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June 12, 2018

Hey everyone, it's been a while since I’ve posted anything here – I’ll actually be on social media even more rarely than usual until book 3 is done, I'm afraid - but just a quick heads up that the paperback version of ‘An Echo of Things To Come’ is releasing in the US today!

And as always, if you've been wondering how close 'The Light of All That Falls' is to completion, I'm still adding brief monthly updates over on the website.
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Published on June 12, 2018 00:19 • 414 views • Tags: an-echo-of-things-to-come, paperback

February 14, 2018

Hey everyone, just a quick note to let you know that The Shadow of What Was Lost is today's Kindle Daily Deal on Amazon's US store. If you're interested in picking it up (or know someone who is), it's discounted to $2.99 for the next 24 hours!
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Published on February 14, 2018 04:44 • 301 views • Tags: kindle-daily-deal, the-shadow-of-what-was-lost

January 30, 2018

Hey everyone,

It's been an insanely busy few months (primarily due to the new addition to the family!), so I apologise if things have been a bit quiet on the news front from me. I've finally posted a new progress update over on the website - the upshot of it all is that things are still going well, but the release date for The Light of All That Falls has been pushed back slightly to Feb 19th, 2019. Sorry!

I'll be head down for a while as I try to get my submission draft finished by around June, so there may not be a lot from me in the coming months either. I will still be posting monthly progress updates over on the website, though - so if you want the most up to date information, that's probably the place to check for the foreseeable future!
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Published on January 30, 2018 03:35 • 549 views • Tags: the-light-of-all-that-falls

September 25, 2017

The cover for Book 3 has officially been revealed over on the Orbit blog!

See it here

I'm so pleased with how all the covers in this series have turned out! As it says in Orbit's post, we're aiming for a 2018 release - of course, as soon as there's a more specific date, I'll announce it here.

You may not hear much from me between now and the end of the year, as I'll be head down and focused on writing again - as always, though, the progress reports over on my website will be kept up to date if you're looking for the most recent news. Hope you're all looking forward to the finale, and thanks for reading!
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Published on September 25, 2017 19:30 • 793 views • Tags: the-light-of-all-that-falls

September 23, 2017

Hey everyone, just a quick note to let you know that The Shadow of What Was Lost is today's Kindle Daily Deal on Amazon's US store. If you're interested in picking it up (or know someone who is), it's discounted to $2.99 for the next 24 hours!
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Published on September 23, 2017 00:17 • 275 views • Tags: kindle-daily-deal, the-shadow-of-what-was-lost

August 20, 2017

Just a reminder: An Echo of Things to Come is finally out this week! August 22 in the US, August 24 in the UK (and everywhere else, I believe). Excited that it'll be in everyone's hands soon.

For those of you who are intending to pick it up - a huge thank-you, and I hope you truly enjoy it!
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Published on August 20, 2017 20:28 • 351 views • Tags: an-echo-of-things-to-come, release

August 7, 2017

Just a lightning post to let everyone know: the page for pre-ordering 'An Echo of Things to Come' on Audible is now live! As promised, it will be releasing on August 22, the same day as the hardcover and ebook versions.

For more general info on the 'Echo' release - including a little more about the hardcover and ebook, as well whether you'll need to re-read 'Shadow' prior to Book 2 - please check out my last blog post here.

Only a couple of weeks to go now!
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Published on August 07, 2017 17:12 • 235 views • Tags: an-echo-of-things-to-come, audiobook

July 19, 2017

It’s been quite a while since I last posted here, and only a month(!) until An Echo of Things to Come is finally released – so I thought it might be time to give everyone a (somewhat scattered, semi-FAQ) update on where things are at.

Hardcover and ebook pre-orders

These are live! Available at pretty much all online retailers (Amazon / B&N / Apple / Google, etc), or if you prefer to buy through your local bookstore, it should now be possible to reserve a copy with them too.

A few people have, very flatteringly, been enquiring as to whether an ebook or hardcover purchase would most benefit me as the author. While the answer is that hardcover pre-orders are definitely ‘best’ - Brian McClellan (of Powder Mage fame) talks about the benefits here, and Kevin Hearne (Iron Druid Chronicles) does the same here - I really want to emphasize that I’m equally grateful for every sale, they’re all helpful, and that readers should always choose whichever format they most prefer.

The audiobook version of An Echo of Things to Come

Many, many, many people have been querying me about this recently, which is entirely my own fault as I haven’t been proactive enough in conveying what’s happening. I apologise for that! The audiobook (narrated again by the excellent Michael Kramer) will be released on the same date as the print and ebook versions – August 22 – but it won’t be available for pre-order until around the middle of next month. So if you’ve been worried by its apparent absence from Audible, please rest assured that it will appear very soon.

The need to re-read The Shadow of What Was Lost

If you haven’t read Shadow recently, and have the time and inclination to do so, I’d certainly recommend it before jumping into the sequel next month. Not everyone’s going to be able to do that, though, so I’ve included a recap at the beginning of Echo that should be detailed enough to remind everyone of the major characters and events from Book 1. The audio version of this recap will also be made available for free on the jamesislington.com website sometime before Echo launches.

Also, a much-requested addition - there will be a glossary of character names / place names / general terminology at the back of the book this time around. Hopefully this reference material will be useful to many of you.

The need to read the newer version of The Shadow of What Was Lost

Some of you will have read Shadow when it was self-published; since then it’s been picked up by Orbit, edited and re-released. An earlier blog post mentions this, but I wanted to reiterate here for those who missed it:

The first thing is to assure everyone that while there have been edits, they’re focused around clarifying some of the early worldbuilding and cleaning up a bit of the prose – so yes, they absolutely make the book a better read for newcomers, but no, the plot hasn’t been altered in any way. If you’re curious, or thinking about re-reading it anyway, then of course I’d encourage you to check out the newer version when it’s out. If you stick with the self-published version, though, you’re still all set for book 2.


Lots of queries about this too! Particularly for the UK and US. Book tours are at Orbit’s discretion, and nothing’s been mentioned to me thus far - I imagine my living in Australia decreases the likelihood of one happening, as international flights add to the cost of a tour significantly. If anything does come about, though, I’ll most certainly announce it here on the blog.

Book 3

It feels strange to be writing updates about Book 3 when Echo isn’t even released yet, but I’m pleased to say it’s progressing well – perhaps a little slower than I’d like, but steadily nonetheless. The plan is to submit it early next year, for what I hope (at this admittedly early stage) will be a mid-to-late 2018 release. If you’re interested in keeping up to date, I post brief monthly progress reports over on my website.

So I think that’s about it for now - I’ll no doubt post again a little closer to release day. Thanks for reading!
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Published on July 19, 2017 21:08 • 709 views • Tags: an-echo-of-things-to-come

February 1, 2017

Just to update anyone who hasn’t seen the latest progress report on the website – the editing phase for An Echo of Things To Come is now complete, and the manuscript has started moving into production at Orbit! I’ll be receiving the copyedited manuscript in the next day or two for a final run through, but for all intents and purposes, the book can now be considered ‘done’.

In terms of a release date, June is still looking likely – as some of you have already noted, the Amazon pre-order page has it listed for June 13th – but I’ll post here as soon as there's any more official news.

EDIT: the official, confirmed release date is August 22, 2017!
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Published on February 01, 2017 19:40 • 1,164 views • Tags: an-echo-of-things-to-come

November 8, 2016

The Shadow of What Was Lost comes out in hardcover today in the US!

If you're on Facebook and you’ve already read and enjoyed the book, I’d love it if you could hit this link and tag in a friend or three to let them know about the release. For those who haven’t read Shadow, Orbit have put up this pretty nice landing page where you can check out the first chapter, too.

Also, links to a couple of interviews I did recently to mark the release:

The Qwillery
Civilian Reader

It's a busy day so I'll leave it at that. Thanks for reading!
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Published on November 08, 2016 16:25 • 437 views • Tags: interviews, release