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AGE OF IRON by Angus Watson

AGE OF IRON Angus Watson

Bloodthirsty druids and battle-hardened Iron Age warriors collide in the first volume of this action-packed historical fantasy trilogy.
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THE CITY STAINED REDSam Sykes

A long-exiled living god arises. A city begins to break apart at the seams.
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Cover Launch: Clash of Iron and Reign of Iron

Angus Watson’s Iron Age trilogy burst onto the epic fantasy scene last September with AGE OF IRON, an action-packed adventure in which battle-hardened warriors take on a ruthless warlord and his sadistic druids. Today we’re proud to launch the next two covers in the series! CLASH OF IRON continues the story in April this year, and the epic finale REIGN OF IRON will end the series in September.

Read AGE OF IRON today, or see what people are saying…

‘Unflinchingly bloodthirsty and outrageously entertaining’ Christopher Brookmyre

‘It simply grabbed me by the throat and wouldn’t let go’ Bibliosanctum (five stars)

‘Watson’s tale is gore soaked and profanity laden – full of visceral combat and earthy humor, and laced with subtle magic’ Publishers Weekly

‘Would I read the next one? Yes, absolutely. Bring me my hammer, bring my beer, bring it on!’ SF Crowsnest

‘A fun and addictive read’ Fantasy Faction

CLASH OF IRON and REIGN OF IRONCovers by Larry Rostant, designed by Ceara Eliot.

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M. R. Carey Shortlisted for the James Herbert Award

Orbit is incredibly proud to announce that M. R. Carey’s THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS has been shortlisted for the James Herbert Award for Horror Writing.

Published globally last year, THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS went on to become a paperback bestseller in the UK and was selected for the Waterstones Summer Book Club. It has gained high profile fans across the world, from screenwriter Joss Whedon to bestselling crime author Martina Cole, and has sold over 200,000 copies across editions to date. The US paperback edition will be published in April 2015.

The prize, which is awarded annually, aims to discover and publicise a new generation of horror authors and celebrate the boldest and most exciting talent in the genre. The winner of the 2014 prize will be announced at a ceremony in central London in March 2015.

Congratulations to M. R. Carey, and to all the shortlisted authors!

The full shortlist:
THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS – M. R. Carey
THE TROOP – Nick Cutter
CUCKOO’S SONG – Frances Hardinge
THE LONEY – Andrew Michael Hurley
BIRD BOX – Josh Malerman
AN ENGLISH GHOST STORY – Kim Newman

Cover launch: VEILED by Benedict Jacka, coming August 2015

We’re delighted to launch the cover for the sixth novel in the Alex Verus series by Benedict Jacka. VEILED will be released in August this year.

In VEILED, probability mage Alex Verus has agreed to join the Keepers, the magical police force who can protect him and his friends from his old master, Richard Drakh. Going legit was always going to be difficult for an outcast like Alex, and there are some in the Keepers who aren’t keen to see an ex-Dark mage succeed, especially when the Dark is making a play for a seat on the mages’ council, for the first time in history.
Alex finally has the law on his side – but trapped between Light and Dark politics, investigating a seedy underworld with ties to the highest of powers, will a badge be enough to save him?

VEILED – the new Alex Verus novel by Bendict Jacka, coming August 2015 Cover designed by Ceara Elliot.

London-based urban fantasy at its best – the Alex Verus series by Benedict Jacka

THE CITY STAINED RED — available now!

How many adventurers to does it take to bring a corrupt city to its knees? Read THE CITY STAINED RED by Sam Sykes and you’ll find out!  This action-packed adventure fantasy is the kind of story that once you start, it’s impossible to put down. So whether you’re buried under a few feet of snow right now or just craving a new book to sink your teeth into, check it out in print and e-book!

More about the story: 

After years in the wilds, Lenk and his companions have come to the city that serves as the world’s beating heart.

The great charnel house where men die surer than any wilderness.

They’ve come to claim payment for creatures slain, blood spilled at the behest of a powerful holy man.

And Lenk has come to lay down his sword for good.

But this is no place to escape demons.

Praise for THE CITY STAINED RED: 

“Action fantasy with soul-albeit a small, dirty, funny soul.”—Brent Weeks

“Insouciant, unrepentant and irrepressible adventurers in a powder keg of a city. And that’s just how the story begins.”—Robin Hobb

“Sykes has put the fun back in fantasy with fantastical creatures and a lovable crew of malcontents. The City Stained Red is like David Eddings meets Conan the Barbarian.”—Brian McClellan, author of Promise of Blood

“Sam Sykes continues to reinvent the fantasy adventuring party in a vibrant world of rude magic and good intentions gone bad. Bold and exuberant, never cynical, Sykes fights the good fight on behalf of rich fantasy that nonetheless refuses to apologize for being kick-ass fun.”—Scott Lynch

“Excitement, vivacity, and sly wit… simply impossible not to enjoy.”—RT Book Reviews (4.5 Stars)

Cover Reveal – Garden of Dreams and Desires by Kristen Painter

For all you urban fantasy and Kristen Painter fans out there, the wait is finally over!  We are delighted to share the cover by Mélanie Delon for GARDEN OF DREAMS AND DESIRES — the spectacular conclusion to the Crescent City series.

Magic is twisted and chaos reigns in this climactic final novel in the Crescent City trilogy by award-winning author Kristen Painter.

New Orleans is on the brink of war.

Harlow is a ghost in her own body. She has no control, no power — all she can do is watch as her twin sister Ava Mae lives recklessly and foolishly, slowly destroying everything Harlow has worked so hard for.

Augustine needs to focus on his new role as Guardian of New Orleans, as tourists mysteriously disappear off the streets, but all he can think of is rescuing Harlow — Keeping his family safe.

As the Coven grows more powerful, control of the city hangs in the balance and if the witches prevail, no fae will survive.

GARDEN OF DREAMS AND DESIRES will publish April 7, 2015.  New to this fabulous series? Check out the first two (House of the Rising Sun and City of Eternal Night) — out now!

Pre-order THE AUTUMN REPUBLIC and receive a signed bookplate!

It’s hard to believe its been two years already since Field Marshal Tamas overthrew the corrupt monarchy of Adopest in Brian McClellan’s debut, PROMISE OF BLOOD (US | UK | AUS). Lives were lost, terrible powers were awoken, and kingdoms were laid to ruin. Now this exciting epic fantasy trilogy concludes with the release of THE AUTUMN REPUBLIC (US | UK | AUS)! Look for it online and in stores next month!

If you pre-order the book now, you could be eligible to receive a free signed bookplate while supplies last! Fill out this form to enter. Afterwards, check out the first chapter of The Autumn Republic.

If you’ve haven’t started reading this explosive trilogy yet, now is the time to catch up. Read an excerpt here from the first novel.

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QUEEN OF FIRE by Anthony Ryan – Cover Reveal!

We’re delighted to reveal the cover for QUEEN OF FIRE – the spectacular conclusion to Anthony Ryan’s New York Times bestselling Raven’s Shadow series, which began with BLOOD SONG. This striking cover was created by freelance designer Nick Castle and our very own Nico Taylor.

QUEEN OF FIRE

QUEEN OF FIRE publishes on 2 July 2015, in hardback, C format, ebook and audio.

New Short Fiction for the New Year!

Happy New Years everyone! We hope 2015 is already off to a smashing start for each and every one of you. To kick off another great year of publishing, let us tell you about two brand new novellas that are available now in the US and UK! If you made a resolution to read more this year, there is no time like the present to get started!

FireWater_JayeWellsFIRE WATER by Jaye Wells

Rookie cop Kate Prospero only has one more training assignment to pass before she’s officially sworn in to Babylon Police Department. But the veteran cop in charge of the river patrol boat is a salty old guy isn’t happy about playing tour guide to a rookie and seems even less interested in real police work. But while on patrol, they stumble on to what appears to be a floating dirty magic lab. This highly combustible situation might finally be the key to these two unlikely partners finding common ground.

For more adventures of Kate Prospero, check out DIRTY MAGIC (US | UK | AUS).

ReturnToHonorRETURN TO HONOR by Brian McClellan

Captain Vlora is a powder mage in the Adran army. Once the favored, adopted daughter of the field marshal, she is now a pariah amongst those she called her family. Her superior officers would like nothing more than to send her to a far off posting and forget about her, but no one is exempt when there is a war – and powder mages are desperately needed.

When a traitorous guard captain goes on the run with information that could harm the war effort, Vlora is sent on his trail. She has three days to find him; she will have to make new friends and test the limits of her skills. Fail, and good soldiers will die. Succeed and maybe, just maybe, she can begin to work her way back into the field marshal’s good graces.

A new story set in the world of the Powder Mage trilogy, the most acclaimed and action-packed new epic fantasy series in recent years. RETURN TO HONOR takes place directly following the events of book one, PROMISE OF BLOOD (US | UK | AUS).

Happy Holidays from Orbit!

We’re off to stuff ourselves with mince pies and books. Happy holidays from everyone at Orbit! See you in 2015.

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Get THE INHERITANCE TRILOGY in one volume!

Today we celebrate the US publication of The Inheritance Trilogy omnibus, which includes the novels THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS (US | UK | AUS), THE BROKEN KINGDOMS (US | UK | AUS), and THE KINGDOM OF THE GODS (US | UK | AUS). Since their first publication, these books have received critical acclaim and many award nominations, including the Nebula and Hugo Award. They are an absolute must-read for fantasy fans, containing the excellent world building and superb characters that every one of N.K. Jemisin’s books is known for. As a special treat, this omnibus also includes a brand-new novella  in the Inheritance Trilogy world,  THE AWAKENED KINGDOM! You can also purchase the novella by itself wherever e-books are sold.

Last night, we hosted our latest Google+ Hangout: The New Classics of SFFF with N.K. Jemisin and Ann Leckie. If you missed it, you can watch a video of it on Youtube. It’s a fascinating discussion of the evolution of language, the SFF genre, and much more. Enjoy!

 

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