We are thrilled to announce that, along with the HarperCollins Children’s Books team, we have jointly acquired three books from Sunday Times’ bestselling author Joe Abercrombie.
“I’ve never experienced such universal enthusiasm for a project in all my years at HarperCollins,” said Jane Johnson, Publishing Director for HarperFiction.
“We received the submission on a Wednesday and by Thursday afternoon everyone had read and adored it – the whole building was buzzing with the huge potential for this series. Nick Lake (Children’s), Emma Coode (Voyager) and I discussed a cross-divisional strategy and on that basis offered immediately. Both Nick and I have been fans of Joe’s adult work since THE BLADE ITSELF, but I had no idea he had so many other fans in-house.”
Joe Abercrombie said, “With this trilogy I’ve set out to do something a little different – shorter, tighter, and with a broad, page-turning appeal – while still giving readers the vivid characters, crunching action, twisting plots, and black humour that I’m known for. They’re books that’ll deliver a slap in the face with every page, and I’m delighted to be working with HarperCollins to bring them to every possible reader.”
Nick Lake, Publishing Director for HarperCollins Children’s Books said “I’ve been a huge fan of Joe’s work for ages – his vivid imagination, unparalleled action scenes and dark humour are perfect for the crossover audience: indeed I said as much to him some years ago! I’m so excited about working in tandem with Voyager on this utterly brilliant trilogy, and the many creative opportunities it presents.”
HALF A KING – the first of three standalone but interconnected novels aimed at younger readers – will be published in summer 2014. A classic coming-of-age tale, set in a brilliantly imagined alternative historical world reminiscent of the Dark Ages with Viking overtones, the book tells the story of Yarvi, youngest son of a warlike king. Born with a crippled hand, he can never live up to his father’s expectations of what a real man should be and his destiny is not the throne but the Ministry, not the sword and shield but the book and the soft word spoken.
But when his father and brother are killed, Yarvi is propelled to kingship and must sit in the Black Chair, between gods and men, and half a man must find a way to rule as half a king. Thus begins a gripping switchback ride of a tale that will carry Yarvi far beyond his kingdom, from the heights of royalty to the depths of slavery, during the course of which he must find better ways to fight than with a sword, and learn the lessons that will make him a man.
JOE ABERCROMBIE is a young British author born in Lancashire and based outside Bath. His novel THE HEROES charted at number 3 in the Sunday Times’ bestseller lists in 2011 and his work has been translated into 26 languages. Joe previously worked in television production as a freelance film editor’, working on documentaries, music videos and concerts for an array of stars from Barry White to Coldplay.