New in Paperback: July 2017

Arden, Katherine : The Bear and the Nightingale
(Del Rey 978-1101885956, $16, 368pp, trade paperback, June 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jun 2017

(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, January 2017)

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a Russian girl whose stepmother forbids her from honoring her childhood spirits.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: “Arden’s debut is an earthy, beautifully written love letter to Russian folklore, with an irresistible heroine who wants only to be free of the bonds placed on her gender and claim her own fate in 14th-century Russia.”

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Ashby, Madeline : Company Town
(Tor 978-0765382917, $14.99, 288pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Jul 2017

(First edition: Tor, May 2016)

SF novel set on a city-sized oil rig off the Canadian coast, about a series of murders that seem to implicate the only non-bio-engineered person on the rig.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed last year in Locus Magazine: “As a brutal murder mystery in a very detailed and convincing SF setting, Company Town never falters in its pacing, and introduces its more SFnal complications with considerable skill.”
• The novel placed 5th in this year’s Locus Poll for SF Novel.

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Black, Levi : Red Right Hand
(Tor 978-0765382498, $14.99, 304pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Jul 2017
The Mythos War #1

(First edition: Tor, July 2016)

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a woman recruited by an Elder God at war with his fellows in a fight for humanity.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes that Black is a pseudonym for James R. Tuck, and that the book is set in the Cthulhu mythos.

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Chu, Wesley : Time Siege
(Tor 978-0765377555, $15.99, 432pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 25 Jul 2017
Time Salvager #2

(First edition: Tor, July 2016)

SF novel, sequel to Time Salvager (2015), about a time traveler from the future trying to save his ravaged Earth.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: “The story’s intricate plotting, breathtaking battles, and hefty doses of cruelty, betrayal, sacrifice, courage, and hope culminate in a cliff-hanger that will leave readers longing for the next installment.”

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Forstchen, William R. : One Year After
(Tor/Forge 978-0765376725, $15.99, 304pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Jul 2017
One Second After #2

(First edition: Forge, September 2015)

SF thriller, sequel to One Second After (2009), about the effects on the US of EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) weapons.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Haydon, Elizabeth : The Weaver’s Lament
(Tor 978-0765360328, $8.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, June 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jun 2017
Symphony of Ages #9

(First edition: Tor, June 2016)

Fantasy novel, ninth volume in a series following The Merchant Emperor (2014), and The Hollow Queen (2015).
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Hieber, Leanna Renee : Eterna and Omega
(Tor 978-0765370747, $8.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, June 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Jun 2017
The Eterna Files #2

(First edition: Tor, August 2016)

“Gaslamp” fantasy novel, second in a series following The Eterna Files (2015), about competition for a compound that grants immortality.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Howard, Kat : Roses and Rot
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1481451178, $16.99, 336pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Jul 2017

(First edition: Simon & Schuster/Saga Press, May 2016)

Young adult fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about two sisters who escape their cruel stepmother to attend a prestigious school where certain sacrifices need to be made.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: “Howard weaves a dark and enticing tale of sisterly bonds, fairy promises, and the price of artistic success in this lushly written debut fantasy set in the present-day U.S.”

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Liu, Ken : The Wall of Storms
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1481424318, $17.99, 880pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Jul 2017
The Dandelion Dynasty #2

(First edition: Simon & Schuster/Saga Press, October 2016)

Epic fantasy novel, second in a series following The Grace of Kings (2015), inspired by legends of China’s Han Dynasty.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a link to a Google preview.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review: “Liu’s characters are a delight, the worldbuilding is unusual and impeccable, and the writing is smooth and luminous. This tale of divided loyalties, deadly ambition, and ‘silkpunk’ technology delivers enough excitement and sense of wonder to enchant any fan of epic fantasy.”
• The book placed 3rd in this year’s Locus Poll for Fantasy Novel.

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Palmatier, Joshua : Threading the Needle
(DAW 978-0756412470, $7.99, 496pp, mass market paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 4 Jul 2017
Ley #2

(First edition: DAW, July 2016)

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Shattering the Ley (2014), about the magical city of Erenthrall, hub of a ley line system that links it to the rest of the world.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with a preview.

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Priest, Christopher : The Gradual
(Titan Us 978-1785653056, $14.95, 400pp, trade paperback, July 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Jul 2017

(First edition: UK: Orion/Gollancz, September 2016)

SF novel about a composer in a fascist state searching for his brother, who has been sent to war. The setting is that of the author’s several Dream Archipelago books.
• Titan’s site has this description.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “In effect, what Priest has done – and he did much the same thing in The Islanders – is to literalize not just a metaphor (as we keep hearing about in SF), but to literalize an entire narrative technique involving the management of time. … Priest literally puts his narrator through such time shifts, and the effect is both dizzying and firmly grounded, even as it leads toward a conclusion which is, if a bit more conventional than we’ve come to expect from Priest, thoroughly satisfying.”

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