It's officially September 21st, and The Last Sorcerers is officially out and into the world! Sort of. I've still got a long night ahead of me, but by the time you read this it'll be tomorrow. I'll still be up at midnight to greet the new day and to watch the preorders fly out to a Kindle near you. Time is one of the great illusions though, so let's play pretend and ignore the clock on the wall.
The Last Sorcerers is the final chapter of my Forbidden Scrolls Trilogy. When I first started writing the first book in the series, I had no idea that it was going to be a trilogy. I fully intended The Forbidden Scrolls to be a stand alone novel when I began writing it. Instead, I discovered around chapter 21 that I was in for a much longer haul.
Having never considered writing a trilogy before, I had no idea what I was in for. All I knew was that I couldn't do the story the proper justice by forcing it into one book. Nor was I willing to put out a thousand page monster of a book for my second outing. Instead, I decided to write like acts of a larger play, each with its own beginning, middle, and end.
The Forbidden Scrolls was all about introducing the characters and the stakes of the story. It was also primarily about Juliya's journey home to the city of Felbreach. This was the place where she was raised, and where she became the person who we meet at the beginning of the book. It's a place that is unkind to people like Juliya. The city's nobility place a premium on purity of blood, and Juliya is a half-elf. Through no fault of her own, simply the happenstance of her birth, Juliya was forced to live in the city's slums and to fend for herself at a young age. She had sworn never to return to this place, and yet the events of the story bring her back home.
Redemption & Ruin is a true middle act, and middle acts are hard. I'm pretty proud of this one though. It's the chase scene that picks where the first act ends, as well as the book where all of the major characters come together as one group. We learn a number of secrets in this book, and go to some magical places. And as the title implies, things go poorly for our heroes.
The Last Sorcerers is the book that brings is all home. It's the thrilling climax to the story, yet it teases a larger world that exists beyond the shores the characters know. I can't wait for you all to find out how it ends.
Now just because this book is now officially available, that doesn't mean that I'm by any means done with all of you. I have a new project in the works that I'm already about 22,500 words deep into my next project. And I hope to take you to more strange new worlds in the future.
Thank you all for helping me make this dream come true.