Karen Memery is a seamstress – which is to say, salon girl – at the Hotel Mon Cherie in Rapid City. Though romantically inclined towards womenfolk, Karen is a practical soul in a comfortable, well-paying position that lets her save for the future, and her employer, the formidable and aptly-named Madame Damnable, makes sure her girls are protected. But not all who share their profession are so lucky: Chinese and Indian girls in particular are vulnerable to slavery and exploitation, as are those who work the streets. So when Merry Lee, the famous saviour of trafficked girls, shows up badly injured with Priya, her latest rescue, Karen and her sisters are quick to defend them against their pursuers – a man named Peter Bantle and his toughs. But Bantle won’t give Priya up so easily, and soon, his escalating retaliations against Karen, Madame Damnable and the other girls land them with much bigger problems. Who is killing Rapid City’s streetwalkers? How is Bantle running for mayor? And what can Karen do to stop it? Read More »
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Tor.com announced today the upcoming release of the Mystic trilogy by Jason Denzel, longtime Robert Jordan fan and found of Wheel of Time megasite Dragonmount. On first glance, Denzel’s trilogy appears to be in the classic ’80s mould of epic fantasy that will be sure to appeal to fans of Jordan, Katharine Kerr, and Terry Brooks, or more contemporary authors like Brent Weeks and Kate Elliott.
Here’s the early rundown:
The Mystic trilogy will tell the story of Pomella, a restless teenager who leaves her village to apprentice herself to a mysterious Mystic – even though the law forbids it. After lying about her caste, she must undergo severe trials against nobles to prove her worthiness. Far more dangerous, however, is the conspiracy she finds: someone is plotting to murder her and the Mystic!
As founder of Dragonmount, the largest Wheel of Time fansite on the Internet, Denzel has had a long professional relationship with Tor Books via Robert Jordan’s long-running series.
“Having the opportunity to publish my stories through Tor is a dream come true,” Denzel told Tor.com. “For over a decade I’ve had the pleasure of frequently collaborating with their team to celebrate Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. Now, thanks to the trust they’ve shown me, I get to tell my stories in my own style and voice. I look forward to sharing the Mystic trilogy with everyone, and getting the chance to connect with new fans.”
The first volume of the trilogy, Mystic, will be released on November 3rd, 2015. It followed by the remaining volumes, Mystic Dragon and Mystic Skies, at a later date. The cover art for the trilogy will be illustrated by Larry Rostant.
Early in 2015, few debuts are generating as much excitement as Seth Dickinson’s The Traitor Baru Cormorant, an epic fantasy telling the story of the titular Baru Cormorant, “a character who rivals the entire Lannister clan in wit, cunning, and ambition.” Tor.com revealed the covers for the US and UK editions of The Traitor Baru Cormorant and pulled back the curtain on what might potentially be one of 2015’s early hits.
The US cover (left) is by Sam Weber, and the UK cover (right) is by Neil Lang. Read More »
The official companion guide for Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series will be released in November 2015.
“The story of The Wheel of Time spans fifteen books, but the fantasy world which that story resides within is more complex and detailed than even those books could relate,” describes the official announcement on Tor.com. “Only a fraction of what author Robert Jordan imagined ended up on the page, the rest going into his personal files.”
For those fans still haunted by their experience with Tor Books’ previous Wheel of Time companion, The World of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time, you can rest easy. This is a complete, from-the-ground-up overhaul of the companion guide, unrelated to the previous companion published in 2001, and promises to be much more comprehensive, which only covered the first several books in the series.
Included in The Wheel of Time Companion (via Tor.com):
- An entry for each named character
- An inclusive dictionary of the Old Tongue
- New maps of the Last Battle
- New portraits of many characters
- Histories and customs of the nations of the world
- The strength level of many channelers
- Descriptions of the flora and fauna unique to the world
- And much more!
In addition to the above, the companion also promises to “[shed] light on some of the most intriguing aspects of the world, including biographies and motivations of many characters that never made it into the books, but helped bring Jordan’s world to life.”
Harriet McDougal, former Editorial Director for Tom Doherty Associates, was Robert Jordan’s wife and editor, and had a major hand in compiling this new companion. Working alongside McDougal on the project are Alan Romanczuk and Maria Simons, Jordan’s editorial assistants throughout the writing of most of the Wheel of Time. Together, they aided Brandon Sanderson as he wrote the final three volumes of the epic series.
The updated snake and wheel logo is by Sam Weber.
With people like that involved, who’s lives have revolved around the Wheel of Time for nearly two decades, fans are sure to be pleased by the final product. (Let’s just hope the artwork in this edition of the companion is better than the regrettable art included in The World of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time.)
A beautiful cover for what is sure to be one of the more mesmerizing short fiction collections released this year. China Mieville’s Three Moments of an Explosion is the latest collection from the author of Perdido Street Station and Embassytown. It’s due out on July 30th, 2015 from Tor Books UK.
“[Three Moments of an Explosion] is a wonderfully intelligent and engaging collection featuring stories with sentient oil rigs, flying icebergs and a ladder into space,” says the official announcement on the Tor UK blog. Mieville fans know exactly what to expect of the collection, which is to expect nothing at all.