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Cover Launch: MAKER’S CURSE by Trudi Canavan

Fantasy fans: the wait is nearly over . . .  the final installment in Trudi Canavan‘s Millennium’s Rule series is on its way!

MAKER’S CURSE (UK|US|ANZ) will publish in May 2020, and today we’re delighted to unveil the stunning cover. And if you can’t wait until May, read on for a taste of what’s in store!

Rielle is now the Maker, restorer of worlds. She has lost count of the number of worlds she has been sent to save. 

Tyen has cast off his old identity. No longer a spy, he now attempts to teach new sorcerers and find ways to counteract the war machines that are spreading throughout the worlds.

But when an old enemy brings news of something worse than magically dead worlds and dangerous sorcerers – a threat unlike anything the worlds have faced before – Rielle and Tyen must reunite if they are to have any chance at saving humanity.

Praise for Millennium’s Rule:

‘Epic, vivid and believable’ Guardian

‘It’s easy to see why Trudi Canavan’s novels so often make the bestseller lists’ SFX

‘A must for fans of Canavan’s previous work and for fantasy fans in general’ Press Association

‘The world-building is tremendous. The magical system is sophisticated and fascinating’ Striking Keys

MAKER’S CURSE (UK|US|ANZ) is available for pre-order now.

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing WE RIDE THE STORM by Devin Madson

A storm is coming! We’re delighted to announce our acquisition of a thrilling epic fantasy, WE RIDE THE STORM by Devin Madson. Originally self-published, We Ride the Storm charged into Mark Lawrence’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off 2018 and landed in the top 3. Following an exiled warrior, a cursed assassin and a power-hungry princess as they chase their own ambitions no matter the cost, it’s a propulsive tale that will keep you up way past your bedtime convinced you’ll only read one more chapter.

To whet your appetite, check out the stunning cover with art by Nico Delort and designed by Lisa Marie Pompilio.

Eager to dive in? Well you’re in luck! The eBook is out now, and the paperback will follow in June. I hope you’ll all join us in welcoming Devin. You can find her at http://www.devinmadson.com/ and on Twitter at @DevinMadson.

War built the Kisian Empire. War will tear it down.

Seventeen years after rebels stormed the streets, factions divide Kisia. Only the firm hand of the god-emperor holds the empire together. But when a shocking betrayal destroys a tense alliance with neighboring Chiltae, all that has been won comes crashing down.

In Kisia, Princess Miko Ts’ai is a prisoner in her own castle. She dreams of claiming her empire, but the path to power could rip it, and her family, asunder.

In Chiltae, assassin Cassandra Marius is plagued by the voices of the dead. Desperate, she accepts a contract that promises to reward her with a cure if she helps an empire fall.

And on the border between nations, Captain Rah e’Torin and his warriors are exiles forced to fight in a foreign war or die.

As an empire dies, three warriors will rise. They will ride the storm or drown in its blood.

PRAISE FOR WE RIDE THE STORM:

“Intricate, compelling and vividly imagined, this is the first in a new series that I am hugely excited about. Visceral battles, complex politics and fascinating worldbuilding bring Devin’s words to life.” –Anna Stephens, author of Godblind

“An utterly arresting debut, Storm‘s heart is in its complex, fascinating characters, each trapped in ever tightening snarls of war, politics and magic. One of the best new voices in fantasy.” –Sam Hawke, author of City of Lies

“A brutal, nonstop ride through an empire built upon violence and lies, a story as gripping as it is unpredictable. Never shying away from the consequences of the past nor its terrible realities, Madson balances characters you want to love with actions you want to hate while mixing in a delightful amount of magic, political intrigue, and lore.” –K. A. Doore, author of The Perfect Assassin

“Darkly devious and gripping epic fantasy boasting complex characters, brutal battle and deadly intrigue. We Ride the Storm is breathtaking, brilliant and bloody -it grips you hard and does not let go.” –Cameron Johnston, author of The Traitor God

Orbit US editor Nivia Evans acquired World rights from Julie Crisp at Julie Crisp Literary Agency. Orbit UK editor Emily Byron has secured UK rights.

Cover Launch: RAVENCALLER by David Dalglish

If you loved The Witcher, get ready to meet your new favorite monster-hunter! Devin Eveson is the Soulkeeper, honor-bound to protect humanity from monsters were once thought only to be legend. Devin first captured our hearts when SOULKEEPER (US | UK) launched in 2019, and we’re very excited to be publishing book two of the trilogy (US | UK) in March 2020. Just check out RAVENCALLER’S brilliant cover!

If you haven’t met Devin yet, make sure to get in on the action and pick up a copy of Soulkeeper!

When ancient magic suddenly returns to his land, a warrior priest must protect his world from monsters that were once only legend in the second book of USA Today bestseller David Dalglish’s epic fantasy trilogy.

Magical creatures are attacking the capital city, seeking to retake what was once theirs, and no one is safe. Ancient cultists have cursed the highest members of the Church, turning them into twisted abominations. The only hope for a cure lies with Adria Eveson. To learn the cure, she must befriend an imprisoned cultist, and guard her heart against his seductive promises and twisted logic. 

The fate of all races, human and magical, rests in her hands, and in the choices she makes. Should she choose wrong, only one person stands in her way: her brother, the Soulkeeper Devin Eveson.

Praise for Soulkeeper:

“A dark and lush epic fantasy brimming with magical creatures and terrifying evil…. Readers of George R. R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss will find much to enjoy here.”—Booklist

Soulkeeper is a fast-paced, page-turning ride with a great, likeable main character in Devin Eveson. It’s the definition of entertaining”—John Gwynne, author of Malice

“Dalglish manages to combine familiar elements in exciting ways… that’s sure to keep readers turning pages.” —Publishers Weekly

Cover Design by Lauren Panepinto and Cover Illustration by Paul Scott Canavan

TEN ARROWS OF IRON Cover Launch

Sal the Cacophony returns looking as badass as ever in the cover for TEN ARROWS OF IRON, the sequel to Sam Sykes’s widely acclaimed SEVEN BLADES IN BLACK. Check it out below! Sykes’s latest trilogy, The Grave of Empires, is an unforgettable epic fantasy that follows an outcast mage caught between two warring empires.

Design by Lauren Panepinto; Illustration by Jeremy Wilson

Sal the Cacophony – outlaw, outcast, outnumbered – destroys all that she loves. Her lover lost and cities burned in her wake, all she has left is her magical gun and her all-consuming quest for revenge against those who stole her power and took the sky from her.

When the roguish agent of a mysterious patron offers her the chance to participate in a heist to steal an incredible power from the famed airship fleet, the Ten Arrows, she finds a new purpose. But a plot to save the world by bringing down empires swiftly escalates into a conspiracy of magic and vengeance that threatens to burn everything to ash, including herself.

Praise for SEVEN BLADES IN BLACK:

“Sykes is a master at taking familiar elements of fantasy and stirring them to a wicked, wholly original churn. In Sal the Cacophony, Sykes has crafted a protagonist for the ages. Ludicrous, wicked, delightful.”    — Pierce Brown, New York Times bestselling author

Seven Blades in Black offers villains that are as memorable and unique as the heroes. Action, magic, romance and humor mingle well in this mammoth tale. It’s an immersive read in a well realized world.”  — Robin Hobb, New York Times bestselling author

“Exciting and inventive. I never realized how much I needed wizard-hunting gunslingers in my life.”  — Peter V. Brett, New York Times bestselling author

Seven Blades in Black is terrific. The tale of Sal the Cacophony is delightfully sarcastic and deeply sorrowful.”  — Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld 

“Gunslingers and mad mages and monsters, oh my. Sykes’ latest is a brutal and vulgar epic yet still fun enough that – and I say this as the highest of compliments – makes me wish like hell it ends up with an adaptation into a role-playing game.”  — Chuck Wendig, New York Timesbestselling author

“Sykes’ writing is full of heart, hilarity, and the frank understanding that as humans we are all disasters. Come for the adventures, stay for the weirdos.”  — R. F. Kuang, author of The Poppy War 

“By the end of the first page, you’ll know Sam is in love with his characters. By the end of the second, you’ll know you are too.”  — Myke Cole, author of The Armored Saint 

“A love letter to Final Fantasy and badass women, told with with an irresistible mix of passion and wit.”  — David Dalglish, author of Soulkeeper 

“With skillful worldbuilding, unexpected humor, and characters real enough to touch, this is easily Sykes’s best book to date.”  — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Compulsive from start to finish.”  — Kirkus (starred review)

Cover Launch: THE RANGER OF MARZANNA by Jon Skovron

Orbit US and UK are thrilled to announce that we’ll be publishing Jon Skovron’s new epic fantasy trilogy! Lush and epic in equal measure, THE RANGER OF MARZANNA will sweep you off your feet. Set against a wintery eastern European-inspired backdrop, it is a story about warring siblings, loyal horses, powerful magic, and daring adventures. And we’ve got a gorgeous cover to match!

Here’s a little more about the plot:

Sonya is training to be a Ranger of Marzanna, an ancient sect of warriors who have protected the land for generations. But the old ways are dying, and the rangers have all been forced into hiding or killed off by the invading Empire.

When her father is murdered by imperial soldiers, she decides to finally take action. Using her skills as a ranger she will travel across the bitter cold tundra and gain the allegiance of the only other force strong enough to take down the invaders.

But nothing about her quest will be easy. Her brother, Sebastian, is the most powerful sorcerer the world has ever seen. And he’s fighting for the empire.

Orbit US and UK will be publishing THE RANGER OF MARZANNA in April 2020. In the meantime make sure to say hello to Jon Skovron on twitter: @jonnyskov. Or, check out his previous trilogy!

Pre-order THE RANGER OF MARZANNA now: US | UK

Or purchase Jon Skovron’s previous novels, the EMPIRE OF STORMS trilogy:

  • HOPE AND RED: US | UK
  • BAND AND SHADOW: US | UK
  • BLOOD AND TEMPEST: US | UK

Design by Lisa Marie Pompilio
Illustration by Magali Villeneuve (Website | Twitter | Instagram)

 

 

 

 

Cover Launch: RULE by Rowenna Miller

If you’ve missed Rowenna Miller’s beguiling world of sartorial sorcery, court intrigue, and revolutionary royals, the wait is nearly over—the thrilling conclusion to her French Revolution-inspired epic fantasy, RULE, is hitting shelves in May 2020.  

In the meantime, check out the final book’s gorgeous cover, with art by Carrie Violet and design by Lisa Marie Pompilio.

 

The civil war that the charm caster Sophie and the Crown Prince Theodor tried so desperately to avert has come to Galitha.

While Theodor joins Sophie’s brother and his Reformist comrades in battle, hoping to turn the tide against the better-supplied and better-trained Royalist army, Sophie leverages the only weapon she has: charm and curse casting. She weaves her signature magic into uniforms and supplies, but soon discovers that the challenges of a full-scale war are far greater than the entrepreneurial concerns of her small Galithan dress shop.

The fractured leadership of the Reformist army must coalesce, the people of Galitha unite against enormous odds, and Sophie must create more than a little magical luck in order to have a chance of victory.

Praise for The Unraveled Kingdom:

“Fantasy fans, especially those who grew up reading Tamora Pierce’s Circle of Magic series, will adore Sophie and be riveted as she navigates her shop, her new place in society, her love life, and a potential war. Miller accomplishes the tricky task of keeping the action exciting and page-turning…Highly recommended.”

Booklist (starred review) on Fray

“A tense plot and satisfying character development. This enjoyable installment maintains the innovative magic and well-handled conflict between the personal and the political that marked the series debut.”
Kirkus on Fray

“Miller places immigrant ambition and women’s lives at the heart of her magical tale of politics and revolution. I was utterly enchanted by this unique, clever and subtly fierce fantasy.”

—Tasha Suri, author of Empire of Sand on Torn

“Miller weaves a fresh, richly textured world full of magic-stitched ball gowns and revolutionary pamphlets. The vivid, complex setting and deeply human characters make for an absorbing read!”
—Melissa Caruso, author of The Tethered Mage on Torn

 

Cover Launch: A DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF MAGICIANS by H. G. Parry

If you loved Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell or Zen Cho’s Sorcerer to the Crown, we have great news! A DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF MAGICIANS, H.G. Parry’s Age of Enlightenment-set story of magic, war, and the struggle for freedom, is coming June 2020. In the meantimeyou can behold its enchanting cover designed by Orbit’s own Lisa Marie Pompilio.

A sweeping tale of revolution and wonder in a world not quite like our own.

It is the Age of Enlightenment — of new and magical political movements, from the necromancer Robespierre calling for revolution in France to the weather mage Toussaint L’Ouverture leading the slaves of Haiti in their fight for freedom, to the bold new Prime Minister William Pitt weighing the legalization of magic amongst commoners in Britain and abolition throughout its colonies overseas. 

But amidst all of the upheaval of the early modern world, there is an unknown force inciting all of human civilization into violent conflict. And it will require the combined efforts of revolutionaries, magicians, and abolitionists to unmask this hidden enemy before the whole world falls to darkness and chaos.

Cover Launch: SMOKE BITTEN by Patricia Briggs

Exciting news for fans of Patricia Briggs: everyone’s favourite kick-ass shapeshifter, Mercy Thompson, will be back in action next year in SMOKE BITTEN (UK|ANZ).

We are thrilled to reveal the gorgeous cover below.

In the twelfth installment of this bestselling series, Mercy encounters a threat unlike any she has faced before. Read on for a taste of what’s in store:

 

I am Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman. My only ‘superpowers’ are that I turn into a thirty-five-pound coyote and fix Volkswagens. But I have friends in odd places and a pack of werewolves at my back. It looks like I’m going to need them.

Centuries ago, the fae dwelt in Underhill. When they were cast out, they left behind their great castles, troves of magical artefacts . . . and their prisoners. Without the fae to mind them, those creatures roamed freely through Underhill wreaking havoc. Only the deadliest survived.

Now one of those prisoners has escaped. It can look like any creature it chooses and if it bites you, it controls you. It lives for chaos and destruction and can make you do anything – even kill the person you love the most. Now it is here, in the Tri-Cities. In my territory.

It won’t – can’t – remain. Not if I have anything to say about it . . .

 

SMOKE BITTEN will hit the shops in May 2020 and is available for pre-order now!

 

Praise for Patricia Briggs:

‘Patricia Briggs is an incredible writer . . . I love hanging out with the amazing characters in this series!’ Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author

‘It is always a joy to pick up a new Briggs novel’ RT Book Reviews

‘Patricia Briggs never fails to deliver an exciting, magic and fable filled suspense story’ Erin Watt, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Royals series.

‘I love these books’ Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author

 

Cover Launch: THERE WILL COME A DARKNESS by Katy Rose Pool

THE AGE OF DARKNESS APPROACHES.

FIVE LIVES STAND IN ITS WAY.

WHO WILL STOP IT . . . OR UNLEASH IT?

 

We’re thrilled to reveal the Orbit cover for THERE WILL COME A DARKNESS (UK|ANZ) by Katy Rose Pool – an unmissable fantasy debut that weaves a captivating tale of prophecy and intrigue, packed with unforgettable characters.

 

Cover design by Duncan Spilling – LBBG

Read on for a taste of what’s in store:

For generations, the Seven Prophets guided humanity. Using their visions of the future, they ended wars and united nations – until they disappeared, one hundred years ago.

But they left behind one final, secret prophecy, foretelling an Age of Darkness and the birth of a new Prophet who could be the world’s salvation . . . or the cause of its destruction.

As a dark new power begins to make war on the magically gifted, five souls are set on a collision course that will determine the fate of their world:

An exiled prince
A ruthless killer known as the Pale Hand
A leader torn between his duty and his heart
A reckless gambler with the power to find anything
And a dying girl on the verge of giving up

ONE OF THEM – OR ALL OF THEM – COULD BREAK THE WORLD. WILL THEY BE SAVIOUR OR DESTROYER?

 

The UK paperback will hit the shops early next year and the incredible reviews are already pouring in:

 

‘A masterful fantasy debut. Katy Rose Pool is a writer to watch’  Sebastien de Castell, author of Traitor’s Blade

‘A beautiful woven fantasy of prophecy, intrigue and unforgettable characters. There Will Come a Darkness feels both utterly original and like the best of classic fantasy  Tasha Suri, author of Empire of Sand

‘This epic fantasy novel revels in rich worldbuilding [and] deftly plays with genre expectations . . . A well-crafted, surprising and gripping start to a new trilogy’  Kirkus (starred review)

‘A brilliantly woven story with compelling characters, surprising twists and a prophecy driven not by distant fate but by hard, human choices. There Will Come a Darkness was a pleasure to read and left me eager for more!’  Melissa Caruso, author of The Tethered Mage

‘Even in a world filled with graces and prophets, the real magic of There Will Come a Darkness is in how Pool has crafted her heroes―messy, flawed, and so beguilingly human. I dare you not to fall madly in love with all of them’  Laura Sebastian, New York Times bestselling author of Ash Princess

A sweeping, ambitious fantasy that pulled me into a world of corruption, dark prophecy and, ultimately, hope. The breathlessly paced story gripped me until the very last pages’  Julie C. Dao, author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

‘Katy Rose Pool combines lovable characters, a gorgeously tangible world and an intricate puzzle-box plot to create a story that will pull you inexorably toward the explosive end’  Sarah Holland, New York Times bestselling author of Everless

 

Katy Rose Pool was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in history, Katy spent a few years building websites by day and dreaming up prophecies by night. Currently, she resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she can be found eating breakfast sandwiches, rooting for the Golden State Warriors and reading books that set her on fire. There Will Come a Darkness is her first novel.

Follow Katy on Twitter: @KatyPool.

Cover Launch: THE SHADOW SAINT by Gareth Hanrahan

Earlier this year, Gareth Hanrahan’s highly anticipated debut, THE GUTTER PRAYER took the fantasy world by storm, introducing a world of sorcerers and thieves, broken gods and dangerous magic.

The epic tale will continue in THE SHADOW SAINT, the gripping second novel in the Black Iron Legacy and we’re thrilled to reveal the stunning cover below:

 

Shadow Saint

Illustration by Richard Anderson
Design by Steve Panton

 

AS THE GODSWAR DRAWS EVER CLOSER AND TENSIONS WITHIN THE CITY ESCALATE, HOW LONG WILL THE PEOPLE OF GUERDON BE ABLE TO KEEP THEIR ENEMIES AT BAY?

The Shadow Saint will hit the shops in January, so if you haven’t discovered the magic of The Gutter Prayer yet there’s still plenty of time to dive in! It’s available in paperback, ebook and audio, read by the wonderful John Banks.

Praise for The Gutter Prayer:

‘Ground breaking and extraordinary’ Peter McLean
‘Captivating’ Nicholas Eames
‘Mind-blowingly stellar in every respect’ Novel Notions
‘Absolutely stunning’ Michael R. Fletcher
‘We can’t wait to dive in to book two’ SciFiNow
‘A gripping, darkly inventive tale’ James Islington
‘Masterful drama, expert dialogue, brilliant characters’ Fantasy Book Review
‘I await the sequel with the keenest anticipation’ Anthony Ryan
‘A mercurial masterpiece . . . Astounding’ Fantasy Hive
‘Put simply, you need to read this’ The Fantasy Inn
‘A brilliant, imaginative debut’ Fantasy Book Critic
‘Undoubtedly, the debut of the year’ Booknest

 

Gareth Hanrahan’s three-month break from computer programming to concentrate on writing has now lasted fifteen years and counting. He’s written more gaming books than he can readily recall, by virtue of the alchemical transmutation of tea and guilt into words. He lives in Ireland with his wife and twin sons.

Follow him on Twitter at @mytholder.