I made this big announcement at Conflux, the Australian National Convention, and I believe the news has also been sent to Locus, so I am making it public.
I have sold another trilogy, the name of which has yet to be determined.
The first book is called
THE LASCAR'S DAGGER
To be published worldwide by Orbit early next year
"Lascar" is not a made-up word. It has Persian/Bengali origins, where it means "soldier", but in English it came to mean a sailor from one of the southern or south-east Asian countries who worked on European-owned ships.*
So is the trilogy about a lascar?
No, not really, although he's part of the story. It's about the spice trade between two countries (evocative of the Netherlands and Britain of the 18th century) and the spice islands (evocative of the eastern archipelago of Indonesia during that same period).
It's about great wickedness and enormous sacrifice and amazing bravery. And love. And unique magic systems, both evil and good, of a kind you won't have read before.
It's also the story of a clash of cultures...
*And if you think there weren't all that many of them, you're dead wrong. By 1660, the number of lascar seamen employed on British ships was so great that a new law required 75% of the crew of a British ship carrying Asian goods to Europe must be British! Lascars often settled in England, and were thus the first wave of Asian immigrants to Britain.