Aliette de Bodard’s DAS HAUS DER GEBROCHENEN SCHWINGEN out now in Germany!


Aliette de Bodard‘s award-winning THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS is out now in Germany! Published by Droemer Knaur as DAS HAUS DER GEBROCHENEN SCHWINGEN, here’s the synopsis…

Paris liegt nach dem großen magischen Krieg in Trümmern. Gefallene Engel kämpfen um die Herrschaft über die zerstörte Stadt. Noch steht Selene an der Spitze der Macht, doch seit dem Verschwinden ihres Mentors Lucifer Morningstar trachten andere nach ihrem Thron. Als ein tödlicher Fluch entfesselt wird, scheint Selenes Ende gekommen. Drei Außenseiter könnten ihre Rettung sein: der gefangene Magier Philippe, die junge Gefallene Isabelle und die Alchimistin Madeleine, deren menschlicher Körper abhängig ist von Engels-Essenz, einer zerstörerischen magischen Droge. Doch mit ihrem Wissen und ihren Fähigkeiten könnten sie Selene auch endgültig zu Fall bringen…

The first book in de Bodard’s Dominion of the Fallen series is published in the UK by Gollancz, and by Roc Books in the US. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

In the late twentieth century, the streets of Paris are lined with haunted ruins, the aftermath of a Great War between arcane powers. Those that survived the carnage still retain their irrepressible appetite for novelty and distraction, and The Great Houses still vie for dominion over France’s once grand capital.

Once the most powerful and formidable, House Silverspires now lies in disarray. Within its walls, three very different people must come together: a naive but powerful Fallen angel; an alchemist with a self-destructive addiction; and a resentful young man wielding spells of unknown origin. They may be Silverspires’ salvation — or the architects of its last, irreversible fall. And if Silverspires falls, so may the city itself.

Here are just a handful of the great reviews THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS has received so far…

‘Will grab readers and force them to pay attention to the amazing writing and the phenomenal characters. de Bodard will sweep you up into the dark and dirty world Paris has become. The characters are very vivid and will stay with you until long after the last page, as each of them is fighting and longing for something. The writing style rendered the characters’ feelings and emotional turmoil beautifully. Watching Philippe and Isabelle work through their “connection” is fascinating and lovely. There’s so much going on, and every character has their own past, their own tragic history. It’s a whirlwind, it’s heartbreaking and it’s one of the best fantasy novels of 2015.’ RT Book Reviews (Top Pick August 2015)

‘A gripping tragedy of forlorn individuals caught up in an angelic version of the Cold War… The story holds up well as a standalone, with clear possibilities but no pressing need for a sequel. De Bodard aptly mixes moral conflicts and the desperate need to survive in a fantastical spy thriller that reads like a hybrid of le Carré and Milton, all tinged with the melancholy of golden ages lost.’ Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

‘A beautifully crafted novel full of complex characters, set in a post apocalyptic Paris – the image of which is truly haunting… vivid and fast-paced battles and intense political manoeuvrings… with carefully crafted characters both with layers and depth, De Bodard reflects the best and worst of human nature in her novel… an intriguing mystery, elegantly written… Something any avid fantasy reader with an open mind will devour!’ Guardian

‘It’s a testament to De Bodard’s skills that we’re completely immersed in the world almost immediately, without her resorting to a ‘here’s what happened’ information splurge. None of the fallen angels can remember why it was that they fell from Heaven… the Paris of fallen angels that the author has created is so compelling… It’s brimming with ideas, some of which rush by so quickly that you might wish De Bodard had taken a little more time to explore them. This is a good problem to have though. It’s fascinating, moving and hugely readable.’ SciFi Now

The second novel in the series, THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS, has also been published by Gollancz and Roc Books.

Peter V. Brett returning to the UK!


Best-selling author Peter V. Brett is returning to the UK this year for a substantial signing tour! To mark the release of THE CORE, the final novel in his Demon Cycle series, Brett will be in the UK from September 24-30! THE CORE is due to be published in the UK by Voyager, on September 28th.

Here are the details (more to come):

Milton Keynes – Lunchtime Signing, Waterstones

  • What: Signing at lunchtime. Come get books signed and hang out!
  • When: Sunday, September 24th beginning at 12PM
  • Where: Unit 72, Midsummer Place, Milton Keynes, MK9 3GA

Birmingham – Waterstones Afternoon Talk

  • What: Afternoon signing/talk.
  • When: Sunday, September 24th beginning at 4PM
  • Where: 24-26 High St, Birmingham B4 7SL

Reading – Signing

  • TBC
  • When: Monday, September 25th beginning at 12:30PM

Bath – Signing

  • TBC
  • When: Monday, September 25th beginning at 7PM

London – Forbidden Planet

  • What: Evening signing at Forbidden Planet.
  • When: Tuesday, September 26th beginning at 6PM
  • Where: 179 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8JR

Nottingham – Waterstones Lunchtime Signing (Nottingham)

  • What: Signing at lunchtime. Come get books signed and hang out!
  • When: Wednesday, September 27th beginning at 12:30PM
  • Where: 1-5 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham NG1 2GR

Sheffield – Signing

  • TBC
  • When: Wednesday, September 27th beginning at 7PM

Liverpool – Waterstones Lunchtime Signing

  • What: Signing at lunchtime. Come get books signed and hang out!
  • When: Thursday, September 28th beginning at 12:30PM
  • Where: 12 College Lane, L1 3DL

Manchester – Waterstones Evening Talk

  • What: Evening signing/talk.
  • When: Thursday, September 28th beginning at 7PM
  • Where: 91 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2BW

Leeds – Signing

  • TBC
  • When: Friday, September 29th beginning at 12:30PM

Newcastle – Waterstones Evening Talk

  • What: Evening signing/talk.
  • When: Friday, September 29th beginning at 7PM
  • Where: Emerson Chambers, Blackett St, Newcastle, NE1 7JF

Edinburgh – Blackwell’s Lunchtime Signing

  • What: Signing at lunchtime. Come get books signed and hang out!
  • When: Saturday, September 30th beginning at 12:30PM
  • Where: 53–59 South Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1YS

Glasgow – Waterstones Evening Talk

  • What: Evening signing/talk.
  • When: Saturday, September 30th beginning at 7:30PM
  • Where: 153 – 157 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3EW

Anticipation for THE CORE is very high indeed, so we recommend everyone arrives early for these events! Here’s the synopsis for the novel…

The war has begun

For time out of mind, bloodthirsty demons have stalked the night, culling the human race to scattered remnants dependent on half-forgotten magics to protect them.

Two heroes arose — men as close as brothers, yet divided by bitter betrayal. Arlen Bales became known as the Painted Man, tattooed head-to-toe with powerful magic symbols that enable him to fight demons in hand-to-hand combatand emerge victorious. Ahmann Jardir, armed with magically warded weapons, called himself the Deliverer, a figure prophesied to unite humanity and lead them to triumph in Sharak Kathe final war against demonkind.

But in their efforts to bring the war to the demons, Arlen and Jardir have set something in motion that may prove the end of everything they hold deara Swarm. Now the war is at hand, and humanity cannot hope to win it unless Arlen and Jardir, with the help of Arlen’s wife, Renna, can bend a captured demon prince to their will and force the devious creature to lead them to the Core, where the Mother of Demons breeds an inexhaustible army.

Trusting their closest confidantes, Leesha, Inevera, Ragen, and Elissa, to rally the fractious people of the Free Cities and lead them against the Swarm, Arlen, Renna, and Jardir set out on a desperate quest into the darkest depths of evilfrom which none of them expects to return alive.

Voyager has published the first four novels in the series: THE PAINTED MAN, THE DESERT SPEAR, THE DAYLIGHT WAR and THE SKULL THRONE. The publisher has also released Brett’s novellas set in the world (more to come): THE GREAT BAZAAR & BRAYAN’S GOLD and MESSENGER’S LEGACY.

Zeno represents Peter V. Brett in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

UK Cover and Details for Brandon Sanderson’s OATHBRINGER!


Above is the recently-unveiled, striking cover for OATHBRINGER, the third novel in Brandon Sanderson‘s critically-acclaimed, best-selling Stormlight Archives epic fantasy series! Due to be published in the UK by Gollancz in November, 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 also published Brandon’s fan-favourite modern classic, the Mistborn series (currently at six novels).

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

Zelazny’s THE DREAM MASTER available now in Russia!


Roger Zelazny‘s classic stand-alone novel THE DREAM MASTER is available in Russia again! Published by Эксмо as ТВОРЕЦ СНОВ, here’s the synopsis…

Чарльз Рендер — успешный врач-невроконтактор, он лечит самые запущенные случаи невроза, погружая своих пациентов в искусственный сон и создавая для них виртуальную реальность, в которой сам является активным участником. Однажды к нему обращается врач-психолог Эйлин Шеллот, слепая от рождения, с просьбой обучить ее невроконтактной терапии. Уступая ее молодости и красоте, Рендер соглашается, несмотря на огромный риск перенять ее психические заболевания…

THE DREAM MASTER was first published in 1966. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

His name is Charles Render, and he is a psychoanalyst, and a mechanic of dreams. A Shaper. In a warm womb of metal, his patients dream their neuroses, while Render, intricately connected to their brains, dreams with them, makes delicate adjustments, and ultimately explains and heals. Her name is Eileen Shallot, a resident in psychiatry. She wants desperately to become a Shaper, though she has been blind from birth. Together, they will explore the depths of the human mind — and the terrors that lurk therein.

Эксмо have published a wide range of Zelazny’s novels, now, including the classic Chronicles of Amber fantasy series. More details can be found here.

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

Zelazny’s TRUMPS OF DOOM dealt in Russia…


The sixth novel in Roger Zelazny‘s classic Chronicles of Amber series, TRUMPS OF DOOM is available in Russia! Published by Эксмо as КАРТЫ СУДЬБЫ, here’s the synopsis…

Война между Янтарным Королевством и Владениями Хаоса закончена. Но теперь эстафета вечной битвы переходит к юному Мерлину — сыну Корвина и Дары из Хаоса. Юноша разыскивает своего пропавшего отца, когда вдруг выясняется, что за ним идет охота…

First published in 1985, 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 wonderous 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.

Эксмо has also published the first five novels in the series, as well as a number of the author’s stand-alone novels.

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

MECHANICAL in Hungary!


Ian Tregillis‘s critically-acclaimed THE MECHANICAL is available in Hungary! Published by Twister Media as GÉPLÉLEK, here’s the synopsis…

Jaxnak hívnak. 

Ezt a nevet adták szolgatartóim.

Kattogó vagyok: egy gépember, akit az alkímia hajt. A társaimból toborzott sereg hódította meg a világot – nekik köszönheti a Patinás Trón, hogy ma nincs földi hatalom, amely szembeszállhatna vele.

Hűséges inas vagyok. A legelszántabb katonai gépezet. Erőm kolosszális, kitartásom nem ismer határokat.

De emberi szolgatartóim akarata gúzsba köt.

Rabszolga vagyok. De kiharcolom a szabadságom.

A korai huszadik század Európájában a kálvinista Hollandia az uralkodó hatalom, köszönhetően egy németalföldi matematikusnak, aki a tizenhetedik században forradalmi (és mágikus) ötletével felborította a kontinens hatalmi egyensúlyát. Mechanikus katonákat alkotott, amelyek mindenben engedelmeskednek mestereiknek. E fáradhatatlan harcosoknak köszönhetően az 1900-as évek elején már nincs olyan hatalom, ami ellen tudott volna állni a holland csapatoknak, kivéve egy apró, ma is harcoló frakciót, a francia katolikusokét, akik az újvilágba kellett, hogy áttegyék a székhelyüket.

A történet egyik főszereplője Jax, a mechanikus szolga, aki teremtői parancsait teljesíti, miközben felébred benne a szabadság utáni vágy. A regény másik fő alakja a francia kémfőnök Berenice Charlotte, akit olthatatlan bosszúvágy hajt a hollandok ellenében. E két karakter sorsa egy sok titokkal terhelt, érdekes és csavarokkal teli történetben és egy rendkívüli arányérzékkel és ötletességgel felépített világban fonódik össze.

The first novel in the Alchemy Wars series, THE MECHANICAL is published in English by Orbit Books. Here’s the English-language synopsis for the novel…

My name is Jax.

That is the name granted to me by my human masters.

I am a slave.

But I shall be free.

Set in a world that might have been, of mechanical men and alchemical dreams, the new novel from Ian Tregillis confirms his place as one of the most original new voices in speculative fiction.

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

Christopher Husberg’s DARK IMMOLATION out today in the UK!


DARK IMMOLATION, the second novel in Christopher Husberg‘s Chaos Queen Quintet fantasy series, is out today in the UK! Published by Titan Books, here’s the synopsis…

A new religion is rising, gathering followers drawn by rumors of prophetess Jane Oden. Her sister Cinzia — one-time Cantic priestess — is by her side, but fears that Jane will lead them to ruin. For both the Church and the Nazaniin assassins are still on their trail, and much worse may come. Knot, his true nature now revealed if not truly understood, is haunted by the memories of others, and is not the ally he once was. Astrid travels to Tinska to find answers for her friend, but the child-like vampire has old enemies who have been waiting for her return. And beyond the Blood Gate in the northern empire of Roden, a tiellan woman finds herself with a new protector. One who wants to use her extraordinary abilities for his own ends…

Titan also published the first novel in the series, DUSKFALL. Here are just a few of the great reviews the first novel has received so far…

‘The storytelling is fresh and assured and the characters appealing… This is a solid setup for a great new fantasy epic, perfect for fans of Daniel Abraham and Brandon Sanderson.’ Library Journal

‘Leaves the reader eager to discover how things are going to develop.’ Starburst

‘I am just completely blown away. DUSKFALL by Christopher Husberg is just amazing… This book is a must for any fantasy lover and is the one you have been waiting for.’ SF Reader

‘A delicious mix of Jason Bourne, dark fantasy, and horror. The kind of debut that has me thrilled for the future of fantasy.’ Steve Diamond

‘An addictive, compelling, dark and well-created novel. It has all the elements that one could ever hope to find in an entertaining and fast-paced fantasy novel and then some. The gradually unfolding story is filled with such a strong sense of mystery that it enthralls readers from the very first page and keeps them turning pages.’ Rising Shadow

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

CREATURES OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS available in Russia!


CREATURES OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS, one of Roger Zelazny‘s classic novels, is available now in Russian! Published by Эксмо as ПОРОЖДЕНИЯ СВЕТА И ТЬМЫ, here’s the synopsis…

В далеком будущем усовершенствованные технологии помогли человечеству выйти в космос, чтобы осваивать новые миры. Во главе экспансии встал богоподобный Тот, контролировавший миры с помощью своих приспешников. Однажды на отдаленной планете Тот обнаружил злую сущность, грозящую уничтожить всю вселенную. Бросив все силы на сокрушение этой сущности, Тот ослабил свой контроль над иными мирами, и тогда верховную власть захватили его бывшие соратники Осирис и Анубис.

Самый поразительный роман Грандмастера НФ Роджера Желязны, изощренный сплав фэнтези и научной фантастики!

First published in 1969, here is the English-language synopsis for CREATURES OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS

Two gods, two houses, one quest & the eternal war between life & death: To save his kingdom, Anubis, Lord of the Dead, sends forth his servant on a mission of vengeance. At the same time, from The House of Life, Osiris sends forth his son, Horus, on the same mission to destroy utterly & forever The Prince Who Was a Thousand.

But neither of these superhuman warriors is prepared for the strange & harrowing world of mortal life. The Thing That Cries in the Night may well destroy not only their worlds, but all humankind.

Эксмо has also published the first five novels in Zelazny’s classic Chronicles of Amber fantasy series, and a handful of his other novels (with more to come!).

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

More Polish CHRONICLES OF AMBER available in audiobook


Today, Polish publisher Storytel continues its publication of Roger Zelazny‘s classic Chronicles of Amber in audiobook! Here’s what’s now available…

Here’s the synopsis for RĘKA OBERONA

Potomkowie Oberona wciąż nie mogą dojść do porozumienia i nieustannie knują spiski mające wykluczyć ewentualnego następcę tronu. W wędrówce poprzez światy-cienie książę Amberu, Corwin, trafił do miasta na niebie Tir-na Nog`th. Ujrzał tam niepokojący zbiór znaków i wróżb, a także zdobył od ducha brata, Benedykta, niezwykłą mechaniczną rękę. Odegra ona teraz ważną rolę w walce z Klejnotem i jego właścicielem. Czy rozgrywki rodzeństwa o władzę w Amberze zostaną rozstrzygnięte? I kto tym razem przejmie dominację nad Cieniem?

Here’s the English-language synopsis for THE HAND OF OBERON

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.

Marie Brennan’s WITHIN THE SANCTUARY OF WINGS out today in the UK!


The final volume in Marie Brennan‘s fan-favourite, critically-acclaimed Memoirs of Lady Trent is out today! Published in the UK by Titan Books, here’s the synopsis for WITHIN THE SANCTUARY OF WINGS

The conclusion to the thrilling memoirs of Lady Isabella Trent and her legacy of dragon evolutionary research and anthropological adventures

After nearly five decades (and, indeed, the same number of volumes), one might think they were well-acquainted with the Lady Isabella Trent — dragon naturalist, scandalous explorer, and perhaps as infamous for her company and feats of daring as she is famous for her discoveries and additions to the scientific field.

And yet–after her initial adventure in the mountains of Vystrana, and her exploits in the depths of war-torn Eriga, to the high seas aboard The Basilisk, and then to the inhospitable deserts of Akhia — the Lady Trent has captivated hearts along with fierce minds. This concluding volume will finally reveal the truths behind her most notorious adventure — scaling the tallest peak in the world, buried behind the territory of Scirland’s enemies — and what she discovered there, within the Sanctuary of Wings.

Here are just a couple of the early reviews the novel has received…

‘Brennan delights with this fifth and final memoir… Lady Trent is the perfect heroine for this history-flavored fantasy romp.’Publishers Weekly

‘A thoroughly absorbing conclusion to this refreshingly different and consistently intriguing pentalogy.’Kirkus (Starred Review)

The first four novels in the series are also published in the UK by Titan: A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS, THE TROPIC OF SERPENTS, VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK and IN THE LABYRINTH OF DRAKES. The first novel in the series is currently part of Amazon UK’s Kindle Monthly Deal.

Titan recently re-issued Brennan’s Onyx Court urban fantasy series in the UK: MIDNIGHT NEVER COME, IN ASHES LIE, A STAR SHALL FALL, and WITH FATE CONSPIRE.

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

NINE PRINCES IN Portugal…


Roger Zelazny‘s classic NINE PRINCES IN AMBER is out now in Portugal! Published by Saída de Emergência as NOVE PRINCÍPES DE ÂMBAR, it is the first novel in the Chronicles of Amber (As Crónicas de Âmbar) series. Here’s the synopsis…

Âmbar é o único mundo verdadeiramente real. Todos os outros mundos, incluindo a Terra, não passam de sombras que de certa forma o imitam.

Exilado na Terra desde há séculos, o príncipe Corwin acorda na cama de um hospital, sem memórias da sua existência passada. Gradualmente, descobre a verdade e é forçado a regressar ao mundo paralelo de Âmbar onde descobre que o rei Oberon, seu pai, é dado como desaparecido. Para ganhar o seu direito à sucessão do trono, Corwin terá de enfrentar realidades impossíveis forjadas por assassinos demoníacos, horrores inomináveis e os exércitos e fúria dos seus irmãos, os príncipes de Âmbar.

First published in 1970, here’s the English-language synopsis…

Awakening in an Earth hospital unable to remember who he is or where he came from, Corwin is amazed to learn that he is one of the sons of Oberon, King of Amber, and is the rightful successor to the crown in a parallel world. Amber, the one real world, wherein all others, including our own Earth, are but Shadows.

Amber burns in Corwin’s blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne. From Arden to the blood-slippery Stairway into the Sea, the air is electrified with the powers of Eric, Random, Bleys, Caine, and all the princes of Amber whom Corwin must overcome. Yet, his savage path is blocked and guarded by eerie structures beyond imagining; impossible realities forged by demonic assassins and staggering horrors to challenge the might of Corwin’s superhuman fury.

The Chronicles of Amber novels have been published widely in translation. For more details, please get in touch. Here are just a few of the NINE PRINCES IN AMBER international editions…

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

THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS coming soon in Germany!


This August, Aliette de Bodard‘s critically-acclaimed and award-winning THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS will be published in Germany! Published in German by Droemer Knaur as DAS HAUS DER GEBROCHENEN SCHWINGEN, here’s the synopsis…

Paris liegt nach dem großen magischen Krieg in Trümmern. Gefallene Engel kämpfen um die Herrschaft über die zerstörte Stadt. Noch steht Selene an der Spitze der Macht, doch seit dem Verschwinden ihres Mentors Lucifer Morningstar trachten andere nach ihrem Thron. Als ein tödlicher Fluch entfesselt wird, scheint Selenes Ende gekommen. Drei Außenseiter könnten ihre Rettung sein: der gefangene Magier Philippe, die junge Gefallene Isabelle und die Alchimistin Madeleine, deren menschlicher Körper abhängig ist von Engels-Essenz, einer zerstörerischen magischen Droge. Doch mit ihrem Wissen und ihren Fähigkeiten könnten sie Selene auch endgültig zu Fall bringen…

The winner of the British Science Fiction Association Best Novel Award, 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…

A superb murder mystery, on an epic scale, set against the fall out — literally — of a war in heaven

Paris in the aftermath of the Great Magicians War. Its streets are lined with haunted ruins, Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell, and the Seine runs black, thick with ashes and rubble. Yet life continues among the wreckage. The citizens retain their irrepressible appetite for novelty and distraction, and The Great Houses still vie for dominion over France’s once grand capital.

House Silverspires, previously the leader of those power games, now lies in disarray. Its magic is ailing; its founder, Morningstar, has been missing for decades; and now something from the shadows stalks its people inside their very own walls. Within the House, three very different people must come together: a naive but powerful Fallen, an alchemist with a self-destructive addiction, and a resentful young man wielding spells from the Far East.

They may be Silverspires’ salvation; or the architects of its last, irreversible fall…

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

‘de Bodard will sweep you up into the dark and dirty world Paris has become… The writing style rendered the characters’ feelings and emotional turmoil beautifully… There’s so much going on, and every character has their own past, their own tragic history. It’s a whirlwind, it’s heartbreaking and it’s one of the best fantasy novels of 2015.’ RT Book Reviews (Top Pick August 2015)

‘A gripping tragedy of forlorn individuals caught up in an angelic version of the Cold War… De Bodard aptly mixes moral conflicts and the desperate need to survive in a fantastical spy thriller that reads like a hybrid of le Carré and Milton, all tinged with the melancholy of golden ages lost.’ Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

‘De Bodard… has spun a fascinating Paris of decay and cruelty. ­Phillippe is a marvel of a character, unreliable as a narrator but compelling in his flaws and his deep well of homesickness.’ Library Journal (Starred Review)

‘A beautifully crafted novel full of complex characters, set in a post apocalyptic Paris – the image of which is truly haunting… vivid and fast-paced battles and intense political manoeuvrings… with carefully crafted characters both with layers and depth, De Bodard reflects the best and worst of human nature in her novel… an intriguing mystery, elegantly written… Something any avid fantasy reader with an open mind will devour!’ Guardian

The sequel and second novel in the Dominion of the Fallen series, THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS is also published by Gollancz and Roc Books, and is out now.

THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS out this week!


THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS, Aliette de Bodard‘s highly-anticipated next novel, is out this week! The second novel in the author’s Dominion of the Fallen series, Roc Books are publishing on Tuesday in the US, and Gollancz are publishing on Thursday in the UK. 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.

Roc and Gollancz have also published the first novel in the series, THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS.

Here are some of the great reviews the series 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)

‘Will grab readers and force them to pay attention to the amazing writing and the phenomenal characters. de Bodard will sweep you up into the dark and dirty world Paris has become. The characters are very vivid and will stay with you until long after the last page, as each of them is fighting and longing for something. The writing style rendered the characters’ feelings and emotional turmoil beautifully. Watching Philippe and Isabelle work through their “connection” is fascinating and lovely. There’s so much going on, and every character has their own past, their own tragic history. It’s a whirlwind, it’s heartbreaking and it’s one of the best fantasy novels of 2015.’ RT Book Reviews (Top Pick August 2015) on THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS

‘A beautifully crafted novel full of complex characters, set in a post apocalyptic Paris – the image of which is truly haunting… vivid and fast-paced battles and intense political manoeuvrings… with carefully crafted characters both with layers and depth, De Bodard reflects the best and worst of human nature in her novel… an intriguing mystery, elegantly written… Something any avid fantasy reader with an open mind will devour!’ Guardian on THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS

‘It’s a testament to De Bodard’s skills that we’re completely immersed in the world almost immediately… the Paris of fallen angels that the author has created is so compelling… It’s brimming with ideas… fascinating, moving and hugely readable.’ SciFi Now on THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS

Two New Roger Zelazny Audiobooks now available in Poland!


Today, Storytel releases the second and third novels in Roger Zelazny‘s Chronicles of Amber series as audiobooks: KARABINY AVALONU (THE GUNS OF AVALON) and ZNAK JEDNOROŻCA (SIGN OF THE UNICORN). Here’s the synopsis for the second novel…

Corwin, prawowity władca Amberu, po ucieczce z więzienia postanawia podjąć walkę o tron. W tym celu musi udać się do Cienia po diamentowy proszek służący jako proch strzelniczy. W pełnej niebezpieczeństw wyprawie do Avalonu towarzyszy mu Ganelon – człowiek o niezbyt chlubnej przeszłości. Obaj docierają do czarnej drogi, którą przebywają do Amberu zastępy demonicznych morderców i potwory przywołane klątwą Corwina. Książę musi stoczyć walkę zarówno o ocalenie kraju przed zagładą, jak i o odzyskanie korony zagarniętej przez Eryka.

Here’s the English language synopsis for THE GUNS OF AVALON

Across the worlds of Shadow, Corwin, prince of blood royal, heir to the throne of Amber, gathers his forces for an assault that will yield up to him the crown that is rightfully his. But, a growing darkness of his own doing threatens his plans, an evil that stretches to the heart of the perfect kingdom itself where the demonic forces of Chaos mass to annihilate Amber and all who would rule there.

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

Chronicles of Amber eBooks now available in Italy!


The first five novels in Roger Zelazny‘s classic Chronicles of Amber fantasy series are out now in Italy as eBooks! The novels are published by Fanucci Editore:

  1. NOVE PRINCIPI IN AMBRA (NINE PRINCES IN AMBER)
  2. LE ARMI DI AVALON (THE GUNS OF AVALON)
  3. IL SEGNO DELL’UNICORNO (SIGN OF THE UNICORN)
  4. LA MANO DI OBERON (THE HAND OF OBERON)
  5. LE CORTI DEL CAOS (THE COURTS OF CHAOS)

Here’s the synopsis for the first book…

Ambra è il mondo perfetto, l’universo dal quale tutti gli altri sono stati generati. Luogo celestiale e al contempo demoniaco, Ambra si trova adesso nel mezzo dello scontro tra le forze del bene e del male.

Pur coesistendo con tutti gli altri mondi, Ambra può divenire una mèta irraggiungibile, niente più che il ricordo di un sogno per chi ne è stato allontanato: Corwin, Signore d’Ambra, si risveglia in un ospedale della Terra, confuso e privo di certezze sulle proprie origini e sulla propria identità. Chi lo ha separato dalla sua casa, relegandolo in quel lontano esilio? Qual è la vera natura di Ambra? A cosa ambiscono i principi e le principesse che lottano per raggiungere il trono più desiderato tra quelli su cui si possa sedere negli universi conosciuti?

Mentre oscure forze del male avanzano, terribili armate al comando dei Principi delle Tenebre, Corwin inizierà un viaggio fantastico ed eroico, verso la riconquista del proprio mondo e della propria eredità.

Le sorti di Ambra non sono mai state così incerte e da esse può dipendere il destino di tutti gli universi.

NINE PRINCES IN AMBER was first published in 1970. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

Awakening in an Earth hospital unable to remember who he is or where he came from, Corwin is amazed to learn that he is one of the sons of Oberon, King of Amber, and is the rightful successor to the crown in a parallel world. Amber, the one real world, wherein all others, including our own Earth, are but Shadows.

Amber burns in Corwin’s blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne. From Arden to the blood-slippery Stairway into the Sea, the air is electrified with the powers of Eric, Random, Bleys, Caine, and all the princes of Amber whom Corwin must overcome. Yet, his savage path is blocked and guarded by eerie structures beyond imagining; impossible realities forged by demonic assassins and staggering horrors to challenge the might of Corwin’s superhuman fury.

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