THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS paperback out tomorrow in the UK!


The second novel in the Dominion of the Fallen series is out in paperback tomorrow! Aliette de Bodard‘s THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS is published in the UK by Gollancz. Here’s the synopsis…

Paris endures the aftermath of a devastating arcane war…

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. Phillippe, an immortal who escaped the carnage, has a singular goal — to resurrect someone he lost. But the cost of such magic might 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.

Gollancz has also published the award-winning first novel in the series, THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS. The two novels are published in the US by Roc Books.

Here are a few of the great reviews the novel has received so far…

‘Meddling gleefully in the affairs of devils and dragons, this affective sequel to 2015’s THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS touches the heart as often as it cuts throats… Having fully crafted her world, de Bodard is now completely in control: she can move swiftly from gentle poetic touches to bloody Grand Guignol gestures, and she sure-handedly holds the reader by exposing the vulnerabilities and needs that drive even the seemingly all-powerful figures of rebel angels and ancient serpents to surrender to a higher collective power. In this world lacking signs of heaven, redemptions are painful but possible.’ Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

‘de Bodard’s people feel real to me… There is hope even in the darkest of places, and there is a desire for love, for trust, for harbor, that takes root no matter how often it’s destroyed. This is a stronger, more certain novel than THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS, and if reading it is sometimes walking the unfenced edge of a cliff, the vista is dizzying and beautiful. It is well worth the wait, and if you haven’t read the first novel, I urge you to do so. But have THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS in hand before you reach the end.’ Fantasy & Science Fiction (Mar/Apr 2017)

‘De Bodard’s writing is very precise, like a well-oiled machine. The tempo is piston perfect, with the prose style having a strong and steady rhythm throughout. The emotional journey is relatively predictable (especially when we get into a marriage sequence), but the narrative is not. In other words, you can pretty much tell that the big emotions are coming, but the how and the why is what keeps you on edge. This is not a villains book; this is a powerful sequel that shows us that the incredibly complex world of the last novel is even more involved than we first expected. Strong stuff which you won’t stop reading till the end.’ Starburst

‘The author spins a tale that’s rich, emotional and gripping, and delivers that rare thing: a superior sequel… This is an incredibly rich novel. Even as the scheming, double-crossing and action set pieces unfold, the author never loses sight of the people whose lives are on the line… There’s just so much going on here: social commentary, myths and fairytales that often feel under-represented in genre fiction, a gripping genre adventure and an affecting love story. The author has gone from strength to strength and we can’t wait for this story to continue.’ SciFi Now (5/5*)

‘Truly beautifully balanced: between new and old, birth and death, beauty and ugliness, inside and outside, beginning and, yes, ending. It walks the line, and walks it fine.’ Tor.com

de Bodard’s latest novella, THE TEA MASTER AND THE DETECTIVE, was published last week by Subterranean Press.

THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS out now in Czech


The second novel in Aliette de Bodard‘s critically-acclaimed and award-winning Dominion of the Fallen series is now available in Czech! THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS is published by Host as ŘÁD VĚČNÝCH TRNŮ. Here’s the synopsis…

Volné pokračování fantasy thrilleru Řád zlomených křídel.

Paříž zničená magickými boji se postupně začíná zotavovat, ale velké Řády ovládané Padlými anděly nadále soupeří o kontrolu nad městem. Na vrcholu moci nyní stojí řád Trnikeře a spřádá plány, jak se stát ještě mocnějším.

Trnikeřské intriky svedou dohromady milenku prastarého Padlého anděla, dračího prince v přestrojení, alchymistku sužovanou sebezničující závislostí a zatrpklého mladíka z Dálného východu, který se snaží přivést zpět mezi živé svou zemřelou přítelkyni.

Řády hledají společnou cestu k míru, ten se však zdá zkázonosnější než válka. Čtveřice hrdinů v sobě musí nalézt sílu, aby se ubránila magii lačnící všechny a všechno zotročit.

THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS and the first novel, THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS is published in the UK by Gollancz and in the US by Roc Books. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

The multi-award-winning author of The House of Shattered Wings continues her Dominion of the Fallen saga as Paris endures the aftermath of a devastating arcane war…

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. Phillippe, an immortal who escaped the carnage, has a singular goal — to resurrect someone he lost. But the cost of such magic might 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.

Here is a small selection of the aforementioned critical acclaim…

Meddling gleefully in the affairs of devils and dragons, this affective sequel to 2015’s THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS touches the heart as often as it cuts throats… Having fully crafted her world, de Bodard is now completely in control: she can move swiftly from gentle poetic touches to bloody Grand Guignol gestures, and she sure-handedly holds the reader by exposing the vulnerabilities and needs that drive even the seemingly all-powerful figures of rebel angels and ancient serpents to surrender to a higher collective power. In this world lacking signs of heaven, redemptions are painful but possible.’ Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

‘de Bodard’s people feel real to me… There is hope even in the darkest of places, and there is a desire for love, for trust, for harbor, that takes root no matter how often it’s destroyed. This is a stronger, more certain novel than THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS, and if reading it is sometimes walking the unfenced edge of a cliff, the vista is dizzying and beautiful. It is well worth the wait, and if you haven’t read the first novel, I urge you to do so. But have THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS in hand before you reach the end.’ Fantasy & Science Fiction (Mar/Apr 2017)

‘De Bodard’s writing is very precise, like a well-oiled machine. The tempo is piston perfect, with the prose style having a strong and steady rhythm throughout. The emotional journey is relatively predictable (especially when we get into a marriage sequence), but the narrative is not. In other words, you can pretty much tell that the big emotions are coming, but the how and the why is what keeps you on edge. This is not a villains book; this is a powerful sequel that shows us that the incredibly complex world of the last novel is even more involved than we first expected. Strong stuff which you won’t stop reading till the end.’ Starburst

‘The author spins a tale that’s rich, emotional and gripping, and delivers that rare thing: a superior sequel… This is an incredibly rich novel. Even as the scheming, double-crossing and action set pieces unfold, the author never loses sight of the people whose lives are on the line… There’s just so much going on here: social commentary, myths and fairytales that often feel under-represented in genre fiction, a gripping genre adventure and an affecting love story. The author has gone from strength to strength and we can’t wait for this story to continue.’ SciFi Now (5/5*)

‘Truly beautifully balanced: between new and old, birth and death, beauty and ugliness, inside and outside, beginning and, yes, ending. It walks the line, and walks it fine.’ Tor.com

A RED SNOW falls on Poland…


Ian R. MacLeod‘s latest novel, RED SNOW, is now available in Poland! Published by MAG as CZERWONY ŚNIEG, here’s the synopsis…

Na pobojowisku po ostatniej wielkiej bitwie Wojny Secesyjnej rozczarowany życiem unionista-lekarz natrafia na obrabiającą trupy dziwną postać i jego życie zmienia się na zawsze…

W Strasburgu, parę lat przed Rewolucją Francuską, konserwator obrazów dostaje zlecenie namalowania cyklu portretów pięknej kobiety w różnych fazach jej życia, choć sama kobieta najwyraźniej się nie starzeje…

W Nowym Jorku z czasów prohibicji młoda marksistka pojawia się nagle wśród elit, w dodatku podszywając się pod osobę, która nigdy nie istniała…

Czerwony śnieg to powieść o miłości i krwi, o ideach i snach, a wszystko wiąże w całość tajemnicze stworzenie wywiedzione z najmroczniejszych przedwiecznych ludzkich mitów, które cudem przetrwało do dzisiejszych czasów, wciąż rośnie i wciąż zabija…

RED SNOW is also published by PS Publishing. The novel has been described as ‘a rich, beautifully written, deftly plotted vampire novel’ on Goodreads, and Locus said the novel ‘always manages to take us somewhere unexpected… by turns western adventure, Renaissance horror, political intrigue, dysfunctional family drama, and more.’ Here’s the English-language synopsis…

In the aftermath of the last great battle of the American Civil War, a disillusioned Union medic stumbles across a strange figure picking amid the corpses, and his life is changed forever…

In the cathedral city of Strasbourg in the years before the French Revolution, a church restorer is commissioned to paint a series of portraits that chart the changing appearance of a beautiful woman over the course of her life, although the woman herself seems ageless…

In Prohibition-era New York, an idealistic young Marxist is catapulted into the realms of elite society, and forced to assume the identity of someone who never existed…

Red Snow is a novel of love and violence, ideas and dreams, and revolves around the mystery of a monster drawn from humanity’s darkest myths which still somehow survives, and thrives, and kills, in this modern age.

Rest in Peace, Victor Milán


We are very sad to report that Victor Milán has passed away. An author of considerable and broad talents, over decades he wrote countless adventure-filled stories in many genres (almost 100 novels). Most recently, he entertained readers with his Dinosaur Lords series, which brought together two of our favourite things — knights and dinosaurs! — in a great series of action-packed fantasy novels.

George R.R. Martin, a long-time friend and collaborator of Victor’s called him ‘one of my aces’, a reference to his work on the shared-universe Wild Cards series. You can read the rest of GRRM’s tribute here.

Our deepest condolences to Victor’s friends and family. You will be missed.

PARIS ADRIFT by E.J. Swift is out this week!


The wait is nearly over: tomorrow, E.J. Swift‘s fantastic new novel PARIS ADRIFT is out this week! Published by Solaris in the UK and North America, here’s the synopsis…

Paris Was Supposed to Save Hallie. Now… Well, Let’s Just Say Paris Has Other Ideas. 

There’s a strange woman called The Chronometrist who will not leave her alone. Garbled warnings from bizarre creatures keep her up at night. And there’s a time portal in the keg room of the bar where she works. 

Soon, Hallie is tumbling through the turbulent past and future Paris, making friends, changing the world — and falling in love. 

But with every trip, Hallie loses a little of herself, and every infinitesimal change she makes ripples through time, until the future she’s trying to save suddenly looks nothing like what she hoped for…

Already, the novel has been racking up pre-publication praise, and was selected by Kirkus, Amazon and Barnes & Noble as a best of February SF/fantasy! Here are just a few of the reviews…

‘E.J. Swift’s PARIS ADRIFT is her best novel yet: a time-travelling adventure that, despite the cosmic stakes, is bravely and beautifully intimate. Despite the apocalyptic backdrop, PARIS is also wistfully hopeful – a novel of ordinary, extraordinary heroism… PARIS ADRIFT uses science fiction’s largest and most unwieldy mechanic for its smallest and most intimate stakes: this isn’t about the world, it is about Hallie. PARIS is a story about significance at every level, individually and collectively; ultimately, whether that’s in time, life, or simply one’s outlook – this is a poetic demonstration of how little changes make big differences. Despite being a novel that’s – literally! – timeless, you couldn’t find a work more wonderfully fitting for 2018.’ Pornokitsch

‘A great time travel story, inventive and at times overwhelming. Hallie is a compelling character to read, as she is not all-knowing and manages to keep her sense of disbelief for as long as possible. Hallie through the book comes to find an inner strength that she didn’t know existed as she faces challenges without a lot of resources. I can’t really express how much I enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more from E.J. Swift soon.’Fantasy Book Review (9/10)

‘A great protagonist in a fascinating plot, with some refreshingly original takes on the mechanics and mechanisms of time travel, this was a very enjoyable read… This is a great book. Fantastic characters in an interesting story, excellently paced.’ Strange Currencies

‘Swift (the Osiris Project series) delivers both an unusual take on time travel and solid characters, including a fantastic protagonist… Swift keeps things moving briskly, throwing out innocuous tidbits while scene setting that lead to surprising later payoffs.’ Publishers Weekly

‘[A] really gripping book that was also really thought provoking and moving… [The novel] deals with many themes which are very relevant right now and Hallie’s time travel to a bleak 2042 felt too plausible… [I] loved reading about Hallie’s expeditions to 1875. Paris really came alive for me and I just loved all the sub stories going on, particularly Millie’s. PARIS ADRIFT also touches on what it’s like to feel adrift and alone in this big world, whether we’re living the best versions of ourselves. This story is about getting lost in order to find yourself. There’s a good message in this book, that doing small deeds to help strangers can have huge effects later on and the future is something we should all be thinking about.’ British Fantasy Society

Starting today, there is also a week-long blog tour to celebrate the release of the novel. Here are the details…

E.J. Swift is also the author of the critically-acclaimed Osiris Project trilogy, published in the UK by Del Rey, and available in eBook via the JABberwocky eBook Program.

NINE PRINCE IN AMBER and GUNS OF AVALON rejacketed in Ukraine


Богдан has re-issued Roger Zelazny‘s NINE PRINCES IN AMBER and GUNS OF AVALON with new covers. Published in Ukraine as Дев’ять принців Амбера and Рушниці Авалону, respectively, here’s the synopsis for book one…

У приватній лікарні після автокатастрофи до головного героя роману — Корвіна, повернулась свідомість. Але він не пам’ятає, хто він. Від лікаря йому вдається дізнатися, що у нього є сестра Евелін. Корвін тікає з лікарні і приходить до неї додому. В домі сестри він натрапив на шокуючу знахідку — колоду карт Таро, на яких зображений він та члени його сім’ї… У нього попереду безліч пригод та небезпек. Чи подолає він їх?

First published in 1970 and 1972, here’s the English-language synopsis for NINE PRINCES IN AMBER

Amber: A kingdom beyond imagination — where brother fights brother to succeed to the throne…

When Corwin awoke in the hospital he remembered very little. Except that he’d been in an automobile accident that wasn’t an accident at all. Then he discovered his name and the fact that his strength was superhuman. And that was enough to send him on a journey that started in New York and swiftly flung him into the fantastic realm of Amber where eight brothers fought for the right to be crowned king. For Corwin was the ninth Prince — his royal colours, black and silver — who had been exiled to the shadow world of Earth. Now Corwin had returned to claim the throne from his sworn enemies, his own flesh and blood…

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

Short Fiction Watch: THE BURIED GIANT by Lavie Tidhar


In this instalment of Short Fiction Watch, we wanted to draw your attention to Lavie Tidhar‘s new story, THE BURIED GIANT. The short story can be found in the new anthology ROBOTS VS. FAIRIES, edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe, and published by Saga Press. Here’s the collection’s synopsis…

A unique anthology of all-new stories that challenges authors to throw down the gauntlet in an epic genre battle and demands an answer to the age-old question: Who is more awesome — robots or fairies?

Rampaging robots! Tricksy fairies! Facing off for the first time in an epic genre death match!

People love pitting two awesome things against each other. Robots vs. Fairies is an anthology that pitches genre against genre, science fiction against fantasy, through an epic battle of two icons.

On one side, robots continue to be the classic sci-fi phenomenon in literature and media, from Asimov to WALL-E, from Philip K. Dick to Terminator. On the other, fairies are the beloved icons and unquestionable rulers of fantastic fiction, from Tinkerbell to Tam Lin, from True Blood to Once Upon a Time. Both have proven to be infinitely fun, flexible, and challenging. But when you pit them against each other, which side will triumph as the greatest genre symbol of all time?

There can only be one… or can there?

Featuring an incredible line-up of authors… Robots vs. Fairies will take you on a glitterbombed journey of a techno-fantasy mash-up across genres.

Lavie’s latest novel, the critically-acclaimed and award-winning CENTRAL STATION is published by Tachyon Publications and PS Publishing.

 

THE HAND OF OBERON available tomorrow in Germany!


Roger Zelazny‘s fourth Chronicles of Amber novel, THE HAND OF OBERON, is out tomorrow in Germany! Published by Klett-Cotta as DIE HAND OBERONS, here’s the synopsis…

Um Kräfte zu sammeln, zieht es Corwin und seine Geschwister immer wieder in ein »Muster« genanntes Labyrinth, das demjenigen, der es löst, spezielle Fähigkeiten verleiht. Doch das ursprüngliche Muster trägt Schäden davon, als Blut von Corwins Familie auf ihm vergossen wird. Corwins Bruder Brand will das Muster endgültig zerstören.

Prinz Corwin lebte nach einem Gedächtnisverlust auf der Erde, ohne zu wissen, wer er ist. Als eines Tages ein Mitglied seiner Familie versucht, ihn zu töten, beginnt er, nach seiner Vergangenheit zu forschen.

Und so setzt er alles daran, in das Königreich Amber zurückzukehren. Bald schon erfährt er, dass seine Verwandtschaft über einige sehr ungewöhnliche Kräfte verfügt. Alle Nachfahren des Königshauses können zwischen Amber, den Schattenwelten und dem Chaos hin- und herreisen, indem sie die Realität manipulieren. Sie benutzen magische Spielkarten, um zu kommunizieren und sich an andere Orte zu versetzen. Aber vor allem sind sie alle in einen erbarmungslosen Kampf um den Thron verstrickt. Und nicht zuletzt muss das Geheimnis um das Verschwinden ihres königlichen Vaters Oberon aufgedeckt werden.

Klett-Cotta have also published the first three novels in the series, and are due to publish the fifth next month. THE HAND OF OBERON was first published in 1976, and was nominated for the Best Novel Locus Award. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

Across the mysterious Black Road, demons swarm into Shadow. The ancient, secret source of the royal family’s power is revealed, & an unholy pact between a prince of the realm & the forces of Chaos threaten all the known worlds with absolute obliteration. The hour of battle is at hand. Now Corwin and the remaining princes of Amber must call upon all their superhuman powers to defeat their brother-turned-traitor before he can walk the magical Pattern that created Amber and remake the universe in his own image.

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

Aliette de Bodard’s THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS out now in France!


The second novel in Aliette de Bodard‘s critically-acclaimed, award-winning Dominion of the Fallen series is now available in France, published by Fleuve as L’ASCENSION DE LA MAISON AUBÉPINE.

The series is published in the UK by Gollancz, and in the US by Roc Books: THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS and THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS. Here’s the English-language synopsis for the second novel…

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. Phillippe, an immortal who escaped the carnage, has a singular goal – to resurrect someone he lost. But the cost of such magic might 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 is also out today in paperback in France, published by Pocket: LA CHUTE DE LA MAISON AUX FLÈCHES D’ARGENT.

Short Fiction Watch: Lavie Tidhar’s WATERFALLING


In today’s instalment of Short Fiction Watch, we wanted to draw your attention to Lavie Tidhar‘s “Waterfalling“, which appears in the recent THE BOOK OF SWORDS anthology. Edited by Gardner Dozois, the anthology is published in the UK by Harper Collins, and in the US by Bantam. Here’s the synopsis…

Fantasy fiction has produced some of the most unforgettable heroes ever conjured onto the page: Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian, Michael Moorcock’s Elric of Melniboné, Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Classic characters like these made sword and sorcery a storytelling sensation, a cornerstone of fantasy fiction—and an inspiration for a new generation of writers, spinning their own outsize tales of magic and swashbuckling adventure.

Now, in The Book of Swords, acclaimed editor and bestselling author Gardner Dozois presents an all-new anthology of original epic tales by a stellar cast of award-winning modern masters—many of them set in their authors’ best-loved worlds. Join today’s finest tellers of fantastic tales, including George R. R. Martin, K. J. Parker, Robin Hobb, Scott Lynch, Ken Liu, C. J. Cherryh, Daniel Abraham, Lavie Tidhar, Ellen Kushner, and more on action-packed journeys into the outer realms of dark enchantment and intrepid derring-do, featuring a stunning assortment of fearless swordsmen and warrior women who face down danger and death at every turn with courage, cunning, and cold steel.

Lavie is the author of, most recently, CENTRAL STATION. The award-winning novel is published by Tachyon Publications. Here’s the 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 is also the multi-award winning author of A MAN LIES DREAMING (Hodder/Melville House/PS Publishing), THE VIOLENT CENTURY (Hodder), OSAMA (PS Publishing), and the Bookman Histories (Angry Robot Books) — in addition to many short stories and novellas.

The PRINCE OF CHAOS is coming to Russia…


The final novel in Roger Zelazny‘s classic Chronicles of Amber fantasy epic will soon be available in Russia! PRINCE OF CHAOS will be published by Эксмо as Принц Хаоса. Here’s the synopsis…

“Принц Хаоса” — десятый роман из “Хроник Амбера”. Этой книгой Роджер Желязны завершил свою знаменитую фантастическую эпопею.

Главный герой романа — Мерлин, сын Корвина Амберского и Дары из Владений Хаоса, — понимает, что его появление на свет было не случайностью, а результатом тщательно продуманного плана, осуществление которого должно привести Мерлина к престолу Хаоса…

First published in 1991, here’s the English-language synopsis…

Treacheries, trickeries, assassination attempts and bloody family intrigues have finally manoeuvred Merlin, aka Merle Corey, into the Courts of Chaos — where he is third in line to occupy the throne, thanks to a series of conventionally fatal “accidents” engineered by his mother Dara and uncle Mandor.

But Merlin’s journey to the ultimate rule will not be easy. For dark enchantments still await him. There is murderous discord between Amber and Chaos to be silenced. And a captive royal father, long believed dead, must first be freed from a villain’s magic before a beleaguered Prince can deem his triumph complete.

Эксмо has published the first nine novels in the series, as well. Here are all of the covers together…

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

OATHBRINGER is a bestseller!


In case you missed the news on the weekend, OATHBRINGER is a Sunday Times bestseller! Landing at #6 on the list (and #1 on the New York Times bestseller list), we wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate Brandon Sanderson once again! The novel is the third in Sanderson’s critically-acclaimed Stormlight Archives epic fantasy series. Published in the UK by Gollancz (who made the graphic above), here’s the synopsis…

Humanity faces a new Desolation with the return of the Voidbringers, a foe whose numbers are as great as their thirst for vengeance.

The Alethi armies commanded by Dalinar Kholin won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost: The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, and now its destruction sweeps the world and its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the true horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that their newly kindled anger may be wholly justified.

Nestled in the mountains high above the storms, in the tower city of Urithiru, Shallan Davar investigates the wonders of the ancient stronghold of the Knights Radiant and unearths the dark secrets lurking in its depths. And Dalinar realizes that his holy mission to unite his homeland of Alethkar was too narrow in scope. Unless all the nations of Roshar can put Dalinar’s blood-soaked past aside and stand together — and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past — even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not avert the end of civilization.

Gollancz has also published the first two novels in the series — THE WAY OF KINGS and WORDS OF RADIANCE.

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

Throwback Thursday: Michael Cobley’s SHADOWKINGS series


Today, we wanted to draw your attention to Michael Cobley‘s first series, the grimdark fantasy Shadowkings trilogy: SHADOWKINGS, SHADOWGODS and SHADOWMASQUE. The trilogy is still available widely in eBook in English and German, and various rights are available (please get in touch if you have any questions).

The novels were published before the grimdark wave came to dominate the fantasy genre (albeit relatively briefly), and was published in the UK by Earthlight, between 2001-5. Here’s the synopsis for the first novel…

For one thousand bright and fortunate years the Khatrimantine Empire had guaranteed peace and benevolence. Then came the vast hordes of the Mogaun, driven by an evil deity, the Lord of Twilight, corrupter and devourer. At the very pinnacle of his triumph, the Lord of Twilight made a fatal mistake, shattering his essence into five parts: five lost souls destined to become the Shadowkings. Now, sixteen years after the invasion, Mogaun warlords and petty despots squabble amid the ruins. Yet ancient powers are stirring and the Empire’s last valiant defenders are gathering their strength, hoping that one decisive strike can reverse their long, bleak decline.

The covers at the top of this piece are for the current eBook editions of the trilogy, available through the JABberwocky eBook Program. Here are the original covers…

The series was well-received on publication, and here are just a few of the reviews the series has enjoyed…

‘A pacey action and adventure story, packed with battles, rescues and political double-dealing… a refreshing and believable take on the Fight Against Insurmountable Evil Foes sub-genre, without dispensing with any of the familiar staples that make the genre what it is.’ Infinity Plus on SHADOWKINGS

‘Impressively unpleasant first fantasy novel… If it were not for its unrelenting bleakness, Shadowkings would be a fairly standard story of apocalyptic evil and heroic good–Cobley has a sense, however, of how bad a battlefield or a ruined town smells, and his dark magic is appropriately sinister.’ Roz Kaveney on SHADOWKINGS

SHADOWKINGS, was brutal, cruel and realistic in a way genre usually avoids. SHADOWGOD, his second, is not only lighter, it is better written and makes good use of the world Cobley has created… writing to rival David Gemmell.’Guardian (Jon Courtenay-Grimwood)

‘Unconventional high fantasy trilogy… [Cobley] has taken traditional sword and sorcery to some new and perhaps uncomfortable places… Once again Mike has succeeded in producing an unusually dark and claustrophobic piece of work, though it is a lot less bleak than its predecessors. It is also a lot less convoluted with the battle lines more clearly drawn.’ Infinity Plus on SHADOWMASQUE

‘[Cobley] drew the characters with verve and style, encouraging the reader to participate in the story he was unfolding. The plot was complex but clearly spun out, providing tantalising teasers at the end of each episode, which made me want to skip ahead to the next time that particular thread was picked up and woven. In my opinion, a clear winner for Michael Cobley.’ SF Crowsnest on SHADOWMASQUE

The series has also been published by Heyne in Germany. Here are the covers…

Michael Cobley is also the author of the critically-acclaimed Humanity’s Fire series, which includes the trilogy SEEDS OF EARTH, THE ORPHANED WORLDS and THE ASCENDANT STARS, and the stand-alone ANCESTRAL MACHINES. All four novels are published by Orbit Books in the UK and US, and Heyne in Germany.

The wait is over: OATHBRINGER out this week in the UK!


Brandon Sanderson‘s highly-anticipated OATHBRINGER is out this week in the UK! The eBook is available now, and the hardcover edition will drop on Thursday. Published in the UK by Gollancz, it is the third novel in the author’s critically-acclaimed, best-selling Stormlight Archive series. Here’s the synopsis…

Humanity faces a new Desolation with the return of the Voidbringers, a foe whose numbers are as great as their thirst for vengeance.

The Alethi armies commanded by Dalinar Kholin won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost: The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, and now its destruction sweeps the world and its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the true horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that their newly kindled anger may be wholly justified.

Nestled in the mountains high above the storms, in the tower city of Urithiru, Shallan Davar investigates the wonders of the ancient stronghold of the Knights Radiant and unearths the dark secrets lurking in its depths. And Dalinar realizes that his holy mission to unite his homeland of Alethkar was too narrow in scope. Unless all the nations of Roshar can put Dalinar’s blood-soaked past aside and stand together — and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past — even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not avert the end of civilization.

Gollancz has also published the first two novels in the series: THE WAY OF KINGS and WORDS OF RADIANCE. Gollancz has published almost all of Sanderson’s novels in the UK, including the modern classic Mistborn series, and the stand-alone ELANTRIS, among others.

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

New Serbian omnibus for Chronicles of Amber out now


Laguna has published a third Chronicles of Amber collection: HRONIKE AMBERA — TOM III includes the sixth, seventh, and eighth novels in Roger Zelazny‘s classic fantasy series: TRUMPS OF DOOM, BLOOD OF AMBER, and SIGN OF CHAOS. Here’s the synopsis…

Šestostruki dobitnik nagrade Hugo i trostruki dobitnik Nebule.

Serijal Hronike Ambera je klasik fantastike; sastoji se od deset delova, objavljivanih između 1970. i 1991. U ovom tomu sadržani su šesti roman, Aduti propasti, sedmi, Krv Ambera, i osmi, Obeležje Haosa. Ovim počinje drugo petoknjižje, serijal o Merlinu.

Merlin, sin Korvina od Ambera i Dare od Haosa, pokušao je da na Zemlji u Senkama živi normalnim životom – daleko od zavera, vendeta i spletki koje rastržu obe njegove porodice. I išlo mu je sasvim pristojno – ako se izuzme svaki trideseti april. Jer na taj dan, već osam godina, neko – ili nešto – pokušava da ubije Merlina. Pucnjevi iz puške. Požari. Saobraćajne nezgode. Tajanstveno odvrnuti ventili za gas. Došlo je vreme da se Merlin vrati svom stvarnom životu u jedinom stvarnom svetu – Amberu, ali ne pre nego što otkrije ko ga je to uzeo na zub i zašto.

The first five novels in the series have also been published by Laguna, in two omnibus editions…

The novels were first published between 1985-87. Here’s the English-language synopsis for TRUMPS OF DOOM

Merle Corey is a brilliant young computer designer in San Francisco, but, he is also Merlin, son of Corwin, vanished prince of Amber, and heir to his father’s wondrous powers. And, someone is determined to kill him. Now he will begin a desperate race through Shadow, not only to escape the mysterious force that threatens his life, but to protect the deadly secret that could destroy both his worlds.

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