HarperVoyager has signed world English rights to two sci-fi/fantasy novels from debut author Peter Newman.
Natasha Bardon signed The Vagrant and The Malice in her first deal for the publisher from Juliet Mushens at the Agency Group.
The books are set in a futuristic world, influenced by high fantasy, with a mysterious character known as The Vagrant being pursued by many factions across a demon-infested world.
Bardon said: "'It is wonderful to come across such an original and well-executed concept from a debut author. I was utterly gripped by The Vagrant and his world – it’s so dark and visceral. Peter promises to be an exciting fresh voice in the fantasy genre."
Newman, a former drama teacher and fire-walking instructor, said being published was "a dream come true".
The Vagrant will be published in hardback in spring 2015.