Writing is not a science. Not even close. Sitting down at a keyboard for X amount of hours every day doesn’t result in X amount of pages. It helps but the math doesn’t bear it out. Writing is an art form. It takes practice. It takes heart. It takes failing, failing, and more failing until one succeeds. That failing can take time—and sometimes leads a writer into unexpected story directions that benefit the story and the writer’s world.
When I was putting together the line-up for the anthology that would become Unfettered, Peter V. Brett was one of the first writers I contacted. We had met before, which helped the decision, but I also admire his work. And more importantly, his work ethic. I knew that he would work his ass off to turn in a wonderful short story to help me escape cancer-related medical debt. And he did just that.
At first, Peat had an interesting idea. He had been working on a novel in the Demon Cycle and he had a new Point of View character that didn’t quite work for the book. He tried to make it work; it just didn’t. He removed those chapters and that character. It was the wrong place and would have overly complicated the overall story Peat was trying to tell.
That’s when he realized that the character, Briar, would get his own novella.
But Unfettered didn’t need a novella. I had limited space to work with in the anthology and Peat knew that.
Instead, he decided to contribute those first few POV chapters—the first act, as it were. And ultimately, down the road after Unfettered published, they would be a spring board for the larger novella that Peat wanted to eventually write.
The incomparable people at Subterranean Press bought that larger novella. It is titled Messenger’s Legacy, the continued story that began in Unfettered!
Here is more about Messenger’s Legacy:
Humanity has been brought to the brink of extinction. Each night, the world is overrun by demons—bloodthirsty creatures of nightmare that have been hunting the surface for over 300 years. A scant few hamlets and half-starved city-states are all that remain of a once proud civilization, and it is only by hiding behind wards, ancient symbols with the power to repel the demons, that they survive. A handful of Messengers brave the night to keep the lines of communication open between the increasingly isolated populace.
Briar Damaj is a boy of six in the small village of Bogton. Half Krasian, the village children call him Mudboy for his dark skin. When tragedy strikes, Briar decides the town is better off without him, fleeing into the bog with nothing but his wits and a bit of herb lore to protect him.
After twenty years, Ragen Messenger has agreed to retire and pass on his route to his protégé, Arlen Bales. But for all that he’s earned the rest, he has no idea what to do with the rest of his life. When he learns Briar, the son of an old friend, is missing, Ragen is willing to risk any danger to bring him safely home.
Messenger’s Legacy will be amply illustrated by Lauren K. Cannon, with different dust jackets for the trade and limited editions, nine full-page interior black-and-white illustrations, and a full-color frontispiece exclusive to the limited edition.
- Limited: 750 signed numbered copies, bound in leather, with an exclusive dust jacket and frontispiece
- Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition
As you can see, there are two different editions of the book. The Limited edition of the book is going to be a gorgeous representation and you can buy it HERE. And The Signed Page will be carrying signed copies of the Trade edition HERE!
If you are in need of a Demon Cycle fix, Messenger’s Legacy will be the next thing you can read from Peter V. Brett’s series. Buy it HERE! And early next year? The next novel, The Skull Throne, will publish!
It is going to be an awesome six months for Peter V. Brett fans!
Isn’t how stories come to be… fascinating?