Mistress of Chaos is up to ~72,500 words, and steadily climbing! I’ve been mentally revamping a few aspects of the plot as I go, as some parts of the story are evolving to fit together a bit more sanely into the framework I have in mind. It somewhat helps that I have various story ideas for her that I can slot in or out of different books to get the tone that I like for this series. The relatively ‘episodic’ nature of each book helps for that.
On the other end of things, Embers of War has definitely slowed down and is up to ~85,000 words. I expected this, as I’m focusing on getting Mistress of Chaos done, then going to work on the next Talyn book. I don’t know what I’m going to name it yet… maybe Talyn: Dungeon? I think that’s a good name for it. We shall see!
I’m hoping to finish Mistress of Chaos in early July, and to get it edited by the end of July, but if it goes as long as Adept of Chaos, we’re likely adding a month to that timeline. Maybe more, but hopefully not. My focus is the main line of books, even if I’m enjoying Embers of War. Besides, it’s definitely very slow burn. The character doesn’t even have their vardo yet, which I expected them to get in the first 40,000 words. Go figure.
In any case, now that all of that is done, here’s some art! These are character reference sheets illustrated by Wooserr, the artist who did the RPG Night artwork a while back! I’ve got some more in-progress with him as well.