I know, I know: it’s been a while since I last updated, but rest assured that I’ve been busy…
The second novel in The Infernal Aether series has now been drafted, redrafted, reviewed and redrafted again and is now in the capable hands of my beta readers. I’ve already had some really useful feedback which has given me some great ideas on where to improve things, and I’m looking forward to gathering the rest of it before I get down to the final edit prior to sending the book out to my editors. Thanks again to those beta readers – I really appreciate all your input (you know who you are!).
One of the big changes since my last update in the summer is the title – as you’ll see above, it’s now called The Demon Inside, which much better matches the tone and theme of the story in my opinion. And it’s a lot easier to say than “Bornless Ones”!* To whet your appetite, here’s a brief summary of the story:
The Demon Inside
How can you save the world when it’s impossible to tell friend from foe?
England, 1868. It is three years since the demon Andras was defeated at the Battle of Greenwich, three years in which Augustus Potts and his friends have been at the forefront of Prime Minister Disraeli’s attempts to save a world which may already be lost.
For fast approaching is the Fulcrum, the convergence between magic and science which will swing the balance of power in favour of the demons once and for all. With a demon army poised to enslave all of humanity, a new and dangerous foe emerges to break our heroes apart.
Augustus Potts finds himself giving in to the pull of the runic sword and its demonic temptations, while his brother Maxwell is increasingly single-minded in his hatred of the demons in all their forms. With Kate struggling to keep her friends together, N’yotsu must face an impossible choice between his death or the return of Andras.
I’m aiming for a January publication date, but I’ll be sure to keep you updated as we keep going.
In the meantime, I’m pressing on with book 3 in the series (working title: Beyond the Aether) and have entered it into this year’s NaNoWriMo (or National Novel Writing Month for those of you who like prefer words to abbreviations). My aim is to start the first draft tomorrow (1 November) and get it done by the 30th. I’ll keep you posted on how I get on – and if you’re doing NaNoWriMo as well and fancy becoming writing buddies then do drop me a line (my highly original username’s “Peter Oxley”)!
* – geek fact for those interested: the phrase “Bornless Ones” came from a passage in Aleister Crowley’s The Lesser Key of Solomon: Goetia, specifically the Preliminary Invocation which begins: “Thee I invoke, the Bornless one…”