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James P. Mallory ([personal profile] merlinscribe) wrote2017-03-16 02:13 pm

Blade of Empire Update

As of last week, BLADE OF EMPIRE has gone through *two* editorial revisions and is now in production at Tor! This puts it on schedule for a Fall 2017 release.

I will almost certainly be turning in SCOURGE OF FATE by the end of this year, though what Tor does with it after that, and when, is anybody's guess.

[personal profile] starwind40 2017-03-21 02:02 am (UTC)(link)
Amazon has it listed for October 24 (pre-order is available, but hardcover only - so far).

Can hardly wait.
Edited 2017-03-21 02:44 (UTC)

(Anonymous) 2017-04-24 06:43 am (UTC)(link)
I preordered via kindle


(Anonymous) 2017-03-21 03:45 pm (UTC)(link)

I'm so excited!

[identity profile] 2017-03-23 05:16 pm (UTC)(link)
I know you don't control what TOR does with publication dates and such, but I'm tentatively allowing myself to get excited about a late October release date! Are you able to tell us whether you did cut the 160K words you were asked to? And if so, whether we can see some of the outtakes? The Annobuena scenes and the Dardolan scenes were some of my favourite add-on bits to read. :)

(Anonymous) 2017-04-07 09:35 pm (UTC)(link)
I have been excited about Blade since I got done with Crown. I have not been this excited for any book, and I have several release days for different ones on my calendar. With Blade of Empire, though, I have been counting down the days. I also fear that I may have given this book completely unreasonable expectation. That no matter how much I want Blade in my hand, no matter how much I will enjoy it. It just can not meet those expectations. Still can't wait, though.

Hopefully Scourge of Fate will be out by next year, then.

Guess what I just preordered!!!

(Anonymous) 2017-04-24 06:42 am (UTC)(link)
Soooo excited! Bring on the prophecy of unpronounceable names! I woke my poor husband up with the squeal when I saw it on Amazon!
In other news, I have harrassed for in every possible way for the past year, sending weekly emails, torturing their Facebook admins...
Seriously five years is too long to wait.

Re: Guess what I just preordered!!!

(Anonymous) 2017-04-24 06:42 am (UTC)(link)
That would be "harrassed Tor" but google phones are illiterate.
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Release dates....?

[personal profile] archang3ll 2017-05-30 05:09 pm (UTC)(link)
I have waited, and waited, and waited for this book to release. I no longer allow myself to get excited about "planned" release dates. I'll get excited if it actually releases. I'll be the first in line at the bookstore if it releases. This series, this book has had more release dates than Star Citizen. Not blaming anyone specifically (life happens) but at some point after five years, just stop throwing out future release dates that never come to pass.

Well, as the blind man once said - "...We shall see..."

(Anonymous) 2017-08-02 07:52 pm (UTC)(link)
I just finished devouring Crown of Vengeance (read the whole thing in under 24 hours) and was desperate for more. Imagine my growing horror, until I found this post, that a sequel was not forthcoming. Needless to say I am glad I only have to suffer a few more months rather than the years many seemed to have endured.


(Anonymous) 2017-08-04 04:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Pre order already in. James, I just re-read the original trilogy and it re-kindled my desire for more on Kellen. I mean how did he do in the flower wars? Surely he participated. Did his relationship with Vestakia flower or whither? Kids? And was Shalkan special among the unicorns or just a particularly nosey though amiable personality with a penchant for sweets?

(Anonymous) 2017-08-15 08:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Mr. Mallory I love the books both you and Ms. Lackey have created in this world. It has been my favorite since not long after When Darkness Falls was published. It takes me awhile at times to get into either a new author or even a new series by an author I already love. For the longest time To Light a Candle was my favorite book (If anyone saw that book on my shelf, they would know that it has been re-read many times. It was in horrible condition). Around 2009 or so The Outstretched Shadow became my all-time favorite book. That was too change a third time when Crown of Vengeance was published, and that one book remains my favorite to this day. Personally I think that this has the ability to become a great open world series. There are so many stories that can be told in this world. So I pray continuously that Tor would be interested in buying them (and hopefully not destroy the books while they are at it).

When I read some of your earlier post here, something that was said bothers me. I may be over thinking this, but on Jan. 4, 2017 you said that Blade of Empire and Scourge of Fate was basically one long book (cut down so hopefully more of the book will be published). On an earlier post (can’t remember where off hand) you said that Tor has only contracted you for three books. Will the rest of the story get told in Scourge of Fate? You say this book is still a trilogy. But if Blade and Scourge is one book, then wouldn’t that leave the conclusion not finished? Or will Scourge be ‘cut to fit’ like Crown? Sorry about this question but once I started to think about what you wrote, and then overthink it, I was panicking that I would never see a good finish for my favorite series to date.

Thank you for your time,
P.S. Any news on the Novellas you said Tor already had?

(Anonymous) 2017-10-08 10:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you for you taking the time to post them. I honestly can not get enough of this world.

That does calm some of my fears that my favorite series want get finish. Now I know that it will, even if Tor is not interested, which I think they should be.

Thank you for taking the time to answer,

(Anonymous) 2017-10-09 12:17 am (UTC)(link)
I ment series will not

(Anonymous) 2017-10-09 01:23 pm (UTC)(link)
Wait so we won't see the end of the First Endarkened War at the end of Scourge?


Or will you publish stories from the First Endarkened War later on?

(Anonymous) 2017-10-09 06:06 pm (UTC)(link)
From what I understand he has said, both here and in previous post, is that both Blade of Empire and Scourge of Fate are basically one book. He wanted more of the second book to be published and not have a repeat on what happened to Crown of Vengeance, where a lot of it was cut. In another old post he made, he said that Tor has only contracted them for three books. When I fully process what those couple of old posts said (I admit it took me a bit), I started to get worried that this series would not get finished. In theory if both Blade and Scourge are one book, Tor only contracted them for three books, and then my mind started saying only 2/3 of the series would get published.

I will admit I can worry about anything. Once I start worrying, that feeling will stay with me. So I decided to ask Mr. Mallory about it, so I can stop worrying. I was almost in tears thinking that my all-time favorite series would never see an ending.

Mr. Mallory just said that if Tor is not interested in buying/contracting them for more in this series then he may go into self-publishing. So in the end all the series will get out there for us to enjoy. The end of the First Endarkened War should be in either the book that comes after Scourge or the book after that (if he cuts the next book in two again). I know a part of this would depend on Tor. They may allow them to do more (hopefully).

Please Mr. Mallory correct me if I understand this wrong.

Hope that helped,

PS I was just wandering if Runcar and Vieliessar meet up in Scourge? You mentioned a while ago that they do not meet up in Blade. That the closest they were would be 3,000 miles (not sure if I remember that right).

(Anonymous) 2017-10-10 09:03 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes! I Can't wait for them to meet. That has to be a memorable scene.


(Anonymous) 2017-10-10 09:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Uh, I had no idea how long the First Endarkened War last. A century would be hard to put in a single book, or even a few books.

(Anonymous) 2017-10-10 09:12 pm (UTC)(link)
You did however do a good job of that in the first book.


PS I accidentally hit post too early for the previous reply.

Here it comes!

[personal profile] lusional 2017-10-04 03:03 am (UTC)(link)
Hey James, just thought I'd drop a comment since this site has gone quiet again and I can't seem to find any other sites/social media when searching for you.

I saw on twitter that Kate Rudd is in the process of recording the audiobook for Blade of Empire, which is awesome since she did an awesome job with Crown of Vengeance... which I just listened to yet again. Anyhow - any updates on life, love, or your favorite flavor of Doritos?

Re: Here it comes!

[personal profile] lusional 2017-10-12 11:06 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah, that author's page has been down for quite some time. I've tried searching for you on occasionally, but the newest result has long been the "The House of the Four Winds Sweepstakes!" (I enjoyed that one, too, by the way - too bad the series was canceled)

I would have thought Tor would at least have something show up in the search for Blade of Empire or The Dragon Prophecy, but no. Nothing. It's kind of sad that I have to go to Amazon or goodreads instead of Tor's own website (or search Kate's twitter feed) for stuff like this. It seems like your agent and publisher aren't doing a very good job of publicizing you.

I fully approve of your snack choices - they are timeless.

So to clarify....

(Anonymous) 2017-10-17 03:52 pm (UTC)(link)
1. Tor has you on for Scourge and potentially some novellas that they have thus far declined.

2. You are looking into Kickstarter and Patreon for future books as publishing options have opened up.

3. Amazon has Blade of Empire pre-order out late October.

5. Scourge is expected (by you) to be turned in by end of year 2017.


1. How do you and Mercedes co-author these books? Do you share in all parts or is one of you responsible for the over world and darkness and the other the light?

2. Do you find it difficult to finish off protagonists? I'm not wanting like a GRR style removal of characters or anything but the life/death ratio seems to be Tolkien or better.

3. We're the Phoenix books HEAVILY edited? They seem anemic between the original trilogy and this one so far.

Re: So to clarify....

(Anonymous) 2017-10-17 03:53 pm (UTC)(link)
Gah, phone auto-correct got me, my apologies.