Gollancz acquires Dhonielle Clayton’s The Belles

We’ve got some very exciting news. We are thrilled to announce that we will be publishing Dhonielle Clayton’s The Belles this February! Rachel Winterbottom, Commissioning Editor at Gollancz, has bought The Belles plus one sequel by Dhonielle Clayton, to be published in February 2018 in trade paperback. This crossover YA fantasy is about beauty and power, set in a lush world where beauty is a complete mirage. Rachel Winterbottom said: ‘I was instantly entranced by this opulent world that manages to be both decadent and terrifying. Dhonielle’s The Belles opens up terribly important conversations about the commodification of women’s bodies,…

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Stories of the Frontier a guest post by Ed McDonald

“In science fiction, we’re always searching for new frontiers. We’re drawn to the unknown.” – Ridley Scott There is something primal and timeless within us when it comes to borderlands. They may be physical divides – a wall, an ocean, a gulf of empty space – or they can be lines drawn across maps by men in suits. They can be brief areas of no-man’s land, or they can be vast expanses of endless plain. But whatever they are, the frontier is a place where stories happen. The old west, a place of lawlessness, where eager pioneers have moved far…

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Cover Reveal: Seventh Decimate

We’re delighted to reveal the cover for the forthcoming new novel by one of the masters of the fantasy genre, Stephen Donaldson. It’s been over twenty years since he started a brand new series, and this punchy tale of one prince fighting for his country’s survival is a perfect reminder of how influential a writer he is. And if you’ve never read any Donaldson before, this is the perfect starting point!   The war between Amika and Belleger has raged for generations. Its roots lie in the distant past, beyond memory. Sorcerers from both sides rain destruction down on the…

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Read an Exclusive Extract from Son of the Night

You may have heard of the Hundred Years War. You may think you know about what those times were like. Lots of mud, territorial aggression and religious beliefs. But what if the outmoded superstitions of an uneducated populace were actually true? What if God *would* send an angel to fight by your side, as long as you were a rightful king? What if someone could call up a devil? All of these questions are answered in the epic historical fantasy series by Mark Alder. SON OF THE NIGHT is just out and getting great reviews so here, to whet your…

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Ed McDonald on The Writing Process

  We are thrilled to welcome Ed McDonald, author of Blackwing to the Gollancz Blog. Ed McDonald’s debut novel, Blackwing is the gritty tale of Galharrow and his Blackwings. When a raven tattoo rips itself from his arm to deliver a desperate message, Galharrow and a mysterious noblewoman must investigate a long dead sorcerer’s legacy . . .  So begins one of the most exciting fantasy novels you’ll read this year. You can read the opening chapter here. Join Ed as he discusses writing, his writing process, world building, spreadsheets and shares advice for how to get started.   The…

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