So here’s where we are: my UK publishers, who’ve carried these delays with much good grace, have set a putative publication date of April 2011. That means that I need to deliver the manuscript by some time in early Autumn this year. As the pressures of game deadlines ebbs a bit, and as my six month sabbatical from prose whets my appetite to get back to it, this is looking reasonably do-able. I’m actually starting to inch forward in the narrative, and I have – possibly a side effect of writing a lot of game and tie-in comic-book treatments recently – a clearer overall idea of where the book will go than at any time in the last two years. It may take a while to get there, but at least I have a map. And the good news is that, looking at that map, it seems me this book is likely to be a good deal longer than The Steel Remains; so if you liked Ringil and Co’s first outing, there should be about half as much again to like this time around.
Oh, and I think I’ve found a way to call it The Cold Commands after all.
Richard Morgan's The Dark Commands update
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Richard Morgan posted an update on his blog about the state of The Dark Commands, the follow-up to The Steel Remains (my review here), the first book of A Land Fit for Heroes. A tentative publication date (April 2011) is included and it seems he found a way to rename the book The Cold Commands as he initially intended. Can't wait for this, with the way the first book ended and the prospect of Ringil future. Also, the book will be longer than TSR, hurrah!!! Here you go :