This week in new hardcovers: Fairy tales turn out to be real; Captain Leary faces the prospect of galactic war; throne politics complicated by magic; loving a man who's losing control of his shapeshifting; an experimental disaster leaves the president's mind open to potential terrorists; plus a compilation of the Dark Horse character Hunter.
by J. S. Chancellor
"Avalar isn't real. At least, it wasn't supposed to be. Aubrey never expected to fall in love with and marry her graduate writing professor Jullian. His life's work, a grim fantasy titled 'A Thief of Nightshade' encompassed everything Aubrey hated about fairy tales and make-believe. After Jullian goes missing and is eventually presumed dead, Aubrey discovers just how make-believe the world of 'Nightshade' is... Not only is Jullian alive and well in Avalar, he's at the mercy of the Dark Fae, condemned to a fate worse than death, with no memory of Aubrey or his time in her world. In order to save him, she'll have to confront more than just the demons in her past, but the very real ones that await her in a place she never thought could exist. All of them will do everything in their power to stop her." Rhemalda Publishing, 358 pages, Apr 2.
by David Drake
Rcn - Lt. Leary, Book 9. "Captain Daniel Leary with his friend–and spy–Officer Adele Mundy are sent to a quiet sector to carry out an easy task: helping the local admiral put down a coup before it takes place. But then the jealous admiral gets rid of them by sending them off on a wild goose chase to a sector where commerce is king and business is carried out by extortion and gunfights. With anarchy and rebellion in the air, a rogue intelligence officer plots the war that will destroy civilization and enlists the help of a brute whom even torturers couldn't stomach. And, of course, it’s up to Leary and Mundy to put a stop to the madness." Baen, 368 pages, Apr 3.
by Sherwood Smith
"Princess Lasva is about to be named heir to her childless sister, the queen. But, when the queen finally bears an heir, Lasva's future is shattered. Grief-stricken, she leaves her country of Colend and falls into the arms of Prince Ivandred of Marloven Hesea. His people are utterly different--with their expertise in riding, weaponry, and magic--and the two soon marry. When the sensational news makes its way to Lasva's sister, the queen worries for Lasva at the hands of the Marlovens, whose king's mage is in league with the magical land of Norsunder--considered by Colendi to be their enemy. The queen orders Emras, a scribe, to guard Lasva. But it may be too late--Lasva is already deeply involved with the Marlovens and their magic. War wages on, and all are forced to redefine love, loyalty, and power." DAW Hardcover, 704 pages, Apr 3.
by Rich Margopoulos, Budd Lewis, Bill DuBay, Jim Stenstrum, Paul Neary, Alex Nino, Moreno Casares, Al Sanchez, E. R. Cruz
"Son of a mutant general and a human mother, Hunter is a half-breed warrior who fights for survival on a weird, irradiated alternate Earth. Cursed to remain apart from humanity, Hunter still protects the defenseless with the hope that mankind will someday rise from barbarism and rule again! A perfect synthesis of fantasy and science-fiction storytelling, Eerie Presents: Hunter features the artwork of Paul Neary and collects the stories of all three incarnations of the Hunter character. With a new introduction by Dark Horse Comics publisher Mike Richardson, this deluxe hardcover also includes all color Hunter covers, a full-color bonus story, and all Hunter spot art pieces and guest appearances that ran in the original Eerie magazine run!" Dark Horse, 232 pages, Apr 3.
by Sharon Shinn
A Shifting Circle Novel. "For fifteen years Maria Devane has been desperately, passionately in love with Dante Romano. But despite loving him with all of her heart and soul, Maria knows that Dante can never give all of himself back--at least not all the time. Every month, Dante shifts shape, becoming a wild animal. During those times, he wanders far and wide, leaving Maria alone. He can't choose when he shifts, the transition is often abrupt and, as he gets older, the time he spends in human form is gradually decreasing. But Maria, who loves him without hesitation, wouldn't trade their unusual relationship for anything. Since the beginning, she has kept his secret, knowing that their love is worth the danger. But when a string of brutal attacks occur in local parks during the times when Dante is in animal form, Maria is forced to consider whether the lies she's been telling about her life have turned into lies she's telling herself." Ace Hardcover, 336 pages, Apr 3.
by Jennifer E. Smith, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)
"What starts as an ordinary summer turns exciting and perilous for twins Ruby and Simon when strange occurrences begin happening on their farm -- sudden gusts of wind, rainstorms, and even tornado warnings -- that seem eerily timed to Simon's emotions. Then a stranger arrives and tells the twins that Simon is a Storm Maker -- part of a clandestine group of people entrusted with controlling and taming the weather -- and that he is in great danger. Soon Simon and Ruby must race against the clock as they try to master Simon's powers in time to stop a rogue Storm Maker's treacherous -- and potentially deadly -- plans." Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 384 pages, Apr 3.
by Robert J. Sawyer
"On the eve of a secret military operation, an assassin's bullet strikes President Seth Jerrison. He is rushed to the hospital, where surgeons struggle to save his life. At the same hospital, researcher Dr. Ranjip Singh is experimenting with a device that can erase traumatic memories. Then a terrorist bomb detonates. In the operating room, the president suffers cardiac arrest. He has a near-death experience--but the memories that flash through Jerrison's mind are not his memories. It quickly becomes clear that the electromagnetic pulse generated by the bomb amplified and scrambled Dr. Singh's equipment, allowing a random group of people to access one another's minds. And now one of those people has access to the president's memories--including classified information regarding the upcoming military mission, which, if revealed, could cost countless lives." Ace Hardcover, 352 pages, Apr 3.