Three-book Orbit deal for debut author Matthew Ward

Rights - Fiction Thursday, 29 November 2018

'Epic' fantasy trilogy kicks off next November with Legacy of Ash


Orbit editor James Long has pre-empted for world rights to Legacy of Ash by Matthew Ward, and two further books, from literary agent John Jarrold. Orbit UK will publish alongside sister imprint Orbit US in a co-ordinated international publication, with the first book scheduled for November 2019.

Long said: "Legacy of Ash is epic in every sense of the word, with its diverse cast of characters and intense, bone-crunching battles (which are some of the best I’ve ever read) – a grand, sweeping tale of warring empires and one generation’s struggle to repair the mistakes of the past. I’m thrilled to welcome Matthew to the Orbit list and can’t wait to work with him on what promises to be a spectacular trilogy."

Ward said: "I’ve been blown away by Orbit’s passion for Legacy of Ash. It’s a great pleasure to be welcomed into their family, and I look forward to an exciting road ahead."

Jarrold added: "I have known Orbit for decades and been impressed with their publishing on both sides of the Atlantic - not just the titles, but the way they get behind authors and think outside the box in sales, marketing and publicity terms. So I was delighted when both Tim Holman and James Long were in touch rapidly about this wonderful fantasy series - Legacy of Ash is one of the best and most sophisticated epic fantasy debuts I've read in fifteen years and more. It's going to be an exciting ride!"

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