V.E. Schwab Prize Pack Sweepstakes!

V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic is being adapted for television, and the sequel, A Gathering of Shadows, comes out February 23rd from Tor—and we want to send you both books!

Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games-an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries-a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again-and so to keep magic’s balance, another London must fall.

We’ve got a hardcover of Darker Shade and an advance copy of Gathering of Shadows for one lucky winner. Comment in the post to enter!

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Holy Rewatch, Batman! “Fine Finny Fiends” / “Batman Makes the Scenes”

“Fine Finny Fiends” / “Batman Makes the Scenes”
Written by Sheldon Stark
Directed by Tom Gries
Season 1, Episodes 33 and 34
Production code 8733
Original air dates: May 4 and 5, 1966

The Bat-signal: Alfred heads to a fish store that has a special on cut-rate caviar. As he’s testing the caviar, the umbrella over the barrel closes, and then one of the fish store clerks gasses Alfred. (Why the butler of a multimillionaire is bargain hunting for caviar is left as an exercise for the viewer.)

Cut to O’Hara, who tells Gordon that witnesses saw an unconscious Alfred (“the Wayne butler”) being put into a car by people carrying umbrellas. (How passers-by on a side street in Gotham recognized Bruce Wayne’s butler is also left as an exercise for the viewer.) Given that it’s a sunny day out (William Dozier specifically told us at the top of the episode that it was “another lovely day”), the presence of umbrellas must mean the Penguin. And the Penguin means calling Batman.

[“Have you ever popped out of a cake before?” “No, but I’ve been practicing!”]

Series: Holy Rewatch Batman!

Revealing the Cover for Of Sand and Malice Made

Tor.com is pleased to reveal the cover for Bradley P. Beaulieu’s Of Sand and Malice Made, the follow-up to Twelve Kings in Sharakhai. This prequel tells an earlier tale of Twelve Kings’ heroine, Çeda, the youngest pit fighter in the history of the great desert city of Sharakhai. Of Sand and Malice Made publishes September 2016 from DAW.

Author Bradley P. Beaulieu shares his thoughts on the cover process below, along with the full final cover and alternate sketches by artist René Aigner!

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Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Blood and Bone, Chapter Three (Part Two)

Welcome back to the Malazan Reread of the Fallen! Every post will start off with a summary of events, followed by reaction and commentary by your hosts Bill and Amanda (with Amanda, new to the series, going first), and finally comments from Tor.com readers. In this article, we’ll cover Chapter Three (Part Two) of Ian Cameron Esslemont’s Blood and Bone.

A fair warning before we get started: We’ll be discussing both novel and whole-series themes, narrative arcs that run across the entire series, and foreshadowing. Note: The summary of events will be free of major spoilers and we’re going to try keeping the reader comments the same. A spoiler thread has been set up for outright Malazan spoiler discussion.

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Series: Malazan Reread of the Fallen

The Devil You Know Sweepstakes!

We want to send you an advance copy of K.J. Parker’s The Devil You Know, available March 1st from Tor.com Publishing!

The greatest philosopher of all time is offering to sell his soul to the Devil. All he wants is twenty more years to complete his life’s work. After that, he really doesn’t care.

But the assistant demon assigned to the case has his suspicions, because the philosopher is Saloninus—the greatest philosopher, yes, but also the greatest liar, trickster and cheat the world has yet known; the sort of man even the Father of Lies can’t trust.

He’s almost certainly up to something; but what?

Comment in the post to enter!

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Hannibal is Out to Steal Your Heart (and Possibly a Few Other Organs) this Valentine’s Day!

Artist Brandon Bird has given us many gifts over the years. There was Shia LaBeouf as all the Doctors. There was Christopher Walken building C-3PO. But maybe his best work yet is a series of Valentines Days stickers celebrating the Greatest Love Story of All Time: Hannibal. The stickers (which he calls ‘Hannibal-entines‘ because of course) also highlights Hannibal’s stellar supporting cast, so if you love Jack Crawford or #TeamSassyScience, we have a sticker for you! Beware, though, these tokens of love contain spoilers if you haven’t watched the whole show.

[Seriously though why haven’t you?]

Good Girls

Glen Hirshberg’s Good Girls—available February 23 from Tor Books—is the standalone sequel to Motherless Child.

Reeling from the violent death of her daughter and a confrontation with the Whistler—the monster who wrecked her life—Jess has fled the South for a tiny college town in New Hampshire. There she huddles in a fire-blackened house with her crippled lover, her infant grandson, and the creature that was once her daughter’s best friend and may or may not be a threat.

Rebecca, a college student orphaned in childhood, cares for Jess’s grandson, and finds in Jess’s house the promise of a family she has never known, but also a terrifying secret.

Meanwhile, unhinged and unmoored, the Whistler watches from the rooftops and awaits his moment.

And deep in the Mississippi Delta, the evil that spawned him stirs…

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Winter Night Part III, Chapters 1 and 2

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread!

Last week we (finally) got Silvara to confess her big secret! Well, we didn’t—but Fizban did. And he’s so beyond the Fourth Wall that he’s probably reading this now. (Hi Fizban!) With Silvara spilling and Fizban fussing and Laurana listening and Gilthanas gawking and Tas taking off, we’re now out of a) alliteration and b) the Kagonesti storyline. And, frankly, thank the gods of Good, Evil and Neutrality for it.

Let’s see what our other friends are up to, shall we?

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Series: Dragonlance Reread

What’s Next? Mass Gap Cupcakes?

You may have heard some exciting science news yesterday: scientists confirmed that they’ve detected gravitational waves! And that’s groundbreaking, an incredible moment in human history, and supports a theory that Einstein wrestled with 100 years ago. But what we’re really interested in is that cake. You see, when Goddard Space Flight Center research associate Erin Lee Ryan tweeted that picture of a cake, she was unwittingly breaking an embargo on the gravitational wave announcement by about 15 minutes. Hilariously enough, this isn’t the first time she’s broken an embargo with a pastry pic, but, well, “That’s how we’d get people from other labs to come over, by telling them we had food.”

But what’s even more interesting to us is… how do you choose a top-secret baker for your scientific-breakthrough-celebration-cakes? Is there like a secret branch of Carvel all ready to go with “Yay for Describing CP Violation!” written out on Fudgy the Whale’s grinning mug?

The Harry Potter Reread: The Deathly Hallows, Chapters 9 and 10

The Harry Potter Reread would like to be everyone’s Valentine! In a cool let’s-hang-out-and-watch-movies-instead-of-going-to-an-overcrowded-restaurant sort of way.

This week we’re going to escape from a bleak situation and hang out in a house we thought we’d left for good. It’s chapters 9 and 10—A Place to Hide and Kreacher’s Tale.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Series: The Harry Potter Reread

Mare Infinitum: The Guns of Ivrea by Clifford Beal

With Gideon’s Angel and The Raven’s Banquet, Clifford Beal handily established himself as an author of fast-paced historical fiction with a generous splash of the supernatural, but in the first of his Tales of Valdur, he goes full-on fantasy with a book best described as Black Sails meets Peter V. Brett’s Demon Cycle series.

Instead of the seventeenth-century England of the cracking Cromwell novels, The Guns of Ivrea takes place in a secondary world reminiscent of the Mediterranean where piracy is rife and unrest is on the rise…

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