Most of you will know about the new series for younger readers that I’ve been working on with the illustrator Gary Chalk. Well, book one of the series “Trundle’s Quest” came out in the UK last Saturday, so we all have our fingers crossed that people are going to like it. The book is aimed at readers from 8 years old and upwards, so if any of you have younger brother and sisters or cousins or brothers or sisters of friends or relations or neighbours, and these people like fantasy and talking animals and flying ships and adventure romps, these books might be just the thing for them. Or maybe you like that kind of thing yourself? I know I did when I was in my teens!
The books are also going to be published in America - by Greenwillow (They’re affiliated to Harper Collins who publish Faerie Path and Warrior Princess), but they will have a different series title. In the US the series is going to be called THE SIX CROWNS. If you check out Amazon.com you’ll see that book one “Trundle’s Quest” is due to hit the stores on March 22nd 2011. In America the books will have different covers, so don’t get confused - despite the completely different covers Trundle’s Quest in Sundered Lands and in The Six Crowns is exactly the same book.
Something else you could do if you have time is to check out the brand new website Gary and I have put together for the series here in the UK - www.sunderedlands.co.uk. (You can find it on my “links” page). We’re not sure if there will be a different website for the US version, or what, but I’ll let you know as soon as we do.
Oh, by the way - one thing you will notice in the US version is that I’m called “Allan Jones” - this is because the publishers don’t want to confuse readers of Faerie Path and Warrior Princes by using “Allan Frewin Jones” or “Frewin Jones” - because this new series is very different from those other two series.
I have two copies of the UK version of Trundle’s Quest which I will sign and send to the two first people who ask.