The second full week of October presents us with yet another large list of new releases. After last week’s massive list, we have forty more new books available for your reading pleasure this week.
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The Defiance of His Conviction (Archangel #4), by Alaina Stanford, (October 12, Amazon Digital)
An infant born of death and darkness draws the angels into a desperate search as the End of Days grow closer. Dissention rampages through the angels’ ranks as Met betrays Gabe’s wishes and allows Mike to steal away with Cody placing the sixteen-year-old in grave danger. Rafi stands up to Mike and refuses to kill the child of darkness. Then the unthinkable happens. The angels must put aside their differences and rescue one of their own or risk oblivion. (ebook only)
An Apprentice to Elves (Iskryne World #3), by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette, (October 13, Tor)
This novel picks up the story of Alfgyfa, a young woman who has been raised in the Wolfhall by her father, Isolfr. The warrior culture of Iskryne forbids many things to women, and most especially it forbids them bonding to one of the giant telepathic trelwolves. But as her father was no ordinary boy, Alfgyfa is no ordinary girl. Her father has long planned to send his daughter to Tin, a matriarch among the elves who live nearby, to be both apprentice and ambassador, and now she is of age to go.
Boundary Lines (Boundary Magic #2), by Melissa F. Olson, (October 13, 47North)
Fitting into the Old World isn’t going very well for Boulder boundary witch Allison “Lex” Luther: she may have earned a place in a vampire’s service, but now it seems as if every supernatural creature in town has found a reason to hate her. And when Lex and her partner are assigned to investigate the suspicious disappearance of two vampires during the night of the full moon, they find themselves with more questions than answers. Was it murder, or mutiny? The crusade for answers will lead Lex all over the Colorado Old World, from a prison cell for a broken werewolf to a haunted Denver brothel. And when Lex determines the responsible party, the hunt is just beginning: something has been awakened in Boulder, something as old and powerful as it is terrifying. Only the woman with death in her blood can stop what’s coming.
Chaos Unleashed (The Chaos Born #3), by Drew Karpyshyn, (October 13, Del Rey)
Four unlikely champions, each touched with Chaos magic at birth, are all that can stop the return of Daemron the Slayer, a hero who became a god, and then a demon. Exiled by the Old Gods, Daemron has long plotted his vengeful return. Now that moment is at hand, as the barrier imprisoning him, the Legacy, crumbles. Armed with mighty Talismans, the four champions, Keegan, a wizard beset with self-doubt; Cassandra, a seer terrified by her own future; Scythe, a peerless warrior whose only weak spot is a broken heart; and Vaaler, a prince without a kingdom, seek the Keystone, a fabled place where, or so it is said, the Legacy can be restored. But the plots of the Slayer are cunning and deep, and even the most noble heart can be twisted by the tainted magic of Chaos, as Keegan, Cassandra, Scythe, and Vaaler will soon discover. (U.S. Release)
Children of the Comet, by Donald Moffitt, (October 13, Open Road Media)
Torris, son of the Facemaker, knows only his small community at the base of the great Tree and his daily struggle for survival. When it comes time for his vision quest to the top of the Tree, he is completely unprepared for what he finds: first, a thieving and hostile fellow quester; then, Ning, a female hunter from a neighboring tree-bearing comet, who has catapulted across empty space in search of food to save her family; and ultimately, alien visitors in a massive starship that has spent billions of years crossing the galaxy. Forced to kill a fellow human and then banished for it, shocked at the cultural differences between his home and Ning s, and stunned by the changes precipitated by the arrival of the spaceship, Torris must learn quickly, adapt even faster, and face an uncertain and rapidly changing future unlike anything he has ever imagined.
Dark Tide (Waterfire Saga #3), by Jennifer Donnelly, (October 13, Disney-Hyperion)
Once a lost and confused princess, Serafina is now a confident leader of the Black Fin Resistance (BFR). While she works on sabotaging her enemy and enlisting allies for battle, her friends face challenges of their own. Ling is in the hold of Rafe Mfeme’s giant trawler, on her way to a prison camp. Becca meets up with Astrid and learns why the Ondalinian mermaid is always so angry: she is hiding a shameful secret. Ava can’t return home, because death riders await her arrival. And it is getting more and more difficult for Mahdi, Serafina’s betrothed, to keep up the ruse that he is in love with Lucia Volerno. If Lucia’s parents become suspicious, his life, and all of Sera’s hopes, will be extinguished. Political intrigue, dangerous liaisons, and spine-tingling suspense swirl like a maelstrom in this penultimate book in the WaterFire saga.
Darkthaw (Winterkill #2), by Kate A. Boorman, (October 13, Amulet Books)
For as long as Emmeline can remember, she’s longed to leave the isolated world of the settlement and explore the wilderness that calls to her in her dreams. And now that the Council has fallen, she will finally, finally get that chance. With First Peoples guide Matisa at her side, Emmeline rallies a brave group to join her on her quest into the unknown, including her beloved Kane and his two younger brothers. After putting so many lives in danger, she starts to doubt everything she once knew. Did she make the right choice to leave the settlement, and can her relationship with Kane survive the ordeal? Matisa insists that to set things right and to fight the evil that is bringing all this danger and turmoil to the forest, Emmeline must journey to Matisa’s people, even if that means leaving Kane behind.
Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper (Gideon Smith #3), by David Barnett, (October 13, Tor)
In an alternate nineteenth century where a technologically advanced Britain holds sway over most of the known world and the American Revolution never happened, young Gideon Smith is firmly established as the Hero of the Empire. Gideon and his colleagues: journalist Aloysius Bent, airship pilot Rowena Fanshawe, and Maria, the mechanical girl to whom Gideon has lost his heart, are dragged into a case that is confounding the Metropolitan Police. For the city is on the edge of mass rioting due to the continuing reign of terror by the serial killer known only as Jack the Ripper. A villain from their past strips Gideon Smith of his memory and is cast adrift in the seedy underbelly of London. With mob rule threatening to engulf London, the Empire has never needed its hero more, but where is Gideon Smith?
Gold Throne in Shadow (World of Prime #2), by M.C. Planck, (October 13, Pyr)
Christopher, raised from the dead and promoted to a moderate rank, takes command of the army regiment he trained and equipped. Sent south to an allegedly easy posting, he finds himself in the way of several thousand rabid dog-men. Guns and fortifications turn back the horde, but Christopher has other problems that cannot be solved with mere firepower: a wicked assassin; hostile clergymen; dubious allies including a bard, Lalania, with a connection to a mysterious group of scholars; and worst of all his own impolitic tongue. But all of these pale into mere distractions once he discovers the true enemy: an invisible, mind-eating horror who plays the kingdom like a puppet-master’s stage. Lalania claims she can help, but will it be enough?
Hell’s Foundations Quiver (Safehold #8), by David Weber, (October 13, Tor)
Centuries ago, the human race fought its first great war against an alien race, and lost. A tiny population of human beings fled to distant Safehold. Centuries later, their descendants have forgotten their history. Merlyn Athrawes, cybernetic avatar of one of Earth’s longdead defenders, now reawakened after a thousand years. Merlyn has intervened in the small Safeholdian realm of Charis. It’s been a long and bloody fight, but aided by a stream of inventions, Charis and its few allies seem to have finally gained the upper hand. Now major realms have begun to consider switching sides. Merlyn Athrawes has been everywhere, under multiple disguises and wielding hidden powers. The secret of who and what he is has been closely held. But a new player has arrived, one who knows many secrets, including Merlyn’s own.
Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2), by Sara Raasch, (October 13, Balzer + Bray)
It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared, thanks largely to the help of Cordell. Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity. Meira fears the danger the chasm poses. When the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe. Mather just wants to be free. He decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom, and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.
MARTians, by Blythe Woolston, (October 13, Candlewick Press)
In a near-future world of exurban decay studded with big box stores, daily routine revolves around shopping, for those who can. For Zoë, the mission is simpler: live. Last girl Zoë Zindleman, numerical ID 009-99-9999, is starting work at AllMART, where “your smile is the AllMART welcome mat.” Her living arrangements are equally bleak: she can wait for her home to be foreclosed and stripped of anything valuable now that AnnaMom has moved away, leaving Zoë behind, or move to the Warren, an abandoned strip-mall-turned-refuge for other left-behinds. With a handful of other disaffected, forgotten kids, Zoë must find her place in a world that has consumed itself beyond redemption. She may be a last girl, but her name means “life,” and Zoë isn’t ready to disappear into the AllMART abyss. Zoë wants to live.
Newt’s Emerald, by Garth Nix, (October 13, Katherine Tegen)
Lady Truthful will inherit her family’s most valued heirloom on her eighteenth birthday. Until the Newington Emerald is stolen. Lady Truthful, nicknamed “Newt” by her boy cousins, discovers that the people closest to her have been framed for the theft. Her plan is simple: go to London to recover the missing jewel. Newt and her aunt devise a plan, one that entails men’s clothing and a mustache. Truthful encounters major Harnett, who volunteers to help find the missing emerald under the assumption that she is a man, Henri de Vienne. Truthful realizes something else is afoot: the beating of her heart. The stolen emerald is no ordinary heirloom, it is the source of the family’s luck and has the power to yield vast magic. It would be disastrous if it fell into the wrong hands. The fate of England depends on Truthful securing the emerald. (U.S. Release)
Of Sorrow and Such, by Angela Slatter, (October 13, Tor.com)
Mistress Gideon is a witch. The locals of Edda’s Meadow, if they suspect it of her, say nary a word, Gideon has been good to them, and it’s always better to keep on her good side. Just in case. When a foolish young shapeshifter goes against the wishes of her pack, and gets herself very publicly caught, the authorities find it impossible to deny the existence of the supernatural in their midst any longer; Gideon and her like are captured, bound for torture and a fiery end. Should Gideon give up her sisters in return for a quick death? Or can she turn the situation to her advantage?
Passion Ignites: Part One, by Donna Grant, (October 13, St. Martin’s)
Thorn is the bad boy of the Dragon Kings, a gorgeous, reckless warrior whose passions run wild and fury knows no bounds. When he sees the brave, beautiful Lexi being lured into the Dark Fae’s trap, he has no choice but to rescue her from a fate worse than death. But will his desire put him in mortal danger, for eternity? (ebook only)
Primordial (Lilitu Trilogy #2), by Toby Tate, (October 13, Permuted Press)
Archeologists at a temple dig site in Crete unearth an ancient, oblong box constructed of a strange metal and engraved with bizarre symbols. The box is also emitting dangerous levels of radiation. The container is sent to a university to be studied, but before it can arrive, the vehicle and its three occupants, including an American university student, are forced off the road in a violent crash. The artifact is taken and the student is kidnapped. Whoever is behind the theft of the artifact and the abduction of the young American woman is after more than money or power. He belongs to a race of beings older than mankind, the Lilitu. Time is running out and he must be stopped before a transdimensional gateway is opened that will plunge the earth into an underworld of eternal darkness and torment, where the Lilitu and their gods reign supreme. (ebook only)
Quanta (The Shadow Ravens #2), by Lola Dodge, (October 13, Ink Monster)
Just because Quanta can see the future doesn’t mean she can change it. She’s spent most of her life imprisoned, feeding her captors information to keep herself alive, but she’s finally reached the endgame and her death creeps closer by the moment. The son of two senators, Altair Orpheus leads a life of privilege that provides the perfect cover for his side job: working with the rebel Shadow Ravens to undermine the ruling Seligo government. As he watches Quanta deftly maneuver through life in a perverse prison, his plastic heart melts. Now Quanta senses a terrifying new future brewing. She and Tair are bound together, but every image of them kissing, snuggling is balanced by a darker possibility. They’ll be picture perfect together, but only until time rips them apart. How can she follow her heart when she’s seen how their love plays out? (ebook only)
Rise of the Mare (Fall of Man #2), by Jacqueline Druga, (October 13, Permuted Press)
After thousands of years of enslaving the human race, the Sybarians were forced into hiding, only to emerge again from the shadows and reclaim the world. Now man wants it back, and they need a special warrior to lead them into battle. Vala is a Mare. Very few Mares exist in history. Their abilities extend far beyond that of mortal man. They are chosen. Throughout the battles of man versus Sybaris, the Mares have been instrumental in victory. Now knowing the power she possesses, Vala embarks on her quest to destroy the Civilized Sybaris from within their very own walls. She embeds herself in the Ancient City to find a way to send the Sybaris back to the dark ages once and for all, and protect the ones she loves. (ebook only)
Ruin (The Faithful and the Fallen #3), by John Gwynne, (October 13, Orbit)
The cunning Queen Rhin has conquered the west and High King Nathair has the cauldron, most powerful of the seven treasures. At his back stands the scheming Calidus and a warband of the Kadoshim, dread demons of the Otherworld. They plan to bring Asroth and his host of the Fallen into the world of flesh, but to do so they need the seven treasures. Nathair has been deceived but now he knows the truth. Resistance is growing, Queen Edana finds allies in the swamps of Ardan. Maquin is loose in Tenebral, hunted by Lykos and his corsairs. Corban has been swept along by the tide of war. With a disparate band gathered about him, he begins the journey to Drassil, the fortress in the heart of Forn Forest. In Drassil lies the spear of Skald, one of the seven treasures, and here it is prophesied that the Bright Star will stand against the Black Sun. (U.S. Release)
Rules for Werewolves, by Kirk Lynn, (October 13, Melville House)
It’s the story of a restless group of young squatters. They’ve run away from their families and their pasts, questing after knowledge of their most wild selves, roaming the half-empty suburbs of America, occupying the homes of the foreclosed or vacationing, never staying in one place long enough to attract attention, while shoplifting beer at the local Speedy Stop. They’re building a new society with new laws, and no one will stand in their way. But utopias are hard work, and these young revolutionaries discover that it’s much easier to break laws than to enforce them. Narrated in the shifting perspectives of the pack, Rules for Werewolves follows a community of drifters on the move, who seek a life in a wilderness that, by definition, has no room for them, and a freedom for which they may not be entirely prepared.
Salt (The Last Flotilla #1), by Colin F. Barnes, (October 13, 47North)
In the near future, the effects of a catastrophic solar flare have left the earth almost entirely submerged, with only the tops of the very tallest mountains remaining above water. Moored to one of these peaks is a flotilla of ships and boats containing all of the planet’s known survivors. One hundred and twenty-five souls remain, but not for long, a mysterious infection is turning the air they breathe and the water they drink into deadly hazards. Twelve volunteers have been sent out to look for help, or even any signs of life, and none have returned. It now falls to Eva, a former cop, and Jim, the flotilla’s elected leader, to keep the fragile peace among the inhabitants. Humanity is depending on them for its survival, together, can they find the answers in time?
SandRider (TodHunter Moon #2), by Angie Sage, (October 13, Katherine Tegen Books)
In PathFinder, readers journeyed with Alice TodHunter Moon, a young PathFinder who found her way to the Castle seven years after the events of the original Septimus Heap series. Now it’s two months later and Alice is settled into her new life in the Castle. Being Apprentice to ExtraOrdinary Wizard Septimus Heap is tricky, there’s loads of new Magyk to learn, but at least she’s mastered the Unseen charm. She’s lucky she has, too, that Unseen will come in handy when she sets out with friends Oskar and Ferdie on a perilous journey to retrieve the Egg of the Orm from the Desert of the Singing Sands. If they don’t reach the Egg before it hatches, the new baby Orm could imprint on the evil sorcerer Oraton-Marr, giving him unlimited Magyk to do with what he wishes.
Shaken (Mitzy Maddox #1), by Kristin McFarland, (October 13, Amazon Digital)
Inspector Mitzy Maddox is one of the lucky few: she can see other people’s magic, use her trust fund to buy any shoes she wants, and drink her way through a fifth of vodka in the time it takes a fairy to fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco. But when a serial killer surfaces in the Bay Area who drowns wealthy women in the bathtub and drains them of their magic, Mitzy discovers she can’t use any of her gifts to track the murderer. With a tight-ass half-fairy for a partner and the less-than-legal help of a sizzling reporter, Mitzy sets out to find the murderer, and to discover how he’s stealing his victims’ magic. Now Mitzy must learn to stay afloat without her magic and her flask long enough to catch the killer, or she’ll be the next to drown. (ebook only)
Submerged (The Immersed #2), by Katie Hayoz, (October 13, Amazon Digital)
Lure it out. Catch it. Kill it. Melusine Doré knows exactly how to handle monsters. Love, however, is another matter. Though she is doing her best to live her happily ever after, Melusine begins to doubt Levi’s devotion and worries the curse that once made her a siren will return. When Melusine and Levi go hunt a beast down South, Melusine’s deepest fear becomes a reality as she finds herself in exactly the place where all her troubles began: home. There, Melusine must face the dark secrets and lies of her family’s past, and the very real possibility that she is more monster than maiden. (ebook only)
The Beast of Cretacea, by Todd Strasser, (October 13, Candlewick Press)
When seventeen-year-old Ishmael wakes up from stasis aboard the Pequod, he is amazed by how different this planet is from the dirty, dying, Shroud-covered Earth he left behind. But Ishmael isn’t on Cretacea to marvel at the fresh air, sunshine, and endless blue ocean. He’s here to work, risking his life to hunt down great ocean-dwelling beasts to harvest and send back to the resource-depleted Earth. Even though easy prey abounds, time and again the chase boat crews are ordered to ignore it in order to pursue the elusive Great Terrafin. It’s rumored that the ship’s captain, Ahab, lost his leg to the beast years ago, and that he’s now consumed by revenge. But there may be more to Captain Ahab’s obsession. Dark secrets and dangerous exploits swirl around the pursuit of the beast, and Ishmael must do his best to survive, if he can.
The Bestiary, edited by Ann VanderMeer, (October 13, Centipede Press)
A modern bestiary of made-up fantastical creatures organized from A to Z, along with an ampersand and an invisible letter, featuring some of the best and most respected fantasists from around the world, including Karen Lord, Dexter Palmer, Brian Evenson, China Mieville, Felix Gilman, Catherynne M. Valente, Rikki Ducornet, Karin Lowachee and many more.
The Immortal Heights (The Elemental Trilogy #3), by Sherry Thomas, (October 13, Balzer + Bray)
Iolanthe, Titus, and their friends have always managed to remain one step ahead of the forces of Atlantis. But now the Bane, the monstrous tyrant who bestrides the entire mage world, has issued his ultimatum: Titus must hand over Iolanthe, or watch as his entire realm is destroyed in a deadly rampage. Running out of time and options, Iolanthe and Titus must act decisively to deliver a final blow to the Bane, ending his reign of terror for good. However, getting to the Bane means accomplishing the impossible, finding a way to infiltrate his crypt in the deepest recesses of the most ferociously guarded fortress in Atlantis. And everything is only made more difficult when new prophecies come to light, foretelling a doomed effort. Iolanthe and Titus will put their love and their lives on the line. But will it be enough?
The King’s Justice: Two Novellas, by Stephen R. Donaldson, (October 13, G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
In The King’s Justice, a stranger dressed in black arrives in the village of Settle’s Crossways, following the scent of a terrible crime. He even calls himself “Black,” though almost certainly that is not his name. The people of the village discover that they have a surprising urge to cooperate with this stranger. This gift will not save him as he discovers the nature of the evil concealed in Settle’s Crossways. The Augur’s Gambit is a daring plan created by Mayhew Gordian, Hieronomer to the Queen of Indemnie, a plan to save his Queen and his country. Gordian is a reader of entrails. In the bodies of chickens, lambs, piglets, and one stillborn infant he sees the same message: the island nation of Indemnie is doomed. The “Augur’s Gambit” is his mad attempt to save a kingdom.
The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2), by Marie Lu, (October 13, G.P. Putnam’s Sons BYR)
Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers that murdered her love, the Crown Prince Enzo Valenciano. But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?
The Society of Blood (Obsidian Heart #2), by Mark Morris, (October 13, Titan)
Transported through time to the dank streets of Victorian London, Alex Locke seeks to unravel the mysteries of the Obsidian Heart, the enigmatic object to which his fate is inextricably bound. When a string of grisly murders takes place across the capital, Alex follows a trail that will lead him through the opium dens of Limehouse into the dark and twisted world of the Society of Blood, and ever closer to unlocking the secret of the Heart.
The Two of Swords: Part Nine, by K.J. Parker, (October 13, Orbit)
A soldier with a gift for archery. A woman who kills without care. Two brothers, both unbeatable generals, now fighting for opposing armies. No one in the vast and once glorious United Empire remains untouched by the rift between East and West, and the war has been fought for as long as anyone can remember. Some still survive who know how it was started, but no one knows how it will end. This serial novel is the story of a war on a grand scale, told through the eyes of its soldiers, politicians, victims and heroes. (ebook only)
The World of Poo (Discworld #39.5), by Terry Pratchett, (October 13, Doubleday)
From “Snuff” ‘Vimes’ prompt arrival got a nod of approval from Sybil, who gingerly handed him a new book to read to Young Sam. Vimes looked at the cover. The title was The World of Poo. When his wife was out of eyeshot he carefully leafed through it. As he turned page after page, it dawned on him that whoever had written this book, they certainly knew what would make kids like Young Sam laugh until they were nearly sick. The bit about sailing down the river almost made him smile. But interspersed with the scatology was actually quite interesting stuff about septic tanks and dunnakin divers and gongfermors and how dog muck helped make the very best leather, and other things that you never thought you would need to know, but once heard somehow lodged in your mind. (U.S. Release)
We Dream of Water, by Srdjan Smajic, (October 13, Underland Press)
In the years following Hurricane Katrina, far from touristed New Orleans, Jimmy Petrovich lingers, trapped by dead-end jobs, addiction, and self-abuse. The city is rebuilding, but its identity has collapsed. Jimmy finds hope in Ron Dan, journalist, playboy, entrepreneur. Dan offers Jimmy work as an investigator, his latest project is a biography of Walter “Mongoose” Johns, a legendary saxophone player, about whom no one seems to know anything, but Johns isn’t interested in Dan, or his journalism. Dan needs somebody who can get to Johns, somebody the man might pity even more than himself. Jimmy’s investigation leads him into an inverted world of artificial biographies, conspiracies, and identities in flux. He discovers there can be no solace. Not the booze. Not the collateral damage that follows him like a lingering storm.
Winter’s Night, by Sherrilyn Kenyon, (October 13, St. Martin’s)
From demons to cowboys, from werewolves to mistletoe, this 2-in-1 will keep you warm during cold December nights. A Dark-Hunter Christmas shows Gallagher, in New Orleans, at Christmastime, without his family. Missing the ones he loves is a powerful force, and threatens to cast a pall over the Big Easy’s Christmas cheer. But Simi has a few tricks up her sleeve, intent to show him that even though he is apart from his loved ones, he still has people to lean on. In Santa Wears Spurs, the wanted outlaw O’Connell was forced years ago to abandon his spitfire of a woman, his wife, Catherine, before his enemies hurt her to get to him. Now he’s ready to turn himself in to the authorities, but not before he does one last good deed. It will take a little miracle and a whole lot of Christmas magic to put his enemies behind him and allow him to win back his own good name and a heart he should never have abandoned. (ebook only)
Wrath of the Furies (Ancient World #3), by Steven Saylor, (October 13, Minotaur)
In 88 B.C., it seems as if the entire ancient world is at war. In the west, the Italian states are rebelling against Rome; in the east, Mithridates is marching through and conquering the Roman Asian provinces. Even in calm Alexandria, a coup has brought a new Pharaoh to power and chaos to the streets. The young Gordianus has been waiting out the chaos in Alexandria, with Bethesda, when he gets a cryptic message from his former tutor and friend, Antipater. Antipater seems to think that his life is in imminent danger. Gordianus concocts a daring scheme to bring Antipater to safety. There are powerful, and deadly forces, at work here, which have their own plans for Gordianus. Not entirely sure whether he’s a player or a pawn, Gordianus must unravel the mystery behind the message if he’s to save himself and the people he holds most dear.
Yamada Monogatari: The War God’s Son, by Richard Parks, (October 13, Prime Books)
The Abe clan and its allies are in full rebellion. When the Emperor’s greatest military leader, Yoshii, is targeted for assassination by magic, it is up to the newly sober Lord Yamada and his exorcist associate Kenji to keep the young man alive long enough to put down the uprising before the entire country is consumed by war. Yamada knows how to deal with demons, monsters, and angry ghosts, but the greatest threat of all is one final assassin, hidden in a place where no one, especially Lord Yamada, would ever think to look.
Variations on an Apple: A Tor.Com Original, by Yoon Ha Lee, (October 14, Tor)
A few words need to be said about the apple at this point. It had no fragrance of fruit, or even flowers, or worm-rot. It smelled of diesel hearts and drudgery and overcrowded colonies; of battery acid gone bad and bromides and foundered courtships. Intoxicating, yes, but in the way of verses etched unwanted upon the spirit’s cracked windows. The smell was so everywhere, pervasive that, once the apple showed up in the room, it was hard to imagine life without it. Not inaccurate, really. (ebook only)
Charlotte’s Story: A Bliss House Novel, by Laura Benedict, (October 15, Pegasus)
The fall of 1957 in southern Virginia was a seemingly idyllic, even prosperous time. A young housewife, Charlotte Bliss, lives with her husband, Hasbrouck Preston “Press” Bliss, and their two young children, Eva Grace and Michael, in the gorgeous Bliss family home. On the surface, theirs seems a calm, picturesque life, but soon tragedy befalls them: four tragic deaths, with apparently simple explanations. But nothing is simple if Bliss House is involved. How far will Charlotte go to discover the truth? And how far will she get without knowing who her real enemy is? Though Bliss House may promise to give its inhabitants what they want, it never gives them exactly what they expect.
Dragons Rising (Requiem for Dragons #3), by Daniel Arenson, (October 15, CreateSpace)
Requiem is lost. The marble halls, the old books, the very magic of the kingdom, a kingdom of people who could become dragons, are all but forgotten. Now there is only the Cured Temple, a fanatical cult ruling a land called the Commonwealth. Yet for the first time in a hundred years, dragons are flying again. There are only several dragons left in the world. Only several souls against an empire. The Cured Temple commands vast armies. Its paladins swarm across the land. Its warships fill the seas. And now the Temple raises its greatest champions yet: the animated skeletons of long-buried dragons, undead beasts that fill the sky. Facing these hosts, the last dragons of Requiem have but a flicker of hope, the sliver of a dream. But these last dragons rise nonetheless. They fly to war. They fly with one cry, one vision, one prayer: “Requiem.”
Reap the Shadows (Steel & Stone #4), by Annette Marie, (October 16, Annette Marie)
Piper is feeling a bit overwhelmed. With Seiya and Lyre missing, Ash recovering from near fatal injuries, and the Gaians picking fights with daemons all over the city, a girl can’t help but think she might be in over her head. Before she even has a chance to investigate the Gaians’ new stockpile of mysterious, high-tech weaponry, an old enemy ambushes her: Samael’s henchman Raum. He wants Ash’s help and won’t take “get lost” for an answer. She doesn’t know if she can trust Raum. She can’t trust herself with Ash. Sooner or later he’ll catch up to her, and she fears she won’t be able to walk away from him a second time. It will take their combined strength to face a frightening discovery about the Gaians. She and Ash begin to realize that the daemon war is coming to Earth, and they might be the only ones who can stop it, if it’s not already too late. (ebook only)
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