A quick note about Twenty Palaces books


For a while I’ve been working on a project I haven’t wanted to be specific about, but what the hell. The deal is, I’ve been revising the Twenty Palaces prequel (cleverly titled Twenty Palaces) in the hopes of…

Actually, I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it. When I review what’s coming up this summer, I don’t really see a window when I could release it independently (unless I was intent on messing up Del Rey’s plans for the summer–more on that later). Maybe this fall?

Anyway, I’ve been working like crazy on the book, cleaning it up and fixing the story. The scene where Ray creates the ghost knife! His first meeting with Annalise! What exactly he did that made her hate him sooooo much!

It’s been fun, and it’s been instructional to see how screwed up this book really is. Sorry, everyone I ever queried about this! At some point, I’ll have to write a new story of how I got an agent and landed my contract, because now that I’ve seen the book that didn’t sell, I know I’ve been telling the story all wrong.

6 thoughts on “A quick note about Twenty Palaces books

  1. A. Nuran

    Roger Zelazny would always remove a scene from his novels. That intentional hiccup added something indefinable to the story. 20 Palaces is kind of like that.

    On the other hand, when a certain Famous Author died his son started exposing every mystery leaving nothing implied. Not only was he not nearly the writer his father was, it detracted from the universe.

    I’m sure it’s a wonderful story. If you write it, I’ll buy it. But I’m perfectly happy with it not being written. The feeling of coming into a story that’s already in progress is refreshing. The hints and pieces we’ve put together from the two novels so far are already great.

  2. James McNeill

    I enjoy wondering about the back story and trying to piece it together from clues. A world with magic’s going to have a lot left unexplained.

    From what I remember of Dan Simmons’ Hyperion series (at least the first two or three books), he never answered a question without raising at least two more. The series was an ongoing explosion of unresolved threads.

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