Orbit scoops trilogy from R J Barker

Orbit scoops trilogy from R J Barker

Orbit has acquired a trilogy "straight out of darkest folklore" from fantasy author R J Barker pictured.   

Ed Wilson at Johnson & Alcock sold world English rights to senior commissioning editor Jenni Hill at Orbit UK, which will publish alongside sister imprint Orbit US in a co-ordinated global release in 2022.  

“R J will set his new tale within the bounds of a forest straight out of darkest folklore – with outlaws fighting an evil empire and warring deities,” Orbit said. 

Barker lives in Leeds and debuted in 2017 with the fantasy novel Age of Assassins (Orbit), the start of a trilogy which was shortlisted for the Gemmell Awards, the Kitschie Awards, The Compton Crook and the British Fantasy Society’s Best Debut. The Bone Ships (Orbit) began a new series set on the high seas, and won the British Fantasy Society Award for Best Fantasy Novel, aka the Robert Holdstock Award, this year.   

Hill said: “R J’s style is inimitable and wonderful – more and more readers are discovering him every day, and they’re going to love the story he’s telling in the Forsaken series, which is bigger and darker and more feral than anything he’s told before.” 

Ed Wilson said: “R J has already taken us from the Sour Lands to the High Seas, and now we’re heading into the Woods. His writing is brave and unexpected, and there is nobody in UK fantasy pushing more boundaries.” 

R J said: “I've loved working with Orbit on both the Wounded Kingdom series and the Tide Child series and they've been hugely encouraging in what I do, so I can't wait to venture into the dark forests with them on this new series of books.”