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Ace Hardcover

Dark Moon Defender by Sharon Shinn (Ace Hardcover 03 October, 2006 / $23.95) - Sharon Shinn writes sf/fantasy with a strong romance flavor (or perhaps romances in a sf/fantasy setting). In her books, the magic is low key and the emphasis is on the characters and the romance, generally some form of the Romeo and Juliet-style two characters in love but kept apart due to who they are. The first book of the Twelve Houses series dealt with the growing relationship between a commoner and a noble as a combined force of magic-using mystics (think of them as medieval X-Men) and King's Riders canvassed the land to gauge the level of the King's support. The second book had an affair between a former heir to a noble house and a married man amid growing tension among the lesser nobility. In Dark Moon Defender, the third book, the barrier is political. Justin, a King's Rider, one of a band of expert swordsmen personally loyal to the King, gradually falls in love with Ellynor, a member of the Daughters of the Pale Mother, a religious order that is run by the sister of the noble trying to overthrow the king and that persecutes mystics, who include some of Justin's friends. (see review)

Logos Run by William C. Dietz (Ace Hardcover 03 October, 2006 / $24.95) - Logos Run starts off with a bang in the form of a good old fashion stage coach robbery. The fact that this happens in a futuristic society where mankind as spread across the galaxy before the break down of technology as left them all stranded in nearly isolated backwaters just gives you a hint as to how bad things have gotten for humanity. In fact our heroes are on a quest to return a wayward AI to his place of power. Once accomplished, Logos can restart and repair the galactic hypergate system so that peace and prosperity can once again reign. (see review)

Ace Trade

Infinite Crisis: The Novel by Greg Cox (Ace Trade 03 October, 2006 / $15.00) - The universe is reeling from multiple, seemingly unrelated threats.

Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are at odds, their long alliance shattered... and with it, the bedrock upon which the DC Universe rests. Superman has fallen to indecision, distracted and unable to focus upon the real dangers threatening Earth; Batman, learning that his mind has been tampered with by his Justice League teammates, has sunken into paranoia, creating an intelligent satellite overseeing an army of cyborg warriors; and Wonder Woman is shown killing former JLA associate Maxwell Lord on national TV, setting herself up as the ultimate arbiter of justice.

(see review)

Aio Publishing Company

The Steam Magnate by Dana Copithorne (Aio Publishing Company 30 September, 2006 / $16.00) - Book Description: Departing from formulaic themes involving quests, magicians, and mythical animals, this fantasy novel follows a character with powers more ordinary than most uber-wizards. Having inherited the steam-power legacy and the mysterious ability to funnel the assets of others into his own coffers through the mere use of ink and paper, Eson is hated by some and feared by others. While recovering from a disastrous relationship with a woman of his own magical kind, he meets a young woman who isn’t who she claims to be, and Eson must now defend himself against challenges far too close to home. Set in a world that is a tempting concoction of fairy-tale charm and everyday existence, this work explores the inequities of social class and the realities living among the less fortunate. (see review)

Amulet

The Lighthouse Land by Adrian McKinty (Amulet 01 October, 2006 / $16.95) - Book Description: The first in a new epic sci-fi series, perfect for fans of Orson Scott Card's Ender books or Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials

When Jamie's mother inherits a small island, and moves her little family from Harlem to Ireland, her troubled son sees a chance to start over, far away from the bullies and the pitying stares. Cancer has left Jamie without an arm or the will to speak. But Muck Island offers more than solitude and sea views. Jamie learns that he is heir to an ancient title, Laird of Muck, Guardian of the Passage, and certain otherworldly responsibilities. With the help of a mysterious object he discovers in the island's old lighthouse, Jamie sets out on a dangerous mission that will change the course of his life, and possibly the universe, forever. (Source: Amulet)

Baen

1635: Cannon Law by Eric Flint & Andrew Dennis (Baen 26 September, 2006 / $26.00) - 1635: The Cannon Law is a continuation in the increasingly complex Rig of Fire novels; a multi-limbed monster that began with 1632, where the inhabitants of a West Virginia town were hurled through time and space to end up in middle of war torn Europe in the year 1632. Things have continued to degenerate over the last three years, and now the characters from the premiere novel are scattered across Europe involved in separate books. So instead of one series of books, there are now at least three offshoots written by Eric Flint and a series of co-authors. (see review)

Ghost by John Ringo (Baen 31 October, 2006 / $7.99) - Book Description: Former SEAL Michael Harmon, Team Name "Ghost", retired for service injuries, is not enjoying college life. But things are about to change, if not for the better. When he sees a kidnapping a series of, at the time logical, decisions leave him shot to ribbons and battling a battalion of Syrian commandos with only the help of three naked co-eds who answer to the names Bambi, Thumper and Cotton Tail. A fast-paced, highly-sexual, military-action thriller that ranges from a poison factory in the Mideast to the Florida Keys to Siberia, the novel will keep you guessing what twisted fate will bring next for the man once known as . . . Ghost. Keep an eye on him or . . . poof, he'll be gone.

Paladins (The Paladin) by Joel Rosenberg (Baen 31 October, 2006 / $7.99) - Book Description: In the seventeenth century, in an alternate universe where Mordred defeated King Arthur - now known as Arthur the Tyrant - and founded the Pendragon dynasty, much of Europe, Asia, and the New World are part of an Empire ruled from England. The Order of Crown, Shield, and Dragon, originally founded as Mordred's personal bodyguard, has become a legion of special agents for the Crown: special emissaries in time of peace, and invincible warriors in more violent times. They carry special weapons: swords, each of which contains the soul of someone of great power. White swords are inhabited by the souls of saints and red swords by those who were anything but saints. Even in the hands of a knight of the Order, even wielded in the cause of righteousness, a red sword is terribly dangerous to its owner and all around him. In more evil hands, a red sword is the most dangerous and powerful weapon known to mankind. Now, three knights of the Order have just tracked down a previously unknown red sword which was found on a Grecian shore, and which shows all signs of having been recently forged. Worse, the mind encased in the sword remembers that it was only one of many which were cached in the hold of a mysterious sailing ship, origin unknown....

Thraxas Under Siege by Martin Scott (Baen 03 October, 2006 / $24.00) - John Berlyne reviewed this book back in May of 2005. We decided we couldn't possibly improve upon his review, so we're running it again for the debut of the US edition.

Thraxas is back, and I for one, couldn't be happier! Martin Scott's gloriously funny and superbly plotted "pulp fantasy noir" novels featuring his lazy, fat, failed wizard Thraxas are a joy to read. (see review)

Bantam

The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe (Bantam 3 October, 2006 / $6.99) - Book Description: Dubbed the Smoke Thief, a daring jewel thief is confounding the London police. His wealthy victims claim the master burglar can walk through walls and vanish into thin air. But Christoff, the charismatic Marquess of Langford, knows the truth: the thief is no ordinary human but a "runner" who's fled Darkfrith without permission. As Alpha leader of the dra'kon, it's Kit's duty to capture the fugitive before the secrets of the tribe are revealed to mortals. But not even Kit suspects that the Smoke Thief could be a woman. Clarissa Rue Hawthorne knew her dangerous exploits would attract the attention of the dra'kon. But she didn't expect Christoff himself to come to London, dangling the tribe's most valuable jewel–the Langford Diamond–as bait. For as long as she could remember, Rue had lived the life of a halfling–half dra'kon, half mortal–and an outcast in both worlds. She’d always loved the handsome and willful Kit from the only place it was safe: from afar. But now she was no longer the shy, timid girl she'd once been. She was the first woman capable of making the Turn in four generations. So why did she still feel the same dizzying sense of vulnerability whenever he was near?

Barron's Educational Series

Complete Guide to Anime Techniques: Create Mesmerizing Manga-style Animation with Pencils, Paint, and Pixels by Hayden Scott Baron (Barron's Educational Series 01 October, 2006 / $21.99) - Book Description: Art students learn to reproduce the distinctive style and vibrant colors that characterize Japanese movie animation—or anime. The author explains every stage in the creative process, from storyboarding to preparing and distributing the finished movie or video. Step-by-step tutorials demonstrate fundamental skills, such as hand-painting characters and backgrounds on separate cel layers, working with 3D graphics, and using digital pen-and-tone techniques. Separate chapters focus on stylistic techniques, animation basics such as characters’ movements and lip synching, application of styles that comprise fundamentals of animated visual grammar, and other vital topics for successful movie animation. This very useful manual features more than 400 instructive color illustrations.

Benbella Books

So Say We All: An Unauthorized Collection of Thoughts and Opinions on Battlestar Galactica by Richard Hatch (Benbella Books 28 October, 2006 / $17.95) - Book Description: Completely Unauthorized. The science-fiction television series Battlestar Galactica is known for raising thought-provoking questions concerning martial law, artificial intelligence, power and corruption, and ultimately what it means to be human. What ethical complexities come into play when one mistake could mean the anihilation of the human race? How do you maintain faith in the Gods when you're involved in an Armageddon of your own creation? What is the distinction between a terrorist and a freedom fighter? These questions are given an intelligent and insightful examination in this engaging collection of essays.

Berkley

Strange Candy by Laurell K. Hamilton (Berkley 03 October, 2006 / $23.95) - Laurell K. Hamilton almost single-handedly invented the hybrid genre of paranormal mystery romance. With Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, she blazed a trail that many have profitably followed... but this is not the sum total of her writing career.

(see review)

Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn (Berkley 03 October, 2006 / $6.99) - The D'Artigo sisters were born in Faerie. Half-human on their mother's side and half-Sidhe on their father's side. They followed their father's example of service and joined the Otherworld Intelligence Agency (OIA) and now they've been assigned to Earth. The Otherworld has opened trade relations with Earth and many of the fae are now living openly on Earth. (see review)

Bloomsbury USA

The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury USA 17 October, 2006 / $23.95) -

DAW

Furry Fantastic by by Jean Rabe and Brian M. Thomsen (Editors) (DAW 03 October, 2006 / $7.99) - Lions and tigers and bears -- not quite! Furry Fantastic is much more like cats and dogs and meerkats and whatnot. However all major characters are furry, no feathers or scales are invited to star at this fantasy party. But we clearly are not in Kansas any more, as many of these fantastical creatures communicate, not only between species, but also to a greater or lesser extent with humans. (see review)

DAW Hardcover

Aerie: Book Four of the Dragon Jousters (Joust) by Mercedes Lackey (DAW Hardcover 03 October, 2006 / $25.95) - Book Description: Kiron has secretly gathered an army of dragon riders to seek refuge in the abandoned desert city they have named Sanctuary, where they join with other dragon riders to rid their world of both war and magical domination. But now it is time to build a new society in Aerie: an ancient city that seems to have been designed for dragon riders and their dragons.

DAW Trade

The Book of The Ler by M. A. Foster (DAW Trade 03 October, 2006 / $15.00) - Book Description: Out of print since 1985, these three classic novels form a trilogy that chronicles the history of an alternate human race, the Ler, from their origins as a bioengineered "superhuman" race on Earth to their complex civilizations in space. Together, the books form a challenging examination of what it means to be human.

Del Rey

Red Planet by Robert Heinlein (Del Rey 26 September, 2006 / $13.95) - Book Description: Young Mars colonist Jim Marlowe leaves his home in South Colony to attend a school at the Martian equator, and brings along his round, furry Martian friend Willis. When the friendly creature is captured and held hostage by the militaristic headmaster, Jim and his buddy Frank mount a rescue operation to save Willis--and stumble upon a terrible secret that threatens the survival of the Red Planet colonies.

DK ADULT

Stargate SG-1: The Ultimate Visual Guide by Kathleen Ritter (DK ADULT 16 October, 2006 / $24.99) - Book Description: An essential addition to any fan's collection of Stargate SG-1 memorabilia, this is the ultimate companion to the long-running SciFi television series.

Eos

Avatars, Book One: So This Is How It Ends by Tui T. Sutherland (Eos 10 October, 2006 / $16.99) - Book Description: Something was different. She stepped hesitantly out of the subway car, her boots sounding even louder now. What was it? The graffiti. Had that been there before? Emblazoned across the far wall in huge silver letters: The end has come.

In New York, Kali wakes to an empty subway car, and an even emptier city. Venus and Gus survive an earthquake in Los Angeles and realize they have to deal with more than just the aftershocks. In Chile, Tigre finds himself in an unfamiliar jungle, and strangely not alone. And Amon, in Egypt, can see his path but is blind to the full picture.

They are suddenly trapped in a deserted world, five teenagers with no hope of escape. Why have they survived? What force—or intelligence—connects them? Drawn inexorably toward one another, they only know their future involves an experience outside anything they could have imagined. Fantasy newcomer Tui T. Sutherland creates a future in which teens have the power to complete the destruction of Earth—or to save it.

The Eunuch's Heir by Elaine Isaak (Eos 01 October, 2006 / $14.95) - Elaine Isaak begins her new fantasy novel The Eunuch's Heir with a prophecy prologue that sets the tone for her hero's turbulent and tormented life. Condemned as evil and a creature of the dark by his cousin Prince Alyn, Wolfram duRhys appears bent on self-destruction. This sequel to The Singer's Crown begins with Kattanan's duRhys's heir, Prince Wolfram, who sees no way to live up to the reputation of his sainted father. Cursed from a young age, he fights internal demons and struggles from one scandalous scrape to another. (see review)

The Sharing Knife: Beguilement (Vol. 1) by Lois McMaster Bujold (Eos 01 October, 2006 / $25.95) - We start with a journey as so many books do. Fawn Bluefield is heading to Glassforge, a city far enough away that she hopes to start a new life for herself and her child. She's young and small for her age and being alone on the road has been a real learning experience. When a Lakewalker patrol stops at a farm, forcing Fawn to climb a tree to avoid being seen, it doesn't mean anything to her. She's never sure if what she knows is right, wrong, or a story her brothers told her to see if she'd believe it. Now, what she doesn't know could get her killed. (see review)

Golden Gryphon Press

Map of Dreams by M. Rickert (Golden Gryphon Press 01 October, 2006 / $24.95) - Book Description: Set in a reality where nightmares do not fade upon waking, this anthology skims along the surface of life and dips just beneath, revealing the hidden machinations that fuel dreams. These underlying myths and fantasies exist not as musty old stories but as ancient truths that have come to illuminate the modern human condition. The title story touches on themes of grief, redemption, and time travel; "Cold Fire" ventures into love and obsession; and "Peace on Suburbia" introduces readers to a Christmas with an entirely different kind of savior. These and 13 other tales are framed by four interludes—Dreams, Nightmares, Waking, and Rising—that guide readers through a world that is at once familiar and eerily off-kilter.

Greenwillow

The Pinhoe Egg: A Chrestomanci Book by Diana Wynne Jones (Greenwillow 01 October, 2006 / $17.99) - Book Description: Cat Chant and Marianne Pinhoe have discovered something exciting-;something truly precious, very strange, and valuable. An egg.

An egg that has been hidden away in an attic for who-knows-how-many years. An egg protected by some strong “Don't Notice” spells. An egg that Marianne gives to Cat, even though he lives at nearby Chrestomanci Castle. Chrestomanci himself, the strongest enchanter in the world, is sure to be interested in the egg-;and interference from the Big Man is the last thing Marianne's family of secret rogue witches wants.

But how much longer can the Pinhoes keep their secrets? Gammer, the leader of the clan, has gone mad, a powerful bad luck spell is wreaking havoc, and there's an unexplained plague of frogs. Not to mention the mysterious barrier Cat finds in the forest.

Marianne and Cat may be the only two who can set things right. But first Marianne must accept her own powerful magic, and Cat must uncover the secrets behind the mystical Pinhoe Egg.

Jove

Dance of the Gods (Circle Trilogy) by Nora Roberts (Jove 03 October, 2006 / $7.99) - With only two months before the final battle against the vampire queen Lilith, her henchwoman Lora, and her minions, the conflicts among those preparing to fight her complicate their efforts to prepare for the coming battle in Nora Roberts latest fantasy novel Dance of the Gods. While wizard Hoyt McKenna and witch Glenna Ward found each other, love, and completed the circle, the core team, to battle Lilith in Morrigan's Cross, the first of Roberts' Circle trilogy, melding the six individuals into a powerful force to battle the vampires remains a difficult task. Uncertainties continue about Cian, the circle's vampire and Hoyt's brother. (see review)

Valley of Silence by Nora Roberts (Jove 31 October, 2006 / $7.99) - Vampire against vampire and wizards against wizards determine the fate of worlds. On the haunted, blood-soaked ground of Geall's Valley of Silence, Nora Roberts concludes the saga of the Circle trilogy. In the Valley of Silence, Circle member Moira, now Queen of Geall, rallies her troops to defend her kingdom and all the worlds threatened by Lilith and her vampire hordes. (see review)

Leisure

Death's Dominion by Simon Clark (Leisure 31 October, 2006 / $6.99) - From back of book: Modern scientists have proven Dr. Frankenstein right. They have discovered a way to raise the dead. Unlike Dr. Frankenstein's monster, these gentle creatures docilely serve their masters, but the living have begun to despise the dead among them. They are disgusted by their creations, and the government has set out to systematically destroy every last one of the "monsters." The monsters cannot fight back--it's not in their nature to defend themselves. That is, until one of the creatures retaliates against humanity with shocking brutality. In the war between the living and the dead, a new leader has arisen. (Source: Leisure)

Luna

Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder (Luna 01 October, 2006 / $21.95) - From back of book: With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be reunited with the family she'd been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But though she has gained her freedom, she can't help feeling isolated in Sitia. her Ixian background has changed her in many ways--and her newfound friends and relatives don't think it's for the better....

Despite the turmoil, she's eager to start her magic training--especially as she's been given one year to harness her power or be put to death. But her plans take a radical turn when she becomes involved with a plot to reclaim Ixia's throne for a lost prince--and gets entangled in powerful rivalries with her fellow magicians.

If that wasn't bad enough, it appears her brother would love to see her dead. Luckily, Yelena has some old friends to help her with all her new enemies.

McFarland & Company

Dinosaurs in Fantastic Fiction: A Thematic Survey by Allen A. Debus (McFarland & Company 05 October, 2006 / $55.00) - Product Description: With the first illustrated edition of Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth, 1867, readers began a fascination with the concept of dinosaurs and prehistory. Although rudimentary paleo-fiction had actually gotten its start decades earlier, it was the partnership of Verne and illustrator Edouard Riou which gave dinosaurs a visual life and essentially set the stage for their artistic and literary depiction. Over the next century or so, writers would time and again come back to dinosaurs as an element of fantastic fiction, often using these creatures--through the venue of the written word--to reflect the world of the writers' own time.

From Jules Verne to Michael Crichton, this literary survey examines how paleoliterature originated, developed and matured from its inception in the 1820s to the present day. It follows historical trends on the crafting of classic dinosaurs, investigating the enlivened figurative and metaphoric meaning of fictional dinosaurs and related prehistoria. Also discussed are the ways in which dinosaur fiction mirrors contemporary ideas about subjects such as geology, the Cold War, environmentalism, time travel, evolution and bioengineering. Texts included are limited to those which are available in English and which emphasize dinosaurs, although other favored pseudo-dinosaurs are sometimes discussed. Featured authors include Ray Bradbury, H.G. Wells, and Poul Anderson, among others. In select cases, the novelizations of movie scripts are also utilized. An appendix provides brief summaries of deserving dinosaur texts, organized alphabetically by author. Illustrations and an index are also included. (see review)

Medallion Press

Shinigami by Django Wexler (Medallion Press October, 2006 / $14.99) - From book description: In Japanese folklore, Shinigami is a spirit that collects the souls of the dead. At age fourteen, Sylph Walker died in a car accident. That turned out to be only the beginning of her problems... When she and her sister Lina awake to an afterlife, of sorts--the world of Omega, ruled by cruel, squabbling, and nearly all-powerful Archmagi. When Lina finds a magical sword of immense power, she becomes the unwilling epicenter of the conflict. The sisters are forced to join the Circle Breakers, rebels sworn to prevent the tyrants from expanding their rule.

Norilana Books

Mayhem at Grant-Williams High by Vera Nazarian (Norilana Books October, 2006 / $8.99) - From publicity material: Mayhem at Grant-Williams High contains two short adventures "Hell Week at Grant-Williams High" and "Halloween at Grant-Williams High". Stories about Jimmy Ross and his bumbling moster-fighting friends. (YA)

Think your high school experience was Hell? Vampires, werewolves, mummies, ghouls..and moron idiot students. Welcome to Grant-Williams High. (Source: Norilana Books)

Orb Books

The Science Fiction Century, Volume Two by David G. Hartwell (Orb Books 17 October, 2006 / $21.95) - Book Description: "Science fiction is the characteristic literary genre of the century. It is the genre that stands in opposition to literary modernism." -David G. Hartwell, from the Introduction first published in hardcover in 1997, The Science Fiction Century was an anthology that defined and explained what we mean when we talk about modern SF. Now it returns to print in an affordable two-volume softcover edition. Here in volume 2, bestsellers like Frank Herbert and William Gibson mix with stylists like Harlan Ellison and Cordwainer Smith, alongside titans of the genre such as Gregory Benford, John Crowley, Robert Silverberg, John Wyndham, Roger Zelazny, Bruce Sterling, and Nancy Kress. Here is modern science fiction in all its breadth, from the anthologist hailed by John Updike as a "loving expert."

Puffin

The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones (Puffin 05 October, 2006 / $9.99) - Book Description: Imagine that all fantasy novels—the ones featuring dragons, knights, wizards, and magic—are set in the same place. That place is called Fantasyland. The Tough Guide to Fantasyland is your travel guide, a handbook to everything you might find: Evil, the Dark Lord, Stew, Boots (but not Socks), and what passes for Economics and Ecology. Both a hilarious send-up of the cliches of the genre and an indispensable guide for writers, The Tough Guide to Fantasyland has been nearly impossible to find for years. Now this cult classic is back, and readers can experience Diana Wynne Jones at her very best: incisive, funny, and wildly imaginative. This is the definitive edition of The Tough Guide, featuring a new map, an entirely new design, and additional material written for it by Diana Wynne Jones. (see review)

Pyr

Sagramanda by Alan Dean Foster (Pyr 02 October, 2006 / $25.00) - Welcome to the world of tomorrow. The world of Sagramanda. Here you'll see personal air cars, automated taxis, holographic entertainment sets and more! You'll see sprawling cities of hundreds of millions, meet the fabulously rich, the heartbreakingly poor, and the breathtakingly beautiful...What? You've already seen all that? It's already available in the RetroFuture you grew up with? Fine. But what if I told you that the face of the future looked nothing like the Golden Age of your childhood? What if I told you that Alan Dean Foster's new novel takes recent news and extrapolates it to see what the new future really looks like? Because it does, and the new world of tomorrow turns out to be the world of India.

(see review)

The Blood Debt: Books of the Cataclysm: Two by Sean Williams (Pyr 02 October, 2006 / $26.00) - Book Description: In a remote city on the edge of two worlds, where blood has power and water is more precious than freedom, three far-flung friends unite on a quest to save their families. Sal Hrvati's estranged father has brought more into the world than the woman he loved. Instead of saving her from the Void Beneath, he has summoned an unknown creature—a creature with a mission of its own and a past that stretches back to the beginning of the world. The quest to find both of them entangles Sal and his companions in a hunt for magical treasure on the floor of the Divide, a mighty crack in the earth inhabited by creatures that are not remotely human. Desert landscapes and dirigibles feature in a fast-paced fantasy that combines romance, adventure, and humor with an original take on magic.

The Books of the Cataclysm take inspiration from many arcane and mythological sources. In positing that this world is just one of many "realms," three of which are inhabited by humans during various stages of their lives, it begins in the present world but soon propels the reader to a landscape that is simultaneously familiar and fantastic.

Razorbill

The Black Tattoo by Sam Enthoven (Razorbill 05 October, 2006 / $19.99) - From publicity material: The Black Tattoo unites an unlikely group whose fortunes become inexorably intertwined on one fateful day. In a chance meeting with a member of an ancient brotherhood, fourteen-year old Charlie Farnsworth and his best friend Jack Farrell manage to land themselves in the midst of an age old struggle to protect the world form an evil demon. Things go awry when Charlie learns that, rather than possessing superpowers, he has been possessed by the demon. In the sequence of events that follow, Charlie, Jack and Esme--a young member of the brotherhood--all manage to land themselves deep within the caverns of Hell, preparing for the ultimate battle of, and for, their lives. (see review)

Red Dress Ink

Girl's Guide To Witchcraft (Red Dress Ink) by Mindy Klasky (Red Dress Ink 01 October, 2006 / $13.95) - Mixing romance and genre fiction is nothing new and often quite enjoyable as the works of Catherine Asaro, Sharon Shinn and Maria Snyder can attest. While these authors have brought us science fiction and traditional fantasy with a touch of romance, Mindy Klasky's newest work Girl's Guide to Witchcraft joins a love story with urban fantasy and just a bit of humor. How can I, a professional librarian, resist any book that has one of my own in the lead? Throw in family troubles, a good friend who bakes Triple-Chocolate Madness, a familiar who prefers an alternative lifestyle plus a disturbingly good-looking mentor and you have one very interesting read. (see review)

Roc

Paloma: A Retrieval Artist Novel (#5) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Roc 03 October, 2006 / $6.99) - From back of book: As a Retrieval Artist, Miles Flint helps the Disappeared, saving the lives of those oppressed under the Earth Alliance regime. He owes his livelihood, and his very sense of honor, to a woman known as Paloma. It was she who was responsible for setting him on this path--and now she has been murdered.

Summoned by Paloma's desperate call, Miles reaches her apartment too late. She is already dead, and a seemingly indifferent police force wants no part of Mile's offer of assistance. So he undertakes his own investigation and uncovers a link between Paloma's death and the Moon's largest law firm. The executives there are known to be ruthless--and they have a secret they are clearly willing to kill to protect...

Shadowrun Book #6: A Fistful of Data (Shadowrun) by Stephen Dedman (Roc 03 October, 2006 / $6.99) - Book Description: The all-new Shadowrun series continues... The abandoned factory known as the Crypt is the home to society's cast-offs-as well as a coven for some of the most successful shadowrunners in town. But it is also the home to a long-buried secret that has caught the eye of a corporate mover who's willing to wage war against the Crypt to uncover it.

Roc Hardcover

Once Upon a Spring Morn by Dennis L. McKiernan (Roc Hardcover 03 October, 2006 / $23.95) - Book Description: The gallant knight Roél rides into the Springwood and finds his true heart's desire in Céleste, princess of that domain. But before their love can blossom, Roél must rescue his sister from a dreadful lord who steals the souls of those he bears away. Céleste joins her champion on a desperate odyssey across shadow-lit borders to save Roél's soul-reft sister before the dark of the moon.

Roc Trade

Greywalker by Kat Richardson (Roc Trade 03 October, 2006 / $14.00) - Harper Blaine is a PI in Seattle. It's work she enjoys and she's good at it. But even when you're good at your job you can make a mistake; Harper expected the guy she confronted about skimming money from a client to pay up not try to kill her. Waking up in the hospital, she learns that actually she did die -- for nearly two minutes. Later, when the weird bouts of dizziness, gray mist covering her field of view, and seeing things out of the corner of her eyes, get worse -- she luckily finds her doctor is a rather open-minded chap who sends her to a couple who study the occult and near death experiences. That's when Harper learns that she can see into the world between life and death and there's nothing she can do to stop it. And if she can't learn to deal with it, it could kill her. (see review)

House of War by Judith Tarr (Roc Trade 07 October, 2003 / $16.00) - Book Description: National bestselling author Judith Tarr returns to the world of her critically-acclaimed Devil's Bargain as the sorceress Sioned and her half-brother King Richard once again face the Old Man of the Mountain, an evil sorcerer determined to destroy them...

Simon & Schuster

Mary Poppins, She Wrote: The Life of P. L. Travers by Valerie Lawson (Simon & Schuster 10 October 2006 / $25.00) - Book Description: The story of Mary Poppins, the quintessentially English and utterly magical children's nanny, is remarkable enough. She flew into the lives of the unsuspecting Banks family in a children's book that was instantly hailed as a classic, then became a household name when Julie Andrews stepped into the starring role in Walt Disney's hugely successful and equally classic film. Now she is a Broadway sensation all over again.

But the story of Mary Poppins's creator, as this first biography reveals, is just as unexpected and remarkable. The fabulous English nanny was conceived by an Australian, Pamela Lyndon Travers, who in 1924 came to London from Sydney as a journalist. She became involved with theosophy and traveled in the literary circles of W. B. Yeats and T. S. Eliot. Most famously, she clashed with "the great convincer" Walt Disney over the adaptation of the Mary Poppins books into film.

Travers, whom Disney accused of vanity for "thinking you [Travers] know more about Mary Poppins than I do," was as tart and opinionated as Julie Andrews's big-screen Mary Poppins was cheery and porcelain beautiful. "You've got the nose for it," Travers candidly assessed the star. Yet it was a love of mysticism and magic that shaped P. L. Travers's life as well as the character of Mary Poppins. The clipped, strict and ultimately mysterious nanny was the conception of someone who remained thoroughly inscrutable and enigmatic to the end of her ninety-six years.

"Who is P. L. Travers?" the American press inquired of "this unknown Englishwoman" whose creation resulting in Hollywood gold had won her international fame. Valerie Lawson's illuminating biography, Mary Poppins, She Wrote, provides the first and only glimpse into the mind of a writer who fervently believed that "Everyday life is the miracle."

(see review)

Spectra

The Fifth Quadrant by C.J. Ryan (Spectra 26 September, 2006 / $6.99) - The Fifth Quadrant is the third book chronicling the exploits of Gloria VanDeen, head of the Office of Strategic Intervention, a newly formed arm of the Department of Extra-Terrestrial Affairs. Gloria has made quite a name for herself: ex-wife of the Emperor, savior of the planets Mynjhino and Sylvania, darling of the galactic media (she tends to wear almost nothing), and now an Avatar of Joy; a spiritual icon of happiness (or at least sex) for a trillion citizens of the Terran Empire. In her climb through the hierarchy of Dexta she's made some powerful friends and some powerful enemies. And one of the later just tried to take her head off with a plasma rifle. (see review)

The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden by Catherynne Valente (Spectra 31 October, 2006 / $14.00) - The publisher describes this book as "a book of wonders for grown-up readers", and that's a good start. The concept briefly resembles The Arabian Nights, but there is far more here. There are, indeed, tales. But where Scheherazade told a single tale each night, the storyteller in the Palace garden tells a story within a story within a story... (see review)

St. Martin's Griffin

My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding by P. N. Elrod (St. Martin's Griffin 03 October, 2006 / $13.95) - Weddings. Love them or hate them, there are few rituals that so dominate a young couple's life. In My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding, editor P.N. Elrod shows (via her many contributors' excellent stories), that supernatural creatures-- from wizards to werewolves-- suffer the same pangs at choosing flower arrangements and organizing bridal parties.

(see review)

Starscape

The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin (Starscape 03 October, 2006 / $12.95) - Real fairy tales are not the whitewashed things that Disney puts out: many of the originals, such as Cinderella or Hansel and Gretel are full of violence and tragedy as well as wonder and magic. George R.R. Martin has captured the true feeling of a fairy tale in his first children’s book, The Ice Dragon. It is a story of war, death and pain wrapped around a tale of magic, love and of course, an ice dragon. (see review)

Thunder's Mouth Press

Salon Fantastique: Fifteen Original Tales of Fantasy by Ellen Datlow (Thunder's Mouth Press 28 September, 2006 / $16.95) - Book Description: Here are original stories that straddle the borderline between "fantasy" and "mainstream" fiction, stories both bright and dark in tone (without straying into the realm of horror fiction). Sometimes set in the contemporary or historical world, sometimes pure fantasy or an imagined "history," these are striking, fresh, finely crafted works that demonstrate the best the short story form has to offer. Among the authors included are Delia Sherman, Peter Beagle, Greer Gilman, Paul Di Filippo, Jeffrey Ford, Gregory Maguire, and Lucius Shepard.

TokyoPop

Kino No Tabi 1: Book One of the Beautiful World by Keiichi Shigusawa (TokyoPop 30 October, 2006 / $7.99) - Kino's Journey is the first of eight manga about Kino, a twelve year old girl, on a Gulliver's Travels adventure with her "anthropomorphic" motorcycle, roaming the world and coming to grips with questions of culture, and not infrequently, violence. Recommended for philosophers of all ages, though the world is often a harsh place which this manga does not seek to glamorize. (see review)

The Adventures of Duan Surk 1: The Witches' Forest (Duan Surk) by Mishio Fukazawa (TokyoPop 30 October, 2006 / $10.99) - From back of book: Duan Surk is a 16-year-old Level 2 fighter who gets lost in the spooky Witches' Forest, along with two other adventurers: Agnis, a beautiful 16-year-old witch, and Olba, an older, highly skilled fighter. The trio embarks on the guest of a lifetime--battling mythical creatures, outwitting evil sorceresses, and attempting to rescue Agnis' mother from an evil spell! (Mishio Fukazawa weaves a tale of magic and adventure that proves the heart makes the hero.) (Source: TokyoPop)

Tor Books

Blindsight by Peter Watts (Tor Books 17 October, 2006 / $25.95) - Blindsight is a terrific piece of new hard SF. It's full of deep theory that winds through the plot like a cancer gone wild, and the result is that best of all possible worlds, a hard SF novel that won't let you go, and a bombardment of ideas that you won't be able to let go of once they've wormed their viral way into your meaty little brain.  (see review)

Eifelheim by Michael Flynn (Tor Books 17 October, 2006 / $25.95) - Book Description: In 1349, one small town in Germany disappeared and has never been resettled. Tom, a contemporary historian, and his theoretical physicist girlfriend Sharon, become interested. Tom indeed becomes obsessed. By all logic, the town should have survived, but it didn't and that violates everything Tom knows about history. What's was special about Eifelheim that it utterly disappeared more than 600 years ago? Father Deitrich is the village priest of Oberhochwald, the village that will soon gain the name of Teufelheim, in later years corrupted to Eifelheim, in the year 1348, when the Black Death is gathering strength across Europe but is still not nearby. Deitrich is an educated man, knows science and philosophy, and to his astonishment becomes the first contact between humanity and an alien race from a distant star when their interstellar ship crashes in the nearby forest. It is a time of wonders, in the shadow of the plague.Tom and Sharon, and Father Deitrich, have a strange and intertwined destiny of tragedy and triumph in this brilliant SF novel by the winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award. (Source: Tor Books)

Khai of Khem by Brian Lumley (Tor Books 17 October, 2006 / $14.95) - Book Description: :From ancient Egypt to modern England, a man searches for the woman he loves and the man who betrayed them both!

Khai begins life in ancient Egypt as the son of Pharaoh Khasathut's chief architect. Believing Pharaoh to be a god, Khai is stunned to learn that his leader's chief desires are to deflower young virgins and achieve eternal life through the powers of his black magicians. Khai dares to raise a hand to Pharaoh and is condemned to be a slave.

Escaping, Khai flees to neighboring Kush where he earns the rank of general in the army of Queen Ashtarta...and a place in Ashtarta's bed. But Khai is betrayed by his best friend and Khasathut's evil magicians send his soul winging centuries into the future.

In modern England, Khai searches for the reincarnated souls of his lover and his betrayer. Khai is amazed by the modern world—television, air conditioning, and especially guns, bombs, and other weapons.

Retrieval by Jeanie London (Tor Books 03 October, 2006 / $6.99) - Book Description: Nina is dead and must make amends.In life she refused to use her unique ability to see whether a soul ascends to Heaven or descends into Hell. Now, as a guide through the Passage between the living and the dead, she steers departing souls to Purgatory. But peace is hard to come by, even in the afterlife. Good and evil are fighting for control over the Passage--and Nina is determined not to let Hell take over. Roman breaks the dead guy rules.With his devilish charm and angelic looks, the newly-dead Roman can rally souls to fight—but on which side? His new Soul Retrieval Unit sounds like a good idea, but even in death, temptation lures Nina farther from salvation . . . or is she choosing Heaven by placing her soul in her lover’s care? (Source: Tor Books)

Sagittarius Is Bleeding: Battlestar Galactica 3 (Battlestar Galactica) by Battlestar Galactica Books (Tor Books 03 October, 2006 / $14.95) - Book Description: President Laura Roslin bears a heavy burden. Since becoming the president of the twelve human colonies when the Cylons brutally attacked and destroyed all but a small remnant of humanity's billions, she has been the voice of civil authority, counterbalancing the military leadership of Commander Adama of the Battlestar Galactica. President Roslin has been a source of inspiration to the tens of thousands who survive on Galactica and the other colonial ships. They look to her for honesty, integrity, and courage. For fairness and an evenhanded rule. And most importantly, for the prophecy she has shared with them. Earth, the fabled home of the lost colony, can be found. She has seen this in a vision which has the power of truth.

Recently, though, her dreams have been darker, of a galaxy overrun by Cylons.... Is she having visions of an inevitable future? Or are these terrible dreams caused by powerful medication she's been taking ?

More dangerously, the Midguardians, radicals who believe that the end of humanity is coming soon, have learned of Roslin's dreams and taken them as a sign. Now, the Midguardians prepare to act. President Roslin faces the most important decision of her life, should she tell Commander Adama about the Midguardians, and risk being imprisoned again as a traitor, or dare she keep her secret, and possibly endanger the future of the entire fleet...

Soldier of Sidon by Gene Wolfe (Tor Books 17 October, 2006 / $24.95) - Some stories are so good that when you finish the book, you fondly hope the author will write another. While there are plenty of writers who give us a book a year following the same hero, some make you wait a while for the next piece of a great tale. After more than 15 years, Gene Wolfe has released a new book about Latro, a roman soldier who is cursed so that he can only remember what happened since he last awoke. We know of his adventures because of some scrolls found in an archaic form of Latin, which Mr. Wolfe has kindly translated for our reading pleasure. In Soldier of Sidon, another of Latro's scrolls have been found, this time in Egypt. At long last fans of these books can find out what happened to Latro after he left Greece and if he has yet regained his memory. (see review)

Spellbinder: A Love Story With Magical Interruptions by Melanie Rawn (Tor Books 17 October, 2006 / $24.95) - Book Description: There is magic in the big city...literally. New York City has a small, and by preference discrete, population of witches and wizards who live and love and go dancing just like everyone else. Holly McClure is one of them, a successful writer who tries to ignore her heritage, except when the local Magistrate needs her special gift in his coven. Holly is far more interested in Evan Lachlan, the handsome federal marshal who works with her best friend, assistant district attorney Susannah Wingfield.But trouble is coming to the City in the form of a black coven run by a murderous psychopath, and deputy marshals and ADAs are powerless to deal with that kind of crime. The danger to Holly is extreme, for her special gift is the power of her blood to strengthen and bind any spell, for good or for evil. Holly's passionate love affair will be derailed by those who want to drain her for their own purposes. In the end it will be magic against magic, and Holly McClure will have to risk all for life and love.

Spirit Gate: Book One of Crossroads by Kate Elliott (Tor Books 17 October, 2006 / $25.95) - Book Description: For hundreds of years the Guardians have ruled the world of the Hundred, but these powerful gods no longer exert their will on the world. Only the reeves, who patrol on enormous eagles, still represent the Guardians' power. And the reeves are losing their authority; for there is a dark shadow across the land that not even the reeves can stop.

A group of fanatics has risen to devour villages, towns, and cities in their drive to annihilate all who oppose them. No one knows who leads them; they seem inhumanly cruel and powerful. Mai and Anji, riding with a company of dedicated warriors and a single reeve who may hold a key to stopping the deadly advance of the devouring horde, must try, or the world will be lost to the carnage. But a young woman sworn to the Goddess may prove more important than them all . . . if they are not too late.

States of Grace: A Novel of the Count Saint-Germain (St. Germain) by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (Tor Books 17 October, 2006 / $14.95) - Book Description: Franzicco Ragoczy di Santo-Germano is a successful merchant in Venice. His lavish lifestyle and rumored cache of magnificent jewels have attracted the wrong sort of attention, and without Santo-Germano's noble-and papal-connections, he might be imprisoned, his property confiscated. Also under surveillance is the vampire's mistress, the lovely and talented musician Pier-Ariana Salier. Elsewhere, Ragoczy's publishing business is being investigated by the Inquisition. Erneste van Amsteljaxter, a writer whose intelligence Ragoczy finds attractive, is tarred with the brush of heresy. Ragoczy is trying to help her, when he learns that Pier-Ariana has disappeared. Back in Venice Santo-Germano finds that his fortune has been embezzled, and that he is accused of kidnapping, and possibly murdering, a young man who had been spying on the vampire and his mistress. Another spy has discovered Santo-Germano's true nature and intends to kill him before he can feast on all of Venice!

Stork Naked (Xanth) by Piers Anthony (Tor Books 31 October, 2006 / $24.95) - Book Description: In his 30th rollicking chronicle of the enchanted land of Xanth, Piers Anthony reveals unexplored new dimensions of his magical realm. Stork Naked tells the tale of Surprise Golem, an expectant mother who has just lost her brand-new baby!For in Xanth, little ones are actually delivered by storks! And the Stork assigned to deliver Surprise's eagerly awaited Bundle of Joy has inexplicably refused to surrender it, flying off instead through a hole in the fabric of reality. Now, to track down her offspring, Surprise must lead an ill-assorted assemblage of confederates on a desperate quest through dozens of different Xanths. But sinister, unseen forces are determined to stop her. And in order to find her child, Surprise may have to lose her heart.

Sun of Suns: Virga, Book 1 by Karl Schroeder (Tor Books 03 October, 2006 / $24.95) - Book Description: It is the distant future. The world known as Virga is a fullerene balloon three thousand kilometers in diameter, filled with air, water, and aimlessly floating chunks of rock. The humans who live in this vast environment must build their own fusion suns and "towns" that are in the shape of enormous wood and rope wheels that are spun for gravity. Young, fit, bitter, and friendless, Hayden Griffin is a very dangerous man. He's come to the city of Rush in the nation of Slipstream with one thing in mind: to take murderous revenge for the deaths of his parents six years ago. His target is Admiral Chaison Fanning, head of the fleet of Slipstream, which conquered Hayden's nation of Aerie years ago. And the fact that Hayden's spent his adolescence living with pirates doesn't bode well for Fanning's chances... (see review)

The Android's Dream by John Scalzi (Tor Books 31 October, 2006 / $24.95) - Once upon a time in Science Fiction, Philip K. Dick, that eternal font of skewed sciffy, asked in a story title: "Do Android's Dream of Electric Sheep?" Which later became Ridley Scott's seminal SF flick, Blade Runner. The question surfaces again, at least obliquely, in the title of John Scalzi's first book apart from his Old Man's War series, and evidentially, yes, androids do dream of electric sheep. At least if you include AI's as androids and genetically modified strains of sheep (and people) as electric sheep. If that's too much of a stretch for you, don't worry…the story is quite a lot of fun without any genre in jokes. (see review)

Wings to the Kingdom by Cherie Priest (Tor Books 17 October, 2006 / $14.95) - Book Description: The fields at Chickamauga, Georgia--America's oldest national military park--claimed 35,000 casualties during the Civil War. Any good guide will tell you that the grounds are haunted. The battlefield even has its own resident haunt, called Old Green Eyes for his tell-tale luminous gaze. It has long been said that Old Green Eyes intends no harm to those who respect the park. He is no menace, but a guardian of the dead. While he walks, the dead may sleep secure in the knowledge that their rest will be undisturbed. While Old Green Eyes patrols the battlefield, there is nothing to fear, for graves are not robbed and bones are not moved.But suddenly a different phenomenon starts puzzling and frightening visitors, causing tours to be canceled and rangers to quit their jobs. These new ghosts are no illusions carved out of the low-rolling fog. One by one, the solemn-faced spirits in ragged uniforms show themselves, and one by one, they point a determined arm off into the distance. Why do the soldiers march again, and what has become of their unblinking custodian? The spirits need a go-between, someone who can speak to them, and for them.Eden Moore is not interested.But the ghosts aren't taking no for an answer.

Vertical

Ode To Kirihito by Osamu Tezuka (Vertical 24 October 2006 / $24.95) - Book Description: It may or may not be contagious. There seems to be no cure for it. Yet, Monmow Disease, a life-threatening condition that transforms a person into a dog-like beast, is not the only villain in this shocking triumph of a medical thriller by manga-god Osamu Tezuka. Said to have been the personal favorite of the artist, who held a degree in medicine, and surprisingly attentive to Christian themes and imagery, Ode to Kirihito demolishes naive notions about human nature and health and likely preconceptions about the comics master himself.

From pregnant vistas of the Japanese countryside to closed rooms full of sin and redemption, Tezuka astounds for more than eight hundred continuous pages, his art in turn easefully concise and flamboyantly experimental, his inquiry into our most repugnant instincts and prospects for overcoming them unflinchingly serious. Incorporating elements of the often lurid and adult-oriented "gekiga" style for the first time, Tezuka entered into his fruitful late period with this work.

A promising young doctor, Kirihito Osanai visits a remote Japanese mountain village to investigate the source of the latest medical mystery. While he ends up traveling the world to discover what it takes to be cured of such a disease, a conspiracy back home attempts to explain away his absence. Hinging upon his fate are those of his loved ones: an unstable childhood friend and colleague trapped between factions of the medical establishment that nurtured him; a fiancée emotionally transformed by Kirihito's mysterious disappearance; and a stranger who becomes his guardian angel, a sensual circus-act performer with volatile psychological secrets.

From plutocratic Taipei and racially divided South Africa to backwater Arabia and modern Osaka, ambition and desire beckon "normal men" to behave uglier than any beast. Riveting our attention on deformity and its acceptance like The Elephant Man by David Lynch, Ode to Kirihito examines the true worth of human beings through and beyond appearances. (Source: Vertical)

Wildside Press

Best New Paranormal Romance by Paula Guran (Wildside Press 15 October, 2006 / $12.95) - Book Description Enchanting and enchanted lovers, magical romance, dark desires, otherworldly sensations, ethereal encounters, paranormal thrills, sensual spells, supernatural suspense, sizzling speculations... Highly imaginative short fiction and novellas from the best fantasy romance writers - both bestselling authors and new talent - of 2005. Edited by award-winning editor Paula Guran. Juno is a new imprint from Wildside Press. (Cover Art: Timothy Lantz)

Jade Tiger by Jenn Reese (Wildside Press 01 October, 2006 / $12.95) - Book Description: Shan Westin - half-Chinese, half-American, one hundred percent kung fu badass - is on a mission to recover five mystical jade animals before they fall into the wrong hands. Over 15 years ago, Shan's mother led a secret society of female martial artists sworn to protect the statues. When the Jade Circle lost four of the five statues during a murderous attack on their sanctuary, 12-year-old Shan's destiny was sealed. It was she who carried the remaining tiger statue all the way to America; she who felt it clawing at her with the need to recover the crane, snake, leopard and dragon. The Circle was destroyed that night, and Shan hasn't seen her mother since. Shan has grown up under the tiger's unforgiving influence and the shadow of her mother's legacy. Her quest to recover the statues takes her to upstate New York and Ian Dashall, a geeky but brave archaeology professor, and then on to France and England with Ian at her side. Finally, on a secret island off the coast of Hong Kong, Shan overcomes torture, betrayal and deadly tigers in order to battle the man who destroyed the Jade Circle. But even as she faces off with him, she loses hope. How can she possibly succeed where her mother had failed? Juno is a new imprint from Wildside Press. (Cover Art: Timothy Lantz)

William Morrow

Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman (William Morrow 26 September, 2006 / $26.95) - In his first collection of short fiction since 1998, Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things includes a dazzling assortment of tales, poems and reflections on the work of being a writer.

All in all, the works presented are gems with nary a glass bead in the lot.

(see review)

Wizards of the Coast

Alliances: Elven Exiles, Volume Two by Paul B. Thompson (Wizards of the Coast 10 October, 2006 / $6.99) - Book Description: While the Elven Exiles struggle for survival in the distant kingdom of Khur, the elves remaining in Qualinesti face persecution, enslavement, and extermination. Amid great suffering and unrelieved evil, a rebel leader–masked, anonymous, and with strange powers–appears, determined to cleanse the land of invaders.

Meanwhile, Kerianseray, the Lioness, Kagonesti general and wife of Speaker Gilthas, finds herself magically transported from certain death in Khur to equally dire straits in her former homeland. As Gilthas leads the elves across the trackless desert in search of a new home, the Lioness fights ruthless slavers and crosses paths with the mysterious masked revolutionary of Qualinesti. (Source: Wizards of the Coast)

Road of the Patriarch (Forgotten Realms: The Sellswords, Book 3) by R.A. Salvatore (Wizards of the Coast 24 October, 2006 / $27.95) - Book Description: To her, to her dying breath, you were the untouchable one, the one whose flesh her dagger could not penetrate.

THE ASSASSIN: A cold and emotionless killer for whom every soul has a price, even his own, embarks on a path to find out just how high that price can be.

THE MERCENARY: A dark elf of limitless guile dares to challenge a king, and carve for himself a place in the inhospitable World Above.

ILNEZHARA and TAZMIKELLA are ancient dragons of great power, accustomed to easily manipulating the humans around them. But not all humans are so easily led. When they pushed Entreri and Jarlaxle into the heart of the Bloodstone Lands, not even they could have imagined the strength of the human assassin's resolve, or the limitless expanse of the drow mercenary’s ambition.

The Queen of Death: The Lost Mark, Book 3 (The Lost Mark) by Matt Forbeck (Wizards of the Coast 10 October, 2006 / $6.99) - Book Description: They've been hunted across the Mournland, captured in Karrnath, and attacked in a dragon's mountain lair. One band of adventurers has had enough. Time to take the battle to the enemy. Time to fight back. One young woman will have to decide to give in or embrace her destiny as . . .The Queen of Death.

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