* Armstrong, Kelley : Omens
(Dutton 978-0-525-95304-3, $26.95, 416pp, hardcover, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1101624265
UK edition: Sphere 978-1847445117 (Tue 20 Aug 2013)
The Cainesville Trilogy #1


Paranormal romance novel, first of a trilogy, about a young adopted woman who discovers her real parents were serial killers.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a link to an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, ” The fantasy elements take a backseat to the mystery, and by book’s end little is known about the world Armstrong is constructing.”

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* Ashby, Amanda : Demonosity
(Penguin/Speak 978-0-142-42397-4, $8.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 15 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1101625903

Young adult novel about a popular high school girl occupied by the spirit of a fourteenth-century knight.
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* Berman, Steve : Zombies: Shambling Through the Ages
(Prime Books 978-1607013952, $15.95, 384pp, trade paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Jul 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00EJQR8NS

Anthology of 33 stories about zombies, most of them original to the book. Stories are arranged in groups, “Before Lazarus” and “After Lazarus”, and within the latter group, “Antiquity” to “Early 20th Century”.
• Authors include Alex Jeffers, Lee Thomas, Jonathan Maberry, Stephen Graham Jones, Scott Edelman, and Steven Popkes.
• Prime Books’ site has this description, with the full table of contents.
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* Cooper, Elspeth : The Raven’s Shadow
(UK: Gollancz 978-0-575-13437-9, £20, 576pp, hardcover, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 15 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575134409
Wild Hunt #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following the author’s first novel Songs of the Earth (2011) and Trinity Rising (2012), about a novice knight with the ability to hear magical music in a society where Church Knights execute as witches anyone who hears the ‘song of the Earth’.
• Gollancz’s site has this description.
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* Deas, Stephen : Dragon Queen
(UK: Gollancz 978-0-575-10053-4, $16.99, 640pp, trade paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 15 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575100558
Memory of Flames #5

Fantasy novel, fifth in a series following The Adamantine Palace (2009), The King of the Crags (2010), The Order of the Scales (2011), and The Black Mausoleum (2012), set in a land where dragons are violent creatures subdued into servitude by human masters.
• Gollancz’ site has this description.
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* Enge, James : Wrath-Bearing Tree
(Pyr 978-1-61614-781-5, $18, 320pp, trade paperback, August 2013, cover illustration Steve Stone)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Aug 2013
A Tournament of Shadows #2

Fantasy novel, second in a prequel trilogy, following A Guile of Dragons (2012), to the author’s Morlock Ambrosius trilogy (Blood of Ambrose, This Crooked Way, The Wolf Age).
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Enge’s swift-moving story offers both depth and classic sword-and-sorcery questing to create a solid addition to the series.”
• Tim Pratt reviewed the book in the July issue of Locus Magazine, concluding, “I’ll keep following Morlock, with his one-word conversations, his quick lateral thinking, his mastery of the mystic and practical arts, his incendiary blood, and his failures as a friend and lover, for as long as Enge wants to keep spinning stories about him.”

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* Goodkind, Terry : The Third Kingdom
(Tor 978-0-7653-3599-9, $29.99, 528pp, hardcover, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466826274
Richard and Kahlan #2

Fantasy novel, sequel to The Omen Machine (2011), concerning two characters, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell, from the author’s popular “Sword of Truth” series.
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* Grimes, Linda : Quick Fix
(Tor 978-0-7653-3181-6, $15.99, 352pp, trade paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429956451
Ciel Halligan #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following the author’s first novel In a Fix (2012), about a human chameleon who solves her clients’ problems by taking on their identities.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly called the first book a “sparkling series opener” and concluded, “The wisecracking, whirlwind romp of a romantic urban fantasy adventure gradually spirals into the ludicrous, but endearing characters will satisfy readers willing to shrug off plot holes for the sake of fun.”

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* Guran, Paula, ed. : The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2013 Edition
(Prime Books 978-1607013976, $19.95, 528pp, trade paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Aug 2013

Anthology of 35 dark fantasy and horror stories first published in 2012.
• Authors include Laird Barron, Peter S. Beagle, Jeffrey Ford, Neil Gaiman, John Langan, Ekaterina Sedia, John Shirley, and Rachel Swirsky.
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+ Hunt, Stephen : Jack Cloudie
(Tor 978-0-7653-3320-9, $27.99, 416pp, hardcover, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466802056
Jackelian #5

First US edition (UK: Harper Voyager, July 2011)

Steampunk fantasy novel, fifth set in the world of The Court of the Air (2007), The Kingdom Beyond the Waves (2008), The Rise of the Iron Moon (2009), and Secrets of the Fire Sea (2010).
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Hunt combines elements of fantasy, genetic manipulation, and a large dash of Patrick O’Brien to form a wonderfully satisfying tale of adventure.”

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* Lazellari, Edward D. : The Lost Prince
(Tor 978-0-7653-2788-8, $27.99, 528pp, hardcover, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429947435
Awakenings #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series after the author’s first novel Awakenings (2011), about a lost heir of the magical realm of Andor, who along with his subjects wake from their amnesia on Earth.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review says “Lazellari takes a step away from the formula fantasy of Awakenings in this thoughtful sequel.”

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* Sanderson, Brandon : Legion and The Emperor’s Soul
(UK: Gollancz 978-0575116177, £18.99, 224pp, hardcover, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 15 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575116481

Omnibus of two previously published novellas, “Legion” (Subterranean, 2012), and “The Emperor’s Soul” (Tachyon, 2012).
• Gollancz’s site has this description.
• A simultaneous trade paperback edition is also available.

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* Shannon, Samantha : The Bone Season
(Bloomsbury 978-1-62040-139-2, $24, 480pp, hardcover, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781620401408
Scion #1

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first of a projected seven-volume series, about Paige, a dreamwalker in a future London who is captured and sent to a penal colony run by a mysterious race from another dimension.
• Bloomsbury’s site has this description with a link to a Google preview.
• The Publishers Weekly review calls it a ” richly imagined debut”, and concludes, “The internal mythology is complex and intriguing, the emotional struggle is captivating, and the pace rarely falters as Paige unravels the mysteries and dangers of her new home. This extremely strong beginning will have readers eager to see whether Shannon can maintain her stride for a lengthy series.”
• Numerous news stories today, including this NY Times story, announce that Shannon’s novel is the first selection of a new Oprah-style bookclub on the “Today” show.

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* Williams, Lynda : Holy War
(Canada: Hades/Edge Science Fiction And Fantasy 978-1-77053-032-4, 244pp, trade paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 15 Aug 2013
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-77053-033-1
Okal Rel #9

SF novel, 9th book in a projected 10-volume series about two far future factions of humanity: bio-engineered Galecks, who can travel faster than light via “reality skimming”, and Reetions, unmodified humans whose society is moderated by AIs.
• Hades’ site has this description with a link to a PDF excerpt.
• Wikipedia has as page about the Okal Rel Universe.

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