Solaris is thrilled to announce the acquisition of Silk Fire by Zabé Ellor, publishing summer 2022.

Set in a planet-sized matriarchal city where magic and technology freely bleed together, a male courtesan’s quest for vengeance against his aristocrat father draws him into an ancient struggle between dragons, necromancers, and his home district’s violent history.

Editor Kate Coe acquired World English rights in Ellor’s novel from Kaitlyn Johnson at Belcastro Agency.

About the book:

Koré knew that meddling in politics could end badly, particularly when trying to sabotage his aristocratic father’s campaign before it destroys the city loves. And when a chance encounter with a dying god imbues him with magic-breathing powers, it gets worse: he suddenly becomes a commodity – and a political player.

But the corruption in his city runs deeper than just one man, and an ally’s betrayal unleashes an army of the dead on his home district. Koré must trust the world with his deepest secret to stand beside the woman and man he’s finally let himself love, as only the bright truth of dragon’s fire can break the iron fist of a necromancer’s hold.

Author Zabé Ellor on the news:

“I’m so happy to be working with you on this project! Bringing this book to life has been a dream of mine for ages and I couldn’t imagine a better team to bring SILK FIRE to life!”

Editor Kate Coe had this to say:

Silk Fire brought feelings of Kushiel’s Dart mixed with Temeraire; it’s a beautifully-written story of love, politics, passion, magic – and dragons, gods and necromancers. I’m very pleased to have acquired it for Solaris!”

Zabé Ellor is a literary agent with The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency, and all-around creative nerd from Washington D.C. His debut title May the Best Man Win will be released with Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan in spring 2021. Zabé graduated from Cornell University in 2016 with a dual degree in biology and English. An avid reader and writer, his non-literary interests include running, travel, and finding the perfect dim sum.

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