It’s been one of those weekends …

17 Sep

It’s been one of those weekends … <sigh>.

The good news is that I started work on Graduation Day on Monday – the bad news is that I caught a cold, which was vile enough to keep me from working Saturday and Sunday. I’m hoping to resume work tomorrow, but – obviously – it depends on my health. I haven’t posted a snippet because the prologue and the first chapter is pretty much a colossal spoiler for The Gordian Knot.

I’m currently awaiting the second (and hopefully final) set of edits for The Gordian Knot and the cover, which is being finalised now, is a thing of beauty. In my rather less than humble opinion, it is the best cover of the series, even though it is up against some pretty stiff competition.

On other news, The Zero Curse is out and doing well, but could really use some more reviews (hint, hint).

Zero Cursed Cover

More news soon … <grin>

25 Responses to “It’s been one of those weekends …”

  1. Enwezor Nzegwu September 17, 2017 at 3:54 pm #

    Almost finished The Zero Curse. I really like it. It’s turning out to be as good as the Schooled in magic series. Well done. Love it!

    • chrishanger September 17, 2017 at 5:33 pm #

      Thank you! I hope you like it


      • Enwezor September 17, 2017 at 6:29 pm #

        Finished it! It was really excellent! Is it really only going to be a trilogy?

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard September 17, 2017 at 8:42 pm #

        There may be a second trilogy down the road after Cat gets older. 😉

      • chrishanger September 26, 2017 at 9:24 pm #

        I have plans for post-TZE books, but nothing too solid yet.


  2. Billy September 17, 2017 at 4:01 pm #

    If you go over to Amazon and look at The Zero Curse page it does not show The Zero Blessing or Vice Versa.

    Like it normally does with series, when you have book 1, book 2 etc.

    It is like they are stand alone books.

    Maybe Amazon will figure it out and put them together.

    You might want to check that as I am sure when someone buys book 1 that they see they can buy book 2 also. (And not have to hunt for book 2 )

    • chrishanger September 17, 2017 at 5:33 pm #

      It tends to take time for them to link. I’m not sure why


  3. philippeo September 17, 2017 at 6:09 pm #

    hope you get well soon.

    waiting expectantly for Gordian Knot.

  4. georgephillies September 17, 2017 at 6:40 pm #

    Of course it will be a trilogy. For some value of 3
    (Physics joke).

  5. Wazman September 17, 2017 at 10:02 pm #

    Chris I’ve always been very appreciative of the cover are that you have for SIM and TZC series are they both from the same artist? Please let him or her know that they are very talented. I hope you feel better soon.

  6. G September 18, 2017 at 2:11 am #

    After 6 years in the nameless world, please let Emily finally be more decisive and ruthless towards those enemies trying to destroy her in Graduation Day–in a medieval society, absolute enemies were killed–you didn’t defeat absolute enemies only to let them walk away and try again…(situational enemies were often ransomed or turned).

    • William Ameling September 23, 2017 at 4:24 pm #

      Emily does not know or know where to find her absolute enemies, so it is a little hard for her defeat totally those enemies, such as Fulvia or Nanette, or even Nanette’s new Master who she does not even know for sure even exists. The Necromancers are very difficult to get at even for someone like Void. Other enemies are hidden behind others or in groups such as the White Council. In a medieval society, defense was often a lot stronger than offense and rulers were often more first amongst equals than total absolute monarchs, and some conflicts could last for generations. It took the French Kings over a hundred years to push the English Kings off the mainland, (at times the English holdings in France almost matched the French King’s). Societies, even Medieval, develope rules, customs, laws, etc. to restrain total violence in internal matters, which would otherwise threaten to destroy those societies.

      Emily has killed many enemies, why do think she is known as the Necromancers’ Bane or the duel with Master Grey? As for King Randor, I think that his time is limited, and he will be killed by other enemies in a coup or revolution attempt in about 2 or 3 SIM books after Graduation Day, which will probably see Nanette and possibly her hidden master defeated and killed by Emily.

    • chrishanger September 26, 2017 at 9:25 pm #

      She’s learning


  7. William Ameling September 22, 2017 at 10:49 pm #

    Please, NO Spoilers to Gordian Knot, just wait for any snippets for Graduation Day to after Gordian Knot comes out. Any Updates to the list of future titles for SIM series? How soon for Gordian Knot to hit the market?

  8. William Ameling September 24, 2017 at 12:47 am #

    I know what I would like to see Akin do: accept the repaired sword (and Orb of Power) as a bethroval gift between the two families and ask Caitrin to marry him (in the future when they reach the appropiate ages), and that both families agree to a permanent peace (and hopefully alliance) between them. And then ask the head of the school to summon both sets of parents and sisters to make this offer/arrangement to them after explaining to both families how hard Caitrin had to work to save herself and her friends in spite of them being used to threaten and control her (and point out that both families (and their city plus Kingdom) had a very dangerous unknown enemy and that their feud needed to end).

    Since family Swords as Orbs of Power are literally priceless, one of them should certainly be enough to serve as a sign (or bond) of peace between the two families. Plus the mutual friendship and respect between Caitrin and Akin can and should be able to serve as the foundation of a successful marriage between them. Their sisters might not like it (or their fathers) but they (the parents at least) should be able to recognize and accept the value and need for it. It also fits into their cultural pattern of using marriages as ties between families and ways of making peace (ending feuds) and alliances. Also Akin and Caitrin’s abilities will complement each other as forgers for the rest of their lives in that marriage/partnership to the great benefit of both families (if the fathers are smart about accepting it).

  9. William Ameling September 24, 2017 at 1:01 am #

    Plus to Caitrin, it gets her out of the control of either of her sisters after her(their) father dies and one of them becomes Head of Family (I am assuming that she will be joining Akin’s family after the marriage). I think that she would find that VERY attractive, considering her past relations with them.

  10. G September 24, 2017 at 6:57 am #

    Chris probably has Emily leaving Zangaria again after books 15 and 16, but just for the fun of it, imagine if Emily received a power boost in book 14 or 15 that allows her not to need much sleep at night (like the former Grandmaster Hasdrubal). This would allow her to play the gracious duchess during the day in Zangaria, while at night and in the early morning (noble ladies sleep in til 10 or 11) studying secretly with Void (unknown to anyone). This would allow for interesting plot twists…

  11. William Ameling September 24, 2017 at 9:26 pm #

    Not getting enough sleep is very bad for your mental health, and Emily knows that (she thought it when the Grand Master told her that he did not sleep).

    I suspect that King Randor will be gone by the end of book 16 (Once and Future Queen), most likely in a coup attempt by Nanette and her hidden (unknown) Master. (These guesses are based on lists of future titles that Chris has put out in the past). While Book 15 will lead into that, possibly with problems between Alassa and her Father. King Randor might be gone by the of Book 15 if the coup attempt happens in Book 15 instead of 16. At some point, i.e. Book16, Alassa will have to act to secure her position as Queen, probably with Emily’s help

    I think Book 18 will start Emily’s apprenticeship, while Book 17 has a classified title that gives away too much about Chris’s plans for the future, i.e. that Book. My personal guess/hope is Book 17 will have Emily going to Stronghold for a 7th year to study Military Magic (and give her and us a look at another major School of Magic, as well as another Nexus Point).

    At some point Fulvia will show up again, my bet is on Gordian Knot (possibly Graduation Day) where someone is/are stirring up trouble between Emily and some members of the Magical Community and trying to put pressure on Gordian regarding Emily.

    We also have a possible arranged marriage by King Randor for Sir Roger (who led the Musketmen in TSA). I am guessing that this may be to Imaiquh (the acting Baron of Cockatrice in place of Emily)(who is the most eligible remaining unmarried woman in King Randor’s Court (besides Emily)), which will draw a strong reaction by Emily.

  12. G September 24, 2017 at 11:27 pm #

    I just hope that by the end of the series the messed up, emotionally damaged Emily the series started with has matured into a powerful, respected, & self-confident woman with her own fulfilling life and family–not stuck alone and companionless in a tower. After 21 books or so, that would be depressing…

    • Kell September 25, 2017 at 5:41 am #

      I’ve been wondering who could be her future partner. I think it will be hard for her to find someone she can trust and also be her equal. Caleb was actually a good first boyfriend but I knew he wasn’t tough enough. Not even being able watch her dual. I think in the next books maybe she should just date instead of courting. No need for her to be too serious but a casual boyfriend. Long term I secretly root for Freida but it would have to be when Freida is older and can stand on her own without Emily

    • chrishanger September 26, 2017 at 9:31 pm #

      It will.

      Pacing the change is a little difficult, though.


  13. Jared September 25, 2017 at 3:56 am #

    You mentioned in one of your blog post about finishing ALE series at some point.
    I wanted to point out something that bother me in the second book. In it one of the characters was thinking about altering the gravity of our sun to prevent ships using FTL in the solar system. But using such a thing would affect all the orbits of every body in the system. It could be a powerful weapon against an enemy. It wouldn’t be practical for defense.

    However, with recent discoveries of our suns magnetic field around our solar system perhaps you could use that as a means of defense in your book. Just a thought I had. I love the ALE series because so many SF books always portrayed humans as inferior to other races. And it seems to be if we are going to pretend we are traveling through space fighting empires, we might as well pretend we’re dam good at it. LOL

    • chrishanger September 26, 2017 at 9:32 pm #

      It’s an idea . Like you say, though, the orginal concept needs some work.


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