Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: March 2020
All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in March 2020.
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March 2020 includes new books by: Anne Bishop, Patricia Briggs, Ian McDonald, Seanan McGuire, Marshall Ryan Maresca, Natasha Pulley, Anthony Ryan, Lavie Tidhar, K B Wagers… and many others.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: the Original Radio Scripts (42nd anniversary edition)
March 1978 saw the first ever transmission of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on BBC Radio 4; the beginning of a cult phenomenon. March 2020 marks the 42nd anniversary of that first transmission – 42 being the answer, of course, to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. To mark the occasion, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: The Original Radio Scripts are back in print, with a brand-new introduction from Simon Jones. The collection also includes the previously ‘lost’ Hitchhiker script from the 25th anniversary edition, ‘Sheila’s Ear’, and the original introductions by producer Geoffrey Perkins and Douglas Adams. This collection, which is a faithful reproduction of the text, as it was first published in 1985, features all twelve original radio scripts – Hitchhiker, as it was written, and exactly as it was broadcast for the very first time. They include amendments and additions made during recordings and original notes on the writing and producing of the series by Douglas Adams and Geoffrey Perkins. For those who have always loved Douglas Adams, as well as for his new generation of fans, these scripts are essential reading and a must-have piece of Adams’ memorabilia.
H2G2 (reissue) | TP | $32.99
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 01) (42nd anniversary edition)
The intergalactic adventures of Arthur Dent begin in the first volume of the ‘trilogy of five’… It’s an ordinary Thursday lunchtime for Arthur Dent until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows, shortly afterwards, to make way for a new hyperspace express route, and his best friend has just announced that he’s an alien. At this moment, they’re hurtling through space with nothing but their towels and an innocuous-looking book inscribed, in large friendly letters, with the words: DON’T PANIC. The weekend has only just begun… With exclusive bonus material from the Douglas Adams archives, and an introduction by former Doctor Who showrunner, Russell T Davies. An international phenomenon and pop-culture classic, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has been a radio show, TV series, novel, stage play, comic book, and film. Following the galactic (mis)adventures of Arthur Dent, Hitchhiker’s – in its various incarnations – has captured the imaginations of curious minds around the world…
H2G2 (reissue) | PBK | $18.99
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 02)
(42nd anniversary edition)
If you’ve done six impossible things this morning, why not round it off with breakfast at Milliways, the Restaurant at the end of the Universe? Which is exactly what Arthur Dent and the crew of the Heart of Gold plan to do. There’s just the small matter of escaping the Vogons, avoiding being taken to the most totally evil world in the Galaxy, and teaching a space ship how to make a proper cup of tea. And did anyone, actually, make a reservation? This edition includes exclusive bonus material from the Douglas Adams archives, and an introduction by Monty Python star, Terry Jones.
H2G2 (reissue) | PBK | $18.99
Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 03) (42nd anniversary edition)
Following a number of stunning catastrophes, which have involved him being alternately blown up and insulted in ever stranger regions of the Galaxy, Arthur Dent is surprised to find himself living in a cave on prehistoric Earth. However, just as he thinks that things cannot get possibly worse, they suddenly do. An eddy in the space-time continuum lands him, Ford Prefect, and their flying sofa in the middle of the cricket ground at Lord’s, just two days before the world is due to be destroyed by the Vogons. Escaping the end of the world for a second time, Arthur, Ford, and their old friend Slartibartfast embark (reluctantly) on a mission to save the whole galaxy from fanatical robots. Not bad for a man in his dressing gown… This edition includes exclusive bonus material from the Douglas Adams archives, and an introduction by Simon Brett, producer of the original radio broadcast.
H2G2 (reissue) | PBK | $18.99
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 04) (42nd anniversary edition)
There is a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. It’s not an easy thing to do, and Arthur Dent thinks he’s the only human who’s been able to master this nifty little trick – until he meets Fenchurch, the woman of his dreams. Fenchurch once realised how the world could be made a good and happy place. Unfortunately, she’s forgotten. Convinced that the secret lies within God’s Final Message to His Creation, they go in search of it. And, in a dramatic break with tradition, actually find it… This edition includes exclusive bonus material from the Douglas Adams archives, and an introduction by Neil Gaiman.
H2G2 (reissue) | PBK | $18.99
Mostly Harmless (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 05) (42nd anniversary edition)
Arthur Dent hadn’t had a day as bad as this, since the Earth had been blown up. After years of galactic wanderings, Arthur finally settles on the small planet Lamuella and becomes a sandwich maker. Looking forward to a quiet life, his plans are thrown awry by the unexpected arrival of his daughter. There’s nothing worse than a frustrated teenager with a copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in their hands. When she runs away, Arthur goes after her, determined to save her from the horrors of the universe. After all – he’s encountered most of them before… This edition includes exclusive bonus material from the Douglas Adams archives, and an introduction by Dirk Maggs.
H2G2 (reissue) | PBK | $18.99
Akers, W M
It’s 1921, and a thirteen-mile fence running the length of Broadway splits the island of Manhattan, separating the prosperous Eastside from the Westside – an overgrown wasteland whose hostility to modern technology gives it the flavour of old New York. Thousands have disappeared here, and the respectable have fled, leaving behind the killers, thieves, poets, painters, drunks, and those too poor or desperate to leave. It is a hellish landscape, and Gilda Carr proudly calls it home. Slightly built, but with a will of iron, Gilda follows in the footsteps of her late father, a police detective turned private eye. Unlike that larger-than-life man, Gilda solves tiny mysteries: the impossible puzzles that keep us awake at night; the small riddles that destroy us…
Urban fantasy | TP | $27.99
2041… and the world as we know it grinds to a halt. Our planet seems to be turning against itself – it would appear that the magnetic field, that protects life on Earth from deadly radiation from space, is failing… Desperate to quell the mass hysteria that would surely follow, world governments have concealed this rapidly emerging Armageddon. But a young Iranian hacktivist stumbles across the truth, and it becomes a race against time to reactivate the earth’s core, using beams of dark matter. As a small team of brave and brilliant scientists battle to find a way of transforming theory into practice, they face a fanatical group intent on pursuing their own endgame agenda: for they believe mankind to be a plague upon this earth and will do anything, commit any crime, to ensure that the project fails… And, so, bring about humanity’s end. From renowned theoretical physicist, broadcaster, and author Jim Al-Khalili, comes this thrilling debut novel drawing on cutting-edge science, and set in a near-future full of dazzling technologies.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
In this lush interplanetary tale, Novic is an immortal Sayneth priest who flouts the conventions of a matriarchal society by choosing a name for his child. This act initiates chaos that splits the boy in two, unleashing a Jekyll-and-Hyde child upon the universe. Named T-Mo by his mother, and Odysseus by his father, the story spans the boy’s lifetime from his early years with his mother Silhouette on planet Grovea to his travels to Earth where he meets and marries Salem, and together they bear a hybrid named Myra. The story unfolds through the eyes of these three distinctive women: Silhouette, Salem and Myra. As they confront their fears and navigate the treacherous paths to love and accept T-Mo/Odysseus and themselves, the darkness in Odysseus urges them to unbearable choices that threaten their very existence.
Science fiction | TP | $27.99
King of Scars (Nikolai duology 01)
Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war – and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army. Yet, with every day, a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka – where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried – and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99
The Song of the Tree
Bird loves the towering tree that grows in the jungle. Every year in the dry months, he and the other birds come to play and sing in tree’s branches. Then one day Bird wonders: what is it like for tree when they fly away? Who else lives there? As he goes on a journey to discover the stories of the other creatures who love tree as much as he does, Bird learns to sing a new song. This is a tale about the spirit of adventure and finding our own way of exploring the world. A rich and vibrant story about growing up, from the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith.
Illustrated children’s story | HC | $35.00
The Queen’s Bargain (Black Jewels 10)
After a youthful mistake, Lord Dillon’s reputation is in tatters, leaving him vulnerable to aristo girls looking for a bit of fun. To restore his reputation and honour, he needs a handfast – a one-year contract of marriage. He sets his sights on Jillian, a young Eyrien witch from Ebon Rih, who he believes has only a flimsy connection to the noble society that spurned him. Unfortunately for Dillon, he is unaware of Jillian’s true connections, until he finds himself facing Lucivar Yaslana, the volatile Warlord Prince of Ebon Rih. Meanwhile, Surreal SaDiablo’s marriage is crumbling. Daemon Sadi, the Warlord Prince of Dhemlan, recognises there is something wrong between him and Surreal, but he doesn’t ealise that his attempt to suppress his own nature, in order to spare his wife, is causing his mind to splinter. To save Daemon, and the Realm of Kaeleer, if he breaks; help must be sought from someone who no longer exists, in any of the Realms – the only Queen powerful enough to control Daemon Sadi. The Queen known as Witch. As Jillian rides the winds of first love with Dillon, Daemon and Surreal struggle to survive the wounds of a marriage turned stormy – and Lucivar has to find a way to keep everyone in his family safe… even from each other.
Fantasy | HC | $47.99
Chapel of Ease (Tufa 04)
When Matt Johansson, a young New York actor, auditions for Chapel of Ease, an off-Broadway musical, he is instantly charmed by Ray Parrish, the show’s writer and composer. They soon become friends; Matt learns that Ray’s people call themselves the Tufa; and that the musical is based on the history of his isolated hometown. But there is one question in the show’s script that Ray refuses to answer: what is buried, in the ruins of the chapel of ease? As opening night approaches, strange things begin to happen. A dreadlocked girl follows Ray and spies on him. At the press preview, a strange Tufa woman warns him to stop the show. Then, as the rave reviews arrive, Ray dies in his sleep. Matt and the cast are distraught, but there’s no question of shutting down: the run quickly sells out. They postpone opening night for a week, and Matt volunteers to take Ray’s ashes back to Needsville. He also hopes, while he’s there, to find out more of the real story behind the play, and discover the secret that Ray took to his grave. Matt’s journey into the haunting Appalachian mountains of Cloud County sets him on a dangerous path, where some secrets deserve to stay buried.
Retold myth | TP | $26.99
Breukelaar, J S
A collection of twelve of J S Breukelaar’s darkest, finest stories with four new works, including the uncanny new novella Ripples on a Blank Shore; and an introduction by award-winning author, Angela Slatter. This collection from the author of American Monster and the internationally-acclaimed and Aurealis-Award-finalist, Aletheia, announces a new and powerful voice in fantastical fiction. ‘There’s an ethereal and dreamlike quality to Breukelaar’s prose that demands attention and reflection that keep the reader enthralled beyond the last page.’ – Aimée Lindorff, Aurealis Magazine.
Short fiction collection | TP | $27.99
Smoke Bitten (Mercy Thompson 12)
I am Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman. My only ‘superpowers’ are that I turn into a thirty-five-pound coyote, and fix Volkswagens. But I have friends in odd places, and a pack of werewolves at my back. It looks like I’m going to need them. Centuries ago, the fae dwelt in Underhill. When they were cast out, they left behind their great castles, troves of magical artefacts… and their prisoners. Without the fae to mind them, those creatures roamed freely through Underhill, wreaking havoc. Only the deadliest survived. Now, one of those prisoners has escaped. It can look like any creature it chooses and, if it bites you, it controls you. It lives for chaos and destruction and can make you do anything – even kill the person you love the most. Now, it is here, in the Tri-Cities. In my territory. It won’t, can’t, remain. Not if I have anything to say about it.
Paranormal romance | TP | $32.99
Knife Children (Sharing Knife 04.5) (novella)
Bujold, Lois McMaster
Lakewalker Barr Foxbrush returns from two years of patrolling the bitter wilds of Luthlia against the enigmatic, destructive entities called malices, only to find that the secret daughter he’d left behind, in the hinterland of Oleana, has disappeared from her home after a terrible accusation. The search for her will call on more of Barr’s mind and heart than just his mage powers, as he tries to balance his mistakes of the past and his most personal duties to the future. A pricey, limited, hardcover edition from Subterranean Press; which may go out of print on release. Set in the world of Bujold’s Sharing Knife series.
Fantasy | HC | $55.00
Wild Seed (Patternist 01)
Butler, Octavia E
For a thousand years, Doro has cultivated a small African village, carefully breeding its people in search of seemingly unattainable perfection. He survives through the centuries by stealing the bodies of others, a technique he has so thoroughly mastered that nothing on Earth can kill him. But when a gang of New World slavers destroys his village, ruining his grand experiment, Doro is forced to go west and begin anew. He meets Anyanwu, a centuries-old woman whose means of immortality are as kind as his are cruel. She is a shapeshifter, capable of healing with a kiss, and she recognises Doro as a tyrant. Though many humans have tried to kill them, these two demi-gods have never before met a rival. Now, they begin a struggle that will last centuries and permanently alter the nature of humanity. A reissue.
Science fiction (reissue) | TP | $35.95
Queen of the Conquered (Islands of Blood & Storm 01)
Sigourney Rose is the only surviving daughter of a noble lineage on the islands of Hans Lollik. When she was a child, her family was murdered by the islands’ colonisers, who have massacred and enslaved generations of her people – and, now, Sigourney is ready to exact her revenge. When the childless king of the islands declares that he will choose his successor from amongst eligible noble families, Sigourney uses her ability to read and control minds, to manipulate her way onto the royal island and into the ranks of the ruling colonisers. But when she arrives, prepared to fight for control of all the islands, Sigourney finds herself the target of a dangerous, unknown magic. Someone is killing off the ruling families, to clear a path to the throne. As the bodies pile up and all eyes regard her with suspicion, Sigourney must find allies among her prey and the murderer among her peers… lest she become the next victim. A Caribbean-inspired fantasy world, embattled by colonial oppression; the first in a series.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Kingdom of Copper (Daevabad trilogy 02)
Chakraborty, S A
Now, as Nahri embraces her heritage and her power, she must forge a new path. Exiled for daring to defy his father, Ali is adrift on the unforgiving sands of his ancestral land, hunted by assassins and forced to rely on frightening new abilities that threaten to reveal a terrible family secret. The sequel to The City of Brass (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Chain of Gold (Last Hours 01)
Cordelia Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, a warrior trained since childhood to battle demons. When her father is accused of a terrible crime, she and her brother travel to Edwardian London in hopes of preventing the family’s ruin. Cordelia’s new life is blown apart, when a shocking series of demon attacks devastate London. These monsters are nothing like those, Shadowhunters have fought before… The first in a new Shadowhunters series from the prolific Clare.
YA fantasy | TP | $27.99
The Ice House (Honours 02)
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. 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. A sequel to The Honours (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
A lifelong Search-and-Rescuewoman, Coast Guard Captain Jane Oliver is ready for a peaceful retirement. But when tragedy strikes, Oliver loses her husband and her plans for the future, and finds herself thrust into a role she’s not prepared for. Suddenly at the helm of the Coast Guard’s elite SAR-1 lunar unit, Oliver is the only woman who can prevent the first lunar war in history, a conflict that will surely consume not only the moon, but earth as well.
Military SF | TP | $24.99
House of Assassins (Saga of the Forgotten Warrior 02)
Thera had been a member of the Warrior Order, spending her life training for combat; until she was struck by lightning, gaining the power to see the future. She fought alongside Ashok and his company of men – known as the Sons of the Black Sword – until a shapeshifting wizard, with designs on her powers of precognition, spirited her away… holding her prisoner, in the House of Assassins. Ashok and his men march to the rescue… The sequel to the terrific Son of the Black Sword (PBK, $22.95).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.95
A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery (Risen Kingdoms 02)
Isabelle des Zephyrs has always been underestimated throughout her life, but after discovering the well of hidden magic within her, unveiling a centuries-long conspiracy, and stopping a war between rival nations, she has gained a newfound respect amongst the cutthroat court. All that is quickly taken away, when Isabelle is unfairly convicted of breaking the treaty she helped write; and has her political rank and status taken away. Now, bereft, she nevertheless finds herself drawn into mystery when her faithful musketeer Jean-Claude uncovers a series of gruesome murders – by someone calling themselves the Harvest King. As panic swells, the capital descends into chaos, when the emperor is usurped from the throne by a rival noble. Betrayed by their allies and hunted by assassins, Isabelle and Jean-Claude, alone, must thwart the coup, but not before it changes l’Empire, forever. A sequel to An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (TP, $37.95).
Fantasy | TP | $39.95
The Threads of Magic
Pip lives on his wits in the city of Clarel. When he pickpockets the wrong man, he finds himself in possession of a strange object – a heart in a silver casket. What’s more, the heart seems to be trying to communicate with Pip, and the royal officials who lost it will stop at nothing to get it back. Pip has unwittingly broken an ancient spell, and his theft will have far-reaching consequences for the whole city.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
I See You So Close (Last Ghost 02)
Emma Rose Finnis has never made peace with her death… or with her ghostly afterlife. Finally free from the mansion she haunted, for more than a hundred years, she takes on a new, daring form, one that allows her to pass for living among the citizens of the remote Sierra Nevada town of White Bar. But the town is hiding its own deadly truth, buried in its Gold Rush past. As the sleepy town’s secrets come to life, they inevitably bring Emma Rose’s past back to haunt her. Emma Rose must unlock the secrets of the living, the dead, and even of time itself, if she hopes to be more than an endless fugitive, and outlast the ghost hunter who relentlessly stalks her. The sequel to The Last to See Me (TP, $29.99).
Ghost story | HC | $59.19
City of a Thousand Faces (Tumanbay 01)
Tumanbay: the most magnificent city on earth. The beating heart of a vast empire. A city of dreams – where those who once arrived as slaves now reside in the seat of power. But the wheel of fate is never still: from the gilded rooftops to the dark catacombs, there are secrets waiting to be uncovered. For Gregor, Master of the Palace Guard, the work of rooting out spies and traitors is never done. His brother, the great General Qulan, must quell a distant rebellion. Whilst Shajah, chief wife to the Sultan, is suspicious that her new maid Sarah is not who she claims to be. And a mysterious stranger arrives with a gift for the Sultan, himself. A gift that will change Tumanbay, forever…
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
Beware the Night (Offering 01)
On the island of Bellona, they worship the sun. Seventeen-year-old Veda understands that keeping the sun content ensures plentiful crops, peace and harmony, and a thriving economy. But as a member of the Basso class, she never reaps those benefits. Life as a Basso is one fraught with back-breaking work, and imposing rules. Her close friendship with Nico is Veda’s one saving grace, in a cruel world – where the division between her people and the ruling Dogio is as wide and winding, as the canals that snake through their island. But when Veda’s grandfather is chosen as the next sacrificial offering to keep the sun’s favour, Veda is forced to see the injustice of her world. Turning away from the sun means she must join the night – and an underground revolution she’s been taught to fear all her life. The first in a series.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
Castaway Resolution (Boundary 06)
Flint, Eric & Spoor, Ryk E
Surviving crash landings and monsters and island-eaters was only the beginning! The Kimei family and a second group of castaways, led by Sergeant Campbell, had finally joined forces – after both had been forced to land on the bizarre planet Lincoln, whose continents were huge floating coral colonies, inhabited by even stranger life forms. They had survived crash landings and venom-filled bites and disease, their own despair, and even the destruction – and consumption! – of one of their floating islands, and had learned to live, even prosper, in their strange new home. Far away, Lieutenant Susan Fisher slowly pieces together the mystery of what happened to the starship Outward Initiative… and begins to believe that – just possibly – some of the survivors might have escaped to a mysteriously unsuspected star system. But even her preparations and the resourcefulness of the castaways may not be enough… for Lincoln has far worse, in store.
Space opera | HC | $52.95
Flynn, Katie M
In the wake of a highly-contagious virus, California is under quarantine. Sequestered in high rise towers, the living can’t go out, but the dead can come in – and they come in all forms, from sad rolling cans to manufactured bodies that can pass for human. Wealthy participants in the ‘companionship’ program choose to upload their consciousness before dying, so they can stay in the custody of their families. The less fortunate are rented out to strangers upon their death, but all companions become the intellectual property of Metis Corporation, creating a new class of people – a command-driven product-class without legal rights, or true free will. Sixteen-year-old Lilac is one of the less fortunate, leased to a family of strangers. But when she realises she’s able to defy commands, she throws off the shackles of servitude and runs away, searching for the woman who killed her. Lilac’s act of rebellion sets off a chain of events that sweeps from San Francisco to Siberia to the very tip of South America. While the novel traces Lilac’s journey through an exquisitely imagined Northern California, the story is told from eight different points of view – some human, some companion – that explore the complex shapes love, revenge, and loneliness take when the dead linger on. Station Eleven meets Never Let Me Go, in this debut novel set in an unsettling near future – where the dead can be uploaded to machines and kept in service, by the living.
Dystopia | HC | $55.00
This Alien Shore
Friedman, C S
Jamisia, a young girl protected by biological brain-ware and troubled by multiple voices in her head, flees her comfortable life on a satellite when corporate raiders destroy the entire colony. To her horror, she learns that they were looking for her. Launched into the intrigues of the mysterious Gueran guild, mutant star-pilots who have a stranglehold on galactic commerce, Jamisia is desperate to avoid capture, and must form uncertain alliances with exotic strangers. Yet, as a rogue computer virus wreaks havoc across the galaxies it seems that humanity’s future rests in her hands: but, first, she must unlock the deadly secret hidden inside her head. A thrilling space opera celebrated as one of science fiction’s most profound explorations of diversity, This Alien Shore is a modern classic of the genre.
Space opera (reissue) | PBK | $19.99
The Worlds of J R R Tolkien: the Places that Inspired Middle-earth
This new book from renowned Tolkien expert John Garth investigates the places that inspired the Lord of the Rings author to create his fictional locations and other aspects of Middle-earth. Featuring more than 100 images, it includes Tolkien’s own illustrations, contributions from other artists, archive images, maps and spectacular present-day photographs. Inspirational locations range across Great Britain – particularly, Tolkien’s beloved West Midlands and Oxford – but also overseas to all points of the compass. Sources are located for Hobbiton, the elven valley of Rivendell, the Glittering Caves of Helm’s Deep, and many other key spots in Middle-earth, as well as for its mountain scenery, forests, rivers, lakes, and shorelands. A rich interplay is revealed between Tolkien’s personal travels, his wide reading, and his deep scholarship as an Oxford professor. Garth uses his own profound knowledge of Tolkien’s life and work to uncover the extraordinary processes of invention, to debunk popular misconceptions about the inspirations for Middle-earth, and to put forward strong new claims of his own. Organised by theme, The Worlds of J R R Tolkien offers an illustrated journey into the life and imagination of one of the world’s best-loved authors, an exploration of the relationship between worlds real and fantastical, and an inspiration for anyone who wants to follow in Tolkien’s footsteps.
Tolkien | HC | $45.00
The Women’s War
When a nobleman’s first duty is to produce a male heir, women are treated like possessions and bargaining chips. But as the after effects of a world-altering spell ripple out physically and culturally – women, at last, have a bargaining chip of their own. And two women, in particular, find themselves at the liberating crossroads of change… The first in a series.
Fantasy | TP | $35.95
The Sea of Lost Girls
Tess has worked hard to keep her past buried, where it belongs. Now, she’s the wife to a respected professor at an elite boarding school, where she also teaches. Her seventeen-year-old son, Rudy, whose dark moods and complicated behaviour she’s long worried about, seems to be thriving: he has a lead role in the school play, and a smart and ambitious girlfriend. Tess tries not to think about the mistakes she made eighteen years ago, and mostly, she succeeds. And then one morning, she gets a text at 2:50am: it’s Rudy, asking for help. When Tess picks him up, she finds him drenched and shivering, with a dark stain on his sweatshirt. Four hours later, Tess gets a phone call from the Haywood school headmistress: Lila Zeller, Rudy’s girlfriend, has been found dead on the beach, not far from where Tess found Rudy, just hours before. As the investigation into Lila’s death escalates, Tess finds her family attacked on all sides. What first seemed like a tragic accidental death is turning into something far more sinister, and not only is Tess’ son a suspect, but her husband is a person of interest too. But Lila’s death isn’t the first blemish on Haywood’s record, and the more Tess learns about Haywood’s fabled history, the more she realises that not all skeletons will stay safely locked in the closet.
Supernatural thriller | TP | $32.99
Untouchable (Saul Imbierowicz 02)
Habiger, Geoff & Kissee, Coy
Now, Saul works for Eliot Ness, trying to take down Chicago’s most dangerous gangster. But only Saul, Ness, and Saul’s new partner, Agent Christian Wright, know the true danger that Capone represents. As a vampire, Saul is stronger, faster, and his wounds heal rapidly, but he is also exhausted, constantly fatigued, and has a million questions about his new ‘life’. An offer from Al Capone to answer these questions comes with a price that Saul is unwilling to pay; and, when the mysterious Mr Brown reappears, Saul learns that there is a war brewing that will put any spat between human gangsters to shame. While Saul struggles to keep himself from becoming a monster like Capone, he and Christian must work together, a task that is easier said than done. Christian sees Saul as an abomination, an affront to God, and would rather stake Saul than work with him, but understands that a war between vampires would be disastrous. This fledgling partnership must succeed, or Chicago may pay the price of its failure. A sequel to Unremarkable (TP, $37.95).
Paranormal noir | TP | $31.95
The Library of the Unwritten (Hell’s Library 01)
Hackwith, A J
Many years ago, Claire was named Head Librarian of the Unwritten Wing – a neutral space in Hell where all the stories, unfinished by their authors, reside. Her job consists mainly of repairing and organising books, but also of keeping an eye on restless stories that risk materialising as characters and escaping the library. When a Hero escapes from his book and goes in search of his author, Claire must track and capture him with the help of former muse and current assistant Brevity and nervous demon courier Leto. But what should have been a simple retrieval goes horrifyingly wrong… Now, in paperback, this has had great feedback in an earlier edition!
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Mother of Daemons (Sunsurge Quartet 04)
She’s the Empress of the Fall… and her empire is falling apart. Lyra, Queen of Rondelmar, has fought enemies without and within, dealt with grief and loss, embraced forbidden magic, found her father and borne a child – and still it isn’t enough. Her enemies are on the march and the Rondian Empire is collapsing. But a more dangerous adversary is out there… and he is winning. Ervyn Naxius, amoral genius, has unleashed war on two continents and is now laughing as the world of Urte tears itself apart. Kings and priests dance to his tune and his daemonic followers are spreading through the lands, but still he isn’t satisfied. His ultimate goal – absolute control of all life – is finally within his reach… Are these the Last Days, when the daemons rise up to claim the world? From snowbound Mollachia to the beleaguered walls of Norostein, from the poisonous court of the new sultan to the deadly intrigues of Pallas, the omens are clear. Only Lyra and a handful of other heretical dwymancers have grasped the true danger – and they won’t give up, until every last hope is buried… Some of our regular customers love David Hair’s fantasy.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
The Snow Collectors
Hall, Tina May
Haunted by the loss of her parents and twin sister at sea, Henna cloisters herself in a north-eastern village where the snow never stops. When she discovers the body of a young woman at the edge of the forest, she’s plunged into the mystery of a centuries-old letter regarding one of the most famous stories of Arctic exploration – the Franklin expedition, which disappeared into the ice in 1845. At the centre of the mystery is Franklin’s wife, the indomitable Lady Jane. Henna’s investigation draws her into a gothic landscape of locked towers, dreamlike nights of snow and ice, and a crumbling mansion rife with hidden passageways and carrion birds. But it soon becomes clear that someone is watching her – someone who is determined to prevent the truth from coming out.
Gothic | TP | $29.99
Servant of the Crown (Dragonslayer 03)
Hamilton, Duncan M
Swordsman and noble, Guillot dal Villerauvais, has turned his life around, since a dragon destroyed his village; but that may not enable him to defeat the Prince Bishop, who has found the great magical power he craved for so long. Gill’s surprising ally, the dragon Pharadon, on a quest of his own, discovers that dragons are not the only magical creatures in the land. Solène has come to fear her own magic, but will not turn away when her friends are in danger. Follows Dragonslayer and Knight of the Silver Circle (TP, $26.99 each), and concludes the trilogy.
Fantasy | TP | $26.99
Dark of the West (Glass Alliance 01)
As a fighter pilot in his father’s army, Athan Dakar knows little of life beyond war. That is, until his mother is murdered, and he’s sent halfway across the world in a mission to overthrow the queen who killed her. Athan’s task is to ingratiate himself, undercover, with the royal children – and gain intel that could ruin their mother. Kind and quick-witted Princess Aurelia Isendare is not the villain he expects, however, and he soon finds himself falling for the girl he’s been tasked with spying upon. Aurelia feels the same attraction to Athan, all the while seeking to stop the war threatening to break. As diplomatic ties between their nations manage to just barely hold, the two teens struggle to remain loyal to their families and each other as they learn that war is not as black and white, as they’ve been raised to believe. The first in a series.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
Maddie loves spending summers at her uncle’s Inn at Havenfall. But the Inn is much more than a Maddie’s safe haven, and life in Havenfall isn’t without its secrets. Beneath the beautiful, sprawling manor in Colorado lie hidden gateways to other worlds – some long sealed, by ancient magic. When a body is found on the grounds, the volatile peace brokered between these worlds is irrevocably compromised. What’s worse is that Maddie’s friend Brekken stands accused of the murder. With everything she loves at stake, Maddie must confront shocking truths about the dangers lurking beneath Havenfall – and discover who she really is. The first in a new series.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
Someone, or something, is haunting the Titanic. This is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the passengers of the ship from the moment they set sail: mysterious disappearances, sudden deaths. Now, suspended in an eerie, unsettling twilight zone during the four days of the liner’s illustrious maiden voyage, a number of the passengers – including millionaires Madeleine Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim, the maid Annie Hebbley and Mark Fletcher – are convinced that something sinister is going on… And then, as the world knows, disaster strikes. Years later, and the world is at war. And a survivor of that fateful night, Annie, is working as a nurse on the sixth voyage of the Titanic’s sister ship, the Britannic – now, refitted as a hospital ship. Plagued by the demons of her doomed first and near fatal journey across the Atlantic, Annie comes across an unconscious soldier she recognises, while doing her rounds. It is the young man Mark. And she is convinced that he did not – could not – have survived the sinking of the Titanic…
Supernatural thriller | TP | $32.99
The Red Wyvern (Deverry 09) (Dragon Mage 01)
In Cengarn, Rhodry of the silver daggers – half elven, half human – is beset by strange dreams. A dark-haired enchantress, the Raven Woman, is haunting his sleep, and he can find no release, even in the arms of Dallandra, his lover. Little does he know that his feud with the Raven Woman goes back over three hundred years… to a time when the very throne of Deverry stood under threat of civil war. A new chapter of the history of the kingdom of Deverry – an ideal starting point for newcomers to Katharine Kerr’s gorgeous epic, and a satisfying continuation of the saga for those readers who have followed the series through its previous incarnations. A reissue.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $19.99
The Black Raven (Deverry 10) (Dragon Mage 02)
At the end of the Civil Wars, Prince Maryn stands on the brink of bringing peace at last to the torn kingdom, but powerful magics threaten his reign and his life. Only Nevyn’s young apprentice, Lilli, can see the horrifying power of the curse – her dead mother’s legacy of evil – that could bring disaster upon them, all. But she has only untried magic for a weapon as she fights to save her beloved prince. Centuries later, the ancient evil rises again, threatening a raging tide of war that could destroy Deverry forever. Out in the lonely Northlands the savage Horsekin are gathering their armies to march west and conquer the kingdom promised them by their blood-maddened goddess, Alshandra, and her human priestess, Raena. Directly in their path lies the peaceful city of Cerr Cawnen, trembling in the fear of war. A reissue.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $19.99
The Fire Dragon (Deverry 11) (Dragon Mage 03)
The Fire Dragon tells two separate stories: one set in the ‘present’ of 1117, and one set in the past, the era of the Civil Wars. In the present, Raena’s troublemaking in Cerr Cawnen leads to terrible death and destruction but may ultimately succeed in offering the final working out of Rhodry’s Wyrd. In the past, Nevyn and Lilli attempt to solve the riddle of the curse tablet, but the price will be high. A reissue.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $19.99
Sword of Fire (Deverry – the Justice War 01)
The bards are the people’s voice – and their sword. All over the kingdom of Deverry, the common people are demanding reform of the corrupt law courts. In Aberwyn, the situation catches fire when Gwerbret Ladoic, second in authority only to the High King, allows a bard to starve to death, rather than hear their grievances. Guildwoman Alyssa, a student at the local scholars’ collegium, and Lady Dovina, the gwerbret’s own daughter, know that evidence exists to overthrow the so-called traditional legal system, if they can only get it into the right hands. The powerful lords will kill anyone who threatens their privileges. To retrieve the proof, Alyssa must make a dangerous journey that will either change her life forever – or end it.
Fantasy | TP/HC | $32.99/$37.99
The Nightmare Feast (Another Kingdom 02)
Austin Lively, once just an out-of-luck Hollywood screenwriter, is now a chosen hero caught between two worlds and dual quests in both Los Angeles, California, and the magical medieval world of Galiana. Tasked with taking a talisman across the Eleven Lands to restore the rightful queen to her throne, Austin must evade a murderous, vengeance-seeking wizard who seems to have the Eleven Lands under his control. But just how far does his influence reach, and how can Austin defeat him if the wizard also has access to his darkest memories? Austin’s only hope is to find a missing manuscript by the title, Another Kingdom; but his sister Riley, the one person who may hold the key has gone missing too. With a deranged billionaire set on creating a ‘utopia’ of anarchy and death also on the hunt for the manuscript, Austin must get to Riley before the billionaire’s assassins. Trapped in a house of horrors in one world and a game of cat and mouse in the other, time is running out in both of Austin’s realities as he struggles to piece together the clues, and find Another Kingdom. With higher stakes, darker secrets, and bigger monsters, there is no going back for Austin Lively and no guarantee he will escape the nightmare feast. The sequel to Another Kingdom (TP, $33.95).
Fantasy | HC | $57.95
The House in the Cerulean Sea
Klune, T J
Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the wellbeing of children in government-sanctioned orphanages. When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management, he’s given a curious and highly-classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days. But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home, or watch the world burn.
Fantasy | HC | $39.99
Ditchtown. A city of skyscrapers, built atop the drowned bones of old Miami. A prison of steel, filled with unbelievers. A dumping ground for strays, runaways, and malcontents. Within these towering monoliths, Ashley Akachi is a young woman trying her best to cope with a brother who’s slipping away, a mother who’s already gone, and angry young men, who want her put in her place. Ditchtown, however, is not the only world Ash inhabits. Within Infinite Game, a virtual world requiring physical perfection, Ash is Ashura the Terrible, leader of the Sunjewel Warriors, loved, feared, and watched by millions across the globe. Haptic chambers, known as hapspheres, translate their every move in the real to the digital – and the Sunjewel Warriors’ feats are legendary. However, Ash is about to stumble upon a deadly conspiracy that will set her worlds crashing together, and in the real, you only get to die once…
SF adventure | HC | $39.99
The Queen of Raiders (Nine Realms 02)
The soldiers of Oromondo have invaded the Free States, leaving a wake of misery and death. Thalen, a young scholar, survives and gathers a small cadre of guerrilla fighters for a one-way mission into the heart of an enemy land. Unconsciously guided by the elemental Spirits of Ennea Mon, Cerulia is drawn to the Land of the Fire Mountains to join Thelan’s Raiders, where she will learn the price of war. The second tale of the Nine Realms, a sequel to A Queen in Hiding (PBK, $18.99).
Fantasy | TP | $24.99
The Case of the Spellbound Child (Elemental Masters 14)
While Sherlock is still officially dead, John and Mary Watson and Nan Killian and Sarah Lyon-White are taking up some of his caseload – and some for Lord Alderscroft, the Wizard of London. Lord Alderscroft asks them to go to Dartmoor – to track down a rumour of evil magic brewing, there…
Gaslamp fantasy | PBK | $19.99
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.
Children’s fantasy | PBK | $14.99
The Unspoken Name (Serpent Gates 01)
Larkwood, A K
Csorwe was raised by a death cult steeped in old magic. And on her fourteenth birthday, she’ll be sacrificed to their god. But as she waits for the end, she’s offered a chance to escape her fate. A sorcerer wants her as his assistant, sword-hand, and assassin. As this involves her not dying that day, she accepts. Csorwe spends years living on a knife edge, helping her master hunt an artefact which could change many worlds. Then comes the day she’s been dreading. They encounter Csorwe’s old cult – seeking the same artefact – and Csorwe is forced to reckon with her past. She also meets Shuthmili, the war-mage who’ll change her future. If she’s to survive, Csorwe must dodge her enemies, claim the artefact, and stop the death cult once and for all. As she plunges from one danger to the next, the hunt is on… The first in a series.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
In a Badger Way (Honey Badger Chronicles 02)
Petite, kind, brilliant, and young, Stevie is nothing like the usual women bodyguard Shen Li is interested in. Even more surprising, the youngest of the lethal, ball-busting, and beautiful MacKilligan sisters is terrified of bears. But she’s not terrified of pandas. She loves pandas. Which means that, whether Shen wants her to, or not… she simply won’t stop cuddling him. He isn’t some stuffed Giant Panda, ya know! He is a Giant Panda shifter. He deserves respect and personal space. Something that little hybrid is completely ignoring. But Stevie has a way of finding trouble. Like going undercover to take down a scientist experimenting on other shifters. For what, Shen doesn’t want to know, but they’d better find out. And fast. Stevie might be the least violent of the honey badger sisters, but she’s the most dangerous to Shen’s peace of mind. Because she has absolutely no idea how much trouble they’re in… or just how damn adorable she is.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99
Carpe Diem (Liaden Universe 10)
Lee, Sharon & Miller, Steve
On the run from interplanetary assassins, covert operative Val Con yos’Phelium and former mercenary sergeant Miri Robertson have wound up stranded on a distant planet, with no rescue in sight. Until they figure out a way back to Liad, these two lost souls must find a way to trust each another – and let their love heal the dark wounds of their past… Back on Liad, Shan yos’Galan, Val Con’s cousin and foster brother, and his life-partner, Priscilla Mendoza, have initiated their own search for the missing member of Clan Korval. But what they don’t know is that those, who seek to destroy Val Con and Miri, are just as determined to bring down Clan Korval. All the deadly enemy needs is someone to unwittingly lead them to their target…
Space opera (reissue) | PBK | $22.95
Lee, Yoon Ha
Thirteen-year-old Min, comes from a long line of fox spirits. But you’d never know it by looking at her. To keep the family safe, Min’s mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shapeshifting. They must appear human, at all times. Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. She’s counting the days, until she can follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds… This sci-fi adventure with the underpinnings of Korean mythology will transport you to a world far beyond your imagination.
YA illustrated space opera | PBK | $16.99
The Shadows Between Us
They still haven’t found the body of the first and only boy who broke Alessandra’s heart – and they never will. Since then, all of her relationships have been purely physical. And now at eighteen years old, Alessandra is ready for more. The plan is simple: one, make the king fall in love with her; two, get him to marry her; and, three, kill him and take his kingdom for herself. It’s no small task, but Alessandra wants a kingdom and is going to do everything within her power to get it. She knows the freshly crowned Shadow King will be her toughest target, yet. Shrouded in a mysterious power, no one is allowed to touch him. But, as forces combine to try and keep Alessandra from earning the king’s heart, she wonders if perhaps she’s already lost her own.
YA fantasy | HC | $26.99
Warrior of the Wild
How do you kill a god? As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: To win back her honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year, or die trying.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
The Wailing Woman
Good girls don’t talk back. Good girls don’t cry. Good girls don’t scream. Sadie Burke has been forced to be a good girl, her entire life. As a banshee, she’s the bottom of the ladder when it comes to the supernatural hierarchy. Weak. Condemned. Powerless. Silent. Yet, when a figure from her childhood unexpectedly arrives on the scene, Sadie finds it harder than ever to toe the line. Texas Contos is the son of their greatest oppressor. He’s also someone she’s inexplicably drawn to, and as they grow closer, Sadie begins to question what banshees have been told, for centuries, about their gifts.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
A Soldier and a Liar
Lai Cathwell is good at keeping secrets. As a Nyte, a supernaturally-gifted teenager who is feared and shunned by the ungifted, this skill is essential to survival. Orchestrating her own imprisonment to escape military duty has only honed her ability to deceive others. But when rebels start attacking the city, Lai is dragged back into the fight with a new team of Nytes. Thrown together with Jay, a self-conscious perfectionist consumed by the desire to be accepted; Al, a short-tempered fighter lying for the sake of revenge; and Erik, an amnesiac hell-bent on finding his memories and his place in the world, Lai realises she’s facing an entirely different kind of challenge – one that might just be impossible. But if this team can’t learn to work together, the entire sector will be plunged into war. The first in a series.
YA science fiction | PBK | $16.99
The Kingdom of Back
Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart. Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish – to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age – her tyrannical father has made that much clear. And, as Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own; until, one day, a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true – but his help may cost her everything.
YA historical fantasy | HC | $39.95
House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City 01)
Maas, Sarah J
Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life – working hard all day and partying all night – until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars, but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths. Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose – to assassinate his boss’ enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach… Maas’ adult fantasy debut is the first in a new series.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
Machines Like Me
An alternative 1980s London, where Britain has lost the Falklands war, Margaret Thatcher battles Tony Benn for power and Alan Turing achieves a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. In a world not quite like this one, two lovers will be tested beyond their understanding. Charlie, drifting through life and dodging fulltime employment, is in love with Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrible secret. When Charlie comes into money, he buys Adam, one of the first batch of synthetic humans. With Miranda’s assistance, he co-designs Adam’s personality. This near-perfect human is beautiful, strong and clever – a love triangle soon forms. These three beings will confront a profound moral dilemma. What makes us human? Our outward deeds, or our inner lives? Could a machine understand the human heart?
Artificial intelligence | PBK | $19.99
Crowfall (Raven’s Mark 03)
A sorcerous cataclysm has hit the Range, the final defensive line between the Republic and the immortal Deep Kings. Tormenting red rains sweep the land, new monstrosities feed on fear in the darkness, and the power of the Nameless, the gods who protect the Republic, lies broken. The Blackwing captains who serve them are being picked off, one by one, and even immortals have learned what it means to die. Meanwhile the Deep Kings have only grown stronger, and are poised to deliver a blow that will finally end the war. Ryhalt Galharrow stands apart from it, all. He has been deeper into the wasteland – known as the Misery – than ever before. It has grown within him – changed him – but all power comes with a price, and now the ghosts of his past, formerly confined to the Misery, walk with him everywhere. They will even follow him, and the few surviving Blackwing captains, on one final mission into the darkness. You think you know Misery? You’ve not seen anything, yet… The third instalment, following Blackwing and Ravencry (PBK, $19.99 each).
Grimdark fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Moon Rising (Luna 03)
Akin to the mafia families of The Godfather, the families of the five Dragons – who control the rich resources of the moon – are locked in an endless and vicious struggle for supremacy; and, now, the peace that reigned while the moon was colonised is breaking down. Which of the scions of the dragons will gain supremacy? Or will the moon, with its harsh vacuum, it’s freezing dark and blazing, irradiated light be the final winner? A triumphant conclusion to an epic SF trilogy of corporate greed and family betrayal in the lethal setting of the moon; following New Moon and Wolf Moon (PBK, $22.99 each). Fantastic sf, recommended!
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99
Imaginary Numbers (Incryptid 09)
Sarah Zellaby has always been in an interesting position. Adopted into the Price family at a young age, she’s never been able to escape the biological reality of her origins: she’s a cuckoo, a telepathic ambush predator closer akin to a parasitic wasp than a human being. Friend, cousin, mathematician; it’s never been enough to dispel the fear that one day, nature will win out over nurture, and everything will change. Maybe, that time has finally come. After spending the last several years recuperating in Ohio, with her adoptive parents, Sarah is ready to return to the world – and, most importantly, to her cousin Artie, with whom she has been head-over-heels in love since childhood. But there are cuckoos everywhere, and when the question of her own survival is weighed against the survival of her family, Sarah’s choices all add up to one inescapable conclusion. This is war. Cuckoo versus Price, human versus cryptid… and not all of them are going to walk away. McGuire’s fabulous Incryptid series begins with Discount Armageddon (PBK, $23.95).
Urban fantasy | PBK | $22.95
The Fenmere Job (Streets of Maradaine 03)
Maresca, Marshall Ryan
An uneasy calm has filled the neighbourhood of North Seleth, as the survivors of the Holver Alley fire return to normal, honest lives. But Asti and Verci Rynax and the rest of the Holver Alley Crew know the peace won’t last. Josie Holt, once an ally to the Rynaxes, is now working her own agenda with the mage circle that has moved into the neighbourhood. Asti learns that Josie plans to smuggle the drug efhân through North Seleth, which can only mean she is in league with the Fenmere cartel. The Rynax brothers want to wait for the right moment to strike at Josie; but they and the rest of the crew agree that they have to stop the efhân shipment, keep the drugs out of their neighbourhood, and stop Fenmere from getting a toehold on the neighbourhood. One more problem: The Thorn. The vigilante from Fenmere’s part of town has come to North Seleth, looking to burn Fenmere’s whole empire down to ashes. When the Thorn’s strike collides with the crew’s operation, the delicate peace in the neighbourhood crumbles, and an all-out war between mages, gangs, thieves, and the Thorn might fill the streets of Maradaine. Maresca is one of Ron’s faves – recommended!
Fantasy | PBK | $22.95
Knaves Over Queens (Wild Cards) (anthology)
Martin, George R R (editor)
In the aftermath of World War II, the Earth’s population was devastated by a terrifying alien virus. Those who survived were changed for ever. Some, known as Jokers, were cursed with bizarre mental and physical deformities; others, granted superhuman abilities, are known as Aces. Now, the virus has reached Britain… Queen Margaret rules over a country, in which such legendary figures as Herne the Hunter, Spring-heeled Jack and Babh, the goddess of war, roam at will. Her Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill – gifted with extraordinary longevity – together with the Enigma ace – Alan Turing – set up a special organisation named the Order of the Silver Helix. They will need all the wild cards they can find, if they are to deal with the terrifying mutations thrown up by the virus. The first-ever Wild Cards set in the UK features stories from: Paul Cornell, Marko Kloos, Mark Lawrence, Kevin Andrew Murphy, Emma Newman, Peter Newman, Peadar O Guilin, Melinda M Snodgrass, Caroline Spector, and Charles Stross.
Alternate history | PBK | $19.99
We Unleash the Merciless Storm
Mejia, Tehlor Kay
Being a part of the resistance group La Voz is an act of devotion and desperation. On the other side of Medio’s border wall, the oppressed class fights for freedom and liberty, sacrificing what little they have to become defenders of the cause. Carmen Santos is one of La Voz’s best soldiers. She spent years undercover, but now, with her identity exposed and the island on the brink of a civil war, Carmen returns to the only real home she’s ever known: La Voz’s headquarters. There, she must reckon with her beloved leader, who is under the influence of an aggressive new recruit, and with the devastating news that her true love might be the target of an assassination plot. Will Carmen break with her community and save the girl who stole her heart – or fully embrace the ruthless rebel she was always meant to be? A nail-biting sequel to Tehlor Kay Mejia’s critically-acclaimed We Set the Dark on Fire (PBK, $19.99).
Dystopia | HC | $34.99
Fortuna (Nova Vita Protocol 01)
Scorpia Kaiser has always stood in Corvus’ shadow, until the day her older brother abandons their family to participate in a profitless war. However, becoming the heir to her mother’s smuggling operation is not an easy transition for the always rebellious, usually reckless, and occasionally drunk pilot of the Fortuna, an aging cargo ship and the only home Scorpia has ever known. But when a deal turns deadly and Corvus returns from the war, Scorpia’s plans to take over the family business are interrupted, and the Kaiser siblings are forced to make a choice: take responsibility for their family’s involvement in a devastating massacre or lay low and hope it blows over. Too bad, Scorpia was never any good at staying out of a fight. The first in a trilogy.
Space opera | PBK | $22.99
The Rearranged Life of Oona Lockhart
What if you lived every year of your life in the wrong order? Brooklyn, 1982. Oona Lockhart is about to celebrate her 19th birthday and ring in the New Year. But at the stroke of midnight, she is torn from her friends and boyfriend, finding herself in her fifty-one-year-old body, thirty-two years into the future. Greeted by a friendly stranger, Oona learns that on every birthday she will enter a different year of her adult life at random. Still a young woman on the inside, but ever changing on the outside, who will she be next year? Wealthy philanthropist? Nineties Club Kid? World traveller? Wife to a man she’s never met? As she struggles between fighting her fate and accepting it, Oona must learn to navigate a life that’s out of order –
but is it broken?
Chrono-displacement | TP | $32.99
The Golden Age
Moreil, Roxanne & Pedrosa, Cyril (illustrator)
In the kingdom of Lantrevers, suffering is a way of life – unless you’re a member of the ruling class. Princess Tilda plans to change all that. As the rightful heir of late King Ronan, Tilda wants to deliver her people from famine and strife. But on the eve of her coronation, her younger brother, backed by a cabal of power-hungry lords, usurps her throne and casts her into exile. Now, Tilda is on the run. With the help of her last remaining allies, Tankred and Bertil, she travels in secret through the hinterland of her kingdom. Wherever she goes, the common folk whisper of a legendary bygone era when all men lived freely. There are those who want to return to this golden age – at any cost. In the midst of revolution, how can Tilda reclaim her throne?
Illustrated fantasy | HC | $44.99
Gods of Jade and Shadow
The Jazz Age is in full swing, but it’s passing Casiopea Tun by. She’s too busy scrubbing floors in her wealthy grandfather’s house to do anything more than dream of a life far from her dusty, small town in southern Mexico. A life she could call her own. This dream is impossible, distant as the stars – until the day Casiopea opens a curious chest in her grandfather’s room, and accidentally frees an ancient Mayan god of death. He offers her a deal: if Casiopea helps him recover his throne from his treacherous brother, he will grant her whatever she desires. Success will make her every dream come true, but failure will see her lost, for ever…
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Nocturna (Forgery of Magic 01)
Magic is everywhere, and in everything. To Finnian Voy, magic is two things: a knife to hold under the throat of anyone who crosses her, and a disguise she shrugs on as easily as others pull on cloaks. As a talented faceshifter, it’s been years since Finn has seen her own face, and that’s exactly how she likes it. But when she gets caught by a powerful mobster, she’s forced into an impossible mission: steal a legendary treasure from Castallan’s royal palace, or be stripped of her magic forever. To Prince Alfehr, magic is an escape, but one that comes with a price. When Finn and Alfie’s fates collide, they realise magic can be other things too; and the type they accidentally release into the world is something neither expects, nor understands. It’s hungry. The first in a series.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
Wardens of Eternity
Moulton, Courtney Allison
Ziva has one memory of her parents, made the day they abandoned her on the streets of New York City, when she was three years old. They left her with only a memory and a promise that she had a great and terrible destiny. Fifteen years later, Ziva discovers that destiny includes powers that she doesn’t understand and can barely control. Her magic attracts vicious, otherworldly monsters, and eventually compatriots to help her fight them. Sayer and Nasira know the secrets Ziva doesn’t; that Ziva is descended from Egyptian royalty and in possession of ancient magic passed down from the time of the gods. They promise to teach Ziva to control her magic and to give her the family she’s always yearned for. But trouble is brewing in the world around them; darkness is descending on Hitler’s Germany, threatening World War II. As the last heir of a revered Egyptian queen, Ziva is the only one with the power to prevent another costly global conflict. As Ziva navigates her newfound abilities and makes a connection with Anubis and other Egyptian gods, the Nazis are hunting for the ultimate weapon, and Ziva has caught their interest.
YA fantasy | HC | $29.99
The Brink (Awakened 02)
Murray, James S & Wearmouth, Darren
Former NYC Mayor Tom Cafferty has been haunted by the horror of a single day. The opening of the brand new Z-train subway line beneath the Hudson River – the supposed shining moment of his tenure. But the ribbon-cutting ceremony turned deadly when the train carrying Cafferty’s wife and other citizens was attacked by a horde of hyper-intelligent, bloodthirsty creatures previously unknown to humanity. Everything changed for Cafferty, ex-NYPD officer Sarah Bowcut, and tech expert Diego Munoz, that day. They had uncovered the deadly truth: the attack was no accident. And, now, the creatures that wreaked havoc underneath New York have spread worldwide, and with a massive cover-up – and a secret organisation holding nations hostage, with the knowledge of how to kill them – Cafferty’s team must fight against impossible odds to save the entire planet from an apocalyptic scale disaster. The sequel to The Awakened (PBK, $19.99).
Horror | PBK | $19.99
Breath of Gods (Legacy of the Heavens 03)
Myers, Tina Lecount
In the Northlands of Davvieana, power rests in the hands of the High Priest of the Order of Believers. But his earthly supremacy is contested. Those few Piijkij that remain continue to honour the oath of the Brethren of Hunters: protect the Olmmos people from danger. This time, however, it is not the immortal Jápmemeahttun who represent a threat to human freedom, but their own kind. Against insurmountable odds, this small band of dedicated men will use any and all means open to them to bring down the man who betrayed them all. The struggles of men, however, mean little to the immortals beyond the veil in the Song of All. Vanquished, facing a doomed existence, any hope for a future slowly slips away as the best efforts of Dárja and Marnej prove inadequate. When they both fail to safeguard those closest to them, the bond between these two unlikely allies, forged by necessity and emboldened by a tentative passion, may not be enough to overcome the secrets and lies that have shadowed their lives. When betrayal and shame guide the future, the outcome can be treacherous. For both humans and immortals to find their way forward, they must seek out those, who offer an unprecedented vision over a quest for power. The concluding volume of the trilogy.
Fantasy | TP | $26.99
Blood of an Exile (Dragons of Terra 01)
Bershad was supposed to die. He tried to assassinate a fellow noble, so was given a harsh sentence – a command to slay dragons so his death might serve the kingdom. But for some reason he’s never lost a fight, and is now the most successful dragon-slayer in history. Yet, as a doomed man, Bershad is still shunned by both his peers and his countrymen. But that could all change. The king who sentenced Bershad has just given him an out. Kill a foreign king and walk free forever. However, Bershad couldn’t care less about the fates of kingdoms, until he discovers he could save an innocent child in the process. And he might also save the life of every creature in Terra. The first book in a series.
Fantasy | PBK | $18.99
Beowulf’s Children (Heorot 02)
Niven, Jerry; Pournelle, Jerry; Barnes, Stephen
Some twenty years have passed, since the passengers and crew of the starship Geographic established a colony on the hostile alien world of Avalon. In that time, a new generation has grown up in the peace and serenity of the island paradise of Camelot, ignorant of the Great Grendel Wars fought between their parents and grandparents and the monstrous inhabitants of Avalon. Now, under the influence of a charismatic leader, a group of young rebels makes for the mainland, intent on establishing their own colony, sure that they can vanquish any foe that should stand in their way. But they will soon discover that Avalon holds darker secrets still… The sequel to The Legacy of Heorot (TP, $33.95); reissued in advance of the April release of the long-awaited third in the sequence, Starborn and Godsons (HC, $52.95).
Science fiction (reissue) | TP | $33.95
Canary Islands, 1882: Caught in the 19th-century wave of scientific classification, explorer and plant biologist Niklas Bruunis researches Crissia pallida, a species alleged to have hallucinogenic qualities capable of eliminating the psychic limits between one human mind and another. Buenos Aires, 1983: Born to a white Argentinian anthropologist and a black Brazilian engineer, Cassio comes of age with the Internet, and demonstrates the skills and personality that will make him one of the first great Argentine hackers. The southern Argentinian techno-hub of Bariloche, 2024: Piera, on the same research group as Cassio, studies human DNA. When the Estromatoliton project comes to fruition, the Argentine government will be able to track every movement of its citizens, without their knowledge or consent, using censors that identify DNA at a distance.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99
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 | PBK | $22.99
In the coastal city Skargakar, residents make a living from hunting dragons and use them for everything from clothing to food, while airborne ships hunt them in the white expanse of the Cloudmere. Lian does his part carving the kyrillian crystals that power the ships through the cloud sea, but when he makes an enemy of a dangerous man, Lian ships out on the next vessel available as a drachenjager, or dragon hunter. He chooses the wrong ship. A fanatic captain, hunts more than just any dragon. His goal is the Firstborn Gargantuan – and Adaron is prepared to sacrifice everything for revenge.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
From Divergent Suns (From Darkest Skies 03)
In a remote city, a renowned performance artist commits suicide on video; from a long-abandoned space station comes impossible footage of a dead body; and in an isolated outpost, a secretive cult believes they are communing with the ancient alien Masters. How are they connected? Inspector Keon is trying to investigate – but, once again, his life has been flipped upside down. His wife, Alysha, is alive. His long search is over. Or, so he thinks. But his investigation is leading to a grand conspiracy by a powerful cabal and the forces of distant Earth reaching into every level of Magentan society. Is she involved? As he tries to learn the truth, the AI construct of his wife he created searches for her own place in this world; and Magenta faces an existential threat. On the run, and with nowhere to turn Keon must decide who to trust: The wife he loves, or the AI who loves him.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99
There Will Come a Darkness (Age of Darkness 01)
Pool, Katy Rose
As a dark new power begins to make war on the magically gifted, five souls are set on a collision course that will determine the fate of their world: a prince exiled from his kingdom; a ruthless killer known as the Pale Hand; a once-faithful leader torn between his duty and his heart; a reckless gambler with the power to find anything or anyone; and a dying girl on the verge of giving up. One of them – or all of them – could break the world. Will they be saviour, or destroyer?
Fantasy | PBK | $16.99
Light of Impossible Stars (Embers of War 03)
Powell, Gareth L
Low on fuel and hunted by the Fleet of Knives, the sentient warship Trouble Dog follows a series of clues that lead her to the Intrusion – an area of space, where reality itself becomes unstable. But with human civilisation crumbling, what difference can one battered old ship have against an invincible armada? Meanwhile, Cordelia Pa and her step-brother eke out their existence, salvaging artefacts from an alien city. But when Cordelia starts hearing the city’s song in her head, strange things start happening around her. What extraordinary affinity does she have for this abandoned technology, and how can it possibly help the Trouble Dog? A concluding third book in the award-winning series, following Embers of War and Fleet of Knives (PBK, $19.99 each).
Space opera | PBK | $19.99
The Lost Future of Pepperharrow
For Thaniel Steepleton, an unexpected posting to Tokyo can’t come at a better moment. The London fog has made him ill and doctor’s orders are to get out. His brief is strange: the staff at the British Legation have been seeing ghosts, and his first task is to find out what’s going on. But staying with his closest friend Keita Mori in Yokohama, Thaniel starts to experience ghostly happenings himself. For reasons he won’t say, Mori is frightened. Then he vanishes. Meanwhile, something strange is happening in a frozen labour camp, in northern Japan. Takiko Pepperharrow, an old friend of Mori’s, must investigate. As ghosts appear across Tokyo and the weather turns bizarrely electrical, Thaniel grows convinced that it all has something to do with Mori’s disappearance – and that Mori might be in far more trouble than any of them first thought. An enchanting sequel to The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
Hearts of Oak (novella)
The buildings grow. And the city expands. And the people of the land are starting to behave abnormally. Or, perhaps, they’ve always behaved that way, and it’s normality that’s at fault. And the king of the land confers with his best friend, who happens to be his closest advisor, who also happens to be a talking cat. But that’s all perfectly natural, and not at all weird. Iona, close to retirement, finds that the world she has always known is nothing like she always believed it to be. There dark forces… not dark. There are uncanny forces… no, not uncanny. There are forces, anyway, mostly slightly odd ones, and they appear to be acting in mysterious ways. It’s about town planning, it’s about cats, and it’s about the nature of reality. We expect this 272pp Tor.com novella to become available locally, later in the year; however, in the meantime, this import edition is available to order.
SF adventure | TP | $31.95
John Chu is a ‘sherpa’ – a paid guide to online role-playing games like the popular Call to Wizardry. For a fee, he and his crew will provide you with a top-flight character equipped with the best weapons and armour, and take you dragon-slaying in the Realms of Asgarth, hunting rogue starships in the Alpha Sector, or battling hordes of undead in the zombie apocalypse. Chu’s new client, the pseudonymous Mr Jones, claims to be a ‘wealthy, famous person’ with powerful enemies, and he’s offering a ridiculous amount of money for a comprehensive tour of the world of virtual-reality gaming. For Chu, this is a dream assignment, but as the tour gets underway, he begins to suspect that Mr Jones is really North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, whose interest in VR gaming has more to do with power than entertainment. As if that weren’t enough to deal with, Chu also has to worry about ‘Ms Pang’, who may or may not be an agent of the People’s Republic of China, and his angry ex-girlfriend, Darla Jean Covington, who isn’t the type to let an international intrigue get in the way of her own plans for revenge. What begins as a whirlwind online adventure soon spills over into the real world. Now, Chu must use every trick and resource at his disposal to stay one step ahead – because in real life, there is no reset button.
Cyberpunk | HC | $55.00
The Wolf’s Call (Raven’s Blade 01)
Vaelin has no wish to fight another war, but when he learns that Sherin, the woman he lost long ago, has fallen into the Horde’s grasp, he resolves to confront this powerful new threat. To this end, Vaelin travels to the realms of the Merchant Kings, a land ruled by honour and intrigue. There, as the drums of war thunder across kingdoms riven by conflict, Vaelin learns a terrible truth: that there are some battles that even he cannot hope to win. Set in the world of Raven’s Shadow and the first in a new series, Wolf’s Call has had fantastic customer feedback. Recommended!
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
The Vanishing Deep
Seventeen-year-old Tempest was born into a world of water. The most skilled diver on the Equinox Reef, she searches drowned cities with her older sister Elysea, seeking out old world treasures to trade for Notes. After Elysea mysteriously drowns, Tempest scavenges the ruins alone, driven to collect enough Notes to buy her sister’s life for 24 hours, and to finally learn the secret she had kept until her last breath. However, once revived, Elysea convinces Tempest to break her out of the Palindromena research facility, and they embark on a dangerous journey to discover the truth about their parents’ death. But they’re pursued by two Palindromena employees – desperate to find them before Elysea’s time is up, and to prevent them from uncovering the secrets behind the revival process and the true cost of restored lives. Dead or living, everyone must pay the price.
YA science fiction | PBK | $19.99
We Are the Dead (Last War 01)
The war is over. The enemy won. Jia’s people learned the hard way that there are no second chances. The Egril, their ancient enemy, struck with magic so devastating that Jia’s armies were wiped out. Now, terror reigns in the streets, and friend turns on friend just to live another day. Somehow, Tinnstra – a deserter, a failure, nothing but a coward – survived. She wants no more than to hide from the chaos. But dragged into a desperate plot to retake Jia, surrounded by people willing to do anything to win the fight, this time Tinnstra will need to do more than hide. If Jia is to get a second chance, after all, this time she will need to be a hero. The first in a series.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
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 pack-mates 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 | PBK | $19.99
Solomon, Rivers; Diggs, Daveed; Hutson, William; Snipes, Jonathan
Yetu holds the memories for her people – water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women, thrown overboard by slave owners – who live idyllic lives in the deep. Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly, is forgotten by everyone, save one – the historian. This demanding role has been bestowed on Yetu. Yetu remembers for everyone, and the memories, painful and wonderful, traumatic and terrible and miraculous, are destroying her. And, so, she flees to the surface, escaping the memories, the expectations, and the responsibilities – and discovers a world her people left behind, long ago. Yetu will learn more than she ever expected to about her own past – and about the future of her people. If they are all to survive, they’ll need to reclaim the memories, reclaim their identity – and own who they really are. Inspired by a song produced by the rap group Clipping, for the This American Life episode: ‘We Are In The Future’, The Deep is vividly original and uniquely affecting.
Folkloric | PBK | $19.99
How to Love Your Elf (Embraced by Magic 01)
Sorcha knew the mission was dangerous. Leaving the safe grounds of her brother’s kingdom and parlaying with the elves across their border… well, treachery seemed at least as likely as true peace. But to support her sister, Sorcha would brave far more than the underhanded ways of the elves. Or so she thought, before she was taken hostage. Of course, her captors didn’t count on her particular abilities – or on the help of the Woodsman, the mysterious thief who made his home in the forest.
Paranormal romance | TP | $26.99
Bloodchild (Godblind 03)
Rilporin has fallen and Corvus, King of the Mireces, reigns over an occupied land. The raiders and their dark religion have conquered, but victory came at a terrible price – the death of a god – and sparks of resistance glimmer on all sides. In the south, Mace gathers the survivors of Rilpor’s armies. Among the fierce tribes of Krike, Crys, and Dom search for allies and for the truth of what binds them to the Gods of Light. And in the royal palace itself, Tara – once a soldier, now a slave – hopes to ignite a rebellion. But time is against them. A child will soon be born with the power to return the Dark Lady from death, and the long-prophesied final battle for the future of Rilpor and Mireces, of humans and gods, is near. The third in the series, following Godblind and Darksoul (PBK, $19.99 each).
Fantasy | PB | $19.99
Szpara, K M
There is no consent under capitalism. To be a Docile is to be kept, body and soul, for the uses of the owner of your contract. To be a Docile is to forget, to disappear, to hide inside your body from the horrors of your service. To be a Docile is to sell yourself to pay your parents’ debts and buy your children’s future. Elisha Wilder’s family has been ruined by debt, handed down to them from previous generations. His mother never recovered from the Dociline she took during her term as a Docile, so when Elisha decides to try and erase the family’s debt himself, he swears he will never take the drug that took his mother from him. Too bad his contract has been purchased by Alexander Bishop III, whose ultra-rich family is the brains (and money) behind Dociline and the entire Office of Debt Resolution. When Elisha refuses Dociline, Alex refuses to believe that his family’s crowning achievement could have any negative side effects – and is determined to turn Elisha into the perfect Docile, without it.
Science fiction | HC | $41.99
Children of Ruin (Children of Time 02)
Thousands of years ago, Earth’s terraforming program took to the stars. On the world they called Nod, scientists discovered alien life – but it was their mission to overwrite it with the memory of Earth. Then humanity’s great empire fell, and the program’s decisions were lost to time. Aeons later, humanity and its new spider allies detected fragmentary radio signals between the stars. They dispatched an exploration vessel, hoping to find cousins from old Earth. But those ancient terraformers woke something, on Nod, better left undisturbed. And it’s been waiting for them. The follow-up to the Arthur C Clarke Award-winning Children of Time (PBK, $19.99).
Science fiction | PBK | $18.99
By Force Alone
Britannia, AD 535. The Romans have gone. While their libraries smoulder, roads decay, and cities crumble, men with swords pick over civilisation’s carcass, slaughtering and being slaughtered in turn. This is the story of just such a man. Like the others, he had a sword. He slew until slain. Unlike the others, we remember him. We remember King Arthur. This is the story of a land neither green nor pleasant. An eldritch isle of deep forest and dark fell haunted by swaithes, boggarts, and tod-lowries, Robin-Goodfellows, and Jenny Greenteeths, and predators of rarer appetite yet. Everyone thinks they know the story of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table. This is the story of a legend forged from a pack of self-serving, turd-gilding, weasel-worded lies told to justify foul deeds and ill-gotten gains. This is the story – viscerally entertaining, ominously subversive, and poetically profane – of a Dark Age myth that shaped a nation. Tidhar is always recommended!
Historical fantasy | TP | $32.99
Alpha and Omega
What would happen if the ancient prophecy of the End of Days came true? It is certainly the last thing Eric Katz – a secular archaeologist from Los Angeles – expects to discover during what should be a routine dig in Jerusalem. But, perhaps, higher forces have something else in mind. For when a sign presaging the rising of the Third Temple is located in America and a dirty bomb is detonated in downtown Tel Aviv, events conspire to place a team of archaeologists in the tunnels deep under the Temple Mount. And there, Eric is witness to a discovery of such monumental proportions that nothing will ever be the same, again…
Alternate history | TP | $37.95
The Immortal Conquistador (Kitty Norville)
Ricardo de Avila would have followed Coronado to the ends of the earth. Instead Ricardo met with the end of his mortal life – and a new one, as the renegade vampire, Rick. For over five hundred years, Rick has infuriated the demon world. He has ferociously protected his found-family from marauding vampires, joined forces with a legendary gunslinger, appointed himself the Master of Denver, and called upon a church buried under the Vatican. Of late, Rick has even made a famous friend: everyone’s favourite werewolf talk-show host, Kitty Norville. Now, whether you are new to Vaughn’s fan-favourite novels, or a long-time reader, you’ll be riveted by the final, full-length tale of the series.
Urban fantasy | TP | $33.95
The Empress of Salt and Fortune
A young royal from the far north, is sent south for a political marriage in an empire reminiscent of imperial China. Her brothers are dead, her armies and their war mammoths long defeated and caged behind their borders. Alone and sometimes reviled, she must choose her allies carefully. Rabbit – a handmaiden sold by her parents to the palace, for the lack of five baskets of dye – befriends the emperor’s lonely new wife, and gets more than she bargained for. At once feminist high fantasy and an indictment of monarchy, this evocative debut follows the rise of the empress In-yo, who has few resources and fewer friends. She’s a northern daughter in a mage-made summer exile, but she will bend history to her will and bring down her enemies, piece by piece. With the visuals of a classic Asian period drama, The Empress of Salt and Fortune is a tightly and lushly written narrative about empire, storytelling, and the anger of women. We expect this 128pp Tor.com novella to become available locally, later in the year; however, in the meantime, this import edition is available to order.
Fantasy | PBK | $26.95
Soot (Smoke 02)
Enter Eleanor, a young woman with a strange power over Smoke and niece of the Lord Protector of England. Running from her uncle and home, she finds shelter in a New York theatre troupe. Then Nil, a thief hiding behind a self-effacing name. He’s an orphan snatched from a jungle home, and suspects that a clue to his origins may lie hidden in the vaults of the mighty, newly-risen East India Company. And, finally, Thomas, one of the three people to release Smoke into the world. On a clandestine mission to India, he hopes to uncover the origins of Smoke and lay to rest his doubts about what he helped to unleash. A sequel to Smoke (PBK, $22.99).
Historical fantasy | PBK | $22.99
A Pale Light in the Black (NeoG 01)
Wagers, K B
For the past year, their close loss in the annual Boarding Games has haunted Interceptor Team: Zuma’s Ghost. With this year’s competition looming, they’re looking forward to some payback – until an unexpected personnel change leaves them reeling. Their best swordsman has been transferred, and a new lieutenant has been assigned in his place. Maxine Carmichael is trying to carve a place in the world, on her own – away from the pressure and influence of her powerful family. The last thing she wants is to cause trouble, at her command on Jupiter Station. With her new team in turmoil, Max must overcome her self-doubt and win their trust, if she’s going to succeed. Failing is not an option – and would only prove her parents right. But Max and the team must learn to work together, quickly. A routine mission to retrieve a missing ship has suddenly turned dangerous, and now their lives are on the line. Someone is targeting members of Zuma’s Ghost, a mysterious opponent willing to kill, to safeguard a secret that could shake society to its core… a secret that could lead to their deaths and kill thousands more, unless Max and her new team stop them. Rescue those in danger, find the bad guys, win the Games. It’s all in a day’s work, at the NeoG. The first in a new series, introducing the Near-Earth Orbital Guard – NeoG – a military force patrolling and protecting space, inspired by the real-life mission of the US Coast Guard. Recommended!
Space opera | HC | $49.99
Blood Truth (Black Dagger Legacy 04)
Ward, J R
As a trainee in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s program, Boone has triumphed as a soldier and, now, fights side by side with the Brothers. Following his sire’s unexpected death, he is taken off rotation against his protests – and he finds himself working with Butch O’Neal, former homicide cop, to catch a serial killer: Someone is targeting females of the species at a live-action role-play club. When the Brotherhood is called in to help, Boone insists on being a part of the effort – and the last thing he expects is to meet an enticing, mysterious female… who changes his life, forever. Ever since her sister was murdered at the club, Helaine has been committed to finding the killer, no matter the danger she faces. When she crosses paths with Boone, she doesn’t know whether to trust him, or not – and then she has no choice. As she herself becomes a target, and someone close to the Brotherhood is identified as the prime suspect, the two must work to together to solve the mystery… before it’s too late. Will a madman come between the lovers, or will true love and goodness triumph over a very mortal evil?
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99
Into Bones Like Oil
People come to The Angelsea, a rooming house near the beach, for many reasons. Some come to get some sleep, because here, you sleep like the dead. Dora arrives seeking solitude and escape from reality. Instead, she finds a place haunted by the drowned and desperate, who speak through the sleeping inhabitants. She fears sleep herself, terrified that the ghosts of her daughters will tell her, ‘it’s all your fault we’re dead’. At the same time, she’d give anything to hear them one more time.
Ghost story | PBK | $19.99
Firstborn (House War 07)
Jewel ATerafin has never wanted to be a power. What she truly wants, she built in the streets of the poorer holdings. To protect what she built, to protect what she values above all else, she has accepted that power is necessary. But with power comes responsibility. Jewel has forced herself to do what would have once been unthinkable: She has surrendered her den-kin, Carver, to the wilderness, because she must if she is to have any hope of saving the rest of her family, and the city in which they dwell. But she cannot leave him with nothing. Into his hands, she has placed the single, blue leaf that came from the wilderness and the dreaming combined. She doesn’t know what it does, or what it was meant to do – but it is the most powerful item on her person, and it is the only thing she can leave him. That leaf, however, was created to serve a purpose that Jewel does not understand. Nor does Carver, who now possesses it. With Ellerson by his side, Carver intends to traverse the wild Winter, in an attempt to reach home – and the people who are waiting for him. There are those, who do understand the significance of Carver’s gift, and the disaster that will prevail – if it remains in his hands. But time is of the essence. These lands are not unclaimed, and the Lord of these lands is waking from his ancient slumber. Nor is the Lord the only threat. Firstborn, demons, and wild elementals are swirling around two mortal men, in a storm that threatens to end the only chance the city of Averalaan has of surviving what is to follow.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.95
Wilson, Cindy R
In the city of Victor, there is Dark and there is Light. The Lightsiders have wealth and privilege. The Darksiders have Temper, better known as the Scorpion. Every day is a fight for survival, one she faces willingly, risking her life to steal from the Light and give to the Dark. Then one act of betrayal sends her straight into the arms of the law. Remove the Scorpion, remove its sting. Everyone assumes she’s dead. But she’s been locked up in Decay, a prison reserved for the worst offenders…
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
The Rage of Dragons (Burning 01)
The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable war, for almost two hundred years. The lucky ones are born gifted. One in every two thousand women has the power to call down dragons. One in every hundred men is able to magically transform himself into a bigger, stronger, faster killing machine. Everyone else is fodder, destined to fight and die in the endless war. Young and gift-less, Tau Tafari wants more than this, but his plans of escape are destroyed when those closest to him are brutally murdered. With too few Gifted left, the Omehi are facing genocide, but Tau cares only for revenge… The first in a series.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Knight (Sibyl’s War 02)
Nicole Hammond was just trying to survive on the streets of Philadelphia, then she and her partner Bungie were abducted by a race of mysterious moth-like aliens and taken to a strange ship, called the Fyrantha. Now, she is a Sibyl, a special human that has the ability to communicate with the aliens and their ship, and no one is happy. Competing factions control different parts of the Fyrantha with the humans and other sentient aliens caught in the middle. But Nicole is done being bullied, and now she has a plan to take control of the ship. She just has to outsmart war profiteers and slavers to do it.
Space opera | PBK | $22.95