ICYMI: Brandon Sanderson’s WIND AND TRUTH Out in December!


Yesterday, Gollancz unveiled the upcoming editions of WIND AND TRUTH — the fifth Stormlight Archive novel by Brandon Sanderson! One of the reveal videos is above, showing the UK hardcover and eBook editions. The novel will also be available in a special Waterstones edition, with sprayed edges (video below). All editions will be published on December 6th.

WIND AND TRUTH is the highly-anticipated mid-series climax of the Stormlight Archive. Here’s the synopsis…

The long-awaited explosive climax to the first arc of the Number One New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive.

Dalinar Kholin has challenged the evil god Odium to a contest of champions, and the Knights Radiant and the nations of Roshar have a mere ten days to prepare for the worst.

The fate of the entire world – and the Cosmere at large – hangs in the balance.

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

Coming Soon: SIX LIVES by Lavie Tidhar


SIX LIVES, the highly-anticipated next masterpiece from Lavie Tidhar, is out this summer! Due to be published by Apollo/Head of Zeus, on August 29th, it’s a stand-alone literary mystery novel. Here’s the synopsis…

SIX LIVES
Six lives, connected through blood and history, each rooted in the dirt of their inheritance, look to the future, and what it might hold.

THE GUANO MERCHANT
In 1855, Edward Feebes travels to the guano islands of South America, to investigate an irregularity in the accounts of the House of Feebes & Co.

THE BLACKMAILER
In 1912, post-mortem photographer and reluctant blackmailer Annie Connolly plots her escape from Ireland to America on board the Titanic.

THE IDEALIST
In 1933, idealistic Edgar Waverley faces a choice of the heart when he becomes embroiled in a country house murder.

THE SPY
In 1964, hapless KGB agent Vasily Sokolov makes his career conjuring valuable information from worthless detritus.

THE MOVIE STAR
In 1987, actor Mariam Khouri looks back at ‘Black Dirt’, the movie that lifted her from the streets of Cairo.

THE HEIRESS
In 2012, Isabelle Feebes attempts to break with her poisonous heritage once and for all. Can she forge a new life for herself in the New World? Can you ever truly escape your past?

Book reviewers can request an DRC of the novel, via NetGalley.

Head of Zeus have published a few of Tidhar’s novels, now, including MAROR and ADAMA. They also publish THE BEST OF WORLD SF series, which is edited and collated by Tidhar.

Audio Spotlight: LEGENDS & LATTES in Germany!


Today, we just wanted to draw your attention to the German audiobook editions of Travis Baldree‘s acclaimed, best-selling LEGENDS & LATTES and BOOKSHOPS & BONEDUST! Both editions are published by Hörbuch Hamburg, and read by Stefan Kaminski. The German editions were translated by Wolfgang Thon (print and eBook editions published by DTV).

LEGENDS & LATTES is published as MAGIE & MILCHSCHAUM, and here’s the synopsis…

Schwert oder Kaffee? Das ist hier die Frage.

Viv, eine wilde und tapfere Ork-Kriegerin, ist nach Jahren voller Abenteuer und Fährnisse des Kämpfens müde geworden. Sehr zum Unwillen ihrer Gefährten beschließt sie, das Schwert an den Nagel zu hängen – und dafür ein Kaffeehaus zu eröffnen. In der Hafenstadt Thune setzt sie zusammen mit dem Hobbit Cal ihren Plan in die Tat um und lockt mit dem exquisiten Getränk schon bald Krieger, Zwerge und Wesen jeglicher Art an… und leider auch den bösen Elf Fennus, der von Viv ein geheimnisvolles Artefakt stehlen will. Eines Nachts steht das Kaffeehaus in Flammen… aber auch wenn Viv sich mittlerweile in den Succubus Tandri verliebt hat, ist sie alles andere als eingerostet und nimmt den Kampf auf!

BOOKSHOPS & BONEDUST is published as BÜCHER & BARBAREN. Here’s the synopsis…

Keks oder Kampf – das ist jetzt die Frage!

Gerade als Ork-Kriegerin Viv mit ihrer Karriere als Söldnerin bei Rackam’s Ravens durchstarten will, verletzt sie sich bei einem Kampf und wird von der Crew in der Küstenstadt Murk abgesetzt. Verwundet ist Viv gezwungen, ihr Schwert vorerst beiseitezulegen. Bevor sie sich jedoch langweilen kann, trifft sie auf Fern, die sie in die Welt der Bücher entführt, und somit findet Viv ein neues Projekt: die Erneuerung des heruntergekommenen Bücherladens. Auch mit der Zwergin und Bäckerin Maylee verbringt Viv immer mehr Zeit. Doch Murk ist nicht die schläfrige Kleinstadt, für die Viv sie gehalten hat – die Gnomin Gallina will Viv um jeden Preis beweisen, dass sie eine gute Kämpferin für Rackam ist, und dann ist da auch noch ein Neuankömmling, der sein Unwesen in der Stadt treibt…

Both books are published in English by Tor Books (in the UK and in North America). The audiobooks are narrated by the author, and out now!

Coming Soon: RIVERS OF LONDON STRAY CAT BLUES #2!


STRAY CAT BLUES #2, written by Andrew Cartmel and Ben Aaronovitch, is due to be published by Titan Comics on June 26th! The second issue in the 12th Rivers of London comics series, it once again features fantastic artwork by José María Beroy. Here’s the synopsis…

Old frenemies become allies in the latest Rivers of London saga, when a mysterious cat-woman comes to Abigail looking for help to free her sisters from a notorious chimera brothel run by London gangster Monty and his sinister magically endowed mother, Mrs. Napier.

The issue will be available in both print and digital editions. There will be two variant covers for the issue: the first (above) by VV Glass, and the second (below) by David M Buisan.

The comic series is set in the same world as Ben Aaronovitch’s internationally-best selling Rivers of London/Peter Grant series of novels and novellas. If you’d like to know how the various series and books fit together, check out the info-graphic below…

Andrew Cartmel’s ASHRAM ASSASSIN Out in Three Weeks!


ASHRAM ASSASSIN by Andrew Cartmel is due out in three weeks! The second novel in the author’s acclaimed ‘sublimely pitched’ (Kirkus) Paperback Sleuth series, it’s due to be published by Titan Books on June 25th. Here’s the synopsis…

When a collection of rare and valuable volumes is stolen from a West London yoga ashram, its leaders turn to Cordelia, the Paperback Sleuth, to recover them — a request that’s a little awkward, as they’ve previously booted her out for dealing weed to the other students.

But once Cordelia takes the job, she finds her quest for the missing paperbacks turning into a murder hunt as those associated with the ashram can’t seem to avoid violent death — whether bludgeoned with a whisky bottle or poisoned by an admittedly delicious curry. Can she work out who the killer is and bring them to justice before she ends up as the next victim?

The first book in the series, DEATH IN FINE CONDITION is out now, also published by Titan Books.

In a starred review, Publishers Weekly had the following to say about DEATH IN FINE CONDITION

‘Cartmel (the Vinyl Detective mysteries) has never been better than in this darkly funny series kickoff centered on London bookseller Cordelia Stanmer, a former addict who has fallen in love with vintage paperbacks and has no scruples about how she’ll feed her growing collection… Cordelia is a memorable, devilish antihero, and Cartmel’s delightfully dexterous plotting bodes well for a sequel. Fans of Lynne Truss’s Constable Twitten novels will find much to love.’

Titan also publishes Andrew’s widely-acclaimed Vinyl Detective novels — the first seven of which are out now: WRITTEN IN DEAD WAX, THE RUN-OUT GROOVE, VICTORY DISC, FLIP BACK, LOW ACTION, ATTACK AND DECAY, and NOISE FLOOR.

Travis Baldree’s KNIHKUPECTVÍ A KOSTNÍ PRACH Out Now!


The Czech edition of Travis Baldree‘s #1 best-selling BOOKSHOPS & BONEDUST is out now! The prequel to LEGENDS & LATTES, it’s published in Czechia by Laser, as KNIHKUPECTVÍ A KOSTNÍ PRACH. The novel was translated by Jitka Čupová. Here’s the synopsis…

Strávit hodiny v obleženém knihkupectví ve společnosti jeho prostořekého majitele je to poslední, co by Viv předpovídala, ale může to být přesně to, co potřebuje – zárodek změn, které si nedokázala představit. Dobrodružství však není tak daleko. Podezřelý cestovatel v šedém, skřítek s čipem na rameni, letní úlet a nepravděpodobné množství koster dokazují, že Murk je rušnější, než by Viv kdy čekala.

Laser also publishes the first book, as LEGENDY A LATÉČKA (also translated by Jitka Čupová).

Both BOOKSHOPS & BONEDUST and LEGENDS & LATTES are published by Tor Books in the UK and North America. Here’s the English-language synopsis for BOOKSHOPS

When an injury throws a young, battle-hungry orc off her chosen path, she may find that what we need isn’t always what we seek.

Set in the world of New York Times bestselling Legends & Lattes, Travis Baldree’s Bookshops & Bonedust takes us on a journey of high fantasy, first loves, and secondhand books.

Viv’s career with the notorious mercenary company Rackam’s Ravens isn’t going as planned.

Wounded during the hunt for a powerful necromancer, she’s packed off against her will to recuperate in the sleepy beach town of Murk—so far from the action that she worries she’ll never be able to return to it.

What’s a thwarted soldier of fortune to do?

Spending her hours at a beleaguered bookshop in the company of its foul-mouthed proprietor is the last thing Viv would have predicted, but it may be both exactly what she needs and the seed of changes she couldn’t possibly imagine.

Still, adventure isn’t all that far away. A suspicious traveler in gray, a gnome with a chip on her shoulder, a summer fling, and an improbable number of skeletons prove Murk to be more eventful than Viv could have ever expected.

BOOKSHOPS & BONEDUST was a best-seller on both sides of the Atlantic, and was a #1 Bestseller in the US.

Travis Baldree’s CAFÉ DAS LENDAS out in Portugal!


The Portugese edition of Travis Baldree‘s best-selling and critically-acclaimed LEGENDS & LATTES is out now! Published by Desrotina Editora, as CAFÉ DAS LENDAS, it was translated by Alexandra Cardoso. Here’s the synopsis…

Exausta de passar décadas em batalhas sangrentas, Viv, um ogre, decide que está na altura de mudar de vida. Por isso, crava a sua espada no crânio do inimigo e parte em direção a um novo destino que lhe traga alegria. Uma lenda esquecida, um artefacto mítico e uma dose de esperança levam-na às ruas de Thune, onde pretende abrir o primeiro café da cidade, e servir uma bebida que nenhum dos cidadãos alguma vez provou.

Porém, os seus sonhos de uma nova vida são muito incertos, sobretudo quando se tem um passado complicado e velhos inimigos dispostos a interferir no seu futuro. Para construir algo que resista ao tempo, Viv terá de se rodear de um grupo maravilhoso de criaturas que não só a ajudarão a cuidar do seu estabelecimento, como também lhe ensinarão muito sobre amizade e como resolver problemas sem ser com a espada.

Viv vai descobrir que as criaturas que encontra na sua jornada — unidas por doces deliciosos ou uma bebida quente – podem tornar-se a sua verdadeira família. E talvez uma delas até conquiste o seu coração.

Esta história é uma chávena quente de fantasia com uma pitada de romance.

Tor Books publishes LEGENDS & LATTES — and its prequel, BOOKSHOPS & BONEDUST — in the UK and North America. It was a best-seller in both territories. The novel is also available in an ever-growing number of translated editions (more details can be found on Travis’s author page).

Here’s the English-language synopsis…

A cosy, heartwarming slice-of-life fantasy about found families and fresh starts,Legends & Lattes is perfect for fans of TJ Klune, Katherine Addison and T. Kingfisher. From the Hugo Award-winning author, Travis Baldree.

High fantasy, low stakes – with a double-shot of coffee.

After decades of adventuring, Viv the orc barbarian is finally hanging up her sword for good. Now she sets her sights on a new dream – for she plans to open the first coffee shop in the city of Thune. Even though no one there knows what coffee actually is.

If Viv wants to put the past behind her, she can’t go it alone. And help might arrive from unexpected quarters. Yet old rivals and new stand in the way of success. And Thune’s shady underbelly could make it all too easy for Viv to take up the blade once more.

But the true reward of the uncharted path is the travellers you meet along the way. Whether bound by ancient magic, delicious pastries or a freshly brewed cup, they may become something deeper than Viv ever could have imagined…

And here are just a few of the great reviews LEGENDS & LATTES has received so far…

‘This is a story about following your dreams, even when they take you away from who you thought you had to be. It’s sweet, beautiful and, most of all, kind. I hugely recommend this book.’ — Seanan McGuireNew York Times bestselling author of Every Heart A Doorway

‘The most fun I’ve ever had in a coffee shop.’ — Ben Aaronovitch, bestselling author of Rivers of London

‘A gentle little cozy set against an epic fantasy backdrop… This charming outing will please anyone who’s ever wished to spend time in a fantasy world without all the quests and battles.’ — Publishers Weekly

‘This slice-of-life cozy fantasy novel has everything you’ve been searching for.’ — Buzzfeed

‘With its mysterious encounters, summer flings and a growing number of skeletons, Baldree’s fantastical novel is the perfect winter indulgence.’ — HuffPost Books (“Best Books We Read in 2023)

‘A stunningly-well done story at every level’ — Fantasy Faction

‘If you like fantasy but you’re tired of reading about wars and general intensity, this is the book for you… Cozy fantasy at its best.’ — Literary Hub

LEGENDS & LATTES isn’t just a cosy, slice-of-life fantasy, it is a hug after a long day, it’s that first bite of chocolate you’ve been desperately craving or that first sip of coffee, it’s pyjamas and blankets and everything else which brings comfort and warmth. This is a tale so simple yet so wholesome and adorable, it has made me see just how versatile the fantasy genre can be… Believe the hype… this book deserves all the praise… Baldree delivers a tale to soothe the soul, a tale which had me smiling and crying with happiness from beginning to end.’ — Fantasy Hive

Two More Editions of LEGENDS & LATTES in Translation!


Travis Baldree continues his quest for global domination! His best-selling and critically-acclaimed debut novel, LEGENDS & LATTES, is now available in two more translated editions! Here are the details…

The novel is available in Ukraine, published by Артбукс, as Легенди та лате (cover above). This edition was translated by Ірина Кобилінська. Here’s the synopsis…

Затишне фентезі з подвійною порцією пошуку свого шляху в житті.

Орчиця Вів стомилася від десятиліть роботи мечем та кровопролить. Після останнього завдання вона вирішує розпрощатися з минулим життям. Забута легенда, казковий артефакт і примарна надія заводять її на вулиці Тьюна, де Вів сподівається відкрити першу в місті кав’ярню.

Однак здійснити мрію почати все з чистого аркуша й змінити меч на кавоварку не так легко. Зруйнувати плани Вів прагнуть давні закляті друзі та негласні господарі Тьюна. Щоб збудувати нарешті щось стале, орчиці потрібні нові друзі та нові підходи до розв’язання проблем.

На читачів чекає гаряче горня фантастичного світу з романтичною пінкою!

The second new edition is published in Slovakia, by Zelený Kocúr, as LEGENDY & LATTE. This edition has very nice sprayed-edges, too, as you can see in the image above.

Fantasy ľahučké ako mliečna pena s dvojitým espressom sebaspoznávania

Viv sa po rokoch rozhodla opustiť život plný násilia a krviprelievania a raz a navždy zavesiť svoj meč na klinec. Unavená z nekonečných bojov si zaumienila, že obráti list a otvorí prvú kaviareň v meste Thune. V ceste jej však stoja mnohé prekážky vrátane skutočnosti, že obyvatelia mesta nemajú potuchy, čo vlastne káva je. Orkyňa túži zanechať staré chodníčky a pohnúť sa ďalej, no bez pomoci to určite nezvládne. Skutočné bohatstvo jej novej neprebádanej cesty však spočíva v pútnikoch, ktorých na nej stretá. A či už ich zviedla dokopy prastará mágia, lahodné koláče alebo šálka čerstvo uvarenej kávy, časom sa z nich azda vykľujú partneri, rodina, ba možno aj čosi viac, čo by si Viv nedokázala predstaviť ani vo sne.

LEGENDS & LATTES is published by Tor Books in the UK and North America, and is out now! Here’s the English-language synopsis…

A cosy, heartwarming slice-of-life fantasy about found families and fresh starts,Legends & Lattes is perfect for fans of TJ Klune, Katherine Addison and T. Kingfisher. From the Hugo Award-winning author, Travis Baldree.

High fantasy, low stakes – with a double-shot of coffee.

After decades of adventuring, Viv the orc barbarian is finally hanging up her sword for good. Now she sets her sights on a new dream – for she plans to open the first coffee shop in the city of Thune. Even though no one there knows what coffee actually is.

If Viv wants to put the past behind her, she can’t go it alone. And help might arrive from unexpected quarters. Yet old rivals and new stand in the way of success. And Thune’s shady underbelly could make it all too easy for Viv to take up the blade once more.

But the true reward of the uncharted path is the travellers you meet along the way. Whether bound by ancient magic, delicious pastries or a freshly brewed cup, they may become something deeper than Viv ever could have imagined…

Russian edition of Ian McDonald’s KING OF MORNING, QUEEN OF DAY out now!


There’s a new Russian edition of KING OF MORNING, QUEEN OF DAY by Ian McDonald! Published by ACT, as Король утра, королева дня; it was translated by Natalia Osoianu (Наталии Осояну). Here’s the synopsis…

1913 год. Ирландия. Юная Эмили Десмонд убеждена, что встретилась с фейри, в то время как ее отец пытается построить машину для установления контакта с инопланетянами. Он убежден, что приближающаяся к Земле комета Белла — это корабль, летящий к нам со звезды Альтаир.

Середина 1930-х годов. Официантка Джессика Колдуэлл начинает сталкиваться со странными феноменами в совершенно реальном Дублине и постепенно приходит к выводу, что ее фантазии склонны обретать плоть. Одновременно с этим в город прибывают два таинственных незнакомца, у которых есть миссия: охранять наш мир от пришельцев из вне.

Конец 1980-х годов. Энья Макколл, сотрудница рекламного агентства, с помощью своих сверхъестественных способностей по ночам уничтожает монстров, воплощения человеческих кошмаров и фантазий. Грани между мифом и реальностью истончаются, битва Эньи, страдающей от одиночества и усталости, казалось бы, проиграна, но причины разрушения мира вокруг нее таятся в начале века, в юной Эмили Десмонд, когда-то увидевшей фейри.

Три времени, три истории, три героини и их встречи с темной стороной человеческого мифосознания, а также с тайнами собственного прошлого. Но мир легенд и мир фейри обманчив, и никому нельзя доверять в попытках вырваться из его цепких объятий.

The novel was originally published in , KING OF MORNING, QUEEN OF DAY is published by JABberwocky in the UK and North America.

In Ireland, three generations of young women fight to control the powers coursing through their blood: the power to bring the mystical Otherworld into our world, and change it.

Emily, Jessica and Enye must each face their dark side of human mythoconsciousness–and their own personal histories. But the forces of faerie are ever treacherous…

Filled with vivid, passionate characters you will never forget, King of Morning, Queen of Day is a spellbinding fantasy of the real Ireland.

Ian’s latest novel is the widely acclaimed HOPELAND, published by Gollancz (UK) and Tor Books (North America).

Travis Baldree’s 伝説とカフェラテ Out Now in Japan!


We’re very happy to report that LEGENDS & LATTES by Travis Baldree (トラヴィス・バルドリー) is now available in Japan! Published by 東京創元社 (Tokyo Sogensha) as 伝説とカフェラテ, it was translated by 原島文世 (Fumiyo Harashima). Here’s the synopsis…

珈琲(コーヒー)店を開きたい。それがヴィヴの夢だった。幸運の輪(リング)を引き寄せるというスカルヴァートの石を懐(ふところ)に、いちから店作りに着手する。最初は閑古鳥(かんこどり)が鳴いていた店も、募集広告を見てやってきた店員が描いたセンス抜群の看板や、隠れた天才パン職人のつくるうっとりするようなパンや菓子のおかげで、次第に繁盛しはじめるが……。ネビュラ賞最終候補の心温まるコージーファンタジイ。訳者あとがき=原島文世

The novel has been a best-seller in multiple territories, and is available in an ever-growing number of translated editions — in addition to English, it’s available in 14 different languages to date (check out Travis’s author page for more information and covers).

LEGENDS & LATTES (and its prequel, BOOKSHOPS & BONEDUST) is published in the UK and North America by Tor Books. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

A cosy, heartwarming slice-of-life fantasy about found families and fresh starts,Legends & Lattes is perfect for fans of TJ Klune, Katherine Addison and T. Kingfisher. From the Hugo Award-winning author, Travis Baldree.

High fantasy, low stakes – with a double-shot of coffee.

After decades of adventuring, Viv the orc barbarian is finally hanging up her sword for good. Now she sets her sights on a new dream – for she plans to open the first coffee shop in the city of Thune. Even though no one there knows what coffee actually is.

If Viv wants to put the past behind her, she can’t go it alone. And help might arrive from unexpected quarters. Yet old rivals and new stand in the way of success. And Thune’s shady underbelly could make it all too easy for Viv to take up the blade once more.

But the true reward of the uncharted path is the travellers you meet along the way. Whether bound by ancient magic, delicious pastries or a freshly brewed cup, they may become something deeper than Viv ever could have imagined…

Coming Soon: WHERE IS ANYBODY? by Simon R. Green


This summer, Severn House are due to publish WHERE IS ANYBODY?, the fifth novel in Simon R. Green‘s acclaimed Gideon Sable urban fantasy series! The novel will be available in both the UK and North America, from August 6th. Here’s the synopsis…

Legendary master thief and conman Gideon Sable must pull off an impossible heist to save his partner’s life in this fast-paced supernatural thriller from New York Times bestselling British fantasy author Simon R. Green

Gideon Sable specializes in stealing the kind of things that can’t usually be stolen. But these days the legendary master thief is officially retired from the caper game. Now, instead of pulling off elaborate heists with his crew of supernatural specialists, he runs a magical shop in the heart of London with his partner Annie Anybody. Still, he can’t resist occasionally going out in the night to steal things when Annie’s not looking. For old times’ sake – and for the joy of the con.

But after one of his late-night illicit jaunts, Gideon returns to the shop to find that while he’s been stealing, someone else has been hard at work… stealing from him. I have taken Annie Anybody, reads the note on the countertop. If you ever want to see her again, you must find and steal Time’s Arrow. You have forty-eight hours.

Stealing the legendary Arrow isn’t a challenge; it’s certain death. But Gideon will stop at nothing to save Annie from their unknown enemy – with or without the help of his talented, terrifying former crew…

Severn House has published all of Green’s Gideon Sable novels to date, in both the UK and North America:

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

‘This novel by the author of the terrific Ishmael Jones series is a treat for anyone who relishes the blending of alternate-world fantasy, urban fantasy, and the caper novel. Exciting, witty, and stuffed full of fun.’ — Booklist on THE BEST THING YOU CAN STEAL

‘[Green] gives an urban fantasy twist to Oceans 11.’ — Publisher’s Weekly on THE BEST THING YOU CAN STEAL

‘This book is pure fun.’ — Grimdark Magazine on THE BEST THING YOU CAN STEAL

‘It’s a wonderfully imagined setting, which will be no surprise for those familiar with Green’s oeuvre. The Sable novels make perfect fare for fans of urban fantasy, thrillers, or caper novels (or, especially, blends of all three).’ — Booklist on A MATTER OF DEATH AND LIFE

‘I had a cracking good time with Gideon Sable and his more-misfit-than-usual crew as they took on Las Vegas. Calling this book a fantastic, slightly supernatural version of Ocean’s Eleven – complete with ALL the wisecracks – would be more accurate, and more fun, than anyone might have expected.’ — Reading Reality on A MATTER OF DEATH AND LIFE

‘[F]eatures a crew of criminals with hearts of gold and one of the snarkiest antiheroes to ever front an urban fantasy series, turning the murder and mayhem up to 11 while telling a story where disaster is always just on the other side of the door.’ — Library Journal on WHAT SONG THE SIRENS SANG

‘A blast for urban-fantasy readers looking for a broken fourth wall riddled with dry-witted commentary, evil getting its just deserts, and the good walking away to fight the good fight.’ — Library Journal on NOT OF THIS WORLD

‘His characters are full-bodied, and their alternate-world Britain setting is gripping… The story here (and in the previous three series installments) is so strong that it should satisfy even the most demanding of caper-novel devotees. Keep ’em coming!’Booklist on NOT OF THIS WORLD

Zeno represents Simon R. Green in the UK and North America, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

ICYMI: THE MASQUERADES OF SPRING Out Later this Year!


In case you missed the news, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind fans of Ben Aaronovitch‘s Rivers of London series that his next novella is out later this year! THE MASQUERADES OF SPRING is due to be published in the UK by Gollancz/Orion on September 5th! Once again taking the action across the Pond, here’s the synopsis…

New York City, New York.

Meet Augustus Berrycloth-Young – fop, flaneur, and Englishman abroad – as he chronicles the Jazz Age from his perch atop the city that never sleeps.

That is, until his old friend Thomas Nightingale arrives, pursuing a rather mysterious affair concerning an old saxophone – which will take Gussie from his warm bed, to the cold shores of Long Island, and down to the jazz clubs where music, magic, and madness haunt the shadows…

The novella will also be available in North America, published by Subterranean Press (shipping in September); and also in Germany, published by DTV (September 11th) — translated by Christine Blum.

Here’s the German-language synopsis, too…

Eine Nachtigall in New York

New York, 1920er-Jahre: Augustus Berrycloth-Young, Absolvent der Zauberschule Casterbrook, ist unangenehm überrascht: Denn unangekündigt steht sein alter Schulkamerad Thomas Nightingale vor der Tür und reißt ihn aus seinem behaglichen Leben.

Nightingale ist auf geheimer Mission nach New York geschickt worden, um ein verzaubertes Saxophon ausfindig zu machen, das seltsame Kräfte entfaltet, wenn es gespielt wird. Und ausgerechnet Augustus soll ihm helfen, dabei will er eigentlich nur das Dolce Vita genießen.

Auf der Suche machen die beiden Männer die Jazzclubs der Metropole unsicher und machen unfreiwillig mit der nicht-magischen und korrupten Polizei Bekanntschaft … 

SAGAS & SABLE D’OS by Travis Baldree is out in Two Weeks!


In two weeks, Ynnis Editions are due to publish the French edition of BOOKSHOPS & BONEDUST, the second acclaimed cosy fantasy novel by Travis Baldree — it’s the best-selling prequel to the (also best-selling) and widely-acclaimed LEGENDS & LATTES. Published in French as SAGAS & SABLE D’OS, it was translated by Stéphanie Chaptal. Here’s the synopsis…

20 ans avant Légendes & Lattes, l’aventure commence ici…

Ça y est : la vie de mercenaire commence enfin pour Viv et avec elle, la gloire, la fortune… et le danger. Mais les choses ne se passent pas comme prévu pour la jeune orc, confiante à l’excès. À la suite d’un terrible accident, son équipe l’abandonne à Grise, une ville (bien trop) paisible. Morose et désœuvrée, Viv rentre par hasard dans une librairie… qui va changer à jamais le cours de son existence. Et lorsqu’un mystérieux homme grisâtre fait son apparition en ville, et met en danger ses nouveaux amis, la jeune femme va devoir prendre des décisions bien difficiles.

Travis Baldree est un narrateur de livres audio à plein temps qui a prêté sa voix à des centaines d’histoires. Avant cela, il a passé des décennies à inventer et bâtir des jeux vidéo comme Torchlight, Rebel Galaxy et Fate. Visiblement, il écrit désormais des livres. Il vit au nord des États-Unis dans le Nord-Ouest Pacifique avec sa famille très patiente et leur petit chien très nerveux.

LEGENDS & LATTES and BOOKSHOPS & BONEDUST are published by Tor Books in the UK and North America. Both were bestsellers in their respective markets.

Here’s the English-language synopsis for BOOKSHOPS & BONEDUST

Set in the world of BookTok sensation Legends & Lattes, Travis Baldree’s Bookshops & Bonedust is a cosy fantasy about the power of good bookshops, great friends and the unexpected choices along the way.

First loves. Second-hand books. Epic adventures.

Viv’s career with the renowned mercenary company Rackam’s Ravens isn’t going as planned. Wounded during the hunt for a powerful necromancer, she’s packed off against her will to recuperate in the sleepy beach town of Murk – so far from the action that she worries she’ll never be able to return to it. What’s a thwarted soldier of fortune to do?

Spending her hours at a struggling bookshop in the company of its foul-mouthed proprietor is the last thing Viv would have predicted. Even though it may be exactly what she needs. Still, adventure isn’t far away. A suspicious traveller in grey, a gnome with a chip on her shoulder, a summer fling and an improbable number of skeletons prove Murk to be more eventful than Viv could have ever expected.

Sometimes, right things happen at the wrong time. Sometimes, what we need isn’t what we seek. And sometimes, we find ourselves in the stories we experience together…

RIVERS OF LONDON: STRAY CAT BLUES #1 Out in Three Weeks!


The latest Rivers of London comic series launches in three weeks! STRAY CAT BLUES #1, written by Andrew Cartmel and Ben Aaronovitch is due to be published by Titan Comics, on May 29th! Once again with fantastic artwork by José María Beroy, here’s the synopsis…

Old frenemies become allies in the latest Rivers of London saga, when a mysterious cat-woman comes to Abigail looking for help to free her sisters from a notorious chimera brothel run by London gangster Monty and his sinister magically endowed mother, Mrs. Napier.

The issue will be available with two variant covers — the first (above) by Abigail Harding, and the other (below) also by Beroy.

The comic series is set in the same world as Ben Aaronovitch’s internationally-best selling Rivers of London/Peter Grant series of novels and novellas.

Alice Bell’s DISPLEASURE ISLAND – Out Now in the UK!


DISPLEASURE ISLAND, Alice Bell‘s follow-up to the widely-acclaimed GRAVE EXPECTATIONS, is out today in the UK! Published in hardcover and eBook by Corvus, here’s the synopsis…

‘There are apparently a lot of ghosts on Spike Island,’ said Basher. ‘So perhaps one more can’t hurt.’
Claire sighed and looked at Sophie. She was standing in the sunlight beaming through the windows, so she was washed out and almost see-through – but still very clearly sticking her tongue out at Claire. ‘Oh,’ said Claire, ‘I think you’d be surprised.’

Professional medium turned detective Claire, her best friend Sophie (a 17-year-old ghost) and their pals are enjoying a much-needed cheap holiday in an unfinished hotel on Spike Island off the coast of Ireland. Claire is flattered to be asked by the local ghost of a pirate captain to investigate the theft of treasure from the shipwreck that stranded him there several hundred years ago.

But just when she thinks she is closing in on the culprit, a murder takes place, and Claire and her friends quickly become the chief suspects. Can they recover the treasure, solve the murder and clear their names before all is lost?

The novel has received a few great early responses, too! Here’s just one example…

‘What a cracking romp of a read! A bunch of self entitled millennials, a troop of pirate ghosts, a treasure hoard, a whole slew of secrets and at its heart an engaging and satisfying murder mystery – Agatha Christie meets Ghosts came to mind! I loved the way Alice Bell effortlessly dealt with the problems that beset mystery writers today. i.e. blanket technology- the results was a sort of ‘locked island’ mystery. As before I love the main protagonist chaotic Claire, and her sardonic sidekick (who just happens to have been dead for some fifteen years) It was great to see them both back in action again.’ — J. M. Hall

DISPLEASURE ISLAND is also due to be published in North America, by Vintage, on September 3rd. (We’ll share more details and the cover, as soon as we can.) GRAVE EXPECTATIONS is out now in paperback, in the UK (Corvus) and North America (Vintage).

Here are just a few of the many great reviews the first novel received…

‘Read this fabulous book — you will not regret it!’ — Ben Aaronovitch

‘Fast, funny and furious, this book has bags of humour, bags of heart and a proper murder mystery at its core’ — Janice Hallett

‘A delicious mashup of grisly murder, country house and semi-helpful ghosts – imagine a really cockeyed game of Cluedo heavily seasoned with whimsy … it’s a lot of fun’ — Stuart MacBride

‘Knives Out vibes with added ghosts. Fresh, funny and hugely enjoyable.’ — Catherine Ryan Howard

‘A great read, with great characters, lots of humour, some misty-eyed moments and lots of swearing. Utterly delightful – like the BBC show Ghosts mixed with Cluedo’ — Simon Toyne

‘This book positively lit up my weekends with its cosy, affectionate, funny, awkward brand of ghostly crime-solving. Perfect for fans of BBC’s Ghosts, Alice Bell has a keen eye for characterisation and the ridiculous, creating a story that will both send chills down your spine and wrap you up in a hug.’ — Ally Wilkes

‘Witty, addictive, and breathes some much needed (undead) life into the cosy crime murder mystery genre’ — Adam Simcox

‘Bell shines in her sharp, funny debut, a supernatural whodunit centered on medium-for-hire Claire Hendricks… The adroit plotting, which cannily plays with mystery tropes, is amply leavened with humor.’ — Publishers Weekly

‘As murder mysteries go, this one is certainly unique… A fun and surprising character-driven whodunnit.’ — Heat (UK)

‘Alice Bell weaves a fun, gripping murder mystery with a supernatural spin.’ — Woman’s Own (UK)

‘[T]he lightly acerbic style is a delight and the interaction between inept-but-dogged millennial Claire and eternal teenager Sophie – whose death remains a mystery – offers plenty of spooky fun. More, please.’ — Guardian