Orbit signs WWII fantasy trilogy

Orbit has acquired a fantasy retelling of the events of the Second World War by American author Ian Tregillis.

Commissioning editor Anna Gregson bought UK and Commonwealth rights in The Milkweed Triptych from John Berlyne at the Zeno Literary Agency. The first title, Bitter Seeds, and its sequels The Coldest War and Necessary Evil, will be released in succession between December 2012 and April 2013.

The alternative version of the 20th-century events see Nazis engineering scientifically-enhanced supermen with powers of telekinesis, invisibility and fire-manipulation, with British troops resorting to dark magic and tactics to hold back the German invasion.

Gregson said: "We're delighted to have acquired this thrillingly sinister, clever and compelling tale that melds real-life events with occult forces and weird science. Its vivid atmosphere and supernatural twist make this a deeply mesmerising and entertaining novel, with great appeal for any fans of alternate histories, dark fantasy and superhero comics. Think 'Inglourious Basterds' crossed with 'X-Men!'"