If you thought last week was a big week for new releases, this week is even bigger. There are well over fifty new books being released this week. Narrowing your choice to just one may be quite the challenge.
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Gun Shy (Reaper #2), by Eleri Stone, (September 1, Carina Press)
Before the cure, Lieutenant Lyle Dalton’s job was simple: kill the Reapers. Under orders to inject all captured flesh eaters with the serum that restores their humanity, his Rangers at Fort Dougan face entirely new dangers. Someone wanted the Reaper cure badly enough to spill blood for it, and Lyle needs to steal it back if he hopes to hold the border. Jane Fisher escaped Scraper crime boss Gideon Moore with only the clothes on her back. Her new home at Fort Dougan is the first safe one she’s known. Until the remaining supply of serum was stolen. Serving as Lyle’s guide through Scraper territory means revisiting her own personal hell. The mountains are the last place she needs to be. If Jane can find the courage to face down a man like Gideon, no force on earth will keep Lyle from her side. (ebook only)
The Masked Songbird (Scottish Songbird #1), by Emmie Mears, (September 1, Harlequin)
Mildly hapless Edinburgh accountant Gwenllian Maule is surviving. She’s got a boyfriend, a rescued pet bird and a flatmate to share rent. Gwen’s biggest challenges: stretching her last twenty quid until payday and not antagonizing her terrifying boss. Gwen mistakenly drinks a mysterious beverage that gives her heightened senses, accelerated healing powers and astonishing strength. All of which come in handy the night she rescues her activist neighbor from a beat-down by political thugs. Gwen must figure out what else the serum has done to her body, who else is interested and how her boss is involved. She must uncover how this is connected to the looming referendum on Scottish independence. Gwen’s hunt for answers will test her superpowers and endanger her family, her friends, even her country. (ebook only)
The Paper Magician (Paper Magician Trilogy #1), by Charlie N. Holmberg, (September 1, 47North)
Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic. Once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic, forever. The spells Ceony learns under Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined, animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic. An Excisioner, a practitioner of dark, flesh magic, invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart, and reveal the very soul of the man.
A Love for All Time, by Chloe Douglas, (September 2, Forever Yours)
Homicide detective Mick Giovanni has seen lot a strange things in the NYPD but nothing like Miss Lettitia Merryweather. The stunning British beauty implores Mick to find her missing sister. She disappeared in London, in 1888. Mick doesn’t believe Lettitia. Until he steps through a time portal onto a gaslit street-and sees a newspaper headline that reads: Jack the Ripper Still At Large. For Mick, it’s the dream of a lifetime, a chance to hunt down the most notorious killer in history. For Lettitia, it’s all too personal, and Mick is her only hope. The handsome cop has only seven days to solve the world’s greatest mystery before he loses his chance to go home. The closer Mick gets to the truth, the deeper his feelings for Lettitia grow. If he solves the case, can these two soul mates say goodbye to a love that was meant for all time?
A New Darkness (The Starblade Chronicles #1), by Joseph Delaney, (September 2, Greenwillow)
Tom Ward is the spook, the one person who can defend the county from ghosts, ghasts, boggarts, witches, and other bloodthirsty creatures of the dark. But he’s only seventeen, and his apprenticeship was cut short when his master died in battle. No one trusts Tom’s skill, not till he’s proven himself. And a fifteen-year-old girl named Jenny knows more about the three mysterious deaths in the county than Tom does. She is a seventh daughter of a seventh daughter and she wants to be Tom’s first apprentice, even though a female spook is unheard of. Together, Tom and Jenny will uncover the grave danger heading straight toward the county, and they’ll team up with a witch assassin to confront it. (U.S. Release)
Acceptance (Southern Reach Trilogy #3), by Jeff VanderMeer, (September 2, Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
It is winter in Area X. A new team embarks across the border on a mission to find a member of a previous expedition who may have been left behind. As they press deeper into the unknown, navigating new terrain and new challenges, the threat to the outside world becomes more daunting. The mysteries of Area X may have been solved, but their consequences and implications are no less profound, or terrifying.
Age of Iron (Iron Age #1), by Angus Watson, (September 2, Orbit)
Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary traveling south to join up with King Zadar’s army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people. First, Spring, a child he finds scavenging on the battlefield, and then Lowa, one of Zadar’s most fearsome warriors, who’s vowed revenge on the king for her sister’s execution. Now Dug’s on the wrong side of that thousands-strong army he hoped to join, and worse, Zadar has bloodthirsty druid magic on his side. All Dug has is his war hammer, one rescued child and one unpredictable, highly-trained warrior with a lust for revenge that’s going to get them all killed. It’s a glorious day to die.
Beauty’s Beast, by Amanda Ashley, (September 2, Zebra)
Fair of face and figure, Kristine is young, innocent, pure. Yet she has been condemned to the gallows for killing a man. The only one who can save her is a lord so infamous that some say he is the son of the Devil himself. Erik Trevayne is called the Demon Lord of Hawksbridge Castle, but few know of the curse he lives under. Or the terrifying changes slowly gnawing away at his humanity. When he weds her, all he wants of Kristine is a son. But when he beds her, a wild hope is born, that love that can tame even the most monstrous of beasts.
Blood Red Tide (Deathlands #118), by James Axler, (September 2, Gold Eagle)
In a nuclear wasteland where death and destruction are the norm, Ryan Cawdor and his fellow survivors seek out refuge while looking to one another for protection. Civilization no longer exists in the barren Deathlands. There is only the will to survive and the dim hope of a promised land. Taken captive on a ship in the former Caribbean, Ryan and his companions must work as part of the crew or perish at the hands of the captain. But the mutant in charge of the vessel is the least of their worries. Each day is a struggle as they face rivalry among the sailors, violent attacks and deadly storms. Worse, a powerful enemy is hunting the ship to destroy everyone on board. Fighting for their lives and those of their shipmates, the companions must find unity within the chaos or die in the attempt.
Caught Dead Handed (A Witch City Mystery #1), by Carol J. Perry, (September 2, Kensington)
Most folks associate the city of Salem, Massachusetts with witches, but for Lee Barrett, it’s home. She’s returned to her hometown, where her beloved Aunt Ibby still lives, to interview for a job as a reporter at WICH-TV. The only opening is for a call-in psychic to host the late night horror movies. The previous host, Ariel Constellation, never saw her own murder coming. Lee takes the job, but when she starts seeing real events in the obsidian ball she’s using as a prop, she wonders if she might really have psychic abilities. It’s starting to look like Ariel may have been an actual practicing witch, when O’Ryan, the cat Lee and Aunt Ibby inherited from her, exhibits some strange powers of his own. With Halloween fast approaching, Lee must focus on unmasking a killer, or her career as a psychic may be very short lived.
Celtic Fire (Rogue Angel #50), by Alex Archer, (September 2, Gold Eagle)
The theft of a whetstone from a Welsh museum and the murder of a curate during a grave robbery seem like random crimes. The troubling deeds are linked by a precarious thread. A collection of rare and scattered British antiquities has become a target, and the relics’ value lies in something more dangerous than money. Annja Creed, archaeologist and host of TV’s Chasing History’s Monsters, is in the U.K. when her mentor, Roux, interrupts her with news of the thefts. He’s certain that the thirteen Treasures of Britain are wanted for their rumored power. Roux tasks Annja with locating and protecting the treasures before the wrong person finds them. She must stand against a woman fueled by the fires of her ancient Celt blood, and a sword as powerful and otherworldly as Annja’s own.
Dark Blood (Dark #26), by Christine Feehan, (September 2, Berkley)
Zev Hunter was an elite warrior, a dark-blood dealer of death to rogue Lycans who preyed on mankind. He was a loner and damned fierce at his job. Zev begins to question his past and his purpose when he awakens in the sacred cave of warriors, and is soothed back to consciousness by the familiar voice of a woman. She was Branislava, member of the Dragonseeker clan. The time has now come for his rebirth, for his blood to stir with that of the ancient warriors before him. He has been assured by Branislava that their fates are entwined. With a blood-sworn vow of honor, mercy and endurance, and under the influence of a siren as bewitching as Branislava, Zev wonders what his purpose is, what it means for the future of the Carpathians and what it is about his rebirth that he has to fear.
Dinosaurs and a Dirigible, by David Drake, (September 2, Baen)
Henry Vickers’s job is to keep clients safe from the dinosaurs they’re hunting. That’s the easy part. The hard part is to keep the clients safe from themselves and each other. Some act like decent human beings, but more are selfish, stupid, sadistic, or all three together. The few women are worse. Vickers doesn’t expect them to be competent with the powerful rifles they carry; and he doesn’t expect them to be reasonable. Eventually there are moral questions that Vickers can’t ignore. When Henry Vickers starts to behave like a human being instead of a hunting guide, things get really dangerous. In “Travellers.” An airship is crossing the United States in 1897 in search of the weird and the wonderful. The two teenagers aboard know that the airship’s captain is a great scientist and inventor, but they don’t know how much more he is also.
Enchantress (Rav Hisda’s Daughter #2), by Maggie Anton, (September 2, Plume)
Fantastic tales of demons and the Evil Eye, magical incantations, and powerful attractions abound in a novel that weaves together Talmudic lore, ancient Jewish magic, and a timeless love story set in fourth-century Babylonia. One of the most powerful practitioners of these mysterious arts is Rav Hisda’s daughter, whose innate awareness allows her to possess the skills men lack. With her husband, Rava, whose arcane knowledge of the secret Torah enables him to create a “man” out of earth and to resurrect another rabbi from death, the two brave an evil sorceress, Ashmedai the Demon King, and even the Angel of Death in their quest to safeguard their people., even while putting their romance at risk.
Fall of Night (Dead of Night #2), by Jonathan Maberry, (September 2, St. Martin’s Griffin)
Stebbins Little School is full of bodies. It’s unthinkable to Desdemona Fox. Children are sobbing as panicked teachers and neighbors beat down their family members outside of the school, or the things that used to be their family members. Officers Fox and Hammond, along with journalist Billy Trout, are calling it the beginning of the end. This is the zombie apocalypse. An insane escaped serial killer is infecting Stebbins County with a deadly virus, and now the whole world is watching while Fox, Trout, and the remaining inhabitants of Stebbins fight for their life against…The undead? The President and the National Guard are ready to nuke Stebbins, PA off the map and cut their losses. The scientist who created the virus is missing. Fox has to contain the infected and evacuate the living before it’s too late, and the clock is ticking.
Feuds, by Avery Hastings, (September 2, St. Martin’s Griffin)
Like all Priors, Davis Morrow has spent her whole life primed to be smarter, stronger, and more graceful than the lowly Imperfects, or “Imps.” Davis is only a few weeks away from qualifying for the Olympiads when she meets Cole, a mysterious boy who leaves her with more questions each time he disappears. Davis has no idea that Cole has his own agenda, or that he’s a rising star in the FEUDS, an underground fighting ring where Priors gamble on Imps. Cole finds himself as drawn to Davis as she is to him. Then Narxis, a deadly virus, takes its hold, and Davis’s friends start dying. When the Priors refuse to acknowledge the epidemic, Davis has no one to turn to but Cole. Falling in love was never part of their plan, but their love may be the only thing that can save her world.
Forged by Desire (London Steampunk #4), by Bec McMaster, (September 2, Sourcebooks Casablanca)
Captain Garret Reed of the Nighthawk guard has a deadly mission: capture a steel-jawed monster preying on women. He hates to put his partner, Perry, in jeopardy, but she’s the best bait he has. Little does he realize, he’s about to be caught in his own trap. Perry has been half in love with Garrett for years, but this is not exactly the best time to start a relationship, especially when their investigation leads them directly into the clutches of the madman she thought she’d escaped.
Fortunes of the Imperium (Imperium #2), by Jody Lynn Nye, (September 2, Baen)
Lieutenant Lord Thomas Kinago sets out from the Imperium homeworld for the Autocracy of the Uctu, a galactic region with an overlord known, eponymously, as the Autocrat. Thomas is on a mission for Mr. Frank, the head of the secret service. His crew’s assignment is to find out why shippers are being detained at checkpoints. It is all his trusted aid Parsons can do to keep his leader on course. Thomas’s newest interest is superstitions. While the Autocrat, a new and young Uctu female, finds Thomas a curious diplomat, she also likes him. Thomas needs free passage within the Uctu home system to investigate the illegal contraband trade. The smuggling ring is determined to cancel Thomas’s visit before he can cancel them. It’s up to Parsons to find a way to lead his master to victory, or at least keep him from getting himself killed by a determined enemy.
Ghost Layer (Ghost Seer #2), by Robin D. Owens, (September 2, Berkley)
Clare Cermak’s adjusting to a new man in her life, and a lot of ghosts. The passing of Clare’s aunt gave way to a sizeable inheritance of not only money, but also the ability to communicate with the dead. At the same time, she met Zach Slade, a private detective with a rough past, and just like Clare, he’s not yet ready to accept her gift, or his own. But Clare has another matter to look into. A multimillionaire needs her help after relocating an old ghost town to his mountain estate. The bones of a murdered prospector are making nightly appearances in his guests’ beds. When the gold miner’s ghost contacts Clare, she promises to help find the name of his killer, but someone doesn’t want the past revealed and might find her first.
Glory Main: The Sim War: Book One, by Henry V. O’Neil, (September 2, Harper Voyager Impulse)
For decades, mankind has been locked in a war with an alien enemy that resembles the human race so closely they are known as the Sims. Both sides battle for control of habitable planets across the galaxies. Lieutenant Jander Mortas is fresh out of officer training and new to the war zone but eager to prove himself. Disaster strikes while he’s traveling to his first assignment. He wakes to find himself marooned on a planet that appears deserted, with the only other survivors: a psychoanalyst, a conscientious objector, and a bitter veteran of a brutal slave-scout detachment. As the group struggles to reach safety on a nearby base, Glory Main, they discover a Sim colony. They must fight the harsh elements, an ever-present enemy, and possibly each other.
Grudgebearer (The Grudgebearer Trilogy #1), by J.F. Lewis, (September 2, Pyr)
Kholster is the first born of the practically immortal Aern, a race created by the Eldrennai as warrior-slaves to defend them from the magic-resistant reptilian Zaur. The Aern served the Eldrennai faithfully for thousands of years until the Sundering. The Aern, Vael, and Eldrennai meet every hundred years for a Grand Conjunction to renew their tenuous peace. Almost six hundred years after the Sundering, an Eldrennai prince breaks the truce by setting up a museum exhibit containing sentient suits of Aernese armor left behind, never to be touched, lest Kholster kill every last Eldrennai. Through their connection with their ancient armor, the Aern know instantly, and Kholster must find a way to keep his oaths. While Kholster travels to the Grand Conjunction with his Freeborn daughter and chosen successor Rae’en, his troops travel by sea, heading for war.
Haunted (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #15), by Kay Hooper, (September 2, Berkley)
When Deacon James’s younger sister Melanie calls him, terrified, he goes to her aid in the Georgia town of Sociable. What he finds is a scared young woman in the grip of a paranormal nightmare, and murder. Two local men have been killed under mysterious circumstances. Melanie is the prime suspect. Trinity Nichols left a high-stress job for quiet, small-town life. Her investigation is yielding more than she bargained for, including a group of strangers who have descended on Sociable, some with abilities Trinity finds hard to believe, and agendas she refuses to trust. They know a lot more than they should about what’s happening in town. Trinity, Deacon, and this odd band of FBI agents must work together to solve a series of disturbances so incredible that Trinity, and the town of Sociable, will be changed forever.
Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3), by Sarah J. Maas, (September 2, Bloomsbury USA)
Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her. Her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat and toughest enemy. While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength to win her own battles, and to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?
Hidden (Alex Verus #5), by Benedict Jacka, (September 2, Ace)
Alex Verus should have foreseen his friends’ reactions to the revelations about his previous life. Anne Walker no longer trusts him, and has cut all ties with the mage community after getting kicked out of the apprentice program. As a favor to Luna, Alex’s own apprentice and Anne’s best friend, he checks in on her only to be told to leave her alone. Anne gets kidnapped. The Council Keepers of the Order of the Star believe Dark mages from her past may be involved. Working with the Keepers, Alex and Luna discover that Anne has been taken into the shadow realm of Sagash, her former Dark mage mentor. They must find a way to rescue her. Another shadow from the past has resurfaced, Alex’s former master may be back in London, and Alex has no idea what his agenda is.
Honor’s Price (Warriors of the Mist #3), by Alexis Morgan, (September 2, Signet)
The Warriors of the Mist have fought side by side for centuries, but Kane alone has felt something darker calling to him. With the Kingdom of Agathia on the brink of rebellion, Kane knows that relying on dark magic to infiltrate the enemy’s court is dangerous but necessary despite the cost to his soul. Lady Theda hopes to end the tyrannical reign of Duke Keirthan, the man who killed his own brother, Theda’s husband. But she has little hope of succeeding, until a mage-marked warrior appears. For the first time in centuries, Kane is tempted not by dark magic, but by a woman who wants more than his protection. But with both of their hearts, and her people’s lives, in jeopardy, giving in to their passion may be a risk too great to take
House Immortal (House Immortal #1), by Devon Monk, (September 2, Roc)
Matilda Case isn’t like most folk. She’s unique in the world, the achievement of her father’s experiments, a girl pieced together from bits. Or so she believes, until Abraham Seventh shows up at her door, stitched with life thread just like her and insisting that enemies are coming to kill them all. Tilly is one of thirteen incredible creations known as the galvanized, stitched together beings immortal and unfathomably strong. For a century, each House has fought for control over the galvanized. Now the Houses are also tangled in a deadly struggle for dominion over death, and Tilly and her kind hold the key to unlocking eternity. The secrets that Tilly must fight to protect are hidden within the very seams of her being. Her enemies are willing to tear her apart piece by piece.
Hunter’s Trail (Scarlett Bernard #3), by Melissa F. Olson, (September 2, 47North)
Actions have consequences, a lesson Scarlett Bernard is learning the hard way. As a “null,” Scarlett has always been able to negate the powers of the supernatural beings that surround her. Her decision to permanently change Eli from a werewolf to a human has left the Los Angeles werewolf pack in shambles, and upset the balance of power among the city’s supernatural factions. Scarlett’s employers discover that a newly changed werewolf is running amok in the city. Scarlett will need help from both Eli and Detective Jesse Cruz of the LAPD. Scarlett and her friends aren’t the only ones on the hunt, someone else is chasing the wolf. Scarlett and her allies must stop both the rogue wolf and the deadly hunter before the full moon rises and all hell breaks loose.
Island of Legends (Unwanteds #4), by Lisa McMann, (September 2, Aladdin)
As Alex grows more confident in his role as the mage of Artimé, he expands his skills and brings his first creature to life, with results that are both painful and wonderful. A team from Artimé heads out to rescue Sky and Crow’s mother from underwater Pirate Island and discovers there are more creatures than they ever imagined in the ocean surrounding the islands, and not all of them are friendly. Meanwhile in Quill, Aaron faces threats to his leadership as Gondoleery hones her rediscovered magical abilities and Eva and Liam form a secret alliance against him. But Aaron’s distracted with a discovery of his own, a hidden jungle that holds a dangerous secret. His time there yields a startling truth about himself, and a potential opportunity to increase his power.
Love Bites, by Angela Knight, (September 2, Berkley Trade)
Three tales of seductive vampires and the women who love them. In “Oath of Service,” Morgana le Fay finally gets what’s coming to her. After a fight with a dragon goes wrong, Morgana takes an Oath of Service to Percival, vampire Knight of the Round Table. Percival and his partners decide to give Morgana a taste of bondages and submission she’ll never forget. In “Be Careful What You Wish For,” a beautiful vampire and her two vamp lovers lock horns with a wizard with the ugly habit of refusing to take no for an answer. Amanda finds herself the object of both men’s lust. In “The Bloodslave,” the beautiful, virginal, and very human Verica is captured by three hungry alpha vampires. They desire more than her warm blood. They want her body, leaving Verica more vulnerable than ever before, and loving every minute of it.
Maplecroft (The Borden Dispatches #1), by Cherie Priest, (September 2, Roc)
The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, a mansion near the sea and far from gossip and scrutiny. But it is not far enough from the affliction that possessed my parents. Their characters, their very souls, were consumed from within by something that left malevolent entities in their place. It originates from the ocean’s depths, plaguing the populace with tides of nightmares and madness. This evil cannot hide from me. No matter what guise it assumes, I will be waiting for it. With an axe.
Mary: The Summoning (Bloody Mary #1), by Hillary Monahan, (September 2, Disney-Hyperion)
There is a right way and a wrong way to summon her. Success requires precision: a dark room, a mirror, a candle, salt, and four teenage girls. Jess, Shauna, Kitty, and Anna, must link hands, follow the rules, and never let go. A thrilling fear spins around the room the first time Jess calls her name: A ripple of terror follows when a shadowy silhouette emerges through the fog, a specter trapped behind the mirror. Mary is called again. And again. When their summoning circle is broken, Bloody Mary slips through the glass with a taste for revenge. As the girls struggle to escape Mary’s wrath, loyalties are questioned, friendships are torn apart, and lives are forever altered. A haunting trail of clues leads Shauna on a search to uncover the legacy of Mary Worth. What she finds will change everything, but will it be enough to stop Mary, and Jess, before it’s too late?
Night Unbound (Immortal Guardians #5), by Dianne Duvall, (September 2, Zebra)
For centuries, Lisette d’Alençon has been a warrior against the dark. She fights alongside her brothers and comrades. But when the dreams start coming, she can’t bear to confess them to the Immortal Guardians’ command. Dreams of a dark-haired man with soft eyes and brutal wounds, a man her heart aches for, and a man she knows has been declared a traitor. Zach is an exile, a loner. He won’t defend himself against false accusations or grovel to those who should have faith in him. But he’ll damn sure defend the woman who kept him sane against a plague of super-vamps that seems to have appeared from nowhere. The Guardians will blame him, and that will make Lisette suspect, too. With life, death and eternity on the line, who can they really trust?
Night’s Honor (Elder Races #7), by Thea Harrison, (September 2, Berkley)
On the run from her former employer, Tess knows that she’s vulnerable on her own amongst the Elder Races. That’s why she decides to audition to become the human attendant of a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind demesne. But while her position affords her the safety she seeks, her protector turns out to be more than she bargained for. The right-hand man of the Nightkind King, Xavier del Torro is both terrifying and alluring. While his true nature frightens Tess, she can’t ignore the appeal of his innate sense of integrity and self-restraint. Thrown into Xavier’s world, Tess must quickly learn to navigate the dangers, both to her life and to her heart. But the biggest threat comes from her own past.
Outrider, by Steven John, (September 2, Night Shade)
The New Las Vegas Sunfield will be one of many enormous solar farms to supply energy to the United States. The Sunfield generates an electromagnetic field so volatile that ordinary machinery and the simplest electronic devices must be kept miles away from it. The men who guard the power station do so on horseback. They are the Outriders. Though the power supplied by the Sunfield is widespread, access to that power comes with total deference to the iron-fisted will of New Las Vegas’s ruthless mayor, Franklin Dreg. Crisis erupts when Dreg’s secretary, Timothy Hale, discovers someone has been stealing energy, siphoning it out of the New Las Vegas grid under cover of darkness. With a potential crisis looming, the mysterious goal of the “Drainers” finally comes into focus. Only then do the Outriders realize how dangerous the situation really is.
Radiant (Towers Trilogy #1), by Karina Sumner-Smith, (September 2, Talos)
Xhea has no magic. Xhea is an outcast, no way to earn a living. Yet she has a unique talent: the ability to see ghosts and the tethers that bind them to the living world, which she uses to scratch out a bare existence in the ruins beneath the City’s floating Towers. A rich City man comes to her with a young woman’s ghost tethered to his chest. The ghost, Shai, is a Radiant, a rare person who generates so much power that the Towers use it to fuel their magic. Shai’s home Tower is desperate to get the ghost back and force her into a body so that it can regain its position. The Tower’s rivals seek the ghost to use her magic for their own ends. Xhea thinks herself powerless, until a strange magic wakes within her. Magic dark and slow, like rising smoke, like seeping oil. A magic whose very touch brings death.
Shattered (Scorched #2), by Mari Mancusi, (September 2, Sourcebooks Fire)
A girl at the end of the world. Two brothers fighting for opposite sides. And a dragon who can save them all. Or set the world on fire. Trinity’s world changed forever the day she stole Emmy’s egg. Now she’s on the run with the last living dragon and twin brothers from a war-torn future. Connor may have betrayed his mission to kill Emmy, but he’ll do whatever it takes to prevent the coming dragon apocalypse. Coddling a temperamental dragon on its way to being the size of a house is no way to keep them safe. But Caleb can’t stand to see Emmy trapped and miserable. When a video of Emmy flying over the skies of the Texas Hill Country goes viral, the government closes in, and the future they’ve risked everything for is about to go up in flames.
Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson (Mercy Thompson), by Patricia Briggs, (September 2, Ace)
Mercy Thompson’s world just got a whole lot bigger. A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, “one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today”, and the characters she calls friends. Includes the new stories: “Silver”, “Roses in Winter”, “Redemption” and “Hollow”. Also includes reader favorites: “Fairy Gifts”, “Gray”, “Alpha and Omega”, “Seeing Eye”, “The Star of David” and “In Red, with Pearls”.
Sleeping Late on Judgement Day (Bobby Dollar #3), by Tad Williams, (September 2, DAW)
Renegade angel Bobby Dollar does not have an easy afterlife. After surviving the dangers Hell oh-so-kindly offered him, Bobby has returned empty-handed, his demon girlfriend Casmira, the Countess of Cold Hands, is still in the clutches of Eligor, Grand Duke of Hell. Bobby ends up back at his job as an angel advocate. Until Walter, an old angel friend whom Bobby never thought he’d see again, shows up at the local bar. The last time he saw Walter was in Hell, when Walter had tried to warn him about one of Bobby’s angel superiors. There’s corruption hidden within the higher ranks of Heaven and Hell, but the only proof Bobby has is a single feather. He’s in the High Hall of Heavenly Judgment, no longer a bastion for the moral high ground, if it ever was, but instead just another rigged system, on trial for his immortal soul.
Son of No One (Hellchaser #6), by Sherrilyn Kenyon, (September 2, St. Martin’s Press)
It’s not easy being life’s own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with the beast. Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group trying to get their own cable show. When her group accidentally releases something truly evil into the world, they are forced to call in reinforcement. From the moment Josette meets Cadegan, she knows something about him isn’t quite right. He seems a lot older than his apparent age. Centuries ago, Cadegan sold his soul for vengeance against the betrayer who cursed him. There is something about Josette that intrigues him. The last time he felt this way about a woman, it cost him his soul. The evil her friends unleashed is hellbent on consuming her soul. If one more innocent is taken, he will be sent back to an unimaginable prison. How can he keep her safe when his being with her is the greatest threat of all?
Species Imperative, by Julie E. Czerneda, (September 2, DAW)
Dr. Mackenzie “Mac” Connor’s goal in life is to be left in peace to study her salmon and their migration. She has no interest in the Interspecies Union, space travel, or the mysterious Chasm, an expanse of dead worlds filled with the ruins of alien civilizations. The only cloud on Mac’s horizon is having to meet with the Oversight Committee to defend any research intrusions into the protected zones on shore. There’s another, darker, migration underway, this time across space. What created the Chasm has awakened once more, to follow its imperative to feed on living worlds. Aliens have asked Mac to find that answer. She knows it may mean sacrificing all she loves, including Earth itself. The Chasm of the past was only a trial run, for this species intent on replacing all life with its own. And they’ve learned her name.
Spells at the Crossroads (Maggie Graham #3), by Barbara Ashford, (September 2, DAW)
Maggie Graham was having a very bad summer. She lost her job and then the bathroom ceiling in her apartment collapsed. That was when Maggie decided it was time to run away from home. On the road to Vermont for her weekend away, she impulsively took the exit for a town called Dale. The area felt familiar, especially the big white barn she passed on the way to town. Her experience as an actor landed her a job in the summer stock company of the Crossroads Theatre, housed in that same white barn., but none of her professional credits could prepare her for the magic that happened on this stage. Or for the theatre’s unorthodox staff. That staff and stage will soon become family to Maggie, but all the magic in the world might not be enough to keep them safe, with threats ranging from interfering board presidents to imprisonment in the realm of Faerie.
Stories of the Raksura: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud (The Books of the Raksura), by Martha Wells, (September 2, Night Shade)
In “The Falling World,” Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud Court, has traveled with Chime and Balm to another Raksuran court. When she fails to return, her consort, Moon, along with Stone and a party of warriors and hunters, must track them down. Finding them turns out to be the easy part; freeing them from an ancient trap hidden in the depths of the Reaches is much more difficult. “The Tale of Indigo and Cloud” explores the history of the Indigo Cloud Court, long before Moon was born. In the distant past, Indigo stole Cloud from Emerald Twilight. But in doing so, the reigning Queen Cerise and Indigo are now poised for a conflict that could spark war throughout all the courts of the Reaches.
The Alliance (The Registry #3), by Shannon Stoker, (September 2, William Morrow)
Mia Morrissey fled to Mexico to escape the government marrying her to someone she did not love. She’s going risk everything so that the rest of America can be free. Mia returns to America. Life there is more dangerous than ever as the walls grow ever taller, and the forgotten country faces its most ruthless leader yet, Grant Marsden, a shadow from Mia’s past. With the help of Andrew, Carter, and members of the subversive group Affinity, she embarks on a journey to defeat Grant, bring down the government, and destroy the Registry once and for all. Mia discovers that her enemies have used her, and so have her friends. She’s uncertain who to trust, or whether the mission is worth what she’s sacrificing. Mia knows that her next step may be the last for her, and America.
The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell, (September 2, Random House)
Following a scalding row with her mother, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. As she wanders into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life. Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics, and their enemies. Her lost weekend is the prelude to a disappearance that leaves her family scarred. A Cambridge scholarship boy, a conflicted father who feels alive only while reporting from occupied Iraq, a middle-aged writer mourning his exile from the bestseller list, all have a part to play in this war on the margins of our world. Their stories come together in moments of everyday grace and extraordinary wonder.
The Dolls (Dolls #1), by Kiki Sullivan, (September 2, Balzer + Bray)
Eveny Cheval just moved back to Louisiana after spending her childhood in New York. Eveny hasn’t seen her hometown since her mother’s suicide fourteen years ago. Her memories couldn’t have prepared her for what she encounters. Pristine, perfectly manicured Carrefour has a dark side, and Eveny quickly finds herself at the center of it all. Enter Peregrine Marceau, Chloe St. Pierre, and their group of rich, sexy friends known as the Dolls. Peregrine and Chloe have everything, including an explanation for what’s going on in Carrefour. After murder strikes and Eveny discovers that everything she believes about herself, her family, and her life is a lie, she must turn to the Dolls for answers. It’s up to Eveny, Chloe, and Peregrine to save Carrefour and make it right.
The Fatal Tree (Bright Empires #5), by Stephen R. Lawhead, (September 2, Thomas Nelson)
What do you do when you’re faced with The End of Everything? The evidence is compelling, not only is The End of Everything approaching, it’s approaching rapidly. Desperation sends the Questors to the four corners of the universe in search of answers. Tony and Gianni are in Rome gathering additional data on the collapse of the universe, and Haven and Giles are captured by Huns and taken to Byzantium. Mina travels to Egypt to recruit Dr. Thomas Young, “the last man in the world who knows everything.” But when he accompanies Mina, Kit, and Cass to the ley guarded by the giant tree, he manages to activate the ley and he and Mina disappear. Before disappearing, Dr. Young dubbed the giant Yew the Fatal Tree, but what fate is it leading these Questors toward?
The Golden Princess: A Novel of the Change (Emberverse #11), by S.M. Stirling, (September 2, Roc)
Princess Órlaith, heir to Rudi Mackenzie, Artos the First, High King of Montival, now wields the Sword of the Lady, and faces a new enemy. She also has a new ally in Reiko, Empress of Japan, who has been pursued to America by a conquering army from Asia. Órlaith and Reiko embark on a quest to find the fabled Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, the Grass-Cutting Sword. Dreams have revealed that the road to Kusanagi lies through the meganecropolis of the City of Angels, and beyond it, to a castle in the fearful Valley of Death. Their enemy will stop at nothing to prevent them from succeeding. The great arc of land that stretches from the dark kingdom of Korea to the realm of Capricornia in Australia is threatened by war. Now all the survivors of the Change must choose sides.
The Jewel (The Lone City #1), by Amy Ewing, (September 2, Harper Teen)
The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. For girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty, because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring. Purchased by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering façade. Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence, and try to stay alive. A forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s niece. The consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.
The Midnight Queen, by Sylvia Izzo Hunter, (September 2, Ace)
Gray’s deep talent for magick has won him a place at Merlin College. When he accompanies four fellow students on a midnight errand that ends in disaster and death, he is sent away in disgrace. He must spend the summer under the watchful eye of his professor, Appius Callender, working in the gardens of Callender’s country estate. There, he meets the professor’s daughter. Sophie Callender longs to be educated in the lore of magick. In Gray, she finally finds someone who encourages her interest. Sophie and Gray’s meeting touches off a series of events that begins to unravel secrets about each of them. After the king’s closest advisor pays the professor a closed-door visit, they begin to wonder if what Gray witnessed in Oxford might be more sinister than it seemed. They are determined to find out, no matter the cost.
The Savior (The General #10), by Tony Daniel and David Drake, (September 2, Baen)
Duisberg is one of thousands of planets plunged into darkness and chaos by the collapse of the galactic republic. The people of Duisberg have a god: Zentrum, a supercomputer from the ancient past. Zentrum has decided to avoid another collapse by preventing civilization from rising from where it is. This is known as the Stasis. Zentrum has another tool: every few centuries the barbarians sweep in from the desert, slaughtering the educated classes and cowing the peasants back into submission. These are the Blood Winds. Abel Dashian has received into his mind the spirit of Raj Whitehall and of Center, the supercomputer which enabled Raj to shatter his planet’s barbarians. Abel must conquer the land of his origin and destroy the computer A.I. “god” who has doomed his world to an everlasting Dark Age. Abel is a heretic, but now he must go beyond and become, THE SAVIOR.
The Scavengers, by Michael Perry, (September 2, Harper Collins)
I needed a better name. A stronger name. I wedged my fists on my hips and I announced that Maggie was yesterday, and from this day forward I would answer only to Ford Falcon. Life outside the Bubble Cities is rough. After her family chose to take their chances OutBubble, Maggie decided it was time to grow up and grow tough. She spends her days scavenging in a junkyard near her family’s makeshift house, fending off the occasional solar bear attack and keeping her eyes peeled for any GreyDevils. Ford, her parents, and her little brother, Dookie, have been making do. When Ford comes home to find the place ransacked and her family missing, she must prove she is brave enough to make it in this world and face whatever obstacles stand in the way of rescuing her family.
The Weird Company: The Secret History of H.P. Lovecraft’s Twentieth Century, by Pete Rawlik, (September 2, Night Shade)
The story of Dr. Hartwell (Reanimators) continues, but now he has company. Weird company: a witch, a changeling, a mad scientist, and a poet trapped in the form of a beast. These are not heroes but monsters, monsters to fight monsters. Their adventures rage across the globe, from the mountains and long-forgotten caves of Antarctica to the dimly lit backstreets of Innsmouth that still hold terrifying secrets. The unholy creatures released upon the world via the ill-fated Lake expedition to Antarctica must be stopped. And only the weird company stands in their way.
The Winter People, by Rebekah L. Purdy, (September 2, Entangled Teen)
Salome Montgomery fears winter. Most of all, she fears the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn’t forgotten their warning to “stay away.” When failing health takes her grandparents to Arizona, she is left in charge of maintaining their estate. This includes the “special gifts” that must be left at the back of the property. At the center of this world is the strange and beautiful Nevin, who she finds trespassing on her family’s property. His interactions with Salome take her life in a new direction. A direction where she’ll have to decide between her longtime crush Colton, or Nevin who protects her from the darkness that swirls in the snowy backdrop. An evil that, given the chance, will kill her.
Trial By Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy #1), by Josephine Angelini, (September 2, Feiwel & Friends)
This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. After a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear. Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem, one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian, Lily’s other self in this alternate universe. What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.
Wickedly Dangerous (Baba Yaga #1), by Deborah Blake, (September 2, Berkley)
Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. Older than she looks and powerful beyond measure, Barbara Yager no longer has much in common with the mortal life she left behind long ago. She travels the country with her faithful dragon-turned-dog in an enchanted Airstream, fulfilling her duties as a Baba Yaga. When she is summoned to find a missing child, Barbara suddenly finds herself caught up in a web of deceit and an unexpected attraction to the charming but frustrating Sheriff Liam McClellan. As Barbara fights both human enemies and Otherworld creatures to save the lives of three innocent children, she discovers that her most difficult battle may be with her own heart.
Wood Sprites (Elfhome #4), by Wen Spencer, (September 2, Baen)
Even though they attend a school of gifted students in New York City, child geniuses Louise Mayer and her twin sister Jillian have always felt alone in the world. Before their ninth birthday, they make an amazing discovery. They’re not alone. Their real mother was astronaut Esme Shenske and their father was the inventor, Leonardo Dufae. They have an older sister, Alexander, living on the planet of Elfhome, and four siblings still in cryogenic storage at the fertility center. The frozen embryos are scheduled to be destroyed within six months. As a war breaks out on Elfhome and riots start in New York City, the twins use science and magic to plow over everything standing in their way. When they come face to face with an ancient evil force, they’re soon in over their heads.
Zombies: More Recent Dead, edited by Paula Guran, (September 3, Prime Books)
The living dead are more alive than ever. Zombies have become more than an iconic monster for the twenty-first century: they are now a phenomenon constantly revealing as much about ourselves, and our fascination with death, resurrection, and survival, as our love for the supernatural or post-apocalyptic speculation. Our most imaginative literary minds have been devoured by these incredible creatures and produced exciting, new works of zombie fiction. We’ve again dug up the best stories published in the last few years and compiled them into an anthology to feed your insatiable hunger. Contributin authors include: Mike Carey, Neil Gaiman, Kathleen Tierney, Stephen Graham Jones, Joe R. Lansdale, Jonathan Maberry and Carrie Vaughn.
The Barter, by Siobhan Adcock, (September 4, Dutton Adult)
Bridget has given up her career as an attorney to raise her daughter. For Bridget, some crucial part of the exchange is absent: Something she loves and needs. Now a terrifying presence has entered her home; only nobody but Bridget can feel it. On a farm in 1902, a young city bride takes a farmer husband. The marriage bed will become both crucible and anvil as Rebecca first allows, then negates, the powerful erotic connection between them. She turns her back on John to give all her love to their child. Much will occur in this cold house, none of it good. Each woman arrives at a terrible ordeal of her own making, tinged with love and fear and dread. What will they sacrifice to save their families, and themselves?
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