It's so exciting when you have news as good as this to share, and I've had to wait a few days to shout about this. I even had an author in the office on Thursday and she of course asked 'Any hot news??!' A difficult moment, but I managed not to tell all. Or anything, for that matter! But now I'm so happy to say we've bought the particularly wonderful Truthwitch and two sequels from Susan Dennard. This is a brilliantly imagined coming-of-age story about a pair of witches, destined to save their world from tainted magic. We acquired from Jo Volpe, at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc., who clearly has excellent taste. Our full press release is below . . . (hooray!).
THE PRESS RELEASE
Pan Macmillan’s Tor imprint has just acquired three thrilling YA/adult fantasy adventures by Susan Dennard, which we are absolutely delighted to announce today. Senior Commissioning Editor Bella Pagan bought UK and Commonwealth Rights to Susan Dennard's Truthwitch novel and two sequels, with Editor Whitney Ross buying these in the States for Tor US. The agent is Jo Volpe, of New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc., who also represents top international bestseller Veronica Roth. If you love authors such as Sarah J. Maas, Trudi Canavan or Kristin Cashore, these will be everything you could wish for and more.
In Truthwitch, expect intrigue, action and conspiracy, with some wonderfully tense romance woven into the excitement. On a continent where everyone is born with magic, witchcraft is failing as people are corrupted by their own magic. Unrest also grows as a twenty year truce ends between three warring empires, meaning trading treaties cease and war threatens. Only a mythical pair of witches can heal the taint in the land and bring balance. But the two young friends are yet to discover their fate, even as their world heads towards chaos.
Dennard said: ‘I am incredibly honoured to be working with Tor UK on the Truthwitch series! Tor and Tor UK have always published my absolute favourite science fiction and fantasy series over the years, so having my own fantasy published with such a great house is to see a lifelong dream come true! The world and characters of Truthwitch are especially dear to me, and I have no doubt that Bella Pagan and her team will do the story justice.’
Susan Dennard is based in the US, and used to be a marine biologist before becoming a full-time novelist. She is also the author of the Something Strange and Deadly trilogy in the US, as well as co-author on a serialised science fiction project with New York Times bestseller Sarah J. Maas.
Bella Pagan was delighted by the acquisition, commenting, 'The pages just flew by as the adventure completely enthralled me. Truthwitch is lively, fun and utterly entertaining with one of the best magic systems I've come across in a long, long time. And it's always brilliant when we can work with our colleagues at Tor US, sharing our enthusiasm for great books.'
Tor US and UK plan to release Truthwitch in hardback in autumn 2015.
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