Publication day is upon us once more! And it’s paperback time. This is the day all of you eagerly wait for so you can get your books on without breaking the bank or your back! Okay, there may be two hardbacks, but they’re pocket-sized and amazing so no complaining!
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson was the first book by the author who is now known as one of the titans of the fantasy genre. This is where is all began, and now with this 10th anniversary reissue of the author’s preferred text, it is the perfect opportunity to read or reread this modern classic.
The debut novel from international bestseller Brandon Sanderson, published with 10,000 words of bonus content!
Elantris was a place of glory.
The capital of Arelon, it was home to people transformed into magic-using demigods by the Shaod.
But then the magic failed, Elantris started to rot, and its inhabitants became powerless wrecks.
In the new capital, Kae, close enough to Elantris to remind everyone what they have lost, a princess arrives. Sarene was to marry, unite Teod and Arelon against religious imperialists. But Raoden, her husband to be, is dead.
Determined to fight for Teod and Arelon’s freedom, Sarene clashes with the high priest Hrathen. But there are still secrets in Elantris. The dead and the ruined may yet have a role to play in this new world. Because magic still lives . . .
‘The finest fantasy novel to be written in many years’ Orson Scott Card
‘Elantris is a new Ben-Hur for the fantasy genre, with a sweeping, epic storyline and well-drawn and sympathetic characters’ Kevin J Anderson
Elantris is out now in paperback.
Of Sand and Malice Made by Bradley Beaulieu is a novella that will the fill the Çeda-shaped hole in your life. Set before the events of Twelve Kings this is another thrilling tale from one of the brightest new voices in fantasy. A gorgeous, small hardback, this is a perfect, quick and stylish read.
Çeda is the youngest pit fighter in the history of Sharakhai.
Renowned in the arena, she’s the fearsome, undefeated White Wolf. Though none but her closest friends and allies knew her true identity.
But this all changes when she crosses the path of Rümayesh, one of the sadistic creatures known as ehrekh which were forged long ago by the god of chaos. They are usually desert dwellers, but this one lurks in the dark corners of Sharakhai, toying with and preying on humans. As Rümayesh works to unmask the White Wolf and claim Çeda for her own, Çeda’s struggle becomes a battle for her friends, her life, and her very soul.
‘Wise readers will hop on this train now, as the journey promises to be breathtaking’ Robin Hobb, author of Assassin’s Apprentice
‘A lavish epic featuring gods, gangs, gladiators and everything in-between. With its deliciously original magic system, vast new world, reckless heroine and sinister array of ageless villains, this is a must for fans of Brandon Sanderson’ Jared Shurin, Pornokitsch
Old Man’s Ghosts by Tom Lloyd completes the Empire of a Hundred Houses duology by one of the masters of modern fantasy. Following on from Moon’s Artifice we re-join Narin as the past catches up with him. There couldn’t be a worse time for a nightmare to be unleashed on the Imperial City, but luck’s rarely been on Narin’s side.
SOME MEN CAN NEVER OUTRUN THEIR GHOSTS
Enchei once swore to take his own life rather than have his secrets exposed. Narin once swore to preserve the laws and traditions of the Empire. Both will falter as a nightmare is unleashed upon their city.
As demons, rogue mages and vengeful noblemen haunt the streets, Narin’s lover Kine lives under a death sentence. The past is catching up with all of them and soon they will be caught in the jaws of a terrifyingly dangerous game. One that will lead to untold deaths should they fail.
And a man’s ghosts are always watching and waiting.
‘A hugely assured modern fantasy’ SFX
‘Entertaining and strong’ SFSignal.com
Old Man’s Ghosts is out now in paperback.
Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner is the award-winning author’s classic of modern fantasy, set in a world of unforgettable characters whose political ambitions, passionate love affairs and age-old rivalries collide with deadly results.
On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword . . .
Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duesl to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless – until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye . . .
Swordspoint is the first of Ellen Kushner’s swashbuckling novels, set in a perilous world of labyrinthine politics, where sharp words and even sharper wits rule, and the only thing harder than gaining power is holding on to it.
‘An unforgettable opening . . . and just gets better than there’ GEORGE R. R. MARTIN
‘A glorious thing, the book we might have had if Noel Coward had written a vehicle of Errol Flynn’ GENE WOLFE
‘A many-faceted pleasure. It manages to evoke both the witty Regency romances of Georgette Heyer and the fog-shrouded dangerous streets of Fritz Leiber’s Lankhmar’ GUY GAVRIEL KAY
The Dread Wyrm by Miles Cameron continue The Red Knight’s adventures, which have become one of the most gripping martial fantasies – and he has an epic adventure – and a huge tournament – ahead . . .
SOME ARE BORN TO POWER
SOME SEIZE IT
AND SOME HAVE THE WISDOM NEVER TO WIELD IT
The Red Knight has stood against soldiers, against armies and against the might of an empire without flinching. He’s fought on real and on magical battlefields alike, and now he’s facing one of the greatest challenges yet.
A joyous spring event, the flower of the nobility will present arms and ride against each other for royal favour and acclaim. It’s a political contest – and one which the Red Knight has the skill to win. But the stakes may be higher than he thinks. The court of Alba has been infiltrated by a dangerous faction of warlike knights, led by the greatest knight in the world: Jean de Vrailly – and the prize he’s fighting for isn’t royal favour, but the throne of Alba itself.
Where there is competition there is opportunity; the question is, will the Red Knight take it? Or will the creatures of the Wild seize their chance instead . . .
‘A stirring, gritty and at times quite brutal epic fantasy’ TOR.COM
‘This series promises to be a standout epic fantasy for the ages’ FANTASY BOOK CRITIC
The Dread Wyrm is out now in paperback.
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham is another classic addition of the SF Masterworks list. It continues his loose trilogy of ‘logical fantasy’ that includes The Chrysalids and The Day of the Triffids.
In the sleepy English village of Midwich, a mysterious silver object appears and all the inhabitants fall unconscious. A day later the object is gone and everyone awakens unharmed – except that all the women in the village are discovered to be pregnant.
The resultant children of Midwich do not belong to their parents: all are blonde, all are golden eyed. They grow up too fast and their minds exhibit frightening abilities that give them control over others and brings them into conflict with the villagers, just as a chilling realisation dawns on the world outside . . .
The Midwich Cuckoos is the classic tale of aliens in our midst, exploring how we respond when confronted by those who are innately superior to us in every conceivable way.
‘Exciting, unsettling and technically brilliant’ SPECTATOR
‘A taut, entertaining story that showcases John Wyndham’s status as a classic purveyor of apocalyptic SF suspense’ SFReviews.net
The Midwich Cuckoos is out now in hardback.
The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May continues the enthralling adventures of Alieana Kameron. Heiress. Debutant. Murderer. A new generation of heroines has arrived.
My name is Lady Aileana Kameron.
First the fae murdered my mother. Then they destroyed my world.
Now I’m fighting for more than revenge.
Aileana took a stand against the Wild Hunt, and she lost everything: her home, her family and her friends. Held captive by her enemy, and tormenting herself over her failure, escape seems like only the faintest possibility. But when she gets her chance, she seizes it . . . to rejoin a world devastated by war.
The future is bleak. Hunted by the fae, running for her life, Aileana has only a few options left. Trying to become part of a society scarred by – and hiding from – the Wild Hunt; trusting that a fragile alliance with the fae will save her; or walking the most dangerous path at all: coming in to her own powers as the last of the Falconers . . .
‘A riveting world, a fierce heroine, and electrifying action – I burned through this sparkling debut!’ SARAH J MAAS, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR
‘A wicked cocktail of Jane Austen’s high society and the Grimm’s fairy tales’ SCIFI NOW
The Vanishing Throne is out now in paperback.