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

Alexander, Cassie. Nightshifted. St. Martin’s. Jun. 2012. c.352p. ISBN 9780312553395. pap. $7.99. FANTASY

Fledgling nurse Edie Spence works for County Hospital, where her assignment to Y4, the hidden ward in the hospital’s lower level, introduces her to a new group of patients‚ vampires, zombies, and other supernatural creatures. After hearing a vampire servant’s dying words, Edie sets off on a quest to save a woman named Anna from becoming a victim of the undead. Alexander’s first novel launches a new series that should appeal to fans of medical thrillers as well as urban fantasy.

Ashford, Barbara. Spellcrossed. DAW, dist. by Penguin. (Crossroads Theatre, Bk. 2). Jun. 2012. c.448p. ISBN 9780756407292. pap. $7.99. FANTASY

Despite her love for Rowan Mackenzie, Maggie Graham helps him return to Faerie, then tries to make a fresh start as director of the Crossroads Theatre. In the midst of the chaos of summer stock, she must also deal with the magic from her past that threatens her dreams. The sequel to Spellcast should appeal to theater buffs as well as urban fantasy readers.

Dane, Tami. Blood of Innocence. Kensington. (Sloan Skye, Bk. 2). Jun. 2012. c.352p. ISBN 9780758267108. pap. $7.99. FANTASY

Assigned to the FBI’s Paranormal Behavioral Analysis Unit, Sloan Skye searches for a serial killer who drains the blood from his female victims. When her investigations become personal, Sloan realizes the usual methods won’t work to catch the murderer. The sequel to Blood of Eden should appeal to fans of urban fantasy.

Haines, Jess. Stalking the Others. Zebra: Kensington. (H&W Investigations, Bk. 4). Jul. 2012. c.352p. ISBN 9781420124026. pap. $7.99. FANTASY

Before her encounter with the supernatural creatures that make up the world of the Others, New York PI Shiarra Waynest (Deceived by the Others) played more or less by the rules. Now, bound to a vampire, possibly infected by a werewolf, and hunted by the police and two werewolf packs, she takes the fight to her pursuers, using every skill she possesses.

Kemp, Paul S. The Hammer and the Blade. Angry Robot, dist. by Random. (A Tale of Egil & Nix). Jun. 2012. c.416p. ISBN 9780875662453. pap. $7.99. FANTASY

Egil, priest of the Momentary God, and his companion Nix, a man of many shady talents, let loose a demon while they’re on their way to the tomb of a wizard-king in order to acquire an idol. They slay the demon, then discover that a powerful family devoted to the demon’s house seeks vengeance. Kemp (The Twilight War series) delivers sword and sorcery at its rollicking best, after the fashion of Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser.

Wells, Jaye. Blue-Blooded Vamp. Orbit: Hachette. (Sabina Kane, Bk. 5). Jun. 2012. c.480p. ISBN 9780316178457. pap. $7.99. FANTASY

New Orleans assassin and vampire hunter Sabina Kane (Red-Headed Stepchild ; The Mage in Black ; Green-Eyed Demon ; Silver-Tongued Devil) goes to Italy in search of a mage named Abel who, she hopes, can help her kill Cain, the first vampire and the murderer of her family.