There are new books in six on-going series by Science Fiction and Fantasy’s most popular authors in this month’s selection of new titles. Also included is the latest ‘alternative history’ novel by Harry Turtledove titled Joe Steele, a highly recommended read.
The silver witch / Paula Brackston.
“A year after her husband’s sudden death, ceramic artist Tilda Fordwells finally moves into the secluded Welsh cottage that was to be their new home. She hopes that the tranquil surroundings will help ease her grief, and lessen her disturbing visions of Mat’s death. Instead, the lake in the valley below her cottage seems to spark something dormant in her, a sensitivity, and a power of some sort. Animals are drawn to her, electricity shorts out when she’s near, and strangest of all, she sees a new vision; a boatful of ancient people approaching her across the water. When she explores the lake’s ancient magic and her own she discovers Seren, the woman in her vision of the boat. Their two lives strangely mirror each other’s, suggesting a strong connection between the women.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Clade / James Bradley.
“On a beach in Antarctica, scientists Adam Leith marks the passage of the summer solstice. Back in Sydney his partner Elllie waits for the results of her latest round of IVF treatment. That result, when it comes, will change both their lives and propel them into a future neither could have predicted. In a collapsing England Adam will battle to survive an apocalyptic storm. Against a backdrop of growing civil unrest at home, Ellie will discover a strange affinity with beekeeping. In the aftermath of a pandemic, a young man finds solace in building virtual recreations of the dead. And new connections will be formed from the most unlikely beginnings.” (Adapted from Book cover)
The skull throne / Peter V. Brett.
“The fourth volume in the Demon cycle series. The Skull Throne of Krasia stands empty. Built from the skulls of fallen generals and demon princes, it is a seat of honor and ancient, powerful magic, keeping the demon corelings at bay. From atop the throne, Ahmann Jardir was meant to conquer the known world, forging its isolated peoples into a unified army to rise up and end the demon war once and for all. But Arlen Bales, the Warded Man, stood against this course, challenging Jardir to a duel he could not in honor refuse. Rather than risk defeat, Arlen cast them both from a precipice, leaving the world without a savior, and opening a struggle for succession that threatens to tear the Free Cities of Thesa apart.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Tracker : a Foreigner novel / C.J. Cherryh.
“Tracker is the sixteenth installment of CJ Cherryh’s acclaimed Foreigner series. It’s been a year of upheaval, since Bren Cameron’s return from space, a year when he and the aiji-dowager, one of his most powerful atevi allies, returned home from their two-year interstellar mission to find the government over¬thrown and their world in chaos. Now, at last, things are calming down; the Assassins’ Guild is functioning again, working out its internal difficulties but something is coming, however, quietly, stealthily, just the first ominous twinkle of a new star in the heavens.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
War of shadows / Gail Z. Martin.
“Book 3 in Ascendant Kingdoms saga. Amidst the shadows, chaos reigns. Blaine “Mick” McFadden managed to partially restore Donderath’s magic, but not without a cost. He and the magic are now bound together, and the power remains dangerous and erratic, draining the life from him with every use. New threats are rising from the wreckage of the battered kingdoms, and warlords both mortal and undead vie for control. Blaine and his unlikely band of convict heroes must find allies amidst a sea of enemies, and discover a way to rebind magic to the will of mortals before it destroys him. And time is running out.”(Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The dead lands : a novel / Benjamin Percy.
“A super flu and nuclear fallout have made a husk of the world we know. A few humans carry on, living in outposts such as the Sanctuary, the remains of St. Louis, a shielded community that owes its survival to its militant defense and fear-mongering leaders. Then a rider comes from the wasteland beyond its walls. She reports on the outside world: west of the Cascades, rain falls, crops grow, and civilization thrives. But there is danger too: the rising power of an army that pillages and enslaves every community they happen upon. Against the wishes of the Sanctuary, a small group sets out in secrecy. Led by Lewis Meriwether and Mina Clark, they hope to expand their infant nation, and to reunite the States. But the Sanctuary will not allow them to escape without a fight.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Icefall / Gillian Philip.
“Book 4 in the Rebel angels series. Death stalks Seth MacGregor’s clan in their otherworld exile. Kate NicNiven is close to ultimate victory, and she is determined that nothing will keep her from it. Not even the thing that took her soul: the horror that lurks in the sea caves. But Kate still needs Seth’s son Rory and his power over the Veil. And she’ll go to any lengths to get him. Seth’s own soul is rotting from the wound inflicted by Kate, and survival for his loved ones seems all he can hope for.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Window wall / Melanie Rawn.
“Book 4 in the Glass thorns series. For nearly two years, Cade has been rejecting his Fae gift, his prescient Elsewhens, simply refusing to see or experience them. But the strain is driving a wedge between him and his theater troupe, Touchstone, and making him erratic on stage and off. It takes his best friend Mieka to bully Cade into accepting the visions again. But when Cade finally looks into the possible futures, he sees a royal castle blowing up, though his vision does not tell him who is responsible. But he knows that if it is in his visions, he can take action to stop it from happening. And when he finally discovers the truth, he takes the knowledge to the only man in the Kingdom who would believe him: his deadly enemy the Archduke.”(Adapted Syndetics summary)
Tamaruq / E.J. Swift.
“Book 3 in the Osiris project series. Fleeing from her family and the elitist oppression of the Osiris government, Adelaide Rechnov has become the thing she once feared, a revolutionary. But with the discovery of a radio signal comes the stark realization that there is life outside their small island existence. Adelaide’s worries are about to become much bigger. Meanwhile, as rumor spreads on the mainland, many head to the lost city of Osiris with their own devious objectives. But in a world where war is king and only the most powerful survive, there can only be one victor.”(Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Joe Steele / Harry Turtledove.
“President Herbert Hoover has failed America. The Great Depression that rose from the ashes of the 1929 stock market crash still casts its dark shadow. Despairing and desperate, the American people hope one of the potential Democratic candidates, New York governor Franklin D. Roosevelt and California congressman Joe Steele, can get the nation on the road to recovery. But a mansion fire claims the life of Roosevelt, leaving Steele, son of a Russian immigrant laborer who identifies more with the common man than with Washington D.C.’s wealthy power brokers. Achieving a landslide victory, President Joe Steele wastes no time pushing through Congress reforms that put citizens back to work. And most people welcome strong leadership… especially as Hitler and Trotsky begin the kind of posturing that seems sure to drag America into war.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)