Six-Figure Deal for Fantasy Novelist John Gwynne


Pan Macmillan is delighted to report the acquisition of a new epic fantasy series by John Gwynne. Senior Commissioning editor Bella Pagan bought World rights from agent John Jarrold, in a six-figure deal in pounds sterling.


This new standalone trilogy will be set in the same stirring Celtic-inspired world as John’s first quartet, the Faithful and the Fallen. Here, the Banished Lands now seem at peace. However, guardians appointed to enforce it have their own agenda, and mankind will suffer. One central character, Rae, is part-guardian and part-human. And if she can prevail through conflict, crisis and adventure, she may hold the key to humanity’s ultimate freedom.

John Gwynne’s debut novel, Malice, won the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut. And on the new deal, Gwynne said: ‘I’m absolutely overjoyed that Pan Macmillan will be publishing a new trilogy set in the Banished Lands. I’ve loved working with the team and it’s both wonderful and exciting news to hear their enthusiasm about expanding this world. Ideas have been worming their way into my head for quite some time now and my fingertips are itching to get typing on this new series’


Pagan shared her enthusiasm, saying:  ‘I couldn’t be happier about this new deal. John has proved he can write heart-pounding, character-driven adventures of the most immersive form, and his next works will be just as thrilling. Readers everywhere – prepare to be enthralled!’


Bestselling author Conn Iggulden had high praise for Malice: ‘Influenced by Gemmell’s  Rigante and George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones – two good strands of DNA. Great characters and plot – it gets faster and more fascinating by the page . . . Hell of a debut.  Highly recommended’


Pan Macmillan will be publishing the new books from Autumn 2017, following John Gwynne’s current series. His next book, Ruin, will be published in July this year.

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• May 13th, 2015 • Posted in News