It seems that Rebellion can't stop finding themselves new publishing imprints. The pulp stuff is covered by Abaddon, the more regular sci-fi/fantasy/horror/urban fantasy comes under Solaris and now Ravenstone will be taking care of YA business. Here's a couple of excerpts from the press release,
Showcasing the very best in literature for the young, Ravenstone is a brand new publishing imprint bringing works of quality fiction to young readers around the world. Dedicated to highlighting works of genre-busting adventure and incisive and challenging writing, Ravenstone will be launched in September 2012.
The imprint’s launch title will be the beautiful debut novel Lupus Rex, by the high-profile musician and writer John Carter Cash. To be published in June 2013, Lupus Rex will have enormous appeal to children and older readers alike. This astonishing new tale is in the tradition of Watership Down, The Rats of Nimh, the Redwall series and Duncton Wood.
Isyl and Cormo are two quail who must risk their lives when they are driven from their home by the crows when the Murder fractures over the decision of who shall rule the Tree. The disorder this brings to the region comes to the attention of the wolf Asmod and he sees an opportunity to make himself King. To restore order the quails must venture far from their home to seek an audience with a potentially dangerous ally, the hawk Pitrin. As the forest trembles with the approach of Asmod’s army, the two quail will find themselves entangled in an epic struggle, as they fight to bring peace to the Field.
Editor-in-chief Jonathan Oliver said: “The Young Adult market is a vibrant and exciting melting pot of genres and ideas and I’m delighted to lead us into this territory with our new imprint.”
'Lupus Rex' looks like it could be a strong opening shot from Ravenstone although the bit in the press release about how 'Ravenstone will publish one book a season' makes me wonder how they will keep up with the likes of Strange Chemistry and all that. That 'one book' will either be absolutely amazing or they're just testing the waters to see how it all goes. Whichever it is, best of luck guys :o)