Happy Monday (wait, is that an oxymoron?). Below, you’ll find your HUGE honkin’ list of new books coming out this week. Enter, as usual, by commenting which book you want. You can, however, read a scene snippet from PIRATESHIP DOWN and earn an extra entry by commenting over at Romance Magicians. Over there, just tell me if you’d go on a road trip with Jean, Rene and DJ. I think I would. I might check my life insurance policy first to make sure it was up to date 🙂
This week, we wrap up the month of August and make a mad dash into September with over fifty new books for your reading pleasure. September is going to be quite the busy month for new releases.
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.
Grave Expectations (Jess Vandermire, Vampire Hunter #4), by Lina Gardiner, (August 31, ImaJinn Books)
Jess Vandermire, has been fighting the city’s biggest threat, deadly hunters in the night. With John ‘Britt’ Brittain, by her side, there’s nothing she can’t handle. Until now. The vampires Jess and Britt are hunting aren’t acting like normal bloodsuckers. They’re braver, smarter, and harder to kill. The Vatican has ordered Jess’s brother, Father Regent Vandermire, to save the soul of a massive, bloodthirsty creature. His prayers aren’t working. If the monster gets much bigger, the whole city will need them. Her beloved Britt is once again in her life. Until he understands his newfound powers, he won’t touch her. Because there’s a good chance his love might kill her. Jess realizes she and Britt aren’t powerful enough to handle the upcoming challenge alone. There’s only one man who can help, evangelist Malcolm Fisk. Too bad they can’t trust him. (ebook only)
Nemesis: Inception, by G. Michael Hopf, (August 31, Amazon Digital)
Lexi was an exceptional woman living an average life. Marred by the pain of a neglectful mother and the early death of her father.The one person she loved and trusted was her younger sister, Carey, but even their relationship was strained. She was on a path that would lead nowhere. Then the lights went out and life changed, for everyone. In the early morning a spectacular attack against the United States was carried out. It was the fulfillment of a grand conspiracy that would leave millions dead and many more millions on a trajectory towards a fate worse than death. The super-EMP would destroy the power grid and leave most electrical devices useless. With the infrastructure devastated and the government incapacitated, Lexi would find her purpose, but the cost would be greater than she could have ever imagined. (ebook only)
Speak Easy, by Catherynne M. Valente, (August 31, Subterranean Press)
The hotel Artemisia sits on a fantastical 72nd Street, in a decade that never was. It is home to a cast of characters, creatures, and creations unlike any other, including especially Zelda Fair, who is perfect at being Zelda, but who longs for something more. The world of this extraordinary novella, a bootlegger’s brew of fairy tales, Jazz Age opulence, and organized crime, is ruled over by the diminutive, eternal, sinister Al. Zelda holds her own against the boss, or so it seems. But when she faces off against him and his besotted employee Frankie in a deadly game that just might change everything, she must bet it all and hope not to lose.
A Curious Tale of the In-Between (Pram #1), by Lauren DeStefano, (September 1, Bloomsbury USA Childrens)
Pram Bellamy is special, she can talk to ghosts. She doesn’t have too many friends amongst the living, but that’s all right. She has her books, she has her aunts, and she has her best friend, the ghostly Felix. Then Pram meets Clarence, a boy from school who has also lost a parent and is looking for answers. Together they arrive at the door of the mysterious Lady Savant, who promises to help. But this spiritualist knows the true nature of Pram’s power, and what she has planned is more terrifying than any ghost.
A Dark and Twisting Road, by Melody Taylor, (September 1, Smashwords)
For as long as she can remember, Alexa has known about the faeries. Her grandmother told her stories, and the faeries made for fickle playmates when she was a child. As she grew up, though, their fickle nature turned darker. When they hurt her father, Alexa became cautious. When they hurt her, she turned her back on the world of Faerie. When they took an interest in the people around her, Alexa cut herself off from everyone but Dinah, the one friend she couldn’t bear to give up. On the morning that Dinah disappears, all of Alexa’s worst nightmares come true. Now she has to face everything she’s spent her life running from. Alexa knows who took her friend. She knows that she is the only one who can brave the twisting paths of Faerie to get Dinah back. (ebook only)
A Red Rose Chain (October Daye #9), by Seanan McGuire, (September 1, DAW)
For the first time in years, October “Toby” Daye has been able to pause long enough to take a breath and look at her life, and she likes what she sees. She has friends. She has allies. She has a squire to train and a King of Cats to love. When Queen Windermere’s seneschal is elf-shot and thrown into an enchanted sleep by agents from the neighboring Kingdom of Silences, Toby finds herself in a role she never expected to play: that of a diplomat. She must travel to Portland, Oregon, to convince King Rhys of Silences not to go to war against the Mists. What October finds in Silences is worse than she would ever have imagined. How far will Toby go when lives are on the line, and when allies are threatened by a force she had never expected to face again? In Faerie, what’s past is never really gone. It’s just waiting for an opportunity to pounce.
A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale (Twisted Tales #1), by Liz Braswell, (September 1, Disney Press)
Welcome to a new series that reimagines Disney stories in surprising new ways. Each book asks the question: What if one key moment from a familiar Disney film was changed? This dark and daring version of Aladdin twists the original story with the question: What if Jafar was the first one to summon the Genie? When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish. To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed Princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. Soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war. A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.
Archangel’s Enigma (Guild Hunter #8), by Nalini Singh, (September 1, Jove)
Naasir is the most feral of the powerful group of vampires and angels known as the Seven, his loyalty pledged to the Archangel Raphael. When rumors surface of a plot to murder the former Archangel of Persia, now lost in the Sleep of the Ancients, Naasir is dispatched to find him. For only he possesses the tracking skills required, those more common to predatory animals than to man. Enlisted to accompany Naasir, Andromeda, a young scholar with dangerous secrets, is fascinated by his nature, at once playful and brilliant, sensual and brutal. As they race to find the Sleeping archangel, Naasir will force her to question all she knows, and tempt her to walk into the magnificent, feral darkness of his world. First they must survive an enemy vicious enough to shatter the greatest taboo of the angelic race and plunge the world into a screaming nightmare
Bleedovers: A Dystopian Novella, by William Todd Rose, (September 1, Hydra)
There’s only one thing standing between humanity and the dark forces of the supernatural: the secret agency known as The Institute. The organization depends on regular guys like Chuck, a Level I Recon and Enforcement Technician who guides tormented spirits into the next life. From an office deep underground, Chuck projects his spirit into Crossfades, monstrous realms where the souls of the dead, unable to move on due to fear or anger, devise macabre tortures for themselves and one another. He’s always been able to leave his work behind at the end of the day, until now. First in dreams, then in waking nightmares, Crossfades are bleeding into the physical world. And now it’s up to Chuck, along with his partner, a woman named Control, to put a stop to it. Because there’s no telling what might come over from the other side. (ebook only)
Catacomb (Asylum #3), by Madeleine Roux, (September 1, HarperCollins)
Senior year is finally over. After all they’ve been through, Dan, Abby, and Jordan are excited to take one last road trip together. On their way to visit Jordan’s uncle in New Orleans, the three friends notice that they are apparently being followed. Dan starts receiving phone messages from someone he didn’t expect to hear from again, someone who died last Halloween. Dan is forced to accept that everything that has happened to him in the past year may not be a coincidence, but fate, a fate that ties Dan to a group called the Bone Artists, who have a sinister connection with a notorious killer from the past. Dan’s only hope is that he will make it out of his senior trip alive. Found photographs help tell the story of three teens who exist on the line between past and present, genius and insanity.
Chapelwood (The Borden Dispatches #2), by Cherie Priest, (September 1, Roc)
Birmingham, Alabama is infested with malevolence. Prejudice and hatred have consumed the minds and hearts of its populace. A murderer, unimaginatively named “Harry the Hacker” by the press, has been carving up citizens with a hatchet. And from the church known as Chapelwood, an unholy gospel is being spread by a sect that worships dark gods from beyond the heavens. This darkness calls to Lizzie Borden. It is reminiscent of an evil she had dared hoped was extinguished. The parishioners of Chapelwood plan to sacrifice a young woman to summon beings never meant to share reality with humanity. An apocalypse will follow in their wake which will scorch the earth of all life. Unless she stops it.
Child of Slaughter (Deathlands #124), by James Axler, (September 1, Gold Eagle)
When Doc is taken captive by a band of marauders in what was once Nebraska, Ryan and the companions rally to get him back. But they aren’t just fighting the local muties. They’re also up against the area’s terrifying terrain, which shifts and morphs at a moment’s notice. With their options dwindling in this mazelike region that doesn’t obey the laws of physics, the team joins forces with a beautiful and deadly woman who evens the odds on the battlefield. But while this warrior seems to be on their side, she has a secret agenda that could spell the end for them all. Since the nukecaust, the American dream has been reduced to a daily fight for survival. In the hellish landscape of Deathlands, few dare to dream of a better tomorrow. But Ryan Cawdor and his companions press on, driven by the need for a future less treacherous than the present.
Cinderella Six Feet Under (Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery #2), by Maia Chance, (September 1, Berkley)
Variety hall actress Ophelia Flax’s plan to reunite her friend Prue with her estranged, and allegedly wealthy, mother, Henrietta, is met with a grim surprise. Not only is the marquise’s Paris mansion a mouse-infested ruin, but Henrietta has inexplicably vanished, leaving behind an evasive husband, two sinister stepsisters, and a bullet-riddled corpse in the pumpkin patch decked out in a ball gown and one glass slipper, a corpse that also happens to be a dead ringer for Prue. No one at 15 rue Garenne seems concerned about who plugged this luckless Cinderella or why, so the investigation is left to Ophelia and Prue. It takes them through the labyrinthine maze of the Paris Opera, down the trail of a legendary fairy tale relic, into the confidence of a wily prince charmless, and makes them vulnerable to the secrets of a mysterious couturière with designs of her own on Prue’s ever-twisting family history.
Crucible Zero (House Immortal #3), by Devon Monk, (September 1, Roc)
Matilda Case never thought of herself as a hero. But because she is galvanized, and nearly immortal in her stitched, endlessly healing body, she doesn’t have much of a choice. Even if she doesn’t want to save the world, she’s the only one capable of traveling in time to do so. But her rescue attempt hasn’t gone as planned. She’s stuck in an alternate universe, and her world is in danger of disappearing. Worst of all, an unfathomably powerful man who can also travel through history doesn’t want her to put things to rights. He’s willing to wage bloody war to stop Matilda, unless she surrenders control of time to him. Now, with the minutes ticking, Matilda must make impossible decisions, knowing that one wrong choice will destroy her, and any chance of saving everything she loves.
Dark Ghost (Dark Saga #27), by Christine Feehan, (September 1, Berkley)
Monk. Bounty hunter. Vampire slayer. Andre Boroi has spent centuries battling the undead, holding out against the dark with honor. Gravely wounded by master vampire Costin Popescu, Andre will be easy to track, his spilled blood marking the killing trail for Popescu and his hungry band of underlings. Andre’s only chance is to disappear into the gray mist of the Carpathians. In the mountains in search of a precious crystal, geologist Teagan Joanes suddenly finds herself hunted by those she once trusted. Then she comes across the warrior, wounded, wanting and irresistible. Andre has been craving her for an eternity: his lifemate. Teagan surrenders to a passion she can’t possibly comprehend. Now they are bound by destiny, but is it enough to keep them safe from a stalking, relentless darkness that threatens to swallow them alive?
Dragon Heart, by Cecelia Holland, (September 1, Tor)
Where the Cape of the Winds juts into the endless sea, there is Castle Ocean, and therein dwells the royal family that has ruled it from time immemorial. There is an Empire growing in the east, and its forces have reached the castle. King Reymarro is dead in battle, and by the new treaty, Queen Marioza must marry one of the Emperor’s brothers. She loathes the idea, and has already killed the first brother, but a second arrives, escorted by more soldiers. Marioza’s youngest son, Jeon, goes on a journey in search of his twin, Tirza, who needs to be present for the wedding. As Jeon and Tirza return by sea, their ship is attacked by a powerful dragon, red as blood and big as the ship. Tirza clings to the dragon, and after an underwater journey, finds herself alone with the creature in an inland sea pool. She is able to talk to the beast, and understand it. So begins a saga of violence, destruction, and death, of love and monsters, human and otherwise.
Firewalker (The Worldwalker Trilogy #2), by Josephine Angelini, (September 1, Feiwel & Friends)
Lily is back in her own universe, and she’s ready to start a new life with Rowan by her side. True, she almost died in the Pyre that fueled their escape from New Salem, and must hide her magic for the safety of everyone she cares about, but compared to fighting the Woven, the monstrous creatures inhabiting the alternate Salem, life is looking pretty good. Unfortunately, Lillian, ruthless ruler of the 13 Cities, is not willing to let Lily go that easily. If she can’t persuade Lily to return to her world, she will force her to come back by doing away with the ones she loves.
Future Wars…And Other Punchlines, edited by Hank Davis, (September 1, Baen)
War, as the general said, is hell, but it also has its humorous moments, though the humor may be grim, and you “had to be there” to get the joke. War is likely to continue into the future, and into space, no matter how many idealistic speeches are made and U.N. sponsored treaties get signed, and so will the wartime jokes, ranging from slapstick to gallows humor. And if “you had to be there” to get the point, some of the best writers in science fiction are on board to put you there. Contributing authors include: David Drake, Frederik Pohl, Herbert Gold, Theodore R. Cogswell, Steven Utley, Christopher Anvil and more. Future war may be future hell, but there’ll also be future hilarity. (anthology)
Germanica, by Robert Conroy, (September 1, Baen)
Deep in the heart of Europe’s Alps in the redoubt called Germanica, Nazi propaganda master Josef Goebbels and a battalion of Nazi zealots hold out against a frantic final Allied push to end World War II. Only America, led by its untried new president Harry Truman, remains to face the toughest of Nazi warriors as they hunker down for a bitter fight to the last man. Goebbels knows that if he can hold out just a bit longer, the war weary of the Western nations will back away from unconditional surrender for Germany. There are Americans and a few stalwart Europeans just as determined to put a final stake in the Nazi heart. It is now up to heroes in the making to bring down the dark Nazi menace growing like a cancer in the mountainous heart of the continent.
Gulab, by Annie Zaidi, (September 1, HarperCollins)
On a warm, muggy summer’s day, Nikunj is at the cemetery to attend Saira’s burial. Saira, the long-lost love he has been searching for, even though he is married to another woman now. But what are Usman and Parmod doing at her grave? Who are these women, Gulab, Mumtaz, that lay claim to her resting place? This is a love story. But what sort of relationship can you have with a dead person, what sort of future? Ghosts don’t grow old. Or have children. But do we really know? If they can reclaim a body for themselves, perhaps they can cover that body with stretch marks. In the afterlife, possibilities stretch into infinity. Gulab tests the limits that our mind sets upon a ghost’s powers. If you see her as a woman clinging to life, there is not much to fear. Yet: what if she wants to return to your life? And what makes you think you can make her leave? (U.S. Release)
H.P. Lovecraft & The Black Magickal Tradition: The Master of Horror’s Influence on Modern Occultism, by John L. Steadman, (September 1, Weiser Books)
Modern practicing occultists have argued that horror writer H. P. Lovecraft was in possession of in-depth knowledge of black magick. Literary scholars claim that he was a master of his genre and craft, and his findings are purely psychological, nothing more. Was Lovecraft a practitioner of the dark arts himself? Was he privileged to knowledge that cannot be otherwise explained? Weaving the life story of Lovecraft in and out of an analysis of various modern magickal systems, John L. Steadman has found direct and concrete examples that demonstrate that Lovecraft’s works and specifically his Cthulhu Mythos and his creation of the Necronomicon are a legitimate basis for a working magickal system. No one can argue against Lovecraft’s profound influence on many modern black arts and the darker currents of western occultism.
Hunter (Hunter #1), by Mercedes Lackey, (September 1, Disney-Hyperion)
Long ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were ripped open, and it’s taken centuries to bring back civilization in the wake of the catastrophe. The luckiest Cits live in enclosed communities. To Joyeaux Charmand, who has been a Hunter since she was a child, every Cit without magic deserves protection. She is called to Apex City, where the best Hunters are kept to protect the most important people. Joy soon realizes that the city’s powerful leaders care more about luring Cits into a false sense of security than protecting them. The Cits have no sense of how much danger they’re in. To them, Joy and her corp of fellow Hunters are just action stars they watch on TV. When an act of sabotage against Joy takes an unbearable toll, Joy uncovers a terrifying conspiracy in the city. There is something much worse than the usual monsters infiltrating Apex. And it may be too late to stop them.
If Then, by Matthew De Abaitua, (September 1, Angry Robot)
In the near future, after the collapse of society as we know it, one English town survives under the protection of the computer algorithms of the Process, which governs every aspect of their lives. The Process gives and it takes. It allocates jobs and resources, giving each person exactly what it has calculated they will need. But it also decides who stays under its protection, and who must be banished to the wilderness beyond. James, the town bailiff, is charged with making sure the Process’s suggestions are implemented. Now the Process is making soldiers. It is readying for war, the First World War. The Process is slowly recreating events that took place over a hundred years ago, and is recruiting the town’s men to fight in an artificial reconstruction of the Dardanelles campaign. James, too, must go fight. And he will discover that the Process has become vastly more sophisticated and terrifying than anyone had believed possible.
In the Shadow of the Towers: Speculative Fiction in the Post-9/11 World, edited by Douglas Lain, (September 1, Night Shade)
Nearly twenty works of speculative fiction responding to and inspired by the events of 9/11, from writers seeking to confront, rebuild, and carry on, even in the face of overwhelming emotion. Writer and editor Douglas Lain presents a thought-provoking anthology featuring a variety of authors, from Jeff VanderMeer (Annihilation) and Cory Doctorow (Little Brother) to Susan Palwick (Flying in Place) and James Morrow (Towing Jehovah). Touching on themes as wide-ranging as politics, morality, and even heartfelt nostalgia, today’s speculative fiction writers prove that the rubric of the fantastic offers an incomparable view into how we respond to tragedy. Each contributor, in his or her own way, contemplates the same question: How can we continue dreaming in the shadow of the towers?
Kill by Numbers (In the Wake of the Templars #2), by Loren Rhoads, (September 1, Night Shade)
Former assassin Raena Zacari thinks she’s left the past behind. The Imperial torturer who trained her is dead, the human empire is disbanded, and she is finally free. But Raena is troubled by a series of nightmares that always seem to end with her shooting an ex-lover in the head. She needs to get her mind clear because there’s a flaw in the most commonly used starship drive, and the band of media-obsessed pirates she’s fallen in with is right at the heart of the controversy. With humanity scattered across the galaxy, she’s going to have to rely on the alien crew members of the Veracity to help her put the pieces together. It doesn’t help that the Templars, wiped out in a genetic plague while Raena was imprisoned, have left booby-trapped biotechnology scattered across the galaxy.
Lady of Magick (Noctis Magicae #2), by Sylvia Izzo Hunter, (September 1, Ace)
In her second year of studies at Merlin College, Oxford, Sophie Marshall is feeling alienated among fellow students who fail to welcome a woman to their ranks. So when her husband, Gray, is invited north as a visiting lecturer at the University in Din Edin, they leap at the chance. There, Sophie’s hunger for magical knowledge can finally be nourished. But soon, Sophie must put her newly learned skills to the test. Sophie returns home one day to find a note from Gray, he’s been summoned urgently to London. But when he doesn’t return, and none of her spells can find a trace of him, she realizes something sinister has befallen him. With the help of her sister, Joanna, she delves into Gray’s disappearance, and soon finds herself in a web of magick and intrigue that threatens not just Gray, but the entire kingdom.
Lord of the Janissaries, by Jerry Pournelle and Roland J. Green, (September 1, Baen)
Three novels in one volume for the first time: Janissaries and Tran: A modern soldier is transported by aliens to a world filled with warriors through the ages including medieval knights, Roman soldiers. His task: survival. Janissaries: Some days it just didn’t pay to be a soldier. Captain Rick Galloway and his men had been talked into volunteering for a dangeorus mission, only to be ruthlessly abandoned when faceless CIA higher-ups pulled the plug on the operation. Clan and Crown and Storms of Victory: Captain Rick Galloway, formerly of the US Army, more recently a mercenary commander, was now Lord Rick on the planet Tran. The time of the Demon Star approaches, whose close approach and fierce heat will render much of Tran uninhabitable. To survive this fiery apocalypse, the warring nations of Tran must be united. (omnibus)
Midnight Hunter (Execution Underground #3), by Kait Ballenger, (September 1, HQN Books)
Occult specialist and witch hunter Dr. Shane Grey is called upon to investigate a string of crimes that bear all the hallmarks of black magic. But he can’t take on this daunting assignment for the Execution Underground alone. He’ll need the help of Vera Sanders, a witch with a dark past, and a woman who disturbs him as much as she intrigues him. Vera is determined to ignore the dangerous chemistry between herself and Shane so she can prove her loyalty to his cause; otherwise she risks the wrath of the Execution Underground once again. If she can’t make Shane trust her, they won’t stand a chance in hell of defeating the evil that’s terrorizing their city. No easy task, considering old habits die hard, and Vera may be the very person responsible for luring Shane into a killer’s trap. (ebook only)
Nightbloom (Nightwing #3), by Juliette Cross, (September 1, Lyrical Press)
All her life, Ella Barrow has allowed others to make her decisions. Forced to stifle her artistic talents and stay in a loveless relationship with Clayton Kerrington, the man her mother believes to be her perfect match, Ella’s life may be safe, but it’s not her own. Paxon Nightwing, on the other hand, is anything but the safe choice. A charming and alluring Morgon, Paxon sees Ella for the woman she truly is. His bold confidence and protective nature ignites a passion she’s never felt before. But a dark family tragedy forces their secrecy, until Clayton makes it impossible to hide their clandestine affair. Will Ella be strong enough to fight for herself at last? Or will she succumb once more and risk losing the only man she’s ever loved?
Nod, by Adrian Barnes, (September 1, Titan)
Dawn breaks over Vancouver and no one in the world has slept the night before, or almost no one. A few people, perhaps one in ten thousand, can still sleep, and they’ve all shared the same golden dream. After six days of absolute sleep deprivation, psychosis will set in. After four weeks, the body will die. In the interim, panic ensues and a bizarre new world arises in which those previously on the fringes of society take the lead. Paul, a writer, continues to sleep while his partner Tanya disintegrates before his eyes, and the new world swallows the old one whole. (U.S. Release)
Path of the Stars (Warriors: Dawn of the Clans #6), by Erin Hunter, (September 1, HarperCollins)
Discover the origins of the warrior Clans in the conclusion to this prequel arc. The Dawn of the Clans takes readers back to the earliest days of the Clans, when the cats first settled in the forest and began to forge the warrior code. After moons of strife, the forest cats have settled into five camps. But now the dangerous rogue Slash has kidnapped Clear Sky’s mate, Star Flower, and made demands for prey that the cats cannot afford to meet. Desperate to save Star Flower, Clear Sky must convince the other groups, led by Tall Shadow, Wind Runner, Thunder, and River Ripple, to join forces. As Slash’s attacks grow more vicious, one thing is clear: if all five groups can’t work together, their new way of life may not survive.
Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4), by Sarah J. Maas, (September 1, Bloomsbury USA Childrens)
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire, for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past. She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return. Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.
Smoked (Scorched #3), by Mari Mancusi, (September 1, Sourcebooks Fire)
When Team Dragon rescues Emmy from the government lab, they think the future is finally safe. But they soon discover that Emmy has a secret, a secret so dangerous it could trigger the very apocalypse Connor and Caleb were sent back in time to prevent. As a dragon hunter, Connor has committed his life to saving the world. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do to complete his mission, even if it meant betraying his brother and losing Trinity’s heart. Even if it meant doing the unthinkable. But a desperate choice meant to prevent The Scorch, may become the spark that sets the world aflame once more.
Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal #1), by Zen Cho, (September 1, Ace)
At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, freed slave, eminently proficient magician, and Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers, one of the most respected organizations throughout all of Britain, ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up. But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain, and the world at large.
Summit of the Wolf (Silver Wolf Clan #4), by Tera Shanley, (September 1, Lyrical Press)
Morgan Carter is a claimed werewolf. Only her mate, Greyson Crawford, has the right to protect her, and to love her. But that hasn’t stopped rival packs from challenging Greyson’s claim. Morgan is the last silver wolf, the only female with the ability to produce werewolf offspring, which means there are many who would defy pack law to make her their own. When war comes to the Silver Wolf Clan on the eve of The Summit, Morgan and Greyson have no choice but to fight for their kind. With the arrival of an ancient enemy, the two realize that the war has only just begun, and to survive the greatest threat they have ever faced, they must learn to trust each other again. (ebook only)
Supersymmetry, by David Walton, (September 1, Pyr)
Ryan Oronzi is a paranoid, neurotic, and brilliant physicist who has developed a quantum military technology that could make soldiers nearly invincible in the field. The technology, however, gives power to the quantum creature known as the varcolac, which slowly begins to manipulate Dr. Oronzi and take over his mind. Oronzi eventually becomes the unwilling pawn of the varcolac in its bid to control the world. The creature immediately starts attacking those responsible for defeating it fifteen years earlier, including Sandra and Alex Kelley, the two versions of Alessandra Kelley who are still living as separate people. The two young women must fight the varcolac, despite the fact that defeating it may mean resolving once again into a single person.
Tall, Dark and Immortal (Entity #4), by Cat Devon, (September 1, St. Martin’s Paperbacks)
Alex Sanchez is more than just an ordinary detective. He’s on the prowl, as a vampire. Alex uses his unique gifts to police the mean streets of Chicago like a natural predator. But when he learns that local blood banks are being robbed, he’s not sure what rattles him more: the bizarre crime wave or the stunningly beautiful journalist who’s reporting it. Keira Turner is dedicated to her job, and determined to uncover the truth. Dangerously, out-of-this-world handsome Detective Sanchez seems oddly fascinated by the crimes, and obsessed with Keira. Alex might not have a clue who’s stealing blood but he’s sure of one thing: Keira is no mere mortal. She’s descended from a long line of vampire hunters. And if they try to solve this case together, he’ll have to fight the urge to kiss her, or kill her.
The Body Institute, by Carol Riggs, (September 1, Entangled Teen)
Meet Morgan Dey, one of the top teen Reducers at The Body Institute. Thanks to cutting-edge technology, Morgan can temporarily take over another girl’s body, get her in shape, and then return to her own body, leaving her client more toned, and feeling great. Only there are a few catches. Morgan won’t remember what happens in her “Loaner” body. She won’t recall walks with her new friend Matt, conversations with the Reducer she’s been text-flirting with, or the uneasy feeling she has that the director of The Body Institute is hiding something. Residual memories from her Loaner are cropping up in Morgan’s mind. She’s feeling less like herself and more like someone else. When protests from an anti-Body Institute organization threaten her safety, she’ll have to decide if being a Reducer is worth the cost of her body and soul.
The Complete Morgaine, by C.J. Cherryh, (September 1, DAW)
Together for the first time in one volume, all four novels in the dark science fiction epic, the Morgaine Cycle. The gates were relics of a lost era, a linked network of portals that the ruthless Qual empire used to span Time and Space. The Science Buereau has come to believe that sometime, somewhere in the unreachable past, someone has done the unthinkable and warped the very fabric of the universe using these gates. Now, it is up to Morgaine, a mysterious woman aided by a single warrior honor-bound to serve her, to travel from world to world sealing the ancient gates whose very existence threatens the integrity of all worlds. (omnibus)
The Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium #2), by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, (September 1, Scholastic Press)
Callum Hunt’s summer break isn’t like other kids’. His closest companion is a Chaos-ridden wolf, Havoc. His father suspects him of being secretly evil. And, of course, most kids aren’t heading back to the magical world of the Magisterium in the fall. It’s not easy for Call, and it gets even harder after he checks out his basement and discovers that his dad might be trying to destroy both him and Havoc. Call escapes to the Magisterium, but things only intensify there. The Alkahest, a copper gauntlet capable of separating certain magicians from their magic, has been stolen. And in their search to discover the culprit, Call and his friends Aaron and Tamara awaken the attention of some very dangerous foes, and get closer to an even more dangerous truth.
The Death House, by Sarah Pinborough, (September 1, Titan)
Toby’s life was perfectly normal, until it was unraveled by something as simple as a blood test. Taken from his family, Toby now lives in the Death House: an out-of-time existence far from the modern world, where he, and the others who live there, are studied by Matron and her team of nurses. They’re looking for any sign of sickness. Any sign of their wards changing. Any sign that it’s time to take them to the sanatorium. No one returns from the sanatorium. Withdrawn from his house-mates and living in his memories of the past, Toby spends his days fighting his fear. But then a new arrival in the house shatters the fragile peace, and everything changes. Because everybody dies. It’s how you choose to live that counts. (U.S. Release)
The Desert and the Blade (Emberverse #12), by S.M. Stirling, (September 1, Roc)
Reiko, Empress of Japan, has allied herself with Princess Órlaith, heir to the High Kingdom of Montival, to find the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, the Grass-Cutting Sword, a legendary treasure of an ancient dynasty that confers valor and victory to its bearer. Her own inherited blade, the Sword of the Lady, was both a burden and a danger to her father, Rudi Mackenzie, as it failed to save the king from being assassinated. The fabled sword lies deep within the Valley of Death. War is building, in Montival and beyond. As Órlaith and Reiko encounter danger and wonder, Órlaith’s mother, Queen Mathilda, believes her daughter’s alliance and quest has endangered the entire realm. There are factions whose loyalty died with the king and whispers of treachery and war grow louder. The Malevolence that underlies the enemy will bend all its forces to destroy them.
The Drafter (The Peri Reed Chronicles #1), by Kim Harrison, (September 1, Gallery Books)
Detroit 2030. Double-crossed by the person she loved and betrayed by the covert government organization that trained her to use her body as a weapon, Peri Reed is a renegade on the run. Don’t forgive and never forget has always been Peri’s creed. But her day job makes it difficult: she is a drafter, possessed of a rare, invaluable skill for altering time, yet destined to forget both the history she changed and the history she rewrote. When Peri discovers her name on a list of corrupt operatives, she realizes that her own life has been manipulated by the agency. She joins forces with a mysterious rogue soldier in a deadly race to piece together the truth about her final task, unable to trust even herself.
The Dragon Engine (The Blood Dragon Empire #1), by Andy Remic, (September 1, Angry Robot)
Five noble war heroes of Vagandrak get drunk one night and sign a contract: to journey to the Karamakkos in search of the Five Havens where, it is written, there lies untold, abandoned wealth and, more importantly, the three Dragon Heads, legendary jewels claimed to give unspeakable power and everlasting life to those who wield them. But the Dragon Heads aren’t what the adventurers think they are, and the world has not encountered their like in generations.
The Fate of Ten (Lorien Legacies #6), by Pittacus Lore, (September 1, HarperCollins)
For years the Garde have fought the Mogadorians in secret. Now all of that has changed. The invasion has begun. If the Garde can’t find a way to stop the Mogs, humanity will suffer the same fate as the Lorien: annihilation. There is still hope. When the Elders sent the Garde to Earth, they had a plan, one which the Garde are finally starting to understand. In the climax of The Revenge of Seven, a group of the Garde traveled to an ancient pyramid in Mexico known to their people as the Sanctuary. There they awoke a power that had been hidden within our planet for generations. Now this power can save the world, or destroy it. It will all depend on who wields it.
The Mortality Principle (Rogue Angel #56), by Alex Archer, (September 1, Gold Eagle)
In Prague researching the legend of the Golem, a fantastical “living” creature made of clay, archaeologist Annja Creed is faced with an even bigger mystery on her hands when someone begins murdering the homeless. And every day there’s a fresh corpse. As the suspicion that Golem is behind the deaths circulates quietly on the streets of the city, Annja cannot resist unraveling the thread that binds science to superstition. According to Czech history, these aren’t new attacks. They’re part of a greater pattern of murders that have gone unacknowledged over centuries. And now Annja is the next target. Unless she can find the real monster behind the myth, before it finds her.
The Secrets of Blood and Bone (Jackdaw Hammond #2), by Rebecca Alexander, (September 1, Broadway Books)
Following her showdown with Elizabeth Bathory, Jackdaw Hammond is running from her past, hiding from her future, and hoping to contain her newfound thirst for blood. Buying an overgrown home in the middle of nowhere seems like the perfect place to escape, at least until she finds herself in the sights of a murderous family with a terrible secret and a penchant for dark magic. Her old ally Felix Guichard has gone to New Orleans to conduct his own investigation into the nature of blood magic, but is soon sucked into the intrigues of the city’s occult underworld. Jack will need Felix more than she knows, for the battle for her soul is set to begin. Her only salvation may lie with the secrets of 16th century master occultist Edward Kelley, and a dangerous mission he undertook in Venice to confront the Inquisition, the darkest deeds of his own past, and the fearsome power of Elizabeth Bathory. (U.S. Release)
The Shadow Behind the Stars, by Rebecca Hahn, (September 1, Atheneum BYR)
Chloe is the youngest. Hers are the fingers that choose the wool, that shape the thread, that begin it. The sun smiles upon her. Men love her without knowing who she is. She has lived forever and will live forever more. She and her sisters have been on their isolated Greek island for centuries. They spin, measure, and slice the countless golden threads of human life. They are the three Fates, and they have stayed separate for good reason: it is dangerous for them to become involved with the humans whose lives they shape. When a beautiful girl named Aglaia shows up on their doorstep, Chloe tries to make sure her sisters don’t become attached. Chloe discovers the dark power of Aglaia’s destiny. As her path unwinds, the three Fates find themselves pulled inextricably along, toward mortal pain, and mortal love, and a fate that could unravel the world.
The Shepherd’s Crown (Tiffany Aching #5), by Terry Pratchett, (September 1, HarperCollins)
Deep in the Chalk, something is stirring. The owls and the foxes can sense it, and Tiffany Aching feels it in her boots. An old enemy is gathering strength. This is a time of endings and beginnings, old friends and new, a blurring of edges and a shifting of power. Now Tiffany stands between the light and the dark, the good and the bad. As the fairy horde prepares for invasion, Tiffany must summon all the witches to stand with her. To protect the land. Her land. There will be a reckoning.
The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, by Kai Ashante Wilson, (September 1, Tor.com)
Since leaving his homeland, the earthbound demigod Demane has been labeled a sorcerer. With his ancestors’ artifacts in hand, the Sorcerer follows the Captain, a beautiful man with song for a voice and hair that drinks the sunlight. The two of them are the descendants of the gods who abandoned the Earth for Heaven, and they will need all the gifts those divine ancestors left to them to keep their caravan brothers alive. The one safe road between the northern oasis and southern kingdom is stalked by a necromantic terror. Demane may have to master his wild powers and trade humanity for godhood if he is to keep his brothers and his beloved captain alive.
The Sparrow Sisters, by Ellen Herrick, (September 1, William Morrow)
The Sparrow sisters are tightly woven into the seaside New England town of Granite Point. Sorrel, Nettie and Patience are colorful and mysterious. Patience is the town healer and when a new doctor settles into Granite Point he brings with him a mystery so compelling that Patience is drawn to love him, even as she struggles to mend him. When Patience Sparrow’s herbs and tinctures are believed to be implicated in a local tragedy, Granite Point is consumed by a long-buried fear, and its three hundred year old history resurfaces as a modern day witch-hunt threatens. The entire town begins to fail. It seems as if Patience and her town are lost until the women of Granite Point band together to save the Sparrow. As they gather, drawing strength from each other, will they be able to turn the tide and return life to Granite Point?
The Wake, by Paul Kingsnorth, (September 1, Graywolf Press)
In the aftermath of the Norman Invasion of 1066, William the Conqueror was uncompromising and brutal. English society was broken apart, its systems turned on their head. What is little known is that a fractured network of guerrilla fighters took up arms against the French occupiers. In The Wake, a postapocalyptic novel set a thousand years in the past, Paul Kingsnorth brings this dire scenario back to us through the eyes of the unforgettable Buccmaster, a proud landowner bearing witness to the end of his world. Accompanied by a band of like-minded men, Buccmaster is determined to seek revenge on the invaders. But as the men travel across the scorched English landscape, Buccmaster becomes increasingly unhinged by the immensity of his loss, and their path forward becomes increasingly unclear. (U.S. Release)
Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (The Song of the Shattered Sands #1), by Bradley P. Beaulieu, (September 1, DAW)
Sharakhai, the great city of the desert, center of commerce and culture, has been ruled from time immemorial by twelve kings, cruel, ruthless, powerful, and immortal. With their army of Silver Spears, their elite company of Blade Maidens, and their holy defenders, the terrifying asirim, the Kings uphold their positions as undisputed, invincible lords of the desert. There is no hope of freedom for any under their rule. Or so it seems, until Çeda, a brave young woman from the west end slums, defies the Kings’ laws by going outside on the holy night of Beht Zha’ir. What she learns that night sets her on a path that winds through both the terrible truths of the Kings’ mysterious history and the hidden riddles of her own heritage. Together, these secrets could finally break the iron grip of the Kings’ power, if the nigh-omnipotent Kings don’t find her first.
Updraft by Fran Wilde, (September 1, Tor)
Kirit Densira cannot wait to pass her wingtest and begin flying as a trader by her mother’s side, being in service to her beloved home tower and exploring the skies beyond. When Kirit inadvertently breaks Tower Law, the city’s secretive governing body, the Singers, demand that she become one of them instead. In an attempt to save her family from greater censure, Kirit must give up her dreams to throw herself into the dangerous training at the Spire, the tallest, most forbidding tower, deep at the heart of the City. As she grows in knowledge and power, she starts to uncover the depths of Spire secrets. Kirit begins to doubt her world and its unassailable Laws, setting in motion a chain of events that will lead to a haunting choice, and may well change the city forever-if it isn’t destroyed outright.
Windswept (Windswept #1), by Adam Rakunas, (September 1, Angry Robot)
Labor organizer Padma Mehta is on the edge of space and the edge of burnout. All she wants is to buy out a little rum distillery and retire, but she’s supposed to recruit 500 people to the Union before she can. She’s only thirty-three short. When a small-time con artist tells her about forty people ready to tumble down the space elevator to break free from her old bosses, she checks it out. As Padma should know by now, there are no easy shortcuts on her planet. Retirement seems farther away than ever: she’s just stumbled into a secret corporate mission to stop a plant disease that could wipe out all the industrial sugarcane in Occupied Space. If she ever wants to have another drink of her favorite rum, she’s going to have to fight her way through the city’s warehouses, sewage plants, and up the elevator itself to stop this new plague.
Escape (Wizards of Seattle #3), by John O’Riley, (September 4, Smashwords)
Jason is starting to become accustomed to his new role as psychometrist for the Seattle PD when he is assigned a disturbing new case involving dark magic. He soon discovers that this is more than just a simple case of murder. It involves the Ancients as well as the original White Knights of legend. The White Knight Council has serious problems of their own and limited resources so they can only spare two of their own to assist the Seattle PD in handling this new threat, an immortal dark wizard who’s gifted with incredibly powerful black magic that the modern world has never seen. Jason and his colleagues must find and defeat the dark wizard before he becomes unstoppable. (ebook only)
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