Tor & Pan Macmillan – Publishing Jan-Jun 16!

CPP - Tor Here’s an (edited) look at what SFF Tor Books and parent Pan Macmillan have coming for you over the period January to June 2016! 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 - To - Jan - Truthwitch reduced
TRUTHWITCH
Jan
Susan Dennard
9781447282044
HB
£12.99
The Witchlands
1
The first in the Witchlands series, Truthwitch by Susan Dennard is a brilliantly imagined coming-of-age story perfect for fans of Robin Hobb, Sarah J. Maas and Trudi Canavan.
In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.
Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.
Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.
In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
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CB - To - Jan - Judged reduced
JUDGED
Jan
Liz De Jager
9781447247708
PB
£7.99
The Blackhart Legacy
2
Kit’s job description includes solving crimes – the supernatural kind…
Glow, a fae-created drug, is rapidly going viral and the suppliers have to be shut down. Teaming up with Aiden and Dante, Kit follows leads across London, tracking down dealers. They stir up trouble, making themselves a target for the gang they’re trying to stop.
In the Otherwhere, Thorn stumbles across a secret that could destroy both the human and Fae worlds. The Veil that separates our human world from the fae realms is weakening and the goddess is dying. And if she dies and the Veil fails, madness and chaos will wreak unstoppable havoc upon both lands.
Thorn turns to the only person he knows who’ll be able to help him: Kit. Torn between working the Glow case and her loyalty for the young prince, Kit is propelled headlong into a world of danger. She faces enemies from both the Otherwhere and our world. And as the stakes are raised, the consequence of failure for both Kit and Thorn, and two realms, could be devastating.
‘Enthralling and immersive, many fathoms deep . . . wonderful’ M. R. Carey on Banished (Book One)
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CB - To - Jan - The Human Division
THE HUMAN DIVISION
Jan
John Scalzi
9781447290476
PB
£7.99
The Old Man’s War series
THE UNITY OF THE HUMAN RACE IS AT STAKE
Lieutenant Harry Wilson has an impossible mission. He must help preserve the union of humanity’s colonies, in the wake of a terrible revelation.
For years the Colonial Union has protected its citizens from the dangerous universe around them. But the people of Earth now know the ugly truth. The Union deliberately kept Earth as an ignorant backwater – and as a source of recruits for its war against hostile aliens. Now, other alien races have formed a new alliance against the Union. And they’ve invited the incensed people of Earth to join them.
Managing the Colonial Union’s survival will take all the political cunning and finesse its diplomats can muster. And Harry and his team will be deployed to deal with the unexpected – for failure is unthinkable.
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CB - PM - Feb - The Tiger and the Wolf reduced
THE TIGER AND THE WOLF
Feb
Adrian Tchaikovsky
9780230770065
HB
£16.99
   
In the bleak northern crown of the world, war is coming
Maniye’s father is the Wolf clan’s chieftain, but she’s an outcast. Her mother was queen of the Tiger and these tribes have been enemies for generations. Maniye also hides a deadly secret. All can shift into their clan’s animal form, but Maniye can take on tiger and wolf shapes. She refuses to disown half her soul, so escapes, rescuing a prisoner of the Wolf clan in the process. The killer Broken Axe is set on their trail, to drag them back for retribution.
Maniye’s father plots to rule the north and controlling his daughter is crucial to his schemes. However, other tribes also prepare for strife. Strangers from the far south appear too, seeking allies in their own conflict. It’s a season for omens as priests foresee danger, and a darkness falling across the land. Some say a great war is coming, overshadowing even Wolf ambitions. A time of testing and broken laws is near, but what spark will set the world ablaze?
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CB - Feb - This Census Taker
THIS CENSUS-TAKER
Feb
China Mieville
9781509812141
HB
£12.99
   
In a remote house on a hilltop, a lonely boy witnesses a traumatic event. He tries – and fails – to flee. Left alone with his increasingly deranged parent, he dreams of safety, of joining the other children in the town below, of escape.
When at last a stranger knocks at his door, the boy senses that his days of isolation might be over.
But by what authority does this man keep the meticulous records he carries? What is the purpose behind his questions? Is he friend? Enemy? Or something else altogether?
Filled with beauty, terror and strangeness, This Census-Taker is a poignant and riveting exploration of memory and identity.
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CB - To - Mar - The Last Mortal Bond reduced
THE LAST MORTAL BOND
Mar
Brian Staveley
9780230770454
HB
£18.99
Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne
3
In a previous age, an ancient race attempted to purge the world of humanity. Now their agents have once more appeared within Annur’s borders – and it seems their masters want to finish what they started. But the true goals of their immortal general, Ran il Tornja, appear more nuanced and more terrifying than anyone imagined.
Meanwhile, humans with special abilities use their powers to influence the building conflict. And the Kettral, the empire’s hawk-riding stealth soldiers, are in disarray. Their last remaining fighters attempt to learn the fate of their shattered order, but their days of glory seem to be over. Most disturbingly of all, capricious gods walk the earth in human guise, with sinister agendas of their own.
Three imperial siblings lie at the heart of it all. The heir, Kaden; the courtier, Adare; and the Kettral rider, Valyn may not survive the horror that has been unleashed on their world. But if they do, their conflicting visions of the future may prove fatal.
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CB - To - Apr - Leviathan's Blood
LEVIATHAN’S BLOOD
Apr
Ben Peek
9781447251316
HB
£18.99
Children
2
The city of Mireea has been destroyed and its survivors seek shelter, refugees from a great war. Among them, Zaifyr and his companions arrive at the gates of Yeflam, seeking asylum. Zaifyr’s immortal status might gain them access – but will that be enough? And although they are weary indeed, they also face a bigger threat than lack of sanctuary. A new child god has entered the world, and she will do anything to destroy those who might threaten her power. Zaifyr warns Yeflam of the danger she poses. But it’s too late. Priests of the new god have entered the city.
Meanwhile, Ayae becomes enmeshed in Muriel Wagan’s machinations. Now known as Lady of the Ghosts, Muriel seeks leverage to protect her people. But anyone in her way will find politics are more dangerous than the sword. Then on the other side of the world, the saboteur Bueralan returns home. Around his neck he carries a terrible cargo: the soul of a dead man. He’s been set on a dark path by the child god and he must face the consequences. For they will change a whole world.”
With the seditionists in power, Caeli-Amur has begun a new age. Or has it? The escaped House officials no longer send food, and the city is starving.
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CB - Tor - Apr - The Stars Askew reduced
THE STARS ASKEW
Apr
Rjurik Davidson
9781447252429
PB
£8.99
Caeli-amur
2
When the moderate leader, Aceline, is murdered, the trail leads the philosopher-assassin Kata to a mysterious book that explains how to control the fabled Prism of Alerion. But when the last person to possess the book is found dead, it becomes clear that a conspiracy is afoot. At its centre is former House Officiate Armand, who has hidden the Prism. Armand is vying for control of the Directorate, the highest political position in the city, until he is betrayed and sent to a prison camp to mine deadly bloodstone.
Meanwhile, seditionist Maximilian is sharing his mind with another being: the joker-god Aya. Aya leads Max to the realm of the Elo-Talern to seek a power source to remove Aya from Max’s brain. But when Max and Aya return, they find the vigilants destroying the last remnants of House power.
It seems the seditionist’s hopes for a new age of peace and prosperity in Caeli-Amur have come to naught. The question now is not just whether Kata, Max and Armand can do anything to stop the bloody battle in the city, but whether they can escape with their lives.
NB. Now July 2016
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CB - Tor - Apr - Children of Time
CHILDREN OF TIME
Apr
Adrian Tchaikovsky
9781447273301
PB
£8.99
   
WHO WILL INHERIT THIS NEW EARTH? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age – a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has borne disastrous fruit. The planet is not waiting for them, pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind’s worst nightmare. Now two civilizations are on a collision course, both testing the boundaries of what they will do to survive. As the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, who are the true heirs of this new Earth?
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CB - To - May - War Factory reduced
WAR FACTORY
May
Neal Asher
9780230750746
HB
£18.99
Transformation
2
Thorvald Spear’s only goal was to get his revenge on the rogue artificial intelligence, Penny Royal. The AI apparently left him to die and killed thousands of his comrades in the process. But things aren’t as clear-cut as they seem. Can he truly rely on his own version of events? And has Penny Royal been meddling with his memories and his very identity?
The alien prador Sverl also has to find Penny Royal, to make some sense of his own transformation. Is he turning into the thing his kind most loath – a curious hybrid incorporating human and AI elements. Meanwhile, the prador Cvorn plans to use Sverl’s changing biology for his own ends. If he can prove that humanity’s Polity alliance meddled with a prador, using one of its artificial intelligences, it could mean war. And there is nothing Cvorn would like more than another chance to battle with the Polity – however high the cost.
As Spear and Sverl hunt Penny Royal, all roads seem to lead to a long-missing War Factory station. Penny Royal seems set on returning to the factory that produced its twisted intelligence. And the AI’s enemies will follow it to the bitter end. Their very sanity and a possible war, depend on it.
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CB - To - May - Heartland reduced
HEARTLAND
May
Lucy Hounsom
9781447268574
HB
£16.99
 
2
A tale of heroism, where lost powers will once more walk the earth. This will be perfect for fans of adventurous fantasy fiction who enjoy Trudi Canavan, David Eddings and Gail Z. Martin.
Kyndra has taken on the sunken citadel of Naris and won – for now. In its subterranean chambers, she faced its dangerous politics and a fanatical sect. And as she discovered more about herself than she ever believed possible, she almost lost her life. Now, she’s changed the rules for a whole world, but her greatest challenge is still to come.
NB. Now June 2016
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CB - Jun - The Emperor of the Eight Islands
EMPEROR OF THE EIGHT ISLANDS: THE TALE OF SHIKANOKO
Jun
Lian Hearn
9781509812479
HB
£12.99
   
An ambitious warrior leaves his nephew for dead and seizes his lands.
A stubborn father forces his younger son to give up his wife to his older brother.
A woman of the Old People seeks five fathers for her five children, the Spider Tribe, born from cocoons.
A powerful priest trains a young disciple, Shikanoko, who has been made a sorcerer against his will.
An intricate tapestry has been woven for two rival clans to enter a savage battle over who will be crowned Emperor of the Eight Islands.
In an extraordinary story seething with intrigue, adventure and love, Lian Hearn masterfully brings to life a mythical Japanese world inhabited by assassins, ghosts, spirits, deer and monkeys. A spellbinding new work from the author of Across the Nightingale Floor.
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CB - Jun - The Psalm Killer
THE PSALM KILLER
Jun
Chris Petit
9781509801169
PB
£8.99
   
With an introduction by Alan Moore.
It was always the same nightmare. Cross saw them lined up in rows, in stretches of city wasteland – those derelict spaces once described to him by a child as the blank bits where things had been before they’d got blown up.
In Belfast in 1985 a killer stalks the streets. It is a time and place ruled and divided by political and religious differences, but this series of crimes cuts across all those boundaries. Detective Inspector Cross, together with a young policewoman, must enter a maze of conspiracy, paranoia and tainted secrets in order to uncover the motives of the murderer. As the investigation draws closer to the truth, they find themselves in a nightmare world, with no hope of escape.
The Psalm Killer is Chris Petit’s epic thriller set during the Irish Troubles. Masterfully written, disturbing and exciting, it is a book of immense intelligence and a real classic of its genre.
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CB - Tor - Jul - The End of All Things
THE END OF ALL THINGS
Jun
John Scalzi
9781447290506
PB
£7.99
The Old Man’s War series
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.
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CB - To - May - Who Killed Sherlock Holmes
WHO KILLED SHERLOCK HOLMES?
Jun
Paul Cornell
9781447273264
PB
£8.99
The Shadow Police
3
Check out our Author Profile of Paul Cornell on Carabas here and a preview / extract of the Shadow Police book 1 LONDON FALLING here!
Someone has murdered the ghost of Sherlock Holmes. But who is responsible – and will the murderer strike again?
As a fictional character remembered by the people of London, Holmes’ ghost walked the city. But someone put a ceremonial dagger through his chest, with fatal consequences. What could be the motive?
A small team of Metropolitan Police detectives have ‘the Sight’ and they find themselves assigned to this twisty new investigation. They pursue a criminal genius, who lures them into a Sherlockian maze of too many clues and too much evidence. Yet they also have their own demons to fight.
Lisa Ross finds herself drawn to an actor who may or may not be a deity, and goes on a quest to win back her happiness. Lofthouse seeks to finally answer the question as to why she brought the team together. And while Quill battles for his sanity, Costain battles for his soul. Sefton just wants to bring his team back together – even if that takes him to the edge of death.
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