BIG NEWS !! I have, this day, finished my first draft of MERLIN’S SHADOW, which is book two in The Merlin Spiral. The novel has turned out to be all that I hoped it would be, and much more. It is a worthy sequel to MERLIN’S BLADE.
MERLIN’S SHADOW is about the intertwined but separate journeys of Merlin and his young sister, Ganaida.
Merlin is trying to take Arthur north where he will be safe from the traitor Vortigern, while Ganaida falls under the influence of her grandfather, the Arch-Druid.
It is a story of faith—both losing it and gaining it. Who do you trust when everything in your world falls apart?
Follow Merlin on his journey of suffering, slavery, kidnapping, and betrayal. Follow Ganaida on her fated journey toward becoming Morgana. And weep.
My goal was to keep MERLIN’S SHADOW to as close to 100,000 words as possible. Strangely, I had an error in my calculations, and so the book actually took 118,000 … almost exactly the same size as MERLIN’S BLADE.
Anyway, this is a big day. I will now commence catching up on more important matters for awhile. I like to have at least one month away from a manuscript before I begin to edit so that I can look at it with fresh eyes.
I also have a long “to do” list for improving the manuscript, which includes rewriting a few critical chapters in the middle. Translated, this means that I won’t be letting any test readers at it until draft #2 or #3. Sorry!