The week before Thanksgiving here in the good ol’ USA and it would appear that most publishers are gearing down a bit for the holiday. For the first time in quite a while, we have just under twenty new books for your reading pleasure.
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.
Bohemian Gospel, by Dana Chamblee Carpenter, (November 8 (digital), November 16 (print), Pegasus)
Thirteenth-century Bohemia is a dangerous place for a girl, especially one as odd as Mouse, born with unnatural senses and an uncanny intellect. Some call her a witch. Others call her an angel. Even Mouse doesn’t know who, or what, she is. But she means to find out. When young King Ottakar shows up at the Abbey wounded by a traitor’s arrow, Mouse breaks church law to save him and then agrees to accompany him back to Prague as his personal healer. Caught in the undertow of court politics at the castle, Ottakar and Mouse find themselves drawn to each other as they work to uncover the threat against him and to unravel the mystery of her past. But when Mouse’s unusual gifts give rise to a violence and strength that surprise everyone, especially herself, she is forced to ask herself: Will she be prepared for the future that awaits her?
The Queen’s Flight (Emerging Queens #2), by Jamie K. Schmidt, (November 16, Entangled Select Otherworld)
Viola Pierce has never had particularly great luck with guys. That is, until the day she shifts into a glorious, deadly, three-headed dragon. As it turns out, Viola is a dragon Queen. But when she’s abducted by a greedy dragon who wants to breed with her, Viola begins to realize the dragon world is filled with betrayal, deception, intrigue, and danger. As a rule, Sergei hates Queens, but Viola’s beauty and humanity reach something deep within him. Something he should not be feeling. When she names him her protector and consort, quite by accident, Sergei has no choice but to accept. Now they are bonded for life, with a growing attraction neither of them could have imagined. The dragon court is ruthless, and what doesn’t kill Viola will only make her more dangerous. (ebook only)
Angel of Storms (Millennium’s Rule #2), by Trudi Canavan, (November 17, Orbit)
Tyen is teaching mechanical magic at a school respected throughout the worlds. News arrives that the formidable ruler of all worlds, long believed to be dead, is back and enforcing his old laws, including the one forbidding schools of magic. As teachers and students flee, Tyen is left with no home and no purpose, except the promise he made to Vella, the sorcerer imprisoned in a book. Tyen must decide what he is willing to do to free her. After five years among the tapestry weavers of Schpeta, Rielle’s peaceful new life has been shattered by a local war. As defeat looms, the powerful Angel of Storms appears and invites Rielle to join the artisans of his celestial realm. But what will he require in return for this extraordinary offer?
Beatlebone, by Kevin Barry, (November 17, Doubleday)
It is 1978, and John Lennon has escaped New York City to try to find the island off the west coast of Ireland he bought nine years prior. Leaving behind domesticity, his approaching forties, his inability to create, and his memories of his parents, he sets off to find calm in the comfortable silence of isolation. But when he puts himself in the hands of a shape-shifting driver full of Irish charm and dark whimsy, what ensues can only be termed a magical mystery tour.
Blood of the Lost (Rylee Adamson #10), by Shannon Mayer, (November 17, Hijinks Ink)
“My name is Rylee and I am a Tracker.” When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I’m the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot. My final salvage, and this time I must rescue the entire world. Orion has fooled the entire human population with his lies, and they follow him like mindless zombies. They are the lost ones now. I have my allies and my loved ones with me, but while they will fight to their death, it is still not enough. I must seal the Veil closed and send the demons back forever. There is only one thing left for me to do. Face Orion alone. But Orion knows my weakness. And he has stolen her away leaving me with a choice no mother should ever face. Save my daughter, or, save the world?
City of Dark Creatures (Daughter of Gods and Shadows #2), by Jayde Brooks, (November 17, St. Martin’s Griffin)
Eden had done the impossible-, defeat Sakarabru and save the world from complete annihilation. Yet the demise of the great demon was not enough. With his Brood army still on the loose and a powerful replacement ready to step in, the world is in greater danger than ever before. But not all enemies are outsiders. As Eden’s newfound, barely-controlled powers boil inside her, one Ancient will take on the task of keeping Eden in check. And in this apocryphal battle for the ages, it’s either kill or be killed.
Dark Alpha’s Claim (Reapers #1), by Donna Grant, (November 17, St. Martin’s)
My whole existence is based on taking what Death wants. Born to eliminate Fae guilty of unforgivable crimes, my reckless, wild nature makes me the perfect assassin to carry out Death’s bidding. I’ve seen more sinister and violent dealings than anyone could ever imagine. But it was the sight of her face that stopped me cold. I’ve never wanted a woman, never mind a human, so badly; never felt my heart, hardened by death, burn brighter and hotter until it burst into flames. She is everything I desire. The kind of woman that compels you to stake your claim on her, to let the world know that she’s yours. A Reaper saving her life will only attract danger, but I vow to protect her at all costs from the Fae that hunt her, and keep safe the woman who has claimed me, body and soul.
Death Wave (Star Quest Trilogy #1), by Ben Bova, (November 17, Tor)
Jordan Kell led the first human mission beyond the solar system. They discovered the ruins of an ancient alien civilization. One alien AI survived, and it revealed to Jordan Kell that an explosion in the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy has created a wave of deadly radiation, expanding out from the core toward Earth. Unless the human race acts to save itself, all life on Earth will be wiped out. When Kell and his team return to Earth, they find that their world has changed beyond recognition. Not only has a second wave of greenhouse flooding caused sea levels to rise, but society has been changed by the consequences of the climate shift. Few people want to face Jordan Kell’s news. He must convince Earth’s new rulers that the human race is in danger of extinction unless it acts to forestall the death wave coming from the galaxy’s heart.
My Brother’s Keeper (Bewitched and Bewildered #5), by Alanea Alder, (November 17, Sacred Forest Publishing)
Two hundred years ago Kendrick Ashwood had a premonition that showed him the image of his baby brother being killed while serving with the Alpha Unit. When centuries go by and Keelan is still alive and well, he begins to relax. Kendrick feels his goddaughter’s magic flare out of control and merges with her in an attempt to rein it in. That is when he learns of the tragedy that has taken his only family away from him. Anne Bennett gets a phone call that changes her life. Her new best friend Keelan has been hurt. She hears from his family that the dreams she has been having of them were shared by Keelan. Upon meeting Kendrick, her world is shaken. When she can no longer fight her attraction for him she confesses her feelings only to be rebuffed. Kendrick begins to uncover dreadful truth behind the necklaces. As the paranormal world teeters on the brink of chaos, he finds himself protecting not his brother’s mate, but his own.
Once Again: Snow; Beauty Sleep, by Cameron Dokey and Liz Braswell, November 17, Simon Pulse)
Snow: After the death of her mother, Jessica’s father finds love again. As Jessica grows into a young woman, it becomes clear that her stepmother is wildly, and murderously, jealous of her. Jessica escapes to London and finds herself surrounded by an odd band of outcasts. When her stepmother, repentant and supposedly seeking forgiveness, appears in the city, Jessica must decide whom to trust. Beauty Sleep: Princess Aurore is fated to prick her finger at age sixteen and sleep for one hundred years. The princess makes a habit of exploring the lands beyond the castle, where her warmth and generosity earn her the devotion of the townspeople. When she finds out the impending curse will not only harm her, but the entire kingdom, Aurore embarks on a quest to end the evil magic. Will she be able to put a stop to the curse before it’s too late? (bind-up)
Skyborn (Seraphim #1), by David Dalglish, (November 17, Orbit)
The last remnants of humanity live on six islands floating high above the Endless Ocean, fighting a brutal civil war in the skies. The Seraphim, elite soldiers trained for aerial combat, battle one another while wielding elements of ice, fire and lightning. The lives of their parents claimed in combat, twins Kael and Breanna Skyborn enter the Seraphim Academy to follow in their footsteps. There they will learn to harness the elements as weapons and fight at break-neck speeds while soaring high above the waters. But they must learn quickly, for a nearby island has set its hungry eyes upon their home. When the invasion comes, the twins must don their wings and ready their blades to save those they love from annihilation.
Sword & Runestaff: The Sword of the Dawn and The Runestaff, by Michael Moorcock, (November 17, Tor)
This omnibus collects The Sword of the Dawn and The Runestaff, two novels in Moorcock’s acclaimed Hawkmoon series. The Sword of the Dawn: Dorian Hawkmoon’s quest to destroy the Dark Empire leads him onto the path of a man who possesses a rare ring that allows men to travel through time. Hawkmoon uses this ring to travel to the far future, where he must battle the Pirate Lords and claim the Great Sword of the Dawn, which can end the Dark Empire once and for all. The Runestaff: Hawkmoon’s mission leads him to Dnark, the home of the Runestaff. Now Hawkmoon must take up the Runestaff in a final effort to vanquish the Dark Empire of Grangretan. (omnibus)
The Beast of Barcroft, by Bill Schweigart, (November 17, Hydra)
Ben McKelvie believes he’s moving up in the world when he and his fiancée buy a house in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Barcroft. Instead, he’s moving down, thanks to Madeleine Roux, the crazy neighbor whose vermin-infested property is a permanent eyesore and looming hazard to public health. Ben’s fiancée leaves him; then, his dog dies, apparently killed by a predator drawn into Barcroft by Madeleine’s noxious menagerie. Ben is not dealing with any ordinary wild animal. This killer is something much worse. Something that couldn’t possibly exist, in this world. With some grudging assistance from a curator at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and the crackpot theories of a self-styled cryptozoologist, he discovers the sinister truth behind the attacks, but knowing the Beast of Barcroft and stopping it are two different animals. (ebook only)
The Game of Lives (The Mortality Doctrine #3), by James Dashner, (November 17, Delacorte Press)
Michael used to live to game, but the games he was playing have become all too real. Only weeks ago, sinking into the Sleep was fun. The VirtNet combined the most cutting-edge technology and the most sophisticated gaming for a full mind-body experience. And it was Michael’s passion. But now every time Michael sinks, he risks his life. The games are over. The VirtNet has become a world of deadly consequences, and Kaine grows stronger by the day. The Mortality Doctrine, Kaine’s master plan, has nearly been realized, and little by little the line separating the virtual from the real is blurring. If Kaine succeeds, it will mean worldwide cyber domination. And it looks like Michael and his friends are the only ones who can put the monster back in the box, if Michael can figure out who his friends really are.
The Shootout Solution (Genrenauts Episode #1), by Michael R. Underwood, (November 17, Tor.com)
Leah Tang just died on stage. Well, not literally. Not yet. Leah’s stand-up career isn’t going well. But she understands the power of fiction, and when she’s offered employment with the mysterious Genrenauts Foundation, she soon discovers that literally dying on stage is a hazard of the job. Her first assignment takes her to a Western world. When a cowboy tale slips off its rails, and the outlaws start to win, it’s up to Leah, and the Genrenauts team, to nudge the story back on track and prevent a catastrophe on Earth. But the story’s hero isn’t interested in winning, and the safety of Earth hangs in the balance.
Towers Fall (Towers Trilogy #3), by Karina Sumner-Smith, (November 17, Talos)
War. Fire. Destruction. Xhea believed that the Lower City had weathered the worst of its troubles, that their only remaining fight would be the struggle to rebuild before winter. She was wrong. Now her home is under attack from an unexpected source. The Central Spire, the City’s greatest power, is intent on destroying the heart of the magical entity that resides beneath the Lower City’s streets. The people on the ground have three days to evacuate, or else. With nowhere to go and time running out, Xhea and the Radiant ghost Shai attempt to rally a defense. Yet with the Spire’s wrath upon them, nothing, not their combined magic, nor their unexpected allies, may be strong enough to protect them from the power of the City.
Veiled Magic, by Deborah Blake, (November 17, Penguin/Intermix)
Police officer and Witch Donata Santori spends her days interrogating dead witnesses by summoning their spectral forms. Normally the job is little more than taking statements and filing reports. But when she’s called in on the case of a murdered art restorer, she finds herself suddenly in possession of a mystical portrait that both the human and paranormal communities would kill to get their hands on. Unable to take on the forces hunting her alone, Donata seeks help from two unlikely and attractive allies: a reluctant shape-changer and a half-dragon art forger. But as the three of them hurry to uncover the truth about the powerful painting, Donata realizes that she’s caught in the middle of not one but two wars, one for possession of the painting’s secrets and one for possession of her heart. (ebook only)
Warheart (Richard and Kahlan #4), by Terry Goodkind, (November 17, Tor)
Soulmates, pawns of prophecy and inheritors of an ancient conflict, Richard and Kahlan’s destinies have been bound together since their first encounter in Wizard’s First Rule. But now Richard lies on a funeral bier, suspended between the worlds of life and death and Kahlan faces her greatest challenge. She must fight for Richard’s very existence, and Richard, trapped in the underworld, must fight to keep the world of life from ending. Desperate sacrifices are required. This is the final battle in a war three-millennia old, a war that saw the Sword of Truth forged, a war that could mean the end, not only of their lives, but of their world.
The Girl on the Liar’s Throne, by Den Patrick, (November 19, Gollancz)
In a castle that is, itself, reminiscent of Gormenghast in its size and brooding presence a collection of young, flawed but resilient outsiders find their way in a dangerous society teetering on the brink of dramatic change, even as it learns the fantastical secrets of its past. Anea is the Silent Queen and she is struggling to bring change to the ancient society of Landfall. Vested interests and dark magics alike are determined to hold onto power and in a society where the loyalties of many are fluid and the true nature of the players is hidden the game of politics can be a lethal one even for those close to the throne. (ebook only)
The small print: This contest is international to any place Book Depository ships. Contests end at midnight CDT U.S. on Saturday, and winners will be announced on Sunday’s blog. It’s the responsibility of the winner to contact me with their mailing info.
Now….go forth and tell me what you want to read!