Pan Mac buys two epic fantasy novels

<p>Pan Macmillan has acquired world rights for two epic fantasy novels in new series The Faithful and the Fallen by John Gwynne. <br /><br />Julie Crisp, editorial director of Pan Macmillan, made the five-figure pre-emptive deal through agent John Jarrold for a &quot;very good&quot; five-figure sum. <br /><br />The stories combine elements of Celtic myth and an imagined beginning of the Roman Empire, and are set on a continent called Banished Lands. The debut follows Corban, a young man who wants to become a warrior but who has a higher destiny. <br /><br />Crisp said: &quot;This is an incredibly exciting book. It gave me the same feeling when reading it that I had when I first read George R R Martin, Robert Jordan and Patrick Rothfuss. I fell in love with the characters, the world building and the detailed imagining. The beginning of a brand new series, this is a contemporary epic fantasy that I&#39;m sure will gather an enthusiastic and loyal readership and we&#39;re thrilled to be publishing John at Tor UK.&quot; <br /><br />Jarrold said: &quot;Julie&#39;s enthusiasm was immediate when it was submitted to major publishers on both sides of the Atlantic, and she was able to bring her senior colleagues on board with a very strong pre-emptive offer within days.&quot; <br /><br />The first volume in the series, <em>So Deep a Malice</em>, will be published by Tor UK in 2012, with sequel <em>Terror of Heaven</em> to be released in 2013.</p>