- - October 10th, 2016
Everyone’s favourite probability mage, Alex Verus, returns in April with the publication of BOUND – the eighth book in this thrilling urban fantasy series.
We’re excited to present the cover for your viewing pleasure, beautifully designed by Ceara Elliot.
Read on for a taste of what’s in store:
Alex Verus can see the future. But he never thought he’d see this day.
Manoeuvred by forces beyond his control, the probability mage has made a terrible choice: he’s agreed to work for his old master once more. Richard Drakh, the sadistic dark mage Alex escaped as an apprentice, has him in his clutches again. And this time, he won’t let go so easily.
- - October 4th, 2016
War reaches a bloody climax in Alex Marshall’s final book in the Crimson Empire trilogy. Check out this epic cover for A WAR IN CRIMSON EMBERS, the third and final book following A CROWN FOR COLD SILVER (US | UK | AUS) and A BLADE OF BLACK STEEL (US | UK | AUS), to be published in summer 2017. Cover design by Lisa Marie Pompilio, with map by Tim Paul.
The first two books are available now in all good bookstores, and everyone is raving about them! Here is some of the praise we’ve seen so far:
“Feels like a Tarantino movie: a hugely entertaining mix of adventure and comedy, punctuated by moments of darkness, with clever dialogue and explosive set-pieces…a pure joy to read.” – Booklist (starred review) on A Crown for Cold Silver
“A rollicking, obscene, subversive, and zany epic fantasy ride.” – B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog on A Blade of Black Steel
“My favorite kind of fantasy – alternately irreverent and brutal, with a cast of wonderfully scarred and nasty people. Any fans of Steven Erikson, Mark Lawrence, or Joe Abercrombie will love A Crown for Cold Silver.” – Django Wexler
“Cold Zosia’s blood-soaked quest for revenge as she takes up arms again forms the backbone of a narrative that encompasses fanatical religions, ethnic conflict and enough fiendish political maneuvering to make George R.R. Martin jealous.” – Shelf Awareness on A Crown for Cold Silver
“Zosia and her Five Villains are as fun as they are twisted.” – David Dalglish on A Crown for Cold Silver
“Exceptional writing, middle-aged warrior heroine, and organically infused gender nonconformity make this fantasy epic a first-rate trailblazer…splendid storytelling, wry humor, and unresolved intrigue.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review) on A Crown for Cold Silver
“Full of bloody battles and strong females…twisted and surprising.” – RT Book Reviews on A Blade of Black Steel
“A Crown for Cold Silver drags epic fantasy through the mud — but it does so with wit, wonder and wisdom.” – NPR Books
- - September 29th, 2016
Meet Greta Helsing, fast-talking doctor to the undead. Keeping the supernatural community not-alive and well in London has been her family’s specialty for generations.
Orbit has acquired three novels in this lively new series, beginning with STRANGE PRACTICE in summer 2017. In the meantime, say hello to Vivian on Twitter @ceruleancynic or on Tumblr at http://vivianshaw.tumblr.com/.
Greta Helsing inherited the family’s highly specialized, and highly peculiar, medical practice. In her consulting rooms, Dr. Helsing treats the undead for a host of ills — vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies. Although barely making ends meet, this is just the quiet, supernatural-adjacent life Greta’s been groomed for since childhood.
Until a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead Londoners alike. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her unusual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to save her practice, and her life.
- - September 28th, 2016
Orbit US has uncovered a hidden gem with the debut novel THE SHIP by Antonia Honeywell. Gorgeous writing and a thrilling coming-of-age story combine in one of the most highly praised books in the UK last year. Elle called it “Addictive,” Harper’s Bazaar said it “…will send shivers up your spine,” and M. R. Carey called it “a beautiful futuristic fable with huge power.” THE SHIP will be making her maiden voyage across the Atlantic, reaching US audiences for the first time in April 2017, and in paperback in November 2017. You can also find Antonia on twitter at @antonia_writes
London burned for three weeks. And then it got worse…
Lalla has grown up sheltered from the chaos amid the ruins of civilization. But things are getting more dangerous outside. People are killing each other for husks of bread, and the police are detaining anyone without an identification card. On her sixteenth birthday, Lalla’s father decides it’s time to use their escape route–a ship big enough to save five hundred people.
Aboard, her father is the beloved king of their band of survivors and she is their treasured princess. But the utopia her father has created isn’t everything it appears. There’s more food than anyone can eat, but nothing grows; more clothes than anyone can wear, but no way to mend them; and no-one can tell her where they are going.
- - 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.
- - September 19th, 2016
Orbit is proud to be publishing Alastair Reynolds’s next exciting new space opera, REVENGER and two more science fiction novels. Revenger is pure, adrenaline-filled space adventure set in the rubble of our solar system in a dark, distant future – a tale of space pirates, buried treasure, and phantom weapons, of unspeakable hazards, single-minded heroism and, of course, vengeance. And that cover by blacksheep-uk.com? Gorgeous! You can get your hands on Revenger in eBook on September 20th, 2016 in the US and in trade paperback on February 28th, 2017. Say hello to Alastair Reynolds on twitter @AquilaRift
The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Amongst the ruins of alien civilizations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives.
And there are vast fortunes to be made, if you know where to find them…
Captain Rackamore and his crew do. It’s their business to find the tiny, enigmatic worlds which have been hidden away, booby-trapped, surrounded by layers of protection – and to crack them open for the ancient relics and barely-remembered technologies inside. But while they ply their risky trade with integrity, not everyone is so scrupulous.
Adrana and Fura Ness are the newest members of Rackamore’s crew, signed on to save their family from bankruptcy. Only Rackamore has enemies, and there might be more waiting for them in space than adventure and fortune: the fabled and feared Bosa Sennen in particular.
*Revenger is being published by Gollancz in the UK.
- - September 15th, 2016
Orbit has acquired a spellbinding new fantasy, THE TETHERED MAGE, and two sequels in the Swords & Fire trilogy by debut author Melissa Caruso.
In a world where magic is scarce, those born with power must be strictly guarded — for their own good, and for the good of the Crown. Conscripted by the Falcon army from childhood, the mage-marked are cared for, trained, and housed in luxury. But for some, the life of a Falcon is a prison.
Zaira has lived her life in hiding to avoid becoming a Falcon, thieving on the streets to survive. But a rare and dangerous magic flows through her veins: fire bends to her will, sparks rise at her thoughts alone. Without training, she is a threat to herself. And to the entire empire.
Lady Amalia Cornaro was never meant to be a Falconer. Heiress and scholar, she was born into a treacherous world of political machinations. There are many that would see her dead, simply for the power her last name holds.
But fate has bound the heir and the mage. And as war looms on the horizon, a single spark could turn their city into a pyre.
The Swords & Fire trilogy will launch in Fall 2017. In the meantime, please join us in welcoming Melissa to Orbit. You can find her on Twitter as @MelissCaru.
- - September 1st, 2016
We’re very excited to present the UK cover for ROMEO AND/OR JULIET, a ludicrously funny and irreverent take on Romeo and Juliet from the creator of Dinosaur Comics.
What if Romeo never met Juliet? What if Juliet got really buff instead of moping around the castle all day? What if they teamed up to take over Verona with robot suits?
In this New York Times bestselling version of Romeo and Juliet, you get to choose where the story goes. Packed with exciting choices, fun puzzles, secret surprises, terrible puns and more than a billion possible storylines, ROMEO AND/OR JULIET offers a new experience every time you read it. And, as an added bonus, all the different endings feature beautiful and quirky illustrations by some of the best artists working today, including New York Times bestsellers Kate Beaton, Noelle Stevenson, Randall Munroe and Jon Klassen.
‘Ryan North is the only writer I know who’s smart enough and funny enough to pull this off’ Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author of the Magicians trilogy
‘[A] ridiculously fun book . . . It is as hilarious and funny and strange as you would imagine . . . fantastic’ BookRiot
‘Written with the finest distilled charm and genuine enthusiasm. Entertaining and extremely satisfying’ Kate Beaton, New York Times bestselling author of HARK! A VAGRANT
Illustrations by Noelle Stevenson
Design by Ryan North
- - August 21st, 2016
Congratulations to N.K. Jemisin, whose THE FIFTH SEASON won the Hugo Award for Best Novel last night in Kansas City!
The sequel to THE FIFTH SEASON, THE OBELISK GATE (US | UK | ANZ), is now available as well. Early praise has called it “even more engrossing” (Amal El-Mohtar for NPR Books).
THE FIFTH SEASON was in good company, the other nominees for Best Novel including Ann Leckie’s ANCILLARY MERCY (US | UK | ANZ).
Congratulations to all the Hugo Award nominees and winners!
- - August 18th, 2016
This week, The Verge posted the cover of NEW YORK 2140, the latest novel by Kim Stanley Robinson. Click to enlarge the image below to explore every fascinating detail of life in the 22nd century.
The waters rose, submerging New York City.
But the residents adapted and it remained the bustling, vibrant metropolis it had always been. Though changed forever.
Every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island.
Through the eyes of the varied inhabitants of one building Kim Stanley Robinson shows us how one of our great cities will change with the rising tides.
And how we too will change.
Coming early 2017 in the US, UK and Australia. Illustration by Stephan Martiniere. Design by Kirk Benshoff.