21/12/2010. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Julie Crisp, Editorial Director of Pan Macmillan in London, has concluded a pre-emptive World Rights deal for two epic fantasy novels in a series called The Faithful And The Fallen by new British author John Gwynne with agent John Jarrold, for a high five-figure sum.
So Deep A Malice, the first volume in the series, will be published by Tor UK in 2012, followed by its sequel Terror of Heaven in 2013.
With one foot in Celtic myth and the other loosely straddling the imagined beginning of the Roman empire, this fantasy takes two worlds, old and new, and demonstrates the clash that will occur when the modern tries to overthrow established traditions.
Set on a continent called the Banished Lands, populated by men and giants, dark forests, dreadwolves and draigs; this debut fantasy follows the story of Corban, a young man who just wants to become a warrior, but whose path will lead him to so much more. Populated with characters set in a primal, feral world, soon to become the battleground of angels and demons, this is a tale of love and betrayal, truth and courage, friendship and loyalty. A coming-of-age tale filled with mystery, Machiavellian politics, adventure, joy and tragedy.
John Jarrold said: ĎIím not sure Iíve seen a major fantasy novel that I would recommend more strongly to readers of George R R Martin in the last ten years. Iíve now read it three times and I am still emotionally involved with the characters and storylines throughout, which is a wonderful achievement for a new writer. Julieís enthusiasm was immediate when it was submitted to major publishers on both sides of the Atlantic, and she was able to bring her senior colleagues on board with a very strong pre-emptive offer within days.í
Julie Crisp said of the acquisition, ĎThis is an incredibly exciting book. It gave me the same feeling when reading it that I had when I first read George R R Martin, Robert Jordan and Patrick Rothfuss. I fell in love with the characters, the world building and the detailed imagining. The beginning of a brand new series, this is a contemporary epic fantasy that Iím sure will gather an enthusiastic and loyal readership and weíre thrilled to be publishing John at Tor UK.í
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