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Del Rey

Into the Fire (Vatta's Peace) by Elizabeth Moon (Del Rey 06 February 2018 / $28.00) - Product Description: In this new military SF thriller from the author of Cold Welcome, Admiral Kylara Vatta is back--with a vengeance.

Ky beats sabotage, betrayal, and the unforgiving elements to lead a ragtag group of crash survivors to safety on a remote arctic island. And she cheats death after uncovering secrets someone is hell-bent on protecting. But the worst is far from over when Ky discovers the headquarters of a vast conspiracy against her family and the heart of the planet's government itself.

With their base of operations breached, the plotters have no choice but to gamble everything on an audacious throw of the dice. Even so, the odds are stacked against Ky. When her official report on the crash and its aftermath goes missing—along with the men and women she rescued—Ky realizes that her mysterious enemies are more powerful and dangerous than she imagined.

Now, targeted by faceless assassins, Ky and her family--along with her fiancé, Rafe--must battle to reclaim the upper hand and unmask the lethal cabal closing in on them with murderous intent.

Hannover House

Quietus by Vivian Schilling (Hannover House 27 February 2018 / $14.95) - Product Description: Moments before her small, chartered plane crashes into the treacherous White Mountains of New Hampshire, Kylie O'Rourke notices a raven standing placidly on the wing looking at her through distinctly human eyes. Regaining consciousness in a Boston hospital, Kylie finds that the peculiar raven was a herald of things to come and that her world has been irrevocably altered. She is haunted by improbable memories of the crash: though trapped within the wreckage, she recalls wandering the icy mountainside and speaking with one of the other passengers only to find that he'd died on impact. As the bizarre aftermath grows clearer it appears more ominous, and Kylie must fight for her life despite increasing evidence that she is living on borrowed time.

Harper Voyager

Gunpowder Moon by David Pedreira (Harper Voyager 13 February 2018 / ) - Product Description: The Moon smells like gunpowder. Every lunar walker since Apollo 11 has noticed it: a burnt-metal scent that reminds them of war. Caden Dechert, the chief of the U.S. mining operation on the edge of the Sea of Serenity, thinks the smell is just a trick of the mind--a reminder of his harrowing days as a Marine in the war-torn Middle East back on Earth.

It's 2072, and lunar helium-3 mining is powering the fusion reactors that are bringing Earth back from environmental disaster. But competing for the richest prize in the history of the world has destroyed the oldest rule in space: Safety for All. When a bomb kills one of Dechert's diggers on Mare Serenitatis, the haunted veteran goes on the hunt to expose the culprit before more blood is spilled.

But as Dechert races to solve the first murder in the history of the Moon, he gets caught in the crosshairs of two global powers spoiling for a fight. Reluctant to be the match that lights this powder-keg, Dechert knows his life and those of his crew are meaningless to the politicians. Even worse, he knows the killer is still out there, hunting.

In his desperate attempts to save his crew and prevent the catastrophe he sees coming, the former Marine uncovers a dangerous conspiracy that, with one spark, can ignite a full lunar war, wipe out his team ... and perhaps plunge the Earth back into darkness.

Orbit

A Time of Dread (Of Blood & Bone) by John Gwynne (Orbit 20 February 2018 / $16.99) - Product Description: The Ben-Elim, a race of warrior angels, once vanquished a mighty demon horde. Now they rule the Banished lands. But their dominion is brutally enforced and their ancient enemy may not be as crushed as they thought.

In the snowbound north, Drem, a trapper, finds mutilated corpses in the forests--a sign of demonic black magic. In the south, Riv, a young, tempestuous soldier, discovers a deadly rift within the Ben-Elim themselves.

Two individuals with two world-changing secrets. But where will they lead? And what role will Drem and Riv play in the Banished Land's fate? Difficult choices need to be made.

In the shadows, dark forces are gathering, waiting for their time to rise.

Pyr

Blade and Bone (Book of the Black Earth) by Jon Sprunk (Pyr 27 February 2018 / $18.00) - Product Description: In a world of sorcery and sand, a slave rebellion is out of control and an army of undead is approaching. Does Horace have the power and strength to save what he fought so hard to win?

In a setting reminiscent of ancient Egypt and Babylon, where God-Kings and God-Queens hold the power of life and death in their hands, Horace, the onetime slave who became a powerful magician, has turned the tables on his former masters. Blade and Bone, the third book in The Book of the Black Earth, follows Horace, Alyra, and Jirom as they navigate the hurdles of managing the slave rebellion under the Akeshian Empire's nose. But evil is not content to sit back and let them gather their strength. A new threat is coming in the form of an unstoppable army of the walking dead. To face this enemy, our heroes will have to dig deeper and find a strength they didn't know they possessed.

Random House Books for Young Readers

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (Random House Books for Young Readers 27 February 2018 / $18.99) - Product Description: In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons can be whomever they choose. Tess is none of these things. Tess is ... different. She speaks out of turn, has wild ideas, and can't seem to keep out of trouble. Then Tess goes too far. What she's done is so disgraceful, she can't even allow herself to think of it. Unfortunately, the past cannot be ignored. So Tess's family decide the only path for her is a nunnery.

But on the day she is to join the nuns, Tess chooses a different path for herself. She cuts her hair, pulls on her boots, and sets out on a journey. She's not running away, she's running towards something. What that something is, she doesn't know. Tess just knows that the open road is a map to somewhere else--a life where she might belong.

Returning to the spellbinding world of the Southlands she created in Seraphina, Rachel Hartman explores self-reliance and redemption in this wholly original fantasy.

Subterranean Press

Hellraiser: The Toll by Clive Barker and Mark Alan Miller (Subterranean Press 28 February 2018 / $40.00) - Book Description: Hellraiser: The Toll tells the story of what happened between Clive Barker's iconic works The Hellbound Heart and its follow up, The Scarlet Gospels.

Thirty years after Kirsty Singer escaped from the clutches of the Hell Priest, Pinhead, and lived to fight another day, her life has never been the same. Every few years she fashions a new name, a new identity, and a new home for herself. She is a woman who is running from her past at all cost, which is why it comes as such a surprise when she receives a mysterious letter in the mail, addressed to the woman she's been running from over half her life.

Answering the letter's query, she begins a descent down a rabbit hole to the ultimate confrontation. Her actions stir something unnamable in the ether, and throw her into a game where nothing--not even what she sees in front of her very eyes--can be trusted.

With equal parts economy and eloquence, author Mark Alan Miller brings to life the beginning of the end as The Toll expands the Hellraiser universe, and shows that before Harry D'Amour's adventures in The Scarlet Gospels, there was a first witness to Pinhead's infernal plan.

Penric's Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold (Subterranean Press 28 February 2018 / $25.00) - Book Description: Some eight months after the events of Penric and the Shaman, Learned Penric, sorcerer and scholar, travels to Easthome, the capital of the Weald. There he again meets his friends Shaman Inglis and Locator oswyl. When the body of a sorceress is found in the woods, Oswyl draws him inot another investigation; they must all work together to uncover a mystery mixing magic, murder, and the strange realities of Temple demons.

With Penric's Fox, Lois McMaster Bujold returns to her World of the Five Gods, the settin of her novels The Curse of Chalion, Paladin of Souls, and The Hallowed Hunt. Continuing the tale begun in the novellas Penric's Demon and Penric and the Shaman. Bujold's third installment of Penric and Desdemona's tale is another must-read novella for her legion of fans.

Tor Books

Child of a Mad God: A Tale of the Coven by R.A. Salvatore (Tor Books 06 February 2018 / $25.99) - Product Description: When Aoleyn loses her parents, she is left to fend for herself among a tribe of vicious barbarians. Bound by rigid traditions, she dreams of escaping to the world beyond her mountain home.

The only hope for achieving the kind of freedom she searches for is to learn how to wield the mysterious power used by the tribe's coven known as the Song of Usgar. Thankfully, Aoleyn may be the strongest witch to have ever lived, but magic comes at a price. Not only has her abilities caught the eye of the brutish warlord that leads the tribe, but the demon of the mountain hunts all who wield the Coven's power, and Aoleyn's talent has made her a beacon in the night.

Semiosis by Sue Burke (Tor Books 06 February 2018 / ) - Product Description: Human survival hinges on a bizarre alliance in Semiosis, a character-driven science fiction novel of first contact by debut author Sue Burke.

Colonists from Earth wanted the perfect home, but they'll have to survive on the one they found. They don't realize another life form watches...and waits.

Only mutual communication can forge an alliance with the planet's sentient species and prove that humans are more than tools.

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

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