Today my second novel, Angel’s Deceit, has been unleashed upon the world. It’s the middle volume in the Angelwar trilogy, and follows hot on the heels of Angel’s Truth, my debut released last month. My first release day post last month focused on the origins of the trilogy, and today (and in keeping with the progression of story and characters during a typical trilogy) I thought I’d look at middle bits – the awkward second album, the pause before the resolution, and the way that second books in a trilogy are (at least from my reading experience) often strange beasts.
Perhaps unusually, the Angelwar trilogy didn’t begin as a trilogy. It was only as I approached the end of the first draft of Angel’s Truth that I realised there was a larger story to tell, and that although there was an ending to Angel’s Truth, it was not the end. And between the beginning in Angel’s Truth and the resolution of the larger tale in Angel’s Knight came Angel’s Deceit. Where the first book was a physical and metaphorical journey for Tol Kraven, Angel’s Deceit is something else. There’s more action, more humour, more inns with questionable names, and an awful lot of lace.
The journey isn’t over yet though: Angel’s Knight, the final volume of the trilogy, will be released next month. And, in the meantime, I have the final steps of my own journey to take: two of the three volumes have now been brought to publication over the recent months and I just have the finishing touches to make on the final volume and then the totally realistic and achievable Project Insanity will come to a close.