28 May

Hi, everyone

I’m currently 25 chapters into Oathkeeper.  It seems to be going well, although there will be the usual round of edits, edits and more edits until it gets released.  I’m hoping for July, although I can’t make any promises about it (yet.)

Knife Edge will be released sometime in June, hopefully fairly soon.

I’m currently working on the plot for the last three (planned) Schooled in Magic books.  Planned titles are: The Right Side of History, The Face of the Enemy and Lone Power.  The last might be changed – I’m not sure yet.  Possible alternatives include The Heart of All Things and Child of Destiny.

My rough plan for the next few months:

June – Lady Heiress

July – The Last Guardian (stand-alone, possibly part of new series)

Aug – The Halls of Montezuma (TEC18)

Sept – The Right Side of History.

I’m still going backwards and forwards on when I’ll be doing the next Ark Royal book.  I’ve also been looking at doing the next Their Darkest Hour book, now I’ve brushed up the plotline and suchlike. 

Let me know what you want to see.


61 Responses to “Updates”

  1. huwpne May 28, 2020 at 4:18 pm #

    I’ve asked this question before, but had no answer

    Love SIM, but the latest have all appeared on Amazon only – I will not use the platform due to it’s usability on an iPad – will the latest be released on Apple Books….

    • Kenneth Dick May 29, 2020 at 1:54 am #

      I get mine from Amazon on my iPad. I got the Kindle app from the Apple App Store.

    • Tony June 6, 2020 at 12:04 am #

      I’ve run into that issue as well. I did a little research and found that there are a number of products out there that will convert ebboks from one format to another. I like Calibre Ebook Management (https://calibre-ebook.com/) for that. It seems to handle all the different formats, helps me keep track of my books/series and best of all it’s free.

      • huwpne June 6, 2020 at 7:31 am #

        Many thanks Tony, unfortunately I use Catalina; and the work around suggested don’t work yet for that version. – will keep checking the software

    • chrishanger June 6, 2020 at 11:43 am #

      We’ve uploaded a bunch of them – want me to provide links?


  2. Andy May 28, 2020 at 4:32 pm #

    Really looking forward to the next ark royal book. Could have done with it during the lock down. Any time this week would do lol

  3. Daniel May 28, 2020 at 4:33 pm #

    Chris. Changing “lone power” To “Child of Destiny” I think is a perfect idea. It will signify the end of the Emily story arc perfectly!

    I look forward to reading all your works (except ark royal universe I’m sorry that series just isn’t enjoyable to me)

    • Alejandro May 28, 2020 at 6:32 pm #

      I hope Lone Power / Child of Destiny just ends an arc of Emily history, not all the series!

      • chrishanger June 6, 2020 at 11:44 am #

        It will end the planned arc, but there’s room for stories beyond.


  4. Ethir Nandor May 28, 2020 at 4:38 pm #

    As always: SIM is my favorite series. I think there is so much potential I hope you never definitely ‘end’ the series. But I can be patient if you want to write other stuff :).
    please just keep your options open – and my hopes up – for the future.

    • thor2705 May 29, 2020 at 3:56 pm #

      Totally agree. Please, keep the SIM univers running.

  5. Kristy May 28, 2020 at 5:13 pm #

    Schooled in Magic will always get my vote! I put down whatever I’m currently reading to read them as soon as they become available 😬.

  6. Mike hall May 28, 2020 at 5:17 pm #

    Great series but will Mirror Image and the books after be on audible? Only listened to the first books and the narrator is so important so don’t want to read them as it wouldn’t be the same. Mike.

  7. Chumbly(Brian) May 28, 2020 at 5:37 pm #

    With Knife Edge in June.. and the upcoming Halls of Montezuma.. feeling the Empire Corps love..yippee

  8. Greg May 28, 2020 at 5:49 pm #

    SIM is also my favourite series which got me hooked in to your writing. I’m not a fan of Sci-fi but loved all of your fantasy based series I’ve read so far. The one thing I can’t abide by in a title is if it gives some form of plot to the story away or even hints at it. For some reason it drives me mad (i.e. if it was called Lone power all i’d be thinking “welp this is about Emily becoming a lone power”, even if it wasn’t. I prefer vague titles like Child of Destiny, which is theme which has been hinted at throughout the series but isn’t too specific). Just my two cents anyway.

    I was wondering, how does one apply to be a beta reader for your books, I’d certainly be interested and often post corrections if I notice them through Kindle’s ability (whether they get passed to you is a different matter).

    • G May 31, 2020 at 5:26 am #

      The counterpoint is that Emily has always been–for 20 books–a child of destiny–but will she rise to reach her potential and become a Lone Power??

      • Greg June 3, 2020 at 2:18 pm #

        Ahh but there’s always been that play between is it Child of Destiny as in fate… For Child of Destiny admin her mother… Or something else.

    • chrishanger June 6, 2020 at 11:43 am #

      Drop me an email


  9. Thomas Tomiczek May 28, 2020 at 6:54 pm #

    The Day SIM ends with no followup (I can understand SIM ending and a new Series “Lone Power” starting, with Emilty as main character – just now she is now just schooled in magic) will be the end of a chapter in my life. Seriously, this is one of the MOST amazing series I ever read. KEEP IT GOING.

    • Bill Dunn May 29, 2020 at 4:04 am #

      I second your request. I don’t think I could deal with the depression following SIM ending. I’ve already had to deal with the massive failure of Disney Star Wars, How much should one fan have to deal with in one lifetime ?

  10. G May 28, 2020 at 7:12 pm #

    Chris, I hope you continue with another series with an older Emily–I also think it would be fun to read a 1 novel romantic comedy with powerful male sorcerers terrified of a marriage minded Emily. One concern I have is you seem to be drifting ever closer in the last few books to revealing the battery secret–won’t this upend the whole basis of the world you’ve created (sorcerers usually gain power over time unless a special event creates a power expansion as in Trial by Fire) if low power hedge wizards can store power in a battery and challenge and defeat 100 year old full sorcerers?? Are you really sure you want to go this direction?

    • chrishanger June 6, 2020 at 11:44 am #

      I’ve thought about that, but it probably wouldn’t work that well.


      • John June 24, 2020 at 10:49 am #

        Yeah… I’ve gotten the feeling that the reason no one else has seemed to figure it out and made it work easily for everyone is because it may be something that only Emily can do since she can actually wrap her mind around it fully because of her knowledge from Earth.

  11. benbailey12373 May 28, 2020 at 7:34 pm #

    I kind of feel like crying at the though of there only being three more SIM books. Also it still feels like there’s a lot of plot threads to tie up which I’m struggling to imagine happening in just three books:

    1. The Necromancers/The Harrowing/Inverse Shadow
    2. The Dragon told Emily that Void is playing a dangerous game that could cost her world dearly.
    3. Nadine and her master (whoever that might be, wink)
    4. Master Wolf, his notes and the ramifications.
    5. The vision of Emily being tied down and about to be subjected to what I assume is the pentagram spell.

    Love the SIM series x

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard May 28, 2020 at 7:39 pm #

      I think there’s good reasons for Chris to “end Emily’s story” but there’s no reason that he can’t write more stories in this universe.

      Oh, the additional stories might be with Emily as the Wise Old Sorcerer giving advice to the younger hero. 😀

    • MorkR May 29, 2020 at 5:41 pm #

      and the Gorgon being closed in on by a mob with mirrors, from one of the devil’s visions.

    • silvercats2 June 24, 2020 at 4:43 pm #

      Wasn’t there that oath Emily made to the… fairies? (I think they were fairies – in one of the earliest books in the series). I don’t think that was ever called upon but it seemed like a cause of great concern, considering she promised to help them when they called – something along those lines.

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard June 24, 2020 at 4:45 pm #

        Chris just finished writing that book (titled Oathkeeper) and it is currently in edit. 😉

      • silvercats2 June 24, 2020 at 4:48 pm #

        Well, that’s exciting. I’ve been looking for some news on the next SIM book 🙂
        Thank you

      • benbailey12373 June 28, 2020 at 8:56 am #

        I beta read it and it’s amazing and a total game changer!

  12. katyTX50 May 28, 2020 at 7:47 pm #

    “Let me know what you want to see.”: All of them!

  13. Jill May 28, 2020 at 8:21 pm #

    I also hope the last SIM books are only the last for an arc of Emily’s life. It’s such an interesting world…

    Beyond that, I’m always game for a new Royal Sorceress book! The Zero series is also lots of fun.

    Overall, just be well and keep enjoying your life & writing.

  14. Rosina May 28, 2020 at 9:30 pm #

    You have to continue with schooled in magic books it’s the only series I love and got me into reading (I hated reading as a kid due to being dyslexic and nobody could make me do it). Now it’s just this series and Alex rider I love.

    Please dont quit.

  15. G May 28, 2020 at 10:16 pm #

    Could Master Lucknow or some other powerful sorcerer in Void’s circle be Nanette’s master? Or a sorcerer on the star council (Mountaintop) wanting to take away Emily’s powers, but not kill her out of fear of Void (more subtle, less chance of detection if King Randor blamed)??

    • G May 30, 2020 at 8:08 pm #

      Dark Horse candidate–Gordian met and took a dislike to Emily in Love’s Labor’s Lost–could he be on the star council and Emily’s enemy??

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard May 30, 2020 at 8:43 pm #

        IMO, Gordian is busy being Whitehall’s Grandmaster and we got at least one POV example of his thoughts which don’t IMO point to him being somebody who wants Emily dead.

        It may be possible but we need more evidence.

  16. traceyleestapletonsheets May 28, 2020 at 10:28 pm #

    I’ve really loved the SIM series. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series but I’ll be so sad when it’s over. This has been one of my top three book series that I’ve ever read. Thank you so much for the wonderful stories about Emily you have shared with us.

  17. Steve G May 28, 2020 at 11:20 pm #

    Next Ark Royal, please. Being out of rotation is making me go through withdrawal…

  18. john Harborne May 29, 2020 at 12:34 am #

    really wanna see a sim series based around the farie(cant remember how to spell it) wars/first empire

  19. Dan Stratton May 29, 2020 at 2:08 am #

    Caution on your title for the American market.: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oath_Keepers

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard May 29, 2020 at 2:19 am #

      As an American, I don’t see the problem.

      While I know of the Oath Keepers, I see no reason to connect Chris’ book with that organization.

    • randallberger May 29, 2020 at 7:57 am #

      Oathkeeper is singular and one word … I don’t think Chris has to pander to the Americans …

  20. Joseph P Costa May 29, 2020 at 2:37 am #

    Christopher, my vote is SIM, it was the first book of yours that I read and caused me to buy and every SIM book to date. You are currently my favorite author. I have enjoyed all of the SIM books about Emily who started as Child of Destiny (her mother, because the aliens made a mistake). But she turned into a TRUE “Child of Destiny by her own actions (& Christopher’s writing). I vote for that title, it is fitting under the general definition. I went on to read most of Ark Royal a just a few others. I have been a good customer for you Chris. I actually enjoyed virtually every book I read although some more than others. I am not looking forward to the loss of Emily. Good luck Chris and good health to you from
    Here on. You deserve it with your past health problems.

  21. Hans-Christian Wittler May 29, 2020 at 8:24 am #

    I am really a fan of SIM and I am reading them as soon as they come out.
    But for me the sign of a good series is a good ending.
    I am not really concerned of SIM ending at some point especially it it is a ‘good’ ending.

    I have read lots of series that just never go anywhere and i just loose sight of.

    One of the strong points of Harry Potter for instance is the clear ending after the story is told and not just going on with loved characters.

    • Michael May 30, 2020 at 5:02 am #

      You can’t tell me you wouldn’t enjoy another harry potter series as long as it’s good. Same thing with SIM. Even if the main story arc finishes, and answers to our questions are realized, doesn’t mean history ends. I would bet Chris could write a compelling story about Emily after this arc ends. Although I would hope he avoids escalation… hero saves a town, then a city, country, continent, the world, the UNIVERSE! Those kinds of story’s definitely drag.

      Even short stories would be cool, about mundane, normal human stuff even. The sky doesn’t need to be falling down ever book. But to let Emily go, after all this time and never hear from her again? Travesty.

      • Hans-Christian Wittler May 31, 2020 at 2:50 pm #

        I didn’t enjoy Harry Potter and the cursed Child. 🙂 I think it even tarnished some of my memories of the original books.

        I think the Nameless World has potential for aditional stories but I really hope that Emely gets ‘retired’ once her story is told.

    • Ethir Nandor May 30, 2020 at 8:44 am #

      You have a point for a story like Harry Potter: that is basically just one story line, with one big evil and a simplistic one-dimensional world. If there is 1 story and 1 plot: Yes, give it a good ending and leave it at that: write some prequels if want to write more or you need money 🙂

      SIM is a very different style of series where every book have different opponents (or none at all). It has a complex world with many conflicts, and the books even have different styles: from war stories to ‘who-done-it’ plots.
      A series like that you can keep up indefinitely as long as the writer has inspiration and has fun doing it. You need to stop when the books go down in quality, but in SIM I have not seen that yet.

  22. Johnboy May 29, 2020 at 9:06 pm #

    Me and my wife read books together so we can talk to each other about the book. It doesn’t matter what we are reading or how far into the book we are when a new SiM book releases though. The same thing happens, it gets put down so we can dawn our robes with Emily once more.

    • G May 30, 2020 at 5:22 am #

      I would hope Chris could finish Emily’s apprenticeship with Void before starting a new series…and what ever happened to Aloha??

  23. Callum G May 30, 2020 at 1:03 pm #

    I admit the words ‘Lone Power’ have a sense of narrative weight that I felt befitting of the series finale, but I disliked the possible spoiler implications. However, your alternative ‘Child of Destiny’ has that same impact (I almost hear it in full reverb) with none of the downsides.

    I also enjoy how we come full circle back to the words that were so meaningful (especially early) in the series. It just seemed the Child of Destiny title lost some of its “Pizzazz” when compared to Necromancers Bane.

    Oh and I disliked the title “Lone Power” because I don’t want Emily to be alone 😦

  24. Cory Belliston May 30, 2020 at 5:40 pm #

    I am curious if you have any plans for Kat Falcon I really liked that she had real depth and wasn’t just a alpha Male with boobs, I would really like a continuation of her story.

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard May 30, 2020 at 5:45 pm #

      Chris has finished the “Embers Of War” trilogy (featuring Kat Falcon) and the first has been released.

      The other two are available for pre-order in the Kindle Store.

    • chrishanger June 6, 2020 at 11:47 am #

      Debt of Honor is out. The other two are on the way.

      There may be something beyond that, but I don’t know yet.


  25. Kenneth Dick May 30, 2020 at 9:31 pm #

    Add more “a life less ordinary”. Finish a Democracy (I’ll need to re-read the first 2; it’s been so long). Ark Royal. Corps.

  26. gbarbay00 May 30, 2020 at 11:45 pm #

    My humble requests:

    More SIM. More! More! 🙂
    I like CoD better than LP. Just has a better ring to it, and reflects what an epic series it is.

    Has Netflix or Amazon contacted you about a series adaptation yet? (half joking and half serious)

  27. stephen May 31, 2020 at 12:33 pm #

    I would just like to add if the SIM story needs more books than currently planned to tell the story you want, then i’m ok with that and hope others are as well

  28. David Pollard May 31, 2020 at 6:29 pm #

    Actually think that “Lone Power” would probably fit better. I can understand that “Child of Destiny” has an appeal – but Emily *isn’t* a child anymore.

  29. Danna Micoletti June 9, 2020 at 7:38 pm #

    Love SIM, as others have said, SIM was my introduction to your story telling & I was immediately hooked. All time favorite fantasy series. Hate to see it end.

  30. Tarun Elankath June 10, 2020 at 10:08 pm #

    “Lone Power” would be a fitting title to the end to the series. Though I think Emily won’t really be as “lone” as Void. “Child of Destiny” seems might have been OK for somewhere in the beginning or middle of the series, but Emily isn’t a child now.

    “Daughter of Destiny” might make more sense as the final book. But if that is the case, “Lone Power” should be the penultimate book. With all the work she is putting in, she better reach the peak of sorcery.

  31. Colin Norton June 21, 2020 at 6:35 am #

    The next Ark Royal would be my preference – I need my fix of that series.

  32. Janine January 13, 2021 at 3:11 am #

    Jan sounds like a nice boy, but Emily needs Cat he needs to figureouthow to get her back. Please

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