New Books : 29 August 2017

* Bennett, James : Raising Fire
(Orbit 978-0-316-39073-6, $15.99, 432pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316390729
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478971498
Ben Garston #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Chasing Embers (2016), about an ordinary man who is really a figure out of myth and legends.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Readers will be swept along by the vivid writing and frequent explosions of extreme violence. This is smart action storytelling, and Bennett is assembling the materials for a terrific conclusion.”

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* Craddock, Curtis : An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors
(Tor 978-0-7653-8959-6, $25.99, 416pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Sun 20 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765389619
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427291363
The Risen Kingdoms #1

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first in a series, about a princess about to be married to a prince whose last two fiancees were murdered.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Craddock can write, and his worldbuilding shines; he’s so effective at reconstituting historical misogyny that by the time the narrative tide shifts—slowly, and not far—most female readers will likely have fled.”

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* DeMeester, Kristi : Everything That’s Underneath
(Apex Publications 978-1-937009-57-1, $14.95, 222pp, trade paperback, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Aug 2017

Collection of 18 horror stories.
• Apex’s site has this description with blurbs from Paul Tremblay and others.
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Publishers Weekly review concludes, “DeMeester’s tales are relatively short on plot, but their bizarre situations and imaginatively rendered scenes of transformation will resonate with fans of horror and the macabre.”

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* Hollins, Jon : The Dragon Lords: False Idols
(Orbit 978-0-316-30828-1, $15.99, 640pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316308274
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478917823
The Dragon Lords #2

Humorous fantasy novel, second in a series following Fool’s Gold (2016), about living in a world ruled by dragons.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Fans of humorous fantasy will enjoy the outrageous yet cunning plot twists of this comedy with an edge sharp enough to cut dragon scales.”

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* Khaw, Cassandra : A Song for Quiet
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-9740-9, $11.99, 112pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765397393
Persons Non Grata #2

Horror novella set in the same world as Hammers on Bone (2016), about a troubled musician on his way to Arkham, Massachusetts.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Khaw continues to demonstrate her mastery of seductive short-form horror, juxtaposing the disgusting and relentlessly terrifying with moments of exquisite beauty in ways that make it impossible to look away.”

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* Rawn, Melanie : Playing to the Gods
(Tor 978-0765377364, $29.99, 448pp, hardcover, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466855175
Glass Thorns #5

Fantasy novel, fifth and final book in the series following Touchstone (2012), Elsewhens (2013), Thornlost (2014), and Window Wall (2015), about a magical theater group run by the son of aristocrats.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Roberts, Adam : The Real-Town Murders
(UK: Orion/Gollancz 978-1473221451, £16.99, 240pp, hardcover, September 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 24 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781473221475
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781409177401

Near-future SF novel about a locked-room murder mystery in an England obsessed with Shine, an immersive successor to the internet.
• Orion’s site has this description
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Amazon.com lists this edition as available in the US April 17, 2018.
Starbust has this review by Ian White that gives it 10 out of 10 stars.

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* Schumacher, Tony : An Army of One
(William Morrow 978-0-06-249987-5, $27.99, 400pp, hardcover, August 2017)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Aug 2017
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062499905
John Rossett #3

Alternate history novel, third in a series following The Darkest Hour (2015) and The British Lion (2016) (both Sidewise Award nominees), set in World War II London.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Schumacher enhances the captivating plot with the impressive feat of making his lead, whose collaboration with the Germans included fighting the British resistance to the occupation, somehow sympathetic.”

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