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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: 2017-01-08 05:22 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lusional
Exciting stuff!

Do you happen to know if they will be producing an audio version for release with the book? I find myself using Audible more and more lately for books as I have little time around the house to sit down with a good book. I'll be making time for this one either way, but enjoy the flexibility.


Date: 2017-01-16 08:40 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
This is the best news I've heard all year ;)

Date: 2017-01-30 09:12 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
As of today, Amazon lists the book's release date as October 14, 2017, though they are calling it "Dragon 2", as if the correct title is unknown.

Best news.

Date: 2017-02-28 01:20 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
This is the best thing. Its the only book ive been looking forward to. The 2 trilogies and one book out are the best ive ever read and favorite memories for sure. I was so disapointed when i finished the enduring flames and in the back i then saw to my greatest pleasure the obsidian trilogy. 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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