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Ace

Gordath Wood by Patrice Sarath (Ace 24 June 2008 / $7.99) - Product Description: Worlds collide in Gordath Wood. Something strange is happening in Gordath Wood, the old woods surrounding a training stable called Hunter's Chase. The police think Lynn Romano and Kate Mossland have been murdered, but what actually occurred is much stranger. They've gone through a hole between worlds, into a medieval society at war. In a world that doesn't ordinarily have use for women, the danger is great—good thing Lynn and Kate aren't your ordinary women. (Source: Ace)

Lost Fleet: Valiant by Jack Campbell (Ace 24 June 2008 / $7.99) - Product Description: “Black Jack” Geary has ordered his fleet back to the Lakota Star System where the Syndics nearly destroyed them, a desperate gamble that may give them a fighting chance of survival— or tear them apart. (see review)

Spectre (Zoe Martinique, Book 2) by Phaedra Weldon (Ace 03 June 2008 / $14.00) - Book Description: Zoë Martinique has the extraordinary ability to travel outside her body at will. When she is drawn into an investigation of a series of bizarre murders, in which the victims are missing body parts, Zoë hopes to help her boyfriend, Atlanta homicide detective Daniel Frasier, stop the killer— one she’s sure is from the darkest levels of the astral plane—without letting him find out about her special abilities.

Then danger strikes close to home when Zoë’s mother disappears, and Zoë must use all the powers at her command to save her—even though Zoë knows that, in doing so, she may make herself into something no longer entirely human. (see review)

The Cold Minds by Kristin Landon (Ace 24 June 2008 / $7.99) - Product Description: Renegade jump pilot Iain sen Paolo and Linnea Kiaho know that the Cold Minds—ruthless machine intelligences—have returned. And if they don't find allies to oppose the Cold Minds, humanity itself will become extinct. (Source: Ace)

The Iron Hunt (Hunter Kiss, Book 1) by Marjorie M. Liu (Ace 24 June 2008 / $7.99) - Product Description: Demon hunter Maxine Kiss wears her armor as tattoos, which unwind from her body to take on forms of their own at night. They stand between her and her enemies, just as Maxine stands between humanity and the demons breaking out from behind the prison veils. It is a life lacking in love, reveling in death, until one moment—-and one man—-changes everything. (Source: Ace)

The Prefect by Alastair Reynolds (Ace 03 June 2008 / $25.95) - Book Description: A full-length novel set in the Revelation Space universe that's "sublime entertainment" and "gripping in the extreme."

Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer with the Panoply. His beat is the multi-faceted utopian society of the Glitter Band, that vast swirl of space habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone, the teeming hub of a human interstellar empire spanning many worlds.

His current case: investigating a murderous attack against one of the habitats that leaves nine hundred people dead, a crime that appalls even a hardened cop like Dreyfus. But then his investigation uncovers something even more potentially dangerous--a covert plot by an enigmatic entity seeking nothing less than total control of the Glitter Band…. (see review)

AD Classic

A Journey to the Center of the Earth (AD Classic) by Jules Verne (AD Classic 27 June 2008 / $6.99) - Product Description: When an eccentric professor acquires an ancient book, a riddle on a spare piece of parchment tucked neatly within its pages leads him and his nephew on an unparalleled adventure. The unlocked riddle brings them to a remote mountain on Iceland, where they enter an extinct volcano on a daring quest to reach the center of the earth. They soon find themselves at a giant underground ocean where the laws of science are constantly redefined and prehistoric creatures are in abundance. But in the bowels of the earth, a shocking discovery pits the travellers face to face with their own terrifying past. Jules Verne's A Journey to the Center of the Earth has been read by millions of inquisitive minds and has influenced some of the worlds most famous explorers such as Admiral Byrd, who announced on his 1926 expedition to the North Pole that "it is Jules Verne who is bringing me." And renowned cave explorer Norbert Casteret said in 1938 that A Journey to the Center of the Earth was a "marvelous book which impressed and fascinated me more than any other. I have re-read it many times, and I confess I sometimes re-read it still, each time finding anew the joys and enthusiasm of my childhood." (see review)

Arthur A. Levine Books

Moribito: Guardian Of The Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi (Arthur A. Levine Books 01 June 2008 / $17.99) - Product Description: Balsa was a wanderer and warrior for hire. Then she rescued a boy flung into a raging river -- and at that moment, her destiny changed. Now Balsa must protect the boy -- the Prince Chagum -- on his quest to deliver the great egg of the water spirit to its source in the sea. As they travel across the land of Yogo and discover the truth about the spirit, they find themselves hunted by two deadly enemies: the egg-eating monster Rarunga . . . and the prince's own father. (see review)

Baen

Exodus (Starfire) by Steve White & Shirley Meier (Baen 24 June 2008 / $7.99) - Product Description: Once before, the sentient races in the known part of the galaxy -- humans, Orions, Ophiuchi and Gorm -- had united to defeat alien invaders. The "bugs" were as incomprehensibly alien as they were revoltingly evil, using all other living things, intelligent or not, as food, and they had been defeated at a terrible cost. Decades have since passed and the gallant warriors of the battle against the bugs have grown old, while new generations have grown complacent...dangerously so.

Long ago, much of the population of an entire planet had built a huge fleet of ships, each ship larger than a city, and fled their world before its sun went nova. Those slower-than-light ships traversed many light years, and have now arrived at the world they intend to make their new home. They regard the fact that the planet is already colonized by humans as a mere inconvenience, the more so since their mode of communication is so different from anything humans use that they do not consider humans and their allies to be truly intelligent. And the arriving aliens know -- or, at least, they believe -- that when they die they will be reincarnated, so they do not hesitate to attack humans and their allies with suicidal fury.

This time, the intelligent races of the old alliance will not have to worry about becoming an invader's meal -- but that will be small comfort if the invaders decide that genocide is justified for their own survival... (Source: Baen)

Hell Hath No Fury (BOOK 2) by David Weber & Linda Evans (Baen 24 June 2008 / $7.99) - Product Description: It began with two men. They came from very different worldsentirely different universes, in factone using sorcery and the other using mental powers and steam-age technology. They met in a virgin forest on a duplicate planet Earth. Neither side knows who shot first, but each blames the other, and it doesn't really matter, now, because war has begun.

War between the universes is the last thing responsible leaders on either side want. But the fury of their respective populations, xenophobic fear of the unknown, and cries for "justice" (or vengeance), are all driving both sides towards the brink. And unscrupulous, power-hungry menand Arcana and Sharona alikehave agendas of their own.

The fuse has been lit, and a war stretching across the universes, fought between dragons, spells, and crossbows and repeating rifles, machine guns, and artillery is erupting in white-hot rage and fury. Where it will endand howno one knows. (Source: Baen)

Paladins II: Knight Moves by Joel Rosenberg (Baen 24 June 2008 / $7.99) - Product Description: In the seventeenth century, in an alternate universe, Mordred defeated King Arthur -- known as "Arthur the Tyrant" -- and founded an Empire, now ruling much of Europe, Asia, and the New World, ably defended by the Order of Crown, Shield and Dragon. These special agents carry swords, each containing the soul of someone of great power. Even in the hands of a knight of the Order, and wielded in the cause of righteousness, such a sword is terribly dangerous to its owner and all around him -- a single red sword can defeat an ordinary army. Last time, three knights of the Order were able to defeat an enemy with an arsenal of red swords, though at a terrible cost. But new menaces are threatening. An ancient witch, long thought to be dead, has returned, and the deadly creatures called darklings are infesting Europe. And on the isle of Colonsay, another deadly supernatural being has appeared, sending the inhabitants into frenzies of murderous madness. This time courage and a strong sword arm, even when armed with a sword of power, may not be enough to save the Empire. (Source: Baen)

Ballantine Books

The Bearskin Rug by Jennifer Stevenson (Ballantine Books 24 June 2008 / $6.99) - Product Description: THE MAGIC: A live-in sex demon sure keeps a girl up at night
But for Jewel, a fraud cop leery of commitment, Randy could be too much of a good thing.

THE MISCHIEF: Hinky and kinky. Something seriously weird is going on at an erotic film studio. Jewel and her sexy partner, Clay, take the case–and Randy finds an outlet for his special skills.

THE MAN TROUBLE: Two hotties and a hard decision If Jewel's the luckiest girl in Chicago, how come she's sleeping alone so much? (Source: Ballantine Books)

Bloomsbury USA

Slipping by Cathleen Davitt Bell (Bloomsbury USA 24 June 2008 / $16.99) - Product Description: Michael Kimmel is an average eighth grader who's too short to be good at basketball and too unmotivated to care about school. When the grandfather he barely knows suddenly dies, Michael can't understand why his dad seems so detached. But when the ghost of his grandfather contacts Michael and begins to show him scenes from the past, Michael suspects it's up to him to right the wrongs between his father and grandfather – before he himself becomes trapped in the river of the dead. (see review)

Spellbound by Anna Dale (Bloomsbury USA 24 June 2008 / $16.99) - Product Description: An innocent summer holiday turns out to be anything but for Athene and her younger brother, Zach, when they find themselves caught up in a skirmish between two groups of gnome-like creatures: The Humble Gloam live above ground and get along with humans; the Low Gloam live below ground and despise everyone. But when Zach stumbles into Low Gloam territory, Athene disguises herself to rescue him—and discovers a secret that could bring the two Gloam tribes together—if it doesn't tear them apart, first. (Source: Bloomsbury USA)

Stravaganza: City of Secrets by Mary Hoffman (Bloomsbury USA 24 June 2008 / $17.99) - Product Description: Set in Talia, a parallel-world version of Italy, the Stravaganza series combines Renaissance court intrigue with time travel, subterfuge, romance, and revenge. In this new story arc, we meet Matt, a painfully dyslexic and insecure boy (despite a beautiful and clever girlfriend!). Matt has just discovered that he is a Stravagante - someone capable of traveling between two worlds. A leather-bound book transports Matt from our world to Talia, where he meets Luciano. Luciano has killed the head of the powerful di Chimici family in a duel, and has gone into hiding. The di Chimici are on the verge of making a terrifying breakthrough into our world, and it will fall to Matt, Luciano, and the other Stravaganti to stop them…. (Source: Bloomsbury USA)

DAW

Future Americas by (DAW 03 June 2008 / $7.99) - From back of book: Predicting the future has long been a cornerstone of science fiction. From such classic works as Brave New World to Neuromancer, authors have looked at the world they live in and extrapolated their own visions of the future. And over the years, the number of trends in society, politics, and religion that have followed these forecasts is impressive, as are the science fiction inventions that have become integral parts of our current high-tech society.

Now, seventeen farseeing authors have taken up the challenge of gazing into the future and seeing where America may be the day after tomorrow. From an America where history has become myth and misinformation amid the ruins of a once-great land...to a place where the only existence for genetic misfits is as slaves to the "Gawders"...to a company intent on cloning the world's species, both extinct and endangered, back to a balanced ecosystem, here are original stories that will have readers thinking about the future, and about how their own actions now could make a difference tomorrow.

The Dark Ferryman: The Elven Ways #2 by Jenna Rhodes (DAW 03 June 2008 / $23.95) - Book Description: As civil war begins, the high elven Vaelinar see their power bases being torn apart as the magical Ways they have created begin to disintegrate. In the midst of the conflict, Sevryn and Rivergrace are pulled from each other, forced to follow separate pathways as they fight against possession by goddess and demon alike. Accused of high treason by the warrior queen Lariel, Rivergrace’s only allies are her Dweller sister and the most mysterious of all Vaelinar Ways—the Dark Ferryman. (Source: DAW)

The Reel Stuff by Brian Thomsen & Martin H. Greenberg (Editors) (DAW 03 June 2008 / $15.00) - Product Description: The stories that launched money-making blockbusters— "almost any of the stories is worth the price of the whole volume." The Reel Stuff collects thirteen memorable—and in some cases award-winning—tales from legendary names in science fiction, fantasy, and horror that inspired some of Hollywood's greatest successes on the silver screen, or found rabid followings as cult classics.

Features the stories that inspired:

Minority Report • Total Recall • The Thing • Johnny Mnemonic • Re-animator • Candyman • Millennium • Enemy Mine • Mimic • Screamers • Nightflyers • Amanda and the Alien • The Outer Limits: Sandkings (Source: DAW)

Valor's Trial: A Confederation Novel (Confederation Novels) by Tanya Huff (DAW 03 June 2008 / $24.95) - Book Description: Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr is a Confederation Marine’s marine. She’s survived more deadly encounters—and kept more of her officers and enlistees alive—than anyone in the Corps. Unexpectedly pulled from battle, Torin finds herself in an underground POW camp that shouldn'’t exist, where her fellow marine prisoners seem to have lost all will to escape. Now, Torin must fight her way not only out of the prison but also past the growing compulsion to sit down and give up—not realizing that her escape could mean the end of the war… (Source: DAW)

Del Rey

The Last Vampire by Patricia Rosemoor & Marc Paoletti (Del Rey 24 June 2008 / $7.99) - From back of book: Deep in a Texas cave, the military unearths a five-hundred-year-old corpse, its desiccated flesh teeming with mysterious DNA that can transform mortals into beings of unimaginable power.

Captain Scott Boulder, leader of a Black Ops unit that has been endowed with these superhuman abilities, is among the first to benefit from the find. But when--with the help of a voodoo priestess--the creature is conjured to life, unleashing an ancient evil bent on reinstating its poisonous kind on earth, Scott knows he must return the monster to the grave. But this is no ordinary vampire. Once a brutal torturer in the Spanish Inquisition, it can bend the laws of science and magic in horrifying new ways.

Powerless to fight this evil alone, Scott grudgingly seeks the aid of reclusive anthropologist Leah Maguire, an expert in the mystical rituals of the past. To keep humanity from entering a new Dark Age, Scott and Leah will battle unspeakable horrors and will sacrifice everything they hold dear--perhaps even their own humanity--to destroy the last vampire. (Source: Del Rey)

Tigerheart by Peter David (Del Rey 17 June 2008 / $22.00) - Book Description: For all readers who have ever lent an enthusiastic ear to a wonderfully well told tale, or tumbled gladly into pages that could transport them anywhere, now comes novelist Peter David's enchanting new work of fantasy. Action-packed and suspenseful, heart-tugging and wise, it weaves a spell both hauntingly familiar and utterly irresistible for those who have ever surrendered themselves to flights of fancy, and have whispered in their hearts, "I believe."

Paul Dear is a good and clever boy, doted on by a father who fills his son's head with tall tales, thrilling legends, and talk of fairy-folk, and by a mother who indulges these fantastic stories and tempers them with common sense. But Paul is special in ways that even his adoring parents could never have imagined. For by day, in London's Kensington Gardens, he walks and talks with the pixies and sprites and other magical creatures that dwell among the living–but are unseen by most. And at night in his room, a boy much like himself, yet not, beckons to Paul from the mirror to come adventuring. It's a happy life for Paul, made all the more so by the birth of his baby sister.

But everything changes when tragedy strikes, and Paul concludes that there's only one course of action he can take to dispel the darkness and make things right again. And like countless heroes before him, he knows that he must risk everything to save the day.

Thus begins a quest that will lead Paul down the city's bustling streets, to a curio shop where a magical ally awaits him, and launches him into the starry skies, bound for a realm where anything is possible. Far from home, he will run with fierce Indian warriors, cross swords with fearsome pirates, befriend a magnificent white tiger, and soar beside an extraordinary, ageless boy who reigns in a boundless world of imagination.

Brimming with the sly humor and breathless excitement of a traditional Victorian bedtime story, deftly embroidered with its own unique wisdom and wonder, Tigerheart is a hymn to childhood's happiness and heartbreak, a meditation on the love, courage, sacrifice, and faith that shape us and define our lives, and a splendidly rendered modern fable–for readers of any age–that brilliantly proves itself a worthy brother to the timeless classic that serve as its inspiration. (see review)

EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Hounds of Ash: and other Tales of Fool Wolf by Greg Keyes (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy 01 June 2008 / $13.95) - Book Description: Thrust into perilous action by his father's spirit and his village's shaman, Fool Wolf, the laziest of heroes, must face his battles or face the wrath of his ancestors. In this collection of seven short stories, Fool Wolf is thrown on the mercy of those gods whom he both worships and loathes. He is forced to defend himself against the very destiny that he is to fulfill. The mysteries of his ancestors are brought to light as he traverses the vast empire of his people's land in search of answers. (Source: EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy)

Eos

Goddess: Book Three of The Percheron Saga by Fiona Mcintosh (Eos 01 June 2008 / $14.95) - From back of book: Zar Boaz is trapped by both his heart and his head. Though he can think of nothing Ana, alone in the desert, his country is on the brink of war and his Spur is helpless. Hatching a daring plan, he calls for Percheron's strongest to make one more pilgrimage into the desert, even as warships threaten Percheron's harbor and the Goddess reaches the crest of her ascent, throwing all parties--mortal and divine--into a perilous battle for their lives, their souls, and their hearts. (Source: Eos)

The Twisted Citadel: DarkGlass Mountain: Book Two by Sara Douglass (Eos 01 June 2008 / $25.95) - Book Info: Sara Douglass has won legions of fans around the world for her epic tales of sorcery, forbidden love, and heart-pounding action. Now, with the DarkGlass Mountain saga, she reveals her biggest adventure yet. Tencendor is no more. The land is gone. But a few Sunsoars still remain, and a new foe walks the world. Three new heroes have stepped forward--Ishbel Brunelle, priestess of the Serpent Coil; Isaiah, the Tyrant of Isembaard; and Maximillian, the Lord of Elcho Falling. Yet despite their best efforts, the dark god Kanubai has risen. And worse yet, war approaches, as the Darkglass Mountain has raised a vaste horde to ravage the land. As the trio struggle to keep their supporters and alliances alive, the Sunsoars have their own challenges...including the chance to finally rejoin the magical Star Dance, and the appearance of the Lealfast, long-lost kin to the Icarii who may be friends...or deadly enemies. As tensions rise between the two races, Axis Sunsoar revives his elite Strike Force in a desperate bid to stop the darkness. (Source: Eos)

The Twisted Citadel: DarkGlass Mountain: Book Two (Darkglass Mountain) by Sara Douglass (Eos 01 June 2008 / $25.95) - Product Description: Tencendor is no more. The land is gone. But a few SunSoars remain, and a new foe walks the world. In a time of magic and danger, three new heroes have stepped forward—Ishbel Brunelle, priestess of the Serpent Coil; Isaiah, the Tyrant of Isembaard; and Maximilian, the Lord of Elcho Falling. Yet despite their best efforts, the Dark God Kanubai has risen. And worse yet, war approaches—backed by the evil, insidious DarkGlass Mountain, hordes of insatiable Skraelings ravage the land.

While the trio struggles to keep its armies and alliances alive, the SunSoars have their own challenges, including the chance to rejoin the magical Star Dance at long last, and the appearance of the Lealfast, long-lost kin to the Icarii. The Lealfast and the Icarii may be friends . . . or deadly enemies. And as tensions rise between the two races, Axis SunSoar revives his elite Strike Force in a desperate bid to stop the darkness.

(Source: Eos)

Troll Blood by Katherine Langrish (Eos 01 June 2008 / $16.99) - From back of book: Peer and Hilde are thirsty for adventure when a Viking longship arrives in their village looking for crew. They set sail for Vinland, better known now as North America, where they meet a civilization based on the Mi'kmaq Native Americans, magical creatures, and new dangers. (YA: Ages 10 and up) (see review)

Feiwel & Friends

Zombie Blondes by Brian James (Feiwel & Friends 24 June 2008 / $16.95) - Product Description: From the moment Hannah Sanders arrived in town, she felt there was something wrong. A lot of houses were for sale, and the town seemed infected by an unearthly quiet. And then, on Hannah's first day of classes, she ran into a group of cheerleaders - the most popular girls in school.

The odd thing was that they were nearly identical in appearance: blonde, beautiful, and deathly pale.

But Hannah wants desperately to fit in - regardless of what her friend Lukas is telling her: if she doesn't watch her back, she's going to be blonde and popular and dead - just like all the other zombies in this town. ... (YA, Ages 12 & up) (see review)

Flux

Into the Wildewood (Faire Folk, Book 2) by Gillian Summers (Flux 01 June 2008 / $9.95) - Book Description: Keelie Heartwood's adventures as a part-elf/part-human continue in book two of The Faire Folk Trilogy. Getting to finally know her elf dad has generally been a good thing, although camping out in her dad's homemade gingerbread RV while acting out the 16th century isn't so fab. Keelie prefers hot showers and wearing a watch thankyouverymuch. If only her dad would wake up to the 21st century and buy her an iPhone so she won't lose touch with the real world!

But a mysterious unicorn sighting, fairies showing up in the oddest places, and that nasty, vain elf-girl Elia are all working against Keelie's chances to have a good time. And why hasn't Sean, the hot elf who kissed her, called? Right now, life as an elf isn't all that enchanting. (Source: Flux)

Grand Central Publishing

Kushiel's Mercy (Kushiel's Legacy) by Jacqueline Carey (Grand Central Publishing 12 June 2008 / $26.99) - Product Description: Having paid dearly for ignoring Elua's edict to love as thou wilt, Imriel and Sidonie have finally come forward to publicly confess their love for each other---only to watch the news ignite turmoil throughout the land. Those who are old enough cannot forget the misdeeds of Imriel's mother, Melisande, whose self-serving lies plunged their country into war.
In order to quell the uprising, Queen Ysandre hands down a decree: she will not divide the lovers, but neither will she acknowledge them. And if they decide to marry, Sidonie will be disinherited.
That is, unless Imriel can find his mother and bring her back to Terre D'Ange to be executed for treason....

(Source: Grand Central Publishing)

HarperTeen

Evernight by Claudia Gray (HarperTeen 01 June 2008 / $16.99) - Book Description:

Bianca wants to escape.

She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him.

"I couldn't stand it if they took it out on you," he tells Bianca, "and eventually they would."

But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.

(see review)

Wicked Dead: Crush by Stefan Petrucha & Thomas Pendleton (HarperTeen 01 June 2008 / $7.99) - Product Description: < Tonight's tale . . . The Roid Patrol regularly menaces Jonathan Barnes in the halls. Mr. Weaver's sarcasm makes English class unbearable. If it weren't for his best friend, David, and his crush, Emma, Jonathan would go insane.

But now he thinks he has, what with everyone who's ever been mean to him turning up dead. He doesn't know what to think, who to trust—or who's next.

(Source: HarperTeen)

McFarland & Company

Feminist Narrative and the Supernatural: The Function of Fantastic Devices in Seven Recent Novels (Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantas by Katherine J. Weese (McFarland & Company 30 June 2008 / $35.00) - From publicity material: Women authors have explored fantasy fiction in ways that connect with feminist narrative theories, as examined here by Katherine J. Weese in seven modern novels. These include Margaret Atwood's Lady Oracle, Iris Murdochs's The Sea, the Sea, Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping, Carol Shields's The Stone Diaries, Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible, and Toni Morrison's Beloved and Paradise. The fantastic devices highlight various feminist narrative concerns such as the authority of the female voice, the implications of narrative form for gender construction, revisions to traditional genre conventions by women writers, and the recovery of alternative versions of stories suppressed by dominant historical narratives. Weese also frames the fantastic elements in the scope of traditional fictional structure. (Source: McFarland & Company)

H. Beam Piper: A Biography (Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy) by John F. Carr (McFarland & Company 17 June 2008 / $39.95) - Description: H. Beam Piper is one of science fiction's most enigmatic writers. In 1946 Piper appeared seemingly from out of nowhere, already at the top of his form. He published a number of memorable short stories in the premier science fiction magazine of the time, Astounding Science Fiction, under legendary editor John W. Campbell. Piper quickly became friends with many of the top writers of the day, including Lester Del Rey, Fletcher Pratt, Robert Heinlein and L. Sprague de Camp. Piper also successfully made the turn from promising short story writer to major novelist, authoring Four-Day Planet, Cosmic Computer, Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen and Little Fuzzy, which was nominated for a Hugo award.

Even those who counted Piper among their friends knew very little about the man or his life as a railroad yard bull in Altoona, Pennsylvania. This biography illuminates H. Beam Piper, both the writer and the man, and answers lingering questions about his death. Appendices include a number of Piper's personal papers, a complete bibliography of Piper's works, and an essay on Piper's Terro-Human Future History series. (Source: McFarland & Company)

Norilana Books

The Duke in His Castle by Vera Nazarian (Norilana Books June 2008 / $7.95) - From publicity material: An erotic dark fantasy novella The Duke in His Castle by Vera Nazarian — the story of a young Duke confined by a mysterious barrier within the boundaries of his crumbling castle and an equally mysterious female intruder who comes to his castle bearing a box of bones.

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(see review)

Warrior Wisewoman by (Norilana Books June 2008 / ) - From publicity material: Warrior Wisewoman is intended as a sister volume to the Sword and Sorceress fantasy series, with the main difference being that the story themes will involve science fiction instead of fantasy, and will be intended for a more mature audience.

Table of Contents: Introduction by Roby James, "Ice Queen" by Colleen Anderson, "Among The Wastes of Time" by Mary Catelli, "An Ashwini Apart" by Bhaskar Dutt, "A New Kind of Sunrise" by Nancy Fulda, "Christmas Wedding" by Vylar Kaftan, "Only a Personal Tragedy" by Sally Kuntz, "Faith" by Fran LaPlaca, "To Find Home Again" by Rose Lemberg, "Heaven Shed Tears" by Catherine Mintz, "As Darwin Decreed" by Peg Robinson, "Keepers of The Corn" by Anna Sykora, "Ungraceful Cliff Dwellers" by Douglas A. Van Belle, About the Authors, Publisher's Note. (see review)

Orb

Necroscope by Brian Lumley (Orb 10 June 2008 / $14.95) - Product Description: Twenty years ago, the horror world was forever altered by the publication of Necroscope. An instant classic, Brian Lumley's astonishing feat of imagination spawned a universe which Lumley has explored and expanded through more that a baker's dozen of novels and novellas. Millions of copies of Necroscope and its successors are in print in a dozen languages throughout the world. Nominated for the British Fantasy Award, Necroscope has inspired everything from comic books and graphic novels to sculptures and soundtracks.

This new edition of Necroscope uses the author's preferred text and includes a special introduction by Brian Lumley, telling how the Necroscope saga came to be. It also includes chapter ornaments by Hugo-Award-Winning artist Bob Eggleton, long identified with Lumley's blood-sucking monsters.

As a classic, Necroscope rightfully claims a place in the Orb trade paperback list, for scholars of the field and the dedicated Lumley collector. And also for all the people who have read more than one mass market copy of the book to tatters.

Harry Keogh is the man who can talk to the dead, the man for whom every grave willingly gives up its secrets, the one man who knows how to travel effortlessly through time and space to destroy the vampires that threaten all humanity.

In Necroscope, Harry is startled to discover that he is not the only person with unusual mental powers--Britain and the Soviet Union both maintain super-secret, psychically-powered espionage organizations. But Harry is the only person who knows about Thibor Ferenczy, a vampire long buried in the mountains of Romania--still horribly alive, in undeath--and Thibor's insane "offspring," Boris Dragosani, who rips information from the souls of the dead in a terrible, ever-lasting form of torture.

Somehow, Harry must convince Britain's E-Branch that only by working together can they locate and destroy Dragosani and his army of demonic warriors--before the half-vampire succeeds in taking over the world! (Source: Orb)

Orbit

Bloodheir (The Godless World) by Brian Ruckley (Orbit 03 June 2008 / $14.99) - Book Description: The world has fallen from its former state. The war between the clans of the Black Road and the True Bloods has spread. For Orisian, thane of the ruined Lannis Blood, there is no time to grieve the loss of his family, brutally slain by the invading armies. The Black Road must be stopped. However, as more blood is spilled on the battlefields, so each side in the conflict becomes more riven by internal dissent and disunity. Amidst the mounting chaos, Aeglyss the na'kyrim uses his new-found powers to twist everything and everyone around him to serve his own mad desires.Meanwhile, the long-dormant Anain are stirring - and when the most potent race the world has ever known returns, the bloodletting may never stop. (Source: Orbit)

Midnight Never Come by Marie Brennan (Orbit 09 June 2008 / $14.99) - Book Description: England flourishes under the hand of its Virgin Queen: Elizabeth, Gloriana, last and most powerful of the Tudor monarchs. But a great light casts a great shadow.In hidden catacombs beneath London, a second Queen holds court: Invidiana, ruler of faerie England, and a dark mirror to the glory above.In the thirty years since Elizabeth ascended her throne, fae and mortal politics have become inextricably entwined, in secret alliances and ruthless betrayals whose existence is suspected only by a few. Two courtiers, both struggling for royal favor, are about to uncover the secrets that lie behind these two thrones.When the faerie lady Lune is sent to monitor and manipulate Elizabeth's spymaster, Walsingham, her path crosses that of Michael Deven, a mortal gentleman and agent of Walsingham's.His discovery of the "hidden player" in English politics will test Lune's loyalty and Deven's courage alike.Will she betray her Queen for the sake of a world that is not hers?And can he survive in the alien and Machiavellian world of the fae?For only together will they be able to find the source of Invidiana's power -- find it, and break it . . . .A breathtaking novel of intrigue and betrayal set in Elizabethan England; Midnight Never Come seamlessly weaves together history and the fantastic to dazzling effect. (see review)

Orchard Books

Dragon's Child, The by Jenny Nimmo (Orchard Books 01 June 2008 / $5.99) - Product Description: Dando the dragon child must learn to fly or else he'll be left behind when his family moves to new caves. When he can't, his mother offers to carry him on her back. But Dando gets lost along the journey and now must survive alone in a place where the dreadful Doggins lurk. Then an orphaned girl rescues him and offers to help him find his family. But is their friendship strong enough to keep them both safe?

Awarding-winning and NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author, Jenny Nimmo, weaves another classic fantasy tale that will delight and thrill early chapter book readers!

Jenny Nimmo is the author of the New York Times bestselling Charlie Bone series as well as the award-winning Magician's Trilogy, all published by Orchard Books. Her latest book, GRIFFIN'S CASTLE, is forthcoming in November 2007. She lives with her husband in an old mill in Wales. [Editor's Note: Aimed at young reader, some illustrations, high interest for those who love dragons.] (Source: Orchard Books)

Point

Airhead by Meg Cabot (Point 01 June 2008 / $16.99) - Book Description: EM WATTS IS GONE. Emerson Watts didn't even want to go to the new SoHo Stark Megastore grand opening. But someone needed to look out for her sister, Frida, whose crush, British heartthrob Gabriel Luna, would be singing and signing autographs therealong with the newly appointed Face of Stark, teen supermodel sensation Nikki Howard.

How was Em to know that disaster would strike, changing herand life as she'd known itforever? One bizarre accident later, and Em Watts, always the tomboy, never the party princess, is no longer herself. Literally.

Now getting her best friend, Christopher, to notice that she's actually a girl is the least of Em's problems.

But what Em's pretty sure she'll never be able to accept might just turn out to be the one thing that's going to make her dream come true. (Ages 12 and up) (Source: Point)

Razorbill

Out of the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst (Razorbill 19 June 2008 / $15.99) - From back of book: Ever since twelve-year-old Julie Marchen helped defeat the fairy-tale world of the Wild, life's been pretty much back to normal. That is, as normal as life can be for a girl whose brother is Puss-in-Boots and whose mom is Rapunzel. (Yes, that Rapunzel.)

The Wild is safely back under Julie's bed, but then it suddenly spits out Julie's dad--Rapunzel's prince--and things take a seriously enchanted turn. He's gallant, he's handsome, and he's totally clueless about life in the 21st century. (You try teaching a five-hundred-year-old prince how to text message.) Julie couldn't be happier to have her family back together, but when Dad dashes off to save a kidnapped Sleeping Beauty, Julie must embark on a magical cross-country adventure to bring him home, protect the family secret, and while she's at it, save the world. And if she can't, everyone will spend eternity in a fairy tale. (see review)

Roc

Daemons Are Forever by Simon R. Green (Roc 03 June 2008 / $23.95) - Synopsis The Drood family is all that stands between Humanity and all the forces of darkness. They were supposed to protect the world, but ended up ruling it. Eddie Drood discovered the lies at the heart of his family, and brought them down. For his sins, they put him in charge: to run the family, and to redeem it. Eddie feels the need to prove to the world that the Drood family is as strong as it ever was. So he decides to wipe out one of Humanity's greatest enemies, the soul eaters known as the Loathly Ones. But once started on this venture, he discovers that the Loathly Ones are just the forerunners of something far worse; the Many-Angled Ones, the Hungry Gods, descending from a higher dimension to consume every living thing in this world. Eddie Drood has got his work cut out for him ... (see review)

Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book I by Taylor Anderson (Roc 03 June 2008 / $23.95) - From back of book: Pressed into service when WW II breaks out in the Pacific, USS Walker a Great War--vintage "four-staker" destroyer--finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. It's captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover, but emerges somewhwere else....

Familiar landmarks appear, but the water teems with vicious, monstrous fish. And there appear to be dinosaurs grazing on the plains of Bali. Gradually Matt and his crew must accept the fact that they are in an alternate world--and they are not alone. Humans have not evolved, but two other species have. ANd they are at war. (see review)

The Invisible Ring: A Black Jewels Novel by Anne Bishop (Roc 03 June 2008 / $14.00) - Product Description: A prequel set in the "dark and sensual world" (11th Hour) of the national bestselling Black Jewels Trilogy.

Jared is a Red-Jeweled Warlord bound as a pleasure slave by the Ring of Obedience. After suffering nine years of torment as a slave, he murdered his owner and escaped—only to be caught and sold into slavery once again. The notorious queen who has purchased him, known as the Gray Lady, may not be what she seems. Soon, Jared faces a difficult choice: his freedom, or his honor. (see review)

The Last Unicorn: (40th Anniversary Edition) by Peter S. Beagle (Roc 03 June 2008 / $14.95) - Amazon.com: The Last Unicorn is one of the true classics of fantasy, ranking with Tolkien's The Hobbit, Le Guin's Earthsea Trilogy, and Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Beagle writes a shimmering prose-poetry, the voice of fairy tales and childhood:

The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone. She was very old, though she did not know it, and she was no longer the careless color of sea foam but rather the color of snow falling on a moonlit night. But her eyes were still clear and unwearied, and she still moved like a shadow on the sea.

The unicorn discovers that she is the last unicorn in the world, and sets off to find the others. She meets Schmendrick the Magician--whose magic seldom works, and never as he intended--when he rescues her from Mommy Fortuna's Midnight Carnival, where only some of the mythical beasts displayed are illusions. They are joined by Molly Grue, who believes in legends despite her experiences with a Robin Hood wannabe and his unmerry men. Ahead wait King Haggard and his Red Bull, who banished unicorns from the land.

This is a book no fantasy reader should miss; Beagle argues brilliantly the need for magic in our lives and the folly of forgetting to dream. --Nona Vero (Source: Roc)

Scholastic

Buried Treasure (Dig It) by Scholastic (Scholastic 01 June 2008 / $9.99) - Product Description:

    Where did legendary pirate Captain Kidd bury his long-lost treasure?
    What treasures were discovered in the sealed tomb of King Tut?
    What kinds of tools do treasure seekers use?
    Do you have what it takes to unlock the mysteries of buried treasure?
Find out the answers to these questions and more by digging into the world of buried treasure. This 48-page book will give you the scoop on treasure hunting and the incredible people who seek them out--from pirates to archaeologists, to scavengers just like you. With the materials in your kit, you'll get to unearth your own buried gemstone and coin treasures and play a fun game of fame and fortune. (Ages 7 and up.) (Source: Scholastic)

Treasure Of The Orkins (Secrets Of Droon) by Tony Abbott (Scholastic 01 June 2008 / $4.99) - Book Description: The home of Khan, king of the Lumpies, has been ransacked! A treacherous band of thieves, the Rat-faced Snitchers of Zoop, has stolen a mysterious treasure that the Lumpies had vowed to protect. Now Eric, Neal, Julie, and Keeah must pursue the Snitchers back to their hideaway on the edge of the Dark Lands.

But they are not alone. For Ko, the kids' most fearsome enemy, is after the treasure, too. Can Eric and his friends find it before the king of beasts? (RL3 007-010) (Source: Scholastic)

Spectra

Havemercy by Jaida Jones & Danielle Bennett (Spectra 24 June 2008 / $22.00) - Product Description: This stunning epic fantasy debut introduces two exciting new authors—and a world brimming with natural and man-made wonders, extraordinary events, and a crisis that will test the mettle of men, the boundaries of magic, and the heart and soul of a kingdom.

Thanks to its elite Dragon Corps, the capital city of Volstov has all but won the hundred years' war with its neighboring enemy, the Ke-Han. The renegade airmen who fly the corps's mechanical, magic-fueled dragons are Volstov's greatest weapon. But now one of its more unruly members is at the center of the city's rumor mill, causing a distraction that may turn the tide of victory.

With Volstov immersed in a scandal that may have international repercussions, the Ke-Han devise an ingenious plan of attack. To counter the threat, four ill-assorted heroes must converge to save the kingdom they love: an exiled magician, a naive country boy, a young student—and the unpredictable ace airman who flies the city's fiercest dragon, Havemercy.

But on the eve of battle, these courageous men will face something that could make the most formidable of warriors hesitate, the most powerful of magicians weak, and the most unlikely of men allies in their quest to rise against it....

Filled with adventure and discovery, treachery and betrayal, Havemercy is a thrill ride to the unexpected—and an unforgettable journey that will linger long after the fire of battle has cleared (see review)

Outrageous Fortune by Tim Scott (Spectra 24 June 2008 / $6.99) - Product Description: In this outrageously funny, outrageously inventive debut, one of the most outrageously talented new writers to break onto the sci-fi scene in decades asks the most loaded question of all…

"Don't you hate it when this happens?"

…that's what the business card asks Jonny X67, dream architect to the rich and jaded. It's all the thieves who stole his house left behind. And if that weren't bad enough, a saleswoman named Caroline E61 drops from the sky to sell him a set of encyclopedias and won't take no for an answer. Can his luck get any worse?

In this rip-roaring roller-coaster ride through a brilliantly imagined future of paranoid absurdity, Jonny X will learn the answer soon enough when he falls afoul of a lunatic motorcycle gang nicknamed the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, a relentless Belgian assassin, and his own irate girlfriend. Traversing a cityscape whose neighborhoods are organized by musical genres, running into joke-telling elevators and holographic computer viruses, Jonny is about to learn what a nightmare it's going to be to get his old life back in a reality warping faster than the speed of the imagination. Outrageous Fortune heralds a marvelous new talent sure to be delightfully altering the minds of readers for years to come.


From the Trade Paperback edition. (see review)

Shadows Return by Lynn Flewelling (Spectra 24 June 2008 / $7.50) - Book Description: With their most treacherous mission yet behind them, heroes Seregil and Alec resume their double life as dissolute nobles and master spies. But in a world of rivals and charmers, fate has a different plan.…

After their victory in Aurënen, Alec and Seregil have returned home to Rhíminee. But with most of their allies dead or exiled, it is difficult for them to settle in. Hoping for diversion, they accept an assignment that will take them back to Seregil's homeland. En route, however, they are ambushed and separated, and both are sold into slavery. Clinging to life, Seregil is sustained only by the hope that Alec is alive.

But it is not Alec's life his strange master wants—it is his blood. For his unique lineage is capable of producing a rare treasure, but only through a harrowing process that will test him body and soul and unwittingly entangle him and Seregil in the realm of alchemists and madmen—and an enigmatic creature that may hold their very destiny in its inhuman hands. But will it prove to be savior or monster? (see review)

The Final Sacrifice by Patricia Bray (Spectra 24 June 2008 / $6.99) - Book Description: In one man, two souls fight for survival—and for mastery of an outlaw magic that could save a kingdom.

It was a fate Josan once considered preferable to death. Cast by dark sorcery into the body of Emperor Lucius of Ikaria, the scholar-monk struggled to make peace with a mind that regarded him as a hostile intruder. But now, as simmering rivalries threaten to plunge the kingdom into a bloody civil war, Josan is faced with the most difficult choice of all. For the uneasy truce between him and Lucius is unraveling in a form of madness that is destroying the body they share. There's only one hope for a cure.

Disguised, stowing away as a common traveler, Josan/Lucius will make the hazardous journey to Xandropol. There in the great library of the Learned Brethren, Josan hopes to find the forbidden magic that will counter the spell that yokes him and Lucius. But an old antagonist is already on their trail: the Lady Ysobel follows them to what she realizes is the scene of her and Josan's fateful first meeting. But not even she divines the reason for this final pilgrimage: that Josan has returned to sacrifice his life. (see review)

The New World: Book Three of The Age of Discovery by Michael A. Stackpole (Spectra 24 June 2008 / $6.99) - Product Description: Time is running out. Nalenyr is besieged on all sides by those who would save the fabled land—and those who would enslave it. Soon the realm will be ravaged by the scourge of magical warfare—overrun by terrifying forces created by an ancient enemy, and soaked in the blood of champions and gods. It is the moment of final conflict, and the grandchildren of the Royal Cartographer are at the center of the climactic struggle.

Keles Anturasi will race across the world, fleeing assassins, seeking control over powers he can barely understand. His brother, Jorim, having ascended to godhood, now finds himself pitted against an elder god—the very god who once created the entire pantheon and now seeks its destruction. And their sister, Nirati, embarks on a treacherous crusade with a dead hero to wage war on hell itself!

As the final battle lines are drawn, they will gather the land's newly awakened defenders of the ancient past. But can this small band of champions, mystics, and magicians stand against an evil that threatens to sweep reality itself into an unending dark age of nightmare and oblivion?


From the Trade Paperback edition. (see review)

The Chicken House

Riding The Storm (Dragonsdale Book) by Salamanda Drake (The Chicken House 01 June 2008 / $12.99) - Product Description: Cara's so overjoyed to be a dragonrider at last, she doesn't notice Breena's jealousy. And when Cara deliberately loses a competition to help her friend, Breena's not grateful--she's insulted, and lashes out at Hortense, who sets about sabotaging the girls' friendship. Disqualified from competition, Breena and Moonflight suffer a terrible fall. Cold and hurt, the two seek shelter in the Cave of Sighs. But the tide is rising, threatening to wash them away! Cara must sacrifice the championships and seek instead the help of the merfolk in order to rescue her best friend and her beloved dragon! (YA) (Source: The Chicken House)

TokyoPop

Trinity Blood: Rage Against the Moons 3: Know Faith by Sunao Yoshida (TokyoPop 12 June 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: The struggle between vampires and humans continues. In the east, the Rosenkreuz Orden's New Vatican plots to abduct young Pope Alessandro XVIII and instigate war between the Vatican and the New Human Empire. To save everyone, Abel and the AX agents must foil their plans. But now Abel faces a new enemy: Know Faith. (novel form) (Source: TokyoPop)

Tor

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (Tor 03 June 2008 / $4.99) - Product Description:

Brandon Sanderson, fantasy's newest master tale spinner, author of the acclaimed debut Elantris, dares to turn a genre on its head by asking a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails? What kind of world results when the Dark Lord is in charge? The answer will be found in the Mistborn Trilogy, a saga of surprises and magical martial-arts action that begins in Mistborn.

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison. Kelsier "snapped" and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.

Kelsier recruited the underworld's elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot.

But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel's plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she's a half-Skaa orphan, but she's lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.
(see review)

The Books of the South: Tales of the Black Company by Glen Cook (Tor 10 June 2008 / $15.95) - Book Description: Marching south after the ghastly battle at the Tower of Charm, the Black Company is hounded by shadowy figures every inch of the way.

The game is on: the Company versus the Shadowmasters, deadly creatures that deal in darkness and sorrow.

When hope dies, there's still survival. And there's still the Black Company.

This omnibus edition collects Shadow Games, Dreams of Steel, and The Silver Spike. (Source: Tor)

The Summer Palace: Volume Three of the Annals of the Chosen by Lawrence Watt-Evans (Tor 10 June 2008 / $24.95) - From back of book: All of the world is kept in a delicate balance under the supervision of the Wizard Lord. It is his duty to govern lightly and protect his domain...but if he should stray from the way of the just then it is up to the Chosen to intercede. The Chosen are the Leader, the Seer, the Swordsman, the Beauty, the Thief, the Scholar, the Archer, and the Speaker, magically infused mortal individuals who for the term of their service have only one function--to remove an errant Wizard Lord.

But the new Wizard Lord has changed the playing field by neutralizing all magic in his domain (both his own and that of the Chosen) and has successfully killed and/or blocked his adversaries and their challenges to his omnipotence. Sward (now on the run) must work alone to restore order to the land and unravel the mystery of the Ninth Talisman--which might be the salvation or downfall of all that is good. (see review)

The Well of Ascension: Book Two of Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (Tor 03 June 2008 / $7.99) - Product Description:

Evil has been defeated. The war has just begun.

They did the impossible, deposing the godlike being whose brutal rule had lasted a thousand years. Now Vin, the street urchin who has grown into the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and Elend Venture, the idealistic young nobleman who loves her, must build a healthy new society in the ashes of an empire.

They have barely begun when three separate armies attack. As the siege tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope. But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows.

It may just be that killing the Lord Ruler was the easy part. Surviving the aftermath of his fall is going to be the real challenge.

(see review)

Tor Books

A Fire in the North by David Bilsborough (Tor Books 24 June 2008 / $25.95) - Product Description: Five hundred years ago a huge force defeated an evil, supernaturally powerful tyrant who terrorized and ravaged those who cowered under his lash. Now, terrible news from the north suggests that someone or some thing is once again preying upon the northern lands, threatening to once again darken the lives of those whose forebears still remember the horrific past.

Now, a small, motley band faces a daunting challenge. Led by a brave warrior and a visionary priest, they have finally reached the land to the north. They have seen wonders and endured terrifying experiences, barely escaping from a dizzying series of perils, magical and otherwise. But the direst perils lie before them as they approach the evil that has risen again, its dread power terrorizing and enslaving all who oppose it. Finally, the Wanderer, fated to face the ultimate test, will confront his destiny. A world and its trembling masses await the outcome.

Fresh and powerfully told, this epic will satisfy fantasy readers as few others have done.

(Source: Tor Books)

Escapement by Jay Lake (Tor Books 24 June 2008 / $25.95) - Product Description: In his novel Mainspring, Lake created an enormous canvas for storytelling with his hundred mile high Equatorial Wall that holds up the great Gears of the Earth. Now in Escapement, he explores more of that territory.

Paolina Barthes is a young woman of remarkable intellectual ability – a genius on the level of Isaac Newton. But she has grown up in isolation, in a small village of shipwreck survivors, on the Wall in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. She knows little of the world, but she knows that England rules it, and must be the home of people who possess the learning that she so desperately wants. And so she sets off to make her way off the Wall, not knowing that she will bring her astounding, unschooled talent for sorcery to the attention of those deadly factions who would use or kill her for it.

(see review)

Hawkspar: A Novel of Korre by Holly Lisle (Tor Books 24 June 2008 / $27.95) - Product Description: Stolen away from their families, they are slaves, women with no names and no futures. Every moment of their days controlled by the avatars of the stone Eyes--Obsidian, Emerald, Raxinan, Ruby, Windcrystal, Sapphire, Sunspar, Tigereye...

And the most powerful of them all, Hawkspar, the eyes of time. Kings and despots come to her to know their futures, and she wades in the river of time, pulls apart its sticky threads, to arrange the world to her satisfaction. But she too was once a slave, plucked from her home, chosen by the Eyes to live in service to them, as much a slave now as she ever was. And with her sight into past and future, she can see the secrets of the Eyes--and the evil of the Eyes.

Before the death of Hawkspar, another must be chosen by the Eyes--but the avatar has her own plans, and chooses a slave for her courage and rebelliousness, rather than her dedication to the goals of the Eyes.

This slave is put to trial, but time after time, she is protected by forces unseen. Once she has swallowed the bitter liquid and has her eyes pulled from her head and replaced with the Eyes of Hawkspar stone, she can slip into the streams of time... and use time to her own ends -- to free the slaves once and for all, and destroy the Eyes, even if it means destroying herself in the process. (Source: Tor Books)

In Twilight's Shadow (Light Warriors, Book 2) by Patti O'Shea (Tor Books 03 June 2008 / $6.99) - Product Description: Something Wicked… Maia Frasier thought she'd escaped the world of troubleshooters and demons when she'd ceded her magical powers years earlier. Now a wounded enforcer has turned up in her home, claiming Maia's sister is in danger.

Creed Blackwood needs Maia's help to hunt the demon he's after, especially since he's hiding the fact that his powers are becoming erratic. And then there are the blackouts…

Maia soon begins to fear Creed has fallen to the dark forces himself, and with his strong magic, that makes him as dangerous to her and her sister as any demon could be. (Source: Tor Books)

The Court of the Air by Stephen Hunt (Tor Books 10 June 2008 / $25.95) - Book Description: When streetwise Molly Templar witnesses a brutal murder at the brothel she has recently been apprenticed to, her first instinct is to run back to the poorhouse where she grew up. But there she finds her fellow orphans butchered, and it slowly dawns on her that she was the real target of the attack. For Molly is a special little girl, and she carries a secret that marks her out for destruction by enemies of the state.

Oliver Brooks has led a sheltered existence in the backwater home of his merchant uncle. But when he is framed for his only relative's murder he is forced to flee for his life, accompanied by an agent of the mysterious Court of the Air. Chased across the country, Oliver finds himself in the company of thieves, outlaws and spies, and gradually learns more about the secret that has blighted his life.

Soon Molly and Oliver will find themselves battling a grave threat to civilization, an ancient power thought to have been quelled millennia ago. Their enemies are ruthless and myriad, but the two orphans are also aided by indomitable friends in this endlessly inventive tale full of drama, intrigue, and adventure.

Check out John Berlyne's review from our April 2007 issue. (see review)

The Execution Channel by Ken MacLeod (Tor Books 10 June 2008 / $14.95) - Product Description:

It's after 9/11. After the bombing. After the Iraq war. After 7/7. After the Iran war. After the nukes. After the flu. After the Straits. After Rosyth. In a world just down the road from our own, on-line bloggers vie with old-line political operatives and new-style police to determine just where reality lies.

James Travis is a British patriot and a French spy. On the day the Big One hits, Travis and his daughter must strive to make sense of the nuclear bombing of Scotland and the political repercussions of a series of terrorist attacks. With the information war in full swing, the only truth they have is what they're able to see with their own eyes. They know that everything else is--or may be--a lie.
(see review)

Vintage

The Dark River (Vintage) by John Twelve Hawks (Vintage 24 June 2008 / $7.99) - Product Description: A shattering vision of a society where both hope and freedom are about to disappear.

Two brothers born into a race of Travelers—prophets able to journey to different realms of consciousness—have just discovered that their long lost father may still be alive. Gabriel, who could be humanity's savior, wants to protect him. Michael, however, wants to destroy his father and humanity's hope for freedom. As they race across the globe, their frantic search puts them on a collision course, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance. (Source: Vintage)

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