Cassandra Clare scoops £1m for first adult novels
The author, an established star of YA fiction with her Mortal Instruments series, has signed a two-book, seven-figure deal with Pan Macmillan
The writer Cassandra Clare, whose stories of the half-angel shadowhunters in the Mortal Instruments series have won her legions of teenage fans, has landed a book deal worth more than £1m for her first venture into writing for adults.
Clare’s Sword Catcher books will, said the author, tell of “a young man raised to be the body double for an unworthy prince, [and] a young woman destined to change the world”. Pan Macmillan said it “fought off stiff competition” to win UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, in two books, for which it paid seven figures. North American rights in the books have been acquired by Del Rey for an undisclosed sum.