Ash, Sarah :
Prisoner of the Iron Tower
(Bantam Spectra 0-553-58622-X, $7.5, 542pp, mass market paperback, September 2005)
(First edition: Bantam Spectra, August 2004)
Fantasy novel, second in the "Tears of Artamon" trilogy following Lord of Snow and Shadows. The third volume, Children of the Serpent Gate, has just appeared in hardcover.
The author's website, www.sarah-ash.com, has this excerpt.
The publisher has this description and excerpt.
Barker, Clive :
Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War
(HarperTrophy 0-06-440932-5, $11.99, 489pp, trade paperback, September 2005)
(First edition: HarperCollins/Cotler, October 2004)
Fantasy novel, second volume of a projected 4 young adult novels, following Abarat (2002), about a young girl transported to a land of 25 islands where each represents a different hour of the day. This trade paperback edition retains the hardcover's many color interior illustrations by the author.
Barker's website has this description, while the publisher's site has a description and an excerpt.
Amazon's review by Jennifer Hubert concludes "There seems to be no end to Barker's ever-expanding idiosyncratic vision, and for that, fantasy fans of all ages can be grateful."
The book placed #5 in this year's Locus Poll in the Young Adult Book category.
Dann, Jack :
The Rebel: An Imagined Life of James Dean
(HarperCollins/Perennial 0-06-075177-0, $13.95, 401pp, trade paperback, August 2005)
(First edition: HarperCollins/Morrow, August 2004)
Alternate history/fantasy novel about a James Dean who didn't die in 1955 but who lived into the '60s.
Amazon's search inside feature includes an excerpt.
The publisher's site has this description. URL www.ReadTheRebel.com includes some author's notes about writing the novel, and a list of references.
Nick Gevers's review in Locus Magazine remarked "This is alternate history with passion and difference -- a significant and very gripping novel."
The book was a finalist for this year's John W. Campbell Memorial Award.
Dietz, William C. :
For Those Who Fell
(Ace 0-441-01267-1, $7.99, 410pp, mass market paperback, October 2005)
(First edition: Ace, October 2004)
Military SF novel, follow-up to For More Than Glory (2003), about "the Legion of the Damned, an army of biobod humans, aliens and brain boxes installed in mechanical bodies, which defends the Confederacy of Sentient Beings against any threat" according to the Publishers Weekly review on the Amazon page.(Wed 5 Oct 2005) Purchase this book from Amazon | BookSense (Directory Entry)
Douglass, Sara :
The Wounded Hawk
(Tor 0-765-34283-9, $7.99, 607pp, mass market paperback, September 2005)
(First edition: Tor, January 2005)
Historical fantasy novel, second in the "Crucible" trilogy, set in 14th century Europe, following The Nameless Day (2004). The third book, The Crippled Angel, is due from Tor in January 2006.
The author's website, www.saradouglass.com, has this page about the trilogy, with numerous links to additional pages of background, character descriptions, and excerpts.
This book won the 2002 Aurealis Award for best fantasy novel.
Duncan, Dave :
The Jaguar Knights
(Eos 0-06-055512-2, $7.99, 428pp, mass market paperback, September 2005)
(First edition: HarperCollins/Eos, October 2004)
Fantasy novel, sixth book in "The King's Blades" series that began with The Gilded Chain in 1998 and whose previous volume was Impossible Odds (2003).
The author's website has this description, with an excerpt
Faren Miller's review in Locus noted that Duncan has been experimenting with the fantasy adventure form for some years, and this book "turns more than one genre on its head and gives them a tremendous shaking -- if not a full concussion."
Fforde, Jasper :
(Penguin 0-143-03541-X, $14, 385pp, trade paperback, July 2005)
(First edition: Viking, August 2004)
Literary fantasy novel, the fourth in the popular series about Thursday Next, following The Eyre Affair, Lost in a Good Book, and The Well of Lost Plots.
The author's websites include jasperfforde.com and thursdaynext.com.
Grimsley, Jim :
(Tor 0-765-30529-1, $14.95, 368pp, trade paperback, October 2005)
(First edition: Tor, May 2004)
SF novel about two realms, one technological and the other magical, facing war. It shares its setting with the author's previous SF novel, Kirith Kirin (2000), a Lambda Award winner.
The author's homepage has descriptions of his earlier books and plays.
Faren Miller's review in Locus Magazine called it "an important novel that's remarkably hard to discuss" while seconding Michael Bishop's cover blurb comparing the book to Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness.
The book was a finalist for this year's Lambda Literary Award in the SF/Fantasy/Horror category.
Herbert, Brian, & Kevin J. Anderson :
Dune: The Battle of Corrin
(Tor 0-765-34079-8, $7.99, 675pp, mass market paperback, September 2005)
(First edition: Tor, August 2004)
SF novel, third book following The Butlerian Jihad and The Machine Crusade in the "Legends of Dune" trilogy by these writers set 10,000 years before Frank Herbert's Dune series.
The Official Dune Website has this page about the book, along with news about future Dune novels, a free short story available for download, etc.
Hughes, Matthew :
(Tor 0-765-35049-1, $6.99, 272pp, mass market paperback, October 2005)
(First edition: Tor, November 2004)
Satiric fantasy novel in the "Archonate" series following Fools Errant (1994) and Fool Me Twice (2001). It's set in a Vance-like far future and concerns con men and a fabulous gemstone called black brillion.
The author's newly launched website, www.archonate.com, has the book's first chapter, as well as first chapters of the previous books.
Jacques, Brian :
(Ace 0-441-01318-X, $7.99, 368pp, mass market paperback, September 2005)
(First edition: Philomel, September 2004)
Lynn, Elizabeth A. :
(Ace 0-441-01259-0, $6.99, 325pp, mass market paperback, October 2005)
(First edition: UK: Tor UK, November 2003)
Fantasy novel, sequel to Dragon's Winter (1998, shortlisted for the Tiptree Award), about a dragon-changeling who rules a medieval world.
Carolyn Cushman's review in Locus Magazine called it "moving, occasionally powerful, but rather episodic".
Turtledove, Harry, & Noreen Doyle, eds. :
The First Heroes: New Tales of the Bronze Age
(Tor 0-765-30287-X, $14.95, 368pp, trade paperback, October 2005)
(First edition: Tor, May 2004)
Anthology of 14 original historical fantasy stories set in the Bronze Age. Authors include Gene Wolfe, Poul Anderson, Gregory Feeley.
Steven H Silver has posted this review, which includes a complete ToC.
Reviewers in Locus Magazine recommened several of the stories -- Rich Horton, the Feeley and Wolfe stories, and Nick Gevers, those by Anderson, Doyle, Turtledove, and Wolfe.
Wolfe, Gene :
(Tor 0-765-31470-3, $14.95, 477pp, trade paperback, October 2005)
(First edition: Tor, November 2004)
Fantasy novel, second volume of The Wizard Knight following The Knight, about a teenaged boy who enters a realm containing seven levels of reality, where he has many adventures and becomes a knight, and then a wizard.
Gary K. Wolfe reviewed the complete novel last year in Locus Magazine, commenting "I can't imagine how anyone can fail to revel in the sheer profligacy of invention and the exhilaration of the prose".
The combined work The Wizard Knight ranked #2 on this year's Locus Poll for best fantasy novel, was a Mythopoeic Award finalist, and is on this year's World Fantasy Awards final ballot.
Zahn, Timothy :
The Green and the Gray
(Tor 0-765-34645-1, $7.99, 541pp, mass market paperback, October 2005)
(First edition: Tor, September 2004)
SF/mystery novel about a couple caught up in a New York City civil war between rival factions of aliens.
The Amazon page has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls it "understated yet compelling".