Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: October 2018
All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in October 2018.
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Until next time, good reading!
October 2018 includes new books by: Kristen Britain, James S A Corey, Deborah Harkness, Ari Marmell, Kim Stanley Robinson, John Scalzi, K B Wagers, David Weber, Chris Wooding… and many others.
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018
Adams, John Joseph & Jemisin, N K (editors)
With a diverse selection of stories chosen by series editor John Joseph Adams and guest editor N K Jemisin, The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 explores the ever-expanding and changing world of SFF, today; with Jemisin bringing her lyrical, endlessly-curious point of view to the series’ latest edition.
SF&F anthology | TP | $31.95
Last Argument of Kings (First Law 03) (Gollancz tenth anniversary edition)
The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him, but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s past time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no one is safe, and no one can be trusted. His days with a sword are far behind him. It’s a good thing blackmail, threats and torture still work well enough. Jezal dan Luthar has decided that winning glory is far too painful and turned his back on soldiering for a simple life with the woman he loves. But love can be painful too and glory has a nasty habit of creeping up on a man when he least expects it. As in the past two years, these titles have been reissued in classic, understated hardcover editions to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their publication. We think these would make perfect Christmas gifts.
Grimdark fantasy (reissue) | HC | $35.00
Three Hearts and Three Lions
Transported to a medieval realm of magic and myth, a World War II resistance fighter undertakes a perilous quest in this classic fantasy adventure. Holger Carlsen is a rational man of science. A Danish engineer working with the Resistance to defeat the Nazis, he is wounded during an engagement with the enemy and awakens in an unfamiliar parallel universe where the forces of Law are locked in eternal combat with the forces of Chaos. Against a medieval backdrop, brave knights must take up arms against magical creatures of myth and faerie, battling dragons, trolls, werewolves, and giants. Though Holger has no recollection of this world, he discovers he is already well known throughout the lands, a hero revered as a Champion of Law. He finds weaponry and armour awaiting him – precisely fitted to his form – and a shield with three hearts and three lions emblazoned upon it. As he journeys through a realm filled with wonders in search of the key to his past, Holger will call upon the scientific knowledge of his home dimension, the destinies of both worlds hanging in the balance. Before Thomas Covenant, Roger Zelazny’s Amber, and J R R Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, the great Poul Anderson introduced readers to the Middle World and the legendary hero Ogier the Dane. Inventive and exciting, Three Hearts and Three Lions is a foray into fantasy that employs touches of science fiction from an award-winning master of the speculative.
Fantasy (reissue) | TP | $24.95
Restless Lightning (Breaker of Empires 02)
Having narrowly avoided being court martialled, Lieutenant Sikander North finds himself assigned to a remote outpost in the crumbling, alien Tzoru Empire, stuck where the navy sends troublemakers to be forgotten. Sikander finds himself in the middle of an alien uprising. Once again, he must do the impossible: smuggle an alien ambassador off world, break a siege, and fight the irrational prejudice of his superior officers. The odds are against his success, and his choices could mean disgrace – or redemption. The sequel to Valiant Dust (PBK, $21.95) which customers have been loving!
Space opera | TP | $26.99
The Bus on Thursday
It wasn’t just the bad break-up that caused Eleanor’s life to unravel. It was the cancer. And the demons that came with it. Freshly single and thoroughly traumatised, from the ordeals of breast cancer, Eleanor Mellett starts a new job as a teacher in a remote mountain hamlet. It’s certainly peaceful enough, almost too peaceful. But what’s become of the previous teacher, the saintly Miss Barker, who has disappeared abruptly under mysterious circumstances? And what’s with all those locks on the door? And what the hell is that bus doing idling outside her house, late at night? Bridget Jones meets The Exorcist… in Twin Peaks.
Paranormal thriller | TP | $29.99
America, one century on: a warmer climate is causing vast movements of people. Droughts, floods and hurricanes force entire populations to simply abandon their homes. Tensions are mounting between north and south, and some northern states are threatening to close their borders against homeless, fellow Americans from the south. Senator Slaymaker is a politician whose sole mission is to keep America together; reconfiguring the entire country in order to meet the challenge of the new climate realities as a single, united nation. When he runs for President, Holly becomes his right-hand woman, doing battle on the whisperstream, where stories are everything and truth counts for little…
Dystopia/cli-fi | PBK | $19.99
Since the 1970s, FantasticLand has been the theme park where ‘Fun is Guaranteed!’ But when a hurricane ravages the Florida coast and isolates the park, the employees find it anything but fun. Five weeks later, the authorities who rescue the survivors encounter a scene of horror. Photos soon emerge online of heads on spikes outside of rides and viscera and human bones littering the gift shops, breaking records for hits, views, likes, clicks, and shares. How could a group of survivors, mostly teenagers, commit such terrible acts?
Horror | TP | $33.95
Power Failure (Jake Ross 03)
Dr Jake Ross came to Washington to try to make a difference, but he’s learned the only way to get something done, in Washington – assuming your ideals survive the corrosive atmosphere – is to gather power. Ross has gathered a great deal, riding in the wake of Frank Tomlinson. But, now, Tomlinson has decided to shoot for the moon. If they win, they get it all. If they lose, the game is over for Jake Ross.
SF thriller | HC | $52.95
Treason of Hawks (Shadow 04)
Rhett Walker is looking for peace, the memories of all he’s lost haunting his dreams. And, now, the Shadow tugs him West, back to where his journey began. With the lawless Rangers on his heels and monster attacks surging, Rhett is surrounded on all sides. This time, it’s not all about horses and land. This time, it feels personal. Because the newest monster on the horizon just may be wearing the face of someone from Rhett’s past. To save the Durango territory, Rhett must accept the Shadow’s call and fulfil his destiny. Following Conspiracy of Ravens, Wake of Vultures, and Malice of Crows (PBK, $19.99 each).
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99
The Dream Gatherer (Green Rider series) (illustrated anniversary collection)
A novella and two short stories set in the Green Rider universe, in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Britain’s first novel, Green Rider (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
Street Freaks (illustrated edition)
Brooks, Terry & Simonetti, Marc (artist)
‘Go into the Red Zone. Go to Street Freaks,’ his father directs Ashton Collins… before the vid feed goes suddenly silent. The Red Zone is the dangerous heart of mega-city Los Angeles; it is a world Ash is forbidden from and one he knows little about. But if he can find Street Freaks, the strangest of aid awaits – human and barely human alike. As Ash is hunted, he must unravel the mystery left behind by his father and discover his role in this new world.
Science fiction | HC | $52.95
Darrow was born a slave. He became a weapon. He ended centuries of Gold rule, broke the chains of an empire, and now he’s the hero of a brave new republic. But at terrible cost. At the edge of the solar system, the grandson of the emperor he murdered dreams of revenge. In his hidden fortress in the oceans of Venus, the Ash Lord lies in wait, plotting to crush the newborn democracy. And, at home, a young Red girl who’s lost everything to the Rising questions whether freedom was just another Gold lie… Iron Gold is the first in a new series, following on from the fantastic Red Rising trilogy (PBK, $16.99 each).
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
The Wolf (Under the Northern Sky 01)
A great war has come to the land under the Northern Sky. Beyond the Black River, among the forests and mountains of the north, lives an ancient race of people. Their lives are measured in centuries, not decades; they revel in wilderness and resilience, and they scorn wealth and comfort. By contrast, those in the south live in the moment, their lives more fleeting. They crave wealth and power, their ambition is limitless, and their cunning unmatched. When the armies of the south flood across the Black River, the fragile peace between the two races is shattered… The first in a series, by a new voice to rival David Gemmell or George R R Martin.
Epic fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Graceling (Gollancz tenth anniversary edition)
In a world where people born with an exceptional skill, known as a Grace, are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of a skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her Uncle Randa, King of the Middluns and is expected to carry out his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who displeases him. Breaking arms and cutting off fingers are her stock in trade. Finding life under his rule increasingly unbearable, Katsa forms an underground Council, whose purpose is to combat the destructive behaviour of the seven kings – after all, the Middluns is only one of the seven kingdoms and each of them is ruled its own king with his own personal agenda for power. When the Council hears that the King of Liend’s father has been kidnapped Katsa investigates… But something dark and deadly is rising in the north and creeping across the continent, and behind it all lurks the shadowy figure of a one-eyed king… As in the past two years, these titles have been reissued in classic, understated hardcover editions to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their publication. We think these would make perfect Christmas gifts.
Fantasy (reissue) | HC | $35.00
Roar of Sky (Blood of Earth 03)
Thanks to her geomantic magic, Ingrid has successfully eluded Ambassador Blum, the power-hungry kitsune who seeks to achieve world domination for the United Pacific. But using her abilities has taken its toll: Ingrid’s body has been left severely weakened, and she must remain on the run with her friends Cy and Fenris. Hoping to learn more about her magical roots and the strength her bloodline carries, Ingrid makes her way across the Pacific to Hawaii, home to the ancient earth goddess Madame Pele. What she discovers in this paradise is not at all what she expects – and, perhaps, exactly what she needs. But Ambassador Blum comes from the same world of old magic and mythic power. And if Ingrid cannot defeat her once and for all, she knows Blum will use that power to take the lives of everyone she holds dear before beginning a war that will rip the world to pieces. The conclusion to the trilogy, following: Breath of Earth (TP, $27.99) and Call of Fire (TP, $29.99).
Steampunk | TP | $29.99
When Rosie and Jules discover a ground-breaking clinical trial that enables two women to have a female baby, they jump at the chance to make history. Fear-mongering politicians and right-wing movements are quick to latch on to the controversies surrounding Ovum-to-Ovum (o-o) technology and stoke the fears of the public. What will happen to the numbers of little boys born? Is there a sinister conspiracy to eradicate men at play? In this toxic political climate, Jules and Rosie try to hide their baby from scrutiny. But when the news of Rosie’s pregnancy is leaked to the media, their relationship is put under a microscope and they’re forced to question the loyalty of those closest to them, and battle against a tirade of hate that threatens to split them apart…
Science fiction | TP | $32.99
The City of Brass (Daevabad trilogy 01)
Chakraborty, S A
When Nahri accidentally summons Dara, an equally-sly, darkly-mysterious djinn warrior, to her side; he tells Nahri an extraordinary tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire and rivers where the mythical marid sleep, past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises and mountains, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass. In Daevabad, within gilded brass walls laced with enchantments and behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments run deep… The first in a series.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Out of the Dark: Tales of Terror (collection)
Chambers, Robert W
For the first time in one volume, the best stories of one of America’s most popular classic authors of the supernatural.
Supernatural/horror short fiction | PBK | $19.99
The Queen of Crows (Sacred Throne 02)
Despite the crippling injuries she’s received, Heloise stands tall against overwhelming odds, with the help of alchemically-empowered armour and an unbreakable spirit. Heloise has grown from a shell-shocked girl into a figure of revolution, and as she draws in allies, her cause grows ever stronger. The time for hiding underground is over. Heloise must face the tyrannical Order and lay siege to the Imperial Palace, itself. The sequel to The Armored Saint (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | HC | $26.99
The Armored Saint (Sacred Throne 01)
After witnessing a horrendous slaughter, young Heloise opposes the Order, and risks bringing their wrath down on herself, her family, and her village. She must confront the true risk that wizards pose to the world, and weigh the safety of her people against justice. A tale of religious tyrants, arcane war machines, and underground resistance, this is the first volume of a new epic fantasy trilogy.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Persepolis Rising (Expanse 07)
Corey, James S A
In the thousand-sun network of humanity’s expansion, new colony worlds are struggling to find their way. Every new planet lives on a knife edge, between collapse and wonder; and the crew of the ageing gunship Rocinante have their hands more than full, keeping the fragile peace. In the vast space between Earth and Jupiter, the inner planets and the Belt have formed a tentative and uncertain alliance, still haunted by a history of wars and prejudices. On the lost colony world of Laconia, a hidden enemy has a new vision for all of humanity – and the power to enforce it. New technologies clash with old, as the history of human conflict returns to its ancient pattern of war and subjugation. But human nature is not the only enemy, and the forces being unleashed have their own price. A price that will change the shape of humanity – and of the Rocinante – unexpectedly, and for ever… The first in a new story arc in this great sf series. Recommended!
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99
The Best of the Best Horror of the Year: 10 Years of Essential Short Horror Fiction
Datlow, Ellen (editor)
For more than three decades, editor and anthologist Ellen Datlow, winner of multiple Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, has had her finger on the pulse of the horror genre, introducing readers to writers whose tales can unnerve, frighten, and terrify. This anniversary volume, which collects the best stories from the first ten years of her annual The Best Horror of the Year anthology series, includes fiction from award-winning and critically acclaimed authors Neil Gaiman, Livia Llewellyn, Laird Barron, Gemma Files, Stephen Graham Jones, and many more.
Horror anthology | TP | $35.95
What the Woods Keep
De Becerra, Katya
On her eighteenth birthday, Hayden inherits her childhood home – on the condition that she uncovers its dark secrets. Hayden has tried to put the past behind her; and, so far, it’s worked. She’s getting ready for college, living in a Brooklyn apartment, and hanging out with her best friend and flatmate, Del. As soon as Hayden arrives at her hometown, Del in tow, it begins: neighbours whisper secrets about Hayden’s mother; the boy next door is now all grown up, in a very distracting way; and Hayden feels the trees calling to her…
YA paranormal thriller | PBK | $16.99
The Monster Baru Cormorant (Masquerade 02)
Baru Cormorant’s world was shattered by the Empire of Masks. To exact her revenge, she’s clawed her way up razor-edged rungs of betrayal, sacrifice, and compromise, becoming the very thing she seeks to destroy. Unable to trust anyone and pursued across the ocean by enemies determined to punish her for her treachery; Baru seeks the key to starting a war that will either rip apart the Masquerade, once and for all… The sequel to The Traitor (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | HC | $55.00
The Toy Makers
It is 1917. The Emporium sells toys that capture the imagination of children and adults alike. Into this family business comes young Cathy Wray, running away from a shameful past. The Emporium takes her in, makes her one of its own. But Cathy is about to discover that the Emporium has secrets of its own… Perfect for fans of Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist and Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
A Breach in the Heavens (Godserfs 03)
Dolkart, N S
The End Times have arrived. For over a decade, the sorceress Phaedra has had a single, vital task – to keep the world of the elves separated from humanity. But when her world experiences its first skyquake, it’s clear that something is very wrong. Has all Phaedra’s work been for nothing? She’ll need a new plan – and her friends’ help – to keep the worlds from smashing into each other, and shredding all of creation. Unfortunately, not everyone likes the new plan. To the God of the Underworld, destroying creation doesn’t seem like such a bad idea… A sequel to the terrific Silent Hall and Among the Fallen (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
The Book of Magic (anthology)
Dozois, Gardner (editor)
For every Frodo, there is a Gandalf… and a Saruman. For every Dorothy, a Glinda… and a Wicked Witch of the West. What would Harry Potter be, without Albus Dumbledore… and Severus Snape? Figures of wisdom and power, possessing arcane, often forbidden knowledge, wizards and sorcerers are shaped – or misshaped – by the potent magic they seek to wield. Yet, though their abilities may be godlike, these men and women remain human… some might say, all too human. Such is their curse. And their glory. In these pages, seventeen of today’s top fantasy writers – including award-winners K J Parker, Megan Lindholm, John Crowley, Tim Powers, Liz Williams, Elizabeth Bear, George R R Martin, Kate Elliott, Scott Lynch, and more – cast wondrous spells that thrillingly evoke the mysterious, awesome – and, at times, downright terrifying – worlds, where magic reigns supreme: worlds as far away as forever… and as near as next door.
Fantasy | HC | $49.99
Ironfoot (Enchanter General 01)
It is 1164, and for a hundred years England has been ruled by the Normans. A young Saxon boy named Durwin – crippled by a childhood accident – caught the eye of a Norman sage teaching at a rural school of magic. Realising that the boy had promise, Durwin was made stable boy, and eventually allowed to attend classes. Now twenty, Durwin is proficient enough that he is assigned to teach, but the other sages refuse to promote him and he is hassled by the Norman juniors, for his disability. But those troubles turn out to be the least of his worries – when he manages to corrects errors in an ancient, corrupted spell, which promptly prophesies murder. Sure enough, word soon reaches the school that one of the local count’s house sage has died, perhaps slain by black magic. Durwin is whisked away to the family’s castle, only to find that one death was only the beginning. The young sage quickly learns of a dizzying plot to assassinate King Henry. Dropped into the middle of the complex politics of England’s royal courts, can Durwin stop them in time?
Historical fantasy | TP | $31.95
Trial by Treason (Enchanter General 02)
King Henry, campaigning in France, receives a muddled warning of a treasonous conspiracy in Lincoln Castle – his great fortress in the centre of England. His enchanters report that the letter contains both truth and lies, but cannot determine which is which. Putting little stock in the warning, he sends an eager young knight to lead a troop of men and investigate, and since the letter includes hints of magic, Henry orders him to enlist the help of Durwin, the young Saxon whose education he has been financing, these last two years. Durwin takes an assistant and accompanies the troop to Lincoln, but quickly finds his blossoming abilities as a sage are not warmly received. Upon reaching town, it only takes a couple of hours for Durwin to realise that they are up against a vast Satanic conspiracy – and his companions may have already fallen into a deadly trap! The sequel to Ironfoot (TP, $31.95).
Historical fantasy | TP | $31.95
The Second Collected Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach (three short novels of the Malazan Empire)
The necromancers Bauchelain and Korbal Broach – scourges of civilisation, raisers of the dead, reapers of the souls of the living, devourers of hope, betrayers of faith, slayers of the innocent and modest personifications of evil – have a lot to answer for and answer they will; but, first, they must lie, murder and cheat their way through three more escapades in some of the deprived fringes and impoverished communities of the Malazan Empire. Much to the shame of their long-suffering general factotum, Emancipoor Reese… An omnibus edition collecting novellas of the Malazan Empire: The Crack’d Pot Trail, The Wurms of Blearmouth, and The Fiends of Nightmaria.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards 01)
In a realm where one’s magical power determines one’s worth, Lady Everleigh’s lack of obvious ability relegates her to the shadows of the royal court of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. Seventeenth in line for the throne, Evie is nothing more than a ceremonial fixture, overlooked and mostly forgotten. When her cousin Vasilia, the crown princess, assassinates her mother the queen and takes the throne by force… Evie is also attacked, along with the rest of the royal family. Luckily for Evie, her secret immunity to magic helps her escape the massacre. Forced into hiding to survive, she falls in with a gladiator troupe. Though they use their talents to entertain and amuse the masses, the gladiators are actually highly-trained warriors skilled in the art of combat. Evie’s fate becomes clear: she must become a fearsome gladiator, herself… and kill the queen. The first in a new series.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
Covert Game (Ghostwalkers 14)
Rescuing an industrial spy from the hands of a criminal mastermind is a suicide mission for the GhostWalkers. And there’s no one more up to the task than Gino Mazza. He’s the perfect killing machine – a man driven by demons so dark and destructive that his blighted soul has given up trying to find solace. But his laser-sharp focus on his target has transformed into something nearing desire. A treasonous senator dangled top secret GhostWalker data in front of a Chinese crime lord, and he bit. Zara Hightower, one of the world’s leading experts on artificial intelligence, was sent in to psychically wipe the crime lord’s computer network. She succeeded, but at a huge cost. Now, she’s the captive of a man who has descended into paranoid madness. Torture and death await her… But GhostWalkers never leave one of their own in enemy territory. And it’s up to Gino to save Zara, or kill her – if it turns out she’s led them into a trap. Either way, heaven or hell won’t stop him…
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99
Hidden Sun (Shadowlands duology 01)
Rhia Harlyn is a noble in Shen, one of the dozens of shadowlands which separate the bright, alien skyland. She has a missing brother, an unwanted marriage proposal and an interest in science considered unbecoming in her gender. Her brother’s disappearance coincided with a violent unsolved murder, and Rhia impulsively joins the search party headed into the skyland – a place whose dangers and wonders have long fascinated her. The dangerous journey brings her into conflict with a young rebel stuck between the worlds of shadow and light, and a charismatic cult leader who believes he can defeat death itself. The first in a series.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Saga Land: the Island of Stories at the End of the World
Fidler, Richard & Gíslason, Kári
A gripping blend of family mystery, contemporary stories and the beautiful and bloody Viking tales, set against the starkly stunning landscape of Iceland.
Folklore | TP | $29.99
It Devours (Welcome to Night Vale 02)
Fink, Joseph & Cranor, Jeffrey
Nilanjana Sikdar is an outsider to the town of Night Vale. Working for Carlos, the town’s top scientist, she relies on fact and logic as her guiding principles. But all of that is put into question when Carlos gives her a special assignment… investigating a mysterious rumbling in the desert wasteland outside of town. This investigation leads her to the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, and to Darryl – one of its most committed members. Caught between her beliefs in the ultimate power of science and her growing attraction to Darryl, she begins to suspect the Congregation is planning a ritual that could threaten the lives of everyone in town. Nilanjana and Darryl must search for common ground between their very different world views, as they are faced with the Congregation’s darkest and most terrible secret. A sequel to Welcome to Night Vale (PBK, $19.99).
Speculative fiction | PBK | $19.99
The Rift: Coda (Rift Uprising trilogy 03)
Ryn Whittaker started an uprising. Now she has to end it. Not long ago, Ryn knew what her future would be – as a Citadel, it was her job to protect her version of Earth among an infinite number of other versions in the vast Multiverse, at any cost. But when Ezra Massad arrived on Ryn’s Earth, her life changed in an instant, and he pushed her to start asking why she was turned into a Citadel, in the first place. What began as merely an investigation into her origins ended up hurling Ryn, Ezra, and Ryn’s team-mate Levi through the Multiverse and headlong into a conspiracy so vast and complex that Ryn can no longer merely be a soldier… she must now be a general. And, in becoming a true leader, she must forge alliances with unpredictable species, make impossible decisions, and face deep sacrifices. She must lead not thousands, but hundreds of thousands of troops under her command and, in doing so, leave any trace of her childhood behind.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
The Witch of Willow Hall
New Oldbury, 1821: In the wake of a scandal, the Montrose family and their three daughters – Catherine, Lydia and Emeline – flee Boston for their new country home, Willow Hall. The estate seems sleepy and idyllic. But a subtle menace creeps into the atmosphere, remnants of a dark history that call to Lydia, and to the youngest, Emeline. All three daughters will be irrevocably changed by what follows, but none more than Lydia, who must draw on a power she never knew she possessed, if she wants to protect those she loves. For Willow Hall’s secrets will rise, in the end…
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
The Glass of Lead and Gold (Mirrorworld)
In the snow-covered city of Londra, young Tabetha survives by finding treasures in the mudbanks of the river Themse. On Christmas Eve, a sinister stranger asks her to keep her eyes open for a priceless, long-lost magical object: the Glass of Lead and Gold. As word of the Glass spreads across the city, Tabetha finds herself with some unlikely companions, not least a one-armed girl and a rather impressive soup chef. But will Tabetha discover that there are even greater fortunes to be found than the magical Glass? A standalone tale, set in the London of the Mirrorworld series.
YA fantasy | HC | $18.99
Hark! the Herald Angels Scream (anthology)
Golden, Christopher (editor)
That there is darkness at the heart of the Yuletide season should not surprise. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is filled with scenes that are unsettling. Marley untying the bandage that holds his jaws together. The hideous children – Want and Ignorance – beneath the robe of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. The heavy ledgers, Marley drags by his chains. In the finest versions of this story, the best parts are the terrifying parts. Bestselling author and editor Christopher Golden shares his love for Christmas horror stories, with this anthology of all-new short fiction from some of the most talented and original writers of horror, today. Eighteen stories of Christmas horror featuring stories by: Scott Smith, Seanan McGuire, Josh Malerman, Michael Koryta, Sarah Pinborough, and many more.
(Christmas) horror anthology | TP | $33.95
Golemon, David L
Evil doesn’t always look scary. Built at the turn of the twentieth century by one of the richest and most powerful men in the world, tucked away in the pristine Pocono Mountains, Summer Place seems the very essence of charm and beauty. But behind the yellow and white trimmed exterior lurks an evil, waiting to devour the unwary. Seven years ago, Professor Gabriel Kennedy’s investigation into paranormal activity at Summer Place ended in tragedy and destroyed his career. Now, Kelly Delaphoy, the ambitious producer of a top-rated ghost-hunting television series, is determined to make Summer Place the centrepiece of an epic live broadcast on Halloween night. To ensure success, she needs help from the one man, who has come face to face with the evil that dwells in Summer Place – a man still haunted by the ghosts of his own failure. Kennedy wants nothing to do with the event. But Summer Place has other plans. As Summer Place grows stronger, Kennedy along with the paranormal ghost-hunting team, the Supernaturals, sets out to confront… and if possible, destroy… the evil presence dwelling there. But, sometimes, in a paranormal investigation, the ghosts hunt you… A reissue of the first in Golemon’s urban fantasy series.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $21.95
Daughters of Forgotten Light
Lena ‘Horror’ Horowitz leads the Daughters of Forgotten Light, one of three vicious gangs fighting for survival on Oubliette. Their fragile truce is shaken when a new shipment arrives from Earth carrying a fresh batch of prisoners and supplies to squabble over. But the delivery includes two new surprises: a drone, and a baby. Earth Senator Linda Dolfuse wants evidence of the bloodthirsty gangs to justify the government finally eradicating the wasters dumped on Oubliette. There’s only one problem: the baby in the drone’s video may be hers.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
Thumb Rivera is in a bind. A college dropout, aspiring writer, small-time marijuana grower, and biker club hang-around, Thumb finds himself confined to his rural ranch house, in the desolate Maine countryside; helpless to do anything but watch, as his former friends and housemates scheme behind his back, conspire to steal his girlfriend, and make inroads with the Blood Eagles, a dangerous biker gang. Thumb is also dead. A ghost forced to haunt his survivors and reflect back on the circumstances that led to his unsolved murder, Thumb discovers he has one channel through which he can communicate with the living world: Ben, an unemployed ghost hunter. Ben soon convinces local curmudgeon Fred Muttkowski, failed novelist turned pig farmer, to turn Ben’s Ouija-board conversations with Thumb into an actual book. Thumb has two things on his mind: To solve, and then avenge, the mystery of his own violent death, and also to tell his story. That story is American Ghost – as told, to Ben… then fictionalised, by Fred. It’s at once a clever tale of the afterlife, a poignant examination of the ephemeral nature of life, and a celebration of writing and the written word.
Paranormal/metafiction | TP | $29.95
The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2018 Edition (anthology)
Guran, Paula (editor)
The supernatural, the surreal, and the all too real… tales of the dark. Such stories have always fascinated us, and modern authors carry on the disquieting traditions of the past, while inventing imaginative new ways to unsettle us. Chosen from a wide variety of venues, these stories are as eclectic and varied as shadows. This volume of the year’s best dark fantasy and horror offers more than five hundred pages of tales from some of today’s finest writers of the fantastique – sure to delight, as well as disturb…
Horror anthology | TP | $39.95
On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. But his transformation is not an easy one and the ancient traditions and responsibilities of the de Clermont family clash with Marcus’ deeply-held beliefs in liberty, equality, and brotherhood. In contemporary London, where Marcus has fallen for Phoebe Taylor, a young employee at Sotheby’s. She decides to become a vampire, too; and, the couple discovers that the challenges facing a human, who wishes to be a vampire, are no less formidable in the modern world than they were in the 18th century… Set in the world of All Souls trilogy (one of Leanne’s faves), Marcus and Phoebe’s love story offers glimpses into the lives of the rest of the Bishop-Clairmont clan. Leanne totally recommends anything by Harkness. If you’re new to these books, start with A Discovery of Witches (TP, $22.99).
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
Easy Death (Gunnie Rose 01)
Set in a fractured United States, in the south-western country now known as Texoma, this is a world where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted. Battered by a run across the border to Mexico, gunslinger Lizbeth Rose takes a job offer from a pair of Russian wizards. She may be young, but Gunnie Rose has acquired a fearsome reputation and the wizards are at a desperate crossroads, even if they won’t admit it. They’re searching frantically to locate the only man whose blood they believe can save their tsar’s life. As the trio journey through an altered America, they’re set upon by enemies…
Paranormal | TP | $29.99
Time’s Children (Islevale Cycle 01)
Jackson, D B
Fifteen-year-old Tobias Doljan, a Walker trained to travel through time, is called to serve at the court of Daerjen. The sovereign, Mearlan IV, wants him to Walk back fourteen years, to prevent a devastating war which will destroy all of Islevale. Even though the journey will double Tobias’ age, he agrees. But he arrives to discover Mearlan has already been assassinated, and his court destroyed. The only survivor is the infant princess, Sofya. Still a boy inside his newly-adult body, Tobias must find a way to protect the princess from assassins, and build himself a future… in the past. The first in a new series.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Infernal Machines (Incorruptibles 03)
Jacobs, John Hornor
The world is burning. Rume is under attack. The Autumn Lords, rulers of the Tchinee empire, have had their true nature revealed. The Emperor descends into madness. And Fisk and Shoe – unlikely heroes, very likely mercenaries – must find their way to Fisk’s wife and child, who he has never seen. There might be quite a lot in their way. A war, for one thing. But Livia is as determined as Fisk, to be reunited. And Shoe may have a plan… An explosive conclusion to the adventures begun in The Incorruptibles (PBK, $19.99) and Foreign Devils (PBK, $22.99). Recommended!
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Bright Ruin (Dark Gifts 03)
The rules are simple, the system cruel: the lower classes must give ten years in service to Britain’s powerfully gifted rulers. With one uprising crushed by the glittering elite, commoners and aristocrats alike now take sides for a final confrontation. At the centre of it all are two ordinary siblings: Abi Hadley and her brother, Luke. Each has reason to hate the ruling Jardine family. Abi, who was once their servant, now seeks revenge for a terrible wrong. Luke was imprisoned on their whim – but his only hope may be an alliance with the youngest and most powerful of the clan, the cold and inscrutable Silyen Jardine. Risking everything to end a bright and shining tyranny, Abi, Luke, and Silyen find themselves bound by a single destiny. Their actions will change their fates – and change the world. But at a cost almost too terrible to contemplate. The conclusion of the trilogy, following Gilded Cage (TP, $29.95) and Tarnished City (TP, $31.95).
Fantasy | HC | $49.95
The Black Khan (Khorasan Archives 02)
Khan, Ausma Zehanat
Sides must be chosen. Truths must be told. Freedoms will be fought for. To battle the cruel and controlling patriarchal force named the Talisman, members of a resistance group, the Companions of Hira, risked their lives to procure the Bloodprint – a sacred text that holds the power to overthrow this terrifying regime. Though they harnessed the magic known as the Claim, their plans now lie in ashes and their number scattered; with the two women at the centre of the plot – Arian and Sinnia – left facing the most harrowing tortures. Yet, hope flickers in the darkness. The Bloodprint survived, secreted to Ashfall, seat of the Black Khan. But the Khan’s court is built upon shifting layers of intrigue and lethal conspiracy, with enemies whose motives are steeped in the shadows. Can the Khan guard the Bloodprint when treachery lurks in the wings and the Talisman gather at his door? The Companions of Hira must reunite, break through Talisman lines, and infiltrate Ashfall to join their ally, The Black Khan. But can his word be trusted? The sequel to The Bloodprint (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | HC | $32.99
The Quantum Magician (Quantum Evolution 01)
Belisarius is a Homo quantus, engineered with impossible insight. But his gift is also a curse – an uncontrollable, even suicidal drive to know, to understand. Genetically flawed, he leaves his people to find a different life, and ends up becoming the galaxy’s greatest con man and thief. But the jobs are getting too easy and his extraordinary brain is chafing at the neglect. When a client offers him untold wealth to move a squadron of secret warships across an enemy wormhole, Belisarius jumps at it. Now, he must embrace his true nature to pull off the job, alongside a crew of extraordinary men and women. If he succeeds, he could trigger an interstellar war… or, the next step in human evolution.
Space opera | PBK | $24.95
The Bartered Brides (Elemental Masters 13)
The threat of Moriarty is gone – but so is Sherlock Holmes. Even as they mourn the loss of their colleague, psychic Nan Killian, medium Sarah Lyon-White, and Elemental Masters John and Mary Watson must be vigilant, for members of Moriarty’s network are still at large. And their troubles are far from over: in a matter of weeks, two headless bodies of young brides wash up in major waterways. A couple who fears for their own recently-wedded daughter hires the group to investigate, but with each new body, the mystery only deepens. The more bodies emerge, the more the gang suspects that there is dangerous magic at work, and that Moriarty’s associates are somehow involved. But as they race against the clock to uncover the killer, it will take all their talents, Magic, and Psychic Powers – and perhaps some help from a dearly departed friend – to bring the murderer to justice.
Historical fantasy | HC | $49.95
Annex (Violet Wars 01)
At first, it is a nightmare. When the invaders arrive, the world as they know it is destroyed. Their friends are kidnapped. Their families are changed. Then it is a dream. With no adults left to run things, Violet and the others who have escaped capture are truly free for the first time. They can do whatever they want to do. They can be whoever they want to be. But the invaders won’t leave them alone for long. The first in a series.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99
The Books of Earthsea: the Complete Illustrated Edition
Le Guin, Ursula K & Vess, Charles (illustrator)
Now, for the first time ever, all together in one volume, The Books of Earthsea; containing the early short stories, Le Guin’s ‘Earthsea Revisioned’ Oxford lecture, and new Earthsea stories, never before printed. With a new introduction by Le Guin herself, this essential edition will also include over fifty illustrations, by renowned artist Charles Vess – specially commissioned and selected by Le Guin – to bring her refined vision of Earthsea and its people to life, in a totally new way… 1,008 pages; 56 illustrations (including seven lavishly-coloured plate sections); maps of Earthsea; stunningly beautiful endpapers; six novels; four; and an essay. Gorgeous.
Earthsea | HC | $65.00
The Grave Thief (Twilight Reign 03) (Gollancz tenth anniversary edition)
Scree has been wiped from the face of the Land in a brutal demonstration of intent. While those responsible scatter to work on the next step in their plan, the stakes are raised – all the way to the heavens – as the Gods themselves enter the fray. Returning home to a nation divided by fanaticism, Lord Isak is haunted both by the consequences of his actions in Scree and by visions of his own impending death. As the full extent of Azaer’s schemes become clearer, he realises prophecy and zealotry must play their part in his battle plans, if there is to be any chance of surviving the coming years. As a white-eye, Isak has had to embrace the darker parts of his own soul, but now the savage religious fervour sweeping his nation must also be accepted and turned to purpose, in the name of survival. As in the past two years, these titles have been reissued in classic, understated hardcover editions to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their publication. We think these would make perfect Christmas gifts.
Fantasy (reissue) | HC | $39.99
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game – it’s a way of life. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. When Emika hacks into Warcross, she is shocked when she gets a call from the game’s creator with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament, in order to uncover a security problem… and he wants Emika for the job. The first in a series.
YA science fiction | PBK | $17.99
The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastards Sequence 03) (Gollancz tenth anniversary edition)
After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins, the Bonds Magi. It is a falling out that will pit both men against Locke’s own long-lost love. Sabetha is Locke’s childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke’s life and now it is time for them to meet again. Employed on different sides of a vicious dispute between factions of the Bonds, Sabetha has just one goal – to destroy Locke, for ever. As in the past two years, these titles have been reissued in classic, understated hardcover editions to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their publication. We think these would make perfect Christmas gifts.
Fantasy (reissue) | HC | $35.00
Dragon’s Code (Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern)
The last time Thread attacked Pern, the world was unprepared for the fight – until the Oldtimers appeared. These courageous dragonriders arrived from the past, travelling four hundred years to help their descendants survive. But the collision of past and present took its toll. While most of the displaced rescuers adapted to their new reality, others could not abide the jarring change and found themselves in soul-crushing exile, where unhappiness and resentment seethed. Piemur, a journeyman harper, also feels displaced, cast adrift by the loss of his spectacular boyhood voice and uncertain of his future. But when the Masterharper of Pern sees promise in the young man and sends him undercover among the exiled Oldtimers, Piemur senses the looming catastrophe that threatens the balance of power between the Weyrs and Holds of Pern. When the unthinkable happens, Piemur must rise to the challenge to avert disaster and restore honour to the dragons and dragonriders of Pern. Because now, in a world already beset by Thread, another, more insidious danger looms: For the first time in living memory, dragons may be on the verge of fighting dragons. In honour of the fiftieth anniversary of the Dragonriders of Pern series, Gigi does her mother proud, adding to the family tradition of spinning unputdownable tales.
Pern | HC | $49.95
Annie is a woman running from her past… and the mother of a mute young daughter, Adeline, whom she will do anything to protect. Hoping to fill its coffers before winter sets in, the circus steers its wagons to The Clearing, a remote community deep in the Oregon wilderness, surrounded by an ominous dark wood. Word is that a travelling show can turn a tidy profit at The Clearing, but there are whispers, too, of unexplained disappearances that afflict one out of every four shows that pass through the town. The Clearing has it secrets, and so does Annie. And it may take everything she has to save her daughter – and the circus – from both. Based on the popular role-playing game.
Fantasy | PBK | $21.95
Priest of Bones (War for the Rose Throne 01)
Tomas Piety takes his duties seriously: as a soldier, as a priest of Our Lady of Eternal Sorrows and as a leader of men. He has come home from the war to reclaim his family business, to provide for his men and to ensure the horrors of Abingon can never happen in Ellinburg. But things have changed: his crime empire has been stolen and the people of Ellinburg – his people – have run out of food and hope and places to hide. With his best friend Bloody Anne, his war-damaged brother Jochan and his new gang, the Pious Men, Tomas sets out to reclaim what was his… The first in a series, perfect for fans of Mark Lawrence and Joe Abercrombie. This has had some excellent customer feedback.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
No Sleep Till Doomsday (Dru Jasper 03)
When a deadly enchantress steals an amulet of unimaginable power, crystal sorceress Dru Jasper must risk everything to get it back. With this amulet in hand, the enchantress could break the sixth seal of the apocalypse scroll. If she does, the seas will boil, the stars will fall from the sky, and the earth itself will split apart. Overall, bad news. There’s only one way to stop doomsday: find the apocalypse scroll first. But Dru’s attempts to track down the scroll run smack up against the dark secrets of her half-demon boyfriend, Greyson. His uncanny connection to the demon-possessed muscle car Hellbringer could threaten the fate of the world – unless Dru can find a way to break his curse for good… which isn’t easy, since one of her friends has decided to solve the problem, by eliminating Greyson. As her boyfriend battles her best friends, Dru is locked in a high-speed chase with the enchantress, fighting a fierce magical duel she cannot win alone. Can Dru save Greyson’s soul, salvage her friendships, and find the apocalypse scroll in time to stop doomsday? This third book in the series follows It Happened One Doomsday (TP, $29.99) and A Kiss Before Doomsday (TP, $32.99).
Urban fantasy | TP | $32.99
The World of Lore, Volume 3: Dreadful Places
Exploring dark and dreadful places on land and at sea, places haunted by tragedy, and filled with echoes of evil. These are the stories about cities, and buildings, too, from New Orleans to Louisiana and Richmond, Virginia, as well as infamous places like the Stanley Hotel in Colorado, and England’s most frightening and brooding castles.
Folklore | TP | $29.99
The Way of the Shield (Maradaine Elite 01)
Maresca, Marshall Ryan
Dayne Heldrin always dreamed of being a member of the Tarian Order. In centuries past, the Elite Orders of Druthal were warriors that stood for order, justice, and the common people. But now, with constables, King’s Marshals, and a standing army, there is little need for such organisations, and the Tarian Order is one of the last remnants of this ancient legacy. Nevertheless, Dayne trained his body and mind, learned the arts of defence and fighting, to become a candidate for the Tarian Order. When a failed rescue puts Dayne at fault for injuring the child of a powerful family, his future with the Tarians is in jeopardy… The first in a new series set in the popular Maradaine universe.
Fantasy | PBK | $21.95
In Truth and Claw (Mick Oberon Job 04)
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. A series of brutal murders is sweeping Chicago, baffling both the local police and the Seelie Court, who sense that an aura of corruption and death has touched Mick himself. When Mick’s associates become targets, and a vampire appears in his office, Mick is drawn into his most dangerous hunt yet. A hunt that will lead him to seek answers about his mysterious past and what it could mean for those in his present. The latest in this terrific fey-gumshoe urban fantasy series, following Hot Lead, Cold Iron, Hallow Point, and Dead to Rites (PBK, $19.99 each).
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Texas Hold ’Em (Wild Cards: USA Triad 03) (anthology)
Martin, G R R
In the aftermath of World War II, the Earth’s population was devastated by a terrifying alien virus. Those who survived were changed forever. Some, known as Jokers, were cursed with bizarre mental and physical deformities; others, granted superhuman abilities, are known as Aces. Wild Cards tells the stories of this world.
Wild Cards | TP | $27.99
Melmoth the Wanderer 1820
Maturin, Charles Robert
When a young Dublin student goes to pay his last respects to his dying uncle, he never imagines that he might chance upon a terrifying family secret. Who is the sinister old man in the portrait and why is his uncle so anxious for him to burn it? Why is the Spanish man, who saves him from drowning, so frightened when he hears the name Melmoth? As he digs deeper into the mystery, an intricate and blood-chilling story begins to unfold. For the past two hundred years, the accursed Melmoth has been searching desperately for an escape from the infernal bargain, he once made. Melmoth has traversed the globe leaving destruction and misery in his wake, from Inquisition-era Spain to a remote island in the Indian Ocean – and there have been recent sightings of him in County Wicklow, where our narrator is still piecing the story together. This Victorian classic has captured the imaginations of readers since 1820, and inspired numerous other gothic masterpieces, including Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and Sarah Perry’s novel Melmoth (TP, $29.99).
Gothic horror (reprint) | PBK | $22.99
Miller, Sam J
After the climate wars, a floating city was constructed in the Arctic Circle. Once a remarkable feat of mechanical and social engineering it is now rife with corruption and the population simmers with unrest. Into this turmoil comes a strange new visitor – a woman accompanied by an orca and a chained polar bear. She disappears into the crowds looking for someone she lost, thirty years ago, followed by whispers of a vanished people who could bond with animals. Her arrival draws together four people and sparks a chain of events that will change Blackfish City forever. ‘Blackfish City is a place you might never want to live in – but as a reader, you won’t want to leave…’ – Adam Sternbergh, author of The Blinds.
Science fiction/cli-fi | PBK | $19.99
Reeling from the latest attack by a mysterious enemy, the Quatra Fleet Academy is finally admitting students from every planet in the solar system, after centuries of exclusivity. Hotshot pilot Vesper, an ambitious Tridian citizen, dreams of becoming a captain – but when she loses her spot to a brilliant, wisecracking boy from the wrong side of the asteroid belt, it makes her question everything she thought she knew. Growing up on the toxic planet Deva, Cormak will take any chance he can get to escape his dead-end life and join the Academy – even if he has to steal someone’s identity to do it. Arran was always considered an outsider on icy Chetire, always dreaming of something more than a life working in the mines. Now an incoming cadet, Arran is looking for a place to belong – he just never thought that place would be in the arms of a Tridian boy. And Orelia is hiding a dark secret – she’s infiltrated the Academy to complete a mission, one that threatens the security of everyone there. But if anyone finds out who she really is, it’ll be her life on the line. These cadets will have to put their differences aside and become a team to defend their world from a cunning enemy – but the danger might be lurking closer to home than they think…
YA science fiction | PBK | $16.99
A thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a strange painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances. To close it, he must complete a journey that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a two-foot-high physical manifestation of an Idea, a dapper businessman who lives across the valley, a precocious thirteen-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt during World War II in Vienna, a pit in the woods behind the artist’s home, and an underworld haunted by Double Metaphors.
Fiction | HC | $45.00
Land Under England
While searching for his missing father, Anthony Julian embarks on a terrifying journey into the Earth’s interior. There he discovers a subterranean world, where descendants of the Roman Army suffer under a totalitarian regime, in which individualism is completely obliterated by telepathic means. Refusing to join this rigidly-controlled society, Anthony must fight to save his father and find a route to the surface – or perish. First published in 1935, the genre-transcending political and psychological themes of Land Under England put it far ahead of its time.
SF Masterworks | PBK | $29.99
The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror (collection)
Ortberg, Daniel Mallory
A collection of darkly mischievous stories based on classic fairy tales. Sinister and inviting, familiar and alien all at the same time, The Merry Spinster updates traditional children’s stories and fairy tales with elements of psychological horror, emotional clarity, and a keen sense of feminist mischief. Unfalteringly faithful to its beloved source material, The Merry Spinster also illuminates the unsuspected, and frequently alarming, emotional complexities at play in the stories we tell ourselves and each other as we tuck ourselves in for the night. Bed time will never be the same.
Horror | HC | $32.99
Twenty years ago, Helen Franklin did something she cannot forgive herself for, and she has spent every day since barricading herself against its memory. But the sheltered life she has crafted for herself is about to change. A strange manuscript has come into her possession, and its contents have the power to unravel every strand of her fragile safety net. It is filled with testimonies from the darkest chapters of human history, which all record sightings of a tall, silent woman in black, with unblinking eyes and bleeding feet: Melmoth, the loneliest being in the world. Despite her scepticism, Helen can’t stop reading, or shake the feeling that someone or something is watching her. As her past finally catches up with her, she too must choose which path to take.
Horror | TP | $29.99
Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony (Goth Girl 05)
Lord Goth is throwing a music festival at Ghastly-Gorm Hall, with performances from the finest composers in the land. Ada can’t wait, but it’s quite distracting when her grandmother is trying to find her father a fashionable new wife, there’s a faun living in her wardrobe, and Maltravers is up to his old tricks. Ada must make sure everything goes to plan; and, luckily, help is at hand from a very interesting house guest…
YA fantasy | PBK | $14.99
A Map of Days (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children 04)
Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him, and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery – a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob’s grandfather, Abe. Clues to Abe’s double life, as a peculiar operative, start to emerge… secrets, long hidden in plain sight. And Jacob begins to learn about the dangerous legacy he has inherited – truths that were part of him, long before he walked into Miss Peregrine’s time loop. Now, the stakes are higher than ever as Jacob and his friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom – a world with few ymbrynes, or rules – that none of them understand.
YA fantasy | PBK | $24.99
9 from the Nine Worlds (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard collection)
How well do you know the nine Norse realms? Do you get all those heims mixed up? Well, this collection of rollicking short stories – each set in a different world and told by a different character from the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series – will help straighten you out. And even if it doesn’t, you’ll enjoy reading about how Alex saves Amir’s pants, Samirah plucks a giant’s harp, Mallory teaches a dragon how to throw down insults, and much more. Just watch out for Thor, who is running through the whole thing and raising quite a stink… An all-new collection of short stories from the world of Magnus Chase!
YA fantasy | HC | $19.99
Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard 03)
Loki the trickster god is free from his chains. Now, he’s readying Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, armed with a host of giants and zombies, to sail against the Norse gods and begin the final battle of Ragnarok. It’s up to Magnus Chase and his friends to stop Loki’s plans. Along the way, they will face angry sea gods, hostile giants, and an evil fire-breathing dragon. But Magnus’ biggest challenge will be facing his own inner demons…
YA fantasy | PBK | $17.99
The Phoenix Empress (Bright Ascendancy 02)
Rivera, K Arsenault
Since she was a child, divine empress O Shizuka has believed she was an untouchable god. When her uncle, ruler of the Hokkaran Empire, sends her on a suicide mission as a leader of the Imperial Army, the horrors of war cause her to question everything she knows. Thousands of miles away, the exiled and cursed warrior Barsalyya Shefali undergoes trials even the most superstitious would not believe, in order to return to Hokkaran court and claim her rightful place next to O Shizuka. As the distance between disgraced empress and blighted warrior narrows, a familiar demonic force grows closer to the heart of the empire. Will the two fallen warriors be able to protect their home? The sequel to The Tiger’s Daughter (PBK, $23.99), which has had some excellent customer feedback.
Fantasy | PBK | $23.99
Year One (Chronicles of the One 01)
They call it The Doom – a deadly pandemic that starts on a cold New Year’s Eve in the Scottish countryside. There’s something mysterious about the virus and the way it spreads. As billions fall sick and die, some survivors find themselves invested with strange, unexpected abilities. Lana, a New York chef, has the power to move things and people with her will. Fred can summon light in the darkness. Jonah, a paramedic, sees snatches of the future in those he touches. Katie gives birth to twins, and suspects that she has brought fresh magic into the world, along with new life. But The Doom affects people differently. Along with the light, a dark and terrifying magic will also rise. As the remaining authorities round up the immune and the ‘Uncannies’ for testing, Lana, Katie and others flee New York in search of a safe haven. The old world is over, and Year One has begun.
Post-pandemic | PBK | $19.99
Robinson, Kim Stanley
It is thirty years from now, and we have colonised the moon. American Fred Fredericks is making his first trip, his purpose to install a communications system for China’s Lunar Science Foundation. But hours after his arrival, he witnesses a murder and is forced into hiding. It is also the first visit for celebrity travel reporter Ta Shu. He has contacts and influence, but he too will find that the moon can be a perilous place for any traveller. Finally, there is Chan Qi. She is the daughter of the Minister of Finance, and without doubt a person of interest to those in power. She is on the moon for reasons of her own, but when she attempts to return to China, in secret, the events that unfold will change everything – on the moon, and on Earth. ‘Robinson is one of the world’s finest working novelists, in any genre.’ – Guardian.
Science fiction | TP | $32.99
The Sisters of the Winter Wood
In a remote village surrounded by forests on the border of Moldova and Ukraine, sisters Liba and Laya have been raised on the honeyed scent of their Mami’s babka and the low rumble of their Tati’s prayers. But when a troupe of mysterious men arrives, Laya falls under their spell – despite their mother’s warning to be wary of strangers. And this is not the only danger lurking in the woods… Recommended to fans of Katherine Arden.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
The Wise Man’s Fear (Kingkiller Chronicles 02) (Gollancz tenth anniversary edition)
Picking up the tale of Kvothe Kingkiller, once again, we follow him into exile, into political intrigue, courtship, adventure, love and magic and further along the path that has turned Kvothe, the mightiest magician of his age, a legend in his own time, into Kote, the unassuming pub landlord. As in the past two years, these titles have been reissued in classic, understated hardcover editions to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their publication. We think these would make perfect Christmas gifts.
Fantasy (reissue) | HC | $35.00
A Conspiracy of Truths
Arrested on accusations of witchcraft and treason, Chant finds himself trapped in a cold, filthy jail cell in a foreign land. With only his advocate, the unhelpful and uninterested Consanza, he quickly finds himself cast as a bargaining chip in a brewing battle between the five rulers of this small, backwards, and petty nation. Or, at least, that’s how he would tell the story. In truth, Chant has little idea of what is happening outside the walls of his cell, but he must quickly start to unravel the puzzle of his imprisonment… before they execute him for his alleged crimes. But Chant is no witch – he is a member of a rare and obscure order of wandering storytellers. With no country to call his home, and no people to claim as his own, all Chant has is his wits and his apprentice, a lad more interested in wooing handsome shepherds, than learning the ways of the world. And, yet, he has one great power: his stories in the ears of the rulers determined to prosecute him, for betraying a nation he knows next to nothing about. The tales he tells will topple the Queens of Nuryevet and, just maybe, save his life.
Fantasy | HC | $49.99
River Into Darkness (omnibus)
It is the twilight of the mages… Only one of these terrifying and mysterious men still remains – the difficult and enigmatic Lord Eldrich. More than one hundred and thirty years of age, but appearing no older than forty, Eldrich dwells in seclusion – his precious knowledge disclosed to no one, his very existence subject to speculation. For motives of his own, he has dedicated his life to eliminating all remaining vestiges of magic in the world. But his work does not go unchallenged: for there are those sworn to preserve the very lore Eldrich is striving to eradicate. Fanatical followers of a long-dead mage-apprentice, the Tellerites will stop at nothing to reclaim the forbidden powers of the magical arts – even if it means braving Eldrich’s wrath and descending into the perilous depths of a labyrinthine cave system, in search of secrets that have lain hidden since the time of the first mage. This omnibus edition collects the River into Darkness duology: Beneath the Vaulted Hills and The Compass of the Soul in one volume.
Fantasy | TP | $35.95
The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds (Legion omnibus)
Stephen Leeds is schizophrenic (… probably…) and he’s in demand. But not for his own skills – his clients want to tap into the imaginary experts that populate his mind – and it’s getting a bit crowded in there. One of his many ‘aspects’ is a trained soldier, another a psychological expert, a third is a librarian, and all of them want to help him solve problems, making him an exceptionally versatile intelligence agent. If you need a stolen corpse retrieved or a missing inventor found, Stephen Leeds is the man – or rather, the team – for the job. But managing a team is a challenge in itself, all the more so when some of the team feel they know better than Stephen, himself… This edition collects the novellas: Legion, Legion: Skin Deep and Legion: Lies of the Beholder.
Urban fantasy | HC | $35.00
Lies of the Beholder (Legion novella)
Stephen Leeds, also known as ‘Legion’, has a unique mental condition. He can become an expert on any subject, in hours… and with every new area of expertise a new ‘aspect’ of Stephen is created. Is he schizophrenic? Possibly. Does that make him an incredible intelligence agent? Definitely. And this is his final, and perhaps his strangest, adventure. It begins with two unrelated events: the disappearance of Armando, one of Stephen’s many ‘aspects’, and an unexpected cry for help from Sandra, the woman who, many years before, helped him learn to live with his condition… and the combination of the two leads to a sinister high-tech firm specialising in advanced methods of human incarceration.
Urban fantasy | HC | $26.99
The Hero of Ages (Mistborn 03) (Gollancz tenth anniversary edition)
Tricked into releasing the evil spirit Ruin, while attempting to close the Well of Ascension, new emperor Elend Venture and his wife, the assassin Vin, are now hard pressed to save the world. As in the past two years, these titles have been reissued in classic, understated hardcover editions to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their publication. We think these would make perfect Christmas gifts.
Fantasy (reissue) | HC | $35.00
Vampires Like It Hot (Argeneau Family 28)
When Raffaele Notte pulls a barely-dressed, disoriented woman from the ocean, the last thing he expects is for her to utter that word (‘Vampires…’). The immortal has come to the island resort to help his cousin, but now, it seems, there are rogue vampires dining on unsuspecting tourists. And he soon realises that not only is Jess a target, she’s also the life mate he’s been waiting for… Vampires are real. Jess would’ve never believed it, until she saw them with her own eyes. She knows she has to get off the island, and her gallant rescuer has offered to help. There’s something about Raffaele that’s unlike any man she has ever met, and his touch sends pleasure through her that is beyond all imagining. But when Jess discovers who he really is, will she risk life as she knows it for a chance of forever by his side?
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99
The Consuming Fire (Interdependency 02)
There are those who believe the collapse of the Flow is a myth – or an opportunity for them to ascend to power. While Grayland prepares for disaster, others prepare for civil war. A war that will take place in the halls of power, the markets of business and the altars of worship as much as between spaceships. Nothing about this power struggle will be simple or easy… and all of human civilisation is at stake. A sequel to the terrific The Collapsing Empire (PBK, $19.99). Highly recommended!
Space opera | TP | $29.99
A Curse of Ash and Embers (Blackbone Witches 01)
A dead witch. A bitter curse. A battle of magic. Some people knit socks by the fire at night. Gyssha Blackbone made monsters. But the old witch is dead now; and, somehow, it’s Elodie’s job to clean up the mess. When she was hired at Black Oak Cottage, Elodie had no idea she’d find herself working for a witch; and her acid-tongued new mistress, Aleida, was not expecting a housemaid to turn up on her doorstep… The first in a new series.
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99
London, 2022. Charlie is a dreamhacker, able to enter your dreams and mould their direction. As far as she knows, she’s the only person who can do this; and her skill is in demand. And when she is hired by a minor celebrity, who dreams of a masked Creeper, then sleepwalks off a tall building; Charlie begins to realise that someone else might be able to invade dreams.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99
Tales from the Inner City
Where can we live, if not in each other’s shadow? From crocodile to frog, tiger to bee, this is a dark and surreal exploration of the perennial love and destruction we feel and inflict – of how animals can save us, and how our lives are forever entwined – for better, or for worse. Tales from the Inner City is a masterful work, and a stunning companion to Tales from Outer Suburbia (HC, $35.00), bearing all of Shaun Tan’s trademark wit and poignancy in both its prose and exquisite illustrations.
Illustrated short fiction | HC | $35.00
Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer 02)
Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice – save the woman he loves, or everyone else? – while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of. The sequel to Strange the Dreamer (PBK, $16.99).
Fantasy | TP | $19.99
The Hyena and the Hawk (Echoes of the Fall 03)
From the depths of myth an ancient enemy has returned: the Plague People, whose very presence obliterates whole villages; whose terror destroys minds. In their wake, nothing is left of the people, not their places, not their ways. On the plains, the warriors and the wise of all tribes gather to confront the aggressor. Loud Thunder leads his great war-host south, even as Tecumet and Asman head north with the Sun River army. With Maniye Many Tracks, they plan to forge a new unity between the tribes such as the world has never seen. But will it be enough to stave off an oblivion that might devour even their gods? Their adversary’s presence is like a wound in the world, and wakes all the old terrors and evils from the peoples’ stories. But before they can deal with the enemies without, they must conquer their demons within. The thrilling conclusion to the trilogy, following The Tiger and the Wolf and The Bear and the Serpent (PBK, $19.99 each).
Fantasy | PBK | $18.99
Rosewater (Rosewater trilogy 01)
Rosewater is a town on the edge. A community formed around the edges of a mysterious alien biodome, its residents comprise the hopeful, the hungry and the helpless – people eager for a glimpse inside the dome or a taste of its rumoured healing powers. Kaaro is a government agent with a criminal past. He has seen inside the biodome, and doesn’t care to again – but when something begins killing off others like himself, Kaaro must defy his masters to search for an answer, facing his dark history and coming to a realisation about a horrifying future. Winner of the inaugural Nommo Award for Best Novel, Africa’s first award for speculative fiction.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
The Con Artist
Van Lente, Fred
Comic book artist Mike Mason arrives at San Diego Comic-Con, seeking sanctuary with other fans and creators – and, maybe, to reunite with his ex – but when his rival is found murdered, he becomes the prime suspect. To clear his name, Mike will have to navigate every corner of the con, from zombie obstacle courses and cosplay flash mobs to intrusive fans and obsessive collectors, in the process unravelling a dark secret behind one of the industry’s most legendary creators.
Comic-con mystery | TP | $24.99
The Time Traveller’s Almanac: the Ultimate Treasury of Time Travel Fiction
VanderMeer, Ann & Jeff (Editors)
Your own time machine: the ultimate treasury of time travel stories, from the beginning of time to its very end. The Time Traveller’s Almanac is the largest, most definitive collection of time travel stories ever assembled. Gathered into one volume by intrepid chrononauts and world-renowned anthologists Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, here is over a century’s worth of literary travels into past and the future. The anthology covers millions of years of Earth’s history – from the age of the dinosaurs to strange and fascinating futures, through to the end of Time itself. The Time Traveller’s Almanac will reacquaint readers with beloved classics and introduce them to thrilling contemporary examples of the time travel genre. The Time Traveller’s Almanac includes stories from Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, William Gibson, George R R Martin, Ursula K Le Guin, Michael Moorcock and, of course, H G Wells.
Science fiction anthology | PBK | $35.00
There Before the Chaos (Farian War 01)
Wagers, K B
Caught between two powerful alien civilisations at each other’s throats, Hail has one chance to make peace, before all of humanity becomes collateral damage in a full-blown galactic war. The first volume of a fresh, space opera trilogy (following on from the Indranan War trilogy), featuring the gunrunner empress Hail Bristol. Highly recommended! If you haven’t read the first trilogy, start with Behind the Throne (PBK, $22.99).
Space opera | TP | $31.95
Uncompromising Honor (Honor Harrington 14)
Honor knows the Grand Alliance must find a victory that doesn’t require incursions deep into Solarian space, doesn’t leave a legacy of bottomless hatred, and the strategy she supports has been working. The League is sliding towards inglorious defeat, as it steadily loses ground in the Protectorates and the Verge. As its central government teeters towards bankruptcy and even some of its core systems opt to secede in the face of the Mandarins’ corruption. As the Solarian Navy finally realises it cannot face an Alliance battle fleet and win. But the Mandarins have embraced a desperate new strategy, and in pursuit of that strategy, the SLN has committed atrocities such as the galaxy has not known in a thousand years. The League have violated its own Eridani Edict against mass civilian casualties, violated the Deneb Accords prohibition on war crimes. And they have, finally, killed too many of the people Honor Harrington loves. Hers is the voice of caution and compromise, no longer, and the galaxy is about to see something it has never imagined. The Salamander is coming for the Solarian League, and Hell is coming in her wake.
Space opera | HC | $49.95
Exit Strategy (Murderbot Diaries 04) (novella)
Murderbot wasn’t programmed to care. So, its decision to help the only human who ever showed it respect must be a system glitch, right? Having travelled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr Mensah – its former owner (protector? friend?) – submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit. But who’s going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue? And what will become of it, when it’s caught? The fourth and final part (a 176pp Tor.com novella) of the Murderbot Diaries series which began with the Hugo-winning All Systems Red (PBK, $19.99).
Science fiction | HC | $24.99
The Infernal Battalion (Shadow Campaigns 05)
The Beast, imprisoned beneath the fortress-city of Elysium for a thousand years, has been loosed upon the world and is spreading like a plague through the north. Queen Raesinia Orboan and soldiers Marcus D’Ivoire and Winter Ihernglass face a betrayal they never could have foreseen: their general, Janus bet Vhalnich, has declared himself the rightful Emperor of Vordan. Chaos grips the city as officers and regiments are forced to declare for queen or emperor. As Raesinia struggles to keep her country under control, she risks becoming everything she has fought against, while Marcus must take the field against his old commander. And Winter knows that the demon she carries inside her might be the only thing standing between the Beast and the end of the world… This conclusion to the Shadow Campaigns series follows The Thousand Names, The Shadow Throne, The Price of Valor (PBK, $22.99 each), and The Guns of Empire (PBK, $19.99). Highly recommended!
Flintlock fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Williams, Walter Jon
Rogue. Joker. Lover. Reluctant soldier. Quillifer is a young man, serially in love and studying law, when a family tragedy throws him into the world to seek his fortune. A charmer rather than a fighter, he soon finds himself embroiled with a bandit gang, caught up in vicious court intrigues, and the plaything of an angry, beautiful, and very jealous goddess. While he struggles to establish himself in the capital, the country finds itself pitched into a civil war, and Quillifer – a unwilling soldier, at best – finds himself caught up in the action, and able to tip the scales of fortune. The first in a new series.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
The God Gene (Ice Sequence 02)
Wilson, F Paul
Rick’s brother, Keith, a prominent zoologist at NYU, walks out of his office one day and disappears. The only clue they have are his brother’s book, which mentions ‘the God Gene’. A million or so years ago, a gene appeared – as if by magic – from the junk DNA of the hominids who eventually evolved into Homo sapiens. It became a key player in brain development – specifically, creativity – and laymen started calling it ‘the God Gene’. Keith had been tracking this gene through the evolutionary tree, and was excited by an odd blue-eyed primate he brought back from East Africa. But immediately after running the creature’s genetic code, he destroyed all the results and vanished… The sequel to Panacea (PBK, $22.95)
Science fiction | PBK | $22.95
The Ember Blade (Darkwater Legacy 01)
The Ossian way of life is fading and the Dachen way is taking its place. Aren is comfortable with that. Even when his parents are accused of treason, he supports the establishment and maintains there’s been some mistake… which is all it takes to get himself and his best friend arrested… Thrown into a prison mine they plan their escape – only to be overtaken by events when they’re rescued, and promptly find themselves in the middle of an ambush. By the time they’ve escaped, they’re unavoidably linked to Garric – their unwelcome saviour – and his quest to overturn to Dachen way of life… The first in a new series from the author of the well-beloved Tales of the Ketty Jay.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99