Bishop, Anne :
(Roc 0-451-46096-0, $7.99, 436pp, mass market paperback, March 2007)
(First edition: Roc, February 2006)
Fantasy novel about a romance between a country maid and a succubus named Sebastian. The sequel, Belladonna, has just appeared in hardcover from Roc.
The author's site has this page about the book, with front and back cover copy, links to reviews, and an excerpt.
Amazon has Publishers Weekly's starred review, which called it an "impressively unclich‚d battle between light and dark raging through the world.".
Bova, Ben :
(Tor 0-765-34315-0, $7.99, 418pp, mass market paperback, March 2007)
(First edition: UK: Hodder & Stoughton, February 2006)
SF novel, fifth in Bova's "Grand Tour" series about human exploration of the solar system (following novels about Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mercury). In this book a colony ship from Earth stops at Saturn's moon Titan, where the disappearance of its exploration vessel causes tension to erupt among the colonists.
Tor's hardcover edition last year was a "Sci Fi essential book" publicized in association with the Sci Fi Channel; Tor's site has this description of the book.
Clegg, Douglas :
Mordred, Bastard Son: Book One of the Mordred Trilogy
(Alyson Books 1-55583-987-8, $14.95, 260pp, trade paperback, January 2007)
(First edition: Alyson Books, January 2006)
Fantasy novel, first of a trilogy, offering a sympathetic portrait of the son of King Arthur and Morgan le Fay, traditionally cast as the villain in Arthurian legends.
Clegg's website has a long statement by the author about why he wrote the book; "Mordred, Bastard Son is very different from any novel I've written. This tale is set somewhere between the Dark Ages of western European history and the legends of the Arthurian world. I'd like to ask you to come along to get to know the greatest villain of the legend -- in his own words, with his own truth."
The book is currently a finalist in the SF/F/H category in this year's Lambda Literary Awards.
Czerneda, Julie E. :
(DAW 0-756-40411-8, $7.99, 570pp, mass market paperback, March 2007)
(First edition: DAW, May 2006)
SF novel, third in the "Species Imperative" trilogy following Survival and Migration, concerning the migration of an alien race called the Dhyrn who leave other species annihilated in their wake.
The author's website has a Chapter 6 excerpt.
Erikson, Steven :
House of Chains
(Tor 0-765-34881-0, $7.99, 1021pp, mass market paperback, March 2007)
(First edition: UK: Transworld/Bantam UK, December 2002)
Fantasy novel, fourth book of the "Malazan Book of the Fallen" series following Gardens of the Moon, Deadhouse Gates, and Memories of Ice, concerning the Malazan empire and its numerous enemies.
This is the first US mass-market paperback edition; Tor published a trade paperback simultaneously last year with their hardcover edition.
The series' website, www.malazanempire.com, has background on the author and the books.
Amazon has Publishers Weekly's starred review, from its July 10th issue -- "Unusual among fantasy writers, Erikson succeeds in making readers empathize equally with all sides involved in his world's vast, century-spanning conflict."
The SF Book Club's Andrew Wheeler just posted this rave for book 5 in the series, Midnight Tides.
Gardner, Craig Shaw :
Battlestar Galactica: The Cylons' Secret
(Tor 0-765-35517-5, $6.99, 302pp, mass market paperback, March 2007) ERROR -- 1st edition not found
SF novel based on the current TV series created by Ronald D. Moore. The story concerns an illegal scavenger who discovers a scientific station occupied by Cylons.
Tor published the hardcover edition last August.
Tor's website has this description and a text excerpt.
Heinlein, Robert A. :
Time for the Stars
(Orb 0-765-31494-0, $14.95, 244pp, trade paperback, March 2007)
Young adult SF novel, tenth in Heinlein's popular and fondly remembered series of 'juveniles'. It's about telepathic twins, one of whom boards a relativistic starship on a voyage to another star system, while the other stays on Earth and grows old.
This trade paperback is a reprint of Tor's hardcover edition published last August.
Wikipedia has this detailed summary.
The Heinlein Society website has this concordance entry for the book.
Keck, David :
In the Eye of Heaven
(Tor 0-765-35169-2, $7.99, 446pp, mass market paperback, March 2007)
(First edition: Tor, April 2006)
Fantasy novel, the author's first novel, and first in a trilogy, that the author describes as "a gritty medieval fantasy following a tournament knight from lowly shield-bearer to savior of an ancient kingdom."
The author's website includes a longer description, some background on Creation, the setting of the novels, and a sample chapter.
Faren Miller's review in Locus Magazine last year called it "a work of laudable ambition and a promising debut."
Lee, Sharon, & Steve Miller :
(Ace 0-441-01487-9, $7.99, 334pp, mass market paperback, March 2007)
(First edition: Meisha Merlin, February 2005)
SF novel, a prequel to the Liaden Universe series, subtitled "The Great Migration Duology, Book 1", concerning the founding of Clan Korval. The book includes a cast of characters, and a glossary. The follow-up, Crystal Dragon, was published by Meisha Merlin in 2006.
Embiid.net, which first released it electronically, has samples. Meisha Merlin's site has this description and an excerpt.
Carolyn Cushman's review in Locus Magazine said "Series fans will delight in seeing the roots of the Liadan universe and the characters they know; others will undoubtedly find some scenes oddly freighted with an import not obvious to casual or uninitiated readers."
Levinson, Paul :
The Plot to Save Socrates
(Tor 0-765-31197-6, $14.95, 270pp, trade paperback, February 2007)
(First edition: Tor, February 2006)
SF time-travel novel about a grad student from 2042 who gets involved in an attempt to save the ancient Greek philosopher from his famous execution.
Amazon's 'search inside' feature includes an excerpt. Amazon also has the Publishers Weekly review, which calls the book a "light, engaging time-travel yarn", and several recent posts by the author.
Marillier, Juliet :
The Dark Mirror
(Tor 0-765-34875-6, $7.99, 564pp, mass market paperback, March 2007)
(First edition: Australia: Pan Macmillan, 2004)
Fantasy novel, first in the "Bridei Chronicles", set in pre-Celtic Scotland and concerning a druid's foster son who takes in an abandoned fairy girl.
This is the first US mass-market paperback edition; Tor published a trade paperback edition last June. The sequel, Blade of Fortriu, was published by Tor in hardcover last October.
The author's website has this historical background of the novel, plus historical notes and an excerpt.
Amazon has the starred Publishers Weekly review: ".Yet somehow, carefully rounding her characters and paying exquisite attention to detail, Marillier pulls it off so well that you completely forget you've read essentially the same story a hundred times before."
Morrow, James :
The Last Witchfinder
(HarperPerennial 0-06-082180-9, $15.95, 16+526pp, trade paperback, March 2007)
(First edition: HarperCollins/Morrow, March 2006)
Historical fantasy novel, about the daughter of a 17th century 'witchfinder' who journeys from England to Massachusetts, an Algonquin village, and eventually Philadelphia in a quest to overturn rigid laws that allow the execution of women for acts of presumed sorcery.
The author's site has this page about the book, with an illustrated summary of the story, a self-interview, and quotes from reviews.
Gary K. Wolfe wrote last year in Locus Magazine, "With its deeply humanist convictions, its manic humor, and its shameless melodrama, The Last Witchfinder may come as a pleasant surprise even to those of Morrow's followers who have long anointed him as the heir of Vonnegut. There's pride to be taken in that heritage, of course, but more pride to be taken in moving away from Vonnegut's shadow."
This trade paperback edition has 18 pages of extra features at the end.
The novel is currently a finalist for this year's British SF Association Awards.
Palwick, Susan :
The Necessary Beggar
(Tor 0-765-34951-5, $6.99, 316pp, mass market paperback, March 2007)
(First edition: Tor, October 2005)
Fantasy novel about a family of exiles from another dimension who arrive at a refugee camp in Nevada.
Tor's website has this description with quotes from reviews.
Amazon's 'search inside' feature includes an excerpt.
Faren Miller's review last year in Locus Magazine said: "In works like this, any sense of 'happily ever after' can only be hard-won, and Palwick gets there through a fine combination of American ironies, plain Otherworld logic, lingering mystery, and raw, authentic emotions."
Shinn, Sharon :
The Thirteenth House
(Ace 0-441-01414-3, $7.99, 484pp, mass market paperback, March 2007)
(First edition: Ace, March 2006)
Fantasy novel, second in the "Twelve Houses" series following Mystic and Rider (2004), about a shapeshifter, disowned by her family, whose sister is named heir to the land of Gillengaria.
The third book in the series, Dark Moon Defender, was published last October in hardcover.
Amazon has Publishers Weekly's starred review, which said that Shinn "brings back Kirra's companions from Mystic and Rider, adds several enjoyable new characters and paints their journey with a lyrical grace and deep appreciation of camaraderie reminiscent of Diane Duane at her best."
Turtledove, Harry :
Every Inch a King
(Ballantine Del Rey 0-345-48736-2, $14.95, 297pp, trade paperback, March 2007, cover illustration Tristan Elwell) ERROR -- 1st edition not found
Fantasy novel about a circus acrobat who uses his resemblance to a prince to try to become king of the land of Shqiperi.
This is the first trade edition of a book first published in 2005 by ISFiC Press. The ISFiC site has a PDF excerpt.
Del Rey's site has this description with an excerpt.
Amazon has the Publishers Weekly, which notes that Turtledove "puts a merry spin on the true tale of circus clown Otto Witte, who enjoyed a brief and glorious reign over Albania in 1913 thanks to a case of mistaken identity and the help of sword-swallower Max Schlepsig. Here, Turtledove reimagines Albania as Shqiperi..."