It’s a big day of book publishing here at Gollancz Towers. There’s something comforting in the knowledge that, even though the rain might never stop (it’s June – COME ON), there’s a bumper pile of amusing fantasy-crime, traditional epic fantasy, sweeping and creative space opera, and hard-boiled SFF crime for you to choose from. Take your pick from the bonanza below!
Dark Forge, Miles Cameron
Only fools think war is simple.
Some are warriors, some captains; others tend to the fallen or feed the living.
But on the magic-drenched battlefield, information is the lifeblood of victory, and Aranthur is about to discover that carrying messages, scouting the enemy, keeping his nerve, and passing on orders is more dangerous, and more essential, then an inexperienced soldier could imagine . . . especially when everything starts to go wrong.
Battle has been joined – on the field, in the magical sphere, and in the ever-shifting political arena . . .
Praise for Miles Cameron
‘A masterclass in how to write modern fantasy – world building, characters, plot and pacing, all perfectly blended. Miles Cameron is at the top of his game. To say I loved it is an understatement’ John Gwynne
‘Miles Cameron is back with a brand new series and you’re going to be hooked from the very beginning. A fresh take on the typical farm boy turned hero fantasy, this is everything you could possibly want in a fantasy series’ The Bibliophile Chronicles
‘A stirring, gritty and at times quite brutal epic fantasy’ Tor.com
‘This series promises to be the standout epic fantasy for the ages’ Fantasy Book Critic
The October Man, Ben Aaronovitch
A brand new stand-alone novella in the bestselling Rivers of London series!
If you thought magic was confined to one country . . . think again.
Trier is famous for wine, Romans and for being Germany’s oldest city. So when a man is found dead with, his body impossibly covered in a fungal rot, the local authorities know they are out of their depth.
Fortunately this is Germany, where there are procedures for everything.
Enter Investigator Tobias Winter, whose aim is to get in, deal with the problem, and get out with the minimum of fuss, personal danger and paperwork. With the help of frighteningly enthusiastic local cop, Vanessa Sommer, he’s quick to link the first victim to a group of ordinary middle aged men – and to realise they may have accidentally reawakened a bloody conflict from a previous century. But the rot is still spreading, literally and with the suspect list extending to people born before Frederick the Great solving the case may mean unearthing the city’s secret magical history.
. . . so long as that history doesn’t kill them first.
Praise for Ben Aaronovitch:
‘The Rivers of London series is an ever-evolving delight’ CRIME REVIEW
‘Ben Aaronovitch is a master of metropolitan magical mayhem’ STARBURST
‘Aaronovitch deftly balances urban fantasy with the police procedural’ CRIME SCENE
‘Once you start, you’ll find a London that’s just dying to be explored’ DEN OF GEEK
The Tropic of Eternity, Tom Toner
The conclusion to ‘a space opera of surpassing gracefulness, depth, complexity, and well, all-round weirdness’
It is the 147th century. The mighty era of Homo Sapiens is at an end.
In the Westerly Provinces of the Old World, the hunt is on for the young queen Arabis, and the beast that holds her captive. In the brutal hominid Investiture, revolution has come. The warlord Cunctus, having seized the Vulgar worlds, invites every Prism to pick a side. In the Firmament, once the kingdom of the Immortal Amaranthine, all ships converge on the foundry of Gliese. The grandest battle in the history of mammalian kind has begun.
Perception, ancient machine spirit, must take back its mortal remains in a contest for the Firmament itself. Ghaldezuel, now the Grand Marshal of Cunctus’ new empire, must travel to the deepest lagoon in the Investiture, a place where monsters dwell. Captain Maril, lost amongst the Hedron Stars, finds himself caught between colossal powers the likes of which he’d never dreamt. And for Aaron the Long-Life, he who has waited so very, very long for his revenge, things are only getting started . . .
Praise for Tom Toner:
‘(An) unceasing display of wonders…This third novel honours the accomplishments of and promises of the first two, and serves as a fitting capstone to a unique creation . . .’ Paul Di Filippo, Locus Magazine
‘The final book in Toner’s ridiculously ambitious trilogy will force you to redefine what space opera can do . . .’ Barnes & Noble
‘Among the most significant works of science fiction released in recent years’ TOR.COM on The Promise of the Child
Thin Air, Richard Morgan
An atmospheric tale of corruption and abduction set on Mars, from the author of the award-winning science fiction novel Altered Carbon, out now on Netflix.
Richard Morgan has always been one of our most successful SF authors with his fast-moving and brutal storylines, blistering plots and a powerful social conscience behind his work.
And now he’s back, with his first SF novel for eight years . . . and it promises to be a publication to remember.
An ex-corporate enforcer, Hakan Veil, is forced to bodyguard Madison Madekwe, part of a colonial audit team investigating a disappeared lottery winner on Mars. But when Madekwe is abducted, and Hakan nearly killed, the investigation takes him farther and deeper than he had ever expected. And soon Hakan discovers the heavy price he may have to pay to learn the truth.
‘Super fluid action thriller . . . amped-up Chandler in space’ Guardian
‘A hugely entertaining and smartly written book’ SFX
‘A sheer pyrotechnic triumph: wonderfully imaginative, written in overdrive, mercilessly violent . . . A twisted conundrum and a hell of a ride!’ Crime Time