Not a lot of updates to give yet. I’m still cranking away on the third War of Broken Mirrors book, Defying Destiny. I’d say I’m probably about 1/3 of the way through writing it at this point. That’s progress, but it’s going a lot slower than I’d like. I’ve rewritten the outline almost entirely again, and moved around several scenes to make it feel more coherent.
The core issue is that my writing style has changed somewhat as a result of spending the last couple years working on the Arcane Ascension books, and writing in the War of Broken Mirrors styles no longer feels organic to me. It’s taking a while to try to figure out how to adapt what I’ve learned without losing the flavor of the original series.
Another issue is that I’ve been trying to wrap up plot threads that were initially intended to go for more than one more book. The War of Broken Mirrors was initially envisioned as a four book series, but due to the difficulties I’ve been having with switching back to the style, I’m currently going planning to more or less wrap it up as a trilogy.
That doesn’t mean I’m going to try to resolve everything in one book – it’s become increasingly clear that would be a disjointed mess. Rather, I’m going to be dealing with some critical things that are central to the plot, then most likely breaking the series off into individual books to follow some of the surviving characters/story arcs. I think this will be more entertaining to both me and the readers, and it’ll give the characters and story arcs the time they deserve, without forcing me to continue writing in a style that doesn’t click with me as well as it used to.
I know many of you are waiting for updates on the audio book for On the Shoulders of Titans. At present, my understanding is that it will probably be recorded in October. I still don’t have a release date, but I imagine that December is a likely range if it’s recorded in October. I hope we can get future books recorded more quickly after the Kindle release, but it all depends on the publisher and narrator’s availability. Thank you all for your patience.