It seems like a lot of my favorites are in the process of branching out from their established, long standing series. Thea Harrison starts up her Game of Shadows series next April, Richelle Mead‘s Age of X hits the shelves next June, and Alexandra Ivy‘s The Sentinels will be in full swing by 2014. Looks like there are a couple of more to add to the list, too.
- Jeanine Frost made the big announcement today that she will be starting a new series called Realmwalker. This one will be an older YA or New Adult offering (I had never heard the term New Adult before). According to Jeaniene, the series will focus on a “young woman who discovers she’s the last member of an ancient line with an unwanted destiny; and that her only ally, a mysterious young man is destined to betray her… and doom the world.” Jeaniene gives a little backstory about the new series, saying that the idea has been brewing for years. There will be no change in schedule for the Night Huntress and Night Prince books, with Night Huntress ending at book 9 and Night Prince ending at book 3. There is still the potential for a return to the Night Huntress world, with another vampire stepping up *coughIancough* when the other two stories have completed their arcs. Looks like a bit of a wait for Realmwalker, though, since it is looking like a 2014 release. You can see the full announcement on Jeaniene’s site HERE.
- Now, this second one is a bit different. Last week, news broke that Cassandra Clare has signed on to do a new project. Well, sort of, since it is still set in the Shadowhunters world. According to reports, Cassandra has agreed to do a series spinoff that “involves two coauthors, an e-only component, and a profit share.” This new episodic series will feature Magnus Bane, and will be released digitally month by month, and will then later be published all together in print format. This one will be called The Bane Chronicles, and will be 10 stories in all, with digital release starting this coming February. Each story will be from 8000 to 10000 words, with some of the stories being penned by Cassandra Clare, some by Sarah Rees Brennan (Unspoken), and some by Maureen Johnson (13 Little Blue Envelopes). The stories will build up to the release of the City of Bones movie on August 23rd, 2013, with the print version coming sometime in 2014.
And since I have been trying to find a way to work this into a post, here is a still from the upcoming Mortal Instruments movie that I saw over on Page to Premier Network.
I was thrilled when I read the Jeaniene Frost news, especially when I saw that it was not going to push the publication schedule back for her existing works (hello, Kresley Cole and one a year IAD books…). Call me greedy, but a gal (er, or guy) needs their fix. I find that the Cassandra Clare news is a bit more…involved. I have been seeing much complaint from those who wish that she would wrap up the Shadowhunters, not expand. The original Mortal Instruments went from three books to six. Then came the three books of the Infernal Devices. Then came word of a third trilogy called the Dark Artifices starting up in 2015. Now, that is not to say that I didn’t enjoy all that I have read so far because I have. But sometimes it is good to try something else (see Jeanine Frost, expanding outside her very popular world). New worlds and new ideas mean new readers, which is never a bad thing.
So, where do you stand on this seemingly sudden diversification trend hitting so many big time favorite (at least favorite of mine) authors? Personally, the only recent one that for whatever reason didn’t grab me was Darynda Jones’ YA Darklight series, and the only one I am not eagerly anticipating is Thea Harrison’s upcoming Game of Shadows. Not sure why, but I can’t seem to rev myself up for it at all. Oh, and was anyone else as in the dark as me about the “New Adult” genre?