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Wed
Nov 26 2014 9:00am
Excerpt

The Providence of Fire: Chapter Two (Excerpt)

Brian Staveley

The Providence of Fire excerpt prologue Brian StaveleyThe Providence of Fire, the second volume in Brian Staveley’s Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, sees the heirs of the assassinated Emperor of Annur fighting one another as well as the forces that conspired against their father.

Adare has learned the identity of her father’s killer, but she has few allies to challenge the coup against her family. While she rallies the people—who believe her touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire—to help her retake the city, she must face her brother Valyn’s rebel forces. Having allied with nomad forces, he brings war to the Annurian Empire.

Caught in the middle is Adare and Valyn’s brother Kaden, rightful heir to the throne. He has infiltrated the capital with the help of two strange companions, who possess knowledge that may save Annur... or destroy it.

The Providence of Fire publishes January 13, 2015 from Tor Books. Read chapter two below, and check back every day this week for additional excerpts!

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Tue
Nov 25 2014 9:00am
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The Providence of Fire: Chapter One (Excerpt)

Brian Staveley

The Providence of Fire excerpt prologue Brian StaveleyThe Providence of Fire, the second volume in Brian Staveley’s Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, sees the heirs of the assassinated Emperor of Annur fighting one another as well as the forces that conspired against their father.

Adare has learned the identity of her father’s killer, but she has few allies to challenge the coup against her family. While she rallies the people—who believe her touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire—to help her retake the city, she must face her brother Valyn’s rebel forces. Having allied with nomad forces, he brings war to the Annurian Empire.

Caught in the middle is Adare and Valyn’s brother Kaden, rightful heir to the throne. He has infiltrated the capital with the help of two strange companions, who possess knowledge that may save Annur... or destroy it.

The Providence of Fire publishes January 13, 2015 from Tor Books and Tor Books UK. Read chapter one below, and check back every day this week for additional excerpts!

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Mon
Nov 24 2014 10:00am
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The Providence of Fire: Prologue (Excerpt)

Brian Staveley

The Providence of Fire excerpt prologue Brian StaveleyThe Providence of Fire , the second volume in Brian Staveley's Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, sees the heirs of the assassinated Emperor of Annur fighting one another as well as the forces that conspired against their father.

Adare has learned the identity of her father's killer, but she has few allies to challenge the coup against her family. While she rallies the people—who believe her touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire—to help her retake the city, she must face her brother Valyn's rebel forces. Having allied with nomad forces, he brings war to the Annurian Empire.

Caught in the middle is Adare and Valyn's brother Kaden, rightful heir to the throne. He has infiltrated the capital with the help of two strange companions, who possess knowledge that may save Annur... or destroy it.

Read the prologue of The Providence of Fire, coming January 13, 2015 from Tor Books and Tor UK!

 

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Fri
Nov 21 2014 4:00pm
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Spoil the Kill (Excerpt)

Oisín McGann

Spoil the Kill prequel novella Rat RunnersIn the future of Oisín McGann's Spoil the Kill, WatchWorld owns the city of London, tracking its inhabitants' every move with cameras, drones, and heat sensors.

Teenage self-proclaimed criminal nerd Scope and her friends work for Move-Easy, the city's biggest thug. When Easy wants an old enemy found, his rat-runners search through social media and by slipping in and out of the city's Voids, or blind spots where they can't be detected by Safe-Guards—the part-human, part-robot police.

Scope and her fellow rat-runners know not to make an enemy out of Move-Easy. But what if the target is innocent? Can Scope spoil the kill, or will doing so make her Easy's next mark? Spoil the Kill is a prequel novella to Rat Runners, out January 13, 2015 from Open Road Media.

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Tue
Nov 18 2014 11:00am

Download Chapters 1-7 of Brian Staveley’s The Emperor’s Blades For Free!

The Emperor's Blades Brian Staveley

You can now download Chapters 1-7 of The Emperor’s Blades for Nook, Kindle, iPad, or your preferred e-reader, absolutely free! The Emperor's Blades is the first novel in Brian Staveley’s Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne fantasy series, which continues with The Providence of Fire—publishing January 2015 from Tor Books! We'll be previewing chapters from The Providence of Fire all next week here on Tor.com, so now's your chance to get caught up!

The emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins.

Kaden, the heir to the Unhewn Throne, has spent eight years sequestered in a remote mountain monastery, learning the enigmatic discipline of monks devoted to the Blank God. An ocean away, Valyn endures the brutal training of the Kettral, elite soldiers who fly into battle on gigantic black hawks. At the heart of the empire, Minister Adare, elevated to her station by one of the emperor’s final acts, is determined to prove herself to her people. Will their quest for justice come at the cost of their own destinies?

 

Chapters 1-7 are available now in the US and many other territories from the retailers below, or your favorite ebook provider!

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Fri
Nov 14 2014 11:00am
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The Darkest Part of the Forest (Excerpt)

Holly Black

Holly Black The Darkest Part of the Forest Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointy as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking. Until one day, he does...

As the world turns upside down and a hero is needed to save them all, Hazel tries to remember her years spent pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

Holly Black’s The Darkest Part of the Forest publishes January 15th from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers! Check out an exclusive excerpt below!

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Thu
Nov 13 2014 11:00am
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The Collected Stories of Frank Herbert (Excerpt)

Frank Herbert

Collected Stories of Frank Herbert Frank Herbert, the bestselling author of Dune, is one of the most celebrated and commercially successful science fiction writers of all time. But while best known for originating the character of Paul Atreides and the desert world of Arrakis, Herbert was also a prolific writer of short fiction. His stories were published individually in numerous pulps and anthologies spanning decades, but never collected. Until now.

Frank Herbert: Collected Stories is the most complete collection of Herbert’s short fiction ever assembled—available November 18th from Tor Books!

The collection contains thirty-seven stories originally published between 1952 and 1979, plus one story, “The Daddy Box,” that has never been appeared before.

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Wed
Nov 12 2014 4:00pm
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Sustenance (Excerpt)

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Sustenance Count Saint-Germain Chelsea Quinn Yarbo The vampire Count Saint-Germain protects Americans fleeing persecution—and becomes trapped in a web of betrayal, deceit, and murder in post-WWII Europe in Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s Sustenance, available December 2nd from Tor Books!

The powerful House Un-American Activities Committee hunted communists both at home and abroad.  In the late 1940s, the vampire Count Saint-Germain is caught up in intrigue surrounding a group of Americans who have fled to postwar Paris. Some speak out against HUAC and battle the authorities.

Saint-Germain swears to do his best to protect his friends, but even his skills may not be able to stand against agents of the OSS and the brand-new CIA.  And he has an unexpected weakness: his lover, Charis, who has returned to Paris under mysterious circumstances.

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Tue
Nov 11 2014 4:00pm
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Cold Hillside (Excerpt)

Nancy Baker

Cold Hillside Nancy Baker excerpt In the remote city of Lushan, they know that the Fey are not fireside tales, but a dangerous reality. Generations ago, the last remnants of a dying empire bargained with the Faerie Queen for a place of safety in the mountains and each year the ruler of Lushan must travel to the high plateau to pay the city’s tribute.

When an unexpected misfortune means that the traditional price is not met, the Queen demands the services of Teresine, once a refugee slave and now advisor to the Sidiana. Teresine must navigate the treacherous politics of the Faerie Court, where the Queen’s will determines reality and mortals are merely pawns in an eternal struggle for power.

Years later, another young woman faces an unexpected decision that forces her to discover the truth of what happened to Teresine in the Faerie Court, a truth that could threaten everything she loves.

From acclaimed author Nancy Baker comes Cold Hillside, a new novel about the price of safety and the cost of power—available November 18th from ChiZine!

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Mon
Nov 10 2014 10:30am
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A Head Full of Ghosts Excerpt and Cover Reveal

Paul G. Tremblay

A Head Full of Ghosts Paul Tremblay

Tor.com is pleased to reveal the cover design for A Head Full of Ghosts, Paul G. Tremblay’s chilling thriller that blends domestic drama, psychological suspense, and a touch of modern horror—coming from HarperCollins in June 2015! From the catalog copy:

The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia.

To her parents’ despair, the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie’s descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help. Father Wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession. He also contacts a production company that is eager to document the Barretts’ plight. With John, Marjorie’s father, out of work for more than a year and the medical bills looming, the family agrees to be filmed, and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality TV show. When events in the Barrett household explode in tragedy, the show and the shocking incidents it captures become the stuff of urban legend.

Head below the cut for a sneak peek excerpt from A Head Full of Ghosts!

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Wed
Nov 5 2014 3:00pm
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Heritage of Cyador (Excerpt)

L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

L.E. Modesitt Jr Heritage of Cyador excerpt Scarcely a year after the events of Cyador’s Heirs, Lerial uses his mastery of Order and Chaos, the competing natural forces that shape his world and define the magic that exists within it, to utterly destroy an Afritan military force crossing into Cigoerne.

Five years later, Lerial, now an overcaptain and a field commander of Cigoerne’s Mirror Lancers, must lead three companies of troops into Afrit on a mission of mutual interest: neighboring Heldya is threatening to invade Afrit, and if that nation falls, Cigoerne is certain to be next.

The mission is both delicate and dangerous; Lerial’s value in the effort to repelling Heldya is undeniable, but his troubled history against Afrit may reopen old wounds that will never truly heal.

From New York Times bestselling author L.E. Modesitt comes Heritage of Cyador, the new novel in the Saga of Recluce—available November 18th from Tor Books!

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Tue
Nov 4 2014 4:00pm
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A Thousand Pieces of You (Excerpt)

Claudia Gray

A Thousand Pieces of You excerpt Claudia Gray Marguerite Caine's physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite's father is murdered, and the killer—her parent's handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul's guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father's death is far more sinister than she expected.

A Thousand Pieces of You, the first book in Claudia Gray's Firebird trilogy, explores an amazingly intricate multiverse where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all. Available now from HarperTeen!

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Mon
Nov 3 2014 4:00pm

The Unhappening of Genesis Lee (Excerpt)

The Unhappening of Genesis Lee excerpt Shallee McArthur Seventeen-year-old Genesis Lee has never forgotten anything. As one of the Mementi—a small group of genetically enhanced humans—Gena remembers everything with the help of her Link bracelets, which preserve them perfectly. But Links can be stolen, and six people have already lost their lives to a memory thief, including Gena’s best friend. Anyone could be next. That’s why Gena is less than pleased to meet a strange but charming boy named Kalan who claims not only that they have met before, but also that Gena knows who the thief is.

The problem is that Gena doesn’t remember Kalan, she doesn’t remember seeing the thief, and she doesn’t know why she’s forgetting things—or how much else she might forget. As growing tensions between Mementi and ordinary humans drive the city of Havendale into chaos, Gena and Kalan team up to search for the thief. And as Gena loses more memories, they realize they have to solve the mystery fast…because Gena’s life is unhappening around her.

Shallee McArthur's debut YA novel, The Unhappening of Genesis Lee, is available November 18th from Sky Pony Press. Read an excerpt below!

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Fri
Oct 31 2014 3:00pm
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Lowball (Excerpt)

Michael Cassutt and David Anthony Durham

Lowball Wildcards excerpt Decades after an alien virus changed the course of history, the surviving population of Manhattan still struggles to understand the new world left in its wake. Natural humans share the rough city with those given extraordinary—and sometimes terrifying—traits.

While most manage to coexist in an uneasy peace, not everyone is willing to adapt. Down in the seedy underbelly of Jokertown, residents are going missing.

The authorities are unwilling to investigate, except for a fresh lieutenant looking to prove himself and a collection of unlikely jokers forced to take matters into their own hands—or tentacles. The deeper into the kidnapping case these misfits and miscreants get, the higher the stakes are raised.

Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin and acclaimed author Melinda M. Snodgrass, Lowball is the latest mosaic novel in the acclaimed Wild Cards universe—available November 4th from Tor Books! Perfect for old fans and new readers alike, Lowball delves deeper into the world of aces, jokers, and the hard-boiled men and women of the Fort Freak police precinct in a pulpy, page-turning novel of superheroics and mystery. Below, read an excerpt featuring Michael Cassutt’s “The Big Bleed” and David Anthony Durham’s “Those About to Die...”

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Thu
Oct 30 2014 3:00pm

Revolution (Excerpt)

Revolution Jenna Black excerpt Paxco has a new ruler. Dorothy Hayes claims to be the secret daughter of the recently-assassinated Chairman. She also claims that Nate Hayes, the true heir and her supposed brother, was the one who murdered their father. Nate and his best friend, Nadia Lake, are the only ones who know the truth about what really happened to the Chairman, and more importantly, the truth about Dorothy.

But with Dorothy in power, Nate and Nadia know their days are numbered. They have nowhere to run except the Basement, Paxco’s perilous and lawless slums. But Dorothy is far from content with driving her enemies into hiding. She wants them dead.

Revolution, the action-packed finale of Jenna Black’s Repilca trilogy, is available November 11th from Tor Teen.

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Wed
Oct 29 2014 3:00pm
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Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison! (Excerpt)

Harry Harrison

Harry Harrison memoir excerpt Recollections of one of the grand masters of science fiction, on his storied career as a celebrated author and on his relationships with other luminaries in the field. This memoir is filled with all the humor and irreverence Harry Harrison’s readers have come to expect from the New York Times bestselling author of the uproarious Stainless Steel Rat series. This also includes black and white photos spanning his sixty-year career.

Harry Harrison’s memoir, Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison! is available November 4th from Tor Books. Read an excerpt below!

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Tue
Oct 28 2014 3:00pm
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Coming Home (Excerpt)

Jack McDevitt

Coming Home by Jack McDevitt

Thousands of years ago, artifacts of the early space age were lost to rising oceans and widespread turmoil. Garnett Baylee devoted his life to finding them, only to give up hope. Then, in the wake of his death, one was found in his home, raising tantalizing questions. Had he succeeded after all? Why had he kept it a secret? And where is the rest of the Apollo cache? Antiquities dealer Alex Benedict and his pilot, Chase Kolpath, have gone to Earth to learn the truth. 

Coming Home, the latest in the in Alex Benedict novel series, comes out on November 4, 2014 from Ace Books. Read an excerpt from the sci-fi time travel tale below.

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Tue
Oct 28 2014 8:00am

Read The Three-Body Problem Right Now on Tor.com

The Three-Body Problem Cixin Liu

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, Cixin Liu’s massively popular Chinese science fiction saga The Three-Body Problem starts with a secret military project sending signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization repeatedly on the brink of destruction captures the signal and makes plans for contact. And eventual invasion.

On November 11, this trilogy of books debuts in English starting with the eponymous first volume, The Three-Body Problem. But you can read a variety of stories from the novel for free, right now.

  • In “King Wen of Zhou and the Long Night,” scientist Wang Miao is encouraged to play an online VR game by the name of “3Body.” He becomes immersed in a planet that is itself a puzzle, a puzzle that, if the reader can solve it before Miao himself can, may just explain why Earth is such a tempting target for invasion.
  • In “The Universe Flickers,” Miao demands proof that the aliens are real, and is given a terrifying—and completely silent—demonstration of their power.
  • In “Silent Spring,” young Ye Wenjie, a daughter of scientists, endures the madness of China’s Cultural Revolution in the 1960s as it brutally swallows her family in front of her. And here, this tale of first contact truly begins.

Click on any of the above links to read from the novel or preorder it at your preferred retailer.

Mon
Oct 27 2014 3:00pm
Excerpt

Knife Fight and Other Struggles (Excerpt)

David Nickle

Kife Fight and other struggers David Nickle excerpt A young man at loose ends finds he cannot look away from his new lover's alien gaze. A young woman out of time seeks her old lover in the cold spaces between the stars. The fleeing worshippers of an ancient and jealous deity seek solace in an unsuspecting New World congregation. In a suburban nursery, a demon with a grudge and a lonely exorcist face off for what could be the last time. And when a big city mayor who delineates his mandate by the slash of a blade faces an unexpected challenger, it turns into a struggle that threatens to consume everything.

In Knife Fight and Other Struggles, available now as a ebook and on November 4th in print from ChiZine, David Nickle follows his award-winning debut collection with a new set of dark tales that span space, time, and genre. Read an excerpt from “Looker” below!

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Fri
Oct 24 2014 1:00pm
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Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution (Excerpt)

Keith DeCandido

Sleepy Hollow Children of the Revolution excerpt Keith R.A. Candido When Ichabod Crane, a soldier from the Colonial Army, is resurrected from his grave more than two centuries after he was killed in battle, he partners with Lieutenant Abbie Mills of the Sleepy Hollow Police Department to fight the evil forces that have taken hold of the town.

It’s a cold day in January, and Ichabod visits Patriots Park for a moment of peace. Instead, he receives a disturbing vision from his wife, Katrina, in which she delivers a cryptic but urgent message: he must retrieve the Congressional Cross that he was awarded by the Second Continental Congress for bravery in action. There’s just one problem: Ichabod was killed before he ever received the medal, and he is unsure where it might be. Together Ichabod and Abbie set out to uncover the mystery of the cross and its connection to George Washington and his secret war against the demon hordes. They soon learn that a coven of witches is also seeking the cross in order to resurrect their leader, Serilda, who was burned at the stake during the Revolutionary War. Now they must locate the cross before the coven can bring back Serilda to exact her fatal revenge on Sleepy Hollow.

Keith R.A. DeCandido’s Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution, the first tie-in novel for the Fox television series, is available now from Crown Publishing.

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