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New Books : 23 June 2020 – Locus Online – Locus Online

From mystical artifacts and war-torn empires to vampire-ridden 1880s London, explore the boundless potential of fantasy in this week’s new books!

New books this week are by Katherine Addison, Zen Cho, W. Michael Gear & Kathleen O’Neal Gear, Devin Madson, James S. Murray & Darren Wearmouth, H.G. Parry, and Jeff Wheeler.


* Addison, Katherine : The Angel of the Crows
(Tor 978-0765387394, $27.99, 448pp, hardcover, June 2020)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Jun 2020
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780765387417
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781250755292

Fantasy novel set in an alternate 1880s London inhabited by angels, vampires, and werewolves.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Kirkus review calls it “A Sherlock Holmes–esque novel that truly breaks the mold.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound

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* Cho, Zen : The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water
(Tor.com 978-1-250-26925-6, $19.99, 160pp, hardcover, June 2020)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Jun 2020
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250269249

Short fantasy novel about a group of bandits who’ve come into possession of a sacred object.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “This cheeky take on old-school tropes is pleasant but slight.”
• Gary K. Wolfe reviews it in the June issue of Locus Magazine: “…its appeal derives from watching a smart, appealing, and intelligent woman finding her identity among a not-always-honorable ragtag band of thieves, and making a choice in the end that is satisfyingly consistent with what she’s learned.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound

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* Gear, W. Micheal, & Kathleen O’Neal Gear : People of the Canyons
(Forge 978-1250176202, $27.99, 320pp, hardcover, June 2020)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Jun 2020
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250176196

Historical fantasy novel, latest in the authors’ long-running “North America’s Forgotten Past” series, about an evil ruler in search of a mystical artifact.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound

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* Madson, Devin : We Ride the Storm
(Orbit 978-0-31653-626-4, $15.99, 528pp, trade paperback, June 2020)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Jun 2020
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316536271
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781549184994
The Reborn Empire #1

Epic fantasy novel, first in a series, about a warrior, an assassin, and a princess in an empire divided by war.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Though the result feels more like setup for the next in the series than a narrative in its own right, the intricate worldbuilding and memorable characters will appeal to genre fans.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound

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* Murray, James S., & Darren Wearmouth : Obliteration
(Harper Voyager 978-0062868992, $27.99, 256pp, hardcover, June 2020)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Jun 2020
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062869012
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780063011908
Awakened #3

Supernatural thriller, third in a series following Awakened (2018) and The Brink (2019), in which subterranean creatures threaten humanity.
• HarperCollins’ site has this description with a sample.
Publishers Weekly said of the first book, “Aliens meets The Taking of Pelham 123 in this fast-moving science fiction thriller that mostly keeps the reader’s disbelief suspended.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound

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* Parry, H. G. : A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians
(Redhook 978-0-316-45908-2, $28, 544pp, hardcover, June 2020)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Jun 2020
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316459099
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781549101922
The Shadow Histories #1

Historical fantasy novel, first in a series, set in the Age of Enlightenment, about magical rebellions around the world.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an excerpt.
Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review: “Parry has a historian’s eye for period detail and weaves real figures from history—including Robespierre and Toussaint L’Ouverture—throughout her poetic tale of justice, liberation, and dark magic. This is a knockout.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound

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* Wheeler, Jeff : The Buried World
(47North 978-1-5420-1503-5, 335pp, June 2020)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 23 Jun 2020
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B07WNTX91Y
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1799747796
The Grave Kingdon #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following The Killing Fog (March 2020), about a mercenary whose mission to retrieve treasures from a lost palace awakens an ancient evil emperor.
• Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides previews.
• The Publishers Weekly review concludes, “Fans of Wheeler’s work and Asian-influenced fantasy will find this a worthy outing.”

• Purchase this book from Amazon | Indiebound

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These listings are based on publisher schedules and availability on Amazon (rather than on confirmation of physical publication via purchase, review copies, or sightings in bookstores). Titles are listed only once they are published (with rare exception). We do not list galleys or advance reading copies. Page counts are based on publisher or Amazon listings, and typically only approximate the bibliographic page counts of finished books. * = first edition + = first US edition Date with publisher info is official publication month. ‘Nominal Publication Date’ is the day of publication, typically as indicated by Amazon.com.


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