Tor UK pre-empts spicy romantasy trilogy - loosely inspired by Beauty and the Beast - from bestselling indie author K. A. Linde

Tor UK, one of the leading international publishers of SFF, is thrilled to announce the acquisition of The Wren in the Holly Library, plus sequels, from USA Today bestselling author K. A. Linde.

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Tor Publisher, Gillian Green, acquired UK and British Commonwealth including audio (Ex-Canada) from Nicole Resciniti, of Alliance Rights Agency, on behalf of US publisher Red Tower Books.

Described as a spicy Beauty and the Beast inspired romantasy trilogy  A Darker Shade of Magic meets Crescent City – The Wren in the Holly Library is set in an alternate New York where monsters live among humankind and a young street thief finds herself attempting to steal from the wrong target . . .

Tor will publish in July 2024 in hardback, digital and audio, with a June trade paperback for export.

Gillian Green says: ‘We’re continuing to showcase the best of the best of romantasy on Tor and I’m so delighted to be adding K. A. Linde’s spicy, romantic and utterly addictive novel to our list in what is only the start of a brilliantly imagined series, full of passion, intrigue and high stakes drama.’

K. A. Linde comments: ‘I'm so thrilled to be working with Tor UK on this project. This opportunity is a dream come true. It was truly a joy to bring this vivid monster world to life and mould the story around my devious little thief and the monster who ensnares her.’

About the author
K. A Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of fantasy and romance. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, binge-watching Buffy, traveling, and dancing in her spare time. She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband, son, and super adorable puppy. The Wren in the Holly Library is the first book in The Oak and Holly Cycle.

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.

Reflecting all this, Tor UK was shortlisted for Imprint of the Year at the British Book Trade Awards this year. Bella Pagan, Tor’s Publisher, was shortlisted for Editor of the Year at these awards and received a ‘Highly Commended’ endorsement. Tor UK was also shortlisted for Imprint of the Year in 2022. Pan Macmillan publishes fantastic speculative fiction authors including Jennifer L. Armentrout, Douglas Adams, Olivie Blake, Zen Cho, Genevieve Cogman, Cassandra Clare, Peter F. Hamilton, Lucy Holland, TJ Klune, Freya Marske, Arkady Martine, Naomi Novik, Shelley Parker-Chan, Christopher Paolini, John Scalzi and Adrian Tchaikovsky. (

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.

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