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Robin Hobb visits England and Scotland!

Robin Hobb will be visiting England and Scotland later on this year to meet her fans and sign copies of The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince, her wonderful new novella set in the Farseer world. Full details of the tour (including four days at World Fantasy Con!) are below – we hope to see you at one of the events!

The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince

Robin Hobb Tour schedule 2013

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Win a beautiful set of posters featuring quotes from George R R Martin

Earlier this year, we ran a poll through the A Game of Thrones – A Song of Ice and Fire Facebook page to find readers’ favourite quotes from the books. The votes have been cast and your top 3 quotes from the A Song of Ice and Fire series have now been chosen, so now it’s time to reveal our plans for these memorable lines…

To celebrate the page reaching over 500,000 fans, we have created some beautiful limited edition prints, and we’re giving 50 of you the chance to win the full set of three. To find out how you could win this set for your walls and to enter, head over here. This competition closes 26th August 2013 and is open to UK entrants only.

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Vote for James Smythe!

James Smythe has been longlisted for The Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize for his most recent book, The Machine, published by Blue Door! Find out how to vote for him here.

The Explorer is out in paperback at the end of this month and we have two events with James coming up.

The first will be in conversation with Amy McCulloch, author and editor at HarperVoyager – Thursday 29th August, 7pm, Waterstones Guildford, Tickets: £3 and available in store

And the second is in conversation with author Adam Christopher – Waterstone’s Deansgate, Thursday 5th September, 7pm, Tickets: £5/£3 and available in store

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Emperor of Thorns: Published today!

Emperor of Thorns

Follow me, and I will break your heart. 

The final part in Mark Lawrence’s The Broken Empire trilogy, Emperor of Thorns, publishes today. For those of you who have been waiting to read this, you will not be disappointed. Here are just SOME of the reviews that have been filtering through and we expect many, many more to come. 

‘Every sentence is carefully crafted, a work of art and a pleasure to read.’ Peter V Brett

‘The entire series, and its latest installment, EMPEROR OF THORNS, deserves your attention. Be disgusted by it, be unsettled by it. But don’t ignore it.’ Myke Cole

‘Emperor of Thorns delivers a moving end to a trilogy that has been breathtakingly refreshing and compelling throughout .’ British Fantasy Society

‘In a genre fit to bursting with toadstools on Tolkien’s tomb Lawrence is a vibrant and original voice who blazes his own trail’  Mark Timmony, Booktopia (SFF & Fantasy Buzz)

‘the ending could well be the finest achievement of Mark Lawrence’s entire trilogy’ Fantasy-Faction

‘Mark Lawrence has written a brilliant and enthralling tale – a trilogy that has gripped from the first scene to the very last – and I, for one, can’t wait to see what he’ll do next.’ Starburst Magazine

‘ Lawrence wraps up the story of Jorg and the Broken Empire with pathos, care, deft, and surprising brevity’ SF Signal

‘A stunning conclusion to the Broken Empire Trilogy. Easily one of the best books of 2013 – and a book that’s well worth the wait.’ The Founding Fields

‘WHAT AN ENDING. Needless to say, readers who have been following The Broken Empire up to this point will have no excuse to miss this. ’ The BiblioSanctum

‘A great trilogy. Dark fantasy at it’s grimmest and an absolute must read.’ Lynn’s Book Blog

Buy Emperor of Thorns: http://amzn.to/1bEV2kG
Start reading the trilogy with Prince of Thorns:http://amzn.to/M5Or6Q

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Cover reveal: Lauren DeStefano’s Perfect Ruin!

This autumn, Lauren DeStefano’s brand new utopian series, The Internment Chronicles, kicks off with Perfect Ruin. Scroll down for your chance to see the beautiful cover!

On the floating city of Internment, you can be anything you dream. Unless you approach the edge.

Lauren DeStefano - Perfect Ruin

Morgan Stockhour knows getting too close to the edge of Internment, the floating city in the clouds where she lives, can lead to madness. Even though her older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. If she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in her best friend, Pen, and in Basil, the boy she’s engaged to marry.

Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially once she meets Judas. Betrothed to the victim, he is the boy being blamed for the murder, but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find – or whom she will lose.

Perfect Ruin is published in the UK on 3rd October 2013 and is available to pre-order NOW in trade paperback or eBook.

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HarperVoyager and HarperCollins Children’s Books acquire crossover trilogy by Joe Abercrombie

We are thrilled to announce that, along with the HarperCollins Children’s Books team, we have jointly acquired three books from Sunday Times’ bestselling author Joe Abercrombie.

“I’ve never experienced such universal enthusiasm for a project in all my years at HarperCollins,” said Jane Johnson, Publishing Director for HarperFiction.

“We received the submission on a Wednesday and by Thursday afternoon everyone had read and adored it – the whole building was buzzing with the huge potential for this series. Nick Lake (Children’s), Emma Coode (Voyager) and I discussed a cross-divisional strategy and on that basis offered immediately. Both Nick and I have been fans of Joe’s adult work since THE BLADE ITSELF, but I had no idea he had so many other fans in-house.”

Joe Abercrombie said, “With this trilogy I’ve set out to do something a little different – shorter, tighter, and with a broad, page-turning appeal – while still giving readers the vivid characters, crunching action, twisting plots, and black humour that I’m known for. They’re books that’ll deliver a slap in the face with every page, and I’m delighted to be working with HarperCollins to bring them to every possible reader.”

Nick Lake, Publishing Director for HarperCollins Children’s Books said “I’ve been a huge fan of Joe’s work for ages – his vivid imagination, unparalleled action scenes and dark humour are perfect for the crossover audience: indeed I said as much to him some years ago! I’m so excited about working in tandem with Voyager on this utterly brilliant trilogy, and the many creative opportunities it presents.”

HALF A KING – the first of three standalone but interconnected novels aimed at younger readers – will be published in summer 2014. A classic coming-of-age tale, set in a brilliantly imagined alternative historical world reminiscent of the Dark Ages with Viking overtones, the book tells the story of Yarvi, youngest son of a warlike king. Born with a crippled hand, he can never live up to his father’s expectations of what a real man should be and his destiny is not the throne but the Ministry, not the sword and shield but the book and the soft word spoken.

But when his father and brother are killed, Yarvi is propelled to kingship and must sit in the Black Chair, between gods and men, and half a man must find a way to rule as half a king. Thus begins a gripping switchback ride of a tale that will carry Yarvi far beyond his kingdom, from the heights of royalty to the depths of slavery, during the course of which he must find better ways to fight than with a sword, and learn the lessons that will make him a man.

JOE ABERCROMBIE is a young British author born in Lancashire and based outside Bath. His novel THE HEROES charted at number 3 in the Sunday Times’ bestseller lists in 2011 and his work has been translated into 26 languages. Joe previously worked in television production as a freelance film editor’, working on documentaries, music videos and concerts for an array of stars from Barry White to Coldplay.

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Jane Johnson on Mark Lawrence’s The Broken Empire

Broken Empire

I remember the moment I started reading Mark Lawrence work with absolute clarity. Coming upon something extraordinary will do that to you –a song heard for the first time, a view glimpsed through trees, an expression on a lover’s face. I was sitting at my desk in our apartment in Morocco when a submission requiring swift reading popped into my inbox. Outside the sun was hot and bright; but inside a band of marauding raiders were intent on atrocity, fog wreathed the landscape and the dead were rising. And all of this was conveyed in prose so lyrical and precise that it took my breath away.

We bought the Broken Empire trilogy – PRINCE OF THORNS, KING OF THORNS and now EMPEROR OF THORNS – within 24 hours of that reading: something of a record in the slow-moving world of corporate publishing, and had to beat off every other UK publisher in the process. And here we are just 3 years later coming up to publication of the final volume.

Mark has written a fine blog on the subject of completing this chapter of The Broken Empire books in which he says it has been a journey. And indeed these books will carry you away and subject you to horror and beauty, misery and epiphany. Jorg does not at first appear to be the most appealing of protagonists: a charming but amoral young thug, hardened against the suffering of others to a terrifying degree. But, oh! as the books unfold themselves in their cunning, elegant fashion like some piece of clever origami, we come to see what has made Jorg who and what he is. We come not only to respect him but in the end to root for him; even to love him. That’s a trick not many seasoned novelists could pull off, let alone a debutant in the field.

People have compared Mark Lawrence to George RR Martin and Joe Abercrombie. Certainly, there’s an edge to his work that he shares with these two fine writers, a grittiness to the characters and the complex moral universe in which they operate; a way with words and of leavening the grim with laugh-out-loud lines. But there is also something deep and dark lurking in the prose, something that will sink its claws into you as surely as any hook-briar. Some readers have been strident in their negative reaction to the violence, though I hazard to suggest they have rather missed the point. And it’s true: Mark Lawrence will scar your soul. You’ll come away from reading him in an altered state – somewhere between elation and despair.

If you haven’t read his work yet, I urge you to do so. But I warn you now: it’s not for the faint-hearted. The journey is shocking. When I read KING OF THORNS I wrote to Mark: ‘This is shaping up to be the most extraordinary work of fantasy I have ever read: because you take such risks’. Those risks pay off brilliantly in EMPEROR OF THORNS. But don’t take my word for it. Read it and see what all the controversy is about.

Jane Johnson, HarperVoyager UK Publishing Director

Start reading The Broken Empire trilogy with Prince of Thorns

Read the second book in the series with King of Thorns

Finish the trilogy with Emperor of Thorns

Read an exclusive short story by Mark, set in Jorg’s world, right here, absolutely free 

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Raymond Feist’s Australian Tour

From the 19th-30th June Australia played host to one of fantasy’s biggest names, Voyager’s own Raymond E. Feist! Just in time to celebrate the end of an era with his final Riftwar book, Magician’s End, Raymond toured all over the country, visiting two big conventions, Supanova Pop Culture Expos, in Sydney and Perth as well as events in libraries and bookstores from Brisbane to Melbourne and Adelaide.Supanova is now a truly massive and impressive fan convention attracting big star talents & a wide variety of activities; from cosplay contests to live wrestling matches and talks by authors. As well as Mr Feist we had fellow Voyager authors Kylie Chan and Traci Harding at the Sydney event and Kylie also toured over to Perth. Despite the lousy weather all weekend in Sydney both days were packed affairs with it almost being hard to move at times on Saturday! Another Voyager author, K.J. Taylor, came all the way up from Canberra to attend and she signed a few copies of book one in her latest series The Shadow’s Heir for us to giveaway while she was there!

The massive queue to see Mr Feist!

Raymond had several book signings and meet/greets over at the Kinokuniya Bookstore shop just opposite our own Voyager stand and each had a massive queue that ran most of the way along the wall of the Dome building.  On Sunday Kylie & Raymond were on a panel about creating epic fantasy as well.

Outside of Supanova Raymond visited several stores around the country and was met crowds of  adoring fans wherever he went. Jason Gale blogged about meeting him at Robinson’s Bookshop in Victoria, and in Adelaide the crew at Mount Barker Library put on an AMAZING stage show, including copious amounts of dry ice, dramatic lighting, knights sword fighting in full armour and a whole host of extras dressed up in medeval inspired costumes! They even had special sweatshirts and bottles of local wine made up for the event to give out to attendees!

Raymond was extremely impressed! Mt Feist also stopped by the Sydney offices to sign a mountain of books for stores during the tour and he sat down with Voyager publisher Rochelle to answer a few questions and give us some hints on what may be next … Enjoy!

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Sleeping Beauty by Mark Lawrence

August sees the release of Emperor of Thorns, completing this chapter of  books. Mark has written a fine blog on this, in which he says it has been a journey. Jorg does not at first appear to be the most appealing of protagonists: a charming but amoral young thug, hardened against the suffering of others to a terrifying degree. But as the books unfold, we come not only to respect him but in the end to root for him; even to love him. That’s a trick not many seasoned novelists could pull off, let alone a debutant in the field.

If you need something to tide you over until Emperor of Thorns hits shelves in August, Mark has written a brilliant short story, featuring Jorg, which can be downloaded, for free, from the link below.

Sleeping Beauty

Download Sleeping Beauty 

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Mark Lawrence on finishing The Broken Empire

Broken Empire

I’ve been putting off writing the ‘Goodbye to all that’ end cap to the Broken Empire trilogy for a long time. I could have written it before PRINCE OF THORNS was even published, before I had any inkling what it was like to have my work read by more than half a dozen people. The trilogy was complete in early 2011. I’ve avoided writing this for so long because the experience has been so multi-faceted and hard to pin down. It looks different from every angle. Each time I consider what I might say I come up with a different narrative.

On sending out copies of EMPEROR OF THORNS recently I’ve taken to adding in ‘Thanks for being part of the journey’. Because it definitely has been a journey, both for me and for Jorg Ancrath.

My own journey had been in two parts.

Firstly there’s been the writing: that isolated collection of late nights spent just pursuing Jorg Ancrath across the page – through his exploration of both the world he inhabits and the person he’s growing into. I don’t plan my stories. I don’t know what will happen next, not in the next chapter, not on the next page. I don’t know what’s coming, what secrets will spill out, who will die when, what the twist will be. I just type and it happens. It’s an endless what-if, what-next, a structured dreaming if you like. And so writing is for me the same adventure that reading is.

I’m very glad I wrote the trilogy before anyone started reading it. Not knowing if the work would sink or swim, not knowing if anyone would give a damn what happens, proved to be very freeing. My editor said on reading KING OF THORNS ‘it is shaping up to be the most extraordinary work of fantasy I have ever read: because you take such risks’. When I wrote it I wasn’t aware that I was taking any risks. When I wrote it I had no reader expectations to meet. It’s easiest to gamble when the stakes are low!

The second stage of my journey has been the watching. The internet gives modern authors the opportunity to see their work spread among the readers and read/listen/watch their reaction on blogs/podcasts/YouTube. Seeing the diversity of interpretation and response, and the passion with which those responses are often offered, has been as interesting in its way as having the story unfold before me on my laptop. I’ve loved interacting with the online reading community.

I’ve been asked about the difficulties in writing a story with many time layers and developing a character as I go. I sometimes feel I should wax lyrical about the skill and labour involved in order to lend gravitas to the end product. In truth though there’s been little effort required. The story flowed from my fingertips without stress or strain. I think in layers. I exist in layers. My past is always with me, informing my present. It seems only natural to write that way. And as for Jorg – he just grew, as children do whether you want them to or not. We’re built of memory and experience, we’re dynamic, evolving, and moments of crisis focus our past onto our present. This is as true of me at my desk and of at the person at the supermarket checkout as of Jorg Ancrath carving a path toward a throne.

Stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end. I began with a character, I gave him a purpose, I grew him around it. And now it’s finished. There is, I feel, a power in knowing when to end something. Deciding to stop telling Jorg’s tale is doubtless not a wise move commercially. Received wisdom is if you find that rarest of things – something that works, something that sells – keep pushing it until it stops working/selling. The number of Aliens films is determined by market forces not aesthetics.

Jorg’s story is a trilogy. I hope that with EMPEROR OF THORNS I have quit while I’m ahead and on a high note. I hope that by stepping away I’ve left something of worth behind. Many stories are built to roll on. Many excellent characters are essentially static – the same formula applied to ever-changing problems to entertaining effect. Detectives just need crimes to solve. Sherlock Holmes could roll on forever. Secret agents need plots to foil. We could have twenty James Bond books or films and still want more. Jorg’s story however is primarily about Jorg. Ranging back in time to reveal his past, and forward to watch him grow, to watch him resolve the questions about who he will be. That’s the kind of story that when it’s done is done. To push it past its sell-by date would make caricature out of character and blunt revelation through repetition.

To everything there is a season, and Jorg’s tale has been told. The Broken Empire, however, is a different story – several in fact – and my next job is to sell you on another one.

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Buy the Broken Empire:
Prince of Thorns
King of Thorns
Emperor of Thorns 

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The Winds of Winter

Unfortunately we don’t have a publication date for you yet (we’ll let you know as soon as it’s confirmed!), but we do have the first chapter of The Winds of Winter, the next instalment in George R R Martin’s epic series, A Song of Ice and Fire, to share with you.

Download the PDF here.

This chapter originally appeared on George’s website but we have made it available to you in a PDF format to send to your eReader.

Enjoy!

*Please note: this text is not final and may change between now and the publication of the finished book.

Haven’t read A Song of Ice and Fire yet? Now’s the perfect time to start…

A Song of Ice and Fire

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George R.R. Martin on Jack Vance

HarperVoyager UK and ANZ author George R.R. Martin posted a moving tribute to Jack Vance on his Not a Blog last week.

[Vance] had a huge influence on me and my work, and for the past fifty-some years has ranked among my very favorite writers. Every time a new Jack Vance book came out, I would drop whatever else I was doing and read it. Sometimes I did not mean to, but once you cracked the covers of a Vance book, you were lost.

It pleases me no end that Gardner Dozois and I were able to do our tribute anthology, SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, when Jack was still alive, so he could hear how many of today’s fantasists he had inspired.

Jack Vance left the world a richer place than he found it. No more can be asked of any writer.

- George R. R. Martin

The anthology edited by Gardner Dozois and Martin, SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, features stories  inspired by Vance’s world by authors such as George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Hand, Tanith Lee, Michael Moorcock, and Tad Williams, among many others.

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