Here’s the official announcement of my new series from the publishing trade mag, The Bookseller:
Orbit has acquired a new dark academia-inspired fantasy series, “set in a world where anyone can use magic – if they can afford the price,” by Benedict Jacka, author of the Alex Verus novels.
UK and Commonwealth rights to three books were acquired by Jenni Hill at Orbit from Sophie Hicks at the Sophie Hicks Agency. US and Canada rights were snapped up by Anne Sowards at Berkley in the US.
The series sees magical power bought and sold by aristocratic dynasties and vast mega-corporations, telling the story of Stephen, who has a minimum wage job and a cat but who has inherited an unusual talent for magic from his father, and realises that unlocking that potential will take money and training.The first book – An Inheritance of Magic – will be out in October 2023, with the dates for the next two books as-yet undisclosed.
Dates for the next two books might be officially undisclosed, but based on the rate at which Book 2 is currently going, it should be a pretty safe bet that Book 2 will be out in 2024 and Book 3 in 2025.
(Oh, and the article’s got my new author photo, with a guest appearance by my cat. My current one’s about 10 years old at this point, so I figured it was about time to update it.)