New Releases in Urban Fantasy 6/17/19

Title: The Grand Dark

Author: Richard Kadrey

Blurb: The Great War is over. The city of Lower Proszawa celebrates the peace with a decadence and carefree spirit as intense as the war’s horrifying despair. But this newfound hedonism—drugs and sex and endless parties—distracts from strange realities of everyday life: Intelligent automata taking jobs. Genetically engineered creatures that serve as pets and beasts of war. A theater where gruesome murders happen twice a day. And a new plague that even the ceaseless euphoria can’t mask.

Unlike others who live strictly for fun, Largo is an addict with ambitions. A bike messenger who grew up in the slums, he knows the city’s streets and its secrets intimately. His life seems set. He has a beautiful girlfriend, drugs, a chance at a promotion—and maybe, an opportunity for complete transformation: a contact among the elite who will set him on the course to lift himself up out of the streets.

But dreams can be a dangerous thing in a city whose mood is turning dark and inward. Others have a vision of life very different from Largo’s, and they will use any methods to secure control. And in behind it all, beyond the frivolity and chaos, the threat of new war always looms.


Title: The October Man

Author: Ben Aaronovitch

Blurb: Trier: famous for wine, Romans and being Germany’s oldest city.

When a man is found dead with his body impossibly covered in a fungal rot, the local authorities know they are out of their depth. But fortunately this is Germany, where there are procedures for everything.

Enter Tobias Winter, an investigator for the Abteilung KDA, the branch of the German Federal Criminal Police which handles the supernatural. His aim is to get in, deal with the problem, and get out with the minimum of fuss, personal danger and paperwork. 

Together with frighteningly enthusiastic local cop, Vanessa Sommer, he quickly links the first victim to a group of ordinary middle aged men whose novel approach to their mid-life crisis may have reawakened a bloody conflict from a previous century. 

As the rot spreads, literally, and the suspect list extends to people born before Frederick the Great, Tobias and Vanessa will need to find allies in some unexpected places.

And to solve the case they’ll have to unearth the secret magical history of a city that goes back two thousand years.

Presuming that history doesn’t kill them first.


Title: Agents of Chaos

Author: TR Cameron

Blurb: Special Agent Diana Sheen has been targeted…

…by magical villains determined to bring her and her agency down.

The bad guys have something big planned, and like a storm over the horizon, she can feel it coming but doesn’t know how bad it will turn out to be. 

The answer? Really, really bad. Diana and her team will need to be at the top of their game to survive.

The troll that’s adopted her patrols in the night, searching for the cosplaying criminal who has evaded them. 

The team’s undercover agent gets in deeper with their opposition. Inevitably, he faces a moment of truth where he faces off against the good guys.

Oh, and Kayleigh wants to mount an AI-controlled rocket launcher on the roof of the house she shares with Diana and Rath, which Diana thinks is the mother of all bad ideas.

The heat is rising, but Diana won’t abandon her responsibilities. No way, no how. Which means there’s no way out but through.

Magic or mundane, you hurt people in their city, and BAM is gonna bring you down.

It’s all in a day’s work at the newest bureau of the Federal Agents of Magic.


Title: Dime a Demon

Author: Devon Monk

Blurb: Myra Reed’s life is going great. Being a cop is great. Guarding the library of arcane secrets is great. Even dealing with the monsters and gods vacationing in the little beach town of Ordinary, Oregon is great.

Then the demon, Bathin, strolls into town and steals Myra’s sister’s soul.

So much for great. 

Luckily, Myra has a plan to evict the demon and save her sister’s soul. Step one: shut down the portals to hell popping up in town. Step two: get rid of the pink know-it-all unicorn. Step three: don’t die while teaching Death how to be a cop. 

Oh, and there’s a step four. Absolutely, positively, no matter what, do not fall in love with the handsome, charming, jerk of a demon she’s trying to kick out of town.

Logically, it’s a good plan. But when it comes to Bathin, Myra’s very illogical heart has some plans of its own.

Great.


Title: Angel’s Flight

Author: Ella Summers

Blurb: The old saying is true. Knowledge really is power, especially when angels and gods play the game.

The original Immortals, masters of magic, once reigned over every world in the known universe—until they suddenly vanished. The gods and demons have been fighting over the remains of their fractured empire ever since.

Millennia later, new angel Leda, a soldier in the gods’ army, is recuperating from her transformation. Her recovery is cut short, however, when a curse strikes New York City, a spell targeted directly at the Legion of Angels. Even as the Legion’s soldiers succumb to wrath, jealousy, and fear, the beasts on the plains of monsters are growing in numbers and power. And the longer Leda and her archangel lover Nero investigate these phenomena, the closer they come to the ancient secret that destroyed the Immortals—and that now threatens to tear the Earth apart.

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