Revealing the Cover to Kathleen Jenning’s Debut Novella Flyaway


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We’re thrilled to share the cover for Kathleen Jenning’s Flyaway. Transformation, enchantment, and the emotional truths of family history teem in this stunning debut novella. Check out the full cover below!

Flyaway arrives July 2020 from Tor.com Publishing.

In a small Western Queensland town, a reserved young woman receives a note from one of her vanished brothers—a note that makes question her memories of their disappearance and her father’s departure.

A beguiling story that proves that gothic delights and uncanny family horror can live—and even thrive—under a burning sun, Flyaway introduces readers to Bettina Scott, whose search for the truth throws her into tales of eerie dogs, vanished schools, cursed monsters, and enchanted bottles.

In these pages Jennings assures you that gothic delights, uncanny family horror, and strange, unsettling prose can live—and even thrive—under a burning sun.

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Skeletons All the Way Down: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir


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Tamsyn Muir’s debut novel, Gideon the Ninth, kicks off a weird-wild-and-wonderful trilogy full of politics, lesbians, and undead bullshit set in a solar system that has scientific advances like space travel but also necromantic magic pushing the crumbling worlds along. From the first line of the book, Muir makes no bones (ahem) about the style of her protagonist Gideon’s approach: “In the myriadic year of our Lord—the ten thousandth year of the King Undying, the kindly Prince of Death!—Gideon Nav packed her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and she escaped from the House of the Ninth.”

Gideon Nav is a dedicated swordswoman, a fan of pornographic fiction particularly that featuring other dedicated swordswomen, and an escape artist with almost one hundred failures under her belt trying to get off-planet from the sepulcheral haunts of the House of the Ninth. Her sole same-age companion ...

Wet Hot Necrogoth Summer: A Non-Spoiler Review of Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir


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Welcome to your new obsession, darklings.

Gideon Nav has lived in servitude to the Ninth House her whole life. Which has been a lousy one, as far as lives go. The Ninth House is a dark, dusty place filled with skeleton servants and reanimated corpses. Not exactly a great place for children to grow up, what with the death, and skeleton face paint, and all.

And then there’s Gideon’s playmate-slash-nemesis, Harrowhark Nonagesimus, the Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and a bone witch to boot.  Harrow has enjoyed making Gideon’s life miserable every chance she gets, usually through blood magic. And when you have a necromancer for a playmate, who needs enemies?

So at the start of the book, Gideon has had enough of being Harrow’s punching blood-bag, and is taking her toys (dirty magazines) and leaving the sandbox (Ninth House planet). But instead of arriving to board her ...

Gideon the Ninth & The Monster of Elendhaven Box Sweepstakes!


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Snag galleys of two of Tor.com Publishing’s most exciting fall releases, Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir and The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Geisbrecht!

Get a double dose of gothy, spooky reads, featuring necromancers, monsters, revenge, skeletons, and more!

Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as arcane revenants. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy.

Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. ...

Preview an Excerpt from The Monster of Elendhaven


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The city of Elendhaven sulks on the edge of the ocean. Wracked by plague, abandoned by the South, stripped of industry and left to die. But not everything dies so easily. A thing without a name stalks the city, a thing shaped like a man, with a dark heart and long pale fingers yearning to wrap around throats. A monster who cannot die. His frail master sends him out on errands, twisting him with magic, crafting a plan too cruel to name, while the monster’s heart grows fonder and colder and more cunning.

These monsters of Elendhaven will have their revenge on everyone who wronged the city, even if they have to burn the world to do it.

Debut author Jennifer Giesbrecht paints a darkly compelling fantasy of revenge in The Monster of Elendhaven, a dark fantasy about murder, a monster, and the magician who loves both. Available September ...

Revealing Hearts of Oak, a Sci-Fi Adventure from Eddie Robson


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Odd is the new ordinary in Hearts of Oak, a delightful science fiction adventure from Eddie Robson, the creator of the acclaimed radio program Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully. Check out the full cover below, with art by Armando Veve.

Look for Hearts of Oak March 17, 2020 from Tor.com Publishing.

The buildings grow.

And the city expands.

And the people of the land are starting to behave abnormally.

Or perhaps they’ve always behaved that way, and it’s normality that’s at fault.

And the king of the land confers with his best friend, who happens to be his closest advisor, who also happens to be a talking cat. But that’s all perfectly natural and not at all weird.

And when chief architect Iona wakes from a long period of blindly accepting the status quo, she realizes there’s a mystery to be solved. A strange, somewhat bizarre ...

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V.E. Schwab calls Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir “Unlike anything I’ve ever read.”  – and we want to send you a copy!

The Emperor needs necromancers.

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.

Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead nonsense.

Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as arcane revenants. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy.

Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and ...

A Sword-and-Sorcery Romp: The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday by Saad Z. Hossain


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Djinn king Melek Ahmar, one of the Seven and the titular Lord of Tuesday, awakens from his imprisonment in a stone sarcophagus to find the world has moved on. It’s been somewhere between three and four thousand years since he was hit over the head and stashed up a holy mountain, and in the meantime, humanity has poisoned the globe with fatal nanotech and the requisite counter-nanites. The city of Kathmandu still exists as a cut-rate paradise, run by an AI called Karma, full of content if not happy citizens whose needs are all more or less met.

Except for one: recidivist and mass murderer Bhan Gurung, who is quite on board with Melek Ahmar’s plans to conquer the city (because what else is there for him to do but a little conquest?)—however, Gurung has his own plot running, one that spans forty years back to a time before ...

Announcing The Factory Witches of Lowell by C. S. Malerich


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We’re excited to announce The Factory Witches of Lowell, a new historical fantasy from C. S. Malerich—arriving from Tor.com Publishing in Summer 2020!

For the young women of Lowell, Massachusetts, freedom means fair wages for fair work, decent room and board, and a chance to escape the cotton mills before lint stops up their lungs. When the Boston owners decide to raise the workers’ rent, the girls go on strike. Their ringleader is Judith Whittier, a newcomer to Lowell but not to class warfare. Judith has already seen one strike fold and she doesn’t intend to see it again. Fortunately Hannah, her best friend in the boardinghouse—and maybe first love?—has a gift for the dying art of witchcraft.

C. S. Malerich had this to say:

“I’m honored to join the Tor.com family, and so excited to work with the Tor.com team in introducing Hannah and Judith ...

Revealing The Empress of Salt and Fortune and Publishing in the Age of Diaspora Fantasy


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We’re thrilled to reveal the cover for The Empress of Salt and Fortune, Nghi Vo’s debut fantasy, available March 24, 2020 from Tor.com Publishing! Check out the full design by Alyssa Winans below, and join a conversation with editor Ruoxi Chen and author Nghi Vo on the age of diaspora fantasy.

With the heart of an Atwood tale and the visuals of a classic Asian period drama The Empress of Salt and Fortune is a tightly and lushly written narrative about empire, storytelling, and the anger of women.

A young royal from the far north is sent south for a political marriage in an empire reminiscent of imperial China. Alone and sometimes reviled, she has only her servants on her side. This evocative debut chronicles her rise to power through the eyes of her handmaiden, at once feminist high fantasy and an indictment of monarchy. In-yo and Rabbit ...

Revealing Prosper’s Demon by K.J. Parker


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We’re thrilled to reveal the cover for Prosper’s Demon, a new fantasy novella from K.J. Parker coming in January 2020 from Tor.com Publishing.

Prosper’s Demon publishes January 28, 2020.

In a botched demonic extraction, they say the demon feels it ten times worse than the man. But they don’t die, and we do. Equilibrium.

The unnamed and morally questionable narrator is an exorcist with great follow-through and few doubts. His methods aren’t delicate but they’re undeniably effective: he’ll get the demon out—he just doesn’t particularly care what happens to the person.

Prosper of Schanz is a man of science, determined to raise the world’s first philosopher-king, reared according to the purest principles. Too bad he’s demonically possessed.

Cover art: Sam Weber; Cover design: Christine Foltzer

 

Revealing Prosper’s Demon by K.J. Parker


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We’re thrilled to reveal the cover for Prosper’s Demon, a new fantasy novella from K.J. Parker coming in January 2020 from Tor.com Publishing.

Prosper’s Demon publishes January 28, 2020.

In a botched demonic extraction, they say the demon feels it ten times worse than the man. But they don’t die, and we do. Equilibrium.

The unnamed and morally questionable narrator is an exorcist with great follow-through and few doubts. His methods aren’t delicate but they’re undeniably effective: he’ll get the demon out—he just doesn’t particularly care what happens to the person.

Prosper of Schanz is a man of science, determined to raise the world’s first philosopher-king, reared according to the purest principles. Too bad he’s demonically possessed.

Cover art: Sam Weber; Cover design: Christine Foltzer

 

Announcing the Fifth Book in Paul Cornell’s Witches of Lychford Series


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We’re excited to announce the fifth and final book in Paul Cornell’s Witches of Lychford series! The civil war in the land of faerie spills over into the human world in Last Stand in Lychford, coming Fall 2020 from Tor.com Publishing.

From author Paul Cornell:

I’m delighted to be able to finish the story arc of Lychford, in an all-or-nothing battle to the finish.  With cake.

From editor Lee Harris:

Like everyone who has picked up these books, I love these characters and these stories, and I feel so proud to have played a small part in bringing them to our readers. I can’t wait to see how Paul rounds off this wonderful series.

Last Stand in Lychford was acquired by Tor.com Publishing Senior Editor Lee Harris through Stacia Decker of Dunow Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency, and will be published in Fall 2020.

Fine and Cruel Threads of Fortune: The Ascent to Godhood by JY Yang


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The Protector is dead. For the prior three Tensorate novellas, her reign was the source of infinite conflict, concession, and intrigue. However, at the start of The Ascent to Godhood, her passing has already dealt its blow to the organization of the Protectorate. Her enemies and her loyalists both exist in uncertain times, now, striving toward a future she does not influence—but in one pub, in rebel territory, a seeker comes to speak to the head of the Machinist rebellion about the past and potential future. Lady Han is the one person left who has stories of Hekate before her ascent to the throne, and is also the one person who misses her most bitterly, despite the Protector’s death cementing her own success as an opposition force.

The Ascent to Godhood is both prequel and post-script, leaving a surprising narrative gap around the death of the Protector and the ...

An Uncanny Journey: The Border Keeper by Kerstin Hall


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Vasethe is a mysterious young man on a journey into the proverbial underworld, and like any other tourist, he needs a good guide: in this case, the destroyer of empires, mistress of the dead, and keeper of the border between Ahri and the 999 demonic realms of Mkalis. Vasethe just calls her Eris. And despite his obfuscation of his purposes in Mkalis, Eris agrees to help him. These journeys are always the same after all: to find a lost loved one, to bring them back to Ahri, to undo the grief and pain they feel at their passing. However, as they navigate the eerie creatures and antiquated rules and bureaucracy of Mkalis, the seams of Vasethe’s story start to come undone—just as Eris’ past rises up from the depths to seek justice upon her. In Kerstin Hall’s Border Keeper the characters are required by natural law to tell the truth, ...

Author C.S.E. Cooney Welcomes You to the Goblin Court


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C.S.E. Cooney’s Desdemona and the Deep drops readers into an uncanny, richly painted underworld reminiscent of the early twentieth century. On the surface, Desdemona’s world is rife with industrial pollution that ruins the health of poor factory workers while the idle rich indulge themselves in unheard-of luxury. Below are goblins, mysterious kingdoms, and an entirely different hierarchy. Below, the goblin king himself welcomes you and yours to an enchanted evening filled with glittering guests and delectations. We recommend that you follow the rules.

A luxurious, dizzying fantasy, Desdemona and the Deep is available July 23 from Tor.com Publishing.

 

 

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Welcome to Breakers Beyond, my gobblywobblies. I, Erl-Lord Kalos Kantzaros, King of Kobolds and all the goblin court, give you good greetings.

No, no. No need to grovel.

Oh, all right, you can grovel. In fact, I am of the opinion you are not ...

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In Desdemona and the Deep, the spoiled daughter of a rich mining family must retrieve the tithe of men her father promised to the world below – and we want to send you a copy, paired with a copy C.S.E. Cooney’s first book, Bone Swans!

On the surface, her world is rife with industrial pollution that ruins the health of poor factory workers while the idle rich indulge themselves in unheard-of luxury. Below are goblins, mysterious kingdoms, and an entirely different hierarchy.

“A rococo romp through strange and eerily familiar worlds.” –Booklist

“Cooney’s glittering narrative skills and vivid worldbuilding [are] addictive, her diverse characters intriguing, and her message of justice and freedom stirring. This remarkable and richly detailed adventure is worth savoring.” –Publishers Weekly *STARRED* review

In Bone Swans, a swan princess hunted for her bones, a broken musician and his silver pipe, and a ...

Announcing The City Under the Stars by Gardner Dozois and Michael Swanwick


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Tor.com Publishing is delighted to announce the publication of The City Under the Stars by Gardner Dozois and Michael Swanwick.

This short novel began life as the novella The City of God, which was originally published in Omni online. The story was expanded by both authors prior to Dozois’ untimely death last year and completed by Swanwick, and will be presented for the first time by Tor.com in paperback and ebook.

From editor Lee Harris:

To say that I am excited to be working on The City Under the Stars is an understatement. I was not fortunate enough to have met Gardner while he was still with us, but, like many editors in my field, he was an inspiration to me in so many ways. Knowing that I am working on the last piece of fiction he ever wrote in the same year that I share a ...

Announcing a Debut Novel and Two New Novellas from P. Djèlí Clark


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Tor.com Publishing is thrilled to announce that Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated and Alex Award and Locus Award-winner P. Djèlí Clark will return to the historical fantasy universe from “A Dead Djinn in Cairo” with a full-length novel!

Cairo, 1912:

Though Fatma el-Sha’arawi is the youngest woman working for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities, she’s certainly not a rookie. After preventing the destruction of the universe last summer, Agent Fatma’s one of the Ministry’s top agents.

So when someone murders a secret brotherhood dedicated to one of the most famous men in history, Al-Jahiz, Agent Fatma is called onto the case. Al-Jahiz transformed the world forty years before when he opened up the veil between the magical and mundane realms, but had been missing since. This murderer, however, is also claiming to be Al-Jahiz, returned to condemn the modern age for its social oppressions against ...

Announcing Over the Woodward Wall, a New Fantasy Series from Seanan McGuire


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Over the Woodward Wall by Seanan McGuire book announcement

We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of a new fairy tale series from Seanan McGuire, writing as A. Deborah Baker.

Over the Woodward Wall is a delightful tale for all ages, and tells the story of Avery and Zib and how they became lost and how they became found, again (although not necessarily found as we might understand it).

For those of you who have already read Seanan’s epic modern fantasy Middlegame, you’ll already be familiar with some of the story, excerpted as it is at the start of the various Middlegame sections. If you’ve not yet read it, you can still enjoy Over the Woodward Wall as it is connected to, but not part of the story of Middlegame.

Said Seanan McGuire:

I have always loved the trope of the book within the book, for as far back as I can remember. When I turned in Middlegame ...