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The Atlas Quiz: Redux

In the spirit of the magical research conducted by the main cast of Olivie Blake’s Atlas Series, we’ve conducted a little research of our own! Over the years, we’ve assembled a number of quizzes to deduce where YOU stand in the Atlas universe. With only a few clicks, we can identify who your ally is, who your enemy is, and who you are of titular six we first met in The Atlas Six.

Now the trilogy is complete, so complete these quizzes! Tell us who you are!

The Atlas Six Alliance Quiz: Ally

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The Atlas Paradox Quiz: Enemy

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The Atlas Complex Quiz: You

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Year in Review: Highlights of 2023!

As the finals hours of 2023 trickle away, we find ourselves fondly remembering the moments we’ve shared. The books we’ve read. The features we’ve published. Take a stroll down recent memory lane with us through some of this year’s highlights!


Snackable SFF To Help You Get A Jump On Your Reading Goals

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We opened the year with lots of articles about what new books we were going to see in it, but we also put together this helpful list! If you’re like us, you’re reading goals are ambitious, and your TBR is atrocious. This list is still good for addressing both of those adjectives.


Share the Love of SFF with Our Special Valentine’s Day Greetings!

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To share some literary love, we put together bookly pun greeting cards that were a class act. “I love you a latte!”


Our Favorite SFF Characters And Their Tragic Flaws

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Beware the Ides of March if you’re any of our favorite characters. *tragedy incoming*


Tor’s Drastically Off-Kilter Spring Books Quiz

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We’ve started making chaotic quizzes for each season, meaning that four times a year we get to lose our minds and call it content ❤️

It’s lovely.


Travis Baldree on Legends & Lattes and Writing

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Sometimes our authors visit us at the office and we get to ask them so many questions about writing, their stories, and honestly just whatever’s at the top of our brain’s during the lightning round of Q&A.


Trope Spotlight: 5 Accidental Child Acquisitions

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We’re big fans of tropes here at Tor. If tropes were a materials from which a house is constructed, they’d probably be like the skeleton frame that keeps the whole house together. But don’t just take your perhaps ill-conceived similes from us! Check out these authors for the good descriptive language stuff!


Tor Books Presents…Dragon Week 5eva: Aliens Vs. Dragons

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For half a decade now, we’ve celebrated Dragon Week, a week full of dragon-related lists, playlists, author features, quizzes, and assembled miscellany. THIS year we took to the skies and then broke orbit into space for Dragon Week 5eva: Aliens Vs. Dragons!


5 Sandy Reads to Peruse at the Beach

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This feature is so good that instead of coming up with something new to say, we’ll just excerpt the intro:

Sometimes you want something a little different for a beach read. If that’s you, may we recommend focusing less on the body of water nearby and more on what’s under your toes? Yes, we’re talking sand. Sometimes at the beach you don’t necessarily want a book about people swimming or going on vacation or eating lobster. Sometimes you just want a good SFF with quality SAND.

We just like sand. It’s summer and we write about what we want.

Let’s dive in the deep end of the literary sandbox.


The Cat Villains of Tor Publishing Group

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John Scalzi’s Starter Villain is a delightful read with a delightful cover featuring a cat in a suit. Not to be outdone, the real feline colleagues of Tor coworkers took a glamor photoshoot with the book.


Literary Trick-or-Treat: 8 Book & Candy Pairings

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We spent too long debating paired candies and books, and making silly graphics to not bring this one back.


Tor Books’ Startlingly Specific Holiday Gift Guide

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This guide has gifts for everyone. History buffs? Yup. Tabletop gamers? Ya. Supernatural fans? 👍.




Take the Tor Books Extreme Winter Quiz



Awesome Book Swag Near You! Our Fall Pre-Order Gift Round-Up

Do you like to read? Do you like cool stuff at no additional cost? We’ve got you covered 😎

Acrylic Standee – The Fragile Threads of Power by V.E. Schwab


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Art by Nicole Deal

V.E. Schwab, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, opens another door to a new fantasy series set in the dazzling world of Shades of Magic.

Prepare for tangled schemes and perilous adventures with friends old and new in The Fragile Threads of Power.

Submit your receipt by 9/25/23 to receive this acrylic standee!

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Keychain – Starling House by Alix E. Harrow


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Starling House is a gripping and gothic new tale from New York Times bestselling author Alix E. Harrow about a small town haunted by secrets that can’t stay buried and the sinister house that sits at the crossroads of it all.

Praise for Starling House

“Harrow is an exceptional, undeniable talent.” —Olivie Blake, New York Times bestselling author of The Atlas Six

“Gorgeous, poignant, and honest—an unforgettable read.” —Andrea Stewart, author of The Bone Shard Daughter

“A smart, spectacular contemporary Gothic that will leave its roots in you and linger in your dreams.” —Kat Howard, Alex Award–winning author of An Unkindness of Magicians

Submit your receipt by 10/3/23 to receive this keychain!

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Acrylic Keychain – Bookshops & Bonedust by Travis Baldree


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Charm art by Samantha Petrie

Set in the world of New York Times bestselling Legends & Lattes, Travis Baldree’s Bookshops & Bonedust takes us on a journey of high fantasy, first loves, and second-hand books.

Viv’s career with the notorious mercenary company Rackam’s Ravens isn’t going as planned.

Wounded during the hunt for a powerful necromancer, she’s packed off against her will to recuperate in the sleepy beach town of Murk—so far from the action that she worries she’ll never be able to return to it.

What’s a thwarted soldier of fortune to do?

Spending her hours at a beleaguered bookshop in the company of its foul-mouthed proprietor is the last thing Viv would have predicted, but it may be both exactly what she needs and the seed of changes she couldn’t possibly imagine.

Still, adventure isn’t all that far away. A suspicious traveler in gray, a gnome with a chip on her shoulder, a summer fling, and an improbable number of skeletons prove Murk to be more eventful than Viv could have ever expected.

Submit your receipt by 11/6/23 to receive this acrylic keychain!

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Enamel Pin – The Atlas Complex by Olivie Blake


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The much-anticipated final installment in Olivie Blake’s trilogy that began with the New York Times bestselling phenomenon, The Atlas Six.

Praise for The Atlas Trilogy

“Lethally smart…The Atlas Six will grip you by the throat and refuse to let go.” —Chloe Gong, New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights

“Six of the most devious, talented, and flawed characters to ever find themselves in a magical library…wholly a delight.” —Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author of Book of Night

“Compelling, entertaining, and addictive.” —T. L. Huchu, author of The Library of the Dead

Submit your receipt by 1/8/24 to receive this enamel pin!

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Howl Along to TJ Klune’s Official Wolfsong Playlist

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wolfsong by tj kluneOnce upon a time—in the quaint, idyllic summer of 2016—I released a book called Wolfsong. I hoped people would like it as it was a little…different than what I’d written before. I wasn’t necessarily thinking about how this would turn into a four-book series, although that was at the back of my mind.

I didn’t expect the reaction it received, or for the subsequent books. A fierce and protective fandom sprouted up around these characters, and I was delighted by it. People took to Ox and Joe and Carter and Kelly like they were real, and it blew my mind. Granted, that meant every word or turn of phrase was dissected within an inch of its life, but hey, I’m good with that.

Music has always been a major part of what I do. I think, one day, I might even have a musical in me, though that’s probably far away. (Can you imagine?!) I made a playlist for Wolfsong back when it was released, but that was on my old Blogger site (how young I was! How starry-eyed!) that is now defunct. Over the years, I’ve been asked over and over again to put the playlist together once more.

Here it is.


 TJ Klune

(and a brief aside from a Tor marketer to let everyone know that TJ has some other Green Creek playlists on his blog: Ravensong, Heartsong, Brothersong. Check them out, and while you’re at it, check out these cool Green Creek acrylic charms made by Mavilez Art that you can receive when you upload a copy of your Wolf / Ravensong receipt here!)

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“I’ll Walk Alone” // Dinah Shore

I’ll walk alone
They’ll ask me why
And I’ll tell them I’d rather
There are dreams I must gather

“Chasing Twisters” // Delta Rae

What little soul that I have left
And oh, my God
I’ll take you to the grave
The only love I’ve ever known
The only soul I ever saved

“Nervous” // X Ambassadors

But I get nervous
When I’m happy
I get nervous
‘Cause what comes up must come down 

“Running with the Wolves” // AURORA

But we’re running out of time
Oh, all the echoes in my mind cry
There’s blood on your lies
The sky’s open wide
There is nowhere for you to hide
The hunter’s moon is shining

“Beloved” // Mumford & Sons

Before you leave
You must know you are beloved
And before you leave
Remember I was with you

“Sugar Mountain” // Neil Young

Oh to live on Sugar Mountain
With the barkers and the colored balloons
You can’t be twenty on Sugar Mountain
Though you’re thinking that you’re leaving there too soon
You’re leaving there too soon

“A Long December” // Counting Crows

A long December and there’s reason to believe
Maybe this year will be better than the last
I can’t remember the last thing that you said as you were leaving
Now the days go by so fast

“Carry On” // Fun.

You swore and said we are not
We are not shining stars
This I know, I never said we are
Though I’ve never been through Hell like that
I’ve closed enough windows to know you can never look back

“I Feel Home” // O.A.R

To me it’s so damn easy to see
That true people are the people at home.
Well, I’ve been away but now I’m back today,
And there ain’t a place I’d rather go. 

“Rolling in the Deep” // Adele

The scars of your love remind me of us
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all
The scars of your love they leave me breathless
I can’t help feeling

We could’ve had it all

“Six” // Sleeping at Last

I want to take shelter, but I’m ready, ready to fight
Somewhere in the middle, I feel a little paralyzed
Maybe I’m stronger
Than I realize

“Pale Yellow” // Woodkid

Pale Yellow
Unrip the flesh and let the damage grow
Like a blade in the chest bones
Pale Yellow
Relieve the weight and give it a last go
And make it your best shot

“Island” // SVRCINA

I am an island
You are the ocean
You’re so close we’re touching, completely surrounded
But I cannot have you the way that I want to
‘Cause I am an island you are the ocean
No, I cannot have you, I cannot have you without drowning

“Dead in the Water” // Ellie Goulding

‘Cause I can hardly breathe
When your hands let go of me
The ice is thinning out
And my feet brace themselves

“Get Up” // Barcelona 

Five days after black and red collide
The motion sickness past, I’ll be the first to stand
Behind that weathered door, I thought it would be safest
My head is dizzy now, I thought we’d overcome
We might not make it home tonight

“Everywhere I Go (I’m Not Alone)” // Halcyon Skies

No destination on my mind
We’ll take our time we’ll take our time
We’ll go get lost so we can find
The things we thought we left behind

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Meet the B-Team: Get to Know the Characters of The Shrouds of Prophecy

Place holder  of - 62When all the angel-wizards, elven princes, landed gentry, and other properly noble adventure-ly types have peaced out because the world is dying, who is left to save it? In New York Times bestselling author Kel Kade’s genre-bending The Shrouds of Prophecy series, we get the B-team: The assholes, thieves, second-bests, cheaters, and mildly insane, who now shoulder the burden of saving the world.

The story that began with The Fate of the Fallen about the motliest gang to ever raise a sword or flagon of ale continues in Destiny of the Dead. When the wealthy have fled and evil gods rear evil heads, the world needs the ne’er-do-well misfits to set it straight.

So! Get ready to meet the B-team.














The God of Death is tired of dealing with the living, so he’s decided everyone should die. And he’s found allies. The Berru, an empire of dark mages, has unleashed a terrifying army of monstrous lyksvight upon everyone with a pulse.

While the wealthy and powerful, the kings and queens, abandon the dying world, one group of misfits says no more. Through dogged determination and the ability to bind souls to their dead bodies, Aaslo and his friends fight on.

In the mountains of the far north, another bastion of defense is opened. Cherrí, the avatar of a vengeful fire god, has united the survivors amongst her people and begun her own war on the invaders.

Now, Aaslo and Cherrí must find a way to unite their powers, one divine, the other profane, to throw back the monsters of the Berru, and challenge Death itself.

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