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C.L. Polk’s Fantasy Series “The Kingston Cycle” Is Getting A TV Adaptation

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BY September 1, 2021

The latest fantasy series to be greenlit for a television adaptation is The Kingston Cycle by C.L. Polk. The trilogy consists of the books WitchmarkStormsong, and Soulstar. The first book in the series – Witchmark – also won the World Fantasy award for best novel back in 2019. It was Polk’s debut novel, and now it will be brought to life on the small screen. 1212 Entertainment has acquired the rights to the series. Alyssa Clark (The 100) is also onboard to write the script.

The Kingston Cycle Will Become A Television Series

Queer Fantasy Witchmark Image via Tor/Forge

Polk’s Kingston Cycle is set in a fantasy world that bears some striking resemblance to our own. The main location of Aeland is very similar to England, except there is magic at play. Of course magic is only allowed to be practiced by the upper echelons of society, and forbidden to anyone else.

The story follows a young doctor named Miles Singer. He is a military surgeon, treating patients who are recovering from the recent war. But Miles has a few secrets: his ability to heal comes from the magic he is not allowed to touch. And on top of that, he is on the run from his own family who want to use his magical abilities for their own benefit. When his secret is exposed, Miles must get to the bottom of a murder mystery. While also dealing with romantic feelings for the one man who wants to help him. Along the way, the two of them will discover deadly secrets that could change the world.

The Kingston Cycle stands apart from the rest of the upcoming fantasy adaptations because it is one of the few that features a gay male protagonist. We recently included it on our list of some of the best LGBTQ fantasy books to read for Pride (or any other time of year).

1212 Entertainment Will Adapt The Kingston Cycle

C.L. Polk The Kingston Cycle Adaptation Image via the Author’s Website

Author C.L. Polk says that this adaptation of The Kingston Cycle is like a dream come true: “I am delighted by the prospect of watching the story of Kingston unfold one episode at a time. I’m excited by this team’s vision and I’m looking forward to every minute of it.”

Roberto Grande of 1212 Entertainment says he was drawn to the series because Polk “does an amazing job of exploring social and family dynamics. And in the context of the Kingston Cycle, there’s the almost tyrannical control built on dynasties, not merit. And then on the character level, just from book to book, tracking these love stories that evolve through huge obstacles… I love Miles and Tristan’s relationship, and how Miles and his sister’s relationship evolves.”

Additionally, Grande says that this is the perfect time for an adaptation of the fantasy trilogy because of its “exploration of social stratification and division; and the perpetuation of narratives that falsely divide us.”

No casting has been announced as of  yet, but you know we’ll be keeping a close eye on this project as it develops. To stay up to date on all of the latest genre news, be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today!

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Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

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