Last Chapter & News of Verus #12

Just started the last confrontation in what’ll be the last chapter of the last Alex Verus book.  Word count is at 94,000 out of my original estimate of 90,000.  

Alex Verus #12 also now has a title and a (projected) release date!  It’ll be called Risen and if all goes well it’ll be coming out on December 2nd, 2021.  This does depend on everything going to plan with edits and publication schedules, so don’t go writing it down in your diary just yet, but that’s the target we’re shooting for.  I asked my publishers if we could put this book out no later than a year after the last one, and it seems they might be willing to do it.  My plan is to finish the first draft by the end of the year, give the book a quick edit and incorporate some suggestions from my beta readers, then send it off to my publishers in the first week of January.  

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12 Responses to Last Chapter & News of Verus #12

  1. Alan Neville says:

    I’ve been saving Forged for Christmas Day. It has been tough! I’m sorry to hear Rosen will be the last book, but it has been a great ride and I’m excited to see what you’re going to do next. Thanks and have a wonderful Christmas. Alan

  2. Martin Tish says:

    Just powered through Forged. Wow.

    It will be sad when Alex’s adventures end, but hard to think of any other author who has maintained such a high level of quality, consistency, excitement and freshness over the arc of a twelve book series. Thank you. Merry Christmas.

  3. Don Forster says:

    Being in the US, I am waiting on my Orbit copy of Forged. Great series and hate to see it end but I am sure whatever future writings after Risen will be great as well.

  4. RedSoxJedi says:

    Excited for #12 but definitely will miss Alex! He’s a great character snd I really enjoy his adventures!

  5. Nicola says:

    That’ll be an end of an era.

  6. John says:

    Do you know yet what you’ll be working on after you’re done? Will you stay in urban fantasy? I’m a big fan of your writing and I’m looking forward to seeing where you go.

  7. Angela Knipe says:

    I only recently found your series. When I finished Ben Aaronovitch’s last “Rivers of London”, I ran a google search for “books similar to” and discovered a world of urban fantasy I didn’t know existed. I plumped for audio (you have to make a commitment once you’ve done the first in the series) and I have listened to Gildart Jackson (such a fabulous reader) tell me all the tales of books 1-9 since November 25 (super binge). I have been trying to hold off on 10 and 11 so that I can listen closer to the time that the final one will be available, but your characters feel like family now, I don’t know if I’ll be able to resist (lol). I am sad that it is coming to an end, but I am so grateful that you have taken Alex Verus as far as you have and invested so much time and creativity into this wonderful series. You have brought me such joy at a time when it was much needed at the end of a difficult year, so I just wanted just to thank you. I hope it is your plan to keep writing, I can’t wait to see what you will come up with next.

  8. Benedict says:

    John: Probably staying in urban fantasy, but still working out the details.

  9. John says:

    I’m really looking forward to whatever you come up with. I’ve read a lot of urban fantasy and out of hundreds of books you’ve written one of the best worlds ive seen and some of my favorite characters.

  10. I was a long time fan of Mr. Butcher’s Dredin files and found your series three weeks ago. I was going to spread it out, but ended up binging all eleven books. Now the dreaded wait. I love how invested I find myself in the characters. What a fantastic journey. Thank you!!!! PS, if you get bored, maybe Alex and Harry can do joint adventure? HAHA! Would be the best day ever!

  11. Bob says:

    I remember when you announced the fact that you had a three book deal for the Alex Verus series. Yet here we are at #12. My question is as follows: Once you had the three book deal did you outline the entire series? The plotting for the 12 novels seems so well done that it is hard to believe you didn’t have the longer story arc planned earlier. What is the truth?

  12. Barbara says:

    Thank you for a fantastic series. Will be sad for it to end but always good to leave us wanting more and i’m sure your future novels will be just as amazing. I don’t want to wish a year away but can’t wait for the final instalment!! Happy Christmas, peace and importantly, safety to you and your family