Updated 15th August 2016: We are currently open for submissions.
Above is the rather eye-catching cover for Ben Aaronovitch‘s first Peter Grant novel, RIVERS OF LONDON. Due to be published on Tuesday (August 30th) by Marco Polo in Taiwan as 倫敦河惡靈騷動, here’s the synopsis…
My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit — we do paperwork so real coppers don’t have to — and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.
Now I’m a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden… and there’s something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair.
The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it’s falling to me to bring order out of chaos — or die trying.
Gollancz has published the first five novels in the series, and is due to publish the sixth novel in the new year.
Yesterday, Gollancz unveiled the cover for Brandon Sanderson‘s upcoming anthology, ARCANUM UNBOUNDED. Collecting a number of short stories and novellas from across his Cosmere series, it is due to be published on November 10th in the UK. Here’s the synopsis…
Arcanum Unbounded is a collection of stories and novellas from fantasy’s most talented writer, including tales from the Reckoners world, the Stormlight Archive and from the bestselling Mistborn universe.
These wonderful works, originally published individually, have been collected for the first time and convey the true expanse of the Cosmere. Telling the exciting tales of adventure Sanderson fans have come to expect, Arcanum Unbounded include the Hugo Award-winning novella ‘The Emperor’s Soul’, an excerpt from the graphic novel ‘White Sand’, and the never-before-published Stormlight Archive novella ‘Edgedancer’.
The collection includes nine works in all:
‘Edgedancer’ (Stormlight Archive)
‘The Hope of Elantris’ (Elantris)
‘The Eleventh Metal’ (Mistborn)‘The Emperor’s Soul’ (Elantris)
‘Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania’ (excerpt; Mistborn)
‘White Sand’ (excerpt; Taldain)
‘Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell’ (Threnody)
‘Sixth of Dusk’ (First of the Sun)
‘Mistborn: Secret History’ (Mistborn)
This superb collection also includes essays and illustrations which offer an insight into the numerous worlds in which the stories are set.
For those who just can’t wait to start reading the stories included, MISTBORN: A SECRET HISTORY was released as a stand-alone eBook earlier this month. Gollancz has also published Brandon’s Mistborn, Stormlight Archives and Reckoners series in the UK, as well as the stand-alone novels ELANTRIS and WARBREAKER.
Zeno represents Brandon Sanderson in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.
Jó, Harry Potter byl od pohledu hodnej kluk a Baxter Zevcenko má stejně sladkej kukuč, ovšem zbytek už tak trochu nesedí… Chodí na střední v Kapském městě, kde si slušně vydělává prodáváním bizarního porna, a tím tahá za nitky v hierarchii školních gangů, a taky chodí s Esmé, sexy šestnáctiletou kleptomankou…
A pak Esmé unesou a vypadá to, že v tom mají prsty dost podivný mocnosti. Baxter ji chce najít za každou cenu a Jackie Ronin, věčně zlehýnka nacamranej lovec duchů, je jedinej, kdo mu dokáže pomoct.
Společně se ponoří do temných…
I LOVE THE SMELL OF PARALLEL DIMENSIONS IN THE MORNING
Baxter Zevcenko’s life is pretty sweet. As the 16-year-old kingpin of the Spider, his smut-peddling schoolyard syndicate, he’s making a name for himself as an up-and-coming entrepreneur. Profits are on the rise, the other gangs are staying out of his business, and he’s going out with Esme, the girl of his dreams.
But when Esme gets kidnapped, and all the clues point towards strange forces at work, things start to get seriously weird. The only man drunk enough to help is a bearded, booze-soaked, supernatural bounty hunter that goes by the name of Jackson ‘Jackie’ Ronin.
Plunged into the increasingly bizarre landscape of Cape Town’s supernatural underworld, Baxter and Ronin team up to save Esme. On a journey that takes them through the realms of impossibility, they must face every conceivable nightmare to get her back, including the odd brush with the Apocalypse.
APOCALYPSE NOW NOW has also been published in South Africa, Turkey, Italy and Japan.
As reported in Hollywood Reporter a short while ago, the Chronicles of Amber, Roger Zelazny‘s classic fantasy series, is in development for television! Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead, and David Alpert of Skybound Entertainment are teaming up with Vincent Newman Entertainment to bring the influential series to the small screen.
Said Alpert, ‘Chronicles of Amber is one of my favorite book series of all time, and one of my main inspirations for working in film and television. Getting to produce this project is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. I can’t wait to share this amazing story with a new generation of fans.’ Here’s some information about the series…
Roger Zelazny’s Chronicles follows the story of Corwin, who awakens on Earth with no memory, but soon finds he is a prince of a royal family that has the ability to travel through different dimensions of reality (called “shadows”) and rules over the one true world/dimension known as Amber. The novel series unfolds over ten books with two definitive story arches entitled “The Corwin Cycle” and “The Merlin Cycle.” The series has sold more than fifteen million copies globally and has been credited as one of the main inspirations for Game of Thrones.
Be sure to check back in coming weeks for some new international editions of the Chronicles of Amber and other titles from Zelazny’s critically-acclaimed, classic backlist. Here’s a selection of recent international editions…
Zeno represents Roger Zelazny in translation, on behalf of the Zelazny Estate.
The third comic story-arc in Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel‘s Rivers of London series is due to be published this October! RIVERS OF LONDON: BLACK MOULD will be published by Titan Comics. Above and below are the five variant covers for the first issue, which is tentatively scheduled to hit shelves on October 12th. Here’s the synopsis…
It creeps! It crawls! It ooooozes! Something dark and slimy is dripping through the walls of suburban London. Not usually a police matter but there’s something very weird about this mould. Police Constable Peter Grant and his unwilling partner, Sahra Guleed, soon find themselves knee deep in killer muck! Meanwhile, their boss, Thomas Nightingale, is preparing to do battle against a haunted ice cream van. Good times.
Ben’s Peter Grant series, of which the Rivers of London comics are a part, are published in the UK by Gollancz; in the US by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-6); in Germany by DTV; and widely in translation. For more editions available, check out Ben’s author page.
A new French edition of Roger Zelazny‘s L’ÎLE DES MORTS is now available from Mnemos. The book is an anthology that collects Zelazny’s Francis Sandow novels: L’ÎLE DES MORTS (ISLE OF THE DEAD) and LE SÉRUM DE LA DÉESSE BLEUE (TO DIE IN ITALBAR), as well as extra materials. Here’s the synopsis…
Bien que son corps soit celui d’un homme jeune, Francis Sandow est le doyen de l’espèce humaine. Il a exercé la fascinante profession d’astro-façonneur, devenant l’un des hommes les plus fortunés de la galaxie. Mais surtout, il est l’un des vingt-six Noms vivants, car en lui réside la personnalité du dieu Shimbo.
Sur un monde qu’il a façonné, Francis Sandow a édifié un étrange sanctuaire : l’Île des Morts. Depuis ce lieu, un inconnu rappelle à la vie plusieurs de ses amis et ennemis trépassés. Contraint d’abandonner son monde de luxe et d’oisiveté, il prend conscience qu’il devra affronter le danger le plus mortel de sa très longue existence…
L’Île des Morts est le joyau de l’œuvre passionnante, flamboyante tout autant qu’intelligente, de cet auteur considéré comme l’un des plus grands créateurs de la science-fiction.
Pour la première fois, une édition intégrale regroupe les deux romans ainsi que les cinq nouvelles se déroulant dans le même univers. L’ensemble esquisse une histoire de l’expansion humaine parmi les étoiles.
L’écrivain Timothée Rey, fin connaisseur de l’oeuvre de Roger Zelazny, a préfacé l’ouvrage et a établi un glossaire complet de cette fresque unique par ses visions et sa profondeur, comme seule la science-fiction sait en inventer.
Here’s the English-language synopsis for the first book…
Francis Sandow is the last surviving human born in the 20th century. An early space colonist, he spent long centuries of space travel in suspended animation, and then suddenly woke in a far future world where everything had changed. Desperate for something to hold to, he sought out a mentor, who happened to be a member of a slowly dying alien race, the Pei’ans. Under this tutelage, Sandow eventually became a telepath and “worldscaper”.
Zeno represents Roger Zelazny in translation, on behalf of the Zelazny Estate.
Sylvia Hunter‘s debut novel, THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN, is out today in the UK! Published by Allison & Busby, it is the first in the Midnight Queen series. Here’s the synopsis…
Gray Marshall’s Britain is a fragmented kingdom of many tongues, many gods and many magics. But all that concerns Gray is returning as soon as possible to his studies at Merlin College, Oxford and setting right the nightmare that has seen him disgraced and banished to his tutor’s home.
Sophie Callender may not have magic herself and a father who forbids his daughters a magical education, but her bookish rebellion and growing friendship with Gray are the first steps of a journey. A journey that will involve them in a conspiracy at the heart of the kingdom and into the legend of a young queen who vanished without a trace years before.
Sylvia Hunter has created a world that is both only slightly different and a far cry from the England we know of the 1800s, teeming with depth in language, myth and religion that defies easy categorisation.
The second novel in the series, LADY OF MAGICK, is also forthcoming from Allison & Busby (January 2017). We’ll share the cover here in a couple of weeks! THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN was published in the US in 2014, where the series title is Noctis Magicae. A third novel, A SEASON OF SPELLS, is also forthcoming. Here’s some of the great things reviewers and peers have said and written about the novel…
‘Hunter does a splendid job of confounding my expectations [and] … THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN keeps taking fresh turns. A fresh and inventive historical novel… I can’t wait to see what Sylvia Izzo Hunter does next.’ — Marie Brennan
‘In THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN, Hunter pulls from a multitude of mystical tales and myths to create her own magical version of Britain that is both innovative and intriguing. The plot is creative and suspenseful — and never predictable. Your affection for the dynamic heroes will only grow as Hunter’s characters face challenge after unexpected challenge. THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN is a novel that readers will be unable to put down.’ — RT Book Reviews
‘Elegantly written, fast-paced and highly original – a stunning story of magic, scholarship, and true love. Sylvia Izzo Hunter brings both rural Brittany and an alternative Regency England to vivid life. A remarkably assured debut.’ — Juliet Marillier
‘A well-balanced blend of fantasy with a historical fiction-type setting, overlaid with a story laced with a heavy dose of the kind of chaste, slow-burn romance one might find in a traditional Regency novel… THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN is a very beautiful, very atmospheric novel about young love.’ — Bibliosanctum
‘A powerfully atmospheric novel…’ — Bookworm Blues
‘A great fantasy… THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN sets up a storyline with intrigue, magic and romance… a really fun ride.’ — Seattle Geekly
Zeno represents Sylvia Hunter in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.
The first novel in Ian Tregillis‘s critically-acclaimed Alchemy Wars series, THE MECHANICAL is out now in Poland! Published by Wydawnictwo SQN as MECHANICZNY: WOJNY ALCHEMICZNE, Tom I, here’s the synopsis…
Zaraz po tym, jak naukowiec i zegarmistrz Christiaan Huygens stworzył w XVII wieku pierwszego Klakiera, Holandia powołała do życia mechaniczną armię. Nie trzeba było długo czekać, żeby legion mosiężnych piechurów pomaszerował na Westminster. Królestwo Niderlandów stało się supermocarstwem dzierżącym niepodzielną władzę w Europie.
Trzy stulecia później stan rzeczy nadal się utrzymuje. Jedynie Francja zawzięcie broni swoich przekonań, że każdy powinien mieć prawo do wolności, niezależnie czy zbudowany jest z ciała, czy mosiądzu. Po dziesięcioleciach zawieruchy wojennej Holandii i Francji udało się osiągnąć kruchy rozejm.
Ale jeden zuchwały Klakier o imieniu Jax nie może już dłużej znieść geas – niewolniczych więzi ze swoimi panami. Jak tylko nadarzy się okazja, wyciągnie mechaniczną rękę po wolność, a konsekwencje jego ucieczki zatrząsną fundamentami Mosiężnego Tronu.
My name is Jax.
That is the name granted to me by my human masters.
I am a slave.
But I shall be free.
Set in a world that might have been, of mechanical men and alchemical dreams, the new novel from Ian Tregillis confirms his place as one of the most original new voices in speculative fiction.
Here’s just a very small selection of great things that have been said about THE MECHANICAL…
More rave reviews for all of Ian’s novels can be found on his author page.
Ian’s previous trilogy, the Milkweed Triptych, is also published in the UK by Orbit (and extensively in translation): BITTER SEEDS, THE COLDEST WAR and NECESSARY EVIL (UK covers below).
Zeno represents Ian Tregillis in the UK and in translation, on behalf of Kay McCauley at Aurous, Inc.
Thursday, August 18th…
- 4-5pm — “Business Planning for Writers” — Room 2504B
Friday, August 19th…
Saturday, August 20th…
- 4-5pm — “Literary Agents: Friend to Authors” — Room 3501B
MidAmeriCon II is held at the Kansas City Convention Centre, Kansas City, Missouri, from Wednesday August 17th to Sunday August 21st, 2016.
Here’s John’s page on the electronic programme.
Gollancz has published a new eBook novella by Brandon Sanderson! MISTBORN: A SECRET HISTORY is, as the name suggests, a companion novella set in the author’s best-selling and fan-favourite Mistborn series. Here’s the synopsis…
Mistborn: Secret History builds upon the characterization, events, and worldbuilding of the original trilogy. Reading it without that background will be a confusing process at best.
In short, this isn’t the place to start your journey into Mistborn (though if you have read the trilogy – but it has been a while – you should be just fine, so long as you remember the characters and the general plot of the books).
Saying anything more here risks revealing too much. Even knowledge of this story’s existence is, in a way, a spoiler.
There’s always another secret.
The publisher’s website does offer a warning, though: ‘it contains HUGE SPOILERS for the books Mistborn (The Final Empire), The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages. It also contains very minor spoilers for the book The Bands of Mourning.’
The novella will also appear in print in Brandon’s upcoming ARCANUM UNBOUND anthology, due to be published in the UK by Gollancz on November 10th, 2016. We’ll share full details and the cover for the anthology as soon as we have it. Although, an early (possibly draft) audiobook cover image is visible on Gollancz’s website:
As well as many other titles, Gollancz has also published the six novels in Bradon’s Mistborn series, in the UK: THE FINAL EMPIRE, THE WELL OF ASCENSION, THE HERO OF AGES, THE ALLOY OF LAW, SHADOWS OF SELF, and THE BANDS OF MOURNING.
Zeno represents Brandon Sanderson in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.
Yesterday, Tor.com unveiled the US cover for the second novel in Aliette de Bodard‘s award-winning Dominion of the Fallen series, THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS! Due to be published in April 2017 by Roc Books, here’s the synopsis…
As the city rebuilds from the onslaught of sorcery that nearly destroyed it, the Great Houses of Paris, ruled by fallen angels, still contest one another for control over the capital.
House Silverspires was once the most powerful, but just as it sought to rise again, an ancient evil brought it low. Philippe, an immortal who escaped the carnage, has a singular goal — to resurrect someone he lost. But the cost of such magic may be more than he can bear.
In House Hawthorn, Madeleine the alchemist has had her addiction to angel essence savagely broken. Struggling to live on, she is forced on a perilous diplomatic mission to the underwater Dragon Kingdom — and finds herself in the midst of intrigues that have already caused one previous emissary to mysteriously disappear…
As the Houses seek a peace more devastating than war, those caught between new fears and old hatreds must find strength — or fall prey to a magic that seeks to bind all to its will.
The first novel in the series, THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS, is also published in the US by Roc Books.
The series is published in the UK by Gollancz (covers below). Here’s just a brief selection of great reviews from the many that the first novel received…
‘Aliette de Bodard’s alternate vision of Paris is one of the most brilliantly dark reconstructions of the city of lights ever written. It’s a poetry of destruction, drenched in the horrors of a house war. Her writing is so gorgeous in its depiction of ruination, it feels like she’s literally swooping you off your feet and dropping you into the dilapidations of a city post-heavenly war. Different myths intersect, united in their savage search for celestial feasts, reminding us that tragedy transcends culture and beliefs. THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS is a shrine to all that we love about books, humbling us with its awe-inspiring constructions as well as its violent plunges into the depths of existence…‘ — Examiner
‘De Bodard… has spun a fascinating Paris of decay and cruelty. Phillippe is a marvel of a character, unreliable as a narrator but compelling in his flaws and his deep well of homesickness.‘ — Library Journal (Starred Review)
‘A gripping tragedy of forlorn individuals caught up in an angelic version of the Cold War… De Bodard aptly mixes moral conflicts and the desperate need to survive in a fantastical spy thriller that reads like a hybrid of le Carré and Milton, all tinged with the melancholy of golden ages lost.’ — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
‘de Bodard will sweep you up into the dark and dirty world Paris has become. The characters are very vivid and will stay with you until long after the last page… The writing style rendered the characters’ feelings and emotional turmoil beautifully… There’s so much going on, and every character has their own past, their own tragic history. It’s a whirlwind, it’s heartbreaking and it’s one of the best fantasy novels of 2015.’ — RT Book Reviews (Top Pick August 2015)
‘… strikingly original… heavily character-driven… remarkably evocative use of setting… both haunting and original, its sense of loss almost palpable, and its setting not quite like anything else in modern fantasy.’ — Locus (Gary K. Wolfe)
‘A suspenseful supernatural narrative focusing on fallen angels as they fight for power in a post-apocalyptic Paris… brilliant worldbuilding, powerful prose and a cast of terrifically conflicted characters. It’s the year’s best urban fantasy by far… Complicated as they are, its characters are clearly defined and deftly developed; its plot, Byzantine as it becomes, never feels false, or forced; its messed-up magic system is as insidious as it is rigorous; meanwhile its world, whilst confined to a cathedral, is wonderfully well-rendered. De Bodard doesn’t talk down to her readers, or repeat herself needlessly; refreshingly, she has faith enough in us to put the pieces of the puzzle together ourselves. There’s an intelligence — and, yes, an elegance — to THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS that is as rare and precious as angel essence. It’s a wonder, in a word, and I for one want more.’ — Tor.com
‘Beautiful writing; well drawn characters; ornately baroque world… A deep, dark, wondrous look at an alternate Paris and the fallen angels that strive to maintain their position, and themselves… a richly done antagonist makes heroes and protagonists all the more striking and can take a life of their own. In Asmodeus, the author has created a character I want to know more about, and whom I want to see face off against the protagonists in future volumes… From the ruins of Notre Dome, now part of House Silverspires, to the mean streets of the once-great city, every setting and location is invoked in vivid detail, and a very dark world is brought to life… Aliette de Bodard is a writer who deserves attention. With THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS, the wonders of characters and setting on display certainly put the .truth to my remark, and THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS is the perfect way to discover her work.’ — SF Signal
‘A grim story with high-flown conventions, but by finding so much ugliness even in supernatural beauty, de Bodard makes both seem more compelling, and more concrete.’ — NPR
William Gibson‘s classic Neuromancer trilogy is available today in the UK in new eBook editions! Published by Gollancz, the trilogy includes the groundbreaking NEUROMANCER, COUNT ZERO and MONA LISA OVERDRIVE. Here are the details…
‘The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel…’
The Matrix is a world within the world, a global consensus – hallucination, the representation of every byte of data in cyberspace . . .
Case had been the sharpest data-thief in the business, until vengeful former employees crippled his nervous system. But now a new and very mysterious employer recruits him for a last-chance run. The target: an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth in service of the sinister Tessier-Ashpool business clan. With a dead man riding shotgun and Molly, mirror-eyed street-samurai, to watch his back, Case embarks on an adventure that ups the ante on an entire genre of fiction.
As well as inventing cyberpunk, NEUROMANCER was the first novel to win the Hugo, Nebula and Philip K. Dick Awards.
Turner, corporate mercenary, wakes in a reconstructed body, a beautiful woman by his side. Then Hosaka Corporation reactivates him for a mission more dangerous than the one he’s recovering from: Maas-Neotek’s chief of R&D is defecting. Turner is the one assigned to get him out intact, along with the biochip he’s perfected. But this proves to be of supreme interest to certain other parties — some of whom aren’t remotely human.
Bobby Newmark is entirely human: a rustbelt data-hustler totally unprepared for what comes his way when the defection triggers war in cyberspace. With voodoo on the Net and a price on his head, Newmark thinks he’s only trying to get out alive. Until he meets the angel.
A stylish, streetsmart, frighteningly probable parable of the future.
COUNT ZERO was nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula Awards.
MONA LISA OVERDRIVE
Enter Gibson’s unique world — lyric and mechanical, erotic and violent, sobering and exciting — where multinational corporations and high tech outlaws vie for power, traveling into the computer-generated universe known as cyberspace.
Into this world comes Mona, a young girl with a murky past and an uncertain future whose life is on a collision course with internationally famous Sense/Net star Angie Mitchell. Since childhood, Angie has been able to tap into cyberspace without a computer. Now, from inside cyberspace, a kidnapping plot is masterminded by a phantom entity who has plans for Mona, Angie, and all humanity, plans that cannot be controlled… or even known.
And behind the intrigue lurks the shadowy Yazuka, the powerful Japanese underworld, whose leaders ruthlessly manipulate people and events to suit their own purposes… or so they think.
The three novels are also due to be published in paperback in January 2017. A limited edition hardcover of NEUROMANCER is due to be published by Gollancz, in February 2017. A new edition of Gibson’s BURNING CHROME anthology is also forthcoming. (Cover reveals for all of these books coming soon!)
Zeno represents William Gibson in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of Martha Millard at Sterling Lord Literistic.
Press-ganged into helping a Russian oligarch hunt his missing daughter, PC Peter Grant and his boss, Thomas Nightingale, London’s only wizarding cops, find themselves caught up in a battle between Russian gunmen, a monstrous forest creature – and their nemesis: The Faceless Man. But as Grant and Nightingale close in on the missing girl, they discover that nothing about this case is what it seems!
Artwork for the series is by Lee Sullivan and Paul McCaffrey.
NIGHT WITCH issues #1-4 are out now in print and digital. The first Peter Grant comic series, BODY WORK, is also available now as a paperback collection. The NIGHT WITCH collected edition is due to be published on October 19th, 2016. The third Rivers of London comic series, BLACK MOULD, is also due to debut in October 2016.
This weekend, Nine Worlds Geekfest 2016 is taking place between August 12-14th, 2016, at the Novotel London West in Hammersmith. Two Zeno clients will be in attendance: Lavie Tidhar and Anne Lyle. Here are where you’ll be able to find them…
Saturday August 13th
- 10am — “The end of the world, and why we love it” (Reims)
- 11:45am — “How to Idea” (Cremant)
Lavie’s latest novel, CENTRAL STATION, was published this year by Tachyon Publications. His previous work includes A MAN LIES DREAMING, winner of the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Award, published in the UK by Hodder, in the US by Melville House; the World Fantasy Award-winning OSAMA (PS Publishing); the critically-acclaimed THE VIOLENT CENTURY (Hodder/Thomas Dunne); and the recently re-issued Bookman Histories series (Angry Robot Books).
Saturday August 13th
- 5pm — “Making and breaking a hero” (Mouton Cadet)
Sunday August 14th
- 1:30pm — “Writing Utopia” (Bouzy)
Anne Lyle’s critically-acclaimed Night’s Masque trilogy is published by Angry Robot Books, and includes: THE ALCHEMIST OF SOULS, THE MERCHANT OF DREAMS and THE PRINCE OF LIES.
Tomorrow, Titan Books publishes Ari Marmell‘s DEAD TO RITES. The third novel in the author’s Mick Oberon urban fantasy series, here’s the synopsis…
Mick Oberon may look like just another 1930s private detective, but beneath the fedora and the overcoat, he’s got pointy ears and he’s packing a wand. Mick is suffering from bad luck, and when luck is your chief magical weapon, that means things are pretty dire.
Hunting for the origin of his bad mojo, Mick finds himself on the trail of a missing mummy, and being trailed by some of the most dangerous mobsters in Chicago. As well as once again embroiled in the maneuverings of the seductive and lethal Ramona Webb and her mysterious employer. All Mick knows for sure is that, until he can figure out precisely what’s going on, he’s vulnerable.
And the threat, whatever it is and from whatever direction it may be coming, is very, very real.
Titan Books also publish the first two novels in the series, HOT LEAD, COLD IRON and HALLOW POINT. Here are just a few of the reviews the series has received so far…
‘In this gripping fantastical investigation, Marmell (The Goblin Corps) creates an engaging world and an unlikely hero…The potent mix of gangsters, magic, Fae politics, and a strega on the warpath makes for a ride that never touches the brakes. Marmell expertly maximizes the thrills, leaving the reader with a lingering desire for a magic wand and a glass of warm milk.’ — Publishers Weekly on HOT LEAD, COLD IRON
‘Fantasy meets period detective-gangster drama… Marmell provides a rollicking take…[The voice] quickly becomes likable, full of grumpy asides and funny turns of phrase.’ — SFX on HOT LEAD, COLD IRON
‘HOT LEAD, COLD IRON is as hard boiled a detective drama as anything written by Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler or Mickey Spillane, and Marmell captures the vernacular of the period wonderfully… HOT LEAD, COLD IRON could easily have been published in any one of the popular pulp detective magazines of the ’30s and yet it’s pace and characterizations are undoubtedly contemporary…Ari Marmell will soon be crowned the foremost purveyor of Macabre Noir.’ — Starburst
‘It’s a fascinating concept, and a solid foundation for yet another gripping story… a highly enjoyable ride; the writing takes its reader into the heart of every scene…It’s a great read, reinvigorating the tropes of two genres to enable them to rise above cliché status. With final revelations that imply a larger conspiracy, it seems Marmell has plenty more up his sleeve for his hero, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for Mick Oberon in the future.’ — Starburst on HALLOW POINT
‘The once again breakneck pacing story and the marvelous character that is Mick Oberon, and the whole setting of the book, make HALLOW POINT a more than great follow-up. Ari Marmell doesn’t let you as a reader took look away once from the story.’ — Book Plank
Zeno represents Ari Marmell in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.