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Rob J Hayes - author


Rob J. Hayes, self-published author of the Amazon bestseller The Heresy Within, the piratical swashbuckler Where Loyalties Lie, which won Mark Lawrence’s extremely popular SELF PUBLISHED FANTASY BLOG-OFF  in 2017 and a number of other successful fantasy novels, is the latest client of the John Jarrold Literary Agency.


His new novel,  Herald, is a dark epic fantasy about a war between humanity and God. It makes the reader consider who is in the right and wrong, and then challenges that conception. It is the first in a planned trilogy called Age of the God Eater.


In a world where humans can attain power by devouring angels, the Godless Kings sacked heaven, ate the God and stole his immortality. A thousand years later, angelkind has been hunted to near extinction, but there is one hope left. A new Herald has been born, capable of ringing in the Fifth Age and bringing the God back to life. However, this Herald is human, and there is no guarantee which side of the war she will take.


Herald will appeal to fans of John Gwynne’s Faithful and the Fallen, Peter V. Brett’s Demon Cycle, and Chris Wooding’s The Ember Blade.


Rob has been a student, a banker, a marine research assistant, a chef, and a keyboard monkey more times than he cares to count. But eventually his love of fantasy and reading drew him to the life of a writer.


John Jarrold said: “Herald grabbed me from the first page, with its depiction of a world of the last angels, a Godless King who ate God and many other fascinating characters – all of whose motivations we understand (though not as well or easily as we may first believe) and can empathise with. Human, immortal or other, Rob’s characters live and breathe.  The young girl Renira – who many be far more than she has ever imagined. The angels Eleseth and her Fallen brother Armstar, the Godless King Emrik and his sons, and his wolf-like daughter Perel. And many others. It’s a remarkable, involving story and so unlike the run of fantasy I see every day.”







• June 21st, 2019 • Posted in News


sean grigsby


Sean Grigsby, author of SMOKE EATERS, its forthcoming sequel ASH KICKERS and DAUGHTERS OF FORGOTTEN LIGHT, has joined the John Jarrold Literary Agency. He has also had stories published by amazing Stories and Black Library.


Sean is a professional firefighter in central Arkansas, where he writes about lasers, aliens, and guitar battles with the Devil…when he’s not fighting dragons. He also sings.


“I read SMOKE EATERS and loved it,” said John Jarrold. “DAUGHTERS OF FORGOTTEN LIGHT is on the kindle. I was delighted when Sean got in touch to discuss representation and I couldn’t be happier that we have agreed to work together! I’ve also read a new novel that is quite wonderful.  And he sings – which I have also been known to do since fronting a pub band in the early 1980s!”


• May 3rd, 2019 • Posted in News


Helena Dorée, Senior Rights Manager at Little, Brown Book Group, has sold Russian and Turkish rights in outstanding fantasy novel THE GUTTER PRAYER by Gareth Hanrahan. Russian rights went to  Eksmo; and Turkish rights, after an auction, to Egitim.


THE GUTTER PRAYER is the first volume of The Black Iron Legacy and was published by Orbit in the UK and US in January 2019. Cari is a drifter whose past and future are stranger than she can know. Rat is a Ghoul, whose people haunt the city’s underworld. Spar is a Stone Man, subject to a terrible plague that can only have one end. Used as bait by the Thieves Guild, their actions lead to a possible Armageddon in the city of Guerdon – which is as strange and wonderful as any fantasy city. These are only a few of the arcane and brilliantly-conceived beings you’ll meet here.


Author quotes and reviews have been magnificent:


A ground breaking and extraordinary novel . . . Hanrahan has an astonishing imagination (Peter McLean, author of PRIEST OF BONES)

The Gutter Prayer is captivating and complex. Guerdon is a city that seethes with history, horror, and hidden secrets, and Hanrahan’s assured style is reminiscent of China Mieville in the best way possible (Nicholas Eames, author of KINGS OF THE WYLD)

An absolutely stunning debut. Insanely inventive and deeply twisted. I loved it! Highly recommended (Michael R. Fletcher, author of BEYOND REDEMPTION)

Utterly brilliant . . . Excellent, edgy, absorbing writing, an intelligently woven story that throws the unexpected at you with almost the turn of every page, I think Gareth Hanrahan is a total genius (LIZ LOVES BOOKS)

The perfect marriage of grimdark and epic fantasy . . . an impressive debut . . . Boldly ambitious and innovative in equal measure, Hanrahan’s daring entry into the genre is guaranteed to captivate and enthral (BIBLIOSANCTUM)

Employing an enviable skill with both plotting and prose, Gareth Hanrahan has in The Gutter Prayer woven an intricate and finely crafted web of compelling characters navigating a city rich in dark and original wonders. I await the sequel with the keenest anticipation. (Anthony Ryan, author of BLOOD SONG)

Mind-blowingly stellar in every respect; full of seductive creativity, marvelously intelligent, innovative, and frankly revolutionary. This dark and enchanting debut contained no shortage of alluring madness and wondrous imagination that manifests itself gloriously within the pages. Fantasy readers, be wise and buy this book, because there’s simply nothing like it . . . I envision that The Gutter Prayer will not only win many readers’ hearts but also win multiple fantasy awards in the near future. Yes, it was THAT good. Read it. Thank me later (NOVEL NOTIONS)

A gripping tale that meshes beautifully with its fascinating, darkly inventive setting (James Islington, author of THE SHADOW OF WHAT WAS LOST)

With living candles, ancient ghouls, broken gods and more, The Gutter Prayer brims with cool and often twisted ideas (Peter Newman, author of THE VAGRANT)

Hanrahan’s highly anticipated fantasy debut is a real breath of fresh air . . . The Gutter Prayer features a skilfully crafted world, with masterful drama, expert dialogue, brilliant characters and an ending I did not see coming . . . A book that every fantasy fan should read (FANTASY BOOK REVIEW)






• April 25th, 2019 • Posted in News



stewart hotston


Stewart Hotston has joined the John Jarrold Literary Agency.


Stewart has self-published two novels and a collection of shorts with Alternative Realities: A Family War, A People’s War and Tales of Wild Light.


In May 2019 his novel Tangle’s Game will be published by Abaddon.


He has had numerous short stories published by a variety of presses including NewCon Press, Dust Publishing, Rebellion, Strange Horizons, KnightWatch Press, Fringeworks and Boo Books.  He has also been writing for a computer game called Age of Ascent – along with writing seven stories in that world.


He is presently completing a new novel The Alchemist of Parvedan, and has a number of new ideas for novels and shorter fiction, as well as sequel ideas for Tangle’s Game.


“Stewart’s writing has an immediacy and his ideas have great originality as well as being totally involving – as are his characters,” said John Jarrold. “I’m looking forward to working with him as his writing becomes better and better known!”


Stewart’s website is at:






• April 24th, 2019 • Posted in News



tim napper


Australian SF writer T R Napper has joined the John Jarrold Literary Agency.


His debut novel is Thirty-Six Streets - a cyberpunk thriller with lashings of military SF: Ghost in the Shell meets Apocalypse Now. Set around 150 years in the future.


Lin ‘The Silent One’ Vu is a gangster and sometime private investigator. Born in Vietnam, raised in Australia, everywhere an outsider. She lives in Chinese-occupied Hanoi, in the steaming, paranoid alleyways of the Old Quarter – known as the Thirty-Six Streets.


Through grit and courage Lin has carved a place for herself in the Vietnamese underworld. But when an Englishman comes to Hanoi in search for answers over the murder of his dear friend, Lin’s life is turned upside down. She is drawn into the grand conspiracies of the neon gods: of regimes and mega-corporations, as they unleash dangerous new technologies in a quest for absolute power.  Lin must confront the immutable moral calculus of an unjust war. She must choose: family, country, or gang. Blood, truth, or redemption. No choices are easy on the Thirty-Six Streets.


T R Napper worked in international development for around fourteen years in Mongolia, Laos, and Vietnam, and various other places in Southeast Asia and East Asia. He is a basic education specialist, designing and managing programs aimed at enabling ethnic minority children in remote areas to attend primary school (in communities where they would never have set foot in a school otherwise).


More recently he has been a stay-at-home dad and writer. He has returned to Australia after three years in Hanoi, where all he did was read battered science fiction paperbacks, explore the city with his son, and write, write, write in all the spaces in between.


T R Napper began writing fiction in 2013. Since then he’s sold sixteen short stories, including one to the prestigious Asimov’s magazine, several to the excellent Interzone, and numerous others. His short fiction has been translated into Hebrew, French, German, and Vietnamese.


In 2017 he won the Aurealis Award for Best Short Story for “Flame Trees”, (Asimov’s Science Fiction, April/May 2016); and another of his stories “A Strange Loop” (Interzone, January/February 2016) was included in Neil Clarke’s Best Science Fiction of the Year. He is in the final stages of a creative writing doctorate in Noir, Cyberpunk, and Asian Modernity.


Among several current jobs, he works as a dungeon master for the local community centre, running a D&D campaign for young people with autism.


“I read this novel across a weekend,” said John Jarrold. “Enthralled, gripped and loving it, despite darkness and emotional wrenches.  It’s wonderful, and I’m very proud to welcome T R Napper (Tim)  to the agency family!”




• March 27th, 2019 • Posted in News