Tor Books – Publishing Jul-Dec 15!

CPP - Tor Here’s an (edited) look at what Tor Books 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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* Pub Author ISBN Bind RRP Series Vol
CBP - Ruin - JG
RUIN
Jul
John Gwynne
9781447259626
HB
£18.99
Faithful & the Fallen
3
The Banished Lands are engulfed in war and chaos. The cunning Queen Rhin has conquered the west and High King Nathair has the cauldron, most powerful of the seven treasures. At his back stands the scheming Calidus and a warband of the Kadoshim, dread demons of the Otherworld. They plan to bring Asroth and his host of the Fallen into the world of flesh, but to do so they need the seven treasures. Nathair has been deceived but now he knows the truth. He has choices to make; choices that will determine the fate of the Banished Lands.
Elsewhere the flame of resistance is growing – Queen Edana finds allies in the swamps of Ardan. Maquin is loose in Tenebral, hunted by Lykos and his corsairs. Here he will witness the birth of a rebellion in Nathair’s own realm.
Corban has been swept along by the tide of war. He has suffered, lost loved ones, sought only safety from the darkness. But he will run no more. He has seen the face of evil and he has set his will to fight it. The question is, how? With a disparate band gathered about him – his family, friends, giants, fanatical warriors, an angel and a talking crow – he begins the journey to Drassil, the fabled fortress hidden deep in the heart of Forn Forest. For in Drassil lies the spear of Skald, one of the seven treasures, and here it is prophesied that the Bright Star will stand against the Black Sun.
CB - To - Jul - Under Ground
UNDER GROUND
Jul
S. L. Grey
9781447266488
HB
£12.99
   
THEY’RE TRAPPED FIFTY FEET DOWN… AND SOMEONE WANTS THEM SIX FEET UNDER
The sanctum is a luxurious, self-sustaining survival condominium situated underground in rural Maine. It’s a plush bolt-hole for the rich and paranoid – a place where they can wait out the apocalypse in style. When a devastating super-flu virus hits the States, several families race to reach The Sanctum. All have their own motivations for entering. All are hiding secrets.
But when the door locks and someone dies, they realize the greatest threat to their survival may not be above ground – it may already be inside . . .
CBP - Jun - Three Moments of an Explosion
THREE MOMENTS OF AN EXPLOSION
Jul
China Mieville
9780230770171
HB
£18.99
   
A highly anticipated collection of short fiction listed in the Guardian’s ‘Essential Literary Calendar’ for 2015 from one of the most exciting and original authors writing today.
The multi-award-winning China Miéville has been called ‘the equal of David Mitchell or Zadie Smith’ (Scotland on Sunday), whose ‘inventiveness and precision is awesome’ (Independent), and who writes with ‘an imagination of immense power’ (Guardian). In this extraordinary series of stories, defying definitions and literary stereotyping, he once again proves why he ‘is one of the most interesting and promising writers to appear in the last few years in any genre’ (Carlos Ruiz Zafon).
In these stories, glistening icebergs float above urban horizons; a burning stag runs wild through the city; the ruins of industry emerge unsteadily from the sea; and the abandoned generations in a decayed space-elevator look not up at the stars but down at the Earth. Ranging from portraits of childhood to chilling ghost stories, from dystopian visions to poignant evocations of uncanny love, with beautiful prose and melancholy wit, this breath-taking collection poses searching questions of what it is to be human in an unquiet world. It is a humane and unsentimental investigation of our society, our world, and ourselves.
CB - Tor - Jul - The End of All Things
THE END OF ALL THINGS
Aug
John Scalzi
9781447290490
TPB
£13.99
The Old Man’s War
6
OUR FATE IS IN THEIR HANDS…
The Colonial Union’s Defence Force was formed to save humanity when aggressive alien species targeted our worlds. Now Lieutenant Harry Wilson has an urgent new mission, as a hostile universe becomes ever more dangerous. He must investigate a sinister group, which lurks in the darkness of space playing different factions against one another. They’ll target both humans and aliens, and their motives are unfathomable.
The Defence Force itself is weakening as its soldiers fall – without recruits to replace them. Relations with Earth have broken down and it will send no more troops, even as human colonies become increasingly vulnerable to alien attack. Lieutenant Wilson and Colonial Union diplomats must race to keep the peace, seek reconciliation with an enraged Earth, and maintain humanity’s unity at all costs.
If they don’t, it will mean oblivion, extinction and the end of all things.
Tor are also reissuing John Scalzi’s earlier volumes in the series at the end of the year (see bottom of page); you can also find his standalone title ‘Lock In’ on our Gollancz publishing Jul-Dec 15 page here…
CB - To - Aug - Lost Souls
LOST SOULS
Aug
Seth Patrick
9781447213413
PB
£7.99
Reviver Trilogy
2
JONAH MILLER, REVIVER. Able to wake the recently dead for testimony that is accepted in courts worldwide, the use of revivers has long been a routine part of police investigation. But now those who consider it blasphemy are in resurgence – well-funded and gaining ground, they threaten the work of Jonah and his colleagues in the Forensic Revival Service.
Jonah is still recovering from the injuries received after unearthing the existence of a creature bent on terrible destruction, a creature defeated at the cost of many lives. Then the discovery of a bizarrely mutilated corpse makes Jonah suspect that the victory was not as complete as it seemed, and that not all the evil was destroyed.
For in the darkness, shadows are waiting. And they are hungry . . .
CB - Tor - Aug - Crystal Kingdom
CRYSTAL KINGDOM
Aug
Amanda Hocking
9781447256892
PB
£7.99
Kanin Chronicles
1
In this stunning series of love, loss and the need to belong, Amanda Hocking returns to the world of her bestselling Trylle trilogy with the heart-stopping Crystal Kingdom.
With help from the Trylle clan, Bryn tries to clear her name and discover who was really responsible for the Kanin King’s murder.
Then, while she’s still trying to make sense of it all, Ridley tracks her down while she’s on the run for a crime she didn’t commit. He refuses to abandon her, so she finally decides that she wants to be with him. Together, they return to the Kanin capital and rally other trackers and the King’s Guard to defend their kingdom from the villain within. But in the process, Bryn learns a startling truth about her former enemy. Brynn’s loyalty is still to her kingdom, but will she be rewarded with a place in the royal guard – and who will ultimately win her heart?
CB - To - Aug - The Providence of Fire
THE PROVIDENCE OF FIRE
Aug
Brian Staveley
9781447235811
PB
£8.99
Chronicles of the Unhewn
2
War is coming, secrets multiply and betrayal waits in the wings…
The Empire’s ruling family must be vigilant, as the conspiracy against them deepens. Having discovered her father’s assassin, Adare flees the Dawn Palace in search of allies. But few trust her, until she seems marked by the people’s goddess in an ordeal of flame.
As Adare struggles to unite Annur, unrest breeds rival armies – then barbarian hordes threaten to invade. And unknown to Adare, her brother Valyn has fallen in with forces mustering at the empire’s borders. The terrible choices facing each of them could make war between them inevitable.
Fighting his own battles is their brother Kaden, rightful heir to the throne, who has infiltrated the Annurian capital with two strange companions. While imperial forces prepare to defend a far distant front, Kaden’s actions could save the empire, or destroy it.
Book One, The Emperor’s Blades, was on the list of BuzzFeed.com’s most-anticipated SF/F reads for 2014 and also on the Fantasy Faction blog for most anticipated fantasy for 2014.
Oct - Abyss beyond Dreams
THE ABYSS BEYOND DREAMS
Aug
Peter F. Hamilton
9781447290971
PB
£8.99
Chronicle of the Fallers
1
Set in the same universe as his popular Commenwealth Saga and Void Trilogy, Peter F. Hamilton’s The Abyss Beyond Dreams is the gripping first volume of the Chronicle of the Fallers.
To save their civilization he must destroy it…
When images of a lost civilization are ‘dreamed’ by a self-proclaimed prophet of the age, Nigel Sheldon, inventor of wormhole technology and creator of the Commonwealth society, is asked to investigate. Especially as the dreams seem to be coming from the Void – a mysterious area of living space monitored and controlled because of its hugely destructive capabilities. With it being the greatest threat to the known universe, Nigel is committed to finding out what really lies within the Void and if there’s any truth to the visions they’ve received. Does human life really exist inside its boundary?
But when Nigel crash lands inside the Void, on a planet he didn’t even know existed, he finds far more than he expected. Bienvenido: a world populated by the ancestors of survivors from Commonwealth colony ships that disappeared centuries ago. Since then they’ve been fighting an increasingly desperate battle against the Fallers, a space-born predator artificially evolved to conquer worlds. Their sole purpose is to commit genocide against every species they encounter. With their powerful telepathic lure – that tempts any who stray across their path to a slow and painful death – they are by far the greatest threat to humanity’s continued existence on this planet.
But Nigel soon realizes that the Fallers also hold the key to something he’d never hoped to find – the destruction of the Void itself. If only he can survive long enough to work out how to use it . . .
CB - To - Sep - Sorcerer to the Crown
SORCERER TO THE CROWN
Sep
Zen Cho
9781447299455
HB
£16.99
   
THE FATE OF ENGLISH MAGIC LIES IN THEIR HANDS…
In Regency London, Zacharias Wythe is England’s first African Sorcerer Royal. He leads the eminent Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers, but a malicious faction seeks to remove him by fair means or foul.
Meanwhile, the Society is failing its vital duty – to keep stable the levels of magic within His Majesty’s lands. The Fairy Court is blocking its supply, straining England’s dangerously declining magical stores. And now the government is demanding to use this scarce resource in its war with France.
Ambitious orphan Prunella Gentleman is desperate to escape the school where she’s drudged all her life, and a visit by the beleaguered Sorcerer Royal seems the perfect opportunity. For Prunella has just stumbled upon English magic’s greatest discovery in centuries – and she intends to make the most of it. At his wits’ end, the last thing Zachariah needs is a female magical prodigy! But together, they might just change the nature of sorcery, in Britain and beyond.
CB - To - Sep - Endsinger
ENDSINGER
Sep
Jay Kristoff
9781447200512
PB
£8.99
The Lotus War Trilogy
3
The final novel in the Lotus War Trilogy, following Stormdancer and Kinslayer.
A TREMBLING EARTH The flames of civil war sweep across the Shima Imperium. Blood turns against blood as the Dragon and Fox clans compete for the empty throne. With their plans to renew the Kazumitsu dynasty foiled, the Lotus Guild unleash their deadliest creation – a mechanical goliath known as the Earthcrusher, intended to force the shattered Empire under a yoke of fear. With the Tiger Clan and their puppet Daimyo Hiro in tow, the Guild marches toward a battle for absolute dominion over the Isles.
A BROKEN REBELLION
Yukiko and Buruu are forced to take leadership of the Kagé rebellion, gathering new allies and old friends in an effort to unite the country against the chi-mongers. But the ghosts of Buruu’s past stand between them and the army they need, and Kin’s betrayal has destroyed all trust among their allies. When a new foe joins the war tearing the Imperium apart, it will be all the pair can do to muster the strength to fight, let alone win.
A FINAL BATTLE
The traitor Kin walks the halls of Guild power, his destiny only a bloody knife-stroke away. Hana and Yoshi struggle to find their place in a world now looking to them as heroes. Secret cabals within the Lotus Guild claw and struggle; one toward darkness, the other toward light. And as the earth splits asunder, as armies destroy each other for rule over an empire of lifeless ash and the final secret about blood lotus is revealed, the people of Shima will learn one last, horrifying truth.
There is nothing a mother will not do to keep her children by her side.
An exciting, vivid conclusion to a critically acclaimed series, Endsinger is sure to have fans racing through the pages to savor every last revelation.
CB - To - Sep - The Traitor
THE TRAITOR
Sep
Seth Dickinson
9781447281139
HB
£12.99
   
Baru Cormorant believes any price is worth paying to liberate her people – even her soul.
When the Empire of Masks conquers her island home, criminalizes her customs, and murders one of her Fathers, Baru vows to hide her hate, join the Empire’s civil service, and claw her way up enough rungs of power to put a stop to the Emperor’s influence and set her people free.
As a natural savant, she is sent as an imperial agent to distant Aurdwynn – a post she worries will never get her the position and power she craves. But Baru soon discovers Aurdwynn is a complex and secretive country, seemingly on the brink of rebellion. All it would need is a match to the tinder…
Drawn by the intriguing duchess Tain Hu into a circle of seditious aristocrats, Baru may be able to use her position to stoke a revolution that will threaten to bring the Empire to its knees.
As Baru maintains a precarious balance between the rebels and a shadowy cabal within the Empire, she orchestrates a do-or-die gambit with Aurdwynn’s freedom as the prize. But winning the long game of saving her own people may be far more costly than Baru imagines.
Jan - asher-1-978023075072201
DARK INTELLIGENCE
Sep
Neal Asher
9780330524551
PB
£8.99
Transformation
1
One man transcends death for vengeance. One woman transforms herself for power. And no one will emerge unscathed…
Thorvald Spear wakes in hospital, having been brought back from the dead. He died in a human vs. alien war that ended a century ago.
Spear had been trapped on a planet, surrounded by alien Prador forces, when he spotted a rescue ship. Yet he and his entire squad were killed by the ship’s Artificial Intelligence, Penny Royal, which turned rogue. Now, reliving these traumatic final moments, Spear finds the drive to keep on living. That drive is vengeance.
The AI still roams free and Spear vows to destroy it, planning to exploit another of its victims in his quest. But crime-lord Isobel Satomi has been modified by Penny Royal, turning her into something far from human. And as she evolves into the ultimate predator, will she turn Spear from hunter to hunted?
This is the first volume in a no-holds-barred adventure set in Asher’s popular Polity universe.”
CB - To - Oct - The Masked City
THE MASKED CITY
Oct
Genevieve Cogman
9781447256250
PB
£7.99
   
This is a wonderful read for all those who enjoyed Mr Penumbra’s 24 hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, Jasper Fford’s The Eyre Affair or Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London.
Librarian-spy Irene is working undercover in an alternative London when her assistant Kai goes missing. She discovers he’s been kidnapped by the fae faction and the repercussions could be fatal. Not just for Kai, but for whole worlds.
Kai’s dragon heritage means he has powerful allies, but also powerful enemies in the form of the fae. With this act of aggression, the fae are determined to trigger a war between their people – and the forces of order and chaos themselves.
Irene’s mission to save Kai and avert Armageddon will take her to a dark, alternate Venice where it’s always Carnival. Here Irene will be forced to blackmail, fast talk, and fight. Or face death.
CBP - GoD
GUNS OF THE DAWN
Nov
Adrian Tchaikovsky
9781447234562
PB
£8.99
   
Denland and Lascanne have been allies for generations, but now the Denlanders have assassinated their king, overthrown the monarchy and marched on their northern neighbour. At the border, the war rages; Lascanne’s brave redcoats against the revolutionaries of Denland.
Emily Marshwic has watched the war take her brother-in-law and now her young brother. Then comes the call for more soldiers, to a land already drained of husbands, fathers and sons. Every household must give up one woman to the army and Emily has no choice but to join the ranks of young women marching to the front.
In the midst of warfare, with just enough training to hold a musket, Emily comes face to face with the reality: the senseless slaughter; the weary cynicism of the Survivor’s Club; the swamp’s own natives hiding from the conflict.
As the war worsens, and Emily begins to have doubts about the justice of Lascanne’s cause, she finds herself in a position where her choices will make or destroy both her own future and that of her nation.
A standalone, action-packed historical adventure from the esteemed author of the Shadows of the Apt series.
CB - To - Dec - House of Shadows
HOUSE OF SHADOWS
Dec
Pamela Hartshorne
9781447249603
TPB
£13.99
   
Details to come…
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THIS CENSUS TAKER
Dec
China Mieville
9781509812141
HB
£12.99
   
Details to come (though we already know we’ll be reading it ;))…

 

Reissues of John Scalzi’s The Old Man’s War:

Nov
Old Man’s War
John Scalzi
9781447295372
PB
£8.99
Nov
The Ghost Brigades
John Scalzi
9781447295389
PB
£8.99
Dec
The Last Colony
John Scalzi
9781447295402
PB
£8.99
Dec
Zoe’s Tale
John Scalzi
9781447295358
PB
£8.99

 

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