Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: June 2018

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in June 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!

June 2018 includes new books by: Neal Asher, Jim Butcher, Hailey Edwards, Greg Keyes, Mercedes Lackey, Alex Marshall, Claire North, Lilith Saintcrow, Peter Watts… and many others.

The Never King
Abbott, James
Xavir Argentum is rotting in gaol. Sentenced to life in the squalor of Hell’s Keep, punishment for an atrocity he didn’t commit, the once legendary commander is all but forgotten. His elite band of warriors are dead – and the kingdom he was poised to inherit is oppressed by the tyrant who framed him. For half a decade now, Xavir has ruled nothing but a prison gang. Yet vengeance comes to those who wait. When a former spymaster infiltrates the Keep, bearing news of his old enemy’s treachery, plans are forged. A few are compelled to restore peace – an exiled queen, an outcast witch, and an unlikely alliance of rogues and heroes. But peace and vengeance make poor companions. And, first, Xavir must make his escape…
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF, Volume 4
Afsharirad, David (editor)
Stories from Suzanne Palmer, Edward McDermott, Jody Lynn Nye, Brian Trent, Lindsay Buroker, Brad R Torgersen, Larry Niven, Kacey Ezell, David Hardy, Sean Patrick Hazlett, Martin L Shoemaker, Tony Daniel, Rich Larson, George Nikiloloulos, and David Weber.
Military SF anthology | TP | $31.95

Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist 02)
Ahdieh, Renée
After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice – to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor’s ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead. With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honour, their love and the very safety of the empire. The sequel to Flame in the Mist ($16.99).
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99

Son of the Night (Bloody Banners 02)
Alder, Mark
As the armies mass around Crecy, the rivalries between Lucifer, Satan and God become ever deeper and more violent. The One-Hundred-Years War, and the history of medieval Europe, as you’ve never seen it. A follow-up to Son of the Morning (PBK, $19.99).
Historical fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Devil’s Due (Destroyermen 12)
Anderson, Taylor
Captain Matt Reddy and the crew of the USS Walker have been fighting for their lives ever since their ship was swept from the Pacific to another world and they became embroiled in a deadly conflict between their Lemurian allies and the ravening Grik. But things are about to get worse. With Reddy’s family and allies held prisoner by the mad General Kurokawa, the mysterious League and evil Dominion plotting schemes of their own, and the Grik trying to build their swarm and concentrate power, Reddy faces danger on all sides. Although desperate to confront Kurokawa, Captain Reddy fears he’s subordinating the war effort for personal reasons. But Kurokawa is too dangerous to be left alone. With the mighty League battleship Savoie at his command, he plots a terrible vengeance against Reddy and his tiny, battered destroyer. The stage is set for a devastating cataclysm, and Reddy and his allies will have to risk everything, to protect what they hold dear.
Military SF | PBK | $19.95

Rough Justice (Cainsville) (illustrated novella)
Armstrong, Kelley & Daumarie, Xaviaere (illustrator)
Olivia Taylor-Jones is an heiress who works as an investigator for her boyfriend, and defence lawyer Gabriel Walsh; but she is also the newly-minted Mallt-Y-Nos, or Matilda of the Hunt. She must lead the Welsh Wild Hunt, bringing accused killers to their final justice with her pack of giant black dogs. During Olivia’s first hunt, outside Chicago, she begins to suspect that the target, Keith Johnson, is innocent, and asks to do a little research before bringing him down. She puts her investigative skills to good use digging into Johnson’s past. When Gabriel takes on a client accused of shooting her husband, Olivia’s research leads her to believe that Johnson’s case and Gabriel’s new client may be connected. An illustrated, limited edition from Subterranean Press.
Urban fantasy | HC | $52.95

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 | TP | $32.99

Gridlinked (Agent Cormac 01)
Asher, Neal
In outer space, you can never feel sure that your adversary is altogether human. The runcible buffers on Samarkand have been mysteriously sabotaged, killing many thousands and destroying a terraforming project. Agent Cormac must reach it by ship to begin an investigation. But Cormac has incurred the wrath of a vicious psychopath called Pelter, who is prepared to follow him across the galaxy with a terrifying android in tow. Despite the sub-zero temperature of Samarkand, Cormac discovers signs of life: they are two ‘dracomen’, alien beasts contrived by an extra-galactic entity calling itself ‘Dragon’, which is a huge creature consisting of four conjoined spheres of flesh each a kilometre in diameter. Caught between the byzantine wiles of the Dragon and the lethal fury of Pelter, Cormac needs to skip very nimbly indeed to rescue the Samarkand project and protect his own life.
Science fiction reissue | PBK | $18.99

The Line of Polity (Agent Cormac 02)
Asher, Neal
Outlink station Miranda has been destroyed by a nanomycelium, and the very nature of this sabotage suggests that the alien bioconstruct Dragon – a creature as untrustworthy as it is gigantic – is somehow involved. Sent out on a titanic Polity dreadnought, the Occam Razor, agent Cormac must investigate the disaster. Meanwhile, on the remote planet Masada, the long-term rebellion can never rise above ground, as the slave population is subjugated by orbital laser arrays controlled by the Theocracy in their cylinder worlds, and by the fact that they cannot safely leave their labour compounds. For the wilderness of Masada lacks breathable air… and out there roam monstrous predators called hooders and siluroynes, not to mention the weird and terrible gabbleducks.
Science fiction reissue | PBK | $18.99

(Agent Cormac 03)
Asher, Neal
On the primitive world Cull, a knight errant called Anderson hunts a dragon, not knowing that elsewhere is a resurrected brass killing machine, Mr Crane, assisting in a similar hunt. Learning that this old enemy still lives, agent Cormac pursues, while scientist Mika begins discovering the horrifying truth about an ancient alien technology. Each day is a survival struggle for the people of Cull. Ferocious insectile monsters roam their planet, as they try to escape to their forefathers’ starship still orbiting far above them. But an entity with questionable motives, calling itself Dragon, assists them with genetic by-blows created out of humans and the hideous local monsters. And now the supposedly geologically inactive planet itself is increasingly suffering earthquakes…
Science fiction reissue | PBK | $18.99

Iron Gods (Spin trilogy 02)
Bannister, Andrew
Harbour Master Hevalansa Vess, stripped of his role after the loss of the last ship, has his identity changed and is sent, under cover, into the Hive to find out how Seldyan escaped. Wired into the living AI called the Mind Stack, he is forced to confront both his own past, and the institutionalised cruelty of the hierarchy he has been part of. The sequel to Creation Machine (PBK, $19.99).
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

The Memory of Fire (Waking Land 02)
Bates, Callie
Jahan Korakides is the hero who saved the life of the crown prince in battle, helped win the revolution in Eren and earned the heart of Elanna, the legendary Wildegarde reborn. But Jahan Korakides is also broken; haunted by memories of the woman who experimented on him and his brothers as children. So, when the empire threatens war in retribution for Elanna’s illegal sorcery, Jahan leaves Eren to negotiate with the emperor on Queen Sophy’s behalf… A sequel to The Waking Land (PBK, $16.99). ‘Bates is an author well worth watching…’ – Robin Hobb.
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99

Raft (Xeelee 01)
Baxter, Stephen
Stephen Baxter’s highly-acclaimed first novel and the beginning of his stunning Xeelee Sequence. Recommended.
SF Masterworks | PBK | $22.99

By Fire Above (Signal Airship 02)
Bennis, Robyn
Between noble scheming, undertrained recruits, and supply shortages, Josette and the crew of the Mistral must figure out a way to return to Durum – only to discover that when the home front turns into the front lines, things are more dangerous than they seem. A sequel to The Guns Above (PBK, $22.99), which has had some great customer feedback.
Steampunk | HC | $36.99

Boffard, Rob
In the far reaches of space, a tour group embarks on what will be the trip of a lifetime – in more ways than one… For one small group, a tour of the nearby Horsehead Nebula is meant to be a short but stunning highlight, in the trip of a lifetime. But when a mysterious ship destroys Sigma Station and everyone on it, suddenly their tourist shuttle is stranded. They have no weapons. No food. No water. No one back home knows they’re alive. And the mysterious ship is hunting them.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Mira’s Last Dance (Penric & Desdemona 04) (novella)
Bujold, Lois McMaster
In this sequel to the novella Penric’s Mission, the injured Penric, a Temple sorcerer and learned divine, tries to guide the betrayed General Arisaydia and his widowed sister Nikys across the last hundred miles of hostile Cedonia to safety, in the Duchy of Orbas. In the town of Sosie, the fugitive party encounters unexpected delays, and even more unexpected opportunities and hazards, as the courtesan Mira of Adria, one of the ten dead women whose imprints make up the personality of the chaos demon Desdemona, comes to the fore, with her own special expertise. A limited-edition hardcover from Subterranean Press.
Fantasy | HC | $46.95

Brothers in Arms (Vorkosigan Saga)
Bujold, Lois McMaster
Miles Vorkosigan is having enough trouble keeping his two identities separate – the charismatic Admiral Naismith of the Denarii Mercenary Fleet, and a Vor lord of the Barrayaran aristocracy – when assassination attempts begin. But are his enemies after Miles Naismith… or Lord Miles Vorkosigan? As if things weren’t bad enough, the problem of split identities becomes even more confused when a clone of Miles is discovered… A new trade paperback edition of an old fave!
Miles Vorkosigan | TP | $31.95

Brief Cases (Dresden Files) (collection)
Butcher, Jim
Return to the world of the Dresden Files with Harry Dresden (the only wizard in the Chicago phone book) and friends, as they solve supernatural mysteries, protect the helpless, and fight evil. A new collection of Dresden Files stories, which will include an original novella (taking place between Skin Game and Peace Talks).
Urban fantasy | HC | $35.00

Wyntertide (Rotherweird 02)
Caldecott, Andrew
Someone is playing a very long game. Disturbing omens multiply: a funeral delivers a cryptic warning; an ancient portrait speaks; the Herald disappears – and democracy threatens the uneasy covenant between town and countryside. Geryon Wynter’s intricate plot, centuries in the making, is on the move. Everything points to one objective: the resurrection of Rotherweird’s dark, Elizabethan past – and to one date: the Winter Equinox. Wynter is coming… ‘Intricate and crisp, witty and solemn. Line by line, silent and adroit, it opens a series of trap doors, in the reader’s imagination.’ – Hilary Mantel. The sequel to Rotherweird (PBK, $22.99). Recommended.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

Sea of Rust
Cargill, C Robert
Humankind is extinct. Wiped out in a global uprising by the very machines made to serve them. Now, the world is controlled by One World Intelligences – vast mainframes that have assimilated the minds of millions of robots. But not all robots are willing to cede their individuality, and Brittle – a loner and scavenger, focused solely on survival – is one of the holdouts. Only, individuality comes at a price, and after a near-deadly encounter with another AI, Brittle is forced to seek sanctuary. Not easy, when an OWI has decided to lay siege to the nearest safe city. Critically damaged, Brittle has to hold it together long enough to find the essential rare parts to make repairs – but as a robot’s CPU gradually deteriorates, all their old memories resurface. For Brittle, that means one haunting memory, in particular…
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

Shadowcaster (Shattered Realms 02)
Chima, Cinda Williams
After a brush with death, Lyss goes on the offensive, meaning to end the war that has raged her whole life. Across enemy lines in Arden, young rising star Captain Halston Matelon is being sent on ever more dangerous assignments. Lyss and Hal’s intricately linked fates become inseparable when they fall under the shadow of a new enemy… The sequel to Flamecaster (PBK, $16.99).
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99

The Last Namsara
Ciccarelli, Kristen
Asha is a dragon-slayer. Reviled by the very people she’s sworn to protect, she kills to atone for the wicked deed she committed as a child – one that almost destroyed her city, and left her with a terrible scar. But protecting her father’s kingdom is a lonely destiny: no matter how many dragons she kills, her people still think she’s wicked. So, to unite the fractured kingdom she must marry Jarek, her father’s cruel commandant. As the wedding day approaches, Asha longs for freedom. Just when it seems her fate is sealed, the king offers her a way out: her freedom in exchange for the head of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard. And the only person, standing in her way, is a defiant slave boy…
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99

An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (Risen Kingdoms 01)
Craddock, Curtis
Born with a physical disability, no magical talent, and a precocious intellect, Princess Isabelle des Zephyrs has lived her life being underestimated by her family and her kingdom. The only person who appreciates her true self is Jean-Claude, the fatherly musketeer who had guarded her since birth. All shall change, however, when an unlikely marriage proposal is offered, to the second son of a dying king, in an empire collapsing into civil war. But the last two women betrothed to this prince were murdered, and a sorcerer-assassin is bent on making Isabelle the third. Isabelle and Jean-Claude plunge into a great maze of prophecy, intrigue, and betrayal, where everyone wears masks of glamour and lies. Step by dangerous step, Isabelle must unravel the lies of her enemies and discovers a truth more perilous than any deception. The first in a series.
Fantasy | TP | $31.95

The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Ten
Datlow, Ellen (editor)
For more than three decades, award-winning editor and anthologist Ellen Datlow has had her finger on the pulse of the latest and most terrifying in horror writing. The Best Horror of the Year showcases the previous year’s best offerings in horror short fiction; a new collection of stories, to keep you up at night. This edition – the tenth volume in this annual series – includes award-winning and critically-acclaimed authors: Mark Morris, Kaaron Warren, John Langan, Carole Johnstone, Brian Hodge, and others.
Horror anthology | TP | $31.95

Medusa Uploaded (Medusa Cycle 01)
Devenport, Emily
The Executives control Oichi’s senses, her voice, her life. Until the day they kill her. An executive clan gives the order to shoot Oichi out of an airlock on suspicion of being an insurgent. A sentient AI, a Medusa unit, rescues Oichi and begins to teach her the truth – the Executives are not who they think they are. Oichi, officially dead and now bonded to the Medusa unit, sees a chance to make a better life for everyone on board.
Science fiction | TP | $22.99

Seventh Decimate (Great God’s War 01)
Donaldson, Stephen
The war between Amika and Belleger has raged for generations. Sorcerers from both sides rain destruction down on the battlefield, wielding the six deadly Decimates of fire, earth, wind, water, lightning, and pestilence. Prince Bifalt of Belleger sets out on a hazardous journey across the unmapped wastelands to the east. With Elgart, his last comrade, Bifalt pursues the long-hidden trail of the one object that might be able to turn the tide of the endless war – a book, entitled The Seventh Decimate.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Armistice (Amberlough Dossier 02)
Donnelly, Lara Elena
Three people manoeuvre inside a high-stakes game of statecraft and espionage. Each one harbors dangerous knowledge that can upturn a nation. When their fates collide, machinations are put into play, unexpected alliances are built, and long-held secrets are exposed. Everything is barrelling towards an international revolt… and only the wiliest ones will be prepared for what comes next. A sequel to Amberlough (PBK, $23.99).
Fantasy espionage | PBK | $22.99

Miss Subways
Duchovny, David
Emer is just a woman living in New York City, who takes the subway, buys ice cream from the bodega on the corner, has writerly aspirations, and lives with her boyfriend, Con. But is this life she lives the only path she’s on? One woman’s trippy, mystical journey down parallel tracks of time and love. On the way, Emer will battle natural and supernatural forces to find her true voice, power, and destiny.
Fantasy | HC | $36.99

Shattermoon (Long Game 01)
Dulley, Dominic
Orry’s father is the best conman in the quadrant, running elaborate heists with Orry and her brother Ethan to target the ruling families of the Ascendancy. This time should be no different: straight in and out with a fortune in spice paragon in hand… until Orry goes off script, and everything falls apart. Less than an hour later, the Count of Delf’s only grandson is dead and she’s on the run, accused of a murder she didn’t commit.
Space opera | TP | $29.99

Bone Driven (Foundling 02)
Edwards, Hailey
Lines are being drawn, in a war Luce barely understands, and she just might be on the wrong side of them. Now, she must embrace her powerful destiny, or the ones she loves most will pay the ultimate price. A sequel to Bayou Born (PBK, $19.99), perfect for fans of Ilona Andrews and Charlaine Harris.
Paranormal | PBK | $19.99

Egan, Greg
Seth is a surveyor… along with his friend Theo, a leech-like creature running through his skull, who tells Seth what lies to his left and right. When Seth and Theo join an expedition to the edge of the habitable zone, they discover a terrifying threat: a fissure in the surface of the world, so deep and wide that no one can perceive its limits. As the habitable zone continues to move, the migration will soon be blocked by this unbridgeable void, and the expedition has only one option to save its city from annihilation: descend into the unknown.
Science fiction | TP | $31.95

Shadow Keeper (Shadow 03)
Feehan, Christine
The paparazzi can’t get enough of infamous bad boy Giovanni Ferraro. But unknown to them – and the women he beds – he’s just playing a role. Keeping the spotlight on himself keeps it off the family business. And if this lethal shadow rider can’t hunt in the dark, he’ll find his pleasure elsewhere… Sasha Provis grew up on a Wyoming ranch and thought she knew how to protect herself from predators. But in the nightclub, where she works, it’s a different story – until one of the owners steps in, to protect her. Giovanni is gorgeous. He’s dangerous. And his every touch takes her breath away. The devil at her heels may have, finally, met its match…
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99

Gods of Sagittarius
Flint, Eric & Resnick, Mike
Russ Tabor is one of the top security specialists in the galaxy. Much against his will, he finds himself assigned to provide protection for Rupert Medawar Narayan Shenoy – ‘Lord Shenoy’, as he likes to style himself – who is probably the human race’s most brilliant savant. Shenoy has become convinced that the race of ancient aliens known as the Old Ones possessed powers unknown to any modern intelligent species. He believes they had harnessed forces which may well have been actual magic, giving the Old Ones the stature of gods. Off Russ and Shenoy go, to find the secret.
Alternate history | PBK | $19.95

Grantville Gazette VIII (Ring of Fire series)
Flint, Eric & Boyes, Walt (editors)
The most popular alternate history series of all continues. When an inexplicable cosmic disturbance hurls your town from twentieth century West Virginia back to seventeenth century Europe – and into the middle of the Thirty Years War – you’d better be adaptable to survive. And the natives of that time period, faced with American technology and politics, need to be equally adaptable. Here’s a generous helping of more stories of Grantville, the American town lost in time, and its impact on the people and societies of a tumultuous age.
Alternate history anthology | HC | $46.95

A Demon in Silver (War of the Archons 01)
Ford, R S
In a world where magic has disappeared, rival nations vie for power in a continent devastated by war. When a young farm girl, Livia, demonstrates magical powers for the first time in a century there are many across the land that will kill to obtain her power. The Duke of Gothelm’s tallymen, the blood-soaked Qeltine Brotherhood, and cynical mercenary Josten Cade: all are searching for Livia and the power she wields. But Livia finds that guardians can come from the most unlikely places… and that the old gods are returning to a world they abandoned.
Fantasy | TP | $29.95

American Hippo (omnibus)
Gailey, Sarah
An omnibus edition collecting: River of Teeth, Taste of Marrow, and new stories. These two action-packed novellas introduced readers to an alternate America in which hippos rule the colossal swamp that was once the Mississippi River. Years ago, in an America that never was, the United States government introduced herds of hippos to the marshlands of Louisiana to be bred and slaughtered as an alternative meat source. This plan failed to take into account some key facts about hippos: they are savage, they are fast, and their jaws can snap a man in two. Highly recommended.
Alternate history | PBK | $26.99

Legendary (Caraval 02)
Garber, Stephanie
After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett – from a disastrous, arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name. The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition, once more – and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets… including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfil her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about – maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.
Fantasy | TP | $19.99

Red Waters Rising (Devil’s West 03)
Gilman, Laura Anne
As Isobel and Gabriel travel to the southern edge of the Territory, they arrive in the free city of Red Stick. Tensions are running high as the homesteading population grows, crowding the native lands, and suspicions rise across the river from an American fort. But there is a sickness running through Red Stick and Isobel begins to find her authority challenged. She’ll be abandoned, betrayed, and forced to stand her ground as the Devil’s left hand, in this thrilling conclusion to the Devil’s West Trilogy. The sequel to Silver on the Road and The Cold Eye (TP, 24.99 each).
Dark fantasy | TP | $24.99

The Quanderhorn Xperimentations
Grant, Rob & Marshall, Andrew
England, 1952. A time of peace, regeneration and hope. A Golden Age. Unfortunately, it’s been 1952 for the past 65 years. Meet Professor Quanderhorn: a brilliant, maverick scientific genius with absolutely no moral compass. Assisted by a rag-tag crew, he’ll save the world. Adapted backwards via the future – from the Radio 4 series, before it was made. A richer, deeper, more comprehensive exploration of the Quanderhorn phenomenon. With added secrets.
Humorous SF | HC | $35.00

Night Fall (Secret Histories 12)
Green, Simon R
The Droods are all about control, making people do what they’re told for the greater good. The Nightside is all about choice: good and bad and everything in between. The Droods want to make the world behave. The Nightside wants to party. They were never going to get along. For centuries, ancient Pacts have kept the Droods out of the Nightside, but now the Droods see the Nightside as a threat to the whole world. They march into the long night, in their armour, to put it under their control. All too soon, the two sides are at war. It’s Eddie Drood and Molly Metcalf against John Taylor and Shotgun Suzie. The Drood Sarjeant-at-Arms and their Armourer against Dead Boy and Razor Eddie. More groups join in: the London Knights, the Ghost Finders, the Spawn of Frankenstein, Shadows Fall, and the Soulhunters. Science and magic are running wild, there’s blood running in the gutters, and the bodies are piling up. Is anyone going to get out of this alive?
Urban fantasy | HC | $49.95

So Lucky
Griffith, Nicola
Mara Tagarelli is, professionally, the head of a multimillion-dollar AIDS foundation; personally, she is a committed martial artist. But her life has turned inside out like a sock. She can’t rely on family, her body is letting her down, and friends and colleagues are turning away – they treat her like a victim. She needs to break that narrative: build her own community, learn new strengths, and fight. But what do you do when you find out that the story you’ve been told, the story you’ve told yourself, is not true? Mara makes a decision and acts, but her actions unleash monsters aimed squarely at the heart of her new community.
Fiction | PBK | $21.99

The Testament of Loki (Loki 02)
Harris, Joanne M
Asgard fell centuries ago, and the old gods have been defeated. Some are dead while others have been consigned to eternal torment in the netherworld – among them the legendary trickster, Loki. A god who betrayed every side and still lost everything, who has lain forgotten – as time passed and the world of humans moved on to new beliefs, new idols and new deities… But, now, mankind dreams of the Norse Gods, once again, the river Dream is but a stone’s throw from their dark prison and Loki is the first to escape into a new reality. The first, but not the only one to. Other darker things have escaped with him, who seek to destroy everything that he covets. If he is to reclaim what has been lost, Loki will need allies, a plan and plenty of tricks… A follow-up to The Gospel of Loki (PBK, $19.99).
Mythic fantasy | TP | $29.99

The Privilege of Peace (Peacekeeper 03)
Huff, Tanya
Warden Torin Kerr has put her past behind her and built a life, away from the war and everything that meant. From the good, from the bad. From the heroics, from the betrayal. She’s created a place and purpose for others like her, a way to use their training for the good of the Confederation. She has friends, family, purpose. Unfortunately, her past refuses to grant her the same absolution. Big Yellow, the ship-form of the plastic aliens – responsible for the war – returns. The Silsviss test the strength of the Confederation. Torin must be Gunnery Sergeant Kerr, once again, and find a way to keep the peace.
Military SF | HC | $47.95

Shelter: Tales of the Aftermath
Hutchinson, Dave
For Adam Hardy and his small Berkshire community, hardship is all they’ve ever known. For almost a century after the coming of The Sisters, the survivors of rainswept England have huddled in their tiny communities, scavenging the ruins of the old world. Now, finally, the Long Autumn is coming to an end, and society of a kind is starting to rebuild. But for how long? A new tyrant, Frank Pendennis, has risen in the east, while rumours of something even worse are coming from the north. The struggle to inherit the world is just beginning… This is rural English Post-Apocalypse survival, for a new generation.
Post-apocalypse | PBK | $22.95

The Traitor God
Johnston, Cameron
After ten years on the run, dodging daemons and debt, reviled magus Edrin Walker returns home to avenge the brutal murder of his friend. Lynas had uncovered a terrible secret, something that threatened to devour the entire city. He tried to warn the Arcanum, the mageocracy, who rule the city. He failed. Lynas was skinned alive and Walker felt every cut. Now, nothing will stop him from finding the murderer. Magi, mortals, daemons, and even the gods – Walker will burn them all, if he must. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time he’s killed a god…
Fantasy | TP | $27.95

The Reign of the Departed (High and Faraway 01)
Keyes, Greg
Errol Greyson hadn’t intended to commit suicide. Or so he told himself. But waking up after his ‘cry for help’, trapped in the body of a wood-and-metal construct magically animated by Aster – the strange girl from school – was not a result he could have imagined. Aster’s wild explanations about needing help on a quest to find the water of health that would cure her father seemed as unreal, as her description of Errol’s own half-dead existence… It all seemed quite mad. But if it meant a new chance at life, he reckoned it was worth playing along.
Fantasy | TP | $31.95

Black Helicopters (Agents of Dreamland 02) (novella)
Kiernan, Caitlin R
It falls to Ptolema, a chess piece in her agency’s world-spanning game, to unravel what has become tangled and unknowable. Something strange is happening on the shores of New England. Something stranger still is happening to the world itself, chaos unleashed, rational explanation slipped loose from the moorings of the known. Two rival agencies stare across the Void at one another. Two sisters, the deadly, sickened products of experiments going back decades, desperately evade their hunters. An invisible war rages at the fringes of our world, with unimaginable consequences and Lovecraftian horrors that ripple centuries into the future. A 112pp sequel to the novella, Agents of Dreamland (PBK, $19.99).
Cthulhuiana | PBK | $19.99

Kristian, Giles
The legions of Rome are a fading memory. Enemies stalk the fringes of Britain. And Uther Pendragon is dying. Into this fractured and uncertain world, the boy is cast – a refugee from fire, murder and betrayal. An outsider, whose only companions are a hateful hawk and memories of the lost. Yet, he is gifted; and, under the watchful eyes of Merlin and the Lady Nimue, he will hone his talents and begin his journey to manhood. He will meet Guinevere, a wild, proud and beautiful girl – herself outcast, because of her gift. And he will be dazzled by Arthur, a warrior who carries the hopes of a people like fire in the dark. But these are times of struggle and blood, when even friendship and love seem doomed to fail. The gods are vanishing beyond the reach of dreams. Treachery and jealousy rule men’s hearts and the fate of Britain, itself, rests on a sword’s edge. But the young renegade – who left his home in Benoic, with just a hunting bird and dreams of revenge – is now a lord of war. He is a man loved and hated, admired and feared. A man forsaken, but not forgotten. He is Lancelot.
Arthurian fantasy | TP | $32.99

The Hills Have Spies (Family Spies 01)
Lackey, Mercedes
Mags, Herald Spy of Valdemar, and his wife Amily are happily married with three kids. The oldest, Justyn, has the Gift of animal Mindspeech – he can talk to animals and persuade them to act as he wishes. Justyn’s dream is to follow in his father’s footsteps as a Herald Spy – but has yet to be Chosen, by his horse companion. Mags is more than happy to teach Justyn all he knows. He regularly trains his children, including Justyn, with tests and exercises, preparing them for the complicated and dangerous lives they will likely lead. Justyn has already held positions in the Royal Palace as a runner and in the kitchen, useful places from which he can learn to listen. As the next stage of Justyn’s training, Mags proposes that Justyn joins a group of traveling players and musicians, to get experience away from home and out in the world. Justyn joins the troupe, and he starts collecting information for his father. And the patterns he finds are unsettling… During the troupe’s travels, Justyn witnesses growing rural unrest about an indigenous community of Valdemar, known as Hawkbrothers. When the troupe settles for a season at a fortified manor of a local lord, Justyn watches the unrest grow increasingly hostile. The manor lord dismisses Hawkbrothers as inhuman – and has a local militia to back up his hatred. When a child goes missing, the locals immediately blame Hawkbrothers, and Justyn finds himself in a dangerous position. He enlists the help of a local stray dog, who knows a lot about the town’s goings on, despite being a bit… odd. Justyn must find the missing child and warn the Hawkbrothers community of the trouble, headed their way – before tensions turn deadly.
Valdemar | HC | $49.95

Midnight (Skulduggery Pleasant 11)
Landy, Derek
For years, Valkyrie Cain has struggled to keep her loved ones safe from harm, plunging into battle – time and time again – by Skulduggery Pleasant’s side, and always emerging triumphant. But, now, the very thing that Valkyrie fights for is in danger, as a ruthless killer snatches her little sister – in order to lure Valkyrie into a final confrontation. With Skulduggery racing to catch up, and young sorcerer Omen scrambling along behind, Valkyrie only has twelve hours to find Alice – before it’s too late. The clock is ticking…
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99

Revenant Gun (Machineries of Empire 03)
Lee, Yoon Ha
When Shuos Jedao wakes up, for the first time, several things go wrong. His few memories tell him that he’s a seventeen-year-old cadet – but his body belongs to a man, decades older. Hexarch Nirai Kujen orders Jedao to reconquer the fractured hexarchate, on his behalf; even though Jedao has no memory of ever being a soldier… let alone a general. Surely, a knack for video games doesn’t qualify you to take charge of an army? Soon, Jedao learns the situation is even worse. The Kel soldiers under his command may be compelled to obey him, but they hate him – thanks to a massacre he can’t remember committing. Kujen’s friendliness can’t hide the fact that he’s a tyrant. And, what’s worse, Jedao and Kujen are being hunted by an enemy who knows more about Jedao and his crimes, than he does himself… The conclusion of this great series, following Ninefox Gambit and Raven Stratagem (PBK, $22.95 each).
Science fiction | PBK | $22.95

Arabella and the Battle of Venus (Adventures of Arabella Ashby 02)
Levine, David D
Arabella’s wedding plans to marry Captain Singh of the Honourable Mars Trading Company are interrupted when her fiancé is captured by the French and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp on swampy Venus. Now, Arabella must find passage to an enemy-controlled planet in the middle of a war, bribe or fight her way past vicious guards, and rescue her Captain. To do this she must enlist the help of the dashing privateer, Daniel Fox of the Touchstone and build her own clockwork navigational automaton – in order to get to Venus, before the dread French general, Joseph Fouché, the Executioner of Lyon. Once on Venus, Arabella, Singh, and Fox soon discover that Napoleon has designed a secret weapon, one that could subjugate the entire galaxy if they can’t discover a way to stop Fouché, and the entire French army, from completing their emperor’s mandate. A sequel to Arabella’s first adventure, Arabella of Mars (PBK, $19.95).
Steampunk | TP | $31.95

Princess of Blood (God Fragments 02)
Lloyd, Tom
There’s a new Card in the Mercenary Deck – one, Lynx isn’t sure if he’s happy to see, or not. The assassin Toil, now, wears the Princess of Blood on her jacket; and even Lynx would admit she’s a woman cloaked in chaos and bloodshed. Their new mission is to escort a dignitary to the pious and ancient city of Jarrazir – beneath which lies a fabled labyrinth. Having barely survived their last underground adventure the mercenaries aren’t keen for another, but Toil has other plans. Under threat of siege and horrors rising from the labyrinth, even the Mercenary Deck may have to accept that Jarrazir’s prohibition laws aren’t their biggest problem. Sequel to Stranger of Tempest (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Drop by Drop (Step by Step 01)
Llywelyn, Morgan
A global catastrophe occurs, as all plastic mysteriously liquefies. All the small components making many technologies possible – navigation systems, communications, medical equipment – fail. In Sycamore River, citizens find their lives disrupted as everything they’ve depended on melts around them, with sometimes fatal results. All they can rely upon is themselves. And this is only the beginning… The first in a series.
Post-apocalypse | HC | $36.99

Generation One (Lorien Legacies Reborn 01)
Lore, Pittacus
It has been over a year since the invasion of Earth was thwarted. But in order to win, our alien allies – known as the Garde – unleashed their Loric energy that spread throughout the globe. Now, human teenagers have begun to develop incredible powers of their own, known as Legacies. To help these incredible and potentially dangerous individuals – and put the world at ease – the Garde have created an academy, where they can train this new generation to control their powers and, hopefully, one day help mankind. But not everyone thinks that’s the best use of their talents. And the teens may need to use their Legacies, sooner than they ever imagined.
YA fantasy | PBK | $17.99

The Embassy of the Dead
Mabbitt, Will
When Jake opens a strange box containing a severed finger, he accidentally summons a grim reaper to drag him to the Eternal Void (yep, it’s as fatal as it sounds) and now he’s running for his life! But, luckily, Jake isn’t alone – he can see and speak to ghosts. Jake and his deadly gang (well, dead, at least) have one mission: find the Embassy of the Dead and seek protection. But the Embassy has troubles of its own and may not be the safe haven, Jake is hoping for… The first book in a spookily funny new series, perfect for fans of Skulduggery Pleasant.
YA ghost story | PBK | $14.99

Ravencry (Raven’s Mark 02)
McDonald, Ed
For Ryhalt Galharrow, working for Crowfoot as a Blackwing captain is about as bad as it gets – especially when his orders are garbled, or incoherent, or impossible to carry out. The Bright Lady had begun to manifest in visions across the city, and the cult that worships her grasp for power, while the city burns around them. Galharrow may not be able to do much about the cult – or about strange orders from the Nameless – but when Crowfoot’s arcane vault is breached, and an object of terrible power is stolen; he’s propelled into a race against time to recover it… The sequel to the award-winning Blackwing (PBK, $19.99), which has had raves from our customers!
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Time Was (novella)
McDonald, Ian
In the heart of World War II, Tom and Ben became lovers. Brought together by a secret project designed to hide British targets from German radar, the two founded a love that could not be revealed. When the project went wrong, Tom and Ben vanished into nothingness, presumed dead. Their bodies were never found. Now, the two are lost in time, hunting each other across decades, leaving clues in books of poetry and trying to make their desperate timelines overlap. This 176pp novella is a love story stitched across time and war, shaped by the power of books, and ultimately destroyed by it.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

The World of Lore, Volume 2: Wicked Mortals
Mahnke, Aaron
A chilling, lavishly-illustrated Who’s Who of the most despicable people ever to walk the earth, featuring both rare and best-loved stories from the hit podcast Lore; now, also, a streaming series. Here are the incredible true stories of some of the mortals who achieved notoriety in history and folklore through horrible means. Monsters of this sort – serial killers, desperate criminals, and socially mobile people with a much darker double life – are, in fact, quite real; including H H Holmes, the infamous Chicago serial killer; William Brodie, the Edinburgh criminal mastermind, who inspired The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde; and Bela Kiss, a Hungarian tinsmith, with a most disturbing hobby: collecting women in gasoline drums.
Folklore | TP | $29.99

A War in Crimson Embers (Crimson Empire 03)
Marshall, Alex
General Ji-Hyeon has vanished into the legendary First Dark, leaving her lover 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 protege Purna believes he can be saved. Zosia must rally her comrades and old enemies, one last time, for what will prove the greatest battle of her many legends… if anyone lives to tell it. An action-packed conclusion to the trilogy, following A Crown for Cold Silver and A Blade of Black Steel (PBK, $22.99 each). Now in paperback.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

All Our Wrong Todays
Mastai, Elan
You know the future that people, in the 1950s, imagined we’d have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren’s 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases. Except, Tom just can’t seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that’s before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided, by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes, not only his own life, but the very fabric of the universe, itself… ‘Mastai has fun with all the usual conventions of time travel and its many paradoxes, and the cherry on top is his dialogue, reminiscent of Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.’ – Publisher’s Weekly. Now in paperback.
Science fiction/time travel | PBK | $19.99

The City and the City
Miéville, China
When the body of a murdered woman is found in the extraordinary, decaying city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks like a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlu of the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he probes, the evidence begins to point to conspiracies far stranger, and deadlier, than anything he could have imagined. Soon, his work puts him and those he cares for in danger. Borlu must travel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own, across a border like no other. With shades of Kafka and Philip K Dick, Raymond Chandler and 1984, this is a murder mystery taken to dazzling metaphysical and artistic heights. Reissued to tie in with the recent BBC adaptation, starring David Morrissey. Recommended!
Interdimensional thriller | PBK | $18.99

The Dinosaur Princess (Dinosaur Lords 03)
Milan, Victor
While Karyl doesn’t feel like a hero, he’s humanity’s last, best hope… Follows The Dinosaur Lords and The Dinosaur Knights (PBK, $22.95 each).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.95

Torn (Unravelled Kingdom 01)
Miller, Rowenna
Sophie is a young dressmaker who, with hard work, talent, and a rare proficiency sewing spells into cloth, has managed to open her own shop and lift herself and her brother, Kristos, out of the poverty that plagues their immigrant community. When the revolution’s shadow leader takes Kristos hostage and demands that Sophie place a curse on the queen’s new Midwinter costume – or Kristos will die, at their hand. The first novel in a new fantasy series.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Fire Dance (Last Song Before Night 02)
Myer, Ilana C
Lin must race the ticking clock of her own rapidly dwindling life to learn the truth of the Fire Dancers’ war, and how she might prevent death, on a scale too terrifying to contemplate. A sequel to Last Song Before Night (TP, $26.99).
Fantasy | HC | $36.99

North, Claire
Theo Miller knows the value of human life – to the very last penny. Working in the Criminal Audit Office, he assesses each crime that crosses his desk and makes sure the correct debt to society is paid in full. But when his ex-lover is killed, it’s different. Because when the richest in the world are getting away with murder, sometimes the numbers just don’t add up. ‘An eerily plausible dystopian masterpiece…’ – Emily St John Mandel, author of Station Eleven.
Dystopia | TP | $29.99

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 end, abruptly. For known only to a few, the leaders of the great Hives, nations without fixed location, 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 the 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 highly-recommended Too Like the Lightning (PBK, $19.99), now in paperback.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Witchsign (Ashen Torment 01)
Patrick, Den
It has been seventy-five years since the dragons’ rule of fire and magic was ended. Out of the ashes, the Solmindre Empire was born. Since then, the tyrannical Synod has worked hard to banish all manifestations of the arcane from existence. However, children are still born bearing the taint of the arcane, known to all as witchsign. Vigilants are sent out across the continent of Vinterkveld to find and capture all those bearing the mark… And gods help those, who bear the sign of the witch. The first volume of a new trilogy.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Song of Blood and Stone (Earthsinger Chronicles 01)
Penelope, L
Orphaned and alone, Jasminda lives in a land where cold whispers of invasion and war linger on the wind. Jasminda herself is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where her gift of Earthsong is feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive – an injured spy, who threatens to steal her heart. Jack’s mission behind enemy lines to prove that the Mantle between Elsira and Lagamiri is about to fall nearly cost him his life, but he is saved by the healing Song of a mysterious young woman. Now, he must do whatever it takes to save Elsira and its people, from the True Father and he needs Jasminda’s Earthsong to do it. They escape their ruthless captors and together they embark on a perilous journey to save Elsira and to uncover the secrets of the Queen Who Sleeps. Thrust into a hostile society, Jasminda and Jack must rely on one another even as secrets jeopardise their bond. As an ancient evil gains power, Jasminda races to unlock a mystery that promises salvation. The fates of two nations hang in the balance as Jasminda and Jack must choose between love and duty to fulfil their destinies and end the war. The first in a series.
Fantasy | HC | $36.99

City of Circles
Richards, Jess
Danu is in mourning for her parents, after a disease has ravaged the circus she calls home. She begins a high-wire act with Morrie, a charismatic hunchback who wants to marry her. But her mother has entrusted her with a mysterious locket that will lead her down a path Morrie cannot follow. When the circus visits Danu’s birthplace, the magical city of Matryoshka, she goes in search of a stranger who may hold the answer to her past. And when the circus leaves, Danu stays behind…
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Switch
Robson, Justina
Harmony is the perfect society. So, anyone born ‘defective’ must be eradicated. For orphans – like Nico and Twostar – this means a life that’s brutal, regulated and short. But Nico and Twostar are survivors, and when they’re offered a way out of the slums, they take it. Unfortunately, no one told Nico the deal included being sentenced to death, for the murder of one of Harmony’s most notorious gang leaders. Or that, to gain his freedom, first he must lose his mind.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Plum Rains
Romano-Lax, Andromeda
2029: In Japan, a historically monocultural nation, childbirth rates are at a critical low and the elderly are living increasingly long lives. Angelica Navarro, a Filipina nurse, who has been working in Japan for the last five years, is the caretaker for Sayoko Itou, an intensely private woman about to turn 100 years old. One day, Sayoko receives a present from her son: a cutting-edge robot caretaker that will educate itself to anticipate Sayoko’s every need. While Angelica is fighting back against the AI, with all of her resources; Sayoko is becoming more and more attached to the machine. The old woman is hiding many secrets of her own – and, maybe, now she’s too old to want to keep them anymore.
Science fiction | PBK | $24.99

Free Chocolate
Royer, Amber
Latina culinary arts student, Bo Benitez, becomes a fugitive when she’s caught stealing a cacao pod from the heavily-defended plantations that keep chocolate – Earth’s sole, valuable export – safe from a hungry galaxy. When she escapes onto an unmarked starship, things go from bad to worse: it belongs to the race famed, throughout the galaxy, for eating stowaways…
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Saintcrow, Lilith
History is written by the victors; but when you’ve been fighting your fellow patriots, your own brothers and sisters, does anyone really win? As the dust settles after a devastating second American civil war, the work of rebuilding begins. But can a population, who’s spent years divided and hell-bent on victory at any cost, ever be truly reunited? The war is over, but after is a lie…
Dystopia | PBK | $22.99

The Atrocities (novella)
Shipp, Jeremy C
When Isabella died, her parents were determined to ensure her education wouldn’t suffer. But Isabella’s parents had not informed her new governess of Isabella’s… condition, and when Ms Valdez arrives at the estate, having forced herself through a surreal nightmare maze of twisted human-like statues, she discovers that there is no girl to tutor. Or, is there…? A 112pp novella.
Horror | PBK | $14.99

Ocean Light (Psy-Changeling Trinity 02)
Singh, Nalini
Security specialist Bowen Knight has come back from the dead. But there’s a ticking time bomb in his head: a chip implanted to block telepathic interference that could fail at any moment – taking his brain along with it. With no time to waste, he should be back on land helping the Human Alliance. Instead, he’s at the bottom of the ocean, consumed with an enigmatic changeling… Kaia Luna may have traded in science for being a chef, but she won’t hide the facts of Bo’s condition from him or herself. She’s suffered too much loss in her life to fall prey to the dangerous charm of a human who is a dead man walking. And she carries a devastating secret that Bo could never imagine… But when Kaia is taken by those who mean her deadly harm, all bets are off. Bo will do anything to get her back – even if it means striking a devil’s bargain and giving up his mind to the enemy. The next in the series after Silver Silence (PBK, $19.99).
Paranormal | TP | $29.99

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.
Stephenson, Neal & Galland, Nicole
1851, England: The Great Exhibition at London’s Crystal Palace has opened, celebrating the rise of technology and commerce. With it the power of magic – in decline since the industrial revolution began – is completely snuffed out. The existence of magic begins its gradual devolution into mere myth. 21st century, America: Magic has faded from the minds of mankind, until an encounter between Melisande Stokes, linguistics expert at Harvard, and Tristan Lyons, shadowy agent of government, leads to the uncovering of a distant past. After translating a series of ancient texts, Melisande and Tristan discover the connection between science, magic, and time travel; and, so, the Department of Diachronic Operations – D.O.D.O. – is hastily brought into existence. Its mission: to develop a device that will send their agents back to the past, where they can stop magic from disappearing and alter the course of history. But when you interfere with the past, there’s no telling what you might find in your future… Think witches, time travel, magic, etc, through the prism of quantum mechanics and multi-agency clandestine operations. So. Much. Fun. Don’t miss! Now in paperback.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

The Sea Peoples (Change 11)
Stirling, S M
The spirit of Prince John, the brother of Crown Princess Orlaith, has fallen captive to the power of the Yelolow Raja and his servant, the Pallid Mask. Prince John’s motley band of friends and followers, led by Captain Pip of Townsville and Deor Godulfson, the bard and master of magic, must lead a quest through realms of shadow and dream – to rescue Prince John from a threat far worse than death. Meanwhile, Reiko and Orlaith muster their kingdoms for war, making common cause with the reborn Kingdom of Hawaii. But more than weapons, or even the dark magic of the cannibal sorcerers of Pyongyang threaten them. Orlaith’s lover, Alan Thurston, is more than he appears. In the tropical waters off Hilo and Pearl Harbor, and among the jungles and lost cities of the Ceram Sea, a game will be played… with the fate of the world at stake.
Alternate history | PBK | $22.95

A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes 03)
Tahir, Sabaa
Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister’s life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. But she knows that danger lurks on all sides: Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable and violent, while Keris Veturia, the ruthless Commandant, capitalises on the Emperor’s volatility to grow her own power – regardless of the carnage she leaves in her path. Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies, not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But in the hunt to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would help her; and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight. And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that demands his complete surrender – even if that means abandoning the woman he loves. The sequel to An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night (PBK, $19.99 each).
Fantasy | TP | $27.99

Hunted (Voices 02)
Todd, G X
The birds are flying. The birds are flocking. The birds sense the red skies are coming. One man is driven by an inner voice that isn’t his – this Other is chewing at his sanity like a jackal with a bone and has one purpose. To find the voice hiding in the girl. She has no one to defend her now. But in an inn by the sea, a boy with no tongue and no voice gathers his warriors. Albus must find the girl, Lacey… before the Other does. And finish the work his sister Ruby began. A sequel to Defender (PBK, $22.99).
Post-apocalypse | TP | $32.99

Defender (Voices 01)
Todd, G X
In a world, where long drinks are in short supply, a stranger listens to the voice in his head: telling him to buy a lemonade, from the girl sitting on a dusty road. The moment locks them together. Here and now, it’s dangerous to listen to your inner voice. Those who do, keep it quiet. These voices have purpose. And when Pilgrim meets Lacey, there is a reason. He just doesn’t know it, yet. Now in paperback.
Post-apocalypse | PBK | $22.99

The Hobbit (facsimile edition gift set)
Tolkien, J R R
This sumptuous gift set includes a replica of the very rare first edition of The Hobbit, the only edition – where one can now read the original version of the story, before Tolkien re-edited it to become the one enjoyed by readers since 1951.
Tolkien | HC | $95.00

Gate Crashers
Tomlinson, Patrick S
Humankind ventures further into the galaxy than ever before… and immediately causes an intergalactic incident. In their infinite wisdom, the crew of the exploration vessel Magellan – or as she prefers, ‘Maggie’ – decides to bring the alien structure they just found back to Earth. The only problem? The aliens are awfully fond of that structure…
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

The Witch at Wayside Cross (Jesperson & Lane 02)
Tuttle, Lisa
Jesperson and Lane have just solved their first major case, when a man bangs violently on their door – and almost immediately drops dead. The police rule death by natural causes, but the detectives are determined to find out what really happened… Mr Manning was screaming about witches, before his death. The case takes them to Mr Manning’s Norfolk home, a land of mysterious Shrieking Pits and ancient knowledge. Mr Manning was himself a member of the enigmatic School of Ancient British Wisdom, and not the first to suffer a similar fate. Local gossip suggests that he was secretly engaged to one of the three lovely sisters, who reside at Wayside Cross – but which one? Are they really witches, as the gossips also claim? And what does all this have to do with the mysterious Shrieking Pits, and a mother desperate to find her missing baby? A sequel to the very well-received The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief (PBK, $19.99).
Historical urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99

A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising
Villareal, Raymond A
The body of a young woman found in an Arizona border town walks out of the morgue. To the CDC investigator called in to consult the local police, it’s a bizarre medical mystery. More bodies, dead of a mysterious disease that solidifies their blood, begin disappearing from morgues nearby. In a futile game of catch up, the CDC, the FBI and the US government realise that it’s already too late to stop it: the vampire epidemic will sweep first the United States, and then the world. Impossibly strong, smart, beautiful, and commanding, these creatures refuse to be called ‘vampires’, they prefer ‘gloamings’. They quickly rise to prominence in all aspects of modern society: physically graceful at sports, endlessly enthralling on TV and incredibly intelligent at business – soon people are begging to be ‘re-created’, willing to risk death if their bodies can’t handle the transformation. But just as the world begins to adjust, the stakes change yet again when a charismatic and wealthy businessman, recently turned, decides to do what none of his kind has done before: run for political office. ‘… a spectacularly creepy ecosphere, not to mention some genuinely horrifying frights… The start of a vampire epic and a strong contender in the genus of apocalypse fantasy.’ – Kirkus Reviews. This is good fun – recommended.
Paranormal thriller | TP | $29.99

Blood Fury (Black Dagger Legacy 03)
Ward, J R
A vampire aristocrat, Peyton is well aware of his duty to his bloodline: mate with an appropriate female of his class and carry on his family’s traditions. And he thought he’d found his perfect match – until she fell in love with someone else. Yet when his split-second decision in a battle with the enemy endangers the life of another trainee, Peyton must face the idea that his future, and his heart, actually lie with another. Novo, as a female in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training program, feels like she has to prove herself to everybody – and she has no interest in being distracted, by falling in love. But when Peyton proves to be so much more than a rich playboy, she is forced to confront the tragedy that has broken her soul and closed her off from love. As the two grapple with Novo’s past and Peyton’s present; another couple must contend with an erotic connection that is unparalleled – and potentially scandalous. Saxton, who has had his heart broken, discovers in himself a deep-seated attraction to Ruhn, a new member of the household. But will the other male explore the connection? Or will he close his mind and his heart to what could be true love… and cost Saxton everything?
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99

The Freeze-Frame Revolution
Watts, Peter
How do you stage a mutiny when you’re only awake one day in a million? How do you conspire when your tiny handful of potential allies changes with each job shift? How do you engage an enemy that never sleeps, that sees through your eyes and hears through your ears, and relentlessly, honestly, only wants what’s best for you? Trapped aboard the starship Eriophora, Sunday Ahzmundin is about to discover the components of any successful revolution: conspiracy, code – and unavoidable casualties. ‘This – THIS – is the cutting edge of science fiction.’ – Richard K Morgan. We agree – it is brilliant – this novella is highly recommended for everyone who loves hard sf.
Science fiction | TP | $29.95

Spymaster (Dragon Corsairs 01)
Weis, Margaret & Krammes, Robert
Captain Kate Fitzmaurice was born to sail. She has made a life of her own as a privateer and smuggler. Hired by the notorious Henry Wallace, spymaster for the queen of Freya, to find a young man who claims to be the true heir to the Freyan, she begins to believe that her ship has finally come in. But no fair wind lasts forever. Soon, Kate’s chequered past will catch up to her. It will take more than just quick wits and her considerable luck if she hopes to bring herself – and her crew – through intact. The first book in a new series which follows the Dagon Brigades.
Steampunk | TP | $33.95

Artificial Condition (Murderbot Diaries 02) (novella)
Wells, Martha
A deadly security droid has a dark past – one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself ‘Murderbot’. But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more. Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel, named ART (you don’t want to know what the ‘A’ stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility, where it went rogue. What it discovers will, forever, change the way it thinks. A 160pp sequel to the novella, All Systems Red (PBK, $19.99).
Science fiction | HC | $23.99

Zeroes (Zeroes 01)
Westerfeld, Scott, Lanagan, Margo & Biancotti, Deborah
Six Californian teens have powers that set them apart. Take Ethan, aka Scam. He’s got a voice inside him that’ll say whatever you want to hear, whether it’s true, or not. Which is handy, except when it isn’t – like when the voice starts gabbing in the middle of a bank robbery. The only people who can help are the other Zeroes, who aren’t exactly best friends, these days. Enter Nate, aka Bellwether, the group’s ‘glorious leader’. After Scam’s SOS, he pulls the scattered Zeroes back together. But when the rescue blows up in their faces, the Zeroes find themselves propelled into whirlwind encounters with ever more dangerous criminals. At the heart of the chaos, they find Kelsie – who can take a crowd in the palm of her hand and tame it, or let it loose, as she pleases. Now in paperback. Zeroes is followed by Swarm and Nexus (TP, $19.99 each).
YA fantasy | PBK | $14.99

The Risen Empire (Succession duology 01)
Westerfeld, Scott
Captain Laurent Zai and his pacifist lover Senator Nara Oxham, separated by lightyears, hold the fate of the empire in their hands. They serve an Emperor who has reigned with his sister the Child Empress for sixteen hundred years as living gods. But even gods might bow to the fanaticism of the Rix, machine-augmented humans, who long for the cybernetic rule of a vast AI. Only one immortal dynasty can prevail.
Science fiction reissue | PBK | $19.95

A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe (Salvagers 01)
White, Alex
Boots Elsworth was a famous treasure hunter in another life, but now she’s washed up. Nilah Brio is the top driver in the Pan Galactic Racing Federation and the darling of the racing world – until she witnesses Mother murder a fellow racer. Framed for the murder and on the hunt to clear her name, Nilah has only one lead: the killer also hunts Boots. On the wrong side of the law, the two women board a smuggler’s ship that will take them on a quest for fame, for riches, and for justice. The first in a series.
Space opera | TP | $31.95

The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn (Kingdom of Grit 01)
Whitesides, Tyler
Ardor Benn is no ordinary thief – a master of wildly complex heists, he styles himself a Ruse Artist Extraordinaire. When a mysterious priest hires him for the most daring ruse yet, Ardor knows he’ll need more than quick wit and sleight of hand. Assembling a dream team of forgers, disguisers, schemers and thieves, he sets out to steal from the most powerful king the realm has ever known. But it soon becomes clear there’s more at stake than fame and glory – Ard and his team might just be the last hope for human civilisation. Perfect for fans of Scott Lynch.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The Clockwork Dynasty
Wilson, Daniel H
In the rugged landscape of eastern Oregon, a young scientist named June uncovers an exquisite artefact – a three-hundred-year-old mechanical doll, whose existence seems to validate her obsession with a harrowing story she was told by her grandfather, many years earlier. The mechanical doll, June believes, is proof of a living race of automatons that walk undetected, among us, to this day. Ingeniously hidden inside the ancient doll is a lost message, addressed to the court of Peter the Great, czar of Russia…
Fantasy | TP | $33.95