It occurs to me that you probably want some information about this mysterious sequel I’ve been working on for the last geologic age. A few things may now be told without being spoilery.

The title will be Shadow Scale

Two words. It was originally one, and I still like it better as one, but there were other, logistical reasons to make it two. I’m not sure I’m at liberty to say what those reasons are just yet, so you must use your imagination. If your imagination is on vacation (it IS November, after all) I will give you some alternatives:

a) Because I get paid by the word

b) Because somebody hacked it in two with a sword

c) Because when it was one word, people kept misreading it as “Shadows Cale” and then getting hungry for mysterious cruciferous vegetables

The correct answer is, of course, all three.

Second item of business: when does the accursed thing come out? We have a date, darlings, but it may be subject to change, so pencil it in. As of right now, if revisions go the way they should and my editor isn’t eaten by Godzilla and an asteroid doesn’t hit Manhattan and I don’t fall down a hole, the book should be out by:

March, 2015.

I will give you a moment to weep. That’s fair. It is November, after all, and nobody should be expected to hold it in when the rain clouds can’t be bothered to show the same consideration.

Done? Good. Now let’s get a YAAAAY! Because this thing is real. It is happening. There were days I thought it never would be, when my mind felt like a glacier, cold and barren and immovable.

But glaciers do move. They move mountains and etch valleys and bulldoze entire landscapes. I have applied irresistible forces to immovable objects. I have eroded whole canyons, sometimes with nothing but a persistent drip. 

Heh. Persistent drip. That pretty much sums me up.

22 thoughts on “The SEQUEL

  1. I waited 5 years for the most recent Locke Lamora book, and I don’t remember how many for GRRM’s most recent Westeros novel. I can wait until 2015 for yours. Current authors are apparently conspiring to teach me lessons about patience. I probably need those lessons. sigh. SIGH. Looking forward to your book. 🙂 Please keep us updated as to when we can place preorders.

  2. I’m rereading Seraphina now and was hoping there would be a date for the sequel, I’m happy there is but do have to admit I’m petty enough to wish it was coming out in 2014. I’m eager to see what happens next with everyone. It’s such a great book.

  3. Well, dang. That’s too long! …And yet, by the time it comes out, I’ll be ready re-read Seraphina for the 4th or 5th time, followed by the lavishly written sequel. I can get with that.

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  5. Yay! Title! Sequel! It’s really happening.

    …March 2015? Dang, Rachel, that’s a long time. I don’t mind, though–I have faith that it’ll be worth the wait.

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  7. I admit, I have nothing new to say. Shadow Scale is an amazing title, and I cannot wait for it to come out. *checks date* Or, maybe I can. Ugh, 2015 is a long time! But I get that you have to do your editing and things, and I am willing to wait an extra year for an extra-good book. I am super excited for Shadows Cale!! heheheh

  8. Dear Rachel,
    so sad to hear that we will have to wait until 2015 for the sequel.
    I have a question though. I’m from Germany and just found out that the translation of Shadow Scale will already be published next year. Can you tell us why that is? Is the book finished and your publisher wants to wait until 2015 to publish it or will the German translation be of a rough draft? I’m so confused!
    I’d be very grateful for an explanation.
    Thankyou and take care.

  9. I’m so excited! It is really hard to find a fantasy book with original ideas, not overused ones and yours is completely original.

  10. This maybe a little late but I just finished reading the book and I loved it but I was a little confused at some parts like where shrphina (I got her name wrong) goes into her head where’s there’s a garden or the part where dragons can like lockdown their emotions?

  11. Oh, thanks goodness :). All those months, I literally re-read “Seraphina ” at least a hundred times. It’s one of my personal novel favorites and a book that is definitely worth to read. I was eventually wondering what will happen to Phina and all the wonderful cast after the mysterious end of the book. I guess it’s time to learn.

  12. I just read Seraphina and loved it! I especially enjoyed the garden!
    Ugh! March 10, 2015!??!? Thats 7 months and 27 days from now!!!
    Oh well, if I can wait 2 years for the next season of Sherlock, I can survive 8 months of waiting for Shadow Scale 😀

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