With the first novel of my new series now in my editor’s hands, I started to work revising my rough draft of book 2 — only to get a brainstorm last week about how to address some lingering concerns I had.
I figured out how to fix up the smallest point of view arc, consisting of three chapters, to make them far more compelling, and then made the adjustments to the next to last chapter necessitated by changes to those three. And now I’m feeling more confident about the work in progress than I have in any book since The Bones of the Old Ones.
Don’t get me wrong — I’m proud of both Beyond the Pool of Stars and its upcoming sequel Through the Gate in the Sea, and remain disappointed that the first one didn’t attract much attention. (I expected that, given that it was a tie-in, but I’m still disappointed.) This one, however, which is looking more and more like it will be titled For the Killing of Kings, is probably the best thing I’ve written, a judgment I would personally have reserved, until now, for Bones. It has a lot of moving parts and I think that they’re all churning along nicely. I can hardly wait for it to come out.
In the mean time, here’s the first time I’ve posted a cover of the sequel to Beyond the Pool of Stars. I’ll have to check with Paizo to get the name of the artist. Though the Gate in the Sea is slated for February 2017 release.