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Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming November 2020 novels by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.



Matthew Ward (2020)

Legacy of Steel
The Legacy Trilogy 2
Orbit, November 3, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 768 pages
Warfare, myth and magic collide in Legacy of Steel, the spectacular sequel to Matthew Ward's acclaimed fantasy debut Legacy of Ash.

"Outstanding ... a ripping yarn that more than earns its length." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A year has passed since an unlikely alliance saved the Tressian Republic from fire and darkness, at great cost. Thousands perished, and Viktor Akadra -- the Republic's champion -- has disappeared.

While the ruling council struggles to mend old wounds, other factions sense opportunity. The insidious Parliament of Crows schemes in the shadows, while to the east the Hadari Emperor gathers his armies. As turmoil spreads across the Republic, its ripples are felt in the realms of the divine.

War is coming . . . and this time the gods themselves will take sides.

The Legacy Trilogy
Legacy of Ash
Legacy of Steel
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Bookshop : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
Google Play : iBooks : Kobo





Tyler Whitesides (2018)

The Shattered Realm of Ardor Benn
Kingdom of Grit 2
Orbit, November 3, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 704 pages
"The enjoyable blend of intrigue, lighthearted escapades, and thrilling action brilliantly sets the stage for the series' conclusion. Readers will be thrilled." (Publishers Weekly)

The second in an action-packed epic fantasy series: In a world with dragon-fueled magic, master con artist Ardor Benn must infiltrate a centuries-old secret organization to find a missing royal heir.

Ardor Benn saved civilization from imminent destruction, but his efforts brought war to the kingdom. It is believed that the rightful rulers have all been assassinated. However, a young heir might have survived.

An ancient organization known as The Realm is behind the chaos, working from the shadows. Under the anonymity of masks, information is distributed sparingly.

Ard's been hired to infiltrate them, but he's got competition from an old friend. One who's set to prove she's better than the self-proclaimed "Ruse Artist Extraordinaire."

If Ard can't find the heir then his world may again approach ruin. Stopping the complete and utter collapse of civilization is quickly becoming Ard's specialty

Kingdom of Grit:
The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn
The Shattered Realm of Ardor Benn
The Last Lies of Ardor Benn
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Bookshop : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
Google Play : iBooks : Kobo





Evan Winter (2019)

The Fires of Vengeance
The Burning 2
Orbit, November 10, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 528 pages
In order to reclaim her throne and save her people, an ousted queen must join forces with a young warrior in the second book of this"relentlessly gripping, brilliant" epic fantasy series from a breakout author (James Islington).

Tau and his Queen, desperate to delay the impending attack on the capital by the indigenous people of Xidda, craft a dangerous plan. If Tau succeeds, the Queen will have the time she needs to assemble her forces and launch an all out assault on her own capital city, where her sister is being propped up as the 'true' Queen of the Omehi.

If the city can be taken, if Tsiora can reclaim her throne, and if she can reunite her people then the Omehi have a chance to survive the onslaught.

The Burning
The Rage of Dragons
The Fires of Vengeance
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Bookshop : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
Google Play : iBooks : Kobo

November 2020 Releases

Here is The Qwillery's list of novels, etc. being published in November 2020. If there is something that we've missed, please leave a comment below. Any genre mistakes are ours. Leave a comment below if you feel that the genre is wrong. Also note that this list is always under revision. Publication dates change. We try to keep this as accurate as possible. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the US. Check The View From Monday each week for each week's updated release list.


November 2020 Releases
 
 
 
Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

November 1, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Dungeon Party
John Webster Gastil CF/SupTh
The Haunting of Brynn Wilder Wendy Webb Gothic/CW/MR
 
 
 
November 3, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020 John Joseph Adams (Ed)
Diana Gabaldon (Ed)
SF/F - Anthology
The Handmaid's Tale and The Testaments Box Set Margaret Atwood Dys
Serpent Daughter D.J. Butler HistF - Witchy War 4
1637: No Peace Beyond the Line Eric Flint
Charles E. Gannon
SF/TT - Ring of Fire 29
This Virtual Night C. S. Friedman SF/SO/SE/GenEng - The Outworlds 2
The Alpha Enigma W. Michael Gear SF/Cr/M - Team Psi 1
The Harpy Megan Hunter FL/LF/AB/MR
Boneset & Feathers Gwendolyn Kiste H/DF
Firefly: Generations Tim Lebbon MTI/SF/SO
Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon (h2tp)
James Lovegrove Occ/Sup/HistM
A Storm of Swords: The Illustrated Edition George R. R. Martin F - A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 3
Agent of the Imperium Marc Miller SF
Debt of War Christopher G. Nuttall SF/SO - Embers of War 3
A Sword in the Sun (e)
Shannon Page CF - Nightcraft Quartet 2
The Fractured Void Tim Pratt SF/SO - Twilight Imperium
The Phantom and Barnabas Collins (ri)
Marylin Ross Gothic/Occ - Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Book 10
The Foe of Barnabas Collins (ri)
Marylin Ross Gothic/Occ - Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Book 9
Busted Synapses Erica L. Satifka SF/CyP
The Novels of Mary Shelley: Frankenstein, The Last Man, and Mathilda (e)
Mary Shelley Gothic/SF/AP/F
The Last Ritual S. A. Sidor DF - Arkham Horror
An Unprivate War TS Snow SF - Star Smuggler 5
The God Game (h2tp) Danny Tobey TechTh/SF/CyP/CoA
Almost Dark (ri)
Letitia Trent Th/GH
Legacy of Steel Matthew Ward F - Legacy Trilogy 2
The Shattered Realm of Ardor Benn Tyler Whitesides F - Kingdom of Grit 2
The Preserve Ariel S. Winter PP/NF
The Women of Weird Tales: Stories by Everil Worrell, Eli Colter, Mary Elizabeth Counselman and Greye La Spina Everil Worrell
Eli Colter
Mary Elizabeth Counselman
Greye La Spina
H - Monster, She Wrote 2
 
 
 
November 4, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Blood of the Sun Dan Rabarts
Lee Murray
M/H - Path of Ra 3
 
 
 
November 5, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Aurora Jo M. Thomas AH
 
 
 
November 6, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Mr. Cables Ronald Malfi H
 
 
 
November 10, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Followers (h2tp) Megan Angelo LF/CW/Dys
Refuge JJ Blacklocke SF/SO - Tradepoint Sage 1
Second Chances P.D. Cacek SupTh - Fiction Without Frontiers
Night Call (D) Brenden Carlson SF/Cr/M/TechTh/AH - Walking Shadows 1
Judge Fear's Big Day Out and Other Stories Michael Carroll (Ed)
SF/AP/AP - Anthology
Star Trek: The Wisdom of Picard Chip Carter PerfA/SF - Star Trek
One Night Two Souls Went Walking Ellen Cooney LF/CW/Med/VisM
A Contest of Principles Greg Cox SF - Star Trek: The Original Series
The Book of Malachi (D - US) T.C. Farren SF/GenEng/H
Leopard's Rage Christine Feehan PNR - Leopard 13
Spectrum 27: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art John Fleskes (Ed)
Art
Toy Soldiers: The Complete Series (Ke) Devon C. Ford SF/Dys - Toy Soldiers
The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction Neil Gaiman SS
Hex Life: Wicked New Tales of Witchery (h2tp) Christopher Golden (Ed)
Rachel Autumn Deering (Ed)
F/DF/P/H - Anthology
Sudden Traveler: Stories (h2tp)
Sarah Hall SS
A Longer Fall (h2tp)
Charlaine Harris F/P - Gunnie Rose 2
Refraction Christopher Hinz SF/GenEng
XX (D) Rian Hughes SF/AC/SE/Typography
Reconstruction: Stories Alaya Dawn Johnson F/SS
Warrior of the Altaii Robert Jordan F
The Arrest Jonathan Lethem SF/AP/PA
The Men Who Take Eyes Justin Little AH/Dys
Sherlock Holmes and the Beast of the Stapletons James Lovegrove HistM/Occ/Sup
Kraft Jonas Lüscher
Tess Lewis (Tr)
LF/Satire/Dys
Factory Witches of Lowell C. S. Malerich HistF/DF
The Dark Library Cyrille Martinez
Joseph Patrick Stancil (Tr)
AB/MR/LF
Harmada João Gilberto Noll
Edgar Garbelotto (Tr)
LF/Psy/AB
Queen of the North Anne O'Brien Hist/HistR/CoA/AH
At the Lucky Hand: aka The Sixty-Nine Drawers Goran Petrović
Peter Agnone (Tr)
MR/LF
Bloodquest Gordon Rennie SF/AC - Warhammer 40,000
The Auctioneer (ri)
Joan Samson H
The Chimera Code (D) Wayne Santos SF
Secret Santa Andrew Shaffer H/HU/SupTh
The Darkest King: William's Story Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 15
On the Beach (ri)
Nevil Shute AH/Hist
Living Forever and Other Terrible Ideas Emily C Skaftun SF/HU/SS
The Troll Guide Anders Skoglind F/HU/FairyT/FolkT/LM
The Rush's Edge (D) Ginger Smith SF/SO
Familiar Spirit Lisa Tuttle H - Paperbacks from Hell
From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back Various MTI/SF/SO - Star Wars
From a Certain Point of View: Star Wars (h2tp) Various MTI/SF/SO - Star Wars
The Fires of Vengeance Evan Winter F - The Burning 2
The Green and the Gray (e)(ri) Timothy Zahn SF
Manta's Gift (e)(ri) Timothy Zahn SF
 
 
 
November 11, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Judge Dee and the Limits of the Law: A Tor.com Original (e)
Lavie Tidhar DF
 
 
 
November 13, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
The Bite of the Jackal (Ke) Paolo Di Orazio H
Nucleation (D) Kimberly Unger SF/HSF/AC
 
 
 
November 16, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
The Supernatural and Fantastic in Short Detective Fiction: A Survey, 1841-2000 Laird R. Blackwell M/SF/F
Sacred Evil (e)(ri)
Heather Graham GH/Th - Krewe of Hunters 3
Night Study (e)(ri) Maria V. Snyder F - The Chronicles of Ixia
 
 
 
November 17, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Tales from the Folly: A Rivers of London Short Story Collection Ben Aaronovitch F/SS - Rivers of London
They Will Drown in Their Mothers' Tears (h2tp)
Johannes Anyuru
Saskia Vogel (Tr)
LF/SF/TT/Th/Terrorism/Dys
The Human (h2tp)
Neal Asher SF/SO - Rise of the Jain 3
Foundation and Earth (ri)
Isaac Asimov SF/HSF/Classics/SO - Foundation 5
Foundation's Edge Isaac Asimov SF/HSF/Classics/SO - Foundation 4
I Don't Seem So Bright in a Well-Lit Room Sean Browning SF/HU
Lost Acre Andrew Caldecott HistF/P - Rotherweird 3
The Water Dancer (ri) Ta-Nehisi Coates HistF/MR
The Complete Lychford (e) Paul Cornell CF/UF - Lychford
The Andromeda Evolution (mm2tp)
Michael Crichton
Daniel H. Wilson
SF
Will Destroy the Galaxy for Cash Yahtzee Croshaw Satire/SF/SO - Jacques McKeown 2
Nothing Good Happens After Midnight: A Suspense Magazine Anthology Jeffrey Deaver et al.
M/SupTh - Anthology
The Children of Red Peak Craig DiLouie H/PsyTh/SupTh
Madrenga (e)
Alan Dean Foster F - Madrenga 1
Smoke & Ashes Alexis Hall UF - Kate Kane Paranormal Investigator 4
The Saints of Salvation Peter F. Hamilton SF/SO/SE - Salvation Sequence 3
Nophek Gloss (D) Essa Hansen SF/AC/GenEng/SE - The Graven 1
Stillicide Cynan Jones Dys/LF/Climate
Before the Coffee Gets Cold (D - English) Toshikazu Kawaguchi
MR/F/SF
Daughter of the Serpentine E.E. Knight F - A Dragoneer Academy Novel 2
The Burning God R. F Kuang HistF - The Poppy War 3
The Silver Shooter Erin Lindsey M/GH/P - A Rose Gallagher Mystery 3
Ink Jonathan Maberry SupTh/H
Child of the Prophecy (ri)
Juliet Marillier HistF/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Sevenwaters Trilogy 3
Seanan McGuire's Wayward Children, Volumes 1-3: Every Heart a Doorway, Down Among the Sticks and Bones, Beneath the Sugar Sky Seanan McGuire CF/DF/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Wayward Children
The Bright and Breaking Sea Chloe Neill F/HistF/RF - A Captain Kit Brightling Novel 1
Home Front (e) Rick Partlwo SF - Drop Trooper 5
Eartheater (D) Dolores Reyes
Julia Sanchez (Tr)
LF
Barnabas Collins and Quentin's Demon Marylin Ross Gothic/Occ - Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Book 14
Rhythm of War Brandon Sanderson F - Stormlight Archive 4
The Round-dance of Water Kuznetsov Sergey
Valeriya Yermishova (Tr)
LF/MR/MU - Russian Literature Series
Age of Death Michael J. Sullivan F/HistF - Legends of the First Empire 5
Salamis Harry Turtledove AH/HistF/TT - Hellenic 5
Strange Lands Short Stories: Thrilling Tales Various SF - Anthology
Spin (ri)
Robert Charles Wilson SF/AP/PA/AC/TT - Spin 1
Rubicon Gareth Worthington SF/AH - Children of the Fifth Sun 3
 
 
 
November 18, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera: A Tor.com Original (e) Elizabeth Bear DF
 
 
 
November 23, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Exo-Hunter Jeremy Robinson AC/SF/PA
 
 
 
November 24, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
The Princess Knight G.A. Aiken HistF - The Scarred Earth Saga 2
Walk the Wild With Me (tp2mm)
Rachel Atwood HistF//FairyT/FolkT/LM
Pious Mark Barber F - Kings of War
Call of the Bone Ships RJ Barker F - Tide Child Trilogy 2
1636: Flight of the Nightingale (tp2mm)
David Carrico SF/TT - Ring of Fire 28
A Beginning at the End (h2tp)
Mike Chen SF/AP/PA
Alliance Rising (tp2mm)
C. J. Cherryh
Jane S. Fancher
SF/HSF/SO - The Hinder Stars 1
Ready Player Two Ernest Cline SF/Dys/Th - Ready Player One 2
The Best of Glen Cook: 18 Stories from the Author of The Black Company and The Dread Empire Glen Cook F/DF - Collection
Last Stand in Lychford Paul Cornell CF/UF - Witches of Lychford 5
War Lord Bernard Cornwell Hist - Saxon Tales 13
Monster Hunter Guardian (h2mm)
Larry Correia
Sarah A. Hoyt
F - Monster Hunter 8
Infernal Mark de Jager F - Stratus 1
The Science Fiction Puzzle Book: Inspired by the Works of Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C Clarke, Robert A Heinlein and Ursula K Le Guin Tim Dedopulos Puzzles/SF
Escape Pod: The Science Fiction Anthology S.B. Divya (Ed)
Mur Lafferty (Ed)
SF - Anthology
The Poison Prince S. C. Emmett F/HistF - Hostage of Empire 2
The Solar War John French SF/SO - The Horus Heresy
Forged Benedict Jacka UF/CF - Alex Versus 11
The Broken Girls (tp2mm) Simone St. James SupTh/H/CW
Impolitic Corpses (h2tp)
Paul Johnston M/Dys - Quint Dalrymple Mystery 8
Council Snorri Kristjansson Hist/HistF/HistTh - Helga Finnsdottir Mysteries 2
Passages Mercedes Lackey (Ed)
F - Valdemar Anthology
Beyond Kuiper Matthew Medney
John Connelly
HSF/SF - The Galactic Star Alliance
Rasputin's Bastards (ri)
David Nickle Th/HSF
The 'Geisters (ri)
David Nickle H/GH
Monstrous Affections: Stories (e)(ri) David Nickle H/SS
Knife Fight: And Other Struggles David Nickle H/SS
36 Righteous Men (h2tp)
Steven Pressfield SupTh
Grave War Kalayna Price UF/CF/PF - Alex Craft 7
Gotrek and Felix: The Fifth Omnibus Josh Reynolds F - Warhammer Chronicles
The Awakening Nora Roberts PF/FR - The Dragon Heart Legacy 1
Star Trek Voyager: A Celebration Ben Robinson
Mark Wright
PerfArts/SF
Archangel's Sun Nalini Singh PNR/UF/PF - Guild Hunter13
Wolf Fever (ri)
Terry Spear PNR/FR - Silver Town Wolf 2
Freehold: Resistance (tp2mm)
Michael Z. Williamson (Ed)
SF - Freehold Anthology
 
 
 
November 30, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Found in Translation: New People in Twentieth-Century Chinese Science Fiction Jing Jiang SF/Antholgy
Comes a Pale Rider Caitlín R. Kiernan H
Fishing for Dinosaurs and Other Stories Joe R. Lansdale F - Anthology
Princess Floralinda and the Forty Flight Tower Tamsyn Muir F
No Period: A Tor.com Original Harry Turtledove AH
Take a Look at the Five and Ten Connie Willis SF



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Ke - Kindle eBook
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
BHU - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Crime & Mystery
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GothicR - Gothic Romance
GW&CC - Global Warming and Climate Change
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistR - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
Med - Medical
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
MU - Mash-Up
NF - Near Future
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PF - Paranormal Fantasy
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
PP - Police Porcedural
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
RF - Romantic Fantasy
ScF - Science Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SFTh - Science Fiction Thriller
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical
WS - Women Sleuths

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.
 

2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2020 Debuts


2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2020 Debuts


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2020 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator/designer information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on April 30 , 2020, unless the vote is extended. If the vote is extended the ending date will be updated.

Vote for your favorite April 2020 Debut Cover!
 
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2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2020 Debuts
Cover design by Jim Tierney





2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2020 Debuts
Cover by Ian Whates,
utilising a photo by Michael Gaida





2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2020 Debuts
Cover art by Richard Oriolo





2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2020 Debuts
Cover design by Charlotte Stroomer - LBBG
Cover illustration by Larry Rostant





2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2020 Debuts
Cover by Francesca Corsini





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2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2020 Debuts





2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2020 Debuts





2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2020 Debuts

Interview with Matthew Ward, author of Legacy of Ash


Please welcome Matthew Ward to The Qwillery as part of the 2020 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Legacy of Ash is published on April 7, 2020 by Orbit.

Please join The Qwillery in wishing Matthew a very Happy Publication Day!



Interview with Matthew Ward, author of Legacy of Ash




TQWelcome to The Qwillery. What is the first fiction piece you remember writing?

Matthew:  I used to scribble stories all the time at primary school, though I’ve no recollection of what went into them. The first real crack I remember taking at writing was a Babylon 5 novel, twenty-five or so years ago. It wouldn’t have worked out – and for all sorts of reasons, not least that I didn’t get very far. It’s long since been lost to hard drive crashes and the like.

Probably for the best.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Matthew:  It varies from book to book. I prefer making things up as I go – writing’s more fun when I’m discovering the story as if I’m reading it. But there are certain tales where things have to slot into place just so. Those end up with quite meticulous plans … character arcs, plot beats and the like nailed into place from the very beginning. That’s a lot more like actual work (yuck), but sometimes you gotta.

I’ll be interested to see which one readers think Legacy of Ash is.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Matthew:  I learnt long ago that I don’t have a lot of patience for heavy redrafting, so everything has to be ‘right’ before I move on – whether to the next sentence, paragraph, chapter or whatever – otherwise the knowledge that it isn’t overshadows everything I try to do afterwards. It makes some days a bit of a grind, and some chapters end up lingering for what seems like eternity. But the results speak for themselves … at least, I hope they do.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Matthew:  I love big, overarching stories, but conversely, light-touch continuity – the idea that you can be reading several separate (but complete) tales that build into something much larger without compromising either.

From that point of view, I discovered comics at just the right time to spark my interest – Babylon 5 was winding down, and there wasn’t really anything left on TV doing what it had done – and just the wrong time, because the trend of massively decompressed storytelling was getting underway.

I think that’s one of the reasons I love narratives with a huge weight of history behind them (Babylon 5, The Lord of the Rings). They create the illusion that the story you’re experiencing – even if you devour it front to back – is only part of a much larger tale whose outline you can just about glimpse, if you squint at it just right. I find that sense of depth fascinating – it’s when the world becomes a living, breathing thing.



TQDescribe Legacy of Ash using only 5 words.

Matthew:  Mistakes of old, come due. Or perhaps ‘Oh no, don’t do that!’



TQTell us something about Legacy of Ash that is not found in the book description.

Matthew:  This isn’t just a war of mortals. There are divine powers waiting in the wings, and sometimes a good deal closer. They’ve been forgotten in Tressia (the main setting for the book), or otherwise warped so much by ‘official’ history as to be unrecognisable, but they’re there, and they won’t be ignored.



TQWhat inspired you to write Legacy of Ash? What appeals to you about writing Fantasy?

Matthew:  The story of Legacy of Ash (in fact, the whole Legacy trilogy) goes back some twenty-odd years, as do many of the characters – if in a very prototypical form – so initial inspirations are a bit hazy at this point.

I knew there was a great story waiting to be told, but I spent years dancing around actually getting started. It sounds pompous, but I’m not sure I was ready to tell the story – my writing just wasn’t there yet, and it was going to need to be if I were to do it justice. And then somewhere along the line, it just clicked, and now we’re here.

Fantasy’s a wonderful genre to write within, because it’s so flexible. You can ground yourself in reality as much (or as little) as you like, so long as you can carry the reader with you. It’s escapism at its finest.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Legacy of Ash?

Matthew:  Not much of any, if I’m honest. I have an obsession with real world adjacent names, so I spend a lot of time scratching at that aspect – Legacy has names inspired (or directly drawn from) Slavic, Celtic, British, Indian and Hebrew roots.

Otherwise? I started getting a bit obsessed about marching times/distances, but that was about as far as my research went.



TQPlease tell us about the cover for Legacy of Ash.

Matthew:  The illustration’s by Larry Rostant; the design by Charlotte Stroomer. It’s a thing of beauty, and so wonderfully emblematic of the book. Right from the get-go, the narrative pivots around the prophecy of a phoenix – a leader who’ll bring freedom to the oppressed south – and fire is ever-present, both as a metaphor for rebirth, and of cleansing.

More than that, I probably shouldn’t say…



TQIn Legacy of Ash who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Matthew:  I’ve always loved secondary characters. Favourite character in Star Wars? Wedge Antilles. Favourite Ghostbuster? Winston Zeddemore. And so on, etc.

It’s a quirk that spills over into my writing, and I love every moment I spend with the supporting cast. Of these, Vladama Kurkas is probably the most straightforward, because he’s a straightforward soul – but he’s also smarter than he lets on, which gives him a wonderfully broad range to work with.

Josiri Trelan was probably the hardest. He’s a protagonist, which is already a black mark against him in my supporting character-loving soul, but also he has probably the biggest arc in the book. He’s never there as meat in the room. If he’s in the scene, he’s got to sing.



TQDoes Legacy of Ash touch on any social issues?

Matthew:  It’s fair to say there’s a theme of overcoming prejudice running through the book. Every character brings societal baggage to the table – how they react to that prejudice and (if they) overcome it is ultimately what defines them, as it does us all.

One of the greatest challenges we all face is accepting that what we consider ‘normal’ or ‘reasonable’ may not be when viewed from another’s perspective. How we move forward from that point has the power to change the world, if we let it.



TQWhich question about Legacy of Ash do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Matthew:

Q: Are you Tressian or Hadari at heart?

A: Tricky one, because the two realms have a lot more in common than they first appear. But on balance, I’m probably Tressian, as I’m a little bit too attached to structure and protocol. I also look a lot better in shirt and cravat than silk robes too, so there’s that.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Legacy of Ash.

Matthew:  Let’s start with a bit of scene-setting, going back to the idea of story behind the story.

The mists of Krayna Dell defied the light of dawn. Revekah wasn’t surprised. It was often thus in the Forbidden Places, where old magic wore thin the walls between the living realm and Otherworld. For those who didn’t heed the priesthood’s warnings about such places, a thousand tales counselled caution. Spirits lurked within the mists, or so it was said. Spirits, and worse. Revekah had never seen such peril for herself – nor spoken to anyone who had – but the fear remained.
        Mists or no, the Forbidden Places were different. As if the turnings of the world held little influence on what passed within, or distant seasons lingered jealously beneath the boughs.

For an actual character quote, I’d go with “They mistake bigotry for the tinder of great days gone.” as it sums up so much of what the book’s about.

(I’ll leave it a surprise which character says it, and when.)



TQWhat's next?

Matthew:  Well, book two – Legacy of Steel – is currently in the ‘making it awesome’ phase (boring people call this ‘editing’), where my editor politely asks me to stop using the word ‘softly’ so much, and otherwise helps me see the forest again, and not the trees. That’s going to be hugely exciting to get capped off.

Meanwhile, I’m well underway with book three, which is even more exciting (a threequel beats a sequel, right?) So I’m still very much neck deep in Tressia.

After? Well, I have plans. I always have plans. There are more stories to tell in Aradane (the world of Legacy of Ash), so I’m hoping people want to read them. Other than that? Something to do with vampires, perhaps. Or maybe monsters in the London Underground.

Either way, it’ll be a fun ride.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





Legacy of Ash
The Legacy Trilogy 1
Orbit, April 7, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 800 pages

Interview with Matthew Ward, author of Legacy of Ash
Legacy of Ash is an unmissable fantasy debut–an epic tale of intrigue and revolution, soldiers and assassins, ancient magic and the eternal clash of empires.

A shadow has fallen over the Tressian Republic.

Ruling families — once protectors of justice and democracy — now plot against one another with sharp words and sharper knives. Blinded by ambition, they remain heedless of the threat posed by the invading armies of the Hadari Empire.

Yet as Tressia falls, heroes rise.

Viktor Akadra is the Republic’s champion. A warrior without equal, he hides a secret that would see him burned as a heretic.

Josiri Trelan is Viktor’s sworn enemy. A political prisoner, he dreams of reigniting his mother’s failed rebellion.

And yet Calenne Trelan, Josiri’s sister, seeks only to break free of their tarnished legacy; to escape the expectation and prejudice that haunts the family name.

As war spreads across the Republic, these three must set aside their differences in order to save their home. Yet decades of bad blood are not easily set aside. And victory — if it comes at all — will demand a darker price than any of them could have imagined.





About Matthew

Interview with Matthew Ward, author of Legacy of Ash
Photo by Photo Nottingham
Matthew Ward is a fantasy author, cat-servant, and owner of more musical instruments than he can actually play. He’s afflicted with an obsession for old places — castles, historic cities, and the London Underground chief amongst them — and should probably cultivate more interests to help expand out his author biography. Ward lives near Nottingham with his wife and several cats.




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The View From Monday - April 6, 2020


Monday again!

There are 4 debuts this week:

The Immortals of Tehran by Ali Araghi;

Weave the Lightning by Corry L. Lee;

Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth;

and

Legacy of Ash (Legacy Trilogy 1) by Matthew Ward.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Barnes & Noble page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Dark Age (Red Rising 5) by Pierce Brown is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Titan's Day (The Carter Archives 2) by Dan Stout.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Barnes & Noble page.



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Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

April 7, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Immortals of Tehran (D) Ali Araghi MR/Pol/Sagas
The Red-Stained Wings (h2tp) Elizabeth Bear F - Lotus Kingdoms 2
Malicroix Henri Bosco
Joyce Zonana (Tr)
STR/Psy/Gothic
Dark Age (h2tp) Pierce Brown SF/Dys - Red Rising 5
Secrets in the Dark Darcy Coates H/Occ/Sup/AP/PA/SupTh/Dys - Black Winter 2
Overruled! Hank Davis (Ed)
Christopher Ruocchio (Ed)
SF - Anthology
A Tale of Truths Berit Ellingsen F
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 36 David Farland (Ed) SF/F - Anthology - Writers of the Future  36
A Time of Courage John Gwynne F/HistF - Of Blood & Bone 3
Fantastic Hope Laurell K. Hamilton  (Ed)
William McCaskey (Ed)
Dys/F/SF - Anthology
The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires Grady Hendrix H/SupTh/Southern
Eden Tim Lebbon SupTh/H/SF
Weave The Lightning (D) Corry L. Lee F
The Beetle (ri) Richard Marsh H/Gothic/Sus/SupTh
Middlegame (h2tp) Seanan McGuire CF/DF
The Obsoletes (h2tp) Simeon Mills SF
The Age of Witches Louisa Morgan Occ/Sup/HistF/HistR
Starborn and Godsons Larry Niven
Jerry Pournelle
Steven Barnes
SF - Heorot 3
The Time Seer Richard Phillips F - Endarian Prophecy 5
The Malevolent Volume Justin Phillip Reed Poetry
Chosen Ones (D-Adult) Veronica Roth CF
Bonds of Brass Emily Skrutskie SF/SO - The Bloodright Trilogy 1
The Glass Magician Caroline Stevermer HistF/RF
Titan's Day Dan Stout The Carter Archives 2
Temptation Janos Szekely
Marl Baczoni (Tr)
UF/DF
The Nothing Girl Jodi Taylor RF/HU - Frogmorton Farm 1
The Ancestor Danielle Trussoni LF
Legacy of Ash (D) Matthew Ward F - Legacy Trilogy 1



April 8, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Little Free Library: A Tor.com Original (e) Naomi Kritzer UF



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
BlHu - Black Humour
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CH - Cultural Heritage
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyperpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
Esp - Espionage
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PI - Private Investigator(s)
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PP - Police Procedural
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Spec - Speculative
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

2020 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts


2020 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts


There are 9 debut novels for April 2020.

Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The April debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite April cover for the 2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on April 15, 2020.



Ali Araghi

The Immortals of Tehran
Melville House, April 7, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2020 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
As a child living in his family’s apple orchard, Ahmad Torkash-Vand treasures his great-great-great-great grandfather’s every mesmerizing word. On the day of his father’s death, Ahmad listens closely as the seemingly immortal elder tells him the tale of a centuries-old family curse . . . and the boy’s own fated role in the story.

Ahmad grows up to suspect that something must be interfering with his family, as he struggles to hold them together through decades of famine, loss, and political turmoil in Iran. As the world transforms around him, each turn of Ahmad’s life is a surprise: from street brawler, to father of two unusually gifted daughters; from radical poet, to politician with a target on his back. These lives, and the many unforgettable stories alongside his, converge and catch fire at the center of the Revolution.

Exploring the brutality of history while conjuring the astonishment of magical realism, The Immortals of Tehran is a novel about the incantatory power of words and the revolutionary sparks of love, family, and poetry—set against the indifferent, relentless march of time.





Asaf Ashery

Simantov
Angry Robot, April 14, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 392 pages

2020 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
Women disappear from streets, clubs, and rooftops leaving the police dazed and confused. The mystical Soothsayer Task Force must use their special skills to divine the truth and solve the mystery.

When detective Mazzy Simantov is called up to investigate the case of a missing girl, little does she know it is linked to a series of other mysterious disappearances of women. She is forced to partner with Yariv, her one-time lover and sometimes-colleague, but as the investigation continues, otherworldly clues begin to appear at the crime scenes, including a black feather unlike that of any bird…

As the clues mount, it becomes clear that an apocalypse is looming, as Heaven’s secret orders threaten to collide in a head-on war that imperils everyone on Earth. Can Mazzy and Yariv come together to save the world from being torn apart?

This is the English translation from the original Hebrew text, translated by Marganit Weinberger-Rotman.

File Under: Fantasy [ Bad Omens | Angels & Humans | Apocalypse Now | Big Guns ]





Camilla Bruce

You Let Me In
Tor Books, April 21, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages

2020 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
You Let Me In delivers a stunning tale from debut author Camilla Bruce, combining the sinister domestic atmosphere of Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects with the otherwordly thrills of Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

Cassandra Tipp is dead...or is she?

After all, the notorious recluse and eccentric bestselling novelist has always been prone to flights of fancy—everyone in town remembers the shocking events leading up to Cassie's infamous trial (she may have been acquitted, but the insanity defense only stretches so far).

Cassandra Tipp has left behind no body—just her massive fortune, and one final manuscript.

Then again, there are enough bodies in her past—her husband Tommy Tipp, whose mysterious disembowelment has never been solved, and a few years later, the shocking murder-suicide of her father and brother.

Cassandra Tipp will tell you a story—but it will come with a terrible price. What really happened, out there in the woods—and who has Cassie been protecting all along? Read on, if you dare...





Hao Jingfang
Ken Liu (Translator)

Vagabonds
Gallery / Saga Press, April 14, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 608 pages

2020 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
A century after the Martian war of independence, a group of kids are sent to Earth as delegates from Mars, but when they return home, they are caught between the two worlds, unable to reconcile the beauty and culture of Mars with their experiences on Earth in this spellbinding novel from Hugo Award–winning author Hao Jingfang.

This genre-bending novel is set on Earth in the wake of a second civil war…not between two factions in one nation, but two factions in one solar system: Mars and Earth. In an attempt to repair increasing tensions, the colonies of Mars send a group of young people to live on Earth to help reconcile humanity. But the group finds itself with no real home, no friends, and fractured allegiances as they struggle to find a sense of community and identity, trapped between two worlds.

Fans of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go and Naomi Alderman’s The Power will fall in love with this novel about lost innocence, an uncertain future, and never feeling at home, no matter where you are in the universe. Translated by Ken Liu, bestselling author of The Paper Menagerie and translator of Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem, Vagabonds is the first novel from Hao Jingfang, the first Chinese woman to ever win the esteemed Hugo Award.





RB Kelly

Edge of Heaven
Newcon Press, April 14, 2020
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 370 pages

2020 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
2119: The bi-level city of Creo Basse towers over the wastelands of central France. Built as a permanent relocation centre for the dispossessed, Creo has become a hotbed of simmering resentment and unrest. The authorities keep tight control, not least because outlawed a-nauts (artificial humans) are known to hide among its citizenry.

In the dark, honeycomb districts of the lower city, Boston Turrow is searching desperately for black-market meds for his epileptic sister when he encounters one of the many ways Creo can kill a person. His unlikely rescuer is Danae Grant, a woman recently made homeless when the bloc she lived in was condemned. Danae knows people, Boston knows where she can stay...

The tinderbox that is Creo catches light when a deadly plague erupts among the populace. Is it really a terrorist weapon unleashed by the a-nauts as the authorities claim, or does that just hide a deeper, darker secret? Danae and Boston are determined to survive, if only to discover the truth; of course, that might be easier said than done...

RB Kelly's stunning debut novel, Edge of Heaven, is the winner of the Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair Award.





Corry L. Lee

Weave the Lightning
Solaris, April 7, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2020 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
Russian-inspired epic of magical revolution & romance

Empire. Revolution. Magic.

Gerrit is the son of Bourshkanya’s Supreme-General. Despite his powerful storm-affinity and the State’s best training, he can’t control his magic. To escape the brutal consequences, he flees.

Celka is a travelling circus performer, hiding both her link to the underground and her storm-affinity from the prying eyes of the secret police. But Gerrit’s arrival threatens to expose everything: her magic, her family, and the people they protect.

The storms have returned, and everything will change.





Molly Pohlig

The Unsuitable
Henry Holt, April 14, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

2020 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
Molly Pohlig's The Unsuitable is a fierce blend of Gothic ghost story and Victorian novel of manners that’s also pitch perfect for our current cultural moment.

Iseult Wince is a Victorian woman perilously close to spinsterhood whose distinctly unpleasant father is trying to marry her off. She is awkward, plain, and most pertinently, believes that her mother, who died in childbirth, lives in the scar on her neck.

Iseult’s father parades a host of unsuitable candidates before her, the majority of whom Iseult wastes no time frightening away. When at last her father finds a suitor desperate enough to take Iseult off his hands—a man whose medical treatments have turned his skin silver—a true comedy of errors ensues.
As history’s least conventional courtship progresses into talk of marriage, Iseult’s mother becomes increasingly volatile and uncontrollable, and Iseult is forced to resort to extreme, often violent, measures to keep her in check.

As the day of the wedding nears, Iseult must decide whether (and how) to set the course of her life, with increasing interference from both her mother and father, tipping her ever closer to madness, and to an inevitable, devastating final act.





Veronica Roth

The Chosen Ones
John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 7, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages
(D - Adult)

2020 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
SAVING THE WORLD ONCE MADE THEM HEROES. SAVING IT AGAIN MAY DESTROY THEM.

Fifteen years ago, five ordinary teenagers were singled out by a prophecy to take down an impossibly powerful entity wreaking havoc across North America. He was known as the Dark One, and his weapon of choice—catastrophic events known as Drains—leveled cities and claimed thousands of lives. Chosen Ones, as the teens were known, gave everything they had to defeat him.

After the Dark One fell, the world went back to normal . . . for everyone but them. After all, what do you do when you’re the most famous people on Earth, your only education was in magical destruction, and your purpose in life is now fulfilled?

Of the five, Sloane has had the hardest time adjusting. Everyone else blames the PTSD—and her huge attitude problem—but really, she’s hiding secrets from them. secrets that keep her tied to the past and alienate her from the only four people in the world who understand her.

On the tenth anniversary of the Dark One’s defeat, something unthinkable happens: one of the Chosen Ones dies. When the others gather for the funeral, they discover the Dark One’s ultimate goal was much bigger than they, the government, or even prophecy could have foretold—bigger than the world itself.

And this time, fighting back might take more than Sloane has to give.





Matthew Ward

Legacy of Ash
The Legacy Trilogy 1
Orbit, April 7, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 800 pages

2020 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
Legacy of Ash is an unmissable fantasy debut–an epic tale of intrigue and revolution, soldiers and assassins, ancient magic and the eternal clash of empires.

A shadow has fallen over the Tressian Republic.

Ruling families — once protectors of justice and democracy — now plot against one another with sharp words and sharper knives. Blinded by ambition, they remain heedless of the threat posed by the invading armies of the Hadari Empire.

Yet as Tressia falls, heroes rise.

Viktor Akadra is the Republic’s champion. A warrior without equal, he hides a secret that would see him burned as a heretic.

Josiri Trelan is Viktor’s sworn enemy. A political prisoner, he dreams of reigniting his mother’s failed rebellion.

And yet Calenne Trelan, Josiri’s sister, seeks only to break free of their tarnished legacy; to escape the expectation and prejudice that haunts the family name.

As war spreads across the Republic, these three must set aside their differences in order to save their home. Yet decades of bad blood are not easily set aside. And victory — if it comes at all — will demand a darker price than any of them could have imagined.
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