In a joint acquisition with S&S US, Simon and Schuster UK has bought world rights in four YA historical fiction novels, the first of which will be published in hardback on 24th May 2012.
... the YA series title ... [is] Order of Darkness, with the first book entitled Changeling.
In Changeling, the year is 1453 and all signs point to it being the end of the world. Accused of heresy and expelled from his monastery, handsome seventeen-year-old, Luca Vero, is recruited by a mysterious stranger to record the end of times across Europe. Commanded by sealed orders, Luca is sent to map the fears of Christendom, and travel to the very frontier of good and evil. Seventeen year-old Isolde, a Lady Abbess, is trapped in a nunnery to prevent her claiming her rich inheritance. As the nuns in her care are driven mad by strange visions, walking in their sleep and showing bleeding wounds, Luca is sent to investigate and driven to accuse Isolde. Outside in the yard he can see a pyre being made ready to burn the guilty…
The YA novels will receive a coordinated worldwide publication in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia and India, in tandem with Philippa’s adult fiction, and there will be a comprehensive marketing and publicity campaign across both lists.
“I am delighted to move into a new area of writing,” said Philippa Gregory, “I know I have many young adult readers already and it will be a pleasure to write a series especially for them. Bringing history alive is a great joy and to bring it to a young generation doubly so.”
And here's the cover for Changeling: