Mentats of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson. Mentat School founder Gilbertus Albans makes uneasy compromises to survive the Butlerian fanatics while ambitious student Valya Harkonnen plots revenge on a hero she blames for her family’s downfall
Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston. When the sixth Duke of Radnor dies, his hapless son, Freddie, takes on his title, but it is his daughter, Lilith, who inherits his role as Head Witch of the Lazarus Coven. Raised as a witch, instructed in the art of necromancy, Lilith faces a daunting future, for the coven is threatened by a powerful group of sorcerers, the Sentinels. Nicholas Stricklend, a powerful force in the British government, is the Sentinel charged with wresting the Elixir from Lilith, and he cares not who he must crush in order to succeed. As a society beauty, engaged to another titled witch, and with a grieving mother and an unstable brother to look after, Lilith struggles to maintain her two very different existences. When she meets and falls in love with the talented artist Bram Cardale, she can no longer keep her life as a witch hidden, and she must choose between her loyalty to the coven, her duty to her family, and her love for Bram, or risk destroying everything she holds dear.
Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop. After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more. The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murders of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard–Lakeside’s shape-shifting leader–wonders whether their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or of a future threat. As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet–and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.
Night Broken by Patricia Briggs. Mercy must deal with an unwanted guest-one that brings a threat unlike anything she’s ever known. An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need-and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right. Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy. Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s stalker is more than a bad man-in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.
Night of the Hunter by RA Salvatore. Returning with his reunited companions to Gauntlgrym in the hopes of rescuing Bruenor’s loyal shield dwarf, dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden navigates the dangers of the Underdark while struggling to outmaneuver a murderous drow colony.
Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett. Change is afoot in Ankh-Morpork–Discworld’s first steam engine has arrived, and once again Moist von Lipwig finds himself with a new and challenging job.