Lerner Publishing Group Debuts A Delightful, 4-Part Graphic Novel Series

Welcome To A HOUSE DIVIDED: THE ACCURSED INHERITANCE OF HENRIETTA ACHILLES, Featuring Pirates, Bandits, Tiny Monsters, a Sentient House,

and One Unforgettable Orphan Heroine

“Beautifully drawn, great facial expressions, great humor and mystery and fun, all the things you want an adventure fantasy comic to be!”—Kate Beaton (HARK! A VAGRANT)

Acclaimed cartoonist Kate Beaton (HARK! A VAGRANT) says that it delivers “all the things you want an adventure fantasy comic to be!” Kirkus Reviews declares, “humor abounds with witty banter… [and the] breathtaking illustrations… will delight.” Are you ready for the new graphic novel series that’s recommended for fans of RPGs and high adventure—and perfect for readers of Lumberjanes and The Adventure Zone graphic novels? Welcome to A HOUSE DIVIDED: THE ACCURSED INHERITANCE OF HENRIETTA ACHILLES, the action-packed first volume of a brand new, 4-part graphic novel series created by two lifelong friends, Haiko Hörnig and Marius Pawlitza.

Haiko Hörnig spent his childhood in his parents’ comic book store, Comicothek, where he developed a love for sequential art at an early age. In middle school, he quickly became friends with Marius Pawlitza. The two of them first enjoyed role-playing games together and later started to make comics. And now their cult favorite graphic novel series is making its English language debut from Lerner Books.

A HOUSE DIVIDED: THE ACCURSED INHERITANCE OF HENRIETTA ACHILLES is a magical and dynamic romp that takes its cues from the role-playing games the creators played as kids. When 15-year old Henrietta Achilles is plucked from the orphanage and taken to a mysterious town called Malrenard, she’s surprised to learn that the death of an uncle she’s never met means she’s inherited his home. But Henrietta quickly learns that this inheritance is more of a burden than a gift. The house holds a powerful, magical secret—and now it’s plagued by bandits and strange creatures intent on possessing the house and its treasures. Henrietta is quickly swept up in their antics as she is thrown headlong into an ominous but kooky adventure full of stolen quiche, talking statues, and roving pirate gangs.

Hörnig and Pawlitza make fantastic collaborators, and their lifelong friendship and love for role-playing games imbues A HOUSE DIVIDED with a sense of infectious fun that makes the book a delightful and entertaining read. An epic war? Check. A determined heroine? Yes! A missing treasure? An enchanted castle? Recipes in the back of each volume? Yes, yes, and yes. Get ready to discover the magical world of A HOUSE DIVIDED. A HOUSE DIVIDED: THE ACCURSED INHERITANCE OF HENRIETTA ACHILLES will be available from Lerner Publishing Group where books are sold on April 7, 2020.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Haiko Hörnig spent his childhood in his parents’ comic book store, where he developed a love for sequential art at an early age. In middle school, he quickly became friends with Marius Pawlitza. The two of them first enjoyed role-playing games together and later started to make comics. Since 2013, Haiko has worked as a screenwriter for animated shows and feature films. A House Divided is his first published book series. He is based in Frankfurt, Germany. He’s also active on Twitter (@DerGrafX) and Instagram (@ahousedividedcomic).

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Marius Pawlitza was born in Poland in 1984 and grew up in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Years later, he studied communication design in the German city of Mainz. It was a good excuse to spend as much time as possible playing video games and making comics with Haiko Hörnig. Since 2011, he has worked as an art director and illustrator for different agencies and companies worldwide, in addition to creating sequential art. On Instagram, he’s @pengboom …but don’t expect a quick answer, rumors say his account is operated by a kobold.