It’s publication day, and whether it’s short stories, epic fantasy, modern-day thrillers or a re-imagination of Nordic myths you’re after, we have something for everyone. With books from legends of literature and a talented debut, you can’t go wrong!
Episodes, Christopher Priest
A collection of the best of Christopher Priest’s short fiction, spanning four decades of eerie, affecting, emotional work.
Christopher Priest is one of the most acclaimed writers of both SF and literary fiction at work today. Here, for the first time in almost twenty years, is a collection of his short work. Largely previously uncollected, ranging from the horrific to the touching, the science fictional to the realist, these stories are a perfect demonstration of the breadth and power of Priest’s writing.
Eleven stories are included, along with commentary and reflection from the author. Within these pages you will discover the stage magic-inspired horror of ‘The Head and the Hand’, the timeslip accidents of ‘futouristic.co.uk’, the impossible romance of ‘Palely Loitering’ and the present-day satire of ‘Shooting an Episode’.
Praise for Christopher Priest:
‘Britain’s pre-eminent writer of literary science fiction’ The Herald
‘Eerily powerful’ (on AN AMERICAN STORY) Spectator
‘This is a quiet masterpiece in a career full of them: a gripping, mournful, powerful novel that guides the reader through truths – and fictions – about the way the media and what we recall can work together to fool us.’ (on AN AMERICAN STORY) Guardian
‘Brilliantly constructed, cleverly contrived to fox our memories, so you end the novel trying to puzzle out what it was you just read.’ (on AN AMERICAN STORY) Locus
The Girl King, Mimi Yu
With incredible rave reviews from bestselling YA authors Samantha Shannon and Kendare Blake, this is the book that bloggers are all hailing the next big thing in YA for 2019.
Two sisters become unwitting rivals in a war to claim the title of Emperor in this sweeping tale of ambition, sacrifice and betrayal for readers of Tomi Adeyemi, Kendare Blake and Samantha Shannon.
All hail the Girl King
Sisters Lu and Min have always known their places as princesses of the empire. Lu is destined to become the first female emperor, while Min is resigned to a life in her shadow. When their father declares their male cousin heir instead, his betrayal throws both their lives into chaos.
Determined to reclaim her birthright, Lu must flee the court in search of an ally. Her quest leads her to Nokhai, the last surviving wolf shapeshifter. After years in hiding, Nok is forced into an uneasy alliance with the girl whose family killed everyone he ever loved. Now they need an army to take back the throne.
Left alone in the volatile court, Min’s hidden power awakens. It’s a forbidden, deadly magic that could secure Set’s reign . . . or allow Min to claim the throne herself.
But there can only be one emperor, and the sisters’ greatest enemy could turn out to be each other . . .
Praise for Mimi Yu:
‘I expect this to be one of the most talked-about books of 2019’ Samantha Shannon, #1 bestselling author of The Priory of the Orange Tree
‘The Girl King is everything I want in a high fantasy. Yu draws fluently from history to create an exquisite world, brings it to life with gorgeous and atmospheric prose, and populates it with fascinating characters. I expect this to be one of the most talked-about books of 2019, and I can’t wait to see what this very talented author does next.’ Samantha Shannon, bestselling author of The Priory of the Orange Tree
‘Fierce and unforgettable, The Girl King is an epic fantasy of tremendous lyrical power; that rare novel that leaves you breathless, as though your dreams and heart are bigger than your body. There’s no greater pleasure than to find a novel that makes you feel more alive – Mimi Yu has that gift of magic’ Marjorie Liu, New York Times bestselling author
‘An absolutely fantastic tale of legends, magic and destiny, Mimi Yu’s The Girl King kept the pages turning . . . If you’re down with dangerous magic, clans of shapeshifters, and worthy girls who somehow STILL need to prove their worth, then you will love this as much as I did’ Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series
‘A beautifully written epic replete with magic, shapeshifting characters, complex political intrigue and the obligatory battles between good and evil . . . Strong female characters and a helter-skelter plot make for a compelling read’ Guardian
An American Story, Christopher Priest
A powerful meditation on loss and memory seen through the prism of 9/11, by one of our greatest authors.
Ben Matson lost someone he loved in the 9/11 attacks. Or thinks he did – no body has been recovered, and she shouldn’t have been on that particular plane at that time. But he knows she was.
The world has moved on from that terrible day. Nearly 20 years later, it has faded into a dull memory for most people. But a chance encounter rekindles Ben’s interest in the event, and the inconsistencies that always bothered him.
Then the announcement of the recovery of an unidentified plane crash sets off a chain of events that will lead Ben to question everything he thought he knew . . .
Thoughtful, impeccably researched and dazzling in its writing, this is Ben’s story, the story of what happened to his fiancé, and the story of all that happened on 9/11.
Praise for Christopher Priest:
‘This is a quiet masterpiece in a career full of them: a gripping, mournful, powerful novel that guides the reader through truths – and fictions – about the way the media and what we recall can work together to fool us.’ Guardian
‘Eerily powerful.’ The Spectator
‘Britain’s pre-eminent writer of literary science fiction.’ The Herald
‘An effortlessly intelligent and engrossing novel.’ – Neil Williamson, author of The Moon Kin
‘A meditation on loss and an examination of possibly flawed memory.’ Starburst
‘Brilliantly constructed, cleverly contrived to fox our memories, so you end the novel trying to puzzle out what it was you just read.’ Locus Magazine
The Testament of Loki, Joanne Harris
The second adult epic fantasy novel from multi-million-copy bestselling author Joanne Harris.
Ragnarok was the End of Worlds.
Asgard fell, centuries ago, and the old gods have been defeated. Some are dead, while others have been consigned to eternal torment in the netherworld – among them, the legendary trickster, Loki. A god who betrayed every side and still lost everything, who has lain forgotten as time passed, and the world of humans moved on to new beliefs, new idol and new deities . . .
But now mankind dreams of the Norse Gods once again, the river Dream is but a stone’s throw from their dark prison, and Loki is the first to escape into a new reality.
The first, but not the only one to. Other, darker, things have escaped with him, who seek to destroy everything that he covets. If he is to reclaim what has been lost, Loki will need allies, a plan, and plenty of tricks . . .
Praise for Joanne Harris:
‘The first foray into adult fantasy fiction by the author of Chocolat is lively and fun’ The Sunday Times
‘A beautifully written darkly fun fairy tale which breathes new life into the Trickster’ Geek Planet Online
‘Moves at a cracking pace and it’s a lot of fun’ SciFiNow