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Orbit and Gollancz to Publish New Witcher Novel by Andrzej Sapkowski - Season of Storms

Orbit and Gollancz to Publish New Witcher Novel by Andrzej Sapkowski - Season of StormsOrbit and Gollancz to Publish New Witcher Novel by Andrzej Sapkowski - Season of StormsOrbit and Gollancz to Publish New Witcher Novel by Andrzej Sapkowski - Season of Storms
Orbit and Gollancz to Publish New Witcher Novel by Andrzej Sapkowski - Season of StormsOrbit and Gollancz to Publish New Witcher Novel by Andrzej Sapkowski - Season of Storms
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Orbit and Gollancz to Publish New Witcher Novel by Andrzej Sapkowski - Season of Storms Orbit and Gollancz to Publish New Witcher Novel by Andrzej Sapkowski - Season of Storms


NEW YORK, NY and LONDON (May 19, 2017) – Orbit (US) and Gollancz (UK) announced that they have acquired a new novel in the Witcher universe by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.

The Witcher series of fantasy novels, which began with The Last Wish, is an international phenomenon, with individual books having appeared on the New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller lists. The most recent, The Lady of the Lake, was a USA Today bestseller. Sapkowski recently won the World Fantasy Award – Life Achievement for his career as a fantasy novelist.

The new novel, Season of Storms, has never before been published in English and will be translated by David French. It will be a prequel, in which readers will learn the origin story of protagonist Geralt. It is scheduled for publication in May 2018, in hardcover format in the US and trade paperback format in the UK. It will also be available in both territories as an e-book and audiobook.

Netflix recently announced that a TV adaptation of the Witcher series is in the works, produced by The Expanse executive producers Sean Daniel and Jason Brown as well as Platige Image’s Jarek Sawko and Tomek Bagiński, who is an Acadamy Award-nominated director and will direct at least one episode per season. The Witcher series is also the inspiration for the popular video game series of the same name.

Praise for Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher novels:

"Complex, unsentimental and anchored in brutal shared history." -- SFX

"Like Mieville and Gaiman, Sapkowski takes the old and makes it new." -- Foundation

Andrzej Sapkowski is one of Poland’s most successful authors, selling more in his own country than Stephen King or Michael Crichton. He has won numerous awards including the DAVID GEMMELL LEGEND AWARD and the GRAND PRIX DE L'IMAGINAIRE. Born in 1948 in Łódź, Sapkowski studied economics and worked as a financier until the success of his fantasy cycle about the Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, turned him into a bestselling writer. His books have now been translated into almost 20 languages and The Witcher games, inspired by Sapkowski’s books, have sold over 20 million copies worldwide. A signed copy of one of his books was given to President Obama as a diplomatic gift by the Polish Prime Minister.

About Orbit
Launched in 2007, Orbit is the science fiction and fantasy imprint of Hachette Book Group. Orbit has quickly established itself as one of the market-leading SFF imprints in the US, and the fastest growing imprint in the field. Our authors include New York Times and international bestsellers Joe Abercrombie, M.R. Carey, Gail Carriger, James S.A. Corey, N.K. Jemisin, Ann Leckie, Kim Stanley Robinson, Andrzej Sapkowski, and Brent Weeks. In recent years, we have published two Hugo Award winners: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, and Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, which became the first novel to win every major award in the field.

About Hachette Book Group
Hachette Book Group is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre (a Lagardère company), the third-largest trade and educational publisher in the world. HBG is made up of eight publishing groups: Little, Brown and Company; Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Grand Central Publishing; Perseus Books; Orbit; Hachette Books; Hachette Nashville; and Hachette Audio.

About Gollancz
Gollancz is the oldest specialist SF & Fantasy publisher in the UK. Founded in 1927 and with a continuous SF publishing programme dating back to 1961, the imprint of the Orion Publishing Group is home to a galaxy of award-winning and bestselling authors. Through our long-running SF and Fantasy Masterworks programme, and major digital initiative the SF Gateway, Gollancz has one of the largest ranges of SF and Fantasy of any publisher in the world.

Press Release: Orbit and Gollancz to publish Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie

Press Release: Orbit and Gollancz to publish Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie
Press Release

“Joe Abercrombie is doing some terrific work.”
---George R. R. Martin, author of Game of Thrones

Orbit and Gollancz to publish Sharp Ends, a collection of gritty short stories by Joe Abercrombie

NEW YORK, NY and LONDON (August 24, 2015) – Orbit US and Gollancz are thrilled to announce that they will be publishing a stunning hardback collection of superb short stories featuring best-loved characters from the world of the First Law, by New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling fantasy author Joe Abercrombie. Orbit will publish the collection in the United States and Gollancz in the United Kingdom.

The short stories will be a mix of original and reissued short stories collected together for the first time, including the Locus Award-winning “Tough Times All Over.” The brand-new shorts will feature some of the most popular characters from the First Law world, including Glokta, Jezal, Logen Ninefingers, Bethod, and Monza Murcatto.

Joe Abercrombie said: “I’m very pleased that some widely scattered shorts are going to be brought together in one volume along with some new stories about old friends and enemies, filling in some blanks in the map of the First Law world and offering some different perspectives on key events. I hope readers will have as much fun revisiting some of these much-loved – and much-hated – characters as I have…”

Joe Abercrombie's novels in the First Law world have sold over half a million copies to date. He is a New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author. Joe's short stories are in demand for collections put together by some of the biggest names in the industry, including George R. R. Martin.

Joe Abercrombie is the author of the First Law Trilogy (The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, and Last Argument of Kings). His stand-alone novels (Best Served Cold, The Heroes, and Red Country) are also set in the First Law world.

His novels have been shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award, British Fantasy Award, John W. Campbell Award and the David Gemmell Legend Award. His covers are also award winning, and have won both the David Gemmell Legend Award and the World Fantasy Award for best artwork.

Joe formerly worked as a freelance film editor and is now a full time writer who lives in Bath with his family. Follow @LordGrimdark on twitter for more information, or visit

About Orbit
Orbit is the science fiction and fantasy imprint of Hachette Book Group.

About Hachette Book Group:
Hachette Book Group is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre, the third-largest trade and educational publisher in the world. HBG publishes under the divisions of Little, Brown and Company, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Grand Central Publishing, Orbit, Hachette Books, Hachette Nashville, and Hachette Audio.

Sharp Ends: Stories from the World of The First Law, Joe Abercrombie
US: April 12, 2016, hardcover $28.00 / e-book $14.99
UK: April 12, 2016, hardcover £18.99/ e-book £9.99

Review: Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

Foxglove Summer
Author:  Ben Aaronovitch
Series:  Rivers of London 5
Publisher:  Gollancz, November 13, 2014
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 377 pages
List Price:  £14.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780575132504 (print)
Review Copy:  Reviewer's Own

Review: Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch
In the fifth of his bestselling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London - to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can't take the London out of the copper.

Travelling west with Beverley Brook Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what's more all the shops are closed by 4pm.

US Edition

Publisher:  DAW, January 6, 2015
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages
List Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780575132504 (print)

Review: Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch
Peter Grant—cop, magical apprentice, and Londoner to the core—is being forced out of his comfort zone and into the English countryside. His latest case involves the disappearance of children in the small village of Herefordshire, and the local police are unwilling to admit there might be a supernatural element involved. Now Peter must deal with them, local river spirits, and the fact that all the shops close by 4 P.M.

Melanie's Thoughts:

Foxglove Summer starts a few months after the end of book 4  - Broken Homes where I am sure that all the Peter Grant fans screeched in unison 'Lesley how could you'. I think this instalment could have easily have been called 'Peter Grows Up' as he is forced to accept what happened to him at the end of book 4 and his friendship with Lesley. I love this series and have enjoyed growing with Peter in each instalment.

In Foxglove Summer Peter is asked to take part in the case of two missing girls. The focus turns to the supernatural and Peter is the man with all the skills to save the day (he hopes). Set in the heart of the North Hertfordshire (the country, basically) Peter's search for the two girls takes him to the heartland of the Fae. Joining him on his investigation is Dominic who works for the local police force and the river goddess Beverley. The fate of two young girls is in Peter's hands. Mad unicorns, the Fae and an English heatwave all combined make this one of Peter's toughest cases.

Aaronvitch gives the reader just about everything they could wish for - new characters, a bit of romance, plot and character development, questions answers and secrets revealed. I have found Aaronvitch's series to be quite amusing but less so in since book 3. The amount of public 'loling' has significantly decreased but has been replaced by some serious plot development.  I really enjoyed this book and I thought that Beverley really added to Peter's development in the way that actual or potential love interests in the previous books haven't. Just when we thought it was safe for Peter (well as safe as it can be for him) Lesley is back on the scene with a rather dire warning. I can't even guess what Aaronovitch has in store for these characters in future novels but I can't wait for book 6. Another great book in a great series.

Review: The Dark Defiles by Richard Morgan

The Dark Defiles
Author:  Richard K. Morgan
Series:  A Land Fit for Heroes 3
Publisher:  Del Rey, October 7, 2014
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 656 pages
List Price:  $14.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780345493101 (print)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher
To be published by Gollancz in the United Kingdom, November 20, 2014

Review: The Dark Defiles by Richard Morgan
Joe Abercrombie’s Best Served Cold meets George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones in the final novel in Richard K. Morgan’s epic A Land Fit for Heroes trilogy, which burst onto the fantasy scene with The Steel Remains and The Cold Commands.

Ringil Eskiath, a reluctant hero viewed as a corrupt degenerate by the very people who demand his help, has traveled far in search of the Illwrack Changeling, a deathless human sorcerer-warrior raised by the bloodthirsty Aldrain, former rulers of the world. Separated from his companions—Egar the Dragonbane and Archeth—Ringil risks his soul to master a deadly magic that alone can challenge the might of the Changeling. While Archeth and the Dragonbane embark on a trail of blood and tears that ends up exposing long-buried secrets, Ringil finds himself tested as never before, with his life and all existence hanging in the balance.

Melanie's Thoughts

The Dark Defiles is the long awaited final book of the Land Fit for Heroes trilogy by Richard K Morgan. It has been four years since the last book The Cold Commands was released and it took me a few chapters to get completely back into the dark fantasy world that Morgan has created. The story starts not long after the end of book 2 with Ringil, Egar and Archeth hunting for some artifacts that will help them defeat the dwenda. The trio get separated during an attack by fleet of soldiers looking to capture Ringil. Egar and Archeth continue their search together while Ringil heads off on his own to find a way to defeat the dwenda. Battles between men, monsters and gods is probably the most efficient way of explaining this final instalment of the trilogy.

The Dark Defiles in epic in every sense of the word and it would take too long to explain every twist and turn that Morgan takes the reader through. While I think that Morgan is extremely talented with a wonderfully rich and powerful imagination, I believe that he let his characters run wild in this book. I absolutely adored book 1 - The Steel Remains and thought The Cold Commands dragged a little but book 3 was one of the hardest books for me to finish. I was really engaged with the characters for the first few chapters but almost found myself skipping pages until the final third of the book where it felt like the momentum of the story started to kick back in.  It was this middle part of the book where Morgan exposed the reader to one too many Ringil related sub-plots. He was an excellent character but it felt like Morgan was trying to wrap up every small thread and remind the reader of every antagonist that Ringil ever came across through all of the books. While in contrast more questions were raised for me about Archeth, her people and the Warhelm. Where did ultimately come from, how have they survived and do they have an agenda? Archeth and Egar were a great team as of companions as they were so different and I was more engaged in the chapters that followed their journey.  The book however, was overall far too long. I am not afraid of a long book but there needs to be some balance between characterization and action in order to keep my attention throughout.

I do feel satisfied with how Morgan has ended this trilogy even though it was sad and the epilogue disturbing. I believe he was true to his characters throughout and especially at the end. I was a tiny bit confused about the very final scenes so if someone would like to explain that I would be greatly appreciative. This is not a series for people that are sensitive to extreme violence, lots of sex and three anti-heroes. I am very conflicted on whether to recommend this series as I think this final book let the entire series down. This is also contradictory to many of the other reviews you may read. Had Morgan resisted the temptation to pad about two thirds of the book I think I would have been more enthusiastic about recommending it to others. I can't fault his ability to craft some seriously imaginative dark fantasy but wish he heeded the 'less is more' adage.

Orbit and Gollancz to Publish New Witcher Novel by Andrzej Sapkowski - Season of StormsPress Release: Orbit and Gollancz to publish Sharp Ends by Joe AbercrombieReview: Foxglove Summer by Ben AaronovitchReview: The Dark Defiles by Richard Morgan

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