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Coming From Tor: SPLINTEGRATE by Deborah Teramis Christian, TRIAL OF INTENTIONS by Peter Orullian, EDGE OF DAWN by Melinda Snodgrass

Here’s a trio of tasy Tor books coming out next year…


 
Splintegrate by Deborah Teramis Christian
(Tor Books | August 25, 2015)
 

SYNOPSIS:

The long-awaited next book set in the world of the critically acclaimed science fiction novel Mainline

Promising SF and fantasy writer Deborah Teramis Christian published several successful novels in the late 1990s, then took a hiatus from writing to focus on other pursuits. Now she’s back with a rousing stand-alone sequel to fan favorite Mainline.

One of the many charms of planet Lyndir is the Between-World, home to the licensed entertainers of the Sa’adani empire. The most famous is Kes, a professional dominatrix who has become a celebrity attraction at a palatial dungeon called Tryst.

One of Kes’s most devoted clients is the infamous interplanetary political operative Janus, the last man standing when his business fell apart on Selmun III, and now a major cog in Lyndir’s political machine. When a high-powered imperial authority decides she wants Janus out of the way, the seductive domna Kes is the most logical avenue. She’d never betray a client’s trust, but the threat to her and her Sa’adani sisters is so great that she has no choice but to assist.

Imprisoned, altered against her will, and turned into a brutal weapon by the highly experimental Splintegrate cloning technology, Kes is at war with herself as everything she holds dear falls apart around her. It will take an enormous triumph of will and help from some unlikely avenues for Kes to survive the government’s machinations and pursue the independence she’s craved her entire life.


 
Trial of Intentions by Peter Orullian
(Tor Books | May 26, 2015)
 

SYNOPSIS:

The second title in the Vault of Heaven series, Trial of Intentions is a mesmerizing fantasy epic that turns the conventions of the genre on its head

The gods who created this world have abandoned it. In their mercy, however, they chained the rogue god—and the monstrous creatures he created to plague mortalkind—in the vast and inhospitable wasteland of the Bourne. The magical Veil that contains them has protected humankind for millennia and the monsters are little more than tales told to frighten children. But the Veil has become weak and creatures of Nightmare have come through. To fight them, the races of men must form a great alliance to try and stop the creatures.

But there is dissent. One king won’t answer the call, his pride blinding him even to the poison in his own court. Another would see Convocation fail for his own political advantage. And still others believe Convocation is not enough. Some turn to the talents of the Sheason, who can shape the very essence of the world to their will. But their order is divided, on the brink of collapse.

Tahn Junell remembers friends who despaired in a place left barren by war. One of the few who have actually faced the unspeakable horde in battle, Tahn sees something else at work and wonders about the nature of the creatures on the other side of the Veil. He chooses to go to a place of his youth, a place of science, daring to think he can find a way to prevent slaughter, prevent war.

And his choices may reshape a world…


 
Edge of Dawn by Melinda Snodgrass
(Tor Books | August 4, 2015)
 

SYNOPSIS:

The final battle approaches for a band of modern paladins, fighting for the light of science and reason, and against an ancient supernatural army poised to destroy the world
What do you do when the Earth is under assault from monstrous creatures by alternate dimensions and you’re the only person who can wield the weapon that can destroy them? That’s the situation facing Richard Oort, hero of the Edge novels.

Lonely and overwhelmed after a series of terrifying, catastrophic global and personal events, Richard is still determined to save the world from the horrific Old Ones. He goes undercover in a Christian fundamentalist compound, playing house with an attractive FBI agent. At first, this only serves to increase his loneliness, missing his real family, but against all odds discovers another unique human who can use the paladin’s weapon, one who might be able to join him and lighten the burden of responsibility. There’s only one problem — Mosi is a nine year old Navajo girl.

Their enemies are trying to kill both Richard and Mosi—and have already killed Mosi’s family. To keep her safe Richard becomes her guardian, but an error in judgement leads to disaster and betrayal, and now the odd pair will need to summon all their strength to survive the coming battle. From the American southwest to a secret society in Turkey, the paladin and his ward try to stay in front of their enemies, but the world is at stake—and time is running short.

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3 Comments on Coming From Tor: SPLINTEGRATE by Deborah Teramis Christian, TRIAL OF INTENTIONS by Peter Orullian, EDGE OF DAWN by Melinda Snodgrass

  1. David Greybeard // November 14, 2014 at 2:49 pm //

    Quite a few of the books from Tor that I’ve had my hands on a physical copy, I’ve noted that they are surprisingly small in size (Book Club Edition-size) and without any dustjacket ornamentation (no gilding, raised lettering, die cuts or what have you, other special printing extras). If fact the dustjackets I’ve seen are the plainest possible.

    Which has me thinking: Has Tor has fallen on hard times? Certainly, they seem to be offering fewer and fewer titles per year. I know they have some new keen competition what with Orbit, Angry Robot, Solaris and the rest. Even Titan Books is moving into the US market. Can Gollanzc be not far behind?

    So,what is the health of Tor these days?

    • This is not new. I don’t have any insider information, but for years many publishers have been publishing 2 hardback size. The large ones and the small ones. I imagine it’s driven by cost savings, but what company *isn’t* trying to reduce costs?

      On the plus side, Tor consistently has some of the best covers in SF/F. Irene Gallo does a superb job at acquiring top-quality art…and there’s cost in that that they *can* lower, but thankfully don’t (at least that’s how it looks to me.

      • David Greybeard // November 15, 2014 at 8:45 am //

        Oh, I totally agree. Tor books do have wonderful cover art. Top-notch book production and marketing. I would imagine Tor would be a terrific employer. Dream job, certainly.

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