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Cover Launch: FORTUNA by Kristyn Merbeth

Space is filled with smugglers. People who live on the fringes of civilized society, making their money by trading and selling items that are…less than legal. Except sometimes you make a back alley deal with a corrupt government, and all of a sudden you’re wrapped up in a web of conspiracies that might just ignite a war between every habitable planet in the galaxy.

That’s where Scorpia Kaiser finds herself in Kristyn Merbeth’s new space opera, FORTUNA. It’s epic in scope, and tells the story of a family of smugglers who are in way over their heads. If they can’t save the galaxy, (and how can they when they can barely get along?) then humanity may be headed for a war that will not end well.

Check out the striking cover below. The stars are her destination.

Design by Lisa Marie Pompilio; Illustrations by Arcangel / Shutterstock

The first book in a fast-paced space opera trilogy where a young woman leads a family of smugglers who become unwittingly involved in a galactic war.

There’s only one thing Scorpia Kaiser wants in the whole galaxy: to finally own Fortuna, the ship she pilots and the only home she’s ever known. But when it becomes clear her predecessor – the family matriarch – has been secretly dealing with various planetary governments, Scorpia realizes that her own family may be the reason the system’s five planets are headed toward a devastating war.

Lies, manipulation, and profit are all she’s ever been taught, but as she ascends into her new position, Scorpia finds she has the chance to change everything. Yet even as she takes on more responsibility for the family’s fate, fortune and influence, she is not at all sure she’s ready for it –  even worse, she may not have the support of her crew, particularly her brother and rival, Corvus.

To stop the war, she’ll have to unite her family and unravel the chaos they’ve left in their wake.

Fortuna publishes in Fall 2019.

Cover Launch: ONE OF US by Craig DiLouie

ONE OF US (US | UK) has a fresh new cover to compliment it’s upcoming US trade paperback release, which will be hitting shelves on February 26th, or you can start reading the ebook today! Don’t miss the book Claire North called THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS (US | UK) meets To Kill a Mockingbird.

They’ve called him a monster from the day he was born.

Abandoned by his family, Enoch Bryant now lives in a rundown orphanage with other teenagers just like him. He loves his friends, even if the teachers are terrified of them. They’re members of the rising plague generation. Each bearing their own extreme genetic mutation.

The people in the nearby town hate Enoch, but he doesn’t know why. He’s never harmed anyone. Works hard and doesn’t make trouble. He believes one day he’ll be a respected man.

But hatred dies hard. The tension between Enoch’s world and those of the “normal” townspeople is ready to burst. And when a body is found, it may be the spark that ignites a horrifying revolution.

“A powerhouse of a novel.” — Peter Clines

“It will change you.” — Seanan McGuire

“Powerful.” — Jonathan Maberry

“Heartbreaking.” — Megan Hart

“Will stay with you.” — Washington Post

“A stunning achievement.” — Shelf Awareness 

The Girl With All the Gifts meets To Kill a Mockingbird.” — Claire North

One of Us is out in trade paperback on February 26th.

Introducing OUR WAR by Craig DiLouie

OUR WAR by Craig DiLouie is a powerful novel about the next American civil war, and the children forced to fight in the conflict. Taking a look at all sides, the novel is a prescient and gripping view on a war where not even the youngest among us are exempt.

Below is the striking cover designed by Lisa Marie Pompilio, featuring one of the protagonists, 10-year-old Hannah Miller.

Our children are our soldiers.

After his impeachment, the president of the United States refuses to leave office, and the country erupts into a fractured and violent war. Orphaned by the fighting and looking for a home, 10-year-old Hannah Miller joins a citizen militia in a besieged Indianapolis.

In the Free Women militia, Hannah finds a makeshift family. They’ll teach her how to survive. They’ll give her hope. And they’ll show her how to use a gun.

Hannah’s older brother, Alex, is a soldier too. But he’s loyal to other side, and has found his place in a militant group of fighters who see themselves as the last bastion of their America. By following their orders, Alex will soon make the ultimate decision behind the trigger.

On the battlefields of America, Hannah and Alex will risk everything for their country, but in the end they’ll fight for the only cause that truly matters — each other.

Praise for Craig DiLouie and ONE OF US (US | UK):

Praise for Craig DiLouie and One of Us:

“DiLouie continues to be the master of writing the human heart and all the terrors it contains.” — Peter Clines

“Craig DiLouie is fearless as he explores the dark territory of the human heart.” — Jonathan Maberry

“Its portrayal of hatred feels all too real — and will stay with you long after the book is done.” — The Washing Post

“One of Us is a stunning achievement in speculative fiction.” — Shelf Awareness

Joe Abercrombie is back with A LITTLE HATRED!

Orbit is delighted to announce that we will be publishing a phenomenal new trilogy from the New York Times bestselling author Joe Abercrombie in the US, at the same time that it will be published in the UK by Gollancz. The first book in the trilogy, A LITTLE HATRED, publishes in September 2019.

A Little Hatred marks Abercrombie’s much anticipated return to the world of the First Law. The novel features exciting new characters, along with the return of some memorable faces for longtime Abercrombie fans.  Written and told in a way that only Abercrombie can, the new trilogy is a visceral story of bloody revolution.

If you’re a fan of the First Law, then we can promise that you’re going to love it. If you’ve yet to read Abercrombie (and how could this be true?), A Little Hatred is your time to rectify that mistake.

Joe Abercrombie is the author of the First Law Trilogy (The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, and Last Argument of Kings). His standalone novels (Best Served Cold, The Heroes, and Red Country) are also set in the First Law world.

Follow @LordGrimdark on Twitter for more information, or visit www.joeabercrombie.com.

Cover Launch – THE FIFTH WARD: GOOD COMPANY by Dale Lucas

Fantasy cities are sprawling, dirty places. Filled to bursting with heroes questing, mages testing out spells, thieves around every corner, elves judging everyone, dwarves hating everyone, orcs fighting everyone, and humans being typical humans. You get the idea, there’s a lot going on! Enter Rem and Torval: one a human, the other a dwarf, and both working as Watchwardens.

They’re the city of Yenara’s thin blue line. They keep the peace as best they can. But that’s no small task. And now, in their third adventure together, THE FIFTH WARD: GOOD COMPANY they’re heading out of the city on their first road trip. And the journey will be more perilous than they could ever expect.

Cover art by Sammy Yuen; Design by Lauren Panepinto

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.

Now, Rem and Torval must escort a notorious thief through a dangerous forest to the nearby city from where he escaped. But the thief’s companions are waiting, and the soldiers Rem and Torval journey with might not be so honorable.

The Fifth Ward: Good Company publishes July 9th, 2019, but be sure to check out the first two books featuring Rem and Torval’s adventures in fantasy’s seediest city.

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New Acquisition: FORTUNA by Kristyn Merbeth

Orbit has acquired world English rights to science fiction author Kristyn Merbeth’s galaxy-spanning space opera trilogy about a family of interplanetary smugglers. In the far future, five generation ships travel to a distant galaxy to settle on five habitable planets. As each planet develops, new customs and traditions arise. And the longer these planets go without communication, the more hate and fear shut them off from each other, until eventually, the system is on the brink of all-out war.

Book One, FORTUNA, follows Scorpia Kaiser, a young woman who must assume leadership of her family’s space-faring black-market business dealings after her mother, the matriarch, steps down. Now, she discovers that she has inherited far more than a ship and a crew, and her decisions will have dire ramifications for all of humanity’s newest homes.

The trilogy has the vast scope of your favorite space operas, and an action-packed pace to keep the pages turning. FORTUNA is scheduled for Fall 2019.

Cover Launch: THE LAST ASTRONAUT by David Wellington

Science fiction often explores the vast expanse of space, generation ships, and galactic dogfights. But, what if we simply gave up on navigating the stars?

The Last Astronaut by David Wellington is a thrilling, near-future science fiction novel that explores a future where manned missions to space have become a thing of the past. Except now, an unknown object has arrived in our solar system.

For ex-astronaut Sally Jensen, this means executing a mission into space that no one could possibly be prepared for. We thought we no longer needed her . . .

Design by Lauren Panepinto; Images by Arcangel

Sally Jensen, the last astronaut to travel beyond our orbit, must build, train, and lead her team on the first mission to make first contact with an alien object. 

It entered our solar system, slowed down off the rings of Saturn, and began a steady approach towards Earth.

Having forsaken manned missions the space programs of the world scramble to meet the visitor by enlisting forcefully-retired NASA legend Sally Jansen, the only person with the first-hand knowledge and operational experience capable of meeting this new visitor and finding out its purpose.

With no time to spare she must plan and execute a mission from scratch and lead a crew with no experience farther than mankind has ever travelled to make contact.

But each passing day brings it closer to home.

THE LAST ASTRONAUT launches in May 2019.

Cover Launch: THE RISING by Mira Grant

Mira Grant’s Newsflesh Trilogy has been called “a whip-smart thriller overflowing with sharp ideas and social commentary” (Kirkus), “astonishing,” (The New York Times), and “gripping, thrilling, and brutal,” (Publishers Weekly). If you’ve ever been curious about this landmark series, have we got great news for you! We’re thrilled to reveal the cover for The Rising: The Complete Newsflesh Trilogy.

The Rising by Mira Grant

Design by Lisa Marie Pompillio; Art by Arcangel

“Alive or dead, the truth won’t rest. My name is Georgia Mason, and I am begging you. Rise up while you can.”

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

Now, twenty years after the Rising, Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives — the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will get out, even if it kills them.

The Rising includes Feed (US | UK), Deadline (US | UK)and Blackout (US | UK) and publishes February 19, 2019. 

 

Cover Launch: THE TRIUMPH OF THE DWARVES by Markus Heitz

The Dwarves are back! Orbit has acquired three new books in Markus Heitz’s internationally bestselling fantasy series The Dwarves. Even better news, THE TRIUMPH OF THE DWARVES is available now in ebook and the paperback edition releases August 7, 2018.

Cover illustration by Bob Lea.

International bestselling fantasy author Markus Heitz returns to his best-loved series.

After decades of occupation by the älfar, the dark elves have been defeated and peace has finally been declared.

But the nations still distrust each other, and when a child is found in the Grey Mountains who speaks the language of the älfar, the dwarves believe this little girl heralds a new threat. And they will be right – just not in the way they thought.

Under the orders of Ireheart, now High King of the dwarves, a small delegation is sent to search for Tungdil Goldhand, the true High King, who many believe dead. Against all odds, Tungdil has survived his mission to the terrifying realm of Phondrasôn. But is he truly the legendary hero of the dwarves, or an impostor at the heart of a deeper conspiracy?

And does he realise that the fiends from Phondrasôn themselves aren’t far behind . . . ?

The action never lets up in this next exciting story in the saga of the dwarves!

And don’t miss the previous entries in the saga of the Dwarves:

 

 

 

 

Cover Launch: THE WASTELANDERS by K. S. Merbeth

The post-apocalypse may be dangerous, filled with bloodthirsty bounty hunters, and generally a lawless mess, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. THE WASTELANDERS combines K. S. Merbeth’s wildly over-the-top novels Bite and Raid into one big badass omnibus edition.

This grab-you-by-the-throat cover was designed by Lisa Marie Pompilio and will be on shelves October 16, 2018.

 

Welcome to the Wasteland, a post-apocalyptic world where lawlessness reigns, and around every bend is another pack of bloodthirsty raiders.

This omnibus edition contains K. S. Merbeth’s two novels Bite and Raid.

Bite

Hungry, thirsty, alone, and out of options, a young girl joins up with outlaws who have big reputations and bigger guns. But as they set out on their journey, she discovers that her new gang may not be the heroes she was hoping for.

Raid

A bounty hunter wakes up bound and gagged in the passenger seat of her own car, and sitting next to her is the most revered and reviled raider king in the eastern wastes. Unable to let him out of her sight, they cross the wasteworld, but a tyrant worse than they could imagine is vying to claim the land as his own.

 How do you survive in a world gone mad?