Publishers Weekly: Polk follows her gaslamp fantasy Witchmark with a superb sequel blending political intrigue, witchcraft, and queer romance…. Polk’s ambitious world-building never encumbers her assured, action-packed pacing, deep characters, and genuine emotion. This delectable treat is a worthy follow-up to her debut.
B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog: There are pleasurable echoes of the cozy apocalypses of Neil Gaiman in The Library of the Unwritten…. The Library of the Unwritten details a fascinating, frenetic world. The library contains multitudes, just waiting to be written.
Booklist: Trimoboli and Zaloga skillfully deliver a debut that uses alchemy to combine scientific logic, magical elements, and a whodunnit that gives off Sherlock Holmes-ian, gaslamp vibes…. [A]rtfully written from dual perspectives but with one fluid style, and will appeal to readers of sf, fantasy, and historical mystery, or those who just can’t choose.
Liesa Abrams at Simon Pulse has acquired We Are the Ants author Shaun David Hutchinson‘s A (Complicated) Love Story Set in Space, the story of Noa and DJ, who wake up on a spaceship with no idea how they got there, facing one life-threatening emergency after another while also dealing with their feelings for one another. The book will publish in spring 2021; Katie Shea Boutillier negotiated the deal for North American rights.
Audio rights to debut author Wayne Santos’s THE CHIMERA CODE, to Brian Sweany at Recorded Books, at auction, by Katie Shea Boutillier on behalf of Jennie Goloboy.
Audio rights to USA Today bestselling author Molly O’Keefe’s self-published backlist titles, to Lorna Henry at Dreamscape Media, in an eight-book deal, including rights to Julie Kriss’s THE BASTARD and S. Doyle’s THE BODYGUARD, by Katie Shea Boutillier.
Chinese (complex) rights to Martha Wells’ Nebula and Hugo Award-winning The Murderbot Diaries series (ALL SYSTEMS RED, ARTIFICIAL CONDITION, ROGUE PROTOCOL, and EXIT STRATEGY), to Global Group, by Gray Tan at Grayhawk Agency in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
French rights to Brent Weeks’s THE BURNING WHITE, final book in the Lightbringer series, to Bragelonne, by Robin Batet of Anna Jarota Agency on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Donald Maass.
Italian rights to World Fantasy Award nominee Tamsyn Muir’s The Ninth House trilogy (GIDEON THE NINTH, HARROW THE NINTH, ALECTO THE NINTH), to Mondadori, by Stefania Fietta at Donzelli Fietta Agency in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
Korean rights to the second, third, and fourth books in Martha Wells’ Nebula and Hugo Award-winning The Murderbot Diaries series, ARTIFICIAL CONDITION, ROGUE PROTOCOL, and EXIT STRATEGY, to Alma Publishing Co., by Jackie Yang at the Eric Yang Agency in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
Korean rights to Nnedi Okorafor’s BINTI: Home and BINTI: The Night Masquerade, to Alma, by Jackie Yang at Eric Yang Agency on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Donald Maass.
Russian rights to James Scott Bell’s HOW TO WRITE DAZZLING DIALOGUE: THE FATEST WAY TO IMPROVE ANY MANUSCRIPT, to Alpina, by Igor Korzhenevski at Alexander Korzhenevski Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Donald Maass.
Russian rights to the third and fourth books in Martha Wells’ Nebula and Hugo Award-winning The Murderbot Diaries series, ROGUE PROTOCOL and EXIT STRATEGY, to Eksmo, by Alexander Korzhenevski at Alexander Korzhenevski Agency in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
Strange Horizons: Starling plays masterfully with the murky edges of consent and bodily autonomy while carefully inlaying trauma, compassion, loneliness, and a human hunger for connection….One of the many remarkable things about this book is how seamlessly it blends the terrain of the psychological with the terrain that is, well, strictly topographical. Fans of the Gothic will find plenty to analyze here—the association of underground caverns with secrets, of the unmarked grave with unresolved fears, the descent into the subterranean with the descent into mental instability, is an old and rich literary tradition.
School Library Journal: A must-purchase for libraries, as this book will resonate with teen readers who live with depression or other mental illnesses, as well as teens who identify as LGBTQ.
New York Times bestseller Yoon Ha Lee’s followup to DRAGON PEARL, the Korean folklore/science fiction-blend adventure set in the Thousand Worlds, to Stephanie Lurie at Rick Riordan Presents, in an exclusive submission, by Jennifer Jackson.
B&N SFF Blog: Gideon is terrifically funny and easy to root for, and her plain-speaking snark and crude asides peel the varnish off the coiffured world she inhabits…
…almost every member of the cast becomes well-defined, interesting, and treated with a sincerity that comes almost as a surprise in a book as proudly sarcastic as this one can be—something especially potently felt in the mutating, if always adversarial, relationship between Gideon and Harrow. And if almost every member of the supporting cast plays to type—the scholar, the fanatic, the soldier, the arrogant princess, the affable knight—it only adds to the fun of being trapped with them in a weirdo gothic space thriller, and such a terrible shame that the twists and turns of Muir’s plot prove so very, very dangerous for her characters. As perhaps expected from a book with a confetti of bones on the cover and the prefix “necro” attached liberally throughout, much of the action is fittingly gruesome and probably not for delicate constitutions.
Muir’s debut is smart, fun, and fresh, bursting with thrilling action and derring do, genuinely puzzling puzzles, lots of swears, heaps of yucky dead things, and a storm of skeletons. The wild tonal contrasts and kitchen-sink approach to both the genre and the prose (spot the buried Simpsons reference amid a scene of otherwise tense exposition) somehow works in symphonic harmony, thanks to an extraordinarily likable heroine supported by Muir’s whip-sharp voice and clockwork plotting. The end of the novel gestures toward larger interplanetary goings-on that will presumably materialize in planned sequels, good news for readers who will be eager to dive back into Muir’s madcap techno-necromantic world. Consider my bags packed for wherever Muir would like to take me next (though my stomach would perhaps appreciate slightly less detailed descriptions of cartilage on the next trip).