Canavan, Trudi : The Traitor Queen
(Orbit 978-0-316-03790-7, $8, 576pp, mass market paperback, July 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Jul 2013
Traitor Spy #3

(First edition: Orbit, August 2012)

Fantasy novel, third in the “Traitor Spy” trilogy following The Ambassador’s Mission (2010) and The Rogue (2011).
• Orbit’s site has a post by the author about writing the series.
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Connolly, Tina : Ironskin
(Tor 978-0-7653-3061-1, $14.99, 304pp, trade paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Aug 2013

(First edition: Tor, October 2012)

Romantic fantasy novel, the author’s first novel.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The book was a finalist in this year’s Nebula Awards.
• The second book in the series, Copperhead, will be published in October.

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Cronin, Justin : The Twelve
(Ballantine 978-0-345-50499-9, $9.99, 624pp, mass market paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Jul 2013
The Passage trilogy #2

(First edition: Ballantine, October 2012)

Post-apocalyptic vampire novel, second in a trilogy following The Passage (2010), in which a vampire plague is unleashed by a government experiment gone wrong.
• The publisher’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Egan, Greg : The Eternal Flame
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-294-9, $14.99, 379pp, trade paperback, August 2013, cover illustration Cody Tilson)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Aug 2013
Orthogonal #2

(First edition: Night Shade Books, September 2012)

Hard science fiction novel, second of a trilogy following The Clockwork Rocket (2011), set in a universe with unusual physical laws (e.g. light has no universal speed and its creation generates energy).
• This book concerns a generation ship sent from its home planet to try to prevent its destruction.
• Night Shade’s site has this description, with quotes from reviews. This, and titles by Payton, Swift, and Tobin listed below, are the first trade paperbacks released by Night Shade as an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing.

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Gilman, Felix : The Rise of Ransom City
(Tor 978-0-7653-2941-7, $15.99, 368pp, trade paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Aug 2013
The Half-Made World #2

(First edition: Tor, November 2012)

Fantasy alternate-history novel, sequel to The Half-Made World (2010), set in a reimagined American West in which conflict rages between two factions, the Line and the Gun.
• Macmillan’s site has this description, and an excerpt.

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Hines, Jim C. : Libriomancer
(DAW 978-0-7564-0817-6, $7.99, 359pp, mass market paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Aug 2013
Magic ex Libris #1

(First edition: DAW, August 2012)

Humorous fantasy novel, first of a series, about a magician with the ability to draw forth objects from books, now target of vampire attacks on him and others in his organization.
• The author’s site includes a link to a PDF excerpt.
• The second book, Codex Born, has just been published in hardcover.

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Kollin, Dani, & Eytan Kollin : The Unincorporated Future
(Tor 978-0-7653-2882-3, $16.99, 352pp, trade paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Aug 2013
Unincorporated Man #4

(First edition: Tor, August 2012)

SF novel, fourth and concluding novel in the quartet that began with The Unincorporated Man (2009), The Unincorporated War (2010), and The Unincorporated Woman (2011).
• Tor’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Lanagan, Margo : The Brides of Rollrock Island
(Random House/Ember 978-0-375-87336-2, $9.99, 320pp, trade paperback, July 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Jul 2013

(First edition: Australia: Allen & Unwin, February 2012)

Fantasy novel about selkies, reprint of the first US edition of a book first published in February 2012 more-or-less simultaneously in Australia as Sea Hearts (Allen & Unwin) and in the UK under this title, about a sea-witch on Rollrock Island who is able to draw girls from seals to supply wives to men willing to pay the price.
• It’s an expansion of Lanagan’s 2009 World Fantasy Award winning novella “Sea-Hearts”.
• The Australian edition won a Ditmar Award and two Aurealis Awards.
• Gary K. Wolfe’s review from the January 2012 issue of Locus Magazine is posted here: “[I]t’s a gorgeous piece of work, perhaps less startling and visceral than Tender Morsels, but in many ways a richer and more complex novel…”

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Lansdale, Joe R. : Deadman’s Road
(Tachyon 978-1-61696-104-6, $14.95, 276pp, trade paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 1 Aug 2013

(First edition: Subterranean Press, December 2010)

Collection of five stories set in post-Civil War Texas.
• Tachyon’s site has this description, which advises that the print edition has a bonus novella “Dead in the West”, that’s not included in the e-book edition.
• Publishers Weekly has this review of the Subterranean first edition, which calls the stories “creepy, gory, and dark pulpy yarns”.

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Lawrence, Mark : King of Thorns
(Ace 978-0-425-25623-7, $7.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Jul 2013
The Broken Empire #2

(First edition: Ace, August 2012)

Fantasy novel, second in a trilogy following author’s first novel Prince of Thorns (2011), about a prince who becomes an outlaw following the murders of his mother and brother.
• Series site Prince of Thorns has a summary, map, descriptions of characters, a FAQ, and an author profile.
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Malan, Violette : Shadowlands
(DAW 978-0-7564-0773-5, $7.99, 420pp, mass market paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Aug 2013
Mirror Lands #2

(First edition: DAW, August 2012)

Fantasy novel, sequel to the author’s first novel The Mirror Prince (2006), about a history professor who learns he’s really a Faerie Prince Guardian who’s been exiled to Earth.
• The author’s website has a description, a biography, and a list of works with a link to a crime short story.
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Payton, T. Aaron : The Constantine Affliction
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-500-1, $14.99, 277pp, trade paperback, August 2013, jacket illustration Mark Nelson)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Aug 2013
Pimm and Skye #1

(First edition: Night Shade Books, August 2012)

Steampunk detective novel, the author’s first novel and first of a series, set in a 19th-century London afflicted by a disease that either kills or turns a person into the opposite sex.
• Night Shade’s site has this description with quotes from reviews.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• Payton is a pseudonym for Locus Magazine senior editor Tim Pratt.

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Ringo, John : Queen of Wands
(Baen 978-1451639179, $7.99, 496pp, mass market paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Jul 2013
Special Circumstances #2

(First edition: Baen, August 2012)

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Princess of Wands (2006), about a small town Mississippi homemaker who encounters various kinds of alien evils.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Roberson, Jennifer : The Wild Road
(DAW 978-0-7564-0818-3, $7.99, 418pp, mass market paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Aug 2013
Karavans #3

(First edition: DAW, September 2012)

Fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following Karavans (2006) and Deepwood (2007), about a changeable deepwood called Alisanos. In this book a human woman trapped within the forest reunites with her children.
• Penguin’s site has a description.
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Sniegoski, Thomas E. : In the House of the Wicked
(Roc 978-0-451-41544-8, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Aug 2013
Remy Chandler #5

(First edition: Roc, August 2012)

Urban fantasy novel, fifth in a series about Remy Chandler, a private investigator who’s an angel on Earth in human form, following A Kiss Before the Apocalypse (2008), Dancing on the Head of a Pin (2009), Where Angels Fear to Tread (2010), and A Hundred Words for Hate (2011).
• The author’s site has this description.
• The sixth book in the series, Walking in the Midst of Fire, was published in hardcover on August 6th.

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Strahan, Jonathan : Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron
(Random House/Bluefire 978-0-375-86804-7, $10.99, 432pp, trade paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Aug 2013

(First edition: Random House, September 2012)

Young adult fantasy anthology of 18 original stories.
• Authors include Diana Peterfreund, Garth Nix, Charles de Lint, Tanith Lee, Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, Tim Pratt, M. Rickert, Jane Yolen, Peter S. Beagle, and Margo Lanagan.
• Strahan has posted the table of contents.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews. Amazon’s page has a set of comments from the editor and contributors about their favorite witches from literature and film.

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Swift, E. J. : Osiris
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-418-9, $15.99, 427pp, trade paperback, August 2013, cover illustration Sparth)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Aug 2013
Osiris Project #1

(First edition: Night Shade Books, June 2012)

SF novel, first of a trilogy, about the ocean city of Osiris, presumed to be the last city that survived the Great Storm 40 years before.
• Night Shade’s site has this description and order page.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The second book, Cataveiro, is schedule to appear in September.

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Tobin, Paul : Prepare to Die!
(Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-421-9, $14.99, 293pp, trade paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 13 Aug 2013

(First edition: Night Shade Books, June 2012)

Fantasy novel about the man who became the superhero Reaver, a muscleman whose punches take a year off a bad guy’s life, who returns to his childhood home when he’s given only two weeks to live.
• Night Shade’s site has this description and order page.
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Turtledove, Harry : Coup d’Etat
(Ballantine Del Rey 978-0-345-52466-9, $16, 448pp, trade paperback, July 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Jul 2013
The War that Came Early #4

(First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, August 2012)

Alternate history novel, fourth in a series following Hitler’s War (2009), West and East (2010), and The Big Switch (2011), about an alternate World War II that followed when Neville Chamberlain stood up to Hitler rather than appeased him with the Munich Accord.
• Del Rey’s site has this description with an excerpt.

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Weber, David, & Jane Lindskold : Fire Season
(Baen 978-1-4516-3921-6, $9.99, 304pp, mass market paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 6 Aug 2013
Star Kingdom #2

(First edition: Baen, October 2012)

Young adult science fiction novel, second in a series after A Beautiful Friendship (2011), about a young woman who moves with her parents to a new planet and becomes a forest ranger.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Weber, David : Midst Toil and Tribulation
(Tor 978-0-7653-6126-4, $8.99, 806pp, mass market paperback, August 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 30 Jul 2013
Safehold #6

(First edition: Tor, September 2012)

Far future SF novel, sixth in the Safehold series following Off Armageddon Reef (2007), By Schism Rent Asunder (2008), By Heresies Distressed (2009), A Mighty Fortress (2010), and How Firm a Foundation (2011), in which the Church of God Awaiting has suppressed technology on the planet Safehold.
• Parent publisher Macmillan’s site, which indicates this as #6 of 12 volumes, has this description, with an excerpt.

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