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Cover Launch: CHAOS VECTOR by Megan E. O’Keefe

Last year, VELOCITY WEAPON (US | UK)  took the sci-fi world by storm with its brilliant plot twists, widescreen space battles, and deep questions about AI and the future of humanity. It garnered a nomination for The Philip K Dick Award for Best Novel and got rave reviews across the industry:

“This is a sweeping space opera with scope and vision, tremendously readable”—Locus

“Outstanding space opera where the politics and world building of The Expanse series meets the forward-thinking AI elements of Ancillary Justice.”—Michael Mammay, author of Planetside

“Full of twists, feints, and deception, O’Keefe’s latest presents a visionary world rife with political intrigue and space adventure.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Meticulously plotted, edge-of-your-seat space opera with a soul.” — Kirkus

Now, get ready, for the second book in The Protectorate Series to continue the adventure this July! To whet your appetite, we’ve got an incredible cover with art by Sparth and designed by Lauren Panepinto:

You can pre-order CHAOS VECTOR here: (Pre-order in the US | Pre-order in the UK) Or, if you haven’t already jumped aboard this daring space adventure, try this sample from Velocity Weapon now!

A new look for The Inheritance Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin!

N. K. Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy books are getting a beautiful new repackage. Orbit is very pleased to present these updated covers. Inspired by the regal architecture of the city of Sky, and designed by our very own Lauren Panepinto, the new design for the trilogy is sure to look gorgeous next to all your other N. K. Jemisin favorites.

New York Times Bestselling and three-time Hugo award-winning author N. K. Jemisin weaves a tale of intrigue, betrayal, and passion in a kingdom above the clouds.

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.

Cover Launch: MAKER’S CURSE by Trudi Canavan

Fantasy fans: the wait is nearly over . . .  the final installment in Trudi Canavan‘s Millennium’s Rule series is on its way!

MAKER’S CURSE (UK|US|ANZ) will publish in May 2020, and today we’re delighted to unveil the stunning cover. And if you can’t wait until May, read on for a taste of what’s in store!

Rielle is now the Maker, restorer of worlds. She has lost count of the number of worlds she has been sent to save. 

Tyen has cast off his old identity. No longer a spy, he now attempts to teach new sorcerers and find ways to counteract the war machines that are spreading throughout the worlds.

But when an old enemy brings news of something worse than magically dead worlds and dangerous sorcerers – a threat unlike anything the worlds have faced before – Rielle and Tyen must reunite if they are to have any chance at saving humanity.

Praise for Millennium’s Rule:

‘Epic, vivid and believable’ Guardian

‘It’s easy to see why Trudi Canavan’s novels so often make the bestseller lists’ SFX

‘A must for fans of Canavan’s previous work and for fantasy fans in general’ Press Association

‘The world-building is tremendous. The magical system is sophisticated and fascinating’ Striking Keys

MAKER’S CURSE (UK|US|ANZ) is available for pre-order now.

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing WE RIDE THE STORM by Devin Madson

A storm is coming! We’re delighted to announce our acquisition of a thrilling epic fantasy, WE RIDE THE STORM by Devin Madson. Originally self-published, We Ride the Storm charged into Mark Lawrence’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off 2018 and landed in the top 3. Following an exiled warrior, a cursed assassin and a power-hungry princess as they chase their own ambitions no matter the cost, it’s a propulsive tale that will keep you up way past your bedtime convinced you’ll only read one more chapter.

To whet your appetite, check out the stunning cover with art by Nico Delort and designed by Lisa Marie Pompilio.

Eager to dive in? Well you’re in luck! The eBook is out now, and the paperback will follow in June. I hope you’ll all join us in welcoming Devin. You can find her at http://www.devinmadson.com/ and on Twitter at @DevinMadson.

War built the Kisian Empire. War will tear it down.

Seventeen years after rebels stormed the streets, factions divide Kisia. Only the firm hand of the god-emperor holds the empire together. But when a shocking betrayal destroys a tense alliance with neighboring Chiltae, all that has been won comes crashing down.

In Kisia, Princess Miko Ts’ai is a prisoner in her own castle. She dreams of claiming her empire, but the path to power could rip it, and her family, asunder.

In Chiltae, assassin Cassandra Marius is plagued by the voices of the dead. Desperate, she accepts a contract that promises to reward her with a cure if she helps an empire fall.

And on the border between nations, Captain Rah e’Torin and his warriors are exiles forced to fight in a foreign war or die.

As an empire dies, three warriors will rise. They will ride the storm or drown in its blood.

PRAISE FOR WE RIDE THE STORM:

“Intricate, compelling and vividly imagined, this is the first in a new series that I am hugely excited about. Visceral battles, complex politics and fascinating worldbuilding bring Devin’s words to life.” –Anna Stephens, author of Godblind

“An utterly arresting debut, Storm‘s heart is in its complex, fascinating characters, each trapped in ever tightening snarls of war, politics and magic. One of the best new voices in fantasy.” –Sam Hawke, author of City of Lies

“A brutal, nonstop ride through an empire built upon violence and lies, a story as gripping as it is unpredictable. Never shying away from the consequences of the past nor its terrible realities, Madson balances characters you want to love with actions you want to hate while mixing in a delightful amount of magic, political intrigue, and lore.” –K. A. Doore, author of The Perfect Assassin

“Darkly devious and gripping epic fantasy boasting complex characters, brutal battle and deadly intrigue. We Ride the Storm is breathtaking, brilliant and bloody -it grips you hard and does not let go.” –Cameron Johnston, author of The Traitor God

Orbit US editor Nivia Evans acquired World rights from Julie Crisp at Julie Crisp Literary Agency. Orbit UK editor Emily Byron has secured UK rights.

Cover Launch: RAVENCALLER by David Dalglish

If you loved The Witcher, get ready to meet your new favorite monster-hunter! Devin Eveson is the Soulkeeper, honor-bound to protect humanity from monsters were once thought only to be legend. Devin first captured our hearts when SOULKEEPER (US | UK) launched in 2019, and we’re very excited to be publishing book two of the trilogy (US | UK) in March 2020. Just check out RAVENCALLER’S brilliant cover!

If you haven’t met Devin yet, make sure to get in on the action and pick up a copy of Soulkeeper!

When ancient magic suddenly returns to his land, a warrior priest must protect his world from monsters that were once only legend in the second book of USA Today bestseller David Dalglish’s epic fantasy trilogy.

Magical creatures are attacking the capital city, seeking to retake what was once theirs, and no one is safe. Ancient cultists have cursed the highest members of the Church, turning them into twisted abominations. The only hope for a cure lies with Adria Eveson. To learn the cure, she must befriend an imprisoned cultist, and guard her heart against his seductive promises and twisted logic. 

The fate of all races, human and magical, rests in her hands, and in the choices she makes. Should she choose wrong, only one person stands in her way: her brother, the Soulkeeper Devin Eveson.

Praise for Soulkeeper:

“A dark and lush epic fantasy brimming with magical creatures and terrifying evil…. Readers of George R. R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss will find much to enjoy here.”—Booklist

Soulkeeper is a fast-paced, page-turning ride with a great, likeable main character in Devin Eveson. It’s the definition of entertaining”—John Gwynne, author of Malice

“Dalglish manages to combine familiar elements in exciting ways… that’s sure to keep readers turning pages.” —Publishers Weekly

Cover Design by Lauren Panepinto and Cover Illustration by Paul Scott Canavan

Acquisition Announcement: THE JASMINE THRONE by Tasha Suri

We are delighted to announce that Orbit has acquired a new epic fantasy trilogy by Tasha Suri, the award-winning author of EMPIRE OF SAND and REALM OF ASH. The first book in the series, THE JASMINE THRONE, will publish in Spring 2021.

Inspired by the history and epics of India, THE JASMINE THRONE follows a captive princess and a servant in possession of forbidden magic as they become unlikely allies on a dark journey to save their empire from a tyrant king. With her signature “lyrical prose, intricate world building, beautifully imagined characters, and compelling immersive folklore,” (Booklist) Suri has created a sweeping tale about powerful women looking to claim their rightful inheritances, replete with grand and ancient magic, and set in a world where lush forests and crumbling temples have secrets at their hearts. We are so excited for you to read it next year!


Imprisoned by her dictator brother, Malini spends her days in isolation in the Hirana: an ancient temple that was once the source of the powerful, magical deathless waters — but is now little more than a decaying ruin.

Priya is a maidservant, one among several who make the treacherous journey to the top of the Hirana every night to clean Malini’s chambers. She is happy to be an anonymous drudge, so long as it keeps anyone from guessing the dangerous secret she hides.

But when Malini accidentally bears witness to Priya’s true nature, their destinies become irrevocably tangled. One is a vengeful princess seeking to depose her brother from his throne. The other is a priestess seeking to find her family. Together, they will change the fate of an empire.


While you (impatiently) wait for THE JASMINE THRONE, you can read Tasha’s captivating standalone fantasy novels, EMPIRE OF SAND (USUK) and REALM OF ASH (USUK). And be sure to follow her on Twitter for more news: @tashadrinkstea.

Acquisition Announcement: THE NAMELESS REPUBLIC by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

We’re thrilled to announce that Orbit has acquired an incredible new epic fantasy series from Suyi Davies Okungbowa, author of David Mogo, Godhunter. An evocative tale of myth and magic, THE NAMELESS REPUBLIC trilogy invites readers into a rich and vibrant world inspired by West-African empires.

In the thriving city of Bassa, Danso is a clever but disillusioned scholar who longs for a life beyond the rigid family and political obligations expected of the city’s elite. A way out presents itself when Lilong, a skin-changing warrior, shows up wounded in his barn. She comes from the Nameless Islands–which, according to Bassa lore, don’t exist–and neither should the mythical magic of ibor she wields. Now swept into a conspiracy far beyond his understanding, Danso will have to set out on a journey that reveals histories violently suppressed and magic only found in lore.

Intrigued? I hope so! Here are a few words from Suyi, including the top five things he’s most excited about in the upcoming series:


It’s a dream to be working with the good folks at Orbit on this series. I feel like I’m literally riding on the backs of giants who have emerged from these very same stables. The Nameless books are in good hands under the Orbit banner.

This series is my love letter to all of us who know the magic that makes West-Africa tick–the lore and music, the harmattan and petrichor, the jollof rice and fried plantain. You can expect to enjoy:

  1. The continent of Oon, inspired by West-African empires of the middle ages. Too little is told about this beautiful historic period of salt and gold and trade, of griots and deserts and tropical flavour. Now you get to see an amalgam of them in the fantastic Oon.
  2. The magic of ibor: so obvious, yet so unwieldy, like cutting paper with a sword.
  3. A quest of magical proportions, including periods when no magic is involved. I especially like quests by non-warrior types, and when you throw in terrors and secrets unveiled, hooo boy.
  4. Unexpected rises to power, and downfalls from grace. I believe the series title says everything.
  5. Unreal creatures. That’s it. That’s the whole statement.

The first book publishes Summer 2021 and, in the meantime, please join us in welcoming Suyi! You can find him at https://suyidavies.com/ and on Twitter at @IAmSuyiDavies.

Orbit US editor Nivia Evans acquired World English rights from Eddie Schneider at JABberwocky Literary Agency.

 

Acquisition Announcement – BONE SHARD DAUGHTER by Andrea Stewart

As announced in BookBrunch this morning, we’re delighted to have acquired an amazing debut fantasy trilogy from Chinese-American writer Andrea Stewart. The first book in the series – BONE SHARD DAUGHTER – will publish in Autumn 2020.

BONE SHARD DAUGHTER is set in an empire of many islands, where bone shard magic fuels monstrous constructs that enforce law and order. Yet the emperor’s rule is failing and whispers of revolution carry from island to island. Lin is the emperor’s daughter and heir, and only she can save the empire and its people. But to do so, she must master the art of bone shard magic – and unlock the secrets of her own forgotten past.

With its brilliantly-realised magic system, inventive world-building and a cast of wonderful characters, there’s just so much to love about Andrea’s captivating debut – we can’t wait to share BONE SHARD DAUGHTER with you next year! In the meantime, be sure to follow Andrea on Twitter.

Orbit UK editor James Long – working in conjunction with Orbit US senior editor Brit Hvide – pre-empted world English rights from Juliet Mushens at Caskie Mushens in a significant six-figure deal.

 

Goodreads Choice Awards 2019: Semifinal Round

We’re onto the semifinal round of the 11th annual Goodreads Choice Awards, and Orbit now has eight nominees! Thank you to everyone who wrote-in a vote for their favorite Orbit books!

Want to see these authors and books make it to the final round? Cast your vote!

Voting for the semifinal round ends November 17th.

Fantasy – VOTE HERE

THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by Alix E. Harrow (US | UK)

STORM CURSED by Patricia Briggs (UK)

NEW: THE BURNING WHITE by Brent Weeks (US | UK)

NEW: A LITTLE HATRED by Joe Abercrombie (US)

 

Science Fiction – VOTE HERE

TIAMAT’S WRATH by James S. A. Corey (US | UK)

THE FUTURE OF ANOTHER TIMELINE by Annalee Newitz (UK)

NEW: CHILDREN OF RUIN by Adrian Tchaikovsky (US)

 

Debut – VOTE HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by Alix E. Harrow (US | UK)