Dec 192017
 

Cover of The Will to Battle by Ada Palmer.The third book of 2017 John W. Campbell Award winner Ada Palmer’s Terra Ignota series—a political science fiction epic of extraordinary audacity.

The long years of near-utopia have come to an abrupt end.

Peace and order are now figments of the past. Corruption, deception, and insurgency hum within the once steadfast leadership of the Hives, nations without fixed location.

The heartbreaking truth is that for decades, even centuries, the leaders of the great Hives bought the world’s stability with a trickle of secret murders, mathematically planned. So that no faction could ever dominate. So that the balance held.

The Hives’ façade of solidity is the only hope they have for maintaining a semblance of order, for preventing the public from succumbing to the savagery and bloodlust of wars past. But as the great secret becomes more and more widely known, that façade is slipping away.

Just days earlier, the world was a pinnacle of human civilization. Now everyone—Hives and hiveless, Utopians and sensayers, emperors and the downtrodden, warriors and saints—scrambles to prepare for the seemingly inevitable war.

Dec 152017
 

Congratulations to the DMLA clients whose titles were listed in NPR’s Guide to 2017 Great Reads!

  • Brimstone by Cherie Priest
  • Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys
  • Black Bolt Vol. 1: Hard Time by Saladin Ahmed
Dec 132017
 

Cover of Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer.NPR: When someone pulls [Urban Fantasy] off as well as Molly Tanzer in her new novel, Creatures of Will and Temper, it’s worth checking out just to see the restraint and careful worldbuilding gymnastics required. She has created a Victorian England which is…the mother of our modern world, by turns smoky, smutty, gross and backward, then beautiful, wondrous and louche with the turn of a corner.

Tanzer [has] exceptional grace with writing complex female relationships…The three women at the center of Tanzer’s story each entered into it looking for something. They’re each more than they appear at the start, and less of the worst things you think of them.

By the end, none of them will find (or be) exactly what you expect.

Dec 072017
 

Cover photo of Look For Her by Emily Winslow.Publishers Weekly: Winslow’s kaleidoscopic narrative technique, employing first-person accounts from multiple characters, makes for engaging reading.

Dec 012017
 

Cover of The Will to Battle by Ada Palmer.RT Reviews: If earlier installments of this engrossing, heady political SF epic were thrilling in some small part because it seemed near impossible for Palmer to keep such a volatile mix compelling as she went forward, by the time of this third book of four, it is increasingly clear that we are in the hands of a new master of the genre.

As events bring this future (too flawed to be utopia, too promising to be dystopia) to the brink of possible disaster and ruin, the narrative is just as meaty and satisfying as before, the narrative voices just as cleverly chosen and implemented, the turns just as surprising and logical, the characters just as vivid and complex.

There’s a resonance and richness to the Terra Ignota series that is like almost nothing else being written today, and the finale ought to be a thing of wonder.

Nov 302017
 

Russian rights to Yoon Ha Lee’s Hugo- and Nebula-nominated NINEFOX GAMBIT, to Eksmo, by Igor Korzhenevski at Alexander Korzhenevski Agency in association with Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.

Hungarian rights to Nebula-nominated Martha Wells’ ALL SYSTEMS RED and ARTIFICIAL CONDITION, the first two installments in The Murderbot Diaries, to Fumax, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi in association with Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.

Brazilian rights to the Nebula and Hugo Award winner for Best Novella, Nnedi Okorafor’s BINTI, to Galera, in a three-book deal,  by Cristina Purchio at International Editors’ in association with Katie Shea Boutillier on behalf of Donald Maass.

Hungarian rights to NYT bestselling author Robert McCammon’s BOY’S LIFE, to Fumax, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi, in association with Katie Shea Boutillier on behalf of Cameron McClure.

Dutch rights to World Fantasy, Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor’s WHO FEARS DEATH, to Silhuet, by Philip Sane at The Lennart Sane Agency in association with Katie Shea Boutillier on behalf of Donald Maass.

Simplified Chinese rights to Jo Walton’s AMONG OTHERS, to Winshare, by Gray Tan at The Grayhawk Agency in association with Katie Shea Boutillier.

Nov 162017
 

Congratulations to the DMLA clients who made Amazon’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2017!

  • All Systems Red by Martha Wells
  • Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee
  • City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett

 

Nov 152017
 

Cover photo of Look For Her by Emily Winslow.Kirkus: Annalise Williams, 24, is obsessed with an unsolved crime: the disappearance and presumed murder years earlier of a 16-year-old girl with the same first name: Annalise Wood—”the kind of girl you look at and think, of course someone would want to take her.”

An intriguing, suspenseful, and briskly paced story with complex characters, evocative descriptions of England’s Cambridgeshire, plenty of clever misdirection, and a satisfying ending.

Nov 142017
 

Cover of Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer.Victorian London is a place of fluid social roles, vibrant arts culture, fin-de-siècle wonders . . . and dangerous underground diabolic cults. Fencer Evadne Gray cares for none of the former and knows nothing of the latter when she’s sent to London to chaperone her younger sister, aspiring art critic Dorina.

At loose ends after Dorina becomes enamored with their uncle’s friend, Lady Henrietta “Henry” Wotton, a local aristocrat and aesthete, Evadne enrolls in a fencing school. There, she meets George Cantrell, an experienced fencing master like she’s always dreamed of studying under. But soon, George shows her something more than fancy footwork—he reveals to Evadne a secret, hidden world of devilish demons and their obedient servants. George has dedicated himself to eradicating demons and diabolists alike, and now he needs Evadne’s help. But as she learns more, Evadne begins to believe that Lady Henry might actually be a diabolist . . . and even worse, she suspects Dorina might have become one too.

Combining swordplay, the supernatural, and Victorian high society, Creatures of Will and Temper reveals a familiar but strange London in a riff on Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray that readers won’t soon forget.