New in Paperback, March 2016

Abercrombie, Joe : Half a War
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0804178464, $15, 384pp, trade paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Mar 2016
Shattered Sea #3

(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, July 2015)

Fantasy novel, third book in a trilogy after Half a King (2014) and Half the World (Feb. 2015), about a second son who becomes king following the deaths of his father and brother.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Andrews, Ilona : Magic Shifts
(Ace 978-0425270684, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, February 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Feb 2016
Kate Daniels #8

(First edition: Ace, August 2015)

Urban fantasy novel, eighth in the “Kate Daniels” series following Magic Bites, Magic Burns, Magic Strikes, Magic Bleeds (2010), Magic Slays (2011), Magic Rises (2012), and Magic Breaks (2014), about a female mercenary in a magical Atlanta.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Carolyn Cushman reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “This is definitely a middle book in the series, but it’s all quite chaotic and fun.”

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Christopher, Adam : The Machine Awakes
(Tor 978-0765376411, $15.99, 416pp, trade paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Mar 2016
Spider War #2

(First edition: Tor, April 2015)

SF novel, second book in a trilogy following The Burning Dark (March 2015), about a far future war against machine intelligences.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Drake, David, & John Lambshead : Into the Maelstrom
(Baen 978-1476781365, $7.99, 608pp, mass market paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Feb 2016
Citizen #2

(First edition: Baen, March 2015)

Military SF novel, second in a series following Into the Hinterlands (2011), about conflict between colonials and power-hungry Terrans.
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Higgins, Peter : Radiant State
(Orbit 978-0316219655, $15.99, 320pp, trade paperback, February 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Feb 2016
Wolfhound Century #3

(First edition: Orbit, May 2015)

Alternate history novel, third in a series following Wolfhound Century (2012) and Truth and Fear (2014), set in an alternate Stalinist Russia.
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Kadrey, Richard : Killing Pretty
(Harper Voyager Us 978-0062373250, $14.99, 416pp, trade paperback, February 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 16 Feb 2016
Sandman Slim #7

(First edition: Harper Voyager, July 2015)

Urban fantasy thriller, seventh in a series following Sandman Slim (2009), Kill the Dead (2010), Aloha from Hell (2011), Devil Said Bang (2012), Kill City Blues (2013), and The Getaway God (2014), about James Stark, hit man from Hell.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.

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Kowal, Mary Robinette : Of Noble Family
(Tor 978-0765378378, $18.99, 592pp, trade paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Mar 2016
Glamourist Histories #5

(First edition: Tor, April 2015)

Fantasy novel, fifth and final volume in a series following Shades of Milk and Honey (2010), Glamour in Glass (2012), Without a Summer (2013), and Valour and Vanity, set in a Regency England where the manipulation of glamour is considered essential for a lady of quality.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.

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Leigh, Stephen : The Crow of Connemara
(DAW 978-0756410773, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2016

(First edition: DAW, March 2015)

Contemporary fantasy novel about a Chicago musician researching traditional music on Ireland’s west coast.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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Liu, Ken : The Grace of Kings
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1481451864, $9.99, 656pp, mass market paperback, February 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Feb 2016
The Dandelion Dynasty #1

(First edition: Simon & Schuster/Saga Press, April 2015)

Epic fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first of a series, about rivals for the throne of an unpopular emperor.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a link to a Google preview.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: The Grace of Kings [is] one of the most important, surprising, and sheerly enjoyable fantasies this year.”
• The book is currently a finalist for this year’s Nebula Awards.

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Modesitt, L. E., Jr. : Madness in Solidar
(Tor 978-0765379863, $9.99, 608pp, mass market paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2016
The Imager Portfolio #9

(First edition: Tor, March 2015)

Fantasy novel, ninth volume in a series following Imager (March 2009), Imager’s Challenge (Oct. 2009), Imager’s Intrigue (2010), Scholar (2011), Princeps (2012), Imager’s Battalion (Jan. 2013), Antiagon Fire (2013), and Rex Regis (2014) — where some have the magical skill to visualize things and make them real.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Patterson, William H., Jr. : Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century, Volume 2: The Man Who Learned Better: 1948-1988
(Tor 978-0765319630, $21.99, 688pp, trade paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Mar 2016

(First edition: Tor, June 2014)

Second volume of the authorized biography of SF author Robert A. Heinlein, 1907-1988. The book includes over 150 pages of Notes, and an index.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed in two years ago in Locus Magazine: “It’s likely the most we will ever learn about Heinlein (and probably in finer detail than most readers would sit still for), and despite its adulatory tone it reveals a great deal more about Heinlein’s real attitudes than his own rather disappointingly bland Grumbles from the Grave.”

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Scull, Luke : Sword of the North
(Roc 978-0425264874, $7.99, 480pp, mass market paperback, March 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Mar 2016
Grim Company #2

(First edition: Roc, May 2015)

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Grim Company (2013), set in a land where the gods have been killed by magelords and their magical troops.
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* Testa, Dom : The Galahad Archives, Book One: Leaving Earth
(Tor Teen 978-0765383396, $12.99, 480pp, trade paperback, February 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Feb 2016
Galahad #1

Omnibus of young adult two novels, The Comet’s Curse (2009) and The Web of Titan (2010), the first two in a series of six, about a starship carrying 251 teenagers that escapes an Earth ravaged by a comet-bourne virus.
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