Publishing World Buzzing About "The Bone Season"

Has the publishing world found the next J.K. Rowling?

Bloomsbury thinks it may have with 21-year-old Samantha Shannon.   A former intern for the publisher, Shannon is creating a lot of buzz in the publishing world for his upcoming debut novel, The Bone Season.

It's the first of a seven-book series.  Bidding for the series first three installments reportedly resulted in a six-figure deal for Shannon's first publication deal.

The novel is set in a dystopian future and centers on clairvoyants struggling against a totalitarian government and its supernatural overlords.  The fantasy novel is being hailed as being the next Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings and is already generating a lot of buzz and hype around it and its author. It has also been compared to the hugely successful Hunger Games trilogy.

“It’s been very overwhelming,” Shannon tells Forbes. “It’s a lot of pressure. There’s a lot of expectations.”

The novels have already been optioned by Hollywood for a potential movie franchise.  Andy Serkis' production company has the rights to the series.

Many in the publishing world hope this novel will drive readers back to bookstores and e-readers in the same way Harry Potter, Twilight and the Fifty Shades of Grey novels did.

Shannon was born in West London and according to her author bio has been writing since she was fifteen.   She is currently studying for a degree in English Language and Literature at St Anne's College.

You can find out more about the book on the Bone Season web site.  You can also read thoughts by Shannon on her blog.

The novel will be published on August 20.

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