Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: December 2018

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in December 2018.

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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 2018 includes new books by: Neal Asher, Jennifer Chiaverini, Genevieve Cogman, Sebastien de Castell, Alison Goodman, N K Jemisin, George R R Martin, Jamie Sawyer, Maria V Snyder… and many others.

December 2018 SF&F new releases

Watership Down
Adams, Richard
Set in the beautiful English countryside of the Berkshire Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage, and survival follows a band of very special rabbits fleeing the destruction of their home by a developer. Led by a stout-hearted pair of brothers, they leave the safety of Sandleford Warren – in search of a safe haven and a mysterious promised land, skirting danger at every turn. A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for over forty years, Richard Adams’ spellbinding classic Watership Down is one of the best-loved novels of all time, and resonates just as vividly today as it did nearly half a century ago. With a new four-part BBC adaptation in Christmas 2018, in collaboration with Netflix and voiced by stars including John Boyega, Rosamund Pike, Olivia Colman and James McAvoy, this beautiful new heritage edition will be treasured by children for years to come. Design features of this classic edition will include gold foil, head and tail bands and a beautiful gold ribbon, making this the ideal gift for Christmas, and beyond.
Children’s fantasy | HC | $24.99

The Sea Beast Takes a Lover (collection)
Andreasen, Michael
A lovesick kraken slowly drags the object of its desire – a ship of sailors – into the sea; a group of cantankerous saints materialise in a well-appointed parlour, and must unravel the mystery of how they got there; ageing fathers are sunk to the bottom of the ocean in pressure-sealed crates in a time-honoured ritual. Andreasen romps through the lunatic and surreal with a tender generous ease; there is a joyous absurdity to each premise. Just because a sister is born without a head, doesn’t mean her brother won’t love and protect her; just because an adulterous tryst ends in alien abduction, doesn’t mean the man doesn’t miss his wife. A fiercely-original debut collection of stories about moral and physical metamorphoses, odd love, and idiosyncratic faith.
Short fiction collection | PBK | $19.99

The Soldier (Rise of the Jain 01)
Asher, Neal
A hidden corner of space is swarming with lethal alien technology, a danger to all sentient life. It’s guarded by Orlandine, who must keep it contained at any cost – as it has the power to destroy entire civilisations. She schemes from her state-of-the-art weapons station, with only an alien intelligence to share her vigil. But she doesn’t share everything with Dragon… Orlandine is hatching a plan to obliterate this technology, removing its threat forever. For some will do anything to exploit this ancient weaponry, created by a long-dead race called the Jain. This includes activating a Jain super-soldier, which may breach even Orlandine’s defences.
Science fiction | PBK | $18.99

Six of Crows (Six of Crows 01) (collector’s edition)
Bardugo, Leigh
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams – but he can’t pull it off alone. A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction – if they don’t kill each other, first. Game of Thrones meets Ocean’s Eleven.
YA fantasy | HC | $29.99

Peter Pan, Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast (illustrated classics boxed set)
Barrie, J M; Kipling, Rudyard; de Beaumont, Jean-Marie Leprince
Peter Pan: Journey with Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and the Darling children to the magical island of Neverland. Jungle Book: The adventures of Mowgli, a boy adopted by a family of wolves, and meet Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther, who teach him how to survive in the jungle. Beauty and the Beast: An epic love story of a beautiful young girl imprisoned in the magical castle of a monstrous beast.
Classic children’s fiction | HC | $59.99

The Queen of Swords (Golgotha 03)
Belcher, R S
1870. Maude Stapleton, late of Golgotha, Nevada, is a respectable widow raising a daughter on her own. Few know that Maude belongs to an ancient order of assassins, the Daughters of Lilith, and is as well the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Anne Bonney, the legendary female pirate. Leaving Golgotha in search of her daughter Constance, who has been taken from her, Maude travels to Charleston, South Carolina, only to find herself caught in the middle of a secret war between the Daughters of Lilith and their ancestral enemies, the monstrous Sons of Typhon. To save Constance, whose prophetic gifts are sought by both cults, Maude must follow in the footsteps of Anne Bonney, as she embarks on a perilous voyage that will ultimately lead her to a lost city of bones in the heart of Africa – and the Father of All Monsters. Follows The Six-Gun Tarot (PBK, $16.99) and The Shotgun Arcana (TP, $26.99).
Historical fantasy | TP | $23.99

Burning Ashes (Ben Garston 03)
Bennett, James
The Lore is over. For Ben Garston, the fight is just beginning. The uneasy truce between the human and the mythical world has shattered. Betrayed by his oldest friend, with a tragic death on his hands, there isn’t enough whiskey in England to wash away the taste of Ben’s guilt. But for a one-time guardian dragon, there’s no time to sit and sulk in the ruins. Because the Long Sleep has come undone. Slowly but surely, Remnants are stirring under the earth, unleashing chaos and terror on an unsuspecting modern world. Worse still, the Fay are returning, travelling across the gulfs of the nether to bring a final reckoning to Remnants and humans, alike. The third Ben Garston novel follows Chasing Embers and Raising Fire (PBK, $22.99 each).
Urban fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Immortal Life
Bing, Stanley
Immortal life. A fantasy, an impossible dream – or is it? The moguls of Big Tech are pouring their mountain of wealth into finding a cure for death and they are determined to succeed. None of these titans is richer than Arthur Vogel. The inventor, tech tycoon, and all-round monster has amassed trillions of dollars and rules over a corporate empire stretching all the way to Mars. The newest – and most expensive – life-extension technology has allowed him to live to 127 years, but time is running out. His last hope to escape the inevitable lies with Gene, a human specifically created for the purpose of housing Arthur’s consciousness. The plan is to discard his aged body and come to a second life in a young, strong host. But there’s a problem: Gene. He may be artificial, but he is a person – and he has other ideas. As Arthur sets off to achieve his goal of world domination, Gene hatches a risky plan of his own. The forces against him are rich, determined, and used to getting what they pay for. The battle between creator and creation is heightened as the two minds wrestle for control of one body.
Science fiction | TP | $24.99

The Norse Myths: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes Vividly Retold
Birkett, Tom
A thrilling journey through the Norse cosmos, from the creation of the world to Ragnarok, the final world-destroying conflict; via the Nine Worlds, and the exploits of the mighty gods and goddesses – mystical Odin, malicious Loki, mighty Thor and more – and their quarrel with the giants. Bringing to life the magical world of monsters and mythical creatures, this also introduces the adventures of humankind: folk heroes and tricksters; Sigmund’s great battle in the Volsung Saga; the exploits of Kings and Princes; and Viking exploration and settlement of new lands including Iceland, Greenland, America, and Viking life in the Mediterranean and the East. As well as a treasure trove of these epic stories of heroism and cruelty, squabbles and seductions, The Norse Myths is a comprehensive study of their origins, survival and interpretations – as academically important as it is exhilarating.
Mythology | HC | $49.99

Survival (Star Quest trilogy 03)
Bova, Ben
A human team, sent to scout a few hundred light years 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 | PBK | $22.95

Enchantress of Numbers: a novel of Ada Lovelace
Chiaverini, Jennifer
The only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the most brilliant, revered, and scandalous of the Romantic poets, Ada was destined for fame long before her birth. But her mathematician mother, estranged from Ada’s infamous and destructively-passionate father, is determined to save her only child from her perilous Byron heritage. Banishing fairy-tales and make-believe from the nursery, Ada’s mother provides her daughter with a rigorous education, grounded in mathematics and science. Any troubling spark of imagination – or worse yet, passion or poetry – is promptly extinguished. Or, so, her mother believes. When Ada is introduced into London society as a highly eligible young heiress – she, at last, discovers the intellectual and social circles she has craved all her life. Little does she realise how her exciting new friendship with Charles Babbage – the brilliant, charming, and occasionally curmudgeonly inventor of an extraordinary machine, the Difference Engine – will define her destiny.
Historical science fiction | TP | $27.99

Queen of Air and Darkness (Dark Artifices 03)
Clare, Cassandra
Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the disease that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.
YA fantasy | TP | $27.99

Splintered Suns (Humanity’s Fire 05)
Cobley, Michael
For Pyke and his crew, it should have been just another heist. Travel to a backwater, desert planet, break into a museum, steal a tracking device – then use it to find a ship buried in the planet’s vast and trackless sandy wastes. Except that the museum vault is a bio-engineered chamber, and the tracking device is sought after, by another gang of treasure hunters… led by an old adversary of Pyke’s, the devious Raven Kaligara. Also, the ship is a quarter of a million years old and about two kilometres long and somewhere aboard it is the Essavyr Key, a relic to unlock all the treasures and technologies of a lost civilisation…
Space opera | PBK | $22.99

The Mortal Word (Invisible Library 05)
Cogman, Genevieve
A corrupt countess. A spy in danger. And an assassin at large. Peace talks are always tricky… especially, when a key diplomat gets stabbed. This murder rudely interrupts a top-secret summit between the warring dragons and Fae – so, Librarian-spy Irene is summoned to investigate. In a version of 1890s’ Paris, Irene and her detective friend Vale must track down the killer – before either the peace negotiations, or the city, go up in flames. Accusations fly thick and fast. Irene soon finds herself in the seedy depths of the Parisian underworld on the trail of a notoriously warlike Fae, the Blood Countess. However, the evidence against the Countess is circumstantial. Could the assassin – or assassins – be closer than anyone suspects? This fantastic book-fantasy series begins with The Invisible Library (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $17.99

Soulbinder (Spellslinger 04)
De Castell, Sebastien
Kellen and Reichis live day to day, now, avoiding notice and staying clear of mages. It’s a frustrating life for Reichis, who hates living like a coward. For Kellen, however, it’s a necessity. The Shadowblack on his face has grown, and the dark dreams it brings have gotten worse. Then Kellen comes across the Order of Black Binders whose strict training and rituals of self-privation enable them to hold back the Shadowblack – and Kellen quickly becomes sucked into their way of life… The fourth book in de Castell’s fantastic Western-inspired fantasy series, following Spellslinger, Shadowblack (PBK, $16.99 each), and Charmcaster (TP, $19.99).
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99

The Glass Spare
Destefano, Lauren
Wilhelmina Heidle, the fourth child and only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father – whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war – Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance. Until, one night, Wil is attacked; and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first, Wil is horrified – but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, though, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure. But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with Wil’s power. With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever? The first in a duology.
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99

Bright Light (Star Carrier 08)
Douglas, Ian
Trevor Gray has been stripped of his command of the starship America, and is unsure what to do with his life. Having dedicated so much of himself to the service, he knew following the super-AI Konstantin’s advice could have severe consequences. He just never thought he would be out of the fight. Because that’s what Earth is in: a fight against a sinister alien force, so technologically advanced that there seems little hope. That’s why he disobeyed his orders in the first place – to figure out a way to stop them. But, now, he’s beached. Which is just what Konstantin wanted. The super-AI has a plan: connect Gray with the Pan-Europeans; and set him on a course to the remote star, Deneb. There, he is to make contact with a mysterious alien civilisation, using the new artificial intelligence Bright Light; and, maybe – if they can make it, in time – prevent humanity from being wiped from the universe.
Space opera | PBK | $19.99

Shroud of Eternity (Nicci Chronicles 02)
Goodkind, Terry
After driving ruthless Norukai slavers out of Renda Bay, Nicci and her companions – the newly-powerless Nathan and the youthful Bannon – continue their perilous journey into uncharted lands. Guided by the witch-woman Red’s mysterious prophecy, the trio makes their way south of Kol Adair towards a wondrous city shrouded behind time, Ildakar. But the grotesque omens on their path to Nathan’s salvation – severed Norukai heads on pikes, a monster born of new dark arts, and a petrified army of half a million – are just a taste of the unimaginable horrors that await within the Shroud of Eternity. ‘And the Sorceress must save the world.’ The second instalment of the spin off from the Sword of Truth series, following Death’s Mistress (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Lady Helen and the Dark Days Deceit (Lady Helen trilogy 03)
Goodman, Alison
Bath, December 1812: After the shocking events in London and Brighton, Lady Helen and Lord Carlston are now the newly forged Grand Reclaimer, a dyad of power bonded through blood and death. They cannot, however, yet control this terrifying new force between them. They and their Dark Days’ cohort have taken up residence in Bath, looking for the Deceiver who can give them the key to wielding their power and help them find their nemesis: the Grand Deceiver. Helen and Carlston are not only struggling to control their new dyad power. They must also contain their illicit feelings for one another, as Helen prepares to marry the devoted Duke of Selburn. The wedding, to be attended by the Queen, is fast approaching and Helen must juggle her imminent life as Duchess with the dangerous and unseemly duties of a Grand Reclaimer. When an old enemy arrives in Bath bringing death and deceit, the final confrontation between Grand Reclaimer and Grand Deceiver is set into terrifying motion. Can Helen and Carlston finally unleash the power and love between them, to save mankind from annihilation? Set against a background of glittering Regency society, this is the thrilling finale to the Lady Helen trilogy. Lady Helen first appears in Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club (TP, $19.99). Recommended to Heyer lovers, especially!
Historical urban fantasy | TP | $29.99

Death Shall Come (Ishmael Jones 04)
Green, Simon
Ishmael Jones and his partner Penny have been summoned to remote Cardavan House, home of the world’s largest private collection of Ancient Egyptian artefacts, for the unveiling of George Cardavan’s latest acquisition: a bona fide Egyptian mummy. When a bloodstained body is discovered beside the empty sarcophagus, Ishmael is dismissive of the theory that the mummy’s curse is to blame. Instead he sets out to uncover the human killer responsible. But how can Ishmael explain the strange, shuffling footsteps that creep along the corridors? Who is playing games with them… and why?
Paranormal thriller | TP | $29.95

This Present Past (Ancient Future series)
Harding, Traci
In Ancient Wales, Gwion Bach, a simple woodsman, becomes enchanted by the fey beauty Creirwy during a brush with the Sons of the Long Knives. He earns Creirwy’s trust, and that of her mother, the goddess Keridwen, and is offered an apprenticeship at their castell in Llyn Tegid. As Gwion discovers an enchanting new world of magic, the goddess is busy… brewing a potion of prophetic insight and esoteric wisdom, destined for her monstrous son. However, an ill-timed accident provides an unexpected result. What transpires is an unforgettable shape-shifting battle that will spark rebellion and threaten to bring the downfall of all the kingdoms of Cymru. The long-awaited prequel to Harding’s much-loved Ancient Future series, which begins with The Dark Age (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

Scourged (Iron Druid Chronicles 09)
Hearne, Kevin
Unchained from fate, the Norse gods Loki and Hel are ready to unleash Ragnarok, aka the Apocalypse, upon the earth. With a whole host of dark allies on their side, there’s a globe-spanning battle on the cards – one which Druid Atticus O’Sullivan will be hard pressed to survive, much less win. Atticus must recruit the aid of an Indian witch and a trickster god in hopes that they’ll give him just enough leverage to both save Gaia and see another sunrise. After all – if the world ends, who’s going to make sure the hound Oberon gets his well-deserved snack? The finale of the Iron Druid Chronicles (this is the US paperback, the UK edition was released in April 2018). Hounded ($19.95) is the first in this great series.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $21.95

Alice Payne Arrives (novella)
Heartfield, Kate
It’s 1788 and Alice Payne is the notorious highway robber, the Holy Ghost. Aided by her trusty automaton, Laverna, the Holy Ghost is feared by all who own a heavy purse. It’s 1889 and Major Prudence Zuniga is, once again, attempting to change history – to save history – but seventy attempts later she’s still no closer to her goal. It’s 2016 and… well, the less said about 2016, the better! But, in 2020, the Farmers and the Guides are locked in battle; time is their battleground, and the world is their prize. Only something new can change the course of the war. Or someone new. Little did they know, but they’ve all been waiting… until Alice Payne arrives. A 171pp novella.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

Tiger’s Dream (Tiger Saga 05)
Houck, Colleen
A tiger left behind. A goddess in need of an ally. Stranded in a time and place he never wished for, Kishan Rajaram struggles to forget the girl he loves and the brother who stole her away, as he fulfils his divine role – that of assisting the beautiful yet extremely irritable goddess Durga. When the wily shaman Phet appears and tells Kishan that Kelsey needs him, he jumps at the chance to see her again, but in saving Kelsey, he discovers that the curse he thought was over is only just beginning. With the power of the goddess hanging in the balance, Kishan must sacrifice the unthinkable to fight the dark forces swirling around the woman he’s charged to defend. This final instalment in the series follows Tiger’s Curse, Tiger’s Quest, Tiger’s Voyage, and Tiger’s Destiny (PBK, $16.99 each).
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99

How Long ’til Black Future Month? (collection)
Jemisin, N K
In the first collection of her evocative short fiction, Jemisin equally challenges and delights readers with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption. Jemisin sharply examines modern society, infusing magic into the mundane, and drawing deft parallels in the fantasy realms of her imagination. Dragons and hateful spirits haunt the flooded streets of New Orleans, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow South must save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story ‘The City Born Great’, a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis’ soul.
Fantasy collection | PBK | $22.99

The Wolves of Winter
Johnson, Tyrell
The old world has been ravaged by war and disease, and as far as Lynn McBride is concerned, her family could be the last one left on earth. For seven years, the McBrides have eked out an existence in the still, white wilderness of the Yukon. But this is not living. This is survival on the brink. Into this fragile community walk new threats, including the enigmatic fugitive Jax, who holds secrets about the past and, possibly, keys to a better future. And then there’s Immunity, the prewar organisation that was supposed to save humankind from the flu. They’re still out there, enforcing order and conducting experiments – but is their work for the good of humankind… or is something much more sinister at play? In the face of almost certain extinction, Lynn and her family must learn to hunt as a pack, or die alone in the cold.
Dystopia | PBK | $19.99

Unearthed (Unearthed 01)
Kaufman, Amie & Spooner, Meagan
We are the last of our kind. We will not fade into the dark. We will tell our story to the stars – we will be Undying. When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo massive environmental damage and turn lives around; and Gaia, the Undying’s former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered. For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study… as long as scavengers – like Amelia Radcliffe – don’t loot everything, first. Despite their opposing reasons for smuggling themselves onto the alien planet’s surface, they’re both desperate to uncover the riches hidden in the Undying temples. Beset by rival scavenger gangs, Jules and Amelia form a fragile alliance… but both are keeping secrets that make trust nearly impossible. As they race to decode the ancient messages left by the alien race, Jules and Amelia must navigate the traps and trials within the Undying temple and stay one step ahead of the scavvers on their heels. They came to Gaia, certain that they had far more to fear from their fellow humans than the ancient beings whose mysteries they’re trying to unravel. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more Jules and Amelia start to feel like their presence in the temple is part of a grand design – one that could spell the end of the human race…
YA science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Undying (Unearthed 02)
Kaufman, Amie & Spooner, Meagan
Mia and Jules are desperate to warn their home planet about the impending invasion from the Undying. After a perilous escape from the Undying’s ancient spaceship, they crash-land on Earth’s surface, only to realise the awful truth: No one believes in the alien threat in orbit. With no choice but to take matters into their own hands, Mia and Jules must escape the custody of the powerful International Alliance, in order to discover the true mission of the Undying. On the run, fugitives among their own people, they must journey across Europe to stop an alien invasion, prevent a horrific plague, and save the people they love…
YA science fiction | PBK | $19.99

The Poppy War
Kuang, Rebecca
Opium runs through the heart of the Nikara Empire, a constant reminder of the war with the Federation of Mugen that brought it to the empire’s shores. A war that only ended thanks to three heroes – the Vipress, the Dragon Emperor and the Gatekeeper – known as the Trifecta. They were legendary figures, each bestowed with god-like powers, who united the warlords of the Empire against the Federation. Decades have passed. The Trifecta is shattered; the Dragon Emperor is dead, the Gatekeeper is missing, and the Vipress alone sits on the throne at Sinegard. Peace reigns, yet the poppy remains. War orphan Fang Runin grew up with it. Her adopted family smuggles it throughout the Rooster province, making a living on the misfortune of those addicted to its smoke. But when Rin’s parents force her into an arranged marriage, Rin refuses to accept her fate and fights her way to the prestigious military academy at Sinegard. There she will learn of drug-fuelled shamanic powers thought to be myth, powers which might defeat the Federation during its third invasion. But the cost of some power is too great to pay, even if it means winning a war that threatens to destroy an entire nation. A powerful epic fantasy novel with roots in the 20th-century history of China.
Epic fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Blood of Ten Kings (Guardians of Aandor 03)
Lazellari, Edward
In this long-awaited conclusion to the Aandor trilogy, The Guardians return to their reality, ill equipped to fend off Farrenheil’s invading soldiers, which have saturated the kingdom. Daniel and Seth must vanquish ancient ghosts to claim the powers of their birthrights, even as Cat MacDonnell fights to retain her husband against a kingdom that would rather see Callum wed to Chryslantha Godwynn. Their fellowship broken, Seth, Catherine, Callum, and Daniel must deftly navigate the dangers of Aandor, or face oblivion at the hands of their enemies.
Fantasy | HC | $39.99

Throne of Glass Box Set (Throne of Glass series)
Maas, Sarah J
When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the king’s champion and earn her freedom. Her name is Celaena Sardothien – beautiful, deadly, and destined for greatness. But as dark forces gather on the horizon – forces which threaten to destroy her entire world – Celaena must fight to protect everything she holds dear, thrusting her into the epic, heart-stopping danger. Fans new and old will dive into this special box set, containing a full-colour poster and hardcover editions of the entire series: The Assassin’s Blade, Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, Tower of Dawn, and the thrilling finale, Kingdom of Ash.
YA fantasy | HC | $220.00

Fire and Blood (History of the House of Targaryen of Westeros 01)
Martin, George R R
The first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros. Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen – the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria – took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire and Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart. What really happened during the Dance of the Dragons? Why was it so deadly to visit Valyria after the Doom? What were Maegor the Cruel’s worst crimes? What was it like in Westeros when dragons ruled the skies? These are but a few of the questions answered, in this essential chronicle – as related by a learned maester of the Citadel, and featuring more than eighty all-new, black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley.
Fantasy | HC | $45.00

The Razor
Mitchell, J Barton
Marcus Flynn has been sentenced to the terrifying prison planet known as Angel Fire. There’s only one problem. He’s innocent. He’s barely made it through the first day, when everything changes: All the guards and prison personnel suddenly abandon the planet, leaving the inmates there to die. There is more to Angel Fire than meets the eye; and Flynn soon finds himself making unlikely allies and the most dangerous of enemies.
Science fiction | HC | $34.99

Hazards of Time Travel
Oates, Joyce Carol
When a recklessly-idealistic girl in a dystopian future society dares to test the perimeters of her tightly-controlled world, she is punished by being sent back in time… to a region of North America – ‘Wainscotia, Wisconsin’ – that existed eighty years before. Cast adrift in time in this idyllic, Midwestern town, she is set upon a course of ‘rehabilitation’ – but she falls in love with a fellow exile and starts to question the constraints of her new existence… with results that are both devastating and liberating.
Dystopia | TP | $32.99

This Splintered Silence
Olson, Kayla
Lindley Hamilton has been the leader of the space station Lusca since every first-generation crew member on board, including her mother, the commander, was killed by a deadly virus. Lindley always assumed she’d captain the Lusca, one day, but she never thought that day would come so soon. And she never thought it would be like this – struggling to survive every day, learning how to keep the Lusca running, figuring out how to communicate with Earth, making sure they don’t run out of food. When a member of the surviving second generation dies from symptoms that look just like the deadly virus, though, Lindley feels her world shrinking even smaller. And as more people die, Lindley must face the terrifying reality – that either the virus has mutated, or one of their own is a killer.
YA sf thriller | TP | $19.99

Beasts Made of Night
Onyebuchi, Tochi
In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt. Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family. When Taj is called to eat a sin of a member of the royal family, he’s suddenly thrust into the centre of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now, Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves – and his own life. Packed with dark magic and thrilling action, this debut novel is a gritty Nigerian-influenced fantasy – perfect for fans of Paolo Bacigalupi and Nnedi Okorafor.
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99

Father Christmas’ Fake Beard (collection)
Pratchett, Terry
Have you ever wanted Christmas to be different? Turkey and carols, presents and crackers – they all start to feel a bit… samey. How about a huge, exploding mince pie, a pet abominable snowman, or a very helpful partridge in a pear tree? What if Father Christmas went to work at a zoo, or caused chaos in a toy store… or was, even, arrested for burglary!? Dive into the fantastically-funny world of Terry Pratchett, for a festive treat like no other. These ten stories will have you laughing, gasping and crying (with laughter) – you’ll never see Christmas in the same way, again. A collection of ten Christmas stories, now in paperback.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99

Truckers (Bromeliad 01)
Pratchett, Terry
Imagine that all around you, hidden from sight, there are thousands of tiny people. They are four inches tall, brave, stubborn and resourceful. They are the nomes. The nomes in this story live under the floorboards of a large Department Store and have never been Outside. In fact, they don’t even believe in Outside. But new nomes arrive, from – where else? – and they bring with them terrifying news: the Store is closing down, and Everything Must Go… A new, illustrated edition of Pratchett’s first novel of the nomes (first published in 1989). Gorgeous.
YA fantasy | HC | $35.00

Of Blood and Bone (Chronicles of the One 02)
Roberts, Nora
Thirteen years ago, a catastrophic pandemic known as The Doom killed billions. For those left behind, it is a chance to build a new world. But The Doom was no ordinary virus. In some survivors, it awoke strange powers – to heal, to harm, and even to predict the future. Fallon Swift has no memories of the old world – but she is destined to shape this new one. Growing up with her three brothers on a quiet farm, she has been protected from danger by her mother and stepfather. Now, she must leave them, and learn to fight. Because Fallon is not only a powerful ‘Uncanny’ – she also has a pivotal role to play in the bloody battles ahead. A war between good and evil is brewing, and Fallon – young, tough, headstrong – must be ready. The sequel to Year One (PBK, $19.99).
Post-apocalyptic | TP | $29.99

Child of a Mad God (Coven 01)
Salvatore, R A
When Aoleyn loses her parents, she is left to fend for herself, among a tribe of vicious barbarians. Bound by rigid traditions, she dreams of escaping to the world beyond her mountain home. The only hope for achieving the kind of freedom she searches for is to learn how to wield the mysterious power, used by the tribe’s coven – known as the Song of Usgar. Thankfully, Aoleyn may be the strongest witch to have ever lived, but magic comes at price. Not only has her ability caught the eye of the brutish warlord leading the tribe… but the demon of the mountain hunts all, who wield the Coven’s power; and Aoleyn’s talent has made her a beacon in the night. The first in a new series.
Epic fantasy | PBK | $22.95

Exodus (Eternity War 02)
Sawyer, Jamie
Lieutenant Keira Jenkins and her Jackals may have survived confrontations with the Black Spiral terrorist network and a betrayal by one of their own. Yet, their troubles are only just beginning. With their starship badly damaged, they find themselves adrift in hostile territory. Somehow, they must find a way to warn the Alliance before the Black Spiral unleashes a new war across the galaxy. But, first, they must face the Alliance’s oldest enemy: the Asiatic Directorate. And the Directorate has a score to settle with Jenkins… Follows Pariah (PBK, $22.99).
Space opera | PBK | $22.99

Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom: a Novel of Retropolis
Schenck, Bradley W
After a surprise efficiency review, the switchboard operators of Retropolis find themselves replaced by a mysterious system they don’t understand. Nola Gardner pools their severance pay to hire Dash Kent, freelance adventurer and apartment manager, to find out what happened. Dash discovers that the replacement switchboard is only one element of a plan concocted by an insane civil engineer: a plan so vast that it reaches from Retropolis to the Moon. If Fritz Lang’s Metropolis somehow mated with Futurama, their mutant offspring might well be this novel. Inspired by the future imagined in the 1939 World Fair, this hilarious, beautifully-illustrated adventure is utterly unlike anything else in science fiction – enhanced throughout, by two dozen astonishing illustrations.
Science fiction | TP | $23.99

Navigating the Stars (Sentinels of the Galaxy 01)
Snyder, Maria V
Year 2471. A new discovery. Those three words thrill my parents – the galaxy’s leading archaeologists – but, for me, it means another time jump to a different planet. One, so big, my friends will be older than my dad when we arrive. And I’ll still be seventeen. Thanks, Einstein. I really can’t blame Einstein, though. No one expected to find life-sized terracotta warriors buried on other planets. So off we go to investigate, travelling through space and time. With my social life in ruins, I fill my days illegally worming into the quantum net – the invention that allows us to travel in space. Of course, the only person close to my age is a hot-but-pain-in-the-neck security officer who threatens to throw me into the brig. But when one of the warrior planets goes silent, we have bigger problems on our hands. The planet’s entire population might be dead. And now my worming skills, along with a translation of an ancient alien artefact, might be the key to finding out why. But my attempts to uncover the truth lead to the discovery of a deadly new alien phenomenon, and also alert those who wish to keep it quiet. The galaxy is in real danger and time is not on our side… The first in a new, sf series.
YA science fiction | PBK | $19.99

The Hobbit (deluxe slipcased edition)
Tolkien, J R R
Bilbo Baggins enjoys a quiet and contented life, with no desire to travel far from the comforts of home; then one day the wizard Gandalf and a band of dwarves arrive unexpectedly and enlist his services – as a burglar – on a dangerous expedition to raid the treasure-hoard of Smaug the dragon. Bilbo’s life is never to be the same, again. Seldom has any book been so widely read and loved as J R R Tolkien’s classic tale, The Hobbit. Since its first publication, in 1937, it has remained in print to delight each new generation of readers all over the world, and its hero, Bilbo Baggins, has taken his place among the ranks of the immortals: Alice, Pooh, Toad… This deluxe, slipcased edition of The Hobbit, printed and bound using superior materials including a silk ribbon marker, features the definitive text, plus Tolkien’s paintings and drawings in full colour, and a special fold-out version of Thror’s Map.
Tolkien | HC | $100.00

The Lord of the Rings (deluxe slipcased edition)
Tolkien, J R R
Since it was first published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings has been a book people have treasured. Steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness, its sweeping fantasy and epic adventure has touched the hearts of young and old alike. Over 100 million copies of its many editions have been sold around the world, and occasional collectors’ editions become prized and valuable items of publishing. This deluxe, slipcased volume contains the definitive version of the text, featuring – for the very first time – full-colour facsimiles of pages from the Book of Mazarbul, illustrations by Tolkien that he intended for inclusion in the ‘Bridge of Khazad-dum’ chapter. Also appearing are previously-unpublished family trees and two full-size fold-out maps. Sympathetically packaged to reflect the classic look of the original, this brand-new volume will prove irresistible to collectors and new fans, alike.
Tolkien | HC | $200.00

The Lord of the Rings (illustrated slipcased edition)
Tolkien, J R R & Lee, Alan (illustrator)
This new edition includes all 50 of Alan Lee’s beautiful watercolour paintings that have been newly scanned by the artist himself, together with his stunning frontispiece painting that appears in full, for the very first time, as a three-page foldout sheet. The text has been reset using the definitive 50th anniversary text and is printed on high-quality paper, and this is accompanied by Tolkien’s own maps, which are printed in red and black as endpapers. The unjacketed book features illustrated boards and includes a silk ribbon marker, and is housed in a special transparent slipcase; together with Alan’s beautiful paintings, this new presentation of this landmark work provides the reader with the ultimate edition with which to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its first publication.
Tolkien | HC | $109.99

The Lord of the Rings (60th anniversary edition boxed set)
Tolkien, J R R
This Diamond Anniversary reissue of the prized boxed set marks 60 years since the first publication of The Fellowship of the Ring. These hardback editions feature Tolkien’s original unused dust-jacket designs from the 1950s, reworked for this edition, and some additional text corrections. The four-volume boxed set includes The Lord of the Rings: A Reader’s Companion, a unique, annotated guide to the text, fully updated since its first publication in 2005, and is a book which will enhance the reader’s enjoyment and understanding of one of the most influential books of the 20th century.
Tolkien | HC | $149.99

Mary Poppins (illustrated edition)
Travers, P L & Child, Lauren (illustrator)
When Mary Poppins arrives at their house on a gust of the East Wind and slides up the bannister, Jane and Michael Banks’ lives are turned magically upside down. Who better to re-imagine this endearing children’s classic than today’s most instantly recognisable and best-loved artist-illustrator? Lauren Child brings the magic of Mary Poppins into the hearts and imagination of readers and fans new and old. First published in 1934, Mary Poppins has been delighting readers, ever since; both in books and on film. This stunning deluxe edition is published ahead of the release of the hotly-anticipated Disney film: Mary Poppins Returns.
Children’s fantasy | HC | $39.99

Mary Poppins (Collins Modern Classics)
Travers, P L
When Mary Poppins arrives at their house on a gust of the East Wind and slides up the bannister, Jane and Michael Banks’ lives are turned magically upside down. Who better to re-imagine this endearing children’s classic than today’s most instantly recognisable and best-loved artist-illustrator? Lauren Child brings the magic of Mary Poppins into the hearts and imagination of readers and fans new and old. First published in 1934, Mary Poppins has been delighting readers ever since, both in books and on film.
Children’s fantasy | PBK | $14.99

Mary Poppins Comes Back
Travers, P L
Just when Jane and Michael Banks thought she was gone forever, Mary Poppins floats back into their lives on the end of a kite string, bringing a whole host of wonderful adventures with her.
Children’s fantasy | PBK | $14.99

Mary Poppins Opens the Door
Travers, P L
On a dark November night, Mary Poppins returns in a burst of fireworks to restore order – and a sprinkling of magic – to the residents of Cherry Tree Lane.
Children’s fantasy | PBK | $14.99

Mary Poppins in the Park
Travers, P L
Whether it’s a lion loose in the park or story-book characters coming to life, when Mary Poppins is in residence in Cherry Tree Lane, you can be sure that wonderful adventures will follow.
Children’s fantasy | PBK | $14.99

Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane and Mary Poppins and the House Next Door. (two-in-one edition)
Travers, P L
Mary Poppins is in residence in Cherry Tree Lane. You can be sure that wonderful adventures will follow, from fantastical picnics to a trip to see the Man-in-the-Moon!
Children’s fantasy | PBK | $14.99

Mary Poppins: the Complete Collection (omnibus)
Travers, P L
When their new nanny, Mary Poppins, arrives on a gust of the East Wind, greets their mother, and slides up the banister, Jane and Michael’s lives are turned magically upside down. Familiar to anyone who has seen the film or the West End adaptation, you can now read all six of these wonderfully original tales about Jane and Michael’s adventures with the magical Mary Poppins. In each book Mary takes the children on the most extraordinary outings: to a fun fair inside a pavement picture; to visit Uncle Andrew – who floats up to the ceiling when he laughs; on a spectacular trip to see the Man-in-the-Moon! With her strict but fair, no-nonsense attitude, combined with amazing magical powers, things are never straightforward with Mary Poppins! But she has only promised to stay, until the wind changes… This fantastic omnibus edition contains all six original Mary Poppins stories: Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Comes Back, Mary Poppins Opens the Door, Mary Poppins in the Park, Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane, and Mary Poppins and the House Next Door.
Children’s fantasy | TP | $39.99

A Call to Vengeance (Manticore Ascendant 03)
Weber, David; Zahn, Timothy & Pope, Thomas
After the disastrous attack on the Manticoran home system by forces unknown, the Royal Manticoran Navy stands on the brink of collapse. A shadowy enemy with the resources to hurl warships across hundreds of light years seeks to conquer the Star Kingdom for reasons unknown, while forces from within Manticore’s own government seek to discredit and weaken the Navy for reasons very much known: their own political gain. It’s up to officers, like Travis Long and Lisa Donnelly, to defend the Star Kingdom and the Royal Manticoran Navy from these threats, but the challenge is greater than any they have faced before. Weakened but not defeated, the mercenary forces and their mysterious employer could return at any time, and the anti-Navy faction within Parliament is growing. The situation becomes even direr, when fresh tragedy strikes the Star Kingdom. While the House of Winton faces their enemies at home, Travis, Lisa, and the other officers of the Royal Manticoran Navy must reunite with old friends and join new allies, to hunt down and eliminate the forces arrayed against them in a galaxy-spanning conspiracy. Manticore has learned that the universe is not a safe place, but the Star Kingdom’s enemies are about to learn a lesson of their own! Follows A Call to Duty and A Call to Arms (PBK, $21.95 each).
Space opera | PBK | $21.95

Swarm (Zeroes 02)
Westerfeld, Scott, Lanagan, Margo & Biancotti, Deborah
It’s the holiday season, but the celebration at the Zeroes’ underground nightclub is blown apart, when two strangers with new powers take to the dance floor. The Zeroes pursue them, only to discover that they’re fleeing an even more sinister power-wielder, Swarm. The Zeroes must learn all they can about this dangerous new player if they are to stay safe. Meanwhile, each of the Zeroes also has their own issues to deal with. Bellwether’s confidence is challenged, and Mob questions the nature of her power. Crash’s conscience gets a workout, and Anon and Scam face harsh truths about belonging. And it’s up to Flicker to pick up the reins and lead the Zeroes into a terrifying showdown. Follows Zeroes (PBK, $14.99); now in paperback.
YA fantasy | PBK | $14.99

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
White, Kiersten
Elizabeth Lavenza hasn’t had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her ‘caregiver’, and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets… until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy, who has everything… except a friend. Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable – and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon, she and Victor are inseparable. But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth’s survival depends on managing Victor’s dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive, no matter the cost… as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.
YA gothic horror | TP | $19.99

Horizon (Bone Universe 03)
Wilde, Fran
A City of living Bone towers crumbles to the ground and danger surrounds. Kirit Densira has lost everything she loved the most – her mother, her home, and the skies above. Nat Brokenwings, once Kirit’s brother long before the rebellion tore them apart, is still trying to save his family in the face of catastrophe. They will need to band together, once more, to ensure not just their own survival, but that of their entire community. The conclusion of the Bone Universe trilogy, following Cloudbound (TP, $26.99) and Updraft (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $24.99