Today is one of our favourite days of the month: it’s US/Canada and ebook publication day for Angry Robot’s March 2013 releases (which will be available in UK print edition from bookstores and online retailers from Thursday March 7th).

This month we’re delighted to be unleashing Between Two Thorns, part one of Emma Newman‘s delightful new urban fantasy series, The Split Worlds. It’s out now and will be swiftly followed by volumes two and three: Any Other Name in June and All is Fair in September.

Plus: if you’re intrigued by the Split Worlds concept, you should definitely head on over to where you can read a whole series of short stories set in the same milieu, or listen to the audio versions, narrated by Emma herself. Hows that for try-before-you-buy?

Also out now in ebook and set to fly off North American bookstore shelves, we have Hell to Pay, the third book in Matthew Hughes‘s To Hell and Back series, which began with The Damned Busters and continued with Costume Not Included.

Plus: we’ve released an ebook-only omnibus edition of Ian Whates‘s City of a Hundred Rows urban fantasy series. Containing all three books in the trilogy – City of Dreams and Nightmare, City of Hope and Despair and City of Light and Shadow – this volume isn’t available in a print edition, but can be yours for just £9.99 / $11.99 (or the equivalent in your local currency) from your favourite ebook retailer, including our very own Robot Trading Company, of course.

See below for more info and then run, don’t walk, to your nearest bricks-and-mortar bookstore, or click over to your online retailer of choice and get your hands on some top-notch fantasy action.


Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman, March 2013Between Two Thorns

by Emma Newman

Something is wrong in Aquae Sulis, Bath’s secret mirror city.

The new season is starting and the Master of Ceremonies is missing. Max, an Arbiter of the Split Worlds Treaty, is assigned with the task of finding him with no one to help but a dislocated soul and a mad sorcerer.

There is a witness but his memories have been bound by magical chains only the enemy can break. A rebellious woman trying to escape her family may prove to be the ally Max needs.

But can she be trusted? And why does she want to give up eternal youth and the life of privilege she’s been born into?

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Gargoyle Sidekick | Finder’s Keepers | A Rose By Any Other Name | Manners ]


Hell to Pay, by Matthew Hughes - design by Tom GauldHell to Pay

by Matthew Hughes

Meet Chesney Arnstruther. Once a mild-mannered insurance actuary, now a full-time crime-fighting superhero, it’s all he can do to kick bad-guy ass while at the same time holding down a steady relationship with the gorgeous Melda. Something is going on.

Meet Xaphan, wise-cracking demon and the source of (almost) all of Chesney’s powers. He’s been asked by his infernal master to give Chesney whatever he needs… but surely stopping bad guys is not in Hell’s plan? Something is definitely going on.

Meet Arthur Wrigley, a modest yet charming older gentleman whose nasty little hobby is fleecing innocent widows. Meet Simon Magus, ancient mystic and magician from Biblical times now very much enamoured of Vegas, baby. And pray you never meet the Chikkichikk, a proud and ancient race of, well, warrior dinosaurs, from the universe that God made then rejected before He started monkeying around with this one.

Whatever the hell is going on, this is definitely the third book in the wondrous To Hell & Back series.

File Under: Fantasy [ The Better Book | Talk the Dinosaur | Scam Busters | Bring Me Barabbas! ]