Good news. The fourth draft is in my hands and I can proceed to the fifth and then the production draft of Berand Torler. I apologize for the delay. But you and I both know you want the best possible product I can provide for you. I also promise the wait will be worth it. With honesty I can say this is the best novel I have ever written. The fifth and production drafts go pretty quickly. Maybe no more than a week and a half, maybe two weeks to finish. The cover has been ready for years. So, as soon as the manuscript it ready, it's off to the publishers. So I am going to set April 7, 2017 as the new release date for Berand Torler. I don't anticipate any delay or need to push back from that date. I'm still setting May 2, 2017 as the release date for the new Iounelle novel - Magic and Mathematics: Book One - Ancient Science. And let's reset to July 7, 2017 for the release of The Tiger's Mouth. Also I am in the process of rewriting the very first book The Last Elf of Lanis and am very excited about the reissue of that novel. The original work is pretty darn good, but I was a newbie and made a few mistakes. The reenergized manuscript for that novel will be awesome. I might go through and groom The Archer From Kipleth and The Lord of Lightning, but I don't really anticipate those works needing much rewriting. And as much as I LOVE Legends of Haergill and Conniker's Tale, that unique novel needs a LOT of work. So that is something I will address in the near future. Maybe look for a reissue in 2018. Hopefully, all things being equal, You should get a FOURTH new novel this year, The Serpent's Venom, for which I am currently laying out the plot. Lucky you. So, no books from me for over a year, and then BAM a multitude. I know you will enjoy these works, and I'm very excited for you to read them.
I am pushing back the release of Berand Torler just a couple of days. There has been a slight delay in the editorial process. I want to deliver to you the best possible novel that I can produce, so hang in there, it will only be a week or so late.
Hello! Berand Torler: the Chronicles of the Elf Human Wars, the third and last novel of the Berand trilogy will publish on March 21, 2017.
The events of the two previous books lead to open warfare between elf and human. Can Berand stop it? Does he want to stop it? And what of his dear friend Dirkdyths, the dark elf, can he be saved?
And then more exciting news. A new Iounelle novel! Iounelle laefra! Magic and Mathematics Book One: Ancient Science will publish on May 9, 2017 This book is very exciting and unique as the fantasy aspect of the characters will blend into real human history! In Ancient Science, Iounelle, over a hundred thousand years old, has adventures and fights evil in Ancient Egypt during the building of the Great Pyramid, tracks her nemesis to Athens, Greece just after the death of Alexander the Great, and then struggles to break the Roman blockade of Syracuse where she meets someone very unique.
And then on July 3, 2017 the first book of the Strange Saga of Ostigris - The Tiger's Mouth will be published! Ostigris is that human with the cropped blonde hair and the broken nose that has briefly appeared in many of the novels. Ostigris is a man who knows he's not in the right time who wakes up with no memory of how he was attacked or by whom. As he tries to stay alive in the Roman Republic, he has to wonder if any of his Time Traveling companions has tried to kill him, and most importantly WHY.
If all goes well, you might get another Ostigris book before the end of the year - The Serpent's Venom. Let's say Dec.21, 2017 to keep me motivated.
Then in 2018 you'll get the last Ostigris book, the Eagle's Talon, (July 3, 2018?) and the second Magic and Mathematics book - Future Sorcery. (Dec. 21, 2018?)
2019 should see the last two Magic and Mathematics books: Present Horizons, and A Cold Night in Oslo and other Unverified Gossip.
That will wrap up most of the story lines for a really awesome direction for the remaining characters publishing in 2020. But that's getting, way, way (like 200 years 😏) ahead of things.
Along the way I'm planning to rewrite the first two Wealdland books as they are a little clunky. I was only just learning how to write!
I am very, very close to completing the first draft of Berand Brave. And, it is a corker. (that means it's really good). Here's a tease:
Glothau dae Fellananthau
(Demons and Messengers)
Dirkdyths stood amidst the wildly
whipping grass of the featureless meadowland. He still gripped his black sword
and long knife. The night sky was overcast and dull. The wind moved in patterns
across the dark sea of green blades. There was no glow of the moon burning
through the thick clouds, and not even a hint of star shine. There were no
trees, no animals, nothing. If he closed his eyes, all he heard was the low,
pained growl of the wind. He could imagine he was nowhere, untethered, less
than alive, uncreated.
I've been reading my favorite author's blog. If you haven't read anything by Ursula K. Le Guin, you must at least read the Earthsea trilogy: A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, and The Farthest Shore. Some have criticized the three later books, Tehanu, Tales of Earthsea, and The Other Wind, but I find that they added wonderfully to a deep, resonant, connected epic. Read all six books without pause or diversion and I think you will agree with me. (not all at once, you ninny) anyway... She posits in one of her blogs that Homer, of old Hellenic literature, not Mr. Simpson, was the first fantasist and it's hard not to disagree. Having read both the Iliad and the Odyssey, you can't help but smile when the gods take an active role in the narrative. Ms. Le Guin in her blog breaks down the differences between these first two genre literary works as (my simplification here) The Record, and the Journey. Neither is better, nor worse. Both are just different forms. And I had to pause. I certainly didn't mean to, because I had no outward, conscience attempt to make my work so grand, but I realized I have approached my books similarly. Simply put, without asking you to guess, The Wealdland Stories are analogous to The Iliad. It is a description of a war, a Record, with the paths of many, varied characters intersecting. The Chronicles of the Elf Human Wars, featuring Berand, is my Odyssey, The Journey, the story of one individual above all others. Funny that Berand's story is titled 'Wars' when the whole narrative is mostly about his personal journey of self discovery, much like Odysseus'. That's it. That's all I have to say. Kurt Ursula K. Le Guin's blog: click here .