Night Shade Books November Releases

We’ve got three great books publishing in November, the last to come out from Night Shade Books in 2016! A Trail Through Time is the fourth book in Jodi Taylor’s bestselling madcap time-travelling Chronicles of St. Mary’s Series; The Calorium Wars is Dennis O’Flaherty’s audacious steampunk follow-up to the “rousingly violent, funny, sometimes shockingly profane” King of the Cracksmen (Kirkus, starred review); and Jeroun: The Collected Omnibus is made up of two novels, each set in Zachary Jernigan’s critically-acclaimed, genre-bending world of fierce sensuality, dangerous alchemy, and awakening gods, and now collected for the first time in a single omnibus edition.


A Trail Through Time, by Jodi Taylor

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In A Trail Through Time, Max and Leon are reunited and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. Sadly, that doesn’t even last until lunchtime.

The action races from seventeenth-century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to fourteenth-century Southwark as the historians are pursued up and down the timeline, playing a perilous game of hide-and-seek before seeking refuge at St. Mary’s—where new dangers await them. Overwhelmed, outnumbered, and with the building crashing down around them, will this spell the end of St. Mary’s?

Praise for Jodi Taylor and The Chronicles of St. Mary’s Series:

“A carnival ride through laughter and tears with a bit of time travel thrown in for spice . . . readers will be impatient for later installments.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Taylor does a great job of setting up an appealing cast of characters in this new series opener, most especially the intrepid Max. There is plenty of humor, lots of action, and even a touch of romance.”
Library Journal

“Taylor has written a madcap and very funny hodgepodge of a novel whose pacing and humor is reminiscent of a Simon Pegg–Edgar Wright film.”


The Calorium Wars, by Dennis O’Flaherty

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Liam McCool, the premier safecracker in 1877 New York, isn’t the type to hang around fairy circles on the Celtic day of the dead. But an invitation from his Gram leaves the “King of the Cracksmen” possessed by the spirit of Finn McCool, the great hunter-warrior of ancient Ireland and a mighty magical force.

Just in time, too. Edwin Stanton, once Lincoln’s Secretary of War but now a self-proclaimed dictator, has restored slavery in the United States, and conscripted every able-bodied white male to fight in the war he’s waging against Little Russia, made up of all the continental North America west of the Mississippi, sold to Russia by Andrew Jackson fifty years earlier.

Stanton needs Little Russia’s calorium, a mineral used to power America’s airships, factories, and humanoid automatons. But Liam and the love of his life, world-famous reporter Becky Fox, mean to stop him. Joined by Crazy Horse, the Sioux war chief and medicine man, and Ambrose Chen, a Taoist sorcerer and alchemist, Liam and company embark on a wild series of adventures from New Petersburg, where revolutionaries are fighting to overthrow the government, to the Bear Flag Republic, a California enclave governed by P. T. Barnum.

The Calorium Wars treats history like some kind of wild, delirious buffet bar. Invigoratingly, snook-cockingly antiauthoritarian, this book puts the punk back into steampunk.”
—James Lovegrove, author of The Age of Ra and Sherlock Holmes: The Stuff of Nightmares


Jeroun: The Collected Omnibus, by Zachary Jernigan

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Jeroun collects the two novels No Return and Shower of Stones in a single new omnibus edition. Together these works combine the mythic inventiveness of early Roger Zelazny and Samuel R. Delany, the dark weirdness of China Mieville, and the dramatic scope of George R. R. Martin, creating a literary science fiction epic that defies easy categorization, resulting in one of the most critically acclaimed narratives of recent years.

Praise for Shower of Stones:

“Jernigan’s prose skill is sufficient to rank him among speculative fiction’s rising stars. . .Those who enjoyed the intricate worldbuilding in No Return will appreciate an even greater panoramic view of Jeroun; those who preferred the gory battle scenes will not leave disappointed, either.”
Publishers Weekly

Praise for No Return:

“Pure genius… A visionary, violent, sexually charged, mystical novel.”
—David Anthony Durham, Campbell Award-winning author of the Acacia Trilogy

“The most daring debut novel of 2013.”

Staffer’s Book Review

“A science-fantasy epic that’s as of a much perverse hybrid as it is an homage to an earlier era when those genres weren’t so strictly segregated . . . pulls no punches in its rich, visceral depictions of sexuality, martial arts, punk energy, and the philosophical quandaries of power and identity that speculative fiction uniquely exploits—and that few up-and-coming speculative writers outside Jernigan tackle with such guts.”
—Jason Heller, The A.V. Club

“No Return needs to be noticed. There is so much more to it than the accoutrement would imply. Populated with a fair amount of face punching, as coded by the visceral cover, it contains a tenderness and at times overt eroticism that’s often ignored in science fiction and fantasy. Zachary Jernigan has something unique to say, a voice we’re not hearing from anywhere else. I dearly hope more readers, and award aficionados, take an opportunity to listen to him.”
—Justin Landon,