Chris Wooding Header

Done! (Random machine gun rampage to follow)

The Iron Jackal is finished. And by finished, I mean it’s halfway done. Now comes the editing, trimming, sending to my editor and agent, and the mildly nervous wait to find out if it’s any good. And after that, more editing, honing and polishing, until I’m thoroughly sick of it. Those of you that have been following this blog will know that this was one of those, erm, testing books like The Fade and The Weavers Of Saramyr before it that took about twice as long as I thought they would. Fans of value for money will also be pleased to know that it currently hefts in at 175,000 words of lean white meat (Ret Falls was about 140, Black Lung was 160), which isn’t bad since I started the rewrite in August. Likely it’ll lose a bit from that by the time I’m done.

Soon will come the first read-through and the chopping and the scrutinising and all of that. But damn, just for today, does it ever feel good to write that final line. It fact, it feels a little bit like this.


  1. James says:

    You mean it’s not going to be a Pat Rothfuss 400K book? 😉

  2. Sadly not, although my printer is wheezing in terror at the thought.

  3. Katya says:

    I’m going to go and get some cider down myself after work to celebrate this. And Dragonforce blew my socks off a last year when I’ve seen them live <3

  4. red snow says:

    Good to hear you’re done (well initially). Sounds like it’s been a testing one based on the blog but it’s good that you’ve finally tamed it.
    I can live with delays that still come out within the same year and at least it’s “finished” which is something to go off.

  5. Gina says:

    Congrats Chris! Now where is that new cover design for The Braided Path? 😉

  6. george says:

    hey chris
    i was reading at the bottom of Retribution Falls Kindle Edition Price Drop
    and kai had saidthat the broken sky would good as a graphic noivel and i agree with him could you do that?

  7. Autumn says:

    Hey Chris , I’ve been reading your books for awhile now and I just want to say your an amazing author . I love your stories. Feels like a movie in my head, and I love books but there is rarley any that capture my atention like yours. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next ( my favorite so far would have to be The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray and Storm Thief ) anyways, I love your witting !!! And glad to know your next project is coming along 🙂

  8. death by taco says:

    hey chris,can you lokk at comments from `Maintaining Holding Path`

  9. @ Gina – I wish I knew! Still trying to get my publishers to show me the finals so I can post them up.

    @ George – It’s not up to me. A publisher makes that decision, because they have to pay for the artist and so on. I’d happily write it, but I can’t make a graphic novel by myself.

    @ DBT – I did. There didn’t seem to be anything that needed a reply…?

  10. Melanie says:

    Chris – I apologize, but this is not directly related to this post 🙂

    I just wanted to express my sincere thanks for writing some of the BEST books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. I started with Malice because I do enjoy younger books too, but it started an avalanche, and Ive read alaizabel, storm thief, and am halfway through poison in just over a week. 😀 Each time I’ve finished I literally get sad the second I close the back cover. You’re truly brilliant and Im going to be pathetic here for just a moment, and BEG you to never stop writing. Ever 😛 I am constantly spamming my facebook wall with posts about how all my friends need to read your books. Oh yeah, and I JUST bought Endgame (had to ship it to the fecking US!). Anyway Im rambling now. But thank you, really.


  11. Zach says:

    I was going to say something similar to Autumn’s post, Chris, your novels are unfathomably incredible. I am absolutely in love with The Fade and The Braided Path, they are by far my favorite books EVER!!!! I have also read almost all of your other books aside from a few of your older ones which are hard to find and or are expensive. Do you know where I could find Crashing, End Game, and Catchman.I have read every other book except for I’m waiting on The Tales of the Ketty: Black Lung Captain, I ordered it just haven’t received it yet, and I have Malice just didn’t get my chance to read it yet and I HAVE to buy Havoc after I finish that.

  12. Aw, thanks all. Too kind.

    @ Melanie – I never am going to stop. I couldn’t if I wanted to: my CV is blank. Writers are pretty much unemployable as anything but writers 😛

    Zach: Endgame and Catchman are out of print, so your best chance would be second hand websites like Abebooks. You can still probably buy Crashing from the US, it’s out of print in the UK. My pre-fantasy books are all steadily being erased from history: get em while you can 😉

  13. That man you don't know says:

    I want to say how FRIGGING AWESOME your books are, I am just finished reading Malice and I can’t get a good night sleep before I have read Havoc. You have this fanrastic gift to capture readers. I LOVE THAT 😀
    After I have finished Havoc I’ll read trough the reast of your books and I hope you’ll keep coming with so awesome books 😛

  14. Melanie says:

    Just got havoc! Yay! **squee**. I think i may have an addiction. Thanks for the reply Chris! Im a huge fan. Hope youre having a good week!

  15. Duncan says:


    Awesome going! Can’t wait!!

  16. Chris says:

    Totally looking forward to the new book!!! Also, have you ever thought about possibly having a sequel for “the Fade”? Its probably my favorite book you’ve written and I would love to read a sequel!.

    All the best Chris! Keep up the Great work!

Leave a Reply