Congratulations to Jim Butcher! BATTLE GROUND won the 2021 Dragon Award for Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal).
Audio rights to New York Times bestselling author Tamsyn Muir’s NONA THE NINTH, the third book in the Locked Tomb quartet, to Brian Sweany at Recorded Books, by Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
Best Science Fiction Novel
- Machine, Elizabeth Bear (Saga)
Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)
- Battle Ground, Jim Butcher (Ace)
Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel
- Elatsoe, Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido)
Locus: This is an exquisitely gripping novel with a bloody, unflinching heart. And yet, for all the intricate brutalities of its worldbuilding, it holds out the hope of revolutionary change.
The queerness of Star Eater rests as much in its unsqueamish examination of power relations and the meaty, bloody metaphor of its magical mechanics as in its normalising treatment of queer relationships and the sexualities of its major characters: it’s a novel with teeth, and it sets those teeth into a thematic argument about – an indictment of – the hereditary transmission and constant maintenance of power that comes from acts of, essentially, theft and consumption.
It’s striking how full and complex Hall’s world is here, how invested with communities and meanings. Neither support for the Sisterhood nor opposition to it is an uncomplicated thing. Hall writes with striking, assured pose, bringing her world and characters vividly to life. Both in style and (thematic) substance, her work here reminds me of Max Gladstone’s Craft novels, of Aliette de Bodard’s novel-length fantasy work, of A.K. Larkwood’s blisteringly good debut The Unspoken Name. (Hardly surprising, then, to find both Gladstone and Larkwood have contributed advance praise.) Star Eater is a fantastic book. I recommend it highly.
New York Times bestselling author Tamysn Muir will expand her Locked Tomb series with an additional volume, NONA THE NINTH.
Continuing the Locked Tomb series, which began with 2019’s Gideon the Ninth and followed with 2020’s Harrow the Ninth, the new book will publish in Fall 2022, with Alecto the Ninth to follow in Fall 2023. Tordotcom Publishing, an imprint of Macmillan under Tom Doherty Associates, acquired English language rights in a six-figure deal with Jennifer Jackson.
Audio rights to New York Times bestselling author Martha Wells’s EMILIE AND THE HOLLOW WORLD and EMILIE AND THE SKY WORLD, to Brian Sweany at Recorded Books, by Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
Bulgarian rights to British Fantasy Award finalist Cassandra Khaw’s NOTHING BUT BLACKENED TEETH, to Ciela Norma, by Nada Popovic at Prava i prevodi in association with Michael Curry.
German rights to New York Times Bestselling author Jim Butcher’s and Evil Hat LLC’s Dresden Files RPG Accelerated to Dominik Pielarski at Polyarchische Bruderschaft der Schwarzen Bibliothek by Jennifer Jackson.
German rights to New York Times bestselling author Tamsyn Muir’s HARROW THE NINTH, the second book in the Locked Tomb series, to Heyne, by Sarah Knofius at the Thomas Schlueck Agency in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
Portuguese rights to New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop’s THE QUEEN’S WEAPONS, the latest book in her Black Jewels series, to Saída de Emergência, by Amaiur Fernández at International Editors’ Co. in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
Russian rights to Katherine Addison’s THE GOBLIN EMPEROR and THE WITNESS FOR THE DEAD, to AST, by Igor Korzhenevski at Alexander Korzhenevski Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Cameron McClure.
Spanish rights to Nnedi Okorafor’s short story SACRED FIRE, to Crononauta, by Amaiur Fernanadez at International Editors, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Donald Maass.
Tor: Engrossing, horrifying, and vivid, Kerstin Hall’s debut novel Star Eater is a hard one to talk about. This is in part simply because there’s so much there there—so much inventive worldbuilding, so much carefully structured power, so many things I want to exclaim over.
Star Eater is a magical consideration of what it means to destroy a power structure. It’s an intimate, gripping exploration of what people are willing to do to maintain the systems that they believe maintain the world; it’s also a story that asks what doors might be opened if we could truly envision a world unlike the one we live in now.. Hall mixes her unique worldbuilding with familiar tropes—the chosen one, the love triangle(ish), the conspiracy, the mentor figures, the loss of a mother—and the combination creates a book that feels both familiar and unnervingly strange.