So I don't know about you but I'm still hoping that summer will break and we'll have sun, Pimms, BBQs and bare legs for a few weeks instead of this rather solemn, grey, overcast sky. But in the meantime, being Brits with those stiff upper lips, let's look on the bright side - we've got some terrific books forthcoming to help you escape the reality! A little bit of something to appeal to everyone we hope . . .
Last week we saw the release of Seth Patrick's debut novel Reviver - it's had terrific reviews, a lot of enthusiastic feedback from readers, a fantastic Forensic Revival Service website full of extra content and material, an ebook with original and exclusive short story and that remarkable Blippable cover which is loads of fun to play with, really, what's not to like? You haven't heard about it? Where have you been?! :-)
Next month, we have a whole new stock of goodies to tempt you with. The paperbacks of both the gritty, brilliant London Falling by Paul Cornell and John Gwynne's incredibly exciting epic fantasy Malice.
The dark is rising . . . Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drugs bust of his career. Then his prize suspect Rob Toshack is murdered in custody. Furious, Quill pursues the investigation, co-opting intelligence analyst Lisa Ross and undercover cops Costain and Sefton. But nothing about Toshack’s murder is normal.
Toshack had struck a bargain with a vindictive entity, whose occult powers kept Toshack one step ahead of the law – until his luck ran out. Now, the team must find a 'suspect' who can bend space and time and alter memory itself. And they will kill again.
As the group starts to see London’s sinister magic for themselves, they have two choices: panic or use their new abilities. Then they must hunt a terrifying supernatural force the only way they know how: using police methods, equipment and tactics. But they must all learn the rules of this new game - and quickly. More than their lives will depend on it.
Young Corban watches enviously as boys become warriors, learning the art of war. He yearns to wield his sword and spear to protect his king’s realm. But that day will come all too soon. Only when he loses those he loves will he learn the true price of courage.
The Banished Lands has a violent past where armies of men and giants clashed in battle, the earth running dark with their heartsblood. Although the giant-clans were broken in ages past, their ruined fortresses still scar the land. But now giants stir anew, the very stones weep blood and there are sightings of giant wyrms. Those who can still read the signs see a threat far greater than the ancient wars. Sorrow will darken the world, as angels and demons make it their battlefield. Then there will be a war to end all wars.
High King Aquilus summons his fellow kings to council, seeking an alliance in this time of need. Prophesy indicates darkness and light will demand two champions, the Black Sun and the Bright Star. They would be wise to seek out both, for if the Black Sun gains ascendancy, mankind’s hopes and dreams will fall to dust.
PLUS we have the paperbacks of near future SF action adventure Heaven's War and the final novel in Mark Charan Newton's hugely imaginative Legends of the Red Sun fantasy series, The Broken Isles.
When an unidentified object is spotted hurtling towards Earth, two rival teams race to claim it. But the affectionately-named ‘Keanu’ conceals dangerous secrets. Instead of barren rock, astronauts discover a giant ship with an extra-terrestrial crew. A ship with a mission and a message: help us. A brave new frontier beckons, but it comes at a price.
Without explanation, small groups of humans are transported from earth’s scientific communities to Keanu’s interior. Their first task is to stay alive. Their second, to explore their new home and locate their keepers. But above all, as the ship starts to break down around them, they must figure out why they were brought here and forge a path home.
War spills into the Boreal Archipelago, as two rival cultures bring their eternal battle into this adjacent realm.
Fresh from a military victory, Commander Brynd Lathraea plans to rebuild the city of Villiren, where he is confronted with a dilemma. There are friendly forces who have no other choice but to live alongside his own people, and their numbers will be required to fight in the looming conflict. The commander turns politician as he seeks to build bridges and embrace mysterious new technologies to further his ambitions. However, many in Villiren are sceptical of aliens coming to their city, tensions run high, and even the dream of a peaceful future brings with it inevitable clashes of beliefs.
Meanwhile, Villjamur has been destroyed. A vast swathe of refugees from the legendary city are now on the run from an immense alien presence in the sky. Villages are being cleared and people are dying en masse. And Inquisitor Fulcrom finds himself at the helm of an operation to aid the refugee exodus to the coast, but it's a race against time before this threatened genocide is complete. Ancient civilisations line up on the field of battle. Exotic creatures and a possible god walk alongside citizens of the Empire. As the Legends of the Red Sun series draws to a close, there will be one final and immense conflict to decide the fate of multiple cultures forever.
So get your e-readers and bookmarks ready for a bumper month!