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THE FIFTH WARD: FIRST WATCH by Dale Lucas

LIVE BY THE LAW OR DIE BY THE SWORD.

The Fifth Ward series by Dale Lucas gives us a rare glimpse into a fantasy city at a time when a hero isn’t on a journey and a dark lord isn’t threatening to destroy the world. Instead, we meet two reluctant partners on the Wardwatch – Rem, a human trying to escape his past, and Torval, a dwarf with a maul who hits first and asks questions later.

As members of the Wardwatch, they’re responsible for keeping the peace in a city teeming with drug dealing orcs, mind-controlling elves, uncooperative mages, and humans being typical humans.

The Fifth Ward is every buddy cop movie you’ve ever loved mixed with your favorite fantasy setting. I promise, you are not too old for this sh*t.

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‘CONTEMPORARY AND AS GRIMDARK AS IT COMES’: Announcing New Books from Adrian Selby

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

Cover Launch: BANE AND SHADOW by Jon Skovron

This summer HOPE AND RED stormed onto the scene. The sequel, BANE AND SHADOW releases in February, and it’s just as fast-paced and action-packed as the first. Now, we’re excited to show you the fantastic cover with design by Lauren Panepinto with art by Bastien Deharme.

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“Furious where it needs to be, deceptively tender where it can get away with it, adventurous all around.”
— Sam Sykes on Hope and Red

As Red becomes increasingly embroiled in palace politics, he learns that even life among the nobility can be deadly.

While terrorizing imperial ships as the pirate Dire Bane, Hope stumbles onto a plot of such horrifying scope that it makes even the massacre of her childhood village seem small in comparison.

In a fracturing empire spread across savage seas, two young people from different cultures find common purpose.

If you’re interested in finding out more — please visit the author’s website and signup for the author’s newsletter!


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Introducing Dale Lucas’s FIRST WATCH

dale-lucas-cr-jp-wrightThe Lord of the Rings meets Lethal Weapon in Dale Lucas’s fantasy debut novel, FIRST WATCH. In this rousing new fantasy, two misfit partners work a case in a crime-ridden city filled with orcs, humans, elves, dwarves, and mages. 

Orbit has acquired three novels in the Fifth Ward series, and First Watch will launch in summer 2017. You can give Dale a warm Orbit welcome on Twitter at @DaleLucas114.

Humans, orcs, mages, elves, and dwarves all jostle for success and survival in the cramped quarters of Yenara, while understaffed Watch Wardens struggle to keep its citizens in line. Enter Rem: new to Yenara and hungover in the city dungeons with no money for bail. When offered a position with the Watch to compensate for his crimes, Rem jumps at the chance.

His new partner is less eager. Torval, a dwarf who’s handy with a maul and known for hitting first and asking questions later, is highly unimpressed with the untrained and weaponless Rem.

But when Torval’s former partner goes missing, the two must consort with the usual suspects — drug dealing orcs, mind-controlling elves, uncooperative mages, and humans being typical humans — to uncover the truth and catch a murderer loose in their fair city.

THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN

This mercenary band is back together for one last wyld ride in Nicholas Eames’s debut fantasy KINGS OF THE WYLD — rockin’ cover below. Art by Richard Anderson, cover design by Lisa Marie Pompilio. KINGS OF THE WYLD will be out in Feb. 2017, and your favorite authors are already raving about it:

“Absolutely awesome. If the Beatles held a concert tomorrow (with all the necromancy required for that to happen), it still wouldn’t be as good a ‘getting the band back together’ story as this. Full of heroes, humor, and heart.”—Jon Hollins

“An outstanding debut which will make you laugh and cry and hold your breath. This is a book that has it all.”—K. J. Parker

“Nicholas Eames brings brazen fun and a rock & roll sensibility to the fantasy genre.”— Sebastian de Castell

“Kings of the Wyld took me back to my Dungeons and Dragons days. It has well-crafted characters long past their best but still fighting, non-stop fantasy action and welcome touches of humor. Great reading!”— Ian Irvine

“A promising, fast-paced debut that balances classic quest fantasy with modern sensibilities and liberal doses of humor. Huzzah!”— Alex Marshall

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Cover Launch: WOLFHOUND EMPIRE by Peter Higgins

Gathered together for the first time is Peter Higgins’s complete, classic tale of myth and war: WOLFHOUND EMPIRE.  Reflecting the book’s epic scope and mysterious, dark plot is the brilliant cover design by Kirk Benshoff. Keep an eye out for Wolfhound Empire on September 6th!

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A spectre is haunting the empire—the spectre of war.

Huge stone creatures have fallen from the sky, their bodies littering the countryside. Blood-hungry golems are used to fight a never-ending war for political power. Secret police crush insurgency wherever it’s found.

Investigator Vissarion Lom has been summoned to Mirgorod to quell a new rebellion within the city limits. He’s been called because he’s an outsider. Because he isn’t enmeshed in the city’s politics. And because of the piece of stone embedded in his forehead.

“An amazing, fast-paced story in a fantasy world poised dangerously on the edge of quantum probability.” – Peter F. Hamilton

“Will grab you by the lapels and snap you to attention.”— io9

“Higgins’s world is a truly original creation.” – Hannu Rajaniemi

“Like vintage Mieville or Vandermeer, but with all the violent narrative thriller drive of Fleming at his edgiest.” – Richard Morgan

“Sentient water, censored artists, mechanical constructs, old-fashioned detective work, and the secret police are all woven together in this rich and fascinating tapestry.” – Publishers Weekly (Starred review)

Stephen Aryan’s BLOODMAGE Tour

Stephen Aryan exploded onto the fantasy scene late last year with BATTLEMAGE, the magic-fuelled, fireball-throwing debut which author Den Patrick said ‘puts the epic into epic fantasy’.

Fantasy fans are in for a treat this month, as Stephen follows up his debut with BLOODMAGE, an adventure which begins with a murder investigation in the city most ravaged by the Battlemage war.

Not only does Stephen have a new book out in April, but he’s going on tour! These are the dates you can meet him and get a signed copy:

Cover launch: CHASING EMBERS by James Bennett

Chasing Embers by James Bennett, a contemporary fantasy novel perfect for fans of Ben AaronovitchDo you ever feel like there’s something more to your city than meets the eye?

Have you ever sensed a touch of magic simmering beneath the streets?

Do you ever wonder about the myths intertwined in our folklore – and whether there’s any truth to them?

You could just be right. Because this Autumn, something’s about to be let loose…

Today we can reveal the cover for CHASING EMBERS (UK/US/ANZ), a spectacular debut fantasy novel coming in September from author James Bennett.

If you’re a fan of the books of Ben Aaronovitch, Benedict Jacka, Jim Butcher and Kevin Hearne, this contemporary fantasy is about to sweep you off your feet . . .

Get ready to meet Red Ben Garston. He’s a rascal, a rogue and an anti-hero who will stand shoulder to shoulder (and likely end up in a tussle) with the likes of Harry Dresden, Alex Verus, Peter Grant and Atticus O’Sullivan. He’s got a chip on his shoulder and a very big secret hiding under his skin.

Intrigued? See the below info and stay tuned for more soon . . . It’s available for pre-order now.

Behind every myth there is a spark of truth.

There’s nothing special about Ben Garston. He’s just a guy with an attitude in a beaten-up leather jacket, drowning his sorrows about his ex in a local bar.
Or so he’d have you believe.

What Ben Garston can’t let you know is that he’s also known as Red Ben. He can’t let you know that the world of myth and legend isn’t as make-believe as you think, and it’s his job to keep that a secret. And there’s no way he can let you know what’s really hiding beneath his skin . . .

But not even Ben knows what kind of hell is about to break loose. Because a centuries-old rivalry has just resurfaced, and the delicate balance between his world and ours is about to be shattered.

Something’s been hiding in the heart of the city – and it’s about to be unleashed.

Orbit UK is hiring!

ORBIT LOGOOrbit UK is looking for an assistant editor to join its London office. This broad position offers a great opportunity to work with some of the genre’s most exceptional writing talent and to be part of a friendly, ambitious and creative editorial team.

The assistant editor’s duties will be divided between commissioning new titles for Orbit’s list and providing editorial and administrative support for the imprint. On the commissioning side, the role will involve overseeing a list of both established and debut authors through the editorial process, liaising with authors and agents, reading submissions, acquiring new titles, editing manuscripts, briefing covers, writing copy and representing authors in-house with enthusiasm and energy. On the administrative side, duties will include managing and updating publishing systems, the distribution and circulation of materials and information, and general support for the editorial department. The assistant editor will also be involved in devising creative content for Orbit’s online direct consumer marketing channels.

The ideal candidate should have at least one year’s experience in a commercial fiction publishing role, with a solid understanding of the science fiction and fantasy market. An excellent eye for detail, the ability to handle a busy and varied workload and a passion for reading SFF are essential.

For details of how to apply, please visit the Hachette UK website here.

Cover Launch: HOPE AND RED by Jon Skovron

The Orbit offices in both the US and the UK haven’t stopped talking about this fantastic adventure fantasy since it first came in a year ago.  And we’re delighted to introduce it to you! Thanks very much to Lauren Panepinto and artist Bastien Deharme for the awesome cover.

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Here is a bit of a sneak peek as HOPE AND RED (US | UK) will be out this June:

A KILLER FANTASY ADVENTURE

HOPE, the lone survivor of a village massacred by the emperor’s forces, secretly trains asa  warrior and dreams of vengeance.

RED, an orphan adopted by a notorious matriarch of the criminal underworld, learns to be an expert thief and con artist.

TOGETHER THEY WILL TAKE DOWN AN EMPIRE.

If you’d like to know more — please visit the author’s website and sign up there! New newsletter subscribers will receive the first chapter in their inboxes this Monday.

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