Archive for Contents

Cover Launch: CHILDREN OF RUIN by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Orbit is proud to be the US home for Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Arthur C. Clarke’s award-winning novel CHILDREN OF TIME and its sequel CHILDREN OF RUIN. Ambitious, thought provoking, and immersive, it’s a modern classic perfect for fans of SF giants like Iain M. Banks, Peter F. Hamilton and Alastair Reynolds.

Everyone from author/screenwriter Peter Ness to actor James McAvoy has praised this epic story of humanity’s battle for survival on a terraformed planet. And Lionsgate has optioned it for film adaptation.

The US edition of Children of Time just came out this week, and Children of Ruin will be on US bookshelves in May 2019.

 

“Children of Time is a joy from start to finish. Entertaining, smart, surprising and unexpectedly human.”—Patrick Ness

“Brilliant science fiction and far out world building.” — James McAvoy

“The smartest evolutionary worldbuilding you’ll ever read.” —Peter F Hamilton

“This is superior stuff, tackling big themes – gods, messiahs, artificial intelligence, alienness – with brio.” —Financial Times

“Packed with ingenious ideas … classic widescreen space opera.”—New Scientist

*Children of Time and Children of Ruin are published by Pan Macmillan in the UK.

Images by Shutterstock

Cover Launch: THE HOUSE OF SACRIFICE by Anna Smith Spark

Anna Smith Spark’s blockbuster grimdark trilogy has been garnering praise from across the fantasy community, with fans like Mark Lawrence and Scott Lynch. It was shortlisted for both the British Fantasy Award for Best Novel and the Gemmell Morningstar award. And, to top it all off, we think Gene Mollica and Lauren Panepinto designed us some really incredible covers.

In fact, we just got a look at the cover for the third book in the trilogy. Check it out below, and then make sure to pick up the bloody, brilliant final installment in the Empires of Dust trilogy when it publishes in August next year.

Marith’s power is growing. His empire stretches across half the world, and allies are flocking to his banner to share the spoils of war. With Thalia ruling at his side they are unstoppable.

But Marith is become increasingly mentally unstable and their victories cannot continue forever.

Read the final book in this “gritty and glorious!” (Miles Cameron) epic fantasy series reminiscent of Joe Abercrombie and Mark Lawrence where the exiled son of a king fights to reclaim his throne no matter the cost. 

   

Acquisition Announcement: new Melissa Caruso series

We’re thrilled to announce that we have acquired a new trilogy by Melissa Caruso from Naomi Davis of BookEnds Literary! Melissa returns to Raverra and Vaskandar with the story of Ryx, the granddaughter of a Vaskandran Witch Lord, who is born with magic so lethal as to be unusable. She seeks help in Raverra, only to become embroiled in an international magical conflict that threatens to call up destruction from the very depths of Hell. The first book in this series will be published in 2020.

Did you love THE TETHERED MAGE (US | UK)? Bereft at the thought of leaving Raverra at the end of THE UNBOUND EMPIRE? Melissa has you covered with her new series. If you haven’t read her work and you’re hungry for gorgeous epic fantasy full of deadly magic, twisty intrigue, and dangerously complicated families—pick up the Swords and Fire trilogy now, starting with THE TETHERED MAGE and THE DEFIANT HEIR (US | UK).

  

Don’t forget to pre-order the final book of the Swords and Fire trilogy, THE UNBOUND EMPIRE, now!

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

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

Melissa Caruso is the Gemmell Award-nominated author of the Swords and Fire epic fantasy trilogy. Follow her on Twitter @melisscaru and find out more at melissacaruso.net.

Design credit: Lisa Marie Pompilio; Art credit: Crystal Ben & Arcangel

Introducing OUR WAR by Craig DiLouie

OUR WAR by Craig DiLouie is a powerful novel about the next American civil war, and the children forced to fight in the conflict. Taking a look at all sides, the novel is a prescient and gripping view on a war where not even the youngest among us are exempt.

Below is the striking cover designed by Lisa Marie Pompilio, featuring one of the protagonists, 10-year-old Hannah Miller.

Our children are our soldiers.

After his impeachment, the president of the United States refuses to leave office, and the country erupts into a fractured and violent war. Orphaned by the fighting and looking for a home, 10-year-old Hannah Miller joins a citizen militia in a besieged Indianapolis.

In the Free Women militia, Hannah finds a makeshift family. They’ll teach her how to survive. They’ll give her hope. And they’ll show her how to use a gun.

Hannah’s older brother, Alex, is a soldier too. But he’s loyal to other side, and has found his place in a militant group of fighters who see themselves as the last bastion of their America. By following their orders, Alex will soon make the ultimate decision behind the trigger.

On the battlefields of America, Hannah and Alex will risk everything for their country, but in the end they’ll fight for the only cause that truly matters — each other.

Praise for Craig DiLouie and ONE OF US (US | UK):

Praise for Craig DiLouie and One of Us:

“DiLouie continues to be the master of writing the human heart and all the terrors it contains.” — Peter Clines

“Craig DiLouie is fearless as he explores the dark territory of the human heart.” — Jonathan Maberry

“Its portrayal of hatred feels all too real — and will stay with you long after the book is done.” — The Washing Post

“One of Us is a stunning achievement in speculative fiction.” — Shelf Awareness

Cover Launch – THE FIFTH WARD: GOOD COMPANY by Dale Lucas

Fantasy cities are sprawling, dirty places. Filled to bursting with heroes questing, mages testing out spells, thieves around every corner, elves judging everyone, dwarves hating everyone, orcs fighting everyone, and humans being typical humans. You get the idea, there’s a lot going on! Enter Rem and Torval: one a human, the other a dwarf, and both working as Watchwardens.

They’re the city of Yenara’s thin blue line. They keep the peace as best they can. But that’s no small task. And now, in their third adventure together, THE FIFTH WARD: GOOD COMPANY they’re heading out of the city on their first road trip. And the journey will be more perilous than they could ever expect.

Cover art by Sammy Yuen; Design by Lauren Panepinto

Humans, orcs, mages, elves, and dwarves all jostle for success and survival in the cramped quarters of Yenara, while understaffed Watch Wardens struggle to keep its citizens in line.

Now, Rem and Torval must escort a notorious thief through a dangerous forest to the nearby city from where he escaped. But the thief’s companions are waiting, and the soldiers Rem and Torval journey with might not be so honorable.

The Fifth Ward: Good Company publishes July 9th, 2019, but be sure to check out the first two books featuring Rem and Torval’s adventures in fantasy’s seediest city.

First Watch 

 

 

 

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!

Cover Launch: THE WITCH’S KIND by Louisa Morgan

If you loved A SECRET HISTORY OF WITCHES (US | UK), don’t miss Bustle’s cover reveal and exclusive excerpt of the book you’ve been waiting for, THE WITCH’S KIND! (US | UK) Click over for a sneak peek of Louisa Morgan’s absorbing new tale of love, sacrifice, family ties, and magic, set in the Pacific Northwest in the aftermath of World War II.

Barrie Anne Blythe and her aunt Charlotte have always known that the other residents of their small coastal community find them peculiar—two women living alone on the outskirts of town. It is the price of concealing their strange and dangerous family secret.

But two events threaten to upend their lives forever. The first is the arrival of a mysterious abandoned baby with a hint of power like their own. The second is the sudden reappearance of Barrie Anne’s long-lost husband—who is not quite the man she thought she married.

Together, Barrie Anne and Charlotte must decide how far they are willing to go to protect themselves—and the child they think of as their own—from suspicious neighbors, the government, and even their own family…

If you loved Practical Magic, The Witch’s Daughter, or A Discovery of Witches, then The Witch’s Kind will be your new favorite novel. It publishes in Spring 2019, but meanwhile, go say hi to Louisa on Twitter, and if you haven’t tried A Secret History of Witches, pick up that book before The Witch’s Kind drops!

 

Design by Lisa Marie Pompilio; Photography by Shannon Sturgis

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.