This week, we have the largest list of new releases ever. There have been months in the not so distant past where the total number of new releases for the MONTH wasn’t as large as this one WEEK in October. In the publishing industry, Tuesday is being called “Super Tuesday” because of the enormous volume of new books being published that day. So sit back, make yourself comfortable and try to narrow the list down to just one book.
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Owl and the City of Angels (The Adventures of Owl #2), by Kristi Charish, (October 5, Pocket Star)
Alix Hiboux, better known as Owl, international antiquities thief for hire, is settling into her new job for Vegas mogul Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon with a penchant for ancient, supernatural artifacts. He has his sights set on some treasures of the mysterious Syrian City of the Dead that are in a recluse’s private collection. To stop the resurrection of an undead army that could wreak havoc on Los Angeles, Owl must break into a heavily guarded archaeological sight in one of the most volatile regions in the world. A detour through Libya and a run-in with Somali pirates sends the clock ticking toward total paranormal disaster. Alexander and the Paris vampires have stopped stalking Owl’s apartment, but they have by no means forgotten their death grudge against her. Owl finds out the hard way that there is nothing heavenly about the City of Angels. (ebook only; print available January 2016)
Skip Trace (Chaos Station #3), by Kelly Jensen and Jenn Burke, (October 5, Carina Press)
Zander Anatolius has been revived from the fatal effects of the super-soldier program, but now he has to face his estranged family and tell a story few would believe. With his lover and the crew of the Chaos at his side, Zander returns home to a media frenzy, threats from the military and pressure to join the family business. Felix Ingesson still struggles with the horror of believing Zander dead. Felix feels out of place in the glittery world of Zander’s rich family. His lover would be better off without a broken, low-class ship’s engineer holding him back. When the crew receives word that another of Zander’s former teammates needs rescue, Felix travels with the Chaos, setting Zander free. But when Zander is arrested for treason, the men realize they need each other as much as ever, not only to survive, but to make their lives worth living. (ebook only)
Wicked Ever After (Blud #4), by Delilah S. Dawson, (October 5, Pocket Star)
Ever since landing in the magical world of Sang and falling in love with dashing ringmaster Criminy Stain, Tish has been waiting for the axe to fall. Until her dying grandmother’s last breath on Earth, Tish can’t bring herself to give up her all-too human frailty and commit to life on Sang as a youthful, long-lived Bludman like her handsome husband. But when a peculiar twist of fate delivers Tish’s grandmother to Sang, an unexpected chain of events forces Tish and Criminy to embark on one last wild adventure. From old friends to new and into the lair of terrifying enemies, the couple’s love and longevity will be pushed to the brink by each harrowing encounter. Is blud thicker than blood, and can Tish and Crim find their wicked ever after? (ebook only)
A Call to Arms (Honorverse: Manticore Ascendant #2), by David Weber, Timothy Zahn and Thomas Pope, (October 6, Baen)
Lieutenant Travis Long of the Royal Manticoran Navy is the sort of person who likes an orderly universe. One where people follow the rules. Two of the best ways of making enemies ever invented are insisting on enforcing the rules, and thinking outside them when other people don’t. Travis learned that lesson the hard way as a young volunteer in basic training. The one rule Travis Long absolutely can’t break is the one that says an officer in the Royal Navy does his duty, whatever the consequences. There are powerful forces in the young Star Kingdom of Manticore’s Parliament which don’t think they need him. What does a sleepy little single-system star nation need with a navy? The edge of the explored galaxy can be a far more dangerous place than they think it is. They’re about to find out why they need the Navy, and how fortunate they are that Travis Long is in it.
A Deafening Silence in Heaven (Remy Chandler #7), by Thomas E. Sniegoski, (October 6, Roc)
He was once known as the angel Remiel. Generations ago, Boston PI Remy Chandler renounced Heaven and chose to live on Earth. Remy Chandler is hovering on the brink of death, surrounded by friends who are trying to ward off those who would take advantage of his vulnerability. The greatest threat to Remy is one they can’t fight, God himself. The Almighty dispatches Remy far beyond their reach, to an alternate universe where there has been an apocalyptic catastrophe: the Unification. It becomes clearer and clearer that the person responsible for the tragedy may have been none other than Remy himself. While he searches for a way to stop his world from following in the footsteps of the doomed alternate reality, enemies are massing in his universe. For the Unification is at hand and, this time, Remy may be powerless to affect its outcome.
A Frozen Heart, by Elizabeth Rudnick, (October 6, Disney Press)
Told in alternating chapters from both Anna’s and Hans’ perspectives, A Frozen Heart takes a sophisticated look at events of Frozen, exploring the couple’s backstories, motivations, and doomed relationship.
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (The Tales of Dunk and Egg #1-3), by George R.R. Martin, (October 6, Bantam)
Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to A Song of Ice and Fire. These never-before-collected adventures recount an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living consciousness. Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there was Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve but ultimately courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals, in stature if not experience. Tagging along is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg, whose true name (hidden from all he and Dunk encounter) is Aegon Targaryen. Great destinies lay ahead for these two, as do powerful foes, royal intrigue, and outrageous exploits. (U.S. Release)
A Silver Wolf Christmas (Heart of the Wolf #17), by Terry Spear, (October 6, Sourcebooks Casablanca)
C.J. Silver is eager to help the new she-wolves in town renovate the old hotel in time for the holidays, especially if it means spending time under the mistletoe with the alluring Laurel MacTire. The bustle in the long abandoned hotel attracts the attention of human ghosthunters out to prove the place haunted, but the bigger problem is keeping them from discovering the werewolves in Silver Town. CJ and Laurel have to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes. Working together is a surprisingly hot holiday treat for two attractive and clever wolf shifters.
A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic, by Lisa Papademetriou, (October 6, HarperCollins)
Kai and Leila are both finally having an adventure. For Leila, that means a globe-crossing journey to visit family in Pakistan for the summer; for Kai, it means being stuck with her crazy great-aunt in Texas while her mom looks for a job. In each of their bedrooms, they discover a copy of a blank, old book called The Exquisite Corpse. Kai writes three words on the first page, and suddenly, they magically appear in Leila’s copy on the other side of the planet. Kai’s words are soon followed by line after line of the long-ago, romantic tale of Ralph T. Flabbergast and his forever-love, Edwina Pickle. As the two take turns writing, the tale unfolds, connecting both girls to each other, and to the past, in a way they never could have imagined.
A Thousand Nights, by E.K. Johnston, (October 6, Disney-Hyperion)
Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next. She is taken in her sister’s place. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace. The first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells. She begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Her sister is mourning. She calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic. Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.
Against a Brightening Sky (Delia Martin #3), by Jaime Lee Moyer, (October 6, Tor)
By 1919 the Great War has ended. Delia Martin, apprentice practitioner of magical arts, and her husband, Police Captain Gabriel Ryan, face the greatest challenge of their lives when fragments from the war descend on San Francisco. As Delia prepares to meet friends at a St. Patrick’s Day parade, the ghost of a European princess appears in her mirror. Her pleasant outing becomes a nightmare as the ghost reappears moments after a riot starts, warning her as a rooftop gunman begins shooting into the crowd. Delia and Gabe realize all the chaos and bloodshed had one purpose, to flush Alina from hiding, a young woman with no memory of anything but her name. As Delia works to discover how the princess ghost’s secrets connect to this mysterious young woman, and Gabe tracks a ruthless killer around his city, they find all the answers hinge on two questions: Who is Alina, and why can’t she remember?
An Ancient Peace (Peacekeeper #1), by Tanya Huff, (October 6, DAW)
The first book of a thrilling new military science fiction spin-off of Tanya Huff’s Confederation series.
An Inheritance of Ashes, by Leah Bobet, (October 6, Clarion)
The strange war down south, with its rumors of gods and monsters, is over. And while sixteen-year-old Hallie and her sister wait to see who will return from the distant battlefield, they struggle to maintain their family farm. When Hallie hires a veteran to help them, the war comes home in ways no one could have imagined, and soon Hallie is taking dangerous risks, and keeping desperate secrets. But even as she slowly learns more about the war and the men who fought it, ugly truths about Hallie’s own family are emerging. And while monsters and armies are converging on the small farm, the greatest threat to her home may be Hallie herself.
Ancillary Mercy (Imperial Radch #3), by Ann Leckie, (October 6, Orbit)
For a moment, things seemed to be under control for Breq, the soldier who used to be a warship. Then a search of Atheok Station’s slums turns up someone who shouldn’t exist, and a messenger from the mysterious Presger empire arrives, as does Breq’s enemy, the divided and quite possibly insane Anaander Mianaai, ruler of an empire at war with itself. Breq refuses to flee with her ship and crew, because that would leave the people of Athoek in terrible danger. The odds aren’t good, but that’s never stopped her before.
Bats of the Republic: An Illuminated Novel, by Zachary Thomas Dodson, (October 6, Doubleday)
In 1843 Chicago, naturalist Zadock Thomas falls in love with the high society daughter of Joseph Gray, a prominent ornithologist. Mr. Gray sets an impossible condition for their marriage: Zadock must deliver a sealed and highly secretive letter to General Irion, fighting one thousand miles southwest in Texas. The fate of the Union lies within the contents of that sealed letter, but that is only the beginning. Three hundred years later, in the dystopian city-state of the Texas Republic, Zeke Thomas has just received news of the death of his grandfather. The world has crumbled. When Zeke inherits, and then loses, a very old, sealed letter from his grandfather, Zeke finds himself and the women he loves at the heart of a conspiracy whose secrets he must unravel. The two propulsive narratives converge through a wildly creative assortment of documents, books within books, maps, notes, illustrations, and more.
Beyond the Pool of Stars (Pathfinder Tales #29), by Howard Andrew Jones, (October 6, Tor)
Mirian Raas comes from a long line of salvagers, adventurers who use magic to dive for sunken ships off the coast of tropical Sargava. When her father dies, Mirian has to take over his last job: a dangerous expedition into deep jungle pools, helping a tribe of lizardfolk reclaim the lost treasures of their people. Yet this isn’t any ordinary job, as the same colonial government that looks down on Mirian for her half-native heritage has an interest in the treasure, and the survival of the entire nation may depend on the outcome.
Brighter Than the Sun (Charley Davidson #8.5), by Darynda Jones, (October 6, St. Martin’s Press)
All his life, Reyes Alexander Farrow has suffered the torments of the damned. Only one thing has given him hope: the woman who radiates a light that no mortals can see; a light that only the departed can see. Told from his point of view, this book chronicles the first time Reyes ever encountered Charley, and how their relationship has been the one thing that can either save him or doom him. (ebook only)
Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell, (October 6, St. Martin’s Griffin)
Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.
Claimed (Outlaws #1), by Elle Kennedy, (October 6, Signet)
After a devastating war decimated most of the world, Hudson Lane has only known the oppressive life under her own father’s tyranny. She finally escapes, branding herself an outlaw and hunted by the Enforcers. Her best chance at survival is Connor Mackenzie, an aggressively sensual fugitive who opens her eyes to the wicked possibilities of a world without rules. As the leader of a band of outlaw fighters, Connor can’t resist the beautiful stranger who asks for his protection. Despite his reservations, he agrees to introduce her to a whole new way of life. But when Connor discovers Hudson’s connection to the enemies of liberty, he wonders how far he can trust the woman who has abandoned all inhibitions to challenge every forbidden desire.
Closer to the Heart (Valdemar: The Herald Spy #2), by Mercedes Lackey, (October 6, DAW)
Mags was a Herald of Valdemar. But he had once lived the brutal life of a child slave. When he was Chosen by his Companion Dallen, his young life was saved, and he slowly adjusted to being well fed, educated, and treasured as a trainee in the Herald’s Collegium at Haven. Singled out by the King’s Own Herald, Mags would thrive in his secret training as a spy. His unusually strong Gift, an ability to Mindspeak and Mindhear anyone, not just others who were Gifted, made him a perfect undercover agent for the king.
Dark Screams, Volume 5, edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar, (October 6, Hydra)
Mick Garris, J. Kenner, Kealan Patrick Burke, Del James, and Bentley Little pry open a sarcophagus of horror and dread. Included in this volume: Everything You’ve Always Wanted, by Mick Garris; The One and Only, by J. Kenner; The Land of Sunshine, by Kealan Patrick Burke; Mechanical Gratitude, by Del James; and The Playhouse, by Bentley Little. Freeman and Chizmar’s fifth horror anthology runs the gamut from throwback horror to lyrical and heartbreaking tales. (ebook only)
Daydreams of Angels: Stories, by Heather O’Neill, (October 6, Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
In her first collection of short stories, Heather O’Neill gives free reign to her imaginative gifts. In “The Ugly Ducklings,” generations of Nureyev clones live out their lives in a grand Soviet experiment. In “Dear Piglet,” a teenaged cult follower writes a letter to explain the motivation behind her crime. And in another tale, a grandmother reveals where babies come from: the beach, where young mothers-to-be hunt for infants in the surf. Each of these beguiling stories twists the beloved narratives of childhood, fairy tales, storybooks, Bible stories, to uncover the deepest truths of family life.
Dreamstrider, by Lindsay Smith, (October 6, Roaring Brook Press)
Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject’s body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighborhing kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare. So only she understands the stakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage. A richly conceived world full of political intrigue and fantastical dream sequences, at its heart Dreamstrider is about a girl who is struggling to live up to the potential before her.
Empire Ascendant (Worldbreaker Saga #2), by Kameron Hurley, (October 6, Angry Robot)
Every two thousand years, the dark star Oma appears in the night sky, bringing with it a tide of death and destruction. Tattered rifts open between worlds; great empires are born, and mighty rulers die. Whole nations succumb to madness. The kingdom of Saiduan already lies in ruin, decimated by invaders from another world who share the faces of those they seek to destroy. Now the nation of Dhai is under siege by the same force. Their only hope for survival lies in the hands of an illegitimate ruler warring with his consort and former lover for control of the nation’s allegiance. As the foreign Empire spreads across the world like a disease, one of their former allies takes up her own Empress’s sword again to unseat them, and two enslaved scholars begin a treacherous journey home with what they hope is the key to the Empire’s undoing. But when the enemy you must overcome shares your own face, who can be trusted?
Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons, by Michael Witwer, (October 6, Bloomsbury USA)
The life story of Gary Gygax, godfather of all fantasy adventure games, has been told only in bits and pieces. This is a dynamic, dramatized biography of Gygax from his childhood in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin to his untimely death in 2008. Gygax’s magnum opus, Dungeons & Dragons, would explode in popularity throughout the 1970s and ’80s and irreversibly alter the world of gaming. Gygax’s footprint can be seen in the genre he is largely responsible for creating. Perhaps the most compelling facet of his life and work was his unwavering commitment to the power of creativity in the face of myriad sources of adversity. Through his creation of the role-playing genre, Gygax gave two generations of gamers the tools to invent characters and entire worlds in their minds.
Faux Paw (A Magical Cats Mystery #7), by Sofie Kelly, (October 6, NAL)
Normally, the arrival of an art exhibition at the Mayville Heights library would be cause for celebration. But thanks to the overbearing curator and high-tech security system that comes with it, Kathleen’s life has been completely disrupted. Even Owen and Hercules have been affected, since their favorite human doesn’t seem to have a spare moment to make their favorite fish crackers or listen to Barry Manilow. But when Kathleen stops by the library late one night and finds the curator sprawled on the floor, and the exhibition’s most valuable sketch missing, it’s suddenly time to canvass a crime scene. Now Kathleen, her detective boyfriend Marcus, and her clever cats have to sniff out a murderous thief, before anyone else has a brush with death.
First Time with a Highlander (Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands #2), by Gwyn Cready, (October 6, Sourcebooks Casablanca)
What do you get when you imbibe centuries-old whiskey, besides a hangover the size of the Highlands? If you’re twenty-first century ad exec Gerard Innes, you get swept back to 18th-century Edinburgh and into the bed of a gorgeous, fiery redhead. Gerard has only a foggy idea what he and the lady have been up to, but what he does remember draws him into the most dangerous and exhilarating campaign of his life. Serafina Seonag Fallon’s scoundrel of a fiancé has left her with nothing, and she’s determined to turn the tables. If she can come up with a ringer, she can claim the cargo he stole from her. But the dashing man she summons from the future demands more than a night, and Serafina finds it easier to command the seas under her feet than the crashing waves he unleashes in her heart.
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits, by David Wong, (October 6, Thomas Dunne)
Zoey, a recent college graduate with a worthless degree, makes a trip into the city after hearing that her estranged con artist father had died in a mysterious yet spectacular way. There she finds that her scumbag dad had actually, in the final years of his life, put his amazing talent for hustling to good use: He was one of the founding members of the Fancy Suits, and died in the course of his duties. Zoey is quickly entangled in the city’s surreal mob war when she is taken hostage by a crazy villain who imagines himself to be a Dr. Doom-level mastermind. The villain is demanding information about Zoe’s father when she is rescued by The Fancy Suits. She joins their cause and help finish what her old man started, tapping into her innate talent for bullshit that she inherited from her hated father. She might just have to learn how to trust people again.
Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories, by Audrey Niffenegger, (October 6, Scribner)
Collected and introduced byAudrey Niffennegger, including her own new illustrations for each piece, and a new story, this is a unique and haunting anthology of some of the best ghost stories of all time. From Edgar Allen Poe to Kelly Link, M.R. James to Neil Gaiman, H. H. Munro to Audrey Niffenegger herself, Ghostly reveals the evolution of the ghost story genre with tales going back to the eighteenth century and into the modern era, ranging across styles from Gothic Horror to Victorian, with a particular bent toward stories about haunting, haunted children, animals, houses. This is a delightful volume, beautifully illustrated. It showcases the best of the best in the field, including Edith Wharton, P.G. Wodehouse, A.S. Byatt, Ray Bradbury, and so many more.
Illuminate (The Light Key Trilogy #3), by Tracy Clark, (October 6, Entangled Teen)
Haunted by the loss of her loved ones, Cora Sandoval, one of the remaining few of an extraordinary race known as Scintilla, holds the key to disentangling the biggest conspiracy in human history, and its link to the fate of the human race. As Cora follows a trail of centuries-old clues and secrets, she collides with a truth not only shocking, but dangerous. With enemies both known and unknown hot on her trail, Cora must locate each of the ancient clues hidden in the art, religions, and mythologies of humankind. And through it all, she must keep her heart from being torn apart by the two boys she loves most. One is Scintilla, one is Arazzi. Save herself. Save the Scintilla. Save the world. Or die trying.
Inheritance (The Cemetery Girl Trilogy #2), by Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden, (October 6, InkLit)
She calls herself Calexa Rose Dunhill. She has been living in Dunhill Cemetery ever since someone left her there to die. She has no idea who wants her dead or why. Despite her self-imposed isolation, Calexa’s ability to see spirits, and the memories she receives from them, guarantees she’ll never be alone, even among the deceased. The only living people she allows herself to interact with are Kelner, the cemetery’s cantankerous caretaker, and Lucinda Cameron, an elderly woman who lives in an old Victorian house across the street. With their friendship, Calexa has regained a link to the world beyond tombstones and mausoleums. Until the night she witnesses a murder that shatters her life, a life now under a police microscope, as their investigation threatens to uncover Calexa’s true identity.
Killing Titan (War Dogs #2), by Greg Bear, (October 6, Orbit)
After barely surviving his last tour on Mars, Master Sergeant Michael Venn finds himself back on earth in enforced isolation. Through a dangerous series of operations he returns to Mars to further his investigation into the Drifters, ancient artifacts suddenly reawakened on the red planet. But another front in the war leads his team to make the difficult journey to Saturn’s moon, Titan. Here, in the cauldron of war, hides new truths about the Drifters, the origin of life in our solar system and the plans of the supposedly benevolent Gurus, who have been “sponsoring” and supporting humanity in their fight against outside invaders.
Marked (The Soulseer Chronicles #1), by Sue Tingey, (October 6, Jo Fletcher)
Lucinda “Lucky” de Salle’s psychic ability has always made her an outcast, even as it has also made her a sought-after investigator of paranormal phenomena. She has only one “person” she can rely on, Kayla, the ghost girl who has been her constant companion. When Lucky is called in to investigate a spectral disturbance at the all-girls school she attended, she isn’t surprised. She had had a terrifying confrontation with the troubled spirits of two girls who died in the attic room. When Lucky goes up to the attic, she discovers that the vicious little girls are the least of the problem, a demon has been released into this world. When the demon demands that Kayla be handed over to him, Lucky realizes that this case will be like no other she has ever experienced. It seems that her chatty, snarky spirit companion is not what she has always seemed to be. (U.S. Release)
Mythmaker (Peacemaker #2), by Marianne de Pierres, (October 6, Angry Robot)
Virgin’s in a tight spot. A murder rap hangs over her head and isn’t likely to go away unless she agrees to work for an organisation called GJIC (the Global Joint Intelligence Commission). Being blackmailed is one thing, discovering that her mother is both alive and the President of GJIC is quite another. Then there’s the escalation of Mythos sightings and the bounty on her head. Oddly, Hamish is the only one she can rely on. Life is complicated.
Night Music (Nocturnes #2), by John Connolly, (October 6, Atria/Emily Bestler)
A decade after Nocturnes first terrified and delighted readers, John Connolly gives us a second volume of tales of the supernatural. From stories of the monstrous for dark winter nights to fables of fantastic libraries and haunted books, from a tender account of love after death to a frank, personal, and revealing account of the author’s affection for myths of ghosts and demons, this is a collection that will surprise, delight, and terrify. Night Music: Nocturnes 2 also contains two novellas: the multi-award-winning The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository and The Fractured Atlas. Night Music: Nocturnes 2 is a masterly collection to be read with the lights on, menace has never been so seductive.
Onward Drake!, edited by Mark L. Van Name, (October 6, Baen)
David Drake has been creating topnotch military science fiction, space opera, and fantasy novels and stories for decades. In this all-original collection that appears as Drake turns 70, a stellar line-up of writers pays tribute to Drake with stories as broad in range as his own fiction. The book also features two new pieces from Drake himself: a comic historical fantasy; and Save What You Can, the first new Hammer Slammers story in nearly a decade. Contributing authors include: Eric S. Brown, Larry Correia, Tony Daniel, Hank Davis, Tom Doherty, David Drake, Eric Flint, Cecelia Holland. Mur Lafferty, John Lambshead, Barry N. Malzberg, T.C. McCarthy, Mark L. Van Name and Sarah Van Name.
Raging Sea (Stone Circles #2), by Terri Brisbin, (October 6, Signet)
Eons ago, seven ancient deities trapped the goddess of chaos under a ring of stones. But now, in the darkest days of the 13th century, Chaela threatens to escape, leaving the fate of all humanity in the hands of two young lovers. Ran believed herself to be a normal fisherman’s daughter, until a turbulant storm unleashed within her powers she never knew she had. Those powers have drawn her into the battle of two warring factions: the Warriors of Destiny, whom she knows in her heart to be noble, and a menacing army holding her father captive. Her hope for survival is in the hands of Soren, the man she once loved, the man who betrayed her, and the only man she can trust in a raging battle against evil.
Raising Caine (Caine Riordan #3), by Charles E. Gannon, (October 6, Baen)
Caine Riordan, reluctant diplomatic and military intelligence operative, has just finished playing his part repulsing the Arat Kur’s and Hkh’Rkh’s joint invasion of Earth. But scant hours after the attackers surrender, the mysterious but potentially helpful Slaasriithi appeal to Caine to shepherd a diplomatic mission on a visit to their very alien worlds. The possible prize: a crucial alliance in a universe where the fledgling Consolidated Terran Republic has very few friends. But Caine and his legation aren’t the only ones journeying into the unknown reaches of Slaasriithi space. A group of renegade K’tor are following them, intending to destroy humanity’s hopes for a quick alliance. And that means finding and killing Caine Riordan. Assuming that the bizarre and dangerous Slaasriithi lifeforms don’t do it first.
Rising Tide, by Rajan Khanna, (October 6, Pyr)
Ben Gold sacrificed his ship in an effort to prevent pirates from attacking the hidden city of Tamoanchan. Now Malik, an old friend turned enemy, has captured Ben and Miranda, the scientist Ben loves. With Miranda held hostage, Ben has to do Malik’s dirty work. Miranda has plans of her own, though. She has developed a test for the virus that turned most of the population into little more than beasts called Ferals two generations ago. She needs Ben’s help to rescue a group of her colleagues to perfect the test, but first they must rescue themselves. When a terrible new disease starts spreading across Tamoanchan and people start dying, it seems there’s something more sinister afoot. Then an old enemy attacks. Can Ben fight off the invaders? And will it be in time to save anyone from the disease?
Saturn Run, by John Sandford and Ctein, (October 6, G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
The year is 2066. A Caltech intern notices an anomaly from a space telescope, something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate. Spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: Whatever built that ship is at least one hundred years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. The race is on, and an remarkable adventure begins, an epic tale of courage, treachery, resourcefulness, secrets, surprises, and astonishing human and technological discovery, as the members of a hastily thrown-together crew find their strength and wits tested against adversaries both of this earth and beyond.
Seize the Night: New Tales of Vampiric Terror, edited by Christopher Golden, (October 6, Gallery Books)
A blockbuster anthology of original, blood-curdling vampire fiction from authors, including Charlaine Harris and Scott Smith. Before being transformed into romantic heroes and soft, emotional antiheroes, vampires were figures of overwhelming terror. Now, from some of the biggest names in horror and dark fiction, comes this collection of short stories that make vampires frightening once again. Edited by Christopher Golden and featuring all-new stories from such contributors as Charlaine Harris, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Scott Smith, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Michael Kortya, Kelley Armstrong, Brian Keene, David Wellington, Seanan McGuire, and Tim Lebbon, Seize the Night is old-school vampire fiction at its finest.
Shadows of Self (Mistborn #6), by Brandon Sanderson, (October 6, Tor)
Shows Mistborn’s society evolving as technology and magic mix, the economy grows, democracy contends with corruption, and religion becomes a growing cultural force, with four faiths competing for converts. This bustling, optimistic, but still shaky society now faces its first instance of terrorism, crimes intended to stir up labor strife and religious conflict. Wax and Wayne, assisted by the lovely, brilliant Marasi, must unravel the conspiracy before civil strife stops Scadrial’s progress in its tracks.
Silver on the Road (The Devil’s West #1), by Laura Anne Gilman, (October 6, Saga Press)
Isobel, upon her sixteenth birthday, makes the choice to work for the devil in his territory west of the Mississippi. But this is not the devil you know. This is a being who deals fairly with immense, but not unlimited, power, who offers opportunities to people who want to make a deal, and they always get what they deserve. But his land is a wild west that needs a human touch, and that’s where Izzy comes in. Inadvertently trained by him to see the clues in and manipulations of human desire, Izzy is raised to be his left hand and travel circuit through the territory. As we all know, where there is magic there is chaos, and death.
Sing Down the Stars (Sing Down the Stars #1), by Laura Hatton, (October 6, Skyscape)
When the aliens came, they didn’t attack, they just hung in the sky. After a year of human hysteria, they left and the rains began. Ever since, some girls have been born with unusual abilities. The fifth daughter of Magnus Roma, creator of the extraordinary circus called The Show, Penn was born a Celestine: she can call down the stars. Her newborn cries brought burning hail that killed her twin brother. For sixteen years Penn has hidden her power by assuming the life of her twin, just as her four older sisters have hidden from the Wardens’ Commission in plain sight as circus performers. One explosive night, Penn loses everything. The wardens want to protect Earth from anything alien. Her sisters are taken, and The Show is destroyed. Penn must do the unthinkable and use the power she’s been taught to suppress. She’ll travel to the very heart of her world’s darkness and discover the truth about her terrifying gift.
Sky Key (Endgame #2), by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton, (October 6, Harper Collins)
Twelve Players. Nine players remain. Three keys. Two keys are left to be found. One ultimate prize. At stake for the Players: not only their lives but the fate of the world. At stake for readers: a real-world interactive puzzle-based hunt for a gold prize worth $1,000,000. In this high-octane sequel to Endgame: The Calling, the world is populated by twelve ancient bloodlines. In each line, a Player trains for a catastrophic event that has not yet happened, until the Calling. Once they were called, the Players set off on a journey in search of three ancient keys that will save not just their line, but the world. The first key was found in The Calling, but the remaining players must still hunt for the final two before the Event draws near.
Spinning Starlight, by R.C. Lewis, (October 6, Disney-Hyperion)
Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. As the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it’s hard to escape it. When a group of men show up at her house uninvited, she assumes it’s just the usual media-grubs. Until shots are fired. Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. When their captor implants a device in Liddi’s vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home, a handsome dignitary named Tiav. Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers’ survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back?
Swords and Scoundrels (Duelist’s Trilogy #1), by Julia Knight, (October 6, Orbit)
Vocho and Kacha are champion duelists: a brother and sister known for the finest swordplay in the city of Reyes. Or at least they used to be, until they were thrown out of the Duelist’s Guild. As a last resort, they turn reluctant highwaymen. But when they pick the wrong carriage to rob, their simple plans to win back fame and fortune go south fast. After barely besting three armed men and a powerful magician, Vocho and Kacha make off with an immense locked chest. But the contents will bring them much more than they’ve bargained for when they find themselves embroiled in a dangerous plot to return an angry king to power.
The Best American Science Fictiion and Fantasy 2015, edited by Joe Hill and John Joseph Adams, (October 6, Mariner)
A diverse and vibrant collection of stories published in the previous year. Featuring writers with deep science fiction and fantasy backgrounds, along with those who are infusing traditional fiction with speculative elements, these stories uphold a longstanding tradition in both genres, looking at the world and asking, What if . . . ? Authors include: Kelly Link, Neil Gaiman, Karen Russell, T. C. Boyle, Sofia Samatar, Jo Walton, Cat Rambo, Daniel H. Wilson, Seanan McGuire, Jess Row, and others.
The Book of Beasts (Hollow Earth #3), by John Barrowman and Carole E. Barrowman, (October 6, Aladdin)
Lots of twins have a special connection, being able to finish each other’s sentences; sensing what the other is thinking; perhaps even knowing when the other is in trouble or in pain, but for 12-year-old twins, Matt and Emily Calder, the connection is beyond special. They are Animare: they can bring art to life and enter paintings at will. But they are also Guardians, destined to safeguard the powers and existence of Animare everywhere. They are the first of their kind. Their childhoods have been spent in service to an ancient duty: preventing a breach in Hollow Earth, an alternate world that holds all the demons, devils and creatures ever imagined. But now their last battle for Hollow Earth begins. (U.S. Release)
The Flux (‘Mancer #2), by Ferrett Steinmetz, (October 6, Angry Robot)
Aliyah Tsabo-Dawson: The world’s most dangerous eight-year-old girl. Burned by a terrorist’s magic, gifted strange powers beyond measure. She’s furious that she has to hide her abilities from her friends, her teachers, even her mother, and her temper tantrums can kill. Paul Tsabo: Bureaucromancer. Magical drug-dealer. Desperate father. He’s gone toe-to-toe with the government’s conscription squads of brain-burned Unimancers, and he’ll lie to anyone to keep Aliyah out of their hands, whether Aliyah likes it or not. The King of New York: The mysterious power player hell-bent on capturing the two of them. A man packing a private army of illegal ‘mancers. Paul’s family is the key to keep the King’s crumbling empire afloat. Offering them paradise is the catalyst that inflames Aliyah’s deadly rebellious streak.
The House, by Christina Lauren, (October 6, Simon & Schuster BYR)
Gavin tells Delilah he’s hers, completely, but whatever lives inside that house with him disagrees. After seven years tucked away at an East coast boarding school, Delilah Blue returns to her small Kansas hometown to find that not much has changed. Her parents are still uptight and disinterested, her bedroom is exactly the way she left it, and the outcast Gavin Timothy still looks like he’s crawled out of one of her dark, twisted drawings. Delilah is instantly smitten. Gavin has always lived in the strange house: an odd building isolated in a stand of trees where the town gives in to mild wilderness. The house is an irresistible lure for Delilah, but the tall fence surrounding it exists for good reason, and Gavin urges Delilah to be careful. Whatever lives with him there isn’t human, and isn’t afraid of hurting her to keep her away.
The Kane Chronicles: Book Two: Throne of Fire, the Graphic Novel, by Rick Riordan, (October 6, Disney-Hyperion)
In this exciting second installment of the three-book series, Carter and Sadie, offspring of the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane, embark on a worldwide search for the Book of Ra, but the House of Life and the gods of chaos are determined to stop them.
The Last Witness, by K.J. Parker, (October 6, Tor.com)
When you need a memory to be wiped, call me. Transferring unwanted memories to my own mind is the only form of magic I’ve ever mastered. But now, I’m holding so many memories I’m not always sure which ones are actually mine, any more. Some of them are sensitive; all of them are private. And there are those who are willing to kill to access the secrets I’m trying to bury.
The Moreau Quartet, Volume 2, by S. Andrew Swann, (October 6, DAW) (omnibus)
In Emperors of the Twilight: Evi is a Frankenstein, the next step beyond human, her physiology bioengineered to make her the best Agency special operative. When she’s forced to go on the run from an unidentified hit team ready to destroy a skyscraper just to take her out, Evi’s only hope is to evade her stalkers long enough to make contact with her superiors. She soon discovers that even the Agency may not be able to save her. In Specters of the Dawn: A moreau of rabbit stock, Angel Lopez is the last survivor of a Cleveland street gang. She’s come to “tolerant” San Francisco only to find that the old-fashioned kind of humans aren’t keen on moreaus. She thinks she’s found a home and safety until Byron the fox barges into her life, dragging her into a series of confrontations that may blow San Francisco and the whole planet wide open.
The New Hunger: A Warm Bodies Novella (The Warm Bodies #2), by Isaac Marion, (October 6, Atria/Emily Bestler)
The end of the world didn’t happen overnight. After years of war, societal breakdown, freak storms, and rising tides, humanity already hovered near the edge. Then came the most unexpected threat of all: the world’s corpses rising up to deliver the final blow. Twelve-year-old Julie struggles to hold on to hope as she and her parents drive across the wastelands of America on a nightmarish road trip in search of a new home. Hungry, lost, and terrified, sixteen-year-old Nora finds herself her brother’s sole guardian after her parents abandon them in the not-quite-empty ruins of Seattle. In the darkness of a forest, a dead man opens his eyes. With no clues beyond a red tie and the letter “R,” he must unravel the grim mystery of his existence, right after he learns how to think, how to walk, and how to satisfy the monster howling in his belly.
The Raven Queen (The Feral Child Trilogy #3), by Che Golden, (October 6, Quercus)
Maddy and her two cousins are preparing for battle. They are the only power preventing the devastating war unfolding in the faerie world from spilling over into the human realm. The trio is determined to protect everything and everyone they love from the dark Tuatha, the fierce faerie leaders. When Morrighan, the supreme ruler of the Tuatha, awakens, Maddy realizes she’s going to have to draw on her deepest reserves, and all her knowledge of the faeries and their ways, if she’s to outsmart the notoriously devious Tuatha. And should the Tuatha prevail, the two worlds will tumble into chaos, giving the faeries the upper hand. (U.S. Release)
The Rest of Us Just Live Here, by Patrick Ness, (October 6, HarperTeen)
What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend is worshiped by mountain lions. (U.S. Release)
The Rig (The Rig #1), by Joe Ducie, (October 6, HMH BYR)
Fifteen-year-old Will Drake has made a career of breaking out from high-security prisons. His talents have landed him at the Rig, a special juvenile holding facility in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. No one can escape from the Rig. After hatching some escape plans, and making the first real friends of his life, Drake quickly realizes that all is not as it seems on the Rig. The warden is obsessed with the mysterious Crystal-X, a blue glowing substance that appears to give superpowers to the teens exposed to it. Drake, Tristan, and Irene are banking on a bid for freedom, but can they survive long enough to make it? (U.S. Release)
The Sand Men, by Christopher Fowler, (October 6, Solaris)
Lea, Roy and their 15 year-old daughter Cara live in a gated community reserved for foreign workers. Lea finds herself a virtual prisoner in a land where Western women are regarded with indifference and suspicion. At least there are a few friendly outsiders who don’t enjoy the conformity of the ex-pat community, until one night, when the most outspoken one dies in a suspicious accident Lea’s neighbors start to blame migrants, locals and even each other. Lea is convinced that deliberate acts of cruelty are being committed, but is there a real threat to her life, or is she becoming paranoid? And what if the thing she fears most is really happening? What happens in a world where only the rich are important? Welcome to a future that’s five minutes away, where rebellion against conformity can lead to the unthinkable.
The Searcher (Solomon Creed #1), by Simon Toyne, (October 6, William Morrow)
In the town of Redemption, Arizona, the townspeople gather at an old cemetery to bury a local man. The occasion is suddenly disrupted by an explosion in the distant desert. A plane has crashed. As Sheriff Garth Morgan speeds toward the crash, he nearly hits a man running down the road, with no memory of who he is or how he got there. The only clues to his identity are a label in his suit jacket and a book that’s been inscribed to him: both giving the name Solomon Creed. Solomon begins to believe he’s here for a reason, to save a man he has never met, the man who was buried that morning. To uncover the secret of his identity, Solomon Creed must uncover Redemption’s secrets too and learn the truth behind the death of the man he is there to save. But there are those who will do anything to stop him, men prepared to call on the darkest forces to prevent Solomon from seeing the light.
The Sleepwalker (Cherub #9), by Robert Muchamore, (October 6, Simon Pulse)
CHERUB agents are highly trained, extremely talented, and all under the age of seventeen. For official purposes, these agents do not exist. They are sent out on missions to spy on terrorists, hack into crucial documents, and gather intel on global threats, all without gadgets or weapons. It is an extremely dangerous job, but these agents have one crucial advantage: Adults never suspect that teens are spying on them. A commercial plane explodes over the Atlantic Ocean leaving 345 people dead. Crash investigators suspect terrorism, but they aren’t getting anywhere. But when a distressed twelve-year-old calls a police hotline and blames his father for the explosion, James Adams and his sister Lauren are assigned to befriend the boy to find out the shocking truth. (U.S. Release)
The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1), by Rick Riordan, (October 6, Disney Hyperion)
Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met, a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die.
The Walking Dead: Invasion (The Governor Series #6), by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga, (October 6, Thomas Dunne)
Underground, in the labyrinth of tunnels and mine shafts, Lilly Caul and her crew of senior citizens, misfits, and children struggle to build a new life. She wants her beloved town of Woodbury back from the plague of walkers. Out in the hinterlands, amidst the rising tide of walkers, the psychotic Reverend Jeremiah Garlitz rebuilds his army of followers with a diabolical secret weapon. He has designs on the destruction of Lilly and her crew, the very people who vanquished his cultish church, and now, for the first time, he has the means to bring a special brand of hell down upon the tunnel dwellers. The final confrontation between these two human factions unleashes an unthinkable weapon, forged from the monstrous hordes of undead, perfected by a madman, and soaked in the blood of innocents.
The White Rose (The Lone City #2), by Amy Ewing, (October 6, Harper Teen)
Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude. But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised, a mysterious house in the Farm. But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?
Through the Dark (The Darkest Minds #1.5, 2.5, 3.5), by Alexandra Bracken, (October 6, Disney-Hyperion)
This collection contains three novellas as well as a sneak peek at the first novel in Alexandra Bracken’s new series, Passenger. In Time: Gabe’s life has been devastated in the wake of the economic crash. The only option left for someone like him to escape his tragic past is to leave his small town behind and to attempt to become a skip tracer. Sparks Rise: Sam didn’t think things could get worse at Thurmond rehabilitation camp. Then the Reds arrive. To her horror, Sam recognizes one of them: Lucas, the one spark of light in Sam’s dark childhood. Beyond the Night: The government-run “rehabilitation camps” have been shut down, but kids with Psi powers are anything but free. Sam would rather be on her own than put in the care of a foster family. Sam once made someone a promise, and the time has come to fulfill it.
Too Hot to Touch: Three Breeds Novellas, by Lora Leigh, (October 6, Berkley)
A Christmas Kiss: Jessica Raines would never willingly betray the people she believes in. But she did expose Breed secrets, and now someone wants her dead. Her protection is Wolf Breed Hawke Esteban, and he’s got the mating urge for a woman on the run. Christmas Heat: Jaguar Breed Noble Chavin’s new role: bodyguard to Haley McQuire, a woman at risk after discovering a conspiracy against the Breed community. For Noble, being this close to Haley has brought out the mating heat, and she’s more than willing to stoke it. Primal Kiss: Betrayed Kita Engalls, drawn into shady activities involving the Breeds, can trust only Lion Breed Creed Raines to help. But their mating passion reveals Kita’s fear that Creed may be guilty of the greatest betrayal of all.
Undead and Unforgiven (Undead #14), by MaryJanice Davidson, (October 6, Berkley)
If Betsy Taylor has learned anything about ruling Hell it’s: 1) she can’t do it alone, and 2) she doesn’t have to. She’s got the help of a devoted vampire king, a dateless zombie, an exhausted new mom, an unshowered cop, a bitchy ghost, a kindly dead priest, and her late stepmother (“Go Team Satan!”). Betsy’s father and half-sister Laura have outed Betsy to the world. It doesn’t take long for the story to become 24-7 headline news. People are not only prepared to believe in vampires, they want to kill them. Before long the mansion on Summit Avenue is swarming with reporters, would-be vampire/zombie killers, and desperate emos begging to be turned. Betsy has been forced into the unenviable role as the reluctant face of the vampire nation. All she knows is, she has to look good and stay true to who she is. H8ers be damned.
White Trash Zombie Gone Wild (White Trash Zombie #5), by Diana Rowland, (October 6, DAW)
Angel crawford has buried her loser past and is cruising along in undead high gear. Until a murder-by-decapitation sends her on a hazardous detour. As Angel hunts for the killer, she uncovers a scheme that would expose zombies to the public. Soon she’s neck-deep in lies, redneck intrigue, zombie hunters, and rot-sniffing cadaver dogs. It’s up to her to unravel the truth and snuff out the conspiracy before the existence of zombies makes news and she’s outed as a monster. Angel hasn’t quite escaped the pill-popping ghosts of her past, not with an illicit zombie pharmaceutical at her fingertips. Good thing she’s absolutely sure she can handle the drug’s unpredictable side effects. Maybe she’s only one bad choice away from being dead meat. Angel knows a thing or two about kicking ass, but now the ass she needs to kick might be her own.
Collection: A Rocket Malone Hard-Boiled Mystery, by Shawn Kobb, (October 7, Amazon Digital)
Disgraced ex-cop Rocket Malone makes a living collecting the memories of the rich. How does he do it? Simple. He cracks open their skulls and yanks out the implanted hardware. It pays the bills. At least, it would if he wasn’t swimming in gambling debts. Called to the scene of a grisly murder, Rocket runs into a small problem. His client’s head is missing, along with the memories it contains. A beautiful woman, a mysterious foreigner, and an eccentric billionaire all believe Rocket can find the missing memories, and each is willing to pay dearly for the information. Finding this dead man’s memories just might be the solution to Rocket’s problems. And if Rocket can’t find the missing head in time? The people who’ve hired him aren’t the sort who take “no” for an answer. (ebook only)
Kingmaker: A Tor.Com Original, by Lindsay Smith, (October 7, Tor)
Vera is a spy for the Barstadt Empire, a powerful country with a rigid class structure and a seedy underbelly. Her mission is to weed out the corruption that holds this society together, but for Vera it’s not political, it’s personal. And her next mission is anything but routine, as long as she’s not blinded by revenge and can see that in the shadows of Barstadt City, things are seldom what they seem. (ebook only)
Trinity: The False Prince (Trinity #2), by Sophie Masson, (October 8, Momentum)
Over a year has passed since the events that changed Helen’s life forever. With Maxim and her other friends, she is fighting to uphold the legacy entrusted to her, but struggles with the weight of memory, the stress of trying to keep Trinity afloat, and the continuing manipulations of the company’s enemies. Meanwhile, in a remote coastal settlement in southern Mexico, a young fisherman is made an offer he can’t refuse. This triggers a chain of events which will completely transform the struggle for Helen’s ownership of Trinity and the secrets of the Koldun code. (ebook only)
The Sea Hates a Coward (Tomes of the Dead), by Nate Crowley, (October 9, Abaddon)
Schneider Wrack was never a dissident. But since he’s serving the sentence anyway, he may as well become one. In the city, the sentence for sedition is death. Death, and then reanimation, before being shipped out to Ocean to work until you fall apart. There’s always a need for fresh bodies in Ocean. In the 70 years the city has been under siege, it’s been the only place to get food. Human labor isn’t an option, Ocean’s too big, too cruel, too full of monsters, so it’s the dead that man the whaleboats. They’re meant to be mindless, empty vessels. Schneider has woken up months into his sentence, trapped in a living hell of meat and brine, and he’s not happy. It’s going to take a lot to stir the workforce into revolt. But you’ve got to do what you can with what you’ve got. It’s time to bring hell back to the city. (ebook only)
And just for good measure, one more book you might find interesting from August:
Lyon’s Roar (Zodiac Assassins #1), by Artemis Crow, (August 17, Artemis Crow Books)
Twelve Zodiac Assassins. Forged in the Darkness of the InBetween. The Only Hope for the Light of Humanity. The InBetween, a subterranean haven created by the goddess Hecate for persecuted paranormals and ruled by twelve formerly-human princes, has been hidden for centuries, their numbers growing, and their hatred for humans festering. So when the paranormal children are stolen, and the evidence implicates humans, the paranormals are called to rise out of the darkness and into the light to get retribution. Imprisoned, with the demon soul attached to his own soul close to taking permanent possession, Zodiac Assassin Lyon jumps at the chance to earn his freedom by retrieving three women from the human world. When foundling Persephone Payne is attacked by one man then rescued by Lyon, the monster plaguing her nightmares, she is forced to rely on Lyon to protect her and her sisters by choice, not by blood. Lyon must choose between the reclamation of his soul or saving her and the love he doesn’t believe he deserves.
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