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Cover Reveal: MAGEBANE by Stephen Aryan

Only magic can defeat a god . . .

 

Design by Nico Taylor, cover images by Arcangel and Shutterstock

 

MAGEBANE is the action-packed conclusion to Stephen Aryan’s Age of Dread series – publishing June 2019.

A plague rages in the streets of Perizzi. City guards rally to deal with riots while the young magicians of the Tower pool their healing powers to find a cure.

Elsewhere, new alliances are formed to stem the rising darkness strengthening a deity who feeds on pestilence and decay. Gods, Sorcerers and Battlemages must set aside the past and their vendettas to work together or risk unleashing greater suffering than they can possibly imagine . . . 

Praise for Stephen Aryan

‘A vivid and rousing adventure with the kind of magic that punches you right in the face’ – Jen Williams

‘Epic fantasy for readers who appreciate extra helpings of carnage with their backstabbing’ – Publishers Weekly

‘Stephen Aryan puts the epic into Epic Fantasy. This is a ground-shaking debut, full of fiery promise’ – Den Patrick

‘Aryan’s battle scenes are visceral masterpieces that transport the reader deep into the mêleé’ – Taran Matharu

Goodreads Choice Awards 2018: Semifinal Round

The semifinal round for the 10th annual Goodreads Choice Awards has begun. Many Orbit titles are still in the running—plus new write-ins in Fantasy and Horror! Thank you to all who voted.

Want to see your favorite Orbit authors and books make it to the final round? Cast your vote!

Voting for the semifinal round ends November 11th.

Fantasy – VOTE NOW

WRATH OF EMPIRE by Brian McClellan (US | UK)

SENLIN ASCENDS by Josiah Bancroft (US | UK)

BURN BRIGHT by Patricia Briggs (UK)

BLOODY ROSE by Nicholas Eames (US | UK) — new!

 

Science Fiction – VOTE NOW

PERSEPOLIS RISING by James S. A. Corey (US | UK)

ROSEWATER by Tade Thompson (US | UK)

 

Horror – VOTE NOW – new!

THE LABYRINTH INDEX by Charlie Stross (UK)

JADE CITY Wins the 2018 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel!

The winners of the 2018 World Fantasy Awards were announced this weekend and we’re happy to announce JADE CITY by Fonda Lee (US | UK | ANZ) has won the award for Best Novel!

The Best Novel award this year was a tie—JADE CITY shared the accolade with THE CHANGELING, by Victor LaValle. You can view the full list of awards and nominations on the World Fantasy Convention website.

Congratulations to Fonda Lee and the rest of the nominees and winners!

Goodreads Choice Awards 2018: Opening Round

The 10th annual Goodreads Choice Awards have officially begun, and we’re happy to announce Orbit has eight nominees in the first round!

Want to see your favorite Orbit authors and books make it to the second round? Cast your vote!

Voting for the opening round ends November 4th.

Fantasy – VOTE NOW

WRATH OF EMPIRE by Brian McClellan (US | UK)

SENLIN ASCENDS by Josiah Bancroft (US | UK)

BURN BRIGHT by Patricia Briggs (UK)

 

Science Fiction – VOTE NOW

PERSEPOLIS RISING by James S. A. Corey (US | UK)

ROSEWATER by Tade Thompson (US | UK)

 

Best of the Best – VOTE NOW

In honor of the 10th anniversary of the Goodreads Choice Awards, Goodreads has debuted a new category where you can pick your favorite winner from the past ten years!

FEED by Mira Grant (US | UK) – Best Science Fiction of 2010

COLD DAYS by Jim Butcher (UK) – Best Paranormal Fantasy of 2013

TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (UK) – Best Fantasy of 2010

 

If your favorite Orbit title of 2018 isn’t listed, you can also enter a write-in vote at the bottom of each genre page.

A brand new fantasy trilogy by Andrzej Sapkowski, New York Times bestselling author of the Witcher novels!

It’s an abundance of riches for Andrzej Sapkowski fans: Not only are the Witcher books in production with Netflix, but we are delighted to announce that the beloved author is launching a brand new series: The Hussite Trilogy. Taking place during the vibrantly depicted Hussite Wars, the trilogy begins with The Tower of Fools, and follows the epic adventures of Reinmar of Bielau, known as Reynevan, a hero who is forced on the run across a war-shadowed landscape after being caught in an affair with a knight’s wife. He is pursued not only by a pair of brothers bent on vengeance, but also by the Holy Inquisition, while strange, mystical forces gather in the shadows. Fans of Geralt of Rivia will find much to love in Reynevan, and it goes without saying that the books will feature the rich lore and gritty action that have become Sapkowski’s trademarks.

Rights were acquired from Patricia Pasqualini at Patricia Pasqualini Literary Agency. The trilogy will be published by Orbit in the US and Gollancz in the UK and translated by David French, who has worked with Sapkowski on the last six Witcher books.

Andrzej Sapkowski said: ‘The Hussite trilogy is my tour de force. I consider it to be my best work to date. I can’t wait for readers to meet my new hero, Reinmar of Bielau, aka Reynevan, whose adventures take him through a land torn by religious wars. I am thrilled to be working with David French and the energetic Gollancz and Orbit teams again!’

Patricia Pasqualini said: ‘From Poland to the Netflix studios, Sapkowski’s heroes have conquered the hearts of readers everywhere. In the Hussite Trilogy, the hero, Reynevan, is thrown into the whirlpool of History. Readers will love his adventures, which combine fantasy and naughty humour, seriousness and the grotesque, conspiracies and lovable characters. The Witcher saga may be over, but Sapkowski’s devoted fans will find in the Trilogy plenty of adventures to sink their teeth into!’

Andrzej Sapkowski was born in 1948 in Poland. He is now one of Poland’s most famous and successful authors, selling more in his own country than Stephen King or Michael Crichton.

Look for The Tower of Fools in 2020!

 

Orbit at 2018 New York Comic Con

NYCC 2018 attendees! Come visit us at booth #2218 for some FREE goodies, a fun in-booth challenge, and a preview of our upcoming books.

Check out the schedule below for information on where you can find our authors this weekend. See you at the show!

 

NEW YORK COMIC CON 2018 ORBIT SCHEDULE

Friday, October 5

1:00 PM: PANEL: Seanan McGuire (Mira Grant) on “Code Shift SFF: Crafting Fierce Female Characters Who Defy Stereotypes,” Shop Studios, Level 4, 528 W 39th St

1:30 PM: PANEL: Delilah S. Dawson (Lila Bowen) on “BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours,” Room 1A24

4:00 PM: PANEL: Jordanna Max Brodsky on “Revisiting History,” Room 1A18

5:15 PM: SIGNING: Jordanna Max Brodsky, Autographing Area Table 1

 

Saturday, October 6

11:00 AM: PANEL: Delilah S. Dawson (Lila Bowen) on “I’ll Take Dementors for $500, Obi-Wan: A Fan Game Show” panel, Room 1A18

12:15PM: SIGNING: Delilah S. Dawson (Lila Bowen): Autographing Area Table 1

4:00 PM: PANEL: N. K. Jemisin on “WNDB Presents: Does Your Fantasy or SFF World Have to Be Woke?” Room 1B03

5:00 PM: PANEL: Mur Lafferty and Delilah S. Dawson (Lila Bowen) on “Disney-Lucasfilm Presents: A Celebration of Female Writers in a Galaxy Far, Far Away,” Shop Studios, Level 4, 528 W 39th St

8:30 PM: PANEL: Seanan McGuire (Mira Grant) on “Shipwreck: Literary Erotic Fan Fiction Competition,” Shop Studios, Level 4, 528 W 39th St

 

Sunday, October 7

11:00 AM: PANEL: Delilah S. Dawson (Lila Bowen) on “Making Kids’ Comics the IDW Way!” Room 1A24

12:15 PM: PANEL: N. K. Jemisin on “America’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers,” Room 1B03

1:30PM: SIGNING: N. K. Jemisin: Autographing Area Table 1

1:30 PM: PANEL: Vivian Shaw on “Weirdness Accessible,” Room 1A18

2:45PM: SIGNING: Vivian Shaw: Autographing Area Table 1

Cover Reveal: FALLEN by Benedict Jacka

We’re thrilled to unveil the fantastic cover for Benedict Jacka’s FALLEN – the tenth magic-filled Alex Verus adventure! We publish in October 2019.

Design by Ronja Rønning.

Praise for the Alex Verus novels: 

‘Filled with tense and compelling writing’ SFX

Whoop-ass excitement from the new master of magical London’ – Charles Stross

‘London’s hidden wizardly community spell-blast each other entertainingly in this urban fantasy romp . . . highly enjoyable’ Sun

‘Jacka writes a deft thrill-ride of an urban fantasy – a stay-up-all-night read’ Patricia Briggs

Brilliant storytelling . . . masterfully crafted’ Fantasy Faction

 

Night Angel Anniversary Edition – New Release Date

For the fans eagerly anticipating the Night Angel Anniversary Edition,

Due to a printing error, we will be delaying the release of the Night Angel Anniversary Edition and moving it from September 18th to November 13th.

Unfortunately, the chemical formulation for the coating of the original jackets was off. That means the jackets became damaged too easily when in contact with other objects and many were spoiled during transportation. So, rather than sell a damaged product, we are reprinting the jackets correctly and pushing back the release date in order to make that happen.

This book is very special to all of us at Orbit and we know it’s special to Brent and his fans. We have high standards and high expectations for this to be a beautiful, sleek, stylish book that readers can treasure and that they can read over and over again. We want to give everyone a quality product. And while we are disappointed to delay the release, we think a better, higher quality book is worth the wait.

Thank you so much for your understanding. And we look forward to sharing this gorgeous hardcover edition with you on November 13th.

Best,

The Orbit Team

Cover Launch: A BOY AND HIS DOG AT THE END OF THE WORLD

With a simultaneous launch across all our channels today, we’re proud to share a new cover by Lauren Panepinto and Lisa Marie Pompilio.

My name’s Griz. I’ve never been to school, I’ve never had friends, in my whole life I’ve not met enough people to play a game of football. My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, before all the people went away, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs.

Then the thief came.

He told stories of the deserted towns and cities beyond our horizons. I liked him – until I woke to find he had stolen my dog. So I chased him out into the ruins of the world.

I just want to get my dog back, but I found more than I ever imagined was possible. More about how the world ended. More about what my family’s real story is. More about what really matters.

A BOY AND HIS DOG AT THE END OF THE WORLD is coming April 2019, and it’s the most powerful story you’ll read next year. Reminiscent of THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS and STATION ELEVEN, Griz’s tale mixes sadness and hope in one unforgettable character’s quest amid the remnants of our fragile civilisation.