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!


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?

Cover Reveal: THE BOOKMAN in Japan!

Lavie Tidhar‘s critically acclaimed Steampunk novel, THE BOOKMAN, will soon be hitting shelves in Japan! The trilogy will be published in Japan by Hayakawa Shobo. The first cover was recently unveiled, and we were eager to share it here…


We think this is pretty cool, and can’t wait to see the covers for the next two novels – CAMERA OBSCURA and THE GREAT GAME. Watch this space!

The Bookman Histories are published by Angry Robot Books in the US and UK, and are available individually and as an omnibus.

Lavie Tidhar is the World Fantasy Award-winning author of OSAMA, the upcoming THE VIOLENT CENTURY (Hodder) and comic series ADLER (Titan Comics).

Cover Reveal: Jan Siegel’s THE DEVIL’S APPRENTICE…

We’re delighted to announce the next novel by Amanda Hemingway, writing as Jan Siegel: THE DEVIL’S APPRENTICE. The new YA novel is due to be published by Ravenstone (Solaris) in October 2013. Here’s the brooding cover art…


Here’s the synopsis, to whet your appetite…

The Devil is retiring – but who’s taking over?

Wearied by endless aeons of immortality, the Dark Lord in his Dark Tower plans to lapse into limbo till the end of Time. But he still has to choose a successor to take over his evil empire, someone to wear the Horned Crown,
wield the Sceptre of Fire, and sit behind the gleaming Desk in the Circular Office overseeing the downfall of humanity. The ancient spirits who might have followed him are all weakened or jaded; he must find a mortal heir (or heiress), who will sit on his throne and assume his immortal powers. A group of would-be apprentices, young, enthusiastic, and malleable, are trapped in a space/time prism, in various dimensions of magic and the past, undergoing hideous trials to turn them to the dark side. Those who survive—if any—will emerge to compete for the ultimate prize…

Meanwhile, the few who learn of his plan are trying to defeat him — including an incompetent teen witch, an underage lawyer and an aspiring chef.With the help of a fat cat and a set of talking dentures, they must find an absentee
wizard and rescue the wannabe Satans—before it is too late.

Amanda is the author of the well-received Sangreal and Fern Capel series (the latter was also written as Jan Siegal).

Cover Reveal: David Tallerman’s PRINCE THIEF

The third installment in David Tallerman‘s Easie Damasco fantasy series now has a cover! Unveiled yesterday in a blogosphere-wide campaign, here it is…


Also, the synopsis…

Altapasaeda, capital of the Castoval, is about to be besieged by its own king – and where else would luckless, somewhat reformed thief Easie Damasco be but trapped within the city’s walls? Faced with a war they can’t win and a populace too busy fighting amongst itself to even try, the Castovalian defenders are left with one desperate option. Far in the northern lands of Shoan, rebels have set up the young prince Malekrin as a figurehead in their own quest to throw off the king’s tyrannical rule. One way or another, the prince must be persuaded to join forces.

Once again, all hope lies with Damasco and his sticky-fingered approach to problem solving, along with his long suffering partner, the gentle giant Saltlick. But this time it’s a human being that needs stealing, with his own desires and opinions, and events only grow more complicated as Damasco realises that he and the rebellious young prince have more in common that either would admit.

PRINCE THIEF is due to be published in September 2013 by Angry Robot Books. It was proceeded by GIANT THIEF and CROWN THIEF.

Cover Reveal (New Editions): Charlaine Harris’s Three Mystery Series…

So you’ve read all of Charlaine Harris‘s Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series, which has just come to an end. But you want more books by Charlaine? Well, never fear! A new wave of re-issues are on their way from Gollancz, Charlaine’s UK publisher! Over the course of this year, the Harper Connolly, Lily Bird, and Aurora Teagarden novels are being released with new covers.

First up, we have the Harper Connelly series: GRAVE SIGHT, GRAVE SURPRISE, AN ICE COLD GRAVE, and GRAVE SECRET






Charlaine Harris is represented by Zeno in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of Jabberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

Cover Reveal: Tim Powers’ LAST CALL…

Tim Powers‘ 1993 World Fantasy Award winner LAST CALL will be re-released in October as part of Gollancz‘s Fantasy Masterworks series.  This classic novel from the author of THE ANUBIS GATES and DECLARE, brings the Fisher King legend to 90’s Las Vegas and is a must read for all modern fantasy fans…


Here is the synopsis…

Twenty years ago Scott Crane abandoned his career as a professional poker player and went into hiding, after a weird high-stakes game played with Tarot cards. But now the cards – and the supernatural powers behind them – have found him again.

Crane’s father killed gangster Bugsy Siegel in 1948 to become the Fisher King, and to keep that power he is determined to kill his son. Now Scott Crane must cross the Mojave Desert to his father’s Perilous Chapel in Las Vegas, and take up the cards again for one last poker duel. And the stakes are the highest he’s ever played for… his soul.

Cover Reveal: E.J. Swift’s CATAVEIRO…

We’re delighted to be able to share the new cover for E.J. Swift‘s much-anticipated second novel, CATAVEIRO. This novel is the sequel to Emma’s fantastic debut, OSIRIS, is scheduled for publication by Del Rey UK in February 2014.


Here is the synopsis…

When a boat is shipwrecked on the shores of Tierra del Fuego, rumours abound that it has come from ‘the lost city’ of Osiris.

For Taeo, a young political exile, the rediscovery of the long-lost island could serve as his lifeline. He must contact the Antarctican spy network – who has long disbelieved the city’s demise – if he has any hope of returning to his family.

In his self-set mission, he befriends Vikram, the sole survivor of the wreckage, and enlists the help of Ramona, a pilot and cartographer.

But Taeo must act fast. For in the wrong hands, the news of Osiris will cause the return of a long and perilous war.this time more terrifying than ever.


Earlier this week, the cover for Anne Lyle‘s THE PRINCE OF LIES was revealed on Fantasy Faction. We thought we’d share it here as well…


THE PRINCE OF LIES is the third novel in Anne’s Night’s Masque trilogy, due to be published in October 2013. It follows THE ALCHEMIST OF SOULS and THE MERCHANT OF DREAMS – all three novels are published by Angry Robot Books. Here’s the synopsis for the third book…

Elizabethan spy Mal Catlyn has everything he ever wanted – his twin brother Sandy restored to health, his family estate reclaimed and a son to inherit it – but his work is far from over. The renegade skraylings, the guisers, are still plotting – their leader, Jathekkil, has reincarnated as the young Prince Henry Tudor. But while he is still young, Mal has a slim chance of eliminating his enemies whilst they are at their weakest.

With Sandy’s help, Mal learns to harness his own magic in the fight against the guisers, but it may be too late to save England. Schemes set in motion decades ago are at last coming to fruition, and the barrier between the dreamlands and the waking world is wearing thin…

Cover Reveal: Freda Warrington’s A DANCE IN BLOOD VELVET…

We are delighted to share with you the gorgeous new cover for Freda Warrington‘s A DANCE IN BLOOD VELVET


The novel is the second in Freda’s brilliant, atmospheric Blood Wine series, which is being re-issued by Titan Books. A DANCE IN BLOOD VELVET is due to be published on October 25th 2013 in the UK. Titan Books will also be publishing the series in the United States, starting in October 2013 with A TASTE OF BLOOD WINE, with A DANCE IN BLOOD VELVET due to follow in April 2014.

Here’s the synopsis of A DANCE IN BLOOD VELVET

For the love of her vampire suitor, Karl, Charlotte has forsaken her human life. Now her only contact with people is when she hunts them down to feed. Her thirst for blood repulses her but its fulfilment brings ecstasy.

The one light in the shadows is the passion that burns between her and Karl. A love that it seems will last for eternity – until Karl’s former lover, the seductively beautiful Katerina, is rescued from the Crystal Ring. For nearly fifty years she has lain, as dead, in the icy depths of the Weisskalt. Now she wants to reclaim her life… and Karl. 

In despair, Charlotte turns to the prima ballerina Violette Lenoir, an ice maiden who only thaws when she dances. Charlotte is fascinated as she has been by no other human, longing to bring joy to the dancer. But her obsession opens the floodgates to a far darker threat than the vampires could ever have imagined. For Violette is more than human and if she succumbs to the vampire’s kiss it could unleash a new terror…

And you can see plenty more Zeno book covers over at our Pinterest Zeno Cover Art Gallery.

New Client: Tobias Buckell and ARCTIC RISING…


We are thrilled to welcome Tobias Buckell as a new client, representing him in the UK and Commonwealth on behalf of our colleagues at the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York. We have long been an admirer of this fantastic author’s work.

As if this news alone were not cause for celebration, we can also reveal that Del Rey UK will be publishing Tobias’s most recent novel, ARCTIC RISING, this coming July, with a follow-up, HURRICANE FEVER, likely to appear next year. Check out the stunning Del Rey cover artwork, rendered by super-talented artist, Lee Gibbons.

This exciting and topical novel has recently been nominated for the Prometheus Award, which every year celebrates books that ‘examine the meaning of freedom’. The winner will be announced over the Labor Day weekend at LoneStarCon3, the 2013 World Science Fiction Convention, and we wish Tobias the best of luck!

Here is the synopsis…

Global Warming has transformed the Earth, and it’s about to get even hotter. The Arctic Ice Cap has all but melted, and the international community is racing to claim the massive amounts of oil beneath the newly accessible ocean. Enter the Gaia Corporation. Its two founders plan to terraform Earth to save it from itself—but in doing so, they may have created a superweapon the likes of which the world has never seen. Anika Duncan, a pilot for the United Nations Polar Guard, finds herself caught up in a plot by military agencies and corporations who want the Gaia Corporation stopped. But when Gaia loses control of its superweapon, it will be Anika who has to decide the future of the world.

Tobias Buckell is the author of, among others, the popular Xenowealth series (CRYSTAL RAINRAGAMUFFIN and SLY MONGOOSE) and HALO: THE COLE PROTOCOL. Buckell’s previous novels have been described as ‘stretching the horizons of science fiction’ (John Scalzi), ‘vividly imagined… finely tuned and engrossing’ (Booklist) and ‘compulsively readable’ (Maclean’s).

Cover Reveal: Michael Cobley’s ANCESTRAL MACHINES…

Today, we are excited to share with you the stunning cover art for Michael Cobley‘s forthcoming science fiction novel, ANCESTRAL MACHINES, another amazing and gorgeous image from renowned artist Steve Stone!


ANCESTRAL MACHINES is an absorbing standalone space adventure, set in the universe of the hugely popular Humanity’s Fire series. Orbit are set publish in both the UK and US and the release is currently scheduled for March 2014.  While we wait, here’s the novel’s synopsis…

It was named Bringer of Battles, three hundred worlds orbiting a single artificial star, three hundred battlefields where different species vie for mastery and triumph. It is a cage where war is a game, brutal, savage and sudden. In this arena, all must bend the knee to the Lords of Permutation (and the ancient sentient weapons with which they have merged) or suffer indescribable agonies.

Trapped in this draconian crucible of death Brannan Pyke, captain and smuggler, must find a way to fight his way to freedom.

Because in the Bringer of Battles the game of war is played to the death – and beyond.

Three previous books in the series – SEEDS OF EARTH, THE ORPHANED WORLDS and THE ASCENDANT STARS – are already available in the UK, US and Germany.


You can see plenty more Zeno book covers over at our Pinterest Zeno Cover Art Gallery.

New Deal For Tim Powers…

We’re delighted to announce that Ravi Mirchandani, Editor-in-Chief at Atlantic Books has acquired UK / British Commonwealth rights to a new Tim Powers novel, currently entiteld DEPTH OF FIELD. Details are scant on the novel itself, but the word is that it will be a contemporary Californian tale and will, as the title suggest, focus on the movie industry in some way. Likewise, a publication date is yet to be finalised, but it is likely the novel won’t appear before the end of 2015. Definitely something to look forward to then!


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Atlantic’s Corvus imprint has now published five Powers titles, beginning with supernatural spy story and World Fantasy award winner DECLARE. They followed this with  Powers’ famous pirate novel ON STRANGER TIDES, now forever linked with the Disney Juggernaut that is the Pirates of the Carribean franchise, and towards the end of last year, they published author’s most recent novel, HIDE ME A MONG THE GRAVES, a historical fantasy about the Rosettis and also it’s precursor, THE STRESS OF HER REGARD, a take on the Romantic poets and their vampyrric muse. Most recently Corvus released his 2006 novel THREE DAYS TO NEVER, previously unpublished in the UK.

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 Look out for the paperback edition of Powers’s HIDE ME AMONG THE GRAVES later this year. The Independent, which describes Powers as ‘one of dark fantasy’s major eccentrics‘, opines that the author has ‘not mellowed or grown more ordinary with age‘ and goes on to describe HIDE ME AMONG THE GRAVES as ‘one of his best books‘. Furthermore, the review praises Corvus’s decision to publish him. The paper recommends the novel on the basis of its ingenuity and conceptual wit, describing Powers as ‘an intelligent, emotionally complex writer with a taste for elegantly conceived nightmare.’ Meanwhile, SFX described the novel as ‘Dickens as directed by David Lynch… clever…fun… and rewarding.’

BoingBoing big-wig Cory Doctorow was mightily impressed with Powers’s approach to the supernatural – ‘Powers’s treatment of superstition works so well, I think, because he deals with it without apology. There’s never a sense that superstition is just a kind of alternate physics, with its own rules that are different from the ones we’re accustomed to. The supernatural world of Tim Powers has an internal logic, but it’s the logic of dreams and the id, not the logic of the scientific method. Powers’s work engages with something prerational that is buried deep, deep in our brains, and that won’t be bullied into submission by mere reason.‘ And to celebrate the re-issue, the Book Smugglers ran a fascinating and insightful interview with Powers.

LOAWHOIn other related news, over on the Library of America website Tim Powers has written a wonderful appreciation of the late Algis Budrys’s classic novel WHO? Zeno is delighted to handle the Budrys estate and is proud to have made a large number of his works available in ebook via the Gollancz SF Gateway programme. His famous 1960 novel ROGUE MOON is also available in print in the SF Masterworks.  We were delighted to be approached by the Library of America on behalf of editor Gary K. Wolfe, who wished to include WHO? in his AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION FIVE CLASSIC NOVELS 1956-1956 collected box set – which is a gorgeous production worth of the works contained therein.

Of WHO?, Powers writes ‘…in the context of a science fictional future world, Budrys presents a picture of Cold War politics and espionage that is surprisingly insightful for an American writer of the time – but in many ways Budrys was never precisely an American writer. He was born in East Prussia, and his father – on whom he based the Soviet Colonel Anastas Azarin in WHO? – was a Lithuanian diplomat. It’s an affectionate portrait. Budrys has said, ‘A lot of my life when I was a small child was spent in cars, or trains, talking to strangers, speaking a variety of languages, never settling down anywhere…‘ The full piece is available online here.

Tim Powers – Corvus Cover Art…

As now listed on, Corvus have pushed back their publication of the new Tim Powers novel, HIDE ME AMONG THE GRAVES to early September.

This delay has allowed for some extra special attention to be paid to their cover art and also to that of  their forthcoming reissue of THE STRESS OF HER REGARD – and seen side by side, they make for an impressive and eye-catching bit of author branding, no?