Only months after the publication of debut novel Anna Undreaming, Thomas Welsh has announced the title and revealed the blurb for his next book, the second instalment of the Metiks Fade trilogy.
In his first book, Welsh established a world where Anna can find no rest in the ever evolving and dangerous world of Hazes, Dreamers and Metiks. Where Anna found rest, it was never peaceful as she and her friends felt oncoming crisis. Freshly freed from nightmare land, the Sump, we can expect Anna to be more vulnerable than ever, and the blurb for the next instalment of the trilogy confirms that:
“Broken, beaten, and exiled to the Sump, Anna has battled her way back to reality, but she returns to find her friends scattered and her enemies have grown in strength and number. Though she’s learned that in the world of Dreamers, sometimes the darkness is just a different type of light, she still hasn’t found her way out. And just like in nightmares, every time she runs away, the monsters lie in wait ahead.
Anna’s only hope for survival lies with new friends and a desperate plan to walk the Moonlight Road—a ghostly passage of frozen moonlight through worlds she can never touch—straight into the arms of the most dangerous Dreamer alive.
But no one, neither friend nor enemy, is prepared for the power Anna now wields. Her flame has kindled, and when they threaten those she loves, she’ll burn them to the ground.”
As alluded to in the blurb, the continuation of Anna’s story will be called Anna and the Moonlight Road. Contrary to Welsh’s jokes, his books titles will not be following the pattern of “Anna Un-Does Things.”
So, let’s talk about what we might expect from Anna and the Moonlight Road: The Moonlight Road sounds like an eerie path to follow, perhaps with only the moon to guide travellers. The road itself seems like a place the living ought to avoid, if they’d like to keep that status intact, with trippy trees and surroundings that may just break the wills and sanities of those who explore them; not much unlike the Sump, perhaps?
What else might we expect from the next step in Anna’s journey? A romance with Teej, a girly and light-hearted best friendship with young, naïve Elise? We can maybe hope for these things but what we know we’ll get is more complex and terrifying villains, intent on rocking and shaking Anna’s world as much as they’re able.
The cover for Anna on the Moonlight Road has yet to be released, but I’m expecting it to be as dreamy and visually interesting as its predecessors. The book itself is expected to be released by Spring 2019.