New Books : 2 May 2017

+ Bennett, Robert Jackson : City of Miracles
(Penguin Random House/Broadway 978-0-553-41973-3, $16, 464pp, trade paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780553419740
The Divine Cities #3

Fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following City of Stairs (2014) and City of Blades (2016), about a city whose gods are dead.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Bennett concludes his Divine Cities trilogy with a stunning and heartbreaking tale of sacrifice amid magic and spycraft.”
• Faren Miller reviews the book in the May issue of Locus Magazine: “All of this combines to make City of Miracles a thoroughly satisfying conclusion to a memorable trilogy.”

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* Bennis, Robyn : The Guns Above
(Tor 978-0-7653-8876-6, $25.99, 352pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765388773
Signal Airship #1

Military fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first in a series, about the nation’s first female airship captain.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Bennis writes a pleasing mix of banter … and gritty battle scenes, combining both the adrenaline rush of combat and its horrifying results, and never indulging in too-sudden social victories that might cheapen the long struggle against embedded prejudice.”

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* Carey, M. R. : The Boy on the Bridge
(Orbit 978-0-316-30033-9, $26, 400pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316300315
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478915515

Fantasy novel, set in the same post-apocalyptic world as The Girl With All the Gifts (2014), about in insect parasite that turns people into zombies.
• Hachette’s site has this brief description.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “Plausible science and solid prose and characterization elevate this dystopian thriller above similar works.”

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* Danker, Sean : Free Space
(Ace 978-0-451-47580-0, $16, 320pp, trade paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698197268
Admiral #2

Military SF novel, second in a series following Admiral (2016), about the aftermath of an intergalactic war.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview.

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* Douglas, Ian : Dark Mind
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-236898-0, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Apr 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062368997
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062474568
Star Carrier #7

Military SF novel, seventh in the “Star Carrier” series following Earth Strike (2010), Center of Gravity (2011), Singularity (2012), Deep Space (2013), Dark Matter (2014), and Deep Time (2015), about an intergalactic battle between humanity and an evil empire.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.

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* Flint, Eric, & Mike Resnick : The Gods of Sagittarius
(Baen 978-1-4767-8212-6, $25, 336pp, hardcover, May 2017, cover art Stephan Martiniere)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-579-3

SF novel about the search for a race of ancient aliens called the Old Ones.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Paul Di Filippo will have a review for Locus Online later this month.

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* Gaiman, Neil, & Divya Srinivasan : Cinnamon
(HarperCollins 978-0-06-239961-8, $17.99, 40pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062399632
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780061987342

Children’s picture book, with art by Divya Srinivasan, about a talking tiger in mythic India.
• HarperCollin’s site has this description with a sample.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This isn’t a comforting tale, but its effect is real: Gaiman puts a claw right into the reader’s hand.”

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* Hoyt, Sarah A. : Darkship Revenge
(Baen 978-1-4767-8192-1, $16, 320pp, trade paperback, May 2017, cover art Steve Hickman)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-578-6
Darkship #5

Space opera romance novel, fifth in a series following Darkship Thieves (2010), Darkship Renegades (2102), A Few Good Men (2013), and Through Fire (2016).
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapter excerpts.

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* Hunter, Faith : Cold Reign
(Ace 978-1101991404, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101991411
Jane Yellowrock #11

Urban fantasy novel, eleventh in the series following Skinwalker (2009), Blood Cross (2010), Mercy Blade (2011), Raven Cursed (Jan. 2012), Death’s Rival (2012), Blood Trade (2013), Black Arts (Jan. 2014), Broken Soul (Oct. 2014), Dark Heir (2015), and Shadow Rites (2016) about a shapeshifting vampire-hunter of Cherokee descent.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview.

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* Koch, Gini : Alien Education
(DAW 978-0756411459, $7.99, 544pp, mass market paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780756411466
Alien #15

SF novel, fifteenth a series following Touched by an Alien (April 2010), Alien Tango (Dec 2010), Alien in the Family (April 2011), Alien Proliferation (2011), Alien Diplomacy (Apr 2012), Alien vs. Alien (Nov. 2012), Alien in the House (May 2013), Alien Research (Dec. 2013), Alien Collective (May 2014), Universal Alien (Dec. 2014), Alien Separation (May 2015), Alien in Chief (Dec 2015), Camp Alien (May 2016), and Alien Nation (Dec. 2016), about alien invaders from Alpha Centauri turning humans into monsters.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Kushner, Ellen, ed. : Tremontaine
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1481485593, $34.99, 688pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 May 2017

Fantasy novel, a prequel to Kushner’s Riverside series, written by Kushner along with Alaya Dawn Johnson, Malinda Lo, Joel Derfner, Patty Bryant, Racheline Maltese, and Paul Witcover, and originall serialized online in 2015 and 2016.
• The series site is https://www.serialbox.com/serials/tremontaine.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a Google preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The end product is (as intended) more comparable to a TV season than an exquisite corpse, and though the seams do occasionally distract, the overall tale is excellent.”

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* Lee, Sharon, & Steve Miller : The Gathering Edge
(Baen 978-1-4767-8218-8, $25, 368pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-577-9
Liaden #20

SF novel in the authors’ long-running Liaden Universe series, following Dragon in Exile (2015) and Alliance of Equals (2016), in which Theo Waitley and her ship encounter other ships leaking through from another universe.
• Baen’s site has a description with links to several chapters.
Publishers Weekly said of the previous book, …this space opera continues to delight with genteel interactions between mild-spoken characters who are capable of great passions and swift actions, and its immense scope encompasses a well-realized and comfortable universe.

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* Maas, Sarah J. : A Court of Wings and Ruin
(Bloomsbury 978-1619634480, $18.99, 720pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781619634497
Court of Thorns and Roses #3

Young adult fantasy novel, third book in a series following A Court of Thorns and Roses (2015) and A Court of Mist and Fury (2106), about a 19-year-old huntress, Feyre, who is abducted to the world of immortal faeries.
• Bloomsbury’s site has this description.

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* McLean, Peter : Damnation
(Angry Robot 978-0857666642, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857666659
UK edition: 9780857666635 (Thu 4 May 2017)
The Burned Man #3

Urban fantasy novel, third in a series following Drake (Jan. 2016) and Dominion (Nov. 2016), 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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* Meadows, Foz : A Tyranny of Queens
(Angry Robot 978-0857665881, $7.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857665898
UK edition: 9780857665874 (Thu 4 May 2017)
Manifold Worlds #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following An Accident of Stars (2016), about a woman who falls through a hole in reality and lands in a magical realm on the brink of civil war.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gave the previous book a starred review: “Meadows’s gloriously dramatic and intricately detailed first novel for adults features a trio of young women in a fascinating fantasy setting.”

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* Ochse, Weston : Grunt Hero
(Solaris 978-1781085158, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Apr 2017
UK edition: 978-1781085141 (Thu 4 May 2017)
Task Force Ombra #3

Military SF novel, third in a series following Grunt Life (2014) and Grunt Traitor (2015), about a military man fighting an alien invasion of Earth.
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* Patel, Carrie : The Song of the Dead
(Angry Robot 978-0857666086, $7.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857666109
UK edition: 9780857666093 (Thu 4 May 2017)
Recoletta #3

SF novel, third in a series following The Buried Life and Cities and Thrones (both 2015), about high-profile murders in a future underground city.
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* Rhodes, Jenna : The Queen of Storm and Shadow
(DAW 978-0756408855, $16, 480pp, trade paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698176133
Elven Ways #4

Fantasy novel, fourth and final volume of the “Elven Ways” series following The Four Forges (2006), The Dark Ferryman (2008), and King of Assassins (2014) about a race of elves transported to a new world. In this book the Vaelinar race is threatened by civil war.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview.

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* Wells, Martha : All Systems Red
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9753-9, $14.99, 160pp, trade paperback, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 May 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765397522
The Murderbot Diaries #1

SF novel, first in a series, about an exploratory robot that becomes self-aware.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Nebula finalist Wells gives depth to a rousing but basically familiar action plot by turning it into the vehicle by which SecUnit engages with its own rigorously denied humanity.”

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* Zahn, Timothy : Pawn
(Tor 978-0-7653-2966-0, $25.99, 368pp, hardcover, May 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 May 2017
Sibyl’s War #1

SF novel, first in a series, about a young woman abducted by aliens to work among human repair crews aboard an alien starship.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The book stumbles briefly on moments of inexplicable sexism but is otherwise a solid, fun, zippy read that delivers all the expected twists. This promises to be a rollicking series.”

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