We are all absolutely delighted in the office that we've bought two more fabulous fantasy books by John Gwynne, a hugely talented author whose tales are truly epic! For the full press release on Julie Crisp's deal with John Jarrold please see below ...

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malice-pbJulie Crisp, Editorial Director of Pan Macmillan in London, has concluded a World Rights deal for two further epic fantasy novels by John Gwynne in the series The Faithful and the Fallen with agent John Jarrold, for a very good five-figure sum in pounds sterling.

Julie previously acquired the first two books in the series pre-emptively. The first volume, MALICE, was published by Tor UK in December 2012 and will come from Orbit US in December 2013.  The second novel, VALOUR, will be published in the UK early in 2014.

MALICE received many fine reviews, including this unsolicited praise from bestseller Conn Iggulden on Amazon:

‘Influenced by Gemmell’s Rigante and GRR Martin’s Game of Thrones – two good strands of DNA. Great characters and plot – it gets faster and more fascinating by the page. All I want now is for the author to put everything else aside, including his health – and write two or three more as fast as humanly possible. Hell of a debut: Highly recommended’.


Crisp said of the acquisition, ‘John is a terrific writer and has been compared with many of the traditional fantasy greats: George R. R. Martin, David Gemmell, Terry Brooks and Robert Jordan. You can’t help but fall in love with the characters in his novels and get dragged from page to page by the action. I’m thrilled to have acquired another two books from him, mainly so I can find out what happens myself!’

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