The second week of March gives us a bit of a break with new releases. However, there are still fifteen books on the list this week from which to choose. You may have a difficult time picking just one but do your best–c’mon, you know you can do it. (And a big shout out to Tor for having six great new books on the list this week!) Um…and can I just say MERCY! Welcome back!
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.
In King’s Landing, Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell is surrounded by enemies. Some are openly declared, such as Ser Jaime Lannister and his sister, Queen Cersei. Others wear the smiling mask of friends. All are deadly, as Eddard is about to discover. The enmity between Eddard and the Lannister siblings isn’t the sole source of friction between these families. For Tyrion Lannister has but lately won his freedom from Lady Catelyn Stark, Eddard’s wife. Jon Snow, newly sworn to the Night’s Watch, takes the first steps toward a destiny stranger than he could ever dream. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen, wed to the great Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo, and pregnant with his child, a son prophesied to conquer the world, will see her own destiny take an unforeseen turn.
It starts with a shipwreck following a magical storm at sea. Horace, a soldier from the west, had joined the Great Crusade against the heathens of Akeshia after the deaths of his wife and son from plague. He finds himself at the mercy of the very people he was sent to kill. Horace is pressed into service as a house slave. The Akeshians discover that Horace was a latent sorcerer, and he is catapulted from the chains of a slave to the halls of power in the queen’s court. Together with Jirom, an ex-mercenary and gladiator, and Alyra, a spy in the court, he will seek a path to free himself and the empire’s caste of slaves from a system where every man and woman must pay the price of blood or iron. Before the end, Horace will have paid dearly in both.
In 2315, the Earth Union is losing a thirty-year-long war with the Krag Hegemony. Space Commander Max Robicheaux now faces daunting challenges aboard the USS Cumberland: the dangers from the enemy without and clashes with crew and superiors within. Doctor Sahin receives a coded message summoning him to a secret meeting which aims to forge an alliance that could change the balance of power in Known Space. He must circumvent the fighter ships and heavily armed troops of the traitorous emir bent on killing him before he reaches the negotiating table. Both men must call upon their developing skills and growing friendship to bear the burden of carrying between the Krag Hegemony and the Earth Union a fateful ultimatum and the shocking answer.
Gilbertus Albans has founded the Mentat School. Gilbertus walks an uneasy line between his own convictions and compromises in order to survive the Butlerian fanatics, led by the madman Manford Torondo. Mother Superior Raquella attempts to rebuild her Sisterhood School with her most talented student, Valya Harkonnen. Josef Venport conducts his own war against the Butlerians. VenHold Spacing Fleet controls nearly all commerce and he places an embargo on any planet that accepts Manford Torondo’s anti-technology pledge. The Mentats, the Navigators, and the Sisterhood all strive to improve the human race. They all know that as Butlerian fanaticism grows stronger, the battle will be to choose the path of humanity’s future, whether to embrace civilization, or to plunge into an endless dark age.
A phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need. With Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right. Her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy. Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man. He may not be human. Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.
Sixteen-year-old Adam Daley is taking his girlfriend, Lori, on a picnic in his homemade ultralight aircraft, one of the few computer-free machines that still works. He wants to celebrate a surprise anniversary only he knows about (the first time he saw her at a junior high basketball game). But soon, this attempt at a normal date away from the fortified safety of their neighborhood feels increasingly risky. As their gripping misadventure unfolds, it is a reminder for Adam and Lori that there is nothing in particular for them to be afraid of, because in their world there is everything to fear. (ebook only)
Nate Hayes is a Replica. The real Nate was viciously murdered, but thanks to Paxco’s groundbreaking human replication technology, a duplicate was created that holds all of the personality and the memories of the original. Or, almost all. Nate’s backup didn’t extend to the days preceding his murder, leaving him searching for answers about who would kill him, and why. After weeks spent attempting to solve his own murder with the help of his best friend and betrothed, Nadia Lake, Nate has found the answers he was seeking. The original Nate was killed because he knew a secret that could change everything. Thanks to Nadia’s quick thinking, the two of them hold the cards now. Neither of them fully understands just how deep the conspiracy runs.
The Island is hopelessness. The Island is death. And it is to this place that all the elderly and infirm are shipped, the scapegoats for the collapse of society. There’s no escape, not from the punishment satellites that deliver instant judgement for any crime, including trying to get off the Island, and not from the demons that come on foggy nights, when the satellites are all but blind. But when one of the Island’s inhabitants, aging “Big Guy” Clancy, finds a network of tunnels beneath the waste, there is suddenly hope, for love, for escape, and for the chance to fight back. (U.S. Release)
Loyalty costs money. Betrayal, on the other hand, is free. When the Emperor is taken hostage, the Red Knight and his men find their services in high demand, and themselves surrounded by enemies. The country is in revolt, the capital city is besieged and any victory will be hard won. But the Red Knight has a plan. The question is, can he negotiate the political, magical, real and romantic battlefields at the same time, especially when he intends to be victorious on them all? (U.S. Release)
Zoe Kahn is no stranger to the risks that come with caring for mythical creatures. But even feeding deadly basilisks and tracking down missing griffins didn’t prepare her for the crisis that is unfolding at her family’s Menagerie. The goose who laid the golden eggs has been murdered, and all the evidence points to a dragon named Scratch. Now that he’s part of the secret Menagerie, Logan Wilde is determined to help. He and Zoe are sure that the dragon is being framed, but unless they can prove he is innocent, Scratch will be executed. Worse yet, the Menagerie will be forced to shut down, which Logan and Zoe are starting to fear is exactly what someone wants.
The desert of Gimrael is aflame with violence, and in the far north an ancient hatred is about to spill over into the renewal of a war that forged an empire. Wrestling with his failing grip on the power of the Song, and still trying to come to terms with the events he witnessed in El Maqqam, Gair returns to the mainland with only one thing on his mind: vengeance. It may cost him his life. That may be a fair price to pay. Old friends and old foes converge in a battle of wills to stem the tide of the Nimrothi clans as they charge south to reclaim the lands lost in the Founding Wars. The rest of the empire may be their next target. With the Wild Hunt at their head, the overstretched Imperial Army may not be enough to stop them. (U.S. Release)
Thief of the Ancients: Twilight of Kerberos Omnibus, by Mike Wild, (March 11, Abaddon)
The world of Twilight turns in the darkness, illuminated by the ethereal glow of the god-planet, Kerberos. This is a world of heroes and monsters, in which four unique individuals will stand against the end of everything. One of these is Kali Hooper, archaeologist and adventurer, exploring the lost places of the world and uncovering the mysteries and artefacts left behind by lost people in ancient days. Battling the forces of the sinister, oppressive Final Faith, stopping only occasionally for a pint at the Here There Be Flagons, Kali will unearth the secrets of Twilight’s past and discover the fates of the vanished Old Races. And, perhaps, she will reveal the truth of her own beginnings.
Arnhand, Castauriga, and Navaya lost their kings. The Grail Empire lost its empress. The Church lost its Patriarch, though he lives on as a fugitive. The Night lost Kharoulke the Windwalker, an emperor amongst the most primal and terrible gods. The Night goes on, in dread. The world goes on, in dread. The ice builds and slides southward. New kings come. A new empress will rule. Another rump polishes the Patriarchal Throne. But there is something new under the sun. The oldest and fiercest of the Instrumentalities has been destroyed, by a mortal. There is no new Windwalker, nor will there ever be. The world, battered by savage change, limps toward its destiny. And the ice is coming.
“I Can See Right Through You”, is an off-kilter ghost story (or not) about an estranged couple who have remained friends long after they were originally paired in a vampire movie that made them famous. Now the demon lover searches out his former lover in Florida while she is in the middle of filming a tv episode about ghost hunting. (ebook only)
Mary’s life is going fine. Except for being a freshman in high school. And having anxiety attacks. And her dad having no job. So, introduce one boy who can fly, kidnap the little brother she’s supposed to be babysitting, and drop a military quarantine on her town and that should make her anxiety completely disappear, right? Wrong!
The small print: This contest is international to any place Book Depository ships. Contests end at midnight CDT U.S. on Saturday, and winners will be announced on Sunday’s blog. It’s the responsibility of the winner to contact me with their mailing info.
Now….go forth and tell me what you want to read!