similar to Cormac McCarthy's The Road, but with hope'. I hope that means it's got more jokes! Released in hard cover this month.
"Hig, bereaved and traumatised after global disaster, has three things to live for - his dog Jasper, his aggressive but helpful neighbour, and his Cessna aeroplane. He's just about surviving, so long as he only takes his beloved plane for short journeys, and saves his remaining fuel.
But, just once, he picks up a message from another pilot, and eventually the temptation to find out who else is still alive becomes irresistible. So he takes his plane over the horizon, knowing that he won't have enough fuel to get back. What follows is scarier and more life-affirming than he could have imagined. And his story, THE DOG STARS, is a book unlike any you have ever read. "
The Woman Who Died a Lot (Thursday Next 7) by Jasper Fforde
(Hodder 12 July 2012 / ) - Product Description: The seventh book in the Thursday Next series by Number One bestselling author Jasper Fforde.
The BookWorld's leading enforcement officer Thursday Next is four months into an enforced semi-retirement following an assassination attempt. She returns home to Swindon for what you'd expect to be a time of recuperation. If only life were that simple. Thursday is faced with an array of family problems - son Friday's lack of focus since his career in the Chronoguard was relegated to a might-have-been, daughter Tuesday's difficulty perfecting the Anti-Smote shield needed to thwart an angry Deity's promise to wipe Swindon off the face of the earth, and Jenny, who doesn't exist. And that's not all. With Goliath attempting to replace Thursday at every opportunity with synthetic Thursdays, the prediction that Friday's Destiny-Aware colleagues will die in mysterious circumstances, and a looming meteorite that could destroy all human life on earth, Thursday's retirement is going to be anything but easy . . .
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The Dirty Streets of Heaven (Bobby Dollar 1) by Tad Williams
(Hodder & Stoughton 13 September 2012 / £18.99) - Uncorrected Proof Copy: Marquee name Tad Williams moves from Orbit to the new genre list at Hodder with The Dirty Streets of Heaven, the first in a new Urban Fantasy thriller. The central schtik here isn't anything genre readers have not seen before. The front cover of the proof proclaims "Bobby Dollar is a private investigator with a difference. For one, he's dead. For another, he's an angel." In truth, that makes him pretty similar to most UF detectives - they're either dead, or zombies, or werewolves, or angels or leprecauns or whatever. However, it's clear that Hodder have every intention of marketing this well beyond the usual genre audience and if they manage to take it into the mainstream, so much the better.
The Dirty Streets of Heaven will be published in hard cover in September.
"Bobby Dollar would like to know what he was like when he was alive, but too much of his time is spent working as an extremely minor functionary in the Heavenly Host as an afterlife investigator and advocate for the recently departed. And now he’s stepped into the middle of something that has both sides very nervous — an unprecedented number of missing souls.
A new chapter in the war between Heaven and Hell is about to open, and Bobby is right in the middle of it. Someone has summoned a truly unpleasant Babylonian demon that’s doing its best to track him down and rip him to pieces. His opposite number on the case is arguably the world’s sexiest she-devil, and Bobby has feelings for her that Heaven definitely does not allow. And somehow he has to find out who he was before he becomes an unwitting pawn in a game of power that could end in the destruction of the entire human race."
The Wrath of Angels: The Eleventh Charlie Parker Thriller by John Connolly
(Hodder & Stoughton 30 August 2012 / £17.99) - Uncorrected Proof : A new novel from best-selling author John Connolly featuring his private detective Charlie Parker, due in hard cover from Hodder & Stoughton late August.
"In the depths of the Maine woods, the wreckage of an aeroplane is discovered. There are no bodies, and no such plane has ever been reported missing, but men both good and evil have been seeking it for a long, long time. What the wreckage conceals is more important than money: it is power. Hidden in the plane is a list of names, a record of those who have struck a deal with the Devil. Now a battle is about to commence between those who want the list to remain secret and those who believe that it represents a crucial weapon in the struggle against the forces of darkness.
The race to secure the prize draws in private detective Charlie Parker, a man who knows more than most about the nature of the terrible evil that seeks to impose itself on the world, and who fears that his own name may be on the list. It lures others too: a beautiful, scarred woman with a taste for killing; a silent child who remembers his own death; and the serial killer known as the Collector, who sees in the list new lambs for his slaughter.
But as the rival forces descend upon this northern state, the woods prepare to meet them, for the forest depths hide other secrets.
Someone has survived the crash.
Some *thing* has survived the crash.
And it is waiting . . ."
Tomorrow, the Killing (Low Town 2) by Daniel Polansky
(Hodder & Stoughton 11 October 2012 / £18.99) - Uncorrected Proof Copy: Daniel Polansky's follow-up to his excellent debut The Straight Razor Cure (published in the US as Low Town), which I reviewed here last August. Tomorrow the Killing is due in hard cover from Hodder & Stoughton in October and if it's even half as good as the first (and I hear it may even be better!) I shall definitely be seeking it out.
"Once he was a hero of the Great War, and then a member of the dreaded Black House. Now he is the criminal linchpin of Low Town.
His name is Warden.
He thought he had left the war behind him, but a summons from up above brings the past sharply, uncomfortably, back into focus. General Montgomery's daughter is missing somewhere in Low Town, searching for clues about her brother's murder. The General wants her found, before the stinking streets can lay claim to her, too.
Dark, violent, and shot through with corruption, TOMORROW, THE KILLING is a fantastic successor to one of the most heralded fantasy debuts of recent times."
13 (Women of the Otherworld) by Kelley Armstrong
(Orbit 24 July 2012 / £16.99) - Kelley Armstrong has been a consistently high quality author for Orbit here in the UK, her strong performance indicated by the classy hard cover releases of her books, with mass market editions following.
Now, after more than a decade after she began with Bitten, she finally brings her Women of the Otherworld series to a gripping conclusion with the release of 13...
" War is coming to the Otherworld. A sinister cult known as The Supernatural Liberation Movement is hell-bent on exposing the truth about supernaturals to the rest of the world. Their violent, ruthless plan has put everyone at risk: from werewolves to vampires, from witches to half-demons.
Savannah Levine - fiery and unpredictable - stands at the heart of the maelstrom. There is a new, dark magic inside her, granting her the power to summon spells of terrifying strength. But whether this magic is a gift or a curse, no one knows.
On the eve of battle, all the major players must come together in a last, desperate fight for survival - Elena and Clay; Adam and Savannah; Paige and Lucas; Jeremy and Jaime; Hope, Eve and more... They are fighting for lives. They are fighting for their loved ones.
They are fighting for the Otherworld."
Bitter Seeds (The Milkweed Triptych) by Ian Tregillis
(Orbit 12 July 2012 / £7.99) - Ian Tregillis' brilliant, brilliant, brilliant debut is choc full of everything I want in a genre book - pitches as X-Men meets Inglorious Basterds - this is the second world war depicted along supernatural lines. Brilliant writing, brilliant plotting, brilliantly executed - my pick of the month for sure. Read it. Published in B format by Orbit.
"Their darkest powers are yet to be unleashed.
The year is 1939. Raybould Marsh and other members of British Intelligence have gathered to watch a damaged reel of film in a darkened room. It appears to show German troops walking through walls, bursting into flames and hurling tanks into the air from afar.
If the British are to believe their eyes, a twisted Nazi scientist has been endowing German troops with unnatural, unstoppable powers. And Raybould will be forced to resort to dark methods to hold the impending invasion at bay.
But dealing with the occult exacts a price. And that price must be paid in blood."
Chimera: A Subterrene War Novel (The Subterrene War Series) by T. C. McCarthy
(Orbit 02 August 2012 / £8.99) - The market here can be pretty sniffy about military SF - the argument tends to be that it doesn't really work, but there are some notable exceptions - not least Jack Campbell, whose Lost Fleet books have been going along nicely since Titan published the series in the UK.
T.C. McCarthy's Subterranean War series of near future military SF thrillers, ought to appeal to the same market, and Orbit now release the third and final volume book in the sequence Chimera.
Incidentally, the author is certainly qualified to write such novels, having, according to the press release, worked for the CIA during 9/11 and the conflicts in Iraq!
"Escaped Germline soldiers need to be cleaned up, and Stan Resnick is the best man for the job. A job that takes him to every dark spot and every rat hole he can find.
Operatives from China and Unified Korea are gathering escaped or stolen Russian and American genetics, and there are reports of new biological nightmares: half-human things, bred to live their entire lives encased in powered armor suits.
Stan fights to keep himself alive and out of prison while he attempts to capture a genetic, one who will be able to tell them everything they need to know about this new threat, the one called "Project Sunshine"."
God Save the Queen: Book One of the Immortal Empire by Kate Locke
(Orbit 05 July 2012 / £7.99) - The web site for new Orbit author Kate Locke is sufficently vague in the information it provides. From what I can work out Locke has published books under another name (when, what name and what genre is left (deliberately?) unclear. Also unclear is where Locke hails from - she is described as an Anglophile, which suggests she is not a Brit - but might quite like to have been one. This is compounded by the release of her very Britishly branded novel God Save the Queen, an Urban Fantasy-steampunk-London-based-kitchen-sink-mash-up published by Orbit just in time to miss the Jubilee celebrations, but to cannily cash in on the London focus that will be world-wide when the Olympics hit town this summer.
"The Year is 2012 - and Queen Victoria still rules with an immortal fist.
She's the undead matriarch of a Britain where the Aristocracy is made up of werewolves and vampires, where goblins live underground and mothers know better than to let their children out after dark. A world where technology lives side by side with magic, where being nobility means being infected with the Plague (side-effects include undeath) and Hysteria is the popular affliction of the day.
Xandra Vardan is a member of the elite Royal Guard, and it's her duty to protect the Aristocracy. But things get complicated when her sister goes missing. Xandra will not only realise she's the prize in a dangerous power struggle - but she'll also uncover a conspiracy that threatens to topple the empire itself."
Sharps by K.J. Parker
(Orbit 05 July 2012 / ) - I dipped into K. J. Parker's Colours in the Steel back when this pseudonymous author first appeared on the scene in the late 1990s - and I really didn't 'get it', instead finding the writing remote, tinder dry and rather cerebral. As time has gone by, Parker's list of titles has grown longer and the plaudits ever louder. It was patently clear that I needed to give this acclaimed author another go and having dipped back into his work with his marvellous Subterranean Online novella A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong - which you can read for free here - and I'm really glad I did so.
Parker now has a new novel being release by Orbit, a stand-alone novel entitled Sharps and I'll be making some for it it on the TBR pile for sure.
For the first time in nearly forty years, an uneasy truce has been called between two neighbouring kingdoms. The war has been long and brutal, fought over the usual things: resources, land, money . . .
Now, there is a chance for peace. Diplomatic talks have begun and with them, the games of skill and chance. Two teams of fencers represent their nations at this pivotal moment.
When the future of the world lies balanced on the point of a rapier, one misstep could mean ruin for all.
The Ascendant Stars: Book Three of Humanity's Fire by Michael Cobley
(Orbit 02 August 2012 / £8.99) - Scottish author Michael Cobley, perhaps hitherto best known for his Shadowkings fantasy trilogy, returned to his science fiction roots with Humanity's Fire, a major new space opera series that was very enthusiastically received by readers and critics alike. Seeds of Earth and the second volume The Orphaned Worlds served to make Cobley a major name in British SF circles - the third volume The Ascendant Stars, now released by Orbit in this mass market paperback edition certainly cements that reputation. US readers will see this fantastic series in stores later this year.
"Battle-ready factions converge above Darien, all with the same objective. The goal is control over this newly-discovered planet and access to the powerful weapons at its heart. Despotic Hegemony forces dominate much of known space and they want this world too, but Darien's inhabitants will fight for their future. However, key players in this conflict aren't fully in control. Hostile AIs have infiltrated key minds and have an agenda, requiring nothing less than the destruction or subversion of all organic life. And they are near to unleashing their cohorts, a host of twisted machine intelligences caged beneath Darien. Fighting to contain them are Darien's hidden guardians, and their ancient ally the Construct, on a millennia-long mission to protect sentient species. As the war reaches its peak, the AI army is roaring to the surface, to freedom and an orgy of destruction. Darien is first in line in a machine vs. human war - for life or the sterile dusts of space."
The Heretic Land by Tim Lebbon
(Orbit 02 August 2012 / £8.99) - A brand new dark fantasy from prolific and industrious UK author Tim Lebbon, a writer whom Steven Erikson describes as "one of the genre's most original and inventive writers" - a sentiment with which I wholeheartedly agree.
With a Stoker and four British Fantasy awards to his name, Lebbon is in the midst of mining a rich seam of work, whether they be solo efforts, collaborations (most often with Christopher Golden), novels or shorter works.
Given he is a home-grown talent, Lebbon had, ironically, until recently been far more present in the US than in the UK, but this imbalance is finally being addressed by Orbit who this month release The Heritic Land in a smart paperback original edition.
"Arrested by the Ald, scholar Bon Ugane and merwoman Leki Borle find themselves on a prison ship bound for the island of Skythe - a barren land and the site of long-ago wars.
Warped and ruined by the ancient conflict, survival on the island is tough and its original inhabitants are neither friendly nor entirely still human. But something else waits on the island, a living weapon whose very existence is a heresy. Destroyed many years ago, it silently begins to clutch at life once more.
The Hydrogen Sonata (Culture 10) by Iain M. Banks
(Orbit 04 October 2012 / £20.00) - Uncorrected Proof Copy: A new Culture novel from Iain M. Banks? Yes please!
I confess I've been a little underwhelmed by some of Iain M. Banks' recent SF offerings. I found The Algebraist a ponderous, thick-skinned beast (see my review here) and Matter (reviewed here), hailed as a return to The Culture turned out to be only peripherally so. I didn't get to his previous SF offering Surface Detail but have high hopes of The Hydrogen Sonata, due from Orbit in October. Fingers crossed it proves as stunning as those early books in the sequence which turned me onto SF more than anything else I read in my teens.
"The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization.
An ancient people, organized on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture ten thousand years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they've made the collective decision to follow the well-trodden path of millions of other civilizations; they are going to Sublime, elevating themselves to a new and almost infinitely more rich and complex existence.
Amid preparations though, the Regimental High Command is destroyed. Lieutenant Commander (reserve) Vyr Cossont appears to have been involved, and she is now wanted - dead, not alive. Aided only by an ancient, reconditioned android and a suspicious Culture avatar, Cossont must complete her last mission given to her by the High Command. She must find the oldest person in the Culture, a man over nine thousand years old, who might have some idea what really happened all that time ago. It seems that the final days of the Gzilt civilization are likely to prove its most perilous.
The Iron Wyrm Affair: Bannon and Clare: Book 1 by Lilith Saintcrow
(Orbit 02 August 2012 / £7.99) - A switch of direction for Orbit author Lilith Saintcrow from the more orthodox, city-based, modern-day urban fantasy she's had published over here to a more steampunk based one. Personally I'm happy with either from this very capable author! The Iron Wyrm Affair is a paperback original released this month.
"Emma Bannon, forensic sorceress in the service of the Empire, has a mission: to protect Archibald Clare, a failed, unregistered mentath. His skills of deduction are legendary, and her own sorcery is not inconsiderable. It doesn't help much that they barely tolerate each other, or that Bannon's Shield, Mikal, might just be a traitor himself. Or that the conspiracy killing registered mentaths and sorcerers alike will just as likely kill them as seduce them into treachery toward their Queen.
In an alternate London where illogical magic has turned the Industrial Revolution on its head, Bannon and Clare now face hostility, treason, cannon fire, black sorcery, and the problem of reliably finding hansom cabs.
The game is afoot.."
The Traitor Queen: The Traitor Spy Trilogy: Book Three by Trudi Canavan
(Orbit 02 August 2012 / ) - Product Description: Events are building to a climax in Sachaka as Lorkin returns from his exile with the Traitor rebels. The Traitor Queen has given Lorkin the huge task of brokering an alliance between his people and the Traitors. Lorkin has also had to become a feared black magician in order to harness the power of an entirely new kind of gemstone magic. This knowledge could transform the Guild of Magicians - or make Lorkin an outcast forever. The Traitor Queen is the triumphant conclusion to the Traitor Spy Trilogy, which began with The Ambassador's Mission and continued with The Rogue.
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Pathfinder Tales: City of the Fallen Sky by Tim Pratt
(Paizo Publishing, LLC. 19 June 2012 / £7.50) - Three tie in novels in the Pathfinder RPG franchise have arrived in the UK mailbox here at SFRevu Towers. This very popular D&D spin-off attracts some really high calibre authors - as these novels attest. First up is City of the Fallen Sky by Hugo award winner Tim Pratt, which arrived in stores in mid June, is
"Once an alchemical researcher with the dark scholars of the Technic League, Alaeron fled their arcane order when his conscience got the better of him, taking with him a few strange devices of unknown function. Now in hiding in a distant city, he’s happy to use his skills creating minor potions and wonders—at least until the back-alley rescue of an adventurer named Jaya lands him in trouble with a powerful crime lord.
In order to keep their heads, Alaeron and Jaya must travel across wide seas and steaming jungles in search of a wrecked flying city and the magical artifacts that can buy their freedom. Yet the Technic League hasn’t forgotten Alaeron’s betrayal, and an assassin armed with alien weaponry is hot on their trail..."
Pathfinder Tales: Nightglass by Liane Merciel
(Paizo Publishing, LLC. 17 July 2012 / £7.50) - Next up, published in mass market paperback and available now is Nightglass, penned by US dark fantasy author Liane Merciel...
"In the grim nation of Nidal, carefully chosen children are trained to practice dark magic, summoning forth creatures of horror and shadow for the greater glory of the Midnight Lord. Isiem is one such student, a promising young shadowcaller whose budding powers are the envy of his peers. Upon coming of age, he’s dispatched on a diplomatic mission to the mountains of Devil’s Perch, where he’s meant to assist the armies of devil-worshiping Cheliax in clearing out a tribe of monstrous winged humanoids. Yet as the body count rises and Isiem comes face to face with the people he’s exterminating, lines begin to blur, and the shadowcaller must ask himself who the real monsters are..."
Pathfinder Tales: Song of the Serpent by Hugh Matthews
(Paizo Publishing, LLC. 15 May 2012 / £7.50) - And finally, we have Song of the Serpent by Hughes Matthews - which I happen to know is a cunningly disguised pseudonym of veteran writer Matthew Hughes, perhaps best known latterly for his fabulous Vancian SF, The Tales of Hengis Hapthorn now available as ebooks, and his comic urban fantasy To Hell and Back series published by Angry Robot.
Song of the Serpent is a paperback original and is available now.
"To an experienced rogue like Krunzle the Quick, the merchant nation of Druma is full of treasures just waiting to be liberated. Yet when the fast-talking scoundrel gets caught stealing from one of the powerful prophets of Kalistrade, his only option is to undertake a dangerous mission to recover the merchant lord’s runaway daughter—and the magical artifact she took with her. Armed with an arsenal of decidedly unhelpful magical items and chaperoned by an intelligent snake necklace happy to choke him into submission, Krunzle must venture far from the cities of the merchant utopia and into a series of adventures that will make him a rich man—or a corpse."
Cuttlefish by Dave Freer
(Pyr 17 July 2012 / ) - A new title from Pyr, whose Young Adult line is shaping up very nicely indeed. Cuttlefish is the latest addition, an involving adventure by Dave Freer, perhaps best known for his many collaborations with Eric Flint. Now published in a very nice hard cover edition.
The smallest thing can change the path of history.
The year is 1976, and the British Empire still spans the globe. Coal drives the world, and the smog of it hangs thick over the canals of London.
Clara Calland is on the run. Hunted, along with her scientist mother, by Menshevik spies and Imperial soldiers, they flee Ireland for London. They must escape airships, treachery, and capture. Under flooded London's canals, they join the rebels who live in the dank tunnels there.
Tim Barnabas is one of the underpeople, born to the secret town of drowned London, place of anti-imperialist republicans and Irish rebels, part of the Liberty—the people who would see a return to older values and free elections. Seeing no farther than his next meal, Tim has hired on as a submariner on the Cuttlefish, a coal-fired submarine that runs smuggled cargoes beneath the steamship patrols, to the fortress America and beyond.
When the Imperial soldiery comes ravening, Clara and her mother are forced to flee aboard the Cuttlefish. Hunted like beasts, the submarine and her crew must undertake a desperate voyage across the world, from the Faeroes to the Caribbean and finally across the Pacific to find safety. But only Clara and Tim Barnabas can steer them past treachery and disaster, to freedom in Westralia. Carried with them—a lost scientific secret that threatens the very heart of Imperial power."
Hunter and Fox (A Shifted World Novel) by Philippa Ballantine
(Pyr 08 June 2012 / ) - Kiwi author Philippa Ballantine is already well known to readers in the US as the author of Ace's Books of the Order series, comprising Geist, Spectre and the forthcoming title Wrayth. As Pip Ballantine, she co-authors the popualr Steampunk series The Ministry of Peculiar Occurances. Pyr publish a brand new fantasy series by this talented author - Hunter and Fox is the first is a series of Shifted World books.
"In a world that is in constant shifting, where mountains can change to plainsand then to lakes, Talyn is the Hunter for the Caisah, and a wreck of a once-proud person. She has lost her people, the Vaerli, and her soul working for the man who destroyed her people. All unknowing, she carries within her a Kindred, a chaos creature from the center of the earth that wants to help bring the Vaerli back to power. However, she has lost the ability to communicate with it.
The Kingmakers (Vampire Empire) by Clay Griffith
(Pyr 04 September 2012 / £11.48) - Uncorrected Proof Copy: The final volume in Clay & Susan Griffith's Vampire Empire series - a series which I couldn't help but notice was plastered all over my news feeds and mentioned on many of the blogs I visit in the weeks before and following the release of the first book. Much positive coverage ensued (the press release for this new book features 24 (count' em!) great quotes for it's predecessor) and this third title, The Kingmakers, looks already to be attracting similar plaudits.
"Empress Adele has launched a grand crusade against the vampire clans of the north. Prince Gareth, the vampire lord of Scotland, serves the Equatorian cause, fighting in the bloody trenches of France in his guise as the dashing Greyfriar. But the human armies are pinned down, battered by harsh weather and merciless attacks from vampire packs.
To even the odds, Adele unleashes the power of her geomancy, a fearsome weapon capable of slaughtering vampires in vast numbers. However, the power she expends threatens her own life even as she questions the morality of such a weapon.
As the war turns ever bloodier and Adele is threatened by betrayal, Gareth faces a terrible choice. Their only hope is a desperate strike against the lord of the vampire clans – Gareth’s brother, Cesare. It is a gamble that could win the war or signal the final days of the Greyfriar.
The Vampire Empire trilogy rushes to a heart-wrenching conclusion of honor and love, hatred and vengeance, sacrifice and loss "
Besieged (Outcast Chronicles 1) by Rowena Cory Daniells
(Solaris 05 July 2012 / £7.99) - The opening title in a brand new trilogy from prolific Australian writer Rowena Cory Daniells, an author whom Solaris are giving a big push. Besieged, is book one of The Outcast Chronicles, and the second two books in the series, Exile and Sanctuary, will follow on in consecutive months, making this what Solaris are calling 'The fantasy event of the summer!'.
"For nearly 300 years the mystics have lived alongside the true-men, who barely tolerate them, until...
King Charald is cursed with a half-blood mystic son. Sorne is raised to be a weapon against the mystics. Desperate to win his father’s respect, Sorne steals power to trigger visions. Unaware King Charald plans their downfall, the mystics are consumed by rivalry. although physically stronger, the males’ gifts are weaker than the females. Imoshen, the only female mystic to be raised by males, wants to end the feud. But the males resent her power and, even within her own sisterhood Imoshen’s enemies believe she is addicted to the male gifts.
Sorne tries, but cannot win the respect of true-men. When he has a vision of half-bloods in danger he has to ask himself where his loyalty lies.
Convinced he can destroy the mystics, King Charald plans to lay siege to their island city. Will Imoshen win the trust of the mystic leaders and, if she does, will she believe the visions of a half-blood?"
Exile (Outcast Chronicles 2) by Rowena Cory Daniells
(Solaris 02 August 2012 / £7.99) - And, as promised, hot on the heels of Beseiged, comes Exile, the second in Rowena Cory Daniels' Outcast Chronicles. A Solaris paperback original - with, I must note, a striking cover visual that develops over the series...
"For over three hundred years the mystics have lived alongside the true-men, until King Charald lays siege to the mystic’s island city.
Imoshen, most powerful of the female mystics, is elected to negotiate with the true-man king. the male mystics still resent her, but she has an ally in Sorne, the half-blood, who was raised by true-men. even though he is vulnerable to her gifts, he gives Imoshen his loyalty. In return, she gives him the most dangerous of tasks, to spy for her.
She negotiates exile for her people. They must pack all their valuables, reach port and set sail by the first day of winter. But to do this, they have to cross a kingdom filled with true-men who are no longer bluffed by their gifts. Meanwhile, there are mystics living in the countryside, unaware that their people have been exiled.
King Charald announces any mystics who remain behind after they are exiled will be hunted down and executed."
Hush (Dragon Apocalypse 2) by James Maxey
(Solaris 05 July 2012 / £7.99) - The follow up to James Maxey's excellent, high-energy dragon fest, Greatshadow.
Hush is book two of The Dragon Apocalypse and is truly excellent fantasy fare. A Solaris paperback original.
"The invulnerable, super-strong warrior Infidel has a secret: she’s lost her magical powers right at the moment when she needs them most. To keep a promise to a fallen friend, she must journey to the frozen wastelands of the north.
Her quest leads her through the abstract realms of the Sea of Wine, where she uncovers a conspiracy that threatens all life. Hush, the primal dragon of cold, has formed an alliance with the ghost of a vengeful witch to murder Glorious, the dragon of the sun, plunging the world into an unending winter night.
Without her magical strength, can Infidel possibly survive her battle with Hush? If she fails to save glorious, will the world see another morning?"
Katya's World by Jonathan L Howard
(Strange Chemistry 11 November 2012 / £7.99) - Uncorrected Proof Copy: Angry Robot's new YA imprint Strange Chemistry launches later in the year and one of their early titles will be Katya's World, by Johannes Cabal the Necromancer author, Jonathan L. Howard. Release in both the UK and the US, in paperback and ebook in November.
"The distant and unloved colony world of Russalka has no land, only the raging sea. No clear skies, only the endless storm clouds. Beneath the waves, the people live in pressurised environments and take what they need from the boundless ocean. It is a hard life, but it is theirs and they fought a war against Earth to protect it. But wars leave wounds that never quite heal, and secrets that never quite lie silent. Katya Kuriakova doesn’t care much about ancient history like that, though. She is making her first submarine voyage as crew; the first nice, simple journey of what she expects to be a nice, simple career. There is nothing nice and simple about the deep black waters of Russalka, however; soon she will encounter pirates and war criminals, see death and tragedy at first hand, and realise that her world’s future lies on the narrowest of knife edges. For in the crushing depths lies a sleeping monster, an abomination of unknown origin, and when it wakes, it will seek out and kill every single person on the planet."
The Dark Knight Rises- The Official Movie Novelization by Greg Cox
(Titan 24 July 2012 / £7.99) - The movie of the moment receives the obligatory tie-in novelization, and Titan, who specialise in this area release Greg Cox's The Dark Knight Rises in this paperback original edition. Cox, incidentally, is a veteran tie-in author, having penned many such franchise novels - the bat is in safe hands!
"Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman return in the thrilling and hotly anticipated conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy.
The blockbuster movie will introduce new faces to the franchise as well, including Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway), Bane (Tom Hardy), John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), and Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard).
From the team that brought you Inception, The Dark Knight Rises is guaranteed to be the blockbuster hit of 2012. This enthralling official novelization will transport fans into a Gotham City once again under threat."
Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling by Michael Boccacino
(Titan Books 20 July 2012 / £7.99) - Displaying once again their canny eye for talent, Titan Books have picked up UK and commonwealth rights to Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling, a debut novel of the gothic variety from US author Michael Boccacino. The book is now published in B format paperback and has been released in the US by William Morrow. Notably it has been receiving some impressive advance comments, with Publishers Weekly saying that "Debut author Boccacino bowls the reader over with his note-perfect rendition of a spooky Victorian atmosphere."
"When Nanny Prum, the nanny to the young Darrow boys, is found mysteriously murdered in the forest, Charlotte Markham, the recently hired governess, steps in to care for the children. During an outing in the forest, they find themselves crossing over into The Ending, the place for the things that cannot die, where Lily Darrow, the late mistress of Everton, has been waiting to pick up where she left off. She invites them into the ominous House of Darkling, a wondrous, dangerous place filled with enchantment, mystery and strange creatures that appear to be, but are not quite, human."
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The God Antenna by Niko Zinovii
(Zinovii Art Studio 01 June 2012 / £8.88) - Sub-titled "a tale of extraterrestrial visitation", this self-published novel, with it's rather awful cover of two naked men in a swimming pool just doesn't look all that appealing to me. However one can't ignore the endorsements on the rear cover, with glowing comments from highly respected authors Ben Bova, Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick. Nick Zinovii's The God Antenna is a paperback release from Zinovii Art Studio.
"Imagine a little white pill that can dramatically boost your memory and IQ. Oh, just one thing-it also removes your ability to believe in God... Literary science fiction with a mythic semblance, The God Antenna is a story of unusual extraterrestrial visitation and much more: artificial intelligence, post-humanity, alien beings, and the origin of the ancient entity we call God. Set in rustic Gre...ece and Israel, the story is touched gently by future technology while grounded soundly to man's past. In this time of First Contact, the seemingly miraculous and unfathomable clashes head-on with rationality and science. The duplication of biblical miracles, new-men, a slave class of artificials, love and betrayal, the oldest world in the cosmos, Centaurs from across the void, and the astounding philosophical implications of extrasolar life, nature, and science all culminate in a global event unparalleled in all human history."
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