This is one of those good news/bad news situations. To get the bad news out of the way first, my US publisher, Ace/Roc, has decided not to do a MMPB (mass-market paperback) edition of The Guns of Empire. This means the hardcover will probably be the only physical edition.
The “why” is pretty simple: with sales overwhelmingly in ebook anyway, there’s just not enough sales potential for a paperback run. It’s not a decision I have any control over, and for those of you collecting the series in MMPB all I can do is apologize.
However, here’s the good news! The price of the ebook edition has dropped to $7.99, which is where it would be for a paperback. So if you’ve been waiting to pick this up, now’s the time.
For those in the UK, I don’t believe anything has changed — both hardcover and trade paperbacks of the UK editions are still available.
And, of course, we’re still on track for the hardcover release of The Infernal Battalion in January!