We're enormously excited to announce that Bloomsbury has acquired World English rights to a standalone novel from international, bestselling author of The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon.
Alexandra Pringle, Editor-in-Chief at Bloomsbury, has bought The Priory of the Orange Tree from David Godwin. The novel is a standalone fantasy that draws influence from Eastern and Western mythology. In the novel, a war between dragons has divided the world, reducing humankind to a shadow of its former strength. It is told through the eyes of four characters from very different backgrounds.
"Samantha Shannon is a writer whose imagination and flair is evident in all her work, but in this
gripping new fantasy novel she combines chivalric legends, dragons, Elizabethan court life, magic and Japanese folklore to stunning effect. It further confirms that Samantha Shannon is one of the leading fantasy writers of her generation," says Alexandra Pringle.
"Samantha really is an astonishing talent. This is a fabulous book," says David Godwin.
The Priory of the Orange Tree will be published by Bloomsbury in hardback and eBook.
Samantha was born in west London in 1991. She started writing at the age of fifteen.
Between 2010 and 2013 she studied English Language and Literature at St Anne’s College, Oxford. In 2013 she published The Bone Season, the first in a seven book series. The Mime Order followed in2015. Both were New York Times bestsellers and have been translated into twenty-two languages. The film rights have been acquired by the Imaginarium Studios and 20th Century Fox. Her third novel in the series, The Song Rising, will be published in 2017.