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Cover Launch: OLYMPUS BOUND by Jordanna Max Brodsky

Ready for a new adventure through modern New York with the ancient Greek gods? Selene DiSilva returns in this latest novel, where classical deities live and love alongside ordinary humans.

olympus bound

Summer in New York: a golden hour on the city streets, but a dark time for Selene DiSilva.

 

Her father has been kidnapped and her friends are being targeted by a murderous cult hungry for an ancient power. If she wants to save the ones she loves, Selene must finally face the past she’s been running from — a past centuries longer than most, stretching all the way back to when her name was Artemis and her family ruled from atop Mount Olympus. 

See what your favorite authors and reviewers are saying about the Olympus Bound books:

“THE IMMORTALS (US | UK | AUS) is a lively re-imagining of classical mythology with an engaging premise, a page-turning plot, and an eye for the arresting and uncanny in contemporary urban life.” —Deborah Harkness

“Brodsky’s writing has claws…They sink in with the first word and don’t let go until you are finished with the book.” —Darynda Jones

“Irresistible…a page-turner that deftly weaves action, romance, and a dash of intellectual heft into one seamless whole.“ —Dustin Thomason

“Plays with more modern mythology, employing New York’s own secret places and storied history to great effect. This intelligent, provocative fantasy breathes exciting new life into old, familiar tales.” —Publishers Weekly

Design-Lisa Marie Pompilio
Photographs-Getty Images

 

Cover Launch: MALICE OF CROWS by Lila Bowen

We know you’ve been waiting for Lila Bowen’s MALICE OF CROWS ever since CONSPIRACY OF RAVENS (US | UK | AUS) left you on the edge of your seats. Get ready for another death-defying mission armed with nothing more than two wings and a gun.

Malice of Crows

Rhett has just shut down a terrible enterprise running on the blood of magical folk, but failed to catch the dark alchemist behind it. Now, he must make the ultimate transformation if he has any hope of stopping the alchemist or fulfilling his destiny; he must become the leader of a new Rangers outpost—the Vagabond Monster Posse.

 To save his friends, and the lives of countless others, he’ll first have to lead them on a mission more dangerous than anything they’ve ever faced.

Readers and reviewers alike have fallen for Lila Bowen’s Shadow series. If you haven’t had a chance to pick up WAKE OF VULTURES (US | UK | AUS), you can dive into this sample chapter now.

“Bowen’s Wake of Vultures overflows with imagination and voice, channeling shades of Stephen King’s Gunslinger and Western classics like Unforgiven. Nettie Lonesome is sure to become one of the iconic characters of this generation. This book puts you under its spell and will not let you go!”— Jason M. Hough

“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!)

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

“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

“Lila Bowen brings in a wild fantasy quite unlike anything I’ve ever read, with a voice that’s weird and wonderful. Bowen is truly a talent to watch.”—Chuck Wendig

“Nettie Lonesome is a complex, tough, all-around wonderful protagonist. And Lila Bowen is equally wonderful for bringing us Nettie’s story, set in a magical old west full of harpies and monster-hunters and stolen children and more. I look forward to more of Nettie’s journey.”—Jim C. Hines

Design- Lisa Marie Pompilio

 

New Acquisition –SOUL OF THE WORLD by David Mealing

It’s no secret that Orbit loves epic fantasies—massive worlds, dire stakes, bloody battles, intricate magic systems, and a cast of characters that makes you fall in love. Our recent acquisition SOUL OF THE WORLD (US | UK | AUS has all of that plus monsters, murderers, and an invisible dragon creature. In the book, we follow a military general, a street artist, and a warrior as they uncover secret magics and discover a plot that could threaten the entire world. Now that’s big. You’ll get to read it in June 2017. In the meantime, say “Hi” to David Mealing on Twitter at @ddmealing.

Three must fight. Three must die. Three must rise.

It is a time of revolution. In the cities, food shortages stir citizens to riots against the crown. In the wilds, new magic threatens the dominance of the tribes. And on the battlefields, even the most brilliant commanders struggle in the shadow of total war. Three lines of magic must be mastered in order to usher in a new age, and three heroes must emerge.

Sarine is an artist on the streets of New Sarresant whose secret familiar helps her uncover bloodlust and madness where she expected only revolutionary fervor.

Arak’Jur wields the power of beasts to keep his people safe, but his strength cannot protect them from war amongst themselves.

Erris is a brilliant cavalry officer trying to defend New Sarresant from an enemy general armed with magic she barely understands.

Each must learn the secrets of their power in time to guide their people through ruin. But a greater evil may be trying to stop them

Cover Launch: COLD WELCOME by Elizabeth Moon

Nebula-Award-winner Elizabeth Moon returns to science fiction with a thrilling new space opera adventure, COLD WELCOME (UK|ANZ), and we’re delighted to reveal the stunning cover below.

Elizabeth Moon

Cover design by Sean Garrehy
Illustration by Steve Stone @ Artist partners

Admiral Ky Vatta should return to her childhood home a war hero, but on the way her shuttle is downed by sabotage. Marooned in a hostile landscape it’ll take every bit of wit, skill and luck she can muster to lead her fellow survivors to safety, knowing that the mysterious enemies who destroyed the ship are on the hunt, and may have an agent in the group ready to finish the job at any moment. And was the sabotage an attempt on Ky’s own life, or someone else’s?

Praise for Elizabeth Moon:
‘Sheer delight’ – Anne McCaffrey
‘Absolutely compelling’ – Greg Bear
‘Full of thrills’ – Locus
‘Unforgettable’ – Jack McDevitt
‘Hard to put down’ – SFSite.com
‘Continues to get better with every volume’ – Guardian
‘Superlative’ – Booklist
‘She deserves all her success – and more’ – SciFi.com

COLD WELCOME will be hitting shops in April and is available for pre-order now.

‘CONTEMPORARY AND AS GRIMDARK AS IT COMES’: Announcing New Books from Adrian Selby

We were thrilled last year to publish Adrian Selby’s fantasy debut SNAKEWOOD, which has received rave reviews for its razor-sharp action scenes, original worldbuilding and gripping plot. If you’ve not yet read this wonderfully gritty tale about a band of twenty mercenaries who are being assassinated one by one by an unknown enemy, then never fear: the paperback is out this week!

That’s not all – we’re delighted to announce that Orbit have acquired two new books from Adrian and his agent Jamie Cowen, both fantasy adventures set in the same world as SNAKEWOOD. Adrian took twenty years to write his debut tale of twenty mercenaries, but we won’t have to wait that long again – the second book will be out in 2018. We’re counting down the days already.

Adrian can be found online at his website and on Twitter.

Praise for SNAKEWOOD:

‘Contemporary and as grimdark as it comes’ British Fantasy Society

‘Perfect for fans of Joe Abercrombie’ RT Book Reviews

‘Absolutely fascinating and incredibly original’ Sense of Wonder

‘Relish the well-choreographed action scenes in this debut fantasy’ Library Journal

‘Wears its grimdark on its sleeve … a thrilling tale of adventure, betrayal, triumph and loss’ Interzone

‘A lot to enjoy, especially if you are a fan of dark, gritty, old-soldier stories’ Fantasy Faction

‘Demonstrates the command of style, character, plotting, and world building of a seasoned author’ Booklist

‘A fantasy novel that remembers that battles leave all kinds of scars’ B&N Science Fiction and Fantasy blog

‘I give it nothing but the highest recommendation’ Grimdark magazine

Cover launch: THE END OF THE DAY

We launched the cover for THE END OF THE DAY (UK|ANZ|US) exclusively at SciFiNow today.

Head over there to read about this mysterious and compelling novel coming out in April this year from Claire North, the voice behind THE FIRST FIFTEEN LIVES OF HARRY AUGUST (UK|ANZ|US).

Cover Design: Duncan Spilling – Little, Brown Book Group, Photography: Ayal Ardon/Archangel Images

Orbit Acquires Three Books by Hugo Award-Winning Author N.K. Jemisin

portrait of N.K. Jemisin FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK, NY (January 9, 2017) – Orbit has acquired three new novels by Hugo Award-winning author N.K. Jemisin. All three will be published by Orbit in both the United States and the United Kingdom, and as audio editions by Hachette Audio.

Acquiring editor Brit Hvide said, “N. K. Jemisin is one of the most creative, incisive, and important writers working in fantasy today, and her recent Hugo win only underlines that fact. We at Orbit are proud to continue publishing Jemisin’s work and to amplify her remarkable voice.”

Jemisin is the author of THE FIFTH SEASON (US | UK | AUS), THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS (US | UK | AUS), THE KILLING MOON (US | UK | AUS) and other widely acclaimed fantasy novels. Her Hugo Award win for The Fifth Season was historic, making her the first black writer to take home that award for Best Novel.

The first newly-acquired book, currently untitled, will be Jemisin’s first set in our world, and is a contemporary fantasy dealing with themes of race and power in New York City. It has a projected publication date of April 2019.

N. K. Jemisin said, “I’ve been very happy with Orbit and am thrilled that they’re giving me more chances to explore my creative visions. This is an idea that I’ve been thinking about for a long time and I’m glad to finally be able to put it to the page.

The Fifth Season was also nominated for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards for Best Novel. It was a New York Times Notable Book of 2015 and has been called “intricate and extraordinary” (New York Times), “astounding” (NPR Books), “amazing” (Bustle), and “unflinching” (Kirkus, starred review). THE OBELISK GATE (US | UK | AUS), the sequel to The Fifth Season, was published by Orbit in August 2016 and the third book in the trilogy, THE STONE SKY (US | UK | AUS) will be published in Summer 2017.

About Orbit

Orbit is the science fiction and fantasy imprint of Hachette Book Group.

About Hachette Book Group:

Hachette Book Group is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre (a Lagardère company), the third-largest trade and educational publisher in the world. HBG is made up of eight publishing groups: Little, Brown and Company; Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Grand Central Publishing; Perseus Books; Orbit; Hachette Books; Hachette Nashville; and Hachette Audio.

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For more information, contact:
Ellen Wright, Senior Publicist

Cover Launch: STRANGE PRACTICE by Vivian Shaw

We are thrilled to reveal the cover for STRANGE PRACTICE, a spectacular fantasy novel coming in July from debut author Vivian Shaw. Witty and fast-paced, with a heroine who treats rather than fights the supernatural, STRANGE PRACTICE is sure to sweep you off your feet. Cover art and design by Will Staehle.

Meet Greta Helsing, fast-talking doctor to the undead. Keeping the supernatural community not-alive and well in London has been her family’s specialty for generations.

After inheriting a highly specialized – and highly peculiar – medical practice, Dr. Helsing spends her days treating the undead for a host of ills: vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights and entropy in mummies. Although barely making ends meet, this is just the quiet, supernatural-adjacent life Greta’s been preparing for since childhood.

But when a sect of murderous monks starts attacking Londoners, undead and human alike, and terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use all her unusual skills to keep her supernatural clients – and the rest of London – safe.

You can follow Vivian Shaw on Twitter or on Tumblr.

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 Reveal: YOU DIE WHEN YOU DIE by Angus Watson

Dark humour! Visceral action! And a lot of blood . . . Yes, Angus Watson – author of the acclaimed Iron Age trilogy – is back with a bang.

His brilliant new novel, YOU DIE WHEN YOU DIE [UK/US], publishes in June – and here’s the fantastic cover courtesy of artist Larry Rostant and our very own in-house designer Ceara Elliot!

YOU DIE WHEN YOU DIE follows the story of Finn, a young warrior whose settlement is razed by invaders. Cast adrift on a strange new continent, Finn must undertake a perilous journey, battling monsters and hostile tribes while assassins snap at his heels. The good news is that he’s not alone on this adventure. The bad news is that some of his companions pose just as much danger to him as the unknown landscape . . .

June will be here before you know it, so best polish that armour and sharpen your axe!

Angus Watson is the author of the Iron Age trilogy (AGE OF IRON [UK/US/ANZ], CLASH OF IRON [UK/US/ANZ] and REIGN OF IRON [UK/US/ANZ]) and can be found online on Twitter and on his website.

Cover Launch: RAISING FIRE by James Bennett

Hot on the heels of his explosive fantasy debut, CHASING EMBERS, James Bennett is back with RAISING FIRE – another flame-fueled tale of adventure, modern-day mythology and – best of all – dragons! Here’s the wonderful cover, courtesy of our in-house designer Tracey Winwood.

Raising Fire by James Bennett

 

Ben Garston has broken the Lore. Now it’s time to face the music.

Life isn’t treating Ben Garston very well. He’s lost everything he once held dear, including the love of his life. Still, he did at least escape being dragged into hell by a malevolent spirit bent on total destruction. So there is that.

Now Ben just wants to drink, and forget, and drink some more. But he can’t. Not yet.

Because someone is stirring up trouble. Someone who wants to unravel the powerful magic that was spun all those centuries ago, and watch the realm of mythology come crashing into the modern world.

Only Ben can stop them. The world will burn if he fails – and that’s the last thing he needs on his conscience.

RAISING FIRE is currently set to be unleashed in August next year, so there’s plenty of time for you to dive into CHASING EMBERS if you haven’t already! You can follow James Bennett on Twitter – @benjurigan. 

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