Telepathic cats, vertical cities, supernatural powers, kingdoms and intrigue, and myth brought back to life – have a browse of our April science fiction and fantasy picks:
Catacombs : a tale of the Barque cats / Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough.
“From the team of McCaffrey (author of the Dragonriders of Pern series) and Nebula Award-winning author Scarborough comes the sequel to “Catalyst,” featuring telepathic cats which are invaluable to the spacefarers who own them.” (Syndetics summary)
The four fingers of death : a novel / Rick Moody.
“Montese Crandall, a down-on-his-luck writer with a wife who is gravely ill, pens a novelization of the 2025 remake of a 1963 horror movie, wherein an animated dismembered arm, missing its middle finger, is the only remnant that returns to Earth from a mission to Mars.” (Book cover)
City of dreams and nightmare / Ian Whates.
“The first in a series of novels set in the most extraordinary fantasy settings, the vertical city of Thaiburley. From its towering palatial heights to the dregs who dwell in The City Below, it’s an incredible creation. When Tom, a teenage street thief from the depths, ventures into the uppermost levels to impress a girl, the last thing he expects to do is witness a murder. Accused of the crime, he must use all of his knowledge of the ancient city to flee certain death.” (Book cover)
Shadowheart / Tad Williams.
“The conclusion of Williams’ four-volume saga opens with an array of creatures converging on Southmarch: the Funderlings from below, the Qar from in front, traitors to King Olin from within, and the autarch of Xis from overseas. Prince Barrick struggles to retain his sanity after accepting the powers of the Qar king; King Olin, a captive of the autarch, does his best to slay his captor before that mad monarch can carry out his plan to challenge the gods; and Princess Briony is still with Prince Eneas, who brought an allied army to Southmarch.” (adapted from Booklist)
The way of kings / by Brandon Sanderson.
“Centuries have passed since the Radiant Knights protected the world of Roshar from the evil of the Desolation. Their heroic deeds have long been overshadowed by stories of their betrayal, which in turn have faded into myth. The nation of Alethkar has been mired in a war to avenge the assassination of its king. The system of power used by the Radiant Knights is largely misunderstood and untapped, and yet an ancient evil stirs.” (adapted from Syndetics summary).