Or perhaps you’d say it’s done with the final edits. I turned my last edits in yesterday, so all that remains is for Dreamspinner to put together the galley proof and me to go over it. Then it will be done! Look for a release date in about six weeks (mid October)!
I’m very excited about this! The trilogy ended with a much bigger bang than I could have anticipated when I began writing Dreams two years ago. Each subsequent book expands upon the one before, adding more viewpoint characters (this one has four — I didn’t go completely insane) from different areas of the culture in the Kingdom of Dasak, so we now see what life is like for nobles (represented by Sael), peasants (Koreh), assassins (Donegh), and priests (Gonim).
We also finally talk directly with the gods (the Stronni and the Taaweh) and learn more about what motivates them and where they live. We see the Great Hall! We get more detail about life in the city of Harleh and we finally meet the emperor in the imperial palace!
Book one of my YA fantasy trilogy has now entered editing! I just approved the blurb today:
A thousand years ago, two factions of gods, the Stronni and the Taaweh, nearly destroyed the Kingdom of Dasak by warring for the land and the frightened humans who lived there. Then suddenly the Taaweh vanished and the Stronni declared victory.
Now, as tensions escalate between the emperor and his regent, Vek Worlen, the Vek’s son, apprentice mage Sael dönz Menaük, finds himself allied with a homeless vagabond named Koreh. Together they flee the capital city and make their way across a hostile wilderness to the Vek’s keep, mere steps ahead of the emperor’s assassins.
But Koreh has dreams—dreams of the ancient Taaweh—and he knows the looming war between the emperor and the Vek will be nothing compared to the war that is about to begin. The Taaweh are returning, and the war between the gods may destroy the kingdom once and for all.
I talked to my publisher this weekend about changing the title of the first book from Awakening to Dreams. This is because it occurred to me when I finished book two that the first book does focus on Koreh’s dreams a lot — they frequently occur at chapter breaks. And the second book features fire in the form of fireballs being hurled at the city by the Stronni, while the last book has the gods (the Stronni and the Taaweh) finally confronting each other on the field of battle. Therefore the titles will be:
Dreams of Fire and Gods: Dreams
Dreams of Fire and Gods: Fire
Dreams of Fire and Gods: Gods
Not particularly brilliant, perhaps, but I think it works.
Book one should be released this December!