Five and Six

It’s May 1st. Do you know what that means?

Time for me to start work on the sequel to In Ashes Lie.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the Onyx Court series will continue! I’m slated for two more books: one in the eighteenth century, one in the nineteenth. Technically they have working titles, but around the house, they’re known as “the comet book” and “the Victorian book.” (Exciting, I know.) The latter was first announced back in 2007 — the original plan was for me to write that one instead of In Ashes Lie, because I was going to do these things out of chronological order. The comet book goes in between: culminating in 1759, it mashes together Halley’s comet, Sir Isaac Newton (yes, I know he’s dead by then), alchemy, and the consequences of the Great Fire of London (coming in June to a bookshelf near you).

So, the series in order: an Elizabethan faerie spy fantasy, a Stuart faerie disaster fantasy, an Enlightenment faerie alchemical fantasy, and a Victorian faerie steampunk fantasy.

(And then maybe a Blitz book and a modern book, but I’d have to think up plots for those first.)

There’s a bit of a shakeup on the back end, though it won’t mean much for you the readers: the publisher for these next two will be Tor, not Orbit. No terribly exciting drama to tell you about; it’s just that Orbit wanted me to work on something new before returning to this series, but I was keen to keep going. The intent is for Tor to put out the comet book in 2010, and the Victorian book in 2011. Both will be trade paperbacks, with a possible later reissue as mass-market. And OMG I can’t wait to write these things.

I’ll in London again in early June, doing the research round. Look for Trip-Blogging Part Three then, and ongoing posts about my reading and wordcounts, which I will endeavour to make interesting. (In fact, stay tuned for revelations as to which recent questions on this journal have been secretly comet-related . . . .)

Eighteenth century, here I come!

0 Responses to “Five and Six”

  1. tezmilleroz

    Will your change of US publisher affect your UK sales? I don’t know if Tor has a UK publishing arm, so I thought I’d check.

    • Marie Brennan

      Tor is buying world English rights with intent to put it out in the UK as well. Which isn’t a guarantee — that plan could fall through — but I specifically told my agent that was something I wanted.

  2. jimhines

    Whoo hoo! Very happy to know the series will live on.

    • Marie Brennan

      Me too! I could have stopped at one book, but having done Ashes, I wanted to do more.

      • jimhines

        And I’m glad!

        I was talking to someone from my German publisher who was saying how awesome MNC was. Your fame is international 🙂

        • Marie Brennan

          They’re my German publisher, too — now if only they would pick up this series . . . .

          • jimhines

            I know the feeling. They eventually picked up Stepsister, but I don’t think they were as enthusiastic about it.

            I’d be surprised if they didn’t go for MNC and the rest, though.

  3. mrissa

    Enlightenment alchemy! Enlightenment alchemy! WHEEEEE! That’s almost as good as writing me a Stuart fiery fairy book.

    • Marie Brennan

      And it’ll have Hanoverians in it! Non-evil ones!

      I don’t expect they’ll be all that central of Hanoverians, mind you, but they’ll be off in the background.

  4. akashiver

    Sweet! Can’t wait to read them.

  5. d_c_m

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!! This is very good news. 🙂

  6. moonandserpent


    I confess a great deal of excitement for the Enlightenment faerie alchemical fantasy. Well, and the others, but that one seems to have the magic mix to my heart.

  7. brigidsblest

    *squees in delight until her throat gives out*

  8. not_from_stars

    I’m so excited about this.

    I loved Midnight Never Come and hearing that there will be more made me dance in my chair a bit.

  9. Anonymous


    I know nothing about the Seventeenth Century, but comets, Newton, and alchemy sounds like an interesting mix.
    And that excerpt has me wanting to read more about Jack
    (sorry to comment out of nowhere-I don’t have an lj but liked MNC)

    • Marie Brennan

      Re: congratulations

      I don’t mind comments out of nowhere! (So long as they aren’t trollish, anyway, and this definitely isn’t.)

      I’m glad you liked Jack. I wrote the book in chronological order — that is, I did all four parts, then backtracked and inserted the four days of the Fire — and so I spent months looking forward to the point at which I’d really get to play with his point of view . . . .

  10. aliettedb

    OOh, the comet book sounds fabulous. There’s not enough Isaac Newton in fantasy for my taste, anyway 🙂
    Congrats, and good luck with the planning!

  11. earthsprite

    Yeah, I’m definitely going to have to hit you up on the Victorian-steampunk-fae bit, and tell all my role-playing friends about it to boot!

    • Marie Brennan

      I confess, I’m having to sternly remind myself that I don’t get to work on that one until next year. 🙂 I have this other book to write first . . . .

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