Senior editor Lindsey Hall has acquired a new epic trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Joe Abercrombie at auction, for Tor US, negotiated by Ginger Clark of Ginger Clark Literary, on behalf of Robert Kirby.
The Devils begins a series which fuses the best of fantasy with the most gripping elements of heist, spy and thriller fiction. In a magic-riddled Europe under constant threat of elf invasion, the ten year old Pope occasionally needs services that cannot be performed by the righteous. And so, sealed deep beneath the catacombs, cathedrals and relic stalls of the Sacred City lies the secret Chapel of the Holy Expediency. For its highly disposable congregation—including a self-serving magician, a self-satisfied vampire, an oversexed werewolf, and a knight cursed with immortality—there is no mission that cannot be turned into a calamitous bloodbath…
A must-read, this is accessible fantasy fiction with the addictive Abercrombie twist which has seen his novels hit bestseller lists around the world, delight millions of readers, and cemented his position as one of the leading fantasy writers of his generation.
“Joe Abercrombie is the gold standard of fantasy; he paints dark worlds like no other, makes you love seemingly unloveable characters, and never fails to somehow make you laugh through it all. I’ve been a fan of his for years, and I’m so excited to go on this new adventure with him. Readers are not ready for how much they’re going to love The Devils.”
Of the acquisition, Abercrombie says,
“I’m thrilled to be taking these books to Tor in the US—I’ve known Devi Pillai for many years, but during the process I’ve been very impressed with my new editor Lindsey Hall, and there’s been an infectious enthusiasm for this project from their whole team right from the start. I think they get me. Can’t wait to work with them.”
The Devils is slated for publication in 2025.
Joe Abercrombie is the author of the First Law Trilogy (The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings). His standalone novels (Best Served Cold, The Heroes and Red Country) are also set in the First Law world. His novels have been shortlisted for the World Fantasy Awards, British Fantasy Awards, John W. Campbell Award and the David Gemmell Legend Awards. His covers are also award winning, and have won both the David Gemmell Legend Award and the World Fantasy Award for best artwork. Joe formerly worked as a freelance film editor and is now a full time writer who lives in Bath with his family. Follow @LordGrimdark on twitter for more information, or visit his website.