Prayer of the Handmaiden has been a labor of love, six years in the making. I cannot say thank you enough to my amazing readers, who have continued to ask patiently for another Ithyria story. Sword of the Guardian had deliberately been left open to the possibility of a sequel, and at the time I’d finished it, I had hopes of writing an entire series in the Ithyrian world. I took a year to write my second novel, Branded Ann, first – only because I had a steamy pirate story burning in my brain. But I had always intended to follow up SotG with a story about the cheeky chambermaid Erinda and her long-lost childhood love.
But in the meantime, I underwent a series of real-life adventures myself – a new house, a new job with a long commute and even longer hours that left very little time for writing, a marriage and subsequent divorce, followed by meeting the love of my life and building a new life together with her. All of this took a toll on my creative energies (and on the time I had to use them) and Prayer of the Handmaiden took far longer to write than I ever would have imagined.
But it’s complete, finally, and I can’t wait to share it with everyone who’s been waiting to find out what happens next. This is a decidedly different story from either SotG or Branded Ann; rather than a tale of falling in love, this is the story of two people who have loved each other since childhood, and are kept apart by a sense of duty. It is something of a love triangle, with Kadrian torn between her love for the Goddess and her love for Erinda. And it is, perhaps, the most epic and adventurous tale I’ve told yet. There’s a Lord-of-the-Rings meets Indiana-Jones feel to it for me, underscored always with the angst of forbidden love. There’s magic and evil and questing and battles, and as with Branded Ann, there’s a bit of grit and darkness, too.
I really can’t wait for this to be in your hands, dear readers, and I hope that you will consider it worth the wait. <3
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to read Sword of the Guardian for this book to make sense?
Nope. This story will stand on its own even if you haven’t read the first book.That being said, there are bits that will have more dimension and meaning for readers who have read SotG, so if you want the full experience it would be a good idea to read that one first.
How much time passes between the story in Sword of the Guardian and the new book?
Prayer of the Handmaiden is set about two months after the events in the first book.
Are Talon and Shasta in this book?
Yes. But I’m not saying more than that just yet, LOL.
When will Prayer of the Handmaiden be released?
Right now it’s scheduled for 2015. The exact date hasn’t been decided yet, but I’ll be sure to update everyone once I know! In the meantime, you’re welcome to check out a sneak peek of the first chapter.
Will there be more books in the Ithyria series?
Tentatively, yes. I have three more books planned for the world of Ithyria, for a total of five (if my publisher allows, of course.) More news on the third Ithyria book will hopefully be coming soon. I’m also kicking around the idea of some short stories about the adventures of the Twelve.
Is there going to be an animated trailer for this book too?
I hope so – but it will take me quite a while to put one together so it may not be right away.