Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Walker Books acquires new YA novel from NZ author

Walker Books today have announced they have acquired a new Rachael Craw novel, Black Water Cull (working title).

The new novel is written in the dark and mesmerizing style that has earned Craw an eager following amongst the YA community. The story is about Fortune Hunters who have descended on Black Water Island for the cull. Their goal? Actaeon’s Bane: a priceless compound found only in the bones of Black Water deer. A select force of Rangers oversees the cull. For centuries they have protected the island and its secrets, at the heart of which is a dimensional Rift. Prone to unleashing horrors from another time and place, it is the product of an ancient curse and the source of Actaeon’s Bane.

Cal West is an apprentice Ranger, marked by the Rift and averse to human touch. He is appointed Guide to an unexpected hunter, his childhood friend Meg Archer, with whom he shares a painful history. It quickly becomes clear that Meg’s agenda is more dangerous than making a kill. She wants answers about the night that left them both scarred. If they are to survive the cull, Cal must keep her from the Rift and his heart.

Rachael Craw hit the scene with her debut novel, Spark in 2014. Recently optioned for film, Spark is the first in an exciting YA/crossover series about genetically engineered individuals with superhuman abilities. Craw then completed the award-winning series with Stray in 2015 and Shield in 2016.

Linsay Knight, Publisher, Walker Books Australia says, “From the moment we were sucked into the action of this mythic tale of drama and romance, an ancient curse and, best-of-all, a rift,  I realised that fans of Rachael's Spark series were in for a heart-stopping treat. Showcasing a strong female lead, this is storytelling at its very best.'

Rachael Craw is once again delighted to team up with Walker Books. “I could not be more excited to sign with Walker Books Australia for my new YA novel. It’s tremendous to the have the enthusiastic support of a publisher who embraces my love of speculative fiction and my vision for this wild and mysterious story. I can’t wait for Spark fans to meet Meg Archer and Cal West as they explore the dark secrets of Black Water Island.”

Rachael will be appearing at the 12th biennial Reading Matters conference in Melbourne on June 2 and 3. www.slv.vic.gov.au

Rachael began her working life as an English teacher after completing a degree in Classical Studies and Drama at the University of Canterbury. She also dabbled in acting, directing and writing for amateur theatre and film. Her enthusiasm for classical heroes, teen angst and popular culture inform much of her creative process. Rachael enjoys teaching and small town life at the top of the South Island of New Zealand where she lives with her husband and three daughters.

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