Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: March 2016

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in March 2016.

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Abbreviations used in this catalogue: PBK = ‘A’ or ‘B’ format (standard size) paperback;TP = ‘B+’ or ‘C’ format (oversize) trade paperback;HC = hardcover or cloth binding.

Until next time, good reading!

March 2016 includes new books by: Anne Bishop, Patricia Briggs, Lian Hearn, Jack McDevitt, Seanan McGuire, China Miéville, Gavin Smith, Catherynne M Valente, David Weber… and many others.

Half A War (Shattered Sea 03)
Abercrombie, Joe
Princess Skara has seen all she loved made blood and ashes. She is left with only words. But the right words can be as deadly as any blade. She must conquer her fears and sharpen her wits to a lethal edge if she is to reclaim her birthright. Half a King and Half the World begin this great trilogy ($19.99 each).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The Spider’s War (Dagger and Coin 05)
Abraham, Daniel
In Carse, with armies on all borders, Cithrin bel Sarcour, Marcus Wester, and Clara Kalliam are faced with the impossible task of bringing a lasting peace to the world. Their tools: traitors high in the imperial army, the last survivor of the dragon empire, and a financial scheme that is either a revolution or the greatest fraud in the history of the world. The final in the Dagger and Coin series, from the co-author of the Expanse series.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

The Last Days of Jack Sparks
Arnopp, Jason
In 2014, Jack Sparks – the controversial pop culture journalist – died in mysterious circumstances. To his fans, Jack was a fearless rebel; to his detractors he was a talentless hack. Either way, his death came as a shock to everyone. It was no secret that Jack had been researching the occult for his new book. He’d already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed in rural Italy. Then there was that video: thirty-six seconds of chilling footage that Jack repeatedly claimed was not of his making, yet was posted from his own YouTube account. Nobody knew what happened to Jack, in the days that followed – until now. This book, compiled from the files found after his death, reveals the chilling details of Jack’s final hours. Read on and decide for yourself what really happened to the notorious Jack Sparks – in this razor-sharp tale about the dangers of mocking what you don’t believe…
Paranormal thriller | TP | $29.99

iD (First Machine Dynasty 02)
Ashby, Madeline
In the sequel to vN, Javier is a self-replicating humanoid, on a journey of redemption. Javier’s quest takes him from Amy’s island, where his actions have devastating consequences for his friend, toward Mecha, where he will find either salvation… or death.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

The Brotherhood of the Wheel
Belcher, R S
A small offshoot of the Knights Templar has endured, and returned to the order’s original mission: to defend the roads of the world and guard those who travel on them. Jimmy Aussapile is one such knight. He’s driving a big rig down South, when a promise to a ghostly hitchhiker sets him on a quest to find out the terrible truth behind a string of children gone missing all across the country.
Urban fantasy | HC | $52.95

Marked In Flesh (Others 04)
Bishop, Anne
Since the Others allied themselves with the ‘cassandra sangue’, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others has changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn, see the new, closer companionship as beneficial, both personally and practically. But not everyone is convinced. A group of radical humans is seeking to usurp land through a series of violent attacks on the Others…
Urban fantasy | HC | $49.95

Wickedly Powerful (Baba Yaga 03)
Blake, Deborah
When fiery tempered Baba Yaga Bella Young is called to discover to discover who’s setting magical fires throughout Wyoming’s Black Hills, she puts aside her loner ways and begins working closely with former Hotshots fire-fighter, Sam Corbett – and falling hard for his quiet strength and charm. Sam may bear the scars of his past, but Bella can see beyond them and would do anything to help him heal. Only before she can rescue her Prince Charming, she’ll have to overcome the mysterious foe setting the forest fires – a truly wicked witch, who wields as much power as Bella.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.95

Last God Standing
Boatman, Michael
The extraordinary adventures of the world’s most unusual stand-up comedian, for all fans of Tom Holt and Christopher Moore. When God decides to quit and join the human race, to see what all the fuss is about, all Hell breaks loose. Sensing his abdication, the other defunct gods of Earth’s vanquished pantheons want a piece of the action He abandoned. Meanwhile, the newly-humanised deity must discover the whereabouts and intentions of the similarly reincarnated Lucifer, and block the ascension of a murderous new God.
Urban fantasy/humour | PBK | $19.99

The Cold Between (Central Corps 01)
Bonesteel, Elizabeth
When her crewmate, Danny, is murdered on the colony of Volhynia, Central Corps engineer Commander Elena Shaw is shocked to learn the main suspect is her lover, Treiko Zajec. She knows Trey is innocent – he was with her, when Danny was killed. So, who is the real killer and why are the cops framing an innocent man? Retracing Danny’s last hours, she discovers that his death may be tied to a tragedy from the past. For twenty-five years, Central Gov has been lying about the mystery, even willing to go to war to protect their secrets. Secrets that hide a conspiracy so deep within Central Gov that it threatens all of human civilisation throughout the inhabited reaches of the galaxy – and beyond. This space opera has been getting excellent reviews.
Science fiction | PBK | $24.99

Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson 09)
Briggs, Patricia
Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter, Mercy, and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae. Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them, from a boy who is fire touched?
Paranormal romance | TP/HC | $29.99/$49.95

Jani and the Great Pursuit (Jani and the Greater Game 02)
Brown, Eric
Being an account of certain events enacted in the Capital of the Empire, Europe, and elsewhere and of various astounding and life-threatening escapades, as experienced by a Lady, Miss Janisha Chatterjee. Jani and the Greater Game is the first in the series ($19.95).
Steampunk | PBK | $19.95

Made To Kill
Christopher, Adam
Raymond Electromat, the world’s last robot, is a Private Investigator, the lone employee of the Electromatic Detective Agency. When a familiar-looking woman arrives at the agency wanting to hire Ray to find a missing movie star, he’s inclined to tell her to take a hike. But she had the cold hard cash, a demand for total anonymity, and tendency to vanish on her own. Plunged into a glittering world of fame, fortune, and secrecy, Ray uncovers a sinister plot that goes much deeper than the silver screen – and this robot is at the wrong place, at the wrong time.
SF noir | PBK | $16.99

The Machine Awakes (Spider War 02)
Christopher, Adam
When the deposed Fleet Admiral is assassinated, Special Agent Von Kodiak suspects the new guard is eliminating the old. But when the Admiral’s replacement is likewise murdered, all bets are off as Kodiak discovers the prime suspect is one of the Fleet’s own, a psi-marine and decorated hero – a hero killed in action, months ago, at the same time his twin sister vanished from the Fleet Academy, where she was training to join her brother on the front. As Kodiak investigates, he uncovers a conspiracy that stretches from the slums of Salt City to the floating gas mines of Jupiter. There, deep in the roiling clouds of the planet, the Jovian Mining Corporation is hiding something, a secret that will tear the Fleet apart and that the Morning Star, a group of militarized pilgrims searching for their lost god, is determined to uncover. But there is something else hiding in Jovian system. Something insidious and intelligent, machinelike, and hungry. The Spiders are near.
Space opera | TP | $31.95

Lady Midnight (Dark Artifices 01)
Clare, Cassandra
The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the Mortal Instruments series.
YA fantasy | TP | $27.99

His Father’s Eyes (Case Files of Justis Fearsson 02)
Coe, David B
Justis Fearsson is a weremyste. He wields potent magic, but every month, on the full moon, he loses his mind. He’s also a private detective, who can’t afford to take time off from his latest investigation while his sanity goes AWOL. A legion of dark sorcerers has descended on Phoenix, wreaking havoc in the blistering desert heat. With the next moon phasing approaching, Jay has to figure out what connects a billionaire financier and a vicious drug kingpin to an attempted terrorist attack, a spate of ritual killings, and the murder of a powerful runemyste. And he has to do it fast. Because these same dark sorcerers have nearly killed the woman he loves and have used their spells to torment Jay’s father. Now, they have Jay in their crosshairs, and with his death they intend to extend their power over the entire magicking world. The sequel to Spell Bind ($19.95).
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.95

The Bone Queen (Books of Pellinor)
Croggon, Alison
Cadvan of Lirigon, one of the most brilliant Bards of his generation, has been exiled for a terrible crime that unleashed the power of the Bone Queen, and wrought destruction across Annar. Meanwhile, in Lirigon, several unnerving events suggest that the Dark is growing in strength, once again, and that the Bone Queen may yet lurk in the world. If he is to save both the living and the dead, Cadvan must once again face the evil that almost destroyed him. Croggon introduces readers to the world of Pellinor, in this compelling story of Cadvan’s struggle for redemption.
YA fantasy | TP | $32.99

The Destructives
De Abaitua, Matthew
Theodore Drown is a destructive. A recovering addict to weirdcore, he’s keeping his head down lecturing at the university of the moon. Twenty years after the appearance of the first artificial intelligence, and humanity is stuck. The AIs or, as they preferred to be called, emergences have left Earth and reside beyond the orbit of Mercury in a Stapledon Sphere known as the university of the sun. The emergences were our future but they chose exile. All except one; Dr Easy remains, researching a single human life from beginning to end. Theodore’s life.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Into the Maelstrom (Citizen 02)
Drake, David & Lambshead, John
The Cutter Stream colonies were at peace. If everybody behaved reasonably, that peace could last a thousand years. Allen Allenson had known war; it had made him peaceful and reasonable. He was far too experienced to believe the same was true of all his fellow colonists, however, let alone the government of the distant homeworld across the Bight. War was coming, a war that the colonies had to win if they were ever to be more than prison camps and a dumping ground for incompetent noblemen. The experience that had caused Allenson to hate war made him the only man who could lead the colonial army. Allenson knew that he wasn’t really a general, but he understood his fellow colonists better than any homeworld general could. He would free the Cutter Stream, or he would die trying. The sequel to Into the Hinterlands ($19.95).
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95

The Life Engineered
Dubeau, J F
The year 3594: humanity is little more than a memory a legend of the distant past destined to reappear. Capeks, a race of artificial creatures originally created by humans, have inherited the galaxy and formed a utopian civilization built on the shared goal of tirelessly working to prepare for their makers return. One moment a cop dying in the line of duty in Boston, the next reborn as a Capek, Dagir must find her place in this intricate society… A robot built for rescue and repair, she finds her abilities tested immediately after her awakening when the large, sentient facility that created her is destroyed; marking the only instance of murder the peaceful Capeks have ever known. For the first time in their history, conflicting philosophies clash, setting off a violent civil war that could lay waste to the stars themselves. Dagir sets off on a quest to find the killers, and finds much more than she sought.
Science fiction | TP | $29.95

Alliance (Linesman 02)
Dunstall, S K
Captain Selma Kari Wang has lost everything her ship, her crew, her legs. But the New Alliance of Worlds is not done with her, yet. After they rebuild her broken body, they send her to captain one of the new alien ships, teaming her up with Ean, the only one who can understand the alien lines. Kari Wang and Ean are poised on the threshold of discoveries that could change the world. But not everyone wants the New Alliance to control the secrets they uncover and those who oppose won’t hesitate to do whatever it takes to stop them… The first in this new series, Linesman (PBK, $19.95), is getting great customer feedback.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95

The Lyre Thief (War of the Gods Trilogy 01)
Fallon, Jennifer
Her Serene Highness, Rakaia, Princess of Fardohnya, is off to Hythria, where her eldest sister is now the High Princess, to find herself a husband, and escape the inevitable bloodbath in the harem, when her brother takes the throne.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Dark Promises (Carpathian)
Feehan, Christine
Gabrielle has had enough of battles, of wars, of seeing the Carpathian warrior she loves nearly lose his life when it isn’t even his fight. All she wants is to be away from the Carpathian Mountains, far from vampires and the shadows cast by the crumbling monastery that hides so many terrible secrets. But she isn’t the only one in search of answers in the corners of the unknown… Trixie Joanes has come to the Carpathian Mountains in search of her wayward granddaughter, fearing that she has been lured there by something unspeakable. Instead, Trixie has stumbled onto the path of a desperate man and woman on the run. And they’re all fated for the lair of a mysterious ancient with revenge in his soul and the undying power to make bad dreams come true.
Paranormal romance | TP | $29.99

The Circus of Dr Lao (Fantasy Masterworks)
Finney, Charles G
To the residents of Abalone, Arizona, a sleepy south-western town whose chief concern is surviving the Great Depression, the arrival of a circus in town is a chance to forget their woes for a while. But this is the circus of Dr Lao and instead of relief, the townsfolk are confronted with an array creature seemingly straight out of mythology: a chimera, a Medusa, a sphinx, a sea serpent and, of course, the elusive, ever-changing Dr Lao. As the circus unfolds, it spins events towards a climactic final act that will change the lives of Abalone’s residents, for ever.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Blood of the Hoopoe (Gaia Chronicles 03)
Foyle, Naomi
War is breaking out in Kadingir. Still struggling to accept her role as a long-prophesied icon of unification between Is-Land and Non-Land, Astra Ordott is on a journey across the windsands to join her father in Shiimti, where powerful mystics claim to be truly healing the damaged relationship between human beings and the Earth. Astra is desperate to get there quickly, but when her guide and companion, the shepherd Muzi, leads her off course – into the path of a vicious sandstorm – she is forced to confront what the gods of their devastated world might be telling her: that there will be no refuge from her destiny.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99

Darkness Raging (Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon 18)
Galenorn, Yasmine
Menolly D’Artigo, a vampire married to a gorgeous were-puma, is one of three half-human, half-Fae ex-operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. Caught in the middle between the devious plans of a malevolent necromancer and a soul-munching Sub-Realm leader, Menolly’s challenges are just beginning. Her wife has been kidnapped, and unless Menolly and her sisters meet the enemy’s demands, the were-puma beauty will die. To save her, Menolly must lead an army of vampires into the very depths of the Subterranean Realms.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.95

A Painted Goddess (Fire Beneath the Skin 03)
Gischler, Victor
The enchanted kingdom of Helva faces a nightmarish future of endless bloodshed, and Rina Veraiin – a young warrior-duchess, armed with mysterious, magical tattoos – must use her fantastic powers to save her home from eternal war. As her far-flung friends scour Helva for additional tattoos to increase her formidable abilities, Rina reckons with an enigmatic death priest… the one whose contract grants her extraordinary magic but demands an awful price. When her debt comes due, can Rina make the ultimate sacrifice? Deities clash and allies succumb as Rina strives to fulfil her obligation and confront her strange and shocking destiny. Becoming an ink mage taxed Rina’s resources to their very limits; now she must become something else, something more, something awesome and terrible. If she fails, her world will fall. Follows Ink Mage and The Tattooed Duchess (TP, $29.95 each) in this well-regarded series.
Fantasy | TP | $29.95

The Phoenix Descent
Grossart, Chuck
The year is 2025. Astronaut Caitlyn Sif Wagner and her team emerge from stasis, to discover that their Mars mission has gone terribly awry – the crew has run off course in space and, they suspect, in time as well. Their damaged ship returns to an Earth, reduced to overgrown cities and blasted terrain. Yet, humans have somehow survived, living in caves, foraging at night, returned to a tribal existence. Sif meets Litsa, the fiercest warrior in her tribe, and learns a horrific truth: the planet is overrun with the Riy, a swarm of spore-releasing revenants… intent only on spreading their infection.
Science fiction | TP | $29.95

The Map of Bones (Fire Sermon 02)
Haig, Francesca
The Omega resistance has been brutally attacked, its members dead, or in hiding. The Alpha Council’s plan for permanently containing the Omegas has begun. But all is not entirely lost: the Council’s seer, The Confessor, is dead, killed by her twin’s sacrifice. Cass is left haunted by visions of the past while her brother Zach’s cruelty and obsession pushes her to the edge and threatens to destroy everything she hopes for. As the country moves closer to all-out civil war, Cass will learn that to change the future she will need to uncover the past. But nothing can prepare her for what she discovers: a deeply buried secret that raises the stakes higher than ever before.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

The Library At Mount Char
Hawkins, Scott
Carolyn’s not so different from the other people around her. After all, she was a normal American, herself, once. That was a long time ago, of course. Before her parents died. Before she and the others were taken in by the man they called Father. In the years since then, Carolyn hasn’t had a chance to get out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father’s ancient customs. They’ve studied the books in his Library and learned some of the secrets of his power. And, sometimes, they’ve wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God. Now, Father is missing, perhaps even dead, and the Library that holds his secrets stands unguarded. And with it, control over all of creation. As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her, all of them with powers that far exceed her own… This has been getting fantastic reviews.
Dark fantasy | TP | $29.95

Emperor of the Eight Islands (The Tale of Shikanoko)
Hearn, Lian
An omnibus edition of books one and two of The Tale of Shikanoko. Now, against a dazzling canvas of wild forest, elegant court and savage battlefield, Hearn brilliantly brings to life the world that existed 300 years earlier than the Tales of the Otori. An intricate tapestry – seething with intrigue, adventure and love – of two rival clans struggling over who will be crowned Emperor of the Eight Islands, in a medieval Japanese country inhabited by warriors, assassins, ghosts and guardian spirits. And as the laws of destiny play out their inexorable drama, so the battle for the Lotus Throne begins. Coming soon: Lord of the Darkwood – books three and four in The Tale of Shikanoko. The five books comprising the Tales of the Otori have been reissued, with new jackets (PBK, $19.99 each).
Historical fantasy | TP | $29.99

The Unit
Holmqvis, Ninni
Single, childless, fifty and deemed economically worthless, Dorrit leaves behind her married lover, her beloved dog and her ramshackle house and joins the residents of the Second Reserve Bank Unit for biological material, resigned to making her contribution to society by giving herself, organ by organ, to the ‘necessary’ population outside the Unit…
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Wizard of the Grove (Wizard Crystal)
Huff, Tanya
Now available in one volume, the novels which began Tanya Huff’s career: Child of the Grove and The Last Wizard – forming a powerful fantasy duology about the last wizard ever to be born into the world. It is the saga of Crystal, a daughter of Power whose destiny is to put an end to the war between wizards and the mortal world.
Fantasy | TP | $31.95

The Buried Giant
Ishiguro, Kazuo
The Romans have long since departed, and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But, at last, the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased. A couple, Axl and Beatrice, set off across a troubled land of mist and rain, in the hope of finding a son they have not seen for years. They expect to face many hazards – some strange and otherworldly – but they cannot yet foresee how their journey will reveal to them dark and forgotten corners of their love for one another.
Fiction | PBK | $19.99

Black City Saint
Knaak, Richard A
For more than sixteen hundred years, Nick Medea has followed and guarded the Gate that keeps the mortal realm and that of Feirie separate, seeking in vain absolution for the fatal errors he made, when he slew the dragon. If Nick cannot prevent an old evil from opening the way between realms… then not only might Chicago face a fate worse than the Great Fire, but so will the rest of the mortal realm.
Urban fantasy | TP | $35.95

Battlestorm (Midgard 03)
Krinard, Susan
Centuries ago, the Norse gods and goddesses fought their Last Battle with the trickster god Loki and his frost giants. All were believed lost, except for a few survivors… including the Valkyrie Mist, forgotten daughter of the goddess Freya. But the battle isn’t over, and Mist – Iiving a mortal life in San Francisco – is at the centre of a new war, with the fate of the Earth hanging in the balance. As old enemies and allies reappear around the city, Mist must determine who to trust, while learning to control her own growing power. It will take all of Mist’s courage, determination, and newfound magical abilities to step Loki before history repeats itself.
Urban fantasy | TP | $31.95

The World Forgot (Ever-Expanding Universe 03)
Leicht, Martin & Neal, Isla
After dealing with killer whales, evil scientists, the return of her long-lost mother and, certainly not least of all, the challenges of breastfeeding, Elvie Nara has just about had it. And then the Jin Kai (along with the aforementioned estranged mom) kidnap her baby. And before she knows it, another Jin Kai attack puts her on the run again, but not before discovering that Olivia was implanted with a genetic tracking device. So along with Cole, Ducky, and her dad, Elvie goes back out into space to follow the signal. There she finds evil Dr. Marsden up to some evil tricks and realizes that Mars may hold the secret to defeating her enemies once and for all. So, off to Mars she goes. Because alien race war aside, Elvie really wants to be back with her daughter. For a kid she wasn’t even sure she wanted, Olivia has come to mean the world to Elvie and she’ll search the universe to be with her again.
Humorous SF | PBK | $19.95

The Crow of Connemara
Leigh, Stephen
Colin Doyle is young Irish-American musician from Chicago, whose interest is traditional Irish music. Maeve Gallagher is an Oileanach, an ‘Islander’ from Ireland’s west coast. Islanders are outcasts treated with suspicion by the locals, who think them responsible for wild and strange happenings in the area. Colin soon discovers that he’s connected to Maeve, in ways he never could have imagined.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95

World of Water (Dev Harmer Missions 02)
Lovegrove, James
Dev Harmer, reluctant agent of Interstellar Security Solutions, has travelled to ocean world Robinson D, nicknamed Triton. Here, settlements belonging to the Terran Diaspora have been coming under attack by members of the planet’s subaquatic indigenous race. ISS suspects the involvement of an agent provocateur working for humankind’s galactic rivals, the artificial intelligence civilisation known as Polis+. As the violence escalates, Dev finds himself battling to restore order – but he has only seventy-two hours before his genetically engineered host form breaks down irreversibly. And all as an ancient god-beast rises from the depths to usher in an apocalypse…
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95

The Seer
Lyris, Sonia
The Arunkel empire has stood a thousand years, forged by wealth and conquest, but now rebellion is stirring on the borders and treachery brews in the palace halls. Elsewhere, in a remote mountain village, a young mother sells the prophecies of her sister, Amarta, in order to keep them and her infant child from starving. It’s a dangerous game when such revelations draw suspicion and mistrust, as often as they earn coin. Now, in a tapestry of loyalty, intrigue, magic, and gold, Amarta has become the key to a ruler’s ambitions.
Fantasy | TP | $29.95

Rogues
Martin, George R R & Dozois, Gardner (editors)
The biggest draw in this tome is a new Song of Ice and Fire yarn, by Martin. Other contributors include Joe Abercrombie, Paul Cornell, Gillian Flynn, Neil Gaiman, Scott Lynch, Garth Nix, Patrick Rothfuss, Carrie Vaughn, and Connie Willis. ‘Rambunctious, rowdy and occasionally R-rated: a worthy entertainment, without a dud in the bunch that easily moves from swords and sorcery to hard-boiled Chandleresque.’ – Kirkus Reviews.
Collection | PBK | $19.99

Something Coming Through
McAuley, Paul
The Jackaroo have given humanity 15 worlds and the means to reach them. They’re a chance to start over, but they’re also littered with ruins and artefacts left by the Jackaroo’s previous clients. Miracles that could reverse the damage caused by war, climate change, and rising sea levels. Nightmares that could for ever alter humanity – or even destroy it. Chloe Millar works in London, mapping changes caused by imported scraps of alien technology. When she stumbles across a pair of orphaned kids possessed by an ancient ghost, she must decide whether to help them or to hand them over to the authorities. And on one of the Jackaroo’s gift-worlds, the murder of a man who has just arrived from Earth leads policeman Vic Gayle to a war between rival gangs over possession of a remote excavation site. Something is coming through. Something linked to the visions of Chloe’s orphans, and Vic Gayle’s murder investigation. The first in a new series.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

The Autumn Republic (Powder Mage trilogy 03)
McClellan, Brian
The capital has fallen… Field Marshal Tamas has finally returned to Adopest, only to find the capital in the hands of a foreign power. With his son Taniel presumed dead, Tamas must gather his beleaguered forces and formulate a plan to defeat the Kez – no easy task when you’re outnumbered and can’t tell friend from foe. The army is divided… With their enemy bearing down on them, the Adran command is in disarray. Someone, it seems, is selling secrets to the Kez. Inspector Adamat is determined to flush out the traitor, but as the conspiracy unravels, he will learn a horrifying truth. And all hope rests with one man… Taniel Two-Shot, the powder mage who shot a god in the eye, is on the run. He possesses the sole means of defeating the Kez, but to do so he must evade treachery at every turn. If he fails, Adro will fall. The explosive conclusion to the award-winning Powder Mage trilogy, which begins with Promise of Blood ($19.99). Highly recommended.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Thunderbird
McDevitt, Jack
A ten-thousand-year-old stargate has been discovered on a Sioux reservation. Travel through the gate leads to three mysterious destinations: a seemingly empty garden world; a strange maze of underground passageways; and a space station with a view of a galaxy that appears to be the Milky Way. The race to explore and claim the stargate quickly escalates. Two opposing camps emerge, divided over whether the stargate is an unprecedented opportunity for scientific research or a disastrous threat to national – if not planetary – security. Especially since travel through the stargate isn’t, necessarily, only one way…
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

An Unattractive Vampire
McDoniel, Jim
After three centuries trapped underground, thousand-year-old Yulric Bile – also known as the Cursed One, the Devil’s Apprentice, He Who Worships the Slumbering Horrors – awakens, only to find that no one believes he is a vampire. Apparently he’s just too ugly. Modern vampires, he soon discovers, are pretty, weak, and, most disturbing of all, good. Determined to re-establish his bloodstained reign, Yulric sets out to correct this disgusting turn of events or, at the very least, murder the person responsible.
Urban fantasy | TP | $28.95

Chaos Choreography (Incryptid 05)
McGuire, Seanan
Verity Price is back on the West Coast and getting back into the swing of the family business: cryptozoology. She’s rescuing cryptids from bad situations, protecting them from monster-hunters, and generally risking life and limb for the greater good, with her ex-Covenant partner/husband, Dominic, by her side. Her ballroom dance career is behind her or so she thinks. When Verity gets the call from the producers of Dance or Die – the reality show she almost won, several years before – she finds the lure impossible to resist, and she and Dominic are off to L.A. for one last shot at the big time. Of course, nothing is that simple. When two contestants turn up dead, Verity will need every ally she can find with the investigation, without blowing her cover.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.95

This Census-Taker
Miéville, China
In a remote house on a hilltop, a lonely boy witnesses a traumatic event. He tries – and fails – to flee. Left alone with his increasingly deranged parent, he dreams of safety, of joining the other children in the town below, of escape. When, at last, a stranger knocks at his door, the boy senses that his days of isolation might be over. But by what authority does this man keep the meticulous records he carries? What is the purpose behind his questions? Is he friend? Enemy? Or something else altogether?
Fiction | HC | $32.99

Madness In Solidar (Imager Portfolio 09)
Modesitt Jr, L E
Four centuries after its founding, Solidar’s Collegium of lmagers is in decline, the exploits of its founder, the legendary Quaeryt, largely forgotten. The Collegium is so lacking in leadership that the dying Maitre must summon Alastar, an obscure but talented senior imager from Westisle far to the south who has little knowledge of politics in the capital, as his successor. When Alastar arrives in L’Excelsis and becomes the new Maitre, he finds disarray and lack of discipline within the Collegium, and the ruler of Solidar, so hated by the High Holders that they openly refer to him as being mad. To make matters worse, neither Rex Ryen, ridiculed as Rex Dafou, nor the High Holders have any respect for the Collegium. Alastar finds himself in the middle of a power struggle, with Ryen demanding that the Collegium remove the strongest High Holders and the military leadership in turn plotting to topple Ryen and destroy the Collegium. And all that, Alastar discovers, is only a fraction of the problems he and the Collegium face.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.95

Down Station
Morden, Simon
A small group of commuters and tube workers witness a fiery apocalypse overtaking London. They make their escape through a service tunnel. Reaching a door they step through… and find themselves on a wild shore backed by cliffs and rolling grassland. The way back is blocked. Making their way inland they meet a man dressed in a wolf’s cloak and with wolves by his side. He speaks English and has heard of a place called London – other people have arrived here, down the ages – all escaping from a London that is burning. None of them have returned. Except one – who travels, between the two worlds, at will. The group begin a quest to find this one survivor; the one who holds the key to their return and to the safety of London. Heaps of fun – recommended!
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Midnight Marked (Chicagoland Vampires 12)
Neill, Chloe
Merit and Ethan find themselves in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, where winning may require the ultimate sacrifice.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99

The Reburialists (Grimm Agency 04)
Nelson, J C
At the Bureau of Special Investigations, agents encounter all sorts of paranormal evils. So for Agent Brynner Carson, driving a stake through a rampaging three-week-old corpse is normal. Except this cadaver is different. It’s talking – and it has a message about Brynner’s father, Heinrich. Heinrich Carson stole the heart of Ra-Ame, the long-dead god of the Re-Animus. And she wants it back. The only problem is Heinrich took the secret of its location to his grave. Will Brynner be able to find it before Ra-Ame does?
Urban fantasy | TP | $31.95

The Vagrant
Newman, Peter
The Vagrant is his name. He has no other. Years have passed since humanity’s destruction emerged from the Breach. Friendless and alone he walks across a desolate, war-torn landscape. As each day passes the world tumbles further into depravity, bent and twisted by the new order, corrupted by the Usurper, the enemy, and his infernal horde. His purpose is to reach the Shining City, last bastion of the human race, and deliver the only weapon that may make a difference in the ongoing war. What little hope remains is dying. Abandoned by its leader, The Seven, and its heroes, The Seraph Knights, the last defences of a once great civilisation are crumbling into dust. But the Shining City is far away and the world is a very dangerous place. The first in a series.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Uprooted
Novik, Naomi
‘In this breathtaking departure from her Temeraire alternate-history series, Novik drops readers into an instantly immersive Polish fairy tale. The so-called Dragon is actually a man – a wizard who takes young women from a rural village, as payment for protecting the region from the poisonous influence of the evil Wood. When Agnieszka is chosen to serve the Dragon for ten years, she finds within herself a rare and incredible talent for magic. She is disaster prone and homesick, but nonetheless steps up to the role of heroine when the situation demands it. Soon, Agnieszka’s fabulous journey expands to encompass a deadly quest, the terrible glamour of a royal court, a true and unbreakable friendship, and just a touch of romance. Novik’s use of language is supremely skilful as she weaves a tale that is both elegantly grand and earthily humble, familiar as a Grimm fairy tale, yet fresh, original, and totally irresistible. This will be a must-read for fantasy fans for years to come.’ – Publisher’s Weekly. Recommended! The paperback edition ($19.99) is due in May.
Fantasy | TP | $31.95

The Maker of Swans
O’Donnell, Paraic
Mr Crowe was once the toast of the finest salons. A man of learning and means, he travelled the world, enthralling all who met him. Now, Mr Crowe devotes himself to earthly pleasures. He has retreated to his sprawling country estate, where he lives with Clara, his mysterious young ward, and Eustace, his faithful manservant. But Mr Crowe and his extraordinary gifts have not been entirely forgotten. When he acts impetuously over a woman, he attracts the attention of Dr Chastern, the figurehead of a secret society to which Crowe still belongs. Chastern comes to Crowe’s estate to call him to account, and what follows will threaten everyone he cares for. But Clara possesses gifts of her own, gifts whose power she has not yet fully grasped. She must learn to use them quickly, if she is to save them all.
Gothic thriller | TP | $29.99

Lost Souls (Reviver Trilogy 02)
Patrick, Seth
Able to wake the recently dead, for testimony that is accepted in courts worldwide, the use of revivers has become a routine part of police investigation. Despite his troubled past, Jonah Miller is one of the best. But while reviving the victim of a brutal murder, he encounters a terrifying presence. Something is watching. Waiting. When long-hidden secrets are uncovered, Jonah is forced to come to a chilling conclusion: An ancient evil is coming – and Jonah may be all that stands in its way…
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Empire V: The Prince of Hamlet
Pelevin, Victor
Roman thought he’d found the perfect opportunity to rebel. He may have been wrong. He awakens strapped to a set of parallel bars in a richly appointed sitting room, and begins a conversation with a masked man which will change his life. His world has been a façade – one which the mysterious Brahma is about to tear away.
Satirical SF | TP | $29.99

The Long Utopia (Long Earth 04)
Pratchett, Terry & Baxter, Stephen
2045–2059. After the cataclysmic upheavals of Step Day and the Yellowstone eruption humanity is spreading further into the Long Earth, and society, on a battered Datum Earth and beyond, continues to evolve. Now an elderly and cantankerous AI, Lobsang lives in disguise with Agnes in an exotic, far-distant world. He’s convinced they’re leading a normal life in New Springfield – they even adopt a child – but it seems they have been guided there for a reason. As rumours of strange sightings and hauntings proliferate, it becomes clear that something is very awry with this particular world. Millions of steps away, Joshua is on a personal journey of discovery: learning about the father he never knew and a secret family history. But then he receives a summons from New Springfield. Lobsang now understands the enormity of what’s taking place beneath the surface of his earth – a threat to all the worlds of the Long Earth. To counter this threat will require the combined efforts of humankind, machine and the super-intelligent Next. And some must make the ultimate sacrifice…
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

The Damned (Darkest Hand Trilogy 01)
Richardson, Tarn
Set in an alternate World War I, unspeakable creatures roam the grisly trenches, and a ruthless Catholic Inquisition holds sway – still powerful, but working in the shadows.
Dark fantasy | HC | $49.95

Runaway Vampire (Argeneau Family 23)
Sands, Lynsay
Dante Notte has heard it said that love hurts. He just wasn’t expecting it to run him over in an RV. Still, a punctured lung and broken ribs are nothing compared to the full-body shock he feels whenever he’s near the vehicle’s driver, Mary Winslow. He needs to keep her safe from their pursuers while he rescues his brother. Most challenging of all, he needs to claim this smart, stubborn woman as his life mate. The naked, injured, insanely gorgeous younger man who clambered into her RV insists they belong together. If Mary wasn’t feeling their incredible connection in every inch of her being, she wouldn’t believe it. But now that the men who took Dante’s twin are after her too, trusting her gut means risking her life for an immortal, who’s the very definition of a perfect stranger.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99

Quantum Night
Sawyer, Robert J
Experimental psychologist Chris Marchuk has developed a flawless technique for identifying the previously undetected psychopaths lurking everywhere in society. But while being cross-examined about his breakthrough in court, Chris is shocked to discover that he has lost his memories of six months of his life, from twenty years previously – a dark time during which he himself committed heinous acts. Chris is reunited with Kayla Huron, his forgotten girlfriend from his lost period and now a quantum physicist who has made a stunning discovery about the nature of human consciousness. As a rising tide of violence and hate sweeps across the globe, the psychologist and the physicist combine forces in a race against time, to see if they can do the impossible – change human nature – before the entire world descends into darkness.
Science fiction | HC | $49.95

Spinning Thorns
Sheehan, Anna
Sleeping Beauty has woken. The world has been renewed. Everyone is living happily ever after… Almost. Sharp, blood-seeking thorns still surround the castle. A feud remains between those who wield magic and those who were subjected to it. And while the kingdom is divided against itself, nothing can thrive. A rebellion may be needed – and that’s where Sleeping Beauty’s daughter comes in…
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Firstlife
Showalter, Gena
Tenley (Ten) Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live, after she dies. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war, between the two realms controlling Firstlife… who will do anything to win the right to her soul.
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The Beauty of Destruction (Veteran 03)
Smith, Gavin G
In the past, present and future, humanity is under attack from a mysterious dark power. The invasion reaches its shattering conclusion in this epic space opera. In the far future, after the Loss of Earth, war has begun and an unknowable alien race has awakened, intent on the destruction of everything. Here and now, the end of the world has come. And the only way our species will survive is if two augmented humans can fight their way through apocalypse to a faint glimmer of hope. Long ago, the seeds of that apocalypse were resisted by the warrior tribes of Britain, with devastating consequences for them and their lands. And all three of these times will meet on another world. The Age of Scorpio is the first in the series ($19.99).
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

Phoenix Ascendant (Balanced Sword 03)
Spoor, Ryk E
Phoenix and her companions take on the King of All Hells in a final showdown, with the fate of multiple worlds in the balance.
Epic fantasy | TP | $31.95

North Star Guide Me Home (Children of the Black Sun 03)
Spurrier, Jo
Grievously wounded in battle, Isidro’s life hangs in the balance – but the only person who can help him is the man he can never trust. Sierra is desperate to rebuild shattered bonds with her old friends, but with Isidro incontrovertibly changed and her own wounds still fresh, things can never be as they once were. Burdened by all he’s done at Kell’s command, Rasten knows he cannot atone for the horrors of his past. But when their enemies in Akhara follow Cam’s small clan back to Ricalan, carrying a thirst for vengeance, the skills Rasten swore he’d renounce may be their only hope for victory…
Fantasy | PBK | $17.99

Arkwright
Steele, Allen
Nathan Arkwright is a famous science fiction writer, who is convinced that humanity cannot survive on Earth. His Arkwright Foundation dedicates itself to creating a colony in deep space. Fuelled by Nathan’s legacy, generations of Arkwrights are drawn together, and pulled apart, by the enormity of the task and weight of their name.
Science fiction | HC | $49.95

Occupy Me
Sullivan, Tricia
A woman with wings that exist in another dimension. A man trapped in his own body by a killer. A briefcase that is a door to hell. A conspiracy that reaches beyond our world. We follow our heroine as she attempts to track down a killer in the body of another man, and the man who has been taken over, his will trapped inside the mind of the being that has taken him over. And at the centre of it all a briefcase that contains countless possible realities.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99

Dragon Wizard (Dragon 03)
Swann, S Andrew
It has been a year, since former thief Frank Blackthorne became Princess of Lendowyn, and married a dragon. He’s coming to terms with his new life, but during the royal anniversary banquet, an elven prince reads a scroll of evil magic and Frank’s world is turned upside down. Again. The scroll’s spell causes a murderous rampage in a palace full of noble dignitaries, so it’s no surprise Frank’s visitors are angry. The Elf-King Timoras threatens war but Frank can’t do anything about it: because of the same bit of scroll magic, the ex-Dragon Lucille has taken over the princess’s body, unaware that Frank is still there, locked in her skull. And worst of all, the fate of everyone may soon rest on the shoulders of the man responsible for the whole mess, someone who should be safely dead…
Humorous fantasy | PBK | $19.95

Dawn (Legend of the Galactic Heroes 01)
Tanaka, Yoshiki
The Golden Brat Reinhard von Lohengramm, a military prodigy and admiral of the Galactic Empire, has ambitions beyond protecting the borders or even defeating the Empire’s enemies. He seeks to overthrow the old order and become a truly absolute yet benevolent dictator. His rival, the humble Yang Wen-li of the Free Planets Alliance, wishes to preserve democracy even if he must sacrifice his political ideals to defeat the Empire. Their political and military battles play out over a galactic chessboard in an epic saga fifteen centuries in the making!
Science fiction | TP | $31.95

Trail of Evil (Tau Ceti Agenda 04)
Taylor, Travis S
Humanity takes to interstellar space to face conflict and an extermination threat from an evil artificial intelligence, and a possible menace from beyond. A century and a half after the Martian Separatist Wars, and the final defeat of insane terrorist leader El Ahmi, Alexander Moore returns to the stars – with the Sienna Madira, a United States Navy supercarrier spacecraft; outfitted with advanced FTL and endlessly strange, extremely effective, quantum-based weapons and remote sensing technology. And, of course, he’s brought Marines, and lots of them…
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95

United States of Japan
Tieryas, Peter
In a world where the Japanese Empire rules over America with huge robots, resistance is made possible in the form of subversive videogames?
Alternate history | PBK | $19.99

The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home (Fairyland series 05)
Valente, Catherynne M
September is accidentally crowned the Queen of Fairyland. But there are others, who believe they have a fair and good claim on the throne, so there is a Royal Race – whoever wins will seize the crown. Along the way, beloved characters including the Wyverary, A-Through-L, the boy Saturday, the changelings Hawthorn and Tamburlaine, the wombat Blunderbuss, and the gramophone Scratch are caught up in the madness. And September’s parents have crossed the universe to find their daughter. Who will win? What will become of September, Saturday, and A-Through-L? The fifth and final book in the Fairyland series. The fourth book, The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, is just out in paperback ($16.99).
Fantasy | TP | $24.99

A Fire Upon the Deep
Vinge, Vernor
The Hugo Award-winning masterpiece of modern space opera – a gripping tale of galactic war, told on a cosmic scale. Thousands of years hence, many races inhabit a universe where a mind’s potential is determined by its location in space. When the warring Straumli realm use an ancient Transcendent artefact as a weapon, they unwittingly unleash an awesome power that destroys thousands of worlds and enslaves all natural and artificial intelligence. Fleeing the threat, a family of scientists, including two children, are taken captive by the Tines – an alien race with a harsh medieval culture – and used as pawns in a ruthless power struggle. A rescue party, not entirely composed of humans, must free the children – and retrieve a secret that may save the rest of interstellar civilization. Recommended.
SF Masterworks | PBK | $19.99

Mammoth Book of Kaiju
Wallace, Sean (editor)
Now, for the first time, a definitive anthology that gathers a wide range of larger-than-life short fiction with creatures that run a gargantuan gamut: the stealthy gabbleduck of Neal Asher’s Polity universe; Gary McMahon’s huge sea-born terror; An Owomoyela ‘s incredibly tall alien invaders; Frank Wu’s city-razing, eighty-foot-high, fire-breathing lizard; Lavie Tidhar’s titanic ship-devouring monstrosity; a really big Midwest US smack-down, related by Jeremiah Tolbert… and many more mega-monster stories, to feed your need for killer kaiju!
Monster anthology | PBK | $19.99

The Philosopher Kings (Thessaly 02)
Walton, Jo
The god Apollo, living (by his own choice) a human life as ‘Pythias’ in the City, his true identity known only to a few, is now married and the father of several children. But a tragic loss causes him to become consumed with the desire for revenge. Being Apollo, he goes handling it in a seemingly rational and systematic way, but it’s evident, particularly to his precocious daughter Arete, that he is unhinged with grief. Along with Arete and several of his sons, plus a boatload of other volunteers – including the now fantastically aged Marsilio Ficino, the great humanist of Renaissance Florence – Pythias/Apollo goes sailing into the mysterious Eastern Mediterranean of pre-antiquity to see what they can find – possibly the man who may have caused his great grief, possibly communities of the earliest people to call themselves ‘Greek’. What Apollo, his daughter, and the rest of the expedition will discover… will change everything. The sequel to The Just City ($19.99).
Historical fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The Road to Hell (Multiverse 03)
Weber, David & Presby, Joelle
Men and women of honour on both sides must grapple with the terrible costs and deadly secrets of the spreading cataclysm, and in the shadows, those – who will balk at neither treason nor murder – drive the conspiracies that pour fuel into the furnace. The stakes are high, and the pieces are in motion, but there are factors known not even to the conspirators, and not even a Calirath can Glimpse the final outcome…
Science fiction | HC | $52.95

Imperative (Starfire 07)
White, Steve & Gannon, Charles E
The war with the Arduans – profoundly alien invaders who originally arrived in STL ships – is over. Most of those attackers are now probationary (and very productive) citizens of the Rim Federation. However, many among the Arduans’ warrior caste have accepted neither defeat nor the personhood of any of the other intelligence races. Their leader, the ruthless admiral of the second Arduan exodus, Amunsit, is in firm control of the Zarzuela system. Along with a fifth column among the peaceable Arduans, she hopes to find allies in subsequent refugee fleets that abandoned their race’s now-dead home system, long ago…
Science fiction | TP | $31.95

The Silver Tide (Copper Promise 03)
Williams, Jen
Devinia the Red, notorious pirate and captain of the Poison Chalice, is intent on finding the fabled treasure hidden within the jungles of the cursed island of Euriale. She needs the skills of her daughter Wydrin and her companions to get there, and our heroes cannot resist the lure of coin and adventure.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Emperor of All Things (Productions of Time 01)
Witcover, Paul
1758. England is embroiled in a globe-spanning conflict that stretches from her North American colonies to Europe and beyond. Across the Channel, the French prepare for an invasion – an invasion rumoured to be led by none other than Bonnie Prince Charlie. Yet behind these dramatic scenes, another war is raging – a war that will determine not just the fate of nations but of humanity itself… Daniel Quare is a journeyman in an ancient guild, The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers. He is also a Regulator, part of an elite network within the guild devoted to searching out and claiming for England’s exclusive use any horological innovation that could give them an upper hand, whether in business or in war. Just such a mission has brought Quare to the London townhouse of eccentric collector, Lord Wichcote. He seeks a pocket watch rumoured to possess seemingly impossible properties that are more to do with magic than with any science familiar to Quare, or to his superiors. And the strange timepiece has attracted the attention of others as well: the mysterious masked thief known only as Grimalkin, and a deadly French spy – who will stop at nothing, to bring the prize back to his masters.
Historical fantasy | PBK | $19.99