Ask Luna #80

From: DrizztMajere

Hi Luna,
I am sorry I have been on the fate kick recently, but this magic really intrigues me. My question is when Alex was using fate magic, did it feel like a mixture of divination, force, and time magic to him?

Another question is does Arachne ever talk about kids if she has any?

He’s never said anything like that. It could have been like that, I suppose, but given what was happening at the time, it probably wasn’t the uppermost thing on his mind.

And no, she doesn’t talk about it. I could ask, but it seems a bit awkward. It’s not like there are many giant intelligent male spiders around . . .

From: Logan Mayfield

Hey Luna!
I was wondering how many types of magic/mages there are. For example illusion magic wasn’t introduced until book 6. Then there was the light magic that was introduced in the bubble realm of book 7, which wasn’t even given a name. Thanks! (PS, I accidentally commented the same thing on #78, then I realized that was a comment on that one, not a post. Thanks again)

Pretty much as many as you decide you want. The magic types aren’t separate, they blend into one another (Is a storm mage the same thing as a lightning mage? Beats me). There are also lots of rare obscure ones like gravity which you hardly ever run into, but which are definitely out there.

From: West

Hey Luna,
Couldn’t you just pour your curse into a very large inanimate object, like a building? As you said your curse doesn’t effect inanimate objects very well, so pouring all you curse in a huge building would get rid of the effects so therefore you could make physical contact with people till it came back. And in one of the books when your were fighting belthas, you used to much of your curse and you tripped(bad luck) so your curse would have to run out eventually. Thanks!

That would be kind of like sticking a bucket under a waterfall and waiting for the water to be used up. I’d be waiting a really long time. Mages don’t “run out” of magic, and neither do I. You can get too tired to use it, but it doesn’t just turn off or anything.

From: Samuel

what about lightning magic and is there a mage that can control metal?

What about it?

And yes. Sort of.

From: Anneliese

Hi Luna,

Did you select (or were you given) a mage name? Alex says his mage name is Verus and he has commented when other mages don’t use one. Thanks.

Yup. Took me a while, but I found one that felt right.

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Back to Book 9

Well, now that the excitement of the release of Bound is over, it’s back to work on Alex Verus #9.  I’ve had quite a few people ask me when it’s going to be out, and the answer, unfortunately, is not anytime soon.  The book’s around 65% done, and my publishers typically take 10-12 months to turn a first-draft manuscript into a published book, so expect at least a year.  I’ll get it sent off as soon as I can!

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AMA – Finishing Up

My Reddit AMA is now mostly done.  I’ll keep checking back over the next few hours to answer any leftover questions.  Thanks to everyone who participated, I enjoyed it!

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Reddit AMA is live!

My Reddit AMA is live for the next 24 hours!  Come ask me any questions you have about Bound, the Alex Verus series, or pretty much anything else.  

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Reddit AMA tomorrow!

My Reddit Ask Me Anything will be tomorrow, Thursday April 13th.  It’ll be going live at 12 noon GMT, and will stay active for 24 hours.  I’ll try to keep checking back in regularly and answering questions until Friday noon.  

If you don’t know what an AMA is, here’s the link from the one I did last year.  Basically it’s what it sounds like – anyone can come along and ask me questions about Bound, the Alex Verus series or anything else.  You’ll need a Reddit account to post questions, but that’s easy to set up.  Hope to see you there!

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More Reviews & Reddit AMA

Some more nice reviews for Bound, one from I Smell Sheep and a very in-depth one from Whatchamacallit Reviews.  

Also, my Reddit AMA is next week, on April 13th!  It’ll be on Reddit Fantasy and it’ll be your chance to ask me questions about Bound, the Alex Verus series in general, and anything else you feel like.  I’ll post up a direct link when the AMA goes live, and I’ll answer questions for the next 24 hours or so.  See you guys there!

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Bound UK Release

Bound is out and available for sale in the UK!  I enjoyed writing this one – hope you guys like it as well.

Reviews and AMA updates will be posted tomorrow.

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Bound US Release

The eighth Alex Verus novel, Bound, is out in the US as of today!

You can find it on Amazon, or you can read the first chapter here on this site.  For those of you who prefer audiobooks, the Audible version will be coming out in the US a little later, on April 25.

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Bound on Audible

Just a note for those of you who want to get hold of Bound in audio format and are searching for it on Audible:  according to my publisher, the US Audible version of Bound is going to be on sale on April 25.  The UK Audible version is currently available, but for pre-order only.  

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Bound Release Week

And it’s finally here!  Bound, the eighth Alex Verus novel, will be released on Tuesday in the US, and Thursday in the UK.  For those who don’t mind spoilers, there’s another early review, this one from The Genre Minx.

In the meantime, I’m still working on Alex Verus #9.  About 60% done now, just need to keep going.

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