- All Systems Red by Martha Wells
- Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee
- City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett
Kirkus: Annalise Williams, 24, is obsessed with an unsolved crime: the disappearance and presumed murder years earlier of a 16-year-old girl with the same first name: Annalise Wood—”the kind of girl you look at and think, of course someone would want to take her.”
An intriguing, suspenseful, and briskly paced story with complex characters, evocative descriptions of England’s Cambridgeshire, plenty of clever misdirection, and a satisfying ending.
Victorian London is a place of fluid social roles, vibrant arts culture, fin-de-siècle wonders . . . and dangerous underground diabolic cults. Fencer Evadne Gray cares for none of the former and knows nothing of the latter when she’s sent to London to chaperone her younger sister, aspiring art critic Dorina.
At loose ends after Dorina becomes enamored with their uncle’s friend, Lady Henrietta “Henry” Wotton, a local aristocrat and aesthete, Evadne enrolls in a fencing school. There, she meets George Cantrell, an experienced fencing master like she’s always dreamed of studying under. But soon, George shows her something more than fancy footwork—he reveals to Evadne a secret, hidden world of devilish demons and their obedient servants. George has dedicated himself to eradicating demons and diabolists alike, and now he needs Evadne’s help. But as she learns more, Evadne begins to believe that Lady Henry might actually be a diabolist . . . and even worse, she suspects Dorina might have become one too.
Combining swordplay, the supernatural, and Victorian high society, Creatures of Will and Temper reveals a familiar but strange London in a riff on Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray that readers won’t soon forget.
With the Crescent Empress dead, a civil war has torn the empire asunder. No one seems able to stop the ruthless Gagargi Prataslav. The five Daughters of the Moon are where he wants them to be, held captive in an isolated house in the far north.
Little Alina senses that the rooms that have fallen in disrepair have a sad tale to tell. Indeed, she soon meets two elderly ladies, the ghosts of the house’s former inhabitants.
Merile finds the ghosts suspiciously friendly and too interested in her sisters. She resolves to uncover their agenda with the help of her two dogs.
Sibilia isn’t terribly interested in her younger sisters’ imaginary friends, for she has other concerns. If they don’t leave the house by spring, she’ll miss her debut. And while reading through the holy scriptures, she stumbles upon a mystery that reeks of power.
Elise struggles to come to terms with her relationship with Captain Janlav. Her former lover now serves the gagargi, and it’s his duty to keep the daughters confined in the house. But if the opportunity were to arise, she might be able sway him into helping them flee.
Celestia is perfectly aware of the gagargi coming to claim her rather sooner than later. She’s resolved to come up with a plan to keep her sisters safe at any cost. For she knows what tends to happen to the sisters of the Crescent Empress.
Library Journal: The Victorian era setting of Tanzer’s latest (after the marvelous Weird Western Vermillion) adds a formality that contrasts nicely with the dueling and demonic communion. At its center is a difficult sibling relationship and the Gray sisters’ parallel efforts to find somewhere to belong.
German rights to David Gerrold’s mix of backlist titles including WHEN HARLIE WAS ONE, for e-book rights only, to Heyne, in a five-book deal, by Sarah Knofius at Thomas Schlueck Agency in association with Katie Shea Boutillier.
German rights to NYT bestselling author Brent Weeks’s THE BURNING WHITE (Book 5 in the Lightbringer series), to Blanvalet, by Bastian Schlueck at Thomas Schlueck Agency in association with Katie Shea Boutillier.
Hungarian rights to Robert Jackson Bennett’s CITY OF MIRACLES, Book 3 of The Divine Cities trilogy, to Agave Konyvek, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi in association with Katie Shea Boutillier on behalf of Cameron McClure.
Czech rights to Michael R. Fletcher’s BEYOND REDEMPTION, THE MIRROR’S TRUTH and SWARM AND STEEL, to Fantom Print, in a three-book deal, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi, in association with Katie Shea Boutillier on behalf of Cameron McClure.
Estonian rights to New York Times best-selling author Jim Butcher’s STORM FRONT and FOOL MOON, the first and second books in the Dresden Files series, to KIRJASTUS FANTAASIA OU via Milena Kaplaveric at Prava I Prevodi in association with Jennifer Jackson.
Hungarian rights to USA Today bestselling author Kaira Rouda’s BEST DAY EVER, to Alexandra, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi in association with Katie Shea Boutillier.
French rights to Yoon Ha Lee’s Hugo- and Nebula-nominated NINEFOX GAMBIT, to Denoël, by Anna Jarota and Juliana Miasso at Anna Jarota Agency in association with Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.
Simplified Chinese rights to Nnedi Okorafor’s WHO FEARS DEATH, to Winshare, by Gray Tan at The Grayhawk Agency in association with Katie Shea Boutillier.
Italian rights to Margaret Doody’s ARISTOTLE AND THE HOUSE OF WINDS, to Sellerio, by Stefania Fietta at Donzelli Fietta, in association with Katie Shea Boutillier.
Portuguese rights (Portugal only) to World Fantasy, Nebula and Hugo Award winning author Nnedi Okorafor’s WHO FEARS DEATH, to Saida de Emergencia, by Maru de Montserrat at International Editors’ in association with Katie Shea Boutillier.
NYT bestselling author Robert McCammon’s STRINGER, USHER’S PASSING, MYSTERY WALK and MINE, to Steve Feldberg at Audible, by Katie Shea Boutillier at Donald Maass Literary Agency on behalf of Cameron McClure.
Rhiannon Held’s DEATH-TOUCHED, Book 5 of the Silver series, to Anji Cornette at GraphicAudio, by Katie Shea Boutillier at Donald Maass Literary Agency, on behalf of Cameron McClure.