Goodreads Choice Awards 2019: Semifinal Round

We’re onto the semifinal round of the 11th annual Goodreads Choice Awards, and Orbit now has eight nominees! Thank you to everyone who wrote-in a vote for their favorite Orbit books!

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

Voting for the semifinal round ends November 17th.

Fantasy – VOTE HERE


STORM CURSED by Patricia Briggs (UK)


NEW: A LITTLE HATRED by Joe Abercrombie (US)


Science Fiction – VOTE HERE

TIAMAT’S WRATH by James S. A. Corey (US | UK)


NEW: CHILDREN OF RUIN by Adrian Tchaikovsky (US)












Cover Launch: RULE by Rowenna Miller

If you’ve missed Rowenna Miller’s beguiling world of sartorial sorcery, court intrigue, and revolutionary royals, the wait is nearly over—the thrilling conclusion to her French Revolution-inspired epic fantasy, RULE, is hitting shelves in May 2020.  

In the meantime, check out the final book’s gorgeous cover, with art by Carrie Violet and design by Lisa Marie Pompilio.


The civil war that the charm caster Sophie and the Crown Prince Theodor tried so desperately to avert has come to Galitha.

While Theodor joins Sophie’s brother and his Reformist comrades in battle, hoping to turn the tide against the better-supplied and better-trained Royalist army, Sophie leverages the only weapon she has: charm and curse casting. She weaves her signature magic into uniforms and supplies, but soon discovers that the challenges of a full-scale war are far greater than the entrepreneurial concerns of her small Galithan dress shop.

The fractured leadership of the Reformist army must coalesce, the people of Galitha unite against enormous odds, and Sophie must create more than a little magical luck in order to have a chance of victory.

Praise for The Unraveled Kingdom:

“Fantasy fans, especially those who grew up reading Tamora Pierce’s Circle of Magic series, will adore Sophie and be riveted as she navigates her shop, her new place in society, her love life, and a potential war. Miller accomplishes the tricky task of keeping the action exciting and page-turning…Highly recommended.”

Booklist (starred review) on Fray

“A tense plot and satisfying character development. This enjoyable installment maintains the innovative magic and well-handled conflict between the personal and the political that marked the series debut.”
Kirkus on Fray

“Miller places immigrant ambition and women’s lives at the heart of her magical tale of politics and revolution. I was utterly enchanted by this unique, clever and subtly fierce fantasy.”

—Tasha Suri, author of Empire of Sand on Torn

“Miller weaves a fresh, richly textured world full of magic-stitched ball gowns and revolutionary pamphlets. The vivid, complex setting and deeply human characters make for an absorbing read!”
—Melissa Caruso, author of The Tethered Mage on Torn



If you loved Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell or Zen Cho’s Sorcerer to the Crown, we have great news! A DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF MAGICIANS, H.G. Parry’s Age of Enlightenment-set story of magic, war, and the struggle for freedom, is coming June 2020. In the meantimeyou can behold its enchanting cover designed by Orbit’s own Lisa Marie Pompilio.

A sweeping tale of revolution and wonder in a world not quite like our own.

It is the Age of Enlightenment — of new and magical political movements, from the necromancer Robespierre calling for revolution in France to the weather mage Toussaint L’Ouverture leading the slaves of Haiti in their fight for freedom, to the bold new Prime Minister William Pitt weighing the legalization of magic amongst commoners in Britain and abolition throughout its colonies overseas. 

But amidst all of the upheaval of the early modern world, there is an unknown force inciting all of human civilization into violent conflict. And it will require the combined efforts of revolutionaries, magicians, and abolitionists to unmask this hidden enemy before the whole world falls to darkness and chaos.

Goodreads Choice Awards 2019: Opening Round

The 11th annual Goodreads Choice Awards have officially begun, and we’re happy to announce Orbit has five 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 10th.


Fantasy – VOTE NOW


STORM CURSED by Patricia Briggs (UK)


Science Fiction – VOTE NOW

TIAMAT’S WRATH by James S. A. Corey (US | UK)



Debut – VOTE NOW











If your favorite Orbit title of 2019 isn’t listed, you can also enter a write-in vote at the bottom of each genre page.

Cover Launch: A BLIGHT OF BLACKWINGS by Kevin Hearne

An invasion of giants. A world-breaking war. 

And a revolution that will change everything. 


We’re thrilled to reveal the cover for A BLIGHT OF BLACKWINGS [UK/ANZ] – book two in Kevin Hearne’s Seven Kennings series, following on from the spectacular series opener A PLAGUE OF GIANTS [UK/ANZ], which began an epic tale of warring giants and elemental magic.

Here’s a taste of what to expect in this thrilling new adventure.

Daryck is from a city that was devastated by the war with the Bone Giants, and now he and a band of warriors seek revenge against the giants for the loved ones they’ve lost. But will vengeance be enough to salve their grief?

Hanima is part of a new generation with extraordinary magical talents: She can speak to fantastical animals. But when this gift becomes a threat to the powers-that-be, Hanima becomes the leader of a movement to use this magic to bring power to the people.

Koesha is the captain of an all-female crew on a perilous voyage to explore unknown waters. Though her crew is seeking a path around the globe, Koesha is also looking for her sister, lost at sea two years ago. But what lies beyond the edges of the map is far more dangerous than storms and sea monsters . . .

We publish A BLIGHT OF BLACKWINGS in February!

Praise for the Seven Kennings series:

‘Truly epic fantasy’ James Islington, author of The Shadow of What Was Lost

‘This isn’t just a breath of fresh air for the genre, it’s a damned hurricane’ Jason M. Hough, New York Times bestselling author

‘A rare masterpiece that’s both current and timeless . . . merging the fantasy bones of Tolkien and Rothfuss with a wide cast of characters who’ll break your heart’
Delilah S. Dawson



Acquisition News: Alex White’s New Space Opera Trilogy

Orbit US and Orbit UK are thrilled to have acquired a brand new space opera trilogy from Alex White. Alex’s first series The Salvagers, took us on a lightning-paced journey to the edge of the universe and back on the hunt for buried treasure, lost spaceships, and deadly artifacts. But, their newest trilogy promises to be even bigger! How big? Giant battling robots big!

In this new wide-screen space opera, humanity has met its match. An alien race of enormous robotic AI have destroyed most of humanity’s outposts. But, on the eve of the Earth’s destruction, a musician makes one last desperate attempt to reach out and convinces one of humanity’s enemies to switch sides. Now, earth just might have a chance to survive…

The first book in the trilogy will be publishing in 2021, but if you just can’t wait until then, make sure to check out The Salvagers series! You can also say “hi” to the author on twitter @alexrwhite.

Purchase the series today. (US | UK


Cover Launch: AUBERON – an Expanse novella by James S. A. Corey

Hey Expanse fans. There is a new novella on the horizon set in the universe of James S. A. Corey’s NYT-bestselling Expanse series. AUBERON explores a harsh and alien world and the age-old dangers that humanity has carried with it to the stars. Check out the cover and copy below. 

Auberon is one of the first and most important colony worlds in humanity’s reach, and the new conquering faction has come to claim it. Governor Rittenaur has come to bring civilization and order to the far outpost and guarantee the wealth and power of the Empire.

But Auberon already has its own history, a complex culture, and a criminal kingpin named Erich with very different plans. In a world of deceit, violence, and corruption, the greatest danger Rittenaur faces is love.

If you’re a fan of the novels but are new to the short fiction, check out for a full list of Expanse side stories. Auberon takes place between PERSEPOLIS RISING (US | UK) and TIAMAT’S WRATH (US | UK) so there is no danger of spoilers if you aren’t caught up to the most recent hardcover.

Pre-order Auberon now from your favorite ebook and audio retailers. 

Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK) | iBooks | GooglePlay | Nook | Kobo | More Stores (US )

Cover design by Lauren Panepinto.

Acquisition Announcement: The Rook and Rose Series by Marie Brennan and Alyc Helms

We are delighted to announce that Orbit has acquired a gorgeous new fantasy trilogy by M. A. Carrick, aka the brilliant writing duo of Marie Brennan, author of the Memoirs of Lady Trent Series, and Alyc Helms!

The Rook and Rose trilogy is a grand, richly textured, politically-charged story, which takes readers to magical Nadežra, whimsically known as the City of Dreams. Ren is a con artist seeking to pull off the ultimate scheme: tricking her way into one Nadežra’s noble houses to secure her fortune and her sister’s future. But as she’s drawn into the upper crust world of House Traementis, she realizes her masquerade is just one of many surrounding her, whether it’s the real identity of the legendary vigilante known as the Rook or the true motivations of a charming, enigmatic crime lord–and that the dark feuds of the nobility and the shadowed dangers of the city’s impoverished underbelly are far more tangled than she could ever have imagined.

Here are a few words from the authors themselves, and you can follow along their writing journey at or on Twitter at @ma_carrick.

“In our defense, we were left unsupervised.

Two writers, who both also happen to be anthropologists. Who have known each other for nearly twenty years. Who share a love of intrigue, banter, flashy capers, relationships of not just the romantic kind (though that, too), and worldbuilding that goes so deep you should call your local gas company before you start digging.

We’d said for years that it might be fun to write something together. We’d even started poking desultorily at a list of tropes we each like, looking for commonalities. But it didn’t catch fire until the weekend Marie’s sister left town; by the time she came home, we had a whole trilogy planned.

We keep quoting The Princess Bride: fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, and miracles. Also con artists, vigilantes, crime lords, corrupt nobility, clothing Alyc wants to sew, a divinatory card deck Marie wants to create, magic of both the rational and intuitive kinds, and the best (and gaudiest) spider since Lucas.

And hope. That in a place poisoned by arrogance and greed, people can learn to trust each other, work together, and make things better.”

We’re thrilled to be publishing this series! The deal for three books was concluded by Orbit US editor Priyanka Krishnan with literary agents Paul Stevens (for Helms) and Eddie Schneider (for Brennan). Orbit UK editor Jenni Hill has secured UK rights.

Welcome to Angeline Rodriguez!

Orbit is excited to welcome Angeline Rodriguez to our New York offices as an associate editor. Angeline joins us from Ballantine Bantam Dell and Crown, where she worked with authors such as Andy Weir, Rob Hart, and Robert Jackson Bennett, and acquired Micaiah Johnson’s debut literary sci-fi The Space Between Worlds. She was co-chair of the employee group POC@PRH, and is a member of PoC in Publishing and Latinx in Publishing.

We are all exceptionally happy to have her join the Orbit fold!