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Another Ancient Book?

A reader says, "I'm looking forward to your 19th century book, but what I really truly want is another Numinous World book set in the ancient world! Any hope of one?"

Yes! I've been working on one that's currently on the back burner as I work on the Wars of Revolution books, but I'm planning to get back to it. It's called Lioness, and it's set between Black Ships and Stealing Fire. It's the story of Princess Artazostre, the oldest daughter of Darius the Great of Persia (and incidentally Artashir's great grandmother in Stealing Fire). In many ways this is the funeral games of the story of Cyrus the Great, and it's the story of how these lands have recovered since the dark age told in Black Ships, and the story of big ideas rising that completely shape not only the classical world, but our thinking since then.

I've also been playing with an idea for a book in Egypt in the reign of Horemheb, the sunset days of Amarna, the original Dead City, but that idea's not quite ready to write yet.

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delos13
Sep. 28th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
this is great! looking forward to "Lioness". There are sadly very little books about that period and even less about that region (geographically) and told from "Persian" POV.
jo_graham
Sep. 29th, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
It's an interesting exploration of a different archetype as well. Gull was the Priestess and Charmian the Courtier, while Lydias was the Soldier. Artazostre is the Queen, wife and mother enthroned, a different kind of power.
_illumina_
Sep. 28th, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
Another one I can't wait for. And wow, Amarna period? Love it - that was the section of the Egyptian Museum I saved for last!
jo_graham
Sep. 29th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
I'm still trying to figure out what to do with the Amarna era one. I think that's another male narrator, but that period has been done so beautifully and memorably by Mika Waltari, whose book I read as a teenager, that I'm not sure how to proceed.
elizkcampbell
Sep. 29th, 2011 03:30 am (UTC)

YESSSsssss! *happy dance!* I read Babylon by I Finkel and J Seymour, published by Oxford. It really lit a fire under my butt to learn more about Babylon.

jo_graham
Sep. 29th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
This will be Persia mainly -- and we will return to Ectbatana from Stealing Fire, but I think mainly this will be Pasargadae and several other Persian cities.... I think!
endaewen
Sep. 29th, 2011 07:16 am (UTC)
This sounds like a book I'd love to read. Of course, I love all of your books that I've read to date (multiple times for all of the Numinous world novels).
jo_graham
Sep. 29th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you've enjoyed them. And I hope Lioness will sell!
gilraen2
Sep. 29th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
yes, please. pretty, pretty please?
jo_graham
Sep. 30th, 2011 01:53 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping it will sell! I have my fingers crossed.
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