Del Rey snapped up award winning YA author Laura Steven‘s adult debut, Silvercloak in a major six figure pre-empt for a three-book deal.

Set to publish in hardback, eBook, and audio in Autumn 2025, Silvercloak brings readers to a world riddled with crime and where magic is fuelled by pain and pleasure. Mafia groups lurk in every alley and the policing force, Silvercloaks vow to fight for justice. Despite her lack of magical talents, Saffron Killoran dedicates her life to seek revenge on the Bloodmoons who murdered her parents when she was little. With a prophecy foretelling her stabbing to kingpin’s son mid-kiss, she is sent on a perilous task to go undercover as a Bloodmoon and bring down the kingpin from inside. Silvercloak is the first book of the trilogy.

“To experience this level of global passion for my adult fantasy debut is genuinely the stuff of dreams, and it means so much more that it’s happening ten years into my career,” Laura shared about her dark and twisted romantic fantasy.

Chloe Seager, Director of Children’s & YA commented, “This book is a genuine stop-everything-you’re-doing, heart-in-throat, whirlwind of a page-turner – incredible world-building, masterful plotting and sizzling romance.”

Publishing Director, Sam Bradbury who acquired UK & Commonwealth rights in a three-book deal, added that “Laura is an incredible talented writer, and it’s a huge pleasure to be working with her on Silvercloak. I can’t wait to publish this brilliant book, and push it into the hands of readers everywhere.”

North American rights were also pre-empted by Emily Archbold, and translation rights have sold in 11 further territories including Denmark, Germany, Spain and Finland.

We cannot wait for everyone to meet the Silvercloaks and Bloodmoons’ arrival in Autumn 2025! Read the full article here.