NEW YORK, NY October 8, 2015—Ace, an imprint of the Berkley Publishing Group, announces today the acquisition of Ninth City Burning, the first book in a stunning new science fiction series from debut novelist J. Patrick Black. Ace will publish Ninth City Burning in hardcover in September 2016.
Senior Editor Jessica Wade acquired world rights to the book and two sequels from Kirby Kim at Janklow & Nesbit. Series rights have already been sold in Germany, Brazil, and Poland. Film rights are being handled by Jon Cassir at CAA.
Ninth City Burning is a sweeping epic that takes place five hundred years after an alien invasion almost destroyed all of human civilization. They were wielding a mysterious force…but it turned out we could wield it too. Now, Earth is locked in a grinding war of attrition. The talented few capable of bending the power to their will are gathered into elite military academies, while those who refuse to answer the call struggle to survive the wilds of a ruined Earth. But a new invasion looms, and the last hope for humanity will fall to an unlikely collection of allies: a gifted but reckless young military cadet, a factory worker drafted as cannon fodder, a reluctant adept of the power, an outlaw nomad, and a brilliant scientist with nothing to lose. Together they will face a war that has brought their world to the brink of destruction.
“This thrilling debut marks the arrival of a major new talent. Ninth City Burning has unforgettably strong characterization, storytelling with amazingly grand scope, and a seamless melding of science fiction and fantasy elements. It will really speak to fans of both classic science fiction novels, like Ender’s Game, and modern, like Red Rising,” Wade said.