Book Girl and the Undine Who Bore a Moonflower
By Mizuki Nomura
"I've been kidnapped by a bad person. Bring a change of clothes and your homework and come save me!" Duped by this seemingly earnest summons from Tohko, Konoha finds himself forced to spend his summer break at the Himekura villa, writing snacks for his greedy club president. But the shadow of a tragedy from eighty years past threatens to destroy their otherwise peaceful summer! What is the "secret" that stirs the Book Girl's imagination?
By Grace and Banners Fallen - the Prologue to A Memory of Light
By Robert Jordan
A Blight of Mages
By Karen Miller
Hundreds of years before the great Mage War, a land lies, unknowing, on the edge of catastrophe . . .Barl is young, impulsive and wants to explore her raw magical potential. But Dorana's rigid class system means that only those with the right pedigree are trained. Desperate to learn, Barl lets her eagerness lead her to rebellion and disgrace. She faces the possibility of never using her powers again - until she meets Morgan Danfey, who sits on the Mage Council itself.Together, they realise they can create an extraordinary new magic. But the lure of this great power reveals a darkness in Morgan which will bring their land to its knees.A Blight of Mages is set in the world of Karen Miller's Bestselling debut The Innocent Mage.
By Jennifer Rardin
Jaz is possessed. After biting the neck of a domyter during a forced visit to his territory, she now has unwelcome voices in her head. While fighting for supremacy in her own mind, she finds herself confronted with a near-impossible task: perform perfectly on her next mission or face the unemployment line. This goal wouldn't be unreasonable, except that her newest target, the leader of a security software firm, plans on transporting a boatload of gnome larvae into NASA's deep space communication complex. Why gnomes? Let's just say that their god is a little peeved with humanity and plans on the usual: total annihilation. Joining Jaz and Vayl are their old buddies Cole, Bergman, Cassandra and Jack the malamute, each of whom has his or her own agenda. Between Cassandra's curse, Jaz's literally mental personal demons, and a host of angry gnomes, this mission is definitely going to be more complicated than any that have come before.
Black And White
By Jackie Kessler, Caitlin Kittredge
Jet, the darling good girl of the city, uses her shadow-power to battle the forces of evil. But her shadows also mask the fierce demons that only she, her mentor, and her former best friend - and now arch-nemesis - know about.Iridium is that former best friend: able to wield the power of light, she trained as a hero only to become one of the most infamous villains in the city - for what she feels are truly heroic reasons.Alternating between the present-day threat and their past exploits as friends, and later rivals, at the Superhero Academy, the novel brings these two women to vivid life, portraying the complexities of being a true hero in a world determined to categorise you in a neat box of good or evil - black or white.
Bitten To Death
By Jennifer Rardin
Jaz Parks, assassin and black ops agent, is plunged head-first into her latest mission - a confrontation between her ancient vampire boss Vayl, and his previous undead allies. The CIA is hunting arch-criminal Samon, and needs Vayl's ex-friends for information. But the team will have to wade through knotty vampire politics, a were-on-were blood-fest and some nasty (oh, and blood smeared...) visions to get to it. Luckily Jaz's highly trained killing-machine brother is on the job. Unluckily, he has reached the end of his carefully hoarded sanity, and the mission targets suddenly don't seem quite so realistic. The last thing Jaz wants is to end up on the dead side of the balance sheet ...
By Jo Graham
The World is ending. One by one the mighty cities are falling: to earthquakes, to flood and to raiders - on both land and sea.In a time of war and doubt, Gull is an oracle, a mouthpiece of the gods. Daughter of a slave plundered from fallen Troy, she was chosen as a child to serve the Lady of the Dead, and it is her fate to counsel kings.When nine black ships appear as foretold in her dreams, captained by an exiled Trojan prince, Gull must make her choice. She must decide between her sacred calling and the most perilous adventure - joining her mother's people in their desperate flight from slavery. From the doomed bastions of the City of Pirates to the temples of Byblos, from the intrigues of the Egyptian court to the haunted caves beneath Mount Vesuvius, only Gull can guide Prince Aeneas on his quest. And only she can dare the gates of the Underworld itself to lead him to his destiny. In the last shadowed days of the Age of Bronze, one woman dreams of the world beginning anew. This is her story.
Bridge Of Souls
By Fiona McIntosh
Time is short. The proposed marriage of Valentyna and Celimus draws ever closer, but Wyl's latest guise leaves him powerless to intervene. His plans in ruins, the former General of the Legion becomes more and more reckless in his attempts to prevent the union of his mortal enemy and the woman he loves. But he must be careful to heed the warning of the manwitch, Elysius: Myrren's gift will bow to no man's will. As events in Morgravia, Briavel and the Mountain Kingdom draw to a climax, the fate of three nations will rest with the extraordinary abilities of a small boy named Fynch, and the capricious magic of the Quickening. Wyl Thirsk is about to discover the truth of Myrren's legacy: a gift of life . . . or a curse beyond death?
The Burning City
By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
There was fire on Earth before the fire god came. There has always been fire.What Prokeet, the fire god, gave to mankind was madness ... They burned the city when Whandall Placehold was two. And then again when he was seven. Prokeet possessed one of the lordkin, the lust for fire took hold and the burning began. Whandall was himself one of the lordkin, but his insatiable curiosity about the hostile natural world and about the different peoples who surrounded him, allied to his intelligence and courage, marked him out for something more than burning down his own city. And when he felt Prokeet enter him, it was just the start of an epic journey that would turn him into a legend.The writers of classics such as LUCIFER'S HAMMER, FOOTFALL and THE MOTE IN GOD'S EYE have created a masterly tale of magic, gods, wizards and heroes that ranks among the very best in the genre. More information on this book and others can be found on the Orbit website at www.orbitbooks.co.uk
The Belly Of The Bow
By K. J. Parker
The city of Perimadeia has fallen. Bardas Loredan, the man who was supposed to save it, is now living on the Island - a recluce, living apart from his family in the mountains, with only a young apprentice for company. His life as a fencer-at-law is over. Instead, Loredon spends his days perfecting the art of bow-making. But his isolation will not last forever; and when the Island comes under attack, his skills as a soldier and general are once again called upon.COLOURS IN THE STEEL, Volume One of the Fencer Trilogy, introduced a remarkable new voice in fantasy fiction. THE BELLY OF THE BOW confirms that rich promise and establishes K. J. Parker in the top rank of writers.
By David Gemmell
The tyrannical rule of the Deacon and his Jerusalem Riders has unleashed upon the world a sea of bigotry and hatred, where Unbelievers and Mutants are massacred in the name of God and Peace. And the long-vanished Jerusalem Man is now considered a saint of the new order. To speak ill of his memory is heresy.But when the church in Pilgrim's Valley is burnt to the ground, its congregation slaughtered, a rider appears and hunts down the killers. And word spreads - The Jerusalem Man is back!Hunted and alone, Jon Shannow must battle the forces of the Deacon - and face a terrible enemy from another universe; a dark god who feeds on the souls of worlds.