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May 2014

  • Britain, Kristen • Mirror Sight • (DAW, hc)
  • Canavan, Trudi • Thief's Magic • (Little, Brown UK/Orbit, hc)
  • Coates, Deborah • Strange Country • (Tor, hc)
  • Deas, Stephen • The Splintered Gods • (Orion/Gollancz, hc)
  • + Feist, Raymond E. • King of Ashes • (Harper Voyager US, hc)
  • Gonzales, Tony • The Tabit Genesis • (Orion/Gollancz, tpb)
  • Harris, Charlaine • Midnight • (Orion/Gollancz, hc)
  • Johnson, Kij, ed. • Nebula Awards Showcase 2014 • (Prometheus/Pyr, anth, tpb)
  • + Jones, Diana Wynne, & Ursula Jones • The Islands of Chaldea • (HarperCollins/Greenwillow, nvl-ya, hc)
  • Lindskold, Jane • Artemis Awakening • (Tor, hc)
  • + Maas, Sarah J. • The Assassin's Blade • (Bloomsbury USA, nvl-ya, hc)
  • McGuire, Seanan • Sparrow Hill Road • (DAW, tpb)
  • McIntosh, Will • Defenders • (Little, Brown UK/Orbit, tpb)
  • Moon, Elizabeth • Crown of Renewal • (Little, Brown UK/Orbit, tpb)
  • + Rajaniemi, Hannu • The Causal Angel • (Tor, hc)
  • Sebold, Gaie • Shanghai Sparrow • (Rebellion/Solaris)
  • Van Eekhout, Greg • California Bones • (Tor, hc)
  • Williams, Tad • The Very Best of Tad Williams • (Tachyon Publications, cln, tpb)

June 2014

  • Anderson, Kevin J. • The Dark Between the Stars • (Tor, hc)
  • Card, Orson Scott, & Aaron Johnston • Earth Awakens • (Little, Brown UK/Orbit, tpb)
  • Card, Orson Scott, & Aaron Johnston • Earth Awakens • (Tor, hc)
  • Clare, Cassandra • The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire • (Simon & Schuster/McElderry, nvl-ya, hc)
  • Erikson, Steven • Willfull Child • (Transworld/Bantam UK, hc)
  • Horton, Rich, ed. • The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2014 • (Prime Books, anth, tpb)
  • Irvine, Ian • Justice • (Little, Brown UK/Orbit, tpb)
  • Lawrence, Mark • Prince of Fools • (Ace, hc)
  • Martin, George R. R. • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms • (HarperCollins UK, cln, hc)
  • + Moon, Elizabeth • Crown of Renewal • (Ballantine Del Rey, hc)
  • Patterson, William H., Jr. • Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century, Volume II • (Tor, nf, hc)
  • + Reynolds, Alastair • On the Steel Breeze • (Ace, hc)
  • Roberts, Adam • Bête • (Orion/Gollancz, tpb)
  • Strahan, Jonathan, ed. • Reach for Infinity • (Rebellion/Solaris US, anth)
  • Strahan, Jonathan, ed. • Reach for Infinity • (Rebellion/Solaris, anth)
  • Yovanoff, Brenna • Fiendish • (Penguin/Razorbill, nvl-ya, hc)

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EMPIRES: Dawn of Shadow

The opening instalment in a brave new collaboration between Stephen Deas and Gavin Smith, coming 2014.


Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi (March 6, 2014)

From the prizewinning author of Mr. Fox, the Snow White fairy tale brilliantly recast as a story of family secrets, race, beauty, and vanity.

In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts, looking, she believes, for beauty—the opposite of the life she’s left behind in New York. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow Whitman.

A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined she’d become, but elements of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out when the birth of Boy’s daughter, Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African Americans passing for white. Among them, Boy, Snow, and Bird confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold.

Dazzlingly inventive and powerfully moving, Boy, Snow, Bird is an astonishing and enchanting novel. With breathtaking feats of imagination, Helen Oyeyemi confirms her place as one of the most original and dynamic literary voices of our time.


The Swan Gondola by Timothy Schaffert (February 6,2014)

From the critically acclaimed author of The Coffins of Little Hope, The Swan Gondola is a transporting read, reminiscent of Water for Elephants or The Night Circus.

A lush and thrilling romantic fable about two lovers set against the scandalous burlesques, midnight séances, and aerial ballets of the 1898 Omaha World’s Fair.

On the eve of the 1898 Omaha World’s Fair, Ferret Skerritt, ventriloquist by trade, con man by birth, isn’t quite sure how it will change him or his city. Omaha still has the marks of a filthy Wild West town, even as it attempts to achieve the grandeur and respectability of nearby Chicago. But when he crosses paths with the beautiful and enigmatic Cecily, his whole purpose shifts and the fair becomes the backdrop to their love affair.

One of a traveling troupe of actors that has descended on the city, Cecily works in the Midway’s Chamber of Horrors, where she loses her head hourly on a guillotine playing Marie Antoinette. And after closing, she rushes off, clinging protectively to a mysterious carpetbag, never giving Ferret a second glance. But a moonlit ride on the swan gondola, a boat on the lagoon of the New White City, changes everything, and the fair’s magic begins to take its effect.


The Miniature Wife and Other Stories by Manuel Gonzales (February 4,2014)

In the tradition of George Saunders and Aimee Bender, an exuberantly imagined debut that chronicles an ordinary world marked by unusual phenomena.

The eighteen stories of Manuel Gonzales’s exhilarating first book render the fantastic commonplace and the ordinary extraordinary, in prose that thrums with energy and shimmers with beauty. In “The Artist’s Voice” we meet one of the world’s foremost composers, a man who speaks through his ears. A hijacked plane circles a city for twenty years in “Pilot, Copilot, Writer.” Sound can kill in “The Sounds of Early Morning.” And, in the title story, a man is at war with the wife he accidentally shrank. For these characters, the phenomenal isn’t necessarily special—but it’s often dangerous.

In slightly fantastical settings, Gonzales illustrates very real guilt over small and large marital missteps, the intense desire for the reinvention of self, and the powerful urges we feel to defend and provide for the people we love. With wit and insight, these stories subvert our expectations and challenge us to look at our surroundings with fresh eyes. Brilliantly conceived, strikingly original, and told with the narrative instinct of a born storyteller, The Miniature Wife is an unforgettable debut.


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The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

Publisher: (Orbit Books) (8 April 2014)

Harry August is on his deathbed. Again.

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes.

Until now.

As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. ‘I nearly missed you, Doctor August,’ she says. ‘I need to send a message. It has come down from child to adult, child to adult, passed back through generations from a thousand years forward in time. The message is that the world is ending, and we cannot prevent it. So now it’s up to you.’

This is the extraordinary journey of one unforgettable character – a story of friendship and betrayal, loyalty and redemption, love and loneliness and the inevitable march of time.

Claire North is a pseudonym for an acclaimed British author who has previously published several novels.


Marked (Mindspace Investigations #3) by Alex Hughes (April 2014) (Roc/Penguin)
The Ripper Affair (Bannon & Clare #3) by Lilith Saintcrow (August 2014) (Orbit Books)
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The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit Books) (August 2014)

The Fifth Season is set in a world which has suffered frequent, repeated Extinction Level Events for millions of years, and all life (and magic) in this world has adapted to it. Hundreds of years might pass between these events — easy, plentiful years in which great cities rise, and people have the leisure for art and science and rapid advancement — but then, again and again, the cities fall. The world is littered with the detritus of these times of plenty, and this cover hints at them: past ages of decadence, now decaying; stone that endures beneath flaking gilt.


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The Dark Defiles (A Land Fit For Heroes #3) by Richard Morgan - March 2014

Amazon.co.uk is now saying August 2014.

Morgan answered a TDD question on his blog:


Gah! Just had an email from Amazon stating that this is now pushed back to August 2014!!! Cant you, like, go beat up your publishers or something?! (assuming that is that youve actually finished it)


Ah – wrong assumption, I’m afraid. Although TDD is steaming steadily towards its conclusion, and I expect to be done with it in a couple more weeks, my publishers on both sides of the Atlantic are yet to have sight of anything resembling a completed manuscript. The fault, thus, lies entirely with me.

As to final delivery – well, you guys will be the first to know…….

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Age of Iron by Angus Watson will be published by Orbit in September 2014.

Bloodthirsty druids and battle-hardened Iron Age warriors collide in the first volume of this action-packed historical fantasy trilogy that will appeal to fans of Joe Abercrombie and HBO's GAME OF THRONES.


Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary travelling south to join up with King Zadar's army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people.

First Spring, a child he finds scavenging on the battlefield, and then Lowa, one of Zadar's most fearsome warriors, who's vowed revenge on the king for her sister's execution.

Now Dug's on the wrong side of that thousands-strong army he hoped to join ­- and worse, Zadar has bloodthirsty druid magic on his side. All Dug has is his war hammer, one small child, and one unpredictable, highly-trained warrior with a lust for revenge that's going to get them all killed . . .

ANGUS WATSON is an author and journalist living in London. He's written hundreds of features for many newspapers including the Times, Financial Times and the Telegraph, and the latter even sent him to look for Bigfoot. As a fan of both historical fiction and epic fantasy, Angus came up with the idea of writing a fantasy set in the Iron Age when exploring British hillforts for the Telegraph, and developed the story while walking Britain's ancient paths for further articles.
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Sam Sykes' The City Stained Red is the first book in The Scion's Gate trilogy.

The Scion's Gate is a trilogy that tells the story of the struggle between the adventurer, Lenk, and his companions and the demons trying to break free from hell in order to resume their own agendas.

Long before he was sent to hell, the Aeon known as Khoth-Kapira was the closest thing to a living god the world had ever known. Possessed of a vast intellect, he pioneered many of the wonders that persist in the world that lingered long after he was banished. Nearly every fragment of medical, economic and technological progress that the mortal races enjoyed could be traced back to him. But with his wonders came cruelty beyond measure: industrialized slavery, horrifying experimentations and a rage that would eventually force the world to bow to him.

Now, as Khoth-Kapira stirs the world begins to shudder with disasters yet to come.The epicenter is the city of Cier'Djaal. A religious war between two unstoppable military juggernauts begins to brew. The racial fury among many peoples of the world is about to explode. Demons begin to pour from the shadows at the head of a vicious cult worshipping dark powers.

And Lenk finds himself in the middle once more, his fate and the fate of Khoth-Kapira interlinked as the demon attempts to convince him of his earnestness.

"Your world is breaking around you," He Who Makes says, "let me fix it. Let me help you. Let me out."


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The Shattered Crown (STEELHAVEN #2) by Richard Ford (Headline) (13 March 2014)

Blood oaths are sworn and broken in a city facing total annihilation as Ford's epic fantasy series continues.

These are dark times.

The King is dead. His young daughter, untested and alone, now wears the Steel Crown. And a vast hoard is steadily carving a bloody road south, hell-bent on razing Steelhaven to the ground.

If the Free States are to survive, her citizens will have to adapt. Mercenaries must learn loyalty, thieves will discover the meaning of sacrifice, and old enemies will have to stand shoulder to shoulder and face the terror that approaches...


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California by Edan Lepucki (July 8, 2014) (Little, Brown and Company)

POST-APOCALYPTIC APPEAL: California will appeal to readers of the bestselling novels The Age of Miracles, The Dog Stars, and The Road.

"Stunning and brilliant....A wholly original take on the post-apocalypse genre." ---Dan Chaon, author Await Your Reply

The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they've left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable despite the isolation and hardships they face. Consumed by fear of the future and mourning for a past they can't reclaim, they seek comfort and solace in one other. But the tentative existence they've built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she's pregnant.

Terrified of the unknown but unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realize this community poses its own dangers. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust.

A gripping and provocative debut novel by a stunning new talent, California imagines a frighteningly realistic near future, in which clashes between mankind's dark nature and irrepressible resilience force us to question how far we will go to protect the ones we love.


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Above by Isla Morley (Gallery Books) (March 4, 2014)

Above is described as a cross between Room and The Road, and follows the story of a 16-year-old girl who is trapped in an abandoned missile silo by a man who is convinced he is saving her from the end of the world.

In the bestselling vein of Room and The Lovely Bones, a stunning and harrowing novel about a Kansas teenager who is abducted and locked away in an abandoned missile silo by a survivalist who believes he is saving her from the impending destruction of the world.

Blythe focuses on finding a way to escape until she discovers that she also has to deal with crushing loneliness, the terrifying madness of her captor, and the persistent temptation to give up. Nothing, however, prepares her for the burden of having to raising a child in confinement.

Out of fear, she pushes aside the truth about a world her son may never see for a myth that just might give meaning to his life underground. But when fate intervenes, Blythe and her son manage to re-emerge, only to find themselves in a world even more terrifying than the one they left behind.

Riveting and unforgettable, Above is a beautifully written and compelling tale of survival, resilience, and hope.

Isla Morley grew up in South Africa during apartheid, the child of a British father and fourth-generation South African mother. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband (a minister) and daughter and an assortment of animals. Her debut novel, Come Sunday, was awarded the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction in 2009 and was a finalist for the Commonwealth Prize. It has been translated into seven languages.


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