Volume 8 has finally arrived. As I posted on Facebook, I'm so, so sorry for the delay. It has been a chaotic few months, but that's no excuse!
Volume 9 is about halfway done with the first draft, and I hope to have it out by the end of April (cover and all.)
I also mention re-reading some of the past books for clues and hints on what's to come, including a trip to the past. While I don't want to spoil or reveal too much... let's just say... pay attention to what Rome says about his past in current books.
The other thing I want to do, is create a page for the cast of characters in the series. One, it'll help keep characters who don't regularly appear in the series fresh in everyone's minds, and two, it might clear up come confusion on those with similar sounding names. I will sort them by books and parts. I do this because I don't want to spoil things for new readers when I give a detailed description of someone who doesn't appear until Volume 6, and they are just tackling Volume 2. The list will have spoiler warnings, categories, descriptions of the types of creatures found in the series and their abilities as I see them in this universe. It'll almost be sort of a wikia, except I'll be in control of the information. (That came off profoundly dictator-like, and I'm sorry.)