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Dear Friends:

A happy Civil New Year to all! Happier, anyway, though both the Yanks and the Brits have a particularly challenging year ahead politically, I fear. I hope that your festivities and observations as 2016 drew to a close were all that you could hope for.


Apparently Tor has Blade of Empire listed as an October 2017 release. Macmillan (which distributes Tor Books), lists it as coming in November. My editor says it’s “in production”, though what they have in production is a mystery to me, as I am working on the revisions even as we speak (as it were).

In other words: Lo! My editor finally sent me a revision letter (and suggested hopefully that I remove a third of the book). Needless to say, I laughed merrily and am ignoring that part: the final draft will be around 150K, but there will be at least one new novella as well (you did want to know what’s happening on the Grand Windsward, I hope?) Blade of Empire and Scourge of Fate (already begun; I expect to turn it in this Fall) essentially make up one long novel, but as Tor demands shorter and shorter books, it was the only way I could come up with to retain the epic scope of the story.

That’s all the Obsidian news I have right now. And so, back to work...

Date: 2017-01-05 12:33 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
"as Tor demands shorter and shorter books"

Telling a good story takes what it takes. Too bad Tor doesn't understand or else has chosen to ignore that. I guess it's a production cost issue, but sometimes catering to the bottom line is short-sighted.

Anyway, thank you for the update. I'm looking forward to having both additions to the latest trilogy!


Date: 2017-04-05 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
YAY!!! Congratulations on your successful arm-twisting! Thank you!


The next book in the "Dragon Prophecy" series is Blade of Empire. It will be published by Tor Books on October 24, 2017.

October 2017


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