We're fast approaching the end of the month and the onslaught of December and Christmas is just around the corner. We've already had Christmas songs playing on a continual loop in all the stores and driving staff around the UK crazy, and all the Christmas decorations, foods and other assorted accoutrements were on the shelves pretty much about mid-October! So for those of you feeling a bit Scrooge-like about everything, fear not...we have some fantastic books coming in December - and not one of them has Christmas, Snow or Santa in the title.
From bestselling science fiction from Peter F. Hamilton through to the truly hysterical shenanigans of Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently. If that's not enough there is a brand new title from the eBook phenomenon Amanda Hocking, a further steampunk adventure from Cherie Priest and then two - yes TWO - debut Tor novels. Ambassador, you are spoiling us...
So for our Twelve Days of Tor-tastic Christmas treats, we offer for your reading pleasure:
LONDON FALLING by Paul Cornell
‘An irresistible blend of guns, gangsters, cops and monsters that grabs you by the eyeballs and never lets go. Start this book early in the day people, because you ain’t going to get no sleep until it’s done.’ Ben Aaronovitch, author of Rivers of London
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.
MALICE by John Gwynne
A debut novel from first-time author John Gwynne, a coming-of-age story grounded in the fantasy tropes of David Eddings and Robert Jordan.
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. Prophecy 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.
LULLABY by Amanda Hocking
'The new Stephanie Meyer' Independent
Gemma had to disappear with Penn, Lexi and Thea after a night of incredible violence on the island. She can still barely come to terms with her new affinity with the ocean – and the siren powers that go with it. Now she’s been transformed, Gemma has no choice but to leave all she loves behind. She swears she won’t lose her humanity, but the call of the sea is maddening and compulsive.
Harper won’t give up on her missing sister. The search draws her closer than she’d like to bohemian Daniel, but she could really use his help. They’d almost given up, until a small news item tells of a horrific murder in a nearby beach town, and Harper thinks she’s found the deadly group. But can Gemma’s curse be reversed – and what if she doesn’t want to come home?
DREADNOUGHT by Cherie Priest
‘Exceptional ... the real draw is Priest’s latest no-nonsense heroine’ Publishers Weekly
A Clockwork Century novel
Nurse Mercy Lynch is recently widowed, but the war has further unpleasant surprises in store. While working in a Confederate hospital, she receives word that her estranged father is dying and wants to see her. But reaching the far side of the country will be a harrowing adventure though war-torn border states.
When her dirigible is shot out of the sky, Mercy is forced to join the mighty Union-operated steam engine known as the Dreadnought. But the journey turns deadly when they are beset by bandits, then attacked by Rebel soldiers. The train is moving away from the battle front, so Mercy can’t imagine why they’re so interested. Unless the train’s mysterious cargo is responsible?
Mercy just wants to see her father before he dies. But she’ll have to survive Union intrigue and Confederate opposition to make it off the Dreadnought alive.
HALO: PRIMORDIUM by Greg Bear
The second book in Halo's Forerunner trilogy based in the universe of the bestselling XBox game.
In the wake of the apparent self-destruction of the Forerunner empire, two humans – Chakas and Riser – are like flotsam washed up on very strange shores indeed.
They find themselves on an inverted world where horizons rise into the sky and where humans of all kinds are trapped in a perilous cycle of neglect. They have become strategic pawns in a cosmic game whose madness knows no end – a game of ancient vengeance between the powers who seeded the galaxy with life, and the Forerunners.
In the company of a young girl and an old man, Chakas begins an epic journey across a lost and damaged Halo in search of a way home, an explanation for the warrior spirits rising up within, and for the Librarian’s tampering with human destiny.
This journey will take them into the domain of a powerful and monstrous intelligence who claims to be the Last Precursor, and who now has control of both this Halo and the fate of Forerunners and humans alike.
Called the Primordial by ancient human warriors, this intelligence may control the fate of not only Chakas, Riser, and the rest of humanity, but all of sentient life.
DIRK GENTLY'S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY / THE LONG DARK TEA-TIME OF THE SOUL / THE SALMON OF DOUBT by Douglas Adams
From the comic genius of Douglas Adams a brand new look for these three books which have lost no relevance in their sophisticated humour since they were first published.
THE NIGHT'S DAWN TRILOGY by Peter F. Hamilton
A re-issue of the bestselling author's three novels set in a far future universe where humanity is warring against a host of past souls flooding back into the world of the living through enforced possession...
‘Absolute vintage science-fiction. Hamilton puts British sci-fi back into interstellar overdrive’ The Times
And yes, for those who noticed - there are, in fact, only eleven books and twelve days of Christmas. So to celebrate the great selection of SFF we're publishing, we're offering two lucky winners the complete December list for Tor UK - so a copy of every book shown here. For a chance to win, just head over to our Facebook page, Like us and answer - What would you like your True Love to give to you on the Twelfth Day of Christmas? We'll pick and announce the winner next week.