HarperVoyager has pre-empted the debut fantasy trilogy from Hannah Kaner.
Natasha Bardon, publishing director, acquired UK and commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, in a "swift" pre-empt via Juliet Mushens at Mushens Entertainment, the publisher said. The first book in the trilogy, Godkiller, will publish in hardback in March 2023. Russian rights have been acquired by Mann, Ivanov and Ferber.
Godkiller follows Kissen, whose family were killed by zealots of a fire god. Now she makes a living killing gods and enjoys it — until she finds a god she cannot kill. Forced to travel to the ruined city of Blenraden, where the last of the wild gods reside, to beg a favour, she is accompanied by three unlikely heroes: a young noble, a god of white lies, and the former Knight Commander. Pursued by demons, and in the midst of burgeoning civil war, they will all face a reckoning as something is rotting at the heart of Blenraden, and only they can be the ones to stop it.
Kaner said she was "thrilled" with the deal, saying it was "a long held dream. I'm chuffed to be walking in the footsteps of their other amazing writers and guided by an excellent team."
Mushens said: "Godkiller is totally irresistible, with some of my favourite tropes: a gruff battle-hardened warrior with a heart of gold, a precocious young girl with a secret, and extremely cool magic. I can’t wait for Voyager to launch Hannah’s career."
Bardon added: "‘I was so excited when I first read Hannah’s fast-paced fantasy filled with gods, monsters and characters to fall in love with. It’s a fantastic whirlwind that fans of The Witcher will love and I cannot wait for Voyager to publish it."