Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: May 2019
All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in May 2019.
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Abbreviations used in this catalogue: PBK = ‘A’ or ‘B’ format (standard size) paperback;TP = ‘B+’ or ‘C’ format (oversize) trade paperback;HC = hardcover or cloth binding.
Until next time, good reading!
May 2019 includes new books by: Ben Aaronovitch, Neal Asher, Melissa Caruso, Ted Chiang, Sebastien de Castell, Madeline Miller, Naomi Novik, Tad Williams, Chris Wooding… and many others.
Lies Sleeping (PC Grant 07)
Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked, and is on the run. Peter Grant – Detective Constable and apprentice wizard – now, plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation, to bring Chorley to justice. But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long-term plan. A plan that has its roots in London’s two thousand bloody years of history; and could literally bring the city to its knees. To save his beloved city, Peter’s going to need help from his former best friend and colleague – Lesley May – who brutally betrayed him, and everything he thought she believed in. And, far worse, he might even have to come to terms with the malevolent supernatural killer and agent of chaos, known as Mr Punch… This fantastic urban fantasy series begins with Rivers of London (PBK, $19.99).
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Akers, W M
New York is dying, and the one woman who can save it has smaller things on her mind. A young detective who specialises in ‘tiny mysteries’ finds herself at the centre of a massive conspiracy in this beguiling historical fantasy set on Manhattan’s Westside – a peculiar and dangerous neighbourhood, home to strange magic and stranger residents. 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; the questions that spoil marriages, ruin friendships, and curdle joy. Those tiny cases distract her from her grief, and the one impossible question she knows she can’t answer: ‘How did my father die?’ Yet, on Gilda’s Westside, tiny mysteries end in blood – even the case of a missing white leather glove. Mrs Copeland, a well-to-do Eastside housewife, hires Gilda to find it; before her irascible merchant husband learns it is gone. When Gilda witnesses Mr Copeland’s murder at a Westside pier, she finds herself sinking into a mire of bootlegging, smuggling, corruption – and an evil, too dark to face. All she wants is to find one dainty ladies’ glove. She doesn’t want to know why this merchant was on the wrong side of town – or why he was murdered, in cold blood. But as she begins to see the connection between his murder, her father’s death, and the darkness plaguing the Westside, she faces the hard truth: she must save her city… or die, with it.
Gaslamp fantasy | HC | $45.00
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 | TP | $32.99
River of Bones (Destroyermen 13)
Commander Matt Reddy and his crew are afraid it may, finally, be the end of the USS Walker. Ever since their ship was transported to another world, and they became embroiled in a deadly conflict between the Lemurians and the vicious Grik, the Walker has been taking a pounding. With the Walker out of commission, for repairs – Reddy takes command of a different ship, and joins a desperate battle to block the Grik swarm. Meanwhile, the humans and their allies face a deadly second front in the Republic, to the south. All of Reddy’s forces are committed, and there’s no turning back. Either they’ll win – or lose – everything…
Military SF | PBK | $21.95
Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels 10)
Kate has come a long way from her origins, as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She’s made friends and enemies. She’s found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong – for the power players of the world to let her be. Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defences again, she knows that sooner or later a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones. And when a mysterious box is delivered to Kate’s doorstep, a threat of war from the ancient enemy who nearly destroyed her family, she knows her time is up. Kate Daniels sees no other choice, but to combine forces with the unlikeliest of allies. She knows betrayal is inevitable. She knows she may not survive the coming battle. But she has to try. For her child. For Atlanta. For the world.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.95
The Warship (Rise of the Jain 02)
Orlandine has destroyed the alien Jain super-soldier, by deploying an actual black hole. And now that same weapon hoovers up clouds of lethal Jain technology, swarming within the deadly accretion disc’s event horizon. All seems just as she planned. Yet, behind her back, forces incite rebellion on her home world, planning her assassination. Earth Central, humanity’s ruling intelligence, knows Orlandine was tricked into releasing her weapon, and fears the Jain are behind it. The sequel to The Soldier (PBK, $18.99).
Science fiction | TP | $32.99
Broken Throne (Red Queen series) (collection)
Broken Throne features three brand-new novellas, alongside two previously-published novellas, Steel Scars and Queen Song – as well as never-before-seen maps, flags, bonus scenes, journal entries, and much more exclusive content. Fans will be delighted to catch up with beloved characters, after the drama of War Storm; and excited to hear from brand-new voices, as well. This stunning collection is not to be missed.
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99
Stone Clock (Spin trilogy 03)
It is a hundred millennia, after Iron Gods. The Spin is nearing the end of its life. Its inhabitants are divided between those who live unknowingly in the relative paradise of one of hundreds of Virtual Realities – vrealities – and those who scrape a living in what remains of the real world. The massive servers needed to maintain the vrealities are draining the resources of the Spin. And an escalating, desperate and seemingly futile war has begun between those who tend the servers and those who believe they should be shut down, killing millions. But one amongst these unwitting combatants will discover the real nature of the vrealities – and his role in their fate. From a remote star system, a being has been observing the Spin… for several lifetimes. He is Skarbo the Horologist and he is about to die, for the very last time. He has come to accept that he will never visit the object of his studies; but is coerced into making one last journey. His final destination lies across a war-torn galaxy. And, there, he will learn of the Spin’s past – and its astonishing future… Concluding the fantastic sf trilogy, begun with Creation Machine and Iron Gods (PBK, $19.99 each).
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
The Redemption of Time (Three-Body Problem paraquel)
This is Tianming’s story. It reveals what happened to him, when he was intercepted by the Trisolarians. It reveals the true nature of the struggle that has created the universal ‘dark forest’, and the ultimate fate of the Universe… A companion volume to the bestselling Three-Body Problem trilogy.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99
Pinion (Jacob’s Ladder 01)
Ariane, Prince of the House of Rule, was known to be fiercely cold blooded. But severing an angel’s wings on the battlefield – even after she had surrendered – proved her completely without honour. Captive, the angel Perceval waits for Ariane, not only to finish her off – but to devour her very memories and mind. Surely, her gruesome death will cause war between the houses – exactly, as Ariane desires… Originally published in 2007, as Dust.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99
The Stone in the Skull (Lotus Kingdoms 01)
The Gage, a brass automaton – created by a long-dead wizard of Messaline. around the core of a human being – works as a mercenary. He carries a message from the most powerful sorcerer of Messaline, to the Rajni of the Lotus Kingdom. With him is the Dead Man, a bitter survivor of the bodyguard of the deposed Uthman Caliphate, protecting the message and the Gage. They are friends, of a peculiar sort. They are walking into a dynastic war, between the rulers of the shattered bits of a once-great Empire. This first volume of a new Eternal Sky trilogy takes readers over the dangerous mountain passes of the Steles of the Sky and south, into the Lotus Kingdoms.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
Beneath the World, a Sea
South America, 1990. Ben Ronson, a British police officer, arrives in a mysterious forest to investigate a spate of killings of Duendes. These silent, vaguely-humanoid creatures – with long limbs and black button eyes – have a strange psychic effect on people, unleashing the subconscious and exposing their innermost thoughts and fears…
Science fiction | HC | $35.00
By Fire Above (Signal Airship 02)
Between noble scheming, under-trained recruits, and supply shortages, Josette and the crew of the Mistral must figure out a way to return to Durum – only to discover that when the home front turns into the front lines, things are more dangerous than they seem. A sequel to The Guns Above (PBK, $22.99), which has had some great customer feedback.
Steampunk | TP | $29.99
Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson 11)
My name is Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman, and I am a car mechanic. And a coyote shapeshifter… And the mate of the Alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolf pack. Even so, none of that would have gotten me into trouble if, a few months ago, I hadn’t stood upon a bridge and taken responsibility for the safety of the citizens who lived in our territory. It seemed like the thing to do, at the time. It should have only involved hunting down killer goblins, zombie goats and an occasional troll. Instead, our home was viewed as neutral ground… a place where humans would feel safe to come and treat with the fae. The reality is that nothing, and no one, is safe. As generals and politicians face off with the Gray Lords of the fae, a storm is coming and her name is Death. But we are pack, and we have given our word. We will die to keep it. The popular Mercy Thompson series begins with Moon Called (PBK, $19.99).
Paranormal romance | TP | $29.99
Triumphant (Genesis Fleet 03)
The recently-colonised world of Glenlyon has learned that they’re stronger, when they stand with other star systems than they are on their own. But after helping their neighbour Kosatka against an invasion, Glenlyon has become a target. The aggressive star systems plan to neutralise Glenlyon, before striking again. An attack is launched against Glenlyon’s orbital facility, with forces too powerful for fleet officer Rob Geary to counter using their sole remaining destroyer, Saber. Mele Darcy’s Marines must repel repeated assaults while their hacker tries to get into the enemy systems to give Saber a fighting chance. To survive, Glenlyon needs more firepower, and the only source for that is their neighbour Kosatka, or other star systems that have so far remained neutral. But Kosatka is still battling the remnants of the invasion forces on its own world, and if it sends its only remaining warship to help will be left undefended against another invasion. While Carmen Ochoa fights for the freedom of Kosatka, Lochan Nakamura must survive assassins, as he tries to convince other worlds to join a seemingly hopeless struggle. As star systems founded by people seeking freedom and autonomy, will Kosatka, Glenlyon, and others be able to overcome deep suspicions of surrendering any authority to others? Will the free star systems stand together in a new Alliance, or fall alone?
Space opera | HC | $49.95
The Spider (Under the Northern Sky 02)
Roper, the Black Lord of the northern people, may have vanquished the Suthern army at the Battle of Harstathur. But the greatest threat to his people lies in the hands of more shadowy forces. In the south, the disgraced Bellamus bides his time. Learning that the young Lord Roper is planning to invade the southern lands, Bellamus conspires with his Queen to unleash a weapon so deadly it could wipe out Roper’s people, altogether… The sequel to The Wolf (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
Destined from birth to serve as protector of the princess Zariya, Khai is trained in the arts of killing and stealth by a warrior sect in the deep desert; yet there is one profound truth that has been withheld from him. In the court of the Sun-Blessed, Khai must learn to navigate deadly intrigue and his own conflicted identity. But in the far reaches of the western seas, the dark god Miasmus is rising, intent on nothing less than wholesale destruction. If Khai is to keep his soul’s twin Zariya alive, their only hope lies with an unlikely crew of prophecy-seekers on a journey that will take them farther beneath the starless skies than anyone can imagine.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
The Unbound Empire (Swords & Fire 03)
While winter snows keep the invading armies of the Witch Lord Ruven at bay, Lady Amalia Cornaro and the fire warlock Zaira attempt to change the fate of mages in the Serene Empire, forever. But on the night of Raverra’s great masquerade, Ruven executes a devastating surprise strike at the heart of the Empire – threatening everything Amalia holds most dear. To stand a chance of defeating Ruven, Amalia and Zaira must face their worst nightmares, expose their deepest secrets, and unleash Zaira’s ravaging fire. The conclusion of the fantastic fantasy trilogy – following The Tethered Mage and The Defiant Heir (PBK, $19.99 each). One of Ron’s favourite series – recommended!
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
The Cloven (Vorrh trilogy 03)
The young Afrikaner socialite Cyrena Lohr is mourning the death of her lover, the cyclops Ishmael; when she rekindles a relationship with famed naturalist Eugène Marais. Before departing down his own dark path, Marais presents her with a gift: an object of great power that grants her visions of a new world. Meanwhile, the threat of Germany’s Blitz looms over London, and only Nicholas the Erstwhile senses the danger to come. Will he be able to save the man who saved him? And as Nazi forces descend upon Africa, will the Vorrh finally succeed in enacting its revenge, against those who have invaded and defiled it? The stunning conclusion to Brian Catling’s Vorrh trilogy, following The Vorrh and The Erstwhile (PBK, $22.99 each).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Scales of Empire (Dragon Empire 01)
Corporal Jian Choumaliis on the mission of a lifetime – security officer on one of Earth’s huge generation ships, fleeing Earth’s failing ecosystem to colonise a distant planet. The ship encounters a technologically and culturally-advanced alien empire, led by a royal family of dragons. The empire’s dragon emissary offers her aid to the people of Earth, bringing greater health, longer life, and faster-than-light travel to nearby stars… The first in a new series.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
This much-anticipated second collection of stories is signature Ted Chiang, full of revelatory ideas and deeply-sympathetic characters. In ‘The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate’, a portal through time forces a fabric seller in ancient Baghdad to grapple with past mistakes and the temptation of second chances. In the epistolary ‘Exhalation’, an alien scientist makes a shocking discovery with ramifications not just for his own people, but for all of reality. And in ‘The Lifecycle of Software Objects’, a woman cares for an artificial intelligence over twenty years, elevating a faddish digital pet into what might be a true living being. Also included are two brand-new stories: ‘Omphalos’ and ‘Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom’. Ted Chiang wrestles with the oldest questions on earth – What is the nature of the universe? What does it mean to be human? – and ones that no one else has even imagined. And, each in its own way, the stories prove that complex and thoughtful science fiction can rise to new heights of beauty, meaning, and compassion. Recommended!
Short fiction collection | TP | $29.99
Against the Fall of Night
Clarke, Arthur C
In the year ten billion AD, Diaspar is the last city on Earth. Ageless and unchanging, the inhabitants see no reason to be curious about the outside world. But one child, Alvin – only seventeen and the last person to be born in Diaspar – finds that he is increasingly drawn to what lies outside the city walls. Even though he knows the Invaders, who devastated the world, may still be out there… Later rewritten, expanded and republished, as The City and the Stars; this early novella by one of the greats of science fiction remains a powerful and evocative depiction of the future of humanity…
Golden age masterworks | PBK | $22.99
Noir Fatale (anthology)
Correia, Larry & Ezell, Kacey (editors)
The silky note of a saxophone. The echoes of a woman’s high heels down a deserted asphalt street. Steam rising from city vents to cloud the street-lit air. A man with a gun. A dame with a problem… Noir. From the pulpy pages of Black Mask Magazine in the 1920s and 30s, through the film noir era of the 1940s, to today, noir fiction has lured many a reader and moviegoer away from the light and into the dark underbelly of society. Names such as: Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and James M Cain; titles like: The Big Sleep, The Maltese Falcon, The Postman Always Rings Twice… these have inhabited our collective consciousness for decades. Humanity, it seems, loves the dark. And within the dark, one figure stands out: that of the femme fatale. Here then, Noir Fatale – an anthology containing the full spectrum of noir fiction, each incorporating the compelling femme fatale-character archetype. From straightforward hardboiled detective story to dark urban fantasy to the dirty secrets of futuristic science fiction – all with a hard, gritty feel. As Raymond Chandler said, ‘Down these mean streets, a man must walk who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid.’ Because, as these stories prove, doing the right thing doesn’t necessarily mean you get the big bucks or the girl. But you do the right thing, anyway. All new stories by: Larry Correia; Kacey Ezell; Laurell K Hamilton; David Weber; Sarah A Hoyt; Robert Buettner; Alistair Kimble; Griffin Barber; Michael Massa; Christopher L Smith and Michael Ferguson; Hinkley Correia; Patrick Tracy; and Steve Diamond.
Noir speculative fiction | HC | $49.95
A Winter’s Promise (Mirror Visitor Quartet 01)
Long ago, following a cataclysm called ‘The Rupture’, the world was shattered into floating celestial islands, known now as Arks. Ophelia lives on Anima, an Ark where objects have souls. Beneath her worn scarf and thick glasses, Ophelia hides two powers: the ability to read the past of objects and their human owners, and the ability to travel through mirrors. When she is promised in marriage to Thorn, the young girl must leave her family and follow her fiancé to Citaceleste, the floating capital of a distant Ark.
YA fantasy | TP | $22.99
The Missing of Clairdelune (Mirror Visitor Quartet 02)
Suddenly, Ophelia finds herself thrust into the spotlight: promoted to vice-storyteller by Farouk, the ancestral Spirit of Pole. She must tell him a story, every evening. Now that her powers are known to all, she is forced to reveal the nefarious plots that have been brewing, beneath the golden rafters of Citaceleste and to throw herself into the political machinations of Pole. The only person she may be able to trust is Thorn, her enigmatic fiancé. Is there more to this man than she thought? As one after another influential courtier disappears, Ophelia again finds herself implicated – in an investigation that will lead her to see beyond Pole’s many illusions, to the heart of a formidable truth.
YA fantasy | TP | $22.99
Queenslayer (Spellslinger 05)
de Castell, Sebastien
Kellen and Reichis have just finished fighting a duel in the desert, when Kellen inadvertently smears blood on the Daroman flag – an act of treason, for which the Marshals have no choice but to arrest him. Just before he’s put before the Queen to be executed, Kellen is given a strange piece of advice from one of his fellow prisoners: kill the Queen and he’ll be given clemency by those who take power. But when Kellen comes face-to-face with the eleven-year-old monarch, he realises she’s vastly smarter than he expected – and in a great deal more danger. The latest in de Castell’s wonderful fantasy series, which begins with Spellsinger (PBK, $16.99).
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99
Lord Foul’s Bane (First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant 01)
Lying unconscious after an accident, writer Thomas Covenant awakes in the Land – a strange, beautiful world locked in constant conflict between good and evil. But Covenant, too, has been transformed: weak, angry, and alone in our world, he now holds powers beyond imagining; and is greeted as a saviour. Can this man truly become the hero, the Land requires? A reissue of the first in Donaldson’s seminal anti-hero fantasy series.
Classic fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $19.99
King of Ashes (Firemane Saga 01)
Feist, Raymond E
The world of Garn once boasted five great kingdoms, until the King of Ithrace was defeated and every member of his family executed by Lodavico, the ruthless King of Sandura, a man with ambitions to rule the world. Ithrace’s ruling family were the legendary Firemanes, and represented a great danger to the other kings. Now, four great kingdoms remain, on the brink of war. But rumour has it that the newborn son of the last king of Ithrace survived – carried off during battle and sequestered by the Quelli Nacosti, a secret society whose members are trained to infiltrate and spy upon the rich and powerful, throughout Garn. Terrified that this may be true, and that the child will grow to maturity with bloody revenge in his heart, the four kings have placed a huge bounty on the child’s head. In the small village of Oncon, Declan is apprenticed to a master blacksmith, learning the secrets of producing the mythical king’s steel. Oncon is situated in the Covenant, a neutral region lying between two warring kingdoms. Since the Covenant was declared, the region has existed in peace, until violence explodes as slavers descend upon the village to capture young men to press as soldiers for Sandura. Declan must escape, to take his priceless knowledge to Baron Daylon Dumarch, ruler of Marquensas, perhaps the only man who can defeat Lodavico of Sandura, who has now allied himself with the fanatical Church of the One, which is marching across the continent, imposing its extreme form of religion upon the population and burning unbelievers, as they go. Meanwhile, on the island of Coaltachin – the secret domain of the Quelli Nacosti – three friends are being schooled in the deadly arts of espionage and assassination: Donte, son of one of the most powerful masters of the order; Hava, a serious girl with fighting abilities that can set any opponent on their back; and Hatu, a strange, conflicted lad, in whom fury and calm war constantly… whose hair is a bright and fiery shade of red… The first book in an entirely new series by Feist, now in paperback.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
What Should Be Wild
Cursed. Maisie Cothay has never known the feel of human flesh: born with the power to kill or resurrect at her slightest touch, she has spent her childhood sequestered in her family’s manor at the edge of a mysterious forest. Maisie’s father, an anthropologist who sees her as more experiment than daughter, has warned Maisie not to venture into the wood. Locals talk of men disappearing within, emerging with addled minds and strange stories. What he does not tell Maisie is that – for over a millennium – her female ancestors have also vanished into the wood, never to emerge – for she is descended from a long line of cursed women. But one day Maisie’s father disappears, and Maisie must venture beyond the walls of her carefully constructed life, to find him. The farther she strays, the more the wood calls her home…
Fantasy | TP | $33.95
The Darkest Time of Night
When the seven-year-old grandson of a US Senator vanishes in the woods behind his home, the only witness is his older brother. ‘The lights took him,’ he says – and never utters another word again. As the FBI and National Guard launch a massive search, the boys’ grandmother, Lynn, comes to realise that her greatest fear has come back to haunt her and her family. In the late 1960s, before she became the devoted wife of a politician, Lynn worked in the astronomy department at the University of Illinois. As secretary for a prominent professor, Lynn took messages from people – desperate to find their missing loved ones who had vanished into beams of light…
Science fiction | PBK | $22.95
A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World
Fletcher, C A
My name’s Griz. My childhood wasn’t like yours. I’ve never been to school, I’ve never had friends; in my whole life, I’ve not met enough people to play a game of football. My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, before all the people went away, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs. Then the thief came. He told stories of the deserted towns and cities beyond our horizons. I liked him – until I woke to find he had stolen my dog. So, I chased him out into the ruins of the world. I just want to get my dog back, but I found more than I ever imagined was possible. More about how the world ended. More about what my family’s real story is. More about what really matters.
Post-apocalyptic | TP | $32.99
1637: the Volga Rules (Ring of Fire 25)
It’s been five years since a cosmic incident known as the Ring of Fire transported the modern-day town of Grantville, West Virginia, through time and space to 17th century Europe. The course of world history has been forever altered. And Mother Russia is no exception. Inspired by the American up-timers’ radical notion that all people are created equal, Russian serfs are rebelling. The entire village of Poltz – led by blacksmith, Stefan Andreevich – pulls up stakes, to make a run for freedom. Meanwhile, Czar Mikhail has escaped house arrest, with the aid of up-time car mechanic Bernie Zeppi, his Russian associates, and a zeppelin. The czar makes his way to the village of Ufa. There he intends to set up a government-in-exile. It is to Ufa that the serfs of Poltz are heading, as well. The path is dangerous – for the serfs, as well as the czar. They face great distances and highwaymen. But the worst threat are those in the aristocracy, who seek to crush the serfs and execute the czar – in a bid to drive any hope, for Russian freedom, under their Parisian-crafted boot heels. But the Russians of 1637 have taken inspiration from their up-timer counterparts. And it could be that a new wind of liberty is about to blow three centuries early – and change Mother Russia, forever.
Alternate history | PBK | $21.95
Warrior Prime (Ink Mage Legacy 01)
Peyne Erlich’s mission from the king is to learn everything he can about the rival kingdom’s magical ink mage warriors. What he finds is Zayda Yond. Ever since Zayda was sold into servitude by her financially-destitute father, her masters have taught her a punishing lesson: erase the past. Collared with an unmovable band of exotic metal, she faces a future of slavery. She’s also become an ink mage, marked with a tattoo that enables her to experience the world, as no one else can – a powerful honour, yet, one out of her control. Now, Zayda dreams only of escape… The first in a new series, set in the world of Gischler’s Fire Beneath the Skin series.
Fantasy | TP | $29.95
European Travel for Monstrous Gentlewoman
(Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club 02)
When Mary receives a telegram that Lucinda Van Helsing has been kidnapped, the Athena Club must travel to the Austro-Hungarian Empire to rescue yet another young woman who has been subjected to horrific experimentation. Where is Lucinda, and what has Professor Van Helsing been doing to his daughter? Can Mary, Diana, Beatrice, and Justine reach her in time? Racing against the clock to save Lucinda from certain doom, the Athena Club embarks on a madcap journey, across Europe… The sequel to the popular The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (PBK, $24.99).
Historical fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Mythic Journeys: Retold Myths and Legends (anthology)
Guran, Paula (editor)
Myths and legends are the oldest of stories, part of our collective consciousness, and the source from which all fiction flows. Full of magic, supernatural powers, monsters, heroes, epic journeys, strange worlds, and vast imagination, they are fantasies so compelling we want to believe them true. This new anthology compiles some of the best modern short mythic retellings and reinvention of legend from award-winning and bestselling authors, acclaimed storytellers, and exciting new talent, offering readers new ways to interpret and understand the world.
Myth & legend | TP | $31.95
A Time of Blood (Of Blood and Bone 02)
At the battle of Starstone Lake, Drem and his friends witnessed horrors they’ll never forget. They saw magic warping men into beasts and a demon rise from the dead, creating something new and terrifying. So, they flee to warn the Order of the Bright Star. But the demons’ high priestess, Fritha, is determined to hunt them down. Concealed in Forn Forest, Riv struggles to understand her half-breed heritage. She represents the warrior angels’ biggest secret, one which could break their society. So, when she’s found, by the Ben-Elim’s high captain, he goes in for the kill. Meanwhile, demonic forces are gathering a mighty war-host, to crush their enemies and rule the world of man. All, while the Ben-Elim are fractured and facing betrayal. Like heroes of old, Riv, Drem and the Bright Star’s warriors must battle to save their land. But can the light triumph, when the dark is rising? The sequel to A Time of Dread (PBK, $18.99).
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
Serpentine (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 26)
Hamilton, Laurell K
A remote Florida island is the perfect wedding destination for the upcoming nuptials of Anita’s fellow US Marshal and best friend, Edward. For Anita, the vacation is a welcome break, as it’s the first trip she gets to take with just wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel. But it’s not all fun and games, and bachelor parties… In this tropical paradise, Micah discovers a horrific new form of lycanthropy, one that has afflicted a single family for generations. Believed to be the result of an ancient Greek curse, it turns human bodies into a mass of snakes. When long-simmering resentment leads to a big blow-up, within the wedding party – the last thing Anita needs is more drama. But it finds her anyway, when women start disappearing from the hotel; and, worse, her own friends and lovers are considered the prime suspects. There’s a strange power afoot that Anita has never confronted before, a force that’s rendering those around her helpless. Unable to face it on her own, Anita is willing to accept help from even the deadliest places. Help that she will most certainly regret – if she survives at all, that is…
Paranormal romance | PBK | $22.99
The Butlerian Jihad (Legends of Dune 01)
Herbert, Brian & Anderson, Kevin J
Here is the tale of how Serena Butler’s passionate grief ignites the war that will liberate humans from their machine masters. Here is the beginning of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood. Here are the Zensunni Wanderers, who escape bondage to flee to the desert world where they will declare themselves the Free Men of Dune. And here is the backward, nearly forgotten planet of Arrakis, where traders have discovered the remarkable properties of the spice melange. Against the brute efficiency of the Machines, the human race has only imagination, compassion, and the capacity for love. It will have to be enough.
Science fiction (reissue) | PBK | $22.95
By Demons Possessed (Kencyrath 09)
Hodgell, P C
News arrives from Tai-tastigon, the vast city that formed Jame into the master thief, wily fighter, and godling-in-the-making that she has become. It seems something is preying on the gods of Tai-tastigon. The new Pantheon is falling, and the ancient city is in turmoil. The self-serving, beguiling demi-god leader of the Thieves Guild has coerced Jame into finding the soul of his missing brother, by holding hostage people she loves. Jame reluctantly returns to find a Tai-tastigon in turmoil, with citizen pitted against citizen, and day and night-time folk at one another’s throats. It seems many in the vast Lower Town have lost their shadows – not so funny, when you realise that a shadow is cast by a soul. Some of the affected have gone mad. Some wander like ravening wraiths, attacking even family members – by tooth and nail. Which means something is taking – or destroying – souls in the city. What’s more, in the city’s Temple District, fearful gods are finding their very beings drained. Some have become so diminished they hide in the robes of their priests, like mewling babes. Across the city, murder and mayhem have erupted. But whatever demon-wrought madness is afoot in Tai-tastigon will have to face the ultimate avatar of god That-Which-Destroys-Itself. That would be one Jame Knorth. The first in this fantastic fantasy series is the omnibus, The God Stalker Chronicles (collecting God Stalk and Dark of the Moon in one volume) (PBK, $21.95).
Fantasy | TP | $31.95
Viper (Isles of Storm and Sorrow 01)
Seventeen-year-old Marianne is fated to, one day, become the Viper, defender of the Twelve Isles. But the reigning Viper stands in her way. Corrupt and merciless, he prowls the seas in his warship, killing with impunity, leaving only pain and suffering in his wake. He’s the most dangerous man on the ocean… and he is Marianne’s father. She was born to protect the islands. But can she fight for them, if it means losing her family, her home, the boy she loves – and, perhaps, even her life? A brave heroine. An impossible dilemma. The first in an epic new fantasy trilogy, set on the high seas.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
Smoke in the Glass (Immortals’ Blood 01)
Three lands, peopled by humans and immortals. In Corinthium, a decadent endlessly-lived elite run the world for profit and power. But when a poor, honest solider dies, and is reborn, everything changes. In wintry Midgarth, where immortals are revered as deities, one of them has realised that something – or someone – is killing the gods. And, in Ometepe, there is only one immortal, for he has murdered every other. Until one woman gives birth, to a very special baby. Yet, there is a fourth, hidden land… where savage tribes have united under the prophecy of ‘the One’: a child who is neither boy nor girl. Now, they plan to conquer the world. Unless a broken soldier, a desperate mother, and a crippled god can stop them…
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
Aurora Rising (Aurora Cycle 01)
Kaufman, Amie & Kristoff, Jay
The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs – nobody else in the Academy would touch. And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem – that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from inter-dimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war, millions of years in the making… Nobody panic. The first in a new series.
YA science fiction | TP | $19.99
A Brightness Long Ago
Kay, Guy Gavriel
In a chamber overlooking the night-time waterways of a maritime city, a man looks back on his youth and the people who shaped his life. Danio Cerra’s intelligence won him entry to a renowned school, though he was only the son of a tailor. He took service at the court of a ruling count – and soon learned why that man was known as The Beast. Danio’s fate changed… the moment he recognised Adria Ripoli, as she entered the count’s chambers one night – intending to kill. Born to power, Adria had chosen a life of danger – and freedom – instead… Set in a world evoking early Renaissance Italy, Guy Gavriel Kay’s latest novel is highly anticipated, as always.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
Things in Jars
London, 1863. Bridie Devine, the finest female detective of her age, is taking on her toughest case, yet. Reeling from her last job and with her reputation in tatters, a remarkable puzzle has come her way. Christabel Berwick has been kidnapped. But Christabel is no ordinary child. She is not supposed to exist. As Bridie fights to recover the stolen child, she enters a world of fanatical anatomists, crooked surgeons, and mercenary showmen. Anomalies are in fashion, curiosities are the thing, and fortunes are won and lost, in the name of entertainment…
Gaslamp fantasy | TP | $29.99
Last Tango in Cyberspace
Hard to say, when the human species fractured, exactly. Harder to say, when this new talent arrived. But Lion Zorn is the first of his kind – an empathy tracker, an emotional soothsayer, with a felt sense for the future of the we. In simpler terms, he can spot cultural shifts and trends before they happen. It’s a useful skill, for a certain kind of company. Arctic Pharmaceuticals is that kind of company. But when a routine em-tracking job leads to the discovery of a gruesome murder, Lion finds himself, neck deep, in a world of eco-assassins, soul hackers, and consciousness terrorists. But what the man really needs is a nap.
Cyberpunk | HC | $39.99
One Word Kill (Impossible Times 01)
In January 1986, fifteen-year-old boy-genius Nick Hayes discovers he’s dying. And it isn’t even the strangest thing to happen to him that week. Nick and his Dungeons & Dragons-playing friends are used to living in their imaginations. But when a new girl, Mia, joins the group; and reality becomes weirder, than the fantasy world they visit in their weekly games, none of them are prepared for what comes next. Mia’s in grave danger, though she doesn’t know it, yet. She needs Nick’s help – now. All that stands in Nick’s way is a probably-terminal disease, a knife-wielding maniac, and the laws of physics. Challenge accepted. Mark Lawrence has been busy – the second, in this new Impossible Times series, Limited Wish (TP, $29.95), will be available at the beginning of June.
Science fiction | TP | $29.95
In the futuristic world of Indigo, reproduction is controlled by the government, guaranteeing that every baby is happy, healthy, and beautiful. But mistakes happen, and a rare few babies are accidentally born biologically, like Magdala Cled. Because of her natural-born features, Magdala is an outcast in society – abandoned at birth, abused in the orphanage she grew up in, and branded with the cruel name ‘Ugly’. But Magdala’s world turns upside down – when she’s approached by Claudio Loro, a wealthy scientist who has created a beautiful artificial body. When he offers to transfer Magdala’s consciousness into the body, she cannot refuse the priceless opportunity for a new, beautiful life. However, unbeknownst to her, Claudio has crafted her new body to resemble Christophine del Jan, his rival scientist and former lover. Now, Magdala must impersonate Christophine to infiltrate high society, court Claudio’s advances, and decide whose side she is truly on – all, while maintaining her real body, lest it die… and she die with it. Originally published in 1979, this classic is now available in a redesigned edition.
Science fiction (reissue) | PBK | $21.95
Hollywood, 1938: As soon as she learns that MGM is adapting her late husband’s masterpiece, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, for the screen, Maud Gage Baum sets about trying to visit the set. Nineteen years after Frank’s passing, Maud is the only person who can help the producers stay true to the spirit of the book – because she’s the only one left, who knows its secrets… But, the moment she hears Judy Garland rehearsing the first notes of ‘Over the Rainbow’, Maud recognises the yearning that defined her own life story – from her rebellious youth as a suffragette’s daughter to her coming of age as one of the first women in the Ivy League, from her blossoming romance with Frank to the hardscrabble prairie years that inspired his famous work. With the young actress under pressure from the studio, as well as her ambitious stage mother, Maud resolves to protect her – the way she tried so hard to protect the real Dorothy. The story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the book that inspired the iconic film – through the eyes of author L Frank Baum’s intrepid wife, Maud.
Wizard of Oz | TP | $32.99
The Race for the Red Dragon (Children of the Dragon 02)
Enemies are everywhere, and Harley and Qing must race evil forces across Hong Kong and Southern China to find the legendary vase. Qing’s magic is growing in power, but is it enough to counter the human and otherworldly forces that are determined to stop them, at all costs? The sequel to The Relic of the Blue Dragon (PBK, $14.99).
Children’s fantasy | PBK | $14.99
We Are Blood and Thunder
In a city where magic is feared, and the dead are worshipped, life is overshadowed by a powerful and devastating storm cloud. One young woman is running for her life. Another is trying to return home. Both are looking for a place where they belong. But what Lena and Constance don’t realise is that the storm cloud binds them. Without it, neither can get what she desires. A debut fantasy from a fantastic new talent, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Laini Taylor.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
Octavia Gone (Alex Benedict 08)
After his return from space, Gabe is trying to find a new life for himself, after being presumed dead – just as Alex and Chase are trying to relearn how to live and work, without him. But when a seemingly alien artefact goes missing from Gabe’s old collection, it grants the group a chance to dive into solving the mystery of its origins, as a team, once again. When a lead on the artefact is tied to a dead pilot’s sole unrecorded trip, another clue seems to lead to one of the greatest lingering mysteries of the age: the infamous disappearance of a team of scientists aboard a space station orbiting a black hole – the Amelia Earhart, of their time. With any luck, Alex, Chase, and Gabe may be on the trail of the greatest archaeological discovery of their careers…
Science fiction | HC | $52.95
Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works, through the power of story. Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math. Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet. Meet Reed, skilled in the alchemical arts, like his progenitor before him. Reed created Dodger and her brother. He’s not their father. Not quite. But he has a plan: to raise the twins to the highest power, to ascend with them and claim their authority, as his own. Godhood is attainable. Pray, it isn’t attained. A standalone novel from the prolific and beloved McGuire.
Fantasy | HC | $39.99
Priest of Bones (War for the Rose Throne 01)
Tomas Piety takes his duties seriously: as a soldier, as a priest of Our Lady of Eternal Sorrows, and as a leader of men. He has come home from the war to reclaim his family business, to provide for his men, and to ensure the horrors of Abingon can never happen in Ellinburg. But things have changed: his crime empire has been stolen and the people of Ellinburg – his people – have run out of food and hope and places to hide. With his best friend Bloody Anne, his war-damaged brother Jochan and his new gang, the Pious Men, Tomas sets out to reclaim what was his… The first in a series, perfect for fans of Mark Lawrence and Joe Abercrombie. This has had some excellent customer feedback.
Grimdark fantasy | PBK | $22.99
The Psychology of Time Travel
In 1967, four female scientists worked together, to build the world’s first time machine. But just as they are about to debut their creation, one of them suffers a breakdown, putting the whole project – and future of time travel – in jeopardy. To protect their invention, one member is exiled from the team – erasing her contributions from history. Fifty years later, time travel is a big business. Twenty-something Ruby Rebello knows her beloved grandmother, Granny Bee, was one of the pioneers; though, no one will tell her more…
Time travel | PBK | $19.99
The Chosen (Contender 01)
Cade, a misunderstood juvenile delinquent, and Harriet, a Victorian cat-burglar, live in two different eras – until they’re both transported to another world. Abandoned in a realm populated with lost remnants from the past, prehistoric animals and monstrous creatures, they are forced to become contenders in an endless, brutal tournament. It’s time to get ready for battle… because hiding is not an option. The first in a new series.
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. Circe is a strange child – not powerful and terrible, like her father… nor gorgeous and mercenary, like her mother. Scorned and rejected, Circe grows up in the shadows, at home in neither the world of gods, or mortals. But Circe has a dark power of her own: witchcraft. When her gift threatens the gods, she is banished to the island of Aiaia – where she hones her occult craft, casting spells, gathering strange herbs and taming wild beasts. Yet, a woman who stands alone will never be left in peace, for long – and among her island’s guests is an unexpected visitor: the mortal Odysseus… for whom, Circe will risk everything. So, Circe sets forth her tale, a vivid, mesmerising epic of family rivalry, love and loss – the defiant, inextinguishable song of woman burning hot and bright through the darkness of a man’s world. ‘A look at mythology with fresh eyes… In Circe, the female perspective sharpens into focus in a way that doesn’t happen in the original’ – Wall Street Journal.
Mythic fantasy | PBK | $19.99
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, or understands. It’s hungry. The first in a series.
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99
Atlas Alone (Planetfall 04)
Six months after she left, Dee is struggling to manage her rage toward the people who ordered the nuclear strike that destroyed Earth. She’s trying to find those responsible, but she’s not getting very far, alone. A dedicated gamer, Dee is endeavouring to discover a mersive – good enough to enable her to escape her trauma. When she is approached by a designer, who asks her to play test his new game, she hopes it will be what she needs – but it isn’t like any mersive, she’s played before. When a man suddenly dies in the real world, she realises that, at the same time in the game, she killed a character who bears a striking resemblance to the dead man – a man she discovers was one of those responsible for the death of millions, on Earth. Disturbed, but thinking it must be a coincidence, Dee continues the hunt for information. But when she finds out the plans for the future colony, she realises that to save what is left of humanity, she might have to do something that risks what remains of her own.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99
Born and reborn into flawless bodies, the Deathless are as immortal as the precious stones from which they take their names. For generations, a fragile balance has held. House Sapphire, one of the ancient Deathless families, is riven by suspicion and madness. Whole villages are disappearing as the hunting expeditions, holding the Wild at bay, begin to fail… The first in a new series from the Gemmell Award-winning author Peter Newman.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father is not a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has left his family on the edge of poverty – until Miryem intercedes. Hardening her heart, she sets out to retrieve what is owed, and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. But when an ill-advised boast brings her to the attention of the cold creatures who haunt the wood, nothing will be the same again. For words have power, and the fate of a kingdom will be forever altered by the challenge she is issued… A new take on the classic fairy-tale Rumpelstiltskin, from Naomi Novik, the author of the award-winning Uprooted (PBK, $19.99). Recommended.
Fantasy | PBK | $18.99
Powell, Gareth L
Orphaned at an early age, DCI Holly Craig grew up in the small Welsh coastal town of Pontyrhudd. As soon as she was old enough, she ran away to London and joined the police. Now, fifteen years later, she’s back in her old hometown… to investigate what seems at first to be a simple hit-and-run, but which soon escalates into something far deadlier and unexpectedly personal – something that will take all of her peculiar talents to solve.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
The Illustrated Good Omens: the Definitive Edition
Pratchett, Terry; Gaiman, Neil; Kidby, Paul
The hilarious end-of-the-world novel, from two of the giants of fantasy fiction, now a major TV series. This edition features a new, revised text – approved by Neil Gaiman and the Pratchett Estate – which clears up many typos and errors from previous editions. It also features twelve, full-colour illustrations from Paul Kidby – Terry Pratchett’s artist of choice – and further pencil drawings.
Armageddon | HC | $65.00
Mimi is drowning in the world’s trash. She’s a ‘waste girl’, a scavenger picking through towering heaps of hazardous electronic detritus. Along with thousands of other migrant workers, she was lured to Silicon Isle, off the southern coast of China, by the promise of steady work and a better life. But Silicon Isle is where the rotten fruits of capitalism and consumer culture come to their toxic end. The land is hopelessly polluted, the workers utterly at the mercy of those in power. And, now, a storm is gathering – as ruthless, local gangs skirmish for control; eco-terrorists conspire, investors hunger for profit, and a Chinese-American interpreter searches for his roots. ‘Waste Tide is a work of spoiled and toxic beauty… It’s more than a timely eco-thriller; it’s a dark mirror held up to our selves’ – Simon Ings.
Cli-fi | TP | $32.99
All My Colors
It is March 1979 in DeKalb, Illinois. Todd Milstead is a wannabe writer, a serial adulterer, and a jerk… only tolerated by his friends because he throws the best parties with the best booze. During one particular party, Todd is showing off his perfect recall, quoting poetry and literature, word for word, plucked from his eidetic memory. When he begins quoting from a book no one else seems to know, a novel called All My Colors, Todd is incredulous. He can quote it from cover to cover and, yet, it doesn’t seem to exist. With a looming divorce and mounting financial worries, Todd finally tries to write a novel, with the vague idea of making money from his talent. The only problem is he can’t write. But the book – All My Colors – is there in his head. Todd makes a decision: he will ‘write’ this book – that nobody, but him, can remember. After all, if nobody’s heard of it, how can he get into trouble?
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Life is a lucrative business, as long as you play by the rules… Ambitious businesswoman Mae Yu runs Golden Oaks – a luxury retreat transforming the fertility industry. There, women get the very best of everything: organic meals, fitness trainers, daily massages and big money. Provided they dedicate themselves to producing the perfect baby. For someone else. Jane is a young immigrant in search of a better future. Stuck living in a cramped dorm with her baby daughter and her shrewd aunt Ate, she sees an unmissable chance to change her life. But at what cost?
Dystopia | TP | $29.99
The Immortal Renshai (Renshai Saga)
Reichert, Mickey Zucker
After a cataclysmic magical confrontation that shakes the very roots of Midgard, elves and humans alike struggle to put the pieces of their lives back together. But with many among them cast out of their own world and stranded in the Outworlds, the chances of rescuing all those ‘lost’ souls seems very slim. While elves can find those of their own race, they cannot track humans in the same way. Perhaps, if the powers of the elves, the human mages of Myrcidë, and the one surviving Kjempemagiska, the sorcerer Kentt, can be combined, they can bring back most of those lost in chaos. Saviar, Subikahn, and Calistin, the three Renshai brothers, must all face their own personal demons – as they attempt to find their destinies, in this radically-changed world. Even the royal family of Béarn will find everything they value placed at risk. Only if the brothers, their friends, family, allies, and former enemies can find a way to work together will they have any hope of healing Midgard and carving out the path to a better future, for all.
Fantasy | PBK | $21.95
1952. Soviet troops control British streets. After the disastrous failure of D-Day, Britain is occupied by Nazi Germany, and only rescued by Russian soldiers arriving from the east and Americans from the west. The two superpowers divide the nation between them, a wall running through London – like a scar. When Jane Cawson calls into her husband’s medical practice and detects the perfume worn by his former wife, Lorelei – star of propaganda films, for the new Marxist regime – she fears what is between them. But when Jane rushes to confront them, she finds herself instead caught up in the glamorous actress’ death. Nick is soon arrested for murder. Desperate to clear his name, Jane must risk the attention of the brutal secret police, as she follows a trail of corruption right to the highest levels of the state. And she might find she never really knew her husband, at all.
Alternate history | TP | $32.99
Million Mile Road Trip
When a seemingly-innocent trumpet solo, somehow, opens a trans-dimensional connection to Mappyworld, a parallel universe containing a single, endless plain divided by ridges into basin-like worlds, three California teens find themselves taken on a million-mile road trip across a landscape of alien civilisations – in a beat-up, purple 80s wagon… with a dark-energy motor, graphene tires, and quantum shocks, of course. Their goal? To stop carnivorous flying saucers from invading Earth. And, just maybe, to find love along the way. Rudy Rucker’s first new novel since 2013. Rucker’s The Big Aha (TP, $29.95) is being reissued this month, also.
Science fiction | TP | $29.95
The Trouble with Vampires (Argeneau Family 29)
For close to three thousand years, the imposing, impossibly handsome Santo Notte has fought in armies across the world and battled his own, more personal enemies. Of all the places he might expect to encounter his life mate, a quiet corner of upstate New York doesn’t seem likely. But as soon as he makes contact with history professor Petronella Stone, while hunting down a suspected rogue immortal, he knows that she will be the greatest adventure of his eternal life. He expects her to be surprised, confused, even overwhelmed. What he doesn’t expect is that Pet has a secret history of her own. But as Pet struggles to protect her nephew from a danger, lurking too close to home; Santo realises there’s another threat to her safety – him. And claiming their passionate future will be impossible, until he leaves his past behind, forever…
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99
Josef Loewe enters the world as a lump of clay – carried in a hatbox by his Jewish father Leo, a fugitive in WWII Germany. Taking refuge in a small-town guesthouse, Leo discovers a kindred spirit, in the young woman who nurses him back to health; and, together, they shape the clay into a baby. But en route to safety, in Iceland, he is robbed of the ring needed to bring the child to life. It is not until 1962 that Josef can be ‘born’, only to grow up with a rare disease. Fifty-three years on, it leads him into the hands of a power-hungry Icelandic geneticist… just when science and politics are threatening to lead us all down a dark, dangerous road.
Icelandic fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Theater of Spies (Black Chamber 02)
Stirling, S M
After foiling a German plot to devastate America’s coastal cities from Boston to Galveston, crack Black Chamber agent Luz O’Malley and budding technical genius Ciara Whelan go to California to recuperate. But their well-deserved rest is cut short, by the discovery of a diabolical new weapon that could give the German Imperial Navy command of the North Sea. Luz and Ciara must go deep undercover and travel across a world at war to Berlin, itself Close on their trail is the dangerous German agent codenamed Imperial Sword, who is determined to get his revenge, and a band of assault-rifle-equipped stormtroopers, led by the murderously-efficient killer Ernst Röhm… The second in Stirling’s great new alternate world war series, following Black Chamber (TP, $31.95).
Alternate history | TP | $33.95
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 | TO | $29.99
Willow Moss and the Lost Day (Starfell 01)
Willow Moss, the youngest and least powerful sister in a family of witches, has a magical ability for finding lost things – like keys, or socks, or wooden teeth. Useful, but not exactly exciting… Then, the most powerful witch in the world of Starfell turns up at Willow’s door and asks for her help. A whole day – last Tuesday, to be precise – has gone missing. Completely. The first in a series.
Children’s fantasy | PBK | $16.99
The Gordian Protocol
Weber, David & Holo, David
Doctor Benjamin Schröder was a history teacher, until a psychotic episode turned his world upside down. Benjamin, now, had memories, not just of his own life, but of an entire ghastly world – where millions of civilians had been systematically slaughtered in ‘extermination camps’, there is still a Soviet Union, the Korean Peninsula is divided, thousands of nuclear warheads spread their threat across Earth and the Middle East was a festering sore of bloodshed, fanaticism, and terrorism. Then, a lunatic, named Raibert Kaminski, knocks on his door one afternoon with an impossible story of alternate realities, time travel, temporal knots, and dozens of doomed universes that will die – if the temporal storm front rushing toward the distant future isn’t stopped. Of course, he has to be lying – or completely insane. But what if he’s not a madman, after all? What if he’s, actually, telling the truth?
Science fiction | HC | $49.95
The War of the Worlds (Penguin Clothbound Classics)
Wells, H G
From the planet of war, they came to conquer the Earth… The night after a shooting star is seen streaking across the sky, a cylinder is discovered on Horsell Common. Fascinated and exhilarated, the local people approach the mysterious object, armed with nothing more than a white flag. But when gruesome alien creatures emerge armed with all-destroying heat-rays, their rashness turns rapidly to fear. As the rays blaze toward them, it soon becomes clear they have no choice, but to flee – or die. The forces of the Earth, however, may prove harder to beat than they, at first, appear…
Science fiction | HC | $35.00
Wheaton, M G
Meet Emily – she can solve advanced mathematical problems, unlock the mind’s deepest secrets and even fix your truck’s air con… but, unfortunately, she can’t restart the Sun. Emily is an artificial consciousness, designed in a lab to help humans process trauma, which is particularly helpful when the sun begins to die, five billion years before scientists agreed it was supposed to. So, her beloved human race is screwed, and so is Emily. That is, until she finds a potential answer, buried deep in the human genome. But before her solution can be tested, her lab is brutally attacked; and Emily is forced to go on the run, with two human companions – college student Jason, and small-town Sheriff Mayra…
Science fiction | TP | $32.99
Empire of Grass (Last King of Osten Ard 02)
The kingdoms of Osten Ard have been at peace, for decades… but, now, the threat of a new war grows to nightmarish proportions. Simon and Miriamele, royal husband and wife, face danger from every side. Their allies in Hernystir have made a pact with the dreadful Queen of the Norns, to allow her armies to cross into mortal lands. The ancient, powerful nation of Nabban is on the verge of bloody civil war; and the fierce nomads of the Thrithings grasslands have begun to mobilise – united by superstitious fervour and their age-old hatred of the city dwellers. But as the countries and peoples of the High Ward bicker among themselves; battle, bloodshed, and dark magics threaten to pull civilisations to pieces. And, over it all, looms the mystery of the Witchwood Crown, the deadly puzzle that Simon, Miriamele, and their allies must solve – if they wish to survive. But as the kingdoms of Osten Ard are torn apart by fear and greed, a few individuals will fight for their own lives and destinies – not yet aware that the survival of everything depends on them. The sequel to The Witchwood Crown (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
Daughter of Bad Times
Rin Braden is almost ready to give up on life, after the heartbreaking death of her lover Yamaan and the everyday dread of working for her mother’s corrupt private prison company. But through a miracle Yamaan has survived. Yamaan turns up in an immigration detention facility in Australia, trading his labour for a supposedly-safe place to live. This is no ordinary facility, it’s Eaglehawk MTC – a manufactory built by her mother’s company, to exploit the flood of environmental refugees. Now, Rin must find a way to free Yamaan… before the ghosts of her past and a string of bad choices catch up with them, both.
Dystopia | TP | $29.99
The Time Collector
Roan West can perceive the past of any object he touches. A highly-skilled psychometrist, he uses his talents to find and sell valuable antiques, but his quiet life in New Orleans is about to change. Stuart, a fellow psychometrist and Roan’s close friend, has used his own abilities to unearth several ‘ooparts’ – out-of-place artefacts that challenge recorded history. Soon after the discovery, Stuart disappears, making him one of several pyschometrists, who have recently died or vanished. When Roan comes across a viral video of a young woman who has discovered a priceless pocket watch just by ‘sensing’ it, he knows he has to warn her – but will Melicent Tilpin listen? And can Roan find Stuart, before it’s too late? The quest for answers will lead Roan and Melicent around the world, bringing them closer to each other, and a startling truth.
Fantasy | TP | $33.95
The Ember Blade (Darkwater Legacy 01)
The Ossian way of life is fading and the Dachen way is taking its place. Aren is comfortable with that. Even when his parents are accused of treason, he supports the establishment, and maintains there’s been some mistake… which is all it takes to get himself and his best friend arrested… Thrown into a prison mine, they plan their escape – only to be overtaken by events when they’re rescued, and promptly find themselves in the middle of an ambush. By the time they’ve escaped, they’re unavoidably linked to Garric – their unwelcome saviour – and his quest to overturn to Dachen way of life… This first in a new fantasy series, from the author of the well-beloved Tales of the Ketty Jay, has had raves from customers.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99