Tor Acquires Debut Fantasy Series from Author Sam Hawke!

Diana Gill, Executive Editor at Tor Books, has acquired two novels in a nice five-figure deal for World rights from Julie Crisp Literary Agency. Crisp, formerly an editorial director of fiction at Pan Macmillan running the Tor UK imprint, left the company last year to set up her own business. Diana Gill, formerly Executive Editor at Berkley, recently joined Tor US and is acquiring for her own list of genre authors.

Sam Hawke is an Australian fantasy author. Hawke’s novel, City of Lies, is the first book in The Poison Wars series, and is an intelligent epic fantasy full of action, drama, and original characters. Hawke has wanted to write books since realizing as a child that they didn’t just breed between themselves in libraries. Having contemplated careers as varied as engineer, tax accountant, and zookeeper, Hawke eventually settled on the law. After marrying a jujitsu training partner and traveling to as many countries as possible, Hawke now resides in Canberra raising two small ninjas and two idiot dogs. You can find Sam Hawke online at, and follow Hawke on Twitter and on Facebook.

About City of Lies:

Jovan wears two faces. Outwardly, he is the lifelong friend of the Chancellor’s charming, irresponsible Heir. Quiet. Forgettable. In secret, Jovan is a master of poisons and chemicals, trained to protect the Chancellor’s family from treachery.

His sister, Kalina, hides her frustrations behind a mask of calm. While other women of the city hold positions of power and responsibility, her own path is one of secrets and lies—hidden even from her own brother.

When the Chancellor succumbs to an unknown poison and a revolutionary army lays siege to the city, Jovan and Kalina’s structured world unravels. Trapped and desperate, they soon discover their civilized country also has two faces; behind the beauty and sophistication is an ugly past built on oppression and treachery…

Diana Gill had this to say: “I am thrilled to publish this great epic fantasy debut as my first acquisition for Tor. I was hooked on the very first sentence, and fans of Robin Hobb and Mark Lawrence will love the wonderful mix of court intrigue and murders in a besieged city-state.”

Julie Crisp said: “I’m delighted that Sam will be published with Diana. Tor US is such a great supporter of new genre voices and I can’t wait until readers get to meet the fabulous characters in City of Lies.”

And Sam Hawke commented: “I am absolutely thrilled to be working with Diana and and Tor and ecstatic that City of Lies will be part of their amazing SFF lineup.”



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