It seems every time I’ve had a moment free to blog we’ve been in a hotel with broken internet cables or unreliable wifi, so only now, thanks to free wifi on the train, have I been able to post. And then only this mostly pre-written post I prepared last week.
I can now confirm that my next series of books will be called Millennium’s Rule. It will be a trilogy* set in a multiple-world scenario^, where characters with the ability can hop from one world to another.
In one world, where there has been an industrial revolution powered by magic, a young archaeology student finds an ancient treasure – a sentient book. In another world, trapped in its own dark ages, the daughter of a cloth merchant must hide her powers from magic-hating, priests. And out in the worlds, a people called the Travellers live their lives constantly the move, trade goods from one world to another on a safe route passed down through countless generations.
Millennium’s Rule will consist of:
Angel of Storms
I will start writing Maker’s Magic next year, after finishing The Traitor Queen, last book of the Traitor Spy Trilogy. I’m looking forward to playing in a shiny new universe with a very cool (if I say so my myself) magical system and characters that are already trying to jump out of my head.
*Yes, I know. Another trilogy. One of these days I’m going to break the trilogy habit and write a duology or a tetralogy, or even a pentalogy, but the story dictates the length and I feel it’s foolhardy to squish or pad it out for the sake of simply avoiding a harmless cliché.
^Which means I have to avoid the term ‘world’ when describing the settings of my books. I’m going to have to switch to ‘universe’ otherwise it’s going to be confusing when I discuss the plot. People might think that when I say a character travels to another world that I’ve sent them to Kyralia or Ithania. And as a writer, I must admit that ‘universe-building’ sounds rather grand compared to ‘world-building’.