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Cover Launch: BLOOD OF THE GODS by David Mealing

In June, David Mealing’s debut novel, SOUL OF THE WORLD (US | UK | AUS), stunned readers with its complex magic system, charming characters, and deep worldbuilding. It’s the epic story of three heroes who must unlock and master three disparate forms of magic in order to determine the fate of the world. So, if you’re looking for your next doorstopper of a fantasy, complete with magical creatures and world-ending scope, then we promise you’ll love Soul of the World.

And if you’ve already read it (even if you haven’t had the chance to jump in yet, we’ll let you look too), behold this gorgeous cover for book two, BLOOD OF THE GODS! The sequel promises just as much magic, mayhem, and world shattering action as the first.

The battle for the city is over, but the aftermath of a revolution is never simple…

Sarine begins to experience visions, ones which make her dragon familiar sicker every day. Erris pushes toward conquest and the need to expand her territory and restore her power. And, exiled from his tribe, Arak’Jur apprentices himself to a deadly master. 

Faced with the threat of a return to the days of darkness, the heroes begin to understand the depth of the sacrifices required from them. To protect their world, they’ll have to stand and fight once more. 

Design by Lauren Panepinto
Images by Trevillion & Shutterstock

THE STONE SKY is a Bestseller!

Congratulations go to N. K. Jemisin as THE STONE SKY (US | UK | AUS) hit both the New York Times and the USA Today bestseller lists this week!

This comes hot on the heels of THE OBELISK GATE (US | UK | AUS) winning the Hugo award for Best Novel, and a year after the first book in the trilogy, The Fifth Season, won the Hugo as well. Jemisin made history by being only the third author (and the first in 25 years) to win the Hugo award for Best Novel back-to-back.

And, there’s even more good news to share. THE FIFTH SEASON (US | UK | AUS) is now in production for a television series at TNT. The project is in development with Leigh Dana Jackson (24: Legacy, Sleepy Hollow) writing the adaptation.

The Fifth Season blew critics away with rave reviews, and The Stone Sky continues to impress readers. Here’s a sample of what they’re saying:

“The depth and breadth of Jemisin’s achievement with this trilogy is geologic. These books are a revolution in which I want to take part.” — NPR Books

“Incredible, wildly original . . . [The Stone Sky is] blowing me away.” — The Verge

“Jemisin deliberately refuses to provide easy answers: they’re simply not available, in this world our ours. Painful and powerful.”— Kirkus (starred review)

“Vivid characters, a tautly constructed plot, and outstanding worldbuilding meld into an impressive and timely story of abused, grieving survivors fighting to fix themselves and save the remnants of their shattered home.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 

 

THE END OF THE DAY – ‘poignant and cathartic and deeply meaningful’

Rarely have we seen such moving, heartfelt and extraordinary reader reviews as we have done for THE END OF THE DAY (UK|US|ANZ) by Claire North. We wanted to share a few of them with you here:

“It jerked me about and sat on me and beat me up . . . Clear, wide-ranging, brilliant, and glorious to behold.”

“I found it poignant and cathartic and deeply meaningful

“Ten Stars. Incredible and extraordinary, a masterpiece.”

“It confused me, scared me, made me teary, made me laugh, and made me think. I loved it.”

“I found myself with tears in my eyes

A book to sink into and leave the world behind”

 “Overall just total total magic. Magic on the page”

 “I feel honoured to have had the chance to read this book. I will surely return to it again, and again in the future.”

“This book is plainly beautiful. Mind-blowingly amazing. Wonderful. Emotional. Moving. It’s a deep dive into one’s conscious and it makes you think. About everything. About death, and about life. About people, and humanity. It opens up your eyes and makes you see

“This is sublime, beautifully affecting fiction . . . Read this book as soon as soon as is humanly possible. You can thank me later”

My favorite book of 2017 so far. Read it your first opportunity. You won’t be disappointed”

THE END OF THE DAY (UK|US|ANZ)  is out now in paperback.

If you’re in London today, you can hear Claire speaking about the book at this event at Blackwells.

Cover Launch: A BIG SHIP AT THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE by Alex White

Alex White’s brilliant new book A BIG SHIP AT THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE has an equally brilliant cover to match. This explosive space opera tells the tale of two women, fighting for their lives and for a treasure so great it could change the universe. Look out for the book on May 15, 2018 and say hello to Alex at his website or on twitter @alexrwhite.

Boots Elsworth was a famous treasure hunter in another life, but now she’s washed up. She makes her meager living faking salvage legends and selling them to the highest bidder, but this time she might have stumbled on something real–the story of the Harrow, a famous warship, capable of untold destruction.

Nilah Brio is the top driver in the Pan Galactic Racing Federation and the darling of the racing world–until she witnesses the murder of a fellow racer. Framed for the murder and on the hunt to clear her name, Nilah only has one lead: the killer also hunts a woman named Boots.

On the wrong side of the law, the two women board a smuggler’s ship that will take them on a quest for fame, for riches, and for justice.

Cover design Lisa Marie Pompilio; Cover art Shutterstock

Congratulations to this year’s Hugo Award winners!

Congratulations to this year’s Hugo Award winners and finalists — including our own N. K. Jemisin, whose The Obelisk Gate (US | UK | AUS) won Best Novel, while James S. A. Corey’s The Expanse series (US | UK | AUS) won Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form with The Expanse: “Leviathan Wakes,” written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, directed by Terry McDonough (SyFy)!

 

Cover Launch: ELYSIUM FIRE by Alastair Reynolds

Peer into the darkness! Gaze upon the future! And admire that sweet, sweet new cover for Alastair Reynolds’ latest space opera, ELYSIUM FIRE!

 

That gold band you see on the cover? Nope, it’s not one of Jupiter’s rings, fancy space debris, or a futuristic engagement ring. It’s the Glitter Band, the setting for Reynolds’s latest adventure: ten thousand city-state habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone, forming a near-perfect democratic human paradise. How’s that for scale? You can get your hands on Elysium Fire in print and eBook on January 23rd, 2018.

Even utopia needs a police force. For the citizens of the Glitter Band that organization is Panoply, and the prefects are its operatives.

Prefect Tom Dreyfus has a new emergency on his hands. Across the habitats and their hundred million citizens, people are dying suddenly and randomly, victims of a bizarre and unprecedented malfunction of their neural implants. And these “melters” leave no clues behind as to the cause of their deaths…

As panic rises in the populace, a charismatic figure is sowing insurrection, convincing a small but growing number of habitats to break away from the Glitter Band and form their own independent colonies.

Get ready for a brand new fantasy trilogy by David Dalglish!

David Dalglish is returning to his epic fantasy roots with a brand new trilogy. Promising monsters and magic in a land where both were previously just legend, Dalglish’s new trilogy will be another epic thrill ride. The first book is scheduled for 2019, but if you’re too excited to wait, make sure to pick up the Shadowdance and Seraphim series or say hi to the author on twitter @thatdalglishguy.

Devin Eveson is a Soulkeeper, traveling through remote villages as a preacher and healer. But when a dragon awakens–the size of a mountain and leaving great chasms in its wake–the veil is torn, flooding the land with ancient magic and forgotten raes. Now Devin must set aside his words of peace and accept his new role: slayer of monsters and protector of the human race.

But not all the creatures that have re-awakened mean humanity harm. And as Devin slowly befriends people of these new races, his discomfort in his role grows. But Soulkeepers must slay without mercy. And even sympathizers risk their wrath.

Lightbringer #5 Title Reveal: Let the theorizing begin!

Fans have been chomping at the bit to get more of Brent Weeks’s brilliant Lightbringer series. And we’ve got a new little something to share with you: Brent’s final book in the Lightbringer series has a title!

THE BURNING WHITE

What does it mean? White luxin? White light? The White? Karris White Oak? And what’s burning? Fans will have to wait until Fall 2018 for the answers. In the meantime, bother Brent at his website or on twitter @brentweeks.

Haven’t caught up on the Lightbringer series? There’s still time. Check them out below:

    
    

THE BLACK PRISM: (US | UK | AUS)
THE BLINDING KNIFE: (US | UK | AUS)
THE BROKEN EYE: (US | UK | AUS)
THE BLOOD MIRROR: (US | UK | AUS)

 

New Acquisition: Django Wexler’s New Fantasy Trilogy

Hot off the success of his Shadow Campaigns books, the immensely talented Django Wexler joins Orbit with his newest epic fantasy trilogy! A story of grand scale, with even higher stakes, the new series will follow two siblings as they fight on opposite sides of a civil war that will either see those with magical ability rise to power or end them altogether.

Gyre and his sister Fiera were torn from each other when they were children. Twelve years later, they will meet again as enemies. Trained in the ways of the Order, Fiera believes the only way to keep the world safe is to eliminate all traces of the forbidden blood magic that almost destroyed civilization many centuries ago. But Gyre, a mercenary on the lawless frontier, seeks out the lost arts to break free of the Order’s domination and release mankind from the dead hand of the past.  As the tensions across the country rise, not even the ties of blood will keep these two siblings from splitting the world apart.

This promises to be a brilliant, action-packed tale of dangerous magics, ancient weapons, loyalty, family, and betrayal. The book isn’t scheduled until 2019, but we wish it were coming out tomorrow! In the meantime, sate your bloodlust by saying hi to Django on twitter: @DjangoWexler

Take a Look at a Decade of Milestones

Every superhero has an origin story and Orbit is no exception. Drop by B&N to find out how Orbit launched in the US!

Ten years later, we’ve had quite the adventure! Thank you for joining us on this wild ride, and cheers to many more years to come! To celebrate the milestone, we’ve made a selection of titles available for just $2.99 in the US for a limited time.  Pick them up today before the birthday candles blow out!

 

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