British debut author Anna Stephens’ GODBLIND, the first in a grimdark series full of fight scenes and intrigue that pits the followers of the bloodthirsty Red Gods, exiled for a thousand years, against the thriving kingdom of Rilpor, and only one man, a Watcher who can glimpse the future, has a chance of stopping the invasion, to Bradley Englert at Skyhorse by Cameron McClure at Donald Maass on behalf of Harry Illingworth at DHH Literary, in a three book deal, for publication in Spring 2017. (UK rights sold to Harper Voyager at auction, German rights sold to Blanvalet, French rights sold to Bragelonne)
When does an empire fall?
The Seven Satrapies have collapsed into four-and those are falling before the White King’s armies.
Gavin Guile, ex-emperor, ex-Prism, ex-galley slave, formerly the one man who might have averted war, is now lost, broken, and trapped in a prison crafted by his own hands to hold a great magical genius. But Gavin has no magic at all. Worse, in this prison, Gavin may not be alone.
Kip Guile will make a last, desperate attempt to stop the White King’s growing horde. Karris White attempts to knit together an empire falling apart, helped only by her murderous and possibly treasonous father-in-law Andross Guile.
Meanwhile, Teia’s new talents will find a darker use-and the cost might be too much to bear.
Together, they will fight to prevent a tainted empire from becoming something even worse.
Despite her role as a fleet Admiral and protector of a planetary system, Kris is still beholden to her great grandfather King Raymond’s commands. She has been personally selected for a mission that, should she succeed, will save millions of lives.
The Peterwald Empire is in the midst of civil war. On one side is the tyrannical Empress, on the other is the last person Kris ever wants to see again—Grand Duchess Vicky Peterwald. Due to their shared history, the Emperor believes Kris can mediate between the factions and bring about peace.
But before Kris even begins her mission, she survives two assassination attempts on her family home world. Someone doesn’t want her interfering in the Empire’s affairs. Kris immediately suspects Vicky or the Empress, only to learn that it could also be a traitor among her own people…
Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files saga continues in this original and in-continuity graphic novel, featuring a never-before-told story set after the bestselling novel White Night and graphic novel Down Town! A bizarre double murder draws the interest of Chicago’s only wizard-for-hire. But as Harry Dresden begins his investigation, the clues lead to troubling conclusions about the possible perpetrator, and set him on a path that will place him in the middle of a conflict between the city’s three most powerful factions — a conflict that could engulf all of Chicago!
New York Times best-seller Anne Bishop’s untitled novel set in the world of the Others series but featuring new characters, in which they find themselves caught up in a chilling mystery, after a series of vicious murders rock a small community, and a second Others novel, to Anne Sowards at Ace in a six-figure deal by Jennifer Jackson.
Where the Water Falls, a debut thriller by investigative journalist Jeremy Finley. When four-year-old William Chance vanishes from the woods behind his family’s home, there’s only one witness: an older brother who whispers “the lights took him” and never speaks again. As every resource is exhausted, the boy’s grandmother, Lynn, must finally admit to herself that she’s heard the phrase “the lights took him” before. A long-buried secret from her past may be the only key to finding her missing grandchild. A two-book deal to Peter Wolverton at St. Martins Press by Paul Stevens.
Imagine that the British military of the Great War utilized intelligence gleaned in their soldiers’ final moments by having the dead “report in” for debriefing with spiritualists. Kowal spins this idea into a thoroughly satisfying and believable novel blending fantasy, history, and suspense. The story is peopled with mediums, officers, servants, and gossips–some American, most English, and a few German–and with a plot that makes fine use of action as well as emotions. Kowal goes a giant step further with her narration, which is fully voiced, perfectly smooth, and paced with spot-on accuracy to invest every passage with compelling listening. With such a unique and thoroughly developed story, and a performance that brings it as fully to life, this is a must-listen for everyone.
U.S. rights to Elizabeth Bear’s Ancestral Night and a sequel, a weird, wide-ranging SF saga in the mold of Iain M. Banks, a duology originally acquired by Gollancz who will publish in the U.K., to Navah Wolfe at Saga Press.
Cassandra Khaw’s A SONG FOR QUIET, a standalone follow-up to HAMMERS ON BONE in which rambling bluesman Deacon Jones meets trouble on his journey from Georgia to Arkham, and a madman who calls himself John Persons may be the only one who can help, to Carl Engle-Laird at Tor.com for publication in 2017, by Michael Curry.
USA TODAY bestselling author Kaira Rouda’s BEST DAY EVER, narrated by a husband who’s promised his wife that the first day of their romantic vacation will be her “best day ever,” but who might actually have more sinister intentions, to Margo Lipschultz for the new Graydon House imprint, in a two-book deal, by Katie Shea Boutillier.