Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: June
All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in June .
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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!
June includes new books by: Ben Aaronovitch, Max Gladstone, Yoon Ha Lee, Karen Lord, Megan E O’Keefe, Matt Ruff, Neal Stephenson, Jodi Taylor, Jo Walton… and many others.
The October Man (novella)
If you thought magic was confined to one country… think again. Trier is famous for wine, Romans and for being Germany’s oldest city. So, when a man is found dead – with his body impossibly covered in a fungal rot – the local authorities know they are out of their depth. Fortunately, this is Germany, where there are procedures for everything… With the suspect list extending to people born before Frederick the Great, solving the case may mean unearthing the city’s secret magical history… so long as that history doesn’t kill them, first.
Rivers of London | HC | $26.99
The Year’s Best Military & Adventure SF (Volume 05)
Afsharirad, David (editor)
The Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF series roars into its fifth year, with more stories of derring-do, military combat, and edge of your seat suspense. Thrilling tales of grand science fiction adventure and military action. Selected from the top print and digital markets, these stories are guaranteed to challenge, provoke, and entertain. Plus, you can be the judge! with interactive reader voting. One story from this anthology will be chosen, via proctored online voting, for the Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction Reader’s Choice Award 2019.
Year’s Best | TP | $31.95
Three Types of Solitude
Brian Aldiss, who died in 2017, was best known for his science fiction – and, in particular, for a short story optioned by Stanley Kubrick, which would – under the direction of Steven Spielberg – become the film A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Aldiss’ first book was published by Faber in 1955. This brief, late trilogy contains much of his lively humour, one improbable invention, and a pervasive sense of loneliness and longing. ‘Sadness is just happiness in reverse,’ says someone in a story within the story, ‘We humans have to put up with it.’
Science fiction stories | PBK | $7.99
Spine of the Dragon (Wake the Dragon 01)
Anderson, Kevin J
Two continents at war, the Three Kingdoms and Ishara, are divided by past bloodshed. But when an outside threat arises – the reawakening of a powerful ancient race that wants to remake the world – the two warring nations must somehow set aside generational hatreds and form an alliance to fight their true enemy. Kevin J Anderson’s return to fantasy is the first in a new series.
Epic fantasy | HC | $36.99
The Red-Stained Wings (Lotus Kingdoms 02)
The Gage and the Dead Man brought a message from the greatest wizard of Messaline to the ruling queen of Sarathai, one of the Lotus Kingdoms. But the message was a riddle, and the Lotus Kingdoms are at war. A sequel to The Stone in the Skull (TP, $29.99).
Fantasy | HC | $39.99
Gunjita and Cav are in orbit. R&D scientists for pharmaceutical giant Gleem Galactic, they are wealthy enough to participate in rejuvenation: rebooting themselves from old age to jump their bodies back to their twenties. You get two chances. There can never be a third. After Gunjita has juved, for the second and final time – and Cav has not – questions of life, death, morality test their relationship. Up among the stars, the research possibilities are infinite, and first contact is possible; but their marriage may not survive the challenge. A 240pp Tor.com novella.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99
The Stiehl Assassin (Fall of Shannara 03)
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 understand. An advance force under the command of princess Ajin has already established a foothold, but now the full Skaar army is on the march – and woe betide any who stands in its way. But, perhaps, the Skaar victory is not a foregone conclusion. The Druid Drisker Arc has freed both himself and Paranor from exile. Drisker’s student, Tarsha Kaynin, has been reunited with the chief defender of the Druid order, and is learning to control her powerful Wishsong magic. If they can only survive Tarsha’s brother and the Druid who betrayed Drisker Arc, they might stand a chance of defeating the Skaar. But that is a very big if… as Tarsha’s brother, now, carries the Stiehl – one of the most powerful weapons in all the Four Lands – and is determined to take his revenge, on everyone who has wronged him.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
My Enemy’s Enemy
In September 1939, Nazi mystic Heinrich Himmler, the Holocaust’s mastermind, conscripts physicist Peter Winter to devise a secret weapon of supernatural power, and a revolutionary aircraft to deliver it. Himmler wants to win both World War II and the contest to succeed Hitler. But Peter, and his Jewish wife, Rachel, have their own agenda. In April 1945, novice Aerial Photographer Specialist Jimmy Righetti arrives in England from Brooklyn, spoiling for a fight. But with Germany reeling, Jimmy’s running out of war. In 2020 Pakistan, the elite terrorist known only as The Asp survives a US drone strike, then undertakes a solo mission to penetrate America’s heartland, and revive Radical Islam. In 2021, aircraft historian Cass Gooding and aging Colorado cowboy Frank Luck unlock an aviation relic’s secret. Atop North America’s backbone, old secrets collide with new, and Cass and Frank must prevent World War III… or die, trying.
Alternate history | TP | $31.95
Brief Cases (Dresden Files) (collection)
Return to the world of the Dresden Files with Harry Dresden (the only wizard in the Chicago phone book) and friends, as they solve supernatural mysteries, protect the helpless, and fight evil. A new collection of Dresden Files’ stories, including an original novella (taking place between Skin Game and Peace Talks), now in paperback.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Welcome to Edmundsbury, a small town in England, some time in the recent future. Brexit has happened and is real. Fear and loathing are on the rise. Grass-roots right-wing political party England Always are fomenting hatred. The residents of a failing housing estate are being cleared from their homes. A multinational tech company is making inroads into the infrastructure. Just as the climate seems at its most pressured, masked men begin a series of ‘disruptions’, threatening to make internet histories public, asking the townspeople: what don’t you want to share? As tensions mount, lives begin to unravel… Suddenly, Edmundsbury is no longer the peaceful town it has always imagined itself to be. Things are changing. No one is quite who they appear. The future has arrived, and it is not what anyone imagined.
Dystopia | PBK | $19.99
Dark Forge (Masters & Mages 02)
But on the magic-drenched battlefield, information is the lifeblood of victory, and Aranthur is about to discover that carrying messages, scouting the enemy, keeping his nerve, and passing on orders is more dangerous, and more essential, than an inexperienced soldier could imagine… especially, when everything starts to go wrong. Battle has been joined – on the field, in the magical sphere, and in the ever-shifting political arena… The sequel to Cold Iron (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
The Hive (Second Formic War 02)
Card, Orson Scott & Johnston, Aaron
A coalition of Earth’s nations barely fought off the Formics’ first scout ship. Now, it’s clear that there’s a mother-ship, out on edge of the system; and the aliens are prepared to take Earth by force. Can Earth’s warring nations and corporations put aside their differences, and mount an effective defence?
Military SF | HC | $49.95
When Rosie and Jules discover a ground-breaking clinical trial that enables two women to have a female baby, they jump at the chance to make history. Fear-mongering politicians and right-wing movements are quick to latch on to the controversies surrounding Ovum-to-Ovum (o-o) technology and stoke the fears of the public. What will happen to the numbers of little boys born? Is there a sinister conspiracy to eradicate men at play? In this toxic political climate, Jules and Rosie try to hide their baby from scrutiny. But when the news of Rosie’s pregnancy is leaked to the media, their relationship is put under a microscope and they’re forced to question the loyalty of those closest to them, and battle against a tirade of hate that threatens to split them apart…
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99
Guardian of Empire (Dragon Empire 02)
A brutal battle of skill and wits begins as Jian and her human colleagues attempt to combat the invaders – but with all their technology, enhancements and weapons in the hands of their enemies, the odds are stacked against them, and there is the very real threat of the destruction of the Empire, itself. The first book in this new series is Scales of Empire (PBK, $19.99).
Science fiction | TP | $32.99
The Collected Short Fiction of C J Cherryh (collection)
Cherryh, C J
All of C J Cherryh’s award-winning short fiction, collected in one volume… ‘It’s rare that I’m not working on a novel. Short stories often happen between novels. Consequently, my output is fairly small. But I love the tale-telling concept, the notion that I can spin a yarn, rather than construct something architectural and precise.’ So writes triple Hugo Award-winning author C J Cherryh in the introduction to this book, the first comprehensive collection of her independent short fiction. For though, Cherryh is primarily known for her novels, it’s clear both from the more than two dozen brilliant and varied stories collected here, as well as her commentaries about them, that she loves the short forms and truly enjoys her forays into them. Board this spaceship, where your tour guide is one of the most gifted and brilliant science fiction and fantasy writers, and embark on a journey – fuelled by the imagination of the incomparable C J Cherryh.
Science fiction (reissue) | TP | $43.95
The Faded Sun Trilogy (Alliance-Union Universe) (omnibus)
Cherryh, C J
They were the mri – tall, secretive, bound by honour and the rigid dictates of their society. For aeons, this golden-skinned, golden-eyed race had provided the universe mercenary soldiers of almost unimaginable ability. But, now, the mri have faced an enemy unlike any other – an enemy whose only way of war is widespread destruction. These ‘humans’ are mass fighters, creatures of the herb, and the mri have been slaughtered like animals. Now, in the aftermath of war, the mri face extinction. It will be up to three individuals to save whatever remains of this devastated race: a warrior – one of the last survivors of his kind; a priestess of this honourable people; and a lone human – a man sworn to aid the enemy of his own kind. Can they retrace the galaxy-wide path of this nomadic race back through millennia, to reclaim the ancient world that first gave them life? An omnibus edition collecting all three books of Cherryh’s epic science fiction trilogy – Kesrith, Shon’jir, and Kutath – in one volume.
Science fiction (reissue) | TP | $43.95
The Ice House
War doesn’t end. It sleeps. Delphine Venner is an old woman, now. She is old, but she remembers everything. She remembers what it is to be a child of war, she remembers fighting for her life and she remembers what the terrifying creatures from another world took from her all those years ago. She remembers the gateway, and those she lost. And in that other world, beast filled and brutal, someone waits for her. Hagar, a centuries-old assassin, daily paying a terrible price for her unending youth, is planning one final death: that of her abhorrent master, the Grand-Duc. The death that will cost her everything. The death which requires Delphine. Into this violence and chaos Delphine is brought, to fight once again and to remember who she really is. But in the battle to destroy an ageless evil, will both worlds be saved – or will every mortal creature risk losing everything?
Fantasy | HC | $29.99
Saints (Monster Hunter Memoirs 03)
Correia, Larry & Ringo, John
Everything was different, in New Orleans. The food. The climate. The monsters. Even the shadowy and reprehensible MCB was different. But that’s just the beginning. The real reason New Orleans is so different is a larval Great Old One – growing, day by day, in power and just about ready to pop. If Chad can’t convince ‘the powers that be’ to get involved… not only New Orleans, but the entire world, is going to fall under the power of the nastiest of nasties. Now, on the outs with the US Government and in exile from his usual job of saving the world, Chad must rally the forces of light against the coming darkness. The problem is one guy with a sword and a sub-gun isn’t going to solve this one. Fortunately, Chad’s made a few friends over the years. And the Fey hate Old Ones, as much as God’s people, and they’re not about to give up this world without a fight. If the Saints don’t come marching in, on this one… there won’t be a Final Battle. There will be a final massacre. Now, where’d he put that number, for the ditzy fey princess…?
Urban fantasy | PBK | $21.95
In a star system, dominated by the brutal Vathek Empire, sixteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects. She is kidnapped by the government and taken, in secret, to the royal palace. There, she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double to appear in public – ready to die, in her place… The first in a series.
YA space fantasy | PBK | $16.99
Soulbinder (Spellslinger 04)
de Castell, Sebastian
Kellen and Reichis live day to day, now, avoiding notice and staying clear of mages. It’s a frustrating life for Reichis, who hates living like a coward. For Kellen, however, it’s a necessity. The Shadowblack on his face has grown, and the dark dreams it brings have gotten worse. Then Kellen comes across the Order of Black Binders, whose strict training and rituals of self-privation enable them to hold back the Shadowblack – and Kellen quickly becomes sucked into their way of life… This wonderful fantasy series begins with Spellslinger (PBK, $16.99).
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
Mystic Dragon (Mystic trilogy 02)
Seven years have passed, since lowborn Pomella AnDone became an unlikely Mystic’s apprentice. Though she has achieved much in a short time, as a rare celestial event approaches, Pomella feels the burden of being a Mystic more than ever. The Mystical realm of Fayün is threatening to overtake the mortal world, and as the two worlds slowly blend together, the land is thrown into chaos. People begin to vanish or are killed outright, and Mystics from across the world gather to protect them… The sequel to Mystic (TP, $29.95).
Fantasy | TP | $35.95
Deep Roots (Innsmouth Legacy 02)
Aphra Marsh, descendant of the People of the Water, has survived Deep One internment camps; and made a grudging peace, with the government that destroyed her home and exterminated her people on land. Aphra’s journey, to rebuild her life and family on land, continues as she tracks down long-lost relatives. She must repopulate Innsmouth, or risk seeing it torn down by greedy developers; but – as she searches – she discovers that people have been going missing. She will have to unravel the mystery, or risk seeing her way of life slip away… A sequel to Winter Tide (PBK, $22.99).
Cthulhuiana | TP | $26.99
To Clear Away the Shadows (RCN 13)
The truce between Cinnabar and the Alliance is holding, and the Republic of Cinnabar Navy is able to explore regions of the galaxy, without the explorers being swept up in great power conflict. The Far Traveller is probing sponge space to open routes for Cinnabar traders – and for RCN warships, if war breaks out, again. But besides astrogation, the Far Traveller is to survey and catalogue life forms on the worlds it touches. Harry Harper has just been posted to the Traveller. He’s an RCN officer by convention, a scientist by training – and a member of one of the leading aristocratic families on Cinnabar by birth. Lieutenant Rick Grenville would rather serve on a warship in the heart of battle, but peace and the whim of the Navy Board have put him on an exploration vessel instead. He finds that the dangers on the fringes of civilisation are just as great as those from missiles and gunfire that he expected to face. As internal struggles cause the Alliance to relax its iron grip, regional forces are attempting to increase their own power – and they’re not fussy about the means they use. Besides the biological answers that officials, on Cinnabar, expect the Far Traveller to find, the ship’s Director of Science, Dr Veil, has her own agenda: to learn more about the Archaic Spacefarers – who roamed the universe tens of thousands of years before humans reached the stars. The crew of the Far Traveller is poised to clear more of the shadows away from the deep past, than ever before in human history – if they survive.
Military SF | HC | $49.95
Shadow Warrior (Shadow Riders 04)
Vittorio Ferraro is a man whose family loyalty knows no bounds. He would die for his siblings and the people they love, but what he really wants is to start a family of his own. Deep down, Vittorio has always known finding a woman who could ride shadows would be nearly impossible, let alone one who could accept his particular needs, but he never expected to find her in the middle of a kidnapping… Grace Murphy has always been drawn to Vittorio Ferraro; or, at least, to the billionaire’s public bad boy persona. Now that she’s under his protection and his sole focus, she can’t help wanting to get as close to him as possible. But Grace knows her presence is putting the entire Ferraro family in danger. Her monster of a brother will never let her go, but Vittorio has no intention of losing the woman whose shadow matches his own…
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99
Magic for Liars
Ivy Gamble was born without magic and never wanted it. Ivy Gamble has an almost-sustainable career as a private investigator, and an empty apartment, and a slight drinking problem. She doesn’t – in any way – wish she was like Tabitha, her estranged, magically-gifted, twin sister. Ivy Gamble is a liar. A darkly-enchanting debut novel from the award-winning Sarah Gailey, following the harrowing search for a killer at a private academy for mages, hidden in modern-day Northern California.
Urban fantasy | HC | $34.99
Gaiman, Neil & Srinivasan, Divya (illustrator)
In a hot, hot country, ringed with mountains on one side and jungle on the other, lives a princess called Cinnamon. Her eyes are made of pearls, which means that she is blind. And, for reasons her parents the Rajah and Rani cannot fathom, she will not talk. So, they offer a reward to anyone who can teach Cinnamon to speak. People travel from far and wide to attempt it, but nothing works. Until a mighty tiger, huge and fierce, prowls into their palace and announces that he is here to teach the girl-cub to talk… Now available in a paperback edition.
Children’s fantasy | PBK | $14.99
Empress of Forever
A wildly successful innovator to rival Steve Jobs or Elon Musk, Vivian Liao is prone to radical thinking, quick decision making, and reckless action. On the eve of her greatest achievement, she tries to outrun people who are trying to steal her success. In the chilly darkness of a Boston server farm, Viv sets her ultimate plan into motion. A terrifying instant later, Vivian Liao is catapulted through space and time to a far future where she confronts a destiny stranger and more deadly than she could ever imagine. The end of time is ruled by an ancient, powerful Empress who blesses or blasts entire planets with a single thought. Rebellion is literally impossible to consider – until Vivian Liao arrives. Trapped between the Pride – a ravening horde of sentient machines – and a fanatical sect of warrior monks who call themselves the Mirrorfaith, Viv must rally a strange group of allies to confront the Empress and find a way back to the world and life she left behind. Recommended!
Science fiction | TP | $26.99
Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club (Lady Helen 01)
London, April 1812. Lady Helen Wrexhall is set to make her debut at the court of Queen Charlotte and officially step into polite Regency society and the marriage mart. Little does Helen know… that step will take her from the opulent drawing rooms of Mayfair and the bright lights of Vauxhall Gardens, into a shadowy world of missing housemaids and demonic conspiracies. Standing between those two worlds is Lord Carlston, a man of ruined reputation and brusque manners. He believes Helen has a destiny, beyond the ballroom; a sacred and secret duty. Helen is not so sure, especially when she discovers that nothing around her is quite as it seems, including the enigmatic Lord Carlston. Very much recommended for fans of Georgette Heyer, or fantasy set in the Regency.
YA historical fantasy | PBK | $14.99
Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen 02)
Brighton, July 1812. After the scandalous events at her presentation ball in London, Lady Helen is banished from her family and has taken refuge at the fashionable seaside resort of Brighton. There, she is training as a Reclaimer with the covert Dark Days Club and must learn to fight the dangerous energy-wielding Deceivers. As she struggles to put aside her genteel upbringing, Helen realises that her mentor, Lord Carlston, is fighting his own inner battle. Has the foul Deceiver energy poisoned his soul, or is something else driving him towards violent bouts of madness? Either way, Helen is desperate to help the man, with whom she shares a deep but forbidden connection. When Mr Pike, the bureaucratic heart of the Dark Days Club, arrives in Brighton, no one is prepared for the ordinary evil he brings in his wake. He has a grudge against Lord Carlston, and a secret mission for Helen. She has no choice but to do as he orders, knowing that the dangerous task will betray everyone around her – and, possibly, bring about Lord Carlston’s annihilation. Very much recommended for fans of Georgette Heyer, or fantasy set in the Regency.
YA historical fantasy | PBK | $14.99
An Illusion of Thieves
In Cantagna, being a sorcerer is a death sentence. Romy escapes her hardscrabble upbringing, when she becomes courtesan to the Shadow Lord, a revolutionary noble who brings laws and comforts once reserved for the wealthy to all. When her brother, Neri, is caught thieving with the aid of magic, Romy’s aristocratic influence is the only thing that can spare his life – and the price is her banishment. Now, back in Beggar’s Ring, she has just her wits and her own long-hidden sorcery to help her and Neri survive. But when a plot to overthrow the Shadow Lord and incite civil war is uncovered, only Romy knows how to stop it. To do so, she’ll have to rely on newfound allies – a swordmaster, a silversmith, and her own thieving brother. And they’ll need the very thing that could condemn them all: magic.
Fantasy | TP | $24.99
Grumley, Michael C
One of the greatest breakthroughs in human history. A secret that was never supposed to be found. A crisis that cannot be stopped. Deep in the Caribbean Sea, a small group of marine biologists are quietly on the verge of making history. Alison Shaw and her team are preparing to translate the first two-way conversation with the planet’s second smartest species. But the team discovers much more from their dolphins than they ever expected when a secret object is revealed on the ocean floor – one that was never supposed to be found. Alison must quickly piece together a dangerous puzzle, and the most frightening piece is located in the depths of Antarctica. Now, time is running out… and our understanding of the world is about to change forever.
SF thriller | PBK | $22.99
Hamilton, Peter F
AD 2204: An alien shipwreck is discovered on a planet at the very limits of human expansion – so, Security Director Feriton Kayne selects a team to investigate. The ship’s sinister cargo not only raises bewildering questions; but could also foreshadow humanity’s extinction. Many lightyears from Earth, Dellian and his clan of genetically-engineered soldiers are raised with one goal. They must confront and destroy their ancient adversary. The enemy caused mankind to flee across the galaxy and they hunt us still. If they aren’t stopped, we will be wiped out – and we’re running out of time. The first in a new series from the great Hamilton. Recommended.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
Autistic scientist Yasira Shien has developed a radical new energy drive that could change the future of humanity. But when she activates it, reality warps, destroying the space station and everyone aboard. The AI gods who rule the galaxy declare her work heretical, and Yasira is abducted by their agents. Instead of simply executing her, they offer mercy – if she’ll help them hunt down a bigger target: her own mysterious, vanished mentor. With her homeworld’s fate in the balance, Yasira must choose who to trust: the gods and their ruthless post-human angels, or the rebel scientist whose unorthodox mathematics could turn her world inside out.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99
Zero Sum Game (Cas Russell 01)
Huang, S L
Cas Russell is good at math. Scary good. The vector calculus blazing through her head lets her smash through armed men twice her size and dodge every bullet in a gunfight, and she’ll take any job for the right price. As far as Cas knows, she’s the only person around with a superpower… until she discovers someone with a power even more dangerous than her own. Someone who can reach directly into people’s minds and twist their brains into Moebius strips. Someone intent on becoming the world’s puppet master. Cas should run, like she usually does, but for once she’s involved. There’s only one problem… She doesn’t know which of her thoughts are her own, anymore.
SF thriller | TP | $37.95
The Privilege of Peace (Peacekeeper 03)
Warden Torin Kerr has put her past behind her and built a life, away from the war and everything that meant. From the good, from the bad. From the heroics, from the betrayal. She’s created a place and purpose for others like her, a way to use their training for the good of the Confederation. She has friends, family, purpose. Unfortunately, her past refuses to grant her the same absolution. Big Yellow, the ship form of the plastic aliens responsible for the war, returns. The Silsviss test the strength of the Confederation. Torin has to be Gunnery Sergeant Kerr, once again, and find a way to keep the peace.
Military SF | PBK | $21.95
Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water (novella)
All Bee has ever known is darkness. She doesn’t remember the crime she committed that landed her in the cold, twisting caverns of the prison planet Colel-Cab, with only fellow prisoner Chela for company. Chela says that they’re telepaths and mass murderers; that they belong here, too dangerous to ever be free. Bee has no reason to doubt her – until she hears the voice of another telepath, one who has answers… and can open her eyes to an entirely different truth. A 112pp Tor.com novella.
Fantasy | PBK | $16.99
Kingdoms of the Cursed (High and Faraway 02)
Errol Greyson is awake and back in his own body, thanks to his friends Aster the witch and Veronica the half-dead girl. Unfortunately, due to the attempted suicide that led to his months-long coma and temporary reincarnation in Aster’s wooden automaton in the first place, he’s also in a mental hospital. But when the last person Errol expects breaks him out and forces him back to the magical Kingdoms, he has no other option but to attempt to undo a deadly curse threatening reality itself, in hopes of returning the realm to equilibrium. It’s dangerous business, especially in Errol’s merely-human form, weakened from months in bed… The sequel to The Reign of the Departed (TP, $29.95).
Fantasy | TP | $29.95
Flight or Fright (anthology)
King, Stephen & Vincent, Bev (editors)
Stephen King hates to fly. Now, he and co-editor Bev Vincent would like to share this fear of flying with you. Welcome to Flight or Fright, an anthology about all the things that can go horribly wrong, when you’re suspended six miles in the air, hurtling through space at more than 500 mph and sealed up in a metal tube (like – gulp! – a coffin) with hundreds of strangers. All the ways your trip into the friendly skies can turn into a nightmare, including some we’ll bet you’ve never thought of before… but, now, you will the next time you walk down the jetway and place your fate in the hands of a total stranger.
Horror anthology | PBK | $22.99
Dev1at3 (Deviate) (Lifel1k3 (Lifelike) 02)
Lemon Fresh has seen better days. After the climactic battle in Babel, she finds herself separated from Ezekiel and Cricket in the wastelands. Lemon’s abilities to manipulate electricity mark her as a deviate, and deadly corporate operatives are hunting her to use as a weapon in the war between BioMaas Incorporated and Daedelus Technologies. Instead, Lemon finds herself falling in with a group of fellow deviates – a band of teenagers with astonishing abilities, led by an enigmatic figure known as the Major, who may hold the secrets to Lemon’s past. Meanwhile, Cricket find himself in possession of the puritanical Brotherhood, a religious cult set for a head-on collision with the Major and his band. Searching for Lemon, Ezekiel finds a strange ally in an old enemy, and uncovers a plot that may see him reunited with his beloved Ana. And inside Babel, a remade Eve hatches a plan to bring an end to the world. The sequel to Lifel1k3 (TP, $19.99).
YA science fiction | TP | $19.99
Avalanche (Secret World Chronicles 05)
Lackey, Mercedes; Martin, Cody; Lee, Dennis; Giguere, Veronica
Ultima Thule has been destroyed – but, somehow, the Thulians mounted an even bigger force to destroy Metis. The Metisians that escaped the carnage and destruction of their secret city now must somehow find somewhere safe to go – without getting snapped up by various world governments. And now the Thulians have changed their tactics to ‘blitz guerilla warfare’, sending wave after wave of their ships and troops to attack vulnerable targets all over Earth, with no clue for ECHO, as to where these things are coming from. John Murdock and the Seraphym have become a force of nature, but they can’t be everywhere at once, and if they were regarded with suspicion before, now they are regarded by ECHO’s allies with fear as well. You could say… ‘things can’t get worse’. You would be wrong. Red Djinni’s past is about to catch up with him. So, is Victoria Victrix’s.
Military SF | PBK | $21.95
Bedlam (Skulduggery Pleasant 12)
On a desperate journey to recover her sister’s lost soul, Valkyrie Cain goes up against the High Sanctuary itself, and there’s nothing Skulduggery Pleasant can do to stop her. With Abyssinia’s grand plan about to kick off in a night of magic, terror, and bloodshed, it falls to Omen Darkly to save the lives of thousands of innocent people. And as the madness unfolds around him, as hidden enemies step into the light, and as Valkyrie is sucked into a desperate, lawless quest of her own, he has no choice but to become the hero he never really wanted to be – or die, in the attempt.
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Limited Wish (Impossible Times 02)
It’s the summer of 1986 and reluctant prodigy Nick Hayes is a student at Cambridge University, working with world-renowned mathematician Professor Halligan. He just wants to be a regular student, but regular isn’t really an option for a boy-genius cancer survivor, who’s already dabbled in time travel. When he crosses paths with a mysterious, yet-curiously familiar girl, Nick discovers that creases have appeared in the fabric of time, and that he is at the centre of the disruption. Only Nick can resolve this time paradox before the damage becomes catastrophic for both him and the future of the world. Time is running out – literally. Wrapped up with him in this potentially apocalyptic scenario are his ex-girlfriend, Mia, and fellow student Helen. Facing the world-ending chaos of a split in time, Nick must act fast and make the choice of a lifetime – or lifetimes. Game on. The follow-up to One Word Kill (TP, $29.95) from the excellent Mark Lawrence.
Science fiction | TP | $29.95
Liaden Universe Constellation IV (collection)
Lee, Sharon & Miller, Steve
This fourth volume collecting Lee and Miller’s shorter Liaden Universe stories features four novelettes, two novellas, and two short stories – including the celebrated linked stories, ‘Block Party’ and ‘Degrees of Separation’. Sure to delight long-time fans and newcomers, alike, these tales highlight why the Liaden Universe novels are treasured by space opera aficionados; with detailed world-building, strong characterisations, compelling romance, and edge-of-the-chair action, in stories that range from cosmic to comic.
Space opera | TP | $31.95
Hexarchate Stories (Machineries of Empire) (collection)
Lee, Yoon Ha
An ex-Kel art thief has to save the world from a galaxy-shattering prototype weapon… A general outnumbered, eight to one, must outsmart his opponent… A renegade returns from seclusion, to bury an old comrade… From the incredible imagination of Yoon Ha Lee comes a collection of stories, set in the world of the Machineries of Empire series. Showcasing Lee’s extraordinary imagination, this collection takes you to the very beginnings of the hexarchate’s history and reveals new never-before-seen stories. The Machineries of Empire series begins with Ninefox Gambit (PBK, $22.95). Recommended!
Science fiction | TP | 24.95
An Ocean of Minutes
Polly and Frank are young and in love, a lifetime together before them. But one evening in 1980, as the Texas sun sets over their shoulders, the world is suddenly pulled apart by a deadly virus. Within months, Frank is dying. Polly can save him, but only if she agrees to a radical plan: to time travel to 1993 for a corporation who can fund his life-saving treatment. She can only go forward, she cannot go back. And she must leave everything she loves behind, including Frank. All they have is the promise of a future together: they will find each other, again, in twelve years’ time – in Galveston, Texas, where the sea begins. But when something goes wrong and Polly arrives late, Frank is nowhere to be found. Completely alone, Polly must navigate a terrifying new, world to find him… and to discover if their love has endured.
Time travel | PBK | $22.99
Dr Miranda Ecouvo, forensic therapist of the City, just helped put a serial killer behind bars. But she soon discovers that her investigation into seven unusual murders is not yet complete. A near-death experience throws her out of time and into a realm of labyrinths and spirits. There, she encounters brothers Chance and the Trickster, who have an otherworldly interest in the seemingly mundane crimes from her files. It appears the true mastermind behind the murders is still on the loose, chasing a myth to achieve immortality. Together, Miranda, Chance, and the Trickster must travel through conjured mazes, following threads of memory to locate the shadowy killer. As they journey deeper, they discover even more questions that will take pain and patience to answer. What is the price of power? Where is the path to redemption? And how can they stop the man – or monster – who would kill the innocent to live forever? A standalone fantasy novel, steeped in Caribbean storytelling, is an otherworldly exploration of spirits, myth, and memory: the dark truth behind a string of unusual murders. Recommended!
Fantasy noir | HC | $49.95
Wildcard (Warcross 02)
Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships, alive. Now, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to – Hideo Tanaka. His plan: to wipe out all crime on Earth, by ending the free will of its citizens. Emika is determined to put a stop to him, but she soon finds out that someone’s put a bounty on her head, and her sole chance for survival lies with the ruthless Zero. But his protection comes at a price. Caught in a web of betrayal, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?
YA science fiction | PBK | $17.99
The Undefeated (novella)
As a journalist, she exposed corruption across the Interstellar Commonwealth, shifting public opinion and destroying careers in the process. Long-since retired, she travels back to the planet of her childhood, partly through a sense of nostalgia, partly to avoid running from humanity’s newest – and self-created – enemy, the jenjer. Because the enemy is coming, and nothing can stand in its way. A 112pp Tor.com novella.
Space opera | PBK | $16.99
Caitlin Hext’s first shedding ceremony is imminent, but she’s far from prepared to produce a Snakeskin clone. When her Skin fails to turn to dust as expected, she must decide whether she wishes the newcomer alive or dead. Worse still, it transpires that the Hext family may be of central importance to the survival of Charmers, a group of people with the inexplicable power to produce duplicates every seven years and, in the process, rejuvenate. In parallel with reporter Gerry Chafik and government aide Russell Handler, Caitlin must prevent the Great British Prosperity Party from establishing a corrupt new world order. A sci-fi thriller examining the repercussions of rejuvenation and cloning, on individuals’ sense of identity and on wider society.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course. The passengers are: a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife – and parents of two – who are travelling in separate vehicles, and a suicidal man. Now, the public have to judge who should survive… but are the passengers all that they first seem?
SF thriller | PBK | $19.99
Outcasts of Order (Saga of Recluce 20)
Modesitt Jr, L E
Beltur, an Order mage, discovers he possesses frightening powers not seen for hundreds of years. With his new abilities, he survives the war in Elparta and saves the lives of all. However, victory comes with a price. His fellow mages now see him as a threat to be destroyed, and the local merchants want to exploit his power. There’s only one way, he can remain free and survive – he’s going to have to run.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.95
Judgment Night: a selection of science fiction
Moore, C L
Released in 1952, Judgment Night collects five Moore novellas from the pages of editor John W Campbell Jr’s Astounding Science Fiction magazine: ‘Judgment Night’ (first published in August and September 1943) balances a lush rendering of a future galactic empire with a sober meditation on the nature of power and its inevitable loss; ‘The Code’ (July 1945) pays homage to the classic Faust, with modern theories and Lovecraftian dread; ‘Promised Land’ (February 1950); and ‘Heir Apparent’ (July 1950) both document the grim twisting that mankind must undergo, in order to spread into the solar system; ‘Paradise Street’ (September 1950) shows a futuristic take on the old western conflict between lone hunter and wilderness-taming settlers. Chosen by the author, herself, as the best of her longer-form writing, these stories show a gifted wordsmith working at the height of her talents.
Golden Age Masterworks | PBK | $22.99
An ex-corporate enforcer, Hakan Veil, is forced to bodyguard Madison Madekwe – part of a colonial audit team investigating a disappeared lottery winner, on Mars. But when Madekwe is abducted, and Hakan nearly killed, the investigation takes him farther and deeper than he had ever expected. And, soon, Hakan discovers the heavy price he may have to pay… to learn the truth. Morgan’s first sf novel in eight years.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99
Nichols, Lisa A
After Catherine Wells’ ship experiences a deadly incident in deep space and loses contact with NASA, the entire world believes her dead. Miraculously – and mysteriously – she survived, but with little memory of what happened. Her re-entry after a decade away is a turbulent one: her husband has moved on with another woman and the young daughter she left behind has grown into a teenager, she barely recognises. Catherine, too, is different. The long years alone changed her, and as she readjusts to being home, sometimes she feels disconnected and even, at times, deep rage toward her family and colleagues. There are periods of time she can’t account for, too, and she begins waking up in increasingly-strange and worrisome locations, like restricted areas of NASA. Suddenly, she’s questioning everything that happened up in space: how her crewmates died, how she survived, and now, what’s happening to her back on Earth. ‘A surprising page-turner… Compelling. Highly recommended.’ – Library Journal.
SF thriller | HC | $35.00
Everyone has heard of the Gameshouse. But few know all its secrets… It is the place where fortunes can be made and lost though chess, backgammon – every game under the sun. But those whom fortune favours may be invited to compete in the higher league… where the games played are of politics and nations, of economics and kings. Among those worthy of competing in the higher league, three unusually talented contestants play – for the highest stakes of all… Originally published as three digital-only novellas: The Serpent, The Thief, and The Master.
Magical realism | PBK | $22.99
O’Keefe, Megan E
Sanda and Biran were siblings, destined for greatness. Her: a hard-nosed marine with the skills to save the universe. Him: a savvy politician with ambitions for changing the course of intergalactic war. However, on a routine manoeuvre, Sanda’s gunship gets blown out of the sky. Instead of finding herself in friendly hands, she awakens 230 years later, upon an empty enemy smartship – who calls himself Bero. The war is lost. The star system and everyone in it is dead. Ada Prime and its rival Icarion have wiped each other from the universe. Now, separated by space and time, Sanda and Biran will find a way to put things right. The first in a new series, which has had huge pre-publication buzz.
Space opera | PBK | $22.99
Stormtide (Ashen Torment 02)
Kjellrun, witch, killer, still reeling from the loss of her uncle when she is ripped from her family, fears this power within her. But she must harness that force – and soon – if she hopes to survive. Scattered by fortune, plagued by danger, Steiner’s crew rise against the dark rule that has cost them so much. The old gods are waking. The dragons are free. May gods help those, who bear the sign of the witch. The sequel to Witchsign (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
The Lost Queen
Together with her twin brother Lailoken – a warrior and druid, known to history as Merlin – Languoreth is catapulted into a world of danger and violence. When a war brings the hero Emrys Pendragon, to their door, Languoreth collides with the handsome warrior Maelgwn. Their passionate connection is forged by enchantment, but Languoreth is promised in marriage to Rhydderch, son of the High King who is sympathetic to the followers of Christianity… The first in a series.
Historical fantasy | TP | $33.95
Dorothea Truelove is young, wealthy and beautiful. Ruth Butterham is young, poor and awaiting trial for murder. When Dorothea’s charitable work leads her to Oakgate Prison, she finds herself drawn to Ruth, a teenage seamstress – and self-confessed murderess – who nurses a dark and uncanny secret. A secret that is leading her straight to the gallows. As Ruth reveals her disturbing past to Dorothea, the fates of these two women entwine, and with every revelation, a new layer of doubt is cast… Can Ruth be trusted? Is she mad, or a murderer? From the author of the well-received The Silent Companions (PBK, $19.99).
Gothic horror | PBK | $19.99
Storm of Locusts (Sixth World 02)
It’s been four weeks, since the bloody showdown at Black Mesa, and Maggie Hoskie, Diné monster hunter, is trying to make the best of things. Only her latest bounty hunt has gone sideways, she’s lost her only friend, Kai Arviso, and she’s somehow found herself responsible for a girl with a strange clan power. Then the Goodacre twins show up at Maggie’s door with the news that Kai and the youngest Goodacre, Caleb, have fallen in with a mysterious cult, led by a figure out of Navajo legend called the White Locust. The Goodacres are convinced that Kai’s a true believer, but Maggie suspects there’s more to Kai’s new faith than meets the eye… A sequel to Trail of Lightning (TP, $24.99), recommended by customers.
Dystopia/urban fantasy | TP | $24.99
Chicago, 1954. When his father Montrose goes missing, 22-year-old Army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his Uncle George – publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide – and his childhood friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Mr Braithwhite, heir to the estate that owned one of Atticus’ ancestors, they encounter both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours. At the manor, Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal named the Order of the Ancient Dawn, led by Samuel Braithwhite and his son Caleb, which has gathered to orchestrate a ritual that shockingly centres on Atticus. And his one hope of salvation may be the seed of his and the whole Turner clan’s destruction. Highly recommended!
Cthulhuiana | PBK | $18.99
Timeless (Drizzt 01)
Salvatore, R A
A prelude to the journeys that have shaped the modern-day Forgotten Realms. There, a Zaknafein and Drizzt are joined together, in a series of trials that parallel those of centuries long past, even though their paths no longer seem to be aligned. How will a father, so long constrained by the vicious and conservative world of the drow, be able to reconcile his ingrained prejudices with the world and companions of his enlightened son? The answer lies in their desire for peace over chaos. And as long as the scourge of the goddess Lolth’s ambitions still remain, both are determined to keep her dark will at bay. But the spider queen is powerful; and, now, demons have been unleashed on the unwitting denizens of the surface world. United in purpose – and through their mutual friendship with Jarlaxle – Zaknefein and Drizzt will need to put aside their differences, in order to keep the ones, they love, safe.
Fantasy | PBK | $17.99
The Consuming Fire (Interdependency 02)
There are those who believe the collapse of the Flow is a myth – or an opportunity for them to ascend to power. While Grayland prepares for disaster, others prepare for civil war. A war that will take place in the halls of power, the markets of business and the altars of worship as much as between spaceships. Nothing about this power struggle will be simple or easy… and all of human civilisation is at stake. A sequel to the terrific The Collapsing Empire (PBK, $19.99). Highly recommended!
Space opera | PBK | $18.99
ZaraCorp holds the right to extract unlimited resources from the verdant planet Zarathustra, as long as the planet is certifiably free of native sentients. So, when an outback prospector discovers a species of small, appealing bipeds who might well turn out to be intelligent, language-using beings, it’s a race to stop the corporation from ‘eliminating the problem’, which is to say, eliminating the Fuzzies – wide-eyed and ridiculously-cute, small, furry creatures – who are as much people as we are.
Science fiction (reissue) | TP | $24.99
Sura Neelin is on the run from her creditors, from her past, and her father’s murderers. She can’t get a job… she can’t get a place to live… she can’t even walk down the street, in the total surveillance society that is mid-21st century America. But Sura might have a chance… in the alternate reality of the games. People can disappear in the LARP game worlds, into the alternate economy of Notchcoin and blockchains. The people who build the games also program the surveillance networks – she just needs an introduction, and the skills to play. Turns out, she has very valuable skills, and some very surprising friends.
Science fiction | HC | $39.99
The Monsters We Deserve
Taut, tense, terrifying. Marcus Sedgwick writes of the monsters we create in literature and in our own minds in this reappraisal of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. ‘Do monsters always stay in the book where they were born? Are they content to live out their lives on paper, and never step foot into the real world?’ The Villa Diodati, on the shore of Lake Geneva, 1816: the Year without Summer. As Byron, Polidori, and Mr and Mrs Shelley shelter from the unexpected weather… old ghost stories are read, and new ghost stories imagined. Born by the twin brain of the Shelleys is Frankenstein, one of the most influential tales of horror of all time. In a remote mountain house, high in the French Alps, an author broods on Shelley’s creation. Reality and perception merge, fuelled by poisoned thoughts. Men make monsters; but who really creates who? A book about reason, the imagination, and the creative act of reading and writing. Marcus Sedgwick’s ghostly, menacing novel celebrates the legacy of Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Horror | PBK | $16.99
Wolf Rain (Psy-Changeling Trinity 03)
Kidnapped as a young girl, her psychic powers harnessed by a madman, Memory lives a caged and isolated existence… until she comes face-to-face with a wolf. Labelled an empath, by her bad-tempered rescuer, Memory knows that her ‘gift’ is nothing so bright. It is a terrible darkness that means she will always be hunted. But Memory is free now and she intends to live. A certain growly wolf can just deal with it. Alexei prefers to keep his packmates at bay, the bleak history of his family a constant reminder that mating, love, hope is not for him. But Memory, this defiant and fearless woman – who stands toe-to-toe with him – awakens the most primal part of his nature – and soon, he must make a choice: risk everything, or lose Memory to a murderous darkness that wants to annihilate her from existence…
Paranormal romance | TP | $29.99
A Sword Named Truth (Rise of the Alliance 01)
Long-dormant magical forces are moving once again in Sartorias-deles. Agents of Norsunder, a mysterious bastion of incredible dark power, have reappeared in the world, amassing resources and sowing instability. But with numerous nations led by young rulers brought too early to their thrones, the world is hardly ready to defend itself. Atan is still uncomfortable with her new queenship, gained after her country was freed from a Norsundrian enchantment that left it frozen outside time for a century. Senrid strives to establish rule of law, after deposing his brutal and cruel uncle, seeking to exert control over rebellious jarls and a distrustful military academy. Jilo never expected the responsibility of leading his nation, but when its dictator vanishes after a Norsundrian attack, Jilo finds himself stepping into the power void, taking the reins of a country so riddled with dark magic that its citizenry labours for mere survival. Clair and CJ lead a band of misfits against magical threats that overshadow their tiny country, including a direct incursion from the Norsundrians. Those in power are not the only individuals working to subvert the plans of Norsunder. Liere, a young shopkeeper’s daughter, battles her own debilitating insecurities to live up to her reputation as a former saviour of the realm. Hibern, a mage’s apprentice, must act as a liaison between national leaders, negotiating politics still foreign to her. Rel, a traveling warrior, stirs powerful allies to action encourages common folk to take up arms. These leaders, soon, realise that any significant victory against Norsunder will require an alliance between their nations. Yet, good intentions may fracture in the face of personal grudges, secrets, and inexperience. As the Norsundrian attacks become bolder, the members of this tenuous alliance must find ways to trust one another and bind themselves together – lest they fail to defend against a host that has crushed entire worlds.
Fantasy | HC | $49.95
The Sol Majestic
Kenna, an aspirational teen guru, wanders destitute across the stars as he tries to achieve his parents’ ambition to advise the celestial elite. Everything changes, when Kenna wins a free dinner at the Sol Majestic, the galaxy’s most renowned restaurant, giving him access to the cosmos’ one per cent. His dream is jeopardised, however, when he learns his highly-publicised ‘free meal’ risks putting the Sol Majestic into financial ruin. Kenna and a motley gang of newfound friends – including a teleporting celebrity chef, a trust-fund adrenaline junkie, an inept apprentice, and a brilliant mistress of disguise – must concoct an extravagant scheme to save everything they cherish. In doing so, Kenna may sacrifice his ideals – or learn even greater lessons about wisdom, friendship, and love.
Space opera | TP | $24.99
Fall, or Dodge in Hell
When gaming billionaire Richard ‘Dodge’ Forthrast is pronounced brain dead following a routine medical procedure, his family and close friends are left stunned, devastated, and forced to make difficult decisions. Dodge’s will asks that his body be given to a cryonics company, owned by enigmatic tech entrepreneur Elmo Shepherd, whose business practices give Dodge’s family understandable cause for concern. But when Dodge wrote his will, he didn’t anticipate that one day he’d be declared brain dead. He also didn’t anticipate his brain being turned on, again. Years later, an astounding achievement in technology will allow the human race to defy death, itself; giving birth to the Bitworld, an eternal afterlife. But this imagined state of perfection is not all that it appears to be… A follow-up to Reamde (PBK, $24.99) – with some callbacks to Cryptonomicon (PBK, $24.99). Highly recommended!
Science fiction | TP | $32.99
A Fistful of Elven Gold
When someone starts killing his fellow bounty hunters in the port of Fairhaven, gnome turned private investigator Drago Appleroot is happy to help his contacts in the City Watch with their investigation – for a reasonable fee, of course. But posing as an assassin for hire, to draw out the killer, attracts the attention of two separate groups from a far-off Elven kingdom whose private war is being fought on the streets of his home town. Pitched into a maelstrom of treachery and lethal politics, Drago is forced into a long and dangerous journey to the heart of the Sylvan Marches, where one determined gnome might just decide the destiny of a kingdom. If he can survive, long enough to decide which side he ought to be on…
Fantasy adventure | PBK | $21.95
The Labyrinth Index (Laundry Files 09)
Britain is under New Management. The disbanding of the Laundry – the British espionage agency that deals with supernatural threats, has culminated in the unthinkable – an elder god, in residence in 10 Downing Street. But in true ‘the enemy of my enemy’ fashion, Mhari Murphy finds herself working with His Excellency Nylarlathotep on foreign policy – there are worse things, it seems, than an elder god in power, and they lie in deepest, darkest America. A thousand-mile-wide storm system has blanketed the midwest, and the president is nowhere to be found – Mhari must lead a task force of disgraced Laundry personnel into the storm front, to discover the truth. But working for an elder god is never easy, and as the stakes rise, Mhari will soon question exactly where her loyalties really lie.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Hope for the Best (Chronicles of St Mary’s 10)
Max is no stranger to taking matters into her own hands. Especially when she’s had A Brilliant Idea. Yes, it will mean breaking a few rules, but – as Max always says – they’re not her rules. Seconded to the Time Police, to join in the hunt for the renegade Clive Ronan; Max is a long way from St Mary’s. But life in the future does have its plus points – although not for long. A problem with the Time Map reveals chaos in the 16th century and the wrong Tudor queen on the throne. History has gone rogue, there’s a St Mary’s team right in the firing line…and Max must step up. You know what they say. Hope for the best. But plan for the worst. Great fun. The first in the series is Just One Damned Thing After Another (PBK, $22.99).
Time-travelling historians | PBK | $22.99
All the Ever Afters: the Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother
We all know the story of Cinderella. Or, do we…? As rumours about the cruel upbringing of beautiful newlywed Princess Cinderella roil the kingdom, her stepmother, Agnes, privately records the true story – her own. A peasant, born into serfdom, Agnes is separated from her family and forced into servitude – as a laundress’ apprentice, at Aviceford Manor, when she is just ten years old. Alone, friendless, and burdened with a gruelling workload, Agnes carves a place for herself in this cold place that is home to Sir Emont Vis-de-Loup, a melancholic and capricious drunkard. Using her wits and ingenuity, Agnes eventually escapes and makes her way toward a more hopeful future – serving as a housemaid for the powerful Abbess Elfilda. But life, once again, holds unexpected, sometimes heartbreaking twists that ultimately lead Agnes back to Aviceford Manor; where she soon becomes nursemaid to Ella, Emont’s sensitive, otherworldly daughter. Though she cares for Ella, Agnes struggles to love this child… who, in time, becomes her stepdaughter and, eventually, the celebrated princess… who embodies all our unattainable fantasies.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun
Tolkien, J R R
Set ‘in Britain’s land beyond the seas’, during the Age of Chivalry, The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun tells of a childless Breton Lord and Lady (the ‘Aotrou’ and ‘Itroun’ of the title) and the tragedy that befalls them – when Aotrou seeks to remedy their situation, with the aid of a magic potion obtained from a corrigan, or malevolent fairy. When the potion succeeds and Itroun bears twins, the corrigan returns, seeking her fee. Aotrou is forced to choose between betraying his marriage and losing his life. Coming from the darker side of J R R Tolkien’s imagination, The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun – together with the two shorter ‘Corrigan’ poems that lead up to it, and which are also included – was the outcome of a comparatively short, but intense, period in Tolkien’s life; when he was deeply engaged with Celtic, and particularly Breton, myth and legend. Originally written in 1930, and long out of print, this early but seminal work is an important addition to the non-Middle-earth portion of his canon; and should be set alongside Tolkien’s other retellings of myth and legend, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, The Fall of Arthur, and The Story of Kullervo. Like these works, it belongs to a small but important corpus of his ventures into ‘real-world’ mythologies, each of which, in its own way, would be a formative influence on his own legendarium. Unavailable for more than 70 years, this early work was published for the first time in 2016. Now in paperback.
Tolkien | PBK | $19.99
Tomlinson, Patrick S
Firstname Lastname is a no one, with nowhere to go. With a name that is the result of an unfortunate clerical error… and destined to be one of the only humans, on an alien space station. That is until she sneaks aboard a ship and joins up with a crew of repo-men (they are definitely not pirates). Now, she’s traveling the galaxy ‘recovering’ ships. What could go wrong?
Space opera | TP | $28.99
Across the Void
Vaughn, S K
May Knox floats in space, the only survivor of a catastrophic accident. There is just one person who can save her: a man whose heart she broke, millions of miles away. It’s Christmas Day, 2067. ‘Silent Night’ drifts across the ruins of a wrecked spaceship, listing helplessly in the black. A sole woman, May, stirs within – the last person left alive of a disastrous first manned mission to Europa, a moon of Jupiter. There is only one person who can help her – her ex-husband Stephen, a NASA scientist who was heading up the mission, back on Earth. Until, that is, she broke his heart and he left both her and the mission. Now, May clings to life and it is only his voice – travelling across the fathomless miles – that can bring her home.
SF thriller | TP | $32.99
Young Girolamo’s life is a series of miracles. It’s a miracle that he can see demons, plain as day, and that he can cast them out with the force of his will. It’s a miracle that he’s friends with Pico della Mirandola, the Count of Concordia. It’s a miracle that when Girolamo visits the deathbed of Lorenzo ‘the Magnificent’, the dying Medici is wreathed in celestial light, a surprise to everyone, Lorenzo included. It’s a miracle that when Charles VIII of France invades northern Italy, Girolamo meets him in the field, and convinces him to not only spare Florence but also protect it. It’s a miracle than whenever Girolamo preaches, crowds swoon. It’s a miracle that, despite the Pope’s determination to bring young Girolamo to heel, he’s still on the loose…and, now, running Florence, in all but name. That’s only the beginning. Because Girolamo Savanarola is not who – or what – he thinks he is. He will discover the truth about himself at the most startling possible time. And this will be only the beginning of his many lives. Renaissance Florence, by Jo Walton? Yes, please!
Historical fantasy | HC | $36.99
The Dark Arts of Blood (Blood Wine Sequence 04)
In 1920s Switzerland, vampire lovers Charlotte and Karl are drawn into turmoil as Godric Reiniger, a local filmmaker and activist with sinister ambitions, begins his rise to power. Meanwhile, fiery dancer Emil achieves his dream to partner the legendary ballerina and vampire Violette Lenoir – until his forbidden desire for her becomes an obsession. Rejected, spiralling towards madness, he seeks solace with a mysterious beauty, Fadiya. But she too is a vampire, with a hidden agenda. When Karl and Charlotte undertake the perilous journey to rescue Emil, they unearth secrets that threaten the very existence of vampire-kind. The first in the Blood Wine Sequence is A Taste of Blood Wine (PBK, $21.95).
Horror (reissue) | PBK | $21.95
War (House War 08)
When the Sleepers wake. Once, that phrase meant: never. The Sleepers were a myth, part of a story told to children. But in truth, the Sleepers, ancient princes in the court of the Winter Queen, were imprisoned in slumber by the gods themselves – in the cold, dark ruins of the ancient city that lies buried beneath the capitol of the Empire. And that prison is fraying, at last. They are waking. The gods no longer walk the world. There is no power that can stand against the princes when they wake – and the city that has been Jewel’s home for her entire life will be destroyed when the Sleepers walk. There is only one person to whom they owe allegiance, only one chance to halt them before they destroy everything in their ancient rage. But that person is the Winter Queen; she is not – and has never been – mortal. Jewel carries the last of the surviving saplings that might usher in a new Summer age; but all of the roads that lead to the court of the Queen are closed. Jewel ATerafin has faced the Oracle’s test. She has control of the prophetic powers that she once considered a curse and a burden. She will find her way to the Winter Queen, and she will ask – or beg – the Winter Queen to intervene to save her kind, her House, and everything she loves. But she is mortal, and time has never been her friend. The demons are waiting to bar her way, bringing battle to the hidden ancient paths on which she must travel. To win, she must face the true meaning of the Oracle’s test, and risk sanity and life to make the choice that has always lurked at the heart of the firstborn’s test. And, even then, it might be too late. The conclusion of the House War series.
Fantasy | HC | $49.95
Nexus (Zeroes 03)
Westerfeld, Scott; Lanagan, Margo; Biancotti, Deborah
The Zeroes are in disarray. One of them has vanished into thin air. One of them is in prison. The rest of them are on the most-wanted list. And something big is brewing. After defeating Swarm in a breath-taking stand-off, Nate has been arrested for his murder. In prison and isolated, he can’t use his powers of influence at all. Flicker, Chizara, Kelsie and Ethan are on the run; and in hiding from the FBI who believe the Cambria Five are domestic terrorists. And Agent Phan and the FBI have a secret weapon up their sleeve – a teenager with a superpower that the Zeroes haven’t encountered, yet. Meanwhile, Sonia Sonic and her growing band of weird-hunters are tracking inexplicable events across the country – and their investigations lead them to New Orleans during Mardi Gras, where the celebrating crowds promise enormous power to anyone who can channel it. Time is running out for the Zeroes, but they must learn to trust each other, again; and combine their powers, for good – to avert the looming disaster. A brilliant, action-packed conclusion to the superb Zeroes series, now in paperback. The series begins with Zeroes (PBK, $14.99)
YA fantasy | PBK | $14.99
The Fire Opal Mechanism (novella)
Jewels and their lapidaries have all but passed into myth. Jorit, broke and branded a thief, just wants to escape the Far Reaches for something better. Ania, a rumpled librarian, is trying to protect her books from the Pressmen, who value knowledge but none of the humanity that generates it. When they stumble upon a mysterious clock powered by an ancient jewel, they may discover secrets in the past that will change the future forever. A 208pp Tor.com novella; the sequel to The Jewel and Her Lapidary (PBK, $24.95).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99