It’s publication day! Get your hands on these brilliant (and affordable) paperbacks. We’ve got a brilliant collection of novellas from Nalini Singh, an iconic, genre-busting novel joins the SF Masterworks list, and now your chance to get your hands on some brilliant books from Steph Swainston and David Devereux.
Wild Embrace: A Psy-Changeling Collection by Nalini Singh
The ‘alpha author of paranormal romance’* presents a stunningly sensual collection of four all-new Psy-Changeling novellas, in which taboos are broken, boundaries are crossed, and instincts prove irresistible . . .
Echo of Silence
In a deep-sea station, Tazia Nerif has found her life’s work as an engineer, keeping things running smoothly. But she wants nothing more than to break down the barrier of silence between her and her telekinetic Psy station commander . . .
A changeling who can never shift lives a life of quiet frustration – until he learns how to let his leopard come out and play . . .
Partners in Persuasion
Still raw from being burned by a dominant female, wolf changeling Felix will never again risk being a plaything. But for dominant leopard Dezi, he’s the most fascinating man she’s ever met. She just has to convince this gun-shy wolf that he can trust the dangerous cat who wants to take a slow, sexy bite out of him . . .
Flirtation of Fate
Seven years ago, Kenji broke Garnet’s heart. Now the wolf packmates have to investigate the shocking murder of one of their own. And the more Kenji sees of the woman Garnet has become, the deeper he begins to fall once more. But even his primal instincts are no match for the dark secret he carries . . .
‘It’s a given that when readers open up a Singh book they will be transported to a unique world filled with genuinely unforgettable characters. That those stories are also complex, action-packed and romantic in the extreme is why Singh’s novels never disappoint! Fabulous!’ Romantic Times
‘Paranormal romance at its best’ Publishers Weekly
Wild Embrace: A Psy-Changeling Collection is available now in paperback
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula le Guin
The Hugo and Nebula Award-winning masterpiece from one of the all-time greats of Science Fiction.
Genly Ai is an ethnologist observing the people of the planet Gethen, a world perpetually in winter. The people there are androgynous, normally neuter, but they can become male or female at the peak of their sexual cycle.
They seem to Genly Ai alien, unsophisticated and confusing. But he is drawn into the complex politics of the planet and, during a long, tortuous journey across the ice with a politician who has fallen from favour and has been outcast, he loses his professional detachment and reaches a painful understanding of the true nature of Gethenians and, in a moving and memorable sequence, even finds love . . .
’A jewel of a story’ Frank Herbert
‘Delicate yet daring, narrated with immense gravitas . . . Ursula Le Guin’s masterpiece’ David Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels
‘Profuse and original . . . Graceful and accomplished’ Michael Moorcock
Today we are rereleasing The Castle series from Steph Swainston!
Praise for the series:
‘Honest-to-god unputdownable. A blistering debut’ China Miéville
‘Steph Swainston’s writing is as elegantly superior to most other fantasy as a samurai sword is to a flint dagger’ Richard Morgan
‘A joy to read, it is bursting at the seams with ideas. The Year of Our War is the first book that makes you believe New Weird actually is a movement, rather than a bunch of books China Mieville likes. A Mieville quote appears prominently on the cover where he describes the book as “thoughtful, exuberant, incredibly inventive, funny but never whimsical or mannered.” This is true and it doubles as a kind of manifesto pledge for New Weird’ SF Site
The Year of Our War by Steph Swainston
The most exciting, original and important new fantasy novel to be published since China Miéville’s PERDIDO STREET STATION. A breathtakingly skilful debut.
A superb work of literary fantasy. In a truly original imagined world of breathtaking, sometimes surreal beauty, fifty utterly alien but disarmingly human immortals lead mankind in a centuries-long war.
Jant is the Messenger, one of the Circle, a cadre of fifty immortals who serve the Emperor. He is the only immortal – indeed the only man alive – who can fly.
The Emperor must protect mankind from the hordes of giant Insects who have plagued the land for centuries, eating everything and everyone in their path. But he must also contend with the rivalries and petty squabblings of his chosen immortals. These will will soon spill over into civil war.
Steph Swainston has written an astonishingly original literary fantasy. She writes beautifully. Her novel places her in a tradition of writing typified by Mervyn Peake, M. John Harrison and China Miéville. This is a breathtaking debut novel of the finest quality.
No Present Like Time by Steph Swainston
The phenomenal follow-up to Steph Swainston’s acclaimed The Year of Our War moves us effortlessly into new waters.
It has been five years since the Insects devastated the Fourlands. Reconstruction proceeds under the watchful eyes of the Circle – the fifty immortals who serve the Emperor.
Jant, the Emperor’s winged Messenger, has other concerns. He suspects his wife is having an affair and a brilliant newcomer has joined the Circle, displacing Jant from his rightful position as centre of attention. Worse still, an inhabited island has been discovered three months’ sail from the Fourlands and the Emperor has enlisted Jant for his diplomatic mission. Just perfect for a man terrified of the sea. Unfortunately for Jant, he is a pawn in an ancient political game.
It’d be enough to drive anyone to drugs . . .
The Modern World by Steph Swainston
In the third of the Castle novels, Steph Swainston takes the reader ever deeper into a world of beauty and terror. . .
The endless war for survival against the merciless Insects has reached yet another stalemate for the Circle, the immortals who serve the Emperor of the Fourlands. The building of a massive dam has driven the Insects back, but it’s only a matter of time before they find another way to advance.
Jant, the Emperor’s winged Messenger, is called away from battle to find the daughter of fellow immortal, Lightning. Cyan has gone missing in the city of Hacilith, and Lightning wants him to bring her back. But Jant knows better than anyone just how much trouble a teenager can get into in Hacilith’s underworld . . .
So begins a hectic quest. A quest that will take Jant back to his past, back to the bizarre world of the Shift and, eventually, back to the Fourlands. Just as it faces a terrifying new threat.
Above the Snowline by Steph Swainston
This is the book Steph Swainston’s fans have been waiting for. A prequel to the Castle novels.
This is Jant Shira’s life before the drugs took over, as a hunter in the mountains. Awian exiles are building a stronghold in the Darkling mountains, where the Rhydanne hunt. Their clash of interests soon leads to bloodshed and Shira Dellin, a Rhydanne huntress, appeals to the immortal Circle for justice. The Emperor sends Jant, half-Rhydanne, half-Awian, and all-confidence, to mediate.
As Jant is drawn into the spiralling violence he is shaken into coming to terms with his own heritage and his feelings for the alien, intoxicating Dellin.
ABOVE THE SNOWLINE tells the story of Jant’s early years in the Circle and shows the Fourlands as you’ve never seen them before.
And two occult spy thrillers from a master . . .
Hunter’s Moon by David Devereux
Andy McNab meets Buffy the Vampire the Slayer. A razor sharp fast moving supernatural thriller
“My name is unimportant, but you can call me Jack. I’m a musician by choice, a magician by profession, and a bastard by disposition.
I’d been doing the magic thing for about five years when they found me. They said I had a talent, that I was smart enough and fit enough and enough of a shit that I could serve my country in a way most people never even get to hear about. And I did want to serve my country, didn’t I?
I didn’t really want to contemplate what might happen if I said no.”
And so Jack found himself on the front line of a secret war that most people simply wouldn’t believe was possible. Working for a secret organisation tasked with defending our country from whatever supernatural threat faces it. MI5 know nothing about and would laugh if they found out. Well at first they would . . .
Whether wiping out a group of demon summoners, infiltrating a coven determined to assassinate the PM or rooting out a neo-nazi sect who are trying to bring back Hitler from the dead Jack is a very modern sort of magician – trained in a variety of the dark arts but also a dab hand with a Heckler and Koch, skilled in unarmed combat and electronic surveillance.
David Devereux has combined the action writing of McNab and Ryan with dark supernatural thrills and produced a blistering new breed of supernatural thriller. This is Dennis Wheatley for the 21st century.
Eagle Rising by David Devereux
The sequel to HUNTER’S MOON and this time Jack must stop a neo-nazi occult group determined to bring the past back to life.
Jack’s back! And this time he must face a terrifying supernatural threat from Europe’s recent past.
Someone has been mad enough to revive the most terrifying evil of the last 60 years. And only one man is bad enough to stop them.
Eagle Rising takes Jack to the rotten heart of big business and the dark secrets of a neo-nazi magical sect intent on giving the world back to a terror from the darkest days of the 1940s. Jack must infiltrate the closed corridors of big business and reach the core of a conspiracy amongst some of the most high-pwered city executives in the country. A cabal of business men with occult interests and an insane hunger for the return of an old and dark order.
Described as a mix of Dennis Wheatley and Ian Fleming Devereux lives up to the billing with his new novel.