Ben Aaronovitch’s BROKEN HOMES has a Japanese Cover…


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Today, we want to share with you the Japanese cover for Ben Aaronovitch‘s BROKEN HOMES, the fourth novel in his Peter Grant/Rivers of London urban fantasy series. Published by Hayakawa空中庭園の魔術師 is available now. Here’s the Japanese synopsis…

ロンドン警視庁特殊犯罪課4 魔術に魅せられた建築家が設計したスカイガーデン・タワーに隠された、驚くべき秘密!?

きっかけはロンドン郊外で起きた交通事故だった。車内にあった謎の血痕から、やがて顔を散弾でつぶされた女性の死体が森の中で発見される。そして都市計画を担当する役人の不可解な投身自殺に、身体を内側から焼かれたプロの金庫破りの死体…すべての事件に“顔のない男”の魔手が見てとれた。事件を追ううちに、ピーターとレスリーはドイツから亡命した高名な建築家が設計した高層住宅“空中庭園(スカイガーデン)”へと行き着くが…

For those non-Japanese speakers, here’s the English-language synopsis…

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 or 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?

Full of warmth, sly humour and a rich cornucopia of things you never knew about London, Aaronovitch’s series has swiftly added Grant’s magical London to Rebus’ Edinburgh and Morse’s Oxford as a destination of choice for those who love their crime with something a little extra.

BROKEN HOMES is published in the UK by Gollancz, as are the first three novels in the series – RIVERS OF LONDON, MOON OVER SOHO, and WHISPERS UNDERGROUND. Gollancz will also be published the highly-anticipated fifth book in the series, FOXGLOVE SUMMER, later this year. The series is published in Germany by DTV, and France by J’ai Lu. The first three novels were published by Del Rey Books in the US, and the second three novels are to be published by DAW Books.

For you enjoyment, here are the Japanese covers for the first three titles in the series…

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New International Covers for Ian Tregillis!


Ian Tregillis‘s Milkweed Triptych has been praised far and wide – by critics, contemporaries and almost everyone at his publisher! We are very pleased, therefore, to share with you information about and artwork for the growing number of international editions. All three novels in the trilogy – BITTER SEEDS, THE COLDEST WAR and NECESSARY EVIL – are out now in the UK, published by Orbit Books.

First, we have a complete set of German covers, published by Festa Verlag, an acquisition we announced back in February…

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Next, here are the French, Polish and Latvian covers for BITTER SEEDS

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BITTER SEEDS is published in France by Eclipse, Poland by MAG, and Latvia by Ventspils Biblioteka. We’ll share the next covers for these territories as soon as they are unveiled.

And, finally, we have an Italian cover for Ian’s supernatural noir thriller, SOMETHING MORE THAN NIGHT, published by Asengard…

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Ian’s next novel, THE MECHANICAL, is due out in the UK in November 2014, and will also be published by Orbit Books. It is the first in a new, exciting fantasy-steampunk series.

Zeno represents Ian Tregillis in the UK/Commonwealth and translation, on behalf of Kay McCauley at Aurous, Inc.

Cover Reveal: THE RETURN OF THE DISCONTINUED MAN


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Above is the UK cover for Mark Hodder‘s latest steampunk adventure! THE RETURN OF THE DISCONTINUED MAN is published in the UK by Del Rey UK, on August 7th, 2014. Here’s the synopsis…

Spring Heeled Jack is jumping back!

It’s 9 p.m. on February 15, 1860, and Charles Babbage, the British Empire’s most brilliant scientist, performs an experiment. Within moments, blood red snow falls from the sky and Spring Heeled Jack pops out of thin air in London’s Leicester Square. Though utterly disoriented and apparently insane, the strange creature is intent on one thing: hunting Sir Richard Francis Burton!

Spring Heeled Jack isn’t alone in his mental confusion. Burton can hardly function; he’s experiencing one hallucination after another – visions of parallel realities and future history. Someone, or something, is trying to tell him about … what? 

When the revelation comes, it sends Burton and his companions on an expedition even the great explorer could never have imagined – a voyage through time itself into a twisted future where steam technology has made a resurgence and a despotic intelligence rules over the British Empire!

THE RETURN OF THE DISCONTINUED MAN is the author’s fifth novel in the Burton & Swinburne series, following: THE STRANGE AFFAIR OF SPRING-HEELED JACKTHE CURIOUS CASE OF THE CLOCKWORK MANEXPEDITION TO THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON and THE SECRET OF ABDU EL YEZDI. The series is published by Pyr Books in the US.

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

Cover Reveal – Marie Brennan’s TROPIC OF SERPENTS (UK)


BrennanM-LT2-TropicOfSerpentsUK-BlogA NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS, Marie Brennan‘s first novel in the Memoirs of Lady Trent series, has been met with a storm of praise and selling like hot-cakes! It is therefore with great pleasure that we can share with you the synopsis, cover and release date for the UK edition of THE TROPIC OF SERPENTS, the sequel. Due to be published by Titan Books on June 20, 2014, here is the synopsis…

Three years after her fateful journeys through the forbidding mountains of Vystrana, in which she lost her husband, the widowed Mrs. Camherst defies family and convention to embark on an expedition to the savage, war-torn continent of Eriga, home of such exotic draconian species as the grass-dwelling snakes of the savannah, arboreal tree snakes, and, most elusive of all, the legendary swamp-wyrms of the tropics.

The expedition is not an easy one. Accompanied by both an old associate and a runaway heiress, Isabella must brave oppressive heat, merciless fevers, palace intrigues, gossip, and other hazards in order to satisfy her boundless fascination with all things draconian, even if it means venturing deep into the forbidden jungle known as the Green Hell – where her courage, resourcefulness, and scientific curiosity will be tested as never before.

Here’s just a small selection of acclaim the book has received…

‘What’s truly great about this novel is the seamless merging of fantasy themes and incredibly realistic scientific and social details. Come for the dragon adventure — because there’s a lot of it. But stay for characters whose stories feel as real as Marie Curie’s.’ — io9.com

‘Brennan’s world-building is wonderfully subtle, rendering a familiar land alien with casual details. Fans of fantasy, science, and history will adore this rich and absorbing tale of discovery.’ — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

‘Lady Isabella Trent is a wonderfully charming female-lead who is willing to break from the gender roles of the era and do as her heart desires, study dragons… Marie Brennan does an incredible job of writing in multiple voices… Brennan expertly maintains the balance that makes this commentary fun and informative, without pulling you from the actual story. It’s a brilliant touch that brings a level of authenticity to the memoir-style… the interior illustrations, also done by Todd Lockwood, are just as stunning.’ — Fantasy Faction

A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS and THE TROPIC OF SERPENTS are both published in the US by Tor Books.

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

Cover Reveal: Randall Garrett’s LORD DARCY


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How great is this cover for Randall Garrett‘s LORD DARCY? The book has been selected for the Gollancz Fantasy Masterworks series, and is due to be published March 13, 2014. Here’s the synopsis…

In a world where the Plantagenets never fell, Lord Darcy is Chief Investigator for the Duke of Normandy…

Welcome to a world where the Plantagenet kings survived, the laws of magic were discovered and the physical sciences never pursued. In the resulting Anglo-French Empire, a detective like Lord Darcy needs more than a keen mind and an observant eye. Luckily, Darcy can call on the aid of Master Sean O’Lochlainn, forensic sorcerer.

This omnibus contains all of the Lord Darcy stories as well as the only Lord Darcy novel, TOO MANY MAGICIANS, and has a new introduction by Michael Dirda.

Here is a selection of reviews for Garrett’s work…

‘Some of the finest fantasy ever written … will certainly guarantee him a lasting place in the genre.’ — SF Chronicle (a Best Fantasy of 2002)

‘Garrett’s writing style is as elegant and charming as his setting, and his mastery of atmosphere is admirable … Garrett’s series is in fact one of the best of the genre-benders, which have proliferated so madly since these tales were first published. The stories deftly combine elements of mystery, espionage, suspense, Tolkienesque fantasy, science fiction, the techno-thriller, CSI-style forensic mystery, and swashbuckling historical romance.’ — National Review

‘He has combined the best of the fantasy and detective genres — and made them work as science fiction.’ — Marion Zimmer Bradley

‘Randall Garrett’s most satisfying and enduring literary accomplishment is the Lord Darcy series.’ — Robert Silverberg

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

Cover Reveal – Elizabeth Moon’s CROWN OF RENEWAL


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Check out this cover for Elizabeth Moon‘s upcoming CROWN OF RENEWAL! It is the final installment in her Paladin’s Legacy series, a fantasy epic of kingdoms under threat, politics and magic by a true science fiction and fantasy legend! The book is due to be published in the UK by Orbit Books, on May 27 2014. Here is the synopsis…

Eight kingdoms in danger, an enemy that cannot die…

Count Jeddrin has received a grisly message. His son, Filis, is dead, brutally killed by Alured the Black – the first move in his plan to take the eight kingdoms.

But Filis managed to send his own message, telling of the dark forces that control Alured, warning of something more than human behind the man’s eyes…

Meanwhile, Dorrin Verrakai, last of a long line of magelords, must forever leave the home she loves in order to protect powerful magic relics created by her ancestors. For their power is desired both by Alured, and by the dark elves infesting the kingdoms. Searching for answers, her friend and King, Kieri, considers waking the magelords from their ancient slumber…

CROWN OF RENEWAL is the fifth and final novel in the series, which also includes: OATH OF FEALTY, KINGS OF THE NORTH, ECHOES OF BETRAYAL, and LIMITS OF POWER – all published in the UK by Orbit.

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

Cover Reveal: Marie Brennan’s TROPIC OF SERPENTS (UK)


BrennanM-LT2-TropicOfSerpentsUK-BlogMarie Brennan‘s highly-anticipated THE TROPIC OF SERPENTS has a cover for the UK!

Due to be published by Titan Books on June 20th 2014, THE TROPIC OF SERPENTS is the sequel to THE NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS, the first in Brennan’s Memoirs of Lady Trent series. Here’s the synopsis for the second novel…

Three years after her fateful journeys through the forbidding mountains of Vystrana, in which she lost her husband, the widowed Mrs. Camherst defies family and convention to embark on an expedition to the savage, war-torn continent of Eriga, home of such exotic draconian species as the grass-dwelling snakes of the savannah, arboreal tree snakes, and, most elusive of all, the legendary swamp-wyrms of the tropics.

The expedition is not an easy one. Accompanied by both an old associate and a runaway heiress, Isabella must brave oppressive heat, merciless fevers, palace intrigues, gossip, and other hazards in order to satisfy her boundless fascination with all things draconian, even if it means venturing deep into the forbidden jungle known as the Green Hell – where her courage, resourcefulness, and scientific curiosity will be tested as never before.

Both novels are (or will be) published in the US by Tor Books.

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

Peter Grant Arrives in Brazil! (Cover Reveal)


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We’re delighted to share with you the two latest foreign edition covers for Ben Aaronovitch‘s Peter Grant/Rivers of London series. Brazilian publisher Casa da Palavra will be publishing the series, and both RIVERS OF LONDON and MOON OVER SOHO have great new book jackets!

When others are unveiled, we will of course share those on here, too.

Cover Reveal: Tanya Huff’s THE FUTURE FALLS


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We’re very happy to share with you today the UK artwork for the third novel in Tanya Huff‘s Enchantment Emporium urban fantasy series, THE FUTURE FALLS! The novel is due to be published in the UK in November 2014 by Titan Books. That’s a bit of a wait, but it means you have plenty of time to catch up with the first two books in the series – THE ENCHANTMENT EMPORIUM and THE WILD WAYS (due out in March 2014).

At the time of writing this, there was not yet an official synopsis for the novel. However, the plot revolves around an incoming asteroid, and one of the characters is a stag with the biggest set of antlers you’ve ever seen…

Zeno represents Tanya Huff in the UK and Commonwealth on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

Cover Reveal – Jack Campbell’s STEADFAST (UK)


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We’re very happy to share with you this eye-catching, new UK cover for Jack Campbell‘s fourth novel in his critically-acclaimed and fan-favourite Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier series, STEADFAST!

The novel is scheduled for a May 2014 publication, through Titan Books. Here is the synopsis…

Strains on the Alliance grow as the Syndics continue to meddle, and Black Jack Geary is ordered to take a small force to the border of Syndic space. There he finds a mysterious threat that could finally force the Alliance to its knees. As he mounts a desperate battle to protect the Alliance against a shrewd and powerful enemy, he’s left with just one question: Who are they?

Zeno represents Jack Campbell in the UK and Commonwealth on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

Cover Reveal for Ari Marmell’s HOT LEAD, COLD IRON


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We’re very happy to share with you today the artwork for Ari Marmell‘s next novel, HOT LEAD, COLD IRON. The book is the first in a new, historical urban fantasy series featuring Chicago private investigator Mick Oberon, and is to be published by Titan Books in May 2014. A second novel is also under contract with Titan Books.

Chicago, 1932. Mick Oberon may look like just another private detective, but beneath the fedora and the overcoat, he’s got pointy ears and he’s packing a wand. Oberon’s used to solving supernatural crimes, but the latest one’s extra weird. He’ll have to wade through Fae politics and mob power struggles to find a kidnapper — and of course it’s the last person he expected.

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

Two International Cover Reveals for Ben Aaronovitch’s BROKEN HOMES!


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We’re delighted to be able to share with you two great new covers for Ben Aaronovitch‘s BROKEN HOMES. The fourth in Ben’s Peter Grant/Rivers of London urban fantasy series, BROKEN HOMES now has covers for the French and German editions!

Published already by Gollancz in the UK, BROKEN HOMES is due to be published by DAW in the US (Feb.2014), J’ai Lu in France (Feb.2014) and DTV in Germany (May 2014). Here’s the synopsis…

A unique blend of police procedural, loving detail about the greatest character of all, London, and a dash of the supernatural.

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 or 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?

Full of warmth, sly humour and a rich cornucopia of things you never knew about London, Aaronovitch’s series has swiftly added Grant’s magical London to Rebus’ Edinburgh and Morse’s Oxford as a destination of choice for those who love their crime with something a little extra.

Cover Reveal: Brandon Sanderson’s WORDS OF RADIANCE…


Sanderson-SA2-WordsOfRadiance-BlogWe’re very happy to share with you the UK cover art for Brandon Sanderson‘s WORDS OF RADIANCE! The second volume of the internationally bestselling Stormlight Archive fantasy series, WORDS OF RADIANCE is due to be published in 2014 by Gollancz. Here is the early, rather brief synopsis from the publisher’s page…

Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artifacts from a past civilisation that can win wars.

As the world tips into a war for control of the mythical artifacts of power made from Shard, characters are swept up into new dangers which will threaten their integrity and their lives.

The first book in the Stormlight Archive, THE WAY OF KINGS is available now in eBook and in paperback (split into two volumes – it’s an immense, engrossing tome of a novel!).

Here is a little more information about the second Stormlight novel, from an introduction to WORDS OF RADIANCE on Brandon’s website

In [THE WAY OF KINGS], we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war. Among those caught up in the conflict are Highprince Dalinar Kholin, who leads the human armies; his neice Jasnah, a renowned scholar; her student Shallan, a brilliant but troubled young woman; and Kaladin, a military slave who, by the book’s end, was beginning to become the first magically endowed Knight Radiant in centuries.

In WORDS OF RADIANCE, their intertwined stories will continue and, as Sanderson fans have come to expect, develop in unexpected, wonderfully surprising directions. The war with the Parshendi will move into a new, dangerous phase, as Dalinar leads the human armies deep into the heart of the Shattered Plains in a bold attempt to finally end it. Shallan will come along, hoping to find the legendary, perhaps mythical, city of Urithuru, which Jasnah believes holds a secret vital to mankind’s survival on Roshar. The Parshendi take a dangerous step to strengthen themselves for the human challenge, risking the return of the fearsome Voidbringers of old. To deal with it all, Kaladin must learn to how to fulfill his new role, while mastering the powers of a Windrunner.

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

Cover Reveal: Freda Warrington’s THE DARK BLOOD OF POPPIES


Today, we unveil the eye-catching, new cover for Freda Warrington‘s THE DARK BLOOD OF POPPIES. The novel is the third in the author’s Blood Wine series, which are being re-issued by Titan Books in 2013-14.

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Here’s the novel’s 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 …

As we have mentioned elsewhere on the website, Titan Books are also due to publish a brand new, never-before-published fourth novel in the series, THE DARK ARTS OF BLOOD, in October 2014. A TASTE OF BLOOD WINE is available now, and A DANCE IN BLOOD VELVET is due to hit shelves in October 2013.

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Cover Reveal: Lavie Tidhar’s THE VIOLENT CENTURY


We’ve mentioned it a number of times on the blog, but we are finally able to share with you the cover for Lavie Tidhar‘s excellent THE VIOLENT CENTURY!

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The novel, which has already been receiving some excellent advanced praise, is due to be published in October 2013 by Hodder Books. Here’s the synopsis:

They’d never meant to be heroes.

For seventy years they guarded the British Empire. Oblivion and Fogg, inseparable friends, bound together by a shared fate. Until one night in Berlin, in the aftermath of the Second World War, and a secret that tore them apart.

But there must always be an account… and the past has a habit of catching up to the present.

Now, recalled to the Retirement Bureau from which no one can retire, Fogg and Oblivion must face up to a past of terrible war and unacknowledged heroism – a life of dusty corridors and secret rooms, of furtive meetings and blood-stained fields – to answer one last, impossible question:

What makes a hero?