On November 29th Cassandra Clare took to social media to announce she is making a move from YA Fantasy to Adult Fantasy! According to Publisher’s Weekly, an auction for the two-book deal went on for months before Random House closed the deal. Clare already closed a U.K. deal with Pan Mcmillan for seven figures!
What we know of the series:
Title: The Sword Catcher
Plot (according to Clare’s Instagram post): “a young man raised to be the body double for an unworthy prince [and] a young woman destined to change the world.”
Big News! I’m very excited to announce that I have a brand new high fantasy series in the works. Sword Catcher will be the first book in my new series written for adults, my first ever high fantasy project. Many of my readers have been with me for years, and have grown along with my characters. And over those years, readers of all ages have come to me both to say that they would like to read books about older characters, and also to say that they’d love to see me build my own new world from the ground up. So I’m happy to say these books are coming from Del Rey books! I am very excited to be working with Anne Groell, who has edited Naomi Novik and George R. R. Martin among others, and has a sure hand with fantasy worlds. (More details at the link in my bio.) I’m thrilled to be published by Random House, who are excited as I am to bring you the tale of a young man raised to be the body double for an unworthy prince, a young woman destined to change the world, and a host of other characters I cannot wait for you to meet. These characters — criminals, princes, magicians, and warriors — have been in my head for a while, and I am eager to let them out. I can’t tell you the publication date yet, since the book is a work in progress. But I can’t wait to share more information with you when I have it.(I didn't have anything to illustrate this announcement so I just picked a picture of me looking happy!)
“Many of my readers have been with me for years, and have grown along with my characters. And over the years, readers of all ages have come to me both to say that they would like to read books about older characters, and also to say that they’d love to see me build my own new world from the ground up.”
Clare is the best-selling author of The Mortal Instruments series which then brought about The Infernal Devices and the supposed Shadowhunter finale series The Dark Artifices.
Cassandra Clare now joins the list of authors who have made the switch from YA to Adult. J.K. Rowling became well-known after the best-selling children’s series Harry Potter (obviously) and now writes under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith for the Adult Mystery genre. Stephenie Meyer published The Host and The Chemist after her rise to fame for The Twilight Saga. And Gayle Forman, best-selling author of If I Stay, wrote multiple YA duologies and stand alone novels before penning her first adult.
So what do you think of the news? Will you read Clare’s new series penned for adults? What is your take on author’s moving from YA to Adult genres?