Just to answer a question I’ve been seeing frequently and to provide some reassurance once I’ve answered it:
YES, Shadow Scale is the conclusion to Seraphina’s story. Everything wraps up, perhaps not entirely tidily, but in satisfactory and life-like fashion.
HOWEVER, let this not be a source of sadness for you. Goredd won’t just disappear. Indeed, those who have been with me since my comic book days, before Seraphina, know that Goredd and I have been together a very long time. It’s an enormous world, I love it, and I am going to set more books there. I am already working on the next one (I’m about 85K words into it, in fact).
The world came first, and the world goes on.
…and Misty at The Book Rat is up to shenanigans. SHENANIGANS, I tells ya! She asked me all kinds of tricky questions, but I was able to face them down with dignity. Always dignity.
Elsewhere, I stumbled across a particularly nice review of Shadow Scale from Tanita at Finding Wonderland. I have not been reading reviews — in fact I’ve been very strict with myself about this — but I saw a tweet about this one that used the word UNEQUIVOCALLY, and that kind of sucked me in. (My husband, when he reads this, will shake his finger scoldingly at me. Yes, dear. Back on the wagon I go.) Still: insightful review, worth a look.
I am wondering, at this point, if I couldn’t just sleep for a week. I’m like a kid on Christmas eve. IS SANTA HERE YET? HOW ABOUT NOW??
It never ceases to amaze me how the future is so very far away until it’s not. I felt certain this month would never arrive – that it was a myth I’d invented to keep myself going – and now here it is.
A little business: I have updated the Appearances page yet again. I particularly wish to point out to my friends in Michigan that I am doing TWO public events there, in Ann Arbor and Lansing, and I would love to see any or all of you. It’s been a long time.
Shadow Scale just got a starred review in Quill & Quire (Canada’s publishing trade magazine, like PW or Kirkus in the States), which is wonderful news. I have a very annoying cold, which is less wonderful, but I suppose there’s something to be said for getting it out of the way before the book launch.
Edited to add: Here’s my goofy little video that I made for the Seraphina celebration in Madrid! Wish I could have been there in person!