Apr 202020

Library Journal: The Reverend Daughter Harrowhark Nonagesimus was the last necromancer of the Ninth House. Now she is Harrowhark the First, a Lyctor in service to the Emperor, the Undying King. But those in service hold both sword and power, and Harrow seems to be able to do neither. Her sword makes her physically ill, her body is failing, and her mind seems not far behind. Trapped in space with three seasoned Lyctors who seem to hate Harrow, training alongside a woman she detests, Harrow comes to realize that the war she drills for is as undying as her God — and cannot be won. Amid the chaos, Harrow discovers that someone wants her dead, and worse, she is unsure if that may not be the best thing that can happen to her. Multiple jaunts into memories and a few familiar faces bring forth delightful, bloody action and character building.

VERDICT An incredible journey into the chaos of the mind, Muir’s latest (after Gideon the Ninth) doubles down on all the wonderfully queer and pulpy moments, body horror, and macabre humor of her debut — and exceeds it.

Apr 152020

Congratulations to the DMLA authors nominated for the 2020 Hugo Awards!

Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing)

“2019 John W. Campbell Award Acceptance Speech”, Jeannette Ng (Dublin 2019 ­ An Irish Worldcon)

LaGuardia, Nnedi Okorafor, illustrated by Tana Ford, colours by James Devlin (Berger Books/Dark Horse)

Elsa Sjunneson, as managing editor for Fireside Magazine
S.B. Divya, as co-editor for Escape Pod

LODESTAR for Best Young Adult Book
Dragon Pearl, Yoon Ha Lee (Disney/Hyperion)

Mar 312020

a pair of black ear budsAudio rights to Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Martha Wells’ Between Worlds: The Collected Ile-Rien and Cineth Stories, containing all five previously published short stories set in Ile-Rien and Cineth, plus a new story, “Night at the Opera,” set before The Death of the Necromancer, to Brian Sweany at Recorded Books, by Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.

Mar 312020

Catalan rights to Nnedi Okorafor’s BINTI trilogy, to Raig Verd, by Amaiur Fernandez at International Editors’, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Donald Maass.

Icelandic rights to Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson’s SHADOWS OF THE SHORT DAYS to Hólmfríður Matthíasdóttir at Forlagið via Jennifer Jackson.

Italian rights to Robert Jackson Bennett’s THE FOUNDERS TRILOGY, to Mondadori, in a three-book deal, by Stefania Fietta at Donzelli Fietta, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Cameron McClure.

Turkish rights to Caitlin Starling’s THE LUMINOUS DEAD, to Epsilon, by Merve Ongen at ONK Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Caitlin McDonald.

Mar 172020

Fixing a family isn’t what she signed up for…

Patching hearts wasn’t the plan…

But this father and daughter need her help.

Overseeing kitchen volunteers while the community rebuilds after a flood, Abby Kauffman doesn’t expect to get in between Englischer David Riehl and the orphaned teenager he’s raising. But Abby can tell David is struggling, and she’s determined to help him bond with the girl. Might Abby be the missing ingredient to bring this makeshift family together for Easter?

Mar 102020


Return to the dark, sensual, and powerful world of the Black Jewels in this long-awaited new story in the New York Times bestselling fantasy saga.

After a youthful mistake, Lord Dillon’s reputation is in tatters, leaving him vulnerable to aristo girls looking for a bit of fun. To restore his reputation and honor, he needs a handfast–a one-year contract of marriage. He sets his sights on Jillian, a young Eyrien witch from Ebon Rih, who he believes has only a flimsy connection to the noble society that spurned him. Unfortunately for Dillon, he is unaware of Jillian’s true connections until he finds himself facing Lucivar Yaslana, the volatile Warlord Prince of Ebon Rih.

Meanwhile, Surreal SaDiablo’s marriage is crumbling. Daemon Sadi, the Warlord Prince of Dhemlan, recognizes there is something wrong between him and Surreal, but he doesn’t realize that his attempt to suppress his own nature in order to spare his wife is causing his mind to splinter. To save Daemon, and the Realm of Kaeleer if he breaks, help must be sought from someone who no longer exists in any of the Realms–the only Queen powerful enough to control Daemon Sadi. The Queen known as Witch.

As Jillian rides the winds of first love with Dillon, Daemon and Surreal struggle to survive the wounds of a marriage turned stormy–and Lucivar has to find a way to keep everyone in his family safe…even from each other.

Mar 062020

Publishers Weekly: The masterful second genre-bending tale in Muir’s Locked Tomb trilogy (after Gideon the Ninth) ratchets up the horror, hijinks, and gallows humor of the series to a fever pitch. Queer necromancer Harrowhark Nonagesimus, heir to the Ninth House, has gotten everything she’s ever wanted: as a newly minted Lyctor, she’s earned a place by the side of the Necrolord Prime and a chance to revive her dying House. But something went wrong during her transformation, leaving her Lyctorhood incomplete and her health failing, wracked by hallucinations and altered memories. When King Undying summons her to his ancient palace in the far reaches of space, she’s trapped both by its strange corridors and by her faltering mind, with only her detestable rival Ianthe, three ancient and unfriendly fellow Lyctors, and the eccentric Emperor himself for company, as she begins to suspect that someone wants her dead. Muir’s labyrinthine plot raises the stakes of the series as it pushes the characters to their limits, exploring their trauma and anguish while keeping intact the irreverent comedy, grisly necromantic science, and gothic sensibilities that fans  expect. Ending on a heart-stopping cliffhanger sure to have readers clamoring for the next installment, this dark, bloody puzzle box of a sequel is a knockout.

Mar 042020

Congratulations to Tamsyn Muir for having GIDEON THE NINTH selected as the winner of the 2020 Crawford Award, presented annually by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) for a first book of fantasy fiction!

Feb 292020

Chinese rights to James Scott Bell’s THE LAST FIFTY PAGES, to China Renmin University Press, in a nice deal, by Yijhen Lee at The Grayhawk Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Donald Maass.

French renewal rights to New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop’s DAUGHTER OF THE BLOOD, HEIR TO THE SHADOWS, and QUEEN OF THE DARKNESS, the first three books in the Black Jewels series, to Bragelonne, by Robin Batet at the Anna Jarota Agency in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.

Polish rights to New York Times Bestselling author Jim Butcher’s COLD DAYS, SKIN GAME, and PEACE TALKS, books 14, 15, and 16 in the Dresden Files series, to MAG Jacek Rodek, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava i Prevodi in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.

Turkish rights to Shaun David Hutchinson’s THE APOCALYPSE OF ELENA MENDOZA and THE PAST AND OTHER THINGS THAT SHOULD STAY BURIED, to Ithaki, in a two-book deal, by Merve Ongen at ONK Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier.

German rights to the first full-length novel in Martha Wells’ Nebula and Hugo Award-winning The Murderbot Diaries series, NETWORK EFFECT, to Heyne, by Sarah Knofius at the Thomas Schlueck Agency in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.