Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: May 2020

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in May 2020.

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Until next time, good reading!

May 2020 includes new books by: Joe Ambercrombie, Robert Jackson Bennett, Lois McMaster Bujold, Peter F Hamilton, Alix E Harrow, Mark Lawrence, Claire North, Christopher G Nuttall, Marie O'Regan & Paul Kane… and many others.

May 2020 SF&F new releases

A Little Hatred (Age of Madness 01)
Abercrombie, Joe
The chimneys of industry rise over Adua and the world seethes with new opportunities. But old scores run deep as ever. On the blood-soaked borders of Angland, Leo dan Brock struggles to win fame on the battlefield, and defeat the marauding armies of Stour Nightfall. He hopes for help from the crown. But King Jezal’s son, the feckless Prince Orso, is a man who specialises in disappointments. Savine dan Glokta – socialite, investor, and daughter of the most feared man in the Union – plans to claw her way to the top of the slag heap of society, by any means necessary. But the slums boil over, with a rage that all the money in the world cannot control. The age of the machine dawns, but the age of magic refuses to die… A hugely-anticipated first novel in a new series (though, set in the world of First Law), from the Lord of Grimdark – now in paperback!
Grimdark fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Westside Saints (Gilda Carr Tiny mysteries 02)
Akers, W M
Six months ago, the ruined Westside of Manhattan erupted into civil war, and private detective Gilda Carr nearly died to save her city. In 1922, winter has hit hard, and the desolate Lower West is frozen solid. Like the other lost souls who wander these overgrown streets, Gilda is weary, cold, and desperate for hope. She finds a mystery instead. Hired by a family of eccentric street preachers to recover a lost saint’s finger, Gilda is tempted by their promise of ‘electric resurrection’, when the Westside’s countless dead will return to life. To a detective this cynical, faith is a weakness, and she is fighting the urge to believe in miracles when her long dead mother, Mary Fall, walks through the parlour door. Stricken with amnesia, Mary remembers nothing of her daughter or her death, but that doesn’t stop her from being as infuriatingly pushy, as Gilda herself. As her mother threatens to drive her insane, Gilda keeps their relationship a secret so that they can work together to investigate what brought Mary back to life. The search will force Gilda to reckon with the nature of death, family, and the uncomfortable fact that her mother was not just a saint, but a human being. A sequel to Westside (TP, $27.99).
Fantasy | HC | $45.00

Pass of Fire (Destroyermen 14)
Anderson, Taylor
Time is running out for the Grand Human and Lemurian Alliance. The longer they take to prepare for their confrontations with the reptilian Grik, the Holy Dominion, and the League of Tripoli, the stronger their enemies become. Ready or not, they have to move – or the price in blood will break them. Matt Reddy and his battered old destroyer USS Walker lead the greatest army the humans and their Lemurian allies have ever assembled up the Zambezi toward the ancient Grik capital city. Standing against them is the largest, most dangerous force of Grik, yet gathered. On the far side of the world, General Shinya and his Army of the Sisters are finally prepared for their long-expected assault on the mysterious El Paso del Fuego. Not only is the dreaded Dominion ready and waiting for them; they’ve formed closer, more sinister ties with the fascist League of Tripoli. Everything is on the line in both complex, gruelling campaigns, and the Grand Alliance is stretched to its breaking point. Victory is the only option, whatever the cost… because there can be no second chances.
Military SF | PBK | $22.95

A Life Without End
Beigbeder, Frédéric
Stan Miller is a man with a lifelong yearning for an afterlife that began as a child, when his beloved pet dog died unexpectedly; he was too young to properly comprehend its death. Despite finding and marrying the woman of his dreams, raising a family, and establishing himself as a respected college biology professor, the finality and universality of death continued to haunt him throughout his entire life, triggering an exploration of several major religions, psychotherapy, and finally, science, all in quest of somehow eluding death and achieving immortality – or, at least, a greatly extended life span. In his early sixties, Stan develops a fatal disease (ALS) and, despite his wife’s many (thoughtful) reservations, ultimately decides to have his body cryonically preserved (frozen). He is returned to life sixty-one years later (in the year 2068), after a cure is found for his disease and discovers a very different world – where the altered nature of human relationships are even more difficult to comprehend, than the baffling technology surrounding him.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99

Shorefall (Founders trilogy 02)
Bennett, Robert Jackson
The upstart firm Foundryside is struggling to make it. Orso Igancio and his star employee, former thief Sancia Grado, are accomplishing brilliant things with scriving, the magical art of encoding sentience into everyday objects, but it’s not enough. The massive merchant houses of Tevanne won’t tolerate competition, and they’re willing to do anything to crush Foundryside. But even the merchant houses of Tevanne might have met their match. An immensely powerful and deadly entity has been resurrected in the shadows of Tevanne, one that’s not interested in wealth or trade routes: a hierophant, one of the ancient practitioners of scriving. And he has a great fascination for Foundryside, and its employees – especially Sancia. Now, Sancia and the rest of Foundryside must race to combat this new menace, which means understanding the origins of scriving itself – before the hierophant burns Tevanne to the ground. The sequel to the popular Foundryside (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

The Cruel Stars
Birmingham, John
They thought the Sturm were dead. They were wrong. Centuries after their defeat, the enemy has returned with an overwhelming attack on the fringes of human space. On the brink of annihilation, humankind’s only hope is a few brave souls who survived the initial onslaught. These five flawed, reluctant heroes must band together to prevail against a relentless enemy and near-impossible odds. For if they fail, the future itself is doomed. The first in a new trilogy, by local author Birmingham; now in paperback.
SF adventure | PBK | $19.99

Hinton
Blacklock, Mark
Howard Hinton and his family are living in Japan, escaping from a scandal. Hinton’s obsession is his work, his voyages into mathematical pure space, into the fourth dimension, but also his wife and sons, each of whom are entangled in the strange and unknown landscapes of Hinton’s science fictions. In a bravura and startling meeting of real and philosophical elements, Mark Blacklock has created a ravishing period piece of late-Victorian social, scientific, and domestic life. Hinton is about extraordinary discoveries, and terrible choices. It is about people who discover and map other realms, and what the implications might be for those of us left behind. A nineteenth century tale of dangerous and pioneering mathematical ideas, based on an incredible true story.
Philosophy of science | HC | $34.99

Ghost Money (Eric Carter 05)
Blackmoore, Stephen
The Los Angeles Firestorm killed over a hundred thousand people, set in revenge against necromancer Eric Carter – for defying the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl. Carter feels every drop of that blood on his hands. But, now, there’s a new problem. Too many ghosts in one spot and the barrier separating them from the living cracks. And when they cross it, they feed off all the life they can get hold of. People die. LA, suddenly, has a lot more ghosts. But it’s not just one or two ghosts breaking through: it’s dozens. Another mage is pulling them through the cracks and turning them into deadly weapons. Eric follows a trail that takes him through the world of the Chinese Triads, old associates, old crimes. And a past that he thought he was done with. Carter needs to find out how to get things under control, because if more ghosts break through, there’s going to be even more blood on his hands. The newest in this great series, which begins with Dead Things (PBK, $22.95).
Urban fantasy | PBK | $22.95

Starbreaker (Endeavor 02)
Bouchet, Amanda
The clock is ticking. But as their attraction builds and secrets are revealed, Tess and Shade must decide if they trust each other enough, to execute this impossible prison break. They could change the course of history, but they’ll be risking everything… They’ll just have to tackle one crisis, at a time. The sequel to Nightchaser (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $29.99

Ghost Species
Bradley, James
When scientist Kate Larkin joins a secretive project to re-engineer the climate by resurrecting extinct species, she becomes enmeshed in another, even more clandestine program to recreate our long-lost relatives, the Neanderthals. But when the first of the children, a girl called Eve, is born, Kate finds herself torn between her duties as a scientist and her urge to protect their time-lost creation. For, as Eve grows to adulthood, she and Kate must face the question of who and what she is. Is she natural or artificial? Human or non-human? And, perhaps, most importantly, as civilisation unravels around them, is Eve the ghost species, or are we?
Science fiction | TP | $29.99

Penric’s Travels (Penric & Desdemona 04–6 Omnibus)
Bujold, Lois McMaster
The second set of Penric’s novellas – together for the first time! Collects Penric’s Mission, Mira’s Last Dance, and The Prisoner of Limnos. ‘The pace is breathless, the characterisation thoughtful and emotionally powerful, and the author’s narrative technique and command of language compelling. Highly recommended.’ – Booklist. We think so too. The follow-up to Penric’s Progress (HC, $55.00), which collects novellas 01–3.
Fantasy | HC | $55.00

Witchy Kingdom (Witchy 03)
Butler, D J
An encounter with her father’s goddess has not turned out to be the end for Sarah Elytharias Penn. Now, with the Imperial fist tightened around her city and the beast-kind of the Heron King ravaging across the river, she must pull off a feat her powerful father never accomplished – access the power of the Serpent Throne, itself. To complicate her efforts, Cahokia’s Metropolitan, a beloved and charismatic priest who despises the goddess as a demon, returns from a long pilgrimage and attempts to finalise the Wisdom-eradicating reform that dogged Sarah’s father when he was king. Meanwhile, Sarah’s brother Nathaniel and her brilliant but erratic servant Jacob Hop find their steps dogged by the Emperor’s Machiavel, Temple Franklin, as they hunt in New Amsterdam for the third Elytharias sibling. Isaiah Wilkes, having failed to awaken the Emperor – by reminding him of his esoteric obligations; now, travels north in disguise to seek other allies to stand against the destroying storm of the reign of Simon Sword. Chigozie Ukwu, the Shepherd of the Still Waters, finds his peaceful flock threatened and pressed into a dangerous mission in the service of Cahokia’s wild sister city Zomas, while his brother, the Vodun houngan Etienne Ukwu, pushes toward a final showdown with the mameluke assassins of the Chevalier of New Orleans.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.95

Triumphant (Genesis Fleet 03)
Campbell, Jack
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? This is the American A-format paperback; we’ve had the UK B-format paperback ($19.99) in stock for months.
Space opera | PBK | $22.95

Maker’s Curse (Millennium’s Rule 04)
Canavan, Trudi
Rielle is now the Maker, restorer of worlds. She has lost count of the number of worlds she has been sent to save. Tyen has cast off his old identity. No longer a spy, he now attempts to teach new sorcerers and find ways to counteract the war-machines that are spreading throughout the worlds. But when an old enemy brings news of something worse than magically dead worlds and dangerous sorcerers – a threat, unlike anything the worlds have faced before – Rielle and Tyen must reunite… if they are to have any chance of saving humanity.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

The Hive (Second Formic War 02)
Card, Orson Scott & Johnston, Aaron
A coalition of Earth’s nations barely fought off the Formics’ first scout ship. Now, it’s clear that there’s a mothership out on edge of the system, and the aliens are prepared to take Earth by force. Can Earth’s warring nations and corporations put aside their differences, and mount an effective defence? A sequel to The Swarm (PBK, $22.95).
Space opera | PBK | $22.95

Guardian of Empire (Dragon Empire 02)
Chan, Kylie
A brutal battle of skill and wits begins as Jian and her human colleagues attempt to combat the invaders – but with all their technology, enhancements and weapons in the hands of their enemies, the odds are stacked against them, and there is the very real threat of the destruction of the Empire, itself. The first book in this new series is Scales of Empire (PBK, $19.99).
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

The Folcroft Ghosts
Coates, Darcy
When their mother is hospitalised, Tara and Kyle are sent to stay with their only remaining relatives. Their grandparents seem friendly at first, and the house, hidden in the base of the mountains, is full of nooks to explore. But strange things keep happening. The swing moves on its own. Doors slam and curtains shift when no one is inside. And one room is kept mysteriously locked. Something is being hidden away, kept safely out of sight… watching them. When a storm cuts the phone line – their only contact with the outside world – Tara and Kyle must find a way to protect themselves from their increasingly erratic grandparents… and from the ghosts that inhabit the Folcrofts’ house. A reissue.
Horror (reissue) | TP | $27.99

Hunted
Coates, Darcy
Five days after twenty-two-year-old Eileen Hershberger went missing on a hike through the remote Ashlough Forest, her camera was discovered washed downriver, containing bizarre photos taken hours after her disappearance. But with no body and no additional clues, finding Eileen in the dark and winding woods seems next to impossible. Chris wants to believe his sister is still alive. When the police search is abandoned, he and four of his friends vow to scour the mountain range until they find Eileen and bring her home. But as the small group strays further from the trails and the unsettling discoveries mount, they begin to realise they’re not alone… and Eileen’s disappearance was no accident. But, by then, it’s already too late. A reissue.
Horror (reissue) | TP | $27.99

House of Shadows (House of Shadows 01)
Coates, Darcy
Sophie’s world is shattered, when disaster bankrupts her family. She’s still reeling when she’s offered an unexpected solution: Mr Argenton, a wealthy stranger, has asked for her hand in marriage. Marrying Mr Argenton will save her family, but it condemns Sophie to a life in Northwood, a vast and unnaturally-dark mansion, situated hours from civilisation. Still, she has no choice but accept the offer and hope the darkness won’t swallow her whole. It’s a struggle to adjust to her new position as mistress over the desolate house. Mr Argenton’s relatives are cold, and Mr Argenton himself is keeping secrets. Even worse, the house is more than it seems. Doors slam. Inhuman figures slink through the surrounding forest. A piano plays itself, in the middle of the night. Blood drips a macabre warning down the walls. Day by day, Sophie is inevitably pulled towards the terrifying truth: Northwood’s ancient halls are haunted, and the man she married – the man she’s coming to love – is hiding an unforgiveable truth about his ancestral home… and the spirits that, now, haunt them both. A reissue.
Horror (reissue) | TP | $27.99

House of Secrets (House of Shadows 02)
Coates, Darcy
Sophie and Joseph Argenton have survived the impossible… for now. But their escape from Northwood is short lived. The beast that haunted their ancestral home survived, and has attached itself to Joseph’s young cousin. Desperate, they travel to meet her father at Kensington, a long-abandoned mansion overlooking a dead town. The house offers a small hope: its original owner had dedicated her life to researching the monster that now possesses Elise. There’s a chance that here they will find a way to kill the creature, without harming the girl. But Kensington has its own dangers, and once it has Sophie and Joseph within its grasp, it may never let them leave. Trapped inside the ancient building’s collapsing walls, Sophie and Joseph are forced to confront the horrors that hide within. Shrouded figures stalk them from the shadows. Whispers echo through the night. Unmarked graves dot the property. And the dead are not as restful as they seem… A reissue.
Horror (reissue) | TP | $27.99

The Adventures of Pinocchio (illustrated edition)
Collodi, Carlo & MinaLima (illustrator)
Originally published in 1883, The Adventures of Pinocchio is one of the best known and beloved children’s classics. Written by Italian political satirist Carlo Collodi, it is the story of Geppetto, a poor puppeteer who uses an enchanted piece of wood to carve a marionette boy he calls Pinocchio. The impish Pinocchio does not want to be a puppet; he yearns to become a real boy. Soon, his curiosity, mischievousness, and naivete lead him away from his father’s shop and into a series of perilous encounters with vicious puppet masters, cunning animals, and other magical characters. Along this perilous journey, the magical puppet learns how much turmoil, heart, and hard work it takes to become a ‘real boy’. With a nose that grows larger with each lie he tells, Pinocchio has become an enduring icon in children’s literature, and now his story is brilliantly reimagined in this stunning gift edition. The Adventures of Pinocchio includes specially commissioned artwork and exclusive interactive features, including: a Pinocchio puppet with clothing; additional finger puppets; a small theatre for a puppet show; a court deck with Pinocchio behind sliding bars; and, a fold out shark revealing Pinocchio and Geppetto inside. This wondrous edition will enchant readers of every age and become a treasured keepsake passed down for generations.
Classic children’s fantasy | HC | $39.99

Incendiary (Hollow Crown 01)
Córdova, Zoraida
When the royal family of Selvina sets out to destroy magic through a grand and terrible inquisition, magic warrior-thief Renata – trained in the art of stealing memories – seeks to kill the prince, leader of the King’s Justice, only to learn through powerful memories that he may be the greatest illusion of them all… and that the fate of all magic now lies in her hands. An epic tale of love and revenge: set in a world inspired by Inquisition-era Spain pits the magical Moria against a terrifying royal authority bent on their destruction. The first in a series.
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99

Q
Dalcher, Christina
Elena Fairchild is a teacher at one of the state’s new elite schools. Her daughters are exactly like her: beautiful, ambitious, and perfect. A good thing, since the recent mandate that’s swept the country is all about perfection. Now, everyone must undergo routine tests for their quotient, Q, and any children who don’t measure up are placed into new government schools. Instead, teachers can focus on the gifted. Elena tells herself it’s not about eugenics, not really, but when one of her daughters scores lower than expected and is taken away, she intentionally fails her own test to go with her. But what Elena discovers is far more terrifying, than she ever imagined…
Dystopia | TP | $32.99

To Clear Away the Shadows (RCN 13)
Drake, David
The truce between Cinnabar and the Alliance is holding, and the Republic of Cinnabar Navy is able to explore regions of the galaxy, without the explorers being swept up in great power conflict. The Far Traveller is probing sponge space to open routes for Cinnabar traders – and for RCN warships if war breaks out again. But besides astrogation, the Far Traveller is to survey and catalogue life forms on the worlds it touches. Harry Harper has just been posted to the Traveller. He’s an RCN officer by convention, a scientist by training – and a member of one of leading aristocratic families on Cinnabar, by birth. Lieutenant Rick Grenville would rather serve on a warship in the heart of battle, but peace and the whim of the Navy Board have put him on an exploration vessel instead. He finds that the dangers on the fringes of civilisation are just as great, as those from missiles and gunfire that he expected to face. As internal struggles cause the Alliance to relax its iron grip, regional forces are attempting to increase their own power – and they’re not fussy about the means they use. Besides the biological answers that officials on Cinnabar expect the Far Traveller to find, the ship’s Director of Science, Doctor Veil, has her own agenda: to learn more about the Archaic Spacefarers – who roamed the universe tens of thousands of years before humans reached the stars. The crew of the Far Traveller is poised to clear more of the shadows away from the deep past than ever before in human history – if they survive.
Military SF | PBK | $22.95

Race the Sands
Durst, Sarah Beth
Life, death, and rebirth – in Becar, who you are in this life will determine your next life. Yet, there is hope – you can change your destiny with the choices you make. But for the darkest individuals, there is no redemption: you come back as a kehok, a monster, and are doomed to be a kehok – for the rest of time. Unless you can win the Races. After a celebrated career as an elite kehok rider, Tamra became a professional trainer. Then a tragic accident shattered her confidence, damaged her reputation, and left her nearly broke. Now, she needs the prize money to prevent the local temple from taking her daughter away from her, and that means she must once again find a winning kehok… and a rider willing to trust her. Raia is desperate to get away from her domineering family and cruel fiancé. As a kehok rider, she could earn enough to buy her freedom. But she needs a first-rate trainer. Impressed by the inexperienced young woman’s determination, Tamra hires Raia and pairs her with a strange new kehok with the potential to win – if he can be tamed. But in this sport, if you forget you’re riding on the back of a monster, you die. Tamra and Raia will work harder than they ever thought possible to win the deadly Becaran Races – and in the process, discover what makes this particular kehok, so special.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Lethal Game (Ghostwalkers 16)
Feehan, Christine
When Malichai Fortunes attacks a problem, he does it, full force – a habit that earns the GhostWalker a painful injury and a forced vacation in San Diego, California. With nothing but physical therapy on the horizon, Malichai is starting to get restless… until a striking blue-eyed blonde makes all his senses come alive. Amaryllis is kind and warm and sees beyond Malichai’s rough exterior, but he can tell there’s something she’s hiding. Her innate healing abilities indicate she might be a GhostWalker – albeit an untrained one. Malichai doesn’t think their paths crossing is anything more than coincidence, but he can sense that one wrong word could send Amaryllis running. When strange events at his temporary retreat put Malichai on high alert, he knows he won’t be able to deal with the threat and keep his woman safe, in his weakened state. But calling in his brothers means telling Amaryllis what he really is, and revealing that he knows the truth about her, too…
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99

Widow’s Welcome (Tales of Fenest 01)
Fields, D K
Dead bodies aren’t unusual in the alleyways of Fenest, capital of the Union of Realms. Especially not in an election year, when the streets swell with crowds from near and far. Muggings, brawls gone bad, debts collected – Detective Cora Gorderheim has seen it all. Until she finds a Wayward man with his mouth sewn shut. His body has been arranged precisely by the killer and left conspicuously, waiting to be found. Cora fears this is not only a murder, but a message. As she digs into the dead man’s past, she finds herself drawn into the most dangerous event in the Union: the election… The first in a trilogy.
Fantasy crime | PBK | $22.99

The Shaman of Karres (Witches of Karres 04)
Flint, Eric & Freer, Dave
Captain Pausert just can’t catch a break! First, he became the mortal enemy of his fiancée, his home planet, the Empire – and even the Worm World, the darkest threat to mankind in all of space. All because he helped rescue three slave children from their masters. Of course, these three young women were the universally feared Witches of Karres – but how was he to know that?! And after he defeated the Worm World (with the help of the witches, of course), the Empress herself had sent him on a secret mission to stop a nanite plague that was raging across the galaxy. But an enemy had somehow convinced the Imperial Fleet that he was, actually, a wanted criminal, so after a battle leaving his ship in urgent need of repairs, Puasert and the witches of Karres joined an interstellar travelling circus in order to save the galaxy. Now, Pausert and the witches of Karres roam the spaceways, again… this time, dealing with a slaver-culture that somehow makes slaves happy to be in servitude; and a quest for a long-lost alien pet, during which the youngest witch, The Leewit, begins to come to her full powers as a healer – and, of course, generates chaos in her wake. For Pausert, it’s all in a day’s work. But would it be too much to ask for a vacation? A new entry in the classic sf series created by James H Schmitz.
Space opera | HC | $55.00

Mammoth
Flynn, Chris
Narrated by a 13,000-year-old extinct American mastodon, Mammoth is the (mostly) true story of how the skull of a Tyrannosaurus bataar, a pterodactyl, a prehistoric penguin, the severed hand of an Egyptian mummy and the narrator himself came to be on sale at a 2007 natural history auction in Manhattan. Ranging from the Pleistocene Epoch to nineteenth-century America and beyond, including detours to Napoleonic France and Nazi Germany, Mammoth illuminates a period of history when ideas about science and religion underwent significant change. By tracing how and when the fossils were unearthed, Mammoth traverses time and place to reveal humanity’s role in the inexorable destruction of the natural world.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99

Marque of Caine (Caine Riordan 05)
Gannon, Charles E
It’s been two years, since Caine Riordan was relieved of his command for following both his orders and his conscience. Now he’s finally received the message he’s been waiting for: a summons to visit the ancient and enigmatic Dornaani. And, this time, making direct contact is not just professional, but personal: the Dornaani still have his mortally-wounded love, Elena Corcoran, in their unthinkably advanced medical facilities. But instead of arranging a swift reunion, Riordan’s new Dornaani hosts are not only disinterested in human affairs, but are in such social disarray that they have lost track of Elena’s surgical cryocell. Riordan must blaze his own trail through dying and dangerous worlds to find the mother of his child, her fate as uncertain as the true agenda of the Dornaani leaders. However, as new clues and new threats push Caine’s quest beyond the edge of known space, he discovers that the Dornaani empire is not merely decaying; there are subtle signs that its decline is being accelerated from without. Which means that rescuing Elena is just half the mission: Riordan must report that the Dornaani collapse is not only being engineered, but that it is the prelude to a far more malign scheme: To clear a path for a foe bent on destroying Earth.
Military SF | PBK | $22.95

Unreconciled (Donovan 04)
Gear, W Michael
Where does one put a messianic cult of practicing cannibals? That becomes the question, when Ashanti appears in Donovan’s skies. She was designed for no more than four years in space. It’s taken ten. The crew has sealed the transportees onto a single deck – and over the years, the few survivors down there have become monsters. Led by the messiah, Batuhan, they call themselves the Unreconciled. Supervisor Kalico Aguila settles them at remote Tyson Station. With the discovery of a wasting disease among the Unreconciled, it’s up to Kalico, Dya Simonov, and Mark Talbot to try and deal with the epidemic. Only Batuhan has plans of his own – and Kalico and her people are to be the main course. Talina Perez has brokered an uneasy truce with the quetzal molecules that float in her blood. Now, she, young Kylee Simonov, a quetzal named Flute, and a clueless nobleman named Taglioni rush to save Kalico’s vanished party. But, as always, Donovan is playing its own deadly game. Lurking in the forest outside Tyson Base is an old and previously unknown terror that even quetzals fear. And it has already begun to hunt. Gear’s most recent series begins with Outpost (PBK, $24.95).
Space opera | HC | $55.00

Queen of the Unwanted (Women’s War 02)
Glass, Jenna
Alys may be the acknowledged queen of Women’s Well – the fledgling colony where women hold equal status with men – but she cares little for politics, in the wake of an appalling personal tragedy. It is grief that drives her, now. But the world continues to turn. In a distant realm unused to female rulers, Ellin struggles to maintain control. Meanwhile, the king of the island nation of Khalpar recruits an abbess – who he thinks holds the key to reversing the spell that Alys’ mother gave her life to create. And back in Women’s Well, Alys’ own half-brother is determined to bring her to heel. Unless these women can come together and embrace the true nature of female power, everything they have struggled to achieve may be at risk.
Fantasy | TP | $35.95

Salvation Lost (Salvation Sequence 02)
Hamilton, Peter F
Feriton Kane’s investigative team has discovered the worst threat ever to face mankind – and we’ve almost no time to fight back. Some factions push for humanity to flee, to live in hiding amongst the stars – although, only a chosen few would make it out in time. But others refuse to break before the storm. As disaster looms, animosities must be set aside to focus on just one goal: wiping this enemy from the face of creation. ‘How far “space opera” has come! The Old Masters of sci-fi would admire the scope and sweep of Salvation.’ – Wall Street Journal. Highly recommended!
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

The Ten Thousand Doors of January
Harrow, Alix E
In a house filled with exotic treasures, January Scaller feels all too similar to the artefacts that decorate the shelves: a treasured object, carefully maintained yet utterly out of place. Largely ignored by her guardian, she spends her days reading about all the far-flung places she can only dream of visiting. But her quiet existence is shattered when she stumbles across a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story that might just be the key to unlocking the secrets of her past. This has had great customer feedback and critical notice – recommended!
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires
Hendrix, Grady
Patricia Campbell’s life has never felt smaller. Her ambitious husband is too busy to give her a goodbye kiss in the morning, her kids have their own lives, her senile mother-in-law needs constant care, and she’s always a step behind on thank-you notes and her endless list of chores. The one thing she has to look forward to is her book club, a close-knit group of Charleston women united by their love of true crime and paperback fiction. At these meetings, they’re as likely to talk about the Manson family as they are marriage, motherhood, and neighbourhood gossip. This predictable pattern is upended when Patricia meets James Harris, a handsome stranger who moves into the neighbourhood to take care of his elderly aunt and ends up joining the book club. James is sensitive and well read, and he makes Patricia feel things she hasn’t felt, in twenty years. But there’s something off about him. He doesn’t have a bank account, he doesn’t like going out during the day, and Patricia’s mother-in-law insists that she knew him when she was a girl – an impossibility. When local children go missing, Patricia and the book club members start to suspect James is more of a Bundy than a Beatnik – but no one outside of the book club believes them. Have they read too many true crime books, or have they invited a real monster into their homes?
Horror | TP | $25.99

Looking Glass (Chronicles of Alice novellas) (collection)
Henry, Christina
In four new novellas, Christina Henry returns to the world of Alice and Red Queen (PBK, $19.99 each), where magic runs as freely as secrets and blood. Collecting Lovely Creature; Girl in Amber; When I First Came to Town; and The Mercy Seat.
Dark fantasy | PBK | $19.99

By Demons Possessed (Kencyrath 06)
Hodgell, P C
A crucial moment draws nigh leading to the ultimate showdown between Jame Knorth and Perimal Darkling, the supernatural entity that has pursued Jame’s people, the Kencyr, across multiple universes, destroying all in its wake. Can the Kencyr finally make an effective stand, or will another world fall into shadow? But now 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 demigod 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. That would be one Jame Knorth.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.95

Critical Point (Cas Russell 03)
Huang, S L
Math-genius mercenary Cas Russell has stopped a shadow organisation from brainwashing the world; and discovered her past was deliberately erased and her superhuman abilities deliberately created. And that’s just the start: when a demolitions expert targets Cas and her friends, and the hidden conspiracy behind Cas’ past starts to reappear, the past, present, and future collide – in a race to save one of her dearest friends.
SF thriller | HC | $55.00

The Afterward
Johnston, E K
It’s been a year, since the mysterious godsgem cured Cadrium’s king and ushered in what promised to be a new golden age. The heroes who brought home the gem are renowned in story and song, but for two fellows on the quest, peace and prosperity don’t come easily. Apprentice Knight Kalanthe Ironheart wasn’t meant for heroism, so early in life; and, while she has no intention of giving up the notoriety she’s earned, reputation doesn’t pay her bills. Kalanthe may be forced to betray not her kingdom or her friends, but her own heart, as she seeks a stable future for herself and those she loves. Olsa Rhetsdaughter was never meant for heroism, at all. Beggar and thief, she lived hand to mouth on the streets, until fortune – or fate – pulled her into Kalanthe’s orbit. And, now, she’s reluctant to leave it. Even more alarmingly, her fame has made her profession difficult, and a choice between poverty and the noose isn’t much of a choice, at all. Both girls think their paths are laid out, but the godsgem isn’t quite done with them and that new golden age isn’t a sure thing, yet.
YA fantasy | PBK | $24.95

Aurora Burning (Aurora Cycle 02)
Kaufman, Amie & Kristoff, Jay
Our heroes are back. Kind of. First, the bad news: an ancient evil – you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal – is about to be unleashed. The good news? Squad 312 is standing by to save the day. They’ve just got to take care of a few small distractions, first. Like the clan of gremps, who’d like to rearrange their favourite faces. And the cadre of illegit GIA agents with creepy flowers where their eyes used to be, who’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on Auri. Then, there’s Kal’s long-lost sister, who’s not exactly happy to see her baby brother, and has a Syldrathi army at her back. With half the known galaxy on their tails, Squad 312 has never felt so wanted. When they learn the Hadfield has been found, it’s time to come out of hiding. Two centuries ago, the colony ship vanished, leaving Auri as its sole survivor. Now, its black box might be what saves them – but time is short, and if Auri can’t learn to master her powers as a Trigger, the squad and all their admirers are going to be deader than the Great Ultrasaur of Abraaxis IV. Shocking revelations, bank heists, mysterious gifts, inappropriately tight bodysuits and an epic firefight will determine the fate of the Aurora Legion’s most unforgettable heroes – and, maybe, the rest of the galaxy as well. The sequel to Aurora Rising (TP, $19.99).
YA space opera | TP | $19.99

The Winter Sea
Kearsley, Susanna
In spring 1708, a fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in bringing exiled King James back to Scotland to reclaim his crown. Carrie McClelland is fascinated by the intrigue and romance of this failed Jacobite rebellion, and wants to base her next bestselling book on it. She rents a cottage near the ruins of Slains Castle, where the rebellion was planned. Mixing her fictional characters with historical figures, Carrie suddenly realises that people and events she thought she was inventing are turning out to be real. The dividing line between fact and fiction becomes eerily blurred, as Carrie channels the spirit of a woman yearning to disclose a secret that’s lain hidden, for three hundred years… a secret that holds the key to Carrie’s present-day happiness…
Fantasy | PBK | $22.95

The Fiery Crown (Forgotten Empires 02)
Kennedy, Jeffe
Queen Euthalia has reigned over her island kingdom of Calanthe with determination, grace, and her magical, undying orchid ring. After she defied an empire to wed Conrí, the former Crown Prince of Oriel – a man of disgraced origins with vengeance in his heart – Lia expected the wizard’s prophecy to come true: Claim the hand that wears the ring and the empire falls. But Lia’s dangerous bid to save her realm doesn’t lead to immediate victory. Instead, destiny hurls her and Conrí towards a future neither could predict… Con has never healed after the death of his family and destruction of his kingdom – he’s been carefully plotting his revenge against his greatest enemy, Emperor Anure, waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. When Lia’s spies gather intelligence suggesting that Anure is planning an attack against Calanthe, Con faces an agonising choice: Can he sacrifice Lia and all she holds dear to destroy the empire? Or does his true loyalty exist in the arms of his beguiling, passionate wife –’til death do they part?
Fantasy | PBK | $22.95

The Gold Falcon (Deverry 12)
Kerr, Katharine
The powerful dweomermaster Nevyn has been reincarnated, but young Neb knows nothing of his previous life. Orphaned following a cholera epidemic, Neb and his younger brother arrive at the desolate farm of their last living relative and soon learn that a worse plague lurks beyond the western border of Deverry. The savage Horsekin tribes, spurred on by their new goddess, Alshandra, are raiding the villages and taking slaves as the first step in their plans to destroy both the nomadic Westfolk and the Deverrian farmers. Neb finds love and danger as he and his soulmate Branna are drawn inexorably into a war for the survival of the kingdom itself. Although they have powerful allies in the Westfolk dweomermasters Dallandra and Salamander, they are also facing mighty enemies, enemies that they have fought before in the past lives that they no longer remember… A reissue with new cover art. Kerr’s all-new Deverry novel, Sword of Fire (TP, $32.99) was released in February.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

The Spirit Stone (Deverry 13)
Kerr, Katharine
‘A dagger laid against our throat.’ So, Prince Dar of the Westlands calls Zakh Gral, a new fortress built by the Horsekin, the ancient enemies of his people. To help him destroy this threat, the elven prince has called upon his allies: the dwarven folk of the northern mountains and the human men of Deverry to the east. Their leaders know that if the Westlands fall to the Horsekin, their own throats will feel that dagger next. Joining them are two powerful dragons, who have their own bitter reasons to hate the Horsekin. But the fanatical Horsekin believe that they have the most powerful ally of all: a new goddess. Alshandra’s priestesses have announced that she has given the Horsekin the lands belonging to the prince – and that his people must be utterly destroyed. A reissue with new cover art. Kerr’s all-new Deverry novel, Sword of Fire (TP, $32.99) was released in February.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

The Shadow Isle (Deverry 14)
Kerr, Katharine
The wild Northlands hold many secrets, among them the mysterious dweomer island of Haen Marn, the mountain settlements of Dwarvholt, and the fortified city of Cerr Cawnen, built long ago by escaping bondmen from Deverry itself. And just who, or what, are the mysterious Dwgi folk? Thanks to the Horsekin, who continue to push their religious crusade south toward the borders of the kingdom, the human beings of Deverry and their elven allies realise that the fate of the Northlands lies tangled with their own. Although the dwarven race holds strong, the island of Haen Marn has fled and Cerr Cawnen seems doomed. Only the magic of Dallandra and Valandario and the might of the powerful dragons, Arzosah and Rori, can reveal the secrets and save the Northlands from conquest. A reissue with new cover art. Kerr’s all-new Deverry novel, Sword of Fire (TP, $32.99) was released in February.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

The Silver Mage (Deverry 15)
Kerr, Katharine
Spurred on by the priestesses of the false goddess Alshandra, the Horsekin hordes are massing on the northern border of Prince Dar’s holdings. Their leaders believe that the rich grasslands of the prince’s domain belong to them by divine right, no matter whom they must destroy to claim them. But Dar has powerful allies on his side, including the dragon Arzosah, who has hated the Horsekin for hundreds of years. She will vow to take a revenge worse than anything the Horsekin and their priestesses could possibly foresee. The prince’s most powerful ally, however, is the one the Horsekin refuse to understand: the deep magic of the dweomer, as wielded by the band of sorcerers sworn to protect him, and especially by the elven master of magic, Dallandra, the silver mage. A reissue with new cover art. Kerr’s all-new Deverry novel, Sword of Fire (TP, $32.99) was released in February.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

If It Bleeds (collection)
King, Stephen
A collection of four uniquely-wonderful, long stories. News people have a saying: ‘If it bleeds, it leads’. And a bomb at Albert Macready Middle School is guaranteed to lead any bulletin. Holly Gibney of the Finders Keepers detective agency is working on the case of a missing dog – and on her own need to be more assertive – when she sees the footage on TV. But when she tunes in, again – to the late-night report – she realises there is something not quite right about the correspondent who was first on the scene. So begins, ‘If It Bleeds’, a stand-alone sequel to The Outsider (PBK, $22.99) – featuring the incomparable Holly on her first solo case; and also the riveting title story in Stephen King’s brilliant new collection. Dancing alongside ‘If It Bleeds’ are three more wonderful long stories from this ‘formidably versatile author’ (The Sunday Times): ‘Mr Harrigan’s Phone’, ‘The Life of Chuck’, and ‘Rat’. All four display the richness of King’s storytelling with grace, humour, horror, and breathtaking suspense. A fascinating author’s note gives us a wonderful insight into the origin of each story, and the writer’s unparalleled imagination.
Horror | TP | $32.99

Interview with the Antichrist
Kinley, Jeff
The story you are about to read is told from the perspective of Julien, a young journalist in close proximity to a person the Bible calls the ‘Beast’. Julien will give us a window into the character of the Antichrist and how our last days could unfold according to Scripture’s ultimate plot. This imagined prophetic narrative will also reveal how this coming prince may alter reality and impact humankind – and, eventually, transform into the most malevolent human in history. But what can be known about this man? What does the Bible actually say about this nefarious individual? How close are we to his unveiling? More than a suspenseful mystery, however, this speculative account will arouse your prophetic curiosity, whetting your appetite for more information, more solid biblical food on the subject. And you’ll find that in the last section of the book. Your imagination and curiosity will soar in this raw, rugged, often shocking account of the rise of the Antichrist. He is real, my friend. And he is coming.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Ballistic (Palladium Wars 02)
Kloos, Marko
There is a personal price to pay, for having aligned with the wrong side in a reckless war. For Aden Jansen it’s the need to adopt a new identity while keeping his past hidden. Now, he’s integrated himself aboard the Zephyr, a merchant ship smuggling critical goods through dangerous space. But danger is imminent on planet Gretia, as well. Under occupation, torn between postwar reformers and loyalists, it’s a polestar for civil unrest. Meanwhile, an occupation forces officer is pulled right back into the fray when the battle alarm is raised, an ambitious heiress is entangled in a subversive political conspiracy, and an Allied captain is about to meet the enemy, head on. As Aden discovers, the insurgents on Gretia – and in space – are connected, organised, and ready to break into full-scale rebellion. History is threatening to repeat itself. It’s time that Aden rediscovered who he is, whom he can trust… and what he must fight, for now. The sequel to Aftershocks (TP, $27.99).
Military SF | TP | $31.95

The Eleventh Gate
Kress, Nancy
Despite economic and territorial tensions, no one wants the city-states of the Eight Worlds to repeat the Terran Collapse, by going to war. But when war accidentally happens, everyone seeks ways to exploit it for gain. The Landry and Peregoy ruling dynasties see opportunities to grab territory, increase profits, and settle old scores. Exploited underclasses use war to fuel rebellion. Ambitious heirs can finally topple their elders’ regimes – or try to. But the unexpected key to either victory or peace lies with two persons uninterested in conquest, profits, or power. Philip Anderson seeks only the transcendent meaning of the physics underlying the universe. Tara Landry, spoiled and defiant youngest granddaughter of dynasty head Rachel Landry, accidentally discovers an eleventh star-jump gate, with a fabulous find on the planet behind it. Her discovery, and Philip’s use of it, alter everything for the Eight Worlds…
Space opera | TP | $33.95

Sea Change
Kress, Nancy
Operative Renata Black has a serious problem: an ordinary self-driving house. But this house, causing a traffic snarl, also has the Org’s teal paint on the windowsill. In 2022, GMOs were banned. A biopharmaceutical caused the Catastrophe: worldwide economic and agricultural collapse, and personal tragedy for lawyer Caroline Denton and her son. Ten years later, as Renata Black, she is a member of the Org, an underground group of scientists hunted by the feds. But the Org’s illegal food research might just hold the key to rebuilding the worlds’ food supply. Now, there’s a mole in the Org, and Renata is the only one who can find out who it is. At risk, is the possibility of an even more devastating climate collapse. For answers, she will go to her legal clients from the Quinault Nation. Will there be time to reveal the solutions that the world has not been willing to face? ‘Sea Change is like liquid nitrogen ice cream – a chilling treat.’ – Greg Bear.
Cli-fi | TP | $33.95

Camelot (Arthurian Tales 02)
Kristian, Giles
Britain is a land riven by anarchy, slaughter, famine, filth and darkness. Its armies are destroyed… its heroes dead, or missing. Arthur and Lancelot fell in the last great battle and Merlin has not been seen these past ten years. Now, the Saxons are gathering again, their warbands stalk the land, their king seeks dominion. As for the lords and kings of Britain, they look only to their own survival and will not unite as they once did under Arthur and his legendary sword Excalibur. But in an isolated monastery in the Avalon marshes, a novice of the order is preparing to take his vows – when the life he has known is suddenly turned upside down in a welter of blood. Two strangers – the wild-spirited, Saxon-killing Iselle and the ageing warrior Gawain – will pluck the young man from the wreckage of his simple existence. Together, they will seek the last druid and the cauldron of a god. And the young man must come to terms with his legacy and fate, as the son of the most celebrated yet most infamous of Arthur’s warriors: Lancelot. For this is the story of Galahad, Lancelot’s son – the reluctant warrior who dared to keep the dream of Camelot alive… The sequel to Lancelot (PBK, $19.99).
Historical | TP | $32.99

Eye Spy (Family Spies 02)
Lackey, Mercedes
Abi discovers unique facets of her gift, including a synesthetic connection to objects that allows her to ‘see’, as well as feel, the strains. Her gift may also grant her a distinct advantage as a spy – there won’t be a building in the entire kingdom of Valdemar with a secret room that she doesn’t know about. With the help of her mentors, she must hone her gift to uncover the hidden secrets in the depths of Valdemar. The second instalment of the Family Spies trilogy, following The Hills Have Spies (PBK, $19.99). A British paperback edition ($19.99) of Eye Spy was released last year – this is the US paperback.
Valdemar | PBK | $22.95

Goldilocks
Lam, Laura
Despite increasing restrictions on the freedoms of women on Earth, Valerie Black is spearheading the first all-female mission to a planet in the Goldilocks Zone, where conditions are just right for human habitation. It’s humanity’s last hope for survival, and Naomi, Valerie’s surrogate daughter and the ship’s botanist, has been waiting her whole life for an opportunity like this – to step out of Valerie’s shadow and really make a difference. But when things start going wrong on the ship, Naomi begins to suspect that someone on board is concealing a terrible secret – and realises time for life on Earth may be running out, faster than they feared… ‘If The Martian and The Handmaid’s Tale had a book baby, this feminist environmental sci-fi thriller would be the incredible result… If you’ve been looking for your next favourite science fiction novel, this is it.’ – Book Riot.
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

The Strangeworlds Travel Agency
Lapinski, L D
At the Strangeworlds Travel Agency, each suitcase transports you to a different world. All you have to do is step inside… When 12-year-old Flick Hudson accidentally ends up in the Strangeworlds Travel Agency, she uncovers a fantastic secret: there are hundreds of other worlds just steps away from ours. All you have to do to visit them is jump into the right suitcase. Then Flick gets the invitation of a lifetime: join Strangeworlds’ magical travel society and explore other worlds. But, unknown to Flick, the world at the very centre of it all, a city called Five Lights, is in danger. Buildings and even streets are mysteriously disappearing. Once Flick realises what’s happening, she must race against time, travelling through uncharted worlds, seeking a way to fix Five Lights… before it collapses into nothingness – and takes our world with it. The first in a series.
Children’s fantasy | PBK | $16.99

The Girl and the Stars (Book of the Ice 01)
Lawrence, Mark
East of the Black Rock, out on the ice, lies a hole down which broken children are thrown… On the vastness of the ice, there is no room for individuals. No one survives alone. To resist the cold, to endure the months of night when even the air itself begins to freeze, requires a special breed. Variation is dangerous, difference is fatal. And Yaz is different. Torn from her family, from the boy she thought she would spend her life with, Yaz has to carve a new path for herself in a world whose existence she never suspected. A world full of danger. Beneath the ice, Yaz will learn that Abeth is older and stranger than she had ever imagined. She will learn that her weaknesses are another kind of strength. And she will learn to challenge the cruel arithmetic of survival that has always governed her people. Only when it’s darkest, can you see the stars. The first in a new series.
Grimdark fantasy | TP | $32.99

Holy Sister (Book of the Ancestor 03)
Lawrence, Mark
The ice is advancing, the Corridor narrowing, and the empire is under siege from the Scithrowl in the east, and the Durns in the west. Everywhere, the emperor’s armies are in retreat. Nona faces the final challenges that must be overcome, if she is to become a full sister in the order of her choice. But it seems unlikely that Nona and her friends will have time to earn a nun’s habit, before war is on their doorstep. Even a warrior, like Nona, cannot hope to turn the tide of war. The shiphearts offer strength that she might use to protect those she loves, but it’s a power that corrupts. A final battle is coming – in which she will be torn between friends, unable to save them all. A battle in which her own demons will try to unmake her. A battle in which hearts will be broken, lovers lost, thrones burned. The much-anticipated conclusion of the trilogy, following Red Sister and Grey Sister (PBK, $19.99 each).
Grimdark fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Eden
Lebbon, Tim
Earth’s rising oceans contain enormous islands of refuse, the Amazon rainforest is all-but destroyed, and countless species edge towards extinction. Humanity’s last hope to save the planet lies with the Virgin Zones, thirteen vast areas of land; off limits to people and given back to nature. Dylan leads a clandestine team of adventure racers, including his daughter Jenn, into Eden, the oldest of the Zones. Jenn carries a secret – Kat, Dylan’s wife who abandoned them both years ago, has entered Eden ahead of them. Jenn is determined to find her mother, but neither she nor the rest of their tight-knit team are prepared for what confronts them. Nature has returned to Eden in an elemental, primeval way. And here, nature is no longer humanity’s friend.
Eco thriller | PBK | $19.99

Of Ants and Dinosaurs
Liu, Cixin
The alliance between ants and dinosaurs created a veritable Age of Wonder! But such magnificent industry comes at a price – a price paid first by Earth’s biosphere… and then, by all those dependent on it. A satirical fable and ecological warning. In a sunlit clearing in central Gondwana, on an otherwise ordinary day in the late Cretaceous, the seeds of Earth’s first and greatest civilisation were sown in the grisly aftermath of a Tyrannosaurus’ lunch. Throughout the universe, intelligence is a rare and fragile commodity – a fleeting glimmer in the long night of cosmic history. That Earth should harbour not just one but two intelligent species at the same time, defies the odds. That these species, so unalike – and, yet, so complementary – should forge an alliance that kindled a civilisation defies logic. But time is endless, and everything comes to pass, eventually… The alliance between ants and dinosaurs, was of course, based on dentistry. Yet, from such humble beginnings came writing, mathematics, computers, fusion, antimatter and even space travel – a veritable Age of Wonder! But such magnificent industry comes at a price – a price paid first by Earth’s biosphere, and then by all those dependent on it. And yet the Dinosaurs refused to heed the Ants’ warning of impending ecological collapse, leaving the Ant Federation facing a single dilemma: destroy the dinosaurs, destroy a civilisation… or perish, alongside them? A satirical fable, a political allegory, and an ecological warning from the author of The Three-Body Problem (PBK, $19.99).
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

Unraveling
Lord, Karen
Dr Miranda Ecouvo, forensic therapist of the City, just helped put a serial killer behind bars. But she soon discovers that her investigation into seven unusual murders is not yet complete. A near-death experience throws her out of time and into a realm of labyrinths and spirits. There, she encounters brothers Chance and the Trickster, who have an otherworldly interest in the seemingly mundane crimes from her files. It appears the true mastermind behind the murders is still on the loose, chasing a myth to achieve immortality. Together, Miranda, Chance, and the Trickster must travel through conjured mazes, following threads of memory to locate the shadowy killer. As they journey deeper, they discover even more questions that will take pain and patience to answer. What is the price of power? Where is the path to redemption? And how can they stop the man – or monster – who would kill the innocent to live forever?
Fantasy | TP | $33.95

The Kingdom of Liars (Legacy of Mercenary Kings 01)
Martell, Nick
Michael was branded a traitor and his family exiled from courtly life after his father, David Kingman, murdered the king’s nine-year-old son. Now, he survives by conning, cheating and duelling minor royals in a weak attempt to strike back at the world that abandoned him and his family, sure all the while that his father must be innocent… and aware that some powerful secret lurks in the hot white emptiness of his mind. So, when the opportunity arrives to return to court, via the most dangerous of the King’s royal council, Michael takes it, hoping for clues to unlock his hidden past. Instead, he’s going to find a royal family spiralling into a self-serving dictatorship, as beyond the walls gun-wielding rebels clash against magically trained militia. But if he can find his way to the truth, he could completely reverse the injustices which rule the Hollows… if Michael and his family can survive, long enough to see it… ‘An excellent fantasy debut, with engaging world building, and a good mix between action and character. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, and look forward to following Nick’s sure-to-be lengthy writing career.’ – Brandon Sanderson.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

The Challenger (Contender 02)
Matharu, Taran
In a realm of monsters and warriors, Cade is an unwilling contender in a deadly tournament controlled by the brutal alien overlord Abbadon. Cade may have won the first round, but the fight isn’t over yet. For his next battle he must duel a seven-foot-tall, clawed monster – the reigning champion of an alien race. Desperate for anything that may give him an advantage, Cade sets off on an expedition into the jungle to scavenge weaponry to help him win. But there he is captured by gladiators; and, before he knows it, he finds himself participating in a deadly new game where the prize is his freedom. Round two is about to begin… The sequel to The Chosen (PBK, $15.99).
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99

A Girl from Nowhere (Firewall trilogy 01)
Maxwell, James
Life in the wasteland is a constant struggle. No one knows it better than Taimin. Crippled, and with only his indomitable aunt to protect him, Taimin must learn to survive in a world scorched by two suns… frequented by raiders. But when Taimin discovers his homestead ransacked and his aunt killed, he sets off with one mission: to seek revenge against those who stole everything. With nowhere to call home, his hunt soon takes a turn when he meets a mystic, Selena, who convinces him to join her search for the fabled white city. Taimin and Selena both need refuge, and the white city is a place where Taimin may find someone to heal his childhood injury. As they avoid relentless danger, Taimin and Selena attempt to reach the one place that promises salvation. And they can only hope that the city is the haven they need it to be…
Fantasy | TP | $31.95

The Ruthless (Deathless 02)
Newman, Peter
For years, Vasin Sapphire has been waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. Now, as other Deathless families come under constant assault from the monsters that roam the Wild, that time has come. In the floating castle of Rochant Sapphire, loyal subjects await the ceremony to return their ruler to his rightful place. But the child raised to give up his body to Lord Rochant is no ordinary servant. Strange and savage, he will stop at nothing to escape his gilded prison. Far below, another child yearns to see the human world. Raised by a creature of the Wild, he knows their secrets better than any other. As he enters into the struggle between the Deathless houses, he may be the key to protecting their power; or destroying it, completely. The sequel to The Deathless (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The Pursuit of William Abbey
North, Claire
‘I was cursed in Natal, in 1884. I stood by, as a boy was beaten to death by a mob. His mother cursed us all by truth and by blood, but the shadow took to me, and we have been together since.’ South Africa, 1884. William Abbey, an English doctor, watches white colonists lynch a Zulu child. As the boy dies, his mother curses William: wherever he goes, the shadow of her son will follow him. It will never stop, never rest. It can cross oceans and mountains. And if it catches him, the person he loves most in the world will die… But, to those in power, William’s curse might be a blessing; and, as the world slides towards war, William must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice, in order to survive. Exploring themes of colonialism and guilt, Claire North’s moving, thought-provoking, and utterly-gripping new novel proves again that she is one of the most original and innovative voices in modern fiction. Now in paperback. Recommended!
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Debt of Honor (Embers of War 01)
Nuttall, Christopher G
A year ago, the war against the Theocracy ended. But it didn’t bring peace. Admiral Kat Falcone was lucky – her side won the war. But without an external threat, Kat’s homeworld government, the Commonwealth, begins to burst. The galactic war may be over, but there is a civil war on the horizon. The king and parliament disagree over the Commonwealth’s future. The Commonwealth’s first recession is plaguing corporations. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs. And the colonies are demanding their share of power. The Commonwealth has become a ticking time bomb, just waiting to explode. Meanwhile, the Theocracy is making one final, desperate bid for power. As the external threat looms and the internal threat grows ever larger, Kat and William will need to join forces in order to save the Commonwealth. But it may already be too late. The first in a new series; continuing Kat Falcone’s adventures – in the aftermath of the Angel in the Whirlwind series, which begins with The Oncoming Storm (TP, $31.95).
Military SF | TP | $31.95

Cursed (anthology)
O’Regan, Marie & Kane, Paul (editors)
It’s a prick of blood, the bite of an apple, the evil eye, a wedding ring, or a pair of red shoes. Curses come in all shapes and sizes, and they can happen to anyone, not just those of us with unpopular stepparents… Here, you’ll find unique twists on curses, from fairy tale classics to brand-new hexes of the modern world – expect new monsters and mythologies, as well as twists on well-loved fables. Stories to shock and stories of warning, stories of monsters and stories of magic. Twenty curses, old and new, from fantasy authors such as Neil Gaiman, Christina Henry, M R Carey, Charlie Jane Anders; and featuring an acclaimed new story from ‘our own’ Angela Slatter.
Dark fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Driving the Deep (Finder Chronicles 02)
Palmer, Suzanne
As a professional finder, Fergus Ferguson is hired to locate missing objects and steal them back. But it is rarely so simple, especially after his latest job in Cernee. He’s been recovering from that experience in the company of friends, the Shipmakers of Pluto, experts at crafting top-of-the-line AI spaceships. The Shipmakers have convinced Fergus to finally deal with unfinished business he’s been avoiding for half his life: Earth. Fergus hasn’t been back to his homeworld, since he was fifteen – when he stole his cousin’s motorcycle, and ran away. It was his first theft; and nothing he’s stolen, since, has been anywhere near so easy… or weighed, so heavily, on his conscience. Many years and many jobs later, Fergus reluctantly agrees that now is the time, to return the motorcycle and face his family. Unfortunately, someone has gotten to the motorcycle, before him. And before he can figure out where it went and why the storage unit that held it is now filled with priceless, stolen art, the Shipyard is attacked. His friends are missing, presumably kidnapped. Accompanied by an untrustworthy detective – who suspects Fergus is the art thief – and the sole friend who escaped the attack, Fergus must follow the tenuous clues to locate and save his friends. The trail leads them to Enceladus, where Fergus plans to go undercover to the research stations that lie beneath the moon’s thick ice sheet deep in a dark, oppressive ocean. But all movement and personnel are watched, and the limited ways through the thick ice of the moon’s surface are dangerous and highly monitored. Even if Fergus can manage to find proof that his friends are there and alive, getting out again is going to be a lot more complicated, than he bargained for. The sequel to Finder (PBK, $22.95).
Space opera | HC | $55.00

NeuroScience Fiction: from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Inception, How Neuroscience
Is Transforming Sci-Fi Into Reality – While Challenging Our Beliefs About the Mind,
Machines, and What Makes Us Human

Quiroga, Rodrigo Quian
What if science fiction stopped being fiction? Developments in neuroscience are turning sci-fi scenarios into reality, and causing us to revisit some of the philosophical questions we have been asking ourselves for centuries. Science fiction often takes its inspiration from the latest science… and our oldest questions. After all, the two are inextricably linked. At a time when advances in artificial intelligence are genuinely leading us closer to a computer that thinks like a human, we can’t help but wonder: What makes a person a person? Countless writers and filmmakers have created futuristic scenarios to explore this issue and others like it. But these scenarios may not be so futuristic, after all. In the movie Inception, a group of conspirators implants false memories; in Until the End of the World, a mad scientist is able to read dreams; in 2001: A Space Odyssey, a supercomputer feels and thinks like a person. And, in recent years, the achievements described in leading scientific journals have included some that might sound familiar: implanting memories using optogenetics, reading the mind during sleep thanks to advanced decoding algorithms, and creating a computer that uses deep neural networks to surpass the abilities of human thought. In NeuroScience Fiction, neuroscientist and author Rodrigo Quiroga reveals the futuristic present we are living in, showing how the far-out premises of 10 seminal science fiction movies are being made possible by discoveries happening right now, on the cutting edge of neuroscience. He also explores the thorny philosophical problems raised as a result, diving into Minority Report and free will; The Matrix and the illusion of reality; Blade Runner and android emotion, and more. A heady mix of science fiction, neuroscience, and philosophy, NeuroScience Fiction takes us from Vanilla Sky to neural research labs, and from Planet of the Apes to what makes us human. This is a book you’ll be thinking about, long after the last page – and, once you’ve read it, you’ll never watch a sci-fi blockbuster the same way, again.
Science fiction reference | TP | $32.99

The Last Wish (Introducing the Witcher)
Sapkowski, Andrzej
Geralt of Rivia is a Witcher, a man whose magic powers and lifelong training have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet, he is no ordinary killer: he hunts the vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. But not everything monstrous looking is evil; not everything fair is good… and, in every fairy tale, there is a grain of truth. A reissue with new cover art.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

Sword of Destiny (Tales of the Witcher)
Sapkowski, Andrzej
Join Geralt, as he battles monsters, demons, and prejudices, alike… A reissue with new cover art.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

Blood of Elves (Witcher 01)
Sapkowski, Andrzej
For more than a hundred years, humans, dwarves, gnomes and elves lived together, in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over and, now, the races are fighting once again – killing their own kind and each other. Into this tumultuous time is born a child of prophecy, Ciri, surviving heiress of a bloody revolution, whose strange abilities can change the world – for good, or for evil… As the threat of war hangs over the land, Geralt the Witcher must protect Ciri from those who are hunting the child for her destructive power. But this time, Geralt may have met his match. A reissue with new cover art.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

Time of Contempt (Witcher 02)
Sapkowski, Andrzej
The kings and armies are manoeuvring for position, each fearing invasion from across the river, each fearing their neighbours more. Intrigue, dissent and rebellion fester on all sides. After decades of oppression, the elves and other races are fighting each other and attacking the humans – and with growing numbers preparing for battle, the threat of all-out war looms ever greater. Against this backdrop of fear, Geralt and Yennefer must protect Ciri, the orphaned heir, who is sought by all sides. For the child of prophecy has the power to change the world – if she lives to use it. A reissue with new cover art.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

Baptism of Fire (Witcher 03)
Sapkowski, Andrzej
The Wizards’ Guild has been shattered by a coup and, in the uproar, Geralt was seriously injured. The Witcher is supposed to be a guardian of the innocent, a protector of those in need, a defender against powerful and dangerous monsters that prey on men in dark times. But, now that dark times have fallen upon the world, Geralt is helpless – until he has recovered from his injuries. While war rages across all of the lands, the future of magic is under threat and those sorcerers who survive are determined to protect it. It’s an impossible situation in which to find one girl – Ciri, the heiress to the throne of Cintra, has vanished – until a rumour places her in the Niflgaard court, preparing to marry the Emperor. Injured or not, Geralt has a rescue mission on his hands. A reissue with new cover art.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

The Tower of the Swallow (Witcher 04)
Sapkowski, Andrzej
The world has fallen into war. Ciri, the child of prophecy, has vanished. Hunted by friends and foes alike, she has taken on the guise of a petty bandit and lives free for the first time in her life. But the net around her is closing. Geralt, the Witcher, has assembled a group of allies determined to rescue her. Both sides of the war have sent brutal mercenaries to hunt her down. Her crimes have made her famous. There is only one place left to run. The tower of the swallow is waiting… A reissue with new cover art.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

The Lady of the Lake (Witcher 05)
Sapkowski, Andrzej
After walking through a portal in the Tower of the Swallow, thus narrowly escaping death, the Witcher girl, Ciri, finds herself in a completely different world… a world of the Elves. She is trapped with no way out. Time does not seem to exist and there are no obvious borders or portals to cross back into her home world. But this is Ciri, the child of prophecy, and she will not be defeated. She knows she must escape, to finally rejoin the Witcher, Geralt, and his companions – and also to try to conquer her worst nightmare. Leo Bonhart, the man who chased, wounded and tortured Ciri, is still on her trail. And the world is still at war. A reissue with new cover art.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

Season of Storms (Tales of the Witcher)
Sapkowski, Andrzej
Geralt. The witcher whose mission is to protect ordinary people from the monsters created with magic. A mutant, who has the task of killing unnatural beings. He uses a magical sign, potions and the pride of every witcher – two swords, steel and silver. But what would happen if Geralt lost his weapons? Geralt fights, travels and loves again, Dandelion sings and flies from trouble to trouble, sorcerers are scheming… and across the whole world clouds are gathering. The season of storms is coming… A reissue with new cover art.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

A Witch in Time (Halflife Chronicles 05)
Simmons, Wm Mark
Years back, a blood transfusion with a member of the undead left Christopher Cséjthe a half-vampire. Since that time, he’s gone mano y monster with zombies, werewolves, master vampires, and creatures from the Cthulhu Lagoon – not to mention an immortal Nazi, an ancient Babylonian demon, a six-thousand-year-old necromancer, voodoo queen Marie Laveau, the mad monk Rasputin, and a couple of the Great Old Ones. As founder of After Dark Investigations, he’s seen his fair share of the seedy side of the supernatural world. He’s saved New Orleans from total destruction, in the past. And lost his family to another temporal realm. To add insult to injury, someone cut the gas line of his SUV and then ran over him with a semi-truck, while he tried to get a tow. But this is the third time, Chris has died. It’s old hat, at this point for him. Now, awakened in a world he doesn’t quite recognise, he’ll have to use his wits to, once again, keep the supernatural world at bay. Interpol is interested in some of his associations with Vlad Drakul’s grandson – better known as Dracula – and a trio of witches from Greek myth want him dead – and, for good, this time. Bad enough. But what’s worse… is that the IRS is looking into his tax returns and not at all liking what they find. Now, that’s really terrifying.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $22.95

Burn-In (Real Robotic Revolution)
Singer, P W & Cole, August
America is on the brink of a revolution, one both technological and political. The science fiction of AI and robotics has finally come true, but millions are angry and fearful that the future has left them behind. After narrowly stopping a bombing at Washington’s Union Station, FBI Special Agent Lara Keegan receives a new assignment: to field test an advanced police robot. As a series of shocking catastrophes unfolds, the two find themselves investigating a conspiracy whose mastermind is using cutting-edge tech to rip the nation apart. To stop this new breed of terrorist, their only hope is to forge a new type of partnership.
Science fiction | HC | $57.95

The Ranger of Marzanna (Goddess War 01)
Skovron, Jon
Two siblings. Two nations. One war, for it all. Sonya is training to be a Ranger of Marzanna, an ancient sect of warriors who have protected the land for generations. But the old ways are dying, and the rangers have all been forced into hiding or killed off by the invading Empire. When her father is murdered by imperial soldiers, she decides to finally take action. Using her skills as a ranger she will travel across the bitter cold tundra and gain the allegiance of the only other force strong enough to take down the invaders. But nothing about her quest will be easy. Her brother, Sebastian, is the most powerful sorcerer the world has ever seen. And he’s fighting for the empire. The first in a new series.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Bloodleaf (Bloodleaf trilogy 01)
Smith, Crystal
Aurelia is a princess, but they call her a witch. Surrounded by spirits and burdened with forbidden magic, she lives in constant fear of discovery by the witch-hunting Tribunal and their bloodthirsty mobs. When a devastating assassination attempt reveals her magical abilities, Aurelia is forced to flee her country, with nothing but her life. Alone and adrift in an enemy kingdom, Aurelia plans her revenge against the Tribunal, desperate to bring down the dark organisation that has wrought terror upon her people for hundreds of years. But there’s something deeply amiss in her new home, too, and soon she finds herself swept into a deadly new mystery with a secretive prince, the ghost of an ancient queen, and a poison vine called Bloodleaf. Aurelia is entangled in a centuries-long game of love, power, and war, and if she can’t break free before the Tribunal makes its last move, she may lose far more than her crown. The first in a series.
YA fantasy | PBK | $24.95

Night of the Billionaire Wolf (Billionaire Wolf 03)
Spear, Terry
It’s not easy being a billionaire, a wolf shifter, and a woman… Lexi Summerfield built her business from the ground up. But with great wealth comes great responsibility, and some drawbacks Lexi could not have anticipated. Lexi never knows who she can trust… Even on vacation, Lexi has a hard time trying to relax. And, for good reason – the paparazzi are dogging her, and so is someone else with evil intent. Then Lexi meets bodyguard and grey wolf shifter Ryder Gallagher, who’s also vacationing at Redwood National Park. When the two run into each other on the hiking trails, and then serendipitously rescue two bear cubs; Lexi feels safe, for the first time in… she can’t remember when. But secrets have a way of surfacing… With the danger around Lexi escalating, Ryder will do whatever it takes, to stay by her side…
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99

Tales from the Loop (graphic novel)
Stålenhag, Simon
These are the tales of an extraordinary journey: from the small towns of Sweden to the deserts of Nevada, to the bitter chill of Siberia. A journey where children make friends with abandoned robots… in a world where dinosaurs roam freely. These are the Tales from the Loop. Stories told in both words and haunting illustrations, Tales From the Loop captures a not-too-distant reality that is both haunting and imminent: addressing the many ways developing technology and nature can create havoc and wonder in our world… and the hope we might still find in that future.
Post-apocalyptic | HC | $19.99

The Electric State (graphic novel)
Stålenhag, Simon
Set in a post-apocalyptic 1997, The Electric State is the story of Michelle – who, accompanied by her toy robot, Skip, sets out across the western United States in a stolen car to find her missing brother. Told in achingly melancholy, spare prose and featuring almost a hundred gorgeous, full-colour illustrations, The Electric State is a novel like no other.
Post-apocalyptic | HC | $45.00

The Home
Strandberg, Mats
When Joel’s mother Monika develops dementia, he has no choice but to return to his hometown. Monika needs specialist care, and that means Pineshade – which also means Joel is going to have to deal with his one-time best friend, for Nina works there. It’s not long before Monika’s health deteriorates – she starts having violent, terrifying outbursts; and, worse, she appears to know things she couldn’t possibly know. It’s almost as if she isn’t herself, any more… but, of course, that’s true of most of the residents at Pineshade. Only Nina and Joel know Monika well enough, to see the signs; only by working together can they try to find answers to the inexplicable…
Horror | TP | $32.99

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, with Pearl and Sir Orfeo (deluxe slipcased edition)
Tolkien, J R R
‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’ and ‘Pearl’ are two poems by an unknown author, written in about 1400. ‘Sir Gawain’ is a romance, a fairy tale for adults, full of life and colour; but it is also much more than this, being at the same time a powerful moral tale which examines religious and social values. ‘Pearl’ is apparently an elegy on the death of a child, a poem pervaded with a sense of great personal loss: but, like ‘Gawain’ it is also a sophisticated and moving debate on much less tangible matters. ‘Sir Orfeo’ is a slighter romance, belonging to an earlier and different tradition. It was a special favourite of Tolkien’s. The three translations represent the complete rhyme and alliterative schemes of the originals.
Tolkien | HC | $159.99

The Fall of Gondolin
Tolkien, J R R & Christopher; Lee, Alan (illustrator)
In this tale are two of the greatest powers in the world. There is Morgoth of the uttermost evil, unseen in this story but ruling over a vast military power from his fortress of Angband. Deeply opposed to Morgoth is Ulmo, second in might only to Manwë, chief of the Valar. Central to this enmity of the gods is the city of Gondolin, beautiful but undiscoverable. It was built and peopled by Noldorin Elves – who, when they dwelt in Valinor, the land of the gods, rebelled against their rule and fled to Middle-earth. Turgon King of Gondolin is hated and feared above all his enemies by Morgoth, who seeks in vain to discover the marvellously hidden city, while the gods in Valinor in heated debate largely refuse to intervene in support of Ulmo’s desires and designs. Into this world comes Tuor, cousin of Túrin, the instrument of Ulmo’s designs. Guided unseen by him Tuor sets out from the land of his birth on the fearful journey to Gondolin, and in one of the most arresting moments in the history of Middle-earth, the sea-god, himself, appears to him – rising out of the ocean in the midst of a storm. In Gondolin he becomes great; he is wedded to Idril, Turgon’s daughter, and their son is Eärendel, whose birth and profound importance in days to come is foreseen by Ulmo. At last, comes the terrible ending. Morgoth learns through an act of supreme treachery all that he needs to mount a devastating attack on the city, with Balrogs and dragons and numberless Orcs. After a minutely-observed account of the fall of Gondolin, the tale ends with the escape of Tuor and Idril, with the child Eärendel, looking back from a cleft in the mountains as they flee southward, at the blazing wreckage of their city. They were journeying into a new story, the Tale of Eärendel, which Tolkien never wrote, but which is sketched out in this book from other sources. Following his presentation of Beren and Lúthien, Christopher Tolkien has used the same ‘history in sequence’ mode in the writing of this edition of The Fall of Gondolin. In the words of J R R Tolkien, this was ‘the first real story of this imaginary world’ and, together with Beren and Lúthien and The Children of Húrin, he regarded it as one of the three ‘Great Tales’ of the Elder Days. Now in paperback.
Tolkien | PBK | $19.99

Wolf Under Fire (Stat 01)
Tyler, Paige
Supernatural creatures are no longer keeping their existence secret from humans, causing panic around the globe. To investigate, monitor, and – when necessary – take down dangerous supernatural offenders, an international task force was established: The Special Threat Assessment Team. STAT agent Jestina Ridley is in London with her team investigating a suspicious kidnapping. Over her radio, Jes hears her teammates being savagely attacked. She runs to help, but she’s too late. The only survivor, Jes calls for backup and gets former Navy SEAL and alpha werewolf Jake Huang and his new pack. Convinced that the creature who butchered her teammates was a werewolf, Jes doesn’t trust them. But if they’re going to uncover the facts and make it back home alive, she’ll need Jake’s help. And with everything on the line, Jes will have to accept Jake for who he is, or lose the partner she never expected to find… The first in a series.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99

Hard Wired
Vlahos, Len
Quinn thinks he’s a normal fifteen-year-old. He plays video games, spends time with his friends, and crushes on a girl named Shea. But a shocking secret brings his entire world crashing down: he’s not a boy. He’s artificial intelligence. After Quinn ‘wakes up’, he sees his world was nothing more than a virtual construct. He’s the QUantum INtelligence Project, the first fully-aware AI in the world – part of a grand multibillion-dollar experiment led by the very man he believed to be his dead father. But as Quinn encounters the real world for the first time, his life becomes a nightmare. While the scientists continue to experiment on him, Quinn must come to grips with the truth: his mom and brother don’t exist. His friends are all adults who were paid to hang out with him. Even other super computers aren’t like him. Quinn finds himself completely alone – until he bonds with Shea, the real girl behind the virtual one. As Quinn explores what it means to truly live, he questions who he can trust. What will it take to win his freedom… and where does he belong?
YA science fiction | HC | $25.99

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? Now in paperback.
Science fiction | PBK | $24.95

War (House War 08)
West, Michelle
When the Sleepers wake. Once, that phrase meant: never. The Sleepers were a myth, part of a story told to children. But in truth, the Sleepers, ancient princes in the court of the Winter Queen, were imprisoned in slumber by the gods, themselves – in the cold, dark ruins of the ancient city that lies buried beneath the capitol of the Empire. And that prison is fraying, at last. They are waking. The gods no longer walk the world. There is no power that can stand against the princes when they wake – and the city that has been Jewel’s home for her entire life will be destroyed when the Sleepers walk. There is only one person to whom they owe allegiance, only one chance to halt them, before they destroy everything in their ancient rage. But that person is the Winter Queen; she is not, and has never been mortal. Jewel carries the last of the surviving saplings that might usher in a new Summer age – but all of the roads that lead to the court of the Queen are closed. Jewel ATerafin has faced the Oracle’s test. She has control of the prophetic powers that she once considered a curse and a burden. She will find her way to the Winter Queen, and she will ask – or beg – the Winter Queen to intervene to save her kind, her House, and everything she loves. But she is mortal, and time has never been her friend. The demons are waiting to bar her way, bringing battle to the hidden ancient paths on which she must travel. To win, she must face the true meaning of the Oracle’s test, and risk sanity and life to make the choice that has always lurked, at the heart of the firstborn’s test. And, even then, it might be too late. The final book in the House War series.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.95

Her Perilous Mansion
Williams, Sean
In a strange mansion, miles from anywhere, an orphan named Almanac and a twelfth daughter named Etta find themselves working – and bickering – side by side in the largely deserted rooms. But, soon, they realise that the house and its inhabitants are not quite what they seem, and there’s more at stake than just their jobs. Can they solve the puzzle of Her Perilous Mansion before it’s too late?
Children’s fantasy | PBK | $16.99

The Seared Lands (Dragon’s Legacy 03)
Wolf, Deborah A
In the days of the Sundering, Quarabala – the Seared Lands – were cursed by Akari Sun Dragon and scorched beyond all recognition. Now, a cruel place inhabited by nightmare beasts, the Seared Lands are home to a desperate few; and as fears of a second Sundering grow, these people look to greener lands. If no place is found for them, they will seize new lands from the soft hands of Those Who Dwell Above. They have nowhere else to go, they have nothing to lose… And, this time, they are not alone. The conclusion of the trilogy, which begins with The Dragon’s Legacy (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99