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Ace

Between by Kerry Schafer (Ace 29 January 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Vivian Maylor can't sleep. Maybe it's because she just broke up with her boyfriend and moved to a new town, or it could be the stress of her new job at the hospital. But perhaps it's because her dreams have started to bleed through into her waking hours.

All of her life Vivian has rejected her mother's insane ramblings about Dreamworlds for concrete science and fact, until an emergency room patient ranting about dragons spontaneously combusts before her eyes--forcing Viv to consider the idea that her visions of mythical beasts might be real.

And when a chance encounter leads her to a man she knows only from her dreams, Vivian finds herself falling into a world that seems strange and familiar all at once—a world where the line between dream and reality is hard to determine, and hard to control. (Source: Ace)

Shadow Ops: Fortress Frontier by Myke Cole (Ace 29 January 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: The Great Reawakening did not come quietly. Across the country and in every nation, people began to develop terrifying powers--summoning storms, raising the dead, and setting everything they touch ablaze. Overnight the rules changed...but not for everyone.

Colonel Alan Bookbinder is an army bureaucrat whose worst war wound is a paper-cut. But after he develops magical powers, he is torn from everything he knows and thrown onto the front-lines.

Drafted into the Supernatural Operations Corps in a new and dangerous world, Bookbinder finds himself in command of Forward Operating Base Frontier--cut off, surrounded by monsters, and on the brink of being overrun.

Now, he must find the will to lead the people of FOB Frontier out of hell, even if the one hope of salvation lies in teaming up with the man whose own magical powers put the base in such grave danger in the first place--Oscar Britton, public enemy number one...

(see review)

Angry Robot

The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke (Angry Robot 29 January 2013 / $14.99) - Product Description: "Cat, this is Finn. He's going to be your tutor."

Finn looks and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task now is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion… and more.

But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.

(see review)

Baen

Man-Kzin Wars XIII by Alex Hernandez, Jane Lindskold, Charles E. Gannon, Hal Colebatch, Jessica Q. Fox, and David Bartell (Baen 29 January 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: The perennially best-selling series set in Larry Niven's Man-Kzin universe continues with entry #13 including hard-hitting and thought-inducing tales from a host of talented contributors. The cat-like alien Kzin, formerly invincible conquerors of all they encountered, must learn to compromise with humans if they wish to survive and prosper once again as a species.

Larry Niven's bestselling Man-Kzin series continues! The kzin, formerly invincible conquerors of all they encountered, had a hard time dealing with their ignominious defeat by the leaf-eating humans. Some secretly hatched schemes for a rematch, others concentrated on gathering power within the kzin hierarchy, and some shamefully cooperated with the contemptible humans, though often for hidden motives. In war and in uneasy peace, kzin and humans continue their adventures with a masterful addition to the Man-Kzin Wars shared universe created by multiple New York Times best-seller, incomparable tale-spinner, and Nebula- and five-time Hugo-Award-winner, Larry Niven. (Source: Baen)

Sixth Column by Robert A. Heinlein (Baen 29 January 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: New introduction and afterword by military SF star Tom Kratman.

Six Against Six Million for Freedom! It's six against six million in a brilliantly waged near-future war for nothing less than liberty and justice for all. The counterinsurgency for freedom is on, and defeat is not an option. A perfect Heinlein near-future adventure with a new introduction and afterword by popular military SF writer Tom Kratman! (Source: Baen)

Sunset of the Gods by Steve White (Baen 01 January 2013 / $14.00) - Product Description: Sequel to tough and gritty time travel thriller Blood of Heroes. Jason Thanou: a time traveler with a past and a burning mission. When the gods of ancient Greece proved to be not only monstrously real, but totally alien—and poised to dominate humanity forever—Jason took care of the situation, at least in Minoan Crete.  Now he's got what looks like a normal assignment: to lead a time traveling expedition of scholars to the battle of Marathon and record for the benefit of future historians the magnificent stand of Greece's hoplite warriors against Persian invaders.

But the Olympians are not done with their attempt to dominate humanity. Now the god Pan is afoot in Greece–a creature who may have the power to turn ancient Athens away from her budding democracy and toward a corrupt future on an Earth dominated by twisted humans and evil alien forces.  But not if Jason can discover Pan's secret, thwart a conspiracy that stretches for millennia—and save the birthplace of democracy from the corruption of the gods. (Source: Baen)

The Iron Breed by Andre Norton (Baen 01 January 2013 / $12.00) - Product Description: Two bestselling novels of science fiction adventure from legendary storyteller Andre Norton collected together for the first time, The Iron Cage and Breed to Come.  A young woman and a young man face down powerful enemies as they come of age in a far future universe full of menace and technology so powerful as to be almost magic. Two bestselling novels of science fiction adventure from the People saga of legendary storyteller Andre Norton together for the first time.

The Iron Cage: Johnny has always loved and been protected by the People, the bearlike inhabitants on the planet he calls home. But when a star ship arrives carrying Johnny's original species, humans–humans who seek to exploit the People for their own ends–Johnny is forced to choose between loyalty to the creatures he considers his family, and the need to reconnect with his long lost heritage.

Breed to Come:  On a distant future Earth, humans have polluted the planet and departed, leaving their pets behind to inherit a blasted world. But from that devastated past, a new breed of intelligence arises: the catlike People.  Now humans return and the People are in no mood to deal once again with the "demons" who abandoned them to fate so long ago. (Source: Baen)

Tiger by the Tail (Paladin of Shadows) by John Ringo and Ryan Sears (Baen 01 January 2013 / $25.00) - Product Description: A new addition to the Kildar military adventure series by John Ringo and Ryan Sears.  Sequel to Ghost, Kildar, Choosers of the Slain and Unto the Breach and A Deeper Blue.

After saving America from Middle Eastern terrorists, even Mike Harmon and the Keldara could use a vacation. Of course, the Kildar's idea of a vacation includes taking down pirates in the Singapore Straits. But when he finds computer chips designed to run nuclear reactors in the pirate booty, Harmon has a new mission thrust upon him–discover how bottom-feeding thieves got their hands on top-secret technology.

The chips are headed for newly democratic Myanmar, a country vital to American interests in the region. Now Harmon finds himself in a desperate race to learn who stole the chips and why. From glittering Hong Kong to the slums of Thailand to the swamps of Myanmar, Harmon and his Keldara team follow a trail of death and deceit across the glittering underbelly of Southeast Asia.

And as the path winds through dark jungle and slave labor camps to the heart of newborn democracy, Harmon must devise a way to prevent the nasty overthrow of a nation's capital by totalitarian tyrants. But if there's one thing Mike and the Keldara specialize in, it's doing what it takes to give freedom a chance. (Source: Baen)

Bantam

Tuf Voyaging by George R.R. Martin (Bantam 29 January 2013 / $16.00) - Product Description: Long before A Game of Thrones became an international phenomenon, #1 New York Times bestselling author George R.R. Martin had taken his loyal readers across the cosmos. Now back in print after almost ten years, Tuf Voyaging is the story of quirky and endearing Haviland Tuf, an unlikely hero just trying to do right by the galaxy, one planet at a time.

Haviland Tuf is an honest space-trader who likes cats. So how is it that, in competition with the worst villains the universe has to offer, he's become the proud owner of a seedship, the last remnant of Earth's legendary Ecological Engineering Corps? Never mind; just be thankful that the most powerful weapon in human space is in good hands—hands which now have the godlike ability to control the genetic material of thousands of outlandish creatures.

Armed with this unique equipment, Tuf is set to tackle the problems that human settlers have created in colonizing far-flung worlds: hosts of hostile monsters, a population hooked on procreation, a dictator who unleashes plagues to get his own way ... and in every case, the only thing that stands between the colonists and disaster is Tuf's ingenuity—and his reputation as a man of integrity in a universe of rogues. (see review)

Harper Voyager

City of Dragons: Volume Three of the Rain Wilds Chronicles by Robin Hobb (Harper Voyager 29 January 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Continuing the enthralling journey she began in her acclaimed Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven, Hobb rejoins a small group of weak, half-formed and unwanted dragons and their displaced human companions as they search for a legendary sanctuary. Now, as the misfit band approaches its final destination, dragons and keepers alike face a challenge so insurmountable that it threatens to render their long, difficult odyssey utterly meaningless.
Read our review of City of Dragons in our February 2012 issue. (Source: Harper Voyager)

The Explorer by James Smythe (Harper Voyager 02 January 2013 / $14.99) - Product Description: A tense, claustrophobic and gripping science fiction thriller from the author of The Testimony. When journalist Cormac Easton is selected to document the first manned mission into deep space, he dreams of securing his place in history as one of humanity's great explorers. But in space, nothing goes according to plan. The crew wake from hypersleep to discover their captain dead in his allegedly fail-proof safety pod. They mourn, and Cormac sends a beautifully written eulogy back to Earth. The word from ground control is unequivocal: no matter what happens, the mission must continue. But as the body count begins to rise, Cormac finds himself alone and spiralling towards his own inevitable death ...unless he can do something to stop it. (see review)

NESFA Press

Door to Anywhere: Volume 5 of the Collected Works of Poul Anderson (Nesfa's Choice) by Poul Anderson (NESFA Press 30 January 2013 / $29.00) - Product Description: Door to Anywhere is the fifth of a multivolume compendium of Poul Anderson's best works from a writing career that spans over 50 years. This volume contains stories about Manse Everard and Wanda Tamberly, Dominic Flandry, the Hokas, Nicholas van Rijn, and Stephen Matuchek and Virginia Graylock. (see review)

Orbit

Ice Forged (The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga) by Gail Z. Martin (Orbit 08 January 2013 / $15.99) - Product Description: Condemned as a murderer for killing the man who dishonored his sister, Blaine "Mick" McFadden has spent the last six years in Velant, a penal colony in the frigid northern wastelands. Harsh military discipline and the oppressive magic keep a fragile peace as colonists struggle against a hostile environment. But the supply ships from Dondareth have stopped coming, boding ill for the kingdom that banished the colonists.

Now, as the world's magic runs wild, McFadden and the people of Velant must fight to survive and decide their fate. (see review)

Seven Kings (Books of the Shaper) by John R. Fultz (Orbit 15 January 2013 / $15.99) - Product Description: In the jungles of Khyrei, an escaped slave seeks vengeance and finds the key to a savage revolution.

In the drought-stricken Stormlands, the Twin Kings argue the destiny of their kingdom: one walks the path of knowledge, the other treads the road to war.

Beyond the haunted mountains King Vireon confronts a plague of demons bent on destroying his family.

With intrigue, sorcery, and war, Seven Kings continues the towering fantasy epic that began with Seven Princes. (Source: Orbit)

The Red Knight (The Traitor Son Cycle) by Miles Cameron (Orbit 22 January 2013 / $16.99) - Product Description: Twenty eight florins a month is a huge price to pay, for a man to stand between you and the Wild. Twenty eight florins a month is nowhere near enough when a wyvern's jaws snap shut on your helmet in the hot stink of battle, and the beast starts to rip the head from your shoulders. But if standing and fighting is hard, leading a company of men--or worse, a company of mercenaries--against the smart, deadly creatures of the Wild is even harder.

It takes all the advantages of birth, training, and the luck of the devil to do it. The Red Knight has all three, he has youth on his side, and he's determined to turn a profit. So when he hires his company out to protect an Abbess and her nunnery, it's just another job. The abby is rich, the nuns are pretty and the monster preying on them is nothing he can't deal with.

Only it's not just a job. It's going to be a war. (Source: Orbit)

Paizo Publishing

Pathfinder Tales: Called to Darkness by Richard Lee Byers (Paizo Publishing 01 January 2013 / $9.99) - Product Description: Kagur is a warrior of the Blacklions, fierce and fearless hunters in the savage Realm of the Mammoth Lords. When her clan is slaughtered by a frost giant she considered her adopted brother, honor demands that she, the last surviving Blacklion, track down her old ally and take the tribe's revenge. Yet this is no normal betrayal, for the murderous giant has followed the whispers of a dark god down into the depths of the earth, into a primeval cavern forgotten by time. There, he will unleash forces capable of wiping all humans from the region - unless Kagur can stop him first! From acclaimed author Richard Lee Byers comes a tale of bloody revenge and subterranean wonder, set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. (Source: Paizo Publishing)

Pocket Books/Star Trek

Star Trek: The Original Series: Allegiance in Exile by David R. George III (Pocket Books/Star Trek 29 January 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: A beautiful green world, rich in fertile soil and temperate climate... a textbook Class-M planet that should be teeming with life. Scans show no life-signs, but there are refined metals, including those associated with a space-faring race... and a lone city. But where are all of the inhabitants? Captain James T. Kirk leads a landing party from the U.S.S. Enterprise, hoping to get some answers.

The away team discovers a city in ruins, covered by dust, utterly bereft of life. Tricorder readings indicate that this is no ancient metropolis—it has been deserted only for a year. And just beyond the citadel lies what appears to be an ancient spaceport... a graveyard of ships that have clearly been sabotaged.

With these ruins too far from either the Klingon or the Romulan Empires, the Enterprise crew can only wonder: Who could have done this? And could this unnamed threat now pose an imminent danger to the Federation? (Source: Pocket Books/Star Trek)

Pyr

Power Under Pressure (The Society of Steam, Book Three) by Andrew P. Mayer (Pyr 08 January 2013 / $17.95) - From back of book: The Society of Paragons is gone--destroyed from within by traitors and enemies. With the death of The Industrialist and the rebirth of the Iron-Clad as a monstrous half-human creature known as "The Shell". Lord Eschaton now has almost everything he needs to cover the world in fortified smoke and rebuild it in his image--everything except for the mechanical heart of the Automaton.

The device is nearer than he knows. Just across the East River, hiding in a Brooklyn Junkyard, Sarah Stanton is trying to come to restore the mechanical man to life. But before she can rebuild her friend, she must first discover the indomitable power of her own heart and save herself. Only then will she be able to forge a ragtag group of repentant villains, damaged Paragons, and love-mad geniuses into the team of heroes known as "The Society of Steam". (Source: Pyr)

The Crossing (Blood of the Lamb: Book One) by Mandy Hager (Pyr 08 January 2013 / $16.95) - From back of book: Maryam refused to play by the Rules, and now they're out to get her blood.

The people of Onewere, a small island in the Pacific, know that they are special--chosen by the great Apostles of the Lamb to survive the deadly Tribulation that consumed the Earth. Now, from their Holy City in the rotting cruise ship Star of the Sea, the Apostles control the population--manipulating texts from the Holy Book to implant themselves as living gods. But what the people of Onewere don't know is this: the white elite will stop at nothing to meet their own bloodthirsty needs.

When Maryam crosses from child to woman, she must leave everything she has ever known and make a Crossing of another kind. But life inside the Holy City is not as she had dreamed, and she is faced with the unthinkable: obey the Apostles and very likely die, or turn her back on every belief she once held dear. (see review)

Scholastic Press

Archvillain #3: Yesterday Again by Barry Lyga (Scholastic Press 01 January 2013 / ) - Product Description: Yesterday Again is the third book in critically acclaimed author Barry Lyga's Archvillain series!

Kyle Camden, a.k.a. the Azure Avenger, unintentional Bouring archvillain, has a foolproof plan to finally prove that Mighty Mike, unintentional town superhero, is an alien. Kyle's going back in time to the night Mike Mighty showed up on Earth and video tape his arrival. Yet he decides to use the time machine just as something evil has been unleashed on Bouring during the Annual Time Capsule Burial. But Kyle can fix it when he's back, right?

Kyle accidentally overshoots his intended destination, landing in 1987, and burns out his time machine. Things get even stranger when he accidentally befriends his dad at age twelve, meets Sheriff Monroe (his archnemesis in present time) as a teenager, and discovers William Lundergaard lurking around. But Lundergaard isn't any younger. How did he end up in 1987 and why? Kyle better figure it out fast. Because if he doesn't get back to the present immediately, well, there might not be a present anymore! (Source: Scholastic Press)

Sound Bender #2: The Shadow Mask by Lin Oliver & Theo Baker (Scholastic Press 01 January 2013 / $16.99) - Product Description: Leo Lomax is back in New York, and things are worse than ever. His Uncle Crane has isolated him from his friends, pulled him from his school, and is keeping him under near-constant surveillance.

When a strange mask once owned by his father begins to draw Crane's attention, however, Leo is presented with a devil's bargain. If he helps Crane find the mask's other half, he can return to his life and his friends. To sweeten the deal, Crane will even pay for a fact-finding mission to check out Leo's parents' plane crash.

There's just one catch. In order to find the mask, Leo will have to travel across the world -- and take it from its rightful owners. (Source: Scholastic Press)

Solaris

Dangerous Gifts: A Babylon Steel Novel by Gaie Sebold (Solaris 29 January 2013 / $8.99) - Product Description: After her debut earlier this year, Gaie Sebold's brilliant female character, Babylon Steel, returns in January with a new job and a new adventure!

Babylon has been offered a job. Two jobs, really: bodyguard to Enthemmerlee, a girl transformed into a figure of legend and spy for the barely-acknowledged government of Scalentine. A prime target for assassination, Babylon must somehow turn Enthemmerlee's useless household guard into a fighting force, while dodging the oppressive Moral Statutes. All of which would be hard enough, were she not already distracted by threats to both her livelihood and those dearest to her.

Starscape

Hyde and Shriek: A Monsterrific Tale by David Lubar (Starscape 08 January 2013 / $14.99) - Product Description: There's something strange going on at Washington Irving Elementary School. People are turning into monsters--literally!

Ms. Clevis is one of the most popular teachers at Washington Irving. Until the morning she accidentally puts some of the wrong ingredients into her breakfast smoothie. Suddenly she finds herself switching back and forth between mean substitute teacher Ms. Hyde and a sweet sixth grade girl named Jackie. Will Jackie figure out the cure before she changes into the horrible Ms. Hyde forever? (Source: Starscape)

Subterranean Press

Gentleman Junkie and other stories of the hung-up generation by Harlan Ellison (Subterranean Press 17 January 2013 / $45.00) - Book Description: Raw, vital, uncopromising—here are portraits of the lost, the damned, the helpless, trying to get a handle on life. A startling collection of “hip” stories by an impressive young writer, torn from the shadows of the twilight world.

Limited: 250 signed numbered sets including one copy of Gentleman Junkie and one copy of The Deadly Streets, bound in leather, the two volumes housed in a custom slipcase.
Trade: 750 fully cloth bound hardcover copies

Table of Contents: Foreword: by Frank M. Robinson; Introduction: The Children of the Nights; Final Shtick; Gentleman Junkie; May We Also Speak? Four; Statements from the Hung-Up Generation; Daniel White for the Greater Good; Lady Bug, Lady Bug; Free with this Box!; There's One on Every Campus; At the Mountains of Blindness; This is Jackie Spinning; No Game for Children; The Late, Great Arnie Draper; High Dice; Enter the Fantastic, Stage Center; Someone is Hungrier; Memory of a Muted Trumpet; Turnpike; Sally in Our Alley; The Silence of Infidelity; Have Coolth; RFD #2; No Fourth Commandment; and The Night of Delicate Terrors. (see review)

Salvage and Demolition by Tim Powers (Subterranean Press 31 January 2013 / $30. / $60.00) - Book Description: Salvage and Demolition, the astonishing new 21,000 word novella by Tim Powers, begins when Richard Blanzac, a San Francisco-based rare book dealer, opens a box of consignment items and encounters the unexpected. There, among an assortment of literary rarities, he discovers a manuscript in verse, an Ace Double Novel, and a scattering of very old cigarette butts. These commonplace objects serve as catalysts for an extraordinary—and unpredictable—adventure.

Without warning, Blanzac finds himself traversing a "circle of discontinuity" that leads from the present day to the San Francisco of 1957. Caught up in that circle are an ancient Sumerian deity, a forgotten Beat-era poet named Sophie Greenwald, and an apocalyptic cult in search of the key to absolute non-existence. With unobtrusive artistry, Powers weaves these elements into something strange and utterly compelling. The resulting story is at once a romance, a thriller, and the kind of intricately constructed time travel story that only the author of The Anubis Gates--that quintessential time travel classic--could have written. Ingenious, affecting, and endlessly inventive, Salvage and Demoliton is a compact gem from the pen of a modern master, a man whose singular creations never fail to dazzle and delight.

Salvage and Demolition will be printed in two colors throughout, copiously illustrated by J.K. Potter.
Limited: 350 signed numbered copies, bound in leather
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition. (see review)

Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean Press 31 January 2013 / $40.00) - Product Description: From New York Times bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente comes a brilliant reinvention of one the best known fairy tales of all time. In the novella Six-Gun Snow White, Valente transports the title s heroine to a masterfully evoked Old West where Coyote is just as likely to be found as the seven dwarves.

A plain-spoken, appealing narrator relates the history of her parents--a Nevada silver baron who forced the Crow people to give up one of their most beautiful daughters, Gun That Sings, in marriage to him. With her mother s death in childbirth, so begins a heroine s tale equal parts heartbreak and strength. This girl has been born into a world with no place for a half-native, half-white child. After being hidden for years, a very wicked stepmother finally gifts her with the name Snow White, referring to the pale skin she will never have. Filled with fascinating glimpses through the fabled looking glass and a close-up look at hard living in the gritty gun-slinging West, readers will be enchanted by this story at once familiar and entirely new. (see review)

The Deadly Streets by Harlan Ellison (Subterranean Press 17 January 2013 / $45.00) - Book Description: Muggers, slashers, street gangs, lurkers in the shadows: no need to read Lovecraft to be thoroughly terrified. Just read these 16 violent tales…or take a walk in the park tonight.

Limited: Limited: 250 signed numbered sets including one copy of Gentleman Junkie and one copy of The Deadly Streets, bound in leather, the two volumes housed in a custom slipcase.
Trade: 750 fully cloth bound hardcover copies

Table of Contents: New Introduction: Avoiding Dark Places; Introduction to First Edition: Some Sketches of the Damned; Rat Hater; "I'll Bet You a Death"; We Take Care of Our Dead; The Man with the Golden Tongue; Johnny Slice's Stoolie; Joy Ride; Buy Me That Blade; The Hippie-Slayer; Kid Killer; With a Knife in Her Hand; Sob Story (written with Henry Slesar); Look Me in the Eye, Boy!; The Dead Shot; Ship-Shape Pay-Off (written with Robert Silverberg); Made in Heaven; and Students of the Assassin. (Source: Subterranean Press)

Tor Books

A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (Tor Books 08 January 2013 / $34.99) - Product Description: Since 1990, when Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time: Book 1), readers have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over forty million copies in over thirty languages.

When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork. With The Gathering Storm (Book 12) and Towers of Midnight (Book 13) behind him, both of which were #1 New York Times hardcover bestsellers, Sanderson now re-creates the vision that Robert Jordan left behind.

Edited by Jordan's widow, who edited all of Jordan's books, A Memory of Light will delight, enthrall, and deeply satisfy all of Jordan's legions of readers.

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time. (see review)

Imager's Battalion (Imager Portfolio) by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (Tor Books 22 January 2013 / ) - Book Description: The sequel to the New York Times bestselling Princeps follows magical hero Quaeryt as he leads history's first Imager fighting force into war. Given the rank of subcommander by his wife's brother, Lord Bhayar, the ruler of Telaryn, Quaeryt joins an invading army into the hostile land of Bovaria, in retaliation for Bovaria's attempted annexation of Telaryn. But Quaeryt has his own agenda in doing Bhayar's bidding: to legitimize Imagers in the hearts and minds of all men, by demonstrating their value as heroes as he leads his battalion into one costly battle after another.

Making matters worse, court intrigues pursue Quaeryt even to the front lines of the conflict, as the Imager's enemies continue to plot against him. (see review)

Impulse by Steven Gould (Tor Books 08 January 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: Cent has a secret. She lives in isolation, with her parents, hiding from the people who took her father captive and tortured him to gain control over his ability to teleport, and from the government agencies who want to use his talent. Cent has seen the world, but only from the safety of her parents' arms. She's teleported more than anyone on Earth, except for her mother and father, but she's never been able to do it herself. Her life has never been in danger.

Until the day when she went snowboarding without permission and triggered an avalanche. When the snow and ice thundered down on her, she suddenly found herself in her own bedroom. That was the first time. (see review)

Kalimpura (Green Universe) by Jay Lake (Tor Books 29 January 2013 / $27.99) - Product Description: This sequel to Green and Endurance takes Green back to the city of Kalimpura and the service of the Lily Goddess.

Green is hounded by the gods of Copper Downs and the gods of Kalimpura, who have laid claim to her and her children. She never wanted to be a conduit for the supernatural, but when she killed the Immortal Duke and created the Ox god with the power she released, she came to their notice.

Now she has sworn to retrieve the two girls taken hostage by the Bittern Court, one of Kalimpura's rival guilds. But the Temple of the Lily Goddess is playing politics with her life.

(Source: Tor Books)

The Eldritch Conspiracy (Blood Song) by Cat Adams (Tor Books 08 January 2013 / $14.99) - Product Description: Celia Graves was once an ordinary human, but those days are long gone. Now she strives to maintain her sanity and her soul while juggling both vampire abilities and the powers of a Siren.

Not every bride needs a bridesmaid who can double as a bodyguard. But Celia's cousin Adriana is no ordinary bride: she's a Siren princess, and she's marrying the king of a small but politically important European country. She's getting death threats from fanatics who want to see the whole Siren race wiped out—including Celia herself, who is half Siren.

Luckily, Celia is on duty when a trip to a bridal salon is interrupted by an assassination attempt, so everyone survives. When Adriana returns to the Siren homeland to try to prevent a coup, Celia is free to hunt for the terrorists and the vile mage who is helping them (while keeping her eyes open for the perfect maid-of-honor dress).

Assuming the bride and groom both live to see their wedding day, this will be one royal wedding no one will ever forget. (Source: Tor Books)

The Kassa Gambit by M.C. Planck (Tor Books 08 January 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: Centuries after the ecological collapse of Earth, humanity has spread among the stars. Under the governance of the League, our endless need for resources has driven us to colonize hundreds of planets, all of them devoid of other sentient life. Humanity is apparently alone in the universe.

Then comes the sudden, brutal decimation of Kassa, a small farming planet, by a mysterious attacker. The few survivors send out a desperate plea for aid, which is answered by two unlikely rescuers. Prudence Falling is the young captain of a tramp freighter. She and her ragtag crew have been on the run and living job to job for years, eking out a living by making cargo runs that aren't always entirely legal. Lt. Kyle Daspar is a police officer from the wealthy planet of Altair Prime, working undercover as a double agent against the League. He's been undercover so long he can't be trusted by anyone—even himself.

While flying rescue missions to extract survivors from the surface of devastated Kassa, they discover what could be the most important artifact in the history of man: an alien spaceship, crashed and abandoned during the attack.

But something tells them there is more to the story. Together, they discover the cruel truth about the destruction of Kassa, and that an imminent alien invasion is the least of humanity's concerns. (see review)

The Six-Gun Tarot by R.S. Belcher (Tor Books 22 January 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: Nevada, 1869: Beyond the pitiless 40-Mile Desert lies Golgotha, a cattle town that hides more than its share of unnatural secrets. The sheriff bears the mark of the noose around his neck; some say he is a dead man whose time has not yet come. His half-human deputy is kin to coyotes. The mayor guards a hoard of mythical treasures. A banker's wife belongs to a secret order of assassins. And a shady saloon owner, whose fingers are in everyone's business, may know more about the town's true origins than he's letting on.

A haven for the blessed and the damned, Golgotha has known many strange events, but nothing like the primordial darkness stirring in the abandoned silver mine overlooking the town. Bleeding midnight, an ancient evil is spilling into the world, and unless the sheriff and his posse can saddle up in time, Golgotha will have seen its last dawn…and so will all of Creation. (Source: Tor Books)

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