I have been silent and deliberately misleading about the ilClan book for a long time. But this announcement: The Big News! allows me a chance to finally say two titles out loud – Rock of the Republic and Hour of the Wolf.
There’s another prequel coming out that is not on the list. I think it simply got overlooked. Shit happens. More on that as soon as I find out what is happening with it. I’m confident it will come out at the same time as HotW (Hour of the Wolf) or before since it lays some pretty critical foundation for the events of ilClan.
So, for over a year now I have used XXXX XX XXX XXXX XXXXXX for Hour of the Wolf in my social media posts. We were worried about the title getting out because people make assumptions – usually incorrectly. Technically, to throw people off, this fake title could have been deciphered to: Hour of the Jade Falcon. So all of you codebreakers out there, you didn’t count on me being a total douchebag and deliberately using the wrong number of X’s. Bad call on your part. Welcome to the Thunderdome!
Key thing here…don’t let the title fool you. As with everything in the BattleTech universe, nothing is black and white. Personally, I think it is a fantastic book with some fairly significant twists and turns. Then again, I wrote it. We shall see when the editor comes back with final “tweaks.” I seriously doubt we will be changing the winner(s) in this coming struggle.
You don’t have to read the prequels that come out – but honestly, they all layer together to tell a massive universe-changing story. The story stands alone for new fans that want to jump into BattleTech with both feet – but for the experienced fans, I recommend devouring all of the fiction leading to the big show.
Rock’s rewrite was finished last weekend, so it is going to happen soon. This story will set the stage for Devlin Stone’s defense of Terra – with a dash of Fidelis goodness tossed in. I haven’t seen the cover for it, but I know it’s being worked on. Usually, around the time I see the cover, that’s when I know it’s going to pop. The unmentioned book will set the stage for Clans Wolf and Jade Falcon. Throw in Icons of War and some Northwind Highlander shenanigans, and what you’ve already read in Divided We Fall, and everything leads up to Hour of the Wolf!
I only wish we could have done the release in August at GenCon – as planned. Then again, fans can’t strangle me if I’m not there…so there’s that.
Buried in the announcement is the Spotlight on Snord’s Irregulars…which dovetails into another fiction piece on that iconic unit. The boys are back with a vengence!
So, finally, the title is out. People will read into the announcement summaries and see in them whatever they will. Some of you can cook up schemes and plots better than I can. All I can say at this time is we are building up to a huge fight, sweeping politics, and the deviousness of key characters that BattleTech is known for. Which Wolf am I referring to? What of the Dragoons? Is there are reason that there are Northwind Highlander books coming out too? What other new ‘Mechs are coming? Will The Republic of the Sphere be triumphant? What about the other Clans? What is Julian Davion wearing to the fall formal? How do you pronounce Alaric again? Where is Terra on the map? Where in the hell are the Wolverines? He mentioned Snord’s Irregulars, what’s the deal with that? Why does he mess with us so?
Stay tuned. “Same bat-time – same bat-channel…”