Delacorte Press Acquires STEELHEART by Brandon Sanderson
Delacorte Press recently announced that they have acquired the rights to the first YA series from bestselling author Brandon Sanderson. If that name sounds familiar, it is because he was the author behind the popular Mistborn series. Sanderson is a #1 New York Times bestselling and award-winning fantasy author with books published in more than 25 languages, and millions of copies sold around the world.
The series was acquired by Executive Editor, Krista Marino who plans to edit the planned trilogy.
The company will be publishing the first novel, entitled “Steelheart” in North America in the Fall of 2013 as well as in e-book form.
Beverly Horowitz, VP & Publisher said:
“Sanderson has quickly risen to the top of the fantasy genre. We are thrilled to be the home of this talented author’s first YA project, and know that his millions of dedicated fans will devour STEELHEART.”
“Steelheart” follows the main character David, aa teenager in the city that was once called Chicago—as he searches for the extraordinarily powerful Epic named Steelheart, who killed his father.
According to the press release description, “Steelheart possesses the strength of 10 men and can control the elements. It is said no bullet can harm him, no sword can split his skin, no explosion can burn him. Nobody fights back . . . nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, the Reckoners spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then taking them out. For the death of his father, David wants in. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying and planning, and has something they need. Not an object, but an experience. He’s seen Steelheart bleed. STEELHEART takes an action-heavy plot, layers in complexity, and delivers twists and a breathtaking conclusion, as David and the Reckoners try to undo the dystopia the Epics have created.”
Also announced by Sanderson’s agent Eddie Schneider, “Steelheart” has begun early negotiations for a major Hollywood deal.
Sadnerson’s other popular works have also been optioned for the big screen. Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians was previously optioned for film by DreamWorks Animation, Mistborn was optioned by Paloppa Pictures, his forthcoming novella Legion is under option to Lionsgate, and a Mistborn video game will be released by Little Orbit in 2013 for all platforms.