Tor UK Announces Major New Trilogy from Australian Fantasy Novelist

It has been announced that fan favourite genre publishers, Tor have secured a major new fantasy trilogy from Australian novelist, Ben Peek.

Peek, described by Paul DiFilippo as having “the gravitas of a Margaret Atwood or Katzuo Ishiguro” has mostly been published by smaller presses before securing this six-figure world-rights deal with Tor.

The first book in the trilogy, Immolation, will be released in summer 2014. Books two and three, Innocence and Incarnation have yet to be given a release date.


Immolation is set fifteen thousand years after the War of the Gods. The bodies of the gods now lie across the world, slowly dying as men and women awake with strange powers that are derived from their bodies. Ayae, a young cartographer’s apprentice, is attacked and discovers she cannot be harmed by fire. Her new power makes her a target for an army that is marching on her home. With the help of the immortal Zaifyr, she is taught the awful history of ‘cursed’ men and women, coming to grips with her new powers and the enemies they make. The saboteur Bueralan infiltrates the army that is approaching her home to learn its terrible secret. Split between the three points of view, Immolation’s narrative reaches its conclusion during an epic siege, where Ayae, Zaifyr and Bueralan are forced not just into conflict with those invading, but with those inside the city who wish to do them harm.

Respect for Peek and his work has been steadily growing with his first novel, Black Sheep being taught in Australian Universities and his second novel, Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth being taught in American colleges.

Passion for his writing seems contagious as Julie Crisp, Editorial Director at Tor UK said ‘I read Ben Peek’s Immolation with the same sense of mounting excitement as to when first reading Mark Lawrence’s Prince of Thorns, or Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself. Fantastic action and pace mixed with original characters and storyline. I’m so pleased to welcome Ben to the Tor UK list.’

There seems to be a lot of talent coming from the other side of the world at the moment with this news following on the heels of Angy Robot announcing their signing of New Zealander Freya Robertson in March.

Reporter: Geek Adventure

Source: Tor

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