Heroic Books have acquired E.M. Duffield-Fuller’s debut YA fantasy novel Felgrim, due to be released in March 2022 as Book One of the Darkwatch trilogy.
Hollowick is beset. At its gates mass the thimmaru, rune-marked rebels sworn to the undying god, and within its walls lurks a far greater threat, one that cannot be slain by swords: a murderous Felgrim, incorporeal demon of the abyss.
King Davon — the ‘Little Tyrant’ — is young, and his allies are few. His mother, high priestess of Evillea, undermines him at every turn, and his ministers offer nothing. And so he turns to Tonsward, the assassin’s tower, to get things done.
Enter Marla Black. Ambitious, capable, and arrogant to a fault, Marla is the tower’s star apprentice. Her job is simple: find the thimmaru camp, befriend Eaton Poole, nephew of the imprisoned rebel leader, and bring him back. An easy step towards becoming the King’s Dagger, or so Marla thinks. What she doesn’t expect is to like Eaton Poole and, worse, to find that the roots of his rebellion go far deeper than she’d ever expected…
E.M. Duffield-Fuller said: ‘Felgrim first began life a couple of years ago with a throw-away idea about a king being haunted by a demon, a rebellion of the undead, and an apprentice assassin. Unfortunately, life got in the way and the story had to go into gestation as I raised my eldest son and completed two MAs.
When I went onto maternity leave with my youngest child, however, I found the time was ripe for digging it out again. Felgrim has changed and grown a lot since that initial idea, especially under the keen eye and thoughtful criticism of the editors at Heroic. I am so grateful to the team at Heroic for helping to shape and birth Felgrim from the sleep-addled musings of a novice writer into a real book (with a beautiful cover) that I can feel proud of.
I am so excited to share this story with you all and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.’
E.M. Duffield-Fuller lives near Aberystwyth with her husband and her two young sons. She is currently studying for a PhD in English Literature. Felgrim is her debut YA fantasy novel, but she has previously published short stories in other genres.
When she is not tied to her keyboard, she likes ice creams on the beach and blustery winter walks along the sea-front.