A few people know this, but I'd like to announce officially that THE RIVER OF SHADOWS (The Chathrand Voyage, Book III) will be published on April 21st, 2011, in the U.K. and two days earlier (April 19th) in the United States.
Some of you may recall that the book was originally scheduled for a February release. This would have been everyone's preference (!), but the fact is that things got slowed down at the copyediting stage. When this happens in publishing you simply have to wait for another space in the tightly-choreographed release calendar to open.
I'm thankful, at least, that nobody's suggesting Book III be released in March, under the shadow of Mt. Rothfuss.
Watch this space for some excerpts from Book III (coming soon). Better yet, grab the mass market paperback of Book II when it's released on December 28th and read the chapter called "The Orfuin Club."
THE RIVER OF SHADOSW is very, very different from its predecessors ("very, very different" is a pretty common response to my writing overall, for that matter...hmm) but then so is the world that Thasha, Pazel, Hercól, Neeparvasi and the rest of the gang find themselves confronting. For the young folk, childhood is decidedly over. And there's a ground-turning-to-quicksand-beneath-us sensation for just about everyone: that at least is how it strikes me. I can't wait for April.