A somewhat lighter week for new releases this week, but still, there are almost thirty new books this week for your reading pleasure.
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Black Ice (Midgard #2), by Susan Krinard, (August 12, Tor)
Centuries ago, all was lost in the Last Battle when the Norse gods and goddesses went to war. The elves, the giants, and the gods and goddesses themselves were all destroyed, leaving the Valkyrie known as Mist one of the only survivors. Or so she thought. The trickster god Loki has reappeared in San Francisco, and he has big plans for modern-day Earth. With few allies and fewer resources, but the eyes of the gods and goddesses of an old world upon her, it’s up to Mist to stop him before history repeats itself.
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, by Haruki Murakami, (August 12, Knopf)
The remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages. (U.S. Release)
Cursed Moon (The Prospero’s War #2), by Jaye Wells, (August 12, Orbit)
When a rare Blue Moon upsets the magical balance in the city, Detective Kate Prospero and her Magical Enforcement colleagues pitch in to help Babylon PD keep the peace. Between potions going haywire and everyone’s emotions running high, every cop in the city is on edge. But the moon’s impact is especially strong for Kate who’s wrestling with guilt over falling off the magic wagon. After a rogue wizard steals dangerous potions from the local covens, Kate worries their suspect is building a dirty magic bomb. Her team must find the anarchist rogue before the covens catch him, and make sure they defuse the bomb before the Blue Moon deadline. Failure is never an option, but success will require Kate to come clean about her secrets.
Dirty Little Misery (Miss Misery #2), by Tracey Martin, (August 12, Samhain)
Thanks to her satyr-like power, Jessica Moore was denied her dream to join the Gryphons, the magical law-enforcement officers protecting humanity from the pred races. After the Gryphons tried to arrest her for murders she didn’t commit, Jess is no longer interested. Now that they know what she can do, they want Jess on their side. Nine people are dead. The cause? Exhaustion. The activity? Never-ending sex. Someone sold them tainted F, an illegal aphrodisiac made by satyrs. It strains her relationship with Lucen, the one satyr she counts as a friend. As Jess delves into the satyr business world, she unravels a scheme more sinister than dirty drugs, and her relationship with Lucen unravels right along with it. Only the truth will save their friendship. But not before it turns Jess into an ambitious killer’s next target. (ebook only)
Engraved (The St. Croix Chronicles #5), by Karina Cooper, (August 12, Carina Press) I will not wither without laudanum. Sober and determined, I have chosen another way, alchemy, and the pursuit of wellness it embodies. My name is Cherry St. Croix, and though freedom is finally at my fingertips, I return to the blackened streets intent on righting the wrongs I’d left behind. All is not well in London low. Men are torn limb from limb, and I am called on to ascertain how. The immoral Karakash Veil is involved, and Micajah Hawke, a prisoner in his own Menagerie, cannot soften the danger this time. Armed with the alchemical arts I have learned, my guardian, and what few friends are left to me, I embark on a campaign to rescue the ringmaster, save the Brick Street Bakers from annihilation, and finally face that which frightens me the most, my own heart. (ebook only)
Fool’s Assassin (The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy #1), by Robin Hobb, (August 12, Del Rey)
FitzChivalry, royal bastard and former king’s assassin, has left his life of intrigue behind. As far as the rest of the world knows, FitzChivalry Farseer is dead and buried. Masquerading as Tom Badgerlock, Fitz is now married to his childhood sweetheart, Molly, and leading the quiet life of a country squire. Though Fitz is haunted by the disappearance of the Fool, who did so much to shape Fitz into the man he has become, such private hurts are put aside in the business of daily life, at least until the appearance of menacing, pale-skinned strangers casts a sinister shadow over Fitz’s past, and his future. Now, to protect his new life, the former assassin must once again take up his old one.
Fortune’s Favors (Nyx Fortuna #3), by Marlene Perez, (August 12, Orbit)
To save his cousin Chloe, Nyx Fortuna has set free the goddess Hecate, who is now threatening to destroy the world, starting with anyone in the Wyrd family. Nyx and company must join forces with the Fates to defeat Hecate and return her to the underworld. During the battle, magical and mortals take sides and Nyx finally discovers the identity of his father.
Hellhole Inferno (Hellhole Trilogy #3), by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, (August 12, Tor)
The people of Hellhole and the shadow-Xayans scramble to rally against the threat from the still-living rogue Xayans. Back on Sonjeera, the Monarchy is in an uproar after their surprising defeat and the breakaway of the Deep Zone planets. The dowager Queen decides to go to Hellhole on a diplomatic mission. After touring Hellhole, Queen Michella is shaken, and begins to realize that she can never have the old Monarchy back. The Queen is captured by the rogue Xayans and learns the reason for their attack: the orthodox Xayans had developed their minds to the point where they could evolve and, in so doing, trigger another Big Bang, wiping out everything. Twenty-two huge asteroids from the outer reaches of the solar system are bearing towards Hellhole, summoned by the rogue sect as a last resort. Can all these lives and the planet itself be saved?
Islands of Rage and Hope (Black Tide Rising #3), by John Ringo, (August 12, Baen)
With the world consumed by a devastating plague that drives humans violently insane, what was once a band of desperate survivors bobbing on a dark Atlantic ocean has now become Wolf Squadron, the only hope for the salvation of the human race. Banding together with what remains of the U.S. Navy, Wolf Squadron, and its leader Steve Smith, not only plans to survive, he plans to retake the mainland, starting with North America. The next step: produce a vaccine. Wolf Squadron forces led by Smith’s terrifyingly precocious daughters Sophia and Faith must venture into the infected to obtain and secure the needed materials. If some of the survivors turn out to be more than they seem, Smith just might be able to pull off his plan. Wolf Squadron forces must throw themselves into battle, scouring the islands of the Atlantic for civilization’s last hope.
Journal of the Plague Year: An Omnibus of Post Apocalyptic Tales, by C.B. Harvey, Malcolm Cross and Adrian Tchaikovsky, (August 12, Abaddon)
The Cull swept the world in the twenty-first century, killing billions and ending civilization. Only a fortunate few were spared. In Malcolm Cross’s Orbital Decay, the team in the International Space Station watch as the world is all but wiped out. Astronaut Alvin Burrows must solve the mystery of the “Pandora” experiment, even as someone on the station takes to murdering the crew. In C. B. Harvey’s Dead Kelly, fugitive and convict “Dead” Kelly McGuire returns from hiding to the lawless city of Melbourne. McGuire has three jobs to do and, ultimately, to discover his own terrible destiny. In Adrian Tchaikovsky’s The Bloody Deluge, Katy Lewkowitz and her friend and tutor Dr. Emil Weber take refuge among the anachronistic survivors at the monastery of Jasna Góra in Poland. A battle of faith ensues, that could decide the future of humankind.
Resurrection (Blood of the Lamb #3), by Mandy Hager, (August 12, Pyr)
When Maryam arrives back at Onewēre and tries to loosen the Apostles’ religious stranglehold by sharing the miraculous remedy for Te Matee lai, she finds herself captured once again, prey to the Apostles’ deadly game. The ruling elite manipulate her return by setting in motion a highly orchestrated ritual before a hysterical and brain-washed crowd. Somehow Maryam must get the islanders to listen to her plea that they start thinking for themselves, hoping to stir the independence in their hearts, even as she finds herself on the brink of death. (U.S. Release)
Riftwar Legacy, by Raymond E. Feist, (August 12, Harper Collins)
Return to a world of magic and adventure.. This bundle includes the complete Riftwar Legacy. The bundle includes: Krondor: The Betrayal (1), Krondor: The Assassins (2), Krondor: Tear of the Gods (3) and the new novella Jimmy and the Crawler. (ebook only)
Season of the Dragonflies, by Sarah Creech, (August 12, William Morrow)
The Lenore women have manufactured a perfume unlike any other, and guarded the unique and mysterious ingredients. Their perfumery creates one special elixir that secretly sells for millions of dollars to the world’s most powerful-movie stars, politicians, artists, and CEOs. Willow, the Lenore family matriarch, is the brains behind the company. Her daughter Mya is its heart. She can “read” scents and envision their power. Willow’s younger daughter, Lucia, claims no magical touch, nor does she want any part of the family business. Willow is experiencing strange spells of forgetfulness. Mya is plotting a coup. A client is threatening blackmail. The unique flowers used in their perfume are dying. Lucia has begun showing signs of her own special abilities. Her return to the mountains, heralded by a swarm of blue dragonflies, may be the answer they need.
Soda Pop Soldier, by Nick Cole, (August 12, Harper Voyager)
Gamer PerfectQuestion fights for ColaCorp in WarWorld, an online combat sport arena where mega-corporations field entire armies in the battle for real world global advertising-space dominance. Within the immense virtual battlefield, players and bots are high-tech grunts, using drop-ships and state-of-the-art weaponry to wipe each other out. But times are tough and the rent is due, and when players need extra dough, there’s always the Black, an illegal open source tournament where the sick and twisted desires of the future are given free rein in the Westhavens, a gothic dungeon fantasy world. And all too soon, the real and virtual worlds collide when PerfectQuestion refuses to become the tool of a mad man intent on hacking the global economy for himself.
The Dystopia Chronicles (Atopia #2), by Matthew Mather, (August 12, 47North)
Cast out from Atopia, Robert Baxter undertakes a globe-trotting quest to find his friend Willy’s lost body, which just may hold the key to understanding the dangers facing his home and Jimmy Scadden’s role in the disasters that are spreading across the world. As Robert pieces together the puzzle, he realizes that mankind’s ravenous consumption of natural resources is no longer the most immediate threat to this world. As full-scale global war erupts and an ancient apocalyptic threat resurfaces, Robert must risk losing the ones he loves to save the planet from destruction.
The Sixth Extinction (Sigma Force #10), by James Rollins, (August 12, William Morrow)
A remote military research station broadcasts a frantic distress call that ends with a chilling message: Kill us all. When soldiers arrive to investigate, they discover everyone in the lab is dead, not just the scientists, but every living thing for fifty square miles is annihilated. The land is completely sterile, and the blight is spreading. Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma must decipher a threat that rises out of the distant past. Following clues from an ancient map rescued from the lost Library of Alexandria, Sigma will make a shocking discovery involving a prehistoric continent, and a new form of death buried under miles of ice. Sigma will face its greatest challenge yet: stopping the coming extinction of mankind. But is it already too late?
The Supernatural Enhancements, by Edgar Cantero, (August 12, Doubleday)
When twentysomething A., the European relative of the Wells family, and his companion, Niamh, a mute teenage girl, inherit the eerie estate of Axton House, in the woods of Point Bless, Virginia, it comes as a surprise to everyone, including A. himself. He never even knew he had a “second cousin, twice removed” in America, much less that the eccentric gentleman had recently committed suicide by jumping out of the third floor bedroom window, at the same age and in the same way as his father had before him. A. and Niamh quickly come to feel as if they have inherited much more than just a rambling home and a cushy lifestyle. Axton House is haunted, they know it, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the secrets they slowly but surely uncover.
The Ultra Thin Man, by Patrick Swenson, (August 12, Tor)
In the twenty-second century, no one, alive or dead, human or alien, is quite what they seem. When terrorists manage to crash Coral, the moon, into its home planet of Ribon, forcing evacuation, it’s up to Dave Crowell and Alan Brindos, contract detectives for the Network Intelligence Organization, to solve a case of interplanetary consequences. The two detectives soon find themselves separated, chasing opposite leads: Brindos has to hunt down the massive Helk alien Terl Plenko, shadow leader of the terrorist Movement of Worlds. Crowell, meanwhile, runs into something far more sinister, an elaborate frame job that puts our heroes on the hook for treason. Crowell and Brindos are forced to answer the all-important question: Who, and what, is the Ultra Thin Man?
This Changes Everything (Curse Keepers 0.6), by Denise Grover Swank, (August 12, 47North)
Ellie Dare Lancaster is only eight years old, but the secret she carries stretches back four hundred years, to the doomed pioneer colony of Roanoke Island, and the dark pact made by her ancestor, Ananias Dare. Though her father has told Ellie of her heritage, and she knows she will one day become a Curse Keeper, she never dreamed how soon that day would come. After sharing the truth about her destiny with her best friend, Ellie fears she has summoned something dreadful. It’s her parents’ discovery of an eighteenth-century artifact, linked to the vanished North Carolina settlers, that brings fear, and murder, into their home. The unholy forces unleashed at the dawn of a new nation stir once more, to challenge another generation fated to wage the war between gods of good and evil. (ebook only)
Throne of Stars (Empire of Man #2), by David Weber and John Ringo, (August 12, Baen)
Prince Roger MacClintock was an heir to the galaxy’s Throne of Man and a self-obsessed spoiled young brat, that is, until he and the Royal Marines sent to protect him were stranded by an assassination attempt on the wild and dangerous planet of Marduk. After much travail, Roger has developed into a competent and compassionate leader of men. That competence will be tested when Roger and the Marines face an even greater challenge. The Throne of Man has been usurped. With his brother dead and the forces of an interstellar empire arrayed against him, Roger must avenge his family and fight for the just rule of a thousand stars.
We Are All Completely Fine, by Daryl Gregory, (August 12, Tachyon)
Harrison is the Monster Detective, a storybook hero. Now he’s in his mid-thirties and spends most of his time not sleeping. Stan became a minor celebrity after being partially eaten by cannibals. Barbara is haunted by the messages carved upon her bones. Greta may or may not be a mass-murdering arsonist. And for some reason, Martin never takes off his sunglasses. Unsurprisingly, no one believes their horrific tales until they are sought out by psychotherapist Dr. Jan Sayer. What happens when these likely-insane outcasts join a support group? Together they must discover which monsters they face are within and which are lurking in plain sight.
The Year’s Best Weird Fiction (Year’s Best Weird Fiction #1), edited by Laird Barron, (August 13, ChiZine)
The inaugural volume of the Year’s Best Weird Fiction. Weird fiction is enjoying wide popularity. Chiefly derived from early 20th-century pulp fiction, its remit includes ghost stories, the strange and macabre, the supernatural, fantasy, myth, philosophical ontology, ambiguity, and a healthy helping of the outre. At its best, weird fiction is an intersecting of themes and ideas that explore and subvert the Laws of Nature. It is not confined to one genre, but is the most diverse and welcoming of all genres. Hence, in this initial showcase of weird fiction you will discover tales of horror, fantasy, science fiction, the supernatural, and the macabre. Contributing authors include Jeffrey Ford, Sofia Samatar, Joseph S. Pulver Sr, John Langan, Richard Gavin, and W. H. Pugmire.
Between the Spark and the Burn (Between #2), by April Genevieve Tucholke, (August 14, Dial)
The crooked-smiling liar River West Redding, who drove into Violet’s life one summer day and shook her world to pieces, is gone. Violet and Neely, River’s other brother, are left to worry, until they catch a two a.m. radio program about strange events in a distant mountain town. They take off in search of River but are always a step behind, finding instead frenzied towns, witch hunts, and a wind-whipped island with the thrum of something strange and dangerous just under the surface. It isn’t long before Violet begins to wonder if Neely, the one Redding brother she thought trustworthy, has been hiding a secret of his own.
Fiendish, by Brenna Yovanoff, (August 14, Razorbill)
When Clementine was a child, dangerous and inexplicable things started happening in New South Bend. The townsfolk blamed the fiendish people out in the Willows and burned their homes to the ground. But magic kept Clementine alive, walled up in the cellar for ten years, until a boy named Fisher sets her free. Back in the world, Clementine sets out to discover what happened all those years ago. But the truth gets muddled in her dangerous attraction to Fisher, the politics of New South Bend, and the Hollow, a fickle and terrifying place that seems increasingly temperamental ever since Clementine reemerged.
Sisters’ Fate (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #3), by Jessica Spotswood, (August 14, Putnam Juvenile)
A fever ravages New London, but with the Brotherhood sending suspected witches straight to the gallows, the Sisters are powerless against the disease. They can’t help without revealing their powers, as Cate learns when a potent display of magic turns her into the most wanted witch in all of New England. To make matters worse, Cate has been erased from the memory of her beloved Finn. While she’s torn between protecting him from further attacks and encouraging him to fall for her all over again, she’s certain she can never forgive Maura’s betrayal. And now that Tess’s visions have taken a deadly turn, the prophecy that one Cahill sister will murder another looms ever closer to its fulfillment.
Your Face in Mine, by Jess Row, (August 14, Riverhead)
Not long after Kelly Thorndike has moved back to his hometown of Baltimore, an African American man he doesn’t recognize calls out to him. The man identifies himself as Martin, who was one of Kelly’s closest friends in high school, and, before his disappearance nearly twenty years ago, skinny, white, and Jewish. Martin then tells an astonishing story: After years of immersing himself in black culture, he’s had a plastic surgeon perform “racial reassignment surgery”, altering his hair, skin, and physiognomy to allow him to pass as African American. Martin has been living a new life ever since. Martin feels he can no longer keep his new identity a secret; he wants Kelly to help him ignite a controversy that will help sell racial reassignment surgery to the world. Kelly agrees, and things quickly begin to spiral out of control.
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