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The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

THE WATER KNIFE Paolo Bacigalupi

The electrifying new thriller from multi-award winning author of The Windup Girl

NEMESIS GAMESJames S. A. Corey

The exhilarating fifth novel in James S. A. Corey’s New York Times bestselling Expanse space opera series.
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More books from Ann Leckie!

We’ve announced the acquisition of two new science fiction books from Ann Leckie, the author of the award-winning ANCILLARY JUSTICE and ANCILLARY SWORD (US | UK | ANZ). One of them will take place in the same universe as the Ancillary books, while the other will be a brand-new science fiction novel. Both books will be published in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Check out the coverage at io9 and the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog.

Calling All Witcher Fans! A New Novel on the Horizon

For all you Witcher fans out there counting down the days until the new game arrives, you now have TWO reasons to be excited for May 19th.  Orbit is ecstatic to announce the acquisition of SWORD OF DESTINY, to be released in ebook simultaneously with the game.  So much Witcher packed into one day!

In this collection of short stories, following the adventures of the hit collection The Last Wish,  join Geralt as he battles monsters, demons and prejudices alike…

Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.

For new and returning fans, SWORD OF DESTINY is the perfect new addition to The Witcher series! Look for the print edition online and in stores this December.

Also, check out CD ProjektRed’s trailer (NSFW) for The Witcher: Wild Hunt here!

Praise for the novels of The Witcher:

“Like Mieville and Gaiman, Sapkowski takes the old and makes it new.”
Foundation (UK)

“The character interplay is complex, unsentimental and anchored in brutal shared history. All bodes well for twisty plotting to come.”
SFX

“Sapkowski revitalizes the genre with energetic and compelling writing. A breath of fresh air in a well-worn genre.  Don’t miss it!”
Dreamwatch (UK)

K.J. Parker’s new fantasy epic to be serialized digitally

We announced today that the new work by World Fantasy Award-winning author K.J. Parker would be serialized digitally, followed by a print and digital release when the story is completed.

The first three installments of The Two of Swords will be published on April 21st, with new installments released monthly through the rest of the year. Each will be published internationally.

The writing of the full The Two of Swords cycle has not yet been completed. While Parker knows how the story will end, there are many routes the characters could take to get there. The Two of Swords’s cast is large even for an epic fantasy story, with the viewpoint perspective changing in each installment.

Parker has won the World Fantasy Award twice in consecutive years (2012, 2013) for the novellas “A Small Price To Pay For Birdsong” and “Let Maps to Others.” Parker’s books often take place in fantasy worlds where the stories center around complex politics, rather than quests, and may not feature magic at all. The Two of Swords, too, will feature a cast of complex personalities, telling the story of an epic war through the eyes of both its heroes and its victims.

Read Publishers Weekly‘s coverage of the story for quotes from K.J. Parker and publisher Tim Holman. Information about The Two of Swords and K.J. Parker is available at TwoOfSwords.net, which also provides links for preorder and purchase, and a place for readers to gather and discuss each installment as it releases. Installments of The Two of Swords will be available wherever e-books are sold.

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Cover Launch: WAKE OF VULTURES by Lila Bowen

We’re thrilled to be able to show you the cover for WAKE OF VULTURES: a rich, dark fantasy of destiny, death and the supernatural world beneath the surface, coming from Orbit in October 2015.

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Cover design by Lauren Panepinto.

We are unbelievably excited for this truly one of a kind fantasy, and we know you will be too! Because as Chuck Wendig put it, “Hot damn, this book is good.”

Advance praise for WAKE OF VULTURES:

“I don’t care what else you’ve seen in the bookstore today. Buy this book because it’s the thrilling, delightfully written, and important one you’ve always wanted to read.”
— Kevin Hearne

Wake of Vultures doesn’t just fly — it soars. Lila Bowen brings in a wild fantasy quite unlike anything I’ve ever read, with a voice that’s weird and wonderful. Bowen is truly a talent to watch. Hot damn, is this book good.”
— Chuck Wendig

“Sharp as a silver Bowie and unsentimental as a stray bullet, Lila Bowen’s Nettie Lonesome earns a place among the legends of the Weird West.”
   — Matthew Stover

Wake of Vultures is a ferocious, fascinating take on the magical Old West – creatively and unsentimentally grim, yet rich with hope and heart.”
       — Cherie Priest

 

Meet Alex Marshall: author of the spectacular A CROWN FOR COLD SILVER

A CROWN FOR COLD SILVER (US | UK |AUS) is a particularly special new epic fantasy, and we’re thrilled to be releasing it today in hardcover, e-book and audio formats. NPR Books published a glowing review this morning, saying “It’s a vibrant book, and a generously lush one…A Crown for Cold Silver drags epic fantasy through the mud — but it does so with wit, wonder, and wisdom.”

A Crown for Cold Silver will grab you from its first bloody pages and surprise you many times over as unconventional hero and supreme badass Cold Zosia embarks on her quest to destroy those who have taken everything from her.  To celebrate the release of this spectacular story, we’d like you to meet the author, Alex Marshall!

How did the idea for A CROWN FOR COLD SILVER form – was it a particular scene or character that occurred to you, or was there a particular moment when you knew that this was the book you were going to write?

I work in a very linear fashion, so the first things that came to me became the first scenes in the book: the classic fantasy set-up of a bloodthirsty horde descending on a tranquil hamlet, but with an older woman as the sole survivor of the assault, instead of a young hero.

Is that something that appeals to you, subverting the tropes of the genre?

I’d say my chief concern is always to create interesting characters and present them with interesting problems. I do my best to let the characters determine the plot, whether that means subverting the conventions of the genre or playing along with them. That said, I’m trying to tell new stories here instead of just retelling old ones, so Crom help any innocent tropes that might get in the way.

There are so many formidable and fantastic characters in this book – a barbarian addicted to intoxicating insects, a shaman who eats demons for breakfast, a retired warrior queen who faked her own death – do you have favourites?

My favourite may be Zosia, the former warrior queen with the devilish canine companion, Choplicker – she’s the lynchpin to the whole novel, a very conflicted character, and writing her scenes was always intense and illuminating.

Read the full interview here.

Gemmell Awards Voting Now Open

The first round of voting for the David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy is now open, and Orbit is very pleased to say we have a range of authors across the three categories: the Legend Award, the Morningstar Award and the Ravenheart Award.

Voting is open until 15 May, and the shortlist for each of the three categories will be announced on the 1 June. Winners will be announced at the Nine Worlds Geekfest in August.

 

Gemmell Legend Award – Best Novel

THE WIDOW’S HOUSE by Daniel Abraham (UK | US | AUS)

THE HIGH DRUID’S BLADE by Terry Brooks (UK | AUS)

THIEF’S MAGIC by Trudi Canavan (UK | US | AUS)

A DANCE OF GHOSTS by David Dalglish (UK | US | AUS)

JUSTICE by Ian Irvine (UK | US | AUS)

THE LASCAR’S DAGGER by Glenda Larke (UK | US | AUS)

THE CRIMSON CAMPAIGN by Brian McClellan (UK | US | AUS)

REIGN OF ASH by Gail Z. Martin (UK | US | AUS)

THE FALCON THRONE by Karen Miller (UK | US | AUS)

CROWN OF RENEWAL by Elizabeth Moon  (UK | AUS)

ARCANUM by Simon Morden  (UK | US | AUS)

THE FREE by Brian Ruckley (UK | US | AUS)

TOWER LORD by Anthony Ryan (UK | AUS)

THE BROKEN EYE by Brent Weeks (UK | US | AUS)

Vote today 

 

Morningstar Award: Best Debut Novel

AGE OF IRON by Angus Watson (UK | US | AUS)

Vote today

 

Ravenheart Award: Best Fantasy Book Cover Art

Kirk Benshoff: THE WIDOW’S HOUSE by Daniel Abraham (UK | US | AUS)

Kirk Benshoff, Gene Mollica, and Michael Frost: A DANCE OF GHOSTS by David Dalglish (UK | US | AUS)

Kirk Benshoff and Raphael Lacoste: THE FALCON THRONE by Karen Miller (UK | US | AUS)

Nick Castle and Nik Keevil: TOWER LORD by Anthony Ryan (UK | AUS)

Wendy Chan: JUSTICE by Ian Irvine (UK | US | AUS)

Bastien Lecouffre Deharme: THE HIGH DRUID’S BLADE by Terry Brooks (UK | AUS)

Lee Gibbons and Duncan Spilling: THIEF’S MAGIC by Trudi Canavan (UK | US | AUS)

Lauren Panepinto and Larry Rostant: THE FREE by Brian Ruckley (UK | US | AUS)

Lauren Panepinto, Gene Mollica, and Michael Frost: THE CRIMSON CAMPAIGN by Brian McClellan (UK | US | AUS)

Lauren Panepinto, Silas Manhood, and Shirley Green: THE BROKEN EYE by Brent Weeks (UK | US | AUS)

Larry Rostant and Sean Garrehy: REIGN OF ASH by Gail Z. Martin (UK | US | AUS)

Larry Rostant and Ceara Elliot: AGE OF IRON by Angus Watson (UK | US | AUS)

Duncan Spilling: ARCANUM by Simon Morden  (UK | US | AUS)

Steve Stone: THE LASCAR’S DAGGER by Glenda Larke  (UK | US | AUS)

Paul Young: CROWN OF RENEWAL by Elizabeth Moon  (UK | AUS)

Vote today

Garden of Dreams and Desires — Available Now!

“With the Crescent City series, Painter proves herself a master of Urban Fantasy, creating a darkly gorgeous new world, richly drawn characters, and nonstop action.”
— Kristen Callihan

“[Kristen Painter’s] rich, modern storytelling lays out an intricate plot layered with plenty of action and intrigue. Exquisite characters lie at the center of this story… From the first page, House of the Rising Sun is truly a superb and exciting read.”
— RT Book Reviews (4.5 Stars), Top Pick!

Readers and reviewers alike have been raving about Kristen Painter’s Crescent City series, and as of this week, the wait is over! GARDEN OF DREAMS AND DESIRES (US | UK | AUS) is available, and now you can collect the entire trilogy from any of your favorite retailers.

New to the series? Read an excerpt from the first book, HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN, here!

Praise for the Crescent City series:

“I tore through Painter’s new series. Best new urban fantasy out there!”
       — Kresley Cole, New York Times bestselling author 

“Urban fantasy fans will enjoy entering Painter’s vividly drawn world.”
       — Library Journal

“Painter creates an intricate, well-crafted plot, along with compelling, distinctive characters and an enthralling twist… this story will definitely have readers turning pages all night!”
       — RT Book Reviews

Carey, North and Leckie honoured in UK SF awards

Following on from the successes of Glenda Larke and Trudi Canavan in two important Australian fantasy awards, we’ve also had fantastic news regarding two UK SF awards.

Today, the shortlist for this year’s Arthur C. Clarke awards has been announced. Both THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS (UK | US | ANZ)  by M. R. Carey and THE FIRST FIFTEEN LIVES OF HARRY AUGUST (UK | US | ANZ) by Claire North are amongst the six titles nominated for this prestigious prize. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on 6th May 2015.

The Girl with all the Gifts by M R Carey and The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, borth shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Awards 2015

On the weekend, ANCILLARY SWORD (US | UK | ANZ) by Ann Leckie also won the BSFA award for Best Novel, voted on by members of the British Science Fiction Association and Eastercon. Ann Leckie’s first novel ANCILLARY JUSTICE (US | UK | AUS) also won this award last year, (along with every other major SF award in 2014!). Here are both of Ann’s raygun-tastic awards looking all nice and shiny together . . .

Ancillary Sword by Ann leckie, winner of the BSFA best novel award 2014 and 2015

Congrats to Ann Leckie, Claire North, M. R. Carey and all the other shortlisted authors!

Launching into Orbit this month: APRIL 2015

The High Druid's Blade by Terry Brooks

THE HIGH DRUID’S BLADE by Terry Brooks

Secrets revealed. Powers unleashed. Discover a Shannara you’ve never seen before.

Buy it now: UK | AUS

Read An Extract

The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey

A terrifying, heartbreaking, genre-defying thriller about hope and humanity and a little girl who wants to save the world, now in trade paperback

Buy it now: US | UK | AUS

Read An Extract

BULLS RUSH IN by Elliott James

BULLS RUSH IN by Elliott James

A fascinating twist on the Prince Charming fairy tale with a modern twist and a hunt for monsters — both within and supernatural.

Buy it now: USUK 

Read An Extract

A CROWN FOR COLD SILVER by M.R. Carey

A CROWN FOR COLD SILVER by Alex Marshall

Introducing legendary general Cold Zosia and her five villains in a fearless, wildly exuberant, and brilliantly imagined tale of revenge.

Buy it now: US | UK | AUS

Listen to an audio extract. 

Read an extract

WAR OF SHADOWS by Gail Z. Martin

WAR OF SHADOWS by Gail Z. Martin

The newest novel in Gail Z. Martin’s breathtaking Ascendant Kingdoms saga — a tale of unpredictable magic, battling warlords, and the lust for vengeance.

Buy it now: US | UK | UK

Read An Extract

GARDEN OF DREAMS AND DESIRES by Kristen Painter

GARDEN OF DREAMS AND DESIRES by Kristen Painter

Magic and mystery collide in this thrilling conclusion to the new urban fantasy series by House of Comarre author Kristen Painter.

Buy it now: US | UK | AUS

Read An Extract

JINN AND JUICE by Nicole Peeler

JINN AND JUICE by Nicole Peeler

MaryJanice Davidson meets Charlaine Harris in this fabulous new urban fantasy from Jane True author Nicole Peeler.

Buy it now: US | UK | AUS

Listen to an audio extract

Read An Extract

CLASH OF IRON by Angus Watson

THE RHESUS CHART by Charles Stross

The fifth Laundry Files, The Rhesus Chart sees hacker and supernatural spy Bob Howard take on the (literal) bloodsuckers running London’s financial district.

Buy it now: UK | AUS

Read An Extract

CLASH OF IRON by Angus Watson

CLASH OF IRON by Angus Watson

Bloodthirsty druids and battle-hardened Iron Age warriors collide in the second volume of this action-packed historical fantasy trilogy

Buy it now: US | UK | AUS

Read An Extract

Glenda Larke and Trudi Canavan Sweep Australian Awards

We’re excited to announce that Glenda Larke’s fantasy epic THE LASCAR’S DAGGER has won the Best Long Written Work 2014 in the Tin Duck Awards, as well as winning, in a tie with Trudi Canavan’s superb THIEF’S MAGIC, the Best Novel of 2014 in the Ditmar Awards!

The Tin Duck Awards are the Western Australian science fiction achievement awards, given out annually at Swancon. The Ditmar Awards are an Australia-wide award and are given out every year at Natcon, the Australian National Science Fiction Convention. Both are reader-voted awards.

Big congratulations go to Glenda, Trudi and all the other winners!

If you’ve already read and enjoyed THE LASCAR’S DAGGER and THIEF’S MAGIC, watch out for their sequels, THE DAGGER’S PATH (released January this year) and ANGEL OF STORMS (coming in November).

THE LASCAR'S DAGGER and THIEF'S MAGIC

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