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Happy Newish Year!

So, 2020, eh? I thought I’d be living in the future by now.

Welcome to another of my increasingly tardy updates in which I reveal nothing because everything is secret. The headline news is that there has not, to be honest, been massive amounts of progress on the sequel to the Ember Blade. I’m creeping up to the halfway point but I’ve been working for Ubisoft most of last year and between that and having two sleep-sapping infants in the house there hasn’t been as much time as I’d hoped to get on with it. I’m trying to forge out time when I can but there’s not a lot to go round these days. What I can say is don’t expect it this year. Even when the manuscript is done there will be a long wait for editing, so late 2021 is probably as early as we could make it. Apologies to all those champing at the bit. It’s getting done. Slowly.

As a consolation prize, in a few months I’ll be able to tell you about the game I’ve been working on, so there’s that?

Happy 2020. Back to blasting my companions out the airlock in Nemesis…


  1. Tyler says:

    I’m certainly looking forward to the next book. Hope all works out well.

  2. Peanutthes says:

    Hi, Chris Wooding! I’ve just finished Retribution Falls, and I came to check on this site. It was awesome to find that you have a blog to keep us updated. I’m eager to read more of your work, and I wish you all the best!

  3. Joel says:

    Eagerly awaiting…but in the meantime it would be nice if there was a title for it on Goodreads so we can add it to our Want To Read lists and get notified when it does come out…

  4. Tyler says:

    I wanted to follow up with a question. Are you open to others assisting in even just the editing of the next book in The Ember Blade?

    I know reviewing for minor errors can be tedious. If you are exploring this option to see it published sooner, than later. I would be happy to volunteer for such an endeavor.

  5. Lei says:

    I love your work!

    I have a question, though.

    I remember back in 2017 you said you were not allowed to publish a sequel for Pandemonium.

    I saw a few people ask but not get a response: But could you ever just post it online if you couldn’t publish it? Perhaps in webcomic format? I understand if this is annoying to hear, I just really adore the story. I got my book copy back at a high school book fair and I still keep my copy in good condition and very close to my heart. It would mean the world to me if you were able to continue it in an online format. Even if it was just in novel form, without art, like a fan fiction almost.

    I’m sorry if this request is annoying I just…. really love this book.

  6. Brooklyn says:

    I just wanted to say I got the Ace of Skulls when it first came out and my mum still refuses to read it because she knows she’ll cry at the end.

    (I might’ve cried a bit to be fair)

    Cheers from Canada

  7. Carina says:

    Fantastic news, I am nearly finished with “the ember blade” a bit late to jump on the bandwagon. Quarantine has afforded me some extra time to return to reading. I first became aware of your series when it was recommended by Melissa McPhail, the author of the fantasy series “A Pattern of Shadow and Light.”

    Anyways, simply wanted to drop a note and say how thoroughly I’ve been enjoying your novel. I love long and winding stories and yours holds up to the best of them. Wishing you the best during these unprecedented times.

  8. Taja says:

    I first discovered your Broken Sky series as a kid, in my library in Ljubljana (and I fell in love with them)! I was overjoyed to find them available as ebooks in English, in 2020 – I snatched them up straight away and shared them with my partner.

    I was also so happy to discover your other work this year, and realising I gel with it just as much!
    Safe to say I will patiently await the next instalment of The Ember Blade. I understand the process in lengthy but the long wait definitely won’t deter me! I’ve become a lifetime fan for sure.

    All the best and stay safe!

  9. H says:

    Do you have an email?

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  11. Bobbi Jo Barger says:

    I just finished ‘The Fade’ my first read by you, I wanted you to know I was very captivated by the fast moving action and the characters and the setting plus the story line, I was hoping there would be more, I didn’t want it to end especially where it did. Is there more? another book? I am hoping there is.

  12. Monica L. says:

    Hello, I am unsure if these comments reach you directly, but I was wondering, do you ever have events for book signing? I see you are releasing a new book soon, where can we keep track of events like that? (also, unsure if publics events like that even happen anymore, but I would love to buy a copy with your signature on it!).

    Also, I love playing video games (PC/Playstation), so I am super excited to hear about whatever you are working on. I hope 2020/2021 is treating you well!

    I guess we will probably hear an update soon according to your post. 🙂

    Good luck and wish you well.

  13. Zacciah Hanson says:

    Hey Chris!

    I don’t know if you’ll see this, but I was looking for some way to contact you. I am a film maker with a recently discovered passion for narrative screen writing.
    Your series, The Tales of the Ketty Jay, has been one of my favorites since I was 12. I’ve had to replace every copy at some point because I took them with me everywhere or lent them to people.
    This last year my health has deteriorated and left me in full body chronic pain and unable to walk somedays. But I just started reading The Black Lung Captain again and its one of the few things that makes me laugh and get away from my body.
    So thank you.
    It has always been a dream to be successful enough that one day I may be able to bring cinematic life to your story. Its one I see in my head every time I read it, and my copies are filled with notes and writings to myself. I hope one day I get to speak with you and show you what I want to bring to your world.

  14. Merlin says:

    U still alive? Some news on pandemonium even I’d be fine with “a sequel will eventually come out” even if It’ll be another 2-3 years

  15. Merlin says:

    Just did some mad digging and found out about pandemonium : /

    Now that I know what I know I’m just going to hope for dear life that these publishers let up on being stubborn.
    Although I do believe u said that they don’t want u to do it because they won’t fun the artist for the book.

    They might not fund it but I’m sure others that are true fans of your books and especially that one special book would love to fund it as long as they could get a final answer to the love life of Seifer and the kidnapping of Talon in a Pandemonium 2

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