So ‘Caliban’s War’, the second book in The Expanse series, went off to our publisher yesterday. It’s a massive tome of 170,000 words, and I did a full re-read and edit of it in just two days before sending it off. So this entire blog post may just be delirium caused by lack of sleep.
There’s a lot to like. I like our new characters and what we put them through. I still love Holden’s little crew on the Rocinante. I like the glimpse we get of Earth and her politics in our future solar system. And good grief do I love that ending.
Overall I think it’s at least as strong as Leviathan Wakes was, and in my opinion stronger. I’m a better writer now. Daniel understands the universe of the Expanse better than he did during the first book. We work together very smoothly even when we aren’t typing in the same room. The trust level has gone way up, on both sides.
But I’ve been warned about the sophomore slump. So I am suspicious of my own happiness at the second book. It’s gone out to our readers, so hopefully if we really blew it they’ll give us a heads up.
I did however do what my good pal Carrie Vaughn warned me to do. I got the second book done before the sales numbers on the first one started rolling in. I’m glad I did. No matter what happens to Leviathan Wakes, it won’t stop me from finishing the second book. So there’s that.