Okay! So for this week we’ve got some good news, and some bad news.
So, as some of you may remember, the Alex Verus novels were released in audio format in the US by Tantor a few months back. One of the questions I’ve been getting since then is “when are they coming out in the UK?”
Well, the good news is that Fated is being released in the UK in audio format on 2nd September! This is the same date as the release of book #5 in the Alex Verus series, Hidden. The UK audio will be the same recording as the American Tantor edition, read by the same reader, Gildart Jackson. You can listen to a sample of it here on SoundCloud.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that, as the eagle-eyed among you may have already spotted, the release date is for Fated, not the Alex Verus novels as a group. The reason for this is that while Fated is getting a UK audio release, Cursed, Taken, Chosen, and Hidden aren’t, at least not as yet. So this means that while you’ll be able to listen to Fated, you won’t be able to listen to any of the ones that come after. This is obviously less than ideal, given that the whole idea of a series like this one is that people who like the first book will hopefully read the others. Unfortunately, since my UK publishers have the audio rights, it’s their decision and not mine.
I’ve asked when Cursed/Taken/etc are likely to be getting their own UK audio releases, but haven’t gotten any very definite answer. Best guess is that my publishers are planning to wait and see what the sales of the Fated audio edition are like first. Unfortunately, given the delay times in the publishing business, this means there’s likely to be a significant wait.
But, on the positive side, one’s better than none, and those of you who’ve been emailing asking for a UK audio edition have got something to look forward to at least. I’ll keep working on getting audio editions of the rest of the books in the series published in this country as well, and when I have any news I’ll post it up here. Until then, watch this space!