hc = hardcover, tp = trade (oversized) paperback, [UK ed] = British publication, [CDN ed] = Canadian publication. Default is US publication.
Please note that this listing is not exhaustive; we have many more (several hundred more) titles coming during this period.
John Rast has been assigned by Knight Watch to patrol game conventions and cosplayer competitions, looking for dangerous anachronisms and the villains who may be trying to exploit them. Fortunately, all that changes when an honest-to-goodness necromancer shows up, wielding a weapon created by Nazi occultists and accompanied by some badass evil Valkyries, hell-bent on kicking off the end of the world.
Since he was a boy, Rae Kelthannis has dreamed of being a stormbinder like his father, with an air elemental stitched into the fabric of his soul and the winds of heaven at his command. Those dreams died when his father, through no fault of his own, fell into disgrace and was banned by the justicars of the Iron Council. The family fled to the edge of the Ordered World, to live in fear in the shadow of encroaching Chaos. When Rae defies his father's orders and attempts to stitch an air elemental to his soul, he instead binds himself to a mysterious wraith. That's when things get complicated and the world starts to fall apart around him. Literally.
New York, 1923. On the revitalized waterfront of the Lower West, Gilda and the gregarious ex-gangster Cherub Stevens start a new life on a stolen yacht. When her pet seagull vanishes into the White Lights District, Gilda throws herself into the search for the missing bird. Up late watching the river for her pet, Gilda has one drink too many and passes out in the cabin of her waterfront home. She wakes to a massacre.
Three prominent scientists in the Imperialate's captial have lost their lives to a serial killer. Notes at the scenes of the crimes lead to a connection to the Royalist political party. Major Bhaajan, former military officer turned private detective, is called back to Selei City to solve the crimes and is thrust into the Byzantine world of Imperial politics--a jigsaw world where none of the pieces seem to fit.
A queer, modern Arthurian tale set in contemporary Vancouver. An autistic college student who is the latest reincarnation of Sir Gawain is drawn deeper and deeper into the family secrets and round table feuds he's spent his life trying to avoid while a Valkyrie tries to figure out who is murdering knights before the body count climbs.
"Two Hearts" introduced the irrepressible Sooz on a quest to save her village from a griffin, and the bonds she formed with unforgettable characters like the wise and wonderful Molly Grue and Schmendrick the Magician. In the never-before-published "Sooz," the events of "Two Hearts" are years behind its narrator, but a perilous journey lies ahead of her.
In modern-day Manhattan two rival witch families fight to maintain control of their respective criminal ventures.On one side of the conflict are the Antonova sisters - each one beautiful, cunning, and ruthless - and their mother, the elusive supplier of premium intoxicants, known only as Baba Yaga. On the other side, the influential Fedorov brothers serve their father, the crime boss known as Koschei the Deathless, whose community extortion ventures dominate the shadows of magical Manhattan.
A five-person special ops unit, composed of a diverse assortment of former Navy SEALS, are responding to a terrorist threat deep in the Caucasus Mountains when their mission goes south in a big way. Facing certain death and torture, they're unexpectedly offered a Faustian bargain by the Devil himself, who grants them unearthly powers in order to send evildoers to Hell on his fiendish behalf. But "The Devil's Quintet" do things their own way...
Connecticut, 1666. An ancient spirit awakens in a dark wood. The wildfolk call him Father, slayer, protector. The colonists call him Slewfoot, demon, devil.To Abitha, a recently widowed outcast, alone and vulnerable in her pious village, he is the only one she can turn to for help. Together, they ignite a battle between pagan and Puritan - one that threatens to destroy the entire village, leaving nothing but ashes and bloodshed in their wake.
As acting captain of the starship Calypso, Jacklyn Albright is responsible for keeping the last of humanity alive as they limp back to Earth from their forebears' failed colony on a distant planet. Faced with constant threats of starvation and destruction in the treacherous minefield of interstellar space, Jacklyn's crew has reached their breaking point. As unrest begins to spread throughout the ship's Wards, a new threat emerges, picking off crew members in grim, bloody fashion.
Vlad Taltos is in love. With a former assassin who may just be better than he is at the Game. Women like this don't come along every day and no way is he passing up a sure bet.So a wedding is being planned. Along with a shady deal gone wrong and a dead man who owes Vlad money. Setting up the first and trying to deal with the second is bad enough. And then bigger powers decide that Vlad is the perfect patsy to shake the power structure of the kingdom.
Scientist Hadiz Tambuwal is looking for a solution to her own Earth's environmental collapse when she stumbles across the secret of inter-dimensional travel. It could save everyone on her dying planet, but now she's walked into the middle of a war on a scale she never dreamed of. An alliance of a million alternate versions of Earth, is locked in death-struggle with an AI threat. Hadiz needs to choose a side before this conflict kills her.
Alejandra no longer knows who she is. Her husband, her children and her own adoptive mother cannot see that Alejandra has become a woman struggling with a darkness that threatens to consume her. When Alejandra visits a therapist, she begins exploring her family's history, starting with the biological mother she never knew. And discovers in that history La Llorona, the vengeful and murderous mother of Mexican legend -- who will not leave until Alejandra follows her mother, her grandmother, and all the women who came before her into the darkness.
When Jack Templeton's missing spacecraft Magellan suddenly reappears where an undiscovered planet was suspected to be, it poses more questions than answers. How did Jack survive all this time? Can he be rescued before his life support runs out? And what is the object long thought to be the elusive "Planet Nine?" In a race against time -- and agencies of national governments -- Jack's former crewmate Traci Keene spearheads a desperate effort to outfit a rescue mission.
Jedi Master Luke Skywalker is haunted by visions of the dark side, foretelling an ominous secret growing somewhere in the depths of space, on a dead world called Exegol. The disturbance in the Force is undeniable . . . and Luke's worst fears are confirmed when his old friend Lando Calrissian comes to him with reports of a new Sith menace.
The last hope for peace between two hostile planets emerges when heirs from the two planets' royal families plan to marry. Before lasting peace can be established, an assassination attempt targeting the couple tilts Eiram and E'ronoh back into all-out war. To save both worlds, Jedi Knight Gella Nattai volunteers to uncover the culprit, while Chancellor Kyong appoints her son, Axel Greylark, to represent the Republic's interests in the investigation.But Axel's deep distrust of the Jedi sparks against Gella's faith in the Force.
The only hope for the casteless is the fallen Protector Ashok Vadal. But Vadal is being held prisoner on the island of Fortress. In order to save those who need him most, he must escape and find his way across the demon-infested sea and return to Thera, the prophet of an illegal and forgotten god. Ashok Vadal, Thera, and the Sons of the Black Sword face foes both human and supernatural, Byzantine political intrigue and bloody hand-to-hand combat, gods and demons alike. But Vadal is a warrior with a warrior's heart, and woe to those who would stand in his way - man, god, demon, or otherwise!
As ancient Irish clans fought to preserve their lands and their way of life, the Queen and her generals fought to tame the wild land and make it English. Hugh O'Neill, lord of the North, dubbed Earl of Tyrone by the Queen, is a divided man. The Queen gives to Hugh her love, and her commandments, through a little mirror of obsidian which he can never discard; and the ancient peoples of Ireland arise from their underworld to make Hugh their champion, the token of their vow a chip of flint.
Ikenna has become a fugitive with a colossal bounty on her head. Her grandfather's longtime allies refuse to offer help, and the Blood Emperor's Warlord is tracking her. While struggling to control the enormous power she was granted by the Goddess of Blood Rites, and come to terms with the promises she made to get such power, Ikenna realizes they must assassinate the Blood Emperor and quickly end the war.
Fings sees a face he thought they'd left behind in the ashes of Deephaven. As Seth's past catches up with him and Myla unravels the true nature of the Empire's new Princess-Regent, the trio converge on the dead city of Valladrune. Armed with sinister secrets behind an old war, they once more hold the fate of the Empire in their reluctant hands. If only they knew what the heck to do with it.
Sergeant Adriene Valero wants to die. She can't. After enduring a traumatic resurrection for the ninety-sixth time, Valero is reassigned to a special forces unit and outfitted with a cutting-edge virtual intelligence aid. They could turn the tide in the war against intelligent machines dedicated to the assimilation, or destruction, of humanity. When her VI suddenly achieves sentience, Valero is drawn into the machinations of an enigmatic major who is hell-bent on ending the war - by any means necessary.
67 year old Martin Hench is a self-employed forensic accountant, a veteran of the long guerilla war between people who want to hide money, and people who want to find it. He knows computer hardware, software, high-end databases, the kinds of spreadsheets designed to conceal rather than reveal. He's a world-level expert on the kind of international money-laundering and shell-company chicanery used by Fortune 500 companies, mid-divorce billionaires, and international drug gangs alike. He's not famous, except to the people who matter. But now he's been roped into a job that's more dangerous than anything he's ever agreed to before - and it will take every ounce of his skill to get out alive.
The Saurians, a reptilian alien race, secretly promote Nazi ideology in order to achieve behind-the-scenes dominance over Earth. Commander Mark Hunter's girlfriend, Jerry, has been kidnapped by the infamous Men in Black to control him. Now Hunter has just one chance to find and rescue his love and the rest of the captives before the Saurians bring the entire base crashing down around him and his people.
A young girl holds a vital part of a weapon used to kill a nightmarish creature in her amulet. When she's kidnapped, her apathetic brother must return to his small town and work with the woman he jilted in order to save her and the world.
All new stories. The effects of the Ring of Fire reach from the Old World to the New. But the course of exploration and colonization will look much different than it did in our timeline. The French bought the English possessions in North America way back in 1633, but have never done much with the uncivilized backwater, until the new king of France, Gaston I, decides that it's time to seize the territory and establish French control over it.
Aelis, a daughter of a noble house and a trained Magister of the Lyceum, finds herself in the far-removed village of Lone Pine. Mending fences and delivering baby goats, serving people who want nothing to do with her. But, not all is well in Lone Pine, and as the villagers Aelis is reluctantly getting to know start to behave strangely, Aelis begins to suspect that there is far greater need for a warden of her talents than she previously thought.
Torwyn burns as Sanctan Egelrath tightens his grip on power. The Draconate Ministry has gathered its forces, determined to eradicate the Guilds, but Rosomon Hawkspur still stands in their way. Her only hope could lay with Lancelin Jagdor, sent to gather allies in their struggle against the usurper. Though Rosomon is vastly outnumbered, and her family lost, she is determined to strike back against her enemies. But saving her homeland might prove an impossible task.
The Neanderthal holy man Trogon is led by a vision to attempt the capture of the young Denisovan known as Quiller. Quiller is the only one who knows the location of the burial cave of the Old Woman of the Mountain. Quiller's best friend Lynx must brave towering glaciers, dire wolves, and prides of giant lions to save her and stop Trogon.
18 stories bringing you the infinite Earths of the multiverse. Featuring Alix E. Harrow, Clive Barker, Alastair Reynolds, Ken Liu, Charlie Jane Anders, Annalee Newitz, Ian McDonald, Lavie Tidhar, Paul Di Filippo and many more.
The magic of the Unseen World is acting strangely, faltering, bleeding out from the edges. Determined to keep the House of Shadows from returning to power and to defeat the magicians who want nothing more than to have it back, Sydney turns to extremes in a desperate attempt to regain her sacrificed magic. She is forced to decide what she will give up and what she will lose and whether what must be destroyed is not only the House of Shadows, but the Unseen World itself.
When sociologist Nalini Jackson joins the SS Delany for the first manned mission to Jupiter, all she wants is a career opportunity: the chance to conduct the first field study of group dynamics on long-haul cryoships. But what she discovers instead is an entire city encased in a bubble on Europa, Jupiter's largest moon.Even more unexpected, Nalini and the rest of the crew soon find themselves abducted and joining its captive population, forced to start new lives in a place called New Roanoke.
When Adela discovers she has a terminal illness, her thoughts turn to Tereza, the American-raised daughter she gave up at birth. Leaving behind her moody, grown son, Roman, in their native Czech village, she flies to the United States to find the long-lost daughter who never knew her. Yet the country, in the year 2029, is steeped in surveillance and has adopted an unapologetic nationalism - a very different place from the open and accepting one Adela experienced decades earlier, when, as a teenager high on the promise of America, she eloped with a filmmaker and starred in his cult sci-fi movie.
The next adventure in the High Republic, set after the events of Convergence and the Battle of Jedha. The Jedi race to confront the Path of the Open Hand and end the Forever War.
Commanding his merchant fleet in support of the human forces, Alastor Nevelon and his son Crespin set sail against the Basilisk Throne. But Alistor is forced to send his daughter Chrysanthe to the capitol city Ophion Magne as a "token" of his loyalty. He instructs Chrysanthe to use her considerable intellect to discover whatever plots may be afoot in the heart of Ophion. Chrysanthe agrees, knowing that in doing so she enters a dangerous place where courtly manners hide murderous intentions.
"Mom seems off." Her brother's words echo in Sam Montgomery's ear as she turns onto the quiet North Carolina street where their mother lives alone. Stepping inside, she quickly realizes home isn't what it used to be. Gone is the warm, cluttered charm her mom is known for; now the walls are painted a sterile white. Her mom jumps at the smallest noises and looks over her shoulder even when she's the only person in the room. And when Sam steps out back to clear her head, she finds a jar of teeth hidden beneath the magazine-worthy rose bushes, and vultures are circling the garden from above.
In a strange little home built into the branches of a grove of trees, live three robots - fatherly inventor android Giovanni Lawson, a pleasantly sadistic nurse machine, and a small vacuum desperate for love and attention. Victor Lawson, a human, lives there too. They're a family, hidden and safe. The day Vic salvages and repairs an unfamiliar android labelled "HAP," he learns of a shared dark past between Hap and Gio - a past spent hunting humans. When Hap unwittingly alerts robots from Gio's former life to their whereabouts, the family is no longer hidden and safe.
Lydia, a would-be artist, is hungry. But her body doesn't work like those of other people. The only thing she can digest is blood, and it turns out that sourcing fresh pigs' blood in London - where she is living away from her vampire mother for the first time - is much more difficult than she'd anticipated. And her relationship with humans is complicated by the fact that though Lydia knows that they are her natural prey, she can't bring herself to feed on them.
For nearly three decades the sun has not risen and vampires have waged war against humanity, building their eternal empire even as they tear down our own. Gabriel de Leaon is a silversaint: a member of a holy brotherhood dedicated to defending realm and church from the creatures of the night. But even the Silver Order could not stem the tide once daylight failed us, and now, only Gabriel remains.Imprisoned by the very monsters he vowed to destroy, the last silversaint is forced to tell his story.
Welcome to Apex City, formerly Bangalore, where everything is decided by the mathematically perfect Bell Curve. With the right image, values and opinions, you can ascend to the glittering heights of the Twenty Percent - the Virtual elite - and have the world at your feet. Otherwise you risk falling to the precarious Ten Percent, and deportation to the ranks of the Analogs, with no access to electricity, running water or even humanity.The system has no flaws. Until the elusive "Ten Percent Thief" steals a single jacaranda seed from the Virtual city and plants a revolution in the barren soil of the Analog world.
This sixth volume in the definitive Library of America edition of her works gathers, for the first time, Le Guin's collected poems - from her earliest collection Wild Angels (1974) through her final publication, the collection So Far So Good, which she delivered to her editor just a week before her death in 2018.
Ester's family was torn apart when a manticore killed her mother and baby brother, leaving her with nothing but her father's painful silence and a single, overwhelming need to kill the monsters that took her family. Ester's path leads her to the King's Royal Mews, where the giant rocs of legend are flown to hunt manticores by their brave and dedicated ruhkers. Paired with a fledgling roc named Zahra, Ester finds purpose and acclaim by devoting herself to a calling that demands absolute sacrifice and a creature that will never return her love.
Gita Chithra, the captain of the intergalactic ship The Tempest, receives a frantic distress call from Ri, the AI she trained from inception. Ri is trapped in the depths of Loki's Ring, an artificial alien-made solar system, and says everyone in the vicinity has been infected and killed by a mysterious contagion. Gita and her team investigate, only to discover horrors at every turn, and are soon stranded themselves, leaving them vulnerable to infection and attack.
Before they are done, Meg the retired librarian, Teg the archeologist-turned-mage, and the multi-talented, ever surprising Peg will deal with kidnappings, betrayal, arcane artifacts, romantic intrigues, and the inescapable reality that past lives cast long shadows. Together with their mentors they will uncover the startling truth about what lies on the other side of the Aurora Borealis Bridge - a truth that holds the secret of Over Where, and that will change all their lives forever.
Seven ingeniously reinvented fairy tales that play out with astonishing consequences in the modern world, featuring illustrations by award-winning artist Shaun Tan.
A seemingly disparate array of people come into contact with a time traveller who must resist the pull to change the past and the future. The cast includes a British exile on the West coast of Canada in the early 1900s; the author of a bestselling novel about a fictional pandemic who embarks on a galaxy-spanning book tour during the outbreak of an actual pandemic; a resident of a moon colony almost 300 years in the future; and a lonely girl who films an old-growth forest and experiences a disruption in the recording.
Knights of the Round, Vanessa and Michael must follow Captain Hook into Wonderland alongside Alice to crush his treacherous plan and deal with an ongoing war between power-hungry queens.
Vampires do not exist. Everyone knows this. So it's particularly annoying when they start popping up around Manchester. Somebody needs to sort this out fast before all Hell really breaks loose - step forward the staff of The Stranger Times.
Vincent Banecroft, the irascible editor of The Stranger Times, has never believed his wife died despite emphatic evidence to the contrary. Now, against all odds, it seems he may actually be proved right. But what lengths will he go to in an attempt to rescue her? As if that wasn't enough, one of the paper's ex-columnists has disappeared, a particularly impressive trick seeing as he never existed in the first place.
Four women, four destinies - the future of King Arthur's court. A new, feminist retelling of the Arthurian legends that follows the tangled stories of four women: Nimue, Ygraine, Morgana, and Guinevere, as they fight to control their own destinies amid the wars and rivalries that will determine the destiny of Britain.
On Prospect Hill, you can get nearly anything you want from the Fae - if you know how to ask and if you can pay the price. When Delphine confides to Alaine Fairborn that her new husband is not the man she thought he was, Alaine will stop at nothing to help her sister escape him. Small bargains can buy them time, but a major one is needed. But the price for true freedom may be more than they're willing to pay.
San Francisco, 1947. Someone is murdering the city's drag kings and club owner Jimmy Vasco is sure she's next on the list and wants Sammy to find the killer. Meanwhile, Eddie "Moo Shoes" Shu has been summoned by his Uncle Ho to help save his opium den from Squid Kid Tang, a vicious gangster who is determined to retrieve a priceless relic: an ancient statue of the powerful Rain Dragon that Ho stole from one of the fighting tongs forty years earlier. And if Eddie blows it, he just might call down the wrath of that powerful magical creature on all of Fog City.
Dr. Moreau, his only daughter Carlotta, and melancholic overseer Montgomery Laughton pursue Moreau's experiments on a distant and luxuriant estate, safe from the conflict and strife of the Yucatan peninsula. The hybrids are the fruits of his labour, destined to blindly obey their creator and remain in the shadows, a motley group of part human, part animal monstrosities. This world is jolted by the abrupt arrival of Eduardo Lizalde, the charming and careless son of Dr. Moreau's patron, who will unwittingly begin a dangerous chain reaction.
It's the summer of 1989 and Beatrice and Henrietta Volt are coming of age on remote Fowler Island, their ancestral home and wild playground. Thicker than thieves, the sisters plot their futures, having no idea that their parents are separating. Or that the plan is to separate them. Now, ten years later, their father dies and Henrie is called back to the island. But Henrie doesn't want to go -- why is she suddenly filled with fear about the quarry pond behind the house?
Seven years ago, everyone in the world went blind in a matter of months. Technology helped people adjust to the new normal, creating a device that approximates vision, downloading visual data directly to people's brains. Homicide detective Mark Owens has been on the force since before The Blinding. When a scientist is murdered, and the only witness insists the killer was blacked out of her vision, Owens doesn't believe her - until a similar murder happens in front of him. With suspects ranging from tech billionaires to anti-modernity cultists - and with the bodies piling up - Owens must conduct an investigation in which he can't even trust his own eyes.
2059 -- 40 years after a solar catastrophe began to slow the planet's rotation to a stop. Now, one half of the globe is permanently sunlit, the other half trapped in an endless night. Ellen Hopper is a scientist living on a frostbitten rig in the cold Atlantic when two government officials arrive, demanding she return to London to see her dying college mentor. She accepts - and begins to unravel a secret that threatens the future of the whole human race.
Accused of a brutal crime and exiled from Dome City, where a vicious regime wields dictatorial power, Roj Blake swears vengeance on the corrupt leaders who have destroyed his future. Hijacking the Liberator, the most advanced spacecraft ever created, Blake travels to the sinister planet Cygnus Alpha and risks everything to rescue other victims of the regime. And with these allies he forms a new fighting force to combat galactic injustice and fight the Federation. Blake's 7 is born.
When you don't know The Rules it's hard to stay safe. After a traumatic incident, Aster finds that her blood work comes back with some unusual readings. Unsurprising, as she's the last of an alien race called the Kibsu, though she doesn't know it. She finds herself the focus of a hunt, with her mortal enemies, the Trackers, on one side, and the American government on the other. But help has come from a most unexpected quarter. Whoever finds her first, it won't be good news for Aster, or for the world!
17 years ago, King Odysseus sailed to war with Troy, taking with him every man of fighting age from the island of Ithaca. None of them has returned, and the women of Ithaca have been left behind to run the kingdom. No one man is strong enough to claim Odysseus' empty throne - not yet. But everyone waits for the balance of power to tip, and Penelope knows that any choice she makes could plunge Ithaca into bloody civil war.
In the dead of night, shots ring out over the grounds of a sprawling English estate. The world-weary butler Eustace recognizes the gunman - his longtime employer, Mr. Crowe. Mr. Crowe was once famed for his gifts - unaccountable gifts, known only to the members of a secretive order. He and the faithful Eustace will be tested as never before. So too will Clara, whose own extraordinary gifts remain hidden, even from herself.
Sequel to Cursed: An Anthology. A blend of traditional and reimagined curses from fairy-tales, featuring Joe Hill, Sarah Pinborough, Neil Gaiman, Kelley Armstrong and many more.
It's been over a century since three generation ships escaped an Earth dominated by artificial intelligence in pursuit of a life on a distant planet orbiting Tau Ceti. Now, it's nearly Braking Day, when the ships will begin their long-awaited descent to their new home. Born on the lower decks of the Archimedes, Ravi Macleod is an engineer-in-training, set to be the first of his family to become an officer in the stratified hierarchy aboard the ship. While on a routine inspection, Ravi sees the impossible: a young woman floating, helmetless, out in space. And he's the only one who can see her.
After emerging from a bunker, Sergeant Elsie Sharpcot, a shrewd war vet, and her PTSD-afflicted second in command, Dorian Wakely, must lead a group of six soldiers through a world in which all products of human creation have been arranged by an unknown hand into a vast grid resembling an outdoor warehouse.
When a flight to Fairbanks, Alaska lands, everyone on board and in the community will be changed forever. This includes Chuck Bridges, a local DJ and conspiracy theorist who was on board and later reported dead to his family, but not before proclaiming that something inside the clouds was speaking to him; and now his son, Theo, must chase down answers to the mystery his father unlocked. The answer to the comet's origin is about to be unveiled, and its impact on Earth is more treacherous and sublime than humanity could imagine.
Nic Mafalda believes that activation of the Mechanism, a machine the size of Saturn's rings watched over by the alien Jzat, will bring galactic devastation. She must find the Rav'nah Abelisk, a Jzat holy man on sabbatical aboard a vast alien megaship, before his sacred knowledge falls into the wrong hands. But first she herself must escape the lethally radioactive remains of her wrecked scout ship.
The Silvers' new Earth is about to suffer the same fate as the old one and they have only ten weeks to prevent it. They must gather allies from among the remaining survivors of their home world - a quest that will take them from Mexico to England to a radically changed Japan. The final confrontation with the god-like beings who first brought them to this Earth approaches. Failure would mean death for billions, but victory may come at a cost the Silvers cannot afford.
Lynn Raven may be the boss master of WarMonger 2050 with her online persona of "Larry the Snake," but when the CEO of Tsunami Entertainment personally asks her, as a favor, to beta test a new augmented reality game, she has to face her greatest fear of going outside and dealing with, ugh, people. As she becomes more immersed in the game, the stakes rise and so do the obstacles. Strife between teammates, a ruthless rival team, and these strange glitches that make it seem like the game algorithm (or maybe "game AI"?) has it in for her.
Alex and six other scientists are lured by the colossal tech company Sensus to do research on a space station. But they arrive to find the space station is not ready for them. Sensus has also hired Tess, a young social psychologist, to watch the scientists through their phones. When Tess, and Alex's teenage daughter Rachel travel to the station, Sensus's controlled experiment begins to unravel.
Ren Yu is a swimmer. Her daily life starts and ends with the pool. Her teammates are her only friends. Her coach, her guiding light. But Ren yearns to become a mermaid. And she will do anything she can to make a life for herself where she can be free. No matter the pain. No matter what anyone else thinks. No matter how much blood she has to spill.
The Empire of Songs reigns supreme -- across all the lands of Ixachipan, its hypnotic, magical music sounds. In the Singing City, Xessa must fight for the entertainment of her captors, while Lilla and thousands of warriors are trained to serve as weapons for their enemies. And Tayan is trapped at the heart of the Empire's power and magic, where the ruthless Enet's ambition is ever growing.
Lin Sukai has won her first victory as Emperor, but the future of the Phoenix Empire hangs in the balance - and Lin is dangerously short of allies. As her own governors plot treason, the Shardless Few renew hostilities. Worse still, Lin discovers her old nemesis Nisong has joined forces with the rogue Alanga, Ragan. Yet legend tells of seven mythic swords, forged in centuries past. If Lin can find them before her enemies, she may yet be able to turn the tide.
The Marigold, a gleaming Toronto condo tower, sits on a half-empty promise: a stack of scuffed rental suites and undelivered amenities that crumbles around its residents as a mysterious sludge spreads slowly through it. Public health inspector Cathy Jin investigates this toxic mold as it infests the city's infrastructure, rotting it from within, while Sam "Soda" Dalipagic stumbles on a dangerous cache of data while cruising the streets in his Camry, waiting for his next rideshare alert.
Raised in the bowels of Gaea Station alongside the last scraps of humanity, Kyr readies herself to face the Wisdom, the powerful, reality-shaping weapon that gave the majoda their victory over humanity. Kyr is one of the best warriors of her generation, the sword of a dead planet. When Command assigns her brother to certain death and relegates her to Nursery to bear sons until she dies trying, she knows she must take humanity's revenge into her own hands.
Rowan is visiting her aunt, Winne the hedge witch, in the Welsh countryside, to get back to nature and hone her skills, as well as taking a break from her annoying sisters and enjoying some peace and quiet. But she soon comes to realize that this isn't quite the opportunity to rest and escape she thought it might be. Not only that, but mysterious events around the town are causing panic in the secret magical community and cowans.
In a lonely cottage overlooking the windswept Maine coast, Wilder Harlow begins the story of his childhood summer companions and the killer that stalked the small New England town. Of the body they found, and the horror of that discovery echoing down the decades. And of Sky, Wilder's one-time best friend, who stole his unfinished memoir and turned it into a lurid bestselling novel, Looking Glass Sound.
Freshly home from an internship on Manticore, teenaged Stephanie Harrington must deal with a new treecat adoptee who must be kept from becoming a risk to the carefully guarded secret of just how smart the arboreal inhabitants of Sphinx really are. And there's a mysterious rash of weird accidents that are plaguing Sphinx's younger inhabitants--including some of those nearest and dearest to Stephanie.
After the war that cost him so much, Kylar Stern is broken and alone. But his best - and maybe only - friend, the High King Logan Gyre, needs him to secure a powerful magical artifact that was unearthed during the war. If he does the job right, he won't need to kill at all. This isn't an assassination - it's a heist. But some jobs are too hard for an easy conscience, and some enemies are so powerful the only answer lies in the shadows.
Special Agent Petrov and Dr. Lei Zhang are woken up from cryogenic sleep to learn that they've been met by another vessel - a vessel from Paradis-One, Earth's first deep-space colony, and their final destination. But the vessel is empty. And all communications from the 150,000 souls inhabiting the Paradis-One has completely ceased. Petrov and Zhang must board the empty ship and delve further into deep space to discover the truth of the colony's disappearance - but the further they go, the more dangers loom.
Portugal, 1750s. Cecilia Lamb's sea captain husband, John, has been gone longer than any voyage should last. Yet she feels certain that her husband will come back to her. And with that feeling is another sense - that something darker is coming. As she sickens, she doesn't know what the next tide will bring - but she begins to fear as well as crave her husband's homecoming.
Hundreds of years after the events of PENNYBLADE, a noble with dreams of becoming Master of Arts-and-Revels, and the ruthless First-Queen are caught up in a plot to destroy the Main and awaken an ancient curse.
Amid the slaughter, Jaghatai Khan, Warhawk of Chogoris, prepares to launch the most audacious strike of the conflict. His goal is nothing less than the liberation of the Lion's Gate space port. Cut off from any help, he stakes everything on one desperate counter-offensive, launched against an old enemy who has been made far greater than he ever was before. As the White Scars ride out against the newly crowned lords of life and death, they know that defeat for them dooms not only the Legion, but Terra itself.
Celehar has been given an apprentice to teach, and he has stumbled over a scandal of the city - the foundling girls. Orphans with no family to claim them and no funds to buy an apprenticeship. Foundling boys go to the Prelacies; foundling girls are sold into service, or worse. At once touching and shattering, Celehar's witnessing for one of these girls will lead him into the depths of his own losses.
Aranok is the first mage to be named King's Envoy. And his latest task is to restore an exiled foreign queen to her throne. The band of allies he assembles each have their own unique skills. But they are strangers to one another, and at every step across the ravaged land, a new threat emerges, lies are revealed, and distrust could destroy everything they are working for.
Edinburgh, 1869: Modern-day homicide detective Mallory Atkinson is adjusting to her new life in Victorian Scotland. Her employers know she's not housemaid Catriona Mitchell - even though Mallory is in Catriona's body - and Mallory is now officially an undertaker's assistant. Now men are dropping dead from a powerful poison, and all signs point to the grieving widows...
A standalone POLITY novel. On a mission to find a brighter future for humanity, ex-soldier Ursula fosters a colony on the hostile planet Threpsis. Here, survival isn't a given, and colonists thrive without their AI guidance. But when deadly alien raptors appear, Ursula and her companions find themselves forced to adapt in unprecedented ways. And they will be pushed to the very brink of what it means to be human.
Alex Green is a young girl in a world much like ours, except for its most seminal event: the Mass Dragoning of 1955, when hundreds of thousands of ordinary wives and mothers sprouted wings, scales, and talons; left a trail of fiery destruction in their path; and took to the skies. Was it their choice? What will become of those left behind? Why did Alex's beloved aunt Marla transform but her mother did not?
Joey is a Reality Controller in near-future Delhi. Her job is to supervise the multimedia multi-reality livestreams of Indi, one of South Asia's fastest rising online celebrities - who also happens to be her college ex. Rudra is a recluse estranged from his wealthy and powerful family but forced back into the family's orbit by his father's death. When he accepts an impulsive job offer from Joey, the two become enmeshed in multiple conspiracies and their lives start to spin out of control.
The Rajni Mrithuri stands as the chief claimant to the Alchemical throne now, but she and her empire remain a prize to be taken unless she gets an heir. She has her allies - her cousin Sayeh, a dragon, a foreign wizard, a fearsome automaton, and the Dead Man - but the throne has the final say. And if it rejects her, the price is death.
Agent Miriam Randle works for LifeTime, a private law enforcement agency that undertakes short-term time travel to erase crimes before they occur. Haunted by the memory of her twin brother's unsolved murder at the age of six, Miriam thinks of herself as an incarnation of the many lives she's lived in her journeys to rearrange the past. Then a routine assignment goes wrong and Miriam commits a murder she was meant to avert.
The remote island of Masquapaug has not seen a dragon in many generations - until 15 year old Anequs finds a dragon's egg and bonds with its hatchling. Though her people are delighted and revere her as Nampeshiweisit - a person in a unique relationship with a dragon. But the Anglish conquerors of her land allow her to enroll in a proper Anglish dragon school only with great reluctance. If she cannot succeed there, her dragon will be killed.
From creation of heaven and earth to Ragnarok, the Norse myths are told from the perspective of Loki, the trickster God.
Antonio Moro lost everything to the Freebooters. Now he's alone in a city on an Arctic island fighting the ruthless, global pirates with the chance to be the artist he always wanted to be. Unfortunately, he thinks it's a cover story for his real purpose - spying on sympathizers. When things look bleak, he discovers an unusual ally. His new personal assistant program, Par Augustus. It's insolent, extroverted, moody, and a not-quite-legal nascent AI.
Serving two rival corporations, humanity's few survivors live in domes protected from the lethal smog. Far from these centres of power stands the Museum Dome, where persons unknown have assembled mankind's finest paintings and artifacts. Fogg, the curator, thinks he must be the last man left alive, for in the three years he's been there, he's not had a single visitor, and his only company is AIPT, his automated physical trainer. Then a single mysterious pill - a momenticon - appears in the Museum, proving he's not alone after all.
Victims of vicious whims, trapped by their circumstances or pushed beyond what the mortal frame can bear, a handful of god-touched mortals - a scribe, a warlord, a dancer and a child - are about to be brought together in a conspiracy of their own. A conspiracy to reach the heavens, and take down the corrupt and aging gods ... who are already facing troubles of their own...
Tanta and Cole may have stopped the mass murder of InTech's residents, but the cost was severe. Despite their efforts, Harlow 2.0 - the update to InTech's mind-based operating system - fed out. Now its citizens are compliant zombies, and Tanta and her crew are trapped underground. All except for Fliss, who has no system to update. She alone can go outside, and it's Fliss the crew are relying on to help get them out. For only then can they dismantle the damage Harlow 2.0 has done.
After an explosion devastates Cato Neimoidia, the Jedi dispatch Obi-Wan Kenobi, one of the Order's most gifted diplomatic minds, to investigate the crime and maintain the balance that has begun to dangerously shift. Despite the mandate that Obi-Wan travel alone - nothing can stop Anakin Skywalker from crashing the party. The two knights must learn a new way to work together - and they must learn quickly, to save Cato Neimoidia and its people from the fires of war.
A child will rise to defeat the Eternal Khan, a cruel immortal god-king, and save the kingdom. And that prophecy did anoint a hero, Jian, raised since birth in luxury and splendor, and celebrated before he has won a single battle. But that's when the story hits its first twist. The prophecy was wrong. Jian was not the chosen one. But he still must find a way to save the kingdom.
Jo, Abony, Ranjani, and Maia all have something in common. They have each been cursed by the CEO of their workplace after he abused his power to prey on them. He wants them silent and uses his sinister dark magic to keep them quiet about what he did. But Jo, Abony, Ranjani and Maia are not fairy-tale princesses waiting to be rescued. They are fierce, angry women with a bond forged in pain, and they're about to discover that they have power of their own.
1793. Vampires--usually rich and aristocratic--have slaked the guillotine's thirst in large numbers. The mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel, a disguised British noble, and his League are heroically rescuing dozens of aristocrats from execution, both human and vampire. Eleanor Dalton is a housemaid on the estate of a vampire Baroness when a mysterious noble tells her she is the spitting image of a French aristocrat. Soon Eleanor finds herself in Paris, where she stumbles across a centuries-old war between vampires and their fiercest enemy. And they're out for blood...
All the short fiction set in the Expanse universe, including a brand new novella.
Proctor Bennett is a ferryman in the archipelago of Prospero. It is his job to escort retirees to the Nursery after their monitors fall below a certain level. There their failing bodies are renewed, their memories wiped cleaned and they are ready to start life fresh. But Proctor has started to dream -- supposedly an impossibility. And his own monitor is falling alarmingly. And then comes the day he is summoned to retire his own father, who gives him a disturbing and cryptic message before being wrestled onto the ferry. Meanwhile, unrest is building in Prospero.
An anthology featuring 29 all-original tales of monsters. Contributors include Brian Hodge, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Kadrey, Norman Partridge, Garry Kilworth, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Stephen Graham Jones, Kaaron Warren, Joe R. Lansdale, Cassandra Khaw, and more.
Cade Ombra currently make his living as a mercenary wonderist. He used to have a far more noble-sounding job title - until he discovered the people I worked for weren't quite as noble as hed'd believed. Now he's on the run and his only friend, a homicidal thunder mage, has invited him to join a suicide mission against the seven deadliest mages on the continent. So, it is time to recruit some very bad people to help them with the job...
Anoor, the first blue-blooded ruler of the Wardens' Empire is accused of a murder she didn't commit and her reign is thrown into turmoil. Her beloved, Sylah, braves new lands to find a solution for the hurricane that threatens to destroy her home. Meanwhile, Hassa's web of secrets grows ever thicker as the trail of crimes in the city uncovers the extent of the atrocities of the empire's past and present. The three women find their answers, but not the answers they wanted.
The Psi Team find themselves caught in a battle that has been raging across timelines for 2000 years. But, can they trust the Ennoia? Or is she using our timeline for her own purposes? Meanwhile, Bill Stevens has his own agenda, and his goons have already crossed blades with the Psi Team. Now they are coming for Alpha, and all the revenge they can get. Because just as things seemed like they could get no worse, Alpha is back. And this time, she's coming for blood.
Saved from the brink of death by a mysterious stranger, Constanta is transformed from a medieval peasant into a bride fit for an undying king. But when Dracula draws a cunning aristocrat and a starving artist into his web of passion and deceit, Constanta realizes that her beloved is capable of terrible things. Finding comfort in the arms of her rival consorts, she begins to unravel their husband's dark secrets.
Jack Daimon is called to the Tate Museum, where dozens of people have disappeared beneath the surface of a painting. While investigating, he finds himself smitten with a mysterious art expert Amanda Fielding. But Amanda has plans of her own, and soon the two are traveling through time - back to the Roman Empire and then forward through history, from King Arthur's court to Sherwood Forest. As they explore histories past as written and overwritten, the balance of magic and science shifts...
Many years ago, Sir Aelfric and his nine companions saved the world, seizing the Dark Lord's cursed weapons, along with his dread city of Necrad. That was the easy part. Now, when Aelfric - keeper of the cursed sword Spellbreaker - learns of a new and terrifying threat, he seeks the nine heroes once again. But they are wandering adventurers no longer. Yesterday's eager heroes are today's weary leaders - and some have turned to the darkness, becoming monsters themselves. If there's one thing Aelfric knows, it's slaying monsters. Even if they used to be his friends.
When Cal Sounder, a detective working for the police, arrives at the crime scene, he learns that the victim is a Titan. Roddy Tebbit has had the T7 genetic therapy that made him near-immortal and gigantic. A dead Titan is big news - a murdered Titan is unimaginable. But these modified magnates are Cal's specialty. In fact, his own ex-girlfriend, Athena, is a Titan. As the murder investigation intensifies, Cal begins to unravel the complicated threads of what should have been a straightforward case, and it becomes clear he's on the trail of a crime whose roots run deep into the dark heart of the world.
Rachel has reached out to a new ally, the demon Hodin, for help with a vampire hell-bent on proving Rachel murdered Cincy's master vampire in order to take over the city. But Hodin has his own agenda. In the end, the only way for Rachel to save herself and the city may be to forge a new understanding with her estranged demon teacher, Al. There's just one problem: Al would sell his own soul to be rid of her...
1919. In a Highland village forgotten by the world, the young people who remain after war and flu will soon head south to make something of themselves. Moira Jean and her friends venture to the forest for a last night of laughter before parting ways. They light a fire and dance. But, with every twirl about the flames, strange new dancers thread between them, music streaming from the trees. The Fae have joined the dance. Suddenly Moira Jean finds herself all alone, her friends spirited away.
[Local author]. The religion of the Four Tribes has taken over the world, and any who resist it are crushed. They await the return of their prophesised One, who is both male and female, and neither. In each of the four lands of the world, there are mutterings of rebellion. And over the mountains, kept secret from the world, the One has grown into their adulthood. It is time for them to return and see what is being done in their name. And that means going to war.
The research vessel Gallion's chief engineer Uma Ozakka has always been fascinated with the past, especially the tale of the Fortunate Five, who ended the war with the alien Felen. When the Gallion rescues a run-down junk freighter, Ozakka is shocked to recognize the Five's legendary ship - and the Five's famed leader, Eldric Leesongronski, among the crew. But nothing else about Leesongronski and his crewmates seems to match up with the historical record.
The Catenan Republic - the Hierarchy - may rule the world now, but they do not know everything. He tells them his name is Vis Telimus and that he was orphaned after a tragic accident three years ago, and that good fortune alone has led to his acceptance into their most prestigious school. But the truth is that he has been sent to the Academy to solve a murder, to search for an ancient weapon, and to uncover secrets that may tear the Republic apart.
Toni Windsor is failing at 'happily ever after,' but it really isn't her fault. All she wants is true love and the perfect wardrobe, but it doesn't look like they are coming her way any time soon. Instead, there are murders to solve and zombies to raise, and she's broken her phone again. Worst of all, her shiny new boyfriend turns out to be a jerk; maybe dating a vampire wasn't her best decision ever?
When Artemisia Gentileschi arrives in Florence seeking a haven for her art, she faces instant opposition from the powerful Accademia, self-proclaimed guardians of the healing and necrotic magic that protect the city from plague and curses. The all-male Accademia jealously guards its power over art and architecture, and has no place for an ambitious young woman arriving from Rome under a cloud of scandal. But when the shadow of her infamous rape trial in Rome turns her thoughts to vengeance, and an incendiary preacher turns his ire from Galileo to Florence's art world, Artemisia must choose between revenge and her dream of creating a legacy that will span the generations.
The settlers at the nearby red dwarf star, Ross 248, will encounter mysteries and unexpected challenges, but the human spirit will endure. Contributors include Patrick Chiles, D.J. Butler and many more.
Dark tales inspired by J. M. Barrie's classic stories of Neverland, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, and of course Peter Pan, from some the masters of science-fiction, horror and fantasy including A. C. Wise, Claire North, Lavie Tidhar and more.
After murdering her husband and burning his kingdom to cinders, a mermaid joins a strange doctor on a journey through the eerie taiga. Deep in the woods, the pair stumble upon a village, full of seemingly ageless children and the three surgeons who oversee them - called only "the saints". After discovering the villagers' taste for a sinister blood sport, the mermaid and her companion must embrace the darkest parts of their true nature.
Baron Valdemar and his people must leave their temporary haven of Crescent Lake. Those who are willing to make a further trek by barge on into the West will follow him into a wilderness depopulated by war and scarred by the terrible magics of a thousand years ago and the Mage Wars. But the wilderness is not as "empty" as it seems. There are potential friends and rapacious foes - and someone is watching them.
Everen, the last male dragon, foretold to save his kind, is dragged through the Veil by the power of an artifact. It was stolen by Arcady, a street thief. Disguised as a human, Everen soon learns that to regain his true power and form and fulfil his destiny, he only needs to convince one little thief to trust him enough to bond completely - body, mind, and soul - and then kill him/her. Yet the closer the two become, the greater the risk both their worlds will shatter.
Two strangers find themselves connected by a mysterious and vast library, which contains many wonders and even more secrets. The boy has lived his whole life trapped within a book-choked chamber older than empires and larger than cities. The girl has spent hers in a tiny settlement out on the Dust, where nightmares stalk and no one goes. The world has never even noticed them. That's about to change.
Being reborn as an immortal defender of the realm gets awfully damn tiring over the years - or at least that's what Sir Kay's thinking as he claws his way up from beneath the earth, yet again. Kay fought at Hastings, and at Waterloo, and in both World Wars. After a thousand years, he thought he was used to dealing with a crisis. But now he finds himself in a strange new world where oceans have risen, armies have been privatized, and half of Britain's been sold.
Lady Gemma Ashbourne has met the devastatingly handsome Talan d'Astier. His family destroyed themselves, seduced by a demon, and Talan, the only survivor, is determined to redeem their honour. Intrigued and enchanted, Gemma has proposed a bargain. She'll help Talan navigate high society if he helps her destroy the Basks -- a family with which the Ashbournes are engaged in blood feud.
A right-wing British government enacts the Sanctity of Marriage Act, which actively encourages marriage as the norm, punishing those who choose to remain single. But four couples are about to discover just how impossible relationships can be when the government is monitoring every aspect of our personal lives - monitoring every word, every minor disagreement...and will use every tool in its arsenal to ensure everyone will love, honour and obey.
Demir Grappo is an outcast, having fled a life of wealth and power. But when his mother is brutally murdered, Demir must return from exile to claim his seat at the head of the family and uncover the truth that got her killed. The very power that keeps civilization turning, godglass, is running out. Now, Demir must find allies, old friends and rivals alike, confront the powerful guild-families, and uncover the invisible hand that threatens the Empire.
It's 1853 London, and Victor Frankenstein has been missing for years. His great niece Mary Saville and her husband, Henry, are determined to follow in Victor's scientific footsteps. When they construct their Creature, Henry's ambition soars, yet Mary finds herself contemplating disturbing questions - and unexpected feelings - she cannot ignore. As Henry's desire for fame grows, Mary must decide how far she will go to protect this Creature - the hideous progeny - she has grown to love.
Melanie is dying - now, truly, is the winter of her soul. Harry doesn't want to believe in that destiny, because it means accepting the loss of the one person who gives his life meaning, who brings summer to his world. So, when a new road is laid out in front of them - a road that will lead through untold dangers toward a possible lifetime together - walking down it seems to be the only option. But others are following behind, with violence in their hearts.
Jonah, Arden and Chalice are bound for Clay city. Warnings come that the scorned yet powerful Miah and Bellis have joined forces and turned their eyes to the capital, now following the direction of the slippery Mr Lindsay. Wanton destruction and death will surely follow if they cannot be distracted, tricked and stopped. All the while, the coins sewn into Arden's hands continue to poison her.
Tarquin Mercator never wanted to run a galaxy-spanning business empire. He just wanted to study geology and read books. But Tarquin's father has tasked him with monitoring the settlement of a new planet, and he doesn't really have a choice in the matter. Disguised as Tarquin's new bodyguard, Naira, a revolutionary, plans to destroy the settlement ship before they make land. But neither of them expects to end up stranded on a dead planet. To survive and keep her secret, Naira will have to join forces with the man she's sworn to hate.
July 25th, 2234: The crew of the Adamura discovers the Anomaly. On the seemingly uninhabited planet Talos VII is a circular pit, 50 kilometers wide. Its curve is not of nature, but design. Now, a small team must land and journey on foot across the surface to learn who built the hole and why. But they all carry the burdens of lives carved out on disparate colonies in the cruel cold of space.
Her second collection of stories.
The Harrows are a typical suburban family -- by day. At night, though, they are the rulers and protectors of the March, a fantastical secondary world populated with animate antiquated toys and sentient lichen, a panorama of the impossible where cities are carried on the backs of giant snails, and thunderstorms can be subdued with song. Now the family will fracture and reconcile in the face of a conflict endangering not only the existence of the March, but of the 'real world' itself.
With their father dead and their family home captured, the Argyros siblings have lost everything. In the frozen north, Rhea struggles to wield her newly inherited command over death and to find her place in an increasingly distrustful rebel group. Chrysanthi travels to a distant, war-torn land in search of her elusive brother Nitsos. And Lexos, now stripped of all his power and a political prisoner of the Domina family, is left to rot in a hauntingly desolate palace with nothing but thoughts of revenge.
1883. Celeste, a card sharp with a need for justice, takes on the role of advocatus diaboli, to defend her sister Mariel, accused of murdering a Virtue, a member of the ruling class of the mining town of Goetia. Prospectors have come from near and far to mine the powerful new element Divinity from the high mountains of Colorado with the help of the pariahs of society known as the Fallen. The Fallen are the descendants of demonkind living amongst the Virtues, the winners in an ancient war.
When Clytemnestra marries Agamemnon, she ignores the insidious whispers about his family line, the House of Atreus. But when, on the eve of the Trojan War, Agamemnon betrays Clytemnestra in the most unimaginable way, she must confront the curse that has long ravaged their family. Elektra, Clytemnestra and Agamemnon's youngest daughter, wants only for her beloved father to return home from war. But can she escape her family's bloody history, or is her destiny bound by violence, too?
When Artemis offers her the chance to fight in her name alongside the Argonauts, the fiercest band of warriors the world has ever seen, Atalanta seizes it. The Argonauts' quest for the Golden Fleece is filled with impossible challenges, but Atalanta proves herself equal to the men she fights alongside. As she is swept into a passionate affair, in defiance of Artemis's warning, she begins to question the goddess's true intentions.
Doctors can do little for Nat Drozdova's cancer-ridden mother, who insists there is only one cure - and that Nat must visit a skyscraper in Manhattan to get it. After making her plea, Nat is whisked into a terrifying new world. A hungry winter goddess will cure her mother -- if Nat finds a stolen object of great power. So now she travels with a razor-wielding assassin across an American continent brimming with terror, wonder, and hungry divinities with every reason to consume a young woman.
There's a lot that Jarlaxle doesn't know. Is he the lone survivor of the raid on the slaad fortress, can he even find a way to get out, and beyond his immediate predicament, could he possibly escape the ice caverns and get help for his friends? He has seen the slaadi's power and their god in a most personal and terrifying way and so, trapped in the ice while the world is on fire, he is in a race against time.
After Diya Burman's best friend Angie dies she joins Slough & Sons - a family firm that cleans up after the recently deceased. Old love letters. Porcelain dolls. Broken trinkets. Clearing away the remnants of other people's lives, Diya begins to see things. Horrible things. Things that get harder and harder to write off as merely her grieving imagination. All is not as it seems with the Slough family. Why won't they speak about their own recent loss? And who is the strange man that keeps turning up at their jobs?
Britain's avuncular Prime Minister is an ancient eldritch god of unimaginable power. Crime is plummeting as almost every offense is punishable by death. And everywhere you look, there are people with strange powers, some of which they can control, and some, not so much. Hyperorganized and formidable, Eve Starkey defeated her boss, the louche magical adept and billionaire Rupert de Montfort Bigge, in a supernatural duel to the death. At least, she has reason to hope he's dead. Now an emissary of the Prime Minister arrives with an offer that she absolutely can't...well, you know.
After eighty years of fragile peace, the Architects are back, wreaking havoc as they consume entire planets. And they have discovered a way to circumvent the Originator artifacts. Idris, an Intermediary, may be one of the few who can find a weapon that could push back the Architects and save the galaxy. But to do so, he must return to the nightmarish unspace, where his mind was broken and remade.
The gripping conclusion to the Final Architecture Trilogy, following Shards of Earth and Eyes of the Void. Humanity is on the brink of extinction, and one man's discovery will either save or destroy us all.
In three critically-acclaimed novellas you are taken down into the mud and horror of a future battlefield, into the dust and burning heat of a scorched equator, into the grinding poverty of a newly-feudal village, with the folk who give their lives every day in the service of undeserving masters... and sow the seeds of revolution.
In 991 AD, Vikings attacked an Anglo-Saxon defence-force led by their duke, Beorhtnoth, resulting in brutal fighting along the banks of the river Blackwater, near Maldon in Essex. A poem on the battle, written shortly after, now survives only as a 325-line fragment. But it inspired Tolkien to compose, during the 1930s, his own dramatic verse-dialogue, The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son, which imagines the aftermath of the great battle when two of Beorhtnoth's retainers come to retrieve their duke's body.
First ever paperback publication of J.R.R. Tolkien's final writings on Middle-Earth, covering a wide range of subjects. From sweeping themes as profound as Elvish immortality and reincarnation, and the Powers of the Valar, to the more earth-bound subjects of the lands and beasts of Númenor, the geography of the Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor, and even who had beards!
Destina Rosethorn - as her name implies - believes herself to be a favoured child of destiny. But when her father dies in the War of the Lance, she watches her carefully constructed world come crashing down. She loses not only her beloved father but also the legacy he has left her: the family lands and castle. To save her father, she hatches a bold plan - to go back in time and prevent his death.
Spend a week hiding in an abandoned amusement park and don't get caught. The prize: enough money to change everything. Mack is sure she can beat her competitors. All she has to do is hide, and she's an expert at that. It's the reason she's alive and her family isn't. But as the people around her begin disappearing one by one, Mack realizes that this competition is even more sinister than she imagined, and that together might be the only way to survive.
1902. Helena Walton-Cisnerose takes on two new uncanny cases, both located in Paris - which itself is too much of a coincidence to ignore. First, two English women claim to have seen the ghost of Marie Antoinette in the gardens of Versailles. The second case is the murder of a young woman working at the mysterious Melies Star Films studio outside Paris. As Helena and her colleague Eliza investigate, they hear whispers of vanishings at Melies Star Films, strange lights, spies, actors flying without ropes and connections to the occult.
2032. Someone wants trans girl hacker-for-hire Kiera Umehara in prison or dead - but for what? She's out here chasing cheaters with Angel Herrera, a luddite P.I. who thinks this is The Big Sleep. Then the latest job cuts too deep - hired to locate Herrera's ex-best friend (who's also Kiera's pro bono attorney), they find him murdered instead. Their only lead is a stick of Nag Champa incense dropped at the scene.
The Dawnwardens seek to unite the fractious clans of the Fell Folk and create a stronghold from which to retake their land. But even if they can overcome the danger of treachery from within, they still have to contend with the dreadknights. Only the druidess Vika can resist these near-unstoppable foes, and there's only one of her. But what if there was a weapon that could destroy the dreadknights? A weapon of such power it could turn the tide? A weapon that, if it fell into the wrong hands, might mean the end of all hope?
20 year old Violet Sorrengail hopes of a quiet life among books and history are dashed when the commanding general - also known as her tough-as-talons mother - orders her to join the hundreds of candidates striving to become the elite of Navarre: dragon riders. But with fewer dragons willing to bond than cadets, most would kill Violet to better their own chances of success. The rest would kill her just for being her mother's daughter.
A man wakes up in an unknown landscape, injured and alone. He used to live in a place called California, but how did he wind up here with a head wound and a bottle of pills in his pocket? Then he encounters an old man, a crow, and a boy - and realizes that nothing is what he thought it was, neither the present nor the past. He can't even recall the features of his own face, and wonders. Who am I?
The Nest is a fortress full of mages who embody everything the rebellion is fighting against - a strict hierarchy based on magic abilities. When Isha arrives as a refugee, she attempts to fit in amongst the other mages, but her Kher tattoo brands her as an outcast. Tatters, who wears the golden collar of a slave, has never seen a human with a tattoo, and the markings look eerily familiar...
John Abbott has taken a job with a wealthy interstellar corporation. His first assignment is to discreetly investigate possible corruption at the remote Arrowhawk Station, where Company traders buy the famous Sarovari Weave from the three-sided, crablike Weavers. John finds evidence of theft and worse, but when the guilty parties realize he's getting close, they come after him and his family.
Admiral John "Black Jack" Geary knows that some political factions in the Alliance were just trying to get rid of him when he was assigned to escort a diplomatic and scientific mission to the far reaches of humanity's expansion into the galaxy. But when a crippled Rift Federation ship tumbles out of jump space, Geary leaps into action. And finds that the survivors' story isn't completely adding up.
Days after Erin's ex-boyfriend Silas gets out of rehab, he turns up dead of an overdose in their hometown of Richmond, Virginia, and Erin's world falls apart. Then a friend tells her about Ghost, a new drug that allows users to see the dead. Wanna get haunted? he asks. Grieving and desperate for closure with Silas, Erin agrees to a pill-popping "seance." But the drug has unfathomable side effects - and once you take it, you can never go back.
Molly and Gene Myers rescued Cory and kept him safe from those who wanted to use his remarkable knowledge and power for their own ends - and in doing so, they rediscovered themselves and fell in love with a remarkable child. Cory and his new family are having to deal with the consequences of fame - but Molly is more concerned about the future, for Cory's people are on their way.
In the 13 darkly audacious stories of Parallel Hells we meet a golem, made of clay, learning that its powers far exceed its Creator's expectations; a ruined mansion which grants the secret wishes of a group of revellers and a notorious murderer who discovers her Viking husband is not what he seems.
International conflicts are settled by highly-skilled warriors known as Grievar Knights in brutal hand-to-hand combat. Murray Pearson was once a famed Knight until he suffered a loss that crippled his homeland - but now he's on the hunt to discover the next champion. Murray believes an orphaned boy called Cego has what it takes to thrive in the world's most prestigious combat academy. But first, Cego must prove himself in the vicious arenas of the underworld. And survival isn't guaranteed.
Stories of intertemporal combat from such authors as Robert Silverberg, Poul Anderson, Fritz Leiber, John C. Wright, H. Beam Piper and more.
Ringmaster -- Rin, to those who know her best -- can jump to different moments in time as easily as her wife, Odette, soars from bar to bar on the trapeze. But her past creeps closer every day, a malevolent shadow she can't fully escape. It takes the form of another circus, with tents as black as midnight and a ringmaster who rules over his troupe with a dangerous power. Rin's circus has something he wants, and he won't stop until it's his.
Niamh Kelly is dead. Her troubled twin, Ciara, now masquerades as the benevolent witch as Her Majesty's Royal Coven prepares to crown her High Preistess. Suffering from amnesia, Ciara can't remember what she's done - but if she wants to survive, she must fool Niamh's adopted family and friends; the coven; and the murky Shadow Cabinet - a secret group of mundane civil servants who are already suspicious of witches.
Set in a planet-sized matriarchal city where magic and technology freely bleed together, a male courtesan's quest for vengeance against his aristocrat father draws him into an ancient struggle between dragons, necromancers, and his home district's violent history.
The Emperor Kellanved orders a new campaign far to the north: the invasion of Falar. Since the main Malazan armies are otherwise engaged in Quon Tali, a collection of orphaned units and broken squads has been brought together under Fist Dujek - himself recovering from the loss of an arm - to fight this new campaign. But as the Malazan force heads north, it encounters an unlooked-for and most unwelcome threat - unspeakable and born of legend, it has woken and will destroy all who stand in its way.
As Hava is closing in on the whereabouts of those who unleashed the murderous hordes, her husband Hatushaly seeks to control the magical powers he has inherited. He is able now to visualize and even travel among the filaments of energies that power all existence: the furies. But will he be able to channel his magic in time to combat the deepest, darkest threat the world of Garn has ever faced?
On the edge of the Northern Atlantic lies a remote island. The islanders are an outwardly harmonious community - but all have their own secrets, some much darker than others. And when a strange disorder begins to infect them all, those secrets come to light.
Thomas the Rhymer, legendary 12th Century figure of traditional Scottish balladry, is now a champion who must battle the diabolical Yvag - an alien race thought to be elves and faeries - hellbent on conquering our world. This saga pits Thomas against the near-immortal elves, first with only his wits, then with powers of his own that enable him to take on these evil creatures throughout the centuries.
Vera's mother has summoned her home, and she has come, back to face the love she had for her serial killer father and the bodies he buried there, beneath the house he'd built for his family. A parasitic artist has moved into the guest house out back and is slowly stripping Vera's childhood for spare parts. He insists that he isn't the one leaving notes around the house in her father's handwriting... but who else could it possibly be?
It is the year 1814, and life for a young lady of good breeding has many difficulties. Miss Maelys Mitchelmore finds her entry into high society hindered by an irritating curse. It begins innocuously enough with her dress slowly unmaking itself over the course of an evening at a high-profile ball, a scandal she narrowly manages to escape.However, as the curse progresses to more fatal proportions, Miss Mitchelmore must seek out aid, even if that means mixing with undesirable company.
Felicia, Lizbeth Rose's younger half-sister and student at the Grigori school within the capital of the New Holy Russian Empire in San Diego, is caught between secrets and powerful family struggles. As a distant relative to the Tsar, she provides an essential service to him by providing blood transfusions for his hemophilia, and she is thus given rare access and dismissed as if cattle. At the Grigori school she is seen as a charity case, a poor orphan with no prospects and no sign of magical prowess - the latter which Felicia keeps purposefully hidden. And yet, when a kidnapping attempt is made upon Felicia her past and her future crash together in violent ways.
While witch-born demon Rachel Morgan and her friends may have vanquished the trickster demon Hodin, his mysterious associate known only as "The Mage" is eager to finish what Hodin started, beginning with taking down Rachel's power structure piece by piece. With her world falling apart, Rachel desperately needs help. But with all of her supporters under attack, her only hope is to make a deal with the unlikeliest of allies.
When his beloved only daughter goes missing, millionaire entrepreneur Walter van Dam calls in a team of experts - including free-climbers, a geologist, a parapsychologist, even a medium - to find her. In a gigantic cavern the team come across a number of strange doors, three of them marked with enigmatic symbols. Who could have imagined that the portal marked with ! would take the rescuers into a different time completely. It is now the early Middle Ages - and they are about to find themselves in the middle of a world-changing battle.
In their search for the missing Anna-Lena the team must choose a door in the cavern under the house. They little expect door ? to take them back to the 1940s - but this is not the 1940s they know. In this timeline, Nazi Germany capitulated early, the US has taken control of Europe and is threatening the Russian-led Resistance with a nuclear strike.
The team knew their mission would be perilous - but how do you defeat your own demons? Trapped in their own nightmares, their only hope of escape is DOOR X, which leads to a threatening vision of the future... Three doors, three different adventures. Which door will you choose?
Niccolo di Bernardo dei Machiavelli is a diplomat, an author, a philosopher and historian. An immortal. Touched by a malevolent alien intelligence with a vampiric lust for sensation and misery, Earth stands at a crossroads as many worlds have before it. When a rival species sends a warning to Earth, Machiavelli is transformed into a protector of mankind. Travelling the ages, an unlikely hero immune to death, he must stop the corrupted, from the Borgias to Friedrich Nietzsche.
Lin Chong is an expert arms instructor, training the Emperor's soldiers in sword and truncheon, battle axe and spear, lance and crossbow. Until a powerful man with a vendetta rips her carefully-built life away. Disgraced, tattooed as a criminal, and on the run from an Imperial Marshall who will stop at nothing to see her dead, Lin Chong is recruited by the Bandits of Liangshan. They proclaim a belief in justice - for women, for the downtrodden, for progressive thinkers a corrupt Empire would imprison or destroy. They're also murderers, thieves, smugglers, and cutthroats.
The arrival of spaceships can bring up a lot of big questions. What does it mean that we're not alone? Why did aliens come here? Who knew beforehand? Where.... are the aliens going? Wait... They can't just leave! Without inviting us into their galactic federation - or at the very least obliterating us!
The despotic emperor and his monstrous sons, the Three Terrors, hold the countryside in their choking grip. They bleed the land and oppress the citizens with the frightful powers they inherited from the god locked under their palace. But with the aid of Jun, a guard broken by his guilt-stricken past, and Keema, an outcast fighting for his future, the god escapes from her royal captivity and flees from her own children, the triplet Terrors who would drag her back to her unholy prison.
Young Morgan of Cornwall lives a happy life in Tintagel Castle until King Uther Pendragon, with the help of the sorcerer Merlin, murders her father and tricks her mother into marriage. Furious, brilliant, and vengeful, Morgan defies her brutal stepfather, taking up a secret education, discovering a lifelong affinity with the healing arts, and falling in love with a man far beneath her station.
When Charlie Reade is 17, he meets a dog named Radar and her aging master, Howard Bowditch, a recluse in a big house at the top of a big hill, with a locked shed in the backyard. Sometimes strange sounds emerge from it. When Bowditch dies, he leaves Charlie a cassette tape telling a story no one would believe. What Bowditch knows, and has kept secret all his long life, is that inside the shed is a portal to another world.
In Aurora, Illinois, Aubrey Wheeler is just trying to get by after her semi-criminal ex-husband split, leaving behind his unruly teenage son. Then the lights go out - not just in Aurora but across the globe.A solar storm has knocked out power almost everywhere. Across the country lives Aubrey's estranged brother, Thom. A fantastically wealthy, neurotically over-prepared Silicon Valley CEO, he plans to ride out the crisis in a gilded desert bunker he built for maximum comfort and security.
Qven was created to be a Presger translator. The pride of their Clade, they always had a clear path before them: learn human ways, and eventually, make a match and serve as an intermediary between the dangerous alien Presger and the human worlds. The realization that they might want something else isn't "optimal behavior". It's the type of behavior that results in elimination. But Qven rebels.
Jethri Gobelyn finds a conflict of loyalties -- on one hand to the Terran Looper families he grew up among -- on the other to his position as second trader on the premier Liaden tradeship Elthoria under the guidance of his unlikely foster-mother Norn ven'Deelin Clan Ixin. He will find himself thrust into a tangle of grey-trading, mistaken identity, misinformation, and galactic politics...
By day, Maeve Fly works at the happiest place in the world as every child's favorite ice princess. By the neon night glow of the Sunset Strip, Maeve haunts the dive bars with a drink in one hand and a book in the other, imitating her misanthropic literary heroes. But when Gideon Green - her best friend's brother - moves to town, he awakens something dangerous within her. Maeve ditches her discontented act and tries on a new persona. A bolder, bloodier one, inspired by the pages of American Psycho.
When failed magician turned cardsharp Valen Quinol is given the chance to play in the Forbearance Game - the invitation-only tournament where players gamble with secrets - he can't resist. Or refuse, for that matter, according to the petty gangster sponsoring his seat at the table. Valen beats the man he was sent to play, and wins the most valuable secret ever staked in the history of the tournament. Now Valen and his motley crew are being hunted by thieves, gangsters, spies and wizards.
It's the last summer for Kit Lamb. The last summer before college. The last summer with her high school basketball team, and with Dana, her best friend. The last summer before her life begins. But the night before the big game, one of the players tells a ghost story about Daphne, a girl who went to their school many years ago and died under mysterious circumstances. After Kit hears the story, her teammates vanish, one by one, and Kit begins to suspect that the stories about Daphne are real...
As a member of the Charmers Council, Gaige is able to form lasting bonds with the magical beasts of his world. At least, he used to be a Charmer - until he died and was brought back as one of the immortal assassins of Cruor. Now he's far more dangerous - and something beyond the shadows lies in wait, hungry to claim him for its own. As leader of the assassins, Kost wants nothing more than to ease Gaige's suffering - yet how can he when they both know he's the one responsible?
Recovery specialist Lexi Bowen's latest contract takes her to Valovia itself - and right back into the orbit of Nilo Shoren, a Valovian teleporter who already cost her one payday and nearly stole her heart. Armoured against his clever charm, Lexi plans to get in, get the job done, and get out. But when her former crew goes missing in Valovian space, Lexi will have to work with Nilo to figure out what happened - and stop it - before the galaxy's two superpowers can use the disappearance as an excuse to return to war.
In the 1970s, Michael Moorcock, a writer of genre fiction, attempts to save his failing marriage by taking his wife and daughters to Paris. One night in a bar he is amazed to find himself drinking with heroes of story and history. The next day he awakens aboard a sailing ship, kidnapped into another reality by a French highwayman and the four Musketeers, who know Moorcock well from adventures in London's Alsacia...but that was another Moorcock, from another world...
Flamboyant drag artist Luci LaBang has cast a spell over screen and stage. Now she's the leading lady in a smash hit musical. But as time takes its toll, Luci fears her star is beginning to dim. When Luci's co-star meets with a mysterious accident, a new ingenue shimmers onto the scene: Luda, whose fantastical beauty and sinister charm infatuate Luci immediately, and who bears a striking resemblance to Luci herself at a much younger age. Should Luci share the secrets of the Glamour, a mysterious discipline that draws on sex, drugs, and the occult for its trancelike, transformative effects, with Luda?
If allowed, Neelo Emberspear would never leave the library. Reluctant to take the throne despite their mother's faltering health, the neurodivergent bookworm craves escape from their arranged marriage to charming fae warrior Talhan Catullus. But they know their duty can be put off no longer when their mother, the drug-addled queen, disastrously lights the castle on fire. Fighting to save their mother's life and keep her on the throne, Neelo is astonished when bonding over the written word brings them closer than ever to their cavalier, soon-to-be husband.
Rumours begin to spread of a species of hyperintelligent, dangerous octopus that may have developed its own language and culture. Marine biologist Dr. Ha Nguyen travels to the remote Con Dao Archipelago to attempt communication as powerful forces contend for control of the newly discovered species.
In his plant-made city, architect Iravan's word is nearly law. His abilities are his identity, but to Ahilya, his wife, they are a way for survival to be reliant on the privileged few. Like most others, she cannot manipulate the plants. And she desperately seeks change.Their marriage is already thorny - then Iravan is accused of pushing his abilities to forbidden limits. He needs Ahilya to help clear his name; she needs him to tip the balance of rule in their society.
Fresh out of rehab, Mallory Quinn takes a job as a babysitter for Ted and Caroline Maxwell. She is to look after their five-year-old son, Teddy. Teddy loves to draw, and his drawings are the usual fare: trees, rabbits, balloons. Until the day he draws a man in a forest, dragging a woman's lifeless body. Teddy's artwork becomes increasingly sinister, and his stick figures quickly evolve into lifelike sketches well beyond the ability of any five-year-old.
Princess Altagracia has lost everything. After a bloody civil war, her twin sister has claimed not just the crown of their planet Szayet but the Pearl of its prophecy, a computer that contains the immortal soul of Szayet's god. Stripped of her birthright, Gracia flees the planet - just as Matheus Ceirran, Commander of the interstellar Empire of Ceiao, arrives in deadly pursuit with his volatile lieutenant, Anita.
Lydia works as translator for the Logi cultural attache to Earth. She's not the agency's best translator, but what else is she going to do? She has no qualifications, and no discernible talent in any other field. So when tragedy strikes, and Lydia finds herself at the center of an intergalactic incident, her future employment prospects look dire - that is, if she can keep herself out of jail!
Kadou, the shy prince of Arasht, takes responsibility for the investigation of a break-in at one of their guilds, with the help of his newly appointed bodyguard, the coldly handsome Evemer. In Arasht, where princes can touch-taste precious metals with their fingers and myth runs side by side with history, counterfeiting is heresy, and the conspiracy they discover could cripple the kingdom's financial standing and bring about its ruin.
As Ji-ji struggles to come to terms with her shocking metamorphosis and her friends, Tiro and Afarra, battle formidable ghosts of their own, the former U.S. capital decides whose dreams it wants to invest in and whose dreams it will defer. The journeys the three friends take to liberate themselves and others will not simply defy the status quo, they will challenge the nature of reality itself.
Hadrian Marlowe is trapped. For nearly a century, he has been a guest of the Emperor, forced into the role of advisor, a prisoner of his own legend. But the war is changing. Now the Emperor has no choice but to give Hadrian Marlowe - once his favorite knight - one more impossible task. Journey across the galaxy to the Lothrian Commonwealth and convince them to join the war.
1927: Mary Rourke - a Hollywood studio fixer - finds the dead body of Norma Carlton, who had been working on a horror picture called The Devil's Playground. 1967: journalist Paul Conway has heard that a single copy of The Devil's Playground - a Holy Grail for film buffs - may exist. He knows his Hollywood history and he knows the film endured myriad tragedies and ended up lost to time. As Mary Rourke charges headlong through the egos, distractions, and traps that threaten to take her down with the doomed production, she discovers a truth far more sinister than she - or we - could have imagined.
When approached by a Chinese tech company, Virginia Samson is moved to give them her beloved's algorithm so they can create an AI companion for the aging population. Soon her digital lost love starts spying on Chinese citizens, funneling the information to the Chinese government. When Virginia frantically tries to rebuild him, she uncovers his terrible secret, forcing her to relive their beautiful and tragic love affair.
Lieutenant Art Burkett is called up to rescue three scientists kidnapped by the terrorist group Thieves in Law. The rescue is swift, and Art and his team return to military craft SubOrbital 7 with hostages rescued and prisoners in tow. But Thieves in Law are not the only people looking for them. Art and his team must fight an ever-growing threat before time runs out for them, and possibly for the rest of the world.
A few years from now, in a world similar to ours, there exists a sort of "depression plague" that people refer to simply as "The Grey." A young Hong Kong based scientist, Lily Barnes, is trying to maintain her inner light in an increasingly dark world. The human race is dwindling, and people fighting to push forward are increasingly rare. One day, Lily comes across something that seems to be addressing her directly, calling to her, asking her to follow a path to whatever lies at its end. Is this the Endless Vessel to happiness? She leaves her life behind and sets out through time and space to find out.
When Joel's mother Monika develops dementia, he has no choice but to return to his home town. Monika needs specialist care, and that means Pineshade - which also means Joel is going to have to deal with his one-time best friend, for Nina works there. It's not long before Monika's health deteriorates - she starts having violent, terrifying outbursts, and worse, she appears to know things she couldn't possibly know.
1873. A bison hunter named Samson travels the Kansas plains. 1975. An adolescent girl named Bea lands in an institution, where a well-meaning psychiatrist struggles to decipher the pictures she draws of her past. 2027. A tenacious engineer named Paul has left behind his banal suburban existence to build a floating city above the drowned streets that were once New Orleans. 2073. Moon, alone on Mars with her two alien uncles, must decide whether to continue her family line and repopulate humanity on a new planet.
For generations, the Kalotay family has guarded a collection of ancient and rare books. Books that let a person walk through walls or manipulate the elements - books of magic that half-sisters Joanna and Esther have been raised to revere and protect. All magic comes with a price, though, and for years the sisters have been separated. But after their father dies suddenly while reading a book Joanna has never seen before, the sisters must reunite to preserve their family legacy.
An alternate 1974, year of Watergate. Marine biology grad student Jerry Stieglitz becomes involved in a top-secret operation to raise a sunken Russian sub from three miles down in the North Pacific, while pretending to be harvesting undersea manganese nodules. But the dead Russian sub, while real, turns out to be a cover story as well. What's down on the ocean floor next to it is the thing that killed the sub: an alien spacecraft.
Luli Wei is beautiful, talented, and desperate to be a star. Coming of age in pre-Code Hollywood, she knows how dangerous the movie business is and how limited the roles are for a Chinese American girl. But the studios want to own everything from her face to her name to the women she loves, and they run on a system of bargains made in blood and ancient magic, powered by the endless sacrifice of unlucky starlets like her. For those who do survive to earn their fame, success comes with a steep price. Luli is willing to do whatever it takes - even if that means becoming the monster herself.
At the helm of the people's rebellion is Evie, the Sparrow General. She has been captured by the Skrian, Crache's vicious army, and is being brought back to the Capitol for punishment. But reinforcements are coming for her. Dyeawan, who has climbed from street urchin to Crache's highest seat of power through clever schemes and ruthless bloodshed, finds trouble on every front once she arrives. The rebellion approaches, and there are whispers of a martyr within the city who holds enough sway to stage a coup. If she doesn't act quickly, her rule will be short-lived.
After a successful journey to yet another planet cut off from the Federation, Discovery picks up a distress signal located in a nearby star system - a plea that harbors roots from their past lives in the 23rd century, and which may now lead to an entirely new crisis, plunging them all into mortal danger...
The Weltall Tournament's professional VR games were supposed to be a symbol of cooperation between SysGov and its militaristic neighbor, the Admin. But that was before star Admin player Elly Sako received a death threat, written in blood next to a copy of her own severed head. The Admin's Department of Temporal Investigation swiftly seizes control of the crime scene, and the tournament transforms into a flashpoint of charged politics and conflicting jurisdictions. SysPol Detective Isaac Cho and DTI Special Agent Susan Cantrell - partners in the officer exchange program - are sent in to take charge of the investigation and bring the situation under control.
After being murdered, his consciousness dormant and unaware of the passing of time while confined in an elaborate water trap, Kai wakes to find a lesser mage attempting to harness Kai's magic to his own advantage. That was never going to go well. But why was Kai imprisoned in the first place? What has changed in the world since his assassination? And why does the Rising World Coalition appear to be growing in influence?
Amber Kivinen is moving to Mars. Or at least, she will be if she wins a chance to join MarsNow. She and 23 reality TV contestants from around the world - including a handsome Israeli, an endearing fellow Canadian, and an assortment of science nerds and wannabe influencers - are competing for two seats on the first human-led mission to Mars, sponsored by billionaire Geoff Task. Meanwhile Kevin, Amber's boyfriend of fourteen years, was content going nowhere until Amber left him - and their hydroponic weed business - behind.