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The Witcher Is a Publishing Phenomenon – Orbit Printing More Than Half a Million Books To Meet Demand.

The Last Wish CoverWith the Witcher, Andrzej Sapkowski created one of the most memorable characters in modern fantasy. The series inspired one of the most popular videogames of recent years and we’re thrilled that the Netflix adaptation, which launched in December, is introducing the Witcher to a whole new audience.

The demand for all eight books in the series increased steadily last year in anticipation of the Netflix launch. Since its release, sales have been phenomenal in all formats – print, ebook and audio – and Orbit’s US division is currently reprinting over 500,000 copies to meet the exceptional demand.

We’re aware that the novels might not be available everywhere at this time, but our inventory team and printers are working incredibly hard and all books will be back in stock and flying out of our warehouse very shortly.

Learn more about how to read The Witcher here.

Acquisitions Announcement: NOPHEK GLOSS by Essa Hansen

Still jonesing for another Star Wars Fix? Then Orbit has a treat for you! We’ve just acquired a brand new space opera by debut author Essa Hansen! Get ready to meet Caiden, a young man who is about to discover that the multi-verse is much bigger, much more advanced, and much, much more dangerous than he ever imagined.

Orbit will be publishing the first book in the trilogy, NOPHEK GLOSS in trade paperback in Fall 2020. In the meantime reach out and say “hi” to the author at her website or on twitter: @EssaHansen.

When a young man’s planet is destroyed, he sets out on a single-minded quest for revenge across the galaxy in Nophek Gloss, the first book in this epic space opera trilogy by debut author Essa Hansen, for fans of REVENGER and CHILDREN OF TIME.

Caiden’s planet is destroyed. His family gone. And, his only hope for survival is a crew of misfit aliens and a mysterious ship that seems to have a soul and a universe of its own. Together they will show him that the universe is much bigger, much more advanced, and much more mysterious than Caiden had ever imagined. But the universe hides dangers as well, and soon Caiden has his own plans.

He vows to do anything it takes to get revenge on the slavers who murdered his people and took away his home. To destroy their regime, he must infiltrate and dismantle them from the inside, or die trying.

TEN ARROWS OF IRON Cover Launch

Sal the Cacophony returns looking as badass as ever in the cover for TEN ARROWS OF IRON, the sequel to Sam Sykes’s widely acclaimed SEVEN BLADES IN BLACK. Check it out below! Sykes’s latest trilogy, The Grave of Empires, is an unforgettable epic fantasy that follows an outcast mage caught between two warring empires.

Design by Lauren Panepinto; Illustration by Jeremy Wilson

Sal the Cacophony – outlaw, outcast, outnumbered – destroys all that she loves. Her lover lost and cities burned in her wake, all she has left is her magical gun and her all-consuming quest for revenge against those who stole her power and took the sky from her.

When the roguish agent of a mysterious patron offers her the chance to participate in a heist to steal an incredible power from the famed airship fleet, the Ten Arrows, she finds a new purpose. But a plot to save the world by bringing down empires swiftly escalates into a conspiracy of magic and vengeance that threatens to burn everything to ash, including herself.

Praise for SEVEN BLADES IN BLACK:

“Sykes is a master at taking familiar elements of fantasy and stirring them to a wicked, wholly original churn. In Sal the Cacophony, Sykes has crafted a protagonist for the ages. Ludicrous, wicked, delightful.”    — Pierce Brown, New York Times bestselling author

Seven Blades in Black offers villains that are as memorable and unique as the heroes. Action, magic, romance and humor mingle well in this mammoth tale. It’s an immersive read in a well realized world.”  — Robin Hobb, New York Times bestselling author

“Exciting and inventive. I never realized how much I needed wizard-hunting gunslingers in my life.”  — Peter V. Brett, New York Times bestselling author

Seven Blades in Black is terrific. The tale of Sal the Cacophony is delightfully sarcastic and deeply sorrowful.”  — Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld 

“Gunslingers and mad mages and monsters, oh my. Sykes’ latest is a brutal and vulgar epic yet still fun enough that – and I say this as the highest of compliments – makes me wish like hell it ends up with an adaptation into a role-playing game.”  — Chuck Wendig, New York Timesbestselling author

“Sykes’ writing is full of heart, hilarity, and the frank understanding that as humans we are all disasters. Come for the adventures, stay for the weirdos.”  — R. F. Kuang, author of The Poppy War 

“By the end of the first page, you’ll know Sam is in love with his characters. By the end of the second, you’ll know you are too.”  — Myke Cole, author of The Armored Saint 

“A love letter to Final Fantasy and badass women, told with with an irresistible mix of passion and wit.”  — David Dalglish, author of Soulkeeper 

“With skillful worldbuilding, unexpected humor, and characters real enough to touch, this is easily Sykes’s best book to date.”  — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Compulsive from start to finish.”  — Kirkus (starred review)

Acquisitions Announcement: GOLDILOCKS by Laura Lam

We’re delighted to announce that Orbit has acquired a bold and thought-provoking new sci-fi thriller, GOLDILOCKS, by Laura Lam! On a near-future Earth ravaged by environmental disaster, greed, and oppression, five women astronauts must hijack a spaceship to journey to a new home – and a brighter future – for humanity.

Orbit US will be publishing GOLDILOCKS in hardcover in May 2020. In the meantime, check out the hauntingly beautiful cover below, designed by Yeti Lambregts. Be sure to follow Laura on Twitter: @LR_Lam.

The future of humanity hangs in the balance – and one woman can tip it over.

Despite increasing restrictions on the freedoms of women on Earth, Valerie Black is spearheading the first all-female mission to a planet in the Goldilocks Zone, where conditions are just right for human habitation.

It’s humanity’s last hope for survival, and Naomi, Valerie’s surrogate daughter and the ship’s botanist, has been waiting her whole life for an opportunity like this – to step out of Valerie’s shadow and really make a difference.

But when things start going wrong on the ship, Naomi begins to suspect that someone on board is concealing a terrible secret – and realizes time for life on Earth may be running out faster than they feared . . .

Acquisition Announcement – BONE SHARD DAUGHTER by Andrea Stewart

As announced in BookBrunch this morning, we’re delighted to have acquired an amazing debut fantasy trilogy from Chinese-American writer Andrea Stewart. The first book in the series – BONE SHARD DAUGHTER – will publish in Autumn 2020.

BONE SHARD DAUGHTER is set in an empire of many islands, where bone shard magic fuels monstrous constructs that enforce law and order. Yet the emperor’s rule is failing and whispers of revolution carry from island to island. Lin is the emperor’s daughter and heir, and only she can save the empire and its people. But to do so, she must master the art of bone shard magic – and unlock the secrets of her own forgotten past.

With its brilliantly-realised magic system, inventive world-building and a cast of wonderful characters, there’s just so much to love about Andrea’s captivating debut – we can’t wait to share BONE SHARD DAUGHTER with you next year! In the meantime, be sure to follow Andrea on Twitter.

Orbit UK editor James Long – working in conjunction with Orbit US senior editor Brit Hvide – pre-empted world English rights from Juliet Mushens at Caskie Mushens in a significant six-figure deal.

 

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

THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by Alix E. Harrow (US | UK)

STORM CURSED by Patricia Briggs (UK)

NEW: THE BURNING WHITE by Brent Weeks (US | UK)

NEW: A LITTLE HATRED by Joe Abercrombie (US)

 

Science Fiction – VOTE HERE

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

THE FUTURE OF ANOTHER TIMELINE by Annalee Newitz (UK)

NEW: CHILDREN OF RUIN by Adrian Tchaikovsky (US)

 

Debut – VOTE HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by Alix E. Harrow (US | UK)

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

 

Cover Launch: A DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF MAGICIANS by H. G. Parry

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

THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by Alix E. Harrow (US | UK)

STORM CURSED by Patricia Briggs (UK)

 

Science Fiction – VOTE NOW

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

THE FUTURE OF ANOTHER TIMELINE by Annalee Newitz (UK)

 

Debut – VOTE NOW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by Alix E. Harrow (US | UK)

 

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.