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Ace

Rolling Thunder by John Varley (Ace 04 March 2008 / $24.95) - Book Description: Lieutenant Patricia Kelly Elizabeth Strickland-otherwise known as Podkayne-is a third-generation Martian. Her grandfather, Manny, was one of the first men to set foot on Mars. So Poddy has some planet-sized shoes to fill. That's why she's joined the Music, Arts, and Drama Division of the Martian Navy. Though some may say her voice is a weapon in itself, Poddy passed the audition. And now she's going to Europa, one of Jupiter's many moons, to be an entertainer. But she's about to learn that there's plenty of danger to go around in the Martian Navy, even if you've just signed on to sing. (see review)

The Alchemist's Code by Dave Duncan (Ace 04 March 2008 / $14.00) - Book Description: The legendary Maestro Nostradamus may be able to glimpse the ever-changing future, but even he cannot see the danger that is about to envelop him and his daring apprentice Alfeo when Nostradamus is hired to find a foreign spy by Venice's ruling Council of Ten. The only clues they can offer him are the spy's intercepted messages, encoded in a seemingly unbreakable cipher.

But Nostradamus soon detects evil influences working against him, and realizes the spy can only be caught by occult means. He turns to his able apprentice, the young swordsman Alfeo Zeno, whose unique talents may prove essential to unraveling the truth. (see review)

Arthur A. Levine Books

A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce (Arthur A. Levine Books 01 March 2008 / $17.99) - Book Description: "If you'll allow me to demonstrate, I do think I could be of some help to you here."

I smiled tightly. "You'd have to be able to make gold appear from thin air to be much help to us now, I'm afraid."

"Gold, you say?" he said quietly. "Well, not out of the air, maybe, but--" He reached toward Rosie and drew a length of straw free from her hat. From out of a pocket in his jacket appeared an old-fashioned handheld drop spindle, the kind no one uses anymore, and he sent it spinning with a turn of his hand. Slowly, as we watched, he drew out the straw and spun it--spun it! (CONT.)

As if it were a roving of wool! Rosie and I stood there and watched him, moment by moment, as the spindle bobbed and twirled. Something pulled out from the brown straw and through his knobby fingers, and where it should have gone onto the spindle, the finest strands of gleaming gold threads appeared. Round and round the spindle went, and the gleaming of gold turned with it. I don't know how long we watched it, turning and turning, flashing gold with every revolution. I could not take my eyes away. (see review)

Avon

Vampire, Interrupted (Argeneau Vampires, Book 9) by Lynsay Sands (Avon 01 March 2008 / $6.99) - From publicity material: In over 700 years of existence, Marguerite Argeneau has never held a job. Her fledgling career as a PI seemed like such a simple plan--how hard can it be to track down an immortal's mother? But when she finds herself on the wrong end of a sword, Julius Notte is the only one who can save her. Julius knows Marguerite is his lifemate, and he'll do anything to make sure she survives long enough for them to find their happily ever after. (see review)

Baen

Crosstime by Andre Norton (Baen 04 March 2008 / $23.00) - Book Description: An orphan, Blake Walker has never really known who he is, and his strange flashes of intuition have always set him apart from those who raised him and everyone else he has known. Acting on one of those flashes, he prevented a murder. But neither the assailant nor his intended victim were from the world Walker had always known, and he had stumbled onto the greatest secret of the ages. Our Earth is only one of an infinite number of Earths, each with a slightly different history from the others, each separated from the others in a crosstime dimension. Walker was drafted into a frantic search for a madman from an advanced Earth who desires to be an absolute ruler of men. The would-be tyrant has chosen our Earth as the place where his reign will begin. And, if the powerful technology he controls does not give him complete control of the planet, he will not hesitate to destroy it utterly . . .

Publisher's Note: Crosstime was originally published in parts as The Crossroads of Time and Quest Crosstime. This is the first time both novels have appeared in one volume.

(Source: Baen)

The Dragon Done It by (Baen 04 March 2008 / $24.00) - Book Description: Pity the poor private eye (or official investigator, for that matter), who has to solve a case which may involve death by black magic, evidence that may have been altered or planted by an itinerant sorcerer, and supernatural entities ranging from ghosts to vampires to dragons. Even when the detective is a master of sorcery himself, the dragon may have an unbreakable alibi. Best-selling authors Eric Flint and Mike Resnick present a generous selection of stories from the intersection of mystery and magic by popular writers Neil Gaiman, Gene Wolf, David Drake, Harry Turtledove, Esther M. Friesner, and more, including Flint and Resnick themselves. The Dragon Done It is an exciting cross-genre volume that both mystery fans and fantasy fans will enjoy. And so will dragons.

(Source: Baen)

When the Tide Rises (Lt. Leary) by David Drake (Baen 04 March 2008 / $25.00) - Book Description: When the Republic of Cinnabar doesn't have enough battleships to deal with all the crises in its war with the Alliance, it sends the next best thing: Commander Daniel Leary and his friend, the spy Adele Mundy. This time they're off to help the Bagarian cluster in its rebellion against the Alliance, but they'll quickly find that the worst threats to the rebels are the treacherous politicians leading them.

Leary and Mundy use electronic espionage, sub-machine guns, and shipkilling missiles to outwit political rivals, put down mutiny, and capture an Alliance fortress. When all else fails, they'll strike for the heart of the Alliance--and then throw their tiny corvette into a major fleet action.

A cascade of non-stop action as vivid as only David Drake can write it!

(Source: Baen)

Bantam

The Magician and the Fool by Barth Anderson (Bantam 25 March 2008 / $13.00) - Book Description: For hundreds of years, men have sought their hidden futures in the legendary images of the tarot—but what secrets of the past are harbored by the priestess, the magician, the hanged man…and the fool? The author of the explosive The Patron Saint of Plagues returns with a richly textured mystical mystery exploring the dark heart of one of our oldest traditions.

Years ago, fallen scholar Jeremiah Rosemont left the bitter rivalries of academia behind and now lives a simple nomadic existence in South America, far from the arguments that once defined his life. But he can't outrun his past…or the dangerous truth that lurks beneath his abandoned studies. Following an enigmatic summons to Rome, Rosemont finds himself at the center of a mystery that dates back to the fall of Troy, the pursuit of a mystical treasure many are willing to sacrifice fortunes and lives for: the earliest known tarot deck.

As Rosemont delves deeper and deeper into the tarot's unsettling secret origins, his own fate is inexorably intertwined with that of the Boy King, a homeless man with an unspeakable gift…and a mysterious past of his own. For these two men—and the demons, dupes, and power seekers drawn to them—the cards will reveal everything, even the shattering, unseen truths of human life itself.… (see review)

DAW

Alliance Space by C. J. Cherryh (DAW 04 March 2008 / $8.99) - Alliance Space by C.J. Cherryh gathers two novels, Merchanter's Luck and Forty Thousand in Gehenna into one volume. Two different stories but showing the varying facets of Alliance Space -- the problems, possible solutions, hazards, and daily life of living in a galaxy spanning civilization.

Goblin War by Jim C. Hines (DAW 04 March 2008 / $7.99) - From back of book: Despite impossible odds, Jig was still alive. He's survived an adventurers' quest against a dragon and a necromancer, a pixie invasion that had ogres and trolls dropping like flies, and, most frightening of all, the threat of being made chief of the goblins. He wasn't sure how much more he could stand. Naturally, he was about to find out.

War was brewing in the world outside the Mountain, and when the goblins' lair was invaded by human warriors in search of the Rod of Creation, Jig just knew it was only the start of another really bad day... (see review)

Shadowplay: Shadowmarch Volume II by Tad Williams (DAW 04 March 2008 / $15.95) - Book Description: With their father and brother taken from them, the royal Eddon twins Barrick and Briony have done their best to hold the kingdom together. But now Barrick has been captured in a failed war against the immortal Twilight People, and Briony has been forced to flee the castle.

Everywhere in the north the fierce Twilight People, led by the ageless warrior- witch Yasammez, hold sway. Old magics are stirring beneath the ancient castle and behind the Shadowline, and the machinations of gods, fairies, and mortals threaten to spread devastation across the entire world. (Source: DAW)

Something Magic This Way Comes by (DAW 04 March 2008 / $7.99) - From back of book: In the earliest days of humankind, everything in the world seemed magical. Gods and demons, spirits and sprites were considered to be responsible for everything form life and death, to the turning of the seasons, to the abundance or failure of crops.

Today, much that was once attributed to magic has been explained by science, and in our technologically driven world, the question is whether there is still a place for magic. For twenty of fantasy's finest imaginers, the answer is obviously, "Yes."

So welcome to visionary, modern-day realms of magic where surprising things can still happen. From a Gypsy fortune-teller's transforming prophecy...to a troubled teen seeking a haven from his family woes...to a mysterious gathering of cats at Cape Canaveral...and a kid out to spook his best friend into believing that werewolves are real...here are stories that will amuse you or send chills down your spine--or have you looking wistfully around the next corner, hoping to find a bit of magic all your own... (see review)

The Hidden City: The House Wars: Book One by Michelle West (DAW 04 March 2008 / $24.95) - Book Description: Orphaned and left to fend for herself in the slums of Averalaan, Jewel Markess-Jay to her friends-meets an unlikely savior in Rath, a man who prowls the ruins of the undercity. Nursing Jay back to health is an unusual act for a man who renounced his own family long ago, and the situation becomes stranger still when Jay begins to form a den of other rescued children in Rath's home. But worse perils lurk beneath the slums: the demons that once nearly destroyed the Essalieyan Empire are stirring again, and soon Rath and Jay will find themselves targets of these unstoppable beings. (Source: DAW)

Del Rey

Deluge: Book Three of The Twins of Petaybee by Anne McCaffrey (Del Rey 11 March 2008 / $23.95) - From publicity material: When the selkie twins, Ronan and Muriel, leave Petaybee on a mission to help rescue a family friend, they end up imprisoned themselves: the Company wants them for workers, while an unscrupulous scientist wants to study their unusual shape-changing ability. Meanwhile, the Company is making another attempt to take over the world of Petaybee for its resources, and the twins' parents, Yana and Sean, must fight for the independence of their sentient world once and for all ... (see review)

Succubus in the City by Nina Harper (Del Rey 25 March 2008 / $6.99) - From back of book: Working for Satan is a hot gig. The Devil really does wear Prada, and Lily can sport all the dazzling fashion she desires, eat all the fabulous food she craves, and hang for all eternity with her three demon girlfriends. But serving up bad boys to the fiery pits of Hell is just getting ... loney.

Lily gives the jerks, the creeps, and the liars the best (and last) night of their lives, but she's tired of waking up to a pile of ashes. She wants a guy who will stick around.

Nathan Coleman is a devilishly handsome, laid-back P.I. who wants to ask Lily a few questions aobut a missing man. But someone--or- something--wants Lily and her friends dead, and Nathan seems to know more than he'll admit to. Can a sweet-talking mortal and girl from Hell find true love? (Source: Del Rey)

Tales Before Narnia: The Roots of Modern Fantasy and Science Fiction by (Del Rey 25 March 2008 / $15.00) - From publicity material: Tales Before Narnia is a collection of more than twenty classic fantasy and science fiction stories including the direct inspiration for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: the never-before-published story "The Wood that Time Forgot" by Roger Lancelyn Green, who later became Lewis's Biographer. (see review)

The Born Queen (Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Book 4) by Greg Keyes (Del Rey 25 March 2008 / $26.00) - From author's website: The conclusion to The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone series, The Born Queen finds the heroes of the previous three books confronting humanity's darkest hour and their worst odds ever. As the world shivers, threatening to be ripped apart by forces barely comprehendible, Greg Keyes weaves a masterful finale to a series destined to be epic for decades to come. (Source: Del Rey)

The Dreaming Void by Peter F. Hamilton (Del Rey 25 March 2008 / $26.95) - From publicity material: The year is 3589, fifteen hundred years after Commonwealth forces barely staved off human extinction in a war against the alien Prime. Now an even greater danger has surfaced: a threat to the existence of the universe itself. At the very heart of the galaxy is the Void, a self-contained micro-universe that cannot be breached, cannot be destroyed, and cannot be stopped as it steadily expands in all directions, consuming everything in its path: planets, stars, civilizations. The Void has existed for untold millions of years. Even the oldest and most technologically advanced of the galaxy's sentient races, the Raiel, do not know it's origin, its makers, or its purpose.

But then Inigo, an astrophysicist studying the Void, begins dreaming of human beings who live within it. Inside the Void, Inigo sees paradise. Thanks to the gaiafield, a neural entaglement wired into most humans, Inigo's dreams are shared by hundreds of millions--and a religion, the Living Dream, is born, with Inigo as its prophet. But then he vanishes. Suddenly there is a new wave of dreams. Dreams broadcast by an unknown Second Dreamer serve as the inspiration for a massive Pilgramage into the Void. But there is a chance that by attempting to enter the Void, the pilgrims will trigger a catastrophic expansion, an accelerated devourment phase that will swallow up thousands of worlds. And thus begins a desperate race to find Inigo and the mysterious Second Dreamer. Some seek to prevent the Pilgramage; other to sepeed its progress--while within the Void, a supreme entity has turned its gaze, for the first time, outward...

[Our UK Books columnist, John Berlyne reviewed The Dreaming Void (Void Trilogy 1) in our August 2007 issue -- Ed.] (Source: Del Rey)

Dell

Midnight Rising (The Midnight Breed, Book 4) by Lara Adrian (Dell 25 March 2008 / $6.99) - Product Description: In a world of shadows and dark, cosuming hungers, desire is the deadliest weapon... For journalist Dylan Alexander, it began with the discovery of a hidden tomb, thrusting her into the center of a gathering storm of violence and secrets. But nothing is as dangerous as the scarred, lethally seductive man who rises from the shadows to draw her into his world of dark desire and endless night.

Fueled by pain and rage over a shattering betrayal, the warrior Rio has pledged his life to the war against the Rogues. He will let nothing stand in his way—least of all a mortal woman with the power to expose the entire vampire race. For an ancient evil has been awakened, and a stunning darkness is on the rise. Suddenly Dylan is powerless to resist Rio's touch, even as she uncovers a shocking link to her own past. And now she must choose: Leave Rio's midnight realm, or risk it all for the man who has shown her true passion and the infinite pleasures of the heart. . . . (Source: Dell)

Double Dragon Publishing

Arch Enemies by Michael A. Ventrella (Double Dragon Publishing 07 March 2008 / $18.99) - Product Description: When a cowardly young bard is called before the Duke and told that he must perform a task because of an ancient prophecy involving a mysterious Arch, he is certain there has been a grave mistake. When the Duke's own men later try to kill him and he is forced to run, unsure who to trust, he realizes that it may be his own grave that is in question. (Source: Double Dragon Publishing)

Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy

Jemma 7729 by Phoebe Wray (Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy 15 March 2008 / $15.95) - Book Description:

The Government's dossier on Jemma 7729 flags her as "independent thinking" of a "rebellious nature" exhibiting inappropriate behavior. On the day Jemma is to freely choose what she will be for the rest of her life, the state intervens and choses for her -- committed to custody without parole! But Jemma escapes, criss-crossing the country, avoiding recapture, and destroying the chemical plants used to "alter" women the government can't control. Jemma knows she has made the best choice of all - freedom!

Eos

The Outlaw Demon Wails (Rachel Morgan, Book 6) by Kim Harrison (Eos 01 March 2008 / $24.95) - From back of book: To save the lives of her friends, Rachel Morgan, witch and runner, did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. Now she's about to pay for that sin....

Unfortunately, there was one person her wits and wiles couldn't save. Searching for the truth behind the devastating murder, Rachel treads a dangerous path, filled with deadly menace and shocking surprises--including a powerful demon determined to claim her and a family secret that throws her entire life into question. If she is ever to live free, she must walk willingly into the demonic ever after in search of long-lost knowledge.

But when you dance with demons, you lay your soul on the line ... and Rachel may never return. (see review)

The Undead Kama Sutra by Mario Acevedo (Eos 01 March 2008 / $13.95) - From back of book: Felix Gomez has survived aliens, nymphomaniacs, and X-rated bloodsuckers. But now the aliens are back in a fiendish conspiracy to kidnap earth women, and only Felix stands between these intruders and their hapless prey.But when an army hit man attacks Felix and fellow vampire (and sexpert) Carmen, only the astonishing erotic powers of the undead Kama Sutra may be able to save them. (Source: Eos)

Worldweavers: Gift of the Unmage by Alma Alexander (Eos 01 March 2008 / $7.99) - Book Description: Who knew you'd be a true weaver?
Great things have been expected of Thea, the seventh child of two seventh children. Now, with Cheveyo, a mage, Thea has begun to weave herself a new magical identity, infused with elements of the original worlds. But back home, Thea keeps her abilities hidden and attends the Wandless Academy, the one school on Earth for those who have no apparent magical talent. It is there that Thea realizes that her enemies are hungrier and more dangerous than she knew. What's more, her greatest strength may be the powerlessness she has resisted for so long.

Worldweavers: Spellspam by Alma Alexander (Eos 01 March 2008 / $18.89) - Book Description: What do you get when ordinary e-mail spam becomes infused with magic? Spellspam—and it's not supposed to exist. As far as Thea and her friends know, computers are meant to be inert vehicles for storing magic spells, not magical processors themselves. But all that seems to have changed as students at Wandless Academy find themselves the victim of practical jokes—with magical consequences—simply by opening an e-mail.

Now the spellspams are getting worse, and it's possible there's someone behind them who is not just bent on stirring up trouble but has a much scarier and more wide-reaching agenda. Until now, Thea has been the only person she's ever met who can reach through the computer using magic. But someone else is out there, and even her friends can't help her track down the source of the spellspam before it gets much, much worse.

This sequel to Worldweavers: Gift of the Unmage ups the ante on a fantasy world that is rich and nuanced, like our own, but with a core of wildly original magic. (see review)

Farstream Books

Tyrannosaur Faire by Steve Carper (Farstream Books 31 March 2008 / $15.00) - Product Description: Bold ideas combined with down-to-earth characters mark this collection from one of the unsung innovators of the sf short story. Set in both the near and far reaches of time and space, Steve Carper's stories defy conventional classification. Read them as part science fiction, part fantasy, part mainstream and slipstream. They gambol easily among the classic themes of the field from dinosaurs to space travel to wish-giving witches, transforming each into something new, unexpected, and delightful in a style so vivid that it has been called "worddrunk".
Imbibe deeply. This volume collects all of Carper s major works for the first time, and adds a story available nowhere else.

Forge

The Boundless Deep by Kate Brallier (Forge 04 March 2008 / $14.95) - Book Description: Philosophers have said that we travel through our lives, past and present, surrounded by the same souls, that we spend each new life trying to mend the hurts we've done to one another in the past. In The Boundless Deep, Kate Brallier explores this idea in a combination of strong storytelling and gifted characterization. Grad student Liza has long been plagued by vivid dreams of whaling. Offered the chance to trade her land-locked existence for a summer on Nantucket, the well-preserved heart of New England's whaling trade, Liza jumps at the chance, eager to see how well her dreams mesh with historical reality. The answer is: all too well. Liza's dreams become highly sexual; her visions of ship's captain Obadiah Young grow increasingly intense. At times the past and present mix before her eyes, with automobiles replaced by horse-drawn carriages.Though skeptical of Liza's claims of a past life, whaling museum curator Adam is drawn to Liza's intense desire to know the truth-about herself, and about Obadiah, accused of murdering his beautiful, young wife.But Adam isn't the only man with an interest in Liza-handsome Lucian, whose home Liza is sharing for the season, has designs on her as well.In a single summer, Liza must answer the riddle of her dreams, reunite lovers separated by death, solve a hundred-year-old murder . . . and figure out her heart's desire. (Source: Forge)

HarperTeen

Wicked Dead: Snared by Stefan Petrucha (HarperTeen 01 March 2008 / $7.99) - Book Description:

Tonight's tale . . .

Lindsay's family vacation isn't exactly fun in the sun: the beach is littered, the locals are creepy, and the outlook is bleak. Then Lindsay meets Mark, the boy next door. He's sweet, gorgeous, and an amazing musician. But his menacing guardians keep him locked away from the world. They perform sinister rites, and one day Lindsay glimpses terrible wounds on Mark's back! Lindsay must save him—though it means facing pure evil.

(Source: HarperTeen)

Juno Books

House of Whispers: Book One Of The Supernatural Properties Series (Supernatural Properties) by Margaret Lucke (Juno Books 01 March 2008 / $6.99) - Book Description: Claire Scanlan is launching a new career in real estate and has a chance to sell a spectacular oceanview home designed by a world-renowned architect. But the home has a problem that frightens off buyers - it was the site of a vicious mass murder. As Ben Grant, the handsome, successful brother of one of the murder victims, shows Claire and a real estate rival the empty house, Claire experiences strange sensations. The unexplainable experiences continue and the idea that the place might be haunted both fascinates and repels her. Claire is also fascinated, and not at all repelled, by Ben Grant. Claire realizes the psychic experiences are real and must solve the mystery of the bloody tragedy - even though Ben seems to be a suspect. (see review)

McFarland & Company

Lilith in a New Light: Essays on the George Macdonald Fantasy Novel (Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy) by Lucas H. Harriman (Editor) (McFarland & Company 31 March 2008 / $35.00) - From back of book: Considereed George MacDonald's greatest work, Lilith (1895) is among the most popular and profound fantasy novels of the Victorian era. This collection of critical essays is the first book-length study of this important literary work. In addition to providing fresh interpretations of the novel, these essays implement background scholarship on Lilith, including that of notable author C.S. Lewis. Topics include MacDonald's rhetorical strategy as a writer of prose romance, the implications of the novel's famous "endless ending", and the significance of Lilith in the development of modern fantasy. (Source: McFarland & Company)

Mira Books

Fire Study (Study, Book 3) by Maria V. Snyder (Mira Books 01 March 2008 / $13.95) - From Author's website: Yelena's new role as Soulfinder has made the Sitian Council uneasy. Worried that her new powers will corrupt her, the Council debates her fate. Yelena, though is trying to keep Sitia and Ixia from going to war. In the middle of political wrangling, Yelena receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by Ferde, the Soulstealer who murdered eleven girls and has escaped from prison with Cahil Ixia's help. Cahil believes if he joins with the new Daviian Clan, he will have enough support to regain the Ixian throne. Testing the limit of her skills, Yelena becomes embroiled in the desperate fight to stop Ferde and the Daviian Clan from siphoning enough power to unleash a Fire Warper on the world. That would be worst than war between the northern and southern lands. Especially since, of all the powers Yelena possesses, she couldn't set fire to a candle wick if her life depended on it. And there is more at stake than just her life. (see review)

NAL

A Fiend In Need by Maureen Child (NAL 04 March 2008 / $14.00) - Book Description: It's only been a month since single mom Cassie Burke unexpectedly became the hottest demon killer in town-and already there's a price on her head and a website calling for her murder.

Then a sizzling hunk of a faery shows up on her porch in need of protection. Cassie's happy to help because, after all, he is an expert love slave. Plus, he gets along great with her teenage daughter-a heroic feat in itself.

After a few not-quite-chaste nights, Cassie knows why Queen Vanessa wants him back so badly-and why she's planning an all-out attack on her. Suddenly Cassie's wondering if she can fend off an entire city of demons-and if a little faery tail is even worth it... (Source: NAL)

Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert (NAL 04 March 2008 / $14.00) - Book Description: Gabriel Blackstone is an unscrupulous hacker and unrepentant "remote viewer" who can't resist his ex-lover's request to look into her stepson's disappearance. His investigation leads him to a rambling Victorian home that bewitches him-as do its beautiful, enigmatic owners, the Monk sisters. The pair are solar witches, obsessed with alchemy and the Art of Memory, a practice invented by the ancient Greeks.

With his uneasy suspicion that one of the sisters is a killer, Gabriel sets out to determine which. But the more entangled in the case he becomes, the more deeply he is drawn into the sisters' entrancing world-losing hold of reality even as he falls into mortal danger... (see review)

Night Shade Books

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Vol. 2 by (Night Shade Books 01 March 2008 / $19.95) - Book Description: The depth and breadth of what science fiction and fantasy fiction is changes with every passing year. The two dozen stories chosen for this book by award-winning anthologist Jonathan Strahan carefully maps this evolution, giving readers a captivating and always-entertaining look at the very best the genre has to offer. (Source: Night Shade Books)

Orb Books

Anvil of Stars by Greg Bear (Orb Books 04 March 2008 / $15.95) - Book Description: The Forge of God described the destruction of Earth itself by self-replicating robots, Von Neumann machines designed to use the planet's mass to create more robotic creatures and spread throughout the Galaxy. Only a few humans have survived, aided by a mysterious alien race known only as "The Benefactors", who arrived at Earth too late.

Now the small group of human survivors is determined to track down the criminal race who launched the planet killers. Humanity is given a starship by The Benefactors, and driven only by revenge they set out to find the unknown beings who are responsible for the destruction of Earth, and many other worlds. (Source: Orb Books)

Philomel

Ranger's Apprentice: The Battle for Skandia by John Flanagan (Philomel 18 March 2008 / $16.99) - Book Description: Still far from their homeland after escaping slavery in the icebound land of Skandia, Will and Evanlyn's plans to return to Araluen are spoiled when Evanlyn is taken captive by a Temujai warrior. Though still weakened by the warmweed's toxic effects, Will employs his Ranger training to locate his friend, but an enemy scouting party has him fatally outnumbered. Will is certain death is close at hand, until Halt and Horace make a daring, last-minute rescue. The reunion is cut short, however, when Halt makes a horrifying discovery: Skandia's borders have been breached by the entire Temujai army. And Araluen is next in their sights. If two kingdoms are to be saved, an unlikely union must be made. Will it hold long enough to vanquish a ruthless new enemy? Or will past tensions spell doom for all?

The battles and drama are nonstop in Book Four of this hugely popular epic. (Source: Philomel)

Plan B Press

Constellation of the Dragonfly by F.J. Bergmann (Plan B Press Spring 2008 / ) - From publisher's website: Filled with poetic short pieces of science fiction, this collection melds two traditional genres in surprising ways. Riveting and thought-provoking, F J Bergmann is an excellent storyteller and a truly talented artist. (cover art by author) (Source: Plan B Press)

Pocket

Staked by J. F. Lewis (Pocket 11 March 2008 / $14.00) - Book Description: Eric's got issues. He has short-term and long-term memory problems; he can't remember who he ate for dinner yesterday, much less how he became a vampire in the first place. His best friend, Roger, is souring on the strip club he and Eric own together. And his girlfriend, Tabitha, keeps pressuring him to turn her so she can join him in undeath. It's almost enough to put a Vlad off his appetite. Almost.

Eric tries to solve one problem, only to create another: he turns Tabitha into a vampire, but finds that once he does, his desire for her fades -- and her younger sister, Rachel, sure is cute. And when he kills a werewolf in self-defense, things really get out of hand. Now a pack of born-again lycanthropes is out for holy retribution, while Tabitha and Rachel have their own agendas -- which may or may not include helping Eric stay in one piece.

All Eric wants to do is run his strip club, drink a little blood, and be left alone. Instead, he must survive car crashes, enchanted bullets, sunlight, sex magic, and werewolves on ice -- not to mention his own nasty temper and forgetfulness.

Because being undead isn't easy, but it sure beats the alternative. (Source: Pocket)

Puffin

Dingo by Charles de Lint (Puffin 13 March 2008 / $11.99) - Book Description: High school senior Miguel’s life is turned upside down when he meets new girl Lainey, whose family has just moved from Australia. With her tumbled red-gold hair, her instant understanding of who he is, and her unusual dog—a real Australian dingo—she’s unforgettable. And, as he quickly learns, she is on the run from an ancient bargain made by her ancestors. There’s no question that Miguel will do whatever he can to help her—but what price will each of them have to pay? Dingo is quintessential Charles de Lint, set close to his beloved, invented city of Newford—a mixture of darkness and hope, humor and mystery, and the friendship within love.

Pyr

A World Too Near: Book Two of The Entire and The Rose by Kay Kenyon (Pyr March 2008 / $25.00) - From publicity material: Former star pilot Titus Quinn loves The Entire, but now he must risk annilhilating it by destroying the fortress of Ahnenhoon. To sustain a faltering Entire, Ahnenhoon's great engine will soon reach through the brane separating the universes and consume our own universe in a concentrated ball of fire.

Quinn sets off on a journey across The Entire armed with the nan, a small ankle bracelet containing nanoscale military technology that can reduce Ahnenhoon and its deadly engine to chaos. He must pursue his mission even though his wife is held prisoner in Ahnenhoon and his own daughter has sent the assassin MoTi to hunt him down.

As Quinn wrestles with looming disaster and approaches the fabled concentric rings of Ahnenhoon's defenses, he learns that in The Entire, nothing is what it appears. Its denizens are all harboring secrets, and the greatest of these is the nature of The Entire itself. (see review)

Before They Are Hanged (The First Law: Book Two) by Joe Abercrombie (Pyr 25 March 2008 / $15.00) - [Originally reviewed by John Berlyne in our March 2007 issue.]

Razorbill

Tim, Defender of the Earth! by Sam Enthoven (Razorbill 27 March 2008 / $19.99) - Book Description: Tim, Defender of the Earth, is a rock’em, sock‘em thriller filled with smoke, spectacle, and big-time adventure. Big Ben will fall! Westminster Abbey will crumble! London will never be the same!

TIM, aka Tyrannosaurus: Improved Model, is the product of a top-secret government military experiment, and he couldnt be more loveable. Sure, he’s an enormous monster to most, but at heart he’s just a big, awkward, thirteen-yearold who realizes he could be all that stands between the earth and total destruction. (Take that, Godzilla.)

Now TIM must form an unlikely alliance with fifteen-year-olds Chris and Anna in order to save humanity from the greatest threat it has ever known: Anna’s father, the brilliant and demented Professor Mallahide, and his growing tide of vicious, all-consuming nanobots. Will TIM prevail and save the British Isles and the world from evil? We’ll all have to hold hands, read, and believe—in TIM, Defender of the Earth! (Source: Razorbill)

Roc

Madhouse by Rob Thurman (Roc 04 March 2008 / $6.99) - From back of book: Half-human Cal Leandros and his brother, Niko, aren't exactly prospering with their preternatural detective agency. Who could have guessed that business would dry up in New York City, where vampires, trolls, and other creepy crawlies are all over the place?

But now there's a new arrival in the Big Apple. A malevolent evil with ancient powers, dead set on making history with an orgy of blood and murder, is picking off humans like sheep. And for Cal and Niko, this is one paycheck they're going to have to earn...if they live long enough to collect it. (see review)

Tangled Webs: A Black Jewels Novel by Anne Bishop (Roc 04 March 2008 / $23.95) - From back of book: The invitation was signed Jacnelle Angelline, she who had been both Witch and Queen. It summons her family to an entertainment she has specially prepared. Surreal SaDiablo, former courtesan and assassin, is the first to arrive. But as she and her escort enter the house, the door disappears. Surreal finds herself trapped in a nightmare created by the tangled webs of Black Widow witches--a nightmare where the monsters are all too real. And if she uses Craft to defend herself, she risks being sealed in the house forever.

But Jaenelle did not send the invitation. Now Jaenelle can her family must rescue Surreal and the others inside without becoming trapped themselves, and they must also discover who created such an evil place and why. Because there is one thing they all know about this house: No matter who planned it as a way to kill members of the SaDiable family, only one of the Blood could have created the trap.... (Source: Roc)

Shadow Mountain

The 13th Reality: The Journal of Curious Letters by James Dashner (Shadow Mountain 13 March 2008 / $17.95) - Product Description: What if every time you made a choice that had a significant consequence, a new, alternate reality was created--the life that would've been had you made the other choice? What if those new realities were in danger? What if it fell to you to save all the realities? Atticus Higginbottom, a.k.a. Tick, is an average thirteen-year-old boy until the day a strange letter arrives in his mailbox. Postmarked from Alaska and cryptically signed with the initials "M.G.," the letter informs Tick that dangerous--perhaps even deadly--events have been set in motion that could result in the destruction of reality itself. M.G. promises to send Tick twelve riddles that will reveal on a certain day, at a certain time, at a certain place, something extraordinary will happen. Will Tick have the courage to follow the twelve clues M.G. sends to him? Will he be able to solve the riddles in time? Will Tick discover the life he was meant to live? The first volume of an outstanding new children's fantasy series, The Journal of Curious Letters is filled with adventure, humor, riddles, and, oh, yes--danger... As M.G. warns Tick, Very frightening things are coming your way. Will you join Tick and his friends on an amazing journey through the Realities? What will your choice be? (Source: Shadow Mountain)

Sony Pictures

Outpost by Steve Barker (Director) Rae Brunton (writer) (Sony Pictures 11 March 2008 / $24.96) - Product Description: Set in war-torn Eastern Europe, a band of battle-worn mercenaries undertake a dangerous mission into a no-man's land at the behest of a mysterious businessman. When they locate and secure a disused military bunker, they also discover a terrifying secret that has laid buried for half a century--and which they'll have to fight to survive.

Actors: Stevenson, Brake, Wadham (Source: Sony Pictures)

Spectra

Personal Demon (Women of the Otherworld, Book 8) by Kelley Armstrong (Spectra 25 March 2008 / $20.00) - Book Description: Tabloid reporter Hope Adams appears to live the life of an ordinary working girl. But in addition to possessing the beauty of a Bollywood princess, Hope has other unique traits. For she is a half demon—a human fathered by a demon. And she's inherited not only a gift for seeing the past but a hunger for chaos—along with a talent for finding it wherever she can. Naturally, when she's chosen by a very dangerous group for a very dangerous mission, she jumps at the chance….

The head of the powerful Cortez Cabal—a family that makes the mob look like amateurs—has a little problem in Miami: a gang of wealthy, bored offspring of supernaturals is getting out of hand, and Hope is needed to infiltrate. As spells, astral projections, and pheromones soar across South Beach, Hope weaves her way through its elite hot spots, posing as upscale eye candy and reading the auras of the clientele—and potential marks.

As it turns out, Hope is a little too good at this job. And soon she's in a little too deep, needing to be bailed out by her jewel-thief werewolf ex-boyfriend and by the Cortez heir himself. And when a killer goes to work, Hope is among many targets at the pinnacle of Cabal rule. For a woman who didn't know what she was getting into, there's only one way out: it's time for Hope to unleash her most potent primal instincts—and open herself, mind and body, to everything she most fears ... and desires. (see review)

Poison Sleep (Marla Mason, Book 2) by T.A. Pratt (Spectra 25 March 2008 / $6.99) - Book Description: The bad girl of the magical underworld is back and badder than ever. Someone wants Marla Mason dead. Usually that's not news. As chief sorcerer of Felport, someone always wants her dead. But this time she's the target of a renegade assassin who specializes in killing his victims over days, months, or even years. Not to mention a mysterious knife-wielding killer in black who pops up in the most unexpected places. To make matters worse, an inmate has broken out of the Blackwing Institute for criminally insane sorcerers—a troubled psychic who can literally reweave the fabric of reality to match her own traumatic past.

With her wisecracking partner Rondeau reluctantly in tow, Marla teams up with a "love-talker" whose dangerous erotic spells not even she can resist. Together they're searching the rapidly transforming streets of Felport for a woman who's become the Typhoid Mary of nightmares, infecting everything—and everyone—she touches with a chaos worse than death itself. (see review)

The Lost Ones (The Veil, Book 3) by Christopher Golden (Spectra 25 March 2008 / $12.00) - Book Description: Bestselling author Christopher Golden brings his epic, innovative trilogy, the Veil, to an astonishing conclusion as the mythic realm of heroes and monsters becomes the site of humanity's last—and greatest—showdown.

In the world of the legendary, every myth and folktale is real. That is what Oliver Bascombe learned on the other side of the Veil, where humanity's legends have hidden away for centuries. But even legends have legends, and Oliver has learned of a prophecy that many believe he and his sister, Collette, have come to the Two Kingdoms to fulfill. Before they can discover the truth, the Bascombe siblings must help to stop an apocalyptic war that threatens to destroy the Two Kingdoms, unravel a conspiracy, and prevent a powerful sorcerer from severing the world of humans from the realm of the legendary forever.

But first Oliver will have to plot an escape from an impregnable palace dungeon where he and his allies have been imprisoned . . . for regicide.

As old heroes and friends ally themselves for one last battle, even older enemies stand arrayed against them. Is humanity ready to face its legends head-on? For Oliver Bascombe, the price may be dearer than even he could ever imagine. (see review)

Tor

Elom by William H. Drinkard (Tor 04 March 2008 / $25.95) - Book Description: Fire from the Goddess and the meat and furs of the mammoth are all that the People need to live. It is a harsh life but a good one and it is one that all cherish.Young Geerna knows that the time has come for her to become a woman and take up the tasks to keep her people safe. She waits in the Awakening Place, fearful and hopeful as her ordeals come to an end. Then, on the eve of her Womanhood, a shining light descends upon her and her world is torn asunder.And she embarks on a journey that none of her people could ever envision...Eons have passed. Cycle upon cycle the Way of the People have remain unchanged: women are artists, men are hunters. Geerna's Law is the covenant by which humans live in harmony and peace. But all is about to change. A call has come for The People to choose their champions, and a summons to meet the mysterious creatures who selected Geerna so long ago.All is unknown. As the brave souls who are chosen venture forth, they will come to discover just how much that pact that Geerna made so long ago has cost them.And they will have to confront the choices that might help them to finally know true freedom. (Source: Tor)

In the Courts of the Crimson Kings by S.M. Stirling (Tor 18 March 2008 / $24.95) - Book Description:

In the parallel world first introduced in S. M. Stirling's The Sky People, aliens terraformed Mars (and Venus) two hundred million years ago, seeding them with life-forms from Earth. Humans didn't suspect this until the twentieth century, but when the first probes landed on our sister worlds, and found life—intelligent life, at that—things changed with a vengeance. By the year 2000, America, Russia, and the other great powers of Earth are all contending for influence and power amid the newly-discovered inhabitants of our sister planets.

Venus is a primitive world. But on Mars, early hominids evolved civilization earlier than their earthly cousins, driven by the needs of a harsh world growing still harsher as the initial terraforming runs down. Without coal, oil, or uranium, their technology was forced into different paths, and the genetic wizardry of the Crimson Dynasty united a world for more than twenty thousand years.

Now, in a new stand-alone adventure set in this world's 2000 AD, Jeremy Wainman is an archaeologist who has achieved a lifelong dream; to travel to Mars and explore the dead cities of the Deep Beyond, searching for the secrets of the Kings Beneath the Mountain and the fallen empire they ruled.

Teyud Zha-Zhalt is the Martian mercenary the Terrans hire as guide and captain of the landship Intrepid Traveller. A secret links her to the deadly intrigues of Dvor il-Adazar, the City That Is A Mountain, where the last aging descendant of the Tollamune Emperors clings to the remnants of his power…and secrets that may trace their origin to the enigmatic Ancients, the Lords of Creation who reshaped the Solar System in the time of the dinosaurs.

When these three meet, the foundations of reality will be shaken—from the lost city of Rema-Dza to the courts of the Crimson Kings.
(see review)

Mad Kestrel by Misty Massey (Tor 04 March 2008 / $14.95) - From back of book: In a world where infants with magical powers are torn from their parents to be raised by the mysterious and powerful Danisoba, who have a monopoly on magic, Kestrel has managed to keep her abilities concealed--and herself free. First hiding in back alleys as a street urchin, she hid when they hilled her parents, then served as a young tavern maid before escaping to sea, where magic is canceled by water.

Now an adult, as the quartermaster of a pirate ship, Kestrel loves the freedom of living on the seas. But her way of life could end if anyone on board learns her closely guarded secret--that she has magical control over the wind.

One day a black ship appears, and her life changes. Its captain is a handsome rogue of whom Kestrel is strangely, constantly aware. When Kestrel's captain is led into a trap and is arrested, she gathers her crew and sets sail in relentless pursuit... (Source: Tor)

Space Vulture by Gary K. Wolf (Tor 04 March 2008 / $24.95) - Book Description: After a lifetime of friendship, two small-town boys who grew to have very different lives and careers have teamed up to travel back in time and conquer the universe. Determined to recapture the science fiction of their youth -- not as it was, but as it should have been -- Gary K. Wolf, the creator of Roger Rabbit, and his best friend, John J. Myers, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, now transport readers to the far reaches of the galaxy. There, the mere mention of the pirate known as Space Vulture strikes fear into every heart. A hardworking colonist's only hope is that the dauntless lawman, Marshal Victor Corsaire, will rocket to the rescue. Come along for the ride and discover all the adventure, suspense, wonder, and fun that Wolf and Myers first found in science fiction fifty years ago, and now share with everyone in this rollicking tale of the spaceways. (see review)

Steward of Song by Adam Stemple (Tor 04 March 2008 / $23.95) - Book Description: In Singer of Souls, Douglas led his American life of drugs and petty crime, arriving in Scotland to be taken in by his stern-but-fair grandmother. Unfortunately, his career as a busker was interrutped by the fey folk who invisibly share Edinburgh's streets.

Now Douglas, usurper, sits on the throne of Faery--holding the Queen and the land hostage with his all-powerful magic and his unflinching loyal lieutenant: Martes. Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, a strange infant is left on the doorstep of an ex-marine who may have the second sight. (Source: Tor)

Timeless Moon by C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp (Tor 04 March 2008 / $6.99) - From back of book: Josette Monier is a lengend among the Sazi. One of the most powerful, beautiful, and oldest Sazi in existence, she lives in self-imposed exile. Her gift of sight is so strong that to be around other living creatures is to be in pain.

What Josette has experienced lies beyond the scope of the Sazi, for her mate is in love with someone else. But when her gift of sight reveals trouble for her community, she knows that she has no choice. She must set aside her personal pain and save her people. And perhaps save herself and find love again. (see review)

Viewpoints Critical: Selected Stories by L.E. Modesitt (Tor 18 March 2008 / $25.95) - From back of book: This is the first story collection ever from the bestselling fantasy and science fiction writer L.E. Modesitt, Jr. He began publishing as a short story writer in the SF magazines in the 1970s, mostly in Analog. Some of the earliest stories are kernels for his early SF novels, other display the wide range of his talents and interests, from satire to military adventure. Now, this collection includes selections of stories from his entire career. The book also contains three new stories that have never been published before: "Black Ordermage," set in the world of Modesitt's best-selling Recluce series; "Beyond the Obvious Wind," set in his Corean Chronicles universe; and "Always Outside the Lines," which is related to the Ghosts of Columbia books. (see review)

Tor Books

Blindsight by Peter Watts (Tor Books 04 March 2008 / $14.95) - Book Description: The Hugo Award-nominated novel by 'a hard science fiction writer through and through and one of the very best alive.' -The Globe and Mail Two months have past since a myriad of alien objects clenched about the Earth, screaming as they burned. The heavens have been silent since-until a derelict space probe hears whispers from a distant comet. Something talks out there: but not to us. Who should we send to meet the alien, when the alien doesn't want to meet?Send a linguist with multiple-personality disorder and a biologist so spliced with machinery that he can't feel his own flesh. Send a pacifist warrior and a vampire recalled from the grave by the voodoo of paleogenetics. Send a man with half his mind gone since childhood. Send them to the edge of the solar system, praying you can trust such freaks and monsters with the fate of a world. You fear they may be more alien than the thing they've been sent to find-but you'd give anything for that to be true, if you knew what was waiting for them. . . . (see review)

Reaper's Gale: Book Seven of The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson (Tor Books 04 March 2008 / $16.95) - Product Description:

All is not well in the Letherii Empire. Rhulad Sengar, the Emperor of a Thousand Deaths, spirals into madness, surrounded by sycophants and agents of his Machiavellian chancellor.  Meanwhile, the Letherii secret police conduct a campaign of terror against their own people. The Errant, once a farseeing god, is suddenly blind to the future. Conspiracies seethe throughout the palace, as the empire - driven by the corrupt and self-interested - edges ever-closer to all-out war with the neighboring kingdoms. 
 
The great Edur fleet--its warriors selected from countless numbers of people--draws closer. Amongst the warriors are Karsa Orlong and Icarium Lifestealer--each destined to cross blades with the emperor himself. That yet more blood is to be spilled is inevitable... Against this backdrop, a band of fugitives seek a way out of the empire, but one of them, Fear Sengar, must find the soul of Scabandari Bloodeye. It is his hope that the soul might help halt the Tiste Edur, and so save his brother, the emperor. Yet, traveling with them is Scabandari's most ancient foe: Silchas Ruin, brother of Anomander Rake. And his motives are anything but certain - for the wounds he carries on his back, made by the blades of Scabandari, are still fresh.
 
Fate decrees that there is to be a reckoning, for such bloodshed cannot go unanswered--and it will be a reckoning on an unimaginable scale. This is a brutal, harrowing novel of war, intrigue and dark, uncontrollable magic; this is epic fantasy at its most imaginative, storytelling at its most thrilling.
(see review)

Spider Star by Mike Brotherton (Tor Books 04 March 2008 / $26.95) - Book Description: The human colony on the planet Argo has long explored and exploited the technology left behind by an alien race, a race gone for hundreds of thousands of years. But then an archeology team accidentally activates a terrible weapon: a weapon that will destroy the entire colony, and its star, if they cannot deactivate it. Evidence at the site suggests that the weapon was created for the ancient Argonauts by another race, a race of traders. And within that evidence are a map of their interstellar trading empire, and the coordinates of their main trading station. Although the information is a hundred thousand years out of date, the only hope for Argo is to send a ship and crew into the unknown, to try to negotiate for a way to shut down the weapon. (see review)

The Ancient by R. A. Salvatore (Tor Books 04 March 2008 / $25.95) - Book Description: Searching for his long-lost father, Bransen Garibond is tricked into journeying across the Gulf of Corona to the wild lands of Vanguard, where he is pressed into service in a desperate war against the brutal Samhaist, Ancient Badden. On an Alpinadoran lake, just below Ancient Badden's magical ice castle, several societies, caught in the web of their own conflicts, are oblivious to Ancient Badden's devastating plans to destroy them. Bransen becomes the link between the wars, and if he fails, all who live on the lake will perish, and all of northern Honce will fall under the shadow of the merciless and vengeful Samhaists. The Ancient is part of the Saga of the First King, a four-book series that chronicles the early days of Corona, the same world as Salvatore's bestselling DemonWars saga. (Source: Tor Books)

The Golden Rose by Kathleen Bryan (Tor Books 04 March 2008 / $14.95) - Book Description: Kathleen Bryan returns with the sequel to The Serpent and the Rose. Beautiful Averil is now the Duchess of Quitaine, but to keep her people safe, she made a vow to the traitor King of Lys. After a year, she would come to his Court in Lutece, and choose a husband from the men he offers her. Averil must produce an heir - not only to Quitaine, but also to all of Lys; for she is the only daughter of the King's sister, and he has no wife or child of his own.But Averil's heart is in the keeping of a powerful young Knight of the Rose, Gerient, a man she can never marry. The two share a bond of magecraft as well as love, for between them lies the power to raise the Wild Magic of the world, the only force that can defeat the King's quest to release the Serpent God of Chaos from his mystic prison. And when Averil learns that the King is building a fleet to attack the Ladies of the Isle, to destroy them as he destroyed the Orders of the Knights of the Rose in Lys, she rebels against her sworn duty, and flees to Gerient's side. Together they will raise their powers to protect both the Isle and the remnants of the Rose. (Source: Tor Books)

The Stars Down Under by Sandra McDonald (Tor Books 18 March 2008 / $24.95) - Book Description: Chief Terry Myell and Lieutenant Commander Jodenny Scott are in that most precarious of military situations, a mixed marriage. Enlisted and officer. It's unnatural.Terry and Jodenny have been assigned to duty on the planet Fortune, away from the huge ships that carry colonists from the wreckage of polluted Earth to clean new worlds across the galaxy.But there's another way besides spaceships to travel from world to world. A group within Team Space is exploring the Wondjina Spheres, a set of ancient alien artifacts that link places and times. Now those spheres have shut down and Team Space thinks that Terry and Jodenny are part of the key to make them work again -no matter how the two of them feel about it. They can volunteer, or be 'volunteered.'What the researchers can't anticipate is that the status quo, in which Team Space holds the monopoly on travel between worlds, is about to change. And as a result, Terry and Jodenny will be tested to their limits and beyond.... (Source: Tor Books)

Tor Teen

Truancy by Isamu Fukui (Tor Teen 04 March 2008 / $16.95) - Book Description: In an alternate world, in a nameless totalitarian city, the autocratic Mayor rules the school system with an iron fist, with the help of his Educators. Fighting against the Mayor and his repressive Educators is a group of former students called the Truancy, whose goal is to take down the system by any means possible—at any cost.

Against this backdrop, fifteen-year-old Tack is just trying to survive. His days are filled with sadistic teachers, unrelenting schoolwork, and indifferent parents. Things start to look up when he meets Umasi, a mysterious boy who runs a lemonade stand in an uninhabited district.

Then someone close to Tack gets killed in the crossfire between the Educators and the Truants, and Tack swears vengeance. To achieve his purpose, he abandons his old life and joins the Truancy. There, he confronts Zyid, an enigmatic leader with his own plans for Tack. But Tack soon finds himself torn between his desire for vengeance and his growing sympathy for the Truants…. (YA) (Source: Tor Teen)

Vertical

The Guin Saga: Book Three: Battle of Nospherus by Kaoru Kurimoto (Vertical 04 March 2008 / $9.95) - Book Description: The Guin Saga is epic heroic fantasy in the smae vein as Robert E. Howard's Conan, the Barbarian. More than a hundred books strong and growing, the saga has sold more than twenty-five million copies in Japan. Vertical will publish the first five installments that comprise "The Marches Episode" arc. Each paperback edition will feature artwork taken from the original Japanese editions. (see art above).

Guin is a mighty warrior, who cannot remember his past. His only clue is a leopard mask mystically attached to his head. Joined by the royal twins of Parros, Remus and Rinda; Suni, the simian-girl; and Istavan, the mercernary; our hero must cross the treacherous River Kes and journey into the badlands of Nospherus, where unthinkable dangers lurk. In hot pursuit is a Mongauli army of 15,000, led by the beautiful and dangerous General Amnelis. (Source: Vertical)

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