Stars, a Sorcerer, and Shadows | New Audiobook Releases

New Releases

Each week there are dozens of scifi, fantasy, and other speculative fiction audiobooks released. I highlight the most talked about and/or interesting looking ones from that week. The first person to correctly identify which 3 books below I took the key words in the title from will get a virtual shout-out in next week's post & tweet. (I'm doing this to try and make it more fun for me to improve my titles.)


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Note: The Bookwyrm('s Hoard) was the only one to play the title game last week and got 1 of 3 correct.


After a couple of slowish weeks, this one's going to be a big one - starting with one of the most talked about books of the year...

Buzzed About

The 5th Wave, Book #3: The Last Star

By: Rick Yancey / Narrator: Phoebe Strole & Ben Yannette / Pub: Listening Library / Length: 9:17

"The enemy is Other. The enemy is us. They're down here, they're up there, they're nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.


But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others and now by ourselves.  In these last days, Earth's remaining survivors will need to decide what's more important: saving themselves...or saving what makes us human.”

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Haven't started this series yet? Check out Book #1

The Blur Trilogy, Book #3: Curse

By: Steven James / Narrator: Nick Podehl / Pub: Brilliance Audio / Length: 9:22

"As Daniel Byers prepares to attend a basketball camp before his senior year of high school, the terrifying blurs that've plagued him for the last nine months return.  Dark images begin to haunt him - creatures crawling from the deepest pits of his nightmares, glimmers of chilling memories from his early childhood. But before he can unearth the meaning behind his mysterious hallucinations, Daniel must team up with two other extraordinary teens to save a young woman who has been abducted by a scientist obsessed with enacting his own warped form of justice.”

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Haven't started this series yet? Check out Book #1

Cage, Book #2: The Hunt

By: Megan Shepherd / Narrator: Barrie Kreinik / Pub: Harper Audio / Length: 9:44

"After their failed escape attempt, Cora, Lucky, and Mali have been demoted to the lowest level of human captives and placed in a safari-themed environment called the Hunt, along with wild animals and other human outcasts. They must serve new Kindred masters - Cora as a singer, Lucky as an animal wrangler, and Mali as a safari guide - and follow new rules or face dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, Nok and Rolf have been moved into an enormous dollhouse, observed around the clock by Kindred scientists interested in Nok's pregnancy"

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Haven't started this series yet? Check out Book #1

Defenders of Shannara, Book #3: The Sorcerer’s Daughter

By: Terry Brooks / Narrator: Simon Vance / Pub: Random House Audio / Length: 11:17

"The third stand-alone Shannara novel in the Defenders of Shannara series, following The High Druid’s Blade and The Darkling Child, easily accessible to new readers of epic fantasy.


The daughter of a reviled sorcerer, Leofur is nothing like her dreaded father. When her life-partner, Paxon Leah, leaves on a dangerous mission, Leofur protects Paxon’s sister. When she is abducted Leofur is forced to choose between saving Paxon from a mission gone badly awry, or hiring the services of the best tracker in the world to go after her life-partner’s sister."

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Haven't started this series yet? Check out the author’s recommended reading order

The Passage Trilogy, Book #3: The City of Mirrors

By: Justin Cronin / Narrator: Scott Brick / Pub: Random House Audio / Length: 29:29

"The world we knew is gone. What world will rise in its place? The Twelve have been destroyed, and the 100-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew - and daring to dream of a hopeful future.


But far from them, in a dead metropolis, he waits: Zero. The First. Father of the Twelve. The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him, and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright. His fury will be quenched only when he destroys Amy - humanity's only hope, the Girl from Nowhere who grew up to rise against him."

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Haven't started this series yet? Check out Book #1

It's About Time

(Popular books that are now available on Audio)

The Fringe, Book #1: Recon

By: Tarah Benner / Narrator: Michael Goldstrom & Saskia Maarleveld / Pub: Audible Studios / Length: 8:27

"Eli knows corruption runs deep within the compound. It's a reality he's forced to confront every year on Bid Day. But when your job is to go out into the radiation-soaked Fringe so that others can live in peace, you don't ask too many questions. For Harper, the bid system works just fine. She's the best developer in her year, and she's confident she'll find a place among the wealthy, respected Systems workers. But when an upset in the bidding changes the course of Harper's future, she'll be forced to rely on an unlikely ally."

Whispersync Deal Alert*: Kindle + Audible = $7.46

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Night’s Dawn Trilogy, Book #2: The Neutronium Alchemist

By: Peter F Hamilton / Narrator: John Lee / Pub: Tantor Audio / Length: 40:21

"The ancient menace has finally escaped from Lalonde, shattering the Confederation's peaceful existence. Those who succumbed to it have acquired godlike powers but now follow a far-from-divine gospel as they advance inexorably from world to world. On planets and asteroids, individuals battle for survival against the strange and brutal forces unleashed upon the universe."

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Haven't started this series yet? Check out Book #1

Ravenspire, Book #1: The Shadow Queen

By: CJ Redwine / Narrator: Khristine Hvam / Pub: Tantor Audio / Length: 11:29

"Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and her father's life. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common - magic. She'll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen."

Whispersync Deal Alert*: Audible = $3.47.

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The Tower at Stony Wood

By: Patricia A McKillip / Narrator: Zach Villa / Pub: Audible Studios / Length: 7:29

"During the wedding festivities of his king, Cyan Dag, a knight of Gloinmere, is sought out by a mysterious bard and told a terrifying tale: that the king has married a false queen - a lie cloaked in ancient and powerful sorcery. Spurred on by his steadfast honor and loyalty, Cyan departs on a dangerous quest to rescue the real queen from her tower prison, to prevent war, and to awaken magic in a land that has lost its way."

Undying Mercenaries, Book #6: Home World

By: BV Larson / Narrator: Mark Boyett / Pub: Audible Studios / Length: 12:55

"When the Earth is invaded by a rival empire, James McGill's legion must defend the Home World. The top brass has complex plans, but none of that matters much to McGill, who chooses his own unique path. Traveling to star systems no human has ever visited, he searches for a technological edge to beat the enemy before it's too late. Along the way he unleashes new terrors, triggering the biggest battles in human history."

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Haven't started this series yet? Check out Book #1

Wishcraft Mysteries, Book #6: Gone with the Witch

By: Heather Blake / Narrator: Coleen Marlo / Pub: Tantor Audio / Length: 8:33

"Darcy and her dog, Missy, are determined to put their best feet forward at the Enchanted Village's annual Pawsitively Enchanted pet contest. Darcy is happy to lend a hand when the show's organizer hires her to keep an eye on things among growing suspicions that someone is sabotaging the event. But Darcy's quest for justice is thrown off the scent when her lead suspect is found dead at the competition."

Whispersync Deal Alert*: Audible = $3.99.

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Haven't started this series yet? Check out Book #1

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WS*: K + A = $7.46

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WS*: K + A = $3.47

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WS*: K + A = $6.46

Previous Trilogy #1


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WS*: K + A = $8.48

Book #1


*Prices subject to change. Must purchase Audible version after obtaining a Kindle copy to get the discount.

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