Today is the official release date for Cold Days by Jim Butcher
In yet another engaging urban fantasy that leavens apocalyptic threats with smart-ass humor, Butcher just keeps upping the ante for wizard Harry Dresden, appearing in his 14th novel after 2011’s Ghost Story. Being killed has barely slowed down the Chicago PI, who now serves as the Winter Knight. In that role, Dresden operates as hit man for Mab, the queen of air and darkness, who is forbidden from killing mortals. Not only is his liege capricious and deadly, but Dresden soon finds himself up against new supernatural foes, not least the Redcap, who dyes his headgear with the blood of anyone unfortunate enough to cross his path. The greatest danger, however, may be from Dresden’s new assignment from Mab: to murder her daughter, Maeve. Plentiful backstory allows newcomers to have little trouble getting caught up in the action or connecting with the charismatic lead. –Publishers Weekly
Also doing a small signing tour. Details here.
Jame is one of the last of the Kencyrath line, born to battle a world-destroying Lord of Darkness and resuscitate her ancestral heritage. Jame’s youth was spent hard and low in a desert wasteland. Now she has discovered her past and her heritage as Highborn—and, with it, the power to call souls out of their bodies and slay the occasional god or two (as well as to resurrect them). First, though, Jame must survive the politics and dangers of haunted Tentir College, a school for warriors where she’s a student. It’s trial by fire, as Jame moves closer to a magnificent destiny she both fears—and knows she must face.
Now shipping: Moscow But Dreaming by Ekaterina Sedia
In this sterling collection of 21 fantastic tales, Sedia demonstrates the talents that have earned her a place on the Tiptree Honor List and a World Fantasy Award. Old enough to have lived in the actual Soviet Union, the Russian-born author refuses to pander to North American readers’ notions of life behind the Iron Curtain. While stories like “Citizen Komarova Finds Love,” in which a Russian noblewoman finds the grimmest of accommodations in a newly soviet Russia, and “Tin Cans,” whose protagonist is haunted by the specters of secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria’s victims, acknowledge the grim side of the U.S.S.R., Sedia allows present-day characters moments of nostalgia for the good that was lost “after the horrible and hungry 1990.” She also touches on other times and places, as in “The Bank of Burkina Faso,” which spins a 419 scam letter into a sweet and funny fairy tale. This masterful stylist’s lyrical stories will delight the thoughtful reader. — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review