Carsten Polzin at Piper Verlag has acquired German rights in three fantasy novels by Australian author Ben Peek from Jon Mitchell, Rights Manager at Pan Macmillan in a pre-emptive deal for a strong five-figure sum in Euros. Julie Crisp acquired World rights in the books from agent John Jarrold in April 2013 for a six-figure sum after an auction. Other authors on the Piper genre list include Robert Jordan, Ursula K Le Guin, Hannu Rajaniemi and Michael Ende.
The trilogy is called ‘Children’—the books are entitled IMMOLATION, INNOCENCE and INCARNATION. 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.
(As a side note, this time I remember not to type 'German Rights for Children Sold'.)