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.

17 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?

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