May 2024 science fiction & fantasy catalogue

May2024 sf&f new releases


The Thing in the Snow
Adams, Sean
At the far reaches of the world, the Northern Institute sits in a vast expanse of ice and snow. Once a thriving research facility, its operations were abruptly shut down, after an unspecified incident; and its research teams promptly evacuated. Now, it’s home to a team of three caretakers – Gibbs, Cline, and their supervisor, Hart – and a single remaining researcher named Gilroy, who is feverishly studying the sensation of coldness. Their objective is simple: occupy the space, complete their weekly tasks, and keep the building in working order in case research ever resumes. (Also: never touch the thermostat. Also: never, ever go outside.) The work isn’t thrilling – test every door for excessive creaking, sit on every chair to ensure its structural integrity – but for Hart, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime, a chance to hone his leadership skills and become the beacon of efficiency he always knew he could be. There’s just one obstacle standing in his way: a mysterious object that has appeared out in the snow. Gibbs and Cline are mesmerised. They can’t discern its exact shape and colour, nor if it’s moving or fixed in place. But it is there. Isn’t it? Whatever it might be, Hart thinks the thing in the snow is an unwelcome distraction… and, probably, a huge waste of time. Though, come to think of it, time itself has been a bit wonky, lately. Weekends pass in a blur, and he can hardly tell day from night. Gravity seems less than reliable. The lights have been flickering weirdly, and he feels an odd thrumming sensation in his beard. Gibbs might be plotting to unseat him as supervisor, and Gilroy – well, what is he really doing anyway? Perplexed and isolated – but most certainly not alone – Hart wrestles for control of his own psyche as the thing in the snow beguiles his team, upends their work, and challenges their every notion of what is normal.
Absurdist | TP | $36.99

Chain-Gang All-Stars
Adjei-Brenyah, Nana Kwame
Welcome to a world where, livestreamed to millions, prisoners fight like gladiators for the ultimate prize: their freedom.
Fight for freedom. Fight for love. Welcome to the killing ground.
Enter a world where, livestreamed to millions, prisoners fight like gladiators for the ultimate prize: their freedom. Fan-favourite female stars Loretta Thurwar and Hamara ‘Hurricane Staxxx’ Stacker are teammates and lovers. Thurwar is nearing the end of her time on the circuit, free in just a few matches, a fact she carries as heavily as her lethal hammer. But as protestors clash with the baying crowds and the program’s corporate owners stack the odds against her – will the price be simply too high? ‘So good. This one is from the heart’ – Stephen King.
Dystopia | PBK | $22.99

The Eccentrics (Knight Watch 03)
Akers, Tim
Knight Watch stands between the mundane world and the monsters of myth and legend. But there are more than dragons and trolls prowling the shadows of the modern world. Creatures of clockwork and mad science threaten to disrupt the peace. For monsters, such as these, a different band of heroes guard the world. Led by the eighth incarnation of Nikola Tesla, the Society of Eccentric Geniuses protects the Mundane world from the horrors of the Gestalt, a timeline of the future that never was. Powered by SCIENCE and steam, the Eccentrics travel the world in their airship, righting wrongs and rescuing troubled suitors, mad scientists, and optimistic engineers, often from monsters of their own creation. But, now, something new threatens the Gestalt, and they need help from John Rast and the heroes of Knight Watch. Will John be able to navigate a world of clockwork and science to save the day? Or will he fall into the clutches of a madman bent on remaking both the Gestalt and the Unreal in his own image? The first in this amusing series is Knight Watch (PBK, $26.95).
Fantasy | TP | $39.95

Disturbing the Dead (Rip Through Time 03)
Armstrong, Kelley
Victorian Scotland is becoming less strange to modern – day homicide detective Mallory Atkinson. Though inhabiting someone else’s body will always be unsettling – even if her employers know that she’s not actually housemaid Catriona Mitchell – ever since the night both of them were attacked in the same dark alley, 150 years apart. Mallory likes her job as assistant to undertaker/medical examiner Dr Duncan Gray, and is developing true friends – and feelings – in this century. So, understanding the Victorian fascination with death, Mallory isn’t that surprised when she and her friends are invited to a mummy unwrapping at the home of Sir Alastair Christie. When their host is missing when it comes time to unwrap the mummy, Gray and Mallory are asked to step in. And, upon closer inspection, it’s not a mummy they’ve unwrapped, but a much more modern body.
Timeslip crime | HC | $62.95

Not Your Crush’s Cauldron (Supernatural Singles 03)
Asher, April
Olive Maxwell much prefers teaching about the supernatural world to taking part in it and leaves the magical shenanigans to her two sisters – the Prima-Apparent and Bounty Hunter-in-Training. But after assigning her college students a project designed to nudge them outside their comfort zones, Olive realises that she’s never once stepped a toe over her own… and it’s about time that changed. Her first trip into the unknown? Moving in with her long-time crush – and friend… tattooed, motorcycle-riding, and pleasantly-pierced Baxter Donovan. Bax Donovan, Guardian Angel not-so-extraordinaire, has acquired so many black marks on his record it looked like a scantron sheet. He’s given one last chance to keep his Guardian wings intact, a high-profile Assignment he knows all too well. Olive is usually as low risk, as it got. Hell, she wrote the safety manual. But something landed her on the Guardian Affairs radar and his guess was it had something to do with the heart-pounding stunts she’s determined to check off her Dare I Docket list. Keeping Olive out of trouble is about to be his toughest assignment yet, and not because he’s forced to shake the dust off his feathers and embrace his inner aerialist. He’s at real risk of shattering the only Guardian Angel Code of Conduct Rule he’s yet to break: Don’t fall in love with your Assignment. And he isn’t so sure that’s a bad thing. If love didn’t play by the rules, why should they?
Paranormal romance | TP | $32.99

The Brothers Hawthorne (Inheritance Games 04)
Barnes, Jennifer Lynn
Grayson Hawthorne was raised as the heir apparent to his billionaire grandfather, taught from the cradle to put family first. Now, the great Tobias Hawthorne is dead and his family disinherited, but some lessons linger. When Grayson’s half-sisters find themselves in trouble, he swoops in to do what he does best: take care of the problem – efficiently, effectively, mercilessly. And without getting bogged down in emotional entanglements. Jameson Hawthorne is a risk taker, a sensation seeker, a player of games. When his mysterious father appears and asks for a favour, Jameson can’t resist the challenge. Now, he must infiltrate London’s most exclusive underground gambling club, which caters to the rich, the powerful, and the aristocratic, and win an impossible game of greatest stakes. Luckily, Jameson Hawthorne lives for impossible. Drawn into twisted games on opposite sides of the globe, Grayson and Jameson – with the help of their brothers and the girl who inherited their grandfather’s fortune and stole their hearts – must dig deep to decide who they want to be and what each of them will sacrifice to win. And there’s nothing more Hawthorne, than winning…
YA gaslamp fantasy | PBK | $19.99

I’m Afraid You’ve Got Dragons
Beagle, Peter S
Dragons are common in the backwater kingdom of Bellemontagne, coming in sizes from mouse-like vermin all the way up to castle-smashing monsters. Gaius Aurelius Constantine Heliogabalus Thrax (who would much rather, people call him Robert) has recently inherited his deceased dad’s job as a dragon catcher/exterminator, a career he detests with all his heart in part because he likes dragons, feeling a kinship with them, but mainly because his dream has always been the impossible one of transcending his humble origin to someday become a prince’s valet. Needless to say, fate has something rather different in mind… From the bestselling author of The Last Unicorn (PBK, $22.99) comes a new novel with equal amounts of power and whimsy – in which a loveable cast of characters trapped within their roles of dragon hunter, princess, and more must come together to take their fates into their own hands.
This is the direct import of the US hardcover edition. There was a UK trade paperback edition of I’m Afraid You’ve Got Dragons announced for this month, but it has been delayed for the moment. Watch this space.
Fantasy | HC | $59.95

The Way Home (two novellas from Last Unicorn)
Beagle, Peter S
My father cleared his throat. He began to say, ‘They took her,’ but he never got past the first word, and had to start again. He said, finally, ‘The Dreamies took her. She went with the Dreamies.’
Sooz was an extraordinary little girl. She grew into an extraordinary woman, with a gift given to her by a unicorn, after a battle with a griffin. The gift is more precious than she could have imagined but sets her on a dangerous path to rescue the sister she never knew she had from a land to which humans never go. But Sooz is no ordinary human. She may not be human, at all. The one thing this changeling child does know is love, and courage. Combining the Hugo award-winning novelette Two Hearts with brand-new story Sooz, The Way Home returns us to the world of The Last Unicorn. Peter S Beagle brings the same humanity, poignancy and wisdom that makes his writing so magical.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Bedi, Aman J
Meet Kavithri. Outcast. Underdog. Survivor.
Kavi is a Taemu. Her people, once feared berserkers and the spearhead of a continent-spanning invasion, are the dregs of Raayan society. Their spirits crushed. Their swords broken. Their history erased. But Kavi has a dream and a plan. She will do whatever it takes to earn a place at the secretive mage academy, face the Jinn within its walls, and gain the power to rise above her station and drag her people out of the darkness. Except power and knowledge come at a cost, and the world no longer needs a Taemu who can fight. So, they will break her. Beat her down to her knees. And make her bleed. But if blood is what they want, Kavi will give them blood. She will give them violence. She will show them a berserker’s fury. And she will make them remember her name. An action-packed South Asian epic fantasy featuring necromancers, jinn, and one seriously fearless heroine…
Fantasy | TP | $34.99

The Frame-Up
Bond, Gwenda
Dani Poissant is the daughter and former accomplice of the world’s most famous art thief. There was no job too big for Maria and her loyal crew. The secret to their success? A little thing called magic, kept rigorously secret from the non-magical world. They seemed unstoppable… until a teenage Dani turned her mother over to the FBI. Ten years later, with Maria still in prison, Dani finds herself approached for a job that only Maria and her crew could pull off… if any of them were still speaking to her. But it’s the job of a lifetime and might just be the lure Dani needs, to reconcile with her mother, and be reunited with her mother’s old gang – including both the love of her life and her former best friend. The problem is, it’s an impossible task – even with the magical talents of the people she once considered family backing her up. It’s a heist that needs a year to plan, and Dani has just over a week. Worse, the more Dani learns, the more she understands that there’s far more at stake in this job that she ever realised.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $24.99

My Throat an Open Grave
Bovalino, Tori
Labyrinth meets folk horror in this dark and romantic tale of a lost girl and the shadows that lurk in the forest. Fall under the spell of the Lord of the Wood and uncover the dark past of a village that will go to any lengths to ensure its maidens stay good. In the small town of Winston, Pennsylvania, they fear the Lord of the Wood almost as much as they fear God. According to legend, ghosts of the nearby forest steal unattended babies, leaving enigmatic tokens of wood and bone in their place. Leah Jones didn’t believe the legend, thinking it just a way to scare the local kids – until her baby brother disappears. Filled with shame and the weight of the town’s judgment, Leah crosses the river into the Lord of the Wood’s domain to bring her brother back. But the devilish figure who has haunted Winston, for generations, isn’t what she expects. He tells her she can have her brother back… for a price. It’s a bargain that will uncover secrets her hometown has tried to keep buried for decades. And what she unearths will have her questioning everything she’s been taught to fear.
Folk horror | PBK | $19.99

Silver in the Bone (Silver in the Bone 01)
Bracken, Alexandra
Join a deadly hunt – fuelled by love, revenge and pure adrenaline. Rumours are swirling about a powerful ring from Arthurian legend, a ring that could free Tamsin’s brother from a curse. But they aren’t the only ones who covet it. As word spreads, many would kill to have the ring for themselves, and Tamsin is forced into an alliance with her rival Emrys – rich, handsome, charming to a fault, and the last person she can trust. Together, they must travel from underground Boston to the cursed ruins of Avalon, where a deadly secret lies in wait…
YA urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The Ministry of Time
Bradley, Kaliane
A boy meets a girl. The past meets the future. A finger meets a trigger. The beginning meets the end. England is forever. England must fall.
In the near future, a disaffected civil servant is offered a lucrative job in a mysterious new government ministry gathering ‘expats’ from across history to test the limits of time travel. Her role is to work as a ‘bridge’: living with, assisting and monitoring the expat known as ‘1847’ – Commander Graham Gore. As far as history is concerned, Commander Gore died on Sir John Franklin’s doomed expedition to the Arctic, so he’s a little disoriented to find himself alive and surrounded by outlandish concepts such as ‘washing machine’, ‘Spotify’, and ‘the collapse of the British Empire’. With an appetite for discovery and a seven-a-day cigarette habit, he soon adjusts; and during a long, sultry summer he and his bridge move from awkwardness to genuine friendship, to something more. But as the true shape of the project that brought them together begins to emerge, Gore and the bridge are forced to confront their past choices and imagined futures. Can love triumph over the structures and histories that have shaped them? And how do you defy history, when history is living in your house? An exquisitely-original and feverishly-fun fusion of genres and ideas, The Ministry of Time asks: What does it mean to defy history, when history is living in your house? Kaliane Bradley’s answer is a blazing, unforgettable testament to what we owe each other in a changing world. This is getting raves, everywhere… so, if you have penchant for time travel, give it a go!!
Time travel | TP | $32.99

Light Bringer (Iron Gold 03 [Red Rising 06])
Brown, Pierce
The Reaper is a legend, more myth than man. But he is also Darrow: husband, father, friend. After a devastating defeat, Darrow longs to return to his wife and sovereign, Virginia, to defend Mars from Lysander. Lysander longs to destroy the Rising and restore the supremacy of Gold, and will raze the worlds for his ambitions. The worlds once needed the Reaper. Now, they need Darrow. So begins, his voyage home, an interplanetary adventure where old friends will reunite, new alliances will be forged, and rivals will clash on the battlefield. Because Eo’s dream is still alive – and after the dark age will come a new age: of light, of victory, of hope.
YA fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Minuscule Mansion of Myra Malone
Burges, Audrey
Once upon a time there was a house… From her attic in the Arizona mountains, 34-year-old recluse Myra Malone blogs about a miniature mansion – a dolls’ house – which captivates thousands of readers worldwide. Myra’s stories have created legions of fans who breathlessly await every blog post, trade photographs of the Mansion rooms and swap theories about the enigmatic author. Myra, herself, is tethered to the Mansion by a strange magic she can’t understand – rooms that appear and disappear overnight, music that plays in its corridors. Across the country, Alex Rakes, the 34-year-old heir of a custom furniture business, encounters two Mansion fans, trying to recreate a room. Alex is shocked to recognise a reflection of his own life mirrored back to him in minute scale. The room is his own bedroom, and the Mansion is his family’s home, handed down from the grandmother who disappeared mysteriously when Alex was a child. Searching for answers, Alex begins corresponding with Myra. Together, the two unwind the lonely paths of their twin worlds – big and small – and trace the stories that entwine them, setting the stage for a meeting rooted in loss, but defined by love.
Fantasy mystery | PBK | $22.99

In Our Stars (Doomed Earth 01)
Campbell, Jack
Earth, 2180: Genetically engineered, with partly alien DNA, Lieutenant Selene Genji is different from ordinary humans. And they hate her for it. Still, she’s spent her life trying to overcome society’s prejudice by serving in the Unified Fleet, while Earth’s international order collapses into war. Genji is stationed on a ship in orbit, when humanity’s factional extremism on the planet reaches a boiling point, and she witnesses the utter annihilation of Earth. When the massive forces unleashed by Earth’s death warp space and time to hurl her 40 years into the past, Genji is given a chance to try to change the future and save Earth – starting with the alien first contact only she knows will soon occur.
Earth, 2140: Lieutenant Kayl Owen’s ship is on a routine patrol when a piece of spacecraft wreckage appears out of nowhere. To his shock, there is a survivor on board: Selene Genji. Once her strange heritage is discovered, though, it becomes clear that Genji is a problem Earth Guard command wants to dispose of – quietly. After learning the horrifying truth, Owen helps her escape and joins her mission. Together, they have a chance to change the fate of an Earth doomed to die, in 2180. But altering history could put Genji’s very existence in danger, and Owen wonders if a world without her is one worth saving… The first in a new series.
Military sf | HC | $64.95

Infinite Lives, Infinite Deaths (collection)
Candano, Douglas
Genre-defying stories from a nightmarish version of Manila. A family’s noodle restaurant is converted into a Norse-themed, girly bar. A group of children takes a traumatic field trip. A Spanish friar meets a Chinese convert bearing the stigmata. A professor of applied folkloristics discusses the case of a young girl – who returned home as a crone, a few days after her elopement. A grant application assessment details the context and procedures that govern a concentration camp for aged prostitutes. A Chinese-Filipino expatriate returns home and uncovers a family secret. A failed doctor comes face to face, with the possibilities that never materialised throughout his life. In the macabre world of Infinite Lives, Infinite Deaths, stories straddle the borders of horror, magic realism, metafiction, and science fiction, stitching together elements from world mythology and folklore, Philippine history and society, and the Chinese-Filipino experience.
Speculative fiction | TP | $35.95

People in Glass Houses (Harmony 17)
Castle, Jayne
His name is Joshua Knight. Once a respected explorer, the press now calls him the Tarnished Knight. He took the fall for a disaster in the Underworld that destroyed his career. The devastating event occurred in the newly discovered sector known as Glass House – a maze of crystal that is rumoured to conceal powerful Alien antiquities. The rest of the Hollister Expedition team disappeared and are presumed dead. Whatever happened down in the tunnels scrambled Josh’s psychic senses and his memories, but he’s determined to uncover the truth. Labelled delusional and paranoid, he retreats to an abandoned mansion in the desert, a house filled with mirrors. Now a recluse, Josh spends his days trying to discover the secrets in the looking glasses that cover the walls. He knows he is running out of time. Talented, ambitious crystal artist Molly Griffin is shocked to learn that the Tarnished Knight has been located. She drops everything and heads for the mansion to find Josh, confident she can help him regain control of his shattered senses. She has no choice – he is the key to finding her sister, Leona, a member of the vanished expedition team. Josh reluctantly allows her to stay one night but there are two rules: she must not go down into the basement, and she must not uncover the mirrors that have been draped. But her only hope, for finding her sister, is to break the rules…
SF romance | PBK | $22.99

A Letter to the Luminous Deep (Sunken Archive 01)
Cathrall, Sylvie
A beautiful discovery outside the window of her underwater home prompts the reclusive E to begin a correspondence with renowned scholar Henerey Clel. The letters they share are filled with passion; at first, for their mutual interests; and, then, inevitably, for each other. Together, they uncover a mystery from the unknown depths, destined to transform the underwater world they both equally fear and love. But by no mere coincidence, a seaquake destroys E’s home, and she and Henerey vanish. A year later, E’s sister Sophy, and Henerey’s brother Vyerin, are left to solve the mystery of their siblings’ disappearances with the letters, sketches, and field notes left behind. As they uncover the wondrous love their siblings shared, Sophy and Vyerin learn the key to their disappearance – and what it could mean for life as they know it. A charming fantasy set in an underwater world – with magical academia and a heart-warming, pen-pal romance – perfect for fans of A Marvellous Light (PBK, $22.99) and Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy romance | TP | $32.99

What Kind of Mother
Chapman, Clay McLeod
After striking out on her own as a teen mother, Madi Price is forced to return to her hometown of Brandywine, Virginia, with her 17-year-old daughter. With nothing to her name, she scrapes together a living as a palm reader at the local farmer’s market. It’s at the market that she reconnects with her high school boyfriend Henry McCabe, now a reclusive local fisherman whose infant son, Skyler, went missing five years ago. Everyone in town is sure Skyler is dead, but when Madi reads Henry’s palm, she’s haunted by strange and disturbing visions that suggest otherwise. As she follows the thread of these visions, Madi discovers a terrifying monster waiting at the centre of the labyrinth – and it’s coming for everyone she holds dear.
Gothic horror | PBK | $22.99

The Singapore Strain
Chellam, Raju
The Earth is dying. Are you next?
A mysterious new variant of COVID–19, dubbed the Singapore Strain, is infecting people around the world. It changes the victims’ DNA and manifests by altering their perceptions and attitudes, turning them into Dynaborgs. A motley team of investigators from America, Australia, Botswana, Britain, Estonia, India, Singapore, and Sweden are trying to unravel its secrets, even as they turn into Dynaborgs, themselves. Is this virus as benign as it seems? What are its origins? Does it have the potential to wipe us out?
SF thriller | TP | $45.95

The Deer and the Dragon (No Other Gods 01)
CJ, Piper
Fantasy author Marlow has been haunted, by what she believes is a figure of her imagination: a mysterious and alluring man she calls Caliban. But when Caliban disappears, her quest to find him throws her into the very world of gods, demons, and monsters – her books have been based on, for years. The deities you call, aren’t always the ones who answer. Marlow needs to believe she’s crazy. The alternative would mean embracing the gift – or curse – shared by her mother and grandmother: she can see angels and demons. She would have to admit she’s been seeing one for years, the alluring, starlit man she calls Caliban, who understands her, soothes her, loves her… like no one else. And with her history of religious trauma, she’s far too afraid to do that – at least, until a fae from the Nordic pantheon strolls into her life and informs her that her so-called hallucinations are actually a passionate affair with the Prince of Hell. A prince who has now gone missing. But finding Caliban will mean accepting her new reality and seeing the world for what it truly is. The veil is far thinner than she or any human realises, and the mortal realm is up for grabs. Before she knows it, Marlow is deeply entangled in a centuries-old war, stumbling straight into a battleground between vicious and powerful pantheons. And who will come out on top… may just depend on her and the man she never dared to believe in. The first in a spellbinding new series.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $24.99

The Feast Makers (Scapegracers 03, YA)
Clarke, H A
After restoring their powers, Sideways just wants to get on with senior year. But the covens have convened for the trial of Madeline Kline. When this stubborn, independent witch begs the Scapegracers to save her from a cruel and unusual punishment, Sideways knows they have to get involved. It’s the right thing to do, even if Madeline did steal their soul and wear it for a time. Right? Making an example out of Madeline seems, strangely, just as important to the most powerful covens as divvying up the Scapegracers amongst themselves. Sideways, Jing, Daisy, and Yates are reluctant to abandon what they’ve built together, but as the college acceptances (and rejections) roll in, the offer of a magical family beyond Sycamore Gorge becomes increasingly tempting. Unfortunately, choosing a new coven will have to wait: witchfinders are gathering in town, and some of these visitors make the Chantrys seem tame in comparison. Every witch – Scapegracer, or not – is about to be in grave danger. And on top of all that, Sideways thinks they just might be in love. The Feast Makers brings the indie-bestselling Scapegracers trilogy to a dynamic end as Sideways, Jing, Daisy, Yates, and Shiloh tackle college acceptances, queer romance, and the meaning of justice in an ever-challenging world. It begins with The Scapegracers (TP, $29.99).
Fantasy | HC | $36.99

The Hollow Dead (Gravekeeper 04)
Coates, Darcy
When Keira first woke alone in a strange forest, she remembered only two things: that she could speak with the dead, helping them move on from the mortal world, and that sinister mask-wearing men were hunting her. She had no idea what she’d done to earn their hatred or what dangerous secrets she may have uncovered. Until now. Peeling back layer upon layer of the mystery, surrounding her origins, Keira has finally learned that the strange, masked men work for Artec, an organisation profiting off spectral energy produced by hundreds of chained, tormented souls. Their goal is to spread their macabre cemeteries across the world, using the agony of the dead to extend their power and reach – and only Keira and her loyal group of friends can stop them. But there are still mysteries to uncover in Keira’s foggy memories, and as she prepares to fight for the souls of the tormented dead, what she doesn’t know about her own past may come back to haunt her.
Horror | TP | $24.99

The Silence Factory
Collins, Bridget
Henry dreams of silence. A world without the clattering of carriages through cobbled streets, the distant cries of drunken brawls, the relentless ticking of the clock. Then he meets a fascinating, mysterious gentleman who sells just that. Precious silk that can drown out the clamour of the world – and everything, Henry is so desperate to escape. Summoned to Sir Edward’s secluded factory to try to cure his young daughter’s deafness, Henry is soon drawn deeper and deeper into the origins of this otherworldly gift: a gift that has travelled from ancient Mediterranean glades to English libraries. Ignoring repeated warnings from the girl’s secretive governess, he allows himself to fall under the spell of Sir Edward and his silk… but when he learns its true cost, will it be too late to turn back?
Historical fantasy | TP | $32.99

Caliban’s War (Expanse 02, collector’s edition)
Corey, James S A
For someone who didn’t intend to wreck the solar system’s fragile balance of power, Jim Holden did a pretty good job of it. While Earth and Mars have stopped shooting each other, the core alliance is shattered. The outer planets and the Belt are uncertain in their new – possibly temporary – autonomy. Then, on one of Jupiter’s moons, a single super-soldier attacks, slaughtering soldiers of Earth and Mars indiscriminately and reigniting the war. The race is on to discover whether this is the vanguard of an alien army, or if the danger lies closer to home. The action-packed sequel to James S A Corey’s Hugo and Locus Award-nominated sf debut Leviathan Wakes. This special edition hardcover includes: a striking new cover; stained edges and illustrated endpapers; a reversible cover that features the full, uncropped artwork of the original cover art; and a new introduction from the authors.
Space opera | HC | $69.99

Abaddon’s Gate (Expanse 03, collector’s edition)
Corey, James S A
For generations, the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt – was humanity’s great frontier. Until now. The alien artefact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has emerged to build a massive structure outside the orbit of Uranus: a gate that leads into a starless dark. Jim Holden, and the crew of the Rocinante, are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artefact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them. The explosive third novel in James S A Corey’s Expanse space opera series. This special edition hardcover includes: a striking new cover; stained edges and illustrated endpapers; a reversible cover that features the full, uncropped artwork of the original cover art; and a new introduction from the authors.
Space opera | HC | $69.99

Five Broken Blades (Five Broken Blades 01)
Corland, Mai
Five ruthless killers. Five deadly motives. One King, who must die.
The king of Yusan must die. The five most dangerous liars in the land have been mysteriously summoned to work together for a single objective: to kill the God King Joon. He has it coming. Under his merciless immortal hand, the nobles flourish, while the poor and innocent are imprisoned, ruined… or sold. And, now, each of the five blades will come for him. Each has tasted bitterness – from the hired hitman seeking atonement, a lovely assassin who seeks freedom, or even the prince banished for his cruel crimes. None can resist the sweet, icy lure of vengeance. They can agree on murder. They can agree on treachery. But for these five killers – each versed in deception, lies, and betrayal – it’s not enough to forge an alliance. To survive, they’ll have to find a way to trust each other… but only one can take the crown. Let the best liar win. A feast of treason and seduction, set against a dazzling fantasy backdrop of Korean history and folklore. The first in a series.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

Dark Matter (TV tie-in edition)
Crouch, Blake
‘Are you happy in your life?’
Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears, before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakes to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before the man, he’s never met, smiles down at him, and says, ‘Welcome back.’ In this world, he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible. Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined – one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe. From Blake Crouch, the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human – a relentlessly surprising thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of, perfect for fans of Stranger Things and Ready Player One. Now streaming on Apple TV+.
SF thriller (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

The Malevolent Seven
de Castell, Sebastien
Seven war mages with dark pasts must come together to fight an unknown enemy – but the stakes are higher than anyone can imagine… and someone’s setting the seven up for a fall. Picture a wizard. Go ahead, close your eyes. There he is, see? Skinny old guy with a long, straggly beard. The hat’s a must, too, right? Big, floppy thing. Wouldn’t want a simple steel helmet or something that might, you know, protect the part of him most needed for conjuring magical forces from being bashed in with a mace (or pretty much any household object). Yep. Behold the mighty wizard. Now, open your eyes and let me show you what a real war mage looks like… but be warned: you’re probably not going to like it, because we’re violent, angry, dangerously broken people who sell our skills to the highest bidder and be damned to any moral or ethical considerations. My name is Cade Ombra, and though I currently make my living as a mercenary wonderist, I used to have a far more noble-sounding job title – until I discovered the people, I worked for, weren’t quite as noble as I’d believed. Now, I’m on the run and my only friend, a homicidal thunder mage, has invited me to join him on a suicide mission against the seven deadliest mages on the continent. Time to recruit some very bad people to help us on this job… Seven wizards… and someone who wants to take them down. Brandon Sanderson meets Deadpool, in this unforgettable, darkly funny, deeply irreverent fantasy from the bestselling author. Now in paperback.
Fantasy | PBK | $24.99

Dickinson, Seth
‘Anna, I came to Earth, tracking a very old story, a story that goes back to the dawn of time. It’s very unlikely that you’ll die right now. It wouldn’t be narratively complete.’
Anna Sinjari – refugee, survivor of genocide, disaffected office worker – has a close encounter that reveals universe-threatening stakes. Enter Ssrin, a many-headed serpent alien who is on the run from her own past. Ssrin and Anna are inexorably, dangerously drawn to each other, and their contact reveals universe-threatening stakes. While humanity reels from disaster, Anna must join a small team of civilians, soldiers, and scientists to investigate a mysterious broadcast and unknowable horror. If they can manage to face their own demons, they just might save the world.
Science fiction | HC | $54.99

Only the Astronauts (collection)
Dovey, Ceridwen
Adrift in outer space, a motley crew of human-made objects tell their tales, making real history sweeter and stranger. Starman, a lovelorn mannequin orbiting the Sun in his cherry-red car, pines for his creator. The first sculpture ever taken to the Moon is possessed by the spirit of Neil Armstrong. The International Space Station, awaiting deorbit and burial in a spacecraft cemetery beneath the ocean, farewells its last astronauts. A team of tamponauts sets off on a perilous mission to Mars inspired by the courage of their predecessors. The Voyager 1 space probe – carrying its precious Golden Record – is captured by Oortians near the edge of the solar system and drawn into their baroque, glimmering rituals. By turns, joyous and mournful, these object-astronauts are not high priests of the universe but something a little… weirder. From their inverted perspectives, they observe humans both intimately and from a great distance, bearing witness to a civilisation unable to live up to its own ideals. And, yet, each still finds in our planet – in their humans – something worthy of love.
Science fiction | TP | $34.99

The Weavers of Alamaxa (Alamaxa duology 02)
Elsbai, Hadeer
Magic is no longer banned in Alamaxa, but across the border the Zirani are readying their cannons. They will stop at nothing to end what they perceive is a threat not only to their way of life, but to the world. But the last time a Weaver fought back, the whole world was shattered. Two incredible women are all that stands before an entire army. But they’ve stood up to power before, and they won then. This time, though, it’s no longer about rhetoric. This time, it’s about magic and blood. Following up on one of the most exciting fantasy debuts – The Daughters of Izdihar (PBK, $24.99) – Hadeer Elsbai concludes her Alamaxa duology, inspired by Egyptian history, with a tale of magic, betrayal, and love.
Fantasy | PBK | $24.99

Relics of Ruin (Books of the Usurper 02)
Evans, Erin M
The conspiracy at the heart of the empire has been revealed. The Archivists played a key role in solving a brutal murder and uncovering one of the empire’s longest kept secrets. Now, what’s left in its wake are a series of unearthed artifacts, one shaken city, and the shocking truth not dared spoken aloud. Just as the empire has begun to regain normalcy, another mystery unveils itself when a stolen ancient relic is found. Only, no one knew that it was missing from its sacred vault in the first place. And, now, that the real one has been recovered, who replaced it with a fake? With Quill and Amadea at the heart of another mystery, they will need to quickly follow the clues that all lead back to this new relic. Because all the while, an old enemy is gathering strength beyond the Salt Wall and the Archivists might come to find there’s nowhere left for them to go but over. The sequel to Empire of Exiles (TP, $39.95).
Fantasy | TP | $45.95

Face the Night
Forbes, Lani
On a harsh frontier where good and evil contend for people’s minds, a young woman must fight for her true identity… Once, Catriona Macgregor led a charmed life. Daughter of a wealthy rancher, pretty and educated, she looked forward to all the world had to offer – until fate took a turn. Now family, home, and even her name have been stripped away. As ‘Black Cat Whitfield,’ adopted daughter of an outlaw, she’s wanted by the authorities. It certainly wasn’t the destiny she imagined – especially as one of the Blessed. The Blessed, rare people like Cat, are supposed to use their gifts to carry out missions for the Patron Saints, but she can only imagine that Saint Prudentia made a terrible mistake in choosing her. Still, her gift has never deserted her. Whenever danger threatens, Cat receives a vision – just in time to save her life. And when she meets a renegade priest, Father Ignatius, he helps her understand how her ability may be part of a much bigger picture. A picture that involves facing up to the monstrous Baron Caldwell – the one who ordered her parents killed – and his son, Adrian, who betrayed them all. Cat is torn between guilt over her parents’ deaths, a longing for vengeance against their killers, and a dismaying new interest in Adrian. It would be easiest to flee the whole situation and never look back. But as someone once told her, you can’t outrun the darkness on your heels. There’s only one way to break through to sunrise – by turning to face the night.
YA fantasy | TP | $37.95

Bone Pendant Girls
Friedman, Terry S
Beware the Fisherman. Andi Wyndham has communicated with spirits, since she was a kid. When a bone pendant carved into the likeness of a girl’s face calls to her at a gem show in Pennsylvania, she can’t resist buying it and a sister piece. When she discovers the girls are missing runaways and the pendants are made of human bone, Andi is drawn into a mystery that will force her to confront her gifts, her guilt, and the ghosts haunting her. Pendant Girls Mariah and Bennie urge Andi to find a man they call ‘Fisherman’, a master of disguise. Teaming up with a handsome private eye and a South Carolina sheriff, Andi must find the girls’ bodies and put their souls to rest, before the Fisherman casts his deadly net to trap Andi.
Dark fantasy | HC | $49.99

The Last Phi Hunter
Goldenberg, Salinee & Nazarov, Ilya (illustrator)
Ambitious Phi Hunter and perpetual lone wolf, Ex, finds his road to glory interrupted when a heavily pregnant runaway enlists his help to escape through the ghost-infested forest… Ex, the youngest member of the Phi Hunters Order, has spent his life slaying the ghosts and demons of Suyoram Kingdom. While he takes great pride in his mystical trade, collecting dwindling bounties and peddling butchered spirit organs lacks the glory he craves. He’s determined to hunt down Shar-Ala, a demon of nightmares, of madness – who has eluded even Ex’s masters. In a provincial village along the way, Arinya, a charming muay-boran champion, manages to save Ex him from a brutal ass kicking, despite being nine months pregnant. In return, she asks him to escort her through the dangerous, spirit-filled forest, where ghosts salivate over the scent of the unborn. Feeling responsible for Arinya’s safety, Ex vows to help her return home. But as more of Arinya’s secrets emerge, and the elusive demon nears, Ex must face dangers from both men and monsters, or lose not only the respect and sanctuary of his guild, but also the woman he’s trying not to fall in love with.
Dark fantasy | TP | $36.99

Hyde and Seek (Jekyll & Hyde Inc 02)
Green, Simon R
With the monsters of old wiped out, Daniel and Tina of Hyde, Inc, face a greater foe – from beyond the stars. Whatever happened to all the old monsters? The vampires, the werewolves, the ghouls… Daniel and Tina Hyde wiped them out, to make the world a safer place. But nature abhors a vacuum, supernature even more… Something’s got to fill the gap, left by all those monster clans. The question now is, what happened to all the old aliens? The Martians, the Bug-Eyed Monsters, the Reptiloids and the Greys? They’re coming out of the shadows with a vengeance, and Daniel and Tina Hyde are about to discover there are much worse things than monsters. Fortunately, Hydes love a good fight. Daniel and Tina are in for the fight of their lives, with the whole world at stake. The follow-up to Jekyll & Hyde Inc (HC, $59.95).
Fantasy | HC | $62.95

Young Hag (graphic novel)
Greenberg, Isabel
Once there was magic in Britain. There were dragons and wizards and green knights and kings who pulled swords out of stones. But, now, the doors to the Otherworld have closed. Young Hag has grown up, believing her mother and grandmother are the last witches in the land. But when tragedy strikes, she turns her back on these tales. Where is their magic, when they really need it? Then, one day, they find a changeling in the woods. Confronted with real magic at last, Young Hag has no choice but to believe. She sets off on the greatest quest of her life; but can Young Hag bring the magic back? Or will she become a footnote, in the tale of famous kings and wizards? Young Hag ingeniously reinvents the women in Arthurian legend, transforming the tales of old into a heart-warming coming-of-age story.
Fantasy | PBK | $42.99

Titanium Noir
Harkaway, Nick
A reimagined world, in which there is a medical process which changes people into stronger, smarter, bigger humans, with a much longer lifespan – known as Titans. But the procedure is incredibly expensive, so only a very small number of people in the world are able to afford it. The rest of the world both envy and hate them. When Cal Sounder takes on a specialist role of being the go-to detective, whenever a crime is committed involving a Titan, he finds it relatively easy to keep the peace, most of the time. But then along comes a case which threatens to expose all the carefully-managed tensions of society at large… The latest novel from Nick Harkaway, author of Angelmaker, The Gone-Away World, and Gnomon. Highly recommended!
SF noir | PBK | $22.99

Black Sheep
Harrison, Rachel
Nobody has a ‘normal’ family; but Vesper Wright’s is truly… something else. Vesper left home at 18 and never looked back – mostly because she was told that leaving the staunchly-religious community, she grew up in, meant she couldn’t return. But then an envelope arrives on her doorstep. Inside, is an invitation to the wedding of Vesper’s beloved cousin Rosie. It’s to be hosted at the family farm. Have they made an exception to the rule? It wouldn’t be the first time, Vesper’s been given special treatment. Is the invite a sweet gesture? An olive branch? A trap? Doesn’t matter. Something, inside her, insists she go to the wedding. Even if it means returning to the toxic environment she escaped. Even if it means reuniting with her mother, Constance – a former horror film star and forever ice queen. When Vesper’s homecoming exhumes a terrifying secret; she’s forced to reckon with her family’s beliefs and her own crisis of faith in this deliciously sinister novel that explores the way family ties can bind us as we struggle to find our place in the world.
Horror | PBK | $19.99

Return of the Dwarves, book one (Dwarves 06)
Heitz, Markus
Hundreds of cycles have passed in Girdlegard, since Tungdil Goldhand vanished. The dwarf Goimron works as a gem carver in the city of Mallenias Watch. He is particularly fascinated by the old times, the great times of the five dwarf tribes; and, so, spends his spare time searching the markets for records and artefacts for clues about their proud history. And then Goimron comes across an extraordinary book. The wealth of detail it contains leaves no doubt that the book must have been written by the heroic Tungdil Goldhand, himself. But, impossibly, the last entry seems to be recent… When Goimron sets out in search of the legendary dwarf, he and his troop of companions soon find themselves in the middle of ancient intrigues and brutal power struggles between ruthless humans, mysterious albae – and dragons. Once again, the land of Girdlegard needs the wisdom, humour, fighting spirit and stubbornness of the dwarves. Heroes, old and new, will accept the challenge… but will the dwarves rise again?
Fantasy | PBK | $24.99

Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer 01, graphic novel)
Hobb, Robin
The first instalment of Robin Hobb’s bestselling fantasy epic, The Assassin’s Apprentice, comes to life in comics form! When the illegitimate son of a royal prince is discovered in a poor backwater, the boy’s life changes forever. Renamed ‘Fitz’, by his new caretakers, the boy is plunged into the maze of scheming and intrigue that makes up the courts of the Six Duchies. But unknown to all, a power has awakened in Fitz. Something in his blood is stirring, and if Fitz cannot learn to control it, it may spell doom for all.
Fantasy | HC | $45.00

The Water Outlaws
Huang, S L
In the jianghu, you break the law to make it your own.
Lin Chong is an expert arms instructor, training the Emperor’s soldiers in sword and truncheon, battle axe and spear, lance and crossbow. Unlike bolder friends who flirt with challenging the unequal hierarchies and values of Imperial society, she believes in keeping her head down and doing her job. Until a powerful man, with a vendetta, rips that carefully-built life away. Disgraced, tattooed as a criminal, and on the run from an Imperial Marshall who will stop at nothing to see her dead, Lin Chong is recruited by the Bandits of Liangshan. Mountain outlaws on the margins of society, the Liangshan Bandits proclaim a belief in justice – for women, for the downtrodden, for progressive thinkers a corrupt Empire would imprison or destroy. They’re also murderers, thieves, smugglers, and cutthroats. Apart, they love like demons and fight like tigers. Together, they could bring down an empire. Inspired by a classic of martial arts literature, The Water Outlaws are bandits of devastating ruthlessness, unseemly femininity, dangerous philosophies, and ungovernable gender, who are ready to make history – or tear it apart.
Fantasy | TP | $42.95

Orphia and Eurydice’s
John, Elyse
Their love transcends every boundary. Can it cheat death?
Orphia dreams of something more than the warrior crafts she’s been forced to learn. Hidden away on a far-flung island, her blood sings with poetry and her words can move flowers to bloom and forests to grow… but her father, the sun god Apollo, has forbidden her this art. A chance meeting with a young shield-maker, Eurydice’s, gives her the courage to use her voice. After wielding all her gifts to defeat one final champion, Orphia draws the scrutiny of the gods. Performing her poetry, she wins the protection of the goddesses of the arts: the powerful Muses, who welcome her to their sanctuary on Mount Parnassus. Orphia learns to hone her talents, crafting words of magic infused with history, love and tragedy. When Eurydice’s joins her, Orphia struggles with her desire for fame and her budding love. As her bond with the gentle shield-maker grows, she joins the Argonauts on their quest for the Golden Fleece. Facing dragons, sirens and ruthless warriors on the voyage, Orphia earns unparalleled fame, but she longs to return to Eurydice’s. Yet, she has a darker journey to make – one which will see her fight for her love with all the power of her poetry.
Myth retold | PBK | $24.99

Devour (graphic novel)
Joyner, Jazmine & Pugh, Anthony (illustrator)
In the Deep South, something evil waits in the darkness…
This is the story of the Turner family, who move to Alabama to care for their ailing matriarch, Vassie, when she begins suffering from dementia. But Vassie isn’t just any old lady; she’s the last of a line of powerful root women who have been caring for the community since her ancestors were first captured and enslaved by white plantation owners. Patsy, the eldest daughter in the family, is immediately suspicious; the locals’ fear and superstition of her grandmother leads Patsy to take a closer look at the Turner family home, and what she finds is beyond her wildest nightmares. Devour is a terrifying new fable that delivers thrills and chills in equal measure. In this horror graphic novel from award-winning writer Jazmine Joyner and illustrator Anthony Pugh, American Gods meets Get Out – in a dark retelling of the West African legend of Anansi the Spider.
Horror | HC | $44.99

The Djinn Waits a Hundred Years
Khan, Shubnum
In an old wardrobe, a djinn sits weeping. It whimpers and murmurs small words of complaint. It sucks its teeth and berates the heavens for its fate. It curses the day it ever entered this damned house. Akbar Manzil was once a grand estate overlooking the sparkling ocean beyond South Africa’s eastern coast. Now, its Palladian windows and marble parapets, its golden domes and Romanesque towers have fallen into disrepair. Now, Akbar Manzil is where people come to forget, or to be forgotten. Teenage Sana arrives with her father, Bilal; both of them hoping for a fresh start – after the tragedies that have blighted their family. But when the ghost of Sana’s sister alerts her to the presence of a djinn that lingers just out of reach in the shadowy corners of the house, Sana embarks on a quest to uncover the history of her unnerving new home. Soon, her own story intertwines with that of a young woman who lived there, some 80 years earlier, a woman whose tragic fate holds the key to Akbar Manzil’s ultimate secret.
Urban fantasy | TP | $32.99

You Like It Darker (collection)
King, Stephen
From legendary storyteller and master of short fiction Stephen King comes an extraordinary new collection of 12 thrilling stories, many never before published, and some of his best, ever. ‘You like it darker? Fine, so do I,’ writes Stephen King in the afterword to this magnificent new collection of 12 stories that delve into the darker part of life – both metaphorical and literal. King has, for half a century, been a master of the form, and these stories, about fate, mortality, luck, and the folds in reality where anything can happen, are as rich and riveting as his novels, both weighty in theme and a huge pleasure to read. King writes to feel ‘the exhilaration of leaving ordinary day-to-day life behind’, and in You Like it Darker, readers will feel that exhilaration too, again and again. ‘Two Talented Bastids’ explores the long-hidden secret of how the eponymous gentlemen got their skills. In ‘Danny Coughlin’s Bad Dream’, a brief and unprecedented psychic flash upends dozens of lives, Danny’s most catastrophically. In ‘Rattlesnakes’ – a sequel to Cujo – a grieving widower travels to Florida for respite and instead receives an unexpected inheritance – with major strings attached. In ‘The Dreamers’, a taciturn Vietnam vet answers a job ad and learns that there are some corners of the universe best left unexplored. ‘The Answer Man’ asks if prescience is good luck or bad and reminds us that a life marked by unbearable tragedy can still be meaningful. King’s ability to surprise, amaze, and bring us both terror and solace remains unsurpassed. Each of these stories holds its own thrills, joys, and mysteries; each feels iconic. You like it darker? You got it.
Stephen King | TP | $34.99

What Moves the Dead (Sworn Soldier 01)
Kingfisher, T
When Alex Easton, a retired soldier, receives word that their childhood friend Madeline Usher is dying, they race to the ancestral home of the Ushers in the remote countryside of Ruritania. What they find there is a nightmare of fungal growths and possessed wildlife, surrounding a dark, pulsing lake. Madeline sleepwalks and speaks in strange voices at night, and her brother Roderick is consumed with a mysterious malady of the nerves. Aided by a redoubtable British mycologist and a baffled American doctor, Alex must unravel the secret of the House of Usher before it consumes them all. A gripping and atmospheric retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Fall of the House of Usher. Now in a gorgeous little hardcover edition.
Horror | HC | $32.99

What Feasts at Night (Sworn Soldier 02)
Kingfisher, T
Alex Easton returns to their home country of Gallacia, only to be confronted by a strange new horror. When Alex Easton travels to Gallacia as a favour to their friend, the excellent Miss Potter, they find their home empty, the caretaker dead, and the grounds blanketed by an uncanny silence. The locals won’t talk about what happened to the caretaker. None of them will set foot on the grounds. Whispers of an unearthly breath-stealing creature from Gallacian folklore don’t trouble practical Easton. But as strange visions disturb their sleep and odd happenings increase, they are forced to confront the dark shadow that hangs over the house… A hair-raising standalone sequel to the bestselling and award-winning novella What Moves the Dead (HC/PBK, $32.99/$24.99), now in a gorgeous little hardcover edition.
Horror | HC | $32.99

The Haunting of Velkwood
Kiste, Gwendolyn
The Velkwood Vicinity was the topic of occult theorists, tabloid one-hour documentaries, and even some pseudo-scientific investigations, as the block of homes disappeared behind a near-impenetrable veil that only three survivors could enter – and only one has in the past 20 years, until now. Talitha Velkwood has avoided anything to do with the tragedy that took her mother and eight-year-old sister, drifting from one job to another, never settling anywhere or with anyone, feeling as trapped by her past as if she was still there in the small town she so desperately wanted to escape from. When a new researcher tracks her down and offers to pay her to come back to enter the vicinity, Talitha claims she’s just doing it for the money. Of all the crackpot theories over the years, no one has discovered what happened the night Talitha, her estranged, former best friend Brett, and Grace, escaped their homes, 20 years ago. Will she finally get the answers she’s been looking for all these years, or is this just another dead end?
Horror | HC | $49.99

A Duet with the Siren Duke (Married to Magic 04)
Kova, Elise
She sold her soul to a siren and, now, he’s come to collect. Victoria risks everything to leave a dangerous marriage. But when her escape goes awry, she finds herself caught in the strong embrace of a mysterious siren, forced to choose: temporary salvation or immediate death. And, so, a cursed deal is struck. Five years later, Victoria is alive – and the world’s finest ship captain. But her debt to the siren is due. Taken to the magical and deadly Eversea, Victoria discovers she’s the sacrifice upon which all sirens pin their hopes. With this as leverage, she strikes a new bargain: the safety of her family for her life. As the sacrifice for the God of Death, she’s meant to give up everything that draws her to the world of the living. Yet all she can think about is how this handsome siren’s song, and his hands, make her feel very much alive… Inspired by The Little Mermaid and the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, A Duet with the Siren Duke is a complete, standalone novel. It’s for readers looking for a fantasy romance with deep lore, second-chance love, sacrifice, forbidden, and slow-burn romance that sizzles on the page, and a happily ever after, where love triumphs over all.
Romantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Book That Broke the World (Library trilogy 02)
Lawrence, Mark
We fight for the people we love.
We fight for the ideas we want to be true.

Evar and Livira stand side by side and, yet, far beyond each other’s reach. Evar is forced to flee the library, driven before an implacable foe. Livira, trapped in a ghost world, has to recover her book if she’s to return to her life. While Evar’s journey leads him outside into the vastness of a world he’s never seen, Livira’s destination lies deep inside her own writing, where she must wrestle with her stories in order to reclaim the volume, in which they were written. And, all the while, the library quietly weaves thread to thread, bringing the scattered elements of Livira’s old life – friends and foe alike – back together beneath new skies. Long ago, a lie was told, and with the passing years it has grown and spread, a small push leading to a chain of desperate consequences. Now, as one edifice topples into the next with ever-growing violence, it threatens to break the world. The secret war that defines the library has chosen its champions and set them on the board. The time has come when they must fight for what they believe, or lose everything. The Library trilogy is about many things: adventure, discovery, and romance, but it’s also a love letter to books and the places where they live. The focus is on one vast and timeless library, but the love expands to encompass smaller more personal collections, and bookshops of all shades, too. Begin with The Book that Wouldn’t Burn (TP, $32.99).
Fantasy | TP | $34.99

A Fisherman of the Inland Sea (collection)
Le Guin, Ursula K
Eight SF stories from Ursula Le Guin. The award-winning stories in this collection range from the everyday to the outer limits of experience, where the quantum uncertainties of space and time are resolved only in the depths of the human heart. Featuring such objects of the imagination as a starship that sails on the wings of song, musical instruments that are played at funerals only, and orbiting arks designed to save a doomed humanity. Astonishing, in their diversity and power, these stories exhibit both the artistry of a major writer at the height of her powers and the humanity of a mature artist confronting the world with her gift of wonder still intact. ‘I count myself lucky to have been alive and reading when Ursula K Le Guin was writing’ – Neil Gaiman.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

Among the Living
Lebbon, Tim
Estranged friends Dean and Bethan meet, after five years apart, when they are drawn to a network of caves on a remote Arctic island. Bethan and her friends are environmental activists, determined to protect the land. But Dean’s group’s exploitation of rare earth minerals deep in the caves unleashes a horrific contagion that has rested frozen and undisturbed for many millennia. Fleeing the terrors emerging from the caves, Dean and Bethan and their rival teams undertake a perilous journey on foot across an unpredictable and volatile landscape. The ex-friends must learn to work together again if they’re to survive… and, more importantly, stop the horror from spreading to the wider world.
Horror | PBK | $22.99

Salvage Right (Liaden Universe 25)
Lee, Sharon & Miller, Steve
A door never closes, but a window opens… With origins in the Old Universe, the malevolent, acquisitive intelligence of Tinsori Light sought to infect others with itself, and send those agents out into the wide new universe to infect even more. For centuries, two heroes stood between Tinsori Light and the vulnerable universe – Light Keepers Jen Sin yos’Phelium and Lorith of the Sanderat. Just when it seemed that they – merely, human – must fail, Tinsori Light, enfeebled by aged systems, succumbed to the stress of a unique spatial event… and died, leaving the station a shell. Luckily, the light keepers have backup. A mismatched team of arcane specialists are on-station, working nonstop to preserve the Light, build trustworthy systems, and open the refurbished station for business. In fact, ships are already incoming, and it becomes a matter of urgency to sort friend from foe. In particular, the Lyre Institute wishes to acquire Tinsori Light, and will do anything, spend anyone, to achieve that goal. Now in paperback.
Space opera | PBK | $26.95

Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia 04)
Lewis, C S
The Pevensie siblings are back to help a prince denied his rightful throne as he gathers an army in a desperate attempt to rid his land of a false king. But in the end, it is a battle of honour between two men alone that will decide the fate of an entire world.
A beautiful paperback edition of Prince Caspian – the fourth book in C S Lewis’ classic fantasy series, the Chronicles of Narnia, which has captivated readers of all ages for over 60 years. This edition is complete with cover and interior art by the original illustrator, Pauline Baynes.
Children’s fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $17.99

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia 05)
Lewis, C S
A king and some unexpected companions embark on a voyage that will take them beyond all known lands. As they sail farther and farther, from charted waters, they discover that their quest is more than they imagined, and that the world’s end is only the beginning.
A beautiful paperback edition of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – the fifth book in C S Lewis’ classic fantasy series, the Chronicles of Narnia, which has captivated readers of all ages for over 60 years. This edition is complete with cover and interior art by the original illustrator, Pauline Baynes.
Children’s fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $17.99

The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia 06)
Lewis, C S
Through dangers untold and caverns deep and dark, a noble band of friends is sent to rescue a prince held captive. But their mission to Underland brings them, face to face, with an evil more beautiful and more deadly than they ever expected.
A beautiful paperback edition of The Silver Chair – the sixth book in C S Lewis’ classic fantasy series, the Chronicles of Narnia, which has captivated readers of all ages for over 60 years. This edition is complete with cover and interior art by the original illustrator, Pauline Baynes.
Children’s fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $17.99

The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia 07)
Lewis, C S
During the last days of Narnia, the land faces its fiercest challenge – not an invader from without but an enemy from within. Lies and treachery have taken root, and only the king and a small band of loyal followers can prevent the destruction of all they hold dear in this, the magnificent ending to the Chronicles of Narnia.
A beautiful paperback edition of The Last Battle – the seventh book in C S Lewis’ classic fantasy series, the Chronicles of Narnia, which has captivated readers of all ages for over 60 years. This edition is complete with cover and interior art by the original illustrator, Pauline Baynes.
Children’s fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $17.99

Disciples of Chaos (Seven Faceless Saints duology 02)
Lobb, M K
Damian Venturi isn’t aware of it, yet. But as small shifts start to crack the foundations of the Ombrazian power structure after the Rebellion’s attack, cracks are beginning to show in Damian’s own façade. Uncontrollable anger is bubbling to the surface and can’t always be pushed down. Can he keep everyone safe, even from himself? Rossana Lacertosa should feel victorious. She accomplished everything she set out to do, and more. The Rebellion’s attack set countless prisoners free and brought attention to the unfairness in the Palazzo’s structure. And Damian is back by her side where he belongs. Yet, the war with Brechaat rages on and government officials are hell bent on keeping the status quo. Then, an Ombrazian general arrives from the front lines, and orders dozens of arrests, shipping Roz and Damian’s friends up north. Determined to free those who matter most, Roz and Damian set their sights on Brechaat. But on their journey to hell on earth, Roz will need to face the fact that Damian is not just shifting further from the boy she used to know, but down a dark path into chaos. The complications of love, magic, faith, and war will keep readers eagerly turning the pages as they head towards the gripping conclusion in the duology. It begins with Seven Faceless Saints (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy romance | PBK | $22.99

The Silverblood Promise (Last Legacy 01)
Logan, James
Lukan Gardova is a cardsharp, academy dropout, and – thanks to a duel that ended badly – the disgraced heir to an ancient noble house. His life consists of cheap wine, rigged card games and wondering how he might win back the life he threw away. When Lukan discovers that his estranged father has been murdered in strange circumstances, he finds fresh purpose. Deprived of his chance to make amends for his mistakes, he vows to unravel the mystery behind his father’s death. His search for answers leads him to Saphrona, fabled city of merchant princes, where anything can be bought if one has the coin. Lukan only seeks the truth, but instead he finds danger and secrets in every shadow. For, in Saphrona, everything has a price – and the price of truth is the deadliest of all. ‘A fast-paced carnival of setbacks and skulduggery that reminds me of… me! Charming, from the first twist to the last’ – Scott Lynch. The first in an extraordinary new fantasy epic, perfect for fans of Nicholas Eames and James Islington!
Fantasy | TP | $34.99

Pillar of Ash (Hall of Smoke 04)
Long, H M
Yske, daughter of the legendary warrior priestess Hessa, has dedicated her life to medicine and pacifism in service to Aita, the Great Healer. When her twin brother Berin, hungry for glory, gathers a party to investigate rumours of strange sightings in the Unmade – shadows in the darkness at the end of the world – Yske joins the mission, to keep him safe. Their journey east takes them through primal forests, walking paths last trod when gods were at war and ancient, powerful beasts were defeated and bound. And the closer they get to the Unmade, the more strange and terrible things haunt them from the shadows, corruptions in nature and monstrous creatures of moss and bone. Earning the respect of Berin and his warriors, Yske must forge a place for mercy and healing in a world of violence and sacrifice. She must survive murderous ambushes and brutal sieges and take her place at the centre of the oldest war of all. Thrust into a desperate conflict of survival, Yske and Berin will wage the final war with the gods – in the shadow of a vast and ancient tree, the fate of creation is about to be decided. The enthralling conclusion to the Hall of Smoke saga – which begins (oddly enough) with Hall of Smoke (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Our Hideous Progeny
McGill, C E
Mary is the great-niece of Victor Frankenstein. She knows her great uncle disappeared, in mysterious circumstances in the Arctic, but she doesn’t know why, or how… The 1850s is a time of discovery and London is ablaze with the latest scientific theories and debates, especially when a spectacular new exhibition of dinosaur sculptures opens at the Crystal Palace. Mary, with a sharp mind and a sharper tongue, is keen to make her name in this world of science, alongside her geologist husband Henry, but without wealth and connections, their options are limited. But when Mary discovers some old family papers that allude to the shocking truth behind her great-uncle’s past, she thinks she may have found the key to securing their future… Their quest takes them to the wilds of Scotland, to Henry’s intriguing but reclusive sister Maisie, and to a deadly chase with a rival who is out to steal their secret… For fans of gothic fiction, a widely praised debut novel that is both a homage to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and a thrilling feminist historical adventure.
Gothic fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Psyche and Eros
McNamara, Luna
Prepare to fall for this glorious reimagining of Greek mythology about a god struck by his own cursed arrow, and the mortal woman who teaches him what love truly means. Psyche, princess of Mycenae, was born with a prophecy that she will one day conquer a great monster. Rejecting her royal duties, Psyche spends her youth mastering blade and bow, preparing for her destiny. Tales of her beauty and rebellious nature reach even the goddess Aphrodite, who decides to teach Psyche a lesson. Aphrodite commands Eros, the god of desire, to deliver a cruel love curse. After eons watching humanity misuse his gifts, the last thing Eros wants is to become involved in the chaos of the mortal world. But when he accidentally pricks himself with the arrow intended for Psyche, Eros finds himself doomed to yearn for a woman who will be torn from him the moment their eyes meet. Thrown together by fate, headstrong Psyche and world-weary Eros will face challenges greater than they could have ever imagined. As the Trojan War begins and divine powers try to keep them apart, the pair must determine: could this be true love, or is that only a myth?
Myth retold | PBK | $24.99

An Unexpected Party (anthology)
Malacari, Seth (editor)
Co-published by Get YA Words Out and edited by Seth Malacari, An Unexpected Party brings together the stories of emerging authors from the LGBTQIA+ community. From fantastical realms to real-world struggles, this anthology champions queer identity by challenging stereotypes and exploring the many facets of identity. Written with wit, heart, and honesty, these stories take queer protagonists outside the box of young adult romance and centre them at the heart of stories that involve magic, paranormal beings, and adventure. Featuring trans and gender-diverse voices – asexual, aromantic, bisexual, and more – the stories in An Unexpected Party are as diverse as their writers. Contributions by: L E Austin, Shaeden Berry, Lin Blythe, Elizabeth Bourke, Aidan Demmers, Emma Di Bernardo, Henry Farnan, Jesse Galea, A R Henderson, Anna Jacobson, Clover Lake, Jes Layton, Lian Low, Alistair Ott, Em Readman, Lukah Roser, Ash Taylor, Alexander Te Pohe.
YA speculative fiction | PBK | $19.99

Escape Velocity
Manibo, Victor
A decades-old murder looms over the glamorous clientele of a high-end space hotel… while an unforeseen threat percolates in the service corridors. The guests are about to experience the hospitality they deserve. Space Habitat Altaire is the premier luxury resort in low Earth orbit, playground of the privileged and the perfect location to host reunions for the Rochford Institute. Rochford boasts only the best: the wealthiest, most promising students with the most impressive pedigrees. Complete with space walks, these lavish reunions are a prime opportunity for alumni to jockey for power with old friends and rivals – and, crucially, to advance their applications to live in an exclusive Mars settlement. Earth is dying, and only the best deserve to save themselves. Aboard the Altaire for their 25th reunion, finance magnate Ava pursues the truth about her brother’s murder during their senior year, which cast a dark shadow over their time at Rochford. Laz, ambassador and political scion, hopes to finally win Ava’s heart. Sloane, collecting secrets to conceal his family’s decline, angles for a key client. And Henry, heir to a healthcare empire, creates an unorthodox opportunity to get to Mars in a last-ditch effort to outrun a childhood secret. While these erstwhile friends settle scores and rack up points, they fail to notice that other agendas are afoot at the Space Habitat Altaire, and their own futures aren’t the only ones at stake – ‘the best’ will soon regret underestimating those they would leave behind on Earth. A twisty new near-future genre-bending thriller: Knives Out in space, with a Parasite twist.
SF noir | HC | $62.95

Dragon Rider
Matharu, Taran
From the ashes of an empire, a hero will rise… Jai has spent his life forced to serve the cruel empire that killed his family and now rules his people. To grow ever more powerful, the emperor’s young son is betrothed to Princess Erica of the Dansk Kingdom. An unconquerable realm, where ancient beasts roam. The princess brings with her a priceless gift: dragons. Only Dansk Royalty can bond with these magical beasts to draw on their power and strength. Until now. When the betrothal goes wrong, a bloody coup leads to chaos at court. Finally, Jai has a chance to escape. He flees with a fierce Dansk warrior, Frida, but not before stealing a dragon egg. To vanquish the empire, he must do the impossible: bond with a dragon. Only then he can seize his destiny, and seek his revenge… An epic new fantasy from bestselling author Taran Matharu – where dragons fly and empires fall.
Fantasy | TP | $34.99

To Cage a God (These Monstrous Gods 01)
May, Elizabeth
To cage a god is divine. To be divine is to rule. To rule is to destroy. Using ancient secrets, Galina and Sera’s mother grafted gods into their bones. Bound to brutal deities and granted forbidden power no commoner has held in a millennia, the sisters have grown up to become living weapons. Raised to overthrow an empire – no matter the cost. With their mother gone and their country on the brink of war, it falls to the sisters to take the helm of the rebellion and end the cruel reign of a royal family possessed by destructive gods. Because when the ruling alurea invade, they conquer with fire and blood. And when they clash, common folk burn. While Sera reunites with her estranged lover who now leads the rebellion, Galina infiltrates the palace. In this world of deception and danger, her only refuge is an isolated princess, whose whip-smart tongue and sharp gaze threaten to uncover Galina’s secret. Torn between desire and duty, Galina must make a choice: work together to expose the lies of the empire – or bring it all down. Join the rebellion to burn down a cruel tyrant, in this heart-racing new fantasy duology, perfect for fans of Shadow and Bone (PBK, $22.99) and The Wolf and the Woodsman (PBK, $22.99).
Dark fantasy | HC | $39.99

Indian Burial Ground
Medina, Nick
All Noemi Broussard wanted was a fresh start. With a new boyfriend who actually treats her right, and a plan to move from the reservation she grew up on – just like her beloved Uncle Louie, before her – things are finally looking up for Noemi. Until the news of her boyfriend’s apparent suicide brings her world crumbling down. But the facts about Roddy’s death just don’t add up, and Noemi isn’t the only one who suspects that something menacing might be lurking within their tribal lands. After over a decade away, Uncle Louie has returned to the reservation, bringing with him a past full of secrets, horror, and what might be the key to determining Roddy’s true cause of death. Together, Noemi and Louie set out to find answers… but as they get closer to the truth, Noemi begins to wonder whether it might be best for some secrets to remain buried.
Horror | HC | $65.00

From the Forest (Saga of Recluce 23)
Modesitt, L E
Alayiakal, who will one day be known by many names – not all of them flattering – has to climb the ranks of Cyador’s Mirror Lancers, fighting against unforeseen weapons and ancient technology. Alayiakal, however, has secrets of his own to protect: his ties to the Great Forest and his magus abilities. He must silently pretend to be a conventional soldier favoured by fate – until that very same fate forces him to choose.
Fantasy | HC | $54.99

Your Shadow Half Remains
Moraine, Sunny
Riley has not seen a single human face, in longer than she can reckon. No faces, no eyes. Not if you want to survive. But when a new neighbour moves in down the road, Riley’s overwhelming need for human contact makes her throw caution to the wind. Somehow, in this world where other people can mean a gruesome, bloody death, Ellis makes her feel safe. As they grow closer, Riley’s grip on reality begins to slip and she can no longer fight her deepest desires. All Riley wants to do is look.
Horror | TP | $29.99

The Mountain in the Sea
Nayler, Ray
There are creatures in the water of Con Dao.
To the locals, they’re monsters. To the corporate owners of the island, an opportunity. To the team of three sent to study them, a revelation. Their minds are unlike ours. Their bodies are malleable, transformable, shifting. They can communicate. And they want us to leave.
When pioneering marine biologist Dr Ha Nguyen is offered the chance to travel to the remote Con Dao Archipelago to investigate a highly-intelligent, dangerous octopus species, she doesn’t pause long enough to look at the fine print. DIANIMA – a transnational tech corporation best known for its groundbreaking work in artificial intelligence – has purchased the islands, evacuated their population and sealed the archipelago off from the world so that Nguyen can focus on her research. But the stakes are high: the octopuses hold the key to unprecedented breakthroughs in extrahuman intelligence and there are vast fortunes to be made by whoever can take advantage of their advancements. And no one has yet asked the octopuses what they think. And what they might do about it. ‘A first-rate speculative thriller, by turns fascinating, brutal, powerful, and redemptive’ – Jeff VanderMeer. Winner of the Locus Best First Novel Award 2023; Nebula Award 2023 Finalist; Ray Bradbury Prize 2023 Finalist. Now in paperback.
Science fiction | PBK | $24.99

The Tusks of Extinction (novella)
Nayler, Ray
When you bring back a long-extinct species, there’s more to success than the DNA.
Moscow has resurrected the mammoth. But someone must teach them how to be mammoths, or they are doomed to die out, again. Dr Damira Khismatullina, an expert in elephant behaviour, was brutally murdered trying to defend the world’s last elephants from the brutal ivory trade. Now, her digitised consciousness has been downloaded into the mind of a mammoth. As the herd’s new matriarch, can Damira help fend off poachers, long enough for the species to take hold? Or will her own ghosts, and Moscow’s real reason for bringing the mammoth back, doom them to a new extinction? A tense sf thriller from a new master of the genre; a 112pp novella.
Science fiction | HC | $44.99

Fifty Beasts to Break Your Heart and Other Stories (collection)
Nethercott, GennaRose
The stories in Fifty Beasts to Break Your Heart are about the abomination that resides within us all. That churning, clawing, ravenous yearning: the hunger to be held, and seen, and known. And the terror, too: to be loved too well, or not enough, or for long enough. To be laid bare before your sweetheart, to their horror. To be recognised, as the monstrous thing you are. Two teenage girls working at a sinister roadside attraction called the Eternal Staircase explore its secrets – and their own doomed summer love. A zombie rooster plays detective in a missing person’s case. A woman moves into a new house with her acclaimed artist boyfriend – and finds her body slowly shifting into something specially constructed, to accommodate his needs and whims. A pack of middle schoolers turn to the occult to rid themselves of a hated new classmate. And, a pair of outcasts, a vampire and a goat woman, find solace in each other, even as the world’s lack of understanding might bring about its own end. In these lush, strange, beautifully written stories, GennaRose Nethercott explores human longing in all its diamond-dark facets to create a collection that will redefine what you see as a beast, and make you beg to have your heart broken.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Nichols, Lisa A
After a deadly incident in deep space, Catherine Wells’ ship lost contact with NASA, and the whole world assumed everyone on board had perished. Miraculously – and mysteriously – Catherine survived, but with little memory of what happened. Despite the horrors she experienced, she was able to navigate home almost a decade after the mission began. But her homecoming is not exactly what she imagined – not everyone, at NASA, is thrilled by her miraculous reappearance; her husband has moved on with another woman; and the young daughter she left behind is a resentful teenager she barely recognises. Catherine is also different after her long and turbulent mission. There are periods of time, she can’t account for; and she has haunting, unexplainable flashbacks of communicating with others… Suddenly, she can’t trust any of her memories from space. How did her crewmates die? How and why did she survive? And was she ever truly alone up there?
SF thriller | TP | $32.99

The Book of Azrael (Gods & Monsters 01)
Nicole, Amber V
Where there are gods, there are also monsters… For a thousand years, the Etherworld has known peace. Until now.
Many centuries ago, desperate to save her dying sister, Dianna made a deal with Kaden, a monster far worse than any nightmare. Locked in servitude to him, she is forced to hunt down an ancient relic held by her most dangerous enemies: an army led by Samkiel, the World Ender. After the Gods War, Samkiel hid from everything, denying his crown and deserting his people. Now, an attack, on those he loves, sends him back to the realm he never wished to return to, and into the sights of an enemy he had hoped to forget. With every world at stake, Dianna and Samkiel are forced to set aside their animosity and work together, before all is lost… The first in a series.
Dark romantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Throne of Broken Gods (Gods & Monsters 02)
Nicole, Amber V
Where there are gods, there are also monsters… When I burn this world to embers, and you paint me as the villain, remember, I really did try to be good… once.
Dianna is hell-bent on revenge. As the last shred of her humanity is ripped from her, she decides to embrace her monstrous side and set the worlds alight. Samkiel, alone, refuses to believe that she has become the monster that everyone else sees, and he’ll do anything in his power to save her from herself, even if it means losing her. With every realm now at risk from Kaden’s army, and a myriad of new threats on the horizon, Samkiel can’t afford to let his guard down. And as Dianna’s thirst for blood only increases, he is running out of time to save them both… The follow-up to The Book of Azrael (PBK, $22.99).
Dark romantasy | PBK | $22.99

In Universes
North, Emet
Raffi works in an observational cosmology lab, searching for dark matter and trying to hide how little they understand their own research. Every chance they get, they escape to see Britt, a queer sculptor who fascinates them for reasons they also don’t – or won’t – understand. As Raffi’s carefully-constructed life begins to collapse, they become increasingly fixated on the multiverse and the idea that somewhere, there might be a universe where they mean as much to Britt as she does to them… and just like that, Raffi and Britt are 13 years old, best friends and maybe something more. A mind-bending tour across parallel worlds, each an answer to the question of what life would be like, if events had played out just a little differently. The universes grow increasingly strange: women fracture into hordes of animals, alien-infested bears prowl apocalyptic landscapes. But across them all, Raffi – alongside their sometimes-friends, sometimes-lovers Britt, Kay, and Graham – reaches for a life that feels authentically their own.
Science fiction | HC | $57.95

Lost Ark Dreaming (novella)
Okungbowa, Suyi Davies
Off the coast of West Africa, decades after the dangerous rise of the Atlantic Ocean, the region’s survivors live inside five partially submerged, kilometres-high towers originally created as a playground for the wealthy. Now, the towers’ most affluent rule from their lofty perch at the top while the rest are crammed into the dark, fetid floors below sea level. There are also those who were left for dead in the Atlantic, only to be reawakened by an ancient power, and who seek vengeance on those who offered them up to the waves. Three lives within the towers are pulled to the fore of this conflict: Yekini, an earnest, mid-level rookie analyst; Tuoyo, an undersea mechanic mourning a tremendous loss; and Ngozi, an egotistical bureaucrat from the highest levels of governance. They will need to work together if there is to be any hope of a future that is worth living – for everyone. A 192pp, novella.
This is the direct import of the US hardcover edition. We expect to have this same edition of Lost Ark Dreaming from its Australian distributors later in the year, at a lower price.
Post-apocalypse | HC | $45.95

The Imposition of Unnecessary Obstacles (Investigations of Mossa & Pleiti 02, novella)
Older, Malka
Mossa has returned to Valdegeld on a missing persons’ case, for which she’ll once again need Pleiti’s insight. Seventeen students and staff members have disappeared from Valdegeld University – yet, no one has noticed. The answers to this case may lie on the moon of Io – Mossa’s home – and the history of Jupiter’s original settlements during humanity’s exodus from Earth. But Pleiti’s faith in her life’s work as a scholar of the past has grown precarious, and this new case threatens to further destabilise her dreams for humanity’s future, as well as her own. This 224pp, novella is a sequel to The Mimicking of Known Successes (HC, $36.99).
SF crime | HC | $39.99

Claw Heart Mountain
Oppegaard, David
What happens when good people make one bad decision? Imagine you are on the way to a remote mountain cabin with your friends. Upon arrival, you discover an abandoned armoured van with 15 million dollars on board. Would you take the money? Nova and her friends answer with a resounding yes. Perhaps, their answer would have been different had they known that a professional killer was already tracking down the money. Or that a legendary creature known as the Wraith roams the mountain, ravenous with hunger. Thinking they’re safe and anonymous, Nova and her friends divvy up the stolen cash, unaware who or what is after them, unaware that soon they will be fighting for their lives.
Horror | TP | $29.99

When the Moon Hatched (Moonfall 01)
Parker, Sarah A
He’s fire and brimstone. I’m shattered ice… I’ll gladly burn beneath him until the world comes crumbling down. As an assassin for the rebellion, Raeve’s job is to complete orders and never get caught. When a rival bounty hunter shatters her world, Raeve finds herself captured by the Guild of Nobles – a group of powerful fae. Crushed by the loss of his great love, dragon rider Kaan Vaegor took the head of a king and donned his melted crown. Now, on a tireless quest to quell the never-ebbing ache in his chest, a clue lures him into the capital’s high-security prison, where he stumbles upon the imprisoned Raeve… Together, they seek truths that threaten to unravel everything they knew about their world – and each other. Bestselling sensation When the Moon Hatched will transport you into a world filled with magic, dragons, and a love that blazes through the ages… The first in a series, by local (the GC!) author Sarah A Parker.
Fantasy romance | TP | $34.99

Malarkoi (Cities of the Weft 02)
Pheby, Alex
Nathan Treeves is dead, murdered by the Master of Mordew, his remains used to create the powerful occult weapon known as the Tinderbox. His companions are scattered, making for Malarkoi, the city of the Mistress, the Master’s enemy. They are hoping to find welcome there, or at least safety. They find neither – and instead become embroiled in a life and death struggle against assassins, demi-gods, and the cunning plans of the Mistress. Only Sirius, Nathan’s faithful magical dog, has not forgotten the boy. Bent on revenge, he returns to the shattered remains of Mordew – only to find the city morphed into an impossible mountain, swarming with monsters. The stage is set for battle, sacrifice, magic and treachery in the stunning sequel to Mordew (TP, $45.95). Welcome to Malarkoi.
Fantasy | TP | $45.95

The Parliament
Pokwatka, Aimee
‘Murder owls are extreme,’ Jude said. ‘What’s more extreme than murder owls?’
Madigan Purdy is stuck in her home-town library. When tens of thousands of owls descend on the building, rending, and tearing at anyone foolish enough to step outside, Mad is tasked with keeping her students safe, and distracted, while they seek a solution to their dilemma. Perhaps, they’ll find the inspiration they seek in her favourite childhood book, The Silent Queen… With food and fresh water in low supply, the denizens of the library will have to find a way out, and soon; but the owls don’t seem to be in a hurry to leave… The Parliament is a story of grief and missed opportunities, but also of courage and hope. And of extremely sharp beaks. The Birds meets The Princess Bride in this tale of friendship, responsibility, and the primal force of nature.
Dark fantasy | HC | $49.99

Porter, S E
As a young woman seeks vengeance on the obsessed sorcerer who murdered her because he could not have her, her murderer sends projections of himself out into the world to seek out and seduce women who will return the love she denied – or suffer mortal consequence. A lush, gothic journey across worlds full of strange characters and even stranger magic. Sarah Porter’s adult debut explores misogyny and the soul-corrupting power of unrequited love through an enchanted lens of violence and revenge.
Dark historical fantasy | HC | $54.99

Ruination (League of Legends 01)
Reynolds, Anthony
Camavor is a brutal land with a bloody legacy. Where the empire’s knights go, slaughter follows. Kalista seeks to change that. When her young and narcissistic uncle, Viego, becomes king, she vows to temper his destructive instincts, as his loyal confidant, advisor, and military general. But her plans are thwarted when an assassin’s poisoned blade strikes Viego’s wife, Isolde, afflicting her with a malady for which there is no cure. As Isolde’s condition worsens, Viego descends into madness and grief, threatening to drag Camavor down with him. Kalista makes a desperate gambit to save the kingdom: she searches for the long lost Blessed Isles, rumoured to hold the queen’s salvation, if only Kalista can find them. But corruption grows in the Blessed Isles’ capital, where a vengeful warden seeks to ensnare Kalista in his cruel machinations. She will be forced to choose between her loyalty to Viego and doing what she knows is right – for even in the face of utter darkness, one noble act can shine a light that saves the world. Discover an epic tale of magic, revenge, and an empire on the verge of ruin in the first ever novel set in the blockbuster universe of League of Legends.
Fantasy | PBK | $24.99

Beyond the Ranges
Ringo, John & Aidee, James
After Earth is destroyed, Jason Graham finds himself – along with tens of thousands of others – offered a second chance, on a planet on the far side of the galaxy. For one man, it’s a chance at the life he never led – and this time he’ll get it right. For Jason Graham, the world ends not with a bang, not even with much of a whimper. One second, he’s sitting in a restaurant in Mobile, Alabama, chatting with a server, the next he finds himself in a strange room, rescued by mysterious alien benefactors. Seems the world did end, though how and why are something of a mystery. Now, Jason – and 500 million other humans – are in orbit around an Earth-like world that is abundant in natural resources and totally untamed. For the newly-awakened humans, this is a chance to start society with a clean slate and a bright future. For Jason, who has knocked about aimlessly in several different careers in his Earth life, it’s an opportunity to unleash his creativity and ambition and see what he can really do. But who are the alien benefactors that have contrived this second act, for some of Earth’s denizens? And what do they really want?
Space opera | HC | $62.95

Black Tide Rising (Black Tide Rising 05)
Ringo, John & Poole, Gary (editors)
The news that humanity had been dreading for ages had come true. Zombies are real. Worst of all, we created them. The apocalypse was upon us, and every man, woman and child had to answer a simple question of themselves: ‘What do we do, now?’ For a group of neighbours in the Chicago suburbs of Northern Indiana, it was ‘work together or die’… and figure out how to live on top of oil storage tanks to keep the zombies at bay. For the Biological Emergency Response Teams in New York City, it was ‘how long can we fight off the infected, before it’s too late?’… as well as having to fight other groups all out to claim a dwindling stock of supplies and safety. And for a group of cheerleaders, it was about the end of their world. And about what happens when you get a group of physically fit young women with guns really, really angry. Featuring original stories from some of the brightest stars in the science fiction universe: John Ringo; Eric Flint, John Scalzi & Dave Klecha, Sarah A Hoyt, Jody Lynn Nye, Michael Z Williamson, Kacey Ezell, and more.
Zombies (reissue) | TP | $39.95

Blood on the Tide (Crimson Sails 02)
Robert, Katee
As a bloodline vampire, Lizzie has never had a problem taking what she wants, and right now what she wants are the family heirlooms that were stolen from her and a portal home. Too bad even that short list is impossible to accomplish on her own – and her allies have bigger things to worry about. When they rescue a selkie from captivity, it’s the perfect solution to her problem. Lizzie needs a guide through Threshold and the selkie needs someone to help her get her skin back. Maeve didn’t choose to give up her skin – it was stolen from her. Now, she’s in an uneasy partnership with a dangerous woman who seems more apt to kill than to share a kind word. It’s terrifying… and a bit alluring. Even though she knows it will end in heartbreak, Maeve can’t help being drawn to Lizzie and her all-too-pleasurable vampire bite. Unfortunately, the danger to Maeve’s heart is the least of her worries. The ship, Lizzie’s chasing, belongs to the Cŵ n Annwn, and they don’t take kindly to people who steal from them. Not even Lizzie’s viciousness, or Maeve’s selkie strength, will be enough to save them – if the Cŵn Annwn seek retribution… The follow-up to Hunt on Dark Waters (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy romance | TP | $34.99

When Among Crows (novella)
Roth, Veronica
Step into a city, where monsters feast on human emotions, knights split their souls to make their weapons, and witches always take more than they give. Pain is Dymitr’s calling. To slay the monsters he’s been raised to kill, he had to split his soul in half to make a sword from his own spine. Every time he draws it, he gets blood on his hands. Pain is Ala’s inheritance. When her mother died, a family curse to witness horrors committed by the Holy Order was passed onto her. The curse will claim her life, as it did her mother’s, unless she can find a cure. One fateful night in Chicago, Dymitr comes to Ala with a bargain: her help in finding the legendary witch Baba Jaga in exchange for an enchanted flower that just might cure her. Desperate, and unaware of what Dymitr really is, Ala agrees. But they only have one day before the flower dies, and Ala’s hopes of breaking the curse along with it. An emotionally-charged contemporary fantasy of love, sacrifice, and ancient enchantments – as Polish folklore thrives, in today’s Chicago.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Book of Perilous Dishes
Rusti, Doina
Bucharest. 1798. A year full of intrigue and political machinations. Master chef Silica reigns supreme, sought after by all. His cooking is sublime, satisfying even the sophisticated tastes of the Greek Prince, who steals him from his rightful owner and installs him in his Palace. Little does anyone know that Silica guards the magical Book of Perilous Dishes, filled with recipes with the power to brew potent elixirs of truth, shroud minds in forgetfulness, unveil the future with eerie precision, and provoke bouts of uncontrollable laughter. When 14-year-old Pâtca, steeped in the occult arts, embarks on a mission to recover her family’s recipe book, she discovers her uncle murdered and a map that needs deciphering. As she embarks on an adventure across Romania, France, and Germany, her journey unveils family secrets that unearth history, weave magic, and unite destinies.
Historical fantasy | TP | $37.95

A Flame in the North (Black Land’s Bane 01)
Saintcrow, Lilith
The Black Land is spent myth. Centuries have passed since the Great Enemy was slain. Yet, old fears linger, and on the longest night of the year, every village still lights a ritual fire to banish the dark. That is Solveig’s duty. Favoured by the gods with powerful magic, Sol calls forth flame to keep her home safe. But when her brother accidentally kills a northern lord’s son, she is sent away as weregild – part hostage, part guest – for a year and a day. The further north Sol travels, the clearer it becomes the Black Land is no myth. The forests teem with foul beasts. Her travel companions are not what they seem, and their plans for her and her magic are shrouded in secrecy. With only her loyal shieldmaiden and her own wits to reply upon, Sol must master power beyond her imagination to wrest control of her fate. For the Black Land’s army stirs, ready to cover the world in darkness – unless Sol can find the courage to stop it. They thought the old ways were dead. But now, the Enemy awakens… An elemental witch and her shieldmaiden journey into a world of ancient myth and unexpected destiny, in this sweeping Norse-inspired epic fantasy from bestselling author Lilith Saintcrow. The first in a new series.
Fantasy | TP | $34.99

Pinquickle’s Folly (Demon Wars: Buccaneers 01)
Salvatore, R A
The first adventure in the Buccaneers trilogy begins in the free sea outside of the control of the usurping Xoconai empire, where the dwarven powrie pirates and merchants sail. But the golden-skinned Xoconai have begun to encroach upon these waters behind the rapacious attacks of the frigate Crocodile, helmed by Captain Aketz. But when forced to submit, these sailors choose to live, free to do as they please, without some fool or another pretending to hold power over them. A misfit band of Xoconai, powerie, and human sailors – once enemies, now fierce friends with a common enemy, and the spark of rebellion in this action-packed piratical adventure… The first in a new series.
Fantasy | HC | $49.99

The Demon Awakens (Demon Wars 01)
Salvatore, R A
A great evil has awakened in the land of Corona, a terrible demon determined to spread death and misery. His goblin armies and fearsome giants ravage the settlements of the frontier, and in the small village of Dundallis, their merciless attack leaves behind two shattered orphans: Pony and her lifelong friend, the youth Elbryan. Taken in by elves, Elryan is raised to become a formidable ranger – a fateful role that will lead him into harrowing confrontations. Meanwhile, on a far-off island, a shower of gemstones will fall onto the black-sand shores. These heaven-sent stones carry within them an incredible power – the key to all that is good in the world and all that is evil, and it is up to one young monk to liberate them from the corrupt monastery that harvests them. Pray they don’t fall into the wrong clawed hands. A reissue of the first book of the Demon Wars Saga.
Fantasy (reissue) | TP | $34.99

The Demon Spirit (Demon Wars 02)
Salvatore, R A
A sinister threat, now, looms over Corona for the power of the demon dactyl was not entirely vanquished by the sacrifice of the monk Avelyn Desbris. Instead, its darkness has infiltrated the most sacred of places – as a once-admired spiritual leader rededicates his life to the most vicious, most insidious revenge against the forces of good. There may be no stopping the spread of malignant evil. A reissue of the second book of the Demon Wars Saga.
Fantasy (reissue) | TP | $34.99

The Demon Apostle (Demon Wars 03)
Salvatore, R A
The elf-trained ranger Elbryan Wynden presses north to reclaim the savage Timberlands from retreating goblin hordes. His companion Pony, mistress of gemstone magic, turns south to the civilised – but, no less perilous – streets of Palmaris. Suddenly, they find themselves caught up in a ruthless power struggle to decide the fate of all Corona – a struggle that will push their courage and love to the breaking point… and beyond. For the demon, though defeated, was not destroyed. And now its vengeful spirit has found an unholy sanctuary. A reissue of the third book – the conclusion – of the Demon Wars Saga.
Fantasy (reissue) | TP | $34.99

Mistborn Quartet Boxed Set (Second Age of Mistborn, box set)
Sanderson, Brandon
A four-book boxed set of the novels making up the second era of the Mistborn series, from fantasy superstar Brandon Sanderson. Jump into the adventures of frontier lawman Waxillium Ladrian and Wayne, his investigative partner, as they uncover a plot that threatens the world like nothing else has – since the Dark Lord, himself, ruled over Scadrial. From beginning to end, this fantasy series brims with magic and is quintessential reading for anyone looking to experience the imagination of a master of the genre. The set collects: The Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, The Bands of Mourning, and The Lost Metal.
Fantasy | PBK | $79.99

Tress of the Emerald Sea (Secret Projects 01, Cosmere)
Sanderson, Brandon
The only life Tress has known on her island home in an emerald-green ocean has been a simple one, with the simple pleasures of collecting cups brought by sailors from faraway lands and listening to stories told by her friend Charlie. But when his father takes him on a voyage to find a bride and disaster strikes, Tress must stow away on a ship and seek the Sorceress of the deadly Midnight Sea. Amid the spore oceans where pirates abound, can Tress leave her simple life behind and make her own place sailing a sea where a single drop of water can mean instant death? Now in paperback.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Mime Order (Bone Season 02)
Shannon, Samantha
A fugitive who will not be silenced…
It is a dark time for clairvoyants. Scion is in league with the Rephaim, an extraordinarily powerful, otherworldly race that intends to make humans its slaves. In an unprecedented feat of bravery, Paige Mahoney has succeeded, in leading a mass breakout from the brutal camp, Sheol I, where she and other clairvoyants were systematically imprisoned. Paige is desperate to reach the safety of the London underworld, but the ruthless leader of the Rephaim, Nashira Sargas, is not likely to let her escape, so easily…
A stunning new edition of the second novel in the bestselling Bone Season series – with gorgeous new cover artwork and the author’s preferred text; by the bestselling author of The Priory of the Orange Tree (PBK, $22.99). The 10th anniversary edition – with the author’s preferred text – of Bone Season (PBK, $22.99) was released in September 2023.
Dystopia (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

The Song Rising (Bone Season 03)
Shannon, Samantha
A rebel who becomes a queen…
Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London’s criminal population. But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilising the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging. Little does Paige know, that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world, as they know it…
A stunning new edition of the third novel in the bestselling Bone Season series – with gorgeous new cover artwork and the author’s preferred text; by the bestselling author of The Priory of the Orange Tree (PBK, $22.99). The 10th anniversary edition – with the author’s preferred text – of Bone Season (PBK, $22.99) was released in September 2023.
Dystopia (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

The Mask Falling (Bone Season 04)
Shannon, Samantha
Paige Mahoney has eluded death again. Snatched from the jaws of captivity and consigned to a safe house in the Scion Citadel of Paris, she finds herself caught between those factions that seek Scion’s downfall and those who would kill to protect the Rephaim’s puppet empire. The mysterious Domino Programme has plans for Paige, but she has ambitions of her own in this new citadel. With Arcturus Mesarthim – her former enemy – at her side, she embarks on an adventure that will lead her from the catacombs of Paris to the glittering hallways of Versailles. Her risks promise high reward: the Parisian underworld could yield the means to escalate her rebellion to outright war. As Scion widens its bounds and the free world trembles in its shadow, Paige must fight her own memories after her ordeal at the hands of Scion. Meanwhile, she strives to understand her bond with Arcturus, which grows stronger by the day. But there are those who know the revolution began with them – and could end with them…
A stunning new edition of the fourth novel in the bestselling Bone Season series – with gorgeous new cover artwork and the author’s preferred text; by the bestselling author of The Priory of the Orange Tree (PBK, $22.99). The 10th anniversary edition – with the author’s preferred text – of Bone Season (PBK, $22.99) was released in September 2023.
Dystopia (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

Kinning (Everfair 02)
Shawl, Nisi
The Great War is over. Everfair has found peace within its borders. But our heroes’ stories are far from done. Tink and his sister Bee-Lung are traveling the world via aircanoe, spreading the spores of a mysterious empathy-generating fungus. Through these spores, they seek to build bonds between people and help spread revolutionary sentiments of socialism and equality – the very ideals that led to Everfair’s founding. Meanwhile, Everfair’s Princess Mwadi and Prince Ilunga return home from a sojourn in Egypt to vie for their country’s rule following the abdication of their father King Mwenda. But their mother, Queen Josina, manipulates them both from behind the scenes, while also pitting Europe’s influenza-weakened political powers against one another as these countries fight to regain control of their rebellious colonies. Will Everfair continue to serve as a symbol of hope, freedom, and equality to anticolonial movements around the world, or will it fall to forces inside and out? A follow-up to Shawl’s 2016 African-centred steampunk adventure Everfair (TP, $29.99).
Steampunk | HC | $54.99

The Honey Witch
Shields, Sydney J
The Honey Witch of Innisfree can never find true love. That is her curse to bear. But when a young woman who doesn’t believe in magic arrives on her island, sparks fly in this deliciously sweet debut novel of magic, hope, and love overcoming all. Twenty-one-year-old Marigold Claude has always preferred the company of the spirits of the meadow to any of the suitors who’ve tried to woo her. So, when her grandmother whisks her away to the family cottage on the tiny Isle of Innisfree with an offer to train her as the next Honey Witch, she accepts immediately. But her newfound magic and independence come with a price: No one can fall in love with the Honey Witch. When Lottie Burke, a notoriously grumpy sceptic who doesn’t believe in magic, shows up on her doorstep, Marigold can’t resist the challenge to prove to her that magic is real. But, soon, Marigold begins to care for Lottie in ways she never expected. And when darker magic awakens and threatens to destroy her home, she must fight for much more than her new home – at the risk of losing her magic and her heart. A delicious debut that combines the swoon-worthy romance of Bridgerton and the whimsical sorcery of Practical Magic, with a dash of The Secret Life of Bees thrown in for good fun. A new Australian author!
Fantasy romance | TP | $32.99

The Big Book of Cyberpunk, volumes one & two
Shurin, Jared (editor)
In The Big Book of Cyberpunk, award-winning anthologist Jared Shurin brings together over 100 stories from more than 25 different countries. Here are tales that both establish and subvert the classic Cyberpunk tropes and aesthetic – from gritty, near-future noir to pulse-pounding action. Urban rebels undermine their monolithic corporate overlords, daring heists are conducted through back alleys and the darkest parts of the online world, and dangerous new technology, cybernetic enhancements, scheming AIs, corporate mercenaries, improbable weapons and roguish hackers all collide into rich, thrilling entertainment. Set across two volumes, these are stories that examine the near-now, extrapolating the most provocative trends into fascinating and plausible futures. We live in an increasingly Cyberpunk world, packed with complex technologies and globalised social trends. It is a world so bizarre that even the futurists couldn’t explain it – though many authors in this book have come closer, than most. As both an introduction to the genre and the perfect compendium for the lifelong fan, The Big Book of Cyberpunk Vol 1 and Vol 2 offer more than 100 ways to understand where we are, and where we’re going – or simply the opportunity to venture down dazzling, neon-slicked streets. A genre-defining – and redefining – collection of fiction’s boldest, most rebellious, and most prescient genre, featuring a smorgasbord of stories from across the globe.
Cyberpunk | HC | $65.00 each

Archangel’s Lineage (Guild Hunter 16)
Singh, Nalini
Raphael and Elena are experiencing their first ever year of true peace. No war. No horrors of archangelic power. No nightmares given flesh. Until… the earth beneath the Refuge begins to tremble, endangering not only angelkind’s precious and fragile young, but the very place that has held their most innocent safe for eons. Amid the chaos, Elena’s father suffers a violent heart attack that threatens to extinguish their last chance to heal the bonds between them and make sense of the ruins of their agonising shared history. Even as Elena battles grief, Raphael is torn from her side by the sudden disappearance of an archangel. But worse, yet, is to come. An Ancestor, an angel unlike any other, stirs from his Sleep to warn the Cadre of a darkness so terrible that it causes empires to fall and civilisations to vanish. This time, even the Cadre itself may not be able to stop a ticking clock that is counting down at frightening speed…
Paranormal romance | PBK | $22.99

The Wolf’s Eye (Order of the Seven Stars 02)
Smith, Luanne G
Petra Kurková – a witch who wields magic worth its weight in gold – is tasked with combating the undead on World War I’s eastern front. The battlefield has yielded a newfound closeness for her spellbound team, especially for Josef Svoboda, a recruiter for the Order of the Seven Stars. But Josef was bitten at the start of the war, leaving his blood tainted by a strain of the vlkodlak curse, which makes him a target of the Order’s latest mission: slay the werewolves prowling the eastern front under the moonlight. Petra refuses to give up on one of their own. From the hasty kill order of a clandestine society to the long-lost spells in an old grimoire to the unravelling mysteries of Petra’s own past, the urgency to save Josef grows, particularly as his feral impulses become harder to control. The werewolves are closing in. So, too, are the bounty hunters eager to collect. As Petra’s team finds itself at a magical crossroads, Josef devises an ambush of his own – one that could wipe out the cursed threat forever or endanger everything and everyone he loves. The sequel to The Witch’s Lens (TP, $37.95)
Historical fantasy | TP | $37.95

Black Shield Maiden
Smith, Willow & Hendel, Jess
Lore, legend, and history tell us of the Vikings: warrior-kings on epic journeys of conquest and plunder. But the stories we know, are not the only stories to tell. There is another story, one that has been lost to the mists of time: the saga of the dark queen. That saga begins with Yafeu, a defiant yet fiercely compassionate young warrior who is stolen from her home in the flourishing Ghanaian empire and taken as a slave to a distant kingdom in the North. There she is thrust into a strange, cold world of savage shield maidens, tyrannical rulers, and mysterious gods. And there she also finds something unexpected: a kindred spirit. She comes to serve Freydis, a shy princess who couldn’t be more different than the confident and self-possessed Yafeu. But they both want the same thing: to forge their own fate. Yafeu inspires Freydis to dream of a future greater than the one that the king and queen have forced upon her. And with the princess at her side, Yafeu learns to navigate this new world and grows increasingly determined to become one of the legendary shield maidens. For Yafeu may have lost her home, but she still knows who she is, and she’s not afraid to be the flame that burns a city to the ground so a new world can rise from the ashes. She will alter the course of history – and become the revolutionary heroine of her own myth.
Historical fantasy | TP | $34.99

Calvaria Fell: Stories (collection)
Sparks, Cat & Warren, Kaaron
Calvaria Fell is a stunning collaborative collection of weird tales from two acclaimed authors, Kaaron Warren and Cat Sparks. It features previously-published stories from both authors, along with a new novella by Kaaron Warren; and four new stories by Cat Sparks. The collection offers a glimpse into a chilling future world that is similar to our own. Readers will be drawn into experiences at once familiar and bizarre, where our choices have far-reaching consequences, and the environment is a force to be reckoned with. The title of the collection tethers these stories to a shared space. The calvaria is the top part of the skull, comprising five plates that fuse together in the first few years of life. Story collections work like this; disparate parts melding together to make a robust and sturdy whole. The calvaria tree, also known as the dodo tree, adapted to being eaten by the now-extinct dodo bird; its seeds need to pass through the bird’ s digestive tract in order to germinate. In a similar way, the stories in Calvaria Fell reflect the idea of adaptation and the consequences of our actions in a changing world.
Weird | TP | $32.99

Kalyna the Soothsayer (Failures of Four Kingdoms 01)
Spector, Elijah Kinch
Kalyna’s family has the Gift: the ability to see the future. For generations, they travelled the four kingdoms of the Tetrarchia selling their services as soothsayers. Every child of their family is born with this Gift – everyone except Kalyna. So far, Kalyna has used informants and trickery to falsify prophecies for coin, scrounging together a living for her deteriorating father and cruel grandmother. But Kalyna’s reputation for prophecy precedes her, and poverty turns to danger when she is pressed into service by the spymaster to Rotfelsen. Kalyna is to use her ‘Gift’ to uncover threats against Rotfelsen’s king, her family held hostage to ensure her good behaviour. But politics are devious; the king’s enemies abound, and Kalyna’s skills for investigation and deception are tested to the limit. Worse, the conspiracy she uncovers points to a larger threat, not only to Rotfelsen, but to the Tetrarchia, itself. Kalyna is determined to protect her family and newfound friends, but as she is drawn deeper into palace intrigue, she can no longer tell if her manipulations are helping prevent the Tetrarchia’s destruction – or if her lies will bring about its prophesised downfall.
Fantasy | TP | $36.99

Camp Zero
Sterling, Michelle Min
The old world is broken. Be part of a better future. Rose wants a better life for herself and her mother. Taking a job as a hostess in the Floating City’s elite club feels like her best hope. It means she has a steady pay cheque, that she can stay cool as the temperatures hit new highs and when storms devastate the mainland, she is safe. And when the eccentric creator of the Flick, the universally enjoyed digital implant which allows everyone to remain perpetually online, asks for her to spy on a secretive northern building project in return for her mother’s residency, Rose agrees. But she is unprepared for the brutality of Camp Zero. And when it becomes clear that she is not the only person with an agenda, solidarity becomes as precious as fresh air. ‘A page-turning feminist mystery thriller’ – Observer.
SF thriller | PBK | $22.99

A Sweet Sting of Salt
Sutherland, Rose
When a sharp cry wakes Jean in the middle of the night, during a terrible tempest, she’s convinced it must have been a dream. But when the cry comes again, Jean ventures outside and is shocked by what she discovers – a young woman in labour, drenched to the bone in the bitter cold, and able to speak barely a word of English. Although, Jean is the only midwife for miles around, she’s at a loss for who this woman is, or where she’s from; Jean can only assume that she must be the new wife of the neighbour up the road, Tobias. And when Tobias does indeed arrive at her cabin in search of his wife, Muirin, Jean’s questions continue to multiply. Why has he kept his wife’s pregnancy a secret? And why does Muirin’s open demeanour change completely the moment she’s in his presence? Though Jean learned, long ago, that she should stay out of other people’s business, her growing concern – and growing feelings – for Muirin mean that she can’t simply set her worries aside. But when the answers she finds are more harrowing than she ever could have imagined, she fears she may have endangered herself, Muirin, and the baby. Will she be able to put things right and save the woman she loves before it’s too late, or will someone have to pay for Jean’s actions with their life?
Historical fantasy | TP | $36.99

The Sunset Years of Agnes Sharp
Swann, Leonie
One murder to solve and another to cover up. It’ll be tricky, but the OAP residents of Sunset Hall are going to give it their best shot.
Sunset Hall is a house-share, for the old and unruly, led by Agnes Sharp. It’s an eventful day, when this group of idiosyncratic geriatrics gets a visit from the police to inform them of some shocking news: a body has been discovered next door. Everyone puts on a long face, but they are secretly relieved that the body in question is not the one they’re currently hiding in the shed (sorry about that, Lillith). Now, the answer to their little problem with Lillith may have fallen into their laps. All they have to do is find out who murdered their neighbour, so they can pin Lillith’s death on them, thus killing two old birds with one stone. To investigate, the group (not forgetting Hettie, the tortoise) will venture into the not-so-idyllic village of Duck End and tangle with sinister bakers, broken stair lifts, inept criminals and their own dark secrets. ‘The Sunset Years of Agnes Sharp operates in its own skewed universe. Fans of the Thursday Murder Club books will find much to like, here.’ – The New York Times. The first in a series.
Mystery | PBK | $24.99

The Two Loves of Sophie Strom
Taylor, Sam
Vienna, 1933: Thirteen-year-old Max is orphaned and disfigured in a house fire; and adopted by an Aryan family who change his identity – and his prospects – for the better.
Vienna, 1933: Thirteen-year-old Max saves his parents from a house fire and escapes unharmed, to face life as a Jew in 1930s’ Austria.
In one unforgettable night, Max Spiegelman’s life splits in two. As war looms and Nazism continues to rise, Max is forced into choices that place him and his alter ego on opposing sides of a divided world. Tethered by their dreams, the boys watch helplessly, haunted by visions of what could have been. But in each parallel universe, they share a magnetic bond with an enchanting, grey-eyed girl. The Two Loves of Sophie Strom is a profound story about how tragedy, choice, and life-altering love shape our future.
Parallel universes | TP | $32.99

Can’t Spell Treason Without Tea (Tomes & Tea Cosy fantasies 01)
Thorne, Rebecca
Two women wanted to open a cosy bookshop. They discovered a world of adventure.
Reyna and Kianthe dream of opening a friendly book shop together, serving the very best tea and cakes. Worn wooden floors, plants on every table, firelight drifting between the rafters – all complemented by love and good company. But Reyna is an elite bodyguard to a vengeful queen, and Kianthe is the most powerful mage in existence. Leaving their lives behind seems… impossible. Yet, they flee to Tawney, a town nestled in the icy peaks of dragon country. There, they open the bookstore they’d always wanted. What follows is a tale of mishaps, mysteries, dragons, and a murderous queen throwing the realm’s biggest temper tantrum. Through it, these two women will discover what they mean to each other – and their world. A heart-warming, sapphic journey brimming with jeopardy, magic and a love of tea – for fans of Travis Baldree’s Legends and Lattes (PBK, $22.99) and T J Klune. The first in a series.
Fantasy romance | TP | $34.99

Bright Objects
Todd, Ruby
January 1997: In the small town of Jericho, New South Wales, Sylvia Knight is losing hope that the person who killed her husband will ever face justice. Since the night of the hit-and-run, her world has been shrouded in hazy darkness – until she meets Theo St John, the discoverer of a rare comet, soon to be visible above Jericho. As the comet begins to brighten, visitors flock like pilgrims into town. Supermarkets run out of canned goods; campgrounds fill to capacity. And more and more people are drawn into the orbit of Joseph Evans, an enigmatic local – who believes the comet’s arrival is nothing short of a divine message. But, Sylvia will soon realise that she isn’t the only one haunted by the past. While everyone else is looking to the night sky for answers, her quest to uncover her husband’s killer will unearth long-held secrets, with far-reaching consequences. A novel about the search for meaning in a bewildering world, the loyalty of love and the dangerous lengths people go to in pursuit of the truth, Bright Objects is a luminous, masterfully-crafted literary thriller.
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

The Silmarillion
Tolkien, J R R & Tolkien, Christopher
The Silmarillion is an account of the Elder Days, of the First Age of Tolkien’s World. It is the ancient drama to which the characters in the Lord of the Rings look back, and in whose events some of them, such as Elrond and Galadriel, took part. The tales of The Silmarillion are set in an age when Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in Middle-earth, and the High Elves made war upon him for the recovery of the Silmarils, the jewels containing the pure light of Valinor. This special, unjacketed, ‘collectors hardback’ edition of the complete work includes a unique cover design that illustrates Telperion and Laurelin, the Two Trees of Valinor, and the three Silmarils; and black and red endpaper maps.
Tolkien | HC | $39.99

The Fall of Gondolin
Tolkien, J R R & Tolkien, Christopher
In the tale of The Fall of Gondolin are two of the greatest powers in the world. There is Morgoth of the uttermost evil, unseen in this story but ruling over a vast military power from his fortress of Angband. Deeply opposed to Morgoth is Ulmo, second in might only to Manwë, chief of the Valar. Central to this enmity of the gods, is the city of Gondolin, beautiful but undiscoverable. It was built and peopled by Noldorin Elves who, when they dwelt in Valinor, the land of the gods, rebelled against their rule and fled to Middle-earth. Turgon King of Gondolin is hated and feared above all his enemies by Morgoth, who seeks in vain to discover the marvellously hidden city, while the gods in Valinor in heated debate largely refuse to intervene in support of Ulmo’s desires and designs. Into this world comes Tuor, cousin of Túrin, the instrument of Ulmo’s designs. Guided unseen by him Tuor sets out from the land of his birth on the fearful journey to Gondolin, and – in one of the most arresting moments in the history of Middle-earth – the sea-god, himself, appears to him, rising out of the ocean in the midst of a storm. In Gondolin, he becomes great; he is wedded to Idril, Turgon’s daughter, and their son is Eärendel, whose birth and profound importance in days to come is foreseen by Ulmo. At last, comes the terrible ending. Morgoth learns through an act of supreme treachery all that he needs to mount a devastating attack on the city, with Balrogs and dragons and numberless Orcs. After a minutely observed account of the fall of Gondolin, the tale ends with the escape of Tuor and Idril, with the child Eärendel, looking back from a cleft in the mountains as they flee southward, at the blazing wreckage of their city. They were journeying into a new story, the Tale of Eärendel, which Tolkien never wrote, but which is sketched out in this book from other sources. Following his presentation of Beren and Lúthien, Christopher Tolkien has used the same ‘history in sequence’ mode, in the writing of this edition of The Fall of Gondolin. In the words of J R R Tolkien, it was ‘the first real story of this imaginary world’ and, together with Beren and Lúthien and The Children of Húrin, he regarded it as one of the three ‘Great Tales’ of the Elder Days.
Tolkien | PBK | $22.99

Beren and Lúthien
Tolkien, J R R & Tolkien, Christopher
Painstakingly restored from Tolkien’s manuscripts and presented for the first time, as a fully continuous and standalone story, the epic tale of Beren and Lúthien will reunite fans of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings with Elves and Men, Dwarves and Orcs, and the rich landscape and creatures unique to Tolkien’s Middle-earth. The tale of Beren and Lúthien was, or became, an essential element in the evolution of The Silmarillion, the myths and legends of the First Age of the World conceived by J R R Tolkien. Returning from France and the battle of the Somme, at the end of 1916, he wrote the tale in the following year. Essential to the story, and never changed, is the fate that shadowed the love of Beren and Lúthien: for Beren was a mortal man, but Lúthien was an immortal Elf. Her father, a great Elvish lord, in deep opposition to Beren, imposed on him an impossible task that he must perform before he might wed Lúthien. This is the kernel of the legend; and it leads to the supremely heroic attempt of Beren and Lúthien, together, to rob the greatest of all evil beings, Melkor, called Morgoth, the Black Enemy, of a Silmaril. In this book, Christopher Tolkien has attempted to extract the story of Beren and Lúthien from the comprehensive work, in which it was embedded; but that story was, itself, changing as it developed new associations within the larger history. To show something of the process whereby this legend of Middle-earth evolved over the years, he has told the story in his father’s own words by giving, first, its original form, and then passages in prose and verse from later texts that illustrate the narrative as it changed. Presented together for the first time, they reveal aspects of the story, both in event and in narrative immediacy, that were afterwards lost.
Tolkien | PBK | $22.99

The Missing Mummies (Jesperson & Lane 03)
Tuttle, Lisa
Miss Lane is puzzled by Jasper Jesperson’s interest in what seems a very minor theft – possibly, even a prank – from the storerooms at the British Museum. But London, in the 1890s, is rife with secret organisations, cults, and individuals eager to acquire some of the legendary magic of ancient Egypt. The deeper the two detectives dig, the more hidden crimes they uncover, and the higher the death toll mounts. And at the centre of it all is the ‘Mystery Mummy’ recently acquired by the museum. Are the deaths and madness truly caused by a mummy’s curse? Or is there a scheming, living villain to be apprehended? Jesperson and Lane, with their experience of past investigations involving psychic phenomena and supernatural events as well as ordinary human criminality, are surely best placed to find the truth.
Fantasy mystery | PBK | $26.99

My Darling Dreadful Thing
Van Veen, Johanna
Spirits are drawn to salt, be it blood or tears.
Roos Beckman has a spirit companion only she can see. Ruth – strange, corpse-like, and dead for centuries – is the light of Roos’ life. That is, until the wealthy young widow Agnes Knoop visits one of Roos’ backroom séances, and the two strike up a connection. Soon, Roos is whisked away to the crumbling estate Agnes inherited upon the death of her husband, where an ill woman haunts the halls, strange smells drift through the air at night, and mysterious stone statues reside in the family chapel. Something dreadful festers in the manor, but still, the attraction between Roos and Agnes is undeniable. Then, someone is murdered. Poor, alone, and with a history of ‘hysterics’, Roos is the obvious culprit. With her sanity and innocence in question, she’ll have to prove who – or what – is at fault or lose everything she holds dear.
Horror | PBK | $24.99

The Underhistory
Warren, Kaaron
People come to visit my home and I love to show them around. Of course, it’s not the original house where it happened. That was destroyed when my entire family died. But I don’t think their ghosts know the difference.
Pera was 12, the day the pilot intentionally crashed his plane into her family’s grand home, killing them, their friends, and the Australian prime minister. She was the girl who survived the tragedy, a sympathetic oddity – growing stranger, by the day. Over the decades, she rebuilt the huge and rambling building on the original site, each room telling a piece of the story of her life and that of the many people who died, both before and after the disaster. Her sister, murdered 100 miles away. The soldier, broken by the war. Death follows Pera, and she welcomes it in as an old friend. On the day she runs the last haunted house tour of the season, an unexpected group of men arrive. One she recognises, but the others are strangers. But she knows their type, all too well. Dangerous men, who will keep an old woman alive only so long, as she is useful. But as she begins to show them the house and reveal its secrets, the dangerous men will learn that she is far from helpless. After all, death seems to follow her, wherever she goes…
Gothic mystery | TP | $32.99

The North Wind (Four Winds 01)
Warwick, Alexandria
Wren of Edgewood is no stranger to suffering. With her parents gone, it’s Wren’s responsibility to ensure she and her sister survive the harsh and endless winter, but if the legends are to be believed, their home may not be safe for much longer. For 300 years, the land surrounding Edgewood has been encased in ice as the Shade, a magical barrier that protects the townsfolk from the Deadlands beyond, weakens. Only one thing can stop the Shade’s fall: the blood of a mortal woman bound in wedlock to the North Wind, a dangerous immortal whose heart is said to be as frigid as the land he rules. And the time has come to choose his bride. When the North Wind sets his eyes on Wren’s sister, Wren will do anything to save her – even if it means sacrificing herself in the process. But mortal or not, Wren won’t go down without a fight… A standalone, enemies-to-lovers, slow-burn fantasy romance; the first in a series, sprinkled with Greek mythology.
Fantasy romance | TP | $32.99

The Weltall File (Gordian Division 04)
Weber, David & Holo, Jacob
Come for the games. Stay for the murder.
The Weltall Tournament’s professional VR games were supposed to be a symbol of cooperation between SysGov and its militaristic neighbour, the Admin. But that was before star Admin player Elly Sako received a death threat, written in blood next to a copy of her own severed head. The Admin’s Department of Temporal Investigation swiftly seizes control of the crime scene, and the tournament transforms into a flashpoint of charged politics and conflicting jurisdictions. SysPol Detective Isaac Cho and DTI Special Agent Susan Cantrell – partners in the officer exchange program – are sent in to take charge of the investigation and bring the situation under control. But solving this mystery won’t be easy, and the pair struggles to determine who is telling the truth. A jilted relationship between players soon explodes into signs of a far-reaching conspiracy, and the two detectives find themselves racing against time before the tournament ends. Because, the killer will be the only one who wins, should they fail. A mystery in the Gordian Division universe.
SF crime | PBK | $26.95

The Lure of Atlantis: Strange Tales of the Sunken Continent (Tales of the Weird, anthology)
Wheatley, Michael (editor)
The sunken continent of Atlantis has dwelt in the collective imagination of writers and artists for centuries; a bejewelled paradox bubbling with themes of irrecoverable loss and quixotic faith in its rediscovery. This new anthology collects stories from the vast, yet seldom recognised, vault of Atlantean fiction from the Golden Age of Weird Tales magazine, presented in four core sections, perfect for diving into: Atlantis Rediscovered – in which the ruins of ancient Atlantis are found again; Atlantis Revisited – tales of Deep Time, in which the descendants of Atlanteans re-live the experiences of ancestors; Atlantis Resurrected – in which Atlantis never sunk at all but remains at large in the world; and Atlantis Reimagined – in which the continent is fertile ground for experiments in Weird Fantasy, and beyond.
Weird | TP | $37.95

Final Strike (Dresden Codex 03)
Wheeler, Jeff
It began as a death-defying ritual in the Yucatán. Jonathon Roth and his family were pawns in an inconceivable endgame. Jacob Calakmul was its depraved and mystifying mastermind destined to fulfil an ancient prophecy, destroy the government, and bring about his personal Armageddon. Exposing the unbelievable truth to the authorities has made Roth’s life a nightmare. Roth is under FBI protection, in DC. His sons may be safe, but his wife has disappeared, and his daughter, Suki – a girl gifted with a special magic – is, now, Calakmul’s captive. She and her father are the keys to making Calakmul’s plot a horrifying reality. It’s already in motion. A deadly plague released in Cozumel and rooted in ancient mythology will wipe out cities across the globe so fast it’s impossible to imagine the near future. But Calakmul can. His prophesised end of days is here. And only Roth and Suki can stop it. To save their family, and all of humanity, what will Roth and his daughter risk? And what must they sacrifice in a final match with the ascending ruler of a terrifying new world order?
SF thriller | TP | $37.95

Where the Dead Wait
Wilkes, Ally
William Day should be an acclaimed Arctic explorer. But after a failed expedition, in which his remaining men only survived by eating their dead comrades, he returned in disgrace. Thirteen years later, his second-in-command, Jesse Stevens, has gone missing in the same frozen waters. Perhaps, this is Day’s chance to restore his tarnished reputation by bringing Stevens – the man who’s haunted his whole life – back home. But when the rescue mission becomes an uncanny journey into his past, Day must face up to the things he’s done. Abandonment. Betrayal. Cannibalism. Aboard ship, Day must also contend with unwanted passengers: a reporter obsessively digging up the truth about the first expedition, as well as Stevens’ wife, a spirit-medium whose séances both fascinate and frighten. Following a trail of cryptic messages, gaunt bodies, and old bones, their search becomes more and more unnerving. The restless dead are never far behind…
Horror | PBK | $22.99

Karma of the Sun
Ying Kit Boey, Brandon
Six suns, six blasts in the sky; a seventh one, and the earth will die. In the isolation of the Himalayas, the snows still fall, but they are tinged with the ash of a nuclear winter; the winds still blow, but they wail with the cries of ghosts. The seventh and final blast is near. As the world heaves its final breaths, the people of the Tibetan plateau – civilisation’s final survivors – are haunted by spirits and terrorised by warlords. Though the last of the seven prophesied cataclysms is at hand, young Karma searches for a father who disappeared ten years earlier, presumed dead. Driven by a yearning to see his father again, before the end, and called by an eerie horn unheard by anyone else, Karma forges into the Himalayas and discovers that his father’s disappearance may be linked to a mystical mountain said to connect the physical world with the spirit lands – and a possible way to save their doomed future. For readers who enjoy Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel, The Book of M by Peng Shepherd, and The Fifth Season by N K Jemisin.
Apocalypse | TP | $29.99

Tides & Drift (Worlds of the Narrows)
Young, Adrienne
Tides: When Auster, a young member of the Roth crime family, meets a deckhand named Paj that he’s been sent to rob, on behalf of his infamous uncle, his world is turned upside down. Tides is a tale of first love, heartache and breaking free, following Paj and Auster’s beginnings before the events of Fable and Namesake.
Drift: After leaving the only family she’s ever had on the Marigold, Willa has made a new start on a remote island carving out her own stake in the future of the Narrows. She’s found an unexpected business partner in Koy and whether she likes it or not, they are suited in more ways than one. Together, they plan to turn Jeval into the farthest-reaching port before the waters of the Unnamed Sea. But when the Saltblood ships docking in their newly minted harbor start bringing unsettling news, the more Willa is forced to rely on Koy, and she discovers that he’s more than an opportunity to create her own destiny. He also just might be the safest harbour she’s ever known.
A moving return to the world of Fable (PBK, $22.99), these two stories dive into the bittersweet first meeting of fan favourite characters Paj and Auster, and the intrepid voyages of Willa and Koy as they forge their own path across the Narrows.
YA fantasy | PBK | $22.69

The Hawkling (Tales of the Edge 02)
Zahabi, Rebecca
The rebels on the other side of the Shadowpass are massing, and refugees are flooding in to the city. Scared, penniless and not exactly welcome, they are desperate for the protection of the Nest, and the powerful mages who live there. But there is dissension in the Nest’s ranks, and there is always someone willing to make money from the fearful. The mages believe they have a secret weapon – a captured lightborn, kept prisoner by a magical slave collar and forced to do their bidding. But Tatters and Isha, tentative friends – despite their suspicion of each other’s motives – know something, the mages do not. The rebels are aware of the lightborn. They know how to deal with it. And they are ready for war… The thrilling sequel to The Collarbound (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $24.99

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