John R. Fultz
Jan 2012 | 9780356500812 | Paperback & ebook |
An ancient necromancer slaughters the king and his court in front of the unbelieving eyes of crown prince D’zan. From that moment, his life is consumed by one thought – to regain his throne. Others will join him, some will oppose him.
In a world where men and giants fight side by side against ancient monsters and new powers, only one thing is sure – war is coming. Blood will run and princes will clash.
Seven princes. Seven destinies.
All will be legend.
Jan 2012 | 9780356501222 | Paperback & ebook |
The first novel in a bold and fast-paced new urban fantasy series starring Jayné Heller, a young college student who inherits a string of houses across the world, several bank accounts, and a very unconventional business from her murdered uncle. And it turns out Uncle Eric has been fighting to rid the world of supernatural riders – demons, vampires, werewolves and all sorts of other nasty parasites – since before Jayné was born.
Now it’s up to Jayné to avenge her uncle’s death and continue his mission – if she can survive her first week on the job.
Jan 2012 | 9780356500010 | Paperback & ebook |
The violence of an age-old war casts a long shadow. It falls on a world where mercy is weakness and conflict is a way of life.
Young Malian is being trained to rule. Her people garrison the mountain range known as the Wall of Night against an ancient enemy, keeping a tide of shadow from the rest of their world. Malian is expected to uphold this tradition, yet she’s known little of real danger until the enemy launches a direct attack upon her fortress home.
In the darkest part of the night, the Keep of Winds becomes a bloodbath. Women and children, warriors and priests, are slain by creatures with twisted magic flowing in their veins. And as the castle wakes to chaos, Malian flees deep into the Old Keep, her life at stake. Then when the danger is greatest, her own hidden magic flares into life.
But this untapped potential is a two-edged blade. If she accepts its power, she must prepare to pay the price.
Michael J. Sullivan
Jan 2012 | 9780356501086 | Paperback & ebook |
The New Empire intends to celebrate its victory over the Nationalists with a day that will never be forgotten. On the high holiday of Wintertide, the empress will be married, and Degan Gaunt and the Witch of Melengar will be publically executed. Once the empress suffers a fatal accident, everything will be perfect. There is only one problem—Royce and Hadrian have finally found the Heir of Novron.
Jan 2012 | 9780356500744 | Paperback & ebook |
Life is looking up for Sabina Kane. The threat of war between the dark races seems to have passed, and her magic training is also progressing well – just like her relationship with the sexy mage Adam Lazarus. But as much as Sabina feels hopeful about the future, she doesn’t quite trust that peace is possible . . .
Her suspicions are confirmed when a string of sadistic murders threaten to stall peace talks between the vampires and the mages. Sabina pitches in to find the killer, but this dark investigation soon has her questioning everyone she thought she could trust. And the closer she gets to the killer, the more Sabina begins to suspect this is one foe she may not be able to kill.
Gail Z. Martin
Feb 2012 | 9781841499147 | Paperback & ebook |
Summoner-King Tris Drayke takes what remains of the Margolan army north to fight a war Margolan is ill-prepared to fight, as reports from spies confirm Tris’ worst fear. A new threat rises across the sea: a dark summoner who intends to make the most of the Winter Kingdoms’ weakness.
And in Isencroft, King Donelan is assassinated and Tris’s wife, Kiara, will now have no choice except to return and claim the crown. But the rogue mage’s agents will go to any length to prevent her from reaching her goal.
Kiara and Tris must discover the truth behind the dark summoner, the mysterious power surrounding their infant son, and face the awesome power of the Dread as they rise from their barrows for the first time in over a millennium.
Feb 2012 | 9780356501239 | Paperback & ebook |
When Jayné Heller’s uncle Eric died, she inherited a fortune beyond all her expectations – and a dangerous mission in a world she never knew existed. Reining in demons and supernatural foes is a formidable task, but thankfully Jayné has vast resources and loyal allies to rely on. She’ll need both to tackle a bodyswitching serial killer who’s taken up residence in New Orleans, a city rich in voodoo lore and dark magic.
Working alongside Karen Black, a highly confident and enigmatic ex-FBI agent, Jayné races to track down the demon’s next intended host. But the closer she gets, the more convinced she becomes that nothing in this beautiful, wounded city is exactly as it seems. When shocking secrets come to light, and jealousy and betrayal turn trusted friends into adversaries, Jayné will soon come face-to-face with an enemy that knows her all too well, and won’t rest until it has destroyed everything she loves most . . .
R. Scott Bakker
Feb 2012 | 9781841495408 | Paperback & ebook |
A score of years after he first walked into the histories of men, Anasûrimbor Kellhus rules all the three seas, the first true aspect-emperor in a thousand years.
As Kellhus and his Great Ordeal march ever farther into the perilous wastes of the Ancient North, Esmenet finds herself at war with not only the Gods, but her own family as well. Achamian, meanwhile, leads his own ragtag expedition to the legendary ruins of Sauglish, and to a truth he can scarce survive, let alone comprehend.
Into this tumult walks the White Luck Warrior, assassin and messiah both, executing a mission as old as the World’s making . . .
Feb 2012 | 9780356500867 | Paperback & ebook |
Eli Monpress is talented. He’s charming. And he’s a thief.
But not just any thief. He’s the greatest thief of the age, and he’s also a wizard. And with the help of his partners – a swordsman with the most powerful magic sword in the world, and a demonseed who can step through shadows and punch through walls – he’s going to put his grand plan into effect.
Because Eli won’t rest until he’s amassed a fortune. Step one in his plan is to increase the bounty on his head, so he’ll need to steal some big things. He’ll start small for now though: he’ll just steal something that no one will miss – at least for a while. Like a king . . .
This omnibus edition contains: THE SPIRIT THIEF, THE SPIRIT REBELLION and THE SPIRIT EATER
Robert Jackson Bennett
Feb 2012 | 9780356500409 | Paperback & ebook |
George Carole ran away from home to join the Vaudeville circuit. Sixteen years old, uncommonly gifted at the piano, he falls in with a strange troupe – even for Vaudeville.
Under the watchful eye of the enigmatic figure of Silenus, George comes to realise that the members of the troupe are more than they appear to be. And their travels have a purpose that runs deeper than entertainment.
George must uncover the mysteries of Silenus’s company before it is too late. He is already entangled in their web of secrets and, if he doesn’t learn where they are taking him, he may never find his way out.
Walter Jon Williams
Feb 2012 | 9781841498256 | Paperback & ebook |
Dagmar Shaw got out of the game . . . and into the movies.
Sean is a washed-up child actor reduced to the lowest dregs of reality television to keep himself afloat. His life was a downward spiral of alcoholism, regret and failure – until he met Dagmar.
The world of Dagmar Shaw, however, is rarely straightforward. People tend to die around her. And now, she wants Sean for something. A movie, she says, but with her history, who’s to say what her real game is?
William C. Dietz
Feb 2012 | 9781841499857 | Paperback & ebook |
This novel continues the all-new, completely original story begun in the first three MASS EFFECT stories. The heroine, Gillian, was once the subject of horrifying scientific experiments, but now, after her rescue, she is beginning to master her amazing powers. But when she falls under the sway of a radical group who believes their powers make them superior to ordinary humans, she finds herself faced with a choice between her destiny . . . and her humanity.
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Feb 2012 | 9781841497693 | Paperback & ebook |
As threats build abroad, treachery strikes at home … While King Kieri struggles to end the war that plagues his borders, his new subjects are becoming restless. His people include both humans and elves, and their uneasy accord is cracking under the demands of war. But Kieri didn’t fully appreciate the danger until someone close to him is found slain in the woods, and his beloved new wife also finds her life in danger. Kieri must seek out the corruption within his grandmother’s elvish court, or all he’s achieved will turn to nothing.
Trouble also finds Dorrin Verrakai on the road, riding to command her kingdom’s defences in the war torn provinces. Her family’s dark power is rising again and it’s down to her to root out the devastating influence of their illicit blood magic. Then her investigations reveal magery in the last place anyone expected.
And while mortals struggle, dragonspawn might yet set all their realms afire.
March 2012 | 9781841499390 | Hardback & ebook |
Imagine a near-future city, say London, where medical science has advanced beyond our own and a single-dose pill has been developed that, taken when pregnant, eradicates many common genetic defects from an unborn child.
Hope Morrison, mother of a hyperactive four-year-old, is expecting her second child. She refuses to take The Fix, as the pill is known. This divides her family and friends and puts her and her husband in danger of imprisonment or worse. Is her decision a private matter of individual choice, or is it tantamount to willful neglect of her unborn child?
A plausible and original novel with sinister echoes of 1984 and Brave New World.
March 2012 | 9781841498164 | Paperback & ebook |
With her master dead and her oaths foresworn, necromancer and spy Isyllt Iskaldur finds herself in exile.
Hounded by assassins, she seeks asylum in Assar, the empire she so recently worked to undermine. There, warlords threaten the Empire’s fragile peace, and the empress is beset by enemies within the court. Even worse, darkness stirs in the deep desert. Ancient spirits are waking that could destroy Assar faster than any army.
Isyllt must travel into the heart of the desert to lay the darkness there to rest once more. But first she must stop an order of mages that will do anything to keep the Empire safe – even raze it to dust.
March 2012 | 9780356500249 | Paperback & ebook |
Camden, North London. A tangled, mangled junction of train lines, roads and the canal. Where minor celebrities hang out with minor criminals, where tourists and moody teenagers mingle, and where you can get your ears pierced and your shoulder tattooed while eating sushi washed down with a can of super strength beer.
In the heart of Camden, where rail meets road meets leyline, you might find the Arcana Emporium, run by one Alex Verus. He won’t sell you a wand or mix you a potion, but if you know what you’re looking for, he might just be able to help. That’s if he’s not too busy avoiding his apprentice, foiling the Dark, outwitting the Light, and investigating a highly toxic Relic that has just turned up at the British Museum.
March 2012 | 9781841499871 | Paperback & ebook |
Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire’s second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell’s acting troupe’s latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a dampener on Alexia’s enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.
Until, that is, she receives a summons from Alexandria that cannot be ignored. With husband, child and Tunstells in tow, Alexia boards a steamer to cross the Mediterranean. But Egypt may hold more mysteries than even the indomitable Lady Maccon can handle. What does the vampire Queen of the Alexandria Hive really want from her? Why is the God-Breaker Plague suddenly expanding? And how has Ivy Tunstell suddenly become the most popular actress in all the British Empire?
March 2012 | 9780356500638 | Paperback & ebook |
Matthew Swift, Midnight Mayor, is in charge. And London is having its issues.
The new drug on the market is fairy dust and it turns humans into walking drug labs. Teenage vandals are being hunted by a mystical creature. And criminals are dying by magical means.
If Swift is going to save London from a rising tide of blood, he’s going to have to learn his lessons – and fast.
March 2012 | 9780356501246 | Paperback & ebook |
For the first time in for ever, Jayné Heller’s life is making sense. Even if she routinely risks her life to destroy demonic parasites that prey on mortals, she now has friends, colleagues, a trusted lover and new-found confidence in the mission she inherited from her wealthy, mysterious uncle. Her next job might just rob her of all of them.
At Grace Memorial Hospital in Chicago, something is stirring. Patients are going AWOL and research subjects share the same sinister dreams. Half a century ago, something was buried under Grace in a terrible ritual, and it’s straining to be free. Jayné is primed to take on whatever’s about to be let loose. Yet the greatest danger now may not be the huge, unseen force lurking below, but the evil that has been hiding in plain sight all along – taking her ever closer to losing her body, her mind and her soul . . .
March 2012 | 9780356500423 | Paperback & ebook |
Catherine is a soldier. Fast, strong, lethal, she is the ultimate in military technology. Bred by scientists, indoctrinated by the government, she and her sisters will win this war, no matter the cost.
And the costs are high. The life span of these genetic soldiers is short, and they become unstable as they age. Then on their eighteenth birthday, when their duty is fulfilled, they are discharged – lined up and shot.
But the truth is, Catherine and her sisters may not be strictly human, but they aren’t animals either. Catherine may have only known death, but she dreams of life – and is prepared to pay any price to get it.
March 2012 | 9781841497969 | Paperback & ebook |
When the FBI request a pack consultant on a serial killer case they’re following in Boston, Anna and Charles are sent in. They quickly realise that not only the last two victims were werewolves – all of them were.
Someone is targeting their kind. And if Charles and Anna can’t get to the bottom of this mystery, they may be next . . .
Mar 2012 | 9780356501819 | Paperback & ebook|
Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.
Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire — and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.
With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Or will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?
Soulless is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.
Mar 2012 | 9781841495941 | Paperback & ebook|
Living among the Sachakan rebels, Lorkin does his best to learn about them and their unique magic. But the Traitors are reluctant to trade their knowledge for the Healing they so desperately want, and while he assumes they fear revealing their existence to the world, there are hints they have bigger plans.
Sonea searches for the rogue, knowing that Cery cannot avoid assassination forever, but the rogue’s influence over the city’s underworld is far greater than she feared. His only weakness is the loss of his mother, now locked away in the Lookout.
In Sachaka, Dannyl has lost the respect of the Sachakan elite for letting Lorkin join the Traitors. The Ashaki’s attention has shifted, instead, to the new Elyne Ambassador, a man Dannyl knows all too well. And in the University, two female novices are about to remind the Guild that sometimes their greatest enemy is found within.
Jon Courtenay Grimwood
April 2012 | 9781841498461 | Paperback & ebook |
Venice, 1407. The city is at the height of its powers. In theory, Duke Marco commands, but Marco is a simpleton so his aunt and uncle rule in his stead. They seem all powerful, yet live in fear of assassins better than their own.
On the night their world changes, Marco’s young cousin prays in the family chapel for deliverance from a forced marriage. It is her misfortune to be alone when Mamluk pirates break in to abduct her – an act that will ultimately trigger war.
Elsewhere Atilo, the Duke’s chief assassin, cuts a man’s throat. Hearing a noise, he turns back to find a boy drinking from the victim’s wound. The speed with which the angel-faced boy dodges his dagger and scales a wall stuns Atilo. He knows then he must hunt him. Not to kill him, but because he’s finally found what he thought was impossible – someone fit to be his apprentice.
Award-winning author Jon Courtenay Grimwood is a master storyteller. Here, he blends history, politics and dark fantasy in a compelling vision of an alternative Venice.
April 2012 | 9781841498881 | Paperback & ebook |
The dragons are gone, the powerful magics that broke the world diluted to little more than parlour tricks, but the kingdoms of men remain and the great game of thrones goes on. Lords deploy armies and merchant caravans as their weapons, manoeuvring for wealth and influence. But a darker power is rising – an unlikely leader with an ancient ally threatens to unleash again the madness that destroyed the world once already. Only one man knows the truth and, from the shadows, must champion humanity. The world’s fate stands on the edge of a Dagger, its future on the toss of a Coin . . .
April 2012 | 9780356500027 | Trade Paperback & ebook|
Tarathan of Ar and Jehane Mor ride into the great city of Ij in time for its grand Festival of Masks. But soon after their arrival they witness a terrible slaughter as their fellow heralds are targeted and assassinated. They must flee for their lives across the city when they discover Swarm agents at work as they attempt to destabilise the entire River Cities network for their own ends.
And five years after her great flight from the Derai Wall, Malian remains hidden to those who seek her. But she has not been idle. Her goal is to muster all Derai magic users who have fled into exile rather than face destruction. Only by uniting against the Swarm menace can they hold their own against the dark tide. She has hunted down every rumour of their presence and has developed her own powers that the Swarm must learn to respect – and to fear. For Malian won’t see her people fall to a dark tide of twisted magic, as demonic forces subvert a way of life.
M. L. N. Hanover
April 2012 | 9780356501253 | Paperback & ebook |
Jayné Heller has discovered the source of her uncanny powers: something else is living inside her body. She’s possessed. Of all her companions, she can only bring herself to confide in Ex, the former priest. They seek help from his old teacher and the circle of friends he left behind, hoping to cleanse Jayné before the parasite in her becomes too powerful.
Ex’s history and a new enemy combine to leave Jayné alone and on the run. Her friends, thinking that the rider with her has taken the reins, try to hunt her down, unaware of the danger they’re putting her in. Jayné must defeat the weight of the past and the murderous intent of another rider, and her only allies are a rogue vampire she once helped free and the nameless thing hiding inside her skin.
April 2012 | 9781841498287 | Paperback & ebook|
A story of a betrayal, murder and a girl’s hunt for justice in a world where two peoples are divided and where mistrust can only lead to war.
Iain M. Banks
April 2012 | 9781857231465 | Paperback & ebook |
The Culture – a human/machine symbiotic society – has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy.
Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game … a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life – and very possibly his death.
April 2012 | 9780748130870 | Ebook only |
Vianne di Rocancheil is content to play the gawky provincial. As lady in waiting – and more importantly, friend – to the Princesse of Arquitaine, she is free to do largely as she pleases. Court is a dangerous place for the unwary, but Vianne treads its measured steps well. Unfortunately, the dance has changed. Treachery is afoot in the Court’s gilded and velvet halls. A conspiracy is unleashed, with blood, death, and warfare close behind. The fate of Arquitaine now rests on the wits of a lady in waiting, and she must flee. If she reaches the mountains, she may be safe – and her beloved land with her.
A life of dances, intrigues, and fashion has not prepared her for this. Nor has it prepared her for Tristan d’Arcenne, Captain of the King’s Guard and player in the most dangerous games conspiracy can devise. But to save her land and avenge her Princesse, Vianne will become what she must, say what she should, and do whatever is required. A Queen can do no less.
Kim Stanley Robinson
May 2012 | 9781841499970 | Hardback & ebook |
The year is 2312. Earth is no longer our only home. All the planets of the solar system bear humanity’s mark – but leaving Earth doesn’t mean we leave behind our problems. Earth and Mars are locked in a deadly conflict over the things people always fight about – air, water, power.
Now, this cold war threatens to become much, much more. A weapon of unprecedented power is loose in the solar system – a ‘world killer’ that could end the conflict once and for all. And end humanity in the process.
It is up to two diplomats from rival factions to find out who is behind this world killer and to stop them if they can. In a future where politics span billions of miles, a disaster is looming and even the smallest players in the system will have their parts to play to determine the fate of mankind.
N. K. Jemisin
May 2012 | 9780356500768 | Paperback & ebook
In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled streets wait the Gatherers – the keepers of this peace. Priests of the dream-goddess, their duty is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal, soothe . . . and kill those judged corrupt.
But when a conspiracy blooms within Gujaareh’s great temple, Ehiru – the most famous of the city’s Gatherers – must question everything he knows. Someone, or something, is murdering innocent dreamers in the goddess’ name, stalking its prey both in Gujaareh’s alleys and the realm of dreams. Ehiru must now protect the woman he was sent to kill – or watch the city be devoured by war and forbidden magic.
May 2012 | 9780356501055 | Paperback & ebook |
Marcus Fenix. War hero. Decorated Gear. Loyal son. Traitor. As the Locust Horde advances into one of humanity’s last bastions, Marcus does the unthinkable: he defies Colonel Hoffman’s orders and abandons his post in the middle of the battle in a bid to rescue his father, weapons scientist Dr Adam Fenix. As the Coalition struggles to defend Sera’s surviving humans from the invading ‘grubs’, Marcus faces a court martial – and a possible death penalty. In the Slab, there are no rules and no mercy. Marcus must learn to survive in an institution populated by the most dangerous dregs of society.
Meanwhile, COG scientists continue the race against time to find a weapon to defeat the Locust – but there’s another traitor – one of the most trusted men in the COG, who knew the Locust existed long before the creatures erupted from their underground warrens. Worse, there’s an even bigger threat emerging: a life-form called the Lambent, which drove the Locust to the surface and that will eventually destroy all life on Sera.
As the Locust infiltrate deeper into COG territory, the Slab is in danger of being overrun. All the prisoners are released . . . except Marcus. The Locust close in while Dom Santiago mounts a last-ditch rescue bid to free the one man who can save humanity.
May 2012 | 9781841497501 | Paperback & ebook |
Dorana is a country ruled by a rigid class system based upon magical aptitude and the right pedigree. While all Doranens have mage ability, some are more blessed than others.
Morgan is one of the powerful ruling elite, fanatically devoted to enforcing the regulations and maintaining the purity of mage bloodlines. When he falls in love with Barl, a woman of inferior breeding who possesses astonishing mage powers, he sets himself upon a dangerous course.
A terrible mage war erupts when Morgan becomes unstoppable, driving Barl to lead a small pack of survivors into the distant mountains. When they arrive, their welcome is not what they expected, and Barl must embark upon a desperate course to protect and preserve her people until they may be needed once again …
Jon Courtenay Grimwood
May 2012 | 9781841498478 | Trade Paperback & ebook |
As the Byzantine and German emperors plot war against each other, Venice’s future rests in the hands of three unwilling people:
The newly knighted Sir Tycho. An ex-slave and trained assassin who defeated the Mamluk navy but cannot make the woman he loves love him back. Tortured by secrets, afraid of the daylight, he sees no reason to save a city he hates.
The grieving Lady Giulietta. Impossibly rich, deeply spoilt. A virgin, a mother, a widow . . . Both emperors want her hand for their sons in marriage. All she wants is to retire from the poisonous world of the Venetian court to mourn her husband in peace.
And finally a naked, mud-strewn girl who crawls from a paupers’ grave on an island in the Venetian lagoon and begins by killing the men who buried her.
May 2012 | 9781841498898 | Trade Paperback & ebook |
War casts its shadow over the lands that the dragons once ruled. Only the courage of a young woman with the mind of a gambler and loyalty to no one stands between hope and universal darkness.
The high and powerful will fall, the despised and broken shall rise up and everything will be remade.
And an old, broken-hearted warrior and an apostate priest will begin a terrible journey with an impossible goal: destroy a Goddess before she eats the world.
James S. A. Corey
May 2012 | 9781841499895 | Paperback & ebook |
Humanity has colonized the planets – interstellar travel is still beyond our reach, but the solar system has become a dense network of colonies. But there are tensions – the mineral-rich outer planets resent their dependence on Earth and Mars and the political and military clout they wield over the Belt and beyond.
Now, when Captain Jim Holden’s ice miner stumbles across a derelict, abandoned ship, he uncovers a secret that threatens to throw the entire system into war. Attacked by a stealth ship belonging to the Mars fleet, Holden must find a way to uncover the motives behind the attack, stop a war and find the truth behind a vast conspiracy that threatens the entire human race.
K. E. Mills
May 2012 | 9781841499949 | Paperback & ebook |
There may be trouble ahead . . .
Wedding bells are ringing for the constantly battling nations of Splotze and Borovnik, and the upcoming royal nuptials could at last put an end to their dangerous hostilities. But in a development that hardly bodes well, one of Gerald’s fellow janitors goes missing – after delivering a dire warning of danger surrounding the marriage treaty. So Gerald must embark on a dangerous mission to uncover the troublemakers, before wedded bliss becomes international war.
But going undercover isn’t as easy as it looks, even with Melissande and Emmerabiblia for camouflage. Soon Gerald finds himself fighting for his life as well as world peace.
May 2012 | 9780356501383 | Paperback & ebook |
A century has passed since the heroic defence of Dros Delnoch. But the people of the Drenai face a new terror: a mad emperor kept in power by two forces of unsurpassed evil. The Joinings are werebeasts of awesome power. The Dark Templars are warrior-priests whose fighting skills are without equal. Against them, the Drenai face certain defeat.
One man, an outsider hated by the Drenai for his Nadir blood, and despised by the Nadir for his Drenai ancestry, sets out to bring down the emperor. He is one man against the armies of chaos.
He is Tenaka Khan – the Prince of Shadows.
May 2012 | 9780356501390 | Paperback & ebook |
The Drenai King is dead – murdered by a ruthless assassin. Enemy troops swarm into Drenai lands. Their orders are simple – kill every man, woman and child.
But there is hope.
Stalked by men who act like beasts and beasts that walk like men, the warrior Waylander must journey into the shadow-haunted lands of the Nadir to find the legendary Armour of Bronze. With this he can turn the tide. But can he be trusted? For he is Waylander the Slayer.
The traitor who killed the King…
May 2012 | 9781841498584 | Paperback & ebook |
Druss, Captain of the Axe: the stories of his life were told everywhere. Instead of the wealth and fame he could have claimed, he had chosen a mountain lair, high in the lonely country bordering on the clouds. There the grizzled old warrior kept company with snow leopards and awaited his old enemy death.
Mighty Dros Delnoch, protected by six outer walls, the only route by which an army could pass through the mountains. It was the stronghold of the Drenai empire. And now it was the last battleground, for all else had fallen before the Nadir hordes.
And hope rested on the skills of that one old man…
May 2012 | 9780356501963 | Paperback & ebook |
Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert.
But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shapeshifters called skinwalkers. Just when the Druid thinks he’s got a handle on all the duplicity, betrayal comes from an unlikely source. If Atticus survives this time, he vows he won’t be fooled again. Famous last words.
James S. A. Corey
June 2012 | 9781841499901 | Trade Paperback & ebook |
For someone who didn’t intend to wreck the solar system’s fragile balance of power, Jim Holden did a pretty good job of it.
While Earth and Mars have stopped shooting each other, the core alliance is shattered. The outer planets and the Belt are uncertain in their new – possibly temporary – autonomy.
Then, on one of Jupiter’s moons, a single super-soldier attacks, slaughtering soldiers of Earth and Mars indiscriminately and reigniting the war. The race is on to discover whether this is the vanguard of an alien army, or if the danger lies closer to home.
June 2012 | 9780356501406 | Paperback & ebook |
The Drenai fortress of Dros Delnoch has fallen and blood hungry Nadir hordes sweep across the land, bringing desolation and despair. But, with the Nadir triumphant, slavers seize a young girl in the tiny realm of Gothir and a peasant boy stes off on a quest that will shake the world.
To rescue her, Kiall must cross the savage steppes and journey through the Halls of Hell, facing ferocious beasts, deadly warriors and demons of the dark.
But the boy is not alone. With him are the legendary heroes of Bel-Azar: Chareos the Blademaster, Beltzer the Axeman and the bowmen Finn and Maggrig.
And one among them hides a secret that could free the world of Nadir domination. For he is the Nadir Bane, the hope of the Drennai.
June 2012 | 9780356501413 | Paperback & ebook |
High in the wooded, peaked mountains of Skeln, the woodsman, Dakeyras, and his beautiful daughter Miriel, live a life of harmonious solitude. Unbeknown to them, a group of grim-eyed, bloodthirsty warriors stalk the mountains. Men who have never known defeat, to whom revenge and torture are meat and drink. For ten thousand in gold they are eager to kill the woodsman.
Battle-hardened warriors all, they have no fear of this task – they should have. For Miriel is a woman of fire and iron, skilled with bow and blade and taught her skills by one of the deadliest killers of all time . . .
Her father, Dakeyras, better known as Waylander the Slayer.
June 2012 | 9780356501420 | Paperback & ebook |
Druss. The Legend. Saviour of Skeln Pass. Protector of Dros Delnoch. The most famous – and dreaded – of Drenai’s heroes.
But before all men knew Druss he was a young husband, hewing tress instead of men – most of the time – and held in check by his beloved wife, Rowena. When she is stolen by slavers Druss becomes a killing machine intent on only one thing: Rowena’s return.
June 2012 | 9780356500256 | Paperback & ebook |
Things are going well for Alex Verus. He’s on moderately good terms with the Council, his apprentice is settling in and his shop in Camden is gaining quite a reputation.
But when a mysterious woman bursts into the Arcana Emporium one night with an assassin on her tail, Alex is thrown into a plot to revive a long-forbidden ritual. His old enemies are after the secret, as well as a Council mage named Belthas and a mercenary named Garrick, and at least one of them is trying to get Alex killed – if he only knew which.
He can see the future, but knowing who to trust is something else.
N. K. Jemisin
June 2012 | 9780356500775 | Paperback & ebook |
Gujaareh, the city of dreams, suffers under the imperial rule of the Kisuati Protectorate. A city where the only law was peace now knows violence and oppression. And nightmares: a mysterious and deadly plague haunts the citizens of Gujaareh, dooming the infected to die screaming in their sleep. Trapped between dark dreams and cruel overlords, the people yearn to rise up – but Gujaareh has known peace for too long.
Someone must show them the way.
Hope lies with two outcasts: the first woman ever allowed to join the dream goddess’ priesthood, and an exiled prince who longs to reclaim his birthright. Together, they must resist the Kisuati occupation and uncover the source of the killing dreams . . . before Gujaareh is lost forever.
June 2012 | 9780356500751 | Paperback & ebook |
Sabina Kane is on the hunt. Her prey is Cain, father of the vampire race and the madman whose obsession with the goddess Lilith fuels his murderous plots. Armed with the name of a sect of dark race historians who know the location of Cain’s lair, Sabina sets out for Italy. But she finds much more than she bargained for when the leader of the sect turns out to be someone who shouldn’t be alive much less leading a band of militant academics.
But she doesn’t have time for shock or arguing with her obstinate ally. Because it’s going to take every weapon – both mundane and magical – to win the fight of her life.
June 2012 | 9781841495088 | Paperback & ebook |
Polly, an average, completely ordinary property lawywer, is convinced she’s losing her mind. Someone keeps drinking her coffee. And talking to her clients. And doing her job. And when she goes to the dry cleaner’s to pick up her dress for the party, it’s not there. Not the dress – the dry cleaner’s.
And then there are the chickens who think they are people. Something strange is definitely going on – and it’s going to take more than a magical ring to sort it out.
June 2012 | 9781841499000 | Paperback & ebook |
The year is 2041, and Shaun Mason is having a bad day. Everyone he knows is dead or in hiding. The world is doing its best to end itself for the second time. The Centre for Disease Control is out to get him. With too much left to do and not much time left to do it in, he must face mad scientists, zombie bears and rogue government agencies before the conspiracy that killed Georgia manages to kill the only thing he has left of her – the truth.
And if there’s one thing he knows is true in this post-zombie, post-resurrection America, it’s this: Things can always get worse.
June 2012 | 9781841497747 | Paperback & ebook |
DI Liz Kavanaugh: You realise policing internet porn is your life and your career went down the pan five years ago. But when a fetishist dies on your watch, the Rule 34 Squad moves from low priority to worryingly high profile.
Anwar: As an ex-con, you’d like to think your identity fraud days are over. Especially as you’ve landed a legit job (through a shady mate). Although now that you’re Consul for a shiny new Eastern European Republic, you’ve no idea what comes next.
The Toymaker: Your meds are wearing off and people are stalking you through Edinburgh’s undergrowth. But that’s ok, because as a distraction, you’re project manager of a sophisticated criminal operation. But who’s killing off potential recruits?
So how do bizarre domestic fatalities, dodgy downloads and a European spamming network fit together? The more DI Kavanaugh learns, the less she wants to find out.
June 2012 | 9780356501727 | Trade Paperback & ebook |
Our continued existence was never a given.
We’ve always wanted to know our destiny. But when the end seems in sight, how will the world react?
An alien artefact plucked from Earth’s orbit throws the world into chaos with both warning and a promise. For the prophet who dreams of new world order, survival means putting an end to democracy. For the movie mogul with a talent for spinning facts, the public doesn’t know what’s best for them. And for the reporter determined to discover the truth, the world needs to know what’s at stake.
All are determined to hold off Armageddon.
All will play their part in what’s to come.
Both brilliant and terrifying, David Brin’s novel of the near future is a tour de force of storytelling. It is the work of a modern master of science fiction.
June 2012 | 9781841498089 | Paperback & ebook |
Savannah Levine is in danger. That’s not usually a problem. But, caught in the grip of a disturbing and violent murder case, Savannah swore to give up her unique gifts if it would save an innocent young girl. Little did she know that someone – or something – was listening… Now she has no idea how to restore her powers, just when she needs them the most.
In this compelling, fast-paced new thriller, Savannah has to face a host of deadly enemies bent on destroying not only her, but the very fabric of the supernatural world. As dark forces gather, Savannah isn’t just fighting for her life, but for everything and everyone she loves…
June 2012 | 9780748130887 | ebook only |
Thief, liar, assassin, whore. Tale-bearer, spy, extortionist, confidante, scandal-smoother. A knife in the dark, poison in a cup, a shield and a defense on the battlefield as well as in the glittering whirl of Court…This, then, is the Left Hand.
The Left Hand does what must be done to cement the hold of the monarch on the realm, to protect the sovereign we swear fealty to – even at the cost of our own lives. Even at the cost of our honour.
There is only one word never applied to the Left Hand, only one thing a Left Hand has never been…Traitor.
Tristan d’Arcenne killed his King. Now he is faced with murder, betrayal, war, and the mistrust of his Queen. She should mistrust him, for there is nothing d’Arcenne will not do.
The Bandit King approaches . . .
Read a sample
July 2012 | 9781841498034 | Hardback & ebook |
13. The breath-taking, explosive finale to the Women of the Otherworld series
War is coming to the Otherworld. A sinister cult known as The Supernatural Liberation Movement is hell-bent on exposing the truth about supernaturals to the rest of the world. Their violent, ruthless plan has put everyone at risk: from werewolves to vampires, from witches to half-demons.
Savannah Levine – fiery and unpredictable – stands at the heart of the maelstrom. There is a new, dark magic inside her, granting her the power to summon spells of terrifying strength. But whether this magic is a gift or a curse, no one knows.
On the eve of battle, all the major players must come together in a last, desperate fight for survival – Elena and Clay; Adam and Savannah; Paige and Lucas; Jeremy and Jaime; Hope, Eve and more… They are fighting for lives. They are fighting for their loved ones.
They are fighting for the Otherworld.
July 2012 | 9780356501437 | Paperback & ebook |
The Year is 2012 – and Queen Victoria still rules with an immortal fist.
She’s the undead matriarch of a Britain where the Aristocracy is made up of werewolves and vampires, where goblins live underground and mothers know better than to let their children out after dark. A world where technology lives side by side with magic, where being nobility means being infected with the Plague (side-effects include undeath) and Hysteria is the popular affliction of the day.
Xandra Vardan is a member of the elite Royal Guard, and it’s her duty to protect the Aristocracy. But things get complicated when her sister goes missing. Xandra will not only realise she’s the prize in a dangerous power struggle – but she’ll also uncover a conspiracy that threatens to topple the empire itself.
July 2012 | 9780356500515 | Paperback & ebook |
Supernatural halfling Jane True’s not happy. She’s been packed off to England to fight a war when she’d much rather be getting busy with her boyfriend Anyan. Unfortunately, Jane’s enemies have been stirring up some major trouble and attracting a lot of attention – making it rather tricky for Jane and Anyan to get any alone time.
Catapulted into the role of Most Unlikely Hero Ever, Jane must lead supernatural races in a desperate battle to combat an ancient evil. But she’ll also have to fight her own insecurities, as well as the doubts of those who don’t think she can live up to her new role as Champion – the most powerful supernatural leader of all . . .
K. J. Parker
July 2012 | 9781841499260 | Paperback & ebook |
For the first time in nearly forty years, an uneasy truce has been called between two neighbouring kingdoms. The war has been long and brutal, fought over the usual things: resources, land, money . . .
Now, there is a chance for peace. Diplomatic talks have begun and with them, the games of skill and chance. Two teams of fencers represent their nations at this pivotal moment.
When the future of the world lies balanced on the point of a rapier, one misstep could mean ruin for all.
July 2012 | 9781841499369 | Paperback & ebook |
The fourth instalment in a spectacular epic fantasy from international bestselling author Markus Heitz.
For the last time, the dwarves are going to war – and the outcome will decide the fate of their race. There has been no word from the brave warrior Tungdil since the vicious battle at the Black Abyss. Dragons, magicians, and the malevolent älfar have advanced far into the kingdom of Girdlegard, ruthlessly seizing vast areas of land. The dwarves seem to be facing their next battle with little hope of survival.
But then the inexplicable happens. A dwarf dressed in black armour returns from the abyss with a formidable army in tow. He calls himself Tungdil, and for his most loyal friend Ireheart and his allies, this means a new hope. But soon doubts begin to arise . . . Could this really be Tungdil, or is this warrior following his own dark agenda? It is a question of the future of Girdlegard – and the future of all the dwarves.
Orson Scott Card
July 2012 | 9780356501604 | Paperback & ebook |
The series which tells the story of Ender’s Game from a new angle.
Twice an alien race has attacked mankind, and twice we have only barely survived. Now, the International Fleet is training exceptional children to command in the next war and defend against the threat of total destruction.
The next candidate picked for the rigorous Battle School will be Bean, an orphaned runt surviving on the mean streets of Rotterdam. Displaying staggering tactical genius, Bean will soon become right-hand man to the legendary ‘Ender’ Wiggin. Together they will lead mankind into its final battle – and change the world in ways no one could have predicted.
This omnibus edition contains: ENDER’S SHADOW, SHADOW OF THE HEGEMON, SHADOW PUPPETS and SHADOW OF THE GIANT.
July 2012 | 9780356501697 | Paperback & ebook |
The year is 1939. Raybould Marsh and other members of British Intelligence have gathered to watch a damaged reel of film in a darkened room. It appears to show German troops walking through walls, bursting into flames and hurling tanks into the air from afar.
If the British are to believe their eyes, a twisted Nazi scientist has been endowing German troops with unnatural, unstoppable powers. And Raybould will be forced to resort to dark methods to hold the impending invasion at bay.
But dealing with the occult exacts a price. And that price must be paid in blood.
Ian Tregillis’ Bitter Seeds is a chilling masterpiece – a tale of a twentieth century like our own and also profoundly different.
July 2012 | 9780356500980 | Paperback & ebook |
Bob Howard used to fix computers for the Laundry – the branch of the British Secret Service that deals with otherworldly threats – but those days are over. He’s not only been promoted to active service but actually survived missions against cultists, enemy spies and tentacled horrors from other dimensions. Willingly or not, he’s on his way up in this dangerous organisation.
When a televangelist with connections to 10 Downing Street seems able to work miracles, the Laundry takes an interest. But an agency that answers to the Prime Minister can’t spy on him themselves, and Bob’s shadowy superiors come up with a compromise – they hire ‘freelancers’, with Bob in charge.
British citizens who discover the occult are either forcibly recruited by the Laundry or disposed of, and Bob’s never heard of freelancers before. Officially they don’t exist. Anyone who’s big and bad enough to remain independent is going to be hard to handle, and Bob’s not too sure that the one-week ‘people management’ course he was sent on in Milton Keynes is going to be enough . . .
August 2012 | 9781841499772 | Hardback & ebook |
With the discovery of ancient powers, a legend begins . . .
There was an age when the world was young. It was a time before the coming of humans, a time when magic was the dominant power – and it was named the age of Faerie.
Ever since this time, a bitter war has been raging between the forces of good and evil. And it was during this age that the Elfstones protecting the Elven race disappeared. They have been missing for thousands of years.
Now a clue to their location may have surfaced in the ancient diary of a princess, and it will be the beginning of an adventure that no-one could have anticipated.
This is the beginning of a breath-taking new series from the master of modern fantasy Terry Brooks. Returning to his core Shannara world, this spellbinding series will astound both seasoned Terry Brooks fans and those discovering his magical world for the first time.
T. C. McCarthy
August 2012 | 9780356500430 | Paperback & ebook |
Escaped Germline soldiers need to be cleaned up, and Stan Resnick is the best man for the job. A job that takes him to every dark spot and every rat hole he can find.
Operatives from China and Unified Korea are gathering escaped or stolen Russian and American genetics, and there are reports of new biological nightmares: half-human things, bred to live their entire lives encased in powered armor suits.
Stan fights to keep himself alive and out of prison while he attempts to capture a genetic, one who will be able to tell them everything they need to know about this new threat, the one called “Project Sunshine.” Chimera is the third and final volume of The Subterrene War Trilogy which tells the story of a single war from the perspective of three different combatants. The first two volumes GERMLINE and EXOGENE are available now.
August 2012 | 9780356500928 | Paperback & ebook |
The game is afoot!
London’s geniuses are being picked off by a vicious killer, and Emma Bannon, a sorceress in the service of the Empire, must protect the next target, Archibald Clare. Unfortunately he’s more interested in solving the mystery of the murders than staying alive . . .
In a world where illogical magic has turned the Industrial Revolution on its head, Bannon and Clare will face dark sorcery, cannon fire, high treason and the vexing problem of reliably finding hansom cabs in the city.
August 2012 | 9781841495880 | Paperback & ebook |
THE ARMY OF DARKNESS DRAWS NEAR
Five centuries ago, a catastrophic demon war left the world in ruins. Since then, the survivors – humans, elves and other mutants – have found sanctuary in a mountain valley protected by magic. But now these protective wards have failed, and a ruthless troll army is on the brink of invasion.
In an attempt to stave off annihilation, Panterra Qu, a young Tracker struggles to control the power of the black staff – a powerful talisman passed down through the centuries by the Knights of the Word.It is their only hope for salvation – for all will pay a price if the war between the Word and the Void tips towards darkness.
August 2012 | 9781841495958 | Paperback & ebook |
Events are building to a climax in Sachaka as Lorkin returns from his exile with the Traitor rebels. The Traitor Queen has given Lorkin the huge task of brokering an alliance between his people and the Traitors. Lorkin has also had to become a feared black magician in order to harness the power of an entirely new kind of gemstone magic. This knowledge could transform the Guild of Magicians – or make Lorkin an outcast forever.
The Traitor Queen is the triumphant conclusion to the Traitor Spy Trilogy, which began with The Ambassador’s Mission and continued with The Rogue.
August 2012 | 9781841495958 | Hardback & ebook |
Events are building to a climax in Sachaka as Lorkin returns from his exile with the Traitor rebels. The Traitor Queen has given Lorkin the huge task of brokering an alliance between his people and the Traitors. Lorkin has also had to become a feared black magician in order to harness the power of an entirely new kind of gemstone magic. This knowledge could transform the Guild of Magicians – or make Lorkin an outcast forever.
The Traitor Queen is the triumphant conclusion to the Traitor Spy Trilogy, which began with The Ambassador’s Mission and continued with The Rogue.
August 2012 | 9781841496368 | Paperback & ebook |
Darien’s future hangs in the balance as conflict rages across the planet’s surface and, in the skies above, interstellar power politics has turned to war.
On one side lies the Construct AI and its millennia-long mission to protect sentient species. On the other is an army of twisted machine intelligences and its allies, whose goal is nothing less than the destruction or subversion of all organic life. They were caged in a hyperspace prison beneath Darien in a past age but now they are roaring to the surface, to freedom and an orgy of destruction which will rend the planets – starting with Darien.
Their allies circle above Darien and their armies are rising from below as an ancient battle is about to recommence. Machine vs human. Life or the sterile dusts of space.
Kevin J. Anderson
August 2012 | 9781841496603 | Paperback & ebook |
After long voyages encountering hurricanes and sea monsters, Criston Vora from Tierra and Saan of Uraba race to the legendary promised land of Terravitae. Saan’s quest is to find the Key to Creation, a weapon that may defeat Uraba’s enemies, and Criston wants vengeance against the monstrous Leviathan that ruined his life long ago.
Back home, two opposing continents and religions clash for the remnants of a sacred city, unleashing their hatred in a war that could end both civilisations. Queen Anjine and Soldan-Shah Omra are driven by mutual loathing, heaping atrocity upon atrocity in an escalating conflict that only their gods can end.
And amidst the carnage, the secretive Saedrans follow their own agenda, manipulating both sides with the ultimate goal of completing the Map of All Things, which will bring about the return of the world’s Creator.
August 2012 | 9781841497167 | Paperback & ebook |
Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago’s first (and only) Wizard PI. Turns out the ‘everyday’ world is full of strange and magical things – and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. But he’s forgotten his own golden rule: magic – it can get a guy killed. Which didn’t help when he clashed with unknown assailants with his murder in mind. And though Harry’s continued existence is now in some doubt, this doesn’t mean he can rest in peace.
Trapped in a realm that’s not quite here, yet not quite anywhere else, Harry learns that three of his loved ones are in danger. Only by discovering his assailant’s identity can he save his friends, bring criminal elements to justice, and move on himself. It would just be easier if he knew who was at risk. And had a (working) crystal ball. And access to magic. Instead, he is unable to interact with the physical world – invisible to all but a select magical few. He’s also not the only silent presence roaming Chicago’s alleys. Hell, he put some there himself. Now, they’re looking for payback.
August 2012 | 9781841499383| Paperback & ebook |
Arrested by the Ald, scholar Bon Ugane and merwoman Leki Borle find themselves on a prison ship bound for the island of Skythe – a barren land and the site of long-ago wars.
Warped and ruined by the ancient conflict, survival on the island is tough and its original inhabitants are neither friendly nor entirely still human. But something else waits on the island, a living weapon whose very existence is a heresy. Destroyed many years ago, it silently begins to clutch at life once more.
September 2012 | 9781841499079| Hardback & ebook |
Gavin Guile is dying.
He’d thought he had five years left – now he’s got less than one. With fifty thousand refugees, a bastard son and an ex-fiancée who may have learned his darkest secret, Gavin’s got problems on every side. As he loses control of his magic, all magic is running wild, threatening to destroy the Seven Satrapies. The old gods are being reborn. Their army of color wights is unstoppable, and the only salvation may be the brother whose freedom and life Gavin stole sixteen years ago.
September 2012 |9780356500263| Paperback & ebook |
Welcome to Fountain Reach
Ancient seat of the Aubuchon dynasty
Majestic setting of the White Stone tournament
Alex Verus’s (not necessarily reliable) reputation attracts all sorts. Most are plain bonkers. Yet there’s one invitation he just can’t refuse.
At Fountain Reach, Alex is perfectly placed among the noted and notorious to figure out why apprentices have been vanishing. But the tournament is a minefield of ancient grudges and new threats, and Alex can’t afford to miss a trick as his elusive adversary stays one step ahead in this most dangerous of games.
September 2012 |9781841498843| Paperback & ebook |
Cat and her cousin are key players in a drama of dragons and politics. Everyone wants something from them – including the warlord who’s conquering all Europa and the Cold Mages who dare defy him. But the Master of the Wild Hunt is most dangerous of all. He will command Cat’s loyalty using what she holds most dear.
In a world where science and magic are at war, one girl must save those she loves, or lose everything.
September 2012 |9780356501260| Paperback & ebook |
Born the only female in an all-male werewolf race, Jessica McClain isn’t just different – she’s feared.
After living under the radar for the last twenty-six years, Jessica is thrust unexpectedly into her first change, a full ten years late. She wakes up and finds she’s in the middle of a storm. Now that she’s become the only female full-blooded werewolf in town, the supernatural world is already clamouring to take a bite out of her. Now her new Pack must rise up and protect her.
But not everyone is on board. There are certain superstitious werewolves who think Jessica means an end to their race – and they’re not about to go down without a fight.
September 2012 |9781405519519| ebook only |
Atticus O’Sullivan is back in an all-new, action-packed, laugh-out-loud novella from the author of the Iron Druid Chronicles. Two-thousand-year-old Atticus may have outwitted and outfought everyone from Odin to Bacchus, but in this ebook original, he’s about to discover what comes around when you go around messing with gods.
Six years into the training of his beautiful apprentice, Granuaile, a large crow swoops down and transforms into none other than the Morrigan, a goddess who insists that Atticus come with her at once. He must leave his apprentice behind, along with his Irish wolfhound, Oberon – and he must also leave his sword. The Morrigan has always taken extreme pleasure in pronouncing the Druid’s mortal danger and imminent doom, so the fact that she won’t reveal the purpose of their journey makes him very nervous. Of course, any time the Celtic Chooser of the Slain drops in unannounced, it’s never good. When she does let slip that she’ll be saving his life in the near future, Atticus is left to wonder . . . will he soon be giving his legions of enemies something to crow about?
Iain M. Banks
October 2012 |9780356501512| Hardback & ebook |
The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization.
An ancient people, organized on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture ten thousand years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they’ve made the collective decision to follow the well-trodden path of millions of other civilizations; they are going to Sublime, elevating themselves to a new and almost infinitely more rich and complex existence.
Amid preparations though, the Regimental High Command is destroyed. Lieutenant Commander (reserve) Vyr Cossont appears to have been involved, and she is now wanted – dead, not alive. Aided only by an ancient, reconditioned android and a suspicious Culture avatar, Cossont must complete her last mission given to her by the High Command. She must find the oldest person in the Culture, a man over nine thousand years old, who might have some idea what really happened all that time ago. It seems that the final days of the Gzilt civilization are likely to prove its most perilous.
October 2012 |9780356501642| Paperback & ebook |
After an upbringing of proper behaviour and oppressive expectations, Aralorn fled her noble birthright for a life of adventure as a mercenary spy. But her latest mission involves more peril than she ever imagined.
Agents of Sianim have asked her to gather intelligence on the increasingly popular and powerful sorcerer Geoffrey ae’Magi. Soon Aralorn comes to see past the man’s striking charisma – and into a soul as corrupt and black as endless night. And few have the will to resist the sinister might of the ae’Magi and his minions.
So Aralorn, aided by her enigmatic companion, Wolf, joins the rebellion against the ae’Magi. But in a war against a foe armed with the power of illusion, how do you know who the true enemy is – or where he will strike next?
This omnibus edition contains the two titles MASQUES and WOLFSBANE.
October 2012 |9780356500645| Paperback & ebook |
‘Don’t look back. It wants you to look back.’
London’s soul has gone missing. Lost? Kidnapped? Murdered? Nobody knows – but when Sharon Li unexpectedly discovers she’s a shaman, she is immediately called upon to use her newfound powers of oneness with the City to rescue it from a slow but inevitable demise.
The problem is, while everyone expects Sharon to have all the answers – from the Midnight Mayor to Sharon’s magically-challenged self-help group – she doesn’t have a clue where to start.
But with London’s soul missing and the Gate open, there are creatures loose that won’t wait for her to catch up before they go hunting.
STRAY SOULS is the first novel in the Magicals Anonymous series, set in the same fantastical London as the Matthew Swift novels.
October 2012 |9781841495361| Paperback & ebook |
THE WORLD PREPARES FOR WAR – AND THE END OF DAYS DRAWS NEAR
An ancient enemy has returned to the human kingdoms. These creatures prey on the souls of men – and if both magic and might fail to defeat them, the Second Age of Kings will fall into darkness.
Magisters are marshalling their sorcerous powers to form a war alliance, but treachery is already eroding its ranks. Magister Colivar is withholding a deadly secret that links sorcerors to the Souleaters themselves.
In this time of change, Kamala may finally win acceptance as the only female sorceror. If she can locate the Souleaters’ stronghold, the Magisters might lift her death sentence. Yet to do that she will have to embrace an alien and terrifying birthright – and all the souls of men will be tested in the aftermath.
This is the final volume in a compelling fantasy series from the author of the critically acclaimed Coldfire trilogy.
Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
October 2012 | 9781405524889 | Ebook |
Iain M. Banks
October 2012 | 9780356502090 | Paperback |
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the publication of the first Culture novel, Consider Phlebas, in 1987, this boxed set contains the first three books in the bestselling ‘Culture’ series: Consider Phlebas, Use of Weapons and The Player of Games.
November 2012 | 9780356501840 | Paperback & ebook |
Eli Monpress is vain. He’s cocky. And he’s a thief.
But he’s a thief who has just seen his bounty topped and he’s not happy about it. The bounty topper, as it turns out, is his best friend and master swordsman, Josef. He’s been keeping secrets from Eli. Apparently, he’s the only prince of a rather feisty country, and he’s been ordered to come home to do his duty. This means throwing over personal ambitions like proving he’s the greatest swordsman who ever lived.
Family drama aside, Eli and Josef have their hands full. The Spirit Court has been usurped by the Council of Thrones and someone calling herself the Immortal Empress is staging a massive invasion. But it’s not just politics – the Immortal Empress has a specific target in mind: Eli Monpress, the greatest thief in the world.
This omnibus edition contains: THE SPIRIT WAR and SPIRIT’S END – completing the tale that began in THE LEGEND OF ELI MONPRESS
November 2012 | 99780356500898 | Hardback & ebook |
The next thrilling Dresden Files title from No. 1 international bestselling author Jim Butcher
You can’t keep a good wizard down – even when he wants to stay that way.
For years, Harry Dresden has been Chicago’s only professional wizard, but a bargain made in desperation with the Queen of Air and Darkness has forced him into a new job: professional killer.
Mab, the mother of wicked faeries, has restored the mostly-dead wizard to health, and dispatches him upon his first mission – to bring death to an immortal. Even as he grapples with the impossible task, Dresden learns of a looming danger to Demonreach, the living island hidden upon Lake Michigan, a place whose true purpose and dark potential have the potential to destroy billions and to land Dresden in the deepest trouble he has ever known – even deeper than being dead. How messed up is that?
Beset by his new enemies and hounded by the old, Dresden has only twenty four hours to reconnect with his old allies, prevent a cataclysm and do the impossible – all while the power he bargained to get – but never meant to keep – lays siege to his very soul.
Magic. It can get a guy killed.
November 2012 | 9780356501970 | Paperback & ebook |
Fifth book (but second in a new story arc) in the Iron Chronicles series, described by SFF World as ‘Neil Gaiman’s American Gods meets Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden’
After twelve years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave.
Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge – but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief, who all seem to have KILL THE DRUID at the top of their to-do lists.
November 2012 | 9780356502250 | Paperback |
The first installment of Cassandra Clare’s #1 NYT bestselling ‘Clockwork Angel’ adapts the steampunk fan favorite into the medium of manga for the first time!
A prequel to Cassandra Clare’s ‘Mortal Instruments’ series, ‘The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel’ is the story of Tessa Gray, a sixteen-year-old American girl travelling alone to Victorian London who runs afoul of the city’s sordid supernatural underworld. Rescued by the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, Tessa quickly finds herself caught up in an intrigue that may very well destroy her new friends – including the two enigmatic young men, Jem and Will, who have taken her under their wing . . .
November 2012 | 9780356502106 | Paperback & ebook|
The next instalment in Kristen Painter’s fast-paced and original urban fantasy series about a race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility.
After nearly dying, Chrysabelle finds new determination to move beyond life as a comarré and grasp hold of some normality. Until the Kubai Mata bring a new task to her doorstep: rescue the child Tatiana has kidnapped, or Mal becomes enemy number one.
But before Chrysabelle begins that mission, the mayor declares a curfew in Paradise City in hopes of controlling the othernatural population. A close friend gets caught and when Mal gets in over his head, Chrysabelle runs to his rescue and unwittingly unleashes a power that’s lain dormant in him for centuries.
Will that power be enough to help them rescue the child in Tatiana’s clutches or will their trip to Corvinestri be their last?
November 2012 | 9780356501734 | Paperback & ebook|
A groundbreaking, mind-blowingly ambitious new science fiction novel from the multiple award-winning classic author David Brin
OUR CONTINUED EXISTENCE WAS NEVER A GIVEN.
Year after year, humanity has survived the main pitfalls awaiting us – natural disasters, nuclear war, rising seas. But when an alien artefact is found floating in Earth’s orbit, it pushes our troubled world to the brink of chaos.
Is this a message in a bottle bringing peace and enlightenment from the stars? Or a warning, threatening to destroy what little stability mankind has achieved? The world is divided – holding its breath. Soon we will know the secret of existence.
Brilliant and gripping, David Brin’s novel of the near future is the work of a modern master of science fiction.
Chris Bunch and Allan Cole
November 2012 | 9780356501611 | Paperback & ebook|
An omnibus of books four, five and six in this fast-paced military SF series, full of action, adventure and intrigue, from the undisputed masters of the genre.
THE SIGNS POINT TO WAR
When rebels plot to murder the Emperor during a diplomatic delegation, Imperial bodyguard Sten only just manages to save his master’s life. But the same plot took out the visiting Tahn delegation, causing relationships between the two powers to crumble completely.
While both sides gather their forces, the Emperor ‘suggests’ that Sten join the Imperial Air Force, where he’ll train for space combat. Sten finds himself back in basic training, with what feels like the same brash sergeants and raw recruits from his army days. But one thing is certain, he’s never seen a war like the one that’s coming . . .
This omnibus edition contains: FLEET OF THE DAMNED, REVENGE OF THE DAMNED and THE RETURN OF THE EMPEROR
November 2012 | 9780356501758 | Paperback & ebook|
A brand new look for one of SF master David Brin’s most acclaimed novels: a moving post-apocalyptic tale of one man rekindling hope for a desperate nation
He was a survivor – a wanderer who traded tales for food and shelter in the dark and savage aftermath of a devastating war.
But when he borrows the jacket of a long-dead postal worker, his life changes for ever. As he journeys from one isolated community to the next, the old, worn uniform becomes far more than a protection against the unrelenting cold: it becomes a reminder of how things were before the world collapsed – and a symbol for how things might be again. And his story becomes one of a lie that turns into the most important kind of truth.
Against a background of global failure, THE POSTMAN is a powerful and affecting novel of the survival of the human spirit from the author of the award-winning Uplift novels.
November 2012 | 9780356501765 | Paperback & ebook|
A brand new look for one of SF master David Brin’s most acclaimed novels: a scientifically faithful tale of the fate of our world and the havoc mankind wreaks upon it
It’s fifty years from tomorrow, and a black hole has accidentally fallen into the Earth’s core. A team of scientists frantically searches for a way to prevent the mishap from causing harm, only to discover another black hole already feeding relentlessly at the core – one that could destroy the entire planet within two years.
But some argue that the only way to save the Earth is to let its human inhabitants become extinct: to let the million-year evolutionary clock rewind and start all over again.
From an underground lab in New Zealand to a space station in Low Earth Orbit, from an endangered species conservation park in Africa to a home in New Orleans, EARTH is a gripping novel peopled with extraordinary characters and abundant with challenging new ideas. Above all, it is an impassioned testament about our own responsibility to our endangered planet.
December 2012 | 9781841494890 | Paperback & ebook|
The first three books in David Brin’s award-winning classic science fiction series, the Uplift novels, in omnibus format for the first time
WINNER OF THE HUGO, LOCUS AND NEBULA AWARDS
Under the caverns of Mercury, the Sundiver Mission prepares for a momentous voyage: a journey into the blazing inferno of the sun, to seek our destiny in the cosmic order of life.
For in a universe where no species can reach sentience without being ‘uplifted’ by a patron race, only humanity – it seems – may have climbed to the stars unaided. This is a feat that puzzles and even angers some of the ancient, mighty Galactic Clans.
Now, in a saga that warps from Earth to the far-reaches of five galaxies, the greatest mystery of all may be explained . . .
This omnibus contains the first three novels in David Brin’s classic and award-winning science fiction series, the Uplift Saga: SUNDIVER, STARTIDE RISING and THE UPLIFT WAR.
Chris Bunch and Allan Cole
December 2012 | 9781841494951 | Paperback & ebook|
An omnibus of books seven and eight in this fast-paced military SF series, full of action, adventure and intrigue, from the undisputed masters of the genre
DIPLOMACY IS OVERRATED
Soldier, Imperial bodyguard, Fleet Captain, Prisoner of War – Sten has been many things in his long career, but there’s one thing he’s never been – a diplomat.
But when the Emperor sends Sten to the Altaic Cluster to support its dictator in quelling a civil war, a diplomat is exactly what Sten must be. As the war intensifies, he begins to suspect he’s up against something more than a local disturbance. Someone – operating in deep cover and seemingly backed by the highest authorities – is working behind the scenes to escalate disaster. And that someone wants nothing more than to see Sten dead . . .
December 2012 | 9780356502298 | Paperback|
Gail Carriger’s New York Times bestselling tale of vampires, werewolves and parasols comes to life in this steampunk-fueled manga adaptation!
Alexia Maccon, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears; leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria. But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. So even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can. She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it.
December 2012 | 9780356500881 | Paperback & ebook|
A compelling tale with a surreal twist giving us a taste of rebellion, violence and political machinations in the darkest corners of the fifteenth century
The Saint Elizabeth Flood of 1421 destroyed towns and villages overnight, the land between the warring cities of Geertruidenberg and Dordrecht becoming a desolate inland sea, mouldering church spires jutting up like tombstones raised to the lost souls below.
Yet even disaster can be profitable for the right sort of individual, and into this flooded realm sail three conspirators: a deranged thug at the edge of madness, a ruthless con man on the cusp of fortune and a half-feral girl who can swim like a fish. Working together, they could find reward beyond reckoning, but such promise is no guarantee against betrayals born of rage and greed.
In a world where peasants feast while noblemen starve, these three uneasy confederates will learn that theft, fraud and even murder are simply part of politics as usual in the now island-city of Dordrecht, and even if their scheme succeeds they may not live long enough to enjoy it . . .
December 2012 | 9781405520751 | ebook|
Out West… the dead just won’t stay dead.
The West is a wild place, where the poison wind blows and the dead walk. But there is gold, and whiskey, and enough room for a man to forget what he once was. Until he can no longer can.
Jack Gabriel’s been the sheriff in Damnation almost since the town grew out of the dust and the mud. He keeps the peace – sort of – and rides the circuit every dawn and dusk with the chartermage, making sure the wilderness doesn’t seep into the fragile attempt at civilization. Out there, away from the cities clinging to the New World’s eastern rim, he doesn’t remember what he was. Or at least, not much.
But Damnation is growing, and along comes a schoolmarm. Catherine Barrowe is a right proper Boston miss, and it’s a mystery why she would choose this particular town, where everything scandalous and dangerous is probably too much for a quality lady like her. Sometimes the sheriff wonders why she came out West – because everyone who does is running from something. He doesn’t realize Cat may be prickly, delicate, and proper, but she is also determined. She’s in Damnation to find her wayward older brother, whose letters were full of dark hints about gold, and trouble, and something about a claim.
In a West where charm and charter live along clockwork and cold steel, where hot lead only kills your enemy once but it takes a blessing to make his corpse stay down, Cat will keep digging until she finds out what happened to her brother. If Jack knew what she was after, he could solve the mystery – because he killed the young man, and for good reason.
The thing is, Cat’s brother just won’t stay dead, and the undead are rising with him . . .
December 2012 | 9781405522663 | ebook|
From a Hugo Award-winning author comes this chilling supernatural thriller about the past coming back to haunt you – in a very real sense . . .
An act of terrorism has unleashed anthrax on the city of Atlanta, killing hundreds of thousands.
The young illustrator Finn Darby managed to survive the attack, whilst many of his friends weren’t so lucky. But soon afterwards, Finn develops a disturbing affliction – when he starts to blurt things out in a strange voice beyond his control.
Countless other residents of Atlanta are experiencing a similar bizarre problem. Either all of Atlanta is suffering from a total psychological breakdown, or else the dead are returning to possess the living . . .
Moving, chilling and thoroughly gripping, Hitchers is a tale about a world in crisis – and about the dead not being ready to stay that way.
December 2012 | 9781405522656 | ebook|
From a Hugo-award winning science fiction author comes this moving, compelling and unnervingly realistic dystopian novel about a world falling apart at the seams.
We’ve always imagined the world coming to an end in spectacular, explosive fashion. But what if – instead – humanity is just destined to slowly crumble?
For Jasper and his nomadic tribe, their former life as middle-class Americans seems like a distant memory. Their world took a turn for the worse – and then never got better. Resources are running out, jobs keep getting scarcer, and the fabric of society is slowly disintegrating . . . .
But in the midst of this all, Jasper’s just a guy trying to make ends meet, find a nice girl who won’t screw him around, and keep his group safe on the violent streets.
Soft Apocalypse follows the tribe’s struggle to find a place for themselves and their children in the dangerous new place their world has become.