11/11/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin
John Jarrold has concluded a three-book World Rights deal with Simon Spanton of Gollancz, for a dragon-fantasy series by debut author Stephen Deas, for a good, five-figure sum in pounds sterling. The first book in the series, titled The Adamantine Palace, is due for publication in the summer of 2009.
Simon Spanton said: ‘While it’s self evident that there have always been dragons in fantasy and that there are series out there at the moment featuring them I did feel (especially after a French publisher asked where the dragons were on the Gollancz list. . .) that there was room for a series that centred around dragons and which brought in the grittiness and moral ambivalence that has come to define modern epic-fantasy. Steve’s proposal for a trilogy featuring an Empire reaping a firestorm when the political chicanery behind the throne upsets the balance that has kept the Empire’s dragons under control was just excellent: exactly what I had in mind. Uncanny almost. He’s made the dragons and the idea for the series 100% his own. I can’t wait to publish.’
‘Simon came to me with the idea of an intelligent fantasy series involving dragons,’ said Jarrold. ‘I thought that Steve Deas might be the man for this, after previous conversations we’d had, and so it proved. He has come up with a great idea and brilliant opening chapters.’
Stephen Deas has worked as a systems designer and project manager for a number of technology-based aerospace companies and has reviewed books for the British SF Association’s magazine Vector. He currently lives in Essex with his wife and two sons.
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