Last year was a quiet one for me, at least in terms of releases. This year is shaping up somewhat differently.
The past couple of years left me sitting on a pile of manuscripts that needed licking into shape. These included 4 Kormak novels and one longer epic fantasy about wizards and dragons set in Kormak’s world. Over the past few months, as things have settled down in the wake of writing Illidan, I’ve slowly gotten to grips with them.
The Kormak books form a long arc taking our monster-hunting hero from the court of the King-Emperor of Siderea to the strange colonies on the far side of the World Ocean. He’s searching for the source of the sarcophagus containing the resurrected Eldrim warlord Vorkhul that appeared in Born of Darkness. Shadow cults, shapeshifting assassins, tribes of feral lycanthropes and deserts full of demons block the way to the answers he seeks. Will they stop him? What do you think?
The epic is a more traditional style fantasy story. It concerns the apprenticeship of a boy wizard indentured into a Black Company style mercenary unit caught up in a brutal civil war. Along the way he encounters love and dragons and assassin cults as well as Old Ones and their servants. The book is set in the haunted land of Umbrea where a three way struggle between the Solari, the Lunars and the followers of Shadow has been going on for millennia. It explores magic in Kormak’s world in considerable depth. It’s written in the first person and the style is a lot different from that used in the Kormak stories. I’m very pleased by the way this one turned out. It’s the first of a planned trilogy.
These books are written. I’m just revising them and ironing out inconsistencies. The first of the Kormak books should see the light of day in April or May, and the rest should be released every two or three months thereafter. There’s a possibilty that if I get my act together they might be here sooner, but I would not hold my breath waiting for that, if I were you.
There’s a Kormak short story which (hopefully)I’ll be sending out free to the folks on my mailing list next month. This one features ocean-going giants and an ancient sunken temple rising from the deep. It hints at some things coming up in the novel cycle too.
There’s also a new short story set in the Northlands of Kormak’s world, featuring a viking-style superhero in the service of the Old Gods. As you can tell I have been busy exploring that particular setting. I don’t know when this one will be coming out but it will sooner or later.
I’ve also done some work on the next Kormak arc which features some nasty vampire warlords, the Russian steampunk novel and an urban fantasy set in Prague. I’m toying with a military Space Opera which is very much at the planning stage right now.
Of course, Illidan will be released in April, at least according to Amazon. It can be pre-ordered here. And that’s where I’m at right now as far as upcoming releases are concerned. I’ll make concrete announcements on the dates these things go live.
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