It's been pointed out that between the podcasts, interviews, guest-blogs, up-coming commissions, special features and other hokum with which we fill up our blogs, we don't actually tell you what we've got coming out each month. We hereby vow to rectify this, starting this minute.
If you're lucky enough to live in North America, you may already have seen this month's new releases on the shelves! Over here in the UK, these suckers will be hitting the shelf next week:
Desdaemona, by Chaz Brenchley
Jordan helps kids on the run find their way back home. He’s good at that. He should be – he’s a runaway himself.
Sometimes he helps the kids in other, stranger, ways. He looks like a regular teenager, but he’s not. He acts like he’s not exactly human, but he is. He treads the line between mundane reality and the world of the supernatural.
Desdaemona also knows the non-human world far too well. She tracks Jordan down and enlists his aid in searching for her lost sister Fay, who did a Very Bad Thing involving an immortal. This may be a mistake – for both of them. Too many people are interested now, and some of them are not people at all.
Ben Macallan’s urban fantasy debut takes you on a terrifying journey, lifting the curtain on what really walks our city streets.
David Says: Dark but fun, serious but pacy, a little bit sexy without detracting from the drama, with a pair of engaging, believable young heroes who are cool enough to shine, and yet awkward enough to be believable as teens. A cracking read.
Dead of Veridon, by Tim Akers
Trouble finds Jacob Burn: kicked out of his house, out of his comfortable life – out of everything that is familiar – even turned away from his circle of criminal friends and interesting enemies. Two years after he saved an ungrateful city from a mad angel, thwarting the plans of every powerful faction in Veridon, Jacob is still trying to pull his life together. And still trouble finds him. A bad job goes worse, and soon old enemies present themselves as allies, and former friends set themselves against Jacob as he tries to put the dead to rest and the living to justice. Things gets even harder when he’s appointed by the Council to investigate the rise of the cog-dead, while some hold him personally accountable, and others in the city work to use the chaos to their advantage.
Dead of Veridon is the brilliant sequel to Tim Aker's Heart of Veridon.
David Says: Where do you begin? Is it pastiche? Is it "New Weird"? Eldritch, pseudo-magical, pseudo-technological clockwork shenanigans in a sprawling, decadent, ancient and fascinating fantasy city, seen through the eyes of a hard-nosed, gun-totin' cynic who seems to have wandered in off the pages of a Raymond Chandler novel by mistake, without detracting in any way from the feel of the story. Must-read.