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I'm in the middle of the editorial revisions on BLADE OF EMPIRE, and as always, there are bits and pieces that end up on the cutting room floor, as it were. I thought you might enjoy seeing this one, since it doesn't involve spoilers.

The destruction of Farcarinon, and Prince Serenthon Farcarinon’s bid for the High Kingship, had been the greatest campaign young Prince Runacarendalur of Caerthalien had as yet been a part of, though he was a blooded knight with command of his own meisne. The Long Peace that followed the glories of that last wild campaign and its magnificent conclusion had grated on his nerves, and he’d sought diversion anywhere he could find it. He’d been hunting in Rimroheth Flower Forest—its trees were sacrosanct, not the animals who lived there—when he’d discovered one of his father’s secrets: Gunedwaen Swordmaster, Gunedwaen of Farcarinon, was alive.

Oh, he was bent and broken and maimed, but he lived. Runacar had thought himself very clever to return to Caerthalien Great Keep, dress himself in forester’s garb, and return to Rimroheth, presenting himself to Gunedwaen as Caren, a forester of Caerthalien. He’d been delighted when the old man fell for the deception—though as Runacar discovered later, Gunedwaen hadn’t been deceived for a moment—and returned to visit several times, always on the pretext of “seeking out good hunting for my lord of Caerthalien”. Farcarinon’s Swordmaster had been bitter and grieving, and hardly good company, though it had given Runacar an illicit thrill to meddle in one of his father’s secrets.

Until the day he had ridden into the clearing, and Gunedwaen had spoken before he even had a chance to dismount.

“Heir-Prince Runacarendalur of Caerthalien, do you truly believe Bolecthindial to be this much of a fool? He could not have brought Lord Serenthon down to death were that so.”

Runacar had frozen in place, unable to think of a word to say.

Gunedwaen had smiled in a way that had chilled Runacar’s hot blood. “Perhaps you can evade your father’s men if you leave now. Run, little rabbit. Run.”

Runacar had touched spurs to his palfrey’s flanks, and she had sprung into flight. He evaded the men his father had sent after him, but he did not evade his father’s punishment thereafter.


He never saw Gunedwaen again, not even when Caerthalien went to war against Vieliessar Farcarinon, and did not know now whether the aged Swordmaster had lived or died.



Date: 2017-03-16 05:41 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
So I've been rereading the original trilogy and noticed mention of Tilinaparanwira. In CROWN, when Thurion is telling Viel about Hamphuliadiel's desire to make the sanctuary the hundredth house, he refers to the forest as Tilinaparanwira the Lost. Viel also notes that it is one of the nine shrines of the light. What happened that it was lost in viel's time but known by the same name in kellens, especially since so much elven knowledge was lost. This also begs the question whether or not the light shrine still exists in kellens time in the same way it did in viel's. Do you have any thoughts on the matter?

Re: Question

Date: 2017-03-21 03:45 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
You could always create the wiki after Scourge of Fate HAHAHA.

Re: Question

Date: 2017-03-22 03:01 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Umm, actually there's this piece from "When Darkness Falls", where Idalia goes to summon the Starry Hunt. During her POV, she mentions that "The world had once been starred with places of power, 9 for each of the races that made the world. Most had been erased in the aftermath of the Great War, gone with the races that had been lost with the War."

So apparently the shrines CAN be destroyed?

Furthermore, there must be more than nine shrines throughout the world? Because there are nine for each of the races of the world.


Date: 2017-03-23 04:16 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
So I have started a Wiki. It is very bare bones right now, with no information on it at the moment. I will add stuff to it as I can, though my school work takes priority. The link to it is as follows:
Any and all help is much appreciated.

Re: Wiki

Date: 2017-03-23 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Anyone can edit most things on the Wikia. Adding pages and such.

Re: Wiki

Date: 2017-03-23 06:22 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Same person. I think most things can be edited by anyone but certain things cannot. Pages can be added by anyone, even without an account. I think only admins can do things like edit navigation of the wiki and other such actions.


The next book in the "Dragon Prophecy" series is Blade of Empire. It will be published by Tor Books on October 24, 2017.

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