Friday, 11 January 2019

Trying to give the light the slip

Yesterday saw the UK publication of my new novel Shadow Captain, which will be followed by the American edition in a few days.

This story is a direct follow-on from Revenger and advances the story of the Ness sisters as they come to terms with their new situation. In contrast to the first book, which was very much Arafura's account, this one is told from Adrana's point of view and I hope offers a distinctly different voice and sensibility. While the creation of any book will present its challenges, I certainly had my fair share of enjoyment in the writing, and I found it fun to dig deeper into the implied universe of the Congregation, while exploring the sisters' relationship as each confronts new challenges and difficulties. I'm now nearly done with the successor, Bone Silence, which - even if it might not be the last word on the Congregation - will wrap up this particular extended adventure in the lives of the Ness sisters.

Because I'm invested in the writing of the follow-up, and at a rather critical part of the process, I thought it might be wise to avoid reviews of this one, at least until the new book is delivered. If only I had the moral fibre. I can report that Locus liked it, as did SFX, and early reader reactions seem to be broadly positive, for which I''m grateful.

In the meantime, have some musical accompaniment.

Al (wishing all the very best for 2019).


  1. Looking forward to reading it and other stories set in the Congregation universe!

  2. Looks like we only get paperback edition here in the US :-(
    Looking forward to reading this!

  3. Popped by hoping for a blog post and instead found a book! I confess that Shadow Captain's publication had slipped my mind. A reason to visit Waterstone's tomorrow ...

  4. Congratulations on the release! I look forward to the 15th.
    Great tune, too, I always get the piano motif stuck in my head when I think about the Congregation.

  5. Is it just me or do I keep seeing references to King Crimson across your work?

  6. Really enjoying the book so far and delighted to hear there is anoter in the works