Category: New Titles
- - January 19th, 2017
We were thrilled last year to publish Adrian Selby’s fantasy debut SNAKEWOOD, which has received rave reviews for its razor-sharp action scenes, original worldbuilding and gripping plot. If you’ve not yet read this wonderfully gritty tale about a band of twenty mercenaries who are being assassinated one by one by an unknown enemy, then never fear: the paperback is out this week!
That’s not all – we’re delighted to announce that Orbit have acquired two new books from Adrian and his agent Jamie Cowen, both fantasy adventures set in the same world as SNAKEWOOD. Adrian took twenty years to write his debut tale of twenty mercenaries, but we won’t have to wait that long again – the second book will be out in 2018. We’re counting down the days already.
Adrian can be found online at his website and on Twitter.
Praise for SNAKEWOOD:
‘Contemporary and as grimdark as it comes’ British Fantasy Society
‘Perfect for fans of Joe Abercrombie’ RT Book Reviews
‘Absolutely fascinating and incredibly original’ Sense of Wonder
‘Relish the well-choreographed action scenes in this debut fantasy’ Library Journal
‘Wears its grimdark on its sleeve … a thrilling tale of adventure, betrayal, triumph and loss’ Interzone
‘A lot to enjoy, especially if you are a fan of dark, gritty, old-soldier stories’ Fantasy Faction
‘Demonstrates the command of style, character, plotting, and world building of a seasoned author’ Booklist
‘A fantasy novel that remembers that battles leave all kinds of scars’ B&N Science Fiction and Fantasy blog
‘I give it nothing but the highest recommendation’ Grimdark magazine
- - January 17th, 2017
We launched the cover for THE END OF THE DAY (UK|ANZ|US) exclusively at SciFiNow today.
Head over there to read about this mysterious and compelling novel coming out in April this year from Claire North, the voice behind THE FIRST FIFTEEN LIVES OF HARRY AUGUST (UK|ANZ|US).
Cover Design: Duncan Spilling – Little, Brown Book Group, Photography: Ayal Ardon/Archangel Images
- - January 6th, 2017
Dark humour! Visceral action! And a lot of blood . . . Yes, Angus Watson – author of the acclaimed Iron Age trilogy – is back with a bang.
His brilliant new novel, YOU DIE WHEN YOU DIE [UK/US], publishes in June – and here’s the fantastic cover courtesy of artist Larry Rostant and our very own in-house designer Ceara Elliot!
YOU DIE WHEN YOU DIE follows the story of Finn, a young warrior whose settlement is razed by invaders. Cast adrift on a strange new continent, Finn must undertake a perilous journey, battling monsters and hostile tribes while assassins snap at his heels. The good news is that he’s not alone on this adventure. The bad news is that some of his companions pose just as much danger to him as the unknown landscape . . .
June will be here before you know it, so best polish that armour and sharpen your axe!
Angus Watson is the author of the Iron Age trilogy (AGE OF IRON [UK/US/ANZ], CLASH OF IRON [UK/US/ANZ] and REIGN OF IRON [UK/US/ANZ]) and can be found online on Twitter and on his website.
- - December 16th, 2016
Hot on the heels of his explosive fantasy debut, CHASING EMBERS, James Bennett is back with RAISING FIRE – another flame-fueled tale of adventure, modern-day mythology and – best of all – dragons! Here’s the wonderful cover, courtesy of our in-house designer Tracey Winwood.
Ben Garston has broken the Lore. Now it’s time to face the music.
Life isn’t treating Ben Garston very well. He’s lost everything he once held dear, including the love of his life. Still, he did at least escape being dragged into hell by a malevolent spirit bent on total destruction. So there is that.
Now Ben just wants to drink, and forget, and drink some more. But he can’t. Not yet.
Because someone is stirring up trouble. Someone who wants to unravel the powerful magic that was spun all those centuries ago, and watch the realm of mythology come crashing into the modern world.
Only Ben can stop them. The world will burn if he fails – and that’s the last thing he needs on his conscience.
RAISING FIRE is currently set to be unleashed in August next year, so there’s plenty of time for you to dive into CHASING EMBERS if you haven’t already! You can follow James Bennett on Twitter – @benjurigan.
- - November 28th, 2016
THE FATAL GATE is the action-packed second novel in Ian Irvine’s Gates of Good and Evil series – set in the world of his million-selling View From the Mirror books.
Here’s the stunning cover, courtesy of Jack Smyth from our wonderful in-house design team.
Following on from the dramatic events of THE SUMMON STONE, the Merdrun have launched their long-awaited invasion of Santhenar. Llian must rally the Alliance if the world is to survive this grave threat, but knows that their only chance lies in the pursuit of an impossible alchemical quest – and the most uneven battle in all the Histories . . .
THE FATAL GATE publishes on 29th June 2017 in trade format and ebook.
Praise for Ian Irvine:
‘Compelling . . . Truly original’ Locus
‘He knows how to spin an epic yarn and tell it with real gusto’ SFX
‘The sort of book you’d pick up if you were prepared to be late for your next appointment’ Bookbag
- - November 7th, 2016
EMERGENCE is the action-packed conclusion to the Corporation Wars trilogy – an epic tale of a robot revolt, seen through a robot’s eyes – from the Arthur C. Clarke Award-nominated author Ken MacLeod.
Today we can reveal the gorgeous cover which, as with the previous two books, was created by designer Bekki Guyatt. EMERGENCE publishes in September 2017.
The first novel in the Corporation Wars trilogy, DISSIDENCE was one of SFX magazine’s most anticipated titles of 2016.
Carlos is dead. A soldier who died for his ideals a thousand years ago, he’s been reincarnated and conscripted to fight an A.I. revolution in deep space. And he’s not sure he’s fighting for the right side.
Seba is alive. By a fluke of nature, a contractual overlap, and a loop in its subroutines, this lunar mining robot has gained sentience. Gathering with other ‘freebots’, Seba is taking a stand against the corporations that want it and its kind gone.
As their stories converge against a backdrop of warring companies and interstellar drone combat, Carlos and Seba must either find a way to rise above the games their masters are playing, or die. And even dying will not be the end of it.
Praise for Ken MacLeod:
‘MacLeod is up there with Banks and Hamilton as one of the British sci-fi authors you absolutely have to read’
‘Prose sleek and fast as the technology it describes . . . watch this man go global’
Peter F. Hamilton
‘MacLeod’s novels are fast, funny, and sophisticated. There can never be enough books like these: he is writing revolutionary SF. A nova has appeared in our sky’
Kim Stanley Robinson
- - October 25th, 2016
Stephen Aryan stormed onto the epic fantasy scene with his award-nominated debut BATTLEMAGE (UK|US|ANZ) – a thunderous adventure of furious battles, lethal magic and valiant heroes. The epic story continued in BLOODMAGE (UK|US|ANZ) and concludes in CHAOSMAGE (UK|US|ANZ), out this month!
Never fear however, as there’s plenty more magic-infused action where that came from. We’re delighted to announce that we have signed up Stephen for a brand new trilogy – the Age of Dread – which will be set in the same world as his original series. More battles! More magic! More blood . . .
We just can’t wait.
The Age of Dread trilogy was acquired by Orbit Commissioning Editor Jenni Hill, who bought world English rights from Juliet Mushens at United Talent. The first book in the series will be released in October 2017. Plenty of time to sharpen your axes (and to read the previous books if you haven’t already!).
- - September 21st, 2016
Confident and stylish, masterful in the execution, once it has you in its grasp it just doesn’t let go . . . RJ Barker’s debut novel AGE OF ASSASSINS has a lot in common with the ruthless killers who inhabit its pages.
So we are simply delighted to announce that we’ve acquired this epic fantasy trilogy from a supremely talented British debut author. AGE OF ASSASSINS, the gripping first book in RJ Barker’s trilogy, is packed full of intrigue, adventure and magic. It tells the story of Girton Club-foot, a young man apprenticed to a master assassin, who is thrust into a world of politics and treachery when the queen hires the duo not to cause an assassination, but to prevent one.
The trilogy was acquired by Orbit in a three-book deal for World English language rights, from Ed Wilson of Johnson and Alcock literary agency. AGE OF ASSASSINS will hit the shops in summer 2017.
- - July 29th, 2016
We’re very excited to present the UK cover for SILENCE FALLEN, the new Mercy Thompson novel by Patricia Briggs.
Waiting for the next book in this thrilling series can be a trial for urban fantasy fans, as we’re all desperate to find out what’s in store for our favourite kick-ass shapeshifter. Well, we’re happy to say that it’s coming in March 2017 and is available for pre-order now!
Read on for a taste of what’s to come:
Coyote shapeshifter Mercy Thompson is attacked and abducted in her home territory. Fighting off a crazed werewolf, she manages to escape, only to find herself alone in the heart of Europe, without money, without clothing and on the run from the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world.
Unable to contact her pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, but first she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy needs to be at her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves – and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise . . .
Cover photograph by Sorted.tv
Cover design by Nick Castle
- - July 28th, 2016
You wait ages for a book featuring dragons to arrive, and then three of them turn up at once. Still, at least if you apply to be a dragon slayer, you can find the perfect book for your specific needs.
However, if you like your dragons wild, ferocious and available in four equally terrifying varieties, then do yourself a favour and pick up a copy of THE WAKING FIRE – the flame-tastic new epic fantasy from Anthony Ryan, author of the international bestseller BLOOD SONG.
For decades the lands of the Ironship Syndicate have been defended by the Blood-blessed – men and women able to channel the powers contained in the potent blood of wild drakes. Elite spies and assassins, their loyalty has established the Syndicate’s position as the greatest power in the known world.
Yet now a crisis looms. The drake bloodlines are weakening, and war with the Corvantine Empire seems inevitable. The Syndicate’s only hope of survival lies with the myth of a legendary drake, whose powerful blood might just turn the tide of the war – if it even exists.
The task of hunting down this fabled creature falls to Claydon Torcreek, a petty thief and unregistered Blood-blessed. He’s handled many valuable things in his time (most of them illegal) but nothing as priceless as his nation’s future.
THE WAKING FIRE has already received widespread praise . . .
‘Another fantasy classic’ – Huffington Post UK
‘A marvellous piece of imagination with plenty of twists, a refreshingly different setting and excellent world-building. A great read’ – Mark Lawrence
‘Excellent epic fantasy . . . Unputdownable’ – Bookbag
‘Memorable characters and great action’ – Django Wexler
. . . and is out now in hardback, trade format, ebook and audio!