From Dalglish to Salvatore: SF/Fantasy Previews, Jan. 2019 | Prepub Alert

Award-winning authors returns with continuations of great series.

Dalglish, David. Soulkeeper. Orbit: Hachette. Jan. 2019. 720p. ISBN 9780316416641. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316416634. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316416665. Downloadable. FANTASY

Soulkeeper Devin Eveson acts as a healer, but he must become a fighter when black waters suddenly rise and rend the boundary between this world and another, bringing live fire, walking corpses, and time manipulators—some fairly disgusted by their memory of humans. USA Today best-selling author Dalglish (“Shadowdance” series) dreams up a new trilogy; with a 75,000-copy first printing.

Kless, Eyal. The Lost Puzzler. Harper Voyager. Jan. 2019. 480p. ISBN 9780062792433. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062792440. FANTASY

A century after the Great Catastrophe turned back the clock on civilization and very nearly destroyed the human race, an unassuming scribe in the City of Towers is tasked with finding a boy with the power to restore the long-lost technology that made past generations flourish. I love it that this debut is by a classical violinist; with a 35,000-copy first printing.

McGuire, Seanan. In an Absent Dream. Tor. Jan. 2019. 208p. ISBN 9780765399298. $17.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765399281. CD. FANTASY

Serving as a prequel, this fourth in the Hugo, Alex, Nebula, and Locus Award–winning “Wayward Children” series introduces serious-minded young Lundy, who has no desire to be a housewife. A magic doorway takes her to a world founded on logic, but she’s compelled to make a deal at the Goblin Market that’s really going to cost her.

Reynolds, Alastair. Shadow Captain. Orbit: Hachette. Jan. 2019. 450p. ISBN 9780316555708. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316555685. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316555715. Downloadable. SF

In this sequel to the Locus Award-winning Revenger, sisters Adrana and Fura Ness have returned from their sorry adventures on infamous pirate Bosa Sennen's ship, with Adrana troubled by her enslavement there and Fura fired up by Bosa Sennen’s rumored hidden treasure. The pirate herself might be dead, but forces all over the galaxy want to take over her ship. With a 75,000-copy first printing.

Sagara, Michelle. Cast in Oblivion. Mira: Harlequin. Jan. 2019. 576p. ISBN 9780778307846. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488096563. FANTASY

In this next in "The Chronicles of Elantra" series, detective/mage Kaylin Neya is sent without her prior knowledge to the West March, the ancient lands of the Barrani, to rescue nine Barrani who are family to her other housemates. Unfortunately, her Dragon friend is sent with her, and Dragons and Barrani mix like oil and fire. Meanwhile, the Consort has other ideas; she needs Kaylin and her Barrani friends from a special Barrani Hell. With a 50,000-copy first printing.

Salvatore, R.A. Reckoning of Fallen Gods: A Tale of the Coven. Tor. Jan. 2019. 432p. ISBN 9780765395306. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765395313. FANTASY

Revisiting the world of Corona, the setting of his "Saga of the First King" series and the "DemonWars Saga," Salvatore’s new “Coven” series stars Aoleyn, a powerful young witch raised by her tradition-bound tribe after her parents’ death. Having risked everything to save the trader Talmadge (she even manages to kill a god), Aoleyn must get ready for some bad news: a fallen empire in the west is readying for war.

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