Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: January 2020

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in January 2020.

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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 2020 includes new books by: Lois McMaster Bujold, C J Cherryh, Bridget Collins, Kevin Hearne & Delilah S Dawson, Marc-Uwe Kling, Mark Lawrence, Seanan McGuire, Alastair Reynolds, Christopher Ruocchio… and many others.

SF&F new releases, January 2020

The Heap
Adams, Sean
Standing nearly five hundred stories tall, Los Verticalés once bustled with life and excitement. Now, this marvel of modern architecture and non-traditional urban planning has collapsed into a pile of rubble known as the Heap. In exchange for digging gear, a rehabilitated bicycle, and a small living stipend, a vast community of Dig Hands removes debris, trash, and bodies from the building’s mountainous remains, which span twenty acres of unincorporated desert land. Orville Anders burrows into the bowels of the Heap, to find his brother Bernard – the beloved radio DJ of Los Verticalés; who is alive and miraculously broadcasting, somewhere under the massive rubble. For months, Orville has lived in a sea of campers that surrounds the Heap, working tirelessly to free Bernard – the only known survivor of the imploded city – whom he speaks to every evening, calling into his radio show. The brothers’ conversations are a ratings bonanza, and the station’s parent company, Sundial Media, wants to boost its profits, by having Orville slyly drop brand names into his nightly talks with Bernard. When Orville refuses, his access to Bernard is suddenly cut off; but strangely, he continues to hear his own voice over the airwaves, casually shilling products, as ‘he’ converses with Bernard. What follows is an imaginative and darkly-hilarious story of conspiracy, revenge, and the strange life and death of Los Verticalés that both captures the wonderful weirdness of community and the bonds that tie us together.
Absurdist dystopia | HC | $45.00

Little Bones
Baillie, David
Hamilton, Ontario, 1953. A nine-year-old boy meets with a horrific death at the hands of a sociopath; his little body is then hidden away in a soon-to-be-sealed tenement coal chute where it lies for two decades. The remains, discovered by contractors rerouting a pipe in 1974, make for sensational news; the fact that ten small bones are missing causes further speculation. But interest in the cold case fades quickly – except in the imagination of a tragically lonely boy named Scott Campbell, a resident of that sad building who suffers (equally) from undiagnosed Selective Mutism and the terrible neglect of his mentally ill mother. In the building’s furnace room, Scotty meets his one and only friend: a child’s playful, coal-black shadow that follows him through a litany of foster homes and into adulthood. Now, in 1987, thirteen years after the discovery of those remains, Scotty is an enigmatic street artist who makes strange sculptures out of found objects, which he leaves in the forgotten and overlooked corners of the city. Scotty’s social worker, Simon, despairs over Scotty’s plight: the mute will soon be completely on his own, for he aged out of government-sponsored aid, almost two years ago; and is now living on the remnants of a miracle extension arranged by Simon’s boss. Simon also has his own dilemma: as a Mohawk with invested interest in the Six Nations of the Grand River, he feels like he is betraying his own community by working for the government-funded Children’s Aid Society in Hamilton. Caught between pressure at home, and the impending end of Scotty’s meagre support, Simon is losing faith in both the System and himself.
Horror | TP | $37.95

Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson 11)
Briggs, Patricia
My name is Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman, and I am a car mechanic. And a coyote shapeshifter. And the mate of the Alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolf pack. Even so, none of that would have gotten me into trouble if, a few months ago, I hadn’t stood upon a bridge and taken responsibility for the safety of the citizens who lived in our territory. It seemed like the thing to do, at the time. It should have only involved hunting down killer goblins, zombie goats, and an occasional troll. Instead, our home was viewed as neutral ground, a place where humans would feel safe to come and treat with the fae. The reality is that nothing and no one is safe. As generals and politicians face off with the Gray Lords of the fae, a storm is coming and her name is Death. But we are pack, and we have given our word. We will die to keep it. The popular Mercy Thompson series begins with Moon Called (PBK, $19.99).
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99

The Stiehl Assassin (Fall of Shannara 03)
Brooks, Terry
The Skaar have arrived in the Four Lands, determined to stop at nothing less than all-out conquest. They badly need a new home, but peaceful coexistence is not a concept they have ever understood. An advance force under the command of the mercurial princess Ajin has already established a foothold; but, now, the full Skaar army is on the march – and woe betide any who stand in its way. But, perhaps, the Skaar victory is not quite the foregone conclusion everyone assumes…
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Shockwave Rider
Brunner, John
In a world drowning in data and information and choking on novelty and innovation, Nickie Haflinger – a most dangerous fugitive, who doesn’t even appear to exist – provides a window onto a global society falling apart in all directions, with madness run amok and personal freedom surrendered to computers and bureaucrats. Caught and about to be reprogrammed, can he escape once again, defy the government and turn the tide of organisational destruction? An electrifying novel about identity in the digital age from a Hugo and BSFA Award-winning author.
SF Masterworks | PBK | $22.99

Penric’s Progress (Penric & Desdemona 01–3) (omnibus)
Bujold, Lois McMaster
Set in Bujold’s World of Five Gods, footloose nobleman Penric journeys from young lord to sorcerer and scholar in the Bastard’s Order – and solves mysteries along the way. An omnibus edition collecting the first three Penric and Desdemona novellas – Penric’s Demon, Penric and the Shaman, and Penric’s Fox – which have, previously, only been available as eBooks, or pricey Subterranean Press editions. Recommended.
Fantasy | HC | $55.00

Arkad’s World
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.
Space opera | PBK | $22.95

Bright Steel (Masters & Mages 03)
Cameron, Miles
Aranthur and his friends have come together across different continents and realms with one purpose: to strike back against the forces which have torn a hole in the heavens and threaten to tear the world beneath them apart as well. With time running short, and treason at home, there are battles to be fought on the field, in the magical arena, and in the ever-deadly realm of politics, and they cannot fail anywhere or everything will fall. Victory will require enemies to trust one another, old foes to fight together, spies to reveal the truth and steadfast allies to betray long-corrupt rulers. Is Aranthur, a twenty-year-old student, really the master strategist to bring it all together? And can he and his friends build enough trust to overcome aeons of lies, when their plans inevitably fall to pieces? Do they even know, for sure, who the enemy is…? Follows Cold Iron and Dark Forge (PBK, $22.99 each).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

A Beginning At the End
Chen, Mike
Six years after a global pandemic wiped out most of the planet’s population, the survivors are rebuilding the country, split between self-governing cities, hippie communes and wasteland gangs. In post-apocalyptic San Francisco, former pop star Moira has created a new identity to finally escape her past – until her domineering father launches a sweeping public search to track her down. Desperate for a fresh start herself, jaded event planner Krista navigates the world on behalf of those too traumatised to go outside, determined to help everyone move on – even if they don’t want to. Rob survived the catastrophe with his daughter, Sunny, but lost his wife. When strict government rules threaten to separate parent and child, Rob needs to prove himself worthy in the city’s eyes by connecting with people again. Krista, Moira, Rob and Sunny are brought together by circumstance, and their lives begin to twine together. But when reports of another outbreak throw the fragile society into panic, the friends are forced to finally face everything that came before – and everything they still stand to lose. Because, sometimes, having one person is enough to keep the world going.
Post-apocalyptic | HC | $52.95

Resurgence (Foreigner 20)
Cherryh, C J
Bren Cameron, diplomat in residence, usually represents the ruler of the atevi state. But Ilisidi, the dowager, has been known to borrow his services from time to time – and she has her own notions how to solve the simmering hostilities in the south of the atevi continent, playing one problem against another. This time, she is betting the hard-won northern peace – and the lives of the people – on being right. She has commandeered the Red Train, taken aboard what passengers she chooses, and headed for the snowy roof of the world, where a hard-scrabble town and its minor lord are the first pieces she intends to use.
Science fiction | HC | $52.95

Frozen Orbit
Chiles, Patrick
When a tiny space probe hurtled past Pluto in 2015, no one could know that its most amazing discovery would remain hidden, for years. Only when a long-lost Soyuz is destroyed in the skies above Siberia does the truth begin to emerge. About to embark on NASA’s first expedition to the outer planets, the crew of the spacecraft Magellan learns someone else has beaten them by a few decades: a top-secret Soviet project, codenamed Arkangel. It was a mission that began before most of them were even born, and the Kremlin believes it drove their most trusted crew mad. During their long race to the Kuiper Belt, astronauts Jack Templeton and Traci Keene unwind a decades-old mystery buried in the pages of a dead cosmonaut’s journal. Challenging their own beliefs about the nature of humanity, they will soon confront the question of existence, itself…
SF adventure | TP | $33.95

The Binding
Collins, Bridget
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 handcraft 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. We recommended this gorgeously-written debut novel – now in paperback!
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Over Sea, Under Stone (Dark is Rising 01)
Cooper, Susan
On holiday in Cornwall, Simon, Jane, and Barney Drew discover an ancient map in the attic of the Grey House, where they are staying with their mysterious Great-Uncle Merry. They know immediately that it is special. But it is much more than just a map. It is the start of a quest to find a grail, a source of great power that could contain – or resurrect – the powerful, age-old forces of evil in the world. And the Drews are not the only ones searching for it. Reissues of Cooper’s popular fantasy adventure stories. Whether these were a delight to you in your younger years, or you’re introducing a new generation to them; they are highly recommended!
Children’s fantasy | PBK | $14.99

The Dark is Rising (Dark is Rising 02)
Cooper, Susan
It’s Christmastime in the Stanton family house: presents, carol singing, good cheer. But for eleven-year-old Will Stanton something sinister has begun, inching ’round his subconscious, shouting silent warnings he can’t decipher. Then, on Midwinter Day, Will wakes up to a different world – silent, covered in snow and ancient forest, a world of another time. A world where evil lurks. Because Will is not the ordinary boy he always thought he was. He is the last of the Old Ones, and the power to vanquish the evil magic of the Dark lies within him. Reissues of Cooper’s popular fantasy adventure stories. Whether these were a delight to you in your younger years, or you’re introducing a new generation to them; they are highly recommended!
Children’s fantasy | PBK | $14.99

Greenwitch (Dark is Rising 03)
Cooper, Susan
In their desperate quest to find the grail, stolen by the forces of the Dark, the Drew children have returned to Trewissick. One night, in a strange ceremony, Jane watches the village women construct the Greenwitch: an ancient offering to the sea. Overcome by the Greenwitch’s power, Jane makes a perilous wish – one that will tip the balance in the ongoing struggle between good and evil. Reissues of Cooper’s popular fantasy adventure stories. Whether these were a delight to you in your younger years, or you’re introducing a new generation to them; they are highly recommended!
Children’s fantasy | PBK | $14.99

The Grey King (Dark is Rising 04)
Cooper, Susan
Following a serious illness, Will is sent to stay with his uncle in the wild, bleak mountains of Tywyd. He is troubled by vague memories, until he meets the mysterious Bran – and, suddenly, Will knows the task that lies ahead. With Bran’s help, Will set outs to find the golden harp and awaken the six sleepers… who must join the final battle between the Dark and the Light. But Will is about to encounter his most terrifying opponent, yet: the Grey King. Reissues of Cooper’s popular fantasy adventure stories. Whether these were a delight to you in your younger years, or you’re introducing a new generation to them; they are highly recommended!
Children’s fantasy | PBK | $14.99

Silver on the Tree (Dark is Rising 05)
Cooper, Susan
The Six servants of the Light – the Drew children, Will, Bran, and the mysterious Merriman – have reached their last, desperate fight against the forces of the Dark. They face one final, daunting task: to find the crystal sword. Their search will lead them from their own world to the haunting, magical Lost Land between sea and shore – and they will each stare death in the face, before the battle’s final moments. Reissues of Cooper’s popular fantasy adventure stories. Whether these were a delight to you in your younger years, or you’re introducing a new generation to them; they are highly recommended!
Children’s fantasy | PBK | $14.99

A Throne of Swans
Corr, Katharine & Elizabeth
In a world where the flightless are ruled by those who can fly… When her father dies just before her birthday, seventeen-year-old Aderyn inherits the role of Protector of Atratys, a dominion in a kingdom where nobles are able to transform at will into the bird that represents their family bloodline. Aderyn’s ancestral bird is a swan. But she has not transformed for years, not since witnessing the death of her mother – ripped apart by hawks that have supposedly been extinct, since the long-ago War of the Raptors. With the benevolent shelter of her mother and her father now lost, Aderyn is at the mercy of her brutal uncle, the King, and his royal court. Driven by revenge and love, she must venture into the malevolent heart of the Citadel in order to seek the truth about the attack that so nearly destroyed her, to fight for the only home she has ever known, and for the land she has vowed to protect. The first of a duology, retelling The Swan Princess.
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Black Triumph (Dark Victory 03)
Dubois, Brendan
Sixteen-year-old Randy Knox, a newly-minted lieutenant in the US Army, has been fighting the alien Creepers since he was twelve. At one point, it seemed the war would be over when the aliens’ orbital battle station had been destroyed. But, now, a second Creeper orbital battle station has arrived. While returning to his home unit, Randy’s convoy is ambushed. Separated from his fellow soldiers and his K-9 companion, Thor, Randy faces the ultimate horror of every American serviceman of his time: to become a prisoner of war of the aliens.
Military SF | PBK | $22.95

The Fugitive And the Vanishing Man (Map of Unknown Things 03)
Duncan, Rod
Elizabeth Barnabus is a mutineer and a murderer. So, they say. The noose awaits in Liverpool as punishment for her crimes. But they’ll have to catch her, first. Disguised as a labourer, Elizabeth flees west across America, following a rumour of her long-lost family. Crossing the border into the wilds of the Oregon Territory, she discovers a mustering army, a king who believes he is destined to conquer the world, and a weapon so powerful that it could bring the age of reason crashing down. In a land where politics and prophecy are one and the same, the fate of the Gas-Lit Empire may come to rest on the perfect execution of a conjuring trick…
Gaslamp fantasy | PBK | $21.99

Stars Beyond (Stars Uncharted 02)
Dunstall, S K
An engineer, with a fondness for weapons. A captain, with no memory. An obsessive gene modder, who loves to tinker. Meet the crew of Another Road. Josune, Roystan, and Nika have escaped the company thugs trying to kill them. They’ve gotten a new spaceship, to replace The Road (after it was blown up, underneath them). And their new ship is armed to the teeth with dangerous weapons, courtesy of Josune. All that’s left to do – before they head out to find the legendary lode of transurides – is to restore Roystan’s memory. To do that, they need to collect the genemod machine Nika has ordered. But first, they have to shake off the Justice Department agents and the companies tracking them. It should be easy. They’ve done it before. What could possibly go wrong? The sequel to the popular Stars Uncharted (TP, $26.99).
Space opera | TP | $27.99

The Throne of the Five Winds (Hostage of Empire 01)
Emmett, S C
Two queens, two concubines, six princes. Innumerable secret agendas. A single hidden blade… The imperial palace – full of ambitious royals, sly gossip, and unforeseen perils – is perhaps the most dangerous place in the Empire of Zhaon. Komor Yala, lady-in-waiting to the princess of the vanquished kingdom of Khir, has only her wits and her hidden blade to protect herself and her charge, who was sacrificed in marriage to the enemy as a hostage for her conquered people’s good behaviour, to secure a tenuous peace. But the Emperor is aging, and the Khir princess and her lady-in-waiting soon find themselves pawns in the six princes’ deadly schemes for the throne – and a single spark could ignite fresh rebellion in Khir. Then, the Emperor falls ill – and a far bloodier game begins… The first in a new series by Lilith Saintcrow, writing as S C Emmett.
Fantasy | TP | $22.99

All the Plagues of Hell (Heirs of Alexandria 06)
Flint, Eric & Freer, Dave
Orkise is loose. The snake-god of plague has been awakened by Lucia del Maino. With the venomous magic of Orkise at her command, Lucia plots to marry and then murder the usurper who now rules Milan, the condottiere Carlo Sforza – known to friend and foe alike as the Wolf of the North. On his side, Sforza has only the skill and cunning of his physician, Francisco Turner. But will that be enough to save the Wolf of the North? For out there in the countryside of northern Italy, in a Renaissance transformed by arcane magical knowledge, Orkise is uncoiling all the plagues of hell.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.95

Witch’s Oath (Children of D’Hara 04) (novella)
Goodkind, Terry
Richard knew that there would be no help coming. It was all up to him to stop the threat, or Kahlan would die. They all would die. Nine companions – Richard, Kahlan, the witch woman Shale, and six Mord-Sith: Rikka, Vale, Cassia, Nyda, Berdine, and Vika – are hunting a warlock in the waterlogged depths of the People’s Palace. It will take all their skills to close on their quarry, but do any of them understand the true power of a Witch’s Oath?
Fantasy | HC | $18.99

Night Train To Murder (Ishmael Jones 08)
Green, Simon R
When Ishmael Jones and his partner Penny are asked to escort a VIP on the late-night train to Bath, it would appear to be a routine case. The Organisation has acquired intelligence that an attempt is to be made on Sir Dennis Gregson’s life as he travels to Bath to take up his new position as Head of the British Psychic Weapons Division. Ishmael’s mission is to ensure that Sir Dennis arrives safely. How could anyone orchestrate a murder in a crowded railway carriage without being noticed and with no obvious means of escape? When a body is discovered in a locked toilet cubicle, Ishmael Jones has just 56 minutes to solve a seemingly impossible crime, before the train reaches its destination.
Paranormal mystery | HC | $44.95

Murder in the Dark (Ishmael Jones 06)
Green, Simon R
Ishmael Jones and his partner Penny have been despatched to assist a group of scientists – who are investigating a mysterious black hole which has appeared on a Somerset hillside. Could it really be a doorway to another dimension, an opening into another world? When one of the scientists disappears into the hole – with fatal consequences – Ishmael must prove whether it was an accident – or murder. But with no clues, no witnesses and no apparent motive, he has little to go on. Is there an alien predator at large, or is an all-too-human killer responsible? Only one thing is certain: if Ishmael does not uncover the truth in time, more deaths will follow…
Paranormal mystery | TP | $29.95

The Familiars
Halls, Stacey
To save her child, she will trust a stranger. To protect a secret, she must risk her life… Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17 years old, married, and pregnant for the fourth time. But as the mistress at Gawthorpe Hall, she still has no living child, and her husband Richard is anxious for an heir. When Fleetwood finds a letter – she isn’t supposed to read – from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth… she is dealt the crushing blow that she will not survive another pregnancy. Then she crosses paths by chance with Alice Gray, a young midwife. Alice promises to help her give birth to a healthy baby, and to prove the physician wrong. As Alice is drawn into the witchcraft accusations that are sweeping the northwest, Fleetwood risks everything by trying to help her. But is there more to Alice than meets the eye? Soon, the two women’s lives will become inextricably bound together as the legendary trial at Lancaster approaches, and Fleetwood’s stomach continues to grow. Time is running out, and both their lives are at stake. Only they know the truth. Only they can save each other.
Historical fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The New Improved Sorceress (Wayward Mages 02)
Hanover, Sara
Tessa didn’t believe in magic, but magic believed in her, and that started a fight for her life. An ancient artefact known as a maelstrom stone has embedded itself in her left palm. It thrives on chaos, which describes her new life perfectly. She battles to find a balance between the ordinary world and the magical one… all, while freeing her father from his ghostly state; helping a phoenix wizard restore his rejuvenation ritual; and retrieving the stolen Eye of Nimora, for the Broadstone clan. Tessa must also help her mother navigate the rocky road of academia and single motherhood finances; fall in love herself; and steer her college teammates to a divisional championship. She needs friends, both ordinary and magical, by her side. Then a strange and forbidding book of the Dark Arts strikes her with actual power… and Tessa realises, more than ever, that there is no I in team – unless it’s the one in new, improved sorceress. The sequel to The Late Great Wizard (PBK, $22.95).
Portal fantasy | TP | $33.95

The Shadow Saint (Black Iron Legacy 02)
Hanrahan, Gareth
As the Godswar draws ever closer and tensions within the city escalate, how long will the people of Guerdon be able to keep their enemies at bay? The sequel to The Gutter Prayer (PBK, $22.99). ‘A ground-breaking and extraordinary novel… Hanrahan has an astonishing imagination’ – Peter McLean, author of Priest of Bones.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

A Longer Fall (Gunnie Rose 02)
Harris, Charlaine
Lizbeth Rose is hired onto a new crew for a seemingly easy protection job, transporting a crate into Dixie – just about the last part of the former United States of America, she wants to visit. But what seemed like a straight-forward job turns into a massacre, as the crate is stolen. Up against a wall in Dixie, where social norms have stepped back into the last century, Lizbeth has to go undercover with an old friend to retrieve the crate; as what’s inside can spark a rebellion, if she can get it back in time. The sequel to An Easy Death (PBK, $22.99), the first in this new series.
Paranormal | TP | $29.99

No Country For Old Gnomes (Tales of Pell 02)
Hearne, Kevin & Dawson, Delilah S
It takes only one halfling bomb, and Offi Numminen’s world is turned upside down – or downside up, really, since he lives in a hole in the ground. His goth cardigans and aggressive melancholy set him apart from the other gnomes, as does his decision to fight back against their halfling oppressors. Suddenly, Offi is the leader of a band of lovable misfits and outcasts – from a gryphon who would literally kill for omelettes, a young dwarf herbalist who is better with bees than his cudgel, to an assertive and cheerful teen witch with a beard as long as her book of curses – all on a journey to the Toot Towers to confront the dastardly villain, intent on tearing Pell asunder… The sequel to hugely-popular Kill the Farm Boy (TP, $33.95). Great fun, recommended!
Fantasy parody | TP | $33.95

Null Set (Cas Russell 02)
Huang, S L
Math-genius mercenary Cas Russell has decided to Fight Crime.™ After all, with her extraordinary mathematical ability, she can neuter bombs, or out shoot an army. And the recent outbreak of violence in the world’s cities is Cas’ fault – she’s the one who crushed the organisation of telepaths keeping the world’s worst offenders under control. But Cas’ own power also has a history, one she can’t remember – or control. One that’s creeping into her mind and fracturing her sanity… just when she’s gotten herself on the hit list of every crime lord on the West Coast. And her best, only, sociopathic friend. Cas won’t be able to save the world. She might not even be able to save herself. The sequel to Zero Sum Game (TP, $39.95). ‘Cas Russell is who I want to be when I grow up. She kicks ass with her fists and her brain – a true, twenty-first century action hero. I loved this book.’ – Richard Kadrey on Zero Sum Game.
SF thriller | TP | $39.95

Humpty Dumpty Lived Near a Wall (illustrated)
Hughes, Derek
Humpty Dumpty lived near a wall… begins this well-known fable. But, this time, Humpty is ready for battle, with a secret mission and a touch of mischief. Can all the King’s horses and all the King’s men help put Humpty together again? Or, maybe, the mission, no matter how small, is simply to question the point of a wall. Looks like the wall has finally met its match. This classic tale gets a modern twist, with a Humpty Dumpty for a new generation.
Fable | HC | $24.99

Burn the Dark (Malus Domestica 01)
Hunt, S A
Robin is a YouTube celebrity, gone viral, with her intensely-realistic witch-hunter series. But even her millions of followers don’t know the truth: her series isn’t fiction. Her ultimate mission is to seek revenge against the coven of witches – who wronged her mother, long ago. Returning home to the rural town of Blackfield, Robin draws attention from a motley crew of locals – a boy with the ability to see beyond our world, her childhood best friend harbouring occult knowledge, and a veteran combat medic running from his past. Then, a new, mysterious threat known as the Red Lord suddenly rears its head, and Robin must discover the link between the coven and this demon before evil reigns in Blackfield.
Dark fantasy | TP | $26.99

The Broken Heavens (Worldbreaker Saga 03)
Hurley, Kameron
The Dhai nation has broken apart under the onslaught of the Tai Kao, invaders from a parallel world. With the Dhai in retreat, Kirana, leader of the Tai Kao, establishes a base in Oma’s temple and instructs her astrologers to discover how they can use the ancient holy place to close the way between worlds. With all the connected worlds ravaged by war and Oma failing, only one world can survive. Who will be sacrificed, and what will the desperate people of these worlds do to protect themselves? The blood-soaked conclusion to Kameron Hurley’s epic fantasy masterpiece, following The Mirror Empire (PBK, $24.99) and Empire Ascendant (PBK, $21.99)
Epic fantasy | TP | $24.99

Rogue Planet (Mars Wars 02)
Karr, John Andrew
The mission: make Mars inhabitable for humans with a thermonuclear reawakening. But for the adventurous remnants of the Space Consortium of America, the biggest threat isn’t from the erupting rage of the Red Planet. It’s from a treacherous, blue marble – called Earth… The second in the Mars Wars series, following Detonation Event (TP, $35.95).
Space opera | TP | $35.95

Obsidio (Illuminae Files 03)
Kaufman, Amie & Kristoff, Jay
Asha Grant came to Kerenza to escape her past. Too bad, he just caught up with her. Asha survived BeiTech’s initial assault and has been working undercover with the hopelessly-outmatched resistance, ever since. That, and figuring out what to do with the secret she’s stashed in the crawlspace. The last thing she expected to worry about was her ex-boyfriend, but Rhys Lindstrom just landed planetside, and he’s looking finer than ever in his new BeiTech uniform. Is he her way out – or a guarantee she never gets off this frozen rock alive? But Asha’s not the only one with problems. Her cousin Kady’s ragtag band of survivors are headed for Kerenza – without enough oxygen to last the journey. Oh, and there might be an insurrection brewing. But when have little things like that ever stopped the Illuminae Group? Too bad, time isn’t on their side. With BeiTech hurrying to repair their damaged jump gate, and a mass extermination planned for the Kerenza civilians, only a miracle could save them, now. And everyone knows that miracles are just statistical probabilities… right?
YA science fiction | PBK | $19.99

A Heart So Fierce And Broken (A Curse So Dark And Lonely 02)
Kemmerer, Brigid
Harper has freed Prince Rhen from the curse that almost destroyed his kingdom. But all is not well; rumours are rife that there is a rival heir with a stronger claim to the throne and that ‘Princess’ Harper of Disi is nothing but a fraud. Grey has fled the castle carrying a terrible secret. When he is discovered by soldiers and returned to Ironrose by force, Grey’s allegiances begin to shift. And as he grows closer to an enemy princess, he is forced to decide whether he will stand against Rhen – for the crown he never wanted… The sequel to A Curse So Dark and Lonely (PBK, $16.99).
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99

Kling, Marc-Uwe
Welcome to QualityLand: the greatest and most advanced country in the world. Everything in QualityLand is geared towards optimising your life. QualityPartner identifies your ideal mate, earworm personal assistants get you where you need to go, and android drones know you need a six pack of beer at the end of a long day, even before you crave one. Humans, robots and algorithms coexist, everything is seamlessly corporatised, stratified, and monetised. Your very name reveals much of what we need to know about you and your profile discloses the rest. Peter Jobless is a down-and-out metal press operator, dumped by his long-term girlfriend when she is alerted to a better option on her QualityPad. But Peter has another problem – he seems to be the only one noticing that his fellow Qualityland robot citizens are experiencing an existential crisis. There is a drone, who’s afraid to fly. A sex droid, with erectile dysfunction. A combat robot, with PTSD. Instructed to destroy these malfunctioning AI, Peter starts to suspect the technology that rules us all has a flaw… perhaps, a fatal one. Not only that, these robots might be his only friends… Hilarious, chilling, and… prescient?
Satirical cyberpunk | TP | $32.99

A Queen in Hiding (Nine Realms 01)
Kozloff, Sarah
Exiled and hunted, Cerulia, Princess of Weirandale, knows she has one destiny. Her enemies failed to kill her, and no one harbouring her is safe. Raised in obscurity, she has no resources, no army, nothing that can help her against her enemies. Except their gods. This debut fantasy novel is the first in a series.
Fantasy | PBK | $18.99

Dispel Illusion (Impossible Times 03)
Lawrence, Mark
Nick Hayes’ genius is in wringing out the universe’s secrets. It’s a talent that’s allowed him to carve paths through time. But the worst part is that he knows how his story will end. He’s seen it with his own eyes. And every year that passes, every breakthrough he makes, brings him a step closer. Mia’s accident is waiting for them, both, in 2011. If it happens, then he’s out of choices. Then, a chance 1992 discovery reveals that this seeker of truth has been lying to himself. But why? It’s a question that haunts him, for years. A straw he clings to; as his long-awaited fate draws near. Time travel turns out not to be the biggest problem Nick has to work on. He needs to find out how he can stay on his path, but change the destination. Failure has never been an option, and neither has survival. But Nick’s hoping to roll the dice one more time. And this new truth begins with a lie. The conclusion of Lawrence’s time-travelling, D&D-influenced series, following One Word Kill and Limited Wish (TP, $22.99 each). Recommended.
Science fiction | TP | $22.99

Legge, Laura
Cala, a stone farmhouse on the edge of a village in the Outer Hebrides, is home to four women – witches, the locals say – who scratch out a living on its land. But after ten years of relative harmony, fractures are beginning to appear among them. Eighteen-year-old Euna is tired of Cala’s rigid hierarchy and arbitrary rules – the women must wear plain dress, attend strict rituals and consume only what they grow or gather with their hands. Sick of scavenged seaweed and thin soup, Euna decides to go in search of a different way of living.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Finding Dorothy
Letts, Elizabeth
Hollywood, 1938: As soon as she learns that MGM is adapting her late husband’s masterpiece for the screen, seventy-seven-year-old Maud Gage Baum sets about trying to finagle her way onto the set. Nineteen years after Frank’s passing, Maud is the only person who can help the producers stay true to the spirit of the book – because she’s the only one left, who knows its secrets. But the moment she hears Judy Garland rehearsing the first notes of ‘Over the Rainbow’, Maud recognises the yearning that defined her own life story, from her youth as a suffragette’s daughter to her coming of age as one of the first women in the Ivy League, from her blossoming romance with Frank to the hardscrabble prairie years that inspired The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Judy reminds Maud of a young girl she cared for and tried to help in South Dakota, a dreamer who never got her happy ending. Now, with the young actress under pressure from the studio, as well as her ambitious stage mother, Maud resolves to protect her – the way she tried so hard to protect the real Dorothy.
Wizard of Oz | PBK | $22.99

Broken Stars (anthology)
Liu, Ken (editor)
By turns dazzling, melancholy, and thought-provoking, Broken Stars’ sixteen short stories celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of sf voices emerging from China. A follow-up to Invisible Planets (PBK, $19.99).
Chinese SF anthology | PBK | $19.99

Return to Zero (Lorien Legacies Reborn 03)
Lore, Pittacus
When teenagers around the globe develop new superpowers – new Legacies, the Garde create an Academy where they can develop their gifts safely and a group of friends dubbed ‘Fugitive Six’ banded together to ensure the Academy’s continued safety. But a mysterious organisation is threatening everything they stand for. An organisation that was behind the disappearance of numerous gifted teens. An organisation much closer to home than they think.
YA science fiction | PBK | $17.99

Broken Lands
Maberry, Jonathan
Ever since her mother’s death, Gabriella ‘Gutsy’ Gomez has spent her days flying under the radar. But when her mother’s undead body is returned to her doorstep from the grave and Gutsy witnesses a pack of ravagers digging up Los Muertos – her mother’s name for the undead – she realises that life finds you no matter how hard you try to hide from it. Meanwhile, Benny Imura and his gang set out on a journey to finish what Captain Joe Ledger started: they’re going to find a cure. After what they went through, before… they think they’ve seen it all, but as they venture into new and unexplored territory, they soon learn that the zombies they fought before were nothing compared to what they’ll face in the wild beyond the peace and safety of their fortified town. The first in a new series set in the same world as the Rot and Ruin series.
YA zombies | PBK | $19.99

Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children 05) (novella)
McGuire, Seanan
When Jack left Eleanor West’s School for Wayward Children, she was carrying the body of her deliciously deranged sister – whom she had recently murdered in a fit of righteous justice – back to their home on the Moors. But death in their adopted world isn’t always as permanent as it is here; and when Jack is herself carried back into the school, it becomes clear that something has happened to her. Something terrible. Something of which only the maddest of scientists could conceive. Something only her friends are equipped to help her overcome. Eleanor West’s ‘No Quests’ rule is about to be broken. Again. This 208pp novella is the newest in the series which begins with Every Heart a Doorway (HC, $26.99).
Portal fantasy | HC | $29.99

Song of the Dead (Reign of the Fallen 02)
Marsh, Sarah Glenn
Karthia is nothing like it used to be. The kingdom’s borders are open for the first time in nearly three hundred years, and raising the dead has been outlawed. Odessa is determined to explore the world beyond Karthia’s waters, hoping to heal a heart broken in more ways than she can count. But with Meredy joining the ocean voyage, vanquishing her sorrow will be a difficult task. Despite the daily reminder of the history they share, Odessa and Meredy are fascinated; when their journey takes them to a land where the Dead rule the night and dragons roam the streets. Odessa can’t help being mesmerised by the new magic – and by the girl at her side. But just as she and Meredy are beginning to explore the new world, a terrifying development in Karthia summons them home, at once. Growing political unrest on top of threats from foreign invaders means Odessa and Meredy are thrust back into the lives they tried to leave behind, while spectres from their past haunt their tenuous relationship. Gathering a force big enough to ward off enemies seems impossible, until one of Queen Valoria’s mages creates a weapon that could make them invincible. As danger continues to mount inside the palace, Odessa fears that without the Dead, even the greatest invention won’t be enough to save their fates. The sequel to Reign of the Fallen (PBK, $16.99).
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99

The Chosen (Contender 01)
Matharu, Taran
Cade, a misunderstood juvenile delinquent, and Harriet, a Victorian cat-burglar, live in two different eras – until they’re both transported to another world. Abandoned in a realm populated with lost remnants from the past, prehistoric animals, and monstrous creatures; they are forced to become contenders in an endless, brutal tournament. It’s time to get ready for battle… because hiding is not an option. The first in a new series.
YA fantasy | PBK | $15.99

Vampires: the Myths, Legends, and Lore (Oxford People series)
Montague, Charlotte
Vampires explores the diverse myths and legends and their impact upon popular culture and the possible explanations behind such phenomena. The book also investigates the lives of real-life individuals who have dedicated themselves to the pursuit of blood, drawing on the vampiric tradition for their inspiration. Vampire legends go back centuries, taking root in the Gothic forests of Transylvania. Over time, the vampire has transformed from a vile re-animated corpse, bloated with blood, into a charming immortal that is cursed to live outside of society. From Count Dracula to Edward Cullen, for centuries we have been enthralled by the mysterious legends in horror fiction that surround these dangerous creatures. Vampires rarely have been more popular than they are today, although the Victorians could certainly give us a run for our money. Pale-skinned, dark-cloaked, garlic-hating – the folklore is crawling with memorable images that share one thing in common: their lust for blood. This book examines the vampire myth from all angles: from its genesis in folklore, to offshoots of blood-thirsty creatures, and eventually to its status today as one of the most iconic figures in popular culture. We will try to find out how this strange creature, who came into being centuries ago, transformed through gothic imagination from a hideous monster into a suave villain. This book creates a beautiful addition to anyone interested in the paranormal, and a great gift for gothic readers.
Horror reference | HC | $24.99

Not So Stories (anthology)
Moore, David Thomas (editor)
A contemporary and hugely relevant anthology of culturally diverse writers responding to and engaging with Kipling’s Just So Stories. Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories was one of the first true children’s books in the English language, a timeless classic that paints a magical, primal world and continues to delight readers to this day. It’s also deeply rooted in British colonialism; and can be troubling to modern readers. Not So Stories attempts to redress the balance, bringing together new and established writers of colour from around the world, to take the Just So Stories back, giving voices to cultures that were long deprived them. Including stories by Adiwijaya Iskandar, Joseph E Cole, Raymond Gates, Zina Hutton, Georgina Kamsika, Cassandra Khaw, Paul Krueger, Stewart Hotston, Tauriq Moosa, Jeannette Ng, Ali Nouraei, Zedeck Siew, Wayne Santos, and Achala Upendran.
Fantasy | TP | $26.95

Atlas Alone (Planetfall 04)
Newman, Emma
Six months after she left Earth, Dee is struggling to manage her rage toward the people who ordered the nuclear strike that destroyed the world. She’s trying to find those responsible, and to understand why the ship is keeping everyone divided into small groups, but she’s not getting very far, alone. A dedicated gamer, she throws herself into mersives to escape and is approached by a designer – who asks her to play test his new game. It isn’t like any game she’s played before. Then a character she kills, in the climax of the game, turns out to bear a striking resemblance to a man who dies suddenly in the real world at exactly the same time. A man she discovers was one of those responsible for the death of millions on Earth. Disturbed, but thinking it must be a coincidence, Dee pulls back from gaming and continues the hunt for information. But when she finds out the true plans for the future colony, she realises that to save what is left of humanity, she may have to risk losing her own. Newman’s fantastic series begins with Planetfall (PBK, $22.99).
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

Riot Baby (novella)
Onyebuchi, Tochi
Ella has a Thing. She sees a classmate grow up to become a caring nurse. A neighbour’s son murdered in a drive-by shooting. Things that haven’t happened yet. Kev, born while Los Angeles burned around them, wants to protect his sister from a power that could destroy her. But when Kev is incarcerated, Ella must decide what it means to watch her brother suffer while holding the ability wreck cities in her hands. Rooted in the hope that can live in anger, Riot Baby is as much an intimate family story as a global dystopian narrative. It burns fearlessly toward revolution and has quietly devastating things to say about love, fury, and the black American experience. Ella and Kev are both shockingly human, and immeasurably powerful. Their childhoods are defined and destroyed by racism. Their futures might alter the world.
A 176pp novella.
Dystopia | HC | $29.99

North (Divided America 02)
Owen, Frank
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? The conclusion of the tale which began with South (PBK, $19.99).
Post-apocalyptic | PBK | $19.99

The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm (Tales from Alagaësia 01) (collection)
Paolini, Christopher
It’s been a year, since Eragon departed Alagaësia – in search of the perfect home to train a new generation of Dragon Riders. Now he is struggling with an endless sea of tasks: constructing a vast dragonhold, wrangling with suppliers, guarding dragon eggs and dealing with belligerent Urgals and haughty elves. Then, a vision from the Eldunarí, unexpected visitors, and an exciting Urgal legend offer a much-needed distraction and a new perspective. A new collection of stories based in the world of the Inheritance Cycle, this volume features three original stories set in Alagaësia; interspersed with scenes from Eragon’s own unfolding adventure. Included is an excerpt from the memoir of the unforgettable witch and fortune-teller, Angela the herbalist; penned by Angela Paolini – the inspiration for the character, herself!
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99

Paver, Michelle
In Edwardian Suffolk, a manor house stands alone in a lost corner of the Fens: a glinting wilderness of water whose whispering reeds guard ancient secrets. Maud is a lonely child growing up without a mother, ruled by her repressive father. When he finds a painted medieval devil in a graveyard, unhallowed forces are awakened. Maud’s battle has begun. She must survive a world haunted by witchcraft, the age-old legends of her beloved fen – and the even more nightmarish demons of her father’s past. Spanning five centuries, Wakenhyrst is a darkly-gothic thriller about murderous obsession and one girl’s longing to fly free.
Horror | PBK | $19.99

Myths and legends: an Illustrated Guide to Their Origins and Meanings (Oxford People series)
Pemberton, John
Myths and Legends brings together the principal mythologies, legends, and folklore of ancient and modern cultures and explores the relationship that they have with their people and with the major religions of the world. Rock paintings of the rainbow serpent in Australia date back more than 6,000 years and the legend has been passed down orally for even longer. The Aboriginal dreaming about this mystical being with a kangaroo head and crocodile tail is the personification of fertility and abundance. Its significance to the culture of indigenous Australians is priceless. Whether or not it ever existed is unimportant, as the riches come from the lessons the rainbow serpent teaches about life, death, survival, and love. This and other ancient legends have assisted the human race in understanding the complex world we live in, even if they have been embellished over the years. This comprehensive study on the myths and legends of the world can be told as bedtime stories, or enjoyed as extracurricular reading by those who love history. Myths and Legends is a fascinating book, full of tales from all over the world that have been passed down for generations.
Myths & legends reference | HC | $24.99

Bone Silence (Revenger 03)
Reynolds, Alastair
Quoins are accepted currency throughout the thousands of worlds of the Congregation. Ancient, and of unknown origin and purpose, people have traded with them, fought for them, and stolen quoin hordes from booby-trapped caches at risk to life and limb throughout the Thirteen Occupations. Only, now, it’s becoming clear they have another purpose… as do the bankers who’ve been collecting them. The Occupations themselves are another puzzle. The rise and fall of civilisation may have been unevenly spaced across history, but there is also a pattern. Could something be sparking the Occupations – or ending them? And if so, what could it be, lurking far beyond the outermost worlds of the Congregation? The Ness sisters are being hunted for crimes they didn’t commit, by a fleet whose crimes are worse than their own. If they’re to survive, and stay one step ahead of their pursuers – if they’re to answer the questions which have plagued them – it’s going to require every dirty, piratical trick in the book… Return to the universe of Revenger and Shadow Captain (PBK, $22.99 each).
‘A swashbuckling thriller – Pirates of the Caribbean meets Firefly – that nevertheless combines the author’s trademark hard SF with effective, coming-of-age characterisation’ – Guardian.
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

The Conference of the Birds (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children 05)
Riggs, Ransom
A Map of Days (PBK, $17.99) launched readers into the previously-unexplored world of American peculiars, one bursting with new questions, new allies, and new adversaries. Now, with enemies behind him and the unknown ahead, Jacob Portman’s story continues, as he takes a brave leap forward. This popular series begins with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (PBK, $19.99).
YA fantasy adventure | TP | $26.99

Gunpowder and Embers (Last Judgement’s Fire 01)
Ringo, John; Ezell, Kacey; Smith, Christopher L
Thirty years ago, the world ended. Giant electrovoric ants and pterodons came through a rift in space-time, millions of humans died, and that was that. Thirty years later, humanity has rebuilt… to an extent. Without electricity, human ingenuity has provided some creative solutions, but most folks survive at the subsistence level, farming to keep themselves and their families fed. Chuck Gibson never thought he’d have to leave his family’s farm. The simple life of a rancher was enough for him. A dying stranger proved him wrong. Now, he’s on the road of destiny, accompanied by a mystic warrior monk, a beautiful dragon-tamer, a runaway cultist, and a mysterious drunken lecher – all of them searching for the key to reclaiming humanity’s future and past. Each of them carrying a single spark of hope. But will that hope be enough to light the beacons of freedom, once again? Or will they face the next century in bondage to the last century’s technology?
Post-apocalyptic | HC | $52.95

Howling Dark (Sun Eater 02)
Ruocchio, Christopher
Hadrian Marlowe is lost. For half a century, he has searched the farther suns for the lost planet of Vorgossos, hoping to find a way to contact the elusive alien Cielcin. He has not succeeded; and, for years, has wandered among the barbarian Normans as captain of a band of mercenaries. Determined to make peace and bring an end to nearly four hundred years of war, Hadrian must venture beyond the security of the Sollan Empire and among the Extrasolarians – who dwell between the stars. There, he will face not only the aliens he has come to offer peace, but contend with creatures that once were human, with traitors in his midst, and with a meeting that will bring him face to face with no less than the oldest enemy of mankind. If he succeeds, he will usher in a peace, unlike any in recorded history. If he fails… the galaxy will burn. The sequel to the very popular Empire of Silence (PBK, $22.99). Recommended!
Space opera | PBK | $22.99

The God Game
Tobey, Danny
Win and All Your Dreams Come True! Charlie and his friends have entered the GOD Game. Tasks are delivered through their phone screens and high-tech glasses. When they accomplish a mission, the game rewards them. Charlie’s money problems could be over. Vanhi can erase the one bad grade on her college application. It’s all harmless fun, at first. Then the threatening messages start. Worship me. Obey me. Mysterious packages show up at their homes. Shadowy figures start following them. Who else is playing this game, and how far will they go to win? As Charlie looks for a way out, he finds God is always watching – only He will say when the game is done. And if you die in the game, you die for real.
SF thriller | TP | $32.99

Dead Astronauts
VanderMeer, Jeff
Under the watchful eye of The Company, three characters – Grayson, Morse and Chen – shapeshifters, amorphous, part human, part extensions of the landscape, make their way through forces that would consume them. A messianic blue fox, who slips through warrens of time and space on a mysterious mission. A homeless woman, haunted by a demon who finds the key to all things in a strange journal. A giant leviathan of a fish, centuries old, who hides a secret, remembering a past that may not be its own. Three ragtag rebels, waging an endless war for the fate of the world against an all-powerful corporation. A raving madman, who wanders the desert lost in the past, haunted by his own creation: an invisible monster, whose name he has forgotten and whose purpose remains hidden.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99

Through Fiery Trials (Safehold 10)
Weber, David
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 come to an end. However, even though a provisional veil of peace has fallen over human colonies, the quiet will not last. For Safehold is a broken world, and as international alliances shift and Charis charges on with its precarious mission of global industrialisation, the shifting plates of the new world order are bound to clash. Yet, an uncertain future isn’t the only danger Safehold faces. Long-thought-buried secrets and prophetic promises come to light, proving time is a merciless warden who never forgets.
Space opera | PBK | $22.95

The Serpent Sea (Books of the Raksura 02)
Wells, Martha
Moon, once a solitary wanderer, has become consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud court. Together, they travel with their people on a pair of flying ships in hopes of finding a new home for their colony. Moon finally feels like he’s found a tribe where he belongs. But when the travellers reach the ancestral home of Indigo Cloud, shrouded within the trunk of a mountain-sized tree, they discover a blight infecting its core. Nearby they find the remains of the invaders who may be responsible, as well as evidence of a devastating theft. This discovery sends Moon and the hunters of Indigo Cloud on a quest for the heartstone of the tree – a quest that will lead them far away… across the Serpent Sea. The reissued sequel to The Cloud Roads (PBK, $22.95) by the multi-award-winning author of the Murderbot Diaries!
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Ship of Smoke And Steel (Wells of Sorcery 01)
Wexler, Django
In the lower wards of Kahnzoka, the great port city of the Blessed Empire, eighteen-year-old ward boss Isoka enforces the will of her criminal masters with the power of Melos, the Well of Combat. The money she collects goes to keep her little sister living in comfort, far from the bloody streets they grew up on. When Isoka’s magic is discovered by the government, she’s arrested and brought to the Emperor’s spymaster, who sends her on an impossible mission: steal Soliton, a legendary ghost ship – a ship from which no one has ever returned. If she fails, her sister’s life is forfeit. On board Soliton, nothing is as simple as it seems. Isoka tries to get close to the ship’s mysterious captain, but to do it she must become part of the brutal crew and join their endless battles against twisted creatures. She doesn’t expect to have to contend with feelings for a charismatic fighter who shares her combat magic, or for a fearless princess who wields an even darker power. Young adult adventure fantasy from the author of the beloved flintlock fantasy series: Shadow Campaigns.
YA fantasy | PBK | $18.99

Quillifer the Knight (Quillifer 02)
Williams, Walter Jon
Quillifer – now, a member of the nobility – finds himself further immersed in court politics, as the outcast princess Floria is suddenly in a position of power with a rebellion stoked by a certain brilliant tactician. A sequel to Quillifer (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

The Master of Whitestorm
Wurts, Janny
After escaping from the slave galleys of the bloodthirsty Murghai, Korendir – a man whose past is shrouded in mystery – sets off on a series of extraordinary quests: to battle the sorceress Anthei; to challenge the elemental Cyondide and win the lost hoard of the dragon Sharkash; to free the people of Northengard, from the wereleopards that are decimating their population. Always Korendir’s goal is treasure: but never for its own sake. A driven man, Korendir is determined to build a fortress at Whitestorm, impregnable against all comers, be they human or supernatural, to protect himself – its master – from the dark secret of his ancestry… A reissue of Wurts’ 1992 standalone classic.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

That Way Lies Camelot (collection)
Wurts, Janny
Journey through time and space to alternate worlds and the near future, in a beautiful collection of interconnected short stories. In the title story, Wurts poignantly addresses mortality and what it is to wish. Sandy is in the last throes of life, with one final request: Sandy dreams desperately of a visit to the Round Table of King Arthur – an impossible ask, but one which is about to be realised… In ‘Dreambridge’, the last tree linking this world to the world of the feys has been brutally attacked. Kirelle, apprentice healer, has been chosen to seek revenge on the humans who thoughtlessly attempted to destroy this sacred tie. But can they be made to understand the gravity of their actions? In Wurts’ brilliant Fleet stories, we follow the fortunes and misfortunes of Michael Christopher Jensen Jr and his numerous encounters with the space-pirate MacKenzie James – a relationship that will leave you wondering who the villain really is. A reissue of Wurts’ 1994 short fiction collection.
Short fiction collection | PBK | $22.99