Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: September 2019
All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in September 2019.
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Until next time, good reading!
September 2019 includes new books by: Joe Abercrombie, Richard Baker, Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone, Alix E Harrow, Tamsyn Muir, Randall Munroe, Alastair Reynolds, Angela Slatter, Adrian J Walker… and many others.
A Little Hatred (Age of Madness 01)
The chimneys of industry rise over Adua and the world seethes with new opportunities. But old scores run deep as ever. On the blood-soaked borders of Angland, Leo dan Brock struggles to win fame on the battlefield, and defeat the marauding armies of Stour Nightfall. He hopes for help from the crown. But King Jezal’s son, the feckless Prince Orso, is a man who specialises in disappointments. Savine dan Glokta – socialite, investor, and daughter of the most feared man in the Union – plans to claw her way to the top of the slag heap of society, by any means necessary. But the slums boil over, with a rage that all the money in the world cannot control. The age of the machine dawns, but the age of magic refuses to die… A hugely-anticipated first novel in a new series, from the Lord of Grimdark.
Grimdark fantasy | TP | $32.99
The Chronicles of Davids (anthology)
Afsharirad, David (editor)
Stories from the first name in science fiction and fantasy! Fifteen stories spanning the SF&F genres – all by a ‘David’. Includes stories by David Drake, David Weber, Gregory Benford and David Brin, D J Butler – and more!
SF&F anthology | TP | $31.95
The Blacksmith Queen (Scarred Earth Saga 01)
Aiken, G A
With the demise of the Old King, there’s a prophecy that a queen will ascend to the throne of the Black Hills. Bad news for the king’s sons, who are prepared to defend their birthright… against all comers. But for blacksmith, Keeley Smythe, war is great for business. Until it looks like the chosen queen will be Beatrix, her younger sister. Now, it’s all Keeley can do to protect her family from the enraged royals. Luckily, Keeley doesn’t have to fight alone… The first in a new series.
Fantasy | TP | $26.99
The Emperor’s Fist (Far Stars 04)
When the Far Stars came under imperial attack, Astra Lucerne – the daughter and successor of the Far Stars’ greatest conqueror – Marshal Augustin Lucerne – rallied her father’s confederation forces to defend their worlds. They were joined in the fight by former imperial general Arkarin Blackhawk, a warrior whose skills and brutality made him infamous, and who has, for two decades, sought the redemption he knows is unreachable. Now, with the imperial foothold in the sector eliminated, the Far Stars is free and almost united. While Astra’s forces continue to depose local tyrants and warlords, Ark and his crew have slipped back into the shadows. Though his heart belongs to Astra, Ark cannot get too close. His imperial conditioning remains under control, but it is still volatile, and the temptation of power threatens to unleash the dark compulsions that made him the most merciless of the emperor’s servants. He cannot risk allowing Astra to see the darkness inside him. But while the battle has been won, the war may not be over. A petty smuggler makes a discovery that can enable the emperor to strike back, and crush the resistance – unless Ark and Astra join forces, again, to stop him. This excellent space opera series begins with Shadow of Empire (TP, $27.99).
Space opera | TP | $27.99
Sapphire Flames (Hidden Legacy 04)
In a world, where magic is the key to power and wealth, Catalina Baylor is a Prime – the highest rank of magic user – and the Head of her House. Catalina has always been afraid to use her unique powers; but when her friend’s mother and sister are murdered, Catalina risks her reputation and safety to unravel the mystery. But behind the scenes, powerful forces are at work, and one of them is Alessandro Sagredo, the Italian Prime – who was, once, Catalina’s teenage crush. Dangerous and unpredictable, Alessandro’s true motives are unclear, but he’s drawn to Catalina like a moth to a flame. To help her friend, Catalina must test the limits of her extraordinary powers, but doing so may cost her both her House – and her heart. Continues the series which began with Burn for Me (PBK, $21.95). A hardcover edition ($55.00) is available to order at the same time.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $21.95
The Testaments (Handmaid’s Tale Sequel)
The theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results. Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets. A sequel, 35 years in the making, to The Handmaid’s Tale!
Dystopia | HC | $42.99
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 loved!
Space opera | PBK | $21.95
Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows 02) (collector’s edition)
Welcome to the world of the Grisha. Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts have just pulled off a heist so daring, even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets – a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.
YA fantasy | HC | $29.99
Cleave (Jacob’s Ladder 03)
At last, the generation ship Jacob’s Ladder has arrived at its destination: the planet they have come to call Grail. But this habitable jewel just happens to be populated, already: by humans, who call their home Fortune. And they are wary of sharing Fortune – especially people who have genetically engineered themselves to such an extent that it is a matter of debate, whether they are even human anymore. To make matters worse, a shocking murder aboard the Jacob’s Ladder has alerted Captain Perceval, and the Angel Nova, that formidable enemies remain hidden – somewhere among the new crew. On Grail – or Fortune, rather – Premier Danilaw views the approach of the Jacob’s Ladder with dread. Behind the diplomatic niceties of first-contact protocol, he knows that the deadly game being played is likely to erupt into full-blown war – even civil war. For as he strives to chard a peaceful and prosperous path forward, for his people, internal threats emerge to take control… by any means necessary. The third in this great series, originally published in 2011 as Grail; following Sanction (originally published in 2010, as Chill) and Pinion (originally published in 2007, as Dust) (PBK, $22.99 each).
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99
The Lady Rogue
Some legends never die… Travelling with her treasure-hunting father has always been a dream, for Theodora. She’s read every book in his library, has an impressive knowledge of the world’s most sought-after relics, and has all the ambition in the world. What she doesn’t have is her father’s permission. That honour goes to her father’s nineteen-year-old protégé – and once-upon-a-time love of Theodora’s life – Huck Gallagher, while Theodora is left to sit alone in her hotel, in Istanbul. Until Huck arrives from an expedition, without her father, and enlists Theodora’s help in rescuing him. Armed with her father’s travel journal, the reluctant duo learns that her father had been digging up information on a legendary and magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler – more widely known, as Dracula – and that it just might be the key to finding him. Journeying into Romania, Theodora and Huck embark on a captivating adventure through Gothic villages and dark castles in the misty Carpathian Mountains, to recover the notorious ring. But they aren’t the only ones who are searching for it. A secretive and dangerous occult society with a powerful link to Vlad the Impaler, himself, is hunting for it, too. And they will go to any lengths – including murder – to possess it.
YA fantasy | TP | $24.95
Lost Transmissions: the Secret History of Science Fiction and Fantasy
A fascinating illustrated history of lost, overlooked, and uncompleted works of science fiction and fantasy. Science fiction and fantasy reign over popular culture, now. Lost Transmissions is a rich trove of forgotten and unknown, imagined-but-never-finished, and under-appreciated-but-influential works from those imaginative genres, as well as little-known information about well-known properties. Divided into sections on Film and TV, Literature, Art, Music, Fashion, Architecture, and Pop Culture, the book examines Jules Verne’s lost novel; AfroFuturism and Space Disco; ET’s scary beginnings; William Gibson’s never-filmed Aliens sequel; Weezer’s never-made space opera; and the 8,000-page metaphysical diary of Philip K Dick. Featuring more than 150 photos, this insightful volume will become the bible of science fiction and fantasy’s most interesting and least-known chapters.
SF&F reference | HC | $46.99
Parable of the Sower (Earthseed 01)
Butler, Octavia E
America is a place of chaos, where violence rules and only the rich and powerful are safe. Lauren Olamina, a young woman with the extraordinary power to feel the pain of others as her own, records everything she sees of this broken world in her journal. Then, one terrible night, everything alters beyond recognition, and Lauren must make her voice heard for the sake of those she loves. Soon, her vision becomes reality and her dreams of a better way to live gain the power to change humanity forever. A classic novel, reissued with a foreword by N K Jemisin.
Dystopia (reissue) | PBK | $22.99
Parable of the Talents (Earthseed 02)
Butler, Octavia E
Asha was born into a broken world. There are many things she needs to know: how her country could embrace a violent, far-right President promising to make America great again, why they turned a blind eye to the suffering – and the truth about her mother. In her journals, Lauren Olamina tells of a great love divided between her young daughter, her community and the revelation that led her to found a new faith that teaches ‘God Is Change’. But under a tyrannical religious regime who consider the mere existence of a black female leader a threat, Lauren knows she must soon either sacrifice her daughter and her followers – or forsake the beliefs that could transform human destiny. A classic novel, reissued.
Dystopia (reissue) | PBK | $22.99
Buxton, Kira Jane
S T is a domesticated crow. He is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle’s wild crows (those idiots) and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer… Cheetos. But when Big Jim’s eyeball falls out of his head, S T starts to feel like something isn’t right. His most tried-and-true remedies – from beak-delivered beer to the slobbering affection of the loyal, but dim-witted, dog Dennis – fail to cure his owner. S T is left with no choice but to venture out into a frightening new world, where he discovers that the neighbours are devouring each other, and the local wildlife is abuzz with rumours of dangerous new predators roaming Seattle… Humanity’s extinction has arrived, and the only one determined to save it is a foul-mouthed crow. Has had raves, overseas!
Apocalyptic | TP | $32.99
Bright Steel (Masters & Mages 03)
Aranthur and his friends have come together across different continents and realms with one purpose: to strike back against the forces which have torn a hole in the heavens and threaten to tear the world beneath them apart as well. With time running short, and treason at home, there are battles to be fought on the field, in the magical arena, and in the ever-deadly realm of politics, and they cannot fail anywhere; or everything will fall. Victory will require enemies to trust one another, old foes to fight together, spies to reveal the truth and steadfast allies to betray long-corrupt rulers. Is Aranthur, a twenty-year-old student, really the master strategist to bring it all together? And can he and his friends build enough trust to overcome aeons of lies, when their plans inevitably fall to pieces? Do they even know, for sure, who the enemy is…? Follows em>Cold Iron and Dark Forge (PBK, $22.99 each).
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
Lost and Found
Card, Orson Scott
‘Are you really a thief?’ That’s the question that has haunted fourteen-year-old Ezekiel Blast, all his life. But he’s not a thief, he just has a talent for finding things. Not a superpower – a micropower. Because what good, is finding lost bicycles and hair scrunchies; especially, when you return them to their owners and everyone thinks you must have stolen them, in the first place? If only there were some way to use Ezekiel’s micropower for good, to turn a curse into a blessing. His friend Beth thinks there must be, and so does a police detective, investigating the disappearance of a little girl. When tragedy strikes, it’s up to Ezekiel to use his talent, to find what matters most.
YA fantasy | HC | $37.95
Earwig got his nickname from his grandfather. He is employed to look after a strange little girl, in a flat in Liege. He spies on her, listens to her by holding a glass up to the wall. But he never touches her – except when, as part of his duties, he is required to make teeth of ice, and insert them in her gums. Earwig takes a rare day off, which he spends drinking by himself in Au Metro, a seedy bar full of drunks, dancers and eccentrics; and is drawn, reluctantly, into a conversation with a sinister stranger, called Tyre. As a result, Earwig accidentally maims a waitress with a broken bottle; he understands that, on some level, Tyre meant this to happen. Shortly afterwards, a black cat is delivered to the flat, unasked for…
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
Eden Conquered (Dividing Eden 02)
Prince Andreus is king – and Princess Carys is dead. But even as he’s haunted by what he did to win the throne, Andreus discovers that his dream of ruling only brings new problems. The people love his twin even more in death than they did when she was alive. The Elders treat him as a figurehead, undermining him with their own rival agendas. And the winds of Eden are faltering, leaving both the city and Andreus’ authority vulnerable to attack. Yet, despite what everyone believes, Carys is alive… Now, brother and sister must decide whether some betrayals cut too deep to be forgiven. A sequel to Dividing Eden (PBK, $19.99).
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99
The Queen of Crows (Sacred Throne 02) (novella)
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. This 256pp Tor.com novella follows The Armored Saint (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
The Old Lie
Coleman, Claire G
Shane Daniels and Romany Zetz have been drawn into a war that is not their own. Lives will be destroyed, families will be torn apart. Trust will be broken. When the war is over, some will return to a changed world. Will they discover that glory is a lie? The new novel from the award-winning author of Terra Nullius (PBK, $22.99).
Science fiction | TP | $32.99
Port of Shadows (Chronicles of the Black Company 03)
The soldiers of the Black Company don’t ask questions, they get paid. But being ‘The Lady’s favoured’ is attracting the wrong kind of attention and has put a target on their backs – and the Company’s historian, Croaker, has the biggest target of all. The one person who was taken into the Lady’s Tower, and returned unchanged, has earned the special interest of the court of sorcerers known as The Ten Who Were Taken. Now, he and the company are being asked to seek the aid of their newest member, Mischievous Rain, to break a rebel army. However, Croaker doesn’t trust any of the Taken, especially not ones that look so much like The Lady and her sister… The first addition to the Chronicles of the Black Company, in many years.
Military fantasy | TP | $37.95
In preparation for the inevitable next war with the Empire, Commander Stephen Michaels is at the helm of the Archangel Squadron, and his orders are simple: go rogue. Disguised as mercenaries, Commander Michaels and the Archangels seek valuable intelligence on their imposing foe. Their mission takes them deep into uncharted territory, where they make inroads with the Empire, fiercely guarding their true identities and purpose. Fighting for the enemy goes against everything they stand for, but these are desperate times… The first in a new series.
Space opera | TP | $24.99
The Wounded Land (Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever 01)
For ten years, Thomas Covenant has set the conflicts of the Land behind him. But thousands of years have passed in the Land and the creeping evil of Lord Foul has grown so strong that its influence is felt even in our own world. Accompanied by doctor Linden Avery, Covenant returns. Together, they find themselves in a deadly struggle to control not only the spread of Foul’s corruption but also the devastating power of Covenant’s own magic. Instantly recognised as a modern fantasy classic, Stephen Donaldson’s uniquely imaginative and complex Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever became a bestselling literary phenomenon that transformed the genre.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $19.99
The One Tree (Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever 02)
Knowing that the fabled One Tree may hold the only means of breaking Lord Foul’s power, Thomas Covenant and Linden Avery embark on a perilous voyage to discover its location. On their journey, Covenant and Avery will explore new realms and meet new peoples. Even far from the Land, however, the grip of evil is strong and there are many who would see them fail. Soon, Covenant and Avery’s quest becomes a desperate fight for survival. Instantly recognised as a modern fantasy classic, Stephen Donaldson’s uniquely imaginative and complex Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever became a bestselling literary phenomenon that transformed the genre.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $19.99
White Gold Wielder (Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever 03)
Swept far to the north, Thomas Covenant and Linden Avery must embark on another dangerous journey, never knowing whether the magic they bear will be enough to reverse the corruption wrought by Lord Foul. Together, they are drawn back to the Land – to the fulfilment of prophecies, to war and loss, and to a stunning final confrontation that will unleash powers, far greater than any this world has witnessed before. Instantly recognised as a modern fantasy classic, Stephen Donaldson’s uniquely imaginative and complex Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever became a bestselling literary phenomenon that transformed the genre.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $19.99
The Lost Tide Warriors (Storm Keeper Quartet 02)
There is magic deep within Arranmore Island, and Fionn Boyle is beginning to discover how it has woven its way through generations of his family’s history. But Arranmore is in trouble; evil sorceress Morrigan’s soul stalkers have returned – giving rise to widespread fear and suspicion. Fionn wants to help, but the Storm Keeper magic passed down from his grandfather seems to have deserted him. Fionn sets out to summon the merrows, a vast army of sea creatures… who may be his only chance. But how can he find them, without the faintest idea of where to look? The battle to save Arranmore has begun. The sequel to the delightful The Storm Keeper’s Island (PBK, $14.99).
Children’s fantasy | PBK | $14.99
Dyachenko, Marina & Sergey
Sasha Samokhina has just met Farit Kozhenikov and her life will never be the same, again. Whilst on holiday, Sasha is asked by the mysterious Farit to undertake a strange task for him. Reluctantly, she obliges, and is rewarded with a shining golden coin. The more tasks she performs, the more coins Sasha receives, until Farit instructs her – against the wishes of her family – to travel to a remote village and use her gold to gain entrance to the Institute of Special Technologies. Sasha quickly discovers this is no ordinary school. The books are impossible to read, the lessons obscure to the point of maddening, and the knowledge itself refuses to be remembered. Despite this, Sasha undergoes changes that defy matter and time; with experiences that are nothing like what she could have dreamed of, before… but which are, suddenly, all she could ever want. But this learning comes at a cost. The school uses terror and coercion to keep students in line: should they transgress, at all, their families pay a terrible price…
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Elgin, Suzette Haden
Set in the twenty-second century, after the repeal of the Nineteenth Amendment, Native Tonguereveals a world where women are – once again – property, denied civil rights, and banned from public life. In this world, Earth’s wealth relies on interplanetary commerce, for which the population depends on linguists, a small, clannish group of families whose women breed and become perfect translators of all the galaxies’ languages. The linguists wield power, but live in isolated compounds, hated by the population, and in fear of class warfare. But a group of women is destined to challenge the power of men and linguists. Nazareth, the most talented linguist of her family, is exhausted by her constant work translating for the government, supervising the children’s language education in the Alien-in-Residence interface chambers, running the compound, and caring for the elderly men. She longs to retire to the Barren House, where women past childbearing age knit, chat, and wait to die. What Nazareth does not yet know is that a clandestine revolution is going on in the Barren Houses: there, word by word, women are creating a language of their own to free them of men’s domination. Their secret must, above all, be kept until the language is ready for use. The women’s language, Laadan, is only one of the brilliant creations found in this stunningly original novel, which combines a page-turning plot with challenging meditations on the tensions between freedom and control, individuals and communities, thought and action. A feminist classic of science fiction comes to the Masterwork list – praised by Ursula Le Guin, this is a cult novel due to be rediscovered.
SF Masterworks | PBK | $22.99
This Is How You Lose the Time War
El-Mohtar, Amal & Gladstone, Max
Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading. Thus, begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents hell-bent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Now, what began as a taunt, a battlefield boast, grows into something more. Something epic. Something romantic. Something that could change the past and the future. Except the discovery of their bond would mean death for each of them. There’s still a war going on, after all. And someone has to win that war. That’s how war works. Right? ‘An intimate and lyrical tour of time, myth, and history’ – John Scalzi. Highly recommended!
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
Gift of Griffins (Faraman Prophecy 02)
Escalada, V M
Kerida Nast and her companions have succeeded in finding Jerek Brightwing, the new Luqs of Farama, and uniting him with a part of his Battle Wings; but not all their problems have been solved. Farama is still in the hands of the Halian invaders and their Shekayrin, and it’s going to take magical as well as military strength to overcome them… The sequel to Halls of Law (PBK, $21, 95).
Fantasy | PBK | $21.95
Dark Illusion (Dark Carpathian 29)
At any other time, Julija Brennan would find solace, in the quiet of the Sierra Mountains; but, now, the mage is in the race of her life. Having broken free from her controlling family, Julija’s attempt to warn the Carpathians of the coming threat has failed and put a target on her back – and those, who are hunting her, are close behind… After centuries locked away in a monastery in the Carpathian Mountains, Isai Florea can’t believe he’s finally found his lifemate – the missing half of his soul. The second he sees Julija, his world blazes with colour. But despite their explosive connection, Julija rebels against what she sees as Isai’s intent to control her; and rejects the bond that would prevent him from becoming a monster. As their unfulfilled bond continues to call to them both, Julija and Isai aim to complete the task that brought them together. They are used to facing danger alone; but, now, the mage and the ancient warrior must learn how to rely on each other, in order to stop a plot that threatens all Carpathians…
Paranormal romance | TP | $29.99
A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World
Fletcher, C A
My name’s Griz. My childhood wasn’t like yours. I’ve never been to school, I’ve never had friends; in my whole life, I’ve not met enough people to play a game of football. My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, before all the people went away, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs. Then the thief came. He told stories of the deserted towns and cities beyond our horizons. I liked him – until I woke to find he had stolen my dog. So, I chased him out into the ruins of the world. I just want to get my dog back, but I found more than I ever imagined was possible. More about how the world ended… More about what my family’s real story is… More about what really matters.
Post-apocalyptic | PBK | $22.99
Shatter War (Time Shards 01)
Fredsti, Dana & Fitzgerald, David
A ragtag band of survivors from different points throughout history have joined ‘Merlin’, a mysterious figure who may be their only hope to save the world – if he is who he claims to be. When their 23rd century ship, the Vanuatu, is sabotaged by an unknown enemy and thrown far off its course, the team must solve a dangerous new mystery, even as they are split apart, and fighting to survive in a war-torn Shard World… The sequel to Time Shards (PBK, $19.99)/
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
Beautifully-illustrated, feminist retellings of the great mythical goddesses. Empowering life lessons from myths and monsters. Wonder at Medusa’s potent venom, Circe’s fierce sorcery, and Athena rising up over Olympus – as Nikita Gill majestically explores the untold stories of the life bringers, warriors, creators, survivors and destroyers that shook the world – the great Greek Goddesses.
Poetry/Myth & legend | HC | $29.99
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
Gowar, Imogen Hermes
One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock hears urgent knocking on his front door. One of his captains is waiting eagerly on the step. He has sold Jonah’s ship, for what appears to be a mermaid. As gossip spreads through the docks, coffee shops, parlours and brothels, everyone wants to see Mr Hancock’s marvel. Its arrival spins him out of his ordinary existence and through the doors of high society… Where will ambition lead? And will there be an escape from the destructive power, mermaids are said to possess?
Historical fantasy | PBK | $19.99
The Girl Who Chose (Chess Raven Chronicles 02)
My destiny awaits me in Venice. But where, exactly? In the promises and charms of Prince Victor of House Grigio? In a deal struck with the sisterhood of mermaids who swim the canals? In the ice blue eyes of the one who cannot be mine? Or in the friend whose forgotten past changes everything? I am Chess Raven. I am the girl who chose.
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99
The Adventure of the Innsmouth Mutations (Sherlock Holmes Vs Cthulhu 03)
Gresh, Lois H
Both Fitzgerald and Moriarty travel to Innsmouth, the stronghold of the cult of the Old Ones. Holmes and Watson follow them across the ocean, and discover a structure designed to enable the Old Ones to flood into our world and unleash horrors that – unless stopped – will annihilate all of humanity. Yet, when it is destroyed, people continue to mutate and go mad. Cthulhu rises over Devil Reef, ready to unleash his minions. In an epic battle – logic versus brawn – Holmes must defeat Cthulhu, and permanently seal the deadly dimensions.
Cthulhuiana | PBK | $19.99
Stellaris: People of the Stars (anthology)
Hampson, Robert E & Johnson, Les
Explorations of how interstellar travel may affect humanity, by bestselling authors and scientists… The stars will change us. Stellaris: People of the Stars is a collection of original science fiction stories and nonfiction essays, speculating about humanity’s far-term expansion into the universe… beyond the limits of our solar system – with an emphasis on the changes humans will undergo, as a species, as we make this happen. Is interstellar travel so far beyond our current imaginings that it will take a fundamental transformation of humanity, in order to make it possible? And, if so, will we remain Homo sapiens, or become a new and unique species – Homo stellaris (the People of the Stars)? Herein are original science fiction stories, by award-winning authors, such as Kevin J Anderson, William Ledbetter, Todd McCaffrey, and Sarah A Hoyt; supplemented by accessible nonfiction essays describing the science behind the fiction, from people who should know – Sir Martin Rees (Astronomer Royal of the United Kingdom), Mark Shelhamer (Chief Scientist for the NASA’s Human Research Program), and more. This collection of original stories and essays was inspired by a gathering of scientists, science fiction authors, and futurists at a series of annual meetings, held by the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop. Let their speculations, imaginations, and boundless sense of what’s possible, take your own journey beyond the edge of the solar system…
SF anthology | TP | $31.95
The Late Great Wizard (Wayward Mages 01)
Tessa gets an urgent call for help one night from crusty old Professor Brandard, one of the people on her charity meals’ route. She dashes over, only to find the house in flames, and the professor gone. A handsome young man steps out of the ashes – to request her assistance – claiming to be the professor, and a Phoenix wizard… The first in a series.
Fantasy | PBK | $21.95
The Ten Thousand Doors of January
Harrow, Alix E
In a house filled with exotic treasures, January Scaller feels all too similar to the artefacts that decorate the shelves: a treasured object, carefully maintained yet utterly out of place. Largely ignored by her guardian, she spends her days reading about all the far-flung places she can only dream of visiting. But her quiet existence is shattered when she stumbles across a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story that might just be the key to unlocking the secrets of her past.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
The Imaginary Corpse
Most ideas fade away, when we’re done with them. Some we love… enough to become Real. But what about the ones we love, and walk away from? Tippy the triceratops was, once, a little girl’s imaginary friend, a dinosaur detective who could help her make sense of the world. But when her father died, Tippy fell into the Stillreal, the underbelly of the Imagination, where discarded ideas go when they’re too Real to disappear. Now, he passes time doing detective work for other unwanted ideas – until Tippy runs into The Man in the Coat, a nightmare monster who can do the impossible: kill an idea permanently. Now, Tippy must overcome his own trauma and solve the case, before there’s nothing left but imaginary corpses.
Fantasy crime | PBK | $21.99
Japanese Ghost Stories (Penguin Classics)
Hearn, Lafcadio & Murray, Paul (editor)
In this collection of classic ghost stories from Japan, beautiful princesses turn out to be frogs, paintings come alive, deadly spectral brides haunt the living, and a samurai delivers the baby of a Shinto goddess with mystical help. Here are all the phantoms and ghouls of Japanese folklore: ‘rokuro-kubi’, whose heads separate from their bodies at night; ‘jikininki’, or flesh-eating goblins; and terrifying faceless ‘mujina’, who haunt lonely neighbourhoods. Lafcadio Hearn, a master storyteller, drew on traditional Japanese folklore, infused with memories of his own haunted childhood in Ireland, to create these chilling tales. They are regarded in Japan, today, as classics in their own right.
Ghost stories | PBK | $22.99
To achieve the incredible, she must attempt the impossible… All her life, Alice has been haunted by visions of birds. But when the mysterious Crowley appears at Alice’s door, he reveals she’s been seeing nightjars – the miraculous birds which guard our souls. And a shadowy faction wants to use her rare gift to hunt the magically gifted. Forced to go on the run, Alice follows Crowley to an incredible alternate London, to hone her talents. But can she trust him? Alice must risk everything, as she navigates a dangerous world of magic, marvels and death cults.
Fantasy | PBK | $17.99
An Orc on the Wild Side
Being the Dark Lord and Prince of Evil is not as much fun as it sounds, particularly if you are a basically decent person. King Mordak is just such a person. Technically, he’s more goblin than person, but the point is that he is really keen to be a lot less despicable than his predecessors. Not that the other goblins appreciate Mordak’s attempts to redefine the role. Why should they when his new healthcare program seems designed to actually extend life expectancy, and his efforts to end a perfectly reasonable war with the dwarves appear to have become an obsession? With confidence in his leadership crumbling, what Mordak desperately needs is a distraction. Perhaps, some of these humans moving to the Realm, in search of great homes at an affordable price, will be able to help?
Humorous fantasy | PBK | $22.99
At Death’s Door (Deadmen’s Cross 03)
Born the beautiful daughter of a poor cobbler, Valynda Moore learned, early in life, that beauty was its own form of a curse in a world ruled by ruthless men who would use any means to take what they wanted. And the stakes were never higher than the night when one man went so far as to steal her very soul and condemn her to live eternity in the body of a living straw doll. Now she has one chance to be human again. To have her soul restored to a flesh-and-blood body. But only if she betrays everyone, she holds dear, and breaks every vow she’s made. To her, the choice is simple. She’d never hurt her friends. Besides, what use does she have for a human body? Until her enemies use the one lure that even she cannot resist. Now, like Eve in the Garden of Eden, Valynda has a choice. She can be selfless and alone in her cold, doll’s body for eternity. Or she can pluck the one piece of fruit she’s always longed to taste and become human in the process. But there’s just one small catch. Not only will her friends pay the price for her humanity, she will damn all of humanity in her place.
Paranormal romance | TP | $29.99
Deep in the woods of Maine, there is a dark state facility where kids, abducted from across the United States, are incarcerated. In the Institute, they are subjected to a series of tests and procedures meant to combine their exceptional gifts – telepathy, telekinesis – for concentrated effect. Luke Ellis is the latest recruit. He’s just a regular 12-year-old, except he’s not just smart, he’s super-smart. And he has another gift, which the Institute wants to use… Far away in a small town in South Carolina, former cop Tim Jamieson has taken a job working for the local sheriff. He’s basically just walking the beat. But he’s about to take on the biggest case of his career. Back in the Institute’s downtrodden playground and corridors – where posters advertise ‘just another day in paradise’ – Luke, his friend Kalisha and the other kids are in no doubt that they are prisoners, not guests. And there is no hope of escape. But great events can turn on small hinges…
Horror | TP | $32.99
Fascinated by caves and digging holes since childhood, Manfred discovers a path through to another realm via a Neolithic copper mine at Mount Gabriel in Schull, Ireland. The world of Hollow Earth – while no Utopia – is a sophisticated civilisation. Yet, Ari and Zest accompany Manfred back to the surface world. The Hollow Earthers are shocked at the cruelty and lies of the surface world, the dieback spreading through the forests; yet, they are seduced by the world’s temptations.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99
Monster, She Wrote: the Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction
Kröger, Lisa & Anderson, Melanie R
Satisfy your craving for extraordinary authors and exceptional fiction: Meet the women writers who defied convention to craft some of literature’s strangest tales, from Frankenstein to The Haunting of Hill House, and beyond. Frankenstein was just the beginning: horror stories and other weird fiction wouldn’t exist without the women who created it. From Gothic ghost stories to psychological horror to science fiction, women have been primary architects of speculative literature of all sorts. And their own life stories are as intriguing as their fiction. Everyone knows about Mary Shelley, creator of Frankenstein, who was rumoured to keep her late husband’s heart in her desk drawer. But have you heard of Margaret ‘Mad Madge’ Cavendish, who wrote a science-fiction epic 150 years earlier (and liked to wear topless gowns to the theatre)? If you know the astounding work of Shirley Jackson, whose novel The Haunting of Hill House was reinvented as a Netflix series, then try the psychological hauntings of Violet Paget, who was openly involved in long-term romantic relationships with women in the Victorian era. You’ll meet celebrated icons (Ann Radcliffe, V C Andrews), forgotten wordsmiths (Eli Coltor, Ruby Jean Jensen), and today’s vanguard (Helen Oyeyemi). Curated reading lists point you to their most spine-chilling tales. Part biography, part reader’s guide, the engaging write-ups and detailed reading lists will introduce you to more than a hundred authors, and over two hundred of their mysterious and spooky novels, novellas, and stories.
Biography | HC | $32.99
Inch by Inch (Step by Step 02)
The residents of Sycamore River have only just adjusted to the end of the Change. Until the morning people notice that metal starts to behave oddly. It’s rotting. The world is pushed into global war, and the small band of Sycamore River survivors only have one another. They have to survive the unthinkable.
Post-apocalyptic | HC | $39.99
Black Wings Beating (Skybound Saga 01)
Brysen and Kylee are twins, but they couldn’t be more different. Brysen wears his heart on his sleeve and strives to be a falconer like his late father. Kylee has no time for love and runs their family’s business to make ends meet. She wants nothing to do with falconry; even though she may have a power hidden deep inside that begs otherwise. Together, they embark on a journey – Brysen, to save the boy he loves; and Kylee, to save Brysen from getting killed – into the treacherous Uztari mountains… The first in a new series.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
Red Skies Falling (Skybound Saga 02)
Twins Kylee and Brysen are separated by the expanse of Uztar, but are preparing for the same war – or so they think. Kylee is ensconced in the Sky Castle, training with Mem Uku – to master the Hollow Tongue and the Ghost Eagle. But political intrigue abounds, and court drama seems to seep through the castle’s stones – like blood from a broken feather. Meanwhile, Brysen is still in the Six Villages, preparing for an attack by the Kartami. The Villages have become Uztar’s first line of defence, and refugees are flooding in from the plains. But their arrival lays bare the villagers’ darkest instincts. As Brysen navigates the growing turmoil, he must also grapple with a newfound gift, a burgeoning crush on a mysterious boy, and a shocking betrayal. The sequel to Black Wings Beating (PBK, $16.99).
Post-apocalyptic | HC | $26.99
Good Company (Fifth Ward 03)
In the most dangerous district in the city, Rem and Torval have been perfecting their good cop, bad cop routine; while protecting residents from the likes of drug-dealing orcs and mind-controlling elves. Now, Rem and Torval must leave the city to escort a notorious thief through a dangerous forest. But the thief’s companions are waiting, and the soldiers Rem and Torval journey with might not be so honourable. Follows First Watch and Friendly Fire (PBK, $19.99 each) in this fun buddy-cop series.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $22.99
The Harp of Kings (Warrior Bards 01)
Eighteen-year-old Liobhan is a powerful singer and an expert whistle player. Her brother has a voice to melt the hardest heart and is a rare talent on the harp. But Liobhan’s burning ambition is to join the elite warrior band on Swan Island. While she and her brother are competing for places in this band, they are asked to go undercover as travelling minstrels. For Swan Island trains both warriors and spies. Their mission is to find and retrieve a precious harp, an ancient symbol of kingship. If the harp is not played at the upcoming coronation, the heir will not be accepted – and the kingdom will be thrown into turmoil… The first in a new series.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
The Unkindest Tide (October Daye 13)
Hundreds of years ago, the Selkies made a deal with the sea witch: they would have the sea for as long as she allowed it; and, when the time came, she would call in all their debts at once. Many people assumed that day would never come. Those people were wrong. When the Luidaeg – October ‘Toby’ Daye’s oldest and most dangerous ally – tells her, the time has come for the Selkies to fulfil their side of the bargain… and that Toby must be a part of the process, Toby can’t refuse. Literally. The Selkies aren’t the only ones in debt to the Luidaeg; and Toby has to pay what she owes… like anyone else. They will travel to the fabled Duchy of Ships and call a convocation of the Selkies – telling them to come and meet the Luidaeg’s price… or face the consequences. Of course, nothing is that simple. When Dianda Lorden’s brother appears to arrest Dianda, for treason against the Undersea… when a Selkie woman is stripped of her skin, and then murdered… when everything is falling apart… that’s when Toby will have to answer the real question of the hour. Is she going to sink? Or is she going to swim?
Urban fantasy | HC | $52.95
A Canticle for Leibowitz
Miller Jr, Walter M
In the depths of the Utah desert, long after the Flame Deluge has scoured the earth clean, the rediscoveries of science are secretly nourished by cloistered monks dedicated to the study and preservation of knowledge. By studying the Holy Relics of the past, the Order of St Leibowitz hopes to raise humanity from its fallen state, to one of grace. But is such knowledge the key to salvation, or the certain sign that we are doomed to repeat our most grievous mistakes…? The Hugo Award-winning novel, now part of the SF Masterworks series.
SF Masterworks | PBK | $22.99
The War Amongst the Angels: a Trilogy (Michael Moorcock Collection) (omnibus)
The Michael Moorcock Collection presents, for the first time, definitive editions of Moorcock’s most influential work, fully revised and updated by the author. The Michael Moorcock Collection continues with this trilogy of novels featuring some of his greatest characters, and the terror of the Second Ether. Across the centuries of the human experience and the unimaginable reaches of the Second Ether, Rose Von Bek and Jack Karaquazian travel. They live by a strict moral code, gambling their sanity or their lives on the turn of a card or the roll of a dice. But the Second Ether contains a fault, a crack through which inexhaustible power flows. Power and something else… Something which might threaten the entire multiverse… Contains Blood: A Southern Fantasy; Fabulous Harbours; and The War Amongst the Angels. A reissue.
Science fiction (reissue) | PBK | $24.99
The Love Delusion
Frida McKenzie just wants to live a nice, normal life with her boyfriend Dan. Trouble is, as the descendent of Eros, and the Delphic Oracle, respectively, this happy couple are anything but normal. So, when an anti-love cult begins to sweep the city, it’s down to Frida and Dan to discover the deadly intentions of the Love Delusion’s handsome and charismatic leader, R A Stone. But, at least, they have each other, right? Wrong. Because as Frida gets deeper into this ancient grudge match, the cost of her destiny becomes clear, and the role of a hero doesn’t come with a happily ever after… The follow-up to The Gods of Love (PBK, $19.99), which customers have loved!
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Moyer, Jaime Lee
It’s been a mostly quiet life, since Robin Hood put aside his pregnant wife Marian, turned his back on his Merry Men and his former life, and retreated to a monastery to repent his sins… But when friends from their outlaw days start dying, Father Tuck suspects a curse, and begs Marian to use her magic to break it. A grieving Marian must bargain for protection for her children – before she sets out with a soldier, who’s lost his faith; a trickster, Fey lord; and a sullen Robin Hood, angry at being drawn back into the real world. It’s not long, before Marian finds herself enmeshed in a maze of secrets and betrayals, tangled relationships and a vicious struggle for the Fey throne. And if she can’t find and stop the spellcaster, no protection in Sherwood Forest will be enough to save her children. Perfect for fans of Katherine Arden, Naomi Novik, and Christina Henry.
Hoodian fantasy | TP | $32.99
Gideon the Ninth (Ninth House)
The Emperor needs necromancers. The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman. Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit. Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service. The emperor has called his necromancers to action; and Harrowhark is set on Gideon attending her, as bodyguard… ‘Lesbian necromancers explore a haunted gothic palace in space!’ – Charles Stross.
Space fantasy | HC | $39.99
How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real World Problems
For any task you might want to do, there’s a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally bad that no one would ever try it. How To is a guide to the third kind of approach. It’s full of highly impractical advice for everything from landing a plane to digging a hole. Bestselling author and cartoonist, Randall Munroe explains how to predict the weather, by analysing the pixels of your Facebook photos. He teaches you how to tell if you’re a baby boomer, or a millennial, by measuring the radioactivity of your teeth. He offers tips for taking a selfie with a telescope, crossing a river by boiling it, and getting to your appointments on time by destroying the moon. And if you want to get rid of this book once you’re done with it, he walks you through your options for proper disposal, including dissolving it in the ocean, converting it to a vapour, using tectonic plates to subduct it into the Earth’s mantle, or launching it into the sun. By exploring the most complicated ways to do simple tasks, Munroe doesn’t just make things difficult for himself and his readers. As he did so brilliantly in What If?, he invites us to explore the most absurd reaches of the possible. Full of clever infographics and amusing illustrations, How To is a delightfully mind-bending way to better understand the science and technology underlying the things we do every day. The world’s most entertaining and useless self-help guide, from the brilliant mind behind the wildly popular webcomic xkcd and the million-selling What If? (PBK, $19.99) and Thing Explainer (PBK, $32.99). Recommended, of course!
Science-y stuff | TP | $32.99
A Jewel Bright Sea (Mage & Empire 01)
A talent for tracking magic gets Anna Zhdanov sent to catch a thief. A scholar’s daughter, sold as a bond servant; she has no desire to recover the Emperor’s jewel, for herself. But a chance to earn her freedom has driven her to the untamed Eddalyon province, awash with warm breezes, lapping waves, and more danger than she could possibly guess. Soon, she’s the captive of the unpredictable pirate captain Andreas Koszenmarc, hunted by the Emperor’s guard, besieged by a brigand queen, and at odds with her only friend. She must trust someone, if she is to survive. But when all that’s certain is that everyone is hiding something, it’s no simple thing to choose…
Fantasy | TP | $31.95
A Song for a New Day
In the Before, when the government didn’t prohibit large public gatherings, Luce Cannon was on top of the world. One of her songs had just taken off and she was on her way to becoming a star. Now, in the After, terror attacks and deadly viruses have led the government to ban concerts; and Luce’s connection to the world – her music, her purpose – is closed off forever. She does what she has to do: she performs in illegal concerts to a small but passionate community, always evading the law. Rosemary Laws barely remembers the Before times. She spends her days in Hoodspace, helping customers order all of their goods online, for drone delivery – no physical contact with humans needed. By lucky chance, she finds a new job and a new calling: discover amazing musicians and bring their concerts to everyone, via virtual reality. The only catch is that she’ll have to do something she’s never done before… and go out in public. Find the illegal concerts, and bring musicians into the limelight they deserve. But when she sees how the world could actually be, that won’t be enough.
Science fiction | TP | $31.95
There Will Come a Darkness (Age of Darkness 01)
Pool, Katy Rose
As a dark, new power begins to make war on the magically gifted, five souls are set on a collision course that will determine the fate of their world: a prince exiled from his kingdom; a ruthless killer known as the Pale Hand; a once-faithful leader torn between his duty and his heart; a reckless gambler with the power to find anything or anyone; and a dying girl on the verge of giving up. One of them – or all of them – could break the world. Will they be saviour, or destroyer?
Fantasy | TP | $22.99
The Nobody People
Avi Hirsch has always known his daughter was different. But when others with incredible, otherworldly gifts reveal themselves to the world, Avi realises that her oddness is something more – that she is something more. With this, he has a terrifying revelation: Emmeline is now entering a society, where her unique abilities unfairly mark her as a potential threat. And even though he is her father, Avi cannot keep her safe forever. Emmeline soon meets others, just like her: Carrie Norris, a teenage girl who can turn invisible… but just wants to be seen. Fahima Deeb, a woman with an uncanny knack for machinery… but it’s her Muslim faith that makes the US government suspicious of her. They are the nobody people – ordinary individuals with extraordinary gifts – who want one only thing: to live as equals in an America that is gripped by fear and hatred. But the government is passing discriminatory laws. Violent mobs are taking to the streets. And one of their own – an angry young man, seething with self-loathing – has used his power in an act of mass violence that has put a new target on the community. The nobody people must, now, stand together and fight for their future, or risk falling apart.
Science fiction | HC | $52.95
An omnibus edition, collecting four tales of myth, magic and adventure: The Firework Maker’s Daughter, I Was a Rat!, Clockwork, and The Scarecrow and His Servant; including a prologue and epilogue from Philip Pullman.
Children’s fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Shadow Captain (Revenger 02)
Two sisters ran away from home to join the crew of a spaceship. They took on pirates, faced down monsters and survived massacres… and, now, they’re in charge. Captaining a fearsome ship of their own, adventures are theirs for the taking – and there’s hoards to loot and treasures to find in the darkest reaches of space. But the rules are also more relaxed out on the fringes, as they’re about to discover… The sequel to Revenger (PBK, $22.99).
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99
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. Now in paperback.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99
A Choir of Lies (Conspiracy of Truths 02)
Three years ago, Ylfing watched his master-Chant tear a nation apart, with nothing but the words on his tongue. Now, Ylfing is all alone in a new realm, broken hearted and grieving – but a Chant in his own right, employed as a translator to a wealthy merchant of luxury goods, Sterre de Waeyer. But Ylfing has been struggling to come to terms with what his master did, with the audiences he’s been alienated from, and with the stories he can no longer trust himself to tell. That is, until Ylfing’s employer finds out what he is, what he does, and what he knows. At Sterre’s command, Ylfing begins telling stories, once more; fanning the city into a mania for a few shipments of an exotic flower. The prices skyrocket, but when disaster looms, Ylfing must face what he has done… and decide who he wants to be: a man who walks away and lets the city shatter, as his master did? Or will he embrace the power of story, to save ten thousand lives?
Fantasy | HC | $52.95
The Secret of Life
Conrad Bunger is one of those wild guys, you think won’t make it to legal drinking age. But, thanks to the strange powers he manifests, in times of crisis – he can change his face, shrink to the size of a thumb, fly around the Eiffel tower, and hand out joints to everyone at the student assembly – not even the most ghastly mishaps interrupt his quest for visions, beer, and love. Gradually, Conrad awakens to his true identity, as an energy being from outer space. As if he hadn’t suspected it, all along. Now, as he faces his true nature, he learns his ordained purpose: to proceed incognito and to reach the ultimate prize – the Secret of Life. Problem is, he’s having too much fun, to keep it together. Even with the government out to kill him…
Science fiction (reissue) | TP | $35.95
The Sex Sphere
When Alwin, a disaffected young physicist, takes a vacation in Florence, with his wife Sybil, and finds himself kidnapped by terrorists, he is soon wrapped up in a potentially world-changing – and utterly bizarre – plot. It’s not just that the terrorists are building an atomic bomb – which they want Alwin to help with – and it’s not just that he is desperately attracted to one of his captors. It’s that they have trapped a weird, four-dimensional creature of hypermatter… who happens to resemble, well, a spherical, naked woman. And who absolutely oozes mind-clouding, desire-inducing pheromones… Before they know it, Alwin and Sybil are both discovering the pleasures and curiosities of the sex sphere, while on the run from the various forces chasing them. But what is the sphere, itself, really? Why is it stuck in our dimension? And what does it want, in the end?
Science fiction (reissue) | TP | $35.95
Crown of Coral and Pearl
For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But, though, every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine… Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that’s ruled her village, for as long as anyone can remember. But when a childhood accident left her with a permanent scar, it became clear that her identical twin sister, Zadie, would likely be chosen to marry the Crown Prince – while Nor remained behind, unable to ever set foot on land. Then Zadie is gravely injured, and Nor is sent to Ilara in her place. To Nor’s dismay, her future husband, Prince Ceren, is as forbidding and cold as his home – a castle carved into a mountain and devoid of sunlight. And as she grows closer to Ceren’s brother, the charming Prince Talin, Nor uncovers startling truths about a failing royal bloodline, a murdered queen…
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Wake (WWW 01)
Sawyer, Robert J
Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a mathematics genius – and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. But Caitlin’s brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. So, when she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colours and shapes. While exploring this amazing realm, she discovers something – some other – lurking in the background. And it’s getting more and more intelligent with each passing day. The first of a spellbinding future history trilogy that charts what will happen when the world’s first, and superior, artificial intelligence is born in the web. Reissued.
Cyberpunk (reissue) | PBK | $22.99
The Spider Dance (War in the Dark 02)
It’s 1954 and Christopher Winter is trying to carve a new life, a new identity, beyond his days in British Intelligence. Recruited by London’s gangland he now finds himself on the wrong side of the law – and about to discover that the secret service has a way of claiming back its own. Who is the fatally alluring succubus, working honey-traps for foreign paymasters? What is the true secret of the Shadowless, a fabled criminal cabal deadlier than the Mafia? And why do both parties covet long-buried caskets, said to hold the hearts of kings? The sequel to The War in the Dark (PBK, $19.99) which had some great customer feedback.
Dark fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Restoration (Verity Fassbinder 03)
Walking between the worlds has always been dangerous – but, this time, V’s facing the loss of all she holds dear. Verity Fassbinder thought no boss could be worse than her perfectionist ex-boyfriend – until she agreed to work for a fallen angel. The angel is a jealous – and violent – employer, so she’s quit working for the Weyrd Council, and sent her family away. The angel has tasked V with finding two lost treasures. That would be hard, even without a vengeful Dusana Nadasy on her heels. And Inspector McIntyre won’t stop calling: the bodies of Normal women who disappeared, decades ago, are turning up; apparently, subjected to Weyrd magics. Angelic demands or not, this isn’t something V can walk away from. And the angel is getting impatient for results… The conclusion of the first Verity trilogy! Follows Vigil and Corpselight (PBK, $19.99 each). Much recommended, obviously. If you haven’t read these Brisbane-based urban fantasies, what are you even doing?
Urban fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Trolls (Susso Myren 02)
Set ten years on from Stallo (PBK, $19.99) – as Susso Myren’s life, once again, threatens to be turned inside out. When an unusually large wolf is caught on the wrong side of the Swedish border a specialist team is sent to transport it back to Finland, but the team never arrives. Susso, meanwhile, a recluse after the traumatic events of a decade earlier, is drawn out of her self-imposed isolation – when the mysterious cult leader, Lennart Brosth, escapes from the psychiatric ward where he was being held. What if these two events are linked… and what if the monsters are back?
Scandi horror | TP | $29.99
Bloodchild (Godblind 03)
Rilporin has fallen and Corvus, King of the Mireces, reigns over an occupied land. The raiders and their dark religion have conquered, but victory came at a terrible price – the death of a god – and sparks of resistance glimmer on all sides. In the south, Mace gathers the survivors of Rilpor’s armies. Among the fierce tribes of Krike, Crys and Dom search for allies, and for the truth of what binds them to the Gods of Light. And in the royal palace, itself, Tara – once a soldier, now a slave – hopes to ignite a rebellion. But time is against them. A child will soon be born – with the power to return the Dark Lady from death; and the long-prophesied final battle for the future of Rilpor and Mireces, of humans and gods, is near. The third in the series, following Godblind and Darksoul (PBK, $19.99 each).
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
The Cabin at the End of the World
Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake. One afternoon, as Wen catches grasshoppers in the front yard, a stranger unexpectedly appears in the driveway. Leonard is the largest man Wen has ever seen… but he is young, friendly, and he wins her over almost instantly. Leonard and Wen talk and play, until Leonard abruptly apologises and tells Wen, ‘None of what’s going to happen is your fault’. Three more strangers then arrive at the cabin, carrying unidentifiable, menacing objects…
Horror | PBK | $19.99
The Resurrectionist of Caligo
Trimboli, Wendy & Zaloga, Alicia
‘Man of Science’ Roger Weathersby scrapes out a risky living digging up corpses for medical schools. When he’s framed for the murder of one of his cadavers, he’s forced to trust in the superstitions he’s always rejected: his former friend, princess Sibylla, offers to commute Roger’s execution in a blood magic ritual which will bind him to her forever. With little choice, he finds himself indentured to Sibylla and propelled into an investigation. There’s a murderer loose in the city of Caligo, and the duo must navigate science and sorcery, palace intrigue and dank boneyards to catch the butcher before the killings tear their whole country apart…
Fantasy noir | PBK | $21.99
an Enchanted Journey through Mystical Sites, Haunted Houses, and Fairytale Forests
van de Car, Nikki
From the author of Practical Magic, this beguiling book blends the allure of magical legends with the impulse to explore. Full of illustrations and lush photographs, this captivating volume reveals the sacred rituals, mystical rites, and witchy backstories of some of the most wonder-filled places in the world. Magical Places is for armchair-voyagers and pilgrimage-makers, alike. This beautiful volume will take readers on a charmed journey around the world, dipping into some of the most storied destinations in the farthest flung corners of the globe. With chapters like Places of Healing, Haunted Places, Magic in Nature, Fairy Tale Locales, the Past in the Present, and Ley Lines – the arcing lines that traverse the planet, where magical phenomena frequently occur – wanderlust is sure to be stoked for frequent travellers and the magic curious, alike. With an eye towards the mystical, Magical Places will explore well-known sites like Stonehenge and Uluru, as well as lesser-known destinations like the Knucker Hole in England, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the Fairy Glen on the Isle of Skye, and the pink lakes Retba in Senegal, and Hillier in Australia. Many of these sites will be accompanied by sacred rituals, mystical incantations, and more – inspired by the energy and history of these magical locations. Featuring beautiful illustrations with a smattering of lush, full-colour photography, this book will entice readers who long for adventure and enchantment in the world, who want to visit or, at least, learn about places where magic is real – or once was.
Mythology | HC | $26.99
A Quaint and Curious Volume: Tales and Poems of the Gothic
Uncanny. Mysterious. Eerie. Gothic. It draws us in with its air of mystery and repels us with its violence and darkness. But who were the first practitioners of the now-prevalent genre? This curated book collects the works of such masters as Edgar Allan Poe, Christina Rossetti, and Mary Shelley – who, with flickering candles, mysterious castles and chilling ravens, first frightened and delighted readers. With a brilliantly insightful introduction by Sarah Perry, the contemporary master of the gothic genre, this book will immerse and entangle you in the roots of the gothic. Just be careful not to get lost.
Gothic horror | HC | $24.99
Classic Supernatural Stories (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)
This cornucopia of thrills and chills features 25 of the finest English-language tales of the uncanny and macabre. In addition to works by such stellar authors as Edgar Allan Poe, H P Lovecraft, Arthur Machen, Henry James, Edith Wharton, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, and Henry S Whitehead, the book features three complete short novels: A Phantom Lover by Vernon Lee, Serapion by Francis Stevens, and The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson.
Classics | Leather | $49.99
Jules Verne: Seven Novels (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions) (omnibus)
Writing in France, in the nineteenth century, Jules Verne was fascinated by adventure and exploration. Collecting Five Weeks in a Balloon, Around the World in Eighty Days, A Journey to the Centre of the Earth, From the Earth to the Moon, Round the Moon, Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and The Mysterious Island, this omnibus offers a unique compilation of seven of Verne’s Voyages, stories in which he extrapolated developing technology and invention into marvellous fiction. This volume offers readers a generous introduction to Jules Verne, whose books are as alive today as they were for readers new to the ideas expressed in them during his time. This edition of the text is exquisitely bound in bonded leather, with distinctive gilt edging, and an attractive, silk ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectable, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers, young and old, and are an indispensable cornerstone of any home library.
Classics | Leather | $49.99
The End of the World Survivors Club
Walker, Adrian J
Edgar Hill ran 550 miles after an apocalypse to try and find his family. He had it easy… This is his wife’s story. Beth Hill has survived the apocalypse with a baby and toddler in tow. And, what’s more, she’s done it alone – without her husband’s help. He’s never been any help. But when disaster strikes and someone steals her kids, she knows what she has to do. The new world might be very different: no government, no law, no infrastructure and a whole lot more ocean than there used to be. But one thing hasn’t changed – the lengths a mother will go to save her family… The sequel to The End of the World Running Club (PBK, $19.99) which Ron loved. Recommended!
Post-apocalyptic thriller | PBK | $19.99
Shana wakes up one morning, to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and her sister are not alone. Soon, they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And like Shana, there are other ‘shepherds’ who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead. For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous, than the fear of it…
Post-apocalyptic | TP | $29.99
Shatter City (Impostors 02)
When the world sees Frey, they think they see her twin sister Rafi. Frey was raised to be Rafi’s double; and, now, she’s taken on Rafi’s role as first daughter… without anyone knowing. Her goal? To destroy her father – the dictator of Shreve. With the world watching and a rebellion rising, Frey is forced to flee to Paz, where citizens regulate their emotions through an interface on their arms… But Frey’s father has destructive plans even for the City of Peace. Frey must enter the chaos of warfare to disrupt his treacherous intentions, save the city of Paz – and find her missing sister.
YA science fiction | TP | $19.99
Impostors (Impostors 01)
Frey was raised to take a bullet. She’s the body double for her twin sister Rafia – the precious heir of the first family of Shreve – and her existence is a closely guarded secret. So, while Rafi was schooled in poise and diplomacy, Frey was drilled in weapons and combat. Her purpose: to protect her sister from their tyrannical father’s many enemies. When Frey is sent in Rafi’s place as collateral in a precarious business deal, she becomes the perfect impostor – as elegant and charming as her sister. But Col Palafox, the son of a rival leader, is getting close enough to spot the killer inside her. As layers of deceit peel away, can Frey become her own person, and risk everything in a rebellion? Scott Westerfeld returns, with the first in a new sequence – set in the world of the Uglies series.
YA science fiction | PBK | $9.99
Master of the World (Worldshapers 02)
Shawna Keys has fled the world she only recently discovered she Shaped, narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Adversary who seized control of it… and losing her only guide, Karl Yatsar, in the process. Now, she finds herself alone in some other Shaper’s world – where, in her first two hours, she’s rescued from a disintegrating island by an improbable flying machine she recognises, from Jules Verne’s Robur the Conqueror; then seized from it by raiders flying tiny personal helicopters; and, finally, taken to a submarine that bears a strong resemblance to Captain Nemo’s Nautilus. Oh… and accused of being both a spy, and a witch. Shawna expects – hopes! – Karl Yatsar will, eventually, follow her into this new steampunky realm; but exactly where, and when, he’ll show up, she hasn’t a clue. In the meantime, she has to navigate a world, where two factions fanatically devoted to their respective leaders are locked in perpetual combat; figure out who the Shaper of the world is; find him or her; and obtain the secret knowledge of this world’s Shaping. Then she has to somehow reconnect with Karl Yatsar, and escape to the next, Shaped world in the Labyrinth… through a Portal, she has no idea how to open.
Urban fantasy | TP | $33.95
Broken Feather (Daughter of the Midnight Sun 02)
Wolf, Deborah A
Siggy J Aleksov has had her world turned upside down. She had a job, a home, and a solitary life – no friends, no family, no pets – just the way she liked it. Now, she has no job, no home, an extended family – some of whom are in the Underworld, others of whom are bears – and a camper filled to bursting with people who call her friend. Oh, and she has a boyfriend… sort of. Maybe. It’s complicated. Before Siggy has time to sit down, with a cup of coffee, and think about the mess her life has become… she finds herself the target of poachers, who traffic in magical animals (or, at least, their body parts), a consortium of mages who wish to register and study her, and a pissed-off, sparklepunk Faerie assassin, bent on throttling her alleged little brother. The world, it seems, is determined to nail Siggy’s hide to the wall… Literally. The sequel to Split Feather (PBK, $19.99).
Urban fantasy | TP | $29.95
System Failure (Epic Failure trilogy 03)
With the galaxy thrown into chaos by mutual breaches of the Two Hundred Years’ peace, what seemed like an isolated incident on the Thelicosa/Merida border has become an epidemic. In the midst of this chaos, the Thelicosan and Meridan fleets on their respective borders have come to a sort of tense peace; but, now, it’s clear: somebody wants war. And it’s not the Free Systems of the galaxy. No. It’s a mom-and-pop convenience store, gone galactic. It’s the purveyors of balloons and nachos and supplies for bowling lanes. It’s the company that made the droids and a large part of the technology that all of the Free Systems are using in their militaries. It’s Snaggardirs. And they want to snag it all. The conclusion of the trilogy, following Mechanical Failure (TP, $31.95) and Communications Failure (TP, $33.95).
Science fiction | TP | $33.95