Chronicles of Amber now complete in Serbia!


The fourth Chronicles of Amber omnibus is now available in Serbia! The Hronike Ambera omnibuses Published by Laguna, this omnibus contains the final two novels in Roger Zelazny‘s classic fantasy series: VITEZ SENKI (KNIGHT OF SHADOWS) and PRINC HAOSA (PRINCE OF CHAOS). Here’s the synopsis…

Šestostruki dobitnik nagrade Hugo i trostruki dobitnik nagrade Nebula.

Serijal Hronike Ambera je klasik fantastike; sastoji se od deset delova, objavljivanih između 1970. i 1991. U ovom tomu sadržani su deveta knjiga, Vitez Senki, i deseta, Princ Haosa. Ovim se završava serijal romana o Amberu.

Merlin ima pune ruke posla. Valja pronaći Koral i saznati šta se desilo Luku, a niz znakova kao da odjednom nagoveštava kako Korvin, njegov otac, možda ipak nije mrtav. No umesto da rešava ova pitanja, Merl protiv volje biva uvučen u igre moćnika dva pola magije, amberskog Nacrta i haoskog Logrusa. Ove Sile mešaju mu se u život i trude se da ga prisile na izbor: Amber ili Dvorovi, Jednorog ili Zmija. Merlin sve dublje zapada u zamršene spletke i kontraspletke oba sveta, dok neki kuju zaveru da ga, protivno njegovoj želji, postave na presto Haosa.

The two novels were first published in 1989 and 1991, respectively. Here’s the synopsis for KNIGHT OF SHADOWS

Merlin pursues the mysterious disappearances of the two people dearest to him: Julia, once murdered and now reincarnated as his enemy; and his father, Corwin, who, never visible, leaves behind tantalizing signs of life.

But the powers of Order and Chaos intervene, attempting to force Merlin to choose once and for all where his allegiance lies: the Courts of Chaos, Amber, the Lorgus, or the Unicorn.

As suggested above, Laguna has also published the first eight novels in the series, in three omnibus editions.

Zeno represents Roger Zelazny in translation, on behalf of the Zelazny Estate.

RIVERS OF LONDON: WATER WEED #3 out now!


The third issue in the latest Rivers of London comic series, WATER WEED, is out now in print and digital formats! Written by Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel, the series is published by Titan Comics. Here’s the synopsis…

Wizarding cop Peter faces a drug-smuggling queenpin in a whole new story from Ben Aaronovitch, set in the best-selling novel series Rivers of London!

Spring Breakers meets Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels on the banks of the Thames!

Wizarding cop Peter Grant and river spirit Beverley are drawn into a sordid cannabis-smuggling operation, controlled by London’s new queenpin of crime – the brutal and beautiful Hoodette! Can they overcome corruption, or will they be fatally entangled in the weed?

Series artwork is by Lee Sullivan, and colours by Luis Guerrero.

WATER WEED is the sixth story arc in the Rivers of London comic series — all of the previous stories have also been published by Titan Comics, and are available as collected editions: BODY WORK, NIGHT WITCH, BLACK MOULD, DETECTIVE STORIES and CRY FOX.

The comic series is set in the same world, with many of the same characters, as Ben Aaronovitch’s best-selling Peter Grant series of novels, which is published in the UK by Gollancz, in the US by Del Rey and DAW Books, and widely in translation.

Victor Milán’s DINOSAUR PRINCESS out now in Poland!


The third novel in Victor Milán‘s Dinosaur Lords trilogy, THE DINOSAUR PRINCESS is out now in Poland! Published by Galeria Książki as KSIĘŻNICZKA DINOZAURÓW, here’s the synopsis…

Witajcie na Raju – pierwotnym świecie, w którym można spotkać wszelkie gatunki dinozaurów wielkich i małych. Żyją tu również ludzie, sprowadzeni przez kaprys bogów. Rycerze ruszają do boju na triceratopsach, a prowadzą ich wielcy bohaterowie dosiadający tyranozaurów.

Jednym z takich bohaterów jest Karyl Bogomirsky.

Kiedyś miał władzę, lecz zdradzili go ci, którzy byli mu najbliżsi. Uratowali go Fae, magiczne istoty zrodzone w tym świecie, planujące wykorzystać go w wolnie z obcymi bogami. Karyl pragnie tylko żyć w spokoju. Nie chce stać się niczyim narzędziem, a tym bardziej zbawcą…

Jednak bogowie powrócili, by osądzić swój ludzki eksperyment i ostatecznie uwolnić planetę od Fae. Karyl może nie uważać się za bohatera, ale jest ostatnią nadzieją ludzkości.

The first two books in the series have also been published by Galeria Książki.

The series is published in English by Tor Books. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

Welcome to Paradise: A primordial world with every species of dinosaur, large and small. And humans, who were brought to this world on the whim of the gods. Knights ride into battle on Triceratops; their heroes lead them on T-Rexes.

Karyl Bogomirskiy is one such hero. Once, he held power. Betrayed by those closest to him, he was resurrected by the Fae, magical beings native to the world, who seek to use him in their eternal battle against alien gods. Karyl just wants to be left in peace, reluctant to be anyone’s tool, much less a savior.

But the gods have returned to judge their human experiment and to finally rid the planet of the Fae. And while Karyl doesn’t feel like a hero, he’s humanity’s last best hope.

Zeno represents Victor Milán in translation, on behalf of Kay McCauley at Aurous, Inc.

Ian McDonald’s THE DERVISH HOUSE and CYBERABAD DAYS reissued in Poland


This week, MAG re-issues Ian McDonald‘s critically-acclaimed THE DERVISH HOUSE and CYBERABAD DAYS in Poland! Published as an omnibus edition colleting DOM DERWISZY and DNI CYBERABADU, here are the synopses for the two novels…

DOM DERWISZY

Minela pora modlitwy, ale pora pieniedzy — jeszcze nie.

Stambul, Królowa Miast, budzi sie z krzykiem.

W halasie budzacego sie miasta wybuch przechodzi niemal niezauwazony. Gluchy trzask. Potem cisza.

W sennej dzielnicy Eskiköy stoi dawny dom wirujacych derwiszy Mistrza Adema. W ciagu pieciodniowej fali upalów w Stambule, zycie szesciorga bohaterów splata sie w historie o korporacyjnych knowaniach i machinacjach, islamskim mistycyzmie, intrydze politycznej i gospodarczej, tajemnicach dawnego imperium osmanskiego, nowym, przerazajacym zagrozeniu terrorystycznym oraz nanotechnologii mogacej potencjalnie odmienic zycie wszystkich mieszkanców Ziemi.

DNI CYBERABADU

Zbiór nadzwyczajnych opowiadan osadzonych w Indiach przyszlosci Rzeki bogów.

Rzeka Bogów Iana McDonalda, obwolana przez ,,Asimov’s Science Fiction” arcydzielem, chwalona przez ,,Washington Post” jako ,,wielkie osiagniecie autora, który staje sie wlasnie jednym z najwybitniejszych wspólczesnych powiesciopisarzy” – kreslila zywy obraz Indii w bliskiej przyszlosci, w stulecie niepodleglosci. Zrewolucjonizowala nowa generacje fantastyki, przyjmujac perspektywe, która nie byla ani europejska, ani amerykanska. Nominowano ja do nagród Hugo i Arthura C. Clarke’a, zdobyla nagrode BSFA; bogata sceneria tej powiesci zainspirowala McDonalda do ponownej wizyty – w serii opowiadan, których fabula takze odbywa sie w swiecie Rzeki Bogów.

Dni Cyberabadu to triumfalny powrót do Indii roku 2047, nowego, preznego supermocarstwa majacego póltora miliarda mieszkanców, w epoce sztucznych inteligencji, suszy wywolanej zmianami klimatycznymi, wojen o wode, osobliwych nowych plci, genetycznie ulepszonych dzieci, starzejacych sie dwukrotnie wolniej od zwyklych ludzi, i ludnosci, w której mezczyzn jest czterokrotnie wiecej niz kobiet. Same Indie rozpadly sie tu na kilkanascie panstw, od Kerali, po górne doplywy Gangesu w Himalajach.

Dni Cyberabadu to zbiór siedmiu opowiadan, wsród nich jedno nominowane do Hugo i jedno bedace zdobywca tej nagrody oraz osiemdziesieciostronicowa mikropowiesc.

Jak zwykle w przypadku utworów McDonalda, i o tej ksiazce bedzie sie w tym roku wiele mówic.

CYBERABAD DAYS is published in the UK by Gollancz, and available in the US via the JABberwocky eBook Program. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

The world: ‘Cyberabad’ is the India of 2047, a new, muscular superpower of one and a half billion people in an age of artificial intelligences, climate-change induced drought, water-wars, strange new genders, genetically improved children that age at half the rate of baseline humanity and a population where males out-number females four to one. India herself has fractured into a dozen states from Kerala to the headwaters of the Ganges in the Himalayas. Cyberabad is a collection of 7 stories:

The Little Goddess. Hugo nominee Best Novella 2006. In near future Nepal, a child-goddess discovers what lies on the other side of godhood.

The Djinn’s Wife. Hugo nominee and BSFA short fiction winner 2007

A minor Delhi celebrity falls in love with an artificial intelligence but is it a marriage of heaven and hell?

The Dust Assassin. Feuding Rajasthan water-rajas find that revenge is a slow, subtle process.

Jasbir and Sujay go Shaadi. Love and marriage should be plain-sailing when your matchmaker is a soap-star artificial intelligence

Sanjeev and Robotwallah. What happens to the boy-soldier roboteers when the war of Separation is over?

Kyle meets the River. A young American in Varanas learns the true meaning of ‘nation building’ in the early days of a new country.

Vishnu at the Cat Circus. A genetically improved ‘Brahmin’ child finds himself left behind as he grows through the final generation of humanity.

THE DERVISH HOUSE is also published in the UK by Gollancz, and available in the US as an eBook via the JABberwocky eBook Program. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

Welcome to the world of The Dervish House — the great, ancient, paradoxical city of Istanbul, divided like a human brain, in the great, ancient, equally paradoxical nation of Turkey. With a population pushing one hundred million, and Istanbul alone swollen to fifteen million, Turkey is the largest, most populous, and most diverse nation in the new Europe, but also one of the poorest and most socially divided. The Dervish House is seven days, six characters, and three interconnected story strands all woven around the common core of the old dervish house of Aden Dede. A terror attack, a vision of djinn, a commodities scam, a hunt for half a miniature Koran that holds the key to new technology, and a quest for a creature from Arabic legend — that may not be so legendary after all.

IN TRUTH AND CLAW, Mick Oberon’s on the case…


Ari Marmell‘s fourth Mick Oberon novel, IN TRUTH AND CLAW, is out tomorrow in the US! Published by Titan Books, 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. A series of brutal murders is sweeping Chicago, baffling both the local police and the Seelie Court, who sense an aura of corruption and death has touched Mick himself. When Mick’s associates become targets, and a vampire appears in his office, Mick is drawn into his most dangerous hunt yet.

Titan has also published the first three novels in the series in the UK and US: HOT LEAD, COLD IRON, HALLOW POINT and DEAD TO RITES. Here are some 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 (Starred Review) 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 

‘Irresistibly entertaining… It’s among the best urban fantasy novels I’ve ever read.’Rising Shadow on HALLOW POINT

‘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 third entry… in the inventive series about a 1930s private eye who also happens to be one of the Fae mixes supernatural investigations and Al Capone’s Chicago for an irresistible combo.’Library Journal on DEAD TO RITES

Zeno represents Ari Marmell in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

The adventures of the Seventh Doctor and Ace continue in OPERATION VOLCANO #3…


The third and final issue in Andrew Cartmel and Ben Aaronovitch‘s Doctor Who: Seventh Doctor comic series, OPERATION VOLCANO is out today! Published by Titan Comics, and with art by Christopher Jones, here’s the synopsis…

Brand new comic adventure featuring the Seventh Doctor and Ace, as played by Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred!

As time grows short and enemies draw close, it’s up to the Doctor and Ace to save the world with nothing but cunning, Nitro-9… and a novel use of an umbrella?

From the writers of the fan favourite episode Remembrance of the Daleks, which celebrates it’s 30th anniversary in 2018 – Andrew Cartmel and Ben Aaronovitch (Rivers of London)!

Includes a short back-up strip, written by Richard Dinnick (Twelfth Doctor) with art by Jessica Martin (Doctor Who actress).

As you can see from the top of this post, the issue is available with two cover variants. The collected trade paperback edition of the series is due to be published later this year — we’ll share details soon.

Russian fans can now visit CENTRAL STATION…


Lavie Tidhar‘s CENTRAL STATION continues its conquest of the globe: the novel is now available in Russia! Published by Эксмо’s Fanzon Neo SF imprint as Центральная станция, here’s the synopsis…

250 000 мигрантов остались жить у подножия гигантского космического вокзала. Культуры сплавились вместе, как реальность и виртуальность. Город вокруг продолжает расти, словно сорняк.

Жизнь дешева, а инфа ничего не стоит.

Борис Чонг возвращается домой с Марса. Многое изменилось. У него появился ауг — марсианский симбионт, меняющий восприятие. Бывшая любовница воспитывает странного ребенка, способного “касаться” сознанием потоков данных. Двоюродная сестра влюблена в роботника — поврежденного киборга, ветерана войн, о которых уже никто не помнит. Отец неизлечимо болен раком памяти. А следом за Борисом тайно прилетает инфо-вампир.

Над ними всеми возвышается Центральная станция, межпланетный узел между Землей и космическими колониями, куда человечество во всем своем многообразии ушло, чтобы избежать войн и бедствий. Все связано с Иными, могущественными сущностями, которые через Разговор, глобальную сеть потока сознания, вызывают безвозвратные изменения.

Люди и машины Центральной станции продолжают приспосабливаться, процветать и эволюционировать…

The novel is published in English by Tachyon Publications, was also available as a Limited Edition, and has been published in Bulgaria, Israel, Germany, RomaniaSpain and Czechia (with more to come!). Here’s the English-language synopsis…

A worldwide diaspora has left a quarter of a million people at the foot of a space station. Cultures collide in real life and virtual reality. Life is cheap, and data is cheaper.

When Boris Chong returns to Tel Aviv from Mars, much has changed. Boris’s ex-lover is raising a strangely familiar child who can tap into the datastream of a mind with the touch of a finger. His cousin is infatuated with a robotnik — a damaged cyborg soldier who might as well be begging for parts. His father is terminally-ill with a multigenerational mind-plague. And a hunted data-vampire has followed Boris to where she is forbidden to return.

Rising above them is Central Station, the interplanetary hub between all things: the constantly shifting Tel Aviv; a powerful virtual arena, and the space colonies where humanity has gone to escape the ravages of poverty and war. Everything is connected by the Others, powerful alien entities who, through the Conversation — a shifting, flowing stream of consciousness — are just the beginning of irrevocable change.

At Central Station, humans and machines continue to adapt, thrive… and even evolve.

Lavie’s latest novel is CANDY, his first for younger readers, which is published by Scholastic. The author’s next novel is UNHOLY LAND, which is also due to be published by Tachyon Publications, in November 2018.

Brandon Sanderson’s SNAPSHOT out now in the UK!


Today, Gollancz publishes Brandon Sanderson‘s latest novella in the UK! SNAPSHOT is a noir crime story, now available in hardcover and eBook in the UK, here’s the synopsis…

If you could re-create a day, what dark secrets would you uncover?

A detective thriller in a police beat like no other. Anthony Davis and his partner Chaz are the only real people in a city of 20 million, sent there by court order to find out what happened in the real world 10 days ago so that hidden evidence can be brought to light and located in the real city today.

Within the re-created Snapshot of May 1st, Davis and Chaz are the ultimate authorities. Flashing their badges will get them past any obstruction and overrule any civil right of the dupes around them. But the crimes the detectives are sent to investigate seem like drudgery — until they stumble upon the grisly results of a mass killing that the precinct headquarters orders them not to investigate. That’s one order they have to refuse.

The hunt is on. And though the dupes in the replica city have no future once the Snapshot is turned off, that doesn’t mean that both Davis and Chaz will walk out of it alive tonight.

Gollancz has published almost all of Brandon’s novels and novellas in the UK. You can find out more information on his author page and also here.

Zeno represents Brandon Sanderson in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

Melinda Snodgrass unveils THE HIDDEN WORLD…


This week, Titan Books publishes the third novel in Melinda Snodgrass‘s Imperials sci-fi series, THE HIDDEN WORLD in the UK and US. Here’s the synopsis…

Fourteen years have passed since he was framed for theft to cover up an imperial atrocity, and disgraced military officer Thracius “Tracy” Belmanor has built a new life for himself. Living under an assumed name as the captain of a small trading vessel crewed primarily by aliens, he and his crew engage in both legal and illegal deals just under the radar of the Solar League authorities.

At the other end of the social hierarchy, Princess Mercedes de Arango has her own problems — the major one being the lack of an heir. Meanwhile her philandering husband Boho Cullen has ably proved the problem isn’t him. With rumors of a coup swirling around the throne, Mercedes makes the desperate decision to undertake a military campaign and gain her people’s allegiance through a victory. But when things go badly wrong and her future lies in the hands of the man she betrayed, Tracy has a choice to make — can he ever forgive her?

The first two books are also available from Titan Books: THE HIGH GROUND and IN EVIL TIMES.

Titan Books also publishes Melinda’s The Edge trilogy…

Zeno represents these two series in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of Kay McCauley at Aurous, Inc.

Peter Grant’s investigation among the WATER WEEDs continues!


The second issue in WATER WEED, Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel‘s latest Rivers of London comic series, is out today! Published by Titan Comics in print and digital, here’s the synopsis…

Drug-smuggling meets wizarding cops in a whole new story from Ben Aaronovitch, set in the best-selling novel series Rivers of London!

Spring Breakers meets Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels on the banks of the Thames!

When two of the less well-behaved River goddesses, Chelsea and Olympia, decide to earn a few quid on the side, wizarding cop Peter Grant and river spirit Beverley find themselves drawn into a sordid cannabis-smuggling operation, controlled by London’s new queenpin of crime – the brutal and beautiful Hoodette!

The first five Rivers of London comic series are available now via Titan Comics, too, in collected editions…

The Rivers of London comic series are set in the same universe as Ben’s Peter Grant novels (seven so far) and novellas (one so far, more on the way), published in the UK by Gollancz, in the US by Del Rey and DAW Books, and widely in translation all ’round the world.

The 7th Doctor’s OPERATION VOLCANO continues apace!


Today, Titan Comics publishes the second issue in Andrew Cartmel and Ben Aaronovitch‘s Doctor Who: Seventh Doctor series, OPERATION VOLCANO! Here’s the synopsis…

The brand new comic adventure continues, featuring the Seventh Doctor and Ace as played by Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred!

From the writers of the fan favourite episode Remembrance of the Daleks, which celebrates it’s 30th anniversary in 2018 – Andrew Cartmel and Ben Aaronovitch (Rivers of London)!

Whether you’re a long-time fan of the Seventh Doctor, or you’ve yet to have the pleasure, this accessible, big-budget movie extravaganza welcomes everyone with an all-new epic!

Includes a short back-up strip, written by Richard Dinnick (Twelfth Doctor) with art by Jessica Martin (Doctor Who actress).

This second issue is available with two covers, both of which are above. Art for the series is by Christopher Jones.

Ben and Andrew also write the Rivers of London comic series (published by Titan Comics), based on Ben’s best-selling, critically-acclaimed Peter Grant novels.

Two more, new French jackets for Peter Grant…


J’ai Lu recently re-jacketed the French editions of Ben Aaronovitch‘s Peter Grant series. We shared the first three new covers a little while ago, and today we have the new covers for BROKEN HOMES (above) and FOXGLOVE SUMMER. Published in France as LE RÊVE DE L’ARCHITECTE and LES DISPARUES DE RUSHPOOL, respectively. Here’s the synopsis for the former…

La découverte d’un corps mutilé dans la banlieue de Londres fait monter d’un cran la paranoïa ambiante, d’autant que la méthode rappelle furieusement celle de l’Homme sans visage, ce magicien fou déjà connu des services de police. Enfin, pas de tous les services, juste de celui des affaires surnaturelles, dont le représentant le plus actif, l’agent Peter Grant, est aussi le dernier apprenti sorcier de Londres. À peine débutée, son enquête va s’enrichir de nouveaux éléments à première vue sans rapport avec le crime, mais qui tous mènent au quartier d’Elephant and Castle ; plus précisément à un ensemble d’immeubles conçu par un architecte dérangé et habité par tout ce que la capitale britannique compte de désespérés…

The Peter Grant series is published in the UK by Gollancz, and in the US by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-7). Here’s the English-language synopsis for BROKEN HOMES

A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil – an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common garden serial killer?

Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case, a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his case-load.

So far so London.

But then Peter gets word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on an housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans and inhabited by the truly desperate.

Is there a connection?

And if there is, why oh why did it have to be South of the River?

The highly-anticipated seventh novel in the series, LIES SLEEPING, is due out in the UK and US in November 2018.

Here are the new UK covers…

WOLF MOON out now in Russia!


Ian McDonald‘s critically-acclaimed second Luna novel, WOLF MOON, is out now in Russia! Published by ACT as Волчья Луна, here’s the synopsis…

Дракон мёртв.

Корта Гелио, одна из пяти семейных корпораций, правивших Луной, пала. Те, кто пережил катастрофу, рассеяны по разным местам; богатства поделены между многочисленными врагами. Прошло восемнадцать месяцев.

Выжившие дети Гелио, Лукасиньо и Луна, находятся под защитой могущественных Асамоа, тогда как Робсон, который всё ещё не в силах оправиться от зрелища жестокой гибели своих родителей, теперь подопечный (практически заложник) клана Металлы Маккензи. Последний назначенный наследник, Лукас, исчез с лица Луны.

Лишь Госпожа Солнце, вдовствующая глава семьи Тайян, подозревает, что Лукас Корта не мёртв, что он всё ещё важный участник игры. В конце концов, Лукас всегда был Каверзником и, даже ценой смерти, пошёл бы на любые ухищрения, лишь бы всё вернуть и воссоздать Корта Гелио заново, ещё более могущественным. Однако Корта Гелио нужны союзники, и чтобы найти их, беглый сын решается на безрассудное, невозможное путешествие – на Землю.

В неустойчивом лунном обществе, полном постоянных измен и политических махинаций, самые многообещающие интриги всех семей, достигнув пика, разрешаются открытой войной.

ACT has also published the first in the series, NEW MOON, as Новая Луна.

The Luna series is published in the UK by Gollancz and in the US by Tor Books. The third book, MOON RISING, is forthcoming. Here’s the English-language synopsis for WOLF MOON

A Dragon is dead.

Corta Helio, one of the five family corporations that rule the Moon, has fallen. Its riches are divided up among its many enemies, its survivors scattered. Eighteen months have passed.

The remaining Helio children, Lucasinho and Luna, are under the protection of the powerful Asamoahs, while Robson, still reeling from witnessing his parent’s violent deaths, is now a ward — virtually a hostage — of Mackenzie Metals. And the last appointed heir, Lucas, has vanished of the surface of the moon.

Only Lady Sun, dowager of Taiyang, suspects that Lucas Corta is not dead, and more to the point — that he is still a major player in the game. After all, Lucas always was the Schemer, and even in death, he would go to any lengths to take back everything and build a new Corta Helio, more powerful than before. But Corta Helio needs allies, and to find them, the fleeing son undertakes an audacious, impossible journey — to Earth.

In an unstable lunar environment, the shifting loyalties and political machinations of each family reach the zenith of their most fertile plots as outright war erupts.

Mass Marketing THE DARK BLOOD OF POPPIES…


The mass market paperback edition of Freda Warrington‘s fourth Blood Wine novel is out tomorrow in the US! THE DARK BLOOD OF POPPIES, the third novel in the critically-acclaimed vampire horror/romance series, is published by Titan Books. Here’s the synopsis…

The ballerina Violette Lenoir has fallen victim to the bite of the vampire Charlotte. Her fire and energy have fuelled a terrifying change and a dreadful realisation; that Violette has become Lilith, the demon mother of all vampires. Haunted both by what she has done and by Violette’s dark sensuality, Charlotte and her immortal lover Karl are drawn towards the dancer and the terrible destiny that has fallen on her shoulders. But other, far more dangerous shadows are gathering around Violette. To the vampire Sebastian and to the dark heirs of Kristian, she threatens to wreak havoc with their plans to bring all of mankind under their dark wings. Innocently embroiled in the endgame, courtesan extraordinaire Robyn Stafford finally meets her match as she is torn between the two ultimate lovers: Sebastian, and Violette…

Titan has published all four of the books in the series, in both the US and UK: A TASTE OF BLOOD WINE and A DANCE IN BLOOD VELVET are also available in MMPB; the final volume in the series, THE DARK ARTS OF BLOOD, is available in trade paperback.

Here are just a few of the great review the series has received…

‘The third book in Freda Warrington’s brilliantly evocative Blood Wine Sequence, and for me at least, possibly one of the best… I’ve yet to end any review of one of Freda’s books without referring to the impressive style of her writing — it’s smart, compelling, and simply fabulous… So easy to recommend this, and any of the others in the Blood Wine Sequence.’ British Fantasy Society on THE DARK BLOOD OF POPPIES

‘The series is among the best of those spawned by the wave of fashionability which has caught up ‘revisionist’ vampire fiction in the last twenty years. All three volumes have been written with an emotional fervour and vividly Decadent style which are perfectly suited to the subject-matter and all three have maintained a sense of philosophical enquiry which patiently, perceptively and politely raises questions about the reasons for our fascination with the vampire and related mythological figures… The series so far adds up to one of the most striking and most intriguing exercises in modern fantasy fiction; it may yet be further augmented.’ Vector on THE DARK BLOOD OF POPPIES

‘A great novel, which is entertainingly frightening, splendidly romantic and erotic, and darkly suspenseful. The true Queen of the vampire novel.’ Black Tears Magazine on THE DARK BLOOD OF POPPIES

‘Areally, really splendid read… It’s a story that plays out over cups of tea and glasses of brandy in the drawing rooms of chic London townhouses and glittering stately homes, and here again Warrington shows her writer’s chops, layering in exquisite period detail. Sometimes the effect is playfully satirical… but more often it’s lusciously picturesque; and, with the characters barrelling around in Hispano-Suizas and the like, it’s all attractively reminiscent of the lux, country house horror of Hammer’s The Devil Rides Out. On this evidence, Freda Warrington is like a cross between Anne Rice and Kim Newman – she has the sweep of one, the cleverness of the other. Titan will be reissuing the other titles in the series throughout the year, and they’re not to be missed.’ Starburst on A TASTE OF BLOOD WINE

‘Channeling the tone of a Gothic romance, Warrington presents a 1920s version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula that focuses on the vampires rather than their stalkers… The first of Warrington’s Blood Wine series will sate those hungry for classically melodramatic vampire sagas.’ Booklist on A TASTE OF BLOOD WINE

‘Afull-blooded gothique that rips more than bodices… Warrington’s vampire dynasty has the grandeur of a cobwebbed cathedral, and her plot is forged in operatic passions. Treating her subjects with theatrical intensity, she creates lush images, awash in colour and shadow, and the ideal gothic mood is preserved; a dark romance to lose yourself in.’ Time Out on A DANCE IN BLOOD VELVET

‘Sexy, brooding and epic in scope, once you have encountered Warrington’s undead, others will pale by comparison.’ British Fantasy Society on A DANCE IN BLOOD VELVET

‘In the style of authors such as Anne Rice, Warrington has made a tale that beats convention and shows readers what is more likely to happen to vampires than in many other novels. It is great to see that what were once 90’s novels have been re published for a fresh audience who have already indulged in the Twilight novels. The cover art for this one and the other three is striking and beautiful in a gothic way and tells a lot about the kind of novels they are. This is for those who want to curl up with a good book…’ Fantasy Book Review on THE DARK ARTS OF BLOOD

‘I can’t praise this series enough, the author’s writing is poetic, enduring, and consumes you hook, line, and sinker. A superb ending to a marvellous series, and highly recommended.’ British Fantasy Society on THE DARK ARTS OF BLOOD

The first three novels in the series are also available via Audible.

Rivers of London Cries Fox and gets down among the Water Weeds…


Today marks the beginning of WATER WEED, the sixth Rivers of London comic series written by Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel! The first issue arrives in comic stores and digitally today, published by Titan Comics. Described as ‘Spring Breakers meets Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels on the banks of the Thames!’, here’s the synopsis…

Drug-smuggling meets wizarding cops in a whole new story from Ben Aaronovitch, set in the best-selling novel series Rivers of London!

When two of the less well-behaved River goddesses, Chelsea and Olympia, decide to earn a few quid on the side, wizarding cop Peter Grant and river spirit Beverley find themselves drawn into a sordid cannabis-smuggling operation, controlled by London’s new queenpin of crime – the brutal and beautiful Hoodette!

As with the previous series, series artwork is by Lee Sullivan and colours are by Luis Guerrero.

Also available this week is the collected edition of the fifth Rivers of London comic series: CRY FOX. Set between the novels THE HANGING TREE and the upcoming LIES SLEEPING, it is published by Titan Comics. Here’s the series synopsis…

Vengeful Russian mobsters are looking to hire members of London’s own more-then-natural underworld to bring bloody retribution down on the witch Varvara. However, the ex-Soviet sorcerer is under the protective wing of London’s own wizarding cop, Peter Grant (now a proper detective and everything), and to get the attention of Grant and his colleagues, the daughter of a prominent Russian oligarch is kidnapped by parties unknown but possibly fox-like.

What makes it worse is that Peter is going to have to leave his beloved London and gasp go out into the countryside! And when there’s trees and fields and wildlife involved, things never end well…

All of the critically-acclaimed, best-selling Rivers of London comics have been published by Titan Comics. The first five series are now available in collected editions…

ALSO: Ben, Andrew and Lee will be attending a signing event at Forbidden Planet London tonight at 6pm! Also in attendance will be Richard Dinnick and Jessica Martin, who work on the Doctor Who: 7th Doctor comic series with Andrew and Ben. Full details here. At the event, you will be able to get a whole host of titles signed, including the Forbidden Planet special edition of CRY FOX, with an amusing creators card…