New Books, 5 January 2016

* Arthur, Keri : City of Light
(Signet 978-0451473509, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, January 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jan 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698185371
Outcast #1

Fantasy novel, first in a series, about postapocalyptic holes torn between our world and the next that allow entry of the Others–demons, wraiths, and death spirits.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Bara, Dave : Starbound
(DAW 978-0756409975, $24.95, 368pp, hardcover, January 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jan 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698161696
The Lightship Chronicles #2

Military SF novel, second in a series following Impulse (2015), about Peter Cochrane and the H.M.S. Starbound investigating of a mysterious space station.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly said of the first book, “This energetic mélange of tried-and-true elements—futuristic jargon, military and romantic tactics, and multiple levels of skullduggery—easily grabs the reader’s attention; more impressive is that Bara’s story holds that attention all the way to the end.”

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* Benson, Amber : The Last Dream Keeper
(Ace 978-0425268681, $15, 320pp, trade paperback, January 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jan 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101630525
Echo Park Coven #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following The Witches of Echo Park (2015), about a secret network of witches that keeps the world in order.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to a preview.
Publishers Weekly said of the first book, “This story of good witches versus cosmic evil makes up for its thin premise with vivid characters and tangled loyalties in a place where nothing comes easily.”

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* Dennard, Susan : Truthwitch
(Tor/Starscape 978-0765379283, $18.99, 416pp, hardcover, January 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jan 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466867321
Witchlands #1

Young adult novel, first of a series, about a a Truthwitch and a Threadwitch in a land facing war.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “While this is a dense read with a lot of moving parts, Dennard’s rich descriptions, insightful characterizations, and breathtaking action sequences will keep readers on their toes.”

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* DuBois, Brendan : Dark Victory
(Baen 978-1-4767-8092-4, $15, 304pp, trade paperback, January 2016, cover art David Seeley)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jan 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-476-5

Military SF novel, first in a series, about a group of teenagers a decade after alien Creepers have invaded the Earth.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “DuBois leans on a variety of military sources to examine how war against aliens might affect human technology and behavior. Though his cultural commentary is far from original (and his insistence on referring to guns by their full names is a chore to read), the contrast between DuBois’s world and our own is stark and well drawn.”

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* Flint, Eric, & Andrew Dennis : 1635: A Parcel of Rogues
(Baen 978-1-4767-8109-9, 400pp, hardcover, January 2016, cover art Thomas Kidd)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jan 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-475-8
The Ring of Fire #-

Alternate history novel in the “Ring of Fire” series that began with Flint’s 1632 (2000), concerning 17th century European history as affected by West Virginians from the 20th century.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “A final burst of action gives the book a strong finish, but little is resolved in this extended chapter of a very long story.”

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* Hendee, Barb, & J. C. Hendee : The Night Voice
(Roc 978-0-451-46932-8, $27, 432pp, hardcover, January 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jan 2016
Noble Dead #14

Fantasy novel, third and concluding volume in the current “Noble Dead” subseries and fourteenth in the series overall, following Dhampire, Thief of Lives, Sister of the Dead, Traitor to the Blood, and Rebel Fay, In Shade and Shadow, Child of a Dead God, Through Stone and Sea, Of Truth and Beasts, Between Their Worlds, The Dog in the Dark (2013), A Wind in the Night (2014), and First and Last Sorcerer (2015), about a half-vampire vampire-hunter and her half-elf partner.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The Hendees have created a complex, multi-strand plot ripe with conflicts, both internal and external. Though new readers may have trouble keeping track of everyone, longtime fans will enjoy seeing their heroes finally triumph.”

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+ Kristjansson, Snorri : Path of Gods
(Quercus/Jo Fletcher Us 978-1623656720, $24.99, 320pp, hardcover, January 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jan 2016
The Valhalla Saga #3

First US edition (UK: Quercus/Jo Fletcher, July 2015)

Viking fantasy novel, third in a series following Swords of Good Men (2013) and Blood Will Follow (2014).
• Quercus’ site has this description of the UK edition.

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* Llywelyn, Morgan : Only the Stones Survive
(Tor/Forge 978-0765337924, $25.99, 304pp, hardcover, January 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jan 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466836549

Historical fantasy novel about a peaceful island, inhabited by the Túatha Dé Danann, that is invaded by the Gaels.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Paul Di Filippo will review the book for Locus Online later this month.

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+ Mamatas, Nick : The Last Weekend
(Skyhorse/Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-842-2, $15.99, 252pp, trade paperback, January 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jan 2016

Fantasy/horror novel, subtitled “A Novel of Zombies, Booze, and Power Tools”, about a failed sci-fi writer reanimating corposes following the zombie apocalypse.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• The UK edition was published by PS Publishing in 2014.

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* McLean, Peter : Drake
(Angry Robot 978-0857665119, $7.99, 320pp, mass market paperback, January 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jan 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857665126
UK edition: 9780857665102 (Thu 7 Jan 2016)
The Burned Man #1

Urban fantasy novel, first in a series and the author’s first novel, about a hitman forced to deal with Lucifer.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description with blurbs and excerpts from reviews.

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* Morris, Keith Lee : Travelers Rest
(Little, Brown 978-0316335829, $27, 368pp, hardcover, January 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jan 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316335805
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478902782

Fantasy novel about a family trapped by a blizzard at a once-opulent Idaho hotel where the laws of the universe are bent.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Morris handles the spooky materials deftly, but his writing is what makes the story really scary: quiet and languorous, sweeping steadily and inexorably along like a curtain of drifting snow identified too late as an avalanche.”

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* O’Keefe, Megan : Steal the Sky
(Angry Robot 978-0857664907, $7.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, January 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jan 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857664914
UK edition: 9780857664891 (Thu 7 Jan 2016)
The Scorched Continent #1

Fantasy novel, first in a series and the author’s first novel, about two conmen planning to steal an airship from the oasis city of Aransa.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description with blurbs from Tim Powers and David Farland.

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* Older, Daniel José : Midnight Taxi Tango
(Roc 978-0-425-27599-3, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, January 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jan 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698166813
Bone Street Rumba #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following Half-Resurrection Blues (2015), about “inbetweeners”, those who have half-resurrected from lives they no longer remember.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Older brings an elemental street vibe to his urban magic, adding an earthiness and texture that really makes his work stand out. Readers looking for stories that deftly mix magic with contemporary Brooklyn culture will enjoy this series.”

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* Sinisalo, Johanna : The Core of the Sun
(Grove/Black Cat 978-0-8021-2464-7, $16, 304pp, trade paperback, January 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jan 2016

Dystopian SF novel about an extreme welfare state, a “eusistocracy”, which has bred a subspecies of submissive women called eloi.
• Grove Atlantic’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Sinisalo is at her best when describing the action; she makes you feel the heat of those chilies, but relies a bit too much on letters from Vanna to her sister for exposition. Still, this is an unusual and fun story with a strong dose of social commentary.”

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* Stone, Eric : Unforgettable
(Baen 978-1-4767-8108-2, $15, 256pp, trade paperback, January 2016, cover art Kurt Miller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jan 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-477-2

SF novel, the author’s first novel, in which a fluke of quantum mechanics renders a CIA agent forgettable by everyone who meets him.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Most of the book’s fun is in watching Nat figure out how to use his “talent”—how, for example, did he get the CIA to notice him in the first place? He’s an ingenious and sympathetic hero who earns readers’ goodwill and expectations for a strong ongoing series.”

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* Weis, Margaret, & Tracy Hickman : Doom of the Dragon
(Tor 978-0765319760, $29.99, 400pp, hardcover, January 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jan 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466881228
Dragonships of Vindras #4

Fantasy novel, fourth in a series following Bones of the Dragon (2009), Secret of the Dragon (2010), and Rage of the Dragon (2012), about seagoing tribes (inspired by Viking and Norse mythology) who fight side by side with dragons and gods.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Zahn, Timothy : Pawn’s Gambit: And Other Stratagems
(Open Road 978-1504016223, $15.99, 342pp, trade paperback, January 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Jan 2016

Collection of 15 stories from early in Zahn’s career, including the Hugo winning novella “Cascade Point”.
• Open Road’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Like many other hard SF writers, Zahn excels at old-school puzzle stories in which a technological tweak saves the day…”

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