With 25 new books out this week, it’s not exactly slow… but you might think of it as the calm before the insanity that will be the first week of April.
But…but…but look what’s out this week in the group of 25. A new Black Dagger Brotherhood novel (the long-awaited Qhuinn and Blay story)! A new Elemental Assassin novel from Jennifer Estep! A new Kitty book from Carrie Vaughn! A new Night Prince novel from Jeaniene Frost! Guess I better do my taxes so I can see if there’s anything left for books.
And next week, I warn you, will be BRUTAL. So, so, so many new books! TBR mountains will be toppling into the sea, and all that.
Now….What do you want to read? As always, leave a comment telling me the book you’d most like to win, and maybe random.org will make your wishes come true. Your choice of print or digital unless otherwise stated. International? Of course! As long as Book Depository delivers to your country, please enter. If you’d prefer the first book in a series listed here, that’s okay, too.
Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor. Joffrey sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced. Young Robb still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons left in the world. As opposing forces maneuver for the final showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost limits of civilization, accompanied by a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. No one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.
A decade has passed since Verlaine saw Evangeline alight from the Brooklyn Bridge. Now an elite angel hunter for the Society of Angelology, he pursues his mission with single-minded devotion. When Evangeline suddenly appears on a twilit Paris street, Verlaine finds her nature to be unlike any of the other creatures he pursues, casting him into doubt and confusion that only grows when she is abducted before his eyes by a creature who has topped the society’s most-wanted list for more than a century. The ensuing chase drives Verlaine from the Eiffel Tower to the palaces of St. Petersburg and into the provinces of Siberia and the Black Sea coast, where the truth of Evangeline’s origins, as well as forces that could restore or annihilate them all, lie in wait.
A modern fantasy set in two epochs: the Black Dawn, a time of environmental apocalypse, and generations into the future in its aftermath, the Bright Day. In each era, a child undertakes a perilous journey to find a dark messiah known as The Crowman. In their hands lies the fate of the planet as they attempt to discover whether The Crowman is our saviour, or the final incarnation of evil.
Most people shy away from blood, but for an assassin like me, Gin Blanco, aka the Spider, it’s just part of the job. Still, it would be nice to get a night off, especially when I’m attending the biggest gala event of the summer at Briartop, Ashland’s fanciest art museum. For this exhibition of my late nemesis’ priceless possessions is not only the place to be seen, but the place to be robbed and taken hostage at gunpoint as well. No sooner did I get my champagne than a bunch of the unluckiest thieves ever burst into the museum and started looting the place. Unlucky why? Because I brought along a couple of knives in addition to my killer dress. Add these to my Ice and Stone magic, and nothing makes me happier than showing the bad guys why red really is my color.
The President of the United States vanishes from the White House. A top-secret prototype stealth fighter is destroyed during a test flight. Witnesses on the ground say that it was shot down by a craft that immediately vanished at impossible speeds. All over the world reports of UFOs are increasing at an alarming rate. And in a remote fossil dig in China dinosaur hunters have found something that is definitely not of this earth. There are rumors of alien-human hybrids living among us. Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences rush headlong into the heat of the world’s strangest and deadliest arms race, because the global race to recover and retro-engineer alien technologies has just hit a snag. Someone, or something, wants that technology back.
After declaring his independence from the corrupt Constellation, rebel General Adolphus knows the crackdown is coming. Now he needs to pull together the struggling Hellhole colony, the ever-expanding shadow-Xayan settlement, and his connections with the other Deep Zone worlds. Diadem Michella Duchenet has collected a huge space fleet led by Commodore Escobar Hallholme, son of the hero who originally defeated Adolphus. Adolphus knows he’s running out of time. And when all hope seems lost, the awakened Xayans reveal information hidden even from their own followers, the existence of a bigger threat that makes even the Constellation fleet seem insignificant. Disaster has come for General Adolphus and Hellhole, and this time there is no escape.
When archaeoloist Chloe Broussard accepts the contract to lead a dig in Ornes, France, she has no idea she will uncover the Veil of Veronica. She discovers a danger far greater than the demons she’s confronted since childhood. Azazel wants her, as well as the Veronica, and his chosen minion is her brother. Her hope lies with immortal Templar Knight Lucan. For centuries, Lucan of Seacourt has lived with the knowledge that his brother killed their family. As Azazel’s darkness eats away at his soul, old betrayal stirs suspicion. He trusts no one. Not even the seraph who can heal his dying spirit. With the fate of the Almighty hanging in the balance, Lucan must find faith in something more terrifying than the dark lord’s creations. He must learn to believe his heart.
Ivak Sigurdsson is dead, well, sort of. Guilty of the sin of lust, he’s been given an unusual penance: spend eternity as a Viking Vampire Angel, or Vangel, fighting Lucipires, Satan’s vampire demons on earth. Now sequestered in Angola Prison as a “spiritual advisor,” Ivak is finding all these centuries of celibacy depressing. Along comes southern belle Gabrielle Sonnier. Is she a reward for his good deeds, or a temptation sent to rattle his lustsome brain? Gabrielle, a lawyer, begs Ivak to help get her brother out of prison. Aided by the Cajun LeDeux family and their chief looney bird, Tante Lulu, Ivak reluctantly agrees. He alternately tries to seduce and save Gabrielle before the Lucipires run rampant. They both begin to wonder if it’s really only lust, or something more.
On the heels of Kitty’s return from London, a new werewolf shows up in Denver, one who threatens to split the pack by challenging Kitty’s authority at every turn. The timing could not be worse; Kitty needs all the allies she can muster to go against the ancient vampire, Roman, if she’s to have any hope of defeating his Long Game. But there’s more to this intruder than there seems, and Kitty must uncover the truth, fast. Meanwhile, Cormac pursues an unknown entity wreaking havoc across Denver; and a vampire from the Order of St. Lazaurus tempts Rick with the means to transform his life forever.
It was stolen from a New Orleans grave, the centuries-old bust of an evil man, a demonic man. It’s an object desired by collectors, and by those with wickedness in their hearts. Its current owner shows up at Danni Cafferty’s antiques shop on Royal Street. Before Danni can buy the statue, it disappears, the owner is found dead. Michael Quinn is a former cop and now private investigator. He believes that doing the right thing isn’t a job, it’s a way of life. And the right thing to do is find and destroy this object weighted with malevolent powers. He and Danni are drawn together in their search for the missing statue. Cafferty and Quinn already know that trust in others can be misplaced. They know that their story won’t end when this case is closed and the dead rest in peace once again.
Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. He has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. As the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another. Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. The male has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young, just as Qhuinn has always wanted for himself. As the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together, finally become one.
In Play With Fire houses of worship are burning around the U.S. From churches, to synagogues, to mosques. Usually while the places are full of people. Initially dismissed as random acts of violence, Morris and Chastain uncover the deadly meaning behind the fires, and the terrifying cause they seek to serve. In Midnight at the Oasis Middle Eastern terrorists have conjured a deadly djin that will lay waste to America, unless Morris and Chastain can stop it first.
After a heartrending night of loss and blood, Miranda Grey-Solomon, vampire Queen of the South, now stands in the ruins of her life. David, her husband and Prime, is missing and presumed dead. She has little time to grieve as enemies both old and new emerge to test her yet again. Between vampires trying to take advantage of a Queen without a Prime, incursions by a mysterious organization of humans calling themselves the Order of the Morningstar, and the continuing threat from those within the Shadow World who have already tried to destroy her, Miranda and her allies are running out of places to turn. Miranda must look to the ancient past, to the first days of the vampire race, and uncover secrets about the Signets that could change the course of history.
Caprise is tall, beautiful, exotic. A goddess in the flesh. A dancer, when Caprise takes the stage, she feels the power she holds over men, especially the man known as X. He watches her night after night. He follows her with hungry eyes. And he knows her deepest, darkest secret, her true animal nature. Xavier has always lived for the thrill of the hunt, and the pleasure of the kill. But now, as a shifter working for the FBI, he is dedicated to keeping a leash on the world’s most savage predators. Keeping an eye on a gorgeous creature like Caprise is part of his job. But when a deadly new breed of half-human killer marks Caprise as his mate, Xavier must fight tooth and claw to save her, or risk losing the most sensual and exciting woman he’s ever known.
A rebel angel who lives outside the world of the Fallen, Cain makes his own rules. Now he’s returned to make trouble, and he sets his sights on the unreliably psychic Martha. She has no interest in getting romantically involved with Cain, especially when she can tell he has ulterior motives. But when a mysterious figure tries to kill Martha, she and Cain must work together to uncover the villain. The heat between Martha and Cain grows undeniable, even as chaos and disaster threaten the very existence of the Fallen.
Alex Lomax is the only private eye working the streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up after Simon Weingarten and Denny O’Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. On Earth the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of treasure hunters stampeded to Mars in the Great Martian Fossil Rush. Lomax tracks down killers and kidnappers among the failed prospectors, corrupt cops, and a population of transfers, lucky stiffs who, after striking paleontological gold, upload their minds into immortal android bodies. When he uncovers clues to solving the murders of Weingarten and O’Reilly, along with a journal that may lead to their legendary mother lode of Martian fossils, God only knows what he’ll dig up.
Durango has always relied on Mimi, once his tough-as-nails squad leader, she is now the bitingly sarcastic artificial intelligence flash-cloned to his brain. Mimi is the only reason he is alive. Durango has always looked out for his devastatingly beautiful and brave second-in-command, Vienne, now wounded, crushed, missing. Vienne is the only reason he wants to live. Durango hasn’t always despised his father. But he does now. Lyme wants Durango to be the Prince of Mars, and he’ll stop at nothing to realize that dream. He’ll sacrifice anything and anyone in the name of domination. Even Mimi. Especially Vienne. Lyme forgot one thing. You don’t want to mess with Durango.
Solaris Rising 2brings best-selling and cutting edge SF authors together for another extraodrinary volume of ground-breaking stories. Having re-affirmed Solaris’s proud reputation for producing high quality science fiction antologies in the first volume, Solaris Rising 2 is the next collection in this exciting series. Featuring stories by Allan Steele, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Kim Lakin-Smith, Paul Cornell, Eugie Foster, Nick Harkaway, Nancy Kress, Kay Kenyon, James Lovegrove, Robert Reed, Mercurio D. Rivera, Norman Spinrad, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Liz Williams, Vandana Singh, Martin Sketchley, and more.
The Empire State is dying. The Fissure connecting the pocket universe to New York has vanished, plunging the city into a deep freeze and the populace are demanding a return to Prohibition and rationing as energy supplies dwindle. Meanwhile, in 1954 New York, the political dynamic has changed and Nimrod finds his department subsumed by a new group, Atoms For Peace, led by the mysterious Evelyn McHale. As Rad uncovers a new threat to his city, Atoms For Peace prepare their army for a transdimensional invasion. Their goal: total conquest, or destruction, of the Empire State.
Every one hundred years a town appears. From a small village in the peaks of Tibet to a gathering of mud huts in the jungles of South American, it can take many forms. It exists for twenty-four hours then vanishes once more, but for that single day it contains the greatest miracle a man could imagine: a doorway to Heaven. It is due to appear on the 21st September 1889 as a ghost town in the American Midwest. There are many who hope to be there: traveling preacher Obeisance Hicksand his simple messiah, a brain-damaged Civil War veteran; Henry and Harmonium Jones and their pack of outlaws; the Brothers of Ruth and their sponsor Lord Forset; finally, an aging gunslinger who lost his wings at the very beginning of creation and wants nothing more than to settle old scores.
Find the dead a King, save himself, win the love of his life, live happily ever after. No wonder Marius dos Helles is bored. But now something has stopped the dead from, well, dying. It’s up to Marius, Gerd, and Gerd’s not-dead-enough Granny to journey across the continent and put the dead back in the afterlife where they belong.
Gabe Figaret, an ex-psychologist, now works in a bookshop in Paris as he comes to terms with his past. He cannot refuse when Reynard, a doctor, asks Gabe to mentor a patient, a young, delusional and mute woman named Angelina. Gabe’s life in Paris becomes increasingly unstable. He senses a presence watching. There is a raven, which appears wherever he turns. Angelina tells Gabe there is only one way to save them both: he must flee to Morgravia. Gabe believes her claim to be part of her delusion. When she begins to link minds and show him the realm where the cathedral that he has dreamed about since his youth, is real, he is drawn into her spell and her plan. Gabe’s world will be turned upside down, and he will learn truths about who he is, and who he can, or cannot, trust.
Leila’s psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn’t sure what the future holds. If that weren’t enough, her lover, Vlad, has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she’s also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold shoulder treatment forever, especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won’t admit that he loves her. Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where tragedy strikes. She finds herself in the crosshairs of a killer who may be closer than she realizes. Leila must decide who to trust: the fiery vampire who arouses her passions like no other or the tortured knight who longs to be more than a friend? With danger stalking her every step of the way, all it takes is one wrong move to damn her for eternity.
Welcome to the Wasteland. Where all the adults are long gone, and now no one lives past the age of nineteen. Wasteland is the first of a trilogy in which everyone is forced to live under the looming threat of rampant disesase and brutal attacks by the Variants, hermaphroditic outcasts that live on the outskirts of Prin. Esther thinks there’s more to life than toiling at harvesting, gleaning, and excavating, day after day under the relentless sun, just hoping to make it to the next day. But then Caleb, a mysterious stranger, arrives in town, and Esther begins to question who she can trust. As shady pasts unravel into the present and new romances develop, Caleb and Esther realize that they must team together to fight for their lives and for the freedom of Prin.
What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America? It’s time to kick some hellion butt. After not really surviving her junior year (after all, she did die), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She’s going to the find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity and the rest on each other. And so she, and her gang, make plans to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever. But then she meets Wrath. And Kaylee realizes that she’s closer to the edge than she’s ever been. Especially when one more person she loves is taken.
Ricky Lee has no plans of getting serious about anyone, but he will protect Toni Jean-Louis Parker. Not just because he’s been hired to do so, but because it’s the right thing to do. And if that means traveling around the country with one complicated She-jackal, dealing with chocolate-eating wild dogs, instigating trouble between his brothers, and having the most amazing sex he’s ever had, well, who said his job didn’t have perks? Toni doesn’t know how she keeps getting herself into these situations. But even she has to admit there’s something about Ricky Lee Reed that she finds kind of interesting, and downright sexy. Now they just have to survive long enough to figure out if what they have is worth fighting for.
Investigator Vissarion Lom has been summoned to the capital in order to catch a terrorist, and ordered to report directly to the head of the secret police. A totalitarian state, worn down by an endless war, must be seen to crush home-grown insurgents with an iron fist. But Lom discovers Mirgorod to be more corrupted than he imagined: a murky world of secret police and revolutionaries, cabaret clubs and doomed artists. Lom has been chosen because he is an outsider, not involved in the struggle for power within the party. And because of the sliver of angel stone implanted in his head.
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