Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: November 2018

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in November 2018.

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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!

November 2018 includes new books by: Ben Aaronovitch, Nancy Holder, Mercedes Lackey, Richard Morgan, Natasha Ngan, Philip Pullman, Alastair Reynolds, Jessica Townsend, Corey J White… and many others.

New Science Fiction & Fantasy, November 2018

Lies Sleeping (PC Grant 07)
Aaronovitch, Ben
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. This fantastic urban fantasy series begins with Rivers of London (PBK, $19.99).
Urban fantasy | TP | $29.99

Friday Black (collection)
Adjei-Brenyah, Nana Kwame
Friday Black tackles urgent instances of racism and cultural unrest, and explores the many ways we fight for humanity in an unforgiving world. Adjei-Brenyah gives us an unstinting reckoning of the brutal prejudice of the US justice system; we see a far-too-easy-to-believe imagining of racism as sport; and witness the horrors of consumerism, and the toll it takes on us, all. Fresh, exciting, vital and contemporary, this collection will appeal to people who love Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad, the TV show Black Mirror, the work of Kurt Vonnegut and George Saunders, and anyone looking for stories that speak to the world we live in, now. ‘The writing in this outstanding collection will make you hurt, and demand your hope’ – Roxane Gay.
Short fiction collection | HC | $29.99

The Shadow Guests
Aiken, Joan
After the mysterious disappearance of his mother and older brother, Cosmo is sent away to live with his father’s eccentric cousin, and to a strange school where he is lost and lonely among his unfriendly classmates. Luckily, he can escape at weekends to the peace of his cousin’s ancient mill house, and the shadowy companions only he can see. But, then, he learns about the family curse, with which his visitors from the past seem to be connected. The ‘shadow guests’ welcome Cosmo’s help… but are their increasingly menacing activities linked to his own problems? A reissue of Aiken’s chilling, supernatural, time-slip adventure!
YA fantasy | PBK | $14.99

The Darkest Star
Armentrout, Jennifer L
Seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher knows, first hand, the devastating consequences of humanity’s war with the aliens. When she’s caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc – an unnaturally beautiful guy, she initially assumes is a Luxen… but he is, in fact, something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she’d only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head…
YA science fiction | PBK | $16.99

Tool of War (Ship Breaker 03)
Bacigalupi, Paolo
An attack on the Drowned Cities leaves Tool, a part-human, part-animal super-soldier with heightened physical abilities, on the run. His pack of compatriots is destroyed, and his only allies are humans whom he can’t afford to trust. ‘[D]elivers non-stop action, emotional bombs, and neck-twisting plot jolts, as well as examining moral issues of humanity versus their intelligent creations’ – Locus Magazine. The conclusion of the trilogy, after Ship Breaker and The Drowned Cities (PBK, $17.99 each)
YA dystopia | PBK | $19.99

In the Night Wood
Bailey, Dale
Failed father, failed husband, and failed scholar, Charles Hayden hopes to put his life back together with a new project: a biography of Caedmon Hollow, the long-dead author of a legendary Victorian children’s book, In the Night Wood, and forebear of his wife, Erin. Deep in mourning from the loss of their young daughter, they pack up their American lives, Erin gives up her legal practice, and the couple settles in Hollow’s remote Yorkshire mansion. In the neighbouring village, Charles meets a woman he might have loved, a child who could have been his own daughter, and the ghost of a self he hoped to bury. Erin, paralysed by her grief, immerses herself in pills and painting images of a horned terror in the woods. In the primeval forest surrounding Caedmon Hollow’s ancestral home, an ancient power is stirring, a long-forgotten king who haunts the Haydens’ dreams. And every morning the fringe of darkling trees presses closer. Soon enough, Charles and Erin will venture into the night wood. Soon enough, they’ll learn that the darkness under the trees is but a shadow of the darkness that waits inside us all.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Complicity
Banks, Iain
A few spliffs, a spot of mild S&M, phone through the copy for tomorrow’s front page, catch up with the latest from your mystery source – could be big, could be very big – in fact, just a regular day at the office for free-wheeling, substance-abusing Cameron Colley, a fully paid-up Gonzo hack on an Edinburgh newspaper. The source is pretty thin, but Cameron senses a scoop and checks out a series of bizarre deaths from a few years ago – only to find that the police are checking out a series of bizarre deaths that are happening right now. And Cameron just might know more about it than he’d care to admit… Involvement; connection; liability – Complicity is a stunting exploration of the morality of greed, corruption and violence, venturing fearlessly into the darker recesses of human purpose. The twenty-fifth anniversary edition of a modern classic: ‘ingenious, daring and brilliant’ – Guardian.
Fiction | PBK | $22.99

Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles: an Alphabettery
Becket & Geyer, Mark Edward (illustrator)
From A(kasha) to Z(enobia), An Alphabettery of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles gathers together, from all fifteen of the books in the series, the facts, details, story lines, genealogies of her characters, vampiric subjects, geographical influences, and cultural and individual histories, all of which Rice painstakingly researched and invented during her 40-year career – to date – through which she has enchanted and transported us. Here are concise, detailed biographies of every character, no matter how central or minor to the cosmology. Revealed are the intricacies and interconnectedness of characters and subjects throughout. We see how Akasha (Queen of Egypt and the first vampire) is connected to Mekare (the inheritor of the title of the Queen of the Damned), etc, and how these characters connect back to the darkest rebel outlaw of them all, Lestat de Lioncourt… And we see, as well, the ways in which Rice’s vampires have evolved from warring civilisations to isolated covens to a unified race of blood drinkers led by their hero-wanderer and sole monarch, Prince Lestat. For devoted and first-time Anne Rice readers alike, An Alphabettery of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles will be the holy grail of lore and revelation for those who have been, and continue to be, mesmerised by the worlds within worlds of these beloved tales of the undead.
Reference | TP | $35.00

Rowankind (Rowankind 03)
Bedford, Jacey
It’s 1802. A tenuous peace with France is making everyone jumpy. The Fae – and, therefore, Ross and Corwen, at their behest – have unfinished business with Mad King George, who may not be as mad as everyone thinks – or if he is, he’s mad in a magical way. The Fae have left mankind alone up to now, because they don’t care to get involved with mortals; but don’t be fooled into thinking they’re harmless. A sequel to Winterwood and Silverwolf (PBK, $21.95 each).
Historical fantasy | PBK | $21.95

King of the Road (Brotherhood of the Wheel 02)
Belcher, R S
A missing-person case leads to a string of roadside murders and mutilations that stretches back decades – and to a cult of murderous clowns who are far more than mere urban legends. Greasepaint and lunatic grins are the last things their victims ever see. And, as if that’s not trouble enough, trucker Jimmy Aussapile and his allies must also cope with a violent civil war within an outlaw biker gang long associated with the Brotherhood, as well as run-ins with a rival gang led by a fierce werewolf biker chick who fights tooth and claw to protect her pack. From Depression-era hobo camps, to a modern-day trailer park hiding unearthly secrets, fear lurks just beyond the headlights for the Kings of the Road. A sequel to The Brotherhood of the Wheel (TP, $24.99).
Urban fantasy | HC | $55.00

City of Broken Magic
Bolender, Mirah
Five hundred years ago, magi created a weapon they couldn’t control. An infestation that ate magic – and anything else it came into contact with. Enemies and allies were equally filling. Only an elite team of non-magical humans, known as sweepers, can defuse and dispose of infestations before they spread. Most die, before they finish training. Laura, a new team member, has stayed alive longer than most. Now, she’s the last – and only – sweeper standing between the city and a massive infestation.
Fantasy | TP | $22.99

Before the Devil Breaks You (Diviners 03)
Bray, Libba
After battling a supernatural sleeping sickness that nearly claimed two of their own, the Diviners are set to face off against an all-new terror. Out on desolate Ward’s Island, far from the city’s bustle, sits a mental hospital haunted by the lost souls of people long forgotten – ghosts, who have unusual and dangerous ties to the man in the stovepipe hat… also known as the King of Crows. With terrible accounts of murder and possession pushing New York City to the edge of panic, the Diviners must band together and brave the sinister forces invading the asylum – a fight that will bring them face-to-face with the King of Crows. Now, as explosive secrets from the past come to light and malevolent forces gather from every corner, love and loyalties will be tested, and the Diviners will find themselves in a deadly battle – for the very soul of the nation. The third book of the Diviners quartet, which began with The Diviners and Lair of Dreams (PBK, $17.99 each).
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Rachel and Leah (Women of Genesis 03)
Card, Orson Scott
Tracing their lives from childhood to maturity, Card shows how the women of Genesis change each other – and are changed again by the holy books that Jacob brings with him. Leah is the oldest daughter of Laban, whose ‘tender eyes’ prevent her from fully participating in the daily work of her nomadic family. Rachel is the spoiled younger daughter, the petted and privileged beauty of the family – or so it seems to Leah. There is also Bilhah, an orphan who is not quite a slave but not really a family member, a young woman desperately searching to fit in, and Zilpah, who knows only how to use her beauty to manipulate men as she strives to secure for herself something better than the life of drudgery and servitude into which she has been born. Into the desert camp comes Jacob, a handsome and charismatic kinsman who is clearly destined to be Rachel’s husband. But that doesn’t prevent the other women from vying for his attention. Ambition, jealousy, fear, and love motivate them as they compete to win the regard of Jacob, heir to the spiritual birthright of Abraham and Isaac.
Fantasy reissue | PBK | $22.99

Someone Like Me
Carey, M R
There are two sides to every story. Liz Kendall wouldn’t hurt a fly. Even when times get tough, she’s devoted to bringing up her kids in a loving home. But there’s another side to Liz, one that’s dark and malicious. She will do anything to get her way – no matter how extreme. And when her alter ego takes control, the consequences are devastating.
SF thriller | TP | $29.99

Wind Rider (Tales of a New World 03)
Cast, P C
Mari, Nik, and their newly-formed Pack are being hunted. Thaddeus and the God of Death will stop at nothing, until they are obliterated from the earth. But Mari and Nik have one goal: to reach the plains of the Wind Riders, in order to band together to stop Thaddeus from destroying all that Mari and Nik hold dear. But will the mysterious Wind Riders accept the Pack, or will Mari and Nik and their people be rejected by the mighty Riders… and be forced to flee, for their lives? And what happens when a rogue Lead Stallion gets too close to the Pack, rejecting all Wind Riders and turning to a stranger for companionship, instead? The third in the series, following Moon Chosen and Sun Warrior (PBK, $18.99 each).
YA fantasy | PBK | $18.99

The Game of Luck (Felicia Sevigny 03)
Cerveny, Catherine
The perfect society One Gov engineered from Earth’s ashes is beginning to crumble. As social unrest and dissatisfaction spread throughout the tri-system, One Gov struggles to maintain order, and a single misstep could see civilisation spiralling into chaos. During this dark time, Felicia Sevigny is eager to use her card-reading ability, and new position with One Gov, to help restore peace. But she soon learns that the game of politics is a dangerous one, and being married to Alexei Petriv, head of the Tsarist Consortium and One Gov’s biggest rival, is not necessarily a hand in her favour. When members of her family begin to disappear, the stakes skyrocket. There are those, who would stop at nothing for the chance to exploit Felicia’s luck gene to seize power all over the tri-system. And as the threat of revolution seems imminent, it may be that this time, nothing will be enough to keep Felicia and everyone she loves safe – not even luck. A sequel to The Rule of Luck and The Chaos of Luck (PBK, $22.99 each).
SF adventure | PBK | $22.99)

Loyalty (Anarchy 02)
Devos, Megan
With Grace left reeling from choosing between Hayden and her family, she knows she needs to accept her decision. Meanwhile as the youngest leader of Blackwing, Hayden is coping with the demands placed on him to keep the camp alive. Can he protect his friends from their violent rivals? And should he trust himself to do the right thing? The sequel to Anarchy (PBK, $19.99).
YA dystopia | PBK | $19.99

Distortion (Phobos trilogy 02)
Dixen, Victor
Six girls, six boys: looking for glory and romance on Mars… They thought they were masters of their destiny. They are the twelve pioneers of the Genesis programme. They thought they were taking part in the most extraordinary of missions. In fact, they are the victims of the cruellest of plots. Leonor was looking for glory – and love – on Mars. She thought she would be able to open her heart, there. But what she has done is open up a Pandora’s box of her past…
YA science fiction | PBK | $19.99

The Witches of St Petersburg
Edwards-Jones, Imogen
The Russian Empire is on the verge of collapse. Revolution is in the air. The starving stalk the streets of St Petersburg; and, yet, the Imperial Court still commute between their estates and organise their lavish balls. Two sisters arrive in the city. Princesses from Montenegro; they are famed for their wild beauty and mystical powers… Initially ridiculed and outcast as the daughters of a provincial ‘Goat King’, they react in the only way they know how. They befriend the isolated Tsarina Alexandra and, using their gifts, they help her in her increasingly desperate quest to give birth to a son and heir. The circle closes. The girls are the gateway. Gurus, clairvoyants, holy fools and charlatans all try their luck. Then in one last, doomed, throw of the dice, the sisters introduce Rasputin into the Russian Court…
Magical realism | TP | $29.99

Rejoice (First Contact 01)
Erikson, Steven
An alien AI has been sent to the solar system as representative of three advanced species. Its mission is to save the Earth’s ecosystem – and the biggest threat to that is humanity. But we are also part of the system, so the AI must make a choice. Should it save mankind or wipe it out? Are we worth it? The AI is all powerful, and might as well be a god. So, it sets up some conditions. Violence is now impossible. Large-scale destruction of natural resources is impossible. Food and water will be provided for those who really, truly need them. You can’t even bully someone on the internet, any more. The old way of doing things is gone. But a certain thin-skinned US president, among others, is still wedded to late-stage capitalism. Can we adapt? Can we prove ourselves worthy? And are we prepared to give up free will for a world without violence? And, above it all – on a hidden spaceship – one woman watches. A science fiction writer, she was abducted from the middle of the street in broad daylight. She is the only person the AI will talk to. And she must make a decision. The first in a new series from the author of The Malazan Book of the Fallen.
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

Deadhouse Landing (Malazan Empire: Path to Ascendancy 02)
Esslemont, Ian C
Dancer faces a hard choice: should he give up on his partnership? Especially when the fellow’s obsession with shadows and ancient artefacts brings the both of them alarmingly close to death and destruction. After all, who in his right mind would actually wish to enter an Elder mystery known to everyone as the ‘Deadhouse’?
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Leopard’s Run (Leopard People 11)
Feehan, Christine
Timur Amurov has one purpose in life: protect his family at all costs. With lethal skills honed from a violent upbringing, Timur is a leopard shifter, who sees any newcomers as possible threats; and the petite blond barista – whom his sister-in-law Evangeline has hired, to work in her bakery – is definitely hiding something. While Timur still needs to determine if Ashe is an enemy, he does know that she is the only woman whose presence has ever truly calmed the beast roaring inside of him. Ashe Bronte is well aware she has a type: sexy, gorgeous and dangerous as hell. Despite the fact that Timur is all those things, and more, Ashe is in San Antonio for reasons that do not involve getting wild with a ruthless leopard – and she cannot afford to make any mistakes. But Timur has ignited something deep within her, and although she knows she should keep her distance, every move she makes has her craving for a taste…
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99

All the Plagues of Hell (Heirs of Alexandria 06)
Flint, Eric & Freer, Dave
Orkise is loose. The snake-god of plague has been awakened, by Lucia del Maino – the bastard daughter of the recently-overthrown duke of Milan, Phillipo Visconti. With the venomous magic of Orkise at her command, Lucia plots to marry and then murder the usurper who now rules Milan, the condottiere Carlo Sforza – known to friend and foe, alike, as the Wolf the North. Other trouble is brewing, as well. Sforza has his own bastard, Benito Valdosta – who is returning to Venice, after having conquered the Byzantine empire. Benito has a score to settle with his father, and he will have the help of his half-brother Marco, who is the embodiment of ancient Etruria’s mighty Winged Lion of Saint Mark. Adding further to Sforza’s predicament, yet another power has entered the fray. The terrifying sorcerer Count Mindaug has decided to settle in Milan. Will he ally with Sforza, or oppose him? Either will bring trouble, for if Mindaug aids the usurper he will arouse the fury of the Holy Roman Empire and the Knights of the Holy Trinity. Both of those great forces have sworn to destroy Mindaug and anyone who shelters him. On his side, Sforza has only the skill and cunning of his physician, Francisco Turner – who is on good terms with the Valdosta brothers and may be able to neutralise Venetian hostility. But even if he can, will that be enough to save the Wolf of the North? For out there, in the countryside of northern Italy, Orkise is uncoiling all the plagues of hell.
Fantasy | HC | $49.95

Heroes: Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures
Fry, Stephen
The companion volume to the bestselling Mythos (PBK, $24.99). There are heroes – and then there are Greek heroes.
Mythology | TP | $35.00

They Promised Me the Gun Wasn’t Loaded (All Those Explosions 02)
Gardner, James Alan
Only days have passed since a freak accident granted four college students superhuman powers. Now, Jools and her friends (who haven’t even picked out a name for their superhero team yet) get caught up in the hunt for a Mad Genius’ misplaced super-weapon. But when Jools falls in with a modern-day Robin Hood and his band of super-powered Merry Men, she finds it hard to sort out the Good Guys from the Bad Guys – and to figure out which side she truly belongs on. Especially since nobody knows exactly what the Gun does. A follow-up to All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault (PBK, $26.99).
Urban fantasy | PBK | $24.99

The Blue Salt Road
Harris, Joanne M & Hawkins, Bonnie (illustrator)
Passion drew him to a new world, and trickery has kept him there – without his memories, separated from his own people. But as he finds his way in this dangerous new way of life, so he learns that his notions of home, and your people, might not be as fixed as he believed. A perfect Christmas read, this combines the harshness of nature with the spookiness of a ghost story and the comfort of a great folk tale.
Fairy tale | HC | $29.99

Big Damn Hero (Firefly series)
Holder, Nancy
The Battle of Serenity Valley was the turning point that led the Independents to their defeat at the hands of the Alliance. Yet, the Browncoats had held the valley for weeks against all odds, before being ordered to lay down their arms. Command stated they refused to send in airpower, because the ground war was ‘too hot’. But the soldiers who were there insist that was not true… While picking up a new cargo on Persephone, Captain Malcolm Reynolds is kidnapped by a bunch of embittered veteran Browncoats who suspect him of sabotaging the Independents during the war. As the rest of the crew struggle to locate him, Mal is placed on trial for his life, fighting compelling evidence that someone did indeed betray them to the Alliance, all those years ago. As old comrades and old rivals crawl out of the woodwork, Mal must prove his innocence, but his captors are desperate and destitute, and will settle for nothing less than the culprit’s blood. The first original novel tying into the critically-acclaimed and much-missed Firefly series from creator Joss Whedon.
Western SF/media-related | HC | $44.95

The Dark Intercept (Dark Intercept 01)
Keller, Julia
The earth is in ruins. Years of warfare, plague, and disaster have ravaged the planet and driven its people into despair. The powerful and wealthy have abandoned Earth and created New Earth, a utopia in the sky where the last of the elite can start fresh. On New Earth, citizens are free from danger thanks to a surveillance device that lives beneath their skin. A device that keeps their new home crime free – through meticulous emotional surveillance. A device called the Intercept. Violet Crowley has never gone hungry. She’s endured neither violence nor fear. As the only daughter of New Earth’s Founding Father, Violet has spent her entire life in comfort and safety. That is, until her friend, colleague, and long-time crush, Danny Mayhew, gets into a deadly altercation on the streets of Old Earth. In an instant, Violet risks her father’s fury and intercedes to rescue Danny. When Danny can’t explain his actions, Violet launches a secret investigation to find out what he’s hiding. An investigation that will lead her to question everything she’s ever known about Danny, her father, and the power of the Intercept.
YA science fiction | PBK | $14.99

Dark Mind Rising (Dark Intercept 02)
Keller, Julia
New Earth, 2296. Two years after the destruction of a universal surveillance system, called the Intercept, New Earth struggles to keep crime under control. The citizens are free, but not protected. Violet Crowley, the eighteen-year-old daughter of New Earth’s founder, has opened Crowley & Associates, a private detective agency, to handle the overflow from the overburdened police force. Violet’s first case – a death written off as a suicide – becomes an obsession. Soon, a series of similar deaths leads Violet to believe the Intercept is not only still running – it’s in the hands of a killer.
YA science fiction | HC | $24.99

Elevation (novella)
King, Stephen
Castle Rock is a small town, where word gets around quickly. That’s why Scott Carey wants to confide only in his friend Dr Bob Ellis about his strange condition: he’s losing weight, without getting thinner, and the scales register the same when he is in his clothes or out of them, however heavy they are. Scott also has new neighbours, who have opened a ‘fine-dining experience’ in town, although it’s an experience being shunned by the locals; Deidre McComb and her wife Missy Donaldson don’t exactly fit in with the community’s expectations. And, now, Scott seems trapped in a feud with the couple over their dogs dropping their business on his lawn. Missy may be friendly, but Deidre is cold as ice. As the town prepares for its annual Thanksgiving 12k run, Scott starts to understand the prejudices his neighbours face and he tries to help. Unlikely alliances form and the mystery of Scott’s affliction brings out the best in people, who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.
Castle Rock | HC | $29.99

The Night Lies Bleeding (Wolfsangel Cycle 05)
Lachlan, M D
The world is at war, again. London is suffering from the German Blitz. For one immortal werewolf, the war means little. He knows he will soon have to give up his identity, once more, begin a new life. Before the wolf emerges. But a chance conversation leads him to the scene of a gruesome murder, and the realisation that another war is being fought. The runes want to be together, and when they are – the wolf’s story will end. And, in Germany, one weak-willed doctor finds himself caught up in the Third Reich’s fascination with the occult and the Norse myths. They believe that the runes will bring them power, and wish to abuse them… for their own ends. And if they succeed, Ragnarok will come. The final volume of the series which began with Wolfsangel (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Apex (Hunter 03)
Lackey, Mercedes
Joy must uncover a deadly conspiracy at the heart of Apex City – and lead her fellow Hunters to victory, in the final confrontation with the dangerous Othersiders. The preceding novels are Hunter and Elite (PBK, $18.99 each).
YA fantasy | PBK | $18.99

Choices: All-New Tales of Valdemar (anthology)
Lackey, Mercedes (editor)
The 12th anthology of short stories set in the beloved Valdemar universe, featuring stories by 23 debut and established authors and a brand-new story from Lackey, herself.
Valdemar | PBK | $21.95

Miss Marley: the Untold Story of Jacob Marley’s Sister
Lafaye, Vanessa
Orphans Clara and Jacob Marley live by their wits, scavenging for scraps in the poorest alleyways of London, in the shadow of the workhouse. Every night, Jake promises his little sister, ‘tomorrow will be better’; and when the chance to escape poverty comes their way, he seizes it, despite the terrible price. And, so, Jacob Marley is set on a path that leads to his infamous partnership with Ebenezer Scrooge. As Jacob builds a fortress of wealth to keep the world out, only Clara can warn him of the hideous fate that awaits him, if he refuses to let love and kindness into his heart…
Dickensiana | HC | $14.99

The Beasts of Grimheart (Five Realms 03)
Larwood, Kieran
Podkin, Paz, and Pook – once again – find their home under threat… but, this time, they are ready to fight! The Gorm are razing the forest, in order to flush out the Dark Hollow rabbits; so, Podkin and the others leave for Sparrowfast – to ask their uncle for the use of his magic bow. It’s the one weapon that could save them, all. But as they flee into the forest depths, it seems they have been betrayed… The previous Five Realms books are: The Legend of Podkin One-Ear and The Gift of Dark Hollow (PBK, $14.99 each).
Children’s fantasy | HC | $19.99

The Witch Who Courted Death
Lewis, Maria
Considering her status as the world’s most powerful medium, Casper von Klitzing and her twin brother, Baristan, have lived a pretty normal life – until now. After a horrific incident in her home city of Berlin, orchestrated by the mysterious Oct, Casper is consumed with vengeance towards an enemy she doesn’t understand. But the only other person ever to escape Oct was a witch – and so Casper is soon on her trail. But this witch does not want to be found. Diving headfirst into the supernaturally secretive world of spells, charms and covens, it’s not long before Casper is crossing more than just the line between the living and the dead…
Urban fantasy | TP | $29.99

Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass 07)
Maas, Sarah J
Aelin Galathynius’ journey from slave to assassin to queen reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world… She has risked everything to save her people – but at a tremendous cost. Locked in an iron coffin, by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will to endure the months of torture inflicted upon her. The knowledge that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, but her resolve is unravelling with each passing day… With Aelin imprisoned, Aedion and Lysandra are the last line of defence keeping Terrasen from utter destruction. But even the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save the kingdom. Scattered throughout the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian must forge their own paths – to meet their destinies. And, across the sea, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen – before she is lost to him. Some bonds will deepen and others be severed, forever; but as the threads of fate weave together, at last, all must fight if they are to find salvation – and a better world. The thrilling conclusion to the series beginning with Throne of Glass (PBK, $17.99).
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Archenemies (Renegades 02)
Meyer, Marissa
Nova’s double life is about to get a lot more complicated: As Insomnia, she is a full-fledged member of the Renegades, a syndicate of powerful and beloved superheroes. She works with Adrian’s patrol unit to protect the weak and maintain order in Gatlon City. As Nightmare, she is an Anarchist – a member of a group of villains who are determined to destroy the Renegades. Nova wants vengeance against the so-called heroes who once failed her when she needed them most. But, as Nova, her feelings for Adrian are deepening, despite the fact that he is the son of her sworn enemies. Nova, Adrian, and the rest of their crew are faced with escalating crime in Gatlon City, while covert weapons and conflicting missions have Nova and Adrian questioning not only their beliefs about justice, but also the feelings they have for one another. The line between good and evil has been blurred, but what’s clear to them both is that too much power could mean the end of their city – and the world – as they know it. The sequel to Renegades (PBK, $18.99).
YA urban fantasy | PBK | $18.99

Thin Air
Morgan, Richard
An ex-corporate enforcer, Hakan Veil, is forced to bodyguard Madison Madekwe, part of a colonial audit team investigating a disappeared lottery winner on Mars. But when Madekwe is abducted, and Hakan nearly killed, the investigation takes him farther and deeper than he had ever expected. And, soon, Hakan discovers the heavy price he may have to pay to learn the truth. Morgan’s first SF novel in eight years.
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

Girls of Paper and Fire
Ngan, Natasha
Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honour they could hope for… and the most demeaning. This year, there’s a ninth. And, instead of paper, she’s made of fire. Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. Ten years ago, her mother was snatched by the royal guards, and her fate remains unknown. Now, the guards are back and, this time, it’s Lei they’re after – the girl with the golden eyes, whose rumoured beauty has piqued the king’s interest. Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit a king’s consort. There, Lei does the unthinkable – she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world’s entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge. Perfect for fans of Renee Ahdieh, Laini Taylor, and Sabaa Tahir.
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99

Thud! (Discworld collector’s editions)
Pratchett, Terry
‘Some people would be asking: whose side are you on? If you’re not for us, you’re against us. Huh. If you’re not an apple, you’re a banana…’ Koom Valley, where the trolls ambushed the dwarfs, or the dwarfs ambushed the trolls, was a long time ago. But if he doesn’t solve the murder of just one dwarf, Commander Sam Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch is going to see it fought again, right outside his office. With his beloved Watch crumbling around him and war drums sounding, he must unravel every clue, outwit every assassin and brave any darkness to find the solution. And darkness is following him. Oh… and at six o’clock every day, without fail, with no excuses, he must go home to read Where’s My Cow? – with all the right farmyard noises – to his little boy. There are some things you have to do.
Discworld (reissue) | HC | $27.99

Making Money (Discworld collector’s editions)
Pratchett, Terry
The Royal Bank is facing a crisis, and it’s time for a change of management. Who would not wish for that job? It’s a job for life. But, as former con-man Moist von Lipwig is learning, the life is not necessarily for long. The Chief Cashier is almost certainly a vampire. There’s something nameless in the cellar (and the cellar itself is pretty nameless), it turns out that the Royal Mint runs at a loss, and people actually want to know where the money’s gone. A 300-year-old wizard is after his girlfriend, he’s about to be exposed as a fraud; but the Assassins Guild might get him, first. In fact, lot of people want him dead. Oh. And, every day, he has to take the Chairman for walkies. Everywhere he looks, he’s making enemies. What he should be doing is… Making Money!
Discworld (reissue) | HC | $27.99

Unseen Academicals (Discworld collector’s editions)
Pratchett, Terry
Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork. And, now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they’re in the mood for trying everything else. The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman, who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt (and no one knows anything much about Mr Nutt, not even Mr Nutt, which worries him, too). As the match approaches, four lives are entangled and changed, for ever. Because the thing about football – the important thing about football – is that it is not just about football. Here we go! Here we go! Here we go!
Discworld (reissue) | HC | $27.99

Johnny and the Bomb (Johnny Maxwell 03)
Pratchett, Terry
Johnny Maxwell is just an ordinary boy, walking through an ordinary alley… until he stumbles across a shopping trolley that can travel back in time. A trip, on this time-travelling shopping trolley, takes Johnny and his friends back to 1941, in the middle of the Second World War. More specifically, on the day the German bombs will fall on their town. What if Johnny and his friends could stop it? But tampering with history could have disastrous consequences… A new paperback edition.
YA science fiction (reissue) | PBK | $16.99

La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust 01)
Pullman, Philip
Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory – where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them; a baby, by the name of Lyra Belacqua…
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99

Once Upon a Time in the North (His Dark Materials) (novella)
Pullman, Philip
When Lyra is studying at Oxford University, she comes across the story of Lee Scoresby and Iorek Byrnisson’s first meeting, many years ago, along with much evidence of the adventure that brought them together. She discovers that when a young Texan balloonist, Lee, came down to earth in the harbour of an Arctic town in the North, little did he realise that he is about to be caught in a war between the residents of the town and the huge arctic bears that also live there. And when Lee meets one of these bears – Iorek – for the first time, they cement a friendship that will continue throughout their lives, as the tensions in the town threaten to erupt…
YA fantasy | HC | $17.99

The Corset
Purcell, Laura
Dorothea Truelove is young, wealthy and beautiful. Ruth Butterham is young, poor and awaiting trial for murder. When Dorothea’s charitable work leads her to Oakgate Prison, she finds herself drawn to Ruth, a teenage seamstress – and self-confessed murderess – who nurses a dark and uncanny secret. A secret that is leading her straight to the gallows. As Ruth reveals her disturbing past to Dorothea, the fates of these two women entwine, and with every revelation, a new layer of doubt is cast… Can Ruth be trusted? Is she mad, or a murderer? From the author of the well-received The Silent Companions (PBK, $19.99).
Gothic horror | TP | $29.99

Elysium Fire (Prefect Dreyfus Emergency 02)
Reynolds, Alastair
Ten thousand city-state habitats orbit the planet Yellowstone, forming a near-perfect democratic human paradise. But even utopia needs a police force. For the citizens of the Glitter Band that organisation is Panoply, and the prefects are its operatives. Prefect Tom Dreyfus has a new emergency on his hands. Across the habitats and their hundred million citizens, people are dying suddenly and randomly, victims of a bizarre and unprecedented malfunction of their neural implants. And these ‘melters’ leave no clues behind, as to the cause of their deaths. As panic rises in the populace, a charismatic figure is sowing insurrection, convincing a small but growing number of habitats to break away from the Glitter Band and form their own independent colonies. The sequel to the brilliant Prefect, now reissued as Aurora Rising ($22.99). Highly recommended.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

Blood Communion (Vampire Chronicles 13)
Rice, Anne
From his meticulously-restored, ancestral chateau high up in the mountains of France, Prince Lestat grapples to instil a new ideology of peace and harmony among the blood-drinking community. Accustomed to welcoming the Undead, from far and wide; one night, he awakes to news of a ruthless attack by a group of maverick blood-drinkers. After fleeing to investigate the terror, Lestat learns of several new enemies who despise his rule over the blood-drinking realm, and who are intent on disrupting the harmony he tries so hard to maintain. But is Lestat strong enough to take on such evil, alone, or will sacrifices have to be made? Will his cry for peace be heard, in a world riddled with violence?
Prince Lestat | TP | $32.99

The Crimes of Grindelwald – the Original Screenplay (Fantastic Beasts series)
Rowling, J K
The powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York, with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most of whom are unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up, to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts’ student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.
Wizarding World | HC | $39.99

The Tales of Beedle the Bard (deluxe illustrated edition)
Rowling, J K & Riddell, Chris (illustrator)
Prepare to be spellbound by Chris Riddell’s dazzling full-colour illustrations in this stunning, new collector’s edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard – J K Rowling’s glorious fairy-tale classic. This beautiful, deluxe edition features an opulent page size and a pull-out double gatefold; intricate foiled artwork by Chris Riddell on the real cloth cover and slipcase; an exclusive print of Albus Dumbledore; and a luxurious ribbon marker and head and tail band. The ultimate must-have edition for any Potter fan, collector, or bibliophile; it is set to become a firm favourite at bedtime, in non-magical households, the world over.
Harry Potter | HC | $220.00

Harry Potter Boxed Set: the Complete Collection (adult paperback editions)
Rowling, J K
Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic! J K Rowling’s Harry Potter novels are now available in these spectacular editions, with beautifully-designed jackets by renowned woodcut artist Andrew Davidson. This stylish, boxed set includes all seven novels and is perfect for Harry Potter novices and collectors, alike. Contains (in reading order): Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Harry Potter | PBK | $120.00

Skyward
Sanderson, Brandon
Spensa’s world has been under attack for hundreds of years. An alien race called the Krell leads onslaught after onslaught from the sky, in a never-ending campaign to destroy humankind. Humanity’s only defence is to take to their ships and fight the enemy in the skies. Pilots have become the heroes of what’s left of the human race. Spensa has always dreamed of being one of them; of soaring above Earth and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with her father’s – a pilot who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, placing Spensa’s chances of attending flight school somewhere between slim and none. No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, but she is still determined to fly. And the Krell just made that a possibility. They’ve doubled their fleet, making Spensa’s world twice as dangerous… but their desperation to survive might just take her skyward… The first in a new series by Sanderson.
Space fantasy | TP | $29.99

Edgedancer (Stormlight Archive) (novella)
Sanderson, Brandon
Three years ago, Lift asked a goddess to stop her from growing older – a wish she believed was granted. Now, the barely-teenage nascent Knight Radiant finds that time stands still for no one. Although the young Azish emperor granted her safe haven – from an executioner, she knows only as Darkness – court life is suffocating the free-spirited Lift; who can’t help heading to Yeddaw, when she hears the relentless Darkness is there hunting people like her with budding powers. The downtrodden in Yeddaw have no champion, and Lift knows she must seize this awesome responsibility. Previously published in Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection.
Fantasy | HC | $29.99

Oathbringer, Part One and Part Two (Stormlight Archive 03)
Sanderson, Brandon
Humanity faces a new Desolation, with the return of the Voidbringers – a foe whose numbers are as great as their thirst for vengeance. The Alethi armies commanded by Dalinar Kholin won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost: The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm; and, now, its destruction sweeps the world and its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the true horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that their newly kindled anger may be wholly justified. Nestled in the mountains high above the storms, in the tower city of Urithiru, Shallan Davar investigates the wonders of the ancient stronghold of the Knights Radiant and unearths the dark secrets lurking in its depths. And Dalinar realises that his holy mission to unite his homeland of Alethkar was too narrow in scope. Unless all the nations of Roshar can put Dalinar’s blood-soaked past aside and stand together –and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past –even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not avert the end of civilisation. The third volume of the Stormlight Archive, now in two paperback parts, follows The Way of Kings Part One and Part Two and Words of Radiance Part One and Part Two (2012) (PBK, $19.99 each).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99 each

The Winter Road
Selby, Adrian
The Circle – a thousand miles of perilous forests and warring clans. No one has ever tamed such treacherous territory before, but ex-soldier Teyr Amondsen, veteran of a hundred battles, is determined to try. With a merchant caravan protected by a crew of skilled mercenaries, Amondsen embarks on a dangerous mission to forge a road across the untamed wilderness that was once her home. But a warlord rises in the wilds of the Circle, uniting its clans and terrorising its people. Teyr’s battles may not be over, yet… All roads lead back to war. Sure to appeal to fans of Mark Lawrence, Andrzej Sapkowski, and Joe Abercrombie.
Grimdark fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Bedfellow (novella)
Shipp, Jeremy C
It broke into their home and set up residence in their minds. When the… thing first insinuated itself into the Lund family household, they were bemused. Vaguely human-shaped, its constantly-changing cravings seemed disturbing, at first, but time and pressure have a way of normalising the extreme. Wasn’t it always part of their lives? As the family make more and greater sacrifices in service to the beast, the thrall that binds them begins to break down. Choices must be made. Prices must be paid. And the Lunds must pit their wits against a creature determined to never let them go. It’s psychological warfare. Sanity is optional. A 104pp Tor.com novella.
Horror | PBK | $16.99

Shadow and Ice (Gods of War 01)
Showalter, Gena
Knox of Iviland has spent his life competing in the All Wars, where vicious warriors with supernatural powers fight to the death to claim new realms. One winner takes everything – and all losers die. Enslaved as a child for his ability to control shadows, the most ruthless champion in history will stop at nothing to kill his king. But first he must win the battle for Earth. When a fearsome weapon imprisons every combatant in ice, centuries pass without progress… until she walks in. Vale London craves a fun arctic getaway with her foster sister before settling down to open a bakery. Street-tough but vulnerable, she is unprepared to find ancient gods escaping a frozen cave – merciless beings who target her when she inadvertently enters their war. Though Vale is now his enemy, Knox is consumed with lust and a fierce need to protect her. But only one combatant can prove victorious, and he will have to choose: live for freedom… or die for love. The first in a new series.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99

Archangel’s Prophecy (Guild Hunter 11)
Singh, Nalini
Midnight and dawn, Elena’s wings are unique among angel-kind… and, now, they’re failing. The first mortal to be turned into an immortal in angelic memory, she’s regressing. Becoming more and more human. Easier to hurt. Easier to kill. Elena and Raphael must unearth the reason for the regression – before it’s too late, and Elena falls out of the sky. Yet even as they fight a furious battle for Elena’s very survival, violent forces are gathering in New York and across the world. In China, the Archangel Favashi is showing the first signs of madness. In New York, a mysterious sinkhole filled with lava swallows a man whole. In Africa, torrential monsoon rains flood rolling deserts. And, in Elena’s mind, whispers a haunting voice that isn’t her own. This time, survival may not be possible… not even for the consort of an archangel.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99

Dracul
Stoker, Dacre & Barker, J D
It is 1868, and a 22-year-old Bram Stoker has locked himself inside an abbey’s tower to face off against a vile and ungodly beast. He is armed with mirrors and crucifixes and holy water and a gun – and is kept company by a bottle of plum brandy. His fervent prayer is that he will survive this one night – a night that will prove to be the longest of his life. Desperate to leave a record of what he has witnessed, the young man scribbles out the events that brought him to this point – and tells an extraordinary tale of childhood illness, a mysterious nanny, and stories once thought to be fables – now, proven true. Revealing not only the true origins of Dracula, himself, but also of his creator, Bram Stoker… and of the elusive, enigmatic woman, who connects them.
Gothic suspense | TP | $32.99

Empire of Sand
Suri, Tasha
A nobleman’s daughter with magic in her blood… An empire built on the dreams of enslaved gods… Mehr is a girl trapped between two cultures. Her father comes from the ruling classes of the empire, but her mother’s people were outcasts, Amrithi nomads who worshipped the spirits of the sands. Caught, one night, performing these forbidden rites, Mehr is brought to the attention of the Emperor’s most feared mystics, who try to force her into their service by way of an arranged marriage. If she fails in their bidding, the gods themselves may awaken and seek vengeance… A lush and beautiful debut novel, inspired by medieval India.
Historical fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Wundersmith: the Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor 02)
Townsend, Jessica
Morrigan Crow has escaped her deadly fate and found a new home in the fantastical city of Nevermoor. She has also discovered that she has a strange and magical ability. But will her unique talent be a blessing or another curse? Now that Morrigan and her best friend Hawthorne are proud scholars in the elite Wundrous Society, she is sure that she’s found a place to belong at last, but life is far from perfect. Can Morrigan prove that she deserves to be in the Society – or will an unexpected new enemy ruin her new life? We think Wundersmith is even better than Nevermoor! Hugely recommended, to all ages! Nevermoor: The Calling of Morrigan Crow is definitely still available, in paperback ($16.99) or a gorgeous little hardcover ($24.99).
Children’s fantasy | PBK/HC | $16.99/$24.99

The War of the Worlds (TV tie-in edition)
Wells, H G
One night, a shooting star is seen over the skies of Surrey. The next day, it’s discovered to have been a mysterious metallic cylinder from Mars. What comes next is a terrifying alien attack, as tentacled Martian invaders emerge from the cylinder and prey on humankind using shocking new weapons against which the people of Victorian England can offer no resistance. The aliens begin to devastate the area in their tripod machines, and as our narrator struggles to return to his wife, the fight for London – and the world – begins. This is the official TV tie-in edition of the classic and terrifying H G Wells novel of alien invasion, now a landmark series for the BBC from the makers of Poldark, Victoria, and And Then There Were None.
Classic science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Static Ruin (Voidwitch Saga 03)
White, Corey J
Mars Xi is on the run, a bounty on her head and a kill count on her conscience. All she has left are her mutant cat Ocho and her fellow human weapon Pale, a young boy wracked by seizures who can kill with a thought. She needs him treated, and she needs to escape, and the only thread left to pull is her frayed connection to her father, Marius Teo. That thread will take her to the outskirts of the galaxy, to grapple with witch-cults and privately-owned planets, and into the hands of the man who engineered her birth. Don’t miss the conclusion to this terrific novella series; which begins with Killing Gravity (PBK, $18.99). Hugely recommended.
Space opera | PBK | $21.99

Sorcerer’s Legacy
Wurts, Janny
The sorcerer beckoned to her from a land of ice and snow and, stricken by the death of her husband and the loss of the lands they ruled together, she followed his call. He led her to a world ruled by wizards – who played a deadly game of court intrigue, with a kingdom as the prize. He brought her to their court, wrapped in the protection of his sorceries – and then he died. And she was left in the centre of the game, with no knowledge of the rules or the players, no way of knowing who played with White magic and who played with Black… A reissue of the novel originally published in 1989.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

Finding Baba Yaga
Yolen, Jane
You think you know this story. You do not. A harsh, controlling father. A quiescent mother. A house that feels like anything, but a home. Natasha gathers the strength to leave, and comes upon a little house in the wood: A house that walks about on chicken feet and is inhabited by a fairy-tale witch. In finding Baba Yaga, Natasha finds her voice, her power, and herself… A contemporary retelling of an iconic myth about a young woman discovering her voice, by a beloved and prolific American storyteller. A short novel in verse.
YA fantasy/folklore | PBK | $16.99

A Hero Born (Legends of the Condor Heroes 01)
Yong, Jin
China. The year is 1200. The Song Empire has been defeated in the north by invading Jurchen forces. Now, it falls to lone patriots trained in the martial arts to save China. Guo Jing’s father was one such hero, killed in defence of his country. His mother was forced to flee to the edges of the empire, where Guo Jing was brought up fighting with Genghis Khan. Yang Kang, Guo Jing’s sworn brother since birth, grew up to a different fate among the enemy. Enter Qiu Chuji, a Taoist priest famed for his martial prowess and burning patriotism. Enlisting the help of the eccentric band of martial artists known as the Seven Freaks of the South, he must find the two young men and train them in a way befitting the memory of their fathers, to take back China.
Chinese mythic fantasy | PBK | $22.99