David B. Coe, author of The Dark Eyes' WarSFScope brings news of a new deal between David B. Coe and Tor Books:

David B. Coe, writing as D.B. Jackson, sold the first two books in his Thief-Taker Series to James Frenkel at Tor. The Knight Agency’s Lucienne Diver, who made the deal, says the books were “pitched as Harry Dresden meets Sam Adams.”

Under his own name, Coe is the author of the Lon Tobyn Chronicle trilogy, the five-book Winds of the Forelands series, and the Blood of the Southlands trilogy (the third volume, The Dark-Eyes’ War, will be published in February 2010), all of which were published by Tor.

It’s interesting to see Coe taking on a different name for the new series, suggesting it’s perhaps a significant departure from the Epic Fantasy he’s known for. A comparison to Harry Dresden isn’t terribly surprising (or unexpected, given Jim Butcher’s sales numbers), but one wonders if he’s referring to obscure(ish) author Sam Adams or Samuel Adams, leader of the American Revolution and holder of Tea Parties.

UPDATE: Looks like it is the Samuel Adams of Boston Tea Party fame. Blake Charlton explains:

From my WFC chatter w/ David, i think Samuel Adams, of Tea Party fame, is correct. I think it’s set in colonial America.

My anticipation for the series was knocked up a few notches.

  • David B. Coe November 5, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Definitely Sam Adams the patriot, as opposed to Samuel Adams the writer. But I think more to the point, it’s Sam Adams the brewmaster….. ;)

  • aidan November 5, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Ahh, well. If you’re adding beer to the mix, then I doubt I’ll have any reason to refuse!

    Looking forward to finding out more about the duology, David.

  • Sallyanne November 6, 2009 at 2:36 am

    I think bringing in a different name refreshes the whole series and gives you the opportunity to restart your marketing campaigns on a clean slate.

  • Lynnet November 6, 2009 at 7:00 am

    I’ve never read Coe, but I’ll have to check this one out. I’ve been looking for fantasy set in Colonial America.

  • Blake Charlton November 6, 2009 at 11:31 am

    What David’s not saying (such a humble guy) is that he has a PhD in history and knows a thing or two about Colonial America. I’m very much looking forward to see how it comes out.

  • aidan November 6, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Ahh, well. Again, interest rising even more.

    David, if you’re still around, get in contact with me and we can set up an interview. I assume now that you’ve got a deal, you’d be willing to spill some beans on the novels?

  • James November 6, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Urban Fantasy, meh. Urban Fantasy in Colonial America, hell yes. Definitely something I would check out.

  • Kendall November 6, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Oddly (since I’m not that into American history), I’m with James; Colonial American UF…yeah, sounds good. :-)