To my unspeakable joy, I can finally reveal that my new epic fantasy trilogy The Fire Sacraments has been acquired by Cory Allyn of Talos Press.
Fans of The Chathrand Voyage may well recognize my style and obsessions, but this is a different tale in nearly every respect. It’s a desert adventure, a war story, a gothic family drama and a meditation on racism, fanaticism and empire. It’s also (and no one was more surprised by this than me) damned funny in places. Some characters just notice the absurdity in all things, war very much included.
Book One: Master Assassins
Book Two: Sidewiders
Book Three: Siege
Master Assassins concerns two brothers who are emphatically NOT what the title suggests. Quite the opposite: they’re hapless soldiers, conscripts who love and hate each other with fairly psychotic intensity and dream only of escape—until the night they stumble into an act of unforgiveable blasphemy, get mistaken for foreign agents, and must flee into the desert ahead of the death squads of their Empress. That’s the kickoff of a pretty complex plot, in which demonic possession, lost cities and narco-medical crime syndicates also demand some stage time. Nonstop fun, in other words.
The first book is complete, and the whole trilogy is mapped out. And yes, it's as weird as they come. I tried to compose a pithy "X meets Y" phrase to encapsulate it, and the most honest one I could come up with was "Dune meets The Road meets Life of Brian." I'm not pulling your leg.
For all the readers who’ve been asking where I’ve been since The Night of the Swarm: thank you for never letting me feel forgotten! Two years in Indonesia did complicate my writing life, to be sure—but that’s another story. Thanks also to Pat Rothfuss for his amaing help and enthusiasm for this story, my new agent Matt Bialer for tireless negotiations, and Cory Allyn for making it clear from day one that he wanted this deal to happen. More details (including pub dates!) to follow.
Thank you again for your messages, your moral support, your loyalty. I'll post more news when I can.
In Other News:
The Night of the Swarm:
Celebrating the End of the Voyage
I have no words to tell you how glad I am to bring you the final, enormous, crazier-than-anything-that's-come-before chapter in the lives of Pazel, Thasha, Neeps, Marila, Felthrup, Hercól, Captain Rose and all the others. Here on my new site, I've posted a Chathrand Voyage Quartet glossary and dramatis personae, a synopsis of the earlier books and a variety of other goodies. You can also check out the Book IV map and my Series Trailer: