Well here we are: barely days away from the launch of book 6 in the Emaneska world. My 14th book overall, as it happens. (I promise I will sleep then I get to 15).
Because we’re so close, I wanted to give you all the deets on what The Forever King is about, what you can expect, and why I’m fidgeting around my apartment with abject excitement.
The Forever King is and isn’t a sequel
The Forever King is set in the same world as my nordic Emaneska Series, 20 years after its epic conclusion. BUT WAIT. It’s also the start of a new series – the Scalussen Chronicles. This means it can be read without reading the Emaneska Series. All the new characters act as a vehicle to introduce the existing world and bring you up to speed as swift as a squirrel on meth. So for you returning readers, it’s going to be a fresh look at a new Emaneska, and for new readers, you’re in for a real ride/education/bloodbath.
It’s set 20 years after Emaneska
A lot has gone down since the Emaneska Series ended, some familiar people have disappeared. Some people have changed. Some people have gotten OLD. And some haven’t…
It’s darker and fiercer than ever
Fear not – I haven’t piled on the doom and gloom and gone depressing grimdark. Instead, the stakes are higher, the action is more visceral, and the implications for Emaneska are direr than ever before. You know me – I’m not one for romance or erotica. There’s almost no romance at all in The Forever King, but it is certainly more brutal, chaotic, and adult despite the fact it’s led by a YA character.
You may have noticed from the cover or blurb that there’s a new main character in Emaneska: Mithrid Fenn. She’s the young badass on the cover and is the POV that welcomes you into this new-ish world. She’s a fire-haired cliff brat from Hâlorn on the western coast of Emaneska, and thanks to the empire’s ban on magick, hers is a tranquil life spent playing games on the wild shores. When an illegal spellbook washes up after a storm, she is dragged into a war that has silently raged for decades.
The Forever King launches on The Written’s 10th birthday
I swear I didn’t plan it, but as it happens, this new chapter of Emaneska will hit the shelves exactly 10 years to the day since The Written – book one – was launched.
It’s part revenge story, part siege epic
That’s right. Think John Wick meets Kingdom of Heaven. The Battle of Helm’s Deep meets The Joker. Vengeful Mithrid drives one half of the story, and an epic siege drives the other half. We’ve had battles aplenty in the Emaneska Series. The Forever King needed a different stage, and that ended up as a siege story where the situation grows tenser each passing day.
Farden will return
If you think that because there’s a new main character in the, there will be no Farden in The Forever King, you are sorely mistaken. How dare you. You might have to wait a while to see him in action, but he’s back.
When can you get it?
The Forever King launches December 1st (in like 4 godsdamned days). It will be launching on Amazon in ebook, paperback, and hardback. You’ll also be able to get the physical copies from all local and major bookshops, online and offline. Try out bookshop.org as well.
YES THERE WILL BE HARDBACKS. I’m publishing both at the same time, so you can either get a 5.5×8.5 paperback at 665 pages, or a 6×9 hardback at 600 pages.
The Forever King is a beast
One of the reasons this book took me over a year to write was the fact the story kept getting bigger and bigger. With the wider range of characters, extra info to remind existing readers and explain to new readers, and the fact it’s an epic fantasy, Mithrid’s tale is the largest of the Emaneska books. If you’ve seen the cover spread on my Fb page, you will know it’s a chonk of a book.
You’ve got 4 days left to pre-order your ebook copy on Amazon if you want to get it the second The Forever King comes out. Click it like it’s hot. If you want paperback or hardback copies, then they will appear on launch day, Dec 1. Follow me on Amazon to be notified.
In the meantime, I’m also giving away a KINDLE. Hell yeah. You’ve got 4 days to enter the competition on my Fb page.
Hope you’re as excited as I am. I’m slowly wearing a furrow in my floor.
Take it easy and stay safe out there, people.