Continuing from our earlier piece last year on the first six months of the year and what was exciting Team Tor UK in 2015, here's what's forthcoming in the latter half of 2015. It looks to be a pretty exciting year for us with lots of new and exciting books and authors we hope will tickle your fancy!
Naomi Novik - *TOR UK DEBUT ALERT*
This new fantasy, Uprooted (02 July 2015) from the bestselling author of the Temerarie series is something really special. Magical, Grimm, an instant classic was just some of the praise we had for it from hugely enthusiastic in-house readers.
Agnieszka loves her valley home. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood and the next choosing is fast approaching.
With praise already from authors including Robin Hobb, Cassandra Clare, Greggory Maguire and Tamora Pierce this is a book you really don't want to miss! Keep an eye out for the cover reveal and an extract in a few weeks' time.
There are, I know, may eager fans awaiting this new novel from John continuing from Malice and Valour. Ruin (16 July 2015) continues the story of Corban and his followers as they seek refuge in Drassil the fabled fortress of the giants. Filled with all the amazing characters we just fell in love with in the last two books - and introducing some new ones - these really are books that can match George R R Martin for pure addictive reading. And if you don't believe me then just check out all the 5* reviews for him!
S L Grey - *TOR UK DEBUT ALERT*
From the writing partnership of Sara Lotz and Louis Greenberg comes Underground (16 July 2015) and is essentially what would happen if Stephen King woke up one morning as Agatha Christie – imagine a small group of people hiding from the apocalypse in an underground bunker. Each one harbours a dark secret, a reason to hide that they are keeping from everyone else. Whilst they are riding out the end of the world, the only person who has the code to get out of the bunker is found murdered, leaving them trapped inside. It's edge of the seat reading full of tension, drama and action.
Yes - you can all squee now. Heck I know I did when this landed in my inbox! :-) We have a new and absolutely fabulous short story collection coming from this pigeon-hole defying author. Crossing genres in a single stride and demolishing preconceptions and stereotypes with a mighty blow, this is an author whose writing you can't fail to be entertained and challenged by. Three Moments of an Explosion (30 July 2015) is a wonderfully intelligent and engaging collection featuring stories with sentient oil rigs, flying icebergs and a ladder into space...
Seth Dickinson *TOR UK DEBUT ALERT*
The Traitor is a debut novel by Seth Dickinson and a hugely engaging read. With the insidious Masked Empire conquering country after country, not through warfare but through trade, economic dependency and political manipulation, the young girl Baru Cormorant grows up knowing if she is to get justice for her people then she needs to do so from within. But in doing so, will she become just as corrupt as the Empire she's trying to overcome?
Beautifully imagined with original characters, sumptuous world building and lots of action and skullduggery I just could not put this down.
Zen Cho - *TOR UK DEBUT ALERT*
I adored the charismatic characters in Sorcerer to the Crown (24 September 2015), the sparkling plotting and wonderfully drawn Regency-setting. It’s an irresistible combination of Georgette Heyer and Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell .
Here, Zacharias Wythe is England's first African Sorcerer Royal, although a faction schemes to depose him. He must also contend with the Fairy Court refusing to supply Britain with magic and with rumours he murdered his predecessor. However, his most outrageous problem is Prunella, a female magical prodigy. And she’s made an incredible magical discovery – and intends to use it.
So that's it for the moment. Obviously we have MUCH more but I couldn't cover it all - so do check out our schedule for what's coming in 2015 here on our Tor 2015 schedule. And don't even get me started on what we've got lined up for you in 2016 . . . ;-)
Happy New Year from all at Team Tor UK. xx