Commissioning Editor Mathilda Imlah from Head of Zeus has acquired UK & Commonwealth rights to two novels in a debut British fantasy series by A. J. Smith, from Diane Banks Associates.

Head of Zeus will publish the first book in the series, The Black Guard, in the Summer of 2013.

Commissioning Editor Mathilda Imlah said: “Saturated with myth and with all the page-turning qualities we expect from our very best storytellers, in A. J. Smith I believe we may have finally found the British rival to Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time. Head of Zeus are deeply committed to making the series an international success.”

Diane Banks says: "When I finished reading The Black Guard I knew that A. J. Smith was set to be a household name. I feel that Head of Zeus are exactly the right publisher to build his brand and am very much looking forward to working with them on this and future series from this talented debut author".