Science Fiction and Fantasy New Releases: 25 July, 2020

Saturday , 25, July 2020 1 Comment

Uncover professional wizards, generation colony ships, heroes from another world, and buried alien starships in this week’s new releases.


Dragontiarna: Defenders – Jonathan Moeller

The realm of Andomhaim reels beneath the invasion of Warlord Agravhask, and Ridmark stands in his path.

Ridmark knows that Agravhask is only the servant of the mighty Warden of Urd Morlemoch, and the realm must be ready to face its true foe.

But the Warden knows that Ridmark can stop him, and has dispatched the Heralds of Ruin to slay the Shield Knight.

Third of Nightmane Forest has seen the trap, and rushes to save her friend.

If she fails, the Warden and his dark Heralds will triumph, and darkness will swallow the world…


Entropy (Forgotten Starship #3) – M. R. Forbes

The generation starship Pioneer continues her centuries-long journey across the vastness of space. Joseph has returned to hibernation. The passengers are safe.

For now.

When the ship suffers an unexpected malfunction, Preslan is brought in to help identify the source. Joining Tyson on the bridge, it isn’t long before they determine there’s more to the anomaly than meets the eye.

Much, much more.

Not only is the ship off-course and headed into the middle of an ancient intergalactic war, but their best defense against the looming danger is the same thing that’s forcing them into it.

The stakes are higher, the odds are greater and time is running out. If they can’t escape the impending chaos, it won’t only be the passengers and crew of Pioneer that are lost…

…it’ll be the entire human race.


Peace Talks (Dresden Files #16) – Jim Butcher

As a professional wizard, Harry Dresden knows firsthand that the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most of them don’t play well with humans. And those that do enjoy playing with humans far too much. He also knows he’s the best at what he does. Technically, he’s the only at what he does. But even though Harry is the only game in town, business—to put it mildly—stinks.

When the Supernatural nations of the world meet up to negotiate an end to ongoing hostilities, Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, joins the White Council’s security team to make sure the talks stay civil. But can he succeed, when dark political manipulations threaten the very existence of Chicago—and all he holds dear?


Pearl (Murphy’s Lawless #5) – Mark Wandrey and Charles E. Gannon

Taken from their planet and their century, they are…the Lost Soldiers.

Some of the hijacked Twentieth Century troops known as the Lost Soldiers have made planetfall on R’Bak and are working to establish their base there, but their commander, Major Murphy, has a problem. He knows there are weapons and equipment caches that haven’t been activated yet by their immediate enemies—the Satraps—although they are moving as quickly as they can to get to the caches so they can turn those weapons upon their new off-world foes.

Victor Allen Thomas—“Vat” to his friends—was escaping an arms deal gone bad when the helicopter carrying him crashed and he was hijacked by the mysterious Ktor. While he had military experience, he had left the military years before under suspicious circumstances. With a general discharge in his past, he shouldn’t even have been in Somalia to begin with.

As an arms dealer, Vat has plenty of experience learning new languages and cultures, and he is used to cutting risky deals and making unusual alliances. Murphy is counting on Vat to find the equipment caches—his ‘pearls of great price’—before the Satraps can use the weapons against the Lost Soldiers.

But Vat has never been good at forming relationships. He’s going to have to overcome that failing, because there are only two possible outcomes for his mission. Either he finds the pearls of great price that will allow the Terrans to securely establish themselves on R’Bak, or—if he doesn’t—the future of Murphy’s Lawless isn’t merely bleak; it’s likely to be nonexistent.


The Raging Tide (The Volatar Saga #4) – D. K. Holmberg

The tide of war begins to turn, though all might be washed away.

Hevith begins his initial assault and as the fighting brings him south, he calls to the Jahor, building his numbers. When he discovers a place where the Jahor have gathered, he finds those he’d thought lost and realizes the Jahor have known the dangers of the Hith far longer than he’d imagined. For him to end the fighting, he will have to unify his people, but that means hurting those he cares most about.

While the Volatar searches for the tu’alan to understand the war he’s waged since he was young, he finds a new challenge but thinks he might finally have a way to end the war for good. Chasing down answers leads him to new questions—along with a realization that even the tu’alan might have been wrong all along. How can he stop a war when he doesn’t even know how to find those responsible for starting it?


The Rising of the Shield Hero #17 – Aneko Yusagi

A return to Kizuna’s world! Now the party must face a horde of traitors?!

At a request for aid from Ethnobalt, Naofumi heads back to Kizuna’s world. There he is safely reunited with Raphtalia, as well as other friends including L’Arc. They tell him that enemies, presumably a vanguard for the waves, have defeated the Heroes in this world and completely taken over. Naofumi and his party hurry to confront these foes, both to rescue the captured Kizuna and finally discover the adversary behind the waves. However, among their opponents they see a number of familiar faces!

“If it’s revenge you’re after, I’ll lend a hand! I despise all liars and traitors.”

Time for payback!


A Testament of Steel (Instrument of Omens #1) – Davis Ashura

A young man with no past must progress into a warrior out of legend.

Cinder Shade’s life begins on a fateful afternoon at the bottom of a well where he awakens, bruised, battered, and bereft of all memory. His only understanding is a driving imperative—to protect those who can’t defend themselves and become a warrior worthy of the name.

He discovers within himself a peculiar gift, one in which the codes of combat are made evident and the language of steel is made clear. When he earns a place at a prestigious elven warrior academy, Cinder fights to enhance his knowledge and perhaps even humble the proud elves who believe no human is their equal.

His hard-earned skills are put to the test when strange rumblings emanate from deep in the Dagger Mountains. Monsters out of myth emerge. And so does something far worse . . .

An ancient god. The world believes this deity long dead, but he is very much alive. And he remembers his enemies all too well. Even if they don’t remember themselves.


Warrior: Embraced (The Singularity War #3) – David Hallquist

On the run to the red planet…

Brandt Wills tried to prevent a final cataclysmic war between Terra and Luna. He failed, but he was able to escape Singularity’s clutches, fleeing with the genetic experiment known as Psyche in an alien ship. They’re going to Mars—to where everything started—to finish Singularity once and for all.

The War Planet is where Singularity uncovered an alien mother-ship in Ophir Chasma, and the technology they unearthed is at the dark heart of the evil corporation. And, even though the war between Terra and Luna may be over, the fighting’s just begun for dominance in the Solar System. All the planets want a piece of Brandt and the alien technology inside him.

Weird Venusian bio-constructs are on the way to Mars, along with the computerized cyborgs of Saturn and the genetically modified super-people of Jupiter. Every world is sending their forces to Mars, and the red planet will soon run with blood. Brandt has a head start on them, though, but will it be enough? Will he finally be able to unlock the mysteries of the alien symbiont—and the ship in which he rides—or will he ultimately be captured and become a science experiment for Singularity or one of the planets?

One Comment
  • deuce says:

    PEARL looks interesting. I might have to pick that up. Wandrey knows how to write a tale like this.

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