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This Month's Featured Books

The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp
The Last Days of Jack Sparks
Jason Arnopp
Highly Recommended. Jack Sparks is not a very nice man. A rampant ego (this is important later), a cynic and a bully. It’s really hard to like him. Arnopp’s achievement with this full-on and tricksy horror...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/2016
The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Horror by Joyce Carol Oates
The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Horror
Joyce Carol Oates
Highly Recommended. Horror is about taking us to scary places, and this collection of six tales from one of the key names...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard
The House of Shattered Wings
Aliette de Bodard
Highly Recommended. This is a refreshing, beautifully imagined and original fantasy that takes archetypal tropes and one of the world’s most familiar settings and makes them new via a weaving together of different cultural flavours and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/2016
Stallo by Stefan Spjut
Stallo
Stefan Spjut
Following the disappearance of a young boy from a remote cabin in a Swedish forest, his mother claims he was abducted by a giant to credulous reaction. He is never found again. Years later, Susso, a young woman fascinated by...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2016
Down Station by Simon Morden
Down Station
Simon Morden
When a terrifying fire seems to envelop London, a group of maintenance workers on the Underground make their escape through an access tunnel and find themselves in a seemingly uninhabited, possibly mythical world. Portal fantasy has been a staple of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/08/2016
Behind the Throne by K. B. Wagers
Behind the Throne
K. B. Wagers
This is Katy Wagers’ first novel and if there’s any justice it promises a successful and entertaining career to come. This is dark and exciting character-driven space-opera SF perfect for fans of Peter F. Hamilton and Elizabeth Bear. There’s enough...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
Seveneves
Neal Stephenson
Quite simply astonishing. Labeled as speculative science fiction, this is actually an all inclusive, wonderful colossus of a read so if you haven't tried sci/fi before, please don't be put off by the genre. The first sentence, so simple and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2016
Rook Song by Naomi Foyle
Rook Song
Naomi Foyle
The second instalment in The Gaia Chronicles (following debut volume Astra) by young British science fiction author Foyle. Astra Ordott, first initially encountered as a seven-year old in the complex past-apocalyptic society of Is-land, following the Dark Times, has...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/03/2016
Dread Wyrm by Miles Cameron
Dread Wyrm
Miles Cameron
Shortlisted for the Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. The Red Knight's adventures have become one of the most gripping martial fantasy adventures - and he has an epic adventure - and a huge...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/10/2015
Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia
Son of the Black Sword
Larry Correia
Shortlisted for the Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. It was prophesized that someday the demons would return, and only the descendants of Ramrowan would be able to defeat them. They became the first...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/11/2015
Ruin by John Gwynne
Ruin
John Gwynne
Shortlisted for the Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. The Banished Lands are engulfed in war and chaos. The cunning Queen Rhin has conquered the west and High King Nathair has the cauldron, most...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/03/2016
The Liar's Key by Mark Lawrence
The Liar's Key
Mark Lawrence
Shortlisted for the Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. As all wait for the ice to unlock its jaws, the Dead King plots to claim what was so nearly his - the key into...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
Slayer by David Guymer
Slayer
David Guymer
Shortlisted for the Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. The final adventure for Gotrek and Felix! With enemies on all sides, and destiny calling, Felix must make a choice: to follow Gotrek into the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/08/2016
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
An Ember in the Ashes
Sabaa Tahir
Shortlisted for the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
The Vagrant by Peter Newman
The Vagrant
Peter Newman
Shortlisted for the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. The Vagrant is his name. He has no other. His purpose is to reach the Shining City, last bastion of the human race, and deliver...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/02/2016
Starborn The Worldmaker Trilogy: Book One by Lucy Hounsom
Starborn The Worldmaker Trilogy: Book One
Lucy Hounsom
Shortlisted for the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. Starborn is a tale of heroism and lost powers, where one person's choices will shape the fate of thousands. Death and destruction will bar her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2016
The Traitor by Seth Dickinson
The Traitor
Seth Dickinson
Shortlisted for the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. When the Empire of Masks conquers her island home, criminalizes her customs, and murders one of her Fathers, Baru vows to hide her hate, join...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/09/2015
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
Sorcerer to the Crown
Zen Cho
Zen Cho’s engaging debut fantasy is one of the more purely entertaining fantasies of recent years. Avoiding the perhaps overly familiar sub-genre of medieval epic fantasy Cho, instead, presents us with an enjoyable tale of romance and political subterfuge set...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/2016
Heart of Granite by James Barclay
Heart of Granite
James Barclay
Fantasy readers will likely be familiar with Barclay’s engaging bunch of bickering heroes The Raven. Rightly praised by David Gemmell, The Raven novels brought a welcome humour to the idea of the hard-bitten group of adventurers and launched a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/08/2016
Battlemage by Stephen Aryan
Battlemage
Stephen Aryan
Shortlisted for the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. Highly Recommended. Stephen Aryan’s ambitious and very...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/09/2015
The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig
The Fire Sermon
Francesca Haig
Shortlisted for the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer at the David Gemmell Awards 2016. A futuristic tale set some 400 years after a global nuclear war where conditions have reverted back to a sort of medieval state. Births are...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/07/2015

Last Month's Featured Books

The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan

The Waking Fire
Anthony Ryan
Highly Recommended. Here be dragons. Or, as bestselling author Ryan calls them in this first novel of his new fantasy series, drakes. Dragons, or drakes, are...

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

13 Minutes
Sarah Pinborough
Highly Recommended. More psychological thriller than strict horror I nevertheless wanted to include this because, primarily, it’s a wonderful book but also because it comes with...

Luna New Moon by Ian Mcdonald

Luna New Moon
Ian Mcdonald
Highly Recommended. This is rich and involving SF saga was intended by the author to be a “Game of Thrones on the moon.” And with this...

The Race by Nina Allan

The Race
Nina Allan
Highly Recommended. This is a subtle but telling SF novel that will speak loudly to fans of Margaret Atwood and Emily St. John Mandel....

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Medusa Chronicles by Alastair Reynolds, Stephen Baxter

The Medusa Chronicles
Alastair Reynolds, Stephen Baxter
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The much-lamented Arthur C. Clarke wrote the classic A Meeting with Medusa, award-winning short story in 1971 in which an alien...

The City of Woven Streets by Emmi Itaranta

The City of Woven Streets
Emmi Itaranta
Highly Recommended. Literary and crime fiction publishers have often looked beyond English for great writing and there has also always been a strong tradition of SF...

False Hearts by Laura Lam

False Hearts
Laura Lam
Highly Recommended. This is an intensely personal and affecting SF novel. Set in San Francisco in the near future there is much to recognise here and...

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

The Grace of Kings
Ken Liu
Highly Recommended. Tolkien didn’t intend to set a blueprint for epic-fantasy with Lord of the Rings but, the many qualities of his trilogy notwithstanding, too often...

The House on Cold Hill by Peter James

The House on Cold Hill
Peter James
Highly Recommended. Before embarking on his bestselling series of Roy Grace crime novels Peter James wrote many bestselling supernatural thrillers. With The House on Cold Hill...

Stranger of Tempest by Tom Lloyd

Stranger of Tempest
Tom Lloyd
Highly Recommended. This is an immensely satisfying gritty fantasy adventure that follows a group of mercenaries on a mission that gets them into much deeper waters...

The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett

The Shepherd's Crown
Terry Pratchett
The completely and totally wonderful wiz(z)ard of words Terry Pratchett, has departed for what I'm sure will be a very interesting conversation, with cat and curry loving Death. Terry Pratchett...

The Fireman by Joe Hill

The Fireman
Joe Hill
Maxim Jakubowski June 2016 Highly Recommended. Tales of overwhelming pandemics striking our world are like buses: you wait for ages and all of a sudden, like...

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

The City of Mirrors
Justin Cronin
Maxim Jakubowski's June 2016 Book of the Month. The epic doomsday scenario trilogy comes to a triumphant conclusion after ten years or so with this final...

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