This is something I’ve been sitting on for a while now, but now I can tell you about it: Today Tor announced a fantasy trilogy of books with my name on them. The entire fantasy series is entitled The Shadow War of the Night Dragons, of which the first book is called The Dead City. The prologue of that book is up on the Tor.com site right now.
How did this come about? Well, after the critical and commercial success of The God Engines, Tor and I began discussing the possibility of a fantasy project. I thought for a while about such a fantasy endeavor but if I was going to do it, then it had to be something that really grabbed me, something appealed to me and used my particular skill set as a writer. Fortunately, my editor at Tor, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, called me one day with an idea that was exactly what I needed, and at that point, well. I couldn’t not write it. So here we are.
As for the rest of it, there’s not too much to say at this point. I will say that I’ve talked to my agent about the foreign rights situation, and I can also say that if there’s a limited edition, it will be through Subterranean; Bill Schafer and I have already discussed some of the special features we’d want for the SubPress version. Of course, the Tor versions will have to come out first.
So that’s where things are at the moment. Go check out the prologue — I think you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
And yes, I know. You’re skeptical. So:
Yes, that’s an actual, legal, I-swear-to-God-it-will-stand-up-in-court contract. Yes, for me. Yes, sent to me by Patrick Nielsen Hayden. And yes, I signed it.
Also: That awesome cover art? John Stanko, ladies and gentlemen.