Michael Gear introduces the planet Donovan, a promised paradise hiding deadly secrets. A ghost ship has appeared in orbit; though it has only been missing for two years, its crew appears dead of old age and the ship itself reeks of a bizarre death-cult ritual. Meanwhile, a killer stalks the inhabitants of the planet, colonists and supervisors alike—for Donovan plays its own complex and deadly game.
The dictatorship ruling the city of Aven has collapsed, replaced by a republic in which elemental mages vie with senators and generals for power. Her path intersects with Sempronius Tarren, a rising politician who dreams of a vast and harmonious empire, but whose visions may be hampered by his long-kept secret: he is a Shadow mage. Fleeing his father and a future as a torturer, Hadrian finds himself stranded on a strange, backwater world. Forced to fight as a gladiator and into the intrigues of a foreign planetary court, he will find himself fight a war he did not start, for an Empire he does not love, against an enemy he will never understand.
The Phantom Prom Date. The Girl in the Green Silk Gown. Rose must once again outwit her immortal killer when he plays his ultimate ace in the hole, resulting in her untimely, unwanted resurrection. Suddenly breathing and worse, suddenly mortal, Rose must find a way to solve the riddle she never wanted to contend with: how does a living dead girl make it back to the ghostroads without actually dying? In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the series, this book includes illustrations and backstory on the creation of Green Rider by the author, and a special introduction by award-winning science fiction and fantasy author, Julie E.
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Unbury Carol , b y Josh Malerman April 10 Unbury Carol is more than mythic: it takes stories of the Old West and the Sleeping Beauty myth and transforms them into something dark, eerie, and haunting. Set in a magical version of the Old West, this book feels like Cormac McCarthy rewriting a fairy tale, but with some beautifully strange twists and turns that could only have come from the brilliant imagination of Josh Malerman. A beautiful American Gothic masterpiece.
And man, did this book deliver! He explores what it means to be a father, a foe, a friend—what it means to be human, really—so well that I momentarily forgot that these were fictional characters and not real people. Daughters of the Storm , b y Kim Wilkins March 6 Do you ever find yourself reading an epic fantasy and wondering: Okay, but where are the women? Though, in truth, I like to call this an intimate epic, because though it is filled with world-altering events, it is also a poignant examination of the relationship between five very different sisters—each of whom harbors secrets she does not want the others to know while at the same time being very much a family.
Rose, the beauty, is unhappily married to the king of a neighboring country and willing to sacrifice everything for a forbidden love. Ash, the quiet one, is struggling to master a growing magic that comes with dire premonitions of doom for all she holds dear. And then there are the twins: flighty Ivy, who will sell her soul for admiration, and zealous Willow, who is convinced that the voices inside her head belong to angels.
And together, they must help heal an ailing father and king, and prevent their ambitious step-brother from seizing the throne. This is chick fantasy with a vengeance, and I defy you not to fall in love with it as hard as we all did. But instead of merely meeting my expectations, she instead smashed straight through whatever mental benchmarks I had set and completely exceeded them. For while Callie is telling one united story over multiple volumes, she does so by letting a completely new character take over the narrative for each successive volume as, one by one, they come into their power and sense of self.
As I may have mentioned before, I am a huge sucker for damaged characters, and Jahan is the ultimate damaged hero—a young man whose very acquisition of magic left him with gaping holes in his memory and a badly fractured ego. Watching him come into his own is a genuine pleasure, and one I cannot wait to share with you!
The Kingdom of Copper , by S. As Nahri and Ali continue down their separate paths, their journeys are lusher and more magical, but darker and more devastating.
Awakened , by James S. Murray, with Darren Wearmouth June 26 Monsters on the subway—simple premise, with some surprising twists.
Where to find material for our thought experiments? To all these questions Atocha Station is an answer. The narrator, a self-loathing stoner American poet on a fellowship in Madrid, is a privileged jackass trying to appear deep. Certain parts of cyberspace are difficult to enter, as they contain valuable information. News commentators sometimes speak of this as a negative thing—burning cities, correct revolutionary actions, police riots—but there was a lot of energy there.
James Murray may be a talented comedian, but in Awakened , he shows his horror chops are equally up to the task. Vita Nostra , by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko, translated by Julia Meitov Hersey November A truly special novel, translated from Russian, about a young woman, a strange university, and the magic of time and identity. This is one people are going to be talking about for a long time.
The Poppy War , by R. Beyond the story—which is a riveting blend of magic and Chinese history, centered on a poor young woman who fights her way through an indifferent world—the writing is truly spectacular. Readers are going to be clamoring for the next one. The City of Lost Fortunes , by Bryan Camp April 17 In post-Katrina New Orleans, a wayward grifter with a talent for finding lost things is thrust into a world of magic, monsters, and miracles…and is forced into playing a high stakes game with the gods for the heart and soul of the city.
In Chicago, now governed by brutal machine masters, Canadian businessman Barry Simcoe stumbles on a sinister conspiracy to exterminate humanity—and a group of human and machine misfits who might just be able to prevent it. The Wild Dead , by Carrie Vaughn July 17 A century after environmental and economic collapse, the people of the Coast Road have rebuilt their own sort of civilization, striving not to make the mistakes their ancestors did.
Enid of Haven is an investigator, called on to mediate a dispute between households over an old building in a far-flung settlement at the edge of Coast Road territory. Her decision seems straightforward—but then the body of a young woman turns up in the nearby marshland. Sequel to Bannerless. And every morning the fringe of darkling trees presses closer. Sequel to Creatures of Will and Temper. Orbit is adding some incredibly talented new authors to our list in I was swept away by his wildly original story, unique world, and wonderfully endearing characters.
Thomas Senlin is a man who discovers he is woefully unprepared for the adventure and threats that are thrust upon him as he enters the fantastical Tower of Babel. Torn , by Rowenna Miller March 20 An upstart orphan immigrant who makes a living sewing spells into fashionable gowns has to choose between her revolutionary brother and her aristocratic lover, amidst a proletariat uprising. The Wolf , by Leo Carew April 3 The Wolf is the kind of epic fantasy that I adore: big, bold, bloody, and filled to bursting with battles and political intrigue.
When the king of an icy northern kingdom dies in battle, his son, Roper, is thrust into a position of leadership far too soon. He must either rise to the occasion, or let the kingdom his father built crumble to pieces. And Ardor Benn is the best rogue in the game.
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What begins as a rollicking heist adventure quickly evolves into an epic fantasy spectacle on a grand scale. What can I say? Ard is nothing if not a showman. Rich is an acclaimed and prolific short story writer, and his young characters—Nigerian immigrant Bo and transgender Violet—have heart to spare as they join forces and fight to take back their city from invaders.
One of Us will drag you in from page one. The protagonist is a valuable government asset—until he discovers his employers are hiding dangerous secrets about his unusual abilities. I completely fell for this brilliant, raw, and twisty SF novel in the vein of Neuromancer and N. Paris Adrift , by E.
Swift Solaris, February 6 Paris is by far one of my favourite cities, and E. Swift does it a great service in this extraordinary time-slip novel. A deeply human story with an extraordinary narrative.
Adrian has laid the foundation for what promises to be an intriguing and vast fantasy world. It is also deeply rooted in British colonialism. Not So Stories brings together new and established writers of colour from around the world to redress the balance.
To imbue these classic stories with a refreshing new perspective as they interrogate, challenge and celebrate their legacy. A war leader in a warlike time. More than a hundred years after the monsters death, the descendants of the survivors piece together the story, trying to understand.
Because the nightmare is far from over…. Robots vs. Travel to distant stars, step sideways into worlds under the hill, journey across ruined landscapes at the end of the world, solve riddles in the Old West, and follow that strange music to the dive bar down the road. The robots and fairies are waiting for you there, they are waiting for you everywhere.
And now the time has come to choose a side. Old stories will be upgraded, worlds will collide, science will give way to magic and magic will become science. With stories from Catherynne M.