New York, NY, May 26, 2016—#1 New York Times bestselling author Cassandra Clare has signed a deal with Saga Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, to publish a series of novels for adults that will feature one of her most beloved Shadowhunters characters, Magnus Bane. The series will explore the life and times of Magnus Bane and will be co-written by bestselling author Wesley Chu. The first book is slated to be published in hardcover, digital and audio editions in November 2017, and published simultaneously by Simon & Schuster in the United Kingdom and Australia.
“Over the years writing the Shadowhunter books, Magnus Bane has emerged as one of the most fun and fascinating characters for me to bring to life,” said Cassandra Clare. “He’s always had a lot of secrets— there are so many things we don’t know about Magnus, from the story of his first love to the secrets of his parentage, to the beginning of his relationship with Alec. All those are things I was able to touch on in The Bane Chronicles, but I’m excited to dig in even more deeply in these three volumes devoted to Magnus, his past, his future, and his present.”
Wesley Chu added, “I am so excited to contribute to the world that Cassandra Clare has created. These books and characters are iconic, and Magnus is a fan favorite. I can’t wait to give them all the things they deserve. And probably a few they don’t. Sorry, Magnus.”
“Magnus Bane has quickly become one of the most complex and iconic characters in fantasy,” said Justin Chanda, Vice President and Publisher, Saga Press. “I am sure fans will be thrilled to find out more about his life and times. I certainly am!”
Chanda acquired North American rights from Russell Galen of the Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency, Inc. Joe Monti, Editorial Director of Saga Press, will edit the series. Simon & Schuster UK Managing Director Alexandra Maramenides acquired the UK rights. Danny Baror and Heather Baror-Shapiro of Baror International, Inc. represented the authors in the UK acquisition.
Cassandra Clare is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices trilogy, and the coauthor of The Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson. She also wrote The Shadowhunter’s Codex with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than thirty-six million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Her latest novel, Lady Midnight, Book 1 of the Dark Artifices trilogy, was published on March 8 and spent eight straight weeks at #1 on The New York Times bestsellers list. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts.
Wesley Chu is an award-winning science fiction author. Born in Taiwan, he immigrated to the United States when he was young and was raised in the fields of Nebraska before settling in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois and received a degree in information systems. Chu has published seven books, and in 2015 won the John W. Campbell Best New Writer Award. His debut novel, The Lives of Tao, earned him the Alex Award by the Young Adult Library Services Association and was selected by Goodreads as a Science Fiction Choice Award Finalist. Chu’s Time Salvager has been optioned for a movie by Paramount with Michael Bay attached as director.
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