There's been rather a flood of inquiries about Book Nine, so a brief update: Work continues daily (i.e. seven days a week) at a blistering (and occasionally back-breaking) pace. It's way, way closer to being done than it was two months ago. But, as always, it's not done until it's amazing.
(Also, it might be noted that planning and executing the climax and conclusion of the series as a whole - including bringing together dozens of storylines and hundreds of characters, and ensuring it is all absolutely earth-shattering and cataclysmic and satisfying - is a pretty big job, not to mention heavy cognitive load. But it's all got to be done perfectly - and we're close enough to the end that little of it can be put off!)
At any rate, as always, the instant it's possible to announce a launch date for the next installment, you will absolutely see it here first (and/or via email alerts if you prefer: zulualpha.co.uk/alerts). Thank you all very, very much for your patience; and thank you equally for your very flattering impatience. Be assured you won't be kept waiting one second longer than necessary. Your devotion to the series is inspiring and humbling - and every line in the series needs to live up to that.