Harriet Sanders, Rights Director at Macmillan, has sold US rights in two novels by new UK fantasy novelist John Gwynne â€“ Malice and its untitled sequel â€“ to Â Tom Bauman of Orbit US, who said: ‘I am such a fan of Gwynne’s rich world-building and brisk storytelling. MaliceÂ has everything a fantasy novel needsÂ – action, human interest, and a great sense of wonder.’
World rights in these titles were acquired pre-emptively by Julie Crisp at Tor UK from agent John Jarrold for a major advance. Â Malice was published in the UK in December 2012, and the sequel has just been delivered.Â Orbit US plan to publish MaliceÂ in autumn 2013.
SFX said, of Malice: â€˜Itâ€™s exciting when you find a strong new voice ringing out through the halls of fantasy, and John Gwynne hits all the right spots in his epic tale of good vs evil, the first in the Faithful & The Fallen seriesâ€¦ Gwynne is definitely one to watch.â€™
Fantasy Book Critic said: â€˜With three-dimensional characters, a gripping plot, and a world that became real to me, John Gwynneâ€™s Malice is a great debut. In short, this is the kind of fantasy I love to read and I truly canâ€™t wait for the next volume in The Faithful and the Fallen!â€™