SIM Updates

21 Dec

(Seeing people keep asking …)

Short term, I’ve done the first set of edits for The Sergeant’s Apprentice. The manuscript is now with the second editor. There may be a third set of edits afterwards, but that depends on the publisher. I’m hoping to get the eBook out in January, but we will see.

Sergeants Apprentice Cover

Long term, I’ve been plotting out the next few stories. So far:

12 – The Fists of Justice

13 – Poison Pen

14 – Graduation Day

15 – The Princess In The Tower

16 – The Once and Future Queen

17 – [Classified – gives away too much]

Hope this whets your appetite <grin>


27 Responses to “SIM Updates”

  1. gfyork December 21, 2016 at 10:27 pm #

    I am very pleased with that series and — whet my appetite your planning does. Very pleased you intend to continue it for some few books. G.

  2. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard December 21, 2016 at 10:29 pm #

    Yep, you made us hungry for more but you don’t write fast enough! 😀

  3. Jared December 21, 2016 at 11:04 pm #

    Enough to leave one salivating! Lol

  4. Baldur Norddahl December 21, 2016 at 11:34 pm #

    You are a machine! I love this series and I love how fast you are able to produce new books.

    • Kaesha January 6, 2017 at 1:54 am #

      I second that! Thanks for writing and popping out books so quickly Chris ^_^

      • chrishanger January 8, 2017 at 8:23 am #

        You’re welcome.


  5. benbailey12373 December 21, 2016 at 11:38 pm #

    What happened to The Artful Aprentice as one of the SIM books? I liked the sound of that one x

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard December 21, 2016 at 11:46 pm #

      From what Chris posted earlier, there were two books following “classified”. They are Mirror Image and The Artful Apprentice. 😀

    • chrishanger December 25, 2016 at 9:27 am #

      Later on


  6. FarWalker December 22, 2016 at 12:13 am #

    Excellent news. Can’t wait for the next installment.

  7. Kell Harris December 22, 2016 at 12:22 am #

    So happy just to have a timeframe of when it comes out. I had been checking back never knowing when to expect it. I love this series. Emily has grown so much and so gradually. I’m telling all my friend about this series. Keep up the good work.

  8. bc December 22, 2016 at 1:32 am #

    Your editors do not seem to work as fast as you do. I would say light a fire under them but then the GdD@mn Global Warming people would b!tch about CO2 emissions.

  9. Issac December 22, 2016 at 2:46 am #

    Am I the only one that hopes for 17th to keep [Classified…] as title…
    Ten books and each better than the last, am salivating…

    • William Ameling December 22, 2016 at 8:14 am #

      Judging by the titles, I am guessing that King Randor will last until books 15 (very late in the book) or 16, before something happens to him and Alassa becomes Queen. Most likely, Alassa will need help in securing her throne

      I still wonder if Emily will go to Stronghold, probably for 7th year, or else to work on an apprenticeship, most likely in Military or Martial Magic. I am not sure how that would work out with those book titles, maybe book 17.

      While I would like to see Emily study under Void, he said back in book 1 that he is not a good teacher, and that she would learn the wrong lessons from him, which is why he sent her to Whitehall. At some point, apparently not yet, Emily will have to start reading/studying the book that she got from Void back in book 1 (SIM).

      • benbailey12373 December 28, 2016 at 7:32 pm #

        In Book 11 TSA Emily realizes that the reason Void couldn’t teach her is that hos magic is so mind-blowingly advanced it’s really hard to do basics. He tells Emily she could have an aprenticeship with him after she graduates

  10. PhilippeO December 22, 2016 at 10:17 am #

    its cool cover. at first worried that its CGI cover, then after enlarged it turn out its good cover.

    seconded Baldur, the high speed you churn out amazing writing is unbelievable.

  11. Bman December 22, 2016 at 7:02 pm #

    You wrote about a book called the Artful Apprentice, is that your classified one or did you rename it or push it back a bit? because it appears that you renamed a number of the stories. Given how the first draft of TSA went it seems as though she will wind up apprenticed to Void.

  12. G December 24, 2016 at 8:23 am #

    Will Emily ever attempt to free the soul of the late grandmaster–he sacrificed his soul to save hers–she would have to reluctantly become a demon master–the internal conflict would add character depth and drama…also what happened to studying the books she inherited at Mountaintop???

    • William Ameling December 28, 2016 at 6:35 pm #

      Back in Book 6 Mountaintop sent someone to talk to her, during the Magicians Faire at Cockatrice, about those books that she had inherited from Aurelius. It think it was basicly that the books would stay at Mountaintop, but Emily would have unlimited access to them whenever she wanted to read them.

  13. Conrad C Bassett, Jr. December 25, 2016 at 10:45 pm #


    How many SIM books do you think will be in the series?
    Will the series span Emily’s life?

    • chrishanger December 30, 2016 at 1:56 pm #

      I don’t know, to be honest.

      3 more are plotted. 5 more are planned. 5 more only exist as vague notes …


  14. Gazza December 26, 2016 at 10:07 pm #

    Nice to see that list of what is next. That lets us know that we can escape into this world for a few more books =)

  15. nrere December 26, 2016 at 11:45 pm #

    AAAAA I can’t wait for the books! I’m so curious what will happen!!! 😀

  16. BobPM December 27, 2016 at 11:54 pm #

    Looking forward to the rest of the series. I hope you continue to include the impact of technology in both the military response to the Necromancer’s and in the development of Emily’s banking investments. She should be developing some serious financial clout by now just through her banking and monetary innovations.

  17. William Ameling December 31, 2016 at 12:50 pm #

    I had the idea recently that Emily should introduce the concept/technology of telescopes+ microscopes+ eyeglasses to the Nameless world. Which made me wonder why she has not already introduced the idea.

    Telescopes have obvious military applications, particularly for non magicians. Telescopes will become more critical as long range weapons, i.e. cannons/artillery on the battlefield as well as on ironclad steam propelled ships, continue to develope. Perhaps her experiences on the battlefield in the next book (TSA) will help.

    Microscopes could be useful to Healing, as well as for precision in making small parts as the industrial revolution continues to develope on the Nameless World.

    Depending on what Healing can to eyesight and eyes, eyeglasses might be unnecessary or redundant, but still might be useful.

    For that matter, I do not think that she has introduced anything related to electricity either to the Nameless World, particularly for lighting and communications, as well as industry/manufacturing.

    She has thought about mana based word processors/computers for helping magicians, but not really about electrical based devices.

    I realize that she can not invent everything (and does not know enough of the details), but she can introduce the important ideas needed to help her new world, and particularly help the poor and disadvantaged magicless peoples who have miserable lives. She has already started the social and political changes, but she will have to introduce more ideas.

    Another thing that is needed is for some ways for non magic people to defend against hostile magics, particularly from Necromancers and their military forces. Can things be manufactured that incorporate runes to protect against subtle magic, or even more powerful magics?

    • benbailey12373 December 31, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

      Emily has noted that glass is so expensive in the nameless world that even King Randor’s castle has windows that don’t have glass in. On tha basis telescopes/microscopes would surely be a no-go for general use unless she also works out how to make glass. People make glass by sticking a metal rod in the sand during lightning storms. The rod conducts the lightning in to the sand and the heat transforms the sand to glass. On that basis it should actually be really easy to make glass with magic. Just apply lightning or mega heat to sand!?!

      • William Ameling December 31, 2016 at 7:37 pm #

        If they can make iron/steel rails and steam engines for railroads on a limited scale at least , a lot of printing presses, and start making guns and cannons, they should be able to find ways to start producing glass on a larger scale with much better quality. Glass products are important not just to military applications but also to the civilian economy.

        What does it take? Basicly being able to apply heat fairly uniformly on a large scale to a lot of sand, and find ways to let it cool uniformly so it does not shatter. The biggest problems are quality control of the materials and the heating, molding, and cooling processes.

        Making steel on a fairly large scale requires requires much higher temperatures, with a lot of quality control on the materials and the heating, casting(molding), and cooling, just like for glass making.

        For telescopes and microscopes, you would not need large scales/amounts, just high quality in the materials and making the glass, and the basic idea of lenses to focus light. On a small scale magic might be very useful in making high quality lenses. Magic might even be useful on larger scales for glass making, with the right ideas and methods.

        It will take a while to improve on the ideas that Emily can introduce, but what they have already done with steel and iron shows that they can do it with the right ideas and hard work.

        What will be a lot more challenging will be finding ways to protect non magicians against hostile magic on the battlefield.

        Warfare can often make technology changes happen faster than the civilian market since winning/losing a war is a lot more important than providing better consumer goods to leaders of semi-feudal militaristic societies. They do not care about how well those below
        them live, but they do care about keeping their power and positions.

        Emily, on the other hand, does care about the quality of life of the lower classes and has already introduced many ideas that are important outside of warfare, but can make a lot of money while improving their lives.

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