* Archer, Jill : Fiery Edge of Steel
(Ace 978-0-425-25716-6, $7.99, 336pp, mass market paperback, June 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101623886
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 May 2013
Noon Onyx #2

Urban fantasy novel, second of a series following Dark Light of Day (2012), set in a post-Armageddon world in which demons are worshiped, about the daughter of a politician who possesses a rare magical power.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it an “original and clever urban fantasy”.

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* Guran, Paula, ed. : After the End: Recent Apocalypses
(Prime Books 978-1-60701-390-7, $15.95, 384pp, trade paperback, June 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 May 2013

Anthology of 20 stories, first published between 2008 and 2012.
• Authors include Paolo Bacigalupi, Cory Doctorow, Margo Lanagan, Nnedi Okorafor, and Bruce Sterling.
• Prime’s site has this description with the table of contents.
• The starred Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Every style and taste is represented, and readers will enjoy learning (or being reminded) why so many of these authors are considered stars of the genre.”

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+ Koontz, Dean : Deeply Odd
(Bantam 978-0-553-80773-8, $28, 352pp, hardcover, May 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-345-53569-6
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 May 2013
Odd Thomas #6

First US edition (UK: HarperCollins UK, March 2013)

Horror novel, sixth in a series following Odd Thomas (2003), Forever Odd (2005), Brother Odd (2006), Odd Hours (2008), and Odd Apocalypse (2012), about a young man who can see spirits of the dead.
• The UK edition was published in March.
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review says “Series fans will appreciate more than newcomers bestseller Koontz’s sixth paranormal crime novel featuring itinerant fry cook and prophetic dreamer Odd Thomas”, and concludes, “The farce in this novel often undercuts the terror.”

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* Modesitt, L. E., Jr. : Antiagon Fire
(Tor 978-0-7653-3457-2, $27.99, 464pp, hardcover, May 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466814172
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 May 2013
Imager Portfolio #7

Fantasy novel, fourth volume in the second arc following Imager (March 2009), Imager’s Challenge (Oct. 2009), Imager’s Intrigue (2010), Scholar (2011), Princeps (2012), and Imager’s Battalion (Jan. 2013) — where some have the magical skill to visualize things and make them real.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine, concluding that the book “provides a fascinating picture of imagers at war, while continuing to explore different styles of governance in this intriguing world.”

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* Moriarty, Chris : Ghost Spin
(Ballantine Spectra 978-0-553-38494-9, $16, 576pp, trade paperback, May 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-345-52628-1
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 May 2013
Spin #3

SF novel, third in a series following Spin State (2003) and Spin Control (2006), set in an interstellar empire whose quantum teleportation network has collapsed, leaving the UN and Syndicates battling for a region of space called the Drift.
• Random House’s website has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review says the book is “is both rewarding and frustrating”, and concludes, “Dense prose sometimes conceals as much as it reveals, and while some elements—the adaptations humans make to survive in the hostile environments of other worlds, a galaxy teetering on the edge of singularity—are genuinely visionary, others leave the reader wanting more.”

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* Nelson, Mark : King’s Gambit
(Hadley Rille 978-0-9849670-1-8, trade paperback, June 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Sat 25 May 2013
Pevana #2

Fantasy novel, sequel to The Poets of Pevana (2012), about danger and intrigue in the realm of Prince Donari.
• Hadley Rille’s site has this description of the earlier book.
• The Publishers Weekly review says “Fans of the first book will undoubtedly enjoy revisiting the characters and politics of Pevana, and Nelson does a solid job of making his world accessible to new readers as well.”

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* Newman, Emma : Any Other Name
(Angry Robot 978-0857663238, $14.99, 400pp, trade paperback, June 2013, cover art Sarah J. Coleman)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857663245
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 May 2013
Split Worlds #2

Urban fantasy novel, second of a series following Between Two Thorns (Feb. 2013), set in Aquae Sulis, Bath’s secret mirror city.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description with an extract.

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+ Nix, Garth, & Sean Williams : Troubletwisters: The Mystery
(Scholastic Press 9780545258999, $16.99, 304pp, hardcover, June 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00B9FX5FM
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 May 2013
Troubletwisters #3

Middle-grade fantasy novel, third in the series following The Magic (2011) and The Monster, about two 12-year-olds who discover they have magical powers.
• The UK edition was released May 6th.
Scholastic’s site has a brief description.
• The Australian series site has descriptions and chapter excerpts. Note the Australian edition is called The Mystery of the Golden Card.

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* Peeler, Nicole : Tempest Reborn
(Orbit 978-0-316-12810-0, $8, 368pp, mass market paperback, May 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316235501
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 May 2013
Jane True #6

Paranormal romance novel, sixth in the series following Tempest Rising (2009), Tracking the Tempest (2010), Tempest’s Legacy (2011), Eye of the Tempest (2011), and Tempest’s Fury (2012) about half-selkie Jane True.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.

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‡ Sanderson, Brandon : The Rithmatist
(UK: Orion Children’s Books 978-1444009538, £8.99, 384pp, trade paperback, May 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781444009521
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 23 May 2013

Young adult fantasy novel, first of a series, about magicians called Rithmatists who have the power to control two-dimensional creatures called Chalklings.
• The US edition appeared April 29th.
• Orion’s site has this description.

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* Scott, Melissa, & Amy Griswold : Death by Silver
(Lethe Press 978-1-59021-055-0, $18, 272pp, trade paperback, May 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Sat 25 May 2013

Fantasy detective novel set in a Victorian London where magic works.
• There’s nothing yet on Lethe’s site about this book, but Amazon’s page has the publisher’s description.

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* Shevdon, Mike : The Eighth Court
(Angry Robot 978-0857662279, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, June 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857662286
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 May 2013
Courts of the Feyre #4

Urban fantasy novel, fourth in a series following Sixty-One Nails (2010), Road to Bedlam (2010), and Strangeness and Charm (2012), about a London man’s relationship with the supernatural Feyre races.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description with a preview function.

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* Skillingstead, Jack : Life on the Preservation
(Solaris 978-1781081174, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, June 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 May 2013

SF novel in which Seattle is contained inside a dome by aliens who have scorched the rest of the world.
• Solaris’ site has this description.
• SF Signal has this interview with the author about the book.

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* Strahan, Jonathan, ed. : Fearsome Journeys
(Solaris 978-1781081181, $7.99, 416pp, mass market paperback, June 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 May 2013

Anthology of 12 fantasy stories, subtitled “The New Solaris Book of Fantasy”.
• Authors include Saladin Ahmed, K.J. Parker, Jeffrey Ford, Elizabeth Bear, and Daniel Abraham.
• Solaris’ site has this description.
• Strahan’s blog has this post with the table of contents.

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* Tolkien, J. R. R. : The Fall of Arthur
(Harcourt 9780544115897, $25, 240pp, hardcover, May 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780544126060
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 23 May 2013

Unfinished narrative poem about King Arthur, the latest of numerous posthumous works edited and published by the author’s son, Christopher Tolkien.
• Harcourt’s site has this description with images available for downloading.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• Elizabeth Hand reviewed the book in the Los Angeles Times: “What survives of the poem’s actual text takes up only 57 pages of this newly published volume. It focuses on the bloody aftermath of Queen Guinevere’s affair with Lancelot, greatest of Arthur’s knights, and is surprisingly powerful in its terse depiction of the affair’s devastating consequences. The style will be familiar to anyone who’s ever been captivated by the narrative verse that embellishes ‘The Lord of the Rings.’…”

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* Wendig, Chuck : The Blue Blazes
(Angry Robot 978-0857663351, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, June 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857663368
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 28 May 2013
Mookie Pearl #1

Urban fantasy novel, first in a series, about the boss of both the criminal and supernatural underworlds.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description with a preview function.

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