Fiction Affliction: October Releases in Paranormal and Urban Fantasy

Have you finished the forty-nine new titles from September? Good! Because there are forty-eight new paranormal fantasy titles in October. What was that credit card limit again?

Look for series additions from, among others, Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock), Jacqueline Carey (Agent of Hel), Tina Connolly (Ironskin), Eileen Wilks (World of the Lupi), MaryJanice Davidson (Undead), Darren Shan (Zom-B), P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (House of Night), Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson), Christina Henry (Black Wings), Tim Waggoner (Night Terrors), Anne Rice (The Vampire Chronicles), and John Connolly (Charlie Parker).

Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.” Keep track of them all here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

WEEK ONE

Daughter of Necessity: A Tor.Com OriginalMarie Brennan (October 1, Tor)

By day she crafts; by night she unmakes. Surely somewhere, in all the myriad crossings of the threads, there is a future in which all will be well. An intriguing new spin on a classic tale. (Digital)

Helmut Goes AbroadMatt Sheehan (October 6, Carina)

Life is pretty good for me, Helmut Haase, dashing detective and ladies’ man. I’m the industrious and charming half of the Fog City Detective Agency. My partner, Shamus O’Sheagan, is the most gifted and lazy Druid this side of the pond. We managed to save the world once already, but our next case is hitting closer to home. It all started when a friend came to our door with a story about angel bones and necromancers. The bones belong to Azazel, former hero of the Cretan Empire, and the necromancers want to bring him back to life. When Shamus locates our quarry in the Mediterranean, it’s a luxury voyage to Capri, with a girl in every port and downtime to work on my fighting skills. Too bad such pleasures won’t last. Not with a coven of necromancers ready to fight us to the death over those angel bones and the fate of the world. (Digital)

Binding: Book Two of the Moon Wolf SagaCarol Wolf (October 7, Night Shade)

Amber is a runaway, hiding out in Los Angeles, who is also a daughter of the wolf kind. She had her own personal demon. Richard was her servant, her lover, and a hellish force bound to the earth against his will. They turned back the World Snake that threatened to destroy the city, and she had granted Richard his freedom. Amber is alone, but nobody accepts that she has truly shed her demon. Many still fear the World Snake and seek to capture the demon’s power for their own purposes, unaware that Richard has already departed the mortal realm. Amber finds herself hunted, in both wolf and human forms, by cultists, illusionists, raisers of power, and an evil veterinarian. To save herself, Amber may have to call back her fearsome demon lover, who is no longer bound to obey her.

Broken Soul (Jane Yellowrock #8)—Faith Hunter (October 7, Roc)

When the Master of the city of New Orleans asks Jane to improve security for a future visit from a delegation of European vampires, she names an exorbitant price, and Leo is willing to pay. That’s because the European vamps want Leo’s territory, and he knows that he needs Jane to prevent a total bloodbath. Leo, however, doesn’t mention how this new job will change Jane’s life or the danger it will bring her and her team. Jane has more to worry about than some greedy vampires. There’s a vicious creature stalking the streets of New Orleans, and its agenda seems to be ripping Leo and her to pieces. Now Jane just has to figure out how to kill something she can’t even see.

Chaos (Guards of the Shadowlands #3)—Sarah Fine (October 7, Skyscape)

Young Adult. With Juri in control and everything in chaos, Lela plunges into the depths of hell to free Malachi from creatures that have waited decades to exact their revenge. But the Judge has her own way of doing things, and Lela must work with Ana, the new Captain, who has a very personal mission of her own. Together, they infiltrate the most horrifying realm either has yet encountered in the Shadowlands, the bitter landscape ruled by the Mazikin. The stakes could not be higher, and Lela must accept the help, and love, of people she barely knows or trusts. As alliances and loyalties shift and she realizes the soul she came to save isn’t the only one in need of rescue, can Lela summon the strength to see the fight through to the very end?

Lailah (The Styclar Saga #1)—Nikki Kelly (October 7, Feiwel & Friends)

Young Adult. The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. There is a face in her dreams, a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel. On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. She will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally, a rogue Angel, named Gabriel. In the crossfire, the girl learns her name: Lailah. Where in the spectrum will she find her place? Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.

Poison Fruit (Agent of Hel #3)—Jacqueline Carey (October 7, Roc)

The Pemkowet Visitors Bureau has always promoted paranormal tourism. It helps that the town is presided over by Daisy Johanssen, who as Hel’s liaison is authorized by the Norse goddess of the dead to keep Pemkowet under control. A new predator is on the prowl, and this one thrives on nightmares. Daisy is on her trail and working intimately with her partner and sometime lover from the Pemkowet PD, sexy yet unavailable werewolf Cody Fairfax. As the creature is racking up victims, a greater danger looms on Pewkowet’s horizon. As a result of a recent ghost uprising, an unknown adversary has instigated a lawsuit against the town. If Pemkowet loses, Hel’s sovereignty will be jeopardized, and the fate of the eldritch community will be at stake. The only one who can prevent it is Daisy. She’s going to have to confront her own worst nightmare to do it.

Reckoning (Fallen Siren #2)—S.J. Harper (October 7, Roc)

Special Agent Emma Monroe has a secret. She’s a Fallen Siren, cursed by the gods and banished to Earth for her failure to prevent the kidnapping of Persephone. As an FBI agent she saves the lives of others believing redemption could be one rescue away.
Her partner Zack is a werewolf and former Black Ops sniper who once carried out a string of questionable assignments. He’s determined to atone for his past. There’s a portion of his past Zack doesn’t remember, an affair with Emma. Emma and Zack become entangled with political tensions in the vampire and Were worlds. Not to mention the struggles they face in their relationship with one another. With so much uncertainty, they come to realize the only thing they can really count on is one another, or can they?

Ship of the Dead (Omega Days #2)—John L. Campbell (October 7, Berkley)

Father Xavier Church never wanted to be a leader. He’s grown attached to his fellow survivors, and he won’t let anyone cause them harm, though he may be the one who inadvertently leads them to destruction. Ex-con Bill Carnes may crave freedom, but he still prefers sticking with the group rather than fleeing to Mexico with his former cellmate TC. Maybe he’s changing. Maybe the look in TC’s eyes is more dangerous than the undead. EMT Rosa Escobedo gave up on hope after she watched the man she loved rise from the dead. When a patient seems to start getting better, she can’t help but hope for a cure, even if it means risking her life. As the numbers of the dead swell, the living are running out of safe havens, especially when the biggest threats lie within their own ranks.

Silverblind (Ironskin #3)—Tina Connolly (October 7, Tor)

18 years later . . . Dorie Rochart has been hiding her fey side for a long time. She plans to study magical creatures and plants in the wild, bringing long-forgotten cures to those in need. When no one will hire a girl to fight basilisks, she releases her shapechanging fey powers, to disguise herself as a boy. While hunting for wyvern eggs, she saves a young scientist who’s about to get steamed by a silvertail, and finds her childhood friend Tam Grimsby, to whom she hasn’t spoken in seven years. She can’t bear to tell him who she really is, but every day grows harder as he comes to trust her. The wyverns are being hunted to extinction for the powerful compounds in their eggs. The fey are dying out as humans grow in power. Tam and Dorie will have to decide which side they will fight for. And if they end up on opposite sides, can their returning friendship survive?

The Boy Who Drew MonstersKeith Donohue (October 7, Picador)

Since nearly drowning three years earlier, ten-year-old Jack Peter Keenan has been deathly afraid to venture outdoors. Jack Peter spends his time drawing monsters. When those drawings take on a life of their own, no one is safe from the terror they inspire. His mother, Holly, begins to hear strange sounds in the night coming from the ocean, and she seeks answers from the local Catholic priest and his Japanese housekeeper. His father, Tim, wanders the beach, frantically searching for a strange apparition running wild in the dunes. The boy’s only friend, Nick, becomes helplessly entangled in the eerie power of the drawings. Only Jack Peter knows the truth behind the frightful occurrences as the outside world encroaches upon them all.

The FallBethany Griffin (October 7, Greenwillow)

Young Adult. Madeline Usher is doomed. She has spent her life fighting fate, and she thought she was succeeding. Until she woke up in a coffin. Ushers die young. Ushers are cursed. Ushers can never leave their house, a house that haunts and is haunted, a house that almost seems to have a mind of its own. Madeline’s life, revealed through short bursts of memory, has hinged around her desperate plan to escape, to save herself and her brother. Her only chance lies in destroying the house. In the end, can Madeline keep her own sanity and bring the house down?

The Grand HotelScott Kenemore (October 7, Talos)

When a desk clerk welcomes a group of tourists into his mysterious and crumbling hotel, the last thing he ever expected was that one girl on the tour might hold the power to unravel the hidden mystery that lies in its walls. A thrilling ride that interconnects a series of stories narrated by the desk clerk of the Grand Hotel. While it is not known whether or not the desk clerk is actually the devil reincarnated, it is strange that many of the people who come for a tour of the hotel never leave.

The Lesser DeadChristopher Buehlman (October 7, Berkley)

New York City in 1978 is a dirty, dangerous place to live. And die. Joey Peacock knows this as well as anybody, he has spent the last forty years as an adolescent vampire, perfecting the routine he now enjoys: womanizing in punk clubs and discotheques, feeding by night, and sleeping by day. The subways are his playground and his highway, shuttling him throughout Manhattan to bleed the unsuspecting. One night he sees them hunting on his beloved subway. The children with the merry eyes. Vampires, like him, or not like him. Whatever they are, whatever their appearance means, the undead in the tunnels of Manhattan are not as safe as they once were. Neither are the rest of us.

The Protectors: A ThrillerTrey Dowell (October 7, Simon451)

Don’t call him a superhero. Heroes change the world. Scott McAlister? On a good day, he manages to change out of sweatpants. Scott used to be leader of the Protectors, the world’s one and only squad of superheroes. When one of the Protectors died under his command, it was too much. Scott stepped down and into an early retirement. Five years later, a desperate CIA chief shows up on Scott’s doorstep with a polite request and a cadre of shock troops to ensure that Scott accepts. His ex-teammate and ex-lover, Lyla Ravzi, has gone rogue. The former Protector has the ability to control minds, and she’s no longer interested in “protecting.” She wants world domination. Scott’s mission is simple: Find Lyla and stop her. Scott is forced to confront his past and face a chilling reality: Can he save the world and the woman he once loved? Or will he have to choose? (Digital)

The Tess Noncoire Chronicles: Volume 1P.R. Frost (October 7, DAW)

Omnibus edition containing Hounding the Moon and Moon in the Mirror. By day, Tess Noncoiré is a successful fantasy writer. But she has another career as well, trained by the Sisterhood of the Celestial Blade Warriors to fight demonic incursions into our world. Her partner in this fight is a sarcastic, cigar-smoking imp called Scrap. And when she needs extra back-up, she turns to rare-book dealer Guilford Van der Hoyden-Smythe, who knows more than he should about the Blade Warriors, and the handsome, mysterious foster child of a demon, Donovan Estevez. Together, Tess and her team weather demonic attacks, save the world from destruction, and make some powerful enemies along the way.

The Undying: An Apocalyptic ThrillerEthan Reid (October 7, Simon451)

Jeanie and Ben arrive in Paris just in time for a festive New Year’s Eve celebration with local friends. Suddenly, at midnight, all the lights go out. By the next morning, all hell has broken loose. Whatever has happened in Paris, Jeanie and Ben have no way of knowing how far it has spread. As they attempt to flee the burning Latin Quarter, Jeanie knows the worst is yet to come. Only she has witnessed pale, vampiric survivors who seem to exert a powerful hold on her whenever she catches them in her sights. These ravenous beings will come to be known as les moribund, the undying, and their numbers increase by the hour. When fate places a newborn boy in her care, Jeanie will stop at nothing to keep the infant safe and get out of Paris, even if it means facing off against the moribund and leaving Ben, and any hope of rescue, behind. (Digital)

The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1)—Marie Lu (October 7, Putnam Juvenile)

Young Adult. Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. Many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess mysterious and powerful gifts. They have come to be called the Young Elites. Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. The lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle.

This Is How It EndsJen Nadol (October 7, Simon Pulse)

Young Adult. Riley and his friends are gearing up for their senior year by spending one last night hanging out in the woods, drinking a few beers, and playing Truth or Dare. But what starts out as a good time turns sinister when they find a mysterious pair of binoculars. Those who dare to look through them see strange visions, which they brush off as hallucinations. Why else would Riley see himself in bed with his best friend’s girlfriend, a girl he’s had a secret crush on for years? In the weeks that follow, the visions begin to come true, including a gruesome murder. One of Riley’s closest friends is now the prime suspect. Have Riley and his friends really seen the future through those mysterious binoculars? And what if they are powerless to change the course of events?

Unbinding (World of the Lupi #11)—Eileen Wilks (October 7, Berkley Sensation)

After questing through the sidhe realms with her ex-hellhound lover, Nathan, Kai Tallman Michalski has finally returned home. She knows Nathan will eventually be called back to serve his queen, and Kai will have to decide whether to enter her majesty’s service as well. The job comes with great bennies, but there’s one big downside: she would have to swear absolute fealty to the Queen of Winter. Kai is glad to be home, and glad that Nathan completed his mission for his queen with surprising ease. The two of them helped thwart the sidhe god of chaos, and he is not happy about that. He’s got plans for them. Plans, too, for the sidhe who killed him some three millennia ago. Nor has he abandoned his plans for Earth, as they learn when chaos begins bursting out all over.

Undead and Unwary (Undead #13)—MaryJanice Davidson (October 7, Berkley)

Vampire queen Betsy “don’t call me Elizabeth” Taylor is back—and there’s going to be Hell to pay.

Whisper the Dead (The Lovegrove Legacy #2)—Alyxandra Harvey (October 7, Bloomsbury)

Young Adult. Cousins Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope are all dealing with what it means to be a Lovegrove. For Gretchen, it means she often feels like her head is going to explode. As a Whisperer, Gretchen constantly hears the whispers of other witches’ spells. And while this does help her to know when one of her own spells is going wrong, the incessant buzzing and pain the whispers cause makes it difficult to use her gift. But when something evil begins to menace Mayfair, Gretchen must find a way to master her power. Along with her cousins, a madcap named Moira, and the icy yet irresistible Tobias Lawless, Gretchen faces deadly threats and unimaginable loss in the hopes of preventing the terrible Greymalkin Sisters from rising again.

Zom-B Family (Zom-B #9)—Darren Shan (October 7, Little, Brown)

Young Adult. After being betrayed and captured by the most heinous survivors of the human race, B Smith lands back in the clutches of a fiend B had hoped to never see again, someone who is intent on making B suffer in the most tortuous ways. Discovering the fate of loved ones from B’s past adds to the agony and calls into question just how much B is willing to sacrifice in the name of justice.

 

WEEK TWO

Sweet UnrestLisa Maxwell (October 8, Flux)

Young Adult. Lucy Aimes has always been practical. She can’t come up with a logical explanation for the recurring dreams that have haunted her. Dreams of a long-ago place filled with people she shouldn’t know, but does. When her family moves to a New Orleans plantation, Lucy’s dreams become more intense, and her search for answers draws her into the old city’s world of Voodoo and mysticism. Lucy finds Alex, a boy who behaves as if they’ve known each other forever. Lucy knows Alex is hiding something, and her rational side doesn’t want to be drawn to him. As she tries to uncover Alex’s secrets, a killer strikes close to home, and Lucy finds herself ensnared in a century-old vendetta. Lucy will have to unravel the mystery of her dreams before it all comes to a deadly finish.

A Long Spoon: A Tor.Com Original (Johannes Cabal)—Jonathan L. Howard (October 14, Tor)

You may have heard of Johannes Cabal; he is a necromancer and a little infamous. When a murder of crows tries to murder him, and the contents of his bath are transmuted into hot nitric acid, he suspects someone may mean him harm. The trail leads to one of the less travelled parts of Hell itself, and there Cabal will need a guide. Cabal employs the services of a devil who is a monster, a predator, and, most alien of all to Cabal, a woman. The devil Zarenyia and he delve deep into Hell, even into Satan’s greatest mistake, to confront challenges quite outside the ken of any mortal. But one should always use a long spoon when supping with a devil, and Cabal soon realises the unthinkable, a horror beyond his experience. He is actually beginning to like her. (Digital)

A Stitch on Time (Sierra Fox #5)—Yolanda Sfetsos (October 14, Samhain)

Sierra Fox has finally inherited her grandmother’s power to destroy demons, but what good is it when her werewolf boyfriend still lies in a coma? The decision she’s about to make could save him but ruin their relationship. She’s got a soul to save; the soul of her closest friend, killed by the Lamia that got away. The Obscurus refuse to give up their relentless pursuit. Mace is dead set on blowing up the Spook Catcher Council Tower, and the blowback will have devastating effects on Sydney and for Sierra. These demon-obsessed freaks aren t counting on Sierra having a Goddess and a trusty demonic conduit as backup. This leads to a one-way ride into the abandoned part of town, where the Obscurus plan to summon Legion. Sierra prepares for the final battle because even she knows this will be The End. (Digital)

Chasing PowerSarah Beth Durst (October 14, Bloomsbury)

Young Adult. Kayla was born with the ability to move things with her mind, things like credit cards and buttons on cash registers, and she has become a master shoplifter. She steals to build up enough money for her and her mom to be able to flee if her dad finds them again, which would mean grave danger for them both. When she’s caught stealing by a boy named Daniel, a boy with the ability to teleport, he needs her help and is willing to blackmail her to get it. Together, they embark on a quest to find and steal an ancient incantation, written on three indestructible stones and hidden millennia ago, all to rescue Daniel’s kidnapped mother. Kayla has no idea that this rescue mission will lead back to her own family, and to betrayals that she may not be able to forgive, or survive.

Demon’s Fury (The Asylum Tales #3.1)—Jocelynn Drake (October 14, Harper Voyager Impulse)

Powerful warlock and tattoo artist Gage has managed to escape the magical Ivory Towers who terrorize the rest of humans and monsters—but at a price. Now he must join forces with his nemesis Gideon to stop an unknown entity who is using old magic to commit gruesome murders. And if that’s not keeping him busy enough, an investigator recruits Gage to help her track a killer … who might be targeting tattoo artists. (Digital)

Redeemed (House of Night #12)—P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (October 14, St. Martin’s Griffin)

Neferet has finally made herself known to mortals. A Dark Goddess is loose on Tulsa and the world. No single vampyre is strong enough to vanquish her, unless that creature has the power to summon the elements as well as the ability to wield Old Magick. Only Zoey Redbird is heir to such power, but because of the consequences of using Old Magick, she is unable to help. Find out who will win and who will lose in this epic battle of Light versus Darkness.

The Walking Dead: Descent (The Governor Series #5)—Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga (October 14, Thomas Dunne)

Woodbury, Georgia, becomes an oasis of safety amidst the plague of the walking dead, a town reborn in the wake of its former tyrannical leader, Philip Blake. Lilly Caul and a small band of survivors are determined to overcome their traumatic past, despite the fact that a super-herd is closing in on them. This stampede of zombies becomes their first true test. Lilly and company refuse to succumb, and the beleaguered townspeople save themselves by joining forces with a religious sect. Led by a preacher named Jeremiah, this rogue church group seems made for Woodbury and Lilly’s dream of a democratic, family-friendly future. The two factions meld into one and the town prospers. Things, especially in the world of the walking dead, are often not what they seem. Jeremiah and his followers harbor a dark secret, the evidence of which gradually begins to unravel.

Nuestra Senora de la Esperanza: A Wild Cards Story: A Tor.Com OriginalCarrie Vaughn (October 15, Tor)

The Wild Cards universe has been thrilling readers for over 25 years. In “Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza,” ace Ana Cortez discovers that sometimes to be truly healed, you must return to your roots. (Digital)

Demons in My Driveway (Monster Haven #5)—R.L. Naquin, October 20, Carina)

Zoey Donovan, Aegis and co-opted protector of all things supernatural, is moving up in the Hidden world. She’s being dropkicked onto the front lines of a fight between the newly formed Cult of Imagination and Hidden governments everywhere. The Cult is opening portals and unleashing demons, vampires and werewolves, growing closer to breaking the lock that holds back the zombie apocalypse with every world they crack open. Zoey finally has her mother back. For their own safety, they’re stuck inside Zoey’s home. What was once a haven is now a prison, further straining maternal relations and alienating her reaper boyfriend. Taking down a cult and saving the world, again, would be a lot easier if she could go farther than her own driveway. (Digital)

 

WEEK THREE

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3)—Maggie Stiefvater (October 21, Scholastic)

Young Adult. There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up. Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs. The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost. Friends can betray. Mothers can disappear. Visions can mislead. Certainties can unravel.

Demon’s Vow (The Asylum Tales #3.2)—Jocelynn Drake (October 21, Harper Voyager Impulse)

Tattoo artist and warlock Gage is having a rough week. He’s trying to track down a mysterious murderer in Low Town while also chasing a powerful entity using forbidden Death Magic across the nation. When Gage discovers the two forces may be trying to unite, the stakes get even higher. With Gideon’s help, Gage is determined to stop the murderers before anyone else gets hurt, including his girlfriend, Trixie. (Digital)

Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson #7)—Darynda Jones (October 21, St. Martin’s Press)

Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. Her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life. Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything to protect earth. We’re doomed.

The Curious Case of Miss Amelia Vernet (A Fangborn Story)—Dana Cameron (October 21, 47North)

Amelia Vernet appears to be the great detective’s quiet sixteen-year-old cousin. But her innocent exterior conceals an important fact: Amelia is a member of the Fangborn, a secret family of werewolves, vampires, and oracles sworn to protect Ordinary humans, and she uses her Fangborn werewolf gifts to help Holmes solve the curious cases that cross the doorstep of 221B Baker Street. When the Baker Street Irregulars show up at Holmes’s residence with an unconscious boy in tow and reports of a kidnapping, the detective and Amelia spring into action. When they realize their new enemy’s terrible intentions, the pair must fight back with all their wits and strength before their lives, and those of all Fangborn, are destroyed forever. (Digital)

The VinesChristopher Rice (October 21, 47North)

The dark history of Spring House, a restored plantation mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans, has long been forgotten. Something sinister lurks beneath the soil of the old estate. After heiress and current owner Caitlin Chaisson is witness to her husband’s stunning betrayal at her birthday party, she tries to take her own life in the mansion’s cherished gazebo. The blood she spills awakens dark forces in the ground below. By morning her husband has vanished without a trace and his mistress has gone mad. Nova, daughter to Spring House’s groundskeeper, has always suspected that something malevolent haunts the old place. She enlists Caitlin’s estranged best friend, Blake, to help her get to the bottom of it. The pair soon realizes that the vengeance enacted by this sinister and otherworldly force comes at a terrible price.

 

WEEK FOUR

AtlantiaAlly Condie (October 28, Dutton Juvenile)

Young Adult. For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above, of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self, and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden, she has nothing left to lose. Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

Black Dog: Hellhound Chronicles (Hellhound Chronicles #1)—Caitlin Kittredge (October 28, Harper Voyager)

Ava has spent the last hundred years as a hellhound, the indentured servant of a reaper who hunts errant souls and sends them to Hell. When a human necromancer convinces her to steal her reaper’s scythe, Ava incurs the wrath of the demon Lilith, her reaper’s boss. As punishment for her transgression, Lilith orders Ava to track down the last soul in her reaper’s ledger, or die trying. But after a hundred years of servitude, it’s time for payback. And Hell hath no fury like an avenging Ava.

Black Spring (Black Wings #7)—Christina Henry (October 28, Ace)

The mayor of Chicago has announced a plan to round up the city’s supernatural beings and put them in camps. With her due date looming, Maddy’s best move would be to lay low for a while. But not everyone is willing to respect her privacy. Hounded by tentacled monsters, a rogue shapeshifter, and a tenacious blogger, Maddy turns to her most powerful ally, her uncle Daharan, only to find him missing. Just when it seems like things can’t get any worse, Maddy gets an invitation in the mail, to Lucifer’s wedding. Turns out everyone has been invited, friends and enemies alike. And with that kind of guest list, it’s highly unlikely there will be a happily ever after.

Compulsion (The Heirs of Watson Island #1)—Martina Boone (October 28, Simon Pulse)

Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. She finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead, a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions. Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

Dream Stalkers (Night Terrors #2)—Tim Waggoner (October 28, Angry Robot)

A new drug, Shut-Eye, has been developed in the dreamland, and smuggled into our world. It’s addictive, and dangerous, and Shadow Watch agents Audra and Mr Jinx are on the case, preparing new recruits to deal with the problem. Meanwhile, a wave of ancient, bodiless Incubi are entering the dreams of humans in an attempt to possess them and live new lives. Only the criminally insane would ever risk a confrontation with them. Thank goodness, then, for Mr Jinx: clown, Shadow Watch agent, psychopath.

Inner Demon (The Asylum Tales #3.3)—Jocelynn Drake (October 28, Harper Voyager Impulse)

Gage is a powerful warlock in Low Town, where elves, faeries, trolls, goblins, and vampires walk free among humanity. But there are two dangerous entities murdering families and children, and Gage needs to stop them before anybody else gets hurt. When Gage discovers a demon locked away it offers him access to dark magic in exchange for its freedom, a dangerous opportunity, but one that could save his loved ones. Gage must choose between what is right and what is easy, except he’s running out of time. (Digital)

Otherworld Nights (Otherworld Stories #3)—Kelley Armstrong (October 28, Plume)

It’s been more than ten years since Kelley Armstrong began the Otherworld series and drew legions of fans to a realm roamed by witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, and half-demons. Many of the novels have become bestselling favorites, but not all of the Otherworld adventures have been easy to find. Otherworld Nights shares short stories that have previously been available only online or in obscure collections.

Prince Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles #11)—Anne Rice (October 28, Knopf)

Vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres. Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco. All the other new seductive, supernatural creatures, come together to ultimately rise up and seek out who the Voice is, and to discover the secret of what it desires and why. At the center is the seemingly absent, curiously missing hero-wanderer, the dazzling, dangerous rebel-outlaw, the great hope of the Undead, the Prince Lestat.

ShadowboxerTricia Sullivan (October 28, Ravenstone)

Young Adult. Jade is a young mixed martial arts fighter. When she’s in the cage she dominates her opponents, but in real life she’s out of control. After she has a confrontation with a Hollywood martial arts star that threatens her gym’s reputation, Jade’s coach sends her to a training camp in Thailand for an attitude adjustment. Hoping to discover herself, she instead uncovers a shocking conspiracy. In a world just beyond our own, a man is stealing the souls of children to try and live forever.

The Void (Witching Savannah #3)—J.D. Horn (October 28, 47North)

An otherworldly energy runs through the city of Savannah, betraying its sleepy, moss-cradled charm. The old, beguiling streets look welcoming to most, but certain families know what lurks under their genteel surfaces. Families like Mercy Taylor’s, which has the most powerful lineage of witches in the South, know this all too well. Mercy and her husband, Peter, are happily preparing to welcome baby Colin into their lives. Their excitement becomes overshadowed by a gruesome discovery: someone has scattered severed limbs throughout the city. After a troubling visit from an old foe, Mercy learns dark magic is at play, and someone wants her and her unborn child out of the picture. The amateur witch must face a force beyond her power, or risk losing everything.

The Wolf In Winter (Charlie Parker #12)—John Connolly (October 28, Atria/Emily Bestler)

The community of Prosperous, Maine has always thrived when others have suffered. Its inhabitants are wealthy, its children’s future secure. At the heart of the Prosperous lie the ruins of an ancient church, transported stone by stone from England centuries earlier by the founders of the town. The death of a homeless man and the disappearance of his daughter draw the haunted, lethal private investigator Charlie Parker to Prosperous. Parker is driven by compassion, by rage, and by the desire for vengeance. The town and its protectors sense a threat graver than any they have faced in their long history, and in the inhabitants of a small Maine town, Parker will encounter his most vicious opponents yet. Charlie Parker has been marked to die so that Prosperous may survive. (U.S.)


Suzanne Johnson is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series. You can find Suzanne on Facebook and on her speculative fiction blog, Preternatura.

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