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Aconyte Reveals its First Marvel Titles

Aconyte Books

Aconyte Books is the book publishing imprint of Asmodee Entertainment, a game company that is leveraging its IP for a range of new prose novels.

The publisher had previously announced a partnership with Marvel for a series of prose novels and it has now revealed the initial lineup which launches in Fall 2020.

  • Legends of Asgard: Set in the legendary realm of Asgard and rich in Norse-inspired mythology, these fantastical stories celebrate heroism, adventure, fate, honor, and myth. Raise a flagon of ale and enjoy tales of the extraordinary exploits of heroes and heroines from the Ten Realms.
  • Marvel Heroines: These captivating stories feature some of Marvel’s best-loved female characters, some just coming to understand their powers for the first time and others firmly established among the ranks of legendary Super Heroes.
  • Xavier’s Institute: These novels follow the young members of the New Charles Xavier School for Mutants. Expect stories of adventure, defiance, and growth as these characters explore their abilities and their place in the world.
  • Marvel Untold: These tales round up the best villains, magic-wielding heroes, and more from the furthest corners of the Marvel Universe. Whether it’s seeing a famous confrontation from a different perspective or exploring a piece of a character’s backstory that we’ve never seen before, these novels will bring these stories out into the light of day.

FALL 2020 PUBLICATION SCHEDULE

MonthStrandTitleAuthor
OctoberMarvel HeroinesDomino: StraysTristan Palmgren
OctoberLegends of AsgardThe Head of MimirRichard Lee Byers
NovemberXavier’s InstituteLiberty & Justice for AllCarrie Harris
DecemberMarvel UntoldThe Harrowing of DoomDavid Annandale
DecemberLegends of AsgardThe Sword of SurturC L Werner

DOMINO: STRAYS by Tristan Palmgren

[Marvel Heroines] Sharp-witted, luck-wrangling mercenary Domino takes on both a dangerous cult and her own dark past, in this explosive introduction to the new series of Marvel prose novels.

The job: infiltrate a Chicago conman’s cult to liberate some brainwashed twins. For former X-Force operative Domino, that’s a “hell no”. Fanatics are bad news. She still has nightmares about Project Armageddon, the super-soldier program that wrecked her life and destroyed her family. If only she’d had someone to help her back then, someone… like her. It’s a total pain in the ass, but maybe it is time to finally face those demons. With her probability manipulating superpowers she can turn even the worst of situations to her advantage.

Pub Date: Oct 6th, 2020
Trade paperback • ISBN 978-1-83908-050-0 • US$16.95 • CAN$22.95 • UK£8.99
Ebook • ISBN 978-1-83908-051-7 • US$9.95 • CAN$13.95 • UK£7.99


THE HEAD OF MIMIR by Richard Lee Byers

[Legends of Asgard] The young Heimdall must undertake a mighty quest to save Odin – and all of Asgard – in the first heroic fantasy novel set in Marvel’s incredible Legends of Asgard.

It is a dark time for Asgard. The Allfather is trapped in a bewitched Odinsleep, inspiring an all-out assault from the Frost Giants. They evade the gods’ defenses with uncommon ease as if guided by augury. Heimdall, a quick-witted young warrior still finding his place amongst Asgard’s defenders, believes it no coincidence that Odin lies enchanted and that the Giants are so well-informed. Sneaking into Odin’s inner chambers, he discovers that the severed head of Mimir, a great source of wisdom, is missing. Accompanied by his sister, Lady Sif, Heimdall must quest across the Ten Realms to retrieve it, lest mighty Asgard fall.

Pub Date: Oct 6th, 2020
Trade paperback • ISBN 978-1-83908-054-8 • US$16.95 • CAN$22.95 • UK£8.99
Ebook • ISBN 978-1-83908-055-5 • US$9.95 • CAN$13.95 • UK£7.99


LIBERTY & JUSTICE FOR ALL by Carrie Harris

[Xavier’s Institute] Two exceptional students face their ultimate test when they answer a call for help, in the first thrilling Xavier’s Institute novel, focused on the daring exploits of Marvel’s mutant heroes.

As part of their training at the New Charles Xavier Institute, Triage and Tempus are allowed to attempt their first solo flying mission. Some way into their mission, they pick up an urgent SOS message – Sentinels are attacking a superpowered mutant, who is struggling to protect an injured politician. When they abandon their lesson and answer the call, however, the identity of both will cause the two young X-Men far more problems than they bargained for.

Pub Date: Nov 3rd, 2020
Trade paperback • ISBN 978-1-83908-058-6 • US$16.95 • CAN$22.95 • UK£8.99
Ebook • ISBN 978-1-83908-059-3 • US$9.95 • CAN$13.95 • UK£7.99


THE HARROWING OF DOOM by David Annandale

[Marvel Untold] Our thrilling new line bringing new tales of Marvel’s Super Heroes and villains begins with the infamous Doctor Doom risking all to steal his heart’s desire from the very depths of Hell.

Notorious villain Doctor Victor von Doom has finally found a solution for his oldest obsession: rescuing his mother’s soul from the clutches of Hell. An alliance with the reclusive sage, Maria von Helm, has provided the key to Doom’s latest invention. Fusing their super-science and sorcery, Doom has created the Harrower, a device that will open a rift and wrench his mother’s soul from the netherworld. Back in the human world, however, rebel forces threaten to overrun Latveria and topple its dark leader – and revolution couldn’t come at a more dangerous time than when the gates of Hell itself have been unlocked.

Pub Date: Dec 1st, 2020
Trade paperback • ISBN 978-1-83908-052-4 • US$16.95 • CAN$22.95 • UK£8.99
Ebook • ISBN 978-1-83908-053-1 • US$9.95 • CAN$13.95 • UK£7.99


THE SWORD OF SURTUR by C L Werner

[Legends of Asgard] The God of War must explore a terrifying realm of eternal fire to reclaim his glory, in this epic fantasy novel of one of Odin’s greatest heroes.

Tyr, God of War and elder brother of Thor, embarks on a quest to seal his place at Odin’s side. Spurred on by loyal young Bjorn Wolfbane and the bewitching Lorelai, the trio set out to steal a sliver of Twilight, the sword of the fire giant Surtur, who will one day bring about Ragnarok and destroy Asgard. But the fiery realm of Muspelheim is fraught with volcanic trolls, lava Kraken, and Surtur’s brood of murderous warriors. Tyr must overcome both his own feelings and the motives of his allies, or risk triggering the apocalypse and cursing his name forever.

Pub Date: Dec 1st, 2020
Trade paperback • ISBN 978-1-83908-037-1 • US$16.95 • CAN$22.95 • UK£8.99
Ebook • ISBN 978-1-83908-038-8 • US$9.95 • CAN$13.95 • UK£7.99

Games Workshop and Black Library announce Indomitus: The Novel

With the contents of the 9th edition starter box for Warhammer 40,000 revealed, you’ll be able to dive deeper into the Indomitus Crusade with a tie-in novel. Coming from Black Library is Indomitus by Gav Thorpe.

Ultramarines attached to Crusade Feelt Quintus encounter Necrons in the Pariah Nexus. Faced with a choice between saving billions of souls and bringing word of xenos horrors to Primarch Guilliman, they must make a difficult decision.

The novel will be available as a hardback, eBook, MP3 audiobook and there are also two special editions. The special editions will also contain an additional short story featuring Ultramarines and Necrons. The novel will be available around the same time as the new boxed set.

Games Workshop Pre-Orders Return with New Psychic Awakening and Adeptus Mechanicus

Games Workshop has re-opened, not just with their store but also with new releases. The first new releases in a while are available now for pre-order in this very Warhammer 40K heavy release week.

If you’re an Adeptus Mechanicus player, you have a lot of options available to you!

Get some aerial support with the Archaeopter Fusilave, Archaeopter Transvector, and Archaeopter Stratoraptor, all available for $100 each. Each kit will allow you to build any of the three vehicles.

You can also start your army with the Start Collecting! Adeptus Mechanicus box for $95.

Psychic Awakening: Engine War has a few different editions including the Collector’s Edition for $80, regular Edition for $40, and Digital Edition for $34.99.

Psychic Awakening: Engine War

You can get the Pteraxii Skystalkers or Pteraxii Sterylizors for $60. The kit can make either unit guaranteeing extra bits for the box!

Pteraxii Skystalkers

Get some cavalry help with the Serberys Sulphurhounds or Serberys Raiders. The kit costs $60 and allows you to make either unit.

Serberys Sulphurhounds

Finally, add Tech-Priest Manipulus to your force for $35.

Tech-Priest Manipulus

Finally, sit back and enjoy three new books from Black Library! You can get Sons of the Selenar (Hardback) for $27, War of the Orks: Book 4 (Paperback) for $8.99, and Flight of the Kharadron: Book 4 (Paperback) for $8.99.

Get a Start with this Humble Bundle of Black Library’s Warhammer 40,000 Books

Humble Bundle has a “starter” package of books for those looking to get a start on Black Library‘s numerous Warhammer 40,000 series.

You’ll get the first book in many classic series that allows you to easily see what you’ve been missing.

There’s $286 worth of awesome stories within.

It’s pay what you want with some of it possibly going to charity. This bundle supports the EveryLibrary Institute and CILIP, the library and information association.

Here are the tiers:

$1 or more:

  • Yarrick: Imperial Creed
  • Ciaphas Cain: For The Emperor
  • Last Chancers: 13th Legion
  • Space Wolves: Space Wolf
  • Mephiston: Blood of Sanguinius
  • Fabius Bile: Primogenitor

$8 or more:

  • Space Marine Conquests: The Devastation of Baal
  • Gaunt’s Ghosts: First and Only
  • Night Lords: Soul Hunter
  • Ahriman: Exile
  • Watchers of the Throne: The Emperor’s Legion
  • The Horusian Wars: Resurrection
  • Tome of Fire: Salamander
  • Kingsblade

$15 or more:

  • Eisenhorn: Xenos
  • Ravenor
  • Ultramarines: Nightbringer
  • The Talon of Horus
  • Vaults of Terra: The Carrion Throne
  • The Beast Arises: I Am Slaughter
  • Space Marine Battles: Rynn’s World
  • Rise of the Ynnari: Ghost Warrior
  • Sisters of Battle: Faith and Fire
  • Blood Angels: Deus Encarmine
  • Farsight: Crisis of Faith
  • Storm of Iron

Asmodee Entertainment and Dark Horse Partner for Tabletop Game Art Books

Asmodee

Asmodee Entertainment has announced a partnership with Dark Horse Comics to create licensed art books for three of Asmodee’s leading tabletop gaming properties. Dark Horse has tapped into Asmodee’s diverse portfolio of over 300 gaming IPs to curate a collection of unique art books showcasing the beautiful artwork and rich story designs that are distinguishable within the games.

Explore the worlds of the Android Universe, Arkham Horror and KeyForge through an expansive collection of never-before-seen production art and commentary from renowned games studio – Fantasy Flight Games. The first of these highly anticipated art books will debut at the end of this year or early next year. Dark Horse’s art books will be the perfect companion piece for fans of these beloved game universes.

Learn Your 1, 2, 3s and A, B, Cs with D&D

In the new ABCs of D&D and 123s of D&D books, kids can learn their letters, numbers and love of D&D with read-aloud-friendly rhyming couplets.

Teach the alphabet and numbers to any early reader as told imaginatively within the world of Dungeons & Dragons. Each book features read-aloud friendly rhyming couplets from Ivan Van Norman and adorable illustrations from Caleb Cleveland.

For ages 3-7 each book retails for $14.99 and are out now.

 

Celebrate 25 Years of Magic with Magic: The Gathering: Concepts & Legends

Magic: The Gathering is celebrating 25 years and VIZ Media is recognizing the event with this officially licensed illustrated history exploring the legend, lore, and origins of the bestselling card game.

Magic: The Gathering: Concepts & Legends is written by James Wyatt, a Senior Game Designer for Magic. The book takes you through the creative process behind the evolving art and design of the games and its worlds and characters.

The book is out now in comic shops and book stores and retails for $39.99.

You can order yours now.
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Magic: The Gathering – Concepts & Legends Explores 25 Years of Lore

VIZ Media celebrates the 25thanniversary of Magic: The Gathering with this officially licensed illustrated history exploring the legend, lore, and origins of the bestselling strategy card game.

Written by Magic: The Gathering Senior Game Designer James Wyatt, this deluxe slip-cased,hardcover volume with collectible art prints provides readers with a rare glimpse of the creative process behind the evolving art and design of Magic: The Gathering. Magic: The Gathering – Concepts & Legends is now available, and carries an MSRP of $39.99 U.S. / $53.99 CAN.

James Wyatt and the Wizards of the Coast team of storytellers and artists open up the archives to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at how they develop the look and feel of the characters, planes, and creatures of the world’s most popular trading card game. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Magic: The Gathering, this beautiful collector’s hardcover book features artwork, sketches and commentary showcasing the expansive world that has captivated generations.

James Wyatt is a Senior Game Designer on the creative team for Magic: The Gathering. His work at Wizards of the Coast since 2000 includes five novels, more than 20 short stories, one poem and dozens of Dungeons & Dragons game sourcebooks.

Throughout its 25-year history, Magic: The Gathering has visited many richly imaginative worlds through card sets and stories. Developed by Wizards of the Coast, Magic: The Gathering has tens of millions of fans, is played in more than 70 countries, and is available in 11 languages. Magic: The Gathering has won numerous notable awards, including a Mensa Award and multiple Origins Awards, the Hobby Game industry’s annual top award.

Todd “REAS” James: New D&D Coloring Book is Out Now!

Combining the punk-rock stylings of renowned artist Todd James (a.k.a REAS) with the power of D&D monsters and lore comes Dungeons & Dragons Adventures Outlined, the ultimate coloring book for adventurers!

Color your way through each adventure with delightful illustrations and unique designs including beholders, trolls, goblins, dragons, and more! Peppered with quips and descriptions from D&D writer Adam Lee, this beautiful coloring book should be bestowed upon the most deserving adventurers, offering hours of creativity, fun, and relaxation!

Dungeons & Dragons Adventures Outline is available at game stores on August 10th and everywhere August 21st.

VIZ Media Releases Details on the Summer Release of Magic: the Gathering – Concepts and Legends

VIZ Media dives into the legend, lore, and origins of the bestselling strategy card game, Magic: The Gathering, with the acquisition of Magic: the Gathering – Concepts and Legends. Written by bestselling author and Magic: The Gathering Senior Game Designer James Wyatt, the slipcased, hardcover volume is slated for release in print this Fall and offers a detailed examination of the planes, mythos and in-world history of Magic: The Gathering.

Dive deep into the archives of Magic: The Gathering with an inside look at the origins of the characters, planes, creatures and lore of the world’s most popular trading card game. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Magic: The Gathering, this beautiful collector’s hardcover book features artwork, sketches and commentary showcasing the expansive world that has captivated generations. The book also includes four double-sided collectible art prints.

Throughout its 25-year history, Magic: The Gathering has visited many richly imaginative worlds through card sets and stories. Developed by Wizards of the Coast, Magic: The Gathering has more than 20 million fans, is played in more than 70 countries, and is available in 11 languages. Magic: The Gathering has won numerous notable awards, including a Mensa Award and multiple Origins Awards, the Hobby Game industry’s annual top award.

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