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 went to the Ren Faire looking for a fight. Well, a simulated fight, with blunt swords and safety equipment. But when his final opponent turns into a living, fire-breathing dragon, John finds himself in the fight of his life. The only real weapon at hand is his mom's Volvo.So John decides to let it roll . . . And that's when the Knight Watch comes to recruit him.
Shizuka Satomi's deal with the devil is that, to escape damnation, she must entice seven other violin prodigies to trade their souls for success. Six are already delivered. When Katrina Nguyen, a young transgender runaway, catches Shizuka's ear with her wild talent, Shizuka can almost feel the curse lifting. Until, in a donut shop off a highway in the San Gabriel Valley, she meets Lan Tran, retired starship captain, interstellar refugee, and mother of four.
When her fisherman father goes missing, Aisha takes to the sea on a magical boat made of a skeleton to rescue him. She is guided by a talking scholar's cat (and soon crows, goats, and other animals all have their say, too). After she survives a final confrontation with Baba wa Papa, the father of all sharks, she rescues her own father, and hopes that life will return to normal. But at home, things only grow stranger.
After staying the night, uninvited, at a pirate queen's cottage in the woods, Avery and Zib find themselves accountable to its owner, and reluctantly agree to work off their debt as her ship sets sail, bound for lands unknown. But the queen and her crew are not the only ones on board, and the monsters at sea aren't all underwater.
10 years after choosing the wrong side in The Rim rebellion destroyed the career of space ship captain Jared Clement, he is offered a new chance to command a ship of incredible potential - humanity's first truly faster-than-light vessel. The destination: Trinity, a newly discovered star system where strange signs of possible space farers may lead to humanity's first alien encounter. Or to interstellar war.
Leading the Black Fleet from the deck of Tide Child, Joron Twiner takes every opportunity to hurt the Hundred Isles. But his fleet is shrinking, the Keyshan's Rot is running through his body, and he is hiding from a prophecy that says he and the avian sorcerer, the Windseer, will end the entire world. But the Sea Dragons have returned, a miracle in itself, and who is to say that if you can have one miracle, there cannot be another?
Sancia Grado and her allies are attempting to bring scriving - the art of imbuing everyday objects with sentience - to all of Tevanne's citizens. But one of her enemies seeks to resurrect a heirophant. Long ago, the heirophant was an ordinary man, but he's used scriving to transform himself into something closer to a god. Once awakened, he'll stop at nothing to remake the world in his horrifying image.
The aliens that destroyed Earth have resettled the remains of humanity in the three habitable zones - Day, Dusk, and Night - of the planet of Eleusis. In Dusk, a violent warlord abducts a young girl. In Day genetically modified twins search a criminal child-trafficking underground for the lost son of a human/alien couple. A young woman with inhuman powers rises through the insurgent ranks of soldiers in the borderlands of Night.
At 19 Auris is about to age out of the children's prison, and rumours say that the adult version is far, far worse. So she and some friends stage a desperate escape into the surrounding wastelands. There she is rescued by an unusual stranger who claims to be Fae - a member of a magical race that Auris had thought to be no more than legend. Odder still, he seems to think that she is one as well, although the two look nothing alike.
Here are accounts spanning millennia and continents of these monsters that mark the boundary between the known and the unknown from their origins in the deserts of Africa to the blue skies of Westeros.
Ryxander, Warden of Gloamingard, has failed. Unsealed by her blood, the Door hidden within the black tower has opened. Now, for the first time since the age of the Graces, demons walk the world. When an artifact with the power to wipe out all life in a domain is stolen, Ryx will do whatever it takes to save her home from destruction. But success may demand a larger sacrifice from Ryx than she could have imagined.
Eleven stories, including five Chinese Galaxy Award-winners, from the author of THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM.
Persephone May has been alone her entire life. Abandoned as an infant and dragged through the foster care system, she wants nothing more than to belong somewhere. But unexplainable things happen when she's around - changes in weather, inanimate objects taking flight - and those who seek to bring her into their family quickly cast her out. Now an email from the one friend she has managed to make is taking her to the elusive Wile Isle.
Ophelia and Thorn arrive at the observatory of the Deviations, an institute shrouded in absolute secrecy and overseen by a sect of mystical scientists who secretly conduct terrifying experiments. There, Ophelia and Thorn hope to discover truths that will halt the destruction and death and bring the world back into balance.
After the country sinks into total economic collapse and her husband walks out in the harshest, most permanent way, Miranda and her 16 year-old daugher Emma set off to Femlandia, the women-only colony Miranda's mother, Win Somers, established decades ago. The off-grid colonies are secluded, self-sufficient, and thriving - but something is not right. There are no men allowed in the colony, but babies are being born - and they're all girls.
29 intricate, twisted tales of the human body, soul, and psyche, as told by storytelling legends that include Machado, Kadrey, McGuire, Kiernan, Ballingrud, Due, Khaw, Fowler, and many more.
13 stories of space pirates from Robert Silverberg, Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette, Larry Niven, Fritz Leiber, Sarah A. Hoyt, James H. Schmitz, Leigh Brackett, Stanley G. Weinbaum, and more.
Ferius Parfax has a simple plan: kill every last inhabitant of the spell-gifted nation that destroyed her people, starting with the man who murdered her parents. Killing mages is a difficult and dangerous business, of course, so Ferius undertakes to study the ways of the Argosi, the loosely-knit tribe of tricksters known for getting the better of even the most powerful of spellcasters. But the Argosi have a price for their teachings, and by the time Ferius learns what it is, it may be too late.
It is Super Bowl Sunday in the year 2022. Five people, dinner, an apartment on the east side of Manhattan. The retired physics professor and her husband and her former student waiting for the couple who will join them from what becomes a dramatic flight from Paris. The conversation ranges from a survey telescope in North-central Chile to a favorite brand of bourbon to Einstein's 1912 Manuscript on the Special Theory of Relativity. Then something happens and the digital connections that have transformed our lives are severed.
After plagues and natural disasters killed millions of people, it was discovered that North American indigenous people could still dream while others could not. The residential schools pop up--or are re-opened--across the land to harvest the dreamers. 17 year old French lost his family to these schools and has spent the years since heading north with his new found family. When French wakes up in a pitch-black room, locked in and alone, he knows immediately where he is. Meanwhile, his new family searches for him and dodges new dangers--school Recruiters, a blood cult, even the land itself.
In her day job as a counterterrorism wizard for an transnational cybersecurity firm, Masha Maximow made the hacks that allowed repressive regimes to spy on dissidents, and manipulate their every move. But sometimes, just for fun, and to piss off her masters, she used her skills to help those same troublemakers evade detection, if their cause was just. But when the hacks and exploits she's devised are directed at her friends and family - including boy wonder Marcus Yallow, her old crush and archrival, and his entourage of naive idealists - Masha realizes she has to choose.
Lieutenant Iari discovers a murder with an impossible suspect: a riev, one of the battle-mecha decommissioned after the end of the last conflict, repurposed for manual labor. Riev don't kill people. And yet, clearly, one has. Gaer, an ambassador from the Vakari, is also a spy. He isn't so sure the riev's behavior is just a malfunction, since the riev were created using an unstable mixture of alchemy and arithmancy.
Cora Sabino not only serves as the full time communication intermediary between the alien entity Ampersand and his government chaperones, but also shares a mysterious bond with him. Despite this, Ampersand is still keen on keeping secrets, even from her, which backfires on both of them when investigative journalist Kaveh Mazandarani witnesses far more of Ampersand's machinations than anyone was meant to see.
England, 2022. There are 1.2 million human-size rabbits living in the UK. They can walk, talk, drive cars, and they like to read Voltaire, the result of an Inexplicable Anthropomorphizing Event fifty-five years before. A family of rabbits is about to move into Much Hemlock, a cozy little village in Middle England where the villagers do not like rabbits, with their propensity to burrow and breed, and their shameless levels of veganism.
Nearly 50 short stories along with excerpts from each of his five novels for adults, as selected by his fans.
The insatiable hunger of the Golden Goddess... The irresistible power of a Witch's Oath... A fracture in the world of life... An opening in the world of death... Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell face the perfect storm. Picking up immediately after the conclusion of the Sword of Truth series, this was previously published in 5 parts as The Scribbly Man, Hateful Things, Wasteland, Witch's Oath, Into Darkness.
In Red Valley, California, you follow the rules if you want to stay alive. But even that isn't enough to protect Sadie now that she's unexpectedly become the Liar: the keeper and maker of Red Valley's many secrets. And though the Liar has power - power to remake the world, with just a little blood - what Sadie really needs is answers. Why is the town's sheriff after her? What does the King want from her? And what is the real purpose of the Liar of Red Valley?
More than 400 pages representing the best of 2020 in dark fantasy and horror.
Lizbeth Rose takes on one of her most dangerous missions yet: rescuing her estranged partner, Prince Eli, from the Holy Russian Empire. Once in San Diego, Lizbeth is going to have to rely upon her sister Felicia, and her growing Grigori powers to navigate her way through this strange new world of royalty and deception in order to get Eli freed from jail where he's being held for murder.
1893. When the Eastwood sisters join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women's movement into the witch's movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote - and perhaps not even to live - the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.
When Zinnia was young, an industrial accident left her with a rare condition. Not much is known about her illness, just that no one has lived past twenty-one. Her best friend Charm is intent on making Zinnia's last birthday special with a full sleeping beauty experience, complete with a tower and a spinning wheel. But when Zinnia pricks her finger, something strange and unexpected happens.
A retelling of the Trojan War from the perspectives of the many women involved in its causes and consequences.
What if the war that might have been, had it happened, were not the war it wasn't, having not happened? Alternate history stories of the third world war from David Drake, Brad R. Torgersen, Mike Resnick, Sarah A. Hoyt, and many more!
In Paris a plane that is about to take off crashes into an airport terminal with deadly consequences for its passengers. The accident investigation finds that all occupants were dead before the plane hit the building. What the police do not know is that there was one survivor. But even as they blunder into the investigation, Konstantin Korff and a mysterious scientist are already on his trail, all three bound together by the same curse.
More than thirty years after Ichabod Crane left Sleepy Hollow, the Horseman's existence has become rumour and legend. Then 14-year-old Ben and a friend stumble across the headless body of a child in the woods near the village, and the discovery makes Ben wonder if the Horseman be real after all. Or does something even more sinister stalk the woods?
When beloved aunt Jet Owens hears the deathwatch beetle she knows she has only seven days to live. Jet is not the only one in danger - a curse is already at work. A frantic attempt to save a young man's life spurs three generations of the Owens women, and one long-lost brother, to use their unusual gifts to break the curse as they travel from Paris to London to the English countryside where their ancestor Maria Owens first practiced the Unnamed Art.
All three children of King Cador fear a life of confinement within the walls of the hold, their people's last bastion of strength against the invading Saxons. However, change comes on the day ash falls from the sky. It brings with it Myrdhin, meddler and magician. And Tristan, a warrior whose secrets will tear them apart.
Matte black ships of an advanced design appear in colonial systems. Their drives and weapons are not extremely advanced beyond their Terran counterparts - just superior enough to be utterly devastating. Colonies and their populations are obliterated. Standing against the invasion are British Space Navy Captain Winslow Price and Anika Ahuja of the Indian Space Forces.
In a back alley in Tokyo, there is a cafe that has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. Local legend says that this shop offers something else besides coffee - the chance to travel back in time. Four customers hope to take advantage of the cafe's time-travelling option and revisit moments with family, friends and lovers. Each of them must face up to their past to move on with their life.
2110. Rising sea levels and devastating superstorms have flooded much of Manhattan and wrecked its infrastructure. As the weather worsens, a young girl named Glimmer takes shelter among a damaged population of poor folk, artists, misfits, and loners. She struggles to regain a past lost to trauma and finds, as her memory returns, she must choose who and how to be, and who and what to believe in, even if it means giving up a love she has only recently found herself able to embrace.
The mad emperor of the Roven Empire has unleashed a horde of invading soldiers to enslave Askia's lands. She sets sail for sun-drenched Vishir, the neighboring land to the south, to seek help from its ruler, Emperor Armaan. But her every move sinks her deeper into court intrigues which bewilder and repel her. And Askia fears that one false step will expose her true nature as a witch gifted with magical abilities.
A Heian-era mansion stands abandoned, its foundations resting on the bones of a bride and its walls packed with the remains of the girls sacrificed to keep her company.It's the perfect venue for a group of thrill-seeking friends, brought back together to celebrate a wedding. But lurking in the shadows is the ghost bride with a black smile and a hungry heart. And she gets lonely down there in the dirt.
Cabinet 13 looks exactly like any normal filing cabinet...Except this cabinet is filled with files on the 'symptomers', humans whose strange abilities and bizarre experiences might just mark the emergence of a new species.But to Mr Kong, the harried office worker whose job it is to look after the cabinet, the symptomers are a headache; especially the one who won't stop calling every day, asking to be turned into a cat.
Some of the finest tales of terror by authors as legendary as Louisa May Alcott, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Charlotte Gilman-Perkins, alongside works of writers who were the bestsellers and critical favorites of their time - Marie Corelli, Ellen Glasgow, Charlotte Riddell - and lesser known authors who are deserving of contemporary recognition.
A decade ago, Emily Carlino vanished after her car broke down on a California highway. She was presumed to be one of serial killer Ronny Lee Jessup's victims whose remains were never found. Writer David Thorne still hasn't recovered from losing the love of his life. Then he meets Maddison Sutton, beguiling, playful, and keenly aware of all David has lost. But what really takes his breath away is that everything about Maddison, down to her kisses, is just like Emily.
The Union's premier fighter pilots, the Homo Eridanus, start encountering deadly resistance from the Congregate side. Among wreckage, they find that new Congregate pilots aren't human, but Homo quantus, with strange wiring and AI connections. At the same time, the Puppets offer them an alliance for a dangerous price: the rescue of the geneticist Antonio Del Casal who is a captive on Venus, with over a hundred Homo quantus.
Miriam is daughter of Queen Alethia of Tirendell, but she's not a princess. Her new baby sister Aurora is heir to the throne. But on the day of Aurora's christening, an uninvited Dark Fae arrives, prepared to curse her, and Miriam discovers she possesses impossible power. She must learn to employ it as shadowy threats are moving closer and closer to Tirendell.
Anna May finds herself falling for a stonemason with such a talent for stonecarving that people come all the way from Memphis to commission statues and tombstones from him. But he's not content with his current skill - he wants to learn to carve stone so well it looks real. When the stonemason disappears on a quest to fulfill his ambition, it is up to Anna May to follow and find him, armed with the new abilities Aunt Jinny has taught her. To save the man she loves, Anna May must journey into the mountain - and confront the horrors that lurk in the darkness of the mine.
Master Trader Shan yos'Galan is running out of options - and time. His quest to establish the all-important trade route puts him at odds with his lifemate, while doubting crew desert the ship. Without trade, Clan Korval will starve. He accepts the assistance of chancy allies and turns the Dutiful Passage toward a port only just emerging from Rostov's Dust and awash with strange energies.
A collection of flash fiction fairy tales with science-minded fox spirits, tiger wives, books that can be read by anyone but their owner, and more.
Before the Arrest shut the nation's technology down, Sandy Duplessis was an LA screenwriter. His old college friend, the charismatic and malicious Peter Todbaum, had become one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. Now Sandy calls himself Journeyman and is in rural Maine assisting the butcher and delivering the food grown by his sister, Maddy, at her organic farm. But then Todbaum shows up in an extraordinary vehicle: a retrofitted tunnel-digger powered by a nuclear reactor.
The first activiation of Unit Four - a biological soft robot built and stored high above the Jovian atmosphere - is triggered by an alien attack on a Helium-3 mine. Determined to fulfill its directives, Unit Four launches its ship and goes on the attack, but it has no idea it's about to get caught in a downward spiral of misinformation, reprograming, and interstellar conflict.
Elphaba's granddaughter, Rain, is washed ashore on a foreign island and is taken in by a community of single women committed to obscure devotional practices. As the mainland of Maracoor sustains an assault by a foreign navy, the island's civil-servant overseer struggles to understand how an alien arriving on the shores of Maracoor could threaten the stability and wellbeing of an entire nation. Is it myth or magic at work, for good or for ill?
After his friend Eddie dies of an apparent suicide, Andrew discovers the horrible inheritance he has been left: a roommate he doesn't know, friends he never asked for, and a gruesome phantom that hungers for him. Andrew's search for the truth of Eddie's death whirls between the backstabbing academic world where Eddie spent his days and the circle of hot boys, fast cars, and hard drugs that ruled Eddie's nights.
Sydney has spent years burying her past and building a better life for herself and her young son. But when she opens her front door, and a masked intruder knocks her briefly unconscious, everything begins to unravel. She wakes in the hospital and tells a harrowing story of escape. But the cops tell her a different story. Because the intruder is now lying dead in her guest room - murdered in a way that looks intimately personal.
Steffan Dekkard is an isolate, one of the few who are immune to the projections of empaths. With partner empath Avraal Ysella, he is a security specialist employed by Axel Obreduur, a senior Craft Minister. When a respected Landor Councilor dies of "heart failure" at a social event, Dekkard and Ysella find that not only is their employer a target, but so are they, in a covert and deadly struggle for control of the government and economy.
A novella set in post-climate disaster Alberta. A woman infected with a mysterious parasite must choose whether to pursue a rare opportunity far from home or stay and help rebuild her community.
A spate of murders draw the interest of Darsken Murdrow of the Inquisition, until the hunter becomes the hunted. An unholy necromancer steals souls, makes sacrifices, and sows fear. And in the barren wastelands of the Wellish Steppes, the army of the Godless gathers. Driven from their homeland, abandoned by their deities, the Godless now follow the banner of a new Master, and are thirsty for blood.
It was Vera's idea to buy the Itza, the "world's most advanced smart speaker!" Then peculiar packages started showing up at the house - who ordered industrial lye? Then there was the eerie music at odd hours, Thiago waking up to Itza projecting light shows in an empty room.It was funny and strange right up until Vera was killed, and Thiago's world became unbearable.
Latona of the Vitelliae, mage of Spirit and Fire, is eager to wield her newfound empowerment on behalf of the citizens of Aven - but societal forces conspire to keep her from exercising her gifts, even when the resurgence of a banished cult plots the city's ruin. To combat this threat, Latona must ally with Fracture mage Vibia, the distrustful sister of Sempronius Tarren.
In a slightly alternate London in 1983, Susan Arkshaw is looking for her father, a man she has never met. Merlin is a young left-handed bookseller (one of the fighting ones), who with the right-handed booksellers (the intellectual ones), are an extended family of magical beings who police the mythic and legendary Old World when it intrudes on the modern world, in addition to running several bookshops. He and his sister, the right-handed bookseller Vivien, have a quest of their own that strangely overlaps with Susan's.
25 years ago, teen Charlie Crabtree committed a murder so shocking that it's attracted that strange kind of infamy that only exists on the darkest corners of the internet - and inspired more than one copycat. Crabtree - and his victim - were among Paul Adam's friends. Now Paul learns that Detective Amanda Beck is investigating another copycat that has struck in the nearby town of Featherbank.
The Scholomance does its best to devour all its students - but now that Galadriel has reached her senior year and has actually won herself a handful of allies, it's suddenly developed a very particular craving for her. Can she find a way to survive the endless waves of maleficaria that it keeps throwing at her in between grueling homework assignments, without accepting her foretold destiny of dark sorcery and destruction?
A new ghost story anthology featuring stories from bestselling authors that include Joe Hill, Josh Malerman, Paul Tremblay and M. R. (Mike) Carey.
Fairy tales take a weird twist in this anthology compiling stories from an all-star cast of fantasy writers, including Neil Gaiman, Christina Henry, M.R. Carey, Charlie Jane Anders, Karen Joy Fowler, Alison Littlewood and more.
War spreads throughout the globe, splintering old alliances and awakening sleeping enmities. All transportation systems are in ruins, causing the tyranny of distance to fracture a long-united Earth and threaten to obliterate everything the Hive system built. With the arch-criminal Mycroft nowhere to be found, his successor, Ninth Anonymous, must not only chronicle the discord of war, but attempt to restore order in a world spiraling closer to irreparable ruin.
In the futuristic city of Tabula Rasa, 23 year old Zoey Ashe has inherited a criminal empire and finds herself under threat from all sides. On the eve of the world's most lavish and ridiculous Halloween celebration, a steamer trunk-sized box arrives at Zoey's door. It contains a disemboweled corpse that, controlled by an unknown party, rises and goes on a rampage through the house. Speaking in an electronic voice, it publicly accuses Zoey of being its murderer. This is the kind of thing that almost never happened at her old job.
Elyth - a former agent of the religious arm of the Ascendance, the First House - has reluctantly agreed to join a team of elite agents to solve the mystery of a planet that has appeared out of nowhere. Almost as soon as they touch down on the planet's surface, things start to go awry. And as expedition members start dying, two things become clear: the planet is conscious, and it's trying to kill them.
In the realm of Talamh, a teenage warrior named Keegan emerges from a lake holding a sword - representing both power and the terrifying responsibility to protect the Fey. In another realm known as Philadelphia, Breen Kelly uses an inheritance from her father to journey to Ireland, and arrives at a portal in Galway that takes her to a land of faeries and mermaids, to a man named Keegan...
Established in 2025, the purpose of the new organization was simple: to advocate for the world's future generations and to protect all living creatures, present and future. It soon became known as the Ministry for the Future. And this is its story, a vision of climate change, told entirely through fictional eye-witness accounts.
Novella. Survivors from a flooded kingdom struggle alone on an ark. Resources are scant, and ravenous beasts circle. Their fangs are sharp. Among the refugees is Iraxi. Ostracized, despised, and a commoner who refused a prince, she's pregnant with a child that might be more than human. Her fate may be darker and more powerful than she can imagine.
A selection of the best stories of the year.
When Captain Hyde, chief detective for the Edinburgh Police, finds himself at the scene of a heinous murder, with no idea of how he got there or the events leading up to the discovery, his alarm is triggered on two levels. First, the crime scene is brutal and involves the Threefold Death, an ancient Celtic rite of sacrifice entangled with dark Scottish spiritual mythology. Second, he immediately frets about his secret condition, a rare form of epilepsy that causes him such lapses.
Jane Shoringfield, having decided her most secure path forward is a marriage of convenience, selects the dashing but reclusive doctor Augustine Lawrence. He agrees to her proposal with only one condition - she must never visit Lindridge Hall, his crumbling family manor outside of town. Yet on their wedding night an accident strands her at his door in a pitch-black rainstorm. But gone is the bold, courageous surgeon, replaced by a terrified, paranoid man unable to distinguish reality from nightmare.
In a matter of weeks, Massachusetts has been overrun by an insidious rabies-like virus that is spread by saliva and has a terrifyingly short incubation period of an hour or less. Those infected quickly lose their minds and are driven to bite and infect as many others as they can before they inevitably succumb. As society breaks down, pediatrician Dr. Ramola Sherman attempts to get her pregnant friend Natalie, bitten by a neighbour, to the hospital and an anti-rabies vaccine before the symptoms arrive.
In a boarded-up house on a dead-end street at the edge of the wild Washington woods lives a family of three. A teenage girl who isn't allowed outside, not after last time. A man who drinks alone in front of his TV, trying to ignore the gaps in his memory. And a house cat who loves napping and reading the Bible. An unspeakable secret binds them together, but when a new neighbor moves in next door, what is buried out among the birch trees may come back to haunt them all.
The Solarian League has been crushed by the Grand Alliance of Manticore, Haven, and Grayson. Obedient to the Alliance's surrender demands, the League is writing a new Constitution and dismantling its military. But those who most resent the Grand Alliance continue to blame Manticore for the nuclear bombardment of the planet Mesa after its surrender. And in the fullness of time,those Solarians will seek vengeance upon their enemies.
After he sees a way to overthrow the all-powerful Twilight Order, Gyre must travel across the Splinter Kingdoms to rally both ghouls and rebels to his side. Meanwhile his sister Maya is chasing the origins of a mysterious artifact to a long-lost library.
150 years of American Christmas stories, from ghost stories to the genres of crime, science fiction, fantasy, westerns, humor, and horror - stories of Christmas morning, gifts, wise men, nativities, family, commercialism, and dinners from New York to Texas to outer space.
A collection of her short stories.
Belkar's prison is broken and his army is on the move. The nations of Lamoria, unaware of the greater danger, look to repel the aggression of Ralmarstad. Mariyah and Lem, certain that only the magic of the Bards can save them, desperately search for that lost knowledge. But friends and allies are what they need to complete their task.
As Marat's siege engine bores through the Tower, erupting inside ringdoms and leaving chaos in its wake, Senlin can do nothing but observe the mayhem from inside the belly of the beast. Caught in a charade, Senlin desperately tries to sabotage the rampaging Hod King, even as Marat's objective grows increasingly clear.
On the night her mother dies, 8-year-old Beatrice receives an invitation to the mysterious Winter Garden, a place of wonder and magic, filled with all manner of strange and spectacular flora and fauna. After a week the garden disappears, and no one believes her story. 18 years later, on the eve of an unwelcome wedding, Beatrice and her closest friend, Rosa, receive invitations to compete to create spectacular pleasure gardens - with the prize being one wish from the last of the Winter Garden's magic.
The final frontier ain't so final in these 12 tales of space exploration and adventure. Elizabeth Moon, Alan Dean Foster, Jane Lindskold, and Wil McCarthy are some of the exciting yarn-spinners.
Threads. Quantum Strings that can change reality. Thanks to a powerful Machine created by his father, Darwin is one of the few that has been gifted the rare ability to see and manipulate Threads. When an experiment goes wrong, reality is shattered and Darwin is pulled to an alternate Earth. Here, the world has been ravaged by war and Darwin begins to suspect it's the fault of the Machine.
A being more powerful and dangerous on an order of magnitude beyond what the world has seen in a millennium is coming. And she's bringing an army. The Last Titan has declared war on the city of Chicago, and has come to subjugate humanity, obliterating any who stand in her way. Harry's mission is simple but impossible. Save the city by killing a Titan. And the attempt will change Harry's life, Chicago, and the mortal world forever. Sept 29 release date.
In the west, the Heron King rides an explosive storm into war, crushing the mortal kingdoms in his path and bearing down on Sarah's Cahokia. To survive - and to gain the strength she needs to fight this impossible war - Sarah must unite the Moundbuilder kings to enact an ancient rite that will propel her beyond mortality.
Geryon Wynter, the brilliant Elizabethan mystic, has achieved resurrection and returned to present-day Rotherweird. But after the chaos of Election Day, how can a stranger from another time wrest control? And for what fell purpose is Wynter back? His dark conspiracy reaches its climax in this unique corner of England, where the study of history is forbidden and neither friend nor foe are quite what they seem.
Long ago, Queen Mirantha vanished. King Karolje claimed it was an assassination by a neighboring king, but everyone knew it was a lie. He had Disappeared her himself. But after finding the missing queen's diary, Anza - impassioned by her father's unjust execution and inspired by Mirantha's words - joins the resistance group to overthrow the king..
The long-awaited conclusion to both the ENDER series and the ENDER'S SHADOW series. The children of Ender and Bean attempt to solve the great problem of the Ender Universe - the deadly virus they call the descolada, which is incurable and will kill all of humanity if it were allowed to escape from Lusitania. There three sapient species live peacefully together. Is the only answer another great Xenocide?
Recently laid-off from his newspaper, war correspondent Nick Bishop takes a job writing a profile of a new mindfulness app. The app seems like a retread of old ideas - relaxing white noise and guided meditations. At first. Then he encounters the disturbing "Sleep Songs." They work as advertised. Deep, refreshing sleep follows. But so do the nightmares, featuring a dead woman who calls Nick by name.
Halliday has left behind more technology, technology that will erase the boundaries between OASIS and reality. Wade Watts and the High Five will face a new riddle and, once again, their nemesis, Nolan Sorrento.
In the dead system of Adro, Elvi Okoye leads a desperate scientific mission to understand what the gate builders were and what destroyed them, even if it means compromising herself and the half-alien children who bear the weight of her investigation. And on the Rocinante, James Holden and his crew struggle to build a future for humanity out of the shards and ruins of all that has come before.
Miriam grows up during the Great Reckoning, a sprawling, decades-long war that nearly decimates humanity and strips her of friends and family. When the war finally ends, the New Society arises and forbids anything that may cause tribal loyalties, including traditional families. Miriam becomes involved in implementing this detachment process. She does not know it is the beginning of a darkly sinister program that will transform this new world and the lives of everyone in it.
Datlow's annual selection of the year's best in horror.
In stories that range from fantasy to SF to realism, some of Portland's most vital voices have come together to celebrate Le Guin's lasting legacy and influence on that most subversive of human faculties: the imagination. Includes Fonda Lee, Rachael K. Jones, Molly Glossm, Lidia Yuknavitch and many more.
It all starts on the morning the letter D disappears from language. First, it vanishes from Dhikilo's parents' conversation at breakfast, then from the road signs outside and from her school dinners. Soon the local dentist and the neighbor's dalmatian are missing, and even the Donkey Derby has been called off.Though she doesn't know why, Dhikilo is summoned to the home of her old history teacher Professor Dodderfield and his faithful Labrador, Nelly Robinson. And this is where our story begins.
Commander Eddie Cantrell and his ally and friend Admiral Martin Tromp start it off with some nasty surprises for Spain, whose centuries long exploitation and rapine of the New World has run unchecked. Until now. The only oil Imperial Spain knows about is the crude pouring out of the Allies' pumps on Trinidad - which threatens its interests in both the New and the Old Worlds.
Druadaen discovers that the world beyond his homeland is riddled with impossibilities. How do humanoid raiders, known as the Bent, suffer staggering losses and yet return as a vast horde every decade? How do multi-ton dragons fly? How have fossils formed in a world which sacrists insist has existed for only ten millennia? His determination to solve these mysteries awaken implacable enemies in the temples and council chambers of his own homeland.
When ViMed Pharmaceutical asks Jeremiah to be part of an illegal cloning experiment, he sees it as a break from an existence he feels disconnected from. No one will know he's been replaced - not the son who ignores him, not his increasingly distant wife - since a revolutionary drug called Meld can transfer his consciousness and memories to his copy.From a luxurious apartment, he watches the clone navigate his day-to-day life. But soon he is watching in horror as "his" life spirals out of control.
Raimond Duval, a victim of one of the many fires that have erupted recently in post-Civil War Philadelphia, is officially declared dead after the accident, but Hetty and Benjy's investigation points to a powerful Fire Company known to let homes in the Black community burn to the ground.
Kids have imaginary friends. Rachel knows this. So when her young son, Billy, miraculously recovers from a mysterious flu that has proven fatal for many, she thinks nothing of Delfy, his new invisible friend. But soon Delfy is telling Billy what to do, and the boy is acting up and lashing out in ways he never has before. And Billy isn't the only kid suddenly hearing voices....
In a Britain akin to this one, Vincent Rice falls off a ladder, literally at Petra Orff's feet. He offers to take her to Metamuse, an alternative theatre experience like no other that he won tickets to in a competition he doesn't remember entering. As time goes on, inexplicable occurrences pile on top of one another, connected to Metamuse. Unquiet dead seem to be reaching into the world to protest injustices both past and present.
To protect the Unwritten Wing and stave off the insidious reach of Malphas, one of Hell's most bloodthirsty generals, Claire and her friends will have to decide how much they're willing to sacrifice to keep their vulnerable corner of the afterlife. Succeeding would mean rewriting the nature of the Library, but losing would mean obliteration. Their only chance at survival lies in outwitting Hell and writing a new chapter for the Library.
When Cisco Collins returns to his home town thirty years after saving it from being swallowed by a hell mouth opened by an ancient pirate ghost, he realizes that being a childhood hero isn't like it was in the movies. Especially when nobody remembers the heroic bits - even the friends who once fought alongside him. But now the tendrils of the pirate's powers are creeping back into our world and people are beginning to die in bizarre ways.
Wolves howl. The trickster Loki breaks free from his chains. A demon is loose from Muspelheim.In the battle to come, all shall die, but Ragnar will do anything to save his gods.Einer scours the nine worlds for Hilda who walks among gods and goddesses, searching the truth of the Runes.For centuries Siv has run from her past, but she knows that to protect her daughter, and Midgard, she will have to face her worst fears.It is time to confront the Alfather.
The best of 2020, as selected by Rich Horton.
A never before published novel. Wulfgar, a leader of the Altaii people, must contend with twin queens, warlords, prophets and magic in hopes of protecting his people and securing their future. Elspeth, a visitor from another world, holds the answers, but first Wulfgar must learn to ask the right questions. But what if the knowledge that saves the Altaii will also destroy them?
Through dogged determination and maybe a bit of stupid bravery, Aaslo and his friends have fought on after the chosen one died. They continued the fight even when far greater heroes had given up. Now, Aaslo must turn the tides. In a world swifly falling to chaos, Aaslo is determined to win this war...at any cost. He's made a deal with the fickle fae, setting him and his friends on a collision course with the gods themselves.
Askia has been captured by power-hungry Emperor Radovan, who plans on making her his wife simply so he can take her magic as his own, killing her in the process. Askia was born a soldier, but now it's time to become a spy. But the jewel Radovan has put around her neck will pull her power from her in thirty days. Worse, her homeland, Vishir, might not even have that long, as the two heirs to the throne are on the verge of civil war.
As the sun fades and the stars wink out, Aster must follow a clue from her dead father to the highest, furthest domain - beyond the fairy-tale kingdoms, through fantastic and terrifying realms of gods and demons, to the very source of reality, the beginning and ending of everything. There she might finally set things right.
Lion Zorn, who can spot cultural shifts and trends before they happen, is enmeshed with a strange subculture: polyamorous crypto-currency fiends with a tendency toward eco-terrorism. These crypto-eco-punks have bought up huge swatches of the American west to protect biodiversity and stave off the Sixth Great Extinction. But instead of saving existing species, exotic creatures unlike anything seen on Earth keep turning up.
Alternate History. It is the beginning of 1918. In Russia, no longer a belligerent but, instead, rapidly descending into civil war and chaos, a lone family await their fate. They know they're a threat to the new regime, a threat that will, in time, be eliminated. But an escaped prisoner of war, caught, injured, and punished, but still highly capable, might be one way to change the fate of the Romanovs. An airship, returned and at loose ends after a failed mission to Africa might be another.
Fang Runin returns to the southern provinces. While her new allies are sly and untrustworthy, she quickly realizes that the real power in Nikan lies with the millions of common people who thirst for vengeance and revere her as a goddess of salvation. But as her power and influence grows, though, will she be strong enough to resist the Phoenix's intoxicating voice urging her to burn the world and everything in it?
Nottingham, 1906. As Christmas approaches, Marietta Stelle's ballerina career will soon be sacrificed to her family's desire that she marry. But then a mysterious new toymaker, Dr Drosselmeier, purchases a neighbouring townhouse. He constructs an elaborate theatrical set for her final ballet performance and she discovers it carries a magic all of its own. As the clock chimes midnight, Marietta finds herself walking through a land of snow-topped fir trees leading to a frozen sugar palace silent with secrets and must find a way to return home.
Rosie - owner of Monk's Bar, in the corporate town of West Brynner, caters to wannabe criminals and rich Earther tourists, of a sort, at the front bar. However, exactly two types of people drank at Monk's back bar: members of a rather exclusive criminal class and those who sought to employ them. Angel, ex-marine and head of a semi-organized band of beneficent criminals, wayward assassins, and washed up mercenaries with a penchant for doing the honorable thing is asked to perform a job for Rosie. What this job reveals will effect Persephone Station and put Angel and her squad up against a corporate army.
Princess Thera, once Empress of Dara, entrusted the throne to her younger brother in order to journey to Ukyu-Gonde to war with the Lyucu. Meanwhile, in Dara, the Lyucu leadership as well as the surviving Dandelion Court bristle with rivalries. Parents and children, teachers and students, Empress and Pekyu, all nurture the seeds of plans that will take years to bloom.
Accounts of a 'second shooter' have attended on every assassination since JFK, but there's rarely any proof. Commissioned by a small conspiracy-minded publisher to research the phenomenon, journalist Mike Karras draws someone's attention, getting him implicated in a bombing, and on the run from... well, everyone.
Sergeant Corrie Welling - the young constabulary officer from Maradaine - has been abducted and confined on a ship bound for distant shores, where her captors have nefarious plans for her. With fortune and ingenuity, Corrie escapes, but finds herself stuck in a sprawling metropolis on the other side of the world: The Mocassa.
When an administrative mistake sees Robin Blyth named the civil service liaison to a hidden magical society, he discovers what's been operating beneath the unextraordinary reality he's always known.Now Robin must contend with the beauty and danger of magic, an excruciating deadly curse, and the alarming visions of the future that come with it - not to mention Edwin Courcey, his cold and prickly counterpart in the magical bureaucracy.
John Fortune's card is finally an Ace! And though he just wants to catch Siegfried and Ralph's famous Vegas review, the problem is that all roads, whether they start in Turin, Italy, Las Vegas, Hokkaido, Japan, Jokertown, Snake Hill, the Short Cut, or Yazoo City, Mississippi, lead to Leo Barnett's Peaceable Kingdom, where the difference between the Apocalypse and Peace on Earth is as thin as a razor's edge and where Death himself awaits the final, terrible turn of the card.
Hollywood, the late 1930s. Raymond Chandler writes detective stories for pulp magazines, and drinks more than he should. Boris Karloff plays monsters in the movies, and is a genial, cricket-playing member of the British filmland colony on the shores of the Pacific. Together, these English public school men in exile investigate mysterious matters in a town run by human and inhuman monsters.
A collection of 12 stories, the best of modern Chinese science fiction, translated into English for the very first time.
A town in South Dakota disappears. Then the same thing happens in England. A town is gone but no one in the entire country will even acknowledge that it ever existed. A member of the Black Dragoons, a clandestine military unit dedicated to protecting the country from supernatural threats, investigates. Soon, the Black Dragoons and Special Unit 77 - their American counterparts - are working together to figure out what is exactly happening. Preacher's Daughter is on the case, and she won't stop until she finds some answers.
Anwuli Okwudili prefers to be called AO. After a car accident she embraces all that she is: a woman with a ton of major and necessary body augmentations. And then one day she goes to her local market and everything goes wrong.Once on the run, she meets a Fulani herdsman named DNA and the race against time across the deserts of Northern Nigeria begins. In a world where all things are streamed, everyone is watching the "reckoning of the murderess and the terrorist" and the "saga of the wicked woman and mad man" unfold.
11 previously published short stories and a new full-length novella featuring Captain Tucker Wayne and his military war dog, Kane.
Now, as new technological discoveries begin to change the face of the war, the enemy prepares a bold and dangerous operation. The arms race that follows will challenge the very core of the Radiant ideals, and potentially reveal the secrets of the ancient tower that was once the heart of their strength.
This novella takes place between OATHBRINGER and RHYTHM OF WAR. When a ghost ship is discovered, its crew presumed dead after trying to reach the storm-shrouded island Akinah, Navani Kholin must send an expedition to make sure the island hasn't fallen into enemy hands.
Virginia, 2004: Lara Barnes is on top of the world until her fiance disappears on their wedding day. Her search for answers unexpectedly leads to her great-grandmother's journals from Paris of the 1920s. Swept into a story of a dark circus and ill-fated love, secrets about Lara's family history come to light and reveal a curse that has been claiming payment from the women in her family for generations.
In the near-future world, the greenhouse effect has inexorably resulted in a whirling-dervish troposphere of superstorms, rising sea levels, global flooding, merciless heat waves, and virulent, deadly pandemics. One man has a Big Idea for reversing global warming, a master plan perhaps best described as "elemental." But will it work? And just as important, what are the consequences for the planet and all of humanity should it be applied?
The Alanga - the powerful magicians of legend - have returned to the Empire. They claim they come in peace, and Lin will need their help in order to defeat the rebels and restore peace. But can she trust them?
No new plastics means that what is left becomes valuable: garbage is currency. In the region-wide junkyard that Appalachia has become, Coral is a "plucker," pulling plastic from the rivers and woods. She's stuck in Trashlands, a dump named for the strip club at its edge. When a reporter from a struggling city on the coast arrives in Trashlands, Coral is presented with an opportunity to change her life. But is it possible to choose a future for herself?
1200 passengers have joined the booze-cruise between Sweden and Finland on the creaking old ship Baltic Charisma. It travels this same route, back and forth, every day of the year. But this trip is going to be different. In the middle of the night the ferry is cut off from the outside world. There is nowhere to escape. There is no way to contact the mainland. And no one knows who to trust...On the Baltic Sea, no one can hear you scream.
Vakov Fukasawa used to be a Reaper: a bio-enhanced soldier fighting for the Harmony, against a brutal invading empire. Harmony injected him with the DNA of an extinct alien race, altering his body chemistry and leaving him permanently addicted to adrenaline and aggression. Vakov may have walked away from Harmony, but they still know where to find him, and his former Reaper colleagues are being murdered by someone, or something - and Vakov is appalled to learn his estranged brother is involved.
Created as an homage to the 1980 classic horror anthology DARK FORCES (edited by Kirby McCauley) this collection contains 12 original novelettes showcasing today's top horror talent, from award-winning authors and up-and-coming voices like Stephen Graham Jones, Priya Sharma, Usman T. Malik, Caroline Kepnes, and Alma Katsu.
Lynesse is the lowly Fourth Daughter of the queen, and always getting in the way. But a demon is terrorizing the land, and now she's an adult (albeit barely) with responsibilities (she tells herself). She understands that the only way to save her people is to invoke the pact between her family and the Elder sorcerer who has inhabited the local tower for as long as her people have lived here (though none in living memory has approached it). But Elder Nyr isn't a sorcerer, and he is forbidden to help, and his knowledge of science tells him the threat cannot possibly be a demon...
The colony ship Ragtime docks in the Lagos system, having traveled light-years from home to bring thousands of sleeping souls to safety among the stars. Some of them, however, will never wake. As a profound and sinister mystery unfolds aboard the gigantic vessel, its skeleton crew makes decisions that will have repercussions for all of humanity's settlements.
Sophia was made for him. Her perfect husband. She can feel it in her bones. He is perfect. Their home together in Arcadia Gardens is perfect. Everything is perfect. But sometimes Sophia wonders about things. Strange things. Dark things. The look on her husband's face when he comes back from a long business trip. The questions he will not answer. The locked basement she is never allowed to enter.
Jane Kamali and her telekinetic protege Esa, now seventeen, barely managed to claim victory against a Cyn, a being of pure energy, hell bent on hunting down the gifted. Now they face an army. The Cyn and their followers will stop at nothing to find Esa and the others. No one knows what they want, but Jane, Esa, and their allies in the Justified are determined to find out.
Among the immortal Sithi of Osten Ard, Ineluki (who will one day become the undead Storm King) makes a bold, terrible oath that he will destroy deadly Hidohebhi, a terrifying monster, but instead drags his older brother Hakarti with him into a disaster that threatens not just their family but all the Sithi - and perhaps all of humankind as well.
E. A. Smithe is a borrowed person, the uploaded recording of a deceased mystery writer. Smithe is a piece of property, not a legal human. As such, Smithe can be loaned to other branches. Which he is. Along with two fellow reclones, a cookbook and romance writer, they are shipped to Polly's Cove, where Smithe meets a little girl who wants to save her mother, a father who is dead but perhaps not. And another E.A. Smithe... who definitely is.
The Three Kingdoms are shattering under pressure from an inexperienced new king who is being led by an ambitious regent to ignore the threat of the Wreths, in favor of a Vengewar with Ishara. His brother and uncle can see only the danger of the Older Race. In Ishara, the queen lies in a coma, while an ambitious priest seizes power. But he has neither the training nor the talent to rule a nation - or even a city. Ishara is in deadly peril, and the Wreths have not even appeared on their continent.
Having convinced the galactic governing body that mankind deserves a chance at fixing their own problems, Rubi Whiting has done her part to launch the planet into a new golden age of scientific discovery and technological revolution. However, there are still those in the galactic community that think that humanity is too poisonous, too greedy, to be allowed in, and they will stop at nothing to sabotage a species determined to pull itself up.
10 years after the end of the Great War, shell-shocked veteran Liam Mulcahey is caught in a brutal attack on a Chicago speakeasy and saved by Grace, an alluring heiress who is able to cast illusions. Though the attack appears to have been committed by the hated Uprising, Grace believes it was orchestrated by Leland De Pere - Liam's former commander and the current President of the United States.
This collection of 11 tales features both new and fan-favorite stories from all three of his major literary worlds: Shannara, Magic Kingdom, and The Word and the Void.
Leaving the side of his commander, Sir John Hawkwood, Sir William Gold embarks on a journey to serve the Count of Savoy. But soon he is back in England, fighting with the Duke of Lancaster at the Battle of Limoges, and then it is back to Europe where the game of the Italian Princes is changing, and Gold must finally decide who he stands for in the battle between the Pope and the Visconti...
In Nadezra, peace is as tenuous as a single thread. The ruthless House Indestor has been destroyed, but darkness still weaves through the city's filthy back alleys and jewel-bright gardens, seen by those who know where to look. Derossi Vargo, Grey Serrado and Ren have yet to discover just how far that web stretches. And in the end, it will take more than knives to cut themselves free.
Jamie woke up in an empty apartment with no memory and only a few clues to his identity, but with the ability to read and erase other people's memories - a power he uses to hold up banks to buy coffee, cat food and books. Zoe is also searching for her past, and using her abilities of speed and strength...to deliver fast food. And she'll occasionally put on a cool suit and beat up bad guys, if she feels like it. When the two meet in a memory-loss support group, they realize the only way to reveal their hidden pasts might be through each other.
Stratus was a dragon, brought low by the Worm King, separated from his true love, tortured for centuries and now trapped inside the body of a human. But his memories are returning, along with his true magic and, slowly, his true form. And Stratus wants revenge. Bloody and relentless, he slaughters his way through hordes of the undead to reach his archenemy, fighting not only for his own justice but for the whole of humanity...
Odessa Hardwicke is forced to turn her gun on her partner, Walt Leppo, a decorated FBI agent who turns suddenly, inexplicably violent while apprehending a rampaging murderer. Questioning her future with the FBI and her sanity, she accepts a low-level assignment to clear out the belongings of a retired agent in the New York office. What she finds there will put her on the trail of a mysterious figure named John Silence, a man of enormous means who claims to have been alive for centuries, and who is either an unhinged lunatic, or humanity's best and only defense against unspeakable evil.
You'd think being abducted by aliens would be the worst thing that could happen to Georgie. And you'd be wrong. Because now the aliens are having ship trouble, and they've left their cargo of human women - including her - on an ice planet that they're not equipped to survive. Help comes when Georgie encounters the blue horned alien Vektal. Vektal will help them survive -- but he has announced to Georgie that she is his mate, his chosen female.
The JSST, the Joint Space Strike Team Hunter has put together from all branches of the U.S. military, is again deployed on board the Earth starcraft carrier Hillenkoetter. At a planet called Paradies orbiting the red giant star Aldebaran, they discover a long-rumored colony of expatriate Nazis - and the beginnings of a plan to enslave Earth under Nazi - and Saurian - rule.
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.
It is 1779 and Claire and Jamie are at last reunited with their daughter, Brianna, her husband, Roger, and their children on Fraser's Ridge. Yet even in the North Carolina backcountry, the Revolutionary War creeps ever closer. And with the family finally together, Jamie and Claire have more at stake than ever before.
West Virginia Congresswoman Victoria Emerson does not go into the secure bunker when the nuclear disaster hits, unwilling to abandon her teenage sons. In the aftermath, the nation's grid is gone, food is scarce and civility gives way to desperate survival. Against this total collapse, Victoria builds a new community in a small Appalachian mountain town. And now she must defend it.
After a punishment from Odin leaves Angrboda injured and powerless, she falls in love with Loki and bears three unusual children, each with a secret destiny. But as Angrboda slowly recovers her prophetic powers, she learns that her blissful life - and possibly all of existence - is in danger. With help from the fierce huntress Skadi, with whom she shares a growing bond, Angrboda must choose whether she'll accept the fate that she's foreseen for her beloved family...or rise to remake their future.
After surviving the schemes of the goddess Fanieq and learning some shattering truths about her former life, the warrior Tyn feels estranged from her role guarding her ruler. Grappling with knowledge of her identity, she unleashes her frustrations on all the wrong people. When an old enemy returns wielding an unstoppable, realm-crushing weapon, Tyn is swept up in the path of destruction.
2185. The starship Victoria will carry over 10,000 colonists to a new world outside the solar system. The colonists will build a new civilization, and the actions of a few individuals will become famous - and infamous - forever marking their new colony with the Founder Effect. Short stories contributed by Larry Correia, David Weber, Jody Lynn Nye and many more.
Caiden has been on the run for ten years with his unique starship in order to keep his adversary, Threi, imprisoned. But when an old friend he'd once thought dead reappears, he is lured into a game of cat and mouse with the one person whose powers rival Threi's: Threi's sister Abriss.
[Local Author]. Many immortals are dead, and the rest are unprepared for what is coming. But there are three immortals, one from each land, who have become involved. One just wants to protect her child. One wants to learn everything he can about this new threat. And one wants revenge. And as all three come together, so do the forces arrayed against them...
Alex's lover, the life mage Anne, has fallen fully under the control of the deadly creature she made a bargain with, and it is preparing to create an army of mages subject to its every whim. And Alex, the Council, and the Dark mage Richard Drakh agree to call a truce in their war, and plans are made for a joint attack. But Alex knows that it's only a matter of time before Drakh and the Council turn on each other - and neither cares about keeping Anne alive.
FBI agent Michael Childs is tasked with tracking down a serial killer with an obsession for victims born with twelve fingers and toes. These people are known in occult circles as the Nephilim, a forsaken people, descendants of fallen angels. After a break in the case leads to supposedly killed-in-action Marine sniper Anaba Raines, Michael finds the soldier alive and well, but shockingly no longer human.
On the never-ending, miles-high expanse of prairie grasses known as the Forever Sea, Kindred Greyreach, hearthfire keeper and sailor aboard harvesting vessel The Errant, is just beginning to fit in with the crew of her new ship when she receives devastating news. Her grandmother - The Marchess, legendary captain and hearthfire keeper - has stepped from her vessel and disappeared into the sea.
Humorous fantasy/space opera. Zombies, vampires and werewolves live side-by-side with humans, taking whatever jobs they can in order to coexist peacefully. So, what better job to give almost-dead or dead beings, than one that consists of no air, cosmic radiation, and a lack of life-sustaining essentials? And what happens when you put them all together in a confined space?
The new crop of short stories set among the Heralds of Valdemar from debut and established authors - including a brand-new story from Lackey herself.
Battered by war and tragedy, the Kauls are plagued by resentments and old wounds as their adversaries are on the ascent and their country is riven by dangerous factions and foreign interference. The clan must discern allies from enemies, set aside bloody rivalries, and make terrible sacrifices.
Master trader Er Thom knows the local custom of Liaden is to be matched with a proper bride and provide his prominent clan Korval with an heir. And to take a Terran wife, such as scholar Anne Davis, is to risk his honor and reputation. When he discovers that their brief encounter years before has resulted in the birth of a child, even more is at stake than anyone imagined.
With war between the Militant Orders looming, the entire continent may soon be on fire. The very nature of magic has changed and the horrors of the deepest black are rising, but an even greater danger threatens to eclipse it all. Turning the tide of history may require a gamble only a bunch of drunken lunatics are willing to take. The old ways need breaking and that's one thing the Cards are good at. Just be careful what you wish for.
To buy time for humanity, Kihrin must convince the king of the Manol vane to perform an ancient ritual that will strip the vane of their immortality - a ritual that certain vane will do anything to prevent. Including assassinating the messengers. Worse, Kihrin must come to terms with the horrifying possibility that his connection to Vol Karoth is steadily growing in strength.
Though the Kaisers may be responsible for diverting a multi-planet war, the planetary leaders are wary of the knowledge they hold. Better to lock them up and keep their dark secrets hidden. But the Kaisers are the only ones who know the truth about the threat of the ancient world-ending alien weapons rooted in each planet - and they may be the only ones who can save the system from total annihilation.
Jonathan Bland is a Decider, empowered by the Emperor himself to deal with the inevitable crises of an empire. He died centuries ago, but they reactivate his recorded personality whenever a new threat appears. When the crisis is over, they expect he will meekly return to oblivion. He has other ideas.
Seeking freedom out in space, Jake gets a job on a mining ship chasing down an asteroid. Crewed by mercenaries and misfits, they all want a cut of the biggest payday in history. A single mistake could cost Jack his life - and that's before they reach their destination. The bounty from the asteroid could change lives and save nations - and corrupt any one of them.
Gerard Rousseau, the former Gallic emperor and scourge of the Continent, has escaped his island prison to renew his quest for control of the Continent. Gerard has no qualms about using dangerous magic to support his ambitions, so Kit and the crew of her ship, the Diana, are the natural choice to find him - and help stop him.
THE CARDINAL'S BLADES, THE ALCHEMIST IN THE SHADOWS, and THE DRAGON ARCANA in one volume. Paris, 1633. Cardinal Richelieu must counter Spain and the Court of Dragons. The power rising there is anything but mundane, and they're determined to raise true dragons. Ancient, terrible, utterly merciless - and poised to move against France.
Todd Fremde is an author, a writer of police procedurals and criminal mysteries. Invited to the remote island of Dearth, far across the Dream Archipelago, to talk at a conference, he finds himself caught up in a series of mysteries. How can Dearth claim to be completely crime-free, yet still have an armed police force? Why are they so keen for him to appear, but so dismissive when he arrives? Is his sense of time confused, or is something confusing happening to time itself?
Strengthened by the bond she shares with her fellow warrior, Duncan, Fallon has already succeeded in rescuing countless shifters and elves and ordinary humans. Now she must help them heal and rediscover the light and faith within themselves. For although from the time of her birth, she has been the One, she is still only one. And as she faces down an old nemesis, sets her sights on the enemy's stronghold, and pursues her destiny - to finally restore the mystical shield that once protected them all - she will need an army behind her...
In Talamh, Breen is not the ordinary young schoolteacher Marco knew her as. Here she is learning to embrace the powers of her true identity. Marco is welcomed kindly by her people - and by Keegan, leader of the Fey. Keegan has trained Breen as a warrior, and his yearning for her has grown along with his admiration of her strength and skills. But one member of Breen's bloodline is not there to embrace her. Her grandfather, the outcast god Odran, plots to destroy Talamh - and now all must unite to defeat his dark forces.
Here are stories not where magic is science, but with magic and science. Not knights and castles, but knights and starships. Wizards and ray guns. Swords and planets. Contributors include Tim Akers, D.J. Butler, Simon R. Green, Susan R. Matthews, Jody Lynn Nye and Christopher Ruocchio.
Now available in omnibus format, the Queen of the Dead trilogy tells the gripping tale of a teenage girl who discovers her powers of necromancy after the death of her boyfriend. SILENCE, TOUCH and GRAVE in one volume.
Local author. Dren and Jax - battered, tortured, once enemies themselves - now must hold strong against their bruised invaders, the Egril. For the Egril intend to wipe Jia from the map. They may have lost a battle, but they are coming back. If Tinnstra and her allies hope to survive, Jia's heroes will need to be ready when they do.
A year after being resurrected and flung into a new body, Corcoran Gray is still trying to come to terms with his situation when the all-powerful Mages' Guild demands his help to stop a deadly plague. And when his partner Brix starts showing symptoms, Gray will do anything to save her, even if it means working with his greatest enemies. But it quickly becomes clear that this is no normal plague.
When he was a boy, Razvan trained as a translator for the hated Keda, the mute enslavers of his city. By learning fingerspeak Razvan avoided being sent to the dangerous mines of the city. But his son has been sent there, a hostage for Razvan's compliance. And now the city is under siege by a new army who are perhaps even more cruel than their current enslavers. At the same time, a mysterious rebellion force has reached out to Razvan with a plan to utilize the incoming attack to defeat the Keda once and for all.
First Lieutenant Sean Elliott and nine other mixed-service U.S. soldiers on a convoy in Afghanistan suddenly found themselves and their MRAP vehicle thrown back to Earth's Paleolithic Age. Displaced Romans, Neolithic Europeans, and more have showed up as well. Scientists from an almost unimaginably far future need the survivors' advice and support to reconnoiter and ultimately recover other groups displaced in time. The problem is not all of those other groups want to be recovered or even understand where they are.
Two sisters vie for the throne of the Empire of the First Flame. Lu, the firstborn, can't forget a promise made to shapeshifter Nok, the boy she came to love, to win justice for his now powerless people. But even with an army at her side, Lu will need to face down a major obstacle: the current sitting Empress, her once beloved younger sister, Min. And now Min can control a powerful, ancient magic.
On the edge of the Outer Rim, a former Sith wanders, accompanied only by a faithful droid. He carries a lightsaber, but claims lineage to no Jedi clan, and pledges allegiance to no lord. Little is known about him, including his name, for he never speaks of his past, nor his regrets. But when he is forced to duel an enigmatic bandit claiming the title of Sith, it becomes clear that no amount of wandering will ever let him outpace the specters of his former life.
What if the most epic cinematic franchise of all time had been penned by the greatest playwright of all time? Wonder no more! William Shakespeare's Avengers: The Complete Works reimagines all four films as plays by the Bard of Avon, complete with authentic meter and verse, stage directions, and entertaining Easter eggs.
Young adult. When 14 year old Padme Naberrie wins the election for Queen of Naboo, she adopts the name Amidala and leaves her family to rule from the royal palace. She'll need a group of skilled handmaidens who can be her assistants, confidantes, defenders, and decoys, selecting each girl for her particular talents. When Naboo is invaded by forces of the Trade Federation, Queen Amidala and her handmaidens will face the greatest test--of themselves, and of each other.
Captain Janeway of the USS Voyager reveals her career in Starfleet, from her first command to her epic journey through the Delta Quadrant leading to her rise to the top as vice-admiral in Starfleet Command.
The crews of Jean-Luc Picard, Benjamin Sisko, Ezri Dax, and William Riker unite to prevent a cosmic-level apocalypse - only to find that some fates really are inevitable. Friends become foes, the Temporal Apocalypse accelerates, and the catastrophe's true cause is revealed.
The official novelization of the highly anticipated sequel to 2018's HALLOWEEN.
The epic Star Trek: Coda trilogy begins when the unexpected arrival of an old friend triggers a desperate mission to avert a fast-spreading temporal disaster.
Alphabet Squadron's ships are as ramshackle and damaged as their spirits, but they've always had one another. Now, as they face the might of Keize's reborn juggernaut, they aren't sure they even have that. How do you catch a shadow? How do you kill it? And when you're finally victorious, who pays the price?
With Padme on a secret mission, her handmaiden Sabe steps into the role of Senator Amidala, something no handmaiden has done for an extended period of time. While in the Senate, Sabe is equally horrified by the machinations that happen there. She comes face to face with a gut-wrenching decision as she realizes that she cannot fight a war this way, not even for Padme. And Chancellor Palpatine hovers over it all, manipulating the players to his own ends...
When a job on one of the Rim worlds goes wrong, Zoe and Book are taken hostage by some very unsatisfied customers, and Mal is given three days to find 8,000 platinum to get them back. The crew are now in a race against time to save their friends - calling on contacts and calling in favours, and some revealing talents that have hitherto remained hidden. Meanwhile, the hostages have their own plans...
After leaving the unwelcoming refuge of Syngorn, the twins become entangled in a web spun by the Clasp, and for the first time Vex and Vax find themselves on opposite sides of a conflict.
With most of Sera's civilization destroyed, Sergeant Marcus Fenix and Lieutenant Anya Stroud must somehow rebuild on the ruins. Then whispers of Locust still stalking the land begin to spread. Fearing the worst, Marcus forms a team to assess the potential threat. As he and the other Gears search for Locust survivors, however, they quickly discover that the new enemy may be all-too-human, and utterly ruthless.
To ensure the Chiss Ascendancy's future, Thrawn will delve deep into its past, uncovering the dark secrets surrounding the ascension of the First Ruling Family. But the truth of a family's legacy is only as strong as the legend that supports it. Even if that legend turns out to be a lie.
The year is 2161. The Red Dragon Crime Syndicate is king, and for all those lucky enough to be members of this crime family, life is damn good. Well, not for everyone... For two entry-level gangsters in Tharsis City, Mars, life in the Syndicate isn't quite all guns and glamour. When an opportunity to pull a job for their boss arises, it's make or break time. Literally. All they have to do is deliver a suitcase. How hard could it be?
The official prequel to the action video game Gears 5, beginning immediately after Gears of War 4 and leading directly into the new game. Following Reyna Diaz's death at the hands of the Swarm (in Gears of War 4), Kait seals her mother's tomb and swears revenge. As she, JD, Del, Marcus, Cole, Samantha, and Baird lick their wounds and resupply, First Minister Jinn summons them to New Ephyra, promising that the "crimes" they committed will be forgiven.
In the aftermath of Settlement 2's destruction, Kait Diaz reels from the near loss of a close friend amid utter defeat at the hands of the Swarm. To move forward, she must choose either to walk the Outsider path of her mother, or rise to her beckoning duty as a Gear, as her father did. As Kait grapples with her circumstance, an unexpected ally illuminates secrets from the past that offer a new perspective.
The Temporal Apocalypse forces Starfleet's greatest heroes to make the greatest sacrifices of their lives.
The first anthology of original short stories featuring the confluence of two iconic properties, as the Predators seek the ultimate prey, the Xenomorphs from Alien.
Jadzia Dax has been a friend to Etom Prit, the Trill Trade Commissioner, over two lifetimes. When Etom visits Deep Space Nine with the request to rein in his wayward granddaughter Nemi, Dax can hardly say no. It seems like an easy assignment: visit a resort casino while on shore leave, and then bring her old friend Nemi home. But upon arrival, Dax finds Nemi has changed over the years in terrifying ways...