Inheritance of Magic releases today!

And it’s finally here!  An Inheritance of Magic, the first book in my new urban fantasy series, launches in the UK and worldwide today!

This one has been a long, long time in the making.  I wrote the first notes for Book 1 back in 2020, wrote the first draft in 2021, rewrote it and then rewrote it again in 2022, and ever since then I’ve been waiting for it to finish making its way through the publication process and hit the shelves (well, that and working on Book 2).  But now, at last, the waiting’s over.  My new series is out as of today!

I have to admit that I’m pretty nervous about this one.  I’ve done everything I can to to make the book as good as possible – I spent a lot of time working on the setting and story, and an even longer time editing and polishing the book to make it as well-crafted as I could.  But the fact is, it’s somewhere between very hard and impossible to guess in advance exactly how successful a book will be.  Publishers and editors literally spend their entire careers trying to figure out which manuscript will be the next big thing, and even they constantly get it wrong.  However, publishers can deal with this by spreading their bets – it’s no problem for them to have half a dozen books flop as long as the 7th one’s a hit.  In my case, I kind of have to put all my eggs in one basket, so failures carry a much higher cost.

That said, early signs for Inheritance of Magic have been encouraging – I’ve had some nice early reviews from places like the Wall Street Journal and SFX magazine, and its current Goodreads score looks good.  Ultimately, though, I won’t have a good picture of how it’s doing until a couple of months have gone by and the first big wave of readers have had the chance to read it and make up their minds.  Till then – fingers crossed!

Anyway, that’s enough from me for now.  You can read the first chapters here, and you can buy the book here, at least if you live outside of the US and Canada – for my North American readers, you’ll have to wait another 5 days until the US/Canadian release on October 10th.  After that, the next big event on the schedule is my AMA on the 17th!

Hope you enjoy the story!

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6 Responses to Inheritance of Magic releases today!

  1. Lance says:

    Congratulations and looking forward to grabbing your book. Thank you!

  2. Slavo says:

    Congratulations and thank you! Already bought the audible version and can’t wait to start listening.

  3. Celia says:

    Great review from the WSJ! 🙂 Can’t wait to hear the audiobook especially. The narrator, Will Watt, seems very talented. (I think it’s quite common to switch narrators between different series btw, so each series has a distinct voice.)

  4. Andrew says:

    Just finished listening to the audible version and loved it! 🙂 Can’t wait for the next book!

  5. Jo says:

    Omg i love the book but seriously stop with the cliff hangers …. How long exactly before book two is published

  6. Benedict says:

    Jo: Next year, but if it makes you feel better, it’s already written. 🙂

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