April 2024 science fiction & fantasy bestsellers

Apr2024 bestsellers, SF&F

 

bestsellers, April 2024

Toll of Honor (Expanded Honor 01)
David Weber
‘It is our duty to pay for our liberty with our own blood. The freedom that we shall win through our sacrifice and exertions, we shall be able to preserve with our own strength.’ – Subhas Chandra Bose.
Lieutenant Brandy Bolgeo has come home from the Battle of Hancock station, wounded in both body and spirit. She will need months to regenerate her lost leg, but how long will it take to heal her heart?
She’s come home to find that her wounds, her ship’s brutal damage, the deaths of so many friends, were the fault of an arrogant, aristocratic coward who broke and ran in the face of the enemy. Who left her ship to pay the price for his craven desertion under fire. And whose powerful political allies are determined to protect and preserve him at any price.
They have held hostage the declaration of war, until Lord Pavel Young escaped the consequences of his cowardice. They didn’t care what it cost the Navy. They didn’t care what it cost the entire Star Kingdom of Manticore. Their tactics have cost the Royal Navy the priceless initiative as revolution and military purges wrack the People’s Republic of Haven, and that lost window of opportunity will cost the Star Kingdom seventeen years of bloody warfare and hundreds of thousands of deaths.
Now Young is free to seek vengeance on the people he feels have ‘wronged’ him. People like Paul Tankersley and Honor Harrington. Paid duellists, smear tactics, hired assassins in public restaurants… nothing is beneath Pavel Young. But Captain Harrington can look after herself, and Pavel Young is about to face the fury of the woman the newsies call the ‘Salamander’. Yet, who will save the Star Kingdom from the repercussions of his actions?
Women and men like Brandy Bolgeo are about to pay the toll for the Star Kingdom of Manticore’s honour.
A new solo novel in David Weber’s bestselling Honorverse; the first in a new sequence.
Space opera | HC | $64.95

bestsellers, April 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, April 2024

The Familiar
Leigh Bardugo
In a shabby house in the new capital of Madrid, Luzia Cotado uses scraps of magic to get through her days of endless toil. But when her scheming mistress discovers her scullion is hiding a talent for little miracles, she demands Luzia use those gifts to win over the royal court.
Determined to seize this chance to better her fortunes, Luzia plunges into a world of power-hungry nobility, desperate kings, holy men, and seers, where the lines between magic, science, and fraud blur.
With the pyres of the Inquisition burning, she must use every bit of her wit and resilience to win fame and hide the truth of her ancestry – even if that means enlisting the help of an embittered immortal familiar, whose own secrets could cost her everything.
A bewitching novel, brimming with peril, in a world where a woman’s ambition can prove deadly.
(PF note: ‘… because no one expects…’)
Historical fantasy | TP | $34.99

bestsellers, April 2024

The Final Shore (Siobhan Dunmoore 09)
Eric Thomson
The Shrehari War ended over 20 years ago, but a new threat is looming over the Commonwealth, this time from within. Centralists, whose dream is to concentrate power on Earth by stripping sovereign star systems of their autonomy, finally have one of their own as Secretary General, the highest office in human space. And she wants to do it as fast as possible. But for that, she needs the Commonwealth Armed Forces, and they’re not playing her game. On the contrary.
The Armed Forces also have an agenda, one that’s been two decades in the making, and it’s about to be unveiled with Admiral Siobhan Dunmoore playing the principal role. And as she steps on the stage, Dunmoore becomes the target of everyone who wants to stop the Fleet from preventing a Centralist victory. Will she survive to reach the final shore?
Our military sf fans love these series of Thomson’s.
Military SF | TP | $??

bestsellers, April 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, April 2024

Floating Hotel
Grace Curtis
Welcome to the Grand Abeona Hotel: home of the finest food, the sweetest service, and the very best views the galaxy has to offer. Year ’round, it moves from planet to planet, system to system, pampering guests across the furthest reaches of the Milky Way.
The last word in sub-orbital luxury – and a magnet for intrigue. Intrigues such as:
Why are there love poems in the lobby in-tray?
How many Imperial spies are currently on board?
What is the true purpose of the Problem Solver’s conference?
And, perhaps, most pertinently – who is driving the ship?
At the centre of these mysteries stands Carl, one time stowaway, longtime manager, devoted caretaker to the hotel. It’s the love of his life and the only place he’s ever called home. But as forces beyond Carl’s comprehension converge on the Abeona, he has to face one final question: when is it time to let go?
The Grand Budapest Hotel in space, Floating Hotel is a hopeful story of misfits, rebels, and found family, perfect for fans of Becky Chambers, Martha Wells, and Aliette de Bodard.
‘Curtis oozes charm and humour’ – Tamsyn Muir.
Space opera | TP | $34.99

bestsellers, April 2024

The Withered Boy (Maradaine Saga story 03)
Marshall Ryan Maresca
Dabugo should have died the day he was born, left on the beach to be taken by the waves. Instead, he miraculously survived.
His village decided his life must serve some greater purpose, and raised him out of obligation, instead of love. As soon as they decided he was grown enough, he was cast out – to survive on his own.
With only a fugitive as a companion, Dabugo must face the harsh elements of his island, learn how to harness the power growing inside his twisted body, and face the destiny that he survived to fulfill.
The third of Maresca’s Maradaine Saga stories – now independently published.
Fantasy | PBK | $??

bestsellers, April 2024

Bishop (Aliens)
T R Napper
‘Do me a favour. Disconnect me. I could be reworked, but I’ll never be top of the line again. I’d rather be nothing.’ – Lance Bishop, model 341-B, on Fiorina 161.
The USCSS Patna has been found.
Although the synthetic Bishop asked to be shut down forever, his creator has other plans. Michael Bishop seeks the Xenomorph knowledge stored in the android’s mind, and brings Bishop back to life – but for what reason?
No longer an employee of the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, Michael tells his creation that he seeks to advance medical research for the benefit of humanity. Yet, where does he get the resources needed to advance his work, and with whom do his new allegiances lie?
The USCSS Patna is pursued by Colonial Marines Captain Marcel Apone, commander of the Il Conde and younger brother of Master Sergeant Alexander Apone, one of the casualties of the doomed mission to LV-426. Also on his trail are the ‘Dog Catchers’, commandos employed by Weyland-Yutani.
There are many who would profit from Lance Bishop’s intimate knowledge of the deadliest creatures in the galaxy.
A direct sequel to Aliens and Alien 3 – Weyland-Yutani, the Colonial Marines, and Bishop’s creator all pursue the android for the deadly Xenomorph data contained in his brain.
Written by T R Napper, award-winning author of the acclaimed 36 Streets (PBK, $24.99), whose explosive work explores the artificial intelligence and what it is to be human.
Aliens | HC | $39.99

bestsellers, April 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, April 2024

Fugitive Telemetry (Murderbot Diaries 06)
Martha Wells
No, I didn’t kill the dead human. If I had, I wouldn’t dump the body in the station mall.
When Murderbot discovers a dead body on Preservation Station, it knows it is going to have to assist station security to determine who the body is (was), how they were killed (that should be relatively straightforward, at least), and why (because apparently that matters to a lot of people – who knew?)
Yes, the unthinkable is about to happen: Murderbot must voluntarily speak to humans! Again!
This sixth entry into the series is a standalone novella, set before Artificial Condition.
If you haven’t read the preceding books in Wells’ fab series – then start with All Systems Red (HC/TP, $29.99/$26.99).
Science fiction novella | HC/TP | $39.99/$28.99

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