Jonathan Oliver, commissioning editor of Solaris Books, has acquired the opening volume of a new urban fantasy series from pseudonymous author â€˜Ben Macallanâ€™.
â€œJay finds people â€“ runaways. He looks like a teenager, but heâ€™s not. He treads the line between mundane reality and the world of the supernatural, including the awesome Powers That Be. Desdaemona, who also knows the non-human world far too well, comes to him, searching for her lost sister Fay who did a Very Bad Thing involving an immortal before disappearing. This may be a mistake â€“ for both of them. Not least because of those whose attention is drawn to themâ€¦â€
Jonathan Oliver said, â€œBenâ€™s urban fantasy novel is wise, witty and terrific fun. Itâ€™s great to find a work that does something different with the genre while still managing to be a ripping good yarn.â€ The deal was arranged with agent John Jarrold for UK/US rights. The book is due for publication in the summer of 2011.