The Battlemage trilogy by Yorkshire author Stephen Aryan [below] will be published by Orbit The first in the series will be released in the UK and USA in 2015. The story of Battlemage takes place in the first global conflict. The story is told from three viewpoints, that of the leaders of the fighting nations, the frontline warriors, and the Battlemages, powerful magical outsiders who are feared and respected.
In an interview with Orbit Books, Aryan cites his influences: “The Earthsea novels by Ursula Le Guin was one early influence, which focus on Ged, a wizard who has several painful events that shape him as an adult. The other series that really made me think about wizards and magic were the Belgariad and the Malloreon novels by David Eddings. In both series there are only a handful of really powerful magic users who are also demi-gods and they walk that fine line between using their power to guide and protect humanity versus letting events run their natural course. LEGEND by David Gemmell was a big influence in terms of characterization and my approach to story. Also the work of Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, in particular their Dragonlance novels, as they have magic, non-human races and diverse characters which I have in my books as well.”
The Taxidermist’s Daughter is the new novel from Languedoc trilogy author Kate Mosse, to be published in the UK on September 11, 2014 by Orion. It tells the story of a series of grisly murders in 1912 in a flooded village in West Sussex. Mosse spent her childhood in the area and knows it well.
On her blog, Mosse said: “I love Gothic fiction and I was obsessed with Walter Potter’s museum when I was a child. Potter was a self-taught Victorian taxidermist, who established a small gallery in his native village of Bramber in mid Sussex! I was both horrified and horribly drawn to the exhibitions and, I suppose, I’ve always thought I’d write something inspired by the museum. Having finished my Languedoc Trilogy after fifteen years of researching, planning and writing, the time was right to exchange the mountains of the Pyrenees for the creepy glass bells jars and grisly feather and fur displays of a taxidermist’s workshop!”
According to The Bookseller magazine, Mosse’s three Languedoc novels, Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel, have together sold 1,869,861 copies through Nielsen BookScan, with Labyrinth‘s total numbering 1,206,859.
Summertime by Vanessa LaFaye is a fictionalised account of 1935 Labor Day hurricane which tears apart an American town already divided by race. Part of a two-novel deal for UK resident but Florida-born LaFaye, Summertime will be published by Orion in 2015 on the 80th anniversary of the Labor Day hurricane. It follows the story of a soldier returning home who is accused of attempted murder as the storm approaches.
Orion publishing director Kate Mills said: “This is a beautifully constructed, seductive novel. Summertime is a dream combination of The Help, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Perfect Storm. It’s at once a glorious love story and a fascinating slice of social history, as well as a mesmerising account of what is it is like to be the in the eye of a hurricane.”
To visit LaFaye’s blog, click here.
Psychological thriller The Bones of You by Debbie Howells will be published by Pan Macmillan in the summer 2015. The two-book deal includes another psychological thriller, The Beauty of the End.
Pan Mac’s Trisha Jackson said: “Books as special as The Bones of You are rare, and Debbie’s gift for storytelling is evident from the very first page. From the moment I started reading it, I knew it was a book I had to publish. It quite simply has all the ingredients for a bestseller: a strong hook, a compelling narrative and intriguing characters.”Florist and writer Howells [above] has previously self-published novels, but The Bones of You is her first attempt at a thriller.
A trilogy by Swedish crime writer Christoffer Carlsson [below] will be published in the UK by Scribe in 2015. It is Carlsson’s English-language debut.
The second novel in the series is called The Abominable Detectives, the third is untitled. Swedish film and television company StellaNova Film is to develop a three-season TV drama
Revival by Stephen King will be published on November 11, 2014 in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton. It is King’s second new novel this year. According to King’s website, the book is set “In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs – including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.”
For more about Revival, visit Stephen King’s website, click here.