Thomas Locke

Why Book #3 in Legends of the Realm Series is on Hold

I realize that some of you may be expecting book #3 in the Legends of the Realm fantasy series, following up on the events in Emissary and Merchant of Alyss.

Instead, my publisher, Revell, is launching an entirely new Young Adult Sci-Fi series, Recruits.

Recruits by Thomas LockeThe team at Revell and I had a series of long discussions about the timing of book #3 in the Legends of the Realm series.

We decided that we needed to give the film project one more year. The issue, as with so many independent film projects, is funding.

Twice now it appeared that things were in place, only to fall apart. It still may happen, though. There are a number of groups who very much want to see it move ahead.

Because of that, we opted to wait on book #3. The greatest thing that could happen just now – the absolute greatest – would be for the film to go into production with a major star, and match its initial publicity with the launch of the new story.

Let me just add one thing. If that does indeed happen, this third book will not be the end to the series. I have too much else I want to say, and too many fresh ideas.

I’m really excited about the launch of Recruits, a sci-fi series for YA readers. The first book in that series, also titled Recruits, releases February 14, 2017.  I think adults will love it, too!

Stay tuned; I’ll be revealing lots of behind-the-scenes info about Recruits in upcoming blog posts.

9 Responses to “Why Book #3 in Legends of the Realm Series is on Hold”

  1. Reply Cindy A.

    While I hate to hear that the release of the third book has been put on hold, I am ecstatic to hear that it will not be the last of the series. You’re right. There’s so much more of this story that needs to be told. Guess I’ll just have to wait…impatiently.

  2. Reply Teresa

    I just discovered the legends series and was so sad when Googled the third one and found this post. I can’t wait a year!

  3. Reply Steve Eriksen

    Do you have an update on Book #3 yet for the legend series?

  4. Reply Jennifer M

    Say it isn’t so! I just finished book 2 and have to find out what happens. I am hoping this is not the foreshadowing of what has happened in the past with amazing series like this. Where it suddenly stops without at least a final book for some closure. Please, is there any update on the 3rd book?

  5. Reply michael winskie

    Anything new on the 3rd book? We’re getting impatient, my friend. 🙂

  6. Reply michael winskie

    I’ve just finished reading The Golden Vial. I have to say that this story was, by far, the best of the series. To me, it elevates the series to the point of being on par with Tolkein! I sincerely hope, though I doubt, that there will be more books in the series. You’ve left us at a high point, but with many, many unanswered questions. PLEASE don’t stop now!

  7. Reply Seth Gorham

    I am looking forward to the a next book in the series but I am waiting impatiently at that

  8. Reply Shirley Gunnels

    I enjoyed your 3 books of the the Realm and hope you continue another book as The Golden Vial left us up a creek so to speak. I truly enjoyed reading all three books this week. So much more to be written about the world and the characters.

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