Happy belated new year, everyone. I hope it was wonderful and 2012 brings you good health and prosperity. I wanted to give a quick update on the sequel to Abyss of Chaos, and then get back to work on it right away.
The Philosopher’s Game is chugging right along. I expect to have a first draft done by the end of this week or the next. Right now, it’s hovering right around 80k words and I’m revising the exposition even as I’m writing the finale. I have a fantastic critique partner who is helping me to infuse the exposition with a greater sense of urgency right from the beginning. It’s tough, because there is a lot of foundation work there. Much more so than Abyss of Chaos. On the other hand, The Philosopher’s Game is shaping up to deliver some really tasty material. I can’t wait to finish this one.
In the last update, I mentioned that TPG spends more time than AOC with the big baddie, ad-Dajjal, or “the Deceiver.” His scenes are fun to write, and I hope you’ll find them compelling to read. But ad-Dajjal dominates the book even when he isn’t in the scene, and I think that’s the beauty of The Philosopher’s Game.
Ad-Dajjal wants to tell you things about the nature of evil, but the reader should be wary about his motives. (After all, they don’t call
him “the Deceiver” for nothing–capital letter “D” and all.) The various plot threads in TPG get to “rhyme” the ideas he presents about how evil works. In a sense, it’s like the hypothesis about the butterfly flapping its wings in Australia and producing a hurricane in South America. But ad-Dajjal doesn’t limit his discussion of evil to small things that create big things. Sometimes big acts of evil create even bigger acts of evil–and ad-Dajjal is an equal opportunity employer. He’s going to use the tools he’s got.
The Philosopher’s Game also gets to reach backwards, into Max Sinclair’s past. You’ll learn more about his family, and discover that perhaps his involvement with the Ark of the Covenant in book one wasn’t random after all. Remember, there was a prophecy held inside the sacred Ethiopian text. But who wrote it? And why? And why involve Max Sinclair?
What is the Philosopher’s Game?
The heroes have to do some serious lifting in book two. And no one is safe.