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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: TIAMAT’S WRATH by James S. A. Corey

We are very excited to reveal the cover for TIAMAT’S WRATH (coming out in December 2018), the eighth novel in James S.A. Corey’s New York Times bestselling Expanse series – the third season of the television series premiers April 11th on Syfy in the US and Space in Canada.



For more work by Daniel Dociu, 
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Design by Kirk Benshoff and Lauren Panepinto

Cover Reveal: THE EMPIRE OF ASHES by Anthony Ryan

Powerful magic.

Epic adventure.

A desperate battle to defeat an ancient evil.

We’re thrilled to unveil the cover for THE EMPIRE OF ASHES [UK/ANZ] – the fiery conclusion to Anthony Ryan’s Draconis Memoria series – with art by Jeff Read and design by our very own Nico Taylor.

We publish in July, so there’s still time for you to dive into this stunning series of exploration and warfare, explosive magic, spies and assassins – and an ancient power which seeks to reduce the world to ashes. The adventure begins with THE WAKING FIRE [UK/ANZ] and continues with THE LEGION OF FLAME [UK/ANZ]. THE EMPIRE OF ASHES will publish in hardback, trade format, audio and ebook on 5th July.

Here’s what people have been saying about Draconis Memoria:

‘Fabulous . . . Sure to be another fantasy classic’ Huffington Post UK

‘The world Ryan has created for his new dragon adventure is a joy to visualise’ SciFiNow

‘A fascinating world packed with dragons, pirates, political machinations and an interesting magic system to boot’ Fantasy Faction

‘A marvellous piece of imagination with plenty of twists, a refreshingly different setting, and excellent world-building’ Mark Lawrence

‘Memorable characters and great action’ Django Wexler

‘Excellent epic fantasy’ BookBag

Find Anthony Ryan online at his website or on Twitter.

2018 Hugo Award nominations

We are thrilled that four Orbit titles are finalists for the 2018 Hugo Award for Best Novel!

Best Novel

  • The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi (Tor)
  • New York 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit) [US | UK | ANZ]
  • Provenance, by Ann Leckie (Orbit) [US | UK | ANZ]
  • Raven Stratagem, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
  • Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty (Orbit) [US]
  • The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit) [US | UK | ANZ]

See all the nominations here.

Hugo Award Nominees 2018

N.K. Jemisin has previously won two Hugo Awards for Best Novel, for THE FIFTH SEASON and THE OBELISK GATE. THE STONE SKY, this year’s finalist, completes her acclaimed Broken Earth Trilogy.

Ann Leckie previously won the Hugo Award for Best Novel for her debut, ANCILLARY JUSTICE, which also won the Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke Awards for Best Novel.

This marks Kim Stanley Robinson’s sixth nomination for this award, and Mur Lafferty’s first.

The Hugo Awards will be presented at Worldcon 76 in San Jose, CA, on August 19th. Congratulations to Kim Stanley Robinson, Ann Leckie, Mur Lafferty, N.K. Jemisin, and all the other Hugo Award nominees!

Cover Reveal: THE ETERNITY WAR: EXODUS by Jamie Sawyer

Elite marines.

Deep-space exploration. 

Competing galactic empires. 

Welcome to the Eternity War. 

Last year we published THE ETERNITY WAR: PARIAH [UK/US/ANZ], the explosive opening to Jamie Sawyer’s new space opera series. Now this action-packed adventure of conspiracy, traitors and the desperate battle for humanity’s future continues in THE ETERNITY WAR: EXODUS.

We don’t publish until November, so there’s plenty of time for you to dive into THE ETERNITY WAR: PARIAH and discover why Jamie has already made a name for himself as an exciting new talent in British SF (we suspect it might have something to do with his thrilling action scenes, mind-blowing imagination and the relentless pace of his storytelling).

Here’s what other authors have been saying about Jamie:

‘Gripping, gritty and unsentimental – Sawyer shows us how perilous future war can be’ – Michael Cobley

‘A gripping read that moves at warp speed’ – Jack Campbell

‘Alien biomechs . . . starships sporting particle beam weapons, railguns the size of skyscrapers . . . This, dear readers, is the good stuff’ – Neal Asher

‘Hyper-speed entertainment from a new master of science fiction’ – William C. Dietz

‘A highly promising science fiction debut – a fun, gripping adventure story, with a mystery at its core that kept me turning the pages’ – Gary Gibson

Visit Jamie Sawyer’s website www.jamiesawyer.com or follow Jamie on Twitter @JSawyerAuthor

 

Cover launch: THE GREY BASTARDS by Jonathan French

BRING ON THE ORCS . . . 

The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French book cover

What do you get when you cross:

Orcs  +  visceral action  +  a filthy, sardonic voice  + giant war pigs…?

A SHEDLOAD OF BADASSERY – that’s what.

Today we’re officially launching the cover for THE GREY BASTARDS (UK|ANZ) by Jonathan French – designed by artist and photographer Larry Rostant, along with Little, Brown Book Group creative director Duncan Spilling.

THE GREY BASTARDS is a debut that’s down, dirty and damn good fun. It’s a must-read for fantasy fans in 2018.

You might have heard of this book already because it won Mark Lawrence’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off – meaning it was selected by a panel of top fantasy bloggers as the winner from a shortlist of exceptional fantasy submissions.

You might have heard some of the things people have been saying about it:

‘Frankly excellent’ Mark Lawrence

‘A bloody good tale of battle, betrayal and war pigs’ Brian McClellan

‘Jonathan French has to be lauded for his plot ingenuity, bawdry charm and vicious characters. The Grey Bastards has instantaneously catapulted him into my must-read list’ Fantasy Book Critic

Fans of Abercrombie’s The First Law . . . will like this a lot’ Django Wexler

‘I’d like to raise a tankard to The Grey Bastards’ brilliance’ Fantasy Faction

Or you might have heard the Bastard’s war cry echoing through the interwebs: LIVE IN THE SADDLE, DIE ON THE HOG!

Whether you know about this book already or are just encountering it for the first time, one thing’s for sure: once you join the Bastards, you’ll never look back.

Available for pre-order now. Follow Jonathan French on Twitter here.

Acquisition Announcement: Megan O’Keefe’s Space Opera

The next big space opera is coming… will you be ready? We’re not one to toot our own horn (okay, maybe a little), but we just can’t be humble about this: Orbit has just acquired a brilliant space opera trilogy by Morningstar award winning author Megan O’Keefe. Think epic space battles, intergalactic politics, and rogue AI with deadly secrets and you’re halfway to figuring out why we love this so much. Here’s a little teaser as to what it’s about:

The last thing Sanda remembers is her gunship breaking up around her as her preserving pod expanded, sealing herself away for salvage-medics to pick up. She expected to awaken in friendly hands, patched up and patched back into a new gunship. Instead, she awakens 230 years later upon an empty enemy smartship, The Light of Berossus or, as he prefers to be called, “Bero”. The war is lost. The star system is dead.

However, Bero may not exactly be telling the whole truth.

Megan O’Keefe’s Orbit debut is scheduled for Summer 2019. But in the meantime, go say hello to Megan on twitter @MeganEOkeefe.

Cover Launch: RED MOON by Kim Stanley Robinson

We’re thrilled to share the cover of Kim Stanley Robinson’s upcoming novel RED MOON, out in October 2018.

Cover of Kim Stanley Robinson's RED MOONCover design by Lauren Panepinto
Image by David & Myrtille/Arcangel Images

Now available for preorder:

US: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million | Google Play | Indiebound | Kobo | Other retailers
UK: Amazon | Waterstones

Paperback cover of Kim Stanley Robinson's NEW YORK 2140

And don’t forget, Robinson’s NEW YORK 2140 (US | UK) is available in paperback next week.

“It’s near impossible to capture the vibrance of the entire city in the span of one single novel, yet Kim Stanley Robinson manages to do just that and more.”
Newsweek

“Like all great sci-fi, New York 2140 is as much inward-looking as it is forward-… Robinson’s work has a strong, intelligent social conscience.”
GQ

“Starkly beautiful and fundamentally optimistic.”
The Conversation

“Only sci-fi can drown Manhattan and make you want to live there.”
Bloomberg Businessweek

“There have been more than a few environmental catastrophe tales set in a future New York, but possibly none of them have been this interesting.”
Locus

“One of the most exciting books in climate change fiction yet written… Both immensely readable and timely.”
LitHub

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

Pre-order in the US: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million | Google Play | iBooks | Indiebound | Kobo | Chapters

Pre-order in the UK: Amazon | Google Play | iTunes | Kobo | Waterstones | More Stores

Cover Launch: THE HOD KING by Josiah Bancroft

Josiah Bancroft’s stellar debut series, The Books of Babel, began with Senlin Ascends (US | UK | ANZ), which was called “a modern book that feels like a timeless classic” (Pierce Brown), and the sequel Arm of the Sphinx (US | UK | ANZ) publishes in March. But today we can’t wait to show you the cover for book three, The Hod King.

Senlin’s journey up the dangerous and labyrinthine world of the Tower continues in December.

Art by Ian Leino with design by Lauren Panepinto.

Praise for The Books of Babel:

“I’m wildly in love with this book.” – Pierce Brown, author of Red Rising

“One of my favorite books of all time.” – Mark Lawrence, author of Prince of Thorns

“Senlin is a man worth rooting for, and his strengthening resolve and character is as marvelous and sprawling as the tower he climbs.” – The Washington Post

“What is remarkable about this novel, quite apart from its rich, allusive prose, is Bancroft’s portrayal of Senlin, a good man in a desperate situation, and the way he changes in response to his experiences in his ascent.” – The Guardian

Senlin Ascends crosses the everyday strangeness and lyrical prose of Borges and Gogol with all the action and adventure of high fantasy. I loved it, and grabbed the next one as soon as I turned the last page.” – Django Wexler, author of The Thousand Names

“With deceptive simplicity Bancroft brings this gothic place and its denizens to a colourful life…I loved it!” — Adrian Selby, author of Snakewood

Senlin Ascends is an adventure rife with character, voice and beauty – a well-polished knife drawn out slowly.” – Sam Sykes, author of The City Stained Red

Senlin Ascends is a unique masterpiece. A brilliant debut. Highly recommended!” – Michael R. Fletcher, author of Beyond Redemption

“This is fantasy storytelling of a high order.” – The Toronto Star

“Brilliant debut fantasy . . . This novel goes off like a firework and suggests even greater things in the author’s future.” – Publishers Weekly

“Like a blend of Kafka’s The Castle and Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast, Josiah Bancroft’s ambitious first chapter in his The Books of Babel series is an impressive display of imagination and humor.” — SciFiNow