Maas turns hand to adult books for Bloomsbury

Maas turns hand to adult books for Bloomsbury

YA novelist Sarah J Maas is to write her first series for adults set to be published by Bloomsbury, beginning with Crescent City in late 2019.

Set in a world where humans struggle to survive amid intricate hierarchies of demons, shifters, angels, and countless other magical creatures, Crescent City tells the story of half-human, half-Sidhe Bryce Quinlan. After the brutal slaying of her best friend, Bryce joins forces with a powerful warrior-angel to hunt down the killer, leading them toward a treacherous enemy that could destroy the fabric of their world.

"The series will feature an array of captivating new characters, including a spitfire heroine who will stop at nothing to avenge her friend and protect her vibrant city, an epic world on the brink of war, and Maas’ signature heart-pounding romance," said the publisher.

Maas, meanwhile, said she "couldn't be more thrilled" to be publishing the new series with Bloomsbury.

"Crescent City has been a passion project from the start, and I’ve been working on it for several years now whenever I get the chance", she said. "I can’t wait to introduce readers to Bryce, its heroine, who I think would be very good friends with Aelin and Feyre. The world of Crescent City is more modern than those in my previous series (basically, if the Court of Thrones and Roses and Throne of Glass worlds had modern-day technology), but it’s still chock full of magic, brooding warrior-types, and mysterious and deadly creatures.”

Maas’ epic fantasy series Throne of Glass and Court of Thorns and Roses have sold more than six million English language copies and have been translated into 36 languages, said the publisher. The trilogy A Court of Thorns and Roses is a fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, aimed at adults and upper YA readers, while Throne of Glass is a series about a trained female assassin.

Bloomsbury holds world English rights to the new series.