Gah! The number of new releases this week is in-sane, I tell you. It must be the first week of the month or something. Some good stuff here too. I have Nate Kenyon’s Day One in my TBR pile already. And looks like there’s a new JR Ward Fallen Angels novel for me to buy and put in my personal Mount Everest of books. I have the series sitting there unread. Someday. Someday.
In the meantime, me myself and I are taking part in a special event being held by Melliane at Between Dreams and Reality and Carien at Pearls Cast Before a McPig today. At Between D and R, DJ has a guest blog, talking about her crazy life, and I’m giving away your choice of Sentinels books. At Pearls Cast Before a McPig, I’m doing an interview as Susannah Sandlin and giving away your choice of Penton book or Storm Force.
Speaking of which, today is the last day to buy the first book in the Penton series, Redemption, for just $2 for the Kindle (or the free Kindle app for your PC, Android device or smartphone/iPad). AND for this week only, Storm Force is only 99 cents for Kindle. Good time to catch up, and while Storm Force is not required reading for the fourth Penton book (which will be released next May), it will make it more entertaining since two Storm Force characters get transferred into Penton.
The number of new releases explodes this week as the list includes the first few days of October. Simply an amazing selection of new books from which to choose.
Now…what do you want to read this week? 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.
Bijou the Artificer is a Wizard of Messaline, the City of Jackals. She and her partner, and rival, Kaulas the Necromancer, along with the martial Prince Salih, comprise the Bey’s elite band of trouble-solving adventurers. But Messaline is built on the ruins of a still more ancient City of Jackals. So when two foreign Wizards and a bard from the mysterious western isles cross the desert in pursuit of a sorcerer intent on plundering the deadly artifacts of lost Erem, Bijou and her companions must join their hunt. The quest will take them through strange passages, beneath the killing light of alien suns, with the price of failure the destruction of every land.
After a powerful sorceress is murdered, she’s summoned over the centuries to witness devastating changes to the land where she was born. A woman who lives by scavenging corpses in the Japanese suicide forest is haunted by her dead lover. A man searches for the memory that will overwrite his childhood abuse. Helios is left at the altar. The world is made quiet by a series of apocalypses.
In the pages of this latest collection of downright delicate, often enchanting and occasionally distressing stories, you will encounter: two boys who discover an elaborate trap to capture fairies; a young musician haunted by the song ‘Moonlight In Vermont’; a small-time crook about to fall under the spell of London while, at the same time, rediscovering his wife; a family who happen across a store with a back door that takes you back to your favorite past; a Runyon-esque gambler with the strangest set of dice you ever saw; a couple jaded with their life together who are re-visited by their collective histories; an unusual visitor who rolls in one fall day under cover of a mighty thick fog just to touch base with someone he maybe once knew; a dying man who learns that most important of all lessons: his life has been more worthwhile than he realized; and a carnival come to visit the small turn-of-the-century Texas town of Gault, there to make a big impression on two young women on the cusp of so many things. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and, by golly, you’ll want to sleep with the light on. Don’t say we didn t warn you.
The United States of Europe, the nation formed by an alliance between the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus and the West Virginians hurled back in time by a cosmic accident, is on the verge of civil war. His brain injured in the war with Poland, the USE’s emperor Gustavus Adolphus is no longer in command. Enter Swedish chancellor Oxenstierna, a leader of aristocratic reaction against democracy. Mike Stearns’ wife Rebecca Abrabanel is organizing resistance to Oxenstierna’s plot. The American musician Marla Linder and her company of musical partners are staging an opera that will celebrate the struggle against oppression. Another plot is underway. Can the American detective Byron Chieske and his partner Gotthilf Hoch thwart the killers before they succeed in their goal?
Serafina was living the normal life of a village girl, when she gets a mysterious letter, her first letter ever, in fact, from a great aunt she’s never heard of in another village. Little does ‘Fina know, her great aunt is actually a Baba Yaga, a magical witch who lives in an even more magical cottage. Serafina’s life takes an amazing turn as she finds herself becoming the new Baba Yaga. But leaving behind home and the boy she loves isn’t easy, and as Serafina grows into her new and magical role answering the first question any stranger might ask her with the truth, she also learns about the person she’s meant to be, and that telling the future doesn’t always mean knowing the right answers.
On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justice of Toren, a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body. And only one purpose, to revenge herself on Anaander Mianaai, many-bodied, near-immortal Lord of the Radch.
Fathered by an incubus, raised by a mortal mother, and liaison to the Pemkowet Police Department, Daisy Johanssen pulled the community together after a summer tragedy befell the resort town she calls home. Things are back to normal, as normal as it gets for a town famous for its supernatural tourism, and presided over by the reclusive Norse goddess Hel. Not only has Daisy now gained respect as Hel’s enforcer, she’s dating Sinclair Palmer, a seemingly normal human guy. Sinclair has a secret. He’s descended from Obeah sorcerers and they want him back. If he doesn’t return to Jamaica they’ll unleash spirit magic that could have dire consequences for the town. It’s Daisy’s job to stop it, and she’s going to need a lot of help.
Mags returns to the Collegium, but there are mixed feelings, his included, about him actually remaining there. No one doubts that he is and should be a Herald, but he is afraid that his mere presence is going to incite more danger right in the heart of Valdemar. Everyone decides that going elsewhere is the solution for now. So since he is going elsewhere, why not return to the place he was found in the first place and look for clues? With Herald Jadrek, Herald Kylan (the Weaponsmaster’s chosen successor), and his friends Bear, Lena, and Amily, they head for the Bastion, the hidden spot in the hills that had once been the headquarters of a powerful band of raiders that had held him and his parents prisoner. What they find is not what anyone expected.
Hanna Bassiano, formerly known as Lady H’ana ril-Koroth of D’neera, was, like all the people of the planet D’neera a telepath. everal additional contacts had seen her firmly established as the person to spearhead this new first-contact mission. She and her handpicked team were now aboard alien contact ship Endeavor Three, to a distant world that had sent its own expedition to the human colony world New Earth two hundred years ago. Hanna began to explore the starways with her mind, seeking contact with this legendary race. Hanna could scarcely believe what she had found, a race that seemed to exist only to fight, to breed, and to die. How would they respond to a peaceful expedition of humans arriving on their world?
Laura and Alec are trained terrorists. Jack and Aubrey are high school students. There was no reason for them to ever meet. But now, a mysterious virus is spreading throughout America, infecting teenagers with impossible powers. And these four are about to find their lives intertwined in a complex web of deception, loyalty, and catastrophic danger, where one wrong choice could trigger an explosion that ends it all.
Two years ago, the rogue vampires invaded Lily Haven’s home and kidnapped her son. Now, if she hopes to see her child again, she must do the unthinkable, bind herself, body and soul, to a vampire warrior. She must choose one of the rogue army’s prisoners of war and force him to do her bidding. But when she sees the warrior, Adrien, naked, beaten, and straining against his chains, it is she who is held captive. Adrien has been waiting for her. A beautiful woman who appears to him in visions. But Lily is more than he ever hoped for. She is the master of his destiny, and he is her willing slave. Even when she asks him to find the ultimate weapon for his enemies, he must obey her. Even if the task destroys them both.
Over generations, the War has grown. It has become bloodier. With the involvement of a third faction, one that wants to put an end to the violence finally, even more enemies lurk around every corner. Strangers have been watching Christopher for his entire life. He doesn’t know why, but he knows that he has paranoia in his blood. He has prepared since he was young for the day that they would stop watching and come for him. On his eighteenth birthday, Christopher is attacked. Though he escapes with his life, he finds himself thrust into a War he never knew existed. To the people of the War, Christopher is a legend, the hero or the villain who may one day bring an end to the conflict. But Christopher knows only that he isn’t willing to become anyone’s pawn.
Gwen Badura lives by instinct, tied to the pendant she has worn since she was a child. Michael MacKenzie is driven by the demon blade he carries, his soul slowly poisoned by its demands. They are both drawn to the city of Albuquerque by forces they do not understand, forces that require their submission, or their death. Thrown together by violence, in a city being driven mad with hate, their connection, emotional and physical, is immediate, and fierce. They don’t know the rules of this deadly game, only the penalty for losing. Gwen and Mac need to trust each other to survive, but the secrets they carry may destroy them first.
Emma Monroe is a Siren, cursed by the gods and bound to earth to atone for an ancient failure. She’s had many names and many lives, but only one mission: redemption. Now that she works missing persons cases for the FBI, it could be just a rescue away. Special Agent Zack Armstrong just transferred into the San Diego Field Office. He’s a werewolf, doing his best to beat back the demons from his dark and dangerous past. As a former Black Ops sniper, he’s taken enough lives. Emma and Zack’s very first case draws them deep into the realm of the paranormal. That leaves each of them vulnerable. As secrets are revealed and more women go missing, one thing becomes clear: as they race to save the victims, Emma and Zack risk losing themselves.
Krysta is used to getting the drop on vampires. Her “special abilities” aren’t much, but the plan is simple, she plays helpless pretty young thing to lure them in. Then her shoto swords come out and it’s bye-bye, bloodsucker. Until one night she finds herself with an unexpected ally. He’s a vampire, all right, but different. More interested in saving her skin than draining it. Étienne has been an Immortal Guardian for two hundred years, long enough to know that Krysta is special. He can’t stop thinking about her long legs, even more than her short swords. Then he discovers the vamps she’s exterminating have friends in high places, and the Guardians are in danger, too. He’ll have to accept Krysta’s help to save them. The stakes for a mortal are high. The cost to his heart might be higher.
Scandal-plagued hacker journalist John Hawke is on the trail of the story that might save his career. James Weller, the former CEO of giant technology company Eclipse, has founded a new start-up, and agreed to let Hawke do a profile on him. After he arrives in Weller’s office in New York City, anything with an Internet connection begins to malfunction. Hawke receives a call from his frantic wife just before the phones go dead. He and a band of survivors are struggling for their lives as they find themselves thrust into the middle of a war zone. New York City is under attack from an enemy that can be anywhere and can occupy anything with a computer chip. Hawke must find a way back to his pregnant wife and son. Their lives depend upon it, and so does the human race.
Clues left by her missing father lead Lyra to a gorgeous, mysterious Caido, a descendent of fallen angels. When she discovers that his brother is also missing, she’s determined not to let the exasperating man shut her out. The last thing Archer needs is an emotional Dragon at his side, especially one whose heat reaches beyond the icy walls he, and all Caidos, must erect for good reason. Working together? Smart. Falling in love? Foolish, and inescapable. (ebook Only)
Jake Stephens was always an average guy. The kind of guy who would never catch the attention of a popular girl like Amanda Blake, or a psychic teenage government agent like Cass. One day during lunch, Jake’s whole life changed. He and Amanda suddenly locked eyes across the cafeteria, and at the exact same instant, they turned into zombies and devoured half their senior class. Jake definitely has Amanda’s attention, as well as Cass’s, since she’s been sent on a top-secret mission to hunt them down. As Jake and Amanda deal with the guilt of eating their best friends, Cass struggles with a growing psychic dilemma of her own, one that will lead the three of them on an epic journey across the country and make them question what it means to truly be alive. Or undead.
Evie has now fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress. And Jackson was there to see it all. In the aftermath of killing Arthur, the tarot Alchemist, Evie realizes that a war is brewing between the other teens that, following the apocalypse, have been given powers and its kill or be killed. Things get even more complicated when Evie meets Death, the mysterious, sexy Endless Knight. Somehow the Empress and Death share a romantic history – one that Evie can’t remember, but Death can’t forget. She is drawn to the Endless Knight, but is in love with Jack. Determined to discover why she’s been granted these powers, Evie struggles to accept her place in a prophecy that will either save the world, or completely destroy it.
Seventeen-year-old Cade is a fierce survivor, solo in the universe with her cherry-red guitar. Or so she thought. Her world shakes apart when a hologram named Mr. Niven tells her she was created in a lab in the year 3112, then entangled at a subatomic level with a boy named Xan. Cade’s quest to locate Xan joins her with an array of outlaws, her first friends, on a galaxy-spanning adventure. And once Cade discovers the wild joy of real connection, there’s no turning back.
Bailey Ruth loves to return to earth as an emissary from Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions. She’s a bit of a loose cannon as far as ghosts go so she’s far from the top of department head Wiggins’s go-to list for assignments. She’s surprised when the Heaven-sent Rescue Express drops her off at a house on the outskirts of her old hometown, Adelaide, Oklahoma. When a window cracks and a rifle barrel is thrust inside, only Bailey Ruth’s hasty intervention saves Nick Magruder from taking a bullet. She’s been tricked by Nick’s late aunt, Delilah Delahunt Duvall, to come to the young man’s rescue. Wiggins has no idea where she is, and now she may be trapped in Adelaide forever. Unless she can help Aunt Dee snare the person who wants her nephew dead.
Graham Wilde is a contentious, bombastic host of the talk radio program Wilde Card. His job is to stir the pot, provoking many a heated call with his audience. He invites Frank Jasper, a purported psychic, to come on the program. When Jasper appears on his show, Wilde draws upon personal knowledge about the man to embarrass him on air, using patter similar to that which Jasper utilizes in his act. He next encounters Jasper when the psychic is hired by the family of a missing adolescent girl to help them find her. Wilde is horrified when Jasper suggests that he might be behind the girl’s disappearance. Evidence against Wilde begins to mount, alienating his listeners, the radio station. As Wilde descends into despair as reality and fantasy begin to blur in a kaleidoscope of terror. (U.S. Release)
Rory Miller thought her life was over when a serial killer set his sights on her and forced her into witness protection. A fresh start on Juniper Landing Island was exactly what she and her family needed. For the first time in years she and her sister hang out at the beach, gossip about boys, and party together. She’s also made friends with a local clique, including a magnetic and mysterious boy named Tristan. The truth about the swirling fog that rolls in each morning, the bridge that leads to nowhere, and those beautiful locals who seem to watch Rory’s every move is more terrifying than being hunted by Steven Nell. All Rory ever wanted was the truth. Even if it means learning that she can never go home again.
Rough and tumble Saturday Woodcutter thinks she’s the only one of her sisters without any magic, until the day she accidentally conjures an ocean in the backyard. With her sword in tow, Saturday sets sail on a pirate ship, only to find herself kidnapped and whisked off to the top of the world. Is Saturday powerful enough to kill the mountain witch who holds her captive and save the world from sure destruction? And, as she wonders grumpily, “Did romance have to be part of the adventure?” As in Enchanted, readers will revel in the fragments of fairy tales that embellish this action-packed story of adventure and, yes, romance.
“The oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown,” H.P. Lovecraft, once wrote. And the greatest unknown is the vast universe, shrouded in eternal cosmic night. What things might be on other planets, or in the dark gulfs between the stars? Giving very unsettling answers to that question are such writers as Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Sheckley, Philip K. Dick, James. H. Schmitz, Clark Ashton Smith, Cyril M. Kornbluth, Alastair Reynolds, Neal Asher, Sarah A. Hoyt, and more. One might hope that in the void beyond the earth will be found friendly aliens, benevolent and possibly wiser than humanity, but don’t be surprised if other worlds have unpleasant surprises in store for future visitors. And in vacuum, no one will be able to hear your screams.
The Company, a powerful corporate entity in the twenty-fourth century, has discovered a nearly foolproof recipe for success: immortal employees and time travel. They specialize in retrieving extraordinary treasures out of the past, gathered by cybernetically-enhanced workers who pass as ordinary people. Or at least they try to pass. There is one rule at Dr. Zeus Incorporated that must not be broken: recorded history cannot be changed. But avoiding the attention of mortals while stealing from them? It’s definitely not in the Company manual. History awaits, though not quite the one you remember.
Johannes Cabal and his rather inexact powers of necromancy are back once more. This time, his talents are purchased by The Fear Institute as they hunt for the Phobic Animus, the embodiment of fear. The three Institute members, led by Cabal and his Silver Key, enter the Dreamlands and find themselves pursued by walking trees plagued with giant ticks, stone men that patrol the ruins of their castles, cats that feed on human flesh and phobias which torment and devastate. The intrepid explorers are killed off one by one as they traipse through this world, where history itself appears to alter. Cabal finds himself alone with the Institute’s only remaining survivor, and after a shockingly violent experiment, begins to suspect that not everything is quite as it seems. (U.S. Release)
Millions of people around the world know the story of Oskar and Eli and of their final escape from Blackeberg at the end of the novel. Now at last, in “Let the Old Dreams Die,” the title story in this absolutely stunning collection, we get a glimpse of what happened next to the pair. Fans of Let the Right One In will have to read the story, which is destined to generate much word of mouth both among fans and online. “Let the Old Dreams Die” is not the only stunner in this collection. In “Final Processing,” Lindqvist also reveals the next chapter in the lives of the characters he created in Handling the Undead. “Equinox” is a story of a woman who takes care of her neighbor’s house while they are away and readers will never forget what she finds in the house. (U.S. Release)
Ever since that fateful night, he can’t stop thinking about her. She moved across the dance floor like an angel, surrendering to the music, and casting a spell that could only be magic. When Phelan took her in his arms and kissed her, the Highlander knew this was no ordinary woman. This was a Druidess who could fulfill his every desire, or destroy him completely. She is a mystery, a woman on the run, hunted by two different men. As much as she longs to be captured by the magnificent warrior Phelan, she knows she must resist the temptation. A vengeful evil is stalking her, watching her every move, a madman who will stop at nothing to possess her power. Once, she sold a piece of her soul for magic. Is she willing to risk Phelan’s life, and give up her heart, for love?
Determined to destroy the Echelon she despises, Rosalind Fairchild is on seemingly easy mission. Get in. Uncover the secrets of her brother’s disappearance. And get out. In order to infiltrate the Nighthawks and find their leader, Sir Jasper Lynch, Rosalind will pose as their secretary. But she doesn’t count on Lynch being such a dangerously charismatic man, challenging her at every turn, forcing her to re-evaluate everything she knows about the enemy. He could be her most dangerous nemesis, or the ally she never dreamed existed.
Wounded Special Forces veteran Jim Chapel now specializes in missions improbable (and sometimes impossible). After confronting a Russian triple agent, Chapel must infiltrate a separatist militia group to track and seize contraband Russian weaponry. But the militia leader has his own agenda, and an ace up his sleeve. (ebook Only)
On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan’s older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil. Then a murder rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder, betrothed to the victim, but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find, or who she will lose.
When Cait Douglass resolves to get over her broken heart, throw off her inhibitions, and start really living, she’s unprepared for the two sensual men who cross her path. Torn between them, she doesn’t know which to choose, or what kind of dire consequences could follow. Jim Heron, fallen angel and reluctant savior, is ahead in the war, but he puts everything at risk when he seeks to make a deal with the devil–literally. As yet another soul is unwittingly caught in the battle between him and the demon Devina, his fixation on an innocent trapped in Hell threatens to sidetrack him from his sacred duty. Can good still prevail if true love makes a savior weak? And will a woman’s future be the key, or the curse, for all of humanity? Only time, and hearts, will tell.
Bounty hunter Rafe Montana is a Seer, descended from the fabled Atlanteans. He uses his inherited power to “see” criminals across the globe and track them down. Danny Cangialosi is accused of disappearing with a stolen car, but when Rafe goes looking, he is unable to “see” him. Instead, his search leads him to Danny’s stepsister, Cara McGaffigan. Cara is looking for Danny. If she can just find him before the cops do, she’ll figure out a way to get him out of this. Rafe and Cara know they’re never going to see eye-to-eye when it comes to Danny. What they don’t know is that Danny didn’t just steal a car, he stole a precious stone, a stone right out of the legends of Atlantis. It holds powers they can only dream of, and its owner wants it back.
For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals. When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy, an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.
Reya Sinclair is the last person a man sees before he dies. As a Redeemer, she offers the soon-to-be-departed one last chance to atone for their sins. She won’t let anyone stand in her way, not even a ruggedly sexy cop hot on her trail. Reya must shake him before he ruins her, but her heart can’t seem to let him go. Detective Thane Driscoll has watched too many criminals get away. Now Thane carries out his own brand of justice. When a string of deaths leads him to a beautiful woman in black, he discovers there’s more to his father’s murder than meets the eye. Thane discovers that only Reya’s touch can calm his rage. Racing to uncover an evil plot, they must fight together to stop the coming storm. But when the time comes, can Reya sacrifice her own redemption to save Thane?
Griffen already has his hands full running his gambling operation in New Orleans and dealing with his dragon heritage. Now his pregnant sister, Valerie, is missing, possibly kidnapped, and his uncle, Malcolm McCandles, has flown into town for a mysterious meeting with a powerful man who’s been dead for almost eight decades. And Griffen certainly hasn’t got the time to protect Councilwoman Penny Dunbar, a dragon who’s running for governor of Louisiana, if malign forces don’t take her out first. Griffen learned a long time ago to play the hand fate has dealt him, but with many lives at stake, including Val’s unborn dragon, he’s hoping for an ace in the hole.
Meg Banks’ life might look perfect. Her tyrannical mother rules the house and her shallow friends can talk about nothing but boys and drinking. Meg’s only escape is her secret life as a graffiti artist. Meg witnesses the dying moments of a fox, a fox that shapeshifts into a man. As he dies, he gives Meg a beautiful gemstone. It isn’t long before Meg realizes that she’s also inherited his power to shift. She is plunged into the shadowy underworld of London, the territory of the five warring groups of shapeshifters, the Skulk, the Rabble, the Conspiracy, the Horde, and the Cluster. Someone is after her gemstone. Meg must discover the secret of the stone and unite the shapeshifters before her dream of freedom turns into a nightmare.
Rhianne, mind mage and Imperial Princess of Kjall, cannot openly challenge the emperor. She acts in secret to aid the victims of his worst excesses. The emperor plans to wed her to the cruel Augustan, the man leading Kjall’s attack against the nation of Mosar. Soon she will be torn from her supporters and shipped overseas. Mosari crown prince Janto is desperate to save his country from invasion. When one of his most trusted spies disappears while gathering intelligence at the Kjallan palace, Janto takes his place and continues searching for information that could save his people. Falling for the Imperial Princess was not part of his plan. Rhianne must make a choice, follow the path of tradition or the one of the heart, even if it means betraying her own people.
Alex Franks believes the madness is behind them. With Ascension Labs under his direction and the forces threatening Emma’s life overcome, they have a chance at a normal life, and keeping his secrets safely buried. A shadow rises from Alex’s past, and she wants him back. Hailey Westmore will stop at nothing to claim the boy she was meant to be with. Without warning, Emma Gentry finds she cannot trust anything. Not her mind, her memory, not even herself. Tragic events and unexpected deaths stalk Alex and Emma, testing them in ways they would never imagine, and may not survive. Alex carries a new secret, and a horrifying guilt that Hailey uses to her advantage. Emma’s life and sanity hang in the balance, and Alex may have created a monster.
Being a goddess is a lot less fun than you might think. Especially when you’re only a half goddess, and you only found out about it recently, and you still don’t know what you’re doing half the time. And when you’ve just used your not-so-reliable powers to burglarize the booby-trapped office of a vampire mob boss. Yeah, that part sucks. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg for Cassandra Palmer, aka the Pythia, the freshly minted chief seer of the supernatural world. After all, Cassie still has to save a friend from a fate worse than death, deal with an increasingly possessive master vampire, and prevent a party of her own acolytes from unleashing a storm of fury upon the world. Totally just your average day at the office, right?
Cyn and Avian are far from a perfect match. She’s a witch who casts spells on men so she can steal their cars. He spends his time being judge, jury, and executioner to the truly evil in the supernatural realm. When the blackouts Cyn’s been having ever since her time in Sleepy Hollow start escalating, she finds herself unable to remember where she’s been or what she’s been doing. Frightened, she seeks guidance at a local church, and it’s there she meets Avian. The unlikely pair soon discovers that her blackouts are a side effect of what she truly is, an Echo, a conduit for souls of the dead. The only way to prevent Cyn from losing complete control is to return to Sleepy Hollow and vanquish the source of her power, but she may not survive the process.
The Cloak Society has finally taken down their greatest enemies-the Rangers of Justice-in a spectacular feat of supervillainy, and their long-awaited rise to power is imminent. But twelve-year-old Alex Knight has other plans-he has joined forces with Kirbie and the Junior Rangers of Justice to fight Cloak once and for all. But fighting for the same side is easier said than done…especially when your new teammates aren’t sure your days as a supervillain are over. Packed with intense battles, extraordinary superpowers, and life-changing decisions, The Cloak Society is a thrilling middle-grade trilogy that turns everything you know about superheroes on its head-and in Villains Rising, the stakes are even higher.
They called it the Thorn Hill Massacre, the brutal attack on a once-thriving Weir community. Though Jonah Kinlock lived through it, he did not emerge unscathed. Jonah has become the deadliest assassin in Nightshade, a network that hunts the undead. Emma Claire Greenwood grew up worlds away. She runs the streets until the night she finds her grandfather dying, gripping a note warning Emma that she might be in danger. The clue he leaves behind leads Emma into Jonah’s life. The Wizards’ suspicions grow when members of the mainline guilds start turning up dead. They blame Nightshade. Jonah and Emma work to uncover the truth about Thorn Hill, amid increasing concern that whoever planned the Thorn Hill Massacre might strike again.
September misses Fairyland and her friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. She longs to leave the routines of home, and embark on a new adventure. Little does she know that this time, she will be spirited away to the moon, reunited with her friends, and find herself faced with saving Fairyland from a moon-Yeti with great and mysterious powers.
Following a successful coup, the leaders of the rebel Midway Star System struggle to forge a government. An alien threat to humanity may turn old adversaries into uncertain allies. General Artur Drakon knows three words describe someone who confides in a Syndicate CEO: Stupid. Betrayed. Dead. He partnered with another former CEO to overthrow Syndic forces. With an enigma fleet menacing their hard-earned independence, he can ill afford to trust her. President Gwen Iceni believes Midway is humanity’s defense against the enigmas. Their plan places the Midway flotilla at great risk in hopes of greater reward. Before facing the alien advance, Drakon and Iceni must survive all-too-human threats that could jeopardize Midway’s freedom, and their own lives.
The hot behavioral disorder in children is CLS, or Chronic Lycanthropy Syndrome. Public health researcher Joanie Fisher was closing in on the cause in hopes of finding a treatment until a lab fire and an affair with her boss left her without a job. When her grandfather leaves her his multimillion-dollar estate in the Ozarks, she figures her luck is turning around. Except her inheritance comes with complications: town children who disappear during full moons, an irresistible butler, and a pack of werewolves who can’t seem to decide whether to frighten her or flirt with her. Resuming her work means facing painful truths about her childhood, which could result in the loss of love, friendship, and the only true family she has left. (ebook Only)
Andrew Ranulf Blankenship is a handsome, stylish nonconformist with wry wit, a classic Mustang, and a massive library. He is also a recovering alcoholic and a practicing warlock, able to speak with the dead through film. His house is a maze of sorcerous booby traps and escape tunnels, as yours might be if you were sitting on a treasury of Russian magic stolen from the Soviet Union thirty years ago. Andrew has long known that magic was a brutal game requiring blood sacrifice and a willingness to confront death, but his many years of peace and comfort have left him soft, more concerned with maintaining false youth than with seeing to his own defense. A monster straight from the pages of Russian folklore is coming for him, and frost and death are coming with her.
With tensions rising between the kingdoms of Westria and Austlind, Molly and Tobias accompany King Alaric to Cortova, where he hopes to form an alliance with the powerful King Gonzalo, an alliance that would be sealed by Alaric’s marriage to Gonzalo’s daughter, the beautiful Princess Elizabetta. Upon arriving in Cortova, Alaric is shocked to find that there is already another suitor vying for Princess Elizabetta’s hand: his own cousin, Prince Rupert of Austlind. Alaric, Molly, and Tobias find themselves trapped in a suspenseful game of courtly intrigue that soon takes a dangerous turn. Molly’s magical visions are little help, they reveal nothing beyond hazy threats. Everything turns around Princess Elizabetta, but is she a friend or another player in her father’s crafty game?
In Arras, space and time aren’t ideas, they are tangible substances woven together by beautiful girls into the very fabric of reality. The looms that create Arras are as controlled as the Spinsters who work them, ensuring a near idyllic world for the average citizen. But at what price? As an election approaches, a surprise weather forecast and a mysterious stranger hint that not all is as it seems, and a young boy learns that in Arras nothing can be trusted, not even memories. (ebook Only)
The fires are out, but the trouble’s just beginning for the treecats. On pioneer planet Sphinx, ruined lands and the approach of winter force the now Landless Clan to seek new territory. They have one big problem, there’s nowhere to go. Their efforts to find a new home awaken the enmity of the closest treecat clan, a stronger group who’s not giving up a single branch without a fight. Stephanie Harrington, the treecats’ greatest advocate, is off to Manticore for extensive training. That leaves only Stephanie’s best friends, Jessica and Anders, to save the treecats from themselves. A group of xenoanthropologists is once again after the great secret of the treecats. Jessica and Anders face problems of their own, including their growing attraction to one another.
When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon, a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night. Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon, battling the spirits he controls every step of the way.
Contains stories by top writers such as Mercedes Lackey, Sarah Hoyt, and Mike Resnick. Eleven new tales set in the legendary worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Everyone knows that he created Tarzan, but he wasn’t limited to that one classic creation. Many top science fiction and fantasy writers of today grew up reading Burroughs, and this anthology is their way of “paying back” and thanking him for stirring their imaginations. Join their celebration with these all new tales set in the astounding worlds that Edgar Rice Burroughs brought to life: giving their own spin on the unforgettable characters conceived by one of the great masters of science fiction, adventure, and fantasy.
Detective Sergeant Mariko Oshiro has been promoted to Japan’s elite Narcotics unit, and with this promotion comes a new partner, a new case, and new danger. The underboss of a powerful yakuza crime syndicate has put a price on her head, and he’ll lift the bounty only if she retrieves an ancient iron demon mask that was stolen from him in a daring raid. Mariko has no idea of the tumultuous past carried within the mask, or of its deadly link with the famed Inazuma blade she wields. Mariko’s fallen sensei knew much of the mask’s hypnotic power and of its mysterious link to a murderous cult. Now Mariko must use his notes to find the mask before the cult can bring Tokyo to its knees, and before the underboss decides her time is up.
The fifth installment in Darren Shan’s ZOM-B series. (U.S. Release)
Kabu Kabu – unregistered, illegal Nigerian taxis – generally get you where you need to go, but Nnedi Okorafor’s Kabu Kabu takes the reader to exciting, fantastic, magical, occasionally dangerous, and always imaginative locations. This debut short story collection by award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor includes notable previously-published short work, a new novella co-written with New York Times bestselling author Alan Dean Foster, and a brief forward by Whoopi Goldberg.
Eighteen extraordinary authors devise all-new fairy tales: imaginative reinterpretations of the familiar, evocative new myths, speculations beyond the traditional realm of “once upon a time.” Often dark, occasionally humorous, always enthralling, these stories find a certain Puss in a near-future New York, an empress bargaining with a dragon, a princess turned into a raven, a king’s dancing daughters with powerful secrets, great heroism, terrible villainy, sparks of mischief, and a great deal more. Brilliant dreams and dazzling nightmares with meaning for today and tomorrow. Contributions from Theodora Goss, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Tanith Lee, Genevieve Valentine and Jane Yolen.
Wakulla Springs, in the deep jungle of the Florida panhandle, is the deepest submerged freshwater cave system in the world. In its unfathomable depths, a variety of curious creatures have left a record of their coming, of their struggle to survive, and of their eventual end. And that’s just the local human beings over the last seventy-five years. Then there are the prehistoric creatures, and, just maybe, something else. Ranging from the late 1930s to the present day, “Wakulla Springs” is a tour de force of the human, the strange, and the miraculous.
Tucker was supposed to be the designated driver. But there was something about the beauty of that last true summer night, that made him want to feel out-of-control just once. He drank so much and so quickly that he was instantly sick. That left Trey to drive. It was the last time Tucker would ever see them alive. Tucker’s grief and guilt are just about unbearable and he wonders how he can continue living himself. When he meets the Ferryman who carries souls of the newly deceased across the rivers that divide the world of the living from the world of the dead, Tucker gets a chance to decide: live or die. The temptation to join his three best friends on the other side may be too much for Tucker to overcome.
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