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Stephen Deas joins the House of Jarrold

09/05/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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New UK fantasy author Stephen Deas has joined the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

Deas' first novel, BLOODLINE, was to be published by the Writers' Collective in the US, but will now be offered by Jarrold to major publishers on both sides of the Atlantic. Deas works for BAE Systems, having studied Theoretical Physics at Cambridge. He has previously written reviews for the BSFA's magazine, VECTOR.

Deas' novel runs on two time-lines. In the present Sharda, a royal prince, is called on to find his niece the Princess Royal, whose sorcery holds the key to future salvation and who has disappeared. The Arian Empire has existed for centuries, but now an ancient enemy stirs and dark forces come together to plot the empire's destruction.

Sharda's quest takes him down previously-trodden paths which recall bitter memories and lead the reader into the past and the demons of Sharda's youth, and earlier encounters with those forces. These two story-lines intertwine and come together in an extremely powerful denouement. He is presently writing a sequel, DOMINION. BLOODLINE has already received the following quotes:

"Powerful, ambitious, achieves a passionate intensity; a unique new voice in modern fantasy" - TOM HOLT

"Stephen Deas' Bloodline is an intriguing and challenging look at the eventual cost of youthful impetuosity and the redeeming nature of unselfish love." - L E MODESITT

'Stephen's characterisation reminds me of George R R Martin,' said Jarrold. 'There are few black and white characters here - apart from one set of dyed-in-the-wool villains. We can see the flaws in the protagonist and the reasoning behind the actions of characters we don't particularly like. The world and its history is carefully thought out, as are the back stories of all the characters. Sharda's hatred of certain others comes through with full force, as do their feelings - pro and con - for him.

'Stephen is a serious addition to the roll-call of major fantasy writers. I'm dead chuffed to welcome him to the agency!'

Contact John Jarrold on 01424 440652 or by e-mail on: j.jarrold@btinternet.com for further information.

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