June 14, 2022 – Locus online


Addison, Katherine: The sorrow of stones

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

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

Alsberg, Sasha: Pause

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

Fantasy romance novel for young adults. Klara finds a time-advanced Scotsman and learns that she is the last Pillar of Time, hunted by a dark force in search of the power she holds.

Anderson, Kevin J., Peart, Neil: Mechanical Fate

(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 from the latest album by musical group Rush. Owen Hardy leaves his sedentary retirement life for a last mission at the Watchmaker.

Gear, W. Michael: Relentless Alpha

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

SF novel, the second in the Team Psi series. The Ennoia have taken Dr. Timothy Ryan, Team Psi is caught in a battle that has raged for 2,000 years, and Alpha is back.

Hall, company: The hanged man feeds the jackal

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

Gothic western horror novel. Plagued by terrifying hallucinations, shooter Elijah Valero hides in an abandoned monastery, where he finds even worse threats.

Harrison, Kim: Problem with the cursed

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

Urban fantasy novel, 16th in the Hollows series starring Rachel Morgan, who as a new subrosa from Cincinnati struggles to keep the paranormal community online.

Johansen, Iris: A face to die for

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

The 28th entry in the Eve Duncan series, archaeologist Riley Smith enlists the help of forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and her unusual skills to piece together Helen of Troy’s true appearance.

Redwine, CJ: The Rise of the Vicious Princess

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

Fantasy novel for young adults, 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, Jun 14, 2022)

Fantasy pirate novel for young adults. Thea, believing she cannot be as strong as her pirate mother, attempts to escape with a handsome sailor and is met with betrayal.

Skrutskie, Emily: Vows of Empire

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

SF space opera novel, the third in the Bloodright trilogy. Gal and Ettian clash at the controls of their respective forces.

Swirsky, Rachel: January 15

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

Fantasy novel, about a near future where Americans receive a universal basic income payment, once a year, on January 15th.

January 15 comes pretty close to what you might call minimalist SF, in that the major challenges facing its characters – an abusive spouse, the nihilistic arrogance of rich kids (which culminates in a bewildering act of violence) , work-family balance, a repressive religious sect – are not the result of the SFnal novum, but rather magnified by it.

—Gary Wolfe, Locus, June 2022

January 15 opens on the morning of – you guessed it – January 15th, the day that opens the annual UBI funds payout to the people, and we follow four very different women as they navigate this particular January 15th.

—Caren Gussoff Sumption, Locus, June 2022


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