Phew

14 November, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

The last few weeks, it’s fair to say, have gone by in something of a mad rush. Following the wonderful BL Expo at the start of October we had the equally wonderful BL Weekender at the start of November. Both were superb events and a privilege to be part of. The Weekender was particularly good on Saturday when there seemed to be plenty of time to chat to people about all things 40K, Heresy and Warhammer. As ever, good to catch up with old friends and excellent to meet new ones. Roll on BL Live.

All of that took a bit of a toll on the writing schedule, so it’s nice to be back at the keyboard again. It’s been especially pleasing to get such lovely feedback for Brotherhood of the Storm, which was on sale for the slender window of a single week back in October and has now (I hope) reached everyone who ordered a copy. The nice messages on Twitter were much appreciated – if I didn’t reply to all of them, apologies (I blame the Weekender, and being rubbish).

Brotherhood was an interesting project. It’s something of a challenge writing a limited-edition story within an ongoing series. Since some people won’t have a chance to read it (at least until it’s reissued in a couple of years or so), I was keen not to have any revelations in it that would impinge on the main novel line. Equally, I didn’t want to write something that had no interest other than a few combat scenes. The approach I went for in the end was to show three different characters on a quest to ‘find’ the Khan, who is as elusive in the fictional world as he has been in the real one. It’s as much about introducing the White Scars as a distinctive Legion as anything else. As a result it’s perhaps more introverted than most of the stories I’ve written, and purposefully leaves a good deal hanging at the end to be taken up in other stories, but it’s been great to see so many readers appreciate what I was trying to do with the mysterious Sons of Chogoris. Rest assured, there will be more of the Khan to come.

Otherwise, October also saw the release of Swords of the Emperor, the hefty omnibus containing my books on Schwarzhelm and Helborg. I have to say, I love the way this one looks. Fantasy books ought to be massive on the shelf, and this one is a proper bloater (although not as obese, I discovered, as the Sundering and Sigmar omnibuses, which are monstrous!). As it happens, Swords got a really nice review in SciFiNow recently, which you can read here. And if that’s not enough, there’s another one here. And one here, too. Thanks to all.

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So what’s next? Well, I’m currently writing the second book in the War of Vengeance (or Beard, if you’re after my way of thinking) series. Nick Kyme’s epic The Great Betrayal concentrated mostly on the malodorous, short-sighted and unreasonable dwarfs, whereas my instalment, Master of Dragons, focusses on the fragrant, level-headed and magnanimous elves. The title, as will be obvious to anyone who’s read the first part, refers to Imladrik, whom Nick portrayed marvellously in his story and who goes on to form the centrepiece of mine. It’s early days at the moment, but I’m enjoying this one enormously (High Elves, dragonriders, laying waste to large chunks of the Old World — what’s not to like?).

Away from Fantasy, I do have a few other things in the pipeline, one of which is the Space Wolves. Expect to see some more bits and pieces from them in 2013, alongside the full-length novel Blood of Asaheim in March. Incidentally, I was asked a lot whether Aj Kvara, the character from my e-short Kraken, will be making a return appearance at some point. For a long time my answer to that was ‘no’, but after getting so many enquiries it’s gradually turning into ‘why not?’. I don’t yet know whether we’ll see more of the sullen Lone Wolf, but it’s certainly something I’m thinking about. Moral of the story: it is worth collaring authors at conventions with requests (as long as you’re nice to them).

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  1. steven
    14 November, 2012 at 19:39

    Chris, I wasn’t sure where best to post this so I decided to do so here.

    I just wanted to say that I finished ‘Brotherhood of the Storm’ and I thought it was a masterpiece. You got the pitch and tone of the White Scars just right and your prose was excellent as usual. In my opinion, ‘Brotherhood of the Storm’ is the best “limited edition” BL novella thus far.

    • Chris Wraight
      14 November, 2012 at 19:53

      Steven: thanks so much. Really glad you enjoyed the story.

  2. Liliedhe
    19 November, 2012 at 19:05

    Very nice to hear about Aj Kvara. ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to see him again, and more of the ‘new and improved’ Space Puppies, who came very, very far from the old novels, thanks to your books.

    • Chris Wraight
      20 November, 2012 at 13:23

      Thanks! Although nothing promised on the AK front. We’ll have to wait and see…

      • Liliedhe
        20 November, 2012 at 13:29

        Wait and see what Presto pulls from his hat? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. 24 November, 2012 at 19:06

    Nothing i’ve read from the BL range beats the ‘Sword of’ books. Do we have any chance of more Verstohlen (excellent name btw) action? and/or anything of Helborg and Schwarzhelm t’up north?

    • Chris Wraight
      26 November, 2012 at 10:11

      Hi Rob! Thanks for the kind comments on the Swords books. The answer is that only scheduling constraints stand in the way of another book featuring the key characters. I’m busy right now on the Time of Legends series, and that’s interspersed with 40K stuff. There may be a short story featuring Helborg/Schwarzhelm sometime next year, if time allows, but I think a full novel will be difficult to fit in. Rest assured that, if the opportunity ever arises, I’d love to write some more about Pieter. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 29 November, 2012 at 20:48

    Pieter Verstohlen, the man behind the man! It’s almost a shame I have the first editions as the obese bumper copy looks an impressive tome to wield.

    The fantasy release schedule has been lean enough for me to catch up with more old classics. That copy of Iron Company crept towards the top! I may get to it before The Great Betrayal, which sounds like a load of twaddle from the dwarfs perspective. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    One of the characters from ‘Dark Storm Gathering’ has been running amok in our Mordheim campaign (set in Marienburg). Hope you don’t mind Chris! Here is a report that includes her latest dealings…
    http://libermalefic.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/grand-sewer-run.html

    Regards,

    Stu

    • Chris Wraight
      29 November, 2012 at 21:54

      Wow – Dark Storm Gathering was a *long* time ago! Very glad to hear Annika is still doing her stuff, though, and that the Witch Hunters came a creditable second. Hope you enjoy Iron Company – right now I’m up to my neck in Elfy madness, and slightly missing the grime of the Empire…

  5. 9 December, 2012 at 23:47

    “Compared to the soaring peaks of the Annuli or the fragrant woods of Avelorn, the grim vistas of the Old World were mired in misery.”

    Your words sir, not mine! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Herr von Moorkopf
    8 June, 2013 at 00:28

    Hey Chris, was just making my way through Sword of Justice the past few days and I have to ask: at Turgitz, following the battle, there is a female looter mentioned. Would that happen to be a certain Fraulein Fleischer making a cameo?

    • Chris Wraight
      8 June, 2013 at 09:53

      You’re right! You win a prize (well, you would if there was a prize). As far as I know you’re the first to spot that little reference.

      • Herr von Moorkopf
        8 June, 2013 at 11:58

        Of the same note, Helborg speaks to a tall, blonde Nordlander Reiksguard and I thought that was a sneaky inclusion of Gausser from the Reiksguard novel by Richard Williams. While most Nordlanders are tall and blonde and it probably isn’t intended to be such, I thought you were just spoiling me with references to other characters.

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