img_4 John Gwynne

John Gwynne is a bit of a star. You only have to look at this photo of him to know that! But he's also written the most fabulous, adventuresome books imaginable, starting with the epic MALICE. And now, I couldn't be happier about our new deal for a further trilogy. This will be set in the turbulent Banished Lands, but will feature an all-new cast of characters and catastrophes in waiting. As such, it will be perfect for new readers and  existing fans alike. Please see our press release below for full details and a huge hurrah for John.

We are in the process of publishing John's first series at the moment and RUIN, Book Three of the Faithful and the Fallen, will be unleashed in July this year!


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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.

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.

Pan Macmillan UK is one of the largest general book publishers in the UK, with imprints including Macmillan, Mantle, Pan, Picador, Boxtree, Sidgwick & Jackson, Bello, Tor, Macmillan Children’s Books, Campbell Books, Macmillan New Writing and Macmillan Digital Audio. Pan Macmillan is part of the Macmillan Publishing Group which operates in over 70 countries.