Now it can be told: DREAMBLOOD!

HOMG, ya’ll, I thought I was gonna pop trying to keep this one in. Remember that really fantastic, utterly cool thing I’ve been hinting at for the last two weeks? Couldn’t tell you about it ’til it became official? Well, it’s official: I’ve sold the Dreamblood duology to Orbit!

The first book’s description:

In the city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Along its ancient stone streets, where time is marked by the river’s floods, there is no crime or violence. Within the city’s colored shadows, priests of the dream-goddess harvest the wild power of the sleeping mind as magic, using it to heal, soothe… and kill.

But when corruption blooms at the heart of Gujaareh’s great temple, Ehiru — most famous of the city’s Gatherers — cannot defeat it alone. With the aid of his cold-eyed apprentice and a beautiful foreign spy, he must thwart a conspiracy whose roots lie in his own past. And to prevent the unleashing of deadly forbidden magic, he must somehow defeat a Gatherer’s most terrifying nemesis: the Reaper.

I’ve been playing with the land of Gujaareh for several years now, in various forms. The setting was born from my longtime fascination with ancient Egypt, and the magic system from my longtime fascination with Freudian dream theory and Jung’s ideas about the collective unconscious. Some of you may remember my short story, The Narcomancer. (Podcast here.) While these two new books are in the same setting, they don’t involve any of the short story’s characters, and focus on completely different subject matter. Just think of “The Narcomancer” as an unrelated side-story to the Dreamblood books.

Anyway, I’m insanely excited to share this with you, and 2012 can’t come soon enough!

21 thoughts on “Now it can be told: DREAMBLOOD!”

  1. Ooh, sounds cool! Congratulations! I’m curious about the two-parts choice – you don’t see a lot of duologies (dilogies? bilogies?) these days.

  2. This sounds great. I love Egypt, I love dreams, and I love your writing, so it’s a win-win-win. Win.

  3. Of course, I immediately went and read “the Narcomancer” so I could get a taste of the world. And the taste delights me. I will be very happy to see more of it.

  4. *blinks* I thought I had read all of your short stories that were on the web, but it seems I’d somehow missed that one. A wonderful world to visit, and I’ll be looking forward to the duology in 2012!

    And, of course, congratulations as well!

  5. Congratulations! I’m looking forward to reading them. :D

    Oh, something I just noticed. I was browsing on the Knight Agency website, and they don’t list you as one of their clients.

    I thought you might not have noticed this oversight, which you might want corrected. :)

  6. Congratulations! I love your work and anything that gets more of it into my greedy little paws makes me a happy panda.

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  12. Congratulations! I can’t tell you how excited this makes me. “The Narcomancer” was the story that made me decide to follow your writing wherever it went, because finally, here was a beautiful, compelling fantasy world based off Egypt, featuring black characters! Not to mention how it played with class and gender roles, and other aspects that delighted me (dream magic is a favorite theme of mine). The only downside to it was that I only got a taste. I suspect when it’s possible, the first in this duology will be one of the few books I preorder. ^^

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