Above is the very slick, very cool full cover for Leviathan’s Blood.
It’ll be published in the UK (and surrounding colonies) on April 7th. The US edition (which also has this nice cover) will be published on May 31st. In Germany, it will be published on May 2nd. Feel free to pre-order the editions you wish. As every author will tell you, pre-ordering helps.
In other news, I turned in the third, and final volume of the trilogy, The Eternal Kingdom, on Monday.
It’ll change in edits – all books do – but I’m pretty happy with it at the moment. I had the last scene in my head for a long time and it feels good to have it here.
For the last four, perhaps five years, I’ve been involving in writing a big, multicultural, epic fantasy trilogy. It was pretty good. I don’t know that I’ve had a better time on a book. I was able to watch martial arts films, tap into the big, crazy imagery within, and explore all the concepts of power I want. The last is a bit of a surprise, actually. I’m not sure when I began The Godless that I would have said that power, its nature and its use, would have been the thematic that I would begin to interact with, but I did. Power, it’s relations with the individual, the isolated, the people outside the institution, the people who distrust the imbalances that exist. There’s more, of course, bits and pieces that seep into big projects, a lot of it my own interests in terms of race, refugees, the world we live in, cross genre stuff, dialogue, and more and more, but I must admit, I was surprised by how much it unfolded along the thematic lines of power. But it’s nice. It’s rewarding when you can look back at a work and see the whole thing and think that it became its own thing, different from your original plans, born from somewhere within you that you hadn’t explored before.
Anyhow, so yeah, the trilogy is done. It’s still in the early stages of published life and it still needs your support, so please, by all means, pick up a copy, tell a friend, leave a review somewhere, pre-order, and all that goodness.
I had a good time with it, and I hope you do as well.