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The Jewel and Her Lapidary Audio Excerpt

|| Listen to an audio excerpt from Fran Wilde's THE JEWEL AND HER LAPIDARY. The Jeweled Court has been betrayed. As screaming raiders sweep down from the mountains, and Lapidary servants shatter under the pressure, the last princess of the Valley will have to summon up a strength she’s never known. Read by Mahvesh Murad.

Reminder: Last Day to Download The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson for Free

Tor.com is offering a free download of the ebook edition of The Way of Kings, the first volume of Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive, on March 23rd and 24th, 2017.

The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making. The new book in the Stormlight Archive series, Oathbringer, appears this November.

— IMPORTANT —

This free ebook download is only be available until 11:59 PM ET, March 24.

Download The Way of Kings, Book One of The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

Note: This offer is only available in the US and Canada. We apologize for the geographic restriction, unfortunately it is required for various legal reasons.

If you’re having issues with the sign-up or download process, please email [email protected].

Fabulous Despite Fascists. Lara Elena Donnelly’s Amberlough to Become Trilogy

In Amberlough, a gay double-agent schemed to protect his smuggler lover during the rise of a fascist government coup. That story was supposed to be over by the end of the book.

Supposed to be.

Tor Books is excited to announce that Lara Elena Donnelly’s alternate universe cabaret thriller Amberlough will now get two sequels, the first of which is set to arrive spring/summer 2018! Readers will get to explore more of Donnelly’s frankly fabulous alternate world, all thanks to some recent editorial developments…

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Download The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson for Free: March 23rd & 24th Only

Renowned fantasy author Brandon Sanderson returns in November 2017 with Oathbringer, the third volume in his Stormlight Archive series, the seminal work in his multi-faceted and ambitious Cosmere series of magical worlds.

Now is the perfect time to begin your journey through that universe.

Tor.com is offering a free download of the ebook edition of The Way of Kings, the first volume of Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive, on March 23rd and 24th, 2017!

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Rage and Radioactivity. Announcing “The Only Harmless Great Thing” From Brooke Bolander

In the early years of the 20th century, a group of female factory workers in Newark, New Jersey slowly died of radiation poisoning.

Around the same time, an Indian elephant was deliberately put to death by electricity in Coney Island.

These are the facts. But how these stories intersect is the subject of Brooke Bolander’s new book “The Only Harmless Great Thing”, a dark alternate history of rage, radioactivity, and injustice crying out to be righted.

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Download Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings for Free on March 23rd and 24th

Renowned fantasy author Brandon Sanderson returns in November 2017 with Oathbringer, the third volume in his Stormlight Archive series, the seminal work in his multi-faceted and ambitious Cosmere series of magical worlds.

Now is the perfect time to begin your journey through that universe.

Tor.com is offering a free download of the ebook edition of The Way of Kings, the first volume of Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive, on March 23rd and 24th, 2017!

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Join Cory Doctorow on His Walkaway Tour, Starting April 25

Walkaway, Cory Doctorow’s first adult novel in eight years, envisions a near-future in which technological advancements allow humans to simply walk away from oppressive economic and authority systems. You can read about this post-scarcity world for yourself in “Communist Party“, a free excerpt from Walkaway.

The novel will be available from Tor Books starting on April 25th. Doctorow himself begins an impressive tour on the same date, hitting over over 20 cities in North America, and bringing along notable guests such as John Scalzi (on his The Collapsing Empire tour), Neal Stephenson, and even Edward Snowden.

Check out the full list of venues and dates below.

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Grossman, Gaiman, and Gogol: Harper Voyager Acquires English Translation of Russian Fantasy Vita Nostra

The words vita nostra, or “our life,” come from an old Latin student anthem “Gaudeamus”: “Vita nostra brevis est, Brevi finietur” or “Our life is brief, It will shortly end…”

In Sergey Dyachenko and Marina Shyrshova-Dyachenko’s fantasy Vita Nostra, described as “The Magicians but set in a rural Russian technical college,” Alexandra (Sasha) Samokhina is forced into a seemingly inconceivable situation: Against her will, she must enter the Institute of Special Technologies. A slightest misstep or failure at school—and the students’ loved ones pay a price. Governed by fear and coercion, Sasha will learn the meaning of the phrase “In the beginning was the word…”

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Open Thread: What Stories Are the Best at Evoking Ireland?

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, and we’re celebrating by asking which SFF books and stories do the best job of evoking Ireland? What are your favorite works set in Ireland?

In the past, we’ve shared recommendations for “intensely local Irish fantasy” from reviewer Liz Bourke—including Ian McDonald’s King of Morning, Queen of Day, Ruth Frances Long’s A Crack in Everything, Jo Walton’s Táin-influenced The Prize in the Game, Kevin Barry’s City of Bohane, and Pat O’Shea’s The Hounds of the Morrigan. Of course, there are plenty of Irish stories put to film as well—we’re partial to The Secret of the Kells (as seen above) for all that stunning animation and artwork. In the comments below, let us know which tales you’d add to the list, and why!

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Revealing the Cover to Oathbringer, the Third Book in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive

We are excited to reveal artist Michael Whelan‘s cover to the U.S. edition of Oathbringer, the much-awaited third book in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive fantasy series.

“We’re centered on a scene where Jasnah confronts the invaders,” Whelan says of the cover. “A giant has smashed a breach in the city wall, and Jasnah is called upon to restore it.”

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If You Had to Solve a Murder at Hogwarts, How Would You Do It? Announcing Sarah Gailey’s Debut Novel

Finally, some professionalism!

There’s been a murder at a secret school for magic and instead of hoping that some plucky 13-year-olds will solve it slowly over the course of the year, it appears that the wizards in the school administration are hiring a detective from the real world to actually figure this out.

At least, that’s what’s happening in Sarah Gailey’s debut novel, just announced by Tor Books!

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Announcing the Winner and Honorees of the 2016 James Tiptree Jr. Award

The 2016 James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award winner is Anna-Marie McLemore for the novel When the Moon Was Ours, a haunting fairytale of the love between Samir, a transgender boy, and Miel, an orphan girl who grows roses from her wrists. This year’s winner and honorees were announced on March 13.

We’re also pleased that several Tor and Tor.com titles were honored: Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway, Ada Palmer’s Too Like the Lightning, and Nisi Shawl’s Everfair were all named to the Tiptree Honor List, and Charlie Jane Anders’ All the Birds in the Sky was included in the Tiptree Worthy List.

You can see the whole list of Honored and Worthy books below.

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Talking Animals and an Elusive Golden Sphere: Jeff VanderMeer Charts New Territory with Adventures of Jonathan Lambshead YA Trilogy

In some ways, Jeff VanderMeer’s newly announced young adult trilogy the Adventures of Jonathan Lambshead hearkens back to his prior work: There are mages whose power is rooted in plants and fungus (like the ominous vegetation of Area X in his Southern Reach Trilogy), and talking animals who explore human themes (akin to the sentient is-it-a-plant-or-animal Borne in the forthcoming Borne). But this is also uncharted territory for VanderMeer: The first installment, Jonathan Lambshead and the Golden Sphere, presents an alternate-universe Earth called Aurora, partly inspired by his own favorite books from childhood and built around a character who VanderMeer has known for the past 15 years: Dr. Thackery T. Lambshead.

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All the New Science Fiction Books Publishing in March

There are so many reasons to go to space this month! Becky Chambers returns to the world of A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet with its followup, A Closed and Common Orbit; John Scalzi kicks off a new series with The Collapsing Empire; Cassandra Rose Clarke’s Star’s End explores a family that owns a small planet system; and Ian McDonald returns to the Moon with Luna: Wolf Moon. And that’s just for starters. Science fiction also stays on earth (Ava Palmer’s Seven Surrenders), goes time-traveling (Jodi Taylor’s What Could Possibly Go Wrong?) and faces ancient war machines in the desert (Cat Sparks’ Lotus Blue). What to read first?

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