Bestsellers, Science Fiction & Fantasy: November 2018
Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor 02)
Morrigan may have defeated her deadly curse, passed the dangerous trials and joined the mystical Wundrous Society, but her journey into Nevermoor and all its secrets has only just begun. And it’s important to remember that not all magic is used for good… Return to the magical world of Nevermoor, where Morrigan Crow’s adventures continue. The most anticipated sequel of the year – a treat for all fans of magic and ‘wunder’. The sequel to Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (see #9). Although pundits have made the inevitable comparisons to Rowling and Pullman, Ron thinks Townsend hits a sweet spot somewhere between Roald Dahl and Diana Wynne Jones – and Leanne likes this second book even more than the first! Recommended!
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
Lies Sleeping (PC Grant 07)
The Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud, and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, detective constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring him to justice. But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that the Faceless Man, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long-term plan. A plan that has its roots in London’s 2,000 bloody years of history and could literally bring the city to its knees. Everyone loves the PC Grants! More please, Ben Aaronovitch! (our collective greed knows no bounds!).
Urban fantasy | TP | $29.99
Static Ruin (Voidwitch Saga 01)
Corey J White
Mars Xi is on the run, a bounty on her head and a kill count on her conscience. All she has left are her mutant cat Ocho and her fellow human weapon Pale, a young boy wracked by seizures and who can kill with a thought. She needs him treated, and she needs to escape, and the only thread left to pull is her frayed connection to her father, Marius Teo. That thread will take her to the outskirts of the galaxy, to grapple with witch-cults and privately-owned planets, and into the hands of the man who engineered her birth. Okay – we are hooked! The kinda-Firefly vibe got us initially – now we’re staying because of the Corey J White vibe! These are great! Recommended!
Space opera | PBK | $21.99
Skyward (Skyward 01)
Spensa’s world has been under attack for hundreds of years. An alien race called the Krell leads onslaught after onslaught from the sky, in a never-ending campaign to destroy humankind. Humanity’s only defence is to take to their ships and fight the enemy in the skies. Pilots have become the heroes of what’s left of the human race. Spensa has always dreamed of being one of them; of soaring above Earth and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with her father’s – a pilot who was killed years ago, when he abruptly deserted his team, placing Spensa’s chances of attending flight school somewhere between slim and none. No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, but she is still determined to fly. And the Krell just made that a possibility. They’ve doubled their fleet, making Spensa’s world twice as dangerous… but their desperation to survive might just take her skyward… The first in a new series by Sanderson.
Space fantasy | TP | $29.99
There Before the Chaos (Farian War 01)
K B Wagers
And another we’ve all been waiting for… The battle for the throne is over. The war for the galaxy is just beginning. Hail Bristol, infamous galactic gunrunner and former runaway princess, never expected to inherit the throne of Indrana. But after avenging the murder of her family and cleansing the Empire of usurpers in a bloody civil war, the former outlaw must fulfil her duties to her people. Hail retires her gun and throws herself into the rebuilding of her Empire. Her hard-won peace is short lived. When Indrana’s closest ally asks Hail to intervene in an interstellar military crisis, she embarks on the highest stakes diplomatic mission the Empire has ever faced… blah, blah blah. Actually – when you read it like that – publisher’s blurbs can sound really silly… but the series is great! We’ve sold heaps of the first trilogy – starting with Behind the Throne (PBK, $22.99) – and regulars are eagerly awaiting more.
Space opera | TP | $31.95
Richard K Morgan
An ex-corporate enforcer, Hakan Veil, is forced to bodyguard Madison Madekwe, part of a colonial audit team investigating a disappeared lottery winner on Mars. But when Madekwe is abducted, and Hakan nearly killed, the investigation takes him farther and deeper than he had ever expected. And, soon, Hakan discovers the heavy price he may have to pay to learn the truth. Morgan’s first SF novel in eight years.
Science fiction | TP | $32.99
The Consuming Fire (Interdependency 02)
Finally!! The Consuming Fire – the sequel to the 2018 Hugo Award Best Novel finalist and 2018 Locus Award-winning The Collapsing Empire. The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded. When it goes, human civilisation may go with it – unless desperate measures can be taken. Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But nothing is ever that easy. Arrayed before her are those who believe the collapse of the Flow is a myth – or at the very least, an opportunity that can allow them to ascend to power. While Grayland prepares for disaster, others are preparing for a civil war, a war that will take place in the halls of power, the markets of business and the altars of worship as much as it will take place between spaceships and battlefields. The Emperox and her allies are smart and resourceful, but then so are her enemies. Nothing about this power struggle will be simple or easy… and all of humanity will be caught in its widening gyre (sound a little like Climate Change? Ya think?)… So excited!!
Space opera | TP | $29.99
Restless Lightning (Breaker of Empires 02)
Lieutenant Sikander North has avoided an outright court martial and finds himself assigned to a remote outpost in the crumbling, alien Tzoru Empire – where the navy sends troublemakers to be forgotten. When Sikander finds himself in the middle of an alien uprising, he, once again, must do the impossible: smuggle an alien ambassador off-world, break a siege, and fight the irrational prejudice of his superior officers. The odds are against his success, and his choices could mean disgrace – or redemption. So – Sikander North is kinda like a male version of Honor Harrington…? LOL! The sequel to the hugely-popular Valiant Dust (PBK, $21.95).
Space opera | TP | $26.99
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor 01)
Morrigan Crow is cursed. Born on an unlucky day, she is blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks – and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on Eventide. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor… Wundrous! A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world – but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination… Townsend is a young Sunshine Coast writer (who even worked at Australia Zoo!) and this book has sold internationally to uniformly rave reviews… A gorgeous little hardcover edition ($24.99) is also available.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
Salvation (Salvation Sequence 01)
Peter F Hamilton
In the year 2204, humanity is expanding into the wider galaxy in leaps and bounds. Cutting-edge technology of linked jump gates has rendered most forms of transportation – including starships – virtually obsolete. Every place on Earth, every distant planet humankind has settled, is now merely a step away from any other. All seems wonderful – until a crashed alien spaceship of unknown origin is found on a newly-located world eighty-nine light years from Earth, carrying a cargo as strange as it is horrifying. To assess the potential of the threat, a high-powered team is dispatched to investigate. But one of them may not be all they seem… Mwah! ’Tis truly the season to be jolly! So much to be grateful for… Regulars are loving it – we’re having problems keeping it on the shelves! Recommended!
Science fiction | TP | $32.99