Award-winning writer Ken Liu has landed a multi-book deal with the new imprint at Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. The first title in The Dandelion Dynasty series, entitled The Chrysanthemum and the Dandelion, will be release in 2015.
Liu revealed in a blog post that the idea for this series came from a desire to retell Chinese historical legends. Executive editor Joe Monti negotiated the deal with Russell Galen of the Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency. Altogether, Monti acquired three books and one short story collection.
Here’s more from the release: “The Dandelion Dynasty follows Kuni Garu, a charming bandit, and Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke. At first, the two seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, they quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures. The scope of the series is epic, involving gods, massive armies, diverse cultures, multiple plotlines, numerous characters, politics, war, courtly intrigue, and love.”