Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: May 2017
All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in May 2017.
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Until next time, good reading!
May 2017 includes new books by: Andrew Bannister, Jack Campbell, Sebastien De Castell, Cory Doctorow, Robin Hobb, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Emma Newman, Justina Robson, Jeff Vandermeer… and many others.
Australia’s rural towns and communities are closing down – much of Australia is being sold to overseas interests, states and countries and regions are being realigned worldwide. Town matriarch Granna Adams, her grandson Roberto, the lonely and thoughtful Clare – all try, in their own way, to hold on to their sense of self, even as the world around them fractures. The inaugural winner of The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers.
Dystopia | TP | $29.99
Sharp Ends (Stories from the World of the First Law)
Previously published, award-winning tales and exclusive new short stories from the world of the First Law.
Collection | PBK | $22.99
Flame in the Mist
Mariko is the daughter of a prominent samurai and a cunning alchemist in her own right. When she is ambushed by a group of bandits known as the Black Clan, en route to a political marriage to Minamoto Raiden – the emperor’s son – Mariko realises she has two choices: she can wait to be rescued… or she can take matters into her own hands, hunt down the clan and find the person who wants her dead. The first in a new series.
YA Fantasy | TP | $19.99
Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this… Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar… Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry, in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him, forever. And the only person, Kate can ask for help, is long dead. The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.95
Blood in the Water (Destroyermen 11)
Ever since the USS Walker came from another world war, to defy the terrifying Grik and diabolical Dominion, Matt Reddy and his crew have given their all to protect the oppressed Lemurians. But with the Walker in desperate need of repairs just as the Grik’s first general is poised to strike, Reddy is desperate. With more enemies than ever before arrayed against them, the crew of the Walker needs new allies. That means combing the lethal wilds of Madagascar to find the Lemurians’ fabled ancestors as well as the enigmatic dwellers east of the Pass of Fire. But what Reddy’s crew unearths may be more than they can handle – discoveries so shattering that they could tilt the balance of the war in either direction. But Reddy’s greatest adversary is from his past: a madman named Kurokawa, whose single-minded mission of revenge will shake the Alliance to its core and raise the stakes to the most personal and terrifying levels Reddy has ever faced.
Military SF | PBK | $19.95
When Winter Crane has a chance encounter with a boy called Lennon, injured and left for dead in the woods everything she thought she knew about her sleepy town is challenged.
YA thriller | PBK | $19.99
ReV (Machine Dynasty 03)
Now that the failsafe that once kept synthetic beings from harming humans has been hacked, all vN are discovering the promise – and the peril – of free will. Her consciousness unleashed across computer systems all across the world, the vicious vN Portia stands poised to finally achieve her lifelong dream of bringing feeble, fleshy humanity to its knees. The battle between Portia and granddaughter Amy comes to its ultimate conclusion. Can Amy get her family to the stars, before Portia destroys every opportunity for escape and freedom? Follows vN and iD (PBK, $19.99 each), concluding the trilogy.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
Creation Machine (Spin trilogy 01)
It is the aftermath of civil war in the vast pageant of planets and stars, known as The Spin. Three years since he crushed the rebellion, Viklun Haas, industrialist and leader of the Hegemony, is eliminating all remnants of the opposition. Starting with his own daughter. But Fleare Haas, fighter for Society Otherwise has had a long time to plan her next move. Sprung from her remote monastery prison and reuniting with a team of loyal friends, Fleare’s journey will take her across The Spin to the cluster of fallen planets, known as The Catastrophy Curve – and from exile, to the very frontiers of war… An absolutely fantastic debut, reminiscent of Iain M Banks. Highly recommended.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
Iron Gods (Spin trilogy 02)
Harbour Master Hevalansa Vess, stripped of his role after the loss of the last ship, has his identity changed and is sent, under cover, into the Hive to find out how Seldyan escaped. Wired into the living AI, called the Mind Stack, he is forced to confront both his own past, and the institutionalised cruelty of the hierarchy he has been part of.
Science fiction | TP | $32.99
The Brotherhood of the Wheel
Belcher, R S
A small offshoot of the Knights Templar endures and has returned to the order’s original mission: to defend the roads of the world and guard those who travel on them. Jimmy Aussapile is one such knight. He’s driving a big rig down South, when a promise to a ghostly hitchhiker sets him on a quest – to find out the terrible truth behind a string of children gone missing all across the country.
Urban fantasy | TP | $24.99
The End of Magic (Echo Park Coven 03)
Lyse MacAllister used to be like everyone else – blissfully ignorant of magic, of the dire battles being fought in shadows and secrecy. But that was before her great-aunt Eleanora died, leaving her in control of the Echo Park coven; before she found herself in the middle of the witches’ clash with the anti-magic zealots known as The Flood; before her blood sisters lost their faith in her. As The Flood begins turning humans, across the globe, against the witches, Lyse must find a way to regain the trust of her former magical family and once again unify them. Because the final battle between good and evil is looming – and if the witches don’t stand together, all of humankind could be lost…
Urban fantasy | TP | $29.95
Girl in Time
Cady McCall is ready to be rich and famous. She’s sacrificed everything, putting her work ahead of family and friends. Now, with mad success and huge wealth so close she can taste it, her life is blown apart by Deputy Marshal John ‘Titanic’ Smith, the man who rescues her from two muggers, only to carry her off into history. Lost on the seas of time, Smith is desperate to get home to his family in 1876, and now Cady is lost along with him, facing danger and finding love in Victorian London, Ancient Rome, and in the near-future America of President for Life Donald Trump.
Science fiction | TP | $39.99
Becket is an ordinary teenage girl, wrestling with the upheaval of her parents’ divorce. Her biggest problems to date have been choosing which colleges to apply to, living up to her parents’ ambitious expectations of her, and fighting her secret crush on her best friend’s boyfriend. That all changes the night she tries to save an innocent life and everything goes horribly wrong. Becket has been tricked into opening a door between worlds. As dark magic trickles into Philadelphia, strange creatures roam the streets and inanimate objects come to life, all of them bloodthirsty and terrifying. The city returns to normal when the sun rises each morning. The moment the sun sets, most citizens shut themselves in their houses and stay there no matter what they hear. The magic is openly hostile to most mortals, but there are some it seems to covet, trying to lure them out into the night. While Becket struggles to protect her friends and family from predatory creatures of the night, she is constantly tempted to shrug off her responsibilities and join them. The first in a new series.
YA fantasy | PBK | $14.99
Vanguard (Genesis Fleet 01)
Earth is no longer the centre of the universe. After the invention of the faster-than-light jump drive, humanity is rapidly establishing new colonies. But the vast distances of space mean that the old order of protection and interstellar law offered by Earth has ceased to exist. When a nearby world attacks, the new colony of Glenlyon turns to Robert Geary, a young former junior fleet officer, and Mele Darcy, a onetime enlisted Marine. With nothing but improvised weapons and a few volunteers, Geary and Darcy must face down warships and armoured soldiers – or die trying. The first in a new series, set in the Lost Fleets universe.
Military SF | HC | $49.95
The Boy on the Bridge
Carey, M R
Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy. The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world. To where the monsters lived. Set in the same world of The Girl With All the Gifts (PBK, $19.99), this companion narrative runs in parallel with that one.
Post-apocalyptic | TP | $29.99
Daughters of Ruin
Castner, K D
Rhea, Cadis, Suki, and Iren have lived together since they were children. They are called sisters. They are not. They are called equals. They are not. They are princesses… and they are enemies. Not long ago, a brutal war ravaged their kingdoms, and Rhea’s father was the victor. As a gesture of peace, King Declan brought the daughters of his rivals to live under his protection – and his ever-watchful eye. For ten years, the girls have trained together as diplomats and warriors, raised to accept their thrones and unite their kingdoms in peace. But there is rarely peace among sisters. Sheltered Rhea was raised to rule everyone – including her ‘sisters’ – but she’s cracking under pressure. The charismatic Cadis is desperately trying to redeem her people from their actions during the war. Suki guards deep family secrets that isolate her, and quiet Iren’s meekness is not what it seems. All plans for peace are shattered when the palace is attacked. As their intended futures lie in ashes, Rhea, Cadis, Suki, and Iren must decide where their loyalties lie: to their nations, or to each other.
YA fantasy | PBK | $17.99
Shadowcaster (Shattered Realms 02)
Chima, Cinda Williams
Alyssa ana’Raisa is the reluctant princess heir to the Gray Wolf throne of the Fells, a queendom embroiled in a seemingly endless war. Hardened by too many losses, Lyss is more comfortable striking with a sword than manoeuvring at court. After a brush with death, she goes on the offensive, meaning to end the war that has raged her whole life. If her gamble doesn’t pay off, she could lose her queendom before she even ascends to the throne. Follows Flamecaster (PBK, $16.99).
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99
Lord of Shadows (Dark Artifices 02)
Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again? And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear – before it’s too late.
YA fantasy | TP | $27.99
Forsaken Skies (Silence 01)
Clark, D Nolan
Commander Lanoe is one of the Navy’s greatest heroes, but the civil war left him with nothing but painful memories. When a planetary governor is murdered, it falls to Lanoe to hunt down the killer and bring them to justice. Yet, his pursuit will lead him towards the greatest threat mankind has ever faced. An unknown armada has emerged from the depths of space, targeting an isolated colony planet. As the colonists plead for help, the politicians and bureaucrats look away. But Lanoe has never run from a fight and he will not abandon thousands of innocents to their fate. The first in a new space opera series.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99
The town of Rotherweird stands alone – there are no guidebooks, despite the fascinating and diverse architectural styles cramming the narrow streets, the avant-garde science, and offbeat customs. Cast adrift from the rest of England by Elizabeth I, Rotherweird’s independence is subject to one disturbing condition: nobody, but nobody, studies the town or its history. For beneath the enchanting surface lurks a secret… so dark that it must never be rediscovered, still less reused. But secrets have a way of leaking out. Two inquisitive outsiders have arrived: Jonah Oblong, to teach modern history at Rotherweird School (nothing local, and nothing before 1800), and the sinister billionaire Sir Veronal Slickstone, who has somehow got permission to renovate the town’s long-derelict Manor House. The first in a series. Totally recommended – this has the tone of The Rook and is completely delightful.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
The Dastardly Miss Lizzie (Electric Empire 03)
Being two people in one body isn’t easy. Metropolitan Police crime scene physician Eliza Jekyll is trying to maintain a semblance of control, even as her rebellious other self, Lizzie Hyde, grows increasingly wild. With an unstoppable slasher on the loose, a fiancé enmeshed in the dark world of French sorcerers, and an immortal scientist tasking her to heal the dim-witted king, the last thing Eliza needs is for Lizzie to appear and wreak havoc at will. Eliza needs her mind clear and sharp if she’s to catch the murderer responsible for killing off the city’s most eminent scientists, one by one. At the heart of each death lies clues to a machine that shouldn’t exist, one powerful enough to destroy the world. But as the mystery begins to unravel, Eliza discovers her own enemies are closing in, driving her to desperate measures in order to thwart the killer. And Lizzie’s no help. She’s got her own life now, and true to her nature, will resort to the devious and the diabolical to keep it. Even if it means throwing Eliza to the wolves, and letting the world burn… Concludes the Electric Empire trilogy, which began with The Diabolical Miss Hyde (PBK, $22.99) and The Devious Dr Jekyll (TP, $24.99).
Steampunk | TP | $27.99
The Erstwhile (Vorrh trilogy 02)
It transpires that some angels have escaped Eden and the Vorrh and are living in hiding in London, some in disguise as lunatics in Bedlam, one as a mutilated dog. It’s also revealed that William Blake, is interacting with these angels. Good and evil angels and humans, including William Blake, are heading towards a final, Miltonic apocalyptic battle for the soul of humanity. In the tradition of China Miéville, Michael Moorcock, and Alasdair Gray: B Catling’s The Vorrh is literary dark fantasy which wilfully ignores boundaries, crossing over into surrealism, magical realism, horror, and steampunk.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
Spandex and the City
Colgan, Jenny T
Mild-mannered publicist Holly Phillips is unlucky in love. She’s embarrassed beyond belief when the handsome stranger she meets in a bar turns out to be ‘Ultimate Man’ – a super-powered hero whose rescue attempt finds her hoisted over his shoulder and flashing her knickers in the newspaper the next day. But when Holly’s fifteen minutes of fame make her a target for something villainous, she only has one place to turn – and finds the man behind the mask holds a lot more charm than his crime-fighting alter ego.
Superhero romance | PBK | $22.99
Andrew Waggoner has always hung around with his fellow losers at school, desperately hoping each day that the school bullies – led by Drake – will pass him by in search of other prey. But one day they force him into the woods, and the bullying escalates into something more; something unforgivable; something unthinkable. Broken, both physically and emotionally, something dies in Waggoner, and something else is born in its place. In the hills of the West Country a chalk horse stands vigil over a site of ancient power, and there Waggoner finds in himself a reflection of rage and vengeance, a power and persona to topple those who would bring him low. A 260pp Tor.com novel, set in Margaret Thatcher’s Britain.
Fantasy | PBK | $26.99
Poison City (London Tau 01)
The name’s Gideon Tau, but everyone just calls me London. I work for the Delphic Division, the occult investigative unit of the South African Police Service. My life revolves around two things – finding out who killed my daughter, and imagining what I’m going to do to the bastard when I catch him. I have two friends. The first is my boss, Armitage, a fifty-something DCI from Yorkshire, who looks more like someone’s mother than a cop. Don’t let that fool you. The second is the dog, my magical spirit guide. He talks, he watches TV all day, and he’s a mean drunk… The first in a new urban fantasy series, set in South Africa!
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99
The City of Mirrors (Passage 03)
Prompted by a voice that lives in her blood, the fearsome warrior known as Alicia of Blades is drawn towards to one of the great cities of The Time Before: the ruined city of New York… ruined but not empty. For this is the final refuge of Zero, the first and last of The Twelve. The one who must be destroyed if mankind is to have a future. Follows The Passage and The Twelve (PBK, $19.99 each).
Post-apocalyptic thriller | PBK | $22.99
Dracula’s Brethren: Neglected Vampire Classics
Dalby, Richard (editor)
A tribute to those early writers of horror fiction, a collation of 19 archetypal tales, written between 1820 and 1910, many long forgotten, celebrating the vampire stories that both inspired, and were inspired by, Bram Stoker’s iconic novel. A companion to Richard Dalby’s definitive anthology, Dracula’s Brood, itself 30 years old (due to be reissued this coming October: PBK, $22.99), these rediscovered stories are a genuine treasure trove for classic thrill seekers, and all lovers of supernatural fiction.
Horror anthology | PBK | $22.99
De Castell, Sebastien
When you’re a Jan’Tep initiate approaching your sixteenth birthday, you’d better be ready to prove your worth as a mage. Either that or have a miracle on the way. And Kellen isn’t counting on either. He knows he’ll need a few tricks up his sleeve to avoid disgracing his family and becoming a Sha’Tep servant. So, when a sassy, straight-talking traveller arrives in town, Kellen is all ears. Ferius Parfax is jaded, but worldly, an exile who lives by her wits and the three decks of cards she carries. She can’t teach him to spark his bands and access the seven magics, but with the hand that Kellen’s been dealt, he knows he needs all the help he can get… The first in a new series for young adults, from the author of the much-recommended Greatcoats series.
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99
In a world wrecked by climate change, in a society owned by the ultra-rich, in a city hollowed out by industrial flight, Hubert, Etcetera, Seth and Natalie have nowhere else to be and nothing better to do. But there is another way. After all, now that anyone can design and print the basic necessities of life – food, clothing, shelter – from a computer, there is little reason to toil within the system. So, like thousands of others in the mid-21st century, the three of them turn their back on the world of rules, jobs, the morning commute and… walkaway. It’s a dangerous world out there, the empty lands are lawless, hiding predators – animal and human, alike. Still, when the initial pioneer walkaways flourish, the thousands become hundreds of thousands, building what threatens to become a post-scarcity utopia. But then the walkaways discover the one thing the ultra-rich have never been able to buy: how to beat death. And, now, it’s war – a war that will turn the world upside down. A brilliant imagining of the potential of technology to dismantle the boundary between utopia and dystopia. Highly recommended.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99
Dark Mind (Star Carrier 07)
The civil war might be over, but war for the galaxy might just be beginning… 2425. The civil war between the United States of North America and the Pan-European Confederation is over. But before a new era of peace on Earth can begin, humankind must martial its interstellar forces as one fleet to engage in a war against an alien entity in Omega Centauri. Without provocation, it destroyed a Confederation science facility, inhabited by 12,000 people, and it must be neutralised… before it sets its sights on Earth. But Admiral Trevor ‘Sandy’ Gray of the USNA star carrier America has his own mission. The enigmatic AI known as Konstantin has convinced him that humanity’s only chance for survival is technology found in a distant star system. Now, Gray must disobey orders as well as locate and create a weapon capable of defeating a living sphere the size of a small planet…
Science fiction | PBK | $14.99
The Queen of Blood (Queens of Renthia 01)
Everything has a spirit: the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow… But the spirits that reside within this land want to rid it of all humans. One woman stands between these malevolent spirits and the end of humankind: the queen. Because the queen’s position is so precarious, young women are specially chosen to train as her heirs. Daleina, a seemingly quiet academy student, is under no illusions as to her claim to the throne, but simply wants to right the wrongs that have befallen the land. Meanwhile, the disgraced champion, Ven, has spent his exile secretly fighting against the growing number of spirit attacks. First in a new series.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95
Winter Tide (Innsmouth Legacy 01)
After attacking Devil’s Reef in 1928, the US government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to the desert, far from their ocean, their Deep One ancestors, and their sleeping god Cthulhu. Only Aphra and Caleb Marsh survived the camps, and they emerged without a past or a future. The government that stole Aphra’s life, now needs her help. FBI agent Ron Spector believes that Communist spies have stolen dangerous magical secrets from Miskatonic University, secrets that could turn the Cold War hot in an instant, and hasten the end of humanity.
Cthulhuiana | HC | $38.99
Gods of Sagittarius
Flint, Eric & Resnick, Mike
Russ Tabor is one of the top security specialists in the galaxy. Much against his will, he finds himself assigned to provide protection for Rupert Medawar Narayan Shenoy – ‘Lord Shenoy’, as he likes to style himself – who is probably the human race’s most brilliant savant. Shenoy has become convinced that the race of ancient aliens known as the Old Ones possessed powers unknown to any modern intelligent species. He believes they had harnessed forces which may well have been actual magic, giving the Old Ones the stature of gods. Off Russ and Shenoy go to find the secret. Meanwhile, Occo, a member of the alien race known as the Nac Zhe Anglan, returns to her religious creed’s home cloister to find that it has been completely destroyed – and by means which suggest that the Old Ones were the perpetrators. Yet, the Old Ones, those ancient and inimical gods of the galaxy, were thought to have perished, eons before. Occo is not a savant of any kind. She is a shaman castigant, a warrior of her creed. Her purpose now is to seek revenge, not to uncover the secrets of the Old Ones. But she cannot do the one, without first doing the other. So, she and her familiar Bresk set ought to track down those long-gone deities. Now, human adventures and an alien shaman are on a collision course with the truth: despite their many differences, only if they unite their forces do they stand any chance of surviving the coming encounter with the gods of Sagittarius.
Alternate history | HC | $46.95
River of Teeth
In the early 20th century, the United States government concocted a plan to import hippopotamuses into the marshlands of Louisiana to be bred and slaughtered as an alternative meat source. This is true. Other true things about hippos: they are savage, they are fast, and their jaws can snap a man in two. This was a terrible plan. Contained within this volume is a 1890s America that might have been: a bayou overrun by feral hippos and mercenary hippo wranglers from around the globe. It is the story of Winslow Houndstooth and his crew. It is the story of their fortunes. It is the story of his revenge. A 176pp Tor.com novella. A sequel to River of Teeth will be forthcoming in September.
Alternate history | TP | $29.95
Dark Cities (anthology)
Golden, Christopher (editor)
Far worse than mythical creatures such as vampires and werewolves, these are horrors that lurk in the places you go, every day – where you would never expect to find them. But they are there, and now that you know, you’ll never again walk the streets alone. Features stories from Sherrilyn Kenyon, Scott Smith, Cherie Priest, and Jonathan Maberry, among others.
Horror anthology | TP | $33.95
Dr DOA (Secret Histories 10)
Green, Simon R
Eddie has been fatally poisoned. Not even his most powerful allies can save him. Certain death awaits, and Eddie is determined to find out who poisoned him – before he succumbs. Eddie soon learns that there is only one person, who could be behind the attack: Dr DOA. Even the most formidable in the underworld are afraid to whisper Dr DOA’s name, and no one knows where Eddie might find a man, who operates in the darkest shadows. But Eddie has his heart set on revenge. With his health failing, he has to catch up to Dr DOA… before his time runs out.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.95
Wrath (Faithful and the Fallen 04)
Events are coming to a climax in the Banished Lands, as the war reaches new heights. King Nathair has taken control of the fortress at Drassil and three of the Seven Treasures are in his possession. And together with Calidus and his ally Queen Rhin, Nathair will do anything to obtain the remaining Treasures. With all seven under his command, he can open a portal to the Otherworld. Then Asroth and his demon-horde will finally break into the Banished Lands and become flesh. Meanwhile, Corban has been taken prisoner by the Jotun, warrior giants who ride their enormous bears into battle. His warband scattered, Corban must make new allies if he hopes to survive. But can he bond with competing factions of warlike giants? Somehow, he must, if he’s to counter the threat Nathair represents. His life hangs in the balance – and with it, the fate of the Banished Lands…
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Hamilton, Laurell K
My name is Anita Blake. I’m a vampire hunter and necromancer, and I’m about to learn that evil is in the eye of the beholder… I’ve never seen Damian, my vampire servant, so vulnerable. He’s being bombarded with violent nightmares and blood sweats, but now is the time I need him most. The ruthless vampire who created him might be losing control, allowing rogue vampires to run wild and break one of their kind’s few strict taboos. I’m joining forces with my friend Edward to stop the carnage, and Damian will be at our side, even if it means travelling to a place that couldn’t be less welcoming to a vampire, an assassin, and a necromancer. Ireland.
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter | PBK | $22.99
Radiate (Lightless 03)
Higgins, C A
Ananke may have the powers of a god, but she is consumed by a very human longing: to know her creators. Now, Ananke is on a quest to find companionship, understanding, and even love. She is accompanied by Althea, the engineer who created her, and whom she sees as her mother. And she is in search of her ‘father’, Matthew, the programmer whose code gave her the spark of life. But Matthew is on a strange quest of his own, travelling the galaxy alongside Ivan, with whom he shares a deeply painful history. Ananke and her parents are racing toward an inevitable collision, with consequences as violent as the birth of the solar system, itself – and as devastating as the discovery of love. Follows the brilliant Lightless (TP, $24.99) and Supernova (TP, $29.99).
Science fiction | HC | $49.95
Nobody knew where the virus came from. FOX News said it had been set loose by ISIS, using spores that had been invented by the Russians, in the 1980s. MSNBC said sources indicated it might’ve been created by engineers at Halliburton and stolen by culty Christian types, fixated on the Book of Revelation. CNN reported both sides. While every TV station debated the cause, the world burnt. Pregnant school nurse, Harper Grayson, had seen lots of people burn on TV, but the first person she saw burn, for real, was in the playground behind the school. This is one woman’s story of survival, at the end of the world.
Apocalypse | PBK | $19.99
Assassin’s Fate (Fitz and the Fool trilogy 03)
The much-anticipated final conclusion to the Fitz and the Fool trilogy. Prince FitzChivalry Farseer’s daughter Bee was violently abducted from Withywoods, by Servants of the Four, in their search for the Unexpected Son, foretold to wield great power. With Fitz in pursuit, the Servants fled through a Skill-pillar, leaving no trace. It seems certain that they and their young hostage have perished in the Skill-river. Clerres, where White Prophets were trained by the Servants to set the world on a better path, has been corrupted by greed. Fitz is determined to reach the city and take vengeance on the Four, not only for the loss of Bee, but also for their torture of the Fool. Accompanied by FitzVigilant, son of the assassin Chade, Chade’s protégé Spark and the stable-boy Perseverance, Bee’s only friend, their journey will take them from the Elderling city of Kelsingra, down the perilous Rain Wild River, and on to the Pirate Isles. Their mission for revenge will become a voyage of discovery, as well as of reunions, transformations and heartrending shocks. Startling answers to old mysteries are revealed. What became of the liveships Paragon and Vivacia and their crews? What is the origin of the Others and their eerie beach? How are liveships and dragons connected? But Fitz and his followers are not the only ones with a deadly grudge against the Four. An ancient wrong will bring them unlikely and dangerous allies in their quest. And if the corrupt society of Clerres is to be brought down, Fitz and the Fool will have to make a series of profound and fateful sacrifices.
Fantasy | TP/HC | $32.99/$39.99
Royal Assassin (Farseer trilogy 02)
The second volume in Robin Hobb’s internationally-bestselling Farseer Trilogy. Honesty is the bedrock for any relationship. But how can Fitz – royal bastard, trainee assassin, holder of secrets crucial to the security of the kingdom – bare his soul to his beloved Molly? Danger lies all around him – from the raiders savaging the coastal towns, and from within the court. The king has been struck down by a mystery illness; and his eldest son, Verity, is bound up in the defence of the realm. When Verity leaves the court in search of the mythical Elderlings, Fitz finds himself friendless apart from his wolf, Nighteyes, and the king’s strange, motley-clad fool, exposed to Prince Regal’s malign ambitions. He will be asked to sacrifice everything – his heart, his hope, even his life – for the sake of the realm. This is a gorgeous, clothbound, slipcased edition, with illustrated endpapers by John Howe.
Fantasy | HC | $89.99
Injection Burn (Dire Earth Cycle 04)
Hough, Jason M
Skyler Luiken and his ragtag crew of scavengers, scientists, and brawlers have a new mission: a long journey to a distant planet – where a race of benevolent aliens are held captive behind a cloud of destructive ships, known as the Swarm Blockade. No human ships have ever made it past this impenetrable wall, and Skyler knows not what to anticipate when they reach their destination. Safe to say that the last thing, he expects to find there, is a second human ship led by the tough-as-nails captain, Gloria Tsandi. These two crews – and their respective captains – initially clash, but they will have to learn to work together… when their mutual foe closes in around them and begins the outright destruction of their vessels – along with any hope of a return to Earth.
Science fiction thriller | PBK | $22.95
The best of Helen Kane exists in space. If she doesn’t go back up, she’ll be consigned to a lesser version of herself on a planet that has also seen better days. Helen is an experienced astronaut with a NASA position and a struggling, grown-up daughter who needs her; but when, at fifty-three, she is offered a place on the training program for the first mission to Mars, the most realistic simulation ever, she cannot refuse a last chance to walk among the stars.
Science fiction | TP | $32.99
Darkship Revenge (Darkship 04)
Hoyt, Sarah A
After winning the civil war in Eden, Athena returns to her calling, collecting powerpods, with her husband Kit. Now, weeks away from Earth, she goes into labour. To make matters worse, a strange ship attacks Athena and Kit’s Cathouse and kidnaps Athena’s husband. That ship is called Je Reviens. It’s a named steeped in history – and not the good kind of history. Hot on Kit’s trail, Athena discovers that you shouldn’t name a ship Je Reviens, unless you intend it to return. The genetically modified Mules are back, and they have a plan to prevent themselves, from being exiled ever again. And if the Mules win, the best thing humanity can hope for is slavery. The worst is death. While a bio-engineered plague wreaks havoc on the forces of liberty, Athena must risk herself, her husband, and her child… for the survival of humanity. The Mules may be about to find out what revenge truly is: one angry mother.
Space opera | TP | $31.95
Cold Reign (Jane Yellowrock 11)
Jane walks softly and carries a big stake to keep the peace in New Orleans, all part of her job as official Enforcer to Leo Pellissier, Master of the City. But Leo’s reign is being threatened by a visit from a delegation of ancient European vampires, seeking to expand their dominions. And there’s another danger to the city. When she hears reports of revenant vampires, loose in NOLA and out for blood, Jane goes to put them down – and discovers there’s something unusual about these revenants. They never should have risen. Jane must test her strength against a deadly, unnatural magic beyond human understanding, and a ruthless cadre of near-immortals, whose thirst for power knows no bounds…
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.95
The Shadow of What Was Lost (Licanius trilogy 01)
It has been twenty years, since the god-like Augurs were overthrown and killed. Now, those who once served them – the Gifted – are spared only because they have accepted the rebellion’s Four Tenets, vastly limiting their own powers. As a young Gifted, Davian suffers the consequences of a war lost before he was even born. He and others like him are despised. But when Davian discovers he wields the forbidden powers of the Augurs, he sets in motion a chain of events that will change everything.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Legend Has It (Pax Arcana 05)
For John Charming, living the dream just became a nightmare. Someone, somewhere, is reading a magic book that is reading them right back. Real life is becoming a fairytale: high school students are turning, quite literally, into zombies, subway workers into dwarves, drug addicts into vampires. John Charming and his motley band of monster hunters are racing to find the villain of this story, following the yellow brick road through a not so wonderful wonderland. And, if they can’t find Reader Zero before the book is closed, there won’t be a happily ever after again. Follows Charming, Daring, Fearless, and In Shining Armor (TP, $24.99 each).
Urban fantasy | TP | $24.99
Children of Earth and Sky
Kay, Guy Gavriel
From the small coastal town of Senjan, notorious for its pirates, a young woman sets out to find vengeance for her lost family. That same spring, from the wealthy city-state of Seressa, famous for its canals and lagoon, come two very different people: a young artist traveling to the dangerous east to paint the grand khalif at his request – and possibly to do more – and a fiercely intelligent, angry woman posing as a doctor’s wife but sent by Seressa as a spy. The trading ship that carries them is commanded by the accomplished younger son of a merchant family, ambivalent about the life he’s been born to live. And farther east, a boy trains to become a soldier in the elite infantry of the khalif – to win glory in the war everyone knows is coming.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Deadmen Walking (Deadman’s Cross 01)
Deadmen tell their tales… To catch evil, it takes evil. Enter Devyl Bane – an ancient dark warlord returned to the human realm as one of the most notorious pirates in the New World. A man of many secrets, Bane makes a pact with Thorn – an immortal charged with securing the worst creations the ancient gods ever released into our world. Those powers have been imprisoned for eons behind enchanted gates… gates that are beginning to buckle. At Thorn’s behest, Bane takes command of a crew of Deadmen: humanity’s last hope to restore the gates. But things are never so simple. And one of Bane’s biggest problems is the ship they sail upon. For the Sea Witch isn’t just a vessel, she’s also a woman born of an ancient people he wronged – a woman who is also sister to their primary target. Now, Marcelina, the Sea Witch, must choose. Either she remains loyal to her evil sister and watches humanity fall, or she puts her faith in an enemy who has already betrayed her. Her people over the totality of humanity? Let’s hope Bane can sway her favour… The first in a new series – spinning off from the Dark-Hunter novels.
Paranormal | TP | $29.99
Food of the Gods (Rupert Wong series)
It’s not unusual to work two jobs, in this day and age, but sorcerer and former triad soldier Rupert Wong’s life is more complicated than most. By day, he makes human hors d’oeuvres for a dynasty of ghouls; by night, he pushes pencils for the Ten Chinese Hells. Of course, it never seems to be enough to buy him a new car – or his restless, flesh-eating, ghost girlfriend passage from the reincarnation cycle – until opportunity comes smashing through his window. This volume collects the stories Rupert Wong: Cannibal Chef and Rupert Wong and the Ends of the Earth.
Urban fantasy | TP | $29.95
A rebellious child identifies with wicked Maleficent, instead of Sleeping Beauty. Best friends Anna and Corry share one last morning on Earth. A solitary woman inherits a penny arcade haunted by a beautiful stranger. A prep-school student requires more than luck when playing dice with a faerie. Ladies who lunch – dividing one last bite of dessert – delve into new dimensions of quantum politeness. Whether on a habitat on Mars, or in a boarding house in London, discover Ellen Klages’ wicked, wondrous adventures – full of wit, empathy, and courage.
Short fiction collection | TP | $31.95
Alien Education (Alien 15)
It’s a typical day of bureaucracy and stress for President and First Lady Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini – in part, because Kitty’s been tapped to represent Earth in the Galactic Council. Kitty feels that’s a bad idea, and she might be right. When her first official TV morning show goes awry, it’s only the quick thinking of the actor determined to make the ‘Code Name: First Lady’ movie a reality that saves the day. It also forces Kitty to work with Hollywood. Meanwhile, the Embassy Daycare kids are all about to enter ‘real school’ – and none of them want to go. They may have grounds to be concerned… because many of the other students and their families seem shady, and everyone seems to have an evil agenda. Dealing with the assimilation of the aliens who have come to Earth, while fending off advances from a variety of Hollywood types, seems like Kitty’s biggest challenge. But then she and Jeff discover that Stephanie Valentino – Jeff’s niece, and the true Heir Apparent to the original Mastermind – is back. Can Jeff and Kitty thwart the most insidious attacks; yet, while keeping tenuous peace on Earth and goodwill toward all sentient species going? And can they also find time to be part of the most truly terrifying organisation, they’ve ever encountered – the school’s parent-teacher association?
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95
Tremontaine (Swords of Riverside prequel)
Kushner, Ellen; et al
A duchess’s beauty matched only by her cunning; her husband’s dangerous affair with a handsome scholar; a foreigner in a playground of swordplay and secrets; and a mathematical genius on the brink of revolution. Suddenly, long-buried lies threaten to come to light and betrayal and treachery run rampant in this story of sparkling wit and political intrigue. A collaborative prequel to the Swords of Riverside series, originally published in e-serial format online. Contributors include: Ellen Kushner, Malinda Lo, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Joel Derfner, Racheline Maltese, Patty Bryant, Paul Witcover, and Christopher Gibbs (illustrator).
Fantasy | TP | 43.95
Exodus (Roboteer 03)
Humanity has been overrun, and has surrendered Earth. The enemy have infected us. The end is near… Follows Roboteer and Nemesis (PBK, $22.99 each), which have both had fantastic customer feedback.
Science fiction | TP | $32.99
Singing My Sister Down and Other Stories (collection)
Brings together ten celebrated short stories, along with three new ones.
YA fantasy collection | PBK | $19.99
The Gathering Edge (Liaden Universe 20)
Lee, Sharon & Miller, Steve
The luck runs rough around Theo Waitley. Not only are people trying to kill her and capture the self-aware, intelligent ship Bechimo, to whom Theo is bonded… they’re also trying to arrest her crew members. No wonder, Theo and her crew needed a break, and retired – to what Bechimo refers to as ‘safe space’. Unfortunately, safe space may not be so safe, anymore. It seems things are leaking through from another universe, and another time. In fact, whole spaceships are coming through. One of those ships is a blasted battleship, seemingly fleeing a long-lost war. What’s more, its crew may be members of Theo’s ancient, ancestral line – her relatives. Now, Theo has a choice to make and it seems Bechimo’s ‘safe space’ is about to become deadly perilous.
Space opera | HC | $46.95
Summer Dragon (Evertide 01)
Maia and her family raise dragons for the political war machine. As she comes of age, she hopes for a dragon of her own to add to the stable of breeding parents. But the war goes badly, and the needs of the Dragonry dash her hopes. Her peaceful life is shattered, when the Summer Dragon – one of the rare and mythical High Dragons – makes an appearance in her quiet valley. The Summer Dragon is an omen of change, but no one knows for certain what kind of change he augurs. Political factions vie to control the implied message, each to further their own agendas.
Fantasy | TP | $31.95
The White Road
Adrenaline-junkie Simon Newman sneaks onto private land to explore a dangerous cave in Wales with a strange man he’s met online. But Simon gets more than he bargained for when the expedition goes horribly wrong. Simon emerges, the only survivor, after a storm traps the two in the cave. Simon thinks he’s had a lucky escape…
Horror | TP | $29.99
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns & Roses 03)
Maas, Sarah J
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so, she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies, in unexpected places.
YA fantasy | PBK | $17.99
Strange and terrible things begin to happen to four teenagers – all born on the same Valentine’s Day. One of these teenagers is the Valentine – a Seelie fairy changeling swapped for a human child at its birth. The Unseelie have come to kill the Valentine – except they don’t know who it is. Pearl shares a birthday with Finn Blacklin. She’s known him all her life and disliked every second of it. Now, Pearl and Finn must work together to protect themselves from the sinister forces that are seeking them out.
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Ava is a firebug – she can start fires with her mind. Which would all be well and good if she weren’t caught in a deadly contract with the Coterie, a magical mafia. She’s one of their main hitmen… and she doesn’t like it, one bit. Not least, because her mother’s death was ordered by Venus – who is now her boss. When Venus asks Ava to kill a family friend, Ava rebels. She knows very well that you can’t say no to the Coterie and expect to get away with it, though, so she and her friends hit the road, trying desperately to think of a way out of the mess they find themselves in. Preferably, keeping the murder to a minimum.
YA supernatural | PBK | $14.99
Pyromantic (Firebug 02)
Ava is having a rough time. Getting rid of Venus didn’t set her free – she’s still Coterie. Her new boss seems like an improvement, but who knows if he’ll stay that way? The Coterie life changes people. And since Ava’s currently avoiding her friends, after (disastrously) turning down a date with Lock… well, everything kind of sucks. And that’s not even taking into account the feelings, she might have for him. But when a mysterious illness starts to affect magical beings, it’s up to Ava and her team to stop its spread… or, else, one of them might be next.
YA supernatural | HC | $26.99
Damnation (Burned Man 03)
Shambolic demon-hunting hitman Don Drake is teetering on the edge of madness… living rough in a sink estate, on the outskirts of Edinburgh; doing cheap spells for even cheaper customers, while fending off the local lowlifes. Six months ago, Don fled from London to Glasgow – to track down his old girlfriend, Debbie the alchemist. With the Burned Man gradually driving him mad, Don meets with an ancient and mysterious tramp-slash-magician, with disastrous consequences. Now, his old accomplices must step into save Don from himself, before he damns himself, for good, this time. The follow-up to Drake and Dominion (PBK, $22.99 each).
Urban fantasy | PBK | $22.99
A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking – and deadlier – than others…
SF thriller | TP | $32.99
Dinosaur Knights (Dinosaur Lords 02)
This is the second in Victor Milan’s lush, exotic tales of knights… riding dinosaurs.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.95
Men Without Women
Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all.
Collection | HC | $35.00
Today will change Adam Thorn’s life. Between his religious family, unpleasant boss and his ex-boyfriend, the bindings of his world are coming undone. And way across town, a ghost has risen from the lake. Is there time for Adam to find his release?
YA fantasy | HC | $24.99
Sleeping Giants (Themis Files 01)
An eleven-year-old girl, named Rose, is riding her bike in the woods near her home in Deadwood, USA, when the ground disappears beneath her feet. When she comes to, she finds herself in a deep pit, lying in the palm of a giant metallic hand. Seventeen years later, Dr Rose Franklyn is leading a top-secret scientific investigation into the strange artefact she unwittingly discovered, all those years ago. It is clear to Rose and her team that the hand is not only ancient but also not of this world. A search begins for the rest of this vast creation. What they find defies their imaginations: it is perhaps the greatest mystery humanity has ever faced. But even more terrifying is the power it begins to unleash…
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99
Waking Gods (Themis Files 02)
An unknown vessel, not of this world, materialises in London. A colossal figure towering over the city, it makes no move. Is this a peaceful first contact or the prelude to an invasion? Every child has nightmares. But the only thing scarier than little Eva Reyes’ dreams – apocalyptic visions of death and destruction – is the habit they have of coming true… Scientist Dr Rose Franklin has no memory of the last few years. The strangers she works with say she died, and was brought back to life. The question is not just how… but, why? Kara Resnik and Vincent Couture fell in love during war, and have found peace since. They are the thin line of defence against what is coming. But they do not know they have been living a lie. And a man, who claims to have the answers, has his own agenda. There are things he cannot say – and others he won’t. All pieces of an epic puzzle: one we have been trying to solve, since the dawn of time…
Science fiction | TP | $32.99
Brother’s Ruin (Industrial Magic 01)
The year is 1850 and Great Britain is flourishing, thanks to the Royal Society of the Esoteric Arts. When a new mage is discovered, Royal Society elites descend like buzzards to snatch up a new apprentice. Talented mages are bought from their families at a tremendous price, while weak mages are snapped up for a pittance. For a lower-middle-class family, like the Gunns, the loss of a son can be disastrous – so, when seemingly magical incidents begin cropping up at home, they fear for their Archie’s life, and their own livelihoods. But Archie Gunn isn’t a talented mage. His sister Charlotte is… When she discovers a nefarious plot by the sinister Doctor Ledbetter, Charlotte must use all her cunning and guile to protect her family, her secret and her city. The first in a new series. Recommended.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
The Seven (Vagrant 03)
Years have passed, since the Vagrant journeyed to the Shining City, Vesper in arm, and Gamma’s sword in hand. Since then, the world has changed. Vesper, following the footsteps of her father, journeyed to the breach and closed the tear between worlds, protecting the last of humanity, but also trapping the infernal horde and all those that fell to its corruptions: willing, or otherwise. In this new age, it is Vesper who leads the charge towards unity and peace, with seemingly nothing standing between the world and a bright, new future. That is… until eyes open. And The Seven awaken.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
Desperate Fire (Angel in the Whirlwind 04)
Nuttall, Christopher G
As the Commonwealth produces more starships and increases recruits, victory begins to slip from Theocratic control. This can only make the Theocracy more desperate to win… and more dangerous to fight. After a mission to liberate an occupied planet ends in nuclear devastation, Kat Falcone – now a commodore in command of HMS Queen Elizabeth – sees, first hand just how far the enemy will go. Suddenly, dealing with the war effort and a humanitarian crisis, many in the Commonwealth want a truce. Kat wants something else: to crush the Theocracy outright – and quickly. Kat devises Operation Hammer, an all-out assault on the enemy home planet, Ahura Mazda. It is a bold and risky plan, but the enemy has revealed there can be no middle ground. Can Kat break the galactic stalemate and deal a death blow to the Theocracy? As two empires prepare to fight the largest space battle in history, Kat must trust her instincts to save her people and avoid oblivion. The fourth and final book in the Angel in the Whirlwind series, which includes the preceding books: The Oncoming Storm, Falcone Strike, and Cursed Command (TP, $29.95 each).
Space opera | TP | $29.95
The Fallen Children
Young people on the Midwich Estate don’t have much hope for their futures. Keisha has lived there her whole life, and has been working hard to escape it; others have just accepted their lot. But change is coming… One night, everyone inside Midwich Tower falls mysteriously unconscious, in one inexplicable ‘Nightout’. No one can explain what happened during those lost hours, but soon afterwards Keisha and three other girls find they’re pregnant – and the babies are growing at an alarming rate. As the news spreads around the tower, its residents turn against them and the situation spirals toward violence. Keisha’s life unravels, as she realises that the pregnancy may not have just ruined her hopes for the future: she might be mother to the end of the world. A young adult novel, strongly influenced by The Midwich Cuckoos.
YA science fiction | PBK | $18.99
The Song of the Dead (Recoletta 03)
Finally, the lost histories of the Catastrophe will be revealed and, with them, the ultimate fate of the buried city of Recoletta. With Ruthers dead, and the Library Accord signed by Recoletta, its neighbours, and its farming communes, Inspector Malone and laundress Jane Lin are in limbo, as the city leaders around them vie for power. A desperate attempt to save Arnault from execution leads to Malone’s arrest and Jane’s escape. They must pursue each other across the sea – to discover a civilisation that has held together over the centuries. There, they will finally learn the truths about the Catastrophe that drove their own civilisation underground. The conclusion of the Recoletta trilogy.
Post-apocalyptic | PBK | $19.99
It’s the day after tomorrow and the Arctic sea ice has melted. While global business carves up the new frontier, cruise ships race each other to ever-rarer wildlife sightings. The passengers of the Vanir have come seeking a polar bear. What they find is even more astonishing: a dead body. It is Tom Harding, lost in an accident three years ago and now revealed by the melting ice of Midgard glacier. Tom had come to Midgard to help launch the new venture of his best friend of thirty years, Sean Cawson, a man whose business relies on discretion and powerful connections – and who was the last person to see him alive. Their friendship had been forged by a shared obsession with Arctic exploration. And although Tom’s need to save the world often clashed with Sean’s desire to conquer it, Sean has always believed that underneath it all, they shared the same goals. But as the inquest into Tom’s death begins, the choices made by both men – in love and in life – are put on the stand. And when cracks appear in the foundations of Sean’s glamorous world, he is forced to question what price he has really paid for a seat at the establishment’s table. Just how deep do the lies go?
SF thriller | TP | $29.99
From Darkest Skies
After a five-year sabbatical following the tragic death of his wife and fellow agent Alysha, Keon Rause returns to the distant colony world of Magenta to resume service with the Magentan Intelligence Service. With him he brings an artificial recreation of his wife’s personality, a simulacrum built from every digital trace she left behind. She has been constructed with one purpose – to discover the truth behind her own death – but Keon’s relationship with her has grown into something more, something frighteningly dependent… something that verges on love. Cashing in old favours, Keon uses his return to the Service to take on a series of cases that allow him and the artificial Alysha to piece together his wife’s last days. His investigations lead him inexorably along the same paths Alysha followed, five years earlier – to a sinister and deadly group with an unhealthy fascination for the unknowable alien Masters; but as the wider world of Magenta is threatened with an imminent crisis, Keon finds himself in a dilemma: do his duty and stand with his team to expose a villainous crime, or sacrifice them all for the truth about his wife?
SF thriller | HC | $39.99
Those Below (Empty Throne 02)
Bas Alyates, grizzled general of a thousand battles, has assembled a vast army with which to contend with the might of Those Above. Eudokia, Machiavellian matriarch and the power behind the Empty Throne, travels to the Roost, nominally to play peacemaker – but, in fact, to inspire the human population toward revolt. Deep in the dark byways of the mountain’s lower tiers, the urchin Pyre leads a band of fanatical revolutionaries in acts of terrorism against their inhuman oppressors. Against them, Calla, handmaiden of the Eternals’ king, fights desperately to stave off the rising tide of violence which threatens to destroy her beloved city. Concludes the duology which began with Those Above (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
In the trenches of Europe during the Great War, Tomas Cordero operated a weapon more devastating than any gun: a flame projector that doused the enemy in liquid fire. Having left the battlefield a shattered man, he comes home to find yet more tragedy – for, in his absence, his wife has died of the flu. Haunted by memories of the woman he loved and the atrocities he perpetrated, Tomas dreams of fire and finds himself setting match to flame when awake… Alice Dartle is a talented clairvoyant, living among others who share her gifts, in the community of Cassadaga, Florida. She too dreams of fire, knowing her nightmares are connected to the shell-shocked war veteran and widower. And she believes she can bring peace to him and his wife’s spirit. But the inferno that threatens to consume Tomas and Alice was set ablaze, centuries ago, by someone whose hatred transcended death itself…
Fantasy/alternate history | TP | $27.99
Invisible Planets (collected fiction)
Drawn from anthologies, magazines, and online publication; and brought together in book form – for the first time – this collection, of sixteen short stories, ranges from the lyrical to the bizarre, from the elegiac to the impish. Recommended.
SF collection | PBK | $22.99
The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Amongst the ruins of alien civilisations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives. And there are vast fortunes to be made, if you know where to find them… Captain Rackamore and his crew do. It’s their business to find the tiny, enigmatic worlds which have been hidden away, booby trapped, surrounded with layers of protection – and to crack them open for the ancient relics and barely-remembered technologies inside. Adrana and Fura Ness are the newest members of Rackamore’s crew, signed on to save their family from bankruptcy. Only Rackamore has enemies, and there might be more waiting for them in space, than adventure and fortune.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99
The Queen of Storm and Shadow (Elven Ways 04)
The Warrior Queen Lariel awakens from an assassination attempt to find her people on the brink of civil war. Lariel’s heirs – Nutmeg Farbranch’s children – have been kidnapped, and Nutmeg will risk anything for their safe return. As primal forces rise in judgment, Dwellers, Kernans, Galdarkans, and Vaelinars, alike, must pick allies carefully, if any of them are to survive.
Dark fantasy | TP | $31.95
Black Tide Rising
Ringo, John (editor)
A collection of original stories set in the Black Tide Rising series.
Post-apocalyptic anthology | PBK | $19.95
Harmony is the perfect society. So, anyone born ‘defective’ must be eradicated. For orphans – like Nico and Twostar – this means a life that’s brutal, regulated and short. But Nico and Twostar are survivors, and when they’re offered a way out of the slums, they take it. Unfortunately, no one told Nico the deal included being sentenced to death, for the murder of one of Harmony’s most notorious gang leaders. Or that, to gain his freedom, first he must lose his mind.
Science fiction | TP | $32.99
One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone – 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don’t know. But it changes everything: war, crime, daily life. Tony Valdez is a Dispatcher – a licensed, bonded professional whose job is to humanely dispatch those whose circumstances put them in death’s crosshairs, so they can have a second chance to avoid the reaper. But when a fellow Dispatcher and former friend is apparently kidnapped, Tony learns that there are some things that are worse than death. This is fantastic! But… a limited edition 128pp novella from Subterranean Press.
Science fiction noir | HC | $52.95
Skullsworn (Unhewn Throne)
For one apprentice assassin, the clock is ticking… Pyrre Lakatur doesn’t like the description skullsworn. It doesn’t capture the beauty of her devotion to Ananshael, God of Death. And she’s not an assassin, but a priestess. Or she will be, if she can pass her final trial. The problem isn’t killing, as Pyrre has spent her life training for this. The problem is love. To pass the trial, she will have fourteen days to kill seven people detailed in an ancient song, including one true love, ‘who will not come again’. However, Pyrre has never been in love, time is short, and if she fails she’ll be given to her god. A companion novel to Staveley’s Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne series which are all available in paperback ($19.99 each).
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
Shooting the Rift
Cast out by his family and exiled from the Rimward Commonwealth, Simon Forrester must make a new life for himself as an apprentice to the powerful Commerce Guild. But others aboard the merchant vessel Stacked Deck have a hidden agenda that might lead directly to interstellar war. Now, with rising tensions between the Commonwealth and the neighbouring League of Democracies threatening to erupt into open war, Simon finds himself forced to choose between old and new loyalties, with the fate of an empire at stake. First in a new series.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95
The Nightmare Stacks (Laundry Files 07)
Alex Schwartz had a great job and a promising future – until he caught an unfortunate bout of vampirism, and agreed (on pain of death) to join the Laundry, Britain’s only counter-occult secret intelligence agency. His first assignment is in Leeds – his old hometown. But the thought of telling his parents he’s lost his job – let alone their discovering his ‘condition’ – is causing Alex almost as much anxiety, as his new lifestyle of supernatural espionage. His only saving grace is Cassie Brewer, a student from the local Goth Festival who flirts with him, despite his fear of sunlight (and girls). But Cassie has secrets of her own – secrets that make Alex’s night life seem positively normal…
Urban fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Beren and Lúthien
Tolkien, J R R
Painstakingly restored from Tolkien’s manuscripts and presented, for the first time, as a fully continuous and standalone story. The tale of Beren and Lúthien was, or became, an essential element in the evolution of The Silmarillion, the myths and legends of the First Age of the World conceived by J R R Tolkien. Essential to the story, and never changed, is the fate that shadowed the love of Beren and Lúthien: for Beren was a mortal man, but Lúthien was an immortal Elf. Her father, a great Elvish lord, in deep opposition to Beren, imposed on him an impossible task that he must perform, before he might wed Lúthien. This is the kernel of the legend; and it leads to the supremely heroic attempt of Beren and Lúthien, together, to rob the greatest of all evil beings, Melkor, called Morgoth, the Black Enemy, of a Silmaril. In this book, Christopher Tolkien has attempted to extract the story of Beren and Lúthien from the comprehensive work in which it was embedded; but that story was itself changing, as it developed new associations within the larger history.
Tolkien | HC | $44.99
Beren and Lúthien
Tolkien, J R R
This deluxe collector’s edition features the first edition text and eight full-colour plates, together with an exclusive, colour, frontispiece illustration. The book is quarter-bound, with a unique Lúthien motif, designed by Alan Lee and stamped in gold foil on the front board, and is presented in a matching slipcase.
Tolkien | HC | $172.99
A ruined city of the future lives in fear of a despotic, gigantic, flying bear, driven mad by the tortures inflicted on him by the Company, a mysterious biotech firm. A scavenger, Rachel, finds a creature entangled in his fur. She names it Borne. At first, Borne looks like nothing, at all… a green lump that might be a discard from the Company. But he reminds Rachel of her homeland, an island nation long lost to rising seas, and she prevents her lover, Wick, from rendering down Borne as raw genetic material for the special kind of drugs he sells. But nothing is quite the way it seems: not the past, not the present, not the future. If Wick is hiding secrets, so is Rachel… and Borne, most of all. Beautifully strange and highly recommended.
Science fiction | TP | $24.99
All Systems Red ((novella))
In a corporate-dominated, spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety. But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern. On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ’droid – a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as ‘Murderbot’. Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is. But when a neighbouring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth. A 160pp Tor.com novella.
Science fiction | TP | $29.95
The Underground Railroad
A novel of alternate history, in which the slave-era ‘underground railroad’ is a literal network of tunnels and track, beneath southern states. ‘[A] potent, almost hallucinatory novel that leaves the reader with a devastating understanding of the terrible human costs of slavery… with echoes of Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, and with brush strokes borrowed from Jorge Luis Borges, Franz Kafka, and Jonathan Swift.’ – New York Times. Devastating, and brilliant, this won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Alternate history | PBK | $19.99
Verticality – architectural and social – is at the heart of Colson Whitehead’s first novel – that takes place in an unnamed, high-rise city that combines twenty-first-century engineering feats with nineteenth-century pork-barrel politics. Elevators are the technological expression of the vertical ideal, and Lila Mae Watson, the city’s first black female elevator inspector, is its embattled token of upward mobility. When Number Eleven of the newly-completed Fanny Briggs Memorial Building goes into deadly free-fall, just hours after Lila Mae has signed off on it, using the controversial ‘Intuitionist’ method of ascertaining elevator safety, both Intuitionists and Empiricists recognise the set-up, but may be willing to let Lila Mae take the fall, in an election year. As Lila Mae strives to exonerate herself in this urgent adventure full of government spies, underworld hitmen, and seductive double agents, behind the action, always, is the Idea. Lila Mae’s quest is mysteriously entwined with existence of heretofore lost writings by James Fulton, father of Intuitionism, a giant of vertical thought. If she is able to find and reveal his plan for the perfect, next-generation elevator, the city – as it now exists – may instantly become obsolescent.
Speculative fiction | PBK | $19.99
Panacea (Ice Sequence 01)
Wilson, F Paul
Medical examiner Laura Fanning has two charred corpses and no answers. Both bear a mysterious tattoo but exhibit no known cause of death. Their only connection to one another is a string of puzzling miracle cures. Her preliminary investigation points to a cult in the possession of the fabled panacea – the substance that can cure all ills – but that’s impossible. Laura finds herself unknowingly enmeshed in an ancient conflict between the secretive keepers of the panacea and the equally secretive and far deadlier group, known only as 536, a brotherhood that fervently believes God intended for humanity to suffer, not be cured. Laura doesn’t believe in the panacea, but that doesn’t prevent the agents of 536 from trying to kill her. A reclusive, terminally ill billionaire hires Laura to research the possibility of the panacea. The billionaire’s own bodyguard, Rick Hayden, a mercenary who isn’t who he pretends to be, has to keep her alive; as they race to find the legendary panacea before the agents of 536 can destroy it.
SF thriller | PBK | $22.95
Pawn (Chronicles of the Sibyl’s War 01)
Nicole Lee’s life is going nowhere. No family, no money, and stuck in a relationship with a thug named Bungie. But, after one of Bungie’s ‘deals’ goes south, he and Nicole are whisked away by a mysterious moth-like humanoid to a strange ship called the Fyrantha. Once aboard, life on the ship seems too good to be true. All she has to do is work on one of the ship’s many maintenance crews. However, she learned long ago that nothing comes without a catch. When she’s told to keep quiet and stop asking questions, she knows she is on to something. Nicole soon discovers that many different factions are vying for control of the Fyrantha, and she and her friends are merely pawns in a game beyond their control. But, she is tired of being used, and now Nicole is going to fight.
Space opera | HC | $47.95