Jul 172018
 

Cover of Witchmark by C.L. Polk.Shelf Awareness: Witchmark, C.L. Polk’s debut, introduces a magically infused world reminiscent of early 20th-century England, with gas-lit rooms, cloaks and carriages.

Dr. Miles Singer has created a life for himself mostly devoid of magic. Having fled his powerful family as a young man, he joined the Aeland army, went to war against the Laneeri, and now works in a veterans’ hospital. But in a world where most witches are sent to asylums, supposedly for their own safety, Miles must be careful about how–and where–he uses his magical gifts. When a handsome gentleman brings a poisoned journalist into the hospital for treatment, this careful balancing act becomes increasingly hard to maintain–especially as his feelings for the gentleman evolve. And when his sister, a member of the elite magical class, shows up on his doorstep, he is drawn right back into the world he fled so long ago.

Polk’s worldbuilding is done with finesse; information on the magical systems at play in Aeland are revealed smoothly and as appropriate to the story. But the magic is only the smallest part of what makes Witchmark the impressive novel that it is. The subtle ways Polk builds her characters, reveals the systems under which they live and unwinds a complicated, twisting plot with both personal and political implications are testaments to her skill as a storyteller. She builds toward a satisfying yet unpredictable conclusion, but with just enough wiggle room that these beloved characters may make appearances in future installments–which would be a welcome treat. –Kerry McHugh, blogger at Entomology of a Bookworm

Discover: A debut fantasy novel introduces a gas-lit world where most witches are banished to asylums–unless they are of the wealthy ruling class.

Jun 192018
 

Cover of Witchmark by C.L. Polk.C. L. Polk arrives on the scene with Witchmark, a stunning, addictive fantasy that combines intrigue, magic, betrayal, and romance.

In an original world reminiscent of Edwardian England in the shadow of a World War, cabals of noble families use their unique magical gifts to control the fates of nations, while one young man seeks only to live a life of his own.

Magic marked Miles Singer for suffering the day he was born, doomed either to be enslaved to his family’s interest or to be committed to a witches’ asylum. He went to war to escape his destiny and came home a different man, but he couldn’t leave his past behind. The war between Aeland and Laneer leaves men changed, strangers to their friends and family, but even after faking his own death and reinventing himself as a doctor at a cash-strapped veterans’ hospital, Miles can’t hide what he truly is.

When a fatally poisoned patient exposes Miles’ healing gift and his witchmark, he must put his anonymity and freedom at risk to investigate his patient’s murder. To find the truth he’ll need to rely on the family he despises, and on the kindness of the most gorgeous man he’s ever seen.

Jun 142018
 

Photo of author Justina Ireland.UK rights to Justina Ireland’s New York Times bestseller DREAD NATION, about a young black woman fighting zombies in an alternate post-Civil War South, and its sequel, to Cath Trechman at Titan Books, at auction, by Caitlin McDonald.

Apr 172018
 

Cover of The Heartreader's Secret by Kate McIntyre.The brilliant engineer Emilia Banks has gone missing.

Deathsniffer Olivia Faraday may be partial to solving murders, but this missing persons case is too personal to pass up — especially when all the clues lead her and her assistant, Chris, to the sprawling countryside manor where Olivia was born and raised. Their investigation reveals new insights into the political conflict raging in nearby Darrington City, but every step is fraught with mysterious deaths, suspicious stalkers, and players both new and old each harboring dangerous agendas of their own.

Are the powerful traditionalists or the anarchic reformists prowling the borders of the estate responsible for the sudden disappearance of Miss Banks? And could the elusive engineer’s private project truly change the world forever?

Apr 162018
 

Cover of Dread Nation by Justina Ireland.Dread Nation debuted #5 on the NYT Children’s Bestsellers List!

At once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive, Dread Nation is Justina Ireland’s stunning vision of an America both foreign and familiar—a country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet.

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever.

In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead.

But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose.

But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies.

And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

Apr 112018
 

Cover of Dread Nation by Justina Ireland.Tor.com: In Justina Ireland’s fantastic new young adult novel, Dread Nation, the world is upended when the dead rise from their graves at Gettysburg. In order to salvage what’s left of the US, the Civil War ends in a compromise that frees the enslaved but forces them into combat schools that train them to slay the undead shamblers.

Ireland tapped into our collective knowledge of the past and dreams for the future and poured it into Dread Nation. She revealed the truth of the real America by rewriting the fictional one.

When I think of using young adult fantasy fiction to explore systemic racial oppression, a nineteenth century zombie apocalypse isn’t the first thing to come to mind. Yet in Justina Ireland’s more than capable hands, it works.

Apr 032018
 

Cover of Dread Nation by Justina Ireland.At once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive, Dread Nation is Justina Ireland’s stunning vision of an America both foreign and familiar—a country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet.

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever.

In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead.

But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose.

But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies.

And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

Mar 212018
 

Cover of Witchmark by C.L. Polk.Booklist: Polk has created an amazing new world with hints of Edwardian glamour, sizzling secrets, and forbidden love that crescendos to a cinematic finish. Many disparate elements are expertly woven together to make this debut a crackler, with layers like a nesting doll and just as delightful to discover.

Witchmark is a can’t-miss debut that will enchant readers.

Feb 282018
 

Portuguese rights (Portugal only) to New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop’s LAKE SILENCE, a stand alone novel in the world of the Others, to Saída de Emergência, by Maru de Montserrat at International Editors Co. in association with Jennifer Jackson.

Portuguese renewal rights (Portugal only) to New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels trilogy: DAUGHTERS OF THE BLOOD, HEIR TO THE SHADOWS, and QUEEN OF THE DARKNESS, to Saída de Emergência, by Maru de Montserrat at International Editors Co. in association with Jennifer Jackson.

Korean rights to World Fantasy, Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor’s WHO FEARS DEATH, to Minumin,  by Jackie Yang at Eric Yang Agency in association with Katie Shea Boutillier.

Czech rights to Yoon Ha Lee’s Hugo- and Nebula-nominated NINEFOX GAMBIT and its first sequel RAVEN STRATAGEM, to Host Vydavatelstvi, by Milena Kaplarević at Prava i Prevodi in association with Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.

Turkish rights to Yoon Ha Lee’s Hugo- and Nebula-nominated NINEFOX GAMBIT and its first sequel RAVEN STRATAGEM, to Salon Yayinlari, by Merve Öngen at ONK Agency in association with Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.

German rights to  C.L. Polk’s debut WITCHMARK, plus sequel STORMSONG, to Klett, at auction, by Sarah Knofius at Thomas Schlueck Agency in association with Katie Shea Boutillier on behalf of Caitlin McDonald.

Czech rights to Hugo-winning Elizabeth Bear’s THE STONE IN THE SKULL, the first book in The Lotus Kingdoms trilogy, to Albatros Media, by Milena Kaplarević at Prava i Prevodi in association with Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.

Polish rights to New York Times best-selling author Jim Butcher’s TURN COAT, the eleventh book in the Dresden Files series, to Mag Jacek Rodek via Milena Kaplaveric at Prava I Prevodi in association with Jennifer Jackson.

Polish renewal rights to New York Times best-selling author Jim Butcher’s DEAD BEAT, PROVEN GUILTY, WHITE NIGHT, and SMALL FAVOR, four books in the Dresden Files series, to Mag Jacek Rodek via Milena Kaplaveric at Prava I Prevodi in association with Jennifer Jackson.

Italian rights to S.B. Divya’s novella RUNTIME, to  Francesco Verso at Future Fiction, by Katie Shea Boutillier on behalf of Cameron McClure.

Persian rights to New York Times best-selling author Jim Butcher’s STORM FRONT and 14 more books in the Dresden Files series, to Houpaa Books, by Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.

Feb 212018
 

Cover of The Selfie Generation by Alicia Eler.New York Times: Eler’s book alights on the source of the selfie’s power: It is the easiest way to assert one’s humanity in our hyper-networked world.