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Cover Reveal: Last God Standing

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Creator. Ruler. Stand-up Comic…


We’ve been super excited about Michael Boatman‘s Last God Standing since we first read it in acquisitions, and even more so after we were able to shout loud and proud about our latest author, but the excitement levels are pretty high now with this cover. Last God Standing is the “ultimate in divine comedy” and we’re eagerly awaiting its release next year! But less of me, and more of the cover:

Last God Standing by Michael Boatman

Cover: Chris Moore


Last God Standing

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…?

File Under: Fantasy [ Gods Behaving Badly | Power Struggle | The Way He Tells ’Em | Simply Devine ]

The Ultimate in Divine Comedy…


Michael Boatman


© 2013 Drake Photography HD, New York

© 2013 Drake Photography HD, New York

Michael Boatman spends his days and nights pretending to be other people. For a living.

He’s acted in television shows; China BeachSpin CityARLI$$Anger ManagementInstant Mom,The Good Wife, films; Hamburger HillThe Glass ShieldBad Parents, and Broadway plays.

After many years in his chosen profession he’s decided to chuck it all and seek his fortune as a writer. (Just kidding. He secretly dreams of changing the world as a talkative mime.)

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Book Info

UK Print
Date: 3rd April 2014
ISBN: 9780857663948
Format: Medium (B-Format) Paperback
R.R.P.: £8.99

US/CAN Print
Date: 25th March 2014
ISBN: 9780857663962
Format: Mass-Market Paperback
R.R.P.: US$7.99 / CAN$9.99

Date: 25th March 2014
ISBN: 9780857663962
Format: Epub & Mobi
R.R.P.: £5.49 / US$6.99



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Book Cover Fun – A Competition

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We love our authors, dearly. Especially when they do weird and wonderful things like this:

The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle


(And no, we’re not sure why the covers are staggered like that – let’s just pretend it’s a deliberate design choice, and forget all about it).

Anne has recreated all three of her Night’s Masque books using Playmobil toys. See the full set here.

So we’ve decided to steal the idea honour her genius and run a competition.

What we’d like you to do:

Choose any Angry Robot book cover (they’re all there – over to the right and down a bit) and make your own version of it in the same way as Anne. You can use toys, people, masks, animals, trees, fish fingers – whatever you like. We’ll feature the winners on this page.

Stuff you need to know:
1) The cover should be a recognisable recreation of one of our covers.
2) Send your cover to us on a CD at the following address: Yeah, right! Email your image as a .jpg or .gif (RGB, not CMYK, please. If you don’t know what that means, just send it – it’ll be fine) to: INCOMING @ ANGRYROBOTBOOKS.COM
3) Closing date for entries: Midnight (wherever you are) on Wednesday, 30th October.
4) Q: “Do you mean midnight going into Wednesday, or midnight at the other end?”
A: Ah, you, know – whatevs.
5) Q: “No, I really need to know…”
A: {insert big, dramatic sigh} “OK, then – you can have until midnight coming out of Wednesday, and into Thursday.”
6) Anyone can enter, from anywhere in the world. Even if you’re a member of the Angry Robot team, or if you’re an Angry Robot author (though you probably won’t win), or if you’re a badger.

The Prizes.
Dunno, yet – we only just thought of the competition. Stuff from around the office, probably (books, audiobooks, stuff like that). The prize is hardly the point, is it? I mean, come on! Some people – sheesh!


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Dear all,

Mike here, your intrepid North American Sales & Marketing Manager. I’m very excited to reveal the cover to SUNSTONE, the second book in the Elemental Wars series (following HEARTWOOD) by Freya Robertson.

Brought to us by the marvelous Alejandro Colucci (who gave us the cover to SEVEN FORGES and HEARTWOOD), here’s SUNSTONE:

Cover for Sunstone by Freya Robertson

Art by Alejandro Colucci

About SUNSTONE (warning: spoilers for HEARTWOOD)

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.

File Under: Fantasy


Excited yet? Here’s the cover to SUNSTONE next to the cover for HEARTWOOD:

Heartwood by Freya Robertson    Cover for Sunstone by Freya Robertson

Sunstone, coming March 25th in North America and ebook, April 3rd in the UK.

Heartwood, coming October 29th in North America and ebook, November 7th in the UK.

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You all know we’re fans of Joey Hi-Fi’s fantastic cover work, but the cover genie has really pulled it out of the bag (that’s a whole mixed-up metaphor, isn’t it?) with Chuck Wendig‘s The Cormorant! Less talking, more cover:

The Cormorant - January 2014

Here’s a reminder of Miriam Black’s first and second outings – don’t they look fab together?

Blackbirds, by Chuck WendigMockingbird - September 2012

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The Empire of the Blood – Omnibus

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Empire of the BloodOn September 24th, Gav Thorpe’s massive fantasy trilogy Empire of the Blood will be published in ebook format worldwide, and in paper format in the US and Canada.

Coming in at a whopping 1,024 pages (!) the volume comprises three novels:

  • * The Crown of the Blood
  • * The Crown of the Conqueror
  • * The Crown of the Usurper

UK (and elsewhere) folk wanting to get their hands on this epic tale can order online at The Book Depository, which currently has it listed for just £7.70!

He had brought his master’s Empire to the furthest reaches of the world. All had fallen before him. Now he longs for home. But home isn’t what it was. Could it be that everything he’s fought for all those years has been a lie? A sweeping fantasy of immense battles, demonic magic and dark politics.

Ullsaard has won the crown But when he is confronted with a truth too shocking to contemplate, he has to make the impossible choice between power and honour. And now the real battle has begun in this stunning sequel to The Crown of the Blood, packed with gargantuan battles, demonic magic and treacherous politics.

Ullsaard rules the known world. All are subject to his will. Yet even as another king bows before him, there are those who would wrench his empire from beneath him. He must risk losing the lands he has conquered to confront a foe far more powerful than any he has faced before.As alliances shift and old enemies return, will he save the empire he has given his life to, or let it fall to ruin?

File Under:
Fantasy [ Epic battles / Political Intrigue / Mystical Powers / Hidden Rulers ]

“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

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We’ve got yet another gorgeous new book cover to show off today. Here’s the artwork for Any Other Name, the second book in Emma Newman‘s utterly fabulous urban fantasy series The Split Worlds, with oodles of lovely twiddly bits (technical term, there) by the wonderfully talented Sarah J. Coleman:

Any Other Name by Emma Newman, Artwork by Sarah J. Coleman

Lovely stuff, no? Thanks to Charlotte and the gang at the Central Illustration Agency for sterling help too.

We’ll be publishing Any Other Name in June and the third part of the series, All is Fair, will follow in October. We don’t hang about, us Robots.

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Readers of the mighty have already been treated to a first-look at the cover art for Jay Posey‘s first Angry Robot novel – Three, part one of The Duskwalker Cycle – and will have had the opportunity to read an exclusive extract as well.

For anyone who missed out, here’s a second look at Steven Meyer-Rassow‘s brooding, menacing artwork:

Three, by Jay Posey

Three will be hitting bookstore shelves near you when we publish in August this year.

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If you’ve been anywhere near since yesterday afternoon (/ evening / morning, depending on your timezone) then you’ll most likely have feasted your eyes on the exclusive cover art reveal for A Discourse in Steel, the second Tale of Egil and Nix by Paul S. Kemp. But in case you missed it (do try to pay attention next time), here it is in all its be-weaponed glory:

A Discourse In Steel by Paul S. Kemp

(Click that pic for a larger, even more in-yer-face-ier version)

The artist credit for this particular beauty goes to Lee Gibbons. A Discourse in Steel will be published in July, but if you’d like to whet your appetite with a series of sneaky peaks (of course you would!) then you can do so over at Paul S. Kemp‘s website.

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Adam Christopher UK Launch Event

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The Age Atomic, by Adam Christopher, art & design by Will StaehleNext Thursday (4th April) sees the UK launch of Adam Christopher‘s The Age Atomic. This brilliant sequel tells the story of what happens after the events at the end of Empire State.

The book has already garnered some fantastic reviews – describes it as “a blast for sci-fi fans”, and Chuck Wendig says that it’s “a rare follow-up that’s better than its predecessor.”

Adam will be reading from – and signing copies of – The Age Atomic at the London Forbidden Planet Megastore from 6.00pm until 7.00pm on the day of publication.

But wait! There’s more!

Not only will you have the opportunity to pick up a signed copy of the paperback, you’ll also be able to pick up one of only 100 copies of a limited edition hardback, produced exclusively for Forbidden Planet! And at £20 for one of just 100 copies, that’s sure to become a collectors’ item! If you can’t make it to the launch event, you can pre-order a copy, here.

But wait! There’s even more!

“Surely not!” you say.
“Absolutely, yes!” we reply.
“Get on with it!” shouts a voice from the back, but we look around too slowly to see who it is…

Empire State limited edition

The Empire State Limited Edition variant cover. Look at the shiny… (click to embiggify)

In addition to the 100 copy limited edition hardback of The Age Atomic, we’ve also produced a 100 copy limited edition of the book that started it all – Empire State. Again, this is exclusive to Forbidden Planet, and you can pick up a copy on the night (you’ll also be able to pre-order from Forbidden Planet’s website, later today).

But wait! There’s even more news!

“Oh, now, Mr Ambassador, you are surely spoiling us!”

The 100 copy limited edition hardback of Empire State has a variant cover, by the original artist – the uber-talented Mr Will Staehle. So, grab a copy of an extremely limited edition run, of SciFi Now Magazine’s Best Book of 2012!

But wait!

“No. That’s enough, surely,” you opine.
“Oh, OK,” we agree.

For now...


Check back tomorrow for details of Joseph D’Lacey‘s Scottish and English launch events for Black Feathers

Hot on the heels of the iD cover reveal, we’ve more mind-blowing cover artistry to share with you today. This time it’s the eyeball-smackingly glorious cover for the first book in Chuck Wendig‘s brand new Mookie Pearl series, The Blue Blazes.

The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig

The gorgeously detailed artwork in question is, of course, by the one and only Joey Hi-Fi, whose talented hands have produced the cover art for all of Chuck’s Angry Robot novels to-date, including the two gems that are Blackbirds and Mockingbird:

Blackbirds, by Chuck Wendig   Mockingbird, by Chuck Wendig

Click any of those images for an even larger version and, as always, please do feel free to download, share and shout about our newest cover art from the online rooftops.

The Founding Fields had an exclusive reveal of this cover yesterday, and if you head there now, you can read an interview with Chuck Wendig in which he describes his feelings on seeing his new cover…

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If you’ve visited the mighty recently then there’s a good chance you’ll have spotted their exclusive cover reveal for the second book in Madeline Ashby‘s Machine Dynasty saga: iD, the sequel to vN.

On the other hand, if you’re catching a glimpse for the first time… behold!

iD by Madeline Ashby

Most definitely awesome artwork by the superbly talented Mr Martin Bland (a.k.a. Spyroteknik). You can read Madeline’s comments on the cover over on

Click that image for an even larger one, and please do feel free to download, share and generally spread the art love far and wide.

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Readers of Hugo Award Winning SF Signal have already been treated to the exclusive cover reveal for Wesley Chu‘s debut science fiction thriller The Lives of Tao and here it is again in all its silhouetted and be-weaponed glory:

The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu

This one is the latest product of our elite cadre of in-house design-bots at ARGH! Oxford and rather fabulously encapsulates the Lives of Tao back-story. Which is… well, that would be telling. You’ll just have to wait until publication day in May to find out. Unless you’re a genre fiction blogger or reviewer, of course, in which case you can request the eARC via NetGalley and grab yourself an early sneak-peek at the action.

Click that image for an even larger one, and please do feel free to download, share and generally pass it around to all and sundry!

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New cover art! Fans of Lt. Stan Markowski of the Scranton P.D. are going to absolutely love this one, too: it’s the third book in Justin Gustainis‘s Occult Crimes Unit Investigations series, Known Devil, which we’re publishing in August 2013:

Known Devil, by Justin Gustainis, cover art by Timothy Lantz

The artist responsible for this one is the one and only Timothy Lantz, who has also provided the visuals for the first two books in the series, Hard Spell and Evil Dark:

Hard Spell by Justin Gustainis, artwork by Timothy lantz   Evil Dark by Justin Gustainis, artwork by Timothy Lantz

Too long to with ’til August? We prescribe a re-read of the first two books in the series to help keep the cravings under control. Repeat the dose as required…

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Here’s the cover for The Eighth Court, the fourth book in Mike Shevdon‘s utterly fantastical Courts of the Feyre series, which we’re publishing in June 2013.

This one has been packed with gorgeous, twiddly detail by the one and only, World Fantasy Award Winning artist, John Coulthart. Regular readers of The Qwillery will have seen this one already, but everyone else should immediately click the pic for a larger version, in order to see it in all its glory. Go on, you know you want to…

The Eighth Court by Mike Shevdon, cover art by John Coulthart

And check out the rest of the series: Sixty-One Nails, The Road to Bedlam and Strangeness and Charm. Wouldn’t they look just incredibly handsome as a complete set on your bookshelves..?

Sixty-One Nails by Mike Shevdon, covert art by John Coulthart  The Road to Bedlam by Mike Shevdon, covert art by John Coulthart  Strangeness and Charm by Mike Shevdon, covert art by John Coulthart
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We’ve got it covered

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Blackbirds, by Chuck WendigWe’re quite proud of the standard and range of our covers, here at Angry Robot Mansions, so it’s always gratifying to hear that other folk feel the same way.

So far this year our covers have won two publicly-voted cover competitions in the “Best of 2012″ category.

First up, over at Ranting Dragon, there was one enormous competition, which started with 64 of last year’s best titles pitted against each other – the winner of each round went through to the next stage in the competition, and voting began anew.

The overall winner was Joey HiFi‘s brilliant cover to Chuck Wendig’s Blackbirds.

More recently, The Qwillery took their favourite 12 covers of 2012 and asked their readers to vote on which was the best.

Angry Robot had 3 horses in the race – Chris McGrath‘s atmospheric cover to the Lee Collins debut, The Dead of Winter, Amazing15‘s brilliantly retro Dead Harvest (by Chris F Holm) and Joey HiFi’s now award-winning cover to Blackbirds.

1,189 votes were cast. Blackbirds received 492 votes, and Dead Harvest also received 492 – a dead heat! So, these 2 covers received 984 out of the 1,189 votes cast, with the other 205 votes split among the other 10 titles.

Congratulations to Joey HiFi and to Amazing15 for their superb work. Kudos also, to our very own Marc Gascoigne, who Art Directed both of these winning covers.

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