February may be the shortest month of the year, but this February is not short on new releases. This week, we have just over thirty new books on the list.
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The Oathbreaker’s Shadow (The Knots Duology #1), by Amy McCulloch, (February 8, Flux)
Fifteen-year-old Raim lives in a world where you tie a knot for every promise that you make. Break that promise and you are scarred for life, and cast out into the desert. Raim has worn a simple knot around his wrist for as long as he can remember. No one knows where it came from or which promise of his it symbolizes, and he barely thinks about it at all, not since becoming the most promising young fighter ever to train for the elite Yun guard. But on the most important day of his life, when he binds his life to his best friend, and future king, Khareh, the string bursts into flames and sears a dark mark into his skin. Scarred now as an oathbreaker, Raim has two options: run or die. (U.S. Release)
An Unwelcome Quest (Magic 2.0 #3), by Scott Meyer, (February 10, 47North)
Ever since Martin Banks and his fellow computer geeks discovered that reality is just a computer program to be happily hacked, they’ve been jaunting back and forth through time, posing as medieval wizards and having the epic adventures that other nerds only dream of having. They never expected to end up at the mercy of the former apprentice whom they sent to prison for gross misuse of magic. Who knew that the vengeful Todd would escape, then conjure a computer game packed with wolves, wenches, wastelands, and assorted harrowing hazards, and trap his former friends inside it? The would-be wizards must brave dangers, technical glitches, and one another’s company if they want to see Medieval England, and their favorite sci-fi movies ever again. Can our heroes survive this? Or will it lead them and their pointy hats into more peril?
Black Dog Summer, by Miranda Sherry, (February 10, Atria)
In a farmstead massacre in the South African bush, thirty-eight-year-old Sally is but one of the victims. She narrates from her vantage point in the afterlife and watches as her sister, Adele, her brother-in-law and unrequited love Liam, her niece Bryony, and her teenage daughter, Gigi, begin to make sense of the tragedy. Bryony and Gigi are forced into sharing a bedroom. Bryony becomes confused and frightened by the violent energy stirred up and awakened by the massacre, while Gigi is unable to see beyond her deep grief and guilt. Next door lives Lesedi, a reluctant witchdoctor who hides her mystical connection with the dead. Gigi’s fragile healing process is derailed when she receives some shattering news, and in a mistaken effort to protect her cousin, puts Bryony’s life in imminent danger. Sally must find a way to prevent her daughter from making a mistake that could destroy the lives of all who are left behind. (U.S. Release)
Cannonbridge, by Jonathan Barnes, (February 10, Solaris)
Matthew Cannonbridge was touched by genius, the most influential creative mind of the 19th century, a prolific novelist, accomplished playwright, the poet of his generation. The only problem is, he should never have existed and beleaguered, provincial, recently-divorced 21st Century don Toby Judd is the only person to realize something has gone wrong with history. All the world was Cannonbridge’s and he possessed, seemingly, the ability to be everywhere at once. Cannonbridge’s life and career spanned a century, earning him a place in the English canon. As bibliophiles everywhere prepare to toast the bicentenary of the publication of Cannonbridge’s most celebrated work, Judd’s discovery will lead him on a chase across the English canon and countryside, to the realization that the specter of Matthew Cannonbridge, planted so seamlessly into the heart of the 19th Century, might not be so dead and buried after all.
Dead Spots, by Rhiannon Frater, (February 10, Tor)
In the dead spots, dreams become reality, terror knows your name, and nightmares can kill you. The stillbirth of Mackenzie’s son destroyed her marriage. Mac reluctantly heads for her childhood home to seek refuge with her mother, who constantly reminds her of life’s dangers. Mac swerves to avoid hitting a deer, and winds up in a dead spot, a frightening place that lies between the worlds of the living and the dead. Mackenzie’s mother and husband haunt her, driving her to the brink of madness. Then she hears a child call for help and her maternal instincts kick into overdrive. Grant, Mac’s ally in the dead spots, insists Johnny is a phantom, but the boy seems so real, so alive. Mackenzie realizes that time is running out. But exits from the dead spots are nearly impossible to find, and defended by things almost beyond imagination.
Deadly Spells (Prospero’s War #3), by Jaye Wells, (February 10, Orbit)
After the grisly murder of a dirty magic coven leader, Kate Prospero and The Magical Enforcement Agency team up with the local police to find the killer. But as the infighting between covens turns ugly, an all-out war brews in the slums of Babylon. When a tenacious reporter sticks her nose in both the investigation and Prospero’s past in the covens, old ghosts resurface. The team will have to use all the weapons in their arsenal to stop the coven war and find the killer before the case brings down all their careers, and their lives.
Edison’s Alley (The Accelerati Trilogy #2), by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman, (February 10, Disney-Hyperion)
Both Nick and the Accelerati have learned that the strange objects Nikola Tesla left in Nick’s attic are pieces of a Far Range Energy Emitter, capable of transmitting “free energy” to the globe. Some components of the contraption are still missing. Each piece is with the person who needs it the most. Nick finds his judgment impaired by Caitlin’s intoxicating closeness. The Accelerati are still around every corner, and they manage to beat Nick to a few more objects. They use the few pieces of Tesla’s technology they’ve recovered to create a storm and convince local officials that the Tesla F.R.E.E. is hazardous. The objects are confiscated by the Accelerati as the town brings in a wrecking ball to demolish Nick’s house. The Accelerati transport the objects back to their lab, hidden under the Edison Museum in Menlo Park, New Jersey. Nick knows that is where he’ll find his destiny.
Finn Fancy Necromancy, by Randy Henderson, (February 10, Tor)
Finn Gramaraye was framed for the crime of dark necromancy at the age of 15, and exiled to the Other Realm for twenty five years. But now that he’s free, someone is trying to get him sent back. Finn has only a few days to discover who is so desperate to keep him out of the mortal world, and find evidence to prove it to the Arcane Enforcers. They are going to be very hard to convince, since he’s already been convicted of trying to kill someone with dark magic. Finn has his family: His brother Mort who is running the family necrotorium business now, his brother Pete who believes he’s a werewolf, though he is not, and his sister Samantha who is allergic to magic. He’s got Zeke, a fellow exile and former enforcer, who doesn’t really believe in Finn’s innocence but is willing to follow along in hopes of getting his old job back.
Monstrous, by MarcyKate Connolly, (February 10, Harper Collins Children’s Books)
The city of Bryre suffers under the magic of an evil wizard. Because of his curse, girls sicken and disappear without a trace, and Bryre’s inhabitants live in fear. No one is allowed outside after dark. Yet night is the only time that Kymera can enter this dangerous city, for she must not be seen by humans. Her father says they would not understand her wings, the bolts in her neck, or her spiky tail, they would kill her. They would not understand that she was created for a purpose: to rescue the girls of Bryre. Despite her caution, a boy named Ren sees Kym and begins to leave a perfect red rose for her every evening. As they become friends, Kym learns that Ren knows about the missing girls, the wizard, and the evil magic that haunts Bryre. And what he knows will change Kym’s life.
Obsession in Death (In Death #40), by J.D. Robb, (February 10, Putnam Adult)
Eve Dallas has solved a lot of high-profile murders for the NYPSD and gotten a lot of media. She, and her billionaire husband, are getting accustomed to being objects of attention, of gossip, of speculation. But now Eve has become the object of one person’s obsession. Someone who finds her extraordinary, and thinks about her every hour of every day. Who believes the two of them have a special relationship. Who would kill for her, again and again. With a murderer reading meanings into her every move, handling this case will be a delicate, and dangerous, psychological dance. And Eve knows that underneath the worship and admiration, a terrible threat lies in wait. Because the beautiful lieutenant is not at all grateful for these bloody offerings from her “true and loyal friend.” And in time, idols always fall.
Rebellion (Extraction #2), by Stephanie Diaz, (February 10, St. Martin’s Griffin)
It’s been seven days since Clementine and Logan, along with their allies, retreated into hiding on the Surface. The rebels may have won one battle against Commander Charlie, but the fight is far from finished. He has vowed to find a way to win, no matter the cost. Do the rebels have what it takes to defeat him, and put an end to this war? As Clementine and Logan enter a desperate race against time to defeat Commander Charlie, and attempt to weaken his power within his own ranks, they find themselves in a terrifying endgame that pits them against a brutal enemy, and each other. With every step, Clementine draws closer to losing Logan, and losing control of herself.
Red Queen (Red Queen Trilogy #1), by Victoria Aveyard, (February 10, Harper Teen)
Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood: those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard, a growing Red rebellion, even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.
Righteous Fury (The Legends of the Alfar #1), by Markus Heitz, (February 10, Jo Fletcher Books)
The elves, dwarves and humans all know the alfar to be dark, relentless warriors. In Dson Faimon, the realm of the alfar, the warriors are planning a military campaign. Caphalor and Sinthoras are looking to enlist a powerful demon to strengthen their army, but the two alfar have very different goals. While Caphalor is determined to defend the borders of their empire and no more, the ambitious Sinthoras is intent on invasion: and he has the kingdoms of dwarves, elves, and me firmly in his sights. (U.S. Release)
Seeker (Seeker #1), by Arwen Elys Dayton, (February 10, Delacorte BYR)
The night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor. As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they will stand for light in a shadowy world. And she’ll be with the boy she loves, who’s also her best friend. But the night Quin takes her Oath, everything changes. Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she thought. And now it’s too late to walk away.
Signal to Noise, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, (February 10, Solaris)
Mexico City, 1988: Long before iTunes or MP3s, you said “I love you”; with a mixtape. Meche, awkward and fifteen, has two equally unhip friends, Sebastian and Daniela, and a whole lot of vinyl records to keep her company. When she discovers how to cast spells using music, the future looks brighter for the trio. With help from this newfound magic, the three friends will piece together their broken families, change their status as non-entities, and maybe even find love. Mexico City, 2009: Two decades after abandoning the metropolis, Meche returns for her estranged father’s funeral. It’s hard enough to cope with her family, but then she runs into Sebastian, and it revives memories from her childhood she thought she buried a long time ago. What precipitated the bitter falling out with her father? And, is there any magic left?
Smek for President! (Smek #2), by Adam Rex, (February 10, Disney-Hyperion)
After Tip and J.Lo banished the Gorg from Earth in a scheme involving the cloning of many, many cats, the pair is notorious, but not for their heroics. Human Dan Landry has taken credit for conquering the Gorg, and the Boov blame J.Lo for ruining their colonization of the planet. J.Lo and Tip pack into Slushious, a Chevy that J.Lo has engineered into an operational spaceship, and head to New Boovworld, the aliens’ new home on one of Saturn’s moons. Their welcome isn’t as warm as Tip and J.Lo would have liked. J.Lo is dubbed Public Enemy Number One, and Captain Smek knows that capturing the alien is the only way he’ll stand a chance in the Boovs’ first-ever presidential election. With the help of a friendly flying billboard named Bill, a journey through various garbage chutes, a bit of time travel, and a slew of hilarious Boovish accents, Tip and J.Lo must fight to set the record straight-and return home in once piece.
Storm of Dogs (Survivors #6), by Erin Hunter, (February 10, Harper Collins)
Lucky and the Wild Pack face their fiercest battle yet. With Sweet as their new Alpha, the dogs of the Wild Pack hope they will finally find peace. But Lucky is still troubled by visions of a terrifying future, a future that will force every dog to fight tooth and claw for survival. The Storm of Dogs is about to begin.
The Autumn Republic (Powder Mage #3), by Brian McClellan, (February 10, Orbit)
Field Marshal Tamas returns to his beloved country to find that for the first time in history, the capital city of Adro lies in the hands of a foreign invader. His son is missing and his allies are indistinguishable from his foes, and reinforcements are several weeks away. With the Kez still bearing down upon them and without clear leadership, the Adran army has turned against itself. Inspector Adamat is drawn into the very heart of this new mutiny with promises of finding his kidnapped son. And Taniel Two-shot, hunted by men he once thought his friends, must safeguard the only chance Adro has of getting through this war without being destroyed.
The Country of Ice Cream Star, by Sandra Newman, (February 10, Ecco Press)
In the ruins of a future America, fifteen-year-old Ice Cream Star her nomadic tribe live off of the detritus of a crumbled civilization. Theirs is a world of children; before reaching the age of twenty, they all die of a mysterious disease they call Posies, a plague that has killed for generations. There is no medicine, no treatment; only the rumor of a cure. When her brother begins showing signs of the disease, Ice Cream Star sets off on a journey to find this cure. Led by a captured prisoner named Pasha who becomes her devoted protector and friend, Ice Cream Star plunges into the unknown, risking her freedom and her life. Traveling hundreds of miles across treacherous, unfamiliar territory, she will experience love, heartbreak, cruelty, terror, and betrayal, fighting with her heart and soul to protect the only world she has ever known. (U.S. Release)
The Damned, by Andrew Pyper, (February 10, Simon & Schuster)
Danny Orchard wrote a bestselling memoir about his near-death experience in a fire that claimed the life of his twin sister, Ashleigh, but despite the resulting fame and fortune he’s never been able to enjoy his second chance at life. Ash won’t let him. In life, Danny’s charming and magnetic twin had been a budding psychopath who privately terrorized her family, and death hasn’t changed her wicked ways. Ash has haunted Danny for twenty years and now, just when he’s met the love of his life and has a chance at real happiness, she wants more than ever to punish him for being alive, so she sets her sights on Danny’s new wife and stepson. Danny knows what Ash really wants is him, and he’s prepared to sacrifice himself in order to save the ones he loves. The question is: will he make it back this time?
The Diabolical Miss Hyde (Electric Empire #1), by Viola Carr, (February 10, Harper Voyager)
In an electric-powered Victorian London, Dr. Eliza Jekyll is a crime scene investigator, hunting killers with new technological gadgets. A new killer is splattering London with blood, drugging beautiful women and slicing off their limbs. Catching “the Chopper” could make Eliza’s career, or get her burned. Eliza has a dark secret. A seductive second self, set free by her father’s forbidden magical elixir: wild, impulsive Lizzie Hyde. When the Royal Society sends their enforcer, the mercurial Captain Lafayette, to prove she’s a sorceress, Eliza must resist the elixir with all her power. As the Chopper case draws her into London’s luminous, magical underworld, Eliza will need all the help she can get. Even if it means getting close to Lafayette, who harbors an evil curse of his own. Even if it means risking everything and setting vengeful Lizzie free.
The Glass Arrow, by Kristen Simmons, (February 10, Tor Teen)
In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.
The Glittering World, by Robert Levy, (February 10, Gallery Books)
When chef Michael “Blue” Whitley returns with three friends to the remote Canadian community of his birth, it appears to be the perfect getaway from New York. He soon discovers that everything he thought he knew about himself is a carefully orchestrated lie. As a young boy Blue and another child went missing for weeks in the idyllic, mysterious woods of Starling Cove. Soon thereafter, his mother suddenly fled with him to America. Then Blue begins to remember. His closest friends, Elisa, his former partner in crime; her stalwart husband, Jason; and Gabe, Blue’s young and admiring co-worker, must unravel the secrets of Starling Cove and the artists’ colony it once harbored. All four will face their troubled pasts, their most private demons, and a mysterious race of beings that inhabits the land, spoken of by the locals only as the Other Kind.
The Iron Ring (Saga of the Redeemed #1), by Auston Habershaw, (February 10, Harper Voyager Impulse)
Tyvian Reldamar, criminal mastermind, rogue mage, and smuggler of sorcerous goods, has just been betrayed by his longtime partner and left for dead in a freezing river. To add insult to injury, his mysterious rescuer took it upon himself to affix Tyvian with an iron ring that prevents the wearer from any evildoing. Revenge just got complicated. On his quest to get even, Tyvian navigates dark international conspiracies, dodges midnight assassins, and uncovers the plans of the ruthless warlord Banric Sahand, all while running from a Mage-Defender determined to lock him up. Tyvian will need to use every dirty trick in the book to avoid a painful and ignominious end, even as he discovers that sometimes even the world’s most devious man needs a shoulder to lean on. (ebook only)
The Key (Engelsfors #3), by Sara Bergmark Elfgren and Mats Strandberg, (February 10, Overlook Juvenile)
The Chosen Ones are still coming to terms with their loss when evil strikes again, barely a month after the showdown in the school gym. They have no chance to recover, and no choice but to rally together to try to prevent the apocalypse, even while their personal dramas threaten to tear them apart. Time is running out for the Chosen Ones to fulfil the prophecy and save the world, but whether they succeed or not, one thing is certain: Everything will change. (U.S. Release)
The Lost Chalice (Relic Seekers #3), by Anita Clenney, (February 10, Montlake Romance)
Relic hunter and archaeology expert Kendall Morgan has a lot on her mind. After finding the Fountain of Youth, and discovering that Nathan, her handsome billionaire boss, might actually be her long-lost childhood love, she could really use some time to think. Except a two-thousand-year-old Protettori guardian has just teleported into her bathroom, desperate for help. The Reaper, an ancient and sinister being consumed with finding the world’s most powerful relics, is after the Holy Grail. Now Kendall must use her sixth sense to find it first. With both Nathan and her brooding bodyguard, Jake, by her side, Kendall sets out to find the lost chalice in a dangerous quest that will test her abilities, her heart, and everything she thought she knew.
The Lost City (Jaguar Stones #4), by Jon Voelkel and Pamela Voelkel, (February 10, Egmont USA)
With his parents in jail and the Maya Death Lords in possession of all five Jaguar Stones, fourteen-year-old Max Murphy is pretty sure that he’ll never get to leave the rainforest. But the Lords of Death have a problem, a new king calling himself Great Sun claims to have the Jaguar Stones, too. And they want Max to prove the guy’s a fraud. Or else. Now, Max, and Lola, the mysterious girl who befriends him, are off on another wild adventure that will take them from Central America to New Orleans and up the Mississippi to the lost city at the heart of America’s past. But one thing Max should have learned after all of this dealings with the Death Lords: they never keep their promises.
The Nemesis Program (Ben Hope #9), by Scott Mariani, (February 10, Avon)
While researching the discoveries of Serbian scientist Nikola Tesla many years earlier, physicist Claudine Pommier becomes the victim of a remorseless and cruel murderer who breaks into her Parisian apartment. Maverick American biologist Dr. Roberta Ryder receives a letter from her friend Claudine and travels to Paris to see her, only to learn of her shocking death. Roberta becomes the target of ruthless men with a deadly agenda that only the letter can unmask. She knows someone who can help her. Ben Hope, ex-SAS soldier and Roberta’s old flame, suddenly finds his life turned upside down by Roberta’s sudden arrival in England. Ben and Roberta battle to uncover the mystery of Claudine’s research, with the killers just half a step behind. They uncover a global conspiracy that will claim the lives of millions of people, unless Ben can stop it. (U.S. Release)
The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6), by Richelle Mead, (February 10, Razorbill)
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets, and human lives. After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.
The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London #3), by Maureen Johnson, (February 10, Putnam Juvenile)
Rory and her friends are reeling from a series of sudden and tragic events. While racked with grief, Rory tries to determine if she acted in time to save a member of the squad. If she did, how do you find a ghost? Rory’s classmate Charlotte has been kidnapped by Jane and her nefarious organization. Evidence is uncovered of a forty-year-old cult, ten missing teenagers, and a likely mass murder. Everything indicates that Charlotte’s in danger, and it seems that something much bigger and much more terrible is coming. Time is running out as Rory fights to find her friends and the ghost squad struggles to stop Jane from unleashing her spectral nightmare on the entire city. In the process, they’ll discover the existence of an organization that underpins London itself, and Rory will learn that someone she trusts has been keeping a tremendous secret.
The Very Best of Kate Elliott, by Kate Elliott, (February 10, Tachyon Publications)
Strong heroines and riveting storytelling are the hallmark of Kate Elliott (“Crown of Stars,” “Crossroads”). This first, retrospective collection of her short fiction is the essential guide to Elliott’s shorter works. In “The Memory of Peace,” a girl’s powerful emotions rouse the magic of a city devastated by war. Meeting in “The Queen’s Garden,” two princesses unite to protect their kingdom from the blind ambition of their corrupted father. While “Riding the Shore of the River of Death” a chieftain’s daughter finds an unlikely ally on her path to self-determination. Elliott’s many readers, as well as fantasy fans in search of powerful stories featuring well-drawn female characters, will revel in this unique gathering of truly memorable tales.
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