Tor UK acquires lyrical fantasy duology by Lindsey Byrd

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Tor, an imprint of Pan Macmillan, is thrilled to announce the acquisition of The Sun Blessed Prince and The Moon Blessed King by Lindsey Byrd. Publisher Bella Pagan acquired UK and British Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, from Maddy Belton at the Madeleine Milburn Agency. Amanda Ferreira, Editor at Random House Canada, acquired North American Rights – also from Maddy Belton.

The Sun Blessed Prince is a vividly-imagined and character-driven queer fantasy from a bold new voice, full of longing, loss and hope. Readers who loved She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan and The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller will fall for this book.

On a hotly-contested battlefield, a prince whose touch kindles life meets an assassin whose touch grants death. But can two enemies forge a future together, after generations of war? As the pieces of a deadly plot emerge – featuring abduction, treachery and forbidden magic – tensions escalate at court and on the battlefield. As the fires of conflict burst into new flame, who will wield the powers of life and death? And could love really change a world and stop a war?

Bella Pagan comments: ‘I fell so in love with Lindsey’s lyrical voice and compelling characters. Her incredible story is emotional, relatable and shot through with yearning and magic, and I absolutely cannot wait for readers to discover it for themselves.’

Lindsey Byrd comments: ‘For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by stories that asked deeper questions about what “life” and “death” really meant. Writing this duology was a way to continue that tradition and explore all those threads in a brand new mythology. I am beyond thrilled to be able to work with the Tor UK and Random House Canada teams to bring this book to life for readers around the world!’

Tor UK will publish The Sun Blessed Prince in hardback in spring 2025.

About the author
Lindsey Byrd is the pen name of Erin Paterson, a historian and author. She grew up in New York State and New York the city, before moving to Canada and France for graduate research studies – and she is now based in France. Lindsey is an amateur birder and enjoys going for hikes to take photos of nature. She has always loved fantasy of all kinds and has been writing fan fiction since she was ten years old.

About Tor UK
Tor UK specializes in speculative fiction and is a destination for the best in imaginative storytelling. A sister company to Tor Books in the US, Tor UK publishes an impressive array of award-winners, bestsellers, household names and talented debut authors. Tor’s mission is to publish out-of-this-world genre fiction and bring readers books that spark joy. It strives every year to increase the diversity of its list, publishing authors from minority backgrounds and increasing positive representation of gender issues through fiction. (

About Pan Macmillan
Pan Macmillan is an international consumer book publisher based in the UK, publishing a very broad range of books in all formats, including print, ebook and audio, for today’s readers. Its adult book imprints include Bluebird, Macmillan, Macmillan Business, Macmillan Audio, Macmillan Collector’s Library, Mantle, One Boat, Pan, Picador and Tor. Children’s Book imprints include Macmillan Children’s Books, Campbell, Kingfisher and Two Hoots. (

Pan Macmillan is part of Macmillan Publishers International Ltd (MPIL), a division of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group (, a large family-owned media company based in Stuttgart.