Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Interview with Matthew Ward, author of Legacy of Ash


Please welcome Matthew Ward to The Qwillery as part of the 2020 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Legacy of Ash is published on April 7, 2020 by Orbit.

Please join The Qwillery in wishing Matthew a very Happy Publication Day!







TQWelcome to The Qwillery. What is the first fiction piece you remember writing?

Matthew:  I used to scribble stories all the time at primary school, though I’ve no recollection of what went into them. The first real crack I remember taking at writing was a Babylon 5 novel, twenty-five or so years ago. It wouldn’t have worked out – and for all sorts of reasons, not least that I didn’t get very far. It’s long since been lost to hard drive crashes and the like.

Probably for the best.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Matthew:  It varies from book to book. I prefer making things up as I go – writing’s more fun when I’m discovering the story as if I’m reading it. But there are certain tales where things have to slot into place just so. Those end up with quite meticulous plans … character arcs, plot beats and the like nailed into place from the very beginning. That’s a lot more like actual work (yuck), but sometimes you gotta.

I’ll be interested to see which one readers think Legacy of Ash is.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Matthew:  I learnt long ago that I don’t have a lot of patience for heavy redrafting, so everything has to be ‘right’ before I move on – whether to the next sentence, paragraph, chapter or whatever – otherwise the knowledge that it isn’t overshadows everything I try to do afterwards. It makes some days a bit of a grind, and some chapters end up lingering for what seems like eternity. But the results speak for themselves … at least, I hope they do.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Matthew:  I love big, overarching stories, but conversely, light-touch continuity – the idea that you can be reading several separate (but complete) tales that build into something much larger without compromising either.

From that point of view, I discovered comics at just the right time to spark my interest – Babylon 5 was winding down, and there wasn’t really anything left on TV doing what it had done – and just the wrong time, because the trend of massively decompressed storytelling was getting underway.

I think that’s one of the reasons I love narratives with a huge weight of history behind them (Babylon 5, The Lord of the Rings). They create the illusion that the story you’re experiencing – even if you devour it front to back – is only part of a much larger tale whose outline you can just about glimpse, if you squint at it just right. I find that sense of depth fascinating – it’s when the world becomes a living, breathing thing.



TQDescribe Legacy of Ash using only 5 words.

Matthew:  Mistakes of old, come due. Or perhaps ‘Oh no, don’t do that!’



TQTell us something about Legacy of Ash that is not found in the book description.

Matthew:  This isn’t just a war of mortals. There are divine powers waiting in the wings, and sometimes a good deal closer. They’ve been forgotten in Tressia (the main setting for the book), or otherwise warped so much by ‘official’ history as to be unrecognisable, but they’re there, and they won’t be ignored.



TQWhat inspired you to write Legacy of Ash? What appeals to you about writing Fantasy?

Matthew:  The story of Legacy of Ash (in fact, the whole Legacy trilogy) goes back some twenty-odd years, as do many of the characters – if in a very prototypical form – so initial inspirations are a bit hazy at this point.

I knew there was a great story waiting to be told, but I spent years dancing around actually getting started. It sounds pompous, but I’m not sure I was ready to tell the story – my writing just wasn’t there yet, and it was going to need to be if I were to do it justice. And then somewhere along the line, it just clicked, and now we’re here.

Fantasy’s a wonderful genre to write within, because it’s so flexible. You can ground yourself in reality as much (or as little) as you like, so long as you can carry the reader with you. It’s escapism at its finest.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Legacy of Ash?

Matthew:  Not much of any, if I’m honest. I have an obsession with real world adjacent names, so I spend a lot of time scratching at that aspect – Legacy has names inspired (or directly drawn from) Slavic, Celtic, British, Indian and Hebrew roots.

Otherwise? I started getting a bit obsessed about marching times/distances, but that was about as far as my research went.



TQPlease tell us about the cover for Legacy of Ash.

Matthew:  The illustration’s by Larry Rostant; the design by Charlotte Stroomer. It’s a thing of beauty, and so wonderfully emblematic of the book. Right from the get-go, the narrative pivots around the prophecy of a phoenix – a leader who’ll bring freedom to the oppressed south – and fire is ever-present, both as a metaphor for rebirth, and of cleansing.

More than that, I probably shouldn’t say…



TQIn Legacy of Ash who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Matthew:  I’ve always loved secondary characters. Favourite character in Star Wars? Wedge Antilles. Favourite Ghostbuster? Winston Zeddemore. And so on, etc.

It’s a quirk that spills over into my writing, and I love every moment I spend with the supporting cast. Of these, Vladama Kurkas is probably the most straightforward, because he’s a straightforward soul – but he’s also smarter than he lets on, which gives him a wonderfully broad range to work with.

Josiri Trelan was probably the hardest. He’s a protagonist, which is already a black mark against him in my supporting character-loving soul, but also he has probably the biggest arc in the book. He’s never there as meat in the room. If he’s in the scene, he’s got to sing.



TQDoes Legacy of Ash touch on any social issues?

Matthew:  It’s fair to say there’s a theme of overcoming prejudice running through the book. Every character brings societal baggage to the table – how they react to that prejudice and (if they) overcome it is ultimately what defines them, as it does us all.

One of the greatest challenges we all face is accepting that what we consider ‘normal’ or ‘reasonable’ may not be when viewed from another’s perspective. How we move forward from that point has the power to change the world, if we let it.



TQWhich question about Legacy of Ash do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Matthew:

Q: Are you Tressian or Hadari at heart?

A: Tricky one, because the two realms have a lot more in common than they first appear. But on balance, I’m probably Tressian, as I’m a little bit too attached to structure and protocol. I also look a lot better in shirt and cravat than silk robes too, so there’s that.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Legacy of Ash.

Matthew:  Let’s start with a bit of scene-setting, going back to the idea of story behind the story.

The mists of Krayna Dell defied the light of dawn. Revekah wasn’t surprised. It was often thus in the Forbidden Places, where old magic wore thin the walls between the living realm and Otherworld. For those who didn’t heed the priesthood’s warnings about such places, a thousand tales counselled caution. Spirits lurked within the mists, or so it was said. Spirits, and worse. Revekah had never seen such peril for herself – nor spoken to anyone who had – but the fear remained.
        Mists or no, the Forbidden Places were different. As if the turnings of the world held little influence on what passed within, or distant seasons lingered jealously beneath the boughs.

For an actual character quote, I’d go with “They mistake bigotry for the tinder of great days gone.” as it sums up so much of what the book’s about.

(I’ll leave it a surprise which character says it, and when.)



TQWhat's next?

Matthew:  Well, book two – Legacy of Steel – is currently in the ‘making it awesome’ phase (boring people call this ‘editing’), where my editor politely asks me to stop using the word ‘softly’ so much, and otherwise helps me see the forest again, and not the trees. That’s going to be hugely exciting to get capped off.

Meanwhile, I’m well underway with book three, which is even more exciting (a threequel beats a sequel, right?) So I’m still very much neck deep in Tressia.

After? Well, I have plans. I always have plans. There are more stories to tell in Aradane (the world of Legacy of Ash), so I’m hoping people want to read them. Other than that? Something to do with vampires, perhaps. Or maybe monsters in the London Underground.

Either way, it’ll be a fun ride.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





Legacy of Ash
The Legacy Trilogy 1
Orbit, April 7, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 800 pages

Legacy of Ash is an unmissable fantasy debut–an epic tale of intrigue and revolution, soldiers and assassins, ancient magic and the eternal clash of empires.

A shadow has fallen over the Tressian Republic.

Ruling families — once protectors of justice and democracy — now plot against one another with sharp words and sharper knives. Blinded by ambition, they remain heedless of the threat posed by the invading armies of the Hadari Empire.

Yet as Tressia falls, heroes rise.

Viktor Akadra is the Republic’s champion. A warrior without equal, he hides a secret that would see him burned as a heretic.

Josiri Trelan is Viktor’s sworn enemy. A political prisoner, he dreams of reigniting his mother’s failed rebellion.

And yet Calenne Trelan, Josiri’s sister, seeks only to break free of their tarnished legacy; to escape the expectation and prejudice that haunts the family name.

As war spreads across the Republic, these three must set aside their differences in order to save their home. Yet decades of bad blood are not easily set aside. And victory — if it comes at all — will demand a darker price than any of them could have imagined.





About Matthew

Photo by Photo Nottingham
Matthew Ward is a fantasy author, cat-servant, and owner of more musical instruments than he can actually play. He’s afflicted with an obsession for old places — castles, historic cities, and the London Underground chief amongst them — and should probably cultivate more interests to help expand out his author biography. Ward lives near Nottingham with his wife and several cats.




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Monday, April 06, 2020

The View From Monday - April 6, 2020


Monday again!

There are 4 debuts this week:

The Immortals of Tehran by Ali Araghi;

Weave the Lightning by Corry L. Lee;

Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth;

and

Legacy of Ash (Legacy Trilogy 1) by Matthew Ward.

Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Barnes & Noble page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Dark Age (Red Rising 5) by Pierce Brown is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Titan's Day (The Carter Archives 2) by Dan Stout.

Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Barnes & Noble page.






Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

April 7, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Immortals of Tehran (D) Ali Araghi MR/Pol/Sagas
The Red-Stained Wings (h2tp) Elizabeth Bear F - Lotus Kingdoms 2
Malicroix Henri Bosco
Joyce Zonana (Tr)
STR/Psy/Gothic
Dark Age (h2tp) Pierce Brown SF/Dys - Red Rising 5
Secrets in the Dark Darcy Coates H/Occ/Sup/AP/PA/SupTh/Dys - Black Winter 2
Overruled! Hank Davis (Ed)
Christopher Ruocchio (Ed)
SF - Anthology
A Tale of Truths Berit Ellingsen F
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 36 David Farland (Ed) SF/F - Anthology - Writers of the Future  36
A Time of Courage John Gwynne F/HistF - Of Blood & Bone 3
Fantastic Hope Laurell K. Hamilton  (Ed)
William McCaskey (Ed)
Dys/F/SF - Anthology
The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires Grady Hendrix H/SupTh/Southern
Eden Tim Lebbon SupTh/H/SF
Weave The Lightning (D) Corry L. Lee F
The Beetle (ri) Richard Marsh H/Gothic/Sus/SupTh
Middlegame (h2tp) Seanan McGuire CF/DF
The Obsoletes (h2tp) Simeon Mills SF
The Age of Witches Louisa Morgan Occ/Sup/HistF/HistR
Starborn and Godsons Larry Niven
Jerry Pournelle
Steven Barnes
SF - Heorot 3
The Time Seer Richard Phillips F - Endarian Prophecy 5
The Malevolent Volume Justin Phillip Reed Poetry
Chosen Ones (D-Adult) Veronica Roth CF
Bonds of Brass Emily Skrutskie SF/SO - The Bloodright Trilogy 1
The Glass Magician Caroline Stevermer HistF/RF
Titan's Day Dan Stout The Carter Archives 2
Temptation Janos Szekely
Marl Baczoni (Tr)
UF/DF
The Nothing Girl Jodi Taylor RF/HU - Frogmorton Farm 1
The Ancestor Danielle Trussoni LF
Legacy of Ash (D) Matthew Ward F - Legacy Trilogy 1



April 8, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Little Free Library: A Tor.com Original (e) Naomi Kritzer UF



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
BlHu - Black Humour
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CH - Cultural Heritage
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyperpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
Esp - Espionage
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PI - Private Investigator(s)
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PP - Police Procedural
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Spec - Speculative
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

Friday, April 03, 2020

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels By DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming May 2020 novels by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Emily B. Martin (2016)

Sunshield
Harper Voyager, May 26, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

A lawless wilderness. A polished court. Individual fates, each on a quest to expose a system of corruption.

The desolate canyons of Alcoro—and the people desperate enough to hide there—couldn’t be more different from the opulent glass palace and lush forests of Moquoia. But the harsh desert and gleaming court are linked through their past, present, and future: a history of abductions in the desert to power Moquoia’s quarries and factories, and a bleak, inhumane future built on the sweat and sacrifice of these bond laborers.

But events unfolding in the present could change everything. In the desert, outlaw Lark—known to most as the Sunshield Bandit—has built a name for herself attacking slavers’ wagons and freeing the captives inside. But while she shakes the foundation of Moquoia’s stratified society, she also has to fight to protect her rescuees—and herself—from the unforgiving world around them.

In the Moquoian court, young ambassador Veran hopes to finally make his mark by dismantling the unjust labor system, if he can navigate the strict hierarchy and inexplicable hostility of the prince.

And caught in the middle of it all, Tamsin is trapped within four walls, the epicenter of a secret political coup to overthrow the Moquoian monarchy and perpetuate the age-old system of injustice.

Separated by seas of trees and sand, the outlaw, the diplomat, and the prisoner are more connected than anyone realizes. Their personal fates might just tip the balance of power in the Eastern World—if that very power doesn’t destroy them first.





Jessie Mihalik (2019)

Chaos Reigning
The Consortium Rebellion 3
Harper Voyager, May 19, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

Interplanetary intrigue and romance combine in this electrifying finale to the Consortium Rebellion series.

As the youngest member of her High House, Catarina von Hasenberg is used to being underestimated, but her youth and flighty, bubbly personality mask a clever mind and stubborn determination. Her enemies, blind to her true strength, do not suspect that Cat is a spy—which makes her the perfect candidate to go undercover at a rival House’s summer retreat to gather intelligence on their recent treachery.

Cat’s overprotective older sister reluctantly agrees, but on one condition: Cat cannot go alone. Alexander Sterling, a quiet, gorgeous bodyguard, will accompany her, posing as her lover. After Cat tries, and fails, to ditch Alex, she grudgingly agrees, confident in her ability to manage him. After all, she’s never found a person she can’t manipulate.

But Alex proves more difficult—and more desirable—than Cat anticipated. When she’s attacked and nearly killed, she and Alex are forced to work together to figure out how deep the treason goes. With rumors of widespread assaults on Serenity raging, communications down, and the rest of her family trapped off-planet, Catarina must persuade Alex to return to Earth to expose the truth and finish this deadly battle once and for all.

But Cat can’t explain why she’s the perfect person to infiltrate hostile territory without revealing secrets she’d rather keep buried. . . .






Rowenna Miller (2018)

Rule
The Unraveled Kingdom 3
Orbit, May 19, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

In this epic conclusion to the Unraveled Kingdom trilogy that began with Torn and Fray, magical seamstress Sophie Balstrade joins forces with her revolutionary leader brother in a deadly bid to change history.

The civil war that charm caster Sophie and the crown prince, Theodor, have tried so desperately to avert has come to Galitha. While Theodor joins Sophie’s brother and his Reformist comrades in battle hoping to turn the tide against the Royalist army, Sophie leverages the only weapon she has: charm and curse casting. Weaving her magic into uniforms and supplies, she soon discovers that the challenges of a full-scale war are far greater than she could have imagined.

The fractured leadership of the Reformist army must coalesce and the people of Galitha need to unite against enormous odds — all while Sophie creates more than a little magical luck in order to have a chance of victory.

Rowenna Miller’s enchanting fantasy series, the Unraveled Kingdom, is perfect for fans of The Queen of the Tearling and Red Queen.

The Unraveled Kingdom
Torn
Fray
Rule

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Nintendo Download, April 2, 2020: Good Job, Fantastic Four!


This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
    • Good Job! As the clumsy child of a CEO, you must climb the corporate ladder, one wacky puzzle at a time. Complete tasks in multiple ways as you experiment with interactive environments – a projector can be wheeled gently through an electric door … unless, of course, you want to catapult it through a wall. You may knock over a priceless item or two in the process, but as long as you get the job done, you’re one step closer to reaching the executive suite! Solve challenging puzzles, alone or in two-player mode, in this hilarious new game from Nintendo.
    • MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order Expansion Pass – Pack 3: Fantastic Four: Shadow of Doom – It’s Doctor Doom vs. Marvel’s first family. This new pack* lets you assemble your Ultimate Team with the addition of Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch and The Thing as playable characters. Fight through a new story campaign that takes your team of Marvel Super Heroes through the kingdom of Latveria for a showdown with Doctor Doom. Will Doom prevail by unleashing cosmic forces the likes of which have never been seen? The Fantastic Four may be the only ones who hold the key to victory.
Nintendo eShop sales:
  •  Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:
*Full version of game required to use DLC; sold separately.

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming works for May 2020 by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Nigel Foster (2017)

Revelations
Netherspace 3
Titan Books, May 12, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

The epic SF trilogy concludes with a mind-blowing exploration of space as the truth of the Originators is revealed and the future of humanity is decided amongst the stars; a fate forged deep in the secret history of our past.

Pre-cog:
the ability to visualise a future outcome and how to achieve or avoid it. It is thought by some to be associated with quantum entanglement and possibility/probability fields.
Pre-cog based societies dislike any form of change. Their over-riding instinct is to control or destroy anything that affects the status quo.
This includes creativity in all its forms.

It wasn’t much of an army to save Earth from alien, pre-cog domination. Only three people: an heiress, a sociopathic artist and their leader, a female licensed assassin. But time has run out. The artificial intelligences - alien artefacts - that run Earth and its colonies are going mad. Long held human grudges, suspicions and fears have erupted in violence throughout the world.

Earth’s own pre-cogs have seen the trio victorious…maybe. For Kara Jones, the assassin, it is a time of chaos made worse by the absence of Tatia Nerein, the heiress now warrior who is following her own dangerous path across alien worlds, and Marc Keislack, who stepped into netherspace, the dimension that allows star travel. Kara searches for a way to snatch her people back from a hostile galaxy even as she is assailed by doubts. But loyalty is everything and she will sacrifice anything to find her comrades and complete a mission she barely understands.

And ultimately discover the truth about the aliens…a revelation no greater than the truth she learns about herself.

Netherspace 1
Netherspace 2





Marko Kloos (2014)

Berlin Is Never Berlin: A Tor.com Original
A Wild Cards Story
Tor Books, May 6, 2020
eBook, 56 pages

For over 25 years, the Wild Cards universe has been entertaining readers with stories of superpowered people in an alternate history. "Berlin is Never Berlin" by Marko Kloos draws upon the seedier side of the city, beyond the dance club lights and all-night parties, as one bodyguard with a certain feline distinction goes on the prowl....

Khan only had one job: chauffuer and guard an American weathly socialite and her friends. When his client Natalie Scuderi gets nabbed by the Georgian mafia, this joker-ace has no choice but to go underground and rescue her.

"Losing the man’s daughter on the job would be a fatal black mark on his professional resume. Khan had never lost a client, and he wasn’t about to start a habit."

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.




Ballistic
The Palladium Wars 2
47North, May 26, 2020
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 318 pages

“I gulped down Ballistic in one long read, staying awake half the night, and now I want the next one!” —George R. R. Martin

There is a personal price to pay for having aligned with the wrong side in a reckless war. For Aden Jansen it’s the need to adopt a new identity while keeping his past hidden. Now he’s integrated himself aboard the Zephyr, a merchant ship smuggling critical goods through dangerous space. But danger is imminent on planet Gretia, as well. Under occupation, torn between postwar reformers and loyalists, it’s a polestar for civil unrest.

Meanwhile an occupation forces officer is pulled right back into the fray when the battle alarm is raised, an ambitious heiress is entangled in a subversive political conspiracy, and an Allied captain is about to meet the enemy head-on.

As Aden discovers, the insurgents on Gretia—and in space—are connected, organized, and ready to break into full-scale rebellion. History is threatening to repeat itself. It’s time that Aden rediscovers who he is, whom he can trust, and what he must fight for now.

The Palladium Wars 1





Laura Lam (2016)

Goldilocks
Orbit, May 5, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

A gripping science fiction thriller where five women task themselves with ensuring the survival of the human race; perfect for readers of The Martian, The Power, and Station Eleven.

Despite increasing restrictions on the freedoms of women on Earth, Valerie Black is spearheading the first all-female mission to a planet in the Goldilocks Zone, where conditions are just right for human habitation.

It's humanity's last hope for survival, and Naomi, Valerie's surrogate daughter and the ship's botanist, has been waiting her whole life for an opportunity like this - to step out of Valerie's shadow and really make a difference.

But when things start going wrong on the ship, Naomi begins to suspect that someone on board is concealing a terrible secret - and realizes time for life on Earth may be running out faster than they feared . . .

Goldilocks is The Handmaid's Tale meets The Martian - a bold and thought-provoking new high-concept thriller.

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

2020 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts




There are 7 debut novels for April 2020.

Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The April debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite April cover for the 2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on April 15, 2020.



Ali Araghi

The Immortals of Tehran
Melville House, April 7, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

As a child living in his family’s apple orchard, Ahmad Torkash-Vand treasures his great-great-great-great grandfather’s every mesmerizing word. On the day of his father’s death, Ahmad listens closely as the seemingly immortal elder tells him the tale of a centuries-old family curse . . . and the boy’s own fated role in the story.

Ahmad grows up to suspect that something must be interfering with his family, as he struggles to hold them together through decades of famine, loss, and political turmoil in Iran. As the world transforms around him, each turn of Ahmad’s life is a surprise: from street brawler, to father of two unusually gifted daughters; from radical poet, to politician with a target on his back. These lives, and the many unforgettable stories alongside his, converge and catch fire at the center of the Revolution.

Exploring the brutality of history while conjuring the astonishment of magical realism, The Immortals of Tehran is a novel about the incantatory power of words and the revolutionary sparks of love, family, and poetry—set against the indifferent, relentless march of time.





Camilla Bruce

You Let Me In
Tor Books, April 21, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages

You Let Me In delivers a stunning tale from debut author Camilla Bruce, combining the sinister domestic atmosphere of Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects with the otherwordly thrills of Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

Cassandra Tipp is dead...or is she?

After all, the notorious recluse and eccentric bestselling novelist has always been prone to flights of fancy—everyone in town remembers the shocking events leading up to Cassie's infamous trial (she may have been acquitted, but the insanity defense only stretches so far).

Cassandra Tipp has left behind no body—just her massive fortune, and one final manuscript.

Then again, there are enough bodies in her past—her husband Tommy Tipp, whose mysterious disembowelment has never been solved, and a few years later, the shocking murder-suicide of her father and brother.

Cassandra Tipp will tell you a story—but it will come with a terrible price. What really happened, out there in the woods—and who has Cassie been protecting all along? Read on, if you dare...





Hao Jingfang
Ken Liu (Translator)

Vagabonds
Gallery / Saga Press, April 14, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 608 pages

A century after the Martian war of independence, a group of kids are sent to Earth as delegates from Mars, but when they return home, they are caught between the two worlds, unable to reconcile the beauty and culture of Mars with their experiences on Earth in this spellbinding novel from Hugo Award–winning author Hao Jingfang.

This genre-bending novel is set on Earth in the wake of a second civil war…not between two factions in one nation, but two factions in one solar system: Mars and Earth. In an attempt to repair increasing tensions, the colonies of Mars send a group of young people to live on Earth to help reconcile humanity. But the group finds itself with no real home, no friends, and fractured allegiances as they struggle to find a sense of community and identity, trapped between two worlds.

Fans of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go and Naomi Alderman’s The Power will fall in love with this novel about lost innocence, an uncertain future, and never feeling at home, no matter where you are in the universe. Translated by Ken Liu, bestselling author of The Paper Menagerie and translator of Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem, Vagabonds is the first novel from Hao Jingfang, the first Chinese woman to ever win the esteemed Hugo Award.





RB Kelly

Edge of Heaven
Newcon Press, April 14, 2020
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 370 pages

2119: The bi-level city of Creo Basse towers over the wastelands of central France. Built as a permanent relocation centre for the dispossessed, Creo has become a hotbed of simmering resentment and unrest. The authorities keep tight control, not least because outlawed a-nauts (artificial humans) are known to hide among its citizenry.

In the dark, honeycomb districts of the lower city, Boston Turrow is searching desperately for black-market meds for his epileptic sister when he encounters one of the many ways Creo can kill a person. His unlikely rescuer is Danae Grant, a woman recently made homeless when the bloc she lived in was condemned. Danae knows people, Boston knows where she can stay...

The tinderbox that is Creo catches light when a deadly plague erupts among the populace. Is it really a terrorist weapon unleashed by the a-nauts as the authorities claim, or does that just hide a deeper, darker secret? Danae and Boston are determined to survive, if only to discover the truth; of course, that might be easier said than done...

RB Kelly's stunning debut novel, Edge of Heaven, is the winner of the Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair Award.





Corry L. Lee

Weave the Lightning
Solaris, April 7, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Russian-inspired epic of magical revolution & romance

Empire. Revolution. Magic.

Gerrit is the son of Bourshkanya’s Supreme-General. Despite his powerful storm-affinity and the State’s best training, he can’t control his magic. To escape the brutal consequences, he flees.

Celka is a travelling circus performer, hiding both her link to the underground and her storm-affinity from the prying eyes of the secret police. But Gerrit’s arrival threatens to expose everything: her magic, her family, and the people they protect.

The storms have returned, and everything will change.





Veronica Roth

The Chosen Ones
John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 7, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages
(D - Adult)

SAVING THE WORLD ONCE MADE THEM HEROES. SAVING IT AGAIN MAY DESTROY THEM.

Fifteen years ago, five ordinary teenagers were singled out by a prophecy to take down an impossibly powerful entity wreaking havoc across North America. He was known as the Dark One, and his weapon of choice—catastrophic events known as Drains—leveled cities and claimed thousands of lives. Chosen Ones, as the teens were known, gave everything they had to defeat him.

After the Dark One fell, the world went back to normal . . . for everyone but them. After all, what do you do when you’re the most famous people on Earth, your only education was in magical destruction, and your purpose in life is now fulfilled?

Of the five, Sloane has had the hardest time adjusting. Everyone else blames the PTSD—and her huge attitude problem—but really, she’s hiding secrets from them. secrets that keep her tied to the past and alienate her from the only four people in the world who understand her.

On the tenth anniversary of the Dark One’s defeat, something unthinkable happens: one of the Chosen Ones dies. When the others gather for the funeral, they discover the Dark One’s ultimate goal was much bigger than they, the government, or even prophecy could have foretold—bigger than the world itself.

And this time, fighting back might take more than Sloane has to give.





Matthew Ward

Legacy of Ash
The Legacy Trilogy 1
Orbit, April 7, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 800 pages

Legacy of Ash is an unmissable fantasy debut–an epic tale of intrigue and revolution, soldiers and assassins, ancient magic and the eternal clash of empires.

A shadow has fallen over the Tressian Republic.

Ruling families — once protectors of justice and democracy — now plot against one another with sharp words and sharper knives. Blinded by ambition, they remain heedless of the threat posed by the invading armies of the Hadari Empire.

Yet as Tressia falls, heroes rise.

Viktor Akadra is the Republic’s champion. A warrior without equal, he hides a secret that would see him burned as a heretic.

Josiri Trelan is Viktor’s sworn enemy. A political prisoner, he dreams of reigniting his mother’s failed rebellion.

And yet Calenne Trelan, Josiri’s sister, seeks only to break free of their tarnished legacy; to escape the expectation and prejudice that haunts the family name.

As war spreads across the Republic, these three must set aside their differences in order to save their home. Yet decades of bad blood are not easily set aside. And victory — if it comes at all — will demand a darker price than any of them could have imagined.

April 2020 Releases


Here is The Qwillery's list of novels, etc. being published in April 2020. If there is something that we've missed, please leave a comment below. Any genre mistakes are ours. Leave a comment below if you feel that the genre is wrong. Also note that this list is always under revision. Publication dates change. We try to keep this as accurate as possible. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the US. Check The View From Monday each week for each week's updated release list.






Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.


April 1, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Bald Giants Maurice Renard
Edmond Haraucourt
SF - Anthology
Cosmic Crust: A Tor.com Original Alex Sherman SF
Now, Then, and Everywhen Rysa Walker SF/TT/AH - Chronos Origins 1
The Debt Collector Shou Wang
John Frederick Franz (Tr)
LF/AB - Penguin Specials


April 2, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Center Of The Earth (Ke) Greig Beck SF



April 4, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Phoenix Law: Author's Preferred Edition C. E. Murphy EspTh/SF - The Strongbox Chronicles 3



April 7, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Immortals of Tehran (D) Ali Araghi MR/Pol/Sagas
The Red-Stained Wings (h2tp) Elizabeth Bear F - Lotus Kingdoms 2
Malicroix Henri Bosco
Joyce Zonana (Tr)
STR/Psy/Gothic
Dark Age (h2tp) Pierce Brown SF/Dys - Red Rising 5
Secrets in the Dark Darcy Coates H/Occ/Sup/AP/PA/SupTh/Dys - Black Winter 2
Dark Star Rising Bennett R. Coles SF - Blackwood & Virtue 2
Overruled! Hank Davis (Ed) SF - Anthology
Halo: Oblivion: A Master Chief Story Troy Denning SF - HALO 26
A Tale of Truths Berit Ellingsen F
A Time of Courage John Gwynne F/HistF - Of Blood & Bone 3
Fantastic Hope Laurell K. Hamilton  (Ed)
William McCaskey (Ed)
Dys/F/SF - Anthology
The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires Grady Hendrix H/SupTh/Southern
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 36
SF/F - Anthology - Writers of the Future  36
Eden Tim Lebbon SupTh/H/SF
Weave The Lightning (D) Corry L. Lee F
The Beetle (ri) Richard Marsh H/Gothic/Sus/SupTh
Middlegame (h2tp) Seanan McGuire CF/DF
The Obsoletes (h2tp) Simeon Mills SF
The Age of Witches Louisa Morgan Occ/Sup/HistF/HistR
Starborn and Godsons Larry Niven
Jerry Pournelle
Steven Barnes
SF - Heorot 3
The Time Seer Richard Phillips F - Endarian Prophecy 5
The Malevolent Volume Justin Phillip Reed Poetry
Mystery of Collinwood Marilyn Ross Occ/Gothic - Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Volume 4
Strangers at Collins House Marilyn Ross Occ/Gothic - Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Volume 3
Chosen Ones (D-Adult) Veronica Roth CF
Bonds of Brass Emily Skrutskie SF/SO - The Bloodright Trilogy 1
The Glass Magician Caroline Stevermer HistF/RF
Titan's Day Dan Stout The Carter Archives 2
Temptation Janos Szekely UF/DF
The Nothing Girl Jodi Taylor RF/HU - Frogmorton Farm 1
The Ancestor Danielle Trussoni LF
Legacy of Ash (D) Matthew Ward F - Legacy Trilogy 1



April 8, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Little Free Library: A Tor.com Original (e) Naomi Kritzer UF



April 14, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Simantov Asaf Ashery SF/PP/Occ/Sup
A Strange Country Muriel Barbery LF/HistF/VisM
The City Where We Once Lived (h2tp) Eric Barnes Dys
A Life Without End Frédéric Beigbeder
Frank Wynne (Tr)
Bio/Medical/SFHu
Sunspot Jungle: Volume Two: The Ever Expanding Universe of Fantasy and Science Fiction (2) Bill Campbell (Ed) SF/F - Anthology
The Book of Koli M. R. Carey SF/AP/PA/Dys/LF - Rampart Trilogy 1
The Eyelid S. D. Chrostowska Pol/MR
The Unsettling Stars Alan Dean Foster SF - Star Trek
The Annotated American Gods Neil Gaiman CF
Unforeseen: Stories (h2tp) Molly Gloss SS
Lake Like a Mirror Sok Fong Ho
Natascha Bruce (Tr)
LF/MR/SS/CW
Vagabonds (D) Hao Jingfang
Ken Liu (Tr)
SF/HSF
Edge of Heaven (D - US) RB Kelly SF
Bubblegum Adam Levin LF/SF/HU
Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation (h2tp) Ken Liu (Ed, Tr) SF - Anthology
The Reign of the Kingfisher (h2tp) T.J. Martinson Th/SH
The Caretakers Eliza Maxwell Gothic/Psy
The Unsuitable Molly Pohlig LF/Hist/BlHu/Gothic
The Mistress of Illusions Michael D. Resnick F/DF - Dreamscape Trilogy  2
Bone Silence Alastair Reynolds SF/SO/SE - Revenger Universe 3
The Last Emperox John Scalzi SF/SO - Interdependency 3
The Crown Lord William Sirls AH/Pol/CH/Cr
Sons of War Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/AP/PA - Sons of War 1
The Something Girl Jodi Taylor F/HU - Frogmorton Farm
Kirby: Art & Style Collection Various Art/SF/F
The Stolen Bicycle Ming-Yi Wu
Darryl Strek (Tr)
LF/HistF/Psy
Queen Timothy Zahn SF/SO/AC - Sibyl's War 3



April 15, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Don't F[Bleep]k with the Coloureds Andre Duza AB/H/SF
Go Fish: A Tor.com Original (e) Ian Rogers H
The Slave Yards Najwa Bin Shatwan
Nancy Roberts (Tr)
Dys/LF - Middle East Literature In Translation
Water Must Fall Nick Wood SF/PA



April 16, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Collection of Dreamscapes Christina Sng Poetry
Lady of Shadows (e) Breanna Teintze F/HU/RF



April 17, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Toby Chalmers Hits a New Low Jeremy Thompson SF



April 21, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
According to Kovac Andrew Bannister SF - Robot Dreams 1
Alchemy of Glass Barbara Barnett HistF
Shorefall Robert Jackson Bennett F/UF - The Founders Trilogy 2
You Let Me In (D) Camilla Bruce Th/PsyTh/Gothic
The Faking of the President: Nineteen Stories of White House Noir Peter Carlaftes (Ed) Spec - Anthology
Ship of Fates Caitlin Chung HistF
The Binding (h2tp) Bridget Collins LF
Master Class Christina Dalcher Dys/Sys/CW
Race the Sands Sarah Beth Durst F
The Moon Always Rising Alice C. Early LF/CW/FL/CRo/MR/CH
Lilith - Hollywood Monsters (e) Dana Fredsti DF/UF/H
Little Digs Lisa L. Hannett F
Looking Glass Christina Henry DF/FairyT/FolkT/LM - The Chronicles of Alice 3
Gears of War: Bloodlines Jason M. Hough SF/MTI
Velocities: Stories Kathe Koja SS
The Cerulean Queen Sarah Kozloff F - The Nine Realms 4
The Girl and the Stars Mark Lawrence F/DF - The Book of the Ice1
Daughter of the Forest Juliet Marillier HistF/FolkT/FairyT/LM - Sevenwaters 1
Life for Sale Yukio Mishima Psy/AB - Vintage International
We Are Mayhem (h2tp) Michael Moreci SF/SO - Black Star Renegades 2
Lanny (h2tp) Max Porter LF/MR/Typography
Aurora Rising (e) Alastair Reynolds SF/Cr/M/GenEng/HSF/SO - The Perfect Dreyfus Emergencies 1
Absolution Gap (e) Alastair Reynolds SF/HSF/SE/SO  - Revelation Space 4
Pushing Ice (e) Alastair Reynolds SF/HSF/SE/SO
Galactic North (e) Alastair Reynolds SF/HSF/SE/SO - Revelation Space
Redemption Ark (e) Alastair Reynolds SF/HSF/SE/SO - Revelation Space 3
Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days (e) Alastair Reynolds SF/HSF/SE/SO - Revelation Space
Chasm City (e) Alastair Reynolds SF/HSF/SE/SO - Revelation Space 2
House of Suns (e) Alastair Reynolds SF/HSF/SE/SO
Revelation Space (e) Alastair Reynolds SF/HSF/SE/SO - Revelation Space 1
Century Rain (e) Alastair Reynolds SF/HSF/SE/SO
The Ranger of Marzanna Jon Skovron F/RF - Goddess War 1
Creatures of Charm and Hunger Molly Tanzer HistF - Diabolist's Library 3
Blindsight Peter Watts SF/HSF/AC - Firefall 1
Repo Virtual Corey J. White SF/CyP



April 22, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Night Sun: A Tor.com Original (e) Zin E. Rocklyn H
Deep Learning Ren Warom SF - Robot Dreams 2
An Explorer's Cartography of Already Settled Lands: A Tor.com Original (e) Fran Wilde F



April 23, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Wise Friend Ramsey Campbell SupTh/H/Sus - Fiction Without Frontiers
End Game (e) Hailey Edwards UF/RF/P - The Foundling 5
Boy in the Box (ri) Marc E. Fitch Sus/SupTh - Fiction Without Frontiers
The Heron Kings (ri) Eric Lewis F - Fiction Without Frontiers
Paper Hearts Justina Robson SF - Robot Dreams 3



April 24, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sea Change (e) Nancy Kress SF/GenEng/Esp/Dys/AP/PA
The Beasts of Lake Oph Tom Toner SF - Robot Dreams 4



April 28, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Pass of Fire (h2mm) Taylor Anderson SF/AH - Destroyermen 14
A Veil of Spears (tp2mm) Bradley P. Beaulieu F/DF - Song of Shattered Sands 3
Ghost Money Stephen Blackmoore UF/DF/CF - Eric Carter 5
To Catch a Witch Heather Blake PCM - A Wishcraft Mystery 8
Starbreaker Amanda Bouchet PNR/SFR - Nightchaser 2
Triumphant (h2mm) Jack Campbell SF - The Genesis Fleet 3
The Hive (h2mm) Orson Scott Card Aaron Johnston SF/SO - Second Formic War 2
The Perfect Assassin (tp2mm) K. A. Doore F - Chronicles of Ghadid 1
The Horusian Wars: Divination John French SF - Warhammer 40,000
Empire City Matt Gallagher LF/AH
By Demons Possessed (tp2mm) P. C. Hodgell F - Kencyrath 6
Critical Point S. L. Huang SF/TechTh - Cas Russell 3
Wheel of Time Premium Boxed Set IV: Books 10-12 (Crossroads of Twilight, Knife of Dreams, The Gathering Storm) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time
Crossroads of Twilight (ri) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 10
The Gathering Storm (ri) Robert Jordan
Brandon Sanderson
F - Wheel of Time 12
Knife of Dreams (ri) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 11
Eye Spy (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey F/DF - Valdemar: Family Spies 2
The Gate of Ivory Bernard Lazare
Brian Stableford (Tr)
F - Anthology
Firefly - The Ghost Machine James Lovegrove MTI/SF/SO
The Revenant Express (h2tp) George Mann SP/Cr/M/PI - Newbury & Hobbes Investigation 5
Sons of the Selenar Graham McNeill SF/SO - Horus Heresy: Siege of Terra
The Master's Apprentice Oliver Pötzsch
Lisa Reinhardt (Tr)
HistF - Faust 1
Murder Can Confuse Your Chihuahua Rose Pressey PCM - A Haunted Craft Fair Mystery 2
All My Colors (tp2mm) David Quantick H/BlHu/DF
A Witch in Time  Wm. Mark Simmons F/HU - Halflife Chronicles 5
Age of Legend (h2mm) Michael J. Sullivan F/HistF - Legends of the First Empire 4
The Human Son Adrian J Walker SF
The Gordian Protocol (h2mm_ David Weber
Jacob Holo
SF/TT
Texas Hold'em (h2tp) Wild Cards Trust
George R.R. Martin (Ed)
SF/SH - Wild Cards 21
Mrs. Morris and the Witch Traci Wilton PCM - A Salem B&B Mystery 2



April 29, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Anything Resembling Love: A Tor.com Original (e) S. Qiouyi Lu F



April 30, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Unexpected Stories Octavia E. Butler SF - Collection
The Postutopian Adventures of Darger and Surplus Michael Swanwick F - Darger and Surplus
Jack Connie Willis SF



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
BlHu - Black Humour
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CH - Cultural Heritage
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyperpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
Esp - Espionage
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PI - Private Investigator(s)
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PP - Police Procedural
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Spec - Speculative
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical