Wild Speculation – SPOILERS

This page is set aside for people to post speculation on my books. I will not respond to posts here and, aside from checking for inappropriate behaviour, I don’t intend to read the comments in any detail. This page is for you guys.


  1. Keep your posts civil. I will not hesitate to delete offensive material and, potentially, block the person(s) involved.
  2. THERE WILL BE SPOILERS!!! Do not come to this page unless you are happy to have books spoiled, or have read the books already.
  3. Everyone has their own opinions. If you don’t agree with someone’s opinion and can’t articulate your concerns in a reasonable manner, don’t post.
  4. Please scan the comments before posting a new one to see whether your point is already being considered. Otherwise we just end up with pages and pages of the same thing.
  5. Remember: keep your posts civil and here will be spoilers. Yes, I know I’m repeating myself.
  6. Final reminder: Overwatch is recording everything you do, and I don’t mean the one with that talking monkey and the girl with the fake Cockney accent.

Right. Have at it.


29 responses to “Wild Speculation – SPOILERS

  1. Thank you very much, Neill, to take my idea so seriously.

    I think that this sentence is a brilliantly misleading one: “With a sigh, Krystal followed, wishing that she could shift too.” I was already suspecting that she was the royal in the club, but this sentence made me doubt it again.

    • Frankie Gouge

      Turn about to be the difference between “can’t” and “won’t”. Most of use assume “can’t”.

  2. I have been speculating for a while about the Xinti, so this page is a godsend.

    We know there were three castes. The warriors got themselves killed in the war, and the scientists at Negral eventually died out.

    What about the bureaucrats? My theory is that they made themselves organic bodies and hid. More specifically, I think they disguised themselves as humans and hid outside what is now Jenlay space. Maybe just a single village of them, hidden in an otherwise human world. Without either the warriors or the scientiststo drive them they are doomed to stagnation … unless another Xinti from the warrior caste that ruled the last they heard should show up to lead them …

    Of course, should the Negral AIs come across indications of survivors on a planet somewhere they will be conflicted. Almost certainly they will be unwilling to turn their superweapons on such a planet should it, for example, be a Pinnacle stronghold and will need to arrange for more subtle investigation.

    (I have not yet figured out how the weird emails about Annika’s kidnapping fit into this. Give me time.)

  3. Also, has anyone else noticed some weird similarities cropping up between Niall’s books and Grrl Power? For example, Maxima’s origin seems very similar to Adamantium’s, and there’s a certain basic concept in common between Krona the reality hacker and Nia, even if the actual implementation seems different.

    • Regarding Admantium and Maxima, I suspect it was just a case of it being an obvious way to get metallic skin, if not born with it. The origin similarity didn’t really occur to me while reading. Style-wise Admantium reminded me more of Colossus from the X-Men than anyone else.

      As for Krona and Nia, aren’t both Niall and Dave Barrack current or former IT professionals? If so, I’m sure they have both wished for that power at one time or another.

      Imagine the fun if Niall did a crossover like Dave did with Marion Harmon (Wearing the Cape series). Just how workplace-inappropriate could the banter get with Svetilo, Dabbler, and Chakra all present?

      • I SHUDDER to contemplate Kitsune or worse, ARTEMIS! loose in Cygnus’ world. The mayhem would be eternal.

  4. Frankie Gouge

    Is Misfits in a separate universe from your other series? Seems related to the Thaumatology series.

    • There are some parallels. I already mentioned similarities between Baltzman’s and Cragscales’ and of course there are a lot between Krystal and Ceridwyn. But the Thaumatology dragons are a “little” different from the Misfit ones.

      OTOH I’d really like to see if there are any Demons like Lily.

  5. I Still think there is a way to link the timelines of Fox and Aneka. Since the tech in Fox is headed to where Aneka woke up… just saying… This is fiction so to hell with the holes I poked in it before…… 😉

  6. OK.. so here’s a real idea?
    The core planet for the Pinnacle is actually a self-aware organic super computer and those “bushes” are actually like antenna that has been listening and collecting any form of electro pulses for several millennia. Since the settlement of the Pinnacle the planet has been sending out signals for help, but no one was able to detect the language until the AIs entered the space. Now, Aneka and Ella (plus science team) are sent to try and communicate with the planet to see what can be done to repair the damage and to research the riches of information the planet has been storing for millennia. At first the Pinnacle were blasé (not believing it’s true obviously) about the whole thing. As it becomes more evident that the planet is alive, and they are going to lose their home world, the tension builds until something tragic happens to some of the science crew and innocent civilians. It is now past the point of détente and the Pinnacle leadership must be taught a severe lesson….etc. Then the discovery within the planets memory of vast areas of space inhabited by intelligent life…etc.

    • Ah, I missed that comment. Yes, that’s a possible future development. On the other hand, the ending in “Hope” was kind of “riding into the sunset” and there are many more and bigger loose ends in the other series.

  7. One of the things I have been wondering about while reading the thaumatology series is how Ceri or Lily would age.

    Demons obviously have a childhood in the books and some have been described as eldery, but some of them are also incredibly old (case in point Moloch) and while there have not been any sign that draconic blood gives age advantages, in fact Gwyn indicated that she would die long before seeing her mate again, the dragons themselves were immortal (I presume?) and Ceri manifesting as a black fur werewolf and their slow ageing seems to me to indicate that she might have similar advantages.

    There is an potentially interesting internal conflict here that reminds me of a line in the Girl out of the Box series where the main character reflects on being practically immortal while living a high risk life by saying (and I am paraphrashing here) “I will either go out in a blaze long before my time or I will live to see everyone I care about turn to dust”.

    This would be especially poignant with Micheal since Ceri has been accused humerously of robbing the cradle, but what happens when he becommes outwardly much older then her and it becommes apparent that he will die while she might still be youngish? What if Lilys/Ceris non-human side do not give age benefits and they have to live to see the other turn old and grey?

    One does not really have to write about this happening, I can assume that there might be plenty anguish about just the prospect that Ceri might have to bury Michael when he dies of old age, and that is if they get lucky.

    • Considering that each of the books up to now covered less than a year of time I don’t see any chance to read a book in this series set into at least 2080 or so. OTOH with Ceri’s rather unlimited power and creativity she might find a way to at least give Michael the longevity of a black fur, so they can have another century together.

      • since black moon is set 16 years after the end of the main series I can presume that (if nothing horrible happens to the character) we will see older and a possibly aged cast

  8. I have the distinct impression that aging isn’t really a thing for sorcerers or their familiars, or anyone with high levels of magic. Demons lords live a long time because they use some of their immense power to that end, etc.

    Ceri’s already demonstrated the power and knowledge to completely rebuild a person’s body (her and Lily’s werewolf transformations, for example). Nobody she cares about is going to get old unless they tell her to let it happen.

  9. Time to speculate who might be the main villain behind the attacks in the misfits books.
    I was suspecting Marin even in Vol 1, but now there are more hints. What do you think?

    • Marin is so obvious that I hope it is not him. “He” has been used, so let us assume that the villain is male. If we have already met him or at least seen mention of him, there are not that many significant male characters from which to choose: Marin, Cragscales, various family members, the groundskeeper, and a couple Scarlins that I can recall. The Scarlins can probably be eliminated since they were not around before Ramona.
      Considering the remainder, Marin or Charity Darkmoon’s father seems the most likely. The author has hinted that something is off about Marin with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer, but the Darkmoons are the ones who benefited from the set up of Felicity’s mother. Of course, I could be completely mistaken and it is really the sausage-on-a-bun vendor. 🙂

      • I have to agree with both of you, Neil has been setting up a massive ‘Its Me’ in flashing lights over Marin’s head. But we now know that the main villain isn’t a who but an evil soul in an object that can posses people at a distance.
        So are we thinking Marin is a puppet or more of a high priest in the cult of Shastin Nightsky? I get the feeling its more than likely the second option.

    • Marin might be a true bad guy, or he could be a “Snape” character. We do not have enough information to tell. Personally, I hope his odd behavior is for a more interesting reason than being allied to the old Nightsky lich.

      • you may be right Ben, but thinking through Neil’s other stories he’s not one for Snape type characters, also Marin conveniently avoided the mass possession in the end of year party from misfit magic. I will be fun to see how it all works out in the coming books.

      • Rainer Prem

        Craig: Not only that; he also lured the principal (who is most likely the most able magician) away from the scene.

      • But did he do it prevent her from trying to stop it or to save her? One would assume that such a school has quite a few capable magic users on staff, some of whom were likely present. As for the dean being the best at magic, why would that be? More likely, she is better at administration, independent of her magic aptitude. Perhaps, she just didn’t run fast enough.

  10. is there a chance of getting another Gunwitch book in the near future? I really loved the book and had hoped for a quick second to follow.


    • I don’t normally reply here, but… Yes, there’ll likely be another Gunwitch book. It won’t be quick, however. I’ve no planned date for one at this time.

  11. What I think would be cool (it is an opinion and we all know what they are worth), and I think might actually help out, is if the next Aneka novel was an anthology. Figure 4 or 5 short stories as they come to mind, then edited into an ark. You’ve already got the groundwork done in the discription. I would think 4 or 5 short stories would be easier to write and allow you to have some fun with ideas you’ve had but couldn’t use because you didn’t feel you could give us the great stories we’ve all come to love. Just my unnecessary and unneeded suggestion (and maybe a small attempt to get more books out of you faster out of pure greed and impatience, LOL)

  12. Any chance of another safari book soon

  13. Sydney is probably thinking about “Kate on a. Hot tin roof”

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