Pirate Sun is out!
The third Virga book brings back some old friends... and jousting cities
Sales seem brisk on Amazon, even though the official release date is tomorrow; and people are telling me that they've been seeing it in the stores and buying it already (thanks, Fred!). There seems to be a gratifying level of interest out there, and early reviews have been highly favourable.
Let me warn you, though: Pirate Sun is the most adrenalin-packed of the three Virga books. I know the first two just tore along, with sword-fights, boarding parties, naval/aerial battles and lots of intrigue. Pirate Sun ups the ante on all this stuff. It's a cross between The Odyssey and The Three Musketeers, and starts with a prison-break unlike any you've ever heard of (I guarantee that!). Along the way you'll encounter a Virgan flood (also unlike anything else you've seen) and a battle between two cities where they throw whole neighbourhoods while trying to encircle and absorb one another. (A little hint about that: the fantastic cover art by Stephan Martiniere is actually an accurate rendering of a scene from that part of the book.)
I'm now in the middle of editing the fourth book, The Sunless Countries. Don't despair: Pirate Sun wraps up the major plotlines that were kicked off in Sun of Suns. The Sunless Countries will expand the world of Virga in new directions, introduce some new characters, and answer some of the questions raised in the earlier books.