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The Ace of Skulls is done!

Yes, you heard me.Β The Ace of Skulls is done. In fact, the wholeΒ Ketty Jay series is done. To see it all come together at the end, payoffs that have been five years or so in the making, it’s all rather spooky. All those characters I’ve had in my head all that time. Wow.

Those of you who’ve followed this blog will know that finishing the first write-through is not the end of the process; there’ll be edits, and re-edits, and all kinds of tweaking and bolt-tightening and all of that. But, like… it’sΒ done! I wrote the final line and everything. In fact, the entire finale was written in a frenetic rush amid flat-moving and Christmas and half a dozen other things, and I’ve been so ridiculously busy that all of a sudden it feels like a runaway train just shot off the end of the tracks and is now soaring gracefully through the air and into a very large and very deep canyon.

I’m off out to where beer lives. It seems the sensible thing to do.


  1. Kath says:

    Ooooooh man.

    Congrats on finishing it (or the first write-through anyway)!! Still, excuse me while I open a beer and reminisce about all the epic moments we shared with the Ketty Jay-crew while sobbing uncontrollably.
    Skoal! πŸ˜€

    (Amazon is being all optimistic and claims the book’s release date is August 15. Is there some truth to that or is it… just amazon being amazon, throwing false information into the internet, yet again?)

  2. AJ says:

    Great! Can’t wait to see how it ends! Especially for Frey…haha

    By the way, Chris, it says in Wikipedia that “A film adaptation of Malice is reported to be underway” How much of it is true?

  3. Aria says:

    I have a question. The publishers may have said no to another book in the Malice series… but would they say no to a prequel? I do believe all of us are curious about Tall Jake’s past.

  4. Brooklyn says:

    Oh !@#$. I wanted to be mature about this, but when I saw the heading I actually felt my heart drop. Oh the irony that today was the first time I’ve read a Ketty Jay book in weeks. What a rude a awakening. I feel like someone shot an arrow in my chest. This would be the perfect time for Tall Jake to take me away. Perhaps I’ll write a poem to express my grief, but for now I weep alone over my laptop.
    I’m gonna miss you Jez :'(

  5. @ Kath – It’s what they would have wanted πŸ˜‰

    Release date is October AFAIK, not August. Never listen to Amazon.

    @ AJ – That’s old news. The project stalled and died, as many many movies do. Still, that’s not to say it won’t one day happen…

    @ Aria – They haven’t actually said no to either (did I say they did? I can’t remember…) but they wanted a standalone first (which is Silver). We haven’t had the conversation yet as to what my next book for Scholastic will be, but I suspect that too much time has passed for either them or me to want to write another Malice book. By the time I write it and it’s published it will be, like, 5 years or something between Havoc and its sequel. The kids who read Havoc will have grown up and be all into Catcher in the Rye by then :-/

    @ Brooklyn – Aw. I know. But all good things must come to an end! Otherwise they invariably start to suck.

  6. Katya says:

    *does a happy dance of some feather tribe up in the mountains of Jupiter*

    This is awesome news but at the same time, knowing that the book is finished (albeit in its crappy first draft), you’re torturing your fans with anticipation of it coming out. TORTURING! D:

  7. Aria says:

    Well, in five years, I bet I’ll still be wanting to know what happens next. πŸ˜‰ Me and my friends are hell bent on trying to figure it out. We also seriously want to know about Tall Jake’s past (which is why I said something.) Do you have any ideas as of now as to what the heck happened to him? (I know I have my ideas! πŸ˜€ )

  8. Steve says:

    Well I hope some day you may revisit the world or people even if it is a short story or something, a backstory or what not.

  9. Alice says:

    I just wondered on your book “Poison” in the school library, and I have been hooked for the last week.

    The dialogue and relationships between characters is amazing — you have a simple technique that I have never read before. I love Poison’s story and, of course, your brilliant writing. I thought it would be a book I wouldn’t get into (don’t get me wrong, it sounds good, I’m just not a big fan of scary stories), but I have thoroughly enjoyed it, despite that I’m only past the point that *SPOILERS* Poison and Peppercorn realise that the pharies are going to try and murder them. I love this book so much, but I only wish that my school library had more of your books! I must read on a scheme in school and then take a quiz on the book later! I am devastated!

    Anyway, enough about my school life — great book, can’t wait to read more (if I find another book in the library written by you)!

    Alice Spencer
    New Fan πŸ˜€

  10. Brooklyn says:

    I’m so sad too because I forgot to put in my request for part of the book! Well my request was to just make sure a women kicks Frey in the face….it happens at least once in each book. It would be breaking tradition if you didn’t…. πŸ™

  11. Snow Garland says:


    Now for Broken Sky.

  12. Laura says:

    Chris, i just wanted to ask u which books are the Ketty Jay series? Also ive been wanting to buy one of ur books, ive read Storm Thief and i absolutly loved it, but i wanted to ask you which book you reccommend. Out of all the books you have written which one is ur favorite? πŸ™‚

  13. The KJ series is the one that starts with Retribution Falls. I don’t have a favourite book, really; that’s like asking a parent to pick a favourite child. I love them all in different ways πŸ˜‰

    Rec: if you liked Storm Thief, er, go for The Haunting Of Alaizabel Cray next, I’d say.

  14. Laura says:

    Okay lol i was confused i thought it started with Black Lung Captain :p

    And thank you so much! Im a huge fan and ya ive written a few comments already but what can i say i have a lot of questions ^-^

  15. Zach says:

    Chris, I absolutely admire the Ketty Jay series ! It’s so amazing, listening to all the amazing adventures they have on all those amazing aircraft !

  16. Agata says:

    Chris absolutely no words for this literary masterpiece that you have created.

    It had me on the edge of my seat, in tears and in laughter.

    I can’t begin to describe how soul warming it was for me to read these tales. The Ace of Skulls was the perfect ending to a superb journey.

    Absolutely phenomenal read.

  17. Katybird says:

    I just can’t believe that you have closed the book in the Ketty Jay gang!
    What am I going to do now? I’ve read the series 3 times in the last year and haven’t got tired of it yet. Here’s hoping some ‘good’ film producer will see the light and get these movies made, such brilliant plots and humour.
    Am just now having my campervan resprayed and she will be called the Ketty Jay in salutation and hope that my journeys will be just as good.

  18. Haha, awesome. Happy travels. Hope you’ve got a good engineer!

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