This week in new hardcovers: The forbidden creation of a new male vampire causes turmoil in their ancient world; three witches, newly free to practice, face an even more complicated life; an archaeologist seeks the crown-talisman of a mystical pharaoh; an ocean-living strain of humanity risk return to the blighted lands of Earth, despite the mutants living there; an incognito princess faces abandoning romance to fulfill her duty to her war-beset realm; and the new run of Detective Comics is collected.
Book One of Strigoi Series. "When Aleron accepts the gift of immortality from queen vampire Mynea, a blasphemy is born--to mankind and vampires alike. Having gone against the ancient creed forbidding the creation of male vampires, Mynea must hide Aleron for centuries, concealing him from the reigning vampire, Vlad, and his clan. As Aleron adapts to his unusual limitations, astonishing new abilities, and an insatiable lust for blood--the sweetest nectar of all--he and Mynea bring others into their fold, creating a coven. But when Mynea suddenly disappears, Aleron's blissful ever after begins to crumble. In his search for Mynea, he begins to piece together his own vampiric origins through the blood memories of others--and both trails lead to Vlad. Suddenly, Aleron's own immortality is threatened." Greenleaf Book Group Press, 300 pages, Jun 12.
by Tony S. Daniel (Author, Illustrator)
The New 52. "As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics—The New 52 event of September 2011, Detective Comics is relaunched for the first time ever with an all-new number #1! Bruce Wayne returns as Batman, and sets his sights on new villain the Gotham Ripper, who in turn has his sights on Batman. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne explores a budding romance with television journalist Charlotte Rivers, who's visiting Gotham City to cover the gruesome slayings–while also trying to uncover Bruce's own mystery. But time is running out as both Commissioner Gordon and Batman work to uncover the true identity of this new serial killer. (This volume collects issues 1-7 of Detective Comics, part of the DC Comics—The New 52 event.)" DC Comics, 176 pages, Jun 12.
by Ryan Copple, Greg Cox
"Riese has never been happy as a princess; she’d much rather be hunting or fighting than sitting through another lesson on court etiquette. When she meets Micah, a wandering artist with a mysterious past, she pretends to be a peasant—it’s a chance to be just a normal girl with a normal boy for a while. But with war decimating her once-proud nation and the sinister clockwork Sect infiltrating her mother’s court, Riese’s moments with Micah are the only islands of sanity left in a world gone mad. As her kingdom falls and the Sect grows ever stronger, will Riese remain true to her duty as a princess…or risk everything on a boy she barely knows?" Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 288 pages, Jun 12.
by Melissa de la Cruz
A Witches of East End Novel. "Joanna and her daughters, bookish Ingrid and wild-child Freya, are just settling into the newfound peace that has been cast over their small, off-the map town of North Hampton. With the centuries-old restriction against practicing magic lifted, casting spells, mixing potions, and curing troubled souls has never felt so good for the three witches. That is, until everything gets turned upside down--from Joanna's organized kitchen to Ingrid's previously nonexistent love life to Freya's once unshakeable faith in her sexy soul mate, Killian Gardiner." Hyperion, 336 pages, Jun 12.
by Lincoln Child
"Under the direction of famed explorer Porter Stone, an archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of an ancient pharaoh who was unlike any other in history. Stone believes he has found the burial chamber of King Narmer, the near mythical god- king who united upper and lower Egypt in 3200 B.C., and the archaeologist has reason to believe that the greatest prize of all—Narmer’s crown—might be buried with him. No crown of an Egyptian king has ever been discovered, and Narmer’s is the elusive “double” crown of the two Egypts, supposedly possessed of awesome powers." Doubleday, 320 pages, Jun 12.
by Barbara Dean
The Progeny of Angels Book One. "At the beginning of the twenty-first century, billions of people began to suffer from a strange illness. Many died, but those who survived found themselves transformed, capable of surviving underwater for long periods of time. This new strain of humanity was called the Otom. When a global disaster threatened to wipe out mankind, the Otom fled beneath the oceans, where they have lived peacefully with the Mers, beings half-man and half-fish, for many years. Now, decades after the flood, the radiation is clearing, the planet is healing, and the time is coming when the Otom will return to the surface of the Earth. But the Otom are not the only legacy of the human race. Across the surface roam the vicious Cunmen, their bodies and minds blighted by radiation. And, as they seem to know things only the Otom should, the Otom may have a traitor in their midst ." Newpole Books, 338 pages, Jun 15.