Greetings loyal robotic readers!
It is a big day in the Angry Robot office today because we are bringing you a brand new cover! Dream Stalkers by Tim Waggoner is the second book in the Shadow Watch series and its predecessor, Night Terrors, has already claimed an army of fans.
If you loved Night Terrors check out the cover below and get commenting to let us know what you think!
Dream Stalkers by Tim Waggoner
A new drug – Shut-Eye – has been developed in the dreamland, and smuggled into our world. It’s addictive, and dangerous, and Shadow Watch agents Audra and Mr Jinx are on the case, preparing new recruits to deal with the problem.
Meanwhile, a wave of ancient, bodiless Incubi are entering the dreams of humans in an attempt to possess them and live new lives. Only the criminally insane would ever risk a confrontation with them.
Thank goodness, then, for Mr Jinx: clown, Shadow Watch agent, psychopath.
Date: 6th November 2014
North American Print and Ebook
Date: 28th October 2014
Credit to amazing15 for another incredible cover!
We’d like to thank the following sites for taking part in our reveal, they’re all running Night Terrors giveaways so make to get yourselves entered!
There are fans, and there are fans. We think that Cam Mezé from London (England) deserves the italics – perhaps with an “uber-” added to the front. Why? Because Cam is such a fan of Chuck Wendig’s Miriam Black (from Blackbirds, Mockingbird and The Cormorant) that she commissioned this rather brilliant tattoo:
We asked her: why?
Cam: This tattoo was going to be my great dedication to my love of books, so it took a lot of research and a long time to plan. It was a toss up between something from American Gods by Neil Gaiman or something from the Miriam Black novels. In the end I decided that I wanted it to be a complex and strong female character, and Miriam Black is just that. Plus she’s pretty kickass! She’s not afraid to be dark or grim, she’s funny, swears like a trooper, has parental issues and complicated relationships, and wants to defy fate and be better. These novels encompass many of the things that I enjoy reading about. When it came to deciding, Miriam Black was just a character I loved that stood out. I am in awe of all of Joey HiFi’s covers, they’re absolutely stunning, and it gave us (myself and Jordan Teear, the tattooist) a lot to work with.
Surprisingly, for the amount of detail, the tattoo took around 2 1/2 hours to complete. When I first discussed the design with Jordan he thought it was going to be a pretty awesome. He really loved the palm trees and how amazing her lips are, so he had real fun with it. There was also a lot we had to cut back on, because there’s so much detail. I knew I wanted a large skull in there somewhere, so Jordan suggested blending and fading it in with the T-shirt. I enjoy the fact that it’s on the back of her T-shirt because as much as her ‘curse’ has to do with her dealing with death and having that foresight (skulls are great on the sunglasses for that), it also follows her. But at the same time, she is slightly tilted around and is ready to face it and beat it. Of all the covers, this was the one that worked best and included the things I wanted to convey. Plus she has that devilish grin, which is perfect!
I love her flaws and the fact that she’s not perfect. And so she would be my ode in ink form to my love of books. She was my cover lady!
I am so in awe of Jordan’s talent and absolutely love the final piece. His work is amazing, so I knew he would do a fantastic job when I chose him; there was just something that clicked when I looked through his work. And I am stoked that both Chuck Wendig and Joey HiFi love it too, because we wanted to do their hard work justice.
The tattooist (as mentioned, above) is Jordan Teear at Frith Street Tattoo. You can find more of his work, here.
An Angry Robot box of goodies will wing its way to Cam after the Easter break – we think you’ll agree she deserves it!
Hello there faithful robotic readers – and especially our beloved reviewers,
Read a description of both below and then get yourselves logged into NetGalley and get requesting!
Night Terrors by Tim Waggoner
The first book in the Shadow Watch Series…
It’s Supernatural meets Men in Black in a darkly humorous urban fantasy from the author of Nekropolis.
When you dream, you visit the Maelstrom. Dream long enough and hard enough, and your dreams can break through into the living world. So, alas, can your nightmares.
And who’s there to catch the dreams and nightmares as they fall into reality? Meet the Shadow Watch.
Pray you never need them…
The White Towers by Andy Remic
Vagandrak is broken, and a new threat has arisen that threatens to defeat even the mighty Iron Wolves.
The twisted, deviant Elf Rats have gathered in the toxic realm beyond the White Lion Mountains… swiftly they invade the troubled land of Vagandrak, killing for profit and pleasure.
The now-disgraced Iron Wolves are the realm’s only hope, but there’s a problem: they’ve been sentenced to death by the insane King Yoon for the dark sorcery in their blood.
In the mountains of Zalazar lie the White Towers, pillars of legend said to contain the Heart of the Elves. The Iron Wolves must journey north to steal the Heart, and purify the evil in the land, but the land belongs to the Elves – and they won’t give it up without a fight!
Angry Robot is delighted – nay, thrilled – to announce another amazing project, which is destined to pave the way forward for publishing from now until…
Oh, you know… Whatever. It’s April 1st. Let’s just assume we’ve come up with an Oh My God Most Amazing, Yah prank, and posted it here, and that you fell for it for about 6 seconds before glancing at the date in the top left of this post, and mentally kicking yourself, before saying, “Oh, those most angry of robots – what a wacky crew! They sure done got me!”
And then we’ll all have a laugh and sail off into the sunset on our hover chairs.
Have a picture of some panda cubs.
That time again folks!
2014 is already shaping up to be a great year for Angry Robot Books and this week’s mega round up is taking a look back over the last couple of months to see what you guys have thought about the books we’ve brought to you so far.
Before the Iron Wolves come after us too, here’s what people had to say:
The Iron Wolves by Andy Remic
“I found Remic’s latest fantasy novel to be an engaging, almost hypnotic, opus of foul sorcery and violence. I mean that in the best way possible… If you like your fantasy really really dark wherein the only vibrant color is blood red than you should definitely give The Iron Wolves a shot.” – King of the Nerds!
“Holy crap, but The Iron Wolves was a hell of a lot of fun! What Andy Remic has pulled together here is absolutely genius. If you’ve read the cover blurb then you have some idea of what to expect but, like me, you probably wondered if he really could pull it off. Well, I am here to tell you to wonder no longer – pull it off he does . . . and then some!” – Beauty in Ruins
“Andy Remic brings grit and realism to the fantasy genre in a fascinating and addictive way. This book is well worth a read and I’m already looking forward to the next part.” – Tony’s Thoughts
“The Iron Wolves is a perfect introduction to a new hardcore fantasy series. It feels like we’re getting the band back together. I suspect we’ve only just begun when it comes to unleashing bloody mayhem. Based on the evidence displayed, you can count me in. Bring it on!” – The Eloquent Page
“I loved this book. Very violent and dark, fast paced, with a hugely imaginative world and creatures. There were also major plot twists and turns which were enjoyable as so many fantasy books don’t use this element. Great cast of characters who were all very interesting and unique and several were able to make me care about their stories and what happens to them. Tons of ultra powerful magic and sorcerers and a great backstory is weaved in throughout the book which will appeal to readers who enjoy these elements as do I. The writing was excellent and right to the point, in classic sword and sorcery style.” – Grimdark Reader
“If Quentin Tarantino read alot of Heavy Metal comics and played Dungeons and Dragons and decided “hey, I’m gonna write a book!”, this is what he would write. The Iron Wolves is a vicious, over the top violent, and throughly vulgar ripping bloodfest of a fantasy. If you wonder “is this the kind of thing I want to read?” I will answer that question for you, because I’m that kind of guy. YES. This book grabs you by various body parts and then punches you in the face when you try with all your weak little might to get loose.” – Kdawg91 (Goodreads)
Blades of the Old Empire by Anna Kashina
“In another great book from Angry Robot, Blades of the Old Empire follows Prince Kythar and Kara, a member of a secretive society of assassins through the tumultuous return of an old enemy. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it for anyone who likes a good swashbuckling storyline.” – Alex McGilvery
“This is a magnificent work of literature. You get fast paced travel with political intrigue and danger, amazing martial arts fights of extreme skill, cultural immersion from around the world, and a little hint of romance without ruining the tough fighter feel… I really cannot express enough times how highly I recommend this story to everyone.” – In Pursuit of My Own Library
“This book is action packed from the very first page, and is a good start to a series that I will look forward to reading more of.” – Avid Fantasy Reviews
“The writing is so vivid that I could actually see all the scenes when I read. I think this book would make a superb movie. If you are looking for a light, fast-paced read, don’t miss this book.” – Lu
“I really enjoyed this book despite not being a huge fan of romance-themed novels. I feel it is for those who want more romance in their fantasy while also getting a hefty dose of action, adventure, and intrigue… it was a good book, and well worth the read. I’ll be reading this one again” – R.J. Blain
“Each scene is very well written. Action and dialog keep the story moving at a fast clip. The fight scenes were especially well written making it easy to see what was happening. Now I want to see what happens in the next book.” – Mixed Book Bag
“I thought the book was, on the whole, really well-written. There were quite a few scenes that I could picture really easily in my mind and there were several moments where I found it really intense and wanted to see what was going to happen. At some point, I definitely intend/want to read the other books in this series.” – Sarah
“Both Kyth and Ellah are likeable characters and it is a joy to follow their stories. A solid start to what looks to be an exciting series.” – British Fantasy Society
**And if you were one of the many who loved Blades then keep your eyes peeled for important Majat Code news next week!**
The Book of the Crowman by Joseph D’Lacey
“Holy shjtsnacks this was a good novel. It is a dance between worlds of existence that overlap in surprising ways. There are moments within the novel that send clear messages about living in our current state of unawareness or choosing awareness for the sake of diminished ego by sacrificing our desires. The author weaves this message into the good vs. evil idiom on the macro scale while elevating the inner diametric towards enlightenment.” – Koeur’s Book Reviews
“D’Lacey once again brings so much skill to his story: gorgeous prose, Gordon’s dangerous and exciting survival story, and the drawn-out mystery of who the Crowman really is.” – Books, Bones & Buffy
“There is an exceptionally short list of genre books that have had a profound effect on my way of thinking. One day I may even tell you what some of the others are. Currently however, all you need to know is that Black Feathers and The Book of the Crowman have just been added to that list. Smart insightful fiction that challenges preconceived notions and makes a reader properly think is a truly wonderful thing. This is flawlessly executed fantasy that I can’t recommend highly enough. I’ve said it before, and I hope I get the opportunity to say it again, Joseph D’Lacey is an author who everyone should be reading.” – The Eloquent Page
“D’Lacey’s stories access terror and beauty, combining to produce something exquisite. It’s poetry and it’s in my soul.” – And Then I Read a Book
“D’Lacey has created a beautifully written book that is in part an apocalyptic tale, and also a story with fantasy elements. Whether you love Sci-Fi or Fantasy, this is a book that lovers of all types of speculative fiction will enjoy… Overall I would give this book an 8.5/10, which is the highest rating I have given so far! It is an amazing book, and I highly recommend it.” – Avid Fantasy Reviews
“The author, as in the previous book, once again excels at painting a believable and followable sense of not just impending doom but the breakdown of the Earth itself. He can set a scene with minimal waste and satisfying freshness and bring it to life in a way that only the best storytellers can. While that alone would justify my recommendation, the well-drawn characters, masterful action, and genuinely dreadful scenes of horror that wrap themselves into this well-paced plot are selling points with just as much weight. Add in a memorable ending and this is one of those books that I just can’t recommend enough.” – After the Last Day
So yes, 2014 has so far proven a great year for Angry Robot, and we can promise you this, it only gets better.
We already knew that Nexus by Ramez Naam was shortlisted for the Kistchies Red Tentacle Award.
Last week we discovered that Nexus was is also shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award.
And this morning, we were told that both Nexus and its sequel Crux have been shortlisted for the Prometheus Award!
Come on, Ramez – give some other folk a chance!
Anyway, to celebrate the awesomeness that is both Nexus and Crux, we have decided to have a time-limited HALF-PRICE offer on the ebooks.
(£2.74 at the Robot Trading company equates to approximately US$3.70, so not quite half price, but pretty darned close!)
Go get them now, while the price is low!
Listen up Robots, we’re celebrating two book birthdays today, which means two shiny new ebooks for all you hard working robotic readers!
Happy birthday to both! And in case you haven’t already left to go and buy them or you can’t get on the Robot Trading Company website yet, here’s a description and a sample chapter of each book to let you know what’s in store!
Happy reading guys!
Last God Standing by Michael Boatman
When God decides to quit and join the human race to see what all the fuss is about, all Hell breaks loose.
Sensing his abdication, the other defunct gods of Earth’s vanquished pantheons want a piece of the action He abandoned.
Meanwhile, the newly-humanised deity must discover the whereabouts and intentions of the similarly reincarnated Lucifer, and block the ascension of a murderous new God.
How is he ever going to make it as a stand-up comedian with all of this going on…?
The Ultimate in Divine Comedy…
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Sunstone by Freya Robertson
The Incendi elementals that dwell beneath the mountains have found a way to tap into the Arbor’s roots, which stretch not only across the land but also through time, and King Pyra is determined to crush the ancient tree.
Twenty-two years after the defeat of the Darkwater Lords, Chonrad’s widow Procella and their three children are drawn back to Heartwood to investigate the rumour of strange fires springing up across the land. Across three separate timelines, the heroes must battle to join together their ancient sunstones, to overcome the Incendi threat, and to protect the Arbor and make earth victorious once more.
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