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Meet Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead . . .

There’s a new fantasy character in town and it’s time for you to meet her!

Dr Greta Helsing is a talented and well-respected physician with a highly specialised – and highly peculiar – medical practice in London’s Harley Street.

If the name sounds familiar, that’s because Greta is a descendent of the vampire hunter Professor Abraham Van Helsing. Luckily for her, family relations with the undead have improved since the nineteenth century and Greta now spends her days carrying on her father’s legacy by treating London’s supernatural community for a host of ills, such as vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights and entropy in mummies.

We managed to grab a few minutes with the busy doctor for a quick interview. You can read it here.

Greta Helsing

 

If you want to find out more about Greta’s adventures in medicine and  mystery, STRANGE PRACTICE (US/UK/ANZ) is hitting shops next week! You can read the first chapter here.

Strange Practice

‘A darkly delicious adventure featuring a quirky new heroine. Strange Practice breathes new life into the undead’ James Bennett, author of Chasing Embers

Greta is a refreshing urban fantasy heroine, strong and smart and utterly normal, despite her chosen profession.’ Booklist

Strange Practice surprises and delights . . . But the greatest elements of the book are the characters. They shine’ Bookbag

An excellent adventure’ Fran Wilde

‘What a splendid adventure this is – Dr Greta Helsing is a brilliant character’ Espresso Coco

‘An exceptional and delightful debut’ Elizabeth Bear

‘Readers will look forward to more of Greta’s adventures. An imaginative, delightfully droll debut’ Kirkus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover Launch: BEYOND THE EMPIRE by K. B. Wagers

If you want a heroine as rebellious as Han Solo, as brilliant as Leia, and as capable as Rey—look no further than Hail Bristol, the star of the Indranan War trilogy by K. B. Wagers. She’s back in BEYOND THE EMPIRE, the adrenaline-fueled, explosive conclusion to the series, and where the stakes for Hail’s whole empire are higher than ever before.

Here’s a sneak preview of the cover, designed by the fabulous Lauren Panepinto!

Beyond the Empire

Gunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet to take her rightful place in the palace. Her sisters and parents have been murdered, and the Indranan Empire is reeling from both treasonous plots and foreign invasion.

Now, on the run from enemies on all fronts, Hail must fight a full-scale war for her throne and her people, even as she struggles with the immense weight of the duties thrust upon her. With the aid of a motley crew of allies old and new—from smugglers to soldiers to alien medics—she returns home to face off against the murderer who has taken aim at everything and everyone she loves. Untangling a legacy of lies and restoring peace to Indrana will require an empress’s wrath and a gunrunner’s justice.

Credits:
Design by Lauren Panepinto
Photos by Arcangel Images and Shutterstock

SOUL OF THE WORLD by David Mealing is available now!

“An impressive fantasy debut by Mealing with three main compelling characters
and a unique magic system sure to capture a fantasy reader’s attention.”
— RT Book Reviews

“Strong characters and rich worldbuilding.”
— Publishers Weekly

“A story of magic, ambition, greed, betrayal, and war.”
— Booklist

David Mealing’s SOUL OF THE WORLD released this week in print, digital, and audio formats. If you love rich world-building, complex magic systems, and high-stakes battles you’re going to love SOUL OF THE WORLD and the Ascension Cycle. Read the first chapter now, or start your journey by checking out the map of the Sarresant colonies illustrated by Tim Paul.


The Saressant Colonies - David MealingClick to Enlarge
New Sarresant - David MealingClick to Enlarge

Welcome to the 21st Century. Please don’t feed the natives….

 THE TOURIST, Robert Dickinson’s speculative thriller across time and space, is available now in paperback!

Time travel can certainly be confusing, but don’t worry. Unlike our missing tourist from the novel, we won’t leave you behind. We’ve created a helpful guide to navigate the sudden twists and shocking u-turns of this intriguing story.

Click to enlarge.

Enjoy! But proceed with caution…the future can be dangerous.

“A rare treat: a time travel tale that brings something new to the subgenre….A wry social commentary and an uneasy tale of escalating paranoia.” Guardian

THE FUTURE IS ALREADY WRITTEN.

“As fresh and compelling as it is high concept….Immensely enjoyable.” SFX****

THE FUTURE HAS ALREADY HAPPENED.

“Welcome to the 21st Century. Please don’t feed the natives….Echoes of Bradbury and Orwell, in the service of a crackerjack conspiracy plot; a seductively intriguing work of speculative fiction.” Kirkus

TIME TRAVEL IS CONFUSING.

“Leaps of time, identity, and chronology create a dark, chillingly claustrophobic atmosphere.” Publishers Weekly

PROCEED WITH CAUTION.

WHO WILL SOLVE THE PUZZLE OF THE TOURIST?

 

Cover Launch: SHADOWBORN by David Dalglish

Bree and Kael Skyborn’s rebellion is coming to its action-packed end, and we can’t wait for you to read it! While you wait impatiently for the final book in the SERAPHIM trilogy to come out in November 2017, feast your eyes on this fantastic cover for SHADOWBORN, designed by Lauren Panepinto & Kirk Benshoff and with illustration by Tommy Arnold.

David Dalglish

The epic conclusion to USA Today bestseller David Dalglish’s Seraphim Series.

What started as a small rebellion has grown to all-out war, with the four minor islands uniting under the call for independence. But Kael Skyborn no longer trusts the mysterious leader of their rebellion, nor his disciples.

Bree Skyborn is the Phoenix of Weshern and the face of the rebellion. But when the enemy captures Kael, Bree no longer cares about the war or the call for independence. All that matters is rescuing her brother and putting a stop to the violence for once and for all.

Both sides hold secrets that could be their undoing.

Read the full Seraphim trilogy today with:

Book 1: Skyborn (US | UK | ANZ)

Book 2: Fireborn (US | UK | ANZ)

Book 3: Shadowborn (US | UK | ANZ)

YOU DIE WHEN YOU DIE is available now!

Angus Watson’s new action-filled fantasy adventure is out now and the wonderful early praise says it all: 

“Hugely entertaining.” – SFX

“Raw, violent, and gritty.” – Booklist

“A rip-roaring, swiftly paced adventure set in a sprawling and beautifully detailed world.” – RT Book Reviews

“I loved every second of it… More please, as soon as is humanly possible!.” – The Eloquent Page

Join this perilously bloody and darkly humorous journey now!

You can’t change your fate – so throw yourself into battle, because you’ll either win or wake up drinking mead in the halls of your ancestors. That’s what Finn’s tribe believe.

But when their settlement is massacred by a hostile tribe and Finn and several friends, companions and rivals make their escape across a brutal, unfamiliar landscape, Finn will fight harder than he’s ever fought in his life. He wants to live – even if he only lives long enough to tell Thyri Treelegs how he feels about her.

New Acquisition: A BIG SHIP AT THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE by Alex White

Alex R. WhiteSpace is filled with treasure. No, not natural resources. Actual treasure, like gigantic ancient spaceships that contain secrets and riches untold. Enter author Alex White. We’ve acquired Alex White’s breakneck science fiction adventure series, The Salvagers. The first book in the series A BIG SHIP AT THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE introduces you to Nilah, a gutsy young racer, and Boots, a semi-retired (to put it nicely) treasure hunter. The two become wrapped up in a dangerous hunt for a mythical spaceship at, you guessed it, the edge of the universe. If you’re looking for non-stop, action-packed science fiction, then this series is perfect for you. Go say “hi” to Alex at his website: alexrwhite.com.

Boots Elsworth was a famous treasure hunter in another life, but now she’s washed up. She makes her meager living faking salvage legends and selling them to the highest bidder, but this time she might have stumbled on something real–the story of the Harrow, a famous warship, capable of untold destruction.

Nilah Brio is the top driver in the Pan Galactic Racing Federation and the darling of the racing world–until she witnesses the murder a fellow racer. Framed for the murder and on the hunt to clear her name, Nilah only has one lead: the killer also hunts a woman named Boots.

On the wrong side of the law, the two women board a smuggler’s ship that will take them on a quest for fame, for riches, and for justice.

Orbit has acquired World rights in three books from Connor Goldsmith of Fuse Literary Agency, and the first book will hit shelves in Spring 2018.

 

The end of Shannara has begun…THE BLACK ELFSTONE is out now

The release of THE BLACK ELFSTONE (UKANZ) marks an important moment in the fantasy calendar, and for millions of fans around the world, it’s a bittersweet occasion.

It was in 1977 that Terry Brooks released what was to become one of modern fantasy’s most popular novels ever, The Sword of Shannara. It kick-started a fantasy phenomenon which has lasted for 40 years and over 28 novels, and today Terry’s Shannara books are still as popular as ever. He is lauded as one of the true masters of modern fantasy, with bestselling authors such as Brent Weeks, Patrick Rothfuss, Philip Pullman, Christopher Paolini and Peter V. Brett all citing him as a powerful influence on their writing and the genre as a whole.

And now with THE BLACK ELFSTONE – the first book in the Fall of Shannara series – it is with both excitement and sadness that fans will see Terry start to bring the world to a conclusion.

In an interview with UNBOUND WORLDS, Terry had this to say:

“This four book set is intended to give readers new and old, but especially those who have stayed with me all these years, one last look at the Four Lands and a cast of characters who will write the final story to how things turn out in my lifetime, anyway, for this world. It does not tie up all the loose ends nor does it answer all questions. But it does look forward, it does hearken back, and it does spin one last tale of characters that will hopefully resonate with readers. Much of what you will read will remind you of things that happened in early books and of what I think were my strengths in writing epic fantasy for 50 years”

You can read the rest of the interview here, and THE BLACK ELFSTONE (UKANZ) is available in all good bookshops now.

New Acquisition: THE BOOKS OF BABEL by Josiah Bancroft

Josiah BancroftIn fantasy, looming towers are a staple, but we rarely see the intricate details of their inner workings. If you’ve ever wanted to deeply explore a world set within one of these iconic towers, Orbit has just the series for you. We’ve acquired Josiah Bancroft’s stunning and strange self-published, debut fantasy series, The Books of Babel, which begins with SENLIN ASCENDS. It has received some major praise from fantasy authors and fans alike. The series focuses on Thomas Senlin, a mild-mannered headmaster who quickly becomes lost in the massive and ancient Tower of Babel. Now, we’ll let some other folks do the talking:

Senlin Ascends is one of the best reads I’ve had in ages . . . I was dragged in and didn’t escape until I’d finished two or three days later.”

—Mark Lawrence, author of Prince of Thorns

Senlin Ascends crosses the everyday strangeness and lyrical prose of Borges and Gogol with all the action and adventure of high fantasy. I loved it, and grabbed the next one as soon as I turned the last page.”

—Django Wexler, author of The Thousand Names

“Bancroft succeeds amazingly in creating a baffling world that offers little tenderness or hope, but in which the pursuit of instinct and love, dedication and shared sacrifice can overcome barriers. If he sustains the tone of quirky menace in his planned sequel, the reader will find much to applaud.”

Publishers Weekly, starred review

Senlin Ascends starts off with a bang, and it never slows down. With its breathtaking pace, this book will appeal to a wide variety of readers.”

—San Francisco Book Review

“This is an exceedingly rich book. A depth of imagination married with a poetic turn of phrase and an engaging cast of characters conspire to deliver an epic story soaring high above the clouds.”

Fantasy Faction

“Whimsy, adventure, and romance are the Tower’s real trade.” – Everyman’s Guide to the Tower of Babel, I. V

The Tower of Babel is the greatest marvel in the world. Immense as a mountain, the ancient Tower holds unnumbered ringdoms, warring and peaceful, stacked one on the other like the layers of a cake. It is a world of geniuses and tyrants, of airships and steam engines, of unusual animals and mysterious machines.

Soon after arriving for his honeymoon at the Tower, the mild-mannered headmaster of a small village school, Thomas Senlin, loses track of his wife, Marya, in the crowds. Senlin’s search carries him through madhouses, ballrooms, and burlesque theaters. He must survive betrayal, assassination, and the long guns of a flying fortress. But if he hopes to find his wife, he will have to do more than just survive. 

This quiet man of letters must become a man of action.

Orbit has acquired World English language rights in four books from Ian Drury of Sheil Land Associates Ltd., and the first book, Senlin Ascends, will hit shelves in early 2018. Follow Josiah Bancroft on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Cover Launch: BLOOD AND TEMPEST by Jon Skovron

As the storm rages and the war marches on, Hope and Red must team up one last time to take down the corrupt power structure holding control over their homeland. And while they’re busy fighting for their lives in the final book of THE EMPIRE OF STORMS trilogy, we’re busy creating epic covers. Check out the cover for BLOOD AND TEMPEST, designed by Lauren Panepinto and with illustration by Bastien Lecouffe-Deharme.

An empire fractures, a dark magic rises, and only they can stop it. In the first book of this epic new fantasy trilogy, a warrior and a thief must come together to stop the forces that threaten their people.

Still reeling from the events at Dawn’s Light, Hope struggles to understand what it means to be a warrior who has vowed to never again take up a sword.

Red is enjoying his new role as imperial spy. Perhaps a bit too much. But his loyalties will be tested when his employer, assigns him the one task he’s been begging for all along: recruiting Hope and Brigga Lin to help rid the empire of biomancery once and for all.

Fate brought them together; it will tear their empire apart.

Haven’t caught up with Hope and Red? Read the trilogy today with:

Book 1: HOPE AND RED (US | UK | ANZ)

Book 2: BANE AND SHADOW (US | UK | ANZ)

Book 3: BLOOD AND TEMPEST (US | UK | ANZ)

 

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