More Warburton to Hodder Children's Books

Hodder Children's Books has acquired a new series by The Winter Trilogy author Ruth Warburton.

Senior editor Ellen Holgate bought world rights in the two-book deal from Eve White of Eve White Literary Agency for a five-figure sum, with the first of the two books, Witch Finder and Witch Hunt, to be published in January 2014.

Witch Finder is described as a "Victorian romantic thriller for 12-16 year olds set in 1880s London". It follows the story of eighteen-year-old Luke Lexton who is about to undergo his initiation into the Malleus Maleficorum—the secretive brotherhood devoted to hunting witches.

Holgate said: "Ruth is an immensely talented storyteller and we are very excited to be publishing these new novels. Witch Finder is a wonderful combination of everything Ruth does best: spine-tingling romance, with a powerful female lead and a dark, witchcraft-filled adventure. It's a page-turning thriller that will delight her increasing army of fans."