I have mentioned more than once that my newest book, Unlikely Prophet, took over thirteen years to write. (That’s based on the oldest snips of story I can find on my hard drive.)
I have had several people as me, “What took so long?”
Part of it was research. Although it doesn’t show in the book (I hope, if I’ve done my job well), I had to do quite a bit of research on all different topics, and even having My Very Own Physicist™ to help in some areas, I still had a myriad of others to worry about and talked to so many different people to get details right.
Also, I was working on the main books of the series, and wanted them out (or at least some of them; I managed two before caving) before publishing the prequel.
Then – my husband got sick. Through three and a half years of caregiving, and then his death, it was harder to write although I slogged on. But this book was more difficult than the others (for reasons you’ll know if you read it). I finally felt I could concentrate on it and finished it this last year. I’m very proud of it, and have dedicated it to the memory of my husband, Stephen King.
If you have read Sword’s Edge, you know a very little about the mysterious aliens called the Enaisi, also sometimes referred to as the Elders. But where did these aliens come from, and why did they help Tam’s ancestors?
Unlikely Prophet tells the history of the Crossing, answering many of the questions which arise not only from Sword’s Edge but its sequel, Children of the Enaisi.
This prequel, which takes place over 1000 years before Tam’s birth, is now available in print and ebook formats. And fear not! If you haven’t read the other books in the series, this one would make a fun place to start.
I now have three books in front of me. The third book in the Deuces Wild series, the third book in the Sword’s Edge Chronicles, and the second book of the prequels to the Chronicles, which tells what happens after Unlikely Prophet.
Which one do I finish next? Decisions… Decisions…
To quote Johnny Five: “Need input!”
From early feedback on Unlikely Prophet, it seems to follow a pattern I’ve discovered from feedback and reviews of previous books.
I’m seriously considering supplying a warning for my books that they cause strange effects, such as the inability to stop reading and forgoing sleep in order to finish them.
“This is the heart-stopping history of how those who would become the Rangers and the people they defend came to their world even as their former planet was in her death throes and of their initial meeting with the mysterious Enaisi. The characters are interesting, complex individuals, and King makes her readers care about them and want to learn more of their story.”
– P.M. Griffin (SF/F author)
Yes, it’s true! The book you’ve been waiting for – the History of the Crossing of the Teldheri to their new world. This book takes place over one thousand years before Tam was born.
In Unlikely Prophet, one man becomes the unintentional savior of his dying world.
Their planet is dying. His people have lost hope. Security Chief Avadhron struggles to keep order despite his own despair. When a long-forgotten portal opens, an alien arrives claiming he wishes to help. The planet extended as a safe haven offers life to Avadhron and his people, but can they cross to their new home before their own kills them all? What dangers await them on this unfamiliar world? And what lies behind the alien’s altruism?
This prequel of the Sword’s Edge Chronicles is available in print and ebook!