Some fantastic new Fantasy Fiction this week

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The violent century by Tidhar, Lavie Where does it begin? A gunshot in the fog. A body, cold and white, in the water of the Havel River. A plane crashing into a skyscraper. Red poppies in a field as far as the eye can see. We sift through recollections, old footage, dusty manuscripts. Shadows gather. Probabilities collapse. The violent century. Where does it end? Perhaps where it begins. On a perfect summer’s day

Dragon Queen by Deas, Stephen -In the years before the Dragons laid waste to man’s empire, the fearsome monsters were used for war and as gifts of surpassing wealth to buy favour in the constant political battles that tore at the kingdoms. Notorious in these battles was the Dragon Queen. And now she is a prisoner – but no-one is more dangerous than when caged

The city by Gemmell, Stella -The City is ancient and vast and has been waging almost constant war for centuries. At its heart resides the emperor. Few have ever seen him. Those who have remember a man in his prime – and yet he should be very old. Some speculate that he is no longer human, others wonder if indeed he ever truly was. And a few have come to a desperate conclusion: that the only way to halt the emperor’s unslakebale thirst for war is to end his unnaturally long life

Dreams of gods and monsters by Taylor, Laini By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz. When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people – and, perhaps, for themselves

Thornlost by Rawn, Melanie – Part Elven, part Fae and part Wizard, Cayden Silversun is the talented playwright of the travelling theatre company, Touchstone. As the troupe’s tregetour, Cade creates the magic that enchants audiences throughout the Kingdom, but his powers are useless without his closest friend, the reckless Mieka. On stage, Mieka skilfully brings Cade’s visions to life, but behind the scenes, Cade’s prophecies warn of a dark future for the troubled elf

Spira mirabilis by Harte, Aidan In the 1347th year of Our Lady the engineers of Concord defeated the fractious city-state of Rasenna using the magical science of Wave Technology. The City of Towers fought back, and for a while Concord’s plans for domination were halted. But First Apprentice Torbidda regrouped, and reformed Concord to his own design. Now he is in absolute control, and plotting the final battle that will pacify Etruria – permanently. Contessa Sofia Scaligeri could rally her people once again, but she is far away in the Crusader Kingdom of Akka, trapped with her son by the tyrant Queen Catrina. Darkness is falling. The final battle must be fought and the tide must be turned, lest evil reign forever

Magician’s end by Feist, Raymond E -Discover the fate of the original black Magician, Pug, as prophecy becomes truth in the last book of the Riftwar Cycle

Tithe of the saviours by Dalton, A. J -The gods will see you brought down. The spirits of your ancestors will have their revenge upon you. The Saviours will drain you of your very soul. In claiming a place in the world, mortals have won many enemies for themselves. The ancient gods are jealous and conspire against them. The King of the Dead looks to lead his armies into the land of the living. In their own realm, the mighty Declension watches and waits, as events begin to unfold precisely as they had always planned. Jillan and his companions are beset on all sides, yet are plagued by self-doubt and internal division

Horror

The quickening by Myerson, Julie Rachel and Dan – in love, expecting their first baby and also mourning the sudden death of a close friend – want to go somewhere hot in January. When Dan produces a ring and tells her he’s already booked a luxurious resort on Antigua, the holiday turns into a honeymoon. Rachel’s experience of the island soon turns from idyllic to disturbing. As furniture shifts and objects fly around, a waitress begs her to leave, and as a fellow guest starts to frighten her, Rachel realises that something sinister is going on. When the waitress is found dead, Rachel realises her only hope it to persuade Dan they should go. But Dan seems to have his own reasons for wanting to stay, and soon Rachel is unable to decide who – or what – she should be most afraid of

This house is haunted by Boyne, John –1867. Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall on a dark and chilling night. As she makes her way across the station platform, a pair of invisible hands push her from behind into the path of an approaching train. She is only saved by the vigilance of a passing doctor. When she finally arrives, shaken, at the hall she is greeted by the two children in her care, Isabella and Eustace. There are no parents, no adults at all, and no one to represent her mysterious employer. The children offer no explanation. Later that night in her room, a second terrifying experience further reinforces the sense that something is very wrong

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