Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency

Female-led Space Opera to Piatkus

We are very excited to announce that Anna Boatman, Editorial Director at Piatkus Fiction, has bought World English rights in the Second Species Trilogy by Jane O’Reilly from Ella Kahn at DKW Literary Agency. Boatman said: ‘This hooked me from the very first page – it has fantastic action and great world building, alongside a strong, refreshing and immediately engaging heroine – if Rey from Star Wars had her own series, this would be it!

Jane O’Reilly: ‘I am thrilled to be published by Piatkus. Science Fiction is such an exciting and innovative genre and it’s a real privilege to be working with a team who love it as much as I do.’

Ella Kahn: ‘This is the kind of science fiction I think we need more of: fast-paced, fun, ambitious with a brilliant female protagonist. I’m so pleased that this series has found a home with Piatkus, who I know will publish it with the energy it deserves.’

The first in the Second Species Trilogy will be published by Piatkus in Summer 2017.


When pilot Jinnifer Blue is contracted by the Security Agency to arrest the most ruthless pirate in the galaxy, Caspian Dax, the last thing she expects is to be betrayed by her co-pilot and incarcerated on board the prison ship Alcatraz 2 with him.

It’s not long before they realise that the Alcatraz 2 is not what it seems, and if they want to escape, they’re going to have to work together. But Dax saved her once before and it made her life hell. Now Jinn must decide if she can trust Dax – because once they discover what the prison ship is hiding, she definitely can’t trust anyone else…