The first full week of August hits with an enormous list of new releases. Believe it or not, there are more than forty new books from which to choose this week.
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Alien Hunter: Underworld (Alien Hunter #2), by Whitley Strieber, (August 5, Tor)
Flynn Carroll works for the most secret police unit on the planet, seeking the most brilliant and lethal criminals who have ever walked free: thieves and murderers from another world. Flynn’s unit has been tasked with tracking down rogue agents from the planet Aeon. While Aeon claims to be a free planet, Aeon criminals have committed a series of brutal and bizarre murders on Earth. Flynn has been forbidden to take lethal action against the alien murderers. Flynn finds himself cut off from his team, struggling to unearth Aeon secrets while protecting Earthling civilians from the deadly creatures. He finds himself facing some of the most dangerous and frightening criminals ever seen on Earth. Flynn must come to grips with the greatest mystery he has yet confronted: who, or what, is he?
Assail (Malazan Empire #6), by Ian C. Esslemont, (August 5, Tor)
Tens of thousands of years of ice is melting, and the land of Assail is at last yielding its secrets. Tales of gold discovered in the region’s north circulate in every waterfront dive and tavern and now countless adventurers and fortune-seekers have set sail in search of riches. The people of the north meet all trespassers with the sword. Beyond, lurk Elder monsters out of history’s very beginnings. Into this turmoil ventures the mercenary company, the Crimson Guard. Arriving also comes the bard Fisher kel Tath. With him is a Tiste Andii who was found washed ashore and who cannot remember his past life. Also venturing north is a mighty champion, the bearer of a sword that slays gods: Whiteblade. Far to the south, a woman guards the shore awaiting both her allies and her enemies. Silverfox, newly incarnated Summoner of the undying army of the T’lan Imass, will do anything to stop the renewal of an ages-old crusade that could lay waste to the entire continent and beyond. (U.S. Release)
Blood Games (Chicagoland Vampires #10), by Chloe Neill, (August 5, NAL Trade)
While Merit didn’t choose to become a vampire or Sentinel of Cadogan House, she vowed to fight for her House and its Master, and she’s managed to forge strong alliances with powerful supernaturals across Chicago. But even though Merit has had wild adventures, this may be her deadliest yet. A killer is stalking Chicago, preying on humans and leaving his victims with magical souvenirs. The CPD hasn’t been able to track the assailant, and as the body count rises, the city is running out of options. Vampires and humans aren’t on great terms, but murder makes for strange bedfellows. Can Merit find the killer before she becomes a target?
Broken Souls (Eric Carter #2), by Stephen Blackmoore, (August 5, DAW)
When necromancer Eric Carter returned to Los Angeles after fifteen years on the run he knew things were bad. Sister murdered, best friend dead, married to the patron saint of death, Santa Muerte. His link to the Aztec death goddess is changing his powers, changing him, and he’s not sure how far it will go. While searching for a way to break Santa Muerte’s hold over him, Carter finds himself the target of a psychopath who can steal anyone’s form, powers and memories. Identity theft is one thing, but the guy does it by killing his victims and wearing their skins like a suit. Carter has to change the game, go from hunted to hunter. All he has for help is a Skid Row Bruja and a ghost who’s either his dead friend Alex or Carter’s own guilt-fueled psychotic break. He just might survive a week where everything is trying to kill him and nothing is as it seems.
Crave the Night (Midnight Breed #12), by Lara Adrian, (August 5, Delacorte Press)
Nathan is one of the most lethal Breed vampires in existence. A key member of the Order, an elite group of warriors charged with protecting both mortals and vampires. Now he must pursue a powerful, hidden enemy. Nathan’s hard discipline and training are no match for the pull he feels toward a woman he has no right to desire. Jordana lives a life of privilege as a member of a prominent Breed family in Boston. Jordana wants for nothing, until she crosses paths with a dark, intense warrior from the Order. She tries to deny her deep feelings for Nathan, but Jordana cannot resist the craving to be near him. Getting close to Nathan will thrust Jordana into a treacherous new world, forcing her to risk all she has and all she knows about herself and her past. Loving this seductive man could be the most dangerous temptation of all.
Dark Lightning (Thunder and Lightning #4), by John Varley, (August 5, Ace)
On a voyage to New Earth, the starship Rolling Thunder is powered by an energy no one understands, except for its inventor Jubal Broussard. Jubal rests in a state of suspended animation for years at a time, asleep yet never aging. The moments when Jubal emerges from suspended animation are usually a cause for celebration for his family, including his twin daughters, Cassie and Polly, and their uncle who is captain of the Rolling Thunder. But this time, Jubal makes a shocking announcement. The ship must stop, or everyone will die. These words will send shock waves throughout the starship, and divide its passengers into those who believe and those who doubt. It will be up to Cassie and Polly to stop a mutiny, discover the truth, and usher the ship into a new age of exploration.
Dark Skye (Immortals After Dark #15), by Kresley Cole, (August 5, Gallery Books)
As a boy, Thronos, Lord of Skye Hall, loved Lanthe, a Sorceri girl who made him question everything about his Vrekener clan. When the two got caught in the middle of their families’ war, tragedy struck, leaving Thronos and Lanthe bitter enemies. Lanthe searches for love and acceptance with all the wrong immortal suitors. She’s never forgotten Thronos, the silver-eyed boy who protected her until she was ripped from the shelter of his arms. Now he’s a notorious warlord with a blood vendetta against Lanthe, hunting her relentlessly. Will Thronos and Lanthe succumb to the brutal chaos that threatens everything they cherish? Or will the fragile bond they formed so long ago spark a passion strong enough to withstand even the darkest doubts?
Downfall (Cal Leandros #9), by Rob Thurman, (August 5, Roc)
Brothers Cal and Niko Leandros know trouble when they see it, and then proceed to wipe the floor with it. But now it seems their whole world is falling to pieces. Cal’s nightmarish monster side is growing ever stronger, changing Cal physically as well as mentally. Which is exactly what Grimm, Cal’s savage doppelganger, wants. And when a covert supernatural organization decides that it’s time to put Cal down before he threatens pretty much everything else in existence, the brothers find themselves in a fight they actually might lose. But the dark temptations Cal has denied all his life may prove to be exactly what can save them. Even if he must fall forever.
Dust and Light (The Sanctuary Duet #1), by Carol Berg, (August 5, Roc)
The Pureblood Registry accused Lucian de Remeni-Masson of “unseemly involvement with ordinaries,” which meant only that he spoke with a young woman not of his own kind, allowed her to see his face unmasked, worked a bit of magic for her. Lucian’s grandsire excised half his magic and savage Harrowers massacred his family. The Registry has contracted his art to a common coroner. His gift for portraiture is restricted to dead ordinaries, beggars or starvelings hauled from the streets. Sketching the truth of dead men’s souls brings unforeseen consequences. Sensations not his own. Truths he cannot possibly know and dares not believe. The coroner calls him a cheat. The Registry will call him mad, and mad sorcerers are very dangerous.
Frostborn (Thrones & Bones #1), by Lou Anders, (August 5, Crown)
Meet Karn. He is destined to take over the family farm in Norrøngard. His only problem? He’d rather be playing the board game Thrones and Bones. Enter Thianna. Half human, half frost giantess. She’s too tall to blend in with other humans but too short to be taken seriously as a giant. When family intrigues force Karn and Thianna to flee into the wilderness, they have to keep their sense of humor and their wits about them. But survival can be challenging when you’re being chased by a 1,500-year-old dragon, Helltoppr the undead warrior and his undead minions, an evil uncle, wyverns, and an assortment of trolls and giants.
Gates of Thread & Stone (Gates of Thread and Stone #1), by Lori M. Lee, (August 5, Skyscape)
In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret: she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation. Then Reev disappears. Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. To save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.
Greta and the Glass Kingdom (Mylena Chronicles #2), by Chloe Jacobs, (August 5, Entangled Teen)
Greta and the Goblin King miraculously survived the battle against the evil Agramon. Greta should be happy to be alive and ready to claim her place in Mylena by Isaac’s side. Yet nothing is the way she thought it would be. The battle against Agramon left a dark magick inside Greta that will eventually kill her. Isaac hasn’t been the same since he almost went Lost. Determined to save Mylena from a bitter civil war, they travel to the mysterious Glass Kingdom to form an uneasy alliance with the deadly Faerie race. When an unexpected disaster tears Greta and Isaac apart, she must make the journey on her own. Along the way, she discovers a conspiracy stretching back to events she never thought she would have to revisit, betrayal from allies whose loyalty she never questioned, and an enemy vying to control all of Mylena.
Guarded (Tidewater #2) by Mary Behre, (August 5, Berkley)
Veterinarian Shelley Morgan has always preferred animals to humans, and not simply because she can communicate with them psychically. Animals have never broken her heart. After six months in her new town, some of her favorite four-legged companions begin disappearing from the local zoo. Shelley decides to investigate, unknowingly delving into a deadly mystery. Although his bear-like physique has been an advantage in the Tidewater Police Department, Dev Jones’s size often intimidates people. Only Shelley has seen past his massive build to the intelligent man inside, but that was years ago. She contacts him requesting his help to solve a series of animal kidnappings. The thefts escalate to murder and all the evidence points to Shelley as the killer, and Dev faces a difficult choice: forsake his career or risk losing the woman he’s grown to love.
Hero of a Highland Wolf (Heart of the Wolf #14), by Terry Spear, (August 5, Sourcebooks Casablanca)
Colleen Playfair has never been to Scotland, but when she discovers she must spend a year and a day overseas learning to manage her newly inherited estate, she’s ready for the challenge. She even has some ideas for improvements, if she can get past the sexy werewolf who seems convinced he’s the one in charge. Grant MacQuarrie and his clan have been managing Farraige Castle for three centuries. The last thing he wants is a meddling American heiress trying to change the way things have always been done. He’s more than willing to fight the she-wolf every step of the way. If that means taking the lass to bed, well, all the better. Locked in a battle of wills, caught in an attraction they can’t escape, Colleen and Grant must find a way to work together, or face losing it all.
Kissed by the Wave (The Forbidden Realm #1), by Serena Gilley, (August 5, Forever Yours)
Aliya is a mermaid with an obsession. Though contact with humans is strictly forbidden, she can’t seem to stay away from the incredibly handsome Devin, who visits her lake night after night. Deciding that her longing for Devin is worth the risk, she goes to him. As their lust for each other deepens, Aliya grows to need his touch as much as she needs water. Devin believed Aliya was a perfect fantasy his mind created, until the breathtaking mermaid swims to shore. Courtesy of a magical wish, Aliya is newly human, and she and Devin give in to their passion again and again. But Aliya’s mortal form is only temporary. If they don’t have the strength to part ways when the time comes, their illicit love could rock the balance between the realms forever.
Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2), by Libba Bray, (August 5, Little, Brown Books)
After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to “read” objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners’ abilities. Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? (ebook only. Print available April 2015)
Mortal Danger (Immortal Game #1), by Ann Aguirre, (August 5, Feiwel & Friends)
Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn’t imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. Thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She’s not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he’s impossible to forget. Her entire life changes and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. It’s a head rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve. The pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows.
Of Metal and Wishes (Of Metal and Wishes #1), by Sarah Fine, (August 5, Margaret K. McElderry)
There are whispers of a ghost in the slaughterhouse where Wen assists her father in his medical clinic, a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. When one of the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor, humiliates Wen, she makes an impulsive wish of her own, and the Ghost grants it. Brutally. Wen befriends the Noor, including their outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. She is lured by the mystery of the Ghost and learns he has been watching her. Wen must confront her growing feelings for Melik, who is enraged at the sadistic factory bosses and the prejudice faced by his people at the hand of Wen’s, and her need to appease the Ghost. She must decide whom she can trust. As her heart is torn, the factory is exploding around her, and she might go down with it.
Once Dead (The Rho Agenda 0.5), by Richard Phillips, (August 5, 47North)
Jack Gregory, the CIA’s top assassin, went rogue after a mission gone wrong. When a confrontation leaves him bleeding out on death’s doorstep, he is faced with an offer from a dark figure named Anchanchu. If Jack is willing to act as a human host for Anchanchu, the entity will revive him and give him another shot at life. Jack takes the deal, but he must now face the consequences of having the same dark creature in his head as some of history’s greatest villains. Struggling with desires and memories that are not his own, Jack is not the man he once was. One year later, he is known internationally as The Ripper, assassin for hire, and is faced with having to wrest control of his dark compulsions while preventing a nuclear attack on the United States.
Opposition (Lux #5), by Jennifer L. Armentrout, (August 5, Entangled Teen)
Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came. She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every human and hybrid on Earth. The lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her, could destroy them all. Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal. They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. When it becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything, even what they cherish most, to ensure the survival of their friends, and mankind. War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.
Revenant (Greywalker #9), by Kat Richardson, (August 5, Roc)
Turmoil, sickness, and destruction are sweeping through Europe, and its effects are being felt all the way across the world in Seattle. Harper Blaine and her lover, Quinton, suspect that Quinton’s father, James Purlis, and his terrifying Ghost Division, are involved. Finding and dismantling the Ghost Division won’t be enough to stop the horror that Purlis has set in motion. An ancient and forgotten cult has allied with Quinton’s mad father. The pursuit leads to Portugal, where the desecrated tomb of a king and a temple built of bones recall Harper’s first paranormal case and hold clues to the cult’s intentions. Harper and Quinton will need all the help they can get to avert a necromantic cataclysm that could lay waste to Europe and drag the world to the brink of war.
Servants of the Storm, by Delilah S. Dawson, (August 5, Simon Pulse)
A year ago Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction, and taking the life of Dovey’s best friend, Carly. Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her. She’s started to believe she’s seeing things that can’t be real, including Carly at their favorite cafe. Dovey stops taking her pills. She learns that the storm that destroyed her city and stole her friend was much more than a force of nature. Now the sinister beings responsible are out to finish what they started. Dovey’s running out of time and torn between two paths. Will she trust her childhood friend Baker, who promises to never give up on Dovey and Carly? Or will she plot with the sexy stranger, Isaac, who offers all the answers, for a price? Dovey realizes that the danger closing in has little to do with Carly, and everything to do with Dovey herself.
Severed Souls (Richard and Kahlan #3), by Terry Goodkind, (August 5, Tor)
From the far reaches of the D’Haran Empire, Bishop Hannis Arc and the ancient Emperor Sulachan lead a vast horde of Shun-Tuk and other depraved “half-people” into the Empire’s heart, raising an army of the dead in order to threaten the world of the living. Meanwhile, far from home, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell must defend themselves and their followers from a series of terrifying threats, despite a magical sickness that depletes their strength and which, if not cured, will take their lives, sooner rather than later.
Shadow Born (Outlanders #70), by James Axler, (August 5, Gold Eagle)
Earth remains the battleground of near-immortal aliens. These god kings never anticipated resistance from a group of humans possessing the tenacity and spirit to reclaim their planet. The Cerberus fighters forge an epic showdown, as evil shape-shifts and unfurls its design. The madness surrounding entombed secrets of an ancient race puts Kane and his allies on a death chase across Africa. Facing attack from winged hell beasts and marauding militia, the rebels are forced into an alliance with a deadly foe. Only the dark goddess spawned of humanity’s most brutal overlord can challenge a superhuman interloper and navigate an ancient ziggurat that guards a nightmare. The price for miscalculation will be paid in blood, with the eternal damnation of the human race.
Shadows (Masks of Aygrima #2), by E.C. Blake, (August 5, DAW)
In a moment of crisis, Mara finds herself possessed of a volatile magical power that neither she nor any of her allies can truly control. Mara faces terrifying new challenges and dangers as she struggles to understand her unprecedented ability to use all types of magic, and to tear magic from the living bodies of those around her. With the arrival of Chell, a young man from across the sea, the world beyond the borders of the Autarchy of Aygrima begins to make itself felt. Then an act of brutality tips Mara dangerously close to madness, and in the midst of a desperate and bloody battle, she discovers just how horrifying her power can be.
The Arrows of Time (Orthogonal #3), by Greg Egan, (August 5, Night Shade)
In a universe where the laws of physics and the speed of light are completely alien to our own, the travelers on the ship Peerless have completed a generations-long struggle to develop advanced technology in an attempt to save their home world. As tensions mount over the risks of turning the ship around and starting the long voyage home, a new complication arises: the prospect of constructing a messaging system that will give the Peerless news of its own future. While some see this as a guarantee of safety and a chance to learn of their mission’s ultimate success, others are convinced that the knowledge will be oppressive or worse. The conflict over this proposed communication system tears the travelers’ society apart, culminating in terrible violence. To save the Peerless and its mission, two rivals must travel to a world where time runs in reverse. (U.S. Release)
The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit, by Graham Joyce, (August 5, Doubleday)
David takes a summer job at a run-down family resort in a dying English resort town. This is against the wishes of his family, because it was at this resort where David’s biological father disappeared fifteen years earlier. Something undeniable has called David there. A deeper otherworldliness lies beneath the surface of what we see. The characters have a suspicious edge to them, David is haunted by eerie visions of a mysterious man carrying a rope, walking hand-in-hand with a small child, and the resort is under siege by a plague of ladybugs. When David gets embroiled in a fiercely torrid love triangle, the stakes turn more and more menacing. And through it all, David feels as though he is getting closer to the secrets of his own past. (U.S. Release)
The God Hunter: A Field Ops Novel, by Tim Lees, (August 5, Harper Voyager Impulse)
Registry field op Chris Copeland arrives in Hungary on a routine mission: find a sacred spot, lay down a wire grid, and capture a full flask of a god’s energy. When his new partner, Adam Shailer, sabotages the wires, things go very wrong. The god manifests as a mirror image of Chris himself. Chris quickly destroys the god and buries the evidence. When a mysterious serial killer begins stalking Budapest, a psychopath who bears an eerie resemblance to Chris, the operative is forced back into the field. Chris tracks the monster across the globe. Only the real danger isn’t a killer on the outside, it’s Chris’s treacherous colleagues at the Registry, who refuse to acknowledge the terrifying forces they’ve unleashed in the name of profit, forces whose origins lead back to the dawn of man, and beyond. (ebook only)
The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy, by Jacopo della Quercia, (August 5, St. Martin’s Griffin)
This historical thriller is an equal-parts cocktail of action, adventure, science-fiction and comedy. The book follows a globe-trotting President Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln in a race to solve a mystery stretching back to the Civil War and the Lincoln assassination. Based on true events, readers will find themselves swept into a vast conspiracy spanning four continents and three oceans during the turn of the century. Fascinating technologies will be harnessed, dark secrets revealed, true villains exposed, and some of the most famous figures in history will take the stage. With surprises lurking around every corner, and a vast cast of characters to root for, a heart-pounding adventure that only history could have made possible.
The Guild of Assassins (Majat Code #2), by Anna Kashina, (August 5, Angry Robot)
Kara has achieved something that no Majat has ever managed, freedom from the Guild. But the Black Diamond assassin Mai has been called back to face his punishment for sparing her life. Determined to join his fight or share his punishment, Kara finds herself falling for Mai. But is their relationship, and the force that makes their union all-powerful, a tool to defeat the overpowering forces of the Kaddim armies, or a distraction sure to cause the downfall of the Majat?
The House of the Four Winds (One Dozen Daughters #1), by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory, (August 5, Tor)
The rulers of tiny, impoverished Swansgaard have twelve daughters and one son. While the prince’s future is assured, his twelve sisters must find their own fortunes. Disguising herself as Clarence, a sailor, Princess Clarice intends to work her way to the New World. When the crew rebels, Clarice/Clarence, an expert with rapier and dagger, sides with the handsome navigator, Dominick, and kills the cruel captain. Dominick leads the now-outlawed crew in search of treasure in the secret pirate haven known as The House of Four Winds. They encounter the sorceress Shamal, who claims Dominick for her own, but Clarice has fallen hard for Dominick and won’t give him up without a fight.
The Islands at the End of the World, by Austin Aslan, (August 5, Wendy Lamb Books)
In this fast-paced survival story set in Hawaii, electronics fail worldwide, the islands become completely isolated, and a strange starscape fills the sky. Leilani and her father embark on a nightmare odyssey from Oahu to their home on the Big Island. Leilani’s epilepsy holds a clue to the disaster, if only they can survive as the islands revert to earlier ways. A powerful story enriched by fascinating elements of Hawaiian ecology, culture, and warfare.
The Lost Island (Gideon Crew #3), by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, (August 5, Grand Central)
Gideon Crew, brilliant scientist, master thief, is living on borrowed time. When his employer, Eli Glinn, gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. Gideon’s task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City. Gideon steals the parchment, only to learn that hidden beneath the illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks. They realize that the treasure it leads to is no ordinary fortune. It is an amazing discovery that could perhaps even save Gideon’s life. With his new partner, Amy, Gideon follows a trail of clues to an unknown island in the Caribbean Sea. Off the Mosquito Coast, they realize the extraordinary treasure they are hunting conceals an even greater shock: a revelation so profound that it may benefit the entire human race, if Gideon and Amy can survive.
The Magician’s Land (The Magicians #3), by Lev Grossman, (August 5, Viking Adult)
Quentin Coldwater has lost everything. He has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams that he once ruled. With nothing left to lose he returns to where his story began, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. The magical barriers that keep Fillory safe are failing, and barbarians from the north have invaded. Eliot and Janet, the rulers of Fillory, embark on a final quest to save their beloved world. Along with Plum, a magician with a dark secret of her own, Quentin sets out on a path through a magical demimonde of gray magic and desperate characters. His new life takes him back to old haunts and old friends he thought were lost forever. He uncovers the key to a sorcerous masterwork, a spell that could create a magical utopia. But all roads lead back to Fillory, where Quentin must face his fears and put things right or die trying.
The Stolen: An American Faerie Tale, by Bishop O’Connell, (August 5, Harper Voyager Impulse)
When her daughter Fiona is snatched from her bed, Caitlin’s entire world crumbles. Once certain that faeries were only a fantasy, Caitlin must now accept that these supernatural creatures do exist, and that they have traded in their ancient swords and horses for modern guns and sports cars. Hopelessly outmatched, she accepts help from a trio of unlikely heroes: Eddy, a psychiatrist and novice wizard; Brendan, an outcast Fian warrior; and Dante, a Magister of the fae’s Rogue Court. Moving from the busy streets of Boston’s suburbs to the shadowy land of Tir na nOg, Caitlin and her allies will risk everything to save Fiona. But can this disparate quartet conquer their own inner demons and outwit the dark faeries before it’s too late?
The Wandering Dragon (Children of the Dragon Nimbus #3), by Irene Radford, (August 5, DAW)
Now that Lukan has finally achieved journeyman magician status, he wants to escape from home, family, and the University Magicians. Needing a goal, he focuses on finding and rescuing his mentor, Master Robb. Gathering together a small band of friends to assist him, he sets out only to discover that while he can run away from his family, he can’t escape the problems that drove him away in the first place.
The Widow’s House (The Dagger and the Coin #4), by Daniel Abraham, (August 5, Orbit)
Lord Regent Geder Palliako’s war has led his nation and the priests of the spider goddess to victory after victory. No power has withstood him, except for the heart of the one woman he desires. As the violence builds and the cracks in his rule begin to show, he will risk everything to gain her love or else her destruction. Clara Kalliam, the loyal traitor, is torn between the woman she once was and the woman she has become. With her sons on all sides of the conflict, her house cannot stand, but there is a power in choosing when and how to fall. And in Porte Oliva, banker Cithrin bel Sarcour and Captain Marcus Wester learn the terrible truth that links this war to the fall of the dragons millennia before, and that to save the world, Cithrin must conquer it.
Trial by Fire (Tales of the Terran Republic #2), by Charles E. Gannon, (August 5, Baen)
When reluctant interstellar diplomat and intelligence operative Caine Riordan returns from humanity’s first encounter with alien races, sudden war clouds burst. With Earth’s fleet shattered by a sneak attack and its survivors fighting for their lives, Caine must rely upon both his first contact and weaponry skills to contend with the non-humanoid enemy. Humanity fights back with its best weapons: cunning, inventiveness, and guts. As Earth hurtles towards a final trial by fire that is certain to scar its collective memory, Caine discovers that there may also be large and disturbing gaps in that memory. Clues point to a much earlier inter-species apocalypse, buried in humanity’s own prehistory. What if their harrowing memories of a long-past cataclysmic war makes them willing to do anything to keep it from reigniting? Even if that means exterminating the human race.
Under the Final Moon (Underworld Detection Agency #6), by Hannah Jayne, (August 5, Kensington)
It’s not the end of the world, until it is. Sophie Lawson may be a mere human with no special abilities except a strong immunity to magic. But the havoc she’s wreaked on the supernaturals who come up against the Underworld Detection Agency have earned her plenty of enemies. Still, a girl can’t freak out every time a horribly barbecued corpse is found with her business card in its hand. Or see a sudden glut of earthquakes, wildfires and three-headed dogs as just another day in California. But Alex Grace, her favorite fallen angel, is concerned, or saying he is to see more of her. Getting Sophie to see all the signs of the Apocalypse is an interesting way to heat things up. Or maybe what’s making everyone hot under the collar is the fact that all Hell is about to break loose.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, by David Shafer, (August 5, Mulholland)
The Committee, an international cabal of industrialists and media barons, is on the verge of privatizing all information. Dear Diary, an idealistic online Underground, stands in the way of that takeover. Into this secret battle stumbles an unlikely trio: Leila Majnoun, a disillusioned non-profit worker; Leo Crane, an unhinged trustafarian; and Mark Deveraux, a phony self-betterment guru who works for the Committee. Leo and Mark were best friends in college, but adulthood has set them on diverging paths. Growing increasingly disdainful of Mark’s platitudes, Leo publishes a withering takedown of his ideas online. The Committee is reading, and erasing, Leo’s words. Leila’s discoveries about the Committee’s ambitions threaten to ruin those who are closest to her.
The Fourth Gwenevere, by John James, Caitlin Matthews and John Matthews, (August 7, Jo Fletcher)
Gwenevere, Arthur’s Saxon wife, is a problem. As the dynastic cement between the British and the Saxons, her marriage to the Arthur will result in a child that will unite both sides. At least, that would have been the plan, had the Great Duke Arthur not died and left the petty kings of Britain to squabble over his title. Only Morvran, Arthur’s chief fixer, has the wit to see that the Fourth Gwenevere is the key to maintaining a crumbling peace. But when she is abducted, it seems that all hopes might disappear with her. For, in a world where swords and horses have names of honour, where poets speak as oracles of a shifting truth and the raiding of Saxon warriors is set to ruin Britain, perhaps it’s only the Fourth Gwenevere herself who has the real solution?
Fragile Destiny (The Aether Chronicles #3), by Suzanne Lazear, (August 8, Flux)
Noli and her true love V fear the worst if the Staff of Eris, a potent Otherworld relic, falls into the wrong hands. Broken into pieces and hidden in the mortal realm long ago, the staff bestows vast powers on whoever possesses it. Ciarán, the dark king, is trying to rebuild the staff, intending to use it to install a new queen. In a desperate effort to keep the Otherworld from falling into darkness, Noli and V plot the daring theft of a jewel Ciarán needs to complete the staff. But Ciarán is not so easily defeated. Through his devious machinations, he has set a plan in motion for a final showdown that will decide who rules the Otherworld once and for all.
Wordless (Words Made Flesh #1), by AdriAnne Strickland, (August 8, Flux)
In Eden City, a member of the illiterate wordless class would never dream of meeting the all-powerful Words, much less of running away with one. When a girl literally falls into his lap during a routine trash run, Tavin Barnes isn’t sure if it’s the luckiest or worst day of his life. That girl is Khaya, the Word of Life, who can heal a wound or command an ivy bush to devour a city block with ease. She needs Tavin’s help. Aiding Khaya’s escape from the seemingly idyllic confines of Eden City, Tavin unwittingly throws himself into the heart of a conflict that is threatening to tear the world apart. Eden City’s elite will stop at nothing to protect the shocking secret Khaya hides, and they enlist the other Words, each with their own frightening powers, to bring her back.
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