* Aguirre, Ann : Agave Kiss
(Roc 978-0-451-46503-0, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, March 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101604564
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Mar 2013
Corine Solomon #5

Urban fantasy novel, fifth in the “Corine Solomon” series following Blue Diablo (2009), Hell Fire (2010), Shady Lady (2011), and Devil’s Punch (2012), about a woman with the ability to touch an object and perceive its history and future.
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* Alexander, William : Ghoulish Song
(Simon & Schuster/McElderry 978-1-4424-2729-7, $16.99, 176pp, hardcover, March 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781442427310
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Mar 2013
Goblin Secrets #2

Young adult fantasy novel, “companion” to Goblin Secrets, which won a National Book Award last year, set in the city of Zombay. This book concerns a girl whose bone flute separates her shadow from her body.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls this book “more focused” than its predecessor, and says, “There is magic in almost every aspect of Alexander’s world, including the sinister sentience of the river and the bones of the drowned, and his graceful prose weaves an engaging fantasy that embraces the power of music.”

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* Arnett, Mindee : The Nightmare Affair
(Tor Teen 978-0-765-33333-9, $17.99, 368pp, hardcover, March 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-466-80067-0
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Mar 2013
Arkwell Academy #1

Young adult fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first of a series, about a girl at a boarding school for magicking who, as a “Nightmare”, sneaks into people’s dreams.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The author’s site has this page for the book with a trailer and blurbs from Marissa Meyer and others.

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* Bishop, Anne : Written in Red
(Roc 978-0-451-46496-5, $26.95, 448pp, hardcover, March 2013, cover art Blake Morrow)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101615058
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Mar 2013
The Others #1

Fantasy novel, first in a new series, about unearthly entities who rule the Earth and prey off humans.
• Penguin’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly is not impressed. But the author’s page for the book quotes the starred Kirkus review: “It all adds up to a stunningly original yarn, deeply imagined, beautifully articulated and set forth in clean, limpid, sensual prose.”

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* Bradley, Marion Zimmer, & Deborah J. Ross : The Children of Kings
(Daw 978-0-756-40797-1, $24.95, 400pp, hardcover, March 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101625828
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Mar 2013
Darkover

Fantasy novel set in Bradley’s Darkover universe, about smugglers hiding out on Darkover.
• The publisher’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Briggs, Patricia : Frost Burned
(Ace 978-0-441-02001-0, $26.95, 352pp, hardcover, March 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101619650
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Mar 2013
Mercy Thompson #7

Fantasy novel, seventh in a series about Mercy Thompson, a coyote shapeshifter who’s also a VW mechanic, following Moon Called (2006), Blood Bound (2007), Iron Kissed (2008), Bone Crossed (2009), Silver Borne (2010), and River Marked (2011).
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The author’s books page has links to comments, a map, and sample chapter.

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* Carroll, Lee : The Shape Stealer
(Tor 978-0-765-32599-0, $18.99, 352pp, trade paperback, March 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429948159
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Mar 2013
Black Swan #3

Urban fantasy novel, third in a series following Black Swan Rising (2010) and The Watchtower (2011), about a New York City jewelry designer who protects the world from evil.
• Lee Carroll is a pseudonym for mystery writer Carol Goodman and her husband, poet Lee Slonimsky.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Coates, Deborah : Deep Down
(Tor 978-0-7653-2900-4, $25.99, 304pp, hardcover, March 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429942843
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Mar 2013
Wide Open #2

Fantasy novel, sequel to the author’s first novel Wide Open (2012), about a woman who served in Afghanistan and returned home to South Dakota to solve her sister’s murder.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it a “solid follow-up” to the earlier book, and concludes, “Coates staffs her tale with other psychically gifted characters who give credible purpose to its wild events, and Hallie shows impressive grit and physicality while battling occult forces.”

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* Czerneda, Julie E. : A Turn of Light
(DAW 978-0-7564-0707-0, $20, 236pp, trade paperback, March 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101635810
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Mar 2013

Fantasy novel — the author’s first fantasy novel, after a dozen or so SF novels — about a pioneer town that overlaps into a magical world called the Verge.
• The author’s website has a description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it a “charming character-driven fantasy” and concludes that the author “will charm fantasy readers with multidimensional characters, a vivid setting, and powerful themes of hope and renewal.”

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* Davidson, MaryJanice : Undead and Underwater
(Berkley Sensation 978-0-425-25332-8, $15, 352pp, trade paperback, March 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101619568
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Mar 2013
Queen Betsy

Collection of three novellas involving Queen Betsy from the Undead series (most recently Undead and Unstable, 2012) and the Wyndham Werewolves from various books and stories.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The author blogged this description of the stories last year.

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* de Lint, Charles : The Cats of Tanglewood Forest
(Little, Brown 978-0-316-05357-0, $17.99, 285pp, hardcover, March 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316215510
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Mar 2013

Children’s fantasy novel about Lillian Kindred, a girl who is turned into a kitten by the magical cats of Tanglewood Forest, with illustrations by Charles Vess.
• The publiisher’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review, noting that it’s an expansion of de Lint and Vess’s 2003 picture book A Circle of Cats, and concludes, “De Lint zestfully combines the traditional and the original, the light and the dark, while Vess’s luminous full-color illustrations, simultaneously fluid and precise, capture Lillian’s effervescent blend of determination and curiosity.”

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+ Edwards, Janet : Earth Girl
(Pyr 978-1-61614-765-5, $17.95, 350pp, hardcover, March 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00BN8SQMW
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Mar 2013
Earth Girl #1

Young adult SF novel, the author’s first novel and first of a trilogy, about an 18-year-old girl whose immune system will not allow her to leave Earth.
• Pyr’s site has this description with an author bio.
• The book published in August 2012 by Harper Voyager in the UK.
• The author’s site has quotes from reviews.

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+ Harrison, M. John : Empty Space
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-461-5, $15.95, 288pp, trade paperback, March 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781597804622
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Mar 2013
Kefahuchi Tract #3

First US edition (UK: Gollancz, July 2012)

SF novel, subtitled “A Haunting”, third in a trilogy following Light (2002, winner of a James Tiptree, Jr. Award) and Nova Swing (2006, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke and Philip K. Dick awards). This book concerns a widow in near future England, a far future space freighter that takes on an alien artifact, and an event zone on a distant planet where ordinary physics doesn’t apply.
• Night Shade’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review describes it as “a self-referential mash-up of comedic horror and space opera caricature. By turns brilliantly satirical, impenetrably dense, and deliberately crude…”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it in Locus Magazine’s October 2012 issue, and Russell Letson covers it in the March 2013 issue. Letson comments, “the writing here is lovely, or at least verbally and imagistically complex, arresting, and seductive.” And referring to the language, Wolfe concludes, “…even admirers might not want to take this on without some familiarity with Light and Nova Swing, but Empty Space is far more substantial than the latter, and much the equal of the former.”

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* Holt, Tom : Doughnut
(Orbit 978-0-316-22610-3, $13.99, 393pp, trade paperback, March 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316226097
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Mar 2013

Humorous fantasy novel about a man whose lost both his job and his wife, but has inherited the contents of a physicist’s safe deposit box, which sets him on an epic journey.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function. Orbit’s site has a bite-sized excerpt, with more to follow.

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* Hoyt, Sarah A. : A Few Good Men
(Baen 978-1-4516-3888-2, $14, 384pp, trade paperback, March 2013, cover art David Mattingly)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00BGCRQ3U
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Mar 2013
Earth’s Revolution #1

Space opera romance novel, first of a series and sequel to Darkship Thieves (2010) and Darkship Renegades (2012), set on a future Earth where “Good Man” refers to a member of the ruling class.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapter excerpts.

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* Jernigan, Zachary : No Return
(Night Shade Books 978-1597804561, $26.99, 320pp, hardcover, March 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781597804578
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Mar 2013
No Return #1

Fantasy novel, first of a series and the author’s first novel, set on the world of Jeroun, which is watched over by an orbiting god called Adrash.
• Night Shade’s site has this description, which calls it “Gritty, erotic, and fast-paced”.
• The author’s site has this page for the book, with a link to an excerpt and enthusiastic blurbs from Elizabeth Hand, David Anthony Durham, James Patrick Kelly, and others.
• Nick Sharps reviewed the book for SF Signal: “Ambitious, impressive, and bold. This is not your run of the mill fantasy.”

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* Johnson, Alaya Dawn : The Summer Prince
(Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine 978-0-545-41779-2, $17.99, 304pp, hardcover, March 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00B925W42
Nominal Publication Date: Fri 1 Mar 2013

Young adult fantasy novel set in futuristic Brazilian city Palmares Três, where artist June Costa and her best friend both fall in love with Enki, the new Summer King.
• The publisher’s site has this description, with several reviews.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
Publisher’s Weekly gives it a starred review: “With its complicated history, founding myth, and political structure, Palmares Três is compelling, as is the triple bond between June, Enki, and Gil as they challenge their world’s injustices.”
Entertainment Weekly gives it a B: “There’s a great, fresh audacity to Johnson’s YA debut…”

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* McGuire, Seanan : Midnight Blue-Light Special
(DAW 978-0-7564-0792-6, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, March 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101635452
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Mar 2013
InCryptid #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following Discount Armageddon (2012) about a crytozoologist who’d rather study ballroom dancing than the monsters of the world.
• The author’s website has this series page with a description and titles of the first two books.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review says “The story is fast-moving and enjoyable, with events whooshing by too fast for the reader to ponder improbabilities.”

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* Oates, Joyce Carol : The Accursed
(Ecco 978-0-06-223170-3, $27.99, 688pp, hardcover, March 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062234360
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Mar 2013

Historical fantasy novel set in early 20th-century Princeton, where elite families are affected by a powerful curse.
• Parent publisher HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review, noting that it was first drafted in the early 1980s, and comments that “This story has vampires, demons, angels, murder, lynching, beatings, rape, sex, parallel worlds, Antarctic voyages, socialism, sexism, racism, paranoia, gossip, spiritualism, and escalating insanity.” The review concludes, “Take on this 700-page behemoth with an open mind, and hang on for the ride.”

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* Schwarz, Liesel : A Conspiracy of Alchemists
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-54507-7, $25, 352pp, hardcover, March 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-345-54127-7
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Mar 2013
Chronicles of Light and Shadow #1

Urban fantasy steampunk novel, first of a series and the author’s first novel, about airship pilot Elle Chance and a battle between Alchemists and Warlocks.
• The publisher’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The author’s site has a page about steampunk and a blog.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Intrigue, slightly contrived romantic tension, and colorful settings will appeal to fans of light fantasy and adventure.”

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* Thurman, Rob : Slashback
(Roc 978-0-451-46502-3, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, March 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101604557
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Mar 2013
Cal Leandros #8

Urban fantasy novel, eighth in the “Cal Leandros” series following Nightlife (2006), Moonshine (2007), Madhouse (2008), Deathwish (2009), Roadkill (2010), Blackout (2011), and Doubletake (2012), set in a New York City inhabited by various preternatural beings.
• The publisher’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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* Weber, David : Shadow of Freedom
(Baen 978-1-4516-3869-1, $25, 448pp, hardcover, March 2013, cover art David Mattingly)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00BGCC28Y
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Mar 2013
Honor Harrington #14

SF space opera novel, 14th novel in the Honor Harrington series, following A Rising Thunder (2012).
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Wikipedia has this entry on the Honor Harrington series.
• There’s also an Honorverse wiki, which has this entry for the book.

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