Stephanie Stein at Tor Books has acquired, at auction, North American rights to The Silverblood Promise by Orbit UK editor James Long, writing as James Logan. For fans of Joe Abercrombie, Nicholas Eames, and Scott Lynch, this fast-paced epic fantasy debut kicks off the Last Legacy series, following disgraced young nobleman Lukan Gardova on a mission to decipher the mysterious circumstances of his estranged father’s death—a search that will lead him into the depths of a city of monsters, murderers, traders, and thieves.
Lukan Gardova is a cardsharp, academy dropout, and—thanks to a duel that ended badly—the disgraced heir to an ancient noble house. His days consist of cheap wine, rigged card games, and wondering how he might win back the life he threw away.
When Lukan discovers that his estranged father has been murdered in strange circumstances, he finds fresh purpose. Deprived of his chance to make amends for his mistakes, he vows to unravel the mystery behind his father’s death.
His search for answers leads him to Saphrona, fabled city of merchant princes, where anything can be bought if one has the coin. Lukan only seeks the truth, but instead he finds danger and secrets in every shadow. For in Saphrona, everything has a price—and the price of truth is the deadliest of all.
From author James Logan:
“I’m thrilled that The Silverblood Promise has found a home at Tor Books in the US. It’s been a joy working with Stephanie Stein and the wider team; their passion for the book has bowled me over and I can’t wait for readers to meet Lukan and the gang next year.”
From editor Stephanie Stein:
“I was hooked by this dynamic debut from start to finish. This book is truly a love letter to the genre from an author who knows it inside and out. If you love your epic fantasy filled with seedy taverns, bantering thieves, mysterious magical relics, and swashbuckling escapes, you’ll have an absolute blast with this one. Saphrona might be a dangerous place, but it’s a delight to visit, and I can’t wait to share it with US readers as part of the Tor list.”
Publication is scheduled for Spring 2024 from Tor Books in the US and Jo Fletcher Books in the UK.
James Logan was born in the southeast of England where he grew up on a diet of Commodore 64 computer games, Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, and classic 80s cartoons, which left him with a love of all things fantastical. He lives in London and works as a Senior Commissioning Editor at Orbit UK. The Silverblood Promise is his first novel. Find him online at jamesloganauthor.com.