14 June 2022 – Locus Online

14 June 2022 – Locus Online

Addison, Katherine: The Grief of Stones

(Tor 978-1-250-81389-3, $25.99, 256pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, June 14, 2022)

Steampunk fantasy novel, sequel to Witness for the Dead. Witness for the Dead Thara Celehar helps investigate the murder of a marquise, revealing many secrets in the process.

Alsberg, Sasha: Breaking Time

(Harlequin/Inkyard Press 978-1-335-28489-1, $19.99, 352pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, June 14, 2022)

Young-adult fantasy time-slip romance novel. Klara finds a Scotsman brought forward in time, and learns she’s the last Pillar of Time, hunted by a dark force seeking the power she holds.

Anderson, Kevin J., Peart, Neil: Clockwork Destiny

(ECW Press 978-1-77041-651-2, $24.95, pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, June 14, 2022)

Steampunk fantasy novel, the third and final volume in the Clockwork Angels series, based on the story and lyrics of the last album from the musical group Rush. Owen Hardy leaves his settled life of retirement for one last mission for the Watchmaker.

Gear, W. Michael: Implacable Alpha

(DAW 978-0-7564-1457-3, $28.00, 400pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, June 14, 2022)

SF novel, the second in the Team Psi series. The Ennoia has taken Dr. Timothy Ryan, the Psi Team gets caught in a battle that has been raging for 2,000 years, and Alpha has returned.

Hall, Coy: The Hangman Feeds the Jackal

(Nosetouch Press 978-1-944286-24-8, $13.99, 290pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, June 14, 2022)

Gothic Western horror novel. Plagueed by terrifying hallucinations, gunfighter Elijah Valero hides in an abandoned monastery, where he finds even worse threats.

Harrison, Kim: Trouble with the Cursed

(Ace 978-0-593-43751-3, $28.00, 464pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, June 14, 2022)

Urban fantasy novel, 16th in the Hollows series featuring Rachel Morgan, who as the new subrosa of Cincinnati has a tough job keeping the paranormal community in line.

Johansen, Iris: A Face to Die For

(Grand Central 978-1-5387-1321-1, $28.00, 368pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, June 14, 2022)

28th entry in the Eve Duncan series, archaeologist Riley Smith seeks the help of forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and her unusual skills to reconstruct the true appearance of Helen of Troy.

Redwine, CJ: Rise of the Vicious Princess

(HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray 978-0-06-290893-3, $17.99, 432pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, June 14, 2022)

Young-adult fantasy novel, the first in a duology about a princess determined to bring peace to her kingdom despite the personal cost.

Robson, Laura Brooke: The Sea Knows My Name

(Penguin Random House/Dial 978-0-525-55406-6, $18.99, 272pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, June 14, 2022)

Young-adult pirate fantasy novel. Thea, believing she can’t be as strong as her pirate mother, tries to escape with a handsome sailor, and runs into betrayal.

Skrutskie, Emily: Vows of Empire

(Penguin Random House/Del Rey 978-0-593-12895-4, $27.00, 288pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, June 14, 2022)

SF space opera novel, the third in the Bloodright trilogy. Gal and Ettian face off in command of their respective forces.

Swirsky, Rachel: January Fifteenth

(Tordotcom 978-1-250-19894-5, $14.99, 240pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, June 14, 2022)

Fantasy novella, about a near future where Americans get a Universal Basic Income payment, once a year, on January 15.

January Fifteenth comes pretty close to what we might call minimalist SF, in that the major challenges faced by its characters – an abusive spouse, the nihilistic arrogance of rich kids (which culminates in a startling act of violence), the balance of work and family, a repressive religious sect – are not the result of the SFnal novum, but rather are magnified by it.

—Gary Wolfe, Locus, June 2022

January Fifteenth opens on the morning of – you guessed it – January 15, the day that opens the yearly disbursement of UBI funds to the population, and we follow four very different women as they move through that particular January 15.

—Caren Gussoff Sumption, Locus, June 2022

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