New Books & Release Dates

Q. How many Alex Verus books will there be?
A. 12.

Q. When’s the next book coming out?
A. Look under Alex Verus Series in the top menu, then scroll down. At the time of writing, the most recent book is #11, Forged, which was released at the end of 2020. The last book, number #12, will be released on December 2nd 2021 UK/ December 7th US 2021 and will be titled Risen.

Q. When’s the audiobook coming out?
A. The Alex Verus audiobooks are published by Tantor Media. You can find their website here. Usually the audio editions are out within a week or two of the paper and ebook release, but Tantor don’t communicate directly with me, so if the release date isn’t on their site, I’m not going to know what it is.

Q. I can’t buy book X in my country/from this bookseller/on this particular website.
A. This occasionally happens and it’s usually due to some weird technical or delivery-related glitch that’s news to me as well. The best I can do is forward it to my publishers in the hope that they can find the right person to fix the problem.

Q. What are you going to do once the series is finished?
A. The series is actually already finished – it’s just a matter of the last book being edited and then released.  Now that it’s done, I’m working on a new urban fantasy series.  The first volume should be released in 2022 or 2023.

Q. How long do the books take to write?
A. Around a year or a bit less than a year to write, about another year to go from first draft to publication.

Q. Why does it take so long?
A. You can read a breakdown of the process starting here, or you can look here for the short version.

Q. Are you ever going to do a collaboration with Jim Butcher where Alex Verus meets Harry Dresden?
A. It’s not impossible, but I don’t generally do collaborations, and as far as I know Jim doesn’t either, so it’s not very likely.

In-Universe Stuff

Q. How can Luna’s curse get passed down if the bearers can’t have children?
A. The curse doesn’t just go down the family tree, it can also go sideways. See Ask Luna #7.

Q. Isn’t Alex an adept and not a mage?
A. See Ask Luna #20, #24, #26, and #57 (there are more, but by this point Luna is getting thoroughly sick of the question).  Short answer:  the adept/mage distinction isn’t as clear-cut as you might think.

Q. If Alex can see into the future, why can’t he solve all his problems/make himself invincible?
A. Divination in the Alex Verus series works differently than it does in most other fantasy stories.  See the Encyclopaedia Arcana series on ‘Advanced Divination’, starting here. Parts 2-7 can be found here.

Q. What’s Richard’s magic type?
A. If you were paying close attention, there were enough clues in book #8, Bound, to figure it out (a few people have written to me and correctly guessed it). If not, you’ll find out in book #10, Fallen.

Things Not Related To Alex Verus

Q. Can you send a signed copy to me or to my wife/girfriend/boyfriend/daughter/baby/cat/dog?
A. Sorry, but no.

Q. But I’d pay the postage/costs . . .
A. It’s not the cost, it’s the time. Sorting out postage, payment, addresses, etc isn’t particularly difficult, but it’s a hassle – my writing’s a one-man operation and I don’t have anyone to delegate this sort of stuff to, meaning that any time I’m spending on things like this comes out of my workday.

Q. I want to be a professional writer, do you have any advice?
A. Some, though I’m not sure how much it’ll help. You can read my thoughts on the subject here (that’s part 1, so keep going).

Q. I’ve written a book, can you read it and give me a blurb?
A. I’m not going to give an absolute no to this, but the unfortunate truth is that I very rarely read stuff that’s handed to me. My publishers occasionally give me finished proofs, and usually I take so long to get around to reading them that by the time I do the book’s long since been published. So . . . realistically, your chances aren’t great.

Q. I’d like to ask something that’s not covered here/write to you and say something nice/make a complaint/ask something about the books/ask something else.
A. Sure! You can reach me via the contact form.