There have been some great new releases from Solaris Books and Abbadon Books so I have rounded them all up into one large post. I hope there is something that catches your eye!
On the high seas, if you don’t live large… you just sink
In a world reduced to ruin by all-consuming plague, one young boy embarks on a mission of revenge after one of his friends is found dead … harvested for his blood!
Kavika Kamalani is a Pali Boy on Nomi No Toshi, the floating city. The post-plague heir to an ancient Hawai’ian warrior tradition that believes in overcoming death by embracing one’s fears and living large, Kavika’s life is turned upside down when one of his friends dies – and he sets out to find the killer.
When he is kidnapped and subjected to a terrifying transformation, Kavika must embrace the ultimate fear – death itself. It is the only way if he, his loved ones, and the Pali Boys are to survive.
This stand-alone title is the latest story of post-apocalyptic survival in The Afterblight Chronicles series from Weston Ochse. The Afterblight Chronicles is a post-apocalyptic series in which a devastating epidemic has ravaged the world. In the Afterblight pockets of humans attempt to continue civilization amidst the mounting chaos of the collapsed infrastructure. Mobs run rampant while cults and warlords fight for authority over the survivors of the global plague.
The Afterblight Chronicles: Blood Ocean by Weston Ochse
£7.99 (UK) ISBN 978-1-907992-87-2
$9.99 (US & CAN) ISBN 978-1-907992-87-2
Also available as an ebook
There’s a reason they’re called The Dark Ages…
A new Empire has risen in Rome, and the Emperor is determined that Britain shall kneel before him. But when legendary King Arthur hurries his knights to court, the Black Wolf of the North brings more than just his sword…
One of Arthur’s most stalwart supporters, Sir Lucan comes from his cold northern home along with his beautiful wife, Trelawna, for among the delegates from Rome is her lover.
The world stands poised on the brink of a terrible war, in which the fates of lives and hearts will play as great a role as those of nations. This is the theatre in which the Black Wolf of the North must finally come of age as a warrior and a man – because for Lucan there will be a war within this war.
Representing stories from the Dark Ages, Malory’s Knights of Albion brings the dark underbelly of the Arthurian dream to life with tales of blood-thirsty revenge, Godless wastelands and unholy missions.
Uncovered in the parish church of St. Barbara and St. Christopher in the summer of 2006, the Salisbury Manuscript (British Library Add. MS 1138) is the only extant copy of Sir Thomas Malory’s The Seconde Boke of kyng Arthur and also His noble Knyghts, apparently written at Thomas Caxton’s request after Malory’s release from gaol. Deep controversy surrounds the book, which is claimed by some to be a contemporary forgery, possibly written by Caxton himself. In March 2010, Rebellion Publishing announced that it had secured exclusive rights to publish the modernisations of the stories…
Dark North by Paul Finch
£7.99 (UK) ISBN 978-1-907992-88-9
$9.99/$12.99 (US & CAN) ISBN 978-1-907992-89-6
Also available as an ebook
Nothing is certain, everything will change.
He may have been hailed as a hero, but Captain Corrain now harbours a dark secret.
While the Caladhrians are content to celebrate their salvation from the Aldabreshin corsairs, Corrain knows the truth – the wizard he bribed to help them has merely claimed the corsair island for his own. Will the Archmage break his policy of non-interference and crush this upstart or will the outraged Aldabreshin warlords decide that magic has no place in their world at all?
In the second book of her stunning new trilogy, The Hadrumal Crisis, Juliet E McKenna delves deeper into this tangle of dark magic, treachery and intrigue – raising the stakes and plunging Corrain and the widow Lady Zurenne into a web of danger that they may not escape, even with the magewoman Jilseth’s help.
The prequel for the series, The Wizard’s Coming, is available as a free eBook and introduces some of the characters and events leading up to this stunning new fantasy series from a major voice in fantasy writing.
Book 2 of The Hadrumal Crisis: Darkening Skies by Juliet E. McKenna
£7.99 (UK) ISBN 978-1-907992-76-6
$8.99/$10.99 (US & CAN) ISBN 978-1-907992-77-3
Available as an ebook
The world will end in 2012 … unless the Age of Aztec falls
In the latest in the New York Times bestselling Pantheon series, which has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide, Cortez’s brutal suppression of Mexico never happened and the Aztec Empire rules the world.
Yet in jungle-infested London, a masked vigilante defies this cruel and ruthless oppressive regime: the Conquistador. As the apocalypse looms, he must help assassinate the mysterious and immortal Aztec emperor, but police detective Mal Vaughn is hot on his trail, determined to bring him to justice.
Merging ancient religions, interest in the ‘forthcoming’ 2012 Mayan apocalypse, and high-octane military SF, Age of Aztec continues Lovegrove’s bestselling Pantheon series. A breath-taking series that is not to be missed, The Age of Odin went straight onto the NYT bestsellers list and Age of Aztec is sure to be another hit.
Age of Aztec by James Lovegrove
£7.99 (UK) ISBN 978-1-907992-80-3
$8.99/$10.99 (US & CAN) ISBN 978-1-907992-81-0
Available as an ebook
Solaris recently announced that sales of the Pantheon series have now topped 100,000. The series is now set to continue with three new titles. The series focuses on the central question of ‘what if the Gods of Mythology were not only real but played a direct role in mankind’s lives?’ Created as alternative histories that can be read as stand-alone novels or enjoyed as a collective, Lovegrove revitalises deities of old with hard-nosed military science fiction and fascinating re-imaginings of our world.
This April will see the publication of the next in the series, Age of Aztec, which envisages a world where the Aztecs defeated the Conquistadors and then spread their empire across the Earth. As the apocalypse looms, this regime of ruthless oppression and regular human sacrifice is now openly defied by a masked vigilante known as the Conquistador.
This year also sees the publication of the first ebook-only novella in the series, Age of Anansi, with the Age of Voodoo due for print publication in 2013.
The Age of Odin featured on the New York Times bestseller immediately upon release last year. The series also includes Age of Ra and Age of Zeus.
“For me, the appeal of the Pantheon series is that each novel is different. The pre-existing mythology creates the story and shapes the tone and direction of the book. Every time I start a new one, it’s as though I’ve been given a brand new playground to play in. Yet the core themes remain the same: the relationship between mortals and the beings they worship; humans facing or wielding superhuman power; free will versus divine edict. A never-drying well of ideas to explore there. I can’t express how happy I am to be working with Solaris on these books. It’s an imprint making surprisingly effective commando raids on the publishing market. The editorial and promotional departments are efficient, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, inventive, supportive and indefatigable. The Pantheon series’ success depends as much on their efforts as my writing. And I can’t not mention Marek Okon’s striking eye-candy covers, too, which round off the package perfectly,” commented Lovegrove.
The epic conclusion to the Macht Trilogy
Thirty years of legend are about to be re-written, as the boy-general vows to become a king…
For the first time, the ferocious city-states of The Macht now acknowledge a single ruler – Corvus may have united his people in blood, but he now seeks immortality through conquest and legend.
His father had been one of the legendary Ten Thousand Macht who marched into the Asurian Empire and fought their way out again. Corvus intends nothing less than the complete overthrow of their ancient enemies.
Renowned Northern Irish novelist Paul Kearney draws on both classical history and fantasy as he brings his critically-acclaimed epic of The Macht to a shattering conclusion, as the brilliant Corvus seeks to bring the world under his rule.
Rich with character and fast-paced, Kings of Morning is the hotly-anticipated conclusion to the Macht Trilogy that will thrill fans of Steven Erikson and George R. R. Martin.
Kings of Morning by Paul Kearney
£7.99 (UK) ISBN 978-1-907519-38-3
$7.99/$9.99 (US & CAN) ISBN 978-1-907519-39-0
Available as an ebook