It’s publication day and it’s raining paperbacks. Paperbacks, the books you can really sink your teeth into! We’ve got everything from the literary fantastic to Vikings to time travel to ships sailing across deserts and even a classic of science fiction!
The Whispering Swarm by Michael Moorcock is part-autobiography, part-fantasy travelogue, part ode to London. It’s like nothing you’ve ever read, written by one of the seminal voices of the genre who is quite rightly considered one of the UK’s best authors.
London is just recovering from the Blitz and years of austerity. For a young man named Michael Moorcock, the future is rife with possibilities. From his time as the youngest editor in Fleet Street to the first inklings of his future career as a writer, as he picks his way through the hidden backstreets and private worlds most Londoners don’t know about, he believes he is safe.
Until he meets a strange Carmelite monk, goes through a locked gate, and discovers a different London hidden in plain sight. A city filled with fantastical people and unbelievable stories .A society full of danger, magic and love. A place which calls to him with a whisper only he can hear!
‘Fizzes with ideas and layers of meaning’ The Times
A discursive book, with as many meditations of marriage, metaphysics, religion and science as there are rollicking sword fights’ The Guardian
‘Fantastically entertaining. Welcome back Mr Moorcock; nobody else quite has your style’ SFX
The Whispering Swarm is out now in paperback.
Twelve Kings by Bradley Beaulieu is a wonder-full tale set in the city of Sharakai and surrounded by the desert sands on which ships sail and legends are made. This is true epic fantasy for the modern age.
The twelve kings of Sharakai tried to bury their secrets in the sands.
But no matter how deeply they are buried, secrets want to be found.
An assassin discovered the first of them, and was murdered by the kings, who hope their secrets died with her.
But secrets find a way. The assassin had a daughter. And now she will uncover the truth.
‘Fantasy doesn’t get better than this’ C.S. Friedman, author of The Coldfire Trilogy
‘An incredibly well-crafted fantasy’ Sci-Fi Now
‘The best new epic fantasy series I’ve seen in years’ SFFWorld
Twelve Kings is out now in paperback.
The Time of the Clockmaker by Anna Caltabiano continues the magical journey of the new Miss Hatfield – immortal and lost in time. Will she find her way home?
A BEWITCHING JOURNEY INTO THE PAST
Lost in time and stranded on her own, Miss Hatfield must discover the secrets of the Tudor court. But danger and love are never far away . . .
All she has left is the gift – or curse – of her immortality, and the bizarre clock that allows her to travel in time.
So when the clock is stolen, Miss Hatfield must risk the danger of Henry VIII’s court and hunt down her attacker.
But someone else is waiting for her . . .
‘Caltabiano invokes time travel and immortality to place an engaging heroine at the centre of a gripping story’ The Big Issue
The Time of the Clockmaker is out now in paperback.
Valkyrie’s Song by M.D. Lachlan continues the epic tale of Viking myth.
Norman England, and the Harrowing of the North.
An immortal wolf and an immortal woman are on the run, fighting for their lives. They carry a magic within them, runes which flare with power when brought together.
Abut others hold runes of their own, and the runes desire to be united.
And when they are, Ragnarok will come.
‘Savage, dark, strange and unpredictable’ Joe Abercrombie
‘Enthralling, mesmerising’ Mike Carey
‘Genuinely strange, eerie, evocative’ Adam Roberts
Valkyrie’s Song is out now in paperback.
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham continues the author’s potent and insightful conversation about humantiy’s role in the world and the environment that includes The Day of the Triffids. An SF Masterwork that deserves to be read. With an introduction by Ken MacLeod.
David’s father doesn’t approve of Angus Morton’s unusually large horses, calling them blasphemies against nature. Little does he realise that David and his friends have their own secret aberration, which would label them as mutants. And mutants, as everyone knows, should be burned .But as the children grow older it becomes more difficult to conceal their differences from the village elders. Soon they face a choice: wait for eventual discovery – and death – or flee to the terrifying and mutable Badlands . . .
‘A remarkably tender story of a post-nuclear childhood . . . It has become part of a canon of good books’ Guardian
‘It is quite simply a page-turner, maintaining suspense to the very end’ Boston Globe
The Chyrsalids is out now as an SF Masterwork in hardback.