So, a little while ago I announced there would be a LOTUS WAR novella released later this year, and it would be available for pre-orders with KINSLAYER. A lot of folks have been asking for details, and so at last, I give them to thee:
The novella is entitled THE LAST STORMDANCER. It’s set 100 years before events of the current trilogy and tells the story about . . . well, hell, here’s the jacket copy:
Your blood-red skies are filled with smoke. Your bleach-white histories with lies. You walk sleeping. Wake senseless. Breathing deep of toxic blooms and forgetting all that has gone before.
But I remember.
I remember when two brothers waged bloody war over the right to sit in their father’s empty chair. I remember when orphaned twins faced each other across a field of crimson and steel, the fate of the Shima Shōgunate hanging in the poisoned sky between them.
I remember when a blind boy stood before a court of storms and talons, armed only with a thin sword and a muttered prophecy and a desperate dream of saving the world.
I remember when the skies above Shima were not red, but blue. Filled with thunder tigers.
I remember when they left you.
And I remember why.
Let me tell you, monkey-child.
THE LAST STORMDANCER will be bound up as a real bonafide book and offered as a preorder incentive – I’ve not really heard of this happening before, so it’s kinda fucking cool. US and Canadian folks will be able to use a receipt upload tool to send in your preorder confirmations. It’ll look kinda like this (obviously, you will get no nailpolish. Alas.) Once you fill out the form you’ll be mailed the free limited edition booklet of the novella. That easy.
I’ll publish the actual form on this blog and my FB page when we have it.
Yes, US and Canada only, folks. For everyone else, it sucks, I’m sorry. Read on for the good news.
Please note this is the ONLY CHANCE to get this story in print and free; otherwise, you’ll have to wait and pay for it when it’s released in ebook form in August. Everyone will receive their booklet before the ebook version goes on sale. So when we say exclusive, we’re not shitting you.
Here’s our tentative timeline:
May 17th: KINSLAYER cover reveal
exact date TBD: Preorder promotion begins (probably the same day as the cover reveal)
August 6th: STORMDANCER Trade Paperback on sale
August 12th: Last day to send in pre-order receipt to get novella (this date may change, but we’ll run with it for now)
August 13th: THE LAST STORMDANCER enovella on sale
September 17th: KINSLAYER HC on sale
In other news
I’ve just seen the final artwork for the KINSLAYER cover. I will say only this:
Reveal on the 17th. There will be ARCs. And prints. And other loots. It’ll be awesome.
Much love to everyone who came out to see me at Melbourne and Gold Coast Supanova! Hopefully I’ll see some more of you in Sydney 😀