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Ace

Burned (Alex Verus) by Benedict Jacka (Ace 05 April 2016 / ) - Product Description: Diviner Alex Verus finally made one too many enemies on the Council of Mages, and now one of them is angry enough to have him executed. Fighting for his life is nothing new, but this kill order also calls for the death of Alex's dependents--and there's no way that he'll let Luna, Anne, and Vari take the heat.

With only a week before he's history, Alex will have to figure out how to disassociate himself from his friends, scrounge up allies on the Council, and hopefully keep his head attached to his body.

But saving himself is going to bring him into direct opposition with his former master and the Dark mages surrounding him. And, this time, escaping with his life might mean losing his soul.

(see review)

Automatic Publishing

Hatter Madigan: Ghost in the Hatbox by Frank Beddor and Adrienne Kress (Automatic Publishing 19 April 2016 / $17.99) - Product Description: An exciting new adventure featuring a teenaged Hatter Madigan, one of the most popular character from the The Looking Glass Wars trilogy by Frank Beddor!

Combat training! Secret society initiations! Self-serving rivals! Welcome to Wonderland's prestigious Millinery Academy: where those born to protect the queendom train to become spies, assassins, and bodyguards. With all that to contend with, not to mention following in his popular older brother's footsteps, just getting through Imagination Class seems impossible already.

And that's before he starts seeing ghosts lurking in the corridors.

When students begin behaving strangely throughout the academy, Hatter and his fellow cadets must unlock the mysteries behind the ghosts, and the headmaster's suspicious behavior, before the entire student body finds itself possessed!

(see review)

Baen

1882: Custer in Chains by Robert Conroy (Baen 26 April 2016 / $7.99) - Product Description: A world where Custer survives Little Bighorn and becomes president goes seriously awry.

Following his unlikely but decisive (and immensely popular) 1876 victory over Sitting Bull and the Sioux at the Little Big Horn, George Armstrong Custer is propelled into the White House in 1880.

Two years later, he finds himself bored and seeks new worlds to conquer. He and his wife Libbie fixate on Spain's decaying empire as his source for immortality. What President Custer doesn't quite comprehend is that the U.S. military isn't up to such a venture. When a group of Americans on a ship headed for Cuba is massacred, war becomes inevitable--and unless calmer, patriotic citizens and soldiers can find a way to avoid debacle, this war may be America's last stand!

(see review)

Changeling's Island by Dave Freer (Baen 05 April 2016 / $10.99) - Product Description: Teenager Tim Ryan comes into his own as he faces danger on a remote Australia island where magic lurks in land and sea.

Tim Ryan can't shake the feeling that he is different from other teens, and not in a good way.  For one thing, he seems to have his own personal poltergeist that causes fires and sets him up to be arrested for shoplifting.

As a result Tim has been sent to live on a rundown farm on a remote island off the coast of Australia with his crazy grandmother, a woman who seems to talk to the local spirits, and who refuses to cushion Tim from facing his difficulties. To make matters worse, Tim is expected to milk cows, chase sheep, and hunt fish with a spear.

But he's been exiled to an island alive with ancient magic--land magic that Tim can feel in his bones, and sea magic that runs in his blood. If Tim can face down the danger from drug-runners, sea storms, and the deadly threat of a seal woman who wishes to steal him away for a lingering death in the land of Faery, he may be able to claim the mysterious changeling heritage that is his birthright, and take hold of a legacy of power beyond any he has ever imagined.

(Source: Baen)

Cobra Outlaw by Timothy Zahn (Baen 26 April 2016 / $7.99) - Product Description: Timothy Zahn continues his Cobra SF adventure series with book #2 of a new Cobra saga, Cobra Rebellion. Cobra warriors: technologically enhanced and implanted with an arsenal of covert weaponry fight against alien foes and evil humans.

Cobra warriors: technologically enhanced human warriors designed to combat an implacable alien menace. Now, and not for the first time, the Cobras are facing trouble from their own kind.

The Broom clan of Cobra warriors finds itself pressed between two star empires headed for war. On the planet Aventine, the Broom's homeworld, pater familia Paul Broom has been taken prisoner by Commodore Santeros, an implacable operative of the Dominion of Man. Paul is due to have his memories sifted through by the dreaded and often destructive Dominion MindsEye in order to root out the location of legendary Qasamaa planet where huge advances in military hardware, particularly a svelte powered armor, might give the Dominion of Man an edge in a coming war with the alien Troft. Santeros hopes to strike a deal with Qasama and, if a deal cannot be struck, then Santores and the Dominion are prepared to take what they want.

Elsewhere on Aventine and in the galaxy beyond, rebellion is brewing against Dominion atrocities and Dominion scheming, with outlaw Cobra warriors Lorne and Jody Broom in the vanguard.

Meanwhile, Cobra Jason Broom poses as an escaped slave on a secret Troft prison planet where humans are sent to gladiatorial combat to the death for Troft amusement and wagering. He is seeking information on Troft factions, for not every Troft wants war with humankind, and if he can identify moderate elements, he may save the Cobra worlds, and head off a massive interstellar war in the bargain.

The stage is set for adventure with one family of Cobra heroes once again fighting for freedom and peace in a galaxy on the edge of war.

(Source: Baen)

Shooting the Rift by Alex Stewart (Baen 05 April 2016 / $16.00) - Product Description: Cast out by his family and exiled from the Rimward Commonwealth, Simon Forrester must make a new life for himself as an apprentice to the powerful Commerce Guild.  But others aboard the merchant vessel Stacked Deck have a hidden agenda that might lead directly to interstellar war. Now with rising tensions between the Commonwealth and the neighboring League of Democracies threatens to erupt into open war, Simon finds himself forced to choose between old and new loyalties, with the fate of an empire at stake!

(see review)

Silence (SERRAted Edge) by Mercedes Lackey and Cody Martin (Baen 05 April 2016 / $25.00) - Product Description: Entry #9 in Mercedes Lackey's Serrated Edge urban fantasy series.

Teenager Staci's father has just remarried, and now she finds herself being shunted aside by her new stepmother. Shunted all the way to the run-down and dying Maine town of Silence, in fact, and the custody of her alcoholic mother.

It gets worse.  Silence seems to be stuck in the proverbial stone age. There's no cell phone service except at the very top of a bluff outside of town, no internet except dialup, and not one familiar franchise or business. Staci's mom seems to have gotten even worse since the last time Staci lived with her. The only bright spots in the whole place are a friendly waitress at the diner, and a bookstore where she meets a gaggle of geeks and gamers.

But all is not as it seems in Silence. There are strange things moving beneath the shabby surface, terrible plots in play, and deadly players in the game, and Staci is about to find herself caught up in the middle of it all.

(Source: Baen)

Tales of the Time Scouts 2 (BAEN) by Robert Asprin and Linda Evans (Baen 05 April 2016 / $16.00) - Product Description: Two novels of time-traveling adventure: Ripping Time and The House That Jack Built. Two Time Scout series novels in one volume!

Ripping Time: When terrorists gun down Jenna Caddrick's fiancee, the only daughter of Senator John Caddrick is trapped in a desperate struggle to stay alive. With a pack of killers on her trail, Jenna plunges through Shangri-La Station's time touring gates-and lands in London of 1888, just in time to meet Jack the Ripper.

And Skeeter Jackson, newly reformed con artist, finds himself caught up in the biggest mystery of the century. All Skeeter has to do is find the Senator's missing daughter, track down lanira Cassandra's kidnappers, stop a cult of killers and survive Ripping Time.

The House That Jack Built: Jack the Ripper's killing spree spreads from Victorian London to Time Terminal Eighty-Six in this breath stopping sequel to Ripping Time, retired time scout Kit Carson and ex-con man Skeeter Jackson enter an unholy alliance that surprises everyone—including Skeeter and Kit.

All they have to do is track down Senator Caddrick's missing heiress, lost somewhere in history, rescue Ianira Cassandra from the clutches of a madman, and keep the most famous time-touring station in the world open for business while avoiding death in The House that Jack (the Ripper) Built.

(Source: Baen)

Undercity (Skolian Empire) by Catherine Asaro (Baen 26 April 2016 / $7.99) - Product Description: First book in a new series set in the world of her Skolian Empire universe. Major Bhaajan, a former military officer with Imperial Space Command, is now a hard-bitten P.I. with a load of baggage to deal with, and clients with woes sometimes personal, sometimes galaxy-shattering, and sometimes both. Bhaajan must sift through the shadows of dark and dangerous Undercity--the enormous capital of a vast star empire--to find answers. (see review)

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Parched (Parched Series #1) by Andrew C. Branham (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 01 April 2016 / $11.99) - Product Description: The sun has become a 'red giant' and the world is hot and parched. In California, James and Lexie Deforio have three goals: to find food and water, to survive another day, and to protect their two children. When their home is abruptly robbed and burned to the ground, the family is forced to embark on a cross-country journey in search of safety and water.

Facing ruthless bandits, murderers, and some of the most extreme conditions they have ever encountered, they struggle to survive. When James is shot trying to help another family, Lexie and her children set out on a harrowing journey to save him. Finding temporary safety in the abandoned Ohio salt mines deep under Lake Erie, they appear to have found a new home. But, like everything on their journey, not all is as it seems.

(Source: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)

Del Rey

Illidan (World of Warcraft) by William King (Del Rey 12 April 2016 / $27.00) - Product Description: Behind the legend stands an individual hungry for justice and vengeance--as the adventure, intrigue, and heroism of World of Warcraft rise to a new level.

Illidan Stormrage is one of the most powerful beings ever to walk the lands of Azeroth. He is also one of the least understood. Behind his legend, beneath his enigmatic mission, lies a brilliant mind whose machinations are comprehended by few—and trusted by even fewer. Illidan's righteous reign of justice and vengeance has begun.

Long ago, the night elf sorcerer Illidan infiltrated the demonic Burning Legion to ward off its invasion of Azeroth. Instead of hailing him as a hero, his own kind branded him the Betrayer, questioning his intentions after he appeared to aid the demon lords. For ten thousand years, he languished in prison--vilified, isolated, but never forgetting his purpose.

Now the Legion has returned, and there is only one champion who can truly stand against it. Released from his bonds, Illidan prepares for the final confrontation in the alien realm of Outland, gathering an army of grotesque fel orcs, serpentine naga, cunning blood elves, and twisted demon hunters to his side. He alone knows what deeply hidden motives guide his hand; he alone understands the price that must be paid to defeat the enemies of creation. Yet as before, he is assailed by those who see his schemes as a cynical quest for power, including the night elf Maiev Shadowsong, his former jailor. Warden Shadowsong and her Watchers have pursued the Betrayer to Outland to exact retribution for his crimes, and she will not rest until Illidan is in her custody ... or in his grave.

(Source: Del Rey)

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (Del Rey 26 April 2016 / $26.00) - Product Description: A page-turning debut in the tradition of Michael Crichton, World War Z, and The Martian, Sleeping Giants is a thriller fueled by an earthshaking mystery--and a fight to control a gargantuan power.

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand's code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What's clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history's most perplexing discovery--and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?

(Source: Del Rey)

FSG Originals

Emperor of the Eight Islands (Tale of Shikanoko #1) by Lian Hearn (FSG Originals 26 April 2016 / ) - Product Description: In the opening pages of the action-packed Book One of Lian Hearn's epic Tale of Shikanoko series--all of which will be published in 2016--a future lord is dispossessed of his birthright by a scheming uncle, a mountain sorcerer imbues a mask with the spirit of a great stag for a lost young man, a stubborn father forces his son to give up his wife to his older brother, and a powerful priest meddles in the succession to the Lotus Throne, the child who is the rightful heir to the emperor barely escaping the capital in the arms of his sister. And that is just the beginning.

As destiny weaves its rich tapestry, a compelling drama plays out against a background of wild forests, elegant castles, hidden temples, and savage battlefields. This is the medieval Japan of Lian Hearn's imagination, where animal spirits clash with warriors and children navigate a landscape as serene as it is deadly.

The Tale of Shikanoko: Book One: Emperor of the Eight Islands (April 2016), Book Two: Autumn Princess, Dragon Child (June 2016), Book Three: Lord of the Darkwood (August 2016), Book Four: The Tengu's Game of Go (September 2016).

(see review)

Harper Voyager

Grim Tidings: Hellhound Chronicles by Caitlin Kittredge (Harper Voyager 19 April 2016 / $14.99) - Product Description: In this thrilling sequel to Black Dog--the first volume of award-winning Caitlin Kittredge's dark urban fantasy series, Hellhound Chronicles--a soul catcher must stop demonic monsters from her past from infecting the world.

After winning her freedom from a reaper and facing off against a fearsome demon boss, Ava is now a masterless hellhound. Her friend, Leo, has found a new life after death: He's returned as the Grim Reaper—the first in centuries. As both try to adjust to their new circumstances, Ava's dark past comes back to wreak havoc on her ... and the entire world.

A breed of monsters as smart as vampires—but who behave like zombies--has been sighted in Kansas. Ava can't believe these "zompires" are back. She thought she'd kicked their asses for good when she first battled them in a Nazi death camp. Now, they're spreading their infection across America's heartland thanks to a nasty piece of business named Cain.

Free at last after being locked up in Hell for millennia, Cain has some scores to settle. To stop him, Ava must form an unholy alliance with some old foes ... a bargain that will lead her to uncover deeply buried truths about her past—and Leo's future.

(see review)

Jericho by Alex Gordon (Harper Voyager 05 April 2016 / $14.99) - Product Description: In this follow-up to the masterful debut Gideon, a young witch must risk death and damnation to defeat a powerful ancient evil.

In unearthing her father's secret past, Lauren Reardon discovered a shocking truth about herself. She is a Child of Endor, a sect of witches who believe they are the guardians of the "thin places"--areas across the globe where evil can seep through the divide between the worlds separating the living and the restless dead. At any time, she can be called upon to close one of these breaches and prevent demons from infiltrating our realm. When Lauren has a disturbing vision of an Oregon forest, she is drawn back to the familiar woods of the misty Pacific Northwest to investigate.

Locals had long whispered about an abandoned logging camp known as Jericho--of the strange disappearances and eerie sounds heard in the woods deep in the night. But these ghost stories only hint at the true evil lurking within the camp's dilapidated buildings, a primeval malevolence far more terrifying than Lauren's darkest imaginings. And now, Lauren must face this evil, even if it takes her life ... even if it costs her soul.

(Source: Harper Voyager)

The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey (Harper Voyager 19 April 2016 / $24.99) - Book Description: 2000 B.C. -- A beautiful, ambitious angel stands on a mountain top, surveying the world and its little inhabitants below. He smiles because soon, the last of humanity who survived the great flood will meet its end, too. And he should know. He's going to play a big part in it. Our angel usually doesn't get to do field work, and if he does well, he's certain he'll get a big promotion. And now it's time....

The angel reaches into his pocket fo the instrument of humanity's doom. Must be in the other pocket. Then he frantically begins to pat himself down. Dejected, he realizes he has lost the object. Looking over the Earth at all that could have been, the majestic angel utters a single word. "Crap."

2015 -- A thief named Coop--a specialist in purloining magic objects--steals and delivers a small box to the mysterious client who engaged his services. Coop doesn't know that his latest job could be the end of him--and the rest of the world. Suddenly he finds himself in the company of The Department of Peculiar Science, a fearsome enforcement agency that polices the odd and strange. The box isn't just a supernatural heirloom with quaint powers. It's a doomsday device. They think.... And suddenly, everyone is out to get it.

(see review)

NAL

Ink and Bone (The Great Library) by Rachel Caine (NAL 05 April 2016 / $9.99) - Product Description: In an new series, Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly--but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family. Jess has been sent to be his family's spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library's service.

When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe knowledge is more valuable than any human life--and soon both heretics and books will burn.

(see review)

Pyr

Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis (Pyr 12 April 2016 / $17.00) - Product Description: The year is 1779, and Carlo Morelli, the most renowned castrato singer in Europe, has been invited as an honored guest to Eszterháza Palace. With Carlo in Prince Nikolaus Esterházy's carriage, ride a Prussian spy and one of the most notorious alchemists in the Habsburg Empire. Already at Eszterháza is Charlotte von Steinbeck, the very proper sister of Prince Nikolaus's mistress. Charlotte has retreated to the countryside to mourn her husband's death. Now, she must overcome the ingrained rules of her society in order to uncover the dangerous secrets lurking within the palace's golden walls. Music, magic, and blackmail mingle in a plot to assassinate the Habsburg Emperor and Empress--a plot that can only be stopped if Carlo and Charlotte can see through the masks worn by everyone they meet.

(see review)

Rare Bird Books

The Demon Within by Beth Woodward (Rare Bird Books 12 April 2016 / $14.95) - Product Description: It's been ten years since the first time Dale blacked out and killed someone. Since then, she's been on the run, searching for the cause of her blackouts--and a way to control them. When an enigmatic, seductive assassin named John crashes into her life, Dale learns that she's half demon. Dale and John embark on a quest to find the only person who can answer Dale's questions and help cure her blackouts: her long-missing mother, a legend in the demon world. But Dale's mother is a key figure in the ancient war between angels and demons. This world is darker, and more dangerous, than Dale realizes. To find the answers she seeks, Dale will have to risk not only her life ... but her soul.

(Source: Rare Bird Books)

St. Martin's

The Mountain (Event Group) by David Golemon (St. Martin's 05 April 2016 / $8.99) - Product Description: It's 1863. America's most legendary war leaders arrange a meeting--a clandestine alliance that will never show up in any history book. Their mission: To heal a war-torn nation by bringing the remnants of a prized ship back to U.S. soil--one that may lie on a mountaintop inside the Ottoman Empire, where the men who seek it are only days away from killing one another. The battles will rage at sea and upon land―with enemies both past and future. Colonel John Henry Thomas of the Union Army will come face to face with his mortal enemies in the South and a dark entity that has been trapped on top of God's Mountain for a millennium.

CAN THE EVENT GROUP SOLVE ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST MYSTERIES--AND SAVE THE FUTURE OF MANKIND?

In 2007, America's darkest agency, known to only a privileged few as the Event Group, recruits a man they desperately need for their security. Major Jack Collins is brought to the underground world of the organization to learn about the darkest secrets in history, and is told a tale that brings him full circle about his destiny and Department 5656. But what comes around goes around―and this time, there's no turning back.

(Source: St. Martin's)

St. Martin's Griffin

Kill Switch (Joe Ledger) by Jonathan Maberry (St. Martin's Griffin 26 April 2016 / $16.99) - Product Description: What do you do when the power goes off? Terrorists have acquired a terrible new weapon that can crash the power grid and plunge America into a new dark age. A coordinated attack is planned to shut out all lights and emergency services to ten major cities. Planes will fall, hospitals will go dark, no help will come.

And in that terrible darkness, a dreadful plague will be released. If the lights go off, nothing can stop the bioweapon from killing millions.

At the same time, the intelligence services are being torn apart from within by a plague of betrayal, murder, and suicide. Even the Department of Military Sciences is stumbling in its response to the growing threat.

Time is running out, and Joe is being hunted by a terrifying new kind of assassin. A team of remote viewers have the ability to take over any person and turn ordinary citizens into killers. Where can you turn when there's nobody left to trust?

Joe Ledger faces his deadliest challenge as friends and allies become enemies and all of the lights begin to go out.

(Source: St. Martin's Griffin)

Sticky's Adventures

The Fantastic Adventures of Sticky #1 by Rene Cournoyer (Sticky's Adventures 10 April 2016 / $8.99) - Product Description: First in a four-book series is double-spaced for easy reading. The chapters are short to build a child's confidence in reading. This book's design is especially great for kids with ADD or ADHD. Sticky the elf has a special gift, he can shoot bubblegum from his hands. Sticky and his two best friends, Dumbley the dwarf and Robyn the elf, are headed on a Fantastic Adventure. They will journey from their sheltered, fantasy village of Shendale, hidden from human eyes in the forest to the real world of humans, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - 1776. Along the way, this special elf will help everyone he meets, spreading his special brand of cheer and humor. He also learns a few special lessons of friendship, loyalty, and a touch of human history. Join Sticky and his friends as they embark on this Fantastic Adventure. With bubblegum goodness along the way!

(Source: Sticky's Adventures)

Subterranean Press

The Days of Tao by Wesley Chu (Subterranean Press 30 April 2016 / ) - Book Description: Cameron Tan wouldn't have even been in Greece if he hadn't gotten a 'D' in Art History.

Instead of spending the summer after college completing his training as a Prophus operative, he's doing a study abroad program in Greece, enjoying a normal life--spending time with friends and getting teased about his crush on a classmate.

Then the emergency notification comes in: a Prophus agent with vital information needs immediate extraction, and Cameron is the only agent on the ground, responsible for getting the other agent and data out of the country. The Prophus are relying on him to uncomplicate things.

Easy, exect the rival Genjix have declared all-out war against the Prophus, which means Greece is about to be a very dangerous place. And the agent isn't the only person relying on Cameron to get them safely out of the country--his friends from the study abroad program are, too. Cameron knows a good agent would leave them to fend for themselves. He also knows a good person wouldn't. Suddenly, things aren't easy at all.

The Days of Tao is the latest in the popular Tao series from author, Wesley Chu. Following after The Rebirths of Tao, this novella carries on the fast-moving and fun tone of the series.

(see review)

Thomas Dunne Books

Wraith by Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens (Thomas Dunne Books 26 April 2016 / $26.99) - Product Description: In Wraith, Reeves-Stevens team offer a no-holds-barred adrenaline rush perfect for fans of high-speed thrillers.

In 1995, the CIA made a breakthrough that they hid from the world because it would change everything in modern science--but some secrets can't stay hidden. A rogue force has learned how to make disembodied minds capable of lethal action. Ghosts have been weaponized, and now a Russian general has infiltrated the U.S. with a squad of "berzerkers"--an army that can't be killed because they're already dead. Only one person knew the general's plans, but she died in a car crash. The only person who can communicate with her is the cop who was at her side when she died--and now he must race to stop a force that could end life as we know it.

(Source: Thomas Dunne Books)

Tor Books

A Shadow All of Light by Fred Chappell (Tor Books 12 April 2016 / $27.99) - Book description: Falco, a young man from the country, arrives in the port city of Tardocco with the ambition of becoming an apprentice to a master shadow thief. Maestro Astolfo, whose mysterious powers of observation would rival those of Sherlock Holmes, sees Falco's potential and puts him through a gruelling series of physical lessons and intellectual tests. (Source: Tor Books)

Alien Hunter: The White House by Whitley Strieber (Tor Books 05 April 2016 / $25.99) - Book Desciption: The aliens have seen many worlds, but they know that Earth in particular is a jewel. They lust for its soaring mountains, its shining seas, its gorgeous forests, and majestic deserts. There is just one part of the planet that they don't want: us.

Flynn Carroll knows that the aliens are a ace of brilliance and extraordinary cruelty. And he knows that they have found a way to eliminate humanity: capture the mind of the president of the United States. Control him, and you control the most powerful man in the world.

Though Carroll is determined to stop the aliens from achieving their goal, the president remains ignorant of the danger that he and the rest of the planet are in. With doomsday coming ever closer, Carroll might be the only hope for the survival of the human race.

(Source: Tor Books)

Fall of Light (Kharkanas Trilogy, #2) by Steven Erikson (Tor Books 26 April 2016 / $29.99) - Product Description: Steven Erikson returns to the Malazan world with the second book in a dark and revelatory new epic fantasy trilogy, one that takes place a millennium before the events in his Malazan Book of the Fallen. Fall of Light continues to tell the tragic story of the downfall of an ancient realm, a story begun in Forge of Darkness.

It's a conflicted time in Kurald Galain, the realm of Darkness, where Mother Dark reigns. But this ancient land was once home to many a power ... and even death is not quite eternal. The commoners' great hero, Vatha Urusander, is being promoted by his followers to take Mother Dark's hand in marriage, but her Consort, Lord Draconus, stands in the way of such ambitions. The impending clash sends fissures throughout the realm. As rumors of civil war burn through the masses, an ancient power emerges from the long dead seas. Caught in the middle of it all are the First Sons of Darkness, Anomander, Andarist, and Silchas Ruin of the Purake Hold.

(Source: Tor Books)

HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Tor Books 26 April 2016 / $25.99) - Product Description: The English language debut of the Dutch novel, Hex, from Thomas Olde Heuvelt--a Hugo and World Fantasy award nominated talent to watch.

Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay 'til death. Whoever settles, never leaves.

Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children's bed for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened or the consequences will be too terrible to bear.

The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town's teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into dark, medieval practices of the distant past.

(see review)

In the Labyrinth of Drakes (A Natural History of Dragons) by Marie Brennan (Tor Books 05 April 2016 / $25.99) - Product Description: In the Labyrinth of Drakes, the glamorous Lady Trent takes her adventurous explorations to the deserts of Akhia.

Even those who take no interest in the field of dragon naturalism have heard of Lady Trent's expedition to the inhospitable deserts of Akhia. Her discoveries there are the stuff of romantic legend, catapulting her from scholarly obscurity to worldwide fame. The details of her personal life during that time are hardly less private, having provided fodder for gossips in several countries.

As is so often the case in the career of this illustrious woman, the public story is far from complete. In this, the fourth volume of her memoirs, Lady Trent relates how she acquired her position with the Royal Scirling Army; how foreign saboteurs imperiled both her work and her well-being; and how her determined pursuit of knowledge took her into the deepest reaches of the Labyrinth of Drakes, where the chance action of a dragon set the stage for her greatest achievement yet.

(Source: Tor Books)

Quantum Break: Zero State by Cam Rogers (Tor Books 05 April 2016 / $14.99) - Book Description: Jack Joyce spent six years trying to escape--escape his life, escape time, escape the madness of his brother, Will. But when he finally returns home, it turns out his brother isn't quite so mad. Will has created a time machine, one with the potential to save humanity. War? Preventable. Natural disasters? Stoppable.

Except for one tiny problem ... his machine will also cause the end of time as we know it.

Now Jack has just one chance to turn back time, to fix what was broken, to save the world.

(Source: Tor Books)

The House of Daniel by Harry Turtledove (Tor Books 19 April 2016 / $24.99) - Book Description: Harry Turtledove adds a dose of magic to baseball in The House of Daniel where he crafts a vivid colloquial voice for his semipro hero, as Jack "Snake" Spivey escapes hometown troubles for a life on the road with the legendary House of Daniel team.

Since the Big Bubble popped in 1929, life in the United States hasn't been the same. Hotshot wizards will tell you nothing's really changed, but then again, hotshot wizards aren't looking for honest work in Enid, Oklahoma. No paying jobs at the mill, because zombies will work for nothing. The diner on Main Street is seeing hard times as well because a lot fewer folks can afford to fly carpets in from miles away.

Jack Spivey's just another down-and-out trying to stay alive, doing a little of this and a little of that. When he crosses Big Stu, the guy who calls the shots in Enid, Jack realizes that he needs to get out of the reach of Big Stu, and out of town. That's when the House of Daniel comes to town--a bash band of barnstormers who'll take on any team, and whose antics never fail to entertain. Against the odds Jack secures a berth with them. Now they're off to tour an America that's as shot through with magic as it is dead broke. Jack will never be the same--nor will baseball.

(see review)

Tor Teen

Nightstruck by Jenna Black (Tor Teen 05 April 2016 / $17.99) - Product Description: The night is the enemy, and the city of Philadelphia is its deadliest weapon.

Becket is an ordinary teenage girl, wrestling with the upheaval of her parents' divorce. A studious high school senior, her biggest problems to date have been choosing which colleges to apply to, living up to her parents' ambitious expectations for her, and fighting her secret crush on her best friend's boyfriend. But that all changes on the night she tries to save an innocent life and everything goes horribly wrong.

Unbeknownst to her, Becket has been tricked into opening a door between worlds, allowing a dark magic into the mortal world. As the magic trickles in, the city begins to change at night. Strange creatures roam the streets, and inanimate objects come to life, all of them bloodthirsty and terrifying. The city returns to normal when the sun rises in the morning, and no one can capture the strange changes--such as potholes turning into toothy mouths and wires turning into strangling vines--on film, which prompts the government to declare that the city has been infected with some kind of madness and must be quarantined. Meanwhile, venturing out of one's house at night has become a dangerous proposition, and the moment the sun sets, most of the citizens of the city shut themselves up in their houses and stay there even in the case of dire emergencies.

The magic is openly hostile to most mortals, but there are some individuals it seems to covet, trying to lure them out into the night. While Becket struggles to protect her friends and family from predatory creatures of the night, she is constantly tempted to shrug off all her responsibilities and join them. Joining the night world means being free of not just responsibility, but conscience, and it means no longer caring about the fate of others.

(see review)

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