New US/Canada Releases from Angry Robot Books
Angry Robot Books has several new novels available to readers in the United States and Canada in November in the fantasy, urban fantasy, and science fiction genres.
In The Book of Secrets, by Chris Roberson, reporter Spencer Finch comes into possession of an old manuscript. He doesn’t know exactly what he has, but when he takes it to a friend who teaches in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at a university in Texas, she tells him that he just might have a copy of at least part of a lost Aeschylus play. It turns out that it might have something to do with a secret history of humanity. Roberson’s novel, which is part hard-boiled detective fiction and part Da Vinci Code, has been described as being something like Dan Brown’s bestseller rewritten by the Coen Brothers.
The Book of Secrets has been available in the UK and Australia since August, and will hit the shelves in the United States and Canada this month. It is also available as an eBook.
Also available in the US and Canada in November is City of Dreams and Nightmare, by Ian Whates. This is a fantasy set in the vast and ancient city of Thaiburley. Thaiburley is a place of many levels, with the poor living in the city’s underbelly, the privileged living in the higher levels and, rumor has it, demons in charge of the highest level of all. Position and privilege in the society of Thaiburley is determined by pedigree. When Tom, with no position or standing, dares to explore the upper reaches of the city, he witness a murder. The victim is also Thomas, one who is entitled to be there, as is the murderer. But the murderer sees Tom who, accused of the killing, has few allies to help him as he is pursued by several factions, some of which are interested in the destruction of the city. City of Dreams and Nightmares has been available in the UK and Australia since March.
In Servant of the Underworld, by Aliette de Bodard, the High Priest of the Dead in the ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlan is called to the scene where one of the priestesses has disappeared from a blood-soaked room. He ascertains by magic that she is wounded and still alive. This is the good news. The bad news is that she was a priestess of the highest rank and, additionally, the High Priest’s brother has been arrested, having been found, covered in blood at the site of the disappearance. Not only must he discover who is at fault for the disappearance, the High Priest must also hold off the end of the world, which his people believe can only be done by offering the blood of human sacrificial victims.
Servant of the Underworld has been available in the UK and Australia since January, and will be available in the United States and Canada this month. Additionally, Harbinger of the Storm, the sequel to Servant of the Underworld, will be available in the UK in January and in February in the US.
Other new offerings from Angry Robot include The Road to Bedlam, an urban fantasy by Mike Shevdon, which has been available since September in the UK and Australia and will become available this month in the US and Canada.
Also available are Damage Time, by Colin Harvey, a murder mystery/police procedural set in the year 2050, and Soul Stealers, a dark fantasy involving vampires by Andy Remic. Both have been available in the UK and Australia since October and will be released in the US and Canada in November.
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