New Books : 15 August 2017

* Brennan, Sara Rees : In Other Lands
(Big Mouth House 978-1-6187-312-03, $19.95, 437pp, hardcover, August 2017, cover illustration Carolyn Nowak)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781618731357

Young adult fantasy novel about a nerdy English schoolboy who discovers a magical world called the Borderlands.
• Small Beer Press’ site has this description with an excerpt and quotes from reviews.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Smart explorations of gender stereotypes, fluid sexuality, and awkward romance only add to the depth and delight of this glittering contemporary fantasy.”
• Colleen Mondor reviews it in the August issue of Locus Magazine: “I have rewritten the first paragraph of this review a half-dozen times, trying to find some way to make clear that Sarah Rees Brennan has created a nearly perfect YA fantasy without gushing. I can’t do it. In Other Lands is brilliantly subversive, assuredly smart, and often laugh-out-loud funny.”

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* Cato, Beth : Call of Fire
(Harper Voyager US 978-0-06-242211-8, $14.99, 416pp, trade paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062422125
Blood of Earth #2

Fantasy novel, sequel to Breath of Earth (2016), about a young geomancer in an alternate 1906 in which the US and Japan have formed a confederation.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Cato brings increased nuance and skilled characterization to her second Breath of Earth historical fantasy…”

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* Guran, Paula, ed. : Ex Libris: Stories of Librarians, Libraries, and Lore
(Prime Books 978-1-60701-489-8, $15.95, 384pp, trade paperback, August 2017, cover art Julie Dillon)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Aug 2017

Anthology of 23 stories about libraries. Authors include Kelly Link, Robert Reed, Gregory Benford, Ken Liu, Kage Baker, Ray Bradbury, and Amal El-Mohtar.
• Prime Books’ site has this description with the table of contents.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This solid collection has something for everyone and includes a comprehensive introduction by Guran.”

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* Jemisin, N. K. : The Stone Sky
(Orbit 978-0-316-22924-1, $16.99, 464pp, trade paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316229258
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478916291
UK edition: 978-0356508689 (Tue 15 Aug 2017)
The Broken Earth #3

Fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following Hugo Award winners The Fifth Season (2015) and The Obelisk Gate (2016), set on a world whose sole continent is split by a great red rift.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Vivid characters, a tautly constructed plot, and outstanding worldbuilding meld into an impressive and timely story of abused, grieving survivors fighting to fix themselves and save the remnants of their shattered home.”

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* Killjoy, Margaret : The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9736-2, $14.99, 128pp, trade paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765397355
Danielle Cain #1

Punk fantasy novella, first in a series, about utopian anarchists battling demon deer.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with blurbs from Alan Moore, Lewis Shiner, Eileen Gunn, and others.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Killjoy packs this novella full of suspense, intrigue, and a surprising amount of heart.”

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* Milán, Victor : The Dinosaur Princess
(Tor 978-0-7653-3298-1, $26.99, 464pp, hardcover, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429966160
The Dinosaur Lords #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following The Dinosaur Lords (June 2016) and The Dinosaur Knights (July 2016), about a world that mirrors 14th century Europe in which knights battle on dinosaurs rather than horses.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This continues to be an excellent series that combines combat, magic, skullduggery, and pageantry with memorable characters.”

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+ Spark, Anna Smith : The Court of Broken Knives
(Orbit US 978-0316511421, $15.99, 512pp, trade paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316511438
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478995593
Empires of Dust #1

First US edition (UK: Harper Voyager, June 2017)

Grimdark fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first in a series, about an unconquered city in the world’s richest empire.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “There are enough schemes set in motion here for five novels, and a wealth of intriguing characters. Spark’s gripping debut is definitely one to read and prize.”

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* Stokes, Paula : Ferocious
(Tor Teen 978-0765380968, $18.99, 352pp, hardcover, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 15 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466876217
Vicarious #2

Young adult SF novel, sequel to Vicarious (2016), about a young Korean woman who travels back to Seoul to seek revenge against those who killed her sister.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Wilson, Daniel H. : The Clockwork Dynasty
(Doubleday 978-0385541787, $26.95, 320pp, hardcover, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780385541794
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781524781439

SF thriller about an anthropologist who discovers evidence of race of machines that have hidden among humans for centuries.
• Penguin Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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