Courtesy of HarperCollins, here’s a peek at Curse of the Iris, side by side in the Harper offices with its older brother Hunt for the Hydra.
I almost called Hunt for the Hydra its “big brother,” but Curse of the Iris is 100 pages longer than its predecessor. So scratch that.
As I told students when I visited schools in Litchfield, Conn., Curse is also my favorite book of all the ones I’ve written. Don’t get me wrong: I love Hunt for the Hydra and am very proud of it. But when I sat down to write Curse of the Iris I’d explored the Jupiter Pirates universe, knew the characters, and had zeroed in on what I wanted to say. That means Curse isn’t just longer, but deeper and richer.
Curse comes out Dec. 16, but I’ll have sneak previews before then right here, and more goodies in emails to the Crew, the Jupiter Pirates mailing list. Crew members get Jupiter Pirates updates and exclusive material — for example, sign up and within the hour I’ll email you Vesuvia’s dossier about the bridge crew of the Shadow Comet, featuring information about the Hashoones you can’t find anywhere else. So please sign up! And come visit!