Like I said on Monday--HUGE number of new releases this week in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and YA paranormal--all the genres we love. So, as promised, here's the rest of this week's new releases and, like Monday, comment to tell me which one you're most looking forward to--and if random.org picks your name at the end of the week, I'll send your choice of book. Easy peasy!
Here we go. Take a deep breath!
Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh
A Guild Hunter novel. An ancient and malevolent female immortal is rising in Manhattan to reclaim her son, the archangel Raphael. Only one thing stands in her way: Elena Deveraux, a vampire-hunter-and Raphael's lover.
Blessed, by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Cynthia Leitich Smith unites the casts of Tantalize and Eternal in a dark fantasy that finds Quincie P. Morris, teen restaurateuse and neophyte vampire, in the fight of her life—or undeath. Even as she adjusts to her new appetites, she must clear her best friend and true love, the hybrid werewolf Kieren, of murder charges; thwart the apocalyptic ambitions of Bradley Sanguini, the seductive vampire-chef who "blessed" her; and keep her dead parents’ restaurant up and running.
The Dark Goddess, by Sarwat Chadda
A Devil’s Kiss Novel. Billi's back, and it seems like the Unholy just can't take a hint. Still reeling from the death of her best friend, Billi's thrust back into action when the Templars are called to investigate werewolf activity. And these werewolves are like nothing Bilil's seen before.
The Fallen Blade: Act One of the Assassini, by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
First in a new Vampire Assassin trilogy. History, politics and dark fantasy blend into the serpentine alleys and canals of early fifteenth century Venice, where power is often wielded in shadows. Duke Marco is a figurehead leader, while his cousin Lady Giulietta finds her privileged status will demand a price. Atilo Il Mauros is head of the Assassini, the shadow army that enforces Venice’s will, while Prince Leopold zum Bas Friedland is the bastard son of the German emperor and leader of the krieghund, the only force in Venice more feared than Atilo's assassins. And then there is Atilo's angel-faced apprentice. Only a boy, Tycho is already stronger and faster than any man has a right to be. He can see in the dark, but sunlight burns him—and it is said that he drinks blood.
The False Princess, by Eilis O’Neal
Princess and heir to the throne of Thorvaldor, Nalia's led a privileged life at court. But everything changes when it's revealed, just after her sixteenth birthday, that she is a false princess, a stand-in for the real Nalia, who has been hidden away for her protection. Cast out with little more than the clothes on her back, the girl now called Sinda must leave behind the only life she's ever known and live with her only surviving relative, an aunt who is a dyer in a distant village. But when Sinda discovers that magic runs through her veins—long-suppressed, dangerous magic that she must learn to control—she realizes that she can never learn to be a simple village girl.
The Griffin's Flight, by K.J. Taylor
In the newest installment in the Fallen Moon series, Arren Cardockson—brought back to life by a power beyond his understanding—flees for the frozen sanctuary of the North. With the man-eating griffin Skandar by his side and an entire country hunting him, Arren has little hope of reaching the place of his ancestry and of lifting his curse. But then he comes across a wild woman who may hold the key to making his lifeless heart beat once more.
The Hammer, by K.J. Parker
Gignomai is the youngest brother in the current generation of met’Oc, a once-noble family exiled on an island for its role in a vaguely remembered civil war. On this island, a colony was founded seventy years ago to mine silver. Now, an uneasy peace exists between the colonists and the met’Oc, who are tolerated since they alone possess the weapons considered necessary protection against the island’s savages. Gignomai is about to discover exactly what it is expected of him, and what it means to defy his family. He is the hammer who will provide the spark that ignites a brutal and bloody war.
Harbinger of the Storm, by Aliette de Bodard
In the second Obsidian and Blood novel, death, magic and intrigue are pervasive in the Aztec world, which teeters on the brink of extinction. As the political infighting starts within the imperial court, Acatl, High Priest for the Dead, makes a macabre discovery in the palace: a high-ranking nobleman has been torn to pieces by an invocation—and it looks like the summoner belongs to the court itself.
The Sentinel Mage, by Emily Gee
Her magic may be the only thing that can save a prince—and the Seven Kingdoms. In a distant corner of the Seven Kingdoms, an ancient curse festers and grows, consuming everything in its path. Only one man can break it: Harkeld of Osgaard, a prince with mages’ blood in his veins. But Prince Harkeld has a bounty on his head, and assassins at his heels. At his side as his armsman is Innis, a gifted shapeshifter posing as a man. Only the magic Harkeld loathes may stand between him and death.
The Sworn, by Gail Z. Martin
Summoner-King Martris Drayke must attempt to gather an army from a country ravaged by civil war. Tris seeks new allies from among the living and the dead as an untested generation of rulers face their first battle. Meanwhile, the legendary Dread are stirring in their burrows after millennia of silence and no one knows what hand wakes them and whom they will serve when they rise. Now, Drayke turns to the Sworn, a nomadic clan of warriors bound to protect the Dread. But even the mighty Sworn do not know what will happen when the Dread awaken. The Sworn is the beginning of a new adventure set in the world of The Chronicles of the Necromancer.
Throat, by R.A. Nelson
R. A. Nelson takes us on a supernatural thrill ride, a modern-day vampire story set on a NASA base and filled with space-and-science intrigue. Seventeen-year-old Emma feels cursed by her epilepsy—until the lost night. She's shocked to wake up in the hospital one morning, weak from blood loss. When her memories begin to return, she pieces together that it was a man—a monster—who attacked her: a vampire named Wirtz. And it was her very condition that saved her: a grand mal seizure interrupted Wirtz and left Emma with all the amazing powers of a vampire—heightened senses, rapid speed—but no need to drink blood.
The Warlord's Legacy, by Ari Marmell
Corvis Rebaine, the Terror of the East, a man as quick with a quip as he is with a blade, returns in this sequel to The Conqueror’s Shadow. Now Marmell raises the stakes in a story with the humor and action of its predecessor, plus a new villain evil enough to be a match for Rebaine himself, who returns in his trademark suit of black armor and skull-like helm, armed with a demon-forged axe, in command of a demonic slave, and with allies that include a bloodthirsty ogre.
Want one of these? You know the drill: one entry for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, +1 for Tweet or Retweet. Please leave your email on your comment! Now...which one to choose.... Me, I have a weakness for Venice...