Updated: May 13
Can you feel the excitement in the air? Maybe it's just me, I don't know. But we're just a week away from the release of my third novel, "Redemption & Ruin" and I'm pretty stoked about that.
In truth, "Redemption & Ruin" is the culmination of a year's worth of work. Writing this manuscript was a daunting task, as the middle act of a story always is. You need to advance the plot and keep things interesting while still saving the biggest bang for the final act. I like to think that I've pulled this off pretty well, but I leave you to be the judge of that.
One thing I try to do in each story in this trilogy is have a self-contained story that fits within the overarching narrative. In "The Forbidden Scrolls", the story was of Juliya's journey home to the city of Felbreach. Everything in the story leads up to her having to face the demons of her past.
In "Redemption & Ruin", the self-contained tale is that of the six paladins coming together to face Frost as one for the first time. Juliya is still the main character, but the importance of a number of the other characters becomes more far prominent. The chase is the story, as is the quest to find the scrolls before the evil sorcerer gets his hands on them first.
"Redemption & Ruin" is my biggest book to date clocking in at a tight 529 pages. It takes place in the immediate aftermath of "The Forbidden Scrolls", so I definitely recommend having read the first book in the series first. While the stories are self-contained within the larger narrative, there are important details that are fleshed out in the first book. In the end, I had to walk a balance between having each story stand completely on its own for new readers, and being repetitive for old ones. I choose to stand by the fact that it's a trilogy, and that you're probably going to have to read all of the books to get the full tale.
As this is the middle act, I would be remiss if I didn't remind you that its not going to tie up all the loose ends. However, when you finish Redemption & Ruin, you should hopefully feel like you got a complete story that leaves you wanting for more.
And on that note, some good news; I'm already working on book three in the series. I have a title, but feel like giving that away now would be a bit spoilery for the book that's about to come out. I've also finished the rough draft of the first chapter. While I can't guarantee that this will be the next book that I put out (I am working on my sci-fi trilogy, "The Miranda Project" as well), I can assure you that I don't intend to pull a Robert Jordan and die before I finish this series.
In the meantime, I hope that you enjoy "Redemption & Ruin" as much as I loved writing it. I look forward to hearing what you all thought about the twists and turns this story takes.