New Books: 16 February 2021
Ahmad, Ehsan, Ahmad, Shakil: Unbound
(Uproar Books, $16.95, 325pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, Feb 16, 2021)
Space opera SF novel, the second and final book in the Wild Sun duology. Coauthored by two brothers.
Barron, Rena: Reaper of Souls
(HarperTeen 978-0-06-287098-8, $18.99, pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, Feb 16, 2021)
Young adult fantasy novel, the second in a trilogy inspired by West Africa.
Bear, Greg: The Unfinished Land
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/John Joseph Adams 978-1328589903, $26, 384pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, Feb 16, 2021)
Historical fantasy novel set during the Elizabethan period. The apprentice fisherman Reynard meets strangers who seem to know him, one with a white shadow.
Brooks, Mike: The Black Coast
(Rebellion/Solaris US 978-1-78108-824-1, $14.99, 670pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, Feb 16, 2021)
Epic fantasy novel, the first in the God-King Chronicles series. The Black Keep is invaded by enemies driven from their home by a daemonic despot. Electronic versions only. Print available March 16.
Files, Gemma: In That Endlessness, Our End
(Grimscribe Press 978-0-578-75976-0, $20.00, 344pp, formats: trade paperback, Feb 15, 2021)
Collection of fifteen horror stories by the award-winning author.
Files doesn’t exactly expose the horror found in the mundane because, once the thin veneer of normalcy is scratched, very little is mundane about her fictional realm. Dreams are always nightmares, residences provide discomfort, offspring are no delight, encounters with the eldritch are common, families are invariably dysfunctional, relationships tend toward the doomed, and even the electrical grid is a thing to fear. [. . .] a must-read for horror aficionados who delight in dread.
—Paula Guran, Locus Magazine, January 2021
Gailey, Sarah: The Echo Wife
(Tor 978-1-250-17466-6, $25.99, 256pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, Feb 16, 2021)
Near-future thriller/SF novel. Scientist Evelyn Caldwell’s husband is having an affair with her own cloned replica.
Clones don’t seem quite as popular these days as they were back in the 1970s and ’80s, when we were treated on a fairly regular basis to stories about celebrity clones, spare-parts clones, hazardous-duty clones, doppelganger clones, identity-crisis clones, cheap-labor clones, ominous replacement clones, survivalist clones, posthuman clones, tabula-rasa clones, and, inevitably, murder-mystery clones. Sarah Gailey touches upon that last in some ingenious ways in The Echo Wife, a solidly written novel that gains more of its strength from the voice and conflicted character of its narrator than from its rather plot-contrived version of cloning technology.
—Gary K. Wolfe, Locus Magazine, December 2020
González, Betina: American Delirium
(Macmillan/Holt 978-1-250-62128-3, $26.99, 224pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio Feb 16, 2021)
English language debut from the best selling Argentinean author, about a Midwestern town where deer start attacking people, “dropouts” disappear into the woods, a mysterious hallucination strikes, and a taxidermist from the Caribbean sees a connection. Translated by Heather Cleary.
Johnston, Michael: Silence of the Soleri
(Tor 978-0-7653-8775-2, $27.99, 384pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, Feb 16, 2021)
Epic fantasy novel inspired by ancient Egypt and King Lear, the second book in the Amber Throne series.
Maas, Sarah J.: A Court of Silver Flames
(Bloomsbury USA 978-1-681196282, $28.00, 768pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, Feb 16, 2021)
Young-adult fantasy novel, the fourth in the Court of Thorns and Roses series. Nesta Acheron must rely on the warrior Cassian as the human queens forge a new alliance.
Marrs, John: The Minders
(Penguin Random House/Berkley 978-0-593-33472-0, $17, 416pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, Feb 16, 2021)
Near-future SF thriller/horror novel about people given classified information as genetic code in their heads.
McFall, Kathleen, Hays, Clark: Scorched Earth
(Pumpjack Press 978-1-7345197-2-3, $15.95, 318pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, Feb 14, 2021)
SF mystery novel, the second in the Halo trilogy, set on 2188 Mars.
Modesitt, L.E., Jr.: Fairhaven Rising
(Tor 978-1-250-26519-7, $29.99, 464pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, Feb 16, 2021)
Fantasy novel, 22nd in the bestselling Saga of Recluce series, featuring a group of new young mages in Fairhaven.
Moses, Rucker, Gangi, Theo: Kingston and the Magician’s Lost and Found
(Penguin Random House/Putnam 978-0-525-51686-6, $17.99, 288pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, Feb 16, 2021)
Middle-grade fantasy novel set in an underground New York with magic and secrets. Kingston hunts for his father and the magic that’s gone missing from Echo City, Brooklyn.
Overmyer, Beth: Holes in the Veil
(Flame Tree Press US 978-1-78758-581-2, $24.95, pp, formats: hardcover, trade paperback, ebook, Feb 16, 2021)
Action packed high fantasy novel, with an innovative magic system in a pseudo-medieval setting. Second book in the Goblets Immortal series.
Polk, C.L.: Soulstar
(Tordotcom 978-1-250-20357-1, $17.99, 304pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, Feb 16, 2021)
Fantasy novel, third in the Kingston Cycle series, which began with Polk’s award-winning debut Witchmark.
Riesman, Abraham: True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee
(Penguin Random House/Crown 978-0-593-13571-6, $28.00, pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, Feb 16, 2021)
Biography of Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee, written by a veteran culture reporter, based on more than 150 interviews and thousands of pages of documents, some never before revealed.
Rusch, Kristine Kathryn: Thieves
(WMG Publishing 978-1561463718, $34.99, 490 pp, formats: hardcover, trade paperback, ebook, Feb 16, 2021)
Far-future SF novel, ninth in the Diving Universe series. Boss finds an interesting new wreck to salvage, but the clock is ticking as she tries to reassemble her team.
Warhammer Horror: The Harrowed Paths
(Black Library US 978-1-78999-286-1, $16, 384pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, Feb 16, 2021)
Tie-in anthology of horror stories set in the Warhammer universe, by authors including Lora Gray, Nick Kyme, and Graham McNeill.