It’s the big day at last — The Broken Kingdoms is officially out in the US. Calling this “launch day” is kind of moot, actually, since most of the major booksellers have been shipping preorders for the past few weeks, both here and in the UK — I did a signing at the London Forbidden Planet on Saturday, so they’ve had them since last week. I figure this is a good thing, me being the impatient type, and I imagine a number of readers feel the same.
I’m understandably anxious about this one, because naturally I dread the sophomore slump. That goes double since I’m taking some chances with BrokeKing: different narrator, different story rather than a continuation of the previous, different voice (Yeine spoke like an aristocrat; Oree uses a lot more contractions), and a ten-year timeskip. As others have noted (videos of a great panel I missed at WFC this year), this breaks a lot of the expected tropes of epic fantasy — and some readers aren’t going to react well to it. That’s fine; I’m never going to be able to please everyone. My hope is simply to please the majority of the people who pick the book up. I think I successfully did this with The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms; I’ll consider The Broken Kingdoms a success if I can do it again.
I’ll be resuming the Character Studies shortly, which I’d temporarily suspended because I kept inadvertently spoiling bits of books 2 and 3. (Sorry!) I’ll try not to do that this time. On the plate are Kurue, Itempas, Oree, and T’vril — but naturally I want to wait a few days on the last three, to give folks a chance to read The Broken Kingdoms. Will also be sharing more of my thoughts on the worldbuilding. And I’m going to post a poll soon that will help me decide something: whether to flip my “world of 100K kingdoms” personal wiki over to public. That wiki contains copious spoilers for all three books, and also lots of background material that won’t make it into any book. But I’m aware that some people like spoilers, so… More on that later.