* Armstrong, Kelley : Sea of Shadows
(Harper 978-0-06-207124-8, $17.99, 416pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0062071262
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-0062299918
Age of Legends #1

Young adult fantasy novel, first of a series, about twin sisters who are destined to become the Keeper and the Seeker of Edgewood.
• Harper’s site has this description with a preview function.
• Amazon has a note from the author about the inspiration for the book.

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* Bear, Elizabeth : Steles of the Sky
(Tor 978-0-7653-2756-7, $26.99, 432pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429947688
The Eternal Sky #3

Fantasy novel, conclusion of a trilogy following Range of Ghosts (2012) and Shattered Pillars (2013), set on a world resembling central Asia where various kingdoms engage in civil war.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “The conclusion is both untelegraphed and completely appropriate. Bear’s trilogy makes a rich contribution to epic fantasy’s expanding borders of emotion and invention.”

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* Benford, Gregory, & Larry Niven : Shipstar
(Tor 978-0-7653-2870-0, $27.99, 416pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1429949682
Bowl of Heaven #2

Hard SF novel, second book of a duology following Bowl of Heaven (2013), about explorers who discover a huge bowl-shaped object that half-encircles its star.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly called the first book “a solid work that will appeal to fans of classic hard SF.”
• Russell Letson reviews the book in the April issue of Locus Magazine, commenting “The two-part layout of this double-decker is not only the result of the time and space (in authorial-resource terms) needed to get it done; it becomes part of the story design in a way not unlike what Philip José Farmer did with the Riverworld series’ unfolding of secrets and solving of puzzles. … [The Bowl is] full of surprises, perspective shifts, and trapdoors.”

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* Buettner, Robert : Balance Point
(Baen 9781476736440, $15, 304pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Orphan’s Legacy #3

Military SF novel, third in a series following Overkill (2011) and Undercurrents (2012), about a former soldier, Jazen Parker, who becomes a mercenary.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters, though the page currently auto-forwards to a note about an extra story in the book, “Mole Hunt”.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Fans of classic military SF will enjoy the twists and quips as Jazen dives in and Kit follows to rescue him and prevent open war.”

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* Jones, Paul Antony : Revelations
(Amazon/47north 978-1477817834, $14.95, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00F3MKEGA
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1480581913
Extinction Point #3

SF novel, third in a series following Extinction Point (Feb. 2013) and Exodus (June 2013), about a plague that wipes out and transforms life on Earth, except for one newspaper reporter in New York City.
• Amazon’s page has a description and preview via its “Look Inside” function.

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+ Lebbon, Tim : Coldbrook
(Titan 9781781168783, $14.95, 400pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014

SF/horror novel about a secret Appalachian lab that discovers a gateway to another world.
• The UK edition was published in 2012 by Cornerstone.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Archetypal themes of love, sacrifice, and guilt add emotional vigor and intellectual substance to what can also be enjoyed simply as a gutsy horror show.”

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+ Pratchett, Terry, & Stephen Briggs : Turtle Recall: The Discworld Companion…So Far
(Harper 978-0-06-229255-1, $27.99, 464pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062292575

US edition of the latest guide to Pratchett’s long-running Discworld fantasy series, up-to-date through Snuff (2011). The UK edition was published in late 2012.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description.
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+ Priest, Christopher : The Adjacent
(Titan 978-1781169438, $24.99, 384pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014

First US edition (UK: Gollancz, June 2013)

US edition of SF/slipstream novel concerning a terrorist attack in near-future London, a World War I era meeting between a stage magician and a science fiction writer, a woman pilot who escapes the Nazis in 1943, and a present day scientist who creates an ‘adjacency’.
• Titan’s site has this interview with Priest about the book.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides a preview.
• The novel is currently shortlisted for this year’s Arthur C. Clarke Award.
• Gary K. Wolfe reviewed it in the March 2014 issue of Locus Magazine, calling it “endlessly tantalizing and ultimately very satisfying” and concluding, “In some ways a contrapuntal intergenerational love story, in some ways a meditation on war and remembrance, in some ways an exploration of the nature of illusion and observation (it’s no accident there are so many reporters, photographers, and illusionists here), it is, overall, rather stunning.”

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* Reese, Jenn : Horizon
(Candlewick Press 978-0763664176, $16.99, 400pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0763669775
Above World #3

Young adult SF novel, third in a series following Above World (2012) and Mirage (2013), about kids from a future undersea city who discover the world above the sea.
• Candlewick’s site has this description with a link to a PDF sample chapter.

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* Shepherd, Joel : Operation Shield
(Pyr 978-1-61614-895-9, $16.95, 463pp, trade paperback, April 2014, cover art John Picacio)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Cassandra Kresnov #5

SF novel, fifth in a series following Crossover (2001), Breakaway (2003), Killswitch (2004), and 23 Years on Fire (2013), about a cyborg soldier.
• Pyr’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Shepherd piles on the political intrigue and action, producing enough fireworks to power a Hollywood blockbuster. Readers new to the series will feel a bit lost, but Shepherd provides plenty of excitement and shenanigans to enjoy once they’re up to speed.”

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* Taylor, Laini : Dreams of Gods & Monsters
(Little, Brown 978-0-316-13407-1, $19, 624pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0316280167
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1478952633
Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3

Young adult fantasy novel, conclusion of a trilogy followingDaughter of Smoke & Bone (2011) and Days of Blood & Starlight (2012), about a 17-year-old art student in Prague whose encounter with an angel reveals the mysteries of her family.
• Hachette’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Delivering less blood and gore than Days of Blood & Starlight and more yearning—for love, for peace, for a home—than both preceding books, the story is borne along by an increasingly strong undercurrent: the hope of overcoming embedded prejudices and instinctual hatreds to create a more harmonious world.”

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* Weber, David, & Eric Flint : Cauldron of Ghosts
(Baen 978-1476736334, $25, 592pp, hardcover, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Crown of Slaves #-

SF novel, third in a series set in Weber’s “Honorverse” following Crown of Slaves (2003) and Torch of Freedom (2009), set on the liberated slave planet of Torch.
• Baen’s site has this description, with links to several chapters.

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* Wilson, Daniel H., & John Joseph Adams, eds. : Robot Uprisings
(Vintage 978-0-345-80363-4, $15.95, 18+476pp, trade paperback, April 2014)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 8 Apr 2014
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-0-345-80364-1

Anthology of 17 stories about robot revolutions. Five of the stories are reprints; the others are original to this book.
• Authors include Charles Yu, Cory Doctorow, Ernest Cline, Alastair Reynolds, Ian McDonald, and Nnedi Okorafor.
• Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Though a robot loves and raises a human child in Julianna Baggott’s “The Golden Hour” and a woman in an African village poisoned by a pipeline teaches a robot guard to play music in Nnedi Okorafor’s “Spider the Artist,” most of the stories in this entertaining and occasionally unsettling anthology present a decidedly pessimistic vision of machine futures.”

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