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Greetings, and happy Labor Day to American readers.

There is as yet no news from Tor, so at this point we can be fairly certain that Book Two will not be coming out this year, since it takes several months for a book to work its way through the production process, and I have not yet been asked for revisions.

The only bright spot in all of this is that Book Three should follow fairly closely on its heels, since it is half written.

Sorry not to have better news.
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Have random questions? Post them here.
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Do the western foothills of the Mystrals have a specific name in Kellen's time, or are they just "the foothills"? For those who have read CROWN OF VENGEANCE, I'm specifically interested in the terrain around the Vondaimieriel side of the Dragon's Gate Pass.
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Hail Gentiles All:

It is my honor and my pleasure to announce to you that Dragon Prophecy Book II: Blade of Empire has been delivered to Tor Books. At the moment it is 161,000 words long. We'll see how many of those words make it into the finished book.

In other news, I'm 20,000 words into Scourge of Fate (aka Dragon Prophecy III) so you shouldn't have quite as long a wait for the next one.
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Is it Mosirinde's Covenant or Arilcarion's Art of War that forbids Lightborn from taking the field as combatants in the wars of the Hundred Houses?

Update

Jan. 16th, 2016 12:22 pm
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No, there isn't a release date yet. A commentator suggested "two for 2017", and while I hope that the middle book will appear this year, I can certainly promise I will finish writing the trilogy this year.

After the publication of Blade of Empire and Scourge of Fate, however, the future of the World of Obsidian is up in the air, as Tor may not wish to buy any more books in the series. The (hypothetical) trilogy that would follow this one is plotted out and ready to write, and as it deals with the Seven who held Vel-al-Amion, it is a book close to my heart, and I may, absent Tor, have to turn to self-publishing to see it done. The advantage to that is that the story won't be "cut to fit"--Tor demanded I remove more than 2/3 of the manuscript of Crown of Vengeance (1000 pages), and I think the book is poorer for that excision.

And now, if you'll excuse me, I need to sack the Domains of the Western Shore...
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Part 4 (O-Z). (Missed part of "O")

And now the Lexicon is done.


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Part 4 (L-O). (Halfway through the alphabet!)


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Here is Part 3 (H-K). (NOTE: the "th" sound is generally a soft th--as in "thimble"--and not a hard th as in "them".)

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An open thread where people can ask questions and make comments. Now appearing quarterly for your record-keeping pleasure. It will run until I start a new one.
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Here is Part 2 (D-G). Someday I will go back over the text of all books written to date and put together an Elven dictionary.

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My Dear Friends,

I apologize deeply for my long absence, and am honored that so many of you have expressed concern for my personal well-being. I promise you that I am deeply engaged in the current work, and am confident I shall be able to announce that it has been dispatched to Tor by the end of the summer.

I had meant to be able to present you, in hopes of making amends, with something many of you have asked about: a pronunciation guide to the names in Crown of Vengeance. While the object itself is complete, its length and formatting difficulties render it impossible to post in full just now.

Here, then, are the ABCs:
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At the beginning of this month, House of the Four Winds was published. You can read an excerpt from it here. (Unfortunately, the giveaway is over by now...)
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There were a number of stories I was forced to cut (for length) from Crown of Vengeance, but I think the one I regretted most was this one. Throughout the story we see Elven society from the POV of nobles and Lightborn--but very rarely from the people to whom Vieliessar's Kingship will make the most difference: the Commons...

Here Is The Song of the High King )

Briefly

Jul. 29th, 2014 05:18 pm
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I have a number of questions and posts to respond to, and I ask your indulgence for a few more days. A time-critical project is running late and must take priority. I apologize sincerely for the delay.
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The original manuscript of CROWN OF VENGEANCE ran over 1600 pages. Tor demanded a considerable number of cuts, so less than half the original manuscript was included in the published edition. Most of the excisions were in the nature of single paragraphs and even single sentences, but in some cases, entire chapters were removed.

Here's one of those outtakes. Annobeunna of Keindostibaent had good reason to declare for the High King, when the High king came....
CONTAINS SPOILERS )
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An open thread where people can ask questions and make comments. Now appearing quarterly for your record-keeping pleasure.
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An open thread where people can ask questions and make comments. Now, successfully posted two months in a row!
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The original manuscript of CROWN OF VENGEANCE that I turned in to Tor ran over 1600 pages. Tor demanded a considerable number of cuts, so less than half the original manuscript was included in the published edition. Most of the excisions were in the nature of single paragraphs and even single sentences, but in some cases, entire chapters were removed.

Here's one of those outtakes. Vieliessar's journey to the Western Shore to seek alliance doesn't go quite as she expects.
OUTTAKES )
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An open thread where people can ask questions and make comments. I hope to become organized enough to start one of these on the first of each month, just to keep things orderly around here. Barrista, another round for everyone...

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Forthcoming Books

The next book in the "Dragon Prophecy" series is: Blade of Empire. Its publication date has not yet been set.

The first book in the "One Dozen Daughters" series is: House of the Four Winds Its publication date is August 5, 2014.