From steampunk to magic, shape-shifting to space warfare, all can be found in this month’s selection of new Science Fiction and Fantasy novels. Also included is the much anticipated and publicised dystopia novel titled Wool by Hugh Howey.
Written in red : a novel of the Others / Anne Bishop.
“Meg Corbyn is a cassandra sangue, a blood prophet who sees the future when her skin is cut. Along with others like her, she has lived under the tight reins of her Controllers, with no actual experiences of the real world. Knowing that eventually blood prophets lose their usefulness and, usually, their lives, Meg seeks refuge at the Lakeside Courtyard, a part of the city owned and operated by the Others, shapeshifters and other supernatural creatures. Even though the Others have ample reasons to despise humans, they give Meg a job as the Human Liaison, dealing with the elements in the outside world that do business with the shapeshifters. As Meg learns more about both the world of experience and the society of the Others, she also becomes aware that her Controllers are not going to let her go without a fight.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Bloodfire quest : the dark legacy of Shannara / Terry Brooks.
“The quest for the long-lost Elfstones has drawn the leader of the Druid order and her followers into the hellish dimension known as the Forbidding, where the most dangerous creatures banished from the Four Lands are imprisoned. Now the hunt for the powerful talismans that can save their world has become a series of great challenges: a desperate search for kidnapped comrades, a relentless battle against unspeakable predators, and a grim race to escape the Forbidding alive. But though freedom is closer than they know, it may come at a terrifying price.” (adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Libriomancer / Jim C. Hines.
“Isaac Vainio is a librarian and a libriomancer, that is, part of an organization, the Porters, created by Gutenberg to manage the magic inherent in books. He’s on punishment duty, relegated to database creation for the Porters. When he’s attacked by vampires from the current crop of books and manages to defeat them with a weapon pulled from another title, he’s dragged back into the machinations of the Porters organization. As he investigates what’s going on, he discovers that Gutenberg himself has disappeared. There’s something sinister going on with the Porters, and there are some nasty secrets about to come out into the light of day.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Wool / Hugh Howey.
“An epic story of life, love and survival at all odds. In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo. Inside, men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations, of secrets and lies. To live, you must follow the rules. But some don’t. These are the dangerous ones; these are the people who dare to hope and dream, and who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple and deadly. They are allowed outside. Jules is one of these people. She may well be the last.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Infernal devices / K.W. Jeter ; with an introduction by the author & an afterword by Jeff VanderMeer.
“He inherited a watchmaker’s store from his father and a whole heap of trouble. Idle sometime-musician George has little talent for clockwork and other infernal devices. When a shadowy figure tries to steal an old device from the premises, George finds himself embroiled in a mystery of time travel, music, and sexual intrigue “(adapted from Syndetics summary)
A memory of light / Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson.
“The final book in the Wheel of Time series draws on notes left by the late Robert Jordan. It is time for Rand al’Thor to face the Dark One in the Last Battle for humanity, but he can’t do it alone; he must also gather all of the forces of the world together and turn them, united, against the Trolloc armies that threaten to overwhelm.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Hearts of smoke and steam / Andrew P. Mayer.
“The Paragons, a steampunk Justice League, have degenerated from superheroism to egomania and amorality after the death of their conscience, Sir Dennis Darby. Villainous Lord Eschaton’s evil plans proceed apace, and Sarah Stanton, as the Adventuress, must battle them with the help of Emilio Armando, a young mechanical genius who falls in love with her at first sight.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
The iron wyrm affair / Lilith Saintcrow.
“Emma Bannon, forensic sorceress in the service of the Empire, has a mission: to protect Archibald Clare, a failed, unregistered mentath. His skills of deduction are legendary, and her own sorcery is not inconsiderable. It doesn’t help much that they barely tolerate each other, or that Bannon’s Shield, Mikal, might just be a traitor himself. Or that the conspiracy killing registered mentaths and sorcerers alike will just as likely kill them as seduce them into treachery toward their Queen.” (adapted from Amazon.com)
Shadow of freedom / David Weber.
“Queen Elizabeth of Manticore’s first cousin and Honor Harrington’s best friend Michelle Henke has just handed the “invincible” Solarian League Navy the most humiliating, one-sided defeat in its entire almost thousand-year history in defence of the people of the Star Empire’s Talbott Quadrant. But the League is the most powerful star nation in the history of humanity. Its navy is going to be back and this time with thousands of superdreadnoughts. Yet she also knows scores of other star systems, some independent, some controlled by puppet regimes, and some simply conquered outright by the Solarian Office of Frontier Security lie in the League’s grip along its frontier with the Talbott Quadrant. As combat spreads from the initial confrontation, the entire frontier has begun to seethe with unrest, and Michelle sympathizes with the oppressed populations wanting only to be free of their hated masters.” (adapted from Amazon.com)