Publishers Weekly: A tightly laced plot dripping with political intrigue. Carrick has built a strong foundation for things to come.
At the dawn of the twentieth century, New York City houses both the living and the dead. And when it comes to crimes of an otherworldly nature, it falls to the psychics and spirits of the city’s finest secret agency—The Ghost Precinct—to serve justice beyond the earthly realm . . .
The ethereal denizens of New York owe a great debt to Eve Whitby, the young talented medium who leads the all-female spiritualists in the police department’s Ghost Precinct. Without her team’s efforts on behalf of the incorporeal, many souls would have been lost or damned by both human and inhuman means.
But now Eve faces an enemy determined to exorcise the city’s ghostly population once and for all. Albert Prenze is supposed to be dead. Instead he is very much alive, having assumed the identity of his twin brother Alfred, and taken control of the family’s dubiously made fortune. With unlimited wealth at his disposal, Albert uses experimental technology to banish ghosts to an eternal darkness forever.
To achieve his vicious ends, Albert plots to manipulate Eve and twist her abilities into a psychic weapon—a weapon that not only poses a threat to spirits but to everyone she cares for, including her beloved Detective Horowitz . . .
The seven houses of the matriarchal Seaborn have plied the seas of the Fair Isles for centuries, trading among the islands and fending off the attacks by the fearsome Bone Pirate.
But suddenly, out of the night sky, a common enemy appears – the Windborn, who come without warning to raid, burn, and kill.
Hoping to turn the tide, Shae – the Bone Pirate’s first mate – enacts a daring plan to fight her way aboard a Windborn vessel. The raid yields a prize – the airship’s captain who is, to Shae’s shock, a man.
Together with a reluctant heroine named Bela, they learn the truth of their shared history: the Windborn and Seaborn come from the same people, split apart by blood magick when a race of immortal mechanical men betrayed their human makers.
Now, these unlikely allies must make a desperate journey to confront the secrets of the past – and stop the dark magick at its source.
Geneticicst and author of The Rogue Retrieval, Dan Koboldt‘s science fiction novel Domesticating Dragons in which a talented genetic engineer infiltrates a biotech firm that builds made-to-order dragons to advance his secret quest to cure his brother’s genetic disease, to Tony Daniel at Baen Books by Paul Stevens at Donald Maass Literary Agency (World English).
Publishers Weekly: Hieber’s momentous third Spectral City fantasy (after A Sanctuary of Spirits) sees tensions in the spirit world come to an explosive head…It is extremely satisfying to witness the scrappy heroes rise up…Eve and Jacob’s growing attraction, meanwhile, provides a welcome romantic respite from the fast-paced action. Hieber’s latest fires on all cylinders.
Winner of the Distinguished Book Prize from the Society for Military History, Michael Livingston’s CRECY: THE BATTLE OF FIVE KINGS, how the author and other modern scholars used neglected manuscripts, satellite technology, and old-fashioned fieldwork to discover that nearly everything that has been written about 1346’s Battle of Crécy –one the most famous and widely studied military engagements in history — may be wrong, to Marcus Cowper at Osprey, by Paul Stevens.
NPR: Readers may want to start with the first book in the series (this is the second), though starting here doesn’t get in the way of enjoying this otherworldly mystery, gorgeous writing and slow burn of a romance with a man who truly understands a woman, ghosts and all.
As the twentieth century approaches, New York’s Ghost Precinct crosses a threshold into the land of the dead in this paranormal gaslamp mystery.
New York City, 1899. The NYPD’s Ghost Precinct, an all-female team of psychics and spiritualists led by gifted young medium Eve Whitby, is unconventional to say the least. And now they’re stepping even further outside the bounds of normal police work—into an otherworldly realm known as the Ghost Sanctuary. It’s a place where the dead can provide answers. But will Eve and her colleagues pay a price for venturing beyond the land of the living?
Investigating a mortician’s sudden disappearance, Eve encounters a charismatic magician and mesmerist whose abilities are unlike any she’s seen before. Is he connected to the mysterious deaths around the city—or a link to the Ghost Sanctuary? Torn between the bonds of her team and her growing relationship with the dashing Detective Horowitz, Eve must discern truth from illusion and friend from foe before another soul vanishes into the ether.
Fate of the Fallen is the start of a brand new adventure from New York Times bestselling author Kel Kade
Not all stories have happy endings.
Everyone loves Mathias. Naturally, when he discovers it’s his destiny to save the world, he dives in head first, pulling his best friend Aaslo along for the ride.
However, saving the world isn’t as easy, or exciting, as it sounds in the stories. The going gets rough and folks start to believe their best chance for survival is to surrender to the forces of evil, which isn’t how the prophecy goes. At all. As the list of allies grows thin, and the friends find themselves staring death in the face they must decide how to become the heroes they were destined to be or, failing that, how to survive.
Priyanka Krishnan at Orbit has acquired Alyc Helms and Marie Brennan’s Rook and Rose trilogy, which will be published under the pseudonym M. A. Carrick. The trilogy is a politically charged epic fantasy in which a clever but desperate con artist attempts to pull off the scheme of her lifetime—infiltrating a noble house by posing as a long-estranged family member—and finds herself drawn into an ever-deepening web of magical and political intrigue with dangerous consequences. The deal was brokered by Paul Stevens, on behalf of Helms, and Eddie Schneider at JABberwocky Literary Agency, on behalf of Brennan.