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Ace

Celtic Moon by Jan DeLima (Ace 24 September 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Sophie Thibodeau has been on the run from the father of her son for more than fifteen years. Now her son, Joshua, is changing, and her greatest fears are about to be realized. He's going to end up being just like his father--a man who can change into a wolf.

Dylan Black has been hunting for Sophie since the night she ran from him--an obsession he cannot afford in the midst of an impending war. Dylan controls Rhuddin Village, an isolated town in Maine where he lives with an ancient Celtic tribe. One of the few of his clan who can still shift into a wolf, he must protect his people from the Guardians, vicious warriors who seek to destroy them.

When Sophie and Dylan come together for the sake of their son, their reunion reignites the fierce passion they once shared. For the first time in years, Dylan's lost family is within his grasp. But will he lose them all over again? Are Joshua and Sophie strong enough to fight alongside Dylan in battle? Nothing less than the fate of his tribe depends on it. (Source: Ace)

Stonecast (A Spellmason Chronicle) by Anton Strout (Ace 24 September 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Alexandra Belarus was an artist stuck working in her New York family's business...until she discovered her true legacy--a deep and ancient magic. Lexi became the last practicing Spellmason, with the power to breathe life into stone. And as her powers awoke, so did her family's most faithful protector: a gargoyle named Stanis. But when a centuries-old evil threatened her family and her city, Stanis sacrificed himself to save everything Lexi held dear.

With Stanis gone, Lexi's efforts to master Spellmasonry--even with the help of her dedicated friends--are faltering. Hidden forces both watch her and threaten her, and she finds herself suddenly under the mysterious wing of a secret religious society determined to keep magic hidden from the world.

But the question of Stanis's fate haunts her--and as the storm around her grows, so does the fear that she won't be able to save him in her turn. (Source: Ace)

The Last President (A Novel of Daybreak) by John Barnes (Ace 03 September 2013 / $26.95) - Product Description: For more than a year, Heather O'Grainne and her small band of heroes, operating out of Pueblo, Colorado, have struggled to pull the United States back together after it shattered under the impact of the event known as Daybreak. Now they are poised to bring the three or four biggest remaining pieces together, with a real President and Congress, under the full Constitution again. Heather is very close to fulfilling her oath, creating a safe haven for civilization to be reborn.

But other forces are rising too. Some people like the new life better.

In a devastated, splintered, postapocalyptic United States, with technology thrown back to biplanes, black powder, and steam trains, a tiny band of visionaries struggles to re-create Constitutional government and civilization itself, as a new dark age takes shape around them. (see review)

Angry Robot

All Is Fair: The Split Worlds - Book 3 by Emma Newman (Angry Robot 24 September 2013 / $14.99) - Product Description: William Iris struggles to keep the throne of Londinium whilst hated by his own court and beset by outsiders, while Cathy discovers the legacy of her former governess. But those who dare to speak out about Society are always silenced. Sometimes for good.

While trying to avoid further torments from the mercurial fae, Sam finds himself getting tangled in the affairs of the Elemental Court. But an unexpected offer from the powerful and enigmatic Lord Iron turns out to be far more than Sam bargained for.

Max and the gargoyle are getting closer to uncovering who is behind the murder of the Bath Chapter and the corruption in London and Max finds the gargoyle's controversial ideas harder to ignore. Can he stay true to his sworn duty without being destroyed by his own master, whose insanity threatens to unravel them all? (see review)

Seven Forges by James A. Moore (Angry Robot 19 September 2013 / ) - Product Description: The people of Fellein have lived with legends for many centuries. To their far north, the Blasted Lands, a legacy of an ancient time of cataclysm, are vast, desolate and impassable, but that doesn't stop the occasional expedition into their fringes in search of any trace of the ancients who once lived there--and oft-rumoured riches. Captain Merros Dulver is the first in many lifetimes to find a path beyond the great mountains known as the Seven Forges and encounter, at last, the half forgotten race who live there. And it would appear that they were expecting him. As he returns home, bringing an entourage of the strangers with him, he starts to wonder whether his discovery has been such a good thing. For the gods of this lost race are the gods of war, and their memories of that far-off cataclysm have not faded. (see review)

Baen

Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (Vorkosigan Saga) by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen 03 September 2013 / $15.00) - Product Description: Captain Ivan Vorpatril sometimes thinks that if not for his family, he might have no troubles at all. But he has the dubious fortune of the hyperactive Miles Vorkosigan as a cousin, which has too-often led to his getting dragged into one of Miles' schemes, with risk to life and limb--and military career--that Ivan doesn't consider entirely fair. Although much practice has made Ivan more adept at fending off his mother's less-than-subtle reminders that he should be getting married and continuing the Vorpatril lineage.

Fortunately, his current duty is on the planet Komarr as staff officer to Admiral Desplains, far from both his cousin and his mother back on their homeworld of Barrayar. It's an easy assignment and nobody is shooting at him. What could go wrong?

Plenty, it turns out, when Byerly Vorrutyer, an undercover agent for Imperial Security, shows up on his doorstep and asks him to make the acquaintance of a young woman, recently arrived on Komarr, who seems to be in danger. That Byerly is characteristically vague about the nature of the danger, not to mention the lady's name, should have been Ivan's first clue, but Ivan is no more able to turn aside from aiding a damsel in distress than he could resist trying to rescue a kitten from a tree.

It is but a short step down the road of good intentions to the tangle of Ivan's life, in trouble with the Komarran authorities, with his superiors, and with the lethal figures hunting the mysterious but lovely Tej and her exotic blue companion Rish--a tangle to test the lengths to which Ivan will go as an inspired protector. But though his predicament is complicated, at least Ivan doesn't have to worry about hassle from family. Or so he believes.

Read our review of Captain Vorpatril's Alliance in our December 2012 issue. (Source: Baen)

Phoenix Rising by Ryk E. Spoor (Baen 24 September 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Epic fantasy with strong magic world-building, engaging characters and wondrous adventure. A young woman forges herself into a warrior to avenge her murdered family members and confront a corrupt, evil knighthood that has taken over her native land.

Kyri: a highborn young woman whose life is shattered by the murder of her kin. But even as Kyri flees her beloved land Evanwyl, she knows that she is her family's only hope for justice, and Evanwyl's only chance to escape a growing shadow of corruption and destruction.

Now Kyri must venture across Zarathan, a world on the brink of a long foretold Chaos War. It is a struggle that will rend the foundations of existence and may usher in a long age of darkness –that is, if Kyri and her companions do not succeed in holding back the tide of evil that is rising. Those companions include valiant swordsman Tobimar Silverun, Prince of Skysand, exiled on the turn of a card and a prophecy, who is now seeking his people's lost homeland; and Poplock Duckweed, an unlikely hero whose diminutive size is as much weapon as it is a weakness.

Kyri's quest is as simple as it is profound: find a legendary, ancient weapon smith, take up the sword and armor of a new order of warrior-defenders, and bring the power of justice and vengeance to the evil and corruption that has darkened her native land. (Source: Baen)

The Man Who Sold the Moon / Orphans of the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein (Baen 03 September 2013 / $13.00) - Product Description: All-new Introduction by Mark Van Name. Two classic Robert A. Heinlein novels in one volume: The Man Who Sold the Moon and Orphans of the Sky. Journeys into space, one taking humans to space by hook or by crook, the other the classic first-time tale of a generation vessel with passengers who do not realize they are in a spaceship.

(Source: Baen)

The Undead Hordes of Kangul by Jon F. Merz (Baen 03 September 2013 / $15.00) - Product Description: Ninjas and zombies! Book 1 in a new series, the Shadow Warrior saga. A young ninja in a fantastic land of dreams and nightmares must face an army of zombies to save a beautiful sorceress.

In the fog-enshrouded peaks of the island nation of Japan, Ran, a newly-minted ninja field operative is set loose on a musha shugyo, a wandering quest, whereby he must travel alone and hone his skills. Journeying from Japan to Korea aboard a merchant vessel, Ran hears tales of a mysterious lord believed to have the dead for his servants.

Soon these tales prove all too real as Ran comes to the aid of Jysal, a beautiful sorceress, whose undeveloped power gives her the ability to heal a land -- or destroy it.  But the Lord Kan-Gul also covets Jysal's power. And when Kan-Gul sends a army of the undead to take Jysal by force, Ran is faced with the ultimate warrior's choice: save himself, or face down a horde of enemies that cannot be killed for the simple reason that they are already dead! (see review)

Under a Graveyard Sky by John Ringo (Baen 03 September 2013 / $25.00) - Product Description: Zombies are real. And we made them. Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse? The Smith family is, with the help of a few marines.

When an airborne zombie plague is released, bringing civilization to a grinding halt, the Smith family, Steven, Stacey, Sophia and Faith, take to the Atlantic to avoid the chaos. The plan is to find a safe haven from the anarchy of infected humanity. What they discover, instead, is a sea composed of the tears of survivors and a passion for bringing hope.

For it is up to the Smiths and a small band of Marines to somehow create the refuge that survivors seek in a world of darkness and terror. Now with every continent a holocaust and every ship an abattoir, life is lived beneath a graveyard sky. (First of a new series.) (Source: Baen)

Chicken House

The Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable (Chicken House 24 September 2013 / $16.99) - Product Description: A captivating, atmospheric mystery set in the crystalline winterland of Russia.

Abandoned in a blinding blizzard in the wintry wilds of Russia, Sophie Smith fears for her life. But just like in a fairy tale, a princess comes to her rescue: the beautiful, exotic Anna Volkonskaya. Over a river of ice in a horse-drawn sleigh, she brings Sophie and her friends to a magnificent, if weathered, winter palace.

At first, Sophie is enchanted by Princess Anna's stories of long-ago royalty, of white wolves and gray diamonds. But when the princess takes a particular interest in her, Sophie grows concerned. What is her place in the sinister mystery that surrounds her? Even as the wind and wolves howl outside, is she more in danger now, a prisoner of the palace, than she ever was lost in the snow? (Source: Chicken House)

Crazy 8 Press

The Hammer and the Horn by Michael Jan Friedman (Crazy 8 Press 02 September 2013 / ) - Book Description: It took place more than a thousand years ago...the Twilight of the Gods and the destruction of Asgard, home of Thor and Odin. But a sculptor named Vidar still remembers that horrific time. He is an immortal, a bastard son of Odin, and one of the few Aesir to survive the Twilight. Weary of the war-living ways of his kind, he has forsaken Asgard for Earth, traveling from land to land and guarding the horn of death that once protected the gates of his home. Now, after centuries in this world, Vidar hears the anguished cry of a kinsman. Asgard has been rebuilt, but a terrifying new enemy wearing Odin's war-mask has stolen Thor's hammer--and is planning a holocaust to consume not only the gods' home but Earth as well. Vidar knows he has no choice but to return to Asgard—and take the horn of Hell with him. (see review)

Dancing Lemur Press

CassaStorM by Alex J. Cavanaugh (Dancing Lemur Press 17 September 2013 / $16.95) - Book Description: Byron thought he'd put the days of battle behind him. Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, his only struggles are occasional rogue pirate raids and endless government bureaucracies. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the desert planet, Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the Tgrens and the Cassans.

After enemy ships attack the desert planet, Byron discovers another battle within his own family. The declaration of war between all ten races triggers nightmares in his son, shaking Bassan to the core and threatening to destroy the boy's mind.

Meanwhile the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the end of all life in the galaxy. And the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could be on its way back. As his world begins to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle. (Also available as an ebook.) (see review)

DAW

Chimes at Midnight: An October Daye Novel by Seanan McGuire (DAW 03 September 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Things are starting to look up for October "Toby" Daye. She's training her squire, doing her job, and has finally allowed herself to grow closer to the local King of Cats. It seems like her life may finally be settling down...at least until dead changelings start appearing in the alleys of San Francisco, killed by an overdose of goblin fruit.

Toby's efforts to take the problem to the Queen of the Mists are met with harsh reprisals, leaving her under sentence of exile from her home and everyone she loves. Now Toby must find a way to reverse the Queens decree, get the goblin fruit off the streets--and, oh, yes, save her own life, since more than a few of her problems have once again followed her home. And then there's the question of the Queen herself, who seems increasingly unlikely to have a valid claim to the throne....

To find the answers, October and her friends will have to travel from the legendary Library of Stars into the hidden depths of the Kingdom of the Mists--and they'll have to do it fast, because time is running out. In faerie, some fates are worse than death. October Daye is about to find out what they are. (see review)

Happy Hour In Hell (Bobby Dollar) by Tad Williams (DAW 03 September 2013 / $25.95) - Product Description: My name's Bobby Dollar, sometimes known as Doloriel, and of course, Hell isn't a great place for someone like me--I'm an angel. They don't like my kind down there, not even the slightly fallen variety. But they have my girlfriend, who happens to be a beautiful demon named Casimira, Countess of Cold Hands. Why does an angel have a demon girlfriend? Well, certainly not because it helps my career.

She's being held hostage by one of the nastiest, most powerful demons in all of the netherworld--Eligor, Grand Duke of Hell. He already hates me, and he'd like nothing better than to get his hands on me and rip my immortal soul right out of my borrowed but oh-so-mortal body.

But wait, it gets better! Not only do I have to sneak into Hell, make my way across thousands of miles of terror and suffering to reach Pandemonium, capital of the fiery depths, but then I have to steal Caz right out from under Eligor's burning eyes and smuggle her out again, past demon soldiers, hellhounds, and all the murderous creatures imprisoned there for eternity. And even if I somehow manage to escape Hell, I'm also being stalked by an undead psychopath named Smyler who's been following me for weeks. Oh, and did I mention that he can't be killed?

So if I somehow survive Hell, elude the Grand Duke and all his hideous minions and make it back to the real world, I'll still be the most hunted soul in Creation. But at least I'll have Caz. Gotta have something to look forward to, right? So just pour me that damn drink, will you? I've got somewhere to go. (see review)

Revenant Eve by Sherwood Smith (DAW 03 September 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Once upon a time, I had known nothing about my family. Gran never, ever spoke about her family, and I never asked. My parents and I knew that Gran had come from Europe, but anyone would have known that from her beautiful, aristrocratic French. But being me, I just couldn't leave it alone. So I went to Europe and found out. And then my life fell apart.

Or should I say, my old life fell apart. And my new life...well, it was like something right out of a fairy tale.

I had been teaching assistant on the college level, and now I was a member of one of the royal families of Dobrenica, an obscure European country with some very unusual attributes. Like magic. And ghosts, I could now see ghosts. And vampires....but I still can't quite wrap my brain around that one. Let's just say that Dobrenica was one strange little country. And that was just the start of my adventures.... (Source: DAW)

Del Rey

A Study in Silks by Emma Jane Holloway (Del Rey 24 September 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Evelina Cooper, the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, is poised to enjoy her first Season in London Society. But there's a murderer to deal with--not to mention missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse.

In a Victorian era ruled by a council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch and sorcery the demon enemy of the Empire. Nevertheless, the most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines--something Evelina has secretly mastered. But rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty's secret laboratories. What's a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she's never found out?

But then there's that murder. As Sherlock Holmes's niece, Evelina should be able to find the answers, but she has a lot to learn. And the first decision she has to make is whether to trust the handsome, clever rake who makes her breath come faster, or the dashing trick rider who would dare anything for her if she would only just ask. (see review)

Dearly, Beloved (Dearly, Departed) by Lia Habel (Del Rey 03 September 2013 / $9.99) - Product Description: Lia Habel's spellbinding mash-up of sweeping period romance, futuristic thriller, and zombie drama rises to a whole new level of innovative storytelling with Dearly, Beloved.

A high-tech, post-apocalyptic society dressed in the trappings of an antique era isn't New Victoria's only contradiction. Ever since the outbreak of the mysterious plague known as "The Laz" turned thousands into the living dead, those with a heartbeat and those without one have been forced to coexist. But can a nation so drastically divided survive? Though some of its zombies are mindless monsters, hungry for living flesh, others can still speak, reason, and control their ravenous appetites. And at least one unlikely couple--privileged Nora Dearly and dashing zombie ex-soldier Bram Griswold--have found true love, despite their "differences." Still, tensions continue to grow between pro- and anti-zombie factions. As paranoia, prejudice, and terrorist attacks threaten to turn into full-scale war, scientists—living and otherwise—desperately seek a cure. But their efforts, and Nora and Bram's budding relationship, may be doomed when a whole new strain of "The Laz" appears—and the nation of New Victoria braces for the next wave of the apocalypse. (Source: Del Rey)

The Plague Forge: The Dire Earth Cycle: Three by Jason M. Hough (Del Rey 24 September 2013 / $9.99) - Product Description: The Plague Forge delivers an unbeatable combination of knockout action and kick-ass characters as the secrets to the ultimate alien mystery from The Darwin Elevator and The Exodus Towers are about to be unraveled.

The hunt is on for the mysterious keys left by the alien Builders. While Skyler's team of immune scavengers scatters around the disease-ravaged globe in search of the artifacts, Skyler himself finds much more than he expected in the African desert, where he stumbles upon surprising Builder relics—and thousands of bloodthirsty subhumans. From the slums and fortresses of Darwin to the jungles of Brazil and beyond, Skyler and company are in for a wild ride, jam-packed with daunting challenges, run-and-gun adventure, and unexpected betrayals--all in a race against time to finally answer the great questions that have plagued humanity for decades: Who are the Builders, and what do they want with Earth? (see review)

Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (Delacorte Books for Young Readers 24 September 2013 / $19.99) - Product Description: Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.

But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart--the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning-and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He's seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge. (see review)

Disney Hyperion

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill (Disney Hyperion 03 September 2013 / ) - Product Description: "You have to kill him." Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain. Only Em can complete the final instruction. She's tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present--imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside. Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America's most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James's life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina's hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was.

(see review)

Forge Books

The Cure by Douglas E. Richards (Forge Books 17 September 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: Erin Palmer had a devastating encounter with a psychopath as a child. Now a grad student and scientist, she's devoting her life to studying these monsters. When her research catches the attention of Hugh Raborn, a brilliant neuroscientist who claims to have isolated the genes responsible for psychopathic behavior, Erin realizes it may be possible to reverse the condition, restoring souls to psychopaths. But to do so, she'll not only have to operate outside the law, but violate her most cherished ethical principles.

As Erin becomes further involved with Raborn, she begins to suspect that he harbors dark secrets. Is he working for the good of society? Or is he intent on bringing humanity to its knees?

Hunted by powerful, shadowy forces, Erin teams up with another mysterious man, Kyle Hansen, to uncover the truth. The pair soon find themselves pawns in a global conspiracy--one capable of destroying everything Erin holds dear. And forever altering the course of human history. (see review)

Harper Voyager

The Dead Run: A Novel by Adam Mansbach (Harper Voyager 24 September 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: On both sides of the border, girls are going missing and bodies are beginning to surface. It's a deadly epidemic of crime that plunges a small-town police chief into a monster of an investigation he's not equipped to handle. An ancient evil has returned, and now everyone—the innocent and the guilty—must face their deepest terrors.

With The Dead Run Adam Mansbach delivers an eerie high-concept thriller, mixing horror, the supernatural, and suspense in a chilling, high-octane read.

(see review)

High Mark Publishing

Naero's Gambit (A Spacer Clans Adventure) by Mason Elliott (High Mark Publishing 12 September 2013 / ) - Product Description: Naero joins the Spacer Mystics to control her dangerous abilities. The most demanding of the High Masters gives her one choice: Succeed…or be destroyed.

Then the Gigacorps launch a vast plan to destroy the Free Spacer Clans with superior numbers, terrifying advanced weapons, and horrific new alien allies. Naero and her friends fight for freedom and survival against the heaviest odds they've ever faced.

Naero rolls the dice again and again, gambling with the fate of everything that matters to her. And she still can't even control herself.

Jo Fletcher Books

A Cold Season by Alison Littlewood (Jo Fletcher Books 24 September 2013 / $24.95) - Product Description: A dark and disturbing tale from a bold new voice in horror writing: After the battlefront death of her husband, a soldier, in the sands of the Middle East, a distraught Cass decides to move to the bucolic, picture-perfect village of Darnshaw with her teenaged son. Since Cass's website design business can be run from anywhere with an internet connection and Ben could benefit from a change of scenery, a move to the highlands village seems like just the thing.

But the locals aren't as friendly as she had hoped and the internet connection isn't as reliable as her business requires. And when Ben begins to display a hostility that is completely unlike his usual gentle nature, Cass begins to despair. Finally, the blizzards thunder through and Darnshaw is marooned in a sea of snow.

When things look their blackest, she finds one sympathetic ear in the person of her son's substitute teacher. But his attentions can't put to rest her growing anxiety about her son and her business. And soon, she finds herself pitted against dark forces she can barely comprehend. The cold season has begun. (Source: Jo Fletcher Books)

Mage's Blood (The Moontide Quartet) by David Hair (Jo Fletcher Books 03 September 2013 / $26.95) - Product Description: Most of the time the Moontide Bridge lies deep below the sea, but every 12 years the tides sink and the bridge is revealed, its gates open for trade.

The Magi are hell-bent on ruling this new world, and for the last two Moontides they have led armies across the bridge on "crusades of conquest".

Now the third Moontide is almost here, and this time the people of the East are ready for a fight...but it is three seemingly ordinary people that will decide the fate of the world. (Source: Jo Fletcher Books)

Knopf Books for Young Readers

The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman (Knopf Books for Young Readers 10 September 2013 / $17.99) - Product Description: They called it the killing day. Twelve people dead, all in the space of a few hours. Five murderers: neighbors, relatives, friends. All of them so normal. All of them seemingly harmless. All of them now dead by their own hand ... except one. And that one has no answers to offer the shattered town. She doesn't even know why she killed--or whether she'll do it again.

Something is waking in the sleepy town of Oleander's, Kansas--something dark and hungry that lives in the flat earth and the open sky, in the vengeful hearts of upstanding citizens. As the town begins its descent into blood and madness, five survivors of the killing day are the only ones who can stop Oleander from destroying itself. Jule, the outsider at war with the world; West, the golden boy at war with himself; Daniel, desperate for a different life; Cass, who's not sure she deserves a life at all; and Ellie, who believes in sacrifice, fate, and in evil. Ellie, who always goes too far. They have nothing in common. They have nothing left to lose. And they have no way out. Which means they have no choice but to stand and fight, to face the darkness in their town—and in themselves. (Source: Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The 100 (The 100 Series) by Kass Morgan (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 03 September 2013 / $18.00) - Product Description: Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth's radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents -- considered expendable by society -- are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life...or it could be a suicide mission.

CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she's haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor's son, came to Earth for the girl he loves -- but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind's last hope.

Margaret K. McElderry Books

Darkbeast Rebellion by Morgan Keyes (Margaret K. McElderry Books 24 September 2013 / $16.99) - Product Description: Betrayal threatens everything Keara dreams of in this fast-paced, exciting sequel to Darkbeast.

Keara, her friend Goran, and the wily old actor, Taggart, are fleeing for their lives. They have all spared their darkbeasts, the creatures that take on their darker deeds and emotions and lift their spirits. But their actions defy the law, which dictates that all citizens must kill their darkbeasts on their twelfth birthdays.

There are rumors of safe havens, groups of people called Darkers who spared their darkbeasts and live outside the law. To find the Darkers, the trio must embark on a dangerous journey--and evade the Inquisitors who are searching for them everywhere. In the middle of winter, freezing and exhausted, Keara and her companions are taken to an underground encampment that seems the answer to all their hopes. But are these Darkers really what they appear to be? (see review)

McFarland

Tales of Superhuman Powers: 55 Traditional Stories from Around the World by Csenge Virag Zalka (McFarland 06 September 2013 / $29.95) - Product Description: This book is a collection of 55 folktales that feature supernatural abilities. These tales represent powers--from invisibility to shape-shifting--which people have dreamed of, conjured up, and strived for through the ages. Many of the powers are present in popular culture, making the superheroes who wield them the direct descendants of characters such as the princess who could see through walls or the invulnerable Isfandiyar. (Source: McFarland)

Medallion Press

The Beasts of Upton Puddle by Simon West-Bulford (Medallion Press 01 September 2013 / $9.99) - Product Description: Bringing the mythological world into a modern setting and introducing young adult readers to a variety of strange monsters, this fantasy novel follows 12-year-old Joe Copper on his quest to save humankind. When Joe is hired by the eccentric Mrs. Merrynether as an errand boy at her remarkable veterinary practice--a hidden refuge for a menagerie of creatures that should only exist in dreams and legend--he soon learns that she has a startling plan for his future: he is destined to command an army of beasts to protect humanity from the Conclave--a brutal council of dragons hiding on a distant island. But Joe is plunged into his new role prematurely when the callous tycoon Argoyle Redwar, who has a secret menagerie of his own, tricks Mrs. Merrynether into revealing the location of the island. Overcoming his fears, the school bully, and an escaped creature on the loose in his own village, Joe races to the island to stop Redwar from provoking the dragons to war. He takes the most bizarre team imaginable: Lilly, the surly alcoholic cluricaun; Danariel, the seraph who lives in a lightbulb; Flarp, the giant flying eyeball who can't control his excitement; Kiyoshi, the narcoleptic kappa with an extraordinary vocabulary; Snappel, the fiery wyvern plagued by hiccups; and Cornelius, the poisoned manticore. Together with newfound allies on the island, the champions are forced into an epic battle against fantastic odds, facing not only the Conclave but Redwar as he seeks total control. (Source: Medallion Press)

Orbit

Charming (Pax Arcana) by Elliott James (Orbit 24 September 2013 / $15.00) - Product Description: John Charming isn't your average Prince... He comes from a line of Charmings -- an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chainmail and crossbows to kevlar and shotguns, he was one of the best. That is -- until he became the abomination the Knights were sworn to hunt.

That was a lifetime ago. Now, he tends bar under an assumed name in rural Virginia and leads a peaceful, quiet life. One that shouldn't change just because a vampire and a blonde walked into his bar... Right? (Source: Orbit)

Phantacea Publications

Nuclear Dragons by Jim McPherson (Phantacea Publications 03 September 2013 / $20.00) - Product Description: The Launching of the Cosmic Express took place on Centauri Island at the end of November 1980. It was destroyed ... Or was it? No matter. Its destroyers thought it was. And they're not done yet. Who or what can stop them? The Menace on the Moon? Silver-armoured Signal System? Supra-Clones? Loxus Abraham Ryne, the eighty year old head of SPACE ('The Society for the Prevention of Alien Control of Earth')? A couple of middle-aged, newly-minted supranormals named Doc Defiance and Mr. No Name? A twenty-seven year old who neither knows who his parents were nor what an Amoeba Man was? An obesity who knows far more than he should but is disinclined to share that knowledge with anyone, not even his own son? Or maybe, just maybe, a notorious little trickster who has been seven years old for something like sixty years! Truth told: How can anyone stop Nuclear Dragons! (Source: Phantacea Publications)

Pink Narcissus Press

Elementari Rising by Nancy Hightower (Pink Narcissus Press 01 September 2013 / $17.00) - From author's website: Winter hunts like a predator, taking villages one at a time, leaving the people either dead or half mad. For thousands of years, the Elementari — spirits of the elements — have slept peacefully under the watchful eye of the Terakhein, a guardian tribe that protects them. But now that the Elementari have started to awaken, the Terakhein are nowhere to be found.In Gaelastad, where the trees never die, eighteen-year-old Jonathan is haunted by dreams of a little girl: the last of the Terakhein. Fleeing from enemies across treacherous lands, Jonathan must survive and find the girl. Fortunately, help comes in the form of Bryn, a terrible fire spirit, and Morgan, the most beautiful — and deadly — of water spirits. But are they strong enough to give him the time he needs to find the missing girl and stop the tide of destruction? (Source: Pink Narcissus Press)

Pocket Books/Star Trek

Star Trek: The Fall: The Crimson Shadow by Una McCormack (Pocket Books/Star Trek 24 September 2013 / $7.99) - Product Description: Cardassia Prime is home to a prideful people who, for centuries, forged alliances with those they believed would strengthen them and their place in the Alpha Quadrant, and expanded their empire at great cost to other worlds. For generations, dissenting voices were silenced by either fear or an early grave. When their wartime ally, the Dominion, suddenly turned on them, seeking to transform Cardassia into a tomb for every last member of their race, their old adversary—the United Federation of Planets— put an end to the carnage, and even now works to help rebuild Cardassia Prime.

To celebrate this alliance, the Castellan of the Cardassian Union is to welcome the Federation president to Cardassia Prime. As a symbol of this deepening friendship, the U.S.S. Enterprise-E is tasked to carry the Cardassian ambassador to the Federation back home. For his part, Ambassador Elim Garak is working with Captain Jean-Luc Picard to oversee the diplomatic reception that will commemorate the last of Starfleet's personnel finally leaving the homeworld. However, there are malevolent forces at work, who even now strive to "restore Cardassia to its proper place and glory", and are willing to do anything to achieve their goal.... (Source: Pocket Books/Star Trek)

Point

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender (Point 24 September 2013 / $18.99) - Product Description: Paris, France: a city of fashion, chocolate croissants, and cute boys. Colette Iselin is thrilled be there for the first time, on her spring break class trip.

But a series of gruesome murders are taking place around the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours the sights, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks like Marie Antoinette.

Colette knows her status-obsessed friends won't believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they discover that the murder victims are all descendants of people who ultimately brought about Marie Antoinette's beheading. The queen's ghost has been awakened, and now she's wreaking her bloodthirsty revenge. And Colette may just be one of those descendants ... which means she might not make it out of this trip alive.
Also available in Kindle format. (Source: Point)

Putnam

Thankless in Death by J.D. Robb (Putnam 17 September 2013 / $27.95) - Product Description: In the latest suspense thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, the year 2060 is drawing to a close in New York City and loved ones are coming together for Thanksgiving. But sometimes the deepest hatreds seethe within the closest relationships, and blood flows faster than water.

Lieutenant Eve Dallas has plenty to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it's a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood.

Other couples aren't as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying in their home stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned--and heartbroken by the evidence that they were murdered by their own son. Twenty-six-year-old Jerry hadn't made a great impression on the bosses who fired him or the girlfriend who dumped him--but they didn't think he was capable of this.

Turns out Jerry is not only capable of brutality but taking a liking to it. With the money he's stolen from his parents and a long list of grievances, he intends to finally make his mark on the world. Eve and her team already know the who, how, and why of this murder. What they need to pinpoint is where Jerry's going to strike next. (see review)

Pyr

23 Years on Fire: A Cassandra Kresnov Novel by Joel Shepherd (Pyr 03 September 2013 / $16.95) - Product Description: Commander Cassandra Kresnov has her hands full. She must lead an assault against the Federation world of Pyeongwha, where a terrible sociological phenomenon has unleashed hell against the civilian population. Then she faces the threat from a portion of League space known as New Torah, in which a ruthless regime of surviving corporations are building new synthetic soldiers but taking the technology in alarming directions.

On the Torahn world of Pantala, Sandy encounters betrayal, crisis, and conspiracy on a scale previously unimaginable. Most challenging of all, she also meets three young street kids who stir emotions in her she didn't think she was capable of. Can the Federation's most lethal killer afford unexpected sentiment? What will be the cost if she is forced to choose between them and her mission, not only to her cause, but to her soul? (Source: Pyr)

The Scroll of Years: A Gaunt and Bone Novel by Chris Willrich (Pyr 10 September 2013 / $15.95) - Product Description: It's Brent Weeks meets China Mieville in this wildly imaginative fantasy debut featuring high action, elegant writing, and sword and sorcery with a Chinese flare.

Persimmon Gaunt and Imago Bone are a romantic couple and partners in crime. Persimmon is a poet from a well-to-do family, who found herself looking for adventure, while Imago is a thief in his ninth decade who is double-cursed, and his body has not aged in nearly seventy years. Together, their services and wanderlust have taken them into places better left unseen, and against odds best not spoken about. Now, they find themselves looking to get away, to the edge of the world, with Persimmon pregnant with their child, and the most feared duo of assassins hot on their trail. However, all is never what it seems, and a sordid adventure--complete with magic scrolls, gangs of thieves, and dragons both eastern and western--is at hand. (Source: Pyr)

Renaissance Ebooks

The Men from the Grassy Knoll by Irving Eachus (Renaissance Ebooks 01 September 2013 / $11.00) - Product Description: An enthralling, genre-crossing novel about the Kennedy assassination that weds the thriller to science fiction for an illuminating and surprising examination of what actually happened that day. As history records it, John F. Kennedy was killed at 12:30 p.m. on November 22, 1963 by two of three bullets fired from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository by Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone. But there are far too many matters that history failed to record.

Charlie Cross woke up late one summer morning in 1962, exactly forty years in his own past. Why he was sent back, and who sent him, are a complete mystery, until he begins to detect differences between the past as he knew it and the one playing out around him now; a paradox that could have apocalyptic consequences for both Charlie and his reborn world.

With the aid of characters from both past and current lives, including Laura Mills, a journalist who becomes his supporter, rival and lover, and Secret Service Agent Ed Rossi, who has some secrets of his own, Charlie undertakes a mission that will literally change the course of history; a mission that will earn him powerful allies including John and Robert Kennedy, and Chief Justice Earl Warren, and dangerous enemies like J. Edgar Hoover. In Dallas, on November 22, 1963, the truths of both of Charlie's lives will lead him to the grassy knoll, and the horrific choice between his future and ours. (Source: Renaissance Ebooks)

Roc

I, Robot: To Obey by Mickey Zucker Reichert (Roc 03 September 2013 / $25.95) - Product Description: 2. A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

2036: Robotic technology has evolved into the realm of self-aware, sentient mechanical entities. But even as humanity contends with the consequences of its most brilliant creation, there are those who have their own designs for the robots: enslavement…or annihilation.

Susan Calvin is about to enter her second year as a psych resident at the Manhattan Hasbro teaching hospital when a violent crime strikes her very close to home.

When she was young, Susan lost her mother in a terrible car wreck that also badly injured her father. She now believes the accident was an attempted murder by government powers who wanted her parents dead. Susan has always known that there was a faction of the U.S. government that wanted to hijack her father's work for military use. Now, it seems that faction is back.

As she struggles to overcome her pain and confusion as well as deal with her studies, Susan finds herself hunted by violent anti-tech vigilantes who would revert mankind to the dark ages—and at the same time watched very closely by extremists who want high-tech genocide. Somehow she must find a way to stop them both. (Source: Roc)

The Given Sacrifice (The Change) by S.M. Stirling (Roc 03 September 2013 / $27.95) - Product Description: S.M. Stirling's Novels of the Change depict a future without technology, where people must master skills from ages past in order to survive. Now, to ensure that survival for all he cares for, a king faces his greatest challenge in the latest chapter of the New York Times bestselling saga.

Rudi Mackenzie has won the battle that expelled the enemy from the new High Kingdom of Montival. Now he must free the people who live in the state once known as Idaho from occupation by the legions of the Church Universal and Triumphant and pursue them to their lair over the mountains. There he will finally confront the forces behind the Church--the Powers of the Void.

Yet even a victory will not end the conflict forever. The Powers of the Void are malevolent and infinitely patient, and the struggle is one that involves the entire world. They threaten Rudi not only in the present, but also in the future represented by his children, Órlaith and John. Rudi knows this.

And as his heir Princess Órlaith grows up in the shadow of her famous father, she also realizes that the enemy will do anything to see that she does not live to fulfill her parents' dream. (see review)

Scholastic

Spirit Animals Book 1: Wild Born by Brandon Mull (Scholastic 10 September 2013 / $12.99) - Product Description: Four children separated by vast distances all undergo the same ritual, watched by cloaked strangers. Four flashes of light erupt, and from them emerge the unmistakable shapes of incredible beasts - a wolf, a leopard, a panda, a falcon. Suddenly the paths of these children - and the world - have been changed forever.

Enter the world of Erdas, where every child who comes of age must discover if they have a spirit animal, a rare bond between human and beast that bestows great powers to both. A dark force has risen from distant and long-forgotten lands, and has begun an onslaught that will ravage the world. Now the fate of Erdas has fallen on the shoulders of four young strangers... and on you.

Part engrossing book series, part action role-playing game - discover your spirit animal and join the adventure in Fall 2013. (Source: Scholastic)

Scholastic Press

Inhuman by Kat Falls (Scholastic Press 24 September 2013 / $17.99) - Product Description: In the wake of a devastating biological disaster, the United States east of the Mississippi River has been abandoned. Now called the Feral Zone, a reference to the virus that turned millions of people into savage beast-men, the entire area is off-limits. The punishment for crossing the border is death.

Lane McEvoy can’t imagine why anyone would risk it. She's grown up in the shadow of the great wall separating east from west, and she’s curious about what’s on the other side – but not that curious. Life in the west is safe, comfortable ... sanitized. Which is just how she likes it.

But Lane gets the shock of her life when she learns that someone close to her has crossed into the Feral Zone. And she has little choice but to follow. Lane travels east, risking life and limb and her very DNA, completely unprepared for what she finds in the ruins of civilization ... and afraid to learn whether her humanity will prove her greatest strength or a fatal weakness. (Source: Scholastic Press)

Severn House Digital

Community by Graham Masterton (Severn House Digital 01 September 2013 / ) - Product Description: Tasha and Michael are driving back home to San Fransisco when a pick-up rams their car, forcing them off the road. The car spins, and Tasha hits her head. Michael, terrified that Tasha is dead, tries to free them from the wreckage, but before he can do so, he's blinded by the light of an oncoming vehicle.

He wakes to find himself in the hospital of a small town in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. What is he doing there? Who is he? He can't even remember his own name – Gregory Merrick, according to the doctor.

As he convalesces, he becomes acquainted with the community and forms a relationship with a smart, pretty local girl. But as he recovers his mobility, he begins to notice odd things happening. People disappearing. Strangers being ignored by the locals, as if they weren't even there. Then his new girlfriend vanishes, and he begins to think the unthinkable ... could he actually be dead? The truth, however, is far more shocking. (see review)

Small Beer Press

Horse of a Different Color: Stories by Howard Waldrop (Small Beer Press 06 September 2013 / ) - Description: Howard Waldrop’s stories are keys to the secret world of the stories behind the stories ... or perhaps stories between the known stories. From "The Wolfman of Alcatraz" to a horrifying Hansel and Gretel, from “The Bravest Girl I Ever Knew” to the Vancean richness of a "Frogskin Cap", this new collection is a wunderkammer of strangeness.

The title story, "The Horse of a Different Color (That You Rode in On)" is a masterpiece that crashes together aged-vaudevillian Manny Marks (who changed his name from Marx so that his brothers couldn't ride to success on his coattails), "the best goddammed horse-suit act there ever was," and the story of two men and their hunt for the holy grail. It's a uniquely American take on the Arthurian legend that Waldrop takes to places (theaters, diners, resthomes) that he could do.

Howard Waldrop also provides an introduction to the book in his inimitable manner as well as Afterwords to most of the stories. (see review)

St. Martin's Griffin

Father Gaetano's Puppet Catechism by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden (St. Martin's Griffin 24 September 2013 / $14.99) - Product Description: In the aftermath of a critical World War II battle, Father Gaetano is assigned as the sole priest at the Church of San Domenico in the small, seaside Sicilian village of Tringale. The previous pastor has died, and now the young priest must say all of the masses himself. In addition, he is tasked with shepherding the war's many orphans taken in by the San Domenico rectory.  The children are a joy, but his attempts to teach them the catechism are in vain until he finds an ornate box of puppets in the basement. By day the puppets are teaching tools, but after dark… they emerge from their box, without their strings. And the children's lives will never be the same again. (Note: Book is a novella.)

Read our review of Father Gaetano's Puppet Catechism in our October 2012 issue. (Source: St. Martin's Griffin)

Starscape

The Unwilling Witch: A Monsterrific Tale by David Lubar (Starscape 17 September 2013 / $15.99) - Product Description: There's something strange going on at Washington Irving Elementary School. Kids are turning into monsters—literally!

Angie knows freaky things happen sometimes. After all, it wasn't so long ago that her younger brother, Sebastian, turned into a vampire. But she wasn't at all prepared to become an unwilling witch! Now Angie has to figure out how to pass the power along to the right person--before it lands in the hands of the wrong person. (Source: Starscape)

Subterranean

Book of Iron by Elizabeth Bear (Subterranean 30 September 2013 / $20.00) - Product Description: Subterranean Press is proud to announce Book of Iron, the standalone prequel to Elizabeth Bear's acclaimed novella, Bone and Jewel Creatures.

Bijou the Artificer is a Wizard of Messaline, the City of Jackals. She and her partner--and rival--Kaulas the Necromancer, along with the martial Prince Salih, comprise the Bey's elite band of trouble-solving adventurers.

But Messaline is built on the ruins of a still more ancient City of Jackals. So when two foreign Wizards and a bard from the mysterious western isles cross the desert in pursuit of a sorcerer intent on plundering the deadly artifacts of lost Erem, Bijou and her companions must join their hunt.

The quest will take them through strange passages, beneath the killing light of alien suns, with the price of failure the destruction of every land. (see review)

Subterranean Press

How the World Became Quiet: Myths of the Past, Present, and Future by Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Press 30 September 2013 / $40.00) - From back of book: After a powerful sorceress is murdered, she's summoned over the centuries to witness devastating changes to the land where she was born. A woman who lives by scavenging corpses in the Japanese suicide forest is haunted by her dead lover. A man searches for the memory that will overwrite his childhood abuse. Helios is left at the altar. The world is made quiet by a series of apocalypses.

From the riveting emotion and politics of "The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen's Window" (Nebula winner) to the melancholy family saga of "Eros, Philia, Agape" (Hugo and Theodore Sturgeon finalist), Rachel Swirsky's critically acclaimed stories have quickly made her one of the field's rising stars. Her work is, by turns, clever and engaging, unflinching and quietly devastating--often in the space of the same story.

How the World Became Quiet: Myths of the Past, Present, and Future collects the body of Swirsky's short fiction to date for the first time. While these stories envision pasts, presents, and futures that never existed, they offer revealing examinations of humanity that readers will find undeniably true. (see review)

Jewels in the Dust by Peter Crowther (Subterranean Press 30 September 2013 / $45.00) - Book Description: In the pages of this latest collection of down-right delicate, often enchanting and occasionally distressing stories form the pen of award-winning Peter Crowther you will encounter: two boys who discover an elaborate trap to capture fairies; a young musician haunted by the song 'Moonlight in Vermont"; a small-time crook about to fall under the spell of London while, at the same time, rediscovering his wife; a family who happen across a store with a back door that takes you back to your favorite past; a Runyon-esque gambler with the strangest set of dice you ever saw; a couple jaded with their life together who are re-visited by their collective histories; an unusual visitor who rolls in one fall day under cover of a might thick fog just to touch base with someone he maybe once knew; a dying man who learns that most important of all lessons: his life has been more worthwhile than he realized; and a carnival come to visit the small turn-of-the-century Texas town of Gault, there to make a big impression on two young women on the cusp of..., on the cusp of so many things.

You'll laugh, you'll cry and, by golly, you'll want to sleep with the light on. Don't say we didn't warn you. (Source: Subterranean Press)

Tor Books

Delia's Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer (Tor Books 17 September 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: It is the dawn of a new century in San Francisco and Delia Martin is a wealthy young woman whose life appears ideal. But a dark secret colors her life, for Delia's most loyal companions are ghosts, as she has been gifted (or some would say cursed) with an ability to peer across to the other side.

Since the great quake rocked her city in 1906, Delia has been haunted by an avalanche of the dead clamoring for her help. Delia flees to the other side of the continent, hoping to gain some peace. After several years in New York, Delia believes she is free...until one determined specter appears and she realizes that she must return to the City by the Bay in order to put this tortured soul to rest.

It will not be easy, as the ghost is only one of the many victims of a serial killer who was never caught. A killer who after thirty years is killing again. And who is now aware of Delia's existence. (see review)

Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl by David Barnett (Tor Books 10 September 2013 / $14.99) - Product Description: Nineteenth century London is the center of a vast British Empire. Airships ply the skies and Queen Victoria presides over three-quarters of the known world--including the East Coast of America, following the failed revolution of 1775.

London might as well be a world away from Sandsend, a tiny village on the Yorkshire coast. Gideon Smith dreams of the adventure promised him by the lurid tales of Captain Lucian Trigger, the Hero of the Empire, told in Gideon's favorite penny dreadful. When Gideon's father is lost at sea in highly mysterious circumstances Gideon is convinced that supernatural forces are at work.  Deciding only Captain Lucian Trigger himself can aid him, Gideon sets off for London. On the way he rescues the mysterious mechanical girl Maria from a tumbledown house of shadows and iniquities. Together they make for London, where Gideon finally meets Captain Trigger.

But Trigger is little more than an aging fraud, providing cover for the covert activities of his lover, Dr. John Reed, a privateer and sometime agent of the British Crown. Looking for heroes but finding only frauds and crooks, it falls to Gideon to step up to the plate and attempt to save the day...but can a humble fisherman really become the true Hero of the Empire? (see review)

Monsters of the Earth (Books of the Elements) by David Drake (Tor Books 03 September 2013 / $25.99) - Product Description: Governor Saxa, of the great city of Carce, a fantasy analog of ancient Rome, is rusticating at his villa. When Saxa's son Varus accompanies Corylus on a visit to the household of his father, Crispus, a retired military commander, Saxa graciously joins the party with his young wife Hedia, daughter Alphena, and a large entourage of his servants, making it a major social triumph for Crispus. But on the way to the event, something goes amiss. Varus, who has been the conduit for supernatural visions before, experiences another: giant crystalline worms devouring the entire world.

Soon the major characters are each involved in supernatural events caused by a struggle between two powerful magicians, both mentored by the deceased poet and mage Vergil, one of whom wants to destroy the world and the other who wishes to stop him. But which is which? There is a complex web of human and supernatural deceit to be unraveled. (see review)

The Incrementalists by Steven Brust and Skyler White (Tor Books 24 September 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: The Incrementalists--a secret society of two hundred people with an unbroken lineage reaching back forty thousand years. They cheat death, share lives and memories, and communicate with one another across nations, races, and time. They have an epic history, an almost magical memory, and a very modest mission: to make the world better, just a little bit at a time. Their ongoing argument about how to do this is older than most of their individual memories.

Phil, whose personality has stayed stable through more incarnations than anyone else's, has loved Celeste--and argued with her--for most of the last four hundred years. But now Celeste, recently dead, embittered, and very unstable, has changed the rules--not incrementally, and not for the better. Now the heart of the group must gather in Las Vegas to save the Incrementalists, and maybe the world. (Source: Tor Books)

The One-Eyed Man: A Fugue, With Winds and Accompaniment by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (Tor Books 17 September 2013 / $24.99) - Book Description: The colony world of Stittara is no ordinary planet. For the interstellar Unity of the Ceylesian Arm, Stittara is the primary source of anagathics: drugs that have more than doubled the human lifespan. But the ecological balance that makes anagathics possible on Stittara is fragile, and the Unity government has a vital interest in making sure the flow of longevity drugs remains uninterrupted, even if it means uprooting the human settlements.

Offered the job of assessing the ecological impact of the human presence on Stittara, freelance consultant Dr. Paulo Verano jumps at the chance to escape the ruin of his personal life. He gets far more than he bargained for: Stittara's atmosphere is populated with skytubes--gigantic, mysterious airborne organisms that drift like clouds above the surface of the planet. Their exact nature has eluded humanity for centuries, but Verano believes his conclusions about Stittara may hinge on understanding the skytubes' role in the planet's ecology--if he survives the hurricane winds, distrustful settlers, and secret agendas that impede his investigation at every turn. (see review)

Vicious by V.E. Schwab (Tor Books 24 September 2013 / $24.99) - Product Description: Victor and Eli started out as college roommates--brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end? (see review)

Tor Teen

Antigoddess (Goddess War) by Kendare Blake (Tor Teen 10 September 2013 / $17.99) - Product Description: Old Gods never die... Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra--an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.

These days, Cassandra doesn't involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn't even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don't just flicker out. Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin. (Source: Tor Teen)

Walker Childrens

Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst (Walker Childrens 03 September 2013 / $17.99) - Product Description: Eve has a new home, a new face, and a new name--but no memories of her past. She's been told that she's in a witness protection program. That she escaped a dangerous magic-wielding serial killer who still hunts her. The only thing she knows for sure is that there is something horrifying in her memories the people hiding her want to access--and there is nothing they won't say--or do--to her to get her to remember.

At night she dreams of a tattered carnival tent and buttons being sewn into her skin. But during the day, she shelves books at the local library, trying to not let anyone know that she can do things--things like change the color of her eyes or walk through walls. When she does use her strange powers, she blacks out and is drawn into terrifying visions, returning to find that days or weeks have passed--and she's lost all short-term memories. Eve must find out who and what she really is before the killer finds her--but the truth may be more dangerous than anyone could have ever imagined.

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