I know I’ve been talking a lot about my next novel and nothing has materialised yet. However, it is written, it is in production and it should be available soon. I was hoping it would be available at the end of October, but certain production issues are delaying things slightly. However, rest assured that it is on the way.

The book in question is the sequel to my debut novel RealmShift and is called MageSign. It picks up three years after the events of RealmShift with Isiah on the trail of the Sorcerer, Samuel Harrigan’s mentor.

Here’s the back cover blurb:

Three years have passed since Isiah’s run in with Samuel Harrigan and the Devil. He has some time on his hands – a perfect opportunity to track down the evil Sorcerer, Harrigan’s mentor. It should have been a simple enough task, but the Sorcerer has more followers than Isiah ever imagined, and a plan bigger than anyone could have dreamed.

With the help of some powerful new friends Isiah desperately tries to track down the Sorcerer and his cult of blood before they manage to change the world forever.

In this long-awaited sequel to the highly acclaimed RealmShift, Baxter once again keeps a breathless pace and blistering intensity with gods, demons and humans entangled in magic and conflict. This is dark fantasy at its best.

That’s right, folks. Dark fantasy at its best.

Van Ikin, editor of Science Fiction magazine, has this to say about MageSign:

It’s three years later: Isiah maintains his unrelenting quest and Alan Baxter maintains the pacing and surprises that are his signature. Not to mention the ever-darkening mood of doom and menace. Don’t let fear of Yath-vados stand between you and a great read!

You see, the book really has been out with editors and proof-readers, and advance review copies have been doing the rounds. I wasn’t making it all up. And people certainly seem to like it.

Lastly, for now, here’s a review from ClubReading.com. Again, like RealmShift, comparisons with Neil Gaiman’s work are being drawn. I couldn’t dream of higher praise.

I’ll be able to show you the cover soon, along with the cover for the re-issue of RealmShift, and hopefully I’ll be able to report the book available to buy within the next few weeks. Just in time for Christmas. Keep an eye on the blog here for updates.