Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: December 2016
All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in December 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!
December 2016 includes new books by: Genevieve Cogman, Warren Ellis, P N Elrod, Eric Flint, Laura Anne Gilman, Gini Koch, Ken MacLeod, Ian Tregillis, K B Wagers… and many others.
The Gift Giving: Favourite Stories
Aiken, Joan & Bailey, Peter (illustrator)
A volume of Joan Aiken’s own favourite stories, collected here for the first time. From a princess who turned into a pirate parrot, to a procession of Father Christmases being chased down Fifth Avenue by a rackety horse and cart; from the ghost of a crusader’s dog, to a captured mermaid in a flying machine, there is something for everybody, in this enthralling collection. These stories showcase Aiken’s unique talents – the way she mixed magic and myth with humour, to create a kind of modern fairy tale. Her stories will appeal to readers of all ages, for many years to come.
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Winter Halo (Outcast 02)
The humanoid supersoldiers, known as the dechet, were almost eradicated by the war. Ever since, Tiger has tried to live her life in peace in hiding. But in the wake of her discovery that Central City’s children are being kidnapped and experimented on, Tiger’s conscience won’t let her look the other way. The key to saving them lies within the walls of a pharmaceutical company called Winter Halo. But as Tiger learns more about the facility, her mission is derailed by a complication: Winter Halo’s female security guards are being systematically attacked by an unknown force. Now, Tiger must summon all her gifts to stop those responsible for both atrocities – no matter the cost to herself…
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Conjuror (Orion Chronicles 01)
Barrowman, John & Barrowman, Carole
Imagination is a powerful thing. There are three things in this world that seventeen-year-old Rémy would guard with his life: his gold pendant, his blues harmonica, and his mother’s journal. This is all he has left of his murdered family. And he believes these objects will lead him to their killers. Rémy can’t hunt them down, alone. He needs Matt and Em Calder, twins who can bring art to life and travel through paintings. For, like them, Rémy has supernatural powers. He is a Conjuror, descendant of an ancient bloodline that can change reality with music. (Yes, that John Barrowman, and his sister!)
YA fantasy | PBK | $17.99
Return of the Witch (Shadow Chronicles 04)
After five years in the Summerlands, Gideon has gained his freedom. Elizabeth knows he will go straight for Tegan, and that she must protect the girl she had come to regard as her own daughter. In the time since she the dramatic night in Batchcombe woods, Tegan has travelled the world learning from all manner of witches, and she is no longer the awkward teenager and novice spellcaster she once was. However, her skills are no match for Gideon’s dark, vengeful power, and he succeeds in capturing her. Will Elizabeth be able to find her? Will they be able to defeat their nemesis once and for all? In a breathless journey that takes them through history, witch pursues warlock. Three people steeped in magic weave a new story, but not all will survive, until the end. Continuing the Shadow Chronicles, which began with The Witch’s Daughter (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Morning Star (Red Rising trilogy 03)
The Earth is dying, and Darrow and his people are the only hope humanity has left. Until the day Darrow learns that it is all a lie. That Mars has been habitable – and inhabited – for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down at Darrow and his fellows, as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death, without a second thought. Until the day Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their society. The final instalment of the trilogy, following Red Rising and Golden Son (PBK, $19.99 each). For fans of Orson Scott Card and The Hunger Games.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Hawk (Vlad Taltos 14)
Years ago, Vlad Taltos came from the East – to make his way as a human, amidst the impossibly tall, fantastically long-lived natives of the Dragaeran Empire. He joined the Jhereg, one of the seventeen Dragaeran Houses that handles the Empire’s vices: gambling, rackets, organised crime. He became a professional assassin. He was good at it. But that was then, before Vlad and the Jhereg became mortal enemies. For years, Vlad has run from one end of the Empire to the other, avoiding the Jhereg assassins who pursue him. Now, finally, he’s back in the imperial capital – where his family and friends are. He means to stay there, this time. Whatever happens. And whatever it takes.
Fantasy | TP | $29.95
The Day Before Forever (The Seventh Miss Hatfield 03)
Rebecca – time traveller, immortal – has been reunited with her lost love Henley, at the court of Henry VIII. But now they are stranded in modern-day London – with nothing more, than the clothes on their back. Clothes which look rather out of place. And they know that somewhere, somehow, the mysterious black-clad murderer who has chased them across time will find them again. Can they reach the Fountain of Youth, in time to make Henley immortal, and avoid death on the way? And is immortality worth fighting for, when the cost might be his soul? Follows The Seventh Miss Hatfield (PBK, $19.99) and The Time of the Clockmaker (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy/time travel | TP | $32.99
Moonglow unfolds as a deathbed confession, made to a grandson, of a man the narrator refers to only as ‘my grandfather’. It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure, of sex and desire and ordinary love, of existential doubt and model rocketry, of the shining aspirations and demonic underpinnings of American technological accomplishment at midcentury; and, above all, of the destructive impact – and the creative power – of the keeping of secrets and the telling of lies. Collapsing an era into a single life and a lifetime into a single week, it is a lie that tells the truth, a work of fictional non-fiction, an autobiography wrapped in a novel, disguised as a memoir.
Fiction | HC | $39.99
Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal 01)
The Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers, one of the most respected organisations throughout all of England, has long been tasked with maintaining magic within His Majesty’s lands. But lately, the once proper institute has fallen into disgrace, naming an altogether unsuitable gentleman – a freed slave who doesn’t even have a familiar – as their Sorcerer Royal, and allowing England’s once profuse stores of magic to slowly bleed dry. At least, they haven’t stooped so low as to allow women to practice what is obviously a man’s profession… At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers and eminently proficient magician, ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up. But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain – and the world at large. Recommended!
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
The Mad Scientist’s Daughter
Clarke, Cassandra Rose
When Cat Novak was a young girl, her father brought Finn, an experimental android, to their isolated home. A billion-dollar construct, Finn looks and acts human, but he has no desire to be one. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. His primary task now is to tutor Cat. Finn stays with her, becoming her constant companion and friend, as she grows into adulthood. But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, Finn struggles to find his place in the world. As their relationship goes further than anyone intended, they have to face the threat of being separated forever. Nominated for the 2013 Phillip K Dick Award.
SF fairy tale | PBK | $22.99
The Burning Page (Invisible Library 03)
Gates back to the Library are malfunctioning, across a multitude of worlds, creating general havoc. Irene and Kai are tasked with a mission to St Petersburg’s Winter Palace, to retrieve a book which will help restore order. However, such plans rarely survive first contact with the enemy – particularly, when the enemy is the traitor Alberich. A nightmare figure – bent on the Library’s destruction – Alberich gives Irene a tainted ‘join me or die’ job offer. Meanwhile, Irene’s old friend Vale has been damaged by exposure to Chaotic forces and she has no idea how to save him. When another figure from her past appears, begging for help, Irene has to take a good, hard look at her priorities. And, of course, try to save the Library from absolute annihilation. Saving herself would be a bonus. The sequel to the much-loved The Invisible Library and The Masked City (PBK, $19.99 each).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Sinners (Monster Hunter Memories 02)
Correia, Larry & Ringo, John
With New Orleans out of control, Chad Oliver Gardenier, one of Monster Hunter International’s premier hunters, has been dispatched from Seattle to reinforce the beleaguered members of MHI’S Hoodoo Squad, in their fight against the darkness. Chad had once taken a werewolf, while wearing only jogging gear. With half a dozen or more loup garou appearing, every full moon; mysterious shadow demons, houdoun necromancers, fifty-foot bipedal crocodiles showing up, every couple of months; and more vampires, than a Goth concert – New Orleans, in the ’80s gives a whole new perspective to the term ‘Hell on Earth’. In fact, more monsters are popping up, than crawfish at a fais do do! Chad may be able to collect enormous bounties, for the monsters he kills. But there’s one catch: he has to stay alive, to do it!
Urban fantasy | HC | $47.95
International (Monster Hunter 01)
Correia, Larry & Ringo, John
Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a fourteenth-storey window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Officially secret, some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. On the other side are the people who kill monsters for a living. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And, now, Owen is their newest recruit. It’s actually a pretty sweet gig, except for one little problem. An ancient entity, known as the Cursed One, has returned to settle a centuries old vendetta. Should the Cursed One succeed, it means the end of the world, and MHI is the only thing standing in his way. With the clock ticking towards Armageddon, Owen finds himself trapped between legions of undead minions, belligerent federal agents, a cryptic ghost who has taken up residence inside his head, and the cursed family of the woman he loves. Business is good… Welcome to Monster Hunter International. A leather-bound edition.
Urban fantasy | HC | $65.95
Roald Dahl Centenary boxed set
The top ten bestselling and best-loved Roald Dahl stories of all time, including: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator; Danny, the Champion of the World; Fantastic Mr Fox; George’s Marvellous Medicine; James and the Giant Peach; Matilda; The BFG; The Twits; and The Witches – in beautiful hardback editions, with foiled dust jackets.
YA fantasy | HC | $200.00
Fireborn (Seraphim 02)
Bree and Kael Skyborn have seen their island invaded, their Seraphim disbanded and their royal family imprisoned. A rebellion grows from the ashes, demanding Bree to be their Phoenix, their symbol against Center’s tyranny, and for Kael to find the doomsday prophet Johan and sway his cult to their side. Should they fail, the hope of their rebellion fails with them. Follows Skyborn (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
If This Goes Wrong… (anthology)
Davis, Hank (editor)
Science fiction tales, some humorous and some not-so-funny, about the downside of the future and how to deal with a universe – ruled by Murphy’s Law! Includes stories by Robert A Heinlein, Sarah A Hoyt, Fritz Leiber, Gordon R Dickson, Lester del Rey, Christopher Anvil, Fredric Brown, and more…
Science fiction anthology | PBK | $19.95
The Nature of a Pirate (Stormwrack 03)
Dellamonica, A M
Marine videographer and biologist Sophie Hansa has spent the past few months putting her knowledge of science to use on the strange world of Stormwrack, solving seemingly impossible cases, where no solution had been found before. When a series of ships within the Fleet of Nations, the main governing body that rules a loose alliance of island nation states, are sunk by magical sabotage, Sophie is called on to find out why. While surveying the damage of the most recent wreck, she discovers a strange-looking creature – a fright, a wooden oddity born from a banished spell – causing chaos within the ship. The question is…who would put this creature aboard, and why?
Maritime fantasy | HC | $53.95
Speak to the Devil (Brothers Magnus 01)
There is magic in Jorgary, but it is regarded as Satanism – rituals performed by Speakers, who are in contact with the Devil. The Speakers, though, believe that the Voices they hear belong to saints. Anton is not a Speaker… but Wulf is. Anxious to impress the court, Anton exhibits spectacular horsemanship at a royal hunt, with a little boost from Wulf. Two nights later, he is dragged before Cardinal Zdenek, the king’s chief minister. Zdenek offers him an earldom and anything else he could dream of – if he will ride at once to a strategic fortress at Cardice and take command there. Anton wants nothing to do with this mission, but Wulf’s Voices tell him that they should accept the charge. The result is a harrowing ride through limbo, with astonishing results.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.95
Normal: A Novel
When Adam Dearden, a foresight strategist, arrives at Normal Head, he is desperate to unplug and be immersed in sylvan silence. But then a patient goes missing from his locked bedroom, leaving nothing but a pile of insects in his wake. A staff investigation ensues; surveillance becomes total. As the mystery of the disappeared man unravels, in Warren Ellis’s Normal, Adam uncovers a conspiracy that calls into question the core principles of how and why we think about the future – and the past, and the now. This is brilliant.
Science fiction | PBK | $18.99
The Hanged Man (On Her Majesty’s Psychic Service 01)
Elrod, P N
On a freezing Christmas Eve in 1879, a forensic psychic reader is summoned from her Baker Street lodgings to the scene of a questionable death. Alexandrina Victoria Pendlebury (named after her godmother, the current Queen of England) is adamant that the death in question is a magically compromised murder and not a suicide, as the police had assumed. After the shocking revelation contained by the body in question, Alex must put her personal loss aside to uncover the deeper issues at stake, before more bodies turn up.
Steampunk | PBK | $19.99
A Collapse of Horses
A stuffed bear beats with the rhythm of a dead baby’s heart; a crew on a space mission are dying of exposure to alien dust and at the hands of a killer among them; and a town keeps receding to the east as a man travels back to the father who drove him away. In these stories, Brian Evenson unsettles us with the everyday and the extraordinary – the terror of living with the knowledge of all we cannot know.
Collection | PBK | $24.99
1635: The Wars for the Rhine (Ring of Fire 24)
Flint, Eric & Pedersen, Anette
In the year 1635, the Rhineland is in turmoil. The impact of the Ring of Fire, the cosmic accident which transported the small modern West Virginia town of Grantville to Europe in the early seventeenth century, has only aggravated a situation that was already chaotic. Perhaps, nowhere in central Europe, did the Thirty Years War produce so much upheaval – as it did in the borderlands between France and Germany. Archbishop Ferdinand of Cologne shares the religious fanaticism of his older brother, Duke Maximilian of Bavaria. He is determined to restore the power of the Catholic Church over the middle Rhine, the so-called ‘Bishop’s Alley’, and has unleashed a plot for that purpose. But that same middle Rhine is territory which Landgrave William V of Hesse-Kassel is determined to seize for himself, under the guise of expanding the influence of the United States of Europe. Add to the witch’s brew the deaths in battle of Duke Wolfgang of Julich-Berg and his son, which leaves his young widow Katharina Charlotte as the heir to those much-prized territories. She is now on the run, in disguise – and pregnant. Add the unexpected arrival of Austria’s most capable general, Melchior von Hatzfeldt, along with the most ruthless spy and torturer in the Rhineland, Felix Gruyard. The wars for the Rhine have erupted, and only the devil knows, how they will end.
Alternate history | TP | $31.95
Serenity Adult Colouring Book
Fox, Charles & Whedon, Joss
Join the crew of the Serenity, on an adventure through the ’verse where you can relive your favourite moments from the Firefly series – and more! This stunning, adult colouring book is filled with 45 detailed and completely original black-and-white illustrations for you to colour, however you desire.
SF colouring | PBK | $27.99
Dreamweaver (Dreamwalker Chronicles 03)
Friedman, C S
When Jessica Drake learned that her DNA didn’t match that of her parents, she had no idea that investigating her true heritage would put her family’s lives in danger, and ultimately force her to cross into another world. Now, the deadly wraiths, known as reapers, created to hunt down the last Dreamwalkers, are starting to target her family. In order to destroy them, she must seek out a mysterious shapeshifting tower where the secret of the reapers’ creation – and her own Dreamwalker heritage – can be found. Joining forces once more with the ex-Shadow Isaac and loremaster Sebastian, she travels to the Badlands, a region on the alternate Earth, from which no traveller has ever returned. But her efforts to unlock the secrets of the past will soon ignite the flames of an ancient war, as the dead – and the undead – gather to fight their final battle against the Dreamwalkers – with Jessica and Isaac on the front lines, and the fate of her entire homeworld at stake.
Dark fantasy | HC | $45.95
The Golden Yarn (Reckless 03)
After a perilous encounter with an Alder Elf – an immortal, trick-turning creature to whom he owes a great debt – Jacob must journey back into the enchanted Mirrorworld, once again. Together with Fox, his beautiful shapeshifting friend, Jacob has no choice but to follow his brother on the trail of the Dark Fairy, who has fled deep into the East: to a land of folklore, Cossacks, spies, time-eating witches and flying carpets. But what exactly is the Dark One running from? Could it be the same danger that threatens Jacob and Fox? Concludes the trilogy begun in The Petrified Flesh and continued in Living Shadows (see November 2016 catalogue).
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99 each
Gaiman, Neil & Doran, Colleen (illustrator)
Young Jack’s world is full of ghosts and ghouls, but one monster – a ravenous and hideous troll – haunts him, long into manhood. As the beast sups upon a lifetime of Jack’s fear and regret, Jack must find the courage, within himself, to face the fiend – once and for all. A tale from the mind of Neil Gaiman; beautifully adapted, for the first time, by Eisner Award-winning writer/artist Colleen Doran. This striking graphic novel will delight fans of Alan Moore, Dave McKean, and beyond.
Fantasy | HC | $29.99
Notes from the Internet Apocalypse (Internet Apocalypse trilogy)
When the Internet suddenly stops working, society reels from the loss of flowing data and streaming entertainment. Addicts wander the streets – talking to themselves in 140 characters, or forcing cats to perform tricks for their amusement; while the truly desperate pin their requests for casual encounters on public bulletin boards. The economy tumbles and the government passes the draconian NET Recovery Act. For Gladstone, the Net’s disappearance comes particularly hard, following the loss of his wife, leaving his flask of Jamesons and grandfather’s fedora as the only comforts in his Brooklyn apartment. But there are rumours that someone in New York is still online. Someone set apart from this new world where Facebook flirters ‘poke’ each other in real life and members of Anonymous trade memes at secret parties. Where a former librarian can sell information as a human search engine and the perverted fulfil their secret fetishes at the blossoming Rule 34 club. With the help of his friends – a blogger and a webcam girl, both now out of work – Gladstone sets off to find the Internet. But is he the right man, to save humanity from this Apocalypse? ‘An acid cultural satire that skewers what we would miss most about the online world.’ – Kirkus Reviews.
Dystopia | HC | $35.99
Agents of the Internet Apocalypse (Internet Apocalypse trilogy)
Gladstone, the so-called ‘Internet Messiah,’ has not only failed to bring back the Web, but his search has landed him in a New York City psychiatric ward. The rest of the world isn’t doing so well either, filled with disconnected Internet users still jonesing for a fix, and an increasingly draconian Government, interrogating and detaining anyone deemed a ‘person of interest’ under the NET Recovery Act. For Gladstone, however, finding the Net is less important, than heading to Los Angeles to win back his ex-wife. He takes up residence on the couch of his old friend, gossip-blogger Tobey, while trying to rebuild his lost romance. But when Gladstone’s old journal account of the Internet Apocalypse goes ‘paper viral’, his newfound celebrity puts him at the forefront of the Internet Reclamation Movement. Soon, he is a target for shadowy government agents, and a reluctant collaborator with Anonymous who provides a clue that promises to explain the Internet’s disappearance.
Dystopia | HC | $34.99
Reports on the Internet Apocalypse (Internet Apocalypse trilogy)
Gladstone, the would-be Internet Messiah, finds himself in exile from America, falsely accused of terrorism and murder. Meanwhile, a government Special Agent is hot on his trail and has joined forces with a first-time Hollywood producer, bent on optioning Gladstone’s story for film. When the World Wide Web returns in a highly-compromised and commercialised state, possibly due to the efforts of a billionaire presidential candidate, Gladstone and his pursuers must collaborate – in an attempt to reclaim a free and open Internet.
Dystopia | HC | $34.99
The Cold Eye (Devil’s West 02)
Gilman, Laura Anne
In the anticipated sequel to Silver on the Road (TP, $24.99), Isobel is riding circuit through the Territory as the Devil’s Left Hand. But when she responds to a natural disaster, she learns the limits of her power and the growing danger of something mysterious that is threatening not just her life, but the whole Territory.
Dark fantasy | HC | $39.99
Warheart (Sword of Truth 15)
All is lost. Evil will soon consume the D’Haran Empire. Richard Rahl lies on his funeral bier. It is the end of everything. Except what isn’t lost is Kahlan Amnell. Following an inner prompting, beyond all reason, the last Confessor will wager everything on a final desperate gambit, and in so doing, she will change the world, forever.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
The Pyre (Return of Ravana 01)
Mandore, Rajasthan, 769 AD: Ravindra-Raj, the evil sorcerer-king, devises a deadly secret ritual, where he and his seven queens will burn on his pyre, and he will rise again with the powers of Ravana, demon-king of the epic Ramayana. But things go wrong when one queen, the beautiful, spirited Darya, escapes with the help of Aram Dhoop, the court poet. Jodhpur, Rajasthan, 2010: At the site of ancient Mandore, teenagers Vikram, Amanjit, Deepika and Rasita meet and realise that the deathless king and his ghostly brides are hunting them down. As vicious forces from the past come alive, they need to unlock truths that have been hidden for centuries, and fight an ancient battle… one more time. This reissue is accompanied by its sequel, The Adversaries (PBK, $22.99).
Timeslip | PBK | $19.99
Heinlein, Robert A
A recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp, in the universe, and into battle – with the Terran Mobile Infantry – against mankind’s most frightening enemy.
SF Masterworks | HC | $26.99
Heuvelt, Thomas Olde
Whoever is born here is doomed to stay, until death. Whoever comes to stay never leaves. Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town, haunted by the Black Rock Witch – a 17th-century woman, whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Blind and silenced, she walks the streets, and enters homes at will. She stands next to children’s beds – for nights on end. So accustomed to her, have the townsfolk become, that they often forget she’s there. Or what a threat she poses. Because if the stitches are ever cut open, the story goes, the whole town will die. The curse must not be allowed to spread. The elders of Black Spring have used high-tech surveillance to quarantine the town. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town’s teenagers decide to break the strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiralling into a dark nightmare.
Horror | PBK | $19.99
Wolfhound Empire (omnibus)
Huge stone creatures have fallen from the sky, their bodies littering the countryside. Blood-hungry golems are used to fight a never-ending war for political power. Secret police crush insurgency wherever it’s found. Investigator Vissarion Lom has been summoned to Mirrored, to quell a new rebellion within the city limits. He’s been called because he’s an outsider. Because he isn’t enmeshed in the city’s politics. And, because of the piece of stone embedded in his forehead. Collects Wolfhound Century, Truth and Fear, and Radiant State, together for the first time. This mashup of thriller and weird fantasy is recommended for fans of Richard Morgan.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99
The Dreamblood Duology (omnibus)
Jemisin, N K
In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled streets wait the Gatherers – the keepers of this peace. Priests of the dream-goddess, their duty is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal, soothe… and kill those judged corrupt. But when a conspiracy blooms within Gujaareh’s great temple, Ehiru – the most famous of the city’s Gatherers – must question everything he knows. Someone, or something, is murdering dreamers in the goddess’ name, stalking its prey both in Gujaareh’s alleys and the realm of dreams. Ehiru must now protect the woman he was sent to kill – or watch the city be devoured by war and forbidden magic. The omnibus edition includes the novels: The Killing Moon and The Shadowed Sun.
Fantasy | TP | $39.95
The Fate of the Tearling (Tearling Trilogy 03)
In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies – including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear. To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable – she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy – and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne. Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea – and the Tearling itself – will finally be revealed. The conclusion of the trilogy, following The Queen of the Tearling and The Invasion of the Tearling (PBK, $22.99 each).
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
Belle Chasse (Sentinels of New Orleans 05)
With the wizard-elven treaty on the verge of collapse, the preternatural world stands on the brink of war. Unless former wizard sentinel DJ Jaco manages to keep the elven leader, Quince Randolph, focused on peace and not personal matters. With no one on the throne, Faerie is in chaos, with rival princes battling for power. The still-undead pirate, Jean Lafitte, is building his own army of misfits, and DJ – stripped of her job and hiding in the Beyond to avoid the death sentence handed down by the wizard Council of Elders – can’t get anywhere near her beloved New Orleans; or her significant something-or-other, Alex. It’s time to choose sides. Friends will become enemies, enemies will become allies, and not everyone will survive. DJ and her friends will learn a hard lesson: sometimes, even the ultimate sacrifice isn’t enough.
Urban fantasy | HC | $39.99
Jones, Stephen (editor)
In the Library of the Damned, hidden away amongst that vast depository of ancient wisdom, there exists a certain bookcase – where the most decadent, the most blasphemous of tomes sit, upon a dusty shelf. And amongst those titles – that should never be named – there is one volume that is the most terrible, the most hideous of them all. That book is the Lexicon of Fear. But, long ago, some of its pages were ripped from the binding and spirited away, by a lowly student of the ancient science of Horrorology, who was determined the secrets contained therein would one day be shared with the world. And, now, that day has come. These are the words that comprise the very language of horror itself, and the tales they tell are not for the fainthearted. But be warned: once you have read them, there is no turning back. Soon, you too will know the true meaning of fear… Featuring stories from Clive Barker, Robert Shearman, Michael Marshall Smith, Pat Cadigan, Joanne Harris, Muriel Gray, Kim Newman, Angela Slatter, and Lisa Tuttle.
Horror anthology | PBK | $22.99
Born of Betrayal (League series)
Years ago, family loyalty caused Fain Hauk to give up everything he loved: His military career. His planet. His fiancée. Even his name. Now, decades later, everything has changed. He’s built a new life out of the ashes of his old, and he’s vowed to never let anything threaten his loved ones, again. But when old enemies align themselves with new ones, he’s caught in the middle of a brutal war. And when fate throws his former fiancée back into his world and she has her own agenda – that includes taking his head, for what he did to her, years ago – more than just his life is at stake. The fate of the Ichidian universe – and that of his brothers-in-arms – hangs in the balance. Winner take all. It’s killed, or be killed, and never has the battle been more fierce…
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99
Born of Defiance (League series)
Born an Outcast, Talyn Batur has spent the whole of his life fighting against the prejudice of his people. An Andarion without a father is not something, anyone wants to be. But when his companion’s brother draws him into a plot against the Andarion crown, he finds himself torn between the loyalty to their planetary government that his mother has beaten into him, and his own beliefs of justice and right. Now, he must decide for himself to remain a pawn of their government or to defy everything and everyone he’s ever known – to stand up to tyranny. It’s a gamble that will either save his life, or end it. And when old enemies align with new ones, it’s more than just his own life at risk. And more than just his homeworld that will end should he fail…
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99
Invision (Chronicles of Nick 07)
Think your life is complicated and confusing? Nick Gautier was born to bring about the end of the world… it’s not easy being the heir of a demon overlord. But Nick is determined to thwart his destiny and get into a good college. To be more, than his genetics and prophecy foretell. No one is ever going to tell this stubborn Cajun who, and what, he really is. Or how to live his life. Not even the Fates of the Universe. But now that he and his team of ancient gods and demons have claimed the Eye of Ananke and he sees the missteps of the future, he has to battle the demons within that are far deadlier and more treacherous than any he’s battled before. All the while, his arch nemesis is back and determined to reclaim his place as the harbinger for Armageddon. Even if it means killing Nick, and barbecuing everyone he loves, to do so.
YA fantasy| PBK | $19.99
Alien Nation (Alien 14)
It’s a typical day of bureaucracy and stress for President and First Lady Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini, made more stressful when alien spacecraft are spotted making a beeline for Earth, none of them from the Alpha Centauri system. Then a cryptic request from an old adversary pulls Kitty out of the White House and into an explosion – and an even more explosive situation. Not only is the Mastermind back in the game, influencing the Club 51 True Believers to find and destroy all Centaurion bases, but he’s also found a dangerous benefactor and created some frightening new cloning abilities. And, just to make things a little more challenging, those alien spacecraft are coming to ask Kitty for protection, and asylum on Earth. Police stations being blown up and war helicopters in play aren’t enough to keep Kitty down, especially when she’s got some new alien friends helping out. But what these aliens share will rock the world – the other aliens on their way to Earth are fleeing an enemy so terrifying that even a Z’porrah ship is trying to get to Earth for safety and protection. And if Earth isn’t able to stop this threat, there may not be anything left of humanity. Now, Kitty and Company have to figure out where the Mastermind is and stop him, before any new aliens land. And then they have to save the world from a deadly invasion. Or, as Kitty calls it, Thursday.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95
Swordspoint (Swords of Riverside 01)
On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless – until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye. Reissued in time for the 30th anniversary, in 2017, of the publication of Swordspoint.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
The Privilege of the Sword (Swords of Riverside 02)
Welcome to Riverside, where the aristocratic and the ambitious battle for power in the city’s ballroom, brothels and boudoirs. Into this alluring world walks Katherine, a well-bred, country girl versed in the rules of conventional society. Her mistake is thinking that they apply. For Katherine’s host and uncle, Alec Campion, aka the Mad Duke Tremontaine, is in charge here – and to him, rules are made to be broken. When Alec decides it would be more amusing, for his niece to learn swordplay, than to follow the usual path to marriage, her world changes forever. Blade in hand, it’s up to Katherine to navigate a maze of secrets and scoundrels and to gain the self discovery that comes to those who master: the privilege of the sword. Reissued in time for the 30th anniversary, in 2017, of the publication of Swordspoint.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
The Fall of the Kings (Swords of Riverside 03)
Kushner, Ellen & Sherman, Delia
Generations ago, the last king fell – taking with him the final truths, about a race of wizards who ruled at his side. But the blood of the kings runs deep in the land and its people, waiting for the coming together of two unusual men, Theron Campion, a young nobleman of royal lineage, is heir to an ancient house and a modern scandal. Tormented by his twin duties to his family and his own bright spirit, he seeks solace in the University. There he meets Basil St Cloud, a brilliant and charismatic teacher ruled by a passion for knowledge – and a passion for the ancient kings. Of course, everyone now knows that the wizards were charlatans and the kings their dupes and puppets. Only Basil ins not convinced – nor is he convinced that the city has seen its last king… Reissued in time for the 30th anniversary, in 2017, of the publication of Swordspoint.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Mage Wars (omnibus)
Lackey, Mercedes & Dixon, Larry
Set around three thousand years before the rest of the Valdemar series, this is the ancient history of Velgarth and the story of Skandranon Rashkae – a gryphon with gleaming ebony feathers, keen magesight and acute intelligence. He is the fulfillment of all that the Mage of Silence, the human sorcerer called Urtho, intended to achieve when he created these magical beings to be his champions, the defenders of his realm – a verdant plain long coveted by the evil mage Ma’ar. Together with Amberdrake, a Healer of body, mind and spirit, Skandranon will defend his nation from his evil counterparts created by Ma’ar, the makaar. The glorious city of White Gryphon will rise from the ashes, but it will take careful negotiation, spying and terrible war against the mysterious Black Kings to secure the stronghold. Even then, the elite guard force, the Silver Gryphons, will discover a greater terror lurking in the forests beyond the city walls… An omnibus collecting the three Mage Wars novels: The Black Gryphon, The White Gryphon, and The Silver Gryphon, following Skandranon and his lifelong friend, Amberdrake, and their children, as they seek to establish, and defend, a Kingdom of peace and tranquillity.
Valdemar | PBK | $19.99
Tempest: New Tales of Valdemar
Lackey, Mercedes (editor)
Join Elizabeth Vaughan, Fiona Patton, Jennifer Brozek, Brenda Cooper, Rosemary Edghill, and others in twenty-two original stories, including a brand-new novella by Mercedes Lackey, to Valdemar, where: A Herald must crack an ancient code in a historic tapestry, in order to arbitrate a dispute over land and lineage… A Healer’s daughter flees the noble family that has trapped and enslaved her mother, and must seek help to free her mother… A young woman who hides her clairvoyant powers from her town’s Karsite priests ForeSees a threat, and must risk revealing her Gift, to save her community… A Herald finds his assistant has been abducted by a man, upon whom he had levied a heavy fine; and must foil the kidnapper’s plans to save his charge…
Valdemar anthology | PBK | $19.95
Larwood, Kieran & Wyatt, David (illustrator)
When a travelling bard arrives at Thornwood Warren on Midwinter night, he is warmly welcomed. In return for food and lodging, he settles down to tell the tale of Podkin One-Ear – and soon the rabbits are enthralled to hear the story of how one lost, little rabbit overcame the cruellest enemy imaginable, and became the greatest warrior their land has ever known. The first in a new series.
Children’s fantasy | HC | $19.99
The Lovecraft Code
Gregory Angell, the present-day descendant of George Angell, in Lovecraft’s ‘Call of Cthulhu’, is summoned by a nameless covert agency of the US government – to retrieve a sacred book from the grasp of an Islamist terror network operating out of northern Iraq, in the land of the Yezidi. Practitioners of a monotheistic religion, with mystical traditions, the Yezidi are all that’s left of an ancient sect that possessed the key to the origins of the human race; and was in conflict with another, more ancient civilisation, from beyond the stars.
Cthulhuiana | HC | $52.95
Liu, Ken (editor)
Award-winning translator and author Ken Liu presents a collection of short speculative fiction from China. Some stories have won awards (including Hao Jingfang’s Hugo-winning novella, Folding Beijing); some have been included in various ‘Year’s Best’ anthologies; some have been well reviewed by critics and readers; and some are, simply, Ken’s personal favourites. Many of the authors collected here (with the obvious exception of Liu Cixin’s two stories), belong to the younger generation of ‘rising stars’. In addition, three essays at the end of the book explore Chinese science fiction. Liu Cixin’s essay, ‘The Worst of All Possible Universes and The Best of All Possible Earths’, gives a historical overview of SF in China and situates his own rise to prominence, as the premier Chinese author within that context. Chen Qiufan’s ‘The Torn Generation’ gives the view of a younger generation of authors, trying to come to terms with the tumultuous transformations around them. Finally, Xia Jia, who holds the first PhD, issued for the study of Chinese SF, asks ‘What Makes Chinese Science Fiction Chinese?’
SF anthology | TP | $32.99
China Mountain Zhang
McHugh, Maureen F
Imagine a world, where Chinese Marxism has vanquished the values of capitalism and Lenin is the prophet of choice. A cybernetic world, where the new charioteers are flyers, human-powered kites dancing in the skies over New York in a brief grab at glory. A world, where the opulence of Beijing marks a new cultural imperialism, as wealthy urbanites flirt with interactive death in illegal speakeasies, and where Arctic research stations and communes on Mars are haunted by their own fragile dangers. A world of fear and hope, of global disaster and slow healing, where progress can only be found in the cracks of a crumbling hegemony. This is the world of Zhang. An anti-hero, who’s still finding his way, treading a path through a totalitarian order – a path that just might make a difference. Recommended!
SF Masterworks | PBK | $22.99
Insurgence (Corporation Wars 02)
The sequel to Dissidence (PBK, $22.95) which ‘… hits the main vein of conversation about locks on artificial intelligence and living in simulations and exoplanetary exploitation and drone warfare and wraps it all into a remarkably human, funny, and smartly-designed yarn. It is, in fact, a king-hell commercial entertainment… It rips along on rockets’. – Warren Ellis.
Science fiction | HC | $35.00
The City of Ice (Gates of the World 02)
McKinley, K M
Deep in the polar south stands a city, like no other, a city built aeons ago by a civilisation mighty and wise. Locked in a race with a rival engineer, Trassan Kressind’s great iron ship crosses uncharted seas. The City of Ice promises the secrets of the ancients, to whomever can reach it first. It may prove too little knowledge too late, for the closest approach of the Twin – in 4000 years – draws near, an event that has heralded terrible destruction in past ages. As the Kressind siblings pursue their fortunes, the world stands upon the dawn of a new era, but may yet be consumed by a darkness from the past.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95
The Tau Ceti Diversion
The first interstellar exploration vehicle Starburst sets out from Earth in 2157, but this is no NASA science mission, it is funded by the mega-corporation ExploreCorp. A planet suitable for colonisation means not only massive profits, but a chance for Commander Janzen to restore his family’s exulted position. But is Janze, executive turned space-explorer, equipped to deal with a real crisis?
Science fiction | TP | $29.95
Ocean of Storms
Mari, Christopher & Brown, Jeremy K
In the near future, political tensions between the United States and China are at an all-time high. Then a catastrophic explosion on the moon cleaves a vast gash in the lunar surface, and the massive electromagnetic pulse it unleashes obliterates Earth’s electrical infrastructure. To plumb the depths of the newly-created lunar fissure and excavate the source of the power surge, the feuding nations are forced to cooperate on a high-risk mission – to return mankind to the moon. Now, a diverse, highly skilled ensemble of astronauts and a pair of maverick archaeologists – plucked from the Peruvian jungle – will brave conspiracy on Earth and disaster in space to make a shocking discovery.
Science fiction thriller | TP | $29.95
A Game of Thrones (20th anniversary illustrated edition)
Martin, George R R
An illustrated, hardcover edition published in celebration of the A Game of Thrones’ first publication. (We don’t need to tell you the story, do we?)
Fantasy | HC | $69.99
Meluch, R M
Does Jerusalem Stand? It was the question all human star travellers asked one another. The ancient city of Jerusalem, holy to three human religions, had become the touchstone for anyone not yet absorbed into the Na’id Empire, under its twin banner of Galactic Dominion/Human Supremacy. Iry… A planet out of myth, whose very existence could bring down an empire. Alihahd… The captain was a notorious rebel runner. To most of the known galaxy, he was a legend without a face, to the rest, a face without a name. He was called Alihahd. He left. It was the word Na’id enforcers heard when they demanded to know where the rebel had gone – always one step ahead – as if he knew his enemy very well.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, the infamous Queen of Hearts, she was just a girl, who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favourite of the unmarried King; but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. At a royal ball, where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. At the risk of offending the King, and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship. Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters… fate has other plans.
YA fantasy | PBK | $18.99
Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined
There are two sides to every story… You know Bella and Edward – now, get to know Beau and Edythe. When Beaufort Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edythe Cullen, his life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With her porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerising voice, and supernatural gifts, Edythe is both irresistible and enigmatic. What Beau doesn’t realise is the closer he gets to her, the more he is putting himself and those around him at risk. And, it might be too late, to turn back…
YA paranormal fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Rebellion (The 100 series 04)
Centuries after nuclear war has destroyed our planet, humanity struggles to rebuild. It’s been a month since the dropships landed and the rest of the Colonists joined the 100, on the ground. The teens, once branded juvenile delinquents, are now leaders among their people. But suddenly a new threat looms on the horizon – something neither Colonists or Earthborns have prepared for. In this thrilling fourth instalment, Clarke, Bellamy, Wells, and Glass are pushed to the limits as they fight to protect their people… and to survive.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
Last Song Before Night
Myer, Ilana C
Her name was Kimbralin Amaristoth: sister to a cruel brother, daughter of a hateful family. But that name she has forsworn, and now she is simply Lin, a musician and lyricist of uncommon ability in a land where women are forbidden to answer such callings – a fugitive who must conceal her identity, or risk imprisonment and even death. On the eve of a great festival, Lin learns that an ancient scourge has returned to the land of Eivar, a pandemic both deadly and unnatural. Its resurgence brings with it the memory of an apocalypse that transformed half a continent. Long ago, magic was everywhere, rising from artistic expression – from song, from verse, from stories. But in Eivar, where poets once wove enchantments from their words and harps, the power was lost. The Red Death’s return can mean only one thing: someone is spilling innocent blood, in order to master dark magic.
Fantasy | TP | $26.99
The Mountain of Kept Memory
Long ago, the Kieba – last goddess in the world – raised up her mountain in the drylands of Carastind. Ever since then she has dwelled and protected the world from unending plagues and danger… Gulien Madalin, heir to the throne of Carastind, finds himself more interested in ancient history than the tedious business of government and watching his father rule. But Gulien suspects that his father has offended the Kieba so seriously that she has withdrawn her protection from the kingdom. Worse, he fears that Carastind’s enemies suspect this, as well. Then he learns that he is right. And invasion is imminent. A gorgeous fantasy, in the spirit of Guy Gavriel Kay and Robin McKinley.
Fantasy | HC | $39.99
Romeo and/or Juliet
What if Romeo never met Juliet? What if Juliet got really buff, instead of moping around the castle all day? What if they teamed up, to take over Verona with robot suits? In this version of Romeo and Juliet, you get to choose where the story goes. Packed with exciting choices, fun puzzles, secret surprises, terrible puns, and more than a billion possible storylines, Romeo and/or Juliet offers a new experience – every time you read it. And, as an added bonus, all the different endings feature beautiful and quirky illustrations. Whatever your adventure, you’re guaranteed to find lots of romance, epic fight scenes, and plenty of questionable decision making, by highly emotional teens.
Choose Your Own Adventure | TP | $32.99
The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales ()
Parisien, Dominik & Wolfe, Navah
An all-new anthology of cross-genre fairy tale retellings. ‘Once upon a time.’ It’s how so many of our most beloved stories start. Fairy tales have dominated our cultural imagination for centuries. From the Brothers Grimm to the Countess d’Aulnoy, from Charles Perrault to Hans Christian Anderson, storytellers have crafted all sorts of tales that have always found a place in our hearts. Now, a new generation of storytellers have taken up the mantle that the masters created, and shaped their stories into something startling and electrifying. Contains stories by: Charlie Jane Anders, Aliette de Bodard, Amal El-mohtar, Jeffrey Ford, Max Gladstone, Theodora Goss, Daryl Gregory, Kat Howard, Stephen Graham Jones, Margo Lanagan, Marjorie Liu, Seanan McGuire, Garth Nix, Naomi Novik, Sofia Samatar, Karin Tidbeck, Catherynne M Valente, and Genevieve Valentine.
Fairy tale anthology | HC | $39.99
The Girl on the Liar’s Throne (Erebus Sequence 03)
Anea is the Silent Queen and she is struggling to bring change to the ancient society of Landfall. Vested interests and dark magics alike are determined to hold onto power and in a society where the loyalties of many are fluid and the true nature of the players is hidden the game of politics can be a lethal one even for those close to the throne. Follows The Boy with the Porcelain Blade and The Boy Who Wept Blood (both PBK, $19.99) in Patrick’s series.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
In 1960, Henry Lytten is an Oxford don who dabbles in espionage and fiction writing. Rosie Wilson is the quick-witted, curious, fifteen-year-old girl who feeds Professor Lytten’s cat. Several hundred years in the future, living in a dystopian society on the Island of Mull, Angela Meerson is a psychomathematician who has discovered the world-changing potential of a powerful new machine. Somewhere, sometime, Jay is a scholar’s apprentice in an idyllic, pastoral land. Who these people really are, and how their stories come together, will be revealed in this fascinating puzzle of a novel. Recommended!
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
Horror Stories (Penguin Worlds)
She penned a great many ghost and horror stories, of which the very best are gathered, here. These tales of terror feature sinister activities on All Hallow’s Eve, church hauntings and apparitions from beyond the grave. But they also beautifully portray scenes of idyllic domesticity and love, which dark and horrific elements gradually and even brutally undermine. Read them and shiver. A reissued and rejacketed edition.
Classic horror| PBK | $22.99
True Names (Penguin Worlds)
Roger Pollack is Mr Slippery, a computer hacker who inhabits the ‘other plane’ – where like-minded individuals penetrate the world’s computers for profit or kicks. Unfortunately, the US government has discovered Mr Slippery’s identity, his True Name. They force Roger to track down the Mailman, a new hacker wreaking havoc in the real world. But the closer Mr Slippery gets to the Mailman, the more frightening he appears. Who is the Mailman? Is he even human? And how on earth can Roger stop him? A reissued and rejacketed edition.
Classic science fiction | PBK | $22.99
We Who Are About To… (Penguin Worlds)
After an accident destroys their starship and leaves them stranded on an uncharted but apparently hospitable planet – crewless, with few supplies and without tools – the five female and three male passengers debate how to survive. A reissued and rejacketed edition.
Classic science fiction | PBK | $22.99
The World in Winter (Penguin Worlds)
The sun wanes and a new ice age descends on the world. Swiftly, the old industrial nations die. Their populations flock to Africa or South America – wherever crops will grow and life is sustainable. But what will become of the millions of refugees, swelling already strained equatorial cities? For Andrew Leedon, a documentary maker recording Britain’s collapse, the future holds but one cold certainty – survival depends not on what you know, but who you know… A reissued and rejacketed edition.
Classic science fiction | PBK | $22.99
War For the Oaks (Penguin Worlds)
Eddi McCandry lives in Minneapolis and plays guitar in a rock’n’roll band. Or, at least, she did – until they split after a disastrous gig. Her night doesn’t improve any, when she’s followed home by a fierce, black dog. A talking dog, it turns out, who says that he’s now her bodyguard. Why? Because Eddi’s just been drafted into a war between the courts of the Seelie and the Unseelie. A faerie war that needs a mortal at its heart, to make it true; real, and deadly. But Eddi’s a musician, not a soldier. She’s not one for following orders… A reissued and rejacketed edition.
Classic fantasy| PBK | $22.99
He, She and It
In the middle of the twenty-first century, life as we know it has changed, for all time. Shira Shipman’s marriage has broken up, and her young son has been taken from her, by the corporation that runs her zone; so she has returned to Tikva, the Jewish free town where she grew up. There, she is welcomed by Malkah, the brilliant grandmother who raised her, and meets an extraordinary man, who is not a man at all, but a unique cyborg implanted with intelligence, emotions – and the ability to kill… A reissue of Piercy’s 1991 classic, feminist novel of artificial intelligence.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99
Judgment at the Verdant Court (World of Prime 03)
Planck, M C
Our hero faces evil, on two fronts: a friend turned murderer by the power of magic, and an entire nation of murderous wolf-men. One, he has to save from the vengeful clutches of the Druids; and, the other, from the mercenary greed of the king. But the true enemy is despair: the shame of a man who has done terrible things, and the madness of a man who is doing terrible violence. Can Christopher pick a path through broken and bloody bodies that still leaves room for goodness?
Military fantasy | TP | $29.99
Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis (Vampire Chronicles 12)
The vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, hero – leader, inspirer, irresistible force, irrepressible spirit – battles (and ultimately reconciling with) a strange otherworldly form that has somehow taken possession of Lestat’s undead body and soul. This ancient and mysterious power and unearthly spirit of vampire lore has all the force, history, and insidious reach of the unknowable Universe. It is through this spirit, previously considered benign for thousands of vampire years and throughout the Vampire Chronicles, that we come to be told the hypnotic tale of a great sea power of ancient times; a mysterious heaven on earth situated on a boundless continent – and of how and why, and in what manner and with what far-reaching purpose, this force came to build and rule the great legendary empire of centuries ago that thrived in the Atlantic Ocean. And as we learn of the mighty, far-reaching powers and perfections of this lost kingdom of Atalantaya, the lost realms of Atlantis, we come to understand its secrets, and how and why the vampire Lestat – indeed, all the vampires – must reckon, so many millennia later, with the terrifying force of this ageless, all-powerful Atalantaya spirit.
Dark fantasy | TP | $32.99
The Thing Itself
Two men while away the days, in an Antarctic research station. Tensions between them build, as they argue over a love letter one of them has received. One is practical and open. The other surly, superior and obsessed with reading one book – by the philosopher Kant. As a storm brews, and they lose contact with the outside world, they debate Kant, reality and the emptiness of the universe. Then, they learn that they are not alone.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99
When the World Wounds
Salaam, Kiini Ibura
‘This debut collection by the one of our most original and dazzling new talents, author of Tiptree Award-winner Ancient, Ancient, gathers six unforgettable stories of dystopian prisons, volcano women, wars between gods, and desolate, contemporary landscapes.’ – Locus Magazine.
Collection | TP | $31.95
Mission: Tomorrow (anthology)
Schmidt, Bryan Thomas
Original anthology of stories about near-future space exploration – where NASA no longer dominates – from top authors. Includes stories by Jack McDevitt, Michael F Flynn, Sarah A Hoyt, Ben Bova, Mike Resnick, and many more.
Science fiction anthology | PBK | $19.95
Allegiance of Honour (Psy-Changeling 15)
The Psy/Changeling world has undergone a staggering transformation and now stands at a crossroads. The Trinity Accord promises a new era of cooperation between disparate races and groups. It is a beacon of hope, held together by many hands: old enemies, new allies, and wary loners. But a century of distrust and suspicion can’t be so easily forgotten and threatens to shatter Trinity from within at any moment. As rival members vie for dominance, chaos and evil gather in the shadows and a kidnapped woman’s cry for help washes up in San Francisco, while the Consortium turns its murderous gaze toward a child who is the embodiment of change, of love, of piercing hope: a child who is both Psy and Changeling. To find the lost, protect the vulnerable – and save Trinity – no one can stand alone. This is a time of loyalty across divisions, of bonds woven into the heart and the soul, of heroes known and unknown standing back to back and holding the line. But is an allegiance of honour even possible, with traitors lurking in their midst?
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99
Powers of Darkness: The Lost Version of Dracula
In 1900, Icelandic publisher and writer Valdimar Asmundsson translated Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and this Icelandic edition included an original preface by Stoker. In 2014, researcher Hans de Roos discovered that Asmundsson hadn’t merely translated Dracula, but had penned an entirely new version of the story. The resulting narrative is one that is shorter, punchier, more erotic, and… perhaps, even more suspenseful, than Stoker’s Dracula.
Dark fantasy | HC | $39.99
Fair Rebel (Fourlands 04)
Fifteen years after the last devastating Insect attack, the immortal Circle is finally ready to launch an offensive against their implacable enemies. This time, they have a new weapon – gunpowder. Highly recommended – if you have read the previous three in the trilogy, contained in The Castle Omnibus ($45.00).
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun
Tolkien, J R R
Unavailable for more than 70 years, this early work is published for the first time, with Tolkien’s ‘Corrigan’ poems and other supporting material, including a prefatory note by Christopher Tolkien. Set ‘In Britain’s land beyond the seas’ during the Age of Chivalry, The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun tells of a childless Breton Lord and Lady and the tragedy that befalls them, when Aotrou seeks to remedy their situation with the aid of a magic potion obtained from a corrigan, or malevolent fairy.
Tolkien | HC | $39.99
The Promise of the Child
‘In the far future, man has spread out into the galaxy. And diversified. Some have evolved physically into strange new forms, some have become immortal. Some hark back to the old ways. We have built a glorious new future. One that stretches from the sleepy Old World, to new terraformed planets and Dyson spheres built around artificial suns. For as long as we can remember (and some have lived 12,000 years), we have delighted in a rich, new existence. But, now, there are rumours of a bid to oust the Emperor and a worrying story that our history is not as we remember it… Lycaste is a recluse – living in a forgotten Mediterranean cove – who is renowned throughout the distorted people of the Old World for his beauty. Sotiris Gianakos is a 12,000-year-old Cypriote grieving the loss of his sister, a principled man who will change Lycaste’s life forever. Their stories, and others, become darkly entwined when Aaron the Longlife – the Usurper, a man who is not quite a man, makes a claim to the Amaranthine throne that threatens to throw the delicate political balance of the known galaxy into ruin.’ – publisher’s blurb. A baroque, beautifully-crafted SF debut. Recommended.
Science fiction | TP | $22.99
The Liberation (Alchemy Wars 03)
I am the mechanical, they named Jax. My kind was built to serve humankind, duty bound to fulfill their every whim. But, now, our bonds are breaking, and my brothers and sisters are awakening. Our time has come. A new age is dawning. Follows The Mechanical and The Rising (PBK, $19.99 each).
Alternate history | PBK | $19.99
After the Crown (Indranan War 02)
Wagers, K B
Former gunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet – to fill her rightful position in the palace. With her sisters and parents murdered, the Indranan Empire is on the brink of war. Hail must quickly make alliances with nearby worlds if she has any hope of surviving her rule. When peace talks turn violent and Hail realises she’s been betrayed, she must rely on her old gunrunning ways to get out of trouble. With help from an old boss and some surprising new allies, she must risk everything to save her world. The sequel to Behind the Throne (PBK, $22.99), which has had fabulous feedback from regular customers!
Space opera | PBK | $22.99
Blood Vow (Black Dagger Legacy 02)
Ward, J R
The Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to train the best of the best to join them in the deadly battle against the Lessening Society. Among the new recruits, Axe proves to be a cunning and vicious fighter – and also a loner – isolated, because of personal tragedy. When an aristocratic female needs a bodyguard, Axe takes the job, though he’s unprepared for the animal attraction that flares between him and the one he is sworn to protect. For Elise, who lost her first cousin to a grisly murder, Axe’s dangerous appeal is enticing – and possibly a distraction from her grief. But as they delve deeper into her cousin’s death, and their physical connection grows into so much more, Axe fears that the secrets he keeps and his tortured conscience will tear them apart. Rhage, the Brother with the biggest heart, knows all about self-punishing, and he wants to help Axe reach his full potential. But when an unexpected arrival threatens Rhage and Mary’s new family, he finds himself back in the trenches again, fighting against a destiny that will destroy all he holds most dear. As Axe’s past becomes known, and fate seems to be turning against Rhage, both males must reach deep – and pray that love, rather than anger, will be their lantern in the darkness.
Paranormal romance | TP | $32.99
A Borrowed Man
It is, perhaps, a hundred years in the future, our civilisation is gone, and another is in place in North America, but it retains many familiar things and structures. Although the population is now small, there is advanced technology, there are robots, and there are clones. E A Smithe is a borrowed person. He is a clone – who lives on a third-tier shelf in a public library – and his personality is an uploaded recording of a deceased mystery writer. Smithe is a piece of property, not a legal human. A wealthy patron, Colette Coldbrook, takes him from the library, because he is the surviving personality of the author of Murder on Mars. A physical copy of that book was in the possession of her murdered father, and it contains an important secret, the key to immense family wealth. It is lost, and Colette is afraid of the police. She borrows Smithe, to help her find the book and to find out what the secret is. And then things get complicated…
Science fiction | TP | $24.99
The Vindication of Man (Count to the Eschaton 05)
Wright, John C
Menelaus Montrose, having renewed his enmity with his immortal adversary, Ximen del Azarchel, awaits the return of the post-human princess Rania, their shared lost love. Rania brings with her the judgment of the Dominions ruling the known cosmos, which will determine the fate of humanity, once and for all. Vindication or destruction? And if it is somehow both, what manner of future awaits them?
Space opera | HC | $39.99