The last week of the month and the new releases hit again big time. There are some interesting new titles on the list this week.
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OWEA agent and psychometrist Beatrice Davis’s ex-lover, vampire detective Claude Desmarais, shows up on her doorstep several years after they last spoke. She isn’t happy to hear he needs help with a case. After touching the evidence he brought her, she realizes that the vampire she saw in that vision is the same man who has plagued her nightmares since her brother disappeared. She follows Claude back to Chicago and insists on helping with his unofficial case. Claude doubts Beatrice’s vision due to loyalty to the man Beatrice saw and Beatrice fears that Claude is walking into a trap. In the shadows, a vampire works against them, plotting their demise. But which vampire? And when things turn bad, what can a mere human do to save the vampire she loves? (ebook Only)
When a bomb goes off at 221B Baker Street, Evelina Cooper is thrown into her Uncle Sherlock’s world of mystery and murder. Just when she thought it was safe to return to the ballroom, old, new, and even dead enemies are clamoring for a place on her dance card. Before Evelina’s unpacked her gowns for a country house party, an indiscretion puts her in the power of the Gold King. He knows her disreputable past and exiles her to the alleyways of Whitechapel with orders to unmask his foe. Evelina struggles between hiding her illegal magic and succumbing to the darker aspects of her power. One path keeps her secure; the other keeps her alive. Rebellion is brewing, a sorcerer wants her soul, and no one can protect her in the hunting ground of Jack the Ripper.
As Bravo Company defuses a hostage crisis on an orbiting mining station, Navy Corpsman Elliot “Doc” Carlyle not only saves the lives of a wounded Marine and two extraterrestrial friendlies, he averts a terrorist strike intended to kill billions. His reward? Deployment on a recon mission into the darkest depths known to man. Abyss Deep is a foreboding ocean planet torn by extremes: boiling storm world on one side, unbroken glacier on the other. Humans established a research colony there to study the planet’s giant sea serpents. When Carlyle’s team arrives, they discover a vessel belonging to a warlike alien species hovering above the atmosphere. Below the ice lurks a mystery so chilling it will make even Elliot Carlyle’s blood run cold.
Emma Keane is your average city girl trying to get a date. There’s just one thing holding her back: the disembodied male voice speaking to her through her mind. Sound kind of crazy? Crazy turns downright deadly when the voice persuades her to travel to the wilds of the Mayan jungle. There she will free his body. Humans are so frail, so undisciplined, so susceptible to love. And when this ancient being connects with Emma, the feelings she sparks drive him utterly mad. Protective, keep-her-close, never-let-her-go kind of mad. Which might not be such a bad thing because from the moment the beautiful, passionate Emma unshackles his body, they are hunted at every turn. Now he’ll have to do everything in his power to keep her safe. But will it be enough?
With characters arranged alphabetically, from the Ancient Pythoness to Bethany Zanelli, this book takes fans into the future of their favorite residents of Bon Temps and environs. You’ll learn how Michele and Jason’s marriage fared, what happened to Sookie’s cousin Hunter, and whether Tara and JB’s twins grew up to be solid citizens. This coda provides the answers to your lingering questions, including details of Sookie’s own happily-ever-after.
King Leos of Károví, the tyrannical despot whose magic made him near immortal is finally dead. Ilse Zhalina watched as the magical jewels that gave him such power reunited into a single essence. Ilse is now free to fulfill her promise to Valara Baussay, the rogue Queen of Morennioù, who wants to return to her kingdom and claim her throne. Ilse will do all in her power to help Valara to get her home. Home to her lover, Raul Kosenmark, who is gathering forces in their homeland of Veraene now that Leos is dead in order to save them from a war. Ilse makes this journey back to where her story began. She learns some hard truths and comes to a crossroads of power and magic. She must decide if duty is stronger than a love that she has sought through countless lifetimes.
Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force. Vampires are dying impossibly of disease. Guild hunter Elena Deveraux and the Archangel Raphael must discover the source of the wave of death before it engulfs their city and their people, leaving New York a ruin and Raphael’s Tower under siege by enemy archangels. Yet even as they fight desperately to save the city, an even darker force is stirring, its chill eyes trained on New York, and on Raphael. Rivers of crimson and nightmares given flesh, the world will never again be the same.
As a former Agent of Death, Madeline Black is no stranger to witnessing violent ends. Being the one to cause them is an entirely different story. Despite her having saved Chicago from a vampire invasion, the Agency wants to get Maddy off their payroll, permanently. With the deadly Retrievers on her trail, she has no choice but to trust Nathaniel to port her to safety. The exotic and dangerous world that she winds up in is not as peaceful as she would have hoped. Caught in a turf war between a group of fae and a disturbingly familiar foe, Maddy discovers that the plots of her grandfather, Lucifer, and his brothers extend even into this realm. To protect her unborn son from her adversaries, she may have to tap into a power she hoped never to access.
Lady Ophelia Black has a cursed power: she cannot touch any person without killing them. She has never experienced more than a kiss, one that almost took the life of the young man she loved, and since then she has been hiding with a mysterious woman known as Mrs. Darkwell. Ophelia escapes for an afternoon to a museum, where she meets a handsome gentleman named Mr. Ravenhunt. He kidnaps her, and she wakes to find she is in his house and tied to a bed. Once the Marquis of Ravenhunt, Raven is now a vampire, ordered by a vampire queen to take Ophelia’s power through sexual pleasure. And he intends to give her a thrilling education into every carnal pleasure she can imagine.
With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her grandmother, she learned where to find both: Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Iona arrives in Ireland with nothing but her Nan’s directions, an unfailingly optimistic attitude, and an innate talent with horses. She finds her cousins, Branna and Connor O’Dwyer. They invite her into their home and their lives. When Iona lands a job at the local stables, she meets Boyle McGrath. Iona realizes that here she can make a home for herself, and live her life as she wants, even if that means falling head over heels for Boyle. An ancient evil has wound its way around Iona’s family tree. Family and friends will fight with each other and for each other to keep the promise of hope, and love, alive.
After her father’s funeral, Zoe and her mother moved to the Big City to start over. The money is tight, and a new school brings trials. She has an escape: her dreams. Zoe’s dreamscape offers another, more precious, gift: It is the only place where she can spend time with her closest companion, her lost brother Valentine. An unfamiliar, and uninvited, presence has entered her private realm to threaten Zoe and Valentine. A chance encounter at a record store where the grooves of the vinyl discs hold not music, but lost souls, has opened up a portal to the world of the restless dead. The shop’s proprietor is offering Zoe the chance to commune with the father whose passing took a piece of her heart. How far into this world will Zoe go to discover what she truly needs?
Kris Longknife is back in the good graces of the brass, and to demonstrate that, they’ve promoted her to Admiral. Now her mission is to find the home base of the space pirates who are plaguing the fringes of the galaxy. But no mission is ever simple when your name is Longknife. And this time the complications range from the military to the personal, as Kris finds herself, reluctantly, having to make some command decisions about her future.
If Jess Stark really knew what was on the other side of the coffin lid, he might just decide to remain six feet under. Jess stayed away from Palm Springs for seven years, avoiding his family and the girl who broke his heart. It took a desperate call from his mother to force him home to see his ailing father. As soon as he was back, Jess found himself embroiled in two suspicious deaths, emotional turmoil with his family, and a supernatural secret that involved them all. The best Welcome Home he received? Winding up in an unmarked grave in the middle of the Coachella Desert. Sure, Jess can go home again, but there’s a heavy price to pay.
Tristan McIntryre is finally moving up the ladder of demon success. The Prince of Darkness himself has put Tristan in charge of total demonic takeover where Tristan has to bite the proverbial forked tongue working alongside she-devil diva Finola White. His biggest distraction is the last kind a demon of lust like him needs: a mortal woman. Georgia Sullivan clearly wasn’t thinking when she signed on to work at HOT! Now she’s surrounded by demons and size 2 models. She has a huge crush on her insanely handsome boss, Tristan. She senses that deep down he’s a good guy. As Tristan and Georgia play with fire, project total demonic takeover begins to run into a few snags. The temperature is definitely rising, or worse, Tristan could be falling in love.
In Dream London the city changes a little every night and the people change a little every day. Captain Jim Wedderburn has looks, style and courage by the bucketful. He’s adored by women, respected by men and feared by his enemies. He’s the man to find out who has twisted London into this strange new world, and he knows it. But the towers are growing taller, the parks have hidden themselves away and the streets form themselves into strange new patterns. There are people sailing in from new lands down the river, new criminals emerging in the East End and a path spiralling down to another world. Everyone is changing, no one is who they seem to be, and Captain Jim Wedderburn is beginning to understand that he’s not the man he thought he was.
Chonrad, Lord of Barle, comes to the fortified temple of Heartwood for the Congressus peace talks, which Heartwood’s holy knights have called in an attempt to stave off war in Anguis. But the Arbor, Heartwood’s holy tree, is failing, and because the land and its people are one, it is imperative the nations try to make peace. After the Veriditas, or annual Greening Ceremony, the Congressus takes place. The talks do not go well and tempers are rising when an army of warriors emerges from the river. After a fierce battle, the Heartwood knights discover that the water warriors have stolen the Arbor’s heart. For the first time in history, its leaves begin to fall. The knights divide into seven groups and begin an epic quest to retrieve the Arbor, and save the land.
Boston’s zombies have suddenly become inexplicably violent, horror movie-style, resulting in a catastrophic all-out battle against humans. More troubling to Vicky is that she’s had dreams and visions of herself fighting alongside the demons. At least, she hopes they’re just visions, otherwise, that puts her on the front lines of the wrong side of the war. Vicky’s not surprised to discover that Pryce, her demi-demon cousin and loathed adversary, is behind the outbreak of the zombie plague, having formed an unholy pact with the Old Ones. Now, as the violence escalates and alliances shift, Vicky knows she’s the only one who can stop the plague. Unless the pack of hellhounds on her trail finds her first.
With the death of the fearsome Ögedei Khan, the Mongol invasion of the West has been brought to an abrupt halt. The defenders, a band of brave warrior monks known as the Shield-Brethren, limp homeward again across a frozen, bloodied wasteland. But where, and what, is “home” now that the threat of invasion no longer shapes their lives? Thirteenth-century Europe has been saved from annihilation at the hands of the Mongols, to be sure, but new and terrible threats are at hand: political and religious turmoil threaten to turn the warriors’ world upside down once more. Katabasis weaves together the tales of victor and victim alike in a fearless exploration of what it means not just to survive, but to truly live again.
For centuries, Malcolm has struggled against the forces of darkness, and bears the scars to prove it. Hardened by a lifetime of fighting, he is more warrior than man, incapable of feeling love or compassion. But one stormy night, he pulls a beautiful woman from a car wreck, and experiences a rush of fiery emotion that could melt even the hardest of hearts. Since childhood, Evangeline Walker has felt the magic growing inside her. Descended from Druids, she is the perfect vessel for ancient magic, and evil. Evie knows she should trust no one, not even Malcolm, whose strong touch and tender kiss she craves. But after she makes a devil’s bargain to save her half-brother, this fearsome warrior may be the only man who can protect her, with his heart, his body, and his soul.
A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease. We owe our good health to a humble parasite, a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system, even secretes designer drugs. It’s been successful beyond the scientists’ wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them. But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives, and will do anything to get them.
In the world of SORROW’S KNOT, the dead do not rest easy. Most of the people of this world live on the sunlit, treeless prairies. But a few carve out an uneasy living in the forest towns, keeping the dead at bay with wards made from magically knotted cords. The women who tie these knots are called binders. Otter’s mother, Willow, is one of the greatest binders her people have ever known. Willow does not wish for her daughter to lead the lonely, heavy life of a binder, so she chooses another as her apprentice. Otter is devastated by this choice and it leaves her untrained when the village falls under attack. Otter casts her first ward, and the results are disastrous. Otter may be her people’s only hope against the shadows that threaten them.
Total Termination of the English: The Styx and their lethal cohorts of Armagi will settle for nothing less. Not even the mighty US military is strong enough to stop the assault. Will and Elliott flee back underground, down to the innards of the Earth first mapped in DEEPER and FREEFALL. With the support of a small team that survived the plague of New Germania, they discover a secret at the site of the three core pyramids. A secret that may explain not only where the Styx came from, but the human race, too. Can Elliott, with her mixed blood, unlock the clues before Earth itself spins out of orbit? All the many threads of the prior TUNNELS books come together in this epic conclusion. (U.S. Release)
Meet Ash Mistry: eighth grader, pretty good video gamer, guy with a massive crush on the beautiful Gemma. Oh, and the Eternal Warrior of the death goddess Kali. Just when Ash has settled back into his everyday London life, his friend Parvati arrives with a mission: The evil Lord Alexander Savage is plotting to steal the Koh-I-Noor diamond from England’s crown jewels. Ash and Parvati manage to intercept it, but at a terrible price: Gemma’s death. Ash returns with Parvati to India, where he meets up with old friends and develops new powers. He’s haunted by Gemma, by thoughts of revenge against Savage, and by horrifying, blood-soaked dreams. Ash must face the prospect that he may no longer be entirely human, and his warrior side may lie beyond his control. (U.S. Release)
Earth, A.D. 2519. The clone soldiers of the Enlisted Man’s Empire, formerly members of the Unified Authority’s powerful military, maintain a tenuous grasp on the power they fought so hard to gain. But the U.A. will not be so easy to suppress as they had hoped. A provocateur attacks the Pentagon. Gunships converge on the penitentiary where Unified Authority war criminals are held. A clone assassin murders Admiral Don Cutter, commander in chief of the Enlisted Man’s Empire. Five minutes later, more assassins attack Wayson Harris as he prepares for a summit with delegates of Olympus Kri. With Harris missing and their most deadly enemies on the loose, the remaining officers of the Empire must uncover a plot to overthrow their government while preparing for war.
Like all the dragonets of destiny, Starflight has always wanted to see his home, but he’s also been afraid of his fellow NightWings. Starflight doesn’t have mindreading powers like his tribe, and he doesn’t understand why they’re so secretive. No one has ever even seen the NightWing queen. But now Starflight is the dragonets’ only hope, he must find a way to negotiate with his fellow NightWings to free the RainWing dragons they’ve captured, and perhaps end the war in Pyrrhia altogether. Starflight is the smartest of the dragonets, but is he brave enough to speak up? Or will he falter in his mission, and accidentally betray them all?
The sequel to The Lives of Tao. The Prophus and the Genjix are at war. For centuries they have sought a way off-planet, guiding humanity’s social and technological development to the stage where space travel is possible. The end is now in sight, and both factions have plans to leave the Earth, but the Genjix method will mean the destruction of the human race. That’s a price they’re willing to pay. It’s up to Roen and Tao to save the world.
The divide between science and the human spirit is the setting for a battle for the future.When physicist Robert Strong loses his job at the Dark Matter research lab and his relationship falls apart, he returns home to Scotland. Then the dead start appearing to him, and Robert begins to question his own sanity. Victor Amos, an enigmatic businessman, arrives and recruits Robert to sabotage CERN’S Large Hadron Collider, convincing him the next step in the collider’s research will bring about disaster. Everything Robert once understood about reality, and the boundaries between life and death, is about to change forever. And the biggest change will be to Robert himself.
After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase wants to get back to normal. As normal as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. The former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for; his girlfriend, Kenzie. When your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, normal simply isn’t to be. Ethan’s nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan’s and Keirran’s fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan’s next choice may decide the fate of them all.
Elizabethan spy Mal Catlyn has everything he ever wanted, his twin brother Sandy restored to health, his family estate reclaimed and a son to inherit it, but his work isn’t over yet. The guisers’ leader, Jathekkil, has reincarnated as the young Prince Henry Tudor, giving Mal a chance to eliminate his enemies whilst they are at their weakest. With Sandy’s help Mal learns to harness his own magic in the fight against the renegade skraylings, but it may be too late to save England. Schemes set in motion decades ago are at last coming to fruition, and the barrier between the dreamlands and the waking world is wearing thin.
Since the thirteenth century, the Shadowhunter’s Codex has been the one and only manual for Shadowhunters looking to brush up on their demon languages, learn proper stele use, and discover just what exactly a pyxis is. Featured in both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, this guide is a necessity for any young Nephilim on their journey to becoming a Shadowhunter. The Codex contains images of the famous Shadowhunter homeland of Idris and depictions of demons and other Downworlders. But this isn’t just any copy of The Shadowhunter’s Codex. It’s Clary’s copy, and she’s sketched pictures of her friends and family in the book, and scrawled helpful advice in the margins. She couldn’t exactly stop Jace or Simon from adding their thoughts either.
The jealous masses of the Seven Kingdoms may call him Halfman, but none have ever accused Tyrion Lannister of being a halfwit. His golden tongue has saved his skin slightly more often than it has landed him in mortal peril. Now, this special illustrated volume preserves his most essential knowledge for future generations, featuring time-tested guidance on such varied subjects. At once charming, insightful, and ruthlessly irreverent, The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister is short on pretense and overflowing with finely crafted gems, just like the man himself.
Shadow demons plague the city reservoir, and Red King Consolidated has sent in Caleb Altemoc to cleanse the water for the sixteen million people of Dresediel Lex. Caleb finds an alluring and clever cliff runner, crazy Mal, who easily outpaces him. Caleb has more than the demon infestation, Mal, or job security to worry about when he discovers that his father, the last priest of the old gods and leader of the True Quechal terrorists, has broken into his home and is wanted in connection to the attacks on the water supply. Caleb and Mal are bound by lust, Craft, and chance, as both play a dangerous game where gods and people are pawns. They sleep on water, they dance in fire… and all the while the Twin Serpents slumbering beneath the earth are stirring, and they are hungry.
Nerissa Marin hides among teens in her human form, waiting for the day she can claim her birthright, the undersea kingdom stolen from her the day her father was murdered. Blending in is her best weapon, until her father’s betrayer confronts Nerissa and challenges her to a battle to the death on Nerissa’s upcoming birthday, the day she comes of age. Amid danger and the heartbreak of her missing mother, falling for a human boy is the last thing Nerissa should do. But Lo Seavon breaches her defenses and somehow becomes the only person she can count on to help her desperate search for her mother, a prisoner of Nerissa’s mortal enemy. Is Lo the linchpin that might win Nerissa back her crown? Or will this mortal boy become the weakness that destroys her?
Escaping Home (Going Home #3)
, by A. American
, (October 30, Plume)
When society ceases to exist, who can you trust? After the collapse of the nation’s power grid, America is under martial law, and safety is an illusion. As violence erupts and threatens those he loves, Morgan Carter must decide whether to stay and defend his home or move to a more isolated area, away from the government’s prying eyes. He and his family are reluctant to leave their beloved Lake County, but, after a spate of suspicious activities at a nearby refugee camp, all signs point toward leaving. Still, Morgan and his friends aren’t going to go without a fight, and they’ll do anything to protect their freedoms.
When a private envoy of the queen and member of Lord Carmichael’s discreet service goes missing, Balfour and Meriwether are asked to look into the affair. They will find a labyrinth of dreams, horrors risen from hell, prophecy, sexual perversion, and an abandoned farmhouse on the moors outside Harrowmoor Sanitarium. The earth itself will bare its secrets and the Empire itself will tremble in the face of the hidden dangers they discover, but the greatest peril is the one they have brought with them.
In the acclaimed Dark Heavens series, Emma Donohoe learned about martial arts, magic and the true nature of John Chen. It is now eight years since Xuan Wu, God of the Northern Heavens, living in Hong Kong as wealthy businessman John Chen, was exiled from the mortal realm. Emma and Simone, John’s daughter, are facing a new series of threats, while their best fighter, Leo, sits in Hell. They must persuade him to come home, but, in Hell, nothing is as it appears. (ebook only)
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