DJ here–gotta be quick because Jean has gone off-radar and Rene won’t give me any straight answers. I have a bad feeling about this…
Anyway, there’s an extra giveaway today over at Between Dreams and Reality, where I’m talking about Jean and his men, the last generation of pirates on the Gulf and Caribbean. Read it in English or French, and thanks to Melliane for the translation. Comment to be entered for a $10 Amazon gift card or equivalent order from Book Depository if outside the U.S.
We hit the midway point for April this week. We have almost twenty new books on this list today. And, of course, we are very excited that next week’s list will include Pirate’s Alley!!
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.
A Crown for Cold Silver, by Alex Marshall, (April 14, Orbit)
Twenty years ago, feared general Cobalt Zosia led her five villainous captains and mercenary army into battle, wrestling monsters and toppling an empire. When there were no more titles to win and no more worlds to conquer, she retired and gave up her legend to history. Now the peace she carved for herself has been shattered by the unprovoked slaughter of her village. Seeking bloody vengeance, Zosia heads for battle once more, but to find justice she must confront grudge-bearing enemies, once-loyal allies, and an unknown army that marches under a familiar banner.
Bloodkin (The Maeve’ra Trilogy #2), by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, (April 14, Delacorte Press)
Sixteen-year-old Kadee is proud to be a part of the Obsidian guild, whose members refuse to bow to anyone in Midnight, including the vampires who claim to rule this world and the shapeshifter royals who obey them. She knows firsthand what it’s like to live with the Shantel and serpiente, and she’ll never forgive these shapeshifters for taking her from her real father as a sick and frightened human child. Fortunately, Kadee is the master of her own life and decisions now, but some of the choices she’s made to protect her Obsidian family, and one of her peers in the guild, have begun to haunt her. How much is one life worth, and when is the price too much to pay?
Clash of Iron (Iron Age #2), by Angus Watson, (April 14, Orbit)
Iron Age warriors Dug and Lowa captured Maidun castle and freed its slaves. But now they must defend it. A Roman invasion is coming from Gaul, but rather than uniting to defend their home, the British tribes go to battle with each other, and see Maidun as an easy target. Meanwhile, Lowa’s spies infiltrate Gaul, discovering the Romans have recruited British druids. And Maidunite Ragnall finds his loyalties torn when he meets Rome’s charismatic general, Julius Caesar. War is coming. Who will pay its price?
Demon’s Vengeance, by Jocelyn Drake, (April 14, Harper Voyager Impulse)
The complete novel that comprises Demon’s Fury, Demon’s Vow and Inner Demon.
Powerful warlock and tattoo artist Gage has managed to escape the magical Ivory Towers who terrorize the rest of humans and monsters, but at a price. Now he must join forces with his nemesis, Gideon, to stop an entity that is using forbidden Death Magic to commit gruesome murders across the nation. And if that’s not keeping him busy enough, an investigator recruits Gage to help her track a killer, who might be targeting tattoo artists. When Gage discovers a demon locked away, it offers him access to dark magic in exchange for its freedom, a dangerous opportunity, but one that could save his loved ones. Gage must choose between what is right and what is easy. (ebook only)
Dream a Little Dream (The Silver Trilogy #1), by Kerstin Gier, (April 14, Henry Holt & Co. BYR)
Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yep, Liv’s dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially this one where she’s in a graveyard at night, watching four boys perform dark magic rituals. The really weird thing is that Liv recognizes the boys in her dream. They’re classmates from her new school in London, the school where’s she’s starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But they seem to know things about her in real life that they couldn’t possibly know, which is mystifying. Then again, Liv could never resist a good mystery. (U.S. Release)
Forged (Taken #3), by Erin Bowman, (April 14, HarperTeen)
The Order is building an unstoppable army, with every generation of Forgeries harder to detect and deadlier than the one before. It’s time for Gray and his fellow rebels to end the Order’s world of lies. But when the most familiar faces, and even the girl he loves, can’t be trusted, Gray will have to tread carefully if he wants to succeed. Or survive.
House of Echoes, by Brendan Duffy, (April 14, Ballantine)
A young New York City couple with a boy and a baby in tow, Ben and Caroline Tierney had it all, until Ben’s second novel missed the mark, Caroline lost her lucrative banking job, and something went wrong with 8-year-old Charlie. When Ben inherits land way upstate from his grandmother, the two of them began to believe in second chances. But upon arriving in Swannhaven, a town that seems to have been forgotten by time, they’re beset by strange sights and disconcerting developments, and they begin to realize they might have made their worst mistake yet. But what dark secret is buried in this odd place? And will Ben and Caroline figure it out soon enough to save their young family?
Prison of Hope (Hellequin Chronicles #4), by Steve McHugh, (April 14, 47North)
Long ago, Olympian gods imprisoned the demon Pandora in a human, Hope, creating a creature whose only purpose was chaos and death. Remorseful, the gods locked Pandora away in Tartarus, ruled by Hades. Now, centuries later, Pandora escapes. Nate Garrett, a 1,600-year-old sorcerer, is sent to recapture her and discovers her plan to disrupt the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, killing thousands in a misplaced quest for vengeance. Fast forward to modern-day Berlin, where Nate has agreed to act as guardian on a school trip to Germany to visit Hades at the entrance to Tartarus. When Titan King Cronus becomes the second ever to escape Tartarus, Nate is forced to track him down and bring him back, to avert a civil war between those who would use his escape to gain power.
Second Guard (Second Guard #1), by J.D. Vaughn, (April 14, Disney-Hyperion)
In the peaceful realm of Tequende, all second-born children at the age of fifteen must journey to the Alcazar to fulfill the mandate of the Oath of Guilds. There they train to earn a place among the queen’s legendary Second Guard, or work as indentured servants. Talimendra has always wanted to join the Guard, but there are dark rumors in the queendom that she may not be ready for. Rumors that whisper of greed, traitors, and war. There is very little time and too many unanswered questions, but one thing is for certain: if there is a traitor among the Second Guard, then everyone, including the queen, is in grave danger.
The Dead Lands, by Benjamin Percy, (April 14, Grand Central)
A super flu and nuclear fallout have made a husk of the world we know. A few humans carry on, living in outposts such as the Sanctuary, the remains of St. Louis, a shielded community that owes its survival to its militant defense and fear-mongering leaders. Then a rider comes from the wasteland beyond its walls. She reports on the outside world: west of the Cascades, rain falls, crops grow, civilization thrives. But there is danger too: the rising power of an army that pillages and enslaves every community they happen upon. Against the wishes of the Sanctuary, a small group sets out in secrecy. Led by Lewis Meriwether and Mina Clark, they hope to expand their infant nation, and to reunite the States. But the Sanctuary will not allow them to escape without a fight.
The Fearless, by Emma Pass, (April 14, Delacorte Press)
When the Fearless invaded, they injected everyone in their path with the same serum that stripped them of humanity. Life became a waking nightmare. Cass has the invasion seared in her memory. Seven years later, she and her brother, Jori, are living on Hope Island in a community of survivors. No one can enter, and no one can leave. It’s the only way to stay safe. But when Hope Island’s security is breeched and Jori is taken by the Fearless, Cass will risk everything to get him back. (U.S. Release)
The Immortalist, by Scott Britz, (April 14, Simon & Schuster/Simon 451)
World-renowned virologist Dr. Cricket Rensselaer-Wright abruptly abandoned her research in Africa after watching her colleague die tragically from the Ebola virus. When she returns to the States to reunite with her teenage daughter Emmy, her plans are sidetracked. No sooner does she set foot on the campus of Acadia Springs, the research institute where she grew up and Emmy now lives, than her onetime mentor Charles Gifford announces his discovery of the Methuselah Vector, a gene therapy agent that can confer immortality on a patient after a single injection. Gifford’s air of triumph is marred when a young woman on campus dies suddenly from a horrific viral infection, eerily. (ebook only)
The Wondrous and the Wicked (The Dispossessed #3), by Page Morgan, (April 14, Delacorte Press)
Since the Waverlys arrived in Paris, the streets have grown more fearsome by the day. As Ingrid learns to master her lectrux gift, she must watch Axia’s power grow strong enough to extend beyond her Underneath hive. The fallen angel’s Harvest is near, and the timing couldn’t be worse. Targeted by vengeful gargoyles, Gabby has been exiled to London for her own protection. Meanwhile, the gargoyle castes are in disarray, divided between those who want Luc to lead them and those who resent him and his fondness for humans. The Alliance is crumbling from the inside as well, its members turning against one another, and possibly against the Waverlys, too. Axia has promised that the world will burn. And now, unable to trust the Alliance, separated from Luc, Gabby, and her twin, Grayson, Ingrid is left to face the demon uprising alone.
Window Wall (Glass Thorns #4), by Melanie Rawn, (April 14, Tor)
For nearly two years, Cade been rejecting his Fae gift, his prescient Elsewhens, simply refusing to see or experience them. But the strain is driving a wedge between him and his theater troupe, Touchstone, and making him erratic on stage and off. It takes his best friend Mieka to bully Cade into accepting the visions again. But when Cade finally looks into the possible futures, he sees a royal castle blowing up, though his vision does not tell him who is responsible. But he knows that if it is in his visions, he can take action to stop it from happening. And when he finally discovers the truth, he takes the knowledge to the only man in the Kingdom who would believe him: his deadly enemy the Archduke.
Blood Matters, by Aviva Bel’Harold, (April 15, Hades Publications)
Grief changes people. Brittany used to be a normal teen. She ate like one, slept like one, and had typical teenage mood swings. But after she found her best friend dead, everything changed. Grief could explain her loss of appetite and her lack of sleep. It might even explain why she sees her dead friend everywhere she goes. But it certainly won’t explain why everyone she touches develops bruises or why she’s attracted to the smell of blood. And, what about the new found urge to eat her boyfriend? Blood Matters is a vampire novel with a new spin and an unexpected twist. As much as this book centers on struggles, inside and out, it’s also filled with compassion and true-to-life characters.
The Ways of Walls and Words: A Tor.Com Original, by Sabrina Vourvoulias, (April 15, Tor)
Anica and Bienvenida pass prayers and small comforts through the gaps in the prison walls. Incarcerated by the Inquisition for the faith she won’t surrender, Anica longs for solace for her family and freedom for herself. And Bienvenida, heir to her mother’s Nahua magic, now practiced out of sight of the Spanish religious authorities, will trade a great deal for the fragile chance at friendship and snippets of poetry. (ebook only)
Wrestling with Gods (Tesseracts Eighteen), edited by Liana Kerzner and Jerome Stueart, (April 15, Hades Publications)
A mechanical Jesus for your shrine, the myths of cuttlefish, a vampire in residential schools, a Muslim woman who wants to get closer, surgically, to her god, the demons of outer space, the downside of Nirvana. These speculative offerings give readers a chance to see faith from the believer and the skeptic in worlds where what you believe is a matter of life, death, and afterlife. Featuring works by: Derwin Mak, Robert J. Sawyer, Tony Pi, S. L. Nickerson, Janet K. Nicolson, John Park, Mary-Jean Harris, David Clink, Mary Pletsch, Jennifer Rahn, Alyxandra Harvey, Halli Lilburn, John Bell, David Jón Fuller, Carla Richards, Matthew Hughes, J. M. Frey, Steve Stanton, Erling Friis-Baastad, James Bambury, Savithri Machiraju, Jen Laface and Andrew Czarnietzki, David Fraser, Suzanne M McNabb, and Megan Fennell.
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!