SF/Fantasy Mass Market Paperbacks of Note, May 15, 2012

Ballantyne, Tony. Twisted Metal. Macmillan UK, dist. by Trafalgar Square. (Penrose, Bk. 1). 2012. c.482p. ISBN 9780330478861. pap. $9.99. SF

When the robot armies of Artemis invade the continent of Shull and attempt to convert every robot to their way of existence, only the robots of Turing City have the will to oppose them. The author of the Recursion trilogy (Recursion; Capacity; Divergence) begins a new series set in the same universe of intelligent robots.

Battis, Jes. Bleeding Out. Ace: Berkley. (OSI, Bk. 5). May 2012. c.256p. ISBN 9781937007638. pap. $7.99. FANTASY

When the current Lord Nightingale, head of Vancouver’s necromancers, dies unexpectedly, Occult Special Investigations (OSI) agent Tess interrupts her leave of absence to investigate‚ and her family joins in. The final installment (after Infernal Affairs) of this urban fantasy turns the supernatural into a family affair.

MacAlister, Katie. Sparks Fly: A Novel of the Light Dragons. Signet: NAL. May 2012. c.352p. ISBN 9780451236531. pap. $7.99. FANTASY

Born to the silver dragon sept but raised as a human, Ysolde de Bouchier understands both worlds. When trouble arises between the two dragons who claim her as their mate, she hatches a plan to resolve the conflict. This is the third series entry (after Love in the Time of Dragons).

Radford, Irene. Chicory Up: The Pixie Chronicles. DAW, dist. by Penguin. May 2012. c.304p. ISBN 9780756407247. pap. $7.99. FANTASY

Thistle, a Pixie trapped in a human body, joins with her human friends, Desdemona and Benedict Carrick, and another Pixie named Chicory to protect Skene Falls, OR‚ and the Pixies who call it home‚ from disaster.

Shearin, Lisa. All Spell Breaks Loose. Ace: Berkley. May 2012. (Raine Benares, Bk. 6). c.304p. ISBN 9781937007713. pap. $7.99. FANTASY

As a sorceress who finds lost things and people, Raine Benares (Con and Conjure) leads a relatively uncomplicated life until the powerful amulet that amplifies her powers is stolen by a goblin mage who wants to kill her.