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It’s publication day at Angry Robot HQ and we have not one but two fantastic new titles for you: Craig Cormick‘s The Shadow Master and James A. Moore‘s The Blasted Lands, the sequel to Seven Forges.


The Shadow Master by Craig CormickThe Shadow Master 
is a witty, swashbuckling tale of families at war and features some of history’s most famous figures. It is brought to you by Australia’s award-winning Craig Cormick, who was wooed by Marc at Canberra’s Conflux in 2012. With assassination; ancient, impossible machines; and torture and infamy, The Shadow Master is a tale not-to-be missed! To celebrate the North American and ebook publication of The Shadow Master, Craig is today on The Qwillery answering questions on his star-crossed lovers theme and Renaissance Italy. For the “story behind” Craig’s story, be sure to visit Upcoming4.me at this link.

If you’d like a taster, click here for an exclusive excerpt from The Shadow Master, and here for an excerpt from The Blasted Lands.

 

 

The Blasted Lands by James A. MooreJoining Craig in the publication celebrations is James A. Moore with his second title with Angry Robot BooksSeven Forges appeared last September and this epic fantasy was an instant hit. This second instalment has been eagerly awaited, and is avoiding the dreaded second-book curse, as Bookwraiths nicely sums up. This is something Lynn agrees with, adding that it is “a fast paced novel and the world building and time spent with each character definitely adds extra value.” For full buying info on Seven Forges, click here and for The Blasted Lands, click through here.

If you’re in the UK/ROW and can’t wait to pick up your copies of these fantastic books, don’t forget you can pre-order and all of the various links are on the book pages. When you pick up your copy, remember you can leave reviews on the retailer’s site and also on Goodreads…and look what I happen to have here, Goodreads links for The Shadow Master and for both Seven Forges and The Blasted Lands!

All hail Craig and James!

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May
27

Happy Book Birthdays!

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Our brand new books this month are Night Terrors by Tim Waggoner and The White Towers by Andy Remic!

You can get your ebook copies today from the Robot Trading Company!

Check out the sample chapters below to get a peek at these exciting new titles.

Night Terrors by Tim Waggoner

Night Terrors, by Tim WaggonerThe 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…

 

 

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The White Towers by Andy Remic

The White Towers by Andy RemicThe Rage of Kings, Book 2

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!

North American Print
Date: 27th May 2014
ISBN: 9780857663573
Format: Large (Trade) Paperback OR Small (Mass-Market) Paperback
R.R.P.: US$7.99 / CAN$9.99

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Date: 27th May 2014
ISBN: 9780857663597
Format: Epub & Mobi
R.R.P.: £5.49 / US$6.99

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On April 30th, 2013, The Lives of Tao was released upon the world. Today is officially my one year anniversary of being a published author. To be honest, this date crept up on me when I sat down to write this post. So much has happened. How could it have only been a year?

Not gonna lie;I feel like I’ve been playing this writing game for a long time now, as if I was living dog years or maybe fruit fly lives or what not. I couldn’t quite figure out how the past year felt so different from the ones before. I asked Twitter why, when looking back at the past year, that it felt like four lifetimes ago? Here were my responses:

Uh…Thanks Ilana.

Butterfly twist

Bullet Time! Pew Pew

Then I realized what has happened. Being an author has turned me into a time traveler. Okay, not so much being able to jump into the future or visit the past kind of time travel, but it has allowed me to slow down the days as if I was living my life now in Bullet Time. Yes, my entire life right is Max Payne without the messed-up-but-awesome storyline or that damn crying baby. (Yay to no crying babies.)

Anyway, yes, I am now a time traveler. Before, when I worked at these soul-sucking large financial institutions, my twenties flew by like a blur. One moment I was a fresh-eyed optimist coming out of college ready and willing to do whatever it took to succeed, the next I was a self-loathing corporate drone sitting in a six-by-six cubicle with red-walled shag rugs built during the Fifties. I felt like I was trapped in a giant hamster wheel and I couldn’t figure out how to get off. One day, I woke up and was thirty years old. The next day, I was thirty-five and discovered that I needed to start trimming my bushy eyebrows.

soul-suck

Hear that suction? It’s your soul and you only have one.

Now I write full time. It’s a huge pay cut from the financial industries but damn it, I remember my days now and I don’t go to bed wondering what the holy hell I am doing with my life. I wake up looking forward to going into the office (fifteen steps from my bed) and am completely happy working overtime. There are still days when I want to smack myself (just not in the face) to make sure I’m not dreaming.

The best part of all this is that it’s only been a year even though it’s felt like four. I get to go to war every day with my manuscripts, dine in Valhalla at night, and then do this all again tomorrow. Forever. And It’s awesome.

In 2013, I published The Lives of Tao and The Deaths of Tao. The Rebirths of Tao is dropping Dec 31st, 2014. My first Tor book, tentatively titled Time Salvager, is coming out July 2015 with the second in 2016.

I’ve been nominated for the 2014 John W. Campbell for Best New Writer. The Lives of Tao won the Alex Award and was a Goodreads Choice Awards finalist for best Science Fiction, and I’ve sold about six times more books than I thought I would. I’ve signed three book deals since I’ve started this journey and have five total books under contract, and it’s all happened in the past 365 days. How batshit crazy is that?

I am hugely grateful to all the people who have helped me along the way: My publishers Angry Robot Books and Tor Books, my agent Russell Galen, my wife Paula and my supportive family, and all the readers who have helped make my fledgling career such a wonderful experience. So THANK YOU all for making my dreams come true and turning me into happy Max Payne. You guys rock!

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Winning the Internet

 

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Apr
29

Happy Book Birthdays!

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It’s that time again robots! And as usual the end of the month brings two new books into the Angry Robot family!

This month’s new arrivals are Peacemaker by Marianne de Pierres and Morningside Fall by Jay Posey!

Head over to the Robot Trading Company to get your eBooks today, but before you do check the descriptions and sample chapters from each book to let you know what is in store!

Peacemaker by Marianne de Pierres

Peacemaker by Marianne de PierresVirgin Jackson is the senior ranger in Birrimun Park – the world’s last natural landscape, overshadowed though it is by a sprawling coastal megacity. She maintains public safety and order in the park, but her bosses have brought out a hotshot cowboy to help her catch some drug runners who are affecting tourism. She senses the company is holding something back from her, and she’s not keen on working with an outsider like Nate Sixkiller.

When an imaginary animal from her troubled teenage years reappears, Virgin takes it to mean one of two things: a breakdown (hers!) or a warning. When the dead bodies start piling up around her and Nate, she decides on the latter.

Something terrible is about to happen in the park and Virgin and her new partner are standing in its path…

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Morningside Fall by Jay Posey

Morningside Fall by Jay Posey

The Second Book in the Duskwalker Cycle

The lone gunman Three is gone, and Wren is the new governor of the devastated settlement of Morningside, but there is turmoil in the city. When his life is put in danger, Wren is forced to flee Morningside until he and his retinue can determine who can be trusted.

They arrive at the border outpost, Ninestory, only to find it has been infested with Weir in greater numbers than anyone has ever seen. These lost, dangerous creatures are harbouring a terrible secret – one that will have consequences not just for Wren and his comrades, but for the future of what remains of the world.

 

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Oct
03

October Book Birthdays!

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October has a mammoth amount of Book Birthday’s to celebrate. We have some wonderful releases which will keep you occupied for Halloween; who needs pumpkins when you have books? There are four book birthdays this month:

Prince Thief by David Tallerman

 

Prince Thief, by David TallermanAltapasaeda, capital of the Castoval, is under siege by its own King.

Far to the north, rebels have set a bastard prince up as a figurehead.

Yet again, Easie Damasco finds himself roped into a desperate scheme to preserve the Castoval, And kidnapping the Prince seemed like such a good idea at the time…

 •  ’With action, humour, adventures, and giants, The Tales of Easie Damasco is an enjoyable series which fans of fantasy and heist stories are sure to enjoy.’ The Arched Doorway

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 Prince Thief is the third in Tallerman’s Tales of Easie Damasco series. 

 

All is Fair by Emma Newman

’Newman’s complex magical world is as inventive as it is charming, and this latest “Split Worlds” story contains deceit, deception and intrigue in all the right places.’ Kirkus Reviews 

In love and war nothing is safe.All is Fair by Emma Newman

William Iris struggles to keep the throne of Londinium whilst hated by his own court and beset by outsiders, while Cathy discovers the legacy of her former governess. But those who dare to speak out about Society are always silenced. Sometimes for good.

While trying to avoid further torments from the mercurial fae, Sam finds himself getting tangled in the affairs of the Elemental Court. But an unexpected offer from the powerful and enigmatic Lord Iron turns out to be far more than Sam bargained for.

Max and the gargoyle are getting closer to uncovering who is behind the murder of the Bath Chapter and the corruption in London and Max finds the gargoyle’s controversial ideas harder to ignore. Can he stay true to his sworn duty without being destroyed by his own master, whose insanity threatens to unravel them all?

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 All is Fair is the third in Emma Newman’s The Split Worlds series.

 

Seven Forges by James A. Moore

Seven Forges by James A. Moore, artwork by Alejandro Colucci

The people of Fellein have lived with legends for many centuries. To their far north, the Blasted Lands, a legacy of an ancient time of cataclysm, are vast, desolate and impassable, but that doesn’t stop the occasional expedition into their fringes in search of any trace of the ancients who once lived there… and oft-rumoured riches.

Captain Merros Dulver is the first in many lifetimes to find a path beyond the great mountains known as the Seven Forges and encounter, at last, the half‐forgotten race who live there. And it would appear that they were expecting him.

As he returns home, bringing an entourage of the strangers with him, he starts to wonder whether his discovery has been such a good thing. For the gods of this lost race are the gods of war, and their memories of that far-off cataclysm have not faded.

‘This is fantasy on the scale of Terry Brooks or Brandon Sanderson… If you’re a fan of fantasy, you’ll definitely want to check out SEVEN FORGES. It is a solid, well-written addition to the genre, and I’m looking forward to see what Moore does next.’ Shattered Ravings

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Empire of the Blood by Gav Thorpe

“I tore through The Crown of the Blood in one long sitting … This is a properly high fantasy world – rock people, dark sorcery, landships, riding panther and (of course) dinosaurs – but all of it is introduced naturally and casually … his book is hairy, gory, sweaty, shameless… and perhaps even a little bit thoughtful.”
Pornokitsch

The Empire of the Blood, by Gav Thorpe

A sweeping fantasy of immense battles, demonic magic and dark politics.

Collecting all three books in the Empire of the Blood saga in to a single omnibus edition.

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That’s our brilliant books for this month, I hope you all enjoy them!

Champagne bottle ready for celebration

 

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Sep
05

Crux: Unleashed into the UK

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Following last week’s US and ebook releaseCrux is now available in all UK bookshops!

Crux by Ramez Naam

Get your hands on a copy through these outlets: Amazon.co.uk | Book Depository | Waterstones | WHSmith

Join the droves of readers who have been snapping up copies since last week, and get your copy today! Here’s a few reasons why:

“Potent like Naam’s vividly imagined nano-drug Nexus, Crux is a heady cocktail of ideas and page-turning prose. It left my brain buzzing for days afterwards.”
Hannu Rajaniemi, author of The Quantum Thief and The Fractal Prince

“A blisteringly paced technothriller that dives deeper and even better into the chunky questions raised by Nexus. This is a fabulous book, and it ends in a way that promises at least one more. Count me in.” - Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother

“Smart, thoughtful, and hard to drop, this richly nuanced sequel outshines its predecessor with a wide cast of characters and some complicated, uneasy questions about power, responsibility, and the future of humanity.” Publishers Weekly

And here’s a wee reminder for those US and ebook buyers:

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Aug
27

Happy US/ebook birthday, Ramez Naam!

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If you didn’t think sci-fi books came much better than Ramez Naam‘s Nexus, you need to get your hands on Crux, the dazzling sequel!

Crux by Ramez Naam

Released in January of this year, Nexus was a hit with reviewers and readers alike, and with a Paramount Pictures movie deal announced in March, readers were excitedly looking towards the sequel, Crux. The wait is over, friends, for today is the US & ebook birthday for Crux and here’s where you can get this wonderful book:

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For our UK / ROW family members, you don’t have too long to wait, but until then why not check out io9′s exclusive  Chapter 1 excerpt?

Happy book-birthday, Ramez!

Advance Praise for Crux

“A blisteringly paced technothriller that dives deeper and even better into the chunky questions raised by Nexus. This is a fabulous book, and it ends in a way that promises at least one more. Count me in.” - Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother

“Smart, thoughtful, and hard to drop, this richly nuanced sequel outshines its predecessor with a wide cast of characters and some complicated, uneasy questions about power, responsibility, and the future of humanity.” - Publishers Weekly (read more)

“Potent like Naam’s vividly imagined nano-drug Nexus, Crux is a heady cocktail of ideas and page-turning prose. It left my brain buzzing for days afterwards.” - Hannu Rajaniemi, author of The Quantum Thief

Crux is an outstanding speculative fiction adventure … in the same league as Michael Crichton and Daniel Suarez. Put it at the top of your summer reading list!” - Scientific American (read more)

“Sublime. This book is speculative fiction at its finest.. Mr. Naam masterfully mobilizes the zeitgeist of contemporary political and tech culture.. Tempts readers with equal parts dread and optimism. This is not a book to be missed.”  – Page of Reviews (read more)

“Readers of Ramez Naam‘s techno-thriller NEXUS will not want to miss the awesome sequel, CRUX.” - Kurzweil AI (read more)

“Crux does the work of great science fiction. It makes the reader look closely and critically at what kind of world we’re building here and now.” – Kent Peterson (read more)

“Naam’s writing is always strong, fluid and sure. With gripping, heart-pounding action scenes and muscle-binding tension normally reserved for horror stories, Crux is a book you don’t want to miss.” - Always Unmended (read more)

Nexus by Ramez Naam

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Aug
01

August: Book Birthday Celebrations

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We’ve got not one, but two great releases for you this month with a debut from Jay Posey and the third book in the Collector Series by Chris F. Holm! Both are released today in the UK, with the US and ebook having a two-day jumpstart, and with the early reviews we’ve seen, we’re excited for the book-buying public to have their say. Here’s today’s celebratory books:

“The end of a series is such a bittersweet moment with a series as great as this one. Chris said he wanted to end this strong, he ended it Herculean.” Founding Fields

The Big Reap by Chris F. Holm, design by Amazing15The Big Reap 

Sam Thornton has had many run-ins with his celestial masters, but he’s always been sure of his own actions.

However, when he’s tasked with dispatching the mythical Brethren – a group of former Collectors who have cast off their ties to Hell – is he still working on the side of right?

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File UnderUrban Fantasy [ Soul Solution | Secret Origins | Flaming Torches | Double Dealing ]

 

”The author’s distinctive approach to storytelling superimposes a firstly fascinating and finally satisfying dimension upon what could very easily have been a bland book. As is, it isn’t. On the contrary, I had all the fun reading Three. Honestly, all of it.” Tor.com

Three, by Jay Posey, artwork by Stephen Mayer-RassowThree

The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more.

But when a lone gunman reluctantly accepts the mantle of protector to a young boy and his dying mother against the forces that pursue them, a hero may yet arise.

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File UnderScience Fiction [ Three For All | Apocalyptic Wasteland | A Journey Home | Fear the Weir ]

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