Chrestomather | November 20, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments (58)


I am pleased to announced the title of the third book of the Ibis Trilogy. It  is:

Flood of Fire.

The estimated date of publication is the Spring of 2015. More details will appear anon in the catalogues of my publishers: Penguin India, John Murray (UK) and Farrar, Straus and Giroux (USA).


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  1. Comment by Pankaj — November 20, 2013 at 10:10 am   Reply

    Dear Amitav Spring 2015 sounds too far… By logic of time it should have been 2014. Sea of Poppies came in spring 2008, River of Smoke in 2011 so by that logic we were expecting it to be in 2014… But i assume you are tieing up all ends are trying to do an almost impossible job of bringing the story to its culmination… So its going to remain only a trilogy and not a quartet, as you had been droping hints in some of the interviews. Anyway looking forward to read …

    • Comment by Chrestomather — November 25, 2013 at 5:01 am   Reply

      Thanks – I too wish it were coming out earlier, but some things just do take time.

  2. Comment by Bindhu UnnyNovember 22, 2013 at 12:35 pm   Reply

    Just finished River of Smoke. Eagerly waiting for Flood of Fire :)

  3. Comment by Mike Paine — December 4, 2013 at 8:08 pm   Reply

    Very glad to hear that I will be the reading the third book soon, I’m sure it will be worth the wait.

  4. Comment by AleemDecember 11, 2013 at 5:32 am   Reply

    I love the Ibis trilogy (and GP) – and since reading RoS and SoP have recommended them to many others… Today I decided to do a little bit of hunting for news of the 3rd — You say spring 2015, but hodder and amazon are saying Sept. 11th 2014 – Who is right? Are you saying one thing to them and then managing our expectations here on the blog because you think you might have to put it back again? Please Ghosh this trilogy is more addictive than the strongest opiate and I have a monkey on my back bigger than Ah Fatt’s… Thinking there is less than a year till my next fix, and then realising it could be more like 18 months is hard to take!

    • Comment by Chrestomather — January 15, 2014 at 3:25 pm   Reply

      I am afraid the actual date is Spring 2015. I don’t know why Amazon has posted that other date.
      But it’s nice to know that you’re looking forward to it.

  5. Comment by James — December 14, 2013 at 3:58 am   Reply

    Great news Amitav. Looking forward to it very much!

  6. Comment by Gauraang — January 3, 2014 at 7:03 am   Reply

    Eagerly looking forward to the book. Worth the wait.

  7. Comment by rabiya — January 4, 2014 at 7:42 am   Reply

    i loved the first two books and can’t wait to read the third one. i have been waiting for it for 2 years so i guess i can wait one more year

  8. Comment by Adnan Yousuf — January 5, 2014 at 9:37 am   Reply

    Finally! Can’t wait…I had guessed the 2015 Spring release date.Just hoping that that I don’t die before reading it.We love you Amitav.

  9. Comment by Yasmin Khan — January 10, 2014 at 8:58 am   Reply

    Can’t wait for Flood of Fire. 2015 seems too far but worth the wait!?

  10. Comment by Donna Rose — January 11, 2014 at 1:02 am   Reply

    Thank you for posting the update. I am anxiously awaiting the third book in your saga. The first two books were fabulous. I’m sure the final one will prove to be well worth waiting for.
    Thank you, thank you for sharing your writing and wonderful story telling talents with the world. It is truly a gift.
    A very appreciative fan,

  11. Comment by Sanjit MishraJanuary 11, 2014 at 5:20 am   Reply

    Dear Amitav,
    It’s a great news that your third book of the trilogy is coming up. But I was expecting some other title, like the one with alliteration of ‘s’ sound , or some thing related to water. But still, I do believe that a writer like you must be having something more reasonable arguments for a title. Congarts once again ! All the best !!

  12. Comment by Sue — January 22, 2014 at 9:07 am   Reply

    oh – no – not that long :( Totally addicted to these books. Love your use of language – I am revelling in it… best books I have read for a very long time. Love the humour of each person’s voice … what a fantastic grip of the spoken word – in whatever language you are using. Sublime!

  13. Comment by Kamen Nikolov — January 25, 2014 at 2:02 pm   Reply

    Dear Amitav,

    I just found this post of yours and I am thrilled to see that a date for Flood of Fire is set (regardless of the fact that it’s going to be more than a year from now). Great news!

    Btw, after reading The Glass Palace and Sea of Poppies, I was so heavily impressed with your work, that I went ahead and ordered from Amazon every single work of yours! Congratulations on motivating me to do that :-)

    I am eagerly expecting the end of your epic story!

    Warmest regards from Bulgaria,

    • Comment by Chrestomather — January 25, 2014 at 10:52 pm   Reply

      Thank you very much – it’s really nice to know that you’re looking forward to ‘Flood of Fire’!

  14. Comment by gwen — January 30, 2014 at 4:17 am   Reply

    Dear Mr Ghosh, I can hardly wait. Sea of Poppies was the best book I had read in 5 years, and it got me hooked (opium tends to do that, right?), so I gobbled up River of Smoke. But then I felt, I was suffering from serious withdrawal symptoms. So, here I am trembling, craving for that third part!!! Thank you for giving me hope.
    Regards from Germany

  15. Comment by MariaFebruary 11, 2014 at 9:56 am   Reply

    Dear Amitav

    I am eagerly waiting to know the fate of Jodu, Kalua and the others.
    Wishing u godspeed in your writing journey


  16. Comment by rosemary heller — February 11, 2014 at 10:11 pm   Reply

    Dear Mr.Ghosh,
    I am so happy to read that the 3rd book in your trilogy will be available in the Spring of 2015. My husband and throughly enjoyed the first two books and we are eagerly looking forward to the continuation of your marvelous saga. He just finished The Glass Palace and I loved that book so much, that I will be rereading it!
    Thank you so much for sharing your gift with us !

  17. Comment by Devabrat — February 24, 2014 at 2:27 pm   Reply

    Dear Amitav, I find your books narrating history in the most incredible manner. The IBIS Trilogy (currently counting) has given me a deep insight of the Opium War, the formation of Canton, HongKong, Mauritius, Macau and the identured labour trail across rivers and seas. I have felt the same historical motif in all of your other books , especially, ‘In an Antique Land’, ‘ The Glass Palace’ and ‘The Hungry Tide’. Any peek into the next plot you are about to pen, apart from the IBIS Trilogy?

  18. Comment by Pushan — February 27, 2014 at 1:46 am   Reply

    Great news! Looking forward to reading it in 2015. Hopefully you’ll visit Bangalore, and I can get this one autographed by you, just like my River of Smoke copy.

    Pushan Banerjee

  19. Comment by Critihas — March 4, 2014 at 11:46 pm   Reply

    Any chance we might get to hear more about Kabutri…? it’s remarkable how even the minor characters you create tend to live on in readers’ imaginations. I can’t imagine the amount of work that you must put into bringing to us amazing facets of history, slices of humanity, and of course, the characters. I am sure Flood will be worth the wait.

  20. Comment by Joy Bishop — March 16, 2014 at 10:17 pm   Reply

    Hi, Brilliant news. I too an keen to read the third and final in this great series.

  21. Comment by Manoj — March 20, 2014 at 8:23 am   Reply

    Dear Amitav,
    Despite all my self-control to avoid this site and not to to look for the release date of vol-3, I couldn’t keep my monkey mind stable. And I admit, I have been eagerly waiting to hear any news about this 3rd installment ever since I completed the SoP. I took so long to even buy and read RoS just to avoid longing too much for the 3rd phase. But eventually, you won. I am yearning more than I imagined. An year from now seems too long, but I can chew on SoP and RoS again and again make it till the ‘Flood of Fire’. Trust me, I have all other books of yours in my cart but I am not buying any of them until I finish Ibis Trilogy. I don’t wanna mix up flavors. ;) So please, make me wait no longer that you’ve already promised.

    • Comment by Chrestomather — March 26, 2014 at 11:47 pm   Reply

      It’s nice to know that you’re waiting for ‘Flood of Fire’. Believe me no one is more impatient than I am…

  22. Comment by Stella grethe — March 20, 2014 at 2:58 pm   Reply

    I am halfway through River of Smoke, I have so enjoyed your books and now look forward to part 3. Your books are like a rich meal, I read a couple of chapters, then I have to sit back, replete and just think. Thank you so much for the pleasure you give. Stella xx

  23. Comment by Sarah — April 4, 2014 at 3:15 pm   Reply

    That is wonderful news! I eagerly await the conclusion. Do take the time you need to make it a good story (whilst still living your life). No need to sacrifice either for clamoring fans!

  24. Comment by Alexis — April 10, 2014 at 5:55 pm   Reply

    I can’t wait!

  25. Comment by Subhashis — April 11, 2014 at 4:05 am   Reply

    Dear Amitava da

    2015 is waaaay tooo faaar. Anyway, eagerly waiting.

  26. Comment by Gaeel — April 19, 2014 at 12:46 am   Reply

    I can wait for your newest book because I know the story will be well crafted. Good luck finishing your work. 2015 , hurry up!!

  27. Comment by Ramananda — April 24, 2014 at 7:31 am   Reply

    Oh that’s a shame. My local book shop eagerly told me this spring! The ships sailing west have significant meaning for my Bengali/Guyanese family. I’m here in the midway point in the UK but my early 20s were spent in WB feeling the soil and water for my self. Thanks for the writing, it takes me there.

  28. Comment by Pat MacDonald — April 30, 2014 at 11:01 am   Reply

    Trough reading SOP and ROS and living in the north of Scotland I have taken an intrest in Mr Matheson ( of Jardine & Matheson) and visited his properties he built with his opium fortune ie Lews castle in Stornaway

  29. Comment by Sarbari Sarkar — May 3, 2014 at 1:41 am   Reply

    Hello! Our (mine and my husband Soumya’s) tryst with Amitava Ghosh started way back in 1990 s when we are engineering students. Ever since, we have read almost all your compositons and mesmerized them. Every book is a storehouse of research and fiction blended in an amazing way. My favourite till date has been the Hungry Tide, may be because I am from Bengal, and as I was reading the book I could visualise the story as if I was watching a film…. Glass Palace, Sea of Poppies and River of smoke are like modern Epics, each of them magnum opuses which have kept us enthralled and kept us wanting more!!! Even my mother, who was hardly a reader of English story books, was initiated to contemporary English fiction because of Hungry tides and you. She has read all your works and now reads others as well. All of us (oh I forgot to mention my Chhordi, an English teacher in a Govt School in Kolkata) are eagerly waiting for the Flood of Fire….

  30. Comment by Beccy Miskin — May 4, 2014 at 4:08 pm   Reply

    Dear Amitav.
    I have only recently discovered your writing when I picked up a copy of The Hungry Tide in a charity shop. I live in the UK and haad never heard of you before. I adore your style of writing so I immediately went out and bought Sea of Poppies and River of Smoke, the later of which I am half w55ay through reading. I cannot wait for your next book to come out and as soon as it is published over here I will be buying it!
    Thank you so much for bringing so much pleasure to my life.
    A very disabled wife and mother.

  31. Comment by Dibyo Basu — May 23, 2014 at 4:22 pm   Reply

    The trilogy has been brilliant so far. The character of Bahram Modi was really intriguing. Eagerly awaiting the next book. I also admire the depth of research that goes into your writing. Please let us know if there are any scheduled readings in New York City.

  32. Comment by Sarah — May 27, 2014 at 3:40 pm   Reply

    SO pleased the final part will be out next year. Like Willa Cather, you somehow order your words to make the colour of the soil, the light in the sky, the characters’ clothing, the taste of food and the scents in the air so real – it’s quite a gift. I enjoy reading about the country and culture of one of my ancestors and will relish re-reading the first two books in preparation for the third. Thank you.

  33. Comment by rajnishmishravnsMay 28, 2014 at 5:28 am   Reply

    Dear Mr. Ghosh

    It’s my claim as a reader over the author whose work I admire, and as a researcher who produces papers on it, that gives me the confidence to hope for a couple of things in the last book of the trilogy:
    First of all, it ought to rise to the level of its predecessors. Difficult, to achieve, as history has proven it in case of many a series.
    Then, it must answer the questions of the fictional universe that exists in the two first books that still remain unanswered.
    Finally, it must deal with the issue of death of our beloved characters in a manner that balances its tragic elements and the comic ones.
    Hope our patience will bear sweet fruits!

  34. Comment by FarisJune 3, 2014 at 2:45 am   Reply

    The first two books were awesome and mass read. I am looking ahead for the third one. Meanwhile, I should say, you made me fall in love with sea and sea vessels! The best Indian English writer of all time, t least for me ..
    Pen ahead sir, eagerly waiting ……

    Faris Arakkal

  35. Comment by Subhodeep — June 17, 2014 at 1:12 am   Reply

    Dear Amitav,

    Waiting breathlessly for Flood of Fire. I have immensely enjoyed the first two books and recommended to many. Look forward to your future projects as well, hoping that it would open an imaginative window to a less understood and forgotten part of history. Would look forward to meeting you should there be any book launch or event you happen to attend in Kolkata or Bangalore.

    Best Wishes,

    Subhodeep Bhattacharya

  36. Comment by Fatima — June 18, 2014 at 12:14 pm   Reply

    Am thrilled to know about the third in the series FoF – but the wait is much too long! Nonetheless if the first two and GP are anything to go by! we are cat inlet going to be in for a treat. Amitav, your books are incredible from all angles, history, economics, sociology etc.

    So looking forward to FoF.


  37. Comment by Pamela Mortimer — June 19, 2014 at 11:56 am   Reply

    Like so many of your readers I have been eagerly awaiting book 3 of the trilogy ever since book 2 was published. I am so pleased to finally get a definative date to be put out of my misery. Please don’t reply to this message, just keep writing.
    Pam Mortimer

  38. Comment by Mohan Borwankar — June 22, 2014 at 10:36 am   Reply

    Dear Amitav,

    Needless to say that I am big fan of you and eagerly waiting the 3rd book. Just happened to recall a quote -

    “Good cooking takes time. If you are made to wait, it is to serve you better, and to please you. Menu of Restaurant Antoine, New Orleans. ”

    Looking forward to Spring 2015 and I am certain that the long wait is worth every second.

    Mohan Borwankar.

  39. Comment by Rahul Narayan — July 3, 2014 at 5:18 am   Reply

    I am not saying anything which has not been said by others on this post, but eagerly, eagerly waiting for the 3rd installment. Its raining in Mumbai and every year during the rains I read the The Hungry Tide and I am doing that again this week. I will re-read River of Smoke and Sea of Poppies before starting Flood of Fire. Thank you Mr. Ghosh for bringing so much joy in my life with your words. You are truly gifted

  40. Comment by aravindhan — July 11, 2014 at 8:29 am   Reply

    all the best ….waiting for flood of fire

  41. Comment by Shounak Das — July 20, 2014 at 4:54 am   Reply

    looking forward to the book sir….first too were too good….subeccha janiye raklam :)

  42. Comment by Gabriel — July 21, 2014 at 2:23 am   Reply

    I had a dream about reading the sequel to “River of Smoke” the other night and it was a great pleasure. Although my mind seems to be madly excited at the prospect of reading the actual Flood of Fire, I will faithfully wait for the third instalment to be published. Meanwhile I know the book is in good hands :)

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