Game of Thrones beauty Nathalie Emmanuel will star in the eagerly-awaited audiobook version of the UK's answer to the Twilight series, it was revealed yesterday.
The British actress, best-known as Daenerys Targaryen's aide Missandei in the hit HBO series, will play the daughter of a suspected murderer in the adaptation of Lucy Christopher's much-hyped novel, The Killing Woods.
Her experience on gritty Channel 4 shows Hollyoaks and Misfits made her the "obvious choice" as Emily, the book's central character, its producers said.
The novel, aimed squarely at a young-adult market, has been tipped to become an overnight sensation when it hits the shelves next month.
Critics liken it to a 'homegrown' version of the Twilight Saga, a phenomenally successful series of books by the American author, Stephenie Meyer.
Speaking for the first time about her audiobook debut Emmanuel, 24, said making the transition from 'visual to voice' was a "wonderfully challenging learning curve".
"As a huge audiobook fan, I was over the moon about being asked to get involved in The Killing Woods," she said.
"It is a fantastic book and one that lends itself perfectly to audio.
"But I knew it wouldn't be easy. Emily is a complex young woman whose life is thrown into turmoil, and giving her character a voice, away from the written word, was a wonderfully challenging learning curve."
With the help of the victim's boyfriend, Damon, she sets out to clear her father's name by investigating what really took place that night.
The book — one of the most anticipated releases of 2013 — is released simultaneously as a print edition and AudioGO audiobook on October 3, published by Chicken House.
Emmanuel, who has also just been cast in Hollywood action film Fast & Furious 7, will co-star in the audio version of The Killing Woods alongside rising star and TV heartthrob Kyle Winfield, whose credits include teen drama Freak, BBC2's Scene Stealers and the 2011 British-Irish comedy film, Killing Bono.
Winfield, who makes his audiobook debut as Damon, said: "Make no mistake that The Killing Woods is a dark novel.
"It has everything that a thriller should have - suspense, intrigue, and a fabulously original plot.
"The prospect of working with AudioGO, and alongside Nathalie, was simply too good to miss. I jumped at the chance and grabbed it with both hands."
Christopher, author of The Killing Woods, is already known for her acclaimed novels Stolen, which won the prestigious Branford Boase award, and Flyaway — which was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards.
But literary experts believe The Killing Woods, her third novel, will enjoy "runaway success" on both print and digital, and on audio platforms.
A spokesperson for publisher Chicken House, said: "The US has long held the monopoly on the young-adult thriller/fantasy genre, with books like Twilight and The Hunger Games selling millions and millions of copies.
"You could say it is 'our turn' and, if it is, then The Killing Woods is the book that will make it happen."
Christopher, who has amassed a formidable international fan base, added: "I'm looking forward to the release of both the book and the audio version, and would like to thank each and every one of my readers for their unwavering and kind support."
A spokesman for AudioGO, which is based in Bath, added: "The Killing Woods is a wonderfully atmospheric novel, and we are enormously excited about working with Lucy, Nathalie, Kyle and others to bring it to life as a gripping audiobook."
The Killing Woods is released on October 3 and is available now for pre-order from www.audiogo.com/uk as an audiobook download or CD, priced £7.99.