Author David Rudden (26) in fantasy land with lucrative book deal
A NEW fantasy novel series for teenagers has turned into Harry Potter-style magic for a young Irish author.
Dave Rudden from Dublin, who recently completed the Creative Writing Masters at UCD, has had international publishers frantically bidding to buy the rights to the series.
Now the World English language rights to the three-book series have been bought by the major children's book publishers, Puffin, in the UK. The first book in the series is titled 'The Borrowed Dark'.
The financial details have not been disclosed, but Puffin secured the rights in "a significant pre-emptive deal" according to Rudden's agent, the Darley Anderson Literary Agency in London.
A pre-emptive deal has to be high enough to avoid a bidding war between publishers, and in this case it is thought to be a six-figure sum in sterling.
Translation rights have also been sold to Fisher books in Germany for a six-figure euro amount and in France to the publisher Pocket Jeunesse, for what is likely to be a similar sum.
'The Borrowed Dark' is the first part of a fantasy adventure trilogy for youngsters aged 11-plus about Denizen Hardwick.
The orphaned boy finds himself caught up in an ancient and secret battle between an order of magic-wielding humans – the Knights of Borrowed Darkness – and a shadowy race of monsters known as the Tenebrous, and their powerful master the Endless King.
Rudden, who is 26, was shortlisted for the Bath Short Story Prize 2013 and was the recipient of the Fantasy Book Review 2011 Short Story Prize.
He said: "I couldn't have wished for a better publishing partner or a more enthusiastic reaction for my debut novel."
'The Borrowed Dark' will be published by Puffin in spring 2016. Rudden is now working on the second and third books in the series.