Jul 30 2012 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction: August Releases in Fantasy

Fantasy flares brightly in August, with seventeen new releases, including series additions from Trudi Canavan (Traitor Spy Trilogy), Rowena Cory Daniells (Outcast Chronicles), Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie (Crusade), James A. Owens (Chronicles of Imaginarium Geographica), and Phillippa Ballantine (Book of the Order), plus a new YA fantasy series beginning by Sarah J. Maas.

Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.” Keep track of them all here.


King of Thorns (The Broken Empire #2), by Mark Lawrence (August 7, Ace)

The Broken Empire burns with the fires of a hundred battles as lords and petty kings battle for the all-throne. The long road to avenge the slaughter of his mother and brother has shown Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath the hidden hands behind this endless war. He saw the game and vowed to sweep the board. First, though, he must gather his own pieces, learn the rules of play, and discover how to break them.

Rift (Nightshade Prequel), by Andrea Cremer (August 7, Philomel)

Sixteen-year-old Ember Morrow is promised to a group called Conatus after one of their healers saves her mother’s life. Once she arrives, Ember finds joy in wielding swords, learning magic, and fighting the encroaching darkness loose in the world. She also finds herself falling in love with her mentor, the dashing, brooding, and powerful Barrow Hess. Young Adult.

Shadowlands, by Violette Malan (August 7, DAW)

The war in the Land of the Faerie has finally ended. Prince Cassandra dispatches Stormwolf, formerly a Hound but cured by his prince’s magic and restored to the Rider he once was, to the Shadowlands to call home the People who remain refugees there. But Stormwolf finds the Hounds of the Wild now prey upon the souls of humans. Together with Valory Martin, a mortal psychic, Stormwolf must find the magic needed to defeat the Hunt.

The Fate of Dwarves, by Markus Heitz (August 7, Orbit)

There has been no word from the courageous warrior Tungdil since the bitter struggle that took place at the Black Abyss. Dragons, magicians, and the cruel älfar have advanced far into the kingdom Girdlegard, ruthlessly seizing vast areas of land. It seems that the dwarves are facing their next battle with very little hope of survival.

The Grass King’s Concubine, by Kari Sperring (August 7, DAW)

When a wealthy young woman, obsessed with a childhood vision of a magical Shining Palace, sets out with her true love to search for a legendary land, she discovers the devastated WorldBelow—the realm of the Grass King—and the terrifying Cadre, who take her prisoner, and demand she either restore the king’s concubine, or replace her.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1), by Sarah J. Maas (August 7, Bloomsbury)

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Young Adult.



The Traitor Queen (Traitor Spy Trilogy #3), by Trudi Canavan (August 14, Orbit)

Events are building to a climax in Sachaka as Lorkin returns from his exile with the Traitor rebels. The Traitor Queen has given Lorkin the huge task of brokering an alliance between his people and the Traitors. Lorkin has also had to become a feared black magician in order to harness the power of an entirely new kind of gemstone magic. This knowledge could transform the Guild of Magicians—or make Lorkin an outcast forever.



Black Bottle, by Anthony Huso (August 21, Tor)

Tabloids sold in the Duchy of Stonehold claim that the High King, Caliph Howl, has been raised from the dead. His consort, Sena Iilool, both blamed and celebrated for this act, finds that a macabre cult has sprung up around her. As this news spreads, Stonehold—long considered unimportant—comes to the attention of the emperors in the southern countries. They have learned that the seed of Sena’s immense power lies in an occult book, and they are eager to claim it for their own.

Palace of Stone (Princess Academy #2), by Shannon Hale (August 21, Bloomsbury USA)

Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city seems a thrill beyond imagining. When Miri and her friends from Mount Eskel set off to help the future princess Britta prepare for her royal wedding, she is happy about her chance to attend school in the capital city. There, Miri befriends students who seem so sophisticated and exciting until she learns that they have some frightening plans. Young Adult.

A Guile of Dragons, by James Enge (August 24, Pyr)

Before history began, the dwarves of Thrymhaiam fought against the dragons as the Longest War raged in the deep roads beneath the Northhold. Now the dragons have returned, allied with the dead kings of Cor and backed by the masked gods of Fate and Chaos. The dwarves are cut off from the Graith of Guardians in the south. Their defenders are taken prisoner or corrupted by dragonspells. The weight of guarding the Northhold now rests on the crooked shoulders of a traitor’s son, Morlock syr Theorn.

Reaper (Lightbringer #2), by K.D. McEntire (August 24, Pyr)

After the death of her mother, Wendy learns that she is part of a powerful and ancient family of Reapers. She has only a matter of days to unravel the mysteries her mother left behind and to convince her wary family to accept her as one of their own. Young Adult.



Sanctuary (The Outcast Chronicles #3), by Rowena Cory Daniells (August 28, Solaris)

For over three hundred years, the mystics lived alongside the true-men, until King Charald laid siege to the mystic’s island city and exiled them. Imoshen, most powerful of the female mystics, was elected to lead her people into exile. She faces threats from within, from male mystics who think they would make a better leader. And her people face threats from True-men, who have confiscated their ships. They must set sail by the first day of winter. Those who are left behind will be executed.

Seven Wonders, by Adam Christopher (August 28, Angry Robot)

Tony Prosdocimi lives in the bustling Metropolis of San Ventura, a city gripped in fear, a city under siege by the hooded supervillain, The Cowl. When Tony develops super-powers and acts to take down The Cowl, however, he finds that the local superhero team, Seven Wonders, aren’t as grateful as he assumed they’d be.

The Dragons of Winter (The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica #6), by James A. Owens (August 28, Simon & Schuster)

The Archipelago of Dreams is no more, but the battle to save it has just begun. The Caretakers are at war. The Archipelago of Dreams has fallen to the Echthroi, and the link to the Summer Country has been lost. The Keep of Time must be rebuilt, and the secret lies somewhere in Deep Time at the beginnings of the World, when the Summer Country and the Archipelago were one and the same.

Vanquished (Crusade #3), by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie (August 28, Simon Pulse)

Hope is in short supply, but courage runs deep as the Salamancan hunters recover from a devastating loss. Jenn knows she must rally her team against the Cursed Ones, but her focus is shattered. She’s torn between passion for Antonio, who once fought by her side, and hate for the bloodthirsty vampire he’s become. His volatility is tearing apart their team and Jenn’s trust. Young Adult.

Wrayth (Book of the Order #3), by Phillippa Ballantine (August 28, Ace)

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Legion, by Brandon Sanderson (August 31, Subterranean)

Stephen Leeds, AKA Legion, is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills.  Leeds is drawing into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

Author Suzanne Johnson is a book geek with a fondness for a good dystopia. Royal Street, the first in her Sentinels of New Orleans series, is set in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina. Find Suzanne on Twitter.


Sam Mickel
1. Samadai
I don't suppose it matters, and I am sure there are others as well, but you missed two big ones( in my opinion) The New Shannara novel by Terry Brooks, and the new book in the Neverwinter trilogy by R.A. Salvatore.
Suzanne Johnson
2. SuzanneJohnson
@Samadai--Actually, the Shannara novel came out in July (albeit the last day), but the Salvatore does come out August 7 via Wizards of the Coast. I generally don't include their books because so many are game tie-ins, but perhaps I should!

Here's the info on The Measure of the Magic, by Terry Brooks:

For five hundred years, the survivors of the Great Wars lived peacefully in a valley sanctuary shielded by powerful magic from the dangerous outside world. But the enchanted barriers have crumbled, and the threat of annihilation looms large once more. As he lay dying, Sider Ament, bearer of the last black staff and protector of the valley, gave stewardship of the powerful talisman to the young Tracker Panterra Qu. Now the newly anointed Knight of the Word must take up the battle against evil wherever it threatens: from without, where an army of bloodthirsty Trolls is massing for invasion; and from within, where the Elf king of Arborlon has been murdered, his daughter stands accused, and a heinous conspiracy is poised to subjugate the kingdom. But even these affairs will pale beside the most harrowing menace Panterra is destined to confront—a nameless, merciless agent of darkness on a relentless mission: to claim the last black staff . . . and the life of whoever wields it.

And Charon's Claw from RA Salvatore comes out on August 7:

In the 3rd book of the #4 New York Times best-selling Neverwinter Saga, Drizzt draws his swords once more to aid his friends. His lover, Dahlia Sin’felle, can speak of nothing but the moment she will face the Netherese lord Herzgo Alegni once again. Drizzt has already followed a trail of vengeance beside Dahlia. Can he justify one more battle to settle a grudge he does not understand? Artemis Entreri too seeks vengeance. He offers to aid Dahlia in her mission to destroy Alegni. But Charon’s Claw, Alegni’s sentient sword, dominates Entreri’s movements—if not his mind. And then there’s the way Entreri looks at Dahlia. Can Drizzt trust his old foe?
3. hapax
Every time I try to get to the Science Fiction page, I keep ending up in Fantasy.

This probably says something profound about the genre.
4. Davidxxxxxxx
yeah can you fix the link please?
Rob Munnelly
5. RobMRobM
ix-fay e-they ink-lee, ease-play.

anks, thay.
6. James Davis Nicoll
This... this is a cruel statement on the marginal position of SF in today's speculative fiction market, isn't it?
Suzanne Johnson
7. SuzanneJohnson
LOL--sorry guys. I emailed the Tor Front Page Gods about fixing the links--hopefully they'll do it soon.
Chris Lough
8. TorChris
The link is fixed now! Maybe. It could possibly take you to blogless void.
Sam Mickel
9. Samadai
Suzanne, Not trying to be counter productive to your work, but that book came out last August in Hardback. The new Book is Wards of Faerie due out on 8/21/12
Suzanne Johnson
10. SuzanneJohnson
Agh, thanks Samadai! Glad you're on top of things since I'm (obviously) not. That was the mass-market release on July 31 of The Measure of Magic. How about this one, August 21 from Del Rey....

Sorry about that. Trying to do too much, too fast!

Wards of Faerie:
Seven years after the conclusion of the High Druid of Shannara trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks at last revisits one of the most popular eras in the legendary epic fantasy series that has spellbound readers for more than three decades. When the world was young, and its name was Faerie, the power of magic ruled—and the Elfstones warded the race of Elves and their lands, keeping evil at bay. But when an Elven girl fell hopelessly in love with a Darkling boy of the Void, he carried away more than her heart. Thousands of years later, tumultuous times are upon the world now known as the Four Lands. Users of magic are in conflict with proponents of science. Elves have distanced their society from the other races. The dwindling Druid order and its teachings are threatened with extinction. A sinister politician has used treachery and murder to rise as prime minister of the mighty Federation. Meanwhile, poring through a long-forgotten diary, the young Druid Aphenglow Elessedil has stumbled upon the secret account of an Elven girl’s heartbreak and the shocking truth about the vanished Elfstones. But never has a little knowledge been so very dangerous—as Aphenglow quickly learns when she’s set upon by assassins. Yet there can be no turning back from the road to which fate has steered her. For whoever captures the Elfstones and their untold powers will surely hold the advantage in the devastating clash to come. But Aphenglow and her allies—Druids, Elves, and humans alike—remember the monstrous history of the Demon War, and they know that the Four Lands will never survive another reign of darkness. But whether they themselves can survive the attempt to stem that tide is another question entirely.
Chuk Goodin
11. Chuk
Wow, is that a new series from Sanderson or a standalone? How many does he have going now??
(I like him and that book sounds good but he must have a lot on his plate...)
Samuel Montgomery-Blinn
13. montsamu
Here's another few for August:


Anthology: Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel (Tachyon, Aug 1, 2012)

Libriomancer (Magic Ex Libris Book 1) by Jim C. Hines (August 7, DAW Hardcover) — “Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects.”


Bullettime by Nick Mamatas (ChiZine, August 14)

Collection: At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories by Kij Johnson (Small Beer, August 14)

Collection: Crackpot Palace: Stories by Jeffrey Ford (William Morrow, August 14)


Anthology: Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron edited by Jonathan Strahan (Aug 28, 2012)
Suzanne Johnson
14. SuzanneJohnson
Thanks, Montsamu! I think a couple of those are probably on the Genre-Benders list (Jim Hines) that'll run today, but others are new to me. Maybe, especially, for the SF/F lists, I need to expand my list of publishers to include.

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