Rereading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 62 and 63


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CAKE OR DEATH, Tor.com? Cake? Well, we’re OUT of cake! So instead, have a RROK Goddess of Death with your afternoon tea, won’t you? I thought you would!

This blog series will be covering The Ruin of Kings, the first novel 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 62, “The Gryphon Ring”, and Chapter 63, “Tea with Death.” Please note that from this point forward, these posts will likely contain spoilers for the entire novel, so it’s recommended that you read the whole thing first before continuing on.

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Chapter 62: The Gryphon Ring (Talon’s story)

[In which a boy, a thief and an expository interlude walk into a bar, and stop me if you’ve heard this one]

You probably haven’t heard this ...

The Name of All Things Sweepstakes!


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Jenn Lyons continues the Chorus of Dragons series with The Name of All Things, the epic sequel to The Ruin of Kings – and we want to send you a copy!

 

You can have everything you want if you sacrifice everything you believe.

Kihrin D’Mon is a wanted man.

Since he destroyed the Stone of Shackles and set demons free across Quur, he has been on the run from the wrath of an entire empire. His attempt to escape brings him into the path of Janel Theranon, a mysterious Joratese woman who claims to know Kihrin.

Rereading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 60 and 61


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I never really cared until I met you, Tor.com! Have a post in token of how I Heart you!

This blog series will be covering The Ruin of Kings, the first novel 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 60, “The Invitation”, and Chapter 61, “Guardians of the Cage.” Please note that from this point forward, these posts will likely contain spoilers for the entire novel, so it’s recommended that you read the whole thing first before continuing on.

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Chapter 60: The Invitation (Talon’s story)

[In which Galen and Kihrin hear an unexpected conversation they probably shouldn’t, and receive an unexpected warning they definitely should.]

So You’re Summoning A Demon; ask Darzin how!

At this point in the story the reader ...

Sony TV Has Optioned Charlie Jane Anders’ The City in the Middle of the Night


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Charlie Jane Anders’ novel The City in the Middle of the Night might soon come to a television (or other screen) near you: Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures Television has optioned the novel to develop it into a TV series.

Anders’s book published earlier this year with Tor Books. It’s set on a distant, tidally-locked world called January, with two cities on either side: the freewheeling Argelo, and Xiosphant, which is strictly regimented. A student named Sophie is exiled by Xiosphant’s oppressive government, and is rescued by the planet’s native inhabitants, the Gelet. They want to try and connect with humanity, and she might be the perfect person to help them bridge the gap between civilizations.

Sony will produce the show along with Mom de Guerre Productions and Sharon Hall, an executive producer for another notable science fiction series, The Expanse. An option on the series doesn’t automatically mean ...

Read Annalee Newitz’s The Future of Another Timeline: Chapter Five


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From Annalee Newitz comes a story of time travel, murder, and the lengths we’ll go to protect the ones we love. The Future of Another Timeline publishes September 24th with Tor Books. Read chapter three below, or get caught up with chapters one, two, three, and four.

1992: After a confrontation at a riot grrl concert, seventeen-year-old Beth finds herself in a car with her friend’s abusive boyfriend dead in the backseat, agreeing to help her friends hide the body. This murder sets Beth and her friends on a path of escalating violence and vengeance as they realize many other young women in the world need protecting too.

2022: Determined to use time travel to create a safer future, Tess has dedicated her life to visiting key moments in history and fighting for change. But rewriting the timeline isn’t as simple as editing one person or event. ...

The Future of Another Timeline Sweepstakes!


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From Annalee Newitz, founding editor of io9, comes a story of time travel, murder, and the lengths we’ll go to protect the ones we love. The Future of Another Timeline is out on September 24 – and we want to send you a copy!

1992: After a confrontation at a riot grrl concert, seventeen-year-old Beth finds herself in a car with her friend’s abusive boyfriend dead in the backseat, agreeing to help her friends hide the body. This murder sets Beth and her friends on a path of escalating violence and vengeance as they realize many other young women in the world need protecting too.

2022: Determined to use time travel to create a safer future, Tess has dedicated her life to visiting key moments in history and fighting for change. But rewriting the timeline isn’t as simple as editing one person or event. And just when ...

Exploring the Ecology of Dragons: Brian Naslund’s Blood of an Exile


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What happens when you mix dragon slaying, political intrigue, and ecological concerns into a fantasy universe? You wind up with Brian Naslund’s debut novel, Blood of an Exile.

Almira is a backward fantasy kingdom riven by powerful nobles who constantly threaten to upend or undo the fragile monarchy. But Princess Ashlyn, heir to the throne, is far more concerned with how the over-hunting of dragons is affecting the landscape. Dragons can certainly cause problems for mankind, but Ashlyn alone seems to notice the bigger problems caused by removing the top predator from the ecosystem. 

And then there’s Bershad, flawless Bershad. In Almira, a particularly cruel form of punishment is to condemn prisoners to become roving dragonslayers, until the job inevitably kills them. But this punishment hasn’t quite worked with Bershad. He’s killed dozens of dragons, surviving impossible situations and becoming something rather unusual in a fantasy world—an international celebrity. ...

Inside Sherwood Forest: Jenn Lyons and Nathan Makaryk Talk All Things Robin Hood


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There are some stories we just keep coming back to: myths of great heroes, of Chosen Ones who save the world, of sources of light that lead us from the dark. These stories as passed down through generation and take many forms: some are told many times with slight changes to suit the times, some are changed to make the hero look more like the storyteller. Some become songs or plays or films. But no matter the shape these stories take, their core themes stay the same, and we relate to them over and over again.

The first whispers of Robin Hood began to show up in the 15th century, in epic poems and ballads. They tell of his skill as an archer, the band of Merry Men, and paint him as an advocate for the lower classes – a hero of the people. Robin Hood, in all his forms, ...

Rereading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 56 and 57


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Hey howdy hay, Tor.commers, it’s a RROK post. There’s a snake in your boot!

This blog series will be covering The Ruin of Kings, the first novel 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 56, “The Octagon”, and Chapter 57, “Ghost Walk.” Please note that from this point forward, these posts will likely contain spoilers for the entire novel, so it’s recommended that you read the whole thing first before continuing on.

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Chapter 56: The Octagon (Talon’s story)

[In which we meet our chronicler, but not my expectations.]

[Footnote:] It’s very odd to read a description of oneself written by other hands, although I must admit Tishar’s description flatters. She had a keen eye for detail, or more likely, Talon gave ...

Read Annalee Newitz’s The Future of Another Timeline: Chapter Four


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From Annalee Newitz comes a story of time travel, murder, and the lengths we’ll go to protect the ones we love. The Future of Another Timeline publishes September 24th with Tor Books. Read chapter four below, or get caught up with chapters one, two, and three.

1992: After a confrontation at a riot grrl concert, seventeen-year-old Beth finds herself in a car with her friend’s abusive boyfriend dead in the backseat, agreeing to help her friends hide the body. This murder sets Beth and her friends on a path of escalating violence and vengeance as they realize many other young women in the world need protecting too.

2022: Determined to use time travel to create a safer future, Tess has dedicated her life to visiting key moments in history and fighting for change. But rewriting the timeline isn’t as simple as editing one person or event. And just ...

Announcing Winter’s Orbit, a Queer Romantic Space Opera Debut


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Tor is thrilled to announce Winter’s Orbit, the first novel in a three-book deal with debut author Everina Maxwell.

Winter’s Orbit—a popular work originally published online—is a queer, romantic space opera. In an unforgiving empire, a scandal-prone prince and a dutiful scholar, who are forced into a political marriage, try to prevent an interplanetary war.

Said Everina Maxwell:

Winter’s Orbit is about empire and notoriety and the media, but also about being locked in your own head. It starts with a diplomat who’s determined to endure his own private hell if that’s what duty requires of him, and it’s about what happens when the wall around him starts to crumble. Ultimately, it’s a story of hope and renewal, that I wrote because I needed it, and I’m so grateful to the people who read it from its beginnings online and supported it. I’m also incredibly excited for Tor’s ...

The Nightjar Sweepstakes!


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The Nightjar by Deborah Hewitt is a stunning contemporary fantasy debut about another London, a magical world hidden behind the bustling modern city we know – and we want to send you a copy!

Alice Wyndham has been plagued by visions of birds her whole life…until the mysterious Crowley reveals that Alice is an ‘aviarist’: capable of seeing nightjars, magical birds that guard human souls. When her best friend is hit by a car, only Alice can find and save her nightjar.

With Crowley’s help, Alice travels to the Rookery, a hidden, magical alternate London to hone her newfound talents. But a faction intent on annihilating magic users will stop at nothing to destroy the new aviarist. And is Crowley really working with her, or against her? Alice must risk everything to save her best friend—and uncover the strange truth about herself.

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Gamechanger Sweepstakes!


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Neuromancer meets Star Trek in Gamechanger, a fantastic new book from award-winning author L. X. Beckett – and we want to send you a copy!

 

First there was the Setback.

Then came the Clawback.

Now we thrive.

Rubi Whiting is a member of the Bounceback Generation. The first to be raised free of the troubles of the late twenty-first century. Now she works as a public defender to help troubled individuals with anti-social behavior. That’s how she met Luciano Pox.

Luce is a firebrand and has made a name for himself as a naysayer. But there’s more to him than being a lightning rod for controversy. Rubi has to find out why the governments of the world want to bring Luce into custody, and why Luce is hell bent on stopping the recovery of the planet.

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Gamechanger Sweepstakes!


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Neuromancer meets Star Trek in Gamechanger, a fantastic new book from award-winning author L. X. Beckett – and we want to send you a copy!

 

First there was the Setback.

Then came the Clawback.

Now we thrive.

Rubi Whiting is a member of the Bounceback Generation. The first to be raised free of the troubles of the late twenty-first century. Now she works as a public defender to help troubled individuals with anti-social behavior. That’s how she met Luciano Pox.

Luce is a firebrand and has made a name for himself as a naysayer. But there’s more to him than being a lightning rod for controversy. Rubi has to find out why the governments of the world want to bring Luce into custody, and why Luce is hell bent on stopping the recovery of the planet.

Comment in the post to enter!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. ...

Read an Excerpt from A.K. Larkwood’s The Unspoken Name


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What if you knew how and when you will die?

Csorwe does—she will climb the mountain, enter the Shrine of the Unspoken, and gain the most honored title: sacrifice.

But on the day of her foretold death, a powerful mage offers her a new fate. Leave with him, and live. Turn away from her destiny and her god to become a thief, a spy, an assassin—the wizard’s loyal sword. Topple an empire, and help him reclaim his seat of power.

But Csorwe will soon learn—gods remember, and if you live long enough, all debts come due.

A.K. Larkwood’s debut fantasy The Unspoken Name publishes February 2020 with Tor Books.

 

 

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The Chosen Bride

By the touch of thy hand shall the black lotus bloom
Thus shall we know thee, handmaid of desolation
By the corruption of the seas
By the fading of all things
Thy name shall ...

Rereading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 54 and 55


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Ghosts and Orwell and Willy Wonka refs, oh my! This RROK post has got it all, Tor.com.

This blog series will be covering The Ruin of Kings, the first novel 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 54, “The Carriage Ride”, and Chapter 55, “The Pale Lady’s Judgment.” Please note that from this point forward, these posts will likely contain spoilers for the entire novel, so it’s recommended that you read the whole thing first before continuing on.

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Chapter 54: The Carriage Ride (Talon’s story)

[In which Great Aunt Tishar gives a tantalizing impression of maybe not being 100% awful, and we are suspicious.]

Because of course you really have to be suspicious, given the abysmal track record thus ...

Highlights from Sam Hawke’s AMA!


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Sam Hawke, author of City of Lies, took to Reddit earlier this month, where she talked about poisons and the Poison War duology, representation in fantasy, animals, Princess Bride references, and more.

Many questions were focused on the fantasy genre and how Hawke approached it differently. Wasdcursor asked,” This genre can sometimes read as if it’s a bit like drawing by numbers and you did a great job of keeping it fresh and unpredictable! It was full of turns and twists—what’s your proudest “original” part of the book? Also what’s your favourite bit from something else which you did a fun reinterpretation of (if we can guess)?”

Thank you! That’s very kind of you to say.

I was holding off on these two for later because I’m actually not sure on the first one. I guess a closed room murder mystery setup wasn’t that common in fantasy, so ...

The Redemption of Time Sweepstakes!


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Set in the universe of the New York Times bestselling Three-Body Problem trilogy, The Redemption of Time continues Cixin Liu’s multi-award-winning science fiction saga. This original story by Baoshu—published with Liu’s support—envisions the aftermath of the conflict between humanity and the extraterrestrial Trisolarans – and we want to send you a copy!

In the midst of an interstellar war, Yun Tianming found himself on the front lines. Riddled with cancer, he chose to end his life, only to find himself flash frozen and launched into space where the Trisolaran First Fleet awaited. Captured and tortured beyond endurance for decades, Yun eventually succumbed to helping the aliens subjugate humanity in order to save Earth from complete destruction.

Granted a healthy clone body by the Trisolarans, Yun has spent his very long life in exile as a traitor to the human race. Nearing the end of his existence at last, he suddenly receives ...

Rereading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 52 and 53


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A sweaty hello to you, Tor.com! Take some shelter from the swelter and sit with me a spell(ter), wontcha? Wotcher!

This blog series will be covering The Ruin of Kings, the first novel 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 52, “Dark Streaks”, and Chapter 53, “Speed Training.” Please note that from this point forward, these posts will likely contain spoilers for the entire novel, so it’s recommended that you read the whole thing first before continuing on.

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Chapter 52: Dark Streaks (Talon’s story)

[In which Darzin medals in Horrifying Father Son Talk, and the progeny plot thickens, slime-like.]

Oooh, a Darzin POV chapter, JUST WHAT I ALWAYS WANTED.

No, actually. That is not what I wanted. That is not ...

Hugo Spotlight: Mary Robinette Kowal’s The Calculating Stars Takes Giant Leaps


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In the lead-up to the 2019 Hugo Awards, we’re taking time to appreciate this year’s novel and short fiction Finalists, and what makes each of them great.

I have nothing to do with the immense talent that my friend Mary Robinette Kowal has as a writer, nor can I say that I had anything to do with the content of her Hugo-nominated (and Nebula-winning) novel The Calculating Stars, other than offering her friendly encouragement as she was writing it. But I can say that in a small way I was there at the very beginning of a journey that led to the writing of The Calculating Stars. As such I’m especially delighted about the path The Calculating Stars has taken to success.

You see, a number of years ago I was the president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (better known by its abbreviation SFWA). ...