It’s publication day! Get your hands on these brilliant new releases from Stephen Baxter, Elizabeth May, and Nalini Singh, as well paperbacks from the incredible Alastair Reynolds, Stephen Donaldson, and Edward Cox.
Xeelee: Vengeance by Stephen Baxter
One of the world’s bestselling science fiction authors returns to the series which made his name. The Xeelee are back for the last time…
Half a million years in the future, on a dead, war-ravaged world at the centre of the Galaxy, there is a mile-high statue of Michael Poole.
Poole, born on Earth in the fourth millennium, was one of mankind’s most influential heroes. He was not a warrior, not an emperor. He was an engineer, a builder of wormhole transit systems. But Poole’s work would ultimately lead to a vast and destructive conflict, a million-year war between humanity and the enigmatic, powerful aliens known as the Xeelee.
The Xeelee won, but at a huge cost. And, defeated in a greater war, the Xeelee eventually fled the universe. Most of them.
A handful were left behind, equipped with time travel capabilities, their task to tidy up: to reorder history more to the Xeelee’s liking. That million-year war with humankind was one blemish. It had to be erased. And in order to do that, a lone Xeelee was sent back in time to remove Michael Poole from history . . .
Silver Silence by Nalini Singh
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to her extraordinary Psy-Changeling world with a story of wild passion and darkest betrayal . . .
Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater bears, brings with him.
Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence – her mind clear of all emotion – Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious . . . and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.
Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed . . .
‘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 Time
‘I don’t think there is a single paranormal series as well-planned, well-written, and downright fantabulous as Ms. Singh’s Psy-Changeling series’ All About Romance
‘Paranormal romance at its best’ Publishers Weekly
‘Sophisticated, elaborate and compelling’ Kirkus Reviews
The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May
Heiress. Debutant. Murderer.
A new generation of heroines has arrived.
My name is Lady Aileana Kameron.
First the fae murdered my mother. Then they destroyed my world.
Then one of them killed me.
Now I’m fighting for more than revenge.
The long-awaited final book in the Falconer trilogy is an imaginative tour-de-force that will thrill fans of the series.
Aileana Kameron, resurrected by ancient fae magic, returns to the world she once knew with no memory of her past and with dangerous powers she struggles to control. Desperate to break the curse that pits two factions of the fae against, her only hope is hidden in an ancient book guarded by the legendary Morrigan, a faery of immense power and cruelty. To save the world and the people she loves, Aileana must learn to harness her dark new powers even as they are slowly destroying her.
Packed with immersive detail, action, romance, and fae lore, The Fallen Kingdom brings the Falconer’s story to an epic and unforgettable conclusion.
‘A riveting world, a fierce heroine, and electrifying action – I burned through this sparkling debut!’ Sarah J. Mass, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author
‘Elizabeth May’s debut is a wicked cocktail of Jane Austen’s high society and the Grimm’s fairy tales. Absolutely wonderful: a Must Read Now novel!’ Scifi Now
‘A stunning debut and very firmly recommended’ Starburst
Beyond the Aquila Rift by Alastair Reynolds
This is an amazing collection of some of the best short fiction ever written in the SF genre, by an author acclaimed by The Times as ‘the mastersinger of space opera’.
With an introduction by noted SF critic Johnathan Strahan, this collection of twenty short stories, novellettes and novellas includes MINLA’S FLOWERS, SIGNAL TO NOISE, TROIKA, and seven previous uncollected stories, including TRAUMA POD, THE WATER THIEF and IN BABELSBERG.
Alastair Reynolds has won the Sidewise Award and been nominated for The Hugo Awards for his short fiction. One of the most thought-provoking and accomplished short-fiction writers of our time, this collection is a delight for all SF readers.
‘It’s rare to find a writer with sufficient nerve and stamina to write novels that are big enough to justify using words like “revelation” and “redemption”. Reynolds pulls it off’ Publishers Weekly
‘A mastersinger of the Space Opera’ The Times
‘A well-paced, complex story replete with intrigue, invention and an optimism uncommon in contemporary SF’ The Guardian
The King’s Justice and the Augur’s Gambit by Stephen Donaldson
Two new, original novellas – Donaldson’s first publication since finishing the Thomas Covenant series – are a sure cause for celebration among his many fans.
In The King’s Justice, a stranger dressed in black arrives in the village of Settle’s Crossways, following the scent of a terrible crime. He even calls himself “Black,” though almost certainly that is not his name. The people of the village discover that they have a surprising urge to cooperate with this stranger, though the desire of inhabitants of quiet villages to cooperate with strangers is not common in their land, or most lands. But this gift will not save him as he discovers the nature of the evil concealed in Settle’s Crossways.
The “Augur’s Gambit” is a daring plan created by Mayhew Gordian, Hieronomer to the Queen of Indemnie, a plan to save his Queen and his country. Gordian is a reader of entrails. In the bodies of chickens, lambs, piglets, and one stillborn infant he sees the same message: the island nation of Indemnie is doomed. But even in the face of certain destruction a man may fight, and the Hieronomer is utterly loyal to his beautiful Queen–and to her only daughter. The “Augur’s Gambit” is his mad attempt to save a kingdom.
The Watcher of Dead Time by Edward Cox
The Relic Guild faces the culmination of two wars, in the dramatic conclusion to the BFS Best Fantasy Award-nominated series…
Labrys Town, home to a million humans cut off from the rest of the universe, has been invaded. Those who protected it have been deposed.
The Relic Guild are scattered across the worlds of the Aelfir. Many of them are dead or dying. The Genii control everything. The war is almost over.
Clara, a young woman barely able to control her werewolf side, has seen her friends and mentors killed in front of her. She is the last hope for Labrys Town.
But someone else is watching…
‘Edward Cox goes from strength to strength. THE RELIC GUILD series is everything a good fantasy series should be; well-plotted, lively and hugely entertaining’ Joanne Harris, author of The Gospel of Loki
‘Debut author Ed Cox has created a lush, detailed world while also hinting at a larger backstory that will be revealed in volumes to come’ SFX
‘Overall this is a high concept fantasy packed with ideas, weird and wonderful characters and a mix of styles, at times evoking noir, urban fantasy, flavours of steampunk (in the depiction of anachronistic technology) and grotesque body-horror David Cronenberg would be proud of. Thought you knew where modern fantasy was at? The Relic Guild will challenge your assumptions’ British Fantasy Society