• Robert V.S. Redick

SIDEWINDERS, the sequel to MASTER ASSASSINS, has a pub date at last.

Updated: Jul 14, 2020

Dear Readers,

I'm so happy to be able to tell you that I have an official publication date from Talos Books: Sidewinders, Book II in The Fire Sacraments trilogy, will be published on May 4, 2021.

Sidewinders is a more ambitious novel in many ways than Master Assassins. Familiar faces—Kandri, Mektu, Chindilan, Eshett, Talupéké—remain at the heart of the story, but in Sidewinders the canvas is greatly enlarged. We see the continent of Urrath not only over Kandri’s shoulder but from the points of view of new characters scattered across the desert and the surrounding lands. We see war spreading from country to country, the malign effects of the Time of Madness, a deepening fixation on old grievances, old fears. We learn a great deal about the Quarantine, and about the organized criminals who have bled and abused the continent for hundreds of years. We follow the efforts of a few, brave, outnumbered souls who see a path to defeating those criminals.

Mektu, alas, is peak Mektu. I cannot excuse his behavior. Rest assured, however, that I am exploring all possible therapies, whether devised by Urrathi medicine, Outworlder science or the exorcists of Lupriz.

I hope you'll believe me that I've worked just as quickly as I could without harming the quality of the book. While I'm privileged in so many fundamental ways, I've still struggled with matters internal and external these last several years.

Nonetheless, it's been a source of constant joy to be writing this tale. Your messages of love and support have kept me going. I thank you with all my heart.


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