Harper Voyager – Publishing Jan-Jun 15!

Logo HarperVoyagerUK Here’s an (edited) look at what Harper Voyager have coming for you over the period January to June 2015! We’ll be bringing you our particular recommends of all publishers together by month of publication. Note: Publication dates are liable to change and some jackets are still to come…
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Pub
 Title
Author
ISBN
Bind
RRP
Series
Vol
Druon
Jan
The King without a Kingdom
Maurice Druon
9780007491377
HB
£16.99
The Accursed Kings
7
Available for the first time in English, THE KING WITHOUT A KINGDOM is the seventh and final volume of The Accursed Kings series.
The reign of the Capetian kings has ended and John II, ‘The Good’, second of the Valois dynasty, has taken the throne.
Under his leadership the Hundred Years War, one of the longest and bloodiest conflicts in history, escalates and England and France begin to tear each other apart.
Cardinal Périgord, narrating the drama, shows us a monarch as vain and cruel as he is incompetent. Under his turbulent reign, warring factions plunder the land, famine threatens the people and the Black Death spreads far and wide. France is bleeding to death around the new king.
‘Iron kings and strangled queens, battles and betrayals, lies and lust, the curse of the Templars, the doom of a great dynasty – and all of it (well, most of it) straight from the pages of history, and believe me, the Starks and the Lannisters have nothing on the Capets and Plantagenets. Whether you are a history buff or a fantasy fan, Druon’s epic will keep you turning pages. This was the original game of thrones’ George R.R. Martin
‘Blood-curdling tale of intrigue, murder, corruption and sexual passion’ The Sunday Times
‘Dramatic and colourful as a Dumas romance but stiffened by historical accuracy and political insight’ The Sunday Times
‘Barbaric, sensual, teeming with life, based in wide reading and sound scholarship…among the best historical novels’ The Times Literary Supplement —
Maurice Druon was a French resistance hero, a Knight of the British Empire and a holder of the Grand Croix de la Légion d’Honneur. He was also a member of the Académie française and a celebrated novelist, best known for his series of seven historical novels under the title of The Accursed Kings, which were twice adapted for television. A passionate Anglophile, he was a great expert on all things English, including its medieval history, which provides great inspiration for the series. His many and diverse fans include George RR Martin, Nicolas Sarkozy and Vladimir Putin.
CBP - Half a King
Jan
Half a King
Joe Abercrombie
9780007550227
PB
£8.99
Shattered Sea
1
A classic coming-of-age tale set in a vivid and richly-imagined world from Sunday Times bestselling author Joe Abercrombie.
‘Grabbed me from page one and refused to let go’ GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
Betrayed by his family and left for dead, Prince Yarvi, reluctant heir to a divided kingdom, has vowed to reclaim a throne he never wanted.
But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself – all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of a hard, cold world, he cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so has sharpened his mind to a deadly edge.
Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast, he finds they can help him more than any noble could. Even so, Yarvi’s path may end as it began – in twists, traps and tragedy…
CBP Feb - KC
Feb
Demon Child
Kylie Chan
9780062329080
MMP
£5.27
Celestial Battles
2
The thrilling follow up to Dark Serpent and second book in the Celestial Battle series. War with hell looms and the cruel demons could gain control of everything. Emma Donahoe has faced down threats to her loved ones and never given up the fight. But as the demons close in, she faces a new danger – John’s love for her could lead her to complete annihilation. As battles rage for control of Heaven and Earth, she must fight her own war to retain her independence as her identity is absorbed into the man she loves.
Haig
Feb
The Fire Sermon
Francesca Haig
9780007563050
HB
£12.99
When Zach and I were born our parents must have counted and recounted: limbs, fingers, toes. The complete set. They would have been disbelieving – nobody dodged the split between Alpha and Omega.
Nobody.
Born as twins. Raised as enemies.
One strong Alpha twin and one mutated Omega; the only thing they share is the moment of their death.
The Omegas live in segregation, cast out by their families as soon as their mutation becomes clear. Forced to live apart, they are ruthlessly oppressed by their Alpha counterparts.
The Alphas are the elite. Once their weaker twin has been cast aside, they’re free to live in privilege and safety, their Omega twin far from their thoughts.
Cass and Zach are both perfect on the outside: no missing limbs, no visible Omega mutation. But Cass has a secret: one that Zach will stop at nothing to expose.
The potential to change the world lies in both their hands. One will have to defeat the other to see their vision of the future come to pass, but if they’re not careful both will die in the struggle for power.
Francesca Haig is a novelist, poet, and academic. She grew up in Tasmania, gained her PhD from the University of Melbourne, and was a senior lecturer at the University of Chester. The Fire Sermon, her debut novel, is the first in a post-apocalyptic trilogy. Her poetry has been published in literary journals and anthologies in both Australia and England, and her first collection of poetry, Bodies of Water, was published in 2006. In 2010 she was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship. She lives in London with her husband and son.
‘This book is a thought provoking whirlwind of a story, with a fab lead character, grisly politics and brave adventure. I loved it!’ Jessie Burton
‘A hell of a ride. I would recommend it to anyone I can, regardless of age’ James Oswald
‘Words like ‘masterpiece’ and ‘instant classic’ are cliché, but in the case of Francesca Haig’s astounding The Fire Sermon, they’re the only words to use. It’s a breath-taking, passionate, absolutely sensational work of imagination, perfectly structured, beautifully written, populated with fabulous characters and packed with intrigue, violence, compassion and underlined by a very important human message that is always present without ever becoming homily. The Fire Sermon is completely without equal – it leaves Hunger Games, Divergence, Twilight blah blah-yawn twitching in the dust’ Starburst Magazine
CBP Feb - JA
Feb
Half the World
Joe Abercrombie
9780007550234
HB
£12.99
Shattered Sea
2
‘Grabbed me and refused to let go’ George R.R. Martin
SOMETIMES A GIRL IS TOUCHED BY MOTHER WAR
Thorn is such a girl. Desperate to avenge her dead father, she lives to fight. But she has been named murderer by the very man who trained her to kill.
SOMETIMES A WOMAN BECOMES A WARRIOR
Fate traps her in the schemes – and on the ship – of the deep-cunning minister Father Yarvi. Crossing half the world to find allies against the ruthless High King, she learns harsh lessons of blood and deceit.
SOMETIMES A WARRIOR BECOMES A WEAPON
Beside her on her gruelling journey is Brand, a young warrior who hates to kill. A failure in his eyes and hers, he has one chance at redemption.
AND WEAPONS ARE MADE FOR ONE PURPOSE
Will Thorn forever be a tool in the hands of the powerful or can she carve her own path? Is there a place beyond legend for a woman with a blade?
Critical Praise
‘Grips like a bear hug, warms like a bear skin’ Daily Mail
‘My favorite Abercrombie book yet’ Patrick Rothfuss
‘Enthralling. An up-all-night read’ Robin Hobb
‘Joe Abercrombie is doing some terrific work’ GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
‘Abercrombie writes fantasy like no one else’ Guardian
‘Another great tale from a master’ Sun
‘Joe Abercrombie is fast becoming my favourite writer.’ DEREK LANDY —
DeStefano book (not novella)
Mar
Burning Kingdoms
Lauren DeStefano
9780007541232
PB
£8.99
Internment Chronicles
2
After escaping the city of Internment, Morgan and her fellow fugitives land on the ground to finally learn about the world beneath their floating island home.
The ground is a strange place where water falls from the sky as snow, and people watch moving pictures and visit speakeasies. A place where families can have as many children as they want, bury their dead in vast gardens of bodies, and where Internment is the feature of an amusement park.
It is also a land at war.
Everyone who fled Internment had their own reasons to escape their corrupt haven, but now they’re caught under the watchful eye of another ruler who wants to dominate his world. They may have made it to the ground, but have they dragged Internment with them?
Critical Praise
Praise for The Chemical Garden series:
A ‘harrowing debut … DeStefano has an observant and occasionally pitiless eye, chronicling the cruelties, mercies, and inconsistencies of her young characters… ‘ Publisher’s Weekly starred review
‘Lauren DeStefano crafts an all too believable future. I loved the world, the romance, the writing – exactly the kind of book I’ve been craving to read’ Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH
‘[A] thought-provoking debut, reminiscent of THE HANDMAID’S TALE with a touch of Big Love … Rhine’s fight for freedom against the clock-and the dissecting table-will leave readers eager for the sequel. Give this one to fans of THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy or Ally Condie’s MATCHED’ Kirkus —
Isbell
Mar
The Prey
Tom Isbell
9780007528189
PB
£7.99
The Hatchery
1
After a radiation blast burned most of the Earth to a crisp, the new government established settlement camps for the survivors. At one such camp, Book and the other ‘LTs’ are eager to graduate as part of the Rite.
Until they learn the dark truth: ‘LTs’ doesn’t stand for lieutenant but for ‘Less Thans’, feared by society and raised to be hunted for sport. Together with the sisters, Hope and Faith, twin girls who’ve suffered their own haunting fate, they join forces to seek the safety of the fabled New Territory.
As Book and Hope lead their quest for freedom, these teens must find the best in themselves to fight the worst in their enemies. But as they are pursued by sadistic hunters, secrets are revealed, allegiances are made, and lives are threatened.
‘Plays to its strong suits, with plenty of peril (human and otherwise) . . . will keep readers rooting for Book and Hope.’ Publishers Weekly —
CBP - The Diabolical Miss Hyde
Mar
The Diabolical Miss Hyde
Viola Carr
9780062363084
PB
£9.99
Electric Empire
1
Magic, mystery, and romance mix in this edgy retelling of the classic The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde–in which Dr. Eliza Jekyll is the daughter of the infamous Henry
In an electric-powered Victorian London, Dr. Eliza Jekyll is a crime scene investigator, hunting killers with inventive new technological gadgets. Now, a new killer is splattering London with blood, drugging beautiful women and slicing off their limbs. Catching “the Chopper” could make Eliza’s career—or get her burned. Because Eliza has a dark secret. A seductive second self, set free by her father’s forbidden magical elixir: wild, impulsive Lizzie Hyde.
When the Royal Society sends their enforcer, the mercurial Captain Lafayette, to prove she’s a sorceress, Eliza must resist the elixir with all her power. But as the Chopper case draws her into London’s luminous, magical underworld, Eliza will need all the help she can get. Even if it means getting close to Lafayette, who harbors an evil curse of his own.
Even if it means risking everything and setting vengeful Lizzie free . . .
CBP - Apr - The Skull Throne
Apr
The Skull Throne
Peter V. Brett
9780007425686
HB
£18.99
Demon Cycle
4
Without a Deliverer, are mankind strong enough to unite against the demons who are almost prepared for the final battle?
Critical Praise
Praise for The Demon Cycle:
‘Peter V. Brett is one of my favourite new authors’ Patrick Rothfuss
‘I enjoyed THE PAINTED MAN immensely. There is much to admire in Peter Brett’s writing, and his concept is brilliant. There’s action and suspense all the way.’ Terry Brooks
‘THE PAINTED MAN works not only as a great adventure novel but also as a reflection on the nature of heroism.’ Charlaine Harris
‘[Peter V. Brett is] at the top of his game. I give this my highest recommendation.’ Tor.com
‘[Brett] confirms his place among epic fantasy’s pantheon of greats amid the likes of George R.R. Martin, Steven Erikson, and Robert Jordan.’ Fantasy Book Critic
‘The most significant and cinematic fantasy epic since THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Inspired, compelling, and totally addictive!’ Director Paul W. S. Anderson —
Peter V. Brett is the international bestselling author of THE PAINTED MAN and THE DESERT SPEAR. Raised on a steady diet of fantasy novels, comic books and Dungeons & Dragons, Brett has been writing fantasy stories for as long as he can remember. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature and art history from the University at Buffalo in 1995, and then spent more than a decade in pharmaceutical publishing before returning to his bliss. He lives in New York City.
CBP Apr - The Vagrant
Apr
The Vagrant
Peter Newman
9780007593071
HB
£14.99
Years have passed since humanity’s destruction emerged from the Breach.
Friendless and alone he walks across a desolate, war-torn landscape.
As each day passes the world tumbles further into depravity, bent and twisted by the new order, corrupted by the Usurper, the enemy, and his infernal horde.
His purpose is to reach the Shining City, last bastion of the human race, and deliver the only weapon that may make a difference in the ongoing war.
What little hope remains is dying. Abandoned by its leader, The Seven, and its heroes, The Seraph Knights, the last defences of a once great civilisation are crumbling into dust.
But the Shining City is far away and the world is a very dangerous place.
Peter Newman lives in Somerset with his wife and son. Growing up in and around London, Peter studied Drama and Education at the Central School of Speech and Drama, going on to work as a secondary school drama teacher. He now works as a trainer and Firewalking Instructor. He sometimes pretends to be a butler for the Tea and Jeopardy podcast, which he co-writes, and which has been shortlisted for a Hugo Award.
CBP - Prince of Fools (Hardback)
Apr
Prince of Fools
Mark Lawrence
9780007531561
PB
£8.99
I’m a liar and a cheat and a coward, but I will never, ever, let a friend down. Unless of course not letting them down requires honesty, fair play or bravery.
The Red Queen is dreaded by the kings of the Broken Empire as they dread no other.
Her grandson Jalan Kendeth – womaniser, gambler and all-out cad – is tenth in line to the throne. While his grandmother shapes the destiny of millions, Prince Jalan pursues his debauched pleasures.
Until, that is, he gets entangled with Snorri ver Snagason, a huge Norse axeman and dragged against his will to the icy north…
‘A savage voice which is telling you a good jest while trying to drown you in story’
ROBERT LOW (Author of the Kingdom Series and the Oathsworn Series)
‘Really excellent, gritty fantasy – I’m trying to avoid comparison with GAME OF THRONES, but I’m afraid it’s right there. But funnier. Very funny indeed’
YA and Carnegie-shortlisted author ANTHONY MCGOWAN
Praise for The Broken Empire:
‘Dark and relentless, Prince of Thorns will pull you under and drown you in story. A two-in-the-morning page turner. Absolutely stunning… jaw-dropping’ ROBIN HOBB
‘Excellent – on a par with George R.R. Martin’ CONN IGGULDEN
‘Lawrence’s poetic prose is amazing, far and away the best of the modern fantasy authors’ PETER V. BRETT
‘A hard-edged tale of survival and conquest in a brutal medieval world, well told and very compelling’ TERRY BROOKS —
Mark Lawrence is married with four children, one of whom is severely disabled. His day job is as a research scientist focused on various rather intractable problems in the field of artificial intelligence. He has held secret level clearance with both US and UK governments. At one point he was qualified to say ‘this isn’t rocket science … oh wait, it actually is’.
Between work and caring for his disabled child, Mark spends his time writing, playing computer games, tending an allotment, brewing beer, and avoiding DIY.
CBP - May - The Fall of Arthur
May
The Fall of Arthur
J.R.R. Tolkien
9780007557301
PB
£8.99
The Fall of Arthur, the only venture by J.R.R. Tolkien into the legends of Arthur King of Britain, may well be regarded as his finest and most skilful achievement in the use of the Old English alliterative metre, in which he brought to his transforming perceptions of the old narratives a pervasive sense of the grave and fateful nature of all that is told: of Arthur’s expedition overseas into distant heathen lands, of Guinevere’s flight from Camelot, of the great sea-battle on Arthur’s return to Britain, in the portrait of the traitor Mordred, in the tormented doubts of Lancelot in his French castle.
Unhappily, The Fall of Arthur was one of several long narrative poems that he abandoned in that period. In this case he evidently began it in the earlier nineteen-thirties, and it was sufficiently advanced for him to send it to a very perceptive friend who read it with great enthusiasm at the end of 1934 and urgently pressed him ‘You simply must finish it!’ But in vain: he abandoned it, at some date unknown, though there is some evidence that it may have been in 1937, the year of the publication of The Hobbit and the first stirrings of The Lord of the Rings. Years later, in a letter of 1955, he said that ‘he hoped to finish a long poem on The Fall of Arthur’; but that day never came.
Associated with the text of the poem, however, are many manuscript pages: a great quantity of drafting and experimentation in verse, in which the strange evolution of the poem’s structure is revealed, together with narrative synopses and very significant if tantalising notes. In these latter can be discerned clear if mysterious associations of the Arthurian conclusion with The Silmarillion, and the bitter ending of the love of Lancelot and Guinevere, which was never written.
Critical Praise
Praise for The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún:
“This is the most unexpected of Tolkien’s many posthumous publications; his son’s ‘Commentary’ is a model of informed accessibility; the poems stand comparison with their Eddic models, and there is little poetry in the world like those” Times Literary Supplement
“The compact verse form is ideally suited to describing impact… elsewhere it achieves a stark beauty” Telegraph —
CBP May - OF
May
Only Forward (Reissue)
Michael Marshall Smith
9780007557301
PB
£8.99
CARABAS SPECIAL REISSUE PICK
May we introduce you to Stark.
Oh, and by the way — good luck.
Stark is the private investigator who goes to work when Something Happens to you. And when a Something happens it’s no good chanting ‘go away go away go away’ and cowering in a corner, because a Something always comes from your darkest past and won’t be beaten until you face it. And that’s not easy in a city where reality is twisting and broken, a world in which friends can become enemies in a heartbeat — and where your most secret fear can become a soul-shredding reality.
And the worst of it is, for this nightmare you don’t even have to be asleep…
Considered a modern classic, and consistently featured in lists of Books To Read Before Your Head Explodes, ONLY FORWARD is a novel you’ll never forget.
Critical Praise
‘A major work indeed’
TODAY
‘Smith delivers that rarest of commodities: a genuinely new twist with a punchline of Crying Game proportions’
TIME OUT
‘No one writes better than Smith about love…No one writes better about being wasted … Nigh-on unique.’ i-D —
CBP - Zen and the Art of Writing
May
Zen and the Art of Writing
Ray Bradbury
9780008136512
PB
£13.99
Here are practical tips on the art of writing from a master of the craft-everything from finding original ideas to developing your own voice and style-as well as the inside story of Bradbury’s own remarkable career as a prolific author of novels, stories, poems, films, and plays.
ZEN IN THE ART OF WRITING is more than just a how-to manual for the would-be writer: it is a celebration of the act of writing itself that will delight, impassion, and inspire the writer in you. In it, Bradbury encourages us to follow the unique path of our instincts and enthusiasms to the place where our inner genius dwells, and he shows that success as a writer depends on how well you know one subject: your own life.
‘It is impossible not to admire the vigour of his prose, similes and metaphors constantly cascading from his imagination’ Spectator
‘Bradbury is an authentic original’ Time Magazine
‘No other writer uses language with greater originality and zest. he seems to be a American Dylan Thomas – with discipline’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Let us now praise Ray Bradbury, the uncrowned poet laureate of science fiction.’ The Times
CBP - The Law of Nines
May
THE LAW OF NINES
Terry Goodkind
9780007303670
PB
£8.99
The #1 New York Times bestselling author delivers a stunningly original , high-octane thriller.
‘Your mother was twenty-seven when it came to her. Now you’re twenty-seven, and it’s come to you.’
The skin of Alex’s arms tingled with goosebumps. By her twenty-seventh birthday insanity had come to his mother …
Turning twenty-seven may be terrifying for some, but for Alex, a struggling artist living in the mid-western United States, it’s cataclysmic. Inheriting a huge expanse of land should have made him a rich and happy man; but something about this birthday, his name, and the beautiful woman whose life he just saved, has suddenly made him – and everyone he loves – into a target. A target for extreme and uncompromising violence…
Where do you turn when your own reflection spells doom?
In Alex, Terry Goodkind, the NEW YORK TIMES #1 bestselling author, brings to life a modern hero in a whole new kind of stunningly original, high-octane, page-turning thriller.
CBP Jun- Terry Newman
Jun
Detective Strongoak and the Case of the Dead Elf
Terry Newman
9780008120665
PB
£13.99
Private eye Nicely Strongoak is your average detective-for-hire, if your average detective is a dwarf with a Napoleon complex. In a city filled with drug-taking gnomes, goblins packing heat and a serious case of missing-persons, Strongoak might just be what’s needed.
But things are about to turn sour. When on the trail of the vanished surfer, Perry Goodfellow, Nicely receives a sharp blow to the head, is burgled by goblins and awakes in a narcotic-induced haze on the floor of a steamwagon with an extremely deceased elf, who just happens to have Nicely’s axe wedged in his head.
Nicely must enter the murky world of government politics if he is going to crack his toughest case yet. He’ll have to find Perry, uncover who the dead elf is and leave no cobblestone unturned…
CBP - Jun - The Liar's Key
Jun
The Liars Key
Mark Lawrence
9780007531578
HB
£14.99
Red Queen’s War
2
The eyes of the mighty are on the North. Loki’s key has been found and lies in the hands of a feckless prince and a broken warrior.
Winter has locked Prince Jalan Kendeth far from the luxury of his southern palace. The North may be home to Viking Snorri ver Snagason but he is just as eager to leave. However, even men who hold a key that can open any door must wait for the thaw.
As the ice unlocks its jaws the Dead King moves to claim what was so nearly his. But there are other players in this game, other hands reaching for Loki’s key.
Jalan wants only to return to the wine and women of the south, but Snorri has a different and terrifying goal. The warrior aims to find the very door into death and throw it wide. Snorri ver Snagason will challenge all of Hell if that’s what it takes to bring his wife and children back into the living world. He has found the key – now all he needs is to find the door.
But pawns are played to sacrifice and the Red Queen set both these men upon her board. How many moves ahead has the Silent Sister seen? How far will they get before their part in the game is over?
‘There are special rewards in store here for readers of the Broken Empire series. Highly recommended’ ROBIN HOBB
‘Marks an unbroken and steady ascent to the top of my favourite-fantasy pile. Lawrence gets better with each book he writes’ MYKE COLE
‘Reminds me of when I first discovered Gemmell and Hobb and I can’t wait for the next instalment’ DAVID CHADWICK
‘The brisk adventure and black magic will leave readers eager for the next chapter in the series’ Publisher’s Weekly
See Prince of Fools above for further reviews of Mark Lawrence’s work and information on the author
CPP - Jun - An Ember in the Ashes
Jun
An Ember in the Ashes
Sabaa Tahir
9780007593262
HB
£12.99
Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.
Elias is the academy’s finest soldier— and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to decide the next Martial emperor.
When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.
Vow your blood and body to the empire.
Keep your heart for yourself.
 ‘With AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, Sabaa Tahir shows us light in darkness, hope in a world of despair, and the human spirit reaching for greatness in difficult times.’ Brandon Sanderson, #1 New York Times bestselling author
‘A heart-pounding story of love and loss, with the most original world-building I’ve read all year. Deeply felt and deeply moving, I could not put it down’ Margaret Stohl, New York Times bestselling author of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES
‘This electric debut is a pulse-pounding, action-packed Romeo and Juliet story in a richly imagined world with a great twist and heroic characters you’ll root for and won’t stop thinking about’ Melissa de la Cruz, New York Times bestselling author of FROZEN and THE RING AND THE CROWN
‘AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is a spectacular page turner that asks readers to consider how far they’d go to save the ones they love. Sabaa Tahir is the next superstar in young adult fiction and her debut is as cinematic as Gladiator and as high-stakes as Game of Thrones’ Holly Goldberg Sloan, New York Times bestselling author of COUNTING BY 7S and I’LL BE THERE —