The rest of the series

25 Sep

With all the news about The House in the Old Wood and Karia’s Path (books one and two of the series, The Day Magic Died), you might think nothing is happening with the rest of the series.

And you would be wrong.

The Hall of the Prophetess (Book 3): On track for November. All four of my critical readers have finished reading the final draft, and my designer is already at work on the cover, so as soon as the final review of Karia’s Path (Book 2) is done, I plan to:

  • Begin working through the critiques to revise the book, then start the final proofreading
  • Sketch out a map for my artist (though I still have to figure out what it will be a map of)

If all goes well, it could even be released in October. I’ll keep you posted, and I’ll share more about this book soon too.

The Dwarf’s Legacy (Book 4): Ugh. Stupid dwarf. This one is giving me fits. I spotted two serious problems with the draft: One key character came back after a betrayal, and there’s no way he would have been so trusted; and another character conveniently showed up just as he was needed and died when he was no longer needed. Ugh. Who writes this stuff? Oh, yeah, me.

So I am moving through a complete rewrite, but I’m just not feeling the magic, if you know what I mean. The primary reason is that I’ve been trying to do the rewrite while:

  • Finishing the second edition of The House in the Old Wood
  • Finalizing Karia’s Path and
  • Getting The Hall of the Prophetess ready for my critical readers.

Soon, however, I’ll be done with the first two. Once I have completed the semifinal text for The Hall of the Prophetess and turned that over to my wife for proofreading, I can really focus on The Dwarf’s Legacy (Book 4), starting with a list of everything I need the replacement characters to do. So, looking at that timing, I’m hoping for a January 2014 release.

The Day Magic Died (Book 5): I think this book needs only minor revisions, which makes an early spring 2014 release likely.

By the way, the book titles The Dwarf’s Legacy (Book 4) and The Day Magic Died (Book 5) are still working titles and subject to change. Especially if the dwarf keeps giving me grief.

2 Responses to “The rest of the series”

  1. char120824 December 7, 2013 at 4:57 am #

    I can barely wait for the rest of the series to come out, I am very interested in finding out what is going to happen. I must say that usually I can figure out the ending or have a general idea because I read a lot, but with this series I honestly don’t know what is coming next.

    • ianfallis December 7, 2013 at 11:00 am #

      Thanks! I appreciate hearing that. I hate predictable stories — sometimes I’ll stop right in the middle of a book if it’s clear what’s happening. Where’s the journey of discovery in that?

      Your comment is especially valuable to me because of the amount of foreshadowing I’ve put into the book. (You’ll probably see that — or more of that than you thought was there — if you go back and re-read the books now that you’ve read through “The Hall of the Prophetess.”) At times I’ve feared I’ve given too much away. So I’m glad the books are still surprising you.

      Enjoy the journey!

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