'Shadow and Bone' Author Gets Two-Book Deal With Henry Holt & Co. (Exclusive)

Leigh Bardugo Headshot - P 2014
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The new literary project, titled "The Dregs," is set up in the same story universe as her Grisha Trilogy.

Leigh Bardugo, the author of Shadow and Bone and the rest of the Grisha trilogy, has made a two-book deal for her latest literary endeavor, The Dregs.

New Leaf Literary & Media has made a deal with Macmillan Publishers imprint Henry Holt and Company for world English rights. Deal figures were not revealed.

The project, described as a blend of Ocean’s 11 and Game of Thrones, is set in Kerch, a small island nation in the "Grishaverse" (meaning the same universe as her Shadow and Bone books) with tremendous economic power, the hub of all international trade and a country rich in art and culture, but also home to a teeming criminal underworld. A crew of dangerous misfits face impossible odds when they are pulled together to break into one of the most guarded places in the world.

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The first novel is currently scheduled for publication in fall 2015.

Bardugo's U.K. publisher, Orion, has also picked up both books for their Indigo imprint, and Audible will once again be producing the audiobook.  

New Leaf’s president Joanna Volpe is now taking the books to the foreign-language market.

Bardugo is the Los Angeles-based Yale grad (and occasional Hollywood makeup artist) behind the best-selling Grisha trilogy, whose first book is Shadow and Bone. The third book, Ruin and Rising, will be published June 17. The series, sold in over 22 territories, has already been set up at DreamWorks for an adaptation to be produced by David Heyman.