SF/Fantasy Mass Market Paperbacks of Note | November 15, 2012

Arthur, Keri. Darkness Hunts: A Dark Angels Novel. Signet: NAL. Nov. 2012. c.400p. ISBN 9780451237125. pap. $7.99. fantasy

Risa Jones, a half-werewolf who can walk the world of the dead and see the reapers who collect their souls, tracks down a killer who drains the blood of his female victims and who has targeted Risa for a deadly game. This fourth series entry (after Darkness Devours) by the winner of the Romantic Times 2008 Reviewers’ Choice Awards for Career Achievement in Urban Fantasy is sure to please paranormal fans.

Dane, Tami. Blood of Dawn. Kensington. (Sloan Skye, Bk. 3). Dec. 2012. c.352p. ISBN 9780758267115. pap. $7.99. fantasy

Skye Sloan, a profiler with the FBI’s Paranormal Behavioral Analysis Unit, returns to her old high school to uncover a killer of local teenage girls. Sloan’s third outing (after Blood of Eden and Blood of Innocence) should draw fans of police procedurals as well as urban fantasy.

Harper, Steven. The Dragon Men: A Novel of the Clockwork Empire. ROC: NAL. Nov. 2012. c.400p. ISBN 9780451464880. pap. $7.99. sf

Infected by an insidious plague that turns its victims into either zombie-like creatures or brilliant and increasingly mad, short-lived geniuses called clockworkers, Gavin Ennock travels with his fiancée Alice to hostile China in search of a cure. The fifth book of Harper’s Victorian steampunk series (The Impossible Cube; The Doomsday Vault) continues to demonstrate its original premise and to showcase the inventive pair who strive to save a world. A synopsis brings newcomers up to date.

Moore, E.S. Blessed by a Demon’s Mark. Kensington. (Kat Redding, Bk. 3). Dec. 2012. c.352p. ISBN 9780758268747. pap. $7.99. fantasy

Vampire Kat Redding, known as Lady Death, hunts down the vampires and werewolves who prey on “Pureblood” humans. Seeking to end her career as an assassin, she hopes to find refuge in the little known town of Delai, a place that seems too good to be true—and is. Moore’s third series entry (To Walk the Night; Tainted Night, Tainted Blood) starts a new phase in the life of her heroine.