The new releases pick up again this week as we close out the very busy month of May. There are some great choices available this week. And don’t forget to check back next week because June kicks off with an enormous list.
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Court of Conspiracy (The Tudor Enigma) (The Tudor Enigma #1), by April Taylor, (May 26, Carina Press)
King Henry IX, son of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, holds the very balance of European power in his Protestant hands. His numerous Catholic enemies have cast greedy eyes upon his crown. An unassuming apothecary in the Outer Green of Hampton Court Palace is the Queen’s last hope. Luke Ballard treats the poor with balms and salves but is careful to protect his greater gifts. For Luke is also an elemancer, one of the blessed few able to harness elemental powers for good. His quiet life ends when Queen Anne commands him to hunt down the traitors, a mission he cannot refuse. Luke mobilizes his arsenal of magic and ingenuity to conquer the enemy. He knows this is only the first skirmish of a lifelong war. The welfare of the Tudors, and England, depends on him alone. (ebook only)
The Epherium Chronicles: Crucible (The Epherium Chronicles #2), by T.D. Wilson, (May 26, Carina Press)
January, 2155. Earth Defense Forces Captain James Hood is on the mission of his life. The Cygni solar system is just one space-fold jump away. One more jump and they’ll have reached the fledgling colony that Earth needs if the human race is going to survive. A plot to derail him has already damaged his ship, threatened the lives of his crew and cost him time. So much depends on him now, but Hood’s confidence is shaken. Danger surrounds his team; a brutal insectoid alien race is still out there and a greater threat from an unknown, elusive enemy has emerged. The forces at work on Cygni are like nothing Hood has trained for, tactically or emotionally. He must choose to either trust the unlikeliest of allies, or run and seal the fate of the Cygni colony forever. (ebook only)
UFiles #1: A Dark Inheritance (Unicorne Files #1), by Chris d’Lacey, (May 27 Scholastic Press)
When Michael Malone discovers his supernatural ability to alter reality, he is recruited by an organization dedicated to investigating strange and paranormal phenomena. He joins in hopes of finding his father, who mysteriously vanished three years earlier. Michael’s first task is to solve the mystery of a dog he rescued from a precarious clifftop, a mystery that leads him to a strange and sickly classmate and a young girl who was killed in a devastating accident. Stakes are high as Michael learns to harness his newfound ability and uncover the deadly truth about his father’s disappearance. A bold and thrilling tale of alternate realities, paranormal mystery, and extraordinary adventure.
Air Bound (A Sea Haven Novel) (Sisters of the Heart #3), by Christine Feehan, (May 27, Jove)
Airiana Ridell has always been aware of her extraordinary gift. She can intuit revealing and illuminating ‘patterns’ in the air around her, whether in a spray of mist, in billowing clouds, or in the dense swirls of an impenetrable fog. Her abilities led to her placement in a secret government training facility, but everything changed after her mother was murdered. Airiana fled the program, but she couldn’t outrun the members of a shadowy cabal who want her. Her only chance for rescue is Maxim Prakenskii. He has his reasons for helping her, but he isn’t about to reveal them to Airiana. Not as the two are drawn together as moth to flame. Not when there are so many secrets yet untold that could shatter the quaint community of Sea Haven and all who reside there.
Allies & Assassins (Enemies of the Prince #1), by Justin Somper, (May 27, Little, Brown Books)
Prince Anders, the ruler of Archenfield, has been murdered, leaving his younger brother, Jared, to ascend the throne. Sixteen-year-old Jared feels unprepared to rule the kingdom and its powerful and dangerous court, yet he knows he can rely on the twelve officers of the court to advise him. He also knows he can just as easily be at their mercy, especially when it appears that one of them may be responsible for his brother’s death. Unable to trust anyone, Jared takes it upon himself to hunt down his brother’s killer, but the killer may be hunting him, as well. (U.S. Release)
Artemis Awakening (Artemis Awakened #1), by Jane Lindskold, (May 27, Tor)
Artemis is a pleasure planet created out of rock by a technologically advanced human empire. The animals (and the humans brought to live there) were bioengineered to help the guests enjoy their stay, but there was always the possibility of danger so that visitors could brag that they had “bested” the environment. The Empire was shattered in a horrific war; centuries later humanity has lost much of the advanced technology and Artemis is a fable told to children. Until young archeologist Griffin Dane finds intriguing hints that send him on a quest to find the lost world. Stranded on Artemis after crashing his ship, he encounters the Huntress Adara and her psych-linked companion, the puma Sand Shadow. Their journey with her will lead Dane to discover the planet’s secrets, and perhaps provide a key to give unimagined power back to mankind.
Bad Luck Girl: The American Fairy Trilogy Book 3 (The American Fairy #3), by Sarah Zettel, (May 27, Random House)
After rescuing her parents from the Seelie king at Hearst Castle, Callie is caught up in the war between the fairies of the Midnight Throne and the Sunlit Kingdoms. By accident, she discovers that fairies aren’t the only magical creatures in the world. There’s also Halfers, misfits that are half fairy and half, other, half paper, half steel girder, half electric spark. As the war heats up, Callie’s world falls apart. And even though she’s the child of prophecy, she doubts she can save the Halfers, her people, her family, and Jack, let alone herself. Bad Luck Girl, they call Callie, and she’s starting to believe them.
Banishing the Dark (The Arcadia Bell series) (Arcadia Bell #4), by Jenn Bennett, (May 27, Pocket Books)
Complicated does not begin to describe Arcadia Bell’s life right now: unnatural magical power, another brush with death, and a murderous mother who’s not only overbearing but determined to take permanent possession of Cady’s body. Forced to delve deep into the mystery surrounding her own birth, Cady must uncover which evil spell her parents cast during her conception, and how to reverse it. Fast. As she and her lover Lon embark on a dangerous journey through her magical past, Lon’s teenage son Jupe sneaks off for his own investigation. Each family secret they uncover is darker than the last, and Cady, who has worn many identities, Moonchild, mage, fugitive, is about to add one more to the list.
Blur (Blur Trilogy) (Blur Trilogy #1), by Steven James, (May 27, Skyscape)
The isolated town of Beldon, Wisconsin, is shocked when a high school freshman’s body is found in Lake Algonquin. Just like everyone in the community, sixteen-year-old Daniel Byers believes that Emily Jackson’s death was accidental. But at her funeral, when he has a terrifying vision of her, his world begins to rip apart at the seams. Convinced that Emily’s appearance was more than just a mere hallucination, Daniel begins to look carefully into her death, even as he increasingly loses the ability to distinguish fantasy from reality. What’s real? What’s not? Where does reality end and madness begin? As Daniel struggles to find the truth, his world begins to crumble around him as he slips further and further into his own private blurred reality.
City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments) (The Mortal Instruments #6), by Cassandra Clare, (May 27, Margaret K. McElderry Books)
Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat Sebastian, but if they journey to the realm of demons, they just might have a chance. Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world will change. Who will survive the explosive sixth and final instalment of the Mortal Instruments series?
Crown of Renewal (Paladin’s Legacy #5), by Elizabeth Moon, (May 27, Del Rey)
The mysterious reappearance of magery throughout the land has been met with suspicion, fear, and violence. In the kingdom of Lyonya, Kieri, the half-elven, half-human king, struggles to balance the competing demands of his heritage while fighting a deadly threat to his rule: evil elves linked in some way to the rebirth of magic. Meanwhile, in the neighboring kingdom of Tsaia, a set of ancient artifacts recovered by the former mercenary Dorrin Verrakai may hold the answer to the riddle of magery’s return. Thus Dorrin embarks on a dangerous quest to return these relics of a bygone age to their all-but-mythical place of origin. What she encounters there will change her in unimaginable ways, and spell doom or salvation for the entire world.
Dark Aemilia: A Novel of Shakespeare’s Dark Lady, by Sally O’Reilly, (May 27, Picador)
Aemilia Bassano came of age in Queen Elizabeth’s royal court. The Queen’s favorite, she develops a love of poetry and learning, maturing into a young woman known not only for her beauty but also her sharp mind and quick tongue. Aemilia becomes the mistress of Lord Hunsdon, but her position is precarious. Then she crosses paths with an impetuous playwright named William Shakespeare and begins an impassioned but ill-fated affair. A decade later, the Queen is dead, and Aemilia Bassano is now Aemilia Lanyer, fallen from favor and married to a fool. Like the rest of London, she fears the plague. When her son Henry takes ill, Aemilia resolves to do anything to save him, even if it means seeking help from her estranged lover, Will, or worse, making a pact with the Devil himself. (U.S. Release)
Dark Matter (Star Carrier #5), by Ian Douglas, (May 27, Harper Voyager)
An enemy might just have to become an ally, in order to save humankind. The United States of North America is now engaged in a civil war with the Earth Confederation, which wants to yield to the demands of the alien Sh’daar, limit human technology, and become a part of the Sh’daar Galactic Collective. USNA President Koenig believes that surrendering to the Sh’daar will ultimately doom humankind. But when highly advanced, seemingly godlike aliens appear through an artificial wormhole in the Omega Centauri Cluster 16,000 light years from Earth, President Koenig is faced with a tremendous choice: continue fighting the Sh’daar, or ally with them against the newcomers in a final war that will settle the fate of more than one universe.
Divided (Dualed #2), by Elsie Chapman, (May 27, Random House)
The hunter becomes the hunted. West Grayer is done killing. She defeated her Alternate, a twin raised by another family, and proved she’s worthy of a future. She’s ready to move on with her life. The Board has other plans. They want her to kill one last time, and offer her a deal worth killing for. But when West recognizes her target as a ghost from her past, she realizes she’s in over her head. The Board is lying, and West will have to uncover the truth of the past to secure her future. How far will the Board go to keep their secrets safe? And how far will West go to save those she loves?
Friends ‘Til the End: A Tor.Com Original, by Bethany Neal, (May 27, Tor)
Death isn’t the end for Emily Winstead, not even close. She died with a wrong to make right, and she’s been given a second chance to set things straight. The only problem: her memories are hazy, she doesn’t know who to trust or even why she’s back, but she does know something about how she died broke the course of fate and it’s her ghostly mission to mend it. (ebook only)
Hannibal: Enemy of Rome (Hannibal #1), by Ben Kane, (May 27, St. Martin’s Press)
As Rome rose to power in the 3rd century BCE there was only one real rival in the Mediterranean, Carthage. In the First Punic War, the Roman legions defeated and humiliated Carthage. Now Hannibal, a brilliant young Carthaginian general, is out for revenge. Caught up in the maelstrom are two young boys, Hanno, the son of a distinguished soldier and confidant of Hannibal, and Quintus, son of a Roman equestrian and landowner. A disastrous adventure will see Hanno sold into slavery and bought by Quintus’s father. Although an unexpected friendship springs up between the two boys, and with Quintus’s sister, Aurelia, the fortunes of the two warring empires will tear them apart. They find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict and an alliance forged through slavery will be played out to its stunning conclusion in battle. (U.S. Release)
Heirs of the Demon King: Uprising, by Sarah Cawkwell, (May 27, Abaddon)
Mathias Eynon”s dreams were small. He expected to live in obscurity in his home in the Welsh hills, quietly conducting his experiments. It is the Year of Our Lord Fifteen-Ninety, and a revolution is quietly brewing, here and further abroad. Richard V has overstayed his rule, some say; others whisper that the whole line of Demon Kings must be burned out. Mathias son of a man executed for the practice of magic, forbidden by the paranoid king is set to become a symbol, and a leader. He needs champions. A wise woman sends him to the corners of the known world to bring back masters of the four magic arts. With the best and brightest of Richard’s Witch Hunters on his heels, he sets out to gather his allies.
Hunt the Darkness (Guardians of Eternity #11), by Alexandra Ivy, (May 27, Zebra)
The vampire, Roke, is raw, sensual, always in control. Yet somehow he’s allowed the unthinkable to happen: a nymph-like witch named Sally has used her magic to trick Roke into mating with her. The pair will remain bound for eternity unless Sally breaks the spell. The trouble is, she has no idea how. Mating with Roke was an accident; at least that’s what Sally keeps telling herself. She’s on the hunt for her demon father, whose identity holds the key to releasing the spell. The search won’t be easy with Roke shadowing Sally’s every move. As they mate with a ferocity that leaves them both aching for more, Sally isn’t sure if her world is more dangerous without Roke, or with him.
Kiss of Wrath (Deadly Angels #4), by Sandra Hill, (May 27, Avon)
It’s been centuries since Mordr the Berserker was turned into a Vangel, a Viking Vampire Angel, as punishment for his sin of wrath, and he’s been frustrated ever since. Mordr Sigurdsson’s mission is expanded to a new assignment: protect lust-worthy Miranda Hart. Miranda’s well-ordered life turned into chaos when she inherited her late cousin’s five children. Her cousin’s dangerous husband is about to be paroled, and she needs a miracle to keep them all safe. That miracle arrives on her doorstep in the form of handsome man with a very strange name. Mordr wants nothing to do with her or her children. Miranda wants nothing to do with the hunk who claims to be a Viking. As Miranda and Mordr give in to temptation, they must decide if they fit in each other’s worlds, before their enemies close in on them.
Meridian (Arclight #2), by Josin L. McQuein, (May 27, Greenwillow)
Marina thought that she had solved all of the Arclight’s mysteries. She had found her own history, that she was one of the Fade, that she never should have been human. She knows that the Fade who surround the Arclight don’t want to be the humans’ enemies at all. She knows that the leader of those inside the Arc, Honoria Whit, never told the whole truth. But there is so much more that Marina is just discovering. There are more survivors out there. Only Marina, and her friends, all of whom have connections to the Fade they’d never known about, can lead her people to them. But there are also darker dangers, things that even the Fade fear. And Marina slowly realizes she may never have been “cured,” after all.
Night Terrors (Shadow Watch #1), by Tim Waggoner, (May 27, Angry Robot)
Meet the fine men and women of the NightWatch: a supernatural agency dedicated to hunting down rogue nightmares that escape from other realms when people dream about them, while ensuring that other dream-folk are allowed to live among the regular, human population, as long as they play by the rules.
Reach for Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan, (May 27, Solaris)
An original collection of new short science fiction from the biggest and most exciting names in the genre. The latest in the Infinities collections edited and comissioned by anthologist Jonathan Strahan. What happens when humanity reaches out into the vastness of space? The brightest names in SF contribute new orginal fiction to this amazing anothology from master editor Jonathan Strahan. Including new work by Alastair Reynolds, Greg Egan, Ian McDonald, Ken Macleod, Pat Cadigan, Karl Schroeder, Hannu Rajaniemi, Karen Lord, Adam Roberts, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Aliette de Bodard Peter Watts, and others.
Sanctuary: A Postapocalyptic Novel (New World #3), by G. Michael Hopf, (May 27, Plume)
Months after a super-EMP attack devastated the United States, the country is now unrecognizable. Major cities are run by gangs, survivors are dying of starvation and the government is falling victim to lawlessness. Those who were prepared for the end find that they weren’t really prepared at all. While some seek vengeance for their losses, others are determined to restore the nation. Gordon, Samantha, Sebastian, Barone, Connor and Pablo are all on different paths, but they are all in search of a home away from chaos. They are all in search of a sanctuary.
Skin Game (The Dresden Files #15), by Jim Butcher, (May 27, Roc)
Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day. As Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. He must help a group of supernatural villains, led by one of Harry’s most despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone, to break into a vault so that they can then access the vault in the Nevernever. It’s a job to recover the Holy Grail from Hades, Lord of the Underworld, Dresden suspects that there is another game afoot. He’s certain that Nicodemus will not allow any of his crew to survive. Dresden’s always been tricky, but he’s going to have to up his backstabbing game to survive, assuming his own allies don’t end up killing him before his enemies get the chance.
Strange Country (Wide Open #3), by Deborah Coates, (May 27, Tor)
After facing Death himself and banishing a reaper bent on the destruction of Sheriff’s deputy Boyd Davies, Hallie Michaels had hoped things would settle down; that she and Boyd would find more time to spend together, and that the ghosts she attracts would stay in the cemeteries where they belong. On a wintry night in mid-December, a woman is murdered with a high-powered rifle. Another of West Prairie City’s citizens is killed in exactly the same way, drawing the attention of state investigators. Hallie finds a note tied to post outside her home. “What do you fear most?” it asks, accompanied by a set of map coordinates. She receives an anonymous phone call, and a letter left for Hallie at the local ag supply. Hallie must solve the mystery before the body count rises again.
The Castle Behind Thorns, by Merrie Haskell, (May 27, Katherine Tegen Books)
When Sand wakes up in a long-abandoned castle, he has no idea how he got there. Sand did not expect to find everything inside. Nothing lives here and nothing grows, except the vicious, thorny bramble that prevents Sand from leaving. Sand does what he knows best, he fires up the castle’s forge to mend what he needs to live. But the things he fixes work somehow better than they ought to. Is there magic in the mending, granted by the saints who once guarded this place? Sand finds the lost heir, Perrotte, a girl who shares the castle’s astonishing secrets and dark history. Putting together the pieces, of stone and iron, and of a broken life, is harder than Sand ever imagined, but it’s the only way to gain their freedom, even with the help of the guardian saints.
The Demon Creed (Demon Outlaws #3), by Paula Altenburg, (May 27, Entangled Select)
A highly skilled assassin, Creed is used to being called upon by the Godseekers for help. The task to now track down half-demons isn’t as easy as it seems. Creed discovers numerous innocent children are being kidnapped in the mountains and he second guesses his mission. Nieve has no memory of her life before her enslavement. When Creed comes asking questions about missing children, the memories of her half-demon son, and the demon who tricked her, come flooding back. Nieve will do anything to get her son back. They set out to find the Demon Slayer who can help them. The demon who fathered Nieve’s son is also searching for Nieve, and he’s teamed up with the kidnapper to draw her out. Creed and Nieve must race to save the children, their hearts, and the world. (ebook only)
The Given (Celestial Blues #3), by Vicki Pettersson, (May 27, Harper Voyager)
After learning his wife survived the attack that killed him fifty years earlier, angel/PI Griffin Shaw is determined to find Evelyn Shaw. Grif has had to give up his burgeoning love for reporter Katherine “Kit” Craig, the woman who made life worth living again, and dedicate himself to finding one he no longer knows. Yet when Grif is attacked again, it becomes clear that there are forces in both the mortal and heavenly realm who’d rather see him dead than unearth the well-buried secrets of his past. If he’s to survive his second go-round on the Surface, Grif will have to convince Kit to reunite with him professionally, and help uncover decades of police corruption, risking both their lives, and testing the limits to what one angel is really willing to give for love.
The Immortal Circus: Final Act (Cirque des Immortels #3), by A.R. Kahler, (May 27, 47North)
Despite Vivienne’s broken heart and deadly truths, the show must go on at the Cirque des Immortels. But it takes more than glamour and sex appeal to keep the Big Top running; without the magic and support Viv came to rely on, the circus is in danger. Now the troupe verges on rebellion, the war between Mab and Oberon rages on, and a horrifying menace looms, with Vivienne stuck in the middle of it all. When Mab’s manipulations put others at risk, Viv has to decide where her heart lies. Everything depends on her choices. How can she know her true desires? And will she have what it takes to fight the demons she must face?
The Lost (The Lost #1), by Sarah Beth Durst, (May 27, Harlequin MIRA)
It was only meant to be a brief detour. But then Lauren finds herself trapped in a town called Lost on the edge of a desert, filled with things abandoned, broken and thrown away. And when she tries to escape, impassible dust storms and something unexplainable lead her back to Lost again and again. The residents she meets there tell her she’s going to have to figure out just what she’s missing, and what she’s running from, before she can leave. So now Lauren’s on a new search for a purpose and a destiny. And maybe, just maybe, she’ll be found.
The Orpheus Descent: A Novel, by Tom Harper, (May 27, Harper Paperbacks)
Today, twelve golden tablets sit in museums around the world, each created by unknown hands and buried in ancient times, and each providing the dead with the route to the afterlife. Archaeologist Lily Barnes has just found another. This tablet names the location to the mouth of hell itself. And then Lily vanishes. Her husband, Jonah, is desperate to find her. But no one can help him: not the police and not the secretive foundation that sponsored her dig. All Jonah has is belief, and a determination to do whatever it takes to get Lily back. But like Plato before him, Jonah will discover the journey ahead is mysterious and dark and fraught with danger. And not everyone who travels to the hidden place where Lily has gone can return. (U.S. Release)
The Remaining (The Remaining #1), by D.J. Molles, (May 27, Orbit)
In a steel-and-lead encased bunker a Special Forces soldier wait on his final orders. On the surface a bacterium has turned 90% of the population into hyper-aggressive predators. Now Captain Lee Harden must leave the bunker and venture into the wasteland to rekindle a shattered America.
The Twelve Kingdoms: The Mark of the Tala (The Twelve Kingdoms #1), by Jeffe Kennedy, (May 27, Kensington)
The tales tell of three sisters, daughters of the high king. The eldest, a valiant warrior-woman, heir to the kingdom. The youngest, the sweet beauty with her Prince Charming. Not much is said about the middle princess, Andromeda. Andi, the other one. She enjoys the company of her horse more than court, and she has a way of blending into the shadows. Until the day she meets a man riding, who keeps company with wolves and ravens, who rules a land of shapeshifters and demons. A country she’d thought was no more than legend, until he claims her as its queen. Her father, the wise king, becomes a warlord, suspicious and strategic. Whispers call her dead mother a traitor and a witch. Visions appear to her and her body begins to rebel. For Andi, the time to learn her true nature has come.
The Way to Babylon (Different Kingdoms), by Paul Kearney, (May 27, Solaris)
Michael Riven has fallen off a mountain. The bestselling fantasy author is broken in both body and mind, as the fall also claimed his wife and climbing partner Jenny. Readers are desperate to know what will happen next in the fantasy world Minginish, but neither writing, nor living, are of interest to the author as his heart bleeds. There are others seeking the scribe out. Men, and someone who is not all human, have begun a quest to find a way to rescue their blighted homeland. Michael will return to his home in Scotland; he will accompany a stranger into the hills and find himself led not over the local landscape but into Minginish itself, a real place more surprising and unpredictable even than the world of his novels. Michael must take up the companions of his stories, Bicker, Ratagan and Murtach, and find a way to mend the sundered world. He may even find that Jenny’s existence did not end that day on the mountain. (U.S. Release)
Unforgiven (The Forbidden Bond #2), by Cat Miller, (May 27, Montlake Romance)
Brandi Vaughn would do anything to get out from behind the shadow of her socialite family, which now includes Dani, her half sister, recently discovered to be the most powerful vampire known to their kind. Brandi has a secret elemental power, an inner flame that she must keep under control so as not to reveal herself to the dangerous rogue vampire targeting exceptional talents like hers. When two followers of the Rogue attempt to kidnap Dani during her wedding ceremony, Brandi lets loose a pyrotechnic display that doesn’t go unnoticed. As the vampire nation comes face-to-face with the threat of the Shade army, Brandi is caught in an emotional tug of war between the light and the dark. She will need to choose who to trust with her heart: a warrior or a rogue.
While We Run (When We Wake #2), by Karen Healey, (May 27, Little, Brown Books)
Abdi Taalib thought he was moving to Australia for a music scholarship. But after meeting the beautiful and brazen Tegan Oglietti, his world was turned upside down. Tegan’s no ordinary girl, she died in 2027, only to be frozen and brought back to life in Abdi’s time, 100 years later. Now, all they want is for things to return to normal (or as normal as they can be), but the government has other ideas. Especially since the two just spilled the secrets behind Australia’s cryonics project to the world. On the run, Abdi and Tegan have no idea who they can trust, and when they uncover startling new details about Project Ark, they realise thousands of lives may be in their hands.
White Heart of Justice (Noon Onyx #3), by Jill Archer, (May 27, Ace)
After years of denying her abilities, Noon Onyx, the first woman in history to wield waning magic, has embraced her power. She’s won the right to compete in the prestigious Laurel Crown Race, an event that will not only earn her the respect of her peers but also, if she wins, the right to control her future. However, Noon’s task is nearly impossible: retrieve the White Heart of Justice, a mythical sword that disappeared hundreds of years ago. The sword is rumored to be hidden in a dangerous region of Halja that she is unlikely to return from. But Noon’s life isn’t the only thing hanging in the balance. The sword holds an awesome power that, in the wrong hands, could reboot the apocalypse, and Noon is the only one who can prevent Armageddon from starting again.
Sergeant Chip and Other Novellas, by Bradley Denton, (May 28 Subterranean Press)
In ”Sergeant Chip,” experience war from the front lines, through the eyes of an enhanced soldier. When Man makes a weapon of his own best friend, the consequences go far beyond what human generals can imagine. In ”Blackburn and the Blade,” the killer-protagonist of the novel Blackburn returns in a tale of desire and blood that pits him against an enemy who may even be a God. What this enemy doesn’t realize is that in a battle against a God, it’s a Devil who has a fighting chance. In ”The Adakian Eagle,” a young Army private stationed in the Aleutians in 1944 makes a gruesome discovery that may lead to his doom. His only hope lies with a tubercular fifty-year-old corporal, a former detective famous for his mystery novels. Both the young private and the old corporal could be at the mercy of dark sorcery wielded by an even darker soul.
The River of Souls (Matthew Corbett #5), by Robert McCammon, (May 28, Subterranean Press)
The year is 1703. The place: the Carolina settlement of Charles Town. Matthew Corbett has accepted a lucrative commission: escorting a beautiful woman to a fancy dress ball. The assignment takes a dark turn when Matthew becomes involved in a murder investigation. A sixteen-year-old girl has been stabbed to death. The suspected killer is a slave who has escaped, with two family members, into a nearby swamp. Matthew joins the hunt for the runaway slaves. He embarks on a treacherous journey up the Solstice River, also known as the River of Souls. He discovers that something born of the swamp has joined the hunt, and is stalking the hunters with more than murder in mind. The journey will test the limits of Matthew’s endurance, and lead him through a nightmarish passage to a confrontation with his past, and a moment that will alter his life forever.
Guardian (Proxy #2), by Alex London, (May 29, Philomel)
In the new world led by the Rebooters, former Proxy Syd is the figurehead of the Revolution, beloved by some and hated by others. Liam, a seventeen-year-old Rebooter, is Syd’s bodyguard and must protect him with his life. But armed Machinists aren’t the only danger. People are falling ill, their veins show through their skin, they find it hard to speak, and sores erupt all over their bodies. Guardians, the violent enforcers of the old system, are hit first, and the government does nothing to help. The old elites fall next, and in the face of an indifferent government, Syd decides it’s up to him to find a cure, and what he discovers leaves him stunned.
The Immortal Crown (Age of X #2), by Richelle Mead, (May 29, Dutton Adult)
The return of religious investigator Justin March and Mae Koskinen, the beautiful supersoldier assigned to protect him. Together they have been charged with investigating reports of the supernatural and the return of the gods, both inside the Republic of United North America and out. They are assigned to a diplomatic delegation headed by Lucian Darling, Justin’s old friend and rival, going into Arcadia, the RUNA’s dangerous neighboring country. Justin discovers powerful forces at work, even as he struggles to come to terms with his own reluctantly acquired deity. Mae has a secret mission of her own: finding the niece her family smuggled away years ago. A reporter’s connection with someone close to Justin back home threatens to expose their mission, and with it the divine forces the government is determined to keep secret.
The Milkman: A Freeworld Novel, by Michael J. Martineck, (May 30, Edge)
In Edwin McCallum’s world, nations are no more. The world’s assets are divided among three companies. When one of those assets is murdered, it’s McCallum’s job to figure out what it means to the bottom-line. The bottomline’s on filmmaker Sylvia Cho’s mind, too. Who’s footing the bill for this documentary? And who’s the subject, this so-called ‘Milkman’? Systems engineer Emory Leveski knows and it looks like it might cost him his life. With no governments, there is no crime. Any act is measured against competing interests, hidden loyalties and the ever-upward pressure of the corporate ladder. It’s a tough place for those who still believe in right and wrong. And for these three, it just got a lot tougher.
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