June won’t be quite as busy a month for new releases as May was, but there are still almost twenty-five more new released this week after a very busy week last week.
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.
Atlas 3 (Atlas #3), by Isaac Hooke, (June 9, 47North)
The ATLAS mechanized battle suits are the pinnacle of military technology, boasting awesome destructive power, but what is behind the armor is only human. Rade Galaal, elite soldier and ATLAS operator, has been tested, and broken, by savage battles and devastating losses. The vile insectile aliens that once threatened Earth have regrouped to engineer a new apocalyptic assault on mankind, and the ATLAS mechs are called to defend the very survival of the human race. On the desolate, far-flung moons of Tau Ceti II, there will come a reckoning. Earth’s adversaries are legion, and the planet’s soldiers, for all of their rigorous training and amazing ordnance, are only flesh and blood. But they possess a defiant will to survive. Will Rade find the strength to reforge his shattered spirit and defeat the alien onslaught before all is lost?
Bahamut 1, edited by Rima Abunasser and Darin Bradley, (June 9, Underland Press)
A biannual print journal featuring works of fiction, nonfiction, and drama that explore the fringes of identity, nationality, culture, and voice through writing by authors from around the world. Derived from “behemoth,” the title, Bahamut, is a mythological Arabian creature, a giant fish acting as one of the layers that supports Earth. Borges writes of it that “[all] the seas of the world, placed in one of the fish’s nostrils, would be like a mustard seed laid in the desert.”
Book of Numbers, by Joshua Cohen, (June 9, Random House)
The enigmatic billionaire founder of Tetration, the world’s most powerful tech company, hires a failed novelist, Josh Cohen, to ghostwrite his memoirs. This tech mogul, known as Principal, brings Josh behind the digital veil, tracing the rise of Tetration, which started in the earliest days of the Internet by revolutionizing the search engine before venturing into smartphones, computers, and the surveillance of American citizens. Principal takes Josh on a world tour initiating him into the secret pretext of the autobiography project and the life-or-death stakes that surround its publication. Insider tech exposé, leaked memoir-in-progress, international thriller, family drama, sex comedy, and biblical allegory, Book of Numbers renders the full range of modern experience both online and off. Embodying the Internet in its language, it finds the humanity underlying the virtual.
Brand of the Pack (Silver Wolf Clan #3), by Tera Shanley, (June 9, Lyrical Press)
As the last of the Silver Wolves, and the only female with the ability to produce werewolf offspring, Morgan Carter is a wanted woman. Male suitors from all packs vie for her, and threaten the safety of her young niece, Lana. But there is only one man Morgan wants. Greyson Crawford has been through hell and back for Morgan. And he’d do it again. But until she learns to trust him, and lets him claim her as his own, he can’t fully protect her. When a force more powerful than either have known threatens to tear them apart, can Greyson convince Morgan to accept him as her mate once and for all, before it’s too late? (ebook only)
Crash (The Game #3), by Eve Silver, (June 9, Katherine Tegen Books)
Miki’s life is falling apart around her. Her dad and best friend are lying in the hospital. The Game is glitching, making missions more frequent and more deadly. And someone close to her is waiting for the right moment to betray her. Miki feels like she’s hanging on by a thread and the only thing keeping her tethered is Jackson’s hand in hers. Yet telling him how much she needs him, how much she loves him, feels like the biggest challenge of all. And if Miki really wants the missions to end for everyone, she’ll have to let go and be ready to fight when the walls between the Game and reality come crashing down. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned, it’s that she’s got a whole lot left to lose.
Dead Ice (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #24), by Laurell K. Hamilton, (June 9, Berkley)
Anita Blake has the highest kill count of any vampire executioner in the country. She’s a U.S. Marshal who can raise zombies with the best of them. Ever since she and master vampire Jean-Claude went public with their engagement, all she is to anyone and everyone is Jean-Claude’s fiancée. It’s wreaking havoc with her reputation as a hard ass. In professional circles, she’s still the go-to expert for zombie issues. And right now, the FBI is having one hell of a zombie issue. Someone is producing zombie porn. Anita has seen her share of freaky undead fetishes, so this shouldn’t bother her. But the women being victimized aren’t just mindless, rotting corpses. Their souls are trapped behind their eyes, signaling voodoo of the blackest kind. It’s the sort of case that can leave a mark on a person. And Anita’s own soul may not survive unscathed.
I Am the Traitor (The Unknown Assassin #3), by Allen Zadoff, (June 9, Little, Brown BYR)
Boy Nobody is on the run from The Program and uncovers a secret about his past that forces him to decide where his loyalties lie. The Program has sent Boy Nobody on countless missions, instructed to kill whichever target he was given. But now, after going rogue, he is on his own mission to rescue his friend Howard who was captured by The Program. Boy Nobody manages to free Howard as well as Tanya, a mysterious girl who was being held with him. Howard and Tanya help Boy Nobody collect information about his father, eventually revealing a dangerous secret that teaches Boy Nobody a valuable lesson, he can’t trust anyone.
Koko the Mighty (EBK #2), by Kieran Shea, (June 9, Titan)
With an outstanding Ultimate Sanction bounty still on her head, Koko Martstellar and Jedidiah Flynn have narrowly escaped death in paradise. Koko and Flynn are taken in by what amounts to a self-sufficient outlander cult. Koko barters her warrior skills and assists the de-civ group in fending off their most imminent threat: a horde of genetic-mutant raiders. Even with the group’s foes bested and their idealist lifestyle somewhat enticing, being among the outlander de-civs doesn’t sit well with Koko. People within the outlander group’s interlocking compounds keep disappearing with flimsy explanations. .Soon the group’s leadership assesses Koko as a threat to their secret agenda. Bounty agent Wire has managed to track down Koko and is preparing to lead an army of genetic-mutant raiders in a last-man-standing battle against the cult.
Mindwalker (Mindwalker #1), by A.J. Steiger, (June 9, Knopf BYR)
Lain Fisher has already aced the Institute’s elite training program for Mindwalkers, therapists who use a direct neural link to erase a patient’s traumatic memories. Lain is driven by the need to save others. When Steven, a troubled classmate, asks her to wipe a horrific childhood experience from his mind, Lain’s superiors warn her to stay away. Steven’s scars are too deep, they say; the risk too great. Yet the more time Lain spends with him, the more she begins to question everything about her society. As she defies the warnings and explores Steven’s memories, it becomes clear that he’s connected to something much bigger, something the Institute doesn’t want the world to discover. Lain certainly didn’t plan on falling in love with a boy she’s been forbidden to help. She never expected to stumble into a conspiracy that could ignite a revolution.
No Harm Can Come to a Good Man, by James Smythe, (June 9 The Borough Press)
How far would you go to save your family from an invisible threat? ClearVista is used by everyone and can predict anything. It’s a daily lifesaver, predicting weather to traffic to who you should befriend. Laurence Walker wants to be the next President of the United States. ClearVista will predict his chances. It will predict whether he’s the right man for the job. It will predict that his son can only survive for 102 seconds underwater. It will predict that Laurence’s life is about to collapse in the most unimaginable way. (U.S. Release)
Oathkeeper (The Grudgebearer Trilogy #2), by J.F. Lewis, (June 9, Pyr)
Rae’en has taken her father’s place as First of the practically immortal Aern, a race created by the Eldrennai as warrior-slaves to defend them from the magic-resistant reptilian Zaur. Freed from all Oaths by Kholster’s death, Rae’en decides to wage war on the Eldrennai anyway out of rage and grief. Bloodmane, leader of the now independent mystic-warsuits, has underestimated both the sheer numbers of the Zaur and their field leader General Tsan. The Zaur warlord, Xastix, launches the bulk of his forces at the Vael in an attempt to cut off all outside help. Prince Rivvek, must claim the Eldrennai throne by completing the Test of Four so that he can enact his plan to save his kingdom. His brother Prince Dolvek hatches a plot to enlist the aid of the plant-like Vael to defeat the Zaur who are in league with the decapitated head of a dethroned deity.
Slow Bullets, by Alastair Reynolds, (June 9, Tachyon Publications)
A vast conflict, one that has encompassed hundreds of worlds and solar systems, appears to be finally at an end. A conscripted soldier is beginning to consider her life after the war and the family she has left behind. But for Scur, and for humanity, peace is not to be. On the brink of the ceasefire, Scur is captured by a renegade war criminal, and left for dead in the ruins of a bunker. She revives aboard a prisoner transport vessel. Something has gone terribly wrong with the ship. Passengers, combatants from both sides of the war, are waking up from hibernation far too soon. Their memories, embedded in bullets, are the only links to a world which is no longer recognizable. And Scur will be reacquainted with her old enemy, but with much higher stakes than just her own life.
The Clockwork Crown (Clockwork Dagger Duology #2), by Beth Cato, (June 9, Harper Voyager)
Octavia Leander, a powerful magical healer, is on the run with Alonzo Garrett, the Clockwork Dagger who forfeited his career with the Queen’s secret society of spies and killers, to save her. Now, they are on a dangerous quest to find safety and answers: Why is Octavia so powerful? Why does she seem to be undergoing a transformation unlike any witnessed for hundreds of years? The truth may rest with the source of her mysterious healing power, the Lady’s Tree. The tree lies somewhere in a rough, inhospitable territory known as the Waste. For years, the Waste has waged a bloody battle against the royal court to win its independence, and they need Octavia’s powers to succeed. Joined by unlikely allies, she must evade killers and Clockwork Daggers on a dangerous journey through a world on the brink of civil war.
The Darkling Child (The Defenders of Shannara #2), by Terry Brooks, (June 9, Del Rey)
After taking up his enchanted sword against the dark sorcerer Arcannen, Paxon Leah has become the sworn protector of the Druid order. A beloved High Druid nears the end of her reign and prepares to pass from the mortal world to the one beyond. There is little time for Paxon to mourn his friend and benefactor before duty summons him. In a distant corner of the Four Lands, the magic of the wishsong has been detected. Paxon must accompany a Druid emissary to find its source, and ensure the formidable power is not wielded by the wrong hands. Gentle traveling minstrel Reyn Frosch possesses the gift of the wishsong. His abilities have captured the interest of Arcannen, whose quest for power is exceeded only by his thirst for vengeance. The sorcerer is determined to use the devastating power of the wishsong as his ultimate weapon.
The Dragon Lantern (The League of Seven #2), by Alan Gratz, (June 9, Starscape)
Archie Dent is convinced that he and his friends Hachi and Fergus are the first three members of a new League of Seven: a group of heroes who come together to fight the Mangleborn whenever the monsters arise to destroy humanity. His belief is put to the test when they are forced to undertake separate missions. Archie and his faithful Tik-Tok servant Mr. Rivets pursue a shapeshifting girl who has stolen the Dragon Lantern, an ancient artifact with mysterious powers. And Hachi and Fergus travel to New Orleans to find Madame Blavatsky, the only person who knows the circumstances surrounding the death of Hachi’s father. In the course of their adventures the three heroes meet potential candidates to join their League. At the same time, they learn deep-rooted secrets that could destroy the League forever.
The End of All Things #1: The Life of the Mind: The End of All Things, by John Scalzi, (June 9, Tor)
A down-on-his-luck Colonial Union starship pilot finds himself pressed into serving a harsh master-in a mission against the CU. But his kidnappers may have underestimated his knowledge of the ship that they have, quite literally, bound him to piloting. (ebook only)
The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #2), by Erika Johansen, (June 9, Harper)
With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion. But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling, and that of Kelsea’s own soul, may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.
The Iron Assassin, by Ed Greenwood, (June 9, Tor)
On an Earth that is not our own, Victoria never ascended the throne; the House of Hanover held England only briefly before being supplanted by the House of Harminster. It is a time of gaslamps and regularly scheduled airship flights, of trams and steam-driven clockwork. London, the capitol of the Empire of the Lion, is a filthy, crowded, fast-growing city where a series of shocking murders threatens the throne itself. Jack Straker believes he has created a weapon to defend the Crown: a reanimated, clockwork-enhanced corpse he can control. He introduces “the Iron Assassin” to the highly placed Lords who will decide if Straker’s invention becomes a weapon of the Lion. It quickly becomes apparent that the Iron Assassin is more self-willed than Straker intended, and that the zombie’s past life is far more sinister than Straker thought.
The Stars Never Rise, by Rachel Vincent, (June 9, Delacorte Press)
Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she’s too busy trying to actually survive. Her town’s population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she’ll do anything to protect her. In New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can’t survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.
To Hold the Bridge (Abhorsen), by Garth Nix, (June 9, Harper Collins)
A short story collection, including an Old Kingdom novella. Far to the north of the magical Old Kingdom, the Greenwash Bridge Company has been building a bridge for almost a hundred years. It is not an easy task, for many dangers threaten the bridge builders, from nomad raiders to Free Magic sorcerers. Despite the danger, Morghan wants nothing more than to join the Bridge Company as a cadet. But the company takes only the best, the most skillful Charter mages, and trains them hard, for the night might come when only a single young cadet must hold the bridge against many foes. Will Morghan be that cadet? Also included in this collection are eighteen short stories with a fantastical twist on an array of genres including science fiction, paranormal, realistic fiction, mystery, and adventure.
Waking the Dragon (Vale of Stars #1), by Juliette Cross, (June 9, Lyrical Press/Kensington)
The Gladium Province is on the verge of civil unrest as humans and Morgons, the dragon-hybrid race, clash once more. When the bodies of three human women are discovered in Morgon territory, with the DNA of several Morgon men on the victims, it’s just a matter of time before civil unrest hits the Province. For ambitious reporter Moira Cade, it’s more than just a story, and it may mean risking her own life. Moira is paired with Kol Moonring, Captain of the Morgon Guard, for her protection. Moira bristles at his dominance, and defies his will at every turn. Yet resistance proves futile when passion flares between them, awakening powerful emotions within both, body and soul. As the killings continue, can their fiery newfound bond survive an even greater evil, one that threatens all of humanity, Morgonkind, and Moira’s very soul? (ebook only)
World War Moo (Apocalypse Cow #2), by Michael Logan, (June 9, St. Martin’s Griffin)
It began with a cow that just wouldn’t die. Yep. That’s right. They’re still un-dead, and now the disease has spread to humans. The epidemic that transformed Britain’s bovine population into a blood-thirsty, brain-grazing, zombie horde, err, zombie herd, is threatening to take over the globe. And there’s not much time left to stop it. All of Great Britain is infected and hungry. The rest of the world has a tough choice to make. Should they nuke the brits right off the map, men, women, children, cows and all, in the biggest geocide in history? Or should they risk global infection in a race against time to find a cure? With hungry zombies attempting to cross borders by plains, trains, boats, and any other form of transport available, it’s only a matter of time before the virus gets out. And if it does, there’s only one answer. This means war.
Waters of Versailles: A Tor.Com Original, by Kelly Robson, (June 10, Tor)
A charming novella of court intrigue in 1738 Versailles as a clever former soldier makes his fortune by introducing a modern water system (and toilets) to the ladies of the palace. He does this with magical help that he may not be able to control. (ebook only)
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