Roanne Lau

Author of the upcoming epic fantasy The Serpent Called Mercy (preorder now!).Follow her on Twitter and Instagram, and subscribe to her newsletter:

Roanne Lau


Roanne Lau is a speculative fiction author whose works are informed by her experiences living in Malaysia, Australia, Taiwan, and Japan and being the descendant of Chinese immigrants. She was selected for the Pitch Wars mentorship program in 2021. Her debut epic fantasy novel The Serpent Called Mercy sold at auction for six figures to DAW (North America) and Solaris (UK/Commonwealth).Her greatest accomplishments in life include being a finalist in a Lord of the Rings trivia competition when she was nine and managing to avoid diabetes despite a sugar-saturated childhood.※ A note on pronunciation: Roanne Lau rhymes with Joanne wow.

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April 2024 | Acquisition Announcement: DAW Books acquires THE SERPENT CALLED MERCY by Roanne Lau (Astra Publishing House)

April 2024 | Solaris to publish The Serpent Called Mercy by Roanne Lau for the UK (Rebellion Publishing)

April 2024 | Solaris signs Roanne Lau's epic fantasy debut (BookBrunch, $)

April 2024 | Deal Report: THE SERPENT CALLED MERCY (Publishers Marketplace)

Roanne Lau


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The Serpent Called Mercy

Lythlet and her only friend Desil are shackled to a life of debt and poverty that she fears they will never escape. Desperate for money, they sign up as conquessors: arena combatants who fight sun-cursed beasts in the seedy underworld of the city.Match-master Dothilos is initially enamored of Desil’s brawling reputation, but after seeing Lythlet lead the pair to triumph with her quick cunning, he takes her under his wing, scorning Desil. Ambition takes root in Lythlet’s heart as a life of fame and wealth unfolds in her imagination.But Lythlet isn’t the only one out for coin and glory, and she soon finds herself playing an entirely different game—a game of politics and deception. As the cost of her ambition grows, she will have to decide if sacrificing her honor, and only friendship, is worth the chance to shape her own fortune.A whirlwind of blood-pounding battles as characters grapple with their choices in the face of wealth and financial security, The Serpent Called Mercy‘s heart is the underlying, steadfast friendship between its protagonists.

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Please forward any business enquiries to the relevant parties below.

Literary agent: Keir Alekseii at Azantian Literary Agency

Film/TV agent: Kim Yau at Echo Lake Entertainment

Non-business matters can be sent to the following contact form. While Roanne endeavours to read all correspondence, she regrettably cannot promise a timely response due to her busy schedule.