First off, I’m at Tynga’s Reviews today with an interview–and another chance for you to enter for the Allegiance tour prizes! Also, thanks to Tynga’s for the Allegiance review!
One of the first weeks in a long time that gives us a chance to catch our breath after the deluge of new releases lately. There are just under twenty new releases on the list this week, but still, some very good choices available.
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.
The Source (Witching Savannah #2), by J.D. Horn, (June 15, 47North)
Savannah resident Mercy Taylor may now be in control of the South’s most powerful family of witches, but she’s struggling to master her newfound magic. Pregnant with her first child and still reeling from a heartbreaking betrayal, she just wants to be able to use her supernatural abilities without accidentally destroying dishes or blasting the doors off buildings. But when Mercy’s long-presumed-dead mother suddenly returns, begging Mercy to keep her presence under wraps, the witch wonders how many secrets her family is hiding, and who she can really trust. And when the danger around her intensifies to deadly levels, Mercy knows she must discover the truth behind her family’s magic, before it destroys her.
Carrier (The Line #1), by Anne Tibbets, (June 16, Carina Press)
Twenty-two -year-old Naya has spent nearly half her life as a sex slave in a government institution called The Line. When she’s kicked out after getting pregnant with twins, she’s got no way to earn a living and a horrifying choice to make: find someone to replace her, or have her babies taken in her stead. A doctor with a history of aiding ex-Line girls, Ric Bennett, wants to help. He runs a team of rebels that can delete Naya’s records and free her forever. When The Line sniffs out his plan, things get bloody. Naya means more to them than just a chance at fresh faces. Ric comes to admire Naya’s quiet strength. Naya realizes Ric might be a man she can trust. If they make it off the grid, they could build a new life. First they’ll have to survive the long, vicious reach of The Line. (ebook only)
Chasers of the Wind (The Cycle of Wind and Sparks #1), by Alexey Pehov, (June 17, Tor)
Centuries after the disastrous War of the Necromancers, the Nabatorians, aligned with the evil necromancers of Sdis, mount an invasion of the Empire. Luk, a soldier, and Ga-Nor, a Northern barbarian, are thrown together as they attempt to escape the Nabatorian hordes. Gray and Layan are a married couple, master thieves who are hiding out and trying to escape their former gang. Tia is a powerful dark sorceress and one of The Damned, a group trying to take over the world and using the Nabatorian invasion as a diversion. Gray and Layan unwittingly hold the key to a powerful magical weapon that could bring The Damned back to power. Gray and Layan are aided by Luk and Ga-Nor, and Harold, the hero of The Chronicles of Siala. Realizing what’s at stake they decide that, against all odds, they must stop The Damned.
Cibola Burn (Expanse #4), by James S.A. Corey, (June 17, Orbit)
The gates have opened the way to thousands of habitable planets, and the land rush has begun. Settlers stream out from humanity’s home planets in a vast, poorly controlled flood, landing on a new world. Among them, the Rocinante, haunted by the vast, posthuman network of the protomolecule as they investigate what destroyed the great intergalactic society that built the gates and the protomolecule. But Holden and his crew must also contend with the growing tensions between the settlers and the company which owns the official claim to the planet. Both sides will stop at nothing to defend what’s theirs, but soon a terrible disease strikes and only Holden, with help from the ghostly Detective Miller, can find the cure.
Dark Metropolis (Dark Metropolis #1), by Jaclyn Dolamore, (June 17, Disney-Hyperion)
Sixteen-year-old Thea Holder’s mother is cursed with a spell that’s driving her mad, and whenever they touch, Thea is chilled by the magic, too. Thea must make a living for both of them in a sinister city, where danger lurks and greed rules. Thea spends her nights waitressing at the decadent Telephone Club attending to the glitzy clientele. When her best friend, Nan, vanishes, Thea is compelled to find her. She meets Freddy, a young, magnetic patron at the club, and he agrees to help her uncover the city’s secrets, even while he hides secrets of his own. They find a whole new side of the city. Unrest is brewing behind closed doors as whispers of a gruesome magic spread. If they’re not careful, the masterminds behind the growing disappearances will be after them, too.
Flight of the Golden Harpy, by Susan Klaus, (June 17, Tor)
Kari, a young woman, returns to her jungle planet of Dora after ten years in Earth’s schools and is determined to unravel the mysteries surrounding the harpies, a feral species half-bird, half-mortal. The residences of Dora believe the harpies are dangerous game animals and hunt them for their trophy wings, but Kari thinks they are intelligent and not just wild animals. A rare golden harpy, a teenage blond male with yellow wings rescued Kari as a child from the jaws of a water monster. Upon returning home, she learns the harpies are facing extinction with the over-hunting and she sets out to save them, all the time wondering if the golden male is still alive.
Graduation Day (The Testing #3), by Joelle Charbonneau, (June 17, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The United Commonwealth wants to eliminate the rebel alliance fighting to destroy The Testing for good. Cia is ready to lead the charge, but will her lethal classmates follow her into battle? In a scarred and brutal future, The United Commonwealth teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. The rebel resistance plots against a government that rules with cruelty and cunning. Gifted student and Testing survivor, Cia Vale, vows to fight. This is the chance to lead that Cia has trained for, but who will follow? Plunging through layers of danger and deception, Cia must risk the lives of those she loves, and gamble on the loyalty of her lethal classmates. The stakes are higher than ever, lives of promise cut short or fulfilled; a future ruled by fear or hope in the conclusion of The Testing trilogy.
Heirs of Grace, by Tim Pratt, (June 17, 47North)
Bekah thought she’d hit the jackpot: an unknown relative died, and she inherited a small fortune and a huge house in the mountains of North Carolina. Trey Howard, the lawyer who handled the estate, is a handsome man in his twenties and they hit it off right away. Bekah expected a pleasant year to get her head together and have a romantic fling. The house is full of junk, and siblings she didn’t know she had are willing to kill her for it. More important, the junk in her new house is magical, she’s surrounded by monsters, and her life seems to be in mortal peril every time she ventures into a new room. As Bekah discovers more about her mysterious benefactor and the magical world he inhabited, she’s realizes that as tough and resourceful as she is, she might just be in over her head.
I Am the Mission (The Unknown Assassin #2), by Allen Zadoff, (June 17, Little, Brown Books)
He was the perfect assassin. No name. No past. No remorse. Perfect, that is, until he began to ask questions and challenge his orders. Now The Program is worried that their valuable soldier has become a liability. And so Boy Nobody is given a new mission. A test of sorts. A chance to prove his loyalty. His objective: Take out Eugene Moore, the owner of an extremist military training camp for teenagers. It sounds like a simple task, but a previous operative couldn’t do it. He lost the mission and is presumed dead. Now Boy Nobody is confident he can finish the job. Quickly. But when things go awry, Boy Nobody finds himself lost in a mission where nothing is as it seems: not The Program, his allegiances, nor the truth.
Otherbound, by Corinne Duyvis, (June 17 Amulet Books)
Amara is never alone. Not when she’s protecting the cursed princess she unwillingly serves. Not when she’s punished, ordered around, or neglected. She can’t be alone, because a boy from another world experiences all that alongside her, looking through her eyes. Nolan longs for a life uninterrupted. Every time he blinks, he’s yanked from his Arizona town into Amara’s mind, which makes things like hobbies and homework impossible. He’s spent years as a powerless observer of Amara’s life. Amara has no idea, until he learns to control her, and they communicate for the first time. Amara and Nolan want to be free of each other. Nolan’s breakthrough has dangerous consequences. They’ll have to work together to survive, and discover the truth about their connection.
Rogues, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner R. Dozois, (June 17, Bantam)
Twenty-one all-original stories, by an all-star list of contributors, will delight and astonish you in equal measure with their cunning twists and dazzling reversals. And George R. R. Martin himself offers a brand-new A Game of Thrones tale chronicling one of the biggest rogues in the entire history of Ice and Fire. Follow along in this rogues gallery of stories that will plunder your heart, and yet leave you all the richer for it. Featuring all-new stories by: Joe Abercrombie, Daniel Abraham, David W. Ball, Paul Cornell, Bradley Denton, Phyllis Eisenstein, Gillian Flynn, Neil Gaiman, Matthew Hughes, Joe R. Lansdale, Scott Lynch, Garth Nix, Cherie Priest, Patrick Rothfuss, Steven Saylor, Michael Swanwick, Lisa Tuttle, Carrie Vaughn, Walter Jon Williams and Connie Willis. Plus, And an Introduction by George R. R. Martin.
Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3), by Leigh Bardugo, (June 17, Henry Holt & Co.)
The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. The nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army. A weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives. Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. As she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction. Claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.
Shattered (The Iron Druid Chronicles #7), by Kevin Hearne, (June 17, Del Rey)
For two thousand years, there was only one Druid left walking the Earth, Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid. Now he’s got company. Atticus’s apprentice Granuaile is at last a full Druid herself. Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. For Atticus, the jury’s still out on whether the wily old coot will be an asset in the epic battle with Norse god Loki. Granuaile faces a great challenge: to exorcise a sorcerer’s spirit that is possessing her father in India. Even with the help of the witch Laksha, Granuaile may be facing defeat. As the trio of Druids deals with pestilence-spreading demons, bacon-loving yeti, fierce flying foxes, and frenzied Fae, they’re hoping that this time, three’s a charm.
Spell or High Water, by Scott Meyer, (June 17, 47North)
The adventures of an American hacker in Medieval England continue as Martin Banks takes his next step on the journey toward mastering his reality-altering powers and fulfilling his destiny. A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy. Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers. Martin and Philip are invited to a summit in Atlantis for all of the leaders of the time-traveler colonies, and now Martin thinks this will be a chance to try again with Gwen. Of course, this is Martin Banks we?re talking about, so murder, mystery, and high intrigue all get in the way of a guy who just wants one more shot to get the girl.
The Long Mars: A Novel (The Long Earth #3), by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter, (June 17, Harper)
2040-2045: In the years after the cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption there is massive economic dislocation as populations flee Datum Earth to myriad Long Earth worlds. Sally, Joshua, and Lobsang are all involved in this perilous rescue work when Sally is contacted by her long-vanished father and inventor of the original Stepper device, Willis Linsay. He tells her he is planning a fantastic voyage across the Long Mars and wants her to accompany him. U. S. Navy Commander Maggie Kauffman has embarked on a journey leading an expedition to the outer limits of the far Long Earth. Joshua becomes embroiled in the plight of the Next: the super-bright post-humans who are beginning to emerge from their “long childhood”. Ignorance and fear have caused “normal” human society to turn against the Next. A dramatic showdown seems inevitable.
The Quick: A Novel, by Lauren Owen, (June 17, Random House)
London, 1892: James Norbury, a shy would-be poet newly down from Oxford, finds lodging with a charming young aristocrat. Through this new friendship, he is introduced to the drawing-rooms of high society, and finds love in an unexpected quarter. Suddenly, he vanishes without a trace. His sister, Charlotte, sets out from their crumbling country estate determined to find him. She uncovers a secret world at the margins populated by unforgettable characters: a female rope walker turned vigilante, a street urchin with a deadly secret, and the chilling “Doctor Knife.” The answer to her brother’s disappearance ultimately lies within the doors of one of the country’s preeminent: The Aegolius Club, whose members include the most ambitious, and most dangerous, men in England. (U.S. Release)
The White Towers (The Rage of Kings #2), by Andy Remic, (June 17, Angry Robot)
Vagandrak is broken, and a new threat has arisen that threatens to defeat even the mighty Iron Wolves. The twisted, deviant Elf Rats have gathered in the toxic realm beyond the White Lion Mountains, swiftly they invade the troubled land of Vagandrak, killing for profit and pleasure. The now-disgraced Iron Wolves are the realm’s only hope, but there’s a problem: they’ve been sentenced to death by the insane King Yoon for the dark sorcery in their blood. In the mountains of Zalazar lie the White Towers, pillars of legend said to contain the Heart of the Elves. The Iron Wolves must journey north to steal the Heart, and purify the evil in the land, but the land belongs to the Elves, and they won’t give it up without a fight.
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!