Head of Zeus has triumphed in a "fiercely contested" six-way auction to acquire a debut fantasy trilogy by 30-year-old computer game designer Luke Scull in a "strong six-figure deal".
Mathilda Imlah bought UK and Commonwealth rights to The Grim Company and two sequels through Robert Dinsdale, working in association with A M Heath. Deals are "pending" in the US and Europe.
The Grim Company is described as "a dark, anti-heroic fantasy for fans of Joe Abercombie and Scott Lynch", featuring a cast of conflicted heroes embroiled in a civil war in a world of gods and wild magic.
Imlah said: "I've been searching for a landmark fantasy series for some time now, and as soon as I entered Luke Johnson's world, full of breathtaking battles, flawed heroes, rotting titans and divine tyrants, I knew this was the one."
Head of Zeus will publish The Grim Company in hardback in June 2013.