Pan Macmillan has acquired a new epic fantasy series in a six-figure deal.
Senior commissioning editor Bella Pagan bought world rights to John Gwynne’s standalone trilogy from agent John Jarrold.
The trilogy will be set in the same stirring Celtic-inspired world as Gwynne’s first quartet, the Faithful and the Fallen, published in the UK by Pan Macmillan’s Tor.
In the new books the Banished Lands seem at peace, but the guardians appointed to enforce that peace have their own agenda, and mankind will suffer.
One central character, Rae, is part-guardian and part-human, and if she can prevail through conflict, crisis and adventure, she may hold the key to humanity’s ultimate freedom.
Gwynne said: “I'm absolutely overjoyed that Pan Macmillan will be publishing a new trilogy set in the Banished Lands. I've loved working with the team and it’s both wonderful and exciting news to hear their enthusiasm about expanding this world. Ideas have been worming their way into my head for quite some time now and my fingertips are itching to get typing on this new series’.”
Pagan said: “I couldn’t be happier about this new deal. John has proved he can write heart-pounding, character-driven adventures of the most immersive form, and his next works will be just as thrilling. Readers everywhere – prepare to be enthralled.”
Gwynne’s debut, Malice, won the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut. His next novel, Ruin, is due to be published in July this year.
Pan Macmillan will begin publishing the new trilogy from autumn 2017.