Thursday, 1 April 2010

April 2010 Releases | Orbit

The Mage in Black by Jaye Wells

Publisher: Little, Brown (ORBIT)
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781841497570Release Date: 01/04/2010
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series/Stand Alone: Book 2 of the Sabina Kane series


Publisher's Blurb: Sabina Kane doesn't have the best track record when it comes to family. After all, her own grandmother, leader of the vampire race, wants her dead. So when she arrives in New York to meet her mage relatives, the reunion puts the fun in dysfunctional. Not only is mage culture completely bizarre, but everyone seems to think she's some kind of 'Chosen' who'll unite the dark races. Sabina doesn't care who chose her, she's not into destiny. But the mages aren't Sabina's only problem. In New York's Black Light District, she has run-ins with fighting demons, hostile werewolves and an opportunistic old flame. Sabina thought she'd take a bite out of the Big Apple - but it looks like it wants to bite back.


Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

Publisher: Little, Brown (ORBIT)
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781841497990Release Date: 01/04/2010
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series/Stand Alone: Book 5 of the Mercy Thompson series

Publisher's Blurb:
Being a mechanic is hard work. Mercy Thompson, for instance, just spent the last couple of months trying to evade the murderous queen of the local vampire seethe, and now the leader of the werewolf pack - who's maybe-more-than-just-a-friend - has asked for her help. A book of fae secrets has come to light and they're all about to find out how implacable - and dangerous - the fae can be. OK, so maybe her troubles have nothing to do with the job. But she sure could use a holiday ...


The Magician's Apprentice by Trudi Canavan

Publisher: Little, Brown (ORBIT)
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781841495903

Release Date: 01/04/2010
Genre: Fantasy
Series/Stand Alone: Prequel to Black Magician trilogy

Publisher's Blurb:
In the remote village of Mandryn, Tessia serves as assistant to her father, the village Healer - much to the frustration of her mother, who would rather she found a husband. But her life is about to take a very unexpected turn. When treating a patient at the residence of the local magician, Lord Dakon, Tessia is forced to fight off the advances of a visiting Sachakan mage - and instinctively uses magic. She now finds herself facing an entirely different future as Lord Dakon's apprentice. But along with the excitement and privilege, Tessia is about to discover that her magical gifts bring with them a great deal of responsibility. Events are brewing that will lead nations into war, rival magicians into conflict, and spark an act of sorcery so brutal that its effects will be felt for centuries ...



The Poison Throne by Celine Kiernan

Publisher: Little, Brown (ORBIT)
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781841498218Release Date: 01/04/2010
Genre: Fantasy
Series/Stand Alone: The first book in the Moorehawke Trilogy


Publisher's Blurb: Young Wynter Moorehawke returns to court with her dying father, but her old home is cloaked in fear. Once-benevolent King Jonathon is now a violent despot, terrorising his people while his son Alberon plots a coup from exile. Then darkness spreads as the King appoints Alberon's half-brother Razi as heir. Wynter must watch her friend obey his father's untenable commands, as those they love are held to ransom. And at the heart of matters lies a war machine so lethal that none dare speak of it. The kingdom would belong to its master, yet the consequences of using it are too dire to consider. But temptation has ever been the enemy of reason.


May Contain Traces of Magic by Tom Holt

Publisher: Little, Brown (ORBIT)
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781841495064Release Date: 01/04/2010
Genre: Fantasy
Series/Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Publisher's Blurb:
There are all kinds of products. The good ones. The bad ones. The ones that stay in the garage mouldering for years until your garden gnome makes a home out of them. Most are harmless if handled properly, even if they do contain traces of peanuts. But some are not. Not the ones that contain traces of magic. Chris Popham wasn't paying enough attention when he talked to his SatNav. Sure, she gave him directions, never backtalked him, and always led him to his next spot on the map with perfect accuracy. She was the best thing in his life. So was it really his fault that he didn't start paying attention when she talked to him? In his defence, that was her job. But when 'Take the next right' turned into 'Excuse me,' that was when the real trouble started. Because sometimes a SatNav isn't a SatNav. Sometimes it's an imprisoned soul trapped inside a metal box that will do anything it can to get free. And some products you just can't return.


Changes by Jim Butcher

Publisher: Little, Brown (ORBIT)
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781841497136

Release Date: 01/04/2010
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series/Stand Alone: Book 12 of the Dresden Files


Publisher's Blurb: I answered the phone, no big deal, until I heard the message: 'They've taken our daughter.' Harry Dresden, professional wizard, has never faced anything like this. Arianna Ortega, Red Court vampire, blames Harry for her husband's death - and she's out for revenge. So her discovery that Susan Rodriguez had borne Harry a daughter was an unexpected gift. Arianna's next step was to kidnap the girl and she plans to use her blood in a violent ritual sacrifice designed to kill Harry, Susan and their daughter. With the White Council of Wizards and the Red Court in a state of detente, Harry finds himself alone except for a handful of allies - resources utterly inadequate to challenging the Red King and his entire vampire Court. With the life of his child at stake, Susan's humanity hanging in precarious balance and with his own death looming, Dresden must find a new source of strength. In the past, there had always been a line Harry wouldn't cross, and though dark powers have tempted him time and again, he never gave in. But then, only his own life was at stake.


The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

Publisher: Little, Brown (ORBIT)
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781841497129

Release Date: 06/04/2010
Genre: Fantasy
Series/Stand Alone: The third book in the Darkest Powers trilogy

Publisher's Blurb:
The nail-biting climax to Kelley Armstrong's bestselling Darkest Powers trilogy - Chloe Saunders is fifteen and would love to be normal. Unfortunately, Chloe happens to be a genetically engineered necromancer who can raise the dead without even trying. She and her equally gifted (or should that be 'cursed'?) friends are now running for their lives from the evil corporation that created them. As if that's not enough, Chloe is struggling with her feelings for Simon, a sweet-tempered sorcerer, and his brother Derek, a not so sweet-tempered werewolf. And she has a horrible feeling she's leaning towards the werewolf...


Tales of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong

Publisher: Little, Brown (ORBIT)
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781841499178

Release Date: 13/04/2010
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series/Stand Alone:
Collection of short stories set in the Otherworld series

Publisher's Blurb: Kelley Armstrong's gripping and imaginative short stories are brought together in a fantastic new collection. A young vampire learns the heavy price of his new existence; black witch Eve Levine meets Kristof Nast, her soul mate and her nemesis; Lucas Cortez, lawyer, sorcerer and unwilling heir to his father's Cabal, sets out on a case that will change his destiny; Paige Winterbourne discovers just how fraught a white (witch) wedding can be and Elena Michaels begins her unwitting journey to a new life ? as the only female werewolf in the world ...These brilliant, self-contained stories are a perfect introduction to the series and a wonderful addition to the existing novels. Tales From the Otherworld will delight fans and curious new readers alike.


Watcher of the Dead by J V Jones

Publisher: Little, Brown (ORBIT)
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781841491608

Release Date: 15/04/2010
Genre: Fantasy
Series/Stand Alone:
Book 4 in the Sword of Shadows series

Publisher's Blurb: In the frigid wasteland of the north, Raif Sevrance, Watcher of the Dead, has endured many trials to lay claim to the renowned sword known as Loss. But the price of wielding the legendary weapon is high, and Raif is unsure if he is willing to pay it. Ash Marsh, Daughter of the Sull, still struggles to come to terms with her heritage, and the knowledge that the Watcher, armed with Loss, could be the one who will save the Sull ? or end them. Raina Blackhail, widow of a murdered ruler and wife of his brutal successor, has seen her clan disgraced and has, herself, taken up the mantle of chief. But there are enemies both beyond her gates and within. And in the murky swamps of the Stillwater, two children will learn the secrets of the Marsh clan. Secrets so old they threaten everything ...


The Orphaned Worlds by Michael Cobley

Publisher: Little, Brown (ORBIT)
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781841496337

Release Date: 29/04/2010
Genre: Science Fiction
Series/Stand Alone:
Book two of Humanity's Fire

Publisher's Blurb: Darien is no longer a lost outpost of humanity, but the prize in an intergalactic power struggle. Hegemony forces have a stranglehold over the planet and crack troops patrol its hotspots while Earth watches, passive, rendered impotent by galactic politics. But its Darien ambassador will soon become a player in a greater conflict. There is more at stake than a turf war on a newly discovered world. An ancient Uvovo temple hides access to a hyperspace prison, housing the greatest threat sentient life has ever known. Millennia ago, malignant intelligences were caged there following an apocalyptic war. And their servants work on their release. However, Darien's guardians have not been idle, gathering resistance on the planet's forest moon. Knowledge has been lost since great races battled in eons past, and now time is short. The galaxy will depend on the Uvovo reclaiming their past - and humanity must look to its future. For a new war is coming.

4 comments:

Larry said...

Hmmm, the Michael Cobley sounds interesting!

Niall Harrison said...

Are you planning to list Orbit UK and Orbit US separately?

Magemanda said...

Thanks for the comments!

Niall - at the moment our intention is to concentrate only on UK releases. Once we are up to speed, we will look at US.

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

These are some great books! I have to get started on the Wells series. I have been wanting to get here for a while and just haven't made it. I do want Poison Throne though. I am hoping to get it to read for Barnes & Nobles is discussing it this month.

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