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The Second Bell

Houston projects her background of Polish mythologies and dark fairy tales onto this fanciful debut. Redemption, sacrifice, and generosity underpin this story about mother-and-daughter relationships. Fans of mythical yarns and medieval fantasies will enjoy this easy-to-read fable.

The Gates of Athens

Iggulden turns loose an exciting new series that is sure to delight teens and adults alike. This great historical novel dips into ancient life, lighting up all the curious bits that historians love to share. More than just a series of battle scenes, this saga informs readers of the times, the people, and the locations in the best possible way.

D (A Tale of Two Worlds)

Faber (The Crimson Petal and the White), an award-winning writer of short stories, fiction, and nonfiction, has created a thoroughly engaging young adult crossover fantasy that occasionally breaks the fourth wall by speaking directly to the reader midstory. Clever and enjoyable, this Narnia-like work will delight any fantasy buff.

Divinity’s Twilight: Rebirth

Newcomer Russell’s new high fantasy series launch is well written with a definite steampunk vibe and sword-and-sorcery appeal. Readers of alternate-world fantasy will find this a satisfying read and a good start for a new author who’s soon to have a loyal following.

The Last Campaign

Nebula Award-winning Shoemaker (Today I Am Carey) presents a kind of Martian love story overlaying a suspense thriller. The characters feel as real as the Martian cities and landscapes. The harsh survival realities of the red planet, clashes with a new civilization trying to find its own governing philosophy and economic stability. The strong, symbiotic couple entering this intense and unpredictable environment will delight sf readers and drama fans alike.


Salted with a bit of humor here and there, a clear cadence, and conventional ending, this will please anyone who embraces outer-space yarns.

Trial by Treason

In this sequel to Ironfoot, Duncan (The Seventh Sword, "King's Blades" series) has written a well-paced, fresh historical fantasy that fans of his other work will welcome. Those who enjoy a little sorcery with their history will not be disappointed.


Kennedy (Kingdom of Invaders; Subwayland) creates a reality that blows desert dust into the eyes and cheap motel musk into the nostrils, successfully capturing the intertwining lives of sad sacks who are painfully and at times comically doomed. Those who enjoy classic Western "drifter dramas" will be sinfully satisfied.

Mad Boy: An Account of Henry Phipps in the War of 1812

Arvin (Articles of War) has produced a curious and fanciful historical novel with eccentric characters staged in a rainy and fetid world of unforgiving nature and political circumstance. Occasionally "laugh out loud" funny, this somewhat facile work will entertain fans of dark humor, convoluted adventure stories, and historical drama.

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