I just finished chapter 50 and am heading into the climax sequence. I have only 9 chapters left, and they should go fast. Right now I’m at 170,000 words. I’m going to finish a little over my target word length, but I don’t think it’s anything I can’t edit back down.
In this book, Talen has to deal with the fact that he was fashioned to be a tool. Sugar gets some kick-butt skills. There’s a little romance. We also get to meet the woodikin, only mentioned in book one, and their wasp lords, as well as a new character named Harnock, who is a sleth blended by Lumen for battle. There are other bit characters: a woman who reminds me of the Wife of Bath and a some sleth from the Old World. The Bone Faces come back in force. And you get to find out what happens to Nettle. Lots of great stuff. I really think those who liked Servant of a Dark God are going to enjoy this.
Oh, yeah. And the Dogmen of Toth, some nasty pieces of work.