Pan Macmillan to publish Cassandra Clare's first adult fantasy novels

28 November 2017

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Pan Macmillan is thrilled to announce the acquisition of two adult Cassandra Clare titles. Pan Macmillan Publisher Jeremy Trevathan, and Editorial Director Bella Pagan, fought off stiff competition to acquire UK and Commonwealth Rights excluding Canada. They brokered the deal with Danny Baror of Baror International. These books will be the author’s first works of adult fantasy fiction, a change from the young adult novels that made her name.

The Sword Catcher books form a dramatic epic of power, intrigue and magic. Here, a boy is born to rule a divided city.  A girl is destined to return lost magic to the world. And a prince will betray his people to win a crown. They’ll discover the dark side of themselves and those they love, as their kingdom faces war, plague and the end of hope. But the blackest night comes before the dawn.

Cassandra Clare commented on the deal:  “This series is something that has been a long time coming for me. For so many years I've been dreaming of these characters and their adventures. To finally get to share these characters and this world with my readers in my first adult fantasy series is a joy, and in Pan Macmillan I've found the perfect UK partner to bring this dream to fruition."

Jeremy Trevathan said: ‘I feel privileged to have this opportunity to publish Cassandra Clare. We’ve been looking for the ideal major brand author for our fantasy list and Cassandra couldn’t be more perfect. The story is everything you’d expect from an author who breathes excitement and magic into everything she writes.’

Bella Pagan enthused: ‘Cassandra Clare has that rare talent which draws you, heart and soul, into her stories. I just can’t wait to work with her on these books – and bring this new world to an even bigger audience.’

Now based in the US, Cassandra Clare spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. She then worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter, before turning her attention to fiction. Cassandra has written numerous internationally bestselling young adult novels since.

These include the Mortal Instruments series, the Infernal Devices trilogy and she’s currently writing the Dark Artifices series. Cassandra has also co-written books with other authors, including Sarah Rees Brennan and Holly Black.

Pan Macmillan plans to publish Sword Catcher in spring 2021, following Cassandra’s current commitments.