Listen to an Audiobook Excerpt from Cory Doctorow’s Unauthorized Bread


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From bestselling author Cory Doctorow comes a DRM-free tale of DRM-locked appliances, refugees, and resistance.

Unauthorized Bread is the first of four audiobooks that together make up Doctorow’s forthcoming book Radicalized.

In this new story, you’ll be transported to a near future America where technology is tightly controlled and danger lurks. It all starts with Salima, just out of a refugee detention center and freshly moved into subsidized housing in Boston. While happy for a room of her own, Salima discovers every appliance is locked and strictly regulated including a toaster that only accepts authorized bread. The situation spirals from there…


Unauthorized Bread is available now from Macmillan Audio—look for the next three audiobooks in the series and the full Radicalized book from Tor Books on March 19th!

Listen to an excerpt of the audiobook, read by actress Lameece Issaq, now:

 Get the audiobook exclusively at Google Play

 

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Jenn Lyon’s The Ruin of Kings is Darkly Beautiful and Deliciously Complex (Non-Spoiler Review)


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Any fan of the type of complex epic fantasy world-building found in works like J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion or Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series will understand the excitement I felt when I was handed The Ruin of Kings, the debut novel in Jenn Lyons’s new five-volume series, A Chorus of Dragons. My advanced proof clocked in at 740 pages (not counting the additional addendum of the glossary and pronunciation guides) and is exactly the kind of unwieldy, doesn’t-fit-well-in-my-normal-bookbag novel I want to be reading. None of these 200-odd page stories, finished in a day or two! The Ruin of Kings demanded my time, my determination, and my most interrogative reading skills.

And my friends, I am here for it.

The novel’s main character, a fifteen-year-old boy named Kihrin, grew up in the slums of the city of Quur and makes his living as a thief. ...

Listen to the First 17(!!) Chapters of New Epic Fantasy The Ruin of Kings for Free


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Debut author Jenn Lyons has created one of the funniest, most engrossing new epic fantasy novels of the 21st century in The Ruin of Kings—an eyebrow-raising cross between the intricacy of Brandon Sanderson’s worldbuilding and the snark of Patrick Rothfuss.

We’ve already shared the first 17 chapters of the novel (which you can read here), but we couldn’t stop there! Now you can fully immerse yourself in the story of Kihrin, a bastard orphan who is claimed against his will as the long-lost son of a treasonous prince with this extended excerpt from the audio book edition!

 

 

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When destiny calls, there’s no fighting back.

Kihrin grew up in the slums of Quur, a thief and a minstrel’s son raised on tales of long-lost princes and magnificent quests. When he is claimed against ...

Reading The Ruin of Kings: Chapter 17


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OMG, Tor.com, The Ruin of Kings is almost here! Here, have one more chapter to tide you over! Come on in, the water’s fine!

(Well, no, the water’s actually filled with maelstroms and kraken and death, but, you know.)

This blog series will be covering the first 17 chapters of the forthcoming novel The Ruin of Kings, first of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 17, “Waking the Old Man”, which is available for your reading delectation right here.

Read it? Great! Then click on to find out what I thought!

Holy kidnapping dragons, Batman!

So, this chapter was insane, in a good way. You know the fit has hit the shan when the giant kraken piggybacking on your ship’s arse end is one of your background problems. Sheesh.

Seeing as ...

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons: Chapter 17


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Debut author Jenn Lyons has created one of the funniest, most engrossing new epic fantasy novels of the 21st century in The Ruin of Kings. An eyebrow-raising cross between the intricacy of Brandon Sanderson’s worldbuilding and the snark of Patrick Rothfuss.

Which is why Tor.com has released the first 17 chapters leading up to the book’s release! This is our final installment, but don’t despair—the full novel publishes tomorrow, February 5th! Plus you can head on over to Reading The Ruin of Kings for some fresh commentary our resident Wheel of Time expert, Leigh Butler.

Our journey continues…

 

17: Waking the Old Man
(Kihrin’s story)

 

We swung round the fang at top speed, the ship tilting at an angle she was never built to endure, racing at a speed she was never meant to sustain. Maybe a sleeker warship could’ve handled the strain, but The Misery was ...

Rise Up: Reckoning of Fallen Gods by R.A. Salvatore


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Last year’s Child of a Mad God was a glorious return to the world of Corona. I love the world from R.A. Salvatore’s tremendously underrated DemonWars Saga, and appreciated the way he handled the transition to a new series in an old world. It had echoes of the past, but also felt like its own thing. Its sequel, Reckoning of Fallen Gods, returns to the cold, bloodless peak of Fireach Speur, and thrusts readers into a tale of revenge and comeuppance, epic magic, and personal journeys that will have world-changing implications.

The demon fossa is dead at the hand of a young, powerful witch named Aoleyn—but what should be a time of celebration is anything but as Aoleyn is prosecuted and sentenced to death by the very people she saved. If that wasn’t enough, little do they know that the fossa was a safeguard against invasion from beyond the ...

Sleeps With Monsters: Epic Fantasy and Feminism in The Women’s War and The Ruin of Kings


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Who doesn’t like epic fantasy? And feminist epic fantasy, at that?

The Women’s War by Jenna Glass and The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons are both opening volumes in new epic fantasy series. I read them one after the other, and can’t help comparing their approaches to feminism—because both of them set themselves within oppressive societies. And yet, though The Women’s War spends more of its time with female main characters and sets itself amid a violent struggle for the liberation of (some) women in a rigidly patriarchal society, I found The Ruin of Kings more inclusive and more persuasive—more liberatory—in its approach to a patriarchal society.

The Women’s War stakes out its ground in a society divided by class as well as gender, and its arguments are quite simple: Discrimination against women on the basis of their gender is awful, patriarchy is terrible, and ...

Reading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 15 and 16


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Of all the gin joint blog posts in all the Internets, you clicked on mine, Tor.com. And I couldn’t be more thrilled. Another post for you!

This blog series will be covering the first 17 chapters of the forthcoming novel The Ruin of Kings, first of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 15, “The Zherias Maw”, and Chapter 16, “The General’s Reward”, which are available for your reading delectation right here.

Read it? Great! Then click on to find out what I thought!

Chapter 15

Maelstroms are a staple feature of just about any fantasy story involving travel by ship, from Scylla and Charybdis on down, and it’s no wonder: Besides being a ready source of danger/adventure, they fit perfectly into fantasy tales, because it’s hard to believe they are actually real ...

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons: Chapters 15 and 16


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Debut author Jenn Lyons has created one of the funniest, most engrossing new epic fantasy novels of the 21st century in The Ruin of Kings. An eyebrow-raising cross between the intricacy of Brandon Sanderson’s worldbuilding and the snark of Patrick Rothfuss.

Which is why Tor.com is releasing one or two chapters per week, leading all the way up to the book’s release on February 5th, 2019!

Not only that, but our resident Wheel of Time expert Leigh Butler will be reading along and reacting with you. So when you’re done with this week’s chapter, head on over to Reading The Ruin of Kings for some fresh commentary.

Our journey continues…

 

15: The Zherias Maw
(Kihrin’s story)

 

Surdyeh’s repertoire had always included sea tales, essential for a port town like the Capital. I was all too familiar with stories of the Desolation, an area of reef, broken ...

Read “Hell Rode With Her,” a Novelette Set Before David Mack’s The Iron Codex


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David Mack’s Dark Arts series continues as the wizards of World War II become the sorcerers of the Cold War in the globe-spanning spy-thriller The Iron Codex—available now from Tor Books.

In celebration of the book’s release, we’re thrilled to present “Hell Rode With Her,” which takes place between books one and two of the series. David Mack explains:

This novelette is a story arc that was excised from the first Dark Arts novel, The Midnight Front. It details events that befall Russian-born sorceress (aka “karcist”) Anja Kernova after she deserts from the Red Army in late 1943. This was in fact the first part of the Dark Arts series that I wrote, and Anja’s confrontation with her countrymen during the Great Patriotic War sets the stage for the series’ second book, The Iron Codex, in which Anja is the chief target of an international magickal arms race ...

Meet the Voices Behind Kihrin, Talon, and Thurvishar in Excerpts from The Ruin of Kings Audiobook


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The Ruin of Kings audiobook narrators announcement Jenn Lyons

In The Ruin of Kings, Jenn Lyons’ debut epic fantasy, Kihrin is a bastard orphan who grew up on storybook tales of long-lost princes and grand quests. When he is claimed against his will as the long-lost son of a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds that being a long-lost prince isn’t what the storybooks promised.

This long-lost prince’s story is so epic that it requires more than just one narrator. While Kihrin explains how he wound up in his less-than-pleasant circumstances at the novel’s start, a thousand-year-old demon named Talon recounts her own version of the bastard-turned-royal-heir’s tale; and royal servant Thurvishar D’Lorus, who has helpfully transcribed this full accounting of the events leading up to the Burning of the Capital, adds a third layer of color commentary via footnotes. And now you’ll get to hear the voices behind all three narrators, in these audiobook excerpts from Macmillan Audio!

 

In ...

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A Politics of Synthesis: The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders


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Ecological disaster and social collapse loom on the horizon for the inhabitants of January, human descendants of a generation ship whose advanced technologies have long since failed. Political and economic tensions ride high in both of the planet’s most populous cities, separated by a deadly tract of wilderness and segregated by past conflicts, while trouble also brews outside human habitation in the massive section of the planet that exists in total darkness.

Sophie, a Xiosphanti student from the impoverished end of town attending an upper class school, is drawn into a young activist circle by her outgoing wealthy roommate with drastic consequences leading to a brutal near-death experience. However, Sophie’s chance rescue by one of the alien inhabitants of the Night is the catalyst for a series of conflicts both grand and intimate in scale that offer the start of an answer to the crises facing her world.

Some spoilers.

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Swashbuckling Fantasy with Political Intrigue: A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery by Curtis Craddock


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An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (2018), the first volume in Curtis Craddock’s The Risen Kingdoms series, was an extremely accomplished fantasy novel. It combined intrigue, adventure, and swashbuckling in a setting filled with airships and floating kingdoms, ancient religion, lost knowledge, and powerful magic. Its politics bore the influence of Renaissance Europe while its narrative approach held something of the flair of Alexandre Dumas. An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors set a strikingly high bar for any sequel to follow.

Fortunately, A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery more than meets that bar. It’s just as good as its predecessor—if not better.

Isabelle des Zephyrs finished the events of An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors in a position of strength and triumph. Her king, le Grand Leon (a figure based at least partially on Louis XIV, the Sun King), had appointed her ambassador to the Great Peace—and she had newly ...

Reading The Ruin of Kings: Chapter 14


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Greetings, salutations and what up, Tor.com: It’s another RROK post! Just what you wanted!

This blog series will be covering the first 17 chapters of the forthcoming novel The Ruin of Kings, first of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 14, “Bedtime Stories”, which is available for your reading delectation right here.

Read it? Great! Then click on to find out what I thought!

Good chapter! The story about how Ola found Kihrin, as usual, raises more questions than it answers, but they’re very interesting questions. Kihrin and Ola both seem to play it off afterwards as a fairy tale to Morea, but I’m pretty sure that’s misdirection and really it all happened just as Ola said. I think. 95% sure.

What I’m not sure about is whether Kihrin knows this at ...

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons: Chapter 14


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Debut author Jenn Lyons has created one of the funniest, most engrossing new epic fantasy novels of the 21st century in The Ruin of Kings. An eyebrow-raising cross between the intricacy of Brandon Sanderson’s worldbuilding and the snark of Patrick Rothfuss.

Which is why Tor.com is releasing one or two chapters per week, leading all the way up to the book’s release on February 5th, 2019!

Not only that, but our resident Wheel of Time expert Leigh Butler will be reading along and reacting with you. So when you’re done with this week’s chapter, head on over to Reading The Ruin of Kings for some fresh commentary.

Our journey continues…

 

14: Bedtime Stories
(Talon’s story)

 

When Ola looked through the green beaded curtain into her bathing room, she found Kihrin stripped of his torn, stained clothes and lounging in her special copper tub. Lantern light flared ...

Revealing Radicalized, A New Book From Cory Doctorow


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New York Times bestseller Cory Doctorow, one of the most on-pulse genre voices of our generation, returns with Radicalized, a timely book comprised of four SF novellas connected by social, technological, and economic visions of today and what America could be in the near, near future.

Unauthorized Bread is a tale of immigration, the toxicity of economic and technological stratification, and the young and downtrodden fighting against all odds to survive and prosper.

In Model Minority, a Superman-like figure attempts to rectify the corruption of the police forces he long erroneously thought protected the defenseless… only to find his efforts adversely affecting their victims.

Radicalized is a story of a dark web-powered violent uprising against insurance companies told from the perspective of a man desperate to secure funding for an experimental drug that could cure his wife’s terminal cancer.

The fourth story, Masque of the Red Death, ...

Reading The Ruin of Kings: Chapter 13


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Life is quite absurd, Tor.com, but a new RROK post isn’t! That’s not a lie in any way, shape, or form! Really!

This blog series will be covering the first 17 chapters of the forthcoming novel The Ruin of Kings, first of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 13, “The Determined Wizard,” which is available for your reading delectation right here.

Read it? Great! Then click on to find out what I thought!

Amusing Chapter Title is Amusing: Well, yes, I suppose “chasing down and sinking every ship available with its own personalized kraken just to find one dude” counts as being “determined,” technically. I would have gone with “batshit crazy” and also “about a 9.5 on my Callous Evilosity Meter,” myself, but that’s why they don’t let me name chapters, ...

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons: Chapter 13


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Debut author Jenn Lyons has created one of the funniest, most engrossing new epic fantasy novels of the 21st century in The Ruin of Kings. An eyebrow-raising cross between the intricacy of Brandon Sanderson’s worldbuilding and the snark of Patrick Rothfuss.

Which is why Tor.com is releasing one or two chapters per week, leading all the way up to the book’s release on February 5th, 2019!

Not only that, but our resident Wheel of Time expert Leigh Butler will be reading along and reacting with you. So when you’re done with this week’s chapter, head on over to Reading The Ruin of Kings for some fresh commentary.

Our journey continues…

 

13: The Determined Wizard
(Kihrin’s story)

 

I jumped up onto the railing and kept myself from falling overboard by grabbing the rigging. “Are those whales? I’ve never seen whales before.”

“Oh, those?” Teraeth looked ...

The Ruin of Kings Sweepstakes!


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The Ruin of Kings Jenn Lyons

Jenn Lyons begins the Chorus of Dragons series with The Ruin of Kings, an epic fantasy novel about a man who discovers his fate is tied to the future of an empire… and we want to send you a copy of this epic fantasy debut, available February 5th from Tor Books!

When destiny calls, there’s no fighting back.

Kihrin grew up in the slums of Quur, a thief and a minstrel’s son raised on tales of long-lost princes and magnificent quests. When he is claimed against his will as the missing son of a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds himself at the mercy of his new family’s ruthless power plays and political ambitions.

Practically a prisoner, Kihrin discovers that being a long-lost prince is nothing like what the storybooks promised. The storybooks have lied about a lot of other things, too: dragons, demons, gods, prophecies, and how the hero always ...

Luna: Moon Rising


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A hundred years in the future, a war wages between the Five Dragons—five families that control the Moon’s leading industrial companies. Each clan does everything in their power to claw their way to the top of the food chain—marriages of convenience, corporate espionage, kidnapping, and mass assassinations.

Through ingenious political manipulation and sheer force of will, Lucas Cortas rises from the ashes of corporate defeat and seizes control of the Moon. The only person who can stop him is a brilliant lunar lawyer, his sister, Ariel.

Witness the Dragons’ final battle for absolute sovereignty in Ian McDonald’s heart-stopping finale to the Luna trilogy—Luna: Moon Rising is available March 19th from Tor Books. Read chapter one below, and continue on with chapter two, here.

 

 

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Eight figures escort the casket across the Sea of Fecundity. Four to carry, one at each handle; four to guard the cardinal directions: ...