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Transworld Acquisition: Viking Author Looks Forward To Waging Civil War

Posted at 12:29PM Tuesday 27 Oct 2009

Giles Kristian – the young novelist who's cut a swathe through the historical fiction world this year with his debut novel, Raven: Blood Eye, the first book in an action-packed series about a band of Viking warriors – has just sold three books in a thrilling new historical series to Transworld.

Against the backdrop of perhaps the most calamitous period in British history, the English Civil War, The Bleeding Land will follow the fortunes of a family caught up in the dramatic events of the decade that tore England apart. Kristian has been fascinated by the civil war for years and always knew that he would write about it one day. "My intention is," he says, "to write a series set within the period – the major battles and twists and turns of the war serving as the markers – with each book being a 'stand alone' story".

Simon Taylor, who acquired UK, Commonwealth and exclusive Europe rights through Bill Hamilton at A. M. Heath, said "when my canny ex-colleague Katie Espiner brought Giles on board with the brutally exciting Raven series, we knew we had a star on our hands. He's a supremely talented novelist and whether he's writing heart-in-mouth battle scenes full of blood and thunder or evoking the impact of such turmoil on the lives of ordinary people, he is wholly at ease with his chosen milieu. This new series is going to be phenomenal. It pushes all the right historical fiction buttons and, let's be honest, who can resist a corking story of Cavaliers vs Roundheads!"

While Kristian still has Odin's Wolves, the third Raven novel, to finish (currently scheduled for publication in early 2011; the second, Sons of Thunder, is due next February in Bantam Press), he is raring to get started on The Bleeding Land and has already begun his research. His intention is to write and deliver a book a year for Transworld.

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