About The Secret Kings
Campbell Award finalist Brian Niemeier’s highly acclaimed Soul Cycle speeds toward its climax in the thrilling sequel to Dragon Award winner Souldancer, The Secret Kings.
The god of the Void is free. Aided by a Night Gen fleet, Shaiel’s fanatical Lawbringers spread his Will throughout the Middle Stratum and beyond.
Teg Cross, whose mercenary career took him to hell and back, finds the old world replaced by a new order on the brink of total war. A fateful meeting with a friend from his past sets him on a crusade to defy Shaiel’s rule.
Meanwhile, Nakvin strives to muster a last-ditch resistance in Avalon. But can worldly kings and queens stand against divine wrath?
Thanks to my international team of publishing experts, including my lovely and talented editor L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright, my astounding cover artist Marcelo Orsi Blanco, and consummate professional formatters Jason and Marina Anderson from Polgarus Studio. This book wouldn't exist in its current wonderful form without you.
Special thanks to all of my outstanding beta readers for helping me to polish the manuscript and get the book out the door by Christmas. We made it!
On the subject of early readers, initial reviews have been unanimously positive. Just because they're beta readers, that doesn't mean they're sycophants. These guys have been some of my most rigorous and astute critics going back to Nethereal, so I'm inclined to trust their judgment.
To be completely honest with you, I wasn't expecting quite this kind of response to The Secret Kings. I knew that the book was good, but I'd expected a reception on par with Souldancer, which is still my personal favorite entry in the series. SK is actually shaping up to be the fan favorite, which is fine by me. I work to please my readers, and if you guys are finding yourselves increasingly entertained by each new book I write, it means I'm succeeding at my job.
On further reflection, it's not surprising that this book resonates so well with audiences. There's a nigh-universal hunger for good space opera, and The Secret Kings definitely fits that genre--even more so than Nethereal did. Compared to both of its predecessors, SK features more space battles, more fight scenes, and more overall action, all tightly wrapped into a little over 400 print pages.
The most common reader observation about The Secret Kings is that the previous two books in the Soul Cycle make more sense in light of the revelations it contains. That's probably because SK ties together plot threads and character arcs from Nethereal and Souldancer in satisfying ways. In terms of things making more sense, it's not that I didn't give readers all the pieces in the prior two books; it's that I've now provided categories that help frame the puzzle. As a result, the answers can be seen more clearly.
I've also provided sword fights, space werewolves, another kind of space werewolves, disintegration rays, space jellyfish, multiple flavors of teleportation, true friendship. long-awaited revenge, and even a touch of heartbreak. Because a little bitterness gives contrast and context to sweetness.
The Secret Kings, Soul Cycle Book III is available now from Amazon for Kindle. The trade paperback is currently undergoing review at Createspace and will be available any time now. I'll update you as soon as the print version goes live.
In the meantime, please enjoy The Secret Kings with my heartfelt thanks.
For those who haven't read the first two books in the Soul Cycle yet, I haven't forgotten about you. Nethereal and Dragon Award winner Souldancer are both on sale now for $3.99 each.
Get all three exciting novels today and get ready for the fourth and final Soul Cycle book, which you'll find a preview of in The Secret Kings.
UPDATE: The print version of The Secret Kings is now available as a trade paperback from Createspace.