Gollancz has acquired a "gritty" epic fantasy trilogy from debutant Ed McDonald for "a robust" six-figure sum after a "hectic auction".
Publishing director Gillian Redfearn acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Blackwing from Ian Drury at Sheil Land Associates.
US rights were also acquired for six figures, by Jessica Wade at Ace in New York.
The trilogy follows Galharrow, who must investigate a late sorcerer's legacy when his republic is faced with annihilation. Auctions for German and French rights are ongoing.