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SUCCESSOR’S PROMISE: A message from Trudi Canavan

Succesors Promise, book 3 of Millennium's Rule by Trudi Canavan

SUCCESSOR’S PROMISE (UK|US|ANZ), the third instalment in Trudi Canavan’s Sunday Times bestselling Millennium’s Rule series is out now.

Following THIEF’S MAGIC (UK|US|ANZ) and ANGEL OF STORMS (UK|US|ANZ), this dramatic fantasy novel is set in a time of chaos – where worlds are at war, torn apart by magic and power-hungry sorcerers.

For us and legions of fantasy fans around the world, the release of this new book is a very exciting event!

Trudi filmed the video below to tell readers just what they can expect from this series and SUCCESSOR’S PROMISE – and to send a big thank you to her fans all around the world for everything they do to support her books!

Welcome to the Orbit family, Rowenna Miller!

Orbit has acquired World rights to debut author Rowenna Miller’s enchanting epic fantasy novel, TORN, and two sequels, from Jessica Sinsheimer at the Sarah Jane Freymann Agency. Torn features Sophie Balstrade, a magic-casting seamstress, and the mounting anti-monarchist uprising that forces her to choose between her community and her ambitions.

Look out for Torn in Spring 2018! Meanwhile, you can find Rowenna on Twitter at @RowennaM. Please give her a warm welcome to Orbit!

In a time of revolution, everyone must take a side.

Sophie is a young dressmaker who, with hard work, talent, and a rare proficiency in sewing spells into cloth, has managed to open her own shop and lift herself and her brother, Kristos, out of the poverty that plagues their immigrant community. Her reputation for beautiful ball gowns and discreetly-embroidered charms for luck, love, and protection secures her a commission from the royal family itself—and the commission earns her the attentions of a dashing but entirely unattainable duke.

Meanwhile, her brother, a day laborer with a keen mind and a thirst for justice, rises to prominence in the growing anti-monarchist movement. Their worlds collide when the revolution’s shadow leader takes Kristos hostage and demands that Sophie place a curse on the queen’s new Midwinter costume—or Kristos will die at their hand.

As the proletariat uprising comes to a violent climax, Sophie must choose: between her brother and the community of her birth, and her lover and the life she’s striven to build.

 

Welcome to the Orbit family, Tyler Whitesides!

Orbit has acquired a rollicking new fantasy, THE THOUSAND DEATHS OF ARDOR BENN, and two sequels from bestselling children’s author, Tyler Whitesides. The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn is Tyler’s adult debut and introduces expert thief and con artist, Ardor Benn, and a one-of-a-kind magic centered around the world’s few remaining dragons.

You can meet Ard and his gang in Spring 2018. In the meantime, please join us in welcoming Tyler to Orbit. You can find him on Twitter as @TWhitesides.

“I’m hiring you to steal the king’s crown.”

Ardor Benn is no ordinary thief. Rakish, ambitious, and master of wildly complex heists, he styles himself a Ruse Artist Extraordinaire.

When a priest hires him for the most daring ruse yet, Ardor knows he’ll need more than quick wit and sleight of hand. Assembling a dream team of forgers, disguisers, schemers, and thieves, he sets out to steal from the most powerful king the realm has ever known.

But it soon becomes clear there’s more at stake than fame and glory –Ard and his team might just be the last hope for human civilization.

 

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)

 

 

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

Orbit US is Hiring

We’re looking for a Marketing and Publicity Associate to join our US team in New York. Visit the HBG job board for details!

The Witcher Is Coming To Netflix – Read the Books That Started It All.

Read the Witcher books by Andrzej Sapkowski

Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher saga, which started with The Last Wish (US | UK) and has continued over 8 books, is getting the Netflix treatment. In a press release, Netflix Vice President Erik Barmack says, “Andrzej Sapkowski has created a rich and memorable world, at once magical and familiar. We couldn’t be more excited about bringing the Witcher saga to Netflix members around the world.” Sapkowski, for his part, said, “I’m thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over thirty years writing.”

Sean Daniel and Jason Brown, most recently of The Expanse, will act as executive producers, and Tomek Bagiński and Jarek Sawko from Platige Image, the Polish production and visual effects company that produced many of the cinematics from The Witcher III: The Wild Hunt, will also produce. Additionally, Bagiński will direct at least one episode per season.

 Speaking about the books on which the show will be based, Baginski and Sawko said, “There is a moral and intellectual depth in these books which goes beyond genre. It is a story about today and today’s challenges, hidden under a fantasy cover. It is a story about us, about the monster and the hero inside all of our hearts.”

Where should you start reading the Witcher books? We’ve created a handy guide that will get you up to speed on the lore before the show launches!

Read the official press release: Platige Image – THE WITCHER Saga on Netflix

Last Chance to Vote in the 2017 Gemmell Awards!

Voting for the 2017 Gemmell Awards longlists closes this Friday at midnight (GMT), so now is your last chance to vote for the Legend (best novel), Morningstar (best debut) and Ravenheart (best cover art) awards.

Orbit is very well represented with books across all three categories, so be sure to vote for your favourite titles!

 

Legend Award 

DAUGHTER OF BLOOD by Helen Lowe

THE SPIDER’S WAR by Daniel Abraham

SHADOW AND FLAME by Gail Z. Martin

BLOODMAGE by Stephen Aryan

THE FALL OF THE DAGGER by Glenda Larke

THE SUMMON STONE by Ian Irvine

THE SORCERER’S DAUGHTER by Terry Brooks

A BLADE OF BLACK STEEL by Alex Marshall

THE WAKING FIRE by Anthony Ryan

THE OBELISK GATE by N. K. Jemisin

THE PATH OF THE HAWK by Ian Graham

THE GREAT ORDEAL by R. Scott Bakker

THE BLOOD MIRROR by Brent Weeks

FIREBORN by David Dalglish

A PLAGUE OF SWORDS by Miles Cameron

WRATH by John Gwynn

THE TOWER OF THE SWALLOW by Andrzej Sapkowski

THE MORTAL TALLY by Sam Sykes

THE DRAGON LORDS: FOOL’S GOLD by Jon Hollins

 

Morningstar Award

SNAKEWOOD by Adrian Selby

HOPE AND RED by Jon Skovron

 

Ravenstar Award

All of the above, plus CHAOSMAGE by Stephen Aryan!

 

Once voting on the longlists has closed, the resulting shortlists will be announced and voting opened at midday (GMT) on Friday 21st April. The presentation ceremony will take place on the evening of Saturday 15th July as part of Edge-Lit 6 at The Quad, Derby, UK.

Introducing THE SECRET HISTORY OF WITCHES by Louisa Morgan

THE SECRET HISTORY OF WITCHES by Louisa Morgan is a sweeping novel of family, sacrifice, love, and magic that reveals an ancient and dangerous power handed down from mother to daughter since time began.

After Grandmére Ursule gives her life to save her clan, her scrying stone falls silent. Even with Ursule’s magic lost, her family keeps the Old Faith, practicing the spells and rites that have been handed from mother to daughter for generations. Until one day, Ursule’s young granddaughter steps into the circle, and magic flows anew.

From early 19th century Brittany to London during the Second World War, four generations of women fight the battles of their time, deciding how far they are willing to go to protect their family, their heritage, and ultimately, all of our futures.

The Secret History of Witches will be published in fall 2017 by our sister imprint, Redhook.

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