This week in new hardcovers: A magical hero turned new ruler faces dangerous war and intrigue at home; the diminution of the demon reality endangers all magic in the human, forcing action by a witch-demon marked for death; supernatural darkness stirs near an old west town filled with strange and supernatural folk; and a journey to undertake a transformation for love leads into a elemental conflict, plus graphic novel collections for Conan and The Incal.
by L. E. Modesitt
Imager Portfolio. "The sequel to the New York Times bestselling Princeps follows magical hero Quaeryt as he leads history's first Imager fighting force into war. Given the rank of subcommander by his wife's brother, Lord Bhayar, the ruler of Telaryn, Quaeryt joins an invading army into the hostile land of Bovaria, in retaliation for Bovaria's attempted annexation of Telaryn. But Quaeryt has his own agenda in doing Bhayar's bidding: to legitimize Imagers in the hearts and minds of all men, by demonstrating their value as heroes as he leads his battalion into one costly battle after another. Making matters worse, court intrigues pursue Quaeryt even to the front lines of the conflict, as the Imager's enemies continue to plot against him." Tor Books, 512 pages, Jan 22.
by Kim Harrison
"The ever-after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It's up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans falls apart. Of course, there's also the small fact that Rachel is the one who caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it. Not to mention the most powerful demon in the ever-after—the soul-eater Ku'Sox Sha-Ku'ru—has vowed to destroy her, and has kidnapped her friend and her goddaughter as leverage. If Rachel doesn't give herself up, they will die. Forced by circumstance, Rachel teams up with elven tycoon Trent Kalamack—a partnership fraught with dangers of the heart as well as betrayal of the soul—to return to the ever-after and rescue those she loves. One world teeters on the brink of interspecies war, the other on the brink of its very demise—and it's up to Rachel to keep them both from being destroyed." Harper Voyager, 448 pages, Jan 22.
by Brian Wood, Dave Marshall (Editor), Becky Cloonan, James Harren
Conan Volume 13. "Brian Wood's best selling new take on Conan starts here, with acclaimed artists Becky Cloonan and James Harren! Kicking off Dark Horse's sweeping adaptation of Robert E. Howard's "Queen of the Black Coast," Conan turns his back on the civilized world and takes to the Western Ocean. Finding first danger and then passion in the arms of the pirate queen Belit, the Cimmerian begins a new life of pleasure and pillage along the Black Coast, in this epic of romance and terror!" Dark Horse, 152 pages, Jan 22.
by Alexandro Jodorowsky, Moebius (Illustrator)
The Incal. "The first volume of The Incal, the bestselling international comics masterpiece by Moebius and Jodorowsky, presented in a coffee-table size edition. Meet Class "R" Detective John Difool and embark with him on his journey to discovering the secrets of the mystical Incal artifact." Humanoids, Inc., 48 pages, Jan 22.
by R. S. Belcher
"Nevada, 1869: Beyond the pitiless 40-Mile Desert lies Golgotha, a cattle town that hides more than its share of unnatural secrets. The sheriff bears the mark of the noose around his neck; some say he is a dead man whose time has not yet come. His half-human deputy is kin to coyotes. The mayor guards a hoard of mythical treasures. A banker's wife belongs to a secret order of assassins. And a shady saloon owner, whose fingers are in everyone's business, may know more about the town's true origins than he's letting on. A haven for the blessed and the damned, Golgotha has known many strange events, but nothing like the primordial darkness stirring in the abandoned silver mine overlooking the town. Bleeding midnight, an ancient evil is spilling into the world, and unless the sheriff and his posse can saddle up in time, Golgotha will have seen its last dawn…and so will all of Creation." Tor Books, 368 pages, Jan 22.
by Victoria Foyt
Save The Pearls Part Two. "In the sequel to the award-winning, dystopian novel, Revealing Eden, Eden Newman must adapt into a hybrid human beast if she hopes to become Ronson Bramfords mate. She has no choice but to undergo her fathers adaptation experiment at his makeshift laboratory in the last patch of rainforest. But when the past rears its ugly head, Eden and Bramford must abandon camp along with their family and friends. Luckily, an Aztec tribe that has survived with the aid of a healing plant provides them with sanctuaryor is it? Too late, Eden realizes she is at the center of an epic spiritual battle between love and war. To survive, she must face her deepest fears or lose everything, including the beastly man she loves." Sand Dollar Press Inc, 110 pages, Jan 25.