(I finished) a short first draft, but I have the story down. It has nothing to do with “Nocturne, Son of the Night” except that Nocturne makes an appearance as a minor character.
The title is tentatively “The Sage’s Shield,” although I’m 99% sure that will change. It’s 45,000 words or 205 pages. I expect it to be about 60,000 or about 270-300 pages when I’m done.
I introduced several new characters. Book 3 will probably commence by the end of the year, once Book 2’s revisions are done.