden, Paolo Bacigalupi & Tobias Buckell, C J Cherryh & Jane S Fancher, Bridget Collins, Seanan McGuire, Nnedi Okorafor, Alastair Reynolds, Brandon Sanderson, David Weber… and many others.
The Winter of the Witch (Winternight trilogy 03)
One girl can make a difference… Moscow is in flames, leaving its people searching for answers – and someone to blame. Vasilisa, a girl with extraordinary gifts, must flee for her life, pursued by those who blame their misfortune on her magic. Then a vengeful demon returns, stronger than ever. Determined to engulf the world in chaos, he finds allies among men and spirits. Mankind and magical creatures, alike, find their fates resting on Vasya’s shoulders. But she may not be able to save them all. The conclusion of this fantastic fantasy trilogy, following The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower (PBK, $19.99 each).
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
Of the Mortal Realm (Mancer 03)
Hansa, Umber, and Cadmia have managed to fight their way out of the Abyss and return to the mortal realm, bringing with them the long-imprisoned Terre Verte. Prince Verte is determined to restore Kavet to its former magical strength and reinstate the reign of the Terre family. He has the ability; his stay in the Abyss has left him abundantly powerful. But it has also left him dangerously unstable. But when Naples, once the strongest Abyssumancer in Kavet – and former ally of Verte – also returns from the Abyss, Hansa and the others realise it is not Verte they need to be concerned with. For the Abyssi and the Numini are engaged in their own grand war, one that is pouring across the veils of the realms. And if the magic users cannot come together to stop them, the fabric of the mortal world will be destroyed, taking all of them with it. The gripping conclusion to the trilogy.
Fantasy | PBK | $14.99
The Tangled Lands
Bacigalupi, Paolo & Buckell, Tobias
Khaim clings to life. Flooded with refugees and slowly starving, the last city of a once-great empire is surrounded by a choking thicket of toxic bramble. This is a world poisoned by magic. Every time a spell is cast, the bramble advances, sprouting in tilled fields and roof beams, thrusting up from between cobblestones and bursting forth from sacks of powdered spice. A bit of magic, and bramble follows. After ten years of research, an alchemist believes he has found a potent new weapon to wield against the bramble. His invention promises freedom from fear, freedom from hunger, freedom from the rule of Khaim’s tyrant, the Jolly Mayor. But these are twisted times – there are no easy answers, only unforeseen consequences…
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
The Wicked King (Folk of the Air 02)
After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her; and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough, if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undiminished. When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99
The Cruel Prince (Folk of the Air 01)
One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassin abducts all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court, but mocked and tormented by the Faerie royalty for being mortal. As Jude grows older, she realises that she will need to take part in the dangerous deceptions of the fey to ever truly belong. But the stairway to power is fraught with shadows and betrayal. And looming over all is the infuriating, arrogant and charismatic Prince Cardan…
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
Zero Day (Hatching 03)
The world is on the brink of apocalypse. Zero Day has come. The only thing more terrifying than millions of spiders, is the realisation that those spiders work as one. But among the government, there is dissent: do we try to kill all of the spiders, or do we gamble on Professor Guyer’s theory that we need to kill only the queens? For President Stephanie Pilgrim, it’s an easy answer. She’s gone as far as she can – more than two dozen American cities hit with tactical nukes, the country torn asunder – and the only answer is to believe in Professor Guyer. Unfortunately, Ben Broussard and the military men who follow him don’t agree, and Pilgrim, Guyer, and the loyal members of the government have to flee, leaving the question: what can be more dangerous, the spiders or ourselves?
Horror | PBK | $22.99
Nightchaser (Endeavor 01)
Wanted criminal Tess Bailey and her band of merry thieves are desperate and on the run. The most powerful ruler in the universe wants them dead, and while he hunts them, the stolen ship they escaped on is running out of steam. Their one offer of help comes from Shade Ganavan, a tall, dark and arrogant stranger with ambiguous motivations. At her side is gentle, blind Shiori, Fiona, an ex-rebel fighter with a rage so strong it could bring generals to their knees, and determined Jax and Miko, steering their ship through the depths of space. Together, their friendship gives them strength, but will their bond be strong enough to defeat an enemy, whose ruthlessness is legendary? As their luck runs out, Tess will have to choose an ending to her story – and whether to fight against or yield to a temptation so strong, it threatens to cleave the land of stars in two. The first in a new series.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
The Prisoner of Limnos (Penric & Desdemona 06) (novella)
Bujold, Lois McMaster
In this sequel novella to Mira’s Last Dance, Temple sorcerer Penric and the widow Nikys have reached safety in the duchy of Orbas when a secret letter from a friend brings frightening news: Nikys’ mother has been taken hostage by her brother’s enemies at the Cedonian imperial court, and confined in a precarious island sanctuary. Their own romance still unresolved, Nikys, Penric and, of course, Desdemona must infiltrate the hostile country, once more; finding along the way that family relationships can be as unexpectedly challenging as any rescue scheme.
Fantasy | HC | $49.95
Cambias, James L
Young Arkad is the only human on a distant world, on his own among beings from across the Galaxy. His struggle to survive on the lawless streets of an alien city is disrupted by the arrival of three humans: an eccentric historian named Jacob, a superhuman cyborg girl called Baichi, and a mysterious ex-spy known as Ree. They seek a priceless treasure which might free Earth from alien domination. Arkad risks everything to join them on an incredible quest halfway across the planet. With his help they cross the fantastic landscape, battling pirates, mercenaries, bizarre creatures, vicious bandits and the harsh environment. But the deadliest danger comes from treachery and betrayal within the group as dark secrets and hidden loyalties come to light.
SF adventure | HC | $49.95
Cold Iron (Masters & Mages 01)
Aranthur is a student. He showed a little magical talent, is studying at the local academy, and is nothing particularly special. Others are smarter. Others are more talented. Others are quicker to pick up techniques. But none of them are with him when he breaks his journey home for the holidays in an inn. None of them step in to help when a young woman is thrown off a passing stage coach into the deep snow at the side of the road. And none of them are drawn into a fight to protect her. One of the others might have realised she was manipulating him, all along… The first in a new series, now in paperback. ‘A stirring, gritty and, at times, quite brutal epic fantasy’ – Tor.com.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Here and Now and Then
Kin Stewart is an everyday, family man: working in IT, trying to keep the spark in his marriage, struggling to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. But his current life is a far cry from his previous career… as a time-travelling secret agent from 2142. Stranded in suburban San Francisco – since the 1990s – after a botched mission, Kin has kept his past hidden from everyone around him, despite the increasing blackouts and memory loss affecting his time-traveller’s brain. Until one afternoon, his ‘rescue’ team arrives – eighteen years too late. Their mission: return Kin to 2142, where he’s only been gone weeks, not years, and where another family is waiting for him. A family, he can’t remember. Torn between two lives, Kin is desperate for a way to stay connected to both. But when his best efforts threaten to destroy the agency and even history itself, his daughter’s very existence is at risk. It’ll take one final trip across time to save Miranda – even if it means breaking all the rules of time travel in the process.
Time travel | HC | $49.95
Alliance Rising (Alliance-Union – Hinder Stars 01)
Cherryh, C J & Fancher, Jane S
Alpha station receives news of an incoming ship with no identification. The denizens of Alpha wait anxiously for news about the outsiders, each with their own suspicions about the ship and its origins. Ross and Fallon, crew members of the Galway, believe the unidentified ship belongs to Pell and has come to investigate another massive ship docked at Alpha, The Rights of Man. Though Rights is under the command of the Earth Company, it is not quite perfected – and its true purpose is shrouded in mystery. James Robert Neihart, captain of Finity’s End – a huge faster-than-light ship flown by one of the Merchanter Families – has heard whispers of The Rights of Man and wonders at its design and purpose, especially as Sol struggles to rival the progress of the Farther Stars… The beginning of a new arc in the long-running series which began with Downbelow Station.
Science fiction | HC | $49.95
Emergence (Foreigner 19)
Cherryh, C J
In the decades Bren has served Tabini, he has become enmeshed in the atevi world, in a way no human ever has before. Bren is now an atevi lord, with his own estate on the mainland, his own household, and his own Assassin’s Guild bodyguards. He is a treasured resource to Tabini and has become close to Tabini’s young son and heir, Cajieri, the first atevi child ever to grow up in the presence of a human. Tabini, impatient with human politics, has ordered Bren to return to the island of his birth in his official capacity as an atevi lord, with his full atevi retinue. Bren is to inform the president of Mospheira that he is no longer his diplomat, that Mospheira must take in the refugees from Alpha, and that there is no other acceptable solution. And among the refugees are three children requiring special protection because Cajieri has made them his ‘associates’ – a bond of atevi loyalty that is unbreakable and lifelong. While Bren travels to Mospheira, Tabini sends Cajieri to the country to visit his uncle Tatiseigi – a political gesture to shore up an old man and give the boy a well-earned vacation, a cherished opportunity to escape the formality of the atevi court. Tatiseigi’s neighbours, however, are determined to end an old feud to their own satisfaction… and Cajieri’s presence is just the excuse they need. Now in paperback.
Science fiction | PBK | $21.95
The Gilded Wolves
Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To find the ancient artefact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother, in all but blood, who might care too much. Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artefact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive. The first in a new series.
YA fantasy | TP | $16.99
The Sands of Mars
Clarke, Arthur C
It is the twenty-first century. On Mars, a dedicated group of pioneers – among them some of Earth’s finest brains – struggle to change the face of the planet… Science fiction writer Martin Gibson finally gets a chance to visit the research colony on the Red Planet. It’s a dream come true – until he discovers the difficulties and perils of survival on another world… and the very real terror it holds. A classic tale of pulp SF, from one of the greatest writers of the genre.
Golden Age Masterworks | PBK | $22.99
Emmett Farmer is working in the fields, when a letter arrives – summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice – but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse. He will learn to hand-craft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible. In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, row upon row of books – and memories – are meticulously stored and recorded. Then, one day, Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of them has his name on it. Gorgeously written, we recommended this debut novel!
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
The Heirs of Babylon
It is 2193, and still the war continues. Two hundred years after nuclear and chemical weapons have nearly annihilated the global population, the last of mankind struggles on in isolated communities. Law and order is carried out by the Political Office, black-clad police who rule through fear and violence, commanding the world’s survivors how to think, how to act, and when to obey the call to the Gathering: the ritual massing for war against an unknown and unseen Enemy. Now, the call has come, and all nations must pay tribute. Kurt Ranke is a young man, eking out an existence in the ruins of former Germany with his pregnant wife. But when the Gathering is called, he boards the decrepit destroyer Jäger – a once-mighty warship now more than two centuries old. Antiquated, broken-down, and running on steam, it wallows through uncharted waters, carrying Ranke and a reluctant and ragtag group of soldiers… en route to the Final Meeting: a battle from which, it’s rumoured, none have ever returned… A reissue of Cook’s first novel.
Post-apocalypse (reissue) | TP | $29.95
A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery (Risen Kingdoms 02)
Isabelle des Zephyrs has always been underestimated throughout her life, but after discovering the well of hidden magic within her, unveiling a centuries-long conspiracy, and stopping a war between rival nations, she has gained a newfound respect amongst the cutthroat court. All that is quickly taken away, when Isabelle is unfairly convicted of breaking the treaty she helped write and has her political rank and status taken away… A sequel to the fantastic An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (TP, $31.95) which customers have loved.
Fantasy | HC | $52.95
Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful
Dayton, Arwen Elys
A novel in six interconnected parts about what it means to be human – and where those boundaries lie. Explore the possible consequences of advanced medical breakthroughs – set in our world, spanning the near to distant future – and how they may shape and reshape humanity. From organ donation to plastic surgery to full, bodily reconstruction, these stories take you by your (for now, organic) hand and lead you into a future, where the line between person and machine becomes increasingly blurred. Deeply thoughtful, poignant, horrifying, and action-packed, this novel strikes new ground while also seeming so strangely… likely. Just try to disconnect.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99
The Storm (Time of Heroes 02)
The universe has shattered into chaos and monsters. Jon, the Leader, is dedicating his life to reuniting the scattered hamlets into a Commonwealth where all humans can live protected against the darkness and the things that live in that darkness. But no man can reshape the universe by himself. Jon has Makers to build weapons and clerks to handle the business of government – but he also needs Champions to face the powers of chaos which will not listen to any argument but force. Lord Pal of Beune is one of those Champions. He has fought monsters and evil on behalf of Mankind, and he will fight them again. But, now, Guntram, the man who transformed Pal from an ignorant rube into a bulwark of the Commonwealth, has disappeared. Pal must locate his friend and mentor – and then he must battle an entity which may be at the core of the splintered universe! The sequel to The Spark (PBK, $21.95).
Space opera | HC | $49.95
The Shattered Sun (Bound Gods trilogy 03)
The world has been plunged into darkness… and only the scheming priest Joros might be able to bring back the sun. With his ragtag band of fighters – a laconic warrior, a pair of street urchins, a ruthless priestess, and an unhinged sorcerer – Joros seeks to defeat the ancient gods newly released from their long imprisonment. But the Twins have champions of their own, and powers beyond knowing… and the only sure thing is that they won’t go down, without a fight. The fate of the world hangs in the balance, as the Twins aim to enact revenge on the parents that imprisoned them, and the world that spurned them. The Long Night has begun, and the shadows hide many secrets – including that the Twins, themselves, may not be as powerful as they would have everyone think. Joros and his allies must strike now – before the Twins can consolidate their power… and before they are allowed to shape the world in their vision.
Fantasy | TP | $27.99
The Queen of Sorrow (Queens of Renthia 03)
Durst, Sarah Beth
Queen Daleina has yearned to bring peace and prosperity to her beloved forest home – a hope that seemed doomed, when neighbouring forces invaded Aratay. Now, with the powerful Queen Naelin ruling by her side, Daleina believes that her dream of ushering in a new era can be realised, even in a land plagued by malevolent nature spirits who thirst for the end of human life. And then Naelin’s children are kidnapped by spirits. Nothing is more important to her than her family, and Naelin would rather watch the world burn than see her children harmed. Blaming the defeated Queen Merecot of Semo for the kidnapping, Naelin is ready to start a war – and has the power to do it. But Merecot has grander plans than a bloody battle with her southern neighbours. Taking the children is merely one step, in a plot to change the future of all Renthia; either by ending the threat of spirits, once and for all… or plunging the world into chaos. The final volume in this trilogy follows The Queen of Blood (PBK, $16.99) and The Reluctant Queen (PBK, $19.95).
Fantasy | PBK | $21.95
King of Ashes (Firemane Saga 01)
Feist, Raymond E
The world of Garn once boasted five great kingdoms, until the King of Ithrace was defeated and every member of his family executed by Lodavico, the ruthless King of Sandura, a man with ambitions to rule the world. Ithrace’s ruling family were the legendary Firemanes, and represented a great danger to the other kings. Now, four great kingdoms remain, on the brink of war. But rumour has it that the newborn son of the last king of Ithrace survived, carried off during battle and sequestered by the Quelli Nacosti, a secret society whose members are trained to infiltrate and spy upon the rich and powerful, throughout Garn. Terrified that this may be true, and that the child will grow to maturity with bloody revenge in his heart, the four kings have placed a huge bounty on the child’s head. In the small village of Oncon, Declan is apprenticed to a master blacksmith, learning the secrets of producing the mythical king’s steel. Oncon is situated in the Covenant, a neutral region lying between two warring kingdoms. Since the Covenant was declared, the region has existed in peace, until violence explodes as slavers descend upon the village to capture young men to press as soldiers for Sandura. Declan must escape, to take his priceless knowledge to Baron Daylon Dumarch, ruler of Marquensas, perhaps, the only man who can defeat Lodavico of Sandura, who has now allied himself with the fanatical Church of the One, which is marching across the continent, imposing its extreme form of religion upon the population and burning unbelievers as they go. Meanwhile, on the island of Coaltachin, the secret domain of the Quelli Nacosti, three friends are being schooled in the deadly arts of espionage and assassination: Donte, son of one of the most powerful masters of the order; Hava, a serious girl with fighting abilities that can set any opponent on their back; and Hatu, a strange, conflicted lad, in whom fury and calm war constantly, whose hair is a bright and fiery shade of red… The first book in an entirely new series by Feist.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
Forstchen, William R
In 48 hours, the Earth will be hit by a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) from the Sun, a ‘Carrington Event’ that has the power to shut down and possibly destroy the world’s electrical infrastructure. To try and prevent permanent damage, everything goes dark prior to the hit: global communications are shut down; hospital emergency generators are disconnected; the entire internet, media broadcasting, and cell phone systems are turned off. Will the world’s population successfully defend itself in the wake of the CME, or will mass panic lead to the breakdown of society as we know it?
SF thriller | HC | $49.95
The Forgotten Book
Emma is used to things going her way. Her father is headmaster of her prestigious boarding school, her friends take her advice as gospel, and she’s convinced that a relationship with her long-time crush is on the horizon. As it turns out, Emma hasn’t seen anything, yet. When she finds an old book in an abandoned library, things really start going Emma’s way: anything she writes in the book comes true. But the power of the book is not without consequences, and Emma soon realises that she isn’t the only one who knows about it. Someone is determined to take it from her – and they’ll stop at nothing to succeed. A new boy in school – the arrogant, aloof, and irritatingly handsome Darcy de Winter – becomes Emma’s unlikely ally, as secrets are revealed and danger creeps ever closer.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
Imagine a drug that made your brain function to its full potential. A drug that allowed you pick up a foreign language in a single day. A drug that helped you process information so fast you could see patterns in the stock market. Just as his life is fading into mediocrity, Eddie Spinola comes across such a pill: MDT-48 – a sort of Viagra for the brain. But while its benefits materialise quickly, so do certain unwelcome side-effects. And when Eddie decides to track down other users, he soon discovers that they’re all dying, or already dead… Reissued to tie in with first publication of its sequel, Under the Night (TP, $29.99), this new edition of Alan Glynn’s famous debut is the basis for the hit, 2011 movie.
SF thriller | PBK | $19.99
The Girl in the Moon
Angela Constantine is a girl born broken. The daughter of a meth addict, Angela is convinced she was born a monster. Haunted by an abusive childhood, she was forced to become a woman far too soon. And in the process, she became more. Angela Constantine has a secret. Living in a secluded mountain cabin and juggling several jobs, Angela leads a double life – right under everyone’s noses. Because her family’s bloodline carries the ability to recognise killers, she adopts a solitary existence in service of her own violent mission in life. When she unexpectedly finds herself stalked, Angela is the only one who knows the truth of what they are about to do. She’s an unlikely hero. She’s also our only hope. Angela Constantine is… the Girl in the Moon.
Dark fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Siege of Stone (Nicci Chronicles 03)
The sorceress Nicci, the wizard Nathan Rahl, and the young swordsman Bannon are under siege. Having liberated the legendary city of Ildakar from the despotic reign of the wizard’s council, they now face the council’s final act of vengeance: an ancient spell has been revoked and half a million hostile warriors released from fifteen centuries of stone-bound stasis. Surrounded, trapped inside the city walls, the companions must stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the newly-freed citizenry to repel an ancient foe sworn to the destruction of their city. But Nicci, the one-time Sister of Darkness, knows that there more at stake than just Ildakar. If she can’t destroy the approaching army at the city gates, there is nothing to stop it sweeping into the Old World and laying waste to D’Hara, itself.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
Rule (Rule 01)
Three girls. Three deadly secrets. Only one can wear the crown. The king is dying, his heir has just been murdered, and rebellion brews in the east. But the kingdom of Kolonya and the outer Reaches has one last option before it descends into leaderless chaos. Or rather, three unexpected options. Zofi has spent her entire life trekking through the outer Reaches with her band of Travelers. She would do anything to protect the band, her family. But no one can ever find out how far she’s already gone. Akeylah was raised in the Eastern Reach, surrounded by whispers of rebellion and abused by her father. Desperate to escape, she makes a decision that threatens the whole kingdom. Ren grew up in Kolonya, serving as a lady’s maid and scheming her way out of the servants’ chambers. But one such plot could get her hung for treason, if anyone ever discovers what she’s done. When the king summons the girls, they arrive expecting arrest or even execution. Instead they learn the truth: they are his illegitimate daughters, and one must become his new heir. But someone in Kolonya knows their secrets, and that someone will stop at nothing to keep the sisters from their destiny… to rule. Magic, mystery, and blackmail abound in the first book of this sensational and striking fantasy duology.
YA fantasy | HC | $24.99
Death Shall Come (Ishmael Jones 04)
Ishmael and Penny go to Cardavan House, for the unveiling of an Egyptian mummy. When a body is found, Ishmael doesn’t believe the mummy’s curse is to blame. He sets out to find the human killer, but how can he explain the odd footsteps creeping along the corridors? Who is playing games with them, and why? Ishmael Jones is introduced in The Dark Side of the Road (TP, $29.95).
Paranormal mystery | TP | $29.95
The King (Return of Ravana 04)
For four young men and women trapped in its story-cycle, the Ramayana is not just a legend: it is their fate! In every life they have ever lived, Vikram, Amanjit, Rasita, and Deepika have been persecuted and killed by Ravindra – on his quest to reincarnate as Ravana, the Demon-King. Now, Ravindra has captured Rasita, and demonic beings are rallying to his cause. His triumph is looking certain. Vikram and Amanjit must rescue Rasita – but in every past life, Vikram has died at Ravindra’s hands. This time, failure is not an option. This time, if Ravindra wins, it will be for ever. Follows The Pyre, The Adversaries, and The Exile (PBK, $19.99 each).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
As they fight their way across a dying land, Shay and Cass will do anything to keep their daughter, Hope, alive. The family faces unimaginable dangers as they try to stay together, and stay alive, long enough to reach safety. But when the heart of a dragon starts to beat in Hope’s chest, they fear they’ll lose her to a battle they can’t possibly help her win… ‘Like a vintage China Miéville, but with all the violent narrative thriller crime of Ian Fleming at his edgiest.’ – Richard Morgan.
Post-apocalyptic fantasy | TP | $32.99
Big Damn Hero (Firefly series)
The Battle of Serenity Valley was the turning point that led the Independents to their defeat at the hands of the Alliance. Yet, the Browncoats had held the valley for weeks against all odds, before being ordered to lay down their arms. Command stated they refused to send in airpower because the ground war was ‘too hot’. But the soldiers who were there insist that was not true… While picking up a new cargo on Persephone, Captain Malcolm Reynolds is kidnapped by a bunch of embittered veteran Browncoats who suspect him of sabotaging the Independents during the war. As the rest of the crew struggle to locate him, Mal is placed on trial for his life, fighting compelling evidence that someone did indeed betray them to the Alliance, all those years ago. As old comrades and old rivals crawl out of the woodwork, Mal must prove his innocence, but his captors are desperate and destitute, and will settle for nothing less than the culprit’s blood. The first original novel tying into the critically acclaimed and much-missed Firefly series from creator Joss Whedon.
Western SF/media-related | HC | $37.99
Evermore (Everless 02)
Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: She is the Alchemist, and Caro – a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’ first love, Roan, in cold blood – is the Sorceress. The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules… who stole her heart, twelve lifetimes ago. Now, Jules must piece together the stories of her past lives to save the person, who has captured her heart in this one. A follow-up to Everless (PBK, $16.99).
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99
Empress of All Seasons
In a deadly tournament to become empress, any may enter but only one will survive, and one competitor doesn’t just plan to win, she’s going to steal the Emperor’s fortune… In each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms. Conquer Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, and you can marry the prince. All are eligible to compete – all except yokai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy. Mari has spent a lifetime training to become empress. Winning should be easy. And it would be, if she weren’t hiding a dangerous secret. Mari is a yokai with the ability to transform into a terrifying monster. If discovered, her life will be forfeit. As she struggles to keep her true identity hidden, Mari’s fate collides with that of Taro, the prince who has no desire to inherit the imperial throne, and Akira, a half-human, half-yokai outcast. Torn between duty and love, loyalty and betrayal, vengeance and forgiveness, the choices of Mari, Taro and Akira will decide the fate of Honoku.
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Serpent in the Heather (Dark Talents 02)
Summer, 1936. In England, an assassin is loose. Someone is killing young people who possess Talents. As terror overtakes Britain, Kim Tavistock, now officially employed by England’s Secret Intelligence Service, is sent on her first mission: to the remote Sulcliffe Castle in Wales, to use her cover as a journalist to infiltrate a spiritualist cult that may have ties to the murders. Meanwhile, Kim’s father, trained spy Julian Tavistock runs his own parallel investigation – and discovers the terrifying Nazi plot behind the serial killings. Cut off from civilisation, Sulcliffe Castle is perched on a forbidding headland above a circle of standing stones only visible at low tide. There, Kim shadows a ruthless baroness and her enigmatic son, playing her skills of deception and hearing the truths people most wish to hide… The sequel to At the Table of Wolves (PBK, $22.99).
Paranormal suspense | PBK | $22.99
The Lost Puzzler (Tarakan Chronicles 01)
Among the ruins of a civilisation beyond their understanding, humanity clings to survival. Guilds vie for control of ancient cities, bandits ride glowing highways, and cyborg adventurers hunt for lost technology. In the City of Towers, once the heart of the fallen Tarakan empire, a historian searches for clues to explain the disappearance of Rafik, a young boy with extraordinary abilities – a Puzzler. Marked with strange tattoos and gifted with a miraculous connection to Tarakan technology, Rafik could open doors inside the ruins, uncovering treasures and secrets. As Rafik’s story is retold, it becomes clear that one lost boy may be the key to reviving a broken world… or unleashing a new wave of devastation.
Dystopian fantasy | PBK | $19.99
The Earth is long dead, blasted apart, and the human survivors who settled on Venus live in huge citadels beneath the Venusian seas in an atrophying, class-ridden society ruled by the Immortals – genetic mutations who live a thousand years or more. Sam Reed was born an immortal, born to rule those with a normal life span, but his deranged father had him mutilated, as a baby, so that he wouldn’t know of his heritage. And Sam grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and the law, thinking of the Immortals as his enemies. Then he reached the age of eighty, understood what had happened to him and went looking for revenge – and changed his decaying world forever. A powerful, dark and compelling novel that explores the sensual, bloody and urgent nature of humankind’s striving.
Golden Age Masterworks | PBK | $22.99
The Long Sunset (Academy 08)
Hutch has been the Academy’s best pilot for decades. She’s had numerous first-contact encounters and even became a minor celebrity. But world politics have shifted from exploration to a growing fear that the program will run into an extra-terrestrial race more advanced than humanity and war. Despite taking part in the recent scientific breakthrough that rejuvenates the human body and expands one’s lifespan, Hutch finds herself as a famous interstellar pilot with little to do – until a message, from an alien race, arrives.
SF adventure | PBK | $21.95
The Iron Codex (Dark Arts 02)
1954: In Southeast Asia, Cade Martin, hero of the Midnight Front during World War II, chases ghosts and flees his past. In the United States, Briet Segfrunsdóttir heads the Pentagon’s top-secret magickal warfare program. And, in South America, Anja Kernova hunts fugitive Nazi sorcerers with the help of a powerful magickal tome known as the Iron Codex. In an ever – more dangerous world, a chance encounter sparks an international race to find Anja and steal the Iron Codex. Anja is hunted by friend and foe alike as they approach a showdown on Bikini Atoll in March 1954: the Castle Bravo nuclear test, where science and black magic are destined to collide.
Paranormal/alternate history | TP | $24.99
In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children 04) (novella)
This prequel tells the story of Lundy, a very serious young girl who would rather study and dream than become a respectable housewife and live up to the expectations of the world around her. As well she should. When she finds a doorway to a world founded on logic and reason, riddles and lies, she thinks she’s found her paradise… This 208pp Tor.com novella is the fourth volume in this hugely-popular series; after Every Heart a Doorway (HC, $27.99), Down Among the Sticks and Bones (HC, $26.99) and Beneath the Sugar Sky (HC, $29.99).
Fantasy | HC | $24.99
Moore, C L
Comus, the communications network/police force, has spread its web of power – all across an America, paralysed by the after-effects of limited nuclear war. But in California, resistance is building against the dictatorship of Comus and Andrew Raleigh, president for life. For, now, Raleigh is dying and the powers of Comus are fading. It’s the perfect time for the Californian revolutionaries to activate the secret weapon that alone can destroy America’s totalitarian system and re-establish democracy. Yet, Comus too has powers at its disposal, chief among them Howard Rohan. A washed-up actor, until Comus offers him a second chance, Rohan will head a troupe of players touring in the heart of rebel territory. Howard Rohan, double agent, caught between the orders of Comus and rebels demands. Which side will he choose? Who will he play false – himself, or the entire country?
Golden Age Masterworks | PBK | $22.99
Before Mars (Planetfall 03)
After months of travel, Anna Kubrin finally arrives on Mars for her new job as a geologist and de facto artist-in-residence. Already, she feels like she is losing the connection with her husband and baby at home on Earth – and she’ll be on Mars for over a year. Throwing herself into her work, she tries her best to fit in with the team. But in her new room on the base, Anna finds a mysterious note written in her own handwriting, warning her not to trust the colony psychologist. A note she can’t remember writing. She unpacks her wedding ring, only to find it has been replaced, by a fake. Finding a footprint in a place the colony AI claims has never been visited by humans, Anna begins to suspect that her assignment isn’t as simple as she was led to believe. Is she caught up in an elaborate corporate conspiracy, or is she actually losing her mind? Regardless of what horrors she might discover, or what they might do to her sanity, Anna has find the truth, before her own mind destroys her. ‘Cathartic and transcendent’ – New York Times. A sequel to Planetfall and After Atlas (PBK, $22.99 each).
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99
Goldenhand (Old Kingdom Chronicles 05)
Lirael is no longer a shy Second Assistant Librarian – she’s now the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, with a new hand, one of gilded steel and Charter Magic. When she discovers Nicholas Sayre lying unconscious, she uses her powers to save him. But the attack has left Nicholas tainted with Free Magic, so together they embark on a dangerous journey to seek help at Lirael’s childhood home, the Clayr’s Glacier. A young woman from the distant North is travelling to meet them bearing a message from Lirael’s long-dead mother, Arielle. It is a warning about the Witch with No Face. But who is the Witch, and what is she planning? Lirael must save the Old Kingdom from this great danger – and it must be forestalled not only in the living world, but also in the cold, remorseless river of Death. The Old Kingdom Chronicles begin with the Australian YA classic Sabriel (PBK, $14.99).
YA fantasy | PBK | $14.99
Who Fears Death
In a post-apocalyptic Africa, the world has changed in many ways; yet in one region genocide between tribes still bloodies the land. A woman – who has survived the annihilation of her village, and a terrible rape by an enemy general – wanders into the desert, hoping to die. Instead, she gives birth to an angry baby girl with hair and skin the colour of sand. Gripped by the certainty that her daughter is different – special – she names her Onyesonwu, which means ‘Who fears death?’ in an ancient language. It doesn’t take long for Onye to understand that she is physically and socially marked by the circumstances of her conception. She is Ewu – a child of rape… who is expected to live a life of violence, a half-breed rejected by her community. But Onye is not the average Ewu. Even as a child, she manifests the beginnings of a remarkable and unique magic. As she grows, so do her abilities, and during an inadvertent visit to the spirit realm, she learns something terrifying: someone powerful is trying to kill her. Desperate to elude her would-be murderer and to understand her own nature, she embarks on a journey in which she grapples with nature, tradition, history, true love, and the spiritual mysteries of her culture, and ultimately learns why she was given the name she bears: Who Fears Death. A World Fantasy Award-winning novel of a remarkable woman in post-apocalyptic Africa; now optioned as a TV series for HBO, with George R R Martin executive producing. A reissue of a brilliant novel – recommended!
Post-apocalyptic | PBK | $19.99
North (Divided America 02)
If a virus doesn’t kill you, the South will… The USA has been ravaged by Civil War. It’s been thirty years since the first windborne viruses ended the war between North and South. While the South has been devastated by disease – the North has emerged victorious… but terrified of reprisals. Both territories remain at the mercy of the vicious Northern dictator, Renard. Two survivors, Dyce and Vida, journeyed deep into the Southern terrains, in search of a Cure for Renard’s chemical warfare. Now, they find themselves scouring the Northern territories on a new and far deadlier pursuit; to eliminate Renard himself. Could Dyce and Vida unite a fractured America – and at what cost? This is the story of Dyce and Vida. This is the story of the Resistance and its last, desperate, stand. This is the story of North. The second part of the Divided America duology.
Post-apocalyptic | TP | $29.99
South (Divided America 01)
A United States of America ravaged by Civil War. It’s been thirty years, since the first windborne viruses ended the war between North and South – and still they keep coming. Every wind brings a new and terrifying way to die. The few survivors live in constant fear, hiding from the wind – and from each other. In this harsh Southern expanse, brothers Garrett and Dyce Jackson are on the run from brutal law enforcers. They meet Vida, a lone traveller on a secret quest. Together, they will journey into the dark heart of a country riven by warfare and disease. The first part of the Divided America duology.
Post-apocalyptic | PBK | $19.99
Shadow Captain (Revenger 02)
Two sisters ran away from home to join the crew of a spaceship. They took on pirates, faced down monsters and survived massacres… and, now, they’re in charge. Captaining a fearsome ship of their own, adventures are theirs for the taking – and there’s hoards to loot and treasures to find in the darkest reaches of space. But the rules are also more relaxed out on the fringes, as they’re about to discover… The sequel to Revenger (PBK, $22.99).
Science fiction | TP | $32.99
Mathematicians in Love
Berkeley grad students Bela Kis and Paul Bridge have discovered the mathematical underpinnings of ultimate reality. But then they begin fighting over the same woman: the beguiling video-blogger, Alma Ziff. First, Bela gets Alma’s interest by starting the wildest rock band ever. Then Paul undertakes the ultimate computer hack: altering reality to make Alma his. But the change brings more than he bargained for: Alma is swept away into a higher world of mathematician cockroaches and cone shells – bent upon using our world to run experiments in mysterious meta-mathematics. It’s up to Bela to bring Alma back, repair reality, stop the aliens, and find true love in this wild and funny tale that romps across space, time, and logic.
Cyberpunk (reissue) | TP | $29.95
Turing and Burroughs
What if Alan Turing, founder of the modern computer age, faked his suicide to escape assassination by the secret service? What if he then became the lover of Beat author William Burroughs? And what if they then mutated into giant shapeshifting slugs, fled the FBI agents tracking them, raised Burroughs’ wife – killed in a tragic drunken mishap – from the dead, and, finally, tweaked the H-bombs of Los Alamos… to use them for a very different purpose?
SF caper (reissue) | TP | $29.95
Cast in Oblivion (Chronicles of Elantra 14)
Kaylin wasn’t sent to the West March to start a war. Her mission to bring back nine Barrani might do just that, though. She travelled with a Dragon, and her presence is perceived as an act of aggression in the extremely hostile world of Barrani-Dragon politics. Internal Barrani politics are no less deadly, and Kaylin has managed – barely – to help the rescued Barrani evade both death and captivity, at the hands of the Consort. Before the unplanned ‘visit’ to the West March, Kaylin invited the Consort to dinner. For obvious reasons, Kaylin wants to cancel dinner – forever. But the Consort is going to show up at the front door at the agreed-upon time. The fact that she tried to imprison Kaylin’s guests doesn’t matter, at all… to her. A private Barrani Hell, built of Shadow and malice, exists beneath the High Halls. It is the High Court’s duty to jail the creature at its heart – even if it means that Barrani victims are locked in the cage with it. The Consort is willing to do almost anything to free the trapped and end their eternal torment. And she needs the help of Kaylin’s houseguests – and Kaylin, herself. Failure won’t be death – it will be Hell. And that’s where Kaylin is going.
Fantasy | TP | $33.95
Secret History (Mistborn series) (novella)
This companion novella builds upon the characterisation, events, and world-building of the original trilogy. Reading it, without that background, will be a confusing process at best. In short, this isn’t the place to start your journey into the Mistborn series (though, if you have read the trilogy – but it has been a while – you should be just fine, so long as you remember the characters and the general plot of the books). Saying anything more, here, risks revealing too much. Even knowledge of this story’s existence is, in a way, a spoiler. There’s always another secret.
Fantasy | HC | $26.99
One Clear Ice-Cold January Morning at the Beginning of the 21st Century
One clear, ice-cold January morning shortly after dawn, a wolf crosses the border between Poland and Germany. His trail leads all the way to Berlin, connecting the lives of disparate individuals whose paths intersect and diverge. Experiences and encounters flicker past with a raw, visual power, like frames in a black and white film. Those who catch sight of the wolf see their own lives reflected; and find themselves searching for a different path, in a cold time. The first novel of Germany’s most celebrated contemporary playwright.
Magical realism | PBK | $22.99
Once Upon a River
On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames, the regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open and in steps an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a child. Hours later, the dead girl stirs, takes and breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? And who does the little girl belong to?
Dark fantasy | TP | $32.99
Ocean Light (Psy-Changeling Trinity 02)
Security specialist Bowen Knight has come back from the dead. But there’s a ticking time bomb in his head: a chip implanted to block telepathic interference that could fail at any moment – taking his brain along with it. With no time to waste, he should be back on land helping the Human Alliance. Instead, he’s at the bottom of the ocean, consumed with an enigmatic changeling… Kaia Luna may have traded in science for being a chef, but she won’t hide the facts of Bo’s condition from him or herself. She’s suffered too much loss in her life to fall prey to the dangerous charm of a human who is a dead man walking. And she carries a devastating secret that Bo could never imagine… But when Kaia is taken by those who mean her deadly harm, all bets are off. Bo will do anything to get her back – even if it means striking a devil’s bargain, and giving up his mind to the enemy. The next in the series after Silver Silence (PBK, $19.99).
Paranormal | PBK | $19.99
Galactic Patrol (Lensman 01)
Smith, E E ‘Doc’
The space-pirates of Boskone raided at will, menacing the whole structure of interstellar civilisation. Master-minded by a super-scientist, their conquering fleets outgunned even the mighty space cruisers of the Galactic Patrol. When Lensman Kim Kinnison of the Patrol discovered the secret Boskonian base, it was invulnerable to outside attack. But where a battle-fleet would meet insuperable resistance, a single infiltrator might penetrate the Boskonian defences – if he had the guts to take on million-to-one odds. Kinnison had guts enough to take on the odds – even with the future of the civilised Universe riding on his shoulders… One of the all-time classics of adventurous, galaxy-spanning science fiction, in print for the first time in years.
Golden Age Masterworks | PBK | $22.99
War Criminals (Bastard Legion 03)
Smith, Gavin G
A hundred headless corpses are hard to explain, even for the Bastard Legion, and soon they are on the run, abandoned by their allies, and hunted by their most dangerous foe, yet… but Miska’s going to play them at her own game. Follows The Bastard Legion and Friendly Fire (PBK, $22.99 each).
Military SF | PBK | $22.99
Hunted (Voices 02)
Todd, G X
The birds are flying. The birds are flocking. The birds sense the red skies are coming. One man is driven by an inner voice that isn’t his – this Other is chewing at his sanity like a jackal with a bone and has one purpose. To find the voice hiding in the girl. She has no one to defend her now. But in an inn by the sea, a boy with no tongue and no voice gathers his warriors. Albus must find the girl, Lacey… before the Other does. And finish the work his sister Ruby began. A sequel to Defender (PBK, $22.99).
Post-apocalypse | PBK | $22.99
In post-NK3 Los Angeles, a sixty-foot-tall fence surrounds the hills where the rich used to live, but the mansions have been taken over by those with the only power that matters: the power of memory.
Post-apocalyptic | PBK | $19.99
Welcome to Dystopia: 45 Visions of What Lies Ahead (anthology)
van Gelder, Gordon (editor)
Fighting in the streets, corruption at the highest levels, thuggish police, a daily threat of nuclear war: few of us thought we’d find ourselves here, so far into the 21st century. What’s next? Are we really going to be ‘great again’, however that’s meant? In this diverse and vigorous mix of original stories by newcomers and luminaries, writers offer their takes on what life might hold for us in the next few years. The resulting visions of oppression, and daily struggle are sometimes humorous, sometimes terrifying, but always thought-provoking. Includes stories by K G Anderson, Richard Bowes, Elizabeth Bourne, Scott Bradfield, J S Breukelaar, Jennifer Marie Brissett, Becca Caccavo, Don D’Ammassa, Stephanie Feldman, Eric James Fullilove, Ron Goulart, Eileen Gunn, Leslie Howle, Matthew Hughes, Janis Ian, Michael Kandel, Thomas Kaufsek, Paul La Farge, Yoon Ha Lee, Michael Libling, Heather Lindsley, Lisa Mason, Barry N Malzberg, David Marusek, Mary Anne Mohanraj, James Morrow, Ruth Nestvold, Deji Bryce Olukotun, Marguerite Reed, Robert Reed, Madeleine E Robins, Jay Russell, Geoff Ryman, James Sallis, J M Sidorova, Brian Francis Slattery, Harry Turtledove, Deepak Unnikrishnan, T S Vale, Leo Vladimirsky, Ray Vukcevich, Ted White, Paul Witcover, N Lee Wood, and Jane Yolen.
Dystopian SF anthology | TP | $37.95
Through Fiery Trials (Safehold 10)
Those on the side of progressing humanity through advanced technology have finally triumphed over their oppressors. The unholy war between the small but mighty island realm of Charis and the radical, luddite Church of God’s Awaiting has finally come to an end. However, even though a provisional veil of peace has fallen over human colonies, many secrets of Safehold’s past still remain unearthed. With new alliances forged and old regimes fractured, Merlin – the cybernetic avatar of Earth’s last survivor and immortal beacon to humanity – and the colonies of Safehold have many adventures ahead… The Safehold series begins with Off Armageddon Reef (PBK, $22.95).
Military SF | HC | $55.00
Night Angel Trilogy (10th anniversary edition)
For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art. And he is the city’s most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he’s grown up in the slums, and learned the hard way to judge people quickly – and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins’ world of dangerous politics and strange magics – and cultivate a flair for death. A hardcover edition of Brent Weeks’ bestselling trilogy, collecting the novels: The Way of Shadows, Shadow’s Edge, and Beyond the Shadows; featuring a striking all-black design (including page edges).
Fantasy | HC | $65.00
All Systems Red (Murderbot Diaries 01) (novella)
In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety. On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid – a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though, never out loud) as ‘Murderbot’… This 160pp Tor.com novella is the winner of the 2018 Hugo, Nebula, Alex, and Locus Awards; and is now in a hardcover edition to match its sequels: Artificial Condition (HC, $23.99), Rogue Protocol (HC, $24.99), Exit Strategy (HC, $24.99), which are all available now. Ron’s newest favourite!
Science fiction | HC | $24.99
Uglies (Uglies 01)
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. In just a few weeks she’ll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunningly-attractive pretty. And as a pretty, she’ll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise, where her only job is to have fun. But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world – and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally’s choice will change her world forever. The first instalment of Scott Westerfeld’s New York Times bestselling and award-winning Uglies series, reissued.
YA dystopia (reissue) | PBK | $14.99
The Girl King
Sisters Lu and Min have always known their places as princesses of the empire. Lu is destined to become the first female emperor, while Min is resigned to a life in her shadow. When their father declares their male cousin heir, instead, his betrayal throws both their lives into chaos. Determined to reclaim her birthright, Lu must flee the court in search of an ally. Her quest leads her to Nokhai, the last surviving wolf shapeshifter. After years in hiding, Nok is forced into an uneasy alliance with the girl whose family killed everyone he ever loved. Now they need an army to take back the throne. Left alone in the volatile court, Min’s hidden power awakens. It’s a forbidden, deadly magic that could secure Set’s reign… or allow Min to claim the throne, herself. But there can only be one emperor, and the sisters’ greatest enemy could turn out to be each other…
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99