Following the significant six-figure pre-empt by Penguin Random House / Delacorte Press in the US, Usborne has acquired the UK & Commonwealth rights to Namina Forna’s epic YA fantasy trilogy.

Deathless is the first book in the series, which is set in a deeply patriarchal society and looks at the commodification and othering of women. When writing the novel, Forna drew inspiration from her own experiences growing up in the midst of the Sierra Leone civil war.

The UK & Commonwealth rights were sold in a hotly-contested three-way auction.

Usborne fiction editor Becky Walker expressed her excitement for the series: “Deathless asks questions of the patriarchal society at its heart, and the place of women in our own world – and, in the character of Deka, gives us an heroine whose extraordinary voice will thrum with any reader who picks this series up. Namina is an astonishing new talent, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome her to the Usborne list, and to share Deka’s story far and wide.”

Both the UK and US editions of Deathless will be published in Spring 2020.