I’ve officially finished the first draft of The Shattered Empire, Book II of the Shadow Space Chronicles. This is good news if you liked The Fallen Race. It’s also good news if you liked my other books, since that means I can get working on those sequels. For those of you who don’t like my books… er, why are you reading this?
For me, I’m very excited. This book has been setting on the backburner for five years now, waiting to be written as I waited for my lucky break in traditional publishing… until I went the self-publishing route. That said, I think the novel benefits from five more years of writing experience. The novel is much larger than The Fallen Race, with the rough draft coming in at 160k words. That makes it 30% longer than The Fallen Race. Since my final versions of novels tend to add another 10% as I go back and fill in some details, that means The Shattered Empire will be a long read. Technical details aside, the book is chock full of action, character growth, and lots of details in the Shadow Space Universe. The main story line follows Lucius Giovanni as he goes about liberating Nova Roma from the Chxor… and finds that being the leader of a new nation is not all it’s cracked up to be. There are two additional story arcs that follow Mason McGann and a new character, a mercenary by the name of Garret Penwaithe, both of which tie into the main story, sometimes in unexpected fashions. What I really like about this book is that I finally get the opportunity to flesh out some of the side characters, the people who help Lucius Giovanni to do the things he does. As an author, getting to explore those characters, as well as the antagonists, was a wonderful opportunity.
The Shattered Empire is now headed to my alpha readers. After a their feedback I’ll do my editing, copyediting, and then I’ll post it on Amazon. Keep checking here for updates, samples, and hopefully soon a post about the progression of the cover art. Thanks to all my readers for making this possible!
3 thoughts on “The Shattered Empire… Coming Soon!”
hurray! looking forward to more in that universe. there’s a serious shortage of good light space opera currently…hoping to get all of the ones you mention. Waiting with the proverbial bated breath…
Glad to hear it! It’s always nice to be appreciated. I’m starting work on the sequel to Echo of the High Kings while I edit The Shattered Empire. After that, I’m doing the next Renegades series stories.
woo hoo!! probably the books I’m looking forward to more than any others…and I read a *lot*. I admit to being a bit worried about a fantasy set, but…given how you’ve handled the sf ones I’ll try it. Rock on! 😉 I’m gonna go start stuffing small bills in envelopes to send to amazon…so I’m ready. Put up a preorder and I’ll hit it, ofc. Happy trails!