I haven't written any in the past few days. I've been itching to, but nothing's really been coming on the rewrite and I've come to the conclusion that I've hit a minor block. In the interim, however, I've had a few ideas for the second novel, which is struggling for a suitable title. I've known the POV character will be Akiro and that Hiyo had a very large part to play in it all.
I've just figured out exactly what's going on--with Hiyo, anyway. I know the opening--which will be in a "tourist attraction" imbued with blood magic. The magic consists of an autobiography written in blood that glows, imbued with power with a spell-phrase and truth. It's to foreshadow Hiyo's service to Akiro; she'll be discovered (as a Faochimaotao) and accused of spying by Akotai, Akiro's insane twin. She'll do the same spell to exonerate herself, and that is what will convince Akiro to abandon his brother. Because Akiro has been the one making all the public appearances, this will cause a bit of trouble (*glee*). However, during the course of her service, Hiyo will learn quite a lot: for instance that the Usurper's supporters are funded by the Eudissainese who intend to use the admittedly weak-willed woman to conquer Imotina subtly. However, things don't go as planned for the Eudissainese. The second novel will commence just after Hiyo is released from inei (school for those who wish to learn to be Sabi'Oji).
Hiyo is rather hardheaded. She goes her own way . . . much to the chagrin of the Zhiraikaovei. LOL