Science Fiction/Fantasy Mass Market: Paperbacks of Note | April 15, 2013

D’Lacey, Joseph. Black Feathers. Angry Robot, dist. by Random. (The Black Dawn, Bk. 1). Apr. 2013. 432p. ISBN 9780857663450. pap. $9.99; ebk. ISBN 9780857663467. FANTASY

Two children, one living during the Black Dawn, an apocalyptic breakdown of Earth’s environment and the rise of a totalitarian government, the other existing in a future time of recovery and attempted healing known as The Bright Day, embark on separate quests for the Crowman, who might be the world’s salvation—or its destruction. D’Lacey (Meat) launches the first volume in a duology that assumes the quality of myth. A must-read for mythology fans.

Hughes, Alex. Sharp: A Mindspace Investigations Novel. Roc: Penguin. Apr. 2013. 352p. ISBN 9780451465047. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781101615041. FANTASY

In his third outing (after Clean and Payoff) Adam, a Level Eight telepath and sometime interrogator for the Atlanta police, is hunting hijackers of illegal tech while also dealing with the reappearance of a notorious cop killer who has targeted Adam’s former partner, Det. Isabella Cherabino.

Thurman, Rob. Slashback: A Cal Leandros Novel. Roc: Penguin. 2013. 352p.
ISBN 9780451465023. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781101604557. FANTASY

Cal Leandros, who is half human and half Auphe (a monstrous version of elves), and his human brother Nick make their living by hunting the supernatural creatures who prey on humans. Now a serial killer with ties to Spring-Heeled Jack is on the prowl, and he has a grudge against Cal. The eighth addition to this urban fantasy series (after Doubletake) should please Thurman’s many fans.