See all of LJ’s 2013 Bests
Asher, Neal. The Departure. Night Shade. ISBN 9781597804479. pap. $15.99.
A survivor of his own execution, Alan Saul finds his mind has merged with a rogue AI who endows Saul with special powers and enables him to start a revolution in a high-tech world beset by overpopulation and ruled by an uncaring Committee. Dystopia was never so exciting. (LJ 3/15/13)
Bein, Steve. Year of the Demon. Roc: Penguin. ISBN 9780451465191. pap. $16.
DS Mariko Oshiro of Tokyo’s Narcotic Unit confronts a yakuza crime boss as she searches for the iron demon mask tied to the samurai sword she has inherited. Urban fantasy meets future crime drama in a supernatural thriller. (LJ 10/15/13)
Cheney, J. Kathleen. The Golden City. Roc: Penguin. ISBN 9780451417749. pap. $15.
Portugal at the turn of the 20th century provides the backdrop for an original historical fantasy. Oriana Paredes, one of the exotic sereia or sirens, becomes involved in a deadly occult intrigue that might change the fate of the world. Time and place come to life in this series opener. (LJ 11/15/13)
Donaldson, Stephen R. The Last Dark. Putnam. ISBN 9780399159206. $35.
In true epic form, Donaldson concludes a ten-volume fantasy saga about leper Thomas Covenant’s adventures in another world and the effects his deeds have on both universes. A literary tour de force. (LJ 9/15/13)
Martinez, Michael J. The Daedalus Incident. Night Shade. ISBN 9781597804721. pap. $15.99.
Steampunk meets parallel universes as a geological survey team on Mars encounters a planet that is terraforming itself. A 300-year-old journal holds the clues to a mind-boggling mystery as two worlds converge and existence hangs in the balance. (LJ 5/15/13)