Andrews, IIona. Gunmetal Magic: A Novel in the World of Kate Daniels. Ace: Berkley. Aug. 2012. c.448p. ISBN 9780425256138. pap. $7.99. FANTASY
After her expulsion from the Knights of Merciful Aid for the “crime” of being a shapeshifter, werewolf Andrea Nash finds refuge working as an investigator for Cutting Edge, a firm owned by her friend Kate Daniels. Set in the world of Andrews’s popular Kate Daniel urban fantasies (Magic Slays; Magic Strikes), this series spinoff includes the bonus novella “Magic Gifts,” featuring Kate herself.
Johnson, Jean. An Officer’s Duty. Ace: Berkley. (Theirs Not To Reason Why, Bk. 2). Aug. 2012. c.448p. ISBN 9781937007690. pap. $7.99. FANTASY
In Johnson’s second series installment (A Soldier’s Duty), Space Force Navy Lieutenant Ia, recipient of a field promotion for courage under fire, travels to Sanctuary, her homeworld, where religious tensions run high, to prepare them for the coming war. Ordered to command a Blockade Patrol ship intended to save lives of civilians, Ia finds that one man, who defeats her gift of foresight, may be her greatest challenge. Top-notch military sf with a strong female lead should appeal to genre fans.
Rowen, Michelle. Blood Bath & Beyond: An Immortality Bites Mystery. Obsidian. Aug. 2012. c.336p. ISBN 9780451237644. pap. $7.99. FANTASY
When fledgling vampire Sarah Dearly’s fiancé, master vampire Thierry de Bennecoeur, accepts a position with the Ring, the vampire council that makes certain the human world remains ignorant of vampires’ existence, she accompanies him to Las Vegas—and, almost immediately, they face a vampire serial killer, a child vampire who participates in child beauty pageants, and several individuals whose knowledge of Thierry hints at a past filled with dark secrets. The sixth title in the “Immortality Bites” series begins a new story arc as Sarah and Thierry go global.