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Wed
Dec 17 2014 4:00pm
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Half-Resurrection Blues (Excerpt)

Half-Resurrection Blues excerpt Daniel Jose Older Carlos Delacruz is one of the New York Council of the Dead’s most unusual agents—an inbetweener, partially resurrected from a death he barely recalls suffering, after a life that’s missing from his memory. He thinks he is one of a kind—until he encounters other entities walking the fine line between life and death.

One inbetweener is a sorcerer. He’s summoned a horde of implike ngks capable of eliminating spirits, and they’re spreading through the city like a plague. They’ve already taken out some of NYCOD’s finest, leaving Carlos desperate to stop their master before he opens up the entrada to the Underworld—which would destroy the balance between the living and the dead. But in uncovering this man’s identity, Carlos confronts the truth of his own life—and death.…

Daniel José Older's Half-Resurrection Blues is the first Bone Street Rumba novel, a new urban fantasy series publishing January 6th from Roc!

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Tue
Dec 16 2014 2:00pm
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“The Maiden in the Ice” (Excerpt)

Angela Slatter

The Maiden in the Ice illustration Kathleen Jennings

Angela Slatter’s The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings returns to the world of Sourdough and Other Stories, introducing readers to the tales that came before. Stories where coffin-makers work hard to keep the dead beneath; where a plague maiden steals away the children of an ungrateful village; where poison girls are schooled in the art of assassination; where pirates disappear from the seas; where families and the ties that bind them can both ruin and resurrect and where books carry forth fairy tales, forbidden knowledge and dangerous secrets.

The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings is available now from Tartarus Press. Read an excerpt from “The Maiden in the Ice” below, and preview some of the collection’s pen-and-ink illustrations by artist Kathleen Jennings.

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Fri
Dec 12 2014 4:00pm
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Briar Queen (Excerpt)

Katherine Harbour

Katherine Harbour Briar Queen excerpt Serafina Sullivan and her father left San Francisco to escape the painful memory of her older sister Lily Rose’s suicide. But soon after she arrived in bohemian Fair Hollow, New York, Finn discovered a terrifying secret connected to Lily Rose. The placid surface of this picture-perfect town concealed an eerie supernatural world—and at its center, the wealthy, beautiful, and terrifying Fata family.

After the events of Thorn Jack, the rhythm of life in Fair Hollow is beginning to feel a little closer to ordinary. But Finn knows better than to be lulled by this comfortable sense of normalcy. It’s just the calm before the storm. For soon, a chance encounter outside the magical Brambleberry Books will lead her down a rabbit hole, into a fairy world of secrets and legacies… straight towards the shocking truth about her sister’s death.

Night and Nothing, Katherine Harbour’s dark, moody, and mystical fantasy series, continues with Briar Queen—available June 2015 from HarperVoyager. Tor.com is pleased to reveal the cover design, plus an excerpt below!

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Thu
Dec 11 2014 4:00pm
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Mort(e) (Excerpt)

Robert Repino

Robert Repino Morte excerptThe “war with no name” has begun, with human extinction as its goal. The instigator of this war is the Colony, a race of intelligent ants who, for thousands of years, have been silently building an army that would forever eradicate the destructive, oppressive humans. The final step in the Colony’s war effort is transforming the surface animals into high-functioning two-legged beings who rise up to kill their masters.

Former housecat turned war hero, Mort(e) is famous for taking on the most dangerous missions and fighting the dreaded human bio-weapon EMSAH. But the true motivation behind his recklessness is his ongoing search for a pre-transformation friend—a dog named Sheba. When he receives a mysterious message from the dwindling human resistance claiming Sheba is alive, he begins a journey that will take him from the remaining human strongholds to the heart of the Colony, where he will discover the source of EMSAH and the ultimate fate of all of earth’s creatures.

Robert Repino’s debut novel, Mort(e) is available January 20th from Soho Press. Check out an excerpt below, and learn more about the author in our Pop Quiz interview!

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Tue
Dec 9 2014 10:00am
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The Rabbit Back Literature Society (Excerpt)

The Rabbit Back Literature Society excerpt Only nine people have ever been chosen by renowned children’s author Laura White to join the Rabbit Back Literature Society, an elite group of writers in the small town of Rabbit Back. Now a tenth member has been selected: a young literature teacher named Ella.

Soon Ella discovers that the Society is not what it seems. What is its mysterious ritual known as “The Game”? What explains the strange disappearance that occurs at Laura White’s winter party? Why are the words inside books starting to rearrange themselves? Was there once another tenth member, before her?

Slowly, as Ella explores the Society and its history, disturbing secrets that had been buried for years start to come to light…

From Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen, author of the Tor.com Original “Where the Trains Turn,” comes a chilling and darkly funny novel, The Rabbit Back Literature Society—the English translation is available January 20th from St. Martin’s Press.

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Mon
Dec 8 2014 4:00pm
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Book of the Dead (Excerpt)

Greig Beck

Greig Beck Book of the Dead excerpt When a massive sinkhole opens up and swallows a retired couple from Iowa it seems like a freak occurrence. But it’s not the only one. Similar sinkholes are opening all over the world, even on the sea floor. And they’re getting bigger. Professor Matt Kearns and a team of experts are sent in by the military to explore one of the sinkholes, and they discover far more than they bargained for.

From the war zones of the Syrian Desert to the fabled Library of Alexandria, and then to Hades itself, join Professor Matt Kearns as he attempts to unravel an age-old prophecy. The answers Matt seeks are hidden in the fabled Al Azif—known as the Book of the Dead—and he must find it, even if it kills him. Because time is running out, not just for Matt Kearns, but for all life on Earth.

Greig Beck, author of the Alex Hunter series, is back for a new adventure with Book of the Dead—available December 11th from Momentum Books!

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Fri
Dec 5 2014 12:00pm
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The Globe (Excerpt)

Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett The Globe excerpt When the wizards of Unseen University first created Roundworld, they were so concerned with discovering the rules of this new universe that they overlooked its inhabitants entirely. Now, they have noticed humanity. And humanity has company.

Arriving in Roundworld, the wizards find the situation is even worse than they’d expected. Under the elves’ influence, humans are superstitious, fearful, and fruitlessly trying to work magic in a world ruled by logic. Ridcully, Rincewind, Ponder Stibbons, and the orangutan Librarian must travel through time to get humanity back on track and out of the dark ages.

Available in the US as a trade paperback January 20th from Anchor Books, The Globe goes beyond science to explore the development of the human mind. Terry Pratchett and his acclaimed co-authors Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen combine the tale of the wizards rewriting human history with discussions of the origins and evolution of culture, language, art, and science, offering a fascinating and brilliantly original view of the world we live in.

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Thu
Dec 4 2014 4:00pm
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The Female Factory (Excerpt)

Lisa L Hannett and Angela Slatter

Lisa L Hannett Angela Slatter The Female Factory excerpt Children are a commodity few women can afford. Hopeful mothers-to-be try everything. Fertility clinics. Pills. Wombs for hire. Babies are no longer made in bedrooms, but engineered in boardrooms.

A quirk of genetics allows lucky surrogates to carry multiple eggs, to control when they are fertilised, and by whom—but corporations market and sell the offspring. The souls of lost embryos are never wasted; captured in software, they give electronics their voice. Spirits born into the wrong bodies can brave the charged waters of a hidden billabong, and change their fate. Industrious orphans learn to manipulate scientific advances, creating mothers of their own choosing.

The Female Factory, cowritten by Lisa Hannett and Angela Slatter, is available December 12th from Twelfth Planet Press. From Australia’s near-future all the way back in time to its convict past, these stories spin and sever the ties between parents and children. Read an excerpt from “Vox” below!

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Wed
Dec 3 2014 4:00pm
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The Blood of Angels (Excerpt)

Johanna Sinisalo

Johanna Sinisalo excerpt The Blood of Angels It is claimed Albert Einstein said that if bees disappear from the earth, mankind has four years left. When bee-vanishings of unprecedented scale hit the United States, Orvo, a Finnish beekeeper, knows all too well where it will lead. And when he sees the queen dead in his hives one day, it’s clear the epidemic has spread to Europe, and the world is coming to an end.

Orvo’s special knowledge of bees just may enable him to glimpse a solution to catastrophe: he takes a desperate step onto a path where only he and the bees know the way but it propels him into conflict with his estranged, but much-loved son, a committed animal activist. A magical plunge into the myth of death and immortality, this is a tale of human blindness in the face of devastation—and the inevitable.

From Johanna Sinisalo, the award-winning author of Troll, comes another haunting novel of eco-speculation, The Blood of Angels. Translated from the Finnish by Lola Rogers, The Blood of Angels is available now from Peter Owen!

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Tue
Dec 2 2014 4:00pm
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The Genome (Excerpt)

Sergei Lukyanenko

The Genome Sergei Lukyanenko Five months after the horrific accident that left him near death and worried that he’d never fly again, master-pilot Alex Romanov lands a new job: captaining the sleek passenger vessel Mirror. Alex is a spesh—a human who has been genetically modified to perform particular tasks. As a captain and pilot, Alex has a genetic imperative to care for passengers and crew—no matter what the cost.

His first mission aboard Mirror is to ferry two representatives of the alien race Zzygou on a tour of human worlds. His task will not be an easy one, for aboard the craft are several speshes who have reason to hate the Others. Dark pasts, deadly secrets, and a stolen gel-crystal worth more than Alex’s entire ship combine to challenge him at every turn. And as the tension escalates, it becomes apparent that greater forces are at work to bring the captain’s world crashing down.

Sergei Lukyanenko is back with a sci-fi thriller, The Genome—available now from Open Road Media!

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Mon
Dec 1 2014 10:00am
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The Whispering Swarm (Excerpt)

Michael Moorcock The Whispering Swarm Almost anyone who has read or written Science Fiction or fantasy has been inspired by the work of Michael Moorcock. His literary flair and grand sense of adventure have been evident since his controversial first novel Behold the Man, through the stories and novels featuring his most famous character, Elric of Melniboné, to his fantasy masterpiece, Gloriana, winner of both the Campbell Memorial and World Fantasy, awards for best novel. As editor of New Worlds magazine, Moorcock also helped launch the careers of many of his contemporaries, including Harlan Ellison, Philip K. Dick, and J. G. Ballard.

Tor Books now proudly presents Moorcock’s first independent novel in nine years, a tale both fantastical and autobiographical, a celebration of London and what it meant to be young there in the years after World War II. The Whispering Swarm is the first in a trilogy that will follow a young man named Michael as he simultaneously discovers himself and a secret realm hidden deep in the heart of London.

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Sun
Nov 30 2014 9:00am
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The Providence of Fire: Chapter Six (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 six below, and be sure to check the seires page for additional excerpts!

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Sat
Nov 29 2014 9:00am
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The Providence of Fire: Chapter Five (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 five below, and check back every day this week for additional excerpts!

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Fri
Nov 28 2014 9:00am
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The Providence of Fire: Chapter Four (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 four below, and check back every day this week for additional excerpts!

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Thu
Nov 27 2014 9:00am
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The Providence of Fire: Chapter Three (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 three below, and check back every day this week for additional excerpts!

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Wed
Nov 26 2014 9:00am
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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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