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Dragon Slayers Wanted

This summer, dragons are hotter (*ahem*) than ever. Orbit is celebrating all things scaly, fire-breathing and treasure-guarding by pairing readers with their ideal dragon-slaying quest. Looking for a bounty of gold and eternal glory? Or just up for a challenging fight? We can find the perfect dragon for every occasion. If you think you’re ready to defeat the beast, get your dragon slaying quest today.

Dragon Slayers Wanted

Plus we’re publishing three brand new titles over the next three months that feature magnificent drakes in one form or another: THE WAKING FIRE by Anthony Ryan (UK | AUS), DRAGON LORDS: FOOL’S GOLD by Jon Hollins (US | UK | AUS), and CHASING EMBERS by James Bennett (US | UK| AUS). Look out for these in a bookstore near you!Dragon Book Covers

 

Hungry For His Love? How To Tell If That Supernatural Hottie Is Into You.

In honour of the sizzling new urban fantasy, FULL BLOODED (UK | US | ANZ) by Amanda Carlson – out this September – we’ve put together a fun Friday quiz for you. If you, just like Jessica McClain, are new to being a werewolf and to the supernatural world, you might need just a few handy tips on how to read the signs when dating a shifter . . .

To celebrate the release of Amanda Carlson's Full Blooded, a werewolf urban fantasy novel, try this quiz on "How to tell if that supernatural hottie's in you"
(Click on the quiz to see a larger version.)

So how did you do? Check your results here!

For more steamy supernatural action, check out FULL BLOODED (UK | US | ANZ) by Amanda Carlson, out in September (you can already read the action-packed opening chapter online here). If you think you just can’t wait for it to come out, the fantastic prequel novella BLOODED, is already available.

The Iron Wyrm Affair: Can you Deduce like a Detective?

Bannon and Clare stand ready to solve another mystery!THE IRON WYRM AFFAIR (UK | US | ANZ) is a steampunk fantasy about what happens when all the geniuses of Londinium are targeted by a vicious killer. The sorceress Emma Bannon and one of the last remaining such geniuses, Archibald Clare, must struggle to solve the mystery and stay alive!

Archie’s unnatural deductive faculties are why he’s in danger – and of course Emma’s not too bad at solving mysteries herself! Can you deduce like a Victorian detective? Read on to try your skills . . .

Question: Although those on a mission for the crown have little time for frivolous parlour games, there’s no harm in keeping one’s deductive faculties sharp. Bannon and Clare have decided to test each other over the dessert course . . . Emma tells Archibald about an American gentleman and his son who were involved in an industrial accident in one of Londinium’s clockhorse factories. The man was killed, but the son lived and was rushed to St. Thomas’s Hospital. The head surgeon glanced at the boy and confessed, “I cannot operate upon this patient – he is my son!” How could this be?

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Archie tells Emma that the doctor was the young gentleman’s mother.

Question: Archibald tells Emma about a Grecquean island where those from the North side of the island always lie, and those from the South always tell the truth.  Archie was sampling the cuisine at a local restaurant when three men approached him. The first man told Archie that himself and his compatriots were from the North. The second man said ‘only one of us is from the South’. The third man said nothing at all. Archibald asks Emma which of the men were from the North.

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Emma knows that only the second man was from the South, but scolds Archie for the frankly preposterous nature of his riddle.

Question: Emma regales Archibald with the details of her visit to a charming country estate while investigating its owner for crimes against Queen Victrix. Although the owner was not at home, as Emma was returning to her carriage a vicious guard dog lunged at her. Although it could not reach her as its chain was attached to a tree, it followed her every move, growling horribly, and had access to both of her carriage doors. Although her bodyguard Mikal was keen to shoot it for threatening his mistress, Emma sternly told him to put away his pistol as she could see a way back to her carriage without the use of force or magic. What did she do?

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Archibald guessed correctly that Emma led the dog around its tree until the chain had been shortened enough that she could reach her carriage.

Question: Inspired by Emma’s canine riddle, Archie tells her about the time a hired hansom was conveying him through the streets of Londinium. The hansom came to a street painted entirely black. The gas lamps were broken, no doubt by flashboys, and neither Archie nor the coachman were carrying lanterns. Nevertheless, the coachman managed to swerve in time to avoid the entirely black dog that ran out on the road in front of them. How could he have seen the dog in time?

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Happily for the dog, Emma concludes, it was daylight.

 How did you do? Share some of your favourite riddles with us in the comments . . .

Test Your Knowledge: The Gaming Quiz

a question markA bit of fun this Friday – can you beat our computer games quiz by naming the ten characters who uttered the quotes below, and the games they’re from?

You all enjoyed testing your geeky knowledge on the urban fantasy heroines quiz we created a few months ago, and as we released GEARS OF WAR: THE SLAB (UK | ANZ) this month as well as MASS EFFECT: DECEPTION (UK | ANZ) in February we thought we’d create another quiz, this time on the subject of computer games. Here come the quotes!

1. “You had a cat named Ser-Pounce-a-lot?”

2. “Oh, right. I know a lot about lifting curses. That’s why I’m a disembodied talking skull sitting on top of a spike in the middle of a swamp.”

covers for the five Gears of War novels released by Orbit so far

3. “I am the very model of a scientist Salarian! I’ve studied species Turian, Asari and Batarian . . .” [sung to the tune of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Major-General’s Song]

4. “I am sworn to carry your burdens.”

5. “The Enrichment Centre is required to remind you that the Weighted Companion Cube cannot talk. In the event that it does talk The Enrichment Centre asks you to ignore its advice.”

6. “When’s the last time the wind said ‘Hoosssttiiileesss’ to you?”

7. “Watching you guys is like a night in, watching my favourite movie. What was the name of that movie again? Oh, yes. Attack of the stupid bungling idiots who can’t find an even bigger idiot running around dressed like a bat!”

the covers for the four mass effect novels released by Orbit so far

8. “Somebody set up us the bomb.”

9. “Well, I see that the President has equipped his daughter with ballistics too!”

10. “What are you, Desmond, a vegan? You’d be the first vegan assassin in history.”

When you find the answers, comment with the number of the quote, and the character and game that the quote came from – will you be the first to answer correctly?

Answers will be posted on the blog next Friday. Would you kindly try not to use Google to find these quotes, because, well, it’ll just spoil the fun, really! Super sneaky bonus points if you can identify the source of the hidden gaming quote in this paragraph.

Edit as of Friday 25th May: A week has passed and we’re posting the answers, so here they are, under the cut!

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Seven Days for SEVEN PRINCES: The Quiz

The cover for the debut fantasy novel Seven Princes by John R FultzWe’ve drawn up a quiz based around the number 7 – lucky for some – to celebrate the release of the epic fantasy Seven Princes (UK | US | ANZ) by John R. Fultz.

Find out if the number 7 is lucky for you by taking the quiz below.

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