HarperVoyager is to publish a new epic fantasy series from Jay Kristoff titled The Nevernight Chronicles.
UK and Commonwealth rights were acquired by publishing director Emma Coode from St Martin's Press. Nevernight, the first book in the series, will be published in hardback and e-book in August 2016.
The synopsis for the series reads: "Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death. Years later, to make vengeance a promise she can keep, she must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult. The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student. The shadows love her. And they drink her fear."
Kristoff is author of the The Lotus War series (Thomas Dunne) and YA sci-fi novel Illuminae (Oneworld), and has won the Aurealis Award and been nominated for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards. In 2015, it was announced that Brad Pitt and his production company, Plan B Entertainment, had acquired the film rights to Illuminae.
Coode said: "I’m tremendously excited to have acquired Jay Kristoff’s new novel, Nevernight, for Voyager. It is delicious: I can think of no better word to describe this adventure. Step onto this dangerous, sensual and vivid stage among its tender and heartless characters, and the craving begins. By the time you’ve turned the last page, you’ll be bereft and addicted. You won’t feel entirely safe with Mia and Mr Kindly, their world and future is a shadowed one, but you will never forget it, and you will never be bored when you visit. Prepare yourselves. You are in for one hell of a ride this August."