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Age Atomic, The Narrator:
SynopsisThe Empire State is dying. The Fissure connecting the pocket universe to New York has vanished, plunging the city into a deep freeze and the populace are demanding a return to Prohibition and rationing as energy supplies dwindle.Meanwhile, in 1954 New York, the political dynamic has changed and Nimrod finds his department subsumed by a new group, Atoms For Peace, led by the mysterious Evelyn McHale.As Rad uncovers a new threat to his city, Atoms For Peace prepare their army for a transdimensional invasion. Their goal: total conquest—or destruction—of the Empire State.
Alchemist of Souls, The Narrator:
SynopsisWhen Tudor explorers returned from the New World, they brought back a name out of half-forgotten Viking legend: skraylings. Red-sailed ships followed in the explorers’ wake, bringing Native American goods—and a skrayling ambassador—to London. But what do these seemingly magical beings really want in Elizabeth I’s capital?Mal Catlyn, a down-at-heel swordsman, is appointed to the ambassador’s bodyguard, but assassination attempts are the least of his problems. What he learns about the skraylings and their unholy powers could cost England her new ally—and Mal his soul.“Anne Lyle’s Alchemist of Souls teems with intrigue and magic worthy of the Bard himself. An outstanding debut!” —Lynn Flewelling
All Is Fair Narrator:
Synopsis“A extraordinary newvoice in SF/F.” —Paul Cornell, author of London FallingThe Duke of Londinium is dead. Long live the new Duke.Sam, a stranger to the world of the Fae, finds an unexpected offer from one of the Elemental Court’s most enigmatic Lords turns out to be far more than he bargained for.Meanwhile, Max, an Arbiter of the Split Worlds Treaty, is getting closer to uncovering who is behind the murder of the Bath Chapter.Can he stay true to his sworn duty without being destroyed by his own master, whose insanity threatens to unravel them all?
Any Other Name Narrator:
Synopsis“Magical, exciting and clever.” —Fantasy FactionIt’s Downton Abbey with magic, in Bath’s secret mirror cityCathy has been forced into an arranged marriage with William Iris—a situation that comes with far more strings than even she could have anticipated, especially when she learns of his family’s intentions for them both.Meanwhile, Max and the gargoyle investigate the Agency—a mysterious organization that appears to play by its own twisted rules, none of them favourable to Society.And in Mundanus, Sam has discovered something very peculiar about his wife’s employer—something that could herald disaster for everyone on both sides of the Split Worlds.
Between Two Thorns Narrator:
SynopsisThe new season is starting and the Master of Ceremonies is missing. Max, an Arbiter of the Split Worlds Treaty, is assigned with the task of finding him—with no one to help but a dislocated soul and a mad sorcerer.There is a witness, but his memories have been bound by magical chains only the enemy can break. A rebellious woman trying to escape her family may prove to be the ally Max needs.But can she be trusted? And why does she want to give up eternal youth and the life of privilege she’s been born into?
Black Feathers Narrator:
SynopsisIt is the Black Dawn, a time of environmental apocalypse, the earth wracked and dying.It is the Bright Day, a time long generations hence, when a peace has descended across the world.In each era, a child shall be chosen. Their task is to find a dark messiah known only as the Crowman. But is he our saviour—or the final incarnation of evil?“If you’re a horror fan and you’re not already reading Joseph D’Lacey you had better have a bloody good excuse.” —The Eloquent Page
SynopsisThe first book in the Miriam Black series: “A sassy, hard-boiled thriller with a paranormal slant” (The Guardian) about a young woman who can see the darkest corners of the future.Miriam Black knows how you’re going to die. This makes her daily life a living hell, especially when you can’t do anything about it, or stop trying to. She’s foreseen hundreds of car crashes, heart attacks, strokes, and suicides. She merely needs to touch you—skin to skin contact—and she knows how and when your final moments will occur. Miriam has given up trying to save people; that only makes their deaths happen. But then she hitches a ride with Louis Darling and shakes his hand, and she sees in thirty days that Louis will be murdered while he calls her name. Louis will die because he met her, and Miriam will be the next victim. No matter what she does she can’t save Louis. But if she wants to stay alive, she’ll have to try.“Think Six Feet Under co-written by Stephen King and Chuck Palahniuk” (SFX), and you have Blackbirds: a visceral, exciting novel about life on the edge.
Blue Blazes, The Narrator:
SynopsisMeet Mookie Pearl.Criminal underworld? He runs in it.Supernatural underworld? He hunts in it.Nothing stops Mookie when he’s on the job.But when his daughter takes up arms and opposes him, something’s gotta give.…
Corpse-Rat King, The Narrator:
SynopsisMarius dos Hellespont and his apprentice, Gerd, are professional looters of battlefields. When they stumble upon the corpse of the King of Scorby and Gerd is killed, Marius is mistaken for the monarch by one of the dead soldiers and is transported down to the Kingdom of the Dead.Just like the living citizens, the dead need a King—after all, the King is God’s representative, and someone needs to remind God where they are.And so it comes to pass that Marius is banished to the surface with one message: if he wants to recover his life he must find the dead a King. Which he fully intends to do.Just as soon as he stops running away.
Crown Thief Narrator:
SynopsisMeet Easie Damasco: thief, liar…and lately, reluctant heroBut whatever good intentions Damasco may have are about to be tested to their limits, as the most valuable—and dangerous—object in the land comes within his light-fingered grasp.Add in some suicidally stubborn giants, an old enemy with dreams of empire, and the deadliest killer in two kingdoms on his heels, and Easie’s chances of staying honest—or even just surviving—are getting slimmer by the hour.“Damasco resembles a landlocked version of Jack Sparrow… The atypical backdrop, self-aware style and downplaying of magics bring to mind the contemporary fantasies of Scott Lynch and Joe Abercrombie.” —SFX Magazine
SynopsisFinalist for the 2014 Prometheus Award.Six months have passed since the release of Nexus 5. The world is a different, more dangerous place.In the United States, the terrorists—or freedom fighters—of the Post-Human Liberation Front use Nexus to turn men and women into human time bombs aimed at the President and his allies. In Washington DC, a government scientist, secretly addicted to Nexus, uncovers more than he wants to know about the forces behind the assassinations, and finds himself in a maze with no way out.In Thailand, Samantha Cataranes has found peace and contentment with a group of children born with Nexus in their brains. But when forces threaten to tear her new family apart, Sam will stop at absolutely nothing to protect the ones she holds dear.In Vietnam, Kade and Feng are on the run from bounty hunters seeking the price on Kade's head, from the CIA, and from forces that want to use the back door Kade has built into Nexus 5. Kade knows he must stop the terrorists misusing Nexus before they ignite a global war between human and posthuman. But to do so, he'll need to stay alive and ahead of his pursuers.And in Shanghai, a posthuman child named Ling Shu will go to dangerous and explosive lengths to free her uploaded mother from the grip of Chinese authorities.The first blows in the war between human and posthuman have been struck. The world will never be the same.
Darkness Falling Narrator:
SynopsisFirst, the flash. A glare of light, just before dawn, followed by utter darkness. A vast blanketing nothingness that covers the whole Earth.Then, the disappearances begin. Friends and strangers alike, swallowed by the darkness.… A lucky few are returned, but they are altered, changed.For the people of Jesman’s Bend, it feels like the end of the world. But this is only the very start.“To be read and shared and loved.” —Joe Hill“As intensely menacing and gruesome as any George Romero film.… A virtuoso tour de force.” —Ramsey Campbell“A riveting read.” —The Guardian
Dead Harvest Narrator:
Brian Vander Ark
SynopsisMeet Sam Thornton. He collects souls. Sam’s job is to collect the souls of the damned, and ensure they are dispatched to the appropriate destination. But when he’s sent to collect the soul of a young woman he believes to be innocent of the horrific crime that’s doomed her to Hell, he says something no Collector has ever said before. “No.”
Dead of Winter, The Narrator:
SynopsisWhen the marshal of Leadville, Colorado, comes across a pair of mysterious, bloody deaths out in the badlands, he turns to Cora to find the creature responsible. But if she is to overcome the unnatural tide threatening to consume the small town, Cora must first confront her own tragic past.
SynopsisTanyana is among the highest ranking in her far-future society—a skilled pionner, able to use a mixture of ritual and innate talent to manipulate the particles that hold all matter together. But an accident brings her life crashing down around her ears. She is cast down amongst the lowest of the low, little more than a garbage collector.Who did this to her, and for what sinister purpose? Her quest to find out will take her to parts of the city she never knew existed, and open the door to a world she could never have imagined.“A fabulous debut. Glorious and grim cityscapes, kick-ass characters, and a deepening mystery at its heart.” —Trent Jamieson