After delays of every conceivable kind—I’m surprised the manuscript wasn’t at one point captured by pirates and held for ransom—I’m very, very happy to announce that WHAT LIES BEYOND: The Cycle of Galand #6 is now live.

You can get the ebook on Amazon.

What Lies BeyondThe paperback should be ready in another day or two. One of the nice things about it taking so long to publish this is that my publishers will be able to get the audiobook out more quickly than normal. In fact, Tim’s going to start recording it next month. I don’t know yet exactly when it’ll be out, but I think there’s an outside shot it’ll be live before year’s end, though early next year is more likely.

We’re nearing the end of the series, but there’ll be at least one more book left after this one, and quite possibly two. I’ll have at least one of ’em out next year.

Next on the docket: the sequel to THE SEALED CITADEL, the first Cally book, which I’m planning to have out in December. What do you mean you haven’t read the first book yet?? Fix that right now! Don’t you know the audiobook will be out on November 5? And that Tim Gerard Reynolds is narrating? As young Cally? What could be better? That’s not rhetorical, I really can’t think of anything better than that.

Except, perhaps, wrapping this up and going off to play Stardew Valley, because it was supposed to be my day off. Those digital strawberries won’t pick themselves!

In the meantime, hope you guys enjoy this one. And that it’s long enough to keep you occupied for at least a few days.

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25 Responses to New Release: WHAT LIES BEYOND, The Cycle of Galand #6

  • Eirik Solvang says:

    Can’t wait to read it and then listen to it with Tims amazing readings.

    I also realized, seeing as how Gladdic turned out as a character, and generally is, I wouldn’t mind a short book with his backstory. Not only is he one of the most interesting character, he is also one of the strongest (if not THE strongest) person alive with the Ether and he must have had a special story to get to where he was when we first saw him and how extreme he was.
    Do you have any small idea floating in the back of your head for a Gladdic book?

  • Robert Anderson says:

    Like Eirik said, I’d love to hear more about Gladdic and the ethermancers in general. The snippets of their holy book in Galand got my mind wondering about the priesthood in general.

  • frank says:

    Thanks ed the story is amazing my girlfriend and I love it .

  • Pango Gillespi says:

    Hi Edward, can I please have your address so I can send a van full of goons to abduct you and carry you off to a dungeon where you’ll be forced to do nothing but write books for the rest of your life? Thx in advance.

  • KVG says:

    Any update on the audiobook eta?

  • DB says:

    Any idea on the Audible release date? I wish I had more time to read but I love Audible and Tim has to be my favorite narrator! I can’t wait to hear your book

  • KVG says:

    Still nothing on Audible, not even a release date :(

    Have you heard anything?

  • Arlen Addison says:

    I just re-listened to the Cycle of Arwan & Cycle of Galand in preparation for ‘What Lies Beyond’.

    There’s so much to love! The nether is my favorite system of magic, sure it’s dark and fueled by death but it’s not inherently evil. (Just as the Ether isn’t inherently good). The banter & wit between Dante and Blays is absolutely classic!

    But what related to most strongly on my 2nd listen was the philosophy, moral codes, ethics, & religion. Were you a philosophy major Mr. Robertson? 😀 How Blays & Dante’s world views form and evolve over time is just so thought provoking and intellectually rich. Mr. Robertson can you talk about what inspired the philosophy that went into the two series?

    • Ed Robertson says:

      I was a fiction major (lol), not a philosophy major. But the question that has always interested me is, if you follow an ideology–whatever ideology that is–what happens when your beliefs are put to a breaking point? Do you stick with that ideology, no matter what? Or do you bend or break your beliefs, even if it means straying from, or even abandoning, your basic principles? Is that break temporary, based on exceptional circumstances? Or does it modify your core beliefs, if only partly?

      It’s not a question that has an obvious answer. Exploring that question means pushing Dante and Blays (or the cast in the Breakers series, for the matter) to have to answer it for themselves. Both Dante and Blays will react in different ways to that pressure, and pressure each other to react in ways they wouldn’t have if they’d been by themselves.

      Part of the fun of writing a novel, to me, is to challenge my characters (and probably myself) with situations their personal philosophies can’t survive intact. Each challenge makes them evolve in some way. I don’t have a specific goal in mind for where they’re going to go, I just make them deal with things they don’t want to, and see how they have to adapt.

  • Maolin says:

    I was so tickled to see our favorite author and reader in New Releases a few days ago to lead us back to the Sealed Citadel for another adventure – and with a young and naive Cally this time!! How awesome is that?! You can imagine my grave disappointment when realizing how obvious the splices were – it’s clear they were recorded in different sessions, with different equipment and probably studios, too, I suspect. I’m afraid that the quality of this recording is impossible to get through – the splices are so frequent, sometimes every couple of sentences in a single paragraph. It is impossibly distracting and, because the volume of the different “takes” are several notches apart, it can be extremely jarring! I am afraid to say that I couldn’t make it past the very first Norren encounter – it is that bad! Which is a tragedy because we’ve long known the talent – both the writing and performance – is outstanding. I really want to get to know Cally and hear about the Scour! You can believe that I’m buying the book now, but it isn’t the same without Mr. Reynolds bringing the story to life! The narrator voice in my head can’t do a proper Scottish lilt for CaIly’s dialog!

    Is there any chance we might persuade TGR & Audible to give it another go – if not to re-record it from scratch, to remaster the audio and smooth out those splices? Please?! (and since I’m already here, I just want to tell you The Cycle of Arawn was my very first purchase on Audible – and I’ve listened to both series at least a half dozen times since. Long commute. And a huge fan of the talent 😁). Thanks for giving us a whole new Cycle – and another installment of TCOG! I hope Dante finally finds love…

    • Tito says:

      Hi Maolin,
      I know exactly what you are talking about. When I first gave it a listen it was pretty bad. (I’m assuming) Audible had uploaded a bad copy of it or they are still doing some post production work. I gave it 2 weeks, deleted the book and redownloaded it. That seems to have fixed the issue for me. 2nd time around the quality was pretty good (still not perfect).
      So, I would recommend you try the “delete and redownload” process and see if that helps.

    • Terrilynn Ellis says:

      Reading the book version was very satisfying though. I’m not a big fan of audible cause there are is something unique about reading in my minds voice creating the characters and images the way they are written and my mind conjures up a familiar yet unique perspective that lends itself to story telling that always catches my friends on the seats of their pants!

  • Terrilynn Ellis says:

    I just finished What Lies Beyond. I am dying to continue the story. Do you know when or if you’re writing more of The Cycle of Galand? I did get The Sealed Citadel, but not sure I wanted to start a different series while I’m so glued to this one.

    • Ed Robertson says:

      Oh yeah, I’m about 100 pages into the next one right now. It should be out on ebook late this year and audio a few months after that.

      • Terrilynn Ellis says:

        Very happy to hear that. I was pleased to read The Sealed Citadel! Nice start to this series. tho I still can’t wait to get back to Dante and Blayse!

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