* Adams, John Joseph : Armored
(Baen 978-1451638172, $7.99, 608pp, mass market paperback, April 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Mar 2012

Anthology of 23 original military SF stories about futuristic body armor.
• Authors include Jack Campbell, David D. Levine, Alastair Reynolds, Lauren Beukes, and Sean Williams.
• Baen’s site has this description.
• The editor’s official site for the book has the table of contents, Orson Scott Card’s introduction, and texts of several stories.

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* Banks, Dakota : Deliverance
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-204998-8, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, April 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Mar 2012
Mortal Path #3

Supernatural fantasy novel, third in the “Mortal Path” series following Dark Time (2009) and Sacrifice (2010), about a woman once forced to serve as a demon’s assassin, now trying to atone for her past by saving a life for every one she has taken.
• The publisher’s site has this description with a “Read Now” preview function.

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* Bear, Elizabeth : Range of Ghosts
(Tor 978-0-7653-2754-3, $25.99, 336pp, hardcover, March 2012, cover by Donato Giancola)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Mar 2012
Endless Sky #1

Fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, set on a world resermbling central Asia as various kingdoms engage in civil war.
• The publisher’s site has this description
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review says “Bear creates a vivid world where wizards must sacrifice their ability to procreate in order to control magic and the sky changes to reflect the gods of the land’s rulers. The strong setting and engaging characters will have readers eager for the second installment.”
• Faren Miller reviews it in the March issue of Locus Magazine, noting that this world was introduced in novella ‘‘Bone and Jewel Creatures’’.
• Brit Mandelo reviews it for Tor.com: “All around a great piece from Elizabeth Bear, and I recommend it for readers who want stunning, crunchy world-building, complex conflicts, and women characters who aren’t just strong but are also powerful.”

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* Beckett, Galen : The Master of Heathcrest Hall
(Ballantine Spectra 978-0-553-80760-8, $16, 736pp, trade paperback, April 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Mar 2012
Mrs. Quent #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following the author’s first novel, The Magicians and Mrs. Quent (2008), and The House on Durrow Street (2010), set in an alternate Regency England.
• Bantam’s site has this description with a preview feature and a text excerpt.
• The author’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.

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+ Chadbourn, Mark : Jack of Ravens
(Pyr 978-1-6161-4607-8, $17.95, 422pp, trade paperback, March 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Mar 2012
Kingdom of the Serpent #1

First US edition (UK: Gollancz, July 2006)

Fantasy novel, first of a series, about an archaeologist who is transported to Celtic Britain of 2000 years before his birth.
• The 2006 British first edition was a British Fantasy Award finalist.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, “Chadbourn balances vividly realized worlds, plenty of action, and some wry humor to help carry this paean to hope in its war against despair.”

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* Courtenay Grimwood, Jon : The Outcast Blade
(Orbit 978-0-316-07442-1, $14.99, 432pp, trade paperback, April 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 26 Mar 2012
The Assassini #2

Fantasy novel, second of a trilogy following The Fallen Blade (2011), set in a Renaissance Venice populated by vampires and werewolves.
• The publisher’s site has this extract.

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* Crockett, S. D. : After the Snow
(Feiwel and Friends 978-0-312-64169-6, $16.99, 304pp, hardcover, March 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Mar 2012

Young adult novel about the descent of a new Ice Age, concerning a 15-year-old boy in northern Wales,
• Parent publisher Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt and a video trailer.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “This brutal and at times terrifying postapocalyptic tale features a well-developed first-person narrator, strong secondary characters, and spare but compelling language.”

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* Foster, Alan Dean : Body, Inc.
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-51199-7, $15, 304pp, trade paperback, April 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Mar 2012
The Tipping Point #2

Near-future thriller, second of a trilogy following The Human Blend (2010), in which a scientist and a thief travel to Africa to trace the origin of a mysterious metallic thread.
• Del Rey’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review notes that it “merges elements of pure science fiction, adventure espionage, and TV spy spoofs” but isn’t particularly impressed.

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* Haley, Guy : Omega Point
(Angry Robot 978-0857661494, $7.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, April 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Mar 2012
Richards and Klein #2

SF novel, second of a series following Reality 36 (2011), about an AI and cyborg detective team.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description with quotes from reviews and a preview function.

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* Hughes, Matthew : Costume Not Included
(Angry Robot 978-0857661395, $7.99, 384pp, mass market paperback, April 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Mar 2012
To Hell and Back #2

Humorous fantasy novel, second of a series following The Damned Busters (2011), about a one-time actuary turned superhero.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description with a preview feature and quotes from reviews.

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+ Hunt, Stephen : Secrets of the Fire Sea
(Tor 978-0-7653-2767-3, $27.99, 448pp, hardcover, March 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Mar 2012
Jackelian #4

First US edition (UK: HarperVoyager, February 2010)

Steampunk fantasy novel, fourth set in the world of The Court of the Air (2007), The Kingdom Beyond the Waves (2010), and The Rise of the Iron Moon (2011).
• Tor’s site has this description with quotes from reviews.

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* John, Steven : Three A.M.
(Tor 978-0-7653-3116-8, $24.99, 304pp, hardcover, March 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Mar 2012

Apocalyptic SF novel, the author’s first novel, set 15 years after a pandemic devestated the country and a thick fog descended over the world.
• Tor’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “John’s unsparing, hard-edged depiction of cynicism and immorality marks him as an author to watch.”

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* Kane, Stacia : Sacrificial Magic
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-52750-9, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, April 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Mar 2012
Chess Putnam #5

Urban fantasy novel, fifth in a series following Unholy Ghosts (June 2010), Unholy Magic (July 2010), and City of Ghosts (August 2010), about a claims adjustor for the Church of Real Truth, which compensates citizens bothered by ghosts of the living dead.
• The author’s site has this page with a description and an excerpt.
• A fifth novel, Chasing Magic, is due in July.

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* Lovegrove, James : Age of Aztec
(Solaris 978-1907992810, $8.99, 512pp, mass market paperback, April 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Mar 2012
Age #4

SF novel, fourth in a series following The Age of Ra (2009), The Age of Zeus (2010), and Age of Odin (2011).
• In this book the Aztec Empire rules the world, while a vigilante in London tries to defy them.
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* Lowe, Helen : The Gathering of the Lost
(Harper Voyager 978-0-06-173405-2, $7.99, 672pp, mass market paperback, April 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Mar 2012
The Wall of Night #2

Fantasy novel, second in the four-volume “The Wall of Night” series following The Heir of Night (2010), in which the fate the world rests in the hands of one young woman.
• HarperCollins’ website has this description, with a “read now” function.
• The author’s site has this page about the series.

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* Lyle, Anne : The Alchemist of Souls
(Angry Robot 978-0-85766-214-9, $7.99, 480pp, mass market paperback, April 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Mar 2012
Night’s Masque #1

Alternate history fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first of a series, in which English explorers bring skraylings back from the New World.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description with blurbs and quotes from reviews and an extract.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it an “impressive debut” and concludes, “With an effective mix of espionage, backstage drama, and mystery, Lyle provides compelling drama in an intriguing setting.”
• John Scalzi’s blog today has The Big Idea: Anne Lyle with the author’s background on writing the book.

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* Poitevin, Linda : Sins of the Son
(Ace 978-1937007379, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, April 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Mar 2012
The Grigori Legacy #2

Urban fantasy, second of a series following the author’s first novel Sins of the Angels (2011), about a homicide detective whose new partner is a hunter of Fallen Angels.
• The author’s site has the descriptions and excerpts for both books.

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* Sprunk, Jon : Shadow’s Master
(Pyr 978-1616146054, $17.95, 390pp, trade paperback, March 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Mar 2012
Shadow’s Son #3

Sword and sorcery fantasy novel, third in a series following Shadow’s Son (2010) and Shadow’s Lure (2011), about an assassin in a holy city battling a conspiracy in the church.
• Pyr’s site has this description.

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* Sylvan, Dianne : Shadow’s Fall
(Ace 978-1937007386, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, April 2012)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Mar 2012
The Shadow World #3

Urban fantasy novel, third in a series about a woman able to manipulate people with her music who comes into contact with a society of vampires, following Queen of Shadows (2010) and ShadowFlame (2011).
• The author’s site has this page about the series with links to excerpts.

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