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New Acquisition: THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by Alix E. Harrow

Alix E. Harrow cr Sam WilliamsonDoors are special things in fantasy. You open a wardrobe or a cupboard or a gate and it can lead to the most wonderful place: one of enchantment, adventure, and most of all, escape. So it’s no wonder I’m so excited I’m practically in orbit about announcing the acquisition of Alix E. Harrow’s debut novel.

Mesmerizing and affecting, THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY follows a young woman’s search for her missing father, her place in the world, and the mystery behind an unexpected door.

Here’s a quick teaser of what you can expect:

When I was seven, I found a door. I suspect I should capitalize that word, so you understand I’m not talking about your garden or common variety door that leads reliably to a white-tiled kitchen or a bedroom closet.

When I was seven, I found a Door. There–look how tall and proud the word stands on the page now, the belly of that D like a black archway leading into white nothing. When you see that word, I imagine a little prickle of familiarity makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. You don’t know a thing about me; you can’t see me sitting at this yellowwood desk, the salt-sweet breeze riffling these pages like a reader looking for her bookmark. You can’t see the scars that twist and knot across my skin. You don’t even know my name (it’s January Scaller; so now I suppose you do know a little something about me and I’ve ruined my point).

But you know what it means when you see the word Door. Maybe you’ve even seen one for yourself, standing half-ajar and rotted in an old church, or oiled and shining in a brick wall. Maybe, if you’re one of those fanciful persons who find their feet running towards unexpected places, you’ve even walked through one and found yourself in a very unexpected place indeed.

Or maybe you’ve never so much as glimpsed a Door in your life. There aren’t as many of them as there used to be.

But you still know about Doors, don’t you? Because there are ten thousand stories about ten thousand Doors, and we know them as well as we know our names. They lead to Faerie, to Valhalla, Atlantis and Lemuria, Heaven and Hell, to all the directions a compass could never take you, to elsewhere. My father–who is a true scholar and not just a young lady with an ink pen and a series of things she has to say–puts it much better: “If we address stories as archaeological sites, and dust through their layers with meticulous care, we find at some level there is always a doorway. A dividing point between here and there, us and them, mundane and magical. It is at the moments when the doors open, when things flow between the worlds, that stories happen.”

THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY will be on shelves Fall 2019, but in the meantime please join us in welcoming Alix! You can find her on Twitter at @AlixEHarrow.
 

 

Cover Launch: the Spellslinger series by Sebastien de Castell

We can’t wait for you to read Sebastien de Castell’s witty adventure fantasy series! Kicking off in July, feast your eyes on the fantastic covers for Spellslinger, Shadowblack, Charmcaster, and Soulbinder, all designed by Lauren Panepinto.

Kellen is moments away from facing his first duel and proving his worth as a spellcaster. There’s just one problem: his magic is fading.

Facing exile unless he can pass the mage trials, Kellen is willing to risk everything – even his own life – in search of a way to restore his magic. But when the enigmatic Ferius Parfax arrives in town, she challenges him to take a different path. Daring, unpredictable, and wielding magic Kellen has never seen before, she may be his only hope.

Four books in one year! How lucky are Orbit readers. It gets even better. The final two books in the series are due out in 2019.

Praise for Spellslinger:

“Told with the conviction of Ursula Le Guin and the dash of Alexandre Dumas” —New Statesman (UK)

“A bucket-load of tension is offset with humour, power struggles, lots of magic and some great characters. Fantasy junkies will devour with relish.” —Guardian (UK)

Spellslinger is the start of something truly special. Sebastien de Castell is a master of breakneck pacing, dagger-sharp dialogue, and twists you didn’t see coming–and this series has it all.” —Nichols Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld

“This book is dangerously addictive. It has it all: compelling world-building, breathtaking plot-twists, a page-turning pace, and characters who soon feel like old friends. I can’t wait for the next one!”  —Melissa Caruso, author of The Tethered Mage

“Exotic, original and gripping from the get-go, Spellslinger is a must-read” —Jonathan Stroud, author of the Lockwood and Co series

“A tremendously fun read full of wit and action.” —James Islington, author of The Shadow of What Was Lost

“Written with such obvious joy and brio that it demands to be read.” —RJ Barker, author of Age of Assassins

“Hugely enjoyable… fast-paced, compassionate, wise and with terrific characters.” —Amanda Craig, author of Hearts and Minds

“We can confidently say that de Castell’s new series has hit the ground running.” —Starburst Magazine

“There’s room for wit and playfulness amid the high-stakes duels and death matches, and Kellen’s career is likely to run and run.” —The Observer (UK)

“It has cliff hangers, pace, humour, life lessons, and a memorably feisty squirrel cat.”—Sunday Times (UK)

 

Cover Launch: THE SISTERS OF THE WINTER WOOD by Rena Rossner

Captivating and boldly imaginative, with a tale of sisterhood at its heart, Rena Rossner’s debut fantasy THE SISTERS OF THE WINTER WOOD (US | UK | ANZ)  invites you to enter a world filled with magic, folklore, and the dangers of the woods. It’s perfect for fans of The Bear and the Nightingale and Uprooted and is out in September 2018.

We’re delighted to reveal the cover with art by Rebecca Yanovskaya and designed by Lauren Panepinto.

The Sisters of the Winter Wood

Every family has a secret. Behind every secret, there is a story.

Raised in a remote village surrounded by vast forests on the border of Moldova and Ukraine, sisters Liba and Laya live a peaceful, sheltered life.

But when a troupe of mysterious men arrives, Laya falls under their spell—despite their mother’s warning to be wary of strangers. And this is not the only danger lurking in the woods….

As dark forces close in on their small village, Liba and Laya discover a family secret passed down through generations. Faced with a magical heritage they never knew existed, the sisters realize the old fairy tales are true…and could save them all. 

Rena Rossner lives in Israel where she works as a literary agent. She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University’s Writing Seminars program and McGill University where she studied history. All eight of her great-grandparents immigrated to America to escape the pogroms from towns like Dubossary, Kupel, Riga and Bender. It is their story, together with her love of Jewish mythology and fantasy that inspired her to write The Sisters of the Winter Wood.

Early praise for The Sisters of the Winter Wood:

“Mixes fairy tale, poetry, history, and heart to create an enchanting and mesmerizing tale of sisterly love. I adored this book!” — Sarah Beth Durst, award-winning author of The Queens of Renthia series

“A graceful, poetic, deeply moving novel. Its characters are fantastical and yet essentially human, bound by ambition and desire, fear and prejudice, but above all, love in all its forms. Simply gorgeous book in every sense.”– Louisa Morgan, author of A Secret History of Witches

“This dark fairy tale about sisterly love and Jewish strength and courage, set against the backdrop of a deep and deadly winter forest, will haunt me for a long time. A powerful, emotional debut.” — Julie C. Dao, author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

“Rossner weaves an elegant tapestry of the love between sisters, the value of faith and family, and knowing one’s true friends in times of peril.” — J. Kathleen Cheney, author of The Golden City

Cover Launch: TREASON OF HAWKS by Lila Bowen

Rhett Walker comes face-to-face with his destiny as the Shadow in TREASON OF HAWKS, the much-anticipated conclusion to Lila Bowen’s award-winning fantasy series. Winging its way to shelves this October, check out a preview of the stunning cover designed by Lisa Marie Pompilio.

 

Rhett Walker is looking for peace, the memories of all he’s lost haunting his dreams. And now the Shadow tugs him West, back to where his journey began.  

With the lawless Rangers on his heels and monster attacks surging, Rhett is surrounded on all sides. This time it’s not all about horses and land. This time, it feels personal. Because the newest monster on the horizon just may be wearing the face of someone from Rhett’s past.

To save the Durango territory, Rhett must accept the Shadow’s call and fulfill his destiny. 

Take a look at what readers and reviewers have been saying about this amazing series:

  

“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 on Wake of Vultures (US | UK | AUS)

Wake of Vultures is, quite simply, brilliant. A mind-bending mix of history, fantasy and folklore, it’s a wild bronco of a read that’ll leave you breathless for more.” —Rachel Caine

“Bowen is truly a talent to watch. Hot damn, is this book good.” —Chuck Wendig on Wake of Vultures

Conspiracy of Ravens is a heavy-gauge follow-up to Wake of Vultures’ wicked opening salvo, serving up huge helpings of humor and tension and making another strong bid for the year’s best list.” —B&N.com

“Of all the books I’ve reviewed this year, Wake of Vultures’ Nettie Lonesome stands out as the most compelling, well-crafted protagonist I’ve encountered… Bowen’s superlative grasp of both character development and worldbuilding elevates a familiar story to mythic heights.” —RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)

“Readers will love this absorbing fantasy adventure [and] its strong, dynamic heroine.” —Kirkus (starred review) on Wake of Vultures

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Cover Launch: THE GAME OF LUCK by Catherine Cerveny

Catherine Cerveny’s racy science fiction adventure series concludes with the third and final novel, THE GAME OF LUCK, this September. Here’s an early look at its gorgeous cover!

The Game of Luck, cover design: Lisa Marie Pompilio, artwork: Arcangel and Shutterstock

The perfect society One Gov engineered from Earth’s ashes is beginning to crumble. As social unrest and dissatisfaction spread throughout the tri-system, One Gov struggles to maintain order, and a single misstep could see civilization spiraling into chaos.

During this dark time, Felicia Sevigny is eager to use her card-reading ability and new position with One Gov to help restore peace. But she soon learns that the game of politics is a dangerous one, and being married to Alexei Petriv, head of the Tsarist Consortium and One Gov’s biggest rival, is not necessarily a hand in her favor.

When members of her family begin to disappear, the stakes skyrocket. There are those who would stop at nothing for the chance to exploit Felicia’s luck gene to seize power all over the tri-system. And as the threat of revolution seems imminent, it may be that this time, nothing will be enough to keep Felicia and everyone she loves safe-not even luck. 

Haven’t read this thrilling SF series yet? Go check out The Rule of Luck and The Chaos of Luck!

  

Praise for the Felicia Sevigny series:

“Fans of romance in science fiction are going to love this!” —Kim Harrison, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Nora Roberts meets Neal Stephenson—and is certain to satisfy audiences of both genres.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Cerveny’s debut blends steamy sci-fi with breathless intrigue and action, all set on a far-future Earth that’s equal parts fascinating and terrifying.” —Beth Cato, author of The Clockwork Dagger and Breath of Earth

“A compelling and intriguing read built on a fascinating premise. Cerveny’s future world is richly drawn, and Felicia’s and Alexei’s adventure is definitely an edge-of-your-seat ride.” —Linnea Sinclair, award-winning author of the Dock Five Universe series

“The perfect blend of futuristic intrigue, engrossing action, and passionate romance in a riveting adventure that will leave you hungry for more. Intensely absorbing. Emotionally satisfying.” —Amanda Bouchet, author of the Kingmaker Chronicles

“A fresh heroine pairs with a dangerous hero to confront nuanced and compelling ethical dilemmas… fast-paced, tightly plotted.” —RT Book Reviews 

“Sexy science fiction romance…. will entirely satisfy fans of pulpy SF.” —Publishers Weekly

Acquisition announcement: Sebastien de Castell’s SPELLSLINGER

Orbit US has acquired North American rights to Spellslinger, a six book adventure fantasy series by Canadian author Sebastien de Castell from Bonnier Zaffre. In this fast-paced, humorous series, Kellen has to use his wits and learn a few tricks to survive as a mage without magic

The first four books will be out this year, starting with SPELLSLINGER in July followed by SHADOWBLACK, CHARMCASTER and SOULBINDER. The final two books in the series are due out in 2019. Please join us in welcoming Sebastien to Orbit. You can find him on Twitter at @decastell or learn more about him at his website, http://decastell.com/

A would-be mage with no magic of his own has to defeat powerful enemies with only cunning and deception in the first book of an exciting new adventure fantasy series from Sebastien de Castell.

Magic is a con game.

Kellen is moments away from facing his first mage’s duel and proving his worth as a spellcaster. There’s just one problem: his magic is fading.

Facing exile unless he can pass the mage trials, Kellen risks everything – even his own life – in search of a way to restore his magic. But when an enigmatic stranger arrives in town, she challenges Kellen to take a different path.

Ferius Parfax is one of the elusive Argosi – a traveller who lives by her wits and the cards she carries. She’s daring and unpredictable, but she may be Kellen’s only hope.