We have an absolute bonanza today. So many books! There’s definitely something for everyone today, read on below for tasters galore . . .
Vampires Like it Hot – Lynsay Sands
New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands brings the heat in this new Argeneau novel, as one woman is rescued by an irresistible immortal . . .
“Vampires . . .”
When Raffaele Notte pulls a barely dressed, disoriented woman from the ocean, the last thing he expects is for her to utter that word. The immortal has come to the island resort to help his cousin, but now, it seems, there are rogue vampires dining on unsuspecting tourists. And he soon realizes that not only is Jess a target, she’s also the life mate he’s been waiting for . . .
Vampires are real. Jess would’ve never believed it until she saw them with her own eyes. She knows she has to get off the island, and her gallant rescuer has offered to help. There’s something about Raffaele that’s unlike any man she has ever met, and his touch sends pleasure through her that is beyond all imagining. But when Jess discovers who he really is, will she risk life as she knows it for a chance of forever by his side?
Praise for Lynsay Sands:
‘Vampire lovers will find themselves laughing throughout. Sands’s trademark humour and genuine characters keep her series fresh and her readers hooked’ Publishers Weekly
‘Delightful and full of interesting characters and romance’ Romantic Times
‘Sands writes books that keep readers coming back for more . . . clever, steamy, with a deliciously wicked sense of humour that readers will gobble up’ Katie McAlister
Legion: Lies of the Beholder – Brandon Sanderson
Stephen Leeds, also known as ‘Legion’, has a unique mental condition. He can become an expert on any subject in hours . . . and with every new area of expertise a new ‘aspect’ of Stephen is created.
Is he schizophrenic? Possibly. Does that make him an incredible intelligence agent? Definitely.
And this is his final, and perhaps his strangest, adventure.
It begins with two unrelated events: the disappearance of Armando, one of Stephen’s many “aspects,” and an unexpected cry for help from Sandra, the woman who, many years before, helped him learn to live with his condition . . . and the combination of the two leads to a sinister high-tech firm specializing in advanced methods of human incarceration.
An original, challenging, and utterly absorbing story, this unmissable novella showcases Stephen Leeds at his best: a compelling hero, and a man constantly struggling to understand and control his own divided nature.
Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds – Brandon Sanderson
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson comes a new novella collection, including a brand new, never-been-published story.
Stephen Leeds is schizophrenic (. . . probably . . .) and he’s in demand. But not for his own skills – his clients want to tap into the imaginary experts that populate his mind – and it’s getting a bit crowded in there.
One of his many ‘aspects’ is a trained soldier, another a psychological expert, a third is a librarian, and all of them want to help him solve problems, making him an exceptionally versatile intelligence agent. If you need a stolen corpse retrieved or a missing inventor found, Stephen Leeds is the man – or rather, the team – for the job. But managing a team is a challenge in itself, all the more so when some of the team feel they know better than Stephen himself . . .
The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds is an omnibus edition of the three amazing Legion novellas: Legion, Legion: Skin Deep and Legion: Lies of the Beholder.
Praise for the Legion books:
‘An absolutely fantastic read’ Fantasy Book Review
‘The pulse of a thriller and the hook of a fascinating hero balancing on the edge of psychosis’ Library Journal
The Ember Blade – Chris Wooding
A new bestseller: this is a fast-moving coming-of-age trilogy featuring a strong cast of diverse characters, brilliant set-pieces and a strong character and plot driven story.
A land under occupation. A legendary sword. A young man’s journey to find his destiny.
Aren has lived by the rules all his life. He’s never questioned it; that’s just the way things are. But then his father is executed for treason, and he and his best friend Cade are thrown into a prison mine, doomed to work until they drop. Unless they can somehow break free . . .
But what lies beyond the prison walls is more terrifying still. Rescued by a man who hates him yet is oath-bound to protect him, pursued by inhuman forces, Aren slowly accepts that everything he knew about his world was a lie. The rules are not there to protect him, or his people, but to enslave them. A revolution is brewing, and Aren is being drawn into it, whether he likes it or not.
The key to the revolution is the Ember Blade. The sword of kings, the Excalibur of his people. Only with the Ember Blade in hand can their people be inspired to rise up . . . but it’s locked in an impenetrable vault in the most heavily guarded fortress in the land.
All they have to do now is steal it . . .
Praise for The Ember Blade:
‘It’s like David Eddings, Margaret Weis, Tracey Hickman and Terry Brooks had a brainstorming session over a power lunch… then Wooding stole their notes, drank their beer and set about skewing everything’ Wertzone
‘A well-written tale of revolution, dark magic, and a quest for an ancient game-changing artefact set in a well-built and well-realised epic fantasy world’ The Book Bag
I bloody loved it! . . . A thrilling adventure, vividly told, that reflects a modern tyranny through a fantasy lens. Explores themes of collaboration and resistance, the power of symbols, friendship and sacrifice: how far will you go for a revolution? I loved it and I can’t wait for the sequel’ Elspeth Cooper
The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin
A literary masterpiece from one of the great writers of our time: ‘Ursula Le Guin is a chemist of the heart’ David Mitchell.
‘Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new’
Two people, until recently strangers, find themselves on a long, tortuous and dangerous journey across the ice. One is an outcast, forced to leave his beloved homeland; the other is fleeing from a different kind of persecution. What they have in common is curiosity, about others and themselves, and an almost unshakeable belief that the world can be a better place.
As they journey for over 800 miles, across the harshest, most inhospitable landscape, they discover the true meaning of friendship, and of love.
Praise for The Left Hand of Darkness:
‘Set against a background of state-fuelled anxieties about the loss of power and national identity . . . With immense subtlety, Le Guin describes the changes in a relationship that almost founders on misapprehensions and mistakes . . . The Left Hand of Darkness is a rich and complex story of friendship and love’ Guardian
‘Like all great writers of fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin creates imaginary worlds that restore us, hearts eased, to our own’ Boston Globe
‘No single work did more to upend the genre’s conventions than The Left Hand of Darkness . . . Writers as diverse as Zadie Smith and Algis Budrys have cited [it] as an influence’ Paris Review
‘It’s a giant thought experiment that’s also a cracking good read about gender’ Neil Gaiman
R.A. Lafferty: Three Great Novels – R.A. Lafferty
Three early masterpieces from one of science fiction’s great stylists.
Acclaimed, as one of the most original voices in modern literature, Raphael Aloysius Lafferty drew more from traditional oral storytelling techniques than from the usual
pulp roots of SF. His inventive style and fondness for tall tales marked him out from his contemporaries, and writers of the calibre of Harlan Ellison, Neil Gaiman and Gene Wolfe acknowledge him as a major influence and force in the field. His fiction has garnered numerous award wins and nominations and he has been given the prestigious SFWA Grand Master Award and the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement.
This volume contains three of his early novels: the Hugo- and Nebula-shortlisted Past Master, space opera re-telling of The Odyssey, Space Chantey, and Fourth Mansions, also shortlisted for the Nebula.
Praise for R.A. Lafferty:
There’s nothing close to Lafferty – nobody with the gravitas about things that were light, and the antigravitas about important heavy things’ Neil Gaiman
‘R.A. Lafferty might just be the most important science-fiction writer you’ve never heard of’ Guardian
‘Lafferty defies catergorization; his work is unlike anyone else’s’ Harlan Ellison
Gollancz Anniversary Editions
Meanwhile, we’ve also released some beautiful, collectible hardbacks of some classics of the genre. Get your copy of Tom Lloyd’s The Grave Thief, Brandon Sanderson’s The Hero Of Ages, Patrick Rothfuss’s The Wise Man’s Fear, Kristen Cashore’s Graceling, Joe Abercrombie’s Last Argument of Kings, and Scott Lynch’s The Republic of Thieves by clicking below!