New Books: 5 July 2022

Abbott, Alana Joli, Rios, Julia, eds.: Bridge to Elsewhere

(Outland Entertainment 978-1-954255333, $17.95, 367pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, July 5, 2022)

Original anthology of SF stories centered around a spaceship’s crew. Authors include John Chu, C.S.E. Cooney, SL Huang, and Justin C. Key.


Chambers, James, Gyzander, Carol, eds.: Even in the Grave

(eSpec/NeoParadoxa 978-1-956463-03-3, $17.95, 254pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, July 1, 2022)

Original anthology of ghost stories. Authors include Marc L. Abott, Meghan Arcuri, Amy Grech, and Steven Van Patten.


Ellor, Zabé: Silk Fire

(Rebellion/Solaris US 9781781089767, $24.99, 475pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, July 1, 2022)

Science fantasy novel. A god gives magic powers to an aristocrat’s son, who is a courtesan and brothel owner, making him an unexpected political player in his corrupt city.


Erlick, Nikki: The Measure

(HarperCollins/Morrow , $28.99, 368pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, July 5, 2022)

Fantasy novel. Boxes appear outside people’s doors with strings inside, the length of which shows how long the recipient will live.


Freeman, Dan: The Minister of Chance

(Arcbeatle Press 979-8827158295, $9.99, 200pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, June 30, 2022)

SF novel. A barmaid on another world follows a stranger crossing the Frost Bridge between worlds.


Gerber, Daryl Wood: A Hint of Mischief

(Kensington 978-1-4967-3604-8, $15.95, 368pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, June 29, 2022)

Fantasy mystery novel, the third in the Fairy Garden series featuring Courtney Kelly, who has a real fairy in her fairy garden store. A local socialite hires Courtney to cater a party, but a famous actress on the guest list is mysteriously murdered before the party begins.


Gibson, Eva V.: Frightmares

(Penguin Random House/Underlined 978-0-593-486870, $9.99, 288pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, July 5, 2022)

Young-adult horror novel about a teen working at a haunted house where a cast member turns up dead.


Greer, James: Bad Eminence

(And Other Stories 978-1-913505-34-9, $25.95, 224pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, July 5, 2022)

Surreal/fantasy novel about a misanthropic French translator who stops working on a thriller to take a more prestigious book, only to have the first project fight back.


Mana, Davide: Descent: Legends of the Dark: The Raiders of Bloodwood

(Aconyte 978-1-83908-155-2, $16.95, 336pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, July 5, 2022)

Tie-in fantasy novel set in the world of Descent: Legends of the Dark. The invasion of Terrinoth has begun. A misfit band must work together to learn the secrets of the Bloodwood, and repel the Beastmaster.


Mara, Sunya: The Darkening

(HarperCollins/Clarion 978-0-358-56198-9, $18.99, 400pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, July 5, 2022)

Young-adult fantasy novel, the first in a duology. Set in a city trapped in the eye of a cursed storm, the daughter of failed revolutionaries seeks to save her father from the executioners who have already killed her mother.


Montimore, Margarita: Acts of Violet

(Macmillan/Flatiron 978-1-250-81506-4, $27.99, 336pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, July 5, 2022)

Novel about a famous stage magician who disappears, but her sister and fans can’t let her go as the 10th anniversary of her disappearance nears.


Olson, Carnegie: Empire & Oracle

(Humble Hogs Press , $26.99, 462pp, formats: hardcover, trade paperback, ebook, June 30, 2022)

SF time-travel novel, the second in the Time Crime series. Mr. Z, a scholar of mythology, and his alluring protégé Vixy Velure have a second career as Time Detectives.


Parks, Amy Noelle: Lia and Beckett’s Abracadabra

(Abrams/Amulet 978-1419753442, $17.99, 304pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, July 5, 2022)

Young-adult fantasy romance novel about teens from rival families of stage magicians who enter a competition and fall in love.


Roy, Lucinda: Flying the Coop

(Tor 978-1-250-80982-7, $27.99, 496pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, July 5, 2022)

Futuristic fantasy novel, second in the Dreambird Chronicles about Ji-Ji, a biracial slave seeking her freedom in a war-fractured former America.


Silverberg, Robert: Among Strangers

(Subterranean Press 978-1-64524-069-3, $50.00, 760pp, formats: hardcover, June 30, 2022)

Omnibus of three novels and one novella of first contact: Those Who Watch (Signet 1967), The Man in the Maze (Avon 1969), Tom O’Bedlam (Fine 1985), and “The Way to Spook City” (Playboy 1992; Voyager 2000 as part of The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg #6). Silverberg provides new introductions to each, plus a general introduction.


Tremblay, Paul: The Pallbearers Club

(HarperCollins/Morrow 978-0-06-306991-6, $27.99, 288pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, July 5, 2022)

Psychological horror novel with hints of the supernatural and some dark humor. Art tries to write a memoir of his past and the funeral-attending club he started back in his small-town high school in the ’80s — but the corpse-obsessed girl he met through the club takes violent exception to his account.


Zahn, Timothy: The Icarus Plot

(Baen 978-1-9821-9195-5, $25.00, 352pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, July 5, 2022)

Space opera SF novel, first in a new series. Gregory Roarke has retired from bounty hunting and now seeks out new planets for possible development, until he’s offered a mysterious job with an unlimited budget, and a chance for some long-delayed payback.


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