Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: October 2016
All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in October 2016.
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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!
October 2016 includes new books by: Wesley Chu, Mira Grant, Peter F Hamilton, N K Jemisin, Mercedes Lackey, L E Modesitt Jr, Mike Shepherd, David Weber, Connie Willis… and many others.
The Blade Itself (First Law 01) (Gollancz 10th anniversary editions)
Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and increasingly bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer extraordinaire, is trapped in a twisted and broken body – not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers. Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion, Captain Jezal dan Luthar, is living a life of ease – by cheating his friends at cards. Vain, shallow, selfish and self-obsessed, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning, to train with obsessive and boring, old men. And Logen Ninefingers, an infamous warrior with a bloody past, is about to wake up in a hole in the snow, with plans to settle a blood feud with Bethod, the new King of the Northmen, once and for all – ideally by running away from it. But as he’s discovering, old habits die really, really hard, indeed… A classic, understated hardcover reissue of one of the best fantasies of recent times.
Fantasy | HC | $29.99
The Shield is Earth’s only defence. Rendering the planet invisible from space, it keeps humanity safe from alien invasion. The Actives maintain the shield – no one is sure how – but, without them, the Shield cannot function. When an Active, called Tobe, finds himself caught in a probability loop, the Shield is compromised. Soon, Tobe’s malady spreads among the Active. Earth becomes vulnerable. Tobe’s assistant, Metoo, is only interested in his wellbeing. Earth security’s paramount concern is the preservation of the Shield. As Metoo strives to prevent Tobe’s masters from undermining his fragile equilibrium, the global danger escalates. The Shield must be maintained, at all costs…
Science fiction thriller | PBK | $22.95
All Your Wishes (Blood Singer 07)
A client begs Celia Graves – part human, part Siren, part vampire – to help return a genie to his bottle. The attempt makes Celia a target for the currently incorporeal ifrit. If she doesn’t give him her body, he’ll kill everyone she loves. If she does, he’ll use her physical form to free thousands of evil djinn. Celia’s not going to hand over her body, but her client tries to trick her into it – so that he can kill the ifrit, while it’s trapped in her flesh. That doesn’t end well for the client. Celia might not get paid for the gig, but she’s got to get the ifrit rebottled, before all hell breaks loose – possibly literally!
Paranormal | TP | $31.95
Otherworld Chills: Stories (Otherworld series)
In this thrilling and hugely entertaining collection of novellas and short stories, Kelley Armstrong returns one last time to her bestselling Otherworld series. Among other tales, the werewolf pack is on the hunt, for an old and very dangerous enemy; two very different vampires attempt to settle an old feud; a supernatural date turns hot enough to burn down a building and – in a brand-new novella – Paige and Lucas have a huge decision to make about their future. Featuring much-loved characters, this final collection completes several important storylines, making it a must-have for fans.
Paranormal collection | PBK | $19.99
The Last Days of Jack Sparks
In 2014, Jack Sparks – the controversial pop culture journalist – died in mysterious circumstances. To his fans, Jack was a fearless rebel; to his detractors he was a talentless hack. Either way, his death came as a shock to everyone. It was no secret that Jack had been researching the occult for his new book. He’d already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed in rural Italy. Then there was that video: thirty-six seconds of chilling footage that Jack repeatedly claimed was not of his making, yet was posted from his own YouTube account…
Paranormal thriller | PBK | $22.99
Chaosmage (Age of Darkness 03)
Voechenka is a city under siege. Decimated by the Battlemage war, its restless dead attack every night, begging the living to join them, beyond the grave. Three survivors will fight to save the city. Tammy, whose investigation could rescue Voechenka from its grisly fate. Zannah, who must pay penance for her war crimes. And, Balfruss: scholar, traveller, and battlemage. Completes the epic fantasy trilogy which began with Battlemage and continued in Bloodmage (PBK, $22.99 each).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
War Factory (Transformation 02)
One seeks judgement, another faces damnation and one man will have his revenge… Thorvald Spear is losing his mind, as he drowns in dark memories that aren’t his own. Penny Royal, rogue artificial intelligence, has linked Spear with the stored personalities of those it’s murdered. And whether the AI seeks redemption, or has some more sinister motive, Spear needs to destroy it. He feels the anger of the dead and shares their pain. As Spear tracks the AI across a hostile starscape, he has company. Sverl, an alien prador, has been warped by Penny Royal and hungers to confront it. But will the AI’s pursuers destroy each other or hunt it together? Sverl’s prador enemies aren’t far behind, either. They plan to use his transition to prove human meddling, triggering a devastating new war. Clues suggest Penny Royal’s heading for the defective war factory that made it. So, allies and enemies converge, heading for the biggest firestorm that sector of space has ever seen. But will Spear secure vengeance for his unquiet dead? Follows Dark Intelligence (PBK, $19.99), which returns to the world of the Prador.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
Hag-Seed: The Tempest Retold (Hogarth Shakespeare series)
‘It’s got a thunderstorm in it. And revenge. Definitely revenge.’ Felix is at the top of his game, as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now, he’s staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds. Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And, also, brewing revenge. After twelve years, revenge finally arrives, in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here, Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It’s magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall? Margaret Atwood’s novel take on Shakespeare’s play of enchantment, revenge and second chances leads us on an interactive, illusion-ridden journey, filled with new surprises and wonders of its own.
Magical realism | TP | $29.99
The Great Ordeal (Aspect-Emperor 03)
Bakker, R Scott
As Fanim war-drums beat just outside the city, the Empress Anasurimbor Esmenet searches frantically throughout the palace, for her missing son Kelmomas. Meanwhile, and many miles away, Esmenet’s husband’s Great Ordeal continues its epic march further north. But, in light of dwindling supplies, the Aspect-Emperor’s decision to allow his men to consume the flesh of fallen Sranc could have consequences, even He couldn’t have foreseen. And, deep in Ishual, the wizard Achamian grapples with his fear that his unspeakably long journey might be ending in emptiness, no closer to the truth, than when he set out. The first two books in this series: The Judging Eye and The White Luck Warrior, are available in paperback ($22.99 each).
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
Return to Baxter’s awesome eon-spanning and universe-crossing conflict between humanity and the unknowable alien Xeelee, in this selection of uncollected and unpublished stories – newly edited and placed in chronological reading order. This is hard sf at its best.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99
Twelve Doctors of Christmas (Doctor Who)
Sometimes impossible things just happen, and we call them miracles. A new collection of illustrated Christmas adventures, starring twelve incarnations of the Doctor, plus many of his friends and enemies. Inside this festive book of Doctor Who stories, you’ll find timey-wimey mysteries, travels in the TARDIS, monster-chasing excitement and plenty of Christmas magic. Find out what happens when the Third Doctor meets Jackie Tyler, the Seventh Doctor and Ace encounter an alien at Macy’s department store, and the Ninth Doctor tries to get Rose a red bicycle for Christmas. With stories by Jacqueline Rayner, Colin Brake, Richard Dungworth, Mike Tucker, Gary Russell, and Scott Handcock; plus twelve original illustrations by artists, including the award-winning Rob Biddulph.
Doctor Who | HC | $29.99
Belcher, R S
In the more shadowy corners of the world, frequented by angels and demons and everything in between, Laytham Ballard is a legend. It’s said he raised the dead, at the age of ten; stole the Philosopher’s Stone in Vegas, back in 1999; and survived the bloodsucking kiss of the Mosquito Queen. Wise in the hidden ways of the night, he’s also a cynical bastard who stopped thinking of himself as the good guy, a long time ago. Now, a promise to a dying friend has Ballard on the trail of an escaped Serbian war criminal, with friends in both high and low places – and a sinister history of blood sacrifices. Ballard is hell-bent on making Dusan Slorzack pay for his numerous atrocities, but Slorzack seems to have literally dropped off the face of the Earth, beyond the reach of his enemies, the Illuminati, and maybe even the Devil himself. To find Slorzack, Ballard must follow a winding, treacherous path that stretches from Wall Street and Washington, DC, to backwoods hollows and truck stops, while risking what’s left of his very soul…
Fantasy | TP | $24.99
Level Grind (Twenty-Sided Sorceress omnibus)
Gamer. Nerd. Sorceress. Jade Crow lives a quiet life running her comic book and game store in Wylde, Idaho, hiding from a powerful sorcerer who wants to eat her heart and take her powers… her ex-boyfriend, Samir. Yet, when dark powers threaten her friends’ lives, Jade must save them, by using magic. But as soon as she does, her nemesis will find her and she won’t be able to stand up against him, when he comes. Collected together for the first time, in one volume, this is an omnibus edition of the first seven books in the series: Justice Calling; Murder of Crows; Pack of Lies; Hunting Season; Heartache; Thicker Than Blood; and, Magic to the Bone.
Urban fantasy | TP | $31.95
Conspiracy of Ravens (Shadow 02)
Follows Wake of Vultures (PBK, $19.99), which got fantastic customer feedback (as well as John Scalzi’s stamp of approval!).
Urban fantasy | PBK | $22.99
A young man descends into purgatory, to save his wife and unborn child – in this illustrated tale of wonder and terror.
Dark fantasy | HC | $52.95
Rise of Io
Ella Patel thief, con-artist, and smuggler is in the wrong place at the wrong time. One night, on the border of a demilitarised zone, run by the body-swapping alien invaders, she happens upon a man and woman being chased by a group of assailants. The man freezes, leaving the woman to fight off five attackers at once, before succumbing. As she dies, to both Ella and the man’s surprise, the sparkling light that rises from the woman enters Ella, instead of the man. She soon realises she’s been inhabited by Io, a low-ranking Quasing – who was involved in some of the worst decisions in history. Now Ella must now help the alien presence to complete her mission and investigate a rash of murders in the border states that maintain the frail peace. With the Prophus assigned to help her seemingly wanting to stab her in the back, and the enemy Genjix hunting her, Ella must also deal with Io’s annoying inferiority complex. Set in the world of the Tao series.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99
2001: A Space Odyssey (Penguin Galaxy editions)
Clarke, Arthur C (introduced by Neil Gaiman)
On the moon an enigma is uncovered. So great are the implications of the discovery that, for the first time, men are sent out, deep into the solar system. But before they can reach their destination, things begin to go wrong. Horribly wrong. A deluxe, hardcover edition.
Science fiction | HC | $47.95
Our Lady of the Ice
Clarke, Cassandra Rose
In Argentine Antarctica, Eliana Gomez is the only female PI in Hope City – a domed colony dependent on electricity (and maintenance robots) for heat, light, and survival, in the icy deserts of the continent. Eliana doesn’t care about politics. She doesn’t even care much that her boyfriend, Diego, works as muscle for black-market trader, Cabrera. She just wants to save enough money to escape Hope City. But when an aristocrat hires Eliana to protect an explosive personal secret, Eliana finds herself caught up in the political tensions threatening to tear Hope City apart.
SF mystery | TP | $31.95
Ghosts of War (Virtues of War 02)
Coles, Bennett R
The Terran military has defeated the invading fleet, but the war is far from over. As a covert agent embeds himself on Earth, advanced Centauri technology enables him to pry into the military’s most secure files, accessing secrets that could lead to millions of deaths. Lieutenant Commander Thomas Kane, Lieutenant Katja Emmes, and Sublieutenant Jack Mallory again find themselves at the forefront of the planet’s defences. Yet, terrorism isn’t the only threat they face. Given what they’ve experienced, their greatest challenge may be defeating the memories of war.
Military SF | TP | $29.95
Swastika Night takes place seven hundred years after Nazism achieved power, by which time Adolf Hitler is worshipped as a god. Elsewhere, the Japanese rule the Americas, Australia, and Asia. The protagonist is an Englishman named Alfred on a German pilgrimage. In Europe, the English are loathed, because they were the last opponents of Nazi Germany in the war. Per official history, Hitler is a tall, blond god who personally won the war. Alfred is astounded, when shown a secret, historic photograph depicting Hitler and a girl before a crowd. He is shocked that Hitler was a small man with dark hair and a paunch. And his discovery may mean his death… A classic of feminist, predictive fiction finally returns to the light. This remarkably prescient novel of the future under Nazism was published in 1937.
SF Masterwork | PBK | $22.99
Alliance of Shadows (Dead Six 03)
Correia, Larry & Kupari, Mike
Europe has spiralled into chaos. A conspiracy years in the making combined with general unrest led to upheaval and revolution. In the midst of the murderous disorder, mercenary Michael Valentine is in Europe with a small team of his Exodus personnel, trying to track down the evil and highly dangerous Katarina Montalban. She has initiated a mysterious plot to do away with those who stand between her and ultimate power. The team is on their own, with few friends and few resources – and racing against the clock. Both Valentine and Lorenzo must risk some dangerous alliances, if they’re to succeed. Meanwhile, Valentine’s friend, one-time enemy, and sometime partner, Hector Lorenzo, finds himself in a dungeon owned by Asian drug lord Sala Jihan. He must make a deal that may lead him to cross paths with Valentine again. If two of the most effective killers in existence hunt, even the pandemonium in Europe may be just the first act in an orgy of destruction.
Military SF | HC | $49.95
Deja Who (Insighter 01)
Leah Nazir is an Insighter. Reincarnation is her business. But while her clients’ pasts are a mess, Leah’s is nothing short of tragedy. She’s been murdered. A lot. If left to that bitch, destiny, it’ll happen again. Leah wants to know who’s been following her through time, and who’s been stalking her in the present… PI Archer Drake has been hired by Leah’s mother – to keep an eye on her. But the more time he spends watching, the more he finds himself infatuated. Before long, he even finds himself agreeing to help find the person who wants her dead. Over and over, again. Now, going full-on ‘rewind’, Leah hopes it can stave off the inevitable. After all, she’s grown fond of this life – and even fonder of nerdy Archer. But changing her pattern means finding out who her killer is today. And as Leah fears, that could be anyone she has come to know and trust. Anyone. The first in a new series.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $22.99
Empires: The First Battle (omnibus)
An omnibus collecting Empires: Extraction and Empires: Infiltration. This ground-breaking collaboration between two Gollancz authors (Gavin Deas is Stephen Deas and Gavin Smith!) tells of the invasion of Earth by two different alien races – at the same time.
Military SF | PBK | $22.99
Altered Starscape (Andromedan Dark 01)
2162. Thirty-eight years after first contact, Lord Commander Grayson St Clair leads the Tellus Ad Astra on an unprecedented expedition to the Galactic Core, carrying more than a million scientists, diplomats, soldiers, and AIs. Despite his reservations about their alien hosts, St Clair is deeply committed to his people, especially after they’re sucked into a black hole and spat out four billion years in the future. Civilisations have risen and fallen. The Andromeda Galaxy is drifting into the Milky Way. And Earth is most certainly a distant memory. All that matters, now, is survival. But as the ship’s Marines search for allies amid ancient ruins and strange new planetary structures, St Clair must wrap his mind around an enemy capable of harnessing a weapon of incomprehensible power: space itself. The first in a new series.
Military SF | PBK | $19.95
The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 29
The very best of the year’s science fiction short stories and novellas. Comprising thirty-three fantastic stories by Paolo Bacigalupi, James S A Corey, Ann Leckie, Ian McDonald and others, and including, as ever, Dozois’ illuminating summation of the year in science fiction and his extensive recommended reading guide.
SF anthology | TP | $32.99
Air and Darkness (Books of the Elements 04)
The gripping conclusion to Drake’s four-volume set of fantasies set in Carce, an analogue of ancient Rome.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95
The Hanged Man (On Her Majesty’s Psychic Service 01)
Elrod, P N
On a freezing Christmas Eve in 1879, a forensic psychic reader is summoned from her Baker Street lodgings to the scene of a questionable death. Alexandrina Victoria Pendlebury (named after her godmother, the current Queen of England) is adamant that the death in question is a magically compromised murder – and not a suicide, as the police had assumed. After the shocking revelation contained by the body in question, Alex must put her personal loss aside, to uncover the deeper issues at stake, before more bodies turn up.
Steampunk | PBK | $19.99
Wrath of Betty (Wilful Child 02)
The continuing adventures of the starship ASF Wilful Child. Its ongoing mission: to seek out strange new worlds, on which to plant the Terran flag; to subjugate and, if necessary, obliterate new life-forms; to boldly blow the… And, so, we join the not-terribly-bright, but exceedingly cock-sure Captain Hadrian Sawback and his motley crew, on board the Starship Wilful Child for a series of devil-may-care, near-calamitous and downright chaotic adventures through ‘the infinite vastness of interstellar space’.
Space opera | HC | $47.95
He wasn’t civilised, or tame. He had his own code and he lived by it. Monk. Bounty hunter. Vampire slayer. Andre Boroi has spent centuries battling the undead, holding out against the dark with honour. But now, gravely wounded by master vampire Costin Popescu, Andre will be easy to track – his spilled blood marking the killing trail for Popescu and his hungry band of underlings. Andre’s only chance is to disappear into the grey mist of the Carpathians. To wait. To hope. She had a healing touch and a scent that was his lifeblood. In the mountains in search of a precious crystal, geologist Teagan Joanes suddenly finds herself hunted by those she once trusted. Then she comes across the warrior – wounded, wanting and irresistible. Andre has been craving her for an eternity: his life-mate. Her warmth envelops him. Her scent pulsates. And with every beat of her heart, Teagan surrenders to a passion she can’t possibly comprehend. Now they are bound by destiny, but is it enough to keep them safe from a stalking, relentless darkness that threatens to swallow them alive?
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99
Castaway Odyssey (Boundary 05)
Flint, Eric & Spoor, Ryk E
Worst-Case Scenario: Sergeant Samuel Morgan Campbell had been in plenty of tight spots before, but nothing like this. It had happened in a few terrifying seconds: the starship he and his crew travelled on, the Outward Initiative, shattered to pieces, before their eyes, and disappeared; leaving them stranded in the endless night of deep space on Lifeboat LS-88 – all systems dead, light years from any known colony. Somehow, Sergeant Campbell and his crew of half-trained children – ranging from freshly-graduated Xander Bird, down to eight-year-old Francisco – have to repair systems with no tools, navigate with no computers, and – if they could find a planet they could live on – land a shuttle whose controls were more than half-destroyed. And, if they manage all of that, then the real challenge begins; the only planet in range has secrets that even Sergeant Campbell cannot imagine!
Science fiction | HC | $47.95
Odd and the Frost Giants
Gaiman, Neil & Riddell, Chris (illustrator)
Odd, a young Viking boy, is left fatherless following a raid and in his icy, ancient world there is no mercy for an unlucky soul with a crushed foot and no one to protect him. Fleeing to the woods, Odd stumbles upon and releases a trapped bear. And then Odd’s destiny begins to change. The eagle, bear and fox Odd encounters are Norse gods, trapped in animal form by the evil frost giants who have conquered Asgard, the city of the gods. Now, our hero must reclaim Thor’s hammer, outwit the frost giants and release the gods. A gorgeous, new edition by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell. Recommended.
YA fantasy | HC | $29.99
Neuromancer (Penguin Galaxy editions)
Gibson, William (introduced by Neil Gaiman)
The Matrix unfolds like neon origami, beneath clusters and constellations of data. Constructs, AIs, live here. Somewhere, concealed by ice, Neuromancer is evolving. As entropy goes into reverse, Molly’s surgical implants broadcast trouble from the ferro-concrete geodesic of the Sprawl. Maelcum – Rastafarian in space – is her best hope of rescue. But, she and Case – computer cowboy – are busy stealing data from the almighty Megacorps. If the Megacorps don’t get them both… perhaps, Case will fall prey to the cheap treachery of Linda Lee, someone as lost, as himself. A deluxe, hardcover edition.
Science fiction | HC | $47.95
Silver on the Road (Devil’s West 01)
Gilman, Laura Anne
Isobel, upon her sixteenth birthday, makes the choice to work for the Boss – called the Devil, by some – in his territory west of the Mississippi. But this is not the devil you know. This is a being, who deals fairly with immense but not unlimited power, who offers opportunities to people who want to make a deal, and they always get what they deserve. But his land is a wild west that needs a human touch, and that’s where Izzy comes in. Inadvertently trained by him, to see the clues in and manipulations of human desire, Izzy is raised to be his left hand and travel circuit through the territory – helping those in need. As we all know, where there is magic, there is chaos and death.
Dark fantasy | TP | $31.95
This Shared Dream (Dance Family 02)
Goonan, Kathleen Ann
The three Dance kids – seemingly abandoned by both parents, when they were younger – are now adults and are all disturbed by memories of a reality that existed, in place of their world. The older girl, Jill, even remembers the disappearance of their mother, while preventing the assassination of John F Kennedy. A new kind of utopian SF novel, in which the changes in history have created a present world that is, in many ways, superior to our own; while, in other worlds, people strive to prevent their own erasure, by restoring the ills to ours. A sequel to In War Times (TP, $39.95).
Alternate history | PBK | $22.95
The Path of the Hawk
The Hawks are the Pilgrim Church’s elite regiment, soldiers entrusted with missions far beyond the scope of the conventional army. Blessed Master Helligraine – one of the Church’s highest ranking, most beloved holy men – was abducted one year ago, his corpse found rotting in a river. When evidence emerges that Helligraine is still alive and being held against his will, three Hawks are dispatched to bring him home. But Helligraine’s past – and present – is not what it seems, and two nations are drawn into a conflict whose seeds were sown millennia ago.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Feedback (Newsflesh 04)
Grant, Mira (aka McGuire, Seanan)
There are two sides to every story… The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we unleashed something horrifying and unstoppable. The infection spread leaving those afflicted with a single uncontrollable impulse: Feed. Now, twenty years after the Rising, a team of scrappy underdog reporters relentlessly pursue the truth, while competing against the superstar Masons, surrounded by the infected, and facing more insidious forces working in the shadows. Follows Feed, Deadline, and Blackout (PBK, $22.99 each) in this excellent series.
Post-apocalypse | PBK | $22.99
Gris Grimly’s Tales from the Brothers Grimm
Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm & Grimly, Gris (illustrator)
The Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales are brought to life for a new generation of readers – in their original, uncut form – by the modern master of gothic horror, Gris Grimly.
Fairy tales | HC | $29.99
Crimson Death (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 25)
Hamilton, Laurell K
Anita has never seen Damian, her vampire servant, in such a state. The rising sun doesn’t usher in the peaceful death that he desperately needs. Instead, he’s being bombarded with violent nightmares and blood sweats. And, now, with Damian at his most vulnerable, Anita needs him the most. The vampire who created him, who subjected him to centuries of torture, might be losing control, allowing rogue vampires to run wild and break one of their kind’s few strict taboos. Some say love is a great motivator, but hatred gets the job done, too. And when Anita joins forces with her friend Edward, to stop the carnage, Damian will be at their side, even if it means traveling back to the land, where all his nightmares spring from… a place that couldn’t be less welcoming to a vampire, an assassin, and a necromancer: Ireland.
Paranormal | HC | $52.95
Night Without Stars (Chronicle of the Fallers 02)
Hamilton, Peter F
The planet Bienvenido is in crisis. It has finally escaped the Void, emerging into regular space. But it’s millions of light-years from Commonwealth assistance, and humans are battling the Fallers for control of their world. This rapacious adversary, evolved to destroy all sentient life, has infiltrated every level of human society – hijacking unwilling bodies so its citizens fear their leaders, friends and family. A mysterious figure known as the Warrior Angel leads a desperate resistance. She’s helped by forbidden Commonwealth technology, which gives her a crucial edge. But the government obstructs the Angel’s efforts at every turn, blinded by prejudice and technophobia. As Fallers also prepare to attack from the skies, she might need to incite rebellion to fight this invasion. But the odds seem impossible. Then astronaut Ry Evine uncovers one last hope. On a mission against the enemy, his spacecraft damages an unidentified vessel. This crash-lands on the planet carrying unexpected cargo: a baby. This extraordinary Commonwealth child possesses knowledge that could save them all. But if the Fallers catch her, the people of Bienvenido will not survive. The sequel to The Abyss Beyond Dreams (PBK, $22.99).
Science fiction | TP | $32.99
The Color of Evil (Dark Descent 01)
Hartwell, David G (editor)
An anthology of nineteen superb stories of dark fantasy and horror, from writing legends such as Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, and Shirley Jackson. From witches to ghosts to incomprehensible cosmic horrors, these authors dare readers to confront dark forces that are out of their control. Each story includes an insightful introduction explaining the evolution of horror fiction and each author’s place within the genre. A collection of spine-tingling stories from masters of the craft, sure to leave you on the edge of your seat for days.
Horror anthology | PBK | $19.95
Dune (Penguin Galaxy editions)
Herbert, Frank (introduced by Neil Gaiman)
The Duke of Atreides has been manoeuvred by his arch enemy, Baron Harkonnen, into administering the desert planet of Dune. Although it is almost completely without water, Dune is a planet of fabulous wealth – for it is the only source of a drug, prized throughout the Galactic Empire. The Duke and his son, Paul, are expecting treachery and it duly comes – but from a shockingly unexpected place. Then, when Paul succeeds his father, he becomes a catalyst for the native people of Dune, whose knowledge of the ecology of the planet gives them vast power. They have been waiting for a leader – like Paul Atreides – a leader who can harness that force… A deluxe, hardcover edition.
Science fiction | HC | $54.95
The Fifth Season (Broken Earth 01)
Jemisin, N K
In a post-apocalyptic world plagued by natural disasters, Essun lives in a small community barricaded against the outside world. When her husband realises that she and her children are orogenes, with the ability to manipulate seismic energy, he kills their son and kidnaps their daughter. Against the backdrop of the end of the world, Essun follows, beginning an odyssey which will not end until her daughter is safe. Winner of the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Novel! The sequel, The Obelisk Gate, is now also available.
Dystopia | PBK | $22.99 each
With Earth’s resources on the verge of exhaustion, and worldwide civil war imminent, the stars were looked to for answers. Beneath the surface of lifeless planets were found all the resources that could ever be consumed. Stellan Lund is chief security officer, aboard the carrier Atlas. Life on a carrier is peaceful, as long as the crew does its job, the New Earth Council leaves them alone. The only risk is an occasional case of black madness, a mental-break condition that turns its hosts into violent, insane murderers – but it’s a small chance to take for some freedom. Then, the Atlas is ordered to a dying planet, where an unknown material awaits.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.95
Jones, Stephen (editor)
Eighteen classic tales of supernatural investigation from Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, William Hope Hodgson, Brian Lumley, Peter Tremayne, and more. Also included is the entire Seven Stars saga by Kim Newman – pitting the Diogenes Club against an occult object, with the power to ultimately annihilate mankind.
Paranormal mystery anthology | PBK | $19.95
Swordspoint (30th anniversary edition)
On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless – until a death by the sword is met with outrage, instead of awe; and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye. Reissued in anticipation of the 30th anniversary of its original publication, in 1987.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Closer to the Chest (Herald Spy 03)
Herald Mags, the King of Valdemar’s Herald Spy, has been developing a network of informants who observe the Court and the alleys alike, quietly gathering information to keep the Kingdom safe. Meanwhile, his wife Amily is growing into her position as the King’s Own Herald, though she is irritated to encounter many who still consider her father to be the real King’s Own. Nonetheless, she finds it increasingly useful to be underestimated, for there are dark things stirring in the shadows of Haven. Someone has discovered secrets of the women of the Court and the Collegia – and is using those secrets to terrorise them. They are targeting the religious houses of women, too, leaving behind destruction and obscene letters. Mags and Amily use both magic and wits, to try and find the evildoer. But just as they appear to be on the verge of success, the letter writer tires of terror. Now, they are out for blood…
Valdemar | HC | $49.95
Closer to the Heart (Herald Spy 02)
Herald Mags, Valdemar’s first official Herald Spy, is well on his way to establishing a coterie of young informants, not only on the streets of Haven, but in the kitchens and Great Halls of the highborn and wealthy, as well. The newly-appointed King’s Own Herald, Amily, although still unsure of her own capability in that office, is doing fine work to support the efforts of Mags, her betrothed. She has even found a way to build an army of informants herself, a group of highly trained but impoverished young noblewomen, groomed to serve the highborn ladies who live at Court, to be called the ‘Queens’ Handmaidens’. And King Kyril has come up with the grand plan of turning Mags and Amily’s wedding into a low-key diplomatic event that will simultaneously entertain everyone on the Hill, and allow him to negotiate behind the scenes with all the attending ambassadors – something which had not been possible, at his son Prince Sedric’s wedding. What could possibly go wrong? The answer, of course, is… ‘everything’. For all is not well in the neighbouring Kingdom of Menmellith. The new king is a child, and a pretender to the throne has raised a rebel army. And this army is – purportedly – being supplied with arms, by Valdemar. The Menmellith Regency Council threatens war. With the help of a ragtag band of their unlikely associates, Mags and Amily will have to determine the real culprit, amass the evidence to convince the Council, and prevent a war nobody wants – and, somewhere along the way, get married.
Valdemar | PBK | $19.95
The Left Hand of Darkness (Penguin Galaxy editions)
Le Guin, Ursula (introduced by Neil Gaiman)
The story of Winter, an Earth-like planet – where the weather conditions are semi-arctic; and the inhabitants are all of the same sex – which is invited to join a coalition of planets. A deluxe, hardcover edition.
Science fiction | HC | $46.95
The Complete Orsinia
Le Guin, Ursula K
The inaugural volume of Library of America’s Ursula K Le Guin edition gathers her complete Orsinian writings, enchanting, richly-imagined, historical fiction collected here for the first time. Written before Le Guin turned to science fiction, the novel Malafrena is a tale of love and duty, set in the central European country of Orsinia in the early nineteenth century, when it is ruled by the Austrian empire. The stories originally published in Orsinian Tales (1976) offer brilliantly-rendered episodes of personal drama set against a history that spans Orsinia’s emergence as an independent kingdom, in the twelfth century, to its absorption by the eastern Bloc after World War II. The volume is rounded out by two additional stories that bring the history of Orsinia up to 1989, the poem ‘Folksong from the Montayna Province’, Le Guin’s first published work, and two never-before-published songs, in the Orsinian language.
Collection | HC | $49.99
The Found and the Lost: The Collected Novellas of Ursula K Le Guin
Le Guin, Ursula K
Every novella by Ursula K Le Guin, an icon in American literature, collected for the first time – and introduced by the legendary author – in one breathtaking volume. This collection is a literary treasure chest that belongs in every home library.
Collection | HC | $54.95
The Stormcaller (Twilight Reign 01) (Gollancz 10th anniversary editions)
Isak is a white-eye, feared and despised in equal measure. Trapped in a life of poverty, hated and abused by his father, Isak dreams of escape, but when his chance comes, it isn’t to a place in the army as he’d expected. Instead, the Gods have marked him out as heir-elect to the brooding Lord Bahl, the Lord of the Farlan. Lord Bahl is also a white-eye, a genetic rarity that produces men stronger, more savage and more charismatic than their normal counterparts. Their magnetic charm and brute strength both inspires and oppresses others. Now is the time for revenge, and the forging of empires. With mounting envy and malice, the men who would themselves be king watch Isak – chosen by Gods as flawed, as the humans who serve them – as he is shaped and moulded to fulfil the prophecies that are encircling him like scavenger birds. The various factions jostle for the upper hand, and that means violence, but the Gods have been silent for too long and that violence is about to spill over and paint the world the colour of spilled blood and guts and pain and anguish… A classic, understated hardcover reissue of one of the best fantasies of recent times.
Fantasy | HC | $29.99
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards Sequence 01) (Gollancz 10th anniversary editions)
An orphan’s life is harsh – and often short – in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains – a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected ‘family’ of orphans – a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards. Under his tutelage, Locke grows to lead the Bastards, delightedly pulling off one outrageous confidence game after another. Soon he is infamous as the Thorn of Camorr, and no wealthy noble is safe from his sting. Passing themselves off as petty thieves, the brilliant Locke and his tightly knit band of light-fingered brothers have fooled even the criminal underworld’s most feared ruler, Capa Barsavi. But there is someone in the shadows more powerful – and more ambitious – than Locke has yet imagined. A classic, understated hardcover reissue of one of the best fantasies of recent times.
Fantasy | HC | $29.99
The Star of the Sea (Weird Space 02)
The peace and stability of Stella Maris have been lost, perhaps forever. Weeks after Delia Walker found the remote world, trailing murderers and soldiers in her wake, more ships are coming. And, now, the impossible: a young woman claiming to be Walker’s daughter has come out of the Weird portal, demanding passage off the planet. For Cassandra, her mother’s former young charge Failt, and the cynical, worldly-wise Yale, a desperate race begins, to reach the very heart of the Expansion and avert a disaster. On Stella Maris – the ‘star of the sea’ – a fight has begun to preserve the refuge and its fragile harmony, from those who would exploit it. A sequel to the first Weird Space novel: The Baba Yaga (PBK, $19.95).
Space opera | PBK | $19.95
Den of Wolves (Blackthorn and Grim 03)
Healer Blackthorn knows, all too well, the rules of her bond to the fey: seek no vengeance, help any who ask, do only good. But after the recent ordeal she and her companion, Grim, have suffered, she knows she cannot let go of her quest to bring justice to the man who ruined her life. Despite her personal struggles, Blackthorn agrees to help the princess of Dalriada, in taking care of a troubled young girl who has recently been brought to court, while Grim is sent to the girl’s home at Wolf Glen to aid her wealthy father with a strange task – repairing a broken-down house deep in the woods. It doesn’t take Grim long to realise that everything in Wolf Glen is not as it seems – the place is full of perilous secrets and deadly lies… Back at Winterfalls, the evil touch of Blackthorn’s sworn enemy reopens old wounds and fuels her long-simmering passion for justice. With danger on two fronts, Blackthorn and Grim are faced with a heartbreaking choice – to stand, once again, by each other’s side; or to fight their battles alone…
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
Hot Lead, Cold Iron (Mick Oberon Job 01)
Mick Oberon may look like just another 1930s’ private detective, but beneath the fedora and the overcoat, he’s got pointy ears and he’s packing a wand. Among the last in a line of aristocratic Fae, Mick turned his back on his kind and their Court, a long time ago. But when he’s hired to find a gangster’s daughter – sixteen years, after she was replaced with a changeling – the trail leads Mick from Chicago’s criminal underworld to the hidden Otherworld, where he’ll have to wade through Fae politics and mob power struggles, to find the kidnapper and solve the case. Also available are Mick Oberon’s second and third jobs: Hallow Point (PBK, $19.95) and Dead to Rites (TP, $29.95).
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.95
A Game of Thrones (illustrated) (Song of Ice and Fire 01)
Martin, George R R
Published in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of George R R Martin’s landmark series, this lavishly-illustrated, special edition of A Game of Thrones features gorgeous full-page artwork, as well as black-and-white illustrations in every chapter.
Fantasy | HC | $69.99
Cloak of War (Empress Game trilogy 02)
The bloody tournament to determine the new empress of the intergalactic empire may be over, but for exiled princess Kayla Reinumon, the battle is just beginning. To free her home planet from occupation, Kayla must infiltrate the highest reaches of imperial power. But when a deadly nanovirus threatens to ravage the empire, it will take more than diplomacy to protect her home world from all-out war.
Fantasy | TP | $29.95
Fleet Inquisitor (Under Jurisdiction 01) (omnibus)
Matthews, Susan R
Three, critically-acclaimed, epic, science fiction novels together – for the first time – from the Under Jurisdiction series by John W Campbell Award finalist Susan R Matthews. The first of two series omnibus volumes, this collects: An Exchange of Hostages, Prisoner of Conscience, and Angel of Destruction. The second volume, Fleet Renegade (due for release in February 2017), will be followed by the new Under Jurisdiction novel: Blood Enemies in April 2017.
Space opera | TP | $33.95
Modesitt Jr, L E
You can’t militarise space. This one rule has led to decades of peaceful development of space programs worldwide. However, increasing resource scarcity and a changing climate on Earth’s surface is causing some interested parties to militarise, namely India, the North American Union, and the Sinese Federation. The discovery of a strange artefact, by Dr Alayna Wong, precipitates a crisis. What appears to be a hitherto undiscovered comet is soon revealed to be an alien structure on a cometary trajectory toward the sun. Now there is a race between countries to see who can study and control the artefact – dubbed the ‘Solar Express’ – before it destroys itself. Leading the way for the North American Union is Alayna’s friend, Captain Christopher Tavoian, one of the first shuttle pilots to be trained for combat in space. But, as the alien craft gets closer to its destination, it begins to alter the surface of the sun in strange new ways, ways that could lead Alayna to revolutionary discoveries – provided Chris can prevent war from breaking out, as he navigates among the escalating tensions between nations.
Fantasy | PBK| $22.95
Treachery’s Tools (Imager Portfolio 10)
Modesitt Jr, L E
Alastar has settled into his role, as the Maître of the Collegium. Now, married with a daughter, he would like nothing better than to focus his efforts on improving Imager Isle and making it more self-sufficient. However, the rise in fortune of the merchant classes in Solidar over the years does not sit well with the High Holders, who see the erosion of their long-enjoyed privileges. Bad harvests and worse weather spark acts of violence and murder. In the midst of the crisis, some High Holders call for repeals of the Codis Legis, taking authority away from the Rex. Once again, Alastar must maintain a careful political balance, but he cannot avoid the involvement of the Collegium when someone begins killing students. Trying to protect his imagers and hold Solidar together for the good of all, Alastar stumbles on to a plot by the High Holders involving illegal weapons, insurrection, and conspiracy.
Fantasy | HC | $52.95
A small group of commuters and tube workers witness a fiery apocalypse overtaking London. They make their escape through a service tunnel. Reaching a door, they step through… and find themselves on a wild shore backed by cliffs and rolling grassland. The way back is blocked. Making their way inland they meet a man, dressed in a wolf’s cloak, and with wolves by his side. He speaks English and has heard of a place called London – other people have arrived here, down the ages – all escaping from a London that is burning. None of them have returned. Except one – who travels, between the two worlds, at will. The group begin a quest to find this one survivor; the one who holds the key to their return and to the safety of London. Heaps of fun – recommended!
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
The Wraiths of War (Obsidian Heart 03)
Alex Locke is still searching for his missing daughter. He is transported far into the future, and then back into the past and the horrors of the First World War trenches; as, gradually, he pieces together the strange truth about the obsidian heart and his lost daughter. This third book in this series follows The Wolves of London (PBK, $19.95) and The Society of Blood (TP, $29.95).
Urban fantasy | TP | $29.95
Angels of Music
Deep in the shadows, under the Paris Opera House, resides Erik the Phantom – mysteriously enduring through the decades, as the mastermind behind a strange and secret agency. A revolving door of female agents are charged, by wealthy Parisians and the French government, to investigate crimes and misdemeanours they would prefer to keep out of the public eye. The toxic underbelly of Paris is exposed by Erik’s tenacious women operatives, as they confront horror and corruption throughout the city. But it is one dreadful murder, during the 1910 Great Flood of Paris that brings Irene Adler, Kate Reed, and others, together – for a final, deadly confrontation.
Fantasy | TP | $29.95
Goldenhand (Old Kingdom Chronicles 05)
Lirael is no longer a shy Second Assistant Librarian. She is the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, with dead creatures to battle and Free Magic entities to bind. She’s also a Remembrancer, and wielder of the Dark Mirror. When Lirael finds Nicholas Sayre lying unconscious after being attacked by a hideous Free Magic creature, she uses her powers to save him. But Nicholas is deeply tainted with Free magic and Lirael must seek help for him at her childhood home, the Clayr’s Glacier. But even as she returns to the Clayr, a messenger is trying to reach Lirael with a dire warning from her long-dead mother, Arielle, about the Witch with No Face. But who is the Witch, and what is she planning? Once more, a great danger threatens the Old Kingdom, and it must be forestalled not only in the living world, but also in the cold, remorseless river of Death.
YA fantasy | TP | $24.99
Break the Chains (Sands of Aransa 02)
O’Keefe, Megan E
As the city that produces the most selium – that precious gas that elevates airships and powers strange magic – Hond Steading is a jewel, worth stealing. To shore up the city’s defences, Detan promises his aunt that he’ll recover Nouli, the infamous engineer who built the century gates that protect the imperial capital of Valathea. But Nouli is imprisoned on the Remnant Isles, an impervious island prison run by the empire, and it’s Detan’s fault. Detan doesn’t dare approach Nouli himself, so his companions volunteer to get themselves locked up – to make contact with Nouli, and convince him to help. Now, Detan has to break them all out of prison, and he’s going to need the help of a half-mad doppel to do it. The sequel to Steal the Sky (PBK, $19.95).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95
Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs. Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti’s stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach. The Hugo and Nebula award-winning novella.
Science fiction | PBK | $16.99
Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she’s not crazy and doesn’t belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realises she must escape and figure out who she really is.
Fairy tales retold | HC | $19.99
The Terry Pratchett Diary 2017
Pratchett, Terry & Kidby, Paul
Terry Pratchett left us, far too early, in March 2015. To celebrate his life and works, the 2017 Discworld Diary – which will be a perennial diary – has been given over to remembrances and tributes, from some of those who knew and loved him and his extraordinary body of work. Contributors include Neil Gaiman, A S Byatt, Terry Pratchett’s literary agent Colin Smythe, co-author of the Long Earth books Stephen Baxter, famed bookseller Rog Peyton, and many more; with an introduction from his daughter Rhianna Pratchett, and an afterword from long-time friend and colleague Rob Wilkins.
Discworld | HC | $35.00
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street
In 1883, Thaniel Steepleton returns to his tiny flat to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. But he has worse fears than generous burglars; he is a telegraphist at the Home Office, which has just received a threat for what could be the largest-scale Fenian bombing in history. When the watch saves Thaniel’s life in a blast that destroys Scotland Yard, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori – a kind, lonely immigrant who sweeps him into a new world of clockwork and music. Although Mori seems harmless at first, a chain of unexpected slips soon proves that he must be hiding something. Meanwhile, Grace Carrow is sneaking into an Oxford library, dressed as a man. A theoretical physicist, she is desperate to prove the existence of the luminiferous ether, before her mother can force her to marry. As the lives of these three characters become entwined, events spiral out of control – until Thaniel is torn between loyalties, futures and opposing geniuses.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase 02)
Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon – the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenceless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki – and the price he wants is very high.
YA fantasy | TP | $22.99
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (illustrated edition)
Rowling, J K
Book 2 in the series gets the same deluxe treatment as Book 1, with copious illustrations by Jim Kay.
YA fantasy | HC | $59.99
Cast in Flight (Chronicles of Elantra 12)
Private Kaylin Neya already has Dragons and Barrani as roommates. Adding one injured, flightless Aerian to her household should be trivial. Sure, the Aerian is Sergeant Moran dar Carafel, but Kaylin’s own sergeant is a Leontine, the definition of growly and fanged. She can handle one Aerian. But when a walk to the Halls of Law becomes a street-shattering magical assassination attempt on the sergeant, Kaylin discovers that it’s not the guest who’s going to be the problem: it’s all of the people, who suddenly want Moran dar Carafel dead. And though Moran refuses to tell her why she’s being targeted, Kaylin is determined to discover her secret and protect her, at all costs – even if keeping Moran safe means dealing with Aerian politics, angry dragons, and something far more sinister.
Fantasy | TP | $33.95
Hero (Homecoming 03)
Salvatore, R A
Something akin to ‘peace’ has come to the Underdark. The demon hordes have receded, and now the matron mothers argue over the fate of Drizzt Do’Urden. Even so, it becomes clear, to one matriarch after another, that while the renegade drow may come and go Menzoberranzan, the City of Spiders will crawl forever on. And, so, Drizzt is free to return to his home on the surface, once again. Scores are settled, as lives are cut short; yet, other lives move on. For the lone drow, there is only a single final quest: a search for peace, for family, for home – for the future.
Drizzt | HC | $52.95
Final Empire, aka Mistborn (Mistborn 01) (Gollancz 10th anniversary editions)
For a thousand years, the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years, the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years, the Lord Ruler, the ‘Sliver of Infinity’, reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler’s most hellish prison. Kelsier ‘snapped’ and found, in himself, the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark. Kelsier recruited the underworld’s elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot. But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel’s plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she’s a half-Skaa orphan, but she’s lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed. A classic, understated hardcover reissue of one of the best fantasies of recent times.
Fantasy | HC | $29.99
Shadows of Self (Mistborn 05)
It is more than 300 years after the events of The Final Empire shaped Scadrial. Waxillium Ladrian has returned to the capital city of Elendel, from the far-flung roughs.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Immortal Nights (Argeneau Family 24)
Abigail Forsythe’s life hasn’t been easy, lately. Still, if there’s one thing guaranteed to take her mind off an empty bank account, and abandoned dreams, it’s a naked man locked in a plane’s cargo hold. A very big, incredibly-gorgeous, naked man. And when instinct prompts her to free him, Abigail must rely on this stranger for survival… a stranger, who leaves her thrumming with need, every time they touch. Tomasso Notte knows he’s found his life mate, in Abigail. Now, he just has to hold on to her. They’re miles from civilisation, hunted by his kidnappers. Abigail has no idea of Tomasso’s abilities, or of how intensely pleasurable their unique connection can be. But he’s about to show her, beginning with one wild, hot, Immortal night…
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99
Bold (Kris Longknife 14)
Despite her role as a fleet admiral and protector of a planetary system, Kris is still beholden to her great-grandfather King Raymond’s commands. She has been personally selected for a mission that will, should she succeed, save millions of lives. The Peterwald Empire is in the midst of civil war. On one side is the tyrannical empress; on the other is the last person Kris ever wants to see again: Grand Duchess Vicky Peterwald. Due to their shared history, the emperor believes Kris can mediate between the factions and bring about peace. But before Kris even begins her mission, she survives multiple assassination attempts on her family’s home world. Someone doesn’t want her interfering in the empire’s affairs. Kris immediately suspects Vicky, or the empress, only to learn that it could also be a traitor among her own people.
Space opera | PBK | $19.95
Feast of Sorrows
‘Angela Slatter’s first US collection features twelve of the World Fantasy and British Fantasy Award-winning Australian author’s finest, darkest fairy tales, and adds two new novellas to her marvellous cauldron of fiction. Stories peopled by women and girls fearless, frightened, brave, bold, frail, and fantastical who take the paths less travelled, accept (and offer) poisoned apples, and embrace transformation in all its forms. Reminiscent of Angela Carter at her best, Slatter’s work is both timeless and fresh: fascinating new reflections from the enchanted mirrors of fairy tales and folklore.’ – publisher’s blurb. We agree!
Fantasy collection | TP | $31.95
The Last Mortal Bond (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne 03)
The Annurian Empire is losing a war on two fronts – and it’s unclear who’s in command. Adare is stationed in the thick of battle, calling herself Emperor. However, she can’t hold back the nomadic Urghul forces, forever. She needs her brilliant general, Ran il Tornja, but will he betray her again? Adare’s brother Kaden is the true heir – yet, he’ll accept a republic, to save his divided people. And he faces something more terrible than war. He’s unmasked Ran il Tornja as a remnant of an ancient race, one that attempted to destroy mankind. The general now plans to finish what they started. Kaden has also discovered that capricious gods walk the earth, in human guise – and their agendas may seal the fates of all. Follows The Emperor’s Blades and The Providence of Fire (PBK, $19.99 each) in this series, which is getting great customer feedback.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Monday Starts on Saturday
Strugatsky, Arkady & Strugatsky, Boris
When young programmer Alexander Ivanovich Privalov picks up two hitchhikers while driving in Karelia, he is drawn into the mysterious world of the National Institute for the Technology of Witchcraft and Thaumaturgy – where research into magic is serious business. And where science, sorcery and socialism meet, can chaos be far behind? A brilliant and incisive satire of the Soviet pseudo-science research of the Cold War.
SF Masterwork | PBK | $22.99
Tales From Outer Suburbia (book and jigsaw puzzle)
An exchange student who’s, really, an alien; a secret room that becomes the perfect place for a quick escape; a typical tale of grandfatherly exaggeration that is, actually, even more bizarre than he says…These are the odd details of everyday life that grow, and take on an incredible life of their own, in tales and illustrations. The highly-acclaimed, multi-award-winning Tales from Outer Suburbia – beautifully presented as a book and jigsaw puzzle boxset. The 700mm x 500mm jigsaw comprises 750 pieces.
Fantasy art | HC | $35.00
The Tiger and the Wolf (Echoes of the Fall 01)
A young girl is estranged from her tribe, as her mother was from a despised rival clan. This is despite the fact that her father is chieftain. And her greatest secret is that she’s gained powers from both factions. A child of two worlds, she must escape to survive. But even as her actions trigger war, a greater threat appears on the horizon – and this will signal a battle to the death for all the tribes.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
The Hobbit (80th anniversary facsimile first edition)
Tolkien, J R R
The Hobbit was published on 21 September 1937. This sumptuous publication includes a replica of the very rare first edition – the only edition where one can now read the original version of the story, before Tolkien re-edited it – to become the one enjoyed by readers, since 1951. Also available is the Tolkien Calendar 2017: The Hobbit 80th Anniversary ($22.99), featuring paintings and illustrations by Tolkien, himself.
Fantasy | HC | $54.99
Valente, Catherynne M
Severin Unck’s father is a famous director of Gothic romances in an alternate 1986, in which talking movies are still a daring innovation due to the patent-hoarding Edison family. Rebelling against her father’s films of passion, intrigue, and spirits from beyond, Severin starts making documentaries, traveling through space and investigating the levitator cults of Neptune and the lawless saloons of Mars. Told using techniques from reality TV, classic film, gossip magazines, and meta-fictional narrative, Radiance is a solar system-spanning story of love, exploration, family, loss, quantum physics, and silent film.
Alternate history | PBK | $19.99
Van Name, Mark L (editor)
The bestselling author David Drake has been creating top-notch, military science fiction, space opera, and fantasy novels and stories for decades. In this all-original collection that appeared in hardcover, as Drake turned 70: a stellar line-up of writers pay tribute to Drake – with stories as broad in range as his own fiction. Each one comes with an illuminating afterword, explaining the connection of the story to Drake and his work.
Collection | PBK | $19.95
At the Sign of Triumph (Safehold 09)
The Church of God Awaiting’s triumph over Charis was inevitable. Despite its prosperity, the Charis was a single, small island realm. It boasted less than two percent of the total population of Safehold. How could it, possibly, resist total destruction? The Church had every reason to be confident of a swift, crushing victory, an object lesson to other rebels. But Charis had something far more powerful, than simple numbers. It had a king, a crown prince, and a navy prepared to die, where they stood, in its defence. It had the Brethren of Saint Zherneau, who knew the truth about Safehold’s founding. Who knew that the Church of God Awaiting was a monstrous lie. And it had Merlin Athrawes, last survivor of long-vanished Earth. Merlin – the cybernetic avatar of a woman, dead over a thousand years – who was determined to break the Church’s grip upon the human mind and soul. So, after eight years of war, it is not Charis, but the Church, that stands upon the brink of defeat. But the Church still commands immense resources, and – faced with the unthinkable – it’s decided that it, too, must embrace the forbidden technology which has carried Charis so far. In the end, it is simple, for only one can survive. The lines are drawn, the navies and armies have been raised, and all of Safehold is poised for the final battle – between those who believe in freedom, and those who would crush it forever.
Science fiction | HC | $52.95
Invasive (Zer0es 02)
On an isolated island, in the middle of the Pacific, a team of scientists is employed by a charismatic billionaire hoping to change the world through cutting-edge research. In a small cabin, on a remote lake in the middle of the Adirondacks, FBI futurist Hannah Stander confronts a barely-recognisable human body – one skinned alive, by thousands of genetically-engineered ants. Hannah’s investigation ultimately leads her to Kohole Atoll. Though the team, there, vehemently denies any connection to the body, the more Hannah studies the group, the more she suspects their work has sinister applications. And the more it looks like no one is getting off the island, alive. The sequel to the recommended Zer0es (PBK, $14.99).
Science fiction thriller | HC | $46.95
Swarm (Zeroes 02)
Westerfeld, Scott, Lanagan, Margo & Biancotti, Deborah
It’s the holiday season, but the celebration at the Zeroes’ underground nightclub is blown apart, when two strangers with new powers take to the dance floor. The Zeroes pursue them, only to discover that they’re fleeing an even more sinister power-wielder, Swarm. The Zeroes must learn all they can about this dangerous new player if they are to stay safe. Meanwhile, each of the Zeroes also has their own issues to deal with. Bellwether’s confidence is challenged, and Mob questions the nature of her power. Crash’s conscience gets a workout, and Anon and Scam face harsh truths about belonging. And it’s up to Flicker, to pick up the reins, and lead the Zeroes into a terrifying showdown. Follows Zeroes (TP, $19.99).
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99
The Once and Future King (Penguin Galaxy editions)
White, T H (introduced by Neil Gaiman)
A masterful retelling of the Arthurian legend and an abiding classic. Exquisite comedy offsets the tragedy of Arthur’s personal doom, as White brings to life the major, British epic of all time with brilliance, grandeur, warmth, and charm. A deluxe, hardcover edition.
Science fiction | HC | $54.95
Updraft (Bone Universe 01)
Welcome to a world of wind and bone, songs and silence, betrayal and courage. Kirit Densira cannot wait to pass her wingtest and begin flying as a trader by her mother’s side, being in service to her beloved home tower and exploring the skies beyond. When Kirit inadvertently breaks Tower Law, the city’s secretive governing body, the Singers, demand that she become one of them instead. In an attempt to save her family from greater censure, Kirit must give up her dreams to throw herself into the dangerous training at the Spire, the tallest, most forbidding tower, deep at the heart of the City. As she grows in knowledge and power, she starts to uncover the depths of Spire secrets. Kirit begins to doubt her world and its unassailable Laws, setting in motion a chain of events that will lead to a haunting choice, and may well change the city forever – if it isn’t destroyed outright.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
In the not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. And Briddey Flannigan is delighted – when her boyfriend, Trent, suggests undergoing the operation prior to a marriage proposal – to enjoy better emotional connection and a perfect relationship with complete communication and understanding. But things don’t quite work out as planned, and Briddey finds herself connected to someone else entirely – in a way far beyond what she signed up for. It is almost more than she can handle – especially when the stress of managing her all-too-eager-to-communicate-at-all-times family is already burdening her brain. But that’s only the beginning. As things go from bad to worse, she begins to see the dark side of too much information, and to realise love – and communication – are far more complicated than she ever imagined. ‘… This novel is full of Willis’ trademarks – thematically-rich storytelling, fascinating historical trivia, quick-witted repartee, and plausible speculative technology – and has fun with them, too.’ – Booklist. A US hardcover edition ($52.95) is also available now.
Science fiction | TP | $32.99