Jonathan Oliver, commissioning editor of Solaris Books, has commissioned SPARROW FALLING, a sequel to steampunk novel SHANGHAI SPARROW by Gaie Sebold. The novel will be delivered in December 2014, for a summer 2015 publication. The agent was John Jarrold, and the deal was for UK/US rights.
Between the activities of her school for young ladies and her connections with the Folk, Eveline Duchen is somewhat busy. She finds herself between a rock and a hard place when she is recognised as being a wanted felon and her friend Lin is put into peril by the leader of the Chinese Folk, the Dragon. She must use her native cunning and ingenuity as never before to find a way out…
Some early reviews for SHANGHAI SPARROW:
“I’ve hardly read any steampunk, but if they’re all like this, I think I need to change that, fast.” DRUNKEN DRAGON REVIEWS
“Jumping between Victorian England and a fantastical China with Fae thrown in for good measure. Result: an entertaining plot, a feisty, determined heroine and a good blending of fantasy and social history; all in all a great read and one I’ll be very likely to re-read too.” TERRYTALK
“…a rip-roarin’ rollickin’ adventure that had me flying through the pages. In fact, two chapters from the end, I actually put the book down, and started reading something else. Because I didn’t want it to end. I so did not want to come back to the book to find out what happened, because I couldn’t bear the thought of finishing it.” TANGLED BOOKMARKS