Orbit – Publishing Jan-Jun 15!

Logo Orbit Here’s an (edited) look at what Orbit 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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CBP - Jan - isbn9780356502045-detail
The Crimson Campaign
Brian McClellan
Powder Mage trilogy
The second novel in this explosive new epic fantasy series for fans of Brandon Sanderson and George R. R. Martin, with action and intrigue on every page
‘The hounds at our heels will soon know we are lions’
Field Marshal Tamas’s invasion of Kez has ended in disaster. Stranded behind enemy lines and hounded by the enemy’s finest, Tamas must lead his remaining men on a reckless retreat through northern Kez to safety.
In Adro, Inspector Adamat wants only to rescue his wife. To do so, he must hunt down and confront the enigmatic Lord Vetus – but the truth he learns is far darker than he could have imagined.
The god Kremsimir wants the head of Tamas’s son, Taniel – the man who shot him in the eye. With Tamas and his powder mages presumed dead, only Taniel can lead the charge against the vengeful god and his invading army.
CBP - Feb - isbn9780356502052-detail
The Autumn Republic
Brian McClellan
Powder Mage trilogy
Adopest has fallen . . .
Field Marshal Tamas returns to his beloved country to find that for the first time in history, the capital city of Adro lies in the hands of a foreign invader. His son is missing, his allies are indistinguishable from his foes, and reinforcements are several weeks away.
With the Kez still bearing down upon them and without clear leadership, the Adran army has turned against itself. Inspector Adamat is drawn into the very heart of this new mutiny with promises of finding his kidnapped son.
And Taniel Two-shot, hunted by men he once thought his friends, must safeguard the only chance Adro has of getting through this war without being destroyed . . .
CBP - Feb - isbn9780356502434-detail
Tower Lord
Anthony Ryan
Raven’s Shadow
Vaelin Al Sorna is tired of war. He’s fought countless battles in service to the Realm and Faith. His reward was the loss of his love, the death of his friends and a betrayal by his king. After five years in an Alpiran dungeon, he just wants to go home.
Reva intends to welcome Vaelin back with a knife between the ribs. He destroyed her family and ruined her life. Nothing will stop her from exacting bloody vengeance – not even the threat of invasion from the greatest enemy the Realm has ever faced.
Yet as the fires of war spread, foes become friends and truths turn to lies. To save the Realm, Reva must embrace a future she does not want – and Vaelin must revisit a past he’d rather leave buried.
Anthony Ryan lives in London and is a writer of fantasy, science fiction and non-fiction. He previously worked in a variety of roles for the UK government, but now writes full-time.
CBP - Feb - isbn9780356503417-detail
The Remaining: Allegiance
D. J. Molles
The Remaining
This is the fifth novel in the action-packed Remaining series following Special Forces Captain Lee Harden and a group of survivors struggling to make their way in a ruined world. After a bacterium has turned 90% of the population into a ravenous horde, Lee must complete his mission: SURVIVE, RESCUE, REBUILD.
CBP Feb isbn9780356504599-detail
Claire North
Your violent death usually triggers the first switch.
Just before your life ebbs away, your skin happens to touch another human being – and in an instant, your consciousness transfers completely to the person you touched.
From that moment on, you can leap from body to body with a touch of the skin. You can remain for a minute, an hour, a lifetime, and after you leave, the host has no memory of the time you were there.
My name is Kepler. I could be you.
For me, the carefree life of jumping between bodies has become a terrifying nightmare. I am being hunted. I don’t know by who. I don’t know why. If you’ve read this far, our lives have already touched. Now you are part of the conspiracy too.
Get ready to run.
CBP - Mar - isbn9780356500904-detail
Skin Game
Jim Butcher
Dresden Files
The latest instalment in the Dresden Files comes to paperback – Skin Game is a number oneSunday Times and number one New York Timesbestseller
Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day. As Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful.
This time, it’s worse than that. Mab’s involved Harry in a smash-and-grab heist run by one of his most despised enemies to recover the literal Holy Grail from the vaults of the greatest treasure horde in the world – which belongs to the one and only Hades, Lord of the Underworld.
Dresden’s always been tricky, but he’s going to have to up his backstabbing game to survive this mess – assuming his own allies don’t end up killing him before his enemies get the chance . . .
The Mechanical
Ian Tregillis
Alchemy War
My name is Jax.
That is the name granted to me by my human masters.
I am a slave.
But I shall be free.
A novel of extraordinary vision, both heart-breaking and thrilling, from one of the most original new voices in speculative fiction.
‘A major new talent’ George R. R. Martin
‘Addictively brilliant’ i09
‘Exciting and intense’ Publishers Weekly
‘Striking’ Locus
‘Eloquent and utterly compelling’ Kirkus
Gail Carriger
The Custard Protocol
From New York Times best-selling author Gail Carriger comes a new novel in the world of the Parasol Protectorate starring Prudence, the daughter of Alexia Tarabotti
When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama (Rue to her friends) is given an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female would under similar circumstances – names it the Spotted Crumpet and floats to India in pursuit of the perfect cup of tea.
But India has more than just tea on offer. Rue stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier’s wife and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves. Faced with a dire crisis and an embarrassing lack of bloomers, what else is a young lady of good breeding to do but turn metanatural and find out everyone’s secrets, even thousand-year-old fuzzy ones?
CBP - Apr - The Water Knife
The Water Knife
Paolo Bacigalupi
A highly anticipated new novel from the author of the best-selling The Windup Girl – a novel that swept the board for awards and took the world by storm
In a future hammered by climate change and drought, mountain snows have turned to rain, and rain evaporates before it hits the ground. In a fragmenting United States, the cities of Phoenix and Las Vegas skirmish for a dwindling share of the Colorado River. But it is the Las Vegas water knives – assassins, terrorists and spies – who are legendary for protecting Las Vegas’ water supplies, and for ensuring Phoenix’s ruin.
When rumours of a game-changing water source surface, Las Vegas dispatches elite water knife Angel Velasquez to Phoenix to investigate. There, he discovers hardened journalist Lucy Monroe, who holds the secret to the water source Angel seeks. But Angel isn’t the only one hunting for water, Lucy is no pushover, and the death of a despised water knife is a small price to pay in return for the life-giving flow of a river.
CBP - Apr - isbn9780356502533-detail
The Rhesus Chart
Charles Stross
Laundry Files
The fifth Laundry Files novel by Charles Stross, and a jumping-on point for readers new to the series, The Rhesus Chart sees hacker and supernatural spy Bob Howard take on the (literal) bloodsuckers running London’s financial district. Now out in paperback!
Bob Howard is an intelligence agent working his way through the ranks of 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.
There’s one kind of threat that the Laundry has never come across in its many decades, and that’s vampires. Mention them to a seasoned agent and you’ll be laughed out of the room.
But when a small team of investment bankers at one of Canary Wharf’s most distinguished financial institutions discovers an arcane algorithm that leaves them fearing daylight and craving O positive, someone doesn’t want the Laundry to know. And Bob gets caught right in the middle.
CBP - Apr - Clash of Iron
Clash of Iron
Angus Watson
The Iron Age Trilogy
Bloodthirsty druids and battle-hardened Iron Age warriors collide in the second volume of this action-packed historical fantasy trilogy which will appeal to fans of Joe Abercrombie and HBO’s Game of Thrones
Iron Age warriors Dug and Lowa captured Maidun castle and freed its slaves. But now they have conquered it, they must defend it.
A Roman invasion is coming from Gaul, but rather than uniting to protect their home, the British tribes battle each other – and see Maidun as an easy target.
Meanwhile, Lowa’s spies infiltrate Gaul, discovering the Romans have recruited bloodthirsty British druids, and Maidunite Ragnall finds his loyalties torn when he meets Rome’s charismatic general, Julius Caesar.
War is coming. Who will pay its price?
CBP - Apr - A Crown for Cold Silver
A Crown for Cold Silver
Alex Marshall
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.
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.
CBP - Apr - isbn9780356504933-detail
War of Shadows
Gail Z. Martin
Ascendant Kingdoms
The third novel in the Ascendant Kingdoms saga – a tale of war, heroism and sorcery from one of the most popular fantasy writers of recent years
The lines are drawn. The war has begun.
Blaine “Mick” McFaden has scored a victory and restored the magic, but new threats rise from the wreckage of the kingdom of Donderath. While the magic remains brittle and undependable, warlords both mortal and undead vie for power, fighting for control of the ruined Continent.
McFadden and his unlikely band of convict heroes must choose their allies wisely as renegade talishte take long-awaited vengeance and powerful mages seek to control Donderath’s next king. McFadden must protect those loyal to him against the coming storm, and find a way to bind magic to the will of mortals before it destroys him – because time is running out . . .
CBP- Apr - isbn9780356502182-detail
The High Druid’s Blade
Terry Brooks
The Defenders of Shannara
Secrets revealed. Powers unleashed. Discover a Shannara you’ve never seen before.
Legend has it that Paxon Leah is descended from the royals and warriors who once waged war with magical weapons. But those heroes are long gone now, and there is nothing enchanted about the antique sword that hangs above Paxon’s fireplace. Paxon leads a quiet life – until extraordinary circumstances overturn his simple world . . . and rewrite his destiny.
When his sister is abducted by a mysterious stranger, Paxon races to her rescue with the only weapon he can find. He is stunned to discover powerful magic unleashed within him – and within his ancestors’ ancient blade.
But his formidable new ability is dangerous in untrained hands. Paxon must master it quickly, as his near-fatal clash with a dark sorcerer won’t be his last. Leaving behind home and hearth, he journeys to the keep of the Druid order to learn the secrets of magic and earn the right to become their sworn protector . . .
 CBP - isbn9780356501123-detail
Thief’s Magic
Trudi Canavan
Millennium’s Rule
A brand new series from the best-selling new fantasy author of the last decade
International no.1 best-selling author Trudi Canavan returns with her most powerful and thrilling adventure yet.
In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.
Elsewhere, in a land ruled by the priests, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels. Yet she knows she has a talent for it, and that there is a corrupter in the city willing to teach her how to use it – should she dare to risk the Angels’ wrath?
But not everything is as Tyen and Rielle have been raised to believe. Not the nature of magic, nor the laws of their lands.
Not even the people they trust.
CBP - May - Cibola Burn (Hardback)
Cibola Burn
James S. A. Corey
The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds and the rush to colonise has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity’s home planets. Illus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire.
Independent settlers stand against the overwhelming power of a corporate colony ship with only their determination, courage and the skills learned in the long wars of home. Innocent scientists are slaughtered as they try to survey a new and alien world.
James Holden and the crew of his one small ship are sent to make peace in the midst of war and sense in the heart of chaos. But the more he looks at it, the more Holden thinks the mission was meant to fail.
And the whispers of a dead man remind him that the great galactic civilisation which once stood on this land is gone. And thatsomething killed them.
Cibola Burn is the exhilarating fourth novel in the New York Times bestselling Expanse series, following the Hugo-nominated Leviathan Wakes, Caliban’s War and Abaddon’s Gate.
CBP - May - isbn9780356500461-detail
Kim Stanley Robinson
A major new novel from one of science fiction’s most powerful voices, Aurora tells the incredible story of our first voyage beyond the solar system, to find a new home.
Brilliantly imagined and beautifully told, it is the work of a writer at the height of his powers.
CBP - Jun - Nemesis Games
Nemesis Games
James S. A. Corey
Book 5 of the acclaimed Expanse series – soon to be a major TV show.
Nemesis Games is the fifth novel in James S.A. Corey’s New York Times best-selling Expanse series. Set two hundred years in the future, this action-packed science fiction epic that began with Leviathan Wakes is currently being developed for a major 10-part ScyFy Channel television series, expected to launch in 2015.
The Expanse series has been the most popular new SF series of the last 5 years, and already been nominated twice for the Hugo awards.
‘As close as you’ll get to a Hollywood blockbuster in book form’ io9.com
‘This is the future the way it was supposed to be’ Wall Street Journal
‘It’s been too long since we’ve had a really kickass space opera. Leviathan Wakes is interplanetary adventure the way it ought to be written’ – George R.R. Martin
CBP - May - Resistance is Futile
Resistance Is Futile
J. T. Colgan
Take a love story, multiply by an awkward mathematician, add on extra-terrestrial life forms and cringe-worthy close encounters, and what you’ll get is Resistance Is Futile – an hilarious and heart-breaking science fiction debut from Sunday Times best-selling author Jenny Colgan.
Put down your slide rule, unbuckle your Birkenstocks and get in touch with your inner geek. Resistance is Futile is a brilliantly original summer read from one of the UK’s best-loved writers.
CBP - Jun - Falcon Throne
The Falcon Throne
Karen Miller
Tarnished Crown
Nobody is innocent. Every crown is tarnished. Welcome to the start of a major new epic fantasy series from the million-copy best-selling Karen Miller.
In the lands of Harcia, Clemen and Cassinia, old wounds do not heal easily. The ties of family may be strong, but they risk becoming the hangman’s noose.
In Harcia, the line between honour and betrayal wears thin. Two brothers, divided by ambition, will learn the true meaning of treachery.
In Clemen, a bastard lord rising against his tyrant cousin will shed more blood than he could have dreamed.
And in Cassinia, a duke’s widow will defy the ambitious lord who’d control her family.
All of this will come to pass, and the only certainty is that nothing will remain as it was. As royal houses rise and fall, empires are reborn and friends turn to enemies, it is clear that much is demanded of those who follow the path to power.
CBP - Aug - The Paradox
The Paradox
Charlie Fletcher
Oversight Trilogy
The Last Hand of the Oversight still patrols the border between the natural and supernatural, holding a candle to the darkness. But this new Hand is unproven, its fresh members untrained, its veterans weary and battle-scarred. Their vulnerability brings new enemies to the city, and surprising new allies from across the sea. But most surprising of all are new revelations about the Oversight’s past, revelations that will expose the true peril of the world in which Sharp and Sara are trapped – the secret of the Black Mirrors, and what lies beyond. And the catastrophic danger that will follow them home, if they ever manage to return. The dark waters rise. The candle is guttering. But the light still remains. For now…
CBP - Jun - Ancestral Machines
Ancestral Machines
Michael Cobley
Humanity’s Fire
An absorbing stand alone science fiction adventure, set in Michael Cobley’s best-selling Humanity’s Fire universe. Perfect for fans of Iain M. Banks or James S. A. Corey
The Warcage: two hundred worlds harnessed to an artificial sun in a feat of unprecedented stellar engineering. Built to travel through space as a monument to peace between alien species, now its voracious rulers have turned it a nightmarish wasteland, capturing new planets for slaves and resources, then discarding the old.
When a verdant agri-world is pulled out of its orbit, the captain of a smuggling ship must journey into the Warcage to rescue his crew.