Pan Macmillan has acquired a trilogy by a debut novelist.
Senior commissioning editor Bella Pagan bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Sorcerer to the Crown and its two sequels by Zen Cho from Penguin US.
Sorcerer to the Crown follows Zacharias Wythe, England's first African Sorcerer Royal, as a faction schemes to remove him from his position, the Fairy Court refuses to grant Britain the magical resources it needs, and rumours abound that he murdered his predecessor.
His most outrageous problem is a female magical prodigy, the ambitious orphan Prunella Gentleman who is desperate to escape the school where she’s drudged all her life, and who has just stumbled upon English magic's greatest discovery in centuries.
Pagan said: “Sorcerer to the Crown is warm, clever and witty. I just adored the characters, their dilemmas and the lively world Zen Cho has created. It’s very special and I just can’t wait to share this wonderful book with as many readers as possible.”
Malaysian author Cho lives in London and has had short stories published. She was a finalist for the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
Pan Macmillan will be publishing Sorcerer to the Crown in autumn 2015, with the two sequels to follow in due course.