The lovely dancer above is Ben Baldwin’s illustration of Lady Snow, from the endpapers for the PS Publishing edition of To Break the Demon Gate. You haven’t met Lady Snow yet, but if you’re a reader of the series you’ll see a few familiar faces. In fact, some of it will be very familiar, since Part 1 of the novel is a revised version of “Moon Viewing at Shijo Bridge.”
I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating as the book is practically published even as I speak–I didn’t know that “Moon Viewing at Shijo Bridge” was the opening to a novel when I wrote it, at least partly because it is a self-contained story arc all to itself. It wasn’t the whole story, and I did know that at the time, but I assumed it was because later stories in the series would expand and resolve it the unresolved issues. I was wrong about that. The stories do not, for the most part, directly address the events from “Moon Viewing,” nor do they ignore it, and some of the closure, as long-time readers know, comes from “The Ghost of Shinoda Forest.” However, that still leaves one heck of a lot of story. Continue reading →
Okay, those of you who follow me on Facebook will have seen this already, but that was a shared post from the publisher and wouldn’t display properly here. Now I have my own copy and can show the probably final cover for the US edition of Yamada Monogatari: To Break the Demon Gate. That’s actually the link for pre-orders, and if you follow it you’ll see the original (and temporary) cover, which the publisher hasn’t yet updated on Azon but no doubt will real soon now. I don’t have any updates on the UK edition still (I hope) slated for this month, but the US edition is firm for December as the official date, meaning it’ll probably be ready sometime in November. Regardless, this is the second Lord Yamada book but the first Lord Yamada Novel. I hope to have an announcement on the status of the second Yamada novel before too much longer.
Here’s the blurb for To Break the Demon Gate:
“Yamada no Goji is a minor nobleman of ancient Japan who has lost everything-except a single purpose: keep a promise to the woman he loved. In order to fulfill his vow, all he has to do is fight a horde of demons and monsters, bargain with a few ghosts, outwit the sinister schemers of the emperor’s court, find a way to defeat an assassin who cannot be seen, heard, or touched-and change the course of history. Fortunately, Yamada specializes in achieving the seemingly impossible, so he is sure in some way to succeed . . . if he doesn’t drink himself into oblivion first.”