* Aronovitz, Michael : Phantom Effect
(Skyhorse/Night Shade 978-1-59780-846-0, $15.99, 292pp, trade paperback, February 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Feb 2016

Horror novel about a serial killer and the ghost of dead psychic.
• Night Shade’s site has this description with a blurb from S.T. Joshi.
• The Publishers Weekly review begins, “Psychological obsession and surrealist complexity lend interest to fetishistic violence in a perverted parable that challenges traditional moral norms and reader expectations.”

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* Bedford, Jacey : Winterwood
(DAW 978-0-7564-1015-5, $7.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, February 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Feb 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698173224
Rowankind #1

Histoprical fantasy novel, first of a series, about an unregistered witch in 1800 Britain.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, “Bedford adeptly weaves together romance, action, and fantastical elements, all set against a richly realized series of far-flung locations.”

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* Bova, Ben : The Best of Bova
(Baen 978-1-4767-8121-1, $16, 432pp, trade paperback, February 2016, cover art Bob Eggleton)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Feb 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-481-9

Collection of stories, the first volume of three, from across Bova’s career.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.
• Paul Di Filippo will have a review for Locus Online later this month.

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* Bujold, Lois McMaster : Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen
(Baen 978-1-4767-8122-8, $27, 352pp, hardcover, February 2016, cover art Ron Miller)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Feb 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-6257-9480-2
Vorkosigan Saga #17

SF novel in Bujold’s long-running Vorkosigan Saga, concerning Cordelia Vorkosigan three years after the death of her husband.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The tender feelings and humor add up to a droll tale that’s more comforting than exciting, like a space opera written by Jane Austen.”

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* Cheney, J. Kathleen : Dreaming Death
(Roc 978-0451472939, $16, 432pp, trade paperback, February 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Feb 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698183100
Palace of Dreams #1

Fantasy novel, first in a new series, about a psychic investigator and a royal guard who dreams of others’ deaths who team up to fight a killer.
• Penguin’s site has this description with a preview function.
• Faren Miller reviews the book in the February issue of Locus Magazine: “J. Kathleen Cheney strips the glamor from magic and romance, the elegant display from aristocracy, using harsher realities to counter tropes associated with the series title…”

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* Duncan, Rod : The Custodian of Marvels
(Angry Robot 978-0857665027, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, February 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Feb 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857665034
UK edition: 9780857665010 (Thu 11 Feb 2016)
The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire #3

Alternate history fantasy novel, third in a series following The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter (2014) and Unseemly Science (2015), set in a divided United Kingdom.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.
• The first book was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award.

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* Hill, Matt : Graft
(Angry Robot 978-0-85766-499-0, $7.99, 448pp, mass market paperback, February 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Feb 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780857665003
UK edition: 9780857664983 (Thu 11 Feb 2016)

SF novel set in 2025 Manchester about a car mechanic who gets caught up in a human trafficking conspiracy.
• Angry Robot’s site has this description.
• The Publihsers Weekly review concludes, “Hill’s world is tinged with a sense of foreboding in this refreshing take on a futuristic mystery.”

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* Hines, Jim C. : Revisionary
(DAW 978-0-7564-0970-8, $26, 352pp, hardcover, February 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Feb 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698151994
Magic Ex Libris #4

Humorous fantasy novel, fourth of a series following Libromancer (2012), Codex Born (2013), and Unbound (2015), about a magician with the ability to draw forth objects from books.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the February issue of Locus Magazine: “There are still occasional touches of humor, but this outing is mostly a mix of action and talky bits as Isaac and friends try to figure out who’s behind what.”

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* Hogan, Mitchell : Blood of Innocents
(Harper Voyager 978-0062407252, $17.99, 592pp, trade paperback, February 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Feb 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062407276
Sorcery Ascendant #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following A Crucible of Souls (2015), about a boy raised by monks who seeks the truth about his parents.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a preview functions.

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* Hunter, Faith : Blood in Her Veins
(Roc 978-0-451-47575-6, $16, 560pp, trade paperback, February 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Feb 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698196988
Jane Yellowrock #-

Collection of 19 stories, two of them original to this book, set in the world of Jane Yellowrock, shapeshifting skinwalker of Cherokee descent in nine novels: Skinwalker (2009), Blood Cross (2010), Mercy Blade (2011), Raven Cursed (Jan. 2012), Death’s Rival (2012), Blood Trade (2013), Black Arts (Jan. 2014), Broken Soul (Oct. 2014), and Dark Heir (2015).
• Penguin’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “This superb collection highlights what fans of the series already know: Jane Yellowrock continues to be one of the most complex and appealing heroines in urban fantasy.”
• The author has a Big Idea post on John Scalzi’s blog today.

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* Kelly, Lee : A Criminal Magic
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1-4814-1033-5, $25.99, 432pp, hardcover, February 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Feb 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781481410359

Urban fantasy novel about two sorcerers in Prohibition-era Washington DC.
• Simon & Schuster’s site has this description with a preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “The dark underbelly of Washington, D.C., in Kelly’s arcane Jazz Age is the perfect shadowy setting for two young characters who think they are nobodies, but upon whom history will turn. This urban fantasy, always electric, reads like jazz itself.”

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* Maresca, Marshall Ryan : The Alchemy of Chaos
(DAW 978-0-7564-1169-5, $7.99, 400pp, mass market paperback, February 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Feb 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780756411701
Maradaine Constabulary #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following The Thorn of Dentonhill (Feb. 2015) and A Murder of Mages (July 2015), about a university magic student who leads a double life.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Fantasy adventure readers, especially fans of spell-wielding students, will enjoy these lively characters and their high-energy story.”

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* Price, Kalayna : Grave Visions
(Roc 978-0451416575, $7.99, 352pp, mass market paperback, February 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Feb 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101595077
Alex Craft #4

Urban fantasy novel, fourth in a series following Grave Witch (2010), Grave Dance (2011), and Grave Memory (2012), about Alex Craft, a police consultant who can communicate with the dead.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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* Reichert, Mickey Zucker : I, Robot: To Preserve
(Roc 978-0451242303, $27, 368pp, hardcover, February 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Feb 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781101990254
I, Robot #3

SF novel, third book in a prequel trilogy inspired by Isaac Asimov’s classic collection I, Robot, following Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot: To Protect (2011) and Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot: To Obey (2013).
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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+ Reynolds, Alastair : Poseidon’s Wake
(Ace 978-0425256794, $27, 608pp, hardcover, February 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 2 Feb 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780698188723
Poseidon’s Children #3

SF novel, third in a trilogy following Blue Remembered Earth (2012) and On the Steel Breeze (2013), about mankind’s expansion into the universe on generation ships.
• The UK edition appeared from Gollancz in April 2015.
• Penguin’s site has this description.
• Gary K. Wolfe wrote of the first book, “Despite a plot hook that could as easily power a YA franchise (a dying matriarch leaves behind a series of mysterious clues, each of which leads toward more portentous implicaitons), Reynolds both develops a richly detailed portrait of a resurgent, postapocalyptic Earth society and economy, and leaves himself plenty of room to expand his narrative space exponentially… “

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* Saintcrow, Lilith : Roadside Magic
(Orbit 978-0-316-27787-7, $14.99, 352pp, trade paperback, February 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jan 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316277860
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478960836
Gallow and Ragged #2

Urban fantasy novel, second in a series following Trailer Park Fae (2015), about the fairy world that inhabits diners, dive bars, and trailer parks.
• Hachette’s site has this description.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, “Saintcrow’s second Gallow & Ragged urban fantasy uses lush, striking prose to disguise a slow story.”

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* Snyder, Maria V. : Night Study
(Harlequin/Mira 978-0778318750, $15.99, 448pp, trade paperback, February 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jan 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781488010224
Study #5

Romantic fantasy novel, fifth in a series following Poison Study (2005), Magic Study (2006), Fire Study (2008), and Shadow Study (2015).
• Harlequin’s site has this description.

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* Wallace, Matt : Lustlocked
(Tor.com 978-0-7653-8778-3, $12.99, 224pp, trade paperback, February 2016)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Jan 2016
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466892835
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781427273765
A Sin du Jour Affair #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Envy of Angels, about a New York catering firm for the supernatural community.
• Macmillan’s site has this description.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Magic and humor combine with delicious results in this unusual, wildly fun novella.”

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