Hodder & Stoughton has acquired Elly Blake’s young adult fantasy trilogy, the Frostblood Saga, in a pre-empt deal.
Editor Emily Kitchin snapped up UK and Commonwealth rights to three books - Frostblood, Fireblood and an untitled final novel, by debut author Blake - through Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary Agency. North American rights were acquired at auction by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, and German rights were acquired at auction by Ravensburger in a six-figure deal.
Drawing on themes of light and dark, good and evil and set in a land ruled by ‘Frostbloods’, the plot centres around Ruby, a feisty 17-year-old heroine with ‘Fireblood powers’, determined to avenge her mother’s death after soldiers raid her village. She pledges to kill a tyrannous king responsible for the massacre of her people - but in so doing must unleash powers she has spent her whole life hiding.
Kitchin said: “This is compelling, fast-paced fantasy at its most brilliant, sure to have enormous appeal for fans of Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen and the Divergent series. I devoured Frostblood in one sitting, unable to stop turning the pages and completely drawn in by Elly’s flawless world-building and feisty, outspoken heroine."
Blake added: “I'm beyond thrilled to be working with the team at Hodder & Stoughton. The publisher's unwavering enthusiasm for fantasy is phenomenal, and I'm so honoured the Frostblood Saga will be part of their lovingly curated list.”
Hodder will publish Frostblood in trade paperback in January 2017.