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Bloodthirsty druids and battle-hardened Iron Age warriors collide in the first volume of this action-packed historical fantasy trilogy.
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Category: Press Releases

CIBOLA BURN is available now and a big announcement!

CIBOLA BURN (US | UK | AUS) is on sale today in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook. James Holden and crew are back in the fourth book of James S.A. Corey’s sensational Expanse series. They’ll face a host of new challenges on the wild frontier of uncharted space now that mankind has freed itself from the confines of its solar system.

Starting this week, Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (the writing duo behind the James S.A. Corey pseudonym) will be on tour. Visit the James S.A. Corey Facebook page to see if they’re coming to a town near you.

What’s more, we have some incredible news to announce today that will be sure to please all of you. Check out our press release below. Read the rest of this entry »

Jim Butcher is a Number One SUNDAY TIMES Bestseller!

Harry Dresden is top of the charts!

We’ve just heard that Jim Butcher’s SKIN GAME is a NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER, coming top of all the hardback fiction titles in the charts last week.

Huge congratulations to Jim from all at Orbit for this well-deserved success. Harry too, of course!

You can check out the first chapter of SKIN GAME or listen to an audio extract on the Orbit blog here.

 

 

 

Press Release: Orbit UK to publish Welcome to Night Vale novel

Night Vale logo by Rob WilsonOrbit UK has acquired a novel based on WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE, to be written by Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink. The WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE podcast is described by the TELEGRAPH as ‘a cultural phenomenon’, the GUARDIAN calls it ‘extremely addictive’ and it has topped over twenty-three million worldwide downloads since its first episode aired in 2012. The Night Vale book will feature both new characters and beloved favourites from the show.

Commissioning editor Jenni Hill bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Angharad Kowal at Writers House UK, on behalf of Jodi Reamer at Writers House US, in a heated auction last month. Publication is expected for autumn 2015.

 WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a free, fictional podcast set in a creepy desert town. It takes the form of a radio show full of news reports from Cecil Palmer, the town’s affable radio host who doesn’t quite understand that hooded figures in the dog park and hypnotising glow clouds in the sky are not facts of life anywhere outside Night Vale. As hilarious as it is disturbing, the show can be described as a cross between THE TWILIGHT ZONE and TWIN PEAKS, or your local news report written by Stephen King.

Angharad Kowal said: “Orbit is the perfect home for the WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE novel – their enthusiasm for the project is hard to surpass. I couldn’t be more thrilled.”

Jenni Hill said: “I first listened to WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE last summer, and I fell in love instantly with Jeffrey and Joseph’s smart writing, fascinating characters and comic but wonderfully creepy storylines. I’m overjoyed that Orbit will be publishing this in the UK and I know that the novel is going to absolutely delight both Night Vale’s loyal fans and plenty of new readers.”

And now, the weather.

About WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE: The brainchild of writers Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, the WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE podcast is narrated by Cecil Baldwin, with music by Disparition. More information, and links to the podcast, can be found at www.commonplacebooks.com/welcome-to-night-vale.

 

Skin Game: Cover Announced!

Skin Game

We’re proud to release our cover for the fifteenth novel in the Dresden Files today, the much-anticipated SKIN GAME, by artist Chris McGrath. News of a release date to follow soon.

Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day . . .

Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful.

He doesn’t know the half of it. Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains – led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone – to break into the highest-security vault in town so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

It’s a smash-and-grab job to recover the literal Holy Grail from the vaults of the greatest treasure horde in the supernatural world – which belongs to the one and only Hades, Lord of the Underworld. See the rest of the blurb, and Jim’s thoughts on the cover, at his website here.

The Dresden Files

War is Coming – Introducing BLOOD SONG by Anthony Ryan

“We have fought battles that left more than a hundred corpses on the ground and not a word of it has ever been set down. The Order fights, but often it fights in shadow, without glory or reward. We have no banners.”

We’re delighted to announce the upcoming publication of BLOOD SONG [UK | ANZ] – the brilliant epic fantasy debut by British author and self-publishing sensation Anthony Ryan. If you’ve not heard of Anthony yet, you soon will – and you’ll be hearing his name a lot over the coming months.

Here’s the fantastic cover, courtesy of our in-house designer Nick Castle and freelancer Nik Keevil.

BLOOD SONG FINAL

And here’s why you should be getting excited about this novel.

Vaelin Al Sorna’s life changes forever the day his father abandons him at the gates of the Sixth Order, a secretive military arm of the Faith. Together with his fellow initiates, Vaelin undertakes a brutal training regime – where the price of failure is often death. Under the tutelage of the Order’s masters, he learns how to forge a blade, survive the wilds and kill a man quickly and quietly.

Now his new skills will be put to the test. War is coming. Vaelin is the Sixth Order’s deadliest weapon and the Realm’s only hope. He must draw upon the very essence of his strength and cunning if he is to survive the coming conflict. Yet as the world teeters on the edge of chaos, Vaelin will learn that the truth can cut deeper than any sword.

BLOOD SONG quite simply blew us away when we read it on submission. It’s a hugely accomplished debut novel that has everything you can ask for in an epic fantasy: memorable characters, a wonderfully vivid world, gripping action sequences and a razor-sharp sense of intrigue – not to mention some shocking twists.

Anthony Ryan’s writing, particularly his sense of purpose and absorbing action sequences, has strong echoes of the great David Gemmell. There’s certainly something very Gemmellian about his protagonist, Vaelin Al Sorna, a conflicted hero who must make terrible choices to balance his loyalty to his friends and his duty to the Crown and Faith. It’s just as well he’s unmatched with a blade . . .

A tremendous debut; it has a fast-paced, action-packed and character-driven story . . . Simply the best book I’ve read in this year by a long way and as far as debuts go, it stands proudly among those by Scott Lynch and Patrick Rothfuss” – FANTASY BOOK CRITIC

“Anthony Ryan is a new fantasy author destined to make his mark on the genre. His debut novel, Blood Song, certainly has it all: great coming of age tale,  compelling character, and a fast-paced plot . . . A new master  storyteller has hit the scene” – Michael J. Sullivan, author of the bestselling Riyria Revelations

BLOOD SONG will be published in July 2013.

Press Release: Orbit announces acquisition of bestselling self-published fantasy series

dalglishThe short version of this post is that I’m excited to announce the acquisition of David Dalglish’s Shadowdance series! For the formal version, the official press release is below.

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NEW YORK, NY (February 15, 2013) – Today Orbit US & UK announced the international acquisition of the Shadowdance novels – an epic fantasy series by self-publishing success David Dalglish. The author has already digitally published the first four books in the series, all of which have been e-book bestsellers.

Dalglish said of the deal, “I’ve seen the limits of what I can accomplish self-publishing and hope that with Orbit I can reach the next level, both in the quality of my writing and the size of my audience. I’m thrilled with everything Orbit has offered me, and feel this is the next step I need to take in my career.”

The Shadowdance series includes the novels A DANCE OF CLOAKS, A DANCE OF BLADES, and A DANCE OF DEATH. Orbit will launch A DANCE OF CLOAKS in October 2013, and the two sequels will follow in consecutive months in November and December.

A dark, gritty epic fantasy, the Shadowdance series is a character-driven tale of assassins, thieves, and treachery. The series begins when Aaron Felhorn – the son of the greatest assassin of the age – is sent to kill the daughter of a priest, but instead chooses to protect her.

Acquiring editor Devi Pillai said, “We are looking forward to building on David’s self-publishing success and helping to make him a worldwide bestseller in all formats.”

Press Release: Orbit UK to Publish Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices Manga

Tomorrow Orbit UK will publish the manga adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s New York Times bestseller CLOCKWORK ANGEL, the first book in her Infernal Devices series. The deal was agreed with leading US manga publisher Yen Press.

The manga tells the story of the London Institute of Shadowhunters, humans fighting against a supernatural menace in Victorian London. With another Shadowhunters series, The Mortal Instruments, being released as a movie next year, fans of Clare’s world have never been more numerous!

With a script adapted by the author herself and art by the phenomenal manga artist HyeKyung Baek (BRING IT ON! and GOSSIP GIRL), this series will appeal to new and established fans of Clare’s witty series and charm young adults and adults alike! 

The cover of the manga of Cassandra Clare's The Infernal Devices shows Shadowhunter Will Herondale

THE INFERNAL DEVICES: CLOCKWORK ANGEL

Cassandra Clare | 1st November 2012 | £7.99 | PB

 The first magical adventure in this manga set in Victorian London.  Tessa Gray thought that life would change when she moved to a new city, but kidnapped on arrival and rescued by the human warriors of the London Institute of Shadowhunters, she never could have anticipated how much! Possessed of strange abilities that allow her to talk to the dead, unlike her rescuers, Tessa is not human, and she must decide where she stands in the war between humans and supernatural creatures to come. This is the first volume adapting the New York Times bestselling series The Infernal Devices.  Art by HyeKyung Baek.

Look out for news of more steampunk manga from Orbit UK, with Gail Carriger’s SOULLESS: THE MANGA Volume 2 hitting the shelves in December!

The Bandit King – New Historical Fantasy Released Today!

the cover of The Bandit King a new historical fantasy by Lilith Saintcrow

THE BANDIT KING  is the eagerly-awaited sequel to Lilith Saintcrow’s ebook-exclusive historical fantasy THE HEDGEWITCH QUEEN, and it’s released today!

If you’re in the US you can purchase it from these retailers.

In the UK you can buy the ebook for one month only at a special price, meaning that should you fancy getting a bit closer to royalty after the Jubilee festivities, you can get both THE HEDGEWITCH QUEEN and THE BANDIT KING  at a great price.

Tristan d’Arcenne killed his King. Now he is faced with betrayal, war, and the mistrust of his Queen. She should mistrust him, for there is nothing d’Arcenne will not do.

The Bandit King approaches . . .

You can find a sample chapter of THE BANDIT KING here.

Elizabeth Moon on the BBC

The BBC World Service logo in blueThis weekend our very own Elizabeth Moon will be appearing on the BBC World Service to take part in a discussion about Future Wars.

Elizabeth is a much-loved author of fantasy and science fiction, and during the writing of classic SF series such as The Serrano Legacy and Vatta’s War she’s done a lot of thinking about the way that future wars might be fought. She’s also seen active service in the United States Marine Corps, attaining the rank of First lieutenant.

The Forum will be broadcast at these times: Sat 19 May 2012 23:05 BST, Sun 20 May 2012 02:05 BST and Sun 20 May 2012 12:05 BST. It will also be available as a podcast, on the BBC World Service website.

the covers for science fiction epic: the Serrano Legacy

The Forum goes out on the BBC World Service which reaches 166 million listeners worldwide each week. It is broadcast on the weekend for forty minutes and the discussions are generally chaired by Bridget Kendall, the BBC’s Diplomatic Correspondent. More information is available at bbcworldservice.com/forum.

THE HEIR OF NIGHT on Gemmell Awards Shortlist – Vote Now!

The cover for Helen Lowe's Gemmell Awards shortlisted Heir of NightWe’re all so pleased to announce that Helen Lowe’s THE HEIR OF NIGHT has been shortlisted for a David Gemmell Award! Our biggest congratulations to Helen, and we’re keeping everything crossed for the final awards announcement on 15th June, even though it’s pretty hard to type on the blog with crossed fingers!

If you liked THE HEIR OF NIGHT then please do go and vote for Helen at the Gemmell Awards website. It’s as easy as just one click! There’s no need to sign up, although if you’d like to be a Gemmell Awards member then you can get a free account and become part of the discussion.

There are five books on the shortlist, and voting closes on 31st May 2012, 12 Noon GMT. 

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