Monday, 8 May 2017


J.V. Jones has reported on Patreon the status of her current writing projects, confirming that work is underway on Endlords, the fifth Sword of Shadows novel.

The Sword of Shadows series currently consists of A Cavern of Black Ice (1999), A Fortress of Grey Ice (2002), A Sword from Red Ice (2007) and Watcher of the Dead (2010). Work on Endlords began in 2010 but stalled after a few chapters as the author's life entered a tumultuous phase which was only recently resolved. Jones has resumed work on the novel, but cautions that after such a long break she is approaching the project slowly to get back into the same writing space as before and deliver a continuation of the same quality.

Writers are always trying to recreate what we see in our imagination, whether it's a landscape, an emotion, a person, a relationship. We're chasing that almost unattainable perfection that exists as a possibility in our heads. Some writers can manage this right-off-the-block with their very first novel or short story. They are extremely talented and lucky. It takes most of us years of practice to perfectly command all the tools we need to nail a scene.

I wrote over two million words to get there.

Now I have to see if I can do it all over again. 

Jones is also serialising another project, Sorry Jones, on her Patreon as part of a reward scheme for backers. Endlords is still under contract to Tor (in the USA) and Orbit (in the UK) and will be published by them, so Sorry Jones is a way of getting new fiction out to readers sooner and help with funding.


shiznatikus said...

It's good to know that she's resumed work on the book. I don't have a lot of patience for the modern trend of long delays with current authors, but J. V. Jones is an exception. While it doesn't sound as though it will be soon, I will be ready for it whenever it comes. Thanks for the update.

Anonymous said...

she lost me when she went offline for years, I can't be bothered anymore.

Anonymous said...

Just need a prologue to get us all in the mood again. Please.

Anonymous said...

It'll probably be a decade or more before we see it, if at all. Here is her most recent response:

I understand people want to know how ENDLORDS is going. My answer is this: I haven’t written anything in 5 years. At this point any writing is better than no writing. There is no trickery or bait and switch. Before I can write ENDLORDS, I need to be sure I can write. I also have to be sure I have the discipline and commitment necessary to bring both a book and a series to completion.

Jennifer Clementson said...

Bloody fantastic series... Can't wait to read this book!

Shaun Wilkes said...

I can't wait, because I want to see how everything works out for Raif, Ash, Effie, Raina, and Angus.