* Armstrong, Kelley : Forbidden
(Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-535-2, $28, 216pp, hardcover, January 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 31 Dec 2012
Otherworld #-

Novella set in the author’s Otherworld series.
• Subterranean’s site has this description and order page.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it “an appetizing morsel of a mystery sure to whet appetites for the rest of the series”, and concludes, “With sneaky, surprising pacing and well-drawn likable characters, Armstrong capably uncovers the darkness underlying a quintessential small American town.”

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* Brennan, Thomas : Doktor Glass
(Ace 978-0-425-25817-0, $15, 320pp, trade paperback, January 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 31 Dec 2012

Steampunk SF novel about a murder investigation in a world that features a Transatlantic Span, a bridge that stretches from Liverpool to New York City.
• The publisher’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Francis, Diana Pharaoh : Blood Winter
(Pocket 978-1451613865, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, January 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Wed 26 Dec 2012
Horngate Witches #4

Urban fantasy novel, fourth in the Horngage Witches series following Bitter Night (2009), Crimson Wind (2010), and Shadow City (2012), about Max, a woman bound by a witch into servitude as her ‘Shadowblade’.
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+ Hamilton, Peter F. : Great North Road
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-52666-3, $30, 976pp, hardcover, January 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Jan 2013

First US edition (UK: Macmillan UK, September 2012)

US edition of a stand-alone SF novel, set in the 22nd century, about an investigation into an alien threat that may be responsible for the murders of wealthy North family clones.
• The publisher’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, calling it “a mesmerizing page-turner whose pace never lags despite the book’s substantial length”, and concluding, “The intense whodunit plot and the sustained ambiguity about Tramelo’s innocence or guilt are enhanced by plausible extrapolations of 22nd-century human cultures.”

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* Hendee, Barb, & J.C. Hendee : The Dog in the Dark
(Roc 978-0451464934, $26.95, 464pp, hardcover, January 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 31 Dec 2012
Noble Dead #11

Fantasy novel, eleventh in the “Noble Dead” series following Dhampire, Thief of Lives, Sister of the Dead, Traitor to the Blood, and Rebel Fay, In Shade and Shadow, Child of a Dead God, Through Stone and Sea, Of Truth and Beasts, and Between Their Worlds, about a half-vampire vampire-hunter and her half-elf partner.
• The series site NobleDead.org has this page for the book.
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* Lyle, Anne : The Merchant of Dreams
(Angry Robot 978-0857662781, $7.99, 528pp, mass market paperback, January 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Dec 2012
Night’s Masque #2

Alternate history fantasy novel, second in a series following The Alchemist of Souls (Apr 2012), about European explorers who have brought skraylings back from the New World.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description with a link to an extract.

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* Naam, Ramez : Nexus
(Osprey/Angry Robot 978-0-85766-294-1, $14.99, 464pp, trade paperback, January 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Dec 2012

Near future SF novel, the author’s first novel, about an experimental nano-drug called Nexus.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description with blurbs from Alastair Reynolds and John Barnes and a link to an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “While the philosophizing is sometimes painfully heavy, the action scenes are crisp, the glimpses of future tech and culture are mesmerizing, and Naam does an admirable job of giving the reader no easy answer for the problem he’s posing.”

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* Owens, Robin D. : Enchanted Ever After
(Harlequin/Luna 978-0373803477, $14.95, 400pp, trade paperback, January 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Dec 2012
Mystic Circle #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Enchanted No More (2010) and Enchanted Again (2011), about a woman whose job at a gaming company awakened hidden talents.
• Luna’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.

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* Perry, Steve : The Ramal Extraction
(Ace 978-0-425-25662-6, $7.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, January 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 24 Dec 2012
Cutter’s Wars #1

Military SF novel, first in a new series, about a mercenary group at the close of the 24th century, when the galaxy has descended into chaos.
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* Ringo, John, & Ryan Sear : Tiger by the Tail
(Baen 978-1-4516-3856-1, $25, 384pp, hardcover, January 2013, cover art Kurt Miller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Jan 2013
Paladin of Shadows #6

Military techno-thriller about a former Navy SEAL turned international warlord; sixth in a series following Ghost (2005), Kildar (2006), Choosers of the Slain (2006), Unto the Breach (2006), and A Deeper Blue (2007).
• Baen’s site has a description and links to several chapters.

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* Rowland, Diana : Touch of the Demon
(DAW 9780756407759, $7.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, January 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 31 Dec 2012
Kara Gillian #5

Urban fantasy/police procedural novel, fifth in the “Kara Gillian” series following Mark of the Demon (2009), Blood of the Demon (2010), Secrets of the Demon (2011), and Sins of the Demon, about a Louisiana cop who consults with a demon lord while investigating a series of murders.
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* Snyder, Maria V. : Scent of Magic
(Harlequin/Mira 978-0778314189, $14.95, 416pp, trade paperback, January 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 18 Dec 2012
Healer #2

Fantasy novel, second in a new series following Touch of Power (2012), about magical healers who are accused of spreading plague to the Territories.
• The author’s site has a description with a link to an excerpt.

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+ Taylor, K. J. : The Shadow’s Heir
(Ace 9780425258231, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, January 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 24 Dec 2012
The Risen Sun #1

Fantasy novel, first in a new series, about a woman born a half-breed of the Northern kingdom and the Southern people.
• The publisher’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The book was first published in January 2012 by HarperCollins Australia, whose site has this description.

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* West, Michelle : Battle
(DAW 978-0756407957, $25.95, 656pp, hardcover, January 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Mon 31 Dec 2012
The House War #5

Fantasy novel, fifth in “The House War” series following The Hidden City (2008), City of Night (2009), House Name (2011), and Skirmish (2012), about a city besieged by worshippers of the Lord of the Hells.
• The publisher’s site has this brief description.

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* White, Steve : Sunset of the Gods
(Baen 978-1-4516-3846-2, $14, 240pp, trade paperback, January 2013, cover art Kurt Miller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Jan 2013
Jason Thanou #2

SF novel, sequel to Blood of the Heroes (2006), about a time traveler to ancient Greece where the Greek gods are real.
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