The first full week of July brings an explosion of new releases. I told you last week that July would be a busy month. Want proof? There are more than fifty-five new releases on the list this week. Something for everyone, no doubt.
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Nightlife: Night Terrors (Nightlife #4), by Matthew Quinn Martin, (July 6, Pocket Star)
Nightlife, the captivating story of two monster hunters determined to save the city of New Harbor from the Night Angels, bloodthirsty creatures that feed on the forgotten. Jack Jackson and Beth Becker are among the few who can see these creatures for what they really are. As they hunt the creatures, a mysterious organization known only as The Division is hunting them. In the novella Hazardous Material, we get a glimpse of The Division’s origins and aims when a young man stumbles onto a long-abandoned video arcade and unwittingly uncovers a relic of unimaginable power and mind-altering terror. In As the Worm Turns, Jack and Beth are back, along with their faithful dog, Blood. For months they’ve been keeping just one step ahead of The Division. Jack and Beth find themselves facing off against something even more terrifying than the Night Angels, something that could hold the key to humanity’s salvation, or its doom. (ebook only)
1636: The Cardinal Virtues (Ring of Fire #19), by Eric Flint and Walter H. Hunt, (July 7, Baen)
France, 1636. It has been twenty years since King Louis took Ana Maria Mauricia, daughter of Spain’s King Philip III, as his wife, and their union has not yet produced an heir. Under the guidance of his chief minister, Cardinal Richelieu, a plan is developed to remedy that situation. Once she is with child, Queen Anne goes into seclusion to guard her health and protect her from those who would prefer that the child is never born, France’s foreign enemies as well as schemers such as Monsieur Gaston d’Orleans, the King’s younger brother and heir. When the Crown’s opponents make their move, factions inside and outside France must choose sides and help determine the future and fate of the Kingdom.
A Murder of Mages (Maradaine Constabulary #1), by Marshall Ryan Maresca, (July 7, DAW)
Satrine Rainey, former street rat, ex-spy, mother of two, and wife to a Constabulary Inspector who lies on the edge of death, injured in the line of duty, has been forced to fake her way into the post of Constabulary Inspector to support her family. Minox Welling is a brilliant, unorthodox Inspector and an Uncircled mage, almost a crime in itself. Nicknamed “the jinx” because of the misfortunes that seem to befall anyone around him, Minox has been partnered with Satrine because no one else will work with either of them. Their first case together, the ritual murder of a Circled mage, sends Satrine back to the streets she grew up on and brings Minox face-to-face with mage politics he’s desperate to avoid. As the body count rises, Satrine and Minox must race to catch the killer before their own secrets are exposed and they, too, become targets.
Bell Weather: A Novel, by Dennis Mahoney, (July 7, Henry Holt & Co.)
When Tom Orange rescues a mysterious young woman from the flooded Antler River, he senses that their fates will deeply intertwine. At first, she claims to remember nothing, and rumor animates Root, an isolated settlement in the strange wilderness of colonial Floria. Benjamin Knox, the town doctor, attends to her recovery and learns her name is Molly. As the town inspects its spirited new inhabitant, she encounters a world teeming with wonders and oddities. She also hears of the Maimers, masked thieves who terrorize the surrounding woods. As dark forces encircle the town, the truth of Molly’s past spills into the present: a desperate voyage; a genius brother; a tragedy she hasn’t fully escaped. Molly and Tom must then decide between surviving apart or risking everything together.
Beneath Still Waters (Rogue Angel #55), by Alex Archer, (July 7, Gold Eagle)
All it took was one phone call and TV show host and archaeologist Annja Creed is in mortal danger. Her producer Doug Morrell has been abducted by a treasure hunter who’s seeking the lost raubgold, or looted gold of Nazi Germany. The terms are simple: retrieve the bounty and Doug lives. Fail, and he dies. Annja and her friends must find a missing German fighter plane that was shot down 1945. The aircraft not only holds a shipment of gold the Nazis had stolen, but also carried the last letters of the führer himself. Letters that point to a more startling treasure buried underwater. Annja isn’t interested in treasure, or even unearthing historic relics. Annja has one agenda: get Doug out alive, even if it means drawing her sword from its otherworldly sheath. Even if it means death. Once greed drives a man to violence, nothing will stop him.
Beyond the Kingdoms (The Land of Stories #4), by Chris Colfer, (July 7, Little, Brown BYR)
Fairy tales are just the beginning. The Masked Man is on the loose in the Land of Stories, and it’s up to Alex and Conner Bailey to stop him, except Alex has been thrown off the Fairy Council, and no one will believe they’re in danger. With only the help of the ragtag group of Goldilocks, Jack, Red Riding Hood, and Mother Goose and her gander, Lester, the Bailey twins discover the Masked Man’s secret scheme: He possesses a powerful magic potion that turns every book it touches into a portal, and he is recruiting an army of literature’s greatest villains. So begins a race through the magical Land of Oz, the fantastical world of Neverland, the madness of Wonderland, and beyond. Can Alex and Conner catch up to the Masked Man, or will they be one step behind until it’s too late?
Chicks and Balances (Chicks in Chainmail #7), edited by Esther Friesner, (July 7, Baen)
What we have here is a bunch of perfectly healthy women who happen to be of the brass-bra-wearing and chain-link bikinis sort. Each is fighting in her own way for the freedom to express herself, often by thrusting sword through a censor’s black heart. Be glad, the chicks in chainmail are back, and they will not be oppressed, repressed, or depressed. All new adventures of fearless women warriors by Eric Flint, Harry Turtledove, Jody Lynn Nye, Wen Spencer, Esther Friesner, Jim C. Hines. Elizabeth A. Vaughan, Kerrie L. Hughes, Steven Harper Piziks, Julie S. Mandala, Jean Rabe, Alex Shvartsman, Sarah A. Hoyt, Robin Wayne Bailey, Laura Resnick, Lee Martindale, P.C. Hodgell, Dean Wesley Smith, Laura Frankos, Louisa Swann, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough and Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Cities and Thrones (Recoletta #2), by Carrie Patel, (July 7, Angry Robot)
In the fantastical, gaslit underground city of Recolleta, Oligarchs from foreign states and revolutionaries from the farming communes vie for power in the wake of the city’s coup. The dark, forbidden knowledge of how the city came to be founded has been released into the world for all to read, and now someone must pay. Inspector Liesl Malone is on her toes, trying to keep the peace, and Arnault’s spy ring is more active than ever. Has the city’s increased access to knowledge put the citizens in even more danger? Allegiances change, long-held beliefs are adjusted, and things are about to get messy.
Dexter Is Dead (Dexter #8), by Jeff Lindsay, (July 7, Doubleday)
Dexter Morgan has burned the candle at both ends for many years. Blood spatter analyst, husband, father, serial killer. His world has truly collapsed. Dexter is arrested on charges of murder. He has lost everything, including his wife, his kids, and the loyalty of his sister. Now completely alone, Dexter faces a murder charge (for a crime, ironically, he did not actually commit). His only chance for freedom lies with his brother, Brian, who has a dark plan to prove Dexter’s innocence. But the stakes are deadly, and the epic showdown that lies in Dexter’s path may lead, once and for all, to his demise.
Earth Bound (Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart #4), by Christine Feehan, (July 7, Jove)
After escaping from a cult, Lexi found refuge with her sisters on the farm that more than sustained her body, it nurtured her soul as well. But she never forgot the terror she left behind or the always present fear that the cult would find her again, and claim her. Then her nightmare came true. Lexi was discovered and threatened, only to be suddenly saved by a stranger. He is Gavriil Prakenskii, and he’s awestruck by the woman he’s rescued. She is destined for him. He can feel it in his soul. But how can Lexi find happiness with a man steeped in secrets and shadows, one intimately acquainted with violence, and whose very love could be the death of them?
Elisha Rex (The Dark Apostle #3), by E.C. Ambrose, (July 7, DAW)
Elisha was a skillful barber-surgeon, cutting hair and stitching wounds for poor peasants like himself in 14th century London. That was before he discovered his potential for a singularly deadly magic. The witch Brigit, his former mentor, claims him for the magi. Duke Randall has accepted him as a comrade and ally. He has become a friend to Thomas, the rightful king. Elisha is beginning to understand the dreadful power within him. There is another force at work in the world that sees its opportunity in the chaos, and sees its mirror in Elisha’s indivisible connection with Death. For these necromancers, Elisha is the ultimate prize, and the perfect tool. The necromancers’ secret plans begin to bear black fruit. It appears Elisha is the only man who can stop it. But if he steps forward to save his nation once again, is he playing right into the mancers’ hands? Why does it seem like his enemies are the ones most keen to call him Elisha Rex?
Faces (Masks of Aygrima #3), by E.C. Blake, (July 7, DAW)
Set in a land where people are forced to wear spell-imbued Masks that reveal any traitorous thoughts they have about their ruler, the Autarch. Mara Holdfast is a young woman gifted with the ability to see and use all the colors of magic. Two other people share this talent: the Autarch and the legendary Lady of Pain and Fire. After a devastating battle, Mara and her fellow survivors have no one to turn to for help but the Lady of Pain and Fire. Mara feels that she has found the one person who truly understands her, a mentor who can teach her to control and use her power for the greater good. Living within the Lady’s castle, Mara immerses herself in her training. She can’t escape from hearing dark hints about the Lady. Yet it is not until they begin their campaign against the Autarch that Mara discovers where the real danger lies. Will Mara and all her friends fall victim in a duel to the death between two masters of magic?
Flight from Death (Fly by Night #1), by Yasmine Galenorn, (July 7, Berkley)
I’m Shimmer, a blue dragon shifter. Thanks to a mistake, I was exiled from the Dragon Reaches and sentenced to work for Alex Radcliffe, a vampire who owns the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. Not only do I have to adapt to Earthside culture, but every time I turn around, somebody’s trying to kill us. Alex is as gorgeous as he is exasperating. But you know what they say: All’s fair in love and bounty hunting. When an old friend of Alex contacts him about a haunting at the High Tide Bed & Breakfast in Port Townsend, Washington, we think we’re on a simple ghost hunt. Our investigation quickly transforms into a deadly fight as we uncover an eighty-year-old murder, a cursed house, and a dark force trapping the spirits within. To stop impending disaster we must break the curse and lay the angry spirits to rest.
Forged in Flame (The Morgan Blackstone Vampires #2), by Michelle Rabe, (July 7, Amazon Digital)
A preternatural killer stalks the streets of San Francisco, leaving a trail of drained corpses to be found by the human authorities. Desperate to protect the vampire’s secret the city’s Enforcer calls on the Assassin to put a stop to the spree. An ancient order, long thought dead rises from the ashes of history bent on death and the destruction of all vampires. And Morgan Blackstone stands in the eye of a gathering storm that will change everything. (ebook only)
Hallowed (The Blessed #3), by Tonya Hurley, (July 7, Simon & Schuster BYR)
Three lost girls, one mysterious boy. They battle for his heart while he struggles for their souls in this gripping conclusion to The Blessed trilogy. Lucy, Cecelia, and Agnes have sacrificed everything for their belief in a boy who stole their hearts. The girls have struggled to reconcile with their destinies. Now, as the world turns against them, will they be able to hold steadfast? Will they survive the final test?
Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1), by Rachel Caine, (July 7, NAL)
Supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly, but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden. Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service. When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life, and soon both heretics and books will burn
Iron and Blood, by Gail Z. Martin and Larry Martin, (July 7, Solaris)
New Pittsburgh in 1898, the hub of American industry at the height of its steam-driven power. New Pittsburgh is ruled by the shadow government of The Oligarchy. In the abandoned mine tunnels beneath the city, supernatural creatures hide from the light, emerging to feed in the city known as ‘hell with the lid off.’ Jake Desmet and Rick Brand travel the world to secure treasures and unusual items, accompanied by Jake’s cousin, Veronique ‘Nikki’ LeClerque. Smuggling a small package as a favor for a Polish witch should have been easy. When hired killers come after Jake and a Ripper-style killer leaves the city awash in blood, Jake, Rick and Nikki realize that dark magic, vampire power struggles and industrial sabotage are just a prelude to a bigger plot. Stopping that plot will require every ounce of Jake’s courage, every bit of Rick’s cunning, every scintilla of Nikki’s bravura and all the steampowered innovation imaginable.
Iron Rage (Deathlands #123), by James Axler, (July 7, Gold Eagle)
Since the nukecaust, the American dream has been reduced to a daily fight for survival. In the Deathlands, few dare to dream of a better tomorrow. Ryan Cawdor and his companions press on, driven by the need for a future less treacherous than the present. Pulling sec duty aboard a steamboat on the mighty Sippi is a welcome reprieve for Ryan and his friends, until armored warships reduce their vessel to a burning husk. Stranded in a nightmarish, poisonous swamp, fighting off crocodiles and muties, the companions and their crew of allies get to work building rafts. Their escape route is swiftly intercepted, and they learn they’ve sailed into the middle of a conflict between two villes fighting over the iron trade. The companions don’t seem to stand a chance against the fleets of ironclad gunboats. In Deathlands, even the underdog can bite back.
Licked by the Flame (The Forbidden Realm #2), by Serena Gilley, (July 7, Forever Yours)
Shape-shifting Dragon Nic Vladik has infiltrated a human technological organization to monitor their efforts on alternate fuel sources. It seems they have discovered the power being emitted from one of the Dragons’ facilities. Nic must keep the humans from learning the truth about this Dragon stronghold at all costs and deter them from tapping into their heat source. That means stopping an incredibly sexy scientist from ruining his race. Lianne McGowan is a human scientist sent to assist with the site. She believes this heat source will help save the planet and she will stop at nothing to learn more and discover the full truth about what lies beneath this mysterious mountain. When she meets the seductive and dangerous Nic and dark forces start to work against them, she begins to realize that there is more to the story than she ever imagined.
Prince’s Gambit (Captive Prince #2), by C.S. Pacat, (July 7, Berkley)
With their countries on the brink of war, Damen and his new master, Prince Laurent, must exchange the intrigues of the palace for the sweeping might of the battlefield as they travel to the border to avert a lethal plot. Forced to hide his identity, Damen finds himself increasingly drawn to the dangerous, charismatic Laurent. But as the fledgling trust between the two men deepens, the truth of secrets from both their pasts is poised to deal them the crowning death blow. Includes a bonus chapter (print edition only).
Prisoners of Tomorrow, by James P. Hogan, (July 7, Baen)
Endgame Enigma: In the future, Russia has built Valentina Tereshkova, a space station a mile in diameter. Its builders claim that the space city is a peaceful Utopian experiment. American intelligence raises the possibility that the space colony is actually a weapon. When scientist Paula Bryce and agent Lew McCain travel to the station to investigate, they become prisoners in the station’s high-tech prison facilities. If they can’t escape, Armageddon is inevitable. Voyage from Yesteryear: Late in our century, Americans sent a colonization spaceship manned by robots to an Earthlike planet. The robot crew used recorded DNA information to bring forth a generation of infants. Generations later, Earth has rebuilt after the war, with authoritarian governments. They’ll show their distant relatives “help.” The robots educated their pupils too well, the colonists are actually serious about all that life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness stuff.
Queen of Fire (Raven’s Shadow #3), by Anthony Ryan, (July 7, Ace)
After fighting back from the brink of death, Queen Lyrna is determined to repel the invading Volarian army and regain the independence of the Unified Realm. She must do more than rally her loyal supporters. She must align herself with forces she once found repugnant, those who possess the strange and varied gifts of the Dark, and take the war to her enemy’s doorstep. Victory rests on the shoulders of Vaelin Al Sorna, now named Battle Lord of the Realm. The Volarian enemy has a new weapon on their side, one that Vaelin must destroy if the Realm is to prevail, a mysterious Ally with the ability to grant unnaturally long life to her servants. Defeating one who cannot be killed is a nearly impossible feat, especially when Vaelin’s blood-song, the mystical power which has made him the epic fighter he is, has gone ominously silent.
Renegade (Silver Blackthorn #2), by Kerry Wilkinson, (July 7, St. Martin’s Griffin)
Silver Blackthorn is a fugitive from the law. Silver Blackthorn has committed treason. She is dangerous. Do NOT approach her. A large reward is on offer. Report any sightings to your nearest Kingsman. Long live the King. Silver Blackthorn is on the run. She fled Windsor Castle with eleven other teenagers, taking with her something far more valuable than even she realizes: knowledge. With the entire country searching for the missing Offerings, Silver must keep them all from the vicious clutches of King Victor and the Minister Prime. Until now, no one has escaped the king and lived to tell the tale. Or have they? With expectations weighing heavily on the girl with the silver streak in her hair, will she ever find her way home? (U.S. Release)
Secrets of Neverak (A Tale of Light and Shadow #2), by Jacob Gowans, (July 7, Shadow Mountain)
The Secrets of Neverak follows Henry and his friends after the disastrous battle at the Iron Pass. Horrors await them in strange new lands. Crippled and broken, Henry must rely on his friends more than ever. Allies and foes find them at every turn, but which are friendly and which are deadly? Isabelle, now a slave in Neverak, finds herself surrounded by enemies, uncertain about the fate of her friends, and desperate to escape. The Emperor moves forward with his plans of conquest, spurred on by the Seer’s dark prophecy, but he has not forgotten those who defied him. Return to the world of Atolas, where a blade can extend life or end it, where friendships can topple kingdoms, and where the Path of Light and Shadow is feared by all but a few.
Sense of Deception (Psychic Eye Mystery #13), by Victoria Laurie, (July 7, NAL)
A ticked-off judge has tossed Abby in the slammer for contempt of court, and during her brief but unpleasant stay she learns the story of a condemned woman who is facing a far more serious sentence. Skylar Miller has been found guilty of murder and faces the death penalty. Everyone believes she’s guilty, including her own family and her ex-husband, everyone, that is, except Abby, whose finely honed intuition tells her this woman doesn’t belong behind bars. With the help of her husband Dutch and her friend Candice, Abby launches into her own investigation to clear Skylar and find the real killer. But after a final appeal is denied and Skylar’s attorney scrambles for a stay of execution, time is running short, and the list of suspects keeps growing. There’s no margin for error as the life of an innocent woman hangs in the balance.
Shower of Stones (Jeroun #2), by Zachary Jernigan, (July 7, Night Shade)
At the moment of his greatest victory, before a crowd of thousands, the warrior Vedas Tezul renounced his faith, calling for revolt against the god Adrash. In the three months since his sacrilegious pronouncement, the world has not changed for the better. The Needle hangs broken in orbit above Jeroun, each of its massive iron spheres poised to fall and blanket the planet’s surface in dust. Truces between Adrashi and Anadrashi break apart as panic spreads. The disgraced soldier Churls walks into the divided city of Danoor with a simple plan: murder the monster named Fesuy Amendja, and retrieve from captivity the only two individuals that still matter to her, Vedas Tezul, and the constructed man Berun. Churls and her companions are introduced to one of the world’s deepest secrets: A madman, insisting he is the link to an ancient world, offering the most tempting lie of all: Hope.
Signal (Sam Dryden #2), by Patrick Lee, (July 7, Minotaur)
Ex-Special Forces operative Sam Dryden gets a urgent call from an old colleague, desperate for his help in a last-minute secret mission. The two race to a remote shack in the Sierra Nevadas, where they break in, rescue four girls before the kidnapper can harm them, then flee into the hills just seconds ahead of the police and FBI team. It’s then that Sam learns the real secret behind this mission. His former teammate has been working security of a special, very secret government project. A project that led to the development of a device which revealed what would have happened to the kidnapped girls if they hadn’t intervened. There are some bad people determined to get their hands on this device, and every time Sam uses it, there are unintended consequences. Consequences that threaten to rip apart his world and everything that he holds dear.
Silver in the Blood (Silver in the Blood #1), by Jessica Day George, (July 7, Bloomsbury USA Childrens)
Society girls from New York City circa 1890, Dacia and Lou never desired to know more about their lineage, instead preferring to gossip about the mysterious Romanian family that they barely knew. Upon turning seventeen, the girls must return to their homeland to meet their relatives, find proper husbands, and learn the deep family secrets of The Claw, The Wing, and The Smoke. The Florescus, after all, are shape-shifters, and it is time for Dacia and Lou to fulfill the prophecy that demands their acceptance of this fate, or fight against this cruel inheritance with all their might. With a gorgeous Romanian setting, stunning Parisian gowns, and dark brooding young men, readers will be swept up by this epic adventure of two girls in a battle for their lives.
Solomon’s Arrow, by J. Dalton Jennings, (July 7, Talos)
It’s the mid-twenty-first century. Terrorist organizations are running rampant, and it has become readily apparent that humanity’s destructive nature is at the heart of the matter. Solomon Chavez, the son of the world’s first trillionaire, announces that he will build an interstellar starship, one that will convey a group of six thousand individuals, all under the age of fifty to a recently discovered planet in the Epsilon Eridani star system. His goal is to build a colony that will ensure the survival of the human race. Solomon Chavez has a secret that he doesn’t dare share with the rest of the world. Great odds must be overcome so that the starship Solomon’s Arrow can fulfill what the human race has dreamed of for millennia. Looming on the horizon are threats nobody could have imagined, ones that may spell the end of all human life and end the universe.
Speak: A Novel, by Louisa Hall, (July 7, Ecco)
A Puritan woman travels to the New World with her unwanted new husband. Alan Turing, the renowned mathematician, writes letters to his best friend’s mother. A Jewish refugee and professor of computer science struggles to reconnect with his detached wife. An isolated and traumatized young girl exchanges messages with an intelligent software program. A former Silicon Valley Wunderkind is imprisoned for creating illegal lifelike dolls. Each of these characters is attempting to communicate across gaps. Explores how the chasm between computer and human, shrinking rapidly with today’s technological advances, echoes the gaps that exist between ordinary people. Though each speaks from a distinct place and moment in time, all share the need to express themselves while wondering if they will ever be heard, or understood.
Spellcasting in Silk (A Witchcraft Mystery #7), by Juliet Blackwell, (July 7, NAL)
Lily would like nothing better than to relax, enjoy her friends, and take care of business at her store, which is booming thanks to San Francisco’s upcoming Summer of Love Festival. But as the unofficial witchy consultant to the SFPD, she is pulled into yet another case. A woman has jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge, and her apparent suicide may be connected to a suspicious botanica in the Mission District. When the police investigate the shop, they ask Lily to look into its mysterious owner, whose granddaughter also appears to be missing. As Lily searches for the truth, she finds herself confronted with a confounding mystery and some very powerful magic.
Splintered (Arcane Underworld #2), by Jamie Schultz, (July 7, Roc)
Anna Ruiz is on a mission: Help her friend and partner-in-crime, Karyn Ames, break free of the tangle of hallucinations and premonitions that have cut her off from reality. With the aid of her crew, ex-soldier Nail and sorcerer Genevieve, she’ll do whatever it takes to get Karyn help, even if it means tracking down every informant and magic practitioner in the occult underworld. Since a magical heist went to hell, the crew has been working for crimelord and doomed magus Enoch Sobell. Between fighting Sobell’s battles with some seriously scary demonic forces and tangling with a group of violent fanatics who want to manipulate Karyn’s abilities for their own gains, Anna, Nail, and Genevieve begin to realize they’re in way over their heads. Now that Karyn’s secret about seeing the future is out, even more unpleasant parties are about to come knocking.
Survive the Night, by Danielle Vega, (July 7, Razorbill)
Just back from rehab, Casey regrets letting her friends Shana, Julie, and Aya talk her into coming to Survive the Night, an all-night, underground rave in a New York City subway tunnel. Casey doesn’t think Survive the Night could get any worse. Until she comes across Julie’s mutilated body in a subway tunnel, red-eyed rats nibbling at her fingers. Casey thought she was just off with some guy, no one could hear her getting torn apart. By the time they get back to the party, everyone is gone. Casey and her friends find themselves running through the subway tunnels, searching for a way out. Every manhole is sealed shut, and every noise echoes eerily in the dark. They’re being hunted. Trapped underground with someone, or something, out to get them, Casey can’t help but listen to Aya’s terrified refrain: “We’re all gonna die down here.”
The Annihilation Score (Laundry Files #6), by Charles Stross, (July 7, Ace)
Dominique O’Brien, her friends call her Mo, lives a curious double life with her husband, Bob Howard. They’re middle-aged civil servants. Within the secret circles of Her Majesty’s government, they’re operatives working for the nation’s occult security service known as the Laundry. Mo’s latest assignment is assisting the police in an unusual outbreak: ordinary citizens suddenly imbued with extraordinary abilities. The Mayor of London being levitated by a man in Trafalgar Square would be a source of shared amusement for Mo and Bob, but they’re currently separated because something’s come between them, something evil. An antique violin, an Erich Zann original, was designed to produce music capable of slaughtering demons. Mo is the custodian of this instrument. It invades her dreams and yearns for the blood of her colleagues, and her husband. Despite Mo’s proficiency as a world class violinist, it cannot be controlled.
The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City, edited by Jason Blum, (July 7, Doubleday)
Jason Blum invited sixteen collaborators, filmmakers, and writers to envision a city of their choosing, and let their demons run wild. The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City brings together all-new stories from such artists as Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Eli Roth (Hostel), Scott Derrickson (Sinister), C. Robert Cargill (Sinister), James DeMonaco (The Purge), “Geist” by Les Bohem, “Procedure” by James DeMonaco, “Hellhole” by Christopher Denham, “A Clean White Room” by Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill, “Novel Fifteen” by Steve Faber, “Eyes” by George Gallo, “1987” by Ethan Hawke, “Donations” by William Joselyn, “The Old Jail” by Sarah Langan, “The Darkish Man” by Nissar Modi, “Meat Maker” by Mark Neveldine, “Dreamland” by Michael Olson, “Valdivia” by Eli Roth, “Golden Hour” by Jeremy Slater, “The Leap” by Dana Stevens, “The Words” by Scott Stewart and “Gentholme” by Simon Kurt Unsworth.
The Captive Condition: A Novel, by Kevin P. Keating, (July 7, Pantheon)
When Emily Ryan is found drowned in the family pool, pumped full of barbiturates and alcohol, a series of events with cataclysmic consequences ensues. Emily’s lover, a college professor, finds himself responsible for her twin daughters, whose piercing stares fill him with the guilt and anguish he so desperately tries to hide from his wife. A low-level criminal named The Gonk takes over the cottage of a reclusive elderly artist, complete with graveyard and moonshine still, and devises plans for both. His young apprentice, haunted by inner demons, seeks retribution for the professor’s wicked deeds. The town itself, buzzing into decadent life after sundown, traps its inhabitants in patterns of inexplicable behavior all the while drawing them toward a night in which the horror will reach its disturbing and inevitable conclusion.
The Chart of Tomorrows (Gaunt and Bone #3), by Chris Willrich, (July 7, Pyr)
The poet Persimmon Gaunt and the thief Imago Bone had sought to retire from adventuring and start a family. They never reckoned on their baby becoming the chosen vessel of the mystical energies of a distant Eastern land. With their son Innocence hunted by various factions, they kept him safe at the cost of trapping him in a pocket dimension of accelerated time. The thirteen-year-old Innocence has rejected his parents and his “destiny” and has made dangerous friends. Gaunt and Bone seek to track him down, along with their companion Snow Pine and her daughter A-Girl-Is-A-Joy, who was once trapped with Innocence too. Gaunt and Bone find themselves at the heart of a vast struggle, and their own son is emerging from that conflict as a force of evil. They turn to a dangerous magical book, The Chart of Tomorrows, that reveals pathways through time. Gaunt and Bone must face the darkness in each other’s pasts, in order to rescue their future.
The Child Eater, by Rachel Pollack, (July 7, Jo Fletcher Books)
Two boys, separated by hundreds of years, yet together they will battle a great evil at the very heart of the world: The Child Eater. One, Matyas, resides in a medieval world. The other, Simon Wisdom, in present-day America. As a boy, Matyas is viciously beaten by his father, yet he will grow up to become the greatest magician. Simon is deeply loved by his widowed father, Jack. Matyas runs away to the capital, where he learns of a mysterious, long-lost Tarot of Eternity. Matyas and Simon both suffer the same horrific visions. When a new boy’s body is found without a head Matyas learns a terrible secret: a magician can live forever by devouring the lives of children. He is the Child Eater. Jack enlists the help of Dr. Reina. Simon realizes Reina means him ill. Is this mysterious doctor really The Child Eater and Simon is his next victim? Can the spirit of Simon’s dead mother and the power of Matyas’ Tarrot deck save him and the world? (U.S. Release)
The Dangerous Type (The Dangerous Type Trilogy #1), by Loren Rhoads, (July 7, Night Shade)
Thallian has been on the lam for the last fifteen years; a wanted war criminal whose entire family has been hunted down and murdered for their role in the galaxy-wide genocide of the Templars. His name is the first on Raena’s list, as he’s the one that enslaved her, made her his assassin, and ultimately put her in a tomb. But Thallian is willing to risk everything, including his army of cloned sons, to capture her. Now it’s a race to see who kills whom first. Alternatively, Gaven has spent the last twenty years trying to forget about Raena, whom he once saved and then lost to the clutches of Thallian. Raena’s adopted sister, Ariel, has been running from the truth: the one about Raena, about her and Gaven, and doesn’t know if she’ll be able to face either of them.
The Floating City (Shadow Master #2), by Craig Cormick, (July 7, Angry Robot)
In the divided land of England, Elizabeth Barnabus has been living a double life, as both herself and as her brother, the private detective. Witnessing the hanging of Alice Carter, the false duchess, Elizabeth resolves to throw the Bullet Catcher’s Handbook into the fire, and forget her past. If only it were that easy. There is a new charitable organization in town, run by some highly respectable women. But something doesn’t feel right to Elizabeth. Perhaps it is time for her fictional brother to come out of retirement for one last case. Her unstoppable curiosity leads her to a dark world of body-snatching, unseemly experimentation, politics and scandal. Never was it harder for a woman in a man’s world.
The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2), by Mary E. Pearson, (July 7, Henry Holt & Co. BYR)
Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia’s erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar’s interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen. Nothing is straightforward: there’s Rafe, who lied to Lia, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives amongst them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country, and her own destiny.
The House of War and Witness, by Linda Carey, Louise Carey and Mike Carey, (July 7, ChiZine)
1740. With Europe balanced on the brink of war, an Austrian regiment is sent to hold the border against the might of Prussia. Their garrison, the ancient house called Pokoj. Pokoj is already inhabited, by a company of ghosts from every age of the house’s history. Only Drozde, the quartermaster’s mistress, can see them. As these ageless phantoms tell their stories, Drozde gets chilling glimpses of Pokoj’s past. Lieutenant Klaes pursues another mystery. Why are the people of the neighboring village so surly and withdrawn, so reluctant to welcome the soldiers who are there to protect them? The camp follower and the officer make their journies to the same discovery, an impending catastrophe that will sweep away villagers and soldiers alike. To stop it would pit Klaes against his regiment and Drozde against the one man in the world she truly fears. Perhaps neither of them can prevail. If they do, it will be with the help of the restless dead. (U.S. Release)
The Lost Treasure of the Templars, by James Becker, (July 7, Signet)
Antiquarian bookseller Walter Jessop happens upon a sheet of brittle parchment tucked inside a forgotten volume in his London shop. Written in code, it’s a cipher Jessop has never seen before. Only its title is translatable: The Master Has Spoken. Jessop enlists the help of encryption expert David Mallory. Mallory stumbles upon an invaluable clue. It opens the door to a mystery greater than either man could have envisioned, a conspiracy stretching back seven centuries to a time when the most powerful man in Europe declared war on the most powerful clan, the Knights Templar. Now, Jessop and Mallory find themselves on a global hunt for an unsurpassed treasure and this much closer to the keys to secrets that could change history, topple an empire, and bury both men alive. They’re not only the hunters. They’re also the hunted.
The Price of Valor (The Shadow Campaigns #3), by Django Wexler, (July 7, Roc)
In the wake of the King’s death, war has come to Vordan. The Deputies-General has precarious control of the city, but it is led by a zealot who sees traitors in every shadow. The new queen, Raesinia Orboan, finds herself nearly powerless as the government tightens its grip and assassins threaten her life. Placing her trust with the steadfast soldier Marcus D’Ivoire, she sets out to turn the tide of history. As the hidden hand of the Sworn Church brings all the powers to war against Vordan, general Janus bet Vhalnich offers a path to victory. Winter Ihernglass, newly promoted to command a regiment, has reunited with her lover and her friends, only to face the prospect of leading them into bloody battle. Dark priests of an ancient order, wielding forbidden magic, have infiltrated Vordan to stop Janus by whatever means necessary.
The Shapeshifters, by Stefan Spjut, (July 7, Mariner Books)
Summer 1978. A young boy disappears without a trace from a summer cabin. His mother claims that he was carried away by a giant. He is never found. Twenty-five years later, another child goes missing. This time there’s a lead, a single photograph taken by Susso Myren. She has devoted her life to the search for trolls, legendary giants known as stallo who can control human thoughts and assume animal form. Convinced that trolls are real, she follows the trail of missing children to northern Sweden. But humans, some part stallo themselves, have been watching over the creatures for generations, and this hidden society of protectors won’t hesitate to close its deadly ranks. (U.S. Release)
The Shores of Spain (The Golden City #3), by J. Kathleen Cheney, (July 7, Roc)
Even as the branches of peace are being offered, there are some who still believe those who are not human should be used as chattel. Newlywed siren Oriana Paredes has been appointed Ambassador to her home islands now that communication between Northern Portugual and the magical races has been restored. Convincing her people that the new Portuguese Prince’s intentions are honorable after years of persecution is difficult. Her husband, Duilio, faces his own obstacles among the sirens. The two hope to uncover the truth behind Oriana’s mother’s death. Evidence suggests that Spain, a country that has been known to enslave magical beings, may have infiltrated the siren authority. Oriana and Duilio must call on Inspector Joaquim Tavares to root out the truth. Even his seer’s gift cannot prepare him for what he will discover.
The Six, by Mark Alpert, (July7, Sourcebooks Fire)
Adam’s muscular dystrophy has stolen his mobility, his friends, and in a few short years, it will take his life. Virtual reality games are Adam’s only escape from his wheelchair. In his alternate world, he can defeat anyone. Adam is always the hero. Then an artificial intelligence program, Sigma, hacks into Adam’s game. Created by Adam’s computer-genius father, Sigma has gone rogue, threatening Adam’s life, and world domination. Their one chance to stop Sigma is using technology Adam’s dad developed to digitally preserve the mind of his dying son. Along with a select group of other terminally ill teens, Adam becomes one of the Six who have forfeited their bodies to inhabit weaponized robots. The Six must learn to manipulate their new mechanical forms and work together to train for epic combat, before Sigma destroys humanity.
The Tattooed Duchess (A Fire Beneath the Skin #2), by Victor Gischler, (July 7, 47North)
This book is a Kindle Serial. Kindle Serials are stories published in episodes, with future episodes delivered at no additional cost. This serial contains one episode out of eight total episodes, and new episodes will be delivered every week. Rina Veraiin has youth, beauty, and strength. She is a born warrior, able to command awesome and mysterious forces granted to her by a set of magical tattoos. As the newly minted duchess of Klaar, Rina confronts a menace that threatens her world in a divine conflict. Rina’s only chance at stopping them is to gain new tattoos that will increase her powers. She makes her quest across a bloodshed-ravaged land while war brews among the gods. Rina must learn to wield extraordinary power to save herself and her people, before powerful forces, and the savage fury of the gods, tear apart the land forever. (Kindle serial only)
The Unnoticeables, by Robert Brockway, (July 7, Tor)
There are angels, and they are not beneficent or loving. They watch our lives unfold, analyzing us for repeating patterns and redundancies. The angels simplify those patterns, they remove the redundancies, and the problem that is you gets solved. As a punk living in New York City, 1977, Carey is tired of watching the strange kids with the unnoticeable faces abduct his friends. He doesn’t care about the rumors of tarmonsters in the sewers, or psychopaths invading the punk scene. Kaitlyn isn’t sure what she’s doing with her life. She came to Hollywood to be a stunt woman. Last night a former teen heartthrob tried to eat her, her best friend has gone missing, and there’s an angel outside her apartment. There are angels and demons. They are the same thing. It’s up to Carey and Kaitlyn to stop them. The survival of the human race is in their hands.
The Wild Girl: A Novel, by Kate Forsyth, (July 7, Thomas Dunne Books)
Growing up in the small German kingdom of Hessen-Cassel in early Nineteenth century, Dortchen Wild is irresistibly drawn to the boy next door, the young and handsome fairy tale scholar Wilhelm Grimm. Napoleon Bonaparte wants to conquer all of Europe, and Hessen-Cassel is one of the first kingdoms to fall. Forced to live under oppressive French rule, the Grimm brothers decide to save old tales that had once been told by the firesides of houses all over the land. Dortchen knows many beautiful old stories, such as ‘Hansel and Gretel’, ‘The Frog King’ and ‘Six Swans’. As she tells them to Wilhelm, their love blossoms. Yet the Grimm family is desperately poor, and Dortchen’s father has other plans for his daughter. Marriage is an impossible dream. Dortchen can only hope that happy endings are not just the stuff of fairy tales. (U.S. Release)
The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection, edited by Gardner R. Dozois, (July 7, St. Martin’s Griffin)
In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. The very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world. This venerable collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Elizabeth Bear, Paul McAuley and John Barnes. And with an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.
Time Salvager, by Wesley Chu, (July 7, Tor)
Convicted criminal James Griffin-Mars is no one’s hero. In his time, Earth is a toxic, abandoned world and humans have fled into the outer solar system to survive. Those responsible for delaying humanity’s demise believe time travel holds the key. James is a chronman, undertaking missions into Earth’s past to recover resources and treasure without altering the timeline. The laws governing use of time travel are absolute; break any one of them and, one way or another, your life is over. On a final mission that is to secure his retirement, James meets Elise Kim, a scientist from a previous century, who is fated to die during the destruction of an oceanic rig. James brings Elise back to the future with him, saving her life, but turning them both into fugitives. Remaining free means losing themselves in the wild and poisonous wastes of Earth, finding allies, and perhaps discovering what hope may yet remain for humanity’s home world.
Weavers, by Aric Davis, (July 7, Thomas & Mercer)
Nine-year-old Cynthia Robinson’s life was perfectly normal until the day she knew, without being told, of her parents’ impending divorce. Things got stranger, and now not only does she have premonitions, but she can also read and influence the minds of those around her. Cynthia is not the only one with the ability to “weave”. All over the country, people with similar abilities struggle to balance their lives with their powers. Some with this gift are weavers with dark motives who want to use people like Cynthia for their own purposes. A top-secret government organization, the Telekinetic Research Center, has been looking for telekinetics to use for its own clandestine agenda. When TRC agents learn of Cynthia and her dangerous pursuers, will they come to her rescue? Or will they capture her and take her power for themselves?
Wicked Embers (Souls of Fire #2), by Keri Arthur, (July 7, Signet)
Crimson Death, the plague like virus spawned from a failed government experiment to isolate the enzymes that make vampires immortal, continues to spread. Emberly and her partner, Jackson Miller, are desperately seeking the stolen research for a cure before the virus becomes a pandemic. But their mission is jeopardized by another threat uncovered in Emberly’s prophetic dreams. A creature of ash and shadow has been unleashed on a murdering spree. Now Emberly must summon all her gifts and investigative knowledge to put an end to this entity’s brutal rampage, even if it means placing herself in harm’s way.
Witches Be Crazy: A Tale That Happened Once Upon a Time in the Middle of Nowhere, by Logan J. Hunder, (July 7, Night Shade)
The beloved King Ik is dead, and there was barely time to check his pulse before the royal throne was supporting the suspiciously shapely backside of an impostor pretending to be Ik’s beautiful long-lost daughter. There’s only one man left who can save the kingdom of Jenair. His name is Dungar Loloth, a rural blacksmith turned innkeeper. Normally politics are the least of his concerns, but after everyone in the neighboring kingdom of Farrawee comes down with a severe case of being dead, Dungar learns that the masquerading princess not only is behind the carnage but also has similar plans for his own hometown. Together with an eccentric and arguably insane hobo named Jimminy, he journeys out into the world he’s so pointedly tried to avoid as the only hope of defeating the most powerful person in it.
Islands Off the Coast of Capitola, 1978: A Tor.Com Original, by David Herter, (July 8, Tor)
A modern reimagining of Gene Wolfe’s Island of Doctor Death. Young Ballou lives alone with his mother in an old house on the shore. When the mysterious Wilson arrives, Ballou’s reality tips into a world populated with characters from his pulp comic books as he struggles to understand the adults around him. (ebook only)
Mania (The Night Walkers #3), by J.R. Johansson, (July 8, Flux)
Jack and his half-brother Parker have no time to mourn the loss of their father, Daniel Chipp. With an attack by the body-stealing Takers imminent, the pair must put aside their grief and track down the ingredients of Daniel’s formula, one that will rein in the power-hungry Takers, to keep their family and friends out of danger. Their only hope lies in a puzzle their father left behind, a riddle where each brother unknowingly possesses a piece of the solution. The puzzle sets them on a deadly path, spiraling between reality and the world of dreams where nothing and no one can be trusted entirely. And when Parker finds himself deep in the fray between the Takers and the other Night Walkers, it’s up to Jack to complete the formula and save his brother’s life.
Mark of Truth: Mark of the Dark Fae (Ankara’s Journey #1), by Kristyn Eudes, (July 10, Amazon Digital)
Burdened with a secret that could get her taken, or worse killed, Ankara struggles with a life changing decision, free the other supernatural beings, being separated by the Veil or ignore their urgent pleas and continue to hide behind the lie of normalcy. What will she decide? Will the sexy newcomer have any bearing on her choice or will she ignore her feelings and simply move along? (ebook only)
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