February 2024 science fiction & fantasy bestsellers

Feb2024 bestsellers, SF&F

 

bestsellers, February 2024

The Briar Book of the Dead
A G Slatter
Told in the award-winning Brisbane author’s trademark, gorgeous, addictive prose, this is an intricately-woven tale of a family of witches struggling against the bonds of past sins and persecution.
Ellie Briar is the first non-witch to be born into her family for generations. The Briar family of witches run the town of Silverton, caring for its inhabitants with their skills and magic.
In the usual scheme of things, they would be burnt for their sorcery, but the church has given them dispensation in return for their protection of the borders of the Darklands, where the much-feared Leech Lords hold sway. Ellie is being trained as a steward, administering for the town, and warding off the insistent interest of the church.
When her grandmother dies suddenly, Ellie’s cousin Audra rises to the position of Briar Witch, propelling Ellie into her new role. As she navigates fresh challenges, an unexpected new ability to see and speak to the dead leads her to uncover sinister family secrets, stories of burnings, lost grimoires, and evil spells.
Reeling from one revelation to the next, she seeks answers from the long dead and is forced to decide who to trust, as a devastating plot threatens to destroy everything the Briar witches have sacrificed so much to build.
Set in the same universe as the acclaimed All the Murmuring Bones (PBK, $22.99) and The Path of Thorns (PBK, $24.99) (one of Oprah Daily’s Top 25 Fantasy Novels of 2022), this beautifully-told Gothic fairy tale of ghosts, witches, deadly secrets, and past sins, will be perfect for fans of Hannah Whitten and Ava Reid.
Recommended! Signed copies are available.
Gothic fantasy | PBK | $27.99

bestsellers, February 2024

All Systems Red (Murderbot Diaries 01)
Martha Wells
‘As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure.’
Need we even print the blurb, again? Just read the damned book, FFS. And it won just about every award, in the field — so it’s not just us, okay?!
Science fiction novella | HC/TP | $29.99/$26.99

bestsellers, February 2024

All the Murmuring Bones
A G Slatter
For fans of Naomi Novik and Katherine Arden, a dark gothic fairy tale from multi-award-winning Brisbane author, Angela Slatter.
‘Harrowing and beautiful, this is the grim, fairy-tale gothic you’ve been waiting for’ — Christopher Golden, author of Ararat.
Long ago Miren O’Malley’s family prospered due to a deal struck with the mer: safety for their ships in return for a child of each generation. But for many years the family have been unable to keep their side of the bargain and have fallen into decline.
Miren’s grandmother is determined to restore their glory, even at the price of Miren’s freedom.
A spellbinding tale of dark family secrets, magic and witches, and creatures of myth and the sea; of strong women and the men who seek to control them.
This really is fantastic — highly recommended!
Gothic fantasy | PBK | $22.99

bestsellers, February 2024

The Tainted Cup (Shadow of the Leviathan 01)
Robert Jackson Bennett
A peculiar crime. A brilliant investigator. A mystery of epic proportions.
In an opulent mansion at the borders of the Empire, an Imperial officer lies dead — killed when a tree spontaneously erupted from his body. Even here, where contagions abound and the blood of the Leviathans works strange magical changes, it’s a death at once terrifying and impossible.
Called in to solve the crime is Ana Dolabra, an investigator whose reputation for brilliance is matched only by her eccentricity. At her side is her new assistant, Dinios Kol: an engraver, magically altered to possess a perfect memory.
Soon, the mystery leads to a scheme that threatens the safety of the Empire, itself. For Ana, all this makes for a deliciously thorny puzzle — at last, something to truly hold her attention. And Din? He’ll just have to hold on for the ride.
An eccentric detective and her long-suffering assistant untangle a web of magic, deceit, and murder in this sparkling fantasy reimagining of the classic crime novel — from the bestselling author of the Founders trilogy. The first in a new series.
‘Part Sherlock Holmes murder mystery, part Through the Looking-Glass, The Tainted Cup is one of the wildest, most original stories I’ve ever had the privilege to explore’ — Wesley Chu.
Our long-time readers of Robert Bennett Jackson think this is his best, yet; and we can’t keep it on the shelves!
Fantasy crime | TP | $34.99

bestsellers, February 2024

The Path of Thorns
A G Slatter
A lush and twisted dark fairy tale suffused with witchcraft, dark secrets, and bitter revenge from the award-winning author. Exquisite, haunting and at times brutal, readers of Naomi Novik and Erin Morgenstern will be entranced.
Asher Todd comes to live with the mysterious Morwood family as a governess to their children. Asher knows little about being a governess; but she is skilled in botany and herb craft, and perhaps more than that. And she has secrets of her own, dark and terrible — and Morwood is a house that eats secrets. With a monstrous revenge in mind, Asher plans to make it choke.
However, she becomes fond of her charges, of the people of the Tarn, and she begins to wonder if she will be able to execute her plan — and who will suffer most if she does. But as the ghosts of her past become harder to control, Asher realises she has no choice.
From the award-winning Brisbane author of All the Murmuring Bones (PBK, $22.99), dark magic, retribution and twisted family secrets combine to weave a bewitching and addictive tale. Recommended!
Gothic fantasy | PBK | $24.99

bestsellers, February 2024

Iron Flame (Empyrean 02)
Rebecca Yarros
A special limited hardcover edition — with gilded dustjackets, painted foredges, and black-and-white maps printed on the endpapers.
‘The first year is when some of us lose our lives. The second year is when the rest of us lose our humanity.’ — Xaden Riorson.
Everyone expected Violet Sorrengail to die, during her first year at Basgiath War College — Violet included. But Threshing was only the first impossible test meant to weed out the weak willed, the unworthy, and the unlucky.
Now, the real training begins, and Violet’s already wondering how she’ll get through. It’s not just that it’s gruelling and maliciously brutal, or even that it’s designed to stretch the riders’ capacity for pain beyond endurance.
It’s the new vice commandant, who’s made it his personal mission to teach Violet exactly how powerless she is — unless she betrays the man she loves. Although Violet’s body might be weaker and frailer than everyone else’s, she still has her wits — and a will of iron.
And leadership is forgetting the most important lesson Basgiath has taught her:
Dragon riders make their own rules.
But a determination to survive won’t be enough this year. Because Violet knows the real secret hidden for centuries at Basgiath War College — and nothing, not even dragon fire, may be enough to save them in the end.
The fiery sequel to the sensational Fourth Wing (PBK, $24.99).
Huge bestseller. Think McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern mashed up with the Lev Grossman Magicians series (ie: the students are more grown-up American college types who swear and have sex, rather than the cute, young English Harry Potter-type children!). They’re a compulsive read and lotsa fun!
Fantasy | HC | $55.00

bestsellers, February 2024

2034 (a novel of the Next World War)
Elliot Ackerman & James Stavridis
On March 12, 2034, US Navy Commodore Sarah Hunt is on the bridge of her flagship, the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones, conducting a routine freedom of navigation patrol in the South China Sea when her ship detects an unflagged trawler in clear distress, smoke billowing from its bridge.
On that same day, US Marine aviator Major Chris ‘Wedge’ Mitchell is flying an F35E Lightning over the Strait of Hormuz, testing a new stealth technology, as he flirts with Iranian airspace.
By the end of that day, Wedge will be an Iranian prisoner, and Sarah Hunt’s destroyer will lie at the bottom of the sea, sunk by the Chinese Navy.
Iran and China have clearly coordinated their moves, which involve the use of powerful new forms of cyber weaponry that render US ships and planes defenceless.
In a single day, America’s faith in its military’s strategic pre-eminence is in tatters.
Alternate history thriller | PBK | $22.99

bestsellers, February 2024

Babel (Or, the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution)
R F Kuang
And speaking of Global Sensations… now, this:
‘Absolutely phenomenal. One of the most brilliant, razor-sharp books I’ve had the pleasure of reading that isn’t just an alternative fantastical history, but an interrogative one; one that grabs colonial history and the Industrial Revolution, turns it over, and shakes it out.’ — Shannon Chakraborty, bestselling author of The City of Brass.
From award-winning author R F Kuang comes Babel, a thematic response to The Secret History and a tonal retort to Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell that grapples with student revolutions, colonial resistance, and the use of language and translation as the dominating tool of the British empire.
Traduttore, traditore: An act of translation is always an act of betrayal.
1828. Robin Swift, orphaned by cholera in Canton, is brought to London, by the mysterious Professor Lovell. There, he trains for years in Latin, Ancient Greek, and Chinese, all in preparation for the day he’ll enrol in Oxford University’s prestigious Royal Institute of Translation — also known as Babel.
Babel is the world’s centre for translation and, more importantly, magic. Silver working — the art of manifesting the meaning, lost in translation using enchanted silver bars — has made the British unparalleled in power, as its knowledge serves the Empire’s quest for colonisation.
For Robin, Oxford is a utopia dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge. But knowledge obeys power, and as a Chinese boy raised in Britain, Robin realises serving Babel means betraying his motherland.
As his studies progress, Robin finds himself caught between Babel and the shadowy Hermes Society, an organisation dedicated to stopping imperial expansion. When Britain pursues an unjust war with China over silver and opium, Robin must decide…
Can powerful institutions be changed from within, or does revolution always require violence?
And the reviews have been amazing! Recommended!
Alternate history | TP | $24.99

bestsellers, February 2024

A Curse of Krakens (Seven Kennings 03)
Kevin Hearne
Seeker and Sower… Pen Yas ben Min’s cousin was one of the legendary heroes of the wars against the giants until her untimely death. Pen has grown up in her famous cousin’s shadow, but when she’s given a quest to plant the seed of the magical Fourth Tree, she has a chance to step into the light — and usher in a new age for her country.
Fighter and Friend… Abhi’s life — and the world — changed when he discovered a lost magic: the power to speak to animals. After fighting so many battles, he’s weary and longs for home and his love, Tamhan. But, before he can return, there is one last mission that only Abhi can complete: to speak to the colossal creatures who wait beneath the waves — the krakens.
Sailor and Explorer… Koesha and her shipmates have already made an impossible journey by navigating the Northern Yawn, at the end of which she secured an unusual cloak. But when that cloak turns out to be the key to unlocking the mystery of the Seventh Kenning, Koesha has to risk everything on another life-threatening journey and hope that she can steer her crew to safety.
The final book in the epic fantasy trilogy — beginning with A Plague of Giants (PBK, $24.99) — about a war that broke a continent — and opened the door to a new world.
Fantasy | PBK | $24.99

bestsellers, February 2024

Red Side Story (Shades of Grey 02)
Jasper Fforde
Thirteen years (what we’re now — here at Pulp — calling the Fforde Gap) after the smash-hit Shades of Grey (PBK, $22.99), Eddie Russett and Jane Grey are about to embark on a new adventure…
It’s the UK, but not as we know it: civilisation has rebuilt after an unspoken ‘Something that Happened’, 500 years before. Society is now colour based; the strict levels of hierarchy dictated by the colours you can see; and the economy, health service and citizen’s aspirations all dominated by visual colour, run by the shadowy National Colour, in far-off Emerald City.
Out on the fringes of Red Sector West, Eddie Russett and Jane Grey have discovered that all is neither fair nor truthful within their cosy environment, and currently face trumped up charges that will see them die of the fatally soporific tones within the Green Room.
Negotiating the narrow boundaries of the Rules within their society, Jane and Edward must find out the truth of their world: What is it? Where is it? And, even, when it is. As they unpeel the lies that cloak their existence, they come to the worrying conclusion that they may not be alone: That there might be a Somewhere Else beyond the sea, and more, Someone Else living there — and observing them all, purposefully unseen.
Red Side Story delves into the strictures of a society imposed on itself by itself, immovable dogma, and the spirit of humans trying to love and survive and make sense of a world that makes no sense at all.
Only it does, of course — you just have to look harder, look further, and forget everything you’ve ever been told.
Dystopian/Ffordian fantasy | TP | $32.99

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