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Descent by Ken MacLeod

DESCENT Ken MacLeod

Author of 2013 Arthur C. Clarke Award-nominated Intrusion tells a science fiction story for the twenty-first century – what happens when conspiracy theorists meet Big Brother?
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THE LASCAR’S DAGGERGlenda Larke

The start of a brand new epic fantasy trilogy from the author of the Stormlord series – full of scheming, spying, action and adventure.
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Cover Launch: THE HEROES by Joe Abercrombie

And you thought we couldn’t get any bloodier than Best Served Cold? Here to prove you wrong is the cover of The Heroes, by Joe Abercrombie. It’s a standalone story, which is great for readers who haven’t read Joe Abercrombie before, but it’s set in the same world as The First Law Trilogy and Best Served Cold, and fans of those books will definitely be recognizing returning characters.

This is the hardcover version, so we’re keeping the general style of the somewhat controversial Best Served Cold hardcover, then we’ll be repackaging for mass market paperback with the graphic Best Served Cold mass market style. Just a quick note: the map in the background is not final, it’s the one I stole as a placeholder from BSC, until the artist finishes the new map. Steve Stone, an Orbit Books favorite, was responsible for the image reflected in the, um, gore. I’ll repost the cover with the new map when it’s finished, but this one was drawn by Dave Senior. (Yours truly was responsible for the agonizing blood photoshopping.)

Here’s a teaser, to make all you Abercrombie fans writhe in anticipation:

War: where the blood and dirt of the battlefield hide the dark deeds committed in the name of glory.  THE HEROES is about violence and ambition, gruesome deaths and betrayals; and the brutal truth that no plan survives contact with enemy. The characters are the stars, as ever, and the message is dark: when it comes to war, there are no heroes…

Meet THE HEROES.

Curnden Craw: a ruthless fighter who wants nothing more than to see his crew survive.

Prince Calder: a liar and a coward, he will regain his crown by any means necessary.

Bremer dan Gorst: a master swordsman, a failed bodyguard, his honor will be restored—in the blood of his enemies.

Over three days, their fates will be sealed.

Here’s the cover fullsize along with the Best Served Cold hardcover:

Available now.

Out in March 2011

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  1. N. R. Alexander

    March 29, 2010
    at 10:28 am

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    Can I just say… *squee*

    Looks great, love to see motifs repeated from one book to the next. Can’t wait to have it next to my gorgeous Best Served Cold hardcover on the shelf!

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    March 29, 2010
    at 2:02 pm

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  5. Throbkin

    March 29, 2010
    at 3:49 pm

    Reply

    Can’t wait! Please Kindle it again…

  6. WOW! This is a great cover and sounds like a great book. I didn’t realize until this post the faces in the blood splatters. Great cover! I will looking forward to this one. Thank you for the post!

  7. Luke

    March 30, 2010
    at 11:20 pm

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    Hmmm, I literally imported BSC because of the horrendous US cover (first and probably only time I’ll ever do that), and I’m starting to regret it because this one is so nice (and I’ll lose the carried-over-motif-feeling, to an extent).

    • Eluveitie

      April 2, 2010
      at 3:27 pm

      Reply

      Just import “The Heroes” as well, it would carry over the map and weapon motif!
      With an axe supposedly, according to Joe.

  8. ColinJ

    April 2, 2010
    at 3:16 am

    Reply

    Sounds great!

    I’m about halfway through BEST SERVED COLD and it is (in the Australian parlance) an absolute ball-tearer. I’m telling everyone I can about how bad-ass it is.

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