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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

Cover Launch: BRIEF CASES by Jim Butcher

Waiting for the next Dresden Files book can be tough! Luckily for fans of this gripping series, Orbit UK are publishing BRIEF CASES (UK|ANZ) in June: a new collection of Dresden Files stories  – including an original novella, set between SKIN GAME and PEACE TALKS – from international bestseller Jim Butcher. Preorder it today!

We’re very excited to share our cover, by the talented Chris McGrath:

Jim Butcher

Return to the world of Harry Dresden (the only wizard in the Chicago phone book) as he and his friends solve supernatural mysteries, protect the helpless, and fight evil. Packed with all the magic, wisecracking and dazzling action that make the Dresden Files so spectacular, this is not a collection to miss.

Stories included:

• ‘Curses’
• ‘AAAA Wizardry’
• ‘Even Hand’
• ‘B is for Bigfoot’
•’ I was a Teenage Bigfoot’
• ‘Bigfoot on Campus’
• ‘Bombshells’
• ‘Jury Duty’
• ‘Cold Case’
• ‘Day One’
• ‘A Fistful of Warlocks’
Zoo Day

Cover launch: SOMEONE LIKE ME by M. R. Carey

We’re very excited to reveal the cover for a new standalone novel coming from M. R. Carey, author of the million-copy bestselling THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS (UK|US|ANZ).

It’s called SOMEONE LIKE ME and it’s a heart-stopping high-concept thriller with a gripping supernatural twist . . .

SOMEONE LIKE ME book cover by M. R. Carey

SHE LOOKS LIKE ME. SHE SOUNDS LIKE ME.

AND NOW SHE’S TRYING TO TAKE MY PLACE . . .

Liz Kendall wouldn’t hurt a fly. She’s a gentle woman devoted to bringing up her kids in a loving home, no matter how hard times get.

But there’s another side to Liz, one that’s dark and malicious. A version of her that will do anything to get her way – no matter how extreme or violent.

And when this other side of her takes control, the consequences are devastating.

The only way Liz can save herself and her family is if she can find out where this new alter-ego has come from, and how she can stop it.

This book is unlike anything you will have read before . . . imagine Stephen King meets Gone Girl, but with that added touch of M. R. Carey genius and originality! Trust us – you won’t want to miss this. It’s due to be published in late 2018.

And don’t forget – THE BOY ON THE BRIDGE (UK|US|ANZ), the new novel set in the world of THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS releases in paperback next week!

The Girl With All the Gifts   The Boy on the Bridge book cover by M R Carey

BLOOD OF ASSASSINS and a mystery worthy of Girton Club-Foot himself

RJ Barker’s Wounded Kingdom series begins with apprentice assassin Girton Club-Foot and his master attempting to discover the identity of a rival assassin.

BLOOD OF ASSASSINS, the second book in the trilogy, is out this week, and RJ has been investigating a mystery worthy of Girton himself – who IS that assassin on the cover? In the tweets below, RJ thinks he has the answer…

What do you think, has he solved it?

We hope you’re as excited for the release of BLOOD OF ASSASSINS as we are! And if you haven’t read AGE OF ASSASSINS yet, perhaps some of these lovely people can persuade you?

‘RJ Barker is a singular sensational new voice in epic fantasy’ Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld

‘A breath of fresh air’ Peter Newman, author of The Vagrant

‘Outstanding’ James Islington

‘Simply unputdownable’ Fantasy Book Review

‘Hugely enjoyable’ Jen Williams

‘Addictive’ Bibliosanctum

‘As sharp as any blade’ Jon Skovron

‘Steel-sparking action’ Chris Brookmyre

‘I can’t wait for more!’ Melissa Caruso

Cover Launch: ANNEX by Rich Larson

ANNEX, the first book in Rich Larson’s debut series, is out July 24th. This stunning science fiction novel, about a young transgender girl who fights to take back her city from alien invaders, has an equally stunning cover.

Click here to see the full cover in B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog’s exclusive coverage—and watch a video of the cover being painted!

Artwork by Gregory Manchess; Design by Lisa Marie Pompilio

Cover Launch: THE GAME OF LUCK by Catherine Cerveny

Catherine Cerveny’s racy science fiction adventure series concludes with the third and final novel, THE GAME OF LUCK, this September. Here’s an early look at its gorgeous cover!

The Game of Luck, cover design: Lisa Marie Pompilio, artwork: Arcangel and Shutterstock

The perfect society One Gov engineered from Earth’s ashes is beginning to crumble. As social unrest and dissatisfaction spread throughout the tri-system, One Gov struggles to maintain order, and a single misstep could see civilization spiraling into chaos.

During this dark time, Felicia Sevigny is eager to use her card-reading ability and new position with One Gov to help restore peace. But she soon learns that the game of politics is a dangerous one, and being married to Alexei Petriv, head of the Tsarist Consortium and One Gov’s biggest rival, is not necessarily a hand in her favor.

When members of her family begin to disappear, the stakes skyrocket. There are those who would stop at nothing for the chance to exploit Felicia’s luck gene to seize power all over the tri-system. And as the threat of revolution seems imminent, it may be that this time, nothing will be enough to keep Felicia and everyone she loves safe-not even luck. 

Haven’t read this thrilling SF series yet? Go check out The Rule of Luck and The Chaos of Luck!

  

Praise for the Felicia Sevigny series:

“Fans of romance in science fiction are going to love this!” —Kim Harrison, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Nora Roberts meets Neal Stephenson—and is certain to satisfy audiences of both genres.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Cerveny’s debut blends steamy sci-fi with breathless intrigue and action, all set on a far-future Earth that’s equal parts fascinating and terrifying.” —Beth Cato, author of The Clockwork Dagger and Breath of Earth

“A compelling and intriguing read built on a fascinating premise. Cerveny’s future world is richly drawn, and Felicia’s and Alexei’s adventure is definitely an edge-of-your-seat ride.” —Linnea Sinclair, award-winning author of the Dock Five Universe series

“The perfect blend of futuristic intrigue, engrossing action, and passionate romance in a riveting adventure that will leave you hungry for more. Intensely absorbing. Emotionally satisfying.” —Amanda Bouchet, author of the Kingmaker Chronicles

“A fresh heroine pairs with a dangerous hero to confront nuanced and compelling ethical dilemmas… fast-paced, tightly plotted.” —RT Book Reviews 

“Sexy science fiction romance…. will entirely satisfy fans of pulpy SF.” —Publishers Weekly