Author of THE PREY OF GODS and the forthcoming TEMPER, Nicky Drayden’s ESCAPING EXODUS, the story of young Seske Kaleigh, heir to the command of a biological, city-size starship carved up from the insides of a spacefaring beast, and what happens when she makes a discovery that will change her understanding of her world and her people, and a second untitled novel, to David Pomerico at HarperVoyager by Jennifer Jackson.
Booklist: Karen and Priya are out for a night on the town when Karen’s irrepressible curiosity gets them entangled with a pair of spiritualists, a stage illusionist, and a riled-up tommy-knocker kidnapped from its mine.
The spiritualist Arcade sisters start it off with a bit of table knocking, but it could be a real “haint”—there’s a story, Karen tells us, about a man returned from Alaska who murdered everyone in the place. Then again, it could just be a grift. Priya, more cautious, is having none of it—which leaves Karen in the hotel with the Arcade sisters and Mrs. Horner, the illusionist, when the hotel starts shaking. The Arcade sisters have gotten the attention of something much more dangerous with their tricks.
Karen is an affable narrator and an enthusiastic investigator, and the story is an excellent adventure as well as a genuinely touching narrative about relationships and compromise; Bear’s (The Stone in the Skull, 2017) narrative skill and flair for both plot and character continue to impress.
Congratulations to Nicky Drayden! The Prey of Gods is a finalist for the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Award in the LGBTQ SF/F/Horror category!
RT Book Reviews: Although award-winning Bishop’s amazing new UF book is not about beloved characters Meg and Simon, it is thankfully still set in the world of the Others. Bishop moves the action and story to a tiny village adjacent to Lake Silence. The richness of the world that Bishop has created is truly impressive, and the perspectives of the Others, including their view on humanity, makes these stories unique and unforgettable.
While this reviewer is still hoping for additional Meg and Simon books, visiting Sproing and its fascinating inhabitants is also habit-forming! Bishop delivers again!
In this thrilling and suspenseful fantasy set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Others series, an inn owner and her shape-shifting lodger find themselves enmeshed in danger and dark secrets.
Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Others–vampires, shape-shifters, and even deadlier paranormal beings. And this is a fact that humans should never, ever forget….
After her divorce, Vicki DeVine took over a rustic resort near Lake Silence, in a human town that is not human controlled. Towns such as Vicki’s don’t have any distance from the Others, the dominant predators who rule most of the land and all of the water throughout the world. And when a place has no boundaries, you never really know what is out there watching you.
Vicki was hoping to find a new career and a new life. But when her lodger, Aggie Crowe–one of the shape-shifting Others–discovers a murdered man, Vicki finds trouble instead. The detectives want to pin the death on her, despite the evidence that nothing human could have killed the victim. As Vicki and her friends search for answers, ancient forces are roused by the disturbance in their domain. They have rules that must not be broken–and all the destructive powers of nature at their command.
Congratulations to Nicky Drayden for The Prey of Gods being nominated for a 2018 Compton Crook Award!
Syfy Wire: The world Anne Bishop created in LAKE SILENCE, the sixth installment in her bestselling The Others series, is as unpredictable and possibly volatile as it is fascinating.
Bishop’s mythical realm of Thaisia is a legend waiting to happen. Read the feature article here.
Tor.com: Martha Wells is an amazing writer, whose work I’ve generally loved since first encountering THE ELEMENT OF FIRE. When her novella ALL SYSTEMS RED came out last year from Tor.com Publishing, it was a delight to see Wells turn her considerable talents to original science fiction – space operatic science fiction with a sense of humour and a deep well of kindness. This year will see two sequels published, ARTIFICIAL CONDITION (May) and ROGUE PROTOCOL (August), and—not a word of a lie—they’re both really good.
Wells brings a strong sense of character to Murderbot. Deeply socially anxious, immensely awkward about talking to Actual People, and constantly insisting that they don’t care (when it becomes obvious that they do), Murderbot is a very human sort of bot—despite their occasional assertion that they’re not really a person.
Wells’ pacing is sharp, and the world of the Murderbot Diaries is atmospheric and filled with cool shit. And the individuals who appear on the pages of these stories, however briefly, all feel like fully-rounded people. These are delightful books, and I sincerely hope that Wells writes many more of them—because I definitely want to find out what happens next.
Audio rights to Hugo- and Nebula-nominated author Cherie Priest’s THE TOLL, to Brian Sweany at Recorded Books, at auction, by Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.
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.