As I mentioned in the previous post, I attended a book signing by Ilona and Gordon Andrews yesterday evening. In the first part, I described what they said regarding some of their books and stories that were published prior to a week ago. This post describes Gunmetal Magic and future Ilona Andrews publications.
First, there are a few general things about upcoming books, and then more specific spoilers under the cut.
The Kinsman series (currently consists of Silent Blade and Silver Shark) seems to have been primarily written by Ilona (the woman) with less input from Gordon than the other Ilona Andrews (the author) stories. Thus, it was a bit disappointing when she said she didn’t really have any ideas regarding what to write for any future stories set in this universe. Too bad. But she did say that they had plans to write something to post for free on Christmas as a present to their readers, and that story could potentially be set in that universe. I’ll live in hope.
The next book set in the Edge series is planned to be the last of the books. They sold the rights to a TV series, which would be awesome, and is yet still extremely unlikely to actually come to fruition. Depending on reader and publisher interest, Gordon seemed to think there might be another book following a slightly more grown up Jack and George, but there are no real plans for it at the moment.
However, there are solid plans for a Jim and Dali book which should come out after the Kate Book 6 book but before Kate Book 7.
And now, for the real spoilers. If you don’t like spoilers, don’t click the link below.
Here be Spoilers.
No, really: SPOILERS.
Last chance to turn back before the SPOILERS.
One of the first things that Gordan Andrew said was that he wanted Andrea to end up with Roman in Gunmetal Magic. I haven’t read the book yet, but man, I wanted her to wind up with Roman, too. But she doesn’t. She and Raphael get together in the end.
The reason for this (plot-wise rather than character-wise) is also the reason why this entire book was written in the first place, which is that it creates the background needed so that Aunt B (the head of the Bouhda Clan) could travel to Europe with Kate and Curran in Kate Book 6.
Because, yup, Kate Book 6 takes place in Europe. Kate, Curran, Aunt B, and a handful of other characters all travel to Europe. Andrea and Raphael take over for Aunt B in her absence while Jim takes over for Curran in his absence. (My guess is that the Jim and Dali book will take place at the same time as Kate Book 6, covering the time when Jim is in charge of the whole Pack.) The plot of Kate Book 6 will involve (according to Ilona) Kate having a “discussion” with Hugh d’ Ambray and (according to Gordon) Curran having a “discussion” with Hugh d’ Ambray.
Anyway, I think it was fairly evident from Kate Book 5, that Kate Book 6 was going to have Hugh d’ Ambray as the main bad guy and then Kate Book 7 would finally have Roland as the main bad guy. If this is a surprise to you, well, go back and re-read the preceding books again. I thought it was pretty obvious.
What does surprise me, however, is that apparently Roland is going to survive Kate Book 7. According to Gordon, Roland is just too old, powerful, tricky, and vicious, for Kate and Curran and even the whole Pack to take down in one go. The best they’ll manage is to come to open conflict and set the lines for future conflicts. Given this, there could well be additional Kate books, depending on reader interest and author ideas.
Here’s some space, so if you’re writing a review, you don’t see too many spoilers by looking up.