New Books : 27 June 2017

* Barnes, Steven : Twelve Days
(Tor 978-0-7653-7597-1, $26.99, 368pp, hardcover, June 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jun 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466849082

Paranormal thriller about the lives of one family during global terrorist attacks on world leaders and criminals.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Barnes’s characters are mostly well-written, and he knows his way around a fight scene…”

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* Belcher, R. S. : The Queen of Swords
(Tor 978-0-7653-9009-7, $25.99, 368pp, hardcover, June 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jun 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765390110
Golgotha #3

Historical fantasy novel, third in a series following The Six-Gun Tarot (2013) and The Shotgun Arcana (2014), set in a Nevada town in 1870.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “Belcher’s enjoyable third historical fantasy employs considerable imagination to drop readers into a fully formed world of magic and mysticism, drawing on ancient cultures and rituals while serving up exciting action sequences.”

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* Dunne, Rachel : The Bones of the Earth
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-242816-5, $15.99, 480pp, trade paperback, June 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jun 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062428172
Bound Gods #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following In the Shadow of the Gods (2016), about mortals battling to save their world from two banished gods.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “This installment suffers from the predictable sluggishness of a middle section’s task of pulling bits and pieces closer, but not together; the characterization is still solid, as is the dialogue…”

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* Gabaldon, Diana : Seven Stones to Stand or Fall
(Delacorte Press 978-0399593420, $30, 544pp, hardcover, June 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jun 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780399593444

Collection of seven stories subtitled “A Collection of Outlander Fiction.” Five stories were first published in anthologies from 2010 to 2013; two stories are original to this book.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Gregory, Daryl : Spoonbenders
(Knopf 978-1-5247-3182-3, $27.95, 399pp, hardcover, June 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jun 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781524731830
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781524734800

Fantasy novel about a con man, a genuine psychic, and their three children, who together become the Amazing Telemachus Family.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a reading guide.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Gregory seamlessly switches between different points of view, creating vivid voices for each Telemachus family member.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the June issue of Locus Magazine: “The fantasy elements, carefully modulated but more restrained than in Gregory’s earlier fiction, never really pretend to be much more than story devices, making Spoonbenders about the best novel about psychic hogwash I’ve seen – because Gregory knows what psychic hogwash is really good for in fiction.”

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* Hough, Jason M. : Escape Velocity
(Del Rey 978-0553391343, $9.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, June 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jun 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780553391336
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781524780661
Dire Earth #5

SF novel, second book of a duology following Injection Burn (May 2017) that is itself a sequel to the earlier trilogy The Darwin Elevator, The Exodus Towers, and The Plague Forge (all 2013), about two human expeditions to rescue captive aliens.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview.
• Paul Di Filippo reviewed Hough’s first two novels in 2013: “Hough stuffs his tale with a goodly number of classic SF elements that all work together in agreeable synergy.”

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* Irvine, Ian : The Fatal Gate
(Orbit 978-0316386906, $16.99, 608pp, trade paperback, June 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jun 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316386913
The Gates of Good and Evil #2

Epic fantasy novel, second in a series following The Summon Stone (2016), set in the world of earlier series View from the Mirror.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• Orbit’s site has this excerpt.

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* Lore, Pittacus : Generation One
(HarperCollins 978-0062493743, $18.99, 416pp, hardcover, June 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jun 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062493729
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062683380
Lorien Legacies Reborn #1

Young adult SF novel, first in a new series following the earlier “Lorien Legacies” that concluded with United as One (2016), in which teenagers who survived the attempted alien invasion develop powers from the Loric energy left behind.
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* Oden, Scott : A Gathering of Ravens
(St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne 978-0-312-37294-1, $27.99, 336pp, hardcover, June 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Jun 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250022882

Historical fantasy novel about Grimnir, the last of a line of monsters that plagued humanity, re-emerging into the world to find the Old Ways are giving way to Christianity.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The fresh viewpoint is steeped in an appreciation for the terrifying and powerful characters of high fantasy, and Oden does them justice. He provides a satisfying saga that’s as complex as an old tree’s roots, and a pleasure to read.”

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* Ryan, Anthony : The Legion of Flame
(Ace 978-1101987896, $28, 576pp, hardcover, June 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jun 2017
The Draconis Memoria #1

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Waking Fire (2106), about a trading syndicate that deals in the blood of drakes, a species now weakening.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly said of the first book, “Ryan handily juggles draconic fantasy, espionage, and steampunk naval fiction with realism and effortless skill.”

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* Tanaka, Yoshiki : Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Volume 4: Stratagem
(Viz/Haikasoru 978-1421584973, $15.99, 272pp, trade paperback, June 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Jun 2017

Military SF novel, fourth in a series published in the 1980s and the basis of numerous manga and anime works. The new edition here is translated by Daniel Huddleston.
• Wikipedia has this entry about the seires.
• Haikasoru’s site has this description of the book with an excerpt.

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+ Tidbeck, Karin : Amatka
(Vintage 978-1-101-97395-0, $15.95, 224pp, trade paperback, June 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jun 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101973967
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781524782368

Dystopian SF novel, the first novel by the author whose collection Jagannath: Stories won the Crawford Award, about an information assistant who discovers strange situations in the remote colony of Amatka.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Tidbeck introduces the mysteries and mechanics of her world slowly while leaving the origins of these pioneers opaque. Her ending takes a turn into much weirder territory, but her tense plotting, as well as the questions she raises about language, control, and human limits make this a very welcome speculative fiction novel.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the June issue of Locus Magazine: “At its most ambitious, it’s a provocative meditation on language and reality, but it also offers tantalizing hints of a post-apocalyptic dystopia, a portal fantasy, a conspiracy mystery, a dream vision, and even an SF colonization tale.”

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* West, Angus : You Die When You Die
(Orbit 978-0316317382, $15.99, 512pp, trade paperback, June 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Jun 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316317375
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478941576
West of West #1

Epic fantasy about a group of refugees fighting battles as they cross a continent to fulfill a prophecy.
• Hachette’s site has this description.

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* Williams, Tad : The Witchwood Crown
(DAW 978-0-7564-1060-5, $30, 736pp, hardcover, June 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jun 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698191488
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781524735548
The Last King of Osten Ard #1

Fantasy novel, first in a new trilogy in the universe of earlier series Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, in which the elven Norns threaten to reclaim lands that were once theirs.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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