John Jarrold has has announed a four-book World Rights deal with Simon Spanton of Gollancz, for fantasy novels by Stephen Deas, for a high five-figure figure. Deas’ debut novel, The Adamantine Palace, was published by Gollancz in March 2009; it was followed by King of the Crags this past April. The third volume in this series, Order of the Scales, will follow early in 2011.
The first book in this new deal is a one-off, The Black Mausoleum, related to his dragon fantasies, which will be followed by three further adult titles that entwine that series with Deas’ YA fantasies. The Black Mausoleum will be delivered in the summer of 2011, with the other books following at yearly intervals.
"Simon and I did our first three-book deal for Steve at the end of 2007," said John Jarrold. "With the immediate success of The Adamantine Palace in early 2009, we were able to follow that up with another three-book deal that May. And now Steve’s third multi-book deal in two-and-a-half years – which is remarkable testimony to his writing and story-telling, and to the fact that Simon and Gollancz know a good thing when they see one!"