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Avon

Into the Fire: A Night Prince Novel by Jeaniene Frost (Avon 28 February 2017 / ) - Product Description: For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now, falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad's new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila's closest friends against them ... and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.

(Source: Avon)

Baen

Caine's Mutiny (Caine Riordan) by Charles E Gannon (Baen 07 February 2017 / $16.00) - Product Description: Book Three in the Nebula award nominated and Compton Crook award winning series. Science fiction adventure on a grand scale.

Caine Riordan, reluctant diplomatic and military intelligence operative, has just finished playing his part repulsing the Arat Kur's and Hkh'Rkh's joint invasion of Earth.

But scant hours after the attackers surrender, the mysterious but potentially helpful Slaasriithi appeal to Caine to shepherd a diplomatic mission on a visit to their very alien worlds. The possible prize: a crucial alliance in a universe where the fledgling Consolidated Terran Republic has very few friends.

But Caine and his legation aren't the only ones journeying into the unknown reaches of Slaasriithi space. A group of renegade K'tor are following them, intending to destroy humanity's hopes for a quick alliance. And that means finding and killing Caine Riordan. Assuming that the bizarre and dangerous Slaasriithi lifeforms don't do it first.

Fleet Renegade (Under Jurisdiction) by Susan R Matthews (Baen 07 February 2017 / $17.00) - Product Description: Three science fiction novels together for the first time from Under Jurisdiction series by Susan R. Matthews. The second of two series omnibus volumes following Fleet Inquisitor. This volume includes series entries Hour of Judgment, The Devil and Deep Space, and Warring States. Fleet Renegade will be followed by the new Under Jurisdiction novel Blood Enemies.

Hour of Judgment: Burkhayden is a subject colony, leased by the Bench to a Dolgorukij familial corporation for economic exploitation. When a Nurail woman from the service house is brutally raped and beaten, Andrej Koscuisko–-Ship's Inquisitor on board the Jurisdiction Fleet Ship Ragnarok–-is called upon to render services under contract. Before one fateful night is out Andrej Koscuisko will put himself under sentence of death by doing what he realizes at last he should have done from the beginning. And Port Burkhayden will burn.

The Devil and Deep Space: Andrej Koscuisko, the Ragnarok's Ship's Inquisitor, is going home on leave. His ship of assignment is participating in training exercises, and when an observer station unexpectedly explodes. Andrej will have to fight Fleet itself to bring the Ragnarok the only thing that can save the ship and crew from destruction–-a single piece of evidence with the potential to change the course of the history of Jurisdiction Space forever.

Warring States: Chilleau Judiciary's senior administrative officer has been murdered in the very heart of Chambers. Bench Intelligence Specialist Jils Ivers has been unable to ferret out the perpetrator, and that means she's the Bench's prime candidate for execution–-so that justice may be seen to have been done, whether or not she is guilty.

Andrej Koscuisko means to take this opportunity to execute a daring theft. And if he is successful, the rule of Law will be rocked to its very core, and the fundamental nature of the Bench will be changed forever.

(see review)

Kill Before Dying (Tau Ceti Agenda) by Travis S. Taylor (Baen 07 February 2017 / $25.00) - Product Description: Book #5 in the Tau Ceti Agenda series, sequel to Trail of Evil. Humanity takes to interstellar space to face conflict and an extermination threat from an evil artificial intelligence, and an alien menace from beyond.

A century and a half after the Martian Separatist Wars, Alexander Moore returns to the stars with the Sienna Madira, a United States Navy supercarrier spacecraft outfitted with advanced FTL and endlessly strange, extremely effective, quantum-based weapons and remote sensing technology. And, of course, he's brought Marines, and lots of them. These are troops superbly trained for space battle, and equipped with advanced powered armor and artificial intelligence backup.

Moore's task: hunt down remnant weaponry platforms left by the brilliant, mad artificial intelligence known as Copernicus, the being ultimately responsible for the Solar System-wide civil war. Now Copernicus has formed an alliance with something else out there with a similar goal: wipe humanity from the galaxy forever.

Ring of Fire IV (The Ring of Fire) by (Baen 28 February 2017 / $7.99) - Product Description: Freedom-loving Americans change the 17th century for the better and turn the Thirty Years War inside out and upside down, in an anthology of exciting tales by an array of writers such as David Brin, Eric Flint, Charles H. Gannon, Bjorn Hasseler, Robert E. Waters, Rainer Prem, Herbert Sakalauks, David Carrico, Kerryn Offord, Walter H. Hunt, Walt Boyes and Joy Ward, and Virginia DeMarce--all set in Eric Flint's popular Ring of Fire series.

After a cosmic accident sets the modern-day West Virginia town of Grantville down in war-torn seventeenth century Europe, these everyday resourceful Americans must adapt--or be trod into the dust of the past. They are overwhelmingly outnumbered, but they have technology and the American heritage of freedom on their side, and their 20th century ideas are spreading like wildfire.

Read our review of Ring of Fire IV in our July 2016 issue.

(Source: Baen)

The Black Wolves of Boston by Wen Spencer (Baen 07 February 2017 / $25.00) - Product Description: Silas Decker had his world destroyed when he was attacked by vampires outside of New Amsterdam. He has rebuilt his life a dozen times in the last three hundred years--each time less and less successfully. Now he lives alone, buried under a hoarding habit, struggling to find some reason to wake up with the setting of the sun.

Eloise is a Virtue, pledged to hunting evil.  What she doesn't know is how to live alone in a city full of strangers who know nothing about monsters.

Seth is the sixteen-year old Prince of Boston, ward of the Wolf King.  Now he is left in a city that desperately needs his protection with enemies gathering all around.

Joshua believes he is a normal, college-bound high school senior. His life is shattered when he wakes up in a field, covered with blood, and the prom committee scattered in pieces about him like broken dolls.

These four must now come together to unravel a plot by Wickers, witches who gain power from human sacrifices and have the power to turn any human into their puppet. Four people who lost everything struggle to save Boston by saving each other.

(see review)

Dancing Lemur Press

The Remnant by William Michael Davidson (Dancing Lemur Press 07 February 2017 / $15.95) - Product Description: Colton Pierce apprehends Abberants--those who display symptoms of faith--and quarantines them on a remote island to ensure public safety. Years prior, the government released a genetically-engineered super flu that destroyed the genes believed to be the biological source of spiritual experience in an effort to rid the world of terrorism. As an extractor with the Center for Theological Control, Colton is dedicated to the cause.

But Colton's steadfast commitment is challenged when he learns his own son has been targeted for extraction. An underground militia, the Remnant, agrees to help Colton save his son in exchange for his assistance with their plan to free the Aberrants on the island.

Colton is faced with the most important decision of his life. Remain faithful to the CTC? Or give up everything to save his son?

DAW

Firebrand (Green Rider) by Kristen Britain (DAW 28 February 2017 / ) - Product Description: Firebrand is the sixth novel in the New York Times-bestselling Green Rider fantasy series. Through five previous installments, fans have been captivated by the story of Karigan G'ladheon, a runaway school girl who finds hersel in deep peril when she agrees to bear a message to the king for a dying Green Rider.

(see review)

Dutton

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai (Dutton 07 February 2017 / ) - Product Description: You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we'd have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren's 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed ... because it wasn't necessary.

Except Tom just can't seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that's before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland.

But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and—maybe, just maybe—his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality? Tom's search for the answer takes him across countries, continents, and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future--our future—is supposed to be.

(see review)

Espec Books

The Sister Paradox by Jack Campbell (Espec Books 01 February 2017 / $14.95) - Product Description: Liam is his parents' only child, and that's just fine with him. Until the day the sister-he-never-had shows up at school.

Just to make it worse, the sword-wielding Kari tells him they have an important quest to complete.

And that's how Liam finds himself dragged into another world, facing basilisks and unicorns, cursed objects, elves, and even a dragon, all magical and dangerous, but none more so than the sister he didn't have until that morning. A sister who turns out to be quite good with her sword, and ready to use it when faced with things like a dragon as long as her brother is at her side.

Liam begins to realize two things: it's going to be a very long day, and having a sister can be weird. But most unsettling of all, he's not sure he minds...

(see review)

First Second

Demon, Volume 2 by Jason Shiga (First Second 07 February 2017 / $19.99) - Product Description: The OSS is after Jimmy, and they're planning on using his daughter to catch him. But Jimmy will tear the world apart to keep his daughter safe. Literally. This morally bankrupt immortal freak of nature has absolutely no concern for the wellbeing of any human being besides himself and his Sweetpea. It'd be adorable if it weren't so scary.

From the brilliant and profane mind of Jason Shiga, known for his high-concept comics work on the web and in print, comes a magnum opus: a four-volume mystery adventure about the shocking chaos (and astronomical body count) one highly rational and utterly sociopathic man can create in the world, given a single simple supernatural power.

Harper Voyager

The Wrong Dead Guy (Another Coop Heist) by Richard Kadrey (Harper Voyager 28 February 2017 / $24.99) - Product Description: In this fast paced sequel to The Everything Box--the second entry in author Richard Kadrey's comedic supernatural series--chaos ensues when Coop and the team at DOPS steal a not-quite-dead and very lovesick ancient Egyptian mummy wielding some terrifying magic.

Coop, a master thief sort of gone legit, saved the world from an ancient doomsday device--heroism that earned him a gig working for the Department of Peculiar Science, a fearsome top secret government agency that polices the odd and strange. Now Woolrich, Coop's boss at the DOPS, has Coop breaking into a traveling antiquities show to steal a sarcophagus containing the mummy of a powerful Egyptian wizard named Harkhuf. With the help of his pals Morty, Giselle, and a professor that's half-cat, half-robotic octopus, Coop pulls off the heist without a hitch.

It's not Coop's fault that when DOPS opened the sarcophagus they didn't find the mummy they were expecting. Well, it was the right mummy, but it wasn't exactly dead--and now it's escaped, using a type of magic the organization hasn't encountered before. Being a boss, Woolrich blames his underling for the screw up and wants Coop to find the missing Harkhuf and make it right, pronto.

Digging into Harkhuf's history, Coop thinks the mummy is hunting for an ancient magical manuscript that will help him bring his old lover back to life. Which wouldn't be so bad if she wasn't a warrior sorceress hell-bent on conquering the world with her undead armies.

Coop would very much like to run from the oncoming chaos. It's one thing to steal a mummy, but another to have to deal with head-hunting bureaucrats, down-on-their luck fortune tellers, undead mailroom clerks, and a rather unimpressed elephant. Unfortunately, there's nowhere to run. If he wants the madness to stop, he's going to have to suck it up and play hero one more time. But if Coop manages to save the world AGAIN, he's definitely going to want a lot of answers. And a raise.

(see review)

Permuted Press

King of the Grey: City of Shadows Book One by Richard A. Knaak (Permuted Press 07 February 2017 / $9.99) - Product Description: The Grey are the legends of our imagination—but now, through one man, they seek to live.

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Richard Knaak comes a tale of the Grey. They are the shadows we see out of the corner of our eyes, the visions flickering past in the middle of the night. They are the elves, the fairies, and the other legends of our minds. They are the Grey. 

They are all around us, and they are a part of us, forever tied to our innermost thoughts. They seek to be truly real, to truly live, and for that they need a human anchor, a false king–one who can give them substance. 

In Chicago, unsuspecting Jeremiah Todtmann has been chosen for that role. But even as he tries to come to grips with the existence of the Grey themselves, he will soon discover that while some represent the harmless dreams of men—there are others that are men's most deadly nightmares.

Pocket Books

The Long Mirage (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) by David R. George III (Pocket Books 28 February 2017 / $7.99) - Product Description: Continuing the post-television Deep Space Nine saga comes this original novel from author David R. George III!

More than two years have passed since the destruction of the original Deep Space 9. In that time, a brand-new, state-of-the-art starbase has replaced it, commanded by Captain Ro Laren, still the crew and residents of the former station continue to experience the repercussions of its loss. For instance: Quark continues his search for Morn, as the Lurian--his best customer and friend--left Bajor without a word and never returned. Quark enlists a private detective to track Morn down, and she claims to be hot on his trail. Yet the barkeep distrusts the woman he hired, and his suspicions skyrocket when she too suddenly vanishes. At the same time, Kira Nerys emerges from a wormhole after being caught inside it when it collapsed two years earlier. She arrives on the new DS9 to discover Altek Dans already there. While inside the Celestial Temple, Kira lived a different life in Bajor's past, where she fell in love with Altek. So why have the Prophets moved him forward in time…and why have They brought him and Kira together?

(Source: Pocket Books)

Pyr

Worldshaker (Grudgebearer Trilogy, #3) by J.F. Lewis (Pyr 28 February 2017 / ) - Product Description: Uled, the originator of the carnivorous Aern, the plantlike Vael, and the reptilian Zaur, has completed his plan to return from the dead, unleashing an army of undead creatures on the living world.

Prince Rivvek has achieved peace between his people and the Aern, but at the cost of his capital city and the departure of a large portion of his military on a suicide mission to attempt the rescue of the Lost Command, a group of one thousand Armored Aern who carried their assault into the Never Dark as a gambit to help win the last Demon War. The goal is to gain the forgiveness of the Aern and to be accepted as something other than Oathbreakers by Rae'en, the leader of the Aern and daughter of Kholster.

Kholster, who only recently became the god of death, must work together with other new deities to bring balance to the heavens and stop Uled. Can he prevent Uled's undead army from ravaging the world in time to save Rae'en and those he still loves in the mortal realm?

Rosarium Publishing

The Voices of Martyrs by Maurice Broaddus (Rosarium Publishing 07 February 2017 / $16.95) - Product Description: We are a collection of voices, the assembled history of the many voices that have spoken into our lives and shaped us. Voices of the past, voices of the present, and voices of the future. There is an African proverb, "Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi", which translates as "It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten". This is why we continue to remember the tales of struggle and tales of perseverance, even as we look to tales of hope. What a people choose to remember about its past, the stories they pass down, informs who they are and sets the boundaries of their identity. We remember the pain of our past to mourn, to heal, and to learn. Only in that way can we ensure the same mistakes are not repeated. The voices make up our stories. The stories make up who we are. A collected voice.

Saga Press

The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley (Saga Press 07 February 2017 / $26.99) - Product Description: Somewhere on the outer rim of the universe, a mass of decaying world-ships known as the Legion is traveling in the seams between the stars. For generations, a war for control of the Legion has been waged, with no clear resolution. As worlds continue to die, a desperate plan is put into motion.

Zan wakes with no memory, prisoner of a people who say they are her family. She is told she is their salvation--the only person capable of boarding the Mokshi, a world-ship with the power to leave the Legion. But Zan's new family is not the only one desperate to gain control of the prized ship. Zan finds that she must choose sides in a genocidal campaign that will take her from the edges of the Legion's gravity well to the very belly of the world.

Zan will soon learn that she carries the seeds of the Legion's destruction--and its possible salvation. But can she and her ragtag band of followers survive the horrors of the Legion and its people long enough to deliver it?

(see review)

Thunderbird (Miriam Black, #4) by Chuck Wendig (Saga Press 28 February 2017 / ) - Product Description: In the fourth installment of the Miriam Black series, Miriam heads to the southwest in search of another psychic who may be able to help her understand her curse, but instead finds a cult of domestic terrorists and the worst vision of death she's had yet.

Miriam is becoming addicted to seeing her death visions, but she is also trying out something new: Hope. She is in search of another psychic who can help her with her curse, but instead finds a group of domestic terrorists in her deadliest vision to date.

Scholastic Press

The Width of the World (Vega Jane, #3) by David Baldacci (Scholastic Press 28 February 2017 / ) - Product Description: This is it. Vega Jane's time. She's been lied to her whole life, so she breaks away from Wormwood, the only home she's ever known, in search of the truth. She battles horrors to fight her way across the Quag with her best friend, Delph, and her mysterious canine, Harry Two. Against all odds, they survive unimaginable dangers and make it through.

And into a new world that's even worse. Not because deadly beasts roam the cobblestones, but because the people are enslaved but don't even know it. It's up to Vega, Delph, Harry Two, and their new comrade, Petra, to take up the fight against a foe that's unrivaled in savagery and cunning. Not only is Vega's life and the lives of her friends on the line, but whether she triumphs or fails will determine whether a whole world survives.

(Source: Scholastic Press)

Starscape

Tut: My Epic Battle to Save the World by P.J. Hoover (Starscape 28 February 2017 / ) - Product Description: Fans of Rick Riordan and young mythology lovers are sure to enjoy this fast and funny middle-grade novel by acclaimed author P.J. Hoover. Meet Tut! The epic adventures of the Boy King and former pharaoh--now an immortal eighth-grader living in Washington, D.C.--continue....

Having defeated his evil uncle and the Cult of Set, who tried to send him to the afterlife, the perpetually fourteen-year-old King Tut is looking forward to a relaxing summer vacation. But then Tut discovers that his brother Gilgamesh has been captured by the Egyptian god Apep, Lord of Chaos. Gil helped to vanquish Apep thousands of years ago, and now Apep is back for vengeance.

It's up to Tut and his friends, Tia and Henry, to find Gil and stop Apep before he succeeds in his scheme to swallow the sun and plunge the world into darkness forever.

Don't miss Tut's first epic adventure, Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life.

(see review)

Subterranean

Infernal Parade by Clive Barker (Subterranean 28 February 2017 / $30.00) - Product Description: From the beginning of his distinguished career, Clive Barker has been the great visionary artist of contemporary dark fantasy, a form that Barker himself has termed "the Fantastique". Through his many novels, stories, paintings and films, he had presented us with unforgettable images of the monstrous and the sacred, the beautiful and the grotesque. His body of work constitutes a great and varied contribution to modern popular culture.

This astonishing novella, Infernal Parade, perfectly encapsulates Barker's unique abilities. Like the earlier Tortured Souls, an account of bizarre--and agonizing--transformations, Infernal Parade is tightly focused, intensely imagined, and utterly unlike anything else you will ever read. It begins with the tale of a convicted criminal, Tom Requiem, who returns from the brink of death to restore both fear and a touch of awe to a complacent world. Tom becomes the leader of the eponymous "parade", which ranges from the familiar precincts of North Dakota to the mythical city of Karantica. Golems, vengeful humans both living and dead, and assorted impossible creatures parade across these pages. The result is a series of highly compressed, interrelated narratives that are memorable, disturbing, and impossible to set aside.

Infernal Parade is quintessential Barker: witty, elegantly composed, filled with dark and often savage wonders. It proves once again that, in Barker's hands, the Fantastique is not only alive and well, but flourishing. This is vital, visionary fiction by a modern master of the form.

Lettered: 52 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase
Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover copies

Subterranean Press

Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold (Subterranean Press 28 February 2017 / $25.00) - Book Description: Young Lord Penric now wears the white robes of the Bastard's Order, complete with shoulder braids makring him as a divine and sorcerer, while he pursues scholarly studies in the court of the Princess Archdivine. His demon of disorder, Desdemona, is, or course, present, accounted for, and offering clever commentary, particularly when she grows bored. And so when a Locator of the Father's Order shows up on the Archdivine's threshold in need of a sorcerer for a journey and she volunteers Penric, at least Des is thrilled with the prospect of an adventure. As they travel into the mountains to locate Inglis, a shaman accused of murdering his best friend, the situation grows into a test for of Penric's developing talents.

Multiple award winner and bestselling author Lois McMaster Bujold retuns to her World of the Five Gods, the setting of her acclaimed novels The Curse of Chalion, Paladin of Souls, and The Hallowed Hunt. Set four years after the events detailed in the Hugo and Locus Award finalist for Best Novella Penric's Demon, Bujold's newest installment of Penric and Desdemona's tale is a breaktaking must read for her legion of fans.

(see review)

Voyages: The Chronicles of Lucifer Jones. Vol. V: 1938-1941 by Mike Resnick (Subterranean Press 28 February 2017 / $40.00) - Book Description: Lucifer Jones is back--and on the run again. Having been barred from the United States, Africa (Adventures), Asia (Exploits), Europe (Encounters), and South America (Hazards), he is island-hopping his way across the Pacific to Australia, the one remaining continent that will tolerate his presence.

Seems like it should be an idyllic trip, but then, nothing is ever quite idyllic where Lucifer is concerned. He meets a rather large, rather unhappy couple when he encounters King and Mrs. Kong; he comes across a hermit with an opera singer's name who has four gorgeous servants--Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; he falls in with an arduous collector--of heads; he gets passage aboard a ship whose crazed captain is in maniacal pursuit of the Puce What; and he eventually tops General MacArthur's list of least favorite people.

During the course of his voyages he and the reader encounter aol friends such as Capturin' Clyde Calhoun (who brings 'em back alive; not intact, but alive). Erich von Horst (a con man's con man), and Inspector Willie Wang (who has so many sons he has run out of names for them and uses numbers instead), as well as some new and equally memorable characters. Join 5-time Hugo winner Mike Resnick as he brings you more episodes from the life of his faborite creation, the Right Reverend Honorable Dr. Lucifer Jones ("Wedding done cheap, with a group rate for funerals.").

Tor Books

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic) by V.E. Schwab (Tor Books 21 February 2017 / $25.99) - Product Description: Londons fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire, and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes struggle. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic series, A Conjuring of Light sees the newly minted author V.E. Schwab reach a thrilling conclusion concerning the fate of beloved protagonists--and old foes.

(see review)

Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor Books 07 February 2017 / $25.99) - Product Description: From author Lara Elena Donnelly, a debut spy thriller as a gay double-agent schemes to protect his smuggler lover during the rise of a fascist government coup.

Trust no one with anything--especially in Amberlough City. Covert agent Cyril DePaul thinks he's good at keeping secrets, especially from Aristide Makricosta. They suit each other: Aristide turns a blind eye to Cyril's clandestine affairs, and Cyril keeps his lover's moonlighting job as a smuggler under wraps.

Cyril participates on a mission that leads to disastrous results, leaving smoke from various political fires smoldering throughout the city. Shielding Aristide from the expected fallout isn't easy, though, for he refuses to let anything--not the crooked city police or the mounting rage from radical conservatives--dictate his life.

Enter streetwise Cordelia Lehane, a top dancer at the Bumble Bee Cabaret and Aristide's runner, who could be the key to Cyril's plans—if she can be trusted. As the twinkling lights of nightclub marquees yield to the rising flames of a fascist revolution, these three will struggle to survive using whatever means--and people--necessary. Including each other.

At the Publisher's request, this eBook title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

(see review)

Game of Shadows by Erika Lewis (Tor Books 28 February 2017 / $25.99) - Product Description: A young man plagued by the ability to see ghosts races to save the mythological land of Tara from a terrible fate in Erika Lewis's debut, Game of Shadows.

Thousands of years ago in Ireland, an ancient race fought a world-changing battle--and lost. Their land overrun, the Celtic gods and goddesses fled, while the mythical races and magical druids sailed to an uncharted continent, cloaked so mankind could never find it. This new homeland was named Tara.

In modern day Los Angeles, Ethan Makkai struggles with an overprotective mother who never lets him out of her sight, and a terrifying secret: he can see ghosts. Desperate for a taste of freedom, he leaves his apartment by himself for the first time--only to find his life changed forever. After being attacked by dive-bombing birds, he races home to find the place trashed and his mother gone.

With the help of a captain from Tara who has been secretly watching the Makkais for a long time, Ethan sets out to save his mother; a journey that leads him to the hidden lands, and straight into the arms of a vicious sorcerer who will stop at nothing until he controls Tara. With new-found allies including Christian, the cousin he never knew he had, and Lily, the sword-slinging healer who'd rather fight than mend bones, Ethan travels an arduous road--dodging imprisonment, battling beasts he thought only existed in nightmares, and accepting help from the beings he's always sought to avoid: ghosts. This L.A. teen must garner strength from his gift and embrace his destiny if he's going to save his mother, the fearless girl he's fallen for, and all the people of Tara.

Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey (Tor Books 14 February 2017 / $25.99) - Product Description: A lovely girl grows up in isolation where her father, a powerful magus, has spirited them to in order to keep them safe. We all know the tale of Prospero's quest for revenge, but what of Miranda? Or Caliban, the so-called savage Prospero chained to his will?

In this incredible retelling of the fantastical tale, Jacqueline Carey shows readers the other side of the coin--the dutiful and tenderhearted Miranda, who loves her father but is terribly lonely. And Caliban, the strange and feral boy Prospero has bewitched to serve him. The two find solace and companionship in each other as Prospero weaves his magic and dreams of revenge.

Always under Prospero's jealous eye, Miranda and Caliban battle the dark, unknowable forces that bind them to the island even as the pangs of adolescence create a new awareness of each other and their doomed relationship.

(see review)

Seven Surrenders (Terra Ignota, #2) by Ada Palmer (Tor Books 21 February 2017 / $26.99) - Book Description: Seven Surrenders continues Ada Palmer's unique science fiction epic of a utopia on the verge of collapse brought about by human impulses. Terra Ignota is a world in which near-instantaneous travel from continent to continent is free to all; in which automation now provides for everybody's basic needs; in which nobody living can remember an actual war. In Terra Ignota, it is illegal for thee or more poeple to gather for the practice of religion--but ecumenical "sensayers" minister in private, one-on-one; gendered language is archaic and to dress as strongly male or female is deeply taboo; nationality is a fading memory, and most people identify instead with their choice of the seven global Hives, distinguished from one another by their different approaches to the big questions of life.

Terra Ignota is a world in which unknown to most, the entire social order is teetering on the edge of collapse. Now Bridger, the child who can bring inanimate objects to conscious life, is at the center of a conspiracy.

(see review)

The People's Police by Norman Spinrad (Tor Books 07 February 2017 / $27.99) - Product Description: Norman Spinrad, a National Book Award finalist for his short fiction collection The Star-Spangled Future, has now written The People's Police, a sharp commentary on politics with a contemporary, speculative twist. Martin Luther Martin is a hard-working New Orleans cop, who has come up from the gangland of Alligator Swamp through hard work. When he has to serve his own eviction notice, he decides he's had enough and agrees to spearhead a police strike.

Brothel owner and entrepreneur J.B. Lafitte also finds himself in a tight spot when his whorehouse in the Garden District goes into foreclosure. Those same Fat Cats responsible for the real estate collapse after Katrina didn't differentiate between social strata or vocation.

MaryLou Boudreau, aka Mama Legba, is a television star and voodoo queen—with a difference. The loa really do ride and speak through her.

These three, disparate people are pulled together by a single moment in the television studio when Martin, hoping for publicity and support from the people against the banks, corporate fat cats, and corrupt politicians. But no one expects Papa Legba himself to answer, and his question changes everything.

"What do you offer?"

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Walden Pond Press

Last Day on Mars (Chronicle of the Dark Star) by Kevin Emerson (Walden Pond Press 14 February 2017 / ) - Product Description: It is Earth year 2213--but, of course, there is no Earth anymore. Not since it was burned to a cinder by the sun, which has mysteriously begun the process of going supernova far sooner than anyone expected. The human race has fled to Mars, but this was only a temporary solution while we have prepared for a second trip: a 150-year journey to a distant star, our best guess at where we might find a new home.

Liam Saunders-Chang is one of the last humans left on Mars. The son of two scientists who have been racing against time to create technology vital to humanity's survival, Liam, along with his friend Phoebe, will be on the last starliner to depart before Mars, like Earth before it, is destroyed.

Or so he thinks. Because before this day is over, Liam and Phoebe will make a series of profound discoveries about the nature of time and space and find out that the human race is just one of many in our universe locked in a dangerous struggle for survival.

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