Books released today…
Chaosmage (Age of Darkness #3) by Stephen Aryan. Epic Fantasy, Orbit
The final book in the epic fantasy trilogy that began with Battlemage—expect fireball-filled battles, otherworldy enemies, and heroically powerful mages. Voechenka is a city under siege. Its dead now walk the city at night, attacking survivors, calling their names and begging the living to join them beyond the grave. Tammy is a watchman sent to the city to investigate, so the ruling powers can decide whether to help Voechenka or leave it to its grisly fate. Zannah is a pariah in Voechenka—making up for her people’s war crimes by protecting refugees who fear her far more than they fear their unearthly attackers. Balfruss is a scholar, a traveler … and the infamous mage who single-handedly ended the war. No one else may enter or leave the city—so if this ragtag group of survivors can’t figure out what is going on, they’ll live out their last few, short days within its walls. And night is coming on fast …
Crimson Death (Anita Blake #25) by Laurell K. Hamilton. Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Erotica, Berkley
Anita has never seen Damian, her vampire servant, in such a state. The rising sun doesn’t usher in the peaceful death that he desperately needs. Instead, he’s being bombarded with violent nightmares and blood sweats. And now, with Damian at his most vulnerable, Anita needs him the most. The vampire who created him, who subjected him to centuries of torture, might be losing control, allowing rogue vampires to run wild and break one of their kind’s few strict taboos. Some say love is a great motivator, but hatred gets the job done, too. And when Anita joins forces with her friend Edward to stop the carnage, Damian will be at their side, even if it means traveling back to the land where all his nightmares spring from … a place that couldn’t be less welcoming to a vampire, an assassin, and a necromancer. Ireland.
Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky. YA Dystopia, Scholastic
16-year-old Frost understands why she’s spent her entire life in an abandoned apartment building. The ruined streets below are hunting grounds for rogue robots and Eaters. She understands why she’s never met a human besides her father. She even understands why he forbids her to look for medicine for her dying pet. But the thing is, it’s not her real father giving the orders. It’s his memories. Before he died, Frost’s father uploaded his consciousness into their robot servant. But the technology malfunctioned, and now her father fades in and out. So when Frost learns that there might be medicine on the other side of the ravaged city, she embarks on a dangerous journey to save the only living creature she loves. With only a robot as a companion, Frost must face terrors of all sorts, from outrunning the vicious Eaters … to talking to the first boy she’s ever set eyes on. But can a girl who’s only seen the world through books and dusty windows survive on her own?
Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood. Contemporary Fantasy, Hogarth
Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he’s staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds. Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And also brewing revenge. After twelve years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here, Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It’s magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall? Margaret Atwood’s novel take on Shakespeare’s play of enchantment, retribution, and second chances leads us on an interactive, illusion-ridden journey filled with new surprises and wonders of its own.
Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw. Urban Fantasy, Tor.com Publishing
John Persons is a private investigator with a distasteful job from an unlikely client. He’s been hired by a ten-year-old to kill the kid’s stepdad, McKinsey. The man in question is abusive, abrasive, and abominable. He’s also a monster, which makes Persons the perfect thing to hunt him. Over the course of his ancient, arcane existence, he’s hunted gods and demons, and broken them in his teeth. As Persons investigates the horrible McKinsey, he realizes that he carries something far darker. He’s infected with an alien presence, and he’s spreading that monstrosity far and wide. Luckily Persons is no stranger to the occult, being an ancient and magical intelligence himself. The question is whether the private dick can take down the abusive stepdad without releasing the holds on his own horrifying potential.
The Librarians and the Lost Lamp by Greg Cox. Urban Fantasy/Media Tie-in, Tor Books
For millennia, the Librarians have secretly protected the world by keeping watch over dangerous magical relics. Cataloging and safeguarding everything from Excalibur to Pandora’s Box, they stand between humanity and those who would use the relics for evil. Ten years ago, only Flynn Carsen, the last of the Librarians, stood against an ancient criminal organization known as The Forty. They stole the oldest known copy of The Arabian Nights by Scheherazade, and Flynn fears they intend to steal Aladdin’s fabled lamp. He races to find it first before they can unleash the trapped, malevolent djinn upon the world. Today, Flynn is no longer alone. A new team of inexperienced Librarians, led by Eve Baird, their tough-as-nails Guardian, investigates an uncanny mystery in Las Vegas. A mystery tied closely to Flynn’s original quest to find the lost lamp … and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan. Fairy Tales, Scholastic
Wicked stepmothers, traitorous brothers, cunning foxes, lonely princesses: There is no mistaking the world of the Brothers Grimm and the beloved fairy tales that have captured generations of readers. Now internationally acclaimed artist Shaun Tan shows us the beautiful, terrifying, amusing, and downright peculiar heart of these tales as never before seen. With a foreword by Neil Gaiman and an introduction by renowned fairy-tale expert Jack Zipes, this stunning gallery of sculptural works will thrill and delight art lovers and fairy-tale aficionados alike.
Star Wars: Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston. YA Media Tie-in, Disney-Lucasfilm
Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars, and before she re-appeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally, her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa, and the Rebel Alliance.
Treachery’s Tools (Imager Portfolio #10) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. Epic Fantasy, Tor Books
Treachery’s Tools, the tenth novel in the New York Times bestselling Imager Portfolio, begins thirteen years after the events of Madness in Solidar. Alastar has settled into his role as the Maitre of the Collegium. Now married with a daughter, he would like nothing better than to focus his efforts on improving Imager Isle and making it more self-sufficient. However, the rise in fortune of the merchant classes in Solidar over the years does not sit well with the High Holders, who see the erosion of their long-enjoyed privileges. Bad harvests and worse weather spark acts of violence and murder. In the midst of the crisis, some High Holders call for repeals of the Codis Legis, taking authority away from the Rex. Once again, Alastar must maintain a careful political balance, but he cannot avoid the involvement of the Collegium when someone begins killing students. Trying to protect his imagers and hold Solidar together for the good of all, Alastar stumbles on to a plot by the High Holders involving illegal weapons, insurrection, and conspiracy.
- The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (The Road to Nowhere #1) by Meg Elison. Post-Apocalypse, 47North
- Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen. YA Fantasy, Delacorte
- Catalyst by Helena Coggan. YA Fantasy, Candlewick
- City of Weird by Gigi Little, editor. Anthology, Forest Avenue
- The Delphi Effect (Delphi Trilogy #1) by Rysa Walker. YA Urban Fantasy, Skyscape
- Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh. Historical Fantasy, Sky Pony
- The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike. Horror, Thomas Dunne Books
- Iron Cast by Destiny Soria. YA Historical Fantasy, Amulet
- The Midnight Star (Young Elites #3) by Marie Lu. YA Fantasy, Putnam Books for Young Readers
- The Promise of the Child (Amaranthine Spectrum #1) by Tom Toner. Science Fiction, Night Shade
- The Scent of Salt and Sand (An Escaped Novella) by Kristin Cast & P.C. Cast. Urban Fantasy, Diversion Publishing
- Scratch by Steve Himmer. Contemporary Fantasy, Curbside Splendor
- Totem (Dystopian Cluster #3) by Darin Bradley. Dystopia, Underland Press
- Unhonored (The Nightbirds #2) by Tracy Hickman and Laura Hickman. Dark Fantasy, Tor Books
- Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016 by Ursula K. Le Guin. Non-Fiction Collection, Small Beer Press
- The Wraiths of War (Obsidian Heart #3) by Mark Morris. Time Travel, Titan
Happy reading! Until next week in geek…