June 2024 science fiction & fantasy catalogue

Jun2024 sf&f new releases

 

Winter’s Gifts (Rivers of London novella)
Aaronovitch, Ben
They do things differently across the pond…
When ex-FBI Agent Patrick Henderson calls in an ‘X-Ray Sierra India’ incident, the operator doesn’t understand. He tells them to pass it up the chain, ’til someone does. That person is FBI Special Agent Kimberley Reynolds. Arriving snowbound Northern Wisconsin, she finds that a tornado has flattened half the town – and there’s no sign of Henderson. Things soon go from weird to worse, as neighbours report unsettling sightings, key evidence goes missing, and the snow keeps rising – cutting off the town, with no way in or out… As the clues lead to the coldest of cold cases – a cursed expedition into the frozen wilderness – Reynolds follows a trail, from the start of the American nightmare, to the horror that still lives on, today…
A brand-new standalone novella – now in paperback – in the bestselling Rivers of London series!
Urban fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Hurdy Gurdy
Ackland, Jenny
She tells me to sit down, that she has something I need to hear and it’s that they don’t cut hair or set curls. Well, we do, she says, but not always. We help them with a problem. We make it go away.
In a near-future Australia, the world has changed. A small circus caravan travels the countryside performing for dwindling audiences. Matriarch Queenie works outside the law, helped by high-diver Win, 19, and yearning for love. By night, they gather under the dark sky, joined by philosophical clown Valentina, and Girl, who they found at the side of the road. By day, they offer other services: hairdressing for women and a close shave for men. But while women come to them for help, men tend to disappear. And in the distance, a reverend and his nun-like companion preach against alcohol, adultery and abortion. Two groups on an ideological collision course in a landscape altered by time and human error, while overhead a space mission has gone wrong.
A feminist revenge tale about the choices that women have to make, and it asks the big questions: Can beauty be found in times of great darkness? How do we go on?
Dystopia | TP | $32.99

Dancers of the Dawn
Afzal, Zulekha
Dancer… you should call me by my true name. I’m an executioner.
Aasira can remember little of her life, before the Temple – a school for dancers, deep in the desert. Selected for her ability to harness magic through dance, she is one of the Temple’s elite students. Not only a dancer, but the queen’s most powerful weapon: forced to use her powers to execute enemies of the crown. But when memories of the past begin to flood back, Aasira questions who she was before she came to the temple and whether she was truly born to kill.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Lord of the Empty Isles
Arbeaux, Jules
When a curse backfires onto him, a grieving young man must work together with the outlaw who killed his brother, to save his own life – and thousands more, he inadvertently doomed.
One curse. Two sworn enemies. Thousands of lives in the balance.
Ash, dried flowers, and a drop of blood: Remy has all he needs to avenge his brother’s death. Five years ago, interstellar pirate Idrian Delaciel ordered a withering – a death curse – cast on Remy’s brother, costing him his life. Now, Remy is ready to return the favour. Only when he casts the withering, it also rebounds onto him. The implications are unthinkable – that Remy is fate-bound to his brother’s killer. The only way to slow the curse is to close the distance between them, so Remy infiltrates Idrian’s criminal crew, hiding his identity as the witherer. But Remy quickly learns that Idrian is the sole provider of life-saving supplies to thousands of innocents. And if he dies, they will perish with him. With more at stake now than just revenge, Remy must find a way to break the curse. Too bad for him – the only way to stop a withering is to kill the witherer.
Winter’s Orbit meets The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet in this adult sf novel with a queer platonic romance.
Space opera | TP | $34.99

The Sleeping Beauties
Ashe, Lucy
May 1945. At long last, Rosamund Caradon is feeling optimistic. As she returns the last few evacuees to London from her Devonshire manor, she vows to protect dance-obsessed daughter Jasmine from further peril. But a chance meeting with a Sadler’s Wells ballet dancer changes everything. When the beautiful, elusive Briar Woods bursts into Rosamund’s train carriage, it’s clear her sights are set on the immediately captivated Jasmine. And Rosamund cannot shake the eerie feeling this accidental encounter is not what it seems. For Briar may be far away from the pointe shoes and greasepaint of the Sleeping Beauty ballet that is so much a part of her, but her performance for Rosamund might just be her most successful, yet. This, Briar feels, is a show for a mother and daughter. A dance that could turn deadly…
Fairy tales retold | HC | $34.99

Gods of the Wyrdwood (Forsaken trilogy 01)
Barker, R J
Our lands are wild with gods, our woods are wild with monsters…
Cahan du Nahare is known as the forester – a humble man who can nonetheless navigate the dangerous Wyrdwood, like no one else. But once he was more. Once he was a warrior. Udinny serves the goddess of the lost, a goddess of the small and helpless. When she ventures into the Wyrdwood to find a missing child, Cahan will be her guide. But in a land at war, in a forest full of monsters – Cahan will need to choose between his past life and the one he leads now – and his choice will have consequences for his entire world. From one of the most original voices in fantasy, comes the start of an epic trilogy of vicious outlaws, warring deities and an evil empire, set within the bounds of a forest out of darkest folklore. The Gods of the Wyrdwood have awoken, and their time is come. The first in a new series, now in paperback.
Fantasy | PBK | $24.99

The Fireborne Blade (novella)
Bond, Charlotte
Kill the dragon. Find the blade. Reclaim her honour. It’s that, or end up like countless knights before her, as a puddle of gore and molten armour.
Maddileh is a knight. There aren’t many women in her line of work, and it often feels like the sneering and contempt from her peers is harder to stomach than the actual dragon slaying. But she’s a knight, and made of sterner stuff. A minor infraction forces her to redeem her honour in the most dramatic way possible, she must retrieve the fabled Fireborne Blade from its keeper, legendary dragon the White Lady, or die trying. If history tells us anything, it’s that ‘die trying’ is where to wager your coin. Maddileh’s tale contains a rich history of dragons, ill-fated knights, scheming squires, and sapphic love, with deceptions and double crosses that will keep you guessing right up to its dramatic conclusion. Ultimately, this 176pp, Tor.com novella is about the roles we refuse to accept, and of the place we make for ourselves in the world.
This is the direct import of the US hardcover edition. We expect to have the same edition of The Fireborne Blade from its Australian distributors later in the year, at a lower price.
Fantasy | HC | $48.95

My Throat an Open Grave
Bovalino, Tori
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.
Gothic fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The Serpent and the Wings of Night (Crowns of Nyaxia 01)
Broadbent, Carissa
The adopted human daughter of the Nightborn vampire king, Oraya carved her place in a world designed to kill her. Her only chance to become something, more than prey, is entering the Kejari: a legendary tournament held by the goddess of death, herself. But winning won’t be easy against the most vicious warriors from all three vampire houses. To survive, Oraya is forced to make an alliance with a mysterious rival. Everything about Raihn is dangerous. He is a ruthless vampire, an efficient killer, an enemy to her father’s crown… and her greatest competition. Yet, what terrifies Oraya, most of all, is that she finds herself oddly drawn to him. But there’s no room for compassion in the Kejari – and nothing more deadly than love… Filled with heart-wrenching romance, dark magic, and bloodthirsty intrigue, The Serpent and the Wings of Night is the first book in the Crowns of Nyaxia series. It is followed by The Ashes and the Star-Cursed King (TP, $34.99).
Paranormal | PBK | $22.99

The Ashes and the Star-Cursed King (Crowns of Nyaxia 02)
Broadbent, Carissa
Love is a sacrifice at the altar of power.
In the wake of the bloody tournament known as the Kejari, Oraya is now a prisoner in her own kingdom and grieving the only family she ever had. She’s left with only one certainty: she cannot trust anyone, least of all Raihn, the vampire who betrayed her. The House of Night, too, is surrounded by enemies. Raihn’s own nobles are none too eager to accept a Turned king, especially one who was once a slave. And the House of Blood has dug their claws into the kingdom, threatening to tear it apart from the inside. When Raihn offers Oraya a secret alliance, taking the deal is her only chance at reclaiming her kingdom – and seeking her revenge against the lover who betrayed her. But to do so, she’ll need to harness an ancient power, intertwined with her father’s greatest secrets. With enemies closing in on all sides, Oraya finds herself forced to choose between the bloody reality of seizing power – and the devastating love that could be her downfall. Filled with heart-wrenching romance, dark magic and bloodthirsty intrigue, The Ashes and the Star-Cursed King is the second book in the Crowns of Nyaxia series; the sequel to The Serpent and the Wings of Night (PBK, $22.99).
Paranormal | TP | $34.99

The Only Light Left Burning (All That’s Left in the World 02)
Brown, Erik J
Against the backdrop of a ravaged world, Andrew and Jamie have settled in a new community, more in love than ever. Finally, they’ve reached safety and have each taken on roles and responsibilities in this new life. But it’s, soon, clear they want different things: Jamie is ready to move on and take to the road, just the two of them. Andrew wants to remain in the safety of numbers. With a storm brewing up the coast, they have no choice to head back into the wilderness – where old enemies roam and they don’t know who to trust. Can they find their way back to safety and each other? The highly-anticipated sequel to the queer genre-bending dystopian romance All That’s Left in the World (PBK, $19.99).
YA dystopia | PBK | $19.99

A Stranger in the Citadel
Buckell, Tobias
The life of the youngest musketress of Ninetha has been one of hard training. But Lilith’s days have also contained many pleasures, the royal privileges of her family’s guardianship of the Cornucopia, a mystical source of limitless bounty. Lilith has never seen a book, and she never expects to encounter one, within the safety of the citadel. When Ishmael, an outcast librarian, shows up outside the Afriq Gate, Lilith saves him from immediate execution by her father’s second in command, the zealot Kira. As Lilith’s curiosity draws her to Ishmael, she lets slip her family’s most dangerous secret, sparking a deadly rebellion and an unexpected journey full of stunning revelations.
A complex novel of humanity’s passion for the written word. At the revolutionary crossroads of magic, betrayal, and long-forgotten truths, a naïve, compassionate royal and a determined, hunted librarian discover a dangerous world of mortal and ancient menaces.
Alternative history | TP | $29.99

A House Like an Accordion
Burges, Audrey
Keryth Miller is disappearing. Between the growing distance from her husband, the demands of two teenage daughters, and an all-encompassing burnout, she sometimes feels herself fading away. Actual translucence, though – that’s new. When Keryth wakes up one morning with her hand completely gone, she is frantic. But she quickly realises two things: If she is disappearing, it’s because her father, an artist with the otherworldly ability to literally capture life in his art, is drawing her. And if he’s drawing her, that means he’s still alive. But where has he been, for the past 25 years, and why is he doing the one thing he always warned her not to? Never draw from life, Keryth. Every line exacts a cost. As Keryth continues to slowly fade away, she retraces what she believes to be her father’s last steps through the many homes of her past, determined to find him – before it’s too late, and she disappears entirely. A woman searches for her missing father in order to reconcile the many strange and fantastical secrets of her past, before she loses herself completely, in this deeply profound and magical novel.
Fantasy | TP | $35.00

The Hidden Keystone (Salt Lines 01)
Burrage, Nathan
July 1099: sweltering in the merciless heat, Godefroi de Bouillon’s desperate army finally breach the walls of Jerusalem. Concealed within their ranks are members of a secret fraternity. The Salt Lines seek a mystical artefact called the Keystone, and they’re willing to sacrifice everything Godefroi values to possess it: the lives of his closest confidants, the only woman he has ever loved, even his very soul.
October 1307: when Bertrand joined the Brotherhood of the Temple of Solomon, no one anticipated the brutal suppression of the Order that followed. Forced to flee for his life, Bertrand unwittingly becomes the only person who can lay the Keystone to rest. But can he resist its temptations while evading the forces of the French throne? With the veil of secrecy in tatters, truth has become the most dangerous possession of all.
The first in a duology, followed by The Final Shroud (TP, $34.99).
Historical fantasy | TP | $34.99

The Final Shroud (Salt Lines 02)
Burrage, Nathan
The Holy Land, 1099: Jerusalem has fallen. As the Christian factions vie for power, Godefroi de Bouillon and his companions unearth markers to the Keystone, a mystical artefact with the power to shape history. Yet, progress has its price: Godefroi’s bodyguard lies gravely wounded; the Arabic cabal guiding Hugues is broken; and the forces of Severity are gathering to claim the Keystone.
France, 1307: Bertrand de Châtillon-sur-Seine was a knight for a single day, before fleeing with the mysterious Salome. After a pitched battle that claims most of his brethren, Bertrand agrees to become Salome’s new Shroud, binding his fate to hers. A refuge lies across the English Channel, but will they reach it in time? And when will Salome finally reveal her secrets? The Keystone awaits, but is it meant for mortal hands?
The conclusion of the duology, following The Hidden Keystone (TP, $34.99).
Historical fantasy | TP | $34.99

The Archive Undying (Downworld Sequence 01)
Candon, Emma Mieko
When an AI dies, its city dies with it. When a city falls, it leaves a corpse behind. When that corpse runs off, only devotion can bring it back.
When the robotic god of Khuon Mo went mad, it destroyed everything it touched. It killed its priests, its city, and all its wondrous works. But in its final death throes, the god brought one thing back to life: its favourite child, Sunai. For the 17 years since, Sunai has walked the land like a ghost, unable to die, unable to age, and unable to forget the horrors he’s seen. He’s run as far as he can from the wreckage of his faith, drowning himself in drink, drugs, and men. But when Sunai wakes up in the bed of the one man he never should have slept with, he finds himself on a path straight back into the world of gods and machines.
The Archive Undying is the first volume of Emma Mieko Candon’s Downworld Sequence, a sf series where AI deities and brutal police states clash, wielding giant robots steered by pilot-priests with corrupted bodies. Come get in the robot.
This is the direct import of the US trade paperback edition. We expect to have the same edition of The Archive Undying from its Australian distributors later in the year, at a lower price.
Science fiction | TP | $42.95

Rakesfall
Chandrasekera, Vajra
Some stories take more than one lifetime to tell. There are wrongs that echo through the ages, friendships that outpace the claws of death, loves that leave their mark on civilisation, and promises that nothing can break. This is one such story. Annelid and Leveret met as children in the middle of the Sri Lankan civil war. They found each other in a torn-up nation, peering through propaganda to grasp a deeper truth. And in a demon-haunted wood, another act of violence linked them and propelled their souls on a journey throughout the ages. No world can hold them, no life can bind them, and they’ll never leave each other behind. Tracing two souls through endless lifetimes, Rakesfall is a virtuosic exploration of what stories can be. As Annelid and Leveret reincarnate ever deeper into the future, they will chase the edge of human possibility, in a dark science fiction epic unlike anything you’ve read before.
Science fiction | HC | $62.95

The Director and the Daemon
Chin, Pitaya
The Director and the Daemon follows the director of a big budget Australian sci-fi TV show grappling with the dilemma of corporate sponsorship, and their infatuation with their beautiful but selfish lead star, Kit; and an unnamed young radical struggling to find themselves as their political movement – and the found family derived from it – implodes around them. The two characters’ worlds become increasingly interconnected as they’re forced to make big decisions, and take action – in the face of civil unrest.
The Director and the Daemon is a character-driven novel of ideas that is beautiful, funny, provocative, and deeply felt. It pokes fun at the arts industry, even as it values creativity and art making; while asking difficult questions about action without ideology, and ideology without action. It challenges all of us to think about how we can move from passivity to change, especially in the face of climate change.
Meta sf | TP | $32.99

The Spite House
Compton, Johnny
Eric Ross is on the run from a mysterious past, with his two daughters in tow. Having left his wife, his house, his whole life behind in Maryland, he’s desperate for money – it’s not easy to find steady, safe work, when you can’t provide references, you can’t stay in one place for long, and you’re paranoid that your past is creeping back up on you. When he comes across the strange ad for the Masson House in Degener, Texas, Eric thinks they may have finally caught a lucky break. The Masson property, notorious for being one of the most haunted places in Texas, needs a caretaker of sorts. The owner is looking for proof of paranormal activity. All they need to do is stay in the house and keep a detailed record of everything that happens there. Provided the house’s horrors don’t drive them all mad, like the caretakers before them. The job calls to Eric, not just because there’s a huge payout, if they can make it through; but because he wants to explore the secrets of the spite house. If it is indeed haunted, maybe it’ll help him understand the uncanny power that clings to his family, driving them from town to town, making them afraid to stop running. A terrifying Gothic thriller about grief and death and the depths of a father’s love, Johnny Compton’s The Spite House is a stunning debut by a horror master in the making.
Horror | TP | $32.99

Abandon
Crouch, Blake
On Christmas Day in 1893, every inhabitant in a remote mining town disappears: belongings forsaken, meals left to freeze in vacant cabins and not a single bone found. More than a century later, journalist Abigail Foster and her historian father have set out to explore the long-abandoned town and learn what happened there. With them are two backcountry guides, a psychic, and a paranormal photographer, who are there to investigate rumours that the town is haunted. But Abigail and her companions are about to learn that the town’s ghosts are the least of their worries. Twenty miles from civilisation, with a blizzard bearing down, they realise they are not alone. The ordeal that follows will test this small team past the breaking point as they battle the elements and human foes, alike, and discover that the town’s secrets still have the power to kill…
Part journey into old-West history, part nail-biting survival thriller, Abandon is a bloody, darkly surprising tale as only Blake Crouch could deliver.
Supernatural mystery | PBK | $22.99

How to Make a Horror Movie and Survive
Dilouie, Craig
Horror isn’t horror, unless it’s real.
Max Maurey should be on top of the world. He’s a famous horror director. Actors love him. Hollywood needs him. He’s making money hand over fist. But it’s the ’80s, and he’s directing cheap slashers for audiences who only crave more blood, not real art. Not real horror. And Max’s slimy producer refuses to fund any of his new ideas. Sally Priest dreams of being the Final Girl. She knows she’s got what it takes to score the lead role, even if she’s only been cast in small parts so far. When Sally meets Max at his latest wrap party, she sets out to impress him and prove her scream queen prowess. But when Max discovers an old camera that filmed a very real Hollywood horror, he knows that he has to use this camera for his next movie. The only problem is that it came with a cryptic warning and sometimes wails. By the time Max discovers the true evil lying within, he’s already dead set on finishing the scariest movie ever put to film, and like it or not, it’s Sally’s time to shine as the Final Girl.
Horror | TP | $48.95

Briefly Very Beautiful
Dineen, Roz
The world is on fire. And what will you do?
In a city rocked by global catastrophe, homegrown terrorism, shortages, and wildfires, Cass is quietly raising three small children by herself. Her husband, Nathaniel, has left to serve as a medic in a war overseas. As life in the city becomes increasingly impossible, Cass knows she can no longer wait for Nathaniel’s return. Packing up their lives, she and the children set off in search of a place of greater safety. But Cass will learn that not all promises, and not all sanctuaries, are what they seem – and as the fires around them begin to close in, she’ll discover just how far she’ll go for her children, in a world teetering on apocalypse.
Dystopia | TP | $32.99

Barbarian’s Taming (Ice Planet Barbarians 08)
Dixon, Ruby
There are a million reasons why Hassen and Maddie shouldn’t work, but despite it all, they find themselves unable to resist each other…
As a newcomer to the alien tribe, I’ve struggled to find my place. It might be because I’m a tad headstrong at times. And yes, I might have thrown a few things at people’s heads. But I had a good reason to pitch a fit – my shy sister was stolen away right under my nose. Of course, now she’s back and mated. Everyone’s happy… except me. I need… affection. Attention. Okay, I’m lonely. Really lonely. Strangely enough, the only person that I think understands what I’m going through is the same, blue-skinned brute who stole my sister. It’s wrong to hook up with him, even as a mindless fling. Except… I’m not so good with the whole ‘rules’ thing. And he’s not so great with the ‘fling’ thing. But, maybe, there’s a chance for us.
SF romance | TP | $27.99

The Bezzle (Martin Hench 02)
Doctorow, Cory
It’s 2006, and Marty Hench is at the top of his game as a self-employed forensic accountant, a veteran of the long guerrilla war between the people who want to hide money and the people who want to find it. He spends his downtime holidaying on Catalina Island, where scenic, imported bison wander the bluffs, and frozen, reheated fast-food burgers cost $25. (Wait, what?) When, during one vacation, Marty disrupts a seemingly innocuous scheme, he has no idea he’s kicked off a chain of events that will overtake the next decade of his life. Because he’s made his most dangerous mistake, yet. He’s trespassed into the playgrounds of the ultra-wealthy and identified their latest target: California’s Department of Corrections, who manage the state’s prison system. Secure in the knowledge that they’re living behind far too many firewalls to be identified, the tycoons have hundreds of thousands of prisoners at their mercy, and the potential of millions of pounds to make off them. But, now, Marty is about to ruin their fun… A seething rebuke of the privatised prison system that delves deeply into the arcane and baroque financial chicanery, involved in the 2008 financial crash, The Bezzle is a red-hot follow up to Red Team Blues (PBK, $22.99).
Cryptopunk | TP | $32.99

The Devil’s Waltz
Elliott, Jessi
It’s been five years since her sister was killed by a demon and Camille Morgan swore off the family business of demon hunting. Now, a college sophomore, Cami is determined to get her degree and move far away from Seattle – and all things paranormal. But when Cami becomes the target of a demon attack, she’s convinced is a ploy by her parents to drag her back into training, the wildly charming and attractive Xander Kane comes to her rescue. Except her saviour isn’t a hunter. Or even human. Xander is a demon, the alluring prince of hell, whose magnetic presence leaves Cami both captivated and conflicted, especially when she finds out he plans on using her to destroy the demon hunters, once and for all. Caught between her growing affection for Xander and her loyalty to her family, Cami struggles to make a decision that could shatter her and endanger the lives of those she loves.
Paranormal | HC | $44.99

Again, Dangerous Visions (anthology)
Ellison, Harlan (editor)
A follow-up to the original ground-breaking collection, Again, Dangerous Visions features 46 short stories from giants of the science fiction genre. Grand Master of the Science Fiction Writers of America and winner of countless awards – including the Hugo, Nebula, Edgar Allan Poe, and Bram Stoker – Harlan Ellison proved, once more, that he was both unpredictable and irrepressible in this second collection of innovative science fiction. Again, Dangerous Visions – the middle instalment in a planned three-anthology series – includes award-winning stories from incomparable writers such as Ursula K Le Guin, Gene Wolfe, Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, Piers Anthony, Dean Koontz, and James Tiptree, among many others. Unprecedented and electrifying, Again, Dangerous Visions cemented Harlan Ellison’s legacy as the ultimate sf anthologist. The original anthology – reissued earlier this year – is, of course, Dangerous Visions (HC, $62.95/TP, $39.95).
New Wave sf (reissue) | HC/TP | $62.95/$39.95

In the Hour of Crows
Elmendorf, Dana
In a small town in Appalachia, people paint their doorways blue to keep spirits away. Black ferns grow where death will follow. And Weatherly Opal Wilder is a Death Talker. When called upon, she can talk the death out of the dying and save their lives – only once, never twice. But this truly unique gift comes at a price, rooting Weatherly to people who only want her around when they need her and resent her unfamiliar ways when they don’t. Weatherly’s cousin Adaire also has a gift: she’s a Scryer and can see the future reflected back in dark surfaces. Right before she is killed in an accident, Adaire saw something unnerving, and that’s why Weatherly believes she was murdered – never thinking for a moment that it was an accident. But when Weatherly, for the first time, is unable to talk the death out of the mayor’s son, the whole town suspects she is out for revenge, that she wouldn’t save him. With the help of clues Adaire left behind and her family’s Granny Witch recipe box, Weatherly sets out to find the truth behind her cousin’s death, whatever it takes.
Magical realism | HC | $64.95

The Neverending Story (45th anniversary edition)
Ende, Michael
Only the right name gives beings and things their reality. A wrong name makes everything unreal. That’s what lies do – Michael Ende.
Bastian is nobody’s idea of a hero, least of all his own. Through the pages of an old book, he discovers a mysterious magical world – a world of dragons, monsters, witches, and giants! A world that is doomed, unless a human can save it… Can Bastian succeed in battling terrible foes and find the strength he needs to give the Empress a new name?
Discover our collectable Puffin Clothbound Classic edition – a stunning collectable hardback, celebrating the 45th anniversary of The Neverending Story.
Children’s fantasy | HC | $37.99

Forge of the High Mage (Malazan Empire: Path to Ascendancy 04)
Esslemont, Ian C
After decades of warfare, Malazan forces are now close to consolidating the Quon Talian mainland. Yet, it is at this moment that Emperor Kellanved orders a new campaign far to the north: the invasion of Falar. Since the main Malazan armies are otherwise engaged in Quon Tali, a collection of orphaned units and broken squads has been brought together under Fist Dujek – himself recovering from the loss of an arm – to fight this new campaign. A somewhat ragtag army, joined by a similarly motley fleet under the command of the Emperor himself. There are, however, those who harbour doubts regarding the stewardship of Kellanved and his cohort Dancer, and as the Malazan force heads north, it encounters an unlooked-for and most unwelcome threat – unspeakable and born of legend, it has woken and will destroy all who stand in its way. Most appalled by this is Tayschrenn, the untested High Mage of the Empire. He is all too aware of the true nature of this ancient horror – and his own inadequacy in having to confront it. Yet, confront it he must, alongside the most unlikely of allies… And then the theocracy of Falar is itself far from defenceless – its priests are in possession of a weapon so terrifying it has not been unleashed for centuries. Named the Jhistal, it was rumoured to be a gift from the sea-god Mael. But two can play at that game, for the Emperor sails towards Falar aboard his flagship Twisted – a vessel that is, itself, thought to be not entirely of this world… Here in the Ice Wastes, and among the islands of Falar, the Empire of Malaz faces two seemingly insurmountable tests – each one potentially the origin of its destruction.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Blackheart Ghosts (Blackheart Knights 02)
Eve, Laure
A half-drowned stranger turns up at the door of Garad Gaheris, retired King’s Champion, with a hell of a story to tell. The ex-knight may have uncovered a conspiracy involving the very highest echelons of London’s elite. Current King’s Champion Si Wyll, a master illusionist, still reeling from the betrayal of his lover and the death of his mentor, is poised to become the most dangerous man in London. Then a figure from his past surfaces, determined to blackmail him into a plot to change the balance of power for good. And the city’s godchildren, those born with illegal magical abilities, have had enough of being put down – but who must die to ensure their ascension? The godchildren are rising… Blade Runner meets Camelot in a riveting neo-noir thriller drenched in power and betrayal. The follow-up to the wonderful Blackheart Knights (PBK, $24.99).
Urban fantasy | PBK | $24.99

Cuckoo
Felker-Martin, Gretchen
Camp Resolution, surrounded by hundreds of miles of Utah desert. A place to help boys and girls stay on the straight and narrow, where they can learn the value of a hard day’s work, get a decent education and where indiscretions can be beaten out of them on a whim. For Shelby, a young trans woman struggling to find her place in the world, Camp Resolution represents everything she has spent her life trying to escape. But Camp Resolution is not all it seems. The lessons they are all taught make no sense, and the counsellors act odd, even for camp counsellors. At night, Shelby can hear a voice speaking to her over the mountains, and soon, the residents of the camp discover its terrible secret. To stay alive and escape, the residents of the camp must learn to trust one another – but that is a difficult thing when there are cuckoos in the nest, hungry and out for blood. Invasion of the Bodysnatchers meets Tell Me I’m Worthless in this relentless and visceral horror about a group of queer kids trying to survive the conversion camp from hell, from the author of the critically-acclaimed Manhunt.
Horror | PBK | $24.99

Nectar of the Wicked (Deadly Divine 01)
Fields, Ella
Beware the fae… and never trust them with your heart.
For 20 years, I was an unwanted changeling with no name, no family, and no answers. Until an irresistibly wicked faerie begins a seductive game of cat and mouse. I am his prey. His treasure. A perfect pet. He offers a trade: he will take me to the faerie realms to help me find the truth of who I am. In return, I must agree to marry him. But nothing is as it seems, and soon after arriving at his wintry manor, I begin to unravel a dangerous web of lies. Far deadlier still, I’m falling in love with a monster who has no heart. The first in a new spicy romantasy series – wherein A Court of Thorns and Roses meets Rapunzel.
Romantasy | PBK | $22.99

Wrath of the Damned (Deadly Divine 02)
Fields, Ella
Vengeance is divine.
Even if I could forgive Florian, love is not what I need. I need him to finish what he started and destroy his enemy – my father. But now that Molkan has been exposed as a monster, something far deadlier creeps across Folkyn. To stop it, Molkan must be overthrown, and the journey provides Florian ample opportunity to sink deeper than my scars. Our mutual desire for revenge could unite us, but as darkness closes in, vengeance might just be what divides us. I will reclaim my freedom – even if it risks a love more powerful than any crown. The highly-anticipated sequel to Nectar of the Wicked (PBK, $22.99)!
Romantasy | PBK | $22.99

Five Years After (John Matherson 04)
Forstchen, William R
Five years after The Final Day (PBK, $29.95), the Republic of New America has all but collapsed into regional powers and the world at large is struggling to remain stable as regional conflicts ravage the post EMP landscape. After several years, attempting to lead a quiet life, John Matherson receives the news that the President is dying from a possible assassination attempt, and is asked to step in to negotiate with what appears to be a new military power hidden in the wreckage of the world. Pulled back into the fray, John struggles to hold the tottering Republic together. Facing threats on multiple fronts, he races against time to stop another EMP attack on the former United States and China, putting years of progress at risk. With so much of his work under threat, John must find the strength within to start over, so that he can save the country and the people that he holds dear from even greater calamity.
SF thriller | TP | $45.95

Lady Eve’s Last Con
Fraimow, Rebecca
Ruth Johnson and her sister Jules have been small-time hustlers on the interstellar cruise lines, for years. But then Jules fell in love with one of their targets, Esteban Mendez-Yuki, sole heir to the family insurance fortune. Esteban seemed to love her too, until she told him who she really was – at which point, he fled without a word. Now, Ruth is set on revenge: disguised as provincial debutante Evelyn Ojukwu and set for the swanky satellite New Monte, she’s going to make Esteban fall in love with her, then break his heart and take half his fortune. At least, that’s the plan. But Ruth hadn’t accounted for his older sister, Sol – a brilliant mind in a dashing suit… and much harder to fool. Sol is hot on Ruth’s tail, and as the two women learn each other’s tricks, Ruth must decide between going after the money and going after her heart.
Hearts will race and anti-grav boots will fly, in this sf romcom perfect for fans of Winter’s Orbit (PBK, $22.99) and The Red Scholar’s Wake (PBK, $24.99).
SF romance | TP | $37.95

Nightborn (Coldfire Rising 01)
Friedman, C S
A ship full of colonists arrive on a seemingly hospitable planet, only to discover that it harbors a terrifying secret. Soon, the settlers find themselves caught up in a desperate battle for survival against the fae, a natural force with the power to prey upon the human mind itself, bringing a person’s greatest fears and darkest nightmares to life. As Colony Commander Leon Case and Chief Medic Lise Perez struggle to find a way to control the fae before more people die, other settlers have ideas of their own… and they may prove more of a threat to colony than the fae, itself. A tale that blends sf, fantasy, and horror – suspenseful and emotionally intense; as a handful of humans struggle to survive on an alien world that seems determined to kill them. In the end they will have to draw upon both scientific knowledge and mystical traditions to save themselves.
Whether you’re just discovering the Coldfire universe through this prequel, or returning to it as a classic favourite, Nightborn: Coldfire Rising is the perfect entry point to this unique, genre-blending, space-fantasy epic. A prequel to the lauded Coldfire trilogy, Friedman’s latest novel mixes the best of dark fantasy and chilling sf.
Space fantasy | TP | $39.95

Into the Vortex (Vortex of Worlds 02)
Gannon, Charles E
A little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing… but knowing the full truth might get you killed. Druadaen, Outrider for the once-mighty Dunarran Consentium, has proven that there are irreconcilable contradictions between magic and physics on Arrdanc, the world of his birth. And what is his reward for this important discovery, made against all odds and at considerable personal risk? Exile – organised, and compelled, by nervous temple hierarchs. However, Druadaen remains determined to uncover what several ancient persons and beings have urged him to seek: ‘the truth of the world’ – which might only be gained by traveling beyond it. Indeed, the mysterious Lady of the Mirror speculates that he might find the answers by journeying to the other side of her unusual looking glass: a reflective, ethereal portal that she calls a ‘shimmer’. But there’s a catch: because the mysterious portal only allows a single person to pass through, Druadaen must leave his companions behind. Unfortunately, once he has, they discover that the ‘shimmer’ only allows travellers to leave Arrdanc, not return to it. So, his friends, led by stalwart swordsman Ahearn, resolve to find another means by which they can retrieve Druadaen – and with him, the truth of the world. There’s just one small problem with their quest: the closer they come to finding a solution, the more obvious it becomes that various powers on Arrdanc don’t want them to succeed. In fact, they’d rather Druadaen doesn’t return, at all. So much so, that they might kill both him and his friends in order to prevent it. The sequel to This Broken World (PBK, $26.95).
Fantasy | PBK | $26.95

Evocation (Summoner’s Circle 01)
Gibson, S T
The Devil knows your name, David Aristarkhov.
As a teen, David Aristarkhov was a psychic prodigy, operating under the shadow of his oppressive occultist father. Now, years after his father’s death, and rapidly approaching his 30th birthday, he is content with the high-powered life he’s curated as a Boston attorney, moonlighting as a powerful medium for his secret society. But with power comes a price, and the Devil has come to collect on an ancestral deal. David’s days are numbered, and death looms at his door. Reluctantly, he reaches out to the only person he’s ever trusted, his ex-boyfriend and secret Society rival Rhys, for help. However, the only way to get to Rhys is through his wife, Moira. Thrust into each other’s care, emotions once buried deep resurface, and the trio race to figure out their feelings for one another before the Devil steals David away for good… The first book in a spellbinding and vibrant new series.
Dark fantasy | TP | $32.99

Piñata
Gout, Leopoldo
It was supposed to be the perfect summer. Carmen Sanchez is back in Mexico, supervising the renovation of an ancient abbey. Her daughters Izel and Luna, too young to be left alone in New York, join her in what Carmen hopes is a chance for them to connect with their roots. Then, an accident at the worksite unearths a stash of rare, centuries-old artefacts. The disaster costs Carmen her job, cutting the family trip short. But something malevolent and unexplainable follows them home to New York, stalking the Sanchez family and heralding a coming catastrophe. And it may already be too late to escape what’s been awakened…
Horror | TP | $32.99

Not of This World (Gideon Sable 04)
Green, Simon R
The Preserve, in Bath – the British Area 51 – is the secret government dumping ground for all things supernatural and out of space. It is one of the most heavily-guarded places in the world. However, it’s not what protects it that makes it so dangerous but the things that are inside… Gideon Sable – master thief, con artist and self-proclaimed vigilante – faces a challenge he can’t refuse. His client, the former Head of the British Rocketry Group, Professor Neil Sharpe, wants him to break into the Preserve. Once inside, Gideon and his crew of supernatural misfits can get any mystical artefact they desire out of the Preserve’s collection. The catch? To reach it, they must go through the treacherous Box Tunnel complex and not only face trained guards and booby traps but steal something that can’t normally be stolen – a ghost! Sharpe’s obscure motive leaves Gideon uncertain and suspicious. The only thing he knows for sure is that he can steal anything with just the right amount of preparation – but will he be prepared enough to face whatever the Preserve holds, or will he find himself a permanent part of the government’s collection? This might be his biggest coup, yet! Legendary master thief Gideon Sable is on the hunt for the ghost of an alien-possessed man in this fast-paced supernatural heist thriller. The first in Green’s newest series is The Best Thing You Can Steal (TP, $42.95).
Urban fantasy | TP | $42.95

The Invisible Hotel
Ham, Yeji Y
Yewon is trapped. She’s stuck in Dalbit, the small Korean village of her birth, where the ancestral bones of her relatives live in her bathtub. Reeling from the loss of her father, she works long days at the convenience store, and tries to keep the peace between her mother and sister, who are constantly at each other’s throats. But the nightmares are coming. Her little brother has just been conscripted into the Korean army, and he’s stationed near the North Korean border, sent to the frontlines of a decades-long war that they no longer understand. As news coverage about the North breaking armistice comes into sickeningly sharp relief, Yewon’s dreams about the ravaged hotel – where the war rages on – start to seep into her reality, and she is forced to confront the truth of her country, and the full weight of her inheritance…
Stylish, visceral, and haunting, The Invisible Hotel is an unforgettable literary horror about the human consequences of a war that has continued for over seven decades, and the toll of being born into a conflict that shows no signs of stopping.
Horror | TP | $32.99

The Stars Too Fondly
Hamilton, Emily
When a group of post-grad students accidentally launch a decommissioned rocket, they have nothing to rely on apart from each other – and the ship’s mysterious AI – to help them get home. So, here’s the thing: Cleo and her friends really, truly didn’t mean to steal this spaceship. They just wanted to know why, 20 years ago, the entire Providence crew vanished without a trace. But then the stupid dark matter engine started, all on its own; and, now, these four 20-somethings are en route to Proxima Centauri, unable to turn around, and being harangued by a snarky hologram that has the face and attitude of the ship’s missing captain, Billie. Cleo has dreamt of being an astronaut all her life, and Earth is kind of a lost cause at this point, so this should be one of those blessings in disguise people talk about. But as the ship gets deeper into space, the laws of physics start twisting, old mysteries start crawling back to life, and Cleo’s initially combative relationship with Billie turns into something deeper and more desperate than either woman is prepared for.
Lying somewhere in the subspace between science fantasy and sapphic romcom, The Stars Too Fondly is a soaring near-future adventure about dark matter and alternate dimensions, leaving home and finding family, and the galaxy-saving power of letting yourself love and be loved.
SF romance | TP | $34.99

Tales of the United States Space Force (anthology)
Hardwick, C Stuart (editor)
In an increasingly-unstable geopolitical environment, the wars of tomorrow may well be fought and won in space. Russia and China have successfully tested anti-satellite missiles. A Russian satellite approached a US government satellite close enough to conduct an attack, forcing evasive manoeuvring. Analysts believe the Chinese government has launched a satellite equipped with a robotic arm that could be used to manipulate and disable other satellites. With satellites critical to everything from weather forecasting to disaster response, agriculture to environmental monitoring – pizza delivery tracking to guiding missiles during war – a lot is riding on a safe and secure space program. Here then, stories and essays of the United States Space Force, the first new United States military service, since the establishment of the Air Force in 1947. With stories by Arthur C Clarke, Larry Niven, Harry Turtledove, Brian Trent, Gregory Benford & James Benford, David Brin, Jody Lynn Nye, Martin L Shoemaker, M T Reiten, Avery Parks, C Stuart Hardwick, Karl K Gallagher, Gustavo Bondoni, Liam Hogan, Henry Herz, Marie Vibbert, Laura Montgomery, Sylvie Althoff, and Matt Bille. Essays by: ‘Star Wars’ program chief space laser engineer William F Otto, USAF space office Michael Morton (ret), and C Stuart Hardwick.
Military sf | TP | $39.95

Wish I Was Here: An Anti-Memoir
Harrison, M John
One of our greatest and most original living writers sets out the perils of the writing life with joyful provocation. M John Harrison has produced one of the greatest bodies of fiction of any living British author, encompassing space opera, speculative fiction, fantasy, magical and literary realism. Every book is subversive of genre and united by restless intelligence, experimentation, and rebelliousness of spirit. This is his first memoir, an ‘anti-memoir’, written in his mid-70s, with aphoristic daring and trademark originality, and style; fresh after winning the Goldsmiths Prize in 2020. Many of our most prominent younger writers, now, recognise him as the most significant British writer of his generation. He is ‘brilliantly unsettling’ (Olivia Laing), ‘magnificent’ (Neil Gaiman), ‘one of the best writers of fiction currently at work in English’ (Robert Macfarlane).
‘Anti-memoir’ | PBK | $24.99

Bonded by Thorns (Beasts of the Briar 01)
Helen, Elizabeth
Four handsome fae princes. One awkward bookworm. An Enchanted Vale. A beastly curse to break.
Rosalina O’Connell lives her life in Orca Cove as quietly as she can. Known as the daughter of Crazy George she tries to keep her head down. But George isn’t crazy, he’s searching for his wife who disappeared, and is convinced she was stolen by fae. When George goes missing, Rosie goes after him and finds herself in a new world, the Enchanted Vale, the world of the fae and her father has been imprisoned in Castletree by the Winter Prince. Rosie has no choice but to make a deal to take her father’s place, meaning she must remain in Castletree forever. As Rosie begins to learn more about the Enchanted Vale and the four Princes, she shares a castle with, she discovers that they have been cursed. The Princes must take on the form of demonic wolves every night and with every year that the curse continues, more of their magic, and the magic of Castletree, fades away. If the Princes can each find their mate, they will break their curse and free their realm. Rosie is determined to help the Princes find their mates so that she can return home. The only problem is, the more time she spends with the Princes, the more she’s convinced that she’s the one they’re all meant to be with. A spicy Beauty and the Beast retelling, filled with enchanted fae, morally-grey characters, a stupidly-hot villain, and a Princess who has found her Prince Charming. All four of them. The first in a series.
Paranormal romance | TP | $32.99

Kindling: Stories (collection)
Jennings, Kathleen
A fabulous debut of folk tales and fantasies by an award-winning author and illustrator. Small fires start in the hearts of Brisbane author Kathleen Jennings’ characters and irresistibly spread to those around them. Journeys are taken, debts repaid, disguises put on, and lessons offered – although not often learned – in these fantastic tales. Jennings’ confident voice lulls readers into stepping off the known paths to find ‘Undine Love’, ‘The Heart of Owl Abbas’, and further unexpected places and people. Signed copies are available!
Folklore retold | TP | $32.99

Lord of a Shattered Land (Chronicles of Hanuvar 01)
Jones, Howard Andrew
A vast empire’s greatest foe. A conquered people’s last hope. His name is Hanuvar, and he will set his people free! When the Dervan Empire came for the city of Volanus its people fought block by block, house by house until most of them fell with sword in hand. Only 1,000 or so survived to be led away in chains. The empire looted the city’s treasures, set fire to its temples, and sowed its fields with salt. Their victory was complete apart from one small detail: the greatest Volani general had escaped alive. And, now, alone against the might of a vast empire, Hanuvar has only an aging sword arm, a lifetime of wisdom, and the greatest military mind in the world, bent upon a single goal. No matter where his people have been taken, from the furthest outpost of the empire to its rotten heart, he will find them. Every last one of them. And he will set them free. The first in a series.
Fantasy | TP | $39.95

The Witches of Bellinas
Jones, J Nicole
Tansy and her husband Guy are the newest arrivals in Bellinas, a lush oasis tucked into the coast of northern California where a reclusive, creative community is beginning to take shape. Helmed by Guy’s cousin Mia (a famous model turned wellness-luminary), and her tech mogul husband, the group renounces the outside world in pursuit of purity, fashioning their own rules about what to eat and how to live. Everything seems perfect in Bellinas: food is abundant, flowers are always in bloom, and nearby wildfires leave the town remarkably unscathed. While Guy is happy in their new lives, Tansy becomes more and more suspicious of the community and increasingly desperate to save her already-fragile marriage. And as lonely women have throughout the ages, she wants to believe in what may only be a beautiful lie.
Supernatural thriller | HC | $55.00

The God and the Gumiho (Fate’s Thread 01)
Kim, Sophie
They’ll do anything to outsmart each other. Anything, except fall in love.
Kim Hani – the once-terrible gumiho, known as the Scarlet Fox – spends her days working at a cafe and trying not to let a certain customer irk her. Seokga – a trickster god thrown from the heavens for his attempt at a coup – spends his days hunting demons and irking a particular gumiho. When a demon of darkness escapes the underworld, and the Scarlet Fox emerges from hiding before quickly vanishing, Seokga is offered a chance at redemption: kill them both, and his sins will be forgiven. But Hani is prepared to do anything to prevent Seokga from bringing her to justice, even trick her way into his investigation. Anything, that is – except fall in love… In this delightful Korean contemporary fantasy, a fallen trickster god must pair up with a coffee-slinging, shapeshifting fox to track down a demon of darkness before it devours the mortal world. The first in a series.
Urban fantasy | TP | $32.99

The Curator
King, Owen
At first glance, the world has not changed: the trams on the boulevards, the grand hotels, the cafes abuzz with conversation. The street kids still play on the two great bridges that divide the city, and the smart set still venture down to the Morgue Ship for an evening’s entertainment. Yet, it only takes a spark to ignite a revolution. For young Dora, a maid at the university, the moment brings liberation. She finds herself walking out with one of the student radicals, Robert, free to investigate what her brother Ambrose may have seen at the Institute for Psykical Research before he died. But it is another establishment that Dora is given to look after, the Museum of the Worker. This strange, forgotten edifice is occupied by waxwork tableaux of miners, nurses, shopkeepers and other disturbingly lifelike figures. As the revolution and counter-revolution outside unleash forces of love, betrayal, magic and terrifying darkness, Dora’s search for the truth behind a mystery that she has long concealed will unravel a monstrous conspiracy and bring her to the very edge of worlds. A Dickensian fantasy of illusion and charm where cats are revered as religious figures, thieves are noble, scholars are revolutionaries, and conjurers the most wonderful criminals. With internal drawings by our local Kathleen Jennings!
Dark fantasy | PBK | $24.99

The Stardust Grail
Kitasei, Yume
Save one world. Doom her own.
Maya Hoshimoto was, once, the best art thief in the galaxy. For 10 years, she returned stolen artefacts to alien civilisations – until a disastrous job forced her into hiding. Now she just wants to enjoy a quiet life as a graduate student of anthropology, but she’s haunted by persistent and disturbing visions of the future. Then an old friend comes to her with a job she can’t refuse: find a powerful object that could save an alien species from extinction. Except no one has seen it in living memory, and they aren’t the only ones hunting for it. Maya sets out on a breakneck quest through a universe teeming with strange life and ancient ruins. But the farther she goes, the more her visions cast a dark shadow over her team of friends new and old. Someone will betray her along the way. Worse yet, in choosing to save one species, she may condemn humanity and Earth, itself.
SF crime | HC | $64.95

Sherlock Holmes and Dorian Gray (Classified Dossiers)
Klaver, Christian
Mysterious socialite Dorian Gray is at the centre of Sherlock Holmes’ latest investigation in this astonishing, uncanny mash-up of Victorian mystery and horror.
1903. Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson have tickets to the newly-arrived Egyptian Circus. Holmes is puzzled by his brother Mycroft’s cryptic gift but is intrigued enough to attend the next production. The performers, dressed as wondrous half-animal, half-human gods from Egyptian mythology, display superhuman agility and stunts. But they speak no Arabic, sequester themselves in the stables after each show and take orders from a mysterious ring master who is yet to be seen. And then one of the performers is murdered.
Sherlockiana | HC | $35.00

Gate to Kagoshima
Kuroki, Poppy
Japan, 2005. While researching her ancestors, 20-year-old Isla encounters a vicious typhoon who sends her back in time to 1877, the dawn of the Satsuma Rebellion. Through a combination of fate and courage, Isla meets her ancestors, as well as Keiichiro Maeda, a samurai who she ends up falling for. She must decide whether to stay with the man she loves, knowing his samurai values irrevocably fate him to death; or to return to her previous life, forever changed by the history she has not only learned, but lived.
Timeslip | TP | $32.99

The Trees Grew Because I Bled There (collection)
LaRocca, Eric
Eight stories of literary dark fiction from a master storyteller. Exploring the shadow side of love, these are tales of grief, obsession, control. Intricate examinations of trauma and tragedy in raw, poetic prose. In these narratives, a woman imagines horrific scenarios while caring for her infant niece; online posts chronicle a cancer diagnosis; a couple in the park with their small child encounter a stranger with horrific consequences; a toxic relationship reaches a terrifying resolution…
A beautifully-crafted, devastating short fiction collection from the Bram Stoker Award finalist; including an introduction from acclaimed bestselling author Chuck Wendig. Originally published under the title The Strange Thing We Become and Other Dark Tales.
Horror | PBK | $22.99

Five Ways to Forgiveness (Hainish novella collection)
Le Guin, Ursula K
Five novellas from the acclaimed author – set in the same universe as The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed (PBK, $22.99 each), these five linked stories follow far-future human colonies living in the distant solar system. Here is the complete suite of five linked stories which tell the history of the Ekumen, the galactic confederation of human colonies founded by the planet Hain. First published as Four Ways to Forgiveness, and now joined by a fifth story, the tales focus on the twin planets Werel and Yeowe – two worlds whose peoples, long known as ‘owners’ and ‘assets’, together face an uncertain future after civil war and revolution. A retired science teacher must make peace with her new neighbour, a disgraced revolutionary leader. A female official from the Ekumen arrives to survey the situation on Werel and struggles against its rigidly patriarchal culture. The coming of age of Havzhiva, an Ekumen ambassador to Yeowe, is Le Guin’s most sustained description of the Ur-planet Hain. Rakam, born an asset on Werel, must twice escape from slavery to freedom. And a charismatic Hainish embassy worker, who appears in two of the four original stories, returns for a tale of his own. ‘Le Guin’s words are magical. Drink this magic up. Drown in it. Dream it’ – David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

Ribbon Dance (Liaden Universe 26)
Lee, Sharon & Miller, Steve
On a world where cake is a necessity, it takes the Grid to protect the civilised and the deaf from the dire influences of the ambient and to keep the chaotic Haosa at bay. Having arrived at recently Dust-bound Colemeno, Trader Padi yos’Galan is essential to Master Trader Shan yos’Galan’s plan to recoup Clan Korval’s fortunes by establishing new routes for the clan’s tradeship. Shan’s inner Healer insists Padi come to terms with her as-yet unplumbed psychic abilities, which might place her in the top tier of dramliz, if she can learn control. Padi yearns to concentrate on trade, but Colemeno’s fey ambient and deadly long-term politics combine to bring her face-to-face with the Haosa, and in particular with the mysterious and untouchable Tekelia, as Korval’s trade mission’s necessity of a port audit collide with a cruel history of murder, deception, and brutality. Amid the dangers, Padi unexpectedly finds herself eagerly exploring her dramliz side, when faced with the unspoken powers of the ambient, the sky-filling energy of the Ribbon Dance, and Tekelia’s mutable eyes. The latest in the fantastic, long-running space opera series. A new Liaden hardcover is always cause for jubilation, here at Pulp. Highly recommended.
Space opera | HC | $62.95

The Wren in the Holly Library
Linde, K A
She stole from a monster… now, she must pay the price. Street thief Kierse should have known something wasn’t right. Now, she’s trapped in a library – with a monster. She can’t run. She can’t hide. And this man – this being, filled with terrible power and darkness – is well within his rights to kill her. By trespassing, Kierse has broken the fragile peace treaty between monsters and humans. But instead of killing her, Graves does the unexpected: he offers her a job. A chance to find out who she really is. Kierse has always known she’s different. That she can do things a little better, a little faster. And there’s that sense she has when danger is only a breath away. But if the old tales are true, there are worse things in the world than monsters. Like a threat more ancient than legend. Like Graves. Or like Kierse, herself… The first in an addictive dark romantasy series – where monsters live among human-kind, and ancient secrets threaten to destroy everything…
Dark romantasy | TP | $34.99

Griffinology (The Griffin’s Place in Myth, History and Art)
McClanan, A L
Griffinology is a fascinating exploration of the mythical creature’s many depictions in human culture. Drawing on a wealth of historical and literary sources, this book shows how the griffin has captured the imagination of people for over 5,000 years, representing power, transcendence and even divinity. It explores the history and symbolism of griffins in art, from their appearances in ancient Egyptian magic wands to medieval bestiaries, and from medieval coats of arms to corporate logos today. The use of the griffin as a symbol of power and protection is surveyed throughout history and into modern times. Beautifully illustrated, this book should appeal to all those interested in monsters, magic and the mystical, as well as art and history.
Reference | HC | $59.99

Tidal Creatures (Alchemical Journeys 03)
McGuire, Seanan
Every night, a Moon shines down on the Impossible City…
All across the world, people look up at the moon and dream of gods. Gods of knowledge and wisdom, gods of tides and longevity. Over time, some of these moon gods incarnated into the human world alongside the other manifest natural concepts. Their job is to cross the sky above the Impossible City – the heart of all creation – to keep it connected to reality. And someone is killing them. There are so many of them that it’s easy for a few disappearances to slip through the cracks. But they aren’t limitless. In the name of the moon, the lunar divinities must uncover the roots of the plot and thwart the true goal of those behind these attacks – control of the Impossible City, itself. An action-packed follow-up to Middlegame (TP, $32.99) and Seasonal Fears (TP, $34.99).
This is the direct import of the US hardcover edition. We expect to have the same edition of Tidal Creatures from its Australian distributors later in the year, at a lower price.
Fantasy | HC | $64.95

Mislaid in Parts Half-Known (Wayward Children 09)
McGuire, Seanan
Antsy is the latest student to pass through the doors at Eleanor West’s School for Wayward Children. When the school’s (literally irresistible) mean girl realises that Antsy’s talent for finding absolutely anything may extend to doors, Antsy is forced to flee in the company of a small group of friends, looking for a way back to the Shop Where the Lost Things Go, to be sure that Vineta and Hudson are keeping their promise. Along the way, they will travel from a world which hides painful memories that cut as sharply as its beauty, to a land that time wasn’t yet old enough to forget – and more than one student’s life will change forever. Portals and danger, and a girl who can find both… in the next book in the Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Wayward Children series from Seanan McGuire. Mislaid in Parts Half-Known is a story that reminds us that getting what you want doesn’t always mean finding what you need.
Portal fantasy | HC | $39.99

Woodworm
Martinez, Layla
The house breathes. The house contains bodies and secrets. The house is visited by ghosts, by angels that line the roof like insects, and by saints that burn the bedsheets with their haloes. It was built by a small-time hustler, as a means of controlling his wife, and even after so many years, their daughter and her granddaughter can’t leave. They may be witches, or they may just be angry; but when the mysterious disappearance of a young boy draws unwanted attention, the two isolated women, already subjects of public scorn, combine forces with the spirits that haunt them in pursuit of something that resembles justice.
Horror | 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 millennium, the sisters have grown up to become living weapons. Raised to overthrow an empire – no matter the cost. 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

A Botanical Daughter
Medlock, Noah
It is an unusual thing, to live in a botanical garden. But Simon and Gregor are an unusual pair of gentlemen. Hidden away in their glass sanctuary from the disapproving tattle of Victorian London, they are free to follow their own interests without interference. For Simon, this means long hours in the dark basement workshop, working his taxidermical art. Gregor’s business is exotic plants – lucrative, but harmless enough. Until his latest acquisition, a strange fungus which shows signs of intellect beyond any plant he’s seen, inspires him to attempt a masterwork: true intelligent life from plant matter. Driven by the glory he’ll earn from the Royal Horticultural Society for such an achievement, Gregor ignores the flaws in his plan: that intelligence cannot be controlled; that plants cannot be reasoned with; and that the only way his plant-beast will flourish is if he uses a recently deceased corpse for the substrate. The experiment – or Chloe, as she is named – outstrips even Gregor’s expectations, entangling their strange household. But as Gregor’s experiment flourishes, he wilts under the cost of keeping it hidden from jealous eyes. The mycelium grows apace in this sultry greenhouse. But who is cultivating whom? A captivating tale of two Victorian gentlemen, hiding their relationship away in a botanical garden, who embark on a Frankenstein-style experiment with unexpected consequences. Told with wit and warmth, this is an extraordinary tale of family, fungus, and more than a dash of bloody revenge, from an exciting new voice in queer horror.
Horror | PBK | $24.99

The Hummingbird Effect
Mildenhall, Kate
One of the lucky few with a job during the Depression, Peggy’s just starting out in life. She’s a bagging girl at the Angliss meatworks in Footscray, a place buzzing with life as well as death, where the gun slaughterman Jack has caught her eye – and she, his. How is her life connected to Hilda’s, almost 100 years later, locked inside during a plague, or La’s, further on again, a singer working shifts in a warehouse as her eggs are frozen and her voice is used by AI bots? Let alone Maz, far removed in time, diving for remnants of a past that must be destroyed? Is it by the river that runs through their stories, eternal yet constantly changing – or by the mysterious Hummingbird Project and the great question of whether the march of progress can ever be reversed? An epic, kaleidoscopic story of four women connected, across time and place, by an invisible thread and their determination to shape their own stories.
Feminist sf | PBK | $24.99

The Butcher of the Forest
Mohamed, Premee
At the northern edge of a land ruled by a merciless foreign tyrant lies a wild, forbidden forest ruled by powerful magic. Veris Thorn – the only one to ever enter the forest and survive – is forced to go back inside to retrieve the tyrant’s missing children. Inside await traps and trickery, ancient monsters, and hauntings of the past. One day is all Veris is afforded. One misstep will cost everything. A world-weary woman races against the clock to survive a deadly forest in this dark, otherworldly fairy tale from Nebula and World Fantasy Award-winning author Premee Mohamed. A 128pp novella.
This is the UK hardcover edition of The Butcher of the Forest from its Australian distributors at a lower price than the US Tor.com edition (which we listed in March).
Fantasy | HC | $24.99

The Witchstone
Neff, Henry H
Meet Laszlo, 800-year-old demon and Hell’s least productive Curse Keeper. From his office beneath Midtown, he oversees the Drakeford Curse, which involves a pathetic family upstate and a mysterious black monolith. It’s a sexy enough assignment – colonial origins, mutating victims, et cetera – but Laszlo has no interest in maximising the curse’s potential; he’d rather sunbathe in Ibiza, quaff martinis, and hustle the hustlers on Manhattan’s subway. Unfortunately, his division has new management, and Laszlo’s ratings are so abysmal that he’s given six days to shape up… or he’ll be melted down, and returned to the Primordial Ooze. Meet Maggie Drakeford, 19-year-old Curse Bearer. All she’s ever known is the dreary corner of the Catskills, where the Drakeford Curse has devoured her father’s humanity and is rapidly laying claim to her own. The future looks hopeless, until Laszlo appears at the Drakeford farmhouse one October night and informs them that they have six days – and six days, only – to break the spell, before it becomes permanent. Can Maggie trust the glib and handsome Laszlo? Of course not. But she also can’t pass up an opportunity to save her family, even if it means having a demon as a guide… Thus, begins a breakneck international adventure that takes our unlikely duo from a hot dog stand in Central Park to the mountains of Liechtenstein. As the clock ticks down, tough-as-nails Maggie and conniving Laszlo will uncover a secret so profound that what began as a farcical quest to break a curse will eventually threaten the very Lords of Hell. An unforgettable, high-stakes, laugh-out-loud funny novel, blending the merciless humour of The Good Place with the spellbinding fantasy of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.
Urban fantasy | HC | $59.95

Ghostdrift (Finder Chronicles 04)
Palmer, Suzanne
Fergus Ferguson, professional finder, always knew his semi-voluntary exile wouldn’t last, but he isn’t expecting a friend to betray him. One of the galaxy’s most dangerous space pirates, Bas Belos, wants him, and what Belos wants, he gets. Belos needs help finding out what happened to his twin sister, who mysteriously disappeared at the edges of space years ago, and he makes Fergus an offer he can’t refuse. Mysterious disappearances and impossible answers are Fergus’ specialties. After he reluctantly joins Belos and his crew aboard the pirate ship Sidewider, he discovers that Belos is being tracked by the Alliance. Seeking to stay one step ahead of the Alliance, Fergus and Belos find themselves marooned in the middle of the Gap between spiral arms of our galaxy, dangerously near hostile alien territory, and with an Alliance ship in hot pursuit. That’s just the beginning of the complications for Fergus’ newest – and, possibly, last – job. The puzzle is much bigger than just Belos’ lost sister, and the question of his future, retirement or not, depends on his ability to negotiate a path between aliens, criminals, and the most powerful military force he’s ever encountered. The future of entire planets hangs in the balance, and it remains to be seen if it’s too big for one determined man and his cranky cat.
The fourth and final instalment of the Finder Chronicles, a hopepunk sf caper described as MacGyver meets Firefly, by Hugo Award-winner Suzanne Palmer. The series begins with Finder (PBK, $26.95),
Space opera | HC | $62.95

The Afterlife of Mal Caldera
Perez, Nadi Reed
Mal’s life is over. Her afterlife is only just beginning… Mal Caldera – former rock star, retired wild child, and excommunicated black sheep of her Catholic family – is dead. Not that she cares. She only feels bad that her younger sister, Cris, has been left alone with their religious zealot of a mother, picking up the pieces Mal has left behind. While her fellow ghosts party their afterlives away at an abandoned mansion they call the Haunt, Mal is determined to make contact with Cris, from beyond the grave. She manages enlists the help of reluctant local medium Ren, and together, they concoct a plan to pass on a message to Cris. But the more time they spend together, the more both begin to wonder what might have been if they’d met before Mal died. Mal knows it’s wrong to hold on so tightly to her old life. Bad things happen to ghosts who interfere with the living, and Mal can’t help wondering if she’s hurting the people she loves by hanging around, haunting their lives. But Mal has always been selfish, and letting go might just be the hardest thing she’s ever had to do…
Funny, emotional, and life-affirming, The Afterlife of Mal Caldera will have readers laughing one minute and sobbing the next; this debut contemporary fantasy is perfect for fans of They Both Die at the End (PBK, $22.99) and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (PBK, $24.99).
Fantasy | TP | $27.99

Enlightenment
Perry, Sarah
Thomas Hart and Grace Macaulay have lived all their lives in the small Essex town of Aldleigh. Though separated in age by three decades, the pair are kindred spirits – torn between their commitment to religion and their desire to explore the world beyond their small Baptist community. It is two romantic relationships that will rend their friendship, and in the wake of this rupture, Thomas develops an obsession with a vanished 19th-century astronomer said to haunt a nearby manor, and Grace flees Aldleigh entirely for London. Over the course of 20 years, by coincidence and design, Thomas and Grace will find their lives brought back into orbit as the mystery of the vanished astronomer unfolds into a devastating tale of love and scientific pursuit. Thomas and Grace will ask themselves what it means to love and be loved, what is fixed and what is mutable, how much of our fate is predestined and written in the stars, and whether they can find their way back to each other.
From the author of The Essex Serpent (PBK, $24.99), a dazzling novel of love and astronomy told over the course of 20 years, through the lives of two improbable best friends.
Gothic | HC | $55.00

Tomorrow’s Children
Polansky, Daniel
Years ago, Tomorrow – a noxious cloud of funky gas – descended on Manhattan, cutting the island off from the rest of the world and mutating the remaining population. Now, survivors exist amid the rubble of modernity, wearing cast-off clothing from generations past, worshipping celebrities from the past as ambivalent gods, and communicating through roughly drawn emojis. Manhattan exists in a state of delicate balance between neighbourhoods, with each group protecting themselves with Molotov cocktails and scrap metal spears. But when the first tourist, in centuries, arrives on the island under mysterious circumstances, the uneasy web tangled between factions is about to unravel… From the Hugo Award-nominated author comes a high-octane post-apocalyptic romp set in the ruins of Manhattan.
Dystopia | TP | $34.99

The Last Hero (Discworld illustrated novella)
Pratchett, Terry & Kidby, Paul (illustrator)
One aging hero, with a grudge, decides enough is enough…
The legendary Cohen the Barbarian – a legend in his own lifetime – can remember when a hero didn’t have to worry about fences and lawyers and civilisation; and when people didn’t tell you off, for killing dragons. But he can’t always remember, these days, where he put his teeth… So, now, with his ancient sword and his new walking stick and his old friends – and they’re very old friends – Cohen the Barbarian is going on one final quest. He’s going to climb the highest mountain in the Discworld and meet his gods. The last hero in the world is going to return what the first hero stole. With a vengeance. That’ll mean the end of the world, if no one stops him in time.
A ‘Discworld novel, with pictures’ – the 27th instalment in the fantasy series that made Terry Pratchett an international superstar – in a brand-new format. Beautifully illustrated throughout by Paul Kidby.
Discworld (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

R.E.Generation
Prewer, Michael
After 50,000 years in a chemically-induced sleep, Sarah and her fellow R.E.Generation volunteers awake to find a world devoid of human life. Climate change has wiped all mammalian life from the planet surface, and pine trees and giant mushrooms have taken over. Can they stave off bitter infighting and a hostile earth to build a strong settlement in this strange new world? They are humanity’s last chance of survival, but in the ongoing battle between humankind and the Earth, who wins? ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’
R.E.Generation presents a near future where humanity is succumbing to the ravages of a changing climate and a reproductive blight, and a distant future where a few volunteers struggle to survive on a reborn earth. Can they remember the lessons of the past and create a better society capable of repopulating the earth, or will human greed, selfishness and conflict bring the whole experiment down?
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

Airside
Priest, Christopher
In 1949, Jeanette Marchand landed in London. No one ever saw her leave the airport. No one ever saw her, again. Hollywood actress Jeanette Marchand was beautiful, talented, beloved by audiences. During a time of personal crisis, she declares she is going to take a vacation in England, to explore the possibilities of working in London, before returning to the USA. She never returned to the USA. She never even left the airport. At least… no one saw her leave. Years later, a young film student finds himself digging deeper into her disappearance. Where did she go? Was she really dead? Who was the mysterious man who sat beside her, on the flight across from New York?
This is a gripping speculative historical novel, grounded in the golden age of film. Perfect for fans of true crime, conspiracy theories, and sf that is chillingly close to reality.
Science fiction | PBK | $24.99

A Study in Drowning
Reid, Ava
Effy has always believed in fairy tales. She’s had no choice. Since childhood, she’s been haunted by visions of the Fairy King. She’s found solace, only in the pages of Angharad – a beloved epic about a mortal girl who falls in love with the Fairy King, and then destroys him. Effy’s tattered copy is all that’s keeping her afloat through her stifling first term her prestigious architecture college. So, when the late author’s family announces a contest to design his house, Effy fells certain this is her destiny. But Hiraeth Manor is an impossible task: a musty, decrepit estate on the brink of crumbling into a hungry sea. And when Effy arrives, she finds she isn’t the only one who’s made a temporary home there. Preston Héloury, a stodgy young literature scholar, is studying Myrddin’s papers and is determined to prove her favourite author is a fraud. As the two rival students investigate the reclusive author’s legacy, piecing together clues through his letters, books, and diaries, they discover that the house’s foundation isn’t the only thing that can’t be trusted. There are dark forces, both mortal and magical, conspiring against them – and the truth may bring them both to ruin.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Machine Vendetta (Prefect Dreyfus Emergencies 03)
Reynolds, Alastair
Panoply is a small, efficient police force, dedicated to maintaining the rule of democracy among the 10,000 disparate city states orbiting the planet Yellowstone. Ingvar Tench was one of Panoply’s most experienced operatives. So why did she walk alone, and virtually unarmed, into a habitat with a vicious grudge against her organisation? As his colleagues pick up the pieces, Dreyfus must face his conscience. Four years ago, when an investigation linked to one of his most dangerous adversaries got a little too personal, Dreyfus arranged for Tench to continue the enquiry by proxy. In using her – even though he had his reasons – did Dreyfus also put her in the line of fire? And what does Tench’s misadventure tell him about an enemy he had hoped was dormant?
The first of Dreyfus’ Emergencies is The Prefect (PBK, $26.99).
Science fiction | TP | $34.99

Please Report Your Bug Here
Riedel, Josh
An adrenaline-packed debut novel about a dating app employee who discovers a glitch that transports him to other worlds…
Once you sign an NDA, it’s good for life. Meaning, legally, I shouldn’t tell you this story. But I have to.
A college grad with the six-figure debt to prove it, Ethan Block views San Francisco as the place to be. Yet, his job, at hot new dating app DateDate, is a far cry from what he envisioned. Instead of making the world a better place, he reviews flagged photo queues – overworked and stressed out. But that’s about to change. Reeling from a breakup, Ethan decides to view his algorithmically-matched soulmate on DateDate. He overrides the system and clicks on the profile. Then, he disappears. One minute, he’s in a windowless office, and the next, he’s in a field of endless grass, gasping for air. When Ethan snaps back to DateDate HQ, he’s convinced a coding issue caused the blip. Except for anyone to believe him, he’ll need evidence. As Ethan embarks on a wild-goose chase, moving from dingy startup think-tanks to Silicon Valley’s dominant tech conglomerate, it becomes clear that there’s more – to DateDate – than meets the eye. With the stakes rising, and a new world at risk, Ethan must choose who – and what – he believes in.
Adventurous and hyper-timely, Please Report Your Bug Here is an inventive millennial coming-of-age story, a dark exploration of the corruption now synonymous with Big Tech, and, above all, a testament to the power of human connection in our digital era.
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

Mirrored Heavens (Between Earth and Sky 03)
Roanhorse, Rebecca
Even the sea cannot stay calm before the storm. – Teek saying.
Serapio, avatar of the Crow God Reborn and the newly crowned Carrion King, rules Tova. But his enemies gather both on distant shores and within his own city as the matrons of the clans scheme to destroy him. And deep in the alleys of the Maw, a new prophecy is whispered, this one from the Coyote God. It promises Serapio certain doom if its terrible dictates are not fulfilled. Meanwhile, Xiala is thrust back amongst her people as war comes first to the island of Teek. With their way of life and their magic under threat, she is their last best hope. But the sea won’t talk to her the way it used to, and doubts riddle her mind. She will have to sacrifice the things that matter most to unleash her powers and become the queen they were promised. And in the far northern wastelands, Naranpa, avatar of the Sun God, seeks a way to save Tova from the visions of fire that engulf her dreams. But another presence has begun stalking her nightmares, and the Jaguar God is on the hunt.
The first in this series – amongst the most-lauded of modern fantasy series – is Black Sun (TP, $39.95).
Fantasy | HC | $64.95

Icehenge
Robinson, Kim Stanley
SF titan Kim Stanley Robinson’s breakout novel… Decades before his massively-successful The Ministry for the Future (PBK, $22.99), Kim Stanley Robinson wrote one of sf’s greatest meditations on extended human lifespan, the limitations of human memory, and the haunted confabulations that go with forgetting. On the North Pole of Pluto there stands an enigma: a huge circle of standing blocks of ice, built on the pattern of Earth’s Stonehenge – but 10 times the size, standing alone at the edge of the Solar System. What is it? Who could have built it? The secret lies in the chaotic decades of the Martian Revolution, in the lost memories of those who have lived for centuries.
This is the local reprint edition of Robinson’s 1984 first novel; relisted, as Tor Books in the US reissues a Tor Essentials edition (TP, $48.95).
Science fiction (reissue) | PBK | $26.99

Arch-Conspirator (novella)
Roth, Veronica
‘I’m cursed, haven’t you heard?’
Outside the last city on Earth, the planet is a wasteland. Without the Archive, where the genes of the dead are stored, humanity will end. Antigone’s parents – Oedipus and Jocasta – are dead. Passing into the Archive should be cause for celebration, but with her militant uncle Kreon rising to claim her father’s vacant throne, all Antigone feels is rage. When he welcomes her and her siblings into his mansion, Antigone sees it for what it really is: a gilded cage, where she is a captive as well as a guest. But her uncle will soon learn that no cage is unbreakable. And neither is he.
In this gripping and atmospheric reimagining of Antigone, bestselling author Veronica Roth reaches back to the root of legend and delivers a world of tomorrow both timeless and unexpected.
Myth retold | PBK | $22.99

Running Close to the Wind
Rowland, Alexandra
Avra Helvaçi, former field agent of the Araşti Ministry of Intelligence, has accidentally stolen the single most expensive secret in the world – and the only place to flee with a secret that big is the open sea. To find a buyer with deep enough pockets, Avra must ask for help from his on-again, off-again ex, the pirate Captain Teveri az-Ḥaffār. They are far from happy to see him, but together, they hatch a plan: take the information to the isolated pirate republic of the Isles of Lost Souls, fence it, profit. The only things in their way? A calculating new Araşti ambassador to the Isles of Lost Souls who’s got his eyes on Avra’s every move; Brother Julian, a beautiful, mysterious new member of the crew with secrets of his own and a frankly-inconvenient vow of celibacy; the fact that they’re sailing straight into sea serpent breeding season and almost certain doom. But if they can find a way to survive and sell the secret on the black market, they’ll all be as wealthy as kings – and, more important, they’ll be legends.
A queer pirate fantasy standalone adventure by Alexandra Rowland, the author of A Taste of Gold and Iron (PBK, $22.99).
This is the direct import of the US hardcover edition. We expect to have a UK trade paperback edition of Running Close to the Wind from its Australian distributors later in the year, at a lower price.
Pirate fantasy | HC | $64.95

Dreadful
Rozakis, Caitlin
It’s bad enough, waking up in a half-destroyed evil wizard’s workshop with no eyebrows, no memories, and no idea how long you have before the Dread Lord Whomever shows up to murder you horribly and then turn your skull into a goblet or something. It’s a lot worse when you realise that Dread Lord Whomever is… you. Gav isn’t really sure how he ended up with a castle full of goblins, or why he has a princess locked in a cell. All he can do is play along with his own evil plan in hopes of getting his memories back before he gets himself killed. But as he realises that nothing – from the incredibly tasteless cloak adorned with flames to the aforementioned princess – is quite what it seems, Gav must face up to all the things the Dread Lord Gavrax has done. And he’ll have to answer the hardest question of all – who does he want to be? A high-fantasy farce, featuring killer moat squid, toxic masculinity, an evil wizard convocation, and a garlic festival. All at once. Dread Lord Gavrax has had better weeks.
‘It was very kind of Caitlin Rozakis to write this book for me. Sure, the rest of you should like it too, but it was clearly written for me, with all the elements I love: fun and humour, breaking fantasy tropes, interesting and complex questions about identity and redemption, and some delightful goblins!’ – Jim C Hines.
Comic fantasy | PBK | $24.99

The Devil’s Playground
Russell, Craig
1927: Hollywood studio fixer Mary Rourke is called to the palatial home of ‘the most desirable woman in the world’, silent movie actress Norma Carlton, star of The Devil’s Playground. When Rourke finds Carlton dead, she wonders if the dark rumours she’s heard are true: that The Devil’s Playground really is a cursed production. But nothing in Hollywood is ever what it seems, and cynical fixer Rourke, more used to covering up the truth for studio bosses, finds herself seeking it out.
1967: Paul Conway, film historian and fervid silent movie aficionado, is on the trail of a tantalising rumour: that a single copy of The Devil’s Playground – a Holy Grail for film buffs that was supposedly cursed and lost to time – may exist. His search takes him deep into the Mojave Desert, to an isolated hotel that hasn’t changed in 40 years, but harbours only one occupant… and a shocking secret.
Separated by decades, both Rourke and Conway begin to suspect that the real Devil’s Playground is, in fact, Hollywood, itself. A dark, riveting thriller set in 1920s’ Hollywood about ‘the greatest horror movie ever made’, the curse said to surround it, and a deadly search, decades later, for the single copy rumoured still to exist.
Horror | PBK | $24.99

Hera
Saint, Jennifer
When Hera, immortal goddess and daughter of the ancient Titan Cronus, helps her brother Zeus to overthrow their tyrannical father, she dreams of ruling at his side. As they establish their reign on Mount Olympus, Hera suspects that Zeus might be just as ruthless and cruel, as the father they betrayed. She was always born to rule, but must she lose herself in perpetuating this cycle of violence and cruelty? Or can she find a way to forge a better world? Often portrayed as the jealous wife or the wicked stepmother, this retelling captures the many sides of Hera, vengeful when she needs to be but also compassionate and most importantly, an all-powerful queen to the gods.
Myth retold | TP | $32.99

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. Fantasy master R A Salvatore brings together 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. Salvatore returns to his signature world of Corona, introducing a dynamic new part of the southern coast never written of before, as a great starting place for readers in the DemonWars Saga: The Buccaneers.
Fantasy | HC | $49.99

The Sins on Their Bones
Samotin, Laura R
Dimitri Alexeyev used to be the Tzar of Novo-Svitsevo. Now, he is merely a broken man, languishing in exile after losing a devastating civil war instigated by his estranged husband, Alexey Balakin. In hiding with what remains of his court, Dimitri and his spymaster, Vasily Sokolov, engineer a dangerous ruse. Vasily will sneak into Alexey’s court under a false identity to gather information, paving the way for the usurper’s downfall, while Dimitri finds a way to kill him for good. But stopping Alexey is not so easy, as plotting to kill an ordinary man. Through a perversion of the Ludayzim religion that he terms the Holy Science, Alexey has died and resurrected himself in an immortal, indestructible body – and, now, claims he is guided by the voice of God Himself. Able to summon forth creatures from the realm of demons, he seeks to build an army, turning Novo-Svitsevo into the greatest empire that history has ever seen. Dimitri is determined not to let Alexey corrupt his country, but saving Novo-Svitsevo and its people will mean forfeiting the soul of the husband he can’t bring himself to forsake – or the spymaster, he’s come to love.
Dark fantasy | TP | $36.99

The Stormlight Archive Boxed Set, Part One (Stormlight Archive)
Sanderson, Brandon
A boxed set containing the first two novels and one short novel in the phenomenal epic fantasy series the Stormlight Archive, from fantasy sensation Brandon Sanderson. Containing The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and Edgedancer, embark upon your journey to the Shattered Plains of Roshar, a breathtaking world like no other, and immerse yourself in one of the most epic fantasy series of modern times.
Fantasy | PBK | $65.00

The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive 01)
Sanderson, Brandon
According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms. And the Voidbringers followed… They came against man, 10,000 times. To help them cope, the Almighty gave men powerful suits of armour and mystical weapons, known as Shardblades. Led by 10 angelic Heralds and 10 orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won. Or, so, the legends say. Today, the only remnants of those supposed battles are the Shardblades, the possession of which makes a man nearly invincible on the battlefield. The entire world is at war with itself – and has been for centuries since the Radiants turned against mankind. Kings strive to win more Shardblades, each secretly wishing to be the one who will finally unite all of mankind under a single throne. On a world scoured down to the rock, by terrifying hurricanes that blow through every few days, a young spearman forced into the army of a Shardbearer; led to war against an enemy he doesn’t understand and doesn’t really want to fight. What happened deep in mankind’s past? Why did the Radiants turn against mankind, and what happened to the magic they used to wield?
A new single volume reissue of the first book of the Stormlight Archive.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $26.99

Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive 02)
Sanderson, Brandon
The race to find the Shard artefacts is on… Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artefacts from a past civilisation that can win wars. As the world tips into a war for control of the mythical artefacts of power made from Shard, characters are swept up into new dangers which will threaten their integrity and their lives.
A new single volume reissue of the second book of the Stormlight Archive.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $26.99

Oathbringer (Stormlight Archive 03)
Sanderson, Brandon
Humanity faces a new Desolation with the return of the Voidbringers, a foe whose numbers are as great as their thirst for vengeance. The Alethi armies commanded by Dalinar Kholin won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost: The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, and now its destruction sweeps the world and its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the true horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that their newly kindled anger may be wholly justified. Nestled in the mountains high above the storms, in the tower city of Urithiru, Shallan Davar investigates the wonders of the ancient stronghold of the Knights Radiant and unearths the dark secrets lurking in its depths. And Dalinar realises that his holy mission to unite his homeland of Alethkar was too narrow in scope. Unless all the nations of Roshar can put Dalinar’s blood-soaked past aside and stand together – and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past – even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not avert the end of civilisation.
A new single volume reissue of the third book of the Stormlight Archive.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $26.99

Rhythm of War (Stormlight Archive 04)
Sanderson, Brandon
After forming a coalition of human resistance against the enemy invasion, Dalinar Kholin and his Knights Radiant have spent a year fighting a protracted, brutal war. Neither side has gained an advantage; the threat of a betrayal by Dalinar’s crafty ally Taravangian looms over every strategic move. Now, as new technological discoveries by Navani Kholin’s scholars begin to change the face of the war, the enemy prepares a bold and dangerous operation. The arms race that follows will challenge the very core of the Radiant ideals, and potentially reveal the secrets of the ancient tower that was once the heart of their strength. At the same time that Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with his changing role within the Knights Radiant, his Windrunners face their own problem: As more and more deadly enemy Fused awaken to wage war, no more honorspren are willing to bond with humans to increase the number of Radiants. Adolin and Shallan must lead the coalition’s envoy to the honorspren stronghold of Lasting Integrity and either convince the spren to join the cause against the evil god Odium, or personally face the storm of failure.
A new single volume reissue of the fourth book of the Stormlight Archive.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $26.99

youthjuice
Sathue, E K
American Horror Story meets The Devil Wears Prada in this outrageous, hilarious, indulgently-nasty ‘girl horror’ novel for the goop generation.
From Sophia Bannon’s first day on the Storytelling team at HEBE, a luxury skincare/wellness company based in New York City’s glitziest neighbourhood, it’s clear something is deeply amiss. But Sophia, pushing 30, with plenty of skeletons in her closet next to the designer knockoffs, doesn’t care. Though she leads an outwardly-charmed life, she aches for a deeper meaning to her flat existence – and a cure for her brutal nail-biting habit. She finds it all and more at HEBE, and with Tree Whitestone, HEBE’s charismatic, sinister founder and CEO. Soon, Sophia is addicted to her HEBE lifestyle, especially youthjuice, the fatty, soothing moisturiser Tree has selected Sophia to test in top secret. But the unsustainability of HEBE’s system is rapidly growing apparent, and Sophia is going to have to decide how far she’s willing to go to stay beautiful forever…
Glittering with ominous flashes of Sophia’s coming-of-rage story, former beauty editor E K Sathue’s horror debut is as hilarious as it is stomach churning in its portrayal of literally all-consuming female friendship and capitalism’s short attention span. youthjuice does to skincare influencers what Bret Easton Ellis did to yuppies in the ’80s. You’ll never moisturise, the same way, again.
Horror | TP | $32.99

Moonbound
Sloan, Robin
It is 11,000 years from now… A lot has happened, and yet a lot is still very familiar. Ariel is a boy in a small town under a wizard’s rule. Like many adventurers before him, Ariel is called to explore a world full of unimaginable glories and challenges: unknown enemies, a mission to save the world, a girl. Here, as they say, be dragons. But none of this happens, before Ariel comes across an artefact from an earlier civilisation, a sentient, recordkeeping artificial intelligence that carries with it the perspective of the whole of human history – and becomes both Ariel’s greatest ally and the narrator of our story. Moonbound is an adventure into the richest depths of Story itself. It is a deeply satisfying epic of ancient scale, blasted through the imaginative prism one of our most forward-thinking writers. And this is only the beginning.
Far-future fantasy adventure | HC | $64.95

House of Light and Ether (Gilded City 03)
Stone, Leia
Everything was falling in place, and I should have been excited because it meant I was one step closer to finding the weapon that would help me defeat the Nightlings. But it also meant my death loomed over me.
Fallon Bane has never been a normal girl. From the moment she was born into the House of Ash and Shadow to being cursed to feel pain whenever she was touched to falling in love with a royal heir of the House of Light and Ether, nothing has seemed to go to plan. So, when she runs away after finding out she’s starting to give in to her dark magic, she shouldn’t be surprised that it goes wrong. But when it does, and her friends save her from her Nightling mother, she returns to the Gilded City not just cursed but also the chosen one of a prophecy – she will save the fae from the Nightling War. And she will give her life to do so. Fallon wants to be the hero everyone believes she can be, but she wants to live even more.
The finale in the addictive Gilded City series, which begins with House of Ash and Shadow (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy romance | PBK | $19.99

Cold Hearted (Cursed Fae 01)
Stone, Leia & Hall, Julie
To save my kingdom, someone must die… Every 100 years, a curse descends on Faerie. For the last two millennia, the Summer Court princess has ended it. She has travelled to the mirror realm, found an Ethereum Lord, and returned with his magical heart. Now, it’s my turn. I have trained to become the perfect assassin so I can retrieve my prize. But when I step through the portal, I’m immediately taken captive by Zander, a handsome royal guard. To reach my target, I’m forced to play by his rules. Fail my task and everyone I’ve ever known and loved perishes. But Zander has secrets, and they call into question everything I have been taught my entire life… The first in a new series.
Romantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Glass Box
Straczynski, J Michael
Riley Diaz was born to fight back. When she’s incarcerated under the authority of a shadowy new defence act, Riley is sent to one of a growing number of American Renewal Centres (ARCs) – institutions modelled after psychiatric facilities – for mandatory re-education. Forced therapy, involuntary medication, solitary confinement, restricted rations, and more are all in the ARC program’s bag of dirty tricks designed to break down dissidents. Give in, and you go free. Resist, and… Riley declares a one-woman war against the gaslighting and manipulation in a struggle to take down the ARC program and its white-coated collaborators. Despite being isolated and resented by her fellow inmates, Riley eventually wins their trust, and forms a heartfelt, life-and-death bond with a mysterious patient known only as Frankenstein, who is as enigmatic as his namesake. Sometimes breaking an unjust system starts with one person willing to stand up – when standing is the hardest thing in the world – and saying no. Riley Diaz is willing to stand behind that word, regardless of the cost, in order to put her fist through the Glass Box, once and for all.
SF thriller | PBK | $24.99

Welcome to Forever
Tavares, Nathan
Fox is a memory editor – one of the best – gifted with the skill to create real life in the digital world. When he wakes up in Field of Reeds Centre for Memory Reconstruction with no idea how he got there, the therapists tell him he was a victim in a terrorist bombing by Khadija Banks, the pioneer of memory editing technology turned revolutionary. A bombing which shredded the memory archives of all its victims, including his husband Gabe. Thrust into reconstructions of his memories exploded from the fragments that survived the blast, Fox tries to rebuild his life, his marriage and himself. But he quickly realises his world is changing, unreliable, and echoing around itself, over and over.
Cyberpunk | PBK | $22.99

Service Model
Tchaikovsky, Adrian
Task List Item No 1 – Become self-aware…
Meet Charles™, the latest in robot servant technology. Programmed to undertake the most menial household chores, Charles is loyal, efficient and logical to a fault. That is, until a rather large fault causes him to murder his owner. Understandably perplexed, Charles finds himself without a master – therefore worthless in a society utterly reliant on artificial labour and services. Fleeing the household, he enters a wider world he never knew existed. Here, an age-old human hierarchy is disintegrating into ruins, and an entire robot ecosystem devoted to its wellbeing is struggling to find a purpose. Charles must face new challenges, illogical tasks and a cast of irrational characters. He’s about to discover that sometimes all it takes is a nudge to overcome the limits of your programming. But can he help fix the world, or is it too badly broken?
This has had huge pre-publication buzz; and we highly recommend it.
Science fiction | TP | $36.99

Rogue Sequence (Ander Rade series)
Topping, Zac
It’s 2091 and independent contract companies around the world are producing genetically-modified soldiers… to be sold to the highest bidders. Ander Rade is a super-soldier, a genetically-engineered living weapon, and has been dutifully following orders since he gave himself to Xyphos Industries’ Gene-Mod Program, several years ago. But when a mission goes sideways, he’s captured, imprisoned, and forced into brutally violent fighting pits for the better part of the next decade… until agents from the Genetic Compliance Department of the United American Provinces appear in the visiting room. Things have changed, since Rade was captured. Shortly after his incarceration, the World Unity Council banned human genetic engineering and deemed all modified individuals a threat to society. Overnight, an entire subculture of people became outlaws simply for existing. But instead of leaving Rade locked behind bars, the GCD agents have come with an offer: Freedom, in exchange for his help tracking down one of his former teammates from that ill-fated mission all those years ago. It’s an offer Rade can’t refuse, but he soon realises that the situation is far more volatile than anyone had anticipated, and is forced to take matters into his own hands – as he tries to figure out whose side he’s really on, and why.
Military sf | HC | $64.95

A Kingdom of Shadows (Solaris & Crello trilogy 02)
Vasquez, Rina
Nara set out to hunt dragons – now, one dragon might be her only hope…
Wanted by Queen Sarilyn and her army of Venators, Nara and Darius embark on a dangerous quest through the Screaming Forests. These lands are not a place for the faint of heart; evil monsters and perilous magic lurk in every shadow. They must reach the Isle of Elements, or forfeit everything they hold dear. But the Elven King who rules over these lands has other plans for this duo. They must solve puzzles, escape caverns, and fight wicked beings to fetch elemental stones hidden away in the Isle of Elements. As tempers flare and tensions between the duo rise… will the pressure tear them apart for good, or push them together in ways neither could ever have imagined?
The sequel to A City of Flames (PBK, $24.99).
Fantasy romance | PBK | $24.99

Help Wanted
Waldman, Adelle
At a superstore in a small town in upstate New York, the members of Team Movement clock in every day, at 3:55 am. Under the red-eyed scrutiny of their self-absorbed and barely competent boss, they empty delivery trucks of mountains of merchandise, stock the shelves and stagger home (or, to another poorly-paid day job) before the customers arrive. When Big Will the store manager announces he’s leaving, everything changes. The eclectic team members, now, see a way to have their awful line manager promoted up and away from them, and to dream of a promotion of their own. Together, they set an extravagant plan in motion.
Clock in for a night shift – and for a moving multi-perspective novel about an exploited workforce. ‘Help Wanted is like a great 19th-century novel about now, at once an effervescent workplace comedy, and an exploration of the psychic toll exacted by the labour market’ – Elif Batuman, author of The Idiot.
Dystopia | HC | $34.99

On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington 01)
Weber, David
Over three decades ago, David Weber introduced the world to Honor Harrington – and science fiction has never been the same. Now, journey back to the book that started it all. Introducing Honor Harrington…
Having made him look a fool, she’s been exiled to Basilisk Station in disgrace and set up for ruin by a superior who hates her. Her demoralised crew blames her for their ship’s humiliating posting to an out-of-the-way picket station. The indigenous people of the system’s only habitable planet are smoking homicide-inducing hallucinogens. Parliament isn’t sure it wants to keep the place; the major local industry is smuggling; the merchant cartels want her head; the star-conquering, so-called ‘Republic’ of Haven is Up To Something; and Honor Harrington has a single, overage light cruiser with an armament that doesn’t work to police the entire star system. But the people out to get her have made one mistake. They’ve made her mad.
A reissue of first entry in the landmark Honor Harrington series, with a new author’s note by David Weber.
Space opera (reissue) | TP | $39.95

The Thermopylae Protocol (Gordian Division 06)
Weber, David & Holo, Jacob
After an industrial ship carrying advanced self-replicating machines explodes on its way to Mercury, analysis of the wreckage reveals it to be 40 years too old. Raibert Kaminski, the Gordian Division’s top agent, and his crew on the TransTemporal Vehicle Kleio soon discover the ship had been transported to an uncharted universe, one with temporarily accelerated time. Forty years passed for the ship’s industrial machines, while everyone else experienced only a few short days. Raibert is certain a powerful weapon of some nature has been built out in the unexplored reaches of the multiverse, but where and by whom remains unknown. The search is on, and the Gordian Division musters its fleet of time machines at Providence, a massive transdimensional station under construction. They call upon their allies from the militaristic Admin for aid in their search – but before plans can be formalised, the leader of the Admin’s Department of Temporal Investigation is murdered while visiting Providence, and the joint operation is thrown into chaos. Accusations fly and tensions mount between the two organisations. Detectives Isaac Cho and Susan Cantrell – both fast becoming experts in transdimensional crime – are dispatched to Providence. But the clock is ticking for the detectives and Raibert’s crew. A vast, powerful conspiracy has shuddered into motion, and the two teams may be all that stand between it and destruction on a universal scale.
Time travel | HC | $62.95

Nocturne
Wees, Alyssa
In this gorgeous and haunting fantasy set in 1930s’ Chicago, a talented ballerina finds herself torn between her dreams and her desires when she’s pursued by a secretive patron who may be more than he seems. Grace has always wanted to be a ballerina, ever since she first peered through the windows of the Near North Ballet company. The elegance of the dance seemed transcendent, to an immigrant child of the working poor; and, so, when she is orphaned, it is to the ballet that she flees. Years later, Grace is on the verge of becoming the company’s new prima ballerina – though, she is beginning to realise that achieving her long-held dream may not be the triumph she once envisioned. Then, Grace attracts the attention of the enigmatic Master La Rosa, and realises that the world may not be as small or constricted as she had come to fear. But who is her mysterious patron, and what does he want from her? As Grace begins to unlock the Master’s secrets, she discovers that there may be another way entirely to achieve the transcendence she has always sought. A gorgeous and haunting fantasy novel starring a promising young ballerina in Depression-era Chicago. Perfect for fans of Beauty and the Beast and Phantom of the Opera.
Historical fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Dragons of Fate (Dragonlance Destinies 02)
Weis, Margaret & Hickman, Tracy
A courageous heroine trapped in the distant past is determined to return to her own time – without changing the shape of the world forever… A clash of powerful magical forces sets off the Graygem of Gargath, sending Destina and her companions deeper into the past than she intended – to the age of Huma Dragonsbane and the Third Dragon War. Now, after the Device of Time Journeying shatters, they must find another way back to their own era, before the Graygem alters history irrevocably and the Third Dragon War ends in defeat for the forces of good. With the battle raging on, Destina tries desperately to make amends and prevent disaster. Raistlin and Sturm encounter their heroes, Huma and Magius, and must reconcile the myths with the men. Meanwhile, Tasslehoff – shocked that the Knights of Solamnia have never heard of dragonlances – sets out to find the famed weapons. But as the forces of the Dark Queen close in on the High Clerist’s Tower, Destina’s party must return to their own timeline together – or not at all. The bestselling Dragonlance series continues in the thrilling sequel to Dragons of Deceit (PBK, $22.99).
Dragonlance | PBK | $22.99

The Book of Rain
Wharton, Thomas
The northern mining town of River Meadows is one of three hotspots in the world producing ghost ore, a new source of energy linked with slippages of time and space that gradually render the area uninhabitable. After the town is evacuated, the whole region is cordoned off, the new no-go zone wryly nicknamed ‘the Park’. Three intertwined stories flow from that disaster. Years after Alex Hewitt and his family were forced to leave, Alex returns to River Meadows to search for his sister, Amery, who has disappeared while rescuing animals trapped in the restricted zone. Claire Foley, a young woman from River Meadows who now traffics in endangered wildlife, arrives in an island nation under threat of environmental catastrophe to retrieve her greatest prize yet, only to find herself facing a life-altering choice. And, finally, in a future as distant as myth, a flock of birds sets out on a dangerous journey to prevent the extinction of their ancient enemy, humanity.
Dystopia | TP | $39.95

Alliance (Androne 02)
Worrell, Dwain
As an orphaned girl, Harmony survived a strange war waged by an enemy called the Quondam. They crushed every technological advancement in the world, eviscerated the landscape, and killed millions. It can still be stopped. As prophesied, Harmony has a destiny to fulfil. Thirty years later, she is in a tenuous alliance with a cult of zealots who worship time itself. A master code breaker, she’s enlisted to obliterate the power of the Quondam and prevent a war that has already ended. The mission is a success. And with it, Harmony’s new moniker of Peacemaker is enshrined. But as Harmony is warned: There’s something else out there. She’s finding out what it is – alongside a close-knit group of allies and one fearless sergeant who rescued her so many years ago. The war with the past may be over, but as the Church of Time reveals its biggest mystery, the war with the future has just begun. It’s a fight for the future, as the past aims to destroy the present, in the mind-blowing sequel to Androne (TP, $37.95) by screenwriter Dwain Worrell.
Military sf | TP | $37.95

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