This week we get a chance to catch our breath from the enormous number of new releases in February. Still, there are over fifteen new books on the list this week from which you may pick and choose.
What do you want to read this week? As always, leave a comment telling me the book you’d most like to win, and maybe random.org will make your wishes come true. Your choice of print or digital unless otherwise stated. International? Of course! As long as Book Depository delivers to your country, please enter. If you’d prefer the first book in a series listed here, that’s okay, too.
Fortune’s Blight (Shattered Kingdoms #2), by Evie Manieri, (February 17, Tor)
Victory for the Shadari rebels has come at a terrible price. Hardship, superstition, and petty feuds poison King Daryan’s reign, and entire families are vanishing without a trace. Their Nomas allies have troubles of their own and the Mongrel, plagued by the sins of her violent past, has disappeared. While Daryan struggles to maintain the peace, Eofar and Rho are racing to their northern homeland to plead for the Shadar’s independence. Norland has changed, and they find themselves embroiled in the court politics of an empire about to implode. The Mongrel’s path carries her deep into Norland’s frozen wastes to redeem a promise, one that forces her into the heart of the growing conflict. An enigmatic figure watches from a tower room in Ravindal Castle. She is old, and a prisoner, but her reach is long, and her patience is about to be rewarded. (U.S. Release)
Half the World (Shattered Sea #2), by Joe Abercrombie, (February 17, Del Rey)
Sometimes a girl is touched by Mother War. Thorn is such a girl. Desperate to avenge her dead father, she lives to fight. But she has been named a murderer by the very man who trained her to kill. Sometimes a woman becomes a warrior. She finds herself caught up in the schemes of Father Yarvi, Gettland’s deeply cunning minister. Crossing half the world to find allies against the ruthless High King, she learns harsh lessons of blood and deceit. Sometimes a warrior becomes a weapon. Beside her on the journey is Brand, a young warrior who hates to kill, a failure in his eyes and hers, but with one chance at redemption. And weapons are made for one purpose. Will Thorn forever be a pawn in the hands of the powerful, or can she carve her own path?
Jewel and Amulet: The Jewel in the Skull and The Mad God’s Amulet, by Michael Moorcock, (February 17, Tor)
The Jewel in the Skull: Dorian Hawkmoon becomes a puppet co-opted by his arch nemesis. He’s been implanted with the Black Jewel, whose power can control his every decision. In the city of Kamarang, Hawkmoon discovers the power inside him to overcome any control, and his vengeance against the Dark Empire is filled with a fury that knows no relent. The Mad God’s Amulet: After withstanding the power of the Black Jewel and saving the city of Hamadan, Hawkmoon set off for Kamarang. Hawkmoon seeks out the peaceful city of Soryandum, which holds the power to transcend the confines of time and space. This power now rests in the hands of the Mad God. Hawkmoon must rip this amulet from the neck of the Mad God to save the city of Kamarang and free his friends and his one true love from the Dark Empire’s relentless wrath.
Lucky Break (Chicagoland Vampires #10.5), by Chloe Neill, (February 17, Penguin/Intermix)
Merit and Ethan are in desperate need of some alone time, far from the worries of Cadogan House, but trouble tends to follow wherever they go. Their attempt at a romantic getaway is quickly interrupted when one of Ethan’s vampire friends shows up at their door, covered in blood and accused of killing her shifter husband. Merit and her Master soon discover their vacation spot is far less idyllic than it appears. A centuries old quarrel between local vampires and shifters has made the town a perpetual supernatural battle zone, and this fresh blood has stirred the already volatile pot. Now, Merit and Ethan must put their passion on pause to figure out who’s really responsible for the murder before all hell breaks loose. (ebook only)
Mars Evacuees, by Sophia McDougall, (February 17, Harper Collins)
When Earth comes under attack by aliens, hilarious heroine Alice Dare and a select group of kids are sent to Mars. But things get very strange when the adults disappear into thin air, the kids face down an alien named Thsaaa, and Alice and her friends must save the galaxy. For when plucky twelve-year-old Alice Dare learns she’s being taken out of the Muckling Abbott School for Girls and sent to another planet, no one knows what to expect. This is one wild ride that will have kids chuckling the whole way through. (U.S. Release)
Probably Monsters, by Ray Cluely, (February 17, ChiZine)
A collection of dark, weird, literary horror stories. Sometimes the monsters are bloodsucking fiends with fleshy wings. Sometimes they’re shambling dead things that won’t rest, or simply creatures red in tooth and claw. But often they’re worse than any of these. They’re the things that make us howl in the darkness, hoping no one hears. These are the monsters we make ourselves, and they can find us anywhere.
Raintree: Oracle and Cursed (Harlequin Nocturne #26), by Linda Winstead Jones and Lisa Childs, (February 17, Harlequin)
Raintree: Oracle: Echo Raintree wishes to vanquish the uncontrollable visions that consume her. But only Ryder Duncan, the fearsome wizard, can help her. When Echo arrives in his remote Irish village, she’s drawn into a battle. As her life spins out of control, so do her feelings for Rye. The closer they become, the more her past and Rye’s secret threaten their future. Cursed: People Maria cares about keep turning up dead. And despite her powers, she can’t protect them. She can only stay away and hope the witch hunter doesn’t find them. The hunter could be anyone, even FBI agent Seth Hughes. From their first meeting, an intense connection tells Maria that their destinies are bound. But as the hunter zeroes in, can Maria risk getting close to Seth?
Satin Island: A Novel, by Tom McCarthy, (February 17, Knopf)
When we first meet U., our narrator, he is waiting out a delay in the Turin airport. On his laptop he stumbles on information about the Shroud of Turin, and is struck by the degree to which our access to the truth is always mediated by a set of veils or screens. A “corporate ethnographer,” U. is tasked with writing the “Great Report,” an ell-encompassing document that would sum up our era. He feels himself overwhelmed by the ubiquity of data, lost in buffer zones, wandering through crowds of apparitions. Madison, the woman he is seeing, is increasingly elusive, much like the particulars in the case of the recent parachutist’s death with which U. is obsessed. Add to that his longstanding obsession with South Pacific cargo cults and his developing, inexplicable interest in oil spills. As he begins to wonder if the Great Report might remain a shapeless, oozing plasma, his senses are startled awake by a dream of an apocalyptic cityscape.
Shades of the Wolf and Wolf Born (Harlequin Nocturne #22), by Karen Whiddon and Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, (February 17, Harlequin)
Shades of the Wolf: Since her husband’s death, shape-shifter Anabel Lee has been haunted, by every ghost except the one she longs for. But when Tyler Rogers appears, Anabel senses something different. Though he’s a ghost, Tyler’s more real than anyone she knows. As they work to save Tyler’s sister from a warlock, will they discover a passion strong enough to bridge their two worlds? Wolf Born: When ghost wolf Colton Killion’s family is killed by vampires he sets out to restore justice and he wants no distractions. But he can’t resist Lycan Rosalind Kirk’s plea for help. He’ll have to ignore his insatiable attraction to her if he’s going to protect her. When evil strikes, Rosalind and Colton must risk everything and step across a forbidden line, consequences be damned.
The Bargaining, by Carly Anne West, (February 17, Simon Pulse)
The fact that neither of her parents wants to deal with her is nothing new to Penny. She’s used to being discussed like a problem, a problem her mother has finally passed on to her father. What she hasn’t gotten used to is her stepmother, especially when she finds out that she’ll have to spend the summer with April in the remote woods of Washington to restore a broken-down old house. The old Carver House is filled with abandoned antique furniture, rich architectural details, and its own chilling past. The only respite Penny can find away from April’s renovations is in Miller, the young guy who runs the local general store. Miller has his own connection to the Carver House, and it’s one that goes beyond the tapping Penny hears at her window, the handprints she finds smudging the glass panes, and the visions of children who beckon Penny to follow them into the woods. Miller’s past might threaten to become the terror of Penny’s future.
The Room, by Jonas Karlsson, (February 17, Hogarth)
Bjorn is a compulsive, exacting bureaucrat who discovers a secret room at the government office where he works, a secret room that no one else in his office will acknowledge. When Bjorn is in his room, what his coworkers see is him standing by the wall and staring off into space looking dazed, relaxed, and decidedly creepy. Bjorn’s bizarre behavior eventually leads his coworkers to try to have him fired, but Bjorn will turn the tables on them with help from his secret room. a bizarre, delightful take on how far we will go, in a world ruled by conformity, to live an individual and examined life. (U.S. Release)
The Shifter’s Choice and Sentinels: Alpha Rising (Sentinels #7) (Harlequin Nocturne #24), by Jenna Kernan and Doranna Durgin, (February 17, Harlequin)
The Shifter’s Choice: Private Sofia Touma never risks distraction from her duty, until she’s assigned to help disabled veteran Johnny Lam. More than a war hero, he’s also a werewolf. Sofia is inexplicably drawn to him. Unlike Sofia, Johnny knows the dangers of loving a monster. And as they grow closer, Johnny isn’t sure he can keep doing the honorable thing. Sentinels: Alpha Rising: Holly Faulkes has spent her life hiding from the Sentinels, now she’s their prisoner. Sexy alpha wolf Lannie Stewart wants to initiate her into their world. The full-blooded Sentinel senses Holly’s untapped power, a power he’s deeply drawn to and desperately needs. A new enemy has risen and only Holly can reveal this danger, if Lannie convinces her to embrace what she really is.
The Wide World’s End (A Tournament of Shadows #3), by James Enge, (February 17, Pyr)
The Sunkillers (undying enemies of everything that lives and breathes and is an individual) are reaching into the sky of Laent to drain out its light and warmth. Their hope is to scrape sky, land, and sea clean of mortal life and return to where they once dwelled, before the first rising of the sun. Against them stand only the Graith of Guardians, defenders of the peaceful anarchy of the Wardlands. The agents of the Sunkillers are abroad even in the Wardlands. Married now for a century, Morlock Ambrosius and Aloe Oaij will take different paths to counter the threat. As Aloe ferrets out the enemy within the Graith, Morlock joins forces with his sister, Ambrosia Viviana, and confront the Sunkillers in their own realm. Morlock and Aloe think their parting is temporary. They may or may not save the world. They will not save each other, or themselves.
Twilight of the Celts Book One: The Last Dragon (Twilight of the Celts #1), by M.K. Hume, (February 17, Atria)
It is a dark and fearful time for the Celts. King Artor has died at the hands of a murderous traitor, and Ector, a mere boy, is acknowledged as the legitimate heir to the kingdom. But the land of the Celts is weakened and Ector grows up torn between a sense of doom and duty. Meanwhile, in the Forest of Arden, young Arthur discovers that he is the Bastard Prince, son of King Artor and Lady Elayne. Trained in the skills of a warrior, Arthur cannot challenge the position of his ruler and childhood friend, nor can he stand back and watch Briton crumble under the threat of invasion. As the Last Dragon, he must ensure that his father’s legacy lives on. (ebook only)
Unseen (Unborn #2), by Amber Lynn Natusch, (February 17, 47North)
After fighting Soul Stealers in Detroit, Khara hoped to return home to find answers in her father’s realm. But the land of the dead offers little information, and far too much tragedy. Now cut off from her brothers, and left only with her dark and unreliable companion Oz, Khara must navigate the centuries-old webs of deceit and betrayal, all while eluding the Underworld’s most depraved inhabitant. But she soon finds an unexpected ally in her adopted sister Persephone. Together, they endeavor to right a terrible wrong. And as Khara soon discovers, there’s more riding on her success than she ever thought possible.
What We Salvage, by David Baillie, (February 17, ChiZine)
Skinheads. Drug dealers. Cops. For two brothers-of-circumstance navigating the violent streets of this industrial wasteland, every urban tribe is a potential threat. Yet it is amongst the denizens of these unforgiving alleys, dangerous squat houses, and underground nightclubs that the brothers, and the small street tribe to which they belong, forge the bonds that will see them through minor cruelties, the constant grind of poverty, and savage boot culture violence. Friendship. Understanding. Affinity. For two brothers, these fragile ties are the only hope they have for salvation in the wake of a mutual girlfriend’s suicide, an event so devastating that it drives one to seek solace far from his steel city roots, and the other to a tragic-yet miraculous-transformation, a heartbreaking metamorphosis from poet and musician to street prophet, emerging from a self-imposed cocoon an urban shaman, mad-eyed shaper of (t)ruthless reality.
The small print: This contest is international to any place Book Depository ships. Contests end at midnight CDT U.S. on Saturday, and winners will be announced on Sunday’s blog. It’s the responsibility of the winner to contact me with their mailing info.
Now….go forth and tell me what you want to read!