New Science Fiction and Fantasy novels for March
From a post apocalyptic world to parallel universes, colonial planets to imaginary kingdoms, this selection of new Science Fiction and Fantasy novels will take you beyond your wildest imaginings.
Pure / Julianna Baggott.
“Like most survivors of the Detonations, teen Pressia is disfigured, a doll’s head fused into the place where her hand should be. She’s better off than people who were merged into each other, with animals, or even with the Earth itself, but she’s also at risk of being drafted into the paramilitary Operation Sacred Revolution. The few who survived unscathed-known as “Pures,” live in the Domes, impenetrable arcologies where the few children are forced into rigid training and genetic enhancement. When Partridge, believing his mother to be alive in the wilderness, escapes from a Dome, he’s rescued by Pressia. Along with a conspiracy theorist named Bradwell, they gradually discover dark secrets about events on both sides of the Dome walls.” – (adapted from Syndetics Summary)
Bridge of dreams / Anne Bishop.
“The third book set in the living world Ephemera. Protagonist Lee is a Bridge, able to join disparate chunks of the fractured world. Still dealing with his disquiet over the deep changes in his sister, Glorianna Belladonna, whose act of self-sacrifice saved Ephemera but split her personality, Lee is taken prisoner by evil wizards who want to use him to get to his family. Blinded and imprisoned in an asylum in the distant city of Vision, Lee finds an unlikely ally in the asylum’s Keeper, a shaman named Danyal, and an even less likely romance with his caretaker, Zhahar. Together, they must face the threat that ambushed Lee and now looms over Vision, even as Zhahar’s magical secrets add a new complication.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)
With fate conspire / Marie Brennan.
“The fourth novel in the historical fantasy series set in the Onyx Court, a faery city that coexists with London. As the Onyx Court is threatened by 19th-century advances in technology, the faeries and humans increasingly come into conflict. Eliza O’Malley is caught between the two worlds, both of which are often cruel and indifferent to her desperate search for her childhood friend, Owen, who was captured by the faeries seven years before. Unless Eliza can find Dead Rick, the dog-man who betrayed them, Owen will be lost to the faery kingdom forever.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Unseen / Rachel Caine.
“The third novel in the Outcast Season series. After Cassiel and Warden Luis Rocha rescue a child from a maniacal Djinn, they realize two things: the girl is already manifesting an incredible amount of power, and her kidnapping was not an isolated incident.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Empire state / Adam Christopher.
“It’s a parallel-universe, Prohibition-era world of mooks and shamuses that is the twisted magic mirror to our bustling Big Apple. It’s a city where sinister characters lurk around every corner while the great superheroes who once kept the streets safe have fallen into deadly rivalries and feuds. Not that its colourful residents know anything about the real New York, until detective Rad Bradley makes a discovery that will change the lives of all its inhabitants.” – (adapted from Book cover)
Into the hinterlands / David Drake, John Lambshead.
“Inheriting his noble family’s duties and eager to reestablish his house’s failing resources, Allen Allenson sets out on a mission to survey family holdings throughout their intergalactic territory. His astute judgment and knowledge of universal human virtues, however, land him in a critical position as a novice commander of the colonial forces. Allenson proves more than capable of leading his men against greedy Terran invaders as well as the ruthless barbarian “Riders,” whose innate ability to navigate the pathways between stars makes them a threat to all settled worlds.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Against the light / Dave Duncan.
“The Hierarchy, high priests of the religious order the Light, has installed King Ethan as the monarchical figurehead, ruling both the magical kingdom of Albi and its predominant religion. Scattered throughout the land, worshippers in the old ways of the Earth Mother are persecuted as heretics. When young missionary student Rollo Woodbridge returns home to Albi, he is immediately arrested for heresy and treason, setting off a chain of events that plunges the land into utter chaos. The Hierarchy has more treacherous motives, however, and when Rollo is rescued from jail, his family’s home is destroyed, but Rollo and his siblings are left alive. While Rollo tries diplomacy to end the religious and political conflict, his brother and sister swear vengeance. With the hours to deliverance counting down and their lives hanging in the balance, they must decide whether to stay and fight or leave Albi forever.” – (adapted from Amazon.co.uk summary)
A crown imperilled / Raymond E. Feist.
“The penultimate volume of the mighty Riftwar Cycle. War rages in Midkemia but behind the chaos there is disquieting evidence of dark forces at work. Jim Dasher’s usually infallible intelligence network has been cleverly dismantled; nowhere is safe. He feels that the world is coming apart at the seams and is helpless to protect his nation. Quiet palace coups are underway in Roldem and Rillanon; and King Gregory of the Isles has yet to produce an heir. In each kingdom a single petty noble has risen from obscurity to threaten the throne.Lord Hal of Crydee and his great friend Ty Hawkins, champion swordsman of the Masters’ Court, are entrusted with the task of smuggling Princess Stephané and her lady-in-waiting, the lovely but mysterious Lady Gabriella, out of Roldem to a place of greater safety. But is there any safe haven to be found?” – (adapted from Amazon.co.uk summary)
Eve : templar one / Tony Gonzales.
“New Eden: the celestial battleground of a catastrophic war that has claimed countless lives. The immortal starship captains spearheading this epic conflict continue their unstoppable dominance, shaping the universe to their will and ensuring a bloody, everlasting stalemate. But a powerful empire is on the verge of a breakthrough that could end the war and secure their rule over mankind forever. For deep in a prison reclamation camp, a secret program is underway…one that will unlock dangerous secrets of New Eden’s past. It all begins with inmate 487980-A Templar One. Prepare for DUST 514.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Echoes of betrayal / Elizabeth Moon.
“The third book in the Paladin’s Legacy series. The Eight Kingdoms face a new crisis as the forthcoming nuptials between King Kieri of Lyonya and the half-elf Arian elicit predictions of treachery from ancestral spirits. In Tsaia, meanwhile, King Mikeli’s nobles hover on the brink of rebellion over his decision to grant a title of nobility to the female magelord Dorrin. Complicating an already explosive situation, wild dragons arrive and create havoc.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)