New in Paperback, January – February

Abercrombie, Joe : Half a King
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0804178419, $15, 368pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Jan 2015
Shattered Sea #1

(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, July 2014)

Fantasy novel, first book in a trilogy, about a second son who becomes king following the deaths of his father and brother.
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “In a way, there is nothing much new in Half a King for anyone familiar with the long tradition of redress adventures, but that’s not really the point. Abercrombie is not out so much to revise the tradition, or to wallow in his world-building, as to celebrate a particular kind of storytelling…”
• The second book in the trilogy, Half the World, just appeared in hardcover.

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Bear, Elizabeth : Shattered Pillars
(Tor 978-0765379641, $15.99, 336pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jan 2015
Eternal Sky #2

(First edition: Tor, March 2013)

Fantasy novel, second of a trilogy following Range of Ghosts (2012), set on a world resembling central Asia where various kingdoms engage in civil war.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The third book in the trilogy, Steles of the Sky, appeared last April and is due in paperback July 2015.

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Bishop, Anne : Murder of Crows
(Roc 978-0451466167, $7.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
The Others #2

(First edition: Roc, March 2014)

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Written in Red (2013), about unearthly entities who rule the Earth and prey off humans.
• Penguin’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The third book in the series, Vision in Silver, is due in March.

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Brennan, Marie : The Tropic of Serpents
(Tor 978-0765375087, $15.99, 352pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Feb 2015
Natural History of Dragons #2

(First edition: Tor, March 2014)

Fantasy novel, second in a series after A Natural History of Dragons (2013), about a dragon naturalist.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The third book in the series, Voyage of the Basilisk, is due in March.

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Briggs, Patricia : Night Broken
(Ace 978-0425256275, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jan 2015
Mercy Thompson #8

(First edition: Ace, March 2014)

Fantasy novel, eighth in a series about Mercy Thompson, a coyote shapeshifter who’s also a car mechanic, following Moon Called (2006), Blood Bound (2007), Iron Kissed (2008), Bone Crossed (2009), Silver Borne (2010), River Marked (2011), and Frost Burned (2013).
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Cambias, James L. : A Darkling Sea
(Tor 978-0765336286, $15.99, 352pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015

SF novel, the author’s first novel, about scientists investigating a blind alien race that lives in the ice-covered sea of the planet Ilmatar.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: “Cambias writes with a light touch and occasional flashes of humor, and the science supporting his novel is sound and unobtrusive. This is an impressive debut by a gifted writer.”

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Drake, David : The Sea Without a Shore
(Baen 978-1476780412, $7.99, 512pp, mass market paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jan 2015
RCN #10

(First edition: Baen, May 2014)

Military SF novel, tenth in the “RCN” series following With the Lightnings, Lt. Leary, Commanding, The Far Side of the Stars, The Way to Glory, Some Golden Harbor, and When the Tide Rises, In the Stormy Red Sky (2009), What Distant Deeps (2010), The Road of Danger (2013).
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Elliott, Will : The Pilgrims
(Tor 978-0765381064, $15.99, 464pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Feb 2015
Pendulum Trilogy #1

Alternate world fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, about a London journalist and a homeless drunk to discover a magical door to the land of Levaal.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Faren Miller reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “Despite that premise, the maps, and a Dramatis Personae where humans coexist with gods and monsters, this first volume of the Pendulum trilogy shows its rebellious streak as early as page one.”
• The second volume, Shadow, just appeared from Tor in hardcover.

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Forstchen, William R. : Pillar to the Sky
(Tor 978-0765334398, $15.99, 400pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jan 2015

(First edition: Tor, February 2014)

Near-future SF novel about the construction of a space elevator.
• This is the first novel in a partnership between Tor/Forge and NASA, NASA Inspired Workd of Fiction, to promote science and technology.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Herbert, Brian, & Kevin J. Anderson : Mentats of Dune
(Tor 978-0765362636, $9.99, 672pp, mass market paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Dune #12

(First edition: Tor, March 2014)

SF novel, the twelfth collaboration by Brian Herbert, son of original Dune author Frank Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson.
• This book is second in a new trilogy following Sisterhood of Dune (2012).
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Koontz, Dean : The City
(Bantam 978-0345545954, $9.99, 544pp, mass market paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Feb 2015

(First edition: Bantam, July 2014)

Historical novel novel with metaphysical elements about a musical prodigy’s life and experiences in 1960s New York City.
• Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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Kratman, Tom : Come and Take Them
(Baen 978-1476780429, $7.99, 816pp, mass market paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jan 2015
Carrera #5

(First edition: Baen, November 2013)

Military SF novel, fifth in a series following A Desert Called Peace (2007), Carnifex (2007), The Lotus Eaters (2010), and The Amazon Legion (2011), about military leader Carrera and his battles against Islamic terrorists and other threats on the world of Terra Nova.
• Baen’s site has this description and links to excerpts.

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Lain, Douglas : Billy Moon
(Tor 978-0765376848, $15.99, 272pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Feb 2015

(First edition: Tor, August 2013)

Fantasy novel about a real-life Christopher Robin. It’s the author’s first novel.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes that “The narrative is laced with humor. … But the overwhelming poignancy, as Christopher prays to be allowed to ‘finally be an adult,’ is what gives this book its power.”
• Faren Miller reviewed it in the July issue of Locus Magazine: Billy Moon brings its two plot threads, neither one quite mainstream, together in a mix-up of fact and fancy, grand hopes and desperate fears, that might become powerful enough to tweak the nature of reality itself.”

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Moon, Elizabeth : Crown of Renewal
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0345533111, $8.99, 512pp, mass market paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Feb 2015
Paladin’s Legacy #5

(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, May 2014)

Fantasy novel, concluding book in the author’s “Legend of Paksenarrion” series and fifth in the “Paladin’s Legacy” series following Oath of Fealty (2010) Kings of the North (2011), Echoes of Betrayal (2012), and Limits of Power (2013).
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Moore, Christopher : The Serpent of Venice
(HarperCollins/Morrow 978-0061779770, $15.99, 352pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 Feb 2015

(First edition: HarperCollins/Morrow, April 2014)

Historical fantasy novel, sequel to Fool (2009), that combines elements of Shakespeare’s “Othello” and “The Merchant of Venice” with Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”.
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Rawn, Melanie : Thornlost
(Tor 978-0765367204, $8.99, 528pp, mass market paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Glass Thorns #3

(First edition: Tor, April 2014)

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Touchstone (2012) and Elsewhens (2013), about a magical theater group run by the son of aristocrats determined to reach high society with his talents.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The next book in the series, Window Wall, is due in hardcover in April.

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Sagara, Michelle : Touch
(Daw 978-0756408442, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Queen of the Dead #2

(First edition: DAW, January 2014)

Young adult urban fantasy novel, second of a series following Silence (2011), about a girl who, following the death of her boyfriend, discovers she can contact the dead.
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Schwab, V. E. : Vicious
(Tor 978-0765335357, $15.99, 384pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Jan 2015

(First edition: Tor, September 2013)

Fantasy novel about two roommates who experiment with superpowers in college, and later in life become nemeses.
• It’s the author’s first adult book after two YA novels.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt and video trailer.

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Walton, Jo : What Makes This Book So Great
(Tor 978-0765331946, $15.99, 448pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 24 Feb 2015

(First edition: Tor, January 2014)

Nonfiction collection of reviews, from those posted on Tor.com since 2008, of classic SF and fantasy books.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews, including the lengthy table of contents.
• The book is included on the 2014 Locus Recommended Reading List.

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Weber, David, & Eric Flint : Cauldron of Ghosts
(Baen 978-1476780382, $15, 592pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Feb 2015
Crown of Slaves #3

(First edition: Baen, April 2014)

SF novel, third in a series set in Weber’s “Honorverse” following Crown of Slaves (2003) and Torch of Freedom (2009), set on the liberated slave planet of Torch.
• Baen’s site has this description, with links to several chapters.

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Wheeler, Ramona : Three Princes
(Tor 978-0765335982, $15.99, 352pp, trade paperback, January 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Jan 2015

(First edition: Tor, February 2014)

Alternate history novel in which the Egyptian Empire survives into the 19th century of Our Lord Julius Caesar.
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Williams, Mazarkis : The Tower Broken
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1597805469, $15.99, 330pp, trade paperback, February 2015)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Feb 2015
Tower and Knife Trilogy #3

(First edition: UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher, November 2013)

Fantasy novel, conclusion of a trilogy following The Emperor’s Knife (2011) and Knife-Sworn (2012), set in an empire plagued by a ‘Pattern’, concerning palace schemes to take control once the Pattern affects the Emperor.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
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