Story Launch: Rose Point, Book 2 of the Her Instruments Trilogy


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Have we been waiting long enough to find out what happens to Reese and Hirianthial after Earthrise? I think so! Four months after Book 1, then, Book 2 is out!

Reese is only just getting used to running the Earthrise in the black—and with an Eldritch in her crew—when a trip to a colony world gives rise to a whole new problem: Hirianthial is showing powers that even the Eldritch rarely have, and that only in legend. He badly needs training, support and advice, and the only place he can find them is… at home.

To see the world of the Eldritch is a once in a lifetime opportunity, a thing of fantasies and rumor. And to finally meet the Eldritch Queen, the author of so many of Reese’s windfalls! You’d have to twist her arm to get her to admit it, but Reese can’t wait to go. But a court out of fantasy and a breathtaking land aren’t enough compensation when they come packaged with a rabidly xenophobic species whose world is falling apart. The last thing they want any part of is some mortal interloper.

Is Reese ready for the Eldritch world? Better to ask: are they ready for her?

This is the book where we finally get to meet the Eldritch, not just for a brief stay, the way we did in the novella “Family,” but close-up and personal. We see the very real crisis they’re facing and meet the people in charge of orchestrating both their deliverance from it—or their possible destruction. Threads from multiple stories meet in this one, and while you don’t have to have read other series to enjoy Rose Point, fans of the Pelted setting will be rewarded!

Julie Dillon returns again for the cover of Book 2, and once again blew it out of the park; this time around we get a close-up of Hirianthial and he looks like everything Reese would reluctantly fall in love with. It pleases me that the first, Reese-focused cover is more blues and grays and spaceshippy… and the second, Hirianthial-focused cover is more pink-and-soft and romancey. I think you get a good sense of the trilogy from them: space opera! Romance! Politics! Pirates! I’m looking forward to the culminating cover…

…which brings me to the warning that when you put this book down, you will be long past ready for Book 3. You won’t be waiting long; Laisrathera is my next project, and I’m planning a spring 2014 launch. I won’t lie, though: it’s gonna take a big book to wrap up everything that starts exploding in Rose Point. Hold on to your seats, folks. It’s going to be wild. :D

So, Rose Point! As always, tell your friends, leave reviews if it pleases you. I’m deeply grateful for all your efforts on my behalf. You not only help feed my family, but now the small group of contractors I’m beginning to keep “on staff.” :)

  1. Prof. Godel Fishbreath

    I just was re-reading the second book in the instruments (presumed) trilogy.
    The Earthrise has been considered unarmed except for a laser that can not destructively reach the ground.
    It is not. Not against stationary ground targets anyway.
    1)If that laser could blind (milliwatts not megawatts needed) it could remove people from the fighting while preserving their genetics.
    2)And even more, AND PLEASE NOTE THIS, it can find and transport and drop rocks. See Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Heinlein for details. It can also accelerate rocks in its hold, flip around, and release them to space, increasing the energy of impact, allowing a short time from launch to delivery, as the rocks do not have to fall for 3 days.
    Failure to consider what the Queen’s Tams could do (and they might revolt to save their liege lords) would be as bad as the BS Galactica complaining of a fuel shortage while next to a gas giant.
    And the space unsophisticated might simply consider the first meteor to blow apart a castle just a bad omen. Well it would be, but for a very different reason.
    Aiming at a spinning world comes down to timing, and computers. With good equipment, it is easy to do. Having a way to correct the course does help. And having a target as big as a castle or the backside of a battle field could help too.
    Aiming at a world while in orbit above it allows for closer and better targeting then trying to do same from way back out in space. Trying to get the standard ‘c charged rock’ is trick for timing and such.

    It does not have to be rock. Ice at that speed can destroy. Methane Ice might have poison complications.

    And a star system that does not have an astroid based industrial system does have plenty of loose rocks, and either the Tams and/or the Earthrise could scan and find all the suitable ones. Recall that Saturn’s rings would provide same in the solar system. And any space ship that can get from the edge of the system to the orbit of the habitual zone planet faster than H.’s wormfaces could, does have the ability to collect, transport, and accelerate stuff.

  2. Prof. Godel Fishbreath

    While a giant heavy rock could wipe out dinosaurs, a smaller one could destroy only a castle. Smaller ones are easier to find, transport, etc. They are more numerous. Anbd maybe more than one could be carried at one time.

  3. Prof. Godel Fishbreath

    And BTW, both the space educated Tams and at least the engineer of the Earthrise should know this, though if not militiarily minded, might need reminding.

  4. Prof. Godel Fishbreath

    Actually, the Earthrise could be considered a trebucket — a slow to load and aim seige machine that can produce 10 ton mach 20 to 30 projectiles. Anything that can dodge and has the distance and speed would not be hit, but established fixed targets could be removed.

    Some of the problems are that:
    the genetics: each Elf killed is a lessening of the race.
    The guidence system: the rocks would do better if they were smart bombs.

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