Space warfare, human smuggling, artificial intelligence, time travel, dystopias, revenge, survival, life on other planets, and even rodents; this selection of new Science Fiction and Fantasy novels will provide some great reading for all fans of this genre.
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen / Lois McMaster Bujold.
“Three years after her famous husband’s death, Cordelia Vorkosigan, Vicereine of Sergyar, stands ready to spin her life in a new direction. Oliver Jole, Admiral, Sergyar Fleet, finds himself caught up in her web of plans in ways he’d never imagined. Meanwhile, Miles Vorkosigan, one of Emperor Gregor’s key investigators, this time dispatches himself on a mission, into a mystery he never anticipated, his own mother. Plans, wills, and expectations collide as the impact of galactic technology on the range of the possible changes all the old rules and Miles learns that not only is the future not what he expects, neither is the past.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
An ancient peace / Tanya Huff.
“Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr had been the very model of a Confederation Marine. But when she learned the truth about the war the Confederation was fighting, she left the military for good. But Torin could not walk away from preserving and protecting everything the Confederation represented. Instead, she drew together an elite corps of friends and allies to take on covert missions that the Justice Department and the Corps could not, or would not, officially touch. Torin just hoped the one they were about to embark on would not be the death of them.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Europe in Autumn / Dave Hutchinson.
“Following multiple economic crises and a devastating flu pandemic, Europe has fractured into countless tiny nations, duchies, polities and republics. Recruited by the shadowy organisation ‘Les Coureurs des Bois’, Rudi is schooled in espionage, but when a training mission to The Line, a sovereign nation consisting of a trans-Europe railway line, goes wrong, he is arrested, beaten and Coureur Central must attempt a rescue. With so many nations to work in, and identities to assume, Rudi is kept busy travelling across Europe. But when he is sent to smuggle someone out of Berlin and finds a severed head inside a locker instead, a conspiracy begins to wind itself around him.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The detainee / Peter Liney.
“The Island is a place of hopelessness. The Island is death. And it is to this place that the entire elderly and infirm are shipped, the scapegoats for the collapse of society. There’s no escape, not from the punishment satellites that deliver instant judgment for any crime, including escape attempts, and not from the demons that come on foggy nights, when the satellites are all but blind. But when one of the Island’s inhabitants, the aging “Big Guy” Clancy, finds a network of tunnels beneath the waste, there is suddenly hope, for love, for escape, and for the chance to fight back.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The builders / Daniel Polansky.
“A missing eye, a broken wing, a stolen country. The last job didn’t end well. Years go by, and scars fade, but memories only fester. For the animals of the Captain’s company, survival has meant keeping a low profile, building a new life, and trying to forget the war they lost. But now the Captain’s whiskers are twitching at the idea of evening the score.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Arcadia / Iain Pears.
“In 1960s Oxford, Professor Henry Lytten is attempting to write a fantasy novel that forgoes the magic of his predecessors, J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. He finds an unlikely confidante in his quick-witted, inquisitive young neighbor Rosie. One day, while chasing Lytten’s cat, Rosie encounters a doorway in his cellar. She steps through and finds herself in an idyllic, pastoral land where Storytellers are revered above all others. There she meets a young man who is about to embark on a quest of his own and may be the one chance Rosie has of returning home. These breathtaking adventures ultimately intertwine with the story of an eccentric psychomathematician whose breakthrough discovery will affect all of these different lives and worlds.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Crashing Heaven / Al Robertson.
“With Earth abandoned, humanity resides on Station, an industrialised asteroid run by the sentient corporations of the Pantheon. Under their leadership a war has been raging against the Totality, ex-Pantheon AIs gone rogue. With the war over, Jack Forster and his sidekick Hugo Fist, a virtual puppet tied to Jack’s mind and created to destroy the Totality, have returned home. Labelled a traitor for surrendering to the Totality, all Jack wants is to clear his name but when he discovers two old friends have died under suspicious circumstances he also wants answers. Soon he and Fist are embroiled in a conspiracy that threatens not only their future but all of humanity’s.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
This is the night : a novel / Jonah C. Sirott.
“For more than twenty years, the Homeland has been immersed in a brutal, unwinnable war. Lance, two weeks shy of turning eighteen, has watched his older brothers leave and his mother fall apart when they fail to return. He’s never imagined a different future for himself until he meets an idealistic young woman named Lorrie and impulsively flees town with her. Lance and Lorrie move into the same building as Benny and Joe, two friends up for induction. Along with Alan, a young runaway, they frantically evade Registry agents intent on tracking down draft dodgers. With induction day looming and paranoia rampant, the only way for any of them to stay free is to uncover the truth about their uncertain world and the forces seeking to control it.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Ecko endgame / Danie Ware.
“Winter has come to the Varchinde and with it, the fatal spread of the blight. The grass is dead, the cities are falling and the Kas take their chance to rise from Rammouthe. Betrayed by his own forces, Rhan will abandon Fhaveon to lure the Kas into a final confrontation. As battle rages round him, Ecko realises that to save the Varchinde, he must face the greatest threat of al, the one that has come from his own world.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Reign of iron / Angus Watson.
“The final book in the Iron Age trilogy. Caesar’s soldiers have murdered, massacred and pillaged their way through Gaul and loom on the far side of the sea, ready to descend upon Britain, with them are an unstoppable legion of men twisted by dark magic. Somehow Queen Lowa must repel the invasion, although her best general is dead and her young druid powerless. She faces impossible odds, but when the alternative is death or slavery, a warrior queen will do whatever it takes to save her people.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)