As we close out the last day of February and head into the first week of March, we are inundated with yet another avalanche of new releases. As I told you last week, there are more than fifty books on the list this week. Something for everyone, I’m sure.
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Tortured Souls: The Legend of Primordium, by Clive Barker (February 28, Subterranean Press)
A world of corruption, decay, political intrigue, and bile-inducing detail in this tightly constructed novella. After introducing Agonistes, an imperfect creation of God who hears the pleas of the wronged and remakes them in the most horrific manner imaginable, Barker focuses on the fictional ancient city of Primordium, where hit man Zarles Kreiger ends up in a romantic affair with Lucidique, the daughter of his latest victim. They’re both transformed by Agonistes, changing the balance of power in the city and leading to the creation of more abominations. Primordium is fully fleshed out with small details, but much is left for readers to wonder (and have nightmares) about, like just how the mad scientist Talisac managed to make himself pregnant with one of the monsters.
Figures of Fear: An Anthology, by Graham Masterton, (March 1, Severn House)
Are you brave enough to discover what figures of fear haunt the imagination of the master of modern horror? From the beginning of history, men and women have been haunted by figures of fear and now, in his latest short story collection, award-winning horror writer Graham Masterton reveals the figures that haunt his own imagination and keep him awake at night. Presents eleven stories, introducing eleven new evils, guaranteed to unsettle and disturb. Meet the little girl whose mother is keeping something important from her, with fearful results; tremble at the artist who can see the future and prevent it, at a price; beware of the dark, and the evil that lurks within it; tremble, and hide, at the sound of the jingle-bells. Do figures of fear really bring bad luck? Or are they nothing more than stories? Only you can figure out how fearful you are. (U.S. Release)
The Mermaid’s Sister, by Carrie Ann Noble, (March 1, Skyscape)
In a cottage high atop Llanfair Mountain, sixteen-year-old Clara lives with her sister, Maren, and guardian Auntie. They gather herbs for Auntie’s healing potions. Auntie spins tales of faraway lands and wicked fairies. Clara’s favorite story tells of three orphan infants, Clara, who was brought to Auntie by a stork; Maren, who arrived in a seashell; and their best friend, O’Neill, who was found beneath an apple tree. Clara discovers shimmering scales just beneath her sister’s skin. She realizes that Maren is becoming a mermaid, and knows that no mermaid can survive on land. .Clara and O’Neill place the mermaid-girl in their gypsy wagon and set out for the sea. The trio encounters trouble around every bend. Clara and O’Neill must find a way to save themselves and the ever-weakening mermaid. Clara wonders, if my sister is a mermaid, then what am I?
Chaos Station (Chaos Station #1), by Kelly Jensen and Jenn Burke, (March 2, Carina Press)
The war with the alien stin is over, but Felix Ingesson has given up on seeing his lover, Zander Anatolius, ever again. Zander’s military file is sealed tighter than an airlock. Felix is attempting a much quieter life keeping his ship, the Chaos, aloft. He almost succeeds, until Zander walks on board and insists that Felix isn’t real. Zander is reeling from the aftereffects of his experimental training and wants nothing more than to disappear and wait for insanity to claim him. Then he sees footage of a friend and ally murdering an entire security squad with her bare hands and a cold, dead look in her eyes. He never expected to find Felix, the man he’d thought dead for years, on the ship he hired to track her down. Zander has no exit strategy that will leave Felix unscathed, or his own heart unbroken. (ebook only)
Phoenix in My Fortune (Monster Haven #6), by R.L. Naquin, (March 2, Carina Press)
When Zoey Donovan found out monsters are real, her life changed, mostly for the better. She’s fought bad guys, saved the world a time or two and earned the love of a family of humans and Hidden creatures alike. The danger that’s chased her from the beginning is finally here. Shadow Man, aka The Last Hidden, has stepped out of the story humans wrote for him and into the real world, hell-bent on stealing children. Shadow Man intends to break the Covenant, reclaim the Hidden, and kill all Aegises along the way, triple bad news for Zoey and her mother, the only two Aegises still alive. Zoey will have to rescue the stolen kids and hunt down the most terrifying villain humanity has ever imagined. If Shadow Man triumphs, the world as she knows it will end. If Zoey succeeds in driving him out, the people she loves may be lost to her forever. (ebook only)
Above Us Only Sky: A Novel, by Michele Young-Stone, (March 3, Simon & Schuster)
On March 29, 1973, Prudence Eleanor Vilkas was born with a pair of wings molded to her back. Considered a birth defect, her wings were surgically removed, leaving only the ghost of them behind. At fifteen years old, confused and unmoored, Prudence meets her long-estranged Lithuanian grandfather and discovers a miraculous lineage beating and pulsing with past Lithuanian bird-women, storytellers with wings dragging the dirt, survivors perched on radio towers, lovers lit up like fireworks, and heroes disguised as everyday men and women. Prudence sets forth on a quest to discover her ancestors, to grapple with wings that only one other person can see, and ultimately, to find out where she belongs.
Bathed in Blood (Rogue Angel #53), by Alex Archer, (March 3, Gold Eagle)
The Blood Countess, Elizabeth Bathory, a true monster of history, is one of the most infamous serial killers. Said to have murdered 650 young women for their blood, she believed bathing in it would preserve her vitality and beauty. It’s a story that has always fascinated archaeologist and TV host Annja Creed. What is Annja to make of the girl she finds dying on the side of the road – from blood loss? There’s something eerie in this small Slovakian town, where rumors of vampirism hang unspoken in the air. Shut out by the police, Annja only digs deeper into the strange death, uncovering troubling scraps of evidence. Her one lead is an enigmatic retired police officer who has been investigating the disappearance of more than twenty women. The only way Annja can see to uncover the truth is by becoming the Blood Countess’s next victim.
Binding Ties (Sentinel Wars #9), by Shannon K. Butcher, (March 3, Signet)
Lyka Phelan is a Slayer, sent to live among her enemy to guarantee lasting peace with the Theronai. She has a secret, and it could make her a slave to their power. When a pack of Synestryn destroys her home and captures her packmates, Lyka realizes her freedom is a small price to pay for the safety of her people. She strikes a bargain with the leader of the Theronai, one that reveals her true identity and binds her to him forever. Joseph thought he knew better than to tangle with the beautiful Lyka. One misstep could send their races back to war. Now he has no choice other than to help her. Forced to protect her with his life, Joseph finds himself increasingly drawn to Lyka. As they risk everything in their fight against the demons, he realizes he must convince her to surrender to him completely, otherwise she will never truly be his.
Bone Gap, by Laura Ruby, (March 3, Balzer + Bray/HarperTeen)
Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps, gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame? Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.
Dark Debt (Chicagoland Vampires #11), by Chloe Neill, (March 3, NAL Trade)
Between standing Sentinel of Cadogan house and making society appearances with House Master Ethan Sullivan, a new member of the American Association of Vampires, Merit has her hands full. The last thing she needs is trouble, especially of the deadly kind. But when an old friend shows up in need, Merit can’t refuse. Morgan Greer, Master of House Navarre, has gotten himself into serious debt with a dangerous Chicago crime syndicate known as the Triad. And they’re willing to exact more than a pound of flesh for payback, unless Merit can find a way to stop them. Only the Triad’s connections go deeper than Merit knows, and even one wrong move could be her last.
Dark Screams: Volume Two, edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar, (March 3, Hydra)
Includes The Deep End by Robert McCammon: Everyone thinks the drowning death of Neil Calder was a tragic accident. Only his father knows better. On the last night of summer, Neil returns in search of revenge. Interval by Norman Prentiss: Flight 1137 from St. Louis by way of Nashville has gone missing. As anxious friends and family gather around the gate, a ticket clerk finds herself eyewitness to a moment of inhuman evil. If These Walls Could Talk by Shawntelle Madison: Eleanor has come from New York City to prep an old Victorian house in Maine for America’s Mysterious Hotspots. This job will take her places she’s never dreamed of going. The Night Hider by Graham Masterton: The wardrobe in Dawn’s room holds only death, until she solves its grisly mystery. Whatever by Richard Christian Matheson: A 1970s rock ’n’ roll band that never was, in a world that is clearly our own, takes one hell of a trip. (ebook only)
Dead Boys, by Gabriel Squailia, (March 3, Talos)
A decade dead, Jacob Campbell is a preservationist, providing a kind of taxidermy to keep his clients looking lifelike. In the Land of the Dead, Jacob abandons his home and his fortune for an opportunity to meet the man who cheated the rules of life and death entirely. The Living Man is the only adventurer to ever cross into the underworld without dying first. Jacob’s vow to find the Living Man and follow him back to the land of the living sends him on a perilous journey through an underworld where the only certainty is decay. Accompanying him are the boy Remington, an innocent with mysterious powers over the bones of the dead, and the hanged man Leopold l’Eclair, a flamboyant rogue whose criminal ambitions spark the undesired attention of the shadowy ruler known as the Magnate.
Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega #4), by Patricia Briggs, (March 3, Ace)
For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, or at least it starts out that way. Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up, and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.
Death Marked (Death Sworn #2), by Leah Cypess, (March 3, Greenwillow)
At seventeen, Ileni lost her magical power and was exiled to the hidden caves of the assassins. She never thought she would survive long. But she discovered she was always meant to end up, powerless, in the caves as part of an elder sorcerer’s plan to destroy the evil Empire they’d battled so long. Except that Ileni is not an assassin, and she doesn’t want to be a weapon. And, after everything, she’s not even sure she knows the truth. Now, at the very heart of the Empire, its academy for sorcerers, the truth is what she seeks. What she finds challenges every belief she holds dear, and it threatens her fledgling romance with the young master of assassins.
Deviate (The Light Key Trilogy #2), by Tracy Clark, (March 3, Entangled Teen)
Tormented after a daring escape, Cora Sandoval must find a way to stop the Arrazi from murdering innocent people and from violating, using, and killing the Scintilla for their powers. She must also accept one bitter betrayal: Finn Doyle, the Irish boy who has both a piece of Cora’s heart and soul, is Arrazi. On the verge of extinction and sought by those who would either consume or destroy them, Cora and the remaining Scintilla survivors must solve the mystery of The Light Key. If they fail, the truth will stay buried forever and mankind will pay the ultimate price. No longer will she hide. No longer will her loved ones be hunted. And she will have her vengeance, even if she shatters her heart in the process.
Edge of Dark (Glittering Edge #1), by Brenda Cooper, (March 3, Pyr)
This series describes the clash of forces when an advanced society that has filled a solar system with flesh and blood life meets the near-AI’s that it banished long ago. This is a story of love for the wild and natural life on a colony planet, complex adventure set in powerful space stations, and the desire to live completely whether you are made of flesh and bone or silicon and carbon fiber. Meet ranger Charlie Windar and his adopted wild predator, and explore their home on a planet that has been raped and restored more than once. Meet Nona Hall, child of power and privilege from the greatest station in the system, the Diamond Deep. Meet Nona’s best friend, a young woman named Chrystal who awakens in a robotic body.
End Day (Deathlands #121), by James Axler, (March 3, Gold Eagle)
Ryan Cawdor and his six companions struggle to survive post-nuclear America, a grim new world where hope for the future is lost amid the devastation. In pursuit of a hardened enemy, Magus, Ryan and the companions find themselves in a land more foreign than any they’ve encountered. After unwittingly slipping through a time hole, the group lands in twentieth-century New York City, getting their first glimpse of predark civilization. And they’re not sure they like it. Only Mildred and Doc can appreciate this strange metropolis, but Armageddon is just seventy-two hours away, and Magus will stop at nothing to make sure Ryan and his team are destroyed on Nuke Day.
Flex, by Ferrett Steinmetz, (March 3, Angry Robot)
FLEX: Distilled magic in crystal form. The most dangerous drug in the world. Snort it, and you can create incredible coincidences to live the life of your dreams. FLUX: The backlash from snorting Flex. The universe hates magic and tries to rebalance the odds; maybe you survive the horrendous accidents the Flex inflicts, maybe you don’t. PAUL TSABO: The obsessed bureaucromancer who’s turned paperwork into a magical Beast that can rewrite rental agreements, conjure rented cars from nowhere, track down anyone who’s ever filled out a form. But when all of his formulaic magic can’t save his burned daughter, Paul must enter the dangerous world of Flex dealers to heal her. Except he’s never done this before, and the punishment for brewing Flex is army conscription and a total brain-wipe.
Immortal Remains (Weirdsville #2), by Rook Hastings, (March 3, Harper Collins)
Four freak accidents. Four mysterious deaths. Four signs of trouble. Welcome back to Weirdsville. “You see, the girls that died, it wasn’t by accident. They were cursed, every one of them. Cursed to meet a horrible death. And I’m going to be next.” Four girls from posh school Riverbank have been killed in seemingly random but freakish ways and it’s not long before Bethan and co. are lured into investigating the grisly case. Is it really just coincidence or is there something more sinister going on? Meanwhile Hashim’s playing truant, Kelly’s on the warpath and Jay’s trying to avoid someone even more close to home. Himself. Scary, paranormal and supernaturally chilling experiences are everyday in a town like Weirdsville. (U.S. Release)
Infinity Bell (House Immortal #2), by Devon Monk, (March 3, Roc)
Matilda Case isn’t normal. Normal people aren’t stitched together, inhumanly strong, and ageless, as she and the other galvanized are. Normal people’s bodies don’t hold the secret to immortality, something the powerful Houses will kill to possess. Normal people don’t know that they’re going to die in a few days. Matilda’s fight to protect the people she loves triggered a chaotic war between the Houses and shattered the world’s peace. She must find a way to stop the repeat of the ancient time experiment that gifted her and the other galvanized with immortality. Because this time, it will destroy her and everything she holds dear. Caught in a cat-and-mouse game of lies, betrayal, and unseen foes, Matilda must fight to save the world from utter destruction. But time itself is her enemy, and every second brings her one step closer to disaster.
Into the Maelstrom (Citizen #2), by David Drake and John Lambshead, March 3, Baen)
The Cutter Stream colonies were at peace. If everybody behaved reasonably, that peace could last a thousand years. Allen Allenson had known war; it had made him peaceful and reasonable. He was far too experienced to believe the same was true of all his fellow colonists, however, let alone the government of the distant homeworld across the Bight. War was coming, a war that the colonies had to win if they were ever to be more than prison camps and a dumping ground for incompetent noblemen. The experience that had caused Allenson to hate war made him the only man who could lead the colonial army. Allenson knew that he wasn’t really a general, but he understood his fellow colonists better than any homeworld general could. What Allen Allenson would not do, what he would never do, was quit.
Kin (Tales of Beauty & Madness #3), by Lili St. Crow, (March 3, Razorbill)
In the kin world, girls Ruby de Varre’s age are expected to play nice, get betrothed, and start a family. After a childhood of running wild in the woods, it’s hard to turn completely around and be demure. Even if your Gran is expecting it. Then Conrad, handsome and charming, from a clan across the Waste, comes to New Haven to seal alliance between their two families. The sparks fly immediately. Conrad is smart, dominant, and downright gorgeous. Yet as Ruby gets to know him more, she starts to realize something’s off. Then, the murders start. A killer stalks the city streets, and just when Ruby starts to suspect the unimaginable, she becomes the next target. Now Ruby’s about to find out that Conrad’s secrets go deeper than she ever could have guessed, and it’s up to Ruby to save her Gran, her clan, and maybe even herself.
Madness in Solidar (Imager Portfolio #9), by L.E. Modesitt, Jr., (March 3, Tor)
Solidar’s Collegium of Imagers is in decline. The Collegium is so lacking in leadership that the dying Maitre must summon Alastar, an obscure, talented imager from Westisle who has little knowledge of politics in the capital, as his successor. When Alastar arrives in L’Excelsis, he finds disarray and lack of discipline within the Collegium, and the ruler of Solidar so hated by the High Holders that they openly refer to him as being mad. Neither Rex Ryen, ridiculed as Rex Dafou, nor the High Holders have any respect for the Collegium, and Alastar finds himself in the middle of a power struggle, with Ryen demanding that the Collegium remove the strongest High Holders and the military leadership in turn plotting to topple Ryen and destroy the Collegium. Ryen is demanding the High Holders pay a massive increase in taxes. All that, Alastar discovers, is only a fraction of the problems he and the Collegium face.
Of Silk and Steam (London Steampunk #5), by Bec McMaster, (March 3, Sourcebooks Casablanca)
When her beloved father was assassinated, Lady Aramina swore revenge. The man responsible is well beyond her grasp, but his dangerously seductive heir, Leo Barrons, is fair game. When Mina obtains evidence proving that Leo is illegitimate, she has the means to destroy both the killer and his son, a man who troubles her heart and tempts her body. A woman of mystery, Mina’s long driven Leo crazy with glimpses of a fiery passion that lurks beneath her icy veneer. He knows she’s hiding something, and he’s determined to unravel her layer by silken layer. He just doesn’t expect the beautiful liar to be the key to overthrowing the corrupt prince consort, or to saving his own carefully walled-off heart.
Old Venus, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, (March 3, Bantam)
The planet Venus has loomed almost as large in the imaginations of science fiction writers as Earth’s next-nearest neighbor, Mars. This new anthology of sixteen original stories turns back the clock to a more innocent time, before the hard-won knowledge of science vanquished the infinite possibilities of the imagination. Travel back in time to a planet that never was but should have been: a young, rain-drenched world of fabulous monsters and seductive mysteries. Featuring all-new stories by Eleanor Arnason, Elizabeth Bear, David Brin, Tobias S. Buckell, Michael Cassutt, Joe Haldeman, Matthew Hughes, Gwyneth Jones, Joe R. Lansdale, Stephen Leigh, Paul McAuley, Ian McDonald, Garth Nix, Mike Resnick, Allen M. Steele and Lavie Tidhar.
Operation Arcana, edited by John Joseph Adams, (March 3, Baen)
In the realms of fantasy, the battlefield is where heroism comes alive, magic is unleashed, and legends are made and unmade. These fantastical conflicts reflect our highest hopes and darkest fears, bringing us mesmerizing visions of silver spears shining in the sun and vast hordes of savage beasts who threaten to destroy all that we hold dear. Sixteen of today’s top authors spin never-before-published, spellbinding tales of military fantasy. Contributing authors include: Elizabeth Moon, Tobias Buckell & David Klecha, Myke Cole, Jonathan Maberry, Genevieve Valentine, Django Wexler, Yoon Ha Lee, Weston Ochse, Ari Marmell, Tanya Huff, Carrie Vaughn, TC McCarthy, Glen Cook, Simon R. Green, Seanan McGuire and Linda Nagata.
Phoenix Inheritance (The Phoenix Institute #4), by Corrina Lawson, (March 3, Samhain)
Ex-Navy SEAL Daz Montoya and rescue dog handler Renee Black have made a career out of saving people. When their affair resulted in pregnancy, Daz’s verbal fumble tore their relationship apart. It’s been a tough eight years for Renee, raising Charlie alone with his autism-fueled impulsiveness. When she has to chase him to the edge of a cliff in a snowstorm, seeing the face of their rescuer is just the rotten cherry on top of a rough day. Renee and Daz rediscover the heat simmering between them. Renee welcomes Daz’s determination to help Charlie however he can, she’s reluctant to trust him with her heart. With the Phoenix Institute’s help, Renee and Daz discover their son’s gift for animal telepathy is real. To save him from enemies that would kill to control him, they must join forces, and risk losing everything they’ve ever loved. (ebook only)
Pocket Apocalypse (InCryptid #4), by Seanan McGuire, (March 3 DAW)
Alexander Price has survived gorgons, basilisks, and his own family, no small feat, considering that his family includes two telepaths, a reanimated corpse, and a colony of talking, pantheistic mice. His girlfriend, Shelby Tanner, shows up asking pointed questions about werewolves and the state of his passport. From there, it’s to Australia, a continent filled with new challenges, new dangers and rival cryptozoologists who don’t like their “visiting expert” very much. Australia is filled with Shelby’s family, who aren’t delighted by the length of her stay in America. There are the werewolves to consider: infected killing machines who would like nothing more than to claim the continent as their own. Survival is hard enough when you’re on familiar ground. Alex Price is very far from home and he’s not going down without a fight.
Season of Fire (The Remnants #2), by Lisa Tawn Bergren, (March 3, Blink)
After tackling her first mission and coming to terms with her power of empathy, Andriana discovers her first battles were only a taste of what is to come. She and her knight, Ronan, have admitted their feelings for each other, but their bonds are tested when Dri is captured by their mortal and spiritual enemy, Sethos, and his master, Keallach, emperor of Pacifica. Andriana is certain Keallach can be convinced to follow the Maker’s plan and join the other Remnants, but in time, she must decide whether she really can pull him back to the Way, or if Sethos’s web of darkness has slowly and thoroughly trapped them both, forever.
Rising Fire (Stone Circles #1), by Terri Brisbin, (March 3, Signet)
Brienne of Yester has always been able to manipulate fire, but when her powers suddenly surge, the simple life she once knew explodes. Handsome, fearless, and commanding, William de Brus has been summoned by the king to investigate a nobleman rumored to have powers linked to the fabled fire goddess. When he chances upon Brienne, his desire for her is immediate. But as his mystical quest unfolds, William realizes that she is at the center of it, for Brienne possesses the very power he has been sent to vanquish. As their attraction deepens, William attempts to free Brienne from the dark force beginning to control her, even when his duty demands that he treat her as an enemy. With emotions flaring, fire rising, and evil threatening at every turn, can the two lovers survive the coming battle and save all of humanity?
Shifter Mates (Shifters Unbound), by Jennifer Ashley, (March 3, Berkley)
A Shifters Unbound Anthology, including the novellas Lone Wolf and Feral Heat. In Lone Wolf, Ellison Rowe is a wolf Shifter and a self-proclaimed cowboy, but he’s still searching for someone to ease his loneliness. Maria is a human taking refuge among the Shifters, trying to move on from her haunted past. When Ellison and Maria team up, the passion between them is undeniable, as is the hope that their love is just what they both need to start anew. In Feral Heat, Jace Warden finds himself in close quarters with beautiful and courageous shifter Deni Rowe when he travels to Austin to find a way to free all Shifters from their Collars. As Deni and Jace work together, they feel the mate bond begin. But Deni has troubles of her own, and even Jace’s fierce devotion might not be enough to help her.
Sorceress (Spellcaster #3), by Claudia Gray, (March 3, HarperTeen)
To save the lives of countless people in Captive’s Sound, Nadia has sworn herself to the One Beneath, to black magic. Her plan, and the town’s only hope, is for Nadia to learn enough sorcery to strike back against the forces of darkness. But now that she’s separated from her friends, her family, and her Steadfast, Mateo, Nadia is more vulnerable than ever to darkness. And as the sorceress Elizabeth summons torrential rains and brings the One Beneath closer to the mortal world, Nadia is running out of time to stop her. The final battle lines are drawn, surprising alliances are made, and true love is tested.
Terminal (Virals #5), by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs, (March 3, Putnam Juvenile)
The Virals are back, but they’re not the only pack in town anymore. Terminal finds Tory Brennan, grandniece of the famous forensic anthropologist (star of the hit show Bones), and the rest of the Morris Island gang tracking a pack of rogue Virals who call themselves the Trinity. The new pack was infected by a strain of supervirus created by Tory’s nemesis and sometimes-crush, Chance Clayborne, who accidentally infected himself, too. These red-eyed Virals have openly challenged Tory’s pack for domination of Charleston, bringing on the attention of a shadowy government organization intent on learning the secret to their powers. Surviving it all is going to test the limits of the gang’s abilities.
The Boy Who Lost Fairyland (Fairyland #4), by Catherynne M. Valente, (March 3, Feiwel & Friends)
When a young troll named Hawthorn is stolen from Fairyland by the Golden Wind, he becomes a changeling, a human boy, in the strange city of Chicago, a place no less bizarre and magical than Fairyland when seen through trollish eyes. Left with a human family, Hawthorn struggles with his troll nature and his changeling fate. But when he turns twelve, he stumbles upon a way back home, to a Fairyland much changed from the one he remembers. Hawthorn finds himself at the center of a changeling revolution, until he comes face to face with a beautiful young Scientiste with very big, very red assistant.
The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro, (March 3, Knopf)
The Romans have long since departed and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But, at least, the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased. Axl and Beatrice, a couple of elderly Britons, decide that now is the time, finally, for them to set off across this troubled land of mist and rain to find the son they have not seen for years, the son they can scarcely remember. They know they will face many hazards, some strange and otherworldly, but they cannot foresee how their journey will reveal to them the dark and forgotten corners of their love for each other. Nor can they foresee that they will be joined on their journey by a Saxon warrior, his orphan charge, and a knight, each of them, like Axl and Beatrice, lost in some way to his own past, but drawn inexorably toward the comfort, and the burden, of the fullness of a life’s memories.
The Buried Life (Buried Life #1), by Carrie Patel, (March 3, Angry Robot)
The gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation, Recoletta’s top-secret historical research facility. When a second high-profile murder threatens the very fabric of city society, Malone and her rookie partner Rafe Sundar must tread carefully, lest they fall victim to not only the criminals they seek, but the government which purports to protect them. Knowledge is power, and power must be preserved at all costs.
The Crow of Connemara, by Stephen Leigh, (March 3, DAW)
A tale caught in the dark places where the world of ancient myth intersects our own, where old ways and old beliefs struggle not to be overwhelmed by the modern world. Colin Doyle is young Irish-American musician from Chicago, whose interest is traditional Irish music. Maeve Gallagher is an Oileánach, an “Islander” from Ireland’s west coast. Islanders are outcasts treated with suspicion by the locals, who think them responsible for wild and strange happenings in the area. Colin soon discovers that he’s connected to Maeve in ways he never could have imagined.
The Curse of the King (Seven Wonders #4), by Peter Lerangis, (March 3, HarperCollins)
Thirteen-year-old Jack McKinley and his friends have already defeated the Colossus of Rhodes, visited Ancient Babylon, and outfoxed legions of undead all to recover three of the lost Loculi. But if they don’t unearth the last four Loculi soon, the powers that made these victories possible will overwhelm the Select, and destroy the world. Not only do Jack and his friends have to battle these seven ancient wonders, but they also have to contend with the Massa, who have taken over the Karai Institute and convinced Marco to switch sides. Jack, Cass, and Aly soldier on to find the long-lost Statue of Zeus. But as time is running out, our heroes must confront gods, relive old battles, and face down their greatest enemy yet, their destiny. Old enemies become new friends and sudden victories turn to certain defeats as the time nears for everything to change.
The Danger of Destiny (Mystwalker #4), by Leigh Evans, (March 3, St. Martin’s)
There are very few days off when you’re on an epic quest. I’m Hedi Peacock, one half Fae, the other Were, and if being a half-breed with one foot in each world isn’t tough enough to manage, there are the four chambers of my heart to consider. The one who holds the strings? Robson Trowbridge, the Alpha of Creemore. My twin brother is being held captive by the Old Mage in another realm. As soon as Trowbridge and I arrive in Merenwyn, we’re separated in dramatic fashion, and I’m left to figure out how to maintain the fragile balance between my Fae magic and my wolf’s blood. Not easy, particularly when I’m keeping an iron-grip on my temper so as not to dispatch with extreme prejudice the odd wizard or mutt servant who crosses my path. My mama never told me there’d be days like these, but I’m not going down without a fight, or my mate.
The Dark Water (The Well’s End #2), by Seth Fishman, (March 3, Putnam Juvenile)
To escape Blake Sutton’s army, Mia and her friends jump into the newly gurgling fountain of youth and swim to its very bottom. When they resurface, an astounding world awaits them, an entire underground civilization of humans, the Keepers of the Well. But instead of finding a safe haven, Mia and her gang are quickly embroiled in a dangerous, high-stakes battle royale. If Mia wants to save everyone she loves and make it back home alive, she’s got to get to the water’s Source before Sutton and his troops, who are still hot on her trail.
The Devil’s Detective, by Simon Kurt Unsworth, (March 3, Doubleday)
Thomas Fool is an Information Man, an investigator tasked with cataloging and filing reports on the violence and brutality that flows through Hell. Hell has rules but no justice. Each new crime is stamped “Do Not Investigate” and filed away in the depths of the Bureaucracy. When a political delegation arrives and a human is murdered in a horrific manner, everything changes. The murders escalate, and their severity points to the kind of killer not seen for generations. The Bureaucracy sends Fool to identify and track down the killer. How do you investigate murder in a place where death is common currency? Or when your main suspect pool is a legion of demons? Fool will piece together clues and follow a trail that leads directly into the heart of a dark and chaotic conspiracy. A revolution is brewing in Hell, and nothing is what it seems.
The Fifth Gospel, by Ian Caldwell, (March 3, Simon & Schuster)
As Pope John Paul’s reign enters its twilight, a mysterious exhibit is under construction at the Vatican Museums. Its curator is murdered at a clandestine meeting on the outskirts of Rome. The same night, a break-in rocks the home of the curator’s research partner, Father Alex Andreou. Father Alex undertakes his own investigation into both crimes. His only hope of finding the killer is to reconstruct the dead curator’s final secret: what the four Christian gospels, and a little-known, true-to-life fifth gospel named the Diatessaron, reveal about the Church’s most controversial holy relic. A secretive tribunal is convened to try the murder. Father Alex realizes the system is controlled by someone with vested stakes in the exhibit, someone he must outwit to survive.
The Forgotten Sisters (Princess Academy #3), by Shannon Hale, (March 3, Bloomsbury USA Childrens)
After a year at the king’s palace, Miri has learned all about being a proper princess. But the tables turn when the student must become the teacher. Instead of returning to her beloved Mount Eskel, Miri is ordered to journey to a distant swamp and start a princess academy for three sisters, cousins of the royal family. Unfortunately, Astrid, Felissa, and Sus are more interested in hunting and fishing than becoming princesses. As Miri spends more time with the sisters, she realizes the king and queen’s interest in them hides a long-buried secret. She must rely on her own strength and intelligence to unravel the mystery, protect the girls, complete her assignment, and finally make her way home.
The Box and the Dragonfly (The Keepers #1), by Ted Sanders, (March 3, HarperCollins)
From the moment Horace F. Andrews sees the sign from the bus, a sign with his own name on it, everything changes. The sighting leads him underground to the House of Answers, a hidden warehouse brimming with peculiar devices. There he finds only questions. Who are the strange, secretive people who entrust him with a rare and immensely powerful gift? What is he to do with it? Horace discovers that nothing is ordinary anymore. From the sinister thin man lurking around every corner to his encounters with Chloe, Horace follows a path that puts him in the middle of a centuries-old conflict between two mysterious factions. Horace’s journey leads him and Chloe deep into a place where every decision they make could have disastrous consequences. It links Horace to the Box of Promises and a future he never saw coming.
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy (Harold Fry #2), by Rachel Joyce, (March 3, Random House)
When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note to him had explained she was dying from cancer. How can she wait? A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write a second letter; only this time she must tell Harold the truth. Composing this letter, the volunteer promises, will ensure Queenie hangs on. It will also atone for the secrets of the past. As the volunteer points out, ‘It isn’t Harold who is saving you. It is you, saving Harold Fry.’ This is that letter. A letter that was never sent. A novella about a woman who falls in love but chooses not to claim it. It is about the truth and the significance, the gentle heroism, of a life lived alone. Queenie thought her first letter would be the end of the story. It was just the beginning. (U.S. Release)
The Memory Key, by Liana Liu, (March 3, HarperTeen)
Lora Mint is determined not to forget. Though her mother’s been dead for five years, Lora struggles to remember every detail about her, the specific events that occurred the night she sped off in her car, never to return. But in a world ravaged by Vergets disease, a viral form of Alzheimer’s, that isn’t easy. Usually Lora is aided by her memory key, a standard-issue chip embedded in her brain that preserves memories just the way a human brain would. A minor accident damages Lora’s key, and her memories go haywire. Lora remembers a moment from the night of her mother’s disappearance that indicates her death was no accident. Lora’s longing for her lost mother and journey to patch up her broken memories is filled with emotion. Her race to uncover the truth is a twisty ride.
The Storyspinner (The Keepers’ Chronicles #1), by Becky Wallace, (March 3, Margaret K. McElderry Books)
In a world where dukes plot their way to the throne, a Performer’s life can get tricky. In Johanna Von Arlo’s case, it can be fatal. Expelled from her troupe after her father’s death, Johanna is forced to work for the handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva. While Johanna’s father’s death was deemed an accident, the Keepers aren’t so sure. The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are on a quest to find the princess, the same princess who is supposed to be dead and whose throne the dukes are fighting over. They aren’t the only ones looking for her. In the wake of their search, murdered girls keep turning up. With dukes, Keepers, and a killer all after the princess, Johanna finds herself caught up in political machinations for the throne, threats on her life, and an unexpected romance that could change everything.
The Syndrome (Kingdom Keepers #7), by Ridley Pearson, (March 3, Disney-Hyperion)
When Amanda travels east to Orlando on a hunch, she’s met with the worst news possible. Kingdom Keeper Finn Whitman is missing. Calling on her own gift (she’s telekinetic), her sister Jess’s ability to dream the future, and their fellow Fairlie Mattie Weaver’s unexplained ability to read minds through physical contact, the three gifted girls must navigate treachery, deception, and the stubborn, unwilling parents of the missing Keepers if they’re to save their friends. As a special bonus, an excerpt of Disney Lands, the first book in the new Kingdom Keepers series, The Return, is included.
The Wicked City (Siren Song #1), by Megan Morgan, (March 3, Kensington)
Whatever June Coffin says, goes, literally. It’s not just because she’s a chain smoking rebel. As a Siren, June has the ability to force people to obey any command she voices. In a world where those with supernatural powers quickly become lab rats for science, she’d rather look out for herself than fight on the front lines, until her similarly gifted twin brother, Jason, is captured by Chicago’s Institute of Supernatural Research. June has no choice but to enter a hidden world of conspiracy, murder, and strange bedfellows, including a widowed paranormal advocate whose memory June accidentally erased, and a fiery paranormal separatist leader. The lines between attraction and strategic alliance become blurred. In a city exploding with paranormal crossfire, and her brother’s life at stake, June will have to face her inner demons and finally take a stand. (ebook only)
The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2), by Marie Rutkoski, (March 3, Farrar, Straus & Giroux BYR)
The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement, if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For, unknown to Arin, Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret. As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.
The Usurper (Telnarian Histories #4), by John Norman, (March 3, Open Road Media)
When Filene, a former noblewoman masquerading as a slave, attempts to assassinate the up-and-coming tribal king, Ottonius, she fails miserably and becomes fully enslaved. The story of her education in proper submission is told in counterpoint to the tale of the powerful but primitive warrior who dreams of an imperial destiny and pursues privately devious and publicly violent means to achieve his goal. The applications of power from person to person and on an interstellar scale show haunting resemblances. Follows the latest adventures of a man who has fought and killed his way out of obscurity to become a newly crowned local king and is quick to make smart connections in the imperial court. Soon he will realize his most secret and nearly unadmitted goal: unseating the reigning emperor and truly becoming, the Usurper.
Vampires Never Cry Wolf (Dead in the City #3), by Sara Humphreys, (March 3, Sourcebooks Casablanca)
Sadie Pemberton is the DJ at the hottest vampire club in New York City, and she loves her freedom almost as much as she hates werewolves. She has no desire to tie herself to anyone for eternity, even the deliciously sexy Killian Bane, werewolf prince and heir apparent who has been sent to patrol the city. But Sadie bears the mark of the moon, the mark that Killian has been looking for, the mark that’s meant to reveal his perfect mate. How can the fates be so cruel? Even more importantly, how is he ever going to change her mind?
Vision in Silver (The Others #3) by Anne Bishop, (March 3, Roc)
The Others freed the cassandra sangue to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in danger both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn’s help, regardless of the risks she faces by aiding him. Meg is still in the throes of her addiction to the euphoria she feels when she cuts and speaks prophecy. Others and humans alike need answers, and her visions may be Simon’s only hope of ending the conflict. The shadows of war are deepening across the Atlantik, and the prejudice of a fanatic faction is threatening to bring the battle right to Meg and Simon’s doorstep.
Wicked Dark Dragon (Dragon Heat #3), by Lolita Lopez, (March 3, Forever Yours)
Adopted at birth, Ivy Morales always suspected she was more than human. Still, she keeps the outlandish thought to herself, even though she can’t ignore her powerful dreams of an ancient blood feud, or the darkly erotic turn of those hallucinations. Kidnapped in Mexico for her visions, Ivy has only one chance to escape: find the wickedly sexy man in her dreams. Welsh dragon shifter Ian Madoc doesn’t understand the strange dream connection he shares with an unknown, beautiful woman. Yet after the seductive images turn into pleas for help, Ian rushes off in the middle of the night, hell-bent on rescuing her. But will she turn out to be the soul mate he’s always longed for, or the downfall of his entire clan? (ebook only)
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