Queen of Candesce
Apr 21, 2011
Tor has unveiled the cover art for my next Virga novel, Ashes of Candesce, and this time, Stephan Martiniere has outdone himself. I've always been delighted with his covers--as a matter of fact, not two hours ago I was in a framing store arranging to have the Lady of Mazes cover piece framed--but THIS! This is by far the most gorgeous cover he's done for one of my books. But what makes it such a personal and emotionally moving experience for me is that, as with his image for Queen of Candesce, this is a particular, specific scene from the book that he's represented here--and he's captured my vision perfectly. I got all choked up when I saw it; and then I danced around in delight for ten minutes.
And who exactly is that, standing at the top of the stairs? And where is she? You've met her before, and very recently, in the series. The light that floods the scene is not that of Candesce, the sun of suns, nor is it the light of any sun we've yet seen in these books--but the sun that's casting that light is very important to one of our main characters. --And that's all I'll say about it for now.
I could not be happier. Thank you, Stephan, for this stellar piece of art, and thanks, Tor, for believing in this series.
Sep 23, 2010
Säule der Welten is its Deutsche title
The second book of my Virga series, Queen of Candesce, has hit the bookshelves in Germany. The publisher is Heyne, and once again, it's translated by the inestimable Irene Holicki. Pirate Sun will be available as well, in 2011.
Jun 18, 2010
The best introduction to Virga yet
In three weeks Cities of the Air hits the stands. In some ways it's nothing new: Cities is Tor Books' omnibus edition of the first two Virga books. You might wonder why we're doing this when the paperback editions of these books are already available. But with Pirate Sun coming out in trade paperback in the fall, if you haven't familiarized yourself with Virga yet, you can do it by just picking up Cities. Together, Cities of the Air and Pirate Sun form the full story arc for the first part of the series. If, after reading them, you've still got a taste for the weightless world I've constructed, The Sunless Countries is out now in hardcover, and Ashes of Candesce will be coming next year.
Dec 30, 2009
It's available now for pre-order, and will be published July 6, 2010
Tor Books has been very happy with my Virga books, so much so that they've decided to release a new, omnibus edition of the first two. Sun of Suns and Queen of Candesce will appear together in one volume, entitled Virga: Cities of the Air. This book will hit the stores on July 6, 2010, but you can pre-order it now from Amazon.
Yes, there is in fact already an omnibus edition of these books--it's Virga 1.2, from the Science Fiction Book Club (advertised in the right-hand sidebar of this page, with cover art by Dave Seeley). That edition is only available to book club members, though; the new omnibus will be from Tor and will be in bookstores everywhere (and, presumably, in ebook form too). We hope to have further omnibus editions to round out the series.
Feb 10, 2009
...If you're a member of the Science Fiction Book Club, that is
The SFBC has made the first two volumes of the Virga saga, Sun of Suns and Queen of Candesce, available together in an omnibus edition (link to Canadian site; the US site is here but doesn't have a direct link to the VIRGA page). The SFBC is a venerable and highly respected institution in science fiction and fantasy publishing; they previously made my first novel, Ventus, available.
The price for members of this edition is $15.99, but if you join you can have it for $0.20.
By the way, one of one my favourite features of this edition is the wonderfully over-the-top cover by Dave Seeley. Dave and I tossed many ideas back and forth, and he consulted with me at each stage of the process. That is indeed the vitriolic Venera Fanning, riding bike-back with Hayden Griffin in the skies of Slipstream.
Dec 29, 2008
I've got copies of the paperback edition of Queen of Candesce in my hands at last, and tomorrow you can too! It's quite a gorgeous edition, showing off Stephan Martiniere's artwork to best advantage. It's due to hit the shelves on the 30th, but you can probably find it already.
It helps to have read Sun of Suns before diving into this book--but it's not essential. I wrote QofC as much as a standalone as I could, so even if you haven't tried any of the Virga books yet, you can certainly start with this one.
A great new year's gift to me, to have it show up today.