Orbit – Publishing Jul-Dec 15!

Logo Orbit Here’s an (edited) look at what Orbit have coming for you over the period July to December 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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CB - Or - Jul - Queen of Fire
QUEEN OF FIRE
Jul
Anthony Ryan
9780356502496
HB
£20.00
Raven’s Shadow
 
The spectacular conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Raven’s Shadow series, which began with the critically acclaimed Blood Song
EMPIRES WILL FALL
Queen Lyrna has survived the bloody siege of Alltor. Now she must rally her troops and take back the capital from the Volarian invaders. But driving her hated enemy out of the Realm will not satisfy her lust for vengeance – she wants to pursue them across the ocean and burn their empire to ashes. To do so, she must place her faith in the Seventh Order: men and women who wield terrible powers, born of the Dark itself.
Vaelin Al Sorna would sacrifice his life for his queen – and may yet have to. Only by unmasking the Volarians’ mysterious Ally can the tide of war be turned. To this end, Vaelin must travel deep into the icebound north, in search of a man who cannot die – and he must do it without the aid of his blood song, which has fallen ominously silent . . .
Queen of Fire is the epic conclusion to the acclaimed Raven’s Shadow series, by New York Times bestselling author Anthony Ryan.
CB - Or - Jul - Tracer
TRACER
Jul
Rob Boffard
9780356505138
PB
£7.99
 
 
Imagine The Bourne Identity meets Gravity and you’ll get TRACER, the most exciting action thriller set in space you’ll ever read – guaranteed to leave your heart pounding and your mind racing.
Sarah Lotz, author of The Three calls it “fast, exhilarating and unforgettable”.
“Imagine The Bourne Identity meets Gravity and you’ll get TRACER, the most exciting action thriller set in space you’ll ever read – guaranteed to leave your heart pounding and your mind racing.
A huge space station orbits the Earth, holding the last of humanity. It’s broken, rusted, falling apart. We’ve wrecked our planet, and now we have to live with the consequences: a new home that’s dirty, overcrowded and inescapable.
What’s more, there’s a madman hiding on the station. He’s about to unleash chaos. And when he does, there’ll be nowhere left to run.
In space, every second counts. Who said nobody could hear you scream?
 ‘A stunning debut that never lets up, from the nerve-jangling beginning to the explosive end’ James Douglas, author of The Doomsday Machine
‘TRACER sets a new standard for all-action SF’ Ken MacLeod”
 CPP - CS - The Annihilation Score
THE ANNIHILATION SCORE
Jul
Charles Stross
9780356505312
HB
£16.99
The Laundry Files
 
In this science fiction spy thriller by Hugo Award winning writer Charles Stross, the Laundry – the British secret agency that fights supernatural threats – must team up with the police force, with one unfortunate secret agent caught in the middle.
NOBODY DOES IT BETTER . . .
Dr Mo O’Brien is an intelligence agent at the top secret government agency known as ‘the Laundry’. When occult powers threaten the realm, they’ll be there to clean up the mess and deal with the witnesses.
But the Laundry is recovering from a devastating attack and when average citizens all over the country start to develop supernatural powers, the police are called in to help. Mo is appointed as official police liaison, but in between dealing with police bureaucracy, superpowered members of the public and disgruntled politicians, Mo discovers to her horror that she can no longer rely on her marriage, nor on the weapon that has been at her side for eight years of undercover work, the possessed violin known as ‘Lecter’.
If this wasn’t bad enough, a mysterious figure known as Dr Freudstein is committing heists and sending increasingly threatening messages to the police. Who is Freudstein and what is he planning?
CB - Or - Jul - Speak
SPEAK
Jul
Louisa Hall
9780356506074
TPB
£13.99
 
 
For fans of David Mitchell and Margaret Atwood comes this poignant novel examining the story and ethics of artificial intelligence, a tale that spans our past and future, which will make readers everywhere question what it really means to be human. Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven, calls Speak the ‘rarest of finds’.
She cannot run. She cannot walk. She cannot even blink. As her batteries run down for the final time, all she can do is speak. Will you listen?
Speak is the story of artificial intelligence and of those who loved it, hated it and created it. Spanning geography and time, the novel takes us from Alan Turing’s conviction in the 1950s to a Silicon Valley Wunderkind imprisoned in 2040 for creating illegally lifelike dolls. From a pilgrim girl writing her diary to a traumatised young girl exchanging messages with a software program, all these lives have shaped and changed a single artificial intelligence – MARY3.
In Speak, she tells you their story, and her own. It the last story she will ever tell, spoken both in celebration and also warning – a warning against creating and abandoning beings with the ability to feel as deeply as we do.
When machines learn to speak, who decides what it means to be human?
CB - Or - Jul - Aurora
AURORA
Jul
Kim Stanley Robinson
9780356500461
HB
£18.99
 
 
A major new novel from one of SF’s most powerful voices, telling the incredible story of mankind’s first voyage beyond the solar system in search of a new home
Our voyage from Earth began generations ago.
Now, we approach our destination.
A new home.
Aurora.
Brilliantly imagined and beautifully told, Aurora is the work of a writer at the height of his powers.
CB - Or - Jul - The Good The Bad and the Smug
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE SMUG
Jul
Tom Holt
9780356502557
PB
£8.99
 
 
A witty fantasy novel of good, evil and everything inbetween, from one of Britain’s best-loved comic writers – perfect for fans of Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams
New Evil.
Same as the Old Evil, but with better PR.
Mordak isn’t bad, as far as goblin kings go, but when someone, or something, starts pumping gold into the human kingdoms it puts his rule into serious jeopardy. Suddenly he’s locked in an arms race with a species whose arms he once considered merely part of a calorie-controlled diet.
Helped by an elf with a background in journalism and a masters degree in being really pleased with herself, Mordak sets out to discover what on earth (if indeed, that’s where he is) is going on. He knows that the truth is out there. If only he could remember where he put it.
CBP - Aug - Veiled
VEILED
Aug
Benedict Jacka
9780356504377
PB
£8.99
Alex Verus
6
The latest novel in this compelling urban fantasy series featuring Alex Verus, the Camden-based mage who just can’t stay out of trouble despite his ability to see the future. Perfect for fans of Jim Butcher or Ben Aaronovitch
REBEL NO MORE
Alex Verus is a mage who can see the future, but even he didn’t see this day coming. He’s agreed to join the Keepers, the magical police force, to protect his friends from his old master, the Dark Mage Richard Drakh.
Going legit was always going to be difficult for an outcast like Alex, and there are some Keepers who aren’t keen to see an ex-Dark mage succeed. Especially when Dark mages are making a play for a seat on the council, for the first time in history.
Alex finally has the law on his side — but trapped between Light and Dark politics, investigating a seedy underworld with ties to the highest of powers, will a badge be enough to save him?
CB - Or - Aug - The Broken Eye
THE BROKEN EYE
Aug
Brent Weeks
9781841499116
PB
£9.99
Lightbringer
3
The third explosive novel in the New York Times bestselling Lightbringer series.
As the old gods awaken and satrapies splinter, the Chromeria races to find the only man who might still end a civil war before it engulfs the known world. But Gavin Guile has been captured by an old enemy and enslaved on a pirate galley. Worse still, Gavin has lost more than his powers as Prism – he can’t use magic at all.
Without the protection of his father, Kip Guile will face a master of shadows as his grandfather moves to choose a new Prism and put himself in power. With Teia and Karris, Kip will have to use all his wits to survive a secret war between noble houses, religious factions, rebels and an ascendant order of hidden assassins called The Broken Eye.
With over two million books in print, Brent Weeks has become one of the fastest selling new fantasy authors of all time.
CBP - Aug - The Paradox
THE PARADOX
Aug
Charlie Fletcher
9780356502854
HB
£16.99
 
 
The Paradox is a gothic fantasy adventure that will appeal to fans of Neil Gaiman, A Discovery of Witches and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, from the author of The Oversight
SOMETIMES YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR – SOMETIMES IT LOOKS BACK.
Those who belong to the secret society called The Oversight know many things. They know cold iron will hold back the beasts in the darkness. They know it is dangerous to stand between two mirrors. And they know that, despite their dwindling numbers, it remains their duty to protect humanity from the predations of the supernatural.  And vice versa.
But two of the society’s strongest members, Mr Sharp and Sara Falk, are trapped in the world between the mirrors, looking for each other, searching for a way back home. What they discover there will have ominous consequences both for The Oversight and the world it protects, effects that will make them question everything they thought they knew.
The dark waters rise. The candle is guttering. But the light still remains. For now…
CB - Or - Aug - Touch PB
TOUCH
Aug
Claire North
9780356504568
PB
£7.99
 
 
The electrifying new thriller from the ingenious voice that brought you THE FIRST FIFTEEN LIVES OF HARRY AUGUST
He tried to take my life. Instead I took his.
It was a long time ago. I remember it was dark, and I didn’t see my killer until it was too late. As I died, my hand touched his. That’s when the first switch took place.
Suddenly, I was looking through the eyes of my killer, and I was watching myself die.
Now switching is easy. I can jump from body to body, have any life, be anyone.
Some people touch lives. Others take them. I do both.
CB - Or - Sep - Reign of Iron
REIGN OF IRON
Sep
Angus Watson
9780356502601
PB
£8.99
 
3
Bloodthirsty druids and battle-hardened Iron Age warriors collide in the third volume of this action-packed historical fantasy trilogy which will appeal to fans of Joe Abercrombie and HBO’s Game of Thrones
WARRIOR QUEENS AND ROMAN INVADERS DO BATTLE IN THE FINAL VOLUME OF THIS THRILLING EPIC FANTASY TRILOGY.
Caesar’s soldiers have murdered, massacred and pillaged their way through Gaul and loom on the far side of the sea, ready to descend upon Britain – with them are an unstoppable legion of men twisted by dark magic. Somehow Queen Lowa must repel the invasion, although her best general is dead and her young druid powerless. She faces impossible odds, but when the alternative is death or slavery, a warrior queen will do whatever it takes to save her people.
EVERY EMPIRE HAS ITS DOWNFALL.
CBP - Apr - A Crown for Cold Silver
A CROWN FOR COLD SILVER
Sep
Alex Marshall
9780356502830
PB
£8.99
 
 
Action-packed epic fantasy from a bold new voice in the genre – a retired warrior returns to battle to seek revenge for a terrible blow, old friends and old enemies will pay the price. Now in paperback
Cold Cobalt, the Banshee with a Blade, First Among Villains . . . Queen Zosia
When there were no more titles to win and no more worlds to conquer, the warrior queen Zosia faked her demise and gave up her legend to history. But when violence finds its way to her door years later, she must round up her adventuring companions – each surprised to see her alive – and set out for revenge.
Time has not been kind to her old comrades, and some have only their own goals in mind. Not only that, but there’s a young, beautiful and skilled general out there, gathering soldiers to her banner for a war against the deadliest of enemies. The girl is using a legend she did not earn, and calling herself by a name that was never hers – that of Zosia herself.
CB - Or - Sep - Battlemage
BATTLEMAGE
Sep
Stephen Aryan
9780356504803
PB
£8.99
 
 
An action-packed and magic-fuelled fantasy novel from a British debut author, Stephen Aryan’s Battlemage features mages fighting an empire-spanning war for a homeland that fears and despises them
I can command storms, summon fire and unmake stone. Animals have nothing interesting to say and no one can see the future, because it has not been written,’ growled Balfruss. ‘It’s dangerous to meddle with things you don’t understand.’
Balfruss is a battlemage, one of a vanishing breed, sworn to fight and die for a country that fears and despises him.
Vargus is a common soldier – while mages shoot lightning from the walls of his city, he’s down in the front lines getting blood on his blade.
Talandra is a princess and spymaster, but the war will force her to take up a greater responsibility, and make the greatest sacrifice of all.
Known for their unpredictable, dangerous power, society has left battlemages untrained and shunned. But when a force unlike anything ever imagined attacks their home, the few remaining magic users must go to war – to save those who fear them most, and herald in a new age of peace, built upon the corpses of their enemies.
CB - Or - Sep - The Aeronaut's Windlass
THE AERONAUT’S WINDLASS
Sep
Jim Butcher
9780356503653
HB
£18.99
The Cinder Spires
1
Jim Butcher, the #1 New York Times and #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files, conjures up a new series set in a fantastic world of noble families, steam-powered technology, and magic-wielding warriors…
Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace.
Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion-to join a team of agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory.
And even as Grimm undertakes this dangerous task, he will learn that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake.
CB - Or - Oct - Ancillary Mercy
ANCILLARY MERCY
Oct
Ann Leckie
9780356502427
PB
£8.99
The Radch Trilogy
3
Ancillary Mercy is the thrilling final volume in Ann Leckie’s space opera trilogy which began with the only novel to ever win all three of science fiction’s biggest awards: the Hugo, Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke winner Ancillary Justice.
The stunning conclusion to the trilogy that began with the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke award-winning Ancillary Justice.
For just a moment, things seem to be under control for the soldier known as Breq. Then a search of Atheok Station’s slums turns up someone who shouldn’t exist – someone who might be a refugee from a ship that’s been hiding beyond the empire’s reach for three thousand years. In the meantime a messenger from the alien and mysterious Presger empire arrives, as does Breq’s enemy, the divided and quite possibly insane Anaander Mianaai – ruler of an empire that’s at war with itself.
Anaander is heavily armed and extremely unhappy with Breq. She could take her ship and crew and flee, but that would leave everyone at Athoek in terrible danger.
Breq has a desperate plan. The odds aren’t good, but that’s never stopped her before.
CB - Or - Oct - Swords and Scoundrels
SWORDS AND SCOUNDRELS
Oct
Julia Knight
9780356504070
PB
£8.99
The Duellist’s Trilogy
1
The first book in the Duellist’s trilogy – a fast-paced adventure from one of the most exciting new British talents in fantasy
Gold is for fools, and dying is for amateurs . . .
Vocho and Kacha are champion duellists: a brother and sister known for the finest swordplay in the city of Reyes. Or at least they used to be – until they were thrown out of the Duellist’s Guild.
Now all that’s left to them is to become reluctant highwaymen. Well – it’s a living, and for Vocho it’s a way to win back some form of notoriety. But when they pick the wrong carriage to rob, their simple plans to win back fame and fortune go south fast.
After facing down three armed men and barely besting a powerful magician, Vocho and Kacha make off with an immense locked chest. Vocho is convinced it must be worth a fortune, perhaps enough to buy him and his sister back the lives he lost for them when he inadvertently killed a priest.
But the contents of the chest will bring them much more than they’ve bargained for – when they soon find themselves embroiled in a dangerous plot to return an angry king to power . . .
CB - Or - Nov - Legends and Liars
LEGENDS AND LIARS
Nov
Julia Knight
9780356504094
PB
£8.99
The Duellist’s Trilogy
2
The second book in the Duellist’s trilogy – a fast-paced adventure from one of the most exciting new British talents in fantasy
Vocho and Kacha are brother and sister, and between them they’ve got quite a reputation.  They were once known for the finest swordplay in the city of Reyes. The only problem is, ever since they were thrown out of the Duellist’s Guild for accidentally killing a man they were sworn to protect, it seems everyone wants them dead. Including a dark magician whose plans they recently scuppered…
Now Vocho and Kacha are in the midst of an uneasy truce, not sure whether to trust each other, or anyone else for that matter. What’s more, the sinister magician is rumoured to have returned. Now he knows who was behind the failure of his last plan, he’s determined to put a stop to Vocho and Kacha permanently.
And this time, the flash of steel may not be enough to save them.
CB - Ho - Dec - The Rising
THE RISING
Dec
Ian Tregillis
9780356502335
PB
£8.99
 
2
Following The Mechanical comes the second novel in this thrilling and heart-breaking new series about one individual’s struggle for freedom – perfect for fans of Paolo Bacigalupi, Ann Leckie and Neal Stephenson. It is a series poised to catapult Ian Tregillis into the company of the most exceptionally talented, award-worthy authors of the science fiction and fantasy genre. George R. R. Martin called Ian Tregillis “a major new talent.”
They called me Jax.
That was the name given by those who built and enslaved me. But a miracle has happened, and now my bonds are broken.
I must flee – because to be free is to be dangerous.
But I will not run forever.
Set in a world that might have been, of mechanical men and alchemical dreams, this is the second novel in a stunning new series by Ian Tregillis, confirming his place as one of the most original new voices in speculative fiction.
PRAISE FOR IAN TREGILLIS
‘A major new talent’ George R. R. Martin
‘Tremendous’ Cory Doctorow
‘Addictively brilliant’ i09
‘Exciting and intense’ Publishers Weekly
‘Eloquent and utterly compelling’ Kirkus”
CBP - Aug - The Paradox
THE PARADOX
Dec
Charlie Fletcher
9780356502885
PB
£9.99
 
 
The Paradox is a gothic fantasy adventure that will appeal to fans of Neil Gaiman, A Discovery of Witches and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, from the author of The Oversight
The last members of the secret society known as the Oversight still patrol the border between the natural and supernatural, holding a candle to the darkness. But the society’s new members are unproven, its veterans weary and battle-scarred. Their vulnerability brings new enemies to London, and surprising new allies from across the sea.
But most surprising of all are revelations about the Oversight’s past, secrets that will expose the true peril of the world in which their friends Sharp and Sara are trapped – the riddle of the Black Mirrors, and what lies beyond. And the catastrophic danger that will follow the duo home, if they ever manage to return.
The dark waters rise. The candle is guttering. But the light still remains. For now…
CB - Ho - Dec - Warlords and Wastrels
WARLORDS AND WASTRELS
Dec
Julia Knight
9780356504117
PB
£8.99
The Duellist’s Trilogy
3
The final book in the Duellist’s trilogy – a fast-paced adventure from one of the most exciting new British talents in fantasy
Vocho and Kacha may be known for the finest swordplay in the city of Reyes, but they’ve found themselves backed into a corner too often for their liking.
Finally reinstated into the Duellists guild for services rendered to the prelate, who has found himself back in charge, Vocho and Kacha are tasked with bring a prisoner to justice. But this prisoner is none other than Kacha’s old flame Egimont. The prelate wants him alive, and on their side. However the more they discover of Egimont and his dark dealings with the magician, the more Kacha’s loyalties are divided. Soon she must choose a side – the prelate or the king, her brother or her ex-lover.
The fate of Reyes is balanced on a knife-edge…

 

That’s not all from Orbit over the next 6 months, but with such a fabulous output as ever we’re having to be a little focused on the kind of books we’re about. But we couldn’t let the remainder go without a mention so here they are for your ref:

 

Jul
The Remaining: Extinction
D. J. Molles
9780356505909
PB
£9.99
Sep
Shifting Shadows
Patricia Briggs
9780356505077
PB
£8.99
Oct
Otherworld Secrets
Kelley Armstrong
9780356500676
PB
£8.99
Oct
Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel
Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
9780356504834
HB
£16.99
Oct
Wake of Vultures
Lila Bowen
9780356506562
PB
£8.99
Nov
Angel of Storms
Trudi Canavan
9780356501130
HB
£20.00
Nov
Black Wolves
Kate Elliott
9780356503202
PB
£8.99
Nov
The Wheel of Time Companion
Robert Jordan, Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, Maria Simons
9780356506135
HB
£25.00
Nov
Leviathan Wakes
James S. A. Corey
9780356506111
PB
£8.99
Nov
Skyborn
David Dalglish
9780356506494
PB
£8.99

 

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