Oct 3, 2018

 

New Monthly Releases - October 2018



Time to update your to-be-read list and clear some space on your shelves. These are a few of the new book releases for October 2018.
 



- Science Fiction -
October 2nd:
 

Exit Strategy (Murderbot Diaries #4) by Martha Wells (hardcover, 176 pages, published by Tor.com Publishing)
Murderbot wasn’t programmed to care. So, its decision to help the only human who ever showed it respect must be a system glitch, right? Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah—its former owner (protector? friend?)—submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit. But who’s going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue? And what will become of it when it’s caught?


Search Image (Web Shifter’s Library #1) by Julie E. Czerneda (hardcover, 448 pages, published by Daw Books)
The first book in the Web Shifter's Library series returns to the adventures of Esen, a shapeshifting alien and member of an ancient yet endangered race, who must navigate the perils of a hostile universe. 


Street Freaks by Terry Brooks (Hardcover, 384 pages, published by Grim Oak Press)
The author of the Shannara fantasy series ventures in a different direction for this scifi thriller, about a kid who’s forced to go on the run in futuristic, robot-filled Los Angeles. “Go into the Red Zone. Go to Street Freaks.” his father directs Ashton Collins before the vid feed goes suddenly silent. The Red Zone is the dangerous heart of the mega-city of Los Angeles; it is a world Ash is forbidden from and one he knows little about. But if he can find Street Freaks, the strangest of aid awaits—human and barely human alike. As Ash is hunted, he must unravel the mystery left behind by his father and discover his role in this new world.


The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 (The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy) edited by N.K. Jemisin and John Joseph Adams (paperback, 320 pages, published by Mariner Books)
A collection of outstanding science fiction and fantasy works published in 2017, chosen from magazines, journals, and websites. History-making multiple Hugo winner N.K. Jemisin serves as this year’s guest editor. 


The First Protectors by Victor Godinez (paperback, 304 pages, published by Talos Press)
The last thing Ben Shepherd wanted was another war. But sometimes the universe won’t take no for an answer. His body and spirit mangled by a lifetime of combat, Shepherd, a retired Navy SEAL, has retreated to the desolate desert of New Mexico to heal his wounds and dodge his demons. All he wants now is peace and quiet. Both are shattered one starry night, when an alien ship crashes nearby. 


The Quantum Magician by Derek Künsken (mass market paperback, 480 pages, published by Solaris)
Belisarius is a quantum man, an engineered Homo quantus who fled the powerful insight of dangerously addictive quantum senses. He found a precarious balance as a con man, but when a client offers him untold wealth to move a squadron of warships across an enemy wormhole, he must embrace his birthright to even try. In fact, the job is so big that he'll need a crew built from all the new sub-branches of humanity. If he succeeds, he might trigger an interstellar war, but success might also point the way to the next step of Homo quantus evolution.


The Stranger Game by Peter Gadol (hardcover, 304 pages, published by Hanover Square Press)
A literary suspense novel in which an eerie social game goes viral and spins perilously—and criminally—out of control. Rebecca’s on-again, off-again boyfriend, Ezra, has gone missing, but when she notifies the police, they seem surprisingly unconcerned. They suspect he has been playing the “stranger game,” a viral hit in which players start following others in real life, as they might otherwise do on social media. As the game spreads, however, the rules begin to change, play grows more intense and disappearances are reported across the country. 


Uncompromising Honor (Honor Harrington #19) by David Weber (hardcover, 784 pages, published by Baen Books)
Hono's finishing what she started. The League have violated its own Eridani Edict against mass civilian casualties, violated the Deneb Accords prohibition on war crimes. And they have finally killed too many of the people Honor Harrington loves. Hers is the voice of caution and compromise no longer, and the galaxy is about to see something it has never imagined. The Salamander is coming for the Solarian League, and Hell is coming in her wake.


Zero Sum Game (Russell's Attic #1) by S.L. Huang (hardcover, 336 pages, published by Tor Books)
A blockbuster, near-future science fiction thriller, S.L. Huang's Zero Sum Game introduces a math-genius mercenary who finds herself being manipulated by someone possessing unimaginable power. 


October 9th:
 

Austral by Paul McAuley (paperback, 288 pages, published by Gollancz)
The great geoengineering projects have failed. Austral Morales Ferrado is a husky: an edited person adapted to the unforgiving climate of the far south, feared and despised by most of its population. She’s been a convict, a corrections officer in a labour camp, and consort to a criminal, and now, out of desperation, she has committed the kidnapping of the century. But before she can collect the ransom and make a new life elsewhere, she must find a place of safety amongst the peninsula’s forests and icy plateaus, and evade a criminal gang that has its own plans for the teenage girl she’s taken hostage.


Light Years (Light Years #1) by Kass Morgan (hardcover, 384 pages, published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
Ender's Game meets The 100 as hidden secrets and forbidden love collide at an interstellar military boarding school in a new sci-fi series from New York Times bestselling author Kass Morgan.


Power Failure (Jake Ross #3) by Ben Bova (hardcover, 368 pages, published by Tor Books)
Award-winning writer Ben Bova returns with Power Failure, another tense political thriller starring Jake Ross, science advisor to Senator Frank Tomlinson, as they continue their complex power maneuvers in this near future science fiction novel. 


The Future is Female! 25 Classic SF Stories By Women edited by Lisa Yaszek (hardcover, 475 pages, published by Library of America)
Space-opera heroines, gender-bending aliens, post-apocalyptic pregnancies, changeling children, interplanetary battles of the sexes, and much more: a groundbreaking new collection of classic American science fiction by women from the 1920s to the 1960s.


The Rift Coda (The Rift Uprising #3) by Amy S. Foster (hardcover, 368 pages, published by Harper Voyager)
Ryn Whittaker started an uprising. Now she has to end it. Not long ago, Ryn knew what her future would be—as a Citadel, a genetically enhanced super-soldier, it was her job to protect her version of Earth among an infinite number of other versions in the vast Multiverse at any cost. But when Ezra Massad arrived on Ryn’s Earth, her life changed in an instant, and he pushed her to start asking why she was turned into a Citadel in the first place. What began as merely an investigation into her origins ended up hurling Ryn, Ezra, and Ryn’s teammate Levi through the Multiverse and headlong into a conspiracy so vast and complex that Ryn can no longer merely be a soldier.


There Before the Chaos (The Farian War #1) by K.B. Wagers (paperback, 480 pages, published by Orbit Books)
The battle for the throne is over. The war for the galaxy is just beginning. The first volume of an epic space opera trilogy featuring the gunrunner empress Hail Bristol, who must navigate alien politics and deadly plots to prevent an interspecies war. 


October 16th:
 

Mutiny at Vesta (Shieldrunner Pirates #2) by R.E. Stearns (paperback, 480 pages, published by Saga Press)
Adda Karpe and Iridian Nassir have escaped the murderous AI that was trapping them on Barbary Station, and earned themselves a place on Captain Sloane’s fabled pirate crew. And now that they’ve arrived at Vesta, Sloane’s home base, they can finally start making a living stealing from well-off megacorporations. Unfortunately, the political situation has deteriorated in Captain Sloane’s absence. Adda and Iridian find themselves trapped in a contract with Oxia Corp. It will take not one but five heists, and every bit of ingenuity Adda and Iridian have to escape from Oxia and find the life they’ve always dreamed of…if they can survive.


The Consuming Fire (Interdependency #2) by John Scalzi (hardcover, 320 pages, published by Tor Books)
The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded. When it goes, human civilization may go with it—unless desperate measures can be taken. Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But nothing is ever that easy.


The Tiger Flu by Larissa Lai (paperback, 296 pages, published by Arsenal Pulp Press)
In this cyberpunk thriller, a community of exiled women rise up against the men who’ve banished them—while also fighting to save their loved ones from the mysterious flu epidemic that’s slowing taking over the world.


The Wastelanders by K.S. Merbeth (paperback, 608 pages, published by Orbit Books)
Welcome to the Wasteland, a post-apocalyptic world where lawlessness reigns, and around every bend is another pack of bloodthirsty raiders. This omnibus edition contains K. S. Merbeth’s two novels Bite and Raid. In Bite, hungry, thirsty, alone, and out of options, a young girl joins up with outlaws who have big reputations and bigger guns. But as they set out on their journey, she discovers that her new gang may not be the heroes she was hoping for. In Raid, bound and gagged in a bounty hunter’s passenger seat is the most revered and reviled raider king in the eastern wastes. Unable to let him out of her sight, they cross the wasteland, but a tyrant worse than they could imagine is vying to claim the land as his own. How do you survive in a world gone mad? 


Tomorrow Factory by Rich Larson (paperback, 320 pages, published by Talos)
This collection of published and original fiction by award-winning writer Rich Larson will bring you from a Bujumbura cyberpunk junkyard to the icy depths of Europa, from the slick streets of future-noir Chicago to a tropical island of sapient robots. You'll explore a mysterious ghost ship in deep space, meet an android learning to dream, and fend off predatory alien fungi on a combat mission gone wrong. Twenty-four futures, ranging from grimy cyberpunk to far-flung space opera, are waiting to blow you away. So step inside the Tomorrow Factory, and mind your head.


October 22nd:

Lost Mars: Stories from the Golden Age of the Red Planet edited by Mike Ashley (paperback, 304 pages, published by University of Chicago Press)
Since the 1880s, after an astronomer first described “channels” on the surface of Mars, writers have been fascinated with the planet, endlessly speculating on what life on Mars might look like and what might happen should we make contact with the planet’s inhabitants. This collection offers ten wildly imaginative short stories from the golden age of science fiction by such classic sci-fi writers as H.G. Wells, Ray Bradbury, and J. G. Ballard, as well as hard-to-find stories by unjustly forgotten writers from the genre.


October 23rd:
 

A Pillar of Fire by Night (Desert Called Peace #7) by Tom Kratman (hardcover, 432 pages, published by Baen Books)
Carrera’s held off his enemies coming by sea from the north, in the process dealing the naval and amphibious forces of the Zhong Empire a stinging defeat. Now, though, his adopted country of Balboa is under assault from the east, from the south, from the west, from the air, and from space.


Making of the Planet of the Apes by Jonathan Rinzler (hardcover, 304 pages, published by Harper Design)
In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Planet of the Apes, the classic science-fiction film from 1968, The Making of Planet of the Apes tells the film and offers exclusive, never-before-seen photographs and concept art.


One Giant Leap by Heather Kaczynski (hardcover, 384 pages, published by Harper Teen)
When Cassandra Gupta was chosen to be the youngest member of a top-secret mission to the far reaches of the universe, she knew to expect the unexpected. But nothing could have prepared her for the catastrophic events that would occur once she left Earth.

 
Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson (hardcover, 464 pages, published by Orbit Books)
Red Moon is a magnificent novel of space exploration and political revolution from New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson. It is thirty years from now, and we have colonized the moon. American Fred Fredericks is making his first trip, his purpose to install a communications system for China’s Lunar Science Foundation. But hours after his arrival he witnesses a murder and is forced into hiding. It is also the first visit for celebrity travel reporter Ta Shu. He has contacts and influence, but he too will find that the moon can be a perilous place for any traveler. Finally, there is Chan Qi. She is the daughter of the Minister of Finance, and without doubt a person of interest to those in power. She is on the moon for reasons of her own, but when she attempts to return to China, in secret, the events that unfold will change everything – on the moon, and on Earth.

 
Restless Lightning (Breaker of Empires #2) by Richard Baker (hardcover, 432 pages, published by Tor Books)
Richard Baker continues the adventures of Sikander North in Restless Lightning, the second book in his new military science fiction series Breaker of Empires and sequel to Valiant Dust. 


Texas Hold’em (Wild Cards #18) edited by George R.R. Martin (hardcover, 384 pages, published by Tor Books)
San Antonio, home of the Alamo, is also host to the nation’s top high school jazz competition, and the musicians at Xavier Desmond High are excited to outplay their rivals. They are also jokers, kids with strange abilities and even stranger looks. On top of that, well, they are teenagers, apt for mischief, mishaps, and romantic misunderstandings. Michelle Pond, aka The Amazing Bubbles, thinks that her superhero (and supermom) know-how has prepared her to chaperone the event. But when her students start going wayward, she’ll soon discover the true meaning of “Don’t mess with Texas.”  


Thin Air by Richard K. Morgan (hardcover, 544 pages, published by Del Rey)
On a Mars where ruthless corporate interests violently collide with a homegrown independence movement as Earth-based overlords battle for profits and power, Hakan Veil is an ex–professional enforcer equipped with military-grade body tech that’s made him a human killing machine. But he’s had enough of the turbulent red planet, and all he wants is a ticket back home—which is just what he’s offered by the Earth Oversight organization, in exchange for being the bodyguard for an EO investigator. It’s a beyond-easy gig for a heavy hitter like Veil … until it isn’t. 


October 30th:
 
Deep Silence (Joe Ledger #10) by Jonathan Maberry (paperback, 480 pages, published by St. Martin's Griffin)
Department of Military Science taskforce leader Joe Ledger returns for a 12th thriller, this time facing down terrorists who have the ability to cause earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, as well as a widespread madness that makes people commit violence against themselves and others. 


OtherEarth (Last Reality #2) by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller (paperback, 320 pages, published by Delacorte Press)
Simon would have done anything to save his best friend after a mysterious accident almost killed her—including follow her into a virtual world. What he and Kat discovered there was more terrifying than they could have ever imagined.


Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy edited by Amy Ratcliffe (hardcover, 232 pages, published by Chronicle Books)
Seventy-five of the most important and consequential female characters of the galaxy far, far away are profiled in this volume, including Leia Organa, Rey, Ahsoka Tano, Jyn Erso, and many more. Rare backstory, relevant biographical details, and key moments in the saga’s ever-expanding story are featured alongside more than 100 illustrations that bring these women to vibrant life.


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- Fantasy -
October 2nd:

A Breach in the Heavens (Godserfs #3) by N.S. Dolkart (paperback, 432 pages, published by Angry Robot)
Wizards war against gods to save the world, in the electrifying conclusion to the Godserfs epic fantasy series. The End Times have arrived. For over a decade, the sorceress Phaedra has had a single, vital task: to keep the world of the elves separated from humanity’s. But when her world experiences its first skyquake, it’s clear that something is very wrong.

 
A Map of Days (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #4) by Ransom Riggs (hardcover, 496 pages, published by Dutton Books for Young Readers)
Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him, and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery—a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob’s grandfather, Abe.


An Easy Death (Gunnie Rose #1) by Charlaine Harris (hardcover, 320 pages, published by Saga Press)
In the southwestern country now known as Texoma, magic is acknowledged but mistrusted, especially by a young gunslinger named Lizbeth Rose. Battered by a run across the border to Mexico, Lizbeth Rose takes a job offer from a pair of Russian wizards to be their local guide and gunnie. As the trio journey through an altered America, shattered into several countries by the assassination of Franklin Roosevelt and the Great Depression, they’re set on by enemies. Lizbeth Rose has never failed a client, but her oath will test all of her skills and resolve to get them all out alive.


Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles #13) by Anne Rice (hardcover, 272 pages, published by Knopf Publishing Group)
The Vampire Chronicles continue with a riveting, rich saga--part adventure, part suspense--of Prince Lestat and the story of the Blood Communion as he tells the tale of his coming to rule the vampire world and the eternal struggle to find belonging, a place in the universe for the undead, and how, against his will, he must battle the menacing, seemingly unstoppable force determined to thwart his vision and destroy the entire vampire netherworld.


Damsel by Elana K. Arnold (hardcover, 320 pages, published by Balzer + Bray)
The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: When the king dies, his son the prince must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been. When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, she knows none of this. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon or what horrors she faced in its lair. She knows only this handsome young man, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny of sitting on a throne beside him. It’s all like a dream, like something from a fairy tale. As Ama follows Emory to the kingdom of Harding, however, she discovers there is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsels than anyone knows, and the greatest threats may not be behind her, but around her, now, and closing in.


Dragon’s Code: Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern by Gigi McCaffrey (hardcover, 272 pages, published by Del Rey Books)
The last time Thread attacked Pern, the world was unprepared for the fight—until the Oldtimers appeared. These courageous dragonriders traveled four hundred years from the past to help their descendants survive. But the collision of past and present took its toll. While most of the displaced rescuers adapted to their new reality, others could not abide the jarring change and found themselves in soul-crushing exile, where unhappiness and resentment seethed. 


Grim Lovelies (Grim Lovelies #1) by Megan Shepherd (hardcover, 384 pages, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers)
Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life serving Mada Vittora, the evil witch who spelled her into existence. That is, until one day she finds her mistress murdered in a pool of blood—and Anouk is accused of the crime. 


Hag by Kathleen Kaufman (hardcover, 336 pages, published by Turner Publishing)
High above the sea, hidden in the rocky Scottish cliffs, something stirs. An ancient matriarchal power has set the wheels in motion for a long line of descendants. But to what end? Spanning centuries of human history, these daughters of the lowland hag, the Cailleach, must navigate a world filled with superstition, hatred, violence, pestilence, and death to find their purpose. 


Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards #1) by Jennifer Estep (paperback, 416 pages, published by Harper Voyager)
Gladiator meets Game of Thrones: a royal woman becomes a skilled warrior to destroy her murderous cousin, avenge her family, and save her kingdom in this first entry in a dazzling fantasy epic from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Elemental Assassin series—an enthralling tale that combines magic, murder, intrigue, adventure, and a hint of romance.


Priest of Bones (War for the Rose Throne #1) by Peter McLean (paperback, 352 pages, published by Ace Books)
The war is over, and army priest Tomas Piety heads home with Sergeant Bloody Anne at his side. But things have changed while he was away: his crime empire has been stolen and the people of Ellinburg–his people–have run out of food and hope and places to hide. Tomas sets out to reclaim what was his with help from Anne, his brother, Jochan, and his new gang: the Pious Men.


Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox #1) by Julie Kagawa (hardcover, 416 pages, published by Harlequin Teen)
Enter a beautiful and perilous land of shapeshifters and samurai, kami and legends, humans and demons...a world in which Japanese mythology and imagination blend together to create a brand-new and lushly drawn fantasy adventure.


The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke (hardcover, 352 pages, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux Books for Young Readers)
Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are the Boneless Mercies—girls hired to kill quickly, quietly, and mercifully. But Frey is weary of the death trade and, having been raised on the heroic sagas of her people, dreams of a bigger life. When she hears of an unstoppable monster ravaging a nearby town, Frey decides this is the Mercies’ one chance out. The fame and fortune of bringing down such a beast would ensure a new future for all the Mercies. In fact, her actions may change the story arc of women everywhere.


The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter (The Riyria Chronicles #4) by Michael J. Sullivan (paperback, 490 pages, published by Riyria Entprises LLC)
A daughter vanishes. Two rogues are paid a fortune to find her. It isn't enough. Ride with Royce and Hadrian as the cynical ex-assassin and idealistic ex-mercenary travel to a mysterious old-world city filled with nobles claiming descent from imperial aristocracy. Riyria's job appears easy: discover what happened to the missing duchess and, if she lives, bring her home... if not, punish those responsible. But nothing is simple in the crowded, narrow, mist-filled streets of Rochelle, where more than one ancient legend lurks.


The Oyster Thief by Sonia Faruqi (ebook, 304 pages, published by Pegasus Books)
Coralline is a mermaid who is engaged to the merman of her dreams. But when an oil spill wreaks havoc on her idyllic village life, her little brother falls gravely ill. Desperate to save him, she embarks on a quest to find a legendary elixir made of starlight. Izar, a human man, is on the cusp of an invention that will enable him to mine the depths of the ocean. His discovery will soon make him the richest man on earth—while threatening merpeople with extinction. Suddenly, Izar finds himself transformed into a merman and caught in a web of betrayal and intrigue. Meeting Coralline in the ocean, he decides to join her on her quest for the elixir, hoping it will turn him human again.


The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa Palombo (paperback, 432 pages, published by St. Martin’s Press)
When Ichabod Crane arrives in the spooky little village of Sleepy Hollow as the new schoolmaster, Katrina Van Tassel is instantly drawn to him. As an itinerant schoolteacher of little social standing, Ichabod has nothing to offer the wealthy Katrina—unlike her childhood friend-turned-enemy, Brom Van Brunt, who is the suitor Katrina’s father favors. But when romance gives way to passion, Ichabod and Katrina embark on a secret love affair, sneaking away into the woods after dark to be together—while praying they do not catch sight of Sleepy Hollow’s legendary Headless Horseman. That is, until All Hallows’s Eve, when Ichabod suddenly disappears, leaving Katrina alone and in a perilous position. 


The Summoner’s Handbook by Taran Matharu (hardcover, 224 pages, published by Feiwel & Friends)
Summoner: One who is gifted with the ability to summon demonic creatures that are emotionally connected to their human counterparts. As brought to life in the bestselling Summoner series, the magic of summoning is also an art, with a story of its own. The Summoner’s Handbook reveals the story of James Baker—the epic journal that inspired the series hero, Fletcher, to discover his own summoning abilities.


The Way of the Shield (Maradaine Elite #1) by Marshall Ryan Maresca (paperback, 368 pages, published by Daw Books)
The first novel in the Maradaine Elite series blends fast-paced high fantasy and political intrigue. In centuries past, the Elite Orders of Druthal were warriors that stood for order, justice, and the common people. Now, with constables, King’s Marshals, and a standing army, there is little need for such organizations, and the Tarian Order is one of the last remnants of this ancient legacy. Dayne Heldrin trained his body and mind, learned the arts of defense and fighting, to become a candidate for the Tarian Order. When a failed rescue puts Dayne at fault for injuring the child of a powerful family, his future is in jeopardy. 


Time’s Children (Islevale Cycle #1) by D.B. Jackson (paperback, 528 pages, published by Angry Robot)
A time traveler trapped in a violent past must protect the orphaned child of a murdered sovereign and find a way home, in this astonishing epic fantasy novel.


 
October 9th:

Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria (hardcover, 480 pages, published by Amulet Books)
In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade. In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. 


Bright Ruin (Dark Gifts #3) by Vic James (hardcover, 416 pages, published by Del Rey Books)
Magic ruins. We rise. As the dystopian trilogy that began with Gilded Cage and Tarnished City concludes, the people of Britain rise up against their magically gifted masters. They must break the system—or be broken.


Dagger and Coin (Sword and Verse #2) by Kathy MacMillan (hardcover, 400 pages, published by Harper Teen)
The sequel to Sword and Verse follows a familiar face—Soraya—as she attempts to rebuild a nation after the downfall of the monarchy. Soraya Gamo was meant to be queen of Qilara, until an Arnath slave rebellion upended the social order and destroyed the capital city. Now, improbably, she sits on the new ruling council beside Mati, Raisa, and Jonis from Book 1, and must work with her former enemies. But not everyone is ready to accept that the Arnathim are no longer enslaved to the Qilarites. 


In the Night Wood by Dale Bailey (hardcover, 224 pages, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
In this contemporary fantasy, the grieving biographer of a Victorian fantasist finds himself slipping inexorably into the supernatural world that consumed his subject.



The Devil’s Thief (The Last Magician #2) by Lisa Maxwell (hardcover, 704 pages, published by Simon Pulse)
Hunt the Stones. Beware the Thief. Avenge the Past. In this spellbinding sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Last Magician, Esta and Harte set off on a cross-country chase through time to steal back the elemental stones they need to save the future of magic.


The Phoenix Empress (Their Bright Ascendancy #2) by K. Arsenault Rivera (paperback, 544 pages, published by Tor Books)
Once they were the heirs to a prophecy that predicted two women would save an empire. Now Shefali is dying—and her wife is unaware of the coming tragedy. Shizuka is too busy trying to reunite a fractured empire and right the wrongs of her ancestors. As the Imperial Army gathers against a demonic invasion, Shizuka must do all she can with an empire on the brink of civil war.


October 16th:
 

A Sorrow Fierce and Falling (Kingdom on Fire #3) by Jessica Cluess (hardcover, 432 pages, published by Random House Books for Young Readers)
Magic, romance, and heart-pounding action bring the final book in the Kingdom on Fire series to a shocking and satisfying close. After suffering terrible losses, Henrietta and Lord Blackwood have led their warriors to Sorrow-Fell, a vast estate where only those invited by a Blackwood may enter—and the ideal place to plan a final assault against the Ancients. Henrietta nervously awaits her marriage to Blackwood, but when the ritual to become his bride reveals a dark secret, she realizes that Sorrow-Fell is not a safe haven; it’s a trap.


Crown of Thunder (Beasts Made of Night #2) by Tochi Onyebuchi (hardcover, 320 pages, published by Razorbill)
In the sequel to the acclaimed Beasts Made of Night, Taj has escaped Kos, but Queen Karima will go to any means necessary—including using the most deadly magic—to track him down.


The Bartered Brides (Elemental Masters #13) by Mercedes Lackey (hardcover, 320 pages, published by Daw Books)
The thirteenth novel in the magical alternate history Elemental Masters series continues the reimagined adventures of Sherlock Holmes in a richly-detailed alternate Victorian England. The threat of Moriarty is gone—but so is Sherlock Holmes. Even as they mourn the loss of their colleague, psychic Nan Killian, medium Sarah Lyon-White, and Elemental Masters John and Mary Watson must be vigilant, for members of Moriarty’s network are still at large. And their troubles are far from over: in a matter of weeks, two headless bodies of young brides wash up in major waterways. A couple who fears for their own recently-wedded daughter hires the group to investigate, but with each new body, the mystery only deepens. 


The Black Khan (The Khorasan Archives #2) by Ausma Zehanat Khan (paperback, 496 pages, published by Harper Voyager)
To fight against the cruel and superstitious patriarchy known as the Talisman, members of the resistance group known as the Companions of Hira have risked their lives in a failed attempt to procure the Bloodprint—a dangerous text that may hold the secret to overthrowing the terrifying regime. Now, with their plans in ashes, the Companions of Hira have scattered, and the lives of two brave women at the center of the plot—Arian and Sinnia—face unprecedented danger. Yet a spark of hope flickers in the darkness—the Bloodprint has survived. 


The Book of Magic: A Collection of Stories edited by Gardner Dozois (hardcover, 576 pages, published by Bantam Books)
A new anthology celebrating the witches and sorcerers of epic fantasy—featuring stories by George R. R. Martin, Scott Lynch, Megan Lindholm, and many others!



Treason of Hawks (The Shadow #4) by Lila Bowen (hardcover, 384 pages, published by Orbit Books)
Rhett Walker is looking for peace, the memories of all he’s lost haunting his dreams. But with the lawless Rangers on his heels and monster attacks surging, Rhett is surrounded on all sides. When his friends and allies are suddenly ambushed, Rhett must answer the Shadow’s call and ride into one last, fateful battle.


Trial by Treason (The Enchanter General #2) by Dave Duncan (paperback, 296 pages, published by Night Shade Books)
A burgeoning Saxon enchanter confronts a demonic plot against the king in the sequel to Ironfoot, a historical fantasy series set in twelfth century England.


 
Wind Rider (Tales of a New World #3) by P.C. Cast (hardcover, 528 pages, published by Wednesday Books)
Wind Rider, an epic fantasy set in a world where humans, their animal allies, and the earth itself has been drastically changed. A world filled with beauty and danger and cruelty… Mari, Nik, and their newly formed Pack are being hunted. Thaddeus and the God of Death will stop at nothing until they are obliterated from the earth. But Mari and Nik have one goal: to reach the plains of the Wind Riders, in order to band together to stop Thaddeus from destroying all they hold dear. 


October 23rd:
 

A Cathedral of Myth and Bone by Kat Howard (hardcover, 400 pages, published by Saga Press)
In these sixteen exquisite stories Kat Howard deftly weaves in and out of the countries of myth and hagiography to write the lives of women untold and unexplored. 


A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland (hardcover, 464 pages, published by Saga Press)
In a bleak, far-northern land, a wandering storyteller is arrested on charges of witchcraft. Though Chant protests his innocence, he is condemned not only as a witch, but a spy. His only chance to save himself rests with the skills he has honed for decades – tell a good story, catch and hold their attention, or die. 


Cold Iron (Mages and Masters #1) by Miles Cameron (paperback, 496 pages, published by Orbit Books)
Aranthur is a promising young mage. His talents compel him to attend University to develop his abilities further. But the world is not safe for a mage, and after a confrontation leaves him no choice but to display his skill with a blade, Aranthur is instructed to train under a renowned Master of Swords. During his intensive training he begins to question the bloody life he’s chosen. 


No Sleep till Doomsday (Dru Jasper #3) by Laurence MacNaughton (paperback, 288 pages, published by Pyr)
An inexperienced sorceress must retrieve a priceless artifact from the enchantress who stole it, break the curse on her half-demon boyfriend, and stop her friends from turning on each other before the enchantress calls down doomsday. 


Roar of Sky (Blood of Earth #3) by Beth Cato (paperback, 448 pages, published by Harper Voyager)
In this stunning conclusion to the acclaimed Blood of Earth trilogy—a thrilling alternate history laced with earth magic, fantastic creatures, and steampunk elements—geomancer Ingrid must find a way to use her extraordinary abilities to save her world from the woman hell-bent on destroying it.


Sin du Jour: The Final Course (A Sin du Jour Affair #0) by Matt Wallace (ebook bundle, 848 pages, published by Tor.com Publishing)
Everyone loves a well-catered event, and the supernatural community is no exception. Enter Sin du Jour, the expert caterers to demons, goblins, faeries, and everything in between. From royal goblin weddings and sitting US presidents to high security prison hijinks and unlikely alliances, there's never a dull day at work for this crack team. The Sin du Jour: The Final Course omnibus collects in a single edition Matt Wallace's final four Sin du Jour affairs in his urban fantasy series: Idle Ingredients, Greedy Pigs, Gluttony Bay, and Taste of Wrath, which concludes the series.


The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition by Ursula K. Le Guin, illustrated by Charles Vess (hardcover, 1008 pages, published by Saga Press)
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the timeless and beloved A Wizard of Earthsea comes this complete omnibus edition of the entire Earthsea chronicles, including over fifty illustrations illuminating Le Guin’s vision of her classic saga. Included: A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, Tales From Earthsea, The Other Wind, “The Rule of Names,” “The Word of Unbinding,” “The Daughter of Odren,” and “Earthsea Revisioned: A Lecture at Oxford University.”


The Dream Gatherer (Green Rider) by Kristen Britain (hardcover, 176 pages, published by Daw Books)
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the New York Times bestselling Green Rider series, this short volume introduces readers to new sides of Sacoridia in two new short stories and a novella.


The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth (hardcover, 320 pages, published by Harper Teen)
Six years ago, sisters Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell were swept away to a strange and beautiful kingdom called the Woodlands, where they lived for years. But ever since they returned to their lives in post-WWII England, they have struggled to adjust. Ev desperately wants to return to the Woodlands, and Philippa just wants to move on. When Ev goes missing, Philippa must confront the depth of her sister’s despair and the painful truths they’ve been running from. As the weeks unfold, Philippa wonders if Ev truly did find a way home, or if the weight of their worlds pulled her under.


The Silver Scar by Betsy Dornbusch (paperback, 392 pages, published by Talos Press)
When Trinidad was twelve, his Wiccan parents blew themselves up in an ecoterr attack that killed several Christians. Orphaned and disillusioned, he fled his home and his best friend Castile to become a soldier for the powerful Christian church. Raised by a priest and trained by a godless warrior, Trinidad learned the brutal art of balancing faith and war. He is the perfect archwarden. But when the church’s bishop arrives with a silver scar she claims is proof of angelic orders to crusade, Trinidad alone knows her story is a lie. 


West (East #2) by Edith Pattou (hardcover, 528 pages, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers)
In the sequel to the beloved high fantasy East, Rose sets off on a perilous journey to find her true love when he goes missing in a thrilling tale of danger, magic, adventure, and revenge.


October 30th:
 

Finding Baba Yaga: A Short Novel in Verse by Jane Yolen (paperback, 144 pages, published by Tor.com Publishing)
You think you know this story. You do not. A harsh, controlling father. A quiescent mother. A house that feels like anything but a home. Natasha gathers the strength to leave, and comes upon a little house in the wood: A house that walks about on chicken feet and is inhabited by a fairy tale witch. In finding Baba Yaga, Natasha finds her voice, her power, herself…


Mage Against the Machine by Shaun Barger (hardcover, 512 pages, published by Saga Press)
Harry Potter meets The Terminator in this action-packed adventure about a young man who discovers that everything he believed about his world is a lie. The year is 2120. The humans are dead after a madman blew up civilization with weaponized magical technology. Safe within domes that protect them from the nuclear wasteland, the mages have spent the last century putting their lives back together. Nikolai is tasked with a higher calling—to maintain the Veils that protect mage-kind from the hazards of the wastes beyond. But when confronted by one of his former instructors gone rogue, Nik tumbles into a dark secret. The humans weren’t nuked into oblivion—they’re still alive. Not only that, outside the domes a war rages between the last enclaves of free humans and vast machine intelligences.


Salt by Hannah Moskowitz (hardcover, 268 pages, published by Chronicle Books)
Roaming the Mediterranean on sailboats and hunting down monsters is the only life seventeen-year-old Indi and his siblings have ever known. He never loved it, but now that his parents are gone—recently vanished at sea during a hunt—it’s harder and harder to fight his desire to escape. He’s constantly weighing his need for freedom against his ferocious love for his siblings and the temptation of his parents’ journal, which contains directions to a possible treasure. Maybe it’s something valuable enough to distract sixteen-year-old Beleza from her obsession with hunting down the monster that killed their parents. Something that would save the little kids from a life at sea that’s turning Oscar into a thieving pirate and wasting Zulu’s brilliant six-year-old mind. Something that could give Indi a normal life.


The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta (hardcover, 352 pages, published by Viking Books for Young Readers)
Teodora di Sangro is used to hiding her magical ability to transform enemies into music boxes and mirrors. Nobody knows she’s a strega—and she aims to keep it that way. The she meets Cielo—and everything changes. A strega who can switch outward form as effortlessly as turning a page in a book, Cielo shows Teodora what her life could be like if she masters the power she’s been keeping secret. 


The Labyrinth Index (Laundry Files #9) by Charles Stross (hardcover, 368 pages, published by Tor.com Publishing)
Since she was promoted to the head of the Lords Select Committee on Sanguinary Affairs, every workday for Mhari Murphy has been a nightmare. Mhari’s most recent assignment takes her and a ragtag team of former Laundry agents across the pond into the depths of North America. The United States president has gone missing. Not that Americans are alarmed. For some mysterious reason, most of the country has forgotten the executive branch even exists. Perhaps it has to do with the Nazgûl currently occupying the government and attempting to summon Cthulhu. It’s now up to Mhari and her team to race against the Nazgûl’s vampire-manned dragnet to find and, for his own protection, kidnap the president. 


The Librarians and the Pot of Gold (The Librarians #3) by Greg Cox (paperback, 336 pages, published by Tor Books)
For millennia, the Librarians have secretly protected the world by keeping watch over dangerous magical relics. Cataloging and safeguarding everything from Excalibur to Pandora’s Box, they stand between humanity and those who would use the relics for evil.


The Monster Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade #2) by Seth Dickinson (hardcover, 464 pages, published by Tor Books)
Her world was shattered by the Empire of Masks. For the power to shatter the Masquerade, she betrayed everyone she loved. The traitor Baru Cormorant is now the cryptarch Agonist—a secret lord of the empire she’s vowed to destroy. Hunted by a mutinous admiral, haunted by the wound which has split her mind in two, Baru leads her dearest foes on an expedition for the secret of immortality. It’s her chance to trigger a war that will consume the Masquerade. But Baru’s heart is broken, and she fears she can no longer tell justice from revenge…or her own desires from the will of the man who remade her.



• • • •
- Young Adult -
October 1st:

The Rule of One (The Rule of One #1) by Ashley Saunders and Leslie Saunders (paperback, 270 pages, published by Skyscape)
In the near-future United States, a one-child policy is ruthlessly enforced. Everyone follows the Rule of One. But Ava Goodwin, daughter of the head of the Texas Family Planning Division, has a secret—one her mother died to keep and her father has helped to hide for her entire life. She has an identical twin sister, Mira. For eighteen years Ava and Mira have lived as one, trading places day after day, maintaining an interchangeable existence down to the most telling detail. But when their charade is exposed, their worst nightmare begins. Now they must leave behind the father they love and fight for their lives. Branded as traitors, hunted as fugitives, and pushed to discover just how far they’ll go in order to stay alive, Ava and Mira rush headlong into a terrifying unknown.


October 2nd:
 

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver (hardcover, 416 pages, published by HarperCollins)
It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods. Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly. The only thing is: they didn’t do it. On the anniversary of Summer’s death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago—no matter how monstrous.

Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jared Shusterman (hardcover, 400 pages, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, one teen is forced to make life and death decisions for her family in this harrowing story of survival from New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman.


Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor (hardcover, 528 pages, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of. As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?


Paragon Rising (Curse of the Phoenix #2) by Dorothy Dreyer (paperback, 300 pages, published by Snowy Wings Publishing)
The conclusion of the Curse of the Phoenix duology wraps up the saga of Tori Kagari. In the first book, Tori was thrust into her quest by the infectious phoenix fever that threatened the lives of her whole family. Although she spent much of the first book fighting tooth and nail to sneak into the queendom of Avarell (under false pretenses, no less), now she must flee the court. At her side are the soldier who rescued her and a rogue princess. When Avarell is invaded by the Nostidour, Tori begs for their help, but her potential allies need her to prove her trustworthiness first, after all, her shady reputation proceeds her. From plagues to the living dead to royal intrigue, plus a whole lotta queer representation, this series has it all.


Rebels of Eden (Children of Eden #3) by Joey Graceffa (hardcover, 384 pages, published by Keywords Press)
The electrifying conclusion to the New York Times bestselling series Children of Eden that follows Rowan as she leaves behind the paradise she’s always dreamed of and infiltrates Eden to save her family and friends. 


Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand (hardcover, 464 pages, published by Katherine Tegen Books)
Who are the Sawkill Girls? Marion: The newbie. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find. Zoey: The pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is. Val: The queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives; a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies. Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires. Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight…until now.


Someday (Every Day #3)  by David Levithan (hardcover, 336 pages, published by Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Every day a new body. Every day a new life. Every day a new choice. For as long as A can remember, life has meant waking up in a different person’s body every day, forced to live as that person until the day ended. A always thought there wasn’t anyone else who had a life like this. But A was wrong. There are others.

Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn (hardcover, 368 pages, published by Entangled Teen)
Princess Vela’s people are starving. Stranded on a planet that lacks food, Vela makes the ultimate sacrifice and becomes an Aegis for her people. Accepting a genetic modification that takes sixty years off her life, she can feed her colony via nutrition pills. But her best friend is still getting worse. And she’s not the only one. Now the king is dying, too. When the boy she’s had a crush on since childhood volunteers to give his life for her father’s, Vela realizes her people need more than pills to survive. As tensions rise between Aegis and colonists, secrets and sabotage begin to threaten the future of the colony itself. Unless Vela is brave enough to save them all.


The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2) by Mackenzi Lee (hardcover, 464 pages, published by Katherine Tegen Books)
In this highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Felicity Montague must use all her womanly wits and wiles to achieve her dreams of becoming a doctor—even if she has to scheme her way across Europe to do it.


The Rising Gold (Beyond The Red #3) by Ava Jae (hardcover, 424 pages, published by Sky Pony Press)
In the last book of the intense Beyond the Red trilogy, Kora and Eros are still struggling for power over Safara. Eros is high king to Kora’s queen, and may be in over his head. As he tries to emancipate his nation’s slaves and quash a fomenting rebellion from those troublesome Remnants, he also must deal with uniting the eight disparate nations together, stopping an epidemic from spreading, and helping his people recover from the loss of vital technology. Kora, meanwhile, has her own problems to deal with, specifically with regards to her other brother whose previous crimes may finally lead to his execution.


The Spy With the Red Balloon (the Balloonmakers #2) by Katherine Locke (hardcover, 368 pages, published by Albert Whitman Company)
Siblings Ilse and Wolf hide a deep secret in their blood: with it, they can work magic. And the government just found out. Blackmailed into service during World War II, Ilse lends her magic to America’s newest weapon, the atom bomb, while Wolf goes behind enemy lines to sabotage Germany’s nuclear program. It’s a dangerous mission, but if Hitler were to create the bomb first, the results would be catastrophic. When Wolf’s plane is shot down, his entire mission is thrown into jeopardy. 


October 9th:
 

Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore (hardcover, 384 pages, published by Feiwel & Friends)
The Del Cisne girls have never just been sisters; they’re also rivals, Blanca as obedient and graceful as Roja is vicious and manipulative. They know that, because of a generations-old spell, their family is bound to a bevy of swans deep in the woods. They know that, one day, the swans will pull them into a dangerous game that will leave one of them a girl, and trap the other in the body of a swan. But when two local boys become drawn into the game, the swans’ spell intertwines with the strange and unpredictable magic lacing the woods, and all four of their fates depend on facing truths that could either save or destroy them.


Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak (hardcover, 464 pages, published by Doubleday)
The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance. At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge—for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle. The question is, how far is Clay willing to go? And how much can he overcome?


Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich (hardcover, 368 pages, published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
From the show's creators comes the groundbreaking novel inspired by the Broadway smash hit Dear Evan Hansen. When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone draws high school senior Evan Hansen into a family's grief over the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong. He just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell, that the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend.


Freedom Trials by Meredith Tate (hardcover, 400 pages, published by Page Street Publishing)
Evelyn Summers is imprisoned for a crime that was wiped from her memory. In order for Evelyn to be released, she—along with other “reformed” prisoners—must pass seven mental, physical, and virtual challenges known as the Freedom Trials. One mistake means execution and, with her history of being a snitch, her fellow inmates will do everything they can to get revenge. When new prisoner Alex Martinez arrives, armed with secrets about Evelyn’s missing memories, she must make a choice. She can follow the rules to win and walk free, or covertly uncover details of the crime that sent her there. But competing in the trials and dredging up her erased past may cost Evelyn the one thing more valuable than freedom: her life.


Odd One Out by Nic Stone (hardcover, 320 pages, published by Crown Books for Young Readers) 
One story. Three sides. No easy answers.
Courtney "Coop" Cooper - Dumped. Again. And normally I wouldn't mind. But right now, my best friend and source of solace, Jupiter Sanchez, is ignoring me to text some girl. Rae Evelyn Chin - I assumed "new girl" would be synonymous with "pariah," but Jupiter and Courtney make me feel like I'm right where I belong. I also want to kiss him. And her. Which is...perplexing. Jupiter Charity-Sanchez - The only thing worse than losing the girl you love to a boy is losing her to your boy. That means losing him, too. I have to make a move...

The Healer by Donna Freitas (hardcover, 400 pages, published by HarperTeen)
Marlena Oliveira has—mysteriously, miraculously—been given the power to heal all kinds of ailments. People around the world believe she is a saint. But it all comes at a price. Because of her power, she’ll never be able to live a normal life. And the older she gets, the more trapped she feels. Then she meets Finn, a boy who makes her want to fall in love. For the first time, she begins to doubt her power—and herself. Is her gift worth all she must give up to keep it? And who would—or could—she be without it?


What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera (hardcover, 448 pages, published by HarperTeen)
Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it. Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things. But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?


October 11th:
 

Zenith Dream (Broken Moon #3) by F.T. Lukens (paperback, 258 pages, published by Duet Books, the YA imprint of Interlude Press)
When Ren wakes from his life-threatening injury on the Star Stream, he learns that Asher has left with the Phoenix Corps and that the Corps believes Ren to be dead. Despite the opportunity to disappear, Ren is determined to fix his mistakes. He convinces the crew to join him for one last mission—find Asher, free Liam, and escape from the Corps’ reach. But a war is brewing between two formidable armies, and, despite his wish to flee, Ren is drawn into the conflict. With his friends by his side, Ren must make a choice, and it will affect the future of his found family and the cluster forever.

October 16th:

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi (hardcover, 320 pages, published by HarperTeen)
It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped. Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother. But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.


Villain (Gone #8) by Michael Grant (hardcover, 576 pages, published by Katherine Tegen Books)
It’s been four years since the events of Gone. The Perdido Beach dome is down, but the horrors within have spread. The alien virus-infested rock that created the FAYZ is creating monsters that walk the cities and countryside, terrorizing all. There are tanks in the street and predator drones in the sky, doomed efforts to stop the disintegration of civilization. Into this chaos comes a villain with the power to control anyone with just the sound of his voice. Dillon Poe wanted to be a comedian once … but everyone made fun of him. Now he’s sending thousands to their death. Who’s laughing now? The only people who can stop a superpowered villain are superpowered heroes. Dekka, Shade, Cruz, Malik, Armo, and a new mutant with unmatched powers, are all that stand in Dillon’s way. But when the lines begin to blur between hero and villain—some begin to wonder who’s really the monster.


October 23rd:
 

Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas (hardcover, 992 pages, published by Bloomsbury YA)
Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas’s #1 New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an epic, unforgettable conclusion. Aelin Galathynius’s journey from slave to king’s assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world.


October 30th:
 

The Darkest Star (Origin #1) by Jennifer Armentrout (hardcover, 368 pages, published by Tor Teen)
Seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher knows firsthand the devastating consequences of humanity’s war with the aliens. When she’s caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen … but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she’d only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head.


Where She Fell by Kaitlin Ward (hardcover, 304 pages, published by Point Publishing)
Eliza knows the legends about the swamp near her house—that people have fallen into sinkholes, never to be seen again, maybe even falling to the center of the earth. As an aspiring geologist, she knows the last part is impossible. But when her best friends drag her onto the uneven ground anyway, Eliza knows to be worried. And when the earth opens under her feet, there isn’t even time to say I told you so. As she scrambles through one cave, which leads to another, and another, Eliza finds herself in an impossible world—where a small group of people survive underground, running from vicious creatures, eating giant bugs, and creating their own subterranean society.



• • • •
- Historical Fiction -
October 1st:

The Ragged Edge of Night by Olivia Hawker (paperback, 352 pages, published by Lake Union Publishing)
Germany, 1942. Franciscan friar Anton Starzmann is stripped of his place in the world when his school is seized by the Nazis. He relocates to a small German hamlet to wed Elisabeth Herter, a widow who seeks a marriage—in name only—to a man who can help raise her three children. Anton seeks something too—atonement for failing to protect his young students from the wrath of the Nazis. But neither he nor Elisabeth expects their lives to be shaken once again by the inescapable rumble of war.

October 2nd:
 
News of Our Loved Ones by Abigail DeWitt (hardcover, 240 pages, published by HarperCollins Publishers)
Set in France and America, News of Our Loved Ones is a haunting and intimate examination of love and loss, beauty and the cost of survival, witnessed through two generations of one French family, whose lives are all touched by the tragic events surrounding the D-Day bombings in Normandy. Moving back and forth in time, told from varying points of view, News of Our Loved Ones explores the way family histories are shared and illuminates the power of storytelling to understand the past and who we are.


The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher (hardcover, 384 pages, published by Berkley Books)
London, 1938. The effervescent “It girl” of London society since her father was named the ambassador, Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy moves in ratified circles, rubbing satin-covered elbows with some of the 20th century’s most powerful figures. Kick is ready to strike out on her own and is soon swept off her feet by Billy Hartington, the future Duke of Devonshire. But their love is forbidden, as Kick’s devout Catholic family and Billy’s staunchly Protestant one would never approve their match. When war breaks like a tidal wave across her world, Billy is ripped from her arms as the Kennedys are forced to return to the States. Kick gets work as a journalist and joins the Red Cross to get back to England, where she will have to decide where her true loyalties lie--with family or with love…

The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox (paperback, 368 pages, published by Graydon House)
Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it. New Oldbury, 1821. In the wake of a scandal, the Montrose family and their three daughters—Catherine, Lydia, and Emeline—flee Boston for their new country home, Willow Hall. The estate seems sleepy and idyllic. But a subtle menace creeps into the atmosphere, remnants of a dark history that call to Lydia, and to the youngest, Emeline. All three daughters will be irrevocably changed by what follows, but none more than Lydia, who must draw on a power she never knew she possessed if she wants to protect those she loves. For Willow Hall’s secrets will rise, in the end…

War of the Wolf (The Saxon Stories #11) by Bernard Cornwell (hardcover, 352 pages, published by HarperCollins Publishers)
His blood is Saxon. His heart is Viking. His battleground is England.
While Uhtred might have regained his family’s fortress, it seems that a peaceful life is not to be – as he is under threat from both an old enemy and a new foe. The old enemy comes from Wessex where a dynastic struggle will determine who will be the next king.  And the new foe is Sköll, a Norseman, whose ambition is to be King of Northumbria and who leads a frightening army of wolf-warriors, men who fight half-crazed in the belief that they are indeed wolves. Uhtred, believing he is cursed, must fend off one enemy while he tries to destroy the other.

When the Men Were Gone by Marjorie Herrera Lewis (paperback, 240 pages, published by William Morrow Paperbacks)
In Marjorie Herrera Lewis’s debut historical novel the inspiring true story of high school teacher Tylene Wilson—a woman who surprises everyone as she breaks with tradition to become the first high school football coach in Texas—comes to life.


October 9th:
 

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton (hardcover, 496 pages, published by Atria Books)
A rich, spellbinding new novel from the author of The Lake House—the story of a love affair and a mysterious murder that cast their shadow across generations, set in England from the 1860's until the present day. Told by multiple voices across time, The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a story of murder, mystery, and thievery, of art, love, and loss. And flowing through its pages like a river, is the voice of a woman who stands outside time, whose name has been forgotten by history, but who has watched it all unfold: Birdie Bell, the clockmaker’s daughter.


The Girl They Left Behind by Roxanne Veletzos (hardcover, 368 pages, published by Atria Books)
On a freezing night in January 1941, a little Jewish girl is found on the steps of an apartment building in Bucharest. With Romania recently allied with the Nazis, the girl is placed in an orphanage and eventually adopted by a wealthy childless couple who name her Natalia. As Natalia comes of age she has a secret crush on Victor, an intense young man who as an impoverished student befriended her family long ago. Years later, when Natalia is in her early twenties and working at a warehouse packing fruit, she and Victor, now an important official in the Communist regime, cross paths again. When Natalia is suddenly offered a one-time chance at freedom, Victor is determined to help her escape, even if it means losing her.


The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor (paperback, 416 pages, published by William Morrow Paperbacks)
1838: Northumberland, England. Longstone Lighthouse on the Farne Islands has been Grace Darling’s home for all of her twenty-two years. When she and her father rescue shipwreck survivors in a furious storm, Grace becomes celebrated throughout England, the subject of poems, ballads, and plays. But far more precious than her unsought fame is the friendship that develops between Grace and a visiting artist. 1938: Newport, Rhode Island. Nineteen-years-old and pregnant, Matilda Emmerson has been sent away from Ireland in disgrace. She is to stay with Harriet, a reclusive relative and assistant lighthouse keeper, until her baby is born. A discarded, half-finished portrait opens a window into Matilda’s family history. As a deadly hurricane approaches, two women, living a century apart, will be linked forever by their instinctive acts of courage and love. 


October 16th:
 

A Well Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler (hardcover, 400 pages, published by St. Martin's Press)
Meet Alva Smith Vanderbilt Belmont, living proof that history is made by those who know the rules--and how to break them. Alva Smith, her southern family destitute after the Civil War, married into one of America’s great Gilded Age dynasties: the newly wealthy but socially shunned Vanderbilts. Ignored by New York’s old-money circles and determined to win respect, she designed and built 9 mansions, hosted grand balls, and arranged for her daughter to marry a duke. But Alva also defied convention for women of her time, asserting power within her marriage and becoming a leader in the women’s suffrage movement.


October 23rd:
 

An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker (hardcover, 384 pages, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
When Lady Katherine's father is killed for being an illegally practicing Catholic, she discovers treason wasn't the only secret he's been hiding: he was also involved in a murder plot against the reigning Queen Elizabeth I. With nothing left to lose, Katherine disguises herself as a boy and travels to London to fulfill her father's mission, and to take it one step further--kill the queen herself.


Little by Edward Carey (hardcover, 448 pages, published by Riverhead Books)
Inspired by the sensational and macabre story of Madame Tussaud, the woman who founded London’s world-famous wax museum, this novel traces her rise from Paris orphan to celebrity artist who barely survived the French Revolution.



Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy (hardcover, 320 pages, published by William Morrow & Company)
Plucky and ambitious, Marilla Cuthbert is thirteen years old when her world is turned upside down. Her beloved mother dies in childbirth, and Marilla suddenly must bear the responsibilities of a farm wife: cooking, sewing, keeping house, and overseeing the day-to-day life of Green Gables with her brother, Matthew and father, Hugh. Marilla dares to venture beyond the safety of Green Gables and joining the Ladies Aid Society, she raises funds for an orphanage run by the Sisters of Charity in nearby Nova Scotia that secretly serves as a way station for runaway slaves from America. She soon finds herself caught up in the dangerous work of politics, and abolition—jeopardizing all she cherishes, including her bond with her dearest John Blythe. Now Marilla must face a reckoning between her dreams of making a difference in the wider world and the small-town reality of life at Green Gables.


The Rain Watcher by Tatiana de Rosnay (hardcover, 240 pages, published by St. Martin's Press)
The Rain Watcher is a powerful family drama set in Paris as the Malegarde family gathers to celebrate the father's 70th birthday. Their hidden fears and secrets are slowly unraveled as the City of Light undergoes a stunning natural disaster. Seen through the eyes of charismatic photographer Linden Malegarde, the youngest son, all members of the family will have to fight to keep their unity against tragic circumstances.



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- Literary Fiction -
October 2nd:

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult (hardcover, 352 pages, published by Ballantine Books)
The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center — a women’s reproductive health services clinic — its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage.


Gone So Long by Andre Dubus III (hardcover, 480 pages, published by W. W. Norton Company)
In this deeply compelling new novel, a father, estranged for the worst of reasons, is driven to seek out the daughter he has not seen in decades.Daniel Ahearn lives a quiet, solitary existence in a seaside New England town. Forty years ago, following a shocking act of impulsive violence on his part, his daughter, Susan, was ripped from his arms by police. Now in her forties, Susan still suffers from the trauma of a night she doesn’t remember, as she struggles to feel settled, to love a man and create something that lasts. Lois, her maternal grandmother who raised her, tries to find peace in her antique shop in a quaint Florida town but cannot escape her own anger, bitterness, and fear.


The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain (hardcover, 384 pages, published by St. Martin's Press)
When Carly Sears, a young woman widowed by the Vietnam war, receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970, and she is told that nothing can be done to help her child. But her brother-in-law, a physicist with a mysterious past, tells her that perhaps there is a way to save her baby. What he suggests is something that will shatter every preconceived notion that Carly has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage she never knew existed. Something that will mean an unimaginable leap of faith on Carly’s part.


Virgil Wander by Leif Enger (hardcover, 352 pages, published by Grove Press)
Midwestern movie house owner Virgil Wander is "cruising along at medium altitude" when his car flies off the road into icy Lake Superior. Virgil survives but his language and memory are altered and he emerges into a world no longer familiar to him. Awakening in this new life, Virgil begins to piece together his personal history and the lore of his broken town, with the help of a cast of affable and curious locals--from Rune, a twinkling, pipe-smoking, kite-flying stranger investigating the mystery of his disappeared son; to Nadine, the reserved, enchanting wife of the vanished man; to Tom, a journalist and Virgil's oldest friend; and various members of the Pea family who must confront tragedies of their own. Into this community returns a shimmering prodigal son who may hold the key to reviving their town.


October 9th:
 

Killing Commendatore (Kishidancho Goroshi #1-2) by Haruki Murakami (hardcover, 688 pages, published by Knopf Publishing Group)
Killing Commendatore focuses on a Tokyo portrait painter who is hiding away in the mountain retreat of a famous artist after his wife demands a divorce. There he discovers a painting in the attic which bends reality into strange new shapes. Murakami ponders art, war and, as ever, loneliness, as a ringing bell, a mysterious well and various odd characters lead his antihero on a voyage of self-discovery.


The Next Person You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom (kindle edition, 224 pages, published by HarperCollins Publishers)
In this enchanting sequel to the number one bestseller The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom tells the story of Eddie’s heavenly reunion with Annie—the little girl he saved on earth—in an unforgettable novel of how our lives and losses intersect.


October 16th:
 

Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks (hardcover, 320 pages, published by Grand Central Publishing)
Hope Anderson is at a crossroads. At thirty-six, she’s been dating her boyfriend, an orthopedic surgeon, for six years. With no wedding plans in sight, and her father recently diagnosed with ALS, she decides to use a week at her family’s cottage in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, to ready the house for sale and mull over some difficult decisions about her future. Tru Walls has never visited North Carolina but is summoned to Sunset Beach by a letter from a man claiming to be his father. A safari guide, born and raised in Zimbabwe, Tru hopes to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding his mother’s early life and recapture memories lost with her death. When the two strangers cross paths, their connection is as electric as it is unfathomable...but in the immersive days that follow, their feelings for each other will give way to choices that pit family duty against personal happiness in devastating ways.


Melmoth by Sarah Perry (hardcover, 288 pages, published by Custom House Books)
It has been years since Helen Franklin left England. In Prague, working as a translator, she has found a home of sorts—or, at least, refuge. That changes when her friend Karel discovers a mysterious letter in the library, a strange confession and a curious warning that speaks of Melmoth the Witness. As such superstition has it, Melmoth travels through the ages, dooming those she persuades to join her to a damnation of timeless, itinerant solitude. To Helen it all seems the stuff of unenlightened fantasy. But, unaware, as she wanders the cobblestone streets Helen is being watched. And then Karel disappears...


Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver (hardcover, 480 pages, published by HarperCollins Publishers)
Unsheltered is the story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum, as they navigate the challenges of surviving a world in the throes of major cultural shifts. In this mesmerizing story told in alternating chapters, Willa and Thatcher come to realize that though the future is uncertain, even unnerving, shelter can be found in the bonds of kindred—whether family or friends—and in the strength of the human spirit.


October 30th:
 

Family Trust by Kathy Wang (hardcover, 400 pages, by William Morrow & Company)
Meet Stanley Huang: father, husband, ex-husband, man of unpredictable tastes and temper, aficionado of all-inclusive vacations and bargain luxury goods, newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. For years, Stanley has claimed that he’s worth a small fortune. But the time is now coming when the details of his estate will finally be revealed, and Stanley’s family is nervous. As Stanley’s death approaches, the Huangs are faced with unexpected challenges that upend them and eventually lead them to discover what they most value. A compelling tale of cultural expectations, career ambitions and our relationships with the people who know us best.


(sources: io9.gizmodo.com, Tor.com 1 2 3 4,
Barnes&Noble, Goodreads.com 1 2, BookBub.com 1 2 3 4)
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