Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: August 2016

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in August 2016.

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Abbreviations used in this catalogue: PBK = ‘A’ or ‘B’ format (standard size) paperback;TP = ‘B+’ or ‘C’ format (oversize) trade paperback;HC = hardcover or cloth binding.

Until next time, good reading!

August 2016 includes new books by: Kelley Armstrong, Gail Carriger, Gary Gibson, Lian Hearn, Faith Hunter, Ari Marmell, China Miéville, J K Rowling, Ben Winters… and many others.


What The #@&% Is That? The Saga Anthology of the Monstrous and the Macabre
Adams, John Joseph & Cohen, Douglas (editors)
Fear of the unknown – it is the essence of the best horror stories, the need to know what monstrous vision you’re beholding and the underlying terror that you just might find out. Now, twenty authors have gathered to ask – and, maybe, answer – a question worthy of almost any horror tale: ‘What the #@&% is that?’ Join these masters of suspense, as they take you to where the shadows grow long, and that which lurks at the corner of your vision is all too real. Includes stories by Laird Barron; Amanda Downum; Scott Sigler; Simon R Green; Desirina Boskovich; Isabel Yap; Maria Dahvana Headley; Christopher Golden; John Langan; D Thomas Minton; Seanan McGuire; Grady Hendrix; Jonathan Maberry; Gemma Files; Nancy Holder; Adam-Troy Castro; Terence Taylor; Tim Pratt; An Owomoyela and Rachel Swirsky; and Alan Dean Foster.
Horror anthology | TP | $33.95

Betrayals (Cainsville 04)
Armstrong, Kelley
The previous Cainsville instalment, Deceptions, is also now available in paperback ($19.99).
Urban fantasy | TP | $29.99

The Heart Goes Last
Atwood, Margaret
In the near future, the lawful are locked up and the lawless roam free.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Glass Sword (Red Queen 02)
Aveyard, Victoria
Mare Barrow’s blood is red – the colour of common folk – but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince – the friend – who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind. Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99

The Scarlet Gospels
Barker, Clive
The long-beleaguered detective Harry D’Amour – investigator of all supernatural, magical, and malevolent crimes – faces off against his formidable, and intensely-evil rival, Pinhead, the priest of hell.
Horror | PBK | $19.99

Unbreakable (Chronicles Of Promise Paen 01)
Bauers, W C
The colonists of the planet Montana are accustomed to being ignored. Situated in the buffer zone between two rival human empires, their world is a backwater: remote, provincial, independently minded. Even as a provisional member of the Republic of Aligned Worlds, Montana merits little consideration until it becomes the flashpoint in an impending interstellar war. When pirate raids threaten to destabilise the region, the RAW deploys its mechanised armoured infantry to deal with the situation. Leading the assault is Marine Corps Lieutenant and Montanan expatriate, Promise Paen of Victor Company. Years earlier, Promise was driven to join the Marines, after her father was killed by such a raid. Payback is sweet, but it comes at a tremendous and devastating cost. And Promise is in no way happy to be back on her birth-world, not even when she is hailed as a hero by the planet’s populace, including its colourful president. The first in a new series. The sequel is Indomitable (HC, $36. 99).
Military SF | PBK | $24.99

A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker trilogy 01)
Bouchet, Amanda
In the icy North, where magic is might, an all-powerful elite – ruthlessly guided by a glacial Queen – have grown to dominate the world. Now, rebellion is stirring in the rough, magic-poor South – where, for the first time in memory, a warlord has succeeded in uniting the tribal nations. Stuck in the middle is Cat – circus performer and soothsayer – safely hidden behind heavy makeup, bright colours, and the harmless illusion of the circus. Until someone suspects she’s more, than she seems…
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Death Wave (Star Quest trilogy 02)
Bova, Ben
Jordan Kell led the first human mission beyond the solar system. They discovered the ruins of an ancient alien civilization. But one alien AI survived, and it revealed to Jordan Kell that an explosion in the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy has created a wave of deadly radiation, expanding out from the core toward Earth. Unless the human race acts to save itself, all life on Earth will be wiped out. When Kell and his team return to Earth, many years after their departure, they find that their world has changed almost beyond recognition. Not only has a second wave of greenhouse flooding caused sea levels to rise, but society has been changed by the consequences of the climate shift. Few people want to face Jordan Kell’s news. He must convince Earth’s new rulers that the human race is in danger of extinction unless it acts to forestall the death wave coming from the galaxy’s heart.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95

Ghost Run (Day by Day Armageddon 04)
Bourne, J L
In a desperate bid to survive, as hordes of bloodthirsty undead now dominate the ravaged US population, a navy commander discovers an incredible secret about the pandemic. Task Force Phoenix may be humanity’s final hope, and the narrator’s agonizing decisions could mean living one more day – or surrendering to the eternal hell that exists between life and death.
Zombies | PBK | $22.99

Thunderlord (a Darkover novel)
Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Ross, Deborah J
Edric has inherited the storm control, but he has never dared to use it. His whole life, he has been warned against the consequences, not just to his enemies but to everyone he loves. Now, disguised as an ordinary traveller, he journeys home after years of study, disciplining himself to control his powers. When he meets Kyria, he senses the presence of the same storm power, but unschooled and dormant. They know each other only as Edric and Kyria – for under shelter truth, all identities are concealed – and are drawn to one another…
Fantasy | HC | $49.95

Labyrinth of Drakes
Brennan, Marie
The latest in the Lady Trent Dragon series.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Good Morning, Midnight
Brooks-Dalton, Lily
Augustine, a brilliant, ageing scientist, is consumed by the stars. For years, he has scanned the universe, trying to quantify infinity, to look back at the beginning of time, itself. When news of a catastrophic event arrives at the remote research centre in the Arctic Circle, where he works; and the researchers are evacuated, he insists on staying behind. But shortly after the last airlift departs, Augustine discovers a mysterious child – Iris. As time wears on, Augustine is unable to establish contact, with the outside world.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99

Paper and Fire (Great Library 02)
Caine, Rachel
Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower; and they are doomed to a life apart. Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London. But Jess’s home isn’t safe, anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, or the Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99

The Time of the Clockmaker (Seventh Miss Hatfield 02)
Caltabiano, Anna
Her mentor shockingly killed in front of her, Rebecca Hatfield must flee the place and time she knows. She has lost her family, her dearest love and her ability to live a normal life. All she has left is the gift – or curse – of her immortality, and the bizarre clock that allows her to travel in time. But when she, too, is attacked by the mysterious black-clad figure, Rebecca finds herself stranded in Tudor England. The clock has been stolen and without it, she can never leave the past. Alone, without friends or resources, she must risk the danger of Henry VIII’s court and hunt down her attacker. But someone else is waiting for her…
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Angel of Storms (Millennium’s Rule 02)
Canavan, Trudi
Tyen trains students in the ways of magic, but his teaching may soon be outlawed. Rumour has it that the formidable ruler of all worlds, long believed to be dead, is back and is harshly enforcing his old laws – including the one forbidding schools of magic. As teachers and pupils flee, Tyen is left with no home and no purpose… except to fulfil the promise he made to Vella, the sorcerer imprisoned in a book. Tyen must decide what he is willing to do, to free her. Elsewhere, Rielle’s peaceful new life as a tapestry weaver has been shattered by a local war. As defeat looms, the powerful Angel of Storms appears and invites Rielle to join the artists of his heavenly realm. But what will he require, in return for this extraordinary offer?
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Gatefather (Mither Mages 03)
Card, Orson Scott
Danny North is the first Gate Mage to be born on Earth, in nearly 2000 years – or, at least, the first to survive to claim his power. Families of Westil in exile on Earth have had a treaty that required the death of any suspected Gate Mage. The wars between the Families had been terrible, until at last they realized it was their own survival in question. But a Gate Mage, one who could build a Great Gate back to Westil, would give his own Family a terrible advantage over all the others, and reignite the wars. So they all had to die. And if the Families didn’t kill them, the Gate Thief would-that mysterious Mage who destroyed every Great Gate, and the Gate Mage, before it could be opened between Earth and Westil. But Danny survived. And Danny battled the Gate Thief, and won. What he didn’t know at the time was that the Gate Thief had a very good reason for closing the Great Gates-and Danny has now fallen into the power of that great enemy of both Earth and Westil.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95

The Swarm (Second Formic War 01)
Card, Orson Scott & Johnston, Aaron
The first invasion of Earth was beaten back by a coalition of corporate and international military forces and the Chinese army. China has been devastated by the Formic’s initial efforts to eradicate Earth life forms and prepare the ground for their own settlement. The Scouring of China struck fear into the other nations of the planet; that fear blossomed into drastic action when scientists determined that the single ship that wreaked such damage was merely a scout ship. There is a mothership out beyond the solar system’s Kuiper Belt, and it’s heading into the system, unstoppable by any weapons that Earth can muster…
Military SF | HC | $47.95

Imprudence (Custard Protocol 02)
Carriger, Gail
Rue and the crew of the Spotted Custard return from India with revelations that shake the foundations of England’s scientific community. Queen Victoria is not amused, the vampires are tetchy, and something is wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue’s best friend Primrose keeps getting engaged – to the most unacceptable military types. Rue has family problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue’s beginning to suspect what they really are… is frightened.
Steampunk | PBK | $19.99

The Vorrh
Catling, Brian
Beyond the colonial city of Essenwald lies the Vorrh, the forest which sucks souls and wipes minds. There, a writer heads out on a giddy mission to experience otherness, fallen angels observe humanity from afar, and two hunters – one carrying a bow carved from his lover, the other a charmed Lee-Enfield rifle – fight to the end.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Breath of Earth
Cato, Beth
In an alternate 1906, the United States and Japan have forged a powerful confederation the Unified Pacific in an attempt to dominate the world. Their first target is a vulnerable China. In San Francisco, headstrong Ingrid Carmichael is assisting a group of powerful geomancer wardens who have no idea of the depth of her own talent, or that she is the only woman to possess such skills. When assassins kill the wardens, Ingrid and her mentor are protected by Ingrid’s incredible magic. But the pair is far from safe.
Steampunk | TP | $29.95

Lament for the Fallen
Chait, Gavin
‘Father, tell me a story?’ asks Isaiah, moments before a strange craft falls from the sky and smashes into the jungle near his isolated West African community. Inside the ruined vessel the villagers find the shattered body of a man. His name is Samara and he is a man unlike any the villagers have seen before – a man who is, perhaps, something more than human. Recommended for fans of David Mitchell, Michel Faber and J G Ballard.
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

Spellbreaker (Spellwright Trilogy 03)
Charlton, Blake
Leandra’s quest to unravel the mystery of the murder-she-will-commit becomes more urgent when her chronic disease flares up and the Ixonian Archipelago is plagued by natural disasters, demon worshiping cults, and fierce political infighting. Everywhere she turns, Leandra finds herself amid intrigue and conflict. It seems her bad habit for getting into dangerous situations is turning into a full blown addiction. As chaos spreads across Ixos, Leandra and her troubled family must race to uncover the shocking truth about a prophesied demonic invasion, human language, and their own identities – if they don’t kill each other first.
Fantasy | HC | $49.95

Book of Numbers
Cohen, Joshua
A novel about two men of the same age and with the same name: Joshua Cohen. The first Joshua is a writer, whose keenly-anticipated debut had the bad luck to be published on September 11, 2001. The other Joshua is the enigmatic billionaire Founder and CEO of the world’s most profitable tech company. Autobiography, family memoir, phoned-in ghost-writing, international thriller, sex comedy – Book of Numbers brings to life the full range of modern experience, in the course of its epic journey.
Fiction | PBK | $24.99

Resistance is Futile
Colgan, Jenny T
Connie thinks she’s never met anyone, quite like Luke Beith, before. She has no idea how right she is. As a high-ranking mathematician, in a male-dominated field – with bright-red hair – Connie’s used to being considered a little unusual. But she’s nowhere near as peculiar, as Luke – who is recruited to work alongside her on a top-secret, codebreaking project. Just what is this bizarre sequence they’re studying? It isn’t a solution to the global energy crisis. It isn’t a new wavelength to sell microwave ovens. The numbers are trying to tell them something… and it seems only Luke knows what.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Conroy, Robert
Deep in the heart of Europe’s Alps in the redoubt called Germanica, Nazi propaganda master Josef Goebbels and a battalion of Nazi zealots hold out against a frantic final Allied push to end World War II. With Churchill losing his election, De Gaulle consolidating his rule over a newly liberated France, and Stalin asserting his own nefarious land-grab in Eastern Germany, only America, led by its untried new president Harry Truman, remains to face the toughest of Nazi warriors as they hunker down for a bitter fight to the last man. Goebbels knows that if he can hold out just a bit longer, the war weary of the Western nations will back away from unconditional surrender for Germany, and he and his zealots can remain in power never to answer for their war crimes, and able to prepare for the moment when their hateful Nazi ideology is ready once again to rise from its alpine grave and strike at the heart of humanity! But there are Americans and a few stalwart Europeans just as determined to put a final stake in the Nazi heart. It is now up to heroes in the making, such as newly-minted OSS operative Ernie Janek, commando Captain Scott Tanner, and formerly-enslaved Czech ‘Jew’ Lena Bobek, to bring down the dark Nazi menace growing like a cancer in the mountainous heart of the continent.
Alternate history | PBK | $19.95

Son of the Black Sword
Correia, Larry
Ashok Vadal has been chosen by a powerful ancient weapon to be its bearer. He is a Protector, the elite militant order of roving law enforcers. No one is more merciless in rooting out those who secretly practice the old ways. Everything is black or white, good or evil, until he discovers his entire life is a fraud. Ashok isn’t who he thinks he is, and when he finds himself on the wrong side of the law, the consequences lead to rebellion, war – and destruction.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95

Grunge (Monster Hunter Memoirs 01)
Correia, Larry & Ringo, John
When marine private Oliver Chadwick Gardenier is killed in the marine barrack bombing in Beirut, somebody who might be Saint Peter gives him a choice: Go to heaven, which, while nice, might be a little boring, or return to earth. The Boss has a mission for him, and he’s to look for a sign. He’s a marine: He’ll choose the mission. Unfortunately, the sign he’s to look for is ‘57’. Which, given the food services contract in Bethesda Hospital, creates some difficulty. Eventually, it appears that God’s will is for Chad to join a group called Monster Hunters International and protect people from things that go bump in the night. From there, things trend downhill…
Urban fantasy | HC | $49.95

Poison City (London Tau 01)
Crilley, Paul
The name’s Gideon Tau, but everyone just calls me London. I work for the Delphic Division, the occult investigative unit of the South African Police Service. My life revolves around two things – finding out who killed my daughter, and imagining what I’m going to do to the bastard when I catch him. I have two friends. The first is my boss, Armitage, a fifty-something DCI from Yorkshire, who looks more like someone’s mother than a cop. Don’t let that fool you. The second is the dog, my magical spirit guide. He talks, he watches TV all day, and he’s a mean drunk… The first in a new urban fantasy series, set in South Africa!
Urban fantasy | TP | $32.99

The Stars Askew (Caeli-Amur 02)
Davidson, Rjurik
When the moderate leader Aceline is murdered, the trail leads Kata to a mysterious book that explains how to control the fabled Prism of Alerion. But when the last person to possess the book is found dead, it becomes clear that a conspiracy is afoot. At its center is former House Officiate Armand, who has hidden the Prism. Armand is vying for control of the Directorate, the highest political position in the city, until Armand is betrayed and sent to a prison camp to mine deadly bloodstone. Meanwhile, Maximilian is sharing his mind with another being: the joker-god, Aya. Aya leads Max to the realm of the Elo-Talern to seek a power source to remove Aya from Max’s brain. But when Max and Aya return, they find the vigilants destroying the last remnants of House power… Sequel to the superb, Miévillesque Unwrapped Sky ($19.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Things from Outer Space
Davis, Hank (editor)
As we all know, in space, no one can hear you scream. Which doesn’t mean that anyone is safe just because they’re standing on the soil of planet Earth, because if a ‘thing’ from out there drops in, screaming probably won’t save you. Earth has spawned myriad unpleasant life forms which are bad news for humans, ranging in size from the Ebola virus, to the great white shark, up to the Tyrannosaurus Rex (extinct, fortunately for us) – and that’s just one planet. What even more deadly life forms might the billions of planets in our galaxy have spawned? And suppose the things are intelligent and capable of crossing space and coming here…
SF anthology | PBK | $19.95

The King’s Justice (novella)
Donaldson, Stephen R
A stranger dressed in black arrives in the village of Settle’s Crossways, following the scent of a terrible crime. He even calls himself Black, though almost certainly that is not his name. But his gift will not save him as he discovers the nature of the evil concealed in Settle’s Crossways.
Fantasy novella | HC | $24.99

The Augur’s Gambit (novella)
Donaldson, Stephen R
A daring plan – created by Mayhew Gordian, Hieronomer to the Queen of Indemnie – to save his Queen and his country. Gordian is a reader of entrails. In the bodies of chickens, lambs, piglets, and one stillborn infant… he sees the same message: the island nation of Indemnie is doomed.
Fantasy novella | HC | $24.99

This Island Will Sink
Doyle, Briohny
Decades from now – a not-too-distant future which is not so different. The energy crisis has come and gone. Cities have been rethought and redesigned, and EcolawTM is enforced by insidious cartoon Pandas and their armies of viral-marketing children. Max Galleon is a filmmaker of immersive cinema, a father to two children distressed by the world around, a distant husband, a brother to a comatose mystery man, and falling rapidly in love with a doctor who is not what she seems. ‘Adventurous, dense and poetic…it reminds me of J G Ballard’s imaginatively coherent, hard-edged, full-fledged imaginings.’ – Luke Davies, author of Candy and God of Speed.
Dystopia | TP | $29.99

Court of Fives
Elliott, Kate
Jessamy’s life is a balance between acting like an upper-class Patron and dreaming of the freedom of the Commoners. But away from her family she can be whomever she wants when she sneaks out to train for The Fives, an intricate, multilevel athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom’s best contenders. Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an improbably friendship between two Fives competitors – one of mixed race and the other a Patron boy – causes heads to turn. When Kal’s powerful, scheming uncle tears Jes’ family apart, she’ll have to test her new friend’s loyalty and risk the vengeance of a royal clan to save her mother and sisters from certain death. The first in a new series.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99

Unraveled (Elemental Assassin 19)
Estep, Jennifer
What could go wrong when you’re trying to unravel a decades-old conspiracy? As the current queen of the Ashland underworld, you would think that I, Gin Blanco, would know all about some secret society controlling things from behind the scenes. I might be the Spider, the city’s most fearsome assassin, but all my Ice and Stone elemental magic hasn’t done me a lick of good in learning more about the Circle. Despite my continued investigations, the trail’s gone as cold as the coming winter. So, when Finnegan Lane, my foster brother, gets word of a surprising inheritance, we figure, why not skip town for someplace less dangerous for a few days? That place: Bullet Pointe, a fancy hotel resort complex plus Old West theme park that Finn now owns lock, stock, and barrel. At first all the struttin’ cowboys and sassy saloon girls are just hokey fun. But add in some shady coincidences and Circle assassins lurking all around, and vacationing becomes wilder – and deadlier – than any of us expected. Good thing, this assassin brought plenty of knives to the gunfight…
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.95

Dark Carousel
Feehan, Christine
The moment Charlotte Vintage walks into his club, Tariq Asenguard’s blood is set on fire. The ancient Carpathian had given up hope of finding his life-mate, but now he will do anything to make Charlotte his own. What Tariq doesn’t know is that Charlotte is using herself and her best friend as bait – to try to draw out the bloodthirsty killers who have already murdered Charlotte’s brother and mentor. Charlotte is familiar with Tariq. Not only is he one of the richest and most eligible bachelors in the city, but he’s also a renowned collector of old carousel horses, which Charlotte restores. Their shared passion opens Charlotte up to trusting him with her life and with the desire she can no longer control. But it also makes her vulnerable to a centuries-old curse that will unite her and Tariq in a war against the enemies of humans and Carpathians alike…
Carpathian | TP | $32.99

1636: The Cardinal Virtues (Ring of Fire 19)
Flint, Eric & Hunt, Walter H
The next instalment in the Ring of Fire: 1636: The Chronicles of Dr Gribbleflotz, is now available in trade paperback ($31.95).
Alternate history | PBK | $19.95

Dreamseeker (Dreamwalker 02)
Friedman, C S
When Jessica Drake learned that her DNA didn’t match that of her parents, she had no idea that the search for her heritage would put her family’s lives in danger, or force her to cross into another world. In an alternate Earth dominated by individuals with unnatural powers called Gifts, Jessica learned that there was a curse within her blood, one so feared that all who possessed it were destroyed on sight. For she was a Dreamwalker, and the same dark Gift that would allow her to enter the dreams of others would eventually destroy her mind and spread insanity to all those around her. Now, she is back with her family, but there is no peace to be found. Her childhood home has been destroyed, her mother’s mind is irreparably damaged, and the Gift of the Dreamwalkers is beginning to manifest in her, in terrifying ways. When a stranger invades her dreams and creatures from her nightmares threaten to cross into the waking universe, Jessica knows she must return to the alternate Earth where she was born and seek allies… even if doing so means she must bargain with those she fears the most.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.95

Survival Game (Apocalypse duology 02)
Gibson, Gary
Katya is a scientist, working on a classified project for the Russian Empire. She’s also desperate. Her bosses want to exploit her knowledge and send her on an incredible, dangerous mission. And if she refuses, her father’s life will be forfeit. Katya must retrieve an artefact that will grant new life to the dying Russian tsar. She’s, therefore, being sent deep undercover on an alternate version of Earth, to an American-controlled island. Here Borodin, the tsar’s spymaster, will be watching her. On the island Katya and Jerry, an American adventurer, form an uneasy alliance. They discover the artefact will call down terror from the depths of space, yet Katya’s superiors refuse to listen. But Katya and Jerry’s worlds face extinction, so the artefact must be destroyed – at any cost. Two civilizations depend upon it… The follow up to the excellent Extinction Game ($19.99).
Science fiction | TP | $29.99

Flight from Mayhem (Fly by Night 02)
Galenorn, Yasmine
A serial killer is stalking the elderly Fae of Seattle, draining their bank accounts before brutally murdering them. When Chase Johnson asks for our help, Alex and I discover that the sociopath is also a shifter – able to change shape to match his victim’s deepest desires. Our friend and colleague Bette volunteers to act as bait, but the plan goes dangerously awry. Now, unless we find her first, she’s about to face her worst nightmare.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.95

The Iron Assassin
Greenwood, Ed
Victoria never ascended the throne; the House of Hanover held England only briefly, before being supplanted by the House of Harminster. It is a time of gas lamps and regularly scheduled airship flights, of trams and steam-driven clockwork with countless smoke-belching stacks. London, the capitol of the Empire of the Lion, is a filthy, crowded, fast-growing city where a series of shocking murders threatens the throne, itself. Energetic, young inventor Jack Straker believes he has created a weapon to defend the Crown: a reanimated, clockwork-enhanced corpse he can control. He introduces ‘the Iron Assassin’ to the highly-placed Lords – who will decide if Straker’s invention becomes a weapon of the Lion… or something to be destroyed.
Steampunk | PBK | $24.99

The Apartment
Grey, S L
Mark and Steph have a relatively happy family with their young daughter in sunny Cape Town – until one day when armed men in balaclavas break in to their home. Left traumatized but physically unharmed, Mark and Steph are unable to return to normal; and live in constant fear. When a friend suggests a restorative vacation abroad, via a popular house swapping website, it sounds like the perfect plan. They find a genial, artistic couple with a charming apartment in Paris who would love to come to Cape Town. Mark and Steph can’t resist the idyllic, light-strewn pictures, and the promise of a romantic getaway. But once they arrive in Paris, they quickly realize that nothing is as advertised. When their perfect holiday takes a violent turn, the cracks in their marriage grow ever wider and dark secrets from Mark’s past begin to emerge.
Horror | TP | $29.99

Crimson Death
Hamilton, Laurell K
Anita has never seen Damian, her vampire servant, in such a state. The rising sun doesn’t usher in the peaceful death that he desperately needs. Instead, he’s being bombarded with violent nightmares and blood sweats. And now, with Damian at his most vulnerable, Anita needs him the most. The vampire who created him, who subjected him to centuries of torture, might be losing control, allowing rogue vampires to run wild and break one of their kind’s few strict taboos. Some say love is a great motivator, but hatred gets the job done, too. And when Anita joins forces with her friend Edward to stop the carnage, Damian will be at their side, even if it means traveling back to the land where all his nightmares spring from… a place that couldn’t be less welcoming to a vampire, an assassin, and a necromancer.
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter | TP | $32.99

Where the Wild Things Bite (Half-Moon Hollow 05)
Harper, Molly
Delivering a rare book to a valued customer is definitely part of mild-mannered archivist Anna Whitfield’s job description. You know what isn’t? Protecting her precious cargo from mid-flight theft by the very pilot who is flying her to Half-Moon Hollow… while trying to appear as unappetizing, as possible to the only other passenger, a vampire. Undead bookstore owner Jane Jameson could be waiting a very long time for her book. Possibly forever. Fortunately, Anna’s dashing, fanged companion, Finn Palmeroy, helps her fend off the attack but not before their plane crash-lands in the forest hundreds of miles from civilization. Great, now she’s stranded with a priceless tome and a rakish vampire whose bedtime is fast approaching. Why does everyone want this book so badly, anyway? Anna just wants to get it to Jane, before Finn decides to turn her into dinner – or sweep her off her feet. Okay, the second option is really tempting. But they’re not out of the woods, yet…
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.95

Bone War (Books of Blood & Iron 03)
Harper, Steven
From their sacred Garden, the three fates control all life and maintain balance in the world. But one of the fates has been captured by the evil elf queen, placing the future of every being, including Death herself, in jeopardy. And only one hero can defeat the elf queen: Danr the half-troll. In order to rescue the missing fate, Danr must first acquire the fabled Bone Sword. Normally, Danr would expect his companions to help. However, they are currently in pursuit of a mysterious creature who seems both oddly familiar yet dangerously unknown. But one thing is certain for all of the adventurers: failure is not an option.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95

The Song of Middle-Earth: J R R Tolkien’s Themes, Symbols and Myths
Harvey, David
Available for the first time in paperback, this is the pre-eminent critical study, and exploration, of how myth and legend played such a significant role in the works of J R R Tolkien. The Song of Middle-Earth takes a fresh look at The Lord of the Rings, digging deep into the foundations of Tolkien’s world to reveal the complex tapestry of history and mythology that lies behind his stories. The charge that Tolkien’s work was merely derivative – that he extracted elements from other mythologies and incorporated them into his own fiction – is dismissed, in favour of a fascinating examination of the rich historical background to Middle-earth. From the mythic tradition of the Tales told in The Book of Lost Tales: I, to the significance of oral storytelling throughout the history of Middle-earth, this book examines the common themes of mythology found within Tolkien’s work. In doing so, The Song of Middle-Earth demonstrates how Tolkien’s desire to create a new mythology for England is not only apparent in his writing, but also realised.
Tolkien | PBK | $22.99

Lord of the Darkwood (The Tale of Shikanoko 03 & 04)
Hearn, Lian
As the laws of destiny play out their inexorable drama, so the battle for the Lotus Throne continues… The epic conclusion to the Tale of Shikanoko.
Historical fantasy | TP | $29.99

Dark Paths (Legends of the Alfar 03)
Heitz, Markus
Follows Righteous Fury and Devastating Hate (PBK, $22.99 each).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Higgins, C A
Serving aboard the Ananke, an experimental, military spacecraft launched by the ruthless organisation that rules Earth and its solar system, computer scientist Althea has established an intense emotional bond not with any of her crewmates, but with the ship’s electronic systems, which speak more deeply to her analytical mind than human feelings do. But when a pair of fugitive terrorists gain access to the Ananke, Althea must draw upon her heart and soul for the strength to defend her beloved ship. While one of the saboteurs remains at large somewhere on board, his captured partner the enigmatic Ivan may prove to be more dangerous. As the ship’s systems begin to malfunction and the claustrophobic atmosphere is increasingly poisoned by distrust and suspicion, it falls to Althea to penetrate the prisoner’s layers of intrigue and deception before all is lost. A superb debut – recommended. Supernova (HC, $49.95) is the sequel.
Science fiction | TP | $24.99

Dragon Heart
Holland, Cecelia
Twins, Jeon and Tirza – who is mute – are attacked at sea by a shocking and powerful dragon, red as blood and big as their ship. Thrown into the water, Tirza clings to the dragon, and after an underwater journey, finds herself alone with the creature in an inland sea pool. Surprisingly, she is able to talk to the beast, and understand it. So begins a saga of violence, destruction, and death, of love and monsters, human and otherwise.
Fantasy | TP | $31.95

Fool’s Gold (The Dragon Lords 01)
Hollins, Jon
‘You’re not proposing we steal from a dragon?’ It’s not easy to live, in a world ruled by dragons. The taxes are high and their control is complete. But, for one group of bold adventurers, it’s time to band together and steal back some of that wealth. No one ever said they were smart. Ocean’s Eleven meets The Hobbit.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Through Fire (Earth’s Revolution 02)
Hoyt, Sarah A
A spaceship mechanic has no place in a fairy tale. But now Zen Sienna finds herself in a beautiful palace being courted by the ruler of vast lands. Yet soon Zen is caught up in a revolution that comes a bit too close to imitating the original French Revolution – complete with beheadings. Swept up in a turmoil of fire and blood, she must find her footing. Torn by divided loyalties, unexpectedly in charge of protecting the innocent while trying to stop the guilty, Zen discovers both her inner strength and who will remain true friends and comrades, and who will be revealed as enemies in disguise waiting to strike! Through the fire of revolution and war, Zen must earn her citizenship on Earth and find her place in a world that’s totally changed.
Space opera | TP | $31.95

The Countenance Divine
Hughes, Michael
In 1999, a programmer is trying to fix the millennium bug, but can’t shake the sense he’s been chosen for something. In 1888, five women are brutally murdered in the East End, by a troubled young man in thrall to a mysterious master. In 1777, an apprentice engraver called William Blake has a defining spiritual experience; thirteen years later this vision returns. And, in 1666, poet and revolutionary John Milton completes the epic, for which he will be remembered, centuries later. But where does the feeling come from that the world is about to end?
Fiction | TP | $32.99

Blood of the Earth (Soulwood 01)
Hunter, Faith
When Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she was almost alone in the world, exiled by both choice and fear from the cult she was raised in, defending herself with the magic she drew from her deep connection to the forest that surrounds her. Now, Jane has referred Nell to PsyLED, a Homeland Security agency policing paranormals, and agent Rick LaFleur has shown up at Nell’s doorstep. His appearance forces her out of her isolated life into an investigation that leads to the vampire Blood Master of Nashville. Nell has a team – and a mission. But to find the Master’s kidnapped vassal, Nell and the PsyLED team will be forced to go deep into the heart of the very cult Nell fears.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.95

Dragonmark (Dark-Hunter)
Kenyon, Sherrilyn
Centuries ago, Illarion was betrayed – a dragon made human against his will, then forced to serve humanity as a dragonmount in their army, and to fight for them in barbaric wars, even while he hated everything about them. Enslaved and separated from everyone he knew and from his own dragon brothers, he was forced into exile in a fey realm where he lost the only thing he ever really loved. Now he has a chance to regain what’s been lost – to have the one thing he covets most. But only if he gives up his brothers and forsakes the oaths he holds most dear. Yet what terrifies him most isn’t the cost his happiness might incur, it’s the fact that there is just enough human in his dragon’s heart that he might actually be willing to pay it and betray everything and everyone – to see the entire world burn…
Paranormal romance | TP | $29.99

Ghost Talkers
Kowal, Mary Robinette
Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is a medium for the Spirit Corps, a special Spiritualist force. Each soldier heading for the front is conditioned to report to the mediums of the Spirit Corps when they die, so the Corps can pass instant information about troop movements to military intelligence. Ginger and her fellow mediums contribute a great deal to the war efforts, so long as they pass the information through appropriate channels. When Ginger discovers the presence of a traitor she has to find out how the Germans are targeting the Spirit Corps, and stop them.
Fantasy | HC | $34.99

Kristoff, Jay
Destined to destroy empires, Mia Corvere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death. Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day she lost everything. But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and daemons at the heart of a murder cult. The first in a new series.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Bell Weather
Mahoney, Dennis
When Tom Orange rescues a mysterious young woman from a flooded river, he senses that their fates will deeply intertwine. At first, she claims to remember nothing, and rumour animates Root – an isolated settlement deep in a strange wilderness. Benjamin Knox, the town doctor, attends to her recovery and learns her name is Molly. As the town inspects its young visitor, she encounters a world teeming with wonders and oddities. She also hears of the Maimers, masked thieves who terrorise the surrounding woods. As dark forces encircle the town, the truth of Molly’s past spills into the present.
Fantasy | TP | $31.95

I Am Providence
Mamatas, Nick
A horror writer attends a Lovecraft convention in Providence, Rhode Island, where a novelist is murdered.
Cthulhiana | TP | $31.95

Dead to Rites
Marmell, Ari
The, third in the Mick Oberon series following Hot Lead, Cold Iron and Hallow Point ($29.95), about a supernatural detective in 1932 Chicago. This series is ridiculous fun – recommended.
Urban fantasy | TP | $29.95

An Accident of Stars (Manifold Worlds 01)
Meadows, Foz
When Saffron Coulter stumbles through a hole in reality, she finds herself trapped in Kena, a magical realm on the brink of civil war. There, her fate becomes intertwined with that of three very different women: Zech, the fast-thinking acolyte of a cunning, powerful exile; Viya, the spoiled, runaway consort of the empire-building ruler, Vex Leoden; and Gwen, an Earth-born worldwalker, whose greatest regret is putting Leoden on the throne. But Leoden has allies, too, chief among them the Vex’Mara Kadeja – a dangerous ex-priestess – who shares his dreams of conquest. Pursued by Leoden and aided by the Shavaktiin, a secretive order of storytellers and mystics, the rebels flee to Veksh, a neighbouring matriarchy ruled by the fearsome Council of Queens. Saffron is out of her world and out of her depth, but the further she travels, the more she finds herself bound to her friends, with ties of blood and magic. The first in a new series from a new Australian talent.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Twice and Future Caesar (Tour of the USS Merrimack 06)
Meluch, R M
With past and future hinging on a critical moment when time broke once before, in the distant star cluster known as the Myriad, Admiral John Farragut returns to the space battleship Merrimack in an attempt to head off the impending temporal catastrophe…
Military SF | PBK | $19.95

Merbeth, K S
Kid is trying to survive in a post-nuclear world gone mad. Hungry, thirsty and alone in a desert wasteland, she’s picked up on the side of the road, by Wolf, Dolly, Tank and Pretty Boy: outlaws with big rap sheets, and even bigger guns. But there are rumours of cannibalism in the wastes, and there are sacks in the back of Wolf’s jeep, which appear to be leaking blood.
Post-apocalyptic | PBK | $22.99

The Last Days of New Paris
Miéville, China
1941. In the chaos of wartime Marseille, American engineer – and occult disciple – Jack Parsons stumbles onto a clandestine anti-Nazi group, including Surrealist theorist André Breton. In the strange games of the dissident diplomats, exiled revolutionaries, and avant-garde artists, Parsons finds and channels hope. But what he unwittingly unleashes is the power of dreams and nightmares, changing the war and the world forever. 1950. A lone Surrealist fighter, Thibaut, walks a new, hallucinogenic Paris, where Nazis and the Resistance are trapped in unending conflict, and the streets are stalked by living images and texts – and by the forces of Hell. To escape the city, he must join forces with Sam, an American photographer intent on recording the ruins, and make common cause with a powerful, enigmatic figure of chance and rebellion: the exquisite corpse.
Alternate history | TP | $29.99

The Whispering Swarm (Sanctuary of the White Friar 01)
Moorcock, Michael
Mixing elements of his real life with his adventures in a parallel London – peopled with highwaywomen, musketeers, and magicians – this is Moorcock at his mercurial best.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Wolves of London (Obsidian Heart 01)
Morris, Mark
Psychology professor Alex Locke is an ex-convict who is forced back into the criminal underworld when his daughter is threatened. After agreeing to steal a mysterious Obsidian Heart, Locke finds himself relentlessly pursued by a band of unearthly assassins known as the ‘Wolves of London’. Locke soon learns that the heart has the ability to transport him through time, and while it bestows him with his own dark power, it also corrupts.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.95

Urban Allies: Ten Brand-New Collaborative Stories
Nassise, Joseph (editor)
Contributors include: Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden; Carrie Vaughn and Diana Rowland; Jonathan Maberry and Larry Correia; Kelley Armstrong and Seanan McGuire; David Wellington and Weston Ochse; C E Murphy and Kat Richardson; and Jaye Wells and Caitlin Kittredge.
Urban fantasy anthology | TP | $29.99

South (North/South 01)
Owen, Frank
A United States of America, ravaged by Civil War. It’s been thirty years, since the first windborne viruses ended the war between North and South – and still they keep coming. Every wind brings a new and terrifying way to die. The few survivors live in constant fear, hiding from the wind – and from each other. In this harsh Southern expanse, brothers Garrett and Dyce Jackson are on the run from brutal law-enforcers. They meet Vida, a lone traveller on a secret quest. Together, they will journey into the dark heart of a country riven by warfare and disease.
Post-apocalyptic | TP | $29.99

Small Gods (a Discworld graphic novel)
Pratchett, Terry & Friesen, Ray
‘Just because you can’t explain it, doesn’t mean it’s a miracle.’ In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was: ‘Hey, you!’ This is the Discworld, after all, and religion is a controversial business. Everyone has their own opinion, and indeed their own gods, of every shape and size, and all elbowing for space at the top. In such a competitive environment, it’s certainly not helpful to be reduced to appearing in the form of a tortoise, a manifestation far below god-like status in anyone’s book. In such instances, you need an acolyte, and fast: for the Great God Om, Brutha the novice is the Chosen One – or at least the only One available. He wants peace and justice and brotherly love. He also wants the Inquisition to stop torturing him now, please… Now adapted into graphic novel form, with new artwork by Ray Friesen.
Discworld | HC | $39.99

Troll Mountain
Reilly, Matthew
In an isolated valley, a small tribe of humans is dying from a terrible illness. There are rumours, however, that the trolls of Troll Mountain, the valley’s fearsome overlords, have found a cure for the illness: a fabulous elixir. When his sister is struck down by the disease and his tribal leaders refuse to help him, an intrepid youth named Raf decides to defy his tribe and do the unthinkable: he will journey alone to Troll Mountain and steal the elixir from the dreaded trolls. But to get to Troll Mountain, Raf will have to pass through dangerous swamps and haunting forests filled with wolves, hobgoblins and, worst of all, the ever-present danger of rogue trolls… The journey to the mountain has begun.
Fantasy | PBK | $16.99

Twilight of the Dragons (Blood Dragon Empire 02)
Remic, Andy
Two once-noble war heroes of Vagandrak – Dakeroth and his wife, Jonti Tal, an archer and scholar; the Axeman; the White Witch; and a Kaalesh combat expert find themselves in a unique position: for they have discovered the ancient dragon city of Wyrmblood… and 1,000 unhatched dragon eggs. Dakeroth and his companions must work with their enemies, Skalg and the Church of Hate, in order to bring down the dragonlords and save the world of men and dwarves. But there is no bartering with these ancient dragons, for they seek to hatch their eggs and rebuild the cruel Wyrmblood Empire of legend. The sequel to The Dragon Engine (PBK, $19.95).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One & Two (Special Rehearsal Edition)
Rowling, J K; Tiffany, John & Thorne, Jack
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier – now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places… This ‘official script book of the original West End production’ is the Special Rehearsal Edition, available until early 2017. Thereafter, a Definitive Edition is scheduled.
Harry Potter | HC | $39.99

Stranded (Orbs 02)
Sansbury Smith, Nicholas
At the end of the world, who can you trust? The aliens have invaded, wiping out almost all life on earth. Their goal: water. Huge spaceships are draining the oceans, and the few remaining humans have been herded into farms, where their bodies are harvested to support the growing alien army. Humanity’s last chance lies in the biospheres that have been planted secretly across the globe. But all is not peaceful in the biosphere led by Dr Sophie Winston. With resources dwindling and tensions high, her small group of survivors is divided. Some want to fight, some want to stay hidden, and Sophie just wants to keep everyone alive…
Science fiction thriller | PBK | $19.99

Not So Much, Said The Cat
Swanwick, Michael
The master of literary science fiction returns with this dazzling new collection. Michael Swanwick takes us on a whirlwind journey across the globe and across time and space, where magic and science exist in possibilities that are not of this world. These tales are intimate in their telling, galactic in their scope, and delightfully sesquipedalian in their verbiage. Join the caravan through Swanwick’s worlds and into the playground of his mind.
SF collection | TP | $31.95

On to the Asteroid
Taylor, Travis S & Johnson, Les
It’s the beginning of a new golden age of space exploration. Finally, humanity is taking the commercialisation of space to the next level: mining asteroids. The new gold rush of the commercial space era has begun.
Science fiction | HC | $45.95

Camera Obscura (Bookman Histories 02)
Tidhar, Lavie
Can’t find a rational explanation to a mystery? Call in the Quiet Council. The mysterious and glamorous Lady De Winter is one of their most valuable agents. A despicable murder – inside a locked and bolted room, on the Rue Morgue in Paris – is just the start. This whirlwind adventure will take Milady to the highest and lowest parts of that great city – and cause her to question the very nature of reality, itself… This is great steampunk! Recommended.
Steampunk | PBK | $22.99

The Devil’s Evidence (Devil 02)
Unsworth, Simon Kurt
The man with no memory of who he was or what led to his damnation is now in command of the Information Office of Hell. This power has only inspired new, deadly enemies like Mr Tap, the cunning leader of a shadowy organization known as the Evidence. Fool, alone, has survived the wrath of both demon and angel, and now he faces his most thrilling and complex challenge. Troubling and deadly fires are spreading throughout Hell, and it is Fool’s job to sift the ashes and find their source. The clues he finds are mysterious and unsettling, implying something different from the usual litany of cruelty he sees. But one fact is the most disconcerting: the fires have left his masters at the Bureaucracy terrified… The sequel to The Devil’s Detective (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy noir | PBK | $22.99

Behind the Throne (Indranan War 01)
Wagers, K B
Meet Hail: Captain. Gunrunner. Fugitive. Quick, sarcastic, and lethal, Hailimi Bristol doesn’t suffer fools gladly. She has made a name for herself in the galaxy for everything except what she was born to do: rule the Indranan Empire. That is, until two Trackers drag her back to her home planet – to take her rightful place, as the only remaining heir. But trading her ship for a palace has more dangers, than Hail could have anticipated. Caught in a web of plots and assassination attempts, Hail can’t do the one thing she did twenty years ago: run away. She’ll have to figure out who murdered her sisters, if she wants to survive. Full of action-packed, space-opera exploits, and courtly conspiracy – not to mention an all-out galactic war – Behind the Throne will please fans of James S A Corey, Becky Chambers, and Lois McMaster Bujold; or anyone, who wonders what would happen if a rogue, like Han Solo, were handed the keys to an empire…
Space opera | PBK | $22.99

Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy 01)
Ward, J R
Paradise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training centre program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself… be herself. It’s a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it’s very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O’Neal, aka the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life. And that’s before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated – and left wondering whether she’s strong enough to claim her own power… on the field, and off.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99

Warner, Benjamin
On a searing summer Friday, Eddie Chapman has been stuck for hours in a traffic jam. There are accidents along the highway, but ambulances and police are conspicuously absent. When he decides to abandon his car and run home, he sees that the trees along the edge of a stream have been burnt, and the water in the stream bed is gone. Something is very wrong…
Dystopia | TP | $27.99

Hell’s Foundations Quiver (Safehold 08)
Weber, David
Centuries ago, the human race fought its first great war against an alien race-and lost. A tiny population of human beings fled to distant Safehold. Centuries later, their descendants have forgotten their history; for them, life has been an eternal Middle Ages, ruled by the Church of God Awaiting, whose secret purpose is to prevent the re-emergence of industrial civilization. But not all of Safehold’s founders were on board with this plan. Those dissidents left behind their own secret legacies. One of those is Merlyn Athrawes, cybernetic avatar of one of Earth’s long-dead defenders, now reawakened after a thousand years to restart human progress and reclaim a place in the universe. Merlyn has intervened in the small Safeholdian realm of Charis, seeding it with ideas and innovations and helping it to rise to challenge the hegemony of the Church…
Space opera | PBK | $22.95

Invasive (Zer0es 02)
Wendig, Chuck
On an isolated island in the middle of the Pacific, a team of scientists is employed by a charismatic billionaire hoping to change the world through cutting-edge research. In a small cabin on a remote lake in the middle of the Adirondacks, FBI futurist Hannah Stander confronts a barely-recognizable human body – one skinned alive by thousands of genetically engineered ants. Hannah’s investigation ultimately leads her to Kohole Atoll. Though the team there vehemently denies any connection to the body, the more Hannah studies the group, the more she suspects their work has sinister applications. And the more it looks like no one is getting off the island alive… The sequel to the recommended Zer0es (PBK, $14.99).
Science fiction thriller | HC | $49.99

The Sacred Hunt Duology
West, Michelle, aka Michelle Sagara
Swearing allegiance to the Hunter God, the people of Breodanir become prosperous under the protection of the Hunter Lords; and Gilliam of Elseth and the orphan boy Stephen must pledge the Oath of the Sacred Hunt. An omnibus edition collecting: Hunter’s Oath and Hunter’s Death.
Fantasy | TP | $35.95

The Guns of Empire (Shadow Campaigns 04)
Wexler, Django
After their defeats at the hands of General Janus bet Vhalnich, the opposing powers have called all sides to the negotiating table in hopes of securing an end to the war. Queen Raesinia of Vordan is anxious to see the return of peace, but Janus insists that any peace with the Sworn Church of Elysium is doomed to fail. Soldiers Marcus d’Ivoire and Winter Ihernglass find themselves caught between their general and their queen. Now, they must decide which leader truly commands their loyalty – and what price they might pay for final victory. And in the depths of Elysium, a malignant force is rising, and defeating it might mean making sacrifices beyond anything they have ever imagined. The fourth in the series, after The Thousand Names, The Shadow Throne, and The Price of Valor (all PBK, $22.99). Highly recommended!
Fantasy | HC | $52.95

The Underground Railroad
Whitehead, Colson
A novel of alternate history in which the slave-era ‘underground railroad’ is a literal network of tunnels and track beneath southern states. ‘[A] potent, almost hallucinatory novel that leaves the reader with a devastating understanding of the terrible human costs of slavery… with echoes of Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, and with brush strokes borrowed from Jorge Luis Borges, Franz Kafka and Jonathan Swift.’ – New York Times.
Alternate history | TP | $32.99

Sisters of the Fire
Wilkins, Kim
Fahe battle-scarred warrior princess Bluebell, heir to her father’s throne, is rumoured to be unkillable. So when she learns of a sword wrought specifically to slay her by the fearsome raven king, Hakon, she sets out on a journey to find it before it finds her. The sword is rumoured to be in the possession of one of her four younger sisters. But which one? Follows the superb Daughters of the Storm ($19.99).
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Underground Airlines
Winters, Ben H
It is the present day, and the world is as we know it. Except for one thing: slavery still exists. Victor has escaped his life as a slave, but his freedom came at a high price. Striking a bargain with the government, he has to live his life – working, as a bounty hunter. And he is the best they’ve ever trained. A mystery to himself, Victor tries to suppress his memories of his own childhood and convinces himself that he is just a good man doing bad work, unwilling to give up the freedom he is desperate to preserve. But, in tracking his latest target, he can sense that that something isn’t quite right. For this fugitive is a runaway, holding something extraordinary. Something that could change the state of the country, forever. And, in his pursuit, Victor discovers secrets at the core of his country’s arrangement with the system that imprisoned him, secrets that will be preserved, at any cost. An absolutely riveting novel – highly recommended.
Alternate history thriller | TP | $32.99

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits
Wong, David
Nightmarish villains with superhuman enhancements. An all-seeing social network that tracks your every move. Mysterious, smooth-talking power players who lurk behind the scenes. A young woman from the trailer park. And her very smelly cat. Together, they will decide the future of mankind. This is the world in which Zoey Ashe finds herself, navigating a futuristic city in which one can find elements of the fantastic, nightmarish and ridiculous on any street corner. Her only trusted advisor is the aforementioned cat, but even in the future, cats cannot give advice. At least, not any that you’d want to follow. Recommended!
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Broken Hero (Arthur Wallace 04)
Wood, Jonathan
Arthur Wallace and the MI37 team confront their complex personal relationships as well as robots originally created to aid the Nazi’s invasion of Russia, leading to a trip for the team to the Himalayas, which takes them to a Nepalese death cult, then back to London for the final assault – amidst assorted relationship break-ups, hangovers and pregnancy scares… The latest in the series, Anti-Hero, has just been published ($19.95).
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The Chrysalids
Wyndham, John
Set in the future after a devastating global nuclear war. David lives in a tight-knit community of religious and genetic fundamentalists, always on the alert for any deviation from the norm of God’s creation. Abnormal plants are publicly burned, with much singing of hymns. Abnormal humans (who are not really human) are also condemned to destruction – unless they succeed in fleeing to the Fringes, that Wild Country where, as the authorities say, nothing is reliable and the devil does his work. David grows up ringed by admonitions: Keep pure the stock of the Lord; watch thou for the mutant. At first, he does not question. Then, however, he realizes that the he too is out of the ordinary, in possession of a power that could doom him to death, or introduce him to a new, hitherto unimagined world of freedom.
SF Masterwork | HC | $22.99

Yatsuhashi, Keith
When eighteen-year-old Keiko Yamada’s father dies unexpectedly, he leaves behind a one-way ticket to Japan, an unintelligible death poem about powerful Japanese spirits and their gigantic, beast-like Guardians, and the cryptic words: ‘Go to Japan in my place. Find the Gate. My camera will show you the way.’ Alone and afraid, Keiko travels to Tokyo, determined to fulfil her father’s dying wish. There, beneath glittering neon signs, her father’s death poem comes to life. Ancient spirits spring from the shadows. Chaos envelops the city, and as Keiko flees its burning streets, her guide, the beautiful Yui Akiko, makes a stunning confession – that she, Yui, is one of a handful of spirits left behind to defend the world against the most powerful among them: a once noble spirit now insane.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99