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Author: Kathryn M Hearst
Series: Sinistra Dei Series
Publisher: Wyndham House
Immortal and a member of the Sinistra Dei, a secret order designed to eliminate threats to the Vatican, Giovanna was created to do the dirty work of the Church. This requires creative thinking and the ability to tap dance on the line between right and wrong. As the commander she loves slowly sinks into insanity, she learns that dark immortals—the Execrati dedicated to destroying her kind— have snuck into New Orlean’s legendary French Quarter to hunt her friends. With the further discovery that one of Rome’s own has faked his death, and the unexpected evolution of her supernatural powers, Gia is no longer able to play by the rules. How can she defy the man she loves, break the trust of a close friend, and explain the new set of wings on her back? The answer is simple… she can’t.
Stone’s answer to nearly every problem has always been magic — but that’s off the table now. All he’s got are his wits and his courage to keep himself and his friends alive. Can he put aside his pride and bitterness long enough to prove there’s more to him than magic? Alastair Stone knew it would take a big sacrifice to end the Evil’s hold over our world. He was ready to make that sacrifice — but he expected it to be his life. Never in his worst nightmares did he think it would be his magic. He’s on the fast track to self-destruction when a friend convinces him to take a desperate last chance. He heads to Las Vegas to find the only man who might be able to help him, but instead finds some old allies in dire need of his own help with a deadly — and very magical — threat.
Author: J. Hamlet
Series: Chaos Theology
Nathaniel is a man of many gifts. First and foremost is the power of Prophecy. Whenever he sleeps, he dreams of possible futures. With that knowledge, he’s thwarted the world-shaking schemes of Angels and Demons alike. Not surprisingly, all of Heaven and Hell’s agents are always hunting him, eager to take down the notorious figure known as The Prophet. He’s spent most of his life as a homeless drifter, hiding. Recently, a series of visions has plagued him, threatening to force him out the shadows. A Senator with presidential aspirations is on one side, backed by Heaven’s forces and seeking to transform the world into a brutal theocracy. Demon-worshipping terrorists also stand ready to launch a bloody revolution through mass murders, demonic possession, and civil war. Nathaniel stands in the middle, struggling to prevent humanity from slipping into a new dark age. And he can’t do it alone.
The portals are closed. The Evil have lost their pathway between their home and ours. No longer does humanity need to worry about extradimensional bodysnatchers with a thirst for pain and terror pouring through to wreak destruction on Earth. The problem is, while there might not be any new Evil coming through, a whole lot of very powerful, very angry Evil are still stuck on our side. Desperate now, they’re forced to put aside their differences and work together to come up with an ambitious plan to get their pipeline of soldiers up and running. And now they’ve got a dangerous ally on their side: a black mage with a longstanding hatred of Stone. Will Stone and his friends figure out what the Evil are up to before they can set into motion something that can’t be stopped–and that will end up killing thousands of people in the process?
Author: Helen Harper
Series: Highland Magic
Orphan. Runaway. Thief. Since the moment I was ripped from my mother’s womb, I’ve been an outcast amongst my own kind. The Sidhe might possess magical Gifts, unbelievable wealth and unfathomable power but I don’t want a thing to do with them. I ran away from their lands in the Highlands of Scotland when I was eleven years old and I’ve never looked back. I don’t need a Clan. I’ve got my own family of highly skilled thieves who mean more to me than any Sidhe ever could. Unfortunately for me, the playboy heir to the Moncrieffe Clan has something I desperately need. To get it back, I’m going to have to plunge myself back into that world, no matter what the consequences may be. I suppose it’s just as well I have sense of humour. I think I’m going to need it.
Category: Urban Fantasy
Where do the Evil come from? How did they get here? As Stone, Jason, and Verity dig deeper into these questions, they make a shocking discovery about the nature of the Evil – and what happened that opened the door into our dimension. What they find sends them on a desperate cross-country race from the wilds of West Virginia to the dark neon wonderland of Las Vegas as they attempt to stop the Evil at its source before it’s too late.
What do you do when you discover an extradimensional plot threatening the safety of the entire world, but you can’t tell anyone because literally anyone on Earth could be part of it? When Alastair Stone is asked to question a disturbed child who’s committed a horrific act, Stone has no idea what kind of rabbit hole he’s starting down. He uncovers more instances of appalling crimes, all committed by people with no history of violence. Before long Stone crosses paths with Jason Thayer, a young man searching for his runaway sister who might be a victim of the same bizarre affliction. Stone and Jason are embroiled in a network of odd homeless people, strange symbols, and deadly danger. Even if they find Jason’s sister in time, there’s no way to know if they can help her – and it’s soon clear that the problem’s a lot worse than they originally suspected.
Dr. Alastair Stone, Occult Studies professor and powerful mage, has his hands full trying to keep the two sides of his life separate as he trains a new apprentice, deals with a malevolent entity trapped in the basement of a wealthy old woman’s massive home, and battles dark mages intent on enslaving it for their own ends. Debut novel of the Alastair Stone Chronicles series.
Categories: Contemporary Fantasy, Fantasy, Metaphysical & Visionary, Paranormal, Seal of Excellence Recipients, Urban Fantasy
Author: Michael Alan Peck
Series: The Commons
Publisher: Dinuhos Arts
“Paul Reid died in the snow at seventeen. The day of his death, he told a lie–and for the rest of his life, he wondered if that was what killed him.” And so begins the battle for the afterlife, known as The Commons. It’s been taken over by a corporate raider who uses the energy of its souls to maintain his brutal control. The result is an imaginary landscape of a broken America-stuck in time and overrun by the heroes, monsters, dreams, and nightmares of the imprisoned dead. Three people board a bus to nowhere: a New York street kid, an Iraq War veteran, and her five-year-old special-needs son. After a horrific accident, they are the last, best hope for The Commons to free itself. Along for the ride are a shotgun-toting goth girl, a six-foot-six mummy, a mute Shaolin monk with anger-management issues, and the only guide left to lead them. Three Journeys: separate but joined. One mission: to save forever. But first they have to save themselves.