* Bach, Rachel : Heaven’s Queen
(Orbit 978-0316221122, $15, 400pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316221139
Paradox #3

SF novel, third in a series following Fortune’s Pawn (2013) and Honor’s Knight (Feb. 2014), about a mercenary who gets a job on a trade ship called Glorious Fool.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a browse function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes that fans of the previous books “will find this installment the last act they hoped for, the gratifying denouement that Bach has clearly been working toward all along.”

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* Gregory, Daryl : Afterparty
(Tor 978-0-7653-3692-7, $26.99, 320pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466829282

SF novel about a smart drug called Numinous that makes people religious.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Both irreverent and sympathetic to the sincere Numinous-addicted believers, the tragi-comical satire dispenses with sermons and easy morals, preferring to be entertaining and thought-provoking instead.”
• Russell Letson and Faren Miller both review the book in the April issue of Locus Magazine. Letson concludes, “This is a real science-fiction crime thriller: the old evils and insanities are all there, given new twists by the double-edged blades of science and technology. And, like the best crime and SF novels, those moral and philosophical questions linger, after the mere whodunnit puzzles have been solved.”

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+ Jones, Diana Wynne, & Ursula Jones : The Islands of Chaldea
(HarperCollins/Greenwillow 978-0-06-229507-1, $17.99, 368pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062295095

Young adult fantasy novel, completed by the author’s sister after the author’s death in 2011. It’s about a young girl from a line of magic makers who awaits the blooming of her own powers.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview function.
• The 1st edition was published by HarperCollins UK in February.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Though the plot twists are slightly less fiendish than in previous works, Wynne Jones’s humor, compassion, and invention continue to delight throughout this exhilarating tale. A story to cherish.”

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* Lackey, Mercedes, & Rosemary Edghill : Victories
(Tor Teen 978-0-7653-2826-7, $22.99, 256pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466843219
Shadow Grail #4

Young adult fantasy novel, fourth in a series following Legacies (2010), Conspiracies (2011), and Sacrifices, about an academy in Montana where the students have magical powers.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt. There’s a simultaneous trade paperback edition (978-0765317643).

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* Lukyanenko, Sergei : New Watch
(Harper 978-0062310071, $15.99, 384pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062310088
Night Watch #5

Horror novel, fifth volume in a seriesfirst published in Russian, following Night Watch (US edition 2006) and Day Watch (US edition 2007), Twilight Watch (2007), and Last Watch (2009), about opposing supernatural groups trying to improve and exploit the world.
• This volume was published in the UK in 2013.
• Harper’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “While the stakes are unsurprisingly high, frequent injections of humor help separate this entry from the pack; at one point, characters discuss how the publication of the Harry Potter books has helped them convince young Others that they are not exactly human (“Children grasp the basic idea without even a blink now”).”

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* Moore, Christopher : The Serpent of Venice
(HarperCollins/Morrow 978-0061779763, $26.99, 336pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062194879
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062311009

Historical fantasy novel, sequel to Fool (2009), that combines elements of Shakespeare’s “Othello” and “The Merchant of Venice” with Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”.
• Harper’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “Moore’s imaginative storytelling, bawdy prose, puns aplenty, as well as his creation of a violent sea creature intent on helping Fool’s cause, and Jessica’s “piratey” disguise, succeed in transforming two classical tragedies into outrageously farcical entertainment.”

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+ Newman, Kim : Life’s Lottery
(Titan 978-1781165560, $15.95, 512pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Apr 2014

First US edition (UK: Simon & Schuster, August 1999)

Role-playing SF novel in which reader decisions determine the outcome of the story.
• This is the first US edition of a book first published in the UK in 1999.
• Titan’s site has this description.
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* Powell, William Campbell : Expiration Day
(Tor Teen 978-0-7653-3828-0, $17.99, 336pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466838406

Young adult SF novel, the author’s first novel, set in 2049, when a decline of global fertility has led to the creation of android children.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “This story covers an unusually long span of time and comes out the stronger for it. The chatty 11-year-old who begins this diary-style novel is very different from the determined 17-year-old who ends it, but the transition is natural, and the essence of Tania’s voice stays true.”

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* Ramirez, David : The Forever Watch
(St. Martin’s/Dunne 978-1-250-03381-9, $24.99, 336pp, hardcover, May 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250033826

SF novel, the author’s first novel, about a thousand-year journey to a new planet aboard a spaceship carrying a serial killer.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Superior, psychologically plausible characterizations are combined with sophisticated worldbuilding, clever trope inversion, and original plotting to create a powerful story that will amply reward rereading.”

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* Trahan, Roberta : The Keys to the Realms
(Amazon/47north 978-1477849958, $14.95, 360pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 22 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00E83T5FG
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1480578258
The Dream Stewards #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Well of Tears (2012), set in Wales and Cornwall five centuries after the reign of King Arthur.
• Amazon’s page has a description, mixed reader reviews, and a preview via its “Look Inside” function.

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