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COVER REVEAL: The Rebellion’s Last Traitor

Well met, good robots.

Do we have a treat for you today! It’s Steve Stone‘s brand new cover for Nik Korpon‘s The Rebellion’s Last Traitor, a sci-fi noir that puts us in mind of Inception by way of Blade Runner and the Easter Uprising of 1916. Yes, we know that definitely propels it into the WTF part of our remit and we couldn’t be happier to be bringing this wonder to you in early June.

As a bonus feature, not only are our friends at the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog showing off the cover they’re also sharing the first chapter of The Rebellion’s Last Traitor, just so you can get your whet your whistle, pre-release. Click on the image below to take a peek at the full reveal and read the excerpt.

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Cover Reveal: The Song of The Dead

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Watch out: we have an absinthe-soaked, illuminati-tinged, steampunk dream for your visual cortex!

We absolutely love the first two covers in Carrie Patel‘s Recoletta series – the spectacular fantasy-whodunit set in an underground city where the classes are at war and intrigue and deceit lie around every corner.

Now, we’re incredibly happy to show off the beautiful cover for the gripping third title in the series, The Song of The Dead, created by the peerless John Coulthart.

The Song of The Dead will be released May 2 (US/Can) / May 4 (UK/Commonwealth). That means, if you’ve yet to read the first two books in the series, The Buried Life and Cities & Thrones you have some time. And you know what,  because we’re nice like that, we’re offering both ebooks for just $1.99 on the website for the next week.

Here are some reviews of the series, to whet your appetite further:

“The subtly fantastical story is resplendent with surprisingly deep villains, political corruption, and a gripping whodunit feel.”

– Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

The Buried Life excels on many levels, quite apart from its presentation of strong female characters: it’s a cracking whodunnit with sufficient twists and turns to make Agatha Christie proud, a vivid portrayal of a vibrant multicultural society, and an intriguing love story.”
The Guardian

“Her writing exudes an engaging confidence that makes The Buried Life hard to put down. Patel also shows a gift for pithy dialogue, and her two female leads are both resilient although in different ways”.
SciFi Now

The Buried Life artfully sets a who-dunit murder mystery in a dystopian underground city filled with dark politics and foul secrets. It’s a gripping read from start to finish, with two clever female leads and a delightfully colorful cast. More, please!”
Beth Cato, author of The Clockwork Dagger

“Carrie Patel has created a world that’s so rich, so full, and so well-developed, that it’s incredibly easy to get lost in it. There are layers to the characters and layers to the world itself. It’s incredibly thought out and developed, and it’s so well-done. I’d revisit this world again for sure.”
In Case of Survival

“I was on the edge of my proverbial seat.”
The Qwillery

Now, take a look at all of the covers together. A fine trilogy to show off on your bookcase!

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Cover Reveal: A Man of Shadows by Jeff Noon

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It’s time to step into the shadows with the electrifying new novel A Man of Shadows, from the very talented Jeff Noon, author of the award winning novel Vurt.

Here’s the synopsis:

Below the neon skies of Dayzone – where the lights never go out, and night has been banished – lowly private eye John Nyquist takes on a teenage runaway case. His quest takes him from Dayzone into the permanent dark of Nocturna.

As the vicious, seemingly invisible serial killer known only as Quicksilver haunts the streets, Nyquist starts to suspect that the runaway girl holds within her the key to the city’s fate. In the end, there’s only one place left to search: the shadow-choked zone known as Dusk.

And we’re super excited to be able to show you the amazing cover art from Will Staehle and you can see the full thing, in all its glory, in the exclusive reveal on Tor.com. Just follow the link in the teaser at the top!

A Man of Shadows will be available from all reputable and non-reputable bookstores from August 2 (US/Can) / August 4 (UK/RoW).

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Cover Reveal + Excerpt: Myth of The Maker

Continuing our tie-in novel situation, Angry Robot are super excited to be publishing Bruce R Cordell‘s Myth of The Maker, a novel based on the RPG The Strange, which was co-created by Monte Cook Games and Bruce himself.

If you’re not familiar with The Strange RPG, it’s a world set on modern day Earth which allows GMs to take players through different ‘recursions’ based on literary creations. Yes, it’s our type of thing.

Here’s the synopsis for Myth of The Maker:

Carter Morrison didn’t want to kill his friends, or himself, but he had a good reason. It was either them, or the end of all life on the planet: their sacrifice saved the world.

Not that anyone knew it, until Katherine Manners stumbled over a melting man in a computer room clutching a message of doom from another world.

Now, we’re super excited to be bringing you both the cover for this amazing book AND chapter excerpt, ahead of its release date in April.

Just click on the teaser image below to be taken through to the full reveal and excerpt over on the KnifesEdge blog:

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Reviewers: review copies are available on NetGalley now.

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Cover Reveal: Inherit the Flame

New cover alert! It’s a brilliant one too, as you’d expect from the amazingly talented artist, Kim Sokol.

The exciting cover is for Inherit the Flame, the 3rd novel in Megan E O’Keefe’s Scorched Continent series, following on from Steal the Sky, – described as having ‘witty banter, realpolitik, elusive and wonderful magic’ by Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews – and Break the Chains, which left Fantasy Fictioneagerly anticipating the follow up.’

The full cover can be seen in all its glory on the B&N SF & Fantasy Blog, as well as an exclusive excerpt of chapters one and two. Just click on the teaser below to be taken to the full reveal:

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Inherit the Flame will be released April 4 (US/Can) / April 6 (UK/RoW).

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Cover Reveal: The Broken Ones

A couple of months ago we announced that Danielle L. Jensen hadn’t quite finished with her Malediction trilogy and is returning to the series with a prequel, The Broken Ones, focusing on the story of much-loved character Marc and wife Pénélope.

We’re well on the way to its June publication date now and, as such, it’s time to reveal the cover! Our thanks to Steve Stone for yet another beautiful image, which will look absolutely wonderful next to those of Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress and Warrior Witch.

Head over to Danielle’s blog for the full reveal plus worldwide giveaway! In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of Marc and Pénélope to titillate you:

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Cover Reveal: A Tyranny of Queens

Rejoice! It’s new cover time, and today we have an absolute beauty for you.

You might remember last year’s brilliant portal fantasy An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows, described as “the portal fantasy I’ve spent my whole life waiting for” by Tor’s Liz Bourke. Now we’re showing off the cover – created by Hugo Award-winning artist Julie Dillon – for the amazing sequel, A Tyranny of Queens.

But first, here’s the synopsis:

Saffron Coulter is back on Earth, but even so, nothing is easy. Struggling with the victimising expectations of her friends and family and threatened with a stay in psychiatric care, Saffron has to make a choice: to forget about Kena and fit back into the life she’s outgrown, or pit herself against everything she’s ever known and everyone she loves.

Meanwhile in Kena, Gwen is increasingly troubled by Leoden’s absence and his plans for the captive worldwalkers, while Yena, still in Veksh, must confront the deposed Kadeja. What is their endgame? Who can they trust? And what happens when Leoden returns?

For the full cover, plus exclusive interview with both Foz and Angry Robot author Keith Yatsuhashi, author of Kojiki and forthcoming title Kokoro, click on the teaser image below.

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Cover Reveal: Among The Fallen

Among the Fallen - teaserOoooh, it’s time for a pretty new cover! Our first of 2017, in fact, and we have to thank superb artist Andreas Rocha for the fine work. *doffs cap*

The frankly stunning cover is for Among The Fallen, the second title in N S Dolkart‘s Godserfs series, following on from last year’s magnificent Silent Hall, described by Strange Alliances as “a very special debut novel.”

The full reveal can be found over at Fantasy Faction but here’s a little teaser in the meantime. Just click on it to be taken through to the article which also features the synopsis.

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New Books: KW Jeter New Novel + Re-Releases + Shiny New Covers!

Exciting news, fans of cogs and clocks and all things steam!

K W Jeter – the father of steampunk who coined the term 30 years ago – is back, with a brand new novel and re-releases of the earlier books in his genre-defining George Dower series.

To celebrate the anniversary Angry Robot will be re-releasing Infernal Devices this coming February, with a re-release of second-in-series Fiendish Schemes arriving in April. This is the first time that Fiendish Schemes will be released outside of the US/Canada, so be ready, UK/Commonwealth fans! Finally, we’ll be publishing K W’s brand new novel, Grim Expectations, the third of the George Dower series, in June 2017.

Each book has a brand new cover, created by the ever-brilliant John Coulthart, and let us tell you, they are WONDERFUL. If you’d like to take a look at them and hear a little from K W about his thoughts on both the covers and the series in general, head over to Tor.com for some exclusive content. In the meantime, here’s a little teaser for you:
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New Covers: vN, iD and ReV

Welcome, welcome Robot minions!

Come, sit, drink a tea and check out the absolutely badass updated (and one new) covers we have for Madeline Ashby’s Machine Dynasty series. Each of these fine pieces of art can be credited to Martin Bland AKA Spyroteknik.

‘But why the updates?’, you ask. Well, we’re reissuing the first two books in mass market format (US/Can) at the start of 2017 and then in May Rev, the third title in the series will be hitting shelves.
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United States of Japan… in Japan

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We’ll let you just stare at those a while… (You can click on them to make each a tad larger…)

Not bad, eh? Because of the size of the novel and the space that kanji text takes up, Peter Tieryas’ superlative alt-history epic United States of Japan will be published in two volumes in its Japanese translation. They’re coming soon from Hayakawa, who as you can see have commissioned the mighty John Liberto to revisit the mecha-policed streets of Los Angeles, 198-something across a pair of matching covers. Very metal, totally gorgeous.

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Cover Reveal: Break The Chains

Howdy folks!

We have a gorgeous new cover to show off! It’s for the second book in Megan E O’Keefe‘s Scorched Continent series: Break The Chains – continuing the capers of Detan and Tibs that we first saw in Steal the Sky.

We’ve been lucky enough to have Kim Sokol continue the series covers with this stunning and rather vertiginous illustration. You can feel the wind in your hair!

In keeping with her books’ lovable thief and scoundrel duo, Megan has written a blog about friendships in fantasy for you to enjoy and have fuzzy feels about. Our pals at the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog  have been kind enough to share it with the world.

Break The Chains comes out October 4 (US/Can) / October 6 (UK/RoW).

Click on the teaser below to be taken to the full lush cover and Megan’s excellent words. Can you see what they see?

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Cover Reveal: Susan Murray’s Waterborne Exile

Hot on the heels of last week’s cover reveal for James A. Moore‘s City of Wonders, today we have the wonderful cover of Susan Murray‘s Waterborne Exile for you, courtesy of Paul Young at Artist Partners. If you head over to Book Swoon and Fantasy Faction, they’re hosting the reveal as well as running a giveaway for the first title in the series, The Waterborne Blade. Enter for your chance to get a free start at this fantastic series.

And for those who can’t wait to hop over, here’s the cover in all its glory:

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Look what we found in the AR archive

In spring, like so many people, one’s thoughts turn to tidying up a bit, i.e. spring cleaning. Our bristling orbital death platform has been looking a bit dusty and ramshackle of late – books and body parts everywhere, of course, but also crates of a less identifiable nature.

Right at the bottom of the most distant stack, in a wooden chest marked in a font of a distinctly pre-millenial variety (how you get Comic Sans on the side of an oak case I’ve no idea), we made a delighted discovery. In short, we found mint copies of some of Angry Robot’s releases from the very earliest days of the imprint. Very collectible, and we know we aren’t the only readers who have hung onto these original editions, even though copies are very scarce out there. It’s fascinating to see how our cover design styles have changed over the decades [ click to enlarge ]:

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From the left: one of our short-lived but very collectable series of AR Doubles, from 1966 (Guy Haley’s Reality 36 on the other side, as we’re sure you remember); the first appearance of that sleeper hit Nexus, from 1974; and an example of the first Jim Moore complete repackaging programme, from 1976.

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From left: powerful swords & sorcery imagery that screams 1979, also the inspiration behind Hawkwind’s concept album, released the following year; and a chance to compare and contrast UK and US packaging approaches, both from 1985.

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