Nazima Abdillahi, editor at Hachette Children’s Group, acquired world rights to Zeina Starborn and the Emerald King from Chloe Seager. Zeina Starborn and the Emerald King is the “thrilling” follow up to Hannah Durkan’s 2022 debut, Zeina Starborn and The Sky Whale. Featuring fearsome sky pirates, ice bears and a strange Emerald King, main characters Zeina and Jackson must battle both familiar foes and new adversaries in order to halt the invention of a new, cruel technology that would prove devastating and change their world forever.

Abdillahi said: “It has been an absolute pleasure working with Hannah on Zeina Starborn and the Sky Whale. Hannah is incredibly talented and passionate, and we’re thrilled to be expanding this magnificent world she has created.” 

Durkan commented: “I have thoroughly enjoyed diving back into Zeina and Jackson’s world to write their new action-packed adventure across the Northern Continent to the ice palace of the Emerald King. Readers can expect all the adventure and excitement of book one but with even higher stakes and more secrets to be uncovered. I loved working with Hachette on Zeina Starborn and the Sky Whale and can’t wait to share this next part of Zeina and Jackson’s story with the world.”

Congratulations Hannah!