New Tony Ballantyne novel acquired by Solaris

Solaris have announced that they have acquired the rights to a new novel from Tony Ballantyne called Dream London. Slated for released in October 2013, the science-fiction novel takes a magical look at Britain’s capital city, a city that we would recognise but one which changes every single day.

Dream London: Captain Jim Wedderburn has looks, style and courage by the bucketful. He’s adored by women, respected by men and feared by his enemies. He’s the man to find out who has twisted London into this strange new world, and he knows it.

But in Dream London the city changes a little every night and the people change a little every day. The towers are growing taller, the parks have hidden themselves away and the streets form themselves into strange new patterns. There are people sailing in from new lands down the river, new criminals emerging in the East End and a path spiralling down to another world.

Everyone is changing, no one is who they seem to be.

"Tony’s novel had me from the first page. His strange, but familiar, world of Dream London is brilliantly realised. Tony’s great strength lies in his characterisation. His grotesques are never simply grotesque and his heroes aren’t always heroic. This is a wonderful new slice of the Weird, and I’m delighted to be bringing it the already fantastic line-up for Solaris in 2013," commented Editor-in-chief Jonathan Oliver.

Dream London will feature cover art and book-design by Joey Hi-FI (Zoo City, Mockingbird).

Adam Nevill, Chris Beckett and a free ebook from Solaris

Horror author Adam Nevill.St Martin’s Press acquire rights to Adam Nevill novels
Michael Homler at St Martin’s Press has acquired US rights in the horror novels House of Small Shadows and No One Gets Out Alive by Adam Nevill from Harriet Sanders, Rights Director at Pan Macmillan in London. Julie Crisp acquired World Rights in the books from agent John Jarrold. House of Small Shadows will be published in the UK in 2013, with No One Gets Out Alive following in 2014. SMP are planning publications in 2014 and 2015.

Bragelonne have also acquired French rights for Adam’s novels The Ritual and Last Days, following their successful publication of Apartment 16. The Ritual is scheduled for August 2013 and Last Days for Spring 2014.

Two-book World Rights Deal for Chris Beckett
Ravi Mirchandani, Editor-in-Chief of Grove Atlantic in London, has acquired world rights in two novels by award-winning UK writer Chris Beckett, for the Corvus imprint. The deal was concluded with agent John Jarrold.

Corvus have previously published The Holy Machine and Dark Eden by Beckett. The first new book will be a sequel to the latter, Gela’s Ring, to be published in 2014. The second book is provisionally titled Slaymaker.

Dark Eden was announced as the Sunday Times SF Book of the Year last month and has garnered wonderful reviews.

Beckett also won the prestigious Edge Hill Story Award in 2009 for his SF collection The Turing Test, published by small press Elastic, beating off literary collections by Booker Prize-winner Anne Enright, Whitbread winner Ali Smith and other literary lions.

Ravi Mirchandani said: "In every genre, there are some exceptional writers who write within the genre and yet beyond it, appealing to the widest range of readers. What Ruth Rendell is in crime, Terry Pratchett in fantasy or Patrick O’Brian in historical sea fiction, William Gibson, Neal Stephenson and China Miéville are in Science Fiction. So is Chris Beckett."

Solaris give away free ebook
clip_image002Solaris Books have gone digital gaga this week, offering up an exclusive ebook absolutely free.

The Faceless was published earlier this year, with author Simon Bestwick creating a terrifying novel set in the north of England and revolving around a long-abandoned hospital. Simon has now returned to the world of The Faceless with his e-novella, Let’s Drink To The Dead – which they are now offering to the world free in epub and mobi formats.

For more information, click here.

Play With Fire: latest ebook exclusive from Solaris

Play With Fire by Justin Gustainis.Urban fantasy sleuths Quincy Morris, great-grandson of Dracula’s killer, and his partner, white witch Libby Chastain are back with another disturbing case…

The new occult investigation from Justin Gustainis, Play With Fire, is the latest ebook exclusive from Solaris.

Houses of worship are burning all across the U.S., churches, synagogues and mosques alike; usually while full of people… Usually while the places are full of people. The fires are initially dismissed as unconnected acts of violence, until Morris – freshly released from jail after their last case – and Chastain track down the terrible meaning behind the destruction, and the dark cause the arsonists seek to serve. A race against time ensues, to stop a ritual that will cause the deaths of hundreds… and bring about the end of the world.

Play With Fire is available exclusively in ebook. Its twin novella Midnight at the Oasis, will be released in ebook at the same time as both are collected in paperback in April 2013.

Morris & Chastain Investigations: Play With Fire by Justin Gustainis
An ebook exclusive
£3.49 (UK) $3.99 (US)
Available from 6th December
Epub ISBN: 9781849974745
Kindle ISBN: 9781849974752

Lavie Tidhar’s Osama wins World Fantasy Award

clip_image002Lavie Tidhar’s Osama has beaten competition from Stephen King and George RR Martin to scoop the World Fantasy Award for best novel.

Tidhar accepted the prestigious award at the World Fantasy Convention in Toronto yesterday. The judges of the award acknowledged that Israeli-born Tidhar has produced a work of extraordinary power and imagination, which has shown genre’s ability to examine and illuminate contemporary events in a way that other literature struggles to do.

“I am absolutely delighted for Lavie,” said editor-in-chief Jonathan Oliver. “This award is well-deserved and it is heartening to see the judges of the World Fantasy Awards choose a controversial and challenging title in what was already a very strong field.

“Lavie continues to a writer who pushes the boundaries of genre and is one of the most exciting writers around in any field.”

The outspoken and controversial Israeli-born author delivers the most exciting, daring and sensitive, fictional engagement with the post-9/11 era. Tidhar was in Dar-es-Salaam during the American embassy bombings in 1998, stayed in the same hotel as the Al Qaeda operatives in Nairobi, and narrowly avoided both the 2005 London, King’s Cross and 2004 Sinai attacks – all of which has informed this vital book.

The critical reception of Osama has been nothing short of astonishing – making it a must-read novel for both genre and mainstream readers. Plaudits have poured in since Tidhar’s win, including one from George R R Martin himself, as the industry acknowledges an important victory for the kind of genre fiction that breaks boundaries and avoids cliché.

One of the most significant genre books of the year, Lavie Tidhar’s highly-praised and BSFA Award-nominated novel Osama was published in paperback by Solaris in October.

The others nominations for best novel were:

Osama by Lavie Tidhar
£7.99 (UK) ISBN 978-1-78108-076-4
$9.99/$10.99 (US & CAN) ISBN 978-1-78108-075-7

Lou Morgan signs up for Blood and Feathers sequel

After the critical success of Lou Morgan’s debut Blood and Feathers, Solaris has announced that it will be publishing the sequel next year. Blood and Feathers: Rebellion will pick up the story after the heavens-shattering events of the first book. The final war between good and evil is being waged, with Alice and Mallory trapped in the middle.

Morgan’s debut was roundly praised for its genre-busting take on angels and demons, adding a fresh new voice to the industry with a book that is violent and incisive, acerbic and witty.

"Dark, enticing and so sharp the pages could cut you, Blood and Feathers is a must-read for any fan of the genre”, while Philip K Dick award-winner Michael Marshall Smith described it as “a hell of a ride, but heaven to read: eerie, compelling and very funny," said Sarah Pinborough.

"Blood & Feathers was such a strong debut and such a unique take on one of the oldest stories there is, that I was very keen to work with Lou again. I’m delighted to welcome her back to Solaris and I can’t wait to read the further adventures of Alice and Mallory,” added Solaris editor-in-chief Jonathan Oliver.

The synopsis for Blood and Feathers: Rebellion reads:

This is a war. The war. There is no stopping; no getting out. You’re in this – just like the rest of us – to the end.

Driven out of hell and with nothing to lose, the Fallen wage open warfare against the angels on the streets of our cities. And they’re winning.

As the balance tips towards the darkness, Alice – barely recovered from her own ordeal in hell and struggling to start over – once again finds herself in the eye of the storm.

But with the chaos spreading and the Archangel Michael determined to destroy Lucifer whatever the cost, is the price simply too high; and what sacrifices will Alice and the angels have to make in order to pay it?

The Fallen will rise. Trust will be betrayed. And all hell will break loose.

Blood and Feathers by Lou Morgan
£7.99 (UK) ISBN 978-1-781080-1-84
$8.99/$10.99 (US & CAN) ISBN 978-1-781080-1-91
Available as an ebook

Born in Wales Lou Morgan studied medieval literature at UCL and now lives in the south of England with her husband, son and obligatory cat. Her first novel, Blood and Feathers was published by Solaris Books in August 2012, and her short stories have appeared in several anthologies.

New commission for Australian fantasy novelist

An image of Australian fantasy author Rowena Cory Daniells.Jonathan Oliver of Solaris Books, has commissioned a new novel by Australian fantasy writer Rowena Cory Daniells. The agent is John Jarrold, and the deal is for World English Language rights. The book is due for publication at the end of 2013.

Solaris have already published Daniells’ King Rolen’s Kin trilogy and are publishing her Outcast Chronicles trilogy this year. The new book, provisionally titled King-maker, King-breaker, will complete the story of King Rolen’s Kin.

"It’s great to be working with Rowena again and I can’t wait to read this finale to her brilliant fantasy series," said Jonathan Oliver.

Rowena Cory Daniells first became involved in speculative fiction in 1976. Since then she has run a bookshop, then a graphic art studio where she illustrated children’s books, had 6 children in 10 years, sold nearly 30 children’s books and an earlier fantasy trilogy internationally, established R&D Studios and served on the management committees of state and national arts organisations. She lives by the bay in Brisbane with her husband and children.

New releases from Solaris Books and Abaddon Books

Ever wished the school holidays could last forever?

School’s Out Forever by Scott K. Andrews cover image.It’s not easy being a kid. But when almost everyone and everything you knew is dead, school may be the only thing keeping you alive.

With most of the world’s population now wiped out, the surviving pupils of St Mark’s School for Boys and Girls must defend themselves against cannibalistic gangs, religious fanatics, a bullying prefect with a taste for crucifixion, and even the remnants of the US Army.

Mixing Lord of the Flies with The Hunger Games, School’s Out Forever is the latest omnibus from The Afterblight Chronicles. Scott K. Andrews’ St Mark’s Trilogy books are a visceral, terrifying trio of stories that brings a new twist to the post-apocalyptic dystopia – all viewed through the eyes of children.

With the first in the series already optioned for a movie with Multistory Films, this new omnibus collects the complete trilogy and is packed with strong characters, action, and a truly killer concept.

School’s Out Forever by Scott K. Andrews
September 13th (UK) and September 18th (US & Canada)
£10.99 (UK) ISBN 978-1-78108-026-9
$12.99/$14.99 (US & CAN) ISBN 978-1-78108-027-6
Also available as an ebook

The Outcast Chronicles draws to a thrilling close

Book Three of The Outcast Chronicles: Sanctuary by Rowena Cory Daniells cover image.For three months this summer Solaris has brought you Rowena Cory Daniells’ epic new fantasy trilogy – and now the consummate storyteller brings The Outcast Chronicles to its shattering conclusion.

For hundreds of years, the mystics lived alongside the true-men, until King Charald laid siege to the mystic’s island city and exiled them. Imoshen, most powerful of the female mystics, was elected to lead her people into exile. She faces threats from within, from male mystics who think they would make a better leader. And her people face threats from true-men, who have confiscated their ships. They must set sail by the first day of winter. Those who are left behind will be executed.

But once they set sail, they face winter storms, hostile harbours and sea-raiders who know their ships are laden with treasure. But Imoshen knows full well that the mystics cannot run for ever. They need somewhere to call home. They need… Sanctuary.

The thrilling end to this trilogy is another web of golden fantasy from Daniells in a series that will keep fans of George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb or Gail Z. Martin enthralled.

Book Three of The Outcast Chronicles: Sanctuary by Rowena Cory Daniells
28th August (US & Can) and 13th September (UK)£7.99 (UK) ISBN 978-1-78108-014-6
$8.99/$10.99 (US & CAN) ISBN 978-1-78108-015-3
Also available as an ebook

Battle resumes in No Man’s World: The Alleyman

No Man’s World: The Alleyman by Pat Kelleher cover image.

It’s been four months since the Pennine Fusiliers vanished from the Somme and found themselves stranded on an alien world.

The Tommies have been surviving on this bizarre planet populated by lethal foliage and hostile human-like insects while desperately trying to find a way back to Blighty.

In The Alleyman, while Lieutenant Everson tries to discover the true intentions of their alien prisoner, Lance Corporal Atkins and his Black Hand Gang are on the trail of Jeffries, the diabolist responsible for their predicament. And above it all, Lieutenant Tulliver of the Royal Flying Corps soars free of the confines of alien gravity, where the true scale of the planet’s mystery is revealed. To uncover the truth, however, he must join forces with an unexpected ally.

A blazing mixture of genre-shattering SF, meticulously researched history, and powerful storytelling, The Alleyman is the third in this enthralling and exhilarating series.

No Man’s World: The Alleyman by Pat Kelleher
9th October (US & Canada) and 11th October (UK)
£7.99 (UK) ISBN 978-1-78108-024-5
$9.99/$12.99 (US & CAN) ISBN 978-1-78108-025-2
Also available as an ebook

And last, but not least…

This September 21st, movie audiences across the world will be plunged into the dark and nasty world of Judge Dredd, the future lawman from the pages of legendary British comic book 2000 AD.

DREDD 3D is the R-rated adaptation of the comic book from DNA Films, the British production company behind 28 Days Later and Sunshine.

Starring Karl Urban (RED, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek) as Judge Joe Dredd and Olivia Thirlby (Juno) as Judge Cassandra Anderson, the movie is gritty and violent, and promises to finally and truly bring the insane world of Mega-City One from the comic book page to the silver screen.

To mark this, 2000 AD and Abaddon Books have collected three novels starring the ultimate lawman of the future in one omnibus edition.

In Dredd Vs Death, Judge Dredd teams up with his movie co-star Judge Anderson to investigate a trail of carnage left by a cult obsessed with with Judge Death, who believes all life is a crime.

In Kingdom of the Blind, Judge Dredd hits the streets as senior Judges gather for a treaty signing, just as a notorious crime boss prepares to step out of the shadows and seize control of the city.

And in The Final Cut, Dredd uncovers a grisly series of murders that point the finger at the an underground movie scene with unlikely allies in the corridors of power.

Written by Gordon Rennie, David Bishop, and Matthew Smith, this omnibus of Dredd stories is the perfect introduction to movie-goers keen to read more of the eponymous lawman’s violent exploits in a world gone to hell.

DREDD written by: Gordon Rennie, Matt Smith, David Bishop
Pages: 704
ISBN: 978-1781080771
Price: $8.99
Published: OUT NOW
Market: North America

New series coming from Chuck Wendig

Don’t look up. Don’t send your prayers skyward. Because the gods aren’t in the sky. They’re here. All of them.

After publishing Chuck Wendig’s debut novel Double Dead, in 2011 Abaddon Books has announced that it is set to publish a brand new title from the author to debut in 2013.

Gods and Monsters: Unclean Spirits, the first title in a brand new shared world series, will debut in the summer of next year.

Exiled to Earth, the gods now walk amongst us, bringing with them their children and their servants and their monsters. Their power is a mere fraction of what it once was, but even a mote of divine magic is awesome – in the truest sense of the word.

Cason Cole knows this firsthand. He’s been serving the gods for the better part of a decade, their leash fastened tight around his neck. But when his most recent divine master gets killed – a thing Cason didn’t even know could happen – he finds himself once more a free man. All he’s got left is a burning need for vengeance against the very gods who forced him to kneel, but he’ll soon discover that getting revenge against the gods is no easy feat. He’ll have to put his life, love, sanity and soul on the line. Will he pay the cost? How priceless is his wrath?

“I enjoyed working with Chuck on his debut novel, Double Dead, hugely so the intention was always to continuing working with him. To be able to launch a brand new Abaddon series with Chuck at the helm is very exciting. His writing is witty, punchy and entertaining as hell. A perfect fit for what promises to be a brilliant new series,” commented Abaddon editor-in-chief Jonathan Oliver.

And Solaris has  announced that author Gaie Sebold is to follow up her well-received debut, Babylon Steel. Sebold has conceived one of the most well-realised female characters in the genre – ex-mercenary turned brothel owner Babylon Steel. And Babylon is set to return in Dangerous Gifts, which will be published in February 2013.

Babylon Steel runs the best brothel in Scalentine, city of portals. She’s escaped her past and it’s all going pretty well. Apart, that is, from the racial conflict and economic misery boiling up in Scalentine.

Her lover, Chief Bitternut of the City Militia, is trying to keep the lid on, while hunting a killer whose real target is a lot closer than he knows. Just as things are getting really tense, Babylon is forced to take another job. Bodyguard to Enthemmerlee Entaire: symbol of hope or object of disgust for most of her country’s population, and a prime target for assassination, along with anyone who happens to be in the way. Such as her bodyguard.

Unintentionally dragging a very annoyed government employee along in her wake, Babylon struggles to turn Enthemmerlee’s squabbling household guard from liability into security, dodge the rigid Moral Statutes of Incandress, and keep both herself and her client alive.  She soon realises that the situation is far worse than she thought, her past hasn’t quite let go of her yet, and she will be driven to a choice that will have far-reaching consequences…

“Babylon Steel was one of the most assured and brilliantly written fantasy debuts of 2012. Gaie’s characters are vivid and brilliantly realised. She is also one of the finest writers on sex and sexual politics in fantasy that I’ve read. I’m delighted to welcome her back to Solaris and discover more about Babylon Steel’s exciting and mysterious past. Gaie’s star is fast rising in the fantasy firmament,” commented Solaris editor-in-chief, Jonathan Oliver.

Two-book Heaven’s Gate Chronicles to begin April 2013

A new gun-slinging fantasy series mixing the Wild West, Steampunk, angels, and a town that exists for only a day is set to begin its epic story next year.

Guy Adams’ The Good, The Bad and The Infernal will be the first book in the new Heaven’s Gate Chronicle series, debuting in April 2013. Details of the second title in the series will be announced in the near future.

“Guy’s writing is fresh, exciting and laced with a wicked sense of humour. I love a good Western, but Guy’s new series is so much more than that. The Heaven’s Gate Chronicles promises to be a hell of a ride, and heaven to read,” commented Jonathan Oliver, editor-in-chief of Solaris.

“You wish to meet your God?” the gunslinger asked, “well now… that’s easy to arrange.”

Roughly every one hundred years a town appears. From a small village in the peaks of Tibet to a gathering of mud huts in the jungles of South American, it can take many forms. It exists for twenty-four hours then vanishes, but for that single day it contains the greatest miracle a man could imagine: a doorway to Heaven.

It is due to appear on the 21st September 1889 as a ghost town in the American Midwest. When it does there are many who hope to be there:

Travelling preacher Obeisance Hicks and his simple messiah, a brain-damaged Civil War veteran; Henry and Harmonium Jones and their freak show pack of outlaws; the Brothers of Ruth and their sponsor Lord Forset (inventor of the Forset Thunderpack and other incendiary modes of personal transport); finally, an aging gunslinger who lost his wings at the very beginning of creation and wants nothing more than to settle old scores.

New releases: Blood Ocean, Dark North, Darkening Skies…

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

Blood Ocean album coverIn 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…

Dark North cover imageA 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.

Darkening Skies cover image.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

Age of Aztec cover image.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

clip_image002_thumb[12]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