Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: December 2017

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in December 2017.

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Until next time, good reading!

December 2017 includes new books by: James S A Corey, Evan Currie, Richard Kadrey, Mercedes Lackey, Seanan McGuire, Alex Marshall, Melissa F Olson, Ada Palmer, Brent Weeks… and many others.

December 2017

The Black Tide (Outcast 03)
Arthur, Keri
Though Winter Halo – the pharmaceutical company behind the evil experimentation on both children and adults – has been destroyed, the danger is far from over. Not only do seven children remain unaccounted for, but some of the vampires are, now, able to walk in light. The key to stopping the unthinkable lies in finding Ciara Dream, the last member of the trio behind the plot to give full light immunity to both the vampires and the Others. But Ciara, like Tiger herself, is a shapeshifter, able to take on any human form she desires. To find her, Tiger will need to use every skill in her formidable arsenal, and even that might not be enough to save the city, and the people she has started to care about. Because the vampires are coming… and, this time, the lights won’t stop them.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99

Valiant Dust (Breaker of Empires 01)
Baker, Richard
Sikander Singh North has always had it easy – until he joined the crew of the Aquilan Commonwealth starship, CSS Hector. As the ship’s new gunnery officer and only Kashmiri, he must constantly prove himself better than his Aquilan crewmates, even if he has to use his fists. When the Hector is called to help with a planetary uprising, he’ll have to earn his unit’s respect, find who’s arming the rebels, and deal with the headstrong daughter of the colonial ruler – all while dodging bullets. Sikander’s military career is off to an explosive start – but only if he and CSS Hector can survive his first mission.
Military SF | HC | $39.99

America City
Beckett, Chris
America: one century on: a warmer climate is causing vast movements of people. Droughts, floods and hurricanes force entire populations to simply abandon their homes. Tensions are mounting between north and south, and some northern states are threatening to close their borders against homeless fellow-Americans from the south. Against this backdrop, an ambitious young British-born publicist, Holly Peacock, meets a new client, the charismatic Senator Slaymaker, a politician whose sole mission is to keep America together, reconfiguring the entire country in order to meet the challenge of the new climate realities as a single, united nation. When he runs for President, Holly becomes his right-hand woman, doing battle on the whisperstream, where stories are everything and truth counts for little. But can they bring America together – or have they set the country on a new, but equally devastating, path?
Dystopia | HC | $34.99

Survival (Star Quest trilogy 03)
Bova, Ben
A human team sent to scout a few hundred lightyears in front of the death wave encounters a civilisation far more advanced… a civilisation of machine intelligences. These sentient, intelligent machines have existed for eons, and have survived earlier ‘death waves’, gamma ray bursts from the core of the galaxy. Self-sufficient and completely certain that the death wave cannot harm them, they have no interest saving other civilisations: organic or machine. Now that the humans have discovered them, they refuse to allow them to leave their planet, reasoning that other humans will inevitably follow, if they learn of their existence.
Science fiction | HC | $47.95

Vallista (Vlad Taltos 15)
Brust, Steven
Vlad Taltos is an Easterner – an underprivileged human in an Empire of tall, powerful, long-lived Dragaerans. He made a career for himself in House Jhereg, the Dragaeran clan in charge of the Empire’s organised crime. But the day came when the Jhereg wanted Vlad dead, and he’s been on the run ever since. He has plenty of friends among the Dragaeran highborn, including an undead wizard and a god or two. But as long as the Jhereg have a price on his head, Vlad’s life is… messy. Meanwhile, for years, Vlad’s path has been repeatedly crossed by Devera, a small Dragaeran girl of indeterminate powers who turns up at the oddest moments in his life. Now, Devera has appeared again – to lead Vlad into a mysterious, seemingly empty manor overlooking the Great Sea. Inside this structure are corridors that double back on themselves, rooms that look out over other worlds, and – just maybe – answers to some of Vlad’s long-asked questions about his world and his place in it. If only Devera can be persuaded to stop disappearing, in the middle of his conversations with her…
Fantasy | HC | $39.99

Carter, Angela
‘I started to write short pieces when I was living in a room too small to write a novel in.’ So says Angela Carter, of this collection: written during a period living in Tokyo. These exotic, sensuous stories represent Carter’s first major achievement in the short story form. Lush imaginary forests, a murderous puppet show and an expressionistic vision of Japan: each one instantly conjures an atmosphere, dark and luminous in turn, and from the recognisably daring imagination of one of the great twentieth-century stylists.
Short fiction collection | PBK | $19.99

Steal the Stars
Cassidy, Nat & Rogers, Mac
Dakota ‘Dak’ Prentiss guards the biggest secret in the world. They call it ‘Moss’. It’s your standard grey alien from innumerable abduction stories. Moss still sits at what looks like the controls of the spaceship it crash-landed, twenty-five years ago. A secret military base was built around the crash site to study both Moss and the dangerous technology it brought to Earth. The day Matt Salem joins her security team, Dak’s whole world changes. It is love, at first sight – which is a problem, since they both signed ironclad contracts before joining the base security team, vowing not to fraternise with other military personnel. If they run away, they’ll be hunted for the secret they know. So, Dak and Matt decide to escape to a better life on the wings of an incredibly dangerous plan: They’re going to steal the alien body they’ve been guarding and sell the secret of its existence. And they can’t afford a single mistake. Based on the podcast by Mac Rogers.
Science fiction | PBK | $24.99

The Lost Plot (Invisible Library 04)
Cogman, Genevieve
In a 1920s-esque New York, Prohibition is in force; fedoras, flapper dresses, and tommy guns are in fashion: and intrigue is afoot. Intrepid Librarians Irene and Kai find themselves caught in the middle of a dragon political contest. It seems a young Librarian has become tangled in this conflict, and if they can’t extricate him, there could be serious repercussions for the mysterious Library. And, as the balance of power across mighty factions hangs in the balance, this could even trigger war. Irene and Kai are locked in a race against time (and dragons) to procure a rare book. They’ll face gangsters, blackmail, and the Library’s own Internal Affairs department. And, if it doesn’t end well, it could have dire consequences on Irene’s job. And, incidentally, on her life… The first in this entertaining series is Invisible Library (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Persepolis Rising (Expanse 07)
Corey, James S A
In the thousand-sun network of humanity’s expansion, new colony worlds are struggling to find their way. Every new planet lives on a knife edge between collapse and wonder, and the crew of the aging gunship Rocinante have their hands more than full keeping the fragile peace. In the vast space between Earth and Jupiter, the inner planets and belt have formed a tentative and uncertain alliance still haunted by a history of wars and prejudices. On the lost colony world of Laconia, a hidden enemy has a new vision for all of humanity and the power to enforce it. New technologies clash with old, as the history of human conflict returns to its ancient patterns of war and subjugation. The first in a new story arc in this great sf series. Recommended!
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

Babylon’s Ashes (Expanse 06)
Corey, James S A
The Free Navy – a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships – has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. The colony ships heading for the thousand new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them. James Holden and his crew know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone. Outnumbered and outgunned, the embattled remnants of the old political powers call on the Rocinante for a desperate mission to reach Medina Station, at the heart of the gate network. But the new alliances are as flawed as the old, and the struggle for power has only just begun. As the chaos grows, an alien mystery deepens. Pirate fleets, mutiny and betrayal may be the least of the Rocinante’s problems. And in the uncanny spaces past the ring gates, the choices of a few damaged and desperate people may determine the fate of more than just humanity. Recommended!
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

A Long Day in Lychford (Witches of Lychford 03) (novella)
Cornell, Paul
It’s a period of turmoil in Britain, with the country’s politicians electing to remove the UK from the European Union, despite ever-increasing evidence that the public no longer supports it. And the small town of Lychford is suffering. But what can three rural witches do, to guard against the unknown? And why are unwary hikers being led over the magical borders, by their smartphones’ mapping software? And is the immigration question really important enough… to kill for? This third, 128pp novella follows The Witches of Lychford (TP, $27.99) and The Lost Child of Lychford (TP, $29.99).
Urban fantasy | TP | $24.99

Clockwork City (Delphic Division 02)
Crilley, Paul
‘Cop. Drunkard. Low-grade magic user. My name is Gideon Tau, but most people just call me London. (Because that’s where I’m from. Get it? Hilarious.) Three years ago, someone killed my daughter. I sacrificed everything (the human race included) to learn his name – and then had to allow that knowledge to be erased from my mind in order to save the world I’d doomed. Fantastic. Now, I have to start over from scratch, and who do I have to help me find my daughter’s killer? The reanimated corpse of my boss, a low-rent PI, who’s heavily into conspiracy theories, and my alcoholic, foul-mouthed demonic sidekick dog. Our journey will take us from Durban, South Africa to London, England, where we’ll have to contend with Fae gangs fighting for territory, the murder-suicide of two Delphic agents and the seven deadly sins. Oh, and did I mention planning a heist to break into the most secure bank in Faerie? Because that’s on the agenda, too. And if we fail? An ancient, horned god will destroy London. (The city, not me. Although, to be fair, I don’t think I’ll survive either.)’ The fog-choked sequel to Poison City (PBK, $19.99).
Urban fantasy | TP | $32.99

Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr
Crowley, John
Dar Oakley – the first Crow in all of history with a name of his own – was born two thousand years ago. When a man learns his language, Dar finally gets the chance to tell his story. He begins his tale as a young man, and how he went down to the human underworld and got hold of the immortality meant for humans, long before Julius Caesar came into the Celtic lands; how he sailed West to America with the Irish monks searching for the Paradise of the Saints; and how he continuously went down into the land of the dead and returned. Through his adventures in Ka, the realm of Crows, and around the world, he found secrets that could change the humans’ entire way of life – and now may be the time to finally reveal them.
Fantasy | HC | $53.95

Odyssey Awakening (Odyssey One 06)
Currie, Evan
Defy the inevitable. Such is the stance of Confederation captain Eric Weston and the crew of the starship Odysseus, patrolling the outer limits of Priminae space, anticipating the Empire’s next attacks. Connected with the Terran FTL tech – the transition drive – humanity might stand a chance against the overwhelming forces. Until the entire planetary system goes dark. Outnumbered and outgunned, the Odysseus arrives to find the Empire securing critical intelligence from Priminae ships – data that could prove disastrous in the wrong hands. As the Odysseus enters the fray, the ship’s systems exhibit increasingly chaotic glitches, while haunting apparitions stalk the crew. As they struggle to control their own ship – and their sanity – against the tide of battle, how can they hope to grasp victory… when the Odysseus itself appears to be coming to life? The first in this excellent series is Into the Black ($29.95).
Military SF | TP | $29.95

Mad Hatters and March Hares: All-New Stories from the World of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (anthology)
Datlow, Ellen (editor)
Between the hallucinogenic, weird, imaginative wordplay and the brilliant mathematical puzzles and social satire, Alice has been read, enjoyed, and savoured by every generation since its publication. Datlow asked eighteen of the most brilliant and acclaimed writers working today to dream up stories inspired by all the strange events and surreal characters found in Wonderland. Featuring stories and poems from Seanan McGuire, Jane Yolen, Catherynne M Valente, Delia Sherman, Genevieve Valentine, Priya Sharma, Stephen Graham Jones, Richard Bowes, Jeffrey Ford, Angela Slatter, Andy Duncan, C S E Cooney, Matthew Kressel, Kris Dikeman, Jane Yolen, Kaaron Warren, Ysbeau Wilce, and Katherine Vaz.
Alice anthology | TP | $31.95

A Dictionary of Tolkien
Day, David
Arranged in a handy A-Z format, A Dictionary of Tolkien explores and explains the creatures, plants, events and places that make up these strange and wonderful lands. It is essential reading for anyone who loves Tolkien’s works and wants to learn more about them. This book is unofficial and is not authorised by the Tolkien Estate, or HarperCollins Publishers.
Tolkien | PBK | $19.99

The Heroes of Tolkien
Day, David
An in-depth and illustrated guide to the epic lives of Tolkien’s heroes. Tolkien’s Middle-earth has endured cataclysmic wars and critical battles, causing great men and women to arise and shape the course of its history. In his latest book, best-selling author and Tolkien expert David Day examines the complexities surrounding Tolkien’s portrayal of good and evil, analysing the most celebrated heroes from the creation of the world of Arda, until the end of the War of the Rings. This work is unofficial and is not authorised by the Tolkien Estate, or HarperCollins Publishers.
Tolkien | PBK | $19.99

Minority Report (Volume four of the Collected Stories)
Dick, Philip K
This volume covers a wide span – from late 1954, through to 1963 – the years during which Dick began writing novels prolifically, and his short story output lessened. The title story of this collection has been made into the Steven Spielberg-directed movie of the same name; while ‘The Days of Perky Pat’ inspired one of Dick’s greatest works, the novel The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch; and The Penultimate Truth grew from ‘The Mold of Yancy’. Philip K Dick is shown at his incomparable prime, in this fourth volume of the definitive collection of short fiction. Reissue.
Science fiction collection | PBK | $22.99

Into the Guns
Dietz, William
On May Day, 2018, sixty meteors entered Earth’s atmosphere and exploded around the globe – with a force greater than a nuclear blast. Earthquakes and tsunamis followed. Then China attacked Europe, Asia, and the United States in the belief the disaster was an act of war. Washington DC was a casualty of the meteor onslaught that decimated the nation’s leadership and left the surviving elements of the armed forces to try and restore order, as American society fell apart. As refugees across America band together and engage in open warfare with the military over scarce resources, a select group of individuals representing the surviving corporate structure makes a power play to rebuild the country in a free market image, as the New Confederacy. The sequel, just released, is Seek and Destroy.
Military science fiction | PBK | $18.99 each

Deadhouse Landing (Malazan Empire: Path to Ascendancy 02)
Esslemont, Ian C
Dancer faces a hard choice: should he give up on his partnership? Especially when the fellow’s obsession with shadows and ancient artefacts brings the both of them alarmingly close to death and destruction. After all, who in his right mind would actually wish to enter an Elder mystery known to everyone as the ‘Deadhouse’?
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

1636: the Vatican Sanction (Ring of Fire 24)
Flint, Eric & Gannon, Charles E
It’s spring in Burgundy. The flowers are out and, so are the cardinals… of Pope Urban’s renegade papacy, now on the run from the Vatican’s would-be usurper Borja. Most of the Church’s senior leaders have converged upon the city of Besancon, where the Pope plans to offer an ecumenical olive branch to the other Christian denominations with which Rome has been at war. Fortunately, Urban has up-time help. He can rely upon Cardinal-Protector Larry Mazzare’s theological savvy, Sharon Nichols’ medical skills, and her husband Ruy Sanchez’s keen-eyed experience as a body-guard-in-chief. And even though Urban has a new Papal Guard in the form of Owen Rowe O’Neill’s Wild Geese, Mike Stearns has loaned the Pope a small contingent of the Hibernian Battalion – just in case. Which is prudent, since Urban and his peace initiative are not merely at risk from Borja’s assassins. There is another, deadlier, team of professional killers in town, directed by the man who almost killed the Pope before: lethal Spanish mastermind Pedro Dolor. Dolor hasn’t come to confess murder – he’s come to commit it.
Alternate history | HC | $46.95

1636: Mission to the Mughals (Ring of Fire 23)
Flint, Eric & Barber, Griffin
After carving a free state for itself in war-torn 17th-century Europe, citizens of the modern town of Grantville, West Virginia go on a quest for the makings of medicines that have yet to be invented in 17th-century Europe. The United States of Europe – the new nation, formed by an alliance between the Swedish king and the West Virginians hurled back in time by a cosmic accident – is beset by enemies on all sides. What’s more, the USE needs a reliable source of opiates for those wounded in action, as well as other goods not available, in Europe. Prime Minister Mike Stearns sends a mission to the Mughal Empire of India – hoping to secure a trade deal with the Mughal emperor. Instead they find an empire on the brink of war, danger lurking around every corner, and the beautiful and shrewd daughter of an emperor… who may be the key to success – or a bringer of disaster.
Alternate history | PBK | $19.95

Year’s Best Fantasy and Dark Horror 2017
Guran, Paula (editor)
A collection of 37 dark fantasy and horror stories first published in 2016. Authors include Aliette de Bodard, Amal El-Mohtar, N K Jemisin, Victor LaValle, Naomi Novik, John Shirley, and Fran Wilde.
Anthology | TP | $39.95

Heart-Shaped Box
Hill, Joe
‘Buy my stepfather’s ghost,’ read the e-mail. So, Jude did. He bought it, in the shape of the dead man’s suit, delivered in a heart-shaped box, because he wanted it: because his fans ate up that kind of story. It was perfect for his collection: the genuine skulls and the bones, the real honest-to-God snuff movie, the occult books, and all the rest of the paraphernalia that goes along with his kind of hard/goth rock. But the rest of his collection doesn’t make the house feel cold. The bones don’t make the dogs bark; the movie doesn’t make Jude feel as if he’s being watched. And none of the artefacts bring a vengeful old ghost with black scribbles over his eyes out of the shadows to chase Jude out of his home, and make him run for his life… Now also available in a classic, understated, hardcover edition ($29.99) to celebrate the tenth anniversary of publication.
Horror | PBK | $19.99

Assassin’s Quest (Farseer trilogy 03) (slipcased edition)
Hobb, Robin
With the king no longer living and the heir, Verity, missing and declared dead, Prince Regal has treacherously seized the throne. Regal’s torture has left Fitz more dead than alive, and more closely than ever bonded with his wolf. All who once loved him believe him dead: even Molly, now pregnant with his child. But he cannot go to her, without placing her in terrible danger. With nothing to lose, Fitz sets out for Tradeford, where Regal has withdrawn, having heartlessly abandoned the north of the kingdom to the Red-Ship Raiders. His quest: to assassinate the man who has destroyed his world. A lovely clothbound, slipcased edition.
Fantasy | HC | $89.99

The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince (novella)
Hobb, Robin
One of the darkest legends in the Realm of the Elderlings recounts the tale of the so-called Piebald Prince, a Witted pretender to the throne – unseated by the actions of brave nobles; so that the Farseer line could continue, untainted. Now the truth behind the story is revealed through the account of Felicity, a low-born companion of the Princess Caution at Buckkeep. With Felicity by her side, Caution grows into a headstrong Queen-in-Waiting. But when Caution gives birth to a bastard son, who shares the piebald markings of his father’s horse, Felicity is the one who raises him. And as the prince comes to power, political intrigue sparks dangerous whispers about the Wit that will change the kingdom, forever…
Fantasy | PBK | $18.99

After the End of the World (Carter & Lovecraft 02)
Howard, Jonathan L
The Unfolded World is a bitter and unfriendly place for Daniel Carter and Emily Lovecraft. In this world, the Cold War never happened because the Soviet Union ceased to exist, in 1941. In this world, the Nazi Großdeutschland is the premier superpower, and is not merely tolerated but indulged because, in this world, the Holocaust happened behind the ruins of the Iron Curtain and consumed only Bolsheviks, Communists, and others the West was glad to see gone. In this world, there are monsters, and not all of them are human. But even in the Unfolded World, there are still bills to pay and jobs to do. Carter finds himself working for the German secret security service to uncover the truth behind a major scientific joint project that is going suspiciously well. The trail takes Lovecraft and him to a distant, abandoned island, and a conspiracy that threatens everything. To fight it, Lovecraft must walk a perilously narrow path between forbidden knowledge and soul-destroying insanity. Fortunately, she also has a shotgun. A sequel to the popular Carter and Lovecraft (HC, $44.99).
Cthulhuiana | HC | $39.99

Flame in the Dark (Soulwood 03)
Hunter, Faith
Nell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she’s been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED, the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet. A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead, and the house he was visiting burns to the ground. Invisible to security cameras, the assassin literally disappears, and Nell’s team is called in. As they track a killer they know is more – or less – than human, they unravel a web of dark intrigue and malevolent motives that tests them to their limits and beyond. Blood of the Earth ($19.95) is the first in this superb series.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.95

Dark Tales (collection)
Jackson, Shirley
A collection of Shirley Jackson’s finest, most deliciously dark tales. Here, nothing is as it seems and nowhere is safe, from the city streets to the crumbling country pile, and from the small-town apartment to the dark, dark woods.
Horror/ghost stories | PBK | $22.99

The Salt Line
Jones, Holly Goddard
In an unspecified future, the United States’ borders have receded behind a salt line – a ring of scorched earth that protects its citizens from deadly, disease-carrying ticks. Those within the zone live safe, if limited, lives in a society controlled by a common fear. Few have any reason to venture out of zone, except for the adrenaline junkies who pay a fortune to tour what’s left of nature. Those among the latest expedition include a popstar and his girlfriend, Edie; the tech giant Wes; and Marta; a seemingly simple housewife. Once out of zone, the group find themselves at the mercy of deadly ticks – and at the centre of a murderous plot. They become captives in Ruby City, a community made up of outer-zone survivors determined to protect their hardscrabble existence. As alliances and friendships shift amongst the hostages, Edie, Wes, and Marta must decide how far they are willing to go to get to the right side of the salt line.
Post-apocalyptic | TP | $32.99

The Wrong Dead Guy (Another Coop Heist 02)
Kadrey, Richard
Coop, a master thief sort of gone legit, saved the world from an ancient doomsday device heroism that earned him a gig working for the Department of Peculiar Science, a fearsome top-secret government agency that polices the odd and strange. Now, Woolrich, Coop’s boss at the DOPS, has Coop breaking into a traveling antiquities’ show – to steal a sarcophagus containing the mummy of a powerful Egyptian wizard, named Harkhuf. The first book in this new series, from the author of the Sandman Slim series, The Everything Box (TP, $29.99), is great fun.
Urban fantasy | TP | $27.99

The Dark Intercept
Keller, Julia
The earth is in ruins. Years of warfare, plague, and disaster have ravaged the planet and driven its people into despair. The powerful and wealthy have abandoned Earth and created New Earth, a utopia in the sky where the last of the elite can start fresh. On New Earth, citizens are free from danger thanks to a surveillance device that lives beneath their skin. A device that keeps their new home crime free, through meticulous emotional surveillance. A device called the Intercept. Violet Crowley has never gone hungry. She’s endured neither violence nor fear. As the only daughter of New Earth’s Founding Father, Violet has spent her entire life in comfort and safety. That is, until her friend, colleague, and long-time crush, Danny Mayhew, gets into a deadly altercation on the streets of Old Earth. In an instant, Violet risks her father’s fury and intercedes to rescue Danny. When Danny can’t explain his actions, Violet launches a secret investigation to find out what he’s hiding. An investigation that will lead her to question everything she’s ever known about Danny, her father, and the power of the Intercept.
YA science fiction | HC | $26.99

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Imaginarium
Kidby, Paul & Pratchett, Terry
Paul Kidby, Sir Terry Pratchett’s artist of choice, provided the illustrations for The Last Hero, designed the covers for the Discworld novels since 2002 and is the author of the bestseller The Art of Discworld. Now, Paul Kidby has collected the very best of his Discworld illustrations, in this definitive volume, including 40 pieces never before seen; 30 pieces that have only appeared in foreign, limited editions, and other editions; and 17 book cover illustrations, since 2004, that have never been seen, without cover text. If Terry Pratchett’s pen gave his characters life, Paul Kidby’s brush allowed them to live it. A special slipcased edition is also available ($150.00).
Discworld | HC | $75.00

Vows and Honor (a Valdemar omnibus)
Lackey, Mercedes
The Vows and Honor trilogy recounts the daring adventures of Tarma and Kethry, swordsmaster and sorcereress – in the land of Valdemar, as they seek justice and revenge for past wrongs. This omnibus edition collects Oathbound, Oathbreaker, Oathblood.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Pathways: All-New Tales of Valdemar
Lackey, Mercedes (editor)
Join Janny Wurts, Elisabeth Waters, Michele Lang, Fiona Patton, and others – in twenty-four original stories, including a brand-new novella by Mercedes Lackey, all set in Valdemar, where: A young woman without any of the Heralds’ Gifts must see a Companion safely delivered, to Haven… A Herald must revisit the mysteries of his childhood to save his own young family, and combat a threat at the very heart of Valdemar… A Hawkbrother flees for his life, trailed by a mysterious bird that prophesises a dire future… A mage must choose whether to steal a priceless artefact and be branded a thief and traitor, or let his country fall to magic that could prove far deadlier…
Valdemar anthology | PBK | $19.95

The Sisters of the Crescent Empress (Waning Moon Duology 02)
Likitalo, Leena
With the Crescent Empress dead, a civil war has torn the empire asunder. No one seems able to stop the ruthless Gagargi Prataslav. The five Daughters of the Moon are where he wants them to be, held captive in an isolated house in the far north. Little Alina senses that the rooms that have fallen in disrepair have a sad tale to tell. Indeed, she soon meets two elderly ladies, the ghosts of the house’s former inhabitants. Merile finds the ghosts suspiciously friendly and too interested in her sisters. She resolves to uncover their agenda with the help of her two dogs. Sibilia isn’t terribly interested in her younger sisters’ imaginary friends, for she has other concerns. If they don’t leave the house by spring, she’ll miss her debut. And while reading through the holy scriptures, she stumbles upon a mystery that reeks of power. Elise struggles to come to terms with her relationship with Captain Janlav. Her former lover now serves the gagargi, and it’s his duty to keep the daughters confined in the house. But if the opportunity were to arise, she might be able sway him into helping them flee. Celestia is perfectly aware of the gagargi coming to claim her rather sooner than later. She’s resolved to come up with a plan to keep her sisters safe at any cost. For she knows what tends to happen to the sisters of the Crescent Empress. Concludes the duology which began with The Five Daughters of the Moon (TP, $26.99).
Fantasy | TP | $26.99

The Wandering Earth
Liu, Cixin
Eleven short stories from China’s greatest SF writer, including five Chinese Galaxy Award-winners, form a blazingly original ode to planet earth, its pasts and its futures.
SF collection | PBK | $19.99

Sixth Watch (Night Watch 06)
Lukyanenko, Sergei
The streets of Moscow aren’t safe. Vampires are attacking innocent people, and the names of the victims are spelling out a message: Anton Gorodetsky. Higher Light Magician Anton is one of the Others, possessed of magical powers and able to enter the Twilight, a shadowy world parallel to our own. Each Other must swear allegiance to one side: either the Light, or the Dark. But who is after Anton and what do they want? Anton’s investigation leads him to a Prophet, an Other with the gift of seeing the future. Her horrifying vision heralds the end of all life at the hands of an ancient threat – unless Anton can reunite a mysterious organisation, known only as the Sixth Watch, before it’s too late.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Boneyard (Deadlands series)
McGuire, Seanan
Step right up to see the oddities and marvels of the Blackstone Family Circus and Travelling Wonder Show! Gasp at pit wasps, the size of a man’s forearm. Beware the pumpkin-headed corn stalker, lest it plant its roots in you! Annie Pearl is the keeper of oddities, the mistress of monsters. Her unique collection of creatures is one of the circus’s star attractions, drawing wide-eyed crowds at every small frontier town they visit. But Annie is also a woman running from her past… and the mother of a mute young daughter, Adeline, whom she will do anything to protect. Hoping to fill its coffers before winter sets in, the circus steers its wagons to The Clearing, a remote community deep in the Oregon wilderness, surrounded by an ominous dark wood. Word is that a traveling show can turn a tidy profit at The Clearing, but there are whispers, too, of unexplained disappearances that afflict one out of every four shows that pass through the town. The Clearing has it secrets, and so does Annie. And it may take everything she has to save her daughter – and the circus – from both. Based on the popular role-playing game.
Fantasy | TP | $24.99

The Weight of Words (anthology)
McKean, Dave (editor)
The consummate artistry of Dave McKean has permeated popular culture for more than thirty years. His images, at once bizarre, beautiful, and instantly recognisable, have graced an impressive array of media. Here, ten of our finest contemporary storytellers – among them, the artist himself – have created a series of varied, compelling narratives, each inspired by one of McKean’s extraordinary paintings. Includes stories by: Alastair Reynolds, Maria Dahvana Headley, Neil Gaiman, Catherynne M Valente, Caitlin R Kiernan, M John Harrison, Joe R Lansdale, Iain Sinclair, and Joe Hill.
Anthology | HC | $75.95

A War in Crimson Embers (Crimson Empire 03)
Marshall, Alex
Once a warrior queen, now a pariah among her own people, Cold Zosia wakes in the ashes of a burning city. Her vengeance has brought her to this – her heroic reputation in tatters, her allies scattered far and wide and her world on the cusp of ruin. General Ji-Hyeon has vanished into the legendary First Dark, leaving Sullen alone to carry out the grim commands of a dead goddess. The barbarian Maroto is held captive by a demonic army, hell-bent on the extermination of the Crimson Empire, and only his protégé Purna believes he can be saved. Zosia must rally her comrades and old enemies, one last time, for a battle that will prove the greatest of her many legends… if anyone lives to tell of it. An action-packed conclusion to the trilogy, following A Crown for Cold Silver and A Blade of Black Steel (PBK, $22.99 each).
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

Mississippi Roll (Wild Cards: USA Triad series)
Martin, George R R (editor)
The return of the famous shared-world superhero books, created and edited by George R R Martin. Perfect for current fans and new readers alike, here is an all-new, adventurous jaunt along one of America’s greatest rivers, featuring many beloved characters from the Wild Cards universe. Features the writing talents of Stephen Leigh, David D Levine, John Jos Miller, Kevin Andrew Murphy, Cherie Priest, and Carrie Vaughn.
Fantasy anthology | PBK | $19.99

The Best of Richard Matheson (Penguin Classics)
Matheson, Richard & LaValle, Victor (editor)
Among the greats of 20th-century horror and fantasy, few names stand above Richard Matheson. Though known by many for novels like I Am Legend and his sixteen Twilight Zone episodes, Matheson truly shines in his chilling, masterful short stories.
Horror/dark fantasy | TP | $32.99

Fleet Insurgent (Under Jurisdiction 08)
Matthews, Susan
Collected for the first time, here is the complete Under Jurisdiction body of work, falling outside of Matthews’ celebrated novels: long out-of-print short stories fleshing out details of the personal histories of favourite characters, including Joslire Curran and Security Chief Stildyne; substantial novellas – two published here, for the first time ever – covering critical events in the life of the series, such as the devil’s bargain between Andrej Koscuisko and Captain Lowden on the Ragnarok; and many more novelettes, stories, and vignettes from the Life and Hard Times of ‘Uncle’ Andrej Koscuisko, who is Not a Nice Man.
Space opera | TP | $31.95

The Mongrel Mage (Recluce 19)
Modesitt Jnr, L E
In the world of Recluce, powerful mages can wield two kinds of magic – the white of Chaos or the black of Order. Beltur, however, has talents not seen in hundreds of years that blend both magics. On the run from a power-hungry white mage, Beltur is taken in by Order mages, who set him on the path to discover and hone his own unique gifts; and, in the process, find a home. However, when the white mage he fled attempts to invade his newly-adopted city, Beltur must hope his new-found power will be enough to save them all. The beginning of a new story arc within the long-running Sage of Recluce.
Fantasy | HC | $39.99

The White City
Morden, Simon
Since escaping London’s inferno, Mary and Dalip have fought monsters and won – though, in the magical world of Down, the most frightening monsters come from within. Now, they hold the greatest of treasures: maps that reveal the way to the White City, where they can find the answers they’re looking for, and learn the secrets of Down. But to get there, they must rely on Crows; who has already betrayed them at every turn. As they battle their way towards the one place in all of Down without magic, they must ask themselves how far they will go to find their way home. After all, if there’s one thing the White City offers those brave enough to enter, it’s more than they bargained for. A sequel to Down Station (PBK, $22.99) which is heaps of fun, and recommended!
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

A Secret History of Witches
Morgan, Louisa
From early 19th-century Brittany, to London during the Second World War, five generations of witches fight the battles of their time, deciding how far they are willing to go – to protect their family, their heritage, and ultimately, all of our futures. After Grand-maere Ursule gives her life to save her tribe, her magic seems to die with her. Even so, her family keeps the Old Faith, practicing the spells and rites that have been handed from mother to daughter for generations. Until one day, Ursule’s young granddaughter steps into the circle, and magic flows anew…
Fantasy | HC | $35.00

The Ritual
Nevill, Adam
When four old University friends set off into the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle, they aim to briefly escape the problems of their lives and reconnect with one another. But when Luke, the only man still single and living a precarious existence, finds he has little left in common with his well-heeled friends, tensions rise. With limited fitness and experience between them, a shortcut meant to ease their hike turns into a nightmare scenario that could cost them their lives. Lost, hungry, and surrounded by forest untouched for millennia, Luke figures things couldn’t possibly get any worse…
Horror | PBK | $19.99

Weaver’s Lament (Industrial Magic 02)
Newman, Emma
Charlotte is learning to control her emerging magical powers under the secret tutelage of Magus Hopkins. Her first covert mission takes her to a textile mill where the disgruntled workers are apparently destroying expensive equipment. And if she can’t identify the culprits before it’s too late, her brother will be exiled, and her family dishonoured… Follows Brother’s Ruin (PBK, $22.99). Recommended.
Fantasy | PBK | $24.99

The Man from the Diogenes Club (collection)
Newman, Kim
The debonair psychic investigator Richard Jeperson is the Most Valued Member of the Diogenes Club, the least-known and most essential branch of British Intelligence. While foiling the plot of many a maniacal mastermind, he is chased by sentient snowmen and Nazi zombies, investigates an unearthly murderer stalking the sex shops of 1970s’ Soho, and battles a poltergeist to prevent it triggering nuclear Armageddon. But as a new century dawns, can he save the ailing Diogenes Club itself from a force more diabolical still? A new edition of ten mischievous tales, with cameos from the much-loved characters of the Anno Dracula universe.
Collection | TP | $29.95

Blue Shift (Second Species trilogy 01)
O’reilly, Jane
Jinnifer Blue is a rich girl on the run. An expert pilot, she apprehends criminals on behalf of the government, and keeps her illegal genetic modifications a closely-guarded secret. But when a particularly dangerous job goes south, leaving her stranded on a prison ship with one of the most ruthless criminals in the galaxy, Jinn realises that the rich and the powerful are hiding more than she’d ever guessed… First in a series, perfect for fans of Elizabeth Moon and Rachel Bach.
Space opera | PBK | $19.99

Switchback (Nightshades 02)
Olson, Melissa F
Three weeks after the events of Nightshades (TP, $29.99), things are finally beginning to settle for the Chicago branch of the Bureau of Preternatural Investigations, but the brief respite from the horror of the previous few weeks was never destined to last. The team gets a call from Switch Creek, WI, where a young man has been arrested on suspicion of being a shade. The suspect is held overnight, pending DNA testing, but seemingly escapes in a terrifying and bloody massacre. But is there more to the jailbreak than a simple quest for freedom? Recommended!
Urban fantasy | TP | $24.99

Seven Surrenders (Terra Ignota 02)
Palmer, Ada
In a future of near-instantaneous global travel, of abundant provision for the needs of all, a future in which no one living can remember an actual war… a long era of stability threatens to come to an abrupt end. For known only to a few, the leaders of the great Hives, nations without fixed locations, have long conspired to keep the world stable, at the cost of just a little blood. A few secret murders, mathematically planned. So that no faction can ever dominate, and the balance holds. And yet the balance is beginning to give way. Mycroft Canner, convict, sentenced to wander the globe in service to all, knows more about this conspiracy than he can ever admit. Carlyle Foster, counsellor, sensayer, has secrets as well, and they burden Carlyle beyond description. And both Mycroft and Carlyle are privy to the greatest secret of all: Bridger, the child who can bring inanimate objects to life. The sequel to the wonderfully brilliant, intricate Too Like the Lightning ($29.99).
Science fiction | TP | $29.99

The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales (anthology)
Parisien, Dominik & Wolfe, Navah (editors)
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 has 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 | TP | $24.99

The Two of Swords: Volume Three
Parker, K J
No one in the vast and once glorious United Empire remains untouched by the rift between East and West, and the war has been fought for as long as anyone can remember. Some still survive who know how it was started, but no one knows how it will end. Except, perhaps, the Two of Swords. First published in serial form, the first two volumes of this epic fantasy are also available (PBK, $22.99 each).
Epic fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Year of the Knife
Penman, G D
Agent ‘Sully’ Sullivan is one of the top cops in the Imperial Bureau of Investigation. A veteran witch of the British Empire who isn’t afraid to use her magical skills to crack a case. But Sully might need more than a good education and raw power to stop the string of grisly murders that have been springing up across the American Colonies. Every one of them marked by the same chilling calling card, a warning in the form of a legion of voices screaming out through the killers’ mouths: ‘It is the year of the knife.’ Sully’s investigation will drag her away from the comforts of home in New Amsterdam, the beautiful but useless hyacinth macaw that used to be her boss, and the loving arms of her undead girlfriend, in a thrilling race against time, demonic forces and a shadowy conspiracy that will do anything to keep its hold on power and ensure that Sully takes their secrets to her grave, as soon as possible. ‘An addictive blend of magic and murder noir.’ – Gareth L Powell.
Fantasy | TP | $33.95

The Illustrated Eric
Pratchett, Terry
Eric is the Discworld’s only demonology hacker. The trouble is, he’s not very good at it. All he wants is the usual three wishes: to be immortal, rule the world, and have the most beautiful woman fall madly in love with him. The usual stuff. But what he gets is Rincewind, the Disc’s most incompetent wizard, and Rincewind’s Luggage (the world’s most dangerous travel accessory) into the bargain. The outcome is an outrageous adventure that will leave Eric wishing, once more – this time, quite fervently – that he’d never been born. A new paperback edition.
Discworld | PBK | $19.99

Thief of Time (Discworld Collector’s editions)
Pratchett, Terry
Time is a resource. Everyone knows it has to be managed. You mess with it, at your peril. You can let it move fast or slowly; but what you mustn’t do is allow it to stop. On the Discworld time management is the job of the Monks of History, who store it and pump it from the places where it’s wasted (like the underwater – how much time does a codfish need?) to places like cities, where there’s never enough time. But the construction of the world’s first truly accurate clock starts a race against, well, time for Lu Tze and his apprentice Lobsang Ludd. Because it will stop time. And when time stands still, everything stops with it. Then, there really is no future. A beautiful new hardcover edition to add to your Discworld Collector’s Library.
Discworld | HC | $27.99

Monstrous Regiment (Discworld Collector’s editions)
Pratchett, Terry
Women belong in the kitchen – everyone knows that. Not in jobs, pubs, or indeed trousers, and certainly not on the front line. Polly Perks must become a boy in a hurry, if she wants to find her brother in the army. Cutting off her hair and wearing the trousers is easy. Learning to fart and belch in public and walk like an ape takes more time. And there’s a war on. There’s always a war on. Polly and her fellow raw recruits are suddenly in the thick of it. All they have on their side is the most artful sergeant in the army, and a vampire with a lust for coffee. Well… they have the Secret. And it’s time to make a stand. A beautiful new hardcover edition to add to your Discworld Collector’s Library.
Discworld | HC | $27.99

Night Watch (Discworld Collector’s editions)
Pratchett, Terry
For a policeman, there can be few things worse than a serial killer loose in your city. Except, perhaps, a serial killer who targets coppers, and a city on the brink of bloody revolution. For Commander Sam Vimes, it all feels horribly familiar. He’s back in his own rough, tough past – without even the clothes he was standing up in, when the lightning struck. Living in the past is hard. But he must survive, because he has a job to do. He must track down the murderer and change the outcome of the rebellion. The problem is: if he wins, he’s got no wife, no child, no future… A Discworld Tale of One City, with a full chorus of street urchins, ladies of negotiable affection, rebels, secret policemen and other children of the revolution. Truth! Justice! Freedom! And a Hard-boiled Egg! A beautiful new hardcover edition to add to your Discworld Collector’s Library.
Discworld | HC | $27.99

Going Postal (Discworld Collector’s editions)
Pratchett, Terry
Moist von Lipwig is a con artist and a fraud and a man faced with a life choice: be hanged, or put Ankh-Morpork’s ailing postal service back on its feet. It’s a tough decision. The post is a creaking old institution, overshadowed by new technology. But there are people who still believe in it, and Moist must become one of them if he’s going to see that the mail gets though, come rain, hail, sleet, dogs, the Post Office Workers Friendly and Benevolent Society, the evil chairman of the Grand Trunk Semaphore Company, and a midnight killer. Getting a date with Adora Belle Dearheart would be nice, too. Perhaps, there’s a shot at redemption in the mad world of the mail, waiting for a man who’s prepared to push the envelope… A beautiful new hardcover edition to add to your Discworld Collector’s Library.
Discworld | HC | $27.99

Year One
Roberts, Nora
They call it The Doom – a deadly pandemic that starts on a cold New Year’s Eve in the Scottish countryside. There’s something mysterious about the virus and the way it spreads. As billions fall sick and die, some survivors find themselves invested with strange, unexpected abilities. Lana, a New York chef, has the power to move things and people with her will. Fred can summon light in the darkness. Jonah, a paramedic, sees snatches of the future in those he touches. Katie gives birth to twins, and suspects that she has brought fresh magic into the world, along with new life. But The Doom affects people differently. Along with the light, a dark and terrifying magic will also rise. As the remaining authorities round up the immune and the ‘Uncannies’ for testing, Lana, Katie and others flee New York, in search of a safe haven. The old world is over, and Year One has begun.
Post-pandemic | TP | $29.99

Hero (Homecoming 03)
Salvatore, R A
Something akin to ‘peace’ has come to the Underdark. The demon hordes have receded, and now the matron mothers argue over the fate of Drizzt Do’Urden. Even so, it becomes clear to one matriarch after another that while the renegade drow may come and go Menzoberranzan, the City of Spiders will crawl forever on. And, so, Drizzt is free to return to his home on the surface, once again. Scores are settled as lives are cut short, yet other lives move on. For the lone drow, there is only a single final quest: a search for peace, for family, for home – for the future.
Drizzt | PBK | $14.99

Extinction End (Extinction Cycle 05)
Sansbury Smith, Nicholas
Almost seven weeks have passed, since the Haemorrhage Virus ravaged the world. The remnants of the United States military have regrouped and relocated Central Command to the George Washington Carrier Strike Group. It’s here, in the North Atlantic, that President Jan Ringgold and Vice President George Johnson prepare to deploy a new bioweapon, and embark on the final mission to take back the country from the Variants. With his home gone and his friends kidnapped, Master Sergeant Reed Beckham and his remaining men must take drastic measures – to save what’s left of the human race. The end is here…
Pandemic | PBK | $14.99

Extinction Aftermath (Extinction Cycle 06)
Sansbury Smith, Nicholas
The newly-christened leader of Delta Force Team Ghost, Master Sergeant Joe Fitzpatrick, arrives in Normandy, over 70 years after Allied Forces joined the fight against the Nazis. The war to free survivors and eradicate pockets of adult Variants and their offspring is underway by the European Unified Forces. But as the troops push east, rumours of a new type of monster spread through the ranks. Fitz and his new team quickly realise that the fight for Europe might be harder than anyone ever imagined. Back in the States, Captain Reed Beckham and Dr Kate Lovato are settling into a new life on Plum Island. Across the United States, the adult Variants have all been wiped out, and the juveniles are on the run. But the survivors soon realise there are other monsters at home, and they may be human.
Pandemic | PBK | $14.99

Blood and Tempest (Empire of Storms 03)
Skovron, Jon
Still reeling from the events on Dawn’s Light, Hope struggles to understand what it means to be a warrior, who has vowed to never again take up a sword. Her search for enlightenment gives her mastery of surprising new abilities, which leads her to uncover some disturbing clues about the true origin of the empire. Red has excelled in his new role as an imperial spy. Now he’s been assigned to the one task he’s desired all along: recruiting Hope and Brigga Lin to help rid the empire of the council of biomancery, once and for all. But the council have set their own plans in motion. Their increasingly tenuous grip on the empire has left them desperate; and willing to do anything, to maintain their power… The third and final novel in the series, following Hope and Red and Bane and Shadow (PBK, $22.99). This series has had some great customer feedback.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Bastard Legion
Smith, Gavin G
Four hundred years in the future, the most dangerous criminals are kept in suspended animation aboard prison ships and ‘rehabilitated’ in a shared virtual reality environment. But Miska Corbin, a thief and hacker with a background in black ops, has stolen one of these ships, the Hangman’s Daughter, and made it her own. Controlled by explosive collars and trained in virtual reality by the electronic ghost of a dead marine sergeant, the thieves, gangsters, murderers, and worse are transformed into Miska’s own private indentured army: the Bastard Legion. Are the mercenaries just for fun and profit, or does Miska have a hidden purpose connected to her covert past? The first in a new series.
Military SF | PBK | $22.99

Talon of God
Snipes, Wesley & Norman, Ray
Lauryn Jefferson is a beautiful young doctor, who is dragged into a seemingly impossible battle against the invisible forces of Satan’s army and their human agents that are bent on enslaving humanity in a mission to establish the kingdom of hell on Earth. But Lauryn is a sceptic, and it’s only as she sees a diabolical drug sweep her city and begins to train in the ways of a spirit warrior with Talon Hunter, the legendary man of God, that she discovers her true nature and inner strength. Facing dangerous trials and tests, it’s a true baptism by fire. And if she and Hunter fail, millions could die… The fiction debut of actor Wesley Snipes.
Urban fantasy | HC | $37.99

In Evil Times (Imperials 02)
Snodgrass, Melinda
Scholarship student Thracius ‘Tracy’ Belmanor and Princess Mercedes de Arango have graduated from the High Ground and become officers in the Orden de la Estrella. Both young officers find themselves part of forced ‘assimilations’ of settlers on Hidden Worlds, which lead them to doubt the intentions of the Solar League. And when Tracy witnesses a horrific event that threatens the fragile human and alien peace, Mercedes must decide where her loyalties truly lie… Sequel to the fantastic High Ground ($19.95).
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Princess Holy Aura (Apocalypse Maidens 01)
Spoor, Ryk E
A child’s desperate scream led Stephen Russ into an alley filled with faceless, winged things that almost killed him… before the strange white rat spoke to him, calling itself Silvertail Heartseeker and telling him that this was but the beginning, that the Stars were almost Right and the forces of Azathoth Nine-Armed would soon be unleashed against the world… before Silvertail said that his courage and willingness to risk himself made him the perfect choice to be one of the defenders of the world against this evil. A defender named Princess Holy Aura, the first of the five Apocalypse Maidens. Now Steve understands the choice: not whether he is willing to die, but whether he is willing to live… by giving up ‘Stephen Russ’ to become the one chance that the world has against the monstrous forces that wait on the other side of forever. The first in a new series.
Urban fantasy | TP | $31.95

Barbary Station
Stearns, R E
Two engineers hijack a spaceship to join some space pirates – only to discover the pirates are hiding from a malevolent AI. Now, they have to outwit the AI, if they want to join the pirate crew – and survive, long enough to enjoy it.
Science fiction | TP | $24.99

God’s Last Breath (Bring Down Heaven 03)
Sykes, Sam
The great demon Khoth-Kapira has broken free of his prison and taken his first step upon the mortal world. And he owes it all to Lenk. Believing that the demon will heal a broken world that the gods have abandoned, Lenk serves as reluctant champion to Khoth-Kapira’s cause. But as the desperate and fearful flock to Khoth-Kapira’s banner, begging for salvation, Lenk begins to doubt his patron’s great designs. The city of Cier’Djaal, meanwhile, has become the field for the last great battle of mortals. And as humans, shicts and tulwar prepare to tear each other apart, none are aware of the ancient horror that marches upon their tiny wars. At the tip of a spear or beneath the heel of demons, the reign of mortals ends. The conclusion to this trilogy, following The City Stained Red and The Mortal Tally (PBK, $22.99 each).
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

Night of Cake and Puppets (Daughter of Smoke and Bone 2.5) (illustrated novella)
Taylor, Laini
Petite though she may be, Zuzana is not known for timidity. Her best friend, Karou, calls her ‘rabid fairy’, her ‘voodoo eyes’ are said to freeze blood, and even her older brother fears her wrath. But when it comes to the simple matter of talking to Mik, or ‘Violin Boy’, her courage deserts her. Now, enough is enough. Zuzana is determined to meet him, and she has a fistful of magic and a plan. It’s a wonderfully elaborate treasure hunt of a plan that will take Mik all over Prague on a cold winter’s night, before finally leading him to the treasure: herself! Violin Boy’s not going to know what hit him.
YA fantasy | HC | $24.99

Kill Before Dying (Tau Ceti Agenda 05)
Taylor, Travis S
General Alexander Moore has faced down an alien menace, bent on the total destruction of the human race, and lived to tell the tale. But his encounters with the Chiata were not without cost, and the fight is far from over. The Chiata are still out there, and they will stop at nothing short of complete annihilation. Humankind is not the only species engaged in battle against the Chiata, and Alexander Moore receives a tip from an alien allied against their common enemy that there may be something on a planet in a far-flung star system that might give humanity an edge in the ongoing war.
Military SF | PBK | $19.95

The Murders of Molly Southbourne
Thompson, Tade
The rule is simple: don’t bleed. For as long as Molly Southbourne can remember, she’s been watching herself die. Whenever she bleeds, another molly is born, identical to her in every way and intent on her destruction. Molly’s parents trained her well. She knows every way to kill herself, she knows how to butcher mollys for easy disposal, but she also knows that as long as she survives she’ll be hunted. No matter how well she follows the rules, eventually the mollys will find her. Can Molly find a way to stop the tide of blood, or will she meet her end at the hand of a girl who looks just like her?
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The Chosen (Black Dagger Brotherhood 15)
Ward, J R
As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe, in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood – not even true love… or destinies that have long seemed set in stone.
Paranormal | PBK | $19.99

Perfect Shadow (Night Angel series) (novella)
Weeks, Brent
Gaelan Starfire is a farmer, happy to be a husband and a father; a careful, quiet, simple man. He’s also an immortal, peerless in the arts of war. Over the centuries, he’s worn many faces to hide his gift, but he is a man, ill fit for obscurity; and all too often he’s become a hero, his very names passing into legend. But when Gaelan must take a job hunting down the world’s finest assassins for the beautiful courtesan-and-crime lord Gwinvere Kirena, what he finds may destroy everything he’s ever believed in. First published in 2011 as an eBook, this is the first time this tale has been available in print. Also includes the short story, ‘I, Nightangel’.
Fantasy | HC | $22.99

Last Year
Wilson, Robert Charles
It’s the near future, and the technology exists to open doorways into the past – but not our past, not exactly. Each ‘past’ is effectively an alternate world, identical to ours but only up to the date on which we access it. And a given ‘past’ can only be reached once. After a passageway is open, it’s the only road to that particular past; once closed, it can’t be reopened. A passageway has been opened to a version of late 19th-century Ohio. It’s been in operation for most of a decade, but it’s no secret, on either side of time. A small city has grown up around it to entertain visitors from our time, and many locals earn a good living catering to them. But like all such operations, it has a shelf life; as the ‘natives’ become more sophisticated, their version of the ‘past’ grows less attractive as a destination. Jesse Cullum is a native. And he knows the passageway will be closing soon. He’s fallen in love with a woman from our time, and he means to follow her back – no matter whose secrets he has to expose, in order to do it.
Science fiction | TP | $23.99