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We head into the month of August with one of the largest lists of new books in a long, long time. So, make yourself comfortable and prepare to look through more than seventy new releases this week. Almost half of all new releases for August happen this week.
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Seduced by the Moon, by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, (August 1, Harlequin Nocturne)
Skylar Donovan comes to her late father’s Colorado cabin to find answers that explain his death. Instead, she meets a handsome Forest Ranger with a dark side, a stranger who appears in her dreams as something other than a man… Werewolf Gavin was bitten by a monster in the hills he has sworn to protect and has committed his life to searching for the beast. Now Gavin must protect Skylar from the evil he is stalking, but the forbidden lust that burns between them might be the greatest danger of all. (ebook only)
Sentinels: Leopard Enchanted, by Doranna Durgin, (August 1, Harlequin Nocturne)
Ana Dikau is on a mission to gather information about Sentinel technician Ian Scott, the man she’s been deeply conditioned to fear. But Ana doesn’t know that the amulet she carries will slowly kill not only Ian but also every Sentinel with whom she comes in contact. Or that she shares a common bond with the Sentinel enemy. Ian Scott is a restless, brilliant man who takes the snow leopard when he shifts form. He knows that Ana is a puzzle he can’t resist. But he doesn’t realize she could cost him his heart, or even his life. For he’s soon working on what amounts to an epidemic among Sentinels. The only way to save his people is for the leopard to take control and work with the very woman he should despise, but cannot help desire. (ebook only)
The Einstein Prophecy, by Robert Masello, (August 1, 47North)
As war rages in 1944, army lieutenant Lucas Athan recovers a sarcophagus excavated from an Egyptian tomb. Shipped to Princeton University for study, the box contains mysteries that only Lucas, aided by archaeologist Simone Rashid, can unlock. These mysteries may defy, or fulfill, the dire prophecies of Albert Einstein himself. Struggling to decipher the sarcophagus’s strange contents, Lucas and Simone unwittingly release forces for both good and unmitigated evil. The fate of the world hangs not only on Professor Einstein’s secret research but also on Lucas’s ability to defeat an unholy adversary more powerful than anything he ever imagined. A thrilling, page-turning adventure where modern science and primordial supernatural powers collide.
The Elven, by Bernhard Hennen and James A. Sullivan, (August 1, Amazon Crossing)
A fierce and merciless demon has been unleashed on the world, spreading destruction and bloodshed in both the human and the elven realms. Northlander Jarl Mandred witnesses the ruthless attack on his men, and he seeks vengeance with the help of the elf queen, Emerelle. Despite Mandred’s barbaric human nature, the queen orchestrates an elfhunt joined by the two strongest warriors in Albenmark to pursue the beast. Farodin, the fiercest fighter in the land, and Nuramon, the healer, seize the opportunity to make history alongside Mandred in a life-defining series of battles waged in parallel universes.
Blood of the Earth (Soulwood #1), by Faith Hunter, (August 2, Roc)
When Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she was almost alone in the world, exiled by both choice and fear from the cult she was raised in, defending herself with the magic she drew from her deep connection to the forest that surrounds her. Now, Jane has referred Nell to PsyLED, a Homeland Security agency policing paranormals, and agent Rick LaFleur has shown up at Nell’s doorstep. His appearance forces her out of her isolated life into an investigation that leads to the vampire Blood Master of Nashville. Nell has a team, and a mission. To find the Master’s kidnapped vassal, Nell and the PsyLED team will be forced to go deep into the heart of the very cult Nell fears, infiltrating the cult and a humans-only terrorist group before time runs out.
Schemes (Tales of Tranquility #4), by Krista D. Ball, (August 2, Amazon Digital)
Bethany returns to Taftlin to uncover a plot to assassinate King Arrago and Prince Henry. She enlists some interesting allies along the way, including an elderly duchess with a sharp tongue and an eager apprentice knight, and together they race against the clock. (ebook only)
Spliced Magic (Elemental Magic #6), by Angela Wallace, (August 3, Amazon Digital)
Sylphie Seaton’s life is about to get turned upside-down when elemental law enforcement agents show up on her doorstep looking for her brother Josh. He’s wanted for the murder of a colleague, but she’s convinced there must be more to the story. When she finally hears from Josh, Sylphie discovers the situation is much worse than she feared. His coworkers were rogue elementals attempting to genetically engineer supernatural abilities, and Josh was accidentally contaminated. Now, Sylphie not only has to protect her brother from the law, but also find a way to reverse the unstable serum before it kills him. On the run with no one to turn to, Sylphie will risk everything to save her brother. But the conspiracy may go deeper than either of them ever imagined, and not even an acclaimed storm chaser can outrun this tempest. (ebook only)
A Liaden Universe Constellation, Volume 3 (Liaden Universe Stories), by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, (August 4, Baen)
Space opera and romance on a grand scale in a galaxy full of interstellar trading clans. The Liaden Universe® novels are treasured by space opera aficionados for their wit, world-building, strong characterizations, tender romance, and edge-of-the-chair action. Since 1995, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller also created shorter tales, illuminating additional facets of the Liaden experience. Here is a vast tapestry of tales of the scouts, artists, traders, priestesses, sleight of hand magicians, and pilots who fill the Liaden Universe® with the excitement, action, and romance.
A Matter of Time (Angel Sight #3), by Lisa M. Basso, (August 4, Month9Books)
Rayna entered Hell to save Kade. Kade entered to protect Rayna. Both have failed. Centuries of Kade’s demons are unearthed when he is brainwashed and used as a Fallen pawn. In the freezing pits of Hell, Ray is beaten and tortured, pushed to her breaking point. She takes a stand, firing back at her attackers though she’s only begun to understand the true strength of her wings. A strength she will need once she uncovers the evils that await on Earth. Together they find solace, alone they will fight.
After the Red Rain, by Barry Lyga, Peter Facinelli and Rob DeFranco, (August 4, Little, Brown BYR)
On the ruined planet Earth, where 50 billion people are confined to megacities and resources are scarce, Deedra has been handed a bleak and mundane existence by the Magistrate she works so hard for. But one day she comes across a beautiful boy named Rose struggling to cross the river, a boy with a secretive past and special abilities, who is somehow able to find comfort and life from their dying planet. But just as the two form a bond, it is quickly torn apart after the Magistrate’s son is murdered and Rose becomes the prime suspect. Little do Deedra and Rose know how much their relationship will affect the fate of everyone who lives on the planet.
After the Saucers Landed, by Douglas Lain, (August 4, Night Shade)
UFOlogist Harold Flint is heartbroken and depressed that the aliens that have landed on the White House lawn appear to be straight out of an old B movie. They wave to the television cameras in their jumpsuits, form a nonprofit organization offering new age enlightenment, and hover their saucers over the streets of New York looking for converts. Harold wants no part of this kitschy invasion until one of the aliens, named Asket, begs him to investigate the saucers again and write another UFO book. The aliens and their mission are not as they seem. Asket isn’t who she seems either. Tracking down her true personality leads Harold and his cowriter through a maze of identity and body-swapping madness, descending into paranoia as Harold realizes that reality, or at least humanity’s perception of it, may be more flexible than anyone will admit.
Alice, by Christina Henry, (August 4, Ace)
In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside. In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood. Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago. Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful. And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.
Angel of Doom (Outlanders #74), by James Axler, (August 4, Gold Eagle)
Insidious alien forces conspiring to enslave humanity grow increasingly dangerous and defiant. Willing to do whatever it takes to defeat these ancient invaders, the Cerberus rebels carry on the fight for freedom. The Cerberus fighters embark on an urgent quest to discover what happened to expeditions lost in Italy, on land that once belonged to the Etruscan empire. On site they encounter the monstrous Charun, armed with the hammer of the gods, and Vanth, the angelic winged huntress with a heart of evil. These alien gods are intent on opening a portal to bring their kind to earth, harnessing the power of victims’ minds while using their bodies as shock troops. As the river Styx is poised to flow again, the Cerberus team must prevail or an invasion from a barbaric dimension will lay siege to Europe, and beyond.
Astra (The Gaia Chronicles #1), by Naomi Foyle, (August 4, Jo Fletcher)
Like every child in Is-Land, all Astra Ordott wants is to have her Security Shot, do her National Service and defend her Gaian homeland from Non-Lander “infiltrators.” But when one of her Shelter mothers, the formidable Dr Hokma Blesser, tells her the shot will limit her chances of becoming a scientist and offers her an alternative, Astra agrees to her plan. When the orphaned Lil arrives to share Astra’s home, Astra is torn between jealousy and fascination. Lil’s father taught her some alarming ideas about Is-Land and the world, but when she pushes Astra too far, the heartache that results goes far beyond the loss of a friend. If she is to survive, Astra must learn to deal with devastating truths about Is-Land, Non-Land and the secret web of adult relationships that surrounds her. (U.S. Release)
Black Heart (The Barrow #2), by Mark Smylie, (August 4, Pyr)
The last survivors of the raid on the Barrow of Azharad have scattered to the four winds. For some, it is the path of noble service, as the households of great kings and warlords beckon, offering a chance to enter the fray of politics. For others, it is the path of secrets and magic, as the veil of the world parts to reveal the hidden truths that dwell in shadow and spirit. For Stjepan Black-Heart, royal cartographer and suspected murderer, it is the path of battle and sacrifice, as he is summoned to attend the household of the Grand Duke Owen Lis Red, the Earl Marshal to the High King of the Middle Kingdoms, on his latest campaign to find and kill Porloss, the Rebel Earl: lurking behind an army of ruthless renegade knights in the wild hills of the Manon Mole, a land where every step could be your last, and where lie secrets best left undisturbed.
Blood Call, by Lilith Saintcrow, (August 4, Orbit)
Anna Caldwell has spent the last few days in a blur. She’s seen her brother’s dead body, witnessed the shooting of innocent civilians, and been shot at herself. She has nowhere to turn, and only one person she can possibly call. Since Anna dumped him, it seems waiting is all Josiah Wolfe has done. She’s calling, and she needs his help, or rather, the “talents” she once ran away from. As a liquidation agent, Josiah knows everything about getting out of tough situations. He’ll get whatever she’s carrying to the proper authorities, then settle down to making sure she doesn’t leave him again. But the story Anna’s stumbled into is far bigger than even Josiah suspects. Anna wants to survive, Josiah wants Anna back, and the powerful people chasing her want the only thing worth killing for, immortality. An ancient evil has been trapped, a woman is in danger, and the world is going to see just how far a liquidation agent will go.
Burning the Rule Book (A Fangborn Story ), by Dana Cameron, (August 4, 47North)
To protect humans from evil yet remain undetected, the Fangborn follow strict rules, but werewolf Jack Parker just keeps breaking them. Failing to disclose his relationship with a Normal could cost him his powers, yet there’s something irresistible about waitress Emily Vargas. She seems to have no past, at least not one she’ll talk about. Jack has kept his affair from the Family but not from his partner, Sully. Lucky for Jack, Sully has more important things to do than report him, like the duo’s strange new assignment. An oracle is barricaded in the Tower of London, refusing to turn over a precious sword until Jack and Sully complete an unusual task. If they succeed, the oracle may reveal Emily’s secret. But if a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, too much can mean the difference between the future Jack longs for and a living hell. (ebook only)
Chase the Darkness (Alpha Pack #7), by J.D. Tyler, (August 4, Signet)
Believed dead by his Pack mates, Micah Chase, a wolf shifter and Dreamwalker, was held captive for months, subject to tortures that left him physically scarred and emotionally unsettled. Now under the care of the Alpha Pack’s doctors, he’s been prescribed an experimental healing drug, but he still can’t shake the nightmares. Even more damning is that Micah’s problems pose a danger to his team, and if he doesn’t get himself under control, they’ll all suffer a terrible fate. There is a key to his salvation. Jacee is a beautiful coyote shifter, and though her kind is hated, she’s falling in love with a man whose very future is in her hands. Together they’ll face his personal demons as well as a deadly enemy, and for both of them desire has never come with such risk.
Crossways (Psi-Tech #2), by Jacey Bedford, (August 4, DAW)
Ben Benjamin, psi-tech Navigator, and Cara Carlinni, Telepath, can never go home again. To the Trust and Alphacorp alike, they are wanted criminals. These are the people who defied the megacorporations and saved a colony by selling the platinum mining rights and relocating ten thousand colonists somewhere safe. They take refuge on Crossways Station with the remnants of their team of renegade psi-techs and the Solar Wind, their jump-drive ship. They’ve made a promise to find a missing space ark with thirty thousand settlers aboard. Alphacorp and the Trust: separately they are dangerous, united they are unstoppable. They want to silence Ben and Cara more than they want to upstage each other. If they have to get rid of Crossways in order to do it, they can live with that. This might be the excuse they’ve been looking for.
Crystal Kingdom (Kanin Chronicles #3), by Amanda Hocking, (August 4, St. Martin’s Griffin)
Bryn Aven, unjustly charged with murder and treason, is on the run. The one person who can help is her greatest enemy, the gorgeous and enigmatic Konstantin Black. Konstantin is her only ally against those who have taken over her kingdom and threaten to destroy everything she holds dear. But can she trust him? As Bryn fights to clear her name, the Kanin rulers’ darkest secrets are coming to light, and now the entire troll world is on the brink of war. Will it tear Bryn from Ridley Dresden, the only guy she’s ever loved? And can she join forces with Finn Holms and the Trylle kingdom? Nothing is as it seems, but one thing is certain: an epic battle is underway-and when it’s complete, nothing will ever be the same.
Dark Ascension (Generation V #4), by M.L. Brennan, (August 4, Roc)
After a lifetime of avoiding his family, Fort has discovered that working for them isn’t half bad, even if his mother, Madeline, is a terrifying, murderous vampire. His newfound career has helped him get his partner, kitsune Suzume, to agree to be his girlfriend. Just as Fort is getting comfortable managing a supernatural empire, Madeline’s health starts failing, throwing Fort into the middle of an uncomfortable and dangerous battle for succession. His older sister, Prudence, is determined to take over the territory. Fort isn’t the only one wary of her sociopathic tendencies, and allies are turning to him to keep Prudence from gaining power. As Fort fights against his impending transition into vampire adulthood, he must also battle to keep Prudence from destroying their mother’s kingdom, before she takes him down with it.
Dark Screams: Volume Four, edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar, (August 4, Hydra)
The Departed by Clive Barker: On All Hallows’ Eve, a dead and disembodied mother yearns to touch her young son one last time. Will making contact destroy them both? Creature Feature by Heather Graham: What could be better publicity for a horror convention than an honest-to-goodness curse? It’s only after lights out that the hype, and the Jack the Ripper mannequin, starts to feel a little too real. The New War by Lisa Morton: Mike Carson is a war hero and a decorated vet. He doesn’t deserve to be trapped in a hospital with some black thing sitting on his chest as patients die all around him. Sammy Comes Home by Ray Garton: It’s what every family prays for: a lost pet returning home. When Sammy, the Hale family sheepdog, appears on their doorstep, he brings back something no parent would ever wish upon his or her child. The Brasher Girl by Ed Gorman: Cindy Marie Brasher is the prettiest girl in the Valley, and Spence just has to have her. Unfortunately, Cindy has a “friend”, a friend who tells her to do things, bad things. (ebook only)
Daughter of Dusk (Midnight Thief #2), by Livia Blackburne, (August 4, Disney-Hyperion)
Though she’s formed a tentative alliance with the Palace, Kyra must keep her identity a secret or risk being hunted like the rest of her Demon Rider kin. Tristam and the imprisoned assassin James are among the few who know about her heritage, but when Tristam reveals a heartbreaking secret of his own, Kyra’s not sure she can trust him. With James’s fate in the hands of the palace, Kyra fears that he will give her away to save himself. As tensions rise within Forge’s Council, and vicious Demon Rider attacks continue in surrounding villages, Kyra knows she must do something to save her city. But she walks a dangerous line between opposing armies: will she be able to use her link to the Demon Riders for good, or will her Makvani blood prove to be deadly?
Dawnbreaker (Legends of the Duskwalker #3), by Jay Posey, (August 4, Angry Robot)
Wren is living in Greenstone under the temporary care of Charles and Mol, and the protection of Chapel. Unable to determine the fate of his mother and those he left behind in Morningside, Wren believes there is nothing left to do but wait for Asher’s final blow, until a man named Haiku walks into the Samurai McGann, looking for Three. After learning of Three’s fate, Asher’s ascension, and Wren’s gift, Haiku offers his help, and together they set out to find the remnants of House Eight and convince them to help. As Cass and the few who survived the fall of Morningside face overwhelming odds to escape Asher and the Weir, they realize it is impossible, until their daring and probably suicidal plan to strike turns out to have surprising results and unexpected discoveries.
Devil’s Pocket (Phoenix Island #2), by John Dixon, (August 4, Gallery Books)
With a chip in his head and hundreds more throughout his body, sixteen-year-old Carl Freeman was turned from an orphan with impulse control issues into a super-soldier. Forced into the mercenary Phoenix Force group, he begins to fear he’ll never escape. Sent to a volcanic island to fight for them, he’ll compete in a combat tournament that awards teens with survival for merciless brutality. But just when all looks lost, he spies a friendly face, and possibly a way out.
Dragonbane (Dark-Hunter #19), by Sherrilyn Kenyon, (August 4, St. Martin’s Press)
Out of all the mysterious boarders who call Sanctuary home, no one is more antisocial or withdrawn than Maxis Drago. But then, it’s hard to blend in with the modern world when you have a fifty foot wingspan. Centuries ago, he was cursed by an enemy who swore to see him fall. An enemy who took everything from him and left him forever secluded. But Fate is a bitch, with a wicked sense of humor. And when she throws old enemies together and threatens the wife he thought had died centuries ago, he comes back with a vengeance. Modern day New Orleans has become a battleground for the oldest of evils. And two dragons will hold the line, or go down in flames.
Edge of Darkness (Dark Saga #27.5), by Christine Feehan, Maggie Shayne and Lori Herter, (August 4, Jove)
Dark Crime by Christine Feehan: Blaze knows who killed her father and she has merciless plans for payback. Until a phone call from a seductive stranger pleads with her to wait. Retribution is in his blood, too. He and Blaze will be united in the blood of the guilty. Tonight, vengeance is theirs. Death by Twilight by Maggie Shayne: Bloodsuckers may be an accepted minority but one of them is getting away with murder. Until a female vamp teams with a mortal detective to end the killing spree. The night belongs to them, and so does every pleasure and danger lurking in the shadows. Cimarron Spirit by Lori Herter: While excavating an Anasazi ruin, archeologist Annie Carmichael uncovers the resting place of a centuries-old vampire who finds in Annie the mate he has longed for. But how much is Annie expected to surrender for the man she now desires?
Enchantress of Paris: A Novel of the Sun King’s Court, by Marci Jefferson, (August 4, Thomas Dunne Books)
The alignment of the stars at Marie Mancini’s birth warned that although she would be gifted at divination, she was destined to disgrace her family. Cardinal Mazarin brings his niece to the French court, where the forbidden occult arts thrive in secret. In France, Marie learns her uncle has become the power behind the throne by using her sister Olympia to hold the Sun King, Louis XIV, in thrall. Marie burns her grimoire, trading Italian superstitions for polite sophistication. King Louis becomes enchanted by Marie’s charm. Cardinal Mazarin pits the sisters against each other, showering Marie with diamonds and silks in exchange for bending King Louis to his will. Marie rebels. She sacrifices everything, exposing Mazarin’s deepest secret threatens to tear France apart. When even King Louis’s love fails to protect Marie, she must summon her powers of divination to shield her family, protect France, and help the Sun King fulfill his destiny.
Fable: Blood of Heroes, by Jim C. Hines, (August 4, Del Rey)
Heroes are thought to be gone from the land. So why have the bards begun singing of them once more? The tale of a band of adventurers who come together to defend a kingdom in desperate need. The city of Brightlodge is awash with Heroes from every corner of Albion. When someone tries to burn down the Cock and Bard inn, four Heroes find themselves hastily thrown together, chasing outlaws through sewers, storming a riverboat full of smugglers, and placing their trust in a most unlikely ally. As the beginnings of a deadly plot are revealed, it becomes clear that Heroes have truly arrived, and so have villains. What connects the recent events in Brightlodge with rumors about a malicious ghost and a spate of unsolved deaths in the nearby mining town of Grayrock? Unless Albion’s new Heroes can find the answer, the dawn of a new age could be extinguished before it even begins.
Finches of Mars, by Brian W. Aldiss, (August 4, Open Road Media)
Doomed by overpopulation, environmental degradation, and war, Earth has become a fetid swamp. Mars represents humankind’s last hope. In six clustered towers on the red planet’s surface, the colonists are attempting to make a new life unencumbered by the corrupting influences of politics, art, and religion. These pioneers have chosen an unalterable path that winds through a landscape as terrible as it is beautiful, often forcing them to compromise their beliefs in order to survive. The gravest threat to the future is not the settlement’s dependence on foodstuffs sent from distant Earth, or the events that occur in the aftermath of the miraculous discovery of native life on Mars, it is the fact that in the ten years since colonization began, every new human baby has been born dead, or so tragically deformed that death comes within hours. (U.S. Release)
Frozen in Amber, by Phyllis Ames, (August 4, DAW)
Amber Treganis constantly reinvents herself. Anything she can do to exert a level of control over her life. What she can’t control is her shape-shifting other self: the WerCougar that sinks its claws into her brain during the three nights surrounding the full moon. Amber has been unwilling to change into her cat form ever since a terrible tragedy cost her the man she loved. After a blurry night of hunting, Amber begins to notice changes in her transformation. When she hears rumors of research to discover a treatment for shifting, she suspects she may have been unknowingly given the experimental therapy. With the help of Adler, a WerEagle, Amber tries to hunt down the truth about this cure. Amber doesn’t realize how much she depends on her Wer sense until they begin to fade. Amber is left increasingly ill, and increasingly human.
His Father’s Eyes (Justin Fearsson #2), by David B. Coe, (August 4, Baen)
Justis Fearsson is a weremyste. He wields potent magic, but every month, on the full moon, he loses his mind. He’s also a private detective, who can’t afford to take time off from his latest investigation while his sanity goes AWOL. A legion of dark sorcerers has descended on Phoenix, wreaking havoc in the blistering desert heat. Jay has to figure out what connects a billionaire financier and a vicious drug kingpin to an attempted terrorist attack, a spate of ritual killings, and the murder of a powerful runemyste. He has to do it fast. These same dark sorcerers have nearly killed the woman he loves and have used their spells to torment Jay’s father. They have Jay in their crosshairs, and with his death they intend to extend their power over the entire magicking world. Jay has other plans, and no intention of turning his city over to the enemy.
Kitty Saves the World (Kitty Norville #14), by Carrie Vaughn, (August 4, Tor)
It’s all come down to this, following the discoveries made by Cormac in Low Midnight, Kitty and her allies are ready to strike. But, when their assassination attempt on the evil vampire Dux Bellorum fails, Kitty finds herself running out of time. The elusive vampire lord has begun his apocalyptic end game, and Kitty still doesn’t know where he will strike. Meanwhile, pressure mounts in Denver as Kitty and her pack begin to experience the true reach of Dux Bellorum’s cult. Outnumbered and outgunned at every turn, the stakes have never been higher for Kitty. She will have to call on allies both old and new in order to save not just her family and friends, but the rest of the world as well.
Lamp Black, Wolf Grey, by Paula Brackston, (August 4, St. Martin’s Griffin)
Artist Laura Matthews finds her new home in the Welsh mountains to be a place so charged with tales and legends that she is able to reach through the veil that separates her own world from that of myth and fable. She and her husband Dan have given up city life and moved to Blaencwm, an ancient longhouse high in the hills. She hopes that the wild beauty will inspire her to produce her best art and will give her the baby they have longed for. This high valley is also home to others, such as Rhys the charismatic loner who pursues Laura. Anwen, the wise old woman from the neighboring farm who knows so much but talks in riddles. There is Merlin. Once he too walked these hills, with his faithful grey wolf at his heel. It was here he fell in love with Megan, nurse-maid to the children of local noble, Lord Geraint. Merlin was young, at the start of his career as a magician, but when he refuses to help Lord Geraint it is Megan who may pay the price.
Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays and Other Writings, by Shirley Jackson and edited by Sarah Hyman DeWitt, (August 4, Random House)
Brings together the deliciously eerie short stories Jackson is best known for, along with frank, inspiring lectures on writing; comic essays about her large, boisterous family; and whimsical drawings. Jackson’s landscape here is most frequently domestic: dinner parties and bridge, household budgets and homeward-bound commutes, children’s games and neighborly gossip. But this familiar setting is also her most subversive: She wields humor, terror, and the uncanny to explore the real challenges of marriage, parenting, and community, the pressure of social norms, the veins of distrust in love, the constant lack of time and space. This collection showcases Shirley Jackson’s radically different modes of writing side by side. Together they show her to be a magnificent storyteller, a sharp, sly humorist, and a powerful feminist.
Love, Lattes and Danger (Mutants #2), by Sandra Cox, (August 4, Lyrical Press)
Joel Eisler is a mutant with special talents. He can detect an oil leak in the ocean simply by tasting the water. He’s been purchased by a large oil company, along with his dolph sister, Amy. The upside of spending his days and nights in the ocean is that it gives him the opportunity to save the lives of his brother dolphins. The downsides are life as a closely monitored slave, and that he can’t be with Piper, the dolph-girl he loves. Joel discovers the lab he grew up in has extracted his sperm and Piper’s egg and created a baby, and his handler, Craven, is plotting to kidnap Amy for more experiments. Joel must rescue the infant, bring her to Piper, and find a way to save Amy. And if that’s not enough of a challenge, he needs to convince Piper she belongs with him instead of her all-too-human boyfriend, if Craven doesn’t get to them first.
Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels #8), by Ilona Andrews, (August 4, Ace)
After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, former Beast Lord Curran Lennart, are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters. So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity, too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected. An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it, before it takes their city apart piece by piece.
Primal Heat (The Shadow Shifters #6), by A.C. Arthur, (August 4, St. Martin’s)
As guard to the most powerful shifter in the human world, Eli Preston is sworn to protect his leader, defend their alliance, and keep his darker instincts in check. But when a beautiful female trainee arouses his jaguar senses, there is no stopping the beast within. He must have her. Even if it jeopardizes the deadliest mission of his life. For six years, Nivea has been waiting for Eli to take her in his arms, unleash his animal urges, and claim her as his mate. But once their passion is unleashed, in a reckless moment of pure unbridled lust, nothing can ever be the same. The battlelines are drawn: man versus animal, shifter versus shifter. And Eli must be prepared to fight for his life, and his love, or he will lose Nivea forever.
Public Enemies (Immortal Game #2), by Ann Aguirre, (August 4, Feiwel & Friends)
Through a Faustian bargain, Edie Kramer has been pulled into the dangerous world of the Immortal Game, where belief makes your nightmares real. Hungry for sport, fears-made-flesh are always raising the stakes. To them, human lives are less than nothing, just pieces on a board. Because of her boyfriend Kian’s sacrifice, she’s operating under the mysterious Harbinger’s aegis, but his patronage could prove as fatal as the opposition. Raw from deepest loss, she’s terrified over the deal Kian made for her. Though her very public enemies keep sending foot soldiers, mercenary monsters committed to her destruction, she’s not the one playing under a doom clock. Kian has six months, unless Edie can save him. And this is a game she can’t bear to lose.
Robin Hood: Mark of the Black Arrow (Demon’s Bane #1), by Debbie Viguie and James R. Tuck, (August 4 Titan)
A vast darkness is spreading. If left unchecked, it will engulf the world, and so Richard the Lionheart must depart England on a holy mission. In his absence, the safety of the realm is entrusted to his brother, Prince John. When the king departs, black sorcery begins to grip the land, threatening noble and peasant alike. Horrific creatures stalk the forests, yet the violence they commit pales when compared to the atrocities of men. A handful of rebels fight back, but are doomed to fail unless they can find a hero to lead them.
Smoke on the Water (Sisters of the Craft #3), by Lori Handeland, (August 4, St. Martin’s)
Abandoned beneath a black willow tree on the banks of a northern Wisconsin creek, Willow Black spent her entire childhood in foster care. Her entire life she’s had terrifying visions, and it is these visions that eventually land her in a psychiatric facility. And so Willow takes her meds and believes she is getting better. Until she meets a fellow patient who doesn’t think she is crazy at all. She thinks Willow is a witch. Willow’s psychiatrist, Dr. Sebastian Crane, works hard to resist his feeling that he and Willow are destined to be together while also working to convince her that strange occurrences aren’t the result of witchcraft, until he is thrown into the middle of a storm of supernatural events that can’t be explained any other way.
Soldiers Out of Time (Temporal Regulatory Authority #5), by Steve White, (August 4, Baen)
Special operations officer Jason Thanou of the Temporal Regulatory Authority must once again plunge into Earth’s blood-drenched past to combat the plots of the Transhumanist underground to subvert that past and create a secret history leading up to the fulfillment of their mad dream of transforming humanity into a race of gods and monsters.
Starry Knight (The Knights of Avalon #1), by Nina Mason, (August 4, Lyrical Press)
British aristocrat Vanessa Bentley has beauty, fame, and fortune, but she gets no respect for her decision to become a paranormal investigator. Determined to prove the naysayers wrong, Vanessa ventures to the misty moors of Caithness, Scotland. There stands the immense Castle Barrogill, where a vampire is rumored to be stalking the dungeons, a vampire Vanessa is determined to find. She’ll just have to get past the resident shape-shifter. Callum Lyon is the gorgeous reclusive astrologer and faery knight who guards the castle. For Vanessa, seducing him proves to be easy. He was once a breeding drone to a Queen. But astrologically, their differences are harder to overcome. Will Vanessa’s mission, and Callum’s secrets, be more than their burgeoning love can take? Or will flesh, and blood, win over the ghosts that haunt them both? (ebook only)
The Casualties, by Nick Holdstock, (August 4, Thomas Dunne)
Samuel Clark likes secrets. He wants to know the hidden stories of the bizarre characters on the little streets of Edinburgh, Scotland. He wants to know about a nymphomaniac, a man who lives under a bridge, a girl with a cracked face. He wants to uncover their histories because he has secrets of his own. He believes, as people do, that he is able to change. He believes, as the whole world does, that there is plenty of time to solve his problems. But Samuel Clark and the rest of the world are wrong. Change and tragedy are going to scream into his and everyone’s lives. It will be a great transformation, a radical change; and it just might be worth the cost. This book explores how we see ourselves, our past and our possible futures. It asks the biggest question: How can we be saved?
The Complete Arrows Trilogy (Valdemar: Arrows of the Queen #1-3 Omnibus), by Mercedes Lackey, (August 4, DAW)
The Arrows trilogy tells the story of Talia, a daughter of the repres¬sive Holderfolk, who is Chosen by the immortal Companion Rolan to become one of the legendary Heralds of Valdemar. Companions like Rolan are mystical horse-like beings with powers beyond imagining, including the power to sense an awakening potential for special talents of the mind in certain young men and women, like Talia. Talia will learn to master her unique mental abilities of telepathy and empathy, and will grow from an uncertain and inexperienced Herald trainee to become the most important Herald of all: the Queen’s Own. Talia and Rolan will fight to protect the queen, the heir to the throne, and the entire kingdom, from dangerous conspiracies, looming unrest, vicious treachery, and even an evil and ancient sorcery beyond the magic of the Heralds themselves.
The Contrary Tale of the Butterfly Girl (The Peculiar Adventures of John Lovehart, Esq., #2), by Ishbelle Bee, (August 4, Angry Robot)
1888. A little girl called Mirror and her extraordinary shape-shifting guardian Goliath Honeyflower are washed up on the shores of Victorian England. Something has been wrong with Mirror since the day her grandfather locked her inside a mysterious clock that was painted all over with ladybirds. Mirror does not know what she is, but she knows she is no longer human. John Loveheart, meanwhile, was not born wicked. But after the sinister death of his parents, he was taken by Mr Fingers, the demon lord of the underworld. Some say he is mad. John would be inclined to agree. Now Mr Fingers is determined to find the little girl called Mirror, whose flesh he intends to eat, and whose soul is the key to his eternal reign. And John Loveheart has been called by his otherworldly father to help him track Mirror down.
The Dog Master: A Novel of the First Dog, by W. Bruce Cameron, (August 4, Forge Books)
Thirty thousand years ago, ice was storming the planet. Among the species forced out of the trees and onto the steppes by the advancing cold was modern man, who was both predator and prey. No stranger to the experiences that make us human, a mother’s love and a father’s betrayal, tribal war and increasing famine, political intrigue and forbidden love, joy and hope and devastating loss, our ancestors competed for scant resources in a brutal landscape. Mankind stood on the cold brink of extinction, but they had a unique advantage over other species, a new technology, domesticated wolves. Only a set of extraordinary circumstances could have transformed one of these fierce creatures into a hunting companion, a bodyguard, a soldier, and a friend.
The Edge of Dawn (Edge #3), by Melinda M. Snodgrass, (August 4, Tor)
Lonely and overwhelmed after a series of terrifying, catastrophic global and personal events, Richard is still determined to save the world from the horrific Old Ones. He goes undercover in a Christian fundamentalist compound, playing house with an attractive FBI agent. This only serves to increase his loneliness, missing his real family. He discovers another unique human who can use the paladin’s weapon, one who might be able to join him. Mosi is a nine year old Navajo girl. Their enemies are trying to kill both Richard and Mosi, and have already killed Mosi’s family. Richard becomes her guardian, but an error in judgement leads to disaster and betrayal. The odd pair will need to summon all their strength to survive the coming battle. The paladin and his ward try to stay in front of their enemies, but the world is at stake, and time is running short.
The Eternal World, by Christopher Farnsworth, (August 4, William Morrow)
Five hundred years ago, a group of Spanish conquistadors searching for gold, led by Simon De Oliveras, land in the New World. They find the Fountain of Youth. The Spaniards slaughter the Utiza, the Native American tribe who guard the precious waters that will keep the conquistadors young for centuries. One escapes: Shako, the chief’s daughter who swears to avenge her people, a blood promise that spans more than five centuries. When the source of the fountain is destroyed in our own time, the loss threatens Simon and his men, and the empire they have built. They turn to science, to David Robinton, a scientific prodigy. As the centuries-old war between Shako and Simon reaches its final stages, David makes a horrifying discovery about his clients and the mysterious and exotic woman he loves. The scientist must decide: is he a pawn in game of hunter and predator, or will he be its only winner?
The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1), by N.K. Jemisin, (August 4, Orbit)
Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Mighty Sanze, the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years, collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman’s vengeance. Across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. There will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun will break world apart herself, if she must, to save her daughter.
The Galaxy Pirates: Hunt for the Pyxis (Pyxis #1), by Zoe Ferraris, (August 4, Crown BYR)
On the night Emma Garton’s supposedly boring parents are kidnapped, she is forced to face the truth: they’ve been lying to her about many things, including the Pyxis, a mysterious amulet that holds the key to saving another world, and worse, they aren’t even from planet Earth. To find her parents, Emma and her best friend, Herbie, must leave Earth and enter the Strands, the waterways of space, where huge galleons ply the intergalactic seas. But a journey through the constellations won’t be easy, not with evil Queen Virgo and every scoundrel in the galaxy determined to find them. This interstellar adventure transports readers to a vast, magical universe filled with fantastical creatures, merciless villains, and fearless heroes.
The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster, by Scott Wilbanks, (August 4, Sourcebooks Landmark)
Annabelle Aster doesn’t bow to convention, not even that of space and time, which makes the 1890s Kansas wheat field that has appeared in her modern-day San Francisco garden easy to accept. Even more peculiar is Elsbeth, the truculent schoolmarm who sends Annie letters through the mysterious brass mailbox perched on the picket fence that now divides their two worlds. Annie and Elsbeth’s search for an explanation to the hiccup in the universe linking their homes leads to an unsettling discovery, and potential disaster for both of them. Together they must solve the mystery of what connects them before one of them is convicted of a murder that has yet to happen, and yet somehow already did.
The Madagaskar Plan: A Novel, by Guy Saville, (August 4, Henry Holt and Co.)
The year is 1953. There is peace in Europe, but a victorious Germany consolidates power in Africa. The lynchpin to its final solution is Madagaskar. Hitler has ordered the resettlement of European Jews to the remote island. British forces conspire to incite colony-wide revolt, resting their hopes on the expertise of Reuben Salois, an escaped leader of Jewish resistance. Ex-mercenary Burton Cole scours the island for his wife and child. But as chaos descends and the Nazis brutally suppress the nascent insurrection, Cole must decide whether he is master of, or at the mercy of, history. Alternate history of the highest order, a thriller of terrifying scope based on the Nazis’ actual plans prior to the Holocaust.
The Moreau Quartet, Volume One (omnibus), by S. Andrew Swann, (August 4, DAW)
Forests of the Night: Set in Cleveland 100 years in the future, this is the story of Nohar Rajasthan, Private Eye, who’s a moreau, descended from genetically manipulated tiger stock. When Nohar is hired by a being illegally created from human stock to look into a murder, he finds himself caught up in a conspiracy of awesome proportions. Fearful Symmetries: This is the story of Nohar Rajasthan, a private eye descended from genetically manipulated tiger stock to become a moreau, a second-class humanoid citizen in a human world. Nohar retired from the private eye business ten years ago, and just wants to spend his remaining time in the peace and quiet of his wilderness homestead. Then a human lawyer asks him to take on a missing moreau case, and suddenly all hell breaks loose.
The Mountain (Event Group Adventure #10), by David Lynn Golemon, (August 4, Thomas Dunne Books)
In 1863 a meeting takes place between legendary war leaders, a secret alliance that will never show up in any American history book. A clandestine arrangement has been struck for a single chance to heal a war-torn nation. The mission is to bring the greatest prize in the history of the world back to American soil. The prize may lie on a mountain top inside the fierce Ottoman Empire. Union Colonel John Henry Thomas will come face to face both with his mortal enemies in Southern Gray and a dark entity that has been trapped on top of God’s Mountain for a millennium. In 2007, America’s darkest agency known as the Event Group, recruits a man they need for their security. Major Jack Collins is brought to the underground world of the Event Group to learn about the darkest secrets in the history of the world where he is told a tale that brings Collins full circle on why his destiny has always lain with Department 5656.
The Nightmare Charade (The Arkwell Academy #3), by Mindee Arnett, (August 4, Tor Teen)
Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare. Literally. Dusty is a magical being who feeds on human dreams. Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy is hard enough, not to mention the crazy events of the past year. Dusty may have saved the day, but there are many days left in the year, and with an old foe back to seek revenge, she’ll need all her strength to defeat him and save her friends.
The Pilots of Borealis, by David Nabhan, (Augusts 4, Talos)
Strapped to artificial wings spanning twenty-five feet across, your arms push a tenth of your body weight with each pump as you propel yourself at frightening speeds through the air. Inside a pressurized dome on the Moon, there are swarms of superbly trained flyers all around you. This was the sport of piloting, and after Helium-3, piloting was the first thing that entered anyone’s mind when Borealis was mentioned. It was Helium-3 that powered humanity’s expansion. The supply, from the surface of the Moon, had once seemed endless. Borealis, the fabulously rich city stretched across the lunar North Pole, had amassed centuries of wealth harvesting it, and was the first to realize that supplies were running out. A new war to rival no other appeared imminent. The solar system’s competing powers discover something more powerful than Helium-3: the indomitable spirit of an Earth-born, mercenary and pilot extraordinaire.
The Raven’s Child, by Thomas E. Sniegoski, (August 4, InkLit)
When the Throng came, the human race never stood a chance. The monsters were simply too strong, too numerous. It only took a few months for them to take over and leave the few poor souls who survived cowering in terror for years to come. But even the monsters fear something: the dark goddess known as the Raven’s Child. Legend says that she alone is destined to destroy the Throng and free those under their cruel power. And whoever wields her name and image could become the bane of the Throng and an inspiration to humankind, even if she were only a young woman, like Carissa Devin, who has vowed to reclaim the world for the human race, no matter what the cost.
The Song of Synth, by Seb Doubinsky, (August 4, Talos)
Synth is a drug able to induce hallucinations indistinguishable from reality. It’s brand new, highly addictive, and more than likely dangerous. For Markus Olsen, Synth offers an easy escape to his crumbling life. Markus, an ex-hacker, has been caught red-handed. Markus decided to cooperate, agreeing to lend his services and particular criminal expertise to Viborg City’s secret service, in exchange for his relative freedom. Markus’ past as an anarchist comes back to haunt him, in the form of a credit card with no account but an unlimited balance as well as a novel in which he is a main character. How much of his reality is being produced by Synth? Forced to face his past and the decisions he’s made, Markus must decide to choose between the artificial comfort of his constructed life and the reality of treason and the struggle for freedom. (U.S. Release)
The Sword of the South, by David Weber, (August 4, Baen)
Kenhodan has no last name, because he has no past. What he does have are a lot of scars and a lot of skills and a purpose. Wencit of Rm, the most powerful wizard in the world, knows the answers to Kenhodan’s questions. He can’t or won’t share them with him. Except to inform him that he’s a critical part of Wencit’s battle to protect Norfressa from conquest by dark sorcery. Bahzell Bahnakson, champion of Tomank, doesn’t know those answers and the War God isn’t sharing them with him. Except to inform Bahzell that the final confrontation with the Dark Lords of fallen Kontovar is about to begin, and that Kenhodan is one of the keys to its final outcome. Wulfra of Torfo doesn’t know those answers, either, but she does know Wencit of Rm is her implacable foe and that Kenhodan is one of the weapons he intends to use against her. In the city of Belhadan, a girl knows the answers to all of Kenhodan’s questions, and dares not share them with anyone. It’s not easy to face the future when you can’t even remember your past. If saving an entire world from evil sorcerers, demons, devils, and dark gods was easy, anyone could do it.
The Temple of Doubt (The Temple of Doubt #1), by Anne Boles Levy, (August 4, Sky Pony Press)
It’s been two six-days since a falling star crashed into the marshes beyond Port Sapphire, putting the wilds off-limits to Hadara, a loss she feels deeply. She’s eager to join her mother beyond the city limits to gather illegal herbs and throw off the yoke of her religious schooling. Hadara and her mother have ignored the priests’ many warnings about their herb gathering, secure in knowing their tropical island is far from Nihil’s critical gaze. Two powerful high priests arrive from Nihil’s home city to investigate the fallen star, insisting it harbors an unseen demon. This sets off speculation that an evil force is already at work in Port Sapphire and brings one of the holy men to Hadara’s doorstep. He chooses Hadara as a guide into the wilds. She sets off a chain of events that will upend everything she’s been taught about the sacred and the profane.
The Total Emasculation of the White Man, by David Valentine Bernard, (August 4, Strebor)
A sci-fi mystery, and a very dark comedy, about several (mostly white) men who are systematically driven insane by a series of bizarre events. One of the men wakes up in the woods one day with amnesia and is confronted by a dominatrix who tells him they are on a mission from God. She takes him to Atlanta, where he comes upon an unapologetically racist and sexist book called The Total Emasculation of the White Man, which sets him off on an even stranger quest. Another man, a college mathematics professor turned stay-at-home dad, finds himself losing his mind when his son’s demonic teddy bear comes to life. Other men see even stranger horrors, but all these seemingly unconnected stories are part of a grand scheme that is either the work of a mischievous god or something even weirder.
The Twice and Future Caesar (Tour of the Merrimack #6), by R.M. Meluch, (August 4, DAW)
In the year 2448, the interstellar Empire of Rome spans an area almost as wide as the far-flung colonial worlds of the United States of America. Caesar Numa Pompeii is rebuilding his empire after the catastrophic war that his predecessor, Caesar Romulus, waged against the United States. War’s end left Romulus in a nanovirus-induced coma, captive of Caesar Numa. Numa has a powerful living weapon, a patterner, an augmented man capable of synthesizing vast amounts of data into actionable intelligence. Numa has lost his prisoner, and his patterner may have turned on him. Fanatical devotees of Romulus rescue their fallen leader from captivity and fashion him into the most capable patterner ever created. Admiral John Farragut returns to the space battle¬ship Merrimack in an attempt to head off the impend¬ing temporal catastrophe. Past and future hinge on a critical moment when time broke once before in the distant star cluster, Myriad.
The Veil (Devil’s Isle #1), by Chloe Neill, (August 4, NAL)
Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused. Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack, in full view of the French Quarter, Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head. But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn.
The Way of Sorrows (The Angelus Trilogy #3), by Jon Steele, (August 4, Blue Rider Press)
The earthly, and cosmic, adventures of Katherine Taylor and Jay Harper come to an electrifying, action-packed conclusion in The Way of Sorrows, the final installment of Jon Steele’s critically acclaimed Angelus Trilogy.
This Broken Wondrous World (Man Made Boy #2), by Jon Skovron, (August 4, Viking BYR)
A year ago, Boy, the son of Frankenstein’s monster, had never even met a human. Now he’s living with his human “family,” the descendants of Dr. Frankenstein, in Switzerland. That is, until the maniacal genius Dr. Moreau, long-ago banished to a remote island for his crimes against humanity, asks for Boy’s help. Moreau wants Boy to join his army of animal/human hybrid creatures and help him overthrow human society. Boy will do anything to save this broken, wondrous world from the war that threatens to split it in two. But how much will he have to give up? And is the world worth saving?
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories, by China Mieville, (August 4, Del Rey)
London awakes one morning to find itself besieged by a sky full of floating icebergs. Destroyed oil rigs, mysteriously reborn, clamber from the sea and onto the land, driven by an obscure but violent purpose. An anatomy student cuts open a cadaver to discover impossibly intricate designs carved into a corpse’s bones, designs clearly present from birth, bearing mute testimony to . . . what? Of such concepts and unforgettable images are made the twenty-eight stories in this collection, many published here for the first time. By turns speculative, satirical, and heart-wrenching, fresh in form and language, and featuring a cast of damaged yet hopeful seekers who come face-to-face with the deep weirdness of the world, and at times the deeper weirdness of themselves. (U.S. Release)
Ultima (Proxima #2), by Stephen Baxter, (August 4, Roc)
On the planet of Per Ardua, alien artifacts were discovered, hatches that allowed humans to step across light-years of space as if they were stepping into another room. But this newfound freedom has consequences. As humanity discovers the real nature of the universe, a terrifying truth comes to light. We all have countless pasts converging in this present, and our future is terrifyingly finite. There are minds in the universe that are billions of years old and now we are vulnerable to their plans for us. It’s time to fight back and take control. (U.S. Release)
Undying Hope (Undying Chronicles #1), by Emma Weylin, (August 4, Lyrical Press)
Haven Killian needs help. As the heiress of an ancient organization called the Black Rose, she is charged with keeping alive the line of succession. When she vows to protect a young boy tormented by magic, all she has to go on are rumors of an immortal with the power to save him. As Battle King of the Undying, Quinn Donovan has the most powerful magic on the planet. Yet, he has waited an eternity to find his lifebond: the one woman destined to be his mate. The moment he meets Haven, he senses she is his. His instincts scream to protect the woman and the boy she guards, and to claim her as his own. But Haven is mortal, and for them to be united, she must become one of the Undying. (ebook only)
Veiled (Alex Verus #6), by Benedict Jacka, (August 4, Ace)
Diviner Alex Verus and the Council that governs the magical community have never gotten along. But with his former teacher back in Britain, Alex is in desperate need of allies, and he’ll do whatever it takes to get them, even if it means accepting a job with the Keepers, enforcing magical law. Alex forms an uneasy alliance with his new partner, Caldera, but his attempt at legitimacy quickly turns lethal when a mission puts him in possession of an item that factions both inside and outside of the Council would kill to get their hands on. Once again caught in the middle of a deadly conflict, Alex will need all his abilities to figure out who his friends are, especially when enemies are hiding on all sides.
Waterborne Exile (Waterborne Blade #2), by Susan Murray, (August 4, Angry Robot)
In a world of turmoil, following the king’s death, the traitor Vasic is struggling to secure his rule over the combined Peninsular Kingdoms whilst the exiled queen, Alwenna, has taken refuge with freemerchant community whose elders fear her dark power. Mistrust rules the day with bribery, drugs, trafficking of children, and murder rife throughout the kingdom. As the priestess’ plot for revenge continues, Alenn a leaves to seek the outcast group of loyal kinsman. Marten attempts to restore Alwenna to the throne but as the priestess closes in, will he succeed?
Wind/Pinball: Two Early Novels (The Rat #1-2), by Haruki Murakami, (August 4, Knopf)
The debut short novels, nearly thirty years out of print, by the internationally acclaimed writer, newly retranslated and in one English-language volume for the first time, with a new introduction by the author. These first major works of fiction by Haruki Murakami center on two young men, an unnamed narrator and his friend and former roommate, the Rat. Powerful, at times surreal, stories of loneliness, obsession, and eroticism, these novellas bear all the hallmarks of Murakami’s later books, giving us a fascinating insight into a great writer’s beginnings, and are remarkable works of fiction in their own right. Here too is an exclusive essay by Murakami in which he explores and explains his decision to become a writer. Prequels to the much-beloved classics A Wild Sheep Chase and Dance Dance Dance. (U.S. Release)
A City Called Smoke (The Territory #2), by Justin Woolley, (August 6, Momentum)
The Diggers have been destroyed, a horde of ghouls is moving inland and the High Priestess has seized control of the Central Territory. Together with Nim, a Nomad boy seeking vengeance against the ghouls, Squid and Lynn begin their long journey toward the city of Big Smoke, a city that may not even exist. Pursued by forces that wish to see them fail, facing threats on all sides and conflict from within, Squid, Lynn and Nim search for a weapon against the ghouls. It is a search that will lead them into forbidden lands where long-held beliefs about their world are tested and Squid may finally unravel the truth of his identity. But even if they survive their journey, the teenagers on whom the fate of the Territory now rests have no idea what dangers await them beyond the fence.
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