I’ve started work on Arcane book 6 now. Because this book is the closing of the Arcane arc I wanted to bring back all the old characters who won’t be making it over to the new series arc. I’ve now realised that’s not going to happen. There are new characters being introduced which means I don’t have room for them all.
Matt and Emma will not be returning in book 6. I don’t feel like they really need to come back anyway. They said their goodbyes to Eddie in book 5 and their story is closed now. Gabe won’t be coming back. I really wanted to bring him back in this book but it just doesn’t work. The character doesn’t add anything to the story, so he and all his other Edwardian vampires are not in the book. They’ve left Maidstone and moved on to better things.
DCI Richards is unlikely to appear either. I think that he’s moved on too. Now that the supernatural has been exposed he’s likely been called to London and promoted due to his knowledge of magic and all that. He might still make an appearance but so far he hasn’t cropped up. The Sheridan sisters will not be showing up either but I have a hunch nobody will miss them.
Shirley Demelza will be back. She was a popular character in Dead Warlock and a lot of people said they wanted to see her again. I loved writing her and wanted her to be in this book too. I’m hoping to bring her into the next series arc too, but I can't guarantee it, sometimes things just happen to characters…
Zeke will be joining Eddie in this book. He’s the wizard from Warlock in Hiding, which will be available next week. Advance readers have been very warm towards Zeke. Clarke will be returning. I’ve had quite a few emails from readers asking about Clarke. One person told me he was “just too darn mysterious”. You’ll be learning all about Clarke in this book.
There are plenty of new characters too. You’ve already heard that Lucifer is entering the Arcane Universe, and there will be other newbies joining him. Angels, vampires, Nephilim, sorcerers, and humans are all coming along for the ride. I’ll talk more about the new characters in a later blog.
Finally, the character I've had the most questions about since Dead Warlock. Let's talk about Ashley. Ashley will make an appearance in book 6. I think, other than Eddie, that she is the only dead character appearing in the book. However, this will be her last book. Ashley isn't making it into the next series arc, so if you're hoping for a resurrection, don't count on it. Lucifer takes his job very seriously, and letting souls return to life isn't something he's known for.
Have I missed anyone? Let me know what you think in the comments and if there are any characters you’re hoping to see in book 6.