Tor has acquired A Marvellous Light, an “exuberant, aristocratic adventure” set in a magical version of Edwardian England by Australian author Freya Marske, alongside two sequels.
Publishing director Bella Pagan acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from David Grossman at the David Grossman Literary Agency. A Marvellous Light is Marske’s debut novel and book one in The Last Binding trilogy. Tor UK will be matching publication dates with Tordotcom in the US in November this year.
The publisher explained: “Young baronet Robin Blyth thought he was taking up a minor governmental post. However, he's actually been appointed parliamentary liaison to a secret magical society. If it weren’t for this administrative error, he’d never have discovered the incredible magic underlying his world. Cursed by mysterious attackers and plagued by visions, Robin becomes determined to drag answers from his missing predecessor—but he’ll need the help of Edwin Courcey, his hostile magical-society counterpart. Unwillingly thrown together, Robin and Edwin will discover a plot that threatens every magician in the British Isles.”
Pagan said: “This gloriously fun and fast-paced adventure is the escapism we need right now. I adored every page as I was transported to a magic-filled world of excitement and peril.”
Marske added: “I'm absolutely thrilled to be working with Bella and the Tor UK team on my debut! I can't wait to introduce readers to the characters and magic (and sinister shrubberies) of this trilogy.”