Stan Lee's first novel for adults A Trick of Light to be released posthumously

Book will be available in paperback and audio formats

Clémence Michallon
New York
Tuesday 25 June 2019 19:45 BST
Stan Lee attends the Premiere of Doctor Strange on 20 October, 2016 in Hollywood, California.
Stan Lee attends the Premiere of Doctor Strange on 20 October, 2016 in Hollywood, California.

Stan Lee’s first novel for adults will be released posthumously.

A Trick of Light, co-written by Lee and Kat Rosenfield, will be published on 17 September, 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

The novel, whose full title reads Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light, is the first work to be released in connection with Lee’s new Alliances universe.

“A Trick of Light is a superhero origin story about the unlikely friendship between Cameron, a gifted young man struggling with newfound fame after a freak accident gives him the ability to manipulate technology with his mind, and Nia, a hacker and coding genius with a mysterious past,” reads the publisher’s description.

“The two must combine their powers to fight the dangerous physical and online forces threatening to wipe out the human race.”

The audiobook version of the novel, narrated by Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi, will come out on 27 June.

“Our yarn is filled with tantalizing technologies that will make you hunger for tomorrow, while our characters strive to find the answers today,” Lee wrote in the book’s introduction.

“They’ll ask the questions we all have about love, friendship, acceptance, and the search for a higher purpose.”

Stan Lee's first novel for adults, A Trick of Light, will be released in September.

Lee, who co-created many Marvel superheroes such as Spider-Man, Iron Man and Thor, died in November 2018 aged 95.

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“When Stan Lee passed away last fall, the world lost a genius whose fountain of creativity kept flowing to the very end,” Bruce Nichols, Senior Vice President and Publisher at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, said.

“We are so grateful that one of his final projects was his first-ever novel for adult readers, and we are proud and excited to be publishing it this fall.”

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