- - October 10th, 2008
We’ve just published The Way of Shadows, the first part of brand new fantasy series The Night Angel Trilogy by debut author Brent Weeks, in the US, the UK and Australia.
The story of street urchin Azoth’s apprenticeship to Durzo Blint, the most highly-skilled and widely-feared contract killer of the age, has already been generating some significant online buzz. Here are a few examples of the coverage we’ve seen so far:
From Grasping For The Wind:
“What Brent Weeks has done is fill his story with very human, very flawed characters. Each and every one has motivations that stem from their own involvement in law-breaking dealings. Even the most righteous of characters turns out to have made mistakes. That type of characterization makes this story very unlike traditional epic fantasies, adding a depth of character those stories often lack.”
From Civilian Reader:
“Weeks has created a vivid new world full of political intrigue, individual struggle, a dark and gritty complexity, and superb characters … Solid, extremely well written, and deftly plotted, The Way Of Shadows is a promising debut from a talented new voice in urban fantasy fiction.”
“Overall, I was more than pleasantly surprised by this book. I actually loved it. The characters, the plot, and the quick pacing really worked for me. About halfway through the book I thought I would name it my debut novel of the year, but after finishing the book, I’m not sure if that claim is enough. The Way of Shadows is definitely in my top 5 novels of the year, and might even hold the top spot.”
“What you get … is a suspenseful, quick-reading action adventure. You have assassins, mad kings, crime lords, prostitutes and nobles all taking on major roles. You see Azoth’s development from a desperate child on the street to an accomplished killer. You see Durzo fight his need to connect to other human beings while being convinced that he’s better off alone. And even after almost 700 pages, I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book.”
If you’d like to check out the very start of the series for yourself, you can read the first chapter of The Way of Shadows here on the Orbit website.
And don’t forget that once you’ve discovered The Way of Shadows and found yourself eager for more, you won’t have too long to wait for the next instalment: we’re publishing part two, Shadow’s Edge, in November and the conclusion of the series, Beyond the Shadows, in December. All three volumes will be available in the US, the UK and Australia.
Plus, visit Brent Weeks’ homepage at www.brentweeks.com to find out more about the author.
- - October 8th, 2008
Orbit UK is delighted to announce the following acquisitions from urban fantasy writer Patricia Briggs:
3x NEW MERCY THOMPSON BOOKS
We have acquired a further three fabulously sharp urban fantasy books for the UK featuring the ingenious Mercy Thompson: mechanic by trade, coyote shapeshifter by nature. We plan to publish yearly from February 2010, but don’t forget that we’ve recently published the first three compulsive adventures – Moon Called, Blood Bound and Iron Kissed – with the next book in the series, Bone Crossed due for publication in February 2009.
3x ALPHA AND OMEGA BOOKS
We’ve also acquired the first three books in a great new Briggs spin-off series, set in the same world as the above but featuring independent alpha werewolf Charles and unusually gifted omega werewolf Anna. Cry Wolf is the first book in the seres and will be published in August 2009, with book two planned for November 2009 and book three due in August 2010.
- - October 8th, 2008
We’re delighted to be able to pass on a couple of items of film-related news from two of our urban fantasy authors: Patricia Briggs and Marianne de Pierres.
Firstly – as detailed in full in a press release posted over at PublishersWeekly.com – Patricia Briggs’ agent has sold option rights for the Mercy Thompson series (Moon Called, Blood Bound and Iron Kissed) to Mike Newell’s production company 50 Cannon Entertainment [IMDB] who are also behind a forthcoming adaptation of Terry Brooks’ The Elfstones of Shannara [IMDB].
Patricia is understandably delighted by the news, saying on her website: “Now, Hollywood options far more works than they ever make into movies, so there’s no guarantee that an actual movie will ever be made, but it’s still pretty exciting news. If we ever do hear that they’re going ahead with production we promise to pass the news on (just as soon as we quit squeeing and dancing around like crazy people!).”
Our second item of news is that Marianne de Pierres (author of the Parrish Plessis and Sentients of Orion series) and Lynne Jamneck’s SF movie script Stalking Daylight has been optioned by production company Enchanter, as per this press release on Marianne’s site.
Here’s what the release has to say about the concept: “Stalking Daylight tells the story of Dresher, a bright young gaming talent who is faced with some tough choices when her father contracts neuro-transmitter disease. The Earth has changed, and those inhabitants who worship technology are at odds with those who choose to live without it. Dresher must venture into Luddite territory to find the medication that her father needs to survive. But the cure comes at a terrible price.”
We’ll bring you more information on these two projects as we get to hear of it.
- - October 7th, 2008
Master of the dark, Shaun Hutson, has two books out this month, the paperback release of Unmarked Graves and the new hardback release, Body Count.
Shaun was kind enough to answer some questions for us in anticipation of the books’ release:
Did the idea for Unmarked Graves come to you fully realised or did you have one particular starting point from which it grew?
It came from one idea and I expanded it. Every book I’ve ever written has come about like that. I think Unmarked Graves went through more changes than any novel I’ve ever written. The ideas I originally wanted to explore ended up disappearing in successive re-writes but the racism thing was there from the beginning.
How does it compare to your other novels?
For what it’s worth, I like to try and do something different in each novel and it contained an idea and themes I hadn’t tackled before. I’d never done voodoo before so it was something new for me. I don’t like to keep recycling the same idea over and over again in a different guise. That’s cheating your readers and I’d never do that.
You can read the rest of the interview in the back of Unmarked Graves, out this month!
- - October 6th, 2008
Deep Water was intriguing to write because I got to play around with time and with people’s expectations. Many of the aspects of the past presented as ‘true’ in Deep Water were different in reality; playing with that, and developing minor characters, such as Leof, was very satisfying.
I hope Deep Water is a better book than Blood Ties: faster paced, more complex, even more emotionally engaging. But I was careful not to let the plot overwhelm everything – I am bored by fantasy novels where you don’t learn any more about the world or the enchantments of that world once the set up is completed in the first book.
So there are surprises and revelations about the world of the Domains and the powers which inhabit it. And of course the story introduces a major new character: Acton.
Deep Water – out now from Orbit in the UK and will be published in mid-November by Orbit in the US – is part two of the Castings trilogy and the sequel to Pamela Freeman‘s first novel for Orbit, Blood Ties [UK | US]
You can find out more about Pamela’s fantasy writing for adults at the Castings Trilogy website and more about her writing for younger readers at her homepage, www.pamelafreemanbooks.com.
- - October 6th, 2008
Sometimes as an author, you feel impressed to write something in response to what others are doing. As I was brainstorming one day, I looked at some fantasy novels on the shelves and I felt rather despairing: most of them had nothing wondrous or wonderful in them. All that they offered seemed to be wars in a medieval setting.
So I decided to write a book where something major happened: two completely different fantasy worlds get slammed together. People die. Continents sink, and a frightening new world order grows out of the mix.
To tell the truth, I was afraid to do it. I wasn’t sure what my editors or my audience would think. But the review from both the critics and my fans have been fantastic! In fact, once email I received today was from a fan in England who said, “I loved every page of it. I couldn’t put it down. I had to find out what happened next, and by the time that I did, I had to find out what happened next again!”
Worldbinder, book six in David Farland‘s Runelords saga, is out now from Orbit in the UK. The first volume in the series is The Sum of All Men – new readers should start here…
You can find out more about David Farland and the world of the Runelords at www.runelords.com.
- - October 3rd, 2008
Plenty of Orbit author-related online activity to tell you about this week, so without further ado:
- Kelley Armstrong is writing a new ‘Otherworld’ story for the mini-anthology A Fantasy Medley, which was recently announced by US indie press Subterranean.
- Blogger Liz thoroughly enjoyed Marie Brennan‘s Midnight Never Come and says so over at myfavouritebooks.blogspot.com.
- Robert Buettner has been interviewed for the Fandomania Podcast.
- Michael Cobley is pleased as punch with the Steve Stone artwork we’re putting on his new novel The Seeds of Earth when we publish next March.
- Jennifer Fallon has been reading some odd stuff in the name of “food-based research” – readers with a delicate constitution may want to look away now…
- David Farland will be teaching two writing workshops in Saint George, Utah next April.
- Jo Graham presents an introduction to her next novel, Hand of Isis, which will be published in the US and UK by Orbit in March 2009.
- Charlie Huston presents The Book of All Future Names, part the VIIth.
- And speaking of Charlie Huston: reviewer Paul Stotts was greatly impressed with Every Last Drop (due from Orbit UK in Feb 2009), whilst Matt Staggs presents an enthusiastic overview of the Joe Pitt series to-date.
- Empire Online presents its essential guide to Twilight, The Movie, which is of course based on Stephenie Meyer’s debut novel.
- Karen Miller offers writing advice on the topic of finding the moments.
- Over at BookGeeks.co.uk, reviewer Simon Appleby says good things about K.J. Parker‘s new novel, The Company.
- Jennifer Rardin has posted parts I – III of When Vayl Met Jaz. Coming next week: When Jaz Met Vayl.
- Lilith Saintcrow offers some sage advice on the subject of how to get an agent.
- Jeff Somers muses on including modern technology in fiction and thereby running the risk that it subsequently loses its modernity.
- Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist is running an email sweepstake to win one of four copies of The Way of Shadows, part one of the brand new Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks.
As always, if you see any online articles, reviews or interviews that feature an Orbit author, please feel free to drop us a line and let us know! We’ll happily name-check your website or blog with a heads-up credit in return (please remember to provide us with a link…)
- - October 3rd, 2008
The Orbit UK Schedule page has just been updated with details of the three great new titles that we’ll be publishing in the first week of December 2008:
- The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore – Chaos ensues as the none-too-bright Archangel Raziel attempts to make a young boy’s Christmas wish come true.
- Dark Heart by Russell Kirkpatrick – The second part of the Husk trilogy sees continents torn apart by cataclysm and war.
- Beyond the Shadows by Brent Weeks – the concluding volume of the Night Angel trilogy, from a new author who’s set to take the fantasy genre by storm.
Click the titles to read the trailer text over at the UK schedule page. Don’t forget, they’ll all be available from early December from all good bookstores and online retailers.
- - October 3rd, 2008
Attention all fans of Karen Miller! Sign up for Karen’s new newsletter – the first place to find out about exclusive giveaways, extracts and pub info – now at her website.
And be sure to check out The Riven Kingdom, (UK/US) available now at a bookstore near you!