Peacemakers, dragon knights, and robot generals clash across this week’s new releases.
Acheron Salvation (Federation Chronicles #2) – Ken Lozito
Quinton Aldren thought he could leave his past behind him . . . He was wrong.
First came the development of a Personality Matrix Construct—PMC, transferring human consciousness into a machine. It changed the galaxy and the way wars were fought. Then something went wrong with PMCs and the Federation Wars toppled the galactic order. PMCs became a menace to be hunted and exterminated.
Long after the Federation Wars, the galaxy limps on. Spacers carve out an existence upon the bones of the old worlds, but things are about to change… something has begun broadcasting signals to reactivate PMCs that were stored in secret.
Quinton Aldren is a PMC. His consciousness was uploaded and stored over a century ago, before the Federation Wars. All Quinton wants is to leave his past behind, but the broadcasts keep occurring. More PMCs are coming online, and not all of them are entirely stable. Federation War machines are on the hunt for them, and they don’t care who gets in their way.
Chasing Hell (Rise of the Peacemakers #7) – Peter J. Aldin
As the Guild War spreads, two rival Zuul mercenary commanders find themselves not only at odds with each other, but with a duplicitous corporation with sinister intentions. After a disastrous mission where the majority of her Hellchasers company was destroyed, Renhahnu accepts a mission bankrolled by the Dream World Consortium to recover New Joy City on the planet Arduna. She knows better than to ask questions, especially with so many credits on the line, and—after learning that her rival Marrek’s company failed to hold the city against another mercenary threat—she’s all in.
Marrek and his lone surviving pack mate escaped from Arduna with a group of sick Altar colonists. But when opportunity knocks, they answer, even though it means a return to Arduna to serve as low-paid security guards. When he learns that the Hellchasers have arrived, Marrek takes matters into his own hands. Blaming Renhahnu for his troubles, he wants blood, and he’ll stop at nothing to get it.
The volatile situation on Arduna has also attracted the attention of the Peacemaker Guild, but instead of a seasoned Peacemaker or Enforcer, a Zuparti Peacemaker Candidate must conquer his natural timidity and become what the embattled citizens of New Joy City need, while discovering the awful truth about Dream World.
Under New Joy City, these three storylines will converge…and heroes will be born.
Dragontiarna: Storms – Jonathan Moeller
War grips two worlds as heroes rise to challenge the sinister Heralds of Ruin.
In the realm of Andomhaim, Ridmark Arban leads the armies of the High King against the brutal legions of the Heptarchy. A daring ruse might defeat the might of Warlord Agravhask, or it will bring Andomhaim crashing down in ruin.
In the Empire, the armies of the reunified Empire move to challenge the sinister necromancers of the Order of Blood. But Tyrcamber Rigamond has battled the Master of the necromancers before, and he fears a deadly unseen trap.
For behind the Heptarchy and the Order of Blood are the Heralds of Ruin, and they will burn worlds at the command of the Warden of Urd Morlemoch.
Festival of Mourn (The Dark Sorcerer #1) – D. K. Holmberg
A dangerous magic will be unleashed in the city unless Jayna embraces her dark power.
To become a Sorcerer at the prestigious Academy was all Jayna ever wanted—until her parents died and her brother disappeared.
To find him, she had to give it all up in exchange for greater power. Now she searches for him and chases down dark magic for her mysterious benefactor, a Sul’toral named Ceran.
Her path has led her to the city of Nelar, where she struggles to understand the depths of the power granted to her. Here Jayna finds herself facing a new danger, one greater than any dark magic she’s faced before. When Ceran doesn’t answer her summons, she must stop the Festival of Mourn before it’s too late. But how can a half-trained sorcerer stop a dark god?
And can she do it without giving in to her own dark power?
The Priest (Origins #1) – James Eggebeeen
Everyone knows the gods are long dead. But what if one of them survived?
When magical abilities awakened in Sulrad, it cost him everything. His family, his home, and his dignity. Getting invited to study magic in the wizards’ city of Amedon was a step in the right direction, but it set him on a path that would land him in even more trouble than he was already in.
Outcast from the wizarding society, Sulrad falls back on the obscure and unpopular religion his father clung to, taking it to heights even his father’s god had never imagined. For a while, the temple of Ran grew in peace, spreading healing across the land. Sulrad finally gained the acceptance he had always longed, for. But the enemies he’s made along the way took his success as a threat.
Beset on all sides, Sulrad calls on the power of Ran to save him, but Ran is a fickle god, and the sorceress he thought was his childhood friend turns out to be so much more.
The Robot General (6th Mechanized #1) – Kyle Anthony
A living legend accused of sabotage.
Three hundred years ago a liaison robot turned warrior sided with humans in the Great A.I. War. He’s one of few hi-level sentients allowed to live. But all this doesn’t matter now because he’s on the run.
And the innocent never run.
Armed with emotion chip-fueled determination and his beloved weapons, the general flees to a nearby planet where he must unravel a tangled conspiracy to prove his innocence. But that’s easier said than done.
Standing in his way are ferocious mountain beasts worshipped as ancient gods, dreaded Red Guards wielding witchfire battle glaives, and a bounty hunter with superhuman reflexes. If that isn’t enough, an ancient empire wants to annihilate him at a planet’s expense.
Worlds Beyond Worlds – John R. Fultz
“…an author with an exceptional talent for characterization and world building.” —The Library Journal
“Fultz has rapidly matured into a major fantasist.” —Laird Barron, Author of Black Mountain
“His world-building is in a class by itself.” —RT Book Reviews
“This is fantasy of the Dunsany, Smith and Vance school, where breathless wonders spill off the page in spendthrift profusion.” —John Hocking, Author of Conan and the Emerald Lotus
Worlds Beyond Worlds collects 11 fantasy tales published during 2010 to 2020, most of them set in various imaginary worlds of wonder. From dark fantasy to sword-and-sorcery, heroic fantasy to weird history, here is a magic bagful of mystic trips and fantastic adventures. Avenging warriors defy the grip of death, wizards wander between the worlds, and savage hordes storm the gates of elder cities. Weird sorcery twists the fabric of reality, strange creatures run wild, and swords ring like thunder in the storm of battle. Eleven unforgettable excursions into the boundless realms of weird fantasy.