Jul 312019
 

a pair of black ear budsAudio rights to Kerstin Hall’s THE BORDER KEEPER plus an untitled book, at auction, to Brian Sweany at Recorded Books, by Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.

Audio rights to Brooke Bolander‘s Nebula Award-winning THE ONLY HARMLESS GREAT THING, to Kelly Srubas at Tantor Media, by Michael Curry.

Jul 312019
 

Italian rights to Margaret Doody’s untitled short story collection, to Mondadori, by Stefania Fietta at Donzelli Fietta, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Donald Maass.

Spanish rights to Brooke Bolander’s Nebula Award-winning THE ONLY HARMLESS GREAT THING, to Crononauta, by Amaiur Fernández at International Editors’ Co. in association with Michael Curry.

Polish rights to Robert McCammon’s SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD, to Vesper by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Cameron McClure.

Polish rights to New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop’s LAKE SILENCE, a stand alone novel in the world of the Others, to Initium, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava i Prevodi in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.

Polish rights to New York Times Bestselling author Jim Butcher’s CHANGES and GHOST STORY, books 12 and 13 in the Dresden Files series, to MAG Jacek Rodek, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava i Prevodi in association with Jennifer Jackson.

Jul 302019
 

Congratulations to all our DMLA authors who made the 2019 British Fantasy Award Shortlist!

BEST FANTASY NOVEL

Foundryside, Robert Jackson Bennett (Jo Fletcher)
Priest of Bones, Peter McLean (Jo Fletcher)

BEST NOVELLA

The Only Harmless Great Thing, Brooke Bolander (Tor.com Publishing)
Binti: The Night Masquerade, Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com Publishing)

Jul 182019
 

Cover of Artificial Condition by Martha Wells.Cover of The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander.Congratulations to our DMLA authors for their 2019 Locus Awards!

NOVELLA
Artificial Condition, Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)

NOVELETTE
The Only Harmless Great Thing, Brooke Bolander (Tor.com Publishing)

 

Jul 162019
 

The Guardian: There are no everyday elements to Kerstin Hall’s debut novella The Border Keeper. It begins on the outskirts of the spirit world, before moving to the weird realm of the underworld, Mkalis, where demon beasts and macabre gods are in constant battle. The grieving Vasethe has come to petition the eponymous border keeper: he wants her to guide him through Mkalis in search of his dead lover’s soul. What follows is a phantasmagorical picaresque through a lushly realised underworld, populated by a grotesque bestiary of fantastical creatures, with danger dogging our protagonists’ every step. This twisty example of the new weird genre examines love, loss and loyalty, packing skilful world-building and a powerful emotional punch into a little over 200 pages.

Jul 162019
 

“Beautifully and vividly imagined. Eerie, lovely, and surreal”―Ann Leckie

She lived where the railway tracks met the saltpan, on the Ahri side of the shadowline. In the old days, when people still talked about her, she was known as the end-of-the-line woman.

In The Border Keeper, debut author Kerstin Hall unfolds a lyrical underworld narrative about loss and renewal.

Vasethe, a man with a troubled past, comes to seek a favor from a woman who is not what she seems, and must enter the nine hundred and ninety-nine realms of Mkalis, the world of spirits, where gods and demons wage endless war.

The Border Keeper spins wonders both epic―the Byzantine bureaucracy of hundreds of demon realms, impossible oceans, hidden fortresses―and devastatingly personal―a spear flung straight, the profound terror and power of motherhood. What Vasethe discovers in Mkalis threatens to bring his own secrets into light and throw both worlds into chaos.

Jul 122019
 

Library Journal: Gideon Nav wants to escape servitude in the Ninth House. Armed with only her sword, her wit, and a bunch of dirty magazines, she is ready to leave behind the catacombs, the nuns, the dead, and especially necromancer Lady Harrowhawk, bane of her existence. However, Harrow calls on Gideon for a quest she cannot get out of: the emperor demands that the houses bring their firstborn necromancers, along with their cavaliers, to ascend to the position of Lyctor and serve him. Harrow does not have a cavalier; she has Gideon. Forced to the First House where the other House heirs and cavaliers arrive, Gideon and Harrow are thrust into a battle of politics, House secrets, and murder, while dealing with their own relationship, which is as sharp as a rapier blade.

VERDICT At once sarcastic, sincere, heart-wrenching, and honest pulpy enjoyment, filled with dark magic, swordplay, and lesbian necromancers, Muir’s debut is a fantastic sf/fantasy blend. Readers will discuss this journey for a long time and be clamoring for the next installment.

Jul 112019
 

A strikingly original Icelandic debut set in a strangely familiar alternate Reykjavik where wild and industrialised magic meet.

Perfect for fans of contemporary fantasy in the style of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere or China Mieville’s The City & The City

Sæmundur the Mad, addict and sorcerer, has been expelled from the magical university, Svartiskóli, and can no longer study galdur, an esoteric source of magic. Obsessed with proving his peers wrong, he will stop at nothing to gain absolute power and knowledge, especially of that which is long forbidden.

Garún is an outcast: half-human, half-huldufólk, fighting against an unjust government that refuses to grant people like her basic rights. A militant revolutionary and graffiti artist, recklessly dismissive of the status quo, she will do anything to achieve a just society, including spark a revolution. Even if she has to do it alone.

This is a tale of revolution set in a twisted version of Reykjavik fuelled by industrialised magic and populated by humans, interdimensional exiles, otherworldly creatures, psychoactive graffiti and demonic familiars.

Jul 092019
 

From Cherie Priest, the author of The Family Plot and Maplecroft, comes The Toll, a tense, dark, and scary treat for modern fans of the traditionally strange and macabre.

Take a road trip into a Southern gothic horror novel.

Titus and Melanie Bell are on their honeymoon and have reservations in the Okefenokee Swamp cabins for a canoeing trip. But shortly before they reach their destination, the road narrows  into a rickety bridge with old stone pilings, with room for only one car.

Much later, Titus wakes up lying in the middle of the road, no bridge in sight. Melanie is missing. When he calls the police, they tell him there is no such bridge on Route 177 . . .

Jul 032019
 

Congratulations to Jo Ann Brown’s for The Amish Widower’s Twins making this week’s Publisher Weekly Mass Market Bestsellers List at #21!