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Cover launch! FADE TO BLACK by Francis Knight

Today we can unveil the cover for one of the most exciting debut fantasy novels you’re going to see next year.

Presenting: FADE TO BLACK by the estimable Francis Knight, to be released worldwide by Orbit in February 2013.

We’d like to welcome you all to the fantasy world of Mahala. It’s a towering city that rises up from the deep, dark depths of a valley.

Mahala is built up in layers, not across – with streets piled upon streets, and buildings balancing precariously upon buildings. It’s a city that the Ministry rules from its lofty perch at the sunlit summit, and where the forsaken lurk in the shadowy depths of the Pit.

This compelling tale follows the story of Rojan Dizon – a bounty hunter who’s grown up in the shadows of Mahala. Everyone knows he’s a rogue, a womaniser, a shirker of all responsibility. But what they don’t know is that he’s also a pain-mage: someone able to draw magic from his own and other people’s pain. Rojan’s not keen on using his abilities, but when his niece is abducted and taken to the dark depths of the Pit, he’ll be forced to unleash his powers to find her.

We jumped at the chance to publish Fade to Black – because the world that Francis has created just blew us away. It’s both awe-inspiring and vertigo-inducing, and Rojan’s tale makes the story just un-damn-put-downable. Think of the murky atmosphere of Sin City, filled with the action and pace of Brent Weeks or Scott Lynch.

I could go on about it for days, but all you have to know is this: FADE TO BLACK is the fantasy debut to look out for next spring. So remember one and all: That season, black is most definitely back!

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  1. Nikki-ann

    August 27, 2012
    at 1:35 pm

    Looks fantastic! Sounds fantastic! :)

  2. Rebecca Hamilton

    August 27, 2012
    at 1:42 pm

    That cover is pretty damn epic, I must say!

  3. Anna Gregson

    August 28, 2012
    at 7:16 am

    Lots of people have been asking us who the illustrator for this cover is. The answer is the brilliant Tim Byrne!

  4. Toxic

    August 28, 2012
    at 3:40 pm

    Awesome ! Long live paper book !!!

  5. Perla

    August 29, 2012
    at 5:26 pm

    This book just blew up my expectations for awesome novels in 2013. This has to be the book I will be anticipating the most. Amazing, awe inspiring cover and synopsis to back it up. Can’t frakking wait.

  6. Ross

    January 18, 2013
    at 11:44 am

    This reminds me of Low Town in a way… I really can’t wait for this one!

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