But as soon as I finished Triptych, I wondered when Skylark would see the light of day. After all, Triptych was great -- shouldn't her agent be striking while the steampunk anvil was hot? For one reason or another, Skylark got shelved, and my opportunity to crow very loudly about Frey's writing through this blog passed away. Ostensibly, steampunk was no longer the hot, hip thing it had been in 2009.
Then Frey announced she had a deal with Reuts Publishing for a fantasy trilogy beginning with The Untold Tale, and it seemed like I'd have something to talk about over at my other blog, Doc Perschon. I can tell you already (working my way through the ARC) that The Untold Tale is up to par for Frey's writing, though it's far more whimsical than Triptych. It's more along the lines of her Dark Side of the Glass, a short piece which I highly recommend for people who loved Twilight, AND for people who hated it. Trust me.
So it's with no small amount of excitement that I am happy to pass along the good news that Skylark is finally going to see the light of day. Aviator behind enemy lines in World War II with a rocketpack? I loved The Rocketeer, how could I not want to read this book?
|Plus, how could you NOT want to read a book by a woman who owns a TARDIS dress?|
A flight mechanic with uncanny luck, seventeen year old Robin Arianhod was raised in the shadow of a decade-long war. Thrust unexpectedly into the pilot’s seat during a dogfight, Robin’s first flight proves her among the rare few girls with the strength to pilot the ornery Gliders. But the skies are stalked by the Coyote, a ruthless pilot who has earned his nickname by dishonorably picking off crippled airships and retreating soldiers.So that's the good new: The Skylark's Song will take wing. But we have to wait until 2017 for liftoff, and that's the bad news. But in the meantime, I guarantee, as someone who has followed Frey on Twitter for years, that she'll be leaking lots of teasers, like this artwork of her main cast by Archia:
When the Coyote shoots her down, Robin is forced to take shelter behind enemy lines. She’d be dead if anyone found out who she was, so the only way Robin can do her job – and stay alive – is to don a disguise, and the prototype rocket-pack she stole from the Coyote, to try to finish this war from the inside, to become… the Skylark.
The Skylark’s Saga follows The Skylark over three books as she tries to not only end the Saskwayin-Klonn war, but also put paid to the class feud between the Saskwayin Benne and her own people, the traditionally migrant Sealies. All while, of course, trying to figure out the origins of W.I.N.G.S., her wondrous rocket-pack, and to find the true King of Klonn and get his butt back on the throne… before the Coyote corners her into having to take it for herself.
her blog. Follow her tumblr. Follow her tweets. In the meantime, order Triptych and read it. In December, get The Untold Tale, and learn, while waiting for her steampunk debut, that J.M. Frey is no one-trick pony. She's the real deal. And she's about to spread her wings. You'll want to be around for that, believe you me.