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Podcast episode 27: EMILY A. DUNCAN on creating her dark, gothic fantasy WICKED SAINTS

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In today’s episode I talk WICKED SAINTS with author Emily A. Duncan! We delve into what it was like creating a dark Gothic fantasy, how she pulled from Slavic myth, why her monsters are so damn creepy, the interesting way she creates her manuscripts, and more!

Here’s a list of her recent reads:

Truly Devious and The vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson- she did audio and enjoyed it.

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw

Providence and The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie

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‘Every Day’ by David Levithan is a Thought-Provoking Romance With a Sci-Fi Bend

Hey all! I’m happy to introduce another new book reviewer. Welome, Kate! Here’s a little bit about her:

I have two great loves in this world, which are caring for animals and science fiction/fantasy. I am currently working as a Senior Pet Care Specialist at a PetSmart PetsHotel. In my spare time I consume all forms of science fiction and fantasy, from movies and TV shows to books! By far my favorite sci fi TV show is Stargate SG-1 but my current obsessions are Dr. Who and Dexter. Whenever I find time I am also reading, which usually means reading in place of sleeping. Some of my favorite books include the Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn, Life of Pi by Yann Martel and anything written by Tamora Pierce. But a list of all the books, movie and TV show I love could go on forever. I just want to say I couldn’t be happier getting the chance to share my love with all of you!

For her first review Kate scored David Levithan’s lovely Every Day, which has quite the buzz around it and is already a New York Times bestseller. What’s it about? Take it away, Kate!

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For my first ever book review I got the chance to read David Levithan’s Every Day. Right away the idea stuck with me: what if you woke up in the body of a different person every day? Not just to inhabit their body, but to access their memories and truly live their life for just one day. It’s such a simple idea, such a wonderful idea. Each chapter is a new day, and each new day is a new life.

“A” is a sixteen year old boy. But A isn’t always a sixteen year old boy. He has spent his entire life shifting from one person’s life to the next. When he awakes each morning he can access the memories of the body he finds himself in, but it’s like a biography: all the details are there, just not the emotions.  Just enough to get by with no one noticing the difference, and this is what A wants: to go unnoticed. That is until he meets Rhiannon, the first person that A wants to notice him; the problem is that A is in Justin’s body. Justin is Rhiannon’s boyfriend. A does everything that he can to give Rhiannon the perfect day, because that is all he thinks he can give. Just one day.

However, A can’t forget Rhiannon in the morning, in the next body. But how do you explain that you are the same person in a new body? How to you make them believe? This is what A has to do, convince Rhiannon. While A stays about the same age, he doesn’t stay in the same place. One day he is an hour away from her, the next 3 or 4 hours away, but also sometimes the same town. This makes finding opportunities for A and Rhiannon to see each other difficult. Even harder is that A isn’t always a boy. While A thinks nothing of this, it may be his biggest hurdle in making Rhiannon understand. A has never thought of himself as male or female (I find myself using the male pronouns because that is how I pictured A, and referring to A as “it” doesn’t feel right).

A has also always been very careful about going unnoticed. Until he trips up and a host remembers not being in control of his body. This causes A to start questioning himself and what he does. He begins to wonder if he is the only one out there.

I loved this book. I couldn’t stop reading, and  I couldn’t stop thinking about it. While the concept drew me in, it is the writing that makes this book shine. I really felt like I knew each and every one of these characters that we get to meet so briefly. Every chapter was like starting a new book. At the beginning of each chapter Levithan introduces you to a new character and a new household. The people that A inhabits are so varied that I think anyone can find something to relate to in this book.

At the heart this book is a love story between A and Rhiannon. But through all of A’s host bodies we get to experience love in so many facets. The love between parents and children, between siblings, the exciting love a new relationship, the comforting love of a partner that see the real you, and even how life can be with the lack of love. What I found refreshing and intriguing about the relationships in this book is how Levithan didn’t restrict himself to heterosexual relationships. We see female-female relationships, male-male relationships and a very endearing couple with a transgender female and his girlfriend.

I found this book to be a thought-provoking romance with a definite sci-fi bend, and I loved every minute of it. You’ll want to cry, laugh and cheer for these wonderful characters.

Every Day hit shelves on August 28th, 2012.

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New Book Releases, Week of September 9th, 2012

 

Here’s this week’s list of new scifi and fantasy books coming out. Click on the title to see the cover. Enjoy!

Released Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer), by Brent Weeks

Gavin Guile is dying.
He’d thought he had five years left–now he has less than one. With fifty thousand refugees, a bastard son, and an ex-fiancée who may have learned his darkest secret, Gavin has problems on every side. All magic in the world is running wild and threatens to destroy the Seven Satrapies. Worst of all, the old gods are being reborn, and their army of color wights is unstoppable. The only salvation may be the brother whose freedom and life Gavin stole sixteen years ago.

The White Forest, by Adam McOmber

In this hauntingly original debut novel about a young woman whose peculiar abilities help her infiltrate a mysterious secret society, Adam McOmber uses fantastical twists and dark turns to create a fast-paced, unforgettable story.

Young Jane Silverlake lives with her father in a crumbling family estate on the edge of Hampstead Heath. Jane has a secret—an unexplainable gift that allows her to see the souls of man-made objects—and this talent isolates her from the outside world. Her greatest joy is wandering the wild heath with her neighbors, Madeline and Nathan. But as the friends come of age, their idyll is shattered by the feelings both girls develop for Nathan, and by Nathan’s interest in a cult led by Ariston Day, a charismatic mystic popular with London’s elite. Day encourages his followers to explore dream manipulation with the goal of discovering a strange hidden world, a place he calls the Empyrean.

A year later, Nathan has vanished, and the famed Inspector Vidocq arrives in London to untangle the events that led up to Nathan’s disappearance. As a sinister truth emerges, Jane realizes she must discover the origins of her talent, and use it to find Nathan herself, before it’s too late.

Full Blooded (Jessica McCain), by Amanda Carlson

It’s not easy being a girl. It’s even harder when you’re the only girl in a family of werewolves. But it’s next to impossible when your very existence spells out the doom of your race… Meet Jessica McClain — she just became part of the pack.
In the vein of Kelley Armstrong and Patricia Briggs, a new urban fantasy that rewrites the werewolf myth…

Haven 6 (New Dawn), by Aubrie Dionne

A product of an illegal pairing, Eridani is the only woman without a lifemate aboard the colonization ship, the Heritage, and she is determined her less than perfect DNA will not get in the way of finding love. As the ship nears its final destination of Haven 6 after three hundred years of travel, images from the surface show evidence of intelligent life on a planet supposed to be uninhabited. Commander Grier assigns Eri to the exploratory team to spy on the alien society and return with information on how to defeat them.
When Eri’s team lands, tribes of humans attack and Eri is saved by Striver, the descendant of a colonist and a pirate from Old Earth’s colonization efforts in other parts of the galaxy. Striver helps Eri rescue her team, and they are drawn to each other despite their different allegiances. While Striver battles with trusting Eri, Eri must decide whether to warn him and his people about the Commander’s intentions, or follow orders and complete her mission.

Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, edited by Halli Villegas 

ChiZine Publications and Tightrope Books unite in a joint venture to produce a yearly anthology of speculative short fiction and poetry (science fiction, fantasy, horror, and magic realism). Canadian speculative fiction has been increasingly recognized internationally for the calibre of its authors and their insight into the nature of social and cultural identities, the implications of new technologies, and the relationship between humankind and its environments. At their best, these pieces disrupt habits and overcome barriers of cultural perception to make the familiar strange through the use of speculative elements such as magic and technology. They provide glimpses of alternate realities and possible futures and pasts that provoke an ethical, social, political, environmental, and biological inquiry into what it means to be human.

The 13th Reality, Book 4: The Void of Mist and Thunder, by James Dashner

Atticus Higginbottom is trapped in the Nonex with his mortal enemy Mistress Jane and the corrupt and powerful Mr. Chu. No one has ever escaped the Nonex before, but for Tick, Jane, or Mr. Chu to have any hope of surviving the strange and deadly realm, they will have to work together for the first time in their lives. And they must escape. An all-consuming void has opened up and is unleashing monsters throughout the Realities. All of reality is unraveling at the seams and Ticks friends and fellow Realitants are facing an epic war that could spell the end of all they hold dear. Master George has one last weapon at his disposal: the mysterious and unpredictable Karma button. And depending on the character of the person who wields it will determine if its unlimited power is used for good or for evil. The Void of Mist and Thunder is the fourth and final book in the 13th Reality series.

The Brides of Rollrock Island, by Margo Lanagan

On remote Rollrock Island, men go to sea to make their livings—and to catch their wives.
The witch Misskaella knows the way of drawing a girl from the heart of a seal, of luring the beauty out of the beast. And for a price a man may buy himself a lovely sea-wife. He may have and hold and keep her. And he will tell himself that he is her master. But from his first look into those wide, questioning, liquid eyes, he will be just as transformed as she. He will be equally ensnared. And the witch will have her true payment.
Margo Lanagan weaves an extraordinary tale of desire, despair, and transformation. With devastatingly beautiful prose, she reveals characters capable of unspeakable cruelty, but also unspoken love.

Dalight Saving, by Edward Hogan

Can you save someone from something that’s already happened?
Daniel’s expectations for his forced vacation with his father at the Leisure World Holiday Complex are low. He hates sports, and his father is mostly lost in drink and depression. But then he sees a strange girl swimming in the fake lake, and everything changes. Lexi has a smart mouth and a killer swim stroke, but dark secrets swirl around her. She’s got bruises and cuts that seem to be getting worse instead of better. She’s always alone. And her watch is ticking backwards. When a dark figure begins to stalk Lexi and Daniel, the truth must come out. This gripping ghost story will raise goose bumps and questions: does a traumatic past mean the future is a foregone conclusion?

 Demons (Seers- Trilogy), by Heather Frost

Kate’s life is far from normal. She can see Auras, her boyfriend is immortal, and her powers make her a target. But now that the Demon Lord is hunting her, things are about to go from dangerous to truly deadly. Packed with action, mind-blowing plot twists, and characters you can’t get enough of, this is a fast-paced, heart-pounding read from cover to cover.

Hidden: A Firelight Novel, by Sophie Jordan

A dangerous journey. Shattered bonds. Undying passion.

Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the “prince” of their pride. But she resisted her fate long before she fell in love with Will—a human and, worse, a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian’s sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory.

The only way Jacinda can reach Miram is by posing as a prisoner herself, though once she assumes that disguise, things quickly spiral out of her control. As she learns more about her captors, she realizes that even if Will and Cassian can carry out their part of the plan, there’s no guarantee they’ll all make it out alive. But what Jacinda never could have foreseen is that escaping would be only the beginning. . . .

Loyalties are tested and sacrifices made in the explosive conclusion to Sophie Jordan’s Firelight trilogy.

Island of Doom: Hunchback Assignments 4 (The Hunchback Assignments), by Arthur Slade

After previous assignments in London, the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, and the Australian rain forest, this final adventure in the Hunchback Assignments series finds our hero, shape-shifting, masked spy Modo, on his most personal quest. Along with fellow spy Octavia Milkweed, they search for Modo’s biological parents. But when the Clockwork Guild find Modo’s parents first, Octavia and Modo chase them across Europe and North America to the Island of Doom. Joined by memorable characters from the first three books–some lovable, and some who are terrifying and evil–Modo and Octavia dash towards a thrilling conclusion.

The Secret Circle: The Hunt, by L. J. Smith

There’s no turning back. . . .

For Cassie and her Circle of witches, it’s hard to imagine life in New Salem getting any worse. A band of powerful witch hunters is targeting the group, determined to destroy them one by one. And Cassie’s half sister, Scarlett, won’t rest until she has a spot in the Circle—even if she has to kill Cassie to get it.

The Circle’s only hope against their enemies is Cassie’s father’s Book of Shadows—an ancient guide to the world of dark magic. But Cassie soon discovers that opening the book has grave consequences. Cassie’s drawn in by the book’s sinister spell, and it starts controlling her emotions and impulses, unraveling her relationship with Adam as it takes over her life.

Cassie fights against the darkness inside her as the threats against the Circle grow. But once evil is let in, she may never escape. . . .

Shadowfell, by Juliet Marillier

Sixteen-year-old Neryn is alone in the land of Alban, where the oppressive king has ordered anyone with magical strengths captured and brought before him. Eager to hide her own canny skill–a uniquely powerful ability to communicate with the fairy-like Good Folk–Neryn sets out for the legendary Shadowfell, a home and training ground for a secret rebel group determined to overthrow the evil King Keldec.
During her dangerous journey, she receives aid from the Good Folk, who tell her she must pass a series of tests in order to recognize her full potential. She also finds help from a handsome young man, Flint, who rescues her from certain death–but whose motives in doing so remain unclear. Neryn struggles to trust her only allies. They both hint that she alone may be the key to Alban’s release from Keldec’s rule. Homeless, unsure of who to trust, and trapped in an empire determined to crush her, Neryn must make it to Shadowfell not only to save herself, but to save Alban.

Unspoken: The Lynburn Legacy, by Sarah Rees Brennan 

Kami Glass is in love with someone she’s never met—a boy she’s talked to in her head since she was born. This has made her an outsider in the sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale, but she has learned ways to turn that to her advantage. Her life seems to be in order, until disturbing events begin to occur. There has been screaming in the woods and the manor overlooking the town has lit up for the first time in 10 years. . . . The Lynburn family, who ruled the town a generation ago and who all left without warning, have returned. Now Kami can see that the town she has known and loved all her life is hiding a multitude of secrets—and a murderer. The key to it all just might be the boy in her head. The boy she thought was imaginary is real, and definitely and deliciously dangerous.

Vessel, by Sarah Beth Durst

In a desert world of sandstorms and sand-wolves, a teen girl must defy the gods to save her tribe in this mystical, atmospheric tale from the author of Drink, Slay, Love.Liyana has trained her entire life to be the vessel of a goddess. The goddess will inhabit Liyana’s body and use magic to bring rain to the desert. But Liyana’s goddess never comes. Abandoned by her angry tribe, Liyana expects to die in the desert. Until a boy walks out of the dust in search of her.

Korbyn is a god inside his vessel, and a trickster god at that. He tells Liyana that five other gods are missing, and they set off across the desert in search of the other vessels. For the desert tribes cannot survive without the magic of their gods. But the journey is dangerous, even with a god’s help. And not everyone is willing to believe the trickster god’s tale.

The closer she grows to Korbyn, the less Liyana wants to disappear to make way for her goddess. But she has no choice: She must die for her tribe to live. Unless a trickster god can help her to trick fate—or a human girl can muster some magic of her own.

Fang Girl, by Helen Keeble

Sure, the idea of vampires is sexy, but who actually dreams of spending eternity as a pasty, bloodthirsty fifteen-year-old?

Not me.

Unfortunately, the somewhat psychotic vampire who turned me into a bloodsucker didn’t bother to ask first. Now I’m dealing with parents who want me to vamp them, a younger brother who’s convinced I’m a zombie, and a seriously ripped vampire hunter who either wants to stake me or make out with me. Not sure which. Oh and PS, none of my favorite fanfic prepared me to deal with vampire politics—which are looking pretty tricky based on the undead Elder trying to hunt me down.

What’s a vampire-obsessed fangirl turned real-life fanggirl supposed to do?

 

All descriptions from amazon.com.

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Colleen Houck Week Update

Hey everyone! After some major server issues, it seems like Lytherus is back up and running. Yay!

Last week we planned a feature week for Colleen Houck, but since things were unaccessable, we’re pushing it to this week. Also yay!

As a reminder, here are the many goodies we’ll have for you over the next few days:

  • Book review of Tiger’s Destiny
  • Exclusive audio interview with Colleen
  • Guest blog post
  • Giveaways

Thanks everyone for your patience, and thanks for supporting Lytherus!

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It’s Colleen Houck Week on Lytherus!

Hey all! New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck has the fourth book in her Tiger’s Curse series, Tiger’s Destiny, coming out today. I LOVE this series, and am happy to be able to bring you a whole week of Colleen!

What’s on the agenda for the week?

  • Book review of Tiger’s Destiny
  • Exclusive audio interview with Colleen
  • Guest blog post
  • Giveaways

Be sure to check back, we’ll have something going on almost every day.

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Guest Post: Author Tessa Gratton Talks Magic!

Tessa Gratton’s guest post is about none other than magic! Since this is the theme that runs through her books, I wanted her to tell us a little bit about how she got the inspiration for these amazing stories. This post talks about how magic has hit her at different points at her life and what it meant for her, bringing her to the now.

Take it away Tessa!

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“Magic Inspiring Magic”

When I was a kid, I was desperate to learn how to use magic. I wanted to apprentice to a great wizard and spend years studying alchemy and geometry and runes, culminating in a masterwork that allowed me to become a great wizard myself.

In my quest, I read everything I could find about magic all over the world. Fiction, yes, but mostly history and anthropology. I focused on western European medieval magic at first because it was the most easily accessible, but as I got older and more capable of intensive research in the bowels of a university library, I branched out into African tribal magic, Japanese magic, and American Indian magic. I realized that frequently western researchers conflated religious rituals with magic when they were looking at non-western traditions, and that led me to examine Catholicism with an eye for its magical rituals, which in turn led me to modern America.

Not only have I spent time with plenty of pagans – who practice magic as a form of prayer directly, are very ritualistically oriented, and attached to the idea of the natural connectedness of all things – but I’ve read a lot of modern books about the resurgence of western magic since the 1950s in Europe and America.

I believe I was searching for a sort of truth that I’d lost when I stopped going to church with my family as a teenager. I wanted a universal understanding of humankind’s fascination with the idea of magic – of energy and ritualized prayer, of how we can affect the world with our emotions and willpower.

It wasn’t until I “discovered” Pennsylvania Dutch magic that I hit on something I was ready to write about. At the time I thought it was wonderful because it’s a system of magic that harkens back to medieval European practices, but is also still apparent when you drive along I-80 in Pennsylvania today. Hexes painted on the sides of barns, or for sale in road-side shops, point to the rich magical heritage of the area. The magic itself is based on the home and family: painting hexes and runes, tying knots in rope, candles and cooking and other things that make it not only very practical, but hold it in the realm of “women’s magic.” It was passed down through families and tied to the community and women whereas old European high magic like alchemy was considered secretive, quasi-scientific, and dominated by men.

That’s what I chose to embrace the most when I created my magical system for The Blood Journals: the personal nature of American folkloric magic, the family relations and communal nature, the practical side, the connection to the natural world. And the fact that it’s very uniquely American in how it’s a transplanted magic (mostly from Germany) that took pieces from the new land, the new cultures around it. To that I added the blood being the key to power – which in itself comes from so many cultures and magical systems around the world I couldn’t list them all.

One of the reasons I wrote Mab from The Blood Keeper the way I did was because I wanted to revel in the joy, beauty, and natural strength of this magic. Silla and Nick were both traumatized by the magic, desperate for it, and fighting it frequently. To Mab, I wanted it to be a source of love and power.

The two books compliment each other that way: Blood Magic is the nighttime to The Blood Keeper’s daylight.

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Want more Tessa? You can find her on twitter (@tessagratton) and at www.tessagratton.com.

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Reality and Fantasy Blend Effortlessly in Lev Grossman’s ‘The Magician King’

Quentin and the gang are back in The Magician King, the second installment in Lev Grossman’s highly popular Fillory series, following up the New York Times Bestselling The Magicians. Everything there is to love in book one is present in spades in book two, and with new magic-filled adventures comes more realistic, personal struggles as we get deeper inside the heads of these lovely, screwed-up characters.

Quentin is bored and wants to go on a quest.  You know, because being one of four kings and queens of the magical world of Fillory isn’t quite enough for him anymore. He sets out with Julia, one of the queens and a good friend (and a former love interest who still pangs his loins from time to time), on a ship, sailing to far-off Outer Island to collect back taxes. While there he hears the tale of the missing seven keys and decides to set out to find them, knowing that this is truly the adventure he’s destined to undertake.

With renewed purpose he travels to another far-reaching island, and with luck gets his hands on one of the keys. But when he inserts it into an invisible door and opens it, he and Julia end up in the one place neither of them wish to be: Earth. With no seeming way to return to Fillory, and with Julia’s strange, distant behavior a constant concern for Quentin, they set out to find a way back to the magical land they call home – and to Eliot and Janet who were left there to rule with no idea where there friends had gone. The journey across Earth leads Quentin and Julia to encounter both friend and foe, and with quick thinking and a little magic, they hope to make their dreams a reality once more.

Lev Grossman has a way with words and story-telling. I’ve read a lot of fantasy in my life, both child and adult, and this book (and book one) is in a class of its own.  The mixture of realistic, relatable language and action of the characters, combined with the completely fantastical elements that make the story magic, is an amalgamation I have never read anywhere else. And that’s what I love about them. Quinten, a King of Fillory, on a quest to save the universe while dealing with talking animals and magical keys and whatnot, still says fuck and pees and likes to get his rocks off just like the rest of humanity. It is absurdly, unabashedly human, and Grossman manages to get inside the heads of these characters in a way that I rarely experience in any form of literature.

Quentin’s struggles felt wonderfully familiar, thanks to growing accustomed to his voice in book one. However it was Julia who really owns this book. She grows from a minor character in The Magicians to one of the most prominent presences in The Magician King. Her haunted reality is a puzzle to Quentin, one he pursues continually as the story moves forward, and throughout the book we pop into her thoughts as she leads us on the journey that started years prior, when she failed the Brakebills test and was left out in the cold. Her tale is intense and interesting, and as the main story was also extremely compelling, it was with a combination of glee and frustration when the story jumped from one account to the next (usually after something really interesting occurred, so of course you’re dying to know what happens!)

The way the author handles fantasy in The Magician King is also superb. Grossman plays homage to C. S. Lewis in creating the world of Fillory, obviously so, which is fun to see in and of itself. But try to imagine adult characters stomping around in Narnia, and all the realness that comes with that, and you’ll begin to glimpse why this book is a blast to read. I kind of felt like I was doing something naughty, venturing into virgin land, untouched by adults.  But that’s what’s great about it; all the perks and troubles and struggles and accomplishments that come along with being a grownup are thrust into a world that feels like it belongs to children, thanks to the parallels drawn from familiar stories of our youth. This juxtaposition is what makes The Magician King unlike anything else I have ever read, and I savored the experience.

The Magician King was at times hilarious, sad, violent, poignant, and not least of all very, very human. It took me to a place of magic and wonder while keeping me grounded and able to relate. Reading it was truly a pleasure, and I’d recommend it to anyone who likes their epic fantasies with a side of lost innocence and a dash of in-your-face realism. Read The Magicians first, and then you can sink into the pleasure that is The Magician King and enjoy all of its wonders.

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What Are We Giving Away This Week? Check it Out (Week of May 20th)

Hidey-ho neighbors! Here’s this week’s awesome giveaways. Remember you can enter on both Facebook and Twitter. DO NOT enter here, it won’t count. Click here for a list of all the entry rules.  Without further ado, here are the goodies:

Monday: 

On Monday we’re giving away a copy of The Bridge to Neverland by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry. This book is a companion to their other Starcatchers series. Click here to see what it’s about.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday:

Our Inheritance Cycle prize for the week is a copy of The Inheritance Almanac by our founder Mike Macauley. This is an A-Z guide for all things alagaesia, and is a must-have for Inheritance fans. BONUS: It’s SIGNED by both Mike and Christopher Paolini! Click here to learn more!

 

 

 

Friday:

Need a break from traditional fantasy and scfi? Trash by Andy Mulligan might be just the thing you’re looking for. Click here to get a full summary of this awesome book.

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2012 Locus Awards Finalists are Announced!

It’s awards time again! this time we bring you the short list for the 2012 Locus Science Fiction Foundation prize. Winners will be announced during the Science Fiction Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 15-17, 2012.

Seems like a pretty great list this year. Drop us a line if you’ve enjoyed anything listed below, and tell us why it was awesome!

Science Fiction Novel

  • Leviathan Wakes, James S. A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • 11/22/63, Stephen King (Scribner; Hodder & Stoughton as11.22.63)
  • Embassytown, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan)
  • Rule 34, Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit UK)
  • The Children of the Sky, Vernor Vinge (Tor)

Fantasy Novel

  • A Dance with Dragons, George R.R. Martin (Bantam; Harper Voyager UK)
  • Snuff, Terry Pratchett (Harper; Doubleday UK)
  • The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW; Gollancz)
  • Deathless, Catherynne M. Valente (Tor)
  • Among Others, Jo Walton (Tor)

First Novel

  • Ready Player One, Ernest Cline (Crown; Century)
  • God’s War, Kameron Hurley (Night Shade)
  • Soft Apocalypse, Will McIntosh (Night Shade)
  • The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday)
  • Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, Genevieve Valentine (Prime)

Young Adult Book

  • Planesrunner, Ian McDonald (Pyr)
  • Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs (Quirk)
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, Catherynne M. Valente (Feiwel and Friends)
  • Goliath, Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse; Simon & Schuster UK)

Novella

  • The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs, James P. Blaylock (Subterranean)
  • “The Man Who Bridged the Mist”, Kij Johnson (Asimov’s 10-11/11)
  • “Kiss Me Twice”, Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s 6/11)
  • “The Ants of Flanders”, Robert Reed (F&SF 7-8/11)
  • Silently and Very Fast, Catherynne M. Valente (WSFA)

Novelette

  • “Underbridge”, Peter S. Beagle (Naked City)
  • “The Copenhagen Interpretation”, Paul Cornell (Asimov’s 7/11)
  • “The Summer People”, Kelly Link (Tin House: The Ecstatic/Steampunk!)
  • “What We Found”, Geoff Ryman (F&SF 9-10/11)
  • “White Lines on a Green Field”, Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean Fall ’11)

Short Story

  • “The Way It Works Out and All”, Peter S. Beagle (F&SF 7-8/11)
  • “The Case of Death and Honey”, Neil Gaiman (A Study in Sherlock)
  • “The Paper Menagerie”, Ken Liu (F&SF 3-4/11)
  • “The Bread We Eat in Dreams”, Catherynne M. Valente (Apex 11/11)
  • “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees”, E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld 4/11)

Magazine

  • Analog
  • Asimov’s
  • Clarkesworld
  • F&SF
  • Tor.com

Publisher

  • Baen
  • Night Shade
  • Small Beer
  • Subterranean
  • Tor

Anthology

  • Welcome to Bordertown, Holly Black & Ellen Kushner, eds. (Random House)
  • The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-eighth Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois, ed. (St. Martin’s Griffin)
  • Steampunk!, Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant, eds. (Candlewick; Walker UK)
  • Eclipse Four, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Night Shade)
  • Engineering Infinity, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Solaris; Solaris UK)

Collection

  • Sleight of Hand, Peter S. Beagle (Tachyon)
  • The Collected Stories of Carol Emshwiller, Volume 1,
    Carol Emshwiller (Nonstop)
  • Two Worlds and In Between, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean)
  • After the Apocalypse, Maureen F. McHugh (Small Beer)
  • The Bible Repairman and Other Stories, Tim Powers (Tachyon)

Editor

  • Ellen Datlow
  • Gardner Dozois
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
  • Gordon Van Gelder

Artist

  • Bob Eggleton
  • John Picacio
  • Shaun Tan
  • Charles Vess
  • Michael Whelan

Non-fiction

  • In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, Margaret Atwood (Talese; Virago; Signal (Canada))
  • Becoming Ray Bradbury, Jonathan R. Eller (University of Illinois)
  • Musings and Meditations, Robert Silverberg (Nonstop)
  • Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature, Gary K. Wolfe (Wesleyan)
  • Sightings: Reviews 2002-2006, Gary K. Wolfe (Beccon)

Art Books

  • Out of This World: Science Fiction But Not As You Know It, Mike Ashley, ed. (British Library)
  • Cor Blok, A Tolkien Tapestry: Pictures to Accompany The Lord of the Rings (HarperCollins UK)
  • Spectrum 18: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner (Underwood)
  • Masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art, Karen Haber, ed. (Rockport)
  • Jeffrey Jones, Jeffrey Jones: A Life in Art (IDW)
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New Book Releases, Week of March 25, 2012

Here’s this week’s new scifi, fantasy and horror releases. Click on the title to see the cover.

Released Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Lover Reborn, by J.R. Ward

#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward’s novels of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continue as a vampire warrior crosses the line between life and death…and ventures into an erotic world of dark dreams and darker desires. 

Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment has been unrecognizable from the vampire leader he once was. Physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair, he has been brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel. Now, fighting once again with ruthless vengeance, he is unprepared to face a new kind of tragedy.
When Tohr begins to see his beloved in his dreams—trapped in a cold, isolated netherworld far from the peace and tranquillity of the Fade—he turns to the angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost. But because Lassiter tells him he must learn to love another to free his former mate, Tohr knows they are all doomed….
Except then a female with a shadowed history begins to get through to him. Against the backdrop of the raging war with the lessers, and with a new clan of vampires vying for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between the buried past and a very hot, passion-filled future…but can his heart let go and set all of them free?

Range of Ghosts, by Elizabeth Bear

Temur, grandson of the Great Khan, is walking away from a battlefield where he was left for dead. All around lie the fallen armies of his cousin and his brother, who made war to rule the Khaganate. Temur is now the legitimate heir by blood to his grandfather’s throne, but he is not the strongest. Going into exile is the only way to survive his ruthless cousin.
Once-Princess Samarkar is climbing the thousand steps of the Citadel of the Wizards of Tsarepheth. She was heir to the Rasan Empire until her father got a son on a new wife. Then she was sent to be the wife of a Prince in Song, but that marriage ended in battle and blood. Now she has renounced her worldly power to seek the magical power of the wizards. These two will come together to stand against the hidden cult that has so carefully brought all the empires of the Celadon Highway to strife and civil war through guile and deceit and sorcerous power.

Secrets of the Fire Sea, by Stephen Hunt

The isolated island of Jago is the only home Hannah Conquest has ever known. But her carefree existence comes to an abrupt halt when her guardian, Archbishop Alice Grey, is brutally murdered. Someone desperately wants to suppress a secret kept by the archbishop, and if the attempts on Hannah’s own life are any indication, the killer believes that Alice passed the knowledge to her ward before her head was separated from her neck.

Meanwhile, a deadly power struggle is brewing on Jago. And as Hannah digs deeper into the mystery Alice left behind, assisted by two rather different detectives, she must race to unravel a chain of ancient riddles in order to save not just her own life, but her island home itself!

Secrets of the Fire Sea is a rollicking tale of high adventure and derring-do set in Stephen Hunt’s Victorian-style clockwork world filled with steammen and aliens, fantastical creatures and dastardly villains…and some remarkable heroes that steampunk fans will cheer for.

Three A.M., by Steven John

Fifteen years of sunless gray.

Fifteen years of mist. So thick the streets fade off into nothing. So thick the past is hazy at best. The line between right and wrong has long been blurred, especially for Thomas Vale.

Long gone are the days when new beginnings seemed possible—when he was a new recruit, off to a new start fresh in the army. He had hoped to never look back. Not like there was much to see, anyway.

First came the sickness, followed by the orders: herd the healthy into the city, shoot the infected. The gates closed and the bridges came down… followed by the mist.

Fifteen miserable years of the darkest nights and angry, awful gray days.

Thomas Vale can hardly fathom why he keeps waking up in the morning. For a few more days spent stumbling along? Another night drinking alone? Another hour keeping the shadows at bay….

But when Rebecca Ayers walks into his life, the answers come fast. Too fast.

Age of Aztec, by James Lovegrove

The date is 4 Jaguar 1 Monkey 1 House – November 25th 2012 by the old reckoning – and the Aztec Empire rules the world.

The Aztecs’ reign is one of cruel and ruthless oppression, encompassing regular human sacrifice. In the jungle-infested city of London, one man defies them: the masked vigilante known as the Conquistador.

Then the Conquistador is recruited to spearhead an uprising, and discovers a terrible truth about the Aztec and thier gods. The clock is ticking. Apocalypse looms, unless the Conquistador can help assassinate the mysterious, immortal Aztec emperor, the Great Speaker. But his mission is complicated by Mal Vaughn, a police detective who is on his trail, determined to bring him to justice.

The Alchemist of Souls: Night’s Masque, Volume 1, by Anne Lyle

When Tudor explorers returned from the New World, they brought back a name out of half-forgotten Viking legend: skraylings. Red-sailed ships followed in the explorers’ wake, bringing Native American goods–and a skrayling ambassador–to London. But what do these seemingly magical beings really want in Elizabeth I’s capital?
Mal Catlyn, a down-at-heel swordsman, is seconded to the ambassador’s bodyguard, but assassination attempts are the least of his problems. What he learns about the skraylings and their unholy powers could cost England her new ally–and Mal his soul.

Armored, edited by John Joseph Adams

Armor up for a metal-pounding feast of action, adventure and amazing speculation by topnotch writers (including Nebula-award winner Jack McDevitt, Sean Williams, Dan Abnet, Simon Green, and Jack Campbell) on a future warrior that might very well be just around the corner.  Science fiction readers and gamers have long been fascinated by the idea of going to battle in suits of powered combat armor or at the interior controls of giant mechs.

First, when the armor starts to take over, even the generals may be at its mercy–and under its control. Then solve the problem of armored rescue when irradiated vacuum stands between the frail flesh of the living and safety.  And what happens when the marriage of soldier and armor becomes a bit too intimate—and that marriage goes sour!

It’s an armor-plated clip of hard-hitting tales featuring exoskeleton adventure with fascinating takes on possible future armors ranging from the style of personal power suits seen in Starship Troopers and Halo to the servo-controlled bipedal beast-mech style encountered in Mechwarrior and Battletech.

Back from the Undead: The Bloodhound Files, by DD Barant

Another work day, another case for the Bloodhound Files. But this time, Jace is truly stumped: How is she, a mere human, supposed to penetrate the dark heart of a child-trafficking ring of pire orphans—one that turns out to be part of a blood-farm operation, in the crime-ridden border city of Vancouver, British Columbia?

Jace is in over her head. But with the help of her former lover, Tanaka—whose family is one of the last samurai clans left in Japan—she stands a chance at seeking justice for the condemned children… Until the Yakuza tries to put an end to Jace’s investigation. Jace risks more than death—this time, it’s the fate of her very soul that’s in danger . . .

Blood on the Bayou, by Stacey Jay

First came a terrorist attack. Then the mutations—and Fey who had lived in harmony with humans turned deadly. Now most people hide behind iron gates. But those who are immune—and those with enough courage—can venture out into the Louisiana Delta . . . and a nightmare world of magic. NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED Annabelle Lee, a Fairy Containment and Control agent with immunity to fairy venom, is once again called upon to help solve a murder deep in the bayou. But this one’s off the books. Her ex-lover, Hitch, needs her help searching for a secret chemical weapons lab and an FBI mole providing it with human lab rats.Helping Hitch means certain interpersonal disaster with her estranged boyfriend, but Annabelle knows what it feels like to be a lab rat. Her new fairy-attack-induced paranormal abilities seem to have few negative side effects, but would that change if she stopped injecting herself with the mystery drug delivered to her by the even more mysterious—not to mention ridiculously attractive—Tucker? A man who can turn invisible at will, and who makes no bones about how dead she’ll be if she reveals his secrets?As the murder investigation progresses, Annabelle quickly learns Tucker isn’t the only one with secrets, and that the only things that cut deeper than a friend’s deception are the lies we tell ourselves.

Body, Inc. (Tipping Point Trilogy), by Alan Dean Foster

New York Times bestselling author Alan Dean Foster has always been on the cutting-edge of science fiction. In Body, Inc., he creates a tomorrow where genetic manipulation has become ubiquitous, and the very meaning of what it is to be human is undergoing drastic transformation.

In a world deeply wounded by centuries of environmental damage, two unlikely souls join forces: Dr. Ingrid Seastrom has stumbled into a mystery involving quantum-entangled nanoscale implants—a mystery that just may kill her. Whispr is a thief and murderer whose radical body modifications have left him so thin he is all but two-dimensional. Whispr has found a silver data-storage thread, a technology that will make him wealthy beyond his wildest dreams. He is also going mad with longing for Dr. Ingrid Seastrom. Their quest to learn the secrets of the implant and the thread—which may well be the same secret—has led them to the South African Economic Combine, otherwise known as SAEC. Or, less respectfully, SICK.  SICK, it seems, has the answers.
Unfortunately, SICK has also got Napun Molé, a cold-blooded assassin whose genetic enhancements make him the equivalent of a small army. Molé has already missed one chance to kill Ingrid and Whispr and now he has followed them to South Africa. This time, he is not only going to succeed, he is going to make them suffer.

Deliverance: Mortal Path book 3, by Dakota Banks

Kill . . . or be damned.

A demon’s assassin for centuries, Maliha Crayne has gone rogue, determined to save a life for every one she’s destroyed in order to free herself from an eternity of enslavement, damnation, and excruciating torment. But as the powers that sustained her in the past fade, she is wary of trusting those closest to her—especially her lover, Jake. And her closest friends are beginning to disappear, one by one. Amid her anger, suspicion, and sorrow, her life is spiraling out of control.

Worse still, a beautiful Renaissance murderess is recruiting Maliha as her new assassin. Maliha is turning into a lethal puppet with an evil Immortal pulling the strings, forced to kill innocents or see her missing friends die horribly. Suddenly trapped in a moral no-man’s-land, Maliha is damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t . . . and time is rapidly running out.

A Game of Groans: A Sonnet of Slush and Soot, by George R. R. Washington

A PARODY OF THE BELOVED FANTASY DOORSTOP… ER, SAGA

In the land of the Eight (or was it Six?) Kingdoms—where the seasons last as long as a series of bestselling Tolkien-esque novels—trouble is brewing. The mud is growing muddier, the onions are rotting, the Wall to the North (or is it the South?) is melting, and Lord Barker of Summerseve is getting worried. His wife is addicted to Godsweede, his King is too fat to fit into his armor, and the foreshadowing is out of control. All in all, not the position you want to be in when Summer is coming.

From this world of outdoor fornication with horse-people (and indoor fornication with blood relatives) comes an epic story of novella proportions. Amid plots and counterplots, power-hungry warriors and overworked ravens, poor reception and no wireless, the future of the Barkers, their BFFs, and their enemies dangles in the balance, as each strives to survive long enough to appear in at least two of the sequels.

“His teeth might be wooden, but his prose is not.”

—J.R.R. Madison

George R. R. Washington cannot tell a lie: A Game of Groans was not prepared, authorized, licensed, approved, or endorsed by any person or entity involved in creating or producing any of the Song of Ice and Fire books or the Games of Throne television program. Please direct any inquiries to our legal counsel, Clarence R. R. Darrow.

The Gathering of the Lost: The Wall of Night Book Two, by Helen Lowe

Garrisoned by the Nine Houses of the Derai, the towering mountain range called the Wall of Night is all that separates the people of Haarth from the terrible Darkswarm.

Five years have passed since the Wall was breached and the Keep of Winds nearly overrun. Five years since the Heir of Night, Malian, and her friend and ally Kalan went missing in the wild lands of Jaransor.

Now, in Haarth’s diverse southern realms, events are moving. From the wealthy River city of Ij to the isolated Emerian outpost of Normarch, rumors of dark forces and darker magics are growing. As the great Midsummer tournament at Caer Argent approaches, Haarth will have one opportunity to band together against an enemy in which few believe . . . or be lost forever.

Jack of Ravens (Kingdom of the Serpent, Book 1), by Mark Chadbourn

Jack Churchill, archaeologist and dreamer, walks out of the mist and into Celtic Britain more than two thousand years before he was born, with no knowledge of how he got there. All Jack wants is to get home to his own time where the woman he loves waits for him. Finding his way to the timeless mystical Otherworld, the home of the gods, he plans to while away the days, the years, the millennia, until his own era rolls around again…but nothing is ever that simple. A great Evil waits in modern times and will do all in its power to stop Jack’s return. In a universe where time and space are meaningless, its tendrils
stretch back through the years…. Through Roman times, the Elizabethan age, Victoria’s reign, the Second World War, and the Swinging Sixties, the Evil sets its traps to destroy Jack. Mark Chadbourn gives us a high adventure of dazzling sword fights, passionate romance, and apocalyptic wars in the days leading up to Ragnarok, the End-Times: a breathtaking, surreal vision of twisting realities where nothing is quite what it seems.

Laminar Flow, by Timothy H. Cook

What does being a doctor really feel like? What is it like to get called out in the middle of the night to care for a desperately ill patient, to be the one everyone depends on? Bob Gilsen knows only too well. And what does a fifteenth century physician, who gets called out in the middle of the night in winter, possibly have to offer his patient? This is the beginning of The Book of Drachma, a novel of medicine, murder, fantasy, and self-discovery, set in two times and places. It is a novel for the curious, for those who really wish to know what it means to be a doctor, in this, as well as past ages.

The Master of Heathcrest Hall, by Galen Beckett

Even as her husband is about to attain undreamed-of power, Ivy Quent fears for her family’s safety. With war looming and turmoil sweeping the nation of Altania, Ivy finds the long-abandoned manor on the moors a temporary haven. But nowhere is really safe from the treachery that threatens all the Quents have risked to achieve. And an even greater peril is stirring deep within the countryside’s beautiful green estates. As Ivy dares an alliance with a brilliant illusionist and a dangerous lord, she races to master her forbidden talents and unravel the terrible truth at the heart of her land’s unrest—even as a triumphant, inhuman darkness rises to claim Altania eternally for its own.

Omega Point, by Guy Haley

The powerful artificial intelligence designated k52 has a plan to take over the world.
If it were to create an artificial reality based on our own universe it could theoretically gain enough data to be able to alter reality itself, turning k52 into the ultimate arbiter of mankind’s fate.
It’s down to Richards and Klein to stop k52 – even though the alternative could be worse!

Sacrificial Magic, by Stacia Kane

READING, WRITING, AND RAISING THE DEAD When Chess Putnam is ordered by an infamous crime boss—who also happens to be her drug dealer—to use her powers as a witch to solve a grisly murder involving dark magic, she knows she must rise to the challenge. Adding to the intensity: Chess’s boyfriend, Terrible, doesn’t trust her, and Lex, the son of a rival crime lord, is trying to reignite the sparks between him and Chess.
Plus there’s the little matter of Chess’s real job as a ghost hunter for the Church of Real Truth, investigating reports of a haunting at a school in the heart of Downside. Someone seems to be taking a crash course in summoning the dead—and if Chess doesn’t watch her back, she may soon be joining their ranks.
As Chess is drawn into a shadowy world of twisted secrets and dark violence, it soon becomes clear that she’s not going to emerge from its depths without making the ultimate sacrifice.

Shadow and Betrayal (The Long Price Quartet), by Daniel Abraham

A value-priced omnibus of the first two novels of Daniel Abraham’s classic Long Price Quartet—groundbreaking, unique fantasy of rare power and originality

In this omnibus edition of A Shadow in Summer and A Betrayal in Winter, the aggressively expansionist Galt empire has already conquered lands across a huge continent. But the cities of the Khaiem resist Galt’s power with the andat—creatures of magic with godlike powers.

Each andat is brought into being by a “poet” who must say the right words and exert the iron will needed to control gods. The industrialized Galt war machine is helpless against the powers of the andat…but political intrigue and deep treachery combine to shift the balance of power in a world of ancient empires and immortal magics.

One man, Otah Machi, stands at the crossroads of history in these imaginary world fantasies, the fulcrum around which the wheels of epic history rotate through achingly poignant cycles of life and death, love and betrayal.

Shadow and Betrayal marks Daniel Abraham as one of today’s most brilliantly original young fantasy writers.

Shadow’s Fall (A Novel of the Shadow World), by Dianne Sylvan

For three years, Miranda Grey-Solomon has kept her role as Vampire Queen of the South separate from her Grammy-winning music career. But now, her dual lives are starting to collide, threatening everything Miranda and David, her Prime, have worked for.

The entire Signet Council has descended upon Austin for its ten-year summit, bringing with it Prime James Hart of the Northeast, a sworn enemy come to take his revenge on those who defied him. But Miranda and David receive an unexpected offer of help from David’s sire, an ancient and powerful vampire with knowledge that may be their salvation–or their doom.

Shadow’s Master, by John Sprunk

THE NORTHERN WASTES…

A land of death and shadow where only the strongest survive. Yet that is where Caim must go to follow the mystery at the heart of his life. Armed only with his knives and his companions, he plunges into a world of eternal night where the sun is never seen and every hand is turned against him.

Caim has buried his father’s sword and found some measure of peace, but deep in the north an unfathomable power lies waiting. To succeed on this mission, Caim will have to do more than just survive. He must face the Shadow’s Master.

With this novel, Jon Sprunk brings his action-packed trilogy to an epic conclusion.

Silent Voices: The Concrete Grove Book 2, by Gary McMahon

Twenty years ago three young boys staggered out of an old building, tired and dirty yet otherwise unharmed. Missing for a weekend, the boys had no idea of where they’d been. But they all shared the same vague memory of a shadowed woodland grove…and they swore they’d been gone for only an hour. When Simon returns to the Concrete Groveto see his old friends and unearth painful memories from his childhood, things once buried begin to claw their way back to the surface.

The hummingbirds are flying again, bringing a warning of something terrible. Bad dreams take on physical form and walk the streets of the estate. A dark, hideously patient entity is calling once again from the shadows, reaching out towards three terrified boys who have now grown into emotionally damaged men. And the past is about to catch up with them all, staining their lives with a darkness they could never truly escape. Welcome back to the Concrete Grove. The place you can never really leave…

Sins of the Son (The Grigori Legacy), by Linda Poitevin

When homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis sees a photo of Seth Benjamin on a police bulletin, she knows that Heaven’s plan to halt Armageddon has gone terribly wrong. As the only mortal who knows of Seth’s true nature, only she can save him. Aramael was a hunter of Fallen Angels until a traitor forced him into earthly exile. Now, with no powers and only a faint memory of Alex, his mortal soulmate, he will stop at nothing to redeem himself-even if it means destroying Seth in the name of the Creator…

Sly Mongoose, by Tobias S. Buckell

Welcome to Chilo, a planet blasted by corrosive rain, crushing pressure, and deadly heat. A planet where people live in floating cities high above the inferno. A select group of young men, including fourteen-year-old Timas, risk death to obtain the raw materials necessary for survival by travelling down through the acid clouds to mine the planet’s surface.
Timas’s life is turned upside down when a man named Pepper crash-lands on the city. Pepper is fleeing a bizarre alien intelligence, and he bears ominous news that a full-scale invasion cannot be far behind.
As Timas and Pepper try to convince the reluctant city government to prepare for war, floating cities all across Chilo fall silent one by one. Time is running out for Timas and Pepper to discover how to defeat an enemy that turns Chilo’s own citizens into monsters, and to discover the secret hidden beneath Chilo’s deadly clouds—a secret that could save the planet, and may prevent interplanetary war.

Star Trek: Vanguard: Storming Heaven, by David Mack

“I WAS THERE UNTILTHE END, MATE. THE BITTER, BLOODY END.”

Vanguard is under siege. Surrounded by enemies, Admiral Nogura sends the scout ship Sagittarius to find an ancient weapon that might be the Federation’s only hope of stopping the alien threat known as the Shedai . . . Qo’noS is wracked by scandal. Councillor Gorkon fights to expose a Romulan plot to corrupt members of the Klingon High Council, only to learn the hard way that crusaders have few allies, and even fewer friends . . . Tholia teeters on the brink of madness. To prevent Starfleet from wielding theShedai’s power as its own, the Tholians deploy an armada with one mission: Kill the Shedai—by destroying Vanguard.

THE EPIC SAGA’S EXPLOSIVE FINALE

Temptation Rising, by A.C. Arthur

Washington D.C. police officer Kalina Harper still dreams about that night, two years ago, when a huge cat-like creature saved her from a crazed attacker. Although she kept the truth to herself, Kalina can never forget the ferocious strength of the beast’s fangs and claws—or the raw animal hunger in its eyes. Until she meets Roman Reynolds…

Muscular, magnetic, and all man, Roman is a high-powered attorney with a predatory smile and seductive charm. He is also a criminal suspect with suspicious connections to the Amazon jungle. But when Kalina discovers that Roman is linked to a secret race of shapeshifting jaguars—who hunt down maneaters—she is forced to put her trust in a man who unleashes her wildest fantasies and fears. A fierce creature of the night whose nature is to protect his female at any cost…

Wanted: Undead or Alive (Love at Stake), by Kerrelyn Sparks

He’s a vampire from the big city . . .

Phineas McKinney thought New York City was tough, until he was attacked by Malcontents—evil vampires who consider mortals to be snacks. Saved by the good vampires, Phin swore to devote his now undead life to stopping the Malcontents. He’s got his job cut out for him when word comes that their enemy may be hiding in Wyoming. What does a city boy like him know about horses and campfires? Good thing he’s got Brynley Jones with him . . . if only she didn’t hate every vampire on earth.

She’s a werewolf princess . . .

Bryn believes vampires are seductive and charming, and that makes them dangerous. So she’s more than a little annoyed about teaming up with Phin, even if he is the only bloodsucker able to make her inner wolf purr. But as they hunt down the new leader of the Malcontents, danger threatens . . . and Phineas and Brynley discover a passion that will rock the foundation of their supernatural world.

Wicked as They Come (Blud), by Delilah S. Dawson

Have you ever heard of a Bludman? They’re rather like you and me—only more fabulous, immortal, and mostly indestructible. (They’re also very good kissers.)Delilah S. Dawson’s darkly tempting debut drops her unsuspecting heroine into a strange faraway land for a romantic adventure that’s part paranormal, part steampunk . . . and completely irresistible.When Tish Everett forces open the ruby locket she finds at an estate sale, she has no idea that a deliciously rakish Bludman has cast a spell just for her. She wakes up in a surreal world, where Criminy Stain, the dashing proprietor of a magical traveling circus, curiously awaits. At Criminy’s electric touch, Tish glimpses a tantalizing future, but she also foresees her ultimate doom. Before she can decide whether to risk her fate with the charming daredevil, the locket disappears, and with it, her only chance to return home. Tish and Criminy battle roaring sea monsters and thundering bludmares, vengeful ghosts and crooked Coppers in a treacherous race to recover the necklace from the evil Blud-hating Magistrate. But if they succeed, will Tish forsake her fanged suitor and return to her normal life, or will she take a chance on an unpredictable but dangerous destiny with the Bludman she’s coming to love?

The Kingdom (Graveyard Queen), by Amanda Stevens

Deep in the shadowy foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains lies a dying town…

My name is Amelia Gray. They call me The Graveyard Queen. I’ve been commissioned to restore an old cemetery in Asher Falls, South Carolina, but I’m coming to think I have another purpose here.

Why is there a cemetery at the bottom of Bell Lake? Why am I drawn time and again to a hidden grave I’ve discovered in the woods? Something is eating away at the soul of this town—this withering kingdom—and it will only be restored if I can uncover the truth.

The Dreamtrials: The Obernewtyn Chronicles, by Isobelle Carmody

The adventure continues with acclaimed fantasy author Isobelle Carmody’s The Dreamtrails, an omnibus edition of books five and six in the dystopian fantasy the Obernewtyn Chronicles—Wavesong and The Stone Key!
Captured, Elspeth Gordie is drawn deep into the heart of her enemies. Once there, she meets unusual allies and uncovers a devastating plot brewing in their ranks. To stop them, she must risk everything to rescue a former ally whose mind and body have been manipulated to unleash a deadly plague upon the Land.

Forgiven (Demon Trappers), by Jana Oliver

Jana Oliver’s third spellbinding Demon Trappers novel – following The Demon Trapper’s Daughter and Soul Thief – brings all new thrills, as Riley Blackthorne takes on demons, love… and the future of the human race.The days are growing darker for 17-year-old demon trapper Riley Blackthorne. With her father’s reanimated body back safely, Beck barely speaking to her because of a certain hunky Fallen angel, and a freshly-made deal with Lucifer, she has enough on her hands to last a normal teenage lifetime. Though she bargained with Heaven to save his life, her ex-boyfriend Simon has told the Vatican’s Demon Hunters that she’s working with Hell. So now she’s in hiding, at the top of everyone’s most-wanted list.

But it’s becoming clear that this is bigger than Riley, and rapidly getting out of control:  something sinister is happening in Atlanta… or someone. The demons are working together for the first time ever and refusing to die, putting civilians in harm’s way. Riley thinks she might know who’s behind it all, but who’s going to believe her? Caught between her bargain with Heaven and her promise to Lucifer, Riley fears the final war is coming – and it may be closer than anyone thinks…

Goddess Interrupted, by Aimee Carter

Kate Winters has won immortality. But if she wants a life with Henry in the Underworld, she’ll have to fight for it.

Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.

As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.

Henry’s first wife, Persephone.

Spellcaster, by Cara Lynn Schultz

After breaking a centuries-old romantic curse, Emma Connor is (almost) glad to get back to normal problems. Although…it’s not easy dealing with the jealous cliques and gossip that rule her exclusive Upper East Side prep, even for a seventeen-year-old newbie witch. Having the most-wanted boy in school as her eternal soul mate sure helps ease the pain—especially since wealthy, rocker-hot Brendan Salinger is very good at staying irresistibly close….

But something dark and hungry is using Emma’s and Brendan’s deepest fears to reveal damaging secrets and destroy their trust in each other. And Emma’s crash course in überspells may not be enough to keep them safe…or to stop an inhuman force bent on making their unsuspected power its own.

After the Snow, by S.D. Crockett

The oceans stopped working before Willo was born, so the world of ice and snow is all he’s ever known. He lives with his family deep in the wilderness, far from the government’s controlling grasp. Willo’s survival skills are put to the test when he arrives home one day to find his family gone. It could be the government; it could be scavengers–all Willo knows is he has to find refuge and his family. It is a journey that will take him into the city he’s always avoided, with a girl who needs his help more than he knows.

Another Jekyll, Another Hyde, by Daniel and Dina Nayeri

An elusive stalker is targeting Marlowe kids – and something unearthly has gotten into its wealthiest student – as the Another series builds up to a fiendish finale.
When his billionaire father marries French governess Nicola Vileroy, high society is all abuzz – but Thomas, the most popular student at Marlowe, is just plain high. Ever since his girlfriend Belle dumped him, he’s been spending less time with old friends and more time getting wasted at clubs. But after someone slips him a designer drug one night – and his stepmother seems to know way too much about his private life – things really start to get scary. As Thomas’s blackouts give way to a sinister voice inside his head, and as news of a vicious hate crime has students on edge, Thomas comes to the sickening realization that Madame Vileroy has involved him in a horrifying supernatural plan. How can he muster the strength and will to stop it? The pulse-quickening climax revisits Jekyll and Hyde as a current-day cautionary tale laced with a heady dose of paranormal intrigue.

Fair Coin, by E. C. Myers

The coin changed Ephraim’s life. But how can he change it back?
Sixteen-year-old Ephraim Scott is horrified when he comes home from school and finds his mother unconscious at the kitchen table, clutching a bottle of pills. The reason for her suicide attempt is even more dis­turbing: she thought she’d identified Ephraim’s body at the hospital that day.

Among his dead double’s belongings, Ephraim finds a strange coin–a coin that grants wishes when he flips it. With a flick of his thumb, he can turn his alcoholic mother into a model parent and catch the eye of the girl he’s liked since second grade. But the coin doesn’t always change things for the better. And a bad flip can destroy other people’s lives as easily as it rebuilds his own.
The coin could give Ephraim everything he’s ever wanted–if he learns to control its power before his luck runs out.

Invisible Sun, by David Macinnis Gill

You don’t want to mess with Durango. He left his crew behind. His father is dead. And he’s going to prove himself to Vienne, even if he dies trying. As he races through flood and fire and across a violent and terrifying planet, there’s a 97% chance he’s going to die trying. But who’s counting.

Released Thursday, March 29, 2012

Legion of the Damned (Warhammer 40000), by Rob Sanders

Following the trajectory of a blood-red comet, the berserk World Eaters blaze a path of destruction across the galaxy in its wake. The small cemetery world of Certus Minor appeals to the Space Marines of the Excoriators Chapter for protection, but the force dispatched to deal with this grim threat is far too small and their losses against the renegades are high. Just as all seems lost, salvation is borne out of legend itself as sinister spectral warriors descend upon this planet of the dead, and the enemies of the Imperium come face to face with those who have already travelled beyond the realm of the living…

Irenicon, by Aidan Harte

The river Irenicon was blasted through the middle of Rasenna in 1347 and now it is a permanent reminder to the feuding factions that nothing can stand in the way of the Concordian Empire. The artificial river, created overnight by Concordian engineers using the Wave, runs uphill. But the Wave is both weapon and mystery; not even the Concordians know how the river became conscious – and hostile. But times are changing. Concordian engineer Captain Giovanni is ordered to bridge the Irenicon – not to reunite the sundered city, but to aid Concord’s mighty armies, for the engineers have their sights set firmly on world domination and Rasenna is in their way. Sofia Scaglieri will soon be seventeen, when she will become Contessa of Rasenna, but her inheritance is tainted: she can see no way of stopping the ancient culture of vendetta which divides her city. What she can’t understand is why Giovanni is trying so hard to stop the feuding, or why he is prepared to risk his life, not just with her people, but also with the lethal water spirits – the buio – that infest the Irenicon. Times are changing. And only the young Contessa and the enemy engineer Giovanni understand they have to change too, if they are to survive the coming devastation – for Concord is about to unleash the Wave again…